Weekend Update (no Chevy Chase, sorry).


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Barb had a great idea to help the dogs adjust. We sat the living room together (all of us) and of course Fran got on the couch as she is wont to do. She lunged at Dylan once (and I have a nice bruise on my hand to show for that). But then she calmed down. She is still nervous about him being behind her (but she is an old lady and her leg hurts so I can’t blame her for that).

I took both of them for a walk yesterday. Dylan went a little over 5 miles. At first he was tugging the leash but he settled down. We did have to stop three times so he could talk to the boys that were doing various boys things alongside the road. He has adopted Luke and Nick as his pets, much as Fran did 11 years ago with Jackie.

Fran hurt her leg while we were walking. She was so proud to be on a walk with me that she didn’t let me know or I didn’t catch that her leg was hurting. So she limped home the last 1/2 mile. I felt so guilty but she didn’t want to “not” walk with me. I felt guilty all night. She of course, didn’t seem to be impacted overall, just limped a little more than usual.

By the middle of the day the two were getting along (Fran and Dylan). Dylan tends to put a little distance between him and the grouchy old lady but overall they are getting along..

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A day of numbers…


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A strange blogging experience lately. A fair percentage of my readers also have my email address. I have now gotten more comments this month in email than posted on the blog itself. That is the first month that has ever happened.

Nearly 40,000 hits on my two blogs now. If I add in my Podcast I am over 40,000 hits. That doesn’t include the newer safegov and IASA blogs and I don’t really keep the stats for those. The various poetry books of Sandler Boggs have sold more than 100 copies which I find amazing. The newest Sandler Boggs epic is coming soon. I suspect its about two to three months away now.

Nearing 4.5 million steps. I am about 30 days from the day I joined fitbit so at my current rate I have a slim outside shot at making 5 million steps in a year. I doubt it, but it will be pretty close. At the very least I really enjoy the fitbit and the new healthmiles programs. It really removes that rainy day I don’t want to walk effect.

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Remembering cards from long ago…


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We played hearts last night around the dining room table. My grandfather taught me to pay attention when playing cards and watch for the tendencies of the other players. So for the first part of the evening I tried to help Luke as he learned to play the game. Over the years the skills I learned from Gpa help, well every game but Gin Rummy or plain Rummy. I have beaten Barbara in those two games around 10 times and we’ve probably played 200 times in the past 20 years. Every other card game the skills work however.

So I watched the tendencies of Jackie, Luke and Barb. I helped Luke a few times in early hands (absorbing hearts and once the queen of spades for heart players out there) but in the end I had to win at least one hand. I had dug a deep hole points wise and was 20 points behind Barb. So I –shot-the-moon the last hand. Sometimes you have to have a mean streak when playing cards.

My grandfather and grandmother and I played cards all summer long. I spent many summers at the lake as a child and my memories are of fishing, golfing, painting cabins and playing cards until late at night. They taught me to love the games and the interplay with other people as much as anything.

There are times after playing that I realize how much I miss both of them.

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Brave new world of devices…


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Interesting product – I am playing with the new 3m personal video camera and projector. Between that and the airstash card I am curious about the upcoming reality of personal electronics.

I am a gadget geek. My children, wife and mother all say the gadget part is redundant. But for this argument let us suffice it to say I am a gadget geek. The airstash is interesting to me – partly because I have a lot of apps on my iPhone and it buys me additional storage.  Ios devices using the airstacsh software can connect to the wi-fi enabled USB key. Laptops can use the USB device for storage. It means you can easily and effectively carry your presentations on the usb card and present with the IPAD without having the presentation on your IPad. It uses SD cards (which over the years I have collected like candy – you can’t really get rid of them) so you can have multiple data sources with you. It is a well designed solution – I am very impressed with the quality and capabilities of the device.

The personal project space is one that interested me a lot as a consultant – but now has become even more interesting. The ability to quickly and easily share a video has amazing potential. You don’t have to put the tape in or connect the camera you simply point the camera at the wall and you can review a video presentation.

