Me, as Popover the CLown

Me, as Popover the CLown
I'm Popping Over to say Hi!

Me, as the Ol' Cowhand

Me, as the Ol' Cowhand
Still a clown at heart.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Here is a BMI Calculator you can use

They say now that what you weigh is not important. The goal is to get your Body Mass Index to a healthy level. Mine is Wayyyy up there. As you eat healthier and exercise a bit, your BMI should improve. but how can you check it without a BMI Index Converter. Here, use mine! It has lots of graphs and additional information to make it fun and informative.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

How to get great Customer Service

I have been involved with some phase of Customer Service for most of my adult life. I used to repair TV sets and audio consoles in people's homes. I worked for several TV repair shops, electronics parts suppliers and contracted with brand name suppliers of electronics items to handle customer service.

Most recently, I have worked with fortune 100 or better companies talking to people as a customer service representative. I have been on the other side of anger-filled calls from vitriolic customers who felt they could get satisfaction no other way than through anger. As a consumer myself, I have even been one of those angry people at times, when I come up against Customer Service Representatives (CSRs) who were more interested in getting me off the line or selling me something new than they were in solving my problem.

I put together this Power Point presentation as a way of giving people a method of arriving at a satisfactory conclusion when a product or service does not meet expectation. I hope you find it helpful.

Monday, April 11, 2011

What are Biorhythms?

Everyone has “Good days” and “Bad days”. Biorhythms are an attempt to put some substance and predictability to work to figure out when a person will be at the top of their game, and when they will be at a low point. Most people who believe in biorhythms say there are three main cycles that can effect various life forces within themselves, and that these cycles are consistent, predictable, and start on the date of birth, continuing through the lifetime of the person. These people have been called nuts, flakes, visionaries, or geniuses by various observers.

Web sites abound with detailed information on the assumed, supposed, or debated value of Biorhythms, but most people who have investigated them regard them as innocent fun, meaning little. Several scientific studies have been attempted, and most of them find little validity to this pseudoscience, and rate it as anywhere between innocent mathematical fun and total balderdash. Interest in this hokum was at its peak in the ‘70s.

I am part of the group who think Biorhythms are fun. You can try putting your birthdate in the first birthdate of the calculator below, and in the second space you can put the birthdate of someone with whom you have a relationship. The resulting graph will give you the Biorhythmic cycles of both individuals for the past few days and the next month. Whether it is helpful or not is up to you. I’m guaranteeing nothing.

The cycles plotted on the graph are:

Physical (23 day cycle)
Are you at your coordinated best, or are you having an “all thumbs” kind of a day.
If you are into base jumping, mountain climbing or if you are a boxer or a dancer, you may want to watch this cycle.

Emotional (28 day cycle)
How are you handling the stressful situations that come your way? Is this a good day for a blind date, a marriage, or a business negation?

Intellectual (33 day cycle)
Are you thinking clearly, or is this one of those days where things just seem foggy? Is this a good day to take a test, do your taxes, or write a term paper?

Intuitional (38 day cycle)
Is this a good day to pick a lottery number? Solve a murder? What days does your intuitive force reach its peak?

Proponents say that the high points are when the related functions are at their best. Days when the cycles are headed from zero upward are the best days, and when the graphs are falling are when you have a few good days left. Days at the bottom of the graph are days when it’s best to avoid the type of activity where that skill is important. The real trouble comes on the days approaching the zero line (called the Critical Days.) These are the days when it is supposedly easiest to make the big mistakes, stumble over your own feet, or mess up a relationship.

When judging relationships, do both biorhythms and compare them. If the critical days coincide, watch out. For long term relationships, it is best if there is a balance, so that when one is up and one is down, the strong party can support the one whose cycle is at the bottom. If you are negotiating, it’s good if your intellectual and intuitional are peaking and the other participant’s are tanking. If you are going mountain climbing with a buddy, both Physical cycles should be high, but if you’re fighting him in the boxing ring, you want your physical to be high, and his to be low. You get the idea.

Have fun!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Biorhythm Calculator for comparing two dates

Here is a Biorhythm calculator to show compatibility between two people .. you and who else? Spouse, Friend, Boss, Client?

Handy Interest Calculator

This is my first attempt at embedding an Excel application in a Blog page. It's just a little handy calculator of what the monthly payments would be to retire a loan of whatever size at whatever interest rate for however many months. Not anything special, but not bad for a first attempt.

What is BlogThis! ? - Blogger Help

Sunday, April 06, 2008


I have been wanting one of these things for some time now. I got one in the form of a laptop program about 4 years ago and we took it on vacation. It almost caused a war.

I was trying to find a place in the car that I could see the clunky laptop screen and still use the wireless mouse on my knee to control the thing. Every time I would move around to see the screen better I would get a look from the driver's seat that would slice through month-old Italian bread. We could not hear the directions with the radio on, so I had earphones wired to the laptop, and looked kind of like an airline pilot. (pardon me, honey, airline CO-Pilot.)

This new thing is about the same size as my Palm Life-Drive PDA. It holds a 2 GB SD card with up to 1000 songs on it, a photo album, and a voice that you can hear about anywhere in the car. It will broadcast through the radio, so I can have the music going from the GPS to the Radio and when it's time for a direction change the music cuts out and the pleasant voice tells my wife where to go.

And she hears and obeys.

When I die, I want to come back as a GPS.

But it got me to thinking. In our life, we have goals. Like us, the GPS has a job to do. We can set the GPS to get us from one place to another one, but the GPS only knows one thing. It knows where it is. The program inside knows where everything is, but that's useless information without knowing where it is now, and that's useless to me unless I have the GPS with me.

Now there are three points that came to mind when I digested these thoughts:

1. If I don't figure out where I want to go, I will never know if I get there.

2. Once I have figured out where I want to be, I need something to tell me where I am in relation to that eventual destination

3. When I get off course and start sight-seeing, I need to be wise enough to check my progress toward my "real" destination occasionally.

What I want success to mean in my life is probably similar-but-different to what you look at as success. Most of us want people near us that we can trust and love, most of us want to be doing things we enjoy at least part of the time, and we generally don't mind a little pain and frustration once in a while if it gets us closer to where we want to be. I guess I have been concentrating on the scenery where I am a little more than I should be doing for a long time. I think I am going to plan a little more diligently toward where I am going.

In my life, my GPS is generally the Bible. It tells me fairly successfully where I am, when I am in he mood to listen to it. The destinations are clearly marked out, and you can take the "fastest route" or the "scenic route". It even tells me when I am off course and how to get back on (when I have the volume turned up loud enough to hear.) It's like having a good honest friend who will tell you when you have a piece of spinnach caught in your teeth.

I'd like to hear your thoughts. What's your GPS, or do you have one?

Monday, November 06, 2006

Who or what is a Van!!

I am in the process of discovering that for myself.