Good evening Lj readers,
how are things? Here they have been invigorating.
Here are the good deeds of the day :
* From the desk of Geoff
Things have been well here. I'm feeling better after having my gall bladder taken out a while ago. Woo! Earlier today I had off from work, so I decided to do a "campus views", as I call them, and head down to OSU's area. It was a nice day and several students were out.
There is an eventual plan to update / change many of the buildings along the east side of the street (i.e. the "non-campus" side). Although happening in the future, I decided to take some pictures of the existing few places to which I had remembered visiting when first arriving in town. There is always something happening on campus - the shirtless tightrope workers, the temporarily-drained Mirror Lake, the gallery in the art building (a series of 9 photos showed a dollar 'cocoon' hatching into a receipt, heh), the fraternity $2 to "pie" a frat boy fundraiser, etc.
* Tennessee (part 1 of 2)
Not this week but last, I had off from work two days in a row. My neighbor friend Steve was thinking of purchasing some property in the state, and asked me if I wished to drive down with him. I said, sure! (having never been). We left late at night for a 6-hours-one-way drive. The roads were largely rural and increasingly mountainous. Pretty, as well! We checked into a hotel, spending a grand total of literally 6-ish hours in it, heh, before Steve got up to actually drive to the properties and I, after sleeping in about 1 hour more and checking out, explored the area.
The weather was "ahead" by about two weeks there (i.e. 'warmer'), and the blossoms on the trees, which are just happening here now, had already happened there. I took a few pictures and poked around a few places, including a Starbucks
with a Clover
machine and, randomly, a gay-friendly men's fashion place where I got some nice $6 underwear (, really).
* Tennessee (part 2 of 2)
For two pictures of the blossoms there, plus a nice sunset outside of my work recently (and all of my other 'nature shots'), one may click on the picture :)
* Lottery : a history
(note : not the Shirley Jackson version, lol). In the early days, one could play the lottery by purchasing a ticket for $1 (or etc), and having either a scratch-off version or a daily / weekly draw. Then, the internet came along. Several games, many ad-supported and thus essentially "free", were created. As such, the actual state lottery had to come up with new fun ways to play.
And indeed, they have! Sort of. One can now take one's non-winning tickets and enter them onto the state website for points. One can turn the points in for items and / or unrelated drawings. I myself don't normally play state lotteries, but unwinning tickets are easy to find at various grocery stores. As such, that is what I am doing. It has worked well thus far!
* Misc. other
Some other small things, for which I am thankful : my friend Scott being flexible re : his dinner plans, when meeting me earlier. movie The Babadook
(any many others, of course too!) now being on Netflix
. buy 1, get 1 coupons to various restaurants. my old roomie Graham calling from CA. to say hi. seeing my parents earlier when picking them up from a flight back from seeing my sister in Utah.
Okay. Have a good night!