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I have come into the modern age

Greetings, readers. I don’t have the newest iPhone, the 11, but I did score the iPhone 10 for a very good price at Target. I’m still learning all its features and how to use them, and how not to get caught in paying for every little app that I look at. I tried to download CNN, which a neighbor told me is absolutely free, and before I knew it I was asked to supply credit card information. I don’t think so! Tomorrow I will go back to the store where I bought the phone and ask if this is normal. It may very well be that all the “free” apps are billable after a certain trail period. I have a 2g plan and I am hoping that it is enough to check an occasional email as well as a quick bit of internet searching. I have my trusty laptop for the bulk of that.

Yes, it is going to take several days, if not weeks, to learn all that this phone can do, what apps if any are truly free, and how to FaceTime someone. The phone did not come with a stellar instruction booklet; these days I think you are just supposed to look it up online. My friend, Smith, gave me a wonderful pen with a stylus on the end so that my greasy fingers won’t be smearing the screen all the time. Thanks and kudos to her.

There is a possibility that I will get my job back at the old fast food place I used to work. It will do me good to get out of the apartment and earning money again, however I must say I’m worried about my feet and hips. I hope they can take the pressure. I’m going to have to look for a Dr. Scholl’s foot machine and try to get a comfy insole to cushion my feet. That would help a lot.

My books are not selling very much. I did get one sale for one of them this last week. As we all know, $1.09 will not pay the rent. Lol. It would take a lot of $1.09s to even come close.

Very briefly, here is an update on the new building next door. They are starting to lay the red bricks on the outside and it is really starting to look nice. I have seen a drawing of what it is supposed to look like when it’s finished. It is a gorgeous looking building. Right now, not so much. Wouldn’t it be nice if a fast food chain moved in to the first floor? I could work there and be steps from home at the end of a shift.

Tomorrow there is a costume party for Halloween. I am going as C-3PO. I shall endeaver to put a blog entry up Sunday or Monday complete with at least one picture of said costume; if I can’t figure out how to do that with the new phone, we will post it next Wednesday. Until then, have a great few days, take care, love one another, and as always, happy reading.

Construction woes and I’m losing my view

Greetings, readers. My view is almost gone. The monstrosity which I call the apartment building next door is almost equal to the height of my apartment building. Ninety-five percent of the view that I took this apartment for is gone. I can no longer see Beaver Stadium, the baseball field, the hospital, or Mount Nittany mountain. Next 4th of July I might be able to see the highest of the fireworks, perhaps not. I am not a happy camper.

I must say, this construction team has made remarkable progress the last couple of months. As far as I can tell, only a couple more floors remain to be built. Then all work will be concentrated on the inside, including plumbing, lighting, and floor plans. I will be very happy when all the workers are inside and that massive crane is dismantled and gone. On windy days they can’t lock it down and it turns into a weather vane.

It is set to open next August, with the underground parking area in the back. Right now there is an alley in the back next to a hotel’s restaurant. Unless they change something dramatically I have three words for you: can you say massive traffic congestion? Somehow I don’t think this plan was thought out very well. Another thing I will be happy to get rid of is the constant beeping of the trucks backing up. They deliver steel, cinder blocks, and concrete for the floors. Every truck that delivers must back up to get out. Whatever happened to peace and quiet? Welcome to a construction zone.

I see a bunch of workers coming down as I am dictating this on Wednesday to be posted on Sunday. It must be their lunch break. Yay. A half hour of relative quiet. I’ve heard confession is good for the soul so here it goes: I suppose when this building is finished with the sidewalk, trees, and entrance in place it will look beautiful. From all the pictures I’ve seen though, I don’t see us getting our parking lot back. That would perturb a lot of people.

R.I.P.s go out to actress Diahann Carroll and actor/comedian Rip Taylor. Both were extremely popular and will be sorely missed.

