Sunday, May 15, 2016

Feeling Whelmed

I'm not sure why, but I've been feeling totally overwhelmed the past few weeks.

So here's a totally random post for you.

We've been having another crazy weather spring this year. We had snow the first weekend in May - seriously! I haven't planted anything except for the spinach and peas that I put in back in March. Alas, they aren't doing much, but oh well.

It's been raining off and on - much more than my sunshine spoiled Colorado nature enjoys. I mean, everything is lush and green, but holy moly - you actually have to mow the lawn when it gets water!

Anyhow, between storms, CatMan and I have gotten in a few nice rides. Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure...

There are lots of baby "gooslings" everywhere. I know it's supposed to be "goslings" but I just don't think that word is cute enough for this much yellow fuzziness.

I love how the mama was hissing at me, as if to say "You stay away from my babies!" Of course, these guys were much more amenable to being photographed than this bunch...

Sorta hard to blame them though. I think if there was a smartphone wielding crazy lady coming toward me on a bike, babbling incoherent baby talk, I might be inclined to get the heck outta there too!

The bike path has flooded again in spots...

But things sure are purdy...

"Green Mountain" actually looks green! This is a real rarity!

The last tulip in my yard

The South Platte River in Chatfield State Park

A late-blooming crabapple tree

View from the top of Chatfield Dam

Immature Swainson's Hawk - he was just hanging out on the railing next to the trail

Anyhooo... in other news, I've been working - I know, say it isn't so! Well, "work" is a relative term. I have a new "go broke slowly scheme" - I'm writing online quizzes. I'm still working out the kinks, and getting it all to work right, so I've only created a few so far. But if anyone feels up to being a guinea pig (or if you're just curious what I've been up to) - here's a link. I think y'all might recognize a few of the topics - hey, I figured I'd start with things that I know!

I think I'm gonna have to come up with hundreds of quizzes in order to make anything resembling money off of this little venture, but at least I think I've got the programming part worked out.

Soooo... another storm is moving in and I'm not sure if I'm upset that I won't get the tomatoes in, or relieved because it's a good excuse to take a few days off!

But in any case, that's the news from the funny farm! Hope you're all enjoying spring!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

I Don't Think You Said What You Think You Said

I must be getting old and cranky. Either that or the bar for acceptable use of the English language has fallen to a remarkably low level, because everywhere I turn lately, glaring grammatical errors seem to be slapping me in the face.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not some sort of a grammar Nazi or something. I make plenty of mistakes myself - there are probably some in this very post. And I certainly don't think that people should be held to some level of perfection, especially in their day to day communications on social media or whatnot.

But lately I keep running into grammar fails that fundamentally alter the meaning of what is being said -- or should that be "which fundamentally alter the meaning of what is being said?" See what I mean about perfection?

At any rate, the misplaced modifier seems to be a biggie. Here's a headline I stumbled upon today:
Man Shot with Fake Bomb at Baltimore TV Station
Hmm... that's interesting. How exactly does one use a fake bomb to shoot someone? I assume what they meant to say was "Man with Fake Bomb Shot at Baltimore TV Station" but that isn't actually what they did say.

Then there's a commercial for a local furniture store, where some young woman proudly talks about her job as a buyer, and how gratifying it is to help people find products "in which they can find value in." Seriously? They paid to put that on the air? Perhaps it was approved by the department of redundancy department.

Then there are the missing or misplaced commas, periods, or other bits or punctuation.

Watch out for those slippery pedestrians!

Gosh, pedestrians really seem to be getting the brunt of the missing punctuation fails!

I've never actually met a disabled elderly pregnant child, but if I do, at least there's a toilet they can use.

I'm not quite sure how to categorize the next few, but I'm pretty sure the authors didn't exactly convey what they intended to.

How long do you suppose it takes to consume an entire African?

My father always said that religion would kill you , but I didn't think they were so up front about it!

And, lest we forget, there are the hilarious spelling mistakes.

Apparently that's how the store makes its money back?

Where bored executives go?

This is a tough call, but since I'm not quite sure what 'libety" is, I'm gonna go with tranny on this one.

They must be quite pleased with their exams

OMG... just O.M.G.

I hope it didn't hurt too much...

You are correct, it's not spelled "socilism"

Well, at least people won't be touching them!

I suppose I could go into some long rant about education, or the evolution of language usage or some other worldly topic, but it's late and I'm tired, so I think I'll just leave it at this:

So tell me, what grammar fails have you encountered recently? And am I the only person who yells at the television when someone says they've "grown wary" of something?

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Earth Day!

Well folks, Mother Nature delivered a fantastic Earth Day present for us here in the Mile High city... beautiful weather!

CatMan and I went for a ride yesterday and I swear my teeth got plastered with gnats because I just couldn't keep from smiling - how can you not smile when your surroundings look like this?

And I am thrilled to report that most of the blossoms seem to have survived the snow storm. Yay!

Today might be even more beautiful than yesterday was... it's already 70 degrees outside and projected to get even warmer!

The boys are pretty stoked about the warm weather too. This was the scene that greeted me yesterday when I returned from my ride.

Sun beams are sorta their "thing!"

Anyhow, there's big excitement here in Denver today. I don't know if this was coordinated to happen on Earth Day purposefully or if it's just a happy accident, but Denver's public transportation system took a huge leap forward today with the opening of the "A-Line" which will provide train service from downtown to the airport.

Of course, I haven't been on a plane in well over 20 years, but I still think it's pretty darned cool that I can now hop on a bus 2 blocks from my house and ride public transportation all the way out to the airport - it's downright civilized!

And of course, like any good fan of early jazz music, I can't get this song out of my brain.

They're actually giving free rides all day today, but I think I'd rather celebrate by taking my SLR out for a walk so that I might pummel you all with more pictures of the spring flowers.

What are you doing to celebrate Earth Day?