Monthly Archives: October 2012

The calm after the storm

Greetings, readers. Here in Central Pennsylvania, I believe we were extremely fortunate during hurricane Sandy. Yes, we had wind, rain, and temperatures in the low 40s, but relatively little damage around here. Then, I saw pictures on the Yahoo! news page from places like Atlantic City and Manhattan in New York City. The pictures were surreal. I saw the historic roller coaster and part of the boardwalk in Atlantic City literally underwater. New York City taxi cabs and other vehicles were floating down the city streets. Subway tunnels looked like swimming pools (thank God, Mayor Michael Bloomberg decided to stop service Sunday night). I have personally never been in a hurricane. From the photos I saw, I don’t want to be.

Now, I’m not saying that Pennsylvania didn’t receive damage. I’m sure that Philadelphia and places closer to the coast were much worse off. State College, where I’m from, lies in between a few tall mountain ranges. I’m not trying to be cute here, but they do wonders for breaking up windy storms.

Last night I contacted several family members. I called my cousin Ed in New York state, who luckily was North/ northwest of it all, and hardly got any rain. My brother David, who lives in New Jersey, near Philadelphia, lost some shingles off his roof. Other than that though, they survived. And my aunt in California wanted me to keep her up to date on how I was.

Of course, one of the biggest threats in a storm like this is power outages. Pennsylvania had its share of those. I found out one thing about my apartment building. We do not have a back-up generator. So I, along with a few other people, bought batteries, water, and other basic storm necessaries. My computer weather forecaster says we aren’t to see the sun before Saturday. I’ll be doing a lot of flight simulation between now and then.

Until next time, take care and stay safe where ever you are. And Happy reading.

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To all my readers

Greetings, readers. Just a one paragraph message to all my readers & followers in the path of Tropical Storm Sandy or Hurricane Sandy… I’m not sure which it is now… PLEASE stay safe. I am in my little, dry apartment. There is some water at the front entrance, but not much. The bad thing is that it’s been raining and blowing here in central Pennsylvania since morning, and the actual storm hasn’t even gotten close to us yet! : ( Everyone, do take care. We’ll be back with more posts a.s.a.p.

Who needs the NHL anyway?

Greetings, readers. I’ve been keeping up to date on the lack of progress dealing with the National Hockey League lockout. Being from Pittsburgh, I do like to keep tabs on how the Penguins are doing. Well, there was no pre-season, the regular season was supposed to begin in early October, but last I heard, games were canceled through November 1st. News flash for the people responsible: You are slashing your own throats!

Do you really think that NHL fans are going to stand for this much longer? It seems like just a few years ago, though I’m sure it’s been longer than that, an entire NHL season was canceled. Can you guys say, where the hell did our fan base go? Well, owners, you just need to look in the mirror to answer that question.

Now I’m not an expert in business. I’m quite certain that there are probably a hundred different topics that need addressed, and that there is no easy answer. But just think of all your fans, whose Christmas comes in October, that you are letting down. If and when you ever come back, don’t be surprised if you play in arenas one-third full or less. With the economy the way it is, people will very gladly put food on their table and buy the necessities of life before they go again to one of your stupid hockey games. I am now done ranting.

Until next week, have a nice weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten things we said as little kids : )

Greetings, readers. With a hard week of creation coming up, I’ve decided to post a quick top 10 list. Do you remember these little gems from childhood?

#10: “Are we there yet?” When I was a young boy, that’s why my mother broke up our 612 mile trip to Maine into three days of travel.

#9: “I’m telling mommy on you!”

#8: “Do I have to eat all my vegetables?” I wasn’t a picky eater, but some of my friends were.

#7: “Could you help me with my book report? It’s due tomorrow!” Lol. I did this one quite a lot.

#6: “But I took a bath last week.”

#5: “Oopsie…, I broke it.”

#4: “Just ten more minutes of TV, please!” Luckily my favorite shows were on in the early evening. ; )

#3: “Mommy or daddy, there’s a monster under the bed!” By late at night, I was meaner than any monster.

#2: “My invisible friend broke it.” I only used that one once. The punishment was more for the fib than for the thing that I did wrong.

#1: “You’re not the boss of me!” Even though I never said it personally, I had a neighbor for a while whose sister said it to him all the time.

If possible we shall drop another blog entry in but as mentioned, creation must take precedence this week.

A quick post for today, 10/19/12

Greetings, readers. As I returned home last evening from supper at Godmother’s, I had time to reflect  on things that have been going in on my life recently. I was sitting at home listening to music, I recalled my earlier post, Life doesn’t have a reset button. This morning I re-read that entry and I have just a couple of quick things to say about it.

First off, I might have been a little bit too rigid in my thinking. Life is not always black and white. Sometimes it is indeed grey. For instance, when it comes to my ex-wife, Georgia (last name omitted for privacy reasons), feelings can be quite mixed. After everything that went on, I still feel myself caring for her very much. She was my first and right now I am not looking for another.

I also read over my post from yesterday, Depression helped by air guitar. I thought about how much fun I have when I partake of my hobby and that actually alleviated some of those dark thoughts. What I need is a good case of let’s get down to work. Before Rebecca and I move on to our creation day, let me add a personal note to my ex-wife. I have told her many times how I feel and that sometimes even two people who care still can’t play house anymore. She knows I’ve got her back.

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

P.S. Go Penn State Nittany Lions vs. Iowa

Depression helped by air guitar

Greetings, readers. The need to excel at something has been weighing on my mind of late. I don’t feel like I am doing anything important. I am not trained in any skill and I feel like getting a job with my handicap would not work out well for me. I sit around a lot. The more I seem to try to bring my life together, the more it falls apart. I feel myself slipping into a hole of depression from which I might not recover.

