Before and After

On Thursday my wife and I adopted a rescue dog, which I may have mentioned to you here. Thursday night, the dog’s first night in a strange house — not that there’s anything particularly strange about our house, but for her, having been at the animal rescue center for nearly a month, it was strange for her — and it didn’t go well. My wife and I hardly got any sleep. But by the next night, our new addition was apparently feeling more comfortable at her new venue and the three of us got a good night’s sleep.

And so far, we are adjusting well to our dog and she is adjusting well to us. So it’s all good. Well, except for the cost of dog food, dog treats, dog toys, dog bones (for chewing), dog beds, etc. I’d forgotten how quickly those costs can add up.

But the point of this post is to share some great news with you all. I have gotten up off my lazy ass and am racking up some heavy numbers. What am I talking about? Let me explain.

I have an app on my iPhone that automatically keeps track of my daily steps. I took a look at a bar chart that the app generates showing my steps each day. And it’s pretty clear that getting a dog is having an impact.

Look at the difference in daily steps in the three days immediately preceding the day we brought the dog home and the days since.

Woo hoo, I’m gonna be in fighting shape again before you know it.

WDYS — My Cold, Dead Hands

I’ll give you my iPhone when you pry it from my cold, dead hands.

If this sounds familiar, let me put it into context. “I’ll give you my gun when you pry it from my cold, dead hands” was a slogan popularized by the National Rifle Association (NRA) on a series of bumper stickers. The phrase gained even greater popularity following the 129th NRA convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 20, 2000, when actor and then-president of the NRA, Charlton Heston, ended a fiery speech with, “So, as we set out this year to defeat the divisive forces that would take freedom away, I want to say those fighting words for everyone within the sound of my voice to hear and to heed, and especially for you, Mr. Gore: From my cold, dead hands!”


Written for Sadje’s What Do You See? prompt. Photo credit: 8machine@ Unsplash.

One-To-Three Photo Processing Challenge — 2/3/22

For this prompt from Daily Musings, the idea is pick a photo you want to play with and process it using three different methods. Okay, let’s start with the original, which I took on my iPhone of our dearly departed dog a few years ago at Ocean Beach.

All processed photos were made using apps available for the iPhone or iPad at Apple’s App Store. Also, all images, including the original, were resized (shrunk) to make them quicker to load (and to take up less space in my WordPress media folder).

Original Photo
Processed using Prisma
Processed using Distressed FX
Processed using Sketch Master

Which image do you like best?

One-To-Three Photo Processing Challenge

Yesterday I came across this challenge I hadn’t seen before from Daily Musings. The idea is pick a photo you want to play with and process it using three different methods. Okay, let’s start with the original, which I took on my iPhone outside of my house last night at sunset looking to the west.

For this first one I used a filtering app called Prisma.

Next, an app called Tangled Fx.

And finally, an app called Sketch Master.

Which image do you like best?

You’ll Have To Pry My Cellphone From My Cold, Dead Hands

Rory has another one of his 24-hour questions and in this edition he asks, “How lost would you be without your cellphone/mobile phone?”

My short answer is “totally and completely.” The only time these days that I’m not using my cellphone is when I’m sleeping or driving. Otherwise, my iPhone is with me and always on.

I’m writing, reviewing, editing, and posting from my phone. I’m reading my newsfeeds, writing, reading, and responding to emails and text messages, ordering everything from food, meals, tools, clothing, shoes, electronics, toys, and sundries from my phone.

I watch YouTube videos and listen to music on iTunes. I read books on my Kindle app. I check the weather on my weather app. I use my phone to take and store all my photos. I also play games (mostly solitaire) on my iPhone.

On rare occasions I will even answer an incoming call or make an outgoing call.

So, yeah, Rory, I admit that I’d be lost without my cellphone. But thanks to the satellite maps app on my iPhone, I never get lost anymore.