With only four weeks remaining until our faculty in-service begins, I'm looking hard at my summer to-do list. I've already accomplished a lot this summer! There are many visible fruits of my labor in our yard and garden, and I have some indoor projects yet to be accomplished. However, much of what I've been doing won't be visible until the fall semester. My students should profit greatly from the PowerPoints I've been working on.
Earlier this summer one of my students put a picture out on his Facebook of a summer to-do list. I thought you might enjoy seeing the 12 items on this list. Some are more fun as mental images than as something people should actually ever consider doing!
Summer To-Do List
Make vanilla pudding. Put in mayo jar. Eat in public
Wear shirt that says "Life". Hand out lemons on street corner.
Hire two private investigators. Get them to follow each other.
Major in philosophy. Ask people WHY they would like fries with that.
Go into a crowded elevator and after the doors close, with a straight face, say, "I bet you're all wondering why I've gathered you here."
Invite someone into your office, turn around in office and say, "I've been expecting you..."
Change name to Simon. Speak in third person.
Put Mentos in the water of an ice cube tray and freeze. Put the ice cubes into your friend's soda. After five minutes their drink will randomly explode.
Put blue Gatorade in a Windex bottle. Drink it in public.
Become a doctor. Change last name to Acula.
Buy a parrot. Teach the parrot to say,"Help! I´ve been turned into a parrot."
Buy a horse, name it "Oscar Takes The Lead," enter it in horse races.
Is there anything in that list that you'd like to add to your summer to-do list?
update on what we did for cell phones, for those interested...
One of the items on my list that I blogged about last week and that we have now accomplished with the advice of readers was to review our cell phone plan and see if we could come up with something better. People made all kinds of good suggestions, and everyone's needs and wishes are different ... not right or wrong, just different. Based on various considerations, Becka and I bought phones from Straight Talk at Walmart and went with their $30 plan. It's a prepaid plan with no contract. It's not been without some adjustments for us both, but so far we like it. Becka is actually texting with her new phone! The slide-out qwerty keyboard is a nice feature.
I want to offer several cautions, though, based on our experience. We had our numbers ported over from Verizon. We were told that our Verizon phones would work until our Straight Talk phones started working. Wrong! Our Verizon phones stopped working a couple of hours after I did what I needed to online to activate our Straight Talk phones, which included inputting our phone numbers to be ported. After several hours with no phones working — our new phones said they needed to be activated — I had to borrow our daughter's phone to call Straight Talk's 800 number. The tech talked me through the process of entering several l-o-n-g strings of numbers in the "code entry mode." At the end of that time, all was supposed to be well. We waited a while, and our phones still said they needed to be activated. So I borrowed our daughter's phone again to call the 800 number. The tech told me to enter *22890 (or something like that) and then try to call a number. Then I followed the voice prompt and hit 1, after which my phone was finally activated! Phew! And why didn't the first tech tell me that?!
I gave feedback to the folks at Straight Talk that their instructions need to include: "You will need access to a working phone in order to complete your phone's activation." I don't know if that is true only if you are porting a number over from another carrier or not. I wonder if it also works that way if you've never had a cell phone before. Anyone know the answer to that?
Another item in the process (an item not previously on my summer to-do list!) was to enter manually all my contacts. Ugh! That was probably good, though, since I realized how many "contacts" are people I'm never in contact with! Ah, the joys of being a digital packrat! So now my contacts are a bit more streamlined. Not all bad, I guess.
If either of us discovers that the features of the $30 plan are insufficient — 30 days of 1,000 minutes of talk, 1,000 texts, and 30MB of data — we can just buy the $45 card next month — 30 days of unlimited talk, text, and data. I don't foresee either of us needing to do that, though. Our old phones didn't even have data, and I haven't yet figured out how to go to specific websites on my phone. And 1,000 minutes and 1,000 texts is a lot!
The picture at the beginning of this post is the icon for an app called Todo. If any of you use this app, please comment, pro and con.
"The things I tend to be the most guilty of are the things that I see in others most easily." — Drew Conley
After all is said and done, more is usually said than done.
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