Monday, December 5, 2016

Update on America

I want to get this out there before some pundit does. What we are about to see, if not already seeing, is Deals on Wheels Diplomacy. Who was it who wrote The Art of the Deal? Well Mr. PE is already showing us the potential complex conflicts of interests that he and his children sitting on both sides of a high fence or perhaps wall will have and will skirt. Sorry, not the best choice of words for a P grabber!
When one has poor boundaries the rules just don't apply and clearly he has shown himself to have hardly any boundaries at all. At any given moment, especially in the wee hours, he is a twisted tweeter. My mom used to say, "Figures don't lie, but liars can figure!" He has and will continue to do that.Frankly, he lied his way into office making up stuff on the spot. And so far his cabinet seems like the goofy dwarfs,. I guess I can use that term as PC no longer applies, though Ben's space ship is due to land on Earth any day now. Chris, if you haven't noticed, has disappeared relegated to chief toll collector on the GWB. And the Secretary of State will be appointed and anointed with a red rose reality TV motif.
The good news is that all those "horrible" media people will be up DJT's butt every step of the way. The bad news is if he is impeached, which is more than likely, we get Pence who will set us back 75 years as he against just about anything that doesn't fit his limited, conservative, anti-humanistic mindset.
It should be an interesting four years. Just ask India, China, and Europe and a majority of Americans. Those who elected this self-serving buffoon need tighten their seat belt. It is going to be a turbulent and wild ride. I hope I am here to witness the debacle of America. Perhaps I should start making baseball caps that say that.

 Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ACCORDING TO THE Economist


There are more  marijuana dispensaries in Colorado than there are Starbucks coffee shops.

What would you suggest as a headline?

Mine would be "Pot Overtakes the Coffee Pot!"

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, November 21, 2016

I HOPE EVERYONE

has a pleasant T weekend according to their needs.

Not everyone needs to eat Turkey, but everyone needs to be thankful for all the positives that have entered their lives, no matter how strong the negatives.

Bye for Now,

bill

Sunday, November 13, 2016

JUST NOT FAIR!


It has taken me a while to try my best to absorb the Wednesday morning shock and I still haven’t succeeded. No, it wasn’t as you might think, about Mr. D becoming President–elect though that was surely a shocker. He needed to pull an inside straight according to the pundits and pollsters and he pulled an inside Royal Straight Flush in spades. It was a definite inkblot about our less than happy times and super-frustrated to the max citizens. Time will tell, though the mealy mouthed moth starts looking more butterfly-ish by the day. Well, perhaps not all that colorful, but a little less gray.

But what shocked me to my core on Wednesday morning was learning that young Jake, the heroic centerpiece of my cancer-related books, was back at the New York City Headquarters of the place I call Cancerville—Memorial Sloan Kettering—as his leukemia returned after 5+ years of healthy healing.

OMG how could this have happened to an almost 15-year-old boy who was taken to the edge of his life to save his life at age 8 ½? How cruel to take him and his wonderful family back into the muddy and murky waters of this awful place. There are just times when fairness feels like a nonexistent ideal, and tears flow like raindrops in South Florida in August.

So, we need prayers for Jake and his fraternal twin brother and best friend Chase, who courageously provided the bone marrow that saved Jake’s life once before. We need prayers for this battle-tested family, who once again must face off and stare down the slippery slopes of Cancerville. We need prayers for the children, ranging in age from infancy to adolescence and their families, who are on the 9th floor of MSK and all over the Cville world battling for their young lives. And we need prayers for the dedicated doctors who walk the tightrope between these slippery slopes every single day.

Please ask your friends to keep the prayers coming. We know prayers help. They did before and they will again, God willing. Jake needs and deserves an inside Royal Straight Flush in spades too. Far more than Mr. D did.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, November 4, 2016

I AWOKE THIS MORNING

wondering if most Donald supporters realized just how dangerous a Trump Presidency would be. The words that have been repeatedly ascribed to him are strong and scary(i.e., racist, misogynistic, xenophobic, sexual assaulter, etc.). And there is enough data coming out of his polluted mouth to validate that those words have merit.

But, that is not the scariest part of The Donald. The scariest part are his temperament, his nature, and his personality. Bluster aside, he is one of the most thin skinned people I have ever observed. His needs to avenge his enemies, defend any criticism, deny every wrong doing, and glorify himself are so far over the top of his enlarged ego that there are no visible boundaries to his actions or those of his cronies. Sociopathy lies amid a bushel of lies so far fetched that they stretch even a simple-minded person's trust.

So for the alienated and disaffected his bravado has appeal as does his "dredge the swamp" mantra. But what if he is the swamp—a swamp far worse than any polished politician's rhetoric? What if this one-man band marches us over the abyss by listening to no one other than his own delusional mindset.

Likely he will suppress the press, cozy up the the villainous leaders of the world, appoint people like Rudy, Chris, Ben and a whole cast of characters who have swallowed the cool-aid because it serves their purpose and who share his delusional space. He will also figure out scheming ways to funnel untold wealth to his companies so he will finally become the billionaire he claims to be.

At the end of the day democracy is a beautiful thing. It allows each of us to form, voice and vote based upon our perceptions and opinions of reality without fear of punishment or retribution. But, for me, reality says I'd rather have an email bungler in the highest office in the land than a total bungler, who, except in his own enchanted eyes, has had a toxic and self-serving influence on just about everything he has touched.

Win, lose, or draw The Donald will not be stopped given his new found power and his latest audience hungry for someone to listen and care about them. He will do neither and I believe she and her first man, despite their warts and pimples, at the very least won't so us any harm, and at best might just do some good. Truth be told, their are many very important and high-ranking Republicans who would say, "I approve this message!"

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, October 31, 2016

I WAS A BIT SURPIRSED

when Mr Bob D was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for Literature. I wondered if songs were truly literature in the same way whether Rap is really music. But I concluded they were thinking outside the box, and it was a cool honor for an American icon.

Though I understand Mr. D is quirky and often likely veiled in a THC fog, I was a bit surprised when he did not acknowledge or thank the Swedish Academy for the award, or RSVP his attendance  for the December ceremony. They are now calling him " impolite and arrogant."

