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In June, we had a string of storms. When it rained, it poured—and it rained often. There were high winds, and at least once, it hailed. There’s my faithful little red Subaru just waiting it out.

Hold on, trusty car. It will be over soon. At least I hope so, because there is a seeping issue in the basement. One rainstorm lasted, with varying intensity, for an hour and a half. I was up sopping up basement water after midnight. The owner worked on the gutters, and I haven’t had any more issues so far. It still rains like this, when we get occasional summer precipitation. I don’t know what is up with these extreme downpours.

Long ago, when my sister and I frequently locked arms and scratched and kicked each other—and I’m sure whatever we were fighting about was important—we had no idea that we’d become firm friends. Recently, my sister and brother-in-law sent me some money just because and stipulated that I buy something for myself. So here are one of two pairs of comfortable shoes I bought at Costco. (Note: it’s always a good idea to bring a cart when you plan to buy anything. Turns out it’s hard to juggle a large purse, two shoeboxes, and frilly white papers with samples through checkout and to the food court. Plus you can’t keep track of your salad at the cafe and your receipt at the same time. If you inquire about your receipt at a table where you stopped to sort your things, the young parents currently occupying the spot will stare at you like you just asked for a dollar and mutter “no.” Then you will have to go to the customer service desk, explain about the receipt, and have the man behind the counter shout out to the receipt checker that “this one’s okay.” Lesson learned.

I finally had the neighbors behind me over for dinner last night. It took awhile to issue the invitation. The husband was reserved, and I also thought that perhaps we held different political perspectives. Well, never mind all that. They came up my back walk around six-o-clock with this very pretty bouquet—I love sunflowers, and it is such a happy thing to have fresh flowers on one’s table. I really enjoyed our conversation, too. We talked a lot about education and young people’s career paths. They were a sweet couple that I wished I’d met sooner.

What’s on your camera roll?

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  1. Gary Robbins Reagan

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    • #1
    • August 25, 2019, at 8:33 PM PDT
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  2. Gary McVey Contributor
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    Lovely. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

    Same here, Saw. 

    • #2
    • August 25, 2019, at 8:34 PM PDT
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  3. Susan Quinn Contributor

    I love your writing, Sawatdeeka. Keep ’em coming.

    • #3
    • August 26, 2019, at 5:47 AM PDT
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  4. The Reticulator Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):
    What’s on your camera roll?

    You don’t want to know. I’ve had Arq running for about 5 days, backing it up to a new Backblaze B2 account, at a rate of 80-100 GB/day, and am just about to run out of my monthly allotment of 1TB bandwidth from Comcast. (But some of that includes raw files from my drone camera, which shouldn’t count as camera roll. I haven’t got started on my action camera yet.) 

    But I like your yard and table. We had a lot of rain in June, too. Now it’s very dry.

    • #4
    • August 26, 2019, at 6:10 AM PDT
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  5. Stad Thatcher

    sawatdeeka: What’s on your camera roll?

    Don’t you love how we still use expressions that have been rendered obsolete by technology?

    I still refer to “typing” when I’m on my computer. I also “erase” my mistakes.

    I “dial” a number on my cell phone.

    I can “make dinner” by popping a Stouffer’s Mac & Cheese in the microwave.

    Even with new technology, I’ll “text” a picture to someone. (BTW, I’m still waiting for my first “sext”.)

    Love the post!

    • #5
    • August 26, 2019, at 6:22 AM PDT
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  6. Susan Quinn Contributor

    Stad (View Comment):
    I still refer to “typing” when I’m on my computer.

    What the heck would you call it???

    • #6
    • August 26, 2019, at 7:00 AM PDT
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  7. The Reticulator Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I still refer to “typing” when I’m on my computer.

    What the heck would you call it???

    Textual emission of heteronormative, cis-gendered words and expressions. 

    • #7
    • August 26, 2019, at 8:14 AM PDT
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  8. Susan Quinn Contributor

    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I still refer to “typing” when I’m on my computer.

    What the heck would you call it???

    Textual emission of heteronormative, cis-gendered words and expressions.

    Phew! Thanks for clarifying, @thereticulator!

    • #8
    • August 26, 2019, at 8:39 AM PDT
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  9. JoelB Member

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I still refer to “typing” when I’m on my computer.

    What the heck would you call it???

    Keyboarding (?)

    • #9
    • August 26, 2019, at 9:06 AM PDT
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  10. Stad Thatcher

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    I still refer to “typing” when I’m on my computer.

    What the heck would you call it???

    I think “keyboarding” is the current term.

    • #10
    • August 26, 2019, at 2:35 PM PDT
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