SNIPPETS (10-20-15)—Give up beer and lose weight!


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Snippets: mini blog posts


Since May 15, 2015, I have lost 40 pounds. I’m not looking to find them either, so if you’re with Lost & Found, just keep ’em.

I didn’t set out to lose 40 pounds, it just happened. I could blame it on Costco, though. They quit carrying their Kirkland brand craft beers so I quit buying beer. I thought all the other beers either were just flat-out nasty (American beers) or too expensive (foreign beers).

I needed something that could quench my thirst, though. Soft drinks never have.

On May 16, Jim and I went to Mimi’s which offers strawberry lemonade with real bits of strawberry floating around in it. It’s the best lemonade in town. Free refills, too!

Lemonade quenches my thirst so I checked at Walmart and found Country Time pink lemonade. Love, love, love pink lemonade!

The Country Time container costs $2.50 (was $1.98 back in May) and makes 10 quarts. That’s 2½ gallons. A case of Kirkland craft beer cost $20.00. So not only am I losing weight, I’m saving a lot of money.

However, at this rate, I will be at zero pounds sometime in August 2017.

stick man

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I have decided to give up the toaster in favor of the toaster oven. The toaster only let me toast bread slices. The toaster oven not only lets me toast bread slices, but I can toast odd-sized pieces of bread, like dinner rolls with a slice of jalapeño cheese on them; or make mini pizzas with pepperoni, jalapeño slices, and shredded cheese; or toast garlic sticks. All sorts of options with the toaster oven without using all that electricity for the big range oven….

Oster toaster oven

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My home office faces the east and since I’m up every morning before the sun, I get a beautiful sunrise each morning. Here are three of them:

Sunrise in La Mesa, California

Sunrise in La Mesa, California

Sunrise in La Mesa, California

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I finished watching all episodes for the first five seasons of “Game of Thrones.” What a mesmerizing series. Maybe a little too much nudity….

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I also finished watching all of the movies released in 2014 that interested me. 2015 movies aren’t completely available online yet so I decided to work my way through those released in 2013.Broken City

The Last StandA couple that I really enjoyed were “Broken City” starring Russell Crowe and Mark Wahlberg, and “The Last Stand” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, his first movie post-California governor.

Two that were so-so: “Mama” (a horror/thriller movie) starring no one I knew, and “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters,” also starring no one I knew.

One I watched, “John Dies At The End,” is 99 minutes of my life that I will never get back….

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I have been practicing using a couple of the more esoteric tools in Photoshop, tools that I never found any use for or tools that just took too long to use. The Pen Tool comes to mind. Once one realizes that “Pen Tool” is one of the world’s greatest misnomers and understands how it actually works, it can be quite useful.

In the following picture, the sea lavender blossoms were lost in a sad, busy background in the original picture. Using the Pen Tool, I removed the blossoms and placed them in front of a wooden fence and then framed the resulting picture.

Sea lavender

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I have been a member of the Facebook group “Flowers Exchange” for about ten months. We’re allowed to post up to three images each day. I only post one. The sea lavender picture above is my most popular post yet, with 45 likes.

I also like it but I didn’t think it was my best ever. Facebook needs a WHY? button. When you click on it, you get asked why you liked the post….

I would love to know why that picture resonated with so many people. If it resonates with you, comment why.

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I haven’t been blogging as much since our move in May because I have been trying to get a full-time job working for someone else instead of being self-employed with my home inspection company.

I can tell you that age discrimination is alive and well in the job market. No one wants a 60-year-old guy regardless of his qualifications, at least not in the areas where I have my expertise and experience.

One company that I was talking with finally emailed me with what probably is the truth for all the other companies:

We’re looking for someone who can make a career here at *****.

And there you have it. We old folks are going to die tomorrow if you hire us today.

Didn’t Betty White tell us that 90 was the new 60, which would mean that 60 is the new 30….

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I had an interview with a start up company that is a subcontractor to Amazon Prime. I don’t think Amazon is going away anytime soon, so the job and the new company piqued my interest. I got offered the job at the interview, and I accepted. Since it’s a new company, time lines are, shall we say, flexible, but it looks like I’ll be starting work on Monday. Yahoooooooooo!

Since I will have a definite work schedule, I expect my blogging to return to normal, meaning at least one blog post per day. I look forward to continuing my many blog series.

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The days are getting shorter, which means Christmas is just around the corner.

Zoey the Cool Cat and Christmas tree

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17 thoughts on “SNIPPETS (10-20-15)—Give up beer and lose weight!

  1. appletonavenue

    Forty pounds just by giving up beer? Too bad beer isn’t my husband’s problem. I hope you don’t lose any more, as that sounds like a lot in only 4 months. It’s taken me a year to lose 30!

    I appreciate the TV/movie reviews. I’ll know to avoid “John dies in the end.”

    I definitely prefer a toaster oven. My husband thinks you need both. Due to space constraints in the new apartment, the toaster oven was relegated to storage and I’m stuck with a toaster. 😦

    I love the photo of the sea lavender, and I did not realize until I read the Snippet, that you had manipulated the photo. Well done!

    I can totally understand the job search for anyone over 50! I hate to think if I had to go back to work, what company would hire me. And big Congratulations for getting the new job, I hope it goes well.

    As for Christmas being around the corner — bah, humbug! I can’t even think about the end of the year holidays yet! But the photo of Zoey in front of the Christmas tree is fabulous.

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      I used to have a beer for lunch and a beer for supper, but never more than two beers in any 24 hour period. I remember when I was young and going to family reunions. All of my uncles, all of them farmers and ranchers, had huge “beer bellies.” Now I understand.

      I guess I should have disclosed that Zoey the Cool Cat in front of the Christmas tree also was manipulated. I never could get ZCC anywhere near the tree, as opposed to most cats, so I took a picture of the tree and placed ZCC in front of it. Voila!

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    1. Russel Ray Photos Post author

      It’s very rare that I get really involved in TV programs, but I did with “Game of Thrones.” So much that I was watching nine or ten episodes a day. I got through all seasons, all episodes, in something like 9½ days. The only two other TV programs that I really liked were “Suits” and “White Collar.”

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  2. photobyjohnbo

    Enjoyed your snippets. Congratulations on the weight loss. By the way, our family kept me busy when we visited San Diego last week. Thanks for the tip on the 59-mile scenic drive. We hit several of the places on the drive. My niece was our tour guide. I am in the process of importing the three SD cards full of photos and hope to have them processed and posted in November sometime. (We leave for North Carolina tomorrow for even more pics. We will get our wet in the Atlantic Ocean so we can say we’ve touched both oceans in October. ) 🙂

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