Category Archives: Wisdom

Going Under The Knife

In a weeks time I’ll have had my hernia repair surgery Outpatient, if I can make water after. Otherwise I get to spend the night. I’m going to try as hard as I can to “make”!

Having never faced surgery I’m considering all the worst things that could happen, and thinking I should update my will. My current will is somewhat dated, seeing how the main beneficiary is deceased as well as divorced from me. I still have that WillMaker software somewhere…

Who gets what? Other than what happens to my pets I am not to worried, though I do hope to do some good with what little there is. At least I’ll finally be free of that house I haven’t been able to sell, even if my estate will not.

Oh, what am I talking about. I’m sure everything will be fine!

Still, it’s something to think about. Who you care about? Would a bequest make a difference in their life? Should I live it all to to my parents and let them re-distribute it via their own wills? Having lost a child, and given the size of my fortune, I doubt it would bring happiness to them. More fun to think how unexpected bequests could touch people who might really need or want the money.

Something to think about. Into my old age.

And if I don’t make it then Black and Blue will be fat cats. And so will my dog!

Chained To A Desktop? No, I CHOOSE IT!

Yep, though laptops, tablets, and smartphones all there place I’m finding that  old-school computing still have a few things going for it!

My old computer recently died, so I ordered a replacement. Truth be told, I hadn’t been using it very much, but still feel it’s nice to have a “permanent” setup, if for not reason other than to justify the existence of the office and the massive computer desk (command central). Since the “office” had become a place to throw “important” papers and anything computer-ey or gadget-ey it was in quite a disarray, so I launched operation cleanup, to clean out the junk and organize what I really needed BEFORE setting up the new computer.

Fasting forward, I set up my new Dell, connected all the peripherals, and started the process of adding my favorite software. To make a long story short, I’ve fallen in love with desktop computing! Sure, laptops have the portability factor, but that’s about all they have going for them. Desktops have lots more power, 22″ flatscreen monitors (YMMV), full keyboards, mice/trackballs, and good speakers! Other peripherals like laser printers and scanners come in handy, too!

Of course the screens, speakers, etc., can be connected to a laptop, but laptops aren’t really made for that kind of life. They love their freedom! Desktops are homebody’s who like to be surrounded by all their “stuff”. A place and purpose for everything.

Did I mention the full-sized keyboard? And the mouse and screen and speakers? Yeah, I’m loving it!

Also, by getting the laptop off the coffee table it leaves the Living Room for living and encourages me to do computing tasks in the office. And if I’m in the office I naturally gravitate towards using the more comfortable setup. Heck, I’ve even started using my home phone more!

Of course the laptop is right here, ready to go. Sometimes a second screen is nice, too! And did you know that you can use your laptop in tandem with your desktop computer and use the same mouse and keyboard for both? Google “Mouse Without Borders” to learn more.

From Here To There

I was sitting with my cat Blue down in the woods before a pile of brush. I’d just spend an hour dragging limbs of down trees from my yard and piling them with the brush that was already there. For all my efforts the size of the pile barely seemed to have grown.

And yet, out of my sight, the appearance of the yard was a more ordered, inviting place. While I couldn’t see much change in one spot, the results were evident at the other. This is how the kingdom of Heaven is. While we don’t always see the results of our work here, the results will be plain to see in the hereafter.

Why Text When Can We Can Talk

Ok, I know that Text Messaging has it’s place. If you need to send a message discretely, or just provide someinfo that doesn’t require a back-and-forth conversation then they’re fine. But it must be the least efficient means of modern communication.

I caucalate that it takes at least a minutes to compose and send a one sentence text message on my cell phone. As likely as not I’ll get a response, which may require acknowledgement or response on my part.

OTOH, a 1-2 minute phone call can cover a variety of topics, questions, answers, and social niceties. Depending on your plan, it might even be cheaper than sending a text or two. It’s a lot friendlier, too!

Committee Survival Rules

“In all the parks of all the cities, you’ll find no statues of committees!” Anonymous

#1 Keep Your Mouth Shut!

If you don’t talk you won’t say anything to argue about.Anything you do say is likely to be used against you or misquoted.

Everything you say will probably increase the length of the meeting.

#2 Don’t put out the mistakes.

Pointing out errors and mis-statements won’t make you friends. The greif and arguments are probably less more serious than the errors in fact. Most people probably don’t want to hear your ideas anyway.

#3 Don’t suggest different ways to do things.

Those in charge have already decided how they want to do things. People are resistant to change.

Nothing Like A Field Trip

It’s amazing how much you can learn just by taking a short trip. In our churches trustee’s meeting we were discussing a proposed landscaping change to our graveyard. These was much discussion about how the changes might effect things such as visibility, how close they might be to nearby graves, etc. Diagrams were drawn on a white board but there was still a lot of uncertainty.

Finally we made a two-minute walk, from our air conditioned conference toom to the actual location of the proposed changes. Like the bline man when the scales fell from his eyes all was suddenly much clearer.

We could’ve stayed in our comfortable environment and our state of uncertainness, but instead we stepped out and were able to see things clearly. It’s wonderful how a change of perspective can change your understanding.