2018 Fall November 25 Sunday

54 degrees this morning , no walk, humidity 44 degrees

No walk due to the 17 mph wind and some symptoms of coughing etc.  Didn’t want to take a chance on making something worse.  

Starting of the last day of a 4 day weekend.  Overall, it has been an excellent weekend, it just seems to go so fast!

The new “antii-robo call” program for our phone appears to be working reasonably well.  I especially resent the phone calls at all times of the day and am glad the program appears to be substantially reducing the calls.   

I expect that “Scam Tuesday” will be bad as both legitimate and scam calls will increase. 

Personally, I don’t like “cyber Monday” or “Giving Tuesday” names.  The “cyber Monday” was originally a cute name for people abusing the rights to their computers at work to buy on the internet before the internet became prevalent in homes.  

I always resented the publicity attempting to legitimize and encourage people to use their work computers to buy personal gifts etc.

Maybe a little bit of an overreaction, but it really did seem to encourage abuse of work computers for personal reasons.  

“Giving Tuesday”, I have no idea where that started but anything with “giving Tuesday’ in the subject line is a turn-off for me.  

I think it is like the requests for “give a dollar” (or “roundup” or whatever) for some pet charity of the business that I am shopping at.  

I “just say no”.  Again, I will decide what I give to and I resent being hassled by a business to give to their favorite charity.  (Especially the businesses that I see giving millions to political campaigns etc. or paying millions in “donations” to politicians for favors that cost taxpayers billions or trillions  and then they are begging me for money?).  

Of course, it is easy for me, I “just say no” and decide on my own where I donate.  

In many cases (from my personal experience that I know it is true),many of the “giving” campaigns are sponsored by profession fund raisers who get up to 80% of the donations.  Personally I think any request for giving ought to be required to specify how much is going to “fund raising” or “administrative” expenses, although they would probably just lie about it anyway!

Watching the “qualifying” for the last Formula 1 race of the year.  I am just amazed that 20 persons can drive a car over a 3 mile track of twins and turns and all come within 3.596 seconds (the first 10 within 1.944 seconds!)  Considering that any little hesitation etc. would be a least several seconds, I really don’t know how they do it.

What is even more amazing is that the same drivers normally are within the top 5 or so. 

I always say (not always quite believing it) that many top athletes and even to Managers and executives etc. may just be a “little bit better” than average, but that “little bit” (either natural ability or extra effort) is what makes a star or “the best” in any field.  

That’s it for now, Sunday, November 25, 2018.  

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