Glenn’s Health Update

Glenn’s heath update.  Recovery from cancer surgery continues.  Had a removal of the rectum and a flap procedure for radiation recovery.  More chemo of various types will probably be required.  Resting at home with home nurse care but ran out of all pain medication because I forgot to request more.  Suddenly realized everything still hurts significantly so I guess I need to take some type of action if I want to get out of bed without pain.  Doesn’t hurt too much if I lay down and don’t move around.

Not supposed to sit down or elevate my back over 30 degrees for the next six weeks.  I can stand and walk around.  Basically talking about a minimum of a six week vacation on my back with intermittent exercise in the house.  Trying out Sony Play Station Vue app instead of using spectrum/charter app for TV because there is not much else to do.  Spectrum app was of constantly lower quality here in Hartford when I compared it to Play Station Vue app.  Play Station Vue also has access to many more movies, a good cloud DVR and works well with Roku TV.

Hooked up an older Amazon Fire TV brick to my Roku TV HDMI port and updated its software  just for fun.    Many software improvements to the Fire TV software to enjoy.  Amazon added a Silk browser app that allows you to easily play Facebook videos such as our Church service videos.  This capability was not there in the old software and is an excellent improvement.  Amazon Alexa app is also fun to goof around with and doesn’t take much effort.  Messing around with the TV is just about all I can do at this time even if it drives Judy nuts when I mess with the controls on her smart TV..

 

 

 

 

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I won a contest!

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Home depot gift card 

I won a home depot gift card in the 2019 Gallon Giveaway from BEHR.  I call it a gift from God.  Used the card to get a set of locking pliers and an ammo box.

I have a hobby of systematically entering contests so its nice to get a little payback for my time once in awhile.  Still waiting to win a major prize but I only put in a maximum of ten minutes entering contests per day.

 

Emerald Ash Borer is NOT Pretty!

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My father and grandfather harvesting a forest.

Approximately $6000 estimated by one private contractor to cut down two trees in Hartford, WI..  Definitely a bummer.  City of Hartford gave me 30 days to cut those puppies down or the City will cut them down and add an unspecified amount of money to my taxes.  This wouldn’t be any problem at all except I don’t have $6000 dollars.  I can barely keep up with my car payments at this time in my life.

It’s about $4000 for the dead ash tree and $2000 for the dying maple.  The letter from the City did not mention the maple and did not specify if I needed to grind the stumps.  I am going to put an ad on Craigslist to see if anyone wants to haul away the firewood after a safe professional cuts down these monsters.  I might be able to delay the maple for about five years according to someone I talked to at the City but it is inevitable that it will need to be cut down to protect the public.  Any cost I can reduce or delay may keep me out of bankruptcy that much longer.

Some of the other trees on the property are not near the street but they seem a little ominous and occasionally poke a hole in my house shingles from a dropping branch. At least the branches haven’t hit anyone in the head yet. I dislike all of these big hulking trees and wish they could just be safely knocked to the ground by an act of God.  A selective tornado strike would be ideal.

Hopefully I can get some type of financing from the USDA or the HCDA to handle the problem within the next 30 days.  Regular financial institutions won’t touch the situation with a ten foot pole due to my precarious financial situation.  I might be able to pay the cost over time but a $6000 bill in one year would be unfortunate and cause me some real problems.

Things could be much worse because I believe God is with me and he will make a way to deal with this problem.  I can trust God to deal with a few trees.

 

Amazon has My Book For Sale!

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Glenn & Judy on cover of book!

Check out my latest book Glenn’s Crohn’s Disease Survival Guide which is live for sale on Amazon.  You can download a free sample from Amazon and the entire book only costs $3.69 .  This book has the details of all the free entertainment that Crohn’s Disease has given me over the last 20 years and how my faith in Jesus Christ has helped me overcome that disease.  It’s worthwhile reading if you have a chronic disease and is good educational material for anyone. You can’t go too far wrong for a price of $3.69 and I personally think it’s a pretty good read even though I am biased.

 

Space needs to pay for itself.

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The United States needs less space exploration at the expense of the taxpayer and more space exploitation for profit. Sending humans to Mars is wrong at this time because we should use that same money to establish near earth space infrastructure that can support for profit opportunity in the near future.  Look at the human moon landings as the example of a not for profit enterprise controlled by the government and paid for with taxpayer dollars.  We landed a few humans on the moon in a heroic fashion at great cost and risk.  In return for this great effort we received a short temporary boost in our national pride and a few moon rocks.   We should have established a permanent nuclear powered base on the moon at that time for industry, mining, research and military purposes instead of just collecting a few rocks that are really not that critical.  We should not repeat this same mistake with an expensive human Mars landing as proposed by the current U.S. administration.

