Looking at New York City from the Empire State Building #pano

Posted By on May 4, 2021

How many building top water tanks can you count? (you could spend hours zoomed in on this photo … and if that is not enough, there is a naked man somewhere in this “Where is Wally or Waldo-like” photo). 

LINK: “World’s Largest Photo of New York City

Music Monday: The Beach Boys, "Fun, Fun, Fun" and some R & R

Posted By on May 3, 2021

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It was a week of R and R for us with some sun and fun, so for Music Monday what better music than The Beach Boys and Fun, Fun, Fun from 1964.

BeachBoysFunFunFunBrian Wilson and Mike Love wrote the song based on a party inspired by the events of Dennis Wilson. It was originally song being worked on called “Run, Run, Run” but their then manager Murry Wilson was “dissatisfied with the song.”

Another comment was from KNAK Salt Lake City radio manager Bill “Daddy-O” Hesterman who promoted the Beach Boys said “the song was inspired by an incident involving Shirley Johnson, the station owner’s daughter. Johnson had borrowed her father’s 1963 Thunderbird, which had a University of Utah parking sticker, ostensibly to go study at the University library. Instead, she went to a drive-in theater. When the deception came to light, her driving privileges were revoked.” True or not, a “Fun, Fun, Fun” story.

  The Beach Boys – “Fun, Fun, Fun” | 1964

It was good to get away to sunny Florida for a restful beach week

Posted By on May 2, 2021

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Although I know much of the country has lived locked down for much of the year, Brenda and I have probably done a little more than most. She has worked in the pharmacy without much of a break and since the COVID19 vaccinations have started, has been very busy. We had planned a trip to Florida in March, but was asked to delay since Kroger Pharmacy was heavily involved in vaccination clinics. She complied and we moved our spring getaway vacation week to the end of April. So glad the weather was perfect for our vacation.

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Nothing was on my schedule as far as condo or boat work since I was down in February and hauled since Encore needs new bottom paint, a new cutlass bearing and a new stuffing gland. If the weather would have turned lousy, I would have heading up to the boat since I need to get parts ordered … but the beach weather was too nice.

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Struggling with Lenovo laptop, router and Internet connections

Posted By on May 1, 2021

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Either the Netgear Nighthawk R7000 router at our condo is glitchy, Xfinity is not giving my any upload speed or my Lenovo laptop is struggling to stay connected. No time to diagnosis, but I may end up chucking the router and switch to the cheaper mesh router sooner than I wanted. It is frustrating.

Half the time I ended up I ended up using my iPhone and Mint Mobile Hotspot.

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Tech Friday: Rumor says new Apple iPad and perhaps the iMac and Apple TV will be available on May 21st

Posted By on April 30, 2021

On April 20th I streamed part of the the Apple event to see what was in the works for 2021. We already knew about the iPad Pro, but I was interested to know AppleTVandRemoteabout the M1 iMac and Brenda uses the Apple TV for streaming (well I do to, but can comfortably jump to other devices).

According to Apple news leaker Jon Prosser, he named May 21 as the launch date for some of the products, and UK retailer John Lewis’ product page for the new iPad Pro carried copy saying, "Available 21 May 2021," as discovered by MacRumors and other Apple rumor sites. (link)

That is not to say I’m in the market to update our older devices, but as technology changes, we’ll all eventually be updating the things we use.

President Biden has a bold tax and spend plan for the US

Posted By on April 29, 2021

Personally I don’t like using the word "bold" for taxing and spending by big government since it has a positive attribute (at least to my thinking), but President Biden’s Joint Address last night was unlike any we’ve ever seen. It looked far more like a socialist spending wish list than a unifying address to bring the countryarticle-6852-1 together.  It is depressing to see progressive leftist taking more from citizens and dictating, regulating and growing dependency.

As the BabylonBee commented (jokingly below) .. "Man Who Has Been In Government For Nearly 50 Years Promises To Fix Government." Of course to those who have followed partisan politics and ideology for decades, Democrats (and to be fair, a lot of Republicans) want to control people, maintain power and spend rather than let the individual direct their dollars. There is a place for government, but it should be small, non-intrusive and focused on securing our country and maintaining conditions that allow free enterprise to thrive and grow our economy. Ever dollar politicians take out of our hands, is one less that be used to build a business, invest or used efficiently for ones family. Besides the TRILLIONS in proposed borrowing and spending, the regulations and restrictions will cost ever American in the future.

"This man who has been part of the broken system since 1972 is our last hope to fix the broken system," said a DNC spokesperson. "See, since he’s been part of the problem for so long, only he knows how bad the problem is. So only he can fix it. If you got some outsider with, like, morals and stuff, they would be too horrified to even go to Washington in the first place."

"No, we need someone who’s been part of the swamp and has participated in much injustice, oppression, and bloodshed to fix the whole thing from the ground up."

LINK

Pandemic TV watching has shifted from people to their homes

Posted By on April 28, 2021

Brenda and I chuckled the other day that while we watch television news interviews and participating on Zoom calls, that we find ourselves noticing, FoxBusBackgroundsPandemicpondering and commenting on "backgrounds" since the COVID19 pandemic.

The included TV photo (left) is just an example as to what we do in thinking and commenting on the antiques, artwork and children/pet fencing people have in their homes when on interviews.

BTW, an interesting background on  Dr. Janette Nesheiwat’s guest spot on FoxBusiness.

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