Good for Them!

So many people think negatively. If you start with ‘You know what I hate,’ you’re going to go right down the tubes. I know it sounds boring, but I am a positive thinker. I’m a cock-eyed optimist. That’s how I’ve stayed happy all my life. You’ve got to get through it. You can’t change it. So let’s just [put] one foot in front of the other and get through it.”
—Betty White, 95 years old

This quote reminds me Cathy in NZ. I wouldn’t call her a cock-eyed optimist, but she doesn’t focus on what’s wrong in life. She knows life has never been and never will be perfect, and she’s living the life she has to the fullest.

Good for Betty White, good for Cathy!


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I’m Glad I’m Not a Rocket Scientist…

in North Korea.

The timing was a deep embarrassment for the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, because the missile appeared to have been launched to show off his daring as a fleet of American warships approached his country to deter provocations.
North Korean Missile Launch Fails, and a Show of Strength Fizzles

I would be very nervous right now if I were associated with the failure. In fact, I’m glad I’m not anyone in North Korea. Another reason to thank our lucky stars.


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A Better Color?

April 13, 2017

With binoculars we used to be able to see the post from our porch, but it’s very difficult now due to all the dead white branches sticking up. I suggested to Andy that we might try painting it yellow, because yellow is supposed to be one of the most visible colors. So he’s going to buy a can of spray paint and see if if that’s really true.

A simple but fun experiment.


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Gazing Ball

Andy sometimes had trouble finding one of the corner posts for our land, in spite of the white stake he put up. So Beate and Tim bought him a gazing ball to make it more visible. It helped a lot.

July 23, 2016

July 23, 2016

Until a falling tree destroyed it.

April 13, 2017

April 13, 2017


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Tear It Up and Flush It Down the Toilet

Andy and I finished our amended income tax forms and Andy mailed them Tuesday and Wednesday. The federal one seemed like such a waste. We wrote them a check for the $2 we owed, spent $1.40 to mail it and the forms, and paid another $3.35 to certify the delivery. Not much money, but when we consider the time involved, both theirs and ours…..

Anyway, hopefully it’s done and we don’t receive any more corrected forms for 2016. We did have a good laugh about it, mainly because we kept thinking of Andy’s grandmother. At a certain point she refused to deal with finances. The family joke is if a bill or a check came in she would “tear it up and flush it down the toilet.” He and I haven’t done that yet, but we do use the phrase a lot, and it never fails to make us laugh.


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Not for Everyone

This fellow does cut down on wind resistance, but I’m guessing not many people will try it.


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Running the Government Like a Business

This was Jimmy Kimmel’s reaction to the United Airlines fiasco:

Trump says he wants to clean up the inefficiencies in the government and start running it like a business. I worry this is the kind of business he has in mind.

The good news is United Airlines may be in deep trouble in China because the fellow dragged off was of Chinese descent, and there has been an uproar there about the incident. United has been trying to build up customer loyalty there, so this may badly hurt the company. And, of course, there has been a huge outrage here in the U.S. too. Maybe Kimmel is wrong, maybe there could be a boycott.

The difference between governments and businesses is that with businesses the customers sometimes have a choice.


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Another Reason Not to Fly

Some of you have probably already heard of this, but it’s worth a post.

A doctor was dragged off a United Airlines flight attempting to fly from Chicago to Louisville on Sunday.

Passenger Audra Bridges captured the incident and shared a video on Facebook.

“United airlines overbooked the flight,” Bridges wrote. “They randomly selected people to kick off so their standby crew could have a seat. This man is a doctor and has to be at the hospital in the morning.”

Man dragged off United Airlines flight because plane was overbooked

Not good PR for United Airlines.


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Giving Up Hope and Going With the Flow

The other day I quoted Ashley Brilliant in an email to tammy and Kaitlin:

I feel so much better now that I have given up hope.

It goes along with

Play your part well and let go of the results.

Giving up hope and going with the flow doesn’t necessarily mean being passive, just watching and waiting. It can also mean being fully involved in the process and not worrying about goals and results. And not worrying about how much time that process will take. That’s the big one for me, knowing a project will take a long time and still committing to the the patience and persistence I will need.

I had two projects like that this past week: (1) doing the research for contesting our new tax assessment and (2) trying to understand why MailChimp was sending out notices of a new post only about half the time.

I emailed the MailChimp tech support (available for the first month for nonpaying members) about the problem and the first advice I received was maybe I was scheduling the notice too close to when I posted. It was exactly an hour later, so I moved it to two hours. The results were the same, so I tried contacting them again. The answer I got this time was maybe I scheduled the notice too late. Try moving from two hours back to one hour. Oh, oh, they didn’t know.

So I’ve been gathering data, trying to figure out how it works. I ended up setting up 24 “campaigns” (that’s what they call them), one for every hour on the hour. So far in 24 hours it missed sending out five times, at 5 pm, 7 pm, 11 pm, 12 am, and 1 am. I’ll let the campaigns run for a few more days to see if there’s a better time to send the messages.

Hmm. I was scheduling between 11 pm and 1 am, and as Kaitlin has pointed out, Rummuser doesn’t seem to be having any problems. He seems to be sending his out at 2 am, so I will try to have the notices sent at a better time and see what happens.

I’ve also figured out an easy way use MailChimp to schedule my own email notices if that’s ever necessary.

Anyway, no lack of chances to practice being curious and open to life.


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Side Effects

Last Wednesday the warmup/cardio part of our Silver Sneakers class was especially fun and exhilarating. Unfortunately the class ended about halfway through. We were doing the less strenuous exercises when suddenly one of the ladies in the row ahead of me lost her balance and toppled to the ground.

She wasn’t hurt by the fall, but just in case they phoned 911 and the paramedics from the fire department checked her over. At first the instructor was worried that the cardio might have been too strenuous, but the woman said no. Her doctor had changed her medication the week before and it made her dizzy.

I’m glad she’s all right and hope they can find something that works with fewer side effects. And, selfishly speaking, I hope our instructor wasn’t so spooked by the incident that she waters down our class.


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