I’m pretty sure that’s what Google is really saying, with today’s announcement that they’ll be shutting down Reader come July 1st. There can’t be another reason. Well except for Currents. It’s either that, or Google just has it out for me personally. RIP Reader. You will be missed.
I’m sure nobody likes to hear the word “No”. Goodness knows I don’t! Today has been full of rejections, from things I was certain I would succeed at to things that shouldn’t matter and yet somehow did.
I’ve always been of the, “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” crowd, but somedays one can’t help but struggle to find the meaning in the banal saying. I guess those are the days that truly matter, the ones you come out of with a fresh perspective and a new sense of hope. I hope that’s the case here. I’m not a just give up type of person, but I’ve been beating my head against a wall for a long time now. Sometimes you just have to know when to move on.
Things look a little different here? Well first, I’m impressed that anyone would notice because it’s been more than a few months since I last posted. However, second, things are a bit in flux after a bit of a hacking issue (I must remember to update WordPress!). So stay tuned, and eventually things will look correct and some more recent blog posts will reappear.
What is it about the holidays that make people go crazy? First they trample each other trying to get good deals on Black Friday, then they start stalking parking lots at malls, cutting each other off with abandon and a sense of glee. And those are just the consumers!
Businesses, they tend to make great leaps in losing their ethics. It becomes a sudden race to make as many sales as possible, no matter what it takes. Even if it means dusting off those lists they haven’t used in a couple years or somehow acquiring new lists of prospects. It’s amazing how much more unsolicited email I get from about mid November until mid January. It’s far more often than I get aggressively stalked for my parking space, that’s for sure!
So for anyone wondering, no matter the time of year, keep opt-in rules in mind. Treat others as you’d like to be treated, and if you like getting unsolicited emails…well treat them how a normal person would like to be treated. Unless they really truly asked you to contact them (and they did it recently at that!) don’t do it. And if they did ask you to contact them, respect them and don’t send 2 emails a day about that sale they just have to know about. Spread a little holiday cheer by not pissing people off.
Oh and if you’re one of those people who likes to trample others and becomes rude and aggressive in mall parking lots, cut that out too please.
I’ve been horribly remiss in writing in the last few months, I’d blame attempting to enjoy what little sunshine we actually got this year in PDX or being busy with work, but really I’ve just been lazy. Because I know at least one person in the world is curious…the house was finally finished, mostly.
The siding is up; we painted kind of a greenish tan color, with bright white trim. It was only completed because my little brother gallantly came and helped after I fell off a ladder attempting to paint some of the higher up points and broke my foot. Oh yeah, that’s my other excuse for not writing for months, I was recuperating from a broken foot. I highly recommend never doing that.
Still haven’t painted the bathroom, maybe this winter, maybe. We’ll at least do it before selling the house in the next decade or so. Probably.