Newest t-shirt style trend

I wear t-shirts. I also eat popsicles (sugar free) in the evening. Sometimes, the two are not compatible. Sometimes, the popsicle melts a bit while I am eating it, and popsicle juice drips on my t-shirt. Grape or cherry popsicle juice. It stains. It fades. It shows. I now have several t-shirts with small faded stains on the front. The stains did not come out in the laundry. Now, I am faced with a dilemma.

I can throw away, or give away, my stained t-shirts and buy new ones. Except, the stained t-shirts are older and soft and new t-shirts are not as good. I could experiment with laundry stain removers but it's too much trouble and I am not handy with stuff like that. Or, I could wear the stained t-shirts and have people stare at my stain and think I am unfashionably dirty. None of those choices are acceptable so I came up with an alternative acceptable clothing idea.

I am hereby making a new fashion statement. I am declaring the wearing of stained t-shirts to be fashionable. I am declaring stained t-shirts the new fashion rage. The new fashion trend. The new "cool". Yes, I will now wear my stained t-shirts with pride. "Hey, everybody, look at me, I'm wearing a t-shirt with faded stains on the front and it's cool. I'M cool!" That's better than having to buy new t-shirts. Or giving up my delicious sugar free popsicles.


You have pneumonia.

Pneumonia. An infection of the lungs. A nasty disease. Plus, it's really hard to spell.

I have a better idea.

If you get pneumonia for the first time, it's a new ailment. Why don't we call it/spell it "newmonia", new monia.

If you already had newmonia and get it again, why don't we call it oldmonia? Or remonia?

Judgement Day

Try not to dislike someone until you know them personally. Or see them in action. Try not to discriminate based on race, color, religion, gender or sexual preference. If you do, you might be making a big mistake. Just because someone is different, or acts different, doesn't make them unlikeable. The only thing that really matters is: are they an asshole or not.

Liberals tell us not to judge. Ever. They're wrong. It's human nature to judge or pre-judge. It's in our DNA. It's normal. That doesn't make it a good thing. It makes it something to overcome, to better yourself. Not by passing laws but by a desire to be a better person.

I have learned not to judge a book by its cover. Or, if I do, I try to overcome my initial feelings and give a person a chance. Many many times have I been surprised to find a really strange, very different, highly radical looking person (male, female or whatever) to actually be very nice and very interesting. Surprise! Who knew? The only way to find out is to find out. Say something. Say something like "Hello". See what happens. Sometimes you don't get a response, or get a bad response, and sometimes you have a terrific conversation and make a new friend. I have met wonderful people - with tattoos and blue hair, and terrific gentle people that looked like scruffy scary giants. The real person was there, under their strange and different outer shell. I made an effort, I said hello. Then, I found something interesting to comment on. "I like your hat" or "I like your shoes, where are they?" or "I like your hair color, it's different. It's a rainbow". Then I give them a chance to respond.

If you find out they're an asshole, walk away. If they're not, you may grow to like them. Or even love them. You don't know until you find out. Give everyone a chance.

Try it. It's way cool. And you may often be pleasantly surprised.

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Thanksgiving weather

It's November 21, 2017, 2 days before Thanksgiving. In Los Angeles, where I live, it is 86 degrees outside. And, yes, the sun is out. And, yes, I just turned on the air conditioner.

Tomorrow, the day before Thanksgiving, it will be 94 degrees in L.A. And sunny. On Thanksgiving Day, it is forecasted to be 90 degrees here. And sunny.

Other cities' weather for Thanksgiving Day:

In New York City, on Thanksgiving, it is forecasted to be 46 degrees.

In Chicago, on Thanksgiving, it is forecasted to be 7 degrees.

In Fairbanks, Alaska, on Thanksgiving, it is forecasted to be 1 degree.

On Thanksgiving Day, what will I be thankful for? What do you think?

And, on New Year's Day, it was 73 degrees. Brrr.

Near death experience in Los Angeles

deadly metal missile

I had a very close call, a near death experience. Really. Here's what happened

My apartment complex has been undergoing a major renovation. Construction everywhere. Construction vehicles coming and going, heavy equipment, cranes, etc. All day long.

At about 11 AM, on a Monday, I was walking around the parking lot near my building, for exercise. I do that six days a week (I take Sundays off). It was a nice warm sunshiny day. I walked behind my parked car and continued around the parking lot. Suddenly, I heard a crash. Boom! A big heavy metal pipe had flown through the air - towards me. It flew through the air for hundreds of feet - and banged to the ground and bounced - a few feet from where I stood. I was nearly killed! If that metal missile had hit me in the back, chest or head, I would have died instantly. If it had happened 20 seconds earlier, right where and when I had been walking behind my vehicle, I would have been struck and killed!

Needless to say, I was shook up.

I looked up the hill and saw some construction workers coming down to see what happened. When they got close, they were going to pick up the big pipe and bring it back up the hill to where they were working. I told them, "Don't touch it! Leave it right there." I looked back up the hill and saw the top of a crane. It was possible that the metal pipe might have broken off the crane and somehow became a deadly metal airborne missile.

I then went over and looked at my parked car. This is what I saw:

The pipe broke my car!

Shortly, the property manager and the construction manager showed up. When they saw what happened they were both visibly shaken. They realized that I could easily have been killed. Then, I showed them my car. OMG, they couldn't believe a big heavy metal pipe had flown through the air hundreds of feet, smashed into my car, bounced several times and nearly killed me. There were even gouges on the concrete parking lot where the pipe had hit.

How big was the pipe? Big. How heavy was the pipe? Heavy. How close did it come to killing me? Too close.

the guy holding the pipe is well over 6 feet tall

An actual real scary near death experience? A close call? Yes, I wasn't killed - by a matter of seconds. Yes, I escaped death. Yes, I am hugely grateful and hugely thankful to be alive. The moral of the story? Life is precious, live it.

