Monthly Archives: May 2013

One of those days

Greetings, readers. I’m not officially calling this a technology grrr day, but the internet where Rebecca and I were working had issues. We spent most of our time today inputting the new book into the template, which luckily could be done offline. We simply run out of time to add more to today’s entry, so look for a new blog entry this coming Wednesday or sooner.

Until then, have a good weekend and happy reading.

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Phew!!! It is hot outside while I go about my daily routine

Greetings, readers. As a great person once said, be careful what you wish for because you just might get it. I am a warm weather person as many of you know. Here in State College, Pennsylvania, over the last two and a half days, we have gone from a frost advisory to today’s high of 86 degrees. Hence, today’s title. I promised myself months ago that I wasn’t going to complain and really I am not. However, a couple of low humidity mid-70s days would have been nice to get acclimated to the warmth.

Just the other day, at the local drug store, I picked up my pocket-sized 2013 season schedule for the local single-A baseball club, the State College Spikes, who are now affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals’ MLB team. For the past four or five seasons they were linked to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On to other news, about my new book from the first year of my blog, called Greetings, Readers. Rebecca has been putting in our selections of blog entries into the formatted template, and so far it appears as though this upcoming book will be by far the one with the most pages. Camp books 1 and 2, oddly enough, both wound up about 77 pages of text. Rebecca is nowhere near finished inputting and is already on page 59. I’m not certain whether bigger will equal better … time will tell.

The other day was Rebecca and her sister’s combined birthday party. I was invited to the festivities and had a lovely time. Domino’s Pizza was served, which was delicious, and it was a lot of fun seeing Rebecca’s family.

Lastly, I’m not sure whether I mentioned this on the blog or not, but I am planning a memorial for a late friend of mine. I have been met with slight resistance here at the apartment building and I do have an alternate place to hold the lip-sync/air guitar performance. Rehearsing has been less than stellar, I must admit. Even though the motivation is there for Erin, my heart just doesn’t seem to be in it.

That’s it for now. Stay cool if you are in the heat wave, take care, and happy reading.

Must I always respect my elders?

Greetings, readers. For the past several weeks this question has been weighing on my mind. I live in an apartment building that is primarily for the handicapped and the elderly. I believe I am the fourth youngest person who lives here. This puts me in a precarious situation.

My mom and dad, God rest their souls, raised me correctly. They taught me to respect my elders. I try very hard each day to do just that. However it is becoming increasingly difficult.

In our building’s community room, there are certain people (names withheld for privacy reasons) who like to gossip and, in my opinion, like to cause trouble. My situation is this: when I am around these folks at a community gathering and I see an injustice being done, I have to bite my lip and not speak my mind. The certain person who usually is taking the brunt of all this trouble is my close, personal friend.

Now for my dilemma equation: being raised to respect my elders + a boatload of older folks who act like children sometimes = Joe goes insane and doesn’t know what to do.

I feel like getting them all in a room and speaking my mind. That, however, could cause major problems. I could lose friends in the building. I could be deemed one of the trouble makers and brought to the attention of the building’s management, which might threaten my lease renewals. And at the very least I would be thought of as someone who was not raised properly.

After our Thursday evening bingo game last night, a number of us stayed afterwards and I voiced my support to my friend. Other people were around and agreed with me. Will I actually voice my concerns to my elders? I don’t know if I have the guts. And if I don’t, does that make me any less of a friend to the person getting harassed? Something to ponder, readers.

There will be an update to this blog entry within a few weeks. I will keep you posted. Until next time, have a great holiday weekend, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten things I like about spring and summer

Greetings, readers. I have always been a warm weather person. Even as a child, I hated the winter time; except for the Christmas season, when outdoor lights in people’s yards made it look festive. I will admit that I didn’t mind too much playing ball in the front yard with some friends in the cold and snow. But when the games were over, I usually made a beeline for my house. So here is my top ten list for today, not in any particular order.

#10. Going to the beach. [My family and I used to go many years ago to Hampton Beach in New Hampshire, on the way to Maine.]

#9. The scent of Sea and Ski suntan lotion. [No longer in production I’m afraid.]

#8. Fairs and carnivals. [Up until just recently, here in State College, we had a carnival that came in late May, around the time of Memorial Day. I have heard that it stopped because of insurance reasons.]

#7. Riding in a convertible. [My mom had a 1969 Chrysler convertible. It was such fun.]

#6. Backyard BBQs.

