Month: March 2023

At five

When you were five, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be an M.D. but then just 8 years later I watched my mom die of metastatic cancer. And the doctors were mostly helpless. So that soured me on medicine as a career.

Something most people don’t understand

What’s something most people don’t understand?

One big one and I’m astounded is math. I’m tallking the basic four functions those being addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. We won’t even look at raising a number to a certain power.

Or that the devices we use are comprised of billions of things called transistors and their myriad types. But they’re basically on and off switches. And amplifiers too.

Those are just my examples.

Interestingly I cooked boiled dinner. If you’re not familiar it is corned beef, four carrots, six potatoes and cabbage. Once again Hubbie had doubts. Do not add salt but powdered garlic and freshly ground black pepper. The process into a pot add the beef and salt pork. Boil that sucker until it reached 180F . Then in go peeled and halved russet potatoes, chunks of peeled carrots a little more black pepper. Go for 15 to 20 minutes of boiling. Oh yeah helps to cover the pot.

Remove the core from the cabbage and cut into quarters. Add to pot now you turn the heat down. Wait 15 to 20 minutes. Et voila you have boiled dinner. To the point where Hubbie complimented me. And got another serving.

Will he ever stop doubting my cooking skills? It was the same with mushroom soup I’d posted about.

Yep I’m married for the second time in my life

The first time it was a secular ceremony. This time we’re clearly in the 21st century. Did it over the phone on mobile phones no less

Had to order copies of our marriage license. The friend that married us signs them. One goes to the state of Georgia the other I’ll keep. Then I’ll pop for the framed marriage certificate. Our two anniversaries 9/2/1993 when we met and 3/26/2023 when we were married. Just shy a few months of 30 years together.

I told Keyron in my family it’s for life. You have to die to get away from me. And vice versa.

How beds have changed

So i decided to replace our mattress. It hit me it’s all gel foam now. No box springs required. Also ordered a waterproof cover as this current mattress has seen its fair share of human bodily fluids. I pity disposing of this

A nice new mattress with waterproof cover. If we ever get into water sports but that’s highly unlikely.

How often? All the time.

How often do you say “no” to things that would interfere with your goals?

Yeah even in my career I wasv always the one to say no why beat around the bush. Being born with a finely tuned bullshit detector. I note marketing people arec full if what I’ll call woo. I mean really so it’s fun to watch them deflate.

Wherein USPS lies

Well isn’t this special. First off the parcel key wasn’t lost it wouldn’t work. The pickup only part irks me too. Every other service we use drops packages at our door this includes UPS aka Shit wrapped in Chiffon, FedEx, Amazon, Walmart. To get USPS to deliver to my door though, requires a doctor’s note. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. And I say to this day Bejamin Franklin the U.S. first postmaster is spinning in his grave at the mockery that USPS has become under the current asshat that is postmaster.

My most influential teacher

Who was your most influential teacher? Why?

Likely it was Brother Ralph Darmento. Had him for computer programming in high school, a catholic high school.

Two of us in the class had our own computers in had the TRS-80 model 1 level 2, and he had an OSI Challenger II. The TRS-80 was based on the Zilog Z80 cpu, the OSI machine was 6502 cpu based.

Brother Ralph used to call us Doctor and our last names. In fact it was Brother Ralph whom I taught you could create a BASIC program without separate lines. It could all be put on one continuous line with the : symbol to delineate different statements.

Is our it any wonder why i majored in information science and by profession I’m i.t. and information security or infoSec.