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Online since 2009, the Stu Pitt Stuff blog is cool, fun and funny. Sometimes wildly entertaining, sometimes even brilliant, and occasionally serious. Based in America (in trendy L.A.) my Stu Pitt Stuff blog uses humor, wisdom and truth to shine a light on life's absurdities (and other stuff) and offers Stu Pitt solutions to life's problems.

Spend some time on this blog. If you do, you will laugh, you will learn things, and you might just improve your life. At the very least, you will smile. 

Feel free to binge read this blog, I've been writing it since 2009 and there are over 400 posts.

Read and enjoy.


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And, in case you are interested, I also wrote more than 20 books that can improve your life ... fast. Want to improve your life ... fast? Visit my author website at Andrew Lawrence

Around the world


Stu Pitt Stuff - it's everywhere!
Online visitors to this blog have come from the United States, Canada, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Finland, Poland, Russia, Australia, Israel, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam. And other countries.

Not just an American blog, Stu Pitt Stuff gets visitors from all over the world: from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. Literally from every continent except Antarctica. And, to rectify that, as I am sometimes stubborn (and sometimes weird), I actually tweeted the U.S. research center in Antarctica, McMurdo Station, and emailed someone else at another station in Antarctica, and asked that someone please go online and visit my blog and kindly complete my global guest quest - visitors from all 7 continents.

The point? Never give up. Even if you have to go to Antarctica.




UPDATE: a day later I received an email from an astrophysicist at a research center in Antarctica who said they went online and visited the Stu Pitt Stuff blog. Cool! Or rather, cold; at the time, in Antarctica, it was -63 C (-81 F).

Yes! I completed my global guest quest - blog visitors from all 7 continents. Am I pleased? Very.



Magic number

 It was Friday, September 2, 2022 in Los Angeles when the magic number appeared.




The magic number was the outside temperature. 100 degrees (F). It appeared at the top of my car's dashboard when I started the car at 2:45 PM. (see above photo). Yes, it was hot. Luckily, the humidity in L.A. is usually low so 100 degrees is bearable here and in high temps I normally don't even sweat.

We are having a heat wave. Over Labor Day Weekend. On Sunday, the day before Labor Day, it is expected to be 108 (F) in my area of Los Angeles. I think I'll stay home that day, indoors. With the air conditioning on.

UPDATE
The next day, Saturday, when I went to my car and started it here's what my dashboard read



109 degrees (F). Another magic number.

AND, the next day, Sunday, when I went to my car and started it I saw this



At 1:33 PM my car dashboard read 114 degrees (F). Another magic number. A scary number. A major heat wave number. Yes, cars are normally somewhat inaccurate when it comes to reading the outside temperature. According to an official weather website the actual temperature in my area was 108 degrees (F). Still very very hot.

In the hottest place in California, Death Valley, at 2 PM officially it was 118 degrees (F). Death Valley holds the world record for hottest temperature ever at 134° F, which was measured back in July 1913.

And, as the heat wave continued, on Labor Day, Monday, September 5, the first magic number appeared again on my dashboard. 100 degrees (F) at 5:43 PM.




And the next day, Tuesday, September 6, 2022 I saw this on my dashboard. 104 (F).



It's been a long 5 straight days of magic numbers, temperatures over 100 degrees F. Oh, wait a minute, make that 6 days. The next day, Wednesday, had yet another magic number. At 5:38 PM my car dashboard read 100 F.




And on the 7th day the heat DIDN'T rest. It blasted high temps yet another day, day #7. At 5:07 PM on Thursday, September 8, 2022 my dashboard read another magical number, a number 100 degrees or higher. It read 109 F.




7 straight days of excessive heat. Magic numbers of 100 degrees F or higher. Documented by me, and my car.

Friday           100 F
Saturday       109 F
Sunday         114 F
Monday        100 F
Tuesday        104 F
Wednesday   100 F
Thursday      109 F

OK, enough magic numbers. A full week in Los Angeles and throughout California of excessive heat of 100 degrees F or higher. The heat wave is ending and I'm done documenting the high temperatures. And its magic numbers. And, no, I am not a weather professional. Or overly obsessed with weather. I'm just a human being who's body and mind is weather sensitive. Very sensitive.

UPDATE
Just as the heat wave is ending Tropical Storm Kay is arriving in California, to drench us in rain. With temperatures in the high 80's F. Probably with high daily humidity, making it feel like 100 degrees F. The storm is predicted to stay for 3 days, with predicted thunderstorms, flash flooding, and winds in excess of, you guessed it, a magic number. 100 mph!

