Monday, December 29, 2014

APPROPO OF MY LAST POST


Film is a most serious art form, which projects and reflects our culture. However, to be appropriate and relevant films need to respect other cultures, accepting their differences, and even their failures without mockery or macabre sub plots.

I will NEVER see "The Interview" as my protest against this hurtful film. May those who profit from it donate that money to humanitarian causes.

May we learn a lesson from this experience and never repeat it.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 27, 2014

I MUST ADMIT I AM AT A BIT OF A LOSS

regarding the movie "The Interview." Granted I am not a fan of sophomoric "fart busters" that appeal to a frat boy mentality. I have seen the coming attractions and reacted by saying UGH! even before the melee irrupted.

However, how did Sony executives approve such a disrespectful movie? North Korea is not our favorite country and Kim Jong-un not our favorite leader unless your name is the former Bull's basketball player turned political confident, mediator, and prize buffoon.

However, their culture and beliefs and ours are quite different. We mock our leaders serially as part of democracy and freedom of speech, all for a lol. For us this works. They, however, live in an aquarium of fear, always looking over their shoulders and obeying, if not sanctifying, their leaders. That is their way and that is what they have been taught and no movie, especially this one, will change that culture's ideology.

Who are we to not only mock him in a dumb and dumber movie, but also propose and promote his assassination by Americans? WTF?

Meanwhile, Sony who flipped flopped and probably fell under political pressure in this country will go from losing 100's of millions to making them as Americans now see it as their patriotic duty to see this lame flick, or at the very least buy the dvd.

So mark my words, we are not dealing with a rationale—suck it up—place and leadership. They will retaliate and we will suffer and innocent people will suffer and perhaps even be killed. if I were the stars I would be packing, and going into hiding, and I wouldn't be heading to Asia anytime soon.

Of course, I don't believe in censorship, but I do believe in sensibility and sensitivity. Neither of those words apply in this instance. As "fun"as it might be to take a serious swipe at dictators and dictatorship, we also need to be mindful of the consequences, and respectful of their cultures, foreign as they might be from ours.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, December 21, 2014

WISHING ALL MY LOYAL BLOG FOLLOWERS

(all 3 of you) happy holidays and a healthy and fulfilling new year.

Catch up in 2015.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 20, 2014

HERE IS A FACT FOR YOU

55 years ago today my wife and I met on an ice skating rink in Bear Mt. NY and we have never ice skated again. We'd rather be on terra firma than thin ice! So far it's working. Time will tell!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 18, 2014

SONY PICTURES

Whatever were they thinking??

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

THE FOLLOWING IS TRUE

I was reading an article about female orgasms and whether they facilitated the evolutionary process of reproduction or were just random events.

One of the researchers cited was Dr. Puts and anothers first name was Pekka.

U just can't make this stuff up!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, December 14, 2014

I GUESS MY JERSEY WOULD NEED TO BE TRIPLE XTRA LARGE

as it would say on the back "Proud Husband, Father, Grandfather, People Helper, and American!"

What would your jersey say?

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, December 13, 2014

I AM WATCHING THE ARMY NAVY GAME

and noticed that Navy's jerseys have the players names on the back as is the custom in sports. Army's jerseys have West Point printed on the back of every shirt.

I didn't hear any announcer comment about this, but I started watching the game in the second quarter.

My interpretation is that ARMY is saying "We are a team from West Point not individuals." Despite their loss I like that idea. In the same vein, what would you put on the back of your sports jersey other than your last name?

I will tell you tomorrow what I would put.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, December 5, 2014

A FEW BLOGS AGO

I said it felt very much like the 60's during which the riots by African Americans consumed their own neighborhoods and looted their own neighbor's stores in a flurry and frenzy of outraged protest—justified feelings but unjustifiable behaviors.

Ferguson MO understandably, but unacceptably, copied that self-defeating, self-destructive script.

But the recent protests around the country sparked by Feguson and inflamed by NYC based upon a similar grand jury, less than grand verdict, are so far peaceful—marching along roadways to disrupt but not destroy. This is in the spirit of Gandhi and King and enables and encourages compassion rather than counterpoint contempt and outrage.

May it continue, and send the much needed message to others that peace, fairness, and the sanctity of human life for all, no matter the color of the person, are what this country is all about from its very beginnings.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, December 4, 2014

GOOD COP BAD COP/MINOR CRIMINAL MAJOR CRIMINAL



Every time a grand jury clears a policeman, no matter what color, from a kill shot via gun or otherwise of another human being, no matter what color, that occurred in a way that raises eyebrows and suspicions about the officer, it encourages other police personnel to take actions while taking away liberties they might not otherwise take.

Mr. Obama in his comments today, groped for the word "accountability." Why this eloquent man couldn't immediately find that word is hard to understand, but that is the word that must be "shouted from the mountaintops" if we are ever to have civil liberties not arouse civil disobedience, and if we ever want to have justice for all!

Criminals need to be held accountable as do the police, and reactions by police to criminals need to be proportionate to their "crimes."

Prayers for both sides.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, December 1, 2014

A TALE OF TWO MEN

One of which gives me hope and one of which gives me much angst.

I was shocked and disappointed to read that the policeman who turned back the clock to the 60's in Ferguson MO had no regrets about shooting Michael Brown. He did not think he did anything wrong and his conscience is clear. What conscience i wondered?

Officer Daren Wilson shot Brown at least 6 times. What about taser? What about one shot to the leg of this unarmed large young man? What about letting him walk in the gutter to begin with? What was this really about? And he is convinced he would have acted the same if the black Brown was white—right!

Good he resigned and if he has any sense (which doesn't appear to be the case) he will move to a very hot climate so he will spend the rest of his life symbolically burning in Hell.

And then there is Danny Haughton, a black man in Ft. Lauderdale. His office overlooks an empty lot, which is used to tow people's cars. Spotters are paid to report this to the tow company, while forwarding pics of the license plate. In the past 3 years in excess of 3000 tows from that lot have been made causing and costing much aggravation. Between May and mid-November 408 vehicles have been towed. This appears to be a great business for the tow company and the lot owner. Anyone hear of a chain or fence?

So what does Mr. Haughton do? Every time he sees someone park there he races from his 3rd floor office to warn the innocent victims. He does that up to a dozen times a day saving at least 50 unwitting drivers in the past month. He said, "Whoever I can save, if I see them, I do it.

A tale of two men—well maybe of just one real man and mensch. Hope is all we can hang on to in today's troubled world. Thank you Mr. Haughton for giving us some hope. Now let's hope you don't get shot racing from your office building. Whatever you do avoid the gutter!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, November 30, 2014

CUTE!




A new study has found that men who are vegan have a much lower sperm count compared to those who eat meat.
Even worse the few sperms vegan men have refuse to go anywhere near an egg.

—Conan O'Brien

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WISHING EVERYONE


A CALM, PLEASANT, AND PEACEFUL T DAY.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Just in time for Thanksgiving

this story gives us all hope whether in Cancerville or out. There are good people in the world and miracles do happen. Have a thankful holiday.

https://cancerkn.com/now-years-im-new-york-ranger-fan/

Bye for Now,

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The UGLY The BAD and the GOOD


UGLY: Apropos of my last post there have been 90 shootings on US College campuses since the 1990s and 74 school shootings since Sandy Hook in 2012. Clearly these numbers are higher now. Crazy—making by crazy people.

Both sad and scary. Back in the day the majority of parental worries were that their kid would misplace their peanut butter and jelly lunch sandwich. Now it is whether peanut butter can stop a bullet. OMG!

BAD: Finally justice has been served and John Goodman, the wealthy one, was convicted for a second time of a DUI killing of the young man who had just graduated from college several years ago. Sentenced once again to 16 years and so far denied his usual leisurely stay at home luxury. It's about time, but time will tell! Those with unlimited wealth are favored by the scales of justice.

GOOD: This joke from Jimmy Fallon:

"After signing a contract for $325 million this week, Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton celebrated with a $20,000 bottle of Champagne. So let the road to inexplicable bankruptcy begin!"

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, November 20, 2014

IT SEEMS TO ME THAT

at a time when information rules and when we as a society appear to have risen to our highest level in terms not only of technology, but also humanity, that the world has become so vilely violent that not a day goes by without multiple cruel and barbaric assaults.

Back in the day wild animals roamed the land looking to attack innocent prey. Now it is wild people, acting like animals, doing the same.

Much as I try here to inspire hope some days have me searching for it. Sad, very sad really.

Prayers to all the victims and their families from as close as Tallahassee to as far as Israel and the Middle East.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A COUPLE OF FUNNIES


Both president Obama and former President George W. Bush were interviewed on "Face the Nation' over last weekend.

President Bush said there was a 50% chance his brother Jeb will run for president in 2016. Then he said, "But there is an 80% chance he won't."

—Jimmy Fallon


President Obama and Vladimir Putin are both in China attending the same economic summit.Obama saw Putin and said "After those midterms it's nice to finally see a friendly face."

