Saturday, April 28, 2012

X and Y

I purposely waited to do both the X and Y of the Challenge on the same day.  I wanted to talk about males and females.  The X and Y of life.  Being so far removed from high school biology I just completed the Internet search for a quick refresher. 

If you contain two "X" chromosomes,  you are a female.  If you have one of each, your a male.  So I guess all of us tough guys have a feminine side after all.

Call me a male chauvinistic pig if you like, but I believe we should take care of our women.  Give them what they ask for and make them happy.  Besides God, my wife is the most important thing in my life.  God brought us together, and I am the one you is to keep us together.  We are still young in our marriage, although we are not young.  But I work to keep us happy.  By that I mean I try to keep her happy, which makes me happy.

So as we travel through this life, remember this little bit of advice that my Dad gave to me on my wedding day a couple of years ago.  "If you want a happy life, keep a happy wife."  I am so blessed, because my wife is a happy person.  The "Double X" chromosome of my life.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

WTF?

Well that's Fantastic.  What?  You thought about some other strange meaning for WTF?

It is not always acceptable to use those words that are considered "bad".  So, lets generate better meanings for such things that might bring a smile to the face of a friend.

Have a great day in the Challenge.

Victory

I believe one must feel the agony of defeat before they can enjoy the sweet taste of Victory.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

UbberGeek

As my family's main technical staff, I am the ubbergeek of the family.  I get calls from all my family members as to why something involved with new equipment that was just purchased.  Do the ask me before my family buys something?  Noooooo.  Just after they get it home, they call me to make sure it fulfills their expectations.

Most of my family lives in another state.  In rural area to boot.  What does that mean for the ubbergeek of the family?  I have to explain why satellite internet is not as fast as cable or DSL.  This post is about a day when I received such a call about a new wireless router.  Site unseen, I have to figure out why the network will not allow them to share files across computers.  Oddly enough, everything was set up correctly as best I could tell, it just wont share files.  Three of my evening was spent on the phone, What model router?  What model computers?  Are you the administrator on the computers?  So after we figure all this out, get it up and running.  What happens next?  They buy a new computer.

I am not one of the biggest ubbergeek on the web, but I know many of you are in the same boat.  Just remember, with great success (on the Internet) comes great responsibility to all your family members to fix their computers as "on the phone tech support".

Have a great Tuesday Facebook.


Monday, April 23, 2012

How did you get this name?

If you search for Tronster you will find there is another one out there on the Internet. I have checked out the other Tronster. Alas, this is about me, not the other.

I have written about my Navy years once, maybe twice, already. One thing I mention was the nicknames we give to each other.  It has to do with your personality and the personalities of the people you serve with in the military.  I was an electronics technician when I served.  Mainly working on radio communications equipment.  I was a pretty good technician.  (I like to think so anyway)  My first name shares a few of the letters.  They called me "Tronster".  All Electronic Technicians were referred  to as "twidgets".  I think its because we worked on all the widgets that did not belong to any other group on the ship.

I kept the nickname for years.  I am a little bit of a geek, but never really watched the movie "Tron".  I have seen the newest one, and it was pretty cool to watch. 

Some of my other nicknames, "Shade Tree",  I picked up towards the end of my service.  However, Tronster was the one that stuck.

Keep up the good work on the A to Z Challenge folks.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Shipmates

I do not know how many of the WWW readers out there have ever served in the US NAVY, but one of the words we used was "Shipmate".  It has a special meaning you see, it means you are both on the same ship.

A ship, is your home away from the safety of the shore.  You may not be best friends with everyone on board, but you should be good buddies.  If something on the ship goes awry,  it is you and your shipmates that have to spring into action.  There is only so far you can run.  If you jump, you can only tread water for so long.

When you are isolated from the everyone else in the world for an extended period of time, you learn to accept that it is you and your shipmates.  They help you through the times you miss your family, we tended to entertain one another and give advice.

I am sure today's Navy is a little different.  I think now there is email for the men and women that serve on ships today.  (That is one difference, there where no women on combat ships until the last 6 months I was in the Navy)  So they have instant contact with their family members back home.

Thank you all who are serving, and thank you to all who have served.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Ranger

You might think this is about a sports team.  Maybe your thinking this is about an Army Unit.  It is not.  It is about the Ford Ranger.  According to everything I have read on Al Gore's amazing Internet, Ford has decided not to bring the international version of the truck to the USA and has stopped production of the Ranger as we know it.

