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647th Friday Blog Roundup

So the coda to the concert post is that it was my first show standing on the floor and not having a mosh pit.  I’ve been to concerts where I’ve had a seat in the arena.  And I’ve been to concerts where there have been no seats but everyone has crammed either into a mosh pit in front of the stage or stood on the sidelines outside the mosh pit.  But I have never been to a show that had no seats AND no mosh pit.

Everyone just stood.

And by “stood,” I mean that they blocked my view by holding up their phone.  They didn’t dance because that would have resulted in a blurry picture.  The rest of us couldn’t dance because we might bump into the people broadcasting on their Facebook feed.  I don’t think I’ll ever go back to that concert hall because it made me really sad to watch the guy next to me carry on a three-hour-long text message conversation, only breaking to take pictures of Peter Garrett and post them on Twitter.

The music was great.  Peter Garrett’s dancing was great.  The few people we spoke to before the show began were great.  But the crowds who pushed their way to the front to block everyone who was there to listen to the music and dance?  That part made me really really cranky.

I’m getting old.

I whined on Twitter this week, #GetOffYourPhone is the new “get off my lawn.”  This is what happens when I can’t work out my feelings in the mosh pit.


Stop procrastinating.  Go make your backups.  Don’t have regrets.

Seriously.  Stop what you’re doing for a moment.  It will take you fifteen minutes, tops.  But you will have peace of mind for days and days.  It’s the gift to yourself that keeps on giving.

As always, add any new thoughts to the Friday Backup post and peruse new comments in order to find out about methods, plug-ins, and devices that help you quickly back up your data and accounts.


And now the blogs…

But first, second helpings of the posts that appeared in the open comment thread last week.  In order to read the description before clicking over, please return to the open thread:

  • None… sniff.

Okay, now my choices this week.

Slaying, Blogging, Whatever is once again the voice of reason in regards to parents being up in arms about their child not doing a Mother’s Day/Father’s Day project at school.  She writes, “The schools are not there to make the kids do crafts for your gifts.  They are there to learn … The school is trying to teach a more important lesson about people in general and about having empathy and understanding about various cultures and families, etc.”  It’s a moving post about kids aging, written by someone who has a very different take on the concept of a Mother’s Day gift.

Anabegins has a post that resonated with me because I also don’t want to go anywhere.  I really love the idea of staying home, and we are also only going to nearby beaches and visiting family.  I don’t feel any impulse to explore at the moment, and the idea of really traveling makes me feel so tired and overwhelmed.  I mostly just want space to read.  Joining her in wanting simple right now.

Countingpinklines has a graphic breaking down her ectopic pregnancy.  Despite using pastel colours, it is still a sobering picture of loss.  Though, as she writes, “It made a ridiculously shitty experience into, not a positive experience, but at least an interesting one.”

Lastly, the OCD Infertile has a beautiful Mother’s Day post juxtaposing two balloon releases.  Years earlier, her niece was with her when she released balloons after a miscarriage.  This year, she helped her niece release balloons in memory of her mother.  This made me cry: “Who would have known all these years later we would stand there together, a child without a mother, a mother without a child, somehow both now having both sending their love to angels in Heaven that made us who we are.”

The roundup to the Roundup: Phones and concerts don’t mix.  Your weekly backup nudge.  And lots of great posts to read.  So what did you find this week?  Please use a permalink to the blog post (written between May 12th and 19th) and not the blog’s main url. Not understanding why I’m asking you what you found this week?  Read the original open thread post here.


1 Ana { 05.19.17 at 9:04 am }

Thanks for the shout-out. I feel unworthy to be included among such beautiful, poignant posts! I can’t imagine going to a concert and standing for 3 hours, it sounds exhausting!

2 Lori Lavender Luz { 05.19.17 at 10:27 am }

Man, that stinks! Kind of fits in with your recent post on interest and attention. It’s become difficult — and rare — for people to attend to the thing they’re attending.

3 Lavonne @ theOCDinfertile { 05.22.17 at 8:21 am }

Thank you so much for the shout out. The past year has brought on so many changes and growing and I’m thankful for this community for letting me express it all on my blog.

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