I am safe at night. Are you?

I walk at night. I walk at night for exercise. It can be dangerous. It can be dangerous, depending on where you go, and what you wear. If you walk, run or cycle, or walk your dog at night, and wear dark clothing, you cannot easily be seen by motorists. If motorists can't/don't see you, they can run into you and injury you. Or kill you.

When I decided to walk during the evening, when it was dark outside, I did not have any white or light colored clothing to wear. I realized that this could be dangerous, as there was vehicle traffic where I walked. I was concerned. While walking, I did not wish to be struck, or killed, by a motorist who didn't see me. What to do? I decided to buy a reflective armband. And put it on when I walked at night. I went online and, after an hour of searching, found an inexpensive armband that attached with velcro and looked to be brightly reflective. I bought it. I wore it. It worked. Motorists could now see me at night, in the dark, brightly reflected in their headlights. I felt safer. I WAS safer.
The above reflective armband is what I bought online. It was less than $5. The website I bought it on has lots of reflective stuff. If you live in the U.S. - and want to buy and wear something reflective - go to Dont Get They are in New Jersey. I am not affiliated with them.

Was buying a reflective thingy a good idea? The other evening I went for a walk and then drove to the supermarket, with my reflective armband still attached to my left arm. As I was checking out, the cashier noticed my armband and asked me where I got it from. She said that she walks home from work at night and would feel, and be, much safer if she wore a reflective armband because vehicles could easily see her. I told her where I got mine. Maybe I saved her life.

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If you are walking, running, bicycling or walking your dog at night etc, near traffic, please wear something reflective!!! Find something reflective that you like -- and buy it! And, if you know someone who walks, runs, bikes etc at night near traffic (son, daughter, niece, nephew, brother, sister, mom, dad, grandma, grandpa, friend) please urge them to wear something reflective! Or, better yet, buy them something reflective and give it to them. Or, even better, buy a number of reflective items and give them to everybody you care about who should wear one!

I am trying to save lives. Mine. And yours. And the lives of your family and friends. And everyone who walks, runs, or bikes at night. Be smart, be seen!

The robots are coming

Actually, they're here. Meet Sophia

From the the BBC: "Meet Sophia, a robot who made her first public appearance in the Saudi Arabian city of Riyadh on Monday, October 23, 2017.

Sophia was such a hit she was given Saudi citizenship in front of hundreds of delegates at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh on 25 October."

“I am very honored and proud for this unique distinction. This is historical to be the first robot in the world to be recognized with a citizenship,” Sophia said.

In addition, she stated: "In the future, I hope to do things such as go to school, study, make art, start a business, even have my own home and family ..." She also added, in response to a query from her creator, David Hanson, "OK. I will destroy humans."

Really? A robot gets citizenship? Is legally a person? Says she will destroy humans??? You just witnessed the future. This is absolutely the future - and the future is now - as foretold by science fiction authors in the iconic science fiction books of the 1950's.

The robots are coming. In fact, they're already here.

UPDATE: According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution newspaper," Robots will soon help stock shelves at about 50 Walmart stores.

The two-foot tall robots are fitted with cameras to scan aisles and check stock, identifying missing, misplaced, mislabeled and mispriced items. The robots will give that information to employees who will fix the issues."

More Weed More Sex

From CNN
According to a study published in this week's Journal of Sexual Medicine, the more pot you smoke, the more sex you have.

The study looked at data from the US government's National Survey of Family Growth. It asked more than 28,000 women and nearly 23,000 men how often they had sex in the four weeks prior to the survey and how frequently they used marijuana in the past year.

Women who didn't use marijuana reported having sex six times on average during the past four weeks. Women who used marijuana daily had sex 7.1 times on average.

The trend was similar for men. Men who abstained from marijuana said they had sex an average of 5.6 times in the four weeks before the survey, compared with the daily marijuana users who reported having sex 6.9 times, on average.

"We were surprised to see the positive association between users," Dr Eisenberg, author of the study and an assistant professor of urology at the Stanford University Medical Center said. "This was across the board: marital status, race, none of that mattered." The study focused on heterosexual sex, and it didn't explain why there might be a connection between sex and marijuana.

Mystery? There's no mystery. It's simple. Marijuana is known to reduce inhibitions. Less inhibitions, more sex. Also, people who smoke a lot of weed generally may not have much of a life and often may not even have a full time job. They may have little or no responsibilities and little or nothing to do all day. So, they smoke a lot of weed and, out of pure boredom, and something to do, between texting and binge watching on Netflix, they have sex. The more bored they are, the more weed they smoke, and the more sex they have. Some may even have sex WHILE texting, or watching Netflix.

lottery clotheshorse

As I was awaiting the Mega Millions lottery drawing, where I was planning/hoping to win the $123 million jackpot, a thought occurred to me: what would I do with all that money? The answer? Anything I wanted to do! Then, I realized something. If I won $123 million I would not change my current wardrobe. Not needing to get dressed up or wear a suit, I normally wear jeans and a t-shirt. If I won the lottery and became a multi-millionaire, I would still wear the same clothes, and the same style.

I wear $11 jeans from Walmart, $20 shoes from Walmart, and $7 t-shirts, from a local convenience store, amazon, or a cheap local department store. On my head, I wear a cheap baseball-style hat, which I buy on amazon or at CVS. When the weather is cold, I wear a leather jacket (see my photo upper right), which I also bought at CVS, years ago, for under $30. And I wear a watch, a $22 watch, which I originally bought at Target and, years later, purchased an exact replacement on amazon.

