December 14, 2016
commentary, Humor, News, Personal
blocked on Twitter, Devin Nunes, Jim Reeves, Twitter, visalia
My heart is all a-flutter! I just discovered that I’ve been banned from my Congressman’s Twitter feed! Apparently someone took notice to some of the comments I’ve made, and questions I’ve asked (but never had answered), and decided the most effective response was to block me from his Twitter.
Here’s my latest Tweet at Congressman Nunes:
I’m assuming this is what precipitated my banishment, but it could be that some other questions and comments I’ve made have left a… shall we say, poor impression?… on the Congressman. Or someone on his staff, more likely.
At any rate, I’m tickled.
July 16, 2016
commentary, Gay, Personal
first publication, Jim Reeves, LGBT, rural pride, ruralpride, thesource, usda, visalia lgbt center, Visalia Times Delta
In the Visalia Times Delta’s weekend edition, July 16/17 2016, I have my first paid-for published article. I’ve had several other items appear in the print edition of the paper, but they’ve all been either letter to the editor submisisons, commentary editorials, or blog posts that were published. This is the first time I’ve been paid to have something appear in the paper, and it was at their suggestion.
January 26, 2016
Jim Reeves, senior discount, senior moment, visalia
I was sitting in the barber shop a few minutes ago, and I noticed a sign on the wall. It has a listing of prices, including the “senior” rate. The price indicated was the same as the old “regular” price (at some point in the recent past prices went up a buck), but there was no indication as to what constituted “senior”. I found out that, at least to the 20-something kid cutting my hair, I qualified. I’m not sure how I feel about that.
This is the second time I’ve been given the “senior” discount without asking. Several years ago, a teenage girl at the theater gave me the lower price without my saying anything about it beforehand. I suppose I had better get used to such things.
I wonder if I should start practicing having ‘senior moments’? I can start by forgetting names, since I’m terrible at remembering them anyway, and always have been. That way I can write it off to a pre-existing condition. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.
January 13, 2016
iPhone, Jim Reeves, kc6yru, Reeves, visalia
There’s something wrong with my iPhone. I try to take ‘selfies’, but this old man keeps showing up. I wonder if there’s an app for that? Or maybe I should call 9-1-1. Whatever the case, I think it’s just rude. Come to think of it, my bathroom mirror has the same problem. I wonder if it’s an iMirror?
July 5, 2015
9-1-1, commentary, Personal
9-1-1, 9-1-1 stories, anniversary, Jim Reeves, kc6yru, tcsd, TCSO, tulare county sheriff's office
A few years into my career with the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office.
July 5, 1994 That was the first day I walked into the Tulare County Sheriff’s Office building as an employee. Twenty one years ago today, I thought “this will be a breeze!”. Little did I know…
November 11, 2014
father, Jim Reeves, relationships, son, Veteran's Day
Jimmie Reeves (Sr.) USAF circa 1957
I was thinking, earlier, about writing an entry for my Alternating Currents blog, about Veterans Day. At first, I was contemplating a short piece about the veteran closest to me, my father, Jim Reeves (Sr.). As I thought about what I might write, and how I might talk about his time in the United States Air Force, it became increasingly difficult to find the “hook” I needed. Dad was in the Air Force for eight years, serving at bases in El Paso, Texas; Atwater, California; Tacoma, Washington; and South Korea. Serving after the Korean “police action”, but before the Vietnam war, the only “action” he saw was paperwork moving across his desk as he worked administrative duties in the Strategic Air Command’s efforts to counter the threat of the Soviet Union. How then to comment on his years of service without diminishing or inflating his contributions, or those of other veterans who sacrificed so much more than he did?
As I stared at this picture of my father, barely 19 years old, I started thinking how little I actually know about him. An ever present part of my life until his death in 2006, I find it remarkable how poorly I know him as a person.
September 18, 2014
hog wallows, Jim Reeves, kc6yru, throwback thursday, Woodlake
2009, at the Hog Wallows, south of Woodlake, California