Saturday, February 17, 2018

Please Follow My Blog

    I enjoy writing this blog, but I would publish more content and more often if I felt there were people who enjoyed reading my posts.  If you enjoy reading my blog and would like me to continue please click on "FOLLOW" in the right hand margin of this page and become one of my followers. It would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I Forgot My Password!

    The other day I was working with my blogs and trying to get into some of my Google accounts.  I was in an area where I had never gone before and was asked to enter a password for some Google application I have never heard of.  I had no idea what to do, so I put in my usual Google password, but it didn't work. So I decided to try clicking on "Forgot My Password" and waited for the link to reset my password. I reset it and then tried the new password. It didn't work!  I spent about 30 minutes screwing around with this app I had never even heard of and accomplished nothing! Sorry I did accomplish something. I managed to change all of my Google passwords! Now I had to scurry to remember what I changed them to!

    We have passwords for our computers, our phones, our email, our bank accounts and every single site we use on a daily basis.  How the hell are we supposed to remember all of those damn passwords?  It is especially hard for us seniors.  We are always told not to write them down on paper, lest we lose the paper. So what are we supposed to do?  I have an app on my phone called m Secure, which is a password management app that I use and find to be quite helpful.  Of course it requires a password! It is also free to download. I find it very useful, but I still have to remember to put in the passwords for every account and every site I use. I also have to remember that I need to have my phone with me every time I use my computer.  

    Computer security experts also recommend that we change our passwords several times during the year and create one with all kinds of various letters, numbers and symbols.  That's a lot of complicated crap to remember!  I can't figure out why all of the computer and security experts can come up with highly complicated technologically advanced techniques for just about everything, but they can't come up with a safe and simple replacement for passwords!  How about facial recognition or fingerprints to replace passwords?  This would really help those of us who can't remember what we had for dinner last night!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Peeing All Night with BPH

    As anyone with BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia) knows there are quite a number of unpleasant symptoms associated with this disorder.  One of the most annoying is having to get up several times during the night to pee!  There are times when I only get up once or twice, but then there are other times when I have to get up every hour or even less than an hour.  When I have done research on the Internet articles ( as well as in discussion with my urologist) the ones I have found say you should stop drinking fluids after 6 or so.  This can sometimes be difficult and most importantly it doesn't work!  Every article says you should avoid alcohol too, but I find when I have a few glasses of red wine at night I get up less! I've reported this to my urologist and he says each person reacts differently, so if it works for me do it.

    I do take Alfuzosin to treat my symptoms, but it doesn't seem to have any effect on my nocturia ( having to urinate often during the night).  I have researched an found many natural herbs that people say are effective for nighttime trips to the bathroom, but unfortunately none that I have tried worked.  I recently read a number of articles reporting that eating a handful of raisins prior to retiring reduces the number of times one has to urinate. I figured raisins are cheap and easily available and taste good too, so why not give it a try.  Most reports say that they work on the first try. Well I've been eating raisins for a week now and guess what?  They don't work!!!  Another myth goes down the tubes!

    One would think that with so many old guys out there having to get up and pee all night long that medical science could find something that would stop this annoying frequent flow! Think of the money they'd make!



Monday, February 5, 2018

Motivation and Blogging

    I have been blogging with Blogger for about 6 years now and have 5 blogs, ranging from travel to pets to politics.  I originally started blogging as a hobby after I retired and moved to Malaysia.  I also wanted to make a little bit of money to pay the expenses of maintaining a blog and having some change left over for a beer a two a week.  Well after all of this time I have made a little over $5!  I also have put many hours into trying to increase my readership.  I have spent hours on the Internet searching for ways to make a little money and ways to promote my various blogs. But with very little earned money and few readers it's difficult to keep going.

    Sometimes I go weeks or even months without writing a new post for one of my blogs because I simply don't have the motivation.  Every once and a while I get so bored that I fantasize that maybe I really can write a successful blog.  This is evidently one of those times!  Quite often I find that I come up with some fantastic ideas for a post, but  it is in the middle of the night or when I am out of the house. By the time I get to sit in front of the computer I have forgotten the idea, lost interest or am just too tired to write.

    With my political blog, Steveso Thinks, every day gives thousands of ideas on political issues, but sometimes I feel that it is useless to share my opinions in this atmosphere of a a divided country so full of hate.  There are so many issues to write about , but I would only be giving my opinion and not really accomplishing anything.  At least I can blow off some steam!

   My blog about my two dogs, Cattle Dog Kids, is fun to write because I don't have to do any research and I don't have to search for photos I can use for free. I have tons of photos of my dogs, Cato and Lucky.  I guess I am just too lazy to keep updating their adventures!

    With this blog I try not to be political or write about too many social issues. I started it so that I could write about whatever came into my head, thus the name Free Flowing Waves.  Of all of my blogs this one is the most difficult to promote as it does not fit nicely into any niche.  And everyone knows that to be successful in blogging you need to find your niche!  I find that most of the personal blogs are about fashion, social media or business and sell goods or services to support the blog. I don't want to start a business or sell anything on my blog, but I do advertise through Ebay, Amazon and Adsense to help make some spare change.

    I think I now have some motivation to start posting on my blogs again and to hope for the best, in regards to increasing readership and making some coins.  I'll start working again trying to promote my blogs and try harder to write posts more frequently.  Who knows? Maybe this time it just might work!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Why Can't I Ever Get Ahead?