I can't wait until the current weather in Los Angeles gets back to "normal". Normal in L.A. is: warm and sunny days, temperatures in the 80's F, with low humidity. That's why I live here. Oops, maybe I spoke too soon. On Sunday, September 11, after the tropical storm, we got another magic number. 100 F.


I have a saying about Los Angeles weather. "In L.A. we only have 2 seasons. Hot and hotter." 




Covid

Covid Positive

After escaping being infected with Covid for more than 2 1/2 years, strangely I got infected with the new Covid variant, and have been sick for 25 days, even though I am vaxxed and boosted and wore a mask for 2+ years. The new variant is, apparently, outrageously spreadable. 

I spoke at length about Covid with the doctor and staff at my local Emergency Room when I went there for the third time with my recurring Covid symptoms and I tested positive. I told them I was stunned that I got Covid after more than 2 years of being vaxxed and boosted and masked and no socializing, no close prolonged contact with people, no parties, no dining out and restricting my activities to basically going to the supermarket and the gas station. The ER doctor said, "Oh, yes, with this new variant you can easily get Covid just by going food shopping or putting gas in your car. Even after being vaxxed and boosted." "What?" I said. "That's really bizarre. So, after being careful for years, it did me no good and I got Covid anyway?"

Worse, when I first went to the ER I tested negative for Covid, even though I apparently had it, along with the symptoms of fever, mind fog, fatigue, chills and shaking. A week later I tested positive. And 5 days after that, though my symptoms had temporarily diminished or disappeared, I still tested positive at my local pharmacy. The nurse that did the test thought it might be a False Positive. Hmm. Perhaps the Covid testing is not always accurate, at least in my case. Will I test positive forever and be permanently banned from society and living my life? If so, can I get a note from my doctor - or the government - saying that my Covid tests are not accurate and that I NOT infected or contagious?

The bad news? Will Covid keep evolving? If so, despite all efforts, will everyone on Planet Earth get Covid? Will it be like the common cold or the flu? I don't know, I am not a medical professional and never wanted to be one. I just want to be acceptably healthy and able to function. And be a Creative, writing books and blogs and doing my fine art photography. 

The good news? While being sick with Covid I published 3 new books!








all 3 new books are 




No time

 

"Creativity" by Andrew Lawrence

A creative person, when creating, is not aware of the time, the day, the month, the season or whether it is day or night. They are in the throes of creativity and those things have no meaning, do not matter.

It is now 3 AM on a Monday morning in early June. I had to look at my laptop to notice that. Because I was in the middle of my creativity, my creative writing juices were flowing, I was writing a new book and felt very excited, very motivated, VERY creative, VERY alive. 

At 3 AM I was alone in my own universe, happily creating. Creativity. I was lost in time. It felt like nothing else.

When I stopped for a minute I noticed that indeed I did not know the time, or day, etc, and did not care. To me, at that moment, those things were not important, had no meaning. I had to look at my laptop to orientate myself back to the real world, i.e. the time (the middle of the night), the day and date. 

I then wrote this blog post about it, to share that unique, and amazing, aspect of creativity with you. 

Two mornings in one

Lately, I've been having two mornings a day. What? 2 mornings? In the same day? Yes. 

I wake up each day after 3-4 hours sleep, in the middle of the night. It is my first morning. I am refreshed, awake, alert and have creative things to do. Like writing this blog post. Or working on my fine art photography, editing my art or putting it into my online portfolio. 

On my first morning I have a cup of coffee, read the news and do some creative things for a couple of hours. Previously, before the Covid pandemic, I slept through the night. I was not awake, alert or creative in the middle of the night. Now I am. Now I have two morning each day. During my first morning of the day, in the middle of the night, I have breakfast. After a few hours in my first morning I get tired. I go back to sleep, get another 2-3 hours of sleep and wake up again. And start the day again. A restart. A second morning. A second cup of coffee (no, not a second breakfast). A second chance at life. 

These days I have two mornings each day. I like it. I like having two mornings each day. 



Better

It's better

It's better to love than to hate

It's better to be healthy than sick

It's better to be rested rather than tired

It's better to be safe rather than sorry. Or not.

It's better to have money rather than be broke

It's better to be happy not sad

It's better to be optimistic not pessimistic

It's better when people like you not dislike you

It's better to be yourself not someone else

It's better to throw out the trash than have it overflow. Especially the trash in your head.