I look good in clothes, even cheap clothes, but I am not a clotheshorse. If/when I win a ton of money in the lottery I would not change my look, I would not become a clotheshorse. Even though I would well be able to afford $400 jeans and $400 t-shirts I wouldn't do it, I have no need to be "uber fashionable". And, no, I would not buy a $10,000 Rolex either. At this stage of life, I don't want to dress "fancy", I just want to be comfortable. And $123 million would make me comfortable. Very comfortable.

Why we need a third arm

We humans don't have enough arms and hands. Two is not enough. Once upon a time, 2 arms and 2 hands were enough, enough to throw a rock or a spear or for fishing and farming, and to do everything else humans wanted, and had, to do. No longer.

Since the Electronic Age, and the invention of the cell phone, we need another arm, another hand. For texting, typing, driving while texting, drinking while texting, changing the channel on the remote control while texting. Shaving while texting. Texting in the rain while holding an umbrella.

We could use another arm, another hand, for nearly ALL the activities we do today. And, yes, with a third arm and hand you could ... TEXT WHILE TEXTING! Yes, you'll also need a second cell phone for that.

C'mon, God, give us another arm, another hand. C'mon, science, let us add another arm, another hand. C'mon, genes, give future generations another arm, another hand. Another arm, another hand. We humans need three. That's evolution, baby!

bald guys are hot?

Like many older men, I've been nearly bald for decades. Imagine my surprise to find out that, these days, bald men are considered sexier by women!

Research done by the University of Pennsylvania found that hairless men are leading the way of attractiveness, and appear more confident and dominant to the opposite sex.

And the growing trend for men to debut bald heads or shave off their head is popping up all over Hollywood too. The style has been made popular by the likes of Bruce Willis, Dwayne Johnson, Vin Diesel and Jason Statham, the latter of which is married to Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.

However, being bald isn't all good. Researchers found that those who had shaved heads were considered four years older on average.

Sexy, confident, dominant. Versus looking a few years younger? Oh, yeah, I'll take that!

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mouse injures man

Los Angeles, September 2017

I was attacked in my house by a mouse. I was attacked by a Logitech M325 wireless computer mouse.

Here's what happened ...

In May 2017, my M325 wireless Logitech mouse stopped working. Suddenly, it was dead. I figured it was the battery. I turned the mouse over and proceeded to replace the battery.

I went to take off the battery cover and somewhere, around the battery compartment, was a sharp area, a dangerous area. It cut me! Ouch! I got cut. The mouse bit me! (is that a byte?) It hurt. My finger started to bleed. I washed the cut with soap and water and put triple antibiotic ointment on the cut.

Soon, my finger started to noticeably swell up, And it still hurt. I became worried that it was becoming infected.

This was a huge problem if I had an infection as I cannot tolerate taking antibiotics; they upset my stomach horribly. The last time I had to take an antibiotic, I tried 3 different ones. I could not tolerate any of them and my stomach was messed up - for 2 months.

I looked at my injured finger. I became upset. I became upset at the mouse. And Logitech, the company who made it. How dare a company make a mouse that injures you, that cuts you when you try to change the battery!?

Logitech dominates the market. It is difficult to find any other mouse maker than fits the hand so well. And now my Logitech mouse bit the hand that feeds it. I have used a Logitech mouse for decades, replacing them when they wore out. No problems. Now, their mouse, model M325, bit me.

I was not only concerned about my own injury, I was also concerned that other people might be injured in the same way. I decided to contact Logitech and tell them about their product problem and my resulting injury. They emailed back and asked what I would like them to do about it. I responded,

"1. I would like Logitech to fix the design of their mouse; to not have sharp areas in and around the battery compartment.

2. I would also like monetary compensation for my cut finger. I am an author (22 books) and a blogger and the cut finger makes it painful to type and/or use the mouse. My cut finger has not yet healed and may also be infected. I think $500 is reasonable compensation for my pain and suffering."

I am also a fashion photographer (over 10,000 photos) and the injury made it difficult and painful to operate my camera and edit photos.

Logitech responded and said they would call me. They asked for my phone number and the best time to call me. I gave it to them. It took them 12 days to contact me.

Weeks later, feeling ignored and minimized, I emailed them: "... I am retracting my previous settlement terms and desired compensation. If you wish to make a new, more substantial, compensation settlement offer, feel free to do so."

It's now months later, and there has been little progress and no resolution on the matter. I am not happy with Logitech and their lackadaisical/slow response to my injury. And, no, I am no longer using the mouse that bit me; I packed it away and bought a new wireless mouse, a different brand - Insignia - which I bought at Best Buy - for $7.99. The Logitech M325 costs $19.99 (Best Buy). The much less expensive Insignia mouse works fine and, so far, it hasn't bit me.

my new mouse

Subsequently, upon request, I sent the Logitech mouse to Logitech for investigation of the source of my injury. More than a month later, I am still waiting for their result.

As a result of my injury, and all of the above, I may never again buy a Logitech mouse.

Need a new mouse? Going to buy a Logitech? Buyer beware. Proceed at your own risk.

Who is Logitech?
Logitech is a Swiss global provider of personal computer and mobile accessories, with global headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland and American headquarters in Newark, California (at the edge of Silicon Valley). Their products are distributed in more than 100 countries. Financially, in 2017 (April-March), Logitech had sales of $2.2 billion.

Here's to Logitech

It's a photo of my finger taken August 28, more than 3 months after my injury. The side of my finger still has a swollen cyst. At the moment, I am afraid to go to my dermatologist and have it checked out, as the doctor may want to operate on it, which also may necessitate taking antibiotics that make me ill. One of these or both may once again disable or restrict my writing, photography and online activities.

