Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings, readers. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you in the United States. Happy Thursday to all of you in different countries. If all goes well, Traci and I will be sitting with my buddy and brother Dave and his family when this is published.

Rebecca and I are trying something we haven’t used before for this post. We wrote it last week and set it up to publish on Thanksgiving. We are excited to see if it goes smoothly. Posting in the future is a feature of the WordPress program, so it should work, but it is new to us. Wish us luck! (Although, if you are seeing this to wish us luck, it worked! If you see it tomorrow, oops!)

I hope you are enjoying time with your friends and families today, whether you are celebrating Thanksgiving or not. I miss a lot of people in my family, which is why it means so much to me to be sharing the day with Dave and my extended family, and my girlfriend. If you can’t be with your family today, I hope you are spending time with people you care about.

This might be the only post this week. If so, I will be back next week with the usual two entries.

Until next time, have a great week, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten list of things I wish I had kept from my parents’ house

Greetings, readers. It pains me to have to say this, but when I moved into my new apartment, I simply didn’t have enough room to take everything I wanted from my parents’ house. I chose paintings, small knickknacks, and small family pictures. The two most important items I did take were the credenza which sat in the front hallway and my mom’s desk which was in her home office. I knew right away that I wasn’t going to part with those. When loved ones pass away, or are forced to sell a house, sometimes your judgement is clouded by emotions. This is what happened to me. Here’s a top ten list of items I wish I had taken before the house was cleared out. These are in no particular order except #1, and whose to say if I would have had room for them or not.

#10. My double bed. [I took Pop’s single bed instead and though it is comfortable, I quickly learned that I toss and turn way too much, and enjoyed the extra room the double bed gave me.]

#9. The marble coffee table. [My mom and dad’s house had two living rooms. The actual living room, a fancier room used for Dad’s parties for colleagues. And the family room where we sat and enjoyed life everyday. The marble coffee table was in the living room. It was my favorite room in the house.]

#8. My organ. [Although it was 8/10ths dead already, the organ my parents purchased for me held special memories; the nicest of which was me learning to play Christmas carols to perform at the holiday time. My favorite was “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”.]

#7. The big screen TV. [This model was not one that hung on a wall and it would have taken up all of this apartment’s living room. Ha ha. For sports watching it was gorgeous.]

#6. The fancy clock in the living room which worked under its own power. [It was stylish, gorgeous and would have looked great on the credenza.]

#5. My grandmother’s teacup and saucer set. [I took the tea service but was dumb enough to forget the dainty cups and saucers that went along with it. Having fancy 4:00 tea with guests just doesn’t seem right when the tea has to be served in coffee mugs.]

#4. My grandmother’s chest of drawers. [Yes, it was fancy and maybe a little girlie, but I loved it and certainly could have put it to good use. The small bureau I took turned out to not have enough room for everything I needed it to hold.]

#3. My thick black winter coat. [I had a fancy thick black coat from New York, very stylish and warm in the winter, and in my sorrow and confusion, left it behind. It was something I could have easily had room for.]

#2. My Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins knit winter caps. [I had them from a very early age and they probably wouldn’t have fit anymore, but again, they would have been mementos I could easily store in my walk-in closet.]

#1. The house itself. [It goes without saying that I would have loved to keep the family home. I doubt very seriously whether I would have had the monetary means to pull it off for many years, but I didn’t even get a chance to try. On a side note, my eye doctor and her family now own our house. It’s not very often that you know the owners of your former home. Since Pop’s passing, I have been inside the old homestead once. It was very nicely remodeled but there was not much left that I could say I remembered as being from my house. It’s their place and I have no qualms with them making it theirs. I’m just going to remember it the way it was.]

There’s the list. Hope you enjoy. If you have questions or comments you can contact me either here or on my Facebook page.

I’m going out of town for Thanksgiving, so there will be no blog entries Wednesday or Friday. We do have one set up on a schedule to automatically post on Thursday. This is the first time we have tried this feature on WordPress, let’s hope it works. We will be back to our normal schedule the week after Thanksgiving.

Have a great holiday, take care, and happy reading. Gobble-gobble.

The last month and a half of Mr. Gotrocks

Greetings, readers. I was telling my accountant today how sick and tired I am of constantly being low on cash and stressed about my monthly finances. I told him I was going to come up with a plan by January 1st to rectify this problem. He told me that he has heard this story many, many times. Well, I have said it before. Times have changed, however, and it is a whole new ballgame.

I’m constantly talking to my therapist about how stressed out and depressed I am about my monthly budget. She and I talked about the idea of getting through the rest of this year and having a brand new self-imposed budget ready for the new year. I thought that was an excellent idea. I didn’t tell her, but I was already thinking about that idea myself.