—Conan O'Brien

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, November 10, 2014

I OWE A DEBT OF GRATITUDE

to Bernie Siegel, M.D. who a few years ago took the time to enlighten me about miracles, blessings, angels, and the like on a sun filled May day in his tranquil back yard.

There was a "miracle' article the other day. A woman gave birth Caesarian Section NO BIG DEAL. Then her heart stopped and her pulse was non existent for 45 minutes. Got that? 45 minutes!

And so the docs told the family to say goodbye. And then they prayed, along with one of the nurses, and she came back to life. No brain damage, no burns from the shocks to her heart, no nothing, and no explanation.

But  no explanation is needed when a miracle is delivered by an angel carrying a blessing or two.

Thanks Bernie,

Bye for now,

Bill

Monday, October 27, 2014

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CHECK OUT THE DEFINITION OF

a czar and u will understand why I don't like that word used for government officials who take charge of a particular emergency/urgency situation.

There are much better titles including Director, VP, Chief Executive, Leader, and the like.

And while we are at it might we choose a leader with direct experience in the area of concern?

Not to mention that health care workers, benevolent as they might be, need to practice what they preach and not breach guidelines intended to protect the public. Very hard to understand the choices of health care workers exposed to Ebola in total denial and exposing others.

In fact, we don't need a czar, we need intelligence and a willingness to play by the rules.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, October 20, 2014

FUNNY ENOUGH

Craig Ferguson read in on the fan gate debacle from my previous post:

"The governor of Florida refused to come out for a debate. He was upset that his opponent had a fan under the podium to keep cool. Now a governor and a fan are very different, of course. One occilates back and forth, blowing hot air in everybody's face. And the other one is a fan."

Good one!

Bye for Now,

Bill


Friday, October 17, 2014

WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN

we all know to duck. But what is one supposed to do when the fan hits the fan? Surely not duck out!

As I sat down to watch the Gubernatorial debate last night I heard an announcer say, "Mr. Scott will not join us on stage because Mr. Christ has a fan blowing beneath the podium." I thought perhaps I had one glass of wine too many! How could he blow off a debate because of a blow job—especially one that was concealed from view?

Really? A fan is a deal/debate breaker? Why I wondered? Who cares?

Turns out the rules said "no fans." But as long as both candidates had the right to use one why make an issue? So what seemed to come right out of kindergarten 101 was quickly tweeted as FANGATE. 

Then things passed and parsed further into immaturity. Scott said he didn't come out because Crist didn't come out. But Crist had come out a full 7 minutes before Scott. And maybe they should both come out as sincere fellows who have both made a shitfanfull of mistakes, the least of which is using a fan.

I'll vote for the first one who says something like that. Otherwise children playing dress up by dressing down the other are scary and not worthy of any office—with or without a fan.

Can't wait till next weeks debate. NO ice allowed in the water. NO using the bathroom at break. And the only fans you are allowed guys are those in the audience—although it gets more difficult to understand why they show up on time—but at least they do.

Sometimes politics seem like a FAN tasy!

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, October 16, 2014

I'VE HAD THOUSANDS OF CALLS

asking what a "shmitzek" is from the other days post. It is a Yiddish word that means "thing-a-ma-jig. Shmitzeks come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes and serve a variety of functions including paying tolls on highways. As used in a sentence it becomes "I can't find my shmitzek!" Or "Did u get batteries for my shmitzek?"

Hope that clears things up for all my loyal followers.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I WAS THINKING

about the evolution of toll booths. Once upon a time there were toll collectors—real people who gave change.

Then there were tickets that eliminated some booths that enabled you to pay a collector at the end of your journey.

Then there were some places where if u had the right change u just threw it into a large mouth-like bin.

Then there was the game changing sun pass—first a clunky smitzek and then a stick on one. That still allowed for a few toll collectors for those who didn't have a smitzek.

Now we have the ultimate in both efficiency and putting people out of work—the square halo-like overhead device. You drive under it without slowing down and if u have a shmitzek it silently records your toll. If you don't it sends a bill to the address associated with your license plate, with an uptick charge for not having a shmizek. Bye bye Ms. American Pie and toll collectors.

Coming soon ATM's replacing bank tellers. Robots replacing POed Postal Clerks. Robots driving cars and making hamburgers.

It is a while new world order as robots replace people. While it is tempting to decry depersonalization, it is not like we had lengthy social interactions with toll collectors. Life continues to become more efficient and then again there is always fbook, twitter, instagram, and the like for our social interactions.

May the Gds of technology help us all. Lord knows we need them.

Bye for Now,

Bill


Friday, October 10, 2014

AS I QUICKLY SCROLL THRU FBOOK

I realize some people live mostly in the past, some live mostly in the future, and the only way to live healthfully is in the PRESENT.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

FUNNY IS FUNNY

"During a speech last week, Sarah Palin mistakenly said that the address of the White House was 1400 Pennsylvania Ave, instead of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Then she said, "Well at least I knew it was in Pennsylvania."

—Jimmy Fallon

Monday, October 6, 2014

EVERY ONCE IN A RARE WHILE

I meet a rare and special person. Such was the case last week at the salon i get my hair cut—Rock Paper Scissors—in Plantation. This is a place of high talent, warm welcomes, and the Chardonnay is always chilled.

The young woman I met was unique because she is always happy, upbeat, and positive. There is narry a negative nerve in her being. Though she had had her fair share of what I call cess, her emotional "broom" sweeps it away easily and efficiently. Some people are just born that way. Others achieve it with work and perspective. I don't know which applies to her, but she acknowledges her Mom was always a strong cheer leader as she was growing up.

Though she admits to having bad moments, she never has bad days—not even bad hair days given she works in a salon. She goes to sleep happy and at peace, while expecting good things to come the next day.

And get this—her passion is inspiring and cheering up other people—which she does daily and especially when she travels with friends to Central America. She and I share separate special memories of Peace Lodge in Costa Rica.

It is always nice to meet a young person who is so optimistically programmed and happy, who spreads those good vibes around wherever she goes. In fact, if you look closely you can see that her aura glows with positive energies.

In just a brief chat she inspired me to keep on inspiring others in a "what goes around comes around" way. I have known that lesson for many years, and am so impressed this woman has learned it at such a young age.

Keep the faith and do unto others what you would have others do unto you. Admittedly trite but no less true.

And call RPS for an appointment as you just might just have the good fortune to speak to her.

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, October 2, 2014

ON A LIGHTER BUT NO LESS SARCASTIC NOTE:




"It was reported that the recent security breaches at the White House cost the director of the Secret Service her job. Luckily, after she's escorted out of the building, it should be pretty easy for her to get back in."

—Seth Meyers


Bye for Now,

bill

PLEASED TO SEE

Ms. Pierson read my blog and did the right thing, even though she said it was "the noble thing to do." That's politic speak in my opinion for I am really a victim not a villain.

I am a little biased —not about women in charge—but about being in charge. As we were advised long ago "The devil is in the details." Then that great leader fell on his own sword or petard, or perhaps in reverse order.

Little by little our trust in things large and not so large is being eroded and corroded. Every day my newspaper leaks toxic news print all over my mind.

It is time for a paradigm shift of grand proportion at all levels of government. Sad to say it will never happen. At best the VA, Secret Service and other fine and noble institutions may rally to the fore, before more terrible things happen.

We are such a great country and yet just can't seem to get it right.

Let us pray for better and stronger days, while taking better care of ourselves every day.

Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

AS YOU NO DOUBT KNOW

I am an easy going guy. However, I do have my limits. Julia Pierson needs to resign or be fired. She is the head of the Secret Service. The least kept secret is that they are no longer of service.

The latest was an intruder making it into the East Room of the White House. I don't know about you but my front door is locked day and night. Apparently theirs is NOT!

Blunder after blunder suggests not just a breach of security but a breach of confidence. Once upon a time the SS were the elite force of protection. Now they seem to be the elite force of prostitution and the like. Crew cuts and shades aside, that group needs a massive makeover, which includes a new chief.

She has failed, not only to protect the President and his family, but in being honest, transparent, and accepting of responsibility. And the guy had a history of hysteria in and about the White House. Scary, sad, and unacceptable.

Julia, please lock the door when you leave!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, September 29, 2014

I LOOK FOR INSPIRING STORIES

rather than ones that cause us to perspire. Finally found one that ranks up there as a Bernie Siegel, M.D. miracle. Here is the short version:

A family was vacationing in July at a cozy beach in Michigan City, Ind. Two father's each with their young sons set off to hike Mount Baldy—an enormous 100-acre sand dune. Nathan, a six-year-old, fell into a hole and disappeared as the surrounding sand collapsed around him.

Firefighters and rescue crews dug carefully and furiously for four hours until they found him 11 feet under the sand. Nathan's body was limp and his skin cold. His eyes were glazed and he had no pulse. It was understandably assumed he had died. Then on the way to the ambulance he slowly came back to life, as if he was in a highly Hollywoodized movie. Even more amazingly, he escaped the ordeal without brain damage or emotional trauma.

The firefighter who pulled Nathan out of the hole said, "Every single card had to fall into place that day, and the fact that they did is a true miracle." Of course, Bernie would say "See Bill, I told you so!"

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I SEARCHED DILIGENTLY

through all sections of the paper—even the sports pages. But what can u expect regarding the Owls, Dolphins, Miami U and the Gators? Even the Seminoles must deal with a win but a defeat from their star QB who clearly needs lessons in growing up and responsibility.

And then there is the Governor's race. Time to get really dirty guys—for goodness sake take the gloves off and really kick ass!! Or perhaps its the middle east with its deja vous all over again mentality/insanity.

Saved by the Money section. "Gas prices down and going lower." Good news at last.

Yeahh!

bye for now,

bill

I'M GOING TO READ

THE PAPER TONIGHT WITH AN EYE TOWARD SOMETHING POSITIVE TO REPORT.

Will you hear from me or not? That is the question.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, September 20, 2014

OK SO CALL ME A

sentimental, sappy, soapy kind of guy, BUT in a world filled with hatred, violence, and war the movie "A Hundred-Feet Journey" is encouraging and inspiring. It offers the possibility of peace, love, and happiness.

OK  It is Hollywoodized all the way. What can we expect from producers Spielberg and Winfrey? But then again it lights a candle of hope that enemies can become frenemies and then friends and then lovers. Sappy, soapy YES. Hope for the future—DEFINITELY.

It is a metaphor for peace on earth and good will toward all men, women, and children. Go c the movie and c if u agree. And if you don't agree we can agree to disagree without war, violence, cursing or screaming. We all deserve that much—everywhere in the world.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, September 12, 2014

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

These are called Paraprosdolians. I haven't a clue why though it has something to do with surprise endings:

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. (I would add But not all of us do!)

War does not determine who is right—only who is left.

I didn't say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you.  (I think my wife wrote that!)

In filling out an application, where it says, 'In case of emergency, Notify," I put Doctor.

I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.

You're never to old to learn something stupid.

I'm supposed to respect my elders, but it's getting harder for me to find one now.


From Boomer Times and Senior Life

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9/11

A day of infamy, a day of blasphemy, a day of profound sorrow and mourning, a day we hope and pray will never repeat itself.

For those of us who remember it all too well, it will always be sad. We can all tell you where we were, what we were doing, and how we were feeling when the Towers collapsed in a few shocking and inconceivable moments.

Our mouths hung open as did our cess pools as they will again tomorrow. Time heals some wounds but not all!

Rest in peace and bye for now,


Bill

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

AS THOSE OF YOU

who are avid followers of this blog know—all three of you now that my mom is gone—one of my favorite statements is "There are no coincidences in life, just endless opportunities and possibilities."

That said, it is no wonder that when I walked into B& N with my granddaughter the other day the book, "That's Funny, You Don't Look Buddhist." jumped into my hands immediately. It is written by a Jewish woman trying to blend the two. As a book it is okay—nothing I would encourage you to run out and buy although it was on sale.

However, it reminded me that the third Noble Truth of Buddhism is that we can not look to externals to help us deal with the first Noble Truth, which in a nut shell says, "Life sucks and then you die!" I don't personally believe that as I find life to be wonderful until it sucks and then can be wonderful again before we die. Perseverance prevails!

However, the answer to the riddle of the quote, "What you have is all you need" is clearly about going inside instead of looking outside. The unfortunate truth is we have become a culture of outsiders—seeking solace in material rather than spiritual comfort.

Once again I encourage you to seek a balance because the more you look inward, the less you will need the outward trappings of the presumably "good life." The more what you have will be all you need.


Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, August 31, 2014

PART III WHAT WE HAVE IS ALL WE NEED

I believe that in all areas of life we need to consider the source. Buddhists, probably monks, likely created this saying. For them, the external world and all its materialistic pursuits, were not important.Their inner spirituality was all that mattered. If they had a meal and a place to sleep they had what they needed—even if the meal was sparse and they rested on a hayloft.

Most of us haven't followed their strict self-sacrificing beliefs or ideals. In some cases, what one has is never enough as the grass is always greener and the next newer car, house, trip, pair of shoes, etc. etc. is always better. Or at least it seems that way.

For our physical and emotional health we need to strike a balance between the material and spiritual worlds, blending the two together in a way that helps us keep our stress levels under control.

By spiritual, I do not mean religious; I am referring to an inner peace facilitated by rest, relaxation, meditation, exercise, time outs, etc.

From my observation perch, I see a world drowning in stress—on call 24/7—striving all too hard for personal success, while families strive to raise perfect children, often at their own and their marriages detriment.

The question remains as to what you can gain from embracing this statement? Is "What you have all you need?" Might it help you to continue to pursue your dreams,while helping you to appreciate and value what you already have?

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, August 29, 2014

PART II


Obvious, if taken literally, the statement What You Have is All You Need is not a “one size fits all” embraceable mantra. One might need more money, a life partner, better health, friends, a job, or all of the above. One might need peace of mind, comfort, relaxation, freedom from depression, sobriety, etc. The anxiously depressed, lonely, addict needs a lot more than s/he has!!

Clearly, this statement is not about those kinds of needs. So what else might it be addressing? In one sense, I believe it is focusing on self-related issues. I think it is saying that we can rely on our selves to get what we need; that we possess the qualities and abilities to achieve our goals and fulfill our needs—from basic to complex. It reassures us that we are not dependent on other people or forces to “lean in” and bring our game on.

But what if we can’t or at least don’t feel as if we can? Then we need help to overcome that which inhibits our accomplishment. Or we need to talk ourselves into stronger spaces of self-actualization. That we may need to draw from both sources of inspiration, however, means that what we might have now is not all we need now.

Let’s keep thinking about this simple but complicated statement.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, August 28, 2014

I CAME ACROSS AN INTERESTING QUOTE



                                        "WHAT YOU HAVE IS ALL YOU NEED"

It is inscribed on a rock garden in Kyoto, Japan—a very peaceful place. Like most quotes of this type it has many different meanings. What, if anything, does it mean for you? Think about what it might mean for you. Over the next week or so I will share my own ideas.

And if what you have is NOT all you need right now then what do you need for the statement to fit. And do you really need what you think you need or is that just an illusion blocking your path to peace of mind and contentment today? And if you really need what you feel is missing in your life, what can you do to get it?

Fascinating how rock gardens can speak so strongly to us while whispering softly in the sunshine!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, August 25, 2014

WE CAN ALL USE SOME GOOD NEWS

IN THE JULY 28 ISSUE OF TIME MAGAZINE Roger Altman wrote an article that was titled, "Seven Signs America Has Turned the Corner." Here are his conclusions:

Americans are spending like they mean it.

Housing has come back to life.

American made makes sense again.

Energy production is booming.

Our environment is getting healthier.

American schools are working smarter.

Social trends are moving in the right direction... which includes very large drops in crime.

Bad news travels too fast. Hope this good news travels at any speed.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, August 24, 2014

POSTSCRIPT

There is a beautiful tribute to Robin Williams in the August 25th edition of Time Magazine. Clearly and undeniably he was a really good man, except perhaps to himself.

Unfortunately, there are many people like that, and perhaps his passing is a wake up call for us to take a little better care of us.

May he rest in peace and may we find peace here on earth.


Bye for now,

Bill

Saturday, August 23, 2014

3 JOKES FROM CONAN O'BRIAN TO MAKE YOU LAUGH

Scrabble is adding 3000 new words including "chillax" and "selfie." So kids, there's never been a better time to challenge your grandparents to a game of scrabble.

This week a giant tortoise was on the loose here in Southern California. Drivers on the freeway were shocked to see something moving so quickly.

LinkedIn has agreed to pay a $6 million settlement to employees. Unfortunately, the employees haven't heard about it because like everyone else they automatically delete all emails from LinkedIn.

The latter is funny because it is so true for me. Just last week i asked my tech helper to help me add LinkedIn requests because i feel badly ignoring them. His response was "I'm working on this myself so I will get back to you." Never heard back. Must be the curse of LinkedIn!! So, if you know a LinkedIn employee, call them from the nearest pay phone to let them know about the 6 mill.

Bye for NOW,

BILL

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

IN A RECENT RESEARCH STUDY

Those who high-fived reduced bacterial contamination by 50% over hand shakes. Those who fist-bumped reduced by 90%. I guess Howie has been right all along.


Bye for Now via Fist-bump,

Bill


Friday, August 15, 2014

ON A LIGHTER NOTE




Did you ever wonder why the people facebook says you might know are not known to you? I mean like it gets you thinking. Where do i know them from? Is my mind/memory slipping? They look vaguely familiar, but i don't know them and frankly don't want to.

Oh, the algorithms of agony and angst, and the algoryrithims of de feet and pseudo friendship!!

So, if you think u know me the odds are you don't. Let's keep it that way. The last friends I need are the one's I don't know! If you don't believe me check out the wikipedia definition of a friend. Make sure you get the correct one, not a pseudo one that is untrue.

The world has gotten oh so complicated and so so  impersonal. Or should I say soooo to make the point. Very confusing times i must say.

Bye for Now,

Bill




Tuesday, August 12, 2014

THE DAY THE MAN WHO MADE US ALL LAUGH MADE US ALL CRY


Though it’s not easy these days, I try to keep this blog positive, inspiring, and hopeful.

Unfortunately, not all news is good news. Sometimes it is painfully sad. Such was the case yesterday when we all learned that Robin Williams, an icon among icons, was gone—intentionally self-induced. The old adage that “bad news travels fast,” has never been truer in our age of social media.

Looking from afar, or sometimes even from up close, one never really knows what demons lurk in the minds of others, especially the super-talented, super-successful, super-wealthy, seemingly super-upbeat special people. Most wear their masks all too well. They go from off to “the show must go on” in a flash.

We look upon such folks with admiration and envy wishing to be them or to enjoy equal fame and fortune. Most of us don’t ever achieve that, and perhaps that is a blessing after all. There is something to be said for living a small and anonymous life, especially since that is stressful enough these days. Many who have achieved fame and fortune, and who have lived our very fantasies, are often dealing with nightmares hidden from view. In making such people our super-heroes, we view them from a distorted prism that only sees the light and never sees the dark that lurks quietly but powerfully beneath the surface.

It is well known that many comedians, comedy writers, and superstars of all types use their medium to cover and convert their sadness and pain. Their very artistic talents may strongly spring from transforming their personal angst into publically lauded and applauded assets. Apparently, such was the case for one of the funniest and zaniest people of all times.

I am reminded of the 1997 lyrics of another icon whose dark clouds have been following him for fifty years or so. Bob Dylan sang:

I was born here and I will die here against my will
I know it looks like I’m moving, but I’m standing still
Every nerve in my body is so vacant and numb
I can’t even remember what it was I came here to get away from
Don’t even hear a murmur of a prayer
It’s not dark yet but it’s getting there

Emotional trauma from earlier years can spawn addictions that can last for all of our years. Over time they wear people down—body, mind, spirit, and soul. All the tumult, torture, and turbulence ultimately take their toll and ultimately take a life. One could argue that people really aren’t built to withstand such intense levels of stress, tension, and always being “on stage!”

Though he leaves behind a richly colored tapestry that forms his legacy, all who knew him personally as well as those who admired him from afar will sorely miss Mr. Williams—entertainer extraordinaire. One can’t help but feel that Robin robbed himself, his family, friends, and his fans of all that was left behind on the table of his yet unlived life.

Perhaps the lesson he leaves us all with is that we need to keep seeking peace within ourselves while we are still here. Hopefully and prayerfully he has finally found his peace; the man who gave us so much rightfully deserves that.

Bye For Now,
Bill


Thursday, August 7, 2014

PEANUTS WISDOM

" Worrying won't stop the bad stuff from happening. It just stops you from enjoying the good."


Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

JERSEY BOYS: THE MOVIE

is well done and worth seeing.

The music, for those of us growing up in the 50's and 60's is upbeat and uplifting, while the back story is a downer all the way. Frankie starts out lost and in trouble and doesn't seem to ever really find himself.

It shows that fame is not all it is cracked up to be and like so many other successful musicians, these guys lost their way over and over. They sang many love songs, but didn't find it easily or hold onto it for long.

Sort of a sweet and sour story, but definitely worth the price of admission. I guarantee that you won't leave till the credits conclude.


Bye for now,


Bill

Sunday, August 3, 2014

FUNNY WORDS

"A new study found that most Internet-connected home gadgets and appliances are vulnerable to hackers. It's only a matter of time before your blender steals your credit card number."

—Jimmy Kimmel

"Immortality is a long shot, I admit; but somebody has to be first."
—Bill Cosby

"I've had so much plastic surgery, when I die they will donate my body to Tupperware."
—Joan Rivers

"You know you're old when all the names in your black book have M.D. after them."
—Harrison Ford

"You know you're old when you still have a black book!"
—WNP

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, August 2, 2014

SORRY FOR THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE

But I was in NYC.

I am so impressed with what former Mayor Bloomberg did to create a suburban feel to the very urban landscape. His goal was to design spaces of comfort and calm for city dwellers and visitors. I read that he sent staff all over the world to get ideas from other large cities. And that they did.

Within less than a square mile of our daughter's Chelsea digs there must be at least 6 parks. Two have summer music programs for kids. One has a beautiful carousel on the Hudson with green grass everywhere.

They also built the high line from an abandoned rail station on 10th Avenue that stretches some 20+ blocks, which makes for a lovely, albeit crowded walking space filled with interesting plants and shrubs. High rises are going up that overlook the high line so he stimulated the economy while he stimulated our senses. Brilliant really. Further north on the Hudson they build a park space over the river. And of course there is central park, more resplendent and majestic than ever.

Then there are the cafe-esque sit abouts, seemingly in the middle of heavily trafficked areas, but totally safe. All that is missing is a mustached Parisian waiter in a black apron serving cappuccinos and glasses of wine.

Bravo to Bloomberg who has left his signature carved into the Big Apple. He not only knows how to make money, but also to make pretty special spaces amid a vast metropolis of people, cars, and congestion. And, my sense is he was an excellent Mayor for 12 years, now devoted to doing good around the world by improving health care.

It is always lovely to find a really good person and politician among the scoundrels that so disappoint us.

I, for one, hope his "pride bank" is as full, if not fuller, than his piggy bank.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, July 20, 2014

IN AN EFFORT TO LIGHTEN THE HEAVINESS OF OUR TIMES

here are some funnies:

Pope Francis is considering repealing celibacy for Priests...See what you can accomplish when you don't have congress standing in your way?

—David Letterman

According to a new study, one in four Americans admits to not exercising at all. As a  result, one in four Americans is actually two in four Americans.

—Seth Meyers

The number of pot delivery services has tripled in the last three years because more states are easing their marijuana laws. And the first person to figure out how to combine that with pizza delivery service will be our countries first trillionaire.

—Jimmy Fallon

Feel free to LOL!

Bye for Now,

Bill

I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT

but in today's SS there was an article about a sheriff's deputy that made so really poor choices in helping a local ponzi schemer abuse other peoples civil liberties.

Hundreds of pages of support for his previous and otherwise good deeds were submitted prior to sentencing. One person wrote in part, "_____has done too many good things in his life for him to be treated as just some common criminal." Really?

My reaction was swift: good deeds do not neutralize bad deeds; good judgment does not neutralize bad judgment, etc.

Our challenge as people is to be consistently good, filling our pride bank every day—not just most days. Those who slip up in unconscionable ways, need to be punished to the full extent of the law, simply to preserve the law.

Most of the time is not good enough. In some areas perfection is overrated. In terms of being honorable, perfection is what we all need to achieve.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MY SINCERE APOLOGIES

for my previous blog.

When i began this adventure several years ago my intent was to inspire and offer hope and optimism—not dismal foreboding of catastrophe.

Back then all we were dealing with were financial crises, which by comparison seem small today. Markets eventually come back—those who are part of body counts and those in body bags don't!

I guess what I am realizing is that it is not easy, not easy at all, to be positive and optimistic in a world torn by strife in so many places.

The good news is that America, despite its blemishes and questionable leadership in both parties, is still strong and free and beautiful. Let us hold onto the idea that we are most fortunate to live here, while we mourn for those less fortunate who are at war or innocent victims of others' aggressions.

We are, all things considered, very lucky and that is something for which to be thankful and hopeful.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, July 18, 2014

THE HEADLINES SCREAM DISASTER

as the world seems to be coming apart at the seams. This validates my comments about sports news issues being non issues.

Prayers for yet another Malaysian aircraft and for those in Israel as well as Gaza as well as....fill in the blanks.

Slowly but surely we are losing our way, relegating global warming as not nearly so important. For it to be meaningful the world needs to survive, and so far there is scant evidence that it will.

Sad, scary, and so unnecessary.

Bye for now,

Bill

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WHEN WALKING IN THE PARK

the other day I passed the playground where all the children were running wild while their parents were busy texting or talking on their cell phones. Sometimes smart phones are not so and we people are not so as well.

Back in the day we watched our kids not our screens, and we talked to our kids not our "framily" and we weren't so addicted to immediate communications. Most of the time it is not so important—SO IMPORTANT!!

My golly, there were many days when i left the house in the am and didn't see or speak to my beloved till the pm and you know what it was just fine. And our fights, few as they were, didn't take place over texting battles, but were face to face and we were able to resolve the issue on our time not on work time. And, believe it or not sexting was not a word.

I fear we have become addicted to instantcy, when in fact life is a process that often takes a while. What worries me is that ....well you fill in the rest.... #insanity, #stress, #whatever that means.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I ADMIT I DON'T UNDERTAND FANDOM

but it seemed a little much with all that is going on in the world that is scary, turbulent, and horrific that the headline on the first page of the SS that took up 3/4 of the page was LeGone with a pic of Lebron James from the back.

I admire his ability and athleticism BUT in the scheme of things life, death, and otherwise—eh! The fans that booed his departure in 2010 will welcome him back to Cleveland with cheers. Such is the fickle finger of heroism, in a world when trying to find one is quite a challenge unless one looks to doctors, educators, scientists, and the like who are underrated and under the radar.

Similarly, today's sports section headline screams in large bold letters, "END OF AN ERA." Why do i really care. This is as silly as the tears shed in Brazil when Germany kicked their butts! It's a game folks, that is all it is. Only a game.

And while we are at it why is Bosh, whose play, even for a non fan like me, seems mediocre and inconsistent, deserve $118 mill over 5 years? In general, sports seems to have lost its way,with teams and athletes  becoming big businesses for the rich and famous.

It's time for fans to boycott arenas instead of overpaying for hot dogs and beer, face paint and all. Never gonna happen. We love our home teams, but if our home team members loved us, they wouldn't be so quickly LEGONE!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, July 10, 2014

YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING OLD

when you no longer fight about money, no longer fight about the kids, no longer fight about sex, but now fight about who gets to use the HEATING PAD!


Bye for Now,

 bill

Friday, July 4, 2014

GOD BLESS AMERICA

and Lord know we can use all the blessings we can get!

May the rest of your summer be sunny even in the rain and may you find peace of mind in the months ahead.

Please keep in mind that Xmas is coming soon so enjoy the warmth of summer and hope for a milder winter for those in the snow belt.

As i am fond of saying "Time flies whether you are having fun or not so please have some fun!"


Bye for now,

bill

AS I LISTEN

to inspiring marching music to put us all in the July 4th spirit I gaze out the window at an unrelenting gray sky filled with rain drops and devoid of sun. It makes me think of the Yiddish statement that translates as "Men plan and God laughs." I guess the updated version needs to be "Women and men plan and God still laughs at them both."

Of course I am referring to all the communities local and far away that planned wonderful celebrations and fireworks to commemorate today only to be rained out.

That said, our true spirit is where our hearts reside, so let us pay tribute to our unique and inspiring heritage rain or shine. As we peruse the history of our great nation we have much to be proud of and much to improve. Let us keep doing the latter while allowing the  bright lights of our accomplishments, individually and communally, to shine proudly upon us—even in the rain! As those words were typed a bright bolt of lightening reaffirmed them.

Stay safe, dry and proud of yourself as well as our great nation.

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, July 3, 2014

HOPING YOUR 4th

is fun and safe and that all of the fireworks near you are in the sky!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I DECIDED TO BE BRAVE

and go looking for the rain and winds like a weather plane diving right into a hurricane system.

I walked the beach for 35+ minutes. Gray clouds lingered overhead. Surfer dudes were staring into the sea waiting for the waves brought on by the "storm."

There was no rain, wind or waves. The sand was hard and made walking easy as it wasn;t softened by rain.

What will not be so easy is for the weather pundits to explain why the storm disappeared. Then again they will probably predict it will pound the Carolinas. Let's hope they are wrong again and it will peacefully, quietly, and dryly go out to sea.

Time to open the shutters!

Bye for Now,

Bill

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Every summer it is the same. The weather pundits like to stir the u know what.

Last nite and this morning they were jumping up and down about the first named tropical storm and the rains and gusty winds that would flood Palm Beach out. Since we are in Jupiter and it was in the red zone on their radar we took precautions.

My wife canceled a lunch date with a friend she hasn't seen in a while as we both felt the rains would be hazardous, since as soon as it rains here people close their eyes and drive blind until they crash.

Then i closed the shutters 3/4 of the way to prevent the "typhoon" from wiping out our patio.

Then reality hit. There was a dribble of rain, a gray sky and NO wind. The avalanche was supposed to start at 1:00 and get worse and worse just in time for rush hour. It is now 5:45pm dry and calm. What will the forecasters say later? I guess that we were lucky. Better they should say collectively "we are idiots—hysterical ones at that!"

The biggest problem with them constantly getting it ridiculously wrong is that when they finally get it right we won't believe them, just like the boy who cried wolf. Then again hysteria keeps you returning to the news and weather channel and that seems to count more than accuracy.

Bye for Now,

A Very Dry Bill

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

when it comes to Miami Heat related headlines and articles in South Florida. They are all about free agents (who don't come free at all) and the possible collapse of the big three: Lebron, Wade, and  Bosh.

Let's be real folks. We are talking about a basketball team—an excellent bb team—at least till the finals where they got beat bad by a team that avenged a lucky win last year.

But these giants of men are not likely to win a Nobel or Pulitzer prize, discover a cure for cancer or other horrific diseases, help our war torn world find peace, or anything like that. They will likely keep playing or being involved in basketball in some capacity and really, I mean, who really cares?

Personally, I wish them well, thank them for their contributions, and do not care one iota. Our world faces serious problems on just about every continent. Whether the "big three" stay or go is hardly worth our attention or the headlines and articles being written.

The big three of Syria, Iraq and Iran—well that is important—critically so. The big three of Africa—huge and scary. The big three of Miami—100+ millionaires they be for their talents and limited contributions to the playing field of life. Huge for them and meaningless for us.

To worship them is to idolize those who don't deserve it. Talents of this kind are  an overrated and overpaid commodity in today's markets. Let's pay our teacher's more and our athletes, movie and rock stars less. Let's put our attention and our money where it deserves to be.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

IT'S PROBABLY BEEN 6 M0NTHS OR MORE

that I have off and on read "Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaccson. it is a 600+ page book filled with everything you might want to know about Steve, his genius, his OCD eye for detail, and his strong temper. In his world, things were either great or shit and he aimed for the former over and over. And he achieved it over and over.

His cancer battle was both sad and scary and knocked him out of our world prematurely. One can't help but wonder what our world would be like if he had lived another 30 years. Nonetheless, we are grateful for his giving us so much and leaving an Apple legacy, which is likely to bear more fruit.

Oddly enough, having spent so much time reading the book, I am tempted to reread it. There are many secrets to be unlocked that apply to us all in every avenue of our lives.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, June 21, 2014

WISE WORDS RE AGING AND LIFE



Slow down and enjoy life. It's not only the scenery you miss by going too fast—you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.

—Eddie Cantor

Written well before cell phones and all the other technology speeded up the mix!

Old age, especially an honoured old age, has so great authority, that this is of more value than all the pleasures of youth.

—Marcus Tullius Cicero

I'm not convinced. Perhaps Cicero, brilliant as he was, did not have much pleasure as a youth!!

Nobody knows the age of the human race, but everybody agrees that it is old enough to know better.

—Unknown

I'm not convinced that those who should have known better agree. Would you like me to name names?

My grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle.

—Henny Youngman

He was a real funny guy. Best as I recall he used to say, "Take my wife...PLEASE!!"


Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

IT'S NOT EASY

to find simple humor these days not laced with politics, the Kardashians, or other "Game of Thrones" wannabes.

Here's one that almost works:

"Later in his life O.J. Simpson was arrested, tried, and convicted. He is in prison now for stealing sports memorabilia. Double homicide, not a problem. Stealing sports memorabilia—that'll get you in the slammer."

—David Letterman

Now that i think about it that is a Game of Thrones wannabe all the way...and i have never watched a single episode. The closest i got was watching the playoffs of the Heat and Rangers getting knocked off their thrones. Wake up calls are not necessarily a bad thing!


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, June 16, 2014

BEST AS I CAN TELL

the world is not in such great shape, which is why it is important for you and for me to be in the best shape of our lives.

I'm working on it and hope you are too.

Bye for now,

bill

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

APPROPO OF LAST POST

We now seem to be moving from a random shooting a week to one a day. Yesterday, there was one at a high school on the last day of the year that killed a 14 year old boy and wounded a teacher before the teen perp killed himself.

I think there is a virus among us that won't be stopped until we at least try to enact gun laws that are more sensible and more restrictive. We also need to profile ( I know a dirty word these days) those among us who are high risk and get them help before they come out guns a' blazin.

I would have thought that after the Connecticut massacre of 20 innocent children as well as others, something would have changed. But nada! The NRA rules and that's that.

The male perp in Vegas shouted "The revolution has begun" or words to that effect before killing the 2 policeman. But minutes later he and his wife were dead. What revolution? More like revulsion to me.

Watch your back if you even can.

Bye for now,

bill

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I AM GETTING VERY DISILLUSIONED

by all the disillusioned folks who think that going on a random repulsive rampage of red hot rage, guns a'blazing, will bring enlightenment, or for that matter Heaven, when they finally, albeit too late, off themselves.

It seems like just about every week we have a shooting story. In Vegas all three victims, including two police officers, were armed. But how do you defend yourself against people walking up to you, while you are eating lunchtime pizza, who shoot you in the head? Just like that! Good people, family men, and painfully young.