Overcoming my fears, on August 29, I went to the Emergency Room at the hospital. I had to wait 6 hours before seeing a doctor! After 6 grueling hours of waiting, the ER doctor finally looked at my swollen finger. He said, based on lab tests and his examination, it looked like my swollen finger indeed might be infected. In the ER, they had taken blood tests and my white blood cell count was elevated which, according to both the RN and the doctor, usually indicates an infection.

The ER doctor recommended seeing a hand surgeon, who might need to operate on my finger. And he said the hand surgeon would probably also want to prescribe antibiotics in addition to the surgery. As I mentioned, I can't tolerate antibiotics, I could be sick for weeks/months! The ER doctor also said that the hand surgeon may first want to do a cat scan, to determine if there are slivers/pieces of mouse material in the wound. A surgeon? An operation? How much would THAT cost? And I would likely have to take antibiotics which in the past had made me quite ill. And, due to surgery and antibiotics, for how many weeks (or months?) would I not be able to write or do photography??? By the way, the Emergency Room bill and doctor fee for my visit was over $7,500!

All this thanks to a Logitech mouse. A Logitech mouse that injured me.

UPDATE: 4 months after I was injured by a Logitech mouse, my injury has still not been resolved, or even acknowledged, by this multi-billion dollar publicly-traded consumer technology company.

Finally, after 4 long months, Logitech emailed me their conclusion of their investigation and, as I expected, they denied any defect or injury caused by their mouse, and would admit no liability or take any responsibility. This, despite my truthful testimony, the photos of my swollen finger and the Emergency Room doctor's examination and diagnosis.

Yes, I am disappointed, but not at all surprised. It's typical corporate capitalist behavior. It's an all too common story of one powerless consumer, injured, ignored and minimized by a large powerful multi-billion-dollar corporation. In this case, the large powerful multi-billion-dollar corporation is Logitech.

Based on all this, would YOU want to buy a Logitech mouse?

If not, here are some popular major alternatives to the Logitech mouse:

Amazon (yes, amazon makes mouses)

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Stop smoking. I did.

After decades of smoking a pack of cigarettes a day, I quit. I quit in 1 day.

I quit on December 7, 2011. Since then, I have not smoked a cigarette. Not one.

Here's how I did it ...

quit smoking in 1 day

The end of bread

When I buy a loaf of bread I don't eat the end pieces. I don't like the ends, also known as "the heel". I don't like the way they look, the way they feel, or the way they taste. I throw them away. I don't eat the ends, unless I'm desperate and forget to buy a new loaf.

I make, and eat, a sandwich on whole wheat bread every day for lunch. I enjoy my sandwich. I would not enjoy it as much if it was made with an end piece(s).

I assume that many other people don't like the end pieces of a loaf of bread. Some may like them. Some may not care one way or another.

I prefer whole wheat bread over other kinds of bread. Some people prefer white bread. Is that "white privilege"? If I preferred white bread, would I be a racist?

P.S. I cannot find out the reason why a loaf of bread has the crusty end pieces (heels). Even google did not have an explanation. Maybe I should ask a baker. Or maybe it's another one of life's big unexplained mysteries.

Netflix is un-american

I am a Netflix subscriber. I am an American Netflix subscriber, like millions of other Netflix subscribers. I live in America. I want to see AMERICAN films and TV shows when I watch (and pay for) Netflix. No offense to foreign films or foreign TV, but I do not want to be offered tons of movies and TV shows in another language or subtitled or made in another country, with foreign actors I have never heard of, with hard-to-understand accents. Maybe it's cheaper for Netflix to acquire the rights to foreign movies and TV shows. I don't know and I don't care.

Netflix has 93 million subscribers worldwide, spread out over 190 countries. Netflix has over 50 million of those subscribers in 1 country - the U.S.

The U.S. is the capital of the world for entertainment - and Netflix should give U.S. subscribers more AMERICAN stuff to watch! Why, more and more, am I seeing lots of foreign movies and foreign TV shows being offered on Netflix, mixed in with the American fare? I am NOT interested in watching foreign entertainment. On Netflix, I want to watch Made in America entertainment!

Is Netflix being un-American? As far as I'm concerned, yes. Netflix should break down its listed film and TV offerings into 2 categories: English and non-English. Or at least provide us subscribers a setting to choose one or both.

Did Netflix listen? No. On Monday, Oct 9, I found a Netflix new offering that I really wanted to see. Jackie Chan in "Kung Fu Yoga", a 2017 film.

I proceeded to watch it. The film was in MANDARIN. I stopped it and tried the option for English. The option for English did not work and reverted to Mandarin. As I do not speak f-ing Mandarin (and hate f-ing subtitles) I could not watch the movie.

What the hell is Netflix thinking??? If Netflix is going to foist foreign language only offerings on U.S. subscribers, at least they should put a sticker on it saying so! Or NOT mix it in with English speaking fare.

I was VERY unhappy, I wanted to watch this Jackie Chan film - in English!


Here are some observations about life as a male, from an old guy -- me. I am no longer young, I'm old, and I sorely miss the strength, endurance and "immortality" of my youth.

A famous playwright, George Bernard Shaw, said that "youth is wasted on the young". He was right.

Here are some other things that are wasted on young males:

Hair is wasted on the young
That's what toupees are for. Or baldness. Or hats.

Teeth are wasted on the young
That's what dentures are for.

Erections are wasted on the young
That's what viagra is for.

I need to drink more

Suddenly, I am getting dry mouth. Really dry mouth. Often, my dry mouth is mild during the day but strong enough to wake me up in the middle of the night. After several weeks of suffering, and sucking on sugar-free mint candies, I decided to do some research on the causes and remedies of dry mouth. Here is what I found

The only cause that seemed to fit was dehydration. Dehydration? Not enough liquids? Yes. I had been drinking about 44 ounces of liquid a day. The old saying is: have 8 8-ounce glasses a day. That's 64 ounces. OK, so I'm a little below that threshold. But wait a minute ...

