A(nother) New Start

Yeah, yeah, I know, I’ve had more new starts than all the racers of NASCAR combined. Well here’s another one.

Why? A couple of reasons. Yesterday was my 62nd birthday. Birthdays, to me, have always been like New Years Day, a chance to take a look at how things have been and how they could be. A chance to look back and to look to the future. And not to be maudlin, but unless I live to be 125 I have a lot more to look back on then I do to look forward to.

Speaking of looking back, let me tell you about a little exercise I’ve been doing all of this year. No, not that kind of exercise. That’s a subject for another post. Every day this year when I’ve got on the computer in the morning I’ve deleted the unneeded emails from that date for each year going back to when I started on Gmail in 2005. It’s been interesting. Most of it should have been trashed long ago. I doubt that anyone is going to honor that 12 year old coupon today. Some of it is personal and not deleted. A somewhat surprising amount is incomprehensible – back and forth on unremembered topics that were obviously important then, but unreadable today with out the long forgotten context. Finally, there were more than a few that just made me cringe. Things I said, opinions I espoused, and comments I made that at the very least make me wonder just what was I thinking?

It’s not all gazing in the rear-view mirror. There are still things I’d like to do. Some I’ll write about here, others will remain unannounced until they’re accomplished. (One thing I’ve been way too guilty of in the past is having and announcing “Grand Ideas” without putting in grand thought and planning first.) Another thing I’m not going to do, at least for now, is promote anything I write here. If you read it, you read it. If no one reads it I’m fine with that too. I’ve reached the point where I realize I really don’t care either way. Perhaps that’s growth.

Admittedly there isn’t much new or forward looking in this post. The future is in the future. (Isn’t that profound!)

500

I’ve been posting again for about two weeks now and have quietly crept up on 500 hits.

Thanks to everyone who has stopped by to read the ramblings of a old man with an odd sense of humor and politically incorrect world view. I am really happy to be writing regularly again (not that I was ever that consistent) and to interact with those who comment. I’ve missed this and knew that in a presidential election year I wouldn’t be able to stay away, even if I seldom post on the election.

Thanks again. On to a thousand!

Conflict

direction500x333Conflict – to come into collision or disagreement; be contradictory, at variance, or in opposition; clash:
(conflict. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/conflict (accessed: November 20, 2015).)
I’m a bit conflicted and I’m sure I’m not alone.

I love politics and current events

I am a news junkie. From the time I get up in the morning until I go to sleep at night I am watching or reading about the news of the day. And there’s plenty of things going on – from he 2016 presidential race to the horrific events in Paris and everything in between. These are important things, things that impact me, my family, the people I love and the friends that I have. They impact the present and the future.

I have been writing about these topics for nearly ten years because they interest me and they matter. I’m not delusional enough to think that my thoughts influence anyone. I don’t write because I think myself an expert or opinion maker, but because they are my thoughts and I want to express them.

On the other hand I do think I’m right and that everyone should agree with me.

I hate politics and current events

While I am an optimist’s optimist, always looking for the pony, what is reported 24×7 is ugly, depressing, and often at odds with my deeply held beliefs. There are times when I absolutely cannot wrap my head around the rationale behind the stories and events I see. It makes me want to turn off the news, ignore the world and turn into Howard Hughes (without the money).

What compounds this feeling is my inability to understand how some people can be so horribly wrong headed in their thinking. For example, there are people who actually believe that Hillary would be a good president. I mean, I know some will say it because she’s running with that big old ‘D’ after her name, but others actually believe it. Explain that, if you can.

So What?

I enjoy blogging. I enjoy putting my thoughts down on ‘paper’. I enjoy other people’s comments and the people I’ve ‘met’.

So I’ll continue to write on occasion, and even post about politics and current events, but don’t be surprised to see more posts about work, hobbies, and fun stuff. I mean, who could possibly argue about sports?

Free’s good

Once upon a time there was a blog called “bRight and Early”. It had it’s own web address and everything. It even made a little money (and I do mean little, like the amount the Hildabeast would get for a nano second speech little) for a while.  Posts were being posted and thoughts were being blogged. Busy, busy, busy.

But then it became like what Carl Edwards describes in his Acceleration Nation ad — “Sponsors disappear, no one’ll talk to you, all the sudden your jokes aren’t funny.” And like that ad, it was the result of drag. Not physical drag, but the drag of not wanting to write about politics, or even read about politics.  Life also played a part. Changes, changes, changes.

However, when you want to write you want to write. And then I remembered – I have a wordpress.com site. This one. And some others (you know me). I don’t have to pay for the domain name, hosting, or any of that other stuff. Free, free, free.

Now, don’t get crazy and think I’ll be posting a lot over here. I won’t. But I can.

Spreading Out

I haven’t posted anything here on my WordPress site in quite a while. The good news is that means the main site hasn’t been having any technical issues. Still, that’s no reason to let a site go to waste!

This will still be a backup site, but it will also server for some stand-alone, different type of posts. One focus will be on social media. It will also serve for posts about Empire Avenue and Klout. More on that to come.

For today, if you are listed on Empire Avenue I ask you to visit my profile and endorse my blog feeds. Thank You! Back soon with more.

Power Problems

Well, I’m back over here for awhile. Here’s why:

July 28, 2006 – 4:00 PM PST
Due to a generator failure at one of our four data centers, the building operators were forced to shut down power to the entire building. Because of this failure, the data center is currently offline.

This will cause some of our customer’s web sites to be down. For current information, please check back to the Help Center.

Your continued patience is greatly appreciated.

Saturday Blogging Plans

I have already added a good part of my personal blogroll to the links section here. Blogging may be light today for several reasons. Mostly because I’m a little bit leery of posting anything at bRight & Early. I just don’t know how permanent the current fix is going to be. I also need to go get a haircut this morning. This is imperative.

I also plan on working on this site a bit more. I’ve been convinced of the necessity of having a backup site. Also, I’ll be looking at getting a new permanent site. I’ve received one suggestion for a host, and I welcome others.

I hope you enjoy your Saturday.