No SilverSpoon For You

As parents or grandparents, for the most part, we strive to ensure our children and our grandchildren have a better live than we did. Perhaps that special sibling or young relative that we feel shows promise of greatness. Or dear we say ourselves, a career change or to find a higher paying job to better provide for our families.

Find the buoyancy to allow breathing as an option.

Countless years as the tail of life spin around and around, as young youth we are told that college, named brand universities and good-paying jobs along with hard work will pave its way to a better and stable life.

College graduate
Receiving the Diploma

In a recent article by HOW TO $TUFF YOUR PIG titled, IN THE NEWS: SHOULD STUDENT LOAN DEBT BE FORGIVEN? resonated with me for several reasons. One, I used to be a student myself of higher learning, the first in my generation to obtain that piece of paper that I thought would lead to doors opening up and the phone ringing off the hook. That was one of the proudest days besides seeing my sons’ birth. The second reason is I used to be one of those so called specialist on the phones in a large corporate bank approving and most of the times denying student loans. I crushed many dreams during my five years as a Student Loan specialist. But then I rather see them denied than go into a debt. Third, while, in that industry, I have seen many fall prey to Salle Mae with hopes of landing that one job that would become a career.

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After a few department consolidations, those that could not escape by finding other suitable jobs were lead to the land of Private Student Loans. A few of us were parents ourselves and we had a moral dilemma. we were in the aftermath of what would become known as 2007-2008 financial credit crises lead by the Bush Administration. A pretty package wrapped in gold lace and flowers scented with Rose water left for the Obama Administration that took office in 2009 to only find a tangled mess of spaghetti wires once the package was opened. Many banks having to take a handout to stay open. giant car manufacturers taking the handout as well to keep their doors open. The land of finding those great jobs were lost to students and others.

If you were not born with that silver spoon, that cushion to soften the harsh blow of an economy crisis, you found yourself fighting an uphill battle.

Students wanting to become doctors have accumulated student loan debt closing in the million dollar range. Students that wanted to become pilots did not have it easy either.

The student Loan Crisis.

A publication by Sophie Quinton from the national Journal wrote an article with a publish date of April 20, 2015, titled, The Five Things You Might Not Know About Student-Loan Debt.

The eco­nom­ists found par­tic­u­larly stark dif­fer­ences for the group that entered re­pay­ment in 2009, dur­ing the depths of the Great Re­ces­sion. In the ag­greg­ate, bor­row­ers from neigh­bor­hoods where in­comes av­er­age less than $40,000 a year have paid down just 3 per­cent of their debt. Nearly 60 per­cent have either fallen be­hind on pay­ments or de­faul­ted on their loans.
Mean­while, people from neigh­bor­hoods where in­comes av­er­age $80,000 or more have paid off nearly 30 per­cent of their total debt. Only 20 per­cent of those bor­row­ers have had trouble mak­ing pay­ments.

A reporter by the name of Jillian Berman from MarketWatch, Watch America’s student-loan debt grow $2,726 every second Published: Nov 10, 2015, 11:14 a.m. ET

This burden is likely preventing many of these Americans from buying houses and cars and fueling economic growth in other ways, according to research from the New York Federal Reserve and others. And only 37% of borrowers are actually paying down this debt.

“We have gained an increasing understanding that how we finance post-secondary education has significant effects on a variety of critical economic outcomes, including economic growth and inequality,” William C. Dudley, the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York said at a student loan data conference earlier this year, according to prepared remarks.

Modeled on the famous National Debt Clock, the student loan clock offers an alarming portrait of the problem in aggregate, but certain types of borrowers are suffering more under the weight of student loan debt than others. For many, taking out student loans is a worthwhile investment that helps to increase their earning potential. But borrowers who never reap the benefits of the education they went into debt to obtain are more likely to struggle to pay off their loans. Sixteen percent of borrowers who never finished their program are behind on their payments, according to data released last month. By contrast, just 4% of bachelor’s degree recipients and 3% of borrowers with graduate degrees report being behind on their payments.

Hers is a thought!

I do believe it is the time our states offered the first two years of college free, the graduate Professor on a program could work off his or her debt by instructing these young great minds of the future. Deans could forgo that Porch of luxury.  Those that on working on their Master to become teachers could also instruct while in a special program themselves from their debt. This is not unlike what already is in place for Doctors or Teachers to work in areas of the underprivileged. Those programs have been in place for some time now. This would just be an extension of said programs. The only problem is that those that graduate have dreams of their own having already put in many years of schooling and do not want to put another two years in, but it would ease their debt.

