Upcoming Surgery

This is too much to post on Facebook, as I am going to go into detail here.

I met with the surgeon last week and he is wanting to do a video assisted thorasic surgery.  Basically, they go in with a small camera and tools without opening up my chest.   They believe that I have a 60-70% chance of having lung cancer and are treating it as such accordingly.  They are going to go in, and check my lymph nodes to determine if anything from the tumour has spread to there.   If so, then they will biospy it.  If my lymph nodes are okay, then they will remove my upper right lobe of my lungs.  If they need to biospy what they find on my nodes, they will refrain from the removal of the lobe.  While waiting for results, I will undergo 2 weeks of chemotherapy and/or radiation treatment.    After

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An update on my lungs

Earlier this month, I went into OHSU for my scheduled Bronchoscopy to determine what is going on with the mass in my lung.  Overall, the procedure was fairly easy to do and after everything was said and done, the doctor after the procedure told me that they did not see any cancer in my lung.   After this, I figured the case was closed.   As part of the tests, they sent some samples taken out of my lungs as a culture to test if I had a fungal growth or other bacterial growth.  Both of those tests came back as negative.    Last week, I checked in with the doctor through the MyChart app they have to find out the results of the test.  A few days later, I got a response from him. 

They can not definitively rule out cancer.  He told me that he brought the test results and everything

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WebSite Updates

WebSite Updates

I have made a change in the back end of things, nothing to affect the accounts or sign in, you still can and will not need to re-register.   The back end of the site has been moved to a faster control panel software that is designed to make things move faster in the loading.    Right now, the images are off-line and will be replaced later.

Overall, I plan on improving the site loading times, making things cleaner and easier to use.  I know some have had troubles with logging in and I am not 100% sure as to why, but if you have any issues, please let me know on Facebook.

Please bear with me while I continue to make the site updates and improvements around here. :)

 

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Deaf Ears and Management

Deaf Ears and Management

Last Saturday, I was at work when Mandy called me, I was on the phone with a customer and had to reject her call.  She called back a minute or so later, so I knew it was an emergency type of call.  I put the customer on hold, and took her call.  A loud squeal coming, her in a state of uncertainty as to what to do.  She had located it to the hall and found the source:

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This is on our wall and puts out we later discovered, well over 90db of noise.  She tried to turn it off, but there was no way.  Now, we were never told by the management as to what it was for and what to do if it should ever go off.   I called our security company for the apartment which called the maintenance crew to call me at work.  So, I took

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The cord has been cut!

The cord has been cut!

About two weeks ago, we made the hard disconnect of our cable TV and internet service with Comcast, this was due to their high rates and the need to lower our monthly costs.  The return of the equipment to them was painless and quite quick.  I came home and placed an order for FIOS (Fiber Optic Service) to our home for Internet only.  I have had service with Frontier Internet before and they were the company I ordered from again.   After placing the order, I was given an install date of today, September 1st.   This meant that we would have no Internet in the apartment for a while.  With only the data allowance on our phones, we were able to squeak by with minimal use.

One of the first things I did, was hook my HDTV antenna back up to the TV so we can recieve over the air broadcasts. 

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Doctors....I don't know what to say...

Doctors....I don't know what to say...

Around here, and with as many people here in the greater Portland metro area and suburbs, there are a lot of doctors, more than one can count easily.  With more specialists and doctors to choose from, I was surprised to find that for the number of Pulmonologists in the area are roughly 20 -25.   Now, get this - 3 clinics in my area - split between all three.   I had a not so good experience with the pulmonologist I saw in January of this year.  His overall bedside manner was not exactly great towards me, and I felt like my situation was being discounted.   Nonetheless, he ordered a CT scan of my lungs and then he called me.  Sounded better to me on the phone, had a better attitude but also dismismissive of what I had to say.  I have not returned....

Having battled life events and depression, I finally

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The heat killed my fan!

The heat killed my fan!

