I’m back from my trip to New York. I really enjoyed seeing everyone, even under the circumstances of my trip. The plane ride wasn’t nearly as bad as I though it was going to be. I’ve been home actually for 2 weeks now, I just haven’t journalled. Things have returned to normal now, it feels really good. I making dinner now, pork chops, au gratin potatos, and baby peas. Mike is watching cops, thank god for 2 tv’s. Besides looking for work, and what direction I want to go in at this point in my life, we are refurnishing our home. We are getting a new bedroom and livingroom along with some updates to the computer room. I had never realized just how many furniture stores onlin e there are. The other thing that I’m in the market for right now is a new computer. I’m going to get a mac that much I know for sure. My primary consideration is running OS X. so anyone reading this your suggestions are more than welcome. the dinner timer is ringing, time to go.

Just wanted to note before leaving … I had some pretty wierd dreams last night, it was sort of a montage dream about RuPaul of all things. I dreamt that I was visiting weho and I met him while walking to go to a favorite after club restaurant of mine. I read his blog, which I enjoy very much. All these people blogging, it’s like circles within circles, or 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon. Anyway, it was a pleasant meeting. When I lived in LA, before moving up here to Seattle, I would meet people all the time, but I didn’t know it. I don’t have that “star spotting” gene that some folks do, besides unless there done up and doing an E special the glamour factor doesn’t even come into play. Well, must take off now ..New York here I come..

A New direction

As I have already posted in previous entries, I’ve been really examining a lot of different elements in my life. I think in some measure its because I feel safe and cared for, having gotten married back in June. My marriage and all the ways it affects myself, Lonnie and well everything is a whole other blog post. Computers, those other partners that have become such an inseparable part of most of our lives (in such a short time). I don’t know anyone that doesn’t have a working relationship with at least three different computers, their phones as well as work and home machines. In a lot of ways they have become like family members. You may not like them but you can’t get rid of them. So back to my original posting. I have like most people been primarily a Windows user and then when I could afford them a Mac user. I have flirted with that bawdy mistress operating system, Linux. it was only ever a short term dalliance. She never satisfied me completely that is until recently. It started with my iMac and my Macbook pro’s motherboard dying at the same time. It moved from there to Microsoft moving from what I believed has been a generally good direction with Windows 8.1 to what seems to me another misstep with Windows 10. I have two Windows phones both of which I bought out of my love of an older technology Microsoft developed (and the seed for what has become Windows 8) Zune media player. Windows phones are things of beauty, they really are. The problem is that they just don’t have the market share like Android (who’s direction I really do like, despite the privacy concerns I have) or iPhones who are looking stale and dated like two week old bread. So my Macs died, Windows is moving in the wrong direction. I really felt like I had to take another look at Linux again. So I took the plunge and have loaded up one my laptops with Ubuntu. I couldn’t be happier. It feels light, pretty and does just what I want it to do, how I want it do it. Having sat with this system now for a bit of time. I feel pretty sure the difference between what didn’t work for me with Linux before and the reason why it does now is because of two primary factors. Chrome, which is a goddess send. Most of the apps I run are no longer installed in the traditional sense, they are on-line. This provides a host of benefits the most important in my estimation is that I can move between machines (windows, mac, Linux) without having to install and configure on each machine. This model is why Chromebooks work for the vast majority of people. The second is Cloud storage. I have several Terra bytes of information stored in the cloud. All of my documents, data files, pictures and music. This again allows me to use whatever app I want depending on the machine and access the same data without making multiple local copies. The next move after my contract is up is to move over to Android based phones. The only thing holding me back with that is iMessage. I message a lot, group messages, read message notifications, the other person typing, these are all important to me.

well I’m headed to New York on Sunday. Mom called tonight to let me know that she had found grandma had passed last night. From the looks of things it appears that she had had a massive heart attack and died sitting in her favorite chair. I’m not sure how I’m feeling, I’m sad as it is the passing of an era in our family, I’m also more concerned for my mom, she has always maintained herself emotionally, even when she was wailing and hollering at us, it’s disconcerting to hear her breaking apart like this. I managed to get a flight out of here on Sunday morning and arriving at almost midnight there time in Newark. I’ll spend a week there which means I’ll be without computer for a week, shudder, I’ll have to resort to actually writing in my paper journal. I’m hoping to spend some time with Karen and Franca as well. I have a lot of stuff to do tomorrow. I don’t have any pants to wear that fit me, so I’ll need new black pants and I’ll have to pack everything… all this bother. Grandma C was the first one to teach me how to cook, granted it was strawberry jello, but to a 6 year old thats a lot of fun. I’ll miss you grandma I love you.. Kenny

Orlando

So it looks like Mike and I are going to be moving East at the end of this year. We are headed to the land of hanging chits. I’ve been wanting to move now for quite some time and it’s just the right time. We won’t be moving til the end of the year, but I can think of no better place than Orlando in January. We will be keeping on eye on the oppurtunitys there as well as going in Spring/Summer to visit. I really think that Mike will really like it there and I know that I will. It will be nice to be closer to my family and espcially my Dad. Aside from that I’m still looking for work, and working out everyday, I’ve lost 5 pounds already. I really need to change the portions of food I eat, I eat like twice as much as I should. I’m in the midst of redoing my homepage and will posting it soon.