A sparrow I rescued. May 5, 2003.

May 4, 2011 at 6:01 pm EDT: I composed my first Tweet.
Barack Obama was in the middle of his first term as 44th President of the United States.
Papa BENEDICTUS Decimus Sextus (a.k.a. Pope Benedict XVI) (a.k.a. Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger) was 84 and just finished 6 years 1 month of his Pontificate. He resigned in 2013.
Glenn Beck was still on Fox News. So was Bill O’Reilly… Greta… Gretchen… Megan… Allisyn…

It was my first full (or fool) venture into social media.

Some posts were:
Philosophical genius but sometimes banter
Engagement via a hashtag
Preferably professional but sometimes unprofessional
About the weather
Political (with a good filter)
Connection with celebrities

On that same evening, I created a LinkedIn profile.

It’s hard to believe that has been seven years.

This is post 11 of my alphabet posts.

Offering Products and Quality Reliable Services

Offering Products and Quality Reliable Services.


What do you have Offer?

A product involves starts with a need, a solution through an idea and a design. Then materials and a process are needed to create it..

You need to consider the scope, quality and cost of a product or service.
Note: Taking longer at something or throwing money at a problem without having a goal in mind won’t help.

Does it work? If not, you need to change your thinking or environment..

What you may be able to offer is a service – your labor.

When doing creating a product or a providing a service, keep communication open and be flexible.

This is post 10 of my alphabet posts.

This is My “Jeopardy!” 5 Day Score Sheet

Jeopardy! is an entertaining an educational program that I have loved watching for years.
I have been keeping score for every game since January 22, 2008.

I did a major update to my two player Jeopardy! five game score sheet.

The score sheet gives the opportunity to fill in the following information:
– Names of three players and their scores for that night (fill in right to left as Johnny Gilbert announces them)
– The number of days and total winnings for the current champion (no more tie games)
– Dated aired
– Total number of episodes (under Alex Trebek), Season and episode within season
– Date watched (What is a DVR?)

Jeopardy! Round with 6 categories
— Clues correct before commercial and after commercial
— Total clues correct for Jeopardy! Round

– Double Jeopardy! Round with the next 6 categories
— Clues correct for Double Jeopardy! Round

– Total clues correct for Jeopardy! Round + Double Jeopardy! Round

– A new row for J!6 and a place to enter results (x / 12 clues correct and percentile)

– Final Jeopardy! (Space to write answer and if you or other player answered correctly)

Here is the score sheet!

Morning… Night.

Time is in your hands.

Time is in your hands.

Morning… Night.

Morning Routine:
Wake up after a decent amount of sleep so you feel rested, recharging and reset.
Make your bed. You accomplished one thing today.
(“Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World” by Admiral William H. McCraven (Ret.) )
Make sure you brush your teeth.
Do some light exercise, yoga or stretch.
Get a shower.
Get dressed – your outfit is ready the night before. (Pet peeve: When I see adults wearing pajamas in public, that projects an I don’t care attitude.)
Meditate, pray, read something inspirational or motivating.
Eat breakfast.
Read your personal emails.
Check your calendar.
Get on the road.

Do what you do for the day.
Be consistent in what you do and what you say.
Eat a small lunch somewhere in there and drink plenty of water.
If you have the chance to walk, do it.
Run errands if necessary, but make it home quickly.

Night Routine:
After returning home, spend time with family.
Eat a balanced meal.
If you are involved in an organization or two, participate and don’t overdo it.
Enjoy some entertainment or learn something new (Genius Hour).
Get your outfit out for the next day.
Wind down. Try not to look at cellphones or computers right before going to bed.

There are 24 hours in a day. Use them wisely.



This is post 9 of my alphabet posts.


Animated heart outline with sparkles.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Love never fails.

1 Corinthians 13:4-8a New International Version (NIV)

This passage is usually heard at weddings, but can be applied to everyday life.
This page has a pretty good breakdown.

Love in song:

A few classics, some of my favorites and some TV themes:
“Can’t Help Falling in Love” – Elvis Presley
“Love and Marriage” – Frank Sinatra (also TV theme for “Married with Children”)
“All You Need Is Love” – The Beatles
“The Power of Love” – Huey Lewis and the News
“Do You Believe in Love?” – Huey Lewis and the News [Edit 2/18]
“Hope You Love Me Like You Say You Do” – Huey Lewis and the News [Edit 2/18]
“I Want To Know What Love Is” – Foreigner
“Love American Style” Theme
“The Love Boat” Theme

For a more comprehensive list, these two sites have lists of songs with love in the title.
There are at least 1500 more and that’s just in English. Love is international.