 Or the guy in Wal-Mart who walked over to calm things and was ambushed by the woman—Amanda—whom he didn't know was part of the perp squad. Not to mention the young students gunned down at the university in Santa Barbara, because the perp had some social issues. Or, those in a Jewish museum in Belgium. Or......ad infinitem.

Years ago I said "It's not paranoid to be paranoid these days." These days i simply say, "I am paranoid period—majorly!"

Horrible to think that someone I love can go into "innocent" space and be killed in a flash, when even packing a gun won't help.

Terribly sad and sorry for the victims of the disillusioned. Prayers for their families and for their souls.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

THOUGH I AM NOT MUCH OF A MOVIE GUY

I want to see "The Fault in Our Stars,"which is about 2 teens with cancer who fall in love.

In an interview with Shailene Woodley, the female lead actress, I was struck by her comment:

"I've realized that worry is the product of a future that we cannot guarantee and guilt is the product of a past we cannot change. Once that clicked in, it became easier to live this lighter life. And the happier I am the healthier I am and the better I look and feel."

NICE! Words not always easy to embrace but worth striving toward.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, June 2, 2014

ON A SOMBER NOTE

I was saddened to read that George Perraud, D.O. passed in May. He was a good person, family man, colleague, friend, and physician. I knew him back in the 70's when I was on staff at Doctor's Hospital in Sunrise, where my office was located, just off the strip.

I also saw him as a doctor for a while until he specialized in aviation medicine given his great love of flying. He was always down to earth, caring, and made me laugh despite my aches and pains. Those were rough times for me as it was during my panic and phobia days.

I vividly remember being in his office having a major panic attack thinking I was about to die at the same moment he pronounced my blood pressure "perfect!" Those were the "sounds of silence" days where one told no one just how crazy one was. So nice that these words have become part of our lexicon and no longer need to be hidden from view.

My sadness quickly faded into the realization that George lived till 90, practiced until a month before he passed, enjoyed a long term marriage, and positive relationships with his family, patients and colleagues, and flew gracefully, in and out of a plane Not much more one can ask for in life!

May he rest in the eternal peace he so well earned.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, June 1, 2014

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

In a biography, Michael Jordan said he saw so much racism as a kid that he began to "hate all white people." Jordan said he only started to feel compasion for white people after watching them play basketball."

—Conan O'Brian'

Here's a crazy story. A woman was detained after she joined the mile high club on Virgin Air. But the guy she was in there with was not detained. How typical. The guy gets off, but not the girl.

—Jimmy Fallon

My take is that joining the mile high club on Virgin is an oxymoron!

Bye for Now,

Bill

I HAVE READ THAT

angels talk to people that walk, which is partly why I walk 2-4 miles per day.

Reinforcing that was a recent study in England and Scotland of 2800 53 year old people. There was a strong relationship between their being out of shape physically and dying younger and sooner. Those in better shape lived much longer—a nobrainer really but first study to document it.

The choice is yours. Talk to the angels while you walk or let the angel of death visit you sooner than you would like.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, May 31, 2014

SPORTS

 often provide many metaphors for life and living.

The Heat won fair and square tonight out pacing the Pacers in every way.

But their true sportsmanship showed in how they tolerated and coped with Lance S whose behavior was at times absurd,often unprofessional, and sillily juvenile. Blow in my ear and i will follow you anywhere just didn't work.

The Heat team stood strong in ignoring his provocations (for the most part) and just playing their game to shut him them down and shut him up. If anything, he provoked their gusto.

Sometimes, we just have to tolerate improprieties, and even the score by simply winning the game.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, May 25, 2014

HONORS AND GRATITUDE

to our military who sacrifice so much to keep us all safe.

God Bless you all!

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, May 23, 2014

VERY PLEASED TO REPORT

that on Thursday night at the Youth Automotive Training Program graduation I was honored by receiving the prestigious Jim Moran Award for my many  years of service to the school and the students.

My "pride bank" is quite full right now and I hope yours is too.

Doing good always leads to feeling good!


Bye for now,

Bill

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

WORDS WORTH ACTING ON


A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

—James Keller

In today's difficult times, where so much is cloaked in negativity, we can all be candles shining brightly, while lighting someone elses candle. In so doing, we can gain much pride, while losing nothing in the process.

Light someone's candle everyday, and keep yours shining.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, May 17, 2014

SOME FUNNIES

In Colorado, a man was accidentally released from prison 90 years too soon. In a related story, everyone in Colorado is high.

—Conan O'Brian

During his trip to the White House yesterday, Uruguay's president said that more Americans should be bilingual. The Joe Biden said, 'Thanks but I'm happily married.'

—Jimmy Fallon

New research suggests that people who are more ambitious will live longer. While people who are less ambitious will live longer with their parents.

—Seth Meyers

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, May 16, 2014

A WALK IN THE PARK

I have been an advocate of walking for some time, even quoting people who say the angels talk to those who walk.

Now comes research that says walking increases creativity.

"Walkers had more thoughts, but they also had a higher density of creative thoughts than sitters."

Walk on by.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, May 11, 2014

ONCE AGAIN

have a happy mas day and family day.

Bye for now,

Bill

Friday, May 9, 2014

AS A STUDENT OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

I have found the Rothstein case puzzling and at times pathetic. How could so many go so far astray? I guess we are all human and susceptible to greed, self-destruction, and poor choices but WTF?

Observing this can help us to strengthen our moral compass to avoid the pain and punishment. Life is about filling our "pride banks" not our "piggy banks" and especially not our "shame and blame accounts."

Yet, I can't help but ask what all these people were thinking as they made the choices and decisions they did. Whatever happened to their "risk/reward" analyses? They were all playing a form of Russian Roulette, where destiny was not on their side. Eventually, risk would win out.

On Wednesday the SS summarized the 23 people so far involved. Multiple moral miscues that lacked a clear and consistent conscience among a group of people that needed to know better and I am pretty sure actually knew better.  They chose a short term gain for a long term pain and prison sentence.

Professionals, biz owners, police, and even his almost ex-wife getting so caught up in crime and back room dealing and wheeling. If it were made into a movie it would lack credibility—totally.

My former professor, Mortimer Feinberg, concluded a long time ago that hubris enables those in power to abuse it by believing they were beyond reproach, as well as beyond the rules of the land.

There are now 23 people (and probably more to come) who have learned that ultimately they would be held accountable for their misdeeds.

Trust is one of our most valuable resources.  Please don't lose yours. Once lost, it is not easy to gain it back. Oftentimes it is impossible. If you don't believe me just ask Pastor Bob!

Bye for now,

Bill

STILL FEELING THE FALLOUT

from my surgery, but slowly coming back, although at times there seems no end in sight!

Wishing all the Mom's a happy day filled with smiles, laughs, and much pride.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, May 3, 2014

LIFE IS FULL OF SURPRISES

Red eye return was also a wake up call that i needed surgery yesterday for an unexpected "pain in the ass."

Healing now and no big deal compared to the 400+ young adults in Vegas at OMG Stupid Cancer conference dealing with cancer.

Prayers all around,

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, April 28, 2014

AS I SAID LAST YEAR

We returned on a red eye from the Stupid Cancer conference for young adults WITH RED EYES!

Prayers,

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, April 24, 2014

APPROPO OF YESTERDAY'S POST

I subsequently learned that 22 of 29 crew members survived, while Asian children taught to obey their elders and be respectful perished, as they did not leave their cabins. There is something wrong with this picture.

Just so sad for them and their families. Just so mad at so many self-serving crew members.

If this was an isolated incident it would be one thing. Sorry to say it has become a metaphor for life in 2014. Too many examples to share.

Prayers!

Bye for Now,

Bill

I TRY HARD NOT TO BE JUDGEMENTAL

I was relieved just slightly to learn that 11 crew members of the ill-fated South Korean ferry were arrested, until I asked myself WTF happened that allowed them to survive and the 100's of children not to?

This story and tragedy is not only about too heavy a load, and too many added passenger cabins, or even a turn taken too quickly by an inexperienced third mate—it is about the people in charge abandoning their responsibilities to save themselves.No punishment will be sufficient, except perhaps the shame with which they will have to live.

They should all be forced to have a tattoo of the letter C placed on their foreheads—cowards to the core!

So much for not being judgmental!

Bye for Now,
Bill

Monday, April 21, 2014

EVERY ONCE IN A RARE MOMENT

I find a meaningful statement on social media. Yesterday's was one and so is todays:

Strength shows not only in the ability to persist, but the ability to start over.

—Unknown

I have always believed that we need to reinvent ourselves in many ways across our lives.


Bye for now,

Bill

Sunday, April 20, 2014

HAPPY EASTER

Here is a worthy quote for our times:

"The biggest communication problem is we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply."

—Unknown


Friday, April 18, 2014

OK SO I'M A DINASAUR

IN MY DAY, THE CAPTAIN WENT DOWN WITH THE SHIP. In today's world, the captain is first off on the first lifeboat. Disgraceful.

