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Oliver the Cat

Oliver the Cat

It is with much sadness that I announce the passing of Oliver, our beloved Russian Blue Cat. He passed away on Friday, July 14th 2023 and was about 14 years old. He was an adopted cat in which we were blessed to have him in our family for the last 10 plus years of his life.

Has Covid 19 Rendered Us Completely Devoid of Common Sense?

Has Covid 19 Rendered Us Completely Devoid of Common Sense?

While we have learned a lot about this virus and what works and what doesn’t, having basic common sense is a valuable asset when making decisions about your own health as well as those closest to you. Unfortunately, I’m seeing a lack of common sense among so many Americans. This leads me to ask several “common sense” questions on a variety of topics.

Reflecting on 2017

Reflecting on 2017

As we say goodbye to 2017, I have to say that for me personally, 2017 was a great year! Of course it had its ups and downs but overall it was a very fulfilling year, both in my personal life as well as my business life. This mini-post is a reflection of the year, mostly for my own memory’s sake, and for the few of you who actually pay attention to anything I post here.

1967 Ford Mustang Coupe

Here is my pony which has the original 289 V8 and C4 automatic transmission. She is a survivor that is still in great shape after 47+ years! This car has never been restored but has been meticulously detailed and cared for over the years.

Atari: 40 Years Old!

Atari: 40 Years Old!

When I was growing up as a kid, we actually went outside and did stuff. You know, things like ride bikes, play baseball, explore the desert around us. I did not spend all my time in front of the idiot box or exhaust endless hours playing video games. There was no Facebook, Twitter of even a computer in our house.

That being said, we did have an Atari console. And while most time aside from school, sleep, homework, eating, etc., was spent “doing stuff,” some of that time included playing Atari games. That is why the infographic below brought back some memories for me. It is a timeline of Atari history, both their ups and downs, all in celebration of their 40th birthday.

Sold: Taylor 310ce Acoustic Guitar

Hate to do it but I’m parting with my very first Taylor Acoustic Guitar – a 2002 310ce series. I bought her new from Guitar Center and she has been played mostly for pleasure and in church settings. There are a few dings in the body but everything else is in great condition – no cracks, straight neck, recent fret dress, etc. Guitar comes with original Taylor Hard Case.

Cruising Up The Pacific Coast Highway

Irma and I experienced something we have been wanting to do for some time – drive along the Pacific Coast Highway in California. Known as the “1” or “PCH” for short, this highway runs mostly along California’s coastal line and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean, sometimes at near sea levels while other times atop high cliffs.

Anthem HOA: As Anal As They Come

For the most part, I love living in Anthem, Arizona, a master-planned community built mostly by Del Webb (Pulte), located just south of New River. However, I hate my anal HOA (Home Owners Association). In fact they have to be one of the most anal, annoying and idiotic HOAs on the planet. A recent violation notice they sent me has got me all fired up. Now I’m ready for a fight!

Our Dog Jody: R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I announce that our dog, Jody, passed away yesterday. She was about 10 – 11 years old as we are not sure of her birth date, only her adoption date. Jody met her fate after getting into some rat poison which she mistook for something to chew on. The vet tried to save her with injections of Vitamin K but is was too late.

The Things We Do To Protect Our Grand-Babies

We (my wife mostly) watch our grand-babies, Andy – 2yrs. old and Jadyn – 1 yr. old, at least three times a week while their mother works. My daughter being a single a mom, we are glad to help out as the costs of daycare can be enormous.

That being said, we have literally transformed portions of our home to keep these precious little ones safe. I thought it would be interesting to provide a peek at what we actually have to do every time these little ones are with us.