The path of potential TS Humberto looks eerily familiar

Posted By on September 13, 2019

Tis the season for tropical storm watching as forecasters expect a similar path as Hurricane Dorian for potential Tropical Cyclone Nine turning into Tropical Storm Humberto (oom-BAIR-toh). Travelers along the east coast of the U.S. and those particularly in the northern Bahamas already suffering from Dorian will need to keep their guard up. Perhaps modifying plans is called for? 


Tech Friday: Insect repellents and my AfterShokz headset

Posted By on September 13, 2019

Just a heads-up for others using AfterShokz bone conduction headphones while doing outdoorsy kinds of things where bug spray is used – DON’T. I love my Aftershokz Bluetooth headphones, most likely because it enables me Trekz_vs_Off190909to hear things around me while still enabling me to clearly hear talk and music.

For me, being deaf in one ear is challenging when using a normal “in-ear” or “over-ear” device, so leaving my good ear open while still hearing the headphones is a big benefit. I’ve boasted about them before and will continue to use them … but WON’T be using products with DEET when hiking or working outdoors while wearing them … or expecting much from customer service.

I was hoping that the company would give me better advice, but it seems they didn’t realize … or at least George didn’t realize … putting insect repellent on before wearing them will damage the plastic used on the Aftershokz headsets. I was also secretly hoping the company might offer me a chance to upgrade at a discount, but they were not anxious to do anything – a bit disappointing. AfterShokzCustSupportHere is a bit of the transcript and advice when using AfterShokz after I asked about using them with insect repellent.


Politics and Google – Dr Robert Epstein and Mark Levin #video

Posted By on September 12, 2019

No matter your political ideology, everyone who values integrity in our elections and in political campaigns, should be concerned with how information is life-libery-and-levindisseminated and prioritized. Nowadays we depend no a very few sources that we hope are unbiasedly sifting through and helping us search information and news. For the past decade or so we have grown to depend on, and expect Google to help us find the data and information without bias, but in recent years this “searching” and “prioritizing” is suspect.

This past weekend, Mark Levin had an interview with Dr. Robert Epstein Ph.D., who in July presented his research to the Senate Judiciary Committee, about how Google (with 92.62% market share as of June 2019) has and manipulates “search” to influence users; the information they highlight, rank and prioritize to the first page of search results, and auto-filled in the search bar determine what you see. Watch and listen to the 12 minute Life, Liberty & Levin Fox News interview below and decide for yourself:

Does Google purposely skew search results to manipulate elections?  


Patriot Day -; Are you as vigilant today as the day after 9/11?

Posted By on September 11, 2019

Remember to pause for a moment of silence at 8:46AM this morning … and if you fly a flag, lower it to half-staff as a mark of respect for those who died on on 9/11.


Patriot Day :– A day to remember. A day to never forget.

On September 11, 2001, four commercial planes were hijacked by terrorists, lead by Osama bin Laden and the Sunni Islamic network of Al-Qaeda. The Islamic operatives deliberately flew airliners full of passengers into the Twin World Trade Center Towers in New York City and also into the Pentagon in Washington DC. The fourth airplane, assumed to be headed towards the Whitehouse, crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania due to the heroic actions of passengers who refused to let that happen – what heroism. 

The loss of life and damage caused by the biggest act of terrorism on United States soil was horrific and unimaginable. Nearly 3000 people died in the attacks and the economic impact continues to be felt 18 years later in the cost of security and by a never ending war in the Middle East. Americans, and all who stand for freedom, need to remain vigilant and must continue to defend our citizens, our nation and way of life.

Snoozing while a Tesla autopilot is in self-driving mode?

Posted By on September 10, 2019

If you are an innovative automotive manufacturer (ie. Tesla) or just a citizen who doesn’t want more government intrusion or regulation, then behavior like this needs to be stopped or prevented in the first place. I appreciate having my freedom and don’t want a bigger nanny state, but I know when seeing this kind of irresponsible “napping,” while a vehicle’s autopilot is engaged, that even more regulation is on its way.   🙁

Music Monday: Do You Know the Way to San Jose

Posted By on September 9, 2019

Couldn’t help but to remember Dionne Warwick singing the Burt Bacharach song “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” when sharing the Tax Foundation map highlighting the most expensive (and least expensive) places in America. No surprise, San Jose, California was the most expensive.


