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01-21-2016 Journal–Here Comes the Other Shoe!   Leave a comment

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I filled up the gas tank of my car yesterday and spent $18.00. I also ordered a heating oil delivery of 100 gallons at $1.30 per.  What the hell is really going on? We have all this good news happening and still the stock market is yo-yoing hundreds of points up and down.  I’m certainly glad I pulled all of my IRA funds out of the market and bought Certificates of Deposit.

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It’s been a number of years since we’ve seen these low prices but I’m not getting my hopes up just yet. Being the cynical SOB that I am I keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.  There’s no way in hell the powers-that-be can let this go on for much longer. Don’t you know it’s the job of the citizenry to pay more taxes, more surcharges, more fees, and to give, give, give, until it hurts. If you don’t do that or even complain just a little then you’ll be branded as selfish and of course racist. I’ll just keep holding my breath until it’s time to pay the piper for all this temporary good fortune.

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‘The end of life as we know it . . . NOT’

I see again that the next gigantic, horrific, and dangerous "Storm of the Century" is making it’s way across the country. I’m supposed to feel bad for all those folks living in the mid-Atlantic states who’ve have mild winters almost every year for as long as I can remember. While we in the north are up to our asses in snow drifts they are posting about the flowers they just planted and closing their schools when they get an inch of snow. Boo-hoo folks. Suck it up, shovel some snow, and fall on your ass a few times.  Actually go to a store and buy a snow shovel. See what it feels like to have a little bit of winter to deal with.

Am I being too harsh? Am I not feeling their pain? That would be a big YES. I can sit back for the foreseeable future and listen to every weather person, news commentator, and politician who can get some face-time on TV as they whine on and on about this terrible storm. 

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‘Hurry, get to the store for bread, milk, and TP.’

I have only one more thing to say. I just don’t care.  The government in it’s infinite wisdom should invest it’s money to buy every illegal alien a snow shovel and bus fare to the east coast. They should be able to have everyone shoveled out in just a day or two.  Rumor has it that our racist citizens really don’t like all that manual labor so let’s give that job to the illegals too. Make them earn all the free benefits we are all being forced to pay for.

Have a wonderful and snowy winter you poor bastards.

U. S.A.  . . . U. S. A.  . . . U. S. A.

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11-26-2014 Journal–The Music Never Dies!   Leave a comment

I started collecting music at a very young age.  I didn’t just collect everything because that would be impossible.  I have my musical likes and dislikes but as everyone else the music of my twenties and thirties holds the biggest attraction.  I collected first on eight tracks, then cassettes and later on CD’s which resulted in a collection of more than 400 albums of what are now called classic oldies.  Ten years ago I decided to make the move to digital and spent months with a software package called Audiograbber and converted all of my CD’s into MP3’s.  It was a massive job but it permitted me to take my entire collection and install it on my first 80 gig IPod.  It was one of my better purchases because I’m still using it today, 11 years later, on the original battery.

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Most of my music is from the late 1950’s through the early 1970’s.  Only a few albums and artists have been added over the years because I only collect what I really like. I could sit here and attempt to razzle-dazzle you with song titles and artist’s names but what would be the point of that. We all love the music we love and some of us don’t like much of anything.  Some people only enjoy the music for its ability to create an atmosphere that will lead to social gatherings at bars and clubs, drinking, dancing, and the occasional bout of recreational sex.

I’m fairly eclectic in my music tastes and enjoy quite a variety which doesn’t include Hip Hop or Country & Western.  Only a very select few from those genres made the cut.  Salt & Pepa, En Vogue, Delbert McClinton, and Bonnie Raitt are just a few that did.

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Every so often when I’m alone for a few hours or when I’m working on the computer I’ll crank up certain selections and rock the house down.  One day last week I decided to celebrate some of my favorite artists that had tons of musical talent and died before their time. I spent two hours listening first to my two favorite balladeers, Jim Croce and Harry Chapin.  Then I moved on to the Big Bopper, Richie Valens, and Buddy Holly.  I saved the best for last with Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, and ended the montage with Jim Morrison and Freddie Mercury.  Wow. . . it was more than just a little wonderful.  I’m still humming and singing those songs in my head and will be for quite some time. 

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After two hours of that music I found myself extremely sad to have lost them before their time and could only imagine all of the fantastic music that died with them.  The only positive thing I can think of is that they and their music will outlive us all and be enjoyed by millions in future generations.  They found their immortality albeit in a most unpleasant fashion.

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I look toward to many more special moments listening to their songs as I’ve enjoyed doing in the past.  With that:

R.I.P.

09-18-2013   2 comments

I’ve just about made myself cross-eyed today.  I’ve been putting off for months what I’m in the middle of doing.  I decided that I’ve procrastinated long enough and the review of almost fifteen thousand photographs has begun. Once all of them has been reviewed and the duplicates eliminated I can then do a complete backup which will go into safe storage at another location.  It took me almost ten years of hard work to take these photos and I’m finding it difficult to discard any of them.  It’s the perfect Fall season job where I can sit back, relax and do things properly.

I take everything in high resolution mode and as you know that requires a great deal of memory for storage.  I thought three years ago that having a terabyte of hard drive memory would last me for many years.  I underestimated a little and now find my drive almost fifty percent full.  I may be forced into buying a large removable hard drive or signing up for one of those off-site backup systems through one of the those companies offering that service.

Winter is always the perfect time for such projects.  A few years ago I spent a great deal of my winter converting my extensive music CD collection to MP3’s.  It took a long time but was well worth the effort.  I find doing time consuming projects very relaxing and the more difficult the better.  I know it sounds stupid but it’s true none the less.

I’ve also decided that reindexing all of the photos is necessary because during my first years using an DSLR I was a newbie to digital photography and did what I consider to be a haphazard job. I’ll now spend a good portion of this Winter going back and redoing each and every one.  If my estimate is correct it should take me well into January to get it done right once and for all.

It should go a long way to help me in the creation of a number of photo books I’ve been considering. I discovered that without a thorough indexing job it’s possible for me to lose photo’s I remember taking.  It can frustrate the hell out of a person when your forced to manually search through thousands of pictures because you indexed one photo improperly.

Well, I have a lot to do over the next five months and I should get started.  No idle hands for me this Winter.