Perhaps the times they r a chang'in, or perhaps the recipient doesn't feel he deserves it, or perhaps when he comes down from his cloud he will gracefully and greatfully accept. I hope for the latter.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, October 21, 2016

THERE ARE MILLIONS OF

Chicago Cubs fans rooting for them to get into the World Series, many of whom have no affiliation to Chicago. May they win and win.

There are the same number rooting for Mr. T to win the election. May they rest in peace!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, October 17, 2016

I'VE CONCLUDED I AM BORING

because most ignore me. I have never been hacked best as I know. I see people studying their smart phones as if it contained the Holy Grail. In large cities like NYC they bump into me because they are looking down rather than straight ahead.

Me, I check my phone from time to time and always respond, but the universe is not beating a path to my contact info. I can walk the streets with my phone in my back pocket without issue.

My question is what don't the important people understand that there are no secrets anymore. As Russia or the 400 pound man on his bed keep hacking Democrats, might they had built firewalls of protection, or found other ways to avoid embarrassment?

My advice is simple. If you have a secret don't put it out on the internet. Don't email, text, tweet, Instagram, etc.  Keep it private or else you will be outed to the world. I guarantee it.

Bye for Now,

Bill


Friday, October 14, 2016

HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING/READING

about the ludicrous presidential campaign and scratch your head and go WTF? The actuality seems like a very bad dream of distorted reality. But, like it or not, this is it folks!

Welcome to the WTF club of those of us who are incredulous. Time will tell where this is going, but if The Donald is elected I fear I will be going! I always wanted to live in France.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, October 6, 2016

ONCE AGAIN

 much ado about nothing much. The journalists and politicians were sounding the alarm for several days.

Cleared my patio this morning after returning yesterday from Alaska. It was quite a job.

We  dodged a bullet and had nothing more than a drizzle so far and I think it has passed our way.

Meanwhile the hysterical journalists caused a tidal wave of prep. No water, food or gas here.

The storm did no damage whatsoever, including no loss of electric here, despite our brilliant Governor's warning that all will lose power and lives will be lost.

The journalists, however, did do us harm. May they go back to haunting the presidential candidates and leave us alone otherwise.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Some Things Never Change

I have always liked the saying " How we do anything is how we do everything "

In watching a documentary the audience couldn't help but notice that the young Donald was a carbon copy of the older Donald. Absent currently is the wisdom of experience, the humility of success, the corelation of actual with factual, or even the simple knowledge that no one knows everything or is beyond rapproach.

The only difference I could observe was that young Donald did a better job hiding his thin skinnedness publicly. Of all of his scary and destructive qualities the latter is of most concern. His never ending narcissism that makes everything about him means nothing will ever be about us.

The lessons of history repeatedly show that greatness never comes from leaders that possess Donald's traits other than a fleeting greatness for the leader himself built upon grandiosity, delusion, and and a treasure trove of true believers.

I choose not to swallow the kool aid!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

MY DAUGHTER

is not in the military and never was. She is not a journalist.Her work has been in dance and fashion.

Nonetheless, she has been near two bomb explosions in her young life, but fortunately has not been hurt. The first was in Atlanta during the Worlds Fair. She was dancing for Coca Cola, and was on the very stage dancing, a few hours before the bomb went off. We were in England visiting friends and they woke us up to tell us of the news that had reached their tele. Palpitations until we reached her and this was before cell phones, email, texts, etc.

Last week, there was another explosion on 23rd and 6th in NYC. She lives half a block away, heard the explosion, and felt her building shake. Her husband was heading in that direction just before the blast, but due to the good fortune of missing a light he took 22nd street instead of 23rd.

Not sure we should hang out with her anymore. JKJKJK.

May the only blasts she experiences in the future be good times.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Watching the Dolphins

play is a subtype of MASOCHISM.

Perhaps the football Gods do not like those who take a knee so they bring them TO THEIR KNEES!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FOOTBALL COACHES WITH NO BALLS

Black lives matter as do all lives as does RESPECT. Often the two go hand in hand.

I am disgusted by the football players taking a knee during the national anthem—most especially on 9/11. Considering the privileged positions their limited skill sets have gotten them, I would think they could find other ways and outlets to express their frustrations. And I would think there could be more affirmative actions taken, instead of the drivel coming out of the front offices of the teams.

Here is what I would say in the locker room pregame if I were a coach:

"Guys we are here to play football and to win. I respect your politics and philosophies, but please don't express them in uniform on the field. On this team we are all equals, all one, no matter our color or religions. That is what a team is all about.

So text, twitter, blog, be interviewed, or write the President a letter, who by the way in case you haven't f'in noticed, is a black dude.

But here today the only knee you will take is when we are ahead in the last minute of the game. If you take one before during the anthem it is your First Amendment right to do so. But it is my First Amendment right to bench your ass for the game (DOUBLE BENCH ON 9/11) and dock your pay. Respect our great nation despite its flaws or go find another job. Those who want to play today stand strong and tall, and don't embarrass yourselves, this team, or me!! Play ball. That is the only reason we are here."

Think about it.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, September 12, 2016

9/11/2016

For those of us old enough to have lived through that nightmare there is no forgetting. Those horrible and incredible images are indelibly tattooed onto our brains.

Time has helped heal our wounds, but we are on vigilant alert ever since. Or are we?

Driving up Madison Avenue yesterday morning it was a typically quiet Sunday Manhattan morning. I observed no police on foot or in cars. Nor did I see any on the Queensboro Bridge at 59th Street.

I had reassured my wife that it would be fine to fly on 9/11 from NYC to Palm Beach because of all the added security. I sincerely believed there would be extra police on duty with armed soldiers at the airport. None were visible either inside or outside at LaGuardia, unless the woman changing garbage bags in the cans outside was really undercover.

To add to my false belief while I was paying the driver the baggage handler gave my wife both our boarding passes, and when I went to show him my ID he said he didn't need to see it. Heightened security dropped shockingly to no security!

