Saturday, December 17, 2011

Bad Human

I almost killed one of my cats last night, not purposely of course. Headed back to get to bed I stopped for a second not knowing that ‘Gandy’, short for ‘Gandalf’, crawled under my power chair (which weighs a couple hundred pounds) from behind and positioned himself precariously in front of my wheel. I started forward and all hell broke loose. Gandy cried and screamed I panicked and just went forward over the bump which was the cat. He flew out of the room with my wife chasing after. When I turned around the only thing I could see was a large clump of orange fur laying on the carpet. Everyone woke up in the house from all the mayhem that ensued. Once they checked out his little leg and he stopped limping we went to bed. All the while thinking how I could have crushed him in some really horrible way.

This morning when I came out for my morning coffee he caught one glimpse of me and bolted out and into the basement. We got him back up and I swear he was giving me hateful looks.  When he would pass me he took a convoluted path as far away from me as he could get. The rest of the day my wife kept repeating, “your FATHER ran over the cat, that’s why he’s hiding in the basement today.” To emphasize it later she said (half serious), “You ruined our cat.”  At this time I felt bad enough didn’t need the further shame and guilt. So Gandalf hates me now but I know for sure he’ll never go under my chair again. Live and learn.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Work-At-Home Scams

Money’s tight these days so I have been seriously considering working at home. I have some accounting and bookkeeping experience, worked in a medical billing office. I thought there would be no problem at all finding some small company to keep books for. I checked medical transcription jobs and work at home listings on Craig’s List. All I came up with was a web based company offering me an opportunity of a life-time selling ads on the internet, where I could earns hundreds of dollars per month in additional income. I passed, you can’t trust that especially something on CL. People who use CL either get ripped off or murdered.

I just gave up on that. So where is a safe place to find work at home? It seems that there aren’t many, in these hard times there is no shortage of us people looking for a chance to make a couple of extra bucks. There is also no shortage of perpetrators to take advantage. In this Forbes article: “Work-At-Home Scams to Avoid” there some pretty eye opening stats from the FTC (Federal Trade Commission).

I think I’ll give up the job search.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Book Censorship

"All these people talk so eloquently about getting back to good old-fashioned values… and I say let’s get back to the good old-fashioned First Amendment of the good old-fashioned Constitution of the United States — and to hell with the censors! Give me knowledge or give me death!"

- Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

Saturday, December 3, 2011


Adopting this philosophy has literally changed my life. I wish I could convince everyone I know to do the same..........
             "Don't take anything personally. Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won't be a victim of needless suffering." - don Miguel Angel Ruiz