• I’m an uncle again!

    Well, I’ve been an uncle for a while now.  4 nieces and 3 nephews…….

    Oh, gotta update that one now.  4 nephews!

    From everything I’ve heard my sister is doing well, and her first son is doing good too!  Go figure it takes a rainy and stormy day to get labor going.  :)

    Congratulations Jade & Eddie!  I’m sure the girls will love their new little brother!

    July 27, 2014 • Notes from Rich • Views: 83

  • Movie time at the Airstream

    We’re presented with another wet and gray day.  And apparently it’s going to continue for a while today so I’m hunkering down for the moment and kicking on a movie.  Maybe two.

    Over the years I’ve added many DVD’s to my ITunes video library.  Today that library resides on my Drobo along with my photo libraries and client backups.  The Drobo is now at 6TB of usable storage plus backup storage.  Pretty sweet!  Of course I wish it was a little smaller as it does take up a bit of space on the dinette here.

    Someday we really do have to make some changes in the Airstream!  The dinette just isn’t cutting it!

    I’m thinking Avengers for the early afternoon.  Since Jodi is off at Comicon I’m having a need for some super hero fun as well.

    July 27, 2014 • Notes from Rich, Tech Reviews • Views: 111

  • A photo from back in the day

    Do you remember the late 80′s / early 90′s?  Yeah, I do.  And my cousin Mary presented me with a big flashback.  An old photo of the two of us at a Christmas party.  Given the fact I have glasses on, this image was shot my junior or senior year at Rollins.  Wow!

    Fortunately I got rid of those glasses……   :)

    July 25, 2014 • Notes from Rich • Views: 125

  • Just the facts, no fluff

    Please note, this is not a political blog, flames are not necessary.  What I’m posting here is a plain and simple fact.  This isn’t about any party in power in the U.S.  I just want to share that real people are being impacted in a way that we were told wouldn’t happen.

    Today I received a follow up notice from my health care insurance company.  Months ago I was informed that one of my policies would not be renewed due to the new healthcare legislation.  Then my premiums got bumped for the same reason.  But I had read in multiple articles that policies would not be dropped, and that there were items in the works.

    Well, today some of my mail caught up with me.  One of the difficulties of traveling.  I opened one letter from my insurance company and read the following:

    Insurance CancelIn 2006 I was misdiagnosed with an auto immune issue.  And I’ve been paying for that mistake ever since (I didn’t make it……6 different doctors did).  Good luck getting it off of my records!  I’d need a legal team.  That misdiagnosis cost me my marriage, retirement savings, my home, and my security and stability (and no, I never sued anyone….there’s a long line of folks who ignored my medical issues and I don’t even know where to begin).  All through the hard times I maintained my health insurance and always made sure to have proper coverage after the hell I went through no matter what it cost.

    I have a call with my insurance agent tomorrow to see what we can replace my plan with.  I already know it will cost more, and as a small business owner I can tell you that my current plan is my LARGEST monthly bill (people always tell me to reduce my overhead….is that code for drop my insurance……).  I will say this.  The only sure jobs today with retirement options and assurance you’ll be okay are government jobs.  When did we go from a country of entrepreneurs to a country of folks who want bureaucratic jobs?  And if we all become bureaucrats, who is left to produce anything here?

    No flames folks.  You can’t argue this, it’s real.  And it’s getting under my skin, and more than a little discouraging!

    And on a sad note, my provider didn’t even do a grammar check.  I mess up often on this website, but that’s because I write “stream of consciousness style”.  Second to last paragraph should read, “Enclosed is a receipt showing the refund.”  Man, they must be sending too many of these letters to pay attention.

    July 24, 2014 • Notes from Rich • Views: 125

  • Pointing the Airstream South

    I can’t believe that June and July have raced by so quickly.  They’ve gone so fast that our departure has crept up on me.  In one week the Airstream will be packed up and pointed South!  Our time in New England is nearly at an end.

    The next major stop for the Airstream will be in the mountains of Georgia, near the start of the Appalachian Trail.  I haven’t been there since 2001, when I set off to hike the AT myself!  It should be an interesting trip, and we’re looking forward to working with our next client.  Of course, we’ll still be on the East Coast which means I’ll still be grousing about humidity.  Crazy how much the desert southwest has spoiled me!

    From Georgia it looks like we’ll be journeying west once more.  But that could change pretty quickly.  If a client pops up along the way we’ll work with them.  That’s one of the benefits to having a portable home and office all in one.  Sure it’s cramped sometimes, but how many people can bring their office with them to a client site?  Not many.  And who wants to stay in a long term motel?  Yeah, I’ll take my pillow cases over anyone else’s!

    Finally, as you can see I’ve kept the updated layout.  Soon I might be adding image sliders to the top, but I figured we could ease into this change the same way I ease into swimming in the lake here.  A little bit at a time, and then there’s no “Oh, that’s cold,” shock!

    Additionally, I’m working on another project idea that might pop up here in the next few days.  If I decide to go for it I’ll need every reader’s help with it, so be prepared!

    I hope everyone has been having a great summer and getting out when they can.  I know, you probably think I’m out playing all the time, but honestly most of my time is still spent in front of the computer.  The view out the window is nice though, but I haven’t taken full advantage of where I am lately.  Given the fact our project is wrapped up I’ll take the next few days to relax a bit, do some more canoeing, and take a swim or two (just gotta ease into that water).

    July 24, 2014 • Airstream, Notes from Rich, RV, Travel • Views: 120

  • An evolving layout for the Airstream Chronicles Continued

    DCIM106GOPROI’m in an experimentation phase.  And I’m trying a new layout because of it.  I haven’t started customizing things yet, but I have started the process.

    I don’t think this new layout runs too far from what I’ve been using since 2008.  But it could be jarring to long term readers.  So, tell me (I know you all send private messages instead of comments and that’s okay), what do you think?

    In a week the Airstream will be hitting the road again.  This time we’re off to Georgia.  But before I roll out I’d like to have the web update completed.  So I really do want input.  Should we finally “evolve” this site, or keep it the way it’s been for 6 years now?

    July 22, 2014 • Notes from Rich, RV, Travel • Views: 131

  • Please oh please….don’t touch me

    The web spammers are really working hard this week.  I use a few anti-spam tools that work pretty well, but somehow this week they seem to be getting around the protective measures.  Tonight I got a most interesting comment on one of my images.  The following comment was provided on the image, which makes absolutely no sense, and honestly gave me the creeping willies!

    Awesome issues here. I am very glad to see your article.

    Thank you a lot and I’m looking ahead to touch you. Will you please drop me a

    Spammers try to make their comments look like real comments.  And they provide their e-mail and web address.  The whole point is to get you to link to them via their comment.  But when they offer to “touch you” in their spammy comments it’s pretty clear that they’re spam.  Or they’re just a little odd.  Either way, their comment gets moved to the spam box.

    I feel dirty now just acknowledging their desire to touch me.  I need a hot shower and a lot of soap……..

    July 22, 2014 • Notes from Rich • Views: 65

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