New Background & Colours

I’ve recently been frustrated as hell with my new WP.COM Business ‘upgrade’.  No matter how many Chats I’ve had with these ‘Happiness Engineers’, my frustration continues unabated and builds with my attempts to install a few of the downloaded themes I have attempted to install on this website. Hey, I now have absolutely unlimited video and photographic uploads. I would like the opportunity to try different themes. Your thoughts my friends? Current theme awesome?

Going Up Or Down?

On the way to see my doctor today about my current blood pressures. I’ve been very meticulous in keeping a record of the BP for the last month, hence I had a super good record for him to look at. Based on my observations and remarks of my crazy up and down blood pressures, he has cut three of my medication dosages in half which is really good. It’s what I was hoping for along with possibly stopping one of them.

I told him I’ve had to skip morning or evening doses as the BP was far too low already. I made the right choices in not taking those doses. So, in the next six weeks, we’ll see how this goes. I will go to a local clinic soon for a blood draw to check my A1C number, it’s time for that. Last check, my A1C number was 6.5 which is fantastic.

We shall see in due time. The only way your going to extend your time here with these diseases is to keep after them with medications, and do exactly what your doctor tells you to do!

My blood pressure has been like an elevator lately – up and down! Photo via iPhone7

Baked Chicky & Thoughts

Dinner last night before it went into the 425 degree oven. It came out as expected, tender and juicy, dry chicken is unacceptable! I’ve got a busy day ahead with a visit to doctor’s office to get him updated on the list I keep of my blood pressure from day to day. It’s a pain in the ass, having to keep a close eye on my BP but I’ve learned to integrate this into my daily routine.

Don’t really have any other option right? You could safely say I’m a chronic person. I’ve got three herniated lower Lumbar discs, Type Two diabetes and heart/blood pressure issues as well. All chronic that have to be dealt with daily. As I set here typing this this morning, the sunshine is touching me. Another beautiful day unfolds here in the valley, sunny and 99 today.

The world outside my apartment goes on as it always does, Las Vegas never sleeps. I’m grateful for so many blessings in my life. I’m angry and horrified by the senseless, ugly violence in Manchester, UK. Why the hell can’t we all just get along with each other? Satan. I believe that creature is at the core of evil in this world. Coming together in acceptance and love can defeat the evil one. Hate begets hate. There is nothing more powerful in the universe than love.

Truck Gauges

Well, it took all damn day almost but I finally was able to cut a deal on a brand new pickup truck! I’ve been wanting to get out of the Nissan I’ve had for three years for a good bit now. My ex and I purchased that SUV here in Las Vegas in 2014 for a traveling car, just for that purpose yet the divorce left her with a paid-off car and I with a payment. Whatever…

OK, if I must make a damned monthly payment it should damn well be a pickup truck which I’ve been wanting to get into for several weeks now. Previous to 1998, I drove pickup trucks exclusively. The yearning for the pickup life has been strong in me the last several months. This was one hell of a bartering process today too.

The truck I purchased had set on the dealer’s lot for an extended period of time due to one specific reason as far as I can tell. No carpeting. This truck is not a true Work Truck like the one I owned in 1998, which had no power windows and no power door locks. It had a rubber floor mat as does my new truck, a quality I very much sought after.

That older truck also had the same engine as my new truck which is a 4.3 litre V-6 engine, I had assumed that general Motors had ceased production of this wonderful power plant with it’s 222 cubic inch (or so) engine. Basically, this engine is roughly the same as a 305 cubic inc V-8, or small-block engine sans two cylinders. A solid engine.

The truck has power windows and door locks which makes sense and is really nice. Those two extra cylinders were a very welcome experience today on the drive home. By the way, yesterday I purchased four new tires for the older car. I had no idea I’d purchase a new truck today.

I did this on a total and complete whim, hey, why not try the other dealer at the north end of the valley? I told the sales manager that I’d like him to include the $600 dollars I’d spent on those tires which he did. Value added… All in all, I believe I got a square deal after going back and forth over the final payments price, the interest percentage and other aspects of the purchase deal no less than four times. I’m not that easy… Photos tomorrow possibly.

But I’m very interested in how this actually ‘geared’ transmission and V-6 will perform whilst climbing our lovely Mount Charleston, hence I might very well take the new truck up the mountain tomorrow. My salesman Andrew and I chatted about the CVT Transmission the Nissan had, he had one of those in a previous car. I asked him if he understood how those transmissions work? He hates the CVT.

I explained that these transmissions are basically the same as what most snowmobiles use. Yes, a simple snowmobile. I’m a Yank from Michigan and grew up sledding. I fully understand the physics of these simple transmissions yet of course the Auto version is a bit more complicated.

With your average snowmobile transmission, you have a Clutch and a Torque Converter. The Clutch grabs the rubber drive belt and squeezes it downward, forcing the rubber belt downward also which in turn spins the Drive Tines to spin the rubber track on the snow. So damn simple. Yet that CVT Transmission is basically the same animal.

With a good bit more technology tossed in for poor measure, cars are far too complex today. In any case, I’m so very happy to trade away that variable speed transmission for the real thing, there’s no replacing the actual Geared Transmission. Better power transfer, and much better dependability. So then, have I bored you to death yet!! More tomorrow.