The Internet as Time Capsule

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My family has roots in Woodlake, a small community 20 miles northeast of Visalia. A while back  I joined a Facebook page “You know you’re from Woodlake if…”  Today, while scanning a picture someone posted, I spotted my mother.  She’s in a 7th grade class picture, taken on November 10, 1953.  She’s 14 here.  You can spot her in the back row, 5th from the left.  I’m amazed at how many of my nieces I can see in her face, looking out from 61 years ago.  What’s more amazing to me, is that in 4 years, she’ll be married and a mother.

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I thought WordPress would allow the image to be clickable to a larger version, but apparently not.  Here’s an enlargement of the section my Mother is in:

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Wanda Faye Bergman (later, Reeves) Top row, middle.

Throwback Thursday: July, 1958

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It’s July, 1958. El Paso, Texas.  “Big Jimmie”, as he will come to be called by his family now that he has a “Little Jimmie”, turned 20 this month, and is an airman in the United States Air Force.  When I selected the picture for this week’s “Throwback Thursday”, I noticed something I hadn’t seen before.  I’ve always seen him in pictures of me, and that gets truer the older I get.  Until today, however, I had never noticed my Mother in me.  I see her in this one, however.  Something in my face reminds me of her, and I wonder why I never noticed it before.  I also see many of my other relatives.  Or rather I see the common familial features we all tend to have as infants.  We might all look very different as we grow up, but you can certainly tell we’re all related in our baby pictures.

Oddly, it reminds me of how I first became aware of Keanu Reeves.

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Being a medical alert dog isn’t easy…having a medical alert dog isn’t easy.

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Jim Reeves:

It’s a shame local business people don’t understand the law, and basic human decency. TEDG, it might be reasonable to reconsider the June 17 dinner location.

Originally posted on Darwin the Diabetic Alert Dog:

I really didn’t want to post this, but I feel compelled.  It’s not always roses and cheerios being a diabetic alert dog.  I got the family kicked out of a restaurant about two months ago.  Not because I did anything wrong.  But because there are uneducated people out there who don’t understand the laws that protect partnerships like me and the girl.  They don’t understand how I help manage the girl’s BGs.  They don’t understand that I keep her safe.  They don’t understand how I give the mom and the dad peace of mind.  They don’t understand.  And they don’t care.  And that leads to a lot of really bad situations.  Especially since the girl is so young.  Especially since the mom and the dad want to make sure the girl has no shame associated with having type one diabetes.  Because they know that shame=lack of management=health problems.

Sigh…..after this happened…

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Doin’ the hardware thang

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Searching Home Depot for a light fixture to replace one that failed.  I only had to walk the aisles twice before I found what I was looking for.  The staff is usually helpful, but I seldom ask where things are located, and the guys I did see working the floor were… shall we say…  not the type to make me break old habits and ask for help.  I hear so much about those stores, but I never see anything!  I must be going at the wrong hours.  ;-)

#ThrowBackThursday – January 1986

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January 1986, on the top of Moro Rock, in Sequoia National Park, which is just up the road from my home in Visalia.  It may look like I have a death grip on the rail, but I don’t remember being at all nervous there.  I’m 28 here, and there are two things I notice in this picture:  how much hair I have compared to today, and how much snow on the mountains compared to today.  Both were much thicker than now.  Mother Nature can be a bitch, and Father Time a bastard!

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“Gravity” works, except when it doesn’t

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They say you have to “suspend disbelief” to enjoy some movies, but when a movie is about something you’re really interested in, it becomes more difficult as the filmmakers take “artistic license” to the extreme.  The new movie “Gravity” is one such example.  Where to begin with all that’s wrong with this film?

First, let me tell you what was good.  The technical aspects were first rate.  The visuals, the micro-gravity, most of the movement were spot on.  It looked almost like it was filmed in space!  The scenes of the astronauts in orbit, the Earth, the space shuttle and space station looked incredibly real.  The story line was mostly good, but some really odd things popped in from time to time, making one wonder “what the hell was that?”  (the chinese guy talking with the barking dog and crying baby? huh?)

Now, for the bad…

[SPOILERS ALERT]

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I Love Living In the Future

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Inmarsat-3A few minutes ago, I was sitting in my living room, holding a little piece of plastic and metal to my ear, no wires connecting me to any plugs on the walls, talking to a friend in Virginia as he drove down a highway.  Space Cadet JimmieJoe was jumping up and down in my head again, amazed.

When I was 12, the Space Cadet often daydreamed about the future.  There were spaceships and incredible computers.  Meals would be selected on a screen, and be magically transported to the table by a conveyor. Communication anywhere on the planet would be simple, quick, and complete with video. Super sonic jets would whisk you to anyplace on Earth in a short time, and, of course, flying cars would be everywhere.  Think – “The Jetsons”.

Well, the future is here, but it looks a bit different than Space Cadet JimmieJoe imagined.

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10 Confessions From An Introvert

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Jim Reeves:

Here’s some things that hit close to home. Not a 100% match, and I’m getting better, but still… a lot of truth.

Originally posted on Thought Catalog:

Fellow introverts: It’s ok to be reserved, but don’t use that as an excuse for becoming a hermit. Extroverts: Let us be. Not everyone can be a social butterfly like you.

1. I hate the stigma attached to the word “introvert.”

That means a weird, socially awkward person we all want to avoid. To me, an “introvert” is someone who is selective about who they surround themselves with. It’s someone who is comfortable with being by themselves without feeling insecure. We value quality over quantity.

2. I love meeting new people, but only if you approach me first.

If I have to make the first move, it’ll most likely never happen. I’m silently imagining every possible thing that could go wrong and by the time I work up enough courage to do it, I’ve thoroughly freaked you out by constantly glancing your way and you’ve already sprinted…

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Local paper publishes my comments 3 days in a row

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The local newspaper, The Visalia Times Delta, has, like most papers today, an online site.

There, readers can post comments about articles and letters.  I enjoy reading and commenting, and it’s become a fairly regular thing to see my comments published in the print edition on the “Local” page.  It’s been a rare thing these past several months where I haven’t had at least one comment make the paper each week.  This week I made it three days in a row!

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I used to open the paper to the editorial page first, to check out political cartoons and letters to the editor.  Now, in a bit of vanity, I open it to 3A first, to see if I’ve made it to the print edition again.  (Actually, I cheat on that a bit.  Since I subscribe to both the electronic and print editions, I can see the paper online several hours before it’s actually delivered to my home. I’ll check out the e-newspaper edition first to see if they published any of my comments, then add the print edition to my “archives” storage bin if they did. I may have to get a second bin!)
I also have a ‘Featured Community Blog’ at the Times Delta’s site (one of only three), called Alternating Currents. Feel free to check it out.

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