Very short….but the old equipment works, the humans around us in this burg, not so much

RFLKRNEW1292Just a short one on this end. Let’s start out with the good news on two ends. One being that the diet is actually still on in spite of problems that have been going on in the background, with some of the humans. So at the very least, the next visit I have with members of the ‘gang of five’ will be a good one.


Secondly the old AGFA 1212u scanner does work under Windows 10. But for that to be the case, it took loads of research and then finding what could at best, be called a ‘creative workaround’ to this [email me later if interested, the tactic is cool, albeit a tad sneaky], the machine does work. Now it is a matter of working around the color balance issues in same.

As for the humans, well that is another kettle of fish altogether. But what I will say is that I RFLKRNEW1294am following the advice that I give ‘my kids’ as in the ones who I am a net-mom for, as well as the ones I do tutor [As well as the ones I am close to or severely smitten with]. Which is to say that when someone, be they an ‘authority figure’ or someone else decides to act in a manner which is detrimental, unseemly, illegal, vile, despicable, rotten, crude, boorish or is bullying to stand one’s ground. Or to paraphrase what Billy Joel says at the end of his concerts:


‘Don’t take no sh*t from nobody!!!’


He may not be a Brooklyn Kid, but the advice is apt…and hopefully will have more to state about what is going on later….


RFLKRNEW1295With that above said, will save the other stuff for another post…..enjoy the brevity of the words as the pics fly through the air….

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A mini update because it has been a tad sane….

RFLKRNEW1273Not much has happened here. Outside of the fact that work that is being done on the complex, which in turn has driven TheRoyalBadnesses a bit nuts. As well as their human. But it is fall and it is that time of year when I do become more busy behind the screen of the PC. Yep…school has started and that means tutoring and proofreading of papers.

As has been mentioned in the past, I enjoy doing those activities because, well it’s an extension of what I do with Rae and Marty and others are getting the same lectures. It is the hope here that in doing so, the folks I do this for will in turn pass this on to others and so on. When that happens…then it will mean that the logic will spread in same and that will hopefully brighten the level of discourse that does exist. And if one has been paying attention, that has gone to a level more than 220 points below the ‘Mendoza Line’ [baseball fans will get the reference. If one has not, look up ‘Mario Mendoza’ or ‘George Brett’, who coined the term.

RFLKRNEW1274About the pics….this will the last set for a while. This has to do with a medical issue, as in the left eye had a couple vessels. My eye doc mentioned that this will clear up on it’s own in about 3 weeks, as well as the fact I will not need to take medications to make me look like ‘Countess Dracula’ . So, the cameras will be rested in the interim.

RFLKRNEW1280That is about it for now. Even if this time is a tad dull, to me this is about the right speed. And it does beat the daylights out of several alternatives, which are not pleasing in the least. As followers of this blog know, those have been discussed in detail….not a one of those are anything that I would want to have happen or even be a part of. After all, in addition to not being able to express what is in the heart to those who are near and sear, there is also the issue of not making Rae or Marty orphans. They do not deserve to have their mom have a demise before her time…


RFLKRNEW1283That is about it for now. Even if this time is a tad dull, to me this is about the right speed. And it does beat the daylights out of several alternatives, which are not pleasing in the least.

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With another year in….there is a little more good news…

RFLKRNEW1258Yes, it has been another year….well rather it was that on September 1st. And while that was a busy day, it was productive and portends well for the rest of this year and leading into the next completion of the next.

First off, there is a new script in for the contacts. Not that I have anything against wearing glasses, because I did for years, but there is a need to still have folks understand that the ‘strike zone’ as it were, is above the 38th parallel. Not being glib in saying that….far from it. Just it would be nice that some listen with their ears to what is being said, instead of outsourcing that to the eyes or even something a little more primal.RFLKRNEW1259

Secondly….the place has gotten a tad more quiet, thanks to some departures of those who were causing a few problems with the denizens of the plex. The timing could have been a little better…but it did happen before the school year. And this means that when I am tutoring folks at odd hours, it will be quieter. Well a little quieter, the Rae and Marty do play during that time as well. Not that I mind, they are my kids as well *S* …no different than those who I lecture and teach to. Oh yes, from last year, there have been a few graduates, a couple going on to advanced unis and other endeavors. A nice way of saying….ALL MY KIDS DO WELL!!! All backgrounds, all stations.

The past year has also, speaking of my kids and friends…some really fantastic friendships. The type where there are none of those artificial barriers that some actually thrive in creating, as a means of control. I do not operate like that…..if only due to the fact that there is a need to show a better example of behavior to Rae, Marty and those I am in circles with. Again, as has been said previous…whatever goes on here is 1/xxxxxx of all the other items in this life. And time is too short to be micromanaging same.

RFLKRNEW1265As for the pics being shown here….well one more year has yielded some improvements. The weight has remained low and the odd hours, along with just some simple changes in the diet and trips out on those lovely errands to play air guitar in the tea aisle have paid off. Now it is a matter of keeping this going for another 365 ….


