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Top 10 July 4th Movies

Watch anything good on July 4th? I’m afraid I did not, because it was just too nice to be indoors here in Buffalo, but I compiled this list for the next rainy day.

Here they are in reverse order:

10. Captain America

9. Air Force One

8. Head of State

7. Dave

6. The West Wing (Not a movie, but it’s my list)

5. John Adams (HBO Series…again my list)

4. All the President’s Men

3. Independence Day

2. The American President

1 . 1776 (Have to watch this one every year.)




Tell Me You’ve Seen Bad Lip Reading

These always crack me up. The latest, NFL Lip Reading for 2017 is out just in time for the Super Bowl. You don’t have to be a sports fan to enjoy.

Make sure you go into the archives as well. This one is the source of my favorite quote, “An orange peanut! For me? I accept you.”

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Night Owls and Other Dangerous Creatures

I stay up late, but not in a getting things done kind of way. My late nights have more of a watching murdery shows and arguing with people on the internet kind of vibe.

I like the idea of getting up early and having a Tim Ferris or Hal Elrod kind of morning, but I can’t seem to get it together.

One of my 2017 goals is getting more sleep. My goal is 7 hours a night, but that might not be realistic. I am a month or so onto my moratorium on trolling social media in bed.

This has certainly helped. Even when I don’t get 7 hours, I am seldom under 6 and if I do stay up, it is more frequently because I have chosen to do so rather than out of intertia.

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Top Ten Things to Toss in 2017

1. Balls

2. Wads of paper

3. Bean bags

4. Salad

5. Pizza dough

6. Cookies

7. Coins

8. Cabrera

9. Dice

10. Your silken locks

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Wait. WHAT kind of dog?

I found a site called what-dog.nethttp://what-dog.net that is supposed to tell you what kind of dog you (or your dog) are. I thought, hmmm that sounds fun, let’s give it a go, so i popped in a picture.


Huh. Irish water spaniel. Cute. Ill take it.

Let’s try my dog, Spenser. He’s a long-haired miniature dachshund. Let’s see how close they get.


Nope. Small and fluffy, but not quite there. Let’s try again.


Um. No.


Wrong again.


Close-ish. But no.


Definitely not.




Surely not.


Maybe a very tiny one.


Come on.




There you go.

I’m no expert, but I’d say that recognition software could use some work.

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50 Days of Adequate Books (More or Less)

I have a stack of books taunting me. Most of them I bought with every intention of reading, some were gifts. I need to make a decision on whether or not any or all of them are read-worthy. My plan is to read the first 25 or 50 pages and decide whether or not I’m interested in reading the rest. I’ll donate or give away the ones that don’t capture my attention and start plowing through the remaining stack once I’ve evaluated them all.


K is for Kayak


I spotted my first kayak of the season today. It’s a more telling sign of spring to me than crocuses. We’ve been avid kayakers for quite a few years. We rented one year and bought a couple at a tent sale the following year. We try to go most weekends, mostly local flat water. There are plenty of local tributaries to choose from.

We go mostly for the exercise, quiet and wildlife. We regularly see turtles, ducks and blue heron. On occasion there are mink and foxes.

Can’t wait till its warm enough to get back out there.