Random Conversation

Do you randomly have people start conversations with you?  Well, I had that happen earlier this week when I was in Costco.  A retired man started talking to me about the automated drink vending machines that are now available in the Costco Food Court.  Oh, and if you haven’t seen one work it is pretty cool and yes, I do have nerdy days.

Anyways he starts talking about how computers, etc have changed so much in the last few years and not always for the better.  The funny part about that was I was just thinking about the ‘user friendly’ features on my cell phone like the apps that I have never used, but they keep pushing updates even if I delete them.

The man then said that social media was actually hate media since people were usually complaining about something.  He said he was a veteran and retired fireman so he had seen a lot of bad in this world, but he knew there was a lot more good out there in comparison.  I then told him that a friend and I had started to text each other one good thing each day to try to keep our focus on the good instead of the bad.

His parting comment was he was glad he could talk to me for a few minutes and to keep my smile.

Every day I find myself thinking about that conversation and realize he is so right.  If you just focus on the negative then that is all you will see, but if you are willing to look for at least one positive thing you might surprise yourself and find lots of positive things.

So, my challenge to you is to look for at least one positive thing each day for the next week.  I am hoping your point of view changes after that and you will want to always find something positive to think about.

Oh, and if you think my life is a bed of roses you should know that my positive thing one day was that I had cleaned the refrigerator.  Nothing seemed to be going right that day, but I was very happy to open the refrigerator and see how clean it was.

Let me know if you see a difference after you take the challenge.

Later – H

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Why do you live where you do?

In June, Nevada (and at least California) are having elections for local supervisors, etc.  In our area it is becoming clear that the people running for office are either for big growth or against it (i.e. want the area to stay like it is).  In trying to decide who to vote for I am realizing I have to decide why we live here and how/if we want it to change in the next 5 to 10 years.

We moved here 20+ years ago since it was a semi-rural area with a technology company where we could get jobs.  Over the years we have had the opportunity to move to different ‘big’ cities for jobs (in different states).  We have always decided it was not best for our family with one reason being we didn’t want to live in a ‘big’ city (and deal with everything related to it – higher crime, more traffic, potentially higher taxes, etc).

Nevada is becoming known as a potential place to move technology and other companies (Apple Inc. and Tesla Motors Inc. either have plants near Reno, NV or are in the process of building them now).  Overall, I am happy to see this happen, but I think it needs to be carefully thought out.  Not everyone wants to have their rural area changed into a ‘big’ city.

Where we live we have to drive to another town if we want to do major shopping  in person (Costco, JCPenney, etc).  We knew this when we moved here and I can at least say it has gotten easier.  Now it is about a 20 mile drive instead of 50+ miles (which would turn into an all day event).  Besides, a lot of the shopping can be done online and shipped to your house if you really don’t care to see the items in person.

Maybe it is just me, but it seems that when people move to a new area they want to change it to be similar to where they just left – i.e. want closer shopping, want specific restaurants to come in, etc, but they don’t want the things they didn’t like (more crime, higher taxes, more traffic, crowds, etc).  Well, after living in the same semi-rural area for over twenty years I can tell you that as more shopping, restaurants, housing areas, etc come in you get more traffic, crime, etc. (For example, it is amazing how many articles in the local papers are about people stealing items from the local Walmart stores.)

I know people that drive 50+ miles to be able to live in a smaller area, but work in a larger city and I know people who have done the opposite (live in the larger city and travel to get to the smaller area for a job they want).   It just depends upon what you want and sometimes where you have extended family.

So, why do you live where you do?  Did you move there because of family, a job or what the area was like?  Do you have plans on staying there long term?   Are you happy with the way the area is changing (or not changing)?  If not, maybe it is time to voice your concerns and get involved.

Later – H