I found myself slipping into this depression about a month ago. I am forcing myself to work, to eat well, while gaming and other goofing off activities are on the rise. Much more MLB12 The Show baseball for the PS3 for instance. Even though I am on medicine for depression, I believe its effectiveness has waned. It is time to give my doctor a call. In the meantime, I am fighting it with air guitar and the Beatles.

Now I would like to fill you in on my progress for my performance in December. In case I haven’t mentioned it here in the blog, I am going to put on an air guitar/air drum show with vocals. I’ve asked a friend of mine to help out and she has agreed. Practice sessions have been sporadic but good. For any readers in the central Pennsylvania area on Friday, December 14th, at 7pm, you are all invited to come. Details are on my Facebook page. This show will feature music from the Beatles. I’m sure it’s going to be a fun time.

Lastly, I am trying very hard to keep myself healthy. With the temperature changes as drastic as they have been this October, I’m now on Halls Defense Supplement Drops 100% vitamin C, among other things. My health is also a concern to me because with my Godmother back home from the hospital, after recovering from a stroke, I cannot be visiting her while under the weather.

Until next time, take care, enjoy the nice weather, and happy reading.

From Rebecca: Exciting Sunday afternoon

On Sunday afternoons I go over to my Dad’s house and see my sister and my nephew. This last Sunday my nephew was following the progress by Felix Baumgartner to jump from a high spot in the atmosphere and break the sound barrier without a plane or a rocket. My nephew kept tabs on his progress up. Us grown-up told him to do a few things before leaving the house, so he missed watching the jump when it happened. He did announce that the jump had taken place, and enjoyed watching it afterwards. When we got to my other sister’s house, he told his aunt and two cousins about the jump, so they could share the event. He kept track the rest of the day to see when the record was declared and when it was confirmed that Mr. Baumgartner had indeed broken the speed of sound. Yay to Felix Baumgartner!!!

Apparently thousands, if not millions, of others were also watching, because my nephew announced that YouTube had crashed from all the people wanting to see the footage. I was surprised by how fast the site was back up that same afternoon.

I immediately texted Joe when I heard that YouTube had crashed, knowing that he would especially need to know. Joe had been frustrated at the end of last week by troubles using YouTube on Mozilla Firefox, because he has an air guitar/air drum show featuring songs from the Beatles coming up in December. He switched to Opera to use YouTube and it was working. I wanted to make sure he knew that any trouble with YouTube that Sunday was because of this event, and not because a second internet browser was incompatible with the music site. He needs the music to practice with!

I’m not used to being aware and plugged in when history is made, and I enjoyed the feeling. Joe and I salute the explorer, Felix Baumgartner. Thank you.

About the book signing

Greetings, readers. Last Friday evening I had my very first ever official book signing. Elaine Meder-Wilgus of Webster’s Bookstore and Café, helped set it up along with her crew and the display looked marvelous. The event was on her website for at least a couple of weeks, if not three, and I was expecting a modest turn-out. Well, we had a few internet-ers, a couple of people I invited, the staff, and a whole lot of crickets. Rebecca and I, along with her husband, sat there sipping our refreshments for ninety minutes. I did have a couple of sales and some sporadic mingling went on. Over all, I consider the event successful. It was a good learning experience.

We read from the books, Rebecca and I, and I’m not so sure that was a good thing. That is what is generally known as standard procedure at Websters for a book signing. To me, it gave people the opportunity to pack up and leave. But I seriously doubt that the college kids that were studying there were there because of my book signing.

Pictures from this event are in my gallery section. Here is one of them. Checking our media section, we only have two uploaded from one of our phones. If and when more pictures are loaded, we will add them to the gallery.

Shaking my friend’s hand after signing his books. (His right hand was in a cast.)

To close, since I see we are running out of time today, I’m going to ask Rebecca to do Wednesday’s blog post for us and I am certain she will have a good topic in mind. Until then, have a good weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Just a quick one

Greetings, readers. Don’t have much time until my dentist appointment but wanted to share my enthusiasm and optimism by letting you all know what a great day of creation Rebecca and I had on that personal memoir idea that hit me the other night. It has been quite awhile since 2+ pages of new material other than blog posts have been created. Yay us. Tomorrow either Rebecca or I will be typing the usual Friday blog entry. As is our new usual, when Rebecca chimes in, it can be anything she wished to write about. I am now off to get my lower jaw numbed, and later on tonight I shall play Bingo if I feel up to it. Take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Two writing projects now in the works

Greetings, readers. After much frustration and much debating on what my next writing project will be, I have decided on two of them. The first is a period piece set in the Edwardian era and the second will be another memoir book, dealing with more personal stories of my own life rather than life at camp. This new memoir book idea hit me overnight and literally woke me up out of a sound sleep.

While the Edwardian piece still needs planning, the memoir project can get us underway creatively, which will certainly make me feel more productive as a human being. I must admit right now I feel like a time waster. Being sick twice in the last three months, and having to stop and recuperate, didn’t help matters.

I am quite certain that the changing temperatures of the early fall contributed to my slight health demise. It seems a number of people have got the cold. I know for a fact at my favorite coffee stop, Panera Bread, I was told that almost every worker had it at some point or another. But with me on the mend, I feel very optimistic that I can finally engage the engines, put them in first gear, and get down to some good work.

On a lighter note, I am watching my cat Keekee race back and forth in the apartment. Rebecca pointed out something last week that is apparently true. When I have my blinds and/or window open, Keekee is much more active. And that’s a good thing. She is only five years old and we don’t want her acting like a grandma quite yet.

Finally, congratulations to the Penn State Nittany Lion football team for winning their homecoming game vs. Northwestern. It came down to the last few minutes but they pulled it out 39 – 28. Yay us. Until quite soon, take care, have a good week, and happy reading.