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      My wife ordered a Ring Security System through the internet to be picked up at a Lowes Hardware store. Since I work in Doral, a suburb of Miami, I used Google Maps to find the nearest Lowes and went there and picked it up. When I left I didn't retrace the way I had gone thinking I knew roughly where I was enough to find one of the usual lunch spots on my way back. Of course I became partially lost in the back industrial zone of the outskirts of Miami so by the time I found my way back to work, the time for lunch was already well past, therefore, no lunch - but I had acquired the system.

      We bought this nearly $500 worth of the new security system for our home, or specifically, our sailboat and cars: 2 'Spotlight Cams' and a WiFi Extender. This is the system that allows you to remotely view who is at your door, record them and activate a light or noise and speak to the person.

      Well, first of all, I learned that you need to download an 'app', i.e., the software you need to both set the system up and to run it / view through the camera, etc.,

      So, I downloaded it to my laptop because I want to see the image on as large a screen as possible, most often and only on my phone when nothing else is available.

      Well, it took over an hour to accomplish what should have been a very quick task, because it wouldn't allow me to establish my on-line account, the first step. After an hour of screwing around trying to do that, I called the Help line. They were not very useful so I came into it another way and got the app to run, but it wouldn't display the 'setup' page, which is critical to make the system work at all. So, I called the help line again and learned that the 'setup' feature won't run on a Laptop; it must run on a smartphone. Though once setup the app will run on a laptop. I shared how insane that design is to the help line person, who I am positive went right to the executive in charge of Customer Care and shared my frustration along with my design advisements.

      So, I acquiesced and tried to download this app onto my phone.

      Well, my Android phone has a Kaios operating system and I spent hours searching without finding that version - mostly IOS for the Iphone, the Google version for their phones, etc., but not mine.

      So, this $500 system can't be set up because the genius who designed this thought everyone must have one of the smartphones from a specific short list of phones and unless you have that, even if you have a laptop, you don't deserve to be setup, and able to use their device.

      That was a good part of a day, and a lost lunch, I'll never get back.

      But, the batteries for the cameras are still charging.....

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      The Best Campaign Ad Of 2018 Maybe Ever.

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          The Best Campaign Ad of 2018

          Maybe Ever.


          M.J. Hegar leads a new wave of veteran candidates

          By Ray Cunneff

          October 6, 2018

          We've all seen countless political campaign ads over the years, often slickly produced, often snarky and negative, usually misleading, and almost always lacking heart, and humor, and a genuine human story.

          And then there was this one.


          M.J. Hegar is the Democratic candidate for Texas’s 13th congressional district, running against Tea Party Republican incumbent John Carter. A wounded combat veteran, her goals never included politics until Carter, her district’s congressman, refused to help her because she wasn’t a donor.

          An Air Force helicopter pilot who served three tours in Afghanistan before being shot during an evac ambush, taking fire until her damaged helo finally crashed, returning fire while lashed to the skid of an Army rescue chopper, she received the purple heart and was only the second woman ever to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor.

          “My whole life has been about opening, pushing, and sometimes kicking through every door in my way. Ready for a Congress that opens doors for Americans instead of slamming them in our faces?”

          - M.J. Hegar

          Everytime I watch this @mjhegar ad, I pump my fist.
          One of the best political ads I've ever seen.

          This ad was directed by @caycefayce and it's a rare, wonderful
          moment of an extraordinary spirit (@mjhegar) in collaboration
          with an extraordinary talent. WOW!


          Can a Democrat win in deep-red Texas 31? A NY Times poll showed her trailing incumbent John Carter 53% to 38% with 9% undecided.

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          Newcastle Couple Go Big When Buying A Boat - An Ex-New Zealand Warship

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              The new owners say 40% of wrecks dived on in Micronesia are leaking oil and they wanted to do something about it and found a vessel capable of supporting further environmental impact studies online.

              #youcanbuyanythingonline

              https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6153509/Newcastle-couple-big-buying-boat-ex-New-Zealand-warship.html

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              An Old Man's Health....

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                  I'm sure as hell not all better yet--plenty of serious reminders of mortality, pain functions, fragility of digestive processes, etc.--but progress is being made. Diane took a picture of my ugly, ugly incision site, complete with 18 to 20 staples keeping my spine from popping out. I'd post it, but I'm pretty sure it would violate Yabberz standards of decency and then some.

                  But the good news is that there is a small but steady increase in good news and a small but steady decrease in pain, discomfort, etc.

                  And I certainly do believe in a goddess now--her name is Diane and she is beyond wonderful--patient, competent, the light of my life.

