STARBUCKs – Blended Frappuccino’s Cream Guide

Starbucks Coffee Cup - to go

Starbucks Coffee Cup – to go

Here is a great link to a HUBPAGE article on Frappuccino’s and the Blended Cremes that are available for use as you customize your drink.

It is quite informative and you should read it so you can be better prepared while in line to get the perfect flavors in your morning coffee.

Click here:

Starbucks Creme Guide

provided by Don Bobbitt, 2014




WWII Code Talkers get their Medals

Here is a link to a great article written by a fellow Hub Writer about the recent medal awards for Code Talkers in WWII.

Check it out:

Comanche Code Talkers

by Don Bobbitt


IWas Just Thinkin’ – IRS Agents, FBI Agents

Just Chewing on my Cud, Why?

I was Just Thinkin’

With the mistakes of the FBI relative to catching terrorists being blamed on a manpower shortage, I just had an epiphany.

Obama stuck a provision in his omnipotent Obama-Care Bill that allowed for the hiring of over 15,000 new IRS agents to catch Americans who cheat on their taxes.

At the same time, the FBI doesn’t have enough agents to track every potential terrorist that enters and leaves our country.

SO…… Let’s take the money for at least half of those potential IRS agents and hire more FBI Agents.

This way we get better protection for ALL Americans working against potential terrorist threats, and the IRS can still have 7500 more people to catch those of us who try to claim our dogs as a dependent.

It Looks Good to Me!




Your email and controlling access to you.

OK, You probably already have at least one email address, and you know how to use the web, at least to some degree.
I mean, you are reading this, so you knew enough to get to it, Right?
But, do you get Junk Mail? From people and sites that you have no idea how they got your email address?
Well, there are so many ways for people and companies to get your access to your email address, that even if you are being very careful, eventually you end up having to sort through what I call the Pigeon Poop of the web.
There is one relatively simple way to manage your email, that I have been using for several years, and, so far, it is working well for me.
Here is a simplistic overview of my email management system, and why I made these decisions.
Select an Email Service Provider
Most of us have a free email service provided by our local web service provider.  It’s free, it’s there, so most of us end up using it.  In my mind, there is a problem with this.
You see, every time you relocate, or even just want to change service providers, you find that you end up having to go to dozens of banks, credit card companies, and other business’ and either online, or by mail and change the email address that they use to communicate, or even bill you.
And, often, the email service that they provide is not a very, shall I say, flexible, email system.  In fact, some are just plain archaic, and hard to use.  For some reason, providing a good flexible email system for the average person is just not on the priority list of mist providers.
They seem to think that their job is to provide access and speed, and such supporting services as email, news access, search engines, etc. are just not near the top of their list of priorities.
I can’t tell you how many times in the past, that I have visited a friend, who might not be very technical, and they will ask me to “Fix” a problem they are having with their email.  And, when I look, what I normally see is a hodge-podge system of software that is obviously cheap and shall I say “Clunky”.
And, the most common problem smy friends have is a combination of; 1-the available instructions and support is below even what I would consider the “Basic” level, and 2- often the package itself has “bugs” that end up adding to the non-technical users confusion.
So experience has driven me to go to a major player for my email service.
What you should do is talk to your more computer involved friends about what service they use.  There are plenty of free services out there, so finding a good one should not be a problem. I myself, after a little research went over to Google’s gmail.
The service is free, and they have a very flexible and powerful email service that also provides several mega-bytes of free storage.
How Many email address’ do you need?
Yes, that’s right! How many do you need? Let me explain.
I got tired of my email address being sold to other companies and ending up with a mailbox full of Junk Mail, that was eating up my time (and storage memory) deleting and otherwise managing them.
So, I now have 3 email address’.
Email #1 is the one that I use strictly for business, and financial communications, such as banks, utility companies, financial institutions, etc.
Email #2 is the one that I use strictly for communications with friends and casual associates.
Email #3 is the one that I use strictly for shopping on the web, searching for information on sites that I am not confident of their security, etc.
And, of course, my spouse has two email address’ of her own, one for friends, and one for shopping.
That is 5 email address’ that we have for our protection.
The business email address has remained safe, and I have not had to change address’ with my companies for years.
The friends email address, gets very little Junk, and what I do get is easily managed.  The biggest problem with friends and acquaintances is the danger from their attachments. So be sure you have your security set up to scan incoming mail for such potential problems.
And the third email?  Well, that is the one that gets deleted and re-set up whenever I start getting a lot of Junk or even the occasional virus, etc.
But, at least I have it contained to a separate address that, when it is corrupted, I can fix much easier than if I had all of my mail tied to only one address.
It works for me.
Other Notes;
Your Web Service Providers email address.
Most Web Service providers will give you an email address, on their system that they want to use to communicate with you.  Usually things such as System problems, projected down times, update schedules, etc.
What I did is set this address up to automatic forward all of these mails directly to one of my email address’ that I had selected as discussed above.
This way I don’t have to go over to their site and check for notices all of the time, because I get their notices forwarded automatically.
Mail Folders:
Use the Mail folders that any good email service provides.  These will really help you keep control of your email history.  I generated folders with titles such as; Financial, eBay, Target, Insurance, Health Info, PC Info, Friends Mail, etc.  Of course, you can generate whatever fits your personal lifestyle.
I read my emails, and if I think there is any information that I might want to reference, or just re-read in the future, I move it over to the relevant folder, and it is automatically saved.
The remaining emails? I delete them, they are some of that Pigeon Poop that I mentioned earlier, and you really must get into the habit of cleaning them up.
Think about it. If it wasn’t important enough to be in one of your folders, then it is probably not worth keeping at all.  GET RID OF IT!  I have a friend that deletes nothing, and his email main folder, is enormous, and he takes forever to find old information
I have one more suggestion on folders.  Once a year, either delete the old ones, or, write the older ones to a CD, in case you need to look the information up in the future.  CD’s are cheap, but if you don’t manage your old emails, you will end up hitting the limit of that free storage that the provider gives you.
You will get an email offering you expanded storage capacity ….. for a price of course. And you will be given a time limit to comply with the old limit or BUY the new capacity. I hope you have the time to do this after the fact when the notice comes in, because it will come, eventually.
I hope that this information has been helpful to you.  In today’s world, you need a powerful and flexible email system. One that does what you want, the way you what, when you want it, not just what they want you to do for you.
So …… Shop, Research, find the right package and maximize your communications with the world.
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Looks like our renowned leaders in Washington have given me a new category for some of my future Blogs.

