Today

Posted January 9, 2020 by joebowker
Categories: California, San Pedro, San Pedro

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Well. Paula working at Assistance League today and I didn’t have anything to do. I didn’t feel like hanging out at home all day, so I decided to go out and do something.

First, a stop at the local Starbuck’s for an iced coffee. Brought my iPad. Finished work on previous blog post then did a couple of crossword puzzles. NY Times puzzle was nasty. Once that was done, I headed out.

I decided to take a ride down to South Shores to see the view. Would I be able to see Catalina Island. I could but just barely. Not the clearest day in a while.

I drove south on Western. All clogged up with construction work. Turned right on 25th Street and headed for Rancho Palos Verdes. Paula’s Mom once had a condo down here back when I first met her with a view of Catalina (when one could see it.)

I continued until I reached the famous Wayfarer’s Chapel I took a few pictures. The sun wasn’t at an optimum angle, but took a few pictures.

One of the things that the Wayfarer Chapel is famous for are glam Hollywood weddings. The one wedding that comes to mind is Jane Mansfield/Mickey Hargitay in 1958. Takes some time to visit all of the Jane Mansfield memorabilia. Man, she was hot. Click here for some of the pictures

So, I was done with the Wayfarer. Headed back whence I came and stopped at one of the pullouts to stop and enjoy the view of the Trump Golf course.

View of Catalina Island

Amazon and Self-Checkout

Posted January 9, 2020 by joebowker
Categories: Rants, Technology

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I decided to write about several things that were not big enough to take up an entire blog post, but that I wanted to get out there.

Amazon Returns

Did you ever have something that you bought from Amazon but you wanted to return? I turns out that Amazon has made it wicked easy to return stuff. No questions asked.

Here’s how. Go your orders section in the Amazon App. Select the item that you want to return. You can take the item to Kohl’s or a UPS store. The clerk will scan the bar code on your phone. Print out a label and a receipt. Then clerk pastes the label on the package. Then throws to package into the bin.

That’s it. You’re done. You get a refund, instantly. By the way, it’s free.

Self-Service Checkout

I hate self-service checkout. Someone once said, “If I wanted to do self checkout, I would shop at Amazon”. Yeah, I get it. But I like shopping at Amazon for most things.

The only things I tend to not buy at Amazon are things that I need to see and feel it in person. Like, say furniture.

I like Amazon because I can find stuff. I was looking for a few things at Target. I was just wandering the housewares department and never found what I was looking for.

I would prefer that the grocery stores hire enough people to staff all of the checkout lanes.

Plumbing

Posted January 2, 2020 by joebowker
Categories: Christmas, Plumbing

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Well, another Christmas is in the history books. We had lunch with Mary over in Long Beach, then dinner with the family at our place. Dinner went great until it was time to clean up the dishes. Luckily the problem didn’t happen before dinner.

We discovered that the kitchen sink was very much clogged. We thought that our plumbing problems were done with after pushing a snake down our bathroom toilet. The toilet was doing great, kitchen sink not so much.

We decide to hold off on running the dishwasher. That could have made things much, much worse.

I tried using the plunger. No help. It just pushed the water down in left sink right back up in the right sink.

Called the plumber this morning. Plumber came industrial grade 30’ motorized snake. He checked with neighbor upstairs to see if they had problems. No answer.

At any rate, all cleaned out. Back to normal. Plumber told us that Drano, etc aren’t much use on an established clog.

1SE (1 Second Everyday) for 2019

Posted January 1, 2020 by joebowker
Categories: 1 Sec Every Day, 1SE

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Here we go. This is end of the year 2019. I have been posting pictures to my 1SE account every single day this year. This video runs about 11 minutes. Enjoy.

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1SE for December 2019

Posted December 31, 2019 by joebowker
Categories: 1 Sec Every Day, 1SE

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Here is my 1 Second Everyday for the month of December 2019. Runs about a minute. Enjoy.

Ford vs Ferrari

Posted December 28, 2019 by joebowker
Categories: Movies, Reviews

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We got back to going to the movies last night. We went to see “Ford vs Ferrari” starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale and Jon Bernthal.

This is the story of Ford Motor Co. working on challenging Ferrari to win the Grand Prix motor race at .Le Mans.

Matt Damon plays Carroll Shelby as the designer of the race car and Christian Bale plays Ken Miles the driver of the car.

It depicts the struggles between Lee Iacocca and Henry Ford and Caroll Shelby. There is a lot of car racing action, crashes and spin-outs.

Film runs about 2.5 hours. A little bit long but a fun movie to watch.

We saw the film at the Regal Promenade Cinema in Rolling Hills Estates. This theater has wide seats that recline. Very comfy. Took us a while to get up to Rolling Hills Estates but the comfort was worth it.

I would give the film a thumbs up.

Only downside was it started at 6:15 pm and ran 2.5 hours. Early closing times are typical here for a week night. Which meant that most of the restaurants we were interested in for going for a bite after the film were closing or already closed. So, we had to settle for Coco’s. They were shutting off the lights as we were getting ready to leave.

My New Gadget

Posted December 26, 2019 by joebowker
Categories: Apple, apps, Christmas, iPhone, Pictures, Technology

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This Christmas I got a new electronic gadget called a “Nixplay”. It is an electronic display for one’s favorite pictures. It connects to your WiFi and you can upload your favorite pictures. Then it cycles through all of your pictures 10 seconds each.

There is an app for your iPhone or other smart device that is used to select pictures to send to the device. You can also adjust setting to your liking. Set the time spent on each picture, for instance. You can set it to shut off at night.

This is the 10” version (measured from corner to corner). It runs about $150 and be had at Amazon and other retailers. There is 13” version that of course costs more money.

It’s pretty easy to setup. Plug it in, connect to your WiFi. Then download the app from the app-store, then pair with your nixplay. Then start selecting photos. Takes about 10 minutes

You can adjust settings to auto off/on, it can display current time on lower right corner.