Saturday, April 11, 2015

Congratulations on the... Committment?

To all of my friends who know I used to be a fan of Barry Manilow, yes I saw the news.

Am I surprised?  No.  

Am I upset?  No.

I have moved on with my life.  I haven't watched Barry on video, gone to any of his concerts nor listened to his music (except the one song of his on my playlist for writing) in quite a while.

I feel bad for his manager, Garry.  His life was already in somewhat of a goldfish bowl before, given that he is associated with Barry and Barry's fans all know who he is.  Now the media has latched on.

I also feel bad for the fans, namely the ones who wanted to be the next Mrs. Manilow.  My advice is, if they are really having difficulty dealing with this news, box up everything associated with Barry, remove the music from the iPod and place the box in a place that is not easily obtainable. 

As I stated before, I don't think of Barry anymore, unless he comes up in the news as he did this past week, but I am still in touch with the friendships I've made through the fan club, and those are what I treasure out of the whole experience.

Monday, March 23, 2015

The Go Fund Me Generation

If you've ever heard of Kickstarter or Go Fund Me, you know that these are sites where people can donate money for mainly small projects.  It could be some local fundraising for a Girl Scout Troop, to start-up capital for a new business venture.

Some of these on Go Fund Me are more serious - donations for funeral expenses, particularly when an unexpected death occurs in the family.

I was notified by a friend not too long ago about one, though, that had me wondering if people are forsaking personal responsibility for the bills and are expecting everyone else to pay?

This one is for a friend who is in debt, the boyfriend is in debt.  They started a Go Fund Me account for people to contribute to help them pay their bills.  The boyfriend is wanting to go to college for a business degree.

Nowhere on this posting is any indication of what this couple have already done to reduce their household expenses to do their fair share of the work.  After all, this is their debt.

There is no mention of taking any classes on financial and debt management to find ways of improving their situation.

They have obviously never read The Millionaire Next Door, particularly the chapter on EOC (economic outpatient care) to understand how flawed the logic is if people just expect others to pay their bills.

I do feel bad and would want to help them, if I thought that they were willing to do whatever it took to change their financial situation.  At my Church is a class on Family Finances that also meets on Thursday evenings and is taught by a well trained and qualified CPA.

The point of my post, though, is the crowd funding mentality that, at least with this example, seems to me to be heading in the wrong direction.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Gospel Doctrine Lessons

in case you haven't seen it, the blogspot page for the lessons I've taught are here:

http://genealotechgd.blogspot.com

Manger of Gifts



I'm so tired of the commercial junk that has invaded Christmas.

Instead, I've created a manger of goals.

It''s a basket with garland wrapped around it with little wrapped gifts of goals I've made for myself, to make me better fit for Jesus.  In my mind, that is the greatest gift I could give.

The gifts:

Personal Prayer
Scripture Study
Temple Attendance
Tithing
Increase Fast Offerings
Pay off car loan
Pay off care credit


Sunday, November 30, 2014

iOS 8.1.1

If you have been struggling like I have with app crashes and other assorted craziness, there is a new update for iPad 2 and iPhone 4.  

So far so good, it looks like things are working as they should!  Even the ability to copy and paste has returned!  

Thank you, Apple!

Friday, November 28, 2014

Scary

I know, I know, I shouldn't listen to people who use swear words, but I do have to hand it to John Oliver, his logic is spot on.

I'm off for Thanksgiving, so I've been perusing YouTube and came across segments from John Oliver's show.

One of the things that really stopped me was the segment on civil forfeiture.

Have you ever heard of it?  I hadn't, but the more I looked into it, the less I liked it.

Did you know that the police can seize your possessions and not give them back?  It's a little known process called civil forfeiture and it is perfectly legal according to the Supreme Court.

Articles and Resources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/sf/investigative/2014/09/06/stop-and-seize/

http://www.ij.org/arizona-s-profit-incentive-in-civil-forfeiture

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/opinions/articles/2010/04/05/20100405keller06.html

https://www.aclu.org/criminal-law-reform/civil-asset-forfeiture

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/08/12/taken

http://www.businessinsider.com/supreme-court-ruling-on-civil-forfeiture-2014-11


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Day Before

The day before Thanksgiving...

Picked up muffins I had ordered at Wildflower Bakery.

Stopped at Discount Tire to have air put in the tires - the light was on showing they were low.  One was down to 20, however it was 1 1/2 hour wait time to have it checked, so I declined and decided I would take it in on Friday to have it checked instead.

Drove to north Scottsdale to the Costco, not just to gas up the car, but to also run it through their drive through car wash.  My car was filthy with dust and bird droppings and really needed the bath.  It looks so pretty now!

Drove home and ran 5 loads of laundry.

During the laundry, I took out 2 bags of garbage.

I also shopped at Wal-Mart to pick up groceries.  To my great astonishment the store was well stocked (apart from the missing items for Thanksgiving - cards, gift bags and such - and the lines were short.  They had a lot of cashiers working when I was there.

Put together the muffins with cards I already had from years past to give to the sisters I visit teach and my companion.

Went visiting teaching and dropped off muffins and cards, drove companion home.

Ate dinner and ran a load of dishes in the dishwasher in preparation for Thanksgiving dinner.

Not bad for today, I still have more laundry to do (it didn't get done last weekend so I am way behind) and to get things cleaned around the house and recycling taken out for Mom to come over for Thanksgiving dinner.