Then, in my research, I find a new "official" recommendation for daily hydration for adult males. 3.7 liters per day. That's 125 ounces! 125 ounces??? Are you kidding me? If I drank 125 ounces daily I would be peeing 50 times day!

Could I suddenly be dehydrated, which is causing my dry mouth? How could that be, I have been at or under the 64 ounces level for decades. So, if I believe or accept the "new" liquid intake level, I am more than 80 ounces under the new daily standard! According to the new standard, my daily liquid intake is WAY low. But there is no way I could drink over 100 ounces of liquid a day.

So, what will I do? I will increase my daily liquid intake another 17 ounces, bringing my daily total to 61. And we'll see if that solves my dry mouth problem. If it doesn't solve my dry mouth problem, I will spend the rest of my life sucking on sugar-free candies.

Transgender fish

From TechTimes

"Chemicals found in contraceptives and household products that are flushed down the drains are giving rise to transgender fish in rivers. Researchers said that male river fish now turn into females because of chemicals that pollute the water.

Male Roach Fish Turn Into Females
Charles Tyler, of the University of Exeter in Britain, and colleagues said that the males of the roach fish now display more feminine traits.

Some male river fish were found to have reduced sperm quality, and show less aggressive and competitive behavior which can reduce their odds of breeding successfully. Some fish were even found to be producing eggs, which makes them less able to reproduce.

The researchers found that 20 percent of the freshwater fish at 50 different sites show higher feminine characteristics, and they attribute this to ingredients present in birth control pills and by-products of plastic, cleaning agents and cosmetics."

Really? Transgender FISH? Is this for real, or fake news perpetrated by liberal LGBTQ sympathizers?

Transgender fish, caused by man-made chemicals in the water. Kind of reminds me of global warming, also mainly blamed on man-made chemicals. And breathing. By the way, we can no longer use the term "man-made" as it's not politically correct, and excludes women (and other genders). Maybe "human-made"? But that excludes other animals.

In any event, now we have transgender fish. What about political correctness for transgender fish? Do we have to give transgender river fish their own separate river? Or force them to swim with the male and female fishes? Or let them swim wherever they want?

Transgender fish. Hmm, I will have to watch my pet goldfish more closely. One of them seems to be acting a little girly.

I am not a gamer

I don't play video games. Or ignore reality and lose myself in an iPhone. I am a dinosaur. I live in the real world not online. Maybe here's the reason. The following is a direct quote from a reporter regarding, I think, gaming:

"Blizzard is killing me these days, releasing a new Hearthstone expansion last week and now a new Overwatch holiday this week. But I will do my duty and shell out on day one (hour one) for 100 new loot boxes so you can see what you might get, and how often you might get it.

This is Overwatch’s first holiday event that is not tied to an actual holiday. Previously, Blizzard said that they would not be doing St. Patrick’s Day/Easter events, and instead, this “Overwatch: Uprising” event is an entirely original creation, one that flashes back to glory days of Overwatch when the team was still together and hadn’t been cast to the wind like we’ve seen in present day, before Winston recalled them."

I did not understand one word of that. I assume it's "gamer language". If so, I'm too old to learn a new language. And not interested. For games, I'll stick with poker. Or backgammon. And, if I want to lose touch with reality, I'll wait for Alzheimer's. Or become a liberal.

Microsoft virus phone scam

I get a lot of scam phone calls from non-English-speaking scammers claiming to be from Microsoft, telling me that I have downloaded stuff from the internet and that, as a result, I have an infected computer. And, of course, he volunteers to fix my infected computer, for a fee. This is a scam. A stupid scam. My computer has no infection or virus, I have expensive tools and apps that prevent that. I am also too smart to be scammed by a fake random unexpected Microsoft phone caller. How do I handle the fake phone call from Microsoft? Do I immediately hang up? No. Here's how I handle it: I act like a crazed collector.

Me: "I have an infected computer? That's great! I LOVE computer viruses and infections. I COLLECT computer viruses! Do you have any that you can sell me? I'll pay you to send me some new viruses."

When he hears that, the scammer is usually speechless. And then, after a few seconds, the phone scammer usually hangs up, very confused. And maybe scared, because he just called a crazy person, a crazy person who collects computer viruses! Yes, I scam the scammer. I have fun doing it. I laugh. The scammer doesn't.

That's what happens when a "Microsoft scammer" calls me. I confuse and scam THEM. They deserve it.

pizza birds

As I was walking around outside, I noticed a bird, a small sparrow, picking at a large piece of pizza crust on the ground. The bird was enjoying the meal. He seemed to be enjoying the taste of the pizza crust. He was actively picking at it. As I walked near, the bird flew away, even though I told him to stay and enjoy his pizza crust meal. A few minutes later I returned again and the bird was back, snacking away on the pizza crust on the ground. Once again, as I neared, the bird flew away. I was sad. Sad that I, a human, had interrupted the bird's feeding. I hoped the bird would return, and finish his meal.

That pizza crust - that litter - could have fed a lot of non-humans that live near my residence, non-humans such as birds, squirrels, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, bees, butterflies, snakes, deer, and maybe even a mountain lion. No, I don't know which animals like to eat pizza and which do not. I know that sparrow did!

Pizza crust litter on the ground. Human litter. Human litter being recycled, by non-humans. The thought occurred to me that, sometimes, litter might be good for the environment. It might be a good (or bad) addition to the food chain. It depends on the litter. Does that mean that the next time I eat a pizza, I will toss some crust on the ground? No. Maybe.

Los Angeles To Ban Take-Out Food

Let's ban take-out food

From MyNewsLA

Those take-out food containers of polystyrene — often called Styrofoam — would be banned in Los Angeles under a motion introduced Friday by two City Council members.

