A New Coat Of Paint, The (Almost) 2017 Edition

As you may have noticed if you’ve looked at the calendar lately, 2016 is fading, and 2017 is about to dawn.

So, I’ve made a few changes in appearance to the blog. Went with the Toujours Theme I saw my pal Tony mentioning a couple of weeks ago, and I too liked it.  Slick presentation with a lot of options to make things look spiffy.

Coming up in the next three days:

  • Tomorrow: Flashback Friday
  • Saturday: Quotable Quote
  • Sunday: My Predictions For 2017

Catch you then!!!

…But At Least The Phone Stopped Ringing

One of the benefits of getting the IPhone for Christmas a couple of weeks ago was that I’ve stopped getting calls from all the pesky people out there with products I’m allowed to hear about but not see, politicians who pester me for their votes, and the like.

I’ve only given my number to my landlord, my bank, and someone I consider my closest friend. So far, that’s it. The silence is by no means deafening. Rather, it’s quite enjoyable.

Looking back, it was amazing how many people want to hock you crap I don’t need. I figured with all the number blocks the IPhone gives you, they’d stop calling. But some of these organizations must have dozens of numbers to pester you from, so perhaps you win the battle simply by not playing.

Solitary Sage

I’ve been having a lot of fun playing Sage Solitaire lately.

The game combines elements of both solitaire and poker. You remove cards from this three by three board by making either two, three, four, or five card hands. Straights can be made with three cards (like an 8-9-10) but straight flushes require five cards.

The goal of the game is to clear the board with made hands using one card from at least two columns. You’re allowed to trash cards along the way if hands can’t be made, but if there are no hands on the board after two straight trashes, the game ends

Pretty addicting, really. Free to try on your smartphone of choice.

Is The Rapture Near?

Another day, another celeb of renown leaves us. This time, it’s Carrie Fisher.

I wasn’t the biggest Star Wars fanatic growing up, though I remember going to see The Empire Strikes Back twice: once in St. Petersburg, the other time visiting relatives in Geneva, New York. The other Star Wars movie I went to see was Return Of The Jedi in 1983 at the old Sunshine Mall in Clearwater.

I was more of a Star Trek kid. But I never thought of the Trekkies and Star Wars buffs being in competition with each other.

Fisher was a battler, and much like George Michael, she had her demons. Many are fondly remembering her now, and that’s not a bad thing.

I do wonder how George Lucas finishes off the series now…

(EDIT, 12/28/2016, 8:50pm: In a rather sad twist of fate, Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, fell ill the day after her daughter died. She was rushed to a nearby hospital and died a few hours later.)