I’m an expert

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We’re often told to take time to stop and smell the flowers. You just won’t be doing it at my place.

It’s because they call me the plant killer.

My friends say I’m so bad at taking care of plants that I even kill the plastic ones. No one, and I mean no one, ever asks me to water their plants when they go on vacation. Nurseries have sued me, and sometimes they issue a restraining order just to make sure there are no plants in my house and that I never show up to buy any. …


It’s probably your fault.

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Sometimes you run across a senior who knows how to use technology. They’re a whiz with their iPhone, their computer, and any other devices they own. But admit it, when you come across one of these older folks, your response is usually astonishment, right?

Because it seems so rare.

You’re used to the opposite. You’ve tried to get grandma and grandpa to text, but they seem to be completely bewildered by the process.

Maybe if you understood the reasons why your grandparents are struggling with this, perhaps you would be a little more patient.

And that’s reason number one: patience.

If you were to ask a group of seniors how they got their phone, many would say it was given to them by their kids or grandkids. And that would be followed by the lament that no one has taken time to teach them how to use it, that they were expected to quickly grasp all the nuances right away. Most young people today are practically born with a phone or iPad in their hand, and it becomes second nature to them, so they don’t understand why their grandparents struggle. …


Clean your ears!

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You may be wearing your headphones more now than ever. Maybe you’re trying to drown out someone you’re stuck at home with, or it’s how you listen to your video calls. But over time they get downright disgusting.

Some people naturally produce copious amounts of ear wax.

Chances are that if you do, someone has told you. And most women believe men produce far more than they do. Is this true? Maybe it just seems that way because men seem less likely to clean their ears (just ask any woman).

How many times have you been asked by a woman to do so?


Better Ideas From Earthquake Country

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Like everyone else, I have to start this post by stating that I’m not a health professional. And there are already some excellent articles on why this current situation should be taken seriously. Like this one from Dave Troy: Commonly Asked Questions About Covid-19.

I live in earthquake country in California.

Some of these ideas come from the earthquake kits we’re always asked to have ready. But unlike earthquake kits, there are a few things you probably don’t need.

For example, water and masks.

Are these things really necessary?

It’s not unreasonable to believe the lights will stay on and water will still flow from the tap. Developed countries where the virus is widespread are not suffering from these problems. Therefore I have no reason to believe the water from my tap will become unsafe. This virus is not water borne. …


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Is standing in line for hours worth it?

The lines for iPhones were back this year,

despite Apple’s attempts to eliminate them with their pre-order system. People once more gathered in front of the shiny glass buildings in the hope to snag the few phones that were not already claimed.

This does lead to a question: Why do people feel a need to wait in line to be first for something?

Is it so we can have a moment of feeling special?

Does this go back to our explorer days, becoming the first to discover something?

Is it to give us a moment where we feel we are better than everyone else?

Could the need to have the newest, shiniest toy be a way to alleviate boredom?

Because it’s only a matter of time before you will not so enamored of your new gadget.

Think about it. Are you sick of your current phone? At one point your current phone excited you. You may have waited in line to get it. But the phone you bought last year, or even two or three years later, still has all the bells and whistles it had when you bought it. …


They feel good for a while, but then it’s time to pay the piper.

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Vacations are the devil, and I may never take one again.

Think about it. Why are affairs fun? Because they help you escape the tedium of your day to day life. They let you dream of a better or at least a different life. Your secret partner is on their best behavior, there’s no fights, there’s no drama. Everything feels easy and exciting.

Now think about your last vacation.

Did you not feel the same way? How many vacations have you been on where you said to yourself, “I could run away and live here,” even though you didn’t know anything about what it really takes to get through a day there?

Think about how you feel when your affair ends. Are you sad? Devastated? Got the blues in a serious way? Dreading going back to work, or doing anything, for that matter? Again, vacations are just like that. …


I’m sharing them because they may lead you to a better life.

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As I approach my 58th birthday, I realize I’ve learned a lot of life lessons. Most of them seem like common sense, yet some are hard earned.

Do something creative every single day, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

5 minutes a day equals 30 hours a year. 15 minutes equals 90 hours. What can you accomplish in 90 hours? And many times, those few minutes will turn into more as you get into a rhythm.

Learn something new every day.

Take a lesson or a class. Choose a how-to video on YouTube. Do a chapter in a how-to book. Sign up for an online course. Move out of your comfort zone a little.

Don’t be afraid to fail.

It’s how you learn, it’s how you grow, and how you improve. Think of failures as lessons or experiences. Now you know what not to do when you do it again. Then do it again, or something better. …


And how it affects your relationships.

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Tonight I will see Lionel Richie in concert.

I last saw him 25 years ago in a Thanksgiving show with The Pointer Sisters. At the time, it was one of the best shows I had ever seen, to the point I told people for years he was in my Top 5. Keep in mind, I was on the radio for 30 years and during that time I saw thousands of concerts, so when I say he was one of the best, that’s saying something.

However, there’s something about seeing an artist from my past that is a reminder about how I feel about relationships and how they change over time. …


Coding class is the new Latin class

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I just saw this quote in People magazine:

“Learn to code. It’s a skill that everyone should learn at some point-but sadly I don’t know how to do it.” Katie Couric

Why did she say this? She expresses regret yet not knowing how to code hasn’t seemed to hinder her career at all. So why has she added her voice to the crowd pushing our kids to learn coding?

This idea is bigger than you think.

There is a push by many school districts to teach kids how to code. There is also a national organization dedicated to teaching this to children. Also, Apple offers free beginning classes in coding every December in their stores during the Week of Code. …


It can be better than you think

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Photo by George Acevedo

When you get older, there are so many little issues that pop up on a regular basis that make you say “what the hell?!” As a matter of fact, I have a little poem that sums it up quite nicely.

When you’re young, you wake up and nothing hurts

When you’re middle aged, you wake up and ask, “What hurts today?”

When you’re old, you wake up and ask, “What doesn’t hurt today?”

I take six pills daily.

It used to be eight, but I recently lost 35 pounds, making my blood sugar and blood pressure closer to normal. I remember I used to marvel at the number of pill bottles that were in my grandparent’s medicine cabinet. Now, that cabinet is mine. …

About

George “Ace” Acevedo

I’m a writer, photographer, artist, musician and cleaner of litter boxes who focuses on the quirks in life.

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