April 15, 2015 – Dooms (Tax) Day

We are half way through our month of awesomeness and for me, what I hope to show 30 days in my life ( be it a writer or so many other adventures I ran). As my grandfather always would say it’s another day! No surprise it’s here!

Yes it all seems to be made up of many little things and then BOOM! It’s an event! Still many more little things that help contribute to each of us and to each other! So, I think together is usually how we become awesome. Rarely alone. Yes?

There’s over 500 of us and for a pet peeve I have been working to rectify by myself – it hasn’t happened! I have a hope we can all fix this together!

It’s about The Weather Channel. You’ll find it on www.weather.com (10 or 5 day view) . Another competitor is in Canada and theirs is www.theweathernetwork.com . I log into Kingston Ontario since they are about 125 miles apart – not too far as the weather travels. This has been part of solving my problem by using Canada’s network!

This has been going on for almost a year now that I am aware of. Both sites have little 30 – 50 second spots of interest and some up to 2 minutes as I recall. I used to catch 1 – 3 in the evening checking out for the morning activities. 3 foot of snow or only 3 inches … makes a difference! It was convenient about a year ago. Now weather.com hasn’t worked since, as the spots go to a black screen. No video. Canada’s work and they have many of the same short videos.

Just before this the US group started running ad videos of a minute, 90 seconds and longer. More than 5 or 6 seconds is too long – if I am interested I’ll click in, otherwise it’s over! Sound about right?

Well, they started ad videos of 2.5 minutes previewing a 45 second spot! The killer here is you can’t bypass them! You want to see the 44 second clip you HAVE TO WAIT! Yes, you read that right!

During this time I wrote to feedback and contacted corporate a number of times. I even called as well. No response and finally I got an email saying they were paying attention after 6 months!

I am wondering if any of you have experienced this thus far? I know it’s a little thing – a small annoyance certainly. I just turned on the TV and looked at the weather channel!

Problem solved, but I was hooked on those tiny spots about a 3,000 yr old man found taking a bath! I called corporate and they advised me the internet was separate and never the two would meet!

They keep doing as they darn well please. Now the temperatures load vertically rather than horizontally. I may be abnormal but I read left to right. Maybe up and down if I am searching for the temp in Ankara vs Miami or looking for a stock price. The new improvements aren’t improvements in my opinion.

Ok, Canada has been good to load and it has worked this past year pretty well. They still make me smile with some of their videos and many of their ads advertise products in Canada and in the US.

As I mentioned the past year the weather channel’s ‘powers to be’ have made poor choices and bad changes yet tell us they are continuing to improve for all of us?

Here’s a puzzling point to my thinking. They appear to be planning to sell the properties. They being the Blackstone Group and Bain Capital. I think someone is confused besides me! How about you? Isn’t the idea to wash and wax your car when you plan to sell … you know make sure everything works even if only for a week or two afterwards.

Yes this is all about me since it’s my pet peeve. However, I am interested how much change could be effected if all 500 of us sent a note saying we’d like the videos to work and preferred reading the weeks weather days left to right . It’s a small test and we can all check up how it’s going having the weather channel respond back to The Awesomization Nation Facebook Page!

Nothing may happen at all, but it may serve us to see how customer service is moving toward or away from improvement. Hope tomorrow has added fun for all of us! Rick =)

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April 14 2015 – Tuesday – Not …


If I were to ask how many of you would tell us that we forget what day it is. Sure in the morning but through half the day and longer? I did today. Yes I have a calendar on the desk and it’s in my phone if I look but why do that? I knew I had no appointments for the week! Even when I know I have appointments I start doing Wednesday’s schedule. I show up at Carrier, Lockheed, Albany State Capitol to meet Mario and no one mentions I thought you were coming tomorrow? I am only admitting to this now. Something simple can wreck a lot of awesomeness! Would you agree?

We should look. Something simple like that can interrupt your train of thought two dozen times a day and even 3 dozen if we don’t fix it! Take 30 seconds and look it up and you’re done! I would guess it stole at least 20 or more minutes out of my day! Not to mention walking around trying to figure what you were working on!

