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What I Saw Today: 08/11/20

August 11, 2020

Today I saw the numbers ‘7’ & ‘8’ misaligned on a wall calendar. This is a great of example of not only reckless typesetting (tsk… tsk…), but of why proofreaders are so important to the balance of life.

I don’t know about you, but seeing this type of typesetting blunder this morning has pretty much ruined the entire month of October for me.

I had more to write about today but it’s going to have to wait while I try and process this lapse of professionalism.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

Calendar

What I Saw Today: 08/10/20

August 10, 2020

What I saw today.

Today I saw a parking garage downtown that was open. Not really an uncommon sight with so many people working from home nowadays.

In a world of things to see this was a rather boring thing to have seen today.

I also saw a work crew putting up a steel cage around a hole. I think that might be just a notch below a green “OPEN” sign on the boring scale, but only because no one on the work crew was looking at me or at the fence so there was nothing that made the scene interesting.

(Like a green “OPEN” sign is interesting. Yeah, I know.)

And for all I know they might now even have been the work crew that actually put up the fence and were simply admiring the work of a different work crew. Or, since I don’t know when the fence was actually put up, for all I know they could have been a work crew assembling to take down the fence.

They might not even have been a work crew at all because they might have hijacked the original work crew on their way to lunch and tied them up in an large truck and stolen their work crew clothes. I hope that’s not the case because if there’s a work crew of imposters walking around I think we might all be in trouble because who knows what kind of work they might do. Or worse: might not do. Let’s not even think about that, ok?

Speaking of imposters, have you ever read about “Imposter Syndrome”? It’s kind of interesting. People who deal with Imposter Syndrome, while fully competent, doubt their work and fear that others will call them a fraud. Their success isn’t viewed as a result of anything they did, but because of simple luck, or that they’ve somehow managed to convince other people that they’re smarter/better than they really are.

The work crew I saw was not an example of group Imposter Syndrome because they folks clearly acted as if they knew what they were doing.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

OPEN sign

 

The Writing Group (Carrot Ranch)

August 10, 2020

From Charli Mills at the Carrot Ranch is this week’s challenge.

August 6, 2020, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about molten lava. It can be real-time, such as a volcanic event or the result of one in the geologic timeline. Or, think about making the prompt into a metaphor of heat. What is so hot? Go where the prompt leads!

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The Writing Group

Reading in front of people has never been comfortable for me and tonight was no different. I swallowed.

“My love for her felt like hot lava burning in my heart.”

I saw Jean grimace.

“Not good?” I said.

“Well,” she shrugged. As analogies go . . .”

The other three members looked up.

It got quiet.

Someone coughed.

“What? We know lava’s hot; and it burns, right?”

She had a point.

“So maybe just ‘My love burned’?”

“Better.” Jean smiled

I felt myself blush.

What nobody knew was that the hot burning lava in my heart burned for Jean.

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What I Saw Today: 08/09/20

August 9, 2020

What I saw today.

Today I saw the toxic droppings of a human slob. You’d think at this point in my life I would no longer be surprised by the nauseating and disgusting behavior of humans, but I’m not.

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

Band Aids

 

 

What I Saw Today: 08/08/20

August 8, 2020

What I saw today.

Today I saw an insect trap for the gypsy moth survey program placed by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

What’s a gypsy moth? From the MN DNR‘s website: “The gypsy moth is an invasive forest pest from Europe that is one of the most damaging tree defoliators currently in the U.S. Aspen and oak top the list of over 500 preferred host species.”

Hopefully they catch a lot of them in this thing.

So this guy goes to the doctor.

“What wrong?” the doctor asked.

“I keep thinking I’m a moth, doc,” the guy said.

“I can’t help you with that. You need a to see a psychologist.”

“Yeah, I know.”

“So,” the doctor said. “Why did you come to see me?”

“Your light was on.”

If you like taking pictures of the things you see please share a link to your blog in the comments so I can go and see what you saw.

Insect trap

I Saw a Guy Eating a Sandwich

August 7, 2020

I’m downtown today and I’m walking around. Downtown Minneapolis has lots of places for people to sit outside during the summer. From green spaces to little pop-up picnic tables and benches, there’s no lack of outdoor seating available so people can have the picnic experience in the middle of the workday.

So like I said, I’m downtown today and I’m walking around and I see this guy sitting on one of those benches and he’s eating lunch. Forget the fact that these benches are, for the most part, dirty and bug covered and bird poop covered, and I can’t figure out why anyone would want to sit on them, let alone eat on them, but there he is. Picnicking. Enjoying summer with the dirt and the bugs and the poop.

