Though, if I don’t start one, it doesn’t auto-publish (which prevents the site from getting clogged up with blank entries if I fail :-)[/text_output][custom_headline type=”left” level=”h1″ looks_like=”h1″]Oooh, Shiny New Site Stuff…[/custom_headline][text_output]So, in the middle of everything else I’m working on, I ended up with a wild hair. Â I saw a theme I simply had to use, that allowed me to completely change the layout and design for the site to something I felt was a little slicker. Â Hopefully, everyone agrees that it’s an improvement over the old layout, and that the font choices are better.
The front page is the most major portion of the revamp, design wise: Â it now uses a much nicer (in my opinion) circular design layout for recent posts, and buys me a lot of extra space for highlighting upcoming projects.
However, it’s not all done yet. Â Mainly I need to do some color changes, things like that, and prep for the serial-publication areas for the books. Â Probably sometime next month before I manage to do many more changes to the site, though, just because I can eat A LOT of time just tweaking it all :-)[/text_output][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h2″ accent=”true”]Starting Tomorrow[/custom_headline][text_output]Tomorrow, of course, is a fantastic land where people loose weight, work out, quit smoking, and save the world.
I’ve been having some tomorrow issues, too. Â One of them is my workouts – I was busy today and yesterday, and managed to not work out. Â I’ll do it tomorrow.
Well, ya know what? Â I AM going to start tomorrow. Â I always end up feeling better, have more energy, less problems with the cold, and a host of other things when I work out. Â I’ve been freezing for days now, so I’m taking that as a sign from God it’s time to get my butt in gear 🙂
The first 7 days of workouts is just going to be light cardio, and light workouts. Â Nothing to really start building myself with, just to start getting the body ramped up again, and get into a routine :-)[/text_output][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h2″ accent=”true”]911 And Other Tales[/custom_headline][text_output]I’m one of those people who stop when I see a wreck, ask questions when I wonder if someone is OK, rescue people’s dogs (the neighbors scotties all got out today, headed down the street, and I talked them into going back to the neighbor’s yard – they are folks who don’t get about real well), or, call 911 when there’s a problem outside my ability to solve it.
On the way back from supper, someone pulled out in front of Kat and I, and almost got hit – the other car missed him by less than 2 foot. Â Then he drove ultra slow (less than 20 MPH), swerved a bit, and generally didn’t act right. Â He pulled into synagogue’s parking lot, and I let it go for a minute. Â Then, I though I probably shouldn’t let it go.
Now, Kat is always good natured about my requirement to help or investigate things. Â Actually, more than good natured about it, she flat out encourages it, and acts as an extra set of eyes if there’s a car pulled over on the side of the road. Â So, when I said I was going back, she didn’t bat an eye – it’s pretty much standard procedure for us.
I pulled into the parking lot, and pulled up window to window with the pickup truck that was stopped. Â It took a couple of tries to get him to roll down his window and ask if everything was OK. Â He said it was, but he was speaking slow and slurred. Â Probably drunk, but, it could also be a medical issue – it’s hard to tell sometimes.
As I pulled away, I decided to call 911, and report the person. Â As drunk as he was acting, there’s no way he belonged on the road!
Apparently, that’s not as common of a thing to do as I thought. Â See, by my thinking, if there’s someone causing a problem that is a risk to others, I figure everyone just picks up the phone and calls. Â Two of the conversations I had tonight surprised me, because not everyone does call ’em.
I’ve talked to 911 operators so often that I have it down pat. Â I know what sort of questions they’ll ask, what they want clarification on, etc., before they ask. Â I patiently wait for them to ask, and give them full, clear details to every question. Â This is my first call for 2014, and I think I only had to make one call in 2013. Â But, in previous years, I’ve had to talk to them for:
- Motorcycle accident
- Someone actively throwing traffic cones at cars in the street (teenage girls)
- SUV flipped upside down (somewhere on the site I’m sure I told that story)
- Multiple drunk drivers
- Guy doing between 50 and 90 off and Â on in the wrong lane of US-54 for 10 miles
- Guy going the wrong way on US-54, slowly, headed for the liquor store in Goddard
- Multiple hit and runs (including a wild chase to get a tag number… twice.)
- Multiple shots fired
- Multiple “some idiot lit something on fire”
- Multiple break-ins (including my own vehicle)
And that’s just the stuff off the top of my head. Â And, I really hadn’t thought too much about it until today. Â So, if you’re reading this, please: when something’s wrong, call 911. Â Drunk drivers who are weaving all over the road are a matter of “Oh, the cops will see him” or “oh, it will be all right.” Â People die from that quite frequently. Â And, yeah, in my history I’ve had some drinking and driving when I was young – though, I also pulled my ass over if I didn’t think I could drive right (the freedom to drive is important to me, so, I was fairly cautious.)
I don’t really care for dealing with cops, but, if it helps someone else out? Â Heck yeah. Â If it saves someone else? Â Heck yeah. Â If there’s even a chance that it prevents someone from getting hurt? Â Heck yeah. Â And I encourage everyone else to do the same. Â Take a moment, look at the situation, and if someone could get hurt because of someone else’s actions, pick up the phone and call. Â It only takes about 2 minutes, and that’s what they’re there for.[/text_output][line][custom_headline type=”center” level=”h2″ looks_like=”h2″ accent=”true”]Today’s Stats[/custom_headline][text_output]
- Workouts: None
- Cigarettes Smoked: 20 (Sheesh!)
- Healthy Eating: Good breakfast, everything else… phhhhttt.
Projects Worked on: