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Saturday, January 1, 2011

1:43AM - Happy New Year...

So...yea, it has been a year since I last posted...guess I spend more time on facebook...

All in all...Life is good...the terminal cancer finally took my Mom, Friday night December 3rd...The call came on the 2nd...as She started going down hill, rapidily...She did it her way...though, still never came to grips with my husband, so that was tough, in that I still did all I could to get to see her whenever...I did have a good couple of days with her in early November...and then saw her briefly at Thanksgiving...

The New Year brings a number of new challenges and opportunities...and like the past year, I probably will rarely post on here...though, I do occasionally check up to see what is going on...

To all my friends, I wish you a very safe, healthy and prosperous New Year...

Doug.

Friday, January 1, 2010

1:49AM - Happy New Year

It has been a very strange and bizarre 2009...It has been GREAT and BAD in so many ways...The GREAT out ways the bad...so, I will take that forward...

Besides the obvious, with my husband finding and taking his new profession on head on...which I wholeheartedly support, not only him, but his profession...

I have reconnected, because of the internet, a number of old friends who, because, for a number of years, I could not come to grips with who I was...Over the last year, I cannot count, quickly, the number of old friends, fraternity brothers, etc...who I had shut out of my life...but, now am glad to have back in my life.

It has also been a year or losing friends and co-workers who have been taken to soon in life...I have made an effort to make as many of those services as possible, and one is to many...but, has to be done...I made a mistake a few years ago not going to one, and will do everything I can, going forward, not to do that again...

Still coming to grips with my Mom, who has outlived all prognostications...Her terminal cancer has been extremely rough on me, as She does not want to recognize my husband, but always says I am more than welcome to come visit...I have done my best this year to go and visit...and I will continue to go for a few days every couple of months...having a job that allows me to work, basically, from anywhere...

All in all...Life is GREAT...I really don't think I could be happier...I have a wonderful Husband, who I would do anything for...2009 has been a fantastic year for us, in many ways...

I do not post here very often...but, that being said...PEACE and Happiness to one and all...May you all find your pearl, or equivalent to guide you...

Love,

Doug

Thursday, May 28, 2009

3:50PM - World leaders to host economic summit in Pittsburgh

Thursday September 24th and Friday September 25th...but this place will be a disaster for the whole week...While it will be good exposure to the City...the loons and goons will be everywhere...

http://www.pittsburghpost-gazette.com/pg/09148/973412-82.stm

Thursday, April 9, 2009

12:07PM

Here are a few images of what is happening today in Pittsburgh...









Friday, March 6, 2009

11:36AM - We did our part for the economy...

Kitchen renovations, etc last year...and this morning, an hour earlier then the delivery window was to start, the new furniture came...






Monday, February 9, 2009

10:29PM - Year of the OX...

I wonder...40 days into the year...2 friends have suddenly passed, 2 friends Mom's have passed...I thought OX was a serious beast, that did not pass easily...

In some ways life is good, I have a wonderful and loving man in my life, we are both in good health and for the most part gainfully employed, or doing something to get us to that point. We have wonderful friends and family. I am starting to get skittish about the phone ringing...as I don't want to hear about another passing.

I am going to curl up in a cold bed and reflect on life...Be safe, sleep well, Life is short, enjoy it individually, and with friends and family.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

8:49AM - Enough...

You have had more than your 10 minutes of fawning over Hockey Mom Palin...You don't need to go over to the Middle East...

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2009/01/08/joe-the-plumber-headed-to-middle-east/

Monday, December 8, 2008

4:55PM - It's official...

Time to get rid of those iPhones...

December 8, 2008 (Computerworld) Wal-Mart Stores Inc. will begin selling Apple Inc.'s iPhone later this month, employees at several stores in the discount retail chain said today.

Wal-Mart's corporate headquarters, however, would not confirm that the company will sell the iconic iPhone. A spokeswoman said only that "we are not making an official announcement at this time."

Over the weekend, reports surfaced claiming that Wal-Mart, the largest retailer in U.S., would soon sell one or more models of the iPhone. On Saturday, for example, the San Jose Mercury News cited managers and employees at stores in Northern California who said that they were undergoing sales training and that the iPhone would be on store shelves either shortly before or right after Christmas.

Today, employees at several stores in Oregon confirmed that Wal-Mart would sell the iPhone but that it would not be available before Christmas. "No, not before Christmas, after," said an employee at a Eugene, Ore., store.

"Closer to the end of the year is what we've been told," said an employee at a store in the Portland, Ore., area.

The Wal-Mart workers said that they didn't know what Wal-Mart would be charging for the iPhone. Apple currently sells two models: an 8GB version for $199, and a 16GB device for $299.

