Darn Electronics

Darn Electronics

We have become so dependent on these darn electronics, when they fail, they get us in trouble.  I missed a meeting today because I fat-fingered it in to my calendar.  Oh, I hate when that happens.

These darn electronics are not nearly as reliable as the old pen and paper, yet, we’ve grown conditioned to use them instead.  It is more than fat-fingering.  It’s having them mysteriously disappear from your electronic calendar.  That has happened more than one time.  (I think it has to do with the trend for applications to synchronize with “the cloud”.  Personally, I wish there was a button that says, “I don’t use the cloud.”

The Cloud

The cloud has its place, but not for personal data.  Yeah, it might be convenient to see your calendar on your phone and PC, but when the cloud fails you… what do you get?  A missed appointment!

Like I said, it isn’t the first time.  I caught one last week.  I put it on my calendar over 10 days ago.  After I put it there, I double checked.  It was there.  Then, last week, it was GONE.

I really hate cloud services.

Reorganization

I thought they would reorganize the Elder’s Quorum today.  The released the High Priest Group Leadership, and the reorganization will take place on the 29th.

Best Fast Meeting

We had the best Fast and Testimony Meeting ever.  There were only two people who veered from testimony bearing.  (One, I don’t think will ever get it.)  The rest were really good.

Another Reason

Another Reason

Here’s another reason the cloud isn’t always the best choice.  I guess when I set up my phone I told it to store my calendar information on the “cloud”.  While I don’t specifically remember doing this, or if it was even an option.  As a result, when off-line I can’t see certain appointments.

This bit me in the butt today.  The other day I looked at my appointments for Wednesday and saw nothing.  Zip.  Nadda.  I thought, “Cool, a free day!”

When the afternoon rolled around I decided to check my e-mail.  There I saw that I had missed the Chamber of Commerce board meeting.  Hence, another reason why the cloud isn’t the best choice and how it can bite you.

The funny thing is I remembered to take my friend Tom to lunch.  That wasn’t even on my calendar.

Tom and I went to Orbacker’s.  I ordered zucchini fries.  In insisted that Tom try one.  He did and he was quite impressed.  He asked that I make sure his wife knows he likes them.  My burger was quite good too.  It was a messy burger, but aren’t good burgers supposed to be messy?

When I got home I found my 21″ stainless steel bowl had arrived.  I was off to turn it in to a beauty dish.  Here’s how far I managed to get today:

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Beauty Dish (outside)
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Beauty Dish (inside)

Cinco de Mayo 2016

Cinco de Mayo 2016

It’s Cinco de Mayo 2016.  Such a misunderstood day in history.  As a friend said, it is an excuse for some Americans to drink Mexican beer and eat Mexican food.

Talk about a busy day.  I was going from the time I got up until about 10pm tonight.  I played the organ at a memorial service tonight, and from there I went straight to a meeting.  The morning wasn’t much different going from one meeting to my next appointment.

Tonight’s meeting was interesting.  A group of Palmyra business owners and town/village officials met with local church leaders as well as people from the Church Historic Department and a consultant they’ve hired.  They discussed various issues and problems we face as a village.  It was very clear that both church members and non-members like what the church historic sites bring to town.

If I had my wishlist for Palmyra, I’d want to see the following (and this has nothing to do with the church, but more to do with investors)…

  • A bike/hiking path from the village to the Smith Farm, from the Smith Farm to Hill Cumorah.
  • If we had a bike trail, a bicycle rental business (especially during Pageant)
  • A restaurant like Chili’s, Ruby Tuesday, etc., next to the Palmyra Inn
  • Fast food (Burger King, Taco Bell, Wendy’s, etc.) at the west AND east ends of the village (That’s right, at least 2)
  • Wegman’s to buy out Breen’s

Politics

It’s all the talk in politics who Republican candidates for president have given in to Donald Trump.  The sad thing is, Trump is no more Republican than Hillary Clinton.  Mitt Romney went so far to call him a “fraud”.