It has been hot in the Portland metro area just like it has been for the rest of the country.  We have not been any exception to the weather and that is all well and good.   Last week, we hit highs close to 110° and then later in the week, mid 90's.  Pretty much we have stayed cool with the help of our portable A/C and two fans, a box fan at the end of the hall near the bedroom where the A/C is blowing out of to "Throw" the heat down the hall, and then an oscillating fan which helped distribute the cooler air.

This morning, I turned on the fan before I left for work set it to medium speed amd left.  Mandy came home and and the osicillating fan is no longer working, it is remote control and has a control panel that lights up, but the

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I'm done asking

I'm done asking

Over the past couple of months, I have made this site to be as easy to register and login with as humanly possible short of making everything 100% accessible without memberships. 

I have made the request and offer to have anyone register on this site, and nobody has except for a few.  It has fallen on deaf ears and I am getting frustrated asking people to sign in.  I have had more spambots or automated registrations come in than I have from real people.  (Spambots - I know who you are and have blocked you!)   When I see people that don't register, that I know have in the past or who have seen my posts inviting them in, I feel like they really do not care about what I have to say and/or too absorbed in Facebook to stop by and show their support and participation.

I pay a monthly

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Cutting The Cord (Soon)

Cutting The Cord (Soon)

We are soon to face some changes in our household which will make some difference in the way we view television shows.  I will not go into those changes exactly, but one of them is that I plan on soon making the switch away from having a DVR cable/box and just going straight to Internet streaming of video.  Over the last several years, the cable industry has seen a sharp decline in the amount of subscribers, and a trend toward online video.  WIth this trend, they have started to get in the game so to speak by integrating services within their packages.  For example right now, our provider, Comcast (Xfinity), now allows you to log into your Netflix account through their DVR.  This to me, is a sign that they are starting to move into that area some.  Our DVR in fact, does not use any storage, instead it marks

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A Techies Dream

A Techies Dream

I think just about any techie secretly dreams of, or already has a hybrid type of smart home.  I have been toying with various ideas over the last year or two about how I could make our home more automated.  When you think about smart homes, you might think about similar technology to Star Trek or futuristic shows.   I think we are now at the point where we can add some of these things in our lives.  For example, I have a wishlist of items I would like to use to automate our home just ever so slightly and still make it very landlord friendly:

  1. Phillips Hue Smart Lighting system
    • You can control the lights with your phone or computer, changing the colors of the light, dimming to certain levels, or scheduling them to turn on/off at certain times with optional gradual dimming to full light or to no light.
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Google Rewards and Maps Questions

Google Rewards and Maps Questions

Once upon a time a couple of years ago, I signed up for a program from Google that would pay you for surveys that they would send out to you in the form of their Play Store credits.  Sometimes, you could get around $0.10 or $.08 and rarely $1.00 per question depending on their systems.  This often turned out to be a nice incentive to purchase apps on the Play Store for free since they were paying you in the form of credits.    Since I signed up on 12/9/13, I have amassed a total of $80.89 in credits with the last survey taken on 03/31/17,  Not every survey paid anything.  Eventually, in March of this year, the surveys stopped.  

 

With Google stopping the survey flow, it was not alarming to me, they have gone months sometimes 6 months or so between questions.  As it is a free thing

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A Letter to my Facebook Friends

A Letter to my Facebook Friends

To all my Facebook friends and family,

I wanted to extend an invitation to you to come join our web site!  I know many of you had registered, but have never come back and re-registered on this site after I made the final and last major upgrade I plan on doing for the next several years.   I am not sure if I have upset anyone with the changes made or if everyone is just too busy to come in and join. 

I normally do not post on Facebook.  As you are well aware, I do not post much, and when I do, is is usually little things.  Otherwise, I write posts here and it echoes onto Facebook so you know I have written something so you can come and read it.

