My dad is showing me something on his phone and accidentally touches it...
- Dad: "Ah! Touch phones are just so..."
- Me: "Touchy?"
- Dad: "Yes! Touchy."
This weekend I visited Seattle, WA for the primary purpose of a reptile expo, which was cool, but I had a lot of other neat experiences along the way.
First, the people I stayed with were very hospitable — I didn’t know them at all, but someone I know through my church hooked me up with a place to stay, which was just awesome! I love the people in my fellowship.
Saturday morning I went on a little bike ride through Clark’s Creek Park in Puyallup, WA (which actually was only a few blocks from the fairgrounds where the expo as at). However, the trails were a muddy mess resulting in me becoming a muddy mess. I don’t even mind getting muddy, but it was the wet roots, logs and rocks that made it difficult to get any traction, even with my aggressive tread. Also, that was the only opportunity I got to go riding, so I will definitely be visiting western Washington more to explore the many trails in the area.
After riding I hung out with a couple friends, who I actually barely knew, at the expo. This was actually one of the primary reasons of going to the expo. If they hadn’t gone, I wouldn’t have had too much reason to go by myself — I just don’t think I would have enjoyed it the same. They were boyfriend and girlfriend — the girl I worked with for a short time at the Omaha Zoo until she moved out to western Washington. I moved out to Idaho shortly after and it was at that time that we began planning the idea of going to an expo together. She was really only one of the two interns at the Omaha Zoo that I “clicked” with — everyone else was lame (e.g. not funny, didn’t get sarcasm, didn’t have much creativity or vision). Of course, I hadn’t met her boyfriend yet, and he sounded awesome, so I was looking forward to that.
At the expo we saw some truly awesome stuff. Note that this was my very first expo. Why I have never gone before? I have no idea. I guess I just never knew about them, nor pursued the idea of how to find one. There were hundreds of booths with breeders from near-beginning to quite experienced. Of course, I have my eye on two kinds of snakes: the Kenyan Sand Boa and Western Hognose. It was so tempting to get a sand boa — they were only $25, but so many of the guys that I live with hate snakes (stupid), so I decided to honor their request reluctantly.
Side note: to anyone who “hates snakes” hold a corn snake, just a little corn snake — you’ll fall in love.
Hopefully, I will have some pictures to post soon! I relied on someone else to take photos and will be getting them soon.
After the expo we went out and got some Chinese food and talked for hours — probably one of the best conversations I’ve had with people all year. We talked about everything from career goals to passions and interests to spirituality to well, just about everything… even some potentially touchy subjects. But that just goes to show that even if you don’t completely see eye to eye with people if you seek to truly understand their viewpoints and why they believe and feel the way they do, you gain an appreciation, thus improving the quality of both the relationship and the immediate conversation.
The trip there and back was actually pretty great too. I connected with a couple people through a rideshare group on Facebook and they helped out with gas. Before I left Sunday afternoon, I ventured up to downtown Seattle to pick up one of the passengers wanting to head back east. This was my first time driving through Seattle, and it was actually really awesome! I definitely want to spend more time there. There really wasn’t a dull moment for the whole trip, so that made it even better!
Overall, it was a great decision to spend this past weekend in a new place. I am looking forward to doing a lot more traveling in the near future.
Above is a conversation that I mentioned Republic Wireless in. I love engaging with companies on Twitter — especially active ones, but it’s always disappointing whenever they don’t remember who you are, or worse, don’t read your message correctly.
Maybe I don’t need to explain it in this post, but I was simply stating to Kelly that I would be open to trying a Windows Phone and hinting to RW that they should get one… they apparently skimmed my tweet and definitely didn’t look at the previous ones, or they wouldn’t have replied with what they said… telling me, an already current customer (which I feel my tweet to Kelly appropriately depicts me as), to try out their service.
The lesson is: read things twice before quickly responding. If you have a customer that’s halfway promoting you and halfway suggesting something to you… don’t try to recruit them, you’ve already done that once.
Just had this conversation with my friend when she sent me this. Pretty much sums it up.
Me: Just had one of those “OH CRAP” moments… leaning back on a chair. lol I’m always amazed at how scared you get when you have like… 2 feet, if that, to fall.
Her: Yeah, I hate it when that happens. And then when you don’t fall you feel like you’ve just survived this huge ordeal
Me: Like you could conquer the world… then you come down from your high point and realize that you, in fact, were not hanging from a mountain side, but instead just sitting on a chair. DARN!
Her: Your life flashes before your eyes, your heart is beating fast… and you turn to the person next to you… “Dude! I almost just died!”
This is a prime example of how people completely overreact without using their head and just assuming that, basically, people are out ‘hatin’ on ‘em. What a great attitude to have… that type of attitude will get you nowhere in life.
But anyways, let me explain this photo. This is not a friend of mine, but a friend of a friend, who’s photo I had commented on. Facebook notified me of this girl’s comment, so I thought I’d help. Apparently, she thought my remark was “F****ng rude” …which caught me quite off guard to say the least!
I reread my comment trying to think of how it might come across as “rude”, I didn’t get anywhere. So I decided to give her my opinion because apparently she already thought I was rude so how much worse could it get? I guess we’ll see…
If she does comment, I’m predicting two reactions and neither of them are probably going to be positive, despite my efforts. She either…
Neither would surprise me… and maybe even both will happen. This really is only the tip of the iceberg. I suppose there is a problem, like I pointed out in my reply to her, that people can adhere any “tone” they want to text when reading it.
For example, if I want a writer to sound dumb while reading their content, I can place that tone in my head while reading it and no matter how intelligent they might be or how thought out the content was, because of my perception, the premise(s) and conclusion of the content was “dumb” based on my views.
This is one reason I refuse to ever have serious conversations where conflict could result over chat: texting, email, IM, etc. At the very least: a phone call. Even better: a video call so they can also see facial expressions… And best yet: in person.
But honestly, we as a whole (and I’m talking about everyone — including myself), just jump to WAY to many conclusions without thinking things out. Whether it’s a huge topic or just something small like this. So I thought I’d point this out and use it as an example because it really is sad that people are like this and so insensitive to others. I honestly feel that how we think of ourselves is out we view others. If we dislike ourselves, we may feel that others are trying to condemn or antagonize us… thus interpreting what they say as that too even if they mean well and are just trying to help in some way.
Just my thoughts.
It will do no good to argue if you are wrong… and if you are right, then there is no need to.
Kidding aside though, why would you want to shut down Improv Everywhere? All they do is make people’s days. And those who it offends don’t enjoy life anyway so they already wouldn’t be happy… Improv Everywhere doesn’t hurt anything or anyone. It only brings good to this world and the people in it.
So my message to you all who are offended…
Shut up. Smile. And enjoy life. That’s all. Thanks :D
And feel free to reblog if you agree.
I graduated as a Vet Assistant and am currently writing for MakeUseOf, while looking for opportunities in the exotic animal husbandry, rescue and rehabilitation, and research fields of work. Previously, I interned at the Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha from June 2012 up to May 2013, when I left for Idaho.