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A Halloween Week Massacre

CC Win 26/Oct

That's what this Correspondence Chess looks like. The board at game's end when my opponent playing Black resigned yesterday, giving me the win with White, is shown in the graphic at the top of this post.

Our game's full record is below.

1. d4 d5 2. Nf3 e6 3. a3 c6 4. Nbd2 Nd7 5. e4 Ndf6 6. exd5 cxd5 7. Bb5+ Bd7 8. Bxd7+ Qxd7 9. O-O O-O-O 10. c4 Qd6 11. c5 Qc6 12. Ne5 Qc7 13. b4 b6 14. cxb6 Qc3 15. Nxf7 Qxa1 16. Nxd8 Kxd8 17. bxa7 Qxa3 18. Bxa3 Ne4 19. a8=Q+ Ke7 20. b5+ Nd6 21. Bxd6+ Kxd6 22. Qxf8+ 1-0

And the adventure continues.

Published on 27 October 2020, ~10:15 CDT, this is my post number 97/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Dispelling the Gloom

A grim and gloomy start to this morning, and I'm not sure why. Last night's sleep was about average: 3 ½ hr. 1st sleep segment, followed by 45 min. insomnia break, then another sleep segment of a little more than three hours, finally waking ½ hour before my first alarm. That should be enough to see me through the day.

Local and National news is all pretty depressing, that's probably a source of the grimness I sense.

The morning's health metrics were surprisingly good, though, and the financials checked out okay. There is that to dispel the gloom. Yeah. Think I'll focus on that. And my prayers, of course.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 26 October 2020, ~07:40 CDT, this is my post number 96/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Full-Radio Saturday

It's good to hear The National Anthem played by a college band before a football game. Of course it was done virtually, and I'm following the game over the radio so I don't have to see anyone disrespecting. Still, it's nice to hear.

Ohio State kicks off, Nebraska has the ball, and the game is underway.

This will be a full-radio Saturday for me. I'll be following college football games on the radio all day long, purposefully avoiding those obnoxious political ads that are EVERYWHERE on TV.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 24 October 2020, ~11:15 CDT, this is my post number 95/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Now... and Then


NOW: This morning I registered for the Catholic Identity Conference 2020 which is taking place this weekend. The event is being live-streamed and I'll be watching many of the speakers as they give their presentations. The whole thing is being recorded so those parts I miss live I'll be able to catch later.

THEN: Several decades ago when I was younger, when I drove (I no longer drive – eyesight is shot, you know), and when I had the time and health to do such things, I attended many conferences similar to this in person. I found them in Chicago, in Louisville, different venues in Ohio, all Midwestern cities to which I could easily drive, check into a hotel and spend the weekend. Great experiences I remember fondly.

Times have changed now and so have I. And I find myself looking forward to this weekend's Conference enthusiastically.

The adventure continues.

Published on 23 October 2020, ~11:15 CDT, this is my post number 94/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Mystery solved!

two missing pills

When I took my morning health metrics today, as I do every day, I was curious about my blood pressure reading. It was higher than normal. Not scary high, mind you, but significantly up from my norm. And I couldn't understand why that should be. Now I wonder no longer.

When I took my Thursday morning meds a few minutes ago I noticed that there were still two tablets remaining in the Wednesday morning pill box. And one of those is prescribed primarily to keep my blood pressure down. Doh! Apparently I failed to unload them yesterday.

I'll have to watch that, won't I? Yes. Yes I will.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 22 October 2020, ~10:45 CDT, this is my post number 93/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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OMG! Where did my morning go?

This is what happens when you take a really good mid-morning nap. You fix a good breakfast, see the wife off to work, sit back in the recliner to catch some favorite news broadcasts, and... you open your eyes to discover it's almost Noon already!

There's not as much day ahead of me now as there was when I fixed the morning coffee and started making plans. Guess some of the chores will just have to wait until tomorrow.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 19 October 2020, ~11:40 CDT, this is my post number 92/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Once an expensive frustration, now...

—– a value, all things considered. So this weekend I bit the bullet and signed up for a subscription to Sirius XM Radio.

Many years ago I had a SiriusXM subscription for several months. If memory serves me right, the service was more expensive then. And I didn't have the tools to make best use of it. I was carless then (as I am now and always will be – eyes are too bad to drive safely) and I could only listen to it over my computer or with a special SiriusXM radio. And the radio proved to be pretty quirky. So I dropped it after a few months.

Recent frustrations with TuneIn Radio and a conversation with my sister prompted me to look at Sirius again. I found it to be less expensive than I remember. And now with apps to work on my smartphone (didn't have a smartphone back then) and on my tablet (ditto the tablet) and good Bose speakers on the main computer now, it's a pleasure to use SiriusXM.

Long story short, now I can cancel my Premium TuneIn account, use SiriusXM, and get more of what I want while saving money.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 18 October 2020, ~16:00 CDT, this is my post number 91/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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A few of my favorite things

Growing up a football player and fan in Northern Indiana, having the Notre Dame Fighting Irish as one of my favorite teams was only natural. And they still are. So I'm happy to be following their game against Louisville this afternoon.

Then as a transplanted Texan I found it only natural to fit in with this state's love of football. And among my favorite Texas teams are the Texas A&M Aggies who are playing a late afternoon game. When the Notre Dame game ends I'll be able to switch to a local AM radio station to follow the 2nd half of the Aggies' game.

And at 19:00 local time I'll have my Saturday night favorite Svengoolie to watch.

The pandemic and lockdown restrictions may have me stuck at home, but that doesn't prevent me from enjoying some of my favorite things.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 17 October 2020, ~16:00 CDT, this is my post number 90/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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The view from my recliner...

Friday Night Football

... late on Friday night as I listen to the Houston Cougars vs. BYU Cougars game playing through the TuneIn Radio App on my tablet.

Earlier this even the app was buffering a lot when I listened to the SMU-Tulane Game, especially during the first half of play, but then it settled down and has been steady and reliable since.

Hard to beat good college football on the radio, you know. Unless you're a young guy out there on the field, of course. But all the rest of us can listen, and remember, and enjoy.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 16 October 2020, ~22:45 CDT, this is my post number 88/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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Blogging changes

Those large-ish ... listed and logged daily posts that I've been posting here recently will remain where they are, but all new ones, starting with today's, will be posted to my new Listed|Roscoe blog which is still very much under construction but which is operational.

The new blog will have (unless it becomes a spam magnet) a guestbook for those who wish to leave comments, and will have two easy ways to subscribe: either by email or by RSS feed.

Links to new posts at this Roscoe's Notebook, which I'm now going to refer to as a micro-blog, and at my new Listed|Roscoe blog will both be found in the sidebar of my website if one chooses to look for them there.

And the adventure continues.

Published on 16 October 2020, ~12:50 CDT, this is my post number 87/100/365 of the blogging challenge.

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