Saturday, November 25, 2006

Internet Help Desk

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and that you're not having to eat turkey leftovers for the rest of this weekend.

I came across this video clip I found funny and wanted to share it with you. It's about 6.5 minutes long but worth watching. If any of you have already seen it, I apologize. I could not find it on iFilm and I don't like giving my password to YouTube, so just click on the link below the photo and it'll take you directly to YouTube.

Internet Help Desk

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Man vs. Mankind

Back from my hiatus and determined to publish a new post more often than I have been the past couple of months. So, here goes:

As I stopped to plunk down my money to pay for my Starbucks coffee earlier this week, I couldn't help but notice the tip jar and then it hit me...

One glaring difference between Starbucks and McDonald's is that many Starbucks have a tip jar on the counter whereas McDonald's (probably the king of franchises) has those clear plastic donation boxes with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Why do so many people feel the need to tip when there's a tip jar but not drop chump change into these donation boxes?

Monday, August 07, 2006

She's baaaaack!

My work project has been extended (indefinitely at this point) and family visiting has kept me busy, but I wanted to post something while I have a moment. So, here it is... not much, but part of my ongoing "Momentary Escapes" series.

There's just something about waterfalls! This one is
Laurel Falls in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Thanks to Tommy Simms' flickr.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Traffic Light Sensors

I wasn't going to post today, but I just experienced one of my pet peeves again and didn't want to let the moment pass.

I was at an intersection I frequent and was about the fifth car in line waiting for the left turn arrow to turn green when I noticed that the cars on the opposite side of the intersection got their green left turn light but my side did not. My suspicions were confirmed when I looked at the location of the first car in my lane... they had not moved up enough to have their car over the sensors in the road, so the technology that's part of the traffic light did not sense there were any cars in my lane waiting to turn. If anyone does not know what I'm talking about you can learn about traffic sensors here and also here.

Apparently, I was not the only one determined to not have to wait through another long cycle because of some moron. A couple of other cars in front and behind me immediately started, as I did, to get out of our lane so that we could make a right turn, followed by a U-turn. Traffic is frustrating enough as it is, but it's beyond tolerable when stuff like this happens.

Thanks to Glenn Elert for the photo.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

They're Watching You

Unfortunately, I have a big work project that will keep me extra busy for the next couple of weeks so I probably will only be able to post sporadically during that time. Hopefully, when it's over I'll be feeling like this guy:

Monday, June 19, 2006

Cumberland Island, Georgia

Another in my series of "Manic Monday Momentary Escapes"...

This time I wisk you away to
Cumberland Island, Georgia,
where time seems to stand still.

The ferry ride to Cumberland Island:

Live Oaks with Spanish moss create a wonderful
canopy on the road leading to the Greyfield Inn:

"A grand and graceful mansion...
built in 1900 as a home for Lucy and Thomas Carnegie's
daughter, Margaret Ricketson, the oceanfront hotel
was opened as The Greyfield Inn Resort in 1962...":

Dungeness Ruins
(this was Andrew & Lucy Carnegie's mansion):

A boardwalk over sand dunes leads to the beach:

Wild horses roam the beach:

Sunset at Sea Camp Beach:

I hope you enjoyed your virtual vacation. Thank you to the flickr accounts of beezwax, woggs, Geoffrey Graham, Savannah Grandfather (1 & 2), and kexline (1 & 2).

Friday, June 16, 2006

Expectant Mother Parking Spaces

About a year or two ago, I started noticing these types of signs popping up in various shopping centers and initially thought "how cute" because at first there seemed to only be one or two spaces located next to a store that sells baby stuff. Now that this trend seems to have grown and more good parking spaces are being designated as "expectant mother parking only" - which as far as I know is not required by law the way handicapped spaces are - it's become irritating. Since when is being pregnant or a new mother considered a handicap with regards to having to walk a few extra yards? What's next... "obese people only parking"... "senior citizen only parking"...?!? C'mon people!

(Photo thanks to roland's flickr.)

As a side note, when I did a Google search for "expectant mother parking" I came across this recent funny Craigslist missed connections post:

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Dancing Dog Video

Who says you can't teach a dog to dance? Here's a lady who's trained her dog to do a 2-minute dance routine with her to the Grease soundtrack. The dog doesn't miss a beat.

I've Learned...

While doing some organizing, I came across this piece that I've had for years. I did not write the following and I don't know who did, but I found it just as touching now as the first time I read it. (photo thanks to Ekin in Finland's flickr)

I've learned...

...that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

...that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

...that you can keep going long after you think you can't.

...that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

...that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

...that regardless of how hot and steamy a relationship is at first, the passion fades and there had better be something else to take its place.

...that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

...that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

...that credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.

...that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best time.

...that sometimes the people you expect to kick you when you're down will be the ones to help you get back up.

...that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

...that true friendship never fades, even over the longest distance.

...that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

...that maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had and what you've learned from them and less to do with how many birthdays you've celebrated.

...that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

...that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

...that no matter how bad your heart is broken, the world doesn't stop for your grief.

...that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.

...that just because two people argue, it doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue, it doesn't mean they do.

...that we don't have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

...that you shouldn't be so eager to find out a secret. It could change your life forever.

...that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.

...that your life can be changed in a matter of hours by people who don't even know you.

...that even when you think you have no more to give, when a friend cries out to you, you will find the strength to help.

...that the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.

Find A Need And Fill It

"Back on 9/29/05, while I was deployed to
do a bit of restoration work from Katrina, we
made a quick drive through the French Quarter.
As you can see, in some regards ... All is Well." - GHz

Thanks to GHz's flickr.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Tuesday Top Ten

Top Ten Reasons Why South Floridians
Should Prepare for Hurricane Season:

10. Ignoramus. You know the type. Don't be that type!
.9.. An ounce of prevention really is worth a pound of cure
.8.. You may not find what you need after the storm
.7.. No A/C + heat/humidity makes a difficult situation worse
.6.. Hurricane paths are not always predictable (Charley)
.5.. Hurricane categories can be underestimated (Wilma)
.4.. Tallahassee: “You’re on your own for first 72 hours”
.3.. Pay now or pay more later (time & money)
.2.. Your loved ones (people/pets) are counting on you
.1.. Hurricane Andrew (category 5)

Be prepared, have a plan: NHC, Red Cross, HHS

Monday, June 12, 2006

Manic Monday Momentary Escape

First in a series of weekly editions... enjoy!

"A peaceful pathway follows a gently
flowing stream to Anna Ruby Falls.
(The North Georgia mountains, Georgia)"

Thanks to Tommy Simms' flickr.