Jim

Wife Day

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It’s wife day here.

Well, technically it’s the 3rd Sunday in September I prefer to change the date, well.. because.

When we were trying to conceive - and failing miserably - Mothers Day was a bit of a downer here. So..one night on the way home from work I decided from here on in that the day before mothers day should be know as wife day.

And the tradition has stuck. We don’t celebrate with cards or flowers but there’s usually some treat or some kind. Usually it’s dessert of some kind but today it’s pancakes for breakfast and a good sleep in while I take care of the queen

If you have a wife, and don’t want to go with the masses you can always use this date instead of the official one. I think it’s a better fit to have it the day before. But hey, that’s me.

1000 Dollar Phones

Google’s new Pixel 3a looks to be the price/performance ratio we all need for an affordable phone. This is what these things should cost and not the $1000 for new flagship phones. If I didn’t already have a Pixel 2 this would be my next phone.

The Lawnmower

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Before the neighbors start to picket the house, I guess I had better get around to cutting the front lawn at least and while I was doing so I realized that the lawnmower I own is all three things : electric, cheap and most importantly: still working

And that’s what I want to write about today: the still working part. You see, when I bought this mower it was because my old rider died one day when it decided it didn’t want to turn corners any more. And instead of infusing more cash into an older rider mower I decided to retire it (put it out to pasture) and just find the cheapest mower I could find because I don’t really get excited about lawn mowers so I found this little green works model and it seems to be holding up just fine.

In fact, I think I have had this mower for 5 years now, which considering what this thing costs is a pretty good deal compared to the big bucks a riding mower would cost.

Yes, you get hot and sweaty in the summertime, but it’s summertime and isn’t hot and sweaty the fun? It would be cooler on a riding mower with its cup holders but that’s no fun.

Another thing I didn’t realize is how afraid people are of the cor**d. **You would think I was from the dark ages with some of the comments I get. Maybe it’s the fear of mowing over the cord but in the few years I have had this thing I have mowed over the cord zero times. That’s right -zero

I have found that if you plug the cord into the outlet and then move away from the outlet as you mow that for the most part the cord stays out of your way.

I had thought about buying a electric mower with a battery but they go for $500 or so and again, lawn mowers don’t excite me so this one does me just fine. Besides with the battery models you have to worry about a charged battery and whether it will last when you want to cut the entire lawn in one go if you have a big lot (I do). Just one more thing to go wrong.

But when I pull out my cheapo electric mower after a very cold and crappy winter, it’s all ready to go - all I have to do is to plug it in and push.

Nobody cares what your site looks like

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I have come to this realization over the years:

The uglier your site is, the better it will perform.

I have spent probably about thousand dollars on commercial wordpress themes over the years and it’s been a complete waste of money for the most part.

Save for a few sites - most of themes have extra features and bells/whistles that you don’t really need like extra sharing buttons and the like. I’ve been trying to minimize the stuff on my sites over the years because most of it is crap

There are some sites that are very well made and designed but with most sites that i go and visit I just want to read the content and not click ads or sharing buttons or even need a “featured image”

This post has a featured image which to be completely honest isn’t really needed. In fact - now that I think about it - after this I might remove them completely and just well, write. Images slow me and the site down as it’s one more thing to worry about when creating content.

Some of the best sites I have made when it comes to producing an income have been the ugliest sites I’ve ever seen but they get the point across of what I am trying to say or share.

The rest is just fluff.