New Years in New York and Nashville

by on January 1st, 2017

So, we stayed up late last night to celebrate the New Year. This is the first time we did not go out and join a party somewhere. We had thought about going downtown last night, but it has been cold and raining all day and that just kind of killed the mood.

Ended up watching the ball drop in New York City. Watched Beyonce with her technical problems and walk off the stage. As big a production as New Year’s Eve is, I can’t believe they had a problem with the audio. Someone should get fired over that.

The rest of the show was predictable, although it is still weird to me to know that NYC celebrates midnight a full hour before we do because we are in Central Time. So, in a way, we celebrate midnight twice – watching NYC at their midnight and then still partying for an hour so we can celebrate it again at our midnight.

Pontoon Boats for River Fun

by on September 17th, 2016

I really want a boat. There is a nice river nearby for all kinds of water fun, but a lot of people keep telling me that a boat is a hole in the water you pour money into. I don’t think that way. I look at it as an investment in living a life outside of the work, home, work, home, work, home grind.

What is the point of working if that is all you do. The time has come to get out of the house and DO something. I like to fish and so does the wife. So far we can only do that from the bank of the river and have to deal with tons of mosquitoes during the warm months. If you are on the water itself, it is so much better.

I just have to decide if I want a pontoon party style boat or a ski style boat. It has to be larger than a john boat because the wakes cause by the larger boats will swamp you on the weekends out on the river itself. I don’t want to be stuck in the back water ways and if it is larger, than we can take friends and family out with us. That right there is a great reason for a pontoon. Especially if it has all the amenities, like a BBQ grill and such. Some pontoons you can even ski behind or at least pull one of those big floats. I am thinking a pontoon might just be the way to go.

News and the World

by on June 23rd, 2016

Watching the news and seeing the insane weather and various natural disasters that have been happening with great frequency is a bit scary. I am thankful that I live in a place that has very little of any of them. The earth quakes and volcanic eruptions along the pacific rim have been really devastating, and you couldn’t pay me enough to live in any of those areas. If I had been born there, I would leave any way possible. It’s just nuts !

Add to that the storms that seem to be stronger each year or perhaps we just didn’t hear about them as much before. That is probably it now that I think about it. With the internet, we hear about so much that we never did before that it amazes and scares us when we do. The world is connected now and news travels at the speed of light it seems. No matter what happens we have it all at the tips of our fingers and the reporters have a difficult time deciding what to show us as there is so much more now to see. I definitely do not envy them their jobs.

Shopping – Men vs Women

by on September 29th, 2015

I had to go buy some clothes today for myself. My wife decided to come along and that is where the trip went from a short one to an hours long marathon. When I man goes shopping for clothes, it is relatively simple. There are two kinds of men. Those who wear suits to work and those who do not. Either way it still is the same principle of shopping for us. We know what size we wear and we go to the store and buy exactly what we need. Pants, shirts, socks and underwear are the basics. The only deviation from that is if we need a suit.

Women on the other hand, have to try on fifty different outfits, along with the accessories and shoes for each one. The buying of a bra can take an hour and a half all by itself. Styles, colors, matching underpants etc… It is enough to drive a sane man completely crazy. Which is why I usually make sure she shops with friends or other female family members rather than me. In and out in thirty minutes or less is my motto and I stick to it.

Women and men should never shop for clothes together, especially when the woman always asks for my opinion and buys the exact opposite of the one I like. What was the point of asking me, if you are only going to get the other one? Note to self. Do NOT tell her when I am going to go buy myself clothes. I am going to the hardware or auto store from now on whenever she asks !

My Battery Backup Saved My PC

by on May 16th, 2014

We have a lot of trouble in this area with electricity outages and spikes. Many times it is related to storms, especially the ones with a lot of lightning. But sometimes there is not sign of any storm activity and the power just goes out. It’s not so bad when it goes out all at once and stays off for 5-10 minutes. But the ones that make the lights flicker and it comes and it goes – those worry me.

Household electronics can’t take a lot of spikes and surges, especially computers. That is why I bought surge protectors and battery backups for all my electronics, not only the PC but also the flat screen TVs and the security system.

 

We had an issue with the lights flickering for about 20 minutes the other day. No signs of any storms – no reason to expect the surges. When it was over, I checked my electronics and found that the surge protectors had all tripped, and one of the battery backups was dead. Unfortunately, the battery backup went out on one of the first flickers, leaving my security system unprotected and it ended up frying the security computer and monitor. I was pretty pissed off about that.

On the other hand, the surge protector for my PC did trip but the battery backup remained working, so it saved my PC.

All that flickering meant that I ended up going to Best Buy to replace all the surge protectors. Once they trip, they can’t be trusted to work anymore – as surge protectors. They still work like an extension cord, but that doesn’t protect your electronics from the surges and spike. I went ahead and bought 6 replacements and then negotiated a price reduction with the sales manager by buying 6 spares. I figured I would need them eventually, so I might as well get them now and save a few bucks while I’m at it.