Friday, August 1, 2008

Friday Five: Lock me in, Lock me out

Songbird over at Revgalblogpals writes this timely Friday Five:

For some reason, Blogger declared this blog possible SPAM and locked us down yesterday. This morning, we're free to post again, but there was a fair amount of excitement last night among our contributors, who found a dire notice on their Blogger dashboards threatening that this blog might be deleted in 20 days!We requested a blog review, and I posted a request at the Blogger Help group, where I found we were not alone. Many other perfectly nourishing and cromulent blogs got the same notice last night.This turned out to be a very small barricade in our blogging community life, but it seemed appropriate to explore locks and blocks and other barriers this week. Also, I liked the picture of the security team above! Could they be Blogger's Spam Prevention Robots, working overtime?In honor of their efforts, I bring you the "Lock Me Out, Lock Me In" Friday Five.

1) How do you amuse yourself when road construction blocks your travel?
I don't know that I amuse myself. Beat my hands on the steering wheel, wail loudly, pray silently, especially when the road construction is a surprise. We have a lot of it in my area this year, too; can't get on the highway at many entrance ramps due to a major construction project. I have never gotten into listening to books on CD. Sadly.

2) Have you ever locked yourself out of your house? (And do you keep an extra key somewhere, just in case?)
Yes. And yes.
There are several stories about this, starting from childhood, when my sister and I would "break in" when I forgot to carry our house ke to school.

3) Have you ever cleared a hurdle? (And if you haven't flown over a material hurdle, feel free to take this one metaphorically.)
No material hurdles, but seminary and becoming a pastor was a hurdle cleared for me.

4) What's your approach to a mental block?
I don't have a standard approach, but one thing I do is walk away for awhile. Go away for awhile, take a walk, read a few paragraphs of a book.

5) Suggest a caption for the picture above; there will be a prize for the funniest answer!
"You will be terrified! by...The invasion of the creatures from the particle-board planet!" (coming to a theatre near you)

P.S. Speaking of detours, and being locked out, today is the first anniversary of the collapse of the I35W bridge over the Mississippi River. The bells will toll at shortly after 6:00 this evening.


RevDrKate said...

Been thinking about Aug 1, 2007 a lot today....hardly seems possible it's been a year already, does it?

Songbird said...

I can't listen to books in the car; they make me sleepy!

Processing Counselor said...

Happy Anniversary. I've been thinking about that bridge, too.

Presbyterian Gal said...

That's been a year already?

And I'm like Songbird. I always fall asleep when someone reads to me. It's really embarrassing when the pastor reads the sermon.

ProclaimingSoftly (PSanafter-thought) said...

Just thought I'd let you know that I'm not locked out of your blog. I've seen, on an email group that I'm on, that lots of people have been locked out but it is working again. Apparently it is a combination of IE and a site meter, perhaps the fault of the site meter.

Diane said...

thanks ps. I'm back on too. I was locked out for a long time, but I dismantled my site meter.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

i cannot imagine you wailing loudly... you seem gentler somehow. but we all have moments of lament and construction season is but one long moment!

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

i cannot imagine you wailing loudly... you seem gentler somehow. but we all have moments of lament and construction season is but one long moment!

Barbara B. said...

'wail loudly' :) -- I've been tempted to do that in construction too!

Rev SS said...

I understand! .... wailing loudly is sometimes just the most stress releasing thing one can do

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize it had been a year already.