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.

My Two Cents on Toys

Just when I was ready to throw in the towel and leave this blog untouched for the rest of the week, Across the Bored posted a challenge I could easily fulfill.  This week’s topic selected for Two Cents Tuesday is Toys. Even though daylight stretches on a bit longer these days, I seem to have less time for certain endeavors (such as writing and blogging) as I’ve rediscovered a favorite toy of mine from my high school years.

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I received this back in 1997.  My grandfather bought it for $30 from a buddy of his that used to play it in a mariachi band. Even though the rosette around the sound hole was already chipping away and the case had seen better days, I was so ecstatic to own a guitar. I signed up for 2 semesters of guitar class my senior year of high school and happily strummed along as my guitar instructor taught us chords for tunes from the 50’s and 60’s, from groups such as the Beatles, Doors, Beach Boys and Kingston Trio to name a few.

My grandfather lived long enough to see me learn these songs.  To celebrate our year of learning guitar, my guitar instructor held a guitar concert on Cinco de Mayo.  The entire guitar class stood on stage and played many of the songs we’d perfected in class for all our friends and family in attendance. I’ll never forget how my grandfather stood proudly as we took our bow and clapped as loud as he could.

After high school, life happened.  Faced with adulthood and the reality of juggling work and school, many hobbies I enjoyed as a teen took a backseat.  About two months ago, I looked over at this guitar sitting in the back of my closet and wondered why in the world I am just letting this thing collect dust.

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I dug out my old guitar instruction books and have been sitting down each evening working through lessons as well as practicing some of the songs I already knew from high school. I never felt disciplined enough to really sit and work through all the lessons in the books when I was younger.

Revisiting this years later, I find that I’m comprehending the information much easier these days.  I also feel my coordination and dexterity has improved compared to my teenage years. 

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I know this because suddenly I’ve become picky about, well, picks. I’ve moved beyond mere chords to single note playing, riffs and 12 bar blues progressions.  Picks can’t magically make one’s playing sound better, but the right pick can make the musical journey that much more enjoyable for the player.

The clear pick sitting in the pick holder is satisfactory, but I definitely prefer the stiffness of the Dunlop Tortex picks (the green picks pictured lower right). However, I just discovered  the rough grip of the Dunlop Max Grip Jazz III Carbon Fiber picks (pictured below left).  Though smaller, the grip is steady and I’ve yet to accidentally drop it in the guitar. This pick could very well rival the Dunlop Tortex as my favorite pick.

Well, what else can I say?  These are the toys I rush home to play with these days.

Accidental Christmas Gift

Hello there! Late post today, I took my time getting home.  Decided to stay at work past quitting time to complete something in peace and quiet.  Earlier in the day, I got sidetracked catching up with a friend of mine who works on a different floor in the building then began re-reading the first 70 pages of Big Sur whilst sipping on coffee of the free variety.

When I pulled up in my driveway, I noticed a grocery bag hanging on the handle of my garage door.  It looked like it would contain something good.  My curiosity was piqued and I wondered who stopped by while I was meandering my way home.

Upon closer inspection, I saw the fancy green logo for specialty grocery store AJ’s embossed on the side of the bag.

Inside was a small box of fancy fudge accompanied by an envelope addressed to “Dave”.  I immediately knew, it was meant for the previous owner of the home who (according to my neighbor) relocated to the Pacific Northwest 2 years ago. Oh well. Finders keepers…

Scenes from a Lunch Hour

After walking by the TV station, I can now see that the giant plastic candy bar costumed characters roaming up and down the street are indeed handing out samples. I would like to receive a sample but for some reason do not say anything aloud to  my co-worker, who is walking alongside me. Continue reading

Happy Autumn + NFL Music Poll Update

Happy autumn everyone!  In case you didn’t know, today, September 22, is the first official day of fall.  Despite the lingering warm weather, many of us have already been chowing down on fall flavored goodies and pulling out our light sweaters and other autumn gear for a few weeks.  Here in Phoenix we still have another week of 100 degree weather but by next weekend, the temps will be down to the low 90s. Woo hoo!

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Mailing Days are (Temporarily) Here Again

Is mail becoming obsolete?

We’ve all heard about the financial woes plaguing the United States Postal Service as the volume of snail mail is on the decline.  I doubt mail service will completely disappear anytime soon, usage of mail will continue to decrease as we find increasing ways to communicate, pay bills and transfer documents on our laptops, tablets and smartphones.  However, just as bricks and mortar mail service is becoming obsolete, are other forms of mail destined to go the way of the pay phone and fax machine? Continue reading

Where’s George?

Happy Independence Day!  Hope all of you stateside are enjoying the holiday.  In today’s post, I want to discuss the Where’s George website.  If you’ve never heard of Where’s George, it is a website where you can track currency as it travels around the nation.

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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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Abandoned Ideas: Name Proliferation

Since I’ve been writing this blog, I’m remembering some ideas I’ve had over the years.  Had I followed through on some of them I might have actually made serious money (like my idea for voice recognition software at age 10).  D’oh!

Anyhow, here was my scheme for becoming famous.

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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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Bye Bye Junior High

The junior high I attended officially closed down last Thursday. I always figured I’d be much older if something like this happened.

The school is 60 years old and the district feels it would be too costly to upgrade the buildings.  When I attended back in the mid-90’s it seemed like the school needed several repairs back then, so I can just imagine what the repairs would cost now.  Still, I felt a little lump in my throat knowing that my school will eventually be torn down.  Continue reading