A funny thing about the little Ford truck.  I had one in 1992, and I now own a 2000 model.  They are basically the same truck.  No major changes in the last 10 years.  Then Ford wonders why the Ranger sales numbers kept going down.  I for one can say, they lasted a very long time for the people who bought them.  My current 2000 has 90K miles, my 1992 had 105K miles when I traded it in.

The current argument I hear is that the Ford F150 now matches the mileage and price of the outgoing Ranger.  Well, that is just skippy.  The F150 is not as nimble as the small Ranger.  It is wider and longer in its base form than the Ranger was in its extended form.  There are many small companies out there that required the use of a small pick up truck, and the reliability of the Ranger was well known.  I guess now they have to by a Toyota or Nissan.

Come on Ford, gives us back the Ranger.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Quarterback

The Redskins are going to draft a quarterback this year.  I am not a Washington Redskins fan, however, I live in their market and they dominate the local sports programs.  I listen to the sports radio station everyday on my way home from work. I must say, the fans for the Redskins are loyal.  They believe that the Redskin will make it to the Superbowl every year.  This year is no different.  No matter who plays the position of Quarterback.

I find this to be an unrealistic goal.  The team has issues in several key position, and they are more than one player away from the playoffs.  I mus admit, it is fun to hear them talk about winning though.  I believe we should face everyday with the optimism of the Redskins fans.  Everyday when we wake up, we should expect to reach the Superbowl.  Now every football fan knows, it takes more than optimism to win.  You must work at it every game, every quarter, every series, and every down.  You must not quit.  If you give it your all and you don't make it today, you can get up in the morning and work towards it again.

This A to Z Challenge post is brought to you by the Quarterback.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Punctuallity

Cultures from different parts of the world are different.  I can accept that fact.  I am married to a Filipino.  We are invited to parties and cook outs all the time.  Another part of my history is that I am a military brat.

What does this have to due with punctuality?   

This T-shirt says it all.  We are told to be somewhere at a certain time, we arrive 15 minutes late, and we are the first ones there.  Whats wrong with being on time?

Have a great day.

Things that make you say Ohh?

Going through life, I have discovered, I am always learning. Sometimes there are things we do not understand. Other times, there is stuff we knew, but was wrong.  Then there is that moment, we you learn something, and you go "ohh" that is how that works.

We all have this experience, some are more willing to admit it.  I grew up for the most part in North East Florida. (Go Jags).  In Florida, we have heat pumps.  I particular way to heat up your house on a cold day.  When I bought my first place in northern Virginia, I had a gas furnace.  During the winter my skin continued to dry out.  I was always "lubing up" with moisturizer every morning.  While discussing this with one of my northern colleagues at work, he explained how the gas furnace worked.  It it removes all the moisture out of the air.  This was a moment where I went "Ohhhh".  Then I bought a humidifier.

Have a great day and lets always learn something every day.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Numbness

Ever sit in such a manner when you go to get up, your leg is numb?  Happens to the best of us, happens to you and has happened to me.  I could be watching TV and the Wife asks, "Can you reach my phone", and I get up to get to the phone and stumble.  It was two steps and I was not prepared.  Extreme discomfort has occurred and I am on all fours.  Without a drink.  Most of the time I laugh.  I think it is due to lack of blood flowing to my legs.  Some special way I was sitting in the chair.

It can happen when we sleep.  You have you arm laying across your forehead, and in the middle of the night you are trying to remove an object from your face and you wake up and only to discover it is your other arm in the way.

Once on an international flight, I believe I was going to Frankfurt airport, and it happened to my leg.  I was asleep for about 3 hours with my legs crossed.  Ready to get off the plain, I stoop up  as soon as we landed, oh boy.  Lucky for me the seats are just wide apart enough to act as a walker.  Made my way far enough to get circulation moving before I got off the plain.

So next time you are stumbling around the house with a numb leg, think about ol' Tronster here in the interweb and come by and see what adventure has occurred.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Monterey



Although I have traveled to many distant location, I have never been to Monterey.  However, when I was a younger man I was in the US Navy.  I spent my first six adult years in the Navy.  I served on only one ship, the USS Monterey.  The Monterey was a great ship, with great people and I miss some of my shipmates.

We had adventures that included Turkey, the Persian Gulf, Counter Drug operations, Haitian Vacation and Italy.  I have since lost touch with many of my shipmates, and if any are reading, drop me a note.  I'd love to see how some of you guys are doing.  We all had nicknames, mine was Tronster.  I worked with "Trigger", "K-Bone", and "Flip".  There were more, but it is the Navy and I run a family friendly blog.

We are proceeding through this great challenge of letters and I appreciate all the support from the fellow bloggers.  Keep up the good work.