Sunday, June 21, 2015

IT super user training

It is strange how one is sometimes able to recall a seemingly innocuous conversation years after it taking place.  For me it was around 1998 (which I mark due related work involving Windows 98… good thing they didn’t call it “Purple Leopard”) and it was with Bill, who expressed to me that he believed we had a window of opportunity that was quickly closing to make a career change to the work of information technology (IT).  Bill was a registered nurse (RN) and I was a licensed social worker and we were working in the world of substance abuse and mental health.  At that time, many technologies were still in their infancy.  Microsoft was close to delivering the death blow to products like Word Perfect, Lotus 123 and Netscape Navigator and someone would more likely say “what’s a google” than “Google it”.  There were not an abundance of “experts” because much of the exciting stuff was too new to have experts.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Cruise 2015 on Renssellaer Lake (Six Mile Waterworks)

I've been a bit stressed and cranky as of late and instead of writing a tempting social commentary quip on any one of many sources of irritation, I've elected to offer a brief quip to share a few photos and thoughts from my recent yachting cruise to the great (ok local) Renssellaer Lake (also known as Six Mile Waterworks).  As I've noted in my prior posts, my "yachting" is done on a budget - using an affordable inflatable boat purchased from a Dick's Sporting Goods sale, a hand air pump from Big Lots, a life preserver from a lawn sale and an affordable kayak paddle from the Sports Authority.  This is married with my usual cheap sunglasses, my flap hat, swimsuit, flip-flops, bottle of water and spare quart jug.  Yes, with imagination and the Barney bag, you too, can afford a fabulous cruise.  For those who are less adventurous, I would recommend going to the Colonie Mall and booking an excursion with LL Bean as has been suggested in my prior posts.  This is a great way to sample the lake and not have to haul a lot of equipment.  If you find that you really enjoy it, go a second time and if still enthused then consider purchasing some equipment.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

In defense of the Duggars

Now there’s a title post I never thought I’d be writing… no, I’m not a fan; I’ve never watched their show and have no desire to start.  Truth be told the whole idea of 19 kids sort of makes me nauseous… and I’ve had more than one inappropriate thought about what should be done with Jim Bob’s active organ.  (Currently, I'm torn between either a date with Lorena Bobbitt or a pay per view vasectomy...ok, maybe Lorena Bobbitt performing the pay per view vasectomy).  Among my unlikely heroes this year is Eddie Murphy who refused to take a poke at Bill Cosby – citing the age old prohibition of kicking someone when they’re down.  And so it is with the Duggar clan.  As with Cosby, we spectators can watch as all those who rode the wave suddenly run for the shore.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Reflections of a Lawn Sale

Although I have been working steadily to downsize the house, it has been a few years since I’ve held a lawn sale.  During this stint of downsizing I have largely relied upon either donations or Craig’s List and both have been good resources to knocking down clutter, but each has its limitations.  For example, Craig’s List is great for ticket items over $5 or $10, but isn’t so good if you have a lot of “small” priced items.  Donations are great, there is the intrinsic value of contributing to a good cause; however, financially you will need to itemize to benefit which means record keeping and also keep in mind that a deduction only reduces the amount that you are taxed on.  (For example, if you donate $100 worth of stuff and your tax rate is 20%, the value of the tax deduction is $20, not $100).  With this being said, I am going to hit some of the high notes from my recent lawn sale experience.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

If you don't have anything good to say...

There's a saying, "if you don't have anything good to say, don't say nothing at all".  Sometimes that might be good advice and this frame of thought may partially account for my absence in posting.  (A contributing explanation is that I've found other things to occupy my time such as reading David McCullough's, "The Path Between the Seas" and other activities).  Regardless, I am well aware that sometimes the views expressed on "My Turn Quips" are not the politically correct rubble that is so often postulated ad nauseam elsewhere.  This post will more closely approximate a rant of miscellaneous thoughts.