Saturday, November 22, 2014

Saving Money on My Electric Bill

Shortly after I retired in 2008, I undertook a major effort to save money on my utility bills.  Since I was no longer getting a regular paycheck, I was super sensitive about my monthly expenses.  Reducing my utility bills was something I had some control over since they were usage based.  It was easy to rationalize:  reduce my usage = reduction in my expenses.  I looked at as a way of giving my self a pay raise.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thought I was Gonna Die...

At least it felt that way to me.  It’s a not a feeling I want to deal with very often.  It’s sometimes called a close call, a scare, dodging a bullet, or too close for comfort.  And for most of us, once will probably be one time too many.   For me, it was an episode of not being able to catch my breath after running up a steep hill.  Sounds simple enough, but it was still scary and a little embarrassing because it happened on Main Street in Durango Colorado.

So here’s my story.  I was in Durango, CO with my son Cav, while we were on an RV trip.  It was Friday the 13th and we were scheduled to go on a day long trip on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad Train up to Silverton.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Somebody Always Has it Worse and I May Be That Guy

I’ve had a string of bad luck since I returned home from wintering in Florida.  It all happened in a 3 week period starting at the end of March. 

First, there was the colitis flare up that hit me the day after getting home.  My bowels had pretty much been behaving themselves while in Florida and I had made it thru the long drive home without shitting my pants.  But then some bloody diarrhea hit me for a few days.  It’s always unnerving to see the toilet bowl full of crimson red fluid.  Luckily, it only lasted about a week until I could get it under control.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Debate Questions No One Is Asking

After watching three political debates in the past week, I’m really disgusted with much of what I’ve heard.  I think I can also add frustrated and insulted as additional sentiments.  I’m hearing a lot of stuff (and malarkey) that has no direct bearing on me and I’m hearing a lot of lies, damn lies, and twisted statistics being thrown about.  

I can’t wait for all of this to be over.  The only real definitive action I can take on this is to vote.  But in my dreams, I’d sort of like to be a moderator at one of these debates and ask questions that mean something to me.  Here are some samples of what I’d be asking.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Comparing the Past to the Present

I just got done reading biographies of Presidents Truman and Eisenhower.  I grew up when Kennedy was President and have been familiar with all our Presidents since then.  But recently, I had heard some interesting facts about both of these men and realized that I really didn’t know much about either of them.  So, I decided to read some biographies and learn more about these men.  

It was very interesting reading about their backgrounds, behaviors, and achievements.  I couldn’t help but compare and contrast them to our recent presidents.   It became very obvious to me that these men far outshine the last four presidents in almost all aspects.  Here are some interesting things I learned.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Diet and Weight

Every morning, I get on the scale to see what might have changed with my weight.  For the past 3 months, its been holding steady at a constant 180 lbs.  For my height, it's an ideal weight with a BMI of 23.  I'm somewhat amazed and pleased at this because I'm not really restricting the quantity of what I eat and only doing some moderate exercise.

When I was working, my weight steadily climbed up to a max of 235 lbs.  Then on my doctor's orders, I changed my diet, got into some serious long distance biking and dropped my weight down to 195 lbs.  When I retired 4 yrs ago, my weight had slipped back up to 205 lbs and I was still biking but not the super long distances that I had been doing.