The Life And Times Of The Of The Old Man ~ An Interesting Albeit Frustrating Day

December 31, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

windows 10,frustrations, beau,interesting
Time just slips away

Finding out why W-10 wasn’t working was  the frustrating part. 

For future reference W-10 requires a download of Java before video or music will work.

Wingen supplied the interesting. She  dropped in with her Beau. A pleasant young man. Hard  to believe he’s an Army Ranger.

Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man

The Life And Times Of The Old Man ~ I’m Such An Idiot!

December 31, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

Windows 10, upgrade,frustration, doesn't work.
I should
 have upgraded to
 Windows 10

Every now and again I get an urge. I know it’s a bad urge. I know this urge will result in disaster. And yet I give in and let the urge have it’s way with me and run it’s course.

Yesterday was just such a now and again. Idiot that I am I pushed the button that started the Windows 10 download.

Twelve hours to download. Three hours to install. It doesn’t work. At least not the way it should. 

Every time I try to access one of the new wiz bang apps I get the same message ‘update needed’. So I try to update and the message pops up ‘update failed’. 


Taking care and staying cool,
The Old (and very much the idiot) Man

The Life And Times Of The Old Man ~ FB ~ G+ ~ Blogging

December 30, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

FB,G+,Blogger, hermit,
In every world
I am a hermit.

G+ was my first venture into the realm of electronic communication. Not too much later I began blogging. 

About a year later I got involved in FB as a way to get reconnected with the village that had adopted me many decades ago.

Since then I have come to some conclusions. 

FB is not a place (and it is a place) I like. 

G+ is more to my liking. 

I prefer blogging to posting in either place.

The question becomes why.

The answer is… 

I’m a bit of a hermit. I think of people and fine food in the same way. Not too much too often or it becomes boring and bothersome. 

Perhaps in years gone by I spent too  much time in people oriented jobs and callings? 

Whatever the cause I now find myself quite enjoying my less than active social life. 

I shall continue to post my letters to FB and G+ but I will not be spending much time in those lands. Maybe this will change in the future. Maybe it won’t.

Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man   

Question ~ Are We Ghosts In The Realm Of Hungry Ghosts

December 29, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

Judaism, Christianity, ten commandments, Buddhism, Hell of Hungry Ghosts
Am I a Hungry Ghost

In Judaism and Christianity the Ten Commandments deal with improper desire. 

Buddhism also has nothing good to say about improper desire. 

Matter of fact Buddhism even has a special hell for those who were greedy in their time as humans, the Hell of Hungry Ghosts.

Hungry ghosts are depicted with large bellies and tiny mouths; driven by greed, they seek endlessly for something to eat or drink, but even when they find a morsel they can swallow, it turns into filth or fire in their mouths.’

I don’t know about you but when I look back at humanity’s history or to the world today it seems to me we just might be living in the Hell of Hungry Ghosts.

Take care, be generous,
The Old Man

Question ~ How Much Is Enough

December 29, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

greed,enough is enough,lifestyle,society
Greed is the soil from which all inter relational problems grow.

It is a truly vexing question: How much is enough? 

There was a time when this question was a side issue. But in a world with an ever increasing human population and a very limited resource pie it is no longer a side issue.

Allow me to introduce Ms. X.

She has a talent that society values. She could be an artist, musician, writer, athlete or anything else. All that really matters is that society values her talent and she has become rich.

Obviously she will need to spend some of her wealth on necessities. Some she will want to spend on objects that are not necessities but will make her life better. Perhaps then she will move into conspicuous consumption?

Can society say to her ‘enough is enough’. You have moved from enjoying the fruits of your labour into immoral consumption of ever dwindling resources?

Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man

The Life And Times Of The Old Man ~ Slovakia

December 27, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,
One of my joys in writing these letters is that they find their way to all sorts of fascinating places. Case in Point: Slovakia.

Slovakia, old land, independent nation, Central Europe.
Just about dead center in Europe is the nation of Slovakia

With almost 50,000 square kilometers and 5,000,000 people this mountainous country still has wilderness, clean air, the ability to be alone and a fascinating history.

So now because I write letters, I know a little bit more about the world we all live in. Thank you to all the Slovakians(?) that read my letters. 

Because of you I know a bit more about the world we all share. 

Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man

Reality Cheque ~ I Have A Friendly Smile ~ I Still Manage To Afflict The Comfortable

December 27, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

friendly,annoying,self righteous,smile,personal responsibility
I have such  a
friendly smile
for such an

I have done it again. Knowingly and with full intent I have annoyed someone who shall remain nameless. 

They had posted a picture of chicken being cooked over charcoal. I had the affrontery to suggest hat cooking over charcoal is not all that good for the environment. 

He and his friends ended up wishing me dead and using an amazing array of vulgarities. All because I suggested that global warming is the result of our personal lifestyle choices.

But then I suppose it is just as the Bible shows us time and again… we all find it easier to blame others than to accept our responsibility for the mess we are in.

Take care, stay safe,
The (very intentionally annoying) Old Man

The Life And Times Of The Old Man ~ After 20+ Years Together SWMBO And I Embark On A New Joint Challenge

December 28, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

fat,slender,healthy, years, SWMBO, shared journey
Give us a year to
look this good again

As you can see from the shot to the left (taken on our honeymoon) I have always been fat and SWMBO is naturally slender.

I’m still fat. But SWMBO is not quite the slender young woman I married. 

She is a beautiful (to me) imposing (to everyone else) mature woman who is beginning to feel the effects of too much desk time. 

This morning we embarked on our new joint challenge. 

A healthy lifestyle. 

Wish us good fortune!

Take care, stay healthy,
The Old (working on becoming less fat) Man

Reality Cheque ~ Islamic State is Waging A Holy Blood Feud ~ No Blood Feud Can Be Ended Through Violence

December 27, 2015

Hi Luv et alii,

Holy Blood Feud, Islamic State, defeat, wisdom, compassion, negotiations
Ending a Holy Blood Feud
 by killing people,
is simply not possible. 

The powers that are lined up against Islamic State have either forgotten or they have chosen to ignore a simple but deadly truth:

Most of the people who fight for I.S. consider their fight to be a Holy Blood Feud. 


Simple Definition of blood feud 
: a very long fight between two families or groups in which each group kills members of the other group in order to punish the group for earlier murders

There are only two ways to end a blood feud. 

The first is to kill off all of the other side.  This is not possible when the clan is spread worldwide. 

The second is to negotiate a peace. This is hard to do when the clan is spread world wide. But it is not impossible.

Let us all understand one simple fact. Even if the powers that are fighting I.S. succeed in taking back all of the land that is now within the Caliphate the Holy Blood Feud will continue. 

It will continue because every time one of their fighters dies  one or more of their kin joins up. 

Wisdom and Compassion used in  serious negotiations is the only way to even have a slim chance of ending the bloodshed.

Take care, stay safe,
The Old Man