I saw the winter forecast on the internet yesterday and one major source, a map from Accuweather, had stormy conditions from Virginia all the way to Maine. This is not good news for people with walkers like me. I see plenty of mornings this winter going to Traci’s for coffee. Here’s a novel thought, I might even make coffee here at home.

By the time this blog entry appears Sunday afternoon, the Pittsburgh Steelers will be well on their way to being 1-5 … oh, did I really say that? I should support my team better than that. However with the lack of a running game and a third string quarterback starting for us, we have to cross our fingers and toes.

Well, this entry will be set up to post live on Sunday at 3:00pm Eastern Time. If I forget to post it on Facebook, most of you will see it on Monday.

Until next Wednesday, take care of yourself, love one another, and happy reading.

Sunday evening blog tentatively set to begin again October 6th

Greetings, readers. Yes, folks, it has been too long now not having two blog entries up per week. If the truth be told, I was going to wait until football season was over, but I think I shall try to sneak in an entry on late Sunday afternoons or evenings. My readers have come to expect two blog entries a week and as you know we aim to please.

For those of you who follow me on Facebook you will know I am trying to shake a cold right now. I just got finished telling Rebecca that I feel perfectly fine but sound very stuffy. If I hadn’t felt terrible two days ago, I might have actually called this an allergy attack. Remember it is fall here in central Pennsylvania. Happy second day of fall!

It is a gorgeous day here, nary a cloud in the sky. The new building next door is being worked on in earnest. They have five stories complete on my end of the building and four stories on the end closer to Beaver Ave. Completion date is set for next August, so quite soon the plumbing, lights, and the electrics will have to be put in. That means that the outside of the building must be completed first. It seems like only yesterday they were using the jack hammers to excavate for the foundation.

I saw a marked improvement in the Pittsburgh Steelers this weekend though they lost. Mason Rudolph was a wonderful young quarterback and I’m hoping he gets his first win this Monday night at home vs the Cincinnati Bengals. Other NFL surprises are the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins. The Bills are 3-0??? And the hapless Redskins are 0-3. I think Redskins’ head coach Jay Gruden will be ousted if he loses to the New York Giants on Sunday.

In other sports news, the baseball playoffs are just around the corner. The Pittsburgh Pirates will not be in it, so I’ll take a quick glance to see if there are any other teams I am interested in rooting for before investing my time.

While watching NFL football, I have seen advertisements for new and returning TV series’. I’ve got to tell ya, I can’t say that I am truly dying to see any of them. If I really wish to see something there is always that beautiful invention called On Demand. With my new writing project now well under way (yay!) I think I shall watch TV catch-as-catch-can on Demand. I love Xfinity and its cable box.

Continued prayers go out to all who need it.

That’s all the news from here. Until next Wednesday, have a good week, take care, and happy reading.

Getting back into the groove

Greetings, readers. When vacation is over it is true that I do like to come home and get the year in between camp started. However, it seems to take me a long time to get out of what I call camp mode. That is, simply, not watching TV at night, looking at a YouTube video of a bonfire, or listening to a recording of crickets. It is a simpler way of life up there and I love it. Granted, I do pack my computer bag and go into town for coffee and internet at least once during the vacation week.

With fresh writing ideas in my mind, I’ve been jotting down notes and will soon be ready to begin one of two writing projects. I have two strong candidates but I’ve not narrowed it down yet. I take phone calls for a company part-time and that brings in a little bit of money. I don’t work very many hours yet but at least it is something. I’ll probably have to get a second job somewhere down the line. The more income for next year’s camp, the better.

On to a different topic, I just reached for my water bottle and the proverbial sword went into my shoulder. I cannot wait until September 4th; for those of you who didn’t read the last blog entry, I am having an arthroscopic procedure done to get rid of bone chips and “shave” the area around the bones of the shoulder. Thank goodness my rotator cuff is fine. You see, readers, I am allergic to pain and I think if my rotator cuff was torn, I would be screaming right now. I’m getting queasy just thinking about it. Prayers please for September 4th and beyond. There will be rehab needed.

