Thanksgiving with my brother and a few wrap-up photos

Posted By on November 28, 2021


Having Thanksgiving at my brother’s house with our family (minus Jaben who recently had COVID19) was one of those photo days that I should have packed my Lumix camera. The lighting was a bit dark and into window light for an olderRichClaireRonBrenda_Thanksgiving20211125 iPhone … and without a tripod was challenging. I propped it between some glasses on the table and had to shoot into the light.

All in all we had a great day with the family and left stuffed with turkey, potatoes, etc. Thankfully after two “small plates – cough, cough, I saved room for Claire’s apple pie and Brenda’s pumpkin pie. Everyone left satisfied and we are all appreciative of my brother Ron and sister-in-law Claire for having us this year. Thank you.



A practical lesson for students who insist that socialism works

Posted By on November 27, 2021


Tech Friday: Sengled could have updated users immediately

Posted By on November 26, 2021

SengledProblemTrying to keep a mish-mash of smart devices running in our home is proving to be challenging. Not only do some devices deplete batteries at inconvenient times, but other fail due to technical glitches that I can only assume are due to software or server failures or updates gone wrong?

Thankfully only a few smart LED bulbs run on the Sengled hub but not knowing it was not on my end had me fidgeting with it for an hour or so.

All is well as of today … 

Happy Thanksgiving 2021

Posted By on November 25, 2021

It has been a challenging couple of years for most of the country and the world in not only combatting the Coronavirus pandemic’s loss of life and economic impact, but the psychological stress. thanksgivingclipart2021I am thankful we in America have medical care and the pharmaceutical science able to rapidly develop antiviral medicines and vaccines. Let’s make 2021 a thankful Thanksgiving as we round the corner and overcome COVID19.


James Whitcomb Riley1849-1916

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How much control are you willing to give to the government?

Posted By on November 24, 2021

DemFuhrerPosterAmerica has split down the middle on a lot of things that many of us took for granted just a few years ago. Our individual liberty is being eroded away with the help of progressives using propaganda and the heavy hand of the “we know better” bureaucrats to seize more power every day.

The mainstream media, higher education and the left-leaning California-based silicon valley companies control what we hear, see and read … and they have convinced much of the country that more money and power in the hands of those in power running the government is good for our country. Our individualist history, free-market capitalism and traditional Judeo/Christian values are no longer desired by these enlightened people who now demand we get in line behind what they have decided are good for all of us.


After all, this new thinking for America is what the socialist and enlightened Europeans have agreed on … and so they must be right (#sarcasm)? So whether it is forcing the financial cost of climate change, the elimination of fossil fuels, the punitive taxing of corporations and the wealthy, shutting down “some” businesses, mandating the wearing facemasks or showing your vaccine passport (it is coming)  …you must obey. We either haven’t learned our lessons from history, be it Marxist-based Socialism and Communism wherever it has been tried or the Fascist Nazis demanding to see your papers. How far will this go in America???


Filler Tuesday? An annoying animated gif from Twitter

Posted By on November 23, 2021

Sort of planned to save this embedded Massimo tweet for a “Filler Friday” post or something … but needed something to plug a daily hole this week while getting ready for Thanksgiving. 😉

Music Monday: An Ohio State Football win and the Sloopy Girl

Posted By on November 22, 2021


Katelyn, Drew, Megan and Taylor (and a few more Oostras!) enjoyed last Saturday afternoon in Columbus watching Ohio State demolish the “then” #7-ranked Michigan State Spartans. It was shocking to see how dominate the Buckeyes were as they scored practically every time they took possession of the football, but then again it was at the Shoe with an intimidating hometown crowd!


After the game, Katelyn and Drew stayed for “the music” my The_McCoysdaughter text me … after which I asked,Sloopy?” Of course it was played … what other song could it have been!

That triggered a Music Monday thought as I remembered the Ohio State Marching Bandand for that matter, practically every Ohio high school band … playing a rendition of Ohio’s Rick Derringer and The McCoys 1964 hit Hang on Sloopy … and playing it all the time.  I can still visualize my tuba and sousaphone playing college roommate, Jerry Moody, emulating the scripting O-H-I-O “i” dotting.

  The McCoys – “Hang on Sloopy”

It also brought back memories from 70’s of the mysterious Sloopy Girl dancing on the 1975 music video (before music videos were really a thing). Who “she” was made the video all that more intriguing. That mystery has recently been solved and documented — it is Lisa Leonard Dalton (September 2021 YouTube video Deconstructing a Myth: Sloopy Girl below).

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