Three Things Thursday

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Once again it’s time for the blog challenge Three Things Thursday, the purpose of which is to “share three things from the previous week that made you smile or laugh or appreciate the awesome of your life.”

I love doing this challenge every week because it allows me to write about things that I otherwise wouldn’t talk about and might not have even noticed if I weren’t always on the lookout for items for this weekly entry.

1. It’s not just the crooks who try this.

Someone posted this on Facebook: Driver gets caught with ‘Most Interesting Man’ in the carpool lane. Definitely click on the link and take a look at the photo. And at the bottom of the article is a link to a related story about a fellow who, when running late for work one day, used a stuffed doll in hopes of avoiding getting nipped for illegal use of the HOV (high-occupancy vehicle, here in WA defined as more than two people) lane. That photo is pretty amusing also.

Back when we lived in the St. Louis, MO, area, we sometimes visited a house on a lake in a neighboring rural county. On a lonely stretch of road well loved by speeders, we began to see a sheriff’s department car parked on the curve with a deputy sitting behind the wheel. About the third time we saw it, we realized that the deputy was always sitting in exactly the same position. We finally pulled in next to him one day and discovered that he was, in fact, inflatable. Not long after that, the local paper ran a short piece about the newest addition to the sheriff’s department, and after that we didn’t see him again.

The county had purchased the inflatable deputy because budget cuts had left them short-handed. Apparently someone thought that people would speed past so fast that they’d never notice the ruse. I’ve always wondered who had the job of inflating and dressing the deputy in an actual uniform jacket and hat every time he showed up for work.

2. Going to Portland!

My husband, daughter, and I are driving down to Portland, OR (about 140 miles south of us) this weekend. Daughter and I will attend WordPress’s Press Publish! blogging conference while hubby gets to visit the Museum of Science and Industry.

And we’re all looking forward to a trip to Powell’s City of Books before leaving to drive back home.

3. Which way will you go today?

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wooden steps up?








diverging trails at The Nature Center
right or left?


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stone steps up?

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