Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial Day

Today is the day America sets aside to honor the fallen, those men and women who sacrificed all to ensure that our great nation stays free.

Take time out today to visit a cemetery and remember, say "thank you" to a veteran, and be a friend to a family mourning one of their own.

Thank you to active duty and veterans. Because of you, I can write whatever I want, without fear.

Thank you to the families of the fallen. Because of you, I know if anything happens to my son, I can endure.

Memorial Day – thank you to the fallen. You believed in this country enough to give everything for its freedom.  YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN.

Memorial Day is NOT just a long weekend with barbecues and hot dogs.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Escalator etiquette


Some courthouses have escalators.  Most of the time, these courthouses also have elevators, but for people who can use the escalator, it's much more convenient because --

(1) the line is almost always longer for the elevators, especially in the morning

(2) you don't have to wait for the elevator to arrive at your floor, the escalator is always there
(3) altho escalators "stop" on each floor, the wait time to move to the next floor isn't so long, and
(4) you're not breathing someone else's Friday afternoon body odor quite so closely.

One X County courthouse has a bank of elevators, a bank of escalators, and a stairwell on each end of the building.  This particular courthouse is on the downhill side of middle-aged, so most of the time at least one elevator in each bank and at least one flight of escalator in each bank is out-of-order.

You'd think an out-of-order escalator would just be stairs

But no! In X County an out-of-order escalator looks like this

This requires all non-elevator types to find the stairwell and use it to reach the next floor.

Some days, by some miracle, all the escalators are working.  But don't get too excited yet.

Almost every day, several attorneys [including me some days lol] are late for hearings.  The quickest way to get anywhere is to run up the escalator.  I've seen people running UP the DOWN escalator [and DOWN the UP escalator], which if I did that, I would find myself flat on the steps with multiple injuries.

Because Murphy's Law is alive and well in X County, the later I am for a hearing, the more frequently people will stand IN THE CENTER OF THE ESCALATOR.  If YOU are that person, this is your lucky day.  This public service announcement is for you!

For those of you who can read most of the time --

For those of you still learning how to read [notice the little green guy looks a lot like he's RUNNING, not walking? There's a reason for that....]

 For the many of you who obviously can't read

See?  Easy.

Make someone's day.  If you're gonna park, keep right.

New York escalator etiquette

Hong Kong escalator etiquette [includes safety info]

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Mother's Day from this Navy Mom

My oldest son is in the Navy, and I thought today would be a good day [albeit a day late] to wish all military moms, both moms in the military and moms with kids in the military, a Happy Mothers Day.


Monday, May 4, 2015

A to Z Reflections 2015

Last month was my first time participating in the A to Z Blogging Challenge. I learned about it on March 28 by seeing the badge on an online friend's blog. With only 4 days' notice, I signed up.

The first week I wrote half the posts over the weekend and the other half during the week. This was a nightmare because my weekdays get crazy. After that first week, I learned to write the following weeks' posts over the previous weekends. This prevented me from doing much writing on my current manuscript, but for only one month I figured I could use the break.

It was fun visiting the blogs of many of the other participants. Some of those blogs have very interesting/unique concepts. Wow there are some creative people out there! I'll mention a few here that I enjoyed the most, in no particular order, with their A to Z topic, :

Colin D. Smith - 100 word flash fiction
AJ Blythe Cozies - Inspirational author quotes
Star Trek - SciFi Blog  - Star Trek
I swallowed a basketball - Songs that make me happy
Chronicles from the Man Cave - Television shows
Home School Dad - Nouns
Write Away - Mystery writing 101

I gained several new twitter followers and my blog's daily hit count increased quite a bit. My blogger pageviews graph now often looks like a neurotic rollercoaster, up/down/up/down. Time will tell if those hits continue into the future.

I'd prefer the survivor badge be square like the original badge and the daily letter-badges. Not a deal breaker tho.

This challenge took a LOT of time, but it was fun, a nice break, and I'll probably do it again next year if I can. Thanks to the organizers and to everyone who participated.

Now I have to start coming up with my usual blog stories starting next week! Hope to see you all back soon.