It's better to be clean not dirty. OK, sometimes dirty is better.


These are choices. YOUR choices.

Summer Snow Scene

 

"Summer Snow Scene"


Daytime outdoor fine art photograph of rocks and foliage along the river. It was mid-June and 95 degrees (F). Upon editing, the image looked like a snowy winter scene. A snowy winter scene in June? I created a summer snow scene? It was the light. Sometimes what you see is NOT what it is.

Here's another one

"Arctic Ducks in July"

Optical illusion photograph of ducks standing on and covered by what appears to be snow. A light snow. In July. This is the effect of editing not nature. The photo was taken in Los Angeles, in early July, in 85 degree heat.


Yes, in addition to being an author and a blogger I am also a fine art photographer and have over 1,400 photographs in my portfolio. CoolColorPhotos 

Walk/Don't Walk

Let me tell you about something I do that really works, that really benefits my mind, body and spirit. And it's free. If reading about it becomes boring stick with it anyway, it's worth it!

For years I have been taking a walk. Daily. Not a huge walk but the equivalent of 6 football or soccer fields. I walk outside close to my residence. Luckily, I live in Southern California so I can do that all year round, no snow, no ice. no freezing temperatures.

Why do I walk? I started walking for medical reasons. Serious medical reasons. 

Years before I had a stent implanted in my leg artery (femoral). 7 years later the stent became blocked. Occluded. The blockage was severe and caused horrible cramping and an inability to walk. I went to a cardiac surgeon. Upon testing and imaging et al the doctor informed me that he could not fix or replace the stent, it had become part of my leg and operating on it would be complicated and dangerous and probably wouldn't work. I was scared. It can't be fixed? Would I lose my leg? The surgeon then told me that perhaps walking would work and solve the issue. What? WALKING? He said that with a patient's walking routine sometimes eventually the blood vessels could find a new path, a path around the blocked artery, and deliver blood to the leg and foot via the veins and bypassing the blocked artery. Walking? I said that sounds better than a complicated and dangerous surgery or losing my leg. I would try walking. I started walking the next day. 

I also made a deal with myself, a deal that would guarantee my daily walking. Walking to save my leg. The deal was that I could not eat lunch if I didn't take a walk before lunchtime. Period. I allowed the exception of Sunday. I had to walk 6 days a week, I could take Sundays off.

I started off slowly. And couldn't walk far. Luckily, I didn't have to walk miles or walk fast. After a month or so of daily walking I could do about a third of a mile. My leg felt better and I no longer had cramping. And, when I went back to the surgeon for a follow-up he imaged my leg and said the walking worked. I now had good enough blood flow in my leg. YAY! 

That was years ago. I still walk 6 days a week. The same distance, 6 football fields. I go at my own pace. My daily walk takes 15-20 minutes. And my leg still works. And I found that my walking has other important benefits as well. It has helped me maintain a good weight. And good blood pressure. And it's not a hard contact exercise so it won't murder my joints like other exercises can. I do NOT text or go online, i.e. use my cell phone while taking my outdoor walk, I open my eyes (and my mind) to my surroundings. I also noticed that walking outside daily improves my brain function and my thinking and my clarity. And my outlook. For me, it's also a great stress reliever. Walking resets my mind, body and spirit to a healthy and happy mode. And I get some of my best ideas while walking! Oh, and did I mention, it's FREE!

I see other people out walking. All kinds of people. Young people, old people, and those in between. I see thin people walking and overweight people walking. I see people routinely walking their dogs, or their kids. Or themselves.

Daily walking. Walking for health. Walking for life. It works for me. How about YOU?



Now I know

Growing up in America (way back when) I used to see that my grandparents' generation often had their kitchen cabinets filled with canned goods. Lots and lots of canned goods. I could not understand why they would do this. One day I asked my grandparents why they stocked their kitchen shelves with so many canned goods. My grandfather replied, " Because of the Great Depression of 1929. It lasted for years and there was a shortage of food. A big shortage. Since then we take no chances." As a child I could not comprehend what he said. A shortage of food? What was that? We always had plenty of food. This was America, the Land of Plenty. A shortage? Of food? It was an incomprehensible concept. 

Later, as an adult I lived through the Covid pandemic of 2019-2021, i.e. the Plague, and the horrific supply chain shortages.

canned vegetable aisle


toilet paper shelves

Now I know. I understood. This was America, how could there be a shortage of canned vegetables? Of toilet paper? Bottled water? But there was. It was a fundamental fear. The fear that the Land of Plenty did not have available the basic necessities of life. The same fear that people felt in the 1930's.


