Music Monday: Doobie Brothers–China Grove

Posted By on May 20, 2019

China_GroveWhenever I hear the Doobie Brothers, I can’t help but think about being back in high school and listening to my high school pep band at basketball games (while I was behind the basket shooting photos for the paper). Several songs were regularly played as I recall … China Grove, Listen to the Music and Long Train Runnin in particular come to mind.

Besides the upbeat tempo for spirit, the music was definitely a 1970s rock and roll sound, but as it was for many bands, it was difficult to keep all members happily playing together.

The Doobie Brothers had a big change near their popularity peak and in 1975 the lead vocalist Tom Johnston quit the group. He was replaced by Michael McDonald and so began the debate as to which Doobie Brothers you preferred.  The first YouTube archived concert video is from 1974 with Tom Johnston.

The second below is with Michael McDonald in 1982:

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Archive: Remodeling of the condo master bathroom continues

Posted By on May 19, 2019

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Working on remodeling projects away from home a few days at a time really seems to stretch a project out (photo – flying home from Fort Lauderdale FLL last night – I was checking out the FULL anchorage at Lake Sylvia from the plane). Thankfully both Brenda and I have always enjoyed the hands-on projects. From our early days, we have tackled projects be they updates to our first house in Aurora, Ohio, many projects in Hudson, Ohio and Liberty Township (Cincinnati) or even the remodeling of my Consolidated Printing and Publishing Co. commercial building in Cuyahoga Falls. One would think my skill level would be higher … but as with all projects, the guy planning knows where his planning and calculations needed to be tweaked and modified. No exceptions with this years master bathroom update (last years kitchen and guest bathroom were smoother … or perhaps that is just looking at it in hindsight?)

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Updated the tiles and test fitting the vanities before closing up the wall and adding the beadboard backer. I was able to get the grouting finished before heading home.

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Brenda went straight to work on her first attempt at re-upholstery … first the dinning room chairs and hopefully eventually the couch and loveseat cushions?

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Catch up photos from Mother’s Day with the kids

Posted By on May 18, 2019

KAB_bed_photos190512A bit late on the blog, but I’m archiving a few photos from last weekend with the kids in Perrysburg celebrating Mother’s Day and Katelyn’s birthday (which I mistakenly did not post about on my blog last week). I am reminded in looking at these photos to count my blessings.

We enjoyed a dinner out at a Hibachi restaurant with Taylor, Megan, Katelyn, Drew and Annalyn … and enjoyed some fun with Annalyn at a park after church. So much fun.

Brenda and I were off to Delray Beach, FL on Monday morning to continue to work on the cleanup and updates (posting tomorrow) to the dining room chairs re-upholstery and master bathroom updates. A whirlwind week and not sure if I’m glad to be back home or not with all the spring chores?

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Tech Friday: ZombieLoad Flaw in Intel Chips $INTC

Posted By on May 17, 2019

GettyImages-1727283Intel chips are presenting a huge problem for nearly every computer user with chips since 2011. These Intel chips have vulnerabilities that if exploited can be used to steal sensitive information directly from the processor.

According to published articles from security experts, "the bugs are reminiscent of Meltdown and Spectre, which exploited a weakness in speculative execution, an important part of how modern processors work."

Although no attacks have been publicly reported, the researchers couldn’t rule them out nor would any attack necessarily leave a trace, they said.

What does this mean for the average user? There’s no need to panic, for one.

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Internet connectivity issues are challenging to diagnose

Posted By on May 16, 2019

After struggling to keep our network and Internet connection alive earlier this month, I started to question my relatively expensive Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router and “way too many” devices were the problem? After resetting everything several times,CinciBellFioptics190511 calling Cincinnati Bell Fioptics (our ISP) and shrugging my shoulders, I left town and instructed Brenda on how to reboot in order to get things running again (I also unplugged several devices that are still connected by CAT5 cabling).

Wouldn’t you know, without my computer on, printers plugged in or TV connecting by MOCA … everything remained connected. NetgearR7000

To make diagnosing even more complicated, upon my return, I plugged everything back in and not a peep of a problem. Perhaps it was after all an issue on the provider end??? Who knows … but it is good to have everything working and stable again. 

Are you planning to move after you retire? If so, where?

Posted By on May 15, 2019

More than likely Florida is at least considered due to better winter weather, a low cost of living and no personal income tax. There are a few other growing destinations, but very few in high tax states or in the cold north.

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It may come as no surprise that Florida snagged the top spot once again in 2019 — it consistently ranks among the best place to retire. For good reason: The Sunshine State benefits from a low cost of living, extensive availability of health facilities and recreational activities, including golf, museums and beaches, as well as no personal income tax.

Over the last decade, Florida has been the most attractive destination by far for older Americans on a fixed income, as measured by average annual net migration for the 55-plus set, according to a separate analysis of Census Bureau data by William Frey, a demographer at the Brookings Institution.

MORE at CNBC.com

Sold the old May Fly lures in one lump. Time for a fish dinner?

Posted By on May 14, 2019

MayFlyLuresLeftOverIt has taken awhile, but someone who enjoys Walleye fishing decided they wanted all my MayFly Lures. He made me an offer and so decided to give him a “buy them all” price.  At least I’ve recovered most of my printing losses on this project from years ago and likely made a fisherman happy. He’ll to never have to buy another Lake Erie Walleye lure!

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Outlook for Lake Erie Walleye for 2019

Walleye anglers will mostly catch abundant 4- to 5-year-old fish that will average 19 to 21 inches and could be as large as 26 inches. Abundant young fish from the 2017 and 2018 hatches will show up in anglers’ catches ranging from 9 to 14 inches. Anglers are encouraged to release these sub-legal fish with as little handling as possible so they can contribute to the fishery in the future.

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