Sunday, October 19, 2014


I have been recovering from a low back injury for some time now. I am a little embarrassed to say this, however, I am going out on a limb and reveal that I have had to use a scooter while I am out shopping. The healing process has been slow and even though I am not that old, I still cannot walk for long distances. Being in this state has really opened my eyes to the world around me. What I have found has really saddened me. When did people become so insensitive to others around them?

While I am not completely incapacitated, the ability to walk normally has been elusive. The furthest distance I can manage right now is about two blocks. This is how far it is from my car to the office door. I have to walk this five days a week, and believe me, by the end of that distance I have to sit down...immediately. Some days are better than others, and some days not. On the good days, I walk more, but I can't push it too much or I will be back to square one.

With that being said, yesterday on the scooter, I found that other shoppers are completely oblivious and insensitive. Case in point, not one...not two...but three other women displayed a careless attitude and were completely oblivious to me. Not only cutting me off, but then not even looking at me straight in the eye, but peripherally and saying "Oh...sorry" (in a snotty voice), or just huffing at me and stomping past when I moved out of their way.

Seriously people?!?! I may not have looked my best yesterday, but frankly, I am more friendly, gracious, and kind than all of you. I just came to get a few things and get out there. Instead, you all made me feel like I was a fat hillbilly loser and not worthy to breathe the same air as you. Your attitudes are offensive and you all should be ashamed of yourselves because someday our roles might be reversed and you'll wish you had my help.

Being insensitive is not in my nature. Apparently it is for others.

Wishing you moments to be sensitive to others.


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Where have all the visitors gone?

I live within an hour’s drive of one of the most iconic cities in the world – San Francisco. Living “North of the Gate” gives anyone in Northern California the opportunity to travel over the world famous Golden Gate Bridge and into the city to experience all the wonders it has to offer. Unfortunately, it’s not as attractive as it once was long ago.

Firstly, the “powers that be” raised the toll, which is perfectly acceptable in my mind. But then they took away the toll takers so you can’t get across easily without a FasTrak or a License Plate account. They told us that they would bill you based on your license plates, but why do I have to have an account now? 

Oh but wait! Now they will let us make a One-Time Payment…before I cross the bridge. How lovely! And of course, they will mail me an invoice after the fact, but they need to take a picture of my license plate. Which I might add, I have to pay within 21 days to avoid Toll Violations and fines. Well, that is all well and good, but what if I am going on a month-long trip and won’t be home to get my mail. Now I have to pay Toll Violations and Fines!

Secondly, what about all those other tourists that don’t have a California License Plate or are renting a car? Can you see how ridiculous this is? 

Thirdly, carpool lanes on the bridge are for three or more people. So for an infrequent visitor like myself with a family of two, why would I bother going at all when carpool lanes elsewhere are two people or more?

The worst part is that it is not just the City or the Bridge, it’s other services, such as parking and the ferry that make it difficult to enjoy the experience. Why? Well, parking in the city is near impossible. Costs have skyrocketed and no one validates anymore. The average cost near Pier 39 is around $14.00…an hour!

Convenient travel via the ferry is only available if you have a smartphone. Otherwise it will take you 45 minutes or more to figure out on their website what to do if you don’t have a smartphone. Newsflash! Not everyone owns a “smartphone”! So much for convenience.

In fact the list of inconveniences keeps mounting, so I ask you. Why bother going into the city? For me, there is only a couple of reasons I would and that is to fly out of SFO to go somewhere else, or drive through it on the way to the Central Coast (still being inconvenienced by the payment options for the toll.) 

Either way, I am not actually visiting the city, I just using it as a by-way to go somewhere else. Kind of a shame, even though there are some nice places to visit while you’re there. No matter how you look at it, the cost and inconveniences outweigh the benefits.

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Friday, October 3, 2014

TWW's Book Review: Sweet Christmas Kisses: Fourteen Sweet Christmas Romances

Those that know me well, understand how much I love the Christmas Holidays. Last year, I didn't get to enjoy the season as much as I had hoped. But this year, I have been getting into the spirit far earlier and have enjoyed the wonderful opportunity of reading this really awesome anthology of Christmas Romance stories from some very special women!

Sweet Christmas Kisses: 14 Sweet Christmas Romances is just that. "Sweet" indeed! I think "amazing", "honest", "true life", "heart warming" and "love swept" are just a few of the more apropos words that describe these 14 short stories. 

Each of them are uniquely different, but yet intrinsically similar by evoking the true spirit of the holiday wrapped in an abundance of love. With so many to read, you probably won't need to pick up another holiday book for the rest of year! 

The best part of reading this anthology is that it includes some of my favorite authors and also introduces some new ones that I have not read before. Now that I have, I want to read more of their other works! Seriously though, collections such as this are a great way to taste a flavor of writing styles from a variety of authors to help hone your own personal taste in books.

So if you are looking for some amazing, honest, true life, heart warming stories, and feel like being swept away into a world of love, then pick up Sweet Christmas Kisses: Fourteen Sweet Christmas Romances. And just for the record, I didn't have a favorite. I loved them all!  I can imagine myself reading these stories every Christmas Season for years to come! Rating:

Wishing you moments of great reading!

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