Reading and downloading ebooks on my Kindle Voyage

Posted By on April 27, 2017

TheOperator_Oneil170425After borrowing my daughter’s Nook, and my friends Kindle, I finally have my own ereader — thanks to MyDesultoryBlog readers and discreet Google Ad clickers. I now can travel and read comfortably without disassembling the keyboard off my iPad Air2 and "hefting" the much heavier and larger tablet in front of my face. My second-hand Kindle Voyage is just about perfect … not to heavy and not too large. As Goldilocks would say, "just right." The 6" paperwhite screen is high resolution at 300ppi and always bright enough with the LED backlighting. I don’t think even Amazon’s next model up, the Oasis, could be much better?

I’ve already finish up two of my previous downloads from my iPad, but sadly couldn’t transfer or "loan" Predictably Irrational, a book my buddy Jeff has me reading on "his" Kindle.

But just so happens, Robert J. Oneill has a book coming out this week call "The Operator" and am going to add it to my books to read. Gone are the days of $9.99 ebooks I guess? Oh well, @mchooyah is definitely one author I don’t mind seeing rewarded with a few publisher royalty checks … thank you for you service Mr. O’neill, and taking out Osama bin Laden! 

A stirringly evocative, thought-provoking, and often jaw-dropping account, The Operator ranges across SEAL Team Operator Robert O’Neill’s awe-inspiring four-hundred-mission career, which included his involvement in TheOperatorBookLattempts to rescue “Lone Survivor” Marcus Luttrell and abducted-by-Somali-pirates Captain Richard Phillips and which culminated in those famous three shots that dispatched the world’s most wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden.

In these pages, O’Neill describes his idyllic childhood in Butte, Montana; his impulsive decision to join the SEALs; the arduous evaluation and training process; and the even tougher gauntlet he had to run to join the SEALs’ most elite unit. After officially becoming a SEAL, O’Neill would spend more than a decade in the most intense counterterror effort in US history. For extended periods, not a night passed without him and his small team recording multiple enemy kills—and though he was lucky enough to survive, several of the SEALs he’d trained with and fought beside never made it home.

The Operator describes the nonstop action of O’Neill’s deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan, evokes the black humor of years-long combat, brings to vivid life the lethal efficiency of the military’s most selective units, and reveals firsthand details of the most celebrated terrorist takedown in history.

What deduction will you lose in Trump tax plan?

Posted By on April 26, 2017

CNBC posted a simple chart in their article looking at #taxreform, cuts and simplification as to what deductions might be eliminated.

Investors sure do love to hear about tax reform and tax cuts

Posted By on April 26, 2017

What a start to the week for the stock market! There is optimism that something "will" get done with taxes, unlike #RepealAndReplace legislation. The news is that President Donald Trump will be unveiling his proposal to cut corporate taxes PresidentTrumpWSJon US companies’ foreign profits and slash the top tax rate has investors in the "buy" mode. Some of us are still skeptical after the last go-around over health care, but tax cuts likely could generate enough congressional votes to pass … especially if their constituents back home have more money in their paychecks (or have a paycheck) and growing investments in their 401Ks and IRAs.

Today (Wednesday) is the scheduled speech from the president and likely will have something in it for everyone … except where the money to run the government will come from? For now, if you hold stocks, likely you are feeling a bit richer … but as a few well known investors are warning, it is starting to feel a little bit like the late 1990s … so be careful. Protection is hard to do if you are hoping to participate in a climbing market and don’t want to be left out. Unlike the past decade, sitting on cash could start to get costly IF we see inflationary signs?

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Mounted the large 4K TV temporarily in the new kitchen

Posted By on April 25, 2017

The granite countertops were installed last week, still putting us a couple of weeks from having a usable kitchen as the construction continues to crawl along (no plumbing, cooktop, backsplash, trim, electrical or paint).

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It is tough being without a functioning kitchen and washing up dishes in the laundry room is getting old … but I took the weekend lull to work on my tweaks — the "slider system" and mount for the 4K TV. I’ve opted to replace the swinging doors in the cabinet above the refrigerator with a slider panel that holds the TV, MOCA and cable box all on one panel. When finished, the slider is semi-temporary and requires only a single 110 volt plug (inside the cabinet) to power the 3 devices. All that will be visible is the 43" flat panel (unless peaking behind the tight fitting mount) … and it can ALL be removed by sliding off the white panel with all the TV hardware to the right (photo above). The goal is to be able to return to normal kitchen cabinet doors with 4 screws if we should ever need to go back to "no TV in the kitchen" — my wife’s preference, although she has not seen the above just yet (gulp!).

