Fawnskin Mystery Shoes & Other Wonders

fawnskin mystery shoes

So, your guess is as good as mine when it comes to the shoes in the middle of Brookside. I found them unexpectedly on my amble down to pick up my mail.

Yep, there they were, in the middle of the street–so of course I had to take this breaking news action photo!

I bet we could come up with a lot of speculation and create a super interesting story.

But, as luck might have it, chances are that the truth is less interesting than the facts–but why let that get in the way?

Wat Dhammasujitto
Today I was able to confirm with Ajahn Sombat that Monk Henry Nelson passed away on October 9, 2011. The last time I saw him was during the dedication of the temple earlier this year. He is survived by Suvi Nelson and I hope to chat with her later this week.

The good news from the meditation temple is that one of the monks ordained at that ceremony has extended his service and will remain here through most of next year.

So, following the sad news is some good news and I look forward to seeing more activities at the medication temple.

Kiosk Hell & Other Irritants
Automation is fast becoming standard in a lot of different businesses and I have to say that sometimes it is downright annoying. This week I tried using the new electronic kiosk at South West Gas.

One of the unique aspects of small town living is the personal relationships you develop with business owners and employees–so this type of development gets on my nerves.

Online the payment processing comes with an additional fee so I tend to always just drop off a check and say hello.

However, now the options are to use the dropbox or this kiosk that requires you punch, punch, punch in numbers and then authorize an electronic transaction which was not clear as to whether or not it was going to store account information.

Uh, no thanks. GG will just use the mail from now on and I just wonder why they thought this was a good idea.

Will it cut down on employees? Hope not.

Merchant Closed Door
Another annoying thing that happened to me this week was strange. You see, I tried to purchase a product from a small merchant rather than via mail order or a larger distribution channel here in the valley.

I ambled over on Big Bear Blvd from an appointment that I finished just down the street.

Imagine my surprise when I got to the bottom of the stairs and was going to climb up the porch to enter the business, and  the merchant locked the door.


Now GG could get a complex from this but she’s seen too many stupid merchant tricks over the years to do so.

Anyway, the handwritten post it sign said she would return in a half an hour.

Seriously? How could she have missed me?

Not many people amble down that sidewalk, much less appear at the bottom of the stairs!

Yeah, yeah, I could have pounded on the door but my last experience at the business was less than satisfactory (I think I mentioned it here too) and now I just won’t go back. ever. again.

That is just the way it goes. I used to give local businesses three strikes but now, GG is just over it in two.

Today I spent the day getting ready for the storm that is supposed to arrive later this week.

Yes, yes, I wore capri pants today instead of shorts. I also wore a jacket and scarf–a sure sign that the official weather shift has arrived.

Lake water temperatures have also begun to drop so it is a good thing that all my kayaking pals were out on the lake this last weekend while the weather was still warm!

Anyway, once again, I turned off the outdoor watering system, drained the hoses and the sprinkler lines, and then,for good measure, I swept the parking pad and decks.

Alas, I am still waiting on the chimney sweep and the wood delivery but after that I’ll be set for the winter.

Now, I’ve written about winterization before but if you have any tips to share, leave them below.

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  • 1
    November 3rd, 2011 12:57

    I tried the kiosk at SW gas last month. Then there was an employee to show you how to operate it. That machine was extremely sensitive. I paid this month online but no fee was mentioned. I did it as a one-time payment and no fee was attached (or so I hope).

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    GG (Gossip Girl)
    November 4th, 2011 08:48

    Glad you got help. I’ll go back to see about the online options, they may have changed since I last tried to pay online.