TMI this week from Sean, the Just A Jeep Guy

1. Do you still have a land line?
No, I got rid of it when I retired almost 7 years ago and no longer needed a fax machine.  I would have done it earlier because I hated all those annoying calls at dinnertime.

2. Which cell phone do you use and why?
I have had a Samsung Galaxy Note II for exactly one year now.  Being a smartphone, I cannot believe how much less I use my computer now. It is a wonderful gadget and I spend entirely too much time playing with it, especially playing Solitaire.

3. Which provider do you use? Is there really a difference?
AT&T, which I have been using for many years.  One reason is that they have a cell tower very close to my farm in rural NC and I get great service everywhere I go.

4. If you call someone and they don't pick up, do you leave a message? 
Most of the time.  But phone tag (voicemail) can become very frustrating.

5. When you have a missed call (with no message), do you call the person back?
Almost never, but yesterday my doctor’s office called without leaving a message, so I did call them back later.

6. Do you txt willingly or reluctantly? How are your skills? 
The only person that I text with is my older son, because he loves to text and does not like to talk on the phone.  I would rather talk than text.  I am pretty good at texting, because my phone completes words and makes suggestions, so I can be pretty quick.

7. Has your cell replaced your camera?
Pretty much as it has more pixels than my Nikon point and shoot, which is about 8 years old.  And I take more pictures now because it is always with me.  For the past two months, I have been undergoing wound (ulcer) treatment on my leg, which doesn't want to heal because of lymphedema and diabetes. Twice a week when I go to physical therapy to get my leg unna booted, I take pictures of the wound with a tape measure to document any improvement.  I now have a whole folder of those photos. 
measuring the ulcer
unna boot on my left leg

8. Selfies....
In my case they provide too much age related TMI, but since you asked . . .

9. How many apps do you have? Which is your favorite and why?
Wait, while I count . . . uh, 45.  Some are medically related such as keeping records of my blood glucose levels, my INI (blood thinner) levels, etc.  My favorites are reading emails, news articles, and of course, the aforementioned Solitaire.

10. What would life be like with no cell/smart phone for one month?
I would go stark raving mad, because I even read books on my phone or my Kindle.  Don’t need it much as a phone, but I surely do like all the other apps.


As I was lying in bed pondering the problems of the world, I rapidly realized that I don't really give a rat's ass. It's the tortoise life for me! And here is why.

1.. If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal.

2.. A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, and is fat.

3.. A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years.

4.. A tortoise doesn't run and does nothing, yet it lives for 450 years. And you tell me to exercise?? I don't think so.

I'm retired. Go around me.

God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked, the good fortune to run into the ones I do, and the eyesight to tell the difference.

Now that I'm older and wiser, here's what I've discovered:

1. I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.

2. My wild oats have turned into prunes and all-bran.

3. I finally got my head together, and now my body is falling apart.

4. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

5. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.

6. If all is not lost, where is it?

7. It is easier to get older than it is to get wiser.

8. Some days, you're the dog; some days you're the hydrant.

9. I wish the buck stopped here; I sure could use a few.

10. Kids in the back seat cause accidents.

11. Accidents in the back seat cause kids.

12. It's hard to make a comeback when you haven't been anywhere.

13. The only time the world beats a path to your door is when you're in the bathroom.

14. If God wanted me to touch my toes, he'd have put them on my knees.

15. When I'm finally holding all the cards, why does everyone want to play chess?

16. Its not hard to meet expenses . . . they're everywhere.

17. The only difference between a rut and a grave is the depth.

18. These days, I spend a lot of time thinking about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, and then wonder what I'm hereafter.

19. Funny, I don't remember being absent-minded.


                            (--------author unknown)


1. How good of a cook are you?

I am an excellent cook and love to make gourmet meals making up something I’ve never tried before.  The only time I follow a recipe is for baking because those measurements can be critical.

2. Who taught you how to cook? 

I always watched everyone cook, especially my grandmother and my mother.  But I have gone way beyond that!  I do get some techniques from America’s Test Kitchen and Cook’s Corner.

3. Who does the cooking in your home?

I do ALL the cooking in my Wilmington home and at my farm.

4. Do you cook more or eat out more?

Rarely eat out, because the food is cheaper and better when I prepare it.  Also, I got my fill of eating out when I was traveling on the road as a consultant.

5. Are you more of a cook or dessert maker?

Main dishes, primarily.  For example, tonight, I prepared black beans and rice with Italian chicken sausages laced with okra, onions, and stewed tomatoes.  
Since I am diabetic, I no longer make desserts.

6. What was your worst/funniest cooking moment? 

I can’t remember a personal one.  However, my mother once blew up a pressure cooker, and our dinner of corned beef and cabbage was on the ceiling.
That rivals my ex-wife too quickly grabbing a cake pedestal with a chocolate cake on it to present to our guests when it slid off onto the floor!

7. What's your best dish?
My version of Paella with chicken, seafood, and yellow rice.

8. Is revenge a dish best served cold? 
No probably needs a lot of capsaicin from the hottest peppers that exist.

9. Is the best way to a man's heart truly through his stomach?  

I know a few men, including myself, that this would apply to.