Drop your Es.

I suppose, with all the pissing and moaning I’ve been doing about the weather lately, I should take note when it turns around. Today we nudged 60, and Kate and I took a bike ride to…the library. Yes, physical and intellectual activity in one activity, multi-tasking mom points with a bonus. I needed it. The points and the activity. After we got home, Alan took her to the lake, and they watched muskrats climb on and off of ice floes.

Of course then I had to take things too far. I suggested we either grill out or eat out, and we went for the latter — a mediocre pasta pile, served at snail-like speed, in a restaurant where the chlorine smell from the lobby fountain penetrated to the dining room.

A big juicy burger on the grill would have been perfect. Another time.

Glad to see so many of you getting on the Flickr train. I have one word for you:


This is the meta-data John was talking about on his visit. You don’t have to add a description, but add a few tags. Stuff like “dogs New Jersey riverfront hiking.” Because then you get to the really cool thing about Flickr — the searchability. Go to the Tags page, and just mess around. Search your hometown, your alma mater, your hobbies and, what the hell, why not the fun ones — “nude,” “erotic,” “babies,” “puppies.” You’d be surprised what turns up.

Once you’ve mastered tags, then try Mappr, which is a real mind-blower. Tags make more sense, too.

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4 responses to “Drop your Es.”

  1. mary said on March 30, 2005 at 1:16 am

    I clicked on one of my favorite books, and found a guy who lives about six blocks from me liking the same book. I sort of know him, in fact.

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  2. Dorothy said on March 30, 2005 at 8:10 am

    Nancy – Today’s Wall Street Journal has an article about Ft. Wayne, IN front and center today. Didn’t have a chance to read the whole thing cause I had to put it on my boss’s desk. If I get a chance later, I’ll read it while she’s in a meeting. I know you have to pay to read the WSJ on line.

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  3. Nance said on March 30, 2005 at 8:30 am

    Thanks, Dorothy. Actually, we get the WSJ by home delivery — a little luxury we indulged in last year (since we were boycotting the FW rags) and will probably never give up. The story’s OK, but it sort of overstates SDI’s greater effect on the community. I know they’ve been having an incredible run of late, and it’s no surprise the employees are getting rich, but it’s still a fairly small company. Tower Bank, which is offered as ancillary fallout of SDI’s good times, is by no means a major player in the city’s banking scene.

    But SDI’s a real interesting company. They’re the leanest company I’ve ever heard of, with basically three layers — CEO, a few VPs and the rank and file. Everybody knows what they’re doing. The most persuasive testimony for that place I recall was when one of their workers fell into some hot zinc. He wasn’t killed, but burned terribly, and all he wanted to do was get back to work. Of course, he was probably grossing more than $70-80K at the time, so you can see why.

    I interviewed Keith Busse a few years ago, and he showed me his ‘Vette collection, which at that time was in his house, in a secret underground garage. It was …breathtaking. I coveted his ’57 convertible. The year of my birth. Ahhhh.

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  4. Dorothy said on March 30, 2005 at 10:03 am

    The year of OUR birth, girlfriend! Man that Corvette must be sweet. My husband yearns to own a vintage truck. Now that we live in the South, we see lots of them in terrific shape. Maybe one day…

    The company I work for lost 11 employees in the BP refinery explosion in Texas last week. The irony is they were holding a safety meeting in an office trailer on site. This company stresses safety over and over and over again, but they never could have seen that explosion coming of course. It’s been a sad week for us.

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