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Monday, October 20, 2014

Photo of the Week, October 20, 2014

Some fall leaves for you from a trip we took a few years ago in Woodstock, Vermont.  It's been a pretty season here in Pennsylvania this year, lots and lots of color, I wasn't too sure with the weird weather we had all summer what we would get.  The sad part is if we get a good heavy rain or wind storm, it will all be gone.  Until next year!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Photo of the Week, October 13, 2014


I can't believe that 2 years have passed since we went to the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Festival!  That was truly the experience of a lifetime, hopefully we will get to go again sometime.  All the colors, balloons, just wow!  If you haven't been to it, I highly recommend it.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

PUT DOWN THE CELL PHONE and DRIVE!

Yesterday I went to visit a friend who lives about 30 minutes away.  I left a little early because there were a couple of places near her that I wanted to stop at.  Little did I know that in that time I would have not one but two near accidents, thanks to someone on a cell phone.

The first incident was right after I got off the interstate and was heading in to town.  I was on a side road that doesn't have much berm, it's a narrow road to begin with.  Driving along minding my own business when next thing I know, there is an SUV heading right towards me in my lane.  I wasn't quite sure what to do, but my knee jerk reaction was to lay on the horn.  My car has one of those annoying Road Runner type horns that really gets your attention and apparently it worked because next thing I know the driver suddenly jerked the car back in to the correct lane. She jerked it so quickly that I was actually concerned that she might wreck.   I'm fairly certain she was texting or something along those lines, her eyes were most definitely not on the road.  Scared the heck out of me to put it mildly because not only was she driving badly, she was speeding as well, so it would have not been pretty had she hit me.  Grrr...

I ran my errands and was heading across town on a side street that I have driven many times.  This is a thru street with no stop signs on it, all of the streets that intersect do.  I could see a car at one of the stop signs and slowed down a little.  Good thing I did because she darned near pulled out in front of me!  She stopped in time for me to miss her, but just barely.  And guess what-she was talking on a cell phone.  No surprise. 

I'm really starting to hate cell phones.  I thought they were a wonderful thing when they first came out, a way to get in touch with someone in an emergency, let your family know if you are stuck in traffic, etc.  Now they have become an annoying pain in the neck.  Driving while talking on a cell phone is bad, but now we have people who think that they can text while they drive-uh, I don't think so!  Statistics show that texting and driving is every bit as bad as driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol.  Yet in the United States, punishment for doing this is still minor.  I don't get it.

In 2000 we went to the UK and spent some time with friends there.  We were trying to get in touch with another person who we were to meet up with and while we were on the road, she did call back on my friends cell phone.  He quickly answered the call, told her to hang on a second, then PULLED THE CAR TO THE SIDE OF THE ROAD, and then proceeded to finish the call.  Afterwards I asked him about it and he said that the UK imposed heavy fines to anyone caught driving and talking.  This was 14 years ago!!!!  If the UK can get laws passed in regards to something this dangerous, why can't we get this done in the US? 

In 2011, 23% of automobile accidents in the US were attributed to cell phones.  That's 1.3 MILLION crashes.  That's ridiculous.  Text messaging is by far the worst offense with it contributing to the likelihood of an accident by 23 times!  Now tell me, is that really worth it?  Is that message or phone call going to be worth it if you kill someone (or several someone's) in the process?  Or even yourself?

20 years ago very few people had cell phones.  We got along just fine.  I don't know of ANY conversation that is so important that you have to take it at that very moment.  Not a single one.  Do you have a problem ignoring a ringing phone?  Perhaps it would be a good idea then to turn off the ringer when you get in the car and remove that temptation.  Put the phone in the trunk or the back seat.  Whatever it takes.  It's a bad habit.  If you are that bored, pick your nose or something.  I'd rather see you doing that.  Safety first! 

Last night my husband started to tell me this story before I had even had a chance to tell him about what had happened to me.  He was at a grocery store where a woman started to pull out and almost hit another car because she wasn't paying attention.  Why?  Yeah, you guessed it, she was on her cell phone.  The woman she nearly hit is my hero.  Apparently she blocked this woman's car, got out and proceeded to give her a total butt chewing right there, on the spot, in front of God and everyone.  I told my husband that if I had been there I would have applauded her. And I hope it makes this woman rethink the importance of that phone call.  It could have waited.  Or she could have waited to pull out until she was done with the call. 

