I did a little housekeeping yesterday. I have a lot of ideas squirreled away that have not and likely will never result in a blog post. Let’s see what I’m throwing out and why.
Medical Advice – I reacted badly to an article I read offering medical advice for staying healthy in retirement. The article took forever to say (I know, pot calling the kettle black) these four things. Avoid spicy food, avoid caffeine, avoid alcohol, and avoid fatty food. Why did I work forty-two years? I mean, I could have retired 10-15 years earlier if I was going to live on oatmeal.
I Can Ignore – I received the following connection request on LinkedIn – “I was impressed with your profile and think it would be beneficial for us to connect on LinkedIn.” My post was going to focus on the fact that my profile indicates that I am retired. As I researched this wanna-be connection, he was selling software.
The part of my job I dislike(d) the most – This post was a rant about a collection of complaints I received while, in addition to being in charge of technology, I was given the responsibility for dealing with the building management. Those complaints included, dirty window blinds, broken faucets in the lady’s room and ice in the parking lot. I was going to collect a few more and make it a top eight or ten kind of post – then I retired.
Home Sweet Homes Away From Home – I was collecting a list of favorite hotels and the things I liked about them. Luckily for you, I retired, and the pandemic stopped me from traveling.
WordPress Update – I collected a list of problems I had submitted to the Happiness Engineers that hadn’t been acted upon, or at least hadn’t been resolved. That was in April of 2019. They included a variety of things that didn’t work in Galleries (and still don’t) and the fact that I couldn’t like certain blog posts (also still happens). I checked the status of both of these yesterday – 27 months later – the Likes issue was closed because it was “stale” – after nine months with no activity. The Gallery issue was filed under the grand heading of “Gutenberg” a.k.a. Block Editor. Currently, there are over three thousand issues filed in that category.
Silly Argument – In September of 2019, I saw a thread in one of the neighborhood forums where one lady was complaining about “the way people murge.” Several other people commented on the topic, using the same misspelling. Finally, a woman entered a comment, “For crying out loud, it’s MERGE!” The thread switched to nothing but scornful comments like, “who made you grammar god?” and “Stop trying to look like an intellectual.” and “so impressed you know how to use a dictionary.” Then 2020 happened, and I realized the bizarre list of things people find offensive.
Weather – I was going to explore the fact that Twitter erupted (according to a news analyst) over the fact that a big storm was predicted but never arrived. I’m not sure what would have to happen for the weather to seem extreme now – extreme seems to be normal.
Math – I have a collection of math topics, from logarithms to the Golden Ratio to using approximations. I was going to toss that one, too, but I think I’ll hang onto it until another Monday. Sorry, Mary.
But not today, no logarithms today. I hope you enjoy the gallery. But first, a comparison of two photos from our back yard.