Thanks to everyone who left comments or e-mailed me about our problems with Google AdSense in yesterday’s blog. For whatever reason, about mid-morning the ads returned and eventually I got an e-mail from Google thanking me for correcting the issues that led to getting suspended. No problem, I don’t know what you think was wrong or what makes it better now, but I’m glad things are back to normal. Or at least whatever passes for normal around here.
Like I need one more thing to keep me away from the keyboard, last week I flew a dual line Prism Snapshot 1.9 speed foil kite at the kite festival here in Long Beach, Washington. What a trip! I’m not a small guy, but it about pulled me off my feet a time or two in the 20 mile per hour winds. I resisted for two days, but I finally gave in and logged onto Amazon and ordered one, and it arrived on Monday. I bet when my pal Dennis Hill sees the color he’ll want one too!
I blame Barbara Westerfield for this. When she and hubby Tom were here for the kite festival last week, I specifically told her to talk me out of buying a kite, and she failed miserably. So don’t blame me. It’s not my fault I’m weak and have no willpower.
Since we’ve been busy getting the new issue of the paper ready to mail out, I have not had a chance to try it out yet, and now it looks like we’ll have rain the next few days. I’m hoping for a break in the weather to get out and fly.
I’ve criticized the post office many times in this blog because we have had our share of frustrations with them over the years. But we owe a huge thank you to Kelli Gray, the postmaster at the tiny Seaview, Washington post office near the Thousand Trails campground.
We have not been able to find a commercial mail service in this area, which means we have to send out the papers by First Class mail that normally go out under the much less expensive Standard Rate. And since the internet service is so bad here, I could not get Stamps.com to work. This meant we needed to purchase stamps and stick four of them on each envelope to make the $1.52 postage combination, along with a mailing label.
Seaview is a tiny post office and not set up to accommodate the amount of mail we have to send out, and I was sure they didn’t have enough stamps for us, so we stopped in to see if they could order the stamps and to give her a heads up about our mailing. Kelli said no problem, she’d order them and call us when they came in. But by the time we drove the mile back to the campground Kelli was calling to suggest that instead of messing with stamps, we should just put the address labels on the envelopes and bring them in and she would run them all through the meter. What a Herculean task for a small one person post office! We sure appreciate it, Kelli. I wish the rest of the U.S. Postal Service was as customer oriented. It would sure make our job easier!
Thought For The Day – The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.