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365 Challenge: Day 232 – RainDog (RYDER RANT)

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RainDog: Ryder when it pours the opposite of ‘cats’

Good Morning! I know you’re used to me ranting away about the Dads on Mondays, but I can only say good things about them today. I’ll have to rant about some other stuff that they don’t have control over…

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I had just gotten a bath on Saturday afternoon and was all clean and fresh. As usual, I tore off out of the tub, shook everywhere, rubbed my entire body on the carpet and dried off without towels. I hate towels. I like to air dry. I think the Dads may have collected another dog from all the fur that flew off me while I raced around the apartment. But then the most horrible thing began… where did all this rain come from? I didn’t get outside for almost 24 hours because of it. I don’t mind a little drizzle here and there, but when it pours buckets without stopping for this long, I am not pleased. I didn’t want to go outside because I knew I’d get stinky. So I held it for a very long time. I finally got out this morning but now I’m just exhausted and already taking a nap on the couch while Dad works. It was fierce out there! I saw some of my trees start bending over. A few flower pots fell on the side and spilled dirt on the patio. Dads got some mess to clean up today.

Another reason I’m happy with Dad is he promised me I don’t have to wear a Halloween costume tomorrow when the trick-o-treaters knock on the door for candy from 5 to 7. Since we live in an apartment building with security, people can’t just come and go as they please. Instead, all the residents can sign up and go door-to-door (if the tenants put themselves on the list) within the building. It’s much safer and friendlier. But we also have specific times, so I won’t get too tired out. I try to sleep at least every other hour, you know. I’ll have to stretch it to 2 hours this time. Then the Dads leave for dinner with some good friends who have been on a diet for a month. I like those friends; they bring me treats all the time. I am glad Dads are going to dinner with them — Mexican, their favorite — but that diet they follow is wacky!

The real reason I can’t be upset with the Dads is they cooked a scrumptious meal for them me given all the rain kept us indoors. While they were sleeping last night, I took the phone and uploaded some pictures below for you to see. The first one is the table setting for dinner last night. Mine is on the floor, you can’t see it. They give me a special plate so I leave them alone while they eat. I guess it’s only fair. The mashed potatoes with whole grain mustard seeds was fantastic. The meat cooked all day long… tempted me too much! I didn’t partake in the wine, as you know, I’m a Prohibitionist, even though they are quite the lushes.

Dad finally baked that pie he mentioned last week. Although he never follows recipes, he did stumble upon a good one in Southern Living magazine. Georgia Peanut and Bourbon pie. It was delicious. I saved a photo from before it went in the oven, then one from afterwards. Dad also made a bourbon and vanilla whipped cream to top each slice at the end. There’s a picture of that one, too. Too bad y’all didn’t come over for dinner. I love the company. And they only ate 1/4 of the pie… so much left!

That’s all folks. See you next week with tales of my Halloween Extravaganza!

P.S. Today’s post pic and word ‘RainDog’ is a building product supply company. Dad didn’t take that photo, so he wanted you to know not to credit him. Only credit him for the food photos.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

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365 Challenge: Day 216 – Grocery

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Grocery: (a) place you buy food items, or the food items you buy in a store, (b) a place to get compliments and NOT be rude

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Today’s 365 Daily Challenge message is simple. You never know when what you see happening isn’t really happening.

Weeks ago, I mentioned the frustrating grocery store near me that had no brisket to cook for Ryder on the return from our vacation. Well… I went back yesterday to buy another one to cook last night for dinner this weekend. The store had no brisket again, but at least I picked up a pot roast as an alternative. I added everything else to my cart and got in line at a register where I was next to be checked out. There was an older couple taking their time with packing their own groceries and being a bit rude to each other and the cashier. Lines were building up and another cashier was just wandering around doing nothing, as this couple kept re-bagging multiple times. I was slightly annoyed at how the store failed to provide appropriate customer service and formulated some words in my head to try to help speed the situation along; however, I was also inclined to be careful not to be rude myself, so I said nothing and just let it go.

