|1988 F250, extended cab, long bed. It can squash you flat.|
I decided to go to the dump today. Loaded up the truck and headed down the trail. Where the gate is, the incline is pretty steep. I stopped about 20 feet from the gate, put the truck in neutral and set the parking break. This is absolutely not the procedure I normally use for opening the gate. In the normal course of events, I'd turn off the truck, put it in low, set the parking break, then get out to open the gate.
I started walking down to the gate and I heard a loud "pop" sound behind me. Turned around and here came the truck, rolling down the slope. I tried to climb up the bank but all I could do with just grab a branch and sort of lift myself out of the way. The trail curved there and the truck thumped into the clay bank about six feet in front of me and stopped. No real damage because the bank has thawed out and all the rain has softened the clay. If that curve hadn't been there I figure it would have run me over, since I couldn't really get high enough off the trail to get completely out of the way.
The moral of the story is that procedures exist for a reason. I made them up originally to preclude exactly this event. But I was in a bad mood, I was thinking about something else, and I just didn't pay any attention.
This afternoon, having finished all the things on the get done list, I turned on my computer and the blog had 36 pieces of spam in the comments. They were all those things where somebody says "oh, what a wonderful blog, I learned so much from it. Please check out my blog at Toiletseatsforhalfprice.com.
The Spam filter on blogger is getting most of them, but I still get them in my email and have to open each one to be sure it is spam. They are all from anonymous. I get plenty of valid, legitimate comments from real people who use anonymous, and I'd hate to change the blog comment set up to not allow anonymous comments, but I can't keep doing this and the problem is getting worse. I don't want to use those things that put a bunch of scrambled numbers and letters for you to interpret. Sometimes I have to try six or seven times to get them right on other peoples blogs. In fact, if I find a blog that uses that, I have to REALLY like the the person or it just isn't worth the trouble.
All I can think of to do is just tell people that in a week or so I am going to have to stop the anonymous comments capability in pure self defense. If anybody has another idea I'd be delighted to hear it.