After I get back from my mini-Thanksgiving trip with my girlfriend, Traci, Mr. Updagraff has given me the okay to have Meals on Wheels delivered 5 days a week instead of 3 days. This will take care of my weekday needs. Traci and I are going to have to just realize that any eating out we do will have to be done on the weekends and as cheaply as possible.

If I can get this plan to work, I think my stress level will be significantly lower and I will be much more of a happy camper.

Along with my new budget, I hope to have in place, by the New Year or soon thereafter, a new daily schedule to keep to. It will incorporate the early get-up time, which quite frankly I have become accustomed to. It is having the hours to write part and the going to bed earlier part that will need the most work. I’ve noticed one thing about myself over the years and it is this: I might take longer to get things done, but once I’ve ‘had it’ I do whatever I need to do and I don’t look back.

I asked my accountant to bear with me until the end of December, in case I need extra cash for the upcoming trip, Christmas presents for friends, and maybe a little something for me. Then Mr. Gotrocks dies. I will no longer be able to live outside my means and I no longer wish to. I think it would help my self-esteem if I got on a serious budget and stuck to it. I shall let you know the outcome. :-)

Until Friday, when I’ll have a top ten list for you, take care, have a good couple of days, and happy reading.

P.S. Prayers go out to the families of the victims from the horrible terrorist attack in France. My heart goes out to you.

First day on Meals on Wheels and weekend goings on

Greetings, readers. This morning I received my first Meals on Wheels, a program to help lower-income folks get good food. I was on this program before and it was okay. But after a while, the meals did not seem to be very appealing to me. Due to my bad diet, however, I decided to get them again.

Last evening there was so much to do, I really didn’t have enough to eat. Instead of going out somewhere, and getting something filling, I finished off a bag of snacks and called that dinner. By 11 PM, I was almost to the point of tears. This was very strange. I don’t know if I was simply tired or tired and hungry. I decided to shake it off, go to sleep, and was at Panera bright and early for a bowl of oatmeal.

As far as Meals on Wheels go, I shall receive them three days a week, getting two meals per day; a cold lunch and a hot dinner. I inhaled my chicken salad sandwich with apple slices and it was delicious. The lasagna dinner is in the fridge and I will partake of that either tonight or tomorrow. Meals on Wheels does not deliver on the weekends.

For only $12 a week, I will finally be able to improve my diet and get some veggies in me. I would dare venture to say that my low energy problem will begin to go away quickly.

On to other news. It has turned bitterly cold here in central Pennsylvania. Mid-40s with a howling wind. Even though it’s too warm, I could have sworn I saw a snowflake or two this morning. According to a friend of mine, we might have snow squalls tomorrow. Oh, yes the beginning of winter is on our doorstep. As I’m sure I put in this blog before, I am a spring and summer person. Old man winter and I are mortal enemies. Ha ha.

Lastly for today, I understand that there are a lot of Penn State sports home games going on this weekend. The football team has the week off, but, according to sources, 9 sports teams have home events this Saturday and Sunday. Which will bring lots of folks into this fair city.

I bid everybody a good weekend as I am planning to have. As always, take care and happy reading.

Thanksgiving plans coming together nicely

Greetings, readers. I’m very happy to say that my Thanksgiving holiday travel plans are falling in to place. I’ll be taking my girlfriend Traci to New Jersey to meet Dave and his family. They are all very eager to meet her and I am very pleased about that.

We had two options to get there. A three-day rental car or the Megabus. Both Traci and I preferred the car, that would allow us to stop for bathroom and stretch breaks when we need to. About an hour ago I called Enterprise Rent-a-Car and in no time at all I had a vehicle reserved, for way less money than I thought it would be. It made this option possible. I know I will be driving on the busiest day of the year, but I’m not too worried about it. We’ll just take our time and get there when we get there.

The journey is rather simple. Down to Philly, cross over into New Jersey, and we’re almost there. In case the vehicle does not have a GPS, I will print out directions from a map website. Both Traci and I are really looking forward to this trip.

For a brief time, I was thinking of leaving early Thursday morning. But I’ve almost never missed the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade and if I can be there late Wednesday afternoon, that’s what I’d like to do.

The family will be gathering at a church hall nearby for the dinner. I’m going to bring a hoodie or a jacket in case it is cool in there. I can always take off layers that I don’t need. I hate to be cold. After dinner, there will probably be an evening football game to watch as well as many sleepy people. I expect bedtime will be early and Traci and I should be back on the road heading home by 11:00 Friday morning.

I’m very thankful for my friend and accountant, Mr. Updegraff for helping me procure the car. It’s really going to make things a lot easier, and give Traci and me a sense of independence. I don’t mind the bus, but you’re always traveling on their schedule.

