Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

This Just Isn’t Natural

Well, that title applies to two things that occurred today in the Oklahoma City area.

Throughout most of my adult life, I’ve not really NEEDED a mobile phone. In fact, the main reason I have one is so Jo can get in touch with me. In the past, as long as it was a basic phone, I was happy with it as I didn’t really need much else. We have had the experience of what is commonly referred to as “butt-dialing” wherein one’s phone just dials out because a button was pushed in some way, even if it was in a pouch or pocket.

When folks went on and on about their smartphones, I simply smiled and carried on with a basic phone that I could dial myself, or on occasion when I forgot a family member’s phone number, I used the memory dialing.

Jo has been using a Blackberry so it will be compatible with the systems at work and she can get her work e-mail. However, she’s decided that she no longer needs the hassle of the Blackberry and wanted to go to a phone with the Android operating system. As such, we discussed the various apps and the fact that the Androids seem to have the most free ones.

In discussing those, I came to a realization. I suddenly decided that I actually had more interest in the apps than I did in a phone for phone purposes. So, a trip to Verizon was made today and Jo ordered the new Razor phone. In talking with the salesman, I brought up the occasional need for a map program and that I would really like to have a compass. Did the Androids have an app for a compass?

Now, who would believe that a compass app would sell a phone?

The other thing is one that is really ironic. I have spent a wee bit of time in California in my life, and most of my life has been in Oklahoma. Today, there have been some earthquakes here in the Oklahoma City area, with them being located roughly 45 miles east of the city itself.

Last night at roughly 2:00am to 2:30am, I was sitting on the commode when I felt the fifth wheel shaking. Since the wind was blowing pretty well, I decided that I probably needed to verify the condition of level with the coach and make sure the Level-Up cylinders were engaged enough to provide stability. (Hey, did you know there is a “level” app for a smartphone?)

I received an e-mail today asking me if I had felt the earthquake last night. I hadn’t even realized that it was, presuming it was the wind. I checked the news and sure enough; about that time last night there was an earthquake out East.

Well, this evening at roughly 10:53pm, there was another earthquake east of Oklahoma City. This one I definitely felt as it lasted for 20 to 30 seconds. (I’m only guessing on the amount of time, as I wasn’t looking at my watch.) It was actually long enough that I began to feel slightly nauseous from the shaking.

What is ironic about the whole thing is that with all the years I’ve lived in Oklahoma, I’ve now felt an earthquake of some magnitude, but I’ve never seen a tornado other than on television.

So, now where do I consider moving to in order to avoid natural disasters?



  1. Hey, Jerry/Carol.

    Is that a reference to the earthquake or the phone? I would suggest that until I learn this phone and its features, the other destination beginning with the letter "H" might be invoked in my speech more often.

  2. Well, heck, do NOT head to New Jersey! We have had our share of natural disasters this year! What's the "level app" for a smartphone? I also have a Blackberry; got it because of the work I am doing right now.

  3. Hey, come over to the New Madrid area. They have been telling us for years that we are gonna have "THE BIG ONE." If I am gonna go...I want to go with gusto!

    Judy Riechman


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