Here’s where the Republican Party, in my opinion, has missed the mark…  Instead of sticking to traditional values, they began pandering to the left.  It’s sad because the GOP used to stand for fairness in government and business, family values, moral values (they used to be called the “Silent Majority”), religious freedom, and Constitutional rights.  The problem is they took the “silent majority” label too strictly and have sat silently as the current administration has undermined this nation over the past 7 years.

But, it started way before that.

Getting Warmer

Getting Warmer

It’s getting warmer around here.  Today almost hit 60 here, and tomorrow is supposed to be even warmer.

Today was one of those days that was full of appointments.  At least I got my 2015 books DONE.  I thought they were done before, but I had missed something and had to go back and add stuff.  It would sure be a lot easier if all we had to deal with was a single sales tax.  I’m tired of dealing with income tax, sales tax, property tax, school tax, etc.  Sales and use taxes make the most sense to me.


We bought some big portobello mushrooms and I cooked them to use them like a burger patty.  It worked well, but they were slippery and wanted to slide out of the bun when you’d go to take a bite.  I ended up eating mine open-face.

I think tomorrow I’ll stuff them and bake them.  The sandwich thing didn’t work well.  This 4″ diameter mushroom tops are a meal to themselves.


 

The temple re-opened after the cleaning closure.  It was nice to go back.  They’ve updated most of the technology.  With the warm weather, I would have hoped more people would have attended tonight.

Speaking of warm weather, I didn’t even wear a jacket to the temple.  When we got out, it was still warm.  Tomorrow is going to be a warm day.

Another Packed Day

Another Packed Day

Today was another packed day.  It was even busier than yesterday.  At one point, I came in the house and Elizabethe asked if I was done.  I said, “Nope, just stopping to use the bathroom”, and I was out the door again.

When all of that was done, I came home and pulled the tractor out and drove around in circles blowing the leaves all to manageable piles.  I discovered that after a while, the wall of leaves gets too tall to blow with the tractor.  Before long, it was dark and I had to pull the tractor into its little garage.

It has been another warm day, but overcast and looking like it is going to rain.  In fact, they say it is a high percentage chance that it will rain tomorrow.  If it does, I guess we’ll cancel the missionaries coming to help with the leaves.

While I was out today, I was a little early for my appointment so I stopped in to Tractor Supply to kill about 15 minutes.  I discovered their close-out table and found some nice stocking stuffers for Elizabethe.

Later, I stopped by the other Tractor Supply on my way to make deposits.  They had a totally different selection of closeout stuff.  I picked up a few more things for Christmas gifts.  I’m getting Christmas shopping done early while things like this are still available.

 

Doctor Doctor

Doctor Doctor

When I was teaching at Golden Gate University, it was common for our dean to call everyone doctor even if they weren’t a PhD or EdD.  As you’d walk down the hall you would hear, “Doctor”, with the response of, “Doctor.”  It kind of reminded me of the scene from Spies Like Us.

“We’re not doctors!”

As you might guess, I had doctor appointments today.  Hence, Doctor Doctor.

In between I had a networking meeting which went well.  I received complements on several head shots I had taken for some of the members.  That a nice upbeat piece of news between doctor appointments.

Doctor Doctor!

Yes, from there I went to another doctor appointment regarding a baffling rash.  While the doctor is unsure of what the cause of it is, she did comment that my skin is quite dry and that could be the cause of the irritation.

So, on my way out of the pharmacy after buying some moisturizing cream, I politely stopped by the protester outside the candy store and asked, “Why can’t you take your protest down the street as to not interfere with local businesses?”

The guy went berserk.  At that point I decided it was time to walk away.  As I walked away he continued to yell at me until I was out of sight.   He wanted to “video” me and when I just walked away, he was yelling stuff like, “Come back here.  Don’t do a drive by.  Come back here so I can get you on video.”

Now, here’s the irony of it all…

The police (whom I spoke with after) don’t want to do anything unless he “crosses the line” as they fear it would trample his freedom of speech.  (Yes, in spite of the fact that tourist have said they avoid that part of the street because they want to avoid him, which in turn means fewer people visit those businesses.)  Yet, if I were to walk down the street yelling at some random person, I would probably get picked up and hauled off to jail.