I rely on the site membership to know if someone is interested in what I have written.  As of

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This is why I made changes to the site

This is why I made changes to the site

I was using WordPress to run this web site and found it to be a great platform for blogging overall.  It is a no cost solution and is easily learned by those who are wanting to start their own blog or other web site.  My web hosting company I ran used WordPress and it was ideal for the job.  In fact, many businesses run on WordPress including major corporations.  I ran into some issues with it however, that pushed me over the edge in what I found to be an acceptable level of problems.

My reasons in order for making the switch:

  • There is a very old yet - unpatched security hole which exists in the WordPress ecosystem which can compromise accounts and sensitive data.
  • The amount of system resources required to run the software eventually began to tax the server and system which also increased the amount of time
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Come Join Us!

Come Join Us!

I wanted to update what has been going on with the site.   The site has undergone several changes:  A brand new look, new design, new feel, more login options and soon to be more functionality.  

First the most important news:

USER ACCOUNTS:

Due to the changeover which I did, I was not able to bring everyone's account over as much as I wanted to.  Given the nature of the security involved with the web site systems and how the passwords are super tightly encrypted (THATS A GODO THING!) :)  it was not possible to do this.  

One observation I noticed was that there were a few people on the old system who had a very hard time logging in and/or creating their account.  This should now be fixed!!!  You can now login with your favorite social account!.  You have probably already seen this in the

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Unfair landlord practices

Unfair landlord practices

Last fall, we got a notice about this, but also got one today via e-mail.  It looks like our apartment complex is getting ready to put a hammer down soon.

Dear Valued Residents, 
  
 Now that the weather is getting warmer we want to remind everyone of the policy change we made in the fall. We will no longer be allowing window AC units. This is a decision our company has made to protect the windows and siding which, as many of you know, we just replaced a couple of years ago. You of course may still use the AC units with the hose attachment. 
  
 Here are a few recommendations for portable or free standing A/C units that have good reviews and can be purchased in stores or online:
 
  • Sunpentown SF-608R Portable Evaporative Air Cooler ; $98.50
    • Carried on Amazon.com; Target, and Home Depot
  • LG LP1111WXR 11,000 BTU
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Sometimes computers show their age. :)

Sometimes computers show their age. :)

I worked 6 days last week with Sunday being my only day off until Friday, so I decided to get a lot of things done with my computer and other items Sunday.  About a month ago, we picked up at Goodwill an Android TV Box for well under what it should cost.  In short - the Android TV box turns your TV into a media streaming system.    I hooked it up and it worked for about a week then died.   With it costing less than a meal at a fast food place, I didn't feel too bad about it.  In came my Raspberry Pi though to the rescue, one of the main features I loved about the Android TV Box is it hooks up to your TV and you can load a program on it called Kodi which lets you connect to your network and play music files stored on

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How I love my wife

How I love my wife

One of the things that has been on my mind lately is how husbands should treat their wives.  This also applies to boyfriends as they too do apply in many areas for them.  After I had divorced in 2007, I had gone through many changes in my life, my emotional being, and I changed in ways that I still can not explain.  I like to think of my time single as a time of personal reflection, evaluation and while it was hard many days and nights to not have someone to come home to or call my wife, I was being changed without realizing it.

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her.  Eph 5:25 NLT

This was one of the first things that I remembered from growing up in the church and from sermons.   Whether you are

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The importance of backups my story

The importance of backups my story

A couple of weeks ago, I was working with my system and my backup drive which is separate from the computer was starting to act strangely.  I knew this was a sign of impending doom so I scrambled to recover what I could as the drive would work for about 2 minutes after boot up, then go down.   The amount of storage on the drive is roughly 650GB of data.  In this data set, I have every music CD we own backed up to the server and our family photos, wedding photos, and lots of other items which are not easily replaceable.   I have backed up this drive before to a smaller drive so most of the data is still intact so I was glad to have this.  After taking inventory of what I have lost, it was an acceptable loss of mostly program files I downloaded and a few

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