The only good news beyond our getting home safely was that the bars, which normally open at noon on Sunday in NYC (our flight left at noon) based upon a new law enacted this week opened at 10 am. A couple of Bloody Mary's later any pre-flight jitters had flown away ahead of us boarding.

This leaves open the question as to whether we have become too casual regarding terrorists, or whether we have accepted as a nation and as people that periodic incidents are unavoidable and beyond our control. That it was as full flight certainly suggests the latter, which all things considered is a healthy step toward accepting the complex world in which we live.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, September 5, 2016

A RECENT RESEARCH STUDY

conducted in San Diego found that older people had higher levels of happiness than younger people, and those in their 20s and 30s had the highest levels of anxiety, depression, and stress.

Kind of makes me sad!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, September 2, 2016

SORRY I HAVE NOT BEEN PRESENT IN MY BLOG

It is a combo of being sick much of the summer with a strange virus that knocked me for a loop twice for a month+ at a time, and being less than optimistic, and not wanting to use this site as a bitching ground.

However, here is a story with a nice ending. I had a nail in my tire. Called Triple A. Pleasant fellow but useless. Drove to Jupiter as we had someone coming to put together furniture with the nail still in. Foolish, but arrived safely. The guy never showed. So what else is new?

Had someone else coming the next morning to repair some things and they didn't show. Welcome to South Florida!

So I set out to get my tire fixed. First 3 places said 2+ hours. I didn't have that much time as I needed to drive back to the office in Plantation. Why tire places were so busy there on a Thursday morning was a puzzlement.

I accidentally stumbled on a place called All County Automotive in Tequesta, FL at 371 A Cypress Drive (561 747-8320). They welcomed me like family and said give us a few minutes and within ten they pulled the nail and fixed the tire.

And when I went to pay they said, "No charge Sir. Our pleasure to be of help." Kind of felt like I was dreaming.

Now, little acts of friendly kindness can sure help a guy get back on the optimism track.

If you need help call them. In a world of unhelpful people these folks stand out as super
special.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, August 14, 2016

WHATEVER THIS BUG WAS

I hope never visits me again, nor YOU.

3+ weeks of total misery—TWICE THIS SUMMER.

Finally feeling better and back to myself. Hope to be back to writing soon.

Be well as our health is not to be compromised without serious consequences.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

SAME DARN VIRUS

came back around to hit me again and leveled me. Finally feeling a little better.

Hope all r enjoying the political circus otherwise known as Democracy or should we say Democrazy!

Hope to be back in action writing profound blogs very soon.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, July 15, 2016

BEYOND MY UNDERSTANDING

Weird, wild, woeful but wonderful world in which I still believe!
Bye for Now
Bill

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

RIDICULOUSNESS OF THE WEEK!


As long as Bernie doesn't drop put of the 3 blind mice race, he gets Secret Service protection 24/7.

Guess the cost? $40k a day!

U do the math and conclude like me that this is absurd.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

WTF?

So Brexit now seems like old news after the hysterical old lady who influences the markets took some tranquilizers and fell asleep. Which in turn allowed the markets to ignore the travesty and tragedy of Istanbul, one of our favorite cities. Just another "symptom" of our concerning and worrisome times and a random act of hurting, maiming, and killing innocent people, crazed by a very distorted hate mongering ideology! 
All of these attacks are beyond civilized comprehension.How I wonder can barbarism exist in 2016?
These serial nightmares build one upon another and are effective in raising our personal color codes of urgency, as I would not go to Europe now in an all expense paid trip!
It's not so much about the possibility of terrorism as it would be about the discomfort factor. Since 1965 my wife and I have happily wandered along the wonderful streets of Europe from time to time. Museums are mostly boring but the streets illuminate a culture better than any monument or touristic venue.
Let's face reailty. I can be blown up tomorrow on the streets of NYC, at Grand Central Station, or at the airport on my way back to Fl.
Notice I'm not revealing when I return or which airport I return from!
But my problem is for now and the force able future I could not casually wander those streets without a tinge ( or perhaps more than a tinge) of apprehension or a looking over my shoulder experience. The joy of the wanderment and wonderment of  travel would be replaced by the serious unknown and the concern of invisible enimies lurking like roaches in the baseboards of our world.
I know there are those who say " We can't let them intimidate us." But truth be known they have! You do the math on how many innocent people they have taken down in 2016 alone.
Years ago I said " Its not paranoid to be paranoid anymore." Now I say " Paranoia is essential !!
And, sad to say, our present leaders offer empty promises and platitudes and seem themselves confused and unable to figure out how to take down this illusive enemy proactively. We can't even get simple gun laws passed by a congress mostly bought by the NRA. And our presumptive future leaders are no better--maybe even worse. Frankly no maybe about it!
I started this blog optimistically years ago  feeling I could offer hope during difficult times. Days like today and days like Orlando, San Bernadino, Brussels, Paris, and so many other places all I can do is silently weep with the rest of what remains of our civilized society and wonder what lies ahead for our children and grandchildren and the beautiful world in which we live?

Bye for Now,
Bill

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

I GOT IT RIGHT BUT WRONG

My blog the other day about Brexit was in my opinion pretty on target. But I failed to do a complete analysis.
In and of itself Brexit is overblown. It will take years for the divorce to occur and as a strong nation they will figure it out and be fine.
But what I failed to take into account was that it was a symptom of a much larger  issue.
Brexit is the Trump presumption to be the Republican nominee, is the complex problems globally of immigration, is the confusing forces of Russia and China, is the complexities of a global economy and global warming, is why we shutter at each terroristic attack , is why Rome voted for a female mayor who knows nothing about politics, is why London's mayor is a Muslim who Donald will ban from entering the country, is why a wall is so appealing to many, is why the Middle East remains a tinder box of disaster along with African nations like Somolia, Nigeria, etc.
When there so many overlapping variables going on simultaneously with so many unknowns in the equations markets panic, sputter and fall.
It's not about Brexit. It's about the state of the world and the storms that shake the very roots of civilization and our impotence against multiple bureaucrats to act effectively!
Time will tell what lies ahead.

