Sunday, December 31, 2017

"Washing Dishes" - A perspective

From time to time I will refer to something as "washing dishes" as a segue to talking about something that is commonplace and expected for/by/about adults.

I was divorced in my late 20's, and I was a new to that experience. It turns out that a lot of other people were divorcing in the late 1970's, too.

This was long before the Internet and on-line dating sites...

Friday, December 22, 2017

FYI: Book Review ~ CreateSpace Publishing

I found a book through the Safety Harbor library titled "How to Self-Publish Your Book The CreateSpace Way," (2012-2013 edition) by Blake Webster & Steve Boga.

I needed somewhere to save my notes, so I'll do that here and add a review for you:

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Personal Reflections from 2017

I've gained 30 pounds in those 17 months. At that time in 2015, I weighed 289 lbs. Today my weight is 318.
  • I gained 10 pounds by Thanksgiving, 2015 - 3 months.
  • I gained another 10 pounds in the next 6 month, by May, 2016.
  • My 3rd 10-pound gain took only 4 months - September 2016.
  • In the last 3 months I'm been floating above 310 and flirting with 320.
Obviously, something is not going well.

Today I feel overwhelmed, and I'm trying to put things back together.

As I re-arranged my blogs this week (separating and I revisited my two blogs about Parkinson's Law.  The first article was that I was acting as if I had too little to do; the second one I complained about over-filling my plate!

Try as I may, I cannot shoehorn my 318-pound conundrum into Parkinson's Law.

So what happened?

I've been re-reading the yellow composition notebook that I've been carrying.


January 15 was the first page. It had a couple addresses, Mom's SSN (probably for CreateSpace) and a note-to-self to order Manheim Steamroller CDs after Christmas. I never did.

The next entry, May 26-27-28, was an attempt to journal my food. It recorded my weight as 329 lbs. So, sometime between May 2012 and August 2015 I managed to lose 50 pounds!!

On June 20 I drove Bobby's ashes to Virginia. There were several pages that detailed the mechanics of the trip such as distance, speed, mile-markers, etc. But nothing was recorded about the weather, scenery, the cemetery.


The next entry was over a year later, on September 3. It was a quote from the TV series Sparticus that I liked well enough to record:

  • "The past is seldom as we would have it."
  • "The future is yet to be known."
  • "Embrace the present, strike all else for concern."

Apparently I had a doctor appointment on November 20, because that entry listed questions I wanted to ask and incidents I wanted to discuss...

Friday, November 10, 2017

ABCInc: My store at

Wikipedia says a "perfect storm" is an expression that describes an event where a rare combination of circumstances will aggravate a situation drastically.

Now, at age 68, I begin to search for my fortune. Again:

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Fun: The Traveling Ice Scraper

Anyone who has lived where frost routinely covers windshields quickly invests in a sturdy ice scraper.

When I lived in Atlanta during the 1990s, I purchased a plastic scraper that had a blue handle and a thick clear blade. There's something reassuring about having the right tool for the job.

🌝 The story begins when I moved from Atlanta to Key West in 2002...

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

FYI: Free College!

Any Florida resident over the age of 60 can attend a Florida state college or university tuition free!

I've done that, and I'd like to share my experience at St. Pete College...

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fun: Both his grandmothers were my ex-wives...

Both of my grandsons have graduated from high school, but I'd like to share a story from 1999 about my first grandchild's first birthday..

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

FYI: Rix Reading List - Updated 8/2/2017

I find a lot of articles that I want to blog about, revisit, or recommend to someone. This is a compilation of what I've found online:

Monday, July 24, 2017

Fun: My Tricked-out Walker, From 40 years ago

When I was in my twenties, age 30 was considered "over the hill." So, if this was going to happen to me, I planned how I could go over the hill in style:

Saturday, June 10, 2017

FYI: Robots & AI

A quick review:

"Hidden Stories: How AI will Advance Careers, Not Steal Them" By Xander Kotsatos. The blog was originally posted on, but I found it through Linkedin.

Finally, something positive not a sky-is-falling write-up!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Personal: A Stent in Time Saves...Me?

{Groan: a trite title} ~ A Purely Personal Post ~

Yesterday I had a "procedure" that is both life changing and life saving: I had a cardiac catheterization that ended with a stent inserted into an artery on the surface of my heart.

I'm still processing it in my mind.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

ABCInc: "Runway" Cash Flow ?!

I've learned a new term after many years of being involved in business start-ups: ~~ "Runway" ~~ It is a measure of how long a new business venture can last with the existing cash on hand.

Monday, February 13, 2017

FYI: Fiction Workshop class at St. Pete College

I was invited to talk to Professor Johnson's Fiction Workshop class at the Tarpon Springs campus of St. Petersburg College. This article is for those students...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FYI: Writing for CreateSpace

Create Space makes self-publishing really easy. I've released 3 books, have 2 in progress, and ideas for several more. And I'll help you with yours...

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Personal: Bayshore Townhomes new Board of Directors

Our Homeowner's Association voted in a new board in October, 2016.

They suddenly became very secretive... They made a major decision without an official Board meeting.