Thursday, May 11, 2017

Genealogy In The News

Genealogy In The News:


In Tacoma, Washington:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-forgotten-paupers-cemetery-20160829-snap-story.html

In San Francisco, California:

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-miranda-metal-casket-girl-identified-20170509-htmlstory.html

... and the thing I learned. In California, if a cemetery is 200 or more years dormant, the land can be reused again. I did not know this. So it's important for posterity to document these gravesites headstones on websites like FindAGrave.com so that the final resting place is a true public record and not just facts waiting to be rediscovered sitting in a file cabinet in some government facility.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Santa Ana 12/09

I couldn't bring myself to drive further than home after having a sneezing/farting fit in my car at the Santa Ana Main Place Mall after dropping off my last pax.

As I was leaving the mall after relieving myself, I felt like my holiday sensibilities were assaulted. Too many different Christmas songs were playing and blending into each other as I walked through the southend. Too many sales signs, too much fake snow in the windows advertising cold weather gear in style for the next two minutes. All this marketing for 20-30 somethings with their kids. After all, Christmas is a commercial holiday for kids first and foremost.

Orange Julius is gone. Whatever restaurant I wrote about that used to be next to the restroom hall was gone. the FYE is now a Chico's. Change is good, right? If it's for the better, but change for change's sake may not be. We'll see.

I drove myself home and put myself to bed, but not after noting that I'm out of canned cat food and having some throat thing to the degree that my son was in my room asking how he could help. I drank the last of the lemonade I made earlier by the glass and fell fast asleep.

It's 2 AM and the cat is stirring. I watched the end of whatever Carson Daily show music something Bare Hand - shocked I even recognize who is playing but it's only due to the fact that one of the three XM Satellite radio stations I play frequently throughout my travels is an alternative station that plays this same band.

It's 3AM and now I'm stirring. Trying to find fresh meat and vegetables on sale in the digital ad that I clicked on from Grocery Outlet. And I can't. Not to the degree that I'm accustomed to in a full service supermarket. I look, again, and the two products that are most attractive in this ad are Pacific Natural Food Beef Broth and Amy's Chunky Vegetable soup with a runner up of maybe the Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn, but at $.69, that seems high. This Pacific brand I've seen for sale at my local Sprouts. I already bought two cans of the soup from my run there prior to Thanksgiving. That was 20 some-odd days ago?

It's 4AM and now the cat is giving me all of the tell tail signals that she is hungry and wants me to feel her canned cat food and we're out. The signal is the tongue to the upper lip. We trained her to do that and respond to the term numnums. And the stores around here don't open until 6AM. So I'm searching the internet trying to figure out where is the closest store to be that's open at this ungodly hour that would actually have the one and only variety of canned cat food she eats. I was sorely disappointed at the Walmart on Technology the other day because: 1) no canned car food she eats, and 2) I had to wait to go to the one restroom they have in the front. So I drove away feeling lighter, but with no cat food which was the day I should have bought it.

By 5AM, it's still darks but I'm resolved to obtain canned cat food before I turn into can food myself in the eyes of my cat. I have decided that the Anaheim Walmart that's open 24 hours is more attractive than anything else right now so I get ready and go. And I locate the pet aisle and the variety of canned cat food she eats and I purchase every can they have on the shelf. I am certainly not the cat lady of Tustin as my son likes to tease me about, because I only have one cat, but I feel like it buying all of these cans all at once. Screw what other people think.

There are very few times in your life where what other people think really matter. When you're tested, when you screw up, when someone is paying you to do something and maybe your parents to verify they've produced a compassionate, relatively happy, productive human being. I'm wearing denim jeans, sneakers, a grey v-neck t shirt and my big winter coat because that's what I feel a 5AM store run is supposed to look like from my perspective. And I drive in silence and I get home, grab the mail from the week and go feed the cat and them make me some tea to start my day.

I have to somehow make up for a shitty Friday night's pay for getting ill at around 6PM.

Monday, September 19, 2016

I'm O.K.

Reading this made me feel a little bit better about my decision to quit AAG back in March. 

Serious Boss Advice

I'm not an expert communicator, but I felt something was wrong and that I needed to move away from that feeling. I'm glad I left.





Friday, July 1, 2016

Sage Advice?

Ron Klein, the inventor of the magnetic strip (that black strip on the back of your credit cards) said:

Be smart, daring and different.

Smart -

Daring - don't be afraid to make mistakes

Different -

http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/brandon-adams/university-of-young-entrepreneurs-2/e/139-how-to-be-smart-daring-and-different-with-ron-klein-44895448

I quit my shitty mortgage job in March to my shitty boss's face. That was daring. I took time to grieve the loss of my Uncle Frank. That was smart. Then I looked around for a new job and thought that maybe it's a good time to try something else other than mortgage to make a living. And getting into the ride sharing biz was something different.

http://brandontadams.com/episode-139-how-to-be-smart-daring-and-different-with-ron-klein/


Tuesday, June 21, 2016

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Monday, June 20, 2016

My Birthday

Yesterday was my birthday and it was hot as Hades so I did pretty much nothing all day except for trying to stay cool. I did make a quick run to Stater Brothers in the AM for provisions before it got hot, and bought a new air cooker on QVC (happy birthday to me), otherwise I cleaned and hung out with my cat for the day.

I can't believe I'm 50. 50! Yesterday was also Father's Day which reminded me that, yes I was born on that day and I miss my dad so much.