Last week, separate reports surfaced that Wal-Mart would sell a 4GB model for just $99.

"I discounted these reports," said Ezra Gottheil, an analyst at Technology Business Research Inc., "because if they were going to do it, they would do it before Christmas. But if Wal-Mart does sell the iPhone, it's simply another way for Apple to deliver it. The [contract] obligation will be the same," he said, referring to the two-year commitment consumers must make with AT&T Inc., the exclusive mobile carrier for the iPhone in the U.S.

Gottheil didn't think that moving into Wal-Mart -- known for its deep discounts -- would affect Apple's reputation, which is at the other end of the pricing spectrum. "Wal-Mart sells iPods, don't they?" he asked. "I don't see this changing the Apple image. I don't see it terribly much affecting Apple one way or the other."

But assuming it's on the level, the move is proof of Apple's seriousness about the mobile market, Gottheil argued. "Apple really wants to be a very significant mobile phone provider, and this would be another [sales] outlet."

According to research firm Gartner Inc., Apple was the world's third-largest smart phone seller in the third quarter of 2008, accounting for an estimated 13% of all sales. Nokia Corp. and Research In Motion Ltd. ranked first and second, respectively, with 42% and 16% of the market during the three-month period that ended Sept. 30.

"But I wouldn't rule out a $99 iPhone," said Gottheil. "If the current 8GB model brings in $587 to Apple, which is our estimate, then they would probably be willing to go as low as $487 for a 4GB iPhone. The puzzle to me is, will people buy it, knowing what the commitment [cost] is?"

At the moment, iPhones are sold at Apple's own retail stores, in AT&T's stores and at Best Buy Co., which began selling the devices in early September.

A month later, Apple announced that it had sold 6.9 million iPhones during the months of July, August and September, nearly seven times the number it sold during the same quarter in 2007.

Friday, November 28, 2008

10:06PM - And on the ligher side...

Iowa fans cited for restroom sex during Gophs game

The Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS - While the Hawkeyes were stomping the Gophers on the Metrodome field last weekend, police said two Iowa fans were having a romp of a different kind in a restroom. Both events, police say, had their share of cheering fans.

A 38-year-old woman and a 26-year-old man turned to a handicapped stall for their tryst Saturday evening.

On the field, the Hawkeyes were on their way to 55-0 trouncing of the Gophers. In the restroom, a crowd of intoxicated fans gathered to cheer the off-the-field event.

Eventually, a security guard tipped off University of Minnesota police. Officers had to interrupt the couple to cite them for indecent conduct, a misdemeanor.

Police Chief Greg Hestness said the woman initially gave a false name to officers. She was released to her husband and the man was released to his girlfriend.

Both people in the stall were intoxicated.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

5:14PM - You know someone had to do it again...

The latest from Time Magazine, with the Worst and Best Theme songs for James Bond movies now that "Quantum of Solace" is about to debut.

THE WORST

"All Time High," Rita Coolidge
From the dreadful Octopussy, this love ballad presses all the wrong buttons. A perfect encapsulation of all the was wrong with the late Roger Moore era.

"You Know My Name," Chris Cornell
You know my name? Most people can't even name the movie. This dull-as-dust rock tune from Casino Royale barely registered.

"Thunderball," Tom Jones
Read the title, read the name of the person singing it — then multiply your worst-case scenario x10.

"Tomorrow Never Dies," Sheryl Crow
Crow beat out more than a dozen other submitted songs with her overly orchestrated ballad. k.d. Lang's performance of "Surrender," which played over the end credits, was far superior.

"Another Way to Die," Jack White and Alicia Keys
One problem is that White and Keys have no audible chemistry. Another is that their song has no chorus. But mostly it's that lo-fi guitar fuzz suits Bond about as well as a rented tux.

THE BEST

"Nobody Does It Better," Carly Simon
Carole Bayer Sager's words are legitimately sexy, while the music by Marvin Hamlisch uses every cliché in the composer's arsenal to build to a syrupy but irresistible coda.

"We Have All The Time in the World," Louis Armstrong
The delicate ballad from Her Majesty's Secret Service answers the question, What would it sound like if Louis Armstrong met Burt Bacharach? It sounds good.

"For Your Eyes Only," Sheena Easton
A truly horrible song by any measure — except the Bond theme measure. Easton crams in the lyrical double entendres just in case we forget we're at the peak of the Roger Moore era and never misses an opportunity to overemote. To hear Easton sing it, James Bond isn't just keeping the world safe from baddies; he's keeping our hearts safe too.

