Monthly Archives: October 2015

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.

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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.

Monday’s therapist session got off to a bad start

Greetings, readers. Walking down to my therapy session on Monday morning, I was in a perfectly wonderful mood. The sun was shining, it was slightly warm, and I was thinking about my girlfriend. When I arrived at the office, I made myself a cup of Keurig cocoa, and took my seat. Just mere minutes later, I was like a deer in the headlights.

The other therapist who works in the office walked in and all I said was, “Good morning, how are you?” That prompted her to get in my face and tell me that I have to work on my privacy issues. If I hadn’t been so taken aback and upset, I would have laughed at her. It was a completely inappropriate response.

Looking back over the last several weeks, I have determined that this was an issue of hers which she dealt with by hurrying her clients into her office and away from me, Mr. Talker. Now it all makes sense. I have been friendly to her and her clients, but I haven’t over done it or gotten personal. But I didn’t know I had privacy issues.

I do tend to say hello and good morning to people, but that stems from two things. First, I am a writer and observer. Second, the Bear Spring Camps way of life, where everyone is always kind to everyone else, shines within me. It is part of me and it’s what I love most about Bear Spring. People are friendly and exchange greetings, such as, “Good morning, how are you,” and “Any luck fishing today?” Maybe it’s because we are all on vacation and relaxed. I just know I like that world.

What to do about this issue of mine? I’ve decided that in my next therapy session, while in the waiting room, I’m going to look down at the floor and not say a word to anyone. When it is my therapy time, and I walk into the room, I’ll let my therapist know that I am still working through it. I hate being upset, it literally makes me sick to my stomach sometimes. I get nervous and get the shakes. I can only imagine what it does to my blood pressure.

The thought crossed my mind to search for another therapist here in town, but I’m going to give the firm another chance. It would be wonderful if next Monday I got an apology, but I’m not holding my breath. If things continue to get worse, as much as it pains me to say this, I might have to leave my therapist and go elsewhere for counseling, for I will not be treated like someone who is doing something wrong, and bothering people, when I am just saying hello. I deserve more respect than that.

Until Friday, enjoy the nice weather if you have it, take care, and happy reading.

My cousin and family are here for a visit

Greetings, readers. I got a call this past Monday, letting me know that my cousin Ed and his wife Patty will be here this week. They arrived yesterday for the Paul McCartney concert at the Bryce Jordan Center, and are going to a Penn State hockey game this evening. It is only a few times a year I see my cousin. I am very much looking forward to tonight.

My girlfriend Traci will be accompanying me and I’m looking forward to introducing her to the family. She is excited as well. About an hour or so after the work day is over, Traci and I will be picked up and we’ll go for an early supper. After that, I’ve asked Ed to drop us off at Denny’s so that later we can meet my friend Jim. Yes, it will be a full evening of plans ahead.

On average, Ed comes down three or four times a year, usually during football season. Lately though he has gotten into Penn State hockey. The team is on the rise. I’ve only gone to one hockey game with Ed and it was the Penn State woman’s team. It was most enjoyable and boy did they play hard. I remember that particular year, the ladies squad wasn’t very good record wise, because it was only their second year in existence. I know from Penn State football, it takes time to recruit and to play well together as a unit.

I’m not certain rather Ed and family will go back to New York tonight or in the morning, but this will be our meeting for this time. It is about a four-hour ride and if I were a betting man, I’d say they would leave in the morning.

I found out that my cousin Maria, their daughter, will be joining us for dinner tonight. This will be the first time I’ve seen Maria since she began her college semester here. I’m most definitely looking forward to asking her what she thinks of Penn State.

As the weekend approaches, I’m going to take a couple of days to do some apartment cleaning, nap [because of my new pill], and watch some football. Go Penn State Nittany Lions tomorrow night! We’re playing Ohio State, the #1 team in the country, in their yard. It is going to be a daunting task. It’s on at 8:00 and I plan on watching it.

Well, I’m off to feed Keekee before we edit and publish this entry. Here’s wishing everyone a good weekend. Keekee says, “Meow.” Stay safe and happy reading.

I saw two good movies last night

Greetings, readers. I was searching through YouTube for something enjoyable to watch, besides Reba, and I typed in Sherlock Holmes. To my happy surprise, several of his films were listed. Both of the films I watched were from the 1940s. The first one was actually just under an hour long and the second one, slightly longer, was an hour and eleven minutes. Oh, how times have changed. Today you are hard pressed to find a film under an hour and a half.

The first movie I watched, from 1946, was about a murder that took place on a train and was called Terror by Night. The two stars were Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Bruce as Dr. Watson. From the outset I knew I’d be hooked because the story began with Holmes and Watson going to Edinburgh, Scotland on a train. Holmes was to guard a valuable diamond, and of course that was the prize catch for someone to steal. Shortly into the movie there is a murder; the son of the elderly woman who owned the diamond. Holmes and Watson conducted interviews with the suspects on the train one by one to discover who the thief and murderer was.