Lastly, the building next door is growing by leaps and bounds. I have lost some of the view of the nearby Days Inn and the new apartment building is nowhere near finished. I’ve been told by two people now that it is also going to have a tower on the roof (reason unknown) so next July 4th I’ll be watching my fireworks from the parking garage across the street. Boo hiss.

As I close, prayers go out to all who were effected yesterday by all the violent storms, and for those in Pennsylvania, batten down the hatches for we are expected to get storms today.

I’m not certain if I will put up a Sunday blog entry or not, so we will say until next Wednesday, take care, have a great week, love to all, and happy reading.

My spring cleaning begins a week from tomorrow

Greetings, readers. Yes, I have set my date of April 22nd, to begin my spring cleaning. I’m going to take this week to do lots of writing on my two projects. Work begins promptly at 9 AM tomorrow. I’ll also spend this week tweaking my spring and summer schedule, which not only includes the aforementioned, but also making plans for my trip to Maine in August.

We’ll begin with the trip to Maine. I began going to Bear Spring Camps in 1970, and have only missed three years. Unfortunately, I’m afraid this year… perhaps next, will be my last. As my monetary means run dry, I’m saving up for one last extraordinary vacation. I want it to be a cruise, but recently I’ve seen some articles about cruise ships that are making me think twice. When the time feels right, and the right deal pops up, I’m certain that the dream vacation on the sea will be a go!

With the sunrise earlier and earlier, I think it’s time that I begin getting out of bed before 6 AM. I used to wake up at 3:45 every morning, but that got a bit taxing on my body. So, I pushed it up to six. With the construction people working next door, if I worked from 4:30 until they began working at six, I could have an hour and a half of quiet and solitude for writing. Even though the jack hammers aren’t making noise anymore, trucks and concrete mixers make their own bothersome sounds. When I used to type my material, I would listen to music from the Star Wars albums. Those were quite inspirational to me, but quite impractical when using the speech recognition program. I’m certain I’ll find that happy medium.

Now for the big task! As mentioned earlier, April 22nd, will be the big day that this swamp I call my apartment gets cleaned out. Will this task be completed in one day? No way! I’m looking at a two or three-week task. You see, I can’t clean eight hours a day. With my delicate system, I have to clean for perhaps only an hour at a time, before either taking a break or stopping for the day. First up… the kitchen. That’s not in bad shape at all. I expect I can get that done in an hour or so. When it comes time to go through the mounds of junk on my two broken recliners, a.k.a. dead red and dead blue, I’ll have to have plenty of trash bags and a dust mask. The two areas of the apartment I’m dreading most are the bedroom and the walk-in closet. The back-left corner of the bedroom is one ‘storage area’, while the walk-in closet houses a lifetime of videotapes and DVDs, as well as a plethora of miscellaneous junk. I’m going to need a hand with the closet. Fear not, I shall get it done.

There is today’s blog entry. Continued prayers go out to all who need it. I bid everyone a fantastic few days. Rebecca will be back on Wednesday, and will have a new entry up by 1 PM.

Until then, do take care, love one another, be safe, and as always, happy reading.

Go away you darned polar vortex

Greetings. readers. Good morning from what feels like the arctic, though I know it is colder there. Here in central Pennsylvania we are under a wind chill advisory for this afternoon and tonight. The temperature was a balmy 4 degrees F and tonight it will be a low of -4 with a wind chill well below that. I really hate it when it gets this cold because with my seizure issues going from extreme cold to room temperature can throw me into a tizzy. I must enter whatever building I am going into and sit down for a moment to let myself acclimate to the warmer temperature.

