Friday, January 18, 2019

Eudora Brewing Company

Opening weekend for the new location of the Eudora Brewing Company in Kettering, on Wilmington Pike just south of Dorothy Lane, was a bit of a madhouse, and even with a winter storm making travel more adventurous than usual, thirsty folks braved it for a chance to see the new place.  In addition to the 18 taps they have a nice menu, including a grilled cheese I can't wait to try, and they have several large screen televisions, a couple of pool tables and my wife's favorite, an old-fashioned bowling machine.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Levolor Drums And Retainer Clips

Over the years I've replaced all the window coverings in the house with 2-inch, faux-wood Levolor blinds, but recently we noticed that a few of the strings had come loose at the top, so I went back to Lowes for replacement parts.  They don't carry that, but suggested I visit the nearby The Blind Spot in Bellbrook, where I met the extremely helpful Nancy Link.  She took the time to listen to what I needed, did some Internet research and pointed me to, where I was able to buy the plastic drums and retaining clips to make the needed repairs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Payable On Death

We don't want to leave this earth with our children having to figure out our finances and going through probate court.  So in addition to having our offspring listed as contingent beneficiaries on all our investment accounts, we recently modified all our bank accounts to "Payable On Death" and added them as the payees, so the bank will take care of sending them their share when we both pass. 

As Forrest Gump said, "that's one less thang".

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

The Best Of 2018

Over on my Life Experiences blog, I posted my traditional list of the top ten experiences from the last year, including one that came off my Bucket List.

Aerial Cities

I'm a big fan of Aerial America on the Smithsonian Channel and the most recent addition to their high-flying, informative shows is Aerial Cities, with six shows covering Chicago, Las Vegas, Seattle, Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Check out the link below for upcoming showtimes, which in my area will happen at 6:00 am and 7:00 am during dates in the second half of February 2019.  Thank goodness for DVRs.

Monday, January 14, 2019

GoodRx For Animal Prescriptions

My daughter just saved 75% off her dog's phenobarbital prescription for thanks to GoodRx, totaling a $59 savings.  For us humans our insurance may provide greater savings, but who has a prescription plan for their pet?  Grab their current pill bottle and head over to the link below to see if you can find a better price.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Buckin' Donkey

There are bars that serve good "bar food", but the Buckin' Donkey serves great food and happens to be a bar, the hole-in-the-wall type (see image below) that you can drive by without a second thought.  Check out the menu at the DoorDash link below, but my friends and I can vouch for the Old Style Chicago Weck, Triple Bypass Burger, Crabby Dip and Onion Rings.  They're located at 2866 S. Dixie Drive in Moraine, just north of Dorothy Lane, just don't blink or you might miss it.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Dark Mode

Ah, what's old is new again.

Dark mode is all the rage on smartphones these days and it makes perfect sense that dramatically reducing all those battery-sucking bright whites to zero-energy blacks makes your device last longer between charges.  It's also easier on the eyeballs and less noticeable in darker venues.  I've turned on several dark mode themes in apps on my Google Pixel 2, but Android Q, due out in 2019, looks to deliver that system-wide, as per the article below.  Can't wait (but I guess I have to, duh).

And the image below?  That's a 1980s-vintage IBM 3270 terminal, which always had a black (i.e. Dark Mode) background.  Full circle, once again.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Technology First Magazine

The New Year brings a new format for the Technology First magazine, moving to a 8 1/2 by 11 inch magazine format printed on glossy paper for a great look.  The member-contributed articles continue being high-quality and insightful, with my favorite in this Jan/Feb 2019 issue being a look at the risks your business faces when your employees use ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.  If you prefer, you can also read the magazine online using the Issuu link below.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Volume Butler On Android

I use a short audio clip of ocean waves as my notification tone, preferring a quieter sound that won't wake me up at night, but like a louder ring tone for incoming calls so I don't miss them.  But since my Pixel 2 only has one volume level setting for both rings and notifications, I had to try to find a middle ground and that wasn't possible.  The solution was a free (I love free) app called Volume Butler, which as seen below, provides for separate volumes, and I cranked the ring up and the notification down, to my desired levels.  If this is something you might like to try, follow the instructions at the link below carefully to get it configured properly.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Beam Me Up

My new go-to mug for tea was one of many great Christmas presents from my kids and celebrates my love of the original Star Trek series.  As shown below, as the steaming water is added and the mug gets hot, Captain Kirk materializes in the transporter.  I'll be enjoying many mugs of Constant Comment tea this chilly winter.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Smoked Peppercorn Sage Rub

I'm fond of occasionally wandering through the grocery store and looking for whatever is new and interesting.  On one such day, while fixated quite a while at the spice rack, I spotted this Smoked Peppercorn Sage Rub, and thought that's quite the combination, and would add some uniqueness to a chicken filet, which is shown below perched atop bacon and avocado, and between a couple pieces of wheat toast.  Mouth watering deliciousness!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Ohio Is Beautiful

I follow a select group of people on Instagram, not wanting a repeat of my now long-gone Facebook fiasco, but I follow only one hashtag on Instagram, #ohioisbeaautiful, found at the link below.  A variety of photographers post gorgeous pictures from throughout the state, from waterfalls to waterfowl and sunflowers to sunsets.  Really helps remind me that I live in a beautiful state with four seasons to get out and explore.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

AAA Miami Valley

You wouldn't think having your car towed to the local service shop as the highlight of your day, but due to the tremendous, friendly and thoughtful service provided to my wife last month (while I was out of town, funny how that happens), it turned a gloomy situation into a bright day.  Our local AAA has their own staff, not your typical outsource job, and he was polite to the max, and very graciously helped out at every turn, including bringing the paperwork back to his truck and providing a ride home.  A guardian angel, indeed!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Jameson Christmas Tree

We held our annual family Christmas get-together over lunch at the Dublin Pub in Dayton.  The most colorful decoration was this Christmas tree constructed from upside-down Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles and strings of lights that made the whole thing glow.  I would have been happy to assist in emptying the bottles, but I guess I missed that memo.