Friday, November 11, 2011

What men really want to hear from you on a date

By Robert W. Harris

Don’t get me wrong: In general, men are in awe of women’s date-night conversation skills — which are, hands down, far superior to their own. Even so, though, you ladies do still insert your stiletto’d foot in your mouth every once in awhile — or, conversely, miss prime opportunities to make a remark that would raise your stock in our eyes. Curious about whether you’ve got the right choice phrases in your back pocket and avoiding the bad ones? Check out this list of things guys love (and hate) to hear on a date!

Five things men love to hear on a date:

1. “Then what happened?”
It’s only human for a man to want to think that his life is reasonably interesting. And while interrupting him, changing the subject, or acting bored are well-known nails in the conversational coffin, it’s not enough to just sit there, smile and say “uh-huh” every few seconds. Actively egg him on with comments like, “You’re kidding! What happened next?” or “Go on...” That way, he’ll know you’re genuinely interested versus just being polite.

3. “Thank you.”No doubt about it, manners matter — and are sorely lacking in today’s less formal dating scene. Tap into your inner Emily Post, and it’s sure to make you stand out. So, thank him when he tells you that you look pretty tonight. Thank him for paying for dinner. Thank him for walking you to your car. It’s such a small thing, but it’ll make a huge difference to him


My take: So why am I offering Mr. Harris's dating advice? Am I an ex-dating expert myself?
Well of course not. I just think that dating ettiquette is an interesting subject. Like most men
and most women too, I know what I like in dating behavior from my date. I can add one
definite dating NO-NO. Don't ask the woman for financial "chip ins" for the dinner tab. Just
don't. Don't even, unless it is an emergency, ask her to leave the tip. If you do, she my
leave you a general dating tip you don't want to hear. Believe me.

 At my level of maturity, I mainly have to worry not to "date myself" by my
 remarks anywhere. Now that can be embarrassing. You know like saying, "when I was
a teenager we worried about World War I looming, Such a statement makes you look
older and lacking the quality of being hip.

Happy dating!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Unexpected Learning Opportunities

Albertson's Brand "Honey and Oats"

How about the back of a cereal box?

One of the best learning opportunities: children,
especially five or six years old. The other night
grandson Jimi told me, "Grandpa, do you know
how to make shortcuts for computer programs?
My Dad taught me. Want to see?

And he made a couple for me to see.
"Wow, Jimi, that is cool beans."

I was impressed. Not to mention educated,  :)

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Only 2 Financial Rules You Need Live By

by Tara Struyk
There's a lot of great advice out there to saving money. But if it overwhelms you, start with just these two simple rules and you'll be on your way to financial independence.

More from

The 10 Commandments of Wealth and Happiness

The 10 Golden Rules of Saving on Everything

3 Steps to Cut Your Cable Bill by 90 Percent
(Article starts)
When it comes to the way we think about money, I've noticed there are two kinds of people: those who think $1,000 is a lot of money, and those who think $10 is a lot of money.
I fall into the second category. But I'm not especially frugal. I have a fairly nice car, I take a vacation every year, and it isn't too hard to convince me to drop a few hundred dollars on a great pair of shoes now and then. I've never even clipped a coupon. But I've also maxed out my retirement savings, bought a house, and live without debt — all on an average salary for where I live.


My take:
I really like the concept of mindful spending that the author introduces. If I am honest
I must admit that I usually don't spend money as mindfully as I should. Sounds like a
good New Year's resolution to start in October or November, right?

These past several years have proven the necessity to plan ahead in case money flow in and out changes drastically and suddenly. The way I see it: we can only do the best that we can and learn from our own money decisions in the past.

Bob Hoff
October 19, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ron Paul on "The View"

Ron Paul stating some of his positions on "The View"

I am currently reading Liberty Defined by Texas Congressman Ron Paul
on my Kindle; it is very informative about his beliefs on the Constitution, a
subject that he is an expert on. Learn more about this man running for the
Presidency in 2012 on the Republican ticket.

Start by reading what Representative Paul says in his book about bipartisan-
ship, his analysis being very thought-provoking and refreshing. Very!

Ron Paul on Wikipedia

The above is a surprising look at a politician, who is anything but typical,
commonplace, and ordinary; he is amazing in his thoughts, actions, goals,
and beliefs. He wants America returned
to  traditional American values for itself
and  our citizens.

