Monday, May 3, 2021

A-to-Z Challenge Reflections

http://www.a-to-zchallenge.com/

Wow!  Another April has come and gone.  Revisiting 2020 is complete, and we are now free to flush it down the toilet.  Goodbye and good riddance.  Here's hoping for a better 2021!  It's already May.  Time does fly..................

As usual, I didn't get to visit as many participating blogs as I wanted to, but the ones I visited were fun.  So many different and interesting themes!

I'm looking forward to April 2022.  As usual, I will make a resolution to visit more blogs during the Challenge.  Hopefully I can meet that goal.

Thanks for playing along with me.


Friday, April 30, 2021

Z is for Zoom

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to Z!  We're looking at – Zoom.

We already discussed remote learning/meeting under letter R.  Let's end our look back on 2020 with some of the mishaps!


Lawyer cat
The moral of this story is be sure you know how to use your technology!

Traffic trial while in surgery
I've been a temporary judge presiding over traffic trials.  This commissioner was 100% correct in rescheduling the hearing for another day.  OMG!


Here's a compilation of epic Zoom mishaps from a lawyer perspective.

Thanks for looking at 2020 with me.  Come back on Monday for A-to-Z Reflections!


Thursday, April 29, 2021

Y is for Year

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to Y!  We're looking at – Year.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Finish-SprintforSight-Large.jpg
Here we are, sprinting toward the finish line!

Yes, 2020 was definitely a year to remember.  Or conversely, one we'd all like to forget.  Let's not focus too much on the negative though.  Here's a list [okay, it's a short list] of the benefits we've learned and experienced in 2020:

1. People really can work from home and still be productive.
2. Zoom meetings are convenient and save so much travel time and expense.
3. Commutes in Los Angeles are much better when they're not 60+ minutes each way.

Here's a teaser for tomorrow, letter Z:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Tel_Aviv_-_Hebrew_Wikipedia%27s_17th_Birthday_celebration_-_ZOOM_meeting_due_to_COVID-19_8.jpg

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

X is for Explosion

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to X!  We're looking at – Beirut Explosion.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Damages_after_2020_Beirut_explosions_1.jpg
On August 4, 2020, a massive explosion of ammonium nitrate occurred at the port in Beirut, Lebanon.  This is truly the largest explosion I've ever seen.  


The Guardian has a great set of before/after photos that show you the incredible scope of the devastation.

Here's a teaser for tomorrow, letter Y:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Finish-SprintforSight-Large.jpg




Tuesday, April 27, 2021

W is for Wildfires

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to W!  We're looking at – Wildfires.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woolsey_Fire_-_tree_ridge_in_flames_20181119-PB-008.jpg

Here in California, summer 2020 was one of the worst fire seasons in recorded history.  More than four million acres burned.  Here's a map.  Here's another map:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:2020_California_wildfires.png
From late 2019 through early 2020, Australia experienced one of its worst fire seasons in recorded history.  More than 46 million acres burned.  There's even a separate Wikipedia article on it.

Interesting bit of trivia – in the US, these fires are called brushfires.  In Australia, they're called bushfires.

Have you ever been impacted by a wildfire?

Here's a teaser for tomorrow, letter X:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Damages_after_2020_Beirut_explosions_1.jpg



Monday, April 26, 2021

V is for Vaccination

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to V!  We're looking at – Vaccination.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:COVID-19_vaccination_(2020)_B.jpg
Near the end of 2020, several vaccines were in trials.  As of now, there are three different COVID-19 vaccines available in the US for people age 16+.  We're definitely looking forward to a time when all these restrictions can go away and places are open again!

Have you been vaccinated?

Here's a teaser for tomorrow, letter W:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Woolsey_Fire_-_tree_ridge_in_flames_20181119-PB-008.jpg



Saturday, April 24, 2021

U is for UFO

This year for the A-to-Z Challenge, I'll be looking at major events that happened in 2020 [the year we would all like to forget, so let's look at it first, before flushing it down the toilet].

Welcome to U!  We're looking at – UFO [unidentified flying objects].

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:PurportedUFO2.jpg
Did anyone have “increased UFO sightings” and “release of previous UFO sightings” on their 2020 scorecard?

Pentagon releases UFO videos
From CNN
From BBC

2020 UFO research and sightings
Research
Sightings

Have you ever seen a UFO?

Here's a teaser for tomorrow, letter V:

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:COVID-19_vaccination_(2020)_B.jpg