IN MY DAY, FRAT/SORORITY HAZING WAS PRETTY MODERATE. In today's world, it has become amongst other things, forcing pledges to drink way too much alcohol—borderline overdose levels—and then leaving them stranded—drunk out of their mind. Disgraceful.

Hats off to UCF for suspending Chi Omega Sorority for doing that.

Perhaps living in "prehistoric" (aka as honorable) times wasn't such a bad thing.

Prayers for those children and adults killed tragically on the ferry. Sad about the school principal, but at least he was honorable to "fall on his sword."

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

WORDS WORTH HEARING AND REPEATING




The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.

—Stephen Ambrose

Bye for Now,

bill

OM GOODNESS

Just realized I have fallen terribly behind on late night humor. Here are a few to tickle your funny bone:

Conan O'Brien

A man got a tattoo saying that Kentucky won the NCAA tournament even though they lost this year. It's right above his tattoo congratulating President Mitt Romney.

Jimmy Fallon on the same topic:

George W. Bush and Bill Clinton sat next to each other at the big game. Clinton congratulated UConn on its big win, while Bush gave Kentucky a "Mission Accomplished" banner.

Fallon once again:

Authorities in NY recently arrested a man at JFK airport with 7 pounds of cocaine hidden inside goat meat. Or as Toronto Mayor Rob Ford calls that an "hors d'oeuvre."

More yokes to come. As I often say, "If we don't laugh a little we risk crying a lot.

Bye for now,

Bill


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A HAPPY PASSOVER AND EASTER TO ALL

So interesting how the two religions dovetail each other. Xmas and Chanukah, Easter and Passover. Not to mention skullcaps.

Bye for Now,

 Bill

Thursday, April 10, 2014

I WISH YOU ALL

 a happy conclusion to your week and a peaceful, relaxing and pleasant weekend.

Bye for Now,

bill

Monday, April 7, 2014

WELL

maybe u should have called your bookie! Go UConn.

Bye for Now,

Bill

MY MONEY

is on UConn, but then again what do I know about college basketball? Please don't call your bookie on my account.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, April 6, 2014

LET'S LAUGH A LOT

 Here is my vote for recent late night jokes:

Seth Meyers

The Kremlin announced today that Valdimir Putin and his wife have officially divorced. She'll get the house and the car and he'll get Crimea, Ukraine and Belarus.

and another for him

A new poll has found that 75% of Americans think marijuana eventually will be legal, while the other 25% said, "What, it's illegal?

and yet another

Tiger Woods announced he won't play in the Masters because he is recovering from back surgery. His doctors have told him to avoid swinging—and also golfing.

and one more

To celebrate Shakespeare's 450th birthday, the Globe Theater has plans to perform Hamlet in every country of the world including North Korea. Said one N. Korean official, "Do you need a skull? Because we can get you a skull!"

Guess Seth wins big time this week. Way to go.

Bye for now,

bill

Friday, April 4, 2014

DAY AFTER DAY I TOIL AT THESE BLOGS NOT!

Here is a good quote from a good man and great leader:

"The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Work is the key to success, and hard work can help you accomplish anything."

—Vince Lombardi


INTERESTING IDEA IN OUR TEXT/ EMAIL ERA



"We can learn so much about the people around us—even about the people we already know—just by taking the time to have a conversation."

Dave Isay founder of Story Corps

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

WAY TO GO

There was a sweet and touching story a few weeks back about a couple married 45 years. He had a heart attack. On the way to see him at the ER she had a heart attack and died. They died separately 15 minutes apart in the same hospital neither knowing the other had died. Lovely loving planning. Where can one sign up for that togetherness exit?

Bye for now,

Bill

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

AFTER YESTERDAY'S BLOG NOW THE QUESTION IS

What should GM say?

It is sad really when you learn that a company of that stature and history took 10 years to own and address flaws they knew about. Reminds me of the tobacco companies who turned a blind eye to the hazards of smoking when they knew darn well those hazards that were well documented years ago.

I hope GM doesn't try to use their bankruptcy to beat out the victim's families or the millions they save will cost them billions in bad press and bad will. While they may not have a technical responsibility, they have a moral one. Let's hope they own up to that.

And let's hope other bigger than life companies learn from these less than well managed tragedies.

Bye for Now,

Bill

I THINK WE HAVE ALL OVERTHOUGHT FLIGHT 370

For me, it is a matter of having traveled the world safely. Along comes total confusion. Almost everything they have said has been contradicted or reversed. Yesterday's potential treasure or evidence becomes today's flotsam and debris. This is not a time for environmentalists to pitch their cause.

In retrospect, the airlines needed to say:

After 1000's or more of hours, millions of dollars if not billions, the cooperation of 11 countries, more fuel than we can measure, the data analysis of the most sophisticated centers in the world WE HAVE NOT A CLUE what happened to your loved ones. We, like you,  pray, wonder, and hope for a happier and safer ending.

We are sad that this has happened under our watch.We pride ourselves on safety first. We are perplexed by so many different theories and ideas that confuse rather than resolve. We feel your pain and anguish. We are trying everything we know and then some.

We will continue for as long as we can to try to clarify this unfathomable situation. If, at the end, it turns out to be our responsibility, we will take full responsibility. We assure you of that. Time will tell—we hope.

Bye for now,

Bill

Saturday, March 29, 2014

HUMOR HEATING UP

Here are my favorites. i pick the ones that cause me to LOL.

Seth Meyers

Pope Francis and President Obama met for the first time today and prayed together. Said Obama, "Lord please help me accept the things I cannot change, which is everything."

Jimmy Fallon

They're considering a new 10-cent fee on grocery bags here in New York. My Mom said, "Who's laughing at the 8000 bags under the sink NOW?"

I lol because my wife has the same number under the sink! Next we go to NYC perhaps we can sell them for a nickel a piece.

David Letterman

Let's talk about March Madness. It starts out with 68. Then it goes to 32. And then it drops to 16. You know what it's like? It's like President Obama's approval ratings.

Bye for Now,

Bill

I KNOW I HAVE BEEN QUIET LATELY

perhaps because of my cold and "fatigue virus" or perhaps I have run out of thoughts to blog about. Never!

I can tell u this. Though I grieve for the families of the missing flight, which is perhaps the most bizarre story in aviation history since Amelia Earhart disappeared, I felt it was very inappropriate for the loved ones to be protesting, throwing bottles of water, and generally acting out.

I understand their horror, but the people who conspired to do this are likely dead. The government officials and airline executives, inept as they might seem, did not kill their loved ones. Throw bottles of water in the water.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

ON A LIGHTER NOTE

There are some "late night" jokes that tickled my fancy or in more modern speak made me LOL The bigger question is why i am doing this at 4am.

In any event, we have David Letterman saying

"North Korean leader Kim Jong Un won reelection with 100% of the vote. They say when the absentee ballots are counted the percentage could go even higher."

I say goodbye Dave, Dennis is coming to get you soon you silly rabbit!

Seth Meyers had a funny with " Today is the first day of spring. And just in time because yesterday was the 400th day of winter."

After moving to Florida in 1973 this winter vindicated me. My wife still hates it here but i keep telling her "you will get used to it!"

And finally, Conan O'Brien said, " A barber shop in Colorado is refusing to serve anyone who smells like marijuana. Today they went out of business."

Thanks for keeping us laughing guys. Soon a female will replace you all. My money is on Hillary!

Bye for now,
bill

Monday, March 24, 2014

LIFE IS TRULY STRANGER THAN FICTION

So today we get the official word that we fundamentally knew more than 2 weeks ago. The flight is lost at sea for reasons yet unknown.

The families are lost at sea as well and have been put through the ringer for all this time. The longer it lasted the more we fantasized about a landing with the people still alive. Today our hopes and prayers were dampened by reality.

Human error seems to be riddled through this saga from start to finish. In our post 9/11 world I would expect so much more. Yet it is what it is. If it were a movie it would lack credibility, which is why truth is ....

Something or someone killed 239 people and left their families in pain. God bless those lost and their sad loved ones left behind.

Every day life is a crap shoot.

Let us acknowledge and affirm that we are lucky and blessed to be here.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, March 16, 2014

IT IS VERY SAD

that the plane is still missing and grieving families have no clue what happened to their loved ones.Time will tell the true story—hopefully.

Meanwhile, do you wonder what the news channels would be talking about if this tragedy never happened? I mean there is coverage, overkill, and extreme coverage—especially when from one expert to another there is disagreement and added confusion.

"We are clueless" would be an appropriate statement. In the old days news was absent. Today, it is too present.

Bye for now,

bill

WATCH OUT FOR THIS BUG

Been sick for a week now. It's only a cold BUT it has a rhythm all its own.

First usual cold symptoms, then morphs into bronchitis, then morphs into zombie fatigue, then the cold comes back and the stages repeat themselves.

Steer clear of this particular virus. As for me i am going back to bed!

