Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Spiderwebs in my blog?

Blogging hasn't been a high priority for me of late. It lost its luster for a time and I just haven't found it again. Sooooo my poor baby sits unattended and lonely. It isn't as if I don't want to or that there aren't things to talk about. I do and there are. I just cannot seem to connect the 2 anymore.

Life has a funny habit of getting in its own way and sometimes when that happens things take on a new hue. I have spent some time recently examining a few things from a new vantage point. Relationships being one of those things. Assigning priority to them in my life and how they have been over the past few years.

There are so many people that I love and care for, yet I am finding I have less and less of those feelings for a number of them and they don't seem to have those feelings for me anymore. I used to think life was just getting in the way. Now, I very much doubt that at all. The old saying "Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder" is a quandary to me -- as it has not seemed to apply since we moved to bible belt hell. If it were true, people who used care would remember me at important times throughout the year, instead I remember them and that goes unacknowledged. I can honestly say quite a few of these people haven't managed anything in several years now. If someone matters to you, you make at least the smallest of efforts... regardless of life's obstacles, or maybe I am just an anomaly...

During my retrospection, I decided I have enough on my plate. Wondering why I have become non-existent to people in the age of digital connection is not a priority. However, continuing to keep them in the circle of my life is also no longer a priority. It is a heavy option to choose for someone who loves pretty deeply, but with all the other dramatics in my life and in the lives of my immediate family, these people just cannot hold such a large chunk of my heart anymore.

Am I like those who have forgotten or just let go without any reason? Possibly. Does it make me a bad person? No -- because I can honestly say that at least I tried to keep those important people connected and that is more than they can say.

Maybe in time I will find a way to merge the blog back into my routine. I know I miss it!

Monday, April 15, 2013

~~ April 15th 2013 ~~

 It started out as Monday -- UGH
Tax Day -- a pisser if you owe
Boston Marathon Day -- an American tradition
Patriot's Day -- a long standing holiday in MA

Now it is an day for the history books.
A day of horror and anguish for no reason.

There are no words to truly describe how yet another day like this makes us feel.
I am grateful Hubster's family are all accounted for in New England.

I truly hope they catch the responsible party.

I choose to give most of my thoughts
to the responders today who used their training
for the greater good in a no good scenario
and those who just helped because they could.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013


March 26, 1993

It was the first day of the rest of my life!

It was the day that began the
story of Hubster and me.

It is hard to believe we have
traveled 20 years together!

We have come a long way since that day.

I wouldn't trade any of it!

Cheers to the next 20!

Much love, as always, to you Hubster!

XX  Me  XX

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Microsoft Windows is CRAP!

If I had the money to do it, I might just ditch all my windows computers for Macs. Alas, I hate Apple on principle. Even if I didn't, I cannot afford their ridiculously overpriced products. Meanwhile, Microsoft continues to make me, and countless others, extremely frustrated by the fact that they always seem to have monstrous problems.

Between my Dad and a very good childhood friend, I am blessed with slightly better than basic computer maintenance skills and a few troubleshooting ones to boot. The first PC we had was built by a neighbor friend and limped through a couple miserable years. Dad hooked us up with a good laptop and it just about lasted 4 years before dying in spectacular Microsoft Windows fashion. For a while now I have built the systems myself with trusted advice from people in the know. So far I have done quite well over the past 15 years. The first PC I built lasted 7+ years, but despite my best efforts it died a similarly spectacular Microsoft death! Our second PC and the 1st laptop I built are now well along into their 4th years. I take good care of my computers, perform proper regular maintenance and add only necessary programs.

In spite of all that, my two well loved babies have begun to show the signs of imminent death -- seems as if they are in competition to see which one will fail me first.  Apparently, no matter how well you manage a Windows based computer, they are nothing less than beastly ungrateful machines. What pisses me off the most is that Microsoft is well and truly responsible for generating all these problems, yet they offer few solutions that the average person can manage. The ability to do a proper job of it is a fairly specialized market, which for business computing is fine AND as it should be given that businesses are generally more complicated or specialized. Where home computing is concerned, the costs of diagnosis and repair are out of control and Microsoft offers little free support. Considering the problems are theirs, whether by accident or by design, it is a hideous thing that they are so inconsiderate to their customers. Making us all pay continually for their appallingly poorer and poorer products is a travesty and unaccountably bad business practice.

Here and now on my piddly little blog is me calling BULLSHIT out on the supremely greedy Microsoft. They create the problems and have really made no great strides to improve matters. It is the same shit with every computer and apparently it makes no difference if you do the right things or not. If it only happened once in a while it would be one thing, BUT it is the same with them all. After a while they begin to crap out, the damages are always the same and the fixes never bring long term repair.

We have no good alternatives to Microsoft. Apple is too expensive for far too many people. What these companies need is a swift kick in the pants and some competition.

Bill Gates should be ashamed. In fact, on that score even Steve Jobs should have been. Greed got in their blood and we all get to pay the price for it.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Daggers to the heart

To you with the lifetime supply of daggers,

You know who you are.
You know you do it purely to be hurtful.
You know they always find their mark.

You can't take that which you dish out.

You won the war years ago.
You still throw daggers.

Fuck off and leave me be.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Streaming TV -- my new love

We had no cable in my home growing up, so I never had a hankering to pay for TV. When I moved in with Hubster, there was no way to get TV without it in the semi-rural area where he lived, so we had the absolute minimum plan available simply to get our local news. It cost about $6 and eventually rose as high as $12 per month. When we bought our 1st house, we had the same cable plan, because we moved to an even more rural area. Eventually, the Cable service got sporadic and the provider became so ineffective and difficult to deal with, we had to switch to DTV. That was a wake-up call! There were many neat channels on their minimum plan BUT it came with a much bigger price tag AND we had to pay $5 extra - per TV - just to get the local channels in order to know what the heck was happening in our area. The price kept rising over and over to the point that we were paying close to $100 per month and we had just 2 TV's hooked up. The TV was on pretty much all day and all night. It had to be, we were PAYING for it and felt obligated to use it.

We moved from Mid-Atlantic to Mid-West and decided to make a clean break from pay TV. We are close enough to the city to get the vast majority of local channels for free with basic antennas. It has been 6.5 years and we have no remorse for the choice we made. We have enjoyed the freedom to turn off the TV and not feel guilty for not watching that which we paid so much money for. It is quite liberating.

You could say that we choose to be on the slow side about getting into the swing of things when it comes to technology. We fought against getting a computer years ago and managed to make it just shy of Y2K without one. We had a VCR for years, but it wasn't until the early 2000's that we took the plunge and got a DVD player. For Christmas last month we dove in and got ourselves a Blu-ray player -- 3-D no less!

This little contraption was just under $100 and has the ability to do some fairly amazing things... to us in any case. We have used Amazon for many years now, and last year when Kindles came to live at our house we invested in Amazon Prime. That opened up a lot of stuff, but I generally ignored the video streaming, because the screens on Kindle and computers are too small to enjoy -- in my opinion -- my Kindle-ing kids have no such problems. So now that we have a Blu-ray player that streams Instant Video goodies to the TV, I am all about checking it out. So many programs that I had no access to before or  missed because I was already interested in something else that conflicted with them are now available. It doesn't get much cooler than that! 

We got the Sony BDP-S590 3D Blu-ray Disc Player with Wi-Fi. If you have been putting it off like we did, go check it out. You wont regret it!