Bye for now
Bill

Saturday, June 25, 2016

JUST MY 2 CENTS PLAIN

I think the markets r like a little old hysterical lady reacting and overreacting to the news of the day.

I'm no economist, but I don't think Brexit is all that big a deal. The British were always in with one foot, keeping their pounds and wary of the EU.

I haven't been in Europe for a while now, BUT whenever I was there everyday people cursed the EU and the Euro saying it was a ginormous mistake. So if the EU collapses and every country returns to their original independent status and currency SO WHAT? It worked before and it will work again. There was a certain charm to have to switch currencies when going from country to country.

Briton is the 5th largest economy in the world, and my guess is that it will continue to prosper and thrive no matter what.

At the end of the day, as my British friend would say, it's probably not about economics as much as it is about bureaucrazy and immigration. As I have said before, Europe has mismanaged the migrant surge led by Ms. Merkel, who was thinking more from her heart as an East German refugee, than from her head. It has been one of the biggest bungles that cost many lives, but also displaced hundreds of thousands of people who got no where. They came from one hell hole and ended up in another. I don't even understand the Turkey deal that will send many back.

Just as the glorious US of A demanded freedom and independence from "taxation without representation" and many other inequities as well, Briton deserves its independence as well, given her multiple frustrations.

May the markets calm, heal, and realize that it is not as big a deal as Friday suggested. Hysterical grandmas should not affect my investments to the extent that they did. Briton and the rest of the world will survive Brexit best as I know, and I think you can take that to the bank.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, June 20, 2016

3 BLIND MICE!

-->
3 blind mice
3 blind mice
C how they run
C how they run (for President)

But there is no one to cut off a tail,
One may b going to jail,
One wants Mexico to pay for bail,
And one has lofty goals all of which will fail

This is the greatest country in all of the land,
And we deserve more than a one man or one woman band,
We desperately need someone who can lend a hand,
And all we have r 3 blind mice!!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

As u know I have been wrestling with a nasty bug that knocked me out for 2 straight weeks. No sooner did I return to life but 50 people lost theirs in Orlando. It is not easy to be inspiring or hopeful when madness lurks about all over the world. Came across the following while cleaning out my garage. Was appropriate then and still seems to be, sad to say.

Bye for Now,

Bill


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

SORRY

To all of my fans (all 6 of you) that i have been silent given I have so much to say.

I partied hardy in Tampa for my son's 50th bday (and I am only 61 so u do the math) and in NYC for my grandson's brit only to return last week with a monster of a bug that kept me in bed Friday, Sat, Sun. Even now I only occasionally crawl out.

I had this bug a couple of years ago and it was a multi-week event. As soon as I prevail and my brain is defuzzed I will b back in action.

Meanwhile, avoid this bug at all costs as it is a bear of a bug that is unbearable.

Bye for now,

bill

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BIG BROTHER

is truly watching. George Orwell got it right many years ago.

I looked online at the Yankee baseball schedule in NYC and before I could figure out who was playing who, Yankee ticket sales were popping up on the right side of my computer and screaming with intent.

Somehow, the algorithms, cookies and other implanted devices know our every move! Be careful, as Yankee baseball is safe while porn, assignations, and other sorted deeds are not.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, May 7, 2016

MEET AMERICA IN THE 21st.CENTURY

Clearly, it is not my 1950's America, not even the 60's or 70's. It is an angry, bitter, and divided America between the haves and the have nots, the peaceful and the warriors, those who trust politicians and those who would never.

It is an America that sticks to its democratic principles, except when it doesn't really want to and decides to change or bend the rules. It is a country where authority is hated and disruption is applauded and voted for independent of the details. Wall-building, persecution and all around xenophobia, and racial discrimination is a little (maybe a lot) too much like Nazi Germany for my taste, but the masses love tough-talk, like they love cage matches of no holds barred battles or the seemingly boring NASCAR. Beer talks and wine walks away shaking its head in perplexity.

The Donald's presumptive and presumptuous nomination is an inkblot projection of our current culture that seeks war instead of peace and blood—the more, and the redder the better. Bernie's unanticipated surges also reflects the disenchantment of our youth and their need for a kind and helpful grandfather, even  though like my grandpa he would never have the money to fund his ideals.

America is the most beautiful and important nation around the globe, but  it gets really scary when we think of the leaders who have a chance to turn it in the wrong direction. People of both parties talk about either blocking a candidate by their vote or not voting at all. Many seek a third choice, which for all intents and purposes can skew the election the wrong way—whichever way that is.

And we are faced with the dilemma of not quite knowing which is the wrong way given that both ways may be that way.

The only good that has come out of our new America is that people are more interested in this pre-election than ever before in the history of our country. More people are thinking, talking and engaging in it, which after all is what democracy is all about.

Make no mistake, America is turning on its axis, and dramatic and possibly traumatic changes are, like Mr. D warned us,  blowing in the wind.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, April 21, 2016

HAVING SPENT THE MORNING

dumping shopping bags of photos from the good old days into plastic containers I couldn't help but be reminded of the cost of film and processing back then, which has now become totally obsolete as have picture frames that don't even fetch 50 cents at a garage sale.

You and I and many others spent silly sums to have pics we never put into albums, but had to have the shot in that moment. And even if u put them into albums u now have cartons full compared to having pics stored on smart phones and other devices.

Our goal is to go thru the plastic bins, find 6-10%that are worth keeping, scan them and put them on our computers for posterity, and probably never look at them again. That goal may go in the same direction as my weight loss one, leaving the plastic bins for my kids to trash or deal with as they see fit. Time will tell.

Enjoy your simpler "snap a picture" times.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Funny

An elderly couple, Margaret and Bert, live in Arkansas.
Bert always wanted a pair of authentic cowboy boots. So seeing some on sale one day, he buys them, wears them home, walking proudly.
He walks into the house and says to his wife ‘Notice anything different about me?’
Margaret looks him over, ‘Nope.’
Frustrated, Bert storms off into the bathroom, undresses, and walks back into the room completely naked except for the boots.
Again, he asks, a little louder this time ‘Notice anything different NOW?’
Margaret looks up and says, ‘Bert, what’s different? It’s hanging down today, it was hanging down yesterday, and it’ll be hanging down again tomorrow.’
Furious, Bert yells, AND DO YOU KNOW WHY IT’S HANGING DOWN, MARGARET?
‘Nope’ she replies.
‘IT’S HANGING DOWN BECAUSE IT’S LOOKING AT MY NEW BOOTS!!!!!’ Bert yells.
To which Margaret replies…”Shoulda bought a hat, Bert. Shoulda bought a hat.”
 
Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, April 18, 2016

SO I'VE BEEN QUIET OF LATE,

but much of my time these days goes to sifting thru 34 years of accumulated crapola so we can sell the house and move on.

Here is a notable quote:

"The problem is not that there are problems. The problem is expecting otherwise and thinking that having problems is a problem."

—Theodore Isaac Rubin, MD

Dr. Rubin, a psychiatrist, was one of my favorite authors back in the day as he brought complex issues down to manageable sizes and gave us much insight into how the human mind works and why sometimes it doesn't and how to fix it.


Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, April 8, 2016

AND HERE IS ANOTHER

Little Johnny was in the classroom bored to the back teeth on a Friday afternoon, and the teacher decided to have a game for the kids to get them thinking.

      “Okay class. Now I'm going to say a famous quote, and the first person to tell me who said that quote, can have Monday off.” said the  teacher.
      “Who is credited with writing the phrase, “To be or not to be, that is the question”?” asked the teacher.

      Little Pham Lam Nguyen at the front of the class called out “Shakespeare”.

      “Well done!” said the teacher, “You can have Monday off.”

      “No thank you Miss. I am of Vietnamese origin and it is in our culture to study as hard as we can, so I will be here on Monday studying hard.” said Little Pham Lam Nguyen.

      “Well okay,” said the teacher.

      The next quote is, “I had a dream!”

      Little Fri Sum Kat also at the front yelled out “I bereiva it was Martin Ruther King!”

      “Well done!” said the teacher. 'You can have Monday off”

      “No thanka you miss I am of Chinese oligin and we also do not take time offa school. Education is evelything to us, so I will be in on Monday studying hard too.” said little Fri Sum Kat.

      “Okay,” said the teacher.

      Then she heard a voice from the back of the classroom, “F*%3ing Asians!”

      “Who said that?” yelled the teacher in an angry tone.

      “Donald Trump!” yelled little Johnny. “See ya next Tuesday.”

Bye for Now,

Bill 




 

THIS ONE IS WORTH SHARING

HILLARY CLINTON GOES TO A GIFTED-STUDENT PRIMARY SCHOOL IN NEW YORK TO TALK ABOUT THE WORLD.

AFTER HER TALK SHE OFFERS QUESTION TIME.

ONE LITTLE BOY PUTS UP HIS HAND. HILLARY ASKS HIM WHAT HIS NAME IS.

“KENNETH," HE SAYS.

"AND WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION, KENNETH - ??" SHE ASKS.

"I HAVE THREE QUESTIONS," HE SAYS.

"FIRST -- WHATEVER HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI - ??

"SECOND -- WHY WOULD YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF
HANDLING TWO E-MAIL ACCOUNTS - ??

"AND, THIRD -- WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MISSING SIX BILLION DOLLARS WHILE YOU WERE SECRETARY OF STATE - ??"

JUST THEN THE BELL RINGS FOR RECESS.

HILLARY INFORMS THE KIDDIES THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE AFTER RECESS.

WHEN THEY RESUME HILLARY SAYS,

"OKAY, WHERE WERE WE - ?? OH, THAT'S RIGHT, QUESTION TIME.

WHO HAS A QUESTION - ??"

A DIFFERENT BOY -- LITTLE JOHNNY -- PUTS HIS HAND UP.

HILLARY POINTS TO HIM AND ASKS HIM WHAT HIS NAME IS.

"JOHNNY," HE SAYS.

"AND WHAT IS YOUR QUESTION, JOHNNY - ??" SHE ASKS.

"I HAVE FIVE QUESTIONS," HE SAYS.

"FIRST -- WHATEVER HAPPENED IN BENGHAZI - ??

"SECOND -- WHY WOULD YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT IF YOU ARE NOT CAPABLE OF
HANDLING TWO E-MAIL ACCOUNTS - ??

"THIRD -- WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE MISSING SIX BILLION DOLLARS WHILE YOU WERE SECRETARY OF STATE - ??

"FOURTH -- WHY DID THE RECESS BELL GO OFF 20 MINUTES EARLY - ??

"AND, FIFTH -- WHERE THE HELL IS KENNETH - ??"


Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, April 3, 2016

RARELY DO I DISAGREE WITH A PROFOUND QUOTER LIKE SIGGY BUT...


"One day, in retrospect,the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful."

—Sigmund Freud

Perhaps that was the day he discovered cocaine and all was beautiful? There is no truth to this statement in my humble opinion. My years of struggle with panic attacks and agoraphobia taught me a great deal about how minds work, and what causes them not to, BUT beautiful those 5 fucking years were not!!!!! They were hell.

Ditto for my daughter's and our family's struggle with her cancer. My books are beautiful, but those years were all ugly and awful.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

THERE ARE STILL GOOD PEOPLE IN THE WORLD

In fact, most of us qualify!

A retired Brazilian bricklayer rescued an oil-covered penguin off the coast of Rio de Janeiro in 2011, Joao spent a week cleaning and feeding the starving Magellanic penguin who disappeared in February, only to return in June to reunite with his rescuer.

This pattern has repeated every year since then. The penguin leaves in February to mate and molt and returns in June to reunite with his friend Joao. With each visit their bond grows stronger. Joao said, "I love the penguin like it's my own child and I believe the penguin loves me."

I dedicate this sweet story to Sadie, my mom, who loved penguins her whole life and whose penguin collection sits dormant in boxes in my garage. The pic below is when she finally got to hold a penguin at Tampa zoo with her grandsons who are now 21 and 19.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

FOR EVERY YIN THERE IS A YANG


Just yesterday I was concerned and ranting about the migrant crisis. Today I am very concerned and ranting about what they might bring with them in terms of radical Islam terrorist regimes.