Speaking of debt, Danny wrote a wonderful article today providing ways to get out of debt. Financial Freedom and Living the Life of Your Dreams

Poodle Attack And What You Need to know

RedLine Have you ever came across this when getting to a certain Website? If so, tread lightly with caution!

Google support will show you this, “Google Chrome knows there are problems with the site’s certificate. Proceed with caution, because someone on your network (like someone sharing your wi-fi connection) might be messing with the website. If you disclose any information on the website, the person on the network might be able to read it.”

There are times this is benign but if you are not 100% sure of the Website. backaway as though you just came across Count Dracula’s Castle.

Reference Material:

https://askleo.com/why_is_there_a_slash_through_the_https_in_my_browsers_address_bar/

Tomorrow, I will be adding the links submitted to Reddit and add more to the Follow to Follow Directory

And if any one is interest and have heard of Charlie Rose he did an interview as well on this CRPS. Put the letter A in there and you get CRAPS!

http://www.charlierose.com/watch/60150288

 

Thank You for Your Concern | You Are The Best!

I appreciate all of you that expressed your warm and deepest concerns. Thank you!

Complex Regional Pain SyndromeI did not write the post to generate a pity party, but to let my community and fellow Bloggers know a bit more of me and the pitfalls of living with Complex Reginal Pain Syndrome.  Doctors are still clueless and there is no cure for it. Somedays are ok and some, well, you would just rather have a Root Canal done.

In light of this, I still am trying to rejoin the workforce and have a few apps out. We will see!

Before I was diagnosed with this condition. I do admit I used to make light of people that claimed they had such pain to the ones that had Fibromyalgia which is completely different from CRPS. This post will be to bring some awareness about this CRPS.

Coping with CRPSWearing clothing can be a pain in the ass too if someone has this condition. Sensitivity to temperature changes as well.

When I wear certain shirts they can feel like needles pricking the skin or rough sandpaper rubbing back and forth.  So, I don’t care what people may think of me for the way I dress these days, I wear clothing items that feel comfortable.  If you wish to view this video, here is the link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YPKAycw7MQ this is a 36-minute video from, Sharon Weiner, RSDSA Board of Directors and President of Living with RSDS, Inc. and Barby Ingle, Power of Pain Foundation share techniques and ways to live better despite having CRPS.

This link is from a 2008 CNN broadcast where the Doctor says, they don’t know much about it. This story is about a 14-year-old girl that got bit by a spider in her leg that caused her to obtain this freak of nature condition. The Mother was distraught and put her daughter into a comma. I don’t think I would go through anything that drastic. The video is 6 minutes and 13 seconds. They also show how the pain stared in one area and moved to other regions.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jaTlI6bfF64

If you have heard of a talk show called the Doctors Show, then you may have seen this about a woman who has it in her leg, red and swollen. Video length: 4:41

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kkUVGKUAc8w

 

 

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome | Where Am I in the Afternoons

Some know some don’t.

After a surgery in October of 2013, I was told I’d be good as new in four weeks. Fast forward, during a physical therapy session, she said, “your hand is becoming malformed, there is nothing else we can do for you.” As I walked out in a daze. I have most of this on my about page.

Anyway, I take this medicine called Gabapentin for the CRPS that I was labeled with. It calms the nerve pain or I should say dulls it to a torrent state. It makes me one drowsy dude as if I just had a conversation with Mary Jane. Sometimes It moves to the right arm and two times in the past it has moved to my right leg and foot.

So most of my post are set to post at a certain time because I am asleep. There is no real cure for it, only to aid in pain relief, and when it really flares up, you just want to hit something as the tears run down your face, jaw clenching tight.

Here is a video that describes it.

 

Veterans Day 2015

Honoring those that have served!
World War II
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audie_Murphy

Young men considered as boys during World War II some knew what they were getting into, some joined just to have a place to sleep and their bellies full, some joined because adventure called their name, then those that needed to provide for their families during those harsh economic times. Those in recent wars like the Persian Gulf who were ordered by the court to join or else!

To those that have bled dearly, lost of limb and or life, made sacrifices that most of us can only fathom the hidden raw emotions while showing acts of true bravery protecting us and your brothers in arms.

I salute you!

Navy world war II

Anthony Garcia, one of my Dad’s friends growing up in Colusa California. Killed in Action September 28 in France, age 23.

