Friday, January 15, 2010

General Interest Blog - An open letter to my Sister

Hi Pat, Miss ya!  Mean it!

I was talking about my writing this blog to a few people and someone had said that this basically is an open letter to my sister.   Perhaps my sister and a few others in my family and friends left behind in Pennsylvania.

Where some blogs that I look at are specific topic blogs, blogs on just about any topic exist, mine is anything that comes to mind.  Sometimes it is very specific interest and I doubt that anyone would want to read it, other than my just wanting to vent.  Other times, like the pictures I took in Key West, I wanted to show some folks what was going on in my life.  The picture postings are very easy to do, a couple paragraphs plus a picture that is saying a thousand words, and you're done.

I find it amusing to look at what some folks find interesting.   The one on my Poang chair seems to be the most popular, and that is where I tend to sit first when I go into the room.   If it is an older post, typically it will be read because it is a review.   The one on the swiffer came up recently - I wouldn't buy one again because of the smell and the environmental problems I see in it plus they're just not as effective as my old standby sponge mop.

The other day in a slow moment I fired up my copy of Google Earth and went for a virtual walk around the old neighborhood.   Seeing a place I haven't lived in for at least 20 years is strange.  The trees are bigger, the houses smaller, and the distances much shorter.   When I was a child, I went to an elementary school that felt like it was in another country to walk to it.   According to Google Earth's distance tool, that other country was only a half mile away.  .49 miles to be exact.

I'm lucky enough to have a machine that makes flying around the the Google version of Earth quick, and with the extra memory the program runs very well.  I haven't upgraded it because the Google Earth version 5 and later as well as Chrome and other programs they offer install a piece of software that sit on your PC and report back to them what you are doing.   I won't upgrade it unless I run it in a virtual session to minimize my exposure to Google's snooping.   It is nice to have, and I do like looking at the pictures of places I have been and places I have never been and wondering what it would be like to be "there", but the whole snooping around bit - well I tend not to install software I have a question about.

If I ever figure out a purpose for this blog, it won't be grabbing a book of recipes and following it from cover to cover.   It has been done, and I just don't have that kind of time.  I'm having trouble figuring out what to write with one posting a day showing up at 8 AM as it is!

If you have any ideas, leave a comment, I'll look at it and see what I can come up with.  I spend most of my day at work researching technology as an IT Manager, so that stuff is easy for me.

Take care, Pat, and who ever else finds me!


  1. Moose, your a very dynamic personality with just as much to share with people. I find you interesting with even the knowledge of the flowers in your back yard and history of your city. In my opinion this blog is run from the heart with what matters to you at that moment or a meaningful thought to share. I find that the best material is not planned. But with rather collected and communicated with a touch of spontaneity.

  2. Hey Bill-your sister here! Please keep writing if you can-I check your page everyday! I find it very interesting with the way your talk about Florida and also the recipes you have talked about-and plus it's almost like talking to you each and everyday!

    Love ya!!!

  3. Wow! I'm humbled. Thank you both!

    I do tend to just wing it and write what ever is on the top of my mind at that moment so what you see is what fell out of my head!

    I've got some pics to post, and they're easy, and I'll make it a point to keep it going!

    Thanks again!