We just had a very wet snow storm move through. On Thursday, Magnum and I took the dogs out for a short walk - maybe 15 to 20 mins - just around our neighborhood. My ski bunny parka did great at keeping me warm and dry, but I had to change my soggy pants and socks when we got back. I'd been meaning to get some rain pants, mostly for bicycling, but this short dog walk served as a fresh reminder.
Back when Amazon.com was a wee baby, it only sold books, remember? The thing people loved about it was the reviews. No longer limited to official book critic reviews, we could read reviews from normal or abnormal people just like us. That concept helped kick off other product lines, and now look at Amazon go.
It's hard to imagine a world without product reviews from everyday customers at the ready. Most are to the point, some write near novels. Other reviews seem to be written by grumpy people who hate everything. Once in a while, I come across one that's nearly as fun to read as my blog friends' blogs 😊
I came across a review titled, "They're waterproof, and comfort-proof, and pocket-proof, and fit-proof..." Needless to say, the reviewer was not very happy with the rain pants. I appreciate this part:
They're loud and crinkly as hell. Not that I really care, since most rain pants are, but they're
not really swishy-swooshy like regular rain pants. More chip-bag crinkly than anything else.
In other networking-during-a-pandemic news, I joined a local running club this week. Like most everything else, club activities and events are cancelled, but we have the online weekly leaderboards that tell me I'm currently in 63rd place out of 551 members. It's strangely motivating even though I don't know who any of these people are.
Someone I follow on Instagram noted some silver linings of the current upheaval. She ended the post with,
"This is a blessing in disguise"
I tried meditating on that idea most of the day yesterday, and also mentioned it to Magnum. He says,
"It's a pretty good disguise".
Still, I've noticed some nice things. Little things, but still nice: traffic is a lot lighter, families are playing outside together, people are offering to run errands for those at high risk... some of the memes are quite entertaining.
And a lot of us are appreciating things we used to take for granted. Like grocery shopping - a love/hate relationship for me.
Got any silver linings to share?