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Lose the weight I added while my right foot was injured.
Get a job in VA so that I can live in my own home and be with my family.
Oct. 18, 2016: I went to California for a wedding. A friend who I've know for 34 years. She almost caused me to cry when she introduced me as her brother in law. I think it's one of the nicest things that anyone has ever said to me. My in-laws basically adopted her after her parents died in her early 20s. I probably would have done it anyway, but after she addressed me as her brother-in-law I made a point of complimenting her, telling her that she was beautiful, etc. She seemed to really appreciated it. And I really enjoyed seeing the smile on her face after I complimented her. Seeing her be happy after I said something kind to her made my day.
Oct 8, 2016: I'm starting to work on something called a Microsoft Data Analysis Degree. It's basically doing work analyzing data, something I'm quite sure you already know how to do. I think you would be VERY good at it. I know you have a high level of natural curiosity, which is needed for this type of work. I hope I can encourage you to do this so that, as you put it on TV, you can get your career going. Here is the link:
I felt very sad when I saw you on TV. I know you are very bright and hard working. This economy is awful, and it's prevented you from pursuing your dreams. It reminded me of where I was at when I was young. I graduated into an awful economy as well. I eventually overcame it, but it took a long time.
I hope you can accept my suggestion in the spirit in which it is offered. I believe you already have what it takes to do this. Moreover, it is very lucrative, and could very possibly allow you to fulfill your dreams of being able to live and work overseas. I haven't forgotten that you said that to me. It might also enable you to buy one of those houses that you said you liked. I haven't forgotten that either.
My job in St. Louis is going ok, but I fear that I am yet again on a sinking ship. The company that I work for isn't earning a profit. We are being bought by a company from Taiwan in January. My guess is that after a short honeymoon period that there will be major changes, meaning, layoffs. The whole plant could be shut down and moved overseas. I'm glad I'm not a manager as I believe that they will probably be the first to go.
I truly hope the best for you. You are frequently in my prayers, and I pray for your well being. I promise I won't do anything that will upset you. You were only nice and kind to me. Take care Amiga.
I'm a gypsy who would rather be a homebody. My work has taken me quite literally from sea to shining sea and beyond. Currently I'm smack in the middle of the country. I make rust for food (If you want to know what that means, ask! :)) I get to play mad scientist daily!!! I shall we say have plentiful strategic reserves, yet I run. I'm just full of contradictions.
I pursue peace. Peace is my ambition. All you have to do is make me an offer. I will gladly do what it takes to secure peace! :)
Aug. 21st, 2017: There is a total eclipse of the sun that will be passing through St. Louis. I plan on witnessing this event. If you wish to join me, ask!
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I've been to a few meetings. One in MN, one in CA, one in OK, and a couple in TX.
I've been to a few meetings.
Music, Movies, and Books
My most recent book purchases (I buy faster than I read) (Oct 8, 2016)
Meditations: Marcus Aurelius
Civil War: Lucan (The Roman Civil War 2000 years ago)
The Competitive Advantage of Nations, Michael Porter
History of the Ancient World, Susan Wise Bauer
Sold Out, Michelle Malkin,
History of the Medieval World, Susan Wise Bauer,
The Anti-Federalist Papers
Data Analysis and Business Modeling
I have a book fetish!!! The more the better. Am currently working on some classic philosophers (Seneca, as an example). Like him. Here's a quote:"What is my object in making a friend? To have someone to be able to die for, someone I may follow into exile, someone for whose life I may put myself up as security and pay the price as well. ... There can be no doubt that the desires lovers have for each other is not so different from friendship-you might say friendship gone mad. ......Actual love in itself, heedless of all other considerations, inflames people's hearts with a passion for the beautiful object, not without hope, too, that the affection will be mutual." SenecaUnbreak my Heart, by Toni Braxton. A powerful, sad song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Rch6WvPJE&ob=av3eThe summer of 42. Kind of sad... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYu6HtUxRJsYou are so Beautiful, by Joe Cocker. Just love that song. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spsVigJCvNUA Hard Habit to Break, by Chicago. ¡Mui Bien! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X6btckmnndY&feature=relatedWalks Like a Lady, by Journey. Way cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9LOfSA5EQwHelter Skelter: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWuXmfgXVxY&feature=player_embeddedLara's Theme, from Dr. Zhivago. So beautiful. I love it!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iYDSi3YHcOA&feature=relatedWendy, by the Beach Boys. Seems to go well with a recent experience. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCEUOfiZsnAWhen a Man Loves a Woman, by Percy Sledge. It most certainly is the truth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y8raabzZNqwhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgPwCN0NAAE&feature=related Can't get any better than John Lennon.Ricky Martin. Living La Vida Loca. Applies to a recent experience that I've had. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p47fEXGabaYhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3bowe-W7ZM This song by Queen is cool.Let it be, by the Beatles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHgZCrAoqKkYesterday, by The Beatles. I'm sure just about everyone has had an experience like that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pGQgd2PT4mw&feature=relatedA good one from the Eagles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1d8hZtvRPnoBlack Magic Woman, by Carlos Santana http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaKnRUfh_5ITrisha Yearwood. Gotta love her. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jckKmsCsmioPhil Collins. Against all odds. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuvtoyVi7vY&feature=fvwrelPhil Collins. Easy lover. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mu8m8_-tRoThis is Eva Cassidy's rendition of Fields of Gold. I think she blew away Sting's rendition. Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BtJbOPjPfQ&feature=fvstA sad song by Richard Marx. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0SUG6Fv15Y&feature=relatedEva Cassidy. She died far too young. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Zsq42yKuHA&feature=relatedEva Cassidy doing Time after Time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SMznNlfLXP4&feature=relatedMartha Reeves and the Vandellas. Nowhere to run. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQRIOKvR2WMGotta love Ray Charles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_rzE8tJQHgThe Police, "Every Breath you Take". Gotta love Sting. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OMOGaugKpzsMarty Robbins: "El Paso" Kinda cool. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GgI5DMVegIkBob Seger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pk-W_i7Z59IGot this from a friend of mine. I wish I understood the words, but the pictures seem to do a good job of conveying the meaning. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZDJCexCSws&feature=sharehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsYT8YHL-R0 A great line from The Wrath of KhanGotta love the Borg: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUHVuCNmXY
The end of Star Trek TNG: Q, as always. Gotta love what he says to Picard. The trial never ends!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6kpC_FwcR4
Darth Vader vs. Obi Won. The destruction of a friendship. Sad. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSwy412nttI
Gold dust woman by Fleetwood Mac.
Silver Springs, by Fleetwood Mac. Kind of cool to see the tension between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud2XKt2N8fs
The Road Warrior Trailer. Loved that movie. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gdv5EtZQ6jg
The Borg. Resistance is Futile!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyenRCJ_4Ww
More Borg. Resistance is Futile!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSCe40HMv1c
And more Borg. Resistance is Futile!!! Gotta love the Borg!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsUHVuCNmXY
Journey: Escape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUzH-ZKXmxo
The Enemy Below: WW2 sub chase movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOGu9EP7ZUI
The Wizard of OZ. I swear the Wicked Witch of the West is EVIL!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Leb83bRkXDg
From the Wrath of Khan. Kirk to Spock: "I have been, and always shall be, your friend." Love that movie!!!
Bleed to love her, by Fleetwood Mac. A beautiful song! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z5BZzkWXcwc&feature=bf_next&list=PL927103DDE8C8BE04
This is the theme song to Vikings. I love the main character, Ragnar Lothbrook. He's an absolute scoundral, but damn if he isn't lovable and charming. Good show on The History Channel.
Capt. Kirk shouting, "KHANNNN!"
Journey Walks like a Lady. Live in Maryland.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Getting to live and work overseas! Hsinchu, Taiwan was a blast!!!
Being able to help my Mom through the travail of having her leg amputated. :(
Chasing a bear in Yosemite!!! (no joke)Going to London.Ran a 10k in under 40 minutes (that was a lonnnnnng time ago though. And many pounds!!! :) )Being a crazy idiot and running the 2011 OKC Marathon with a badly injured right calf with a driving rain in the middle of a thunderstorm!!! Not sure which one was crazier. Running with a severely injured right calf, or running in the middle of a thunderstorm!!!Finished my first marathon! Route 66 Marathon, Tulsa, OK, Nov 20th, 2011. 49 more states to go!!!The Grand Canyon. It took my breath away!Halley's Comet!Comet Hale-Bopp (1997)Meteors (many)Taipei 101 (very tall building)What I want to see: The total eclipse of the sun near St. Louis on Aug. 21st, 2017!!!
Teach, Learn, Share
I hope to pass on my experiences in life to others, and also learn from others experiences.
Countries I’ve Visited
Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S.
Countries I’ve Lived In