#5. Watermelon. [Dessert for said BBQ.]

#4. Going to a baseball game.

#3. Enjoying trees in bloom and lots of flowers.

#2. The smell of fresh-cut grass.

#1. Having a picnic in the park. [I did not do that much, but I am certain that it is most enjoyable.]

Ok, readers. That is the top ten list for this time around. We always like to hear from you with your lists, so feel free. Until next week, enjoy the weather, take care, and happy reading.

From Rebecca: Working with Twitter

Joe and I spent some time today working on new material for the blog book; after that we started working with this blog’s links to social programs. Joe noticed that the last blog entry he did, a short note on why there were almost no blog entries these last two weeks, did not show up on his Facebook page. We went into the blog settings and re-linked it to his Facebook page. If this entry shows up there, we will know it worked. Then we got bold.

Recently, Joe has been dabbling with Twitter. We have been researching it, and it looks good. Twitter can be used for personal fun and also can be a business resource. Maybe, possibly, we can sell a few books from connections on this source. I am excited about the possibility of finding research materials for future projects through Twitter links.

Today, we looked up how to connect Joe’s Twitter feed to this blog. It took a few tries and the help section of WordPress, but we did it. If you scroll down the page, you should see a box on the right hand side with Joe’s latest Tweets and a link to his Twitter account. Good for us!

Please keep in mind, though, that Joe is just getting started with Twitter, and the box might not be full or have new entries in it for a while. He is putting one toe in the pool to check the water out, before he dives in.

If you see any problems with the feed, or anything else on the blog, feel free to let us know.

Where we’ve been

Greetings, readers. Just a quick update as to where we’ve been most of the past week. Rebecca was sick and I was coping, emotionally, with the loss of a good friend. However, on Wednesday, Rebecca and I will back at the salt mines putting the finishing touches on the new material for my latest book.

Also, on Wednesday or Friday, we’ll get another new blog post up. Until soon, have a good rest of your Monday, take care and happy reading.

:-( Tears :-(

Greetings, readers. I’m still reeling from news of the death of a friend of mine who lived in my apartment building. {Name withheld for privacy reasons} My friend was a young woman, just 34 years old, who succumbed to cancer. Always with a smile, she blessed everyone she came into contact with.

Even though I only knew her a little over a year, we quickly became like brother and sister. I kept telling her that she wasn’t going to die. “You’ve got youth on your side,” I told her. Well… the Lord had other plans. It was her time to come home. I must admit right now, I’m having a tad bit of trouble. I am Roman Catholic and do believe in God. Every once in a while though, I have to stop and ask… “How can you, Lord, take sweet people in the prime of their lives or children who haven’t even tasted life yet?”

This has taught me one thing; live for the day. My readers, don’t put off ’til tomorrow. Tomorrow might not come. Tonight I’m going to make a list of things I wish to do before it’s my turn to go to that big writing office in the sky.

I’m not trying to sound morbid here. I’m really not. But the passing of my friend has hit me unusually hard. I suppose my advice to you would be this: If there is a friend of yours whom you are at odds with, patch things up. If there are projects you wish to finish, don’t procrastinate. I know that I will contact a few people I want to set things right with.

Until next time, my friends, take care, have a good day, and happy reading.

Feeding Keekee and Update 5/3/13

Greetings, readers. My kitty cat Keekee has learned a few new tricks. When it is her dinner time, she seems to know it, and stands on the arm of my recliner chair, and just looks at me, as if to say, “Ok Daddy, it’s time.” I say, “Do you want your dinner?” She gives a meow that has to be heard to be believed, leaps over the work table, and stands by her feeding area in the kitchen. She also knows words like treats and aqua. Very smart cat. When I am getting her dinner out, she makes sounds like she hasn’t been fed in a week. I feed her … I swear it! LOL. Yes, Keekee does have me wrapped around her little paw.

On a personal level and on a work-related level, the past nine days or so have been rewarding but grueling. Luckily, everything seems to be coming back to an even keel, and starting next Wednesday, we should be able to put up two new blog posts up a week.

With the A-Z read-through now completed, what is next for the current book project is to create and edit some new material. Once that is finished, we’ll toss it into the formatted blank, fiddle with the formatting to make it look just so, and hopefully by July, my third book will be out on CreateSpace.com.

My screenplay project, sadly, is off to a slower start than I hoped for. It is still early in the ballgame, however, and I am in no way giving up hope.

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