What really made this movie enjoyable for me was it took place on an old steam locomotive. As some of you might know from me writing about Train Simulator, looking at the old English carriages, with each compartment having its own door, was nostalgic. Another thing that was enjoyable for me was that these two films were in black and white, and the special effects were minimal. Back then, they concentrated on story line quality and good acting. I’m not going to give away the ending to either of these films, no spoiler alerts here. So let’s move on to the second film.

Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, from 1942, was an equally intriguing and enjoyable film. It was set during World War II, as the Third Reich was destroying London. Everyday a radio broadcast, at first believed to be from Germany, would hit London’s airwaves, not only describing how poorly England was doing in the war, but also warning of impending disasters. Holmes found it odd that these catastrophes would occur either as the broadcast was taking place or shortly thereafter. It was fascinating to me to watch Holmes in action as he deduced where these broadcasts were actually coming from.

Both these films starred Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce, who were in series of Sherlock Holmes films in the 1940s. I do understand that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original setting for his stories and books was in London and in the late 1800s. That was another thing I found so interesting about these two films. You can take these two characters and 221b Baker street, put them in any era, and it works. How brilliant.

Not only has last night’s entertainment spurred my interest in watching more of these films, but after work hours I’m going to the library to get one of the original books. I’m looking forward to it greatly. Remember, I did want to read more; it is on my list of things to do.

I shall keep you updated with how my new interest in Sherlock Holmes progresses. I don’t know how many movies were made but I intend to watch them all.

Until Friday, have a wonderful couple of days, take care, and happy reading.

Top ten list of my favorite World Series

Greetings, readers. Here is a top ten list of my favorite World Series that I have watched over the years. I don’t watch sports as much as I used to but I still watch the World Series. Oh, how I love that best of 7. Here we go with the countdown, plus two honorable mentions.

#10. 2004 Boston Red Sox vs St. Louis Cardinals. Red Sox won 4 games to 0. [Although they didn’t clinch at home at Fenway Park, the Red Sox won their first World Series since 1918.]

#9. 1986 New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox. Mets 4 games to 3. [Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner still has not lived down his Series losing error.]

#8. 1980 Philadelphia Phillies vs Kansas City Royals. Phillies 4-2. [I vividly remember watching Tug McGraw get the final strike out and jumping for joy.]

#7. 1977 New York Yankees vs Los Angeles Dodgers. Yankees 4-2. [Reggie Jackson’s classic 3 home run game on just three pitches was in this series.]

#6. 1969 New York Mets vs Baltimore Orioles. Mets 4-1. [I was too young to watch this, but I heard many stories of the miracle Mets.]

#5. 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles. Pirates 4-3. [I was just old enough to remember my mom and I going crazy when the Bucs won it all under manager Danny Murtaugh.]

#4. 1975 Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox. Reds 4-3. [I still remember Bernie Carbo’s classic home run at Fenway Park.]

#3. 1976 Cincinnati Reds vs New York Yankees. Reds 4-0. [The big red machine swept the mighty Yankees.]

#2. 1985 Kansas City Royals vs St. Louis Cardinals. Royals 4-3. [The Kansas City Royals’ one and only World Series victory. Though they have been fantastic the last couple of seasons, so far there has been only that one World Series triumph.]

#1. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates vs Baltimore Orioles. Pirates 4-3. [My teenage years were my favorite time to watch sports. Being a Pirates fan, I enjoyed watching them come back from being down 3 games to 1 to win the series 4 games to 3.]

Honorable mention #1. 1993 Toronto Blue Jays vs Philadelphia Phillies. Blue Jays 4-2. [Joe Carter’s dramatic 9th inning home run won the Series at home.]

Honorable mention #2. 1974 Oakland A’s vs Los Angeles Dodgers. A’s 4-1. [A’s won their 3rd consecutive World Series, cementing the nick name, Dynasty.]

That’s my list. Hope you enjoy it. Chime in on Facebook or here in the comment section with your favorite World Series.

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

I brought my girlfriend into the 21 century

Greetings, readers. My girlfriend, Traci, and I are getting along splendidly. I’m enjoying every minute of it. When she told me last week that she didn’t have a computer, I realized that, unless she visited the library often, she probably wasn’t on social media. I was correct. I asked her if she would like some help getting an email account started and getting on Facebook. She thought that would be a good idea but wondered how she would check Facebook every day. I told her that we would check it together from my computer. I got a big smile.

The first thing I had to do was take the information she had written down and create an email account for her. Once that was completed, I had to log out of my Facebook account and create one for her. I had completely forgotten how strange Facebook’s opening page is when someone is just starting out. No news feeds, just a lot of questions and friend suggestions.

