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Day 13 – Triskaidekaphobia


Did you know there is an entire website dedicated to the fear of the number 13?


I was going to do some research on triskaidekaphobia, but there is an entire site,, that will tell you all you want to know.

Do people really think that if there is a row 13 on a plane and they sit in it the plane will crash?  And if your office or hotel room is on the 13th floor that it will… I don’t know, disappear?  Burst into flames?  Vanish?  Result in perpetual, un-ending, infinite bad luck every day of the year?

What is it with triskaidekaphobia?  Are the origins really found in the bible?  Twelve disciples (or, rather, 13 = Judas)?  Or is it…?

I also found paraskevidekatriaphobia.  Kind of cool, right?  Today is Friday and this is Day 13 of my writing posts.

I also found tetraphobia which is obvious and even more stupid than the fear of the number 13.  What is so intimidating about the number four?  Is 4 that fear-inducing?

I understand that there are legitimate things that can rationally cause fear.  Standing on a rooftop, a very tall bridge, or the edge of a cliff all seem like obvious situations to arouse fear.  Also, a tarantula crawling in the hair or being swarmed by locusts might freak a person out.  And being diagnosed with cancer will generally make a patient afraid to die.

So what is it about a number that strikes fear into the heart of some people?  What is it about the combination of that number and the last weekday?  And why would the number 4 cause people to stroke out?  Why would a number trigger a reaction?

I don’t get it.  Of course, I’m not irrational.  (At least not about numbers.)

Day 12 – Sorry


To all of you (or none of you) expecting a post of substance, I apologize.


I did write today.  I wrote a bio for a query submission.  I know, I know… it’s not a post.  But it is writing.

I admit that I have actually skipped a day or two during my quest for daily writing practice.  But, in fact, I write every day.  I write at my day job and I write for my night job.  I may not write a post every night, but I am writing.

Lately, politics has been the subject of my posts.  I have not been supporting a particular candidate, but I have been commenting on the political process and the things that candidates have said.  I don’t want to always write about politics, but there is so much fodder in the media to chew on.  I will strive to avoid politics in future posts, but I can’t guarantee it.

Tomorrow is Friday.  And it will be Day 13.  Hmmmmm…

Day 11 – Young Adults


Please get out and vote!


I am speaking to you, the young adults in this country.  Please, go out and vote.

I am not appealing to the youth of America to vote for a particular candidate.  Rather, I’m appealing to the youth of America to become active in shaping the future of the country.

The federal government is broken beyond belief.  Congress would rather sit on their collective butts to derail attempts by the administration to get something done or they’ll act only to help their rich donors ensure future tax avoidance or sky-rocketing profits.  The least productive congresses in the last 40 years occurred from 2011 to 2015.  I’m sure the current, 114th Congress will continue the streak of inactivity.

The election process is corrupt beyond belief.  Elected officials are bought.  The U.S. government is no longer a democracy, it’s a plutocracy.  The wealthiest citizens pay for advertising and fundraising to buy candidates in exchange for favorable legislation.  (Refer to the previous paragraph.)

But it doesn’t have to be that way.  You, the youth of America, have the opportunity to start changing the way politics works.  Now, there is no simple fix.  It will take years, several election cycles, to change.  Old people simply won’t be alive to see such change through.  That’s why old people are so resistant to change; its just too difficult and requires too much time and effort.  Old people vote for the status quo, the establishment.  But you healthy, energetic, smart people with LOTS of years in front of you can actually have an effect.  You can take the government away from the rich.  You can actually make your vote count.

Let me ask you a question: Do you like Hillary Clinton?  Will you vote for her?  If you answered “Yes”, you’re not the right person to participate in a political revolution.  She’s old, she lies, she’s completely out of touch with anyone younger than age 50, and she makes more money from Wall Street and banks than just about any other politician.  If you said “No”, I have to ask a follow-up: Are you voting for Bush or Christie or other “establishment” republicans?  If you answered “Yes”, you’re not the right person.  Those candidates are just as out of touch and pre-bought as Hillary.  Maybe Trump might bring about change, but I don’t think I want to live in a country that experiences the changes that Trump might bring about.  So basically, are you voting for Bernie?  If you answered “Yes”, you’re the right person.

The only way change will be effected in this country is to show support for those that aren’t bought by big money donors.  The only way change will be effected is to elect those that stand up for the people of this country, ALL people of this country.  So, you, the young adults in this country, are the only people who can save it.  But it can only be saved if you vote.

Day 10 – Votes




I’ve been watching the caucus coverage and have a few observations:

  1. Trump didn’t win.  And Rubio almost caught Trump.  With 99% of the votes in Rubio and Trump are essentially tied for second, and Cruz won.  I’m not rooting for any of them, but this night is going to make the next primaries very interesting.  The Republican count is essentially down to three.
  2. With 81% of the delegate equivalents counted, Bernie and Hillary are tied.  And Martin O’Malley is now out.
  3. The democrats’ caucus process is very interesting.  I’ve never watched the actual process at individual sites before, so seeing it in person has been cool to watch.

I guess I haven’t followed the process closely enough in previous years, or maybe this year is greatly different, but since when are cameras allowed into the caucus rooms to either watch in real time when voters convince those in non-viable groups to come join their candidate’s group or hover over the people sorting pieces of paper and watch as the vote counters make tally marks on legal pads of paper?  Since when can the media swarm votes like that?  When you vote, do local or national news cameras watch as you cast your vote?  Should that be a private process?  I guess it’s not in Iowa.

