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.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Between 65 And Death

At my age 70, I definitely fall between 65 and death.

I found this list of 21 life guidelines, and I wholly endorse all of them! This resonates with me more than Desiderata.
(Many points are true for people of any age.)

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Post Office Praise: Packages and Notifications

I like my Post Office box... 

...for the extra services they offer, especially the two I discuss in this article.

I've had US post office boxes for over 3 decades. While I complain about the price doubling in the last 10 years, I'm not giving the box up. It's kinda neat, too, that I now have a 1-digit box number.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

DNA Testing? Eureka!!

I had a Eureka!! moment last night, and it made a big difference in my views about DNA testing.

Eureka? Yes! This was the first time I had actually watched anyone use DNA results to do family research.



Wednesday, September 18, 2019

"Follow by Email"

On the sidebar to the right is an innocuous box that invites you to submit your email address.

When you do that, you will receive notifications delivered to that address when a new article has been posted to this blog!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

FYI: "Cutting the cord" ~ 8 months later

"The Bloom Is Off The Rose."


My disenchantment does not come from "cutting the cord" and coming off cable TV. That was a good idea ~ and it is still a good idea.

My disappointment is with the app that Spectrum offers as a replacement.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

FYI: Sharing Genealogy Research

I have been working with genealogy for well over a year and a half, and it's time to share what I've found.

My current interest started in 2017, when I bought a DNA test. I was curious about what I would discover, but I mostly bought it because it was on sale. 😎

Results from a DNA test do not come back for up to six weeks. I wanted to learn more about how to interpret/use DNA test results. While I was waiting, I discovered that Pinellas County, and the Largo Library in particular, had extensive genealogy resources.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Personal: Rick's Personality Test Results

The Anatomy of Love

Dr. Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist who has studied components of "Love" and how to measure them. Her body of work goes back to the 1990's, and her career has generally been a continuation and refinement from that time.

Match.com ~ Dr. Fisher has been a consultant at Match.com for over a decade, and her personality tests provide input to Match members.

By the way, Fisher insists that Match is not a dating site: it is an introduction site.

In August 2019 I took the personality test at TheAnatomyofLove.com and I recorded the results below.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Personal: What is the difference between a friendship and a relationship?

Sex

That is the fast, easy, single-word, off-the-cuff answer to sum up the difference between a "relationship" and a "friendship."

The question is "what does the phrase 'friends with benefits' mean to me...?"

But wait...