Without going into a long dissertation, my heart goes out to those killed and maimed in Belgium today, those similarly attacked in France and California, and those majority of Muslims who are good people, but whose images are being seriously tainted by the few misguided rotten apples.

Prayers to all the good Yins and Yangs who stand for peace, honor, respect, and safety for all.

Bye for Now,

Bill

ON AUGUST 20th 2015

I wrote about the migrant crisis and how the world needed to step in and manage this much better than it was doing. Seven months later I have seen countless tragedies among millions of mass migraters, a totally flummoxed Europe, and no clear plan or leadership.

I have read about the deal with Turkey, which is beyond my understanding. Best as I can tell they get perks for accepting migrants back and shipping them back on sort of a one for one something or other.

Merkel has lost much stroke re her open Europe doors policy, while the individuals and families caught in this quagmire are living under devastating conditions. Several countries just shut their borders when they were overwhelmed with the numbers of people who needed food, clothing, shelter, jobs, language classes, and lessons in not to grope women.

And, I don't think we come close to seeing the whole rotten picture but for an occasional headline or ugly picture. Where, I wonder, is the UN in all of this? Who is leading the European Union and what plans lie ahead to rescue millions of people from harms way?

As we listen to the presidential politicians pontificate, where is America in all of this? Though we rail about human rights in many places, why have these innocent victims of war and terrorism been left without any rights at all? Turning a blind eye to all of this, will come back to bite our country and our world in many ways. Mark my words, for they are true.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Friday, March 18, 2016

IT IS NOW TIME

to compare your answers as to which are the top 5 Healthiest States in America that I asked you to predict yesterday. Here they are:

1. Vermont             Let's hear it for Ben and Jerry's ice cream and Al's Frys!

2. New Hampshire Let's hear it for quaint towns, canoeing and hiking!

3. Minnesota          Let's hear it for... Where exactly is Minnesota? Do people really live there?

4.Hawaii                Let's hear it for Kona Gold and a large Pizza!

5. Utah                   Let's hear it for not drinking alcohol and multiple wives!

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27. Florida            Let's hear it for us older folks!

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50. Louisiana       Let's hear it for Bourbon Street and the great chefs there!


Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, March 17, 2016

AARP RATED ALL 50 STATES

as to how healthy they were. Guess at the top 5.

Answers tomorrow.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

I FULLY UNDERSTAND

that many are Obama bashers BUT, I thought the speech he gave this morning about Justice Garland was excellent, covering all of the bases and was heartfelt. He didn't seem to be reading from a teleprompter either.

Of course his plea "to be fair" will fall on deaf political ears because it is undeniable that politicos are anything but. But it would be nice if our politicians truly represented what's best for this country over what's best for their party or themselves.

In my limited knowledge-based view, Merrick Garland has earned his spot on the SCOTUS, and would contribute to it in ways with which Justice Scalia would be comfortable.


Bye for Now,


Bill

Sunday, March 13, 2016

2 QUOTES I JUST DON'T AGREE WITH

"Confidence is 10 percent hard work and 90 percent delusion."

—Tina Fey

I believe that when our "pride bank" is full we can enjoy true confidence, self-esteem, and a positive sense of self-worth. In some cases, think The Donald here, when pride banks are bankrupt delusions of grandeur set in creating a braggart and a buffoon. A sense of inferiority is the mother of rage not confidence.


"Life hasn't much to offer except youth, and I suppose for older people, the love of youth in others."

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

He must have been depressed or drunk when he wrote this misguided statement. With age comes maturity, wisdom, and common sense all of which are often cast aside by the young.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, March 11, 2016

OH MY GOODNESS

Trump's rally in Chicago took me back to the late 1960s and 1970s, if not Germany 1930s. The arouser must be contained. "Out, out, out" now needs to be directed at him.

As we know, not all Americans are smart, but even the "undereducated" need to be aware of what this marketing genius, despite so many biz failures, is doing. He is taping into the angst and rage of so many who have not been treated well, but make no mistake, he will not treat us well and the world will shudder and could collapse under his formidable weight.

This election is not a reality TV show. This is our country. This is our future.  This is our children and grand children's lives. This is not the direction our leadership needs to go. This is a disaster waiting to happen. This, my friends, is serious shit.


Bye for Now Donald,

Bill

AS YOU KNOW FROM PRIOR POSTS

 I am not enthralled with any of the candidates for President of the USA.

However, I am impressed with their stamina and work ethic. The campaign trail is not easy and they have traipsed the country doggedly morning, noon, and night.

They really want this impossible job and I so wish one was qualified to have it. But try as they might there is not a Commander in Chief among the six remaining.

Time will tell.


Bye for Now,


Bill

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

WISE WORDS

"There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts."
—Mahatma Gandhi

"Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces."
—Judith Viorst

"Propaganda is a truly terrible weapon in the hands of an expert."
—Adolph Hitler

Monday, February 22, 2016

ON A LIGHTER NOTE



Nathan, of hot dog fame, would be turning over in his grave, if he saw the caliber of people who represent him at his locations, and would do somersaults if he knew they charged 25 cents extra per dog for sauerkraut—another 7 cents for more of same.

The 15 cent hot dog with kraut and 15 cent fries cost 2 for $10.65 with a soft drink. It is strange given that it is just a frank footer.

So far no uptick for ketchup or mustard, but just you wait!

Bye for Now,

Bill


Sunday, February 14, 2016

10 little, 9 little, 8 litttle Republican Indians

I DON'T DO LOL EASILY but it was very easy to LOL at last nite's Republican Debate turned school yard brawl. It was funny to see grown men, presumably mature, try their hardest to outdo each others' bravado, while in one way or another all failed.

Here is how I saw it:

The Donald, once again, the school yard bully ready to go after anyone and everyone without discrimination—out of control so that even the moderators couldn't rein him in. He is the kid who gets thrown out of school within the first month. And when choosing sides in a game he is picked first, even though he sucks at the game, because everyone is afraid of his wrath and vengeful nature.