I’m going to end this blog entry here, because I’m working on maybe three hours of sleep, due to a night of insomnia. We’ll have another entry on Friday, so until then, take care, have a great couple of days, and happy reading.

This morning I had a minor health issue while playing my new video game

Greetings, readers. I’ve never enjoyed talking about my cerebral palsy and all of its side effects. But this morning something happened which really had me concerned. I had slept in a wee bit and had taken my meds later than usual. I then settled down with some coffee for a few hours of my new game, WWE2k16. After the first 40 minutes, even with that annoying screen shake toggled off, I felt a seizure coming on. Everything started to go black, I felt shaky, and I instinctively grabbed both chair arms and held on for dear life. It didn’t last very long, I must say, since I was able to ward off the actual seizure. I immediately turned the game off, shut off all the lights in my apartment, and did what I do best, took a nap.

When I awakened at 11:15, all was normal once again. I’m really going to have to watch myself when playing this game. I can play MLB baseball indefinitely with no issues. I think in this wrestling game, the flashing lights of the arena and all the simulated pyrotechnics are just a little bit too much. From now on, I’ll play for an hour or so and then take a break. I am really enjoying this game and want to get better at it, but to do that I have to play. It is frustrating when I have to stop all the time because of my condition.

I first saw this game on YouTube, being played by a gamer who calls himself CMPuLs3 (pronounced c.m. pulse). His channel is excellent and his wrestling videos are introd by the actual WWE champion, Seth Rollins. Way cool! I want to thank CMPuLs3 for getting me into this game and making super cool videos, especially the James Falcon series.

I’ve written to this person on Facebook, asking him for any help on how to play the game for people with bad hands. Luckily, and to my surprise, the game will play computer versus computer, so I can watch and at least learn the moves. Next, I need to know how to do them, quickly enough. I’ve played four matches now. I am 0-4, with an average losing time of 8 seconds.

How cool is this? I created my own character called Thunderbolt Jimmy Storm, paired him with Stone Cold Steve Austin, and we are now a tag team tentatively called The New Foundation, working our way up the ranks to hopefully take the title.

Lastly, it is a rainy day here in State College and I might have to keep the gaming machine off. That is probably a good idea considering what happened this morning.

Until Wednesday, when we’ll be back to a normal week, take care, have a great weekend, and happy reading.

My new addiction, WWE2k16

Greetings, readers. Ever since I watched a couple of YouTube Videos about this PS3 game, I knew it wouldn’t be long before I got my copy of it. Back in the day, I was a huge professional wrestling fan. This game has rekindled my love of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment).

First off, I bought the game via the Playstation Store, not a physical copy at Wal-Mart or Best Buy. The download time was literally six hours. Yes, the game is that complex, with wrestlers, arenas as well as lots of un-lockable content. Also, the graphics are stunning and spot-on in their realism.

Players have the ability to practice in all different types of matches, such as one-on-one, tag-team, ladder matches and extreme rules. During practice mode, a player can decide to have the match in any of the big pay-per-views. The Royal Rumble, Wrestlmania, Summer Slam as well as weekly series such as Raw and Smackdown are represented in every detail. Voice talents of Michael Cole and Jerry Lawler, Jim Ross, Lilian Garcia and others add to the intense realism.

Does the game have things to work on for next year? Not many…., but yes. First, though the announcing is exciting and true, it is way too repetitive. Next – and this would be better if it could be toggled off – when a wrestler is put in a submission hold, the entire picture on the TV screen shakes. Not good for people like me who suffer from mild seizures. :-( Lastly, for my bad hands anyway, the controls are too complex. I lost my first match in 5 seconds. One missed command, my opponent’s finishing move and it was “One!-Two!!-Three!!!”

My final score for WWE2k16 – 8.5 out of 10. :-)

Until tomorrow, take care, have a great day and happy reading.

This Halloween Saturday may get rowdy

Greetings, readers. Although I have grown accustomed to the downtown noise level on a weekend in State College, this upcoming Saturday may be louder than usual. I have resolved to have plenty of things to watch lined up for Saturday evening until the wee hours of Sunday morning. I shall make a list of YouTube movies and shows to watch, or possibly partake of the current World Series. If all else fails, I can play PS3 baseball. Anything to keep me busy until the crowds quiet down. What drives me nuts the most is wanting to sleep but not being able to because of outside noise.

Here is the unique equation that is going to take place. This year Halloween falls on a Saturday – two occasions when students like to party anyway, now joined together. Not only that, but it’s a Big Ten home football game for the Penn State Nittany Lions, as well as the night to turn the clocks back. To me, that equals trouble. I’m expecting to see lots of college kids running around downtown in their homemade costumes, and more than likely slightly drunk. When the clocks go back an hour, does that mean that the bars stay open an extra 60 minutes? Let’s hope not.