The Other Line

 


Murphy's Law. "The other line always moves faster".

This is true, at least for me. Every time I get in line for something, the line slows or stops. And the line I'm NOT in moves faster. And, yes, if I change lines and stand in the faster moving line, it slows down or stops.

This is especially true when buying things at my grocery store or pharmacy. Or anyplace where I have to stand in a line to do something. Even a short line.

At the grocery store I finish my shopping (usually only a few items) and get in the Express Check Out Line and, viola, one of the people ahead of me has a problem and holds up the line. Same with my CVS pharmacy. Or fast food restaurant. Or carwash. Or bank. You name a line, if I'm in it it will likely slow down or stop moving. This has been happening to me since I was a young adult (many many years ago).

To make it more tolerable, when the line slowdown happens if there's a person(s) ahead of me, also the victim of the slowdown, I often quietly mention it to them. I say, "This always happens to me. Whatever line I'm in. The other line always moves faster. It's Murphy's Law. I'M the reason it happens." They usually laugh.

Why does this happen? Why does the other line always move faster? Why does this Murphy's Law all too often apply to whatever line I'm in? Why? Because I'm cursed. That is the only explanation I can come up with. 


K-I-S-S IT!

NOW AVAILABLE ON AMAZON



K-I-S-S IT!
My newest amazon book. It contains my simple effective creative solutions to society's problems. Based on the principle of Keep It Simple, Stupid.  A must-read for every politician, every CEO, every activist, every sane voter

Here's a sample

Homelessness

I was watching a news story about the dramatic increase in homeless people in Los Angeles County. This is due to many factors, including high rents (average $2,500 a month) and home costs (the median price is over $700,000). There are over 65,000 people who are homeless in the L.A. area. Many homeless people live in tents. Or cardboard boxes. Most of the increase in homelessness involves minorities; blacks and Hispanics/Latino.

California’s state budget for homeless programs is over $7 billion. Local government spends as much as $800,000 a year for each homeless person in Los Angeles. $800,000 a year??? Are you kidding me? The government of Los Angeles is spending $800,000 a year per homeless person? That is a RIDICULOUS amount to money for a city or county to spend on homeless - without solving the homeless problem!

Let's use our head (and common sense) and do this: my KISS Solution

If it costs $800,000 a year for each homeless person, Los Angeles should just pay each homeless person $75,000 a year and let the homeless get themselves off the streets! And the local government could SAVE over $700,000 a year per homeless person!


As the average salary in Los Angeles is currently about $70,000, being homeless would pay better than working!

That is my KISS Solution for homelessness. Problem solved. It can also be applied to other cities throughout America.

Homelessness? K-I-S-S IT!


K-I-S-S IT!

Now available in paperback on Amazon.com





Winner Foods

 I went food shopping today and bought these 3 foods. Buttermilk pancakes. Ensure liquid nutrition. Teriyaki Chicken. 

Then I realized something and made up the following rhyme about each of them and all of them together.

"Winner. Winner. Winner. Breakfast, lunch and dinner!"

With 3 pancakes I can start eating breakfast in 75 seconds. The package of 12 pancakes cost me $1.99

With the Ensure I can "eat" lunch in 5 minutes (and it's portable!) And costs less than $2 per lunch.

The Teriyaki Chicken tastes good, takes less than 5 minutes to prepare and costs me $1.00.

Using food like this I save time. And money. A lot of money. And is also how I maintain a healthy weight. Or lose weight. And improve my life. I even wrote a book about it


To learn more CLICK HERE

Vitals

Futuristic doctor's office

As an old person I go to my doctor (cardiologist) every few months for a normal routine examination. The assistant took me to an exam room and took my vitals. Wow! I was stunned. Stunned? Because my vitals, my blood pressure, pulse, temperature and BMI  et al was b-a-d? No, because they were so GOOD!

My blood pressure was 106/66. My pulse was 76. My temperature was 97.8. My BMI was 20.89 and I only weighed 145 lbs, below my normal weight range of 150-155 lbs. Wow. Those numbers were like I was in high school!

Why were my vitals so good? I don't know. Maybe it's the medications I take. Maybe it's the walking I do daily. Maybe it's a good diet. Maybe it's my healthy outlook. Maybe it's all of the above. In any event, I haven't had such good vitals since I was in my 20's. Or teens. Or in college. Whatever the reason(s) I plan on continuing living this way. Except maybe I'll have a fast food cheeseburger occasionally. To gain a few pounds. Really, I want to gain some weight? Now THAT'S a problem a lot of people would like to have. How many people? The current population of the world is nearly 8 billion people. 39% are overweight or obese. That means over 3 billion people would like to have my problem.