Teddy C, comes across as the rich kid who just graduated from Harvard who thinks he is better than everyone else and is entitled because of his aristocratic demeanor, despite being a pretty sleazy player who would never make the team.

Marco Polo, is the kid at recess who sat out the fun and games while memorizing the Periodic Table. A part of everyone admires the guy, but a part of everyone thinks he is an arrogant prick who says whatever he thinks everyone wants to hear. No one picks him for the team cause he doesn't really know how to play given his inexperience.

Bushy Boy, is the name my Mom gave to his brother George, whose presence this week will likely further lower his numbers. He is the winy wimpy one in the school yard constantly crying foul, unfair, time out, etc. For this reason alone he can't be team captain, especially given his "low energy" level and his tendency to come late to the party.

Governor K, seems like a decent man and reminds me of me. He keeps saying, "Why can't we all just get along," but like me few listen to us. He will get picked last for the team, but at least he will be on it.

Doc C, should not even be in this playground. Presumably, he was an excellent neurosurgeon and they are typically among the most brilliant in med school, but whomever encouraged him and Ms. F to run for President could perhaps use some neurosurgery themselves. He needs to face reality, get out of denial, and go back to whatever he was doing before deciding to run for anything, just like Ms. F did.

Double C Chris, had no choice but to fold up his tent, but I liked his tenacity and vision. And he is undeniably correct. The next President of this United States needs experience managing complex challenges in the political arena, while standing strong against the leaders of North Korea, Russia. and Iran to name just a few. This unfortunately disqualifies all of the above along with the two Donkeys or should I say asses.

The saddest thing to realize of 15 or more candidates is that no one has the creds to earn the job.

Bye for Now,

Bill




Friday, February 12, 2016

WISE WORDS


"Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any person, but coaxed downstairs, a step at a time."

—Mark Twain

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

SAD BUT TRUE


"The family seems to have two predominant functions: to provide warmth and love in time of need and to drive each other insane."

—Donald G. Smith


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, February 8, 2016

I WAS VERY SURPRISED TO LEARN

that people in the US and England are among the most illiterate in the developed world. South Korea came in #1, Poland (so much for the Polish jokes) came in # 6, the US #21 and England #23.

Even more shocking was the # of guns bought in the US in December 2015. How many do you think? Couple of thousand? Ten thousand? One hundred thousand?

Try 3.3 millon!!!

How many loaded guns do you think TSA seized in carry on bags in the US in 2015? Since people know they are being closely monitored by TSA wouldn't you think it would be 500 or less?

Try over 2600!!!

Do you think there is a correlation between our illiteracy and our gun habits? Just say'n.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, February 5, 2016

AS THOSE OF YOU

who follow this blog religiously (all 3 of you since Mom died) know I am not a TV guy. An occasional sporting event perhaps or a debate now and then and then, but mostly I don't follow the "shows."

Yesterday I did watch the Madoff 2 hour premier and was shocked that at least a half hour was dedicated to commercials.

I thought the program was worth watching to see how big a douche bag he was, but when I watch the concluding 3 hours I will do it with DVR and the ability to fast forward the commercials. They are mind boggling and even more redundant than the debates.

Bye for Now,
Bill

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

AT THE VERY TIME

that the potential for the presidential race could be interesting, I find myself quite bored. It feels as if this "circus" has been going on forever, with more debates than I ever remember pre-nominations.

So much is so redundant as each player repeats him or herself ad nauseum. Even the media seem to repeat itself endlessly—and we are only in the first inning.

I am hopeful that very soon those with painfully low percentages, poll after poll, will face reality and bow out gracefully.

I do admire the energy of all, day after day, morning till night, seven days a week chasing a dream, which most of the time quickly becomes a gray-haired nightmare.

I think the underlying dynamic of all who seek higher office, particularly those who don't stand a chance are rain showers of delusion with intermittent icy winds of hallucination. That said, we should always be cautious for what we wish.

Bye for Now,


Bill

Friday, January 29, 2016

I FOR ONE

did not miss the donald at the debate at all. In fact, I think he should continue to do fund raisers for veterans and other worthy causes. Who knows, he could be the next Jerry Lewis for MD on Labor Day.

If he can't face off with Kelly, how can he possibly deal with the Russians, Chinese, North Koreans, and the Castro brothers? And Ted lost some strokes when he threatened to leave, but Mario didn't gain any when he promised to stay the course. Hopefully, Iowa will begin a clean-up process and force those who don't stand a chance to quietly disappear.

donald is a performer and self-promoter par excellence but he is lite weight as a presidential contender. That said, this country might just be dumb enough to elect him and his "adviser" Sarah—the one with the view of Russia from her back yard—who as best I recall read so many newspapers and magazines every day that she could not name one!.

There is a TV program coming called "The Circus." It is well-named and well-timed.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Saturday, January 23, 2016

I FEEL SORRY

for all the people in the Northeast that had weddings, barmitzvas, and other celebrations for this weekend. They excitedly planned them for a year or more and now are scrambling.

John Steinbeck said, "The best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray." In Yiddish they say, "Man plans and God laughs."

Yet, though not a tragedy by any measure, it has to be difficult to be snowed out.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

THE CONFUSING PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY:PART IV


So the powerful power ball pizzazz finally ended with 3 lucky winning tickets that pale against the millions upon millions of tickets sold since that round started that were for naught.

Intriguingly, the Tennessee couple who won plan to continue working—he as a warehouse manager and she in a doctor's office. They will stay in their simple house, continue living in their small town, and maintain their simple life.

Their daughter will get her student loans paid and get a horse, but certainly not a triple crown winner.

It is interesting to me, that with so many fantasies of yachts, planes, mansions, and world travel floating around as the jackpot built, these seemingly good people want none of that. Perhaps it is for that reason that they won?

It will be interesting to see if they stick to their plans, as the reality of their enormous wealth sinks in. I for one hope they do and I bet they do too.

The more complex our world becomes, the more simple we need to live.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I READ AN INTERESTING STATISTIC TODAY


The automotive industry sold more cars in 2015 than ever before.

