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Monday again!

Hey there! It’s me! I know, I missed me too!

It’s been skunks and sick family and home repair and skunks. Clearly, all the good things. How have you all been? Doing all the things? I see that August Rush and the recent weekend challenges have been setting some of you on fire! THAT IS AWESOME! But you’d still be awesome no matter what.

And what are your awesome plans for the upcoming week? I need to knit like a lunatic, find my blue/green sunglasses, and alter a pair of linen pants. Some words might be nice too.

And now to the ‘let’s discuss’ portion of Monday: What is the best invention of all time?

My second thought was the Gutenberg press. Clearly paving the way to make so many things available to many more people than just the privileged. HUGE step forward. HUGE! And certainly making it more possible for people to make more words!!!

But I have to admit, that my first thought was the fax machine. My very first job after college was as a Medical Transportation Reservationist. Yeah, I took phone calls and set up rides to the doctor or hospital. But I had to let the transportation companies know about the rides and when and where to pick up and so on. It was 1990, and rather than having to call each company and read them 5 pages of client pick-ups and drop offs, we faxed over the pages! And they didn’t have to call and read us the time sheets for verification, they faxed them back! It was magic! MAGIC! There was no internet for everyone, there was no e-mail, scanners, or smart phones available, but there was a magic machine, with a roll of thermal paper that made the whole system run smoothly. While there have been a lot of advances with bookkeeping/office work (It’s all about me, people), the fax is the one that I saw a huge time saving difference in.

YAY for a new week!

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agdhani
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:12 pm (UTC)
This week is going to be about survival.
Another big wildfire is cutting through our county. We're on standby alert in case evacuation is required. As it is, the highway is closed so unless we are told to evac, we're not going anywhere.
The fire destroyed the Habitat for Humanity office where I work, as well as many other homes and businesses. Payday should have been Tuesday...but I don't know how that can happen now. I'm working with the boss from home, on the phone and online, to do what we need to do to get some sort of facility arranged and keep in touch with the public.
I don't know what, if any, writing will be done for this week, so if people can skip me over for the daily count thing, I'd appreciate that.
kaige68
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:14 pm (UTC)
Oh, hon. I am so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you all.

*hugs*
asphaltcowgrrl
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:23 pm (UTC)
That is absolutely horrible. We have to deal with horrible wildfires every year, part and parcel of living in the desert, I suppose, but we're lucky in that we rarely get hit as hard as California or other parts of the west.

Praying that the fires are contained soon and that the damage isn't as bad as it can be, although it'll be devastating, I'm sure.
thtwzjustadream
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, so very sorry to hear you're all going through that. :(.

Fingers crossed for better days ahead.
haldoor
Aug. 15th, 2016 08:54 pm (UTC)
*hugs* You concentrate on what you need to. Sending many good thoughts your way for fires dying down and things coming back to normal soon.
asphaltcowgrrl
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:20 pm (UTC)
I'M SO HAPPY YOU'RE MONDAY POSTING AGAIN.

On a grand scale, I'm going to say email for the same reason you mentioned the fax machine. It makes our lives so much easier. On a smaller, more personal scale - the Keurig. No one else in my house drinks coffee so I never had a coffee maker until I got my Keurig a few years ago. Which means, if I wanted coffee, I had to go somewhere to get it.
kaige68
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
The job I'm at now is the first place that I had e-mail. We had internet access at two previous jobs, but this is the first time I had my own business e-mail and you are right, hugely time-saving!

And yay personal coffee makers. The Keurig machine has also helped at work as it lets the decaf and fullcaf people co-exist. Although I still think they are freaks! ;)

YAY MONDAY!!
asphaltcowgrrl
Aug. 15th, 2016 04:02 pm (UTC)
I forget about that - I've been at this job since 1997 so I've evolved with the company. The computer that was here when I started was DOS based! But yes - fax, email, and texting have changed the way my day goes.

I tend to only drink decaf if I want coffee and it's close to bedtime. But other than that GIMME CAFFEINE. :D
kaige68
Aug. 15th, 2016 04:11 pm (UTC)
HA! I walk on weekends, have a full pot of coffee, and then I'll nap if I have the time.

When I left the electrician, we had dial-up, and there was ONE e-mail address. I used it, but very limited, and signed with the owner's name.

We have come a long way.
asphaltcowgrrl
Aug. 15th, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, that works, right? My walking on the weekends is usually through the grocery store, Target, sometimes the mall if my kid can con us into going. :D

That's how it was when I started here. Dial-up via AOL even. We've definitely have moved forward by a lot.
thtwzjustadream
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:31 pm (UTC)
I vote for the good old www, without which we'd all be sharing out stories around in notebooks like back in high school. :).

And the iPhone. For something that's only been around 9 years, it's had a huge impact. It makes me sad that Douglas Adams never got to hold one in his hands - the actual Hitchhiker's Guide...
kaige68
Aug. 15th, 2016 03:50 pm (UTC)
*nods* Notebook sharing, those were good times. But yes, www. has helped me find like-minded peeps so that I'm not forcing slash on non-slashers!

I find myself frequently wondering what different people would have thought if they could see some of the things. And then, what is it that we haven't thought up yet that would be so freaking awesome to us.
haldoor
Aug. 15th, 2016 09:00 pm (UTC)
Crazy times! I've been busy too, but with mostly better things, thankfully. I know your issues aren't going away just yet, but at least you've found your way back here. And Hawaii is closer than ever! TWENTY DAYS from where I sit!

I have knitting I must finish before I fly out, and then there's words. I AM SO BEHIND. I did manage another 330 words in the second part of my Shadowhunters fic last night, so now I just need to finish and post that, post the H50 Rock Star AU, and then add to AO3 the couple of little ficlets I did (and posted at the comm) way back in April? May? or something, and then I may be just about up to date with stuff here! (where does the time go?)

And then there's get US$ for Hawaii, get a hair cut & colour (I may actually go to a salon vs colouring at home!), buy a new swimsuit, get aqua shoes (get those, my dear, you won't regret it if we want to look at the rock pools!), and and and... I'm sure there's more. OMG, it's only 20 days!!!!
kaige68
Aug. 16th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC)
There IS so much to do!!! And now I have to buy water shoes too!!

Also, how do you have 20 days. I have 29 including today, or 19 days at work including today and taking out the holiday. I'm an not getting the math!!! And I would be so excited for 20 days if I got the math!!!!!!!!! :P
haldoor
Aug. 16th, 2016 12:52 am (UTC)
CLEARLY, I DO NOT MATH WELL WHEN EXCITED!!!

I just realised I was thinking it's four weeks x five days instead of x seven *rolls eyes* I need to fix my mental calculator!

YOU ARE RIGHT (as ever). It is 28 days at my end. *sigh*
kaige68
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:04 am (UTC)
I'm ocd like that, sorry. The plus side is you've got 19 or 20 days of work!!! Not too shabby!
thtwzjustadream
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:17 am (UTC)
Omg.... I panicked. Seeing 20 days. For a second I thought I had the dates wrong, lol....
kaige68
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
That would cause panic. Ack!!!


Glad we worked it out . Man!
haldoor
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:38 am (UTC)
Sorry to do that to you!!! ;-P
haldoor
Aug. 16th, 2016 01:37 am (UTC)
No worries! I need my brain reworking some days! I deal in weeks a lot for work, and sometimes they can be all about working days rather than 7-day weeks, hence my confusion!

BUT YES, only 18 working days after today, as I'm finishing up on the Friday before to make sure everything is organised at home for while we're away, as well as all those last minute getting-ready things to do!
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