On the plus side, this weather is fantastic for getting house work done, writing, the continuation of my new baseball gaming league, etc. Tonight if a friend of mine does not call off, I am going to dart over to Panera … only a few hundred yards away … and have an early supper. Thank goodness for my harf (my knit hat with scarf attached), thank you to Becky F’s friend or family member who knit it for me. Another plus of this cold weather is that all the diesel in the construction zone’s machines has basically turned to glue. The big gate is locked up and there are no workers working. For once I don’t need to shout to Rebecca over a blasted pile driver. I’ve been driven so crazy by that machine, any break I can get is a welcome relief.

My new Out of the Park Baseball league is down on paper. Later today I will go into the game itself and begin construction. I was thinking about doing a YouTube channel series as I play the game with a team of my choice, but so far a lack of interest from my followers is making me think twice about that idea. It takes a long time to upload a video to YouTube, and I would have to put a sign on my front door so that anyone passing in the hallway would not think that the crazy guy is talking to himself. Lol.

To end this first blog we will write today, #799, let me explain what is to come. After Rebecca and I edit this one, we shall publish, click to Facebook and make sure it comes up on Twitter, and then we will get right to work on blog entry #800! After editing and spell checking, we will set it up to go live tomorrow afternoon, not on Sunday. I wanted Rebecca to be here so that #800 was a joint effort, as the milestones have been in the past.

So there is entry #1 for the day and we’ll end it as we always do. Have a wonderful day, stay warm if you are in the arctic blast, prayers to all the people in the world who need it at this time, and as always, happy reading.

I wish I lived in a house

Greetings, readers. This morning, I was going to do a few loads of laundry. Two things prevented me from doing so. Another tenant beat me to the washing machine by minutes. And I only had change to wash and dry one load. Here are some of the advantages if I owned a house.

First of all, the laundry machine would not require coins. Second, I could do as many loads as I wanted to throughout the day. I wouldn’t have to worry about forgetting my load of laundry while, perish the thought, someone else was waiting for the machine. Another advantage of owning a home is that I would not be living downtown here next to this horrendous construction. Yes, I know construction happens in rural areas, it is just that this last month has tested my patience so much that at times I wanted to walk into their construction site and drain the diesel out of all their machinery.

I would have much more room and having to move out of this apartment would give me the opportunity to clean out once and for all and only take what I want and need with me. I don’t see this happening, because of money issues, but oh there are times when I wished I owned a home. The laundry room has hours of operation, meaning that I can’t sneak in quietly at 2:00am and wash a load of sweatshirts. It 8am to 10pm and 99.9 percent of all people here do it in those hours. Every once in a while you will find a cluck who has already begun their wash at 7:00 or 7:30 in the morning. Is that a horrendous faux pas? No, but it isn’t 8:00 either.

I’m not saying all apartment life is bad. I’m downtown near stores, bus stops, the library, and wonderful eateries. I am very thankful to have the roof over my head, a nice pet, a kick-butt TV, and a working PS3 … when it decides it wants to turn on. But make no mistake, if I ever win the lottery, I’m buying a mansion, complete with staff. Let us know in the comments what you would do if you won the lottery. Would you buy a car, house, or boat? I would give 10 percent to charity, buy my family and friends niceties that they have always wanted, and treat myself. And yes, folks, I have learned from my mistakes, I would bank the rest.

The downsides of owning a home is that you are responsible for all repairs and general upkeep, not the apartment maintenance person. If anything breaks around here, I call John. If my plumbing would go bad in my house, I would call Roto Rooter  and then open my wallet wide. There truly is no perfect world.

That’s today’s blog. We’ll be back with another one tomorrow. I bid you a fantastic day, spread love around, take care, and happy reading.

What a strange evening I had yesterday

Greetings, readers. Around 5:00 yesterday afternoon I got into one of those funky moods that comes over me now and then. So what did I do last night? I tortured myself with four and a half hours of the best of YouTube marriage proposal compilation videos and pregnancy announcement videos. Boy am I a glutton for punishment. It got me thinking about my life and where I stand right now, without a wife and kids.