This is evident by the number of auto-related commercials on TV and in the newspapers and magazines.

But why I wondered—particularly at a time when so many are trying to cut back on expenses?

I think the answer, in large part, relates to very creative financing.

Loan terms extend out longer than the car will last, which can be a problem down the road (if you will pardon the expression!).

Interest rates have been exceptionally low for several years allowing low or no interest.

Very creative (and at times confusing) price point marketing (i.e., $143 per month) when you can't see or read all the fine print.

The fact that in most cases, cars are the only purchase where the sticker price has little to do with the actual price.

And finally, that technology allows consumers to know what the price should be plus or minus 50 bucks, thereby eliminating much of the haggle.

A funny and sad but true story. In 1960, when I turned 18, I bought a red Rambler American. Neither my father nor my mother had ever owned a car, or even possessed a driver's license. My father and I went to the new car dealership on Jerome Avenue in the Bronx, looked at the car in the showroom, bought in untested, and paid full sticker price, which was probably $1800. It took a week or more to get the loan processed in my father's name until I could pick it up. Fortunately, we took the life insurance protection and unfortunately he died 3 months later. Those were so much simpler times in all areas of life and living, and we were so much more naive and trusting than we are today.

Perhaps the funniest part of the story is I told my then girlfriend and now wife for more than 50 years that I had bought a "sports car!" I don't think she ever forgave me for that, but to me a red car was automatically a sports one. I have never owned a red car since.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Sunday, January 17, 2016

WATCHING THE DEMO DEBATE

We have many potential Vice Presidents BUT no potential President!

Sad but true.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, January 9, 2016

THE CONFUSING PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY Part III

So there I was on line in Publix again today and the banter continued. A woman said, "I have the winning #s," and the man behind her said, "That's good, at least I will have come close." Then they made plans to meet Sunday morning at Publix until he told her she had to go to Tallahassee to collect. I can't help but wonder how many relationships Power Ball has spawned. Some shrewd marketer should hold a Power Ball Ball to unite the single suckers who stood on line. They have more in common than on e-harmony.

The chatter didn't stop on the lotto line. At the Deli counter several were engaged in a philosophical debate about sound strategies of picking #s. Seemed like they were full of bologna while waiting to purchase some more. However, whenever strangers chat in South Florida it is a wonder to behold, as the odds of that happening are higher than winning Power Ball.

It seems just about everyone believes they will win. In psychology “folie a deux” refers to a situation where two people share the same delusion. Roommates, siblings, business partners, etc. are vulnerable. The next DSM may need to include a diagnosis called “universal folie,” which just about summarizes all of us schmucks standing on line throwing our money away.

I likely have the winning ticket so you may not hear from me for a while, as I will be consulting tax attorneys, investment bankers, and the like. Stay tuned and "play on America." Actually, that statement seems to also summarize our presidential election..

Bye for Now,

bill


Friday, January 8, 2016

THE CONFUSING PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY Part II

Despite the media harping on the ridiculously long odds, the lines are larger than ever for Power Ball. My punditry was off in predicting multiple winners on Wednesday, but hey one of these days.

Delusionally, everyone with a ticket in their pocket is convinced they will win despite that the odds are so way against that happening. Many are even spending their winnings—at least in their minds. I certainly hope the buck stops there.

How would you spend your winnings? Mine would be simple: Donate to cancer research,Sponsor and run a free mental health clinic with NO bureaucrarzy in Broward County, and perhaps buy a winery in Sonoma.

Oh, and I would help my kids without spoiling them or taking away their motivation to be productive and keep contributing to our universe, as it needs all the help it could get.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

THE CONFUSING PSYCHOLOGY OF MONEY Part I

With Power Ball at half a billion dollars the line for tickets are very long. Even I who never play stood on one today.

The line was so long it looked like they were giving away money instead of taking our hard-earned bucks. While waiting, there was an interesting banter between a Publix cashier and a man on line:

 She screamed out, "Why are you all waiting on line I already have the winning ticket—Go home!" He said, "Are you single?" She said, "Yes." He said, "Is there a notary around?"

He then said, "Isn't it silly that we all line up for $500 million. Wouldn't a hundred million be enough?" Therein lies the essence of the confusing psychology of money. By my own admission I don't do lottery because of the odds, but when Power Ball hit $300 million I started to buy a few tickets. Yet the odds are no different based on the size of the jackpot. They are still, if you will pardon the expression lotto-like.

So wouldn't it be a kick if the Publix cashier actually won, and for the guy on the line a kick in the butt that there was no notary in the vicinity. I can tell you this though. If she really wins she won't be single or working at Publix for long.

I do predict that there will be  multiple winning tickets tonight. It would be a shame for one person to win all that dough, unless of course that person was me! And there is nothing confusing about that.

Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, January 1, 2016

SO HERE WE ARE AGAIN

welcoming another New Year and all that it brings. How long will it take us not to write 2015 on our checks assuming anyone still does that anymore? More importantly, how long will it take us to break our New Years resolutions?

I don't know what sadist or was it a masochist began that ritual many years ago, but I'd like to have a word or two with him or her.

Like many, I find my resolution list is very redundant from year to year, so here we go again for 2016:

  1. Lose 20 pounds
  2. Exercise at the gym without inflaming my sciatica
  3. Reduce my passion for wine
  4. Finally take the water pik I bought last year out of the box
  5. Floss at least once in 2016
  6. Get my garage and house cleaned after 30+ years of "hoarding"
  7. Write a book about aging gracefully...as soon as I figure out how to do that!
  8. Increase my sources of fun and pleasure including adding more family time
  9. Enjoy my miracle grandson arriving in May, along with my miracle 3 year old granddaughter along with my two young adult grandsons 
  10. Make this the last year I make resolutions!
Goal setting is easy—Goal getting is a challenege.

I wish you good luck with your resolutions  and encourage you to make them. Though it can be trying, it never hurts to try.

Some would say, "Forget about trying and focus on doing!" Probably the same sadomasochistic bastards who invented new years resolutions!

Bye for Now,

Bill