Stake President Speaking

Stake President Speaking

When the stake president is speaking, people wonder, “What’s going to happen?”  Such was the case today, but there was no cause for alarm.  He was simply one of our speakers in church.

Our ward was inundated with visitors again.  It’s good to see them coming this late in the year.  I’ve noticed a few are spending more than a few hours here.  This is also good.

Rain Came

The rain came with a vengeance this afternoon.  The wind and rain started around 5pm.  I’m glad I mowed the lawn yesterday.

I have a photo session tomorrow.  It might be indoors if the winds and rain keep up.  We shall see.

Squash Soup

One of the elders really liked my squash soup.  As a result, he had 4 bowls of it.  That’s a compliment.

The soup is made with 1 butternut squash, 1 can of coconut milk, 1 chopped onion, 1 cup of chicken broth, and in this case, I added about 1 pound of shrimp.

We also had cucumber slices for a salad, and bread pudding for dessert.  All of which seemed to be a hit with the elders.  We sent them home with some of the bread pudding.

Next time I need to reduce the heat when baking the bread pudding.  335 was too high.  Next time I’ll cook it longer at about 300.  It got too brown on the top and bottom.

The sauce I made for the bread pudding was maple syrup, some corn starch, butter and rum flavoring.  The elders really liked that too.

Threatening Rain

Threatening Rain

The forecast is threatening rain.  Because of this I rushed and mowed the lawn this afternoon. The leaves are thick so I could only use the catcher part of the time.  The remainder of the lawn just got cut – no catcher.

Threatening rain is a good way to put it.  I think the weather forecasts do that to get people to monitor them more closely.  This way, they can show more commercials on their website.

Moving Data

Moving data on the server is a time consuming task.  I’d like to see a smart USB controller that simply expends the hard drive you start with.  When you plug in a new drive, it expands the capacity of the existing drive.  However, if you remove that new driver, it can be used as a standalone drive without impact to its data.

Logically it wouldn’t be difficult.  If memory serves me correctly, you can do something like that in Unix.  Hey, but I retired from that career… it isn’t my job anymore.

There’s too much data administration for my business.  That’s what happens when you take tens of thousands of photos in a month.  Ugh.

Monitor Musings

I’ve been musing about getting a new monitor.  I have a LaCie, which is a high-end monitor, however it is only 19″.  By today’s standards, that’s quite small.  Plus, my eyes would welcome a larger screen.

Decisions, decisions.




It’s Friday the thirteenth of October.  How funny is that.  For a day when superstitious people are supposed to stay in bed, there are a lot of people on the road.

We went to Longhorn for lunch with our friends Ron and Mary Harris.  The traffic to and from there was horrible.  Horrible for this area, that is.  NY SR 96 near the mall, as a result, was a parking lot.


For the first time I had a dish at Longhorn that I was disappointed with it.  Their brisket nachos is nothing to write home about.  As a result I won’t be ordering that again.  (It also reminded me around midnight with a bad case of reflux.)

What was wrong with it, you ask.  Bland, and too much fats and oils.  It was also sparse on the meat and pico de gallo.    The meat, which takes first billing in the name, was like a garnish.  The same with the pico de gallo.

From now on I order beef.


I’m torn.  I wonder if I should get the Wacom Clintiq monitor.  And, if I do, should I upgrade my desktop.

I’ve got to get rid of old technology too.  It’s starting to pile up.  However, what does someone do with a 100GB disk drive?  Does anyone even use such a dinosaur?

That reminds me!

I should measure my desk to see what fits.  No use getting a monitor you can’t use because you don’t have the space for it.

8TB Drives

8TB Drives

It is time to upgrade the NAS drives from 5TB to 8TB drives.    It is amazing how much space digital photographs use.  For $170 you  could buy just a couple of megabytes 40 years ago.  Now, it buys more storage than NASA had 40 years ago.

They arrived today.  Installing new drives is easy today.  You plug them in.  Unlike the past when there were jumpers to worry about, low level formatting, high level formatting and partitioning.

The question is…  Do I keep the 5TB in place and simply expand onto the 8TB drives?


Our networking meeting was sparsely attended.  I don’t get it.  What is it business owners aren’t getting?

I wrote a book a few years ago.  It find it funny how people think they can do it alone, but when they fail miserably, they blame others.  They don’t read business books and they certainly won’t attend a networking meeting.

Perhaps we all have that stubbornness in us.  It’s called pride.  Oh, well.

Catching Up

I’m slowly catching up.  I spent 5 hours on the phone with Netgear support about my problem.  They found a work around, but the core issue is still a big mystery.  They are kicking it up a tier to see if they have any ideas.

Tomorrow I will call GoDaddy and run a few things past them.  With all my networking experience, this is the strangest thing I have ever encountered.

Autumn Colors

The autumn colors aren’t looking to well this year.  Perhaps it is the warmth, I don’t know.  As a result, I don’t know if you are going to see a many autumn color pictures from me.




In not sure if appointmentless is a word, but that’s how I am today.  No appointments.  I have time to work on this router problem and Route 66 photos.

Okay, forget about the router problems.  I want to concentrate on Route 66 stuff.  Check out the website.  I got lots done today.


It is pouring today.  It is a good day for rain.  All my work is inside.

Taking advantage of this rainy day, I am kicking out Route 66 posts and photos like crazy.  I am also e-mailing various contacts about Route 66.  Some are business owners, others friends.  As a result, I’m getting lots done.