RFLKRNEW1268Before closing this out….Rae still makes it clear as to which humans she wants to see around her mom. She is less concerned about items like race, creed, religion, gender status, etc. She has in her own way created her list, which she has, via other means mentioned to Marty about who their human should share those nights of Renaissance, the Moody Blues, Yes, Twilight Zone DVD’s, sunsets, etc. I hope she is right on all of this….it would make this and the upcoming years all the better….



So with that….and will save other commentaries for next time when there is a little more caffeine in the IV and the tank…..from the land of the Colourtini…enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air…

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A slight delay…the main post will be Labor Day Weekend…

No pics or anything like that. The next post from here will be this coming weekend……just to combine different items into one coherent piece….

As we would say way back when…..stay tuned *S*

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Another month, some progress and it takes a lot to….

RFLKRNEW1135Well we are one month closer to the annual celebration of one more year here around the sun. As much as I am not happy with global warming adding to the heat here, at the very least…under the right circumstances, the scenery in this burg is beautiful. The breezes also help when Rae and Marty decide to stare down the birds and the humans in the carpark from the windows *S*

As for the other part of the title, well it does take a lot to make yours truly upset. To want to go ‘Brooklyn’ on a few of those biological specimens who tend to have this need to make life a little rough on the rest of us, due to their insufficient ego. That or their parents never really taught them right from wrong. Be that as it may, let me list a few of the items that those collections of cells harp on a few of us on, due to how they bought into the stereotypes on same:RFLKRNEW1229

-Finances or lack of them. There are some of us who get derided due to we do not look as though we are of a particular status, that we should buy ‘X,Y or Z’ in order to fit in or worse that it is our fault if, for some reason we are on a limited/fixed income and therefore are not worthy of any type of respect. This cheeses me off to no end and for many good reasons. As far as our clothing, image, visage…what have you…many of us came from households and a generation that said to put one’s best foot forward and to make an effort in same. It is bad enough there are enough prejudicial idiots out there, who make rather sickening judgement calls on that basis as it is. No need to give these punks any ammunition. Dovetailing on that, guess what?? Some of us have to budget on what is and is not important, which last time I checked was and IS a part of becoming an adult. And if something is not in the budget, well it goes on the back burner for a while or we try to find it via other legot means. Like yours truly does: most of the little ‘electronic music and PC toys’ here are either second hand via ebay or were discontinued items that when doing the research on same, more than met the needs here [case in point: the pics on this blog and my other ones are from ebay purchases of old, out of stock AGFA digital cameras, which stil work, the CD’s I listen to in the store are playing on a long discontinued SONY CD Walkman….refurbed. There are a couple other refurbed backups to that here, due to the fact they were dirt cheap and if I have to be in and out of the doc’s offices like mad, I will have players that work to take the edge of the meaning of the trips, etc].


WigForest 1That goes for the hair or clothes, same thing. The ‘wig forest’ here for the most part, like about 98% of the time was bought after budgeting on them. Same with the tops, dresses, etc. They wait due to priorities in the flat….like medicines, food….and of course….Rae and Marty. And this becomes more of an issue, as in the budgeting skills because yours truly thanks to those long long mentioned medical issues … on a fixed income. SSI for those who live here in the US. It stinks…but it does mean in a sense that due to some other programs connected to same, the health is taken care of….and lord knows I will not want to mess that up either. Call it not wanting to waste the amount spent to make sure I am a part of the living. [Others I know are in the same boat and you would not know it…..and it’s better that way]

RFLKRNEW1164Race and Gender – Yeah, this has been stated time and time again from here…..yet it needs to be mentioned again because it makes me mad that there are still those who act in a patronizing fashion about this to those who are of color, have gender issues or……heaven help them….both. On that last one, it is thanks to the rather rotten social conditioning we do have in the US that allows some to the ‘luxury’ of looking down on others who are not like them. Damn idiots. Worse still are those who insist on living down to this because, it makes them more ‘legitimate’…or gaining more street cred, whichever term you see as more apt.


