Let’s face it – for those of us that have reached our mid-seventies, truth-be-told, there isn’t much that may embarrass, puzzle, or confuse us anymore.

That is unless we are talking about our computers. I would venture to say that most of us, unless we have a Computer Engineering or Computer Science Degree, get perplexed at least once a month with our computers. I have been at my wit’s end with my laptop now going on three months, but I digress.

Actually though, when you get right down to it – most of today’s technology – be it our computers, DVD/DVR programming, or even using our smart phones to the maximum, confuse us at least once a week.

We purchase these contraptions for our pleasure and the manufacturers have simplified their daily use until, that is, something out of the ordinary happens and then look out!

When a problem does happen, we old farts, usually are too embarrassed to admit we don’t know how to correct the problem. In addition, we usually remain silent as to exactly how confused we might be when it comes to fixing the problem.

It would also appear that the older we get, this state of confusion or bewilderment regarding our  computer usage is here to stay. Leastways, it does not appear to be going anywhere in the near future. And while I must admit, I have taken a computer course or two in my lifetime, when it comes to computers, at times I feel like I know nothing.

My knowledge and use of computers reminds me of the “Saying” that hangs above my desk. This plaque was presented to me as a joke many years ago when I was studying insurance courses (fodder for another post).


Perplexing, isn’t it?



How Radical Am I?



Whenever we hear the word “radical,” most of us tend to think bad things primarily because a “radical” is usually thought to be a person who advocates thorough or complete or social reform. Or another definition might be a member of a political party or part of a party pursuing such aims.

Some simple definitions of the word “radical” might be:

  • Very new and different from what is traditional or ordinary
  • Very basic and important
  • Having extreme political or social views that are not shared by most people

Were we to use a synonym to describe the word radical – the first one that comes to mind is “Profound!”

However, seeing that I am not a radical person but instead consider myself to be a fun-loving person preferring to read funny or informational material, here is my thoughts on the word “radical”:

The only association I want with the word “radical” is when it is being described as a “free radical.”

Yes, you got it – I will think of this word while having my first cup of coffee in the morning while trying desperately to think about what I want to write about that day. You know, drinking that cup of coffee that contains lots of anti-oxidants that help the body fight those chemicals called free radicals.


These are the only radicals I ever want to be associated with.







instructor question

There are many variations of using the word “Stump” but the one that crossed my mind today was how we sometimes get stumped when attempting to answer a question.

When looking at the word “stump” as a verb, we might think of it as a question or problem that is too hard to solve. For instance, the powers that be who are in charge of education, were themselves stumped by some of the exam questions.

Another way to look at the word stump, especially now with elections right around the corner, would be to hear what our politicians have to say as they travel around the country making speeches or stumping.

But being one that shies away from discussing politics and religion, my article today is going to talk about how we stump individuals with difficult questions. But, I am going to put a twist on it as well.

For instance, here is an age old question that perhaps has stumped one or two people:

“Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”


If we go back to ancient times – this question – the chicken or the egg – also evoked the question of how life and the universe in general began.

This “chicken or egg problem” could also be called a Catch-22 (paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules).

Some of us can remember a particular Catch-22 situation when we first entered the job market. Remember – to get a job, we needed experience, and to gain experience, you needed to get a job first.

Sort of like our situation today as it pertains to alternative fuels.

If there aren’t sufficient refueling stations, it is not economical for individuals to purchase vehicles using alternative fuels – and the Catch-22 situation here is that if there aren’t a sufficient number of alternative fuel vehicles, it isn’t economical for fuel dealers to open stations providing alternative fuel.

There are and probably always will be pros and cons to the question about the chicken or the egg question as there will always be questions in life that will tend to stump us.And with that all I have to say is that I am going to stump on out of here.


The Dagwood

What can one say about today’s word prompt – “Sandwich”?

As soon as I received the email indicating what the word of the day was, my mouth started watering, and I immediately thought of three sandwiches that I personally have a taste for.

