Category Archives: Saturday Snapshot

Saturday Snapshot – 95% Accurate Sign

When I was up in Nevada earlier this week, I stayed at a Best Western Hotel…it wasn’t the fanciest hotel around, but it was nice and clean, with a very polite staff. What was interesting was finding my room after I checked in. I was assigned room #220…I walked up the stairs and found this sign…

Sign showing room locations

Sign showing room locations

Easy enough…turn to the right. Well…I thought it was easy…except my room was no where to be found in that direction. I thought I had misread the sign, but no…I didn’t. So if it’s not right, how about I turn to the left…and there was my room several doors down. The sign should have read…

202-222  <<<<<<< (turn to the left)
224-230  >>>>>>> (turn to the right)

I’m still trying to figure out how you can make a sign that is so wrong…seems so easy to me. And wouldn’t you think that someone would double check that?

So the “slightly kinked” version of myself is thinking this:  After I checked in and was heading up to room #220, the desk employee called all the staff and said “Quick…come down to the front desk…I just assigned room #220 to some middle-aged geezer…this should be great!!” They all gathered around the security monitor and watched me wander down the wrong direction before finding the correct room. And they must have busted a gut laughing! You see…I’m guessing this is what you do for fun when you live in the middle of nowhere. And to be honest, I’m OK with giving them a laugh!

Saturday Snapshot – Welcome Evelyn Grace

There are certain events in life that leave a lasting impression…a moment in time that you will never forget. For me…it’s the day I got married, the birth of my two children, the death of my first wife, and the day I married my second wife. Most of these events are joyous, yet some are painful. Today’s event however, is a day of immense joy…my daughter Andrea and her husband Cory had their first child…my granddaughter Evelyn Grace. And like so many years ago when Andrea was born, I am once again smitten by a little girl…

My granddaughter Evelyn Grace

My granddaughter Evelyn Grace

Saturday Snapshot – Biscuits and Gravy (YUM)

I was born and raised in Georgia, and there is nothing better than biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast. YUM! So recently, I noticed this in a local store…

Lays Southern Biscuits & Gravy  --  in a bag??

Lays Southern Biscuits & Gravy – in a bag??

Can it really be?? Did Lays figure out how to miniaturize my favorite breakfast into chips, and put it all in a very portable bag?

Of course I had to buy it and give it a try. End result?? Disappointing. But it was a good try…

Saturday Snapshot – Working Up High

I work for a large construction company in California which also owns a number of aggregate (rock) mines. So sometimes, the phrase “onsite” can have very interesting meanings…

Working up high at an aggregate mine

Working up high at an aggregate mine

This week I had to do some troubleshooting of a microwave link from one of our plants out to a nearby mining pit (about 4 miles away). The view was spectacular! And a bit nervous at the same time…it is a steep and long climb to the top of this tower. When I took this picture, it was late in the afternoon and the plant had stopped production for the day…it was nice and quiet up here. However, I was up here several times the day before during production, and it was incredibly noisy, with lots of vibration, and a muddy mist showering down through the structure. Not a pleasant environment at all. I had my laptop wrapped up in a large plastic bag to keep it clean.

The problem ended up being related to an old switch (installed years ago by an outside vendor). I put a temp switch in place for now, but I’m going to install a proper switch, one designed for this kind of environment…such as the Cisco Industrial Ethernet 2000 series…

Industrial grade switches...much needed in my environment

Industrial grade switches…much needed in my environment

Have a great weekend!!