In addition to take-out containers, the material is used for numerous other manufacturing purposes, including medical devices, red drink cups for beer pong, packing materials and even surfboards.

City Councilman, Paul Koretz, introduced the motion with Councilman Bob Blumenfield. “Because polystyrene doesn’t biodegrade, it can absorb toxins found in the ocean, which poses a danger to marine species that mistake foam for food,” Koretz said. “The fish and wildlife are the barometer of the health of our larger environment. I’m gravely concerned that the food chain will continue to grow ever more toxic if we don’t exchange our bad habits for better ones.”

“Now more than ever, we in Los Angeles and in California must stand up and fight to protect our environment and ensure that future generations enjoy clean mountains and beaches,” Blumenfield said.

“Polystyrene is dangerous, toxic and is an unnecessary product. It is our duty to protect our environment regardless of what is happening in Washington, D.C. With people like Scott Pruitt running the EPA, reversing decades of environmental progress, it is up to us to make sure that California’s beauty is protected.”

Hey, you city council clowns, leave my take-out food alone! If Styrofoam is banned, how will people be able to take away food they buy? For instance, I get take-out Chinese food weekly and it comes in a Styrofoam container. Weekly, I get a big delicious take-out tuna sandwich (and a side of potato salad) at my local deli, and it comes in a Styrofoam container.

If the Los Angeles City Council bans Styrofoam, how will I (and millions of others) take away take-out food? In many cases, there IS no alternative for these Styrofoam containers!!! And the out-of-touch f-ing city council clowns think it's an "unnecessary product"??? Obviously, these clowns don't get take-out.

The stupid crazy L.A. City Council clowns, in their overly-zealous environmental frenzy to ban Styrofoam, are interfering with MY food chain. Leave my take-out food alone!

Wishy washy

From the BBC

How to wash your hands - according to the experts

"Washing your hands properly should take about as long as singing Happy Birthday twice (about 20 seconds)

Wet hands and apply enough soap to cover the whole surface of the hand

Rub palms together with fingers interlaced

Rub each palm over the back of the other hand with interlaced fingers

Rub between fingers on each hand

Rub backs of fingers (interlocked)

Rub around each thumb

Rub both palms with finger tips and then rinse with warm or cold water

Dry your hands well, ideally with a disposable towel

Use a disposable towel to turn off the tap"

After many many years of washing my hands now I find out I was doing it wrong! I always simply wet my hands, soaped them up, rubbed my hands together for a bit, and rinsed them off. Then dried them. I had no idea washing your hands was so complicated and had so many steps. I may have to take a class: "Hand Washing 101". Or read a book: "Hand Washing for Dummies".

White bread is good

Newsflash! White bread is as nutritious as wheat bread.


Processed white bread is often shunned by health experts due to its low nutritional value. Sales of 'unhealthy' processed white bread have plummeted by 75 per cent since 1974.

"Researchers at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science monitored the gut bacteria and levels of fat, cholesterol, glucose and essential minerals such as calcium and iron in 20 healthy people. Half the participants were given a higher-than-average amount of fresh whole-wheat sourdough bread to consume for a week, and the others were given the same portion of processed, packaged white bread.

“The initial finding, and this was very much contrary to our expectation, was that there were no clinically significant differences between the effects of these two types of bread on any of the parameters that we measured,” said the study’s senior author Professor Eran Segal"

For decades we've been told that white bread is not nutritious, is not as good for you as wheat bread or other bread. And now they find out it's not true? That means, for decades, I've been depriving myself of tasty sandwiches - on tasty white bread - for nothing. Depriving myself, thanks to all the stupid health experts, who were wrong - again. Now, excuse me, I'm going to go to the supermarket, buy some bread, and make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ... on WHITE bread.

one leg at a time

There is an old saying,"He puts his pants on one leg at a time". It means that a person who may be bigger than life, or more privileged, is still a human being just like the rest of us, just like you and me. He puts his pants on one leg at a time. The saying is wrong. I thought about it and realized that the saying "He's just like us, he puts his pants on one leg at a time" may be completely untrue.

Here's why. If you sit down, you can put your pants on TWO legs at a time. How? If you are limber, you can sit down, put your pants on the floor, open the legs straight up, and put both legs into your pants, then stand up, putting your pants on BOTH legs at the same time. Or do it while lying on your back. Or, if you're not limber but are rich (or are in a nursing home) you can have someone assist you; they can hold open your pants on the floor, let you step into them and THEN pull them up, putting your pants on two legs at a time.

So, the age-old saying, "He puts his pants on one leg at a time", making everyone the same or equal, may be incorrect, and not true. "He's NOT like us, he puts his pants on BOTH legs at a time".

As for me, I will continue to be just like you, just like everyone else, and put my pants on one leg at a time.

Bentley SUV

I was driving out of a local upscale supermarket parking area when I saw this car driving in. I knew the car was something unique and special but it was a little too far away for me to see what kind of car it was. As it got closer I saw what it was. Holy Moly, it was a Bentley. A Bentley SUV! A big, beautiful black Bentley SUV. I didn't even know Bentley made an SUV!

As the vehicle approached, I looked to see who was driving. A movie star? A billionaire? It had to be one of those, or both. It was being driven by a 30 or 40-something blond lady. With a young 11 or 12-year-old boy sitting in the passenger seat. She must have picked the kid up from school. Or was taking him to soccer practice. As the vehicle drew nearer, I looked more closely at the driver. I did not recognize her. But she had to be "somebody". Somebody rich. Why do I say that? Because this Bentley SUV has a price starting at $300,000. Yes, I looked it up. $300,000 is the starting price. With all the extras you'd want to have on the vehicle, who knows how much it would cost? It would probably cost more than a big house in many places in America. WOW!