                  I'm deeply grateful to modern medicine, Dr. Tariq Javed, the staff at WellStar Kennestone 6 South, and others.

                  More updates on an old man's health whether you want them or not are likely, but I'll try not to overdo it.

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                  Buckner Still Not Fully Available--but Alive And (almost) Kicking

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                      Well, be advised: Surgery did not take place until 11 or so, but was apparently successful. Feeling some pain, but not agony or anything. Doc told Diane it went well. I have a tube out my back (no, not out my backside, as it were), w/ blood draining out. This is normal but scary. If it bleeds enough--but not too much?--I get to go home in the morning. So, anyway, something worked--modern medicine & doctors and nurses, I'd say.

                      Thanks for all the good wishes.

                      My earlier post, just for reference:

                      I'll be out of commission starting tomorrow a.m. (Thursday, 13 Sept., back surgery: lumbar laminectomy, L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1) for at least a day or three, possibly longer for recovery. Neurosurgeon is Tariq Javed if you're interested.

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                      Buckner Unavailable For A Bit

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                          So, in case you just count on my regular daily posts, be advised: I'll be out of commission starting tomorrow a.m. (Thursday, 13 Sept., back surgery: lumbar laminectomy, L3-4, L4-5, and L5-S1) for at least a day or three, possibly longer for recovery. Neurosurgeon is Tariq Javed if you're interested.

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                          Do I Know You? RIP Burt Reynolds.

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                              [Recollections]


                              Burt Reynolds.


                              I never met the man, but it feels like I did.

                              Back in the 1970's Burt played a huge role in creating the Georgia Film Industry. Though raised in Florida (born in Lansing, Michigan, but for many years claimed Waycross, Georgia, as his real home), his dream was to turn the old Lakewood Fairgrounds in Atlanta into the east coast version of Hollywood. It didn't happen, but a seed was planted. Now 40 years later, the state he filmed so many movies in trails only NY and California in Film production.

                              Like I said, I never met the man. But. A cousin of his was once a co-worker. He looked so much like Burt that many on the job started calling him Burt, but he never answer to it. People can be a nuisance. I never once asked him about Burt. I'm nice like that.

                              These are my memories. And this one is the last. I remember being in Art School when Burt was filming Sharky's Machine and some of my fellow student tried out for bit parts, though I can't recall if anyone I knew were cast. Though the younger (kid) brother of a friend of mine did star in the CBS series Palmerstown, but that has nothing to do with Burt. Anyway, he spoke at our school, the former Atlanta College of Art ...and I missed it. I had other things to do, like work. Those were the days. Didn't I tell you I never met the man?

                              RIP Burt Reynolds ....I almost, almost, knew you.

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                              Unintended Labotamy

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                                  Life is all about going through things, finding what works and what doesn't. Changes of mind and direction, and of course growth, that comes in the most baffling of ways, and setbacks that have inroads where you least expect them. With this ever changing world hitting me straight in the face with a past I cannot do anything about now, some major changes were going to need to be made.

                                  With all of the setbacks that my Karma had collected setting me up for more failures, I had thrown enough crap balls up that catching them as they fall from the ceiling is not to unexpected. I signed up for a few cheap classes at the local Community College, just a few classes that would help me determine if it was the right thing for me. the instructors were taken with my story, and my desire to learn again all over those things past kindergarten, where I had apparently learned it all. My old rallying cry of being an uneducated cook quickly fell to the wayside as one of my instructors informed me that I was a graduate of the school of hard knocks. I did really well and found just enough financial aid to pay for a degree program. Things looked like they were going to line up just right, then a change took hold which, until yesterday, had me baffled, frustrated and flunking out of community college... ouch and WTF?

                                  I knew something was changing when I realized I wasn't writing anymore. I just imagined it was because I was so busy with school and life, but it was more devious than that. There is no denying that I have some pretty serious health issues, thus the college idea. In December I started taking an antidepressant, in January I upped the dose after talking to the doctor of course. The following months were ok, but filled with a weird energy. Fast forward to this past July, when a plethora of just plain bolshoi that comes with life decided to have a trifecta. The first day of class, July 2nd. I live in a four-plex and "manage" the place, all that means is that if something goes South, I fix it or call the owner. I come home from school to an outhouse and a huge compressor on our property out front. They have to fix our sewer connection, subcontractor for the city and he tries to tell me he is on right of way until I put a stop to that. We make up, he says a week, it lasts for the next 3 1/2 weeks. During which time I have to work out on the yard to coincide with their work. The first Saturday of July, first week still, a lifelong friend of my wife's and my friend as well decided to end his life by blowing himself up with propane bottles down in Aberdeen WA. His daughter lives up near us and everyone else is across the country and in no position to come here. Default settings is that you take care of your own, family or not and she was family. For the next few weeks we helped her through this and did a lot of travelling. Which in turn caused my DT to flare up very badly. Great... doctors visit.

