Monday, December 17, 2012

Saturday, December 08, 2012

New Distraction

Here is my new distraction, a harmonica.  I decided on a harmonica, because I wanted to learn how to play a musical instrument.  Why?  It's something I have never learned before and a different type of learning experience.  Most of my learning is cerebral, not artistic, and that is the challenge I wanted to have.  In elementary school, I remember taking an aptitude test for music because the school wanted to look for future band students.  I did not make the cut.

I initially thought about learning the guitar, then I realized the cost and the amount of space it would take up.  My next option was the harmonica.  I searched Google to make sure there were resources available online for learning the harmonica, and yeah there are plenty.

My next decision was what harmonica should I buy.  I did my research and decided on the Suzuki Folkmaster.  I read that a beginner should pay around $30.00 for a good harmonica because it is harder to learn on cheaper ones.  I also read don't spend less than $10.00.  I decided to spend between those two prices, so the $15.00 Suzuki Folkmaster was my choice.  Beginners can "blow out" a reed, so I decided to go with a cheaper model.  Plus, if I lose interest or totally suck, $15.00 is not that much money.

I have been practicing for about two weeks now and yes I am still a beginner.  I can play "Row Row Your Boat" once.  The harmonica is a "blind" instrument.  You cannot see what you are doing.  You have to rely on sound, feel, and muscle memory.  The harmonica is sometimes called a blues harp, or just harp.  I will keep harp'n away and see what happens.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

My Olympic Crush - Jessica Ennis

My Olympic crush for the 2012 London Olympics is Jessica Ennis, Gold Medalist in the Women's' Heptathlon.  Why?  She is cute, athletic (obviously), and from what I have read, a good person.  I ran track in high school, so you could say I have an appreciation for track athletes.  Here are a couple of links about Jessica Ennis:


Jessica Ennis Official Website

An Article About How Jessica Trains

Congratulations Jessica!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Live Jazz Review

Here is a description from Fragrantica:

Live Jazz by Yves Saint Laurent is a Aromatic Fougere fragrance for men. Live Jazz was launched in 1998. The nose behind this fragrance is Pierre Bourdon. Top notes are mint, grapefruit and lemon; middle notes are coriander and rhubarb; base notes are nutmeg, amber, vanilla and cedar.

For the first 30 minutes, there is a very pleasant lemon and mint smell with very good projection.  Then the fragrance starts transitioning to the middle notes.  After 2 hours, it smells like an herbal garden with a tiny hint of the citrus lingering.  The coriander is energetic, and spicy.  The projection is still good.  The top and middle notes are opposites.  The top notes are cool and refreshing, and then the scent changes to energetic and lively.  It feels like taking a relaxing lounge in a recliner, then having to get off my butt and start a workout.  From 3 to 4 hours, the projection dies down and becomes a skin scent.  After 4 hours, on my skin, the scent is gone.  And I mean gone, no skin scent at all.  I don’t even have a chance to smell the base notes.

I am disappointed that the longevity is so bad.  I only paid about $30.00 for a 3.4oz bottle, so I can’t complain about the price.  The bottle is nice with the words “Live Jazz” frosted on the bottle.  The sprayer is outstanding and sprays a large amount in a nice spray pattern.  Even with the powerful atomizer, longevity is still poor on me.   This was a blind buy.  Many YouTube reviewers said this is a great mint based starter fragrance.  Unfortunately, the mint only lasts a maximum of 2 hours on me, and I am being generous.  Due to the poor longevity, I can’t enjoy this fragrance.  What a shame.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Ed Hardy Born Wild Review - Initial Impression