Life of luxury

 I live a life of luxury. Luxury according to my standards. 

My luxury lifestyle includes living in Los Angeles, where it is mostly warm and sunny, with low humidity, year round. I live in a safe neighborhood, in a gated community, in an apartment that has electricity, heat and air conditioning, running water and indoor plumbing. I drive a car, a necessity in L.A. I can buy, and eat, food. Every day. 

I have good health insurance. I am college educated and, as an old person, my brain still works. Yes, that is a luxury. I also look good in casual clothes I buy from Walmart and Target.

I live a life of luxury. To me, and many people throughout the world, these life basics are fundamental luxuries. And, if I won millions of dollars in the lottery, I wouldn't change much, and I would still live the same life of luxury. Except maybe I'd get a bigger apartment, a 2-bedroom. And an electric vehicle. 


Lenovo Love

 I love love love my Lenovo laptop!

No, I am not getting paid by Lenovo or affiliated with them.

I have owned my Lenovo pc laptop for a couple of years now and am still very pleased with it. It works great, starts up quickly and yes, it has a lit keyboard for middle of the night computing. This 11.6 inch laptop is a good size for everything I do on it, it's very well made, thin, not too heavy but substantial, very portable if need be and the keyboard is very good. The screen is bright and clear. And it has plenty of storage. Among other things, I am storing 20 books I wrote, and over 1,000 fine art photographs I took and edited, and still have plenty of storage left. And this laptop fits my desk area nicely.

So far, based on this laptop I am a 100% loyal Lenovo customer. Thank you, Lenovo, for making an excellent laptop. Yes, when it's time I will be replacing my current laptop with another Lenovo. 

It is a genuine pleasure to have a product I use daily that is not junk, that works like it should, and is reasonable priced. More and more, the things I buy these days that are actually good quality, at a good price, are a rarity, an exception to the poor-quality "new economy". 

I am a strong believer in giving credit where credit is due. Especially in this day and age of lousy products and services, and often non-human, customer service. I would've sent this glowing testimonial to Lenovo but on their website I could not find how to contact them for that. Hence this post here on my blog.


5 Quickies

 Here's an article I wrote

5 QUCKIES

5 Quick Ways to A Better Life

Yes, you can improve your life, have a better life. Today. Now. Right now. Here are 5 quick ways to a better life.

1.  Get Rid Of The Negs

Negativity can prevent you from having a better life, from being happy. Negative thoughts and emotions are not good for you, are not healthy, unless you turn them into positive actions. Yes, you may feel that a negative reaction is appropriate, yes, you can have negative feelings from being hurt or harmed by someone or something. It happens. It’s normal. It’s human nature. I allow a maximum of 3 days of negativity. 3 days of unhappiness. Then I move on.

Feelings are emotions. Negative feelings are emotions. What you may not realize is that you can choose how you feel. Let me say that again. You can choose how you feel. Do you really want to feel bad or mad? No, you don’t. If you do want to feel sad or mad, or can’t help feeling sad or mad, see a shrink. Otherwise, you can choose how you want to feel. If that’s true how do you get rid of negative feelings? You can choose not to feel that way. You can rise above the negative feelings. You can even treat the negativity like trash and throw it out. Or learn from it and become a better person. It takes a little training, and/or a little practice, to do it.  Yes, some things make you feel bad. But, ultimately, it’s your choice about how you want to feel. No, it may not be appropriate to feel happy and act happy at a funeral (but some cultures do celebrate the deceased).

In the end, you have the power to choose how you feel. Do you want to choose to be negative and feel unhappy or do you want to choose to feel positive and happy? Try this:

Say, “I choose to be happy”.

Say it again. “I choose to be happy”. Concentrate.

Say it again. “I choose to be happy”.

Say it until you ARE happy.

Seriously. Take a deep breath. Concentrate. Keep saying “I choose to be happy” until you ARE happy. Try it now. Before you go on to the next quick way to a better life.

 

2.   Passion

Have passion. Be passionate about something. Something that has meaning for you. Real meaning. Something you really care about.

 

It’s good to have a passion in your life. It can give your life richness, happiness, a sense of purpose, fulfillment. Having a passion gives you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. It can motivate you. It can improve your life.

