Author: Trina Machacek

Is this You?- Excess

I have had my ears pierced twice in my lifetime. Not twice as in four holes, but two separate times because several years after the first experience which involved ice cubes a big, no a huge needle and half a potato in my mom’s kitchen, the holes grew closed due to lack of wearing earrings. The second time I had it done at a regular first class ear piercing place. A kiosk in a mall! A friend of mine decided she wanted hers done and she didn’t want to go up to the piercer alone so the two of us went all because she wanted to start wearing earrings. But again due to lack of bejeweling my ears I now find myself with one hole grown closed and the other about half closed. I can get a wire to start to go through the right ear lobe, but it won’t come out the back side. Weird huh? So of what consequence is this revelation about ear jewelry and holes or lack thereof? Well, again, here’s the story… Is it just me or are earrings getting bigger? Not more of them. But physically bigger. I saw a woman on television a few days ago wearing hoop earrings that you could have thrown a football through. Yes a football! Not just plain golden hoops, these were bedazzled with three rows of...

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Is this You?- Going WWW-less

I have just found the coolest button on my computer. Okay so I didn’t just find it. I knew it was there but I haven’t used it as much as I should. It’s the off button. When was the last time you used the off button on your computer? It has been quite a while for me. I have become trained by that illuminating light. Wistfully calling me, “Come on just sit for a minute or two and check out the latest sightings from the Mars rover…” I rather like the off button when I choose to use it. Then. Recently I stayed at a hotel that of course had Wi-Fi. It wasn’t the best service and although my laptop would connect the signal was too weak to feed my plastic box enough information to load any pages. So for three days, since I am the only person in the world without a smart phone or I phone or any specialized phone that puts the world in your hand, I was without the internet. I was completely www-less. I’ve been told I need to upgrade my flip phone to some fancy smanchy phone that “does it all.” A phone and a service that would let me be connected everywhere all the time. Uh, for a large nominal fee of course. I say my little red phone at twenty nine...

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PERS Should Stop Trying to Hide Public Records

The Public Employees’ Retirement System should stop wasting taxpayer money and release the records of Nevada public employee retiree payments as the courts previously ordered them to do. The Reno Gazette-Journal sued for these records in 2013 and won in the state Supreme Court, which found the records are clearly covered under the state public records law. The records were released, but the very next year PERS changed how their files are maintained in an obvious ruse to dodge the clear meaning of the court ruling. PERS now says their files do not contain names of retirees, but only Social Security numbers, which are confidential. They also say the law does not require them to create a new document from existing computer files, even though a past state Supreme Court in another case required just such a document creation. Nevada Policy Research Institute sued PERS​ and the Supreme Court heard the case this past week. ​This past summer District Court Judge James Wilson spelled out clearly his rationale for requiring the records to be released:​ “Considering the purpose of the NPRA (Nevada Public Records Act), to foster democratic principles by providing member of the public with access to public books and records; the legislative mandate that courts construe the NPRA liberally to carry out this important purpose; the legislative mandate that any exemption, exception or balancing of interests which...

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Is This You? – Flip of a Coin

How many times during a day could you use a coin to decide your next move? One? Twenty seven? Three hundred and sixteen? More? Of course some decisions are automatic. If you have two or more bathrooms in your house and nature calls you don’t think, “Which one?” You just choose the closest. Or if nature really calls you choose the farthest. Please! No I’m talking about big decisions. Which cereal? Sugar coated nubs of goodness or fiber? Go with the sugar every time or see the last thought from the above paragraph! Shoes or boots? Snow is as deep as a well? Boots, your toasty toes will thank you. Okay those two are not such all-important life altering decisions to be made. But what if you tossed a coin at just a select few of your daily decisions? Would fate step in and save your sorry self from making the wrong choices? Well this is what happened in this house… I needed to decide if I should sell a vehicle. A vintage truck that is in the process of being re-built, refurbished, reconstructed. I had an offer but it was kind of a low ball offer. I declined it. In the middle of the night, when all things are bigger and badder, I got to thinking that I might not get another offer. Then I would be stuck...

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Is This You? – Pictures and People

I don’t have an aversion to people. I rather like talking to people. Learn what makes them tick and what, you know, clicks their clock. For instance: When I turned the corner leaving the produce department and entering the Mexican food isle in the grocery store I saw a woman holding two different cans of some sort of Mexican soup, looking like she was trying to decide which one to buy. Well I of course asked which one she liked best thinking that she must know something that I didn’t know. Some cosmic secret of Mexican soup donning a label that I couldn’t read. There must be something spectacular in that can. Right? Well I still don’t know. She looked at me quizzically and said something like, “No Anglash.” I gave it a second try. You know, pointed at one can then the other and said something like, “Buena y mucho buena?” She gave me a sideway smile, put the cans back on the shelf and then she herself backed away, gathering her three children as she did so. Guess neither soup was good huh? So I grabbed a package of crunchy tortillas shells and went on my way. Now I tell you that little story to remind you, and me that just because there is someone doing something that you want to know about, well that doesn’t open...

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