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From Rebecca: Technology grrr 6

Greetings, Joe’s readers. I am doing today’s blog entry, from my home, because Joe’s computer started acting up during our work session. He couldn’t open a browser window at all and everything else he did was much slower than usual. He had to run a full security scan, which usually takes a couple of hours. It was still at 27% when I left. Hopefully his virus scanner will find the problem and fix it, so Joe can use his computer again.

Joe told me he had another great shift at work yesterday. He even had a happy customer tell Joe’s boss about his good service! His feet are adjusting to all the standing, though I did recommend that he spend part of his first full paycheck on new work shoes. Joe said today that he wants to buy his own GPS unit, probably a Garmin, for the trip to Maine, so he won’t have to borrow someone else’s.

I have watched Joe experience his first job of this type for the past month, and I have been delighted. He has been so excited about learning new things, interacting with new people, and achieving new skills. I am so used to people grinding through their jobs, especially grimy hard work like at a fast food restaurant, that it has been a lift to my spirits to see him do so well and like it so much.

Another thing happened yesterday with Joe. He and Traci broke up and are no longer engaged, though they are still friends. He does not want to write a blog entry about it, so I told him I would let his regular readers know for him.

Next week, assuming that his computer is working again, Joe will write an entry on Wednesday about his mother and the anniversary of her passing, then on Thursday I will write another From Rebecca post.

As Joe would write, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Time seems to fly when you’re having fun

Greetings, readers. When I was a small boy in elementary school, school days felt like weeks and the weekend felt like ten minutes. I’ve often wondered why that was. A minute is a minute and a day is a day, etc. I suppose it’s how our brain perceives time.

I’ve had it happen many times over my lifetime that when I’m doing something fun, time flies. When I’m studying, doing something boring, or doing something I flat-out don’t like, time seems to drag.

This morning I got up at 6:45 and thought to myself, “I have the whole morning ahead of me.” I checked Facebook, practiced for my show a little bit, and ran a train simulation. Next thing I knew, it was 11:30. I had to shut down the computer and get ready to go meet Rebecca at Panera.

I can’t change how I perceive the time or how it goes. I know when I go to Bear Spring Camps, the first few days seem normal, but the closer I get to the day I leave, the time just seems to speed up. Back in the day, when camp used to have the benefit softball game, I really got the sensation that the finish of the game was the beginning of the end of the vacation. The game happened on a Thursday, Friday was mostly packing up, and Saturday morning was saying good-bye, having that final breakfast and getting on the road.

During my college years, when I really struggled with my classes, I felt like time was traveling through molasses. Then came the weekend. Penn State football on Saturday, rah rah rah. On Sunday, I’d watch the Steelers and Eagles. And then it was back to classes on Monday and time would drag again.

In conclusion, there is probably some theory from some scientist that deals with this topic, but I can only speak from my own experiences. If you would like to, please chime in with your experiences on how you perceive time or any stories you would like to share in the comment box.

As far as next week goes, I’m taking a personal day on Wednesday, so I believe we will put up blog entries on Thursday and Friday. At least that is the plan for now.

Until then, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

Top ten list of things I loved about my college years

Greetings, readers. Recent reflection, walking around the State College area, allowed me the opportunity to reflect back on my college days. I went to Pennsylvania State University after graduating from Mt. Aloysius Junior College. Many happy memories came from those years.

#10. The freedom I felt at leaving home for the first time. [I think most late teenagers experience this.]

#9. The college romance. [I almost asked my junior college girlfriend to marry me.]

#8. The learning experiences. [Learning, yes; test taking, no.]

#7. The socializing. [The dances, the socials, and those crowded cafeteria times.]

#6. From my Penn State days, the small bowling alley they used to have. [At one time I was actually a pretty good bowler; had a 144 average.]

#5. From my junior college days, the game room. [I spent many hours there shooting billiards and listening to the pop music on the juke box. Sometimes Paula and I would grab a mid-evening burger and shake.]

#4. Penn State football weekends. [Sometimes the evening noise level does get to me, I’ll admit, but there is nothing like the collegiate¬†football atmosphere on a Saturday afternoon.]

#3. At Pattee Library at Penn State, they had a music listening room. [I spent many happy hours listening to classical CDs, both from the library and the music I brought in.]

#2. The occasional walk around the Penn State campus on a sunny warm day.


That’s my top ten list of college memories. Please feel free to chime in with your own and leave them in the comment section.

Until next time, have a great weekend, enjoy summer, and happy reading.