Revisiting the Past

Well hello!  Welcome to post #2 of 2021! I’ve been crafting ideas and drafts of future posts for this blog, but I felt compelled to revisit past posts.  I’ve gone back and forth on whether I should archive (i.e. remove) some posts from public view if it doesn’t fit in with how I want to craft this blog for the future. For now, I’ve decided to leave things be. 

Below are posts that I especially enjoyed crafting. My fellow readers, if you have the time, I invite you to read (or re-read) some of the entries below.

Let me know if you’d like to see any of these topics revisited in 2021/2022. Also, don’t be shy about leaving comments in any of these older posts, especially if you haven’t read these until now!

Merging Two of My Favorite Things in One Post: Music and Football

CBS, Fox, NBC or the Mouse House: Who Has the Best NFL Theme Music?: Posted before the start of the NFL 2012/2013 regular season, I evaluate NFL theme music among the 4 broadcast networks. Potential for an update, as Carrie Underwood’s Sunday Night Theme could now be included, along with a new  poll.  Spoiler alert: I’d still choose Heavy Action as my favorite NFL theme song.

Thoughts on News Items I Read

Mailing Days are Temporarily Here Again: prompted by articles on the decline of physical mail, as well as declining interest in email and voicemail.  Posted 9(!) years ago, parts of it are still relevant yet I do think this one is a potential revisit for a future post.

How the CDC Can Help You Survive Your Zombie Wedding: posted in 2012 when the CDC was launching campaigns to raise awareness on emergency preparedness. Aw, simpler times.

Slices of Life

Abandoned Ideas: Name Proliferation Explaining how 15 y/o me thought I could become famous.

Peril on the 532: Recounting the day I was certain I would end up floating down a canal. Part of the Commuter Chronicles series I had created through this blog. I’ve long held an idea to craft a short novel detailing my experience as a public transportation commuter and this series was my way of testing the waters on this idea. This might be my muse should I decide to participate in NANOWRIMO this year.

Scenes from a Lunch Hour: Fun fact- I used this blog post as fodder for a sketch in a comedy writing class I took in 2013.  If I can find my work from that class (crossing my fingers I backed this up on Google Drive), I may share it here in future posts.

Fire Evacuation:  Glimpse into an eventful afternoon at work.

Photo Friday!

Shopping Cart Pirate Ship: I do believe this was my first Photo Friday. I started out with capturing quirky public art. This is what sparked an interest in photography for me.

Armed with just my cell phone camera, I found many interesting subjects for Photo Fridays. I then graduated to a Lumix digital point and shoot camera. That camera recently broke, so I upgraded to a Nikkon D5600 and will be taking classes in the coming weeks on how to use the darn thing. Bonus! I should have some fresh subject matter for Photo Fridays.

Dust Storm!: Alternate title for this could be Stupid Stuff I DId 10 Years Ago. I still can’t believe I sped ahead of this storm just to take photos.

Photo Friday: Dust Storm!

After the fabulous storm the area encountered on July 14, the following Saturday we had a massive dust storm or haboob – as this has become the preferred term used by local media for dust storm.

The wall of dust started around 5:00pm on Saturday, July 21.  I was able to take a few photos around Hohokam Stadium (soon to be former home of Chicago Cubs spring training) and still have time to take cover indoors before the dust flew over me.

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Just a Rainy Saturday Afternoon

This is what I get for making fun of the CDC in my earlier post.  It had been cloudy off and on again today, and just when I decided to jump in the pool around 2:45pm this afternoon, this happened…

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How the CDC Can Help You Survive your Zombie Wedding

Watch out would-be brides and grooms, the CDC says this could happen to you. 

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Hazy Days of Summer

Watch the clip here and maybe you will understand my ramblings below which pretty much describe the past week.  If you feel squemish reading about sinus problems…then you may not want to read the post.

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Fire Evacuation

Some of you may have seen my tweet yesterday.  If you didn’t, it was:

When the fire alarm goes off at work and everything smells like charred electrical circuits that’s when you know it’s time to call it a day.

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Commuter Chronicles #4: Plane Crash

Today’s commute was a bit more eventful than usual.  While carpooling towards the freeway, I noticed about four aircraft circling above the vicinity of Falcon Field Airport.

I thought it seemed odd that there would be a backup of air traffic as Falcon Field is a small airport.  However, from about a 1/2 mile away, it became apparent that the aircraft in question were news helicopters as several emergency vehicles were parked on the side of the road across the street from the airport.

Several areas of the lot were sectioned off with police caution tape.  At this point I didn’t know what was going on.  I figured there had to be a dead body or bodies in the lot based on how the lot was sectioned off and the number of police and fire vehicles on site.  There were news vans of 2 local stations already on-site and I could see another getting ready to approach the scene. Continue reading

Commuter Chronicles #2: Peril on the 532

The story below is a working draft of a personal narrative recounting a rather memorable trip to work one morning in 2007. This is my perspective of what happened that morning.

I knew I should have stayed home today. Those were the only thoughts running through my head as the back tire of the 30,000 lbs bus dangled over the edge of the canal. I squeezed my eyes shut for a moment to quickly thank God that this was just a standard size bus and not the ridiculously long articulated bus. That, and to block out the sound of the hyperventilating woman sitting directly behind me. Continue reading