I was scheduled to get a B12 shot on Friday, but decided to move it up to today (Monday) because when I started to Uber drive today picking up people, my hands were tingling and my one eyelid was starting to twitch, a sure sign I'm B12 deficient. I did 5 pick-ups/drop offs, logged out and then called for an appointment. After that, I went to Go Bananaz and bought a bowl of Dole whip and topped it off with coconut and strawberry boba. YUM!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Fwd: Net neutrality rules win big in appeals court

There was so much on this newsletter that sparked my attention that I had to capture it on by blog.


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Date: Tue, Jun 14, 2016 at 10:48 AM
Subject: Net neutrality rules win big in appeals court



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Monday, June 13, 2016

This Weekend in Uber for Moi

Trip Log:
*Saturday*
06/11 - Tustin to Tustin
06/11 - Tustin to Tustin (Swinging Door)
06/11 - Had to cancel a ride because it was ordered 5 hours before the arrival time. On the news this weekend, Uber advertised that they have started to schedule pick-ups in advance, but this feature has not been rolled out in the OC Market yet. Refunded rider.
06/11 - UCI to Turtle Rock
06/11 - Irvine to SNA
06/11 - Irvine to Irvine (Chili's)

(break/bought groceries and went home)[99 Ranch Market]


*Sunday*
06/12 - Santa Ana to Irvine
06/12 - Irvine to LAX
(Note: Make airport/terminal maps for SNA and LAX to keep in the car + the staging maps on where to park.)
... got gas at Costco in Hawthorne and drove back to OC
06/12 - Santa Ana TS to Newport Beach (Stag Bar + Kitchen)
(Note: Get a regular local taxi number for those people who only have cash.[Unrelated note to the drop off above but rather someone who needed a ride.])

(break/bought groceries and went home)[Grocery Warehouse]

06/12 - Tustin to Anaheim (Downtown Disney)
06/12 - tried a pick-up on Harbor Blvd, but there is no place to stop or park and the rider wasn't ready, so I canceled. Hated to do that because anywhere around Disney is a perpetual surge spot. And I get why with the crush of people, it can make it extremely hard to locate the rider!
06/12 - Garden Grove to Garden Grove
06/12 - Santa Ana to Laguna Beach

...and then my cell phone ran out of power! Arg! So I went home, made dinner and called it a night.

Blog Entry:
This was the first weekend I drove and it was also the weekend that the UCI students were moving out of their dorms and three of the riders I picked up had something to do with that, so it was a good thing that I drive a small SUV because they were able to load up everything and go.

Uber is also a great way to get to where you want to get your drink on and get home without having to chance it and get caught driving under the influence.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fancy That

So this week, I'm emerging from a period of mourning over the loss of my uncle after having attended his memorial and getting back into town from being in New York for a week. I didn't feel like I was able to go through the grieving process for him while stressed out over my job, so it might have been a good thing that I separated when I did so I could go through and get through what I felt I needed to do in dealing with his passing. Now that I'm feeling better about it, ...

I've got to get a job. Or at least some money going. It's been a little over two months since I've had a paycheck. Going to check out Uber and see what that's all about. But in the meantime...

Even though I've previously sworn off pursuing the music scene like I used to, I'm getting into one band that sparked my attention from the Alt radio channel on SiriusXM - The Struts, and I could just kick myself that I missed going to their concert at the Observatory in Santa Ana on 03/29/16. Probably won't ever see $16 tickets for their shows after again after all their touring all over the world.

And in getting acquainted with said band, today, I was perusing the videos they have posted on Youtube.com and I have come to the realization that the one song that has captured my attention on the radio, i.e. "Kiss This", sounds familiar. Really, really familiar.




Listen, I'm no expert, but I am almost twice as old as some members of the band and as time is on my side with regards to a larger catalog of music that I've been exposed to, I couldn't help but searching for the song that sounds, in part, like theirs.

In doing so, I reacquainted myself with the goings on with the popular Swedish duo Roxette. Sadly, their lead singer made the hard choice to cancel the remaining tour in Australia due to the further breakdown of her body after having a brain tumor (see: Roxette Makes a Tough Decision to Quit Tour). At least we have the wonderful catalog of music from the band that spans from late the 1980's to 2016, which is when their last album was released.

When Roxette was first making the charts in the U.S. in , one of their most popular songs was titled "She's Got The Look", or some would just call the song "The Look".




I can even can hear that the phrasing tempo seems similar, even though the actual lyrics are different.

Now, only copyright lawyers and royalty trackers have the ability to sort  out these things out in a court of law if it has to come to that, but there have been recent settlements out of court in the news for this very same thing. See:  https://www.buzzfeed.com/

Now listen to both for yourself and you decide.

And then recently, I found this posted on Variety:
http://variety.com/2016/music/news/ed-sheeran-sued-copyright-photograph-x-factor-1201791603/


Junk Food Backlash

I used to love Oreos as a kid and now that I'm approaching 50, I really can't believe all of the different flavors of Oreos that are available now for sale:

  • Original
  • Double Stuff
  • Mega Stuf
  • Golden
  • Thins
  • Mint
  • Peanut Butter Creme
  • Key Lime
  • Cinnamon Bun
  • Brownie Batter
  • Chocolate Crème
  • Fudge Crème
  • Fudge Crème Mint
  • Cookie Dough
  • Cotton Candy
  • Carmel Apple
  • Marshmallow Crispy
  • Red Velvet Cake
  • Birthday Cake
  • Pumpkin Spice
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Lemon
  • S'mores
  • Blueberry Pie - only available at Target for a limited time starting June 6th
  • Fruity Crisp - available starting June 1st at certain southern? regional retailers