Because I am working on Route 66 stuff I am glad I blogged as we went.  I am already forgetting places and people.  It is good I have my blog to fall back on.

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Sunset On Route 66

In contrast, I fell behind on this blog because of router problems. is the website my router won’t allow access to via http.  Without that access I cannot update this blog.  (I am only doing it now because I have reinstalled the old router.  This is only a temporary fix.)

Template Errors

I also stopped using the iRibbon WordPress Template from CyberChimps.  It is generating errors.  When it rains, it pours.



Car Registration

Car Registration

You could hear the disgust in the clerk’s voice when I told her I did not receive a renewal notice for my car registration.  The disgust was not aimed at me, but Albany, New York.  Fortunately, there are no late fees and penalties.

She said next year it is best  to go to the web site, print the form, fill it out, and mail the check and form to the county DMV in Lyons.  (That way, the money stays in the county.)

My next stop is Real Deals where I found nothing worth buying.

Annual Review

Just as I arrived home my phone rang.  I was literally still in the car.  It was regarding my annual 401K review.

We talked, suggestions for changes were made. I authorized them, and we were done. It is that simple.  As a result, I’m all set until next year.

CSM Photographer Friends

One of our Church Service Missionary Photographer friends stopped to visit and stay the night.  Bruce Cornwall and his wife are traveling through on their way back to Oregon.

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Bruce and Me

It was pathetic.  Two professional photographers trying to figure out how to do a selfie.  As I say, “Just say, ‘No’, to selfies.”

Elizabethe and I served our temple shift.  Today was busy.


Quasi Holiday

Quasi Holiday

Columbus Day is one of those days I call a quasi holiday.  Not everyone gets it off and even fewer celebrate it.

No mail today because the post office gets it off.  On the other hand, I did get a call from my credit union.  I’m surprised they are open today given lots of banks are closed.

Still Baffling

My router problems are still baffling.  I keep trying different things without any success.  Aaron, a friend at church, suggests I install open source firmware.  I looked at it, and it’s a little intimidating.  Even though I did this stuff for a living, it is different when you have the resources of a Fortune 50 company.  I don’t.

I might dig up my old router and see if it works.  If it works, then the problem is in the router.

But why in the world would my router only block http to one website?

It is strange and baffling.

Route 66

I am still organizing Route 66 images.  This router problem has slowed me down, but I’m pressing forward in spite of it.

If you haven’t visited, please check out  Click on the blog menu option and 2017.

Better Day

Better Day

Today is a better day than yesterday.  Thank goodness.  Yesterday wasn’t much fun.

It is Fast Sunday and we had a good meeting at church.  Later, President Robinson asked me how it was.  I was happy to report it was a good.

There were lots of visitors.  As a result, Sacrament preparation took longer than normal.  I had to repeat the hymn twice after the congregation sang.


I don’t think I will make lasagne using pasta ever again.  The last two times I’ve used eggplant and summer squash to make it and people rave about it.  I don’t miss the pasta and this feels lighter on the stomach.

Basically, I use thinly sliced eggplant and squash where the pasta would be.  I bake it a little longer to evaporate the excess liquids that come from the squash.  It is really good.

Sisters for Dinner

The sisters came over for dinner.  Sister Henrie has been here for a while, but it was the first time having dinner here for her new companion, Sister Searle.

Dessert was simply a parfait made with greek yogurt and fruit.  It was a good way to have that yogurt without the bitter aftertaste.  (I’m not buying that brand/flavor again.)

Rotten Day

Rotten Day

It’s been a rotten day.   Murphy was right – if anything can go wrong, it will.  That’s how I feel about today.

I’ll work my way backwards…

Watching TV with my wife I began to loose my hearing again in my left ear.  It’s an awful feeling.  I went through this is 2003, and here we go again.

My heel is aching so bad I can hardly walk.  So, I’m wearing my boot hoping it will help ease the pain by the morning.

I still can’t get the router to access

The registration on my car expired 2 months ago.  I never received notice from the DMV.  So, I go to login to see if I can do it online (which you can), only to be told my car and my driver’s license information don’t match.  Comparing them side by side, the only thing that doesn’t match is how they’ve listed my name.  It’s a stupid program if that’s the case.  I will have to go to the DMV on Tuesday to straighten things out.

There’s Always Tomorrow

There’s always tomorrow.  I’m hoping Sunday goes better than today.

I guess if I can’t get my office computer to access I will have to do it on my laptop from another Internet access point.

Router Problems

Router Problems

After working with GoDaddy and Spectrum Internet it appears the problem is with my router.  My router problems are keeping me from seeing my own web site.

This is frustrating.  I can ping, trace route to it, and I can even ftp to it.  I just can’t see it using http.  Isn’t that strange.

I’ve tried everything I can think of.  All of my websites are hosted by GoDaddy and they are all accessible except  (I’m updating my blog from a different network.)

Nima’s Calzones

I’m still beat and suffering from car lag.  We called out for calzones from Nima’s Pizza.  They are the best.  As a result, I can just kick back and enjoy the rest of the evening.


Tomorrow I plan to attack the router after getting a good rest.  I’m overlooking something.  I don’t know what.  Once I figure it out I’ll know what to do if it happens again.

There is a lot of data to back up.  My file servers are running out of space.  Coming home with 2TBs of data doesn’t help the space problem.

I am looking at 8TB drives.  That’s the next step.  The old drives will serve as off site backups, while the new ones will be on the active server.