The thoughts of a writer.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Red, Green & Blue


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

One Hour Trip to India: My Help-Desk Chat

Meenu was completely worthless.
I kept asking for someone else.
Two agents later, Rajesh knew exactly how to solve the issue.
It only took an hour to get to Rajesh.
I'm exhausted now.


CuTRis Installs Java

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Control Data 140 Computer

"Airborne & Space Vehicle Digital Computer", manufactured by Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1962.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Willie and Ray - "Seven Spanish Angels"


"Man of Constant Sorrow"


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Prince Rogers Nelson

June 7, 1958 - April 21, 2016

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Do Not Prop Door Open


Monday, April 17, 2017

Como Zoo

Como Zoo

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Happy Easter!

Equal Rights and the Toilet

I believe in equal rights; and even though I offered my wife the opportunity, I still was the one who had to fix the toilet.

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Treasures of a Child

I told my wife that sometime soon it would be good if our preschool-age son had a cabinet to store his treasures. It would be exclusively his to put whatever he wanted in it. So she came home from IKEA with a cabinet and once it was assembled, he chose his Thomas Mini Trains, his Dr. Seuss clock, Chapstick, four books (Animal Alphabet, Little Pea, Little Hoot, Little Oink), some Legos, two die cast Thomas trains, the Disney airplane "Dusty," and a toy truck.

I think his choices are outstanding!


Wednesday, April 12, 2017

United Airlines Incident is a Wake Up Call

Because of the nature of the service and the security measures involved, airlines have long been able to treat their customers poorly, get away with it and still turn a profit. When United Airlines CEO, Oscar Munoz praised his staff for "removing a belligerent passenger," the view from his "ivory tower" apparently didn't afford him the realization that public opinion would overwhelmingly be against him. In fact, this is why most companies hire a public relations/communications person—to do the speaking for them. In my own work history, I had occasion (years ago) to write for a division director because in spite of his advanced degree, he wrote only slightly better than my preschool-age son.

So after the airlines caused the problem by overbooking the flight (which is standard operating procedure for airlines in the U.S.A.), a man who clearly didn't want to miss his flight was forcibly removed and bloodied in the process. It is accepted by authorities, by airlines, and by law enforcement, that individuals can be singled out and treated this way. However, as police departments around the nation have realized, with the ease that ordinary citizens can place video streams of these unfortunate events onto social media, the days that this will continue unchallenged are growing short.

Why are airlines routinely allowed to breach contracts of paying customers by overbooking flights? The reason they do it is because they want to make sure the seats are all filled. It is about money. Even if they have to offer money to those who are "bumped" from the fight, they are still ahead. Still, if you have paid for a ticket and arrived on time for your flight, doesn't the airline have an obligation to give you a seat on the airplane?

Perhaps most of us would not have resisted to the extent that this passenger did. I have been on overbooked flights and have never accepted the "incentives" to volunteer to miss my scheduled flight. It is my belief that no one should be forced to do so—and the airline should be held legally responsible to provide the service that was paid for.

So the public reacted; and realizing (albeit too late) his position as CEO of United Airlines did not "fly" with the general public who had seen the shocking video of a passenger being mistreated—which he had earlier condoned, Munoz had to try to salvage the public relations disaster that he had just helped to ignite, by suddenly reversing his previous statement and apologizing for the "horrific event."

So hopefully, the public will continue to be enraged by how airlines treat them. Maybe the airlines will finally be forced to handle things more ethically. Maybe they won't be able to treat paying passengers like criminals and say it was to "remove a security threat." So Oscar Munoz, do you know (now) that this would never have happened if your airline hadn't caused this "horrific event" by being greedy and by not respecting your customers? It's time for all the airlines to wake up.


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Monday, April 10, 2017

Kung Fu

I managed to catch a couple of episodes of one of my favorite TV shows. It was a Decades Kung Fu Weekend!


Lego Batman

We took our preschool age son to see Lego Batman yesterday and it was very funny. If you love Batman and/or Legos, you will like this movie.

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Thursday, April 06, 2017

CuTRis Talks About His New Prince Book

CuTRis Talks About His New Prince Book
UnAssociated Press
April 6, 2017

CuTRis' new tell-all book about not knowing Prince, is now the number one seller worldwide! In his book, "Here in Minnesota: My Life Not Knowing Prince," CuTRis candidly tells about living 35 miles away from Prince and never having met him.
"I'm not sure that most people can relate to someone like me who doesn't know a lot of celebrities—including Prince—even though we only lived 35 miles away from each other," said CuTRis during a recent TMZ interview.
If that is true, it only lends even more credibility to CuTRis' new book.

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CuTRis Gives a Guy a Pepsi - Everyone is Mad

CuTRis Gives a Guy a Pepsi - Everyone is Mad
UnAssociated Press
April 6, 2017

CuTRis is in the news again; and this time it is for the biggest scandal yet! Video gone viral shows that he has given a guy a Pepsi! Apparently CuTRis for whatever reason, was walking down the street carrying two cans of Pepsi. He saw a guy who looked thirsty and he gave him one. Cell phone video of the horrific incident soon went viral and civil rights groups, politicians, protesters and whiners of all kinds are calling for CuTRis' resignation from humanity. When reporters asked CuTRis about his miserable deed, he allegedly began handing out Pepsi's from a case he bought at a local convenience store! CuTRis then disappeared before police arrived.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

When Spock was Attacked by Pancakes

I love the original Star Trek, but due to the age of the shows, the "special effects" are not always realistic—by today's standards. That makes it OK for watching with my preschool age son, because the "scary" things are usually just funny. Our favorite "funny" episode might be, Annihilate! Me and my son laugh about it because Spock was attacked by a pancake! You can watch it HERE; but there may be a "warning" that it might not be suitable for younger viewers (who may have fears of being attacked by flying breakfast food)!

"I'm a doctor not a short order cook! Nurse! I need a spatula!"

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