Diving Dream

Last night I dreamed the Wife and I went diving in Virginia Beach. Except is was warm and clear. No wetsuits! We went inside a door of a shipwreck, and set up a little campsite, or picnic, and hung out there and made side excrsions, exploring the wreck.

Outside the door of the wreck, there was an orange fish, he and I were forehead to forehead, like he was a cat. Then the fish reached out with both fins and put them on my upper arms.

Very Pleasant dream.

Cloudy Wednesday here. More rain expected. But now, I’m sitting on the back porch, drinking coffee. Now it’s starting to sprinkle, so I gotta go.

Have a great day!

Rainy Tuesday

Yesterday was a holiday here, so today is a Tuesday-Monday.

I don’t really feel like going to work.

I’m also upset a because I have always found to difficult to transfer my photos from my Andriod phone to my Android tablet. For a brief period, there was a program called Send Anywhere that worked, but it quit, and all I can do is use an OTG cable and USB drive, which is a hassle.

It is quite rainy. Last night, several flights were diverted because the runway was flooded at the airport. I didn’t think it was raining that hard, but apparently, it was.

Sunday night, The Wife and I went to dinner with a friend visiting. I had the porterhouse steak, 28 ounces. It was good! Here’s a pic of the steak, baked potato and green beans. The tater and beans look small becaise of the camera angle, but they weren’t.

Monday we just stayed home and watched TV. This morning I went for a walk in the rain with a raincoat, No run, no swim.

Now, I guess the rain is starting to get to me, because I got the blues. it’s supposed to keep raining all week.

Well, I gotta get ready to go to work. Have a good week!

E-Books VS Printed Books

I recently saw a movie that impressed me, and was very complicated, which made me want to read the book. Because I believe the book is always better than the movie. And the book has more details, like what the character is thinking.

Ready Player One, good movie, check it out.

So, I got out my Kindle, (a super-old, cave man vintage, Kindle version 2) and searched for the book, and it costs something like, $4.99 US. This made me hesitate, and made me think. On one hand, what am I really getting for $4.99? An electronic file. Locked on my device, in “virtual reality”. I can read it, but I don’t really have anything that I can have and hold. I can’t put it on the shelf, or lend out.

On the other hand, do I really need a physical book, that I will either have to give away or carry around with me for the rest of my life, like a weight? A thing that will end up in one of the several boxes in the storeroom marked “books”.

Part of me would rather pay $25 or more for a real book, than $4.99 for an ebook. That same part of me thinks $4.99 is too much for any ebook. But then, how many books do I own that I’ve read more than once? (Lots, but probably less than 10%.)

Another situation I have ongoing is a book that I read years ago, but want to read again, ‘The Source” by James Michener.

I’ve read it more than once, I used to own the book, and now I want to read it again. The ebook costs about $25 us I think (It was more than a month ago that I checked, so I’m not sure about the price, but it wasn’t cheap.) Now, do I pay full price for a book that I already read? One that I have already paid full price for? The answer is yes, if I lose a book, I gotta buy a new one. But I haven’t. I want to re-read The Source, but not for $25. Perhaps it’s in a box downstairs, anyway. I don’t even want to re-read it bad enough to go look, which seeems to be a point FOR ebooks.

For me, the main stopping point for ebooks is cost. To me, no electronic file is tangible enough to be worth very much money. But I guess doubt about this ‘theory’ or ‘feeling’ is why I’m writing this at all. The authors of great books definitely deserve to get paid for their work.

One thing I forgot to mention is engineering. Several of the more recent paperbooks I’ve read seem to be engineered to be read only once. I read them once, no problem, but when I start to read them again, they fall apart, and the pages start coming off the spine. I think “what a rip-off”. These shoddy book manufacturers are definitely shooting themselves in the foot, and are reducing their clientele while encouraging ebooks. Just my opinion. I think I can now “tell by feel” when a book has been built this way.

Plus, maybe if I got a new Kindle, I’d be more eager to purchase books, but again, why? Mine works fine, plenty of memory left, and works perfectly. I want a new one, but don’t NEED one…

So what are your thoughts? I’m really interested in knowing what you think about this. Are you a book-book reader or an ebook reader? At the top of this post is a 2014 Forbes graph depicting the trend, if you believe that stuff, which I don’t necessarily.

Rainy weekend here, Holiday Monday, Discovery Day. Colombus discovered Cayman in 1503.

Have a great week!

After I posted this I found the following picture on Facebook:

Hee heee!

Coffee O Coffee!

Every morning I make coffee.

I use precise measurements on water and coffee, I use the same brand of coffee, I use the same, clean coffee maker.

Sometimes the coffee tastes worse than usual, sometimes it tastes better than usual, I can only assume that the coffee stays the same, and I am the reason for the perceived change.

Today, the coffee tastes freaking fantastic! I’m already on cup 2!

Rain here, all night, we really, truly needed it!

Have a great Sunday!

Screenwriting

My new tablet lets me write on the screen. I want to figure out how it can turn my writing into text. It seems I was doing it the first day I got the tablet, but I haven’t been able to do it since.

We haven’t had much of the forecasted rain, a little, not much. Yesterday, I went to the beach for lunchtime and it was sunny. There was fresh seaweed washed ashore and I got a big bag of it for my banana plants. Good fertilizer.

That’s my banana plants, see the bananas on the left? They’re almost ready!!! Also, that’s the first picture I took with my tablet camera. But I had to shrink it to make WordPress accept it.

Have a great day!

You Can’t Do It With A Spoon.

I’ve been drinking these protein shakes, some old stuff the wife didn’t like. I’ve been trying to stir them up with a spoon. That hasn’t been working, so yesterday, I got a handheld mixer. Let me tell you what, that thang is nice!

Plus I’ve been seeing them on “The Great British Bake Off” and kinda became obsessed with them.

Have a great day!

Chicken Cats

Cats that are chicken – of chickens!

Woke up this morning, and all the cats and all the chickens were waiting outside the door for their breakfast. In the afternoons, I have to guard the cats whenI feed them, because the chickens steal their food. Normally, in the winters, it’s still dark when I feed the cats, and the chickens aren’t up yet, so the cat’s can eat in peace. This year, the chickens are up and aware that they can steal some cat food. SO I have to guard the sissy cats, now morning and afternoon.

Just now a bunch of loudmouth Ching-Chings came to the birdbath, dipping their food to soften it up. Then I noticed it was cat food they were dipping! What the heck! We’re supporting the whole ecosystem.

I have to get up earlier in the summers, I guess, so I can feed the cats in the dark. And feed them later too, when all the chickens have gone to bed.

And it’s Monday.

Another Great Friday Morning!

Last night I dreamt that I was working as a volunteer in a hospital(s) of something. I was driving around, taking notes on a clipboard. And I remember someone in a wheelchair. That’s about all I remember. I woke up thinking, “maybe this is the career I’m supposed to be in!”

I think I need to start getting up earlier. This morning I got up to run, swim, and feed the cats and dog. I went outside to feed the cats, and realized I left my door key upstairs. I went up to get it I was gone about 15 seconds, and when I got back, the chickens were approaching. Sooo I had to stay and guard the cats eating, to keep the chickens from stealing the cat food. Then I ran late, swam late, and am running just a little bit late on everything now. For the first time since last year, the sun was actually up before I got home. Last year, I saw it rise from the sea. I’m checking my astronomical calendar so I can see that again.

I didn’t do my sit up program this morning.

Well, I guess I’ve bored you enough today, if anybody read this far 😀

Have a great weekend!