It has been a sad month at the Schmidt house, we found out about a month ago that our trusted loved companion Spark has lymphoma. He is the first family pet for our kids and he was the greatest springer spaniel that you could have. Always eager to please and offer up kisses and unconditional love. As I write this a lump in my throat is forming and the warm tears are rolling down my face, my lip is also quivering. I would have never thought that a dog could bring so much love and joy into a household. After the diagnosis of his cancer we asked our vet and our friends how will we know when it is time, they all said you would know. Well last night we knew. We all spent time holding and crying with Spark last night, we even all went out for ice cream. I am going to miss my tail wagging buddy, he was my sole companion every afternoon, he heard the good and the bad. For almost 10 years Spark brought life, love and smiles to all of us. I miss you already buddy, and I love you. We will be together again my friend.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Governor Scott Walker is considering a run for president. Really? This is such a shock to me. Note the sarcasm in my voice. I asked him straight out during an interview quite a while ago if his aspirations were to be President of the United States, and his answer was his wife would like to see him as the president of Harley Davidson more money and a lot less work. I would think that even having your name in the hat for office of the president would be pretty cool. We are still a couple years away from the next presidential election, but, if we were to measure that time in mudslinging and bad political ads I guess we are not that far from it. Who would you like to see as the Democratic and the Republican candidates for the next election?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
How often are you so tired that you fall asleep doing whatever it is you’re doing? I often fall asleep in the afternoon, not often but daily. I am an early riser and I don’t keep regular hours, but I supplement my daily sleep with a power nap. There is very few days a month that I don’t nap. With that being said there are people who walk thru life as a zombie, they never get enough sleep, even if they are getting 10 hours a day – look at most teenagers. Why would people not get enough sleep, why do this to yourself? What is your sleep cycle? Can you survive on 6 hours a night, or do you need 9 hours or something in between. Do you have a time of the day that you shine? I prefer mornings and late nights, see my problem. Weird thing is if I don’t nap I have a hard time sleeping at night. I would guess that most of us have some weird sleep thing.
Monday, November 17, 2014
I feel as though I didn’t do my job. I interviewed Bill Cosby a few weeks ago, in fact the day before I got the interview I noticed the allegations against him from several women made it on to the Google news feed. I dismissed them as quackery, there often are career harming allegations spread about famous people in cyberspace, and in the human rumor mill. Because I dismissed those stories as allegations and because I didn’t ask the tough question of Mr Cosby I am sorry. If you heard the interview you know that he must have been in damage control mode, as he was guarded and didn’t really stop talking to allow me to get a word in edgewise. About tree thousand people along with my wife and I went to the show on Friday and honestly he is a great story teller, his facial expressions are still hilarious and many laughed at his stories, including me. Afterward the conversation was had how could you support someone accused of such a heinous crime, my response was this is still America.
Friday, November 14, 2014
According to a professor at the University of Colorado, there is no harm done with consensual sexting. She goes on to say “If there’s no harm or privacy violation, then there’s no need to hold anyone accountable”. Up to 28% of teens are sending sex pictures or sexting with each other on their cell phones. What we as parents think that kids are doing with their phones is surely different than what is really going on. Getting on the old man soap box now but the once-innocent “I’ll show you mine you mine, if you show me yours” game has gone digital, and with digital pictures out there floating in cyber space you really have no control in who is even seeing these pictures. I guess what it boils down to is put away your phone and don’t take pictures of anything that you wouldn’t want everyone to see, today, tomorrow or in the future.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
Last year at this time there were all kinds of problems with HealthCare.Gov now new issues. The market place opens up once again Saturday, the new feature on the website, window shopping. I have talked to many people over the past year about their issues with getting health insurance; it was supposed to be affordable right? Have you found it affordable? I have heard from many who said that what they have now is a catastrophe plan, meaning high deductible and low payout. Wasn’t the whole reason behind the roll out of healthcare.gov to make that different, to offer good quality health care at an affordable price? I have yet to hear from anyone who got that. What have you heard?
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
A Valley View Mall employee is petitioning the mall to have them not have the mall open at 6pm on Thanksgiving. I totally agree with this petition. Where do I sign it? Last year after our Thanksgiving meal we went for a drive and did stop at one of the big box stores and got a great deal on a computer, would I go out in the massive crowds again? I don’t think so. Unless, of course there is a need that I have that I don’t know about yet. Have you ever gone out shopping on either Thanksgiving evening or Black Friday for those awesome door buster deals? What I don’t like about the new earlier and earlier times for Black Friday is that when it cuts into the Thanksgiving meal that often this is the only time that some families get together, this is camaraderie of friends and family, a great meal, good fellowship and plenty to be thankful for. Oh yea and football and pumpkin pie too.
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
If you have served our great country, thank you. If you are thinking of serving our country, thank you. If anyone in your family is or has served, thanks to you as well, there have been sacrifices made by all of the above. I feel as though we are more thankful to our Veterans now than we once were. I heard stories from men who returned from the Vietnam War where people have spit on them when they returned states side and had people calling them names. Really? These brave soldiers have sacrificed not only life and limb but family and career advancement to fight for what they believed to be right. I have many friends and relatives who have served and to them and their families thank you. When you see a Veteran today or ever thank them for their service to our country. God Bless America, and remember that our freedom is not free; someone paid the price for your freedom.
Monday, November 10, 2014
I hate hackers. There I said it. I really don’t like that word but hackers are making our world a tougher place to live. Last year about this time Target got hacked and credit cards were compromised, this last April Home Depot got hacked, and I just got an email from them this past week saying that my email may have also been compromised. We hear of other compromises in banking about every other day. I am not a fan. These all compromises all hurt us, especially the attacks on small businesses. Lots of hackers are breaking into small business websites and emails. This is costing us all, time, effort and energy. And what are they getting out of some of the hacks? I don’t get it.
Friday, November 7, 2014
Want welfare pass a drug test, want food stamps pass a drug test, want unemployment pass a drug test. Governor Scott Walker wants to make that law. Guess what he isn’t the only one talking about it, twenty other states are talking about enacting drug testing for welfare, unemployment and food stamps. I think this is something I can stand behind. I look at it this way, you have money for the illegal drugs, right? Why not use your money that you were going to be spending on the drugs for food, shelter and clothing? I spend my money on those things, and my budget doesn’t leave enough money for me to use illegal drugs even if I wanted to. Doesn’t a lot of this boil down to supply and demand? Or even the basics that I learned in economics class back in high school, wants are unlimited and resources are scarce? Meaning we budget for the things that we need, save for the things we want, and borrow for the luxuries.