It can hurt your reputation and get a lot of people mad at you from missed appointments … at least for awhile! Missed sales, kids soccer games, baseball games! I am sure you can add to that!

A major key to productivity is often to do the most difficult or most disliked chore first and the rest go easier. I can attest to that! Sometimes it’s hard to get started though from my experience.
I want to add something that goes along with simple things.

When you start out and find an annoyance … could be a fly or a bee in the room, wondering what day it is, when is that birthday again, where did I leave my coffee mug, and you make one up! Just fix it as Nike would say (?) … and you’ll be ready to tackle the “ I don’t want to do this, but… “. In fact, you may already be energized to do it even faster! Hope you’re enjoying an awesome week! God Bless Rick =)

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April 13 2015 – Monday – Broken…

Site is still broken.

If you’ve read Sunday’s post you already know what happened or you can go back to read the back story.

I was a bit upset since I have been trying to get things up to date on my site and hoping to put pics on all – most all the posts. It’s gong to take a bit but will get done. You know a picture is worth a 1000 words? Saves on carpal tunnel too! Oh! have dragon speak and bought a new copy but learning it very slowly right now – shame on me!

So, I got on this AM and found that posts hadn’t been ‘posted’ for over a week. Even the ones I made revisions on and so forth. Once again I thought it was all up to date.

Most of it was due to plugins and moving this site to be primary which I am still not sure about. It’s working now so far so we’ll see! All of a sudden it appears that I posted over a half dozen in one day?!? Trying to find out what SEO will do with that! LOL

I already did Sundays again as it was lost.

My awesome yesterday was copying the rest of Jerry Buchanan’s newsletters of 40 years ago . I have been sending copies to http://bly.com , a good acquaintance of mine! Jerry had been a mentor to us both! His ilk ( Jerry ) have been dwindling over the past 40 years. Everything is push push and grab the product money and if you need help? Well, it’s becoming a crap shoot more and more to find good customer service!

It amazes me as there are those out there write about what is customer service. I have some thoughts about that, but really would like to hear from you! Now don’t make me do a survey! I don’t know how yet and having problems making my website a bit classier! A little help here would be welcome!

Well, it seems my site is working better, but I won’t say it’s fixed yet. We’ll see. I KNOW WE’RE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING AWESOME. What do you think of when you think awesome? I know each of us has different views.

I can see that in our closed group facebook Awesomization Nation! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544044082529084/ . I find a great many views and all very good ideas. I am the last to say this one is better than another and so on. I believe the only one that can judge is God Himself! I mention this only because there is ever increasing foolishness! Nevertheless I see a group working daily at doing good and helping others which is awesome! Thanks for listening! Rick =)

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April 11 2015 – Audio 201

It’s already Saturday and Audio 201! Still working at feeling better and the headaches are beating me up and fell twice already, but such as is life. I am going backwards fast lately as both hips and knees want to give out and causing more injuries! This is a major reason I need to get a book out to make some money and pay for my own treatment!

So, Audio 201 is a class at the Vineyard church I go to here in the Syracuse area. It’s being taught by one of the pastors named Gary. A most helpful and pleasant individual! I started out doing the lights as they are the easiest and I wont to move forward no matter how I feel. I am able to help out once a month. Funny, maybe a year ago I was functioning without a cane fro almost two months and then they took benefit away.

No one should be controlled by an insurance company or an injury that can be helped and allow a person to maintain normal basic activities. I say that but it’s not the way it is. Have I said it’s all about money!? It is!

I like getting out as you can imagine and giving something back is important to me though I don’t have to … I like to! I’ll take maybe 800 IB profen and hopefully it will carry me from 1:30 to maybe 6 pm. I have to get gas too and check on a script along with 2 or 3 other things.

If there is anything else I’ll let you know. The main thing today that I think is awesome is that God let’s me do things that I hope are in line with His wishes! Talk later.