He is among other things a fiscal
conservative, (government should spend
less )a person who believes in constitutional
 rights, keeping America out of other  countries'  business, and one who believes that government  must refrain from  butting into the personal lives of its citizens.

Find out more about the sane and productive political goals of Ron Paul. He is
amazingly and positively different and citizen-oriented. He ran for the Presidency
in 1988 and 2008.

Bob Hoff

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Our Grandson, Quotes, and Jimi Hendrix

Grandson Jimi named after Hendrix

Music is my religion.
Jimi Hendrix

Music doesn't lie. If there is something to be changed in this world, then it can only happen through music.
 Jimi Hendrix

I try to use my music to move these people to act.
 Jimi Hendrix

Music is a safe kind of high.
 Jimi Hendrix

Music makes me high on stage, and that's the truth. It's like being almost addicted to music.
 Jimi Hendrix

My goal is to be one with the music. I just dedicate my whole life to this art.
 Jimi Hendrix

All I'm gonna do is just go on and do what I feel.
 Jimi Hendrix

When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.
 Jimi Hendrix

All I'm writing is just what I feel, that's all. I just keep it almost naked.
Jimi Hendrix Quotes

Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel.
 Jimi Hendrix

I wish they'd had electric guitars in cotton fields back in the good old days. A whole lot of things would've been straightened out.
 Jimi Hendrix

Imagination is the key to my lyrics. The rest is painted with a little science fiction.
 Jimi Hendrix Quotes

Jimi Hendrix On Love

When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.
 Jimi Hendrix

The story of life is quicker then the blink of an eye, the story of love is hello, goodbye.
 Jimi Hendrix

You don't have to be singing about love all the time in order to give love to the people. You don't have to keep flashing those words all the time.
 Jimi Hendrix

The time I burned my guitar it was like a sacrifice. You sacrifice the things you love. I love my guitar.
 Jimi Hendrix Quotes

White collar conservative flashin down the street, pointing that plastic finger at me, they all assume my kind will drop and die, but I'm gonna wave my freak flag high.
 Jimi Hendrix Quotes

I have this one little saying, when things get too heavy just call me helium, the lightest known gas to man.
 Jimi Hendrix

I'm gonna put a curse on you and all your kids will be born completely naked.
 Jimi Hendrix

Quotes About Life

I used to live in a room full of mirrors; all I could see was me. I take my spirit and I crash my mirrors, now the whole world is here for me to see.
 Jimi Hendrix

You have to go on and be crazy. Craziness is like heaven.
 Jimi Hendrix

To be with the others, you have to have your hair short and wear ties. So we're trying to make a third world happen, you know what I mean?
 Jimi Hendrix

Every city in the world always has a gang, a street gang, or the so-called outcasts.
 Jimi Hendrix

It's funny how most people love the dead, once you're dead your made for life.
 Jimi Hendrix

In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.
 Jimi Hendrix

Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
 Jimi Hendrix

You have to forget about what other people say
 Jimi Hendrix

Bob Hoff

Friday, October 7, 2011

3 health reasons to cook with cast-iron pans

3 health reasons to cook with cast iron pans

By Kerri-Ann Jennings, M.S., R.D., Associate Nutrition Editor at EatingWellMagazine

Cast-iron skillets may seem like an old-fashioned choice in the kitchen. But this dependable cookware is a must in the modern kitchen. Cast-iron skillets conduct heat beautifully, go from stovetop to oven with no problem and last for decades. (In fact, my most highly prized piece of cookware is a canary-yellow, enamel-coated cast-iron paella pan from the 1960s that I scored at a stoop sale for $5.) As a registered dietitian and associate nutrition editor of EatingWell Magazine, I also know that there are some great health reasons to cook with cast iron.
17 Healthy Recipes for Cast Iron Skillets
1. You can cook with less oil when you use a cast-iron pan.
That lovely sheen on cast-iron cookware is the sign of a well-seasoned pan, which renders it virtually nonstick. The health bonus, of course, is that you won’t need to use gads of oil to brown crispy potatoes or sear chicken when cooking in cast-iron. To season your cast-iron skillet, cover the bottom of the pan with a thick layer of kosher salt and a half inch of cooking oil, then heat until the oil starts to smoke. Carefully pour the salt and oil into a bowl, then use a ball of paper towels to rub the inside of the pan until it is smooth. To clean cast iron, never use soap. Simply scrub your skillet with a stiff brush and hot water and dry it completely.

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Bob Hoff