Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Parkinson’s Law Redux: December 2020 and COVID-19

Parkinson’s Law Redux

December 2020 and

Parkinson’s Law states “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.”

I discovered Parkinson’s Law in 2015, when I wrote an article “My Person Bane” where…  

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Covid-19 and Depression



Kudos to Sarah Chrisp for her YouTube Video "My Struggle With Depression, Anxiety & Burnout

I enjoy her videos because she gives tips about developing an online business - and her own success gives credence to her advice. She has a YouTube channel. Her youthful enthusiasm is contagious, which is why I was so surprised at that one video.

She gave a few signs in her life that "something" wasn't right. She said she no longer enjoyed video games, TV, or more than a few pages of a book.

That sounded like something that is occurring in my life...

Monday, November 30, 2020

FYI: "Third Places" in 2020 Covid-19

Photo of Ray Oldenberg

 Ray Oldenburg

"Third Places" 

Oldenberg proposed a model where

  1. "Home" is the first place; it's where you live
  2. "Workplace" is a second place
  3. Third Places - This is where people go to exchange ideas, form relationships, and create communities. One video elaborated on this last idea, suggesting that a "Third" place could be a park or a bar."
Dr. Peterson agreed. He wrote "[Oldenberg's] new term – third place – that made instant sense. Third places are where people congregate other than work or home. England has pubs, France has cafés, and Austria has coffee houses. Once upon a time in the United States, common third places included country stores, post offices, barber shops, hair salons, soda shops, and taverns."

What does this mean in 2020, with the Covid 19 world-wide shutdown?

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Personal: Sleeping Together

Sleeping Together

It's Not About SEX

When I was 10 years old (or so) I fantasized about sleeping with someone. I would prop my arm in the air and pretend there was someone sleeping within an arm's reach.

This was before puberty, before hormones, and before I had any interest in sex.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Personal: Perception is everything


Do you know why Teenagers know everything?

It's their perception of the world and adulthood.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

The Jaggers Room at EKU

Dr.  Richard Elmer Jaggers 

Jaggers Room ceremony 25 Aug

Eastern Kentucky University

The Jaggers Room was originally dedicated in 1973 as a meeting room in the Student Union building. 

In 2019 the Student Union was renovated, and in 2020 the Jaggers Room was repurposed as the EKU Veterans Center. 

The dedication ceremony was held on August 25th, 2020. You can watch a 5-minute snippet on YouTube.

There are many positive points around this! 

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

"Cutting the Cord" ~ 1-1/2 Years later

In February 2019, I dropped my Spectrum cable TV ~ this was also known as:

"Cutting the cord"

The bottom line, up front, is that I am still pleased with that choice!

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

YouTube Windows Tips & Tricks Videos

Windows 10 Tips ~ Windows 10 Tricks

I cut the cable cord in February, 2019, and am relying entirely on my Roku device for TV shows.

YouTube has a streaming app for Roku that will download a video then display it on my TV. The comments section is unavailable, but I can "like" a video, save it to a playlist and subscribe to a channel.

So, I watch a lot of YouTube videos on my TV. There is some unique and special to watch videos on the big screen from my couch!

I've been watching YouTube videos for a long time, and YouTube now suggests several genres from their video collection...

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Senior Dating in 2020 - Covid19 in May

I became a Septuagenarian in 2019. I am unmarried, and live alone. I don't even share my living space with a pet!

Relationships for Seniors in 2020

I start dating in my teens, so I have over five decades of dating experience. I have been in exclusive and in committed relationships. (They're not the same, BTW.)

The March-April-May(?) Coronavirus quarantine put the kibosh on socializing in person. For the last year (or so) I've attended events put together by that are 10-15 miles from where I live. They are mostly public dinners at local restaurants, and most of the groups are mostly composed of "singles."

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Fun: Rick's Virtual Party

Virtual Party Ideas from Rick

In this time of coronavirus quarantine I really miss socializing with my friends! In earlier times I would spend several evenings a month at dinners arranged through meetup. My technical meetup groups have moved online, but the social meetups have been abandoned.

I've been spending a lot of time hosting Zoom meetings; I teach people how to use Zoom for meetings and one-and-one coaching/training/mentoring.

People don't meet for dinner for the food. People don't go to bars for the alcohol. They go for the social interaction.

So, how do we party on Zoom....?

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Call Forwarders, Email Forwarders...

Remember call-forwarding? You could publish one phone number without giving out the destination number?

When you went home from work, you could forward your office number to your home phone and your customers would not be the wiser!

Monday, March 16, 2020

PGS: Pinellas Genealogy Society

Online, Virtual Meetings with

All classes for the Pinellas Genealogy Society (PGS) have been cancelled through the end of March. The Federal government recommended this to prevent the spread of the Corona virus. The cancellations may extend through April!

The Board of Directors is learning how to use Zoom video conferencing for our Board meetings. This post is designed to assist them.

This is the first step for the PGS board to offer online classes to PGS members!

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Great Chili Recipe!

Rick's Tasty Chili Recipe

Well, it's not actually a step-by-step recipe as much as it is my shopping list for my annual pot of Chili!

I'm sharing my list, and only a few instructions.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

My Medicare Advantage in 2020

Should I have a Medicare Advantage Plan or Medicare Supplemental Coverage?

I was eligible for Medicare in 2014, and 5 years later I am able to understand and appreciate all the nuances involved. On January 1st, 2020, I changed from a supplemental plan to a Medicare advantage plan. I will be curious whether I will realize the $3,000 savings I expect!

10 days into the new year, the situation looks promising.