SHUT THE PHONE OFF, PUT BOTH HANDS ON THE WHEEL AND DRIVE THE CAR!!!  That phone call or text is not that damned important, but someone's life is.  Driving is a privilege, NOT A RIGHT.  Treat it like the privilege it is.  Quit being stupid.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Photo of the Week, October 6, 2014

One last photo from Niagara Falls.  This one is from last year about the same week.  Last year I was running around in a t-shirt, I couldn't have done that this weekend, it was cold!  We still haven't had a frost though, my tomatoes are still growing.  Very strange weather.

The boat in this picture is The Maid Of The Mist, a ride that you can take from either the American or Canadian side of the falls that gives you an up close look at the Horseshoe Falls.  They give you raincoats to wear, but you still end up wet.  I highly recommend this to anyone going to Niagara Falls, it is one of the best tourist attractions IMHO.  I've done it several times and it's always fun!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Photo of the Week, September 29, 2014

Another photo from a trip to Niagara Falls!  This was taken at the Butterfly Conservatory at the Botanical Gardens on the Canadian Side.  The gardens are gorgeous but the butterfly conservatory is definitely my favorite part.  What was neat about this particular type of butterfly is when it's wings were closed, it was gray like the background it is on so it blended right in.  I had to time it just right to get this photo as this particular butterfly wasn't cooperating.  I just love the color contrast.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

My Take: Downton Abbey, S5, E1 (No Spoilers!)

I did manage to get to watch the first episode of the new season before it’s shown in the US.  I had been careful not to read any spoilers beyond the usual teasers and releases of information that ITV had provided.  Last season was a huge disappointment to me right from the start.  I can say that this was not the case with the first show of season 5, I’m just hopeful that it will keep the momentum through the rest of this year.  Without further ado:

1.       Let’s not forget that Tom Branson was the chauffeur to begin with-and Irish and a rebel.  And so are his friends!

2.       Violet is back to her usual stuff with Isobel.  Isobel is just smarter this time.

3.       Lady Edith starts the season out as her usual sad sack self and it just goes downhill from there.  Just remember-books are for reading, not throwing.

4.       Mr. Moseley was born a few years too soon for “Just For Men”, ooops

5.       Uh, I think it’s time they get a puppy, if you do the math, Isis is at least 12 years old.  Being a Labrador retriever she’s ancient.  Sibbie and George would have a blast with a puppy.  Come on Lord Grantham, you bad grandfather you!

6.       Mr. Carson still needs a Xanax

7.       Mrs. Hughes is still the voice of reason

8.       Go Daisy!  Don’t let the others get you down.  Would like to see her strike up a friendship with Miss Bunting. 

9.       Oh no Jimmy, that was NOT a good idea

10.   And last but not least-Thomas, OH THOMAS!  The Thomas I know and love is back and with a vengeance.  Just the way it should be. Yay!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Photo of the Week, September 22, 2014--and a mystery solved (sort of)

This isn't a spectacular photo, but I think it's just cool.  How many times do you get to see Niagara Falls made out of Lego's?!?!  This was taken at Brick City, a Lego devoted museum in Niagara Falls, Ontario.  They have lots of other displays, but I thought this was appropriate since it was right there.

The mystery--where all of these harassing phone calls started trying to sell me health insurance.  I was really concerned about the fact that they not only had my name and phone number, but my e-mail address as well.  Today I FINALLY got my answer.  What the idiot at the Federal Trade Commission told me was only partly true.  All of the call aren't scam calls.  This morning I got a phone call from another person trying to sell me insurance.  This guy sounded as genuinely confused as I was annoyed when I told him that I wasn't looking for health insurance.  He asked where in the world they might have gotten my name from and I told him about looking online over a year ago and being bombarded with calls, but that I hadn't done that again.  He said that was more than likely where it originated this time too.  He said the websites that offer this "service" (yeah right, some service) get paid for each referral by each company whether you actually buy something or not!  I'm sure that some of the scam ones pay them too just to get your info, they aren't going to go to each one and verify that they are a legitimate company or not.  They just want their money.  He said they will re-submit old information from their data base just to get more money.  Argh!

He actually couldn't have been any nicer, said he would remove my name and number from their records and also told me that the only real way to get it to stop is to answer each call and tell them to remove you from their list.  Basically the same thing the guy from the FTC told me, but at least this guy had an answer for me as to how they got my information.  If it happens again, I will just change our phone number, hate to do that, but it's the only way I can think of to get it to stop once and for all.  Since I have absolutely no idea what the website was that I submitted it through originally, I am stuck at this point.  I really hate computers some times...