I bought an Ed Hardy Born Wild for Men 3 Piece Gift Set at Marshall's for $24.99.  The retail price was $55.00 and the gift set included a 1.7 oz and 0.25 oz EDT spray bottles, and a 3.0 oz Hair/Body Wash.  A 1.7 oz EDT bottle retails for around $33.00, so I think I got a good deal.  So, what does it smell like?  It smells like a sweet fruity blend of orange and apple, that is also spicy.  There is also a floral note in the middle, then it dries down to a sweet, woody note.  There are not a lot of You Tube video reviews for this fragrance, but it has been described as sweet and geared more for teens and college students.  Even though I am over 40, I like the sweetness.  The most amazing thing is the longevity.  It lasted a good 7 hours on me.  After 12 hours, it is a skin scent, but I can still smell it.  Amazing!  I will have to try a couple more wearings to see if the sweetness is too heavy for summer. The name of the fragrance, Born Wild, is a complete opposite of what it smells like.  It is not wild at all, but a sweet fragrance.  For a first impression, I give Ed Hardy Born Wild a Thumbs Up!

Monday, June 04, 2012


Yeah, yeah, I do not post as a faithful blogger should.  I can't promise anything, but here is a short update:

  1. Container Gardening - I am attempting to grow pepper plants in planter pots.
  2. The air conditioner in my 2nd car, which I mainly use in the winter, died.  I noticed that the compressor does turn on if I switch the air flow to any of the windshield settings.  I will need to get this fixed before winter.  I am not looking forward to the cost
  3. Left Bicep Update - I have only done two very light workouts on my biceps with no issues.  I really need to get them back in shape for summer.  Curls for the Girls!
  4. Duquesne Light Sucks - From last week's storms, my power was out for about 14 hours.  A few years back, there were scheduled power outages as part of a plan to improve the infrastructure.  It did not help.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Yves Saint Laurent Live Jazz Discontinued

I recently purchased a bottle of Yves Saint Laurent Live Jazz and was curious why I could not find it on the Yves Saint Laurent website, so I emailed their customer service.  Here is the response that I received:

March 7, 2012

Thank you for asking us about Live Jazz Eau De Toilette Spray. We are sorry to tell you that it was discontinued and that we do not have any available for you to purchase.

It was not easy for us to make the decision to discontinue Live Jazz Eau De Toilette Spray. This was a wonderful product that we know some of our consumers will miss. Unfortunately, demand was not high enough for us to continue manufacturing it. As consumers ourselves, we understand how disappointing it can be when a favorite product or shade is no longer offered.

Although we do not currently have a similar fragrance to suggest to you,  we invite you to visit an YSL Fragrance counter where you can test our current fragrance line.  For a location near you, please visit our Store Locator at: Enter a zip code to find the address of a store near you. We hope that you will find a product to take the place of  We hope that you will find a product to take the place of Live Jazz Eau De Toilette Spray soon.

We appreciate your loyalty to Yves Saint Laurent Beauté.

Consumer Affairs Supervisor
Ref # xyzabcd

You should be able to find a 3.3 oz/100 ml bottle online for around $30.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Bumps and Bruises

This blog is a good place to time stamp my bumps and bruises.  Why?  Well, my company has changed health care providers over the past ten years due to mergers, acquisitions, etc.  This is a good place to make note of my injuries so I can refer back to this blog to look at recovery times, etc.  So, here is a list of my current injuries, when they approximately happened, and how:

1. Left Shoulder - February 2011 - I believe I injured it after trying to remove snow from my deck.  The railings on my deck are about 30 inches high, so it is an overuse injury.

2. Left Elbow Tendinitis - Late Spring/Early Summer 2011 - Injured trying to squeeze caulk from a caulking gun.

3. Left Bicep - Early November 2011 - Injured moving an old 21 inch CRT monitor into a work vehicle.  The monitor "moved" on me and in an attempt to stop it from moving, I braced it with my left arm.

I could use some bionic parts now.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

KDKA TV - Exaggerated Severe Weather Promos Begin

I just saw a promo on KDKA TV with a warning that severe weather is on the way.  I looked at the forecast from and I did not see any warnings or watches.  The over exaggeration begins.