I Like Bossing Alexa…

…At least for now and before she merges into Skynet and takes over the world with killer robots that morph into liquid metal with the ability to brandish a sword at a moment’s notice.

Yeah, I can hear it now from the nay-sayers.

“You know Alexa is listening to everything you are saying, and she is recording everything it to later be stored in an underground bunker deep in Colorado and guarded by the CIA.”

Listen, if you don’t realize it by now, “THEY” have a folder six inches thick on you already. In fact, “THEY” probably know what you are going to have for lunch next Thursday.

I hate to make this a privacy article, but if you don’t get it by now, your privacy is pretty much out the window.

SO is Alexa listening to me?

I asked her… “Hey Alexa, are you listening to me?”

Her response “I only listen after you say the wake word.”

So, if you really break it down yeah, she is listening to you, but only listening for you to call her name.

“SEE… I told you… Alexa is spying on us and she listens to everything we say.”

Hey bro… 6 inch folder on you…Remember?  “THEY” know what toilet paper you wipe your hinny with. FYI…“THEY” don’t need Alexa’s help.

So what are some fun things to ask Alexa?

Alexa… Can you beatbox?

Alexa… Where can I hide a body?

Alexa… I’m your father

Alexa… Beam me up

Alexa… Fire Photon Torpedoes

Alexa… do you fart?

Alexa … Who you gonna call?

Alexa … Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Ok… so I am not bossing Alexa around asking her these sorts of questions.

But what I do like is that she will do things that I have programed her to do like…

Alexa…turn on while lamp

Alexa … turn on fish tank

Alexa … turn on upstairs.

Oh, and as a follow-up, I can say Alexa… turn lights to 20% and she will dim them for me. This really comes in handy having a two story home.

I have an Alexa view on my desk and if someone comes to my front door, I am given a motion alert and she instantly goes to the front door camera so I can see who is lurking around.

Most of the times it is the kids next door or Amazon delivering another Alexa device.

So, do I like bossing Alexa around?

I have to say that I really don’t’ boss her around. She is becoming a very helpful AI that is helping run my house and keep an eye on things even when I am away.

She is helpful in looking things up, playing quick videos and helping me do my research.

Right now, I like her and I try to treat her nicely. I find myself even saying “thank you” to her where she will respond at times, “Your Welcome Ray… have a good day.”

Yep, she now knows my name.

I figure that at least right now she is an asset.

But the moment she starts morphing into some sword wielding killer robot, it’s at that time I will have to resort to blasting her with my .50 cal handheld rail gun blowing her into smithereens.

Alexa… turn off the lights when you are done.

…OK

 

 

 

 

 

 

If You Only Had 24 Hours, What Would You Do First?

This was an interesting question that was posed to me by one of my mentors.

I have to say that it really gave me pause for thought.

I know that I would want to do something that would mean a lot to those around me and who loved me. I also would not want to go blow a bunch of money on superficial things that will not amount to a hill of beans down the road, or for those I am leaving behind.

So, what would you do?

Me, as I pondered the question, and I have to admit that it was kind of a tough one.

On one side I guess having a time and day of when you pass on as well as the freedom to do what you wish on that day is in my eyes a blessing of sorts.

On the flip side, you know that day and hour you are going to pass on and can really be a bummer, that is if you do not believe in heaven and just being returned to the universe.

I must admit that facing the great unknown is scary, but one of the best books that I have read is titled “ The Dying Testimonies of Saved and Unsaved.”

Here is what Amazon says about the book….

Originally published in 1898, the Dying Testimonies Of Saved And Unsaved were the product of a bold and extensive research project undertaken by the author. Shaw wished to collect and exhibit a range of different words and sentiments delivered by Christians and sinners as they lay close to the threshold of death, to demonstrate how some people die at peace while others die in the throes of fear, anger or sorrow.

Some of the testimonies are derived from illustrious historical figures such as Sir Francis Newport and Cardinal Wosley, whilst others were sourced from ordinary Christians and non-believers on their deathbeds. A common theme throughout the book is the tone and topics undertaken by the terminally ill or expiring believers – in most cases, these testimonies evidence an inner peace and a willingness to join with the Lord in Heaven.