 

What do you really really like?  What are you passionate about? Pursue it. As a career or as a hobby. Start NOW. Your passion should be something legal and moral. And not an addiction.

 

 

3.   Sleep

You need sleep. Enough sleep. Sleep helps your mind, body and spirit to function. And restore itself. Many things can prevent you from sleeping. Problems. Worry. Fear. Here’s how I learned how to go to sleep at night.  When I was in my 20’s, and a money market trader on Wall Street, I had a sleep problem. I had a job that required me to function at an extremely high level, continually, all day long. From 7AM to 7PM. I could not go to sleep at night because my mind was still racing, reviewing the day’s work (and problems) and planning the next day’s work (and problems). The lack of sleep began to interfere with my ability to function on the job at the required high level. If this continued, I would not be able to do my job effectively and I would soon be tired, and fired. I had to get more sleep. When I realized that it was my mind that was keeping me awake until 1AM - 2AM, I decided I had to do something about it. What did I do? How did I solve the problem? What I did was make a deal with my brain. The deal was that when it was time to go to sleep I would take all my problems, worries and fears out of my brain and virtually set them down on the nightstand next to my bed. I promised my brain that all my problems, worries and fears would still be there on the nightstand in the morning when I woke up and I would pick all my problems up off the nightstand, put them back in my brain, and my brain could start spinning and racing and worrying all over again. After a few nights of trying this it began to work. I made a deal with my brain. I trained my brain. Then, when it was time to go to sleep, I was able to lay down, put my problems and worries and fears aside, and go to sleep. And in the morning, I was refreshed and ready to face the day. That was many decades ago and since then, when I get into bed, I lay down my troubles. And have no trouble going to sleep at night.

In addition, I learned something else; a lot of the things I worried about at night disappeared or lessened when I went to pick them up off the nightstand the next morning.

When it’s time to go to sleep, the day is finished. Put your worries down. When day is done and it’s time for sleep, there is nothing more you can actually do right now about your existing problems, worries and fears. Put them down, virtually, on the nightstand, dresser, etc or, if you prefer, place a small empty box near your bed to put your problems in at night (if you put it on the floor don't trip over it when you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night). And, don’t worry, all your problems, worries and fears will still be there in the morning. Or not. Meanwhile, you can go to sleep.


4. Do A Good Deed

Help someone. A family member, a friend, or a stranger. Doing a good deed uplifts your spirit. No, doing a good deed doesn’t have to cost you money. Any good deed counts. Here’s an example. I live in Los Angeles. It’s usually warm and sunny. In advance of a rare upcoming 3 full days of constant rain, I thought it wise to check that my rarely used small umbrella was in good shape. I've had it for over 10 years. I checked it. It still opened and had no holes or rips in it but it was somewhat bent, the fabric was getting thin, and it did not open as strongly as it once did. I decided to buy a new umbrella. In advance of the coming 3 days of rain.

I bought a new small umbrella at my local 24-hour pharmacy. It cost about $11. Now, I had 2 umbrellas. At the pharmacy, after the purchase, I thought about throwing the old umbrella away but decided instead to give it to someone who did not have an umbrella. But it was night and there was no one around. I drove home, the proud owner of two umbrellas.

I parked my car. I saw another car pulling in and parking in a nearby spot. I got out and locked my car, carrying my two umbrellas. The occupants of the other car exited and walked my way. It was a woman and her son. I greeted them and asked them if they were ready for the rain. They said yes, they had heard that it was coming. I asked if they had an umbrella. The women said no. Perfect. I had found someone to gift my old umbrella to. I told her that it was her lucky day! I said, "I have 2 umbrellas. I just bought a new one. And the old one still works. I only need 1 umbrella. I will give you the old one and now you will have an umbrella for the 3 days of rain! A free umbrella." I handed her the umbrella. She was thrilled. And grateful. I added, "AND, in giving you this free umbrella, I am doing a good deed, I am doing my good deed for the week." She agreed. And she promised to "pay it forward", to do a good deed for someone else. I felt good. The woman felt good. Doing a good deed felt good. For both parties.

Do a good deed. Do a good deed every week.  Or every day. It’s uplifting. It's a blessing. A blessing YOU can originate. Go do a good deed. At least once a week.

 

5.   Put Down Your Cell Phone

Everyone is always on their cell phone. Everywhere. Always. Everyone is living through their cell phone. It's an addiction. When you are socially on your cell phone you are not in the real world, you are not being fully aware of your surroundings. Your eyes are not open to the miracles and beauty around you. Stop constantly checking your phone re social stuff. Maybe check it every half-hour or every hour or so (unless it’s business). Put down your cell phone. Turn it off. At least for 10 minutes. Open your eyes. See the world. Be amazed!

