Archive: Found a couple CPP photos when cleaning my desk #TBT

Posted By on June 27, 2019

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While cleaning out a few old files folders, I came across a couple Consolidated Printing and Publishing Co. building photos in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio that my insurance agent took and included glued onto a policy folder. They are likely from the late 1980s and are worth archiving and using for a Throwback Thursday #TBT post. The photos were of the building we bought in 1986 and taken after remodeling (here is a relatively current and early pre-remodeling photos). Good memories, but leaves me a bit melancholy. 

Finally joining the smartwatch and Fitbit wearer club

Posted By on June 26, 2019

The plan was to post an update on the terrific 30th (Taylor) 60th (Rich) birthday weekend celebration with the whole family planned by Katelyn on Put-In-Bay last weekend … RichNewFitBit190624but I’ve been too busy to get my photos and thoughts together.

So this will just be a smallish update highlighting the Fitbit Versa that Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn gave me. I have not worn a watch for over 25 years … or about the time I started wearing pager on my belt. Katelyn has been enjoying hers smartwatches, the latest a Fitbit Versa too,  so I think she realized that it might be that perfect accessory;  it does some “smart things” but doesn’t try to do everything (like Brenda’s Apple Watch). So far I’m shocked just how much I’m enjoying the feedback and health tracking … and it has been encouraging enough to make me focus on watching my heartrate, steps, stairs and POOR sleep habits (I blame Brenda). 🙂 All in all, I’m anxious to wear and use it, in fact I’ve already bought a new “weather” watch face for $1.59 … not the best for weather, but at least the time is easier to read.

So thank you KDA for such a nice birthday gift and I’ll work on getting a belated “last weekend Put-In-Bay post together with photos soon (but here’s one of all of us!). 

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Megan, Drew, Annalyn, Katelyn, Rich, Brenda and Taylor

Filler post: A little – very little – bit of #humor

Posted By on June 25, 2019

IMG_3995A dumb dad joke #DDJ “sometimes” can be a great filler post … and as a told my friend Jeff, “if you smile and laugh, it is good for your health.”

Q: What did the father buffalo say to his son when he left for greener pastures?

A: Bi-son.

Music Monday: Sheryl Crow and Soak Up The Sun #video

Posted By on June 24, 2019

SherylCrow44GraciesFrom an elementary school music teacher to international fame and success … Sheryl Crow lives the life most aspiring Sheryl_Crow_-_C'mon,_C'monactors and musicians ambitiously dream to see. Like most Americans who enjoy the “small town girl making it big” story, I love seeing people in this country achieve the American Dream; there is something special about her sound, music and harmonies that appeals to our ears, or at least mine a couple decades after she make it big. I now find myself taking notice whenever a song of hers is played (and it’s not the usual 1970s Music Monday oldie). Sheryl_Crow_-_Soak_Up_the_Sun

In my defense, I was a bit too focused on work and parenting back in the 1990s  to be listening to popular music, I miss most of what made Sheryl Crow rise in popularity. Her big “Best New Artist” year was 1995 and she won three Grammy Awards. After year after year success at the end of the 1990s, she she released the below music video hit single Soak Up The Sun off of her C’mon C’mon album. Unfortunately as the spotlight often does when famous, politics creeped into her outspoken opinion and performances. Both good and bad, it can sometimes offend fans. Nevertheless, as summertime approaches … who doesn’t enjoy the 2002 Soak Up The Sun music video? (although here in SW Ohio, we can only hope the rain will finally stop)
 

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Do you spend your time like the average working man or women?

Posted By on June 23, 2019

My assumption is that the averages portrayed in this study on “How working men and women spend our time” doesn’t really apply to the people I know, on the otherhand, there are only so many hours available in a day. BTW, what are the missing 2 to 2-1/2 hours each day being used for?

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And who really gets 8.5 hours of sleep each night???

