Saturday, October 20, 2018

I Guess I Didn't Jinx BYU's Football Team After All...


Back on September 28 of this year, I posted a blog about BYU's football team. You can check out the post by clicking: HERE. I wrote the post because at that point in the season the team (and, by extension, their fans...) were flying high. They had beaten a Pac-12 team, almost beat another, and took down the then Number 6 team in the nation, Wisconsin at their house. 

The point of the post was to highlight a renewed feeling about the team. After the year before, they and their fans needed some good news and they got it.

Of course, the day after I wrote that post, BYU traveled to the Great Pacific Northwest to face one of the best teams in the nation, Number 11 University of Washington Huskies. No one gave BYU a chance when they faced a higher-ranked opponent in Wisconsin. Many believe the boys in blue could pull off another miracle.

Well, things didn't quite work out that way. The Huskies mauled the Cougars 35 - 7.

The next week BYU played their brothers to the north, Utah State University. This game was in Provo, but the score didn't favor the hometown team. BYU lost 45 - 20.

I thought maybe I had jinxed the team.

Okay, I really didn't believe that. I'm not that superstitious. I think we believe in superstitions because it gives us a sense that we have some control over our lives. Wearing the same clothes on game day can't guarantee a win, nor do the other countless things we do in hopes of a good outcome. So, my rational mind knows just because I wrote that post had absolutely nothing to do with the team losing two straight games.

The next week BYU played the University of Hawaii. They started their freshman quarterback phenom and beat the Rainbows 49 - 23. If they had lost, my unfounded belief that my post had something to do with their latest loss might have been strengthened. 

The future looks bright for the team. They did not play this week. They've got five games left and two of those games are against teams that have had their number as of late. So, playing the odds, they could finish 7 - 5, much better than last year. And many believe they could win out and finish with a record of 9 - 3.

Of course, none of that has anything to do with my blog post,..

Or does it?

Friday, October 19, 2018

The Reason Why I Keep A Daily Record...


Yesterday Facebook reminded me that I posted a picture of my sister five years ago. I remember that my wife and I went out for a date night meal at Iggy's, a local sports restaurant. I think we had ordered take out and we ran into my sister sitting alone in a booth.

It's always great to see my sister now and then. We asked her what she was up to.

"I'm waiting for a blind date," she said.

I don't remember exactly what we said after that, but I'm pretty sure "good luck" was one of the things. Fast forward five years and now my sister shares her last name with the man who was to be her blind date. My sister and Frank were married in August. I used that photo as my Pic Of The Day for October 18, 2013.


There's a couple of things I do everyday--well, more than a couple, but as far as chronicling each day I write in a journal--every day, write a blog post--every day, and post a picture online--every day. Most days my journal entries are similar--worked, stuff I did after work--went to bed. The blog posts are more varied, but sometimes, not much. The Pic Of The Day can be similar, too--pictures of our pets, our kids, our flowers, and the food I eat. 

But every once in a while, I'll write something in my journal, or blog something, or post a picture that ends up being more than what it appears at first. No one, not me, my wife, my sister, or her date knew that five years later, they'd be married. 

Tonight I'm going to write in my journal, finish this blog post, and put up another picture. I have no idea if anyone will read my journal post, look up this blog post, or find any significance in the picture five years from now. Then again, you never know.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Looks Like Expiration Dates DO Matter...


I think I'm cursed. Okay, maybe not "cursed." Let me explain. Over the past eight or nine months every time I've found a really good breakfast cereal, that brand of cereal seems to disappear. It happened to my strawberry--chocolate--granola cereal and it happened to a marshmallow cereal I used to get all the time.

I've moved on, as one tends to do when the store discontinues a brand you liked. I've made other breakfast decisions, gotten to like other things.

But this morning, I walked into a basement storage room in our house and I saw it--boxes of a cereal I once enjoyed. I told my wife it was down there.

"Did you check the expiration date?" she asked.

I had not.


But I've had expired food before and it wasn't that bad. I'm not the pickiest eater so I thought it wouldn't be that bad.

Turns out, it kind of was.

I guess, if we were battling a zombie apocalypse, I could have finished the bowl of three-plus year old cereal and it probably wouldn't have killed me. But, there's not a zombie apocalypse (at least, not one that I know of...) so I dumped the bowl and ate cereal from a box with an expiration date in the future, not years old. 