                                  It was here with everything going on that one small thing said at the appointment was forgotten by me. I asked him if I could up the dosage on my neuropathy medication, as it just wasn't as effective as it once was. He said sure, and since I take meds every day, it just became one of them, I had been on this medication for a few years and thought nothing of it. For the last few months though, I have been forgetful, raw and overly apathetic. I was angry and frustrated at my homework wondering why I couldn't remember some simple things? Along came finals week, which we are in, and on Monday, the TA said something to me which snapped my head back into the here and now. She said I hadn't ever been into it and what I had said was just and excuse. An excuse? Not into it? Me? I was even a speaker at commencement... That's not me... BAM! It hit me that my changed attitude was more than just me. I of course needed proof and emailed the doctor about it, I looked up the side effects again and started asking those that know me what they thought. All agreed that I am not really me lately, then I looked at my homework and there is a direct causation as to the dates and the decline. That medicine that I take for my neuropathy has another name and use, Cymbalta, I was taking nearly 100 mg a day. 40 more than the recommended guidelines. The doctor told me to watch it, but I had forgotten that with events and whatnot. The changes were so subtle though, and without the overall examination, I don't know how long I could have travelled down that horrible road.

                                  I will get better and my brain will not feel like Swiss cheese in a few weeks, until then I am just on a cleanse with lots of water and lemon. We are going to look at all my meds again on Friday and make sure we are on the same track. I would rather have a numb leg than a Swiss cheese head. I thought my Yabberz friends would like to know why I don't write as much anymore. I had an unintended lobotomy. Cheers.

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                                  The Should Be Four Lettered Word, Divorce

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                                      Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been around here much. As a Pundit, I hope to compose at least two pieces a week, but recently I was confronted with a challenge that has kept me quite busy, and until now, unable to write. I wanted to explain what it is I'm going through, as I'm sure a few of you have been here before.

                                      So, it was about three months ago that my husband and I bought a lovely house closer to his work, so his commute wouldn't have to be as long. I painted, patched, and otherwise worked on the old house, readying it for sale, and labored on the new house, in which I was trying to create a home -- that was until one night when my husband came home from work and announced that he wasn't sure if he wanted to be married any longer. In shock, I moved into the new house, having no idea if I would still be married thereafter.

                                      After a week, the second shoe dropped and it turned out he was seeing someone else, same old, tired story, different cast and characters -- mid-life crisis, married too young, who the hell knows. This announcement came two days shy of my 27th wedding anniversary-- not a real celebratory event it turns out. I was devastated and exhausted from the move. It took me days before I could eat or sleep.

                                      After the initial shock wore off, I decided that somehow I would not make this harder on my son than it needed to be. I vowed to not fight in front of him, upsetting his sense of security, nor would I allow myself to bad mouth his father. I prayed constantly to stay calm and to maintain this illusionary semblance of normal until my soon-to-be ex could move out and finally grant me some peace. We made the announcement to our son and slowly began to untangle 27 years of marriage and living together. Did I mention this was hard? Yep.

                                      Seven weeks have now passed, and after being a stay-at-home mom for several years, I am employed part time and interviewing for a secondary part time job at a nearby university. I am through most of the grief, with the help of many good friends and a sister who would not leave my side. I'm now moving forward in every way possible. My ex asked if I wanted to move into an apartment so I wouldn't have all of the housework and landscaping care, and I thought about it and answered, "No."

                                      I spent months working on this house, designing and organizing every facet of it, and I didn't want to now let it go. Besides that, I didn't want to move for the second time in two months. It's a beautiful home, and it's my home for now. I want to stay in it for the years at least until my son turns 18 (4 years from now). Then, who knows what I will do. It's kind of exciting to think of the possibilities.

                                      Today, I noticed the lawn was getting shaggy, and although I have never mowed and edged before, I did the work myself. I'm learning that I can do a lot myself. It's empowering and keeps me knowing that I will survive this -- not just survive, but thrive and grow.

                                      I wanted to include a photo of the front lawn for all of you to see that it's mowed, and I'm just fine, relaxing inside, sipping an iced tea in my home.


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