Most people would watch one, maybe two, but no, I just kept hitting next video. I will admit I saw some really great marriage proposals. I also saw some pregnancy videos where the grandparents-to-be did not know that there was more than one baby about to be born. My personal favorite was when the mommy said here is your grandson, waited a few seconds and then said and here’s his brother, to which everyone in the room screamed. Rebecca had a good point when I told her about this; why would you not tell your family about a multiple birth? Some people just want to surprise their families so badly.

I purposefully stayed away from the other set of videos that tends to torture me, which are soldiers coming home and surprising their wives, girlfriends, children, parents, etc. Oh, that starts the flood, they really pull the heartstrings with me, especially when Daddy comes home to the kids.

It is now several minutes later after I took a break because of the clamoring construction crap going on outside my window. Rebecca and I will have to deal with it the best we can. She had construction by her home for about five years. My nightmare just began in July. I have approximately two years left before the building next door is completed. Hopefully the new stores slated to be in the lower half of the building will bring jobs and prosperity to our area. A couple of them are going to be clothing stores and I’m hoping that at least one store will have some kind of groceries or basic supplies. Our CVS store was in the demolished building where this new apartment complex is going to stand. I went to that CVS often for a great many things. Maybe in a couple of months it will be published in the newspaper exactly what businesses will be going in the new building.

There’s today’s blog entry. We’ll see you next week with entries on Wednesday and Thursday. I bid everyone a great weekend, stay safe, give your family members a hug, and as always, happy reading.

Top ten list of things I loath about construction sites

Greetings, readers. Yesterday when I came up with this title, I must admit I was quite upset. Perhaps loath is a bit strong. Let’s go with perturbed; I think Rebecca agrees with me on the terminology. The construction, which really got started a few months ago, does irk me. So here comes my list of the top ten things that perturb me about the next door construction site, in no proper order except number two and one.

#10. The constant rumbling noises from 7:00am until 5:00pm. [Usually these construction sites are elsewhere and I’m in a car or on a bus when I go by them. I rarely hear them. Being right next to an active construction site is much different.]

#9. The on and off beeping of the Caterpillar machinery of various types moving forwards and backwards. [Yes, dear readers, these beep when they move forward as well.]

#8. The loading of the dump trucks. [When they drop heavy boulders in an empty dump truck, the noise could rattle Pittsburgh. Yesterday I jumped out of my chair to make sure nothing had tipped over. I do know, however, the area must be cleared and the debris taken away.]

#7. A large looming crane, that I estimate is 10 stories high. [I don’t know why I have an irrational fear of that thing, it seems to be sturdily mounted into the ground, but it is about 50 to 60 yards away from my window. If anything should ever goes wrong and it falls this way, I’m on the top floor. I will be directly in its path. Not good.]

#6. When sitting by the window, if I turn to the left, I may accidentally look at welding in progress. [I probably am far enough away that it will not hurt my eyes, but as some wise person once said, you never know. So I try not to look. Believe me, once they start putting the building up, they will be wielding all day long.]

#5. Multiple machines, such as the backhoes that pick up rocks, the Caterpillar with the jack hammer attachment, and a smaller four-wheel machine to move lighter items into place, all running at the same time in a small space. [Yes, each one is incredibly important for getting this building up in two years, but when you have four of them running at one time it gets a bit much. And let us not forget, when the dump trucks and concrete trucks pull in and do their thing it adds to the chaos and annoyance.]

#4. Dust on parked cars. [I currently don’t own my vehicle, but I’m sure that the folks that park downstairs got lots of dust in the late summer months when the bulldozer was destroying the old brick building that stood in the lot for many decades.]

#3. Mud, gunk, and snow. [So far I have seen multiple construction workers walking in pure mud, sifting through wet rocks with God knows what on them, and yes, they have already had to take a snow day the day central Pennsylvania got almost a foot of snow. They are certainly going to have fun when Mother Nature decides not to cooperate.]

