April 2024


This song came out when I was a freshman in college back in 1987. Though it didn’t do that well on the U.S. Top 40 charts, I remember it doing quite well on the dance charts. I also remember playing it at one of my very first club DJ gigs and the song was well received.

Pepsi & Shirlie formed the duo when backup singers for Wham. George Michael and Aretha Franklin’s “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me” kept the track from reaching two weeks in a row in the U.K.

And I must note the men in this video are quite attractive. I miss the male grooming habits of that era. I’ve never been particularly attracted to younger men but well groomed men have always turned my head. Especially those in white t-shirts and jeans. I am definitely a product of my generation.

From 1987, here’s Pepsi & Shirlie with “Heartache”.

Selfie Check.

For the past several years I have taken a selfie right before going to bed. This activity goes hand in hand with my nightly journaling practice. I have been journaling for well over a decade. It reinforces my gratitude for what I have in life and it helps me work through whatever happens to be lingering in my mind for the day.

When I go through my old selfies I find it interesting to see how much I change from day to day, month to month, and year to year. My weight goes up and down, my mood goes from left to right, and evidence of the natural aging process shows up on a constant basis. It’s all a reminder of who I am and who I want to be. What’s happened in the past is done, but looking back on a moment can be a good learning experience. As a person that tends to think visually, the daily selfies help trigger a memory.

Last night I had a mischievous smile.


Truman knows how to nap in style. He’s always been one to build a little fort in any blankets he can find. He looks so cute here on the couch.

Sit Chasing.

Crazy weather today in Eastern Nebraska and Western Iowa. I hope everyone is safe.

I’m watching various storm chasing channels while I work.


I can’t believe this photo is from a decade ago. Where has the time gone?

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The gas company has been doing quite a bit of construction in the neighborhood. Apparently the project is going on much longer than they had originally planned. Our neighbor was inquisitive and asked them what they were doing and they are replacing more of the gas main than they originally planned. He let me know the score when we passed on the street during our walks. A lot of folks walk the neighborhood in the early morning hours. Everyone is a friendly neighbor type. Half of them will be headed back to their northern homes before long. We have quite a few snowbirds in the neighborhood.

I usually walk through that area on my morning walk but I’ve been letting them be and trying not to interfere with their operations.

Apple Love.

I took this photo way back in 2007.

The original photo is in the linked blog entry in the previous paragraph. PowerBook G4.

I loved my Apple PowerBook G4. It was my first Mac laptop, after owning a used PowerMac G4 for a little while to make sure I wanted to jump back in the ecosystem. The photo was inspired by Apple fan iJustine. Back in the day she had a photo of her laying in bed with a PowerBook but I can’t find it anymore. I found her exuberance for Apple products a delight.

My new M2 Pro Mac mini is working splendidly. I did quite a bit of video editing over this past weekend. I’ve been watching tutorials on using Final Cut Pro so I can get better at it. I’ve been using Final Cut Pro for a long while. In fact, I was making videos using Final Cut Pro before the iPhone came out.

Here’s another oldie from about 17 years ago.

Some of the Final Cut Pro tutorials have been by iJustine. I found her demo of Final Cut Pro for the iPad very compelling. I didn’t give the application much credence, but after watching her demo I tried editing some videos on my iPad and it was surprisingly easy and efficient. Apple offers a 30 day trial before the subscription kicks in.

I’m good with that.

I was telling how much positive energy I’ve been feeling since playing around in the creative space again, namely, making videos and the like. It’s a good feeling to create something instead of consuming Internet bits and bytes all the time.