Okay, so consistency has never been something I’ve done on this site for, well, a consistent period of time. But that doesn’t mean I give up on it!
Anyway, here’s a few new photos to keep you interested (at least I hope) in the site. I may, or may not be doing something more with photography soon. I’m also still going to use this site to talk education as well, especially here in Nevada . . . and especially in light of all the recent news that has been happening. News like “rankings” and Bills for spending more on education and the like.
Again, I’m on Instagram if you’d like to see more or on 500px. Again, I may just keep this blog for education and general information while I may start another primarily for photography. We’ll see though!
After coming home from work today, I noticed a few things were “off” in the house. The clock on the microwave flashed it’s green LEDs telling me to input the time. So did the oven display. At that point, it seemed pretty obvious to me.
No big deal, I thought. Luckily I was at work all day and didn’t have to sit at home when this happened. Everything seemed to be in working order.
Then I tried to turn on my television.
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So . . . long story short, my beautiful 47″ LED television didn’t work. I unplugged it. Then re-plugged it. Nothing. I was about to take the back panel off when I thought to see if my warranty still applied. Again, nothing.
At that point, I thought that this would happen to me:
Luckily, I still had some beer.
Anyway, instead of really diving into some frustration over this event, I thought to myself “Hey Self! Why don’ t you use this time away from the television to do some other things. Like helping a friend out with some writing. Maybe do more writing yourself? Pick up the guitar again? Go running? Drawing? Painting? Underwater Basket Weaving?”
Yes, one of those things I made up.
Anyway, so this is my experiment. I’m going to continue trying to repair my television, but I’m not going to get a new one, or transfer my bedroom television downstairs. I’m going to leave it off. At least until school starts. I’m going to see what I can do during the day without the distraction of the television. The Olympics are over and I definitely sat around a few more “hours” than I had intended. So let’s see what I can do. I’m sure I’ll be online more, especially now that I’m addicted to that silly Simcity Social Game, but I’m hoping I won’t increase my “online” time just because I can’t find another media avenue to explore.
Anyway, I’m going to do my best to keep writing about this experiment as it continues. It’s been done before, but not by me. So it’ll be interesting to see the results in a few week’s time.
Wish me luck and focus people. The experiment begins now.
Recently, I read a few things about the town/city I live in, good ole’ Reno, Nevada. These two articles were interesting from the standpoint of “why are they writing about Reno?”
Honestly speaking, there are a number of very good reasons to write about Reno (and a few “interesting” ones as well). First of all, here’s the link about Reno from the New York Times
And this from the Los Angeles Times (though the context within the article refers to the “battleground states” for the election.
One of the main issues surrounding Reno/Sparks is the fact that almost *everyone* knows we’re trying to diversify the economy after decades of gaming that filled the coffers. What I don’t think everyone is realizing is that this will take decades to create, especially in light of the recession and the ever so paltry job market in Nevada.
I do want to say that Reno is slowly pulling itself up by it’s metaphorical bootstraps, it’s just not as fast as some would like it. Now this is coming from the perspective of an average citizen who really doesn’t keep up too much with city planning and the economy, but I can offer up a visual observation. Just yesterday, I actually took a detour to drive through downtown Reno and honestly, it’s a changed landscape for sure and for the better I hope. The Aces Baseball Stadium is a fantastic venue and the Riverwalk District is shaping up to be a nice little area for restaurants and bars. Downtown was lively, though it was mainly due to the annual Artown Festival in July.
High-rise condos are finally getting tenants. Mid-Town Reno is also improving with new restaurants and venues to check out. If Apple carries through with their new Data Center and Downtown Office, that could definitely help take out some of the “rougher” areas of Downtown.
Yes, this is my “we’re Reno and we’re not at all that bad” platform. I just wanted to make sure that people understood that.
We also have Lake Tahoe, which is a mere 40 – 45 minute drive from the city.
There are still areas of concern (ask any Northern Nevadan living in Reno about the Kings Inn, and they’ll probably gag and the tax breaks given to certain companies along with the controversies of the STAR Bonds to name a few) but at a tortoise-like pace, Reno is improving.
So, in short, Reno is progressing and yes, it’s definitely (and smartly) finding new streams of revenue to keep the city going.
There was also this article which also summed up Reno’s Evolution as well.
In case you’d like more information, the blog I usually check out is Downtown Makeover.