Downhill From Everywhere

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Life, and life itself

Yesterday was a day.

Did you ever have a day when technology was not your friend? When saved passwords were not saved? When nothing loaded? When the internet was so slow that you had to perform a hard reset?

That was yesterday.

Let’s hope things go a little better today. Let’s hope people settle down. Actually, all of the silliness of yesterday stopped in mid-stride when the parish leaders extended the lockdown period by another 15 days. Orleans Parish had it right. The adjoining parishes signed a letter of agreement and I suppose the people drinking outside were sent home. I just hope none of them end up in the ER in a few days.

Other than that, I have no idea what the news of the day was. That feels pretty good.

I was so busy fixing all things digital that I didn’t even think about who was lying about what to whom.

It got so bad that at one point my credit card was declined.


It has a really high limit because it’s a business card and zero balance. I asked the clerk if he could call the manager over. I showed her my bank’s actual website on my phone. I asked her to match credit card and account numbers. She saw what I knew. No late fees. No balance. No problems. It’s true I haven’t used it in the last seven weeks because I had no work that would need me to float a loan for a client. I’m not alone. Neither has anybody else.

Luckily, the manager is proactive. She got on the phone and asked my bank what was wrong. What do you think it was?

Digital glitches.

Just one more during my day of failed technology. The bank had to approve my purchase the old school way, but there was no problem. They were apologetic. I was understanding. All the wheels fell off.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. When every system starts to crash, all the wheels fall off of all the cars. Luckily, it wasn’t something important like me buying you lunch. That would be really bad. Heh!

So, the picture.

I saw this little scene and I just had to get down on my knees and photograph it. It looks like life to me. New grass, new wildflowers, and little three leaf clovers are growing over the dead leaves of last fall. That’s not only hopeful. It’s happening right now. In real time.

Stay safe. Enjoy every sandwich.



2 responses to “Downhill From Everywhere”

  1. Kim of Glover Gardens Avatar

    Images like this are exactly what we need to stay hopeful. Sorry about your bad tech day… it’s true that we are sooooo dependent on tech, and more than a little scary. Luckily you got a live person with a brain who could make a decision. Sometimes, it doesn’t work that way because it’s been so long since a process was taught or done non-digitally. I was in the midst of grocery checkout (my only outings these days) last weekend and the point-of-sale system went down across their whole enterprise. For 15 minutes. There was literally nothing the staff could do but wait for IT at the mother ship in San Antonio to get it running again. The checker, bagger and I mused about what we’d do if it didn’t come back on…I was all ready to help put things back, especially frozen stuff. The inspiring part, though, was that no one got upset or angry. The line for the checkout snaked to the back of the store, 6 ft between customers, and the line to get in ran across the whole storefront outside, in very light rain. But somehow, everyone stayed patient and friendly. It was quite uplifting, like your picture.


    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Normally, our grocery stores are just fine. The one we like most had about the same problem back when the were installing new credit card readers. They switched from swipe to insert. So many people were confuse and that brought the entire system down. That same store switch to readers that could also use a tap from a card or from your phone. This is especially good for us.

      We don’t do much else. We go grocery shopping, walk the dogs, and sometimes pick up food from local places. NJ sometimes finds local food places like butchers and bakers.

      We are locked down until the 15th. The mayor got together with other parish presidents and they closed an entire region down.Some people are upset, but they’d be more upset if they ended up dead.


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