Archive for: July 2012

Not a perfect fit

A recent experience inspired this post. It's all about "fitting in" and whether or not it's something to worry about.

I want to drive traffic to this website of course so I thought I would list it with some blog directories. Some of the better ones review each submission, and they don't list yours unless they approve of your blog and content.

An email I received back this morning from Goblog4i said:

We are sorry to inform you that your blog Submission titled as "50 + alone" has been disapproved and deleted from our Site, as it did not fulfill some of our minimum required criteria for blog Approval.

A second email I received this morning, this time from Blog Directory List said:


50+ and Alone Hey, nice blog:)

We reviewed your blog and we love it and has now been included in our blog directory.  Blog Directory List.

All this does is prove that old saying "you can't please everyone, all of the time" and as far as I am concerned, you shouldn't even try to.

I suppose this is more true for those of us over fifty. From observing my teenage daughter and her friends it certainly isn't true. Teenagers always want to "fit in" and they go to great lengths to do this. They need to wear certain brands of clothes. Their hair has to be styled the right way... we seem to lose this as we get older. No... I'm not talking about just the hair 😉

Once you're over 50, no one seems to care what you look like. Your friends and family are just glad you're alive. Yes, we've all had some losses along the way with friends and family who left us, to what we perceive as, before their time.

So if you're alive, and I hope that you are if you're reading this, let's not be concerned about trying to please everyone. Let's live our lives for ourselves.



Watching Sports….

One of the greatest things about single again is there isn't any fight over the TV remote. You can watch sports 24 hours a day if you want to.

The AAF World Junior Championships last weekend in Barcelona certainly was entertaining. 19-year-old Michelle Jenneke who is a the Australian junior hurdler caught the eye of the media. I don't think it was for her ability to race, although she did fairly well. But her warm-up technique is a real winner. Here it is, in case you missed it:

It isn't any surprise that she is being " widely hailed online as "the world's sexiest hurdler." But there is some sad news too. Apparently she didn't qualify for the Olympics this summer. Perhaps all of the marriage proposals she has received will make up for this disappointment.


Say “NO” to microwave popcorn

It's amazing the amount of toxic substances that ends up on our food, and even if it's labelled organic, according the FDA in the US, it means it isn't completely toxic free. Small amounts of toxins, that aren't supposed to be a health hazard are still added to even the purest of foods.

Sometimes it just isn't the food. Sometimes it's the method of preparing it. For example, did you know that microwave popcorn gives off a toxic, lung-damaging  gas when cooked?


According to the book, 25 Amazing Facts About Food (pictured left) :

Regulators and health professionals have known of this risk for decades, but always assumed that it would only affect people breathing in especially high concentrations in factory settings. Then in 2007, a man who regularly ate two bags of microwave popcorn every day was diagnosed with popcorn lung, proving that diacetyl enters the air and lungs when microwave popcorn is cooked. Anxious to reassure consumers, most microwave popcorn companies phased out diacetyl—only to replace it with chemicals that have the exact same effects.

There are several other kinds of popcorn and popcorn makers. You can look through a list of them at Amazon

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Friends (who are couples) try to fix you up, yet your single friends don’t.

Why is it that couples who are friends try to fix you up, yet your single friends don't?

I had a call this week from a couple I'm friends with, who asked me if I would like to meet a friend of theirs. They gave me her name, and surprisingly enough.... I know who she is. And she is exactly as they described her: intelligent, beautiful, witty, loves music and mingling. No doubt! A perfect match!!!

My reply was, "No, but thank you. Maybe later after I get my teenage daughter grown up and moved out, I will consider dating. But I REALLY appreciate you thinking about ol' Steve!"

That's not a lie. I know they have my best interests at heart. But why is it couples do this to you when single friends don't? I don't really have an answer for this. Any guesses?

Of course, this phenomenon isn't the first time I've experienced it. I've been approached with the same topic numerous times from friends of mine who are couples. You would think they are all reading  Matchmaking From Fun to Profit: A Complete Guide to Turning Your Matchmaking Skills into a New Business (Matchmaking Institute).  Perhaps if they read this book they would have better luck....

I have a theory about it! Maybe it's crazy; may it isn't. You're more than welcome to share your comments below and tell me if you think I'm crazy or not. But I think couples  see your independence as a threat. Maybe not on a conscious level; perhaps sub-conscious. Think about it.

Two male friends -- one is taken; the other isn't. Is SHE going to be sub-consciously worried that some of the things the two guys get involved in may not be considered appropriate for a man who has a wife or a girlfriend? If the single man had a significant other too, would this decrease the likelihood of such activities from happening?

Does your male friend also sub-consciously see you as a threat to his relationship? Does he feel his girlfriend or wife is safer being around you if he knows you have your own partner?

I don't know of any discussion about this topic. Like I say, maybe this is just my own crazy theory. But since I've had a few years to think about this, it's what I've come up with. Like William Shatner would say, "Is this weird or what!"



Unlimited Cloud Storage

Bitcasa, Inc., is a start-up company, founded in 2011 and led by CEO Tony Gauda and co-founders Kevin Blackham and Joel Andren, headquartered in Palo Alto, California, offering unlimited data storage as a cloud service. They are saying the unlimited version will cost $10 per month, but there doesn't seem to be any limit set (yet) if you sign up for a free account.

The service also encrypts and decrypts your data on your computer before uploading to the Bitcasa system. Nobody at Bitcasa can see your data, even the file names, which makes it very secure. You can also use the service to to sync as much data as you want across all your devices so you have the latest version of your most important data right there on every device. Additionally, you can use this feature to backup your data. When you install the program you have have it added right to Windows File Explorer.

I've been playing with it some. I like it. I uploaded a 53MB file just to see how long it would take. I got distracted during this time, but it was under 10 minutes. Of course a lot of this will depend on how fast of Internet connection you have. Below is one of their promotional videos:

Everything worked fine with my experiments with the service but I believe it's still in BETA so I wouldn't trust it yet with anything overly important. Might be all-right to share some large files with some friends. If you're interested in this service click here to visit the website and check it out