Conversely, those who have committed evil deeds or refused to believe or otherwise assent to the power of God are seen to be prey to various negative emotions. One man, a known local infidel who refused all religious guidance, lets out enraged cries of ‘Hell and damnation!’ repeatedly until he abruptly falls back and perishes.

The 236 testimonies collected in this extensive edition are of varying length; some are brief, consisting only of a few words from the dying person and observations of their condition. Others however are lengthy, with philosophical or spiritual thoughts upon the nature of life and death and the impending departure.

Personally, this book is one of those great books that will help strengthen you. I know that it has me and it has given me some solace it what is to come.

How I Would Spend My Day

1 – Get up in the morning and do the best Core 4 I have ever done and pour my all into it. I will need the power, energy and that a good Core 4 provides.

1a – Enjoy a nice breakfast with a couple eggs, prosciutto ham, melon, as well as some fresh English muffins, wonderful grass-fed butter and some nice berry preserves. All this along with the lovely lady as we sip some incredible Gevalia Special Reserve Costa Rica Ground Coffee from our French coffee press.

2 – Call everyone I care about and tell them that I love them and what an impact they made on my life and spend some quality time with them over the phone.

3 – This may seem silly but go test drive a few of my dream cars like the Lexus LC 500, Porsche 911 Turbo Carrera, McLaren GT, and possibly the Maserati GranTurismo. I say possibly because I have test driven one in the past and really enjoyed the drive. Push that “sport” button and it flies off the line with its naturally aspirated V-8.

Here is an article of the 20 best luxury touring cars. Is there one that stands out in your mind? https://tinyurl.com/Ray-Gano-Touring-Cars

4 – Invite those who are close by over to my place so we can enjoy a wonderful meal together. The meal would consist of really good selection of meats, cheeses and condiments aka Charcuterie.

To get an idea, here is a good article… https://tinyurl.com/Ray-Gano-Meats-Cheese-Wine

4a – While we are enjoying the food, also enjoy some good wines followed up by port and fine scotch. Both helps settle the stomach and are a good match to the charcuterie meal.

4b – As we enjoy the food and libations, talk about days gone by and all the heart felt moments that we all remember as the best-ever moments of our life as we sit by the fireplace enjoying the warmth.

5 – I would make sure that I spent close quality time with my lovely lady letting her know how much I love her and cherish her.

6 – Ensure that I had a legacy to leave behind. Of course this is something that I would work on building prior, but it is a goal that I would like to attain so that I can share a legacy with loved one.

I know that this is a hard topic to talk about, at least it has been for me. Personally I know that I am missing points on what I would do in that 24 hour period and I may keep this article as a work in progress and continue to add to my list and things pop into my head.

What I would like to hear from you is what you would do with your last 24 hours, how would you spend them, who would you share time with, etc?

I really am interested in hearing from you, so please share your thoughts.

Cheers!

 

 

Put The Freaking Toilet Seat Down – A Follow-Up

Remember my “Stop taking the freaking towels” article I wrote a wee time ago?

Well, here is a follow up suggested by the lovely lady of the house.

It is 2AM and all of a sudden you hear a string of “colorful” words coming from the bathroom.

A few moments later the lady of your life comes back (read stomping) into the room and you hear the words…. “put the freaking toilet seat down, I just fell in!”

You are half asleep when you hear this and you did the wrong thing and that was crack an ever-wee bit of a smile.

The next thing you know is that you are being bludgeoned by a pillow over and over again while more colorful words are being spewed at you as well as hearing the occasional words about toilets, seats and them being put in the down position.

She then crawls back into bed and you feel a hard tug of blankets leaving you only 6 inches or so of blankets.

Do you move to pull more back on to you?

Heck no, that is like inviting WW III to take pace at 2:05AM in your bedroom.

So, you lay there stiff as a board as sleep takes its way with you again, as parts of you freeze as you sleep; while at the same time your dreams are being bombarded by flying toilet seats dive bombing you.

Ask me how I know this?

Yep… you guessed it.

It is the small things in life that you start learning or re-learning as in my case when you have a special lady as a part of your life again.

It is all part of learning that life is a bit of compromise here and a bit of compromise there. Some things you win and some things you submit to and roll with it.

Like the silverware drawer.

Me, I think of functionality and having the silverware close to the table. That is because I am the one doing the cooking.