Oh brave new world to have devices such as this in it.

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Remembering Cincinnati Ohio


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Yesterday while walking I spent the time listening to an excellent book. I am about 1/2 through the last George RR Martin Game of Thrones series and have to say it is quite impressive. I began my love of fantasy novels more than 40 years ago reading the hobbit. Actually my teacher read it to us after lunch recess every day for a year.

I read the original English version of the trilogy (Lord of the Rings) when I lived in Thailand and went to an English school. The Americanized version of the books were change originally so reading the original series in its original form was quite nice. That remains my favorite series of books of all time. f course back then I either had to buy a book or go to the library. Now I can download the book and listen to it on my Ipod. I still like the Audible player of the Zune better but since they have been discontinued I really can’t support that anymore.

I got a new Sony video camera and have been playing with it. We took it to Mt. Vernon. It has a bunch of very nice features (as digital video camera’s tend to)…I suspect a review is coming soon but no clue as to when I will actually find time to write that review.

Barb and I bought our first video camera more than 20 years ago when we moved to Cincinnati. She was a Video Producer then for an advertising agency so she used the camera frequently. It was a VHS desk that you carried around – compared to the 3 pounds of the new Sony camera it was quite a load. It is amazing to me the quality of video that the newer camera’s produce.

I was thinking about Cincinnati the other day. Barb and I moved there June 1 1991. It seems strange to think that it was more than 20 years ago. we packed everything we owned in a single U-Haul trailer and moved to a townhouse in Fairfield Ohio ( a suburb of Cincinnati). For the next 8.5 to nearly 9 years we lived in a number of towns in and around Cincinnati. We lived in Maineville (by Kings Island) for a year. We lived in Western Hills (our first house, and the first house we lost money on) for nearly 5 years. We loved that Dutch Colonial House. But when the boys were board it was toooooo small. We ended up building a house in the Mt Airy section of Cincinnati (just north of the Mt. Airy park and water towers if you are familiar with Cincinnati). Gwen joined our family in Cincinnati when we lived on Shafer Avenue (Western Hills). We didn’t have a garage on Shafer and that was bad. Our car was parked on the street in front of our house and was actually hit by passing cars three times. Only one time out of the three did the other driver leave their information and insurance. The other tow times just cost us money.

Cincinnati represents the birth of our family. I will always cherish my time there.

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The last slide home


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It is still there

I saw it walking

past the old school that

has seen better days

and around from the new shiny skate park

gleaming with its metal slides and

concrete waves

the old chain link backstop

rusted now

and falling down

stooping in its old age

like osteoporosis deleted bones

sagging inward

but it is still there

amid the weeds and

overgrowth

I saw it walking by

not stopping to recall

the last slide home

home plate still there

in the weeds

you can

if you listen closely

still hear the cheers

and he rounded third

and stretching

his arms pumping

reaching

striving

started to slide

a cloud of dust

the poignant pause

and then the umpire through the fog

safe

the cheers

loud

but somehow muted by time now

would they have been louder

knowing it was

the last slide home?

 

From the desk of Sandler Boggs

Egad the word of the day


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Egad. Always wanted to use that in my blog. Don’t really ever have a place so it is my lead in today. I took yesterday off from walking. At 51 I have learned when your feet hurt, its ok to take a day off.

Ok in the best sense of full disclosure I actually have a list of words I’ve been trying to work in for the past two months. I think it actually comes from my love of quotes. I don’t know where that came from in my childhood but there are certain quotes that have stuck with me (and I’ve used them over and over again). It may be some sort of illness.

I’ve always loved words. When I lived in Thailand I went to an English school. My very favorite thing was we actually had dictionary and word assignments in our classroom dictionary. I love words. Leaping from a blank and blinking cursor to the eye they can change the world. The art of rhetoric lives (not in this blog, but it lives elsewhere).

The path we follow and the path we want can sometimes come together.

Let’s end today with another Egad!

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