Monthly Archives: October 2016

Top ten list of my favorite foods

Greetings, readers. I thought it might be fun today to share with you my top ten favorite foods. According to our search results, I haven’t done this one yet, though I thought I had. I love meal time and snacking so almost any food or beverage will be included. Only #1 will be in order.

#10. Pepperoni pizza. [Although I can’t have it very often, because it gives me heartburn, I love a good pepperoni pizza. Pizza Hut and Domino’s are two excellent pies but my favorite in town is from an Italian restaurant called Mamma Mia’s. They serve the pizza from a traditional Italian recipe.]

#9. Steak. [A good thick filet brings back memories of 4th of July barbeques with the family. Dad only used the grill once or twice a year, but he sure knew how to do it. I like mine cooked medium.]

#8. French fries. [I don’t have them too often, but my favorite ones are from McDonald’s. They are usually crispy and not too terribly greasy.]

#7. Earl Grey hot tea. [No, I’m not related to Jean-Luc Picard from Star Trek: The Next Generation, but I do enjoy the occasional cup of Earl Grey, with a little bit of cream and honey. It is my second hot beverage of choice.]

#6. The Subway six-inch sandwich. [My favorite is pepperoni and provolone cheese toasted, on 9 grain honey-oat bread, with a little bit of lettuce and mayonnaise. A delightful light dinner.]

#5. Cheesecake. [Let’s just say, don’t put a whole one in front of me. It wouldn’t last long.]

#4. Fried chicken. [When our town used to have a Kentucky Fried Chicken, I would go there on a semi-regular basis and chow down for not much money. I would enjoy extra crispy with mashed potatoes, a biscuit and a drink.]

#3. Grilled Stickies from Ye Olde College Diner. [A wonderful dessert item best served warm with a scoop or two of vanilla ice cream. It is an award-winning treat specific to this town.]

#2. Coffee. [I’ve enjoyed this beverage since the age of ten and it is my go-to drink, my beverage of choice. About a year ago I bought a Keurig and I can enjoy as many cups per day that I want to. Bring on the breakfast blend!]

#1. Ice Cream. [My go-to depression comfort food. I’m going out on a limb here to let my regular readers know that when I am at my most depressed it is not uncommon for me to take a half-gallon, watch Netflix, and enjoy the entire container watching my shows. Is this the fast lane to diabetes? Oh, yes. So I have cut back on doing this. My favorite flavor is Edy’s Oreo Cookies ‘n Cream. OMG.

Honorable mention I just thought of: Almost any favor of Dunkin’ Donuts doughnuts. [I just love the smell when you walk in the front door.]

It is a dim day outside but I got a lot of work done today, including this blog entry, checking Facebook and Twitter, and writing a blurb for a back book cover. It turned out really well, thanks to Rebecca. Until next Wednesday, take care, have a great weekend and happy reading.

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Penn State win overshadowed by senseless destruction

Greetings, readers. I was hooting and hollering at close to midnight this past Saturday evening as the Penn State Nittany Lion football team pulled off its biggest upset since 1964. We beat the Ohio State Buckeyes who were ranked #2. I’m going to describe what happened directly after the game, though I wasn’t a witness to the worst of it.

When the game was over, it didn’t take long for the happy and enthusiastic students to run down into town from the stadium. On my street, there was the usual We Are Penn State chant, lots of whoops, hollers, and other expressions of joy. There was a  police presence downtown ready to go in case something happened, and boy, did it.

Though the folks were peaceful on my street, one block down a bunch of rowdy, probably drunk, students committed many acts of vandalism, including smashing many, if not all, the street lights on the major artery in town. How stupid can they be? Rebecca told me that she saw a comment somewhere on the internet making the point that Penn State had the opportunity with this amazing win to be seen by the rest of the world for something other than the Jerry Sandusky scandal. They threw that chance away by rioting instead.