I slow down to spy on him because I’m always interested in what people are eating. He’s got his brown paper bag resting on the dirty/buggy/poopy bench and a largish sheet of wax paper is spread over his lap. I notice he’s wearing these really long black Oxford-looking shoes. They’re laced tight, very shiny, and there’s like a curlicue pattern at the toe of the show. I’m struck by how long the shoes are and I wonder how he walks without tripping over his feet.

Anyway, the wax paper is spread over his lap and he’s got a sandwich laying on the paper. It’s that perfectly square white Wonder bread type of bread and he’s pulling the top back to show me what looks like just one slice of that perfectly square individually wrapped American cheese. Like Kraft American Singles. He’s holding the top slice of bread with his right hand and with his left hand he’s holding a small packet of mustard and he’s spreading the mustard over the cheese.

I don’t know how he got the packet of mustard open; he must have done it while I was hypnotized by his shoes.

As I pass him I see him putting the top piece of bread back down onto the yellow mustard-topped yellow cheese and he smooshes it around to spread the yellow mustard evenly over the yellow cheese.

Bon Appétit, Mr. Pointy Toed Shoes Guy. But a yellow cheese, yellow mustard and Wonder bread sandwich strikes me as weird and it doesn’t do anything for me. It’s not that I’m any sort of expert, but I used to like eating a lot of weird food combinations. I haven’t done these in a long time but cream cheese covered bread topped with hot dogs split down the middle with the wiener valley filled with peanut butter and topped with American cheese. Or a peanut butter, mayonnaise and lettuce sandwich. Or a peanut butter and sweet pickle sandwich. Or a mayonnaise and french fries sandwich. Or a peanut butter, lettuce and sliced onion sandwich. Or fried eggs and peanut butter. Or Oreos and peanut butter. (Yes, I like peanut butter) I could go on but I don’t want to run the risk of making you any queasier than you already are.

So that’s it. A short walk, a pair of eerily long shoes and a sandwich that I’m not sure the birds or squirrels would want. At least not without any peanut butter on it.

What I Saw Today: 08/07/20

August 7, 2020

What I saw today.

I saw this laughing tree today. A very old – and I’m guessing maybe very wise – laughing tree.

I think he’s probably also a very strong laughing tree because you can see that he lost his left eye somewhere along the line. A battle with another tree? It’s not unusual for trees to go into battle if necessary, although I’m not sure if they fight other trees. I think they might just fight the people, simple folks like you and I, who might want to discover the secrets of the forest they guard. Don’t laugh, guardian trees aren’t unheard of. Just check out The Wizard of Oz if you think I’m making this up. Not the movie, those were weird apple trees, but the book, where the fighting trees are a little more violent and scary.

I suppose this old tree is both wise and strong for having lasted so long and for having avoided both ax and camera-wielding visitors. Anyway, he’s laughing, which is a good thing. They say it’s good to laugh. Take this quote for example:

“Hahahahaha! Ahh . . . that was good.” – someone who laughed

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Laughing tree

What I Saw Today: 08/06/20

August 6, 2020

What I saw today.

The city was around with a crew of folks patching some cracks and holes in the street. Not to mention one sinkhole in the making next to a storm drain. This was yesterday afternoon when I wasn’t home so I didn’t know anything was being done on the streets. This afternoon I’m out I’m walking around and I see all the patches and then lo and behold I see this and it’s Groucho Marx!

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Groucho

What I Saw This Morning – 08-05-20

August 5, 2020

What did I see while walking this morning?

This. The moon.

08-05-20 moon

Play (sort of) ball!

July 24, 2020

The Twins opener is tonight in Chicago. I’d like to be more excited about the 2020 season, but it’s just not there for me. Too many changes to the game and not enough meaning to the games. I’ll watch and follow, and it’ll be a distraction from the madness of reality, but it’s not the same.

The oddest thing about this goofy season is that teams will be playing MLB-approved crowd noise sound effects during the game. Apparently the piped in applause, cheers and boos echoing through the empty stadiums will help the players feel the real game experience. I guess it’s not the same for them either.

And to all the players, coaches and managers, black, brown and white, nationalities too many to mention, who have taken a knee during the national anthem of spring training 2.0 games, and during last night’s season opener in Washington, thank you. You are all, every one of you, heroes and patriots and together you’re sending a message that will work to make America great again. I stand and applaud you all as you kneel and remind of what we need to be reminded of every day.

Finally, to the Tampa Bay Rays – I don’t like Blake Snell, but I love that as an organization you had the courage to send this tweet this morning: “Today is Opening Day, which means it’s a great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor”. I’m hoping the Twins do something equally courageous next Tuesday.

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