Love all:
If you love someone continue to love them.
Even if you do not agree with someone, love them.
If you are in their presence or not in their presence, love them.
Be joyful and treat them with respect and love them.

This is post 8 of my alphabet posts.

Kids will be kids.


Years go by.
0: It’s all about you. You have the whole place to yourself, you’re fed, you’re changed, you go to sleep.
1: You learn to communicate with body language and actions.
2: You learn to communicate with words.
3: All bodily functions can be controlled. All fat cells form by this time.
4: Have fun and be curious. Use your imagination.
5: You will be learning without your parents by your side.
6: If you can’t do something, don’t throw a temper tantrum, but breathe deeply and collect your thoughts.
7: Think about your interests.
8: Act on your interests.
9: Be athletically active.
10: Believe in something.
11: You’re starting to feel like you’re growing up.
12: Don’t settle for mediocrity.
13: Peer pressure can be overwhelming. Continue spiritual growth.
14: You will be exposed to cultures not like your own. Some are good, bad or neither. Choose wisely.
15: You are bound to make mistakes. Learn from them. Drop the attitude.
16: Just because you have an urge, don’t just act on it.
17: You are bound to make mistakes. Learn from them and keep a level head.
18: You are legally liable for what you do. Look to your left, look to your right and take the initiative to do well. Vote.
I would stop here, because beyond 18 is adulthood. It has been artificially extended.
19: You are either in the workforce or being indoctrinated to radical ideas (it may take until 35 to unlearn that – some never do).
20: If the adults around you are acting less like adults than you, remove yourself from that situation.
21: You need to be responsible. Be an adult and, act like one. Save your money. Don’t spend most of it on frivolous things.
I would still stop here, but society has further extended when adulthood starts.
22: If you’re still in college, get a major that there is a need for and get done.
23: Find a good mentor or friend.
24: If you are in a dead end job with no possibility for advancement, get out, but know where you will land first.
25: According to Robert Kiyosaki, this is the beginning of the 1st quarter, financially. If you have been working before then that’s the pre-game show.
26: Continue to learn, either an additional trade, or skill.
27: Don’t be a snowflake. See 20.
28: Your metabolism is going to slow down soon. Don’t eat like you’re 14.
29: I good friend once told me, “Don’t get married before you are 30.”
30: If you are still on your parents’ health insurance, and you are able, stop being a leech.
If you are still in school at this point, you are likely a Doctor.

Keep on moving:

You are not a kid anymore. Life goes on with its ups and downs. Enjoy.

This is post 7 of my alphabet posts.

January 20, 2017; January 16, 2018

January 20, 2017:
On November 9, 2016 at 2:40 am, it was determined that Donald John Trump won the 2016 Presidential Election and would become the 45th President of the United States and Michael Richard Pence would become the 48th Vice President of the United States.

President Trump received more than the required (270) of Electoral Votes at 304 and Hillary Clinton received (227). The other 5 were split between John Kasich (1-TX), Ron Paul (1-TX), Colin Powell (3-WA) and Faith Spotted Eagle (1-WA).

However the popular vote went to Hillary Clinton with 65,853,516 and Donald Trump received 62,984,825.
For official data check:

Electoral College versus Popular Vote has been a point of contention, but remember:

  • Senators are elected by popular vote (before the Seventeenth Amendment was adopted in 1913, Senators were chosen by State Legislatures).
  • Members of the House of Representatives are elected by popular vote.
  • Justices of the Supreme Court are Nominated and for the most part are Confirmed by the Senate.
  • Governors of each state are elected by popular vote.
  • On the local level various officials are either appointed, or elected by popular vote or other means. I don’t know if flipping a coin or rolling a die was ever officially used.

It was the peaceful changing of the guard … relatively speaking.

Trump 2016, Murphy 2017, 2018?

Donald Trump was elected President in 2016 and inaugurated in 2017. New Jersey had 10 months of President Trump and elected Phil Murphy at the end of 2017 and his inauguration is today. Now, what is behind the door for New Jersey in 2018?

January 16, 2018:
On November 7, 2017 shortly after 8:00 pm, Philip Dunton Murphy was declared the winner of the New Jersey Gubernatorial Election and would become the 56th Governor of New Jersey and Sheila Y. Oliver would become the 2nd Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey.

The results were 1,203,100 votes for Phil Murphy and 899,583 votes for Kim Guadagno.