A welcome to all the Illinois fans, here for the Saturday afternoon game. Kick-off is at noon, and hopefully things won’t be too rowdy, because with my new schedule in place, being an ultra early bird, I need to be in bed by midnight.

The only thing that would have made this weekend worse would be having the full moon on Saturday. Luckily the full moon was a few days ago. Now don’t get me wrong. I like to enjoy myself and whoop it up now and then, but I wish our student body could put a cap on their enthusiasm around midnight. Once it goes on past 1 or 2AM, it gets a bit old. I’ve tried calling the police, but with most local bars having a 2AM closing time, I was told that the bar patrons have 15 minutes or so time to disperse.

Sunday evening will be quiet and I will once again be able to get back to the sleeping pattern I have come to enjoy; early to bed and early to rise. I do like my long mornings.

To remind you, Rebecca and I will be taking a couple of personal days Friday (tomorrow) and next Wednesday. I’ll do my very best to put a blog entry up before Thursday. If I can link something in my entry, I will. Rebecca showed me how and I need practice. If it doesn’t work, oops, I tried.

Until very soon, take care, have a great few days, a joyous weekend, and happy reading.

Follow up on last week’s entry about waiting at my therapist’s office

Greetings, readers. I had an unusual waiting period this past Monday at my therapist’s office. Readers from last week will recall my post on the other therapist reprimanding me. I was hyper-conscience not to look at or say anything to anybody. I pretended to be napping or I looked down at the floor. In other words, I cowered in the corner like a scared little puppy.

When the other therapist walked in, I said nothing to her and she told her client, who must have been walking in with her, to immediately go back and wait in her office. Perish the thought that I might say good morning to either of them. A horrible faux pas. When the coast was clear, I took a sip of my hot chocolate and went back to my nap, until I heard my doctor walk towards me. I was quite relieved when we were in her room behind closed doors.

I told her how I had been feeling, sitting there in the waiting room, and I asked her if she had said anything to the other woman last week. I was a wee bit surprised when she said no. I guess hers is a hand’s off approach, and I’m to deal with this issue by following orders. It goes against every fiber of my personality but from now on I’m not going to say a word to anybody in that office except my therapist. They want privacy and silence, they will get it.

As far as my therapist and I go, we have a great working relationship. Once we are in her office, everything is right with the world. I do not wish to leave and go elsewhere for therapy. I do wish that last week my therapist had informed the other woman that she needs to treat me with more respect. Apparently that is not what happened there. The two therapists don’t interact much with each other, and that’s okay.

The next week and a half will be a slightly bizarre one. Here is a rundown on what you can expect. There will be a new blog entry tomorrow, as I am taking the day off on Friday. Rebecca needs a personal day Wednesday of next week, so I will try to put up a blog entry next Wednesday or Thursday morning. I will also have to take care of the weekly accountant’s meeting on my own. I’ve done it before, no problems there.

Until tomorrow, take care, have a great day and happy reading.

Yesterday was a productive waste of time

Greetings, readers. I had planned to do quite a bit of work yesterday, including a phone call to an insurance company and taking notes on a new writing project, and then take today off as a personal day. But, because of computer issues, those plans were shelved until next week. It all began when my AVG anti-virus, which I just paid for, refused to open, much less run. Rebecca and I were able to go to the AVG website and find a phone number to call support.

A very nice gentleman answered the phone, and we were off and running. From an opened email from AVG, I read him all the information it contained. The one bit of information he needed, however, was not there. After about 20 minutes or so, he gave us the url of another support service where we could type in the box to someone. That’s where we spent the rest of our work day.

Rebecca had to briefly re-explain the issues via typing and then the second person did something with my computer which I’ve never seen before. He took over my machine remotely, after I gave permission. It was rather bizarre to see my cursor move around the screen completely on its own. It was quite clear to me that the person knew exactly what he was doing, for he was speedy and efficient. After a few attempts and re-starts, he got my old version with the corrupted files off, my newly paid-for AVG installed and running and it was time to re-boot the computer. He typed that he would be back and not to close our box, but even as Rebecca was leaving at 3:00, he had not returned. So I closed the computer.

This morning during personal time at Panera, AVG was chomping at the bit to run its “first scan.” I’m going to do that today after Rebecca leaves. I feel quite certain that all issues have been taken care of. Now all I have to do is find a good anti-malware program that doesn’t butt heads with or cancel out AVG. Wish me luck on that endeavor.

Well, that was the big news of yesterday. As far as next week goes, there will be a blog entry on Wednesday, possibly another one on Thursday, and I will be taking a personal day on Friday. Until then, have a great weekend, enjoy football and the baseball playoffs, take care, and happy reading.