The customers leave and the cashier rings up my groceries. I begin bagging my own (I always help, as I was once a cashier and appreciated the help) and then the other cashier who had been wandering around doing nothing, walks over to the register. All three of us have a conversation where I learn before I had arrived at the register, the second cashier had started bagging the previous customer’s groceries. But the rude customer told him to go away noting that he would break everything and no one should touch her stuff. The cashier also told me the same rude customer was there shopping the day before, cursing out the person in line before her because that other customer was taking her time and holding everyone up.

Wow! I learned a few things… it’s good I didn’t say anything, as I would have been wrong… the cashier did try to help and was told to go away. I didn’t have all my information. I also learned rude people are just rude, and they probably don’t even care how they treat others.  But then I had the best lesson: the cashier soon turned to me, saying… “Don’t ever grow up to be rude like that, lad. You’re so young, it could happen to you one day.” In all sincerity, this cashier was barely 10 years older than me… calling me lad… telling me “when I grow up.” My moral less today:

Don’t be rude. Don’t say something if you’re unsure of all the facts. Your reward in the end will be someone telling you how young you look!!! What a big win for me that day… and the pot roast is cooked and ready to eat tonight. Life is good.

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 203 – Foods (Top 10)

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Foods: Top 10 foods I love to cook

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Sunday posts, the end of each week, have become a theme on This-Is-My-Truth-Now, organized by groups of five (5) focused on interesting things about my life. I’m continuing the trend of the seventh day, ending the week on Sunday, as a list (we know I love them) that provides more in depth knowledge about me.

  • Weeks 1 – 5: Primary ethnicity groups and nationalities
  • Weeks 6 – 10: A to Z Favorites
  • Weeks 11 – 15: Colors with an important meaning
  • Weeks 16 – 20: Cities I’ve lived
  • Weeks 21 – 25: Jobs I’ve held

The next set of 5 Sundays covers the ‘Top 10’ of entertainment options that I spend my time thinking about or doing and this week is the Foods I Love to Cook. Since I’m on vacation, I don’t have time to do a full and proper post with pictures, so it will be a brief list to throw out some ideas and maybe I’ll update it in the future.

  1. Quiche (asparagus and pancetta)
  2. Salmon (with dill, rosemary and capers)
  3. Chocolate Cake (three layers with buttercream icing)
  4. Brisket (with a red wine based sauce)
  5. Whole Chicken (wrapped in pastry dough with herbs and stuffing)
  6. Brussel Sprouts (with olive oil, prosciutto, herbs and cranberries)
  7. Meat Loaf and Pommes Anna
  8. Bread stuffing (everything from scratch including the bread)
  9. Tilapia (baked in parchment paper with fresh vegetables)
  10. Soups (everything from leftovers of a meal)

 

All of these items are just the overall idea, but everything I cook is always different from the previous time. I also can’t follow recipes despite how rule-oriented and organized I am. I change an ingredient each time, rarely cooking the same thing over and over again. Wish I had more time to share recipes, ideas and pictures, but if you want to know anything more, I will happily share when I return. Oddly enough, these aren’t my favorite meals to eat. I tend to love raw foods, but I won’t ‘cook’ them myself as I worry about quality when I buy food, refrigeration and safety. I’ll leave that preparation to the experts. I also love desserts more than anything else, but I couldn’t possibly name all those, nor do I have time to cook them very often…

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About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 183 – Doggedly (RYDER RANT)

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Doggedly: in a manner that shows tenacity and grim persistence

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Ryder’s Rants is back, must mean it’s Monday. Had a hard time searching for a word today. There aren’t a whole lot with ‘dog’ in them that have anything good for me to talk about. Went with ‘doggedly’ today since there’s something that has been persistently driving me bonkers lately. Have you ever had one of your toys follow you around wherever you go? I do. It’s Ducky. He constantly quacks all night long, tries to snuggle with me and just plain gets all up in my grill. He weighs like 3 ounces, has lost most of his feathers (someone likes to bite him — not me — just sayin’) and smells worse than I do after a week without a bath. The only way to stop Ducky is to throw myself at him with full force. Well, I throw my rear end into him with full force. You’ve probably heard of headbutting someone, right? Well, I use my butt to headbutt someone. Except I got confused this week and started doing it to both the Dads. They find it funny. Not sure why. I’m just trying to exert my dominance over anything and everything that lives in my house. And I’m only twenty pounds, not that heavy. But they act like I’ve thrown a whole building on them when they feel my wrath.

