May 30, 2011


For years I have been convinced there is a thief prowling around. He (she - whatever), comes into the house 3-4 times a year, and just like that something is missing from where it normally resides. Maybe it's a vengfull ghost and not a material person, but it is a thief none the less.

Sometimes it is something precious that is missing such as that pair of emerald earings back in the mid 90's. The earings were the first jewelry that WS ever gave me (besides my wedding ring). The earings were on the earing tree, then they weren't. I have never found that pair of earings, but think of them when other items turn up missing.

Normally though, the item in question is not something of high dollar value, or of sentimental value. This latest example is such a thing; my bathmat.

Yes, you read that right, my bath mat is missing. An item I use every day - or more accurately, for 7 consecutive days, every other week. And, it is not the bath mat that wasn't in current use that I am missing, but the bath mat that I used all of last week (I change towels/bath mats on Sunday) until Friday morning it was missing. After taking my morning shower, I hang it on the shower curtain rod until the next use. I am the only one that uses that shower, so WS didn't do anything with it (yes, I asked him anyway).

When I thought about it, it wasn't there Thursday night either - I had transfered a sheet that was on the clothes-drying rack to the shower curtain rod Thursday night, and didn't need to move the bathmat. I pulled out the other bathmat and used that until I did the towels yesterday afternoon. Between Friday morning and yesterday, I emptied the  hampers - no bathmat - the thing has totally disappeared.

Because of the thief, I am currently using an old, ratty towel (normally reserved for drying off the dogs) for a bathmat. Who (or what) in their/its right mind steals something like a bath mat? One of these days I will catch the thief and make them give me back all those stupid little things that have gone missing over the years - or at least my emerald earings.

Posted by Bogie on May 30, 2011 at 06:23 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (2)

February 05, 2010

Snowy Office Jeep Tax?

At 2,250 miles on the Jeep, the back passenger window is now at my command.

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Once again all the snow is to the south of us. Yes, we still have snow cover, but not enough for sledding. WS and Jimmy will head up north tomorrow in search of better snow mobiling conditions.

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Just downloaded and took a quick peek at MS Office 10 Professional (Beta Version). The first thing I noticed was the addition of a "File" tab that contains all the commands that you would expect (print, save, save as etc.). I like that addition as it is hard to explain the steps to printing if the first thing to click is the "picture". I have continued to call the "picture" "file", but that just confuses users that have never used a previous version!

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The downloading of the beta version of Office 10 Professional also gives me a copy of Access. I haven't seen a version of Access later than 2003 so this will be a big change for me. However, I like a challenge and it ought to be interesting at the least.

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I've been going thru the seed catalogs in the last week or so. I've got it narrowed down to only "needing" 95 packets of seeds spread amongst 4 companies. I'll have to go back thru the list and narrow them down.

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One thing that makes my seed list long is that this year I plan to get more into the "greens". Greens includes everything from lettuce to brocoli/cauliflower; from mizuna to mesclun. Since I've not grown these things in the past, I don't have any lefto overs in stock. Also, last year I used up all my stock of tomatoes and peppers and didn't buy any other seeds.

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Got the taxes done and submitted last night. For those that are jealous, don't be. That just means our taxes are so simple, and deductions nil, so that it's almost a waste to buy basic tax preparation software. Also means we pay maximum taxes (in something like the 98th percentile for our wage group). We did get a $90 residential energy credit for putting in two new doors (the front door and the basement door), so I guess that's something anyway.

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It was a bit disheartening to see that we made 10% less this year than last. I took a 10% paycut, but that should have translated to 5% loss overall. I forgot that when WS took his present position, although he got a "raise" he lost overtime, so he actually took a pay cut too. No wonder it seemed a bit of a struggle this year. Of course, we are so much better off than those that no longer have a job, so can't really complain!

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Don't know if I'll posst any more this weekend. If not, have a great weekend. If I do post more, have a great weekend anyway!

Posted by Bogie on February 5, 2010 at 04:58 PM in At Home, Beta Test, Vehicles, Web/Tech | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 25, 2003

Everything is Down Except TypePad

I think WS must have snuck onto my computer tonight and he broke the Internet.

Almost none of the websites on my blogroll comes up (unless you count the "This page cannot be found" message). I must admit that I didn't try to access them all (I have neither the time or inclination to do that), but did sample a wide variety of them. The only ones that would come up were TypePad blogs and RedEagleSpirit Blogs. RES blogs were very slow in coming up, but TypePad blogs seem to come right up are coming up only slightly slower than usual.

I don't know what the deal is, but I am really perturbed that I won't get to read much stuff stuff tonight - and what I have been able to read I haven't commented on because I refuse to wait over 2 minutes for the comments section to come up.

Guess my break times will be spent on playing Free Cell Solitaire.

Posted by Bogie on September 25, 2003 at 01:09 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

September 17, 2003

New Stuff

On the right hand sidebar I have added a "Recently Updated Weblogs" area (just above the site meter). This wil cycle thru the most recently updated (duh) TypePad blogs, 10 at a time. I have no control over whose site goes shows up there, so if you click on a link and get to an objectionable (to you) site, not my problem.

I decided to add it after seeing all the hits I was getting off of other people who have done the same thing - it is my way of giving back.

Posted by Bogie on September 17, 2003 at 06:13 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

September 15, 2003

Nag, Nag, Nag, Nag, Nag

I have fixed the comments section so you should be able to see everything as you type it. Jim nagged me so much sent me an email complaining about it, so I got off my butt and cried to tech support did something about it. If you have any further troubles with it, please let me know.

Also, If anyone has the same problem I did (the comments section extending under the 3rd column so you couldn't see part of what you were typing), AND has the Pro edition of TypePad, I will be happy to share the cure if you need it.

