2018 First Cicada

I’ve missed the past two years or so of noting the first cicada, my weird summer obsession. Not this year.

The good old backyard tree is no more so the cicada can no longer appear there.

This is the response I got July 9, 2018:


Apparently the cicada was displeased the tree was gone and wanted to know what happened. But he/she/it was kind enough not to screech his/her/its displeasure into the house. It’s been a warmer than normal year and he/she/it showed up right on schedule.

Thanks for stopping by, buddy. See you next year?!


Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. Hope everyone has a good day. This day can’t be over fast enough for me. 

Adult Behavior

I would like to have more adults in my life who are capable of adult behavior. There seem to be quite a few who want me to be the adult so they can be the child and I can take care of them.

After many years of taking care of adults, even when I was a child, I would rather take care of only myself. I guess I will have to continue to psychoanalyze myself to figure this out. If I have time…sigh.

Me, lately…



Not proud of it, just am…

Hi!!! What’s going on?! I’m still wrestling with life and maybe should document that struggle a little more. In the meantime – peace.

Eight years ago during the Beijing Olympics I was miffed about not being able to find and stream my diving competitions. I was not a happy camper. I gave up.

Four years ago during the London Olympics I still couldn’t find and stream my diving competitions. What I found after an extreme amount of effort was hard to stream and went into the buffer zone, especially during the actual dives. I again was not happy.

Here we are in 2016 with the Rio games and surprise surprise nothing has changed. I found some highlights again of the 2016 US Olympic diving trials on OnDemand. Woo hoo.

This time NBC is admitting that diving is a premium event that will broadcast as usual in prime time whenever they want to squeeze it in with the swimming, soccer, volleyball, and gymnastic highlights. Sit and watch commercials while you wait for your ten minutes of competition and then wait some more through more commercials and other competitions for the final round. SNORE.

Apparently 2016 and advertising-prized millennials have finally caught up with commercial-happy NBC. Variety  Ratings are down 30% because 2016 America is used to streaming events in real time and is not pleased with waiting for a network that paid billions for the event to pay for its investment with endless advertising.

Poor NBC. Karma is a b****.  The proof is in the pudding. 

Happy 2016

‘Tis the author of this blog. Probably should be blogging a bit more and perhaps this year I will.

Every now and then I do revisit some of my previous posts. Lately it’s been this one: https://ideasthoughtsandconnectingthedots.wordpress.com/2008/09/16/responsibility-is-such-a-lonely-word/  since I just saw The Big Short and it’s about this topic which I immediately felt compelled to blog about the minute I heard about the stock market crashing in 2008. What I wrote then still holds up now.

A secondary goal of my blog is “to thine own self be true.” And I am proud to say that this blog reflects that goal. So in summary if you want to know about me read my blog. Sometimes I actually have a few interesting things to say.

Who knows what 2016 will bring??