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Stop Thinking For Me - 10/05/13

    Technology is great.  Social Media's okay too, but I don't like all this stuff thinking for me.

   I change my profile picture on Facebook and Facebook arbitrarily decides to announce it.  Why is that?  Sometimes, I just want to fly under the radar and slip in a new picture without making a big announcement.  Once Facebook does this, then sweet friends feel obligated to acknowledge the new picture and they 'like' it or write a comment... which I appreciate it.  It's not that I'm ungrateful, but I never intended to make a big splash.  Just wanted to change out the pic, kind of like buying new throw pillows.  You know, you don't put a sign out in your yard that says, "Hey everybody... bought new throw pillows today. Come look."  You just put the new throw pillows on the couch and the next time someone comes over, they may or may not notice.

   Auto fill is another one of those 'thinking for me' things that I don't like.  When I'm trying to text, "pick up a b-day present."  I really want to say JUST THAT.  Not, 'pick up a heyday croissant."  I don't even like croissants.... why would I text about them?     Another:  "Headed to cow milking contest. MOP."  Mop?  What's mop?  That was supposed to be MOO.  Another text from July 26: "Trick court and have been sitting at the Baptist turn left like three minutes I'm so sure that it as well as."  What?  I have no idea what that was really SUPPOSED to say. #clueless   And several days a week, I text hubby "Live I"  That's *dumpphone* for "Love you."

    Alas, technology. Can't love when it, Can't live when out it. Well, you know what

 

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FAT BIKES

SHERIDAN, Wyo. (AP) -- Cold and snowy? To some it's perfect bike weather. A new style of bike is gaining traction for winter use -- it's the so-called fat bike first developed in Alaska. The bike gets its name from the 4-inch wide tires that can get a grip in snow or sand. The tires are about twice as wide as those on a conventional mountain bike. Jeff Stine is the co-owner of Backcountry Bike and Mountain Works in Sheridan, Wyoming. He tells the Sheridan Press a fat bike buyer can get two sets of wheels, for summer or winter use. But a winter bike could give your wallet a chill. Prices start at about $1,500.

WREATH THIEF

WESTERLY, R.I. (AP) -- The wreath thief has been busted. Police in Westerly, Rhode Island, report Christa Bradley turned herself in after a home security video was posted on Facebook. Police Chief Ed St. Clair says the video shows a woman walking up to Mary Sullivan's front door and walking off with her homemade wreath. The Westerly Sun reports Bradley is now charged with larceny under $1,500 and is due in court in about a month.

PISTOL PACKING HANDBAGS

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Paula Summers has the purse -- for ladies who are packing. She's a Washington state private eye and found it difficult to carry a gun. Summers did some research and found a number of purses designed to carry concealed pistols. But she felt there had to be a better way to market them. So, she's created gun-packers.com -- "for women who pack heat." Her handbags range from $45 to just under a-grand. But there's more to carrying a gun than the right handbag. Summers tells The News Tribune potential gun-owners need to be trained and licensed according to their local laws.

MOOSE FRIENDS

GWINN, Mich. (AP) -- Sunshine and Jumper have some human buddies. Sunshine and Jumper are male moose in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Food is short, so some people pals have been putting out healthy snacks, like alfalfa, apples and carrots for the moose. The animals have become regulars at an area cabin. The cabin owner asked not to be named by the Grand Rapids Press, so no one will come around to bother the moose. Their human buddies say the moose now eat out of their hands.

 
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