The new category is STUPID IS as STUPID DOES.
OK, I stole it from Forrest Gump, but I expect he really won’t mind.

What brought me to this as the title for my Blog today, and for other future Blogs.

Well Have you read the paper or watched your TV in the last several days?

Our elected representatives have decided to play “Chicken” with the national Budget.

Yeah! Chicken. 

That’s when two CHILDREN stand in front of each other and get a red in the face and dare the other one blink frst.

Here we sit, the working people of America literally being embarassed by our government.

Have they forgotten?  We elected them to RUN the government, NOT shut it down.

But this gathering of idiots would rather make some vague point to each other on who had the longest (X-Rated) than the other one.

No matter that people will be out of work until this fiasco ends.

No matter that they are arguing over their own personal agendas, and not those of the majority of the population of the country.

We aren’t important to these imbeciles. You know, the tear jerking Conservative, and the hard core high spending Liberal.

When did getting elected to public office mean that you got to follow your heart, and not the hearts of your constituency?

Did I take a nap or something on the day that they changed the rules?

They are there because I (and you) put them there.

And we put them there to represent and WORK for us.

God knows we pay the slippery Pricks enough.

And we let them give themselves every premium benefit to cushion their work.

You know; the best Insurance in the world, essentially an unlimited staff of assistants, limitless budgets for research and data analysis by hired experts, and, of course, free travel around the world and even  mistesss’ if deisred.

Well, I guess some people just can’t be made happy.

We give them all of this, and they still want to screw us, the people of America.

Maybe it’s time that, we, the people, came up with a plan. 
A plan where they spend wisely and frugally, and, and I know this is scary, but a plan where they make long-term plans.
A plan to force Congress back to the basics, and away from their shared personal God complex’s.


ME? and Retirement.

I actually retired several years ago, and have been living on a couple of small pensions and significantly reduced SS payments.
The reasons for my early retirement are varied, and seemed appropriate at the time.
So I have no real reasons to second guess myself.

And that is what I recommend to you.
When you Retire, of course you should adjust your plans as your life and financial circumstances change.
But don’t cry over spilt milk.   Whatever happened that changed for you, you need to react to, but just move on, and adjust and change as necessary, so you can live your retired life the way you want.

Look at your finances, CLOSELY!
Do your research, especially on the web.
I found so many great sites with good basic information for retirees and potential retirees, that after about six months of putting myself through my own personal training program, I was able to make sound retirement decisions based on my own needs.

I recommend that you do the same.
Oh, by the way, remember that any person or company that claims to be an expert in retirement planning?
Well they all have a vested interest in “helping” you invest/spend your money, or so it ended up for me.
I recommend that you listen to them,but do it with a tight grip on your money.
And, no matter how hard a sell job they are throwing at you, please, be smart a d walk away without signing anything.
Here is my suggestion:
If they are professional, then they will understand,
If they keep pushing you? RUN!
Well, that’s it for the day!
Have a Good One!