Friday, March 27, 2009

Our Favorite Musical Genre Has A Name!!

Last Fall, during the run-up to Christmas ... ARGH ... who invented the stupid phrase "the run-up to..." ... some political hack or news media talking head.

Last Fall, during the four weeks prior to Christmas, my dear wife and I followed her OH SO BRILLIANT idea of stripping the wallpaper in the kitchen and repainting the walls. Oh yeah, and let's paint the cabinets, too. Heck, why not just build a frickin' addition, add a hot tub, how about a putting green ...

I digress. Sorry.

ANYHOO ... where was I? Oh yeah ... the kitchen. I like to cook. It's fun, creative ... WAIT! STOP, DON! THAT's not what this post is about.

(stinkin' A.D.D. ...)

Okay okay ... we were fixing up the kitchen. We listened to Pandora while working, and "seeded" our station with Feist. Turns out, we love that type of music.

So while driving to work today, I learned -- from the good folks at WXPN ( that the music we like is called "Neo Folk".

So now, I can wow the hipsters by having a label for the music I like. I told the young lady at Food Lion that she looks like Feist and she had no idea what I was talking about. What is it with young people who aren't in touch with pop culture. HELLO??!!! I'M ALMOST 50 YEARS OLD and I know about Feist and "nuking the 'fridge" and all that schtuff.

I really need a vacation. Couples Swept Away, here we come again!!!

My stock portfolio is up 72 percent since the beginning of the year. Am I lucky, or good. And does it matter.

I'm rambling.

All The Best,

-- Don

York in One Picture

In the foreground Rebel wannabe.

In the background, a young black girl walks to school.

Juxtaposition defined.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

We Need Higher Gasoline Taxes

The Federal government should put a big tax on gasoline, along the lines of one or two dollars. Then, combine that with a graduated Tax Credit under a certain income amount.

Me? I'd end up paying more. Yeah, but I'd either purchase a more fuel-efficient vehicle or drive less.

Google "Amory Lovins winning the oil end game" and read it. NOW. If you don't, then don't bother commenting on this post. Amory Lovins -- whom I have called a GENIUS for over 25 years -- OWNS the whole energy issue.

All The Best,

-- Don

At Peace With Finances

I logged on to my broker's web site this morning, and this pie chart represents my portfolio.

I've achieved Peace with the world of finance!

All The Best,

-- Don

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I'm Pretty Talented!

You know what? I'm a pretty talented software developer.

When you design systems as well as I do, it's easy to improve, extend and upgrade the system. I just added one View in my database, a simple view, and now I have all the data I need.

Sometimes ... MANY times ... Keep It Simple, Stupid is THE BEST WAY.

IMPORTANT: It's NOT about "the tools" ... it's about the person at the keyboard. GET THAT, and you'll be MONEY.

I'm loving my talent right now.

All The Best,

-- Don Schenck

Saturday, March 14, 2009


March 14; About 48 degrees outside, so Patti and I took advantage of the nicer weather and worked in the garden.

I repaired some of our raised beds and trimmed back some decorative plants, while Patti prepared the soil. The peas go in right away.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Just seconds ago read the word "hero" used as a verb.

... and it really hero's the brand ...

Stop. STOP. STOP IT! Stop verbing words!

Indian Candy That Jews Probably Don't Buy

It's a sacred Hindu shape. But I don't see it selling well in, say, Tel Aviv.

Finally, Candy We Can Believe In

Could it get any better? Butterfinger! Caffeine!!

Monday, March 09, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Places To Visit

The darling wife and I are a composing list of places we'd like to visit. Your input is wanted.

When making a suggestion, assume:

1. The trip will be a week to 10 days.
2. Unlimited budget, with the exception of one of those crazy trips to outer space for $200,000 each.

The list will be pared down and prioritized later.

So far ...

Places we'd like to visit

New England
Las Vegas
Pacific Northwest
Nova Scotia
Maryland Brookside Gardens
Niagara Falls
New York City (visit Ian)
Finger Lakes Region

Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision against the play-it-safers, the creatures of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary. -- Cecil Beaton

Tuesday, March 03, 2009