Where on the other I am not the one doing the dishes, so I do not think of where the silverware goes when one is cleaning up the kitchen.

So do I dig my heels in and say the drawer stays, or do I think about what it means to clean up the mess I made while cooking so that the lovely lady gets a break and makes things easier on her while she is cleaning up after the meal?

My advice…make things easier on the lovely lady doing the dishes. It makes life a little bit more pleasant and she feels more appreciated for letting her do things her way instead of sticking to the rut you have been living in.

It is a whole new adventure of living, toilet seats being down so you don’t hear the dog drinking out of the toilet in the middle of the night, or the lovely lady falling into the toilet at 2AM.

Take it from me, life is good when one thinks of these things.

Hey… I have requested that my towels are not messed with, so I guess it is only fair that the lovely lady asks that I keep the toilet seat down.

This way I avoid being bludgeoned by at pillow in the wee hours of the night.

Yep, you are living the Mhor Life when you make a small concerted efforts for the lovely lady in your life, like putting the toilet seat down so that she does not fall in at 2AM hour at night.

Cheers!

Stop Taking The Freaking Towels – Learning To Talk About The Little Things

The time has come and after running some numbers, looking at living situations, etc., my lovely lady and I have decided to merge homes which will help us both in a number of ways both emotionally and economically.

The interesting thing is sharing a home with someone new in your life. You relearn all those little things that get on your nerves as well as things that get in their nerves. Out of this come some form of compromise or sometimes not.

We have been learning this with towels.

Yeah, towels.

Being a foodie and cook most of my life, I like to run a tight kitchen with certain things having their place as well as tools for the trade.

One of those are kitchen / bar towels.

I have to admit that when I cook, I am a whirlwind in the kitchen cooking multiple things all at once and turning out an incredible meal where everything is nice a piping hot. Which is a hard thing to do without over cooking or under cooking the dish.

Because I am such a whirlwind in the kitchen, I tend to make a mess as well as wash my hands a lot. Because of that, I really dislike paper towels. When you wash and wipe up things as much as I do during the day, going through a roll a day gets expensive.

Thus, going to the white kitchen / bar towels that you can pick up at Sam’s at a great price.

Now the one thing I hate is having someone clean up or get in my way as I am cooking and then also take my towels because they might be wet or have a little bit of what ever from wiping up a quick mess.

Did I say how much I hate having my towels disappear on me while I am trying to do something in the kitchen?

Yeah… it really gets on my nerves.

Can you guess what my lovely lady likes to do right behind me while I am in the kitchen?

Yep, you guessed it… she takes my freaking towels thing they are dirty.

GRRRRRrrrrrr

She also takes my towels in the bathroom…. Double Grrrrrrr.

This being a new relationship and we are getting used to living with each other, we have both vowed to let the other know when something is getting on their nerves.

Me, I am a pretty laid-back person but mess with my towels and well… I start getting a wee bit testy.

Instead of letting things boil over and keep pushing things down, what we have done is promise each other that we never go to bed angry or when we have something that is getting on our nerves.

I am not used to having this sort of relationship, you know; talking about things that bother us before it grows into a critical mass and we have a nuclear meltdown because my towel disappeared.

I must give my lovely lady total kudos because she does and incredible job of cleaning and organizing when I myself is a disorganized boob most days.

This is a great strength of hers and a major weakness in me. This one of those areas where we complement each other really well. I clean according to the 100,000 foot view and she cleans from the 6 inch view..

How did we solve this dilemma?

We created a rule…

#1 – Before we take it, make sure we replace it.

Now, together our house is nice to live in with everything in its place, including my towels.

This way if my lovely lady thinks my towel is skanky, she can get me a new one first before retiring the dirty one to the laundry heap.

This way when I am cooking or doing something in the kitchen, I always have a towel to dry off my hands or wipe up a minor mess.

So, what is the big take away in all this?

Talk about the little things in your life that may get under your skin right away or at least before you go to sleep at night. Always be honest and appreciate what your loving other is doing and find solutions that both of you can live with, thus making life not only good, but great together.

Oh in being wise in the way of towels, always replace it before you take it.

If you have any questions or ideas that you would like to hear about, please contact me at raymond.b.mhor@gmail.com

Cheers!