Well, everything is pretty much ok, but have to lay down. Pain levels around10 now but my word is invalid. It has to be proven nowadays. Wish me luck and I will pray we all have fun tomorrow with great weather! Hugs … Rick =)

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April 10 2015 – Friday again!

It’s Friday again and the movie is Sponge Bob Square Pants at 6PM there at Wegman’s. I’d like to go but still having a rough time with pain and such! However, I can’t stand being inside but when I am so often and so long bedridden I just can’t get out.

Often even for doctors appointments, groceries, church, and more. That’s what happens without my treatments being approved. Happens way too often, but everything can’t be awesome can it?

I said to heck with it and I took 600 of IB profen. Went both to get groceries and had a coupon for a little shop to get some fish. Stopped at Wegman’s and watched TV for maybe an hour while I ate it and then went home.

Sometimes we just have to do whatever. I of course paid with my digestive system being in pain and it will probably bleed later on but it is what it is!

I an writing this and I am going to go lay down. Wish you all pleasant dreams! Rick =)

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April 9, 2015 – Thursday – What is pain

How about significant pain and distraction?

Today started out hard as I am pretty limited is most everything. Already spent all morning in bed and working at stretches to let me move. At least then the pain is like this I don’t eat since the nausea increases. I am sure I am not alone as there are millions suffering here in the US depending on doctors to ‘fix it’. Their method is to give pills and more pills just like insurance companies who rarely approve much beyond that!

I want to be uplifting even when things suck! I am not always good at that I have to admit. Nevertheless I am getting better as time goes on! That’s probably as close to awesome as I will get today I think. I am still sending out smiles to you all … and love! =)

I got a call later from my doctor’s and Elaine who handles diabetics called and found more supplies to help me out for the next 30 days or so. Since no money, that part was pretty good or awesome. So we all need to keep pushing toward out goals!

Also if we find our goals might need adjustment? Go to it and don’t be afraid! Rick =)

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April 4, 2015 – Saturday – weekend starts

Today it’s off to the dentist to get a filling I thought. I attend a dental clinic that helps low income and those at 65 +. Anyway, their equipment keeps failing and this one piece, just repaired, failed again. As it turned out the dentist didn’t want to fill it as it might make things worse as he might not get all the decay? I don’t know. He felt it would be better to leave it the way it is. No shots and no drilling might be awesome, but still wondering about the wisdom . The regular clinic should be ready the beginning of June.

See! Boring, but life is more like that filled with just regular stuff that we all do! We can’t have too much or we get stressed out or burned out right? Perhaps the trick here is to make habits, but good habits! Habits we don’t think about so we have more time to concentrate on our projects and having time to spend with our family, playing, and finding new things in the rest of our lives. Yes this includes our work, careers and more, that we can discover more satisfaction in. Now that can lead to being awesome. You know the many sayings we use like this one idiom ‘ a step at a time’. It can mean finding your way by progressing a little bit at a time. It is easier that way and gives us time to think and understand along the way. It allows us to grow at our own pace. That can lead to you and me becoming awesome too!

I haven’t been to the market but today I went and didn’t know why but it seemed important. Here I bumped into a very old friend Rick Abdo. He’s lost his wonderful wife Theresa back maybe 10 weeks ago. We took time to talk and hear about his plans for the nursery and new plants he was trying.

He mentioned he forgets and still starts to talk to her. Also it’s pretty quiet around the farm. I lost my wife back in 96 and I mentioned it does take awhile to remember she’s home with the Lord. Also that the feeling lonely is also part of it. Anyway, he invited me to come out for dinner this month! That’s awesome I think and interesting.

I’ll close with this. I follow or at least consider hunches, intuition, feelings, and nudging by the Holy Spirit much more over the past decade or so. I wonder why I didn’t do it more often in the past. I did in truth but not so much. I now wonder how many opportunities and just fun I missed out on! Tomorrow is Easter and a most awesome day! Thanks for stopping by!

