Saturday, July 31, 2010

Truman State Park

Passed through this town on the way to the park.  Probably a reason why there are only 63 residents.

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

How do advertisers know what I am shopping for?

Around the house, I like to wear light weight, preferably cheap sandals. Most of the summer I have worn a little Airwalk sandal I bought at Payless several years go. They are kind of squashed down now and rocks hurt my feet. So, I started shopping online for a shoes to replace them.

I learned not to wait until the end of the summer to buy summer shoes, especially since I have a common size. I stopped by the Payless store first. They had nothing. Next, I checked their web site—shoes were either tiny or huge. By the way, I can't stand to wear flip flops so that eliminates lots of possibilities.

Finally, I started checking Crocs. I did find a pair on sale at Dick's Sporting Goods. I'm back in business.

The real point is not about the shoes. It's that nearly every web site I click on, all of a sudden, is offering Croc shoes, even an electronics web site. My question is, how do these people know where I'm surfing to target me with online ads? Anyone else found this happening to them?

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Writing Alert!

Write the excitement. That was the message in a book I bought nearly six years ago when I started blogging. I wanted to brush up on basic grammar and writing skills. Much to my dismay, it discouraged the overuse of explanation points. It made my habit of using the little mark seem rude and crude.

I can't help myself, though. I type, “See you soon” and it just feels like dread whereas if I write, “See you soon!,” it seems much more upbeat. Or, Thank you vs Thank you! The ultimate, “OMG” vs OMG!!!--because if one is good, three ought to be better. I automatically know right where it is on my keyboard and I don't care if I am committing a punctuation sin.

Then, I came across an article referring to David Shipley and Will Schwalbe's “The Essential Guide to Email for Office and Home.” They endorse explanation points. Hallelujah!

According to an article for Slate online magazine, “So Many Exclamation Points!” by Jacob Rubin, part of the reason for modern acceptance of explanation points is the opposite of my years of typed letters always with carbon copies. So much of what we say now is not intended to be permanent. We email and text messages that just a few years ago would have been vocal rather than written. Or not even communicated at all. For example, when I say, “Nice pics!” as a comment on Facebook or “Looking forward to seeing you!!” to an email about a friend stopping by says exactly what I want to say without a wordy paragraph that most don't want to take time to read and will only be deleted.

Still, the fact that we (or I) depend so heavily on a little mark to communicate excitement, love or joy is rather sad. Because even with the poorly constructed sentences in my past letters, there were few explanation points. Parents, family, friends and even Dan 44 years ago receiving a note in the mailbox would want more than a couple words and a tiny mark to communicate feelings.

Don't get me wrong, I think modern communication is wonderful. It many ways, we communicate more now than ever. Blogs, Facebook Twitter. Who isn't to say getting a message saying, I Love You! isn't as good as a two page letter trying to say the same thing. Well, maybe...

(A row of periods—is that wrong? I like that too!)

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

11:56 pm and finished the book!


Sidetracked by a story

I planned to continue my rant on modern writing techniques tonight, but I am nearing the end of an excellent book.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett is essentially stories within a story.  It is set in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi.   I am listening to it, which I highly recommend because it is wonderful to hear the dialects.  The back of the box says this:

     “Two Africian-American maids and one white Junior League socialite….come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk.” 

That is to write a book about how it is to spend lifetimes waiting on white families and raising their children.  Here is a review by the New York Times.   Even though I have not finished it, I can say it is sad, funny, loving, and especially enlightening for anyone not born and raised in the deep south.  

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Setting here at the computer, I often look out a nearby window. FWIW, this is why so many of my posts R weather related.  It WFM.

Today, as I sit down to write yet another post about the weather, it strikes me that many might say BTDT to the hot weather, high humidity and even our current project of putting up hay.  Or, more specifically, GMAB, it’s summer.

K, I’ll quit with these abbreviations.  I really don’t know that many, I’m looking at a cheat sheet to get these.

A while back I printed out a list of what I guess are common abbreviations.  There are 271 of them.  I am sure there are even more.  Of the 271, I am familiar with 18.

There are some that have been around for years—ASAP (as soon as possible), DBA (doing business as), FAQ (frequently asked questions), and TGIF and SOL (you surely know these).

There are new ones that even I use once in a while—BTW (by the way), TMI (too much information), or, I am embarrassed to admit, OMG (oh my gawd). 

Really, though, who does a 64 year-old-woman send these to?  My friends?  Most don’t even text, let alone use short cuts.  Our kids?  They would shake their heads and start checking out homes.  However, I think I will keep the list.  My grandkids may allow a DTRT (do the right thing) or two.

So far, short cuts are not my style.  What is?  Check back tomorrow!

PS: FWIW (for what it’s worth)  WFM (works for me) BTDT (been there done that) GMAB(give me a break) K (ok)