There's another box down there in the basement. I didn't throw it out, but I will. Too bad I didn't know about earlier...like back in 2015.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

When You Combine Kurt Russell, Disneyland, And The Osmond Brothers...You Get An Awesome YouTube Video!


I listened to a podcast today, Adventure is Out There! from my friends, Mo and Zack. You can access their podcast: HERE. They talk about Disney, travel, and Disney travel. I've only been to Disneyland three times in my entire life, but I find the podcast interesting.

In today's podcast they talked about Disneyland's Haunted Mansion. It's one of my favorite rides. It was in that podcast they discussed a YouTube video that featured the Haunted Mansion. It also featured Kurt Russell and the Osmond Brothers. 

I just had to watch it. 


I didn't realize the video was the entire Wonderful World of Disney episode that aired back in 1970. It was a blast from the past--literally. At my part-time gig we discussed watching the show every Sunday night. It was something everyone did. I don't remember watching this particular episode, though. I think I would have remembered watching the Osmonds on national TV.


If you want to watch the episode, I highly recommend it. You can access the YouTube video: HERE. It's campy, cheesy, and definitely dated. It begins with Kurt Russell finding the Osmond Brothers and making sure they're ready for the evening's concert. They also run into E. J. Peaker (Minnie Fay from Hello Dolly...). Soon the brothers become separated in a park with 50,000 people. Will the brothers find each other in time? Will the concert be a success? Can Kurt Russell sing? You'll have to watch to find out.


After the concert everyone checks out the Haunted Mansion, Donny's favorite ride. It would have recently opened back then and the episode was a way to showcase the new ride including some "behind-the-scenes" footage. The show also showcases the rest of the park as much as possible, as well as inserting musical numbers from the brothers and from Ms. Peaker.


I first went to Disneyland back in 1974, the year my father passed away. I don't remember much, but what I do remember about the park I saw on that video. It was a fun thing to watch.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Things Have Been Looking Up Lately...And By Things, I Mean Me


Maybe it's because of all the smoke in the air this summer. Maybe it's because I'm now working at home. Or maybe it's because the skies have been exceptionally beautiful lately.

Whatever the reason, I've been looking up lately, looking up to see incredible beauty above. And because I have a cell phone that takes reasonably good pictures, I've snapped and posted a few shots.


Of course, they're all not wonderful photos--some are better than others--but I took each picture because at the time, I was seeing something amazing, something that made me stop and take in the view. So, without a lot of words, I'm just going to leave these pictures here. And if the views continue to be wonderful, I'll keep taking pictures.




Monday, October 15, 2018

My First Cold Telecommute...


When you live in a climate where it freezes outside during the year, there's that one day when you know there'll be more cold days than warm ones. For many, they worry about the first frost, a cold that kills crops and signals the changing of the season.

Last night was that time for us.

I knew the cold weather was coming. This autumn's different for me. For the first time in twenty-one years, I'll be working at home through the winter. And that's something to consider when you're working in an unheated basement.

When we built the house fifteen years ago, we knew we wouldn't be finishing the basement--we needed a place to store stuff. We did put up insulation, but we never put in any heating or a/c vents. Over the years we've moved stuff in and moved stuff out of the storage room and we didn't need it to be "comfortable" in there. That changed once I got the assignment to work at home.


I first began working in the basement in the summer and in the mostly underground basement room, things were nice. It was cool when temperatures outside hovered around 100º. I'm not sure how cold it got last night--possibly freezing--but it was a tad chilly when I clocked in.

When I set up my office, I knew I'd need a heater. I found one online, and another in a thrift store. As long as I'm bundled up in layers, it's okay to be in the basement.

When I found out I was I was going to be working at home, I thought about how nice it would be not having to navigate the roads in the winter. I still look forward to staying at home when things get really bad. Happy to say that the first cold day (and they're going to get colder...) was a toasty success.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

What Did That Paper Sack Ever Do To Him...?


We have a puppy living in our house. If you've ever had a puppy living in your house, you know how they act, you know the things they do, you know it's an adventure and rarely a dull moment. You also know that puppies like to destroy things...basically anything they can sink their teeth into.

I'm not sure how we found out about our puppy's hatred toward paper sacks. I think he snagged a sack off of our kitchen table. That's not unusual--he snags several things from places he shouldn't be snagging. But it was what he did after he removed the sack from the table that made us stop and watch what he was doing.

In short, he shredded the sack. 

I mean, he really shredded it.