I guess this means to some I am not legit then, as are some of those I hang out with online RFLKRNEW1222or via chats at the markwet etc [the same folks who I will defend because they are not just ‘my kids’ etc…they are my family and no one messes with my family, lest they want to have a bad result]. After all, yours truly does not really fit the ethnic end of this. Dropping the extra ballast over the past few years and keeping it that way runs against conventional wisdom. We are supposed to be of ‘girth’ as it were. Wearing different color contact lenses is heresy, even though geneticall speaking, we have the chemicals in the system to have green, blue, grey, etc eyes. Same with the different haircolors via wigs [which are needed due to medicine related hair thinning]. Instead of the flat being filled with remnants of past conquests, this place has books, CD’s DVD’s and other items to feed the mind, not the notches on the bedpost. Some think we are nothing but animals on that basis alone, those who are not like that and prefer to act ‘human’ and make their way in life via a higher plane, are considered to be persona non grata. Add the gender issue to this and the stereotype floodgates open even further. Like being a part of the ‘t’ end of that ‘rainbow spectrum’ [physics folks will tell you the one being used is inaccurate by those displaying same and that is a class for another time, outside of what ‘ROY G. BIV’ means]. Then we are supposed to act close to what is on the disasterous wasteland that daytime TV is or what is mentioned on cop fiction. It is that bad….and if I were to have raised Rae and Marty like my human daughters and had them model that behavior, I would be setting them up for failure, or being trapped in a stereotypical role for life, unless they worked at distancing themselves from same. Which is what I do, even if it means that some who are superficial ignore me. Fine, I can deal with that…there are others who do as well. They are few, but they are part of the human parade that exists, not dividing themselves out to be special snowflakes. And if one wants to improve themselves via the mind, their visage in a healthy vein and being around those who support the upper end of the life scale, that is a beautiful thing. Others who want to bring others down due to the ‘legitimacy’ issue…..fine, wallow in the mire, folks. The specimens that do so tend to be….well, let’s not be mean here…

There you have it…..a little of what makes me pissed off from time to time. The good news is that I do hang with those who do not think in those terms. Be it those I tutor, those I chat with online to even where the heart skips a couple beats. After all, Rae and Marty would not want their mom to be any other way and I agree with them.


RFLKRNEW1238So from the land of the colourtini……..enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air…

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Well the frying of the wires was not as bad as thought…

RFLKRNEW1234This will be a short update due to the fact it’s about the fact that the results of a mini ‘oil change’. Yep…after the last visit with Courtney, there was a need to get the eyes checked and have that expedited, because the eyes looked as though I had been in the kitty’s catnip. It would make sense, seeing it’s organic.

In any event, I did get the appointment and with a new doc, Dr. Holland who is a trip. If one ever wanted to have that crazy friend who while being twisted, was also one of the first persons one would trust with their lives, Daniel is it. We got along right away. Sick, twisted and just a scream. Heck, he even got the ‘Bugs Bunny Eyechart Joke’ ….oddly enough, very few do. And the upshot of this visit was, the wires are still the same, there has been no flare ups of the previous illness. Just for the time being, medication and I am going to see him in another 6 months. Of course, with my luck we will run into each other before then, if only because his office is right near ‘my office’ *S*, where I shop and observe people for what I can a ‘self directed Abnormal Psychology Class’. RFLKRNEW1235

This also means that around the time of the birthday….will purchase some new contacts. One set for the ‘oil changes’…the other set for errands and other fun things. However, as long as the eyes are fine, that is one less issue, overall to worry about. As well as meaning that the ‘riot acts’ do work [oh yes….the weight is getting back down to where it was…one way or the other]. I know…to some, that is still a revolutionary act.. but doing the right thing, instead of following the crowd to be acceptable to a somewhat myopic and dense set of bipeds, while revolutionary….is logical.

RFLKRNEW1238And there you have it…….so til next time….from the land of the colourtini…enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air…

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Perhaps the summer does some good….the ‘riot act’ has held…183 lbs is real

RFLKRNEW1230This one will be a tad short. If only because the heat, being what it is seems to want to do a major number on PC’s, cable television….as well as the cats and their human. Hence this will be short….

The above said…..apparently, the diet/riot act has held solid. In fact….the numbers are lower now and the floor has been reached. 183 lbs is a reality. While the initial portions of this have been the result of major changes in the diet, exercise, encouragement from the friends I have [even if this close bunch are online…they are still that and have been mentioned in rather great, wondrous and loving detail in previous posts] ….and that is a MAJOR deal around here], my cats and of course……the ‘gang of five’.

None of this is to brag…far from it. If it is bragging to admit that there is someone who is not willing to follow the ‘conventional wisdom’ or lack of same, as to what someone who has my….well….let’s say melanin level and mindset[s] (we do not need to mention what that is, even with the previous month being what it was. That ‘mindset’ is 1/xxxxxxx of what goes on and that is that)…then fine…it is that. But in no way is that how this has been expressed from here. More like a surprise that in spite of everything that has happened this has been a major positive event. A pleasant surprise….although I do not think it would fall under the category of something written by Rod Serling or O. Henry.  Still the resultant side effects of same have been wonderful. Light and more able to amble through the strangeness that the humans in this part of the world and otherwise are willing to throw at each other.


Oh yes:









Apparently no matter which shade is used on which day, the benefit of the above shows through. And on those days when I am out, having Renaissance on the CD player eases the mindset, no different than listening to the diverse music collection at home does. To paraphrase one of my heroes, the late Mel Allen:





So there you have it. Til next month, from the land of the colourtini….enjoy the words as the pics fly through the air.

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