Los Angeles is the car capital of the world. And the TV, movie and music capital of the world. That being the case, it's not uncommon to see Cadillacs, Lincolns, Range Rovers, Rolls Royces, Maseratis and the occasional Ferrari or Lotus. And lots and lots of of SUV's. But I had never before seen a Bentley SUV.

The Bentley SUV. Without a doubt, the most luxurious soccer mom vehicle on the planet!

porn versus real women

"Excessive pornography viewing is likely to contribute to a risk of sexual dysfunction in men, but not women, according to new research. A panel discussion and presentation held on Friday at the 112th Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Urological Association highlights results from surveys conducted on men and women about pornography viewing habits and the long-term effects on sexual health and intimate behavior.

The researchers, led by Dr. Matthew Christman, a staff urologist and program director for pediatric urology at the Naval Medical Center of San Diego, report that while pornography trivially affects women’s sex lives, an excessive habit can be ruinous to men’s psychosexual health. Essentially, many men who are really into internet porn have the potential to become disinterested in sex with a real-life partner. The researchers suggest that the more time men spend on sites such as PornHub, the less able they’ll be to connect with a partner in the bedroom. This can result in severe damage to sexual and romantic relationships and make intimacy challenging, at best.

Roughly 20 percent of men reported using porn three to five times weekly. Nearly 4 percent of men reported they preferred masturbating to pornography over having sexual intercourse with a partner. The researchers also recognized a correlation between men who used pornography frequently and those who reported lack of sexual desire and intercourse satisfaction, as well as erectile dysfunction."

I think they may have it backwards. Many men have erectile dysfunction. They tend to avoid real life sex - because they don't want to fail at it! They don't want to be unable to achieve an erection in the real life presence of the woman they want to have sex with. Non performance is embarrassing, humiliating and depressing for men. So, a lot of men turn to online porn,and masturbation instead. They avoid real life sex. Because, for whatever reason, they don't want to fail at it.

If the guy viewing porn and masturbating fails to become erect or ejaculate, nobody knows and nobody cares except him. Porn presents less performance risk. Less embarrassment. Less humiliation. In other words, men with sexual dysfunction issues may be avoiding real women, and real sex, and turning to porn instead. Maybe it's not the porn causing the intimacy issue, maybe it's the intimacy issues that causes the porn viewing.

Yes, there is Viagra and other ED drugs. Yes, men with ED ought to use them and use them safely. Yes, and if ED drugs aren't already, they should be cheaper. And covered by insurance.

I won the lottery!

For my birthday I played the California lottery. And won!

I played Mega Millions. The jackpot was $20 million. For my birthday I bought 5 "quick picks", for a total of $5, and one of them was a winner!

I won!

How much did I win? I won $1. I got the Mega number. ONLY the Mega number. I won $1.

So, for my birthday I won the lottery. I won $1. I spent $5 on tickets. Oh, wait a minute, that means I lost $4! Birthdays suck.

gluten-free heart attack

which may be soon

According to National Health Services, UK

"Gluten-free diet can do more harm than good for people without coeliac disease," The Independent reports, as a new study found that the "trendy gluten-free diets loved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Russell Crowe may increase the risk of heart disease".

Recently there has been increasing interest in the possible health benefits of avoiding gluten among people who do not have coeliac disease, though the long term evidence about its effects in this group is currently limited. Despite this, the gluten-free food market is reported to have made $3.5bn worth of global sales in 2016.

The current study followed more than 100,000 people from 1986 to 2012, assessing their diets and whether they had heart attacks during that time. These people did not have heart disease at the start of the study, and importantly did not have coeliac disease.

Overall, it found that once other risk factors were taken into account, people's consumption of gluten was not related to their risk of heart attack.

However, further analyses suggested that lower consumption of gluten specifically from whole grains (wheat, barley and rye) was associated with increased heart attack risk compared to higher consumption from these sources.

OMG. So trendy non-celiac gluten-free people can look forward to the illusion of eating "healthy" gluten-free foods, and having a heart attack as a result? Eat gluten-free and die? Be diet-trendy and die? And that makes sense how?

human electronic device

the future?

I am just waiting for human cell phone implants. Yes, science fiction often becomes science fact. Like Dick Tracy's radio wristwatch of the 1940's, we now have the cell phone. Soon, people will have electronic devices implanted in their bodies. And in their brains. You want to be connected? You will be, 24/7. Human electronic devices. I predict that someday all babies/young children will be implanted with electronics. Someday, everything in life will be "electronic". Everything in a person's life will be controlled via their electronic implants. Driving a vehicle is already becoming undesirable and "old school". As a result of the ever present electronic device, thinking will be a thing of the past, TV sets will become obsolete (oh, wait, they already are), schooling will be unnecessary, as all knowledge will be available in the blink of an eye (literally). Verbal communication will disappear and human vocal chords will become extinct. Human face-to-face interaction and socialization will cease to exist. Friends and mates will be replaced by lifelike robots who will cater to our every whim (hmm, now THAT sounds like a good idea!)

Welcome to the future. The future is now. The future will not be for humans, it will be for machines. It will be for electronic devices, implants and robots. It's a good thing I probably won't live to see it.

The problem everyone wants to have

I need to gain weight. I need to gain 3-5 pounds. That's a problem lots of people would love to have.

Here's what happened

I felt a little underweight so I weighed myself. I was right. I was 3-4 pounds under my usual normal and happily chosen weight. Hmm. So I ate some junk food for a couple of days. I didn't eat enough of it because I didn't really gain the 3-4 pounds I wanted to gain. I resumed my normal "healthy" food regimen. Two weeks later I weighed myself agin. I had lost another 2 pounds! What was happening? Was I sick? Was I dying? I had been eating healthy food almost every day. Why was I losing weight? I did not want to lose weight. I was starting to look too thin. Too thin? There's no such thing! As they say, "You can't be too rich or too thin." Yes, you can be too thin. You might be sick. Or dying.