A different kind of Tech Friday: A homebrew Vegetation Killer

Posted By on June 21, 2019

dawnduckThese homemade “salt based” recipe for Roundup vegetation control substitutes appears ever spring and summer on social networks, emails and blogs on the Internet. This year I figured I would archive this vinegar, Epsom salt (Magnesium sulfate) and our favorite degreaser and soap, Dawn dishwashing soap on MyDesultoryBlog as a helpful tidbit.

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The challenges of pursing the American Dream – a discussion

Posted By on June 21, 2019

Taylor is my millennial antagonist when it comes to discussing politics, investing and both government and personal finances. We both enjoy debating, so it’s cool most of the time. He is also a product of his generation just as I am of mine. We view the role and expanse of government differently when it comes to free markets and capitalism as the best way grow our economy, set prices, wages and benefiting society (I see it as the incentive to work hard, a reward for calculated risk and in the end, the rising-tide lifts all boats philosophy, some higher than others).

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He posed a question while at dinner last week regarding as to just how achievable the American Dream is anymore for many in his generation? This started my “unfortunate rant” on personal responsibility, living within ones means, keeping debt loads down and not spending more than you earn (boomers love to criticize millennials for their frivolous spending and focus on “experiences”– shame on us). American-DreamMy point to him was that every generation has faced budgeting and finding ways to stretch their income … some planted a garden, worked a second job, while other cut back on their non-necessity spending … particularly with borrowed money.

But more to the point was that his frustration was that the American Dream was “achievable” for single income blue-collar workers after World War II and in his grandparents generation, but looks nearly impossible today. I sense he would like to be possible again … and senses that it might be that way in parts of Europe, or that is at least what is being talked about in his circles.

As a “low debt person,” he is also puzzled in seeing some of his peers driving new cars, living in bigger homes and raising family – kids are something he can’t fathom in the terms of cost. I had to agree that it is (and always was) a challenging balance … and that it is his generation faces the burden of living with the510162486 efficiencies of business automation and globalization (eliminating lower skilled jobs and outsourcing manufacturing to where labor is less expensive). On his other point,  I wonder if some “seemingly achieving” millennials are living on debt and at a burn rate that will eventually be too high, just as with tech start-up companies trying to grow on venture capital funding. Come to think about it, is not all unlike our country as a whole, we are hoping growth will be enough to eventually cover the growing debt plus interest … and maybe those living on credit cards, student loans, car loans and big mortgages are just hoping their salaries will grow faster than their mountain of debt + interest (although I’m not sure who is thinking that far)?

We actually did talk a bit more about the big picture issue and agreed that our economy was not working for a large swath of Americans. We have watch the globalization and automation eliminate blue collar jobs for 50+ years and their replacements have been a seemingly permanent minimum wage job for those who do not have marketable skills.  To that argument, it was hard to disagree … and leaving it to our current education system, bureaucratic long term welfare programs and Libertarian market forces are not working.

The easy sell, quick answer for those on the political left is for government to mandate a higher minimum wage, offer even more “free” (taxpayer funded) college education, socialize more industries and make our already progressive tax code even more progressive – ie. tax the rich.

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Unfortunately those solutions will fail. Raise the minimum wage = businesses close and the prices for goods and services for those with a few more “minimum wage” dollars in their paycheck goes up. They end up with less buying power. As for more free education, it is already apparent that public schools are not efficiently preparing students vocationally for life after school. All it will do is to devalue a college degree and not really prepare the next generation with the skills that are in the highest demand. As for socializing industries (ie. healthcare), that is a ticket to inefficiency. We need competition for innovation and efficiency improvement. An finally, we all need skin in the game when it come to paying for the size of government we want. Currently the highest income Americans pay the “lion’s share of income taxes.” We can only squeeze someone else hard enough before they go somewhere else – the perfect example in a global economy were the corporate tax rates pre-2016. Make the America attractive again for business, and companies will build and employ workers in the U.S. … and still pay taxes here too (some rather than none).  The American workers now have jobs if they want them and employers now have to compete for the best workers – pay and benefits. That’s how we reinvigorate the American Dream … definitely not socialism.

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  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
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