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Howdy Angel!

October 1, 2018

Hi Angel!

As you probably know, I’ve been working in Atlanta for a little over a month now.  While the pay is pretty good, we might not make much money on this contract, since my rent is a crazy $1,400.00 (!!) a month.  But I can walk to a subway station from where I live, and the subway stops right next to the building where I work downtown, so it is super-duper convenient.

Money is tight at the moment, largely because I decided we should join BlueGreen resorts.  I know it is not a good move financially, but the problem is that our last few vacations have been tainted by me being ultra-cheap about our accommodations.  Staying at a crack head motel to save a few bucks is NOT a good idea when vacationing with your family!

I’m just getting over another stupid head cold / sinus mess.  I’d whine more about how sickly I am, but then you could counter that at least you didn’t die in the womb, and so I’ll just keep quiet.  Your younger brother suffers from worse sinus troubles than me.  Please help him in any way you can!

Next weekend we are all making a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.  Watch over us and help us stay safe, please.  I know you probably already know these things, but somehow me explaining them to you makes me feel like you’re more closely integrated into the family.

See you soon, little Angel.  Until then, dream of us, and we’ll do the same for you.

Love ya!


Who I am ….. and what the heck is going on with Facebook?

August 16, 2018

Here I am, proudly showing off one of my “mosquito” t-shirts.

So who am I, anyway?

Call me “Old Grump”.  I’m a semi-retired COBOL mainframe programmer, sliding into obsolescence.  (I’ll be 60 years old soon!)  I have a very patient, loving wife, and two young sons.  (At this moment they are 9 and 4 years old.)  We all live in a nice house in nearly the geographic center of the state of Georgia, on the eastern side of the United States of America.

And I am trying, more out of stubbornness than anything else, I suppose, to make money online.

Here is a link to my “state bird” store, where you too can buy a t-shirt like the one I am modeling: .

Here is a link to an online store that I am trying to rebuild from the great Bluehost fiasco of about this time last year: .

I’m also looking into hawking CBD oil via a MLM group called CTFO.  I haven’t had a lot of time to fully research this one, but based on what I’ve read so far, at least CBD oil won’t hurt you, and it MAY reduce inflammation.  This is a big deal to an old fart like me, as inflammation is supposedly one of the prime triggers of alzheimer’s disease.  If this sounds at all interesting, you can join CTFO for free!  Just go and check out my webpage: .


Now regarding Facebook ……

Wow!  What’s going on with Friend Requests these days?  Just last week I had only a few dozen friends, but now, after the crazy activity of the last few days, (I had over 500 Friend Requests yesterday!), I have almost 1,500 friends!

I’m spending LOTS of time confirming Friend Requests.  I’m not too adept at Facebook, (and pretty much of a dim bulb in general these days anyway), so sometimes I  confuse “Suggestions” with “Requests”, but even so, 500+ friend requests per day is an awful lot!

But this is NOT a complaint.  Far from it!  Isn’t the goal of an online marketer to build up a huge following on social media?  (If you’re bored, you may want to check out one of the WORST videos ever posted to YouTube: .)

I won’t respond to any of y’all’s messages, because I don’t really use Facebook messenger.  (Besides, how in the world could I respond to hundreds of messages per day?)  But I will try to keep my posts entertaining if not informative, (and make better YouTube videos in the future!).  However, this old guy barely knows how to logon to Facebook, let alone use some of the advanced features, so please have some patience with me.



Howdy Angel!

August 15, 2018

Hello Angel  –

If you’ve had a chance to absorb my recent posts, (on and working class hero, part 1), you’ll see that it’s been an interesting year for me, “career” wise.

I’d LOVE to be retired right now, but, (darn it!!), we just spend way too much money.

It appears, if all goes well, that I will be working in Atlanta soon.  (I have two more-or-less job offers, so I’m hoping at least one of them doesn’t fall through.)

This will be stressful for the family, just like it was when I was working in Columbus.  So Angel, I am asking you to help guide us, to be with us and help us through the additional hazards my new job will cause us to face.

