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What I've been doing in self quarantine

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What I've been doing in self-quarantine Disclaimer: If I mention someone in this blog, then they were created to move the story along. Don't take to personally! It's not about you! Ok. It's the end of August. We (I mean the collective we as in the entire human race) have been suck in our homes for several months. Away from friends, family, getting a drink at the pub, devoid of social contact, and just waiting for some good news that the virus (coronavirus which causes COVID-19) has passed over the world like a fast-moving summer thunderstorm and we can get back to our lives circa January 2019.  I had a chance to re-watch "The Shining", which is the ultimate story of remote work. In the story, a writer becomes a caretaker and moves his entire family to "The Overlook" hotel for the winter. Big mistake. In the beginning, the remote work gives him the space to write his infamous novel. After some time, the silence and lack of social contact (sounds famil

Nobody wants to diet they people diet because they have to

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Do you know what I like about dieting? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. All of the foods that you like to eat have a certain percentage of sugar, carbs, or something else to make them taste good. Diets suck! The reason companies add sugar to everything is the fact that people don't like to eat cardboard! Food that is bad for you really does taste good and food that is good for you tastes bad, because it doesn't have the sugar, carbs, and preservatives that make it taste good. Check out this example. My wife and I are at a restaurant and looking over the menu. My wife asks me, "Honey, do you see anything that looks good?" I respond, "Everything on the menu looks good, but none of it I can have. I'm trying out a diet for the New Year." "What can you have on your diet?" "Things that taste like crap." "Tell me how you really feel." The waiter comes over and asks, "Do you have any questions." "Yeah

New Years Day: Putting Your Goals in Action

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So, you survived last year. Congratulations! Today begins a new year, a blank slate, and some leftover baggage from last year. You might have sat down and made out a set of resolutions, things that you want to change about the path taken last year. All of us create the lofty goals on New Year's Eve, but when the haze is gone, the alarm clock starts blaring, and the headache passes: You are still the same old you with a bunch of resolutions that are destined to fail. How can you take those resolutions and put them into action? So, it's New Year's Day. The family was up late last night and slept in until mid-morning. We always have a tradition on  Christmas and New Year's Day that I wake up early and make breakfast. Scrambled eggs, turkey bacon, hash browns, maybe some Eglish muffins, blueberry pancakes, and some maple sausage (not the links but the sausage patties). Orange juice is the drink of choice for the kids and coffee for the adults. Usually, one of the kids w

Free Book

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Relevancy

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Relevancy Everyone has a reason to write a blog. For some, it is a creative outlet which diverges from their daily job. For others, there is a voice that they do not hear in other places and people want to hear it. All of us who participate in these creative arts desire that the message that we send has a place in people's hearts, thus be relevant to their lives. What is relevancy? The ability to connect to others through your actions, words, or speech. The moment when someone gets what you're saying after reading the text you've placed on the page. The understanding that the author can craft a message that is recognized and understood by others. Being relevant is elusive. It is hard to hit a home run every time that you are at-bat. Sometimes the audience gets the message and sometimes it's a miss. That doesn't stop you from trying. That just makes you work harder to ensure you've learned from your mistakes and try a different angle next time you write.

The Day My Digital Assistant went Psycho

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The Day My Digital Assistant went Psycho Technology is great when you need to save time, money, and maybe some headaches. It can help you find movie listings, make your food, map out the route to Grandma's, and a bunch of other stuff. As with any technology, there are limits. In the movie 2001, HAL couldn't lie, and look what happened to Dave! When technology comes out, it is altered to be very general, so it can be sold to the masses, accepted, or even sold at a fair price (for a nice profit). I bought one of those general digital assistants and got bored with it in a month. Sure, it can turn on lights, automate my pizza order, and even set a few timers. My life was not complete. I wanted a digital assistant with some attitude, even one that used a few choice four-letter words to get the point across. I was looking for an attitude, a swagger, or a hard edge. Then, on Boxing Day, I was at my favorite electronics store, and found the digital assistants that truly spoke

The Day I Ate a Salad

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The Day I Ate a Salad Life is filled with change, sometimes positive and sometimes negative, but we are in constant motion and there is nothing we can really do about it. The only real constant is age. The longer we stay on the planet, the more we are expected to learn, grow, and mature. Then, one day, you reach the age where you mature too much and have to change what you eat, how long you exercise and all of the repercussions that no one wants to hear. There comes a time when you can't eat like you used to, you can't drink like you used to, and you are sitting in a doctor's office getting the news that you would rather not hear. So, I'm, at the doctor's office, getting checked out after another year of living. I work long hours. The gym is a three-letter word that is reserved in polite conversation like many four-letter words. The patent area has a window on one side with the blind open. I am sitting on the patient paper, on the patient table, with my legs