My daughter, the SLIder

lightsThis past Friday, my daughter, A, confessed that she is a SLIder. LOL Never heard of it before.

Actually she had never heard of it before either until one of her patients (she’s a nurse) mentioned it to her.

I guess, throughout her life she has noticed that when she drives or walks under street lights, many times they turn off. She assumed this happened to everyone but it doesn’t. To top it off, this phenomenon has a name??!! She was blown away and so am I.

No. 1. I didn’t know this was happening in my daughters life.

No. 2. During the discussion, we found out it happens to my youngest son too, but not myself and my oldest.

No. 3. Google is yet again a wonderful thing because we could look it up immediately.

It’s called Street Light Interference and the group of people who claim this happens to them on a regular basis are called SLIders.

I believe humans have a set of energy emissions that are not greatly investigated or explained. What makes these individuals different than the rest of us? I also wonder how the trend of changing street lights to LED will have an affect. Let me know what your experience is.

I don’t know if she and #4 have psychokinetic abilities but it is interesting concept.

— Namaste

Who’s calling?

I have a long history — to the chagrin of my mother — of not answering my phone when someone calls. The cool kids these days call it ghosting. But it’s been around for quite a while in my life.

It started in the 90s. I’d be up on the second floor of my house with a baby on my lap or a load of laundry in piles around me, and the phone would ring. Out of shear exhaustion, I didn’t jump up and run to the first floor to answer the phone once. And as soon as I didn’t do it once, I was hooked.

Why should I be interrupted from whatever I am doing or whatever is the plan for a particular time, just because someone out there wants to talk to me?

Sales calls during our dinner hour — no way. I’d just let it ring. They’ll leave a message if they really want to talk or need something from me is what I reason. I remember my kid’s visiting friends who lived in a more phone-friendly household, and the phone would be ringing and no one would bat an eye in the direction of the box on the wall. I’d often hear them explain, “my mom doesn’t answer the phone.”

Back then, they called it screening your calls. For me it had more to do with time management and respecting my time over anything else. Choosing when I interacted with someone.

Then cell phones became a large part of our lives. I’m an early adopter of technology so I had a palm pilot first. Then a Nokia cell phone in 2004ish. But when I got my Motorola RAZR, (man I loved that phone) most people were using cell phones.csm_Motorola_Razr_c78f42d1e8

I may have loved my RAZR, but I didn’t feel a need to answer every call that came in.

It wasn’t long until we parents noticed our kids not answering their phones or listening to their voicemails. We’d talk amongst ourselves about how our darlings would text immediately back when we communicated with texts. Silence if we called.

It seemed to be about 2014 that the marketing and the business world started noticing that millennials were not using voicemail. It was that year that the New York Times reported Vonage seeing a significant drop in voicemail retrieval. LOL. My little millennials were just like other little millennials.

This past week, I heard that back in 2014 the Coke company did away with voicemails altogether. Imagine a world where we couldn’t leave a message even if we want to. Is this progress?

Progress is the wonderful pictures we can now take and helpful apps we can have at our fingertips. Oh and yea, you can leave voicemails no one is going to listen to.

That is if your kids mailbox isn’t full. Chances are it hasn’t been set up or is full.

Texting it is then.

— Namaste

Feel good movies

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Have you started watching any schmaltzy Christmas movies yet? I’m up to almost 10 watched. I love them.

I can do my weekend chores with them in the background and not miss much. They have a lot of dialogue so I don’t need to watch to know what is going on. And, the best thing is they all end happy in the end.

There are many lists on the Internet with names to choose from but really, can you go wrong? The Hallmark channel version of movies are what I enjoy the most this time of year. There is always a little romance sprinkled in for more warm, fuzzies. Hope you have time to take some of these in.

— Namaste