My solution? No more night games. All that happens is these children are given an opportunity to party and get drunk all day long, then arrive at the game for an 8:00 kickoff. Yes, you heard right, I did say children. Most of these juvenile delinquents are not 21 years of age, and shouldn’t be drinking anyway. That is another topic for another blog post. If I had my way, all the games would begin at noon for three years. Call it a preventive action. If other teams cannot oblige that time, too damn bad, we’ll take a loss. Students have to be held accountable for their actions and if those actions lead to destruction, consequences must be forthcoming. Penn State University and its students must learn that you cannot drink underage and if you do, you cannot riot and/or destroy property.

Will this solution be taken? Of course not. Why? Because it makes too much sense. We have to have our night-time white-out game every year. It brings in the cash, and I will admit it is kind of cool-looking to see everyone in the stadium, less the opposing team’s fans, with their white shirts on. Let’s give it one more year and see what happens. I don’t know who the opponent is for next year’s 8:00 game, but I hope they will not riot if we pull off another upset.

Okay, I’m done venting now. Until tomorrow, go PSU, We Are Penn State, and all that good fun stuff. Take care, and happy reading.

This was the first time I couldn’t pull off a show

Greetings, readers. I take pride in my shows. I try to do two per year for the folks at Addison Court Apartments, but this time around circumstances interfered, and for the first time ever, I had to cancel a performance.

My playlist was complete, my rehearsal schedules were set and then … the sinus infection set in. At first it felt like a bad cold. Once I realized I needed an antibiotic, my singing voice was gone. Though I’m feeling much better, I still can’t take a deep breath to sing. Hence, no rehearsals. With best friend, Dave, coming, I was not going to give a sub-par performance. I had to postpone the October show. It turns out that Dave also rescheduled his visit.

Did I go through all the stages of getting old? Yes. “I can’t do this anymore. I have no stamina. My voice is gone!,” I told anyone who’d listen. Some told me that it was because I was so sick, I’m not too old to perform, and that the rescheduled show is going to be awesome. They’re right, it is going to be awesome! The show’s new date is set for Friday, December 2nd [time to be announced]. Look for more details on my Facebook page. I will probably also mention it here in a few blog posts as the show gets closer.

Well, that’s my update. I bid all of you a great day and weekend. Take care, and as always, happy reading.

Technology Grrr 5

Greetings, readers. Sorry for the repetitive title, but this morning it was Me versus my PS3 and the Playstation Store. I lost miserably. Grrr. Here’s what happened.

There was a two-year old game, a soccer game to be exact, on sale for $20. The only thing I had to do before purchasing said game was input my new debit card info. The billing info page accepted my name, debit card number, and back card pin number. When I went to put my address in, though, it would not accept it, no matter how hard I tried. I think I tried six variations of my address, spelling out the word East, trying E., etc. No such luck. After six attempts it timed me out and said try again later. I almost opened the window to see if my PS3 could fly. :-S

With Rebecca coming to work this morning, I had to stop and will try again later. If I cannot get the problem solved, I will have to purchase the game from a store, which will cost more money, especially if I need to order it online and have it shipped.

I always marvel at the fact that certain things that take people two minutes to do, take me an hour. To keep with today’s theme, this usually happens on computers, televisions, or other such technologies. It’s not that I don’t know what I’m doing; I’ve ordered things from the Playstation Store before. After my daily chores are done, I’ll figure it out.

What really drives me nuts is that I went to the Playstation Store website and couldn’t find a customer service number to call. That would have solved the problem in a matter of minutes. I’m quite certain that what I’m doing wrong is a minor gaffe. Anyway, that’s been my frustrating morning.

Am I going to let that ruin the rest of my day? Absolutely not. It is sunny and warm here today, probably the last warm day of the fall. I’m going to get out and enjoy it.

That’s the news from here. I’m taking a personal day off tomorrow, however I will have a blog entry ready for Rebecca to edit and put up tomorrow. So until then, take care, have a great day, and happy reading.

