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Get plenty of exercise

I live in my own little world

Occasionally I need a break from Netflix binge-watching.

I’m having a great time reading through my yearbooks from grade school, junior high, and high school.

Here’s what a friend wrote in my 1969 8th grade yearbook:

8th grade yearbook memento

My husband of 27 years seems to agree.

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2015, The Year of the Quitting Bloggers

I livew in my own little world

Long-time readers know that I am pretty methodical in living my life. It’s a regularity that irritates some people because they want me to pay more attention to them than I do everyone else.

I have a huge Excel file that controls my life. Within that Excel file are a few billion Excel spreadsheets—Finances, Books Read, Movies Watched, Music Listened To, People Who Won’t Get Christmas Cards, Blogs Visited….

I usually visit 100 blogs per day, and currently in my Blogs Visited spreadsheet are links to 2,369 blogs, all of them on the WordPress platform because that’s the platform on which I blog. For those like me whose math skills are less than optimal at this point in life (I rely on Excel for even basic math now), that means that it takes me 24 days to visit all the blogs I follow. That might seem like a lot, but….

On January 1, 2015, I was following 3,741 blogs!

What happened?

big fat zeroWell, if someone hasn’t published a new blog post since last time I visited, that someone gets a big, fat zero in the spreadsheet. At the end of the month, everyone with a big fat zero (►) gets summarily deleted. So I have deleted almost 1,400 people in just a little over four months! That’s more than 300 people per month who have quit blogging regularly!

In some cases, it’s justified, like the one guy who died. I left my condolences for his family who had left a message on his blog.

One person, though, said that she was taking the month off and would see us in the new year. Well, the month she was taking off was December 2013…. Nothing from her in 2014 or 2015.

Some people don’t seem to be blogging anymore but are still coming by here and leaving LIKEs and comments. I have LIKEd and commented on all their blog posts, so I don’t know what to do other than to have Zoey the Cool Cat say….

Thank you!

I realize that blogging isn’t for everyone, and sometimes when one tries something, one decides that one doesn’t like it. There are many things I have tried that I didn’t like—managing a restaurant, working retail, changing the oil in the car, wearing blue jeans….

To all those who have left the blogging world, best wishes for health, happiness, peace, and prosperity. To the rest of us, sing along with the following song but replace “flowers” with “bloggers.”

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Where are my English experts?

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Someone didn’t like yesterday’s Friday Flower Fiesta…. 😦

Within minutes of publishing my Friday Flower Fiesta yesterday, two people unfollowed me…. 😦

What is even more distressing is that I used the past tense of the non-word “unfollow”…. 😦 … Is there a past tense of non-words? Where are my English experts????

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Get it in writing

I livew in my own little world

Back in 1994 I met a Nevada attorney with whom I became good friends. We met in Detroit, Michigan, while working for the same company.

When he started a competing company in 1995, he asked me to come aboard as the CEO. He couldn’t match my current pay, so I didn’t go. At that time in my life, pay was everything.

He kept after me on a regular basis, and I volunteered many weekends to help create the infrastructure for his company. As his company grew, he kept asking me to work for him. I kept telling him that when he could match my salary, I was all his.

Finally, in March 1995, he said he could, and would, match my salary. My salary had grown substantially. He was shocked, but I gave him a pay stub as proof. He offered me the job and the salary. I gave two weeks notice and flew from Oakland, California, to Tampa, Florida, to begin my new job.

As his company acquired more Clients—specifically Clients in California and Nevada, he decided to move the company west. Since I was the CEO, I had some input into new headquarters, and we landed in my home town of San Diego.

During all my interactions with him, he kept promising me the world, and he kept delivering….

One of his promises was that if the company survived five years with me as CEO, I would get 5% of the company. As we came upon the four-year anniversary, he announced that he was dating one of our employees in Boston. At 4½ years, he announced his engagement. At 4 years and 11 months, he got married and they went to Europe on a 30-day honeymoon. When they returned, he announced that I was being let go and that his wife was going to be the new CEO. I had no employment contract because I trusted him immensely.

Life has been downhill ever since….

My only satisfaction with that story is that six months after they got married, they got divorced. Interestingly, even though he was an attorney with a net worth far in excess of hers, he had no prenuptial. She got $37 million, half of his net worth, in the divorce settlement.

Moral: Get it in writing.

I reached the pinnacle of my career in 1999-2000, and today I am at the bottom. I’m still trying but not really sure what I’m going to do, or how much longer I’m going to stick around….

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Sudanese Striped Hyena

I am so sorry I woke you up

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I live in my own little world

With all my blogging these past two months, I’m getting behind on cataloging all the pictures I take each day, typically somewhere between 200 and 500. My employee, Eric Cooper, whom I hired in April 2011 to help me catalog 53,000 pictures (which has since grown to 73,000 pictures) is off pretending to be a WordPress expert, and with the path he’s on, he’ll be there soon. That leaves me to somehow find motivation to catalog as well as photograph.

In order to motivate myself, I decided that each day I’ll catalog some animal pictures, choose up to five of the best, and post them here in my new “my own little world” series. Hope you enjoy it.

Sudanese Striped Hyena


Sudanese Striped Hyena


Sudanese Striped Hyena


Sudanese Striped Hyena


Sudanese Striped Hyena (Hyaena hyaena dubbah) native to Northeast Africa, this one making its home at the San Diego Zoo.


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