The World Wide Web

I can remember when my hubby and I first got an Internet connection for our house! We were so excited to be part of the newest technology! Back then, the only option for Internet available to your basic homeowner, was via telephone lines. It seemed lightning fast to us, back then. Now, dial-up seems deathly slow! I can remember, too, that when we wanted to go to a website, we had to type in the entire website address, including the “http://” and we always had to include the “www.” right after that. Nowadays, I don’t have to type in any of that code at the beginning of the URL, just the rest of the URL and the “dot com” or “dot net” or whatever the “dot” part is. That sure makes it a lot easier to find what I am looking for!

Labor Day Thoughts

Labor Day (free clip art)

Labor Day (free clip art)

When Labor Day comes around, I find myself in a quandry. I am very grateful to all of the men and women who worked so hard, through labor unions, to get large companies to give their workers better working conditions, benefits, pay, etc. My own job was a union job, and the benefits were a huge help to my family. I find it distressing that so many of my siblings, and my parents, are anti-union. They are very vocal about how anti-union they are. When Labor Day rolls around, sometimes I find it difficult to be around those people.

I hope that you, my dear readers, enjoy your Labor Day Holiday, brought to you by trade unions!

In case of fire

Sometimes I wonder if I had a previous life in which I died in a fire.  My parents tell me that I’ve never been in a fire, but I have recurring dreams where I am traveling home and arrive home to find the house engulfed in flames. When I was a little girl and told my parents about my nightmares about the house burning down they would just “poo poo” my dreams. 

I can’t recall ever seeing a fire extinguisher in my parents house anywhere. They carried one in their boat (I think it’s required by law) but I never saw one anywhere in the house. Do you think that’s odd? Come to think of it, when I go to my friend’s houses I never see fire extinguishers there either! I wonder if they are just creative and clever about hiding them. And I wonder if hiding them is a good idea!

I have one right beside my kitchen door, near the stove. I figure that is the most likely place that I would need to have one. No one in the house smokes, so there really isn’t a lot of danger about fires in other areas of the house. Come to think of it, a good housewarming gift for new homeowners would be a good fire extinguisher! I wonder if they would think it is too much of a “pun” between “housewarming” and fire extinguisher?

Poison Ivy

When I was a child I could wear shorts and run barefoot through knee-deep poison ivy and it never bothered me. Not a bump or a rash or itch. But now that I’m an adult I am astonished to discover that I have developed an allergy to it! So I avoid it. Imagine my dismay this morning when I woke up to find some poison ivy bumps on my hands. I haven’t been anywhere NEAR any poison ivy! So I have to assume that I got it from checking the pockets from my hubby’s jeans before I washed them a few days ago. He had dumped them on the bedroom floor (where they stayed for a few days) and when I decided I was sick of them and was going to do a load of towels I grabbed them, checked the pockets (no money darn it!) and tossed them in the wash.

Since HE had a poison ivy rash last week, I now have to assume that I got the poison ivy off of those jeans. GRRRRRR. Not a happy camper!

Wide price range

Are you ever surprised at a wide price range of something that has a particular name brand attached to it? Today I was surprised to see a large price range – from under $200 to over $6,000 on guitars associated with the name les paul at I imagine some of the guitars are for beginning students, and others are for professionals, and that is all well and good. I think building brand loyalty is a smart thing.