Top ten lists of things to discuss other than politics

Greetings, readers. I am absolutely fed up with all of the mud-slinging political ads on TV, as well as the news reports about how each candidate is better than the other. Local and state races are bad enough. Please, don’t get me started on Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Trump! Grrr.

Here’s a list of other topics I talk to my friends about. They’ll be in no particular order this time around. Here we go.

#10. Pets. [I know I can talk about my kitty-cat Keekee for hours, and I like to hear other people talk about their beloved animals.]

#9. Talk to a friend over coffee if that friend is having difficulties. [Sometimes talking about our problems with someone who cares can help a lot. And it helps to remember that the world is bigger than politics, even elections on the national level.]

#8. Talk about the weather. [Sunshine, stormy or in between, everyone has some weather. And some people are still recovering from last week’s hurricane Matthew. They definitely have more to talk about than the candidates.]

#7. Chat about sports. [With so many different games, so many teams, in so many cities, there can be hours of avid conversation.]

#6. Discuss your favorite cars {old or new}. [Not everyone gets into cars like I do, but a lot of people have vehicles. It is fun to compare driving experiences, horsepower, styles, and colors.]

#5. Rant about your boss or co-workers. [First though, be sure they can’t hear you!]

#4. Talk about the latest technologies. [There are so many shiny new things, and they are so exciting.]

#3. Chat about a trip you once took. [A change of locale, different food, maybe a different language and culture; all these can be part of an interesting conversation.]

#2. Tell your friend about a dream you had. [Everyone can relate. Almost everyone has a weird dream they can remember and share.]

#1. Console someone who just lost a loved one. [This will really bring things into perspective. A bunch of politicians yelling at each other means nothing at this moment. Our connection to one another is so much more important.]

Well, there you go; my list of topics to talk about other than politics. Do chime in with your list if you want to, here or on Facebook. Until next week, have a great weekend, take care and happy reading.

From Rebecca: New blog post coming soon

Greetings, Joe’s readers. I had something come up today, so Joe and I are doing today’s regular blog post a little differently than usual. He wrote it earlier, it is a top ten list, and now I am editing it at my home. I have a question for Joe before I post it, so it will be later than we thought today. We will get it out to you as soon as possible.

Thanks for reading his blog, and for waiting today for a new post. Take care and happy reading.

Health update and plans for tomorrow

Greetings, readers. With my sinus infection still holding on, Rebecca and I have emails to doctors to write, which may or may not take a lot of time. So, I have decided to hold off the top ten list until tomorrow.

It’s going to be a busy week for me with upcoming appointments and possible impromptu doctors visits. Oh, the joys of being sick during the fall. Once all the college kids come back to Penn State in late August they bring all their germs with them. For once, I can pinpoint precisely how I got sick. Our local pharmacy has this screen to sign with a pen, and of course all the sick college kids use this pen to sign their name for their prescriptions. Even though there is a big jug of antibacterial hand sanitizer, no one seems to use it, including me. When I picked up my antibiotic a few days ago, I made damn sure to use the hand sanitizer, which I will do from now on.

I’ve not decided on a topic for tomorrow’s top ten list but I will probably write the draft tonight so that tomorrow Rebecca and I can edit and put it up.

After today’s work hours, Traci and I are going to get coffee somewhere and enjoy the afternoon. This evening I will turn on Netflix streaming and watch the new Hawaii Five-O series. The show has been on since 2010, but I never really got into it until now. I’ve decided to watch every episode (all six seasons) and give it a fair shake instead of comparing it to the original series.

Well, there is my day in a nutshell. Until tomorrow, take care, have a wonderful day, and happy reading.

New chair has arrived

Greetings, readers. I will dictate this blog entry while my voice holds out. I’m still getting over whatever this cold/infection thing is. Although my sinuses are clearer today, my throat is scratchy and half an octave lower. Oh dear, oh dear. We are writers, so we carry on and write.