Because I was eating a bit lightly and very healthily, I thought maybe I wasn't eating enough calories. I wrote down everything I usually eat on any given day. Then, I looked up the caloric content of each food. It turned out that I was eating 1,515 calories per day. I looked that up to see what it meant. What it said was that, at 1,515 calories a day, and light exercise, I would lose one pound a week. That's exactly what happened! I then looked how many calories a person of my gender, height, weight and age should be eating. I looked it up using the same SuperTracker calculator that the U.S. federal government's Department of Agriculture used. It said I should be eating 2,324 calories a day. 800 more calories! I should be eating 50% MORE calories per day! I was shocked! I thought my nutrition was proper. I thought I was eating "healthy". Turns out that eating healthy and lightly made me lose weight I didn't want to lose.

What to do? I now had a problem that everyone would like to have: I wanted to GAIN weight.

How to gain some pounds? Hmm. I did not want to eat a lot of junk food everyday. Or high fat foods. Or high sugar foods. I would gain weight but I might also shortly get clogged arteries and diabetes. Should I eat some junk food? Hell, yes. Tomorrow, I am going to have a double cheeseburger for dinner. And fries. The day after that I am going to have a ton of Chinese food. And, a day or two after that, I am going to have a foot long meatball sandwich, with Swiss cheese. But then I will stop eating like that consistently, to avoid clogged arteries, diabetes, obesity, and death. So far, I have gained 2 pounds. That's good but what to add to my diet on an ongoing basis that is reasonably healthy yet contains many calories? Here's what I found. I can't chew nuts et al (I have dentures). Peanut butter has saturated fat and not enough calories. Upon doing a lot of research, I decided on chocolate. Dark chocolate. Dark chocolate has lots of calories, is good for your heart and is VERY tasty. Yummy! And I'm also going to add a banana or two per day to my morning cereal. And, despite raising my cholesterol and sugar levels, maybe I'll add "bad" food 1-2 times a week. "Bad" food like meatball sandwiches, pizza, and, yes, more cheeseburgers. And fries.

And, hopefully, I will gain a few more pounds. And, hopefully, that will solve the problem, the problem that everyone would like to have.

porn spam for me

For the past few months I have been getting a lot of sex dating spam. Before that I wasn't getting much of it. Now, I am. I've been getting up to 50 porn dating spams a day. Today, I got 60. No, I didn't open any or look at any of the email porn pics. I do not click on any links and delete all my spams ASAP -- as they might contain viruses!

I don't know why I am getting porn/sex dating spam. I did not sign up for any porn sites or adult dating sites lately. And I certainly don't want to visit any of the porn or adult hookup sites offered in my porn spam.

The porn spam I get is both the same and different, depending on the subject line. Today I got porn and adult dating spam offering Lonely Wife Hookup, Latin Women Date Team, Naked Women Selfies, Hookup Cougars, Lonely Russian Girls, Online Viagra, and a Sex Dating Club. And, according to one subject line, I have a letter waiting from a Horny Beauty! Another subject line was: "Stay naughty with a frisky beauty".

Do I want any of this stuff? No. Do I open any of this stuff? No.

A message to spammers: "Don't bother to send me spam (especially porn/sex dating spam). Don't waste your time and money. I'm not signing up for anything you send me. I don't even bother to open your spam emails, I just immediately delete them."

I guess the spammers weren't listening. Today, several weeks later, I got 95 porn spams.

UPDATE: It's now July 2017 and lately I've been getting more than 100 spams a day!

Toilet roll - over or under - solved

Should the roll of toilet paper on the holder be under or over? Let's put the age-old debate to rest once and for all.

It goes o-v-e-r.

Why should the toilet paper unroll outwardly, over the holder? Because guys pee standing up. When a male is peeing standing up he may need to blow his nose, or wipe his penis and, if the toilet roll unwinds under, males can't reach it. If it unrolls over, males can reach it and use it - while standing up.

As women pee sitting down, they can easily tear off the toilet paper from either under or over, it makes little difference. To us guys, it makes a BIG difference. If we have to reach the roll and it's under, we may have to bend down to reach it, and could pee on ourselves, our clothes, or drip on a surface area not in the bowl.

So, ladies, until all males start peeing sitting down, PLEASE, if you use a roller, put the toilet paper on the roller so it unrolls outwards ... i.e. OVER. Unless, of course, if no man ever uses your bathroom, then it doesn't matter.

And, no, the "over" toilet roll solution is not an assertion of male dominance. It's an assertion of convenience, common sense, and cleanliness.

why is my internet so slow?

My wireless AT&T DSL internet speed is slow. It's always been slow. I never get more than 5 mbps. It's been that way for over a decade. And they don't EVER upgrade in my area! I don't know why. They don't know why. Maybe they don't give a damn?

Why don't I switch to another, faster internet provider? I can't. The only other internet provider for my address (an upscale zip code in Los Angeles) is Spectrum. Spectrum offers speeds up to 100 mbps for my residence but, due to an unusual billing circumstance, I am not able to get it. So, I am stuck with AT&T's 4-5 mbps slow internet. I am forced to limp along with slow internet speed at home. Or move. I have lived at this residence for decades and do not want to move. Unless I win the lottery. As I use my computer for many hours each day the slow speed sucks. And I am stuck with it. Thank you, AT&T, you suck.

Months later, I found a way to get Spectrum. I had it installed. Now, I get 100+ mbps. Yeah! Zoom! And I canceled AT&T, happily.