Sunday, April 13, 2014

Thank you, Jesus

This has been an incredible week.  There are no words to say that would express the emotions, no compete thoughts that can capture the mixture of sadness, of joy, of being lifted by friends and family.  

Our son, our only son, has gone home to be with Jesus - and all I can say is thank you, Jesus.  Thank you for many years of having him with us, for the highs and lows, ups and downs.  For life itself.

Soon we will have to figure our how to proceed from make life count for the rest of our time here.  But today I just want to relish in the life of a great man.  A son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin.  He will be remembered.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Ready, set.....slow

It started out with a foot that needed fixing, so we prepared for surgery for weeks. As you know my lovely wife can't stay still. She goes and goes, like the Everyready bunny. So things were going to have to be a little different for a while. This little diddy is what makes it all happen. This scooter was delivered a few days ahead of time and sized appropriately.

Following the surgery Vickie had to take it easy. One day resting in bed is all it took, then she was up and in the living room chair. It is really a miracle but she has had almost no pain!

So she is up and at it again, now a little slower. She has to sit quite a bit but is really self sufficient during the day save for a little help now and then I'm working from home for the week). We went out to the park on The weekend, and to the Dr's on Tuesday

Take a look at this video and it will tell it all (thanks to Jamie our photographer, for coming and doing her OT thing with shower and motoring consultations).

YouTube Video

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

What I do

I have been asked so many times by family members to describe what I do at work. It's a technical job and hard to explain.

Once when the girls were young, I brought them in for "Take Your Daughter to Word Day" (notice daughter didn't have an "s" at the end. I frankly can't remember which of you girls came). I gave them a tour and they participated in the group activities, but when those were done they spent the rest of the day on my swivel chair doing stuff at my desk (you can imagine the chaos) while I attempted to work. I'll never forget the report at the dinner table that evening.

Mom - did you have fun today?
Girls - oh yeah!
Mom - So what do you think your father does for work?
Girls - Oh, he has a great job! He plays on the computer, talks on the phone, eats lunch and goes to the gym!

Even recently when Vickie has been asked what I do, she is almost at a loss for words even though I've described it several times. I'm not sure I can blame her, really. And since she listens from the other room when I'm on conference calls from time to time, she says it sounds like this:

Bruce - The ABC gets connected to the XYZ, and then...(she only hears my half of course).

Well, it's not really like that, you know. In fact, this week I came upon a great video that aptly describes this kind of technical work (or at least what it sounds like to her) which I just had to post. Enjoy!

The Turbo Encabulator (you won't want to miss this)

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

10,000 days

My days left counter hit a milestone on Saturday - I have exactly 10,000 days until my 85th birthday!  Don't start thinking, what a morbid guy just yet...

So should I worry or fret?  Nope - I went out to celebrate!  Dinner at a fabulous steak place with my lovely bride.

There is a saying - don't count your days, make your days count.  And that is exactly what I'm doing. There is almost no chance that I will die on my 85th birthday.  Some that it will be before and some that will be after (I have great genes in the family).  Who knows.  I'm just making the best of it all now while I'm here.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Double Header

We had back to back weekends with our two domestic grandchildren. Boy was that fun. I know our older girls have quite the joke going on about us needing a break after a short time with one grandchild(how did we ever raise five?). Well this week was double the fun. We played and played. Of course we had to do a little spoiling too.

Now we need a rest ;)

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

Save on blades

I've been wanting to do this blog post for-ever!

If you buy expensive razor blades regularly and hate it, you want to continue reading...but for the rest of you this is going to seem like a really weird may not even care to read on. But if you do continue, I'm going to tell you how you may be able to save some money on these little puppies, at least it works for me!

In the history of marketing there was this great idea to market products in a very different way. Credit was given to Gillette, for reversing the typical cost model by giving away free razor handles with the purchase of a small number of blades, with the expectation that once you started using this super fantastic razor you would love it so much that you would come back again and again to buy the blades for a long time, long enough to pay off the expense of the handle, and then even forever to let Gillette make lots of profit on the blades.

This is the same approach that HP applied to the printer, selling these really cheap printers at little to no cost, but selling the ink cartridges for a high cost! In the end razor blades cost more than they should, and razor manufacturers make lots of money selling disposable supplies.

And let me tell you, these multi blades are expensive! I often wondered if 4 blades shaved well, and 5 even better, how would 10 blades all stacked together in a single cartridge work out?

Now I know that some of you bargain shoppers buy all in one discount blades with plastic handles for like a dollar for 100 of them. That's not me, I really appreciate the better blades on my face, and the nicks I used to get with those cheap ones kept me from coming back.

So I needed a solution. I used to try to stretch out the length of time for a single blade as long as I could but invariably it would start to get dull and I'd get desperate. I needed some resolution to this costly endeavor. So after years I started to try different things to help, and finally stumbled on something maybe everyone knows, but no one ever told me.

*/Here is the tip/* - DRY IT - after you shave, rinse the blade really well in hot water, then - and this is the key - shake it dry. I mean really shake it multiple times, side to side, tapping the long end of the blade against your palm...use a dark towel and you will see droplets coming of for quite a few taps. For me it takes at least a dozen shakes until the blade stops dripping when I shake it. Once it stops shedding droplets, you should put it in a dry place where it can continue to air dry, like in a toothbrush holder or something. Don't keep it in a shower or closed up someplace in a drawer. It really helps that we are in Arizona, where the air is always arid.

So that's it. I haven't done tons of research, but I did do some to validate my findings and I would say I'm onto something.

-- this post said to hit it with a hair dryer.

- There are all sorts of ideas here but I did see my drying solution numerous times and no one seemed to disagree

What have you tried? I'd be curious to know what the opinions are out there. Also, if you don't mind, I'd love to see someone give this solution a try and post on results. Mine? I get 3 months out of a blade. What about you?

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Thursday, February 20, 2014

New Jersey Is Out of Road Salt

New Jersey Is Out of Road Salt. Blame Maritime Law - Businessweek

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