The big news of the day is that my new recliner arrived. Well, new for me. I got it at a used furniture store and it is in extremely good condition. To my surprise and joy, Keekee also seems to like it. It is very soft cloth material, blue in color, and is wider and longer than my other chair. It was a very good purchase, especially since I got it on sale. When the old chair was removed, I quickly had to run the vacuum and get all the little bits and pieces of the last eight years of snacking and tissues out from the space. It was a chore, especially at 8:15 in the morning, but I got it done.

The delivery men placed the chair down and plugged it in, and didn’t really wait for a tip. I wasn’t sure if I was supposed to do that or not. Perhaps it is factored in to the delivery charge. Even with that extra charge, I still think I got a great bargain.

On a side note, it is a foggy morning here in State College, PA. It was quite cool last night, when I had to step outside at 3:30 in the morning to get fresh air for my ailing sinuses. As with most people, I don’t sleep well when I am sick; I keep waking up and that is extremely annoying.

Both Penn State University and State College Area High School have their homecoming games this week, which means two parades and plenty of people here for the weekend. I thought my cousin Eddie and his family might come in from New York, but I just spoke to him and he is going to choose another weekend. Eddie graduated from Penn State and loved every minute of it. He always attends at least one game a year.

Lastly, on the bus the other evening, there was a report of two people dressed in sinister clown outfits wielding weapons. The bus drivers, via telephone, were kept up to date on the whereabouts of these two clowns. They were hoping they would not board one of the buses. I asked my bus driver what the protocol was in case something like that happens. She said that if they weren’t carrying weapons in their hands, then they could get on the bus. They couldn’t if they were brandishing weapons. When I got off at my stop, there was no update, so I never did find out exactly what happened. I assume that all these clown sightings across this area and across the country are due to next year’s release of the remake of the movie It, which was based on Stephen King’s original novel. I think these people are sick to willingly want to scare people. Sure, on Halloween kids and teenagers dress up in costumes. Folks around the country expect it then; not now. All I know is, if I see one, I’m going to duck into the nearest establishment.

Well with my voice almost totally gone, I will end this blog entry here, and tell you that next Wednesday I will have a top ten list for you. Take care, have a good weekend, and happy reading.

UPDATE: 10/19/16 I have a photo of the new chair now to share with you.

My new [used] recliner. Arrived at my place on October 6, 2016.
My new [used] recliner. Arrived at my place on October 6, 2016.

Thank goodness for honest people

Greetings, readers. Yesterday I had something happen to me which turned out okay, but boy could it have been a lot worse. I took Traci on an errand in a Zipcar. When we returned, I failed to check the back seats. Oops. I left something behind. Rather valuable, I might add.

What’s more, I didn’t even know I was missing it until I got a call. Fortunately, my name was on the item. Thank you to that honest person who put effort into getting the missing item back to me. This morning, I was able to retrieve it bright and early. This experience did bring to mind a comparison to my mom. I started to think, in all the years I knew her, did she ever make a mistake like that? Not that I can recall. Mom was always so careful. She made lists, checked things twice, checked every nook and cranny of a rental car; Mom was right on top of things. Me, not so much.

Needless to say, last evening I was a bit down, and called brother and buddy David for a pick me up. He, as always, was quick to provide one. He pointed out that I am more like my mom than I think, because of my generous nature, and how much I like to help people. The big difference is her mind like a steel trap, mine is like a bowl of oatmeal. Yes, working three crossword puzzles a day had advantages for my mother.

I’ve already figured out how I am going to combat this issue next time I take a Zipcar. I will either not take anything with me, or I’ll put it in the front passenger’s floorboard where it will be easily seen. Like people say, out of sight equals out of mind.

There are other things I can and will do to make me a little more like Mom. I’m continuing to peak and tweak my morning routine and I’m doing a fair job of going to bed early. Sometimes, though, that YouTube movie or Star Trek episode calls my name too loudly and I have to stay up an extra hour or so. Happily though, I am no longer a night owl, which Mom never was.

Rebecca and I will have another blog entry for you tomorrow. I am slightly under the weather, and if the situation gets worse I’ll type it in myself and have Rebecca stay home.

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