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, March 9, 2014

JOKE OF THE WEEK

THREE TIED FOR FIRST PLACE:

JIMMY FALLON— A new survey found that the average American child watches 24 hours of TV every week. In fact, experts say it's important for parents to lay down the law and tell their kids to get outside and look at their phones.  (kinda sad but true!)

CRAIG FERGUSON—Meteorologists say 90% of the Great Lakes are frozen over. People from Chicago are being urged to stay off the frozen lakes, but if you want to see someone from Chicago on thin ice, just go to the White House.  (kinda sad but true)

CONAN O'BRIAN— The White House announced a change to Obamacare. They keep making adjustments.They say people can now keep their insurance plans for two more years. When asked what would happen after two years, Obama said, "After two years, I don't give a damn." (kinda sad but true)

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, March 8, 2014

APPROACH NEXT WEEK

expecting a miracle and you might just find one coming your way.

Think about all the miracles that have happened in your blessed life and feel grateful. Being alive is a gift of grand proportion. Enjoy every moment.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, March 2, 2014

APPARENTLY

Miami Dolphin non legend Ritchie Incognito bullies more than teammates.

He was accused of beating his $300,00 Ferrari FF with a baseball bat. Ritchie is now resting comfortably in a rehab center in Arizona where the incident took place.

His car, on the other hand is hurt and wounded and has moved to an unknown location. Rumors have it that the car moved back to Italy!

Bye for Now,

Bill

THE JOKE OF THE WEEK GOES TO

Conan O'Brien:

"A former Target employee is accusing the store of hiring only attractive people as managers. Apparently he's talking about a Target store I have never been to."

Me neither!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, February 28, 2014

I'M MOVING

to Dubai! They are offering citizens a gram of gold for every kilogram they shed in  a month to combat obesity.

The program is called "Your Weight in Gold."

Perhaps the reality version will be called "The Biggest Winner!"

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

AS I WAS WANDERING

 the exhibit hall at the YSC/LBBC conference in Orlando a young woman tapped me on the shoulder.

I turned around to hear her say, "Thank you for coming to help us and here is a bracelet for you. She then put a realloy nice bracelet on my right hand that had a pink ribbon on it. I haven't taken it off since, but to shower.

It is those random acts of kindness that makes Cancerville a very special place. Happy to be there to collect that honor and help others dealing with that awful place.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014

I AM HAPPY TO BE HERE AND I AM UNHAPPY TO BE HERE

AND I IMAGINE YOU ARE TOO!

THAT WAS MY OPENING LINE AT THE WORKSHOP I LED FOR CAREGIVERS (AKA "HEART AND SOUL GIVERS") AT THE YOUNG SURVIVAL COALITION AND LIVING BEYOND BREAST CANCER CONFERENCE JOINTLY SPONSORED WORKSHOP IN ORLANDO.

Over 600 women, mostly survivors, from 14 countries are attending this amazing, informative, supportive event.

Obviously, I was happy to be there to be helpful, but unhappy because it is painful to see so many young people suffering, because I hate cancer with the same intensity that I hate the Nazis, and because never in my wildest imagination did I see my skill set expanding to being an "expert" in helping others cope with cancer.

THAT SAID MY DAUGHTER IS DOING VERY WELL AS IS HER MIRACLE BABY and my mission is to continue to help people dealing with the place I call Cancerville (aka CANCERVILE!)

BYE FOR NOW,

BILL

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

MANY FUNNY JOKES BUT THE WINNER IS

JIMMY KIMMEL who said:

"CVS is no longer selling cigarettes. They say it is the right thing to do for our customers and our company in their path for better health.

If they want to promote better health, maybe they should stop selling Cheese Whiz, Circus peanuts, Debbie jelly rolls and all the ingredients for meth."

Well stopping selling Nic is a good start. They will sacrifice 2 billion + dollars a year

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, February 16, 2014

THIS WAS A QUIET WEEK FOR LATE NIGHT COMICS

Justin disappeared from view as did the Mayor of Toronto as did our politicians, who came together or at least didn't destroy each other and us. The comedians usual prey were no where in sight so they had to pick on the Olympics and the Westminster dog show.

Best of show, amid a poodley mix was Jimmy Kimmel:

"Today in New York was the finals of the Westminster kennel Club dog show. This was the 138th Westminster dog show, which proves that no matter how boring something is, you can still do it over and over again."

Woof!

More bronze than gold! Actually, maybe 4th place!

Bye for now,

Bill

Saturday, February 15, 2014

MAY SHIRLEY TEMPLE REST IN PEACE

Hers was an interesting life both as a young movie star and an ambassador—twice, as well as mom, grand mom and great grandmom.

I was offended by a cartoon in the Sun Sentinel that shows a young Shirley with a halo over her head entering the pearly gates with the "host" calling with a smile on his face and asking, "Boss, did you order a Shirley Temple?"

Disrespectful all the way. If you agree sent the SS editor an email saying BOOOOOOO!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, February 14, 2014

APPROPOS YESTERDAYS POST

Here is a quote from Mr. Sorkin's eloquent eulogy in Time Magazine for Mr.Hoffman:

"...Phil Hoffman, this kind, decent, magnificent, thunderous actor, who was never outwardly "right" for any role but who completely dominated the real estate upon which every one of his characters walked, did not die from an overdose of heroin—he died from heroin. We should stop implying that if he had just taken the proper amount, everything would have been fine.

He didn't die because he was partying too hard or because he was depressed. He died because he was an addict on a day of the week with a y in it."

These powerful words, I would say, take on more meaning given he was clean and sober, best as we know, for 20+ years. Our demons lurk within and can attack us without warning. Even on a good day, life is a slippery slope. BE CAREFUL! Phil wasn't and paid the ultimate price!! He left this world much too soon.

Prayers for all addicts everywhere and for Phil—a good man with a really bad disease.

Bye for Now,

bill

HAVING READ A VERY

honest and touching eulogy in Time Magazine for Philip Seymour Hoffman by this friend, coworker, and fellow recovering addict Aaron Sorkin, I find myself semi-obsessed with this most sad story.

Phillip, a highly gifted actor, Oscar winner, father and family man, after years of recovery shoots heroin into his veins and dies a tragic and pointless death prematurely.

It tells us just how powerful addiction can be and how vulnerable the best of us can be. My guesstimate is that 2/3 of Americans, or perhaps more, are addicted to something from drugs to food to social media, and all stops in between.

Addiction may very well be the most deadly disease of all.

May Mr. Hoffman rest in the peace he could not find, despite having all of the life accessories one could ever ask for, except the ability to rein in his addiction. It makes no sense whatsoever, but creates devastating non-sense for too many people. May we someday find the secret to unlock this brain-based nightmare, so we people don't continue to torture, torment, or kill ourselves.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, February 13, 2014

EVEN THOUGH IT IS A CHILLY EVENING

given the weather around the country and the world we need to be grateful for our winter warmth.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, February 9, 2014

NOSTALGIA

is looking backward with delight, while simultaneously looking forward with the anticipation of more good stuff to come.

We will always be able to hear the Beatles sing, both on our devices and in our heads.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, February 7, 2014

PUTIN

AND COMPANY DID GREAT. Hope the rest of the Olympics go as smoothly and safely.

Bye for Now,

bill

I PROMISED




that I would let you know who won the humor contest of late nite comedians and predicted that J Bieber jokes would win., Then again since I am the judge I can make that work. Here are Bieber best of show and superbowl best of show. Should keep you in stitiches all weekend long.

Bye for Now,

bill

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http://i618.photobucket.com/albums/tt261/j335iturbo/Superbowljokes_zpsd5f6232f.jpg

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

WE ARE HAVING AN AMAZING WEATHER STREAK

while most of the country is freezing. 84 and sunny today.

Hope you have a warm-hearted day tomorrow and every day.

May sunbeams find your soul, even if you live in cold weather county.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, February 2, 2014

SUPERBOWL 48

was boring, surprising almost shocking.  We all, almost all, rooted for Mr P and he/ they failed to make it happen OR EVEN COME CLOSE.

All that hard work all season long for naught.

Bye for Now (and MAYBE FOREVER),

Bill

Saturday, February 1, 2014

JUSTIN

You know you are in trouble when Miley is giving you advice on national TV!

Please get yourself a life coach/ counselor immediately... My # is....... Sorry, not a job I wish to take on at this stage of my life.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, January 31, 2014

CONTINUING ON THE HAPPIER/FEELING BETTER NOTE

I have doubled my exercise to 4 miles a day when the weather and my body cooperate. Actually, about to go to the park when I finish this blog.

I believe it has increased the amount of natural brain chemicals I am producing.

I also shoot basketball and occasionally hit racquet balls on a handball court.

All of this combined has enabled me to lose some weight, feel fitter, and be happier.

I encourage you to evaluate your activity level and increase it in proportion to your health and with doctor support. My Mom went to the gym twice a week till she was 981/2, and swam several times a week into her 80s, which is perhaps why she made in healthily and living on her own till that age!


Bye for Now,

bill