When he completed the shredding, the paper carnage surrounded him all over the floor. It was a sight to see. Yesterday, after we finished putting away all our groceries, several emptied sacks were around the kitchen. I tossed him one, took out my camera, and began filming. The entire film was too long to post here, so I chopped it up into three shorter videos. 

So, I present to you three short films, I call...

Sack Destruction: In Three Parts

Staring: Bec the Puppy.

By Scott Taylor

Enjoy!





Saturday, October 13, 2018

Lines...


I don't think there are many who like waiting in lines. Unfortunately, it's one of the realities of modern life, especially as more and more and more people call this world their home. Modern technology can help with some of the lines we've stood in for years. For example, you can go to Stamps.com. I don't use the service myself, but from their ads, they guarantee eliminating waiting in lines at the post office forever.

There are lines that can't be replaced by technology. Case in point, the lines you run into at an amusement park on one of the busiest days of the year. 

There's no getting out of those lines. 

This afternoon I went to the park. We can tell by the number of cars in the parking lot how busy it's going to be. As we drove in, we knew it would be crowded, very crowded. The show I do holds forty people in the theater--that's it, only forty. We were scheduled to do seven shows today. We ended up doing nine. That's 360 people out of tens of thousands who can get in. Ever since we opened our show last year, I don't believe I've ever seen a line as long as the one we had for people waiting to buy tickets to see our show today.

Later in the day, I spotted another line. This one was for one of the many haunted houses on the park. I asked the worker holding the sign how long the line was to get in the haunted house. They said, from that point, it would be one and a half to two hours of wait time.

Personally, that's a long time to be in a line, but the people didn't seem to mind. They kept lining up and the sign holder had to keep walking back as more people joined the line.

I knew those who saw our show tonight had to wait a long time to get tickets. I speak to many of those waiting before the shows begin. Several have told me they tried seeing the show last year, but were unable to see it because everything was sold out. I guess, technically, they've been waiting in a "line" for almost a year.

I'm glad they decided the wait was worth it. I hope we made it worth their time.

Friday, October 12, 2018

I'm In More Shows Than I see...


There's a joke I tell my my theater friends when they ask if I'm going to see them in their latest show. I tell them I probably won't see their show, not that I don't want to, but knowing me as I do, I won't. Then I say... 

"I'm in more shows than I see."

And that's pretty much the truth.

Over the past couple of years, I've been in several productions--not as many as some, but more than others. This year I finished up Pirates of Penzance in September, then my gig with Lagoon's Frightmares began the next week. I'm averaging two or three shows a year. 

But when it comes to watching other shows, I just don't make it. There's many reasons why I don't go see shows. I can say it's too expensive to see the shows. And that's true. Except for the next year, I've got season tickets to all shows at Centerpoint Legacy Theatre. They give performers tickets for the next year. I've had season tickets for the past six years at that theatre. I've been able to see every show in those six years. I may have seen three or four.

The show that followed Pirates is Ragtime. I've heard wonderful things about the show and I have many friends in it. One friend posted a personal invitation for us to see it, so much so, he will not argue with anyone who disagrees. ;) The chance for me to use my season tickets and see Ragtime ends tomorrow and once again, I'll be missing it. Tomorrow I have to work, but even if I didn't, I probably wouldn't be going.

I love doing shows, and when I go, I love watching them as well. Maybe it's because we don't do other things, either, like going to movies, going out for special events, you know, stuff other people do, that keeps us from going out.

I've got tickets to see the next year of shows at a theater I love. And like we've done for the past half decade, we'll maybe use them once. So, I guess I'll be responding the same way if/when I'm asked again about attending a show. I'm in more shows than I see.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Apparently, Google + Is Shutting Down...


News hit this week that Google +, the search engine's answer to Facebook, will be shutting down next year.

And to be honest, I'm not sure how exactly I feel about it.

I think my ambivalence surprised me the most.

I've enjoy using Google +, but I'm probably the reason it's closing down...well, not me alone, but people like me. I use Google +. I use it everyday, but as little as possible for someone who accesses the social media program daily. I posted a picture every day as part of my Pic Of The Day process. I've been posting a daily picture since 2011, at least I think I have. I thought it would be fun to see the first picture I ever posted on Google +, but scrolling back to see the first picture I posted on their site would take several hours, and frankly, I'm not really that interested in seeing which picture I posted first.

