Thursday, August 10, 2023

The Your Call Is Important to Us Weekly Link Round-Up


I'm sitting here with my phone on speaker so I'll know when I finally come in contact with someone with a pulse. I have to admit that I'm getting really sick of listening to their infomercials about catheters, though. When time drags out to over fifteen minutes (and still counting) that "your call is important to us" is a joke. Hire more than one poor soul to answer the phones, for crying out loud, or make sure that lunches and breaks are staggered and your employees know that more than one person should be manning the phones at all times. Sheesh!

I had a setback last Friday. My leg started draining again, so I'm still bandaged up with visiting nurses twice a week and my weekly Friday visit to the wound care clinic. Ah well. This, too, shall pass, but I do wish it would hurry up!

Here is a graphic showing the sort of weather Phoenix went through during the entire month of July. 

We had a couple of days with temperatures just below 110°F, but lately, they've gone right back up to 110° and above. This weather isn't just tough on humans, it's tough on wildlife and even our native plants. Arizona's signature cactus, the saguaro, is one of the toughest plants you'll ever be able to find, and there have been many reports of saguaros collapsing. Since they can weigh more than a ton, I hope no one's property was beneath any of the fallen giants! But... weather that can make these tough warriors fall boggles the mind, doesn't it?

Bandages and heat. How boring! I hope you and yours are doing well.
Enjoy the links!
PS: I was on hold for 35 minutes, which isn't a record by any stretch of the imagination.

►Books & Other Interesting Tidbits◄
►Book Banning & Censorship◄

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
  • The World Health Organization says highly pathogenic bird flu is behind "unusual deaths in cats" in Poland.
  • "Cocaine sharks" off the coast of Florida may be feasting on dumped bales of drugs.
  • Rare pink dolphins were spotted swimming in a river in Louisiana.
  • Aging mother orcas keep their sons out of fights. (Just goes to show that a mother's work is never done...)
  • 488 golden retrievers gathered in the Scottish Highlands to celebrate 155 years of the breed.
  • Scientists released a record-breaking number of baby seahorses into Sydney Harbor.
  • A black bear was caught napping in a bald eagle's giant nest on a military base in Alaska.
  • See stunning images of female birds, often overlooked by wildlife photographers.
►The Wanderer◄
►Fascinating Folk◄
►I ♥ Lists◄

That's all for this week! Don't forget to stop by next Friday when I'll be sharing a freshly selected batch of links for your surfing pleasure.

No matter how busy you may be, don't forget that quality Me Time curled up with a good book!


  1. I know *exactly* what you mean about being on hold, Cathy. Seriously, if our call was important, someone - a human, not a bot - would answer! At any rate, sorry to hear about your leg. I hope it clears up soon. I admire your 'this too shall pass' frame of mind. I don't know if I could do that... Now I'm going to beat this heat and head to Siberia to check out that tomb...

    1. Great minds think alike: I just finished reading a book set in Siberia. Figuratively having snow up to my butt actually made me feel a tad cooler.

  2. Oh, Cathy, I'm so sorry to hear about the setback to your health but I admire your positive attitude. And you are right - it will pass and it will get better; you just have to hang in there until it does. Thanks for all the great links. I've got my weekend cut out for me just following up on them!

    1. Everything's looking good again with the leg, but this time I'm not getting my hopes up... just taking extra special care in an attempt to avoid another setback.

  3. Really sorry to hear about the setback, Cathy; I know that must be frustrating. Hey, I've found myself talking back to that silly statement about how important my call is to someone many times...often to have them come back and say they didn't understand my response. Sometimes that seems to kick me up a notch, at other times it doesn't seem to have any effect or might even kick me back to start. Hard to tell if that's my imagination or not, though. Probably sheer chance - and it reminds me to watch my language when I just think no one is listening.

    1. I've had at least four instances of someone "eavesdropping" on the line while I was on hold and supposedly just talking to Muzak. Three times, I actually think I got bumped up the line faster. The fourth time, I lost my temper and let fly with a choice word or two that the eavesdropper didn't like because, all of a sudden, my call was disconnected.

  4. First things first: Your health. Truly hope your leg improves and all of your medical care and your own self-care reaps rewards. Second, if I'm ever arrested, it'll be for yelling at robots when I can't get a person on the phone, even to make a payment or change a method of payment. Or complain when Amazon wants me to walk 8 blocks to an Amazon locker to pick up one box of tea instead of delivering it! I could buy it a block from my house! Maddening and madness-provoking. But thanks for the links. I'm loving the Lincoln Lawyer series, will go back and rewatch season one. And wait for another season of Unforgotten on PBS (Sept. 3), along with a Dutch mystery series, then Annika with Nicola Walker (Oct. 15), and then something this fall Harry Bosch. And I love the book lists, but sigh as I'm like a kid in a candy story and want all of then. I am getting Stolen, a mystery set among the Sami people in northern Sweden. They are mistreated as have been Indigenous people here, and someone attacks a reindeer calf. Evergreen is now out, Naomi Hirahara's sequel to Clark and Division. On to more reading. Hopes for your good health.

    1. Stolen sounds interesting. I'll have to look that one up.

  5. So sorry you are experiencing a setback with your leg. You are right, it will pass, but sure seems to take forever while you are going through it. As far as waiting on hold - that is so incredibly frustrating. Thankfully we have speaker phone and can accomplish something else while waiting. I enjoyed the link about tracking our reading. I tend to go in phases (we probably all do) of wanting to track every little thing and can't be bothered with putting anything down. The life of a reader is complex, isn't it? 🙂


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