Archive for September, 2008



The Fall season is officially upon us, and that can mean only one thing: CHRISTMAS!

Yes, that’s right. I had to make a quick trip to Meijer after work tonight, and they already started putting christmas items out. I of course thought I was seeing things when I walked past a snowman in housewares, but I wasn’t. It was just a few shelves, but it’s just too early!



Well, after years of talking about it, I’ve decided to head back to school! It’s been a long time since I’ve set foot in a classroom of any kind. So I decided to start off with something easy, and take some classes through the local community college’s continuing education program. These are non degree granting classes. Why would I even bother? As I said, it’s been years since I’ve been to school. When I originally went to college for my associates, I was fresh out of high school. Starting college was just like starting a new semester. But the last class I started was back in 1994. Feels. Like. Forever.

To get started, I decided to take some classes on a subject I enjoy most: Entrepreneurship.

The first class will be “Be Your Own Boss” and is simply a 2 night lecture on Entrepreneurship and what one would expect when starting their own business.

As for my expectations? I’m not exactly expecting a lot. The point is to get in the habit of academic thinking again. So, what are my expectations?

    - To get in the mindset for school again
    - To get a refresher course on startup basics
    - To meet like minded people
    - I love it when people are willing to take the risk, and Startup!

Also, because I have decided to take my part time side business and make it my full time work in the near future, these classes fit nicely with that plan: credit or no credit.

This series has about 4-6 different classes that interest me. I’ll write more about them as they get closer. The first class begins September 26th. As a bonus, I decided to use my vacation time from work to take these nights off, which are basically Monday and Wednesday of each week, with a few Saturdays thrown in for good measure.

Even if the classes end up being total stinkers, I’ll still enjoy having a 3 day work week now through November!


On A Bender

I know I shouldn’t.
I’m old enough to know better.
But I can’t help it.
It constantly calls me, taunting me even.
It affects my choices.
I seek it often.
It starts off innocently enough.
Just one glass. That’s all.
And, one leads to another.
And another.
After a few days, the bottles begin to pile up.
I know there are other choices.
Healthier choices.
I. Just. Can’t. Help it. Click to continue…


Say Cheese!

Finally. I’ve been in need of a new digital camera for a few months now. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between the Nikon Coolpix P80, with its fabulous 18x optical zoom and the Cannon G9 with its high quality sharp images and additional lens capabilities. Problem is, both of those cameras are not only expensive, but come with a learning curve I’m just not up to at this time. In reality, what I really want is a camera that fits in my jeans pocket, and can take decent snap shots.

So, while at Target yesterday, I was (as usual) checking out the cameras. After a few minutes of playing with the Nikon Coolpix L18, I told the guy to ring it up. I like it. I think it is a good choice for my needs. It’s slim enough to fit in my pocket, and has an 8 MP sensor. As is standard on these low end point and shoot cameras, the optical zoom is only a 3x.

This camera replaces my Cannon Powershot A300, which had a 3 MP sensor. It was my first digital, and has served me pretty well for being my first. The Nikon Coolpix L18 will use standard AA batteries, which I still consider a plus since I have a house full of rechargeables. So far, my only disappointment is moving to an SD card, as the Powershot used compact flash cards, of which I have plenty. But, I knew this at the time of purchase, and also picked up an 1 GB card while checking out.

I plan to put it to good use, maybe even this afternoon. And hopefully, future post will have some decent pictures to go along with them.
Nikon CoolPix L18


September 21st

Many people name their cars. From Betsy to Henrietta, people like to give their car a pet name. What’s mine? Lurch. You see, Lurch has a transmission issue, in that he doesn’t want to go right away when I tell him to. In reverse, it takes 2,100 RPMs to convince him to go, and 3,100 to go forward. I’ve actually gotten rather use to it, and often laugh as I Lurch on down the road.

Well, weekend before last, Lurch blew his thermostat, which caused a hose crack and subsequent leaking of important fluids. I thought I had fried his little 4 cylinder brain when smoke started coming out from under the hood. Thankfully, it was a simple enough fix for the guys over at JTs Gratiot Automotive, and cheap on the wallet too. I ended up missing 2 days of work though. It’s impossible to get anywhere around here without reliable transportation, and I can only do so much walking in the rain.

Speaking of work, layoffs hit this past week. I’m sad for those people who have had their lives turned upside down by someone else’s failure. Hopefully they will find new work soon, maybe even something better than they had.


ARRR! Matey!


Today be talk like a Pirate day! I know ye been a waitin’ all year for this day. So raise t’ Jolly Roger and call that bloody parrot. There’s treasure t’ be had!

An if’n ye have somth’n t’ say about me peg leg, I’ll blast ya all the way t’ Davy Jones locker! Ya scurvy dogs!


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