As Colonel John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard) said in The A-Team "I love it when a plan comes together."

Mellow Music Monday: Down in Belize with Jerry Jeff Walker

Posted By on April 24, 2017

moonchild_jerryjeffwalkerHere’s a MusicMonday tune from a studio recording by Jerry Jeff Walker in 2009 called "Down in Belize" 6th cut of his Moon Child album.

He’s an artist from years ago when my listening taste was more country, folk and tropical rock … well perhaps I haven’t really changed? If you don’t recall the long time Austin Texan Jerry Jeff, you’ll like remember his Mr. Bojangles hit … it was the one that put him on the map way back in 1968 (recorded by others as well).

  Down in Belize | Jerry Jeff Walker

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FaceTime is a Great Time for both Annalyn and her Bompa

Posted By on April 23, 2017

My week would not be complete with out a FaceTime AnnalynFacetime170419video lunch break with my daughter Katelyn and Annalyn (this one is from last Thursday and she starting to talk … or "coo" if that is the correct term?)

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Katelyn seems very happy being  mom and at home taking care of Annalyn. She is enjoying these first 7 weeks and making the most of her time off.

As it is with most new parents, I’m know it is both a big adjustment from life without children, to wondering how they can leave to go back to work? Thankfully "time" is in their favor in negotiating moving to a new city for Drew and Katelyn.  Katelyn’s current plan to return to working at a new pediatric practice is September … and even then maybe fewer hours, depending on patient load. It sure sounds perfect from the "been there, done that" book of experience!

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Saving money takes discipline – 20 ideas on Fox Business.com

Posted By on April 22, 2017

My favorite news network shared 20 excellent tips for saving money (by Daniel Kline, who writes for the Motley Fool). I highlight a favorite below.

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Saving money takes discipline

It means forgoing things you want and making tough choices, which can be tough in our consumption-focused society. However, saving money can make it easier to get what you really want, whether it’s buying your dream house, starting a business, or retiring early. Whatever it may be, having cash in the bank (or invested wisely) brings you closer to that goal.

To that end, below is a list of 20 ways to boost your savings in a big way. Some are tougher to achieve than others, and you’ll need to weigh the necessary sacrifice against the return. For example, if your morning latte brings you joy (or keeps you sane), then it may be worth the $5 it costs.The same is true of anything on this list.

1. Pay off your credit card debt

For every $1,000 you have in credit card debt at an annual percentage rate (APR) of 15%, you pay $12.50 per month. If you carry $7,000 in credit card debt over the course of the year, you will spend $1,050 on interest payments. That’s money being burned. It does not lower your debt; it’s simply the cost of borrowing on a credit card. If you pay a higher APR, the picture gets even worse, and the value of paying off the debt becomes even higher.

2. Trade your latte for coffee

While making coffee at home by the pot saves the most money, it also involves a bit of hassle, and perhaps you enjoy the experience of visiting a coffee house as much as the coffee itself. But if you substitute a $5 latte for a $2 cup of coffee five days a week, you’ll save $780 a year. If you’re a seven-day-a week coffee buyer, you will save $1,092.

3. Keep your car longer

Most car payments are over $100 a month, so not having to make that payment would save you at least $1,200 a year. In general, people take a car loan over three, four, five, or maybe even six years. In many cases, when the loan has been paid off, Saving-Moneythe car remains in good condition. If that’s the case, even if you want a new car, it’s sensible not to get one. The challenge is holding on to your car as long as it’s in good shape but selling it before it begins to need expensive repairs.A trusted mechanic can help you make this decision.

4. Put $3 a day in the bank

It may sound silly, but if you save $3 a day, 365 days a year, you will end up with $1,095 in the bank. Most people won’t actually set three physical dollars aside each day, but breaking down a larger goal into small pieces can make it more manageable. In this case, saving $1,000 may seem a bit daunting, but most people can picture putting $3 aside each day.

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.