This week I made arrangements by email (works like a charm with my hearing disability) with Juan Martinez of Peoria Kia. My beautiful red Kia Soul needed an oil change and tire rotation. I took it in for a 9:30 appointment, and settled down for a long wait. The wait is always pleasant, as they have coffee and danish. I chose a cinnamon roll this time. I sat in the waiting room and turned on my Kindle and began reading my crime story. I went into the coffee room to refresh my coffee, and one of the employees came by and insisted on pouring it for me. Nice. At 10:30, they called my name. Finished. Wow. That was great timing, but one of the nicest things from my perspective was that they had washed my car, and it gleamed in the sunlight. I felt pampered, and pleased that I had so much more time to run errands and get back to work. I've since received two emails from two different people asking if everything was okay. I really like Peoria Kia. They know the meaning of customer service.
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Have you ever been confused about when to use a colon as opposed to, say, a dash? When using a colon, think of "as follows." A colon can introduce a series of elements or amplify what came before the colon. Note regarding "as follows": this applies to run-in lists. If you're creating a vertical list (maybe using bullets or numbers), the best way to introduce it is with a a complete grammatical statement. Example: All applications must include the following documents: A colon can be used between independent clauses (acting a lot like a semicolon), BUT use rarely, and ONLY to show that the second clause illustrates or expands the first. And occasionally, you can use a colon instead of a period to introduce a series of sentences. Example: She had several choices: She could...long sentence. She could....second sentence. Or she could...third sentence. Just keep in mind that generally you want to use a colon to give a sense of "as follows." Guidance from Chicago Manual of Style, sixteenth edition (6.59)(6.123)
It's been a good but "different" month with computer breakdowns and seeing tragedy in the lives of people I care about. It was time for a break. Monday my brother and I took a break and drove to the mining town of Jerome, Arizona. We wandered all around, and I felt this was the time to photograph old machinery, vehicles, buildings, etc. We got some great shots and had some good experiences, then headed to Prescott Valley, and then home. Jerome's beauty is obvious...and I hope you enjoy the picture I took (and redigitized) near Ghost Town, which up in the mountains but close to Jerome. More later!