"Goldeneye," Tina Turner
Composed by Bono and the Edge and sung by Tina Turner, who gets into the same vocal space as Shirley Bassey did. She's a little camp, but not so camp that you can't enjoy the song as light entertainment.

"Goldfinger," Shirley Bassey
It's less a song than an alphorn to herd people into movie theaters, and Bassey walks the line between seduction and camp with the same dexterity as Sean Connery.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

9:51AM - How our precinct voted

PRECINCT REPORT
RUN DATE:11/04/08
RUN TIME:11:25 PM

0001 ADAMS TOWNSHIP 1
VOTES PERCENT
REGISTERED VOTERS - TOTAL . . . . . . 3076
BALLOTS CAST - TOTAL. . . . . . . . 2244
VOTER TURNOUT - TOTAL . . . . . . . 72.95


STRAIGHT PARTY VOTING
VOTE FOR 1
DEMOCRATIC (DEM) . . . . . . . . . 227 28.59
REPUBLICAN (REP) . . . . . . . . . 555 69.90
INDEPENDENT (IND). . . . . . . . . 11 1.39
LIBERTARIAN (LIB). . . . . . . . . 1 .13


PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS
VOTE FOR 1
BARACK OBAMA (DEM) . . . . . . . . 719 32.07
JOHN MCCAIN (REP). . . . . . . . . 1509 67.31
RALPH NADER (IND). . . . . . . . . 7 .31
BOB BARR (LIB). . . . . . . . . . 3 .13
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . . 4 .18


REPRESENTATIVE IN CONGRESS 4TH DISTRICT
VOTE FOR 1
JASON ALTMIRE (DEM) . . . . . . . . 861 38.75
MELISSA HART (REP) . . . . . . . . 1358 61.12
WRITE-IN. . . . . . . . . . . . 3 .14

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

9:20PM - And now...

Fox has called Ohio for Obama, and Karl has stated it is dire...McCain has to pick up Michigan, Oregon, Washington, California or Hawaii, or he will only get 266 Electoral College votes, assuming he wins the rest of the states that he is expected to win, and Obama wins the others, as expected.

Yes, I am jumping between networks, because I like to see what others are saying...CNN is primary though that will change at 10:00 EST when it will be over to Comedy Central.

8:15PM - Bye Bye Dole...

According to Fox News...Dole is OUT in North Carolina. Kay Hagan is IN.
Oh yea, and Mr. Kristol made the comment that this is now, NOT going to be a good night. 2 straight elections of significant losses for a party in both the House and Senate.

10:55AM - Under 20 minutes...

including walking the half mile to and from to cast my vote. I was number 265 in my alphabetic grouping to cast a ballot. The staff had some questions as I was listed as absentee, but the Judge on-site quickly resolved the issue. The 2 local state congressional districts had lackeys handing out garbage as one was walking in, neither were overly happy when I just went by and put up the hand to them. It was a balmy 80+ in the room, as it is in the 70's today and Sunny...Guess they don't want to turn the AC on, or open any of the windows to the room.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

10:34PM - It has been a century...

of 4 teams, so really only 25 years, but, finally, my HOME CITY, has won one of the big 4 professional championships...CONGRATULATIONS PHILLIES...Sorry Cubbies...the Century did not help you...

Not necessarily the hottest man on the team...but, that is ok...

Current mood: happy

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

9:06PM - Oops...

Obama did not IMMEDIATELY pay homage to the great Nancy Reagan in his opening statement...Shame on him...

Monday, September 29, 2008

2:39PM - The DOPE...

is getting crucified by the Republicans and some Democrats, and absolutely rightly so...Yes, the BILL sucks, but something needs to be done to steady the markets...

Not surprising that She turned her speech partisan.

It will get resolved, but no thanks to the idiot from California.

That is all.

Friday, September 26, 2008

2:00PM - So he is going to the debate...

Well when things like this come out...

"Bash said a senior adviser to McCain agreed that McCain seemed to be hindering the negotiating process rather than helping it."

I am surprised that his Party did not physically remove him, and dump him on the tarmac to get to Mississippi...

Thursday, September 18, 2008

7:24PM - Damn...

Who knew, that ditz that is Speaker of the house could use the word Bicameral in a sentence...well, she did stumble, and it was not a complete sentence...but...even so...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

6:45PM - Oh well...

I missed the big Military parade down Reforma this morning/early afternoon, as I got involved with an email chain of issues with the project teams spread out between Malvern, Mexico City and British Columbia. The Clients were celebrating Independence day and not working, but we all spent the day working. By the time I got outside, the parade was long over, though I did see close to 500 Police officers milling about the Statue Angel, near my hotel and the American Embassy...Sorry, no pictures the camera was not available for me to grab before leaving home 10 days.

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