I invited her sister Roni to be her Facebook friend and she accepted within five seconds. Either Roni was on the computer at that moment or she had it set up to automatically accept anyone. Then, from her account, I sent myself a friend request, popped over to my account, and accepted it. She now has two friends and a whole bunch of David’s family waiting for requests.

I must admit I feel strange doing too much with her account without her being in the room. So I think tomorrow, when my schedule is less hectic, we will sit down in the community room and work on it. I will show her the ins and outs of Facebook and Mail.com.

Unfortunately, I will not be able to purchase Traci a computer of her own, so for her own privacy sake and mine, I will probably have to teach her how to explore email and Facebook on one of the library’s computers.

Traci is a lot like I am, she knows what she knows but neither of us knows everything. Since I’ve been working with a computer with Rebecca for five years, it won’t be that much of a difficulty to get Traci up to speed, at least on the basics. In no time, I’m sure I’ll have her checking her email, seeing everything Facebook has to offer, and maybe later I’ll get her involved on Twitter. Traci, welcome to the internet.

Until Friday, when I’ll have a top ten list for you, have a great couple of days, take care, and happy reading. P.S. Thoughts and prayers go out to the people in the Carolinas and surrounding areas that were so badly flooded.

Time to open up my chakras and more thoughts since yesterday

Greetings, readers. Thinking back to yesterday’s entry, I realized that it has been quite a long time since I’ve done chakra work. In years past I had someone who did massage and energy work on me, including clear out my chakras. Since he retired, I’ve had to do it myself with the aid of a very good YouTube video. It wasn’t quite the same, but I still think it worked.

After work hours yesterday, I was blown away by the fact that I slept from 4:00 pm until almost 7:00, then called Bingo, and shortly after my light supper, could again barely keep my eyes open. Research must be done.

I could be suffering from anemia, although I’m on a multi-vitamin. My blood sugar could be off, or it could be any number of things. That is why I am not the doctor making $50 an hour. After this blog entry is posted, Rebecca and I are going to type an email to my general doctor. I’m quite certain that he will want immediate blood work, which will require a bus or Zipcar to get there. I feel it is more than worth it. I do not wish to spend the rest of the winter lying around like an old rug.

Yesterday on Facebook a couple of friends did chime in and said that I was correct that the change of seasons might have something to do with it. Both of them suggested taking walks. I cannot run or jog, but I can indeed go for a stroll. I think I will take their advice.

This morning was dark and cloudy, and 41 degrees F. I’m still hoping for indian summer. I’ve lost track on whether we have had our warm weather for the year, or if a little more is yet to come. I would hate to think it is going to be cold from early October until April.

After I do my chakra work today, I will see how my knees feel and get a little exercise in. I have a couple of errands to do as well as go for coffee with Tracie. We will be going to our new Sheetz, which is close by and has great coffee.

In conclusion, I am going to write a note to the creator of the chakra video I watch to ask how many times a week or month that video should be viewed for optimum health. I am hoping he doesn’t reply with something like, as often as you need it. A more direct answer would be helpful..

I bid everyone a great weekend. Stay warm if it is cold outside. Take care and happy reading.

I’m puzzled about my low energy

Greetings, readers. Recently, things in my life have been on a definite up-swing. My daily schedule has stabilized, I now have a girlfriend, and the blog is coming along better than I’d ever hoped. But, yet, I’m taking more naps than ever before. I don’t think I’m depressed. I just feel a constant need to visit the sandman.

My therapist told me it might be because of the onset of the fall and winter season. At first, I agreed with her. But, I’ve been on a multi-vitamin¬†for approximately the last ten days and I have even less energy. I have one thing to try before I call the doctor. I’m going to try to revamp my diet and cut out a lot of the junk food I eat. Wish me luck on that one, folks. If that idea doesn’t work, I will have to schedule an appointment with my doctor earlier than the one already on the books.

Helping to keep my mood up is my new girlfriend, Traci. We went out this morning and had a good time. But when she asked me what I was going to do this afternoon after work, I, without even thinking about it, said that I was going to take a nap.

I don’t feel suicidal, I don’t feel angry, nor do I think my anti-depression medication has stopped working, but something is amiss. I don’t like feeling this way. I’m not getting anything done creatively, and if I nap too much during the day, it throws my sleep cycle off.

Today, October 1st, began my brand new lease here at Addison Court Apartments. One thought that I had about my lack of energy, is that the building is mostly for seniors and handicapped folks. I’m not around people who do physical activities. There is no one to toss the football with or to get a pickup game of softball going. My physical activity, basically, consists of going to Panera Bread or our new Sheetz. I don’t know if lack of exercise makes one lethargic or not. I’m going to have to look into that. If it does, I might increase my exercise regimen before all the bad weather hits.

I’ll keep you up to date on how I’m feeling. Please leave me a comment or suggestion, either here or on Facebook, and let me know how you combat the fall and winter blahs.

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