There weren't that many things to dislike about Google +. As Facebook grew in popularity and began adding all the bells and whistles, Google + stuck to what it began with--a place to post thoughts, pictures, and links to videos and other sites. But what brought me back to Google + again and again were the pictures. I found it a good place to see beautiful pictures posted by both serious and casual photographers. Some of the pictures on Google + are simply amazing.

Google + has communities. I used to check out the photography communities on a regular basis, but I stopped doing that some time ago. Now about the only community I check out is a H.P. Lovecraft thread that I find interesting.

Some of the people using Google + have been vocal about the news since it hit. Most, however, are like me, at least I take their lack of a response as mirroring my feelings on the matter. Who knows--maybe it will be saved and not go away after all. For me, if it does, I'll have one less place to post a daily picture and one less place to see beautiful photographs...

and H.P. Lovecraft stuff.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CW's "The Outpost"...Bring On Season 2!


I live in Utah, a place where they used to film a lot of movies, TV series, even commercials. I suppose they still do, but back in the 1990s, it seemed everything was filmed here. Now, not so much. Canada is where they film a lot of things now. It seems Canada's the new Utah.

I'm in no way an expert on filming locations, so if I'm wrong, I apologize. I have, however, taken notice when a series comes to town and when it does well. It's taken me a while, but I finally began watching the CW network's show, The Outpost

I'm about 1/2 through the first season, and I like it. Apparently, so do a lot of people, so much so, the network's bringing it back for Season 2.

The show centers around Talon, the last of her race known as Blackbloods. The Blackbloods were murdered when Talon was a little girl. She was saved by a demon, a demon that only Blackbloods can control. Now, as an adult, Talon is on a mission to avenge the death of her family, as well as finding out what exactly she is and what powers she has. Talon finds her way to the outpost where she meets soldiers, a queen, and other colorful characters in the remote gated village.

If you're not a fan of fantasy, the show might not be for you. If you do like the genre and you haven't given the show a chance, check it out. Of course, the show doesn't have a Peter Jackson-esk budget, but they do a fantastic job with what they have. And, interesting storytelling can make up for a somewhat reduced budget.

There's another reason why I like the show. As TV series go these days, it's safe. Okay, maybe not the "safest" show out there, but it isn't a series on HBO, Showtime, Starz, and the other pay channels on cable. Guaranteed, those shows are going to earn their TV-MA rating. The Outpost is a little violent, but that's about it.

I'm glad I began watching. I'm glad the show's succeeding. I'm glad it's been picked up for another season. I'm glad it's filmed in Utah. I'm glad for those involved in the project. Now, if we can only get more shows to come back to Utah.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

And The Tree Came Tumbling...Up...Then Down


Yesterday, as we celebrated Columbus Day, we noticed a crane turn on our street at stop at our neighbors's house. They weren't putting up a roof, they weren't removing a junked car. No, they were taking out a tree.

A huge, gigantic tree.

We live in a desert. It's a high desert, but technically, a desert none the same. Back in 1847 a bunch of people moved into the valley and decide to stay. In order to survive, they needed to direct the water from the mountains into places were they wanted food to grow.

They did a pretty good job.




As people multiplied, they built homes and put in yards. They also planted trees. We're no Seattle or Portland, or even the Carolinas, but we've got some trees around. The tree my neighbor removed was an old cottonwood that had been there for decades. Watching them dismantle it huge limb by huge limb was fascinating. A worker in the tree hooked up the crane, then cut off the limb. The crane then hoisted it over the house and on to the street where other workers chopped it up and put it in a wood shredder. They were extremely efficient. In a matter of hours, the entire tree was gone, reduced to wood chips and firewood.


I snapped pictures and took time lapsed videos. The "before and after" shots are amazing. We've got trees on our lot, but we've only been here since 2003. Our fifteen-year old trees can't compare, but I suppose one day the trees we've planted may end up threatening our home's foundation and become a hazard, like the tree next door. And on that day, we'll most likely need to rent a crane and do the same thing they did. I'm sure it will be just as fascinating then.




Monday, October 8, 2018

What We Really Need...Is To Laugh More


I used to watch them. Not every night and not every show, but I considered myself a fan. 

That was a long time ago.

I stopped watching for several reasons. The biggest reason, I suppose, is I don't stay up as late as I used to. I clock in at work before 7am so if I want to get any sleep, I've got to get to bed before most of the late night talk shows are on. 

