Dreamer’s World September 30, 2018 – No Snap Decisions For Me

Dreamer’s World September 30, 2018 – No Snap Decisions For Me

    I am notorious for making snap decisions, at least that is what my friends say. I suppose that from their perspective this is a true statement, but honestly I almost never make a snap decision. I am methodical about analyzing the issue at hand, determining why I feel the need to make a change, and then starting research about the best way to get to the point I want to be.
    As you can tell, my decision-making process is very deliberate and somewhat time-consuming, but it has always worked for me. Perhaps the reason my friends see me as making snap decisions is because I normally keep all of the decision-making steps very private. I do this for several reasons.
    First, and most important, the decision is mine to make. I seldom ask advice unless I know someone else who has gone through the same thing. With the circle of friends that Hal and I have, this means that almost never happens. Hal and I seem to have a completely different set of priorities from our friends, and I don’t mind that at all. Since the decision is none of their business, they don’t need to know anything until after the fact, if they even notice it then.
    Second, I prefer to be an individual. I like being different in many ways. Conformity is BORING!!! I seldom ask anyone other than Hal about decisions or choices, and that is because I love and respect him and don’t want anything to affect our relationship in a bad way. Once again, the choice to be an individual means that I am not as concerned with what friends will think. After all, I never pontificate about choices that they make. I keep friendships on an even keel as much as possible.
    I am in my 50’s, but I feel like a kid in so many ways. I firmly believe that my choices help with this feeling. Friends who act surprised are most often the type of people who are so set in their own routines that they never stray from them. Sadly, most of them seem so much older than me, although many of them are at least 10 years younger. The friends that are my age or older are even more set in their ways. I respect all of them and their choices. I simply believe that I deserve the same consideration.
    I don’t make snap decisions. I thought about this blog post for 2 days before I started to write, and the time spent contemplating what I wanted to say has produced an even presentation, devoid of knee-jerk reactions that are so often the result of snap decisions.

Enjoy your life, be kind, make your choices, and don’t be afraid of exploring new things.

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September 30, 2018 at 11:23AM
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Dreamer’s World September 28, 2018 – Liberty Dies

Dreamer’s World September 28, 2018 – Liberty Dies

    The protesters are no longer the crazy lunatics. The crazy lunatics are the republiKKKans in the United States Senate. We have reached a turning point in this country. We are watching a slow-motion coup d’etat taking place, and the majority of Americans will choose to do nothing about it. The RWNJ republiKKKans in the US Senate are methodically shoving the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh down the throats of Americans (no pun intended) while the majority of the people have clearly indicated that he is unfit for a position on the Supreme Court.
    Even the American Bar Association has called on the Senate to halt the appointment of Kavanaugh until a more thorough investigation can be completed, but the republiKKKans are ignoring everyone except for their NAZI master in the White House on this issue.
    These actions are a slow-motion coup d’etat designed to impose a RWNJ NAZI Fascist state onto the people of the USA. Decades of pretending that the RWNJ lunatics are just crazy, but harmless has endangered our nation and everything it stands for. We are witnessing the destruction of our country, and yet we stay silent because we are too pre-conditioned to see things only in 15-second soundbites instead of this creeping, malignant evil we now face.
    Invoke a non-existent god. Cloud issues with fake patriotism. Shout louder so no one else can be heard. Attack and shun those who disagree with you. These are just some of the RWNJ NAZI tricks that we have seen over and over again through the last 40 years.
    “So this is how Liberty dies…..to the thunderous applause of those who cannot understand it ” is the appropriate phrase for today.

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September 28, 2018 at 11:11AM
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Dreamer’s World September 27, 2018 – Insomnia And Tech Toys

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Once again I have been visited by my old friend, insomnia. Insomnia is never welcome and never invited, but he shows up like an unwanted visitor that won’t go away. I have no choice but to endure this visit and hope that it is over with soon. At least I know that the upcoming day at work should be uneventful. My plans for after work now involve getting some sleep and hoping that insomnia has plans for other people tomorrow night.
As the night progressed, I knew that I was not going to get back to sleep. I continued to write using the Chromebook, secretly fantasizing about getting a Pixelbook (preferably the 2018 model once I find out the specs and price) and then instantly reminding myself that wishing for something that isn’t even available yet is a complete waste of time. I remember the discipline that it took to keep myself from purchasing a MacBook in years past, which was always determined by my finances. As things have improved through the years, I just never got around to getting a MacBook at all. Instead, I purchased my first Chromebook. The first Chromebook was one of the original Samsung devices that I ended up selling to a friend many years ago. Then I bought several Acer Chromebooks as they progressed through the years and finally settled on the Samsung Chromebook Plus that I am using right now.
While the Samsung Chromebook Plus is a good machine, I admit that it feels cheap after I had a chance to see the Pixelbook at Best Buy. The Pixelbook feels like a premium device compared to this. I do like the pen that can be stored on the Samsung Chromebook Plus, and I hope that Google will do something similar with the next-gen Pixelbook. I also hope that the Pixelbook Pen comes with the next-gen Pixelbook, rather than as an added $100 accessory. The official announcement for the next-gen Pixelbook is supposed to happen on October 9, at least according to the rumor mill so I will have to wait and see what happens then. Another feature I would love to see with the next-gen Pixelbook is fingerprint sensor sign-in or better yet, facial recognition sign-in.
Plenty of people scoff at the idea of paying premium money for a Pixelbook, and I felt that way initially. Recently, I have come around to appreciating the benefits of purchasing one directly from Google. This feeling is a result of my wonderful experience with the Pixel phones that I have used with Google’s Project FI phone service. I have been with Project Fi for nearly five years and have loved every second of the experience. I realize that the whole Project Fi/Google/Android/Chromebook environment has pulled me away from Apple to the point that I have a hard time envisioning going back to Apple. As I mentioned earlier, I never bought a MacBook, I have used Macs extensively in the past, and I love the quality, but I find myself being more cost-conscious while Apple seems intent on being greedy with minor advances treated as revolutionary events with corresponding price increases.
Therefore, I predict that I will stick with Google for the foreseeable future. Whether or not I upgrade my Pixel phone or purchase a Pixelbook depends on how comfortable I feel spending the money. I don’t know the answer to that until I see the prices for the new devices. Until that time, I will wait. At least, the current generation Pixelbook should go on sale after the next generation products are released.