Truthful Tuesday — Best Laid Plans

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…

When was the last time you had well thought-out plans that got dashed to pieces by circumstances beyond your control? Were you able to “make lemonade” out of the “lemons” life handed you, or did you have to completely step back and regroup?

In 1995 I was on a camping trip with my family to see the sights in South Dakota: the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, etc. While at a KOA campground near Mt. Rushmore, I tore my Achilles’ tendon in a pick-up basketball game with my son. I ended up going to a hospital emergency room in Rapid City, where they immobilized my ankle. We had to cut our amazing family camping vacation short so that we could head home in order for me to have surgery to repair the torn tendon.

The only lemonade as a result of this “adventure” was some that we got at one of the rest stops on the drive home. Otherwise it was a pretty horrible experience.

And my wife and kids were not happy campers. Literally!

Truthful Tuesday — Running Hot or Cold

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. A few weeks ago, Frank wanted to know whether the weather affects what we like to eat. Continuing with his weather theme, this week Frank asks…

Would you rather endure cold winter weather or hot summer weather?

As I mentioned in my last response to Frank’s weather-related question, before I moved to the East Bay last February, I used to live in San Francisco. One of the characteristics of San Francisco’s weather is that it’s temperate — the winters are relatively mild and the summers are relatively cool. It never gets too cold in winter or too hot in summer.

Now I live 35 miles to the east of San Francisco, where it does occasionally get down into the thirties in the winter and hits the upper 90s to the low 100s on most days during the summer months.

To answer Frank’s specific question, I’d rather endure cold winter weather because you can always put on extra layers of clothing to keep you warm and toasty. But when it’s very hot, there’s not much you can do to keep cool except to stay inside where it’s air conditioned or spend all your time in a swimming pool until your skin gets all wrinkly.

So, bottom line, cold winter over hot summer.

Truthful Tuesday — Whether the Weather

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know whether the weather affects what we like to eat. He asks…

Whether it’s soups, stews, or chili, are there certain foods that you consider “winter fare,” only suitable when the temperature dips low enough to turn the furnace on, or do you just eat whatever whenever?

Before I moved to the East Bay last year around this time, I used to live in San Francisco. One of the characteristics of San Francisco’s weather is that there’s not much of a difference between summer and winter. Yes, occasionally that city will have a hot day in the summer or a chilly day in the winter, but for the most part, summer highs rarely exceed 70 and winter lows rarely dip below 40.

So the short answer to Frank’s question is no, I don’t consider certains foods to be “winter fare” or “summer fare.” I’ll eat whatever whenever.

That said, where I live now — 35 miles to the east of San Francisco across the San Francisco Bay — has definitive seasons. It hits the upper 90s to the low 100s on most days during the summer months and can get down to the low 30s in the winter.

And yet, I will still enjoy a piping hot bowl of chili even in the heat of the East Bay summers and still eat a half pint of Ben & Jerry’s Stephen Colbert’s Americone ice cream for dessert on most nights even in the dead of winter.

Truthful Tuesday — Navigating the Unfamiliar

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know…

When it comes to navigation in unfamiliar territory, do you shun technology, relying on traditional maps and written directions, or do you leave the atlas behind letting GPS and Google Maps guide the way?

Paper maps? That’s so twentieth century, dude.

I have fully embraced satellite mapping technologies and GPS apps. I use Google Maps to get anywhere, familiar or unfamiliar territory alike. Even if I know how to get to my destination, Google Maps will indicate where traffic is heavy or backed up and will even suggest alternative routes. Can paper maps do that?

I also use Google Maps when I go biking or hiking, as it can show me the best bike routes and hiking trails.

Paper maps? Ha! Fuhgeddaboudit!

Truthful Tuesday — Dead Links

Frank, aka PCGuy, has published another one of his Truthful Tuesday posts. This week Frank wants to know what we do about dead links. He asks…

When you come across dead links, either in your existing posts or in comments on your blog, do you try to fix or delete them, or do you just let them be, and why?

I rarely look back at my old posts except when I’m hunting for one to use for my Flashback Friday posts. If I happen to find a dead link, be it a YouTube video or a link to an article or to another post, I’ll try to fix it if I can. But if whatever it is I was linking to is no longer available, I’ll typically just remove the link.

If someone comments on one of my posts and has a link in their comment that is invalid, I’ll just let it be, since I didn’t originate the link, the commenter did.