Plus, there's a lot more late night talk shows than there used to be. Back in the day, there was really just one, one big, huge, gigantic talk show called The Tonight Show and Johnny Carson was king. The reason he was king is the same reason why--in my humble, non-educated non-researched opinion--I'm not watching the shows now.

They're no longer pushing comedy--they're pushing politics.

There's enough political shows.

What we really need is to just laugh.

If you watch the shows, you may be saying that they generate plenty of laughs. But there's a difference between the comedy the country needs and what they're delivering. We need laughs that make you feel better, that lighten your soul, that make you smile because what you heard was truly funny. I'm afraid that the "comedy" were getting doesn't do that. It makes us mad, makes us hate, makes us look at others and wonder why they can't believe the same things we do. It's not cleansing, it's not uplifting, it's actually doing the opposite.

I have purposely tried to stay away from deep opinionated blog posts, mainly because I know that I don't know everything. I do know, however, that those who run those late night shows can say whatever they want. That's the way it is in America, at least for now. They most likely want to express their political views to as many people as possible, hoping it will help. 

I just think there's enough political shows where "experts" can express their opinions. I'd love to watch a show as the day ends where we come together to laugh, to forget about all the other crap we dealt with during the day and that we'll have to deal with the next day and just laugh. Laugh without hate, laugh without belittling, laugh without demeaning, laugh because it's fun and good for the soul. I wonder if that will ever happen again.

Where have you gone Johnny Carson? A nation turns it's lonely eyes to someone like you. 

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Look Who's Played At Lagoon!...Here's A List


Near to where I clock in and clock out at my part-time gig is a wall of old photographs. When your amusement park has been around for more than 130 years, you can amass a lot of history. I enjoy looking at old photographs, seeing how things have changed over time.

There's one poster that is especially interesting. It's the largest thing on the wall and it contains the names of dozens of famous people who have played at Lagoon over the years. I took out my phone and snapped a quick picture thinking I might use the shot as my "Pic Of The Day." I ended up using a different picture, but when I pulled this one up and began reading the names of the people who have played over the years, it's very, very impressive.

I've seen the poster before and even glanced at the names, but tonight I read through each name, considered all those amazingly talented musicians (even Evil Kneivel...) that have performed at Lagoon. Most came in the 1950s and 1960s, but a few made their appearance later. It's been a long time since the park has hosted big acts. Still, the fact that the big names no longer play shouldn't tarnish the legacy from the past.

Some of the names that jumped out to me were Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, and Ella Fitzgerald, the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, the Beach Boys, The Mamas and the Papas and many many more. Some of these great musicians are still playing, but many are no longer with us. They've gone to play the big gig in the sky.

Nowadays, the park is mostly known for its rides. Decades earlier it was rides and entertainment. And before that, the park was known for its trees and picnic spots. I wonder what the park will be known for in the decades to come and will they have a big poster letting everyone know about what we're doing today. Time will tell.

Saturday, October 6, 2018

Few Things As Beautiful...As A Clear Blue Sky


I know I'm like many people who feel that they live in a beautiful place on this planet. To me, that doesn't mean where I live is superior to where everyone else lives; it means the world has many amazing places to call home. 

Of course, some times are nicer than others. We've had a long hot summer, and as summer came to a close, we had some pretty crappy air. Huge fires in the west can have that effect on an area. The other day I walked outside my house after several storms blew through and I just looked up at the sky. 

It was beautiful.


Many who post pictures say that they pictures they took can't do justice of what they actually saw. This is one of those times. The blue was so deep and pure and the white clouds looked without blemish. The scene made me stop and just look and look and look.

In the summer we get dirty air mostly from fires. In the winter the inversions trap pollution in cold air. But in between, there are days that we get like last week. And it made where I live that much more beautiful.

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hiking With The Puppy...


There's a trail behind our house that take hikers up the mountain. From the trail they can access a road, or continue to Patsy's Mind and Flag Rock. In the summer, the trail is used daily. Many times I've watched as groups or single individuals head up the switchbacks to higher elevations and amazing experiences.


I used to hike that mountain if not daily at least weekly as a kid. As an adult...not so much.

I've noticed something as I watch people begin and end their hikes. Many times, they have a dog with them. The other day, I decided to do the same. I wasn't sure how our puppy would handle being on a relatively narrow trail. Turns out, he did well.


We didn't go very high up the hill, just a few switchbacks. We cleared what my friends used to call The Sandpit. It's still full of sand, mostly, but with new vegetation, it's not as defined as it once was. The trail is not steep, but it's narrow. The puppy was a little tentative, but he was able to make his way up until we cleared The Sandpit. That's when I began taking pictures. The clouds made it a beautiful hike.


