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Garmin Alpha Review: Still the top dog?

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A review of the Garmin Alpha 100 dog tracker
The underdogs and I like to go places.  Remote places...places no man has gone before.  At least no man not wearing blaze orange.  This means being prepared for the unknown.  The unexpected.  The lost.  This means gps tracking.

The Garmin Alpha is the Thundarr Barbarian of the dog tracking world.  Rugged, a little rough around the edges but the technology it wields may just bring peace in a post apocalyptic world.  This thing opens doors just not possible prior to owning it , and does so while sweating testosterone.  Yeah, I like it just fine.
As a reminder, my reviews are not technical specs or full of scientific testing.  My reviews are about how any given product may fit into or enhance the life of a mid-life fool like me.  There may be a few like-minded souls out there.  The wise ones, I call them.  Those who know to really disconnect, you need* technology.   Those of us battling mortality can often take solace in the distraction of ou…

Everything in 2's

They can take our space, but they can never take our freedom!

Did you see that dude adding 2 spaces?  Dork.

So I have a friend that reads my blogs and tends to weigh in with a critical eye.  If you translate that, she complains a lot.  I so appreciate that she not only reads my ramblings but also gives me a lot to think about.  Last night was especially good.  So good, in fact, that I am dedicating an entire blog to her cruel and unnecessary criticism.


She pointed out that it was super annoying that I put two spaces after every period.  Like so annoying she wanted to throw things.

It blew my mind.

When did this freaking change?  Am I elderly?  What is happening?  It sent me on a research mission and here is what I found:  Nothing makes a person more obviously over 40 than using two spaces after a period.  

In a really strange combination of security in my age and embarrassment that I am dumb I dug deeper.  I mean was I really turning people away with my two step shuffle?  Am I older than I realize?  Why is the world spinning?  Then I remembered who we are.  The survivors.  We don't worry about how we look, we set the trends.  I unearthed a study that said people who grew up on typewriters can actually read an article 3 percent faster when it uses two spaces after a period.  BAM!  Take that.  I am forever going to mix two spaces and one space so I can appeal to all generations.  

Nah, I like the two spaces.  Join me NoEgg Army...it is a two space revolution!  I could hit that typewriter like a mofo and if my two spaces are enough to make my crap unreadable, well, screw you.  The content should be unreadable on its own.  That said, I do love her criticism...crazy how much I have learned from her feedback on several blogs so keep it coming lady!  Everything is better in two's.  Everything!  For example:
  • Two dogs is better than one.
  • Being married to another person is better than marrying yourself.
  • Two kids is the ideal number, one-to-one ratio.
  • Texas one-steps are clumsy.
  • Two spaces after a period are 3 percent faster to read even if it shows your age.  Take it.  Take it.  Take it!
Keep your two space distance youngling.

It did make me sit back in my chair, pop a beer, and wonder just how many other things am I doing that make me look ancient.  More importantly, how can I do those things even more often?  Here is what I came up with and I would love to hear from others on your own "you might be old" moments so I can keep this updated.  Two spaces.

  • I think a lot about dinner.  Like around 10am I text Autumn Bacon and ask if she has thought about what we should do for dinner.
  • I used to stay up until 4am and wake up at 7am.  I now go to bed sometimes at 7 and wake up at 4am.
  • I don't ever wonder if my outfit matches.  I wonder if it feels constricting.  You never know when a foreign army might parachute in and I will need to pick up a bunch of kids in my pickup and head up into the mountains.  AVENGE ME!
  • My jeans have gone up one size in the waist, down one size in the length.  WTF!
  • A romantic night means there are only two body pillows in our bed, not three.
  • My ear buzzes.  Huh?  Is that why I keep getting those hearing aid letters in the mail?
  • I have a pacemaker but I don't coach the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  I hate you mayor.
  • I remember when the Braves were America's team.
  • I talk a lot about what used to be in that space in Cedar Rapids.  This list includes things like Chapman's Fun World, Shakey's Pizza, Town House Golf Course, and Target in it's rightful place where there is now a Home Depot.  
  • I often wonder on my way to work if I remembered Ibuprofen.

I look forward to this list growing with the help of my adoring blog audience.   Like one big old fat list of why we are content in our ways.  Boomin.  Two spaces at a time.

Things are just better in two's!

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