Monday, December 31, 2018

Great Sea Story for New Year 2019

The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia.

The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought Captain John DS. Phillips, the result.
The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0ยบ 31' N and LONG 179 30' W. The date was 31 December 1899.

"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line". Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime. He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ship's position. He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark. Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favor. At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:

The forward part (bow) of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.

The rear (stern) was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.

The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899.

In the bow (forward) part it was 1 January 1900.

This ship was therefore not only in:

Two different days,

Two different months,

Two different years,

Two different seasons

But in two different centuries - all at the same time!

Good to know daily
and all through Yr 2019


Saturday, December 29, 2018

Letter to LeBron James on his Birthday

pc: wikipedia
Happy Birthday (12.30.2018), 
Lebron James!
My bday gift to you is a wish that you not only be wealthy, but smart. Read the article below.

To:  Mr. Lebron James
The Los Angeles Lakers
2275 E. Mariposa Ave.
El Segundo, CA 90245

Dear Mr. James,
No one in my circles discusses French Modernist artists. That comforts me. Such a conversation would expose me as an illiterate on French Modernism, just as I am an illiterate on how to cook.
When I know nothing of subjects, my mouth stays closed. That's at least one difference in us. You are an economics illiterate. You prove it often. The dishonest "reporters" who cover you want to be your buddy. They won't embarrass you by being honest journalists and treating your words as economics illiteracy.
When you call Trump "a bum," none of them will tell you that statistics rank him as one of our best presidents for black Americans. His tax cuts and freeing us from absurd regulations have resulted in -- after only 18 months -- the lowest unemployment numbers ever for Hispanic and black Americans, and one of the lowest numbers for women.
DURING THOSE 18 MONTHS, TRUMP'S POLICIES CREATED ABOUT FOUR TIMES THE NUMBER OF MANUFACTURING JOBS CREATED DURING THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION'S LAST 18 MONTHS. Remember when Obama mistakenly told us "Our lost manufacturing jobs are not coming back." Maybe manufacturing job growth depends on a president who knows what he's doing.
As a professional journalist, I cringe at some of Trump's buffoonery, like repeating sentences and wearing us out with "great," "fantastic" and other empty adjectives. He is often coarse. He was not my candidate. But there's no question his policies have helped many more minority Americans than Obama. It's not even close. Today, he's working to free many black and Hispanic prisoners who, in his opinion, have been in prison too long for relatively minor offenses. Are you aware of that effort?
You need to look up Gross Domestic Product, adjusted for inflation, and learn what it means to everyday Americans. Learn what one GDP point means to employment, and see how Trump has kept the number climbing.
Your buddy Obama? In addition to being our worst foreign affairs president and worst military commander-in-chief, his economic numbers all deserved an "F." He is our ONLY eight-year president who failed to give us at least one 3% or higher year of adjusted GDP growth. EVERY other president achieved at least one year of 4.28% or higher growth. Aided by Vietnam spending, Johnson had an 8.48 year. The best peacetime year -- 7.83 -- belonged to Reagan. And Obama couldn't even score a 3!!! Look it up.
You say you would speak to Obama but not Trump? How tragically uninformed you are. Obama had BY FAR the worst debt accumulation record of all our presidents. His economic blunders added about $9 trillion to our debt. NO OTHER PRESIDENT EVEN CAME CLOSE. That indebtedness will fall to you and your children.

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Poor families suffered most. Obama's awful job numbers forced a record number of people to take food stamps. Black household income under Obama fell steeply as black unemployment rose. Look that up, too.
But the worst part of what Trump inherited is that Obama, like Bush and Clinton before him, thought bribes and sweet talk were the best ways to deal with North Korea. As the North Koreans neared being able to wipe out Los Angeles with a nuclear-tipped missile, Trump became the first president to stand up boldly to the rogue nation. Notice North Korea, because of Trump, has stopped launching missiles over Japan? Notice North Korea has released political prisoners? Notice North Korea has begun to return remains of U.S. Service members? Absent sturdy spines, Clinton, Bush and Obama could not approach those major achievements.
Obama naively bribed the planet’s worst terrorist nation, Iran, with what was supposed to become a $150 billion handout. Did Obama not know many of those U.S. Tax dollars would help fund Hamas and Hezbollah terrorism? Of course he did. He just didn't care.
Remember the $800 billion of your and everyone else's tax dollars in his early stimulus for "shovel-ready jobs." Most of those tax dollars went to political cronies. He handed $500 million to Solyndra, a solar company run by boosters. The company soon went bankrupt. Our half-billion in tax money vanished with it.
Trump is often obnoxious, but people with courage can have that hangup. Obama always talked big, then feebly stood by when Putin infringed on Ukraine and annexed Crimea. But Obama's most cowardly move came when he warned Assad not to cross "the red line" in Syria. When Obama's warning was ignored, which Assad knew would happen, Obama did nothing. Does that make him a "bum?"
It makes me sad that you, as someone with a national voice would be so ignorant of economics, and also presidential decisions. I encourage you to do more reading and thinking as you watch the nation's GDP numbers rise and minority employment rise.
* Read about "Right To Try," which frees terminally ill people to sign a lawsuit waiver and take an experimental drug that might not be approved for many years. Democrats fought this sensible plan for years because it would cost them donations.
* Read about a Navy Obama left to Trump that struggled with about half its carrier aircraft unsafe to fly.
* Read about Trump's giving the VA the right to fire any employee who neglects or abuses a patient.
* Read about Trump's courage in challenging, actually demanding that, NATO partners to pay their fair share rather than keep mooching off the U.S.
You might also read the wisdom of two of the world’s brightest people, black intellectuals  Dr. Thomas Sowell and Dr. Walter Williams. They have written many books. Sowell and Williams’ integrity, remarkable insights and clarity of expression cause their common sense to soar off the page to readers.
Or, you could ignore vital Trump decisions and remain an illiterate on both presidential achievement and economics. If you disdain knowledge and keep calling Trump or any other U.S. president a bum, people will begin to wonder who's the real bum.