The weather is turning. There will be fewer and fewer hikers (and dogs...) in the coming days and weeks. I don't know if I'll get up the hill again with the puppy--it might be next spring until we take to the hill. Of course, by then, he won't be a puppy anymore.


Thursday, October 4, 2018

Prepare To Scare...


Last Friday the Acquisitions Editor at my publisher asked what everyone was planning to do for the weekend. The answers varied, attending a comic con, chaperoning at a high school dance, other writing-related activities.


Me?

I said I'd be scaring the crap out of people.

And that's just what I did.

And that's what I'm going to be doing this weekend, too.


Also last Friday, I took out my camera and snapped a couple of pictures as we prepared for our shows. My son made sure the chainsaws were ready for the show he house manages. I saw a few of the people assigned to one of the several haunted houses at the amusement parks and they graciously posed for me. And a friend, Colton, snapped a picture of me before the show I'm in started. Colton and members of his family attended that particular Séance session. It was a good one.

Friday's are different from going to the part-time job on Saturdays or Sundays. When me and the kids get to the part on Saturdays and Sundays, we're arriving after the park's been open for several hours. But on Fridays, we arrive before the park opens, before the public has a chance to roam and enjoy.


It's cool seeing everyone walking to their stations in full character. Usually employees in costume must be covered up if they're not at their station. 

I've not had the opportunity to go through any of the other haunted houses on the park. I should, but haven't had the time. People will ask me, as we wait for the next Séance to begin, how our show compares with the other attractions, or they'll ask about how scary are the other haunted houses. I can't tell them. But there are hundreds of employees, kids who love dressing up as ghost, goblins, witches, spooks and spectres, all ready to entertain and scare. 

And tomorrow night, we'll do it all over again.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

I Got A Scam E-Mail...And I Almost Fell For It


I got an e-mail yesterday from PayPal.

At least, I thought if was from PayPal.

And that's what almost got me in trouble.

My work requires me to complete several on-line trainings. We train on customer service, policy updates, emergency and fire fighting training, harassment and other proper conduct training, even active shooter training. It's all important stuff, but after you've seen the same training several years in a row, you get the "I've seen this before--I know all this stuff anyway" attitude.

One of the trainings we're required to take is internet security. We're taught how to catch scams in their various forms that may come our way. Because of that training, I caught the e-mail scam that I received yesterday.

I don't get a lot of e-mails concerning my PayPal account. After I set it up, the e-mails stopped. It's one of those things I don't think about. Since I haven't used the account in a while, when I saw the e-mail I clicked on the link.


First mistake.

Actually, I made several mistakes before that. If you notice the scammer e-mail, "PayPay" is not in their official logo. Also, what you can't see (because I blocked it out on the pictures...) is the e-mails. The e-mail the scammer used was not the one I used to set up the account. Then there's the biggest clue--the link. It doesn't link to an official PayPal account. 

When the site opened up the page looked official. That page had the PayPal logo on it. It asked for my mailing address and the next thing they wanted was my credit card information. That's when I began to question the e-mail's authenticity. I wondered why did they need my credit card information. That should have nothing to do with my on-line access.

Ahh...there's the scam.

I quickly closed the website and changed my password, even though the password I used to access the scammer's site has nothing to do with my PayPal account. That's when I got the e-mail from PayPal. It has the correct e-mail address I used when I set it up.

I've gone through the training at work each year for several years. Looks like I should pay more attention next time.

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Finally...Some Rain!


My work space has limited outside views. That happens when you put in a huge desk in a small space. I knew the storm was coming, but I didn't know when. 

I did feel the thunder.


That's when I took a break and stepped outside to experience the first rain we've had in more than a month. Oh, how it's needed! Last winter snow was hard to come by. I think we used our snowblower  only a couple of times. We've had the kind of spring and summer where we could have used above average rainfall. 

Didn't happen.

It was a long dry summer. All last week we were told that the rain was on its way and today it finally arrived. It's raining tonight as well. It was so nice to take a (short...) break from work and hear the rain, feel the humidity in the air, and smell a world being cleansed. I took out the phone, took some pictures, and even a couple of videos.

Some live in areas where it rains everyday. Thirty-three years ago I moved to a country where it did just that. Days like today remind me of that time.