It has been interesting reviewing my DNA results

Posted By on February 12, 2019


Having worked on my family tree with back in 2010 and then ignored returning 9 years later, it has been interesting to look into it again now that DNA testing has grown in popularity. My results came back a few days ago GermanWales87percentand they were “as expected” (although the map a bit deceiving). From our family history, and the previous researched immigration documentation (ship logs), I was pretty sure most of my DNA would show Welsh and Germanic ancestry; it did and totaled 87%.

The centimorgans numbers worked out well too (unlike a recent WSJ horror story) and matched my DNA closest to my daughter Katelyn (Taylor’s results aren’t back yet) and my brother Ron. I knew both recently did their DNA tests, but seeing so many other matches from my uncle Sonny (my dad’s brother) and several cousins was interesting too. The other 2nd, 3rd and 4th DNA matches were much lower in the centimorgans amount but was still interesting to see a few names I knew, and many that I did not.

Predicted Relationship Chart from


Music Monday: A recycled Beatles song and something from 1969

Posted By on February 11, 2019

Taxman_sheet_music_coverThere is probably a name for them, although I’m not sure what it is … but my nephew Aaron always seemed to me to be that guy who missed his era, particularly in music taste?

Last week he commented that my “taxing wireless plans” blog post deserved Taxman by the Beatles to be included on Music Monday (well, I was half there, since it was posted it back “pre-Music Monday” in 2010).

  Taxmanwritten by George Harrison

It did make me smile though, as only he would be connecting 1960 or 70s music to one of my mundane posts. Although in a way, it is nice to know he keeps up with our family (and my) “goings-on” by checking my blog, as do a few other friends who comment from out of the blue – yes you know who you are? I remembered laughing last month when my daughter Katelyn mentioned she was talking to her cousins Justin and Aaron a Peek n Peak over Christmas; she said something about what I was doing and Justin seemed surprised. His brother Aaron chimed in, “don’t you read uncle Rich’s blog?” Too funny!

Anyway, I’ll include something new for the blog from The Beatles in 1969 on this Music Monday since I just returned from a few days aboard Encore and enjoyed the warm sunshine each morning (a few previous songs are here and here).

  Here Comes The Sun – The Beatles | 1969


Enjoyed a few days of Florida sunshine aboard Encore last week

Posted By on February 10, 2019


I enjoyed the warm sunshine and working on a few project on Encore this past week. It was a delayed trip due to a flight cancelation, but thankful my schedule is pretty flexible. It would have been nice to stay longer and to have had Brenda with me, but "ya got to do what you got to do."

EncoreSunshine190206It was also nice to see a few old friends and catch up on a few maintenance items … although repairs on a sailboat are never done. That last bit is something I’m plenty familiar with and so will keep trying to enjoy working on the boat.


This past week was a semi-bust in that the scuba guy I use to clean the bottom and replace sacrificial zincs did not show up. I also tried to diagnose my overheating issue but did not tear into the heat exchanger on the Volvo diesel … something that is looking more and more like it needs to be done. If I run the engine at low RPMs EncoreCenterHatch190208without much load, there seems to be enough water flowing over the heat exchanger tubes to cool enough, but if under a heavier load or higher RPM, the diesel will overheat.

One of the other projects I wanted to get done was to remove the center (smaller) Lewmar Ocean series hatch, just as I did for the larger ones a couple years ago. I did get it removed (not easy) and built a temporary wood plug/hatch to seal the opening. Before flying back home, I sent the hatch to Select Plastics in order to have new Lexan bedded in to the frame. It is a pricey repair, but has become necessary after continued taping in order to keep it from leaking. I really put off this repair because I’ll end up losing my solar vent. Bummer.

While I was down at the marina it was great to see the new pool going in … but not so good to see dockage rates going up.


A great photo makes for the perfect filler blog post

Posted By on February 9, 2019


Although I’m not fond of birds that mess up the topsides of our boat, this Osprey made for a great photo from Aruba. Above is an Osprey is catching a blue reef fish. (more…)

Tech Friday: Do you have a Flickr account with 1000 photos?

Posted By on February 8, 2019

Yup … I have over 1000 photos.

Once again, the lesson to take to heart is to "control your own data" whenever you can or be blackmailed into new subscription rules or lose everything.  Even more challenging if a company goes out of business or deciding you have infringed on their user policy without warning and having your entire account deleted without recourse.


Do you have a Flickr account? Does it have over 1,000 photos?

Go back them up, or you might lose a bunch of them forever.


  1. Go to on a desktop browser
  2. Log in
  3. Tap your profile picture in the upper right, then hit “Settings”
  4. Scroll down, and look for “Your Flickr Data” in the bottom right.
  5. Double check that the email address listed is your current one. If not, change it.
  6. Hit the “Request my Flickr data” button.
  7. Wait.

Within a few hours, you should get an email with a big ol’ zip file with all of your pictures.

PSA: Go back up your Flickr photos before they’re deleted | TechCrunch

Perhaps you should get a wireless phone plan in Oregon?

Posted By on February 7, 2019


The 2018 wireless phone Tax Foundation report came out in December 2018 and although we may have seen income tax rates drop, wireless phone plans continue to be ripe for the taxman’s pickings. It is shocking to see such a wide rate structure from all the different states (map above) but that doesn’t tell the story of the year to year upward creep in total taxes paid. The average family "can expect to pay about $229 per year in wireless taxes, fees, and surcharges—up from $221 in 2017." Check out the chart below that show the year to year increases Americans are taxed for their cellphone plans … closing in on 20% on average (count your blessings if your plan is in Oregon … or even Ohio!)


Government cannot give anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else

Posted By on February 6, 2019

We often act as if we are so enlightened in the 21st century when it comes to political philosophy and an understanding as to what motivates human beings. Politicians, and in turn their dreamy-eyed followers, are once again attempting to solve income equality with big government and expensive social programs that propose to "tax the rich" … not unlike what has been attempted in socialist countries in the past (or even in our own country with the memorable LBJ "Great Society." For all the millions of dollars, did it work? No!).

Good to remember we’ve seen it fail and debated many times before, but will we learn?


EDIT – always good to get it correct:

Dr. Adrian Rogers – (1931-2005) American pastor
Often attributed to Dr. Rogers with an incorrect date of 1931. The quotation is part of a longer 1984 sermon in a larger series titled “God’s Way to Health, Wealth and Wisdom” (CDA107); it also appears in Dr. Rogers’ 1996 work “Ten Secrets for a Successful Family” stating that “by and large our young people do not know either the importance or the value of honest labor”. Rogers did not originate the quote and did not claim to have originated it. Instead, he was citing almost verbatim a bit of anti-Soviet propaganda that had circulated in many magazines in the early 1960’s. The quote appeared before that in the Congressional Record of 1958, where they were appended to the record by congressman Bruce Alger. Alger had borrowed the words from Gerald L. K. Smith, who had written them first in his magazine, The Cross and the Flag. Since the quote was attributed to Rogers in 2009, it has been regularly attributed to him; however, Rogers was essentially quoting Smith at the time.

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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