_Do_You_Know_the_Way_to_SanOf course the music stayed with me and I just had to listen to it. As music often does, this song triggered fond memories (and not so fond) of my mom and growing up on the beach in Howard Farms in Curtice, Ohio. It was a popular song and mom often had the radio on. I probably 8 or 9years old and still enjoyed whatever music my parents played (but not for long).

The song was an international hit in 1968 and according to an interview with Ebony Magazine in 1983, was not one that Dionne Warwick wanted to record. She said, “It’s a dumb song and I didn’t want to sing it. But it was a hit, just like ‘Heartbreaker‘ is. I’m happy these songs were successful, but that still doesn’t change my opinion about them.”

  Do You Know the Way to San Jose – Dionne Warwick | 1968

What life lessons did your grandparents pass down to you?

Posted By on September 8, 2019

Hopefully grandparents are as appreciated ad much today as they were in generations past? I think most are, but as a new grandfather, it is hard to live up to the legacy left by grandparents grandparents-dayof previous generations.

I’m thankful for the 10-years I had with my grandparents on this year’s National Grandparents Day (September 8, 2019) … and know my children appreciated and “learned many lessons” from the 25-plus years they had with their grandparents.

An article by Jack Levine ( last week reflecting on his Grandma Minnie caught my eye and many of the “lessons” reminded me of the grandmothers/mothers in my past … and the many values they left for their children and grandchildren. The points may not have been recognized during their lifetime, but I realized that after reading these points that grandparents pass along life-shaping values that pay dividends long after they are gone.

Here is A Baker’s Dozen Life Lessons I learned at Grandma Minnie’s kitchen table …

Love knows no boundary. Keeping close to the people you love, and learning to love them without having to love everything they do, is the key to family strength. "You don’t have to be perfect to be loved.”

An open door is an open heart. Minnie’s kitchen table was a place where others came to eat and be fed spiritually. If a neighbor or their family had a problem, she was there for them. "If I needed them, GrandmaMinnieSSI’d hope for the same treatment."

Waste not; want not. Finishing our meals or saving leftovers for another time is one of the most compelling constants for our elders. Many remembered the pangs of deprivation, so therefore valued the food on their plates and the treasure of having enough to eat for everyone.

Charity begins at home. As little as they had, our grandparents always seemed to find a way to help others in need. Minnie had a tin can in which she would drop coins …"a little something for those with less than us." Their example of giving, both through volunteer time and money, provided the family a clear sense of appreciating the value of what we had.

Cleanliness is next to godliness. A clean home is the symbol of how we should conduct our lives in the sight of others. Minnie swept the sidewalk in front of her house almost every day. "When our guests come to our door, they should have a clear and welcoming path."

Progress comes in little steps. "A drop plus a drop fills up the pot" was among Minnie’s favorite phrases.

Laughter is the closest distance between two people. It’s a pleasure to enjoy the company of others and to hear a good joke, tell a witty story and listen to the folk tales of the old country. These are among life’s great gifts. "Frowns make more wrinkles than smiles,"

Honest compliments are among our most valued possessions. Giving credit when credit is due, and honoring the leadership of those whose energy and enthusiasm helps others, is important. "People shouldn’t assume you know about their good works. Tell them they are appreciated."

If there’s a problem, try to fix it. Minnie knew that "you’ll sit a long time with your mouth wide open before a roasted chicken will fly in." Ignoring a problem is neither smart nor sensible.

Don’t leave politics up to someone else. As an immigrant girl, Minnie felt the sting of discrimination and injustice. She was a suffragist as a young woman, and upon becoming a naturalized citizen, she voted for the first time in 1920 and never missed an election in her life.

Words without deeds are empty. Someone who makes a promise and doesn’t keep his word is an emotional thief. “It’s better to keep quiet than make a meaningless offer." Our children learn from us, not so much JackLevineSSby what we say but by what we do.

Patience pays dividends. Whether it was baking her famous cinnamon buns or preparing a full holiday dinner for 16, Minnie knew that the process required patience and persistence. "I like to cook because when I see the faces of satisfied eaters, I’m happy."

Resting is a reward for working hard. Minnie earned her rest, and made the time to relax, listen to music, observe nature or read for pleasure.

I’m not alone in receiving the gift from my elders’ life treasury. Family history is a living legacy. It’s not only the story of who our elders were, but it defines in many ways who we are.

Their sacrifices fueled our freedoms. Those who survived became advocates for causes and people who needed them. Their life’s mission was to make the world a bit better than the one they experienced.

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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