The article does not mention what really happened. Anthony had a letter from home, and while he was knee deep and bunkered down, the sound of war everywhere piercing all ears, he took out the letter and read it, probably to bring him some comfort and while he was reading the letter a bullet hit him in the head.

 

Dads Freind 1

 

Another one of my Dad’s friends. I can’t make out the last name, but his first name is Tony.

 

navy World War II

My Dad, Antonio Jesus Rios born in Farmersville, Texas to grandparents who immigrated from Mexico.

Served on the USS Petrof and the USS General J. C. Breckinridge. While stuck in the rice patties fighting the Japenese enemy, Dad encountered a hand to hand combat. He told me that was the day he should have been World war II 1945dead, instead the enemy butted him in the jaw with his rifle leaving my Dad knock out cold against some type of tree,  that’s how he became a proud owner of false dentures. When my dad went back to get his Navy Album from his Mother, all of his medals were gone, the purple heart among others, all gone, even some of his personal photos. I often wonder if my Dad might have met Audie Murphy, becuase they came from the same area of Texas.

Others that have served.

Brother Paul Anthony Rios. Marine Corp.

Brother Roy on the USS Enterpise, Electical Enginerree

Cusin Bob, USAF

Uncle Joe Reza, Infintry United Staes Army WWII

1st Cusin Clyde Loreto, USAF

MarinesUncle Dannis Bradford, my Mothers biological brother who served in the Korean war. Back then it was a crime letting sexual preference known so he is one that hid in the closets, perhaps that is why he tread some of his sisters with anger.

 

 

World War I

World War I

Albert Bradofrd, my maternal grandfather, served in the first World War, United States Army PVT.

Born in 1879, in 1914 he was 35 years of age when it broke out.

 

 

Persian Gulf WarMy best firend and only true frined, Troy Haywood served in the Persian Gulf War. I think most of remember this one. Cnn and other media coverage was 24/7 non’stop.

When Troy got back, we had a beer togather at a local bar, he informed that most lifes were lost due to friendly fire.. I am very greatful he was not one of the fatalities.

 

NICK VERRON: About me – Never, ever give up!!

I have been waiting to reblog this one since I ran across it late last night. You have to read this, seriously! As most of you know in the past, I go out and find new blogs to reblog so that can get more exposed, but this one will have you in tears and cheering at the same time. And if you follow Sue Vicent or Patrick you might already know about this.

The Linden Chronicles

Talk about a story of inspiration! AWESOME NICK!

Source: About me

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FaceBook Group Trash

The other day while on my so-called smart phone, I noticed that a person from the WordPress Warriors Group noticed something going on with this group for a while and had something to say about it. The screen capture below.

Nonwordpress

His posting, in a nutshell, “Is this group completely unmoderated or something? I’m close to removing myself from it because of all the non-WP related posts. Makeup tutorials, sexy photo pix, etc. This isn’t what I joined the group to see.” November 7 at 1:30 pm.

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So, I searched through some of the postings, I saw some of mine, one or two from Danny’s Dream Big Dream Often and I even came across PorterGirl.

 

 

Then I found what this Robert was referring to and it was not a WordPress related post or WordPress Blog for that matter. This material is only for 18 or older!

Wordpress_Wariors

Not_good

There were others to be found that lead back to porn sites and the like. But that is not the only pattern I had seen,  what I saw was that people posting their hard work to get noticed are not getting any likes, mentions or shared. They just sit there rotting like a corpse!

What started out to be good in nature, help WordPress Bloggers in hopes of getting noticed has turned into a dumpsite for peoples’ trash.

I often think about creating a Group of my own on FaceBook, but then I have to really think about the direction and the time that would need to be committed to such a thing.

 

 

 

 

FaceBook Faux-pas

The wonders of sharing on social media! It can either be a blessing or bite you!

As most of you know I share quite a bit of your stuff across the social media platforms that we have available to us. This is one of those cases. I reblogged Kims’ tribute to her mother because, one. it gives exposure to Kim’s Blog and two, her mother was so beautiful, not only that for when I came to a sentence in an interrogative form, “Can I make it through this post?” I resonated with that as a reader on her blog. It reminded me when I wrote the tribute to my own Dad. I too wondered if I would make it through it or just put it aside.

Kim_tributeAnyway, I shared Kim’s tribute on Facebook in hopes that it would get some likes and possibly re-shared. The re-share did not happen, but it got several likes. In fact, it got 11 likes in total.

