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This is my creative writing home. I'm a retired American military service member and a permanent resident of Olongapo City, Philippines. I live with my wife, Josie, a Filipino-American dual citizen.

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Electric Fans vs. Air Conditioners – Air Conditioning is Expensive

electric fan In my house, we use electric fans more often than anything. We run air conditioning only during the hottest months of the year.

We have three split-type air conditioners. When we run all three, our electric bill is completely unmanageable. Thankfully, it only happens when we have visitors from the United States.

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January 22, 2018

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Appliances

Black Coffee Always Marks the Beginning of My Daily Routine

black coffee Technically, the black coffee I drink isn’t really black. Black means without any form of creamer or sweetener added. I don’t add any form of creamer but I add sugar. I would have to drink it incredibly weak to drink it without sugar.

If I can’t get a cup of black coffee at the beginning of my day, for whatever reason, my day is not going to go well.

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January 21, 2018

Categories:
Food and Drink

The Latest Federal Government Shutdown is Political Nonsense

government shutdown It seems like a United States federal government shutdown almost happens every year. The latest, as of yesterday, is only the second time I can remember it happening. (I’m told it happened three times but I only remember two.)

I’m not politically motivated about any party but from what I can see and hear, the Democratic party is a bunch of arrogant assholes. A Reuters article explains the cause of the shutdown.

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January 20, 2018

Categories:
United States

It’s Time to Move My Website from Droplet to Droplet at Digital Ocean

Digital Ocean droplet According to my control panel at Digital Ocean, I’ve been using my current droplet as a web server since July 16, 2016. That was a couple of days before I redirected the name servers for my domain name from Media Temple to Digital Ocean.

It’s time to move my website to a new droplet. Digital Ocean recently upgraded their hardware and their plans and my older $10 droplet is almost the same as a new $5 droplet.

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January 18, 2018

Categories:
Web Development

My 40th Anniversary of Signing up for the Marine Corps DEP

Marine Corps DEP On January 17, 1978, I signed up for the Marine Corps Delayed Entry Program (DEP). I was still a senior (12th grade) in high school.

Today is the 17th in the Philippines but only the 16th in the United States. If I adhere to time zones, my official 40th anniversary will start in a few hours. I don’t plan to celebrate anyway.

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January 16, 2018

Categories:
Military

When an Expensive Cell Phone is Completely Unnecessary

Samsung Galaxy S4 - cell phone There are many situations when an expensive cell phone is completely unnecessary. Why would you buy a top-of-the-line Apple iPhone or Samsung Galaxy cell phone when a relatively low-end phone would work as well for your needs?

Why spend more than you need to spend? Are you trying to impress someone? My wife, Josie, is a case in point and I’m not much better.

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January 14, 2018

Categories:
Cell Phones

Long Distance Phone Calls – Alternatives to Phone Company Rates

long distance For some people, long distance phone calls have never been an issue. They’ve never used a land line and they only call people far away through their cell phone apps.

Some people still use land lines. Many companies can’t seem to do business without them. Even so, the era of land lines will soon be over.

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January 13, 2018

Categories:
Technology

Shithole Countries – Impoverished or Developing Countries

shithole countries I read the story about President Trump’s comment on “shithole countries” at the CNN website. Like a lot of stories on CNN, they latched on to something he said behind closed doors and turned it into an issue.

These are the liberals who refused to attack the agendas of President Obama when he was in office for fear of being called racists. They have no problem, however, attaching that label to Trump every chance they get.

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January 12, 2018

Categories:
United States

How about a Burrito for Breakfast and a Burrito for Dinner?

burrito When I say a burrito for breakfast and a burrito for dinner, I’m not talking about just one each. I will eat at least two per meal, more for breakfast if Josie (my wife) makes enough.

The ones for breakfast aren’t the same as the ones for dinner, obviously. We make breakfast burritos with tortillas and breakfast foods. Josie’s the only one on her side of the family who can cook them so they taste right. Her sisters, all of them, can and will burn scrambled eggs.

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January 12, 2018

Categories:
Food and Drink

Foreign Currency Exchange Rates in the Philippines

Philippine pesos - foreign currency When it comes to foreign currency exchange rates in the Philippines, the main thing I’m concerned about is how many Philippine pesos I can get for a single dollar. The other thing I’m concerned about is which place will give me the best exchange rate.

In many places, they call themselves “money changers”, a simplified way of saying foreign currency exchange brokers. The money changers deal with more than United States dollars and Philippine pesos. I very rarely have anything other than dollars to exchange.

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January 11, 2018

Categories:
Personal Finance

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