Friday, September 01, 2023

An All Shook Up Weekly Link Round-Up


This is a late round-up because I needed time to recuperate from my trek to Scottsdale to consult with Kathy the Toe Wrapper. I learned yet another (and better) way to wrap my toes, and it just occurred to me that I could probably qualify as a bandaging expert by this time. But why did I have to recuperate?
My view from the Dial-a-Ride bus.
Dial-a-Ride. I spent two and a half hours on a scenic tour of North Phoenix. (It only takes 30 minutes to get to Kathy's office in Scottsdale.) I was the first person on the bus and then watched person after person being picked up and dropped off until, as the last passenger, I finally reached my destination just in time for my appointment. What made it worse is the fact that the driver was an aggressive one-- going fast, sharp turns, liberal and abrupt use of the brakes. The return trip home was more of the same, its saving graces being that only one person was picked up and dropped off besides me, and it only took 45 minutes for me to get home instead of two and a half hours. Although I'm sitting on my scooter, the scooter is strapped down, and I have  seat belt on, aggressive driving on rough roads means that I'm constantly being thrown from side to side. By the time I made it to my appointment, I was so sore that I could've cried (and I'm not a crier). By the time I got home, I could've kissed the ground. I took a couple of aspirin, went to bed, and woke up feeling much better after a nap.

I am now of the opinion that all Dial-a-Ride drivers should experience being strapped down in the back of the bus and experience what it's like to be thrown around... and I want to be the one doing the driving. Mwahahaha...

On a brighter note, I got these cool magnets from a friend the other day. Thank you!

Also, it's raining, so I'm going to go back to bed with my book so I can read and listen to it rain.

Enjoy the links!

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

►Channeling My Inner Indiana Jones◄
►Channeling My Inner Elly May Clampett◄
►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. Ugh, that ride sounds awful, Cathy! I think it must be even worse when you don't have the freedom of movement. Talk about your turbulence! Glad you made it home OK, anyway, and that rain sounds lovely. We could use a little here. I'm on my way to visit that synagogue and then check out those books, but I'm not taking Dial-A-Ride to get there!

    1. Good! Heaven only knows when you'd get there (and what shape you'd be in)!

  2. That Dial-a-Ride trip sounds awful! It's too bad there isn't a better option. Hope your weekend is a good one. And I love that magnet about reading in bed until your arm hurts! :D

  3. What a horrible driver. The very least these guys could do is take into account what passengers are experiencing. That long of a drive with a driver as uncaring as that one had to feel like an eternity. Impossible to "zone out" with a good book if you are in constant danger of having it fly away into one of the other passengers. Empathy should be part of the job description...

  4. Perhaps you should make that suggestion to the higher-ups at Dial-A-Ride. Managers at Walmart are required to spend time doing things like checking customers groceries out so they don't forget what it's like to be one of their employees. The drivers should be required to experience what it's like to be a rider as well.

    1. I was thinking about making a phone call. Great minds think alike. :-)

  5. It's great to read that a new pack of wolves has been discovered in California. It gives one hope for the species. I'm sorry you've had such a terrible experience with Dial-A-Ride. There is really no excuse for that.

    1. I just hope nutjobs don't jump in their pickups and try to find and kill them.

  6. I assume you mean try to shoot the bears, not the bad Dial-a-Ride drivers! I would complain to the supervisors. You shouldn't have to feel like you're on a roller coaster while on the way to a medical appt.


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