Doggedly pursuit. That’s what I’m all about lately. To keep things in check around here. Though I’m not sure about that word ‘grim’ in the definition, since I finally got my brisket. Twice! Dinner and lunch. Dad made it Friday. He finally found it at the market the next day. Lucky him. There would have been hell to pay if I didn’t get my birthday present. It was delicious. I watched it cook in the over for five hours on Friday. And then again for 30 minutes on Saturday. Takes too long if you ask me. I have things to do. Can’t just watch stuff cook all the time. Right?

It was a quiet weekend around here. No visitors. They usually have people over. Sometimes I get kinda bored with just them — not a whole lot of interesting things about those two. They did work on my Enchanted Garden. Pruned the wisteria bush. Now it doesn’t have enough vines to attack me for a few weeks. That’ll be nice. It gets a little scary worrying every time I go outside if it might be my last. And now the bees seem to have taken up residence in one of the planter boxes. They like those bushes that make raspberries. I haven’t gotten to taste any berries yet. As you can probably tell, I’m not treated very fairly around here. I should be able to eat anything I want. But no flowers or plants, they remind me constantly. Seriously? I might go on a hunger strike if they keep telling me what I can’t eat around this joint. But oh, the bees. I like to chase them, and try to bite them when they fly too close. I did that once when I was a puppy. And I caught one! Except it was an angry bee. Stupid thing stung my tongue. Turned it all black for a few days. I even have a small scar on it now. Made me angry. All I wanted to do was eat it. Geez.

Let’s see… I thought I should forewarn you that Dads leave on a two-week vacation this Sunday. So I will have full control of the blog. Well, maybe not. I think they are sending me to Ella’s again. That’s a long time. I am not sure I will forgive them this time. We’ll see how it goes. The only good news to share about my little trip is that I know Dad 1 is going to the Petco this week to buy supplies. He usually brings me back new treats and a new toy when he goes to the store. It’s only right. I do bring tons of love and joy around this otherwise boring place. So today’s word, I guess I should explain that. Minus the grim part. As I don’t agree with that being part of the definition.

But the reason I chose doggedly is not for me. It’s for Dad 1. He’s been doggedly pursuing this 365 Daily Challenge for such a long time. Actually, that’s the news I wanted to share. Today it is officially 50% complete with 183 posts available to read on the blog! Can you believe it? He started the challenge back in March and has finished a full six months. I bet it all goes down hill from here. No one’s that creative. Well maybe I am, but he won’t let me be in charge of it. Next time you hear from me, I’ll be with Ella. Have a great week! And send me something. I’ll get bored while Dads are away. Yes, I’ll miss them too. Bye!!!!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

365 Challenge: Day 178 – Market

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Market: (a) a regular gathering of people for the purchase and sale of provisions, livestock, and other commodities, (b) place to trade stock, (c) advertising and promotions

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It’s been an interesting day. A few days ago, I mentioned it was Ryder’s tenth birthday. He absolutely loves brisket and pot roast. Goes ballistic for it. Sits in front of the oven and stares at it for hours while it cooks. Since we were away for his actual birth date, I promised him a brisket when I returned, even told him I’d cook it today. I try to keep my promises. Just went to the market after the gym with the list of groceries I needed to purchase. This particular market is a regular grocery store one block away from my apartment building. I had enough time to get everything, as well as my lunch, and then come home to eat before a scheduled phone call. I arrive at the market, go immediately to the meat department in search of either a brisket or roast-like product. I had already turned on the air conditioning, as the apartment gets a tad hot when I cook in the oven, and today’s humidity is high with the rain here in NYC. Thought I’d come home, chop the vegetables, brown the meat, pour in a bottle of wine (maybe have a glass myself) and start the cooking process. I get to the meat section; they had every other meat product (filet, chop meat, burgers, hanger steak) but nothing to prepare in the oven. Ryder loves his gravy, carrots and potatoes. He’s gonna be one disappointed dog.

