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Eating Alone

I was sitting alone at lunch today, like I usually do, reading my book and eating soup and a sandwich. The smells of the sandwich shop wafted pleasantly in on the winter breeze as the front door opened and closed repeatedly.

Ding ding! went the door.

People walked past me to order their food, but I didn't pay them much attention. One lady carried a beautiful, patchwork bag with her and it made me wonder if that type of thing would sell well online.

Just as I began to ponder the logistics of buying a sewing machine, fabrics, and the other things needed to sell such a bag, another lady popped her head into my field of vision. I jumped, startled, as she'd approached suddenly from behind me. In the busy din of the crowded shop, I hadn't heard her walk up.

"Do you mind if I take this chair?" she asked, hand on the wooden chair across from me, ready to steal it away.

Was it that obvious that I was eating alone? I thought, slightly insulted. What if I'd been waiting f…

A Tornado in Oregon

There was a tornado in Oregon today! About an hour from my house, actually, in Aumsville, Oregon. Freaky!

No, tornados are not common in Oregon. Very, very uncommon actually. The news guys said we rank 45th or lower in the list of states likely to get a tornado. Craziness!!

Fortunately, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported. The tornado touched down around 11:40 am this morning, destroying about a dozen homes and buildings. For the record, I believe Aumsville is a super small town (I've never actually been there), so I think it pretty much destroyed the town. I'm just glad everyone is okay!

That time I thought I heard 1000 hornets but it was actually a stadium of vuvuzelas.

I'm a sucker for big events, even if they represent things I wouldn't normally be interested in in everyday life. Something about the group excitement really gets me excited. Hence the reason why I was (attempting) to watch the World Cup on Sunday.

I say attempting because there was this REALLY ANNOYING buzzing sound going on in the background. I wondered if it was my t.v., or perhaps the network having interference issues. Whatever the case, it made it thoroughly unwatchable. I kid you not, it sounded like a 1,000 hornets buzzing around, trying to sting you.


This morning, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts, and they immediately started complaining about these South African horns during the World Cup! Ha! Turns out I wasn't imagining things. What I was hearing was an instrument called a vuvuzela. Apparently they are really popular with South African soccer fans. Not sure why.

Anyway, just glad to know I wasn't crazy, and I really hope this doesn…