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April 3 2015 – Every other Friday

It’s Friday at Wegman’s our local grocery store. They had a movie on those nights to entertain the kids. However, now they do it every other Friday with too many exceptions I think? That makes kids sad … big kids get disappointed too! It was too expensive to run it every week we were told by the management.

Not all the stores do it now, and I can’t tell which did before? Hmmm, can’t afford to rent a movie once a week and pay an employee $15 for the time? Many if not most bought foods like pizza, sandwiches … fish dinners and so on to downstairs to eat while watching the movie. It shows around 6PM. Wegmans is a pretty big store chain and they do a good job overall I think, but what about the kid’s memories? Not too many come anymore.

Awesome would be to bring it back to Syracuse and other stores don’t you think?

I was out so I smiled a lot to everyone. Funny, one of my children sees me smile often and asks what is wrong with me. Perhaps I laugh too much as well and what do I find so humorous! It made me think of something else that might be awesome.

Perhaps if we made less judgements and gave more forgiveness that might be awesome. Can we agree to plan at least once a week to forgive and once a week to not judge! No worries. Most of our days can’t be awesome in themselves, but together?

It’s simple, doable and repeatable I think! Maybe we can all smile more! Let’s have an early Happy Easter!

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April Fool’s Day

This will be the first of 30 short blogs of my doing good each day. More importantly it will be my day to day activities of being a writer. It is based on writing my current book of ‘What have you got to lose?’. 30 days of what’s up!

I had been thinking of a shorter book, like a companion book of just one view of behind the scenes. Writing is a gift for me along with my helping nature. Sometimes it’s easy and other times … maybe a bit difficult as life has surprises!

Anyway I got into this ‘Awesome’ thing and it mentioned doing at least 3 things a day and posting it into a blog on their site? I thought, “Hey!”, this might give me some material for my companion book? What’s behind the writer? What is his day REALLY like. Honestly I wonder that all the time about many people and the mechanics of their lives.

So I was off. Here’s their site so you’re not in the dark. http://wwayd.com/ And it stands for ‘What would Awesome You Do?’. It’s partly about building business and ideas I think so you can check it out. This is not the same but it reminds me of “ What would Jesus do?” bracelets way back.

Writers are truly average people just like you! Really! Most times we don’t see what’s behind the scenes of a writer, business leader, small business owner but they too deal with grocery shopping and brushing their teeth and all those things we do!

Take Charles Schultz who created and drew the strip of our much beloved Peanuts! Oddly, my first dog that wasn’t mine! Mine happened to be a toy collie and his a beagle! His life came out in his comic strip but we never knew so much about his anxiety or that he skipped a couple grades through school. He also went to war and almost didn’t make it back! He went through a great deal of melancholy throughout his life, perhaps more than most. I mention Mr. Schultz as he was as much a writer as a cartoonist. I believe it’s true that a picture can be worth a thousand words! So, he wrote a lot via his drawing skills and more. He did many other things in his life. He suffered and found successes in many other things. What I think his most awesome trait was he never quit and used every opportunity he was given . That’s awesome a little bit at a time! Check him out in an internet search and I think many of us will be able to relate.

Biographies, if you haven’t guessed yet were a favorite with me as they so often provided me with wisdom. Maybe mine won’t so much, but I hope I can help you avoid a few stumbles along the way. Actually I think it will be fun to do it … but it could be boring? Just so you are forewarned!

This first post, I think will be the longest. I am learning not to jump into what’s happening without a bit of history! I have been told that a lot. I got up earlier than usual about 10 AM. This is a problem I think ( getting up early) and a work in progress (WIP).

One good thing I really do, not try, but do it, is smile at everyone I greet or pass by. However, I do get preoccupied at times. Over 90% of the time they smile back. It doesn’t matter if it’s a street person, a little old lady, a child, and the list goes on. This is good and I learned it a long time ago. Why? A smile saved my life once. You can read a bit about it here. http://richardlcarter.com/christmas-gone/

So that is one good thing I do but only if I go out. Sometimes I try it in the mirror if I haven’t been out. I need cheering too! The result is different each time. Try it and let the rest of us know your reactions! It’s probably worth sharing! No kidding!