There you have it. 5 quick and potentially free ways to improve your life immediately. Any one of the 5 can improve your life, starting today. All 5 can help you have a better life on an ongoing basis. If you want to have a better life, starting NOW, you can do it. It’s up to you, it is within your power. The only thing that’s stopping you is you. If you want to, you can change your life, for the better. Start now.

 

Author bio

Andrew Lawrence is a life improver, and the author of more than 20 life improvement books, including, “The Happiness Transformation: how to be happy - NOW - and for the rest of your life”. His author website is Andrew-Lawrence

Besides helping others improve their life he also has a passion for artistically creating fine art photographs. His photography website is: CoolColorPhotos.com

 


Game Day

My new hat




Nice sports hat, right? GAME DAY. Why did I choose this one? Why did I choose this particular hat? Because of the lettering. 

Because EVERY day is Game Day


Every day is game day. Get ready. Be ready. Stay ready.



The value of chores

 Values. It all begins in the home. With parenting. 

My father worked hard and was able to buy a home when I was 10 years old. The monthly mortgage was less than the rent on the small apartment of my formative years. 

My childhood chores at the new family home were outdoor chores. Mowing the large front and back lawn in Spring, Summer and Fall, even in 100 degree heat. Back then, people used a hand mower, before power mowers became popular.

Another chore was shoveling the snow and ice from the front walk and driveway during 5 months of winter. And sweeping the snow off the family car which was parked outside, and carefully chopping the ice off the car's windshield. At 7 AM, often in zero degree weather. Or below zero.

It was tough work. I was 10 years old. I sweated in summer and froze in winter. I learned that reality was indeed a bitch. I did the work anyway; I wanted my allowance. 

As a result of the chores, I grew up to be a reasonably responsible adult living in the real world. With good basic values. Thanks Dad. 


Lottery Winner/Loser

 

Winner/Loser Lottery Ticket

I won the lottery but couldn't collect my winnings!

Don't get too excited, I didn't win millions of dollars. 

The night before I won $5 in the Powerball lottery. The next day I was driving to the store to buy some more tickets, as nobody had won the jackpot. In the car I had forgotten that I had won $5. Then I remembered and decided to get the ticket from my pocket and put it on the passenger seat so I wouldn't forget to cash it in. 

I carefully reached into my pocket, found the ticket and pulled it out. It ripped! The bar code at the bottom tore off the ticket. OMG! Will they still be able to cash it in? Would they refuse to redeem a winning ticket if the bar code was ripped off? Could they tape the 2 pieces back together? Did I win $5 only to lose it?

I got to the store, went in and showed the ripped ticket to the clerk. He said he could not cash it in. The ripped $5 winning lottery ticket was worthless. I was freaked out. I replied, "At least it wasn't a million dollar winning ticket!". 

I bought some more tickets, vowing not to pull any winning ticket out of my pocket while sitting down. 

The lesson learned? Protect your valuables. Whatever they may be. Whatever their value. Be careful. Don't misplace them. Don't lose them. Don't damage them. Especially if it's a winning lottery ticket!



Vintage People


It seems I have joined the vintage people. Clothing-wise I seem to have joined the vintage people.

I noticed that my t-shirts are old and becoming faded. Vintage-like. And my jeans are old and becoming faded. Vintage-like. My jackets are also old and becoming faded. Vintage-like.

Why don't I buy new fresh t-shirts etc? Because new clothes suck. They are made poorly and don't fit. Years ago, they (the clothing manufacturers) messed up the sizes. It used to be that a Medium was a medium. A Large was a large. These days, a Medium may be a Small and a Large may be a Medium. You don't know what size will fit you. You have to try them on to see if they fit. And, with the brick-and-mortar stores stocking little or nothing you have to buy your clothes online, await shipping and, when/if the clothes don't fit, repack them up, ship them and return them. A pain in the ass. Anyway, sorry for the off-topic online shopping rant, let's back back to me joining the vintage people. Another reason I don't want to buy new t-shirts is the cost. I don't need, or want, to buy $40 t-shirts. I look good in a $10 t-shirt. Unfortunately, the $10 t-shirts these days are made lousy and don't fit.

So, what will I do? How will I deal with going vintage, with joining the vintage people? At this time I will just go with it. I will become a vintage dinosaur, I will look good (old but good) and deal with it. Or maybe go naked.