Hillary just declared victory with only 84% of the votes in and she has only a 7-vote lead.  I hope that Bernie overtakes her just so she looks like a cocky bitch.  Actually, she’ll look like an idiot by declaring victory when she didn’t win.

The last votes to be counted in elections are from the largest pools of voters.  In state-wide elections, the last precincts to report their votes are in the big cities.  So tonight, the Dem sites with the largest turn-outs will be the last to report.   And large turn-out favors Sanders.  The first precincts to report in the Dem site were likely the very rural areas that voted for Hillary.  So here’s hoping Bernie overtakes Hillary just to smite her for prematurely declaring victory.

Huckabee just suspended his campaign.  They’re starting to drop like flies.  Now if Carly, Christie, Santorum, Bush, and all the other lackeys drop out, along with Carson, the Republican race will be be more focused and get downright nasty.  And after tonight, I think Hillary and Bernie will take off the gloves.  Bring it on!  It outta get good from here on out.

Day 9 – Nothing to Report


I have nothing to write about today.


It’s Saturday.  There were no football games on TV today.  Baseball hasn’t started.  I don’t watch basketball.  The news shows are just babbling about the most recent poll data which is getting old pretty fast.  So while I’ve been at home, there is nothing to write about.  Not even anything about the re-run shows that I’ve recorded.

I spent the day at a baseball game between my son’s high school team and the alumni players of past seasons.  It’s the day-time portion of the annual day of fundraising for the team.  (The evening portion is a casino/poker game night with raffles and auctions and drinking.  I didn’t go to that.)  The event was fun, but nothing special to write about.

It’s easier to write every day when there are new subjects to comment on.  Wait… I dangled a participle.  It’s easier to write every day when there are new subjects on which I can comment.  When there’s nothing new, no comment.  I could come up with a random topic and type a few sentences, but I don;t feel like it today.  So…

On Day 9, there’s nothing to report.





I’m given way too much credit.


My web hosting service told be I had to update my DNS directly with my DNS provider because my hosting service doesn’t host DNS.

Huh?  What the hell does all that mean?

I at least recognized my web hosting service by the name on the email, so that answered one question.  Next came, “What the hell is a DNS?”  I guessed it was a Domain Name Server.  But my web hosting service said I had to update the DNS because of changes to their servers.  So isn’t my web hosting service my Domain Name Server?  I guess not.

So then I deduced that the DNS provider is the other company that charges me for my web site.  After guessing my login name and resetting my password, I logged into my DNS provider and tried to follow the instructions to update my DNS.  I edited what I thought was my CNAME record and removed the A record.  I logged out and opened my website.  DTHOAH!  It could not be found.  S^%t!

I logged back into my DNS provider and re-set what was there before–the defaults, thinking my website would come back.  Nope.

Help desk!  I called the help desk of my DNS provider and spoke to a very nice person named Ilene.  I sent her the email from my web hosting service that explained the instructions to update my DNS to a CNAME record from an A record.  It took her a minute to actually decipher the instructions before she started correcting the problem.  Five minutes later she was done and confirmed my website was back up.  Thank you, Ilene!

I logged back in to my DNS provider to look at the records.  I then understood what she did.  I was close, actually, when I tried it myself.  But close doesn’t count with DNS records.  Could I make the change again if my web service provider needs another change made in the future?  Probably not.

How can a web hosting service send cryptic messages to normal people who own WordPress blogging sites, not computer scientists pushing terabytes through their server farms, and expect the changes to be made?  They sent a two-page email explaining a whole bunch of crap in computer system language that tech service of the DNS provider had trouble slogging through at first before she knew what was needed.  Why couldn’t they send a simple message saying, “Call your DNS provider’s help desk and tell them to change the DNS record from an A record to a CNAME record with the following domain name…”?  It would have been far less stressful and wouldn’t have freaked me out when my website vanished from the internet.

That was 30 minutes of stress I did not need.

Day 7 – Overload




My brain hurts.  It’s overloaded with crap from today’s news.

Hillary now wants more debates, but Bernie doesn’t unless the DNC approves it.  Hillary says Bernie is negative.  Trump held firm and went to his own event.  That event was for veterans, but when one reads the fine print on his veterans website, a website created this morning, you find that Donald’s fund is the recipient of the proceeds from his event.  Cruz is trying way too hard, Rubio is talking way too fast, and Carson is way out of touch.

Unless Trump shocks the world and shows up at the debate in the next few minutes, this day is going to go down as a bust.  It started out with so much potential, but, alas.

The whole political scene hurts my brain because its all a load of crap.  Every one of the candidates, with the exception of Bernie, says whatever they think will get them a vote in Iowa.  Only Bernie has substance, but his policies are too far left.  He has good ideas, but they just cannot be enacted by the congress as it exists today.  I don’t think his agenda is possible even if the Democrats make huge gains the House and the Senate.  The rest of the candidates, Hillary and the Republicans, just spout out mis-truths, half-truths, and no-truths.  They can’t answer any question honestly, truthfully or directly.  They side-step the substantive discussions and spin their answers to spit out their desired sound bites and deny any wrong-doing.  It’s all about perception. That’s it.  Nothing else.

I guess I expect too much

It’s 7:35 and Trump hasn’t shown up on Fox.  Poop.

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