Parents are our first teachers, for example my mom would always say waste not want not. I have been a believer of this for most my life, but I think that we waste too much stuff as Americans. Look at anyone’s pile on garbage day. We throw away everything. Wednesday was my garbage day, and driving though the alleys around my house it would look like the economy is doing pretty well, boxes for new tvs, a couch, a few chairs and a kitchen table. It often bugs me at what gets thrown away as there are many people in need that could use much of what is tossed. I know when the big push for everyone to start using the flat screen tvs that many perfectly good tvs were placed out in the alleys and boulevards. It really bugs me when bikes get thrown away and the scrappers grab them, I could name a few kids right now that could use a bike. And when it comes to food we throw away tons, and my family is probably worse, we throw away lots of food each week. What can be done about this problem?
Friday, July 29, 2016
Thursday, July 28, 2016
In the land of make believe who is at fault? Are young girls who at the age of 12 committed murder really going to be tried as adults? I have serious questions about this, why are girls who are now 14 going to be charged as adults. I have two 14 year olds at home and I can tell you even though they are mature that they are no way capable of being adults, they are still kids, sure they know right from wrong but I am not sure if they see the big picture, we all know adults who don’t quite see the big picture. I think that once we charge these two girls as adults we open up a slippery slope that who knows where it will stop, will we charge 10 year olds or 8 year olds? When do we start charging kids as adults? Should we then move the age of consent to that age?
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
With voicemail I miss out on returning calls, because either they don’t show up on my phone or I forget to check, one or the other, what is the proper time to return a message? Is it different for personal rather than professional? When I know I have a message, I try to return messages within the next day part, or at least by the next day. I dislike when I leave either a voice mail message or an email or a text to someone and I don’t hear back from them. I wonder if others have the same issues as me with their voice mail. What about a text is the protocol the same? I know that I send out and receive way more texts nowadays than I do phone calls, and wonder what the protocol for texts are? Do you think it matters who they are on how fast they get back or don’t get back? A friend would get back sooner than an acquaintance or other way around? I think if a friend, or a family member I do wish for a return in the communication as soon as possible. Unless they can’t or there is something wrong. I tend to have an active imagination and when I don’t hear back from a loved one I tend to awfulize what has happened to them when they don’t call back, and no one likes to picture a friend upside down in a ditch.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
I remember when they first became popular and were priced at where people could buy them. My buddy Jim and his family had one and little Bobby Schmidt was amazed and jealous. The VCR changed my life and the life of millions of other people. You no longer had to be glued to the couch to watch your favorite program, you didn’t have to be home to catch the latest show. When there were free preview weekends of the movie channels you could build up your movie collection. My parents were always the last to jump on a new technology, we were the last to get the microwave oven, the dishwasher, and VCR, but when we got the VCR my brothers and I learned it and learned it well, we could make it display the right time, and get it to record the shows that mom and dad wanted and eventually we were able to have it record our shows as well. A sad day for VCR purists the last of them are going to be rolled off the assembly line this week. I haven’t used a VCR since my kids were little and wanted to watch Disney movies, but I do love the door that VCRs opened up for all of us.
Monday, July 25, 2016
Over the weekend I was in Dubuque, Iowa for a baseball tournament, my sons team took second in the consolation bracket. I bring up the trip because while we were there many of our phones went off with severe alerts and an extreme alert. No sooner than my phone went off the sirens all around went off and we got moved from the lobby of the hotel where we were staying into an inner conference room with no windows and a tv that lost image while we were tracking the storm. The sky was dark and the air was thick and calm. Then the sky opened up and the winds came water was coming in the windows and doors it was raining so hard. No sooner had it started it was done. I guess what I am saying is it is good to listen to the weather people when they tell you to move, move. We missed the big one this weekend, but it is better to be safe than sorry.
Friday, July 22, 2016
I have been wearing a Garmin Vivo Fit 2 for over a year now, using it to monitor my steps and my sleep, giving me something to compare and something to keep me accountable for my actions on the day. I hate to admit it but yesterday was probably my most slug like day I have ever had. All I did yesterday was come to work, and go home, my only outside was home to car, car to work then in reverse on the way home, with the exception of bringing out dinner to my wife to deliver to our son at work. About 2800, when I should be doing about 10 thousand. Kind of sad considering when I was on vacation I was walking about 16000 steps a day. Do you wear a step tracker, and if so do you check your steps?
Thursday, July 21, 2016
What goes around comes around and what is old is new again. Good news for fans of Old Style, Pabst Brewing is returning to the roots of Old Style and rolling out the new Old Style Oktoberfest just in time for the festival that Old Style helped to start 56 years ago. I had even heard but not confirmed that the City Brewery was going to re-brand the World’s Largest 6 Pack, personally I think that would be cool as the La Crosse Lager rap that is on it now needs work. Another thing that Old Style will be doing is taking a page from Miller Lite and going back to the old style of the Old Style cans. I hope that this marketing idea works for them. I also hope that the 60 pack that I saw Coors Light was coming out with works as well. I guess that with today being as hot as it is going to be I am just looking to stay cool with a couple of brews. Have a great day and enjoy life responsibly.
Wednesday, July 20, 2016
I read a post on Facebook yesterday that said “can’t listen to anymore Hillary bashing. Especially from women.” At first I scrolled right by it then had to go back and find it, because, to me that would be the same thing as someone saying I can’t listen to anymore Trump bashing, especially from men. I think with national politics thrown in all of our faces and the republican convention being broadcast this week and the democratic convention on the air next week, we are all at the tipping point of no more politics. When I think about the post I read from yesterday I just chuckle to myself and think there is going to be a whole lot of political bashing between now and November, as a matter of fact there will be a whole lotta political bashing between now and the rest of our lives.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
I read a story yesterday about a forgotten purse being returned with about 12 grand left untouched. To hear this brings a smile to my heart because being in the media we are often blamed for bringing nothing but bad news, the news of dregs of society and the bad things in life. I also smile because I would have also turned it back in. In my life I have found two purses and have brought them to the customer service areas of the stores. I really believe that most people would turn in a purse. It is the right thing to do and I do believe that people are generally good. Think to yourself would you return a found purse of wallet? If so why, if not why not? Here is another scenario if you found a 100-dollar bill on the ground with no one around would you pocket it, what is there were people around would that make a difference?
Monday, July 18, 2016
I wouldn’t want to be a cop, not a chance in the world. People don’t respect them, they get called names and there is a hate for them. I don’t understand why people don’t like cops. I have a few good friends who choose this line a work and they are great people. It is funny a few years ago we went on vacation with a cops family and I asked why there is such a distain for police officers, he responded that people remember the ticket they got or the time their innocent grandma got pulled over. Well I for one respect the job that they are doing, it isn’t easy, especially in todays political climate and the distrust of everyone in a uniform. Over the weekend a handful of officers were shot, and a couple died in the line of duty, my heart goes out to the families of these people doing their job, trying to make their cities safe.