I didn’t know how this ‘awesome’ thing should be done so I went to see what others were doing. I noticed others already posting by just describing their day too! I liked some and others … meh! That’s ok as we all can give rise to ideas for me or my family to do or participate in by sharing. That’s good and could lead to awesome!

So what little bit of awesome could I do?

Today I went to the doctors to review diabetic training. I’ve always run between 5.5 and 6.3 or so for 50 years + and maybe before. I discovered my last was 7.7 (not good apparently) . I’ll let you know how this goes over the month. What can help this I am told is exercise (That’s another story) and reduce stress and not drink so much milk each day. I drink a lot! No more?

Well, a little while ago, I discovered this deli near the doctors where I go. They make a great roast beef sandwich, so I now stop occasionally. That makes me smile and feel good! Part of that too is we both manage to help each other smile and even laugh!

I mention this as too often we feel guilty when we do something for ourselves. So … STOP IT! You’re important too and don’t you forget it! That would be awesome!

I’ve blabbed enough and will see you tomorrow. Keep safe until then! Rick =)

PS This one is 4 or 5 days late for the 30 day challenge. Sorry but it’s still not clear how I am supposed to post on the awesome site. We’ll see how this goes. If ok I will catch up. Usually, they will appear on the day or day after. The reason is I usually allow a day to pass before I post.

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Salem is Coming on Easter Sunday!

Really?! Salem for those of you unfamiliar with the program, it is a TV program. It tries to show you evil and destruction in new ways to excite you and glorify the devil and raise him up. This is of course my opinion. Most of the program is conjecture … The devil is a master and much worse and much more scary if we really knew what he could do!

He goes by many names like Satan, Lucifer, the Devil along with witches and has helpers like the she devil of them all Lillith!? Wasn’t she on Cheers!?

This will be short. All the advertisement for upcoming new shows tell you it’s coming on say March 28th or April 6th and so on. Yep, Salem is coming on Easter Sunday too. Maybe it’s just me but it seems almost a subliminal suggestion that Satan is returning the same day, we celebrate that Christ has risen to proclaim the Cross having declared freedom for all from the devil; noted by a great many religions. Of course we all still have a choice with that freedom.

Was it purposed to gain viewers? Was it purposed to advertise the war going on since Lucifer declared he was greater than God? All these thoughts came into my head … and for whatever reasons I was offended. Hollywood, perhaps from it’s beginnings has worked at altering our opinions. Take the program Madam Secretary of late. Clearly, the last episode is supporting President Obama’s action to make Iran appear benevolent and Israel an increasing threat to the world?

You know I use comparisons all the time but generally they are equally worthy but this? I have said often I am slow, but this seems blatant and so easy to ignore. That’s what worries me not to mention the other things going on. Maybe not ignored by some 12 y.o. or 8 y.o. but maybe a couple of them question along with me?

Am I making a too big thing out of it? How much do we let go by over and over again. We can’t see it anymore. Excuses for rape, or cheating on taxes isn’t wrong really. Hey they now tax our saving accounts which is money we already paid taxes on! We are continually being desensitized! Maybe that is what I object to?

Don’t worry about it that this new drug will most likely cause 2300 deaths … it’s going to generate 11 billion by then and we’ll give them back a couple billion for those deaths. So, you don’t like it … there’s the door … !

Whoa! It can’t get out of hand like that! Can it? What do you think?

Maybe I am controversial at times. I worry and pray daily about others getting hurt and things people in general can get hurt by. Been that way since I was 8 y.o. . My life is and has been about helping and not hurting others. Most often, if not always, it seems it is about money. I believe we need to be truthful as well.

Things used to be better in the old days I hear … have we lost faith? Suicide is up!

Hope the post is short enough this time! Thanks for listening! Now I’d like to hear what you think! Short enough? Or not? LOL

Happy Easter to you all out there … hope you get some great cheap bunny candies on sale too! Rick =)

PS I may be entering some kind of challenge to do a blog post everyday for a month

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