How could a grocery store not carry anything like that? I asked the butcher. He had no response, just shrugged his shoulders. This is the same store earlier this year that had some financial issues, leaving the shelves less than 33% stocked. They’d been out of basic staples, which annoyed me, but I could get those at Duane Reade or the small corner store if necessary. But no meat to make a pot roast with? I was an unhappy camper. So was Ryder when I told him. The nearest grocery store is another seven blocks north, which I normally wouldn’t mind going to, but that’s a bit of a walk to carry multiple bags. Plus I didn’t have the extra time today. I will try on Friday at the other grocery store and cook Ryder his special birthday dinner. Poor little tyke, first we’re not home on his birthday, then a delayed meal. The ‘market’ annoyed me today.

Yesterday, another kind of ‘market’ annoyed me. It shouldn’t, but some days it could drive a guy wacko. I invest money in the stock market. I have since I was 18 when I left for college. I used some of the money I earned in high school and during the summer for college tuition, room, board and expenses. I put some in savings. And I put some in a few stocks based on guidance from another family member. It did relatively well and taught me how to choose my investments. When I graduated from college, one of the presents I bought my mom for her birthday was a shared stock investment account. I put $200 in a new account, told her $100 was hers and $100 was mine. We watched it grow and drop over the years. It was always a fun experiment and bonding session. When I took a full-time job, I received a 401K and company stock. I also made a few private investments. Over the years, it grew and provided a lot of opportunity to learn more about how the stock market works. When I stopped working last summer, I transferred everything to a single account, as I didn’t want to have to worry about checking tons of places. Now I check it every day because it’s more prominent in my mind. Some days it does well. Some days it does not. Yesterday it did not. It’ll correct itself, but yesterday was an unhappy market day.

A third kind of market is how you advertise or promote services and goods. I always hated this type of market. I am not a good salesman. I also am not creative when it comes to thinking about the ways to advertise or promote. When you are an author, you need to do those things. I have a product to sell now. I am appreciative of all my friends who are giving me ideas and even one, the amazing Claire, who did an entire write-up for me on options. I won’t name her as I don’t want to put her on the spot for others to pressure her for help. But if she wants me to, I’ll happily put her name on here. That said, I will soon be turning my focus (once Father Figure editing is done next week) to keeping 50% of my schedule dedicated to marketing ‘Watching Glass Shatter.’ So many things to consider: giveaways, radio spots, book reviews, author profiles, campaigns, Amazon advertisements, book store signings… it’s scary. I am so out of my element. But that’s when you learn the most, which means I need to put on my big boy pants and just do it.

Three types of markets. Some days they are good. Some days they are bad. This week felt like a bad one. Maybe that means next week will be a good one. Eh, it’s a roller coaster. No complaints from me. I’m too happy and lucky with all this progress to worry about small dips. The bigger world is suffering way worse than my little concern over the word market. Just thought it would be a fun little play on words in today’s 365 Daily Challenge. How about the rest of you? Any interesting little stories about these three definitions for the word market? Share with the rest of us!

 

About Me & the “365 Daily Challenge”

I’m Jay and I live in NYC. By profession, I work in technology. By passion, I work in writing. I’ve always been a reader. And now I’m a daily blogger. I decided to start my own version of the “365 Daily Challenge” where since March 13, 2017, I’ve posted a characteristic either I currently embody or one I’d like to embody in the future. 365 days of reflection to discover who I am and what I want out of life.

The goal: Knowledge. Acceptance. Understanding. Optimization. Happiness. Help. For myself. For others. And if all else fails, humor. When I’m finished in one year, I hope to have more answers about the future and what I will do with the remainder of my life. All aspects to be considered. It’s not just about a career, hobbies, residence, activities, efforts, et al. It’s meant to be a comprehensive study and reflection from an ordinary man. Not a doctor. Not a therapist. Not a friend. Not an encyclopedia full of prior research. Just pure thought, a blogged journal with true honesty.

Join the fun and read a new post each day, or check out my book reviews, TV/Film reviews or favorite vacation spots. And feel free to like, rate, comment or take the poll for each post. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.