Stop The Speeding

Speeding sucks. Speeders suck. 

While driving on local city streets in my area I see way too many other drivers going way too fast, speeding. Hey, a-holes, when the speed limit on city streets is 25 mph or 35 mph that doesn't mean you can go 45 or 50! OK, maybe you're in a hurry. Or want to cheat the speed limit a little, maybe 2-3 mph over. NOT 10 or 15 f-ing miles per hour over!

Speeding is dangerous. Sometimes deadly. Especially if you text while speeding! Speeding morons are piloting a vehicle weighing over 2 tons, over 4,000 pounds. Treat it like the potential deadly missile it is. Stop speeding. Slow down and obey the speed limit. You'll live longer. So will other drivers and pedestrians.

 

Spam Death


Stop the spam. Humor/not humor

Today, a Sunday morning, as usual I checked my email. And found 62 spams. 62 spam emails? 62 unsolicited unwanted emails? As usual I did not open any of them and deleted them en masse. Two hours later I got another 76 spams in my email box.

The next day, a Monday, so far in my email spam folder I have 101 spams. So far. It's only 3:30 PM.

This annoying super spamming has been going on for at least a month. I am getting like 100-200 spams a day. Every day. Despite any/all laws, rules, regulations et al spam is alive and thriving.

What's the solution? Here's an idea

The US federal government should designate email spam as a Terrorist Attack upon American citizens. Punishable by the Death Penalty.

And that could also apply to spam phone calls.

Stop spam.  With the Spam Death Penalty. A good idea. A damn good idea.

And, anybody found guilty of spamming could be executed, live, on TV, as pay-per-view. An ongoing TV Special. Even after the Spam Law Death Penalty is passed there should be enough stupid spammers to make it a weekly show.  The show could maybe 1-2 hours long, culminating in the live execution. It could be a terrific highly rated, high revenue generating Saturday night TV show, in prime time, especially since there is never anything good to watch on TV during prime time on Saturday night.

Making it visually appealing for ratings sake the official US government execution could be by hanging. Or firing squad. Or maybe by guillotine. 

As for spammers operating overseas the US could nicely demand the country turn the spammers over to us, or threaten to withhold foreign aid to that country, like Joe Biden did with the Ukraine.

Stop The Spam! 

Should we call/write our elected officials and urge them to pass this as law?

Yes, this is dark humor. Seriously dark humor. 

UPDATE: on Tuesday, August 25, 2021 I got 275 spams in my aol email account. Unbelieveable. C'mon Congress, pass the Spam Death Penalty! Or, if possible, the president should make it happen via an Executive Order.


California Taxes Your Ass



10% TAX ON TOILET PAPER


I went to my local supermarket in Burbank, California and bought a package of 6 double rolls of toilet paper. It was on sale for $5.99.  When checking out I noticed that the item totaled $6.60. The extra 61 cents was the sales tax. WHAT? A 10 % tax on wiping your ass?

Yes, the State of California and the County and City sales tax totals 10.25%. Even on toilet paper.

California taxes your ass! It charges you an extra 10.25% to wipe your tushy! Literally. 

It's time to do away with toilet paper and install a toilet bidet. Think of all the money I'd save. You bet your ass!





 

Cure for loneliness

Problem? Create a simple solution. Keep It Simple, Stupid. 

Here is my KISS Solution for loneliness

Robots. Sex robots. Sexbots. Instead of people feeling, and being lonely, and having all sorts of mental problems with it, they can have companionship. As often as they like. With a lifelike robot. Companion robots. Bots that look human, act human, can carry on a conversation, and even have sex. Sexbots.

Meet Maya


Self-Learning Artificially Intelligent Sex Doll with Touch Sensors, Body Temperature Control, Interactive Voice Communication and Emotional Facial Expressions


Maya retails for about $3,500. With upgrade options. A lifelike robot. Now, is THAT a viable cure for loneliness? Yes, they make male sexbots too.  For lonely women, of all ages. 

An attractive lifelike sexbot doesn't care if you're old, or obese, or ugly. Or human. They will shower you with affection and companionship. And conversation. And sex. All you have to do is ask for it or command it.

My KISS Solution for loneliness also includes sexbots being covered by health insurance. Why not, couldn't having a sexbot cut down on millions of people having medical and/or psychological problems relating to isolation and loneliness, and save insurance companies a lot of money over time?

I am not affiliated with any sex robot companies. Yet.