We are all doing well here.  Kuya and Dodong are growing up, and dealing with their allergies fairly well.  (Can you believe that Dodong is allergic to fish, of all things?)  Dodong just started school for the first time, (pre kindergarten), and Sweetie is still home schooling Kuya, who now is in fourth grade!  Sweetie herself is doing okay.  Her allergies seem under control with the allergy shots she gets, the only side effect being the grumbling Grump, (me!), does when he receives the bill.  Lola is tough as ever, doing much of the work, (washing dishes, cleaning up after the boys), with never, ever a complaint.  (At least as far as I know.  Then again, I don’t speak Cebuano!)

As for me, I am getting older, fatter, and grumpier with each passing day.  Fortunately the rest of the family tolerates me, (maybe because I am the only one earning any money?), which is very, very fortunate for an old grump like me.

To summarize all this: we are excited and nervous for my new contract.  We hope I am able to find a way to live cheaply in Atlanta during the week, so that we can save as much money from this contract as possible.  (Wouldn’t it be awful if we only broke even on this new job, or, worse yet, actually LOST MONEY?)  There are many potential pitfalls we want to avoid, and we are hoping with your help we can completely avoid them.

We all love you, our little Angel, and sooner than any of us realize we’ll all be together!

Major Overhaul – Revising (or Deleting) Posts

August 16, 2017

Life sure can be exciting sometimes!

Recently a web hosting company, (the accursed Bluehost), decided to make my life interesting. After the dust cleared from that fiasco, I lost four of my websites, including the only one I was making a little money from.

So …. I’m having to go through my remaining websites, updating or removing links, and removing old posts whose context are no longer relevant.


I suppose this is as good a place as any to list my surviving websites, and describe the condition they’re in, (as of mid-August, 2017), whether they be healthy, or in a pitiful state: * – this is was one of the pitiful websites.  What happened is that I had an Amazon aStore, which I was promoting via this website.  Amazon, in their infinite wisdom, decided to phase out the aStore concept, (they’ll be gone after October, 2017), so the reason-for-being for my entire website ceased to exist.

I’m trying to rebuild all the links, manually, but with the added crap Bluehost dumped on me, you can see that I haven’t made much progress. Another strike against this website is that it is hosted on iPage, which is owned by the same dorks, EIG, who own Bluehost. I may not renew it! – this is basically the free version of, and was in fact started before that site, as a free way to promote it. – that be this site! – actually the first website I started, way back in 2007, I think. It’s a mess, but maybe I’ll get around to cleaning it up one day. – my newest site, describing my adventures as a “retired” old fart. – mostly about making, (or, more realistically, NOT making), money online. – pictures of interesting places we’ve been. (Well, at least we think they are interesting!) – this was a free website I was using to promote my old Tea Universe site and my Tea Universe aStore. As BOTH of those are no longer functioning, this site needs a major overhaul!  All the links on this site are dead, dead, dead!! – this is my new Tea Universe site. I think it is a pale imitation of the old one, but maybe with time I’ll grow to like it. (It also needs a ton of work, which doesn’t help endear it to me.)  As of August/2018, this site is dead.  RIP. – a daily photo diary of our lives here in middle Georgia.

* Update:  rather than wait for an EIG company to screw me over again, I went ahead an nuked  Besides, the response time that site was getting was HORRID!

Uncle’s Index

May 22, 2017

An index, of sorts, to our awkward uncle’s store:

  • Auntie’s Bookstore.  Auntie has inspirational and self-help books.  Books to make your life better!
  • Uncle’s Bookstore.  Uncle, being awkward, prefers the seamier side of life.
  • Cool Critters.  Uncle has a fondness for creepy-crawlies of all types.
    • Ants  –  Ant keeping is actually quite an advanced hobby.  Look up Formicarium on YouTube!
    • Frogs.
    • Sea Monkeys and Triops.  Yes, we know that “sea monkeys” are simply brine shrimp, but they make excellent fish food.  And triops are really cool.
  • Weird Stuff.  Self-explanatory, I hope.
  • Bug Zappers.  Cool ways to kill off annoying creepy-crawlies.
  • Stuff and More Stuff.  I’m not really sure what these categories are all about.
  • Edible Stuff.  Things you eat.  Yummy!
  • T-Shirts.  I suppose this is ……… T-Shirts!
  • Cool Movies.  Uncle’s choice of DVDs.
  • Cool Gadgets.  Toys for grownups.
  • Condoms & Sexy Stuff.  Stuff for a mature audience.  (18+ only please!)

