Random Friday

Random Friday, Ver. 39

1) On Monday I went to the George Washington Birthday Parade in Old Town Alexandria. It was the first time I’ve ever been able to walk to a parade directly from my house, so that was nice. (Instead of having to arrive early and search for a place to park, I just left my apartment about ten minutes before everything started.) The parade itself was very…parade-y. There were fire trucks, police cars, waving town officials, people dressed up in period costumes, a few llamas (yes, llamas). However, the afternoon was absolutely gorgeous (like 70 degrees), so it was nice just being outside. (Note: This fulfills #55 on my 101 Things list: Go to a parade or street fair.)

2) Last night my roommate and I went to the Kennedy Center to see a performance by the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. It was awesome. I’d never been to the Kennedy Center before, so that in itself was nice to see, but the dancers? Wow. Their strength, and their flexibility — and their bodies — were amazing.

3) I’ve been using Yahoo! Mail as my primary email address for about nine years. A few years ago when I was living in California with my aunt and uncle, they had Verizon as their internet provider and I was able to add my Yahoo username to their account access. The access had continued this way for the past few years, so I’d forgotten how nice it was to have premium Yahoo access (meaning advertisement-free). My aunt mentioned a few months ago that she was going to cancel her Verizon account and go to a different provider, but I didn’t give it a thought until a few days ago — when my Yahoo mail reverted back to the free, basic version. Now there’s a big banner ad at the top of the page, and another strip of ads going down the right side of the page. It’s just a lot…busier.

I have a Gmail account that I could use, but literally all of my electronic notifications come to my Yahoo address, so it would be a big pain to switch everything over. (And also, when I experimented last year with using my Gmail account as the one that receives all incoming comments from my website, there were tons of comments — all of them coming from different people, with different email addresses — that were automatically grouped together in the same “conversation” since the subject line was the same. I couldn’t file them away individually, blah-blah-blah. If anyone knows how to get around that, or if Gmail has improved since then, let me know.)

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