#2. The lack of my beloved store that used to be next door. [Since I moved into Addison Court apartments, until the beginning of this year, we had a beautiful CVS store, one without a pharmacy in it, in the brick building next door. Two floors of apartments were on top of that. Those poor kids had to be either paid to move elsewhere or their leases were simply not renewed; probably the latter. Now I have to walk farther to a small Target store, or hop a bus and go to the Wal-Mart. It’s definitely not as convenient as having something next door. Now for the good news. When the building is completed, supposedly we will have two floors of stores and five floors of apartments for students and “young executives.” I hope to possibly be able to take advantage of one of these stores.]

#1. The all-day-long jack hammer. [For the last two days, the jack hammer began at 7:00am and did not stop until quitting time. I had to play loud music or have some other kind of white noise as background because the noise of the jack hammer was beginning to make my brain go wonky. They have been using the jack hammer for a few weeks, but only recently has it bothered me this much. Our office manager has heard that the jack hammer part of the construction may be over soon. Yay! We’ll see.]

Well, there is my list. If you wish, please drop me a Facebook note or write in the comment section things you hate about construction. Rebecca and I will be back next Wednesday; wouldn’t you know it will already be December. We’ll have another exciting blog entry for you to enjoy then. I have a couple of ideas in mind, however if major world news is in the forefront, that might take precedence. Have a great weekend, give your family a hug, take care, and, as always, happy reading.

Feeling better about myself and my new Keurig came

Greetings, readers. The other week I was horribly depressed as a lot of my regular readers could probably tell. Today, with a slightly better diet and a few sunny days, my mood is much better. Granted, my comfy blue recliner broke in half, and I spilled half a bottle of Coke on the carpet, but other than that, this week has unfolded nicely.

I had been fiddling with X-Plane 11 and I’ve actually found a way that I can make it run satisfactorily. I don’t think I am piloting the plane the way I am supposed to, for instance I don’t file a flight plan because I don’t know how to do that anyway, but at least I am not crashing it anymore. Yay, team. This morning, I got to my cruise altitude of 28,000 feet in a Boeing 737-800 and had blue skies ahead of me. This made me feel wonderful. I had the settings set to an early morning flight and the sun, which was behind the aircraft, was casting a shadow on the control panel. This was my first opportunity to use what they call sunglasses mode. From the view menu, you can select such things as sunglasses, which simply dims the picture, or night vision goggles, if you are flying one of the fighter aircrafts with weapons. By the way, that one I have not tried yet. Who knows, one day I might take one of the fighters, armed with a bomb, and blow up an empty field just to see how it works. It will be nice to see an explosion where I haven’t crashed first.

On to other news, as mentioned in the title, I got my new Keurig today. My old one went kablooey because of the hard water coming out of my faucet. I’m going to use bottled water for this one or pick up a faucet filter attachment. This should keep the new Keurig running much longer than the old one did. I am very pleased that it looks and functions exactly like the old one. This means I know how to use it already, though I will still keep the instruction booklet. I have a special drawer in my kitchen for such pamphlets. I have half a box of K-Cups, which should still be usable, and it is going to be so nice to enjoy making something other than instant coffee. I remember back in the 1970s, when I had to make instant coffee I didn’t like it because the taste was horrible. Today, it is actually pretty good, especially Maxwell House or Folgers.

Next Wednesday I will have a therapy session and I am happy to note that I have been in a much better mood and I am sure she will notice the change. I did take her advice on a couple of things, though I did not talk to my doctor about upping my anti-depression meds. If my depression declines again, I will call the doctor and take that avenue.

There’s today’s entry. We hope you all enjoy. Rebecca and I will be here tomorrow with another blog entry, that I will call The top ten list of things I loath about construction sites. The new building going in next door already has their foundation fairly set, but I’m going to have to endure two years of listening to all sorts of loud, abrasive noises.

We’ll see you tomorrow. I bid you a good day, stay warm if you are in the frigid air, take care and happy reading.