Comments Require Review

As a reminder, you can comment for 30 days after a post is made.  All of the comments on this blog have to be reviewed before they appear on this site.  Unless you state your desire to the contrary, your email address will not be published on this site if you send a note to me or comment on a post.

Discussion, feedback, and comments are welcome as long as they are relevant and insightful. I reserve the right to edit, as appropriate, and to delete harassing, profane, vulgar, obscene, abusive, irrelevant, or spam comments.  If necessary, repeat offenders will be blocked.

Each response is reviewed as quickly as possible, but I can’t guarantee that your reply will be reviewed as promptly as you might like.  As you would expect, I am the sole arbiter of what is appropriate for this website.  Thanks in advance for your understanding and appreciation of my intent in this matter.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


Florida Keys Ride Update

Last week, I asked if there was enough interest to put together a Florida Keys ride.  Much to my delight, I was quickly swamped with people who wanted to attend, without knowing any of the dates or other information.  I admire your determination to get together and enjoy a ride through some of the most unique geography in the Lower 48.

I have to thank a number of people who volunteered, without my asking anyone to do anything, to help put together the ride.  Stephanie, Lori, Laura, Rod, Jess, and Donnell are pulling our route together and making sure that we have accommodations waiting for us at the end of each day of the ride.

I also have to thank Steve, Norma, Julian, and Michelle for making sure that all of the items we frequently forget were accounted for on this ride.

Needless to say, with all of that enthusiasm, the ride is already fully booked.  However, if you want to be placed on a waiting list, please contact me.  As is our usual practice, the waiting list is used in a first-come, first-served manner.

I’ll be contacting each of you who wanted to join us in the very near future.  In fact, if things go according to plan, you should have already received a note from me with the particulars you’ll need to make our upcoming ride as enjoyable as possible.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me or offer a suggestion, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Florida Keys Ride

I realize this is short notice, but several of you contacted me regarding getting together for a ride through the Florida Keys.  I don’t know if your plans allow for such a ride in the middle of family get-together season, but if you’re interested, please contact me.

As we’ve done in the past, if we don’t have at least 8 people say they’re interested, we’ll call it a good idea and let it go.  Also as we’ve done before, if you’d like to lend a hand with the logistics of the effort, assuming we have enough interest, please contact me.

If you’d like to book your spot or share any comment you might have on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Happy Thanksgiving 2018

I wanted to wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

Along with the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving is one of the most uniquely national holidays we celebrate as Americans.  All too often, Thanksgiving is nothing more than the official start of the annual Christmas shopping season.

Spend just a moment or two re-discovering the reasons behind our celebrating Thanksgiving and, if you’re like me, it will put things into a new light.  By extension, events in our nation’s past will be seen from a new perspective.

Remember the meaning of this day.  If you are so inclined, lend a hand to those who aren’t as fortunate as many of us.

Happy Thanksgiving!

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Computers! Part II

After I made my comments about computers being a pain in my backside, I heard from several thousand of you.  Some offered tricks and tips.  All said they had been in the same spot I mentioned when the software maker said it was an operating system issue and the operating system manufacturer said it was an application software issue.

Many of you commented on my solution and suggested that I should have tried it before I did.  Several of you provided examples similar to mine that you experienced.  A few of you suggested that I address the situation with a sledge hammer or some other heavy object.

While I didn’t take the latter advice, I think it’s interesting that many of you knew exactly what I was lamenting due to experiences you’ve had with your computers.  I heard from Mac and Windows users and the complaint was nearly identical.  It seems that this issue is platform independent.

Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts and experiences with me.  It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who has issues like this.  Although, now that I think about it, the sledge hammer option does have a growing appeal.

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this issue, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Interest in Podcasts Follow-up

On October 1, 2018, I asked for your thoughts on my making a podcast available to you.  It’s been over a month and I have enough responses to make an informed decision.  At least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

On balance, the consensus was that a podcast would be fine, but it wasn’t something that you were crazy about.  I don’t know the reason or reasons for this, but it’s enough to know that if my making a podcast isn’t something you want, I probably won’t do it.

If you want to share your reasons with me on not being that interested in any podcasts I might make, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!

Software Update

Last week, I told you about the problems I was having using my primary photo editing software on the RAW files from my newest camera.  After spending way too much time trying to track down the issue, I think I found it.

Long story short, the patch for the software that was supposed to allow it to edit my new camera’s RAW images didn’t install properly.  Suffice it to say that the installation process was a mess.  I finally resolved the problem by removing the editing software completely and then re-installing the version with the latest RAW image editing capabilities.  Viola!  End of problem.

While this was a clunky way of getting the issue fixed, it seems to have worked.  Of course, once it reads this post, I’m sure it’ll hang up just to mess with me!  (I can’t prove it, but I think there’s already some artificial intelligence (AI) in the software I’m using.  I think I heard it snicker at me the other day, but I’m not sure.)

Now that the photo editing software looks like its running, I’ll have to edit some photos from the new camera and get them posted.  Assuming, of course, that I can find some pictures worth posting!

If you’d like to share your thoughts on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!


In last week’s post, I lamented the fact that no matter how many times I update the new computer, there are always more patches, bug fixes, and upgrades that I need to install.  As I mentioned, with so many things that need to work just right every time in order to have a computer boot and run, I’m sometimes amazed that the thing works at all.

I recently installed a series of patches in an effort to keep my security current and to make it easier for me to take advantage of some of the new features available through an operating system upgrade.

Everything seemed to work fine until I updated my primary photo editing software so that it handled the latest RAW format for my new camera.  To make a long and painful story short, something is out of whack between the new photo editing software and my computer’s operating system.  The two bits of code don’t play well with each other.

When I use the new software to edit photos in the new-to-this-computer RAW format, I run into all kinds of difficulties.  I contacted the customer support teams for the photo editing software and of the operating system manufacturer.  Not surprisingly, each one said that the issue was the other guy’s fault.

In the meantime, that leaves me with the inability to take advantage of the software that I need to edit RAW photos from my new camera.  Right now, I have a few choices.  I can take pictures in JPG, use an older camera that doesn’t have all the features of the new one (but the software knows how to handle its RAW images), or I can fiddle (that’s a technical term, by the way) with my computer in an attempt to resolve the issue.

If you’d like to share your thoughts with me on this, please contact me.

As always, thanks for your continued support!