Robots can explore Mars and the outer solar system more efficiently and safer than any human can.  Mining our moon and any asteroids we can relocate to near earth orbit has a greater potential for real profit in the near term.  A nuclear powered electromagnetic mass driver built on the moon could send large amounts of processed or raw lunar material  into orbit around the earth.  Space based solar power collection systems could be built with these materials and the resulting power sent to earth based collection systems via microwave transmission.  These solar power systems could eventually eliminate the need for any dangerous nuclear plants or dirty fossil fuels on earth.  Global climate change due to human CO2 emissions from fossil fuels would be unnecessary.  In addition large space based systems could be built that could modify the climate on earth if it is disrupted by nature.

Pride and glory are the primary reasons humans want to put their first footprint on Mars.  The vast bulk of people on earth would not be helped by putting humans on Mars.  Why not let cheap AI controlled robots go explore Mars instead?  No one cares if a robot dies in a slow motion horrible accident.  Why not put more taxpayer dollars into near earth space industry infrastructure that will help the people living on this planet?    Space industry of this type would create many new jobs on earth and improve the immediate quality of life for everyone.  Capitalism in space needs this type of infrastructure to make a profit.

 

 

 

Fake Visitors

Some bloggers actually pay for fake visitors for the purpose of pumping up their site stats. I think this should be made illegal because it is essentially false advertising. High stats make the blog seem more interesting and advertisers are willing to pay more to put an ad on the blog.

I will never pay for fake visitors to this blog. First of all, I don’t have the money so it’s a moot point. Also, I am just not willing to sink that low for the purposes of vanity or financial gain.

Haier Dishwasher died.

Haier dishwasher finally gave up the ghost.  It was always a piece of junk that never worked right but the price was right because it came with the house when we bought it.  The control panel has not worked right for a few months, cleaning has been intermittent and now the door will not sense as being closed.  Of course its final act was to leave us with a load of dirty dishes I need to clean this morning.  I am fairly certain that one issue is in the digital control panel which cost too much to fix.  The Haier manual on the internet is a little helpful in troubleshooting simple problems but forget about calling Haier for help because it is waste of time.  We had a house warranty from the sellers which has already fixed the Haier control panel once already a few months after we moved in.  Obviously the fix didn’t last.

Amazon has a Hotpoint dishwasher for $260 that ships for free with prime so that looks like the future.  There is no way I can wash dishes by hand for weeks on end.  Crohn’s disease makes it too awkward and Judy is just to hyper vigilant on her cleanliness approval of my work.   We bought a Hotpoint clothing washer on the internet long ago and that works like a champ so far in spite of being flooded externally when we lived at an apartment in Wauwatosa.  I keep waiting for the Hotpoint clothing washer to break but it keeps hanging in there.  I hope this Hotpoint dishwasher is made with the same right stuff.  The Hotpoint design philosophy appears to be simple, dependable and inexpensive which is what I want.  Bells and whistles on other manufacturers equipment I don’t need because those extra features are just something else to break down in the future.

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My Cat Princess

Amazon vs. Google

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Amazon Kindle Fire Tablet on Holder in My Car

I love Amazon and Google.  Why can’t they just get along with each other and make my life a little easier?  They just can’t cooperate on selling each others physical products and software.  Apple would be out of business due to its unreasonable high prices if it had to compete against a unified Amazon/Google product line.

The Amazon Fire tablets are reasonably priced and physically superior to Apples products from what I have seen.  The new Fire tablets are actually priced low enough that I may buy one someday.  My Kindle Fire HDX is good enough for now but the specifications on the new Fire tablets would really be a step up.  I have never had an Amazon tablet break down yet even though I treat them abusively.  I have a couple of the really old original models.

The only weakness of Fire tablets is that they do not have the Google Play store for Apps.  The Amazon app store does not have as many apps as Google although it does have some economical deals in the “Amazon Underground”.  You can still get any app you want by going to some vendor like 1Mobile App store but it is an irritating procedure.

Google Chrome is excellent software and I would like it on my next Fire tablet but life is usually not that perfect for me.  I have seen some half baked procedures for retrofit installations of Chrome on Fire tablets but it looks like a bad idea because Amazon and Google will probably come up with some way to screw up any retrofit.

It would also be nice to have YouTube and a YouTube downloader on all Fire tablets in the future.  I use TubeMate downloaded from 1Mobile store for this purpose right now.  This allows me to watch downloaded YouTube videos offline in my car as I endlessly wait my life away.

Couldn’t Google simply buy Amazon and make the products I want at the price I can afford?  Probably not.