Hal Lundgren 
(unverified, but not denied)
Year 2018

Friday, December 28, 2018

Actress Debbie Reynolds' Beachfront Home

It was 2 years ago that actress, Debby Reynolds, passed away.  This was her former beach home which she had sold and eventually tried to buy back (unsuccessfully) from director, Gary Marshall.  It is relatively "humble" in comparison to the other homes of the rich-and-famous in the neighborhood, but still has a steep price tag of $16 million as of the writing of the article.  Click on the link below for more pictures and the full article by AOl.


On a personal note, Ms Reynolds has always come across to me (and to most of the general public) as a clean-cut and girl-next-door type.  Someone I personally know has seen her live show.  "Reynolds was vulgar while on stage, " says she.  

Oh, no. I should not be surprised.  Reynolds is an actress -- she pretends for a living.  What we see on the screen is not who she is IRL. Being on stage before a real audience may have provoked her to be more like herself. Shock value may have added to the situation. Unless while alive she knew Christ as Savior and accepted Christ's atoning work -- by faith -- all her filthiness is unforgiven and has earned her a spot in Hell. No amount of prayer by others in who are still in the world will get her out. It's unbiblical, for one. No one gets out. Very sad end for her.


Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Birkenstock Shoes: Shopping in Germany

It's so ugly it's hip!
Was walking through the crowded Frankfurt Marketplace (just days before the even more crowded Frankfurt Christmas Market was to take place), when youngest Sis pointed out the store. Her teen daughter wanted a pair of authentic Birkenstocks.  Her knockoffs were from Target, eeek. 
Went into stoew with them. Whoa. Why was I never a fan till that moment?! ('coz I had thought of them as too stodgy, that's why).

Thanks to the help & suggestions of son's hip college-aged friend, pictured in the plaid dress below, I am now a first-time Birkenstock owner.  Purchased  an Arizona in black patent at a discount (approx. $67 vs $99 in USA). 

Unbeknownst to me, teen Niece also chose an Arizona

niece modeling her Arizona shoes

UPPER: synthetic
LINING: leather

Monday, December 24, 2018

Whoa! Persecution for their Christian Faith Results in This

An example of what has happened, may need to happen, and will happen as Christians the world over are hunted-down for their faith in Christ Jesus.

And the Lord,

he it is that doth go before thee;
 he will be with thee, 
he will not fail thee,
 neither forsake thee:
fear not, neither be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8


Sunday, December 23, 2018

The Best 3 Reasons You Will Ever Hear On Why We Need a Wall

Liberals/Democrats ignore these facts.
Why? The hordes of [illegal] warm bodies that will potentially vote for them come election time, that's why!

Don't be a stupid parent/guardian!


Saturday, December 22, 2018

Survey: Costs of Home Renovations in Year 2017

Per survey below as compared to costs of  our 2018 projects: We are long-term homeowners, above the median of $15k, but not in the 90th percentile in spending.

We went over our budget, eeek.
We tried to be careful: prioritizing in repairing/replacing what was most decrepit. At the end we did not have even enough for a new driveway (among the top 5 priority list at the beginning of our renovation journey).  May the Lord God provide in Year 2019!

Instead, we gave preference to renovating our floating-steps staircase. The stairs are the first things seen as the front doors open.  It connects the upstairs to the downstairs, and since much of the first and second floor areas got renovated, well,  you get my (matchy-matchy) drift ...

Click on Houzz link below for the cost survey.

