Thanksgiving . . .

Thanksgiving is – supposedly – a day set aside by the entire nation (here in the United States) to remember the reasons we have to give thanks.  Everything from veterans who have maintained our right to self-governance, to family and friends, and even our individually chosen faiths.

In that vein, I’d like to take a few moments to list some things I’m giving thanks for this year.

My wife, My friends, what remains of my health – those should be obvious, but I feel the need to list them anyhow.

I’m also thankful for something that happened literally yesterday.  I’d been sleeping, and when I awoke I tried to turn on my PS4 to check for activity in the communities I’m a member of.  The fact that 5 of those communities trust me to be a moderator makes this something I take seriously.

But, yesterday when I turned on the PS4, I could not get an image on the TV – no matter what I tried to do.  After several minutes of fighting with it – I told my wife that I thought we needed help.  I called our local electronics repair guru, only to find out from his wife/receptionist that he was out of town and they wouldn’t be able to help me before Monday.

So my wife called a local 2nd hand store to see if they had any PS4 units for sale.  They had one – a PS4 Pro with 1 Terabit hard drive – for $350.  We drove over there and bought it.  Then my wife dropped me off while she ran a few other errands before the holiday today.

Meanwhile, I began the process of installing the “new” PS4.  As I was removing the old unit – I noticed that the HDMI cable didn’t look right.  I checked the back of the old unit – and part of the HDMI cable was still stuck in the slot.  After pulling it out – I took the HDMI cable from the new unit and plugged it into the circuit  – and had a working PS4 again!  So, I called my wife and told her to stop and buy a new HDMI cable to replace the one I was using, and we returned the unit so someone who needed it can buy it.  The cost – aside from the driving and time – for the whole repair was about $10.

But, there is another thing about that which I am thankful for.  It hasn’t been so long ago that my wife and I had a very hard time with our finances, and even paying rent + utilities was a challenge.  Yet, in the years since, we’ve grown to where we can make a $350 purchase without sweating about it.  Even after spending over $10k on home and car maintenance during the 2017 calendar year.

THAT is a major victory for us.



Saturday Posts . . .

We had a little bit of excitement this week.  Thursday afternoon, I noticed that the computer monitor was not displaying the current time, as my screensaver would normally be having it do.  After a bit of quick searching, I determined that the monitor was dead.  By the time my wife got home from work and looked at it herself, I’d already realized that I had just over 24 hours until I needed to start posting this – so ordering a new monitor or waiting for the old one to be repaired were not ideal options.  After my wife called several local merchants she remembered seeing computer equipment at, we learned that really the only place to get a new monitor from, in this entire town, was Walmart.  As much as I hated to do it, we bought the monitor, and my PC is back in business.

Synchronicity strikes again . . .

About a half hour ago, I was on our front porch when a pickup-truck drove by pulling a flat-bed trailer.  On the trailer were two portable outhouses, custom painted metallic silver.  There was a wooden sign attached to the sides of both, and if I read it right, it said, “Political Action Service”.

That, by itself, was enough to get me laughing, and I shared it with my wife right away.  But, the humor was compounded quite a lot when, about 20 minutes later, someone rang our doorbell.  It was a young (mid 20’s?) woman looking for my wife.  She said she was from the Democratic Party.  I politely handed back the propaganda she offered, saying that we weren’t interested in either party at this time.  She graciously accepted the materials and left.  But I was thinking – “I know where this stuff really belongs.”  In those outhouses!  LOL.

An interesting observation . . .

We’ve had a rather long run of unseasonably wet weather this year.  While it has wrecked havoc on the symptoms of arthritis that my body deals with, it has afforded me the chance to make a strange observation.

When I would normally be sleeping, but arthritis discomfort keeps me from doing it, my natural inclination is to immerse myself in watching comedy movies – but the truth is I don’t actually enjoy them at those times.  I’ll put one in, and watch perhaps a half hour of it, then I’m sick of it an switch to a fantasy or something sci-fi.  I’ve done it over and over again the last few months.

I have nothing against comedy movies, and watch them with my wife as much as any other genre, but they do not make me laugh when my body is hurting.  I have no idea what this means, but it is interesting to consider.

Saturday Posts . . .

I have a confession.  I know that I have not been doing a good job of keeping these Saturday Posts going lately.  There is a reason – my own shortsightedness.

You see, when I first started this, I had enough materials to make a post every week for over 3 years, and I have been getting new things every few months throughout.  However, I didn’t set up a system to keep track of what I’d already posted, so eventually I couldn’t just look at the file folder and know what had or had not been used.  I know that there is still a lot in that folder that I haven’t posted, but it’s a mess.

So, I’m not sure what to do next.  The way I see it, I have a few options:  I can start over and just post everything in alphabetic order; or, I can start over and move the freshly used files to a new folder that is “used”; or I can do a labor-intensive search of the past Saturday posts to identify what I’ve already posted and move them from the active folder.  Of course, there are probably other ideas that you might have, and I’m willing to hear them.

So, if it matters to you – please leave a comment to let me know what you think my best course of action should be.  I’ll consider everything suggested – so long as you follow one rule.  Please don’t post any links to other sites or blogs in the comments.

Thank you for your ideas, and your patience.

Saturday Posts . . .

Recently my wife and I were talking, and somehow the lyrics to “This Land is Your Land” by Woodie Guthrie came up.  Well, I have a peculiar ability to screw up the words to songs, and come up with something that actually makes sense, but has no bearing on the original song, and that happened again.

Here are my new lyrics to that song:

This land is my land, this land is your land,

From the bloated egos, to the trampled minions,

From the hostile bigots, to the liberal half-wits,

This land was made for you and me.