Just a coincidence?:
Since the 1988 Presidential Election, the election of a new President of the United States has been followed by the election of the Governor of New Jersey for the opposite party (assuming a mostly two party system of Democrats and Republicans) 10 months later. Is this a coincidence or just balance?

Below are Presidential Election Years with New Jersey Gubernatorial Elections and other events indented.

1988 November 8: US Election: George Herbert Walker Bush

  • 1989 January 20: US Inauguration: George Herbert Walker Bush (41st President – Republican – Single Term)
  • 1989 November 7: NJ Election: James Joseph Florio
  • 1990 January 16: NJ Inauguration: James Joseph Florio (49th Governor – Democrat – Single Term)

1992 November 3: US Election: William Jefferson Clinton

  • 1993 January 20: US Inauguration: William Jefferson Clinton (42nd President – Democrat – First Term)
  • 1993 November 2: NJ Election: Christine Todd Whitman
  • 1994 January 18: NJ Election: Christine Todd Whitman (50th Governor – Republican – First Term)

1996 November : US Election: William Jefferson Clinton

  • 1997 January 20: US Inauguration: William Jefferson Clinton (42nd President – Democrat – Second Term)
  • 1997 November 4: NJ Election: Christine Todd Whitman
  • 1998 January 20: Christine Todd Whitman (50th Governor – Republican – Second Term = 1/5th)

2000 November 7: US Election: George Walker Bush

  • 2001 January 20: US Inauguration: George W. Bush (43rd President – Republican – First Term)
  • This is where it gets crazy.
  • 2001 January 31: Christine Todd Whitman resigns to become 9th Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency
  • 2001 January 31: Donald Thomas DiFrancesco (“51st” Governor – President of State Senate – Republican – “1/5 Term” (342 days))
  • 2001 November 6: NJ Election: James Edward McGreevey (See 5 points down)
  • 2002 January 8 at 12:00 pm: John J. Farmer Jr. (Acting Governor – Attorney General – Republican “1/5 Term” (90 minutes))
  • 2002 January 8 at 1:30 pm: John O. Bennett III  (Acting Governor – Republican – “1/5 Term” (4 days))
  • 2002 January 12: Richard James Codey (Acting Governor – Democrat – “1/5 Term” (3 days))
  • 2002 January 15: NJ Inauguration: James Edward McGreevey (52nd Governor – Democrat – “1/2 Term”)
  • 2004 August 12: James Edward McGreevey (announces resignation)

Time out: Why “1/5 Term” according to Wikipedia? … It’s the number of people, not literal fraction, count them:

  1. Whitman: 1107 days (1107/1453 Term)
  2. DiFrancesco: 342 days (342/1453 Term)
  3. Farmer: 90 minutes (1/23248 Term)
  4. Bennett: 3 days 22 hours 30 minutes (87/23248 Term)
  5. Codey: 3 days (3/1453 Term)

2004 November 2: US Election: George Walker Bush

  • It’s still kind of crazy.
  • 2004 November 15: James Edward McGreevey (resignation takes effect)
  • 2004 November 15: Richard James Codey (53nd Governor – President of State Senate – Democrat – “1/2 Term”)
  • 2005 January 20: US Inauguration: George W. Bush (43rd President – Republican – Second Term)
  • 2005 November 8: NJ Election: Jon Stevens Corzine
  • 2006 January 17: NJ Inauguration: Jon Stevens Corzine (54th Governor – Democrat – Single Term)

2008 November 4: US Election: Barack Hussein Obama

  • 2009 January 20: US Inauguration: Barack Hussein Obama (44th President – Democrat – First Term)
  • 2009 November 3: NJ Election: Christopher James Christie
  • 2010 January 19: NJ Inauguration: Christopher James Christie (55th Governor – Republican – First Term)

2012 November 6: US Election: Barack Hussein Obama

  • 2013 January 20: US Inauguration: Barack Hussein Obama (44th President – Democrat – Second Term)
  • 2013 November 5: NJ Election: Christopher James Christie
  • 2014 January 21: NJ Inauguration: Christopher James Christie (55th Governor – Republican – Second Term)

2016 November 8: US Election: Donald John Trump

  • 2017 January 20: US Inauguration: Donald John Trump (45th President – Republican – First* Term)
  • 2017 November 7: NJ Election: Philip Dunton Murphy
  • 2018 January 16: NJ Inauguration: Philip Dunton Murphy (56th Governor – Democrat – First* Term)

2020 November 3: US Election: TBD

  • 2021 November 2: NJ Election: TBD

This is post 6 of my alphabet posts.