I am working a very weird shift this week, so posting may be sporatic, especially if this headach continues that I've had since Saturday.

Posted by Bogie on September 15, 2003 at 07:52 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (6) | TrackBack

August 15, 2003

Site Meter

Since I am using TypePad Pro, I am able to edit my templates. I took the time this afternoon and figured out how to transfer my site meter over from my old site to my new site - while keeping the numbers that I had already wracked up since this past January. The Fair and Balanced Site Meter rocks since it will not record viewings of the site originating from my computer. WooHoo!

Posted by Bogie on August 15, 2003 at 05:41 PM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (4) | TrackBack

August 14, 2003


Apparently BogieBlog has become the focus of several real estate brokers and another business. I started to delete their comments (and thus their websites), but will not do so at this time. I do not appreciate being used to help advertise your business, especially since I don't know you. If this continues I will not only start deleting comments, but also ban you from being able to comment.
The (angry, cynical and aggressive) Management

Posted by Bogie on August 14, 2003 at 06:30 PM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 06, 2003

I'm a Little Slow

I just realized that if I click on the link to the post under "recent comments", that I don't have to scroll down to the post, click on it and then leave a reply. Nor do I have to go back to the main page to comment on the next post. It is so sad when I am excited about something like this!

On the same vein, I really like having the "recent posts" to refer to, so I don't have to remember what emails notices I have recieved about comments that have been left!

Posted by Bogie on August 6, 2003 at 05:43 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 05, 2003

New Home

TypePad is officially BogieBlogs new home. I have signed up for a years worth of service. There is the option of using either monthly or yearly service, and I opted for the long term approach. Remember, if you would like to sign up and get a 20% discount (off either the monthly or yearly plans), contact me and I will send you a discount code.

Posted by Bogie on August 5, 2003 at 05:18 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

August 03, 2003

More About TypePad

Wichi Dude sent me an email:

Just HOW thrilled are you with Type Pad? I know you have been bagging on me to get with the program and get blogging but between mental confusion and lack of finances, I have been holding off. I am still trying to read a book on HTML without falling asleep.

Is it really that simple and can you change the look of the page easily? I would really like to hear more about it.

I recieved the notice e-mail from 6 Apart on the launch date and looked over the pricing plan. It looks like there is almost no difference between the mid-plan and the top-plan. What did show as different, didn't mean a thing to me.

Anyway, promotions tell you what they WANT you to hear. I would really like to hear from someone who has had their fingers in it for a while.

Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause Wichi Dude it is that simple. I put in the blockquote above (the indentation) by just highlighting the text and clicking a button (The strikeout, on the other hand, I had to code myself)

I am really impressed with Type Pad because it is so simple that you don’t need to know HTML unless you want to do advanced stuff (I'm actually surprised that they don't have a point-and-click strikeout button - because they have it that way for most everything else you will use the most). Although I Know HTML, it is a pain to type in all the tags, and if you forget to put th "/" in the closing tag, everything below it retains that format.

In order to change to a custom setup, you need to be a subscriber to the Pro edition. You can still change the look of the page in the other editions (such as how many columns you have, what colors are used, what you want to show – archives, email address, about page etc. – and where on the page everything shows up).

The differences between the mid-plan (Plus) and the Pro plan are: True customization can only be done in the Pro plan (outside site meters and use of template tags for example); With the Pro plan you can have multiple people use the same blog; space allowances are larger for the Pro plan at 200 MB/year (Plus gives you 100 MB/year which should be plenty unless you post plenty of pictures like I do); Bandwidth allowed is also larger with the Pro plan at 3 GB/month vs. 2 GB/month (I haven’t even come close to using 2 GB - projected use is about 1/4 of that).

It looks like a really good place to start as you can begin at a lower plan and get up and rolling without knowing any HTML (unlike Blogger which you have to know at least some HTML). You can still use more advanced HTML within your posts (such as lists), but most common things are automated with a click of the button.

I will be getting some codes for friends to get 20% off the price of any Type Pad subscription for a lifetime (of continuous service anyway). Those should be coming via email on Monday and I will forward a code to anyone who asks for a code (up to 20 people, which is the limit).

I will try to get some screen shots to help you see how easy this can be. Never mind – Type Pad has already done it for me at (scroll down past the entry for 8/1/03 and you will find 5 days of Type Pad – starting on 7/28, there are 2 entries for that day – and continuing thru 7/31). Click on any picture to get a full size version. For another view from a test-blogger stand point go to (scroll down to the 7/28 entry and go up from there). I agree with the pros and cons for the template builder, know nothing about the Moblogging (haven’t tried to use it), and am thoroughly impressed with the photo album (as is Scott).

There is that thing where sometimes you can’t see the comments. This is an issue with IE’s handling of some sort of code (I forget what exactly), which Microsoft will not be fixing for some reason. When the comments don’t appear, simply scroll down, and then scroll back up and like magic they reappear.

If you decide to go this route, I would suggest the Plus plan at first – you can always upgrade if you find you want to do more, but the Plus plan has plenty of stuff for beginners. I will probably go to the Pro plan for reasons of adding stuff like a site meter. But I am definitely staying with TypePad and NOT going back to Blogger because the only real problem I've noticed is the "Comments" issue with IE.

There aren't as many options at this point on a few things such as how your Bloggroll appears (i.e. the Favorite Links that show on the left side of my page) as I would like to see. Right now the only options are to sort by date (decending or assending), or update time. You can even import your blogroll from (in which, the "sort by" date is meaningless and it seems to randomely places the links in the list). However they are adding new stuff on a regular basis, so more options could be on the way.

So in answer to the question "Just HOW thrilled are you with Type Pad?", the answer is very.

Posted by Bogie on August 3, 2003 at 05:43 AM in Beta Test | Permalink | Comments (11) | TrackBack