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Bulk Email Isn’t Just Bulk!

“Excuse me, but can I have a roll of $41,484 e-stamps?” That’s a pretty ridiculous question, isn’t it?  I mean, who’s going to buy a stamp that costs $41,484, much less an entire roll of them!  Besides, we’re talking about email here.  Email never costs anything to send.  Right? WRONG!

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A Friend in Death

A Friend in Death It is Death. No longer foe, An adversary not. My dreams it frequents. My psyche it befriends. For Death, it’s Camelot.

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The Grocery Bag – A Mother’s Day Prelude

I’m writing this on May 1st, even though Mother’s Day isn’t until the 13th.  However, I won’t post it until Mother’s Day.  I wanted to write this today to better capture the way I feel inside at this particular moment in my life. This will be the first Mother’s Day of my life when I don’t have a mother sharing planet earth with me.  My mother passed on February 8th, a few months ago.  She had been living with my wife and I for the previous five and a half years.  Her death was not entirely unexpected – she had … Continue reading The Grocery Bag – A Mother’s Day Prelude

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Coffee Warning

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How do you take your coffee?

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World Book Day 2018

Today (April 23, 2018) is World Book Day 2018!  So – Happy World Book Day to you and yours!  Did you know today is World Book Day?  I wouldn’t have either, except that I came across a little blurb in some semi-spam email last week.  I was delighted to see such a day even existed!  As an avid reader and advocate of reading in general, I decided I’d look into this and give you my take on it.

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Live and Love in Two Hours

How long is two hours?  Do you think you could live and love in two hours?  Probably not.  After all, what can you do in two hours?  You can watch four I Love Lucy reruns.  Or you can read a few chapters in a book.  You can drink several cups of coffee, and maybe even get rid of them, depending on your system.  Maybe you can make yourself a meal or a snack that you don’t really want, and eat it anyway, and then still feel empty afterwards.  After thinking about it, there’s really a good number of things you … Continue reading Live and Love in Two Hours

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The New Amazon Delivery Tracking – How Cool is That?

Do you Amazon?  The new Amazon delivery tracking just blew me away yesterday!  Have you seen it?  I was getting an Amazon package delivered yesterday, and I knew it was out for delivery, but when I checked on it in my iPhone app, what I saw made me giggle like a kid with a new toy!

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My Camp NaNoWriMo 2017 Experience

Today, April 30, 2017, is the last official day of this Camp NaNoWriMo session.  So, I thought it would be a good day to share my thoughts on how it went, my camper experience, so to speak.

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Thank God It’s Over! Goodbye 2016!!

Well, it finally happened! The year 2016 is officially in the history books. Thank God for that. If the year wasn’t challenging enough, on the very last day of the year, I learned that my car will require about $700 in repairs before I can drive it again. See what I mean about 2016?

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Where Have I Been?

This is my first blog post in over two months.  So, where have I been?  What about Camp NaNoWriMo? These answers and more – coming up! Luckily, my blog doesn’t have many readers yet, so I doubt that my absence has even been noticed.  However, I do like to keep things tidy, so I feel that an explanation is warranted regarding Camp NaNoWriMo, as well as my elongated absence from the site.

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Camp NaNoWriMo – Settling In

Camp NaNoWriMo has begun! I’ve been introduced to my cabin mates at Camp NaNoWriMo, and I’ve done a little bit of writing on my way to 50,000 words, and the first draft of my first novel. The working title of my novel is The Company Game, and the story is about the relationship between Jedda, an emotionally insecure security analyst at a high tech company and her boss, Sydney, a man she’s known since college and the owner of the company.  Sydney willfully puts Jedda in a terrible situation, and she must see it through to the end or the … Continue reading Camp NaNoWriMo – Settling In

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Novel Writing – What’s it all About?

Beginning in a few days, I will begin pumping out a massive amount of words (for me, anyway) for a month.  I signed up for the April 2016 Camp NaNoWriMo event.  No one coerced me, no one forced me, no one even suggested that I do this.  I am doing this to myself!  So, in preparation for the big event, and having never written a novel, I have been questioning what it’s all about – writing novels.

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Welcome and Happy Easter!

It’s alive! It’s alive! Hello!  Welcome and Happy Easter! Well, after months of being deep in the bowels of PHP, CluelessGent.com is finally live! I was hoping to have more content available for opening day, but that just didn’t happen.  However, as you will see by browsing the pages on the site, I have plans for much expansion. I want to highlight my plans of showcasing Texas authors.  I have a fondness for all things Texas (except executions, but let’s not go there!), and I will use this site to selfishly show them off. Please leave me a comment with … Continue reading Welcome and Happy Easter!

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The Fault in Me

To know thy faults is to know thyself. When we look in the mirror, we’re supposed to see a reflection of ourselves.  But do we really see it?  Or do we only see what we want to see?  When I look in the mirror, I see the fault in me.

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Bad Dreams and Nightmares

I thought this would be an appropriate topic for the #BloggORS Challenge.  This will put a little more of me – albeit a not-so-good part – out there. I think we’ve all probably had them, either as a child or as an adult – or both, but bad dreams and nightmares are yet another part of life.  I understand there must be bad to balance the good in life – that whole yin and yang thing – but I tend to think my bad dreams have a disproportionate share.  Why do the bad dreams seem to stick around in your … Continue reading Bad Dreams and Nightmares

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Why do I Want to Write?

This is my first contribution to the #BloggORS challenge, created by @lexberju. Why do I want to write?  That’s a good question.  I hope my answer is just as good.

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#BloggORS

One of my precious and few followers on Twitter recently tweeted about challenging people – non-bloggers being the target audience – to begin blogging twice a week to “get themselves out there” in social media.  I think that’s a pretty good idea, even for me.  But the challenge goes further than just that.

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What About Contentment?

Is contentment such a bad thing?  I’ve been pondering this for the past few days.  

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Taken Aback by Senses

My senses were taken aback today by the aroma of coffee grounds while walking down a corridor at my office.  I smell coffee grounds pretty much daily at my office job, yet today was somehow different.  

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The Great Beverage Debate

I was born in yankee territory, so as I was growing up, it was a natural thing to call a can of carbonated beverage “pop.”  But when I joined the Marines, I came into contact with quite a few non-yankees.

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Potty Call

I don’t know why it is, but whenever I go into the bathroom to make a potty call and spend some time on my throne, my two chihuahuas scamper through the door, often times nearly knocking me off my feet, to sit and watch me do my business.  What is UP with that?

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Age

Age. When we’re young, everyone seems like they’re older.  When we’re old, everyone seems like they’re younger. Where did all those middle years go?

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