The pickup cab was illuminated by the glow of the smartphone screen. Loud voices and hand-waving filled the space. Suddenly the window opened and the phone came tumbling out end over end. It landed in the road with a crack. With the window open the anger spilled out into the night. Tires squealed as the truck pulled away.
The smashed screen reflected the headlights of the oncoming cars. As each successive tire rolled over the phone its secrets were lost forever.
There was a rabbit outside my office window. It was eating grass, but it was also watching me as I was watching it. Because it was still, and I was close enough to see it clearly, I was able to focus on its ears.
Of course animals with big ears are more attuned to sound, but to watch the mechanics was fascinating. Both ears up and facing forward. Aimed the same direction as its eyes. There’s a sound on the right. The right ear rotates right. Sound on the left. Left ear rotates left. Both rotate back to the front.
Zhush (je-oosh): to fancy something up
Re-swizzle: to reorganize or reorder something
Fox in Socks was always my favorite Dr. Seuss book. It was my favorite when I was a kid. It was my favorite when I was reading to my kids. I always wanted to do a dramatic reading of it. I was especially excited how I would manage the Tweedle Beetles. Author Neil Gaiman does a better job than I ever would have.
There is a hole next to the water meter in my yard. I saw a shed snake skin next to the hole and didn’t think much of it. Since I live next to the woods I have seen all kinds of snakes over the years. Suddenly the snake skin was gone and I saw a frog pop his head back into the hole. I wanted to see his feet to see if he was wearing snake skin boots.
There’s a line between being awake and being asleep. Often I fall asleep quickly, so I miss this line. But if I wake up in the night, or a few hours early, I sometimes hover in this state. This is when lucid dreaming happens. I feel like I am awake, but I know I am dreaming. I read the headline of an article I was working on, “Area man worries about the future,” but I knew I was not the area man.
I’ve been trying to use my phone less, especially as a mindless distraction. One advantage to working from home is that I can take a break, go out on the deck and sit quietly for a few minutes in the sun. The sunlight is better for my mind and body that the endless scroll of blue light on my phone.
On the ground is something green. It’s not a leaf. It’s very green. It has a knot. And it’s rubber. It is the aftermath of a water balloon fight. The green stands out as unnatural. They were only playing with green balloons. The next day there were bits of orange and blue balloons.
I placed an order with an online office store and my confirmations were filled with ads. The confirmation pop-up box offered me funding for my business. Once I cleared that, the confirmation featured a small banner text ad offering me a $50 credit on job site. And finally, down the right hand side were small ads for a social media tool, a physical mailing solution, an email solution and business software.
That’s way too many untargeted ads. I made my purchase with a guest account, so they know very little about me. But I purchased some pens and a laptop stand. Those items do not scream: small business. Their ad targeting strategy could be a little smarter. And a lot less overwhelming.
I see paint marks on the road and along the side of the road all the time. These guides tell workers where to dig or what to dig up or what to watch out for. But I rarely see them painted. I saw a worker marking the ground with two hand-held paint guns. The smell of the fresh paint was just like the model paint I used when I was a kid.