Every way of a man is right 
in his own eyes: 
but the Lord 
pondereth the hearts.
Proverbs 21:2

a penny for your thoughts, kitty kat


Friday, December 21, 2018

While I was Driving, 14: Christmas Babies & License Plate

1.  I know a baby (my cousin) born on Christmas day.

2. However, another far more important baby whom the entire world remembers on Christmas day is Christ Jesus, the Lord (who in reality was very likely born in the Springtime and not during Wintertime).

Whatever day the Lord Jesus Christ was born, it's His birth (predicted hundreds of years before he was actually born!) that I celebrate at our Christmas parties and on Christmas day. He alone is worthy of my worship.

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1: 23)

Isaiah wrote the above prophecy in the 8th century BC.
Accurate much?!!


Wednesday, December 19, 2018

USA: Can You Name Your First Amendment Constitutional Rights?

No wonder I love the U.S. of A!!! Remember these Rights the next time someone tries to shut you up. Also remember that these rights apply to the person standing next to you or arguing with you on FB or IG. 

50-ton First Amendment tablet 'mural' at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  
This tablet was constructed with "pink" Tennessee marble. wikimedia
The 5 Guaranteed Rights/Freedoms in the First Amendment to the United States Constitution:

  • Freedom of Religion
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Freedom of the Press
  • Freedom to Assemble Peaceably
  • Freedom to Petition the Government for a Redress of Grievances

Your Guaranteed 5 Freedoms

US Constitution: 1st Amendment

The Bill of Rights


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Fraud Prevention: Credit Card Security and You

The holiday season is a busy time for making purchases and other financial transactions. 

Unfortunately, fraud spikes during the holiday season as well, so it's important to be mindful of hazards.

Online Security
  • Check your website passwords and change them if they are more than 6 months old or are not rated "strong" by the site's standards. Never use the same password for different sites.
  • When shopping online, make sure the checkout page is secure before entering personal information and credit card numbers. There should be a padlock symbol in the browser bar with the URL, and the URL should begin with "https" (the "s" is for "secure").
  • Beware of phishing and other email scams. Common scams include false package delivery notices, fake data breach alerts, and phony holiday ecard greetings.
Safe Shopping
  • Be alert when checking out in stores. Thieves may take advantage of your being busy with packages to read your credit card numbers or steal your wallet.
  • Beware of "skimmer" devices at ATMs and payment terminals. Always cover the keypad when entering your PIN.
  • Be sure to put your card back in your wallet after each purchase.

Comprehensive fraud protection information is available on the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information site at.


Monday, December 17, 2018

Miss Universe 2018: Predictions vs Reality

pc: Fox News
I truly wanted the Philippines' contestant,  Catriona Gray , to win.

I did not want Spain's transgender, Angela Ponce , to win. He is confused about his sexuality. Try as he might, he still is and remains a man who came across as such with his balls missing. His voice gave him away too.  Mr Ponce did not place in the top 20, but the show devoted a few minutes to "honoring" him.  The wisdom of this world was on display for the world to see and is indeed foolishness as God's Word says it is.

Here are some of the other reasons why I did not want Mr Ponce to win:

So God created man in his own image, 
in the image of God created he him; 
male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:27

The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man,
 neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: 
for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
Deuteronomy 22:5

Someone's prediction of winners

And the actual Winner is .... Catriona Gray, Philippines!!!  4th time for the Philippines to hold the title.  What an amazing feat. We are a beautiful people!

Winner: Miss Philippines
1st Runner Up: Miss South Africa
2nd Runner Up: Miss Venezuela

Miss Philippines Catriona Gray is crowned Miss Universe during the final round of the Miss Universe pageant in Bangkok, Thailand, December 17, 2018. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Facts About Psalm 139

God Created Me

Ten Facts About That

God knows when I sit down (v. 2)

God knows when I stand up (v. 2)

God knows my every thought (v. 2)

God knows where I am and where I'm going (v. 3)

God knows every word (v. 4)

the good Shepherd
I can never get so lost that God doesn't know exactly where I am (vs. 7-9)

God guides me with his hand (v. 10)

God "knitted" me together before I was born (vs. 13, 15)

God has a calendar of my life, with all the days filled in (v. 16)

God thinks about me all the time.  His thoughts number more than the sand (vs. 17, 18)

source: unknown

Psalm 139
a psalm of David

O lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.
Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
King James Version (KJV)


Saturday, December 15, 2018

2018 The Year of the Dog

As the year wraps up, here are just a few of our favorite doggy-pup moments:

River listening to Piano music at our home for the very first time in her young life.

Felt perplexed. Not sure what to make of this "noise".

Could not yet get quite as relaxed as her cousin-pups.

met this cute French Bulldog. I want!
Had to say goodbye to the one-and-only, Yoshi. Miss him soooo much!
River's big sis, Luna.  She would like to say hi
to kitty if it weren't for these scary stairs

 our Reckless Janey 'tzu
Smiley Camilla. Just another stray dog like Janey

The nose knows!  Hazel, our baby grandson's guard dog
Come on in!