How are his actions not harassment?  How are his actions not intimidation — bullying?

As a word of caution, the guy doesn’t appear to be mentally stable in my opinion.  So, think twice before speaking to him.  (When I described the guys reaction, the police chief said the guy did the same thing to him a couple of years ago.  At least I’m not alone.  Only I didn’t have a squad car and authority to throw him in the back of the car.)

I honestly don’t have a problem with him protesting.  I just think it is in poor taste and form for him to do so in our business district in front of businesses.  I question his motive for that spot and not in front of the Grandin Building.

My theory as to why he doesn’t want to stand in front of the Grandin Building is this…

He wants locals to be upset, and in his twisted logic, I think he thinks they will be upset with the Mormons, and not him.

Well, me and probably a couple thousand Palmyra residents have news for him.  We’re upset with you.  Not because of your message, but because of where you choose to deliver your message.  For Pete’s sake… take it down to the Village Park and have some class like the people with the yellow “cheese” truck.

Section 139-9 Village of Palmyra Code:   Except as provided in Article II, Stationary Sidewalk Vendors, of this chapter, no peddler, including those otherwise exempt from this article, may remain in a stationary location in the public streets, nor shall any peddler be permitted to operate in any congested area where his operation might impede or inconvenience the public. For the purpose of this article, the judgement (sic) of any police officer, exercised in good faith, shall be deemed conclusive as to whether the area is congested or the public impeded or inconvenienced.

Note:  It’s interesting that the only time I could find the word exempt is in the above paragraph.    It’s also questionable if he is considered a “peddler”.

Okay, enough of my venting.  His work is in vain, and here’s why…

The Standard of Truth has been erected; no unhallowed hand can stop the work from progressing; persecutions may rage, mobs may combine, armies may assemble, calumny may defame, but the truth of God will go forth boldly, nobly, and independent, till it has penetrated every continent, visited every clime, swept every country, and sounded in every ear, till the purposes of God shall be accomplished, and the Great Jehovah shall say the work is done (Joseph Smith – History of the Church, 4:540).

 

No Day Off

Just because I normally take Monday’s off, doesn’t mean this is a 2-day work week for me.  Instead, I didn’t take today off and worked my butt off trying to be ready for Thanksgiving.

People have such a misconstrued notion of what self-employment is like.  I think some people think you just get up and decide what you’ll do that day, and if you don’t feel like working, then you take the day off.

Not so.

Instead, you get up thinking you have no appointments.  Then, you open your e-mail.  You see a message from Client #1.  They want you to retouch a 3 year old picture for their anniversary.  Then you see another from Client #2.  They finally decided what prints they want for their Christmas card.  Then there’s Client #3 who has some changes they want made to the family portrait.  Before you know it, the day you thought was void of must-do work is now full of things to do.

Because my business is consumer driven, I often have times when unanticipated work comes through the door.  At the same time, I have days when there are no pressing issues.  Those days I find myself saying, ‘I need to get busy to business because I have nothing to do.’

Big businesses have fewer ups and downs.  Small businesses, like mine, require constant adjustments to the work flow.

So, today was no day off.

Scheduling 101

Scheduling 101 teaches me that when you have a well planned day things are going to take longer than planned.  It is no wonder why you always wait for the doctor or dentist.   You get a new appreciation for what they go through when you have days like this.

See, it works like this…

You have an appointment at 11:30am, but you need to leave by 11:00am to get there on time.   That appointment ends at 12:30pm, so you scheduled your next appointment for 1:30 allowing yourself an extra 30 minutes.  Oh, but wait, that 30 minutes got gobbled up when you had to talk to someone after your getting out of your 12:30 appointment.  And so on, and so forth…

The day’s gone, and I still have things on my “to do” list.  It’s not like I had extra time on my hands, and I didn’t squander any time.  Things just take longer than planned.

On the other hand, had I given myself an extra 30 minutes between each item I’m sure I would have felt like I had too much time on my hands.

I will admit, there are a lot of items scratched off my “to do” list.  It just feels like there are things I should have worked on but I didn’t have time.