As My Desultory Blog grows, it is becoming increasingly difficult to search and find archived information #TBT

Posted By on February 27, 2020

earlyjournals70s80sSix years ago, which seems like yesterday (considering everything that has happened), I recalled and blogged on my first journaling in 1977 noting that the focus was on planning my life around sailing – to quote George Bernard Shaw, “Youth is wasted on the young.”  The reference was that the number of posts on MyDesultoryBlog had grown and that the variety of topics was … welldesultory.  The number of posts obviously continues to rise and it is becoming increasingly challenging to organize and find certain posts.

Take for instance the birth of our second granddaughter Ellerie last week; I wanted to look up and compare a few photos of Annalyn, but considering how many posts and photos that included her, searching for the one I wanted was impossible. 


I am going to have to come up with a better tagging system or keywords as I’m have a harder and harder time finding thing. I commented to Brenda the other day that even though I turn to the blog as an archive to find dates and events for our family, it is no longer dependable. At the time I was trying to figure out ages of our nephews and nieces families and realized that even though MyDesultoryBlog was my go-to place, searching was no longer quick and easy.


A part of me pines for the simplicity of my old desktop rolodex I used in my first sales job, or my early 1980’s Macintosh Computer with the DayPlannersOfOld200224DA Quickdex or my old paper-based address book I kept in my Daytimer and Franklin Planners. Ah, the good ol’ days (photo right – a couple of my old pocket planners on top of my current Moleskine notetaking notebook).

On the other hand, I enjoy stumbling across thoughts, while inefficiently searching for something on the blog, that that trigger endorphins and that “feel good” emotion. Maybe I need to embrace the rooting around and appreciate the good feelings and memories?

BTW, 6588 … that’s the number of posts since I started this blog in April of 2005. The first post (well almost) was about a test drive of a Volkswagen TDI diesel … which as a VW fan and TDI diesel guy (my 2003 VW Jetta TDI below) was apropos.


Not much snow in Cincinnati for 2019-2020, but it is pretty

Posted By on February 26, 2020


We haven’t had much snow in SW Ohio this year .. so before it is totally gone for 2019-2020, I’ll share a few flakes above … after the “BIG FLAKES”  bickered last night in South Carolina (a list of Democratic Presidential Candidates debating in 2020).


Democrats jockey for support ahead of S.C. primary

The Democratic presidential candidates jockeyed for position in South Carolina on Wednesday after a contentious debate the night before in Charleston in which they sparred over key policy areas including health-care costs, gun control and foreign affairs in a testy debate — and talked over one another a lot.


A little disappointed in my new New Sperry Topsiders

Posted By on February 26, 2020

Old verse New Sperry Topsiders for 2020

Although I’ve needed a new pair of Sperry Topsiders for quite some time now, I was disappointed in that the shoe was not made the same as a previous version. I’ve had over a dozen boat shoes in my lifetime, but only the Sperry brand in recent years. TopsidersNEWvOld_1_200214

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still happy with the new boat shoes, and great Valentine’s Day gift from Brenda earlier this month, but sense Sperry is cheapening their product and banking on their good name? Perhaps it is just a less expensive version that markets the sole and look of their previous well constructed shoes, but “I thought” I was getting the same shoe as before (could be my mistake)?


At any rate, the new shoe has more in common with my 1970s and 80s boat shoes in that there isn’t the same stitching and reinforced lined areas that my prior/recent shoes have had. No doubt the leather will wear equally well … but suspect the bare foot on raw leather will be even more difficult to keep from taking on odor.

Only time will tell … for now, time to break them in!


Are US presidents “rock-stars” based on political ideology?

Posted By on February 25, 2020


It is shocking to see therock-star welcome (or thumbs down reception in socialist leaning countries) that “recent” American presidents get when they are overseas. I said “recent American presidents” in respect for the popularity President Obama had when traveling in the leaning countries of Europe; he was seen as tilting the U.S. to the left and more like them  … but have to admit, President Trump is received well by people who still embrace independence from government, individual freedom and fair market-based capitalism as a preferred way of life and improving overall quality of life. 

PresTrumpIndia_100K_200224Trump just filled the world’s largest cricket stadium with over 100,000 people in India.

AHMEDABAD, India—President Trump kicked off two days in India with a huge campaign-style rally in the home state of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a reprise of a raucous event the pair staged in the U.S. last year, and a visit to the Taj Mahal with the first lady.

Mr. Trump and his wife, Melania, were greeted at the airport by women in traditional attire dancing with water pots on their heads and men playing the trumpet and drums, along with other artists from every corner of India. They drove past giant cutout images of the two leaders. People carried balloons and wore T-shirts emblazoned with the names of the two leaders and masks of their likenesses.

On the way, the pair stopped at the spiritual center where Mohandas K. Gandhi, better known by the honorific title Mahatma, lived. It is now a museum and national monument dedicated to the person that many Indians revere as the “father of the nation” for his role in leading India to independence from British rule through the use of nonviolence.

Mr. Trump signed the guest book with an upbeat message to “my great friend Prime Minister Modi, Thank you for this wonderful visit!”


Music Monday: The Daytona 500 from 2006 and Bonjovi

Posted By on February 24, 2020

Jon-Bon-JoviAfter last week’s outstanding Daytona500 pre-race festivities and the fitting musical performance by Darius Rucker, the “Years Ago On This Day” post from “The Greatest Auto Race – NOT the Daytona 500” from 2006’s appeared.

Attached to it was one of my earlier video streaming attempts of the Bonjovi pre-race performance. What a great Music Monday post after an exciting Monday night 2020 NASCAR race due to Sunday’s rain delay. Anyway, here’s the low quality 2006 mp4 video.

Accidents, newly stained fence damage and insurance pains

Posted By on February 23, 2020

HondaAccordIMG_16371Everything seems to happen when we (or I) am out of town. From the power out and a flooded basement to accidents in our backyard (well for a couple I’ve been home). The latest happened when I was in Florida working on the boat and a sheriff deputy came knocking on the door at 5:30AM frightening Brenda. Obviously he was just doing his job, but knocks on the door during the night or early in the morning aren’t the best way to wake up.



He drove her to our rear fence (see quadrotor video) and gave her his card and incident report number which I’m finally getting submitted to the Columbus Ohio driver’s insurance company (driver was ok) – for what it is worth, his insurance company, The General, has not been easy to deal with so far.


I’m still in the process of gathering quote for a relatively minor repair, which means the hassle is likely more the problem than the dollar amount of damages. I wish they would just cut a check and let me handle the repairs, but they want quotes not just photos. Oh well.


The bummer is that I just cleared the fence line, painted the fence and gate (below) last summer.


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.
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