Great tip for those wanting to draw things better

| April 23, 2024

As a “non-artist,” I’ve always admired (or had someone on the CPP payroll) who have had the ability and training to create art. Here’s a social media video tip for those of us who would just like to draw a car. 😊 

Music Monday: “Dreams” by the Cranberries

| April 22, 2024

In 1990s, well after I was focused on listening to whatever new songs were popular, the Irish band “The Cranberries” was making music that caught my ear. Previously, I posted on the alt rock song “Linger” for Music Monday, but today will highlight their music video for “Dreams” after hearing it as FoxBusiness segment music. […]

Mashing together my thoughts on a few things automotive

| April 21, 2024

The social group that I waste too much time in reading and replying to each week on X.com (a bunch of car enthusiasts and a few automotive journalists) posted a photo of a 1984 Chevrolet Celebrity Eurosport last week. It was exactly like the second company car I had when working for Portage Newspaper Supply Company […]

Should be a Music Monday, but a 4/18/2024 RIP Dickey Betts

| April 20, 2024

Previously on Music Monday, Dickey Betts and the Allman Brothers were highlighted several times on MDB. He passed away in Florida on Thursday last week and I wanted to include a mention and to highlight his music. The cause was cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Betts’ manager David Spero confirmed. ☹ The Allman Brothers […]

Tech Friday: What’s the fuss about AI center power demands?

| April 19, 2024

I have finally gone “Full Howard” (an inside family joke) #TBT

| April 18, 2024

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Woodworking project: Finished my Table Saw Jointer Jig

| April 17, 2024

If you aren’t into woodworking, a Table Saw Jointer Jig will mean nothing … but Katelyn and Drew have a pile of lumber from their lot in the garage, and some of it needs a new home.😉   So I need to start hauling some of it back and prepping it for woodworking projects (I […]

How far in advance should you book air travel? #tidbit

| April 16, 2024

Last week when reading and posting about Berkshire Hathaway investments and Warren Buffett from Kiplinger, I also snipped a “Best Time to Book a Flight” sidebar.

Music Monday: From 2004, “I Go Back” by Kenny Chesney

| April 15, 2024

It seems like it has been a while since Music Monday has highlighted Kenny Chesney? Maybe it hasn’t been that long, but then again, it has been a year … and I haven’t been streaming the No Shoes Radio channel on SiriusXM for a while lately.  That aside, I did listen for a while while working […]

Shocked to see my John Deere 330 battery last 12 years!

| April 14, 2024

Photo from working in yard in Spring 2017 Our old John Deere 330 16HP diesel tractor, that we use for all kinds of yard chores, required another battery this spring. It seemed like just yesterday that I replaced it, but  then I realized it was replaced back in 2012! Amazing longevity for a Walmart Ever […]

The financial markets have been precarious this past week as tensions between Israel and Iran ratched up

| April 13, 2024

Iran has threatened to retaliate for an attack in Damascus, Syria, that Tehran said was an Israeli airstrike on a diplomatic building. The strike killed several top Iranian military officials, including a senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Force. According to the WSJ on Friday, “the U.S. rushed warships into position […]

Tech Friday: Some AI voice testing with NPR Editor Uri Berliner’s “Here’s How We Lost America’s Trust” article

| April 12, 2024

Who isn’t … or more appropriately wasn’t … fond of listening to the interesting and smooth-toned audio that was  part of National Public Radio (NPR) in the previous century. I spent an exorbitant amount of time in my car back then and listened to static-riddled politically conservative radio talk shows on AM radio and liberally […]

Removed a couple trees from the front of our house #TBT

| April 11, 2024

Brenda has been bugging me to remove a couple of pine trees (one 30 yo Blue Spruce that was nearly dead) from in front of the house (photo – house without the drooping pine). They were on the “to-do” list last year, but I’ve procrastinated until this year … and in my mind, I was […]

Semi happy with Wyze Cam Plus but now $2 more/month

| April 10, 2024

We have been using the economical Wyze Cams to monitor things around home for a few years now, along with leftover Canary Cams … and our old school original wired security system. I do like the way these inexpensive cameras have held up and are improving, but the speed and notification tweaking of their Wyze […]

The day after our April 8, 2024 Solar Eclipse #photos #video

| April 9, 2024

Click images for larger images Our backyard may not have been the absolute best location to view a perfectly covered sun for the solar eclipse, but it was very impressive.   Taylor took an afternoon off of work and  came up with Gigi in the afternoon (we are north of Cincinnati), and I suspect he […]

Talk about slurping your food! #video

| April 8, 2024

Whale sharks certainly know how to slurp their food — they are big eaters! 

The Solar Eclipse: Be sure to view it safely on April 8, 2024

| April 7, 2024

Graphic at: https://eclipse.aas.org/eye-safety On April 8, 2024, much of North America will experience a solar eclipse. A solar eclipse (vs lunar eclipse) is an alignment of Sun, Moon, and Earth, verse the Sun, Earth and Moon. On Monday, the moon’s shadow path will make landfall on Mexico’s Pacific coast, cross the United States from Texas […]

Yes, Virgina, there is inflation (but how about a soft-landing?)

| April 6, 2024

The subject line is my questionable twist on the Francis Church response to Virginia O’Hanlon in 1897, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus (see below). All of us “seeing” inflation month after month really don’t question its existence, but we do wonder how long inflation will continue a higher than the desired two percent […]

Archive: Taylor and his MU fraternity brothers in Vegas

| April 5, 2024

After posting the “Bald Eagle and 100K post,” I was feeling guilty in not including Taylor on the “goings-on” archive of my blog. So … to keep up, here’s photo from a bachelor trip to Las Vegas with his Miami University fraternity brothers last weekend. It sure looked and sounds as if they had a […]

A Bald Eagle photo in Whitehouse, Ohio … and another 100,000 miles odometer photo from my daughter #TBT

| April 4, 2024

Katelyn’s 100K text message (above left) from her 2018 Volkswagen Tiguan reminded me of the one she sent 17 years ago (above right) … back when she was driving her 2001 Volkswagen Jetta TDI. Where have all the years and miles gone (hence #TBT)? I’m so glad we have the technology to sporadically send messages […]

Books: “The Decisive Decade” by Jonathan DT Ward

| April 3, 2024

Last week I downloaded a book from the library by Jonathan DT Ward after hearing him mention it on a Fox Business program. He is a regular contributor and expert on China; I’ve always thought of him as knowledgeable and a younger version of Micheal Pillsbury (prevous book). The book is titled, “The Decisive Decade: […]

An analogy of Republicans in Congress #DarkHumor

| April 2, 2024

The humor may be dark, but each time I think the Republican controlled Congress (although barely the majority) might be trying to curtail the excessive spending or the heavy-handed policies enacted by President Biden or progressive Democrats, they fail due to infighting amongst themselves. It is ridiculous just how dysfunctional these “roaring” Republicans are as […]

Music Monday: “My Maria” – hit in 1973 by B.W. Stevenson

| April 1, 2024

It seems shocking, or at least it surprised me, that Louis Charles B.W. (BuckWheat) Stevenson’s popular hit “My Maria” had not been mention as a Music Monday song?   I happened to hear it last month on SiriusXM’s 70’s on 7 and jotted it down to check the blog. I did find the Three Dog […]

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