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“One person. One life. One Web site.”

August 20, 2004, 10:32 PM

Still working on redesign ideas, and I think I’ve come up with a theme for the redesigned site. Some sort of overarching theme for the Web site. Something that will stick in your mind. Something, at least. When I originally thought this up in the shower this morning (all my great Web ideas are thought up in the shower, but few actually leave the shower), I originally thought it up as, “One person. One Web site.” But that sounded too much like, “One person, one vote.” And while this is a presidential election year (SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE: Vote for John Kerry!), that’s not exactly what we’re going for on this Web site, which tries for the most part to keep politics out of frame. (The trick now is to say that with a straight face after I write my next quote article.) So I threw in “One life” in order to make it more personal, and as a reminder that this site is now more so than ever a 360-degree view of my life. So we’ll see how far that goes in the redesign, and how it turns out in the end. I do like that phrase…

Speaking of my life, though, my one hard drive is going to have to become multiple CDs sooner rather than later. I’m out of disk space! An 80-gigabyte hard drive, and I managed to fill ‘er up. Mostly with stuff from Big Mavica, which is a testament to how much use Big Mavica gets. Realize I’ve had to cut stuff on my computer to fit in three out of the last four photo sets. So we’re against the wall, as I’ve cut just about everything I am willing to cut. Time to burn CDs. This is going to hurt.

I also realized how few CD-Rs I have. I thought I had a big spindle of them. Turns out I was imagining one like my sister has as being one of mine. So that sucks. I have maybe ten blank CD-Rs in my possession, in a half-sized spindle, after realizing that my “stash of CDs”, which I had “hidden so well” was a lot smaller than I thought it was.

So next trip to Wally World, I’m getting a big spindle of CDs, most likely at the Christiansburg Wal-Mart. Mom and I are visiting Sis at Tech, and so that’s why Christiansburg. Not like I’m traveling 100+ miles on I-81 just to go to Wal-Mart. I’d go to Staunton or Waynesboro if I just needed to go to Wal-Mart (though if it’s on my off-day, it will be Staunton, since going to Waynesboro feels too much like work). So it’s more like hope I get a big spindle of CDs, provided that the college students haven’t picked it clean first.

I also have to get a nail file if I can remember it long enough to actually buy it. I had one up until a few days ago, when I tried to use it like a box cutter and subsequently broke it. And before you ask, yes, I do file my nails, and stop giving me that strange look.

Speaking of Wal-Marts, after going to Harrisonburg today for some odds and ends, I went up to Luray, which is a very small town not too far from the ‘Burg. Luray is home to a very unusual Wal-Mart. It’s a Supercenter, but it only has one entrance! I had Big Mavica with me today, so I got a shot of the front of the store:

Wal-Mart in Luray

You want to talk about a small Wally World, that’s a small Wally World. If you’re walking down the aisle and blink, you might miss Housewares. To get an idea of how small it really is, though, there’s no Vision Center, no “Family Fun Center” (game room), no Portrait Studio, no separate Snack Bar, and certainly no McDonald’s. The “snack bar” at this Wal-Mart is actually the regular Wal-Mart Deli, but it also has a register, soda fountain, and seating area there. Really weird to see.

Even weirder was the Service Desk. At every Wal-Mart I’ve ever been to, the Service Desk is in a little area of its own, with walls and a lower ceiling. Luray’s is more like an information kiosk, with it being open on all four sides. No word on where these people stash their returns, as I didn’t see any place for them. It makes me appreciate the way our Service Desk is in its own little cave, where people are unable to come at us from all four sides. I think I would go crazy if we could be approached by the customers from all four sides.

So that was my adventure for the day. And I got to see Kathleen of LPCM for a little while today, too. And now to burn some CDs so I can take more pictures…

Web site: All about Luray. Small little town in Page County.

Song: "I Believe in Miracles"

Quote: I also got a chance to revamp my keychain today. Same essential elements, but renewed the components, as I got a new ID holder, and a new tail (lanyard). Fun!