But before we get into discussing the actual sandwiches, a bit of information about the word sandwich is in order. According to Wikipedia:

The word sandwich that we use today was born in London during the very late hours one night in 1762 when an English nobleman, John Montagu (1718-1792), the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, was too busy gambling to stop for a meal even though he was hungry. The legend goes that he ordered a waiter to bring him roast-beef between two slices of bread. The Earl was able to continue his gambling while eating his snack; and from that incident, we have inherited that quick-food product that we now know as the sandwich. He apparently had the meat put on slices of bread so he wouldn’t get his fingers greasy while he was playing cards. It’s strange that the name of this fiend should have gone down in history connected to such an innocent article of diet.


Having said that allow me to share with you the three favorite sandwiches I enjoy. Hailing from Reading, PA, we grew up on Italian sandwiches and the ones we liked best were those that came from a sandwich shop whose name only consisted of two letters but that is all I will say. Oh, as a matter of information – again according to Wikipedia:

The Italian sandwich, and a fact I did not know, is sometimes referred to as the Maine Italian sandwich. This is an American submarine sandwich in Italian-American cuisine and is prepared on a long bread roll (sometimes referred to as a hard or soft roll depending on your preference with meats, cheese and various vegetables. The ingredients serve to counterbalance one-another, creating an equilibrium of flavors and texture. Again according to the information I found on Wikipedia, the Italian sandwich was invented in Portland, Maine, in 1903 by Giovanni Amato, a baker. This particular sandwich is known by various names depending on what part of the country you are from. It is known as a submarine sandwich or a sub in Boston, Massachusetts, a spuckie in East Boston, and I have also heard the term “Grinder” used when describing the sandwich.


The second sandwich we order when hungry for a sandwich is the Reuben sandwich. Again according to Wikipedia this is an American hot sandwich composed of corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing, grilled between slices of rye bread.


The third most favorite of sandwiches that come to mind is a Monte Cristo which is a fried ham and cheese sandwich, a variation of the French croque-monsieur. Again according to Wikipedia, in the 1930s-1960s, American cookbooks had recipes for this sandwich, under such names as French Sandwich, Toasted Ham Sandwich, and French Toasted Cheese Sandwich. As another point of information, Emmental or Gruyere cheese is typically used. Oh, and one restaurant we frequented for this sandwich also made the sandwich between two slices of Raisin Bread. Delicious.


One sandwich I have never been able to understand though or eat is the Dagwood. Again according to Wikipedia, a Dagwood (sandwich) is a tall, multi-layered sandwich made with a variety of meats, cheeses, and condiments. It was named after Dagwood Bumstead, a central character in the comic strip Blondie (his wife), who is frequently illustrated making enormous sandwiches.


Well, there you have it, my contribution to today’s word prompt – sandwich.


What’s That Gleam in Your Eye?


At our age one has to wonder if we still ever get that so-called “twinkle in our eye?”

You know that twinkle or gleam in someone’s eye that reveals something the person is thinking about which has yet to come to pass – and may be nothing but yet could be an idea or dream.

Every now and then when reading prose other bloggers have written I am moved so much that were someone to look into my eyes at that particular moment in time they would know that I definitely have a “twinkle” in my eye.

Two of the things I enjoy writing about the most are retirement and humorous sayings. Retirement because I am and we have been retired for some time now and even though it was sort of a forced retirement – not one by design, we accepted it and moved on.

But, while the first down-size was unexpected, the second one nine months later (no we didn’t have another baby – it just happened to take place nine months after the first down-sizing) did take us by surprise.

My guess is that had someone looked into my eyes way back then – they would have seen that so-called twinkle because what we did then was probably one of our better moves. We considered the second down-sizing a sign and decided to hang it up and retire completely.

Naturally there is more to the story but the fact remains, were it not for that twinkle, our lives may have played out differently. Bottom line though is that we wouldn’t have had it any other way. So much about the retirement aspects of my writings.

Humorous sayings because in today’s world, I find myself wanting to laugh more often and seeing all the #%^&*! on TV, in newspapers, etc., I have taken it upon myself to not only make myself laugh but share some of my crazy mixed up shenanigans, jokes, and sayings with anyone that cares to read my rants and raves.

So, take my advice, should you ever get that twinkle in your eye, do your best to follow through on it as things do turn out for the best when we think positive.

Until next time.