A few were from fellow Bloggers, but the majority of the likes came from my personal friends and one comment from my Aunt Cris that made the likes spread like a wildfire.  My Aunt Cris’s comment. “You truly had a wonderful mother. I thank the lord above that I got to know her.she gave me such good and loving nephews. Luv ya.” After that one comment, it generated likes. I did not have the heart to inform my Aunt Cris who is up there in her age and on an assorted pain medicine for Neuropathy, vertigo to name two ailments that she suffers from.

Moral of this little post, although we may try to get our fellow blogger recognized, know that it can backfire.

I Am Who I Am

They say, “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”.

At my age as I reflect upon missed opportunities of lost youth,

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learning to swallow that stubborn pride of mine, now mind you it is a large horse pill. The mistakes and bad decisions I have made in the past, either because of me being and Introvert and dealing with Morons drains me completely wanting to stay away from people, (I am sure you had your fair share of morons in your life) in general, or panting after that skirt as I dropped everything else chasing after pipe dreams like the fictional character Howard Wolowitz would. I once bought a $260.00 pair of eyeglass frames because she was a smoking hot brunette and said, ” I like those, they look good on you”. As. my eyes stared into hers, dazed by her beauty and fragrance, mouth slightly open in AW.  Before I know it, I reached for my checkbook and proceeded to write as I still in the daze of that AW moment. That’s all it took!

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askdaguru1.blogspot.com

To me back then, at least in my mind, that was a possible date. What a sales pitch and Sucker I was as I look back.

Man, was she hot!

Though I am glad to say, that I am no longer that sucker that I once was.

After a bit more growing and maturity of how the real world works. I grew out of that phase as I lean on my Introversion ways. After work, I would stay up late and work on projects, I would make certain Visual Basic programs for coworkers so that they could keep track of their Duck Hunters as a birthday present, I would make quilts and give them away during Christmas office parties, of course, things were so much cheaper back then. I once made a Coffee table for a co-worker that took six months to complete. Why did it take so long? The hand carvings of horses that I found out that she liked. You have to let the wood cure, insert a penny representing the year it was made, obscured yet not too obscured, then lightly steel wool it at least three times, provided you want a smooth finish, but then there are those with no patience and just plain lazy. I heard that a fellow co-worker’s husband got rough with her throwing her into her coffee table which smashed it to pieces due to the scuffle. So, I made her one.

As I got older, I found that giving was a good thing!

Blog Networking | What is it?

Most of us may have a keen sense as to what Blog Networking is, or do we?

Networking

This is a diagram, rather a lab that I did when I attended DeVry University, Although, this pertains to networking within the computer industry, it relates to the topic at hand. Bridges to firewalls that may shake your hand or bounce you out of the bar.

In one of my previous post, BUSINESS OR HOBBY | HOW TO BECOME A FAMOUS BLOGGER I briefly touched base on networking.

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englishidiomsblog.blogspot.com

I once described a network and gave an analogy using our spine as an example. The center is the bridge that allows us to move back and forth Along the bridge we see many networks or computer terminals waiting to be connected to others. How do they get connected?  In computer talk, there are certain commands to utilize like using an Access List to configure who is allowed and who is not to keep it simple. Imagine having all those terminals being connect to you but in a good way. In blog talk, this would be potential followers or maybe a random Blog that mention you on their blog that has thousands of readers.

Blog Networking | What is it?

  1. Don’t be a stuck up know it all and being a taker than a giver.
    1. “Be generous – a lot of the networking that I see going on between bloggers is fairly much about ‘taking’ rather than ‘giving’. One way to make a real impression on another person is to be generous with them. Help them achieve their goals – highlight their best work – encourage them – go out of your way to work on their terms. While you do need to have good boundaries (otherwise people will abuse your generosity) I think a spirit of generosity is the right attitude to go into networking with.”

I understand this concept fully and I embrace it.

2.  Reach out to other Blogs by leaving great comments, maybe on Cnet, Problogger, venture out to the unknown. They once had a saying that when dating and going out to the bars, you had to be seen there at least ten to twelve times before people felt comfortable around that person. So, don’t be a stranger!

3.  If there is a Meet and Greet or link-up party, attend those every time even if just to say hi.

4. Make Friends! This is very beneficial! Play nice!

Sources

http://www.dailyblogtips.com/5-ways-to-network-your-way-to-blogging-success/

http://www.problogger.net/archives/2008/03/13/how-to-promote-your-blog-through-networking/

 

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