Browse and be happy!

Help An Old Grump Retire!

October 15, 2016

An Old Grump on a Recent Business Trip

Hey Y’all   –

How would YOU like to help out an Old Grump, his patient-but-suffering coworkers, and his family, at absolutely NO COST TO YOU?

How can you do this?  By simply going to Amazon via his affiliate link!  Then if you order any products from Amazon, he will get a tiny commission.

Your cost will be absolutely the same as if you went to Amazon directly.  In fact, you won’t notice anything different at all.

His family, his patient-but-suffering coworkers, and the Old Grump himself sincerely thank you!


—-> Go to Amazon now! <—-



Who, or What, is Phred Phin?

February 1, 2015

“Who, or what, is this Phred Phin you keep writing about? Is it the nickname of an uncle or a friend? A pet? A cherished lover? A dreaded boss?”

Phred Phin is an imaginary talking fish. He serves as a catalyst to overcome challenges and frustrations, and grab ahold of our dreams. He is a guru, coach, and guardian angel.

“An imaginary talking fish? Are you nuts?”

Yes. But aren’t we all? Sanity and rationality are certainly not the prime traits of the human race!

“But still …. Look, if you want to converse with imaginary creatures, that is your choice, but I wonder how doing so can motivate you.”

Simple. Phred wants a bigger fishbowl. To buy him a bigger fishbowl, I must earn money here on the internet.


Don’t you understand? The internet is a “virtual” world. What better place to earn money for an imaginary fish?

“This is too weird for me. I’m going back to the real world.”

Really? And who are you to go back to reality? Do you exist, or are you also a figment of my imagination? And who am “I” anyway?

“There is no pilot.” Laurie Anderson, from the song, “From the Air”.

Update 08/2017:  Phred Phin was the mascot of a defunct website I once owned.  Since the website is now defunct, this post makes even less sense.  (If such a thing is possible!)

Instant Click System To Rate Other Drivers

January 7, 2015

Once we have the technology in place to tie our brains into the operation of our cars, we can expand the technology.  One useful adaptation will be to include a means by which we can digitally “zap” another driver, giving him/her points for lack of safety or discourteous driving.

Everyone will have a fixed number, (365?), of points to give out during the year.  If you in turn get “zapped”, you lose a point, unless other folks have zapped to the driver attempting to tag you.  If multiple folks zap a driver you’ve zapped, you get your point back.  If you’re a poor driver or a jerk, and multiple folks tag you, each of those zaps may delete two points from your total.

Once your points are down to zero, you can’t drive for the rest of the year!


Legal System vs. Economy

November 2, 2009

Not much of a post, just a half-digested rumination: I wonder if our bloated legal system adversely affects our economy as much as does our bloated federal government?  I can’t help but think that all the wasted time, money, and effort thrown at so many legalistic “splitting of hairs” doesn’t erode our prosperity.  While overhead such as this wasn’t a big deal when America had no competition, will it knock us from our prominence in the future.

And why oh why is English so friggin’ hard to spell?  What nitwit invented this language anyway?

Now I’m curious about something.  What does it take to get your blog “noticed” by the search engines?  For example, if I type in something like, “Is there any truth to the rumor that Michael Jackson had sex with horses?”, will this webpage turn up on a Google search for “Michael Jackson”, “sex”, and “horses”?  Will I get hate mail from rabid Michael Jackson fans?  Will millions of people suddenly click on one of my affiliate links, (not likely – I haven’t set them up yet!), and make me a rich man?

Will some idiot, in league with some scumbag lawyer, (“scumbag” and “lawyer” – I wonder what the correlation between those two words is?), sue me for something?  Can I sue YOU for reading this?  (Why not?)

By the way, I DARE you to click on <a href=””>this link</a>!  Whoa ….. you can’t embed HTML in WordPress?  I’m used to Blogger, and this is easy.  Obviously I’m missing something VERY basic here.

12/30/2014 update:  It’s been more than FIVE YEARS since I fussed with this blog!  The least I could do is fix the friggin’ link!  Unfortunately, whatever I was linking to at the time is dead now, (if, in fact, it ever existed!).