    During this time of year, the holiday season, we tend to spend more money and realize that we never have enough.  I don't mean we never have enough to decorate, entertain or buy Christmas presents.  I mean enough money to pay utility bills, pay medical bills and pay for health insurance and everyday living expenses.  We certainly don't have enough money to save for emergencies or for the future!

    If you are working and supporting a family the cost of everything increases, but your salary doesn't. If you are retired your income is fixed and even though, as is the case this year, your Social Security payment increases,  the increase in your Medicare monthly payments wipes that out.  Every time you notice that you may have a little bit of money left at the end of the month, something happens to take that money, plus a little bit more.  Either your car breaks down, your computer that you need for school or work dies, your furnace needs servicing or some unexpected bill pops up to take your money.  It seems like we take one step forward and two steps back.  It is difficult for people in the middle class to realize their dreams of getting ahead in life and it is all but impossible for those in the lower economic classes to even have a dream of getting ahead!

    The holiday season is also a season of giving when we try to make life a little bit better for those who are less fortunate than ourselves. But this is getting more difficult as too many of us are finding that we don't have enough to share with others.  We can't help but be annoyed when we constantly see those people who have everything, enriching themselves even more, often at our expense.  Soon we will see a tax bill passed by the Congress, which supposedly represents ALL of us, but once again acts to favor the richest among us.  Those of us who make less than $70,00 a year will be paying more in taxes each year, as those who are making millions of dollars a year will be paying less.  One good thing is that those of us who plan on leaving our children money after we pass on will not have to pay estate taxes - that is if we have more than $5 million!  Oh yeah and our health insurance will go up and we will probably see a drastic cut in our Medicare and Social Security payments to make up for the loss of income from the reduction of taxes for the wealthy and big businesses!

    I am really pissed, as most other people in my situation are. But I don't want to hear any whining from those morons who continue to support and vote for the very people who are taking from the poor and middle class and giving it to the top1%.  I know a lot of people who will see this as political and will say "I don't want to get involved in politics".  Well if you don't want to get involved, don't complain about how you just can't get ahead! If you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Take a Knee or Stand During the National Anthem.

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    Trump's latest attempt at dividing the country and trying to deflect attention away from his Russia scandal and his ignoring the tragedy in Puerto Rico.  He spent almost the entire last weekend tweeting about how disgraceful NFL players were when they took a knee during the national anthem at the NFL games. He didn't give one iota of concern or empathy for the people of Puerto Rico!  He even praised NASCAR for being more patriotic!

    Why did he pick on the NFL? Could it be that the majority of players are Black, compared to NASCAR, which has 1 Black driver?  He says it wasn't racist, but when does he ever say anything that is remotely believable?  Whenever you see photos of NFL stadiums you always see the American flag flying predominantly above all other flags and symbols, unlike many NASCAR tracks in the south where you can see the Confederate flag flying at the same height or higher than the American flag.  How patriotic of NASCAR!

  Many people voice their opinion that taking a knee is not showing respect for the flag and the national anthem.  They totally misunderstand what the flag and the national anthem stand for.  They stand for "liberty and justice for all".  What these players are protesting is that justice in this country is not the same for ALL Americans, certainly not for people of color.  Among the players' supporters are numerous military veterans who fought for their country and the rights of people to exercise their free speech and stand up for the right to protest inequality in our justice system and government.

    Many people argue that the national anthem was written to honor our flag, but the real truth is that it was written as the army of the Confederate States of America, under the Confederate Flag was attacking the US Army base at Fort Sumter!  Also the tradition of playing the national anthem while the NFL players stood was started as a paid recruitment tool for the military.



   According to Trump the above images would be acceptable, in regards to showing respect to the American flag! Perhaps not really the second photo as she does not appear to be white!

It's time for Trump to stop trying to divide the country and start bringing the country together.  He is the President of all of the American people, not just the minority who voted for him!
Just a thought!

Monday, September 25, 2017

What About Puerto Rico?

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    So far this month we have had three devastating hurricanes, Harvey, Irma and Maria.  Harvey was particularly devastating for Texas, Florida and parts of the Gulf Coast. Irma badly damaged parts of Florida including the Florida Keys. Maria literally wiped out St. John and St. Thomas, islands of the US Virgin Islands, before almost destroying Puerto Rico.

    For a week we saw non-stop coverage of Harvey and it's aftermath in Texas.  We saw Texans and the American people coming together to help their fellow countrymen who were suffering from the ravages of the hurricane.  Donations flooded in to help the residents of Texas, as they should.  When hurricane Maria struck the US Virgin Islands it totally destroyed the islands of St. John and St. Thomas.  Nothing was left! I am sure many people have visited these beautiful island while on a cruise of the Caribbean.  But now it is all gone! Even the palm trees have been destroyed!  Next in line for Maria was Puerto Rico.  The entire island lost power and are just about out of water and food!

    Where was the constant media coverage of this tragedy?  There was sparse coverage of the devastation in this part of the US.  Only MSNBC covered the devastation in length and asked for donations for these citizens.  People were interviewed regarding sending help to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and their ignorant responses were downright sickening!  People actually said our money should go to Americans and not foreigners living in the Caribbean!  What ignorant fools!  They are not smart enough to realize that Puerto Rico, St. John and St. Thomas ARE part of the US and their citizens ARE Americans!  Even our so called President ignored them, paying attention to tweeting about Hillary or the NFL players exercising their First Amendment rights!

    Just maybe the reasons why these islands were either ignored or paid little attention to were that they were not white and some spoke Spanish?  Just a thought.
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