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Posted by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Apr 10, 2020

Why do we even listen to new music?

"Our brains change as they recognize new patterns in the world, which is what makes brains, well, useful. When it comes to hearing music, a network of nerves in the auditory cortex called the corticofugal network helps catalog the different patterns of music. When a specific sound maps onto a pattern, our brain releases a corresponding amount of dopamine, the main chemical source of some of our most intense emotions. This is the essential reason why music triggers such powerful emotional reactions, and why, as an art form, it is so inextricably tied to our emotional responses."


Why Do We Even Listen to New Music? | Pitchfork 



Posted by jonescarp.aka.dale.Jan_2007 Apr 9, 2020

      I bought some French toast sticks that weren't my usual brand a couple months go.

They were different in that they were cut into strips after they were grilled. What that meant was only the top and bottom of the strips had any French toast flavor and, it didn't make up for keeping them. I tried them once and I threw them. Calories without reward.

      I was ALL IN on getting what I wanted and didn't want them using up space.

I bought my usual brand as soon as I could find them.




ALL IN is what your quit needs to be

or you'll be

FALLIN' for nicotine's lies all over again.


      "It relieves my stress." That was the biggest lie of all.

Nicotine CAUSES STRESS because when it wears off, YOU NEED MORE!

and no one can go.


This is the ranger station cam at the top of the Palm Springs Tramway.

Long Valley Cam – Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 

Suns out


Kotch 1971 (Jack Lemmon) 

Sometimes it's good to work through our emotions.

Emotions also release dopamine


"Kotch" is an irksome 72-year-old who lives with his son and daughter-in-law.

(he's  sort of a free spirit who is trying to avoid going into a nursing home.)

When he learns the family's former babysitter Erica is pregnant, Kotch loans her some money; and when she moves away to Palm Springs, he moves in with her, hoping to be of some use.

Someone  on Social Security who just heard they will be getting $1200 is thinking,

"How many cartons could I buy with $1200?"


that would not be me thinking or considering that.


Of course smoking will/may pop into our heads during this time.

as long as it doesn't pop into our lungs..we're good

It's singing

It's not loud and it's very soothing shortly after the engines pass.

First you hear the crossing bells go off. 

Then, the roar of the powerful engines. At least three out front. I saw one with eight engines last night. There was another train where I counted 149 freight cars. There were three engines out front and one at the back, pushing BACKWARDS. That was a short train too.

      Engines power many things. When you say engine, it goes back to THE Orinal NAME that isn't associated with what it's inside but what it's attached to.

The engines pass quickly, then, the singing starts.

The singing can go on for 5 minutes or more. At the end of the concert is a clack, clack, clack and a red blinking light.

Flagstaff, Arizona - Virtual Railfan LIVE - YouTube 


Walmart, Fedex, UPS, MEARSK, Cosco, Amazon.

Stacked 2 high. Longer ones stacked on shorter ones. Tank cars, Auto Transport cars. 

Every once in awhile, a passenger train.

Mostly shipping containers and tractor trailer bodies.


I wondered how they stacked those containers.

I mean, those things must weigh 20 tons each.

I'd like to buy a caboose, they don't use them on trains anymore and they make great small houses.

Flagstaff, Arizona - Virtual Railfan LIVE - YouTube 

The trains run often, 24/7. East and West. I just leave the page open on my computer so and I can hear them coming and then take a train break to hear them sing as they glide by.

You never have to worry about social distancing on the train. They're almost empty.

Flagstaff, Arizona - Virtual Railfan LIVE - YouTube 

If your Windows laptop freezes, it likely needs to be reset.

Turn it off and unplug the power supply cord at the computer.

Remove the battery if it is removable.

If it does not have a removable battery, press and hold the power button down for 30 seconds then plug it back in and turn it on.

It may take quite awhile, maybe 10 minutes before you even see a screen that's letting you know it found the problem and is making repairs.

This is the road home.

Give it time it needs to make the repairs and get you to the sign in screen.

After you sign in, let all the programs load before you start working.

After the next time you shut it down it will automatically go to the repaired startup and should work normally.


Make sure to have it do the regular windows updates.

Coronavirus causing rise in drug, alcohol relapses among people in recovery, expert says | Fox News 


You don't envision yourself begging for a cigarette on your death bed do you?

Look past the virus

There is life up ahead

Be Safe

Keep The Faith

At first he was blurry like the beginning of a quit

And then he dropped down and came into focus, just like your quit if you'll give it time.

I went inside and got some bread.

But, he was gone when I got back.

I'm betting he will come again,

and, friends, my quit is still intact.

Keep the Faith

Smoking doesn't fix anything.

      I bought a 10 inch laptop a few years ago for a backup so I could get online and order another laptop if mine failed. I think I  paid $160 which wasn't a lot.

About 14 months after I got it, Windows tried to do a big update and there was simply not enough hard drive space because this unit had only come with 32gb EMCC and it was soldered in so you couldn't upgrade.



If you're looking for a laptop or any device using Windows 10, make sure it has at least 64GB


      Here's what I replaced that computer with:

It's about as long as a pack of 100's and about 1/4 the bulk. I think I paid $135 for it and it has 64GB. It has two USB ports and a mini SD slot. The only drawback is, you must have a power receptacle as it has no battery. (you can put it in your shirt pocket but it only works with the power supply) I use it plugged into the back of a smart TV in front of my stationary bike. I built a keyboard and mouse platform that slides over the bike basket

I bought to take Hoggie riding,  (then  thought he might jump out and get hit by a car.)

The bigger of the two projections on the right side (below) is the wireless keyboard and mouse and the smaller one is a wireless headset with a microphone. Since it does have a real power supply, I would imagine it might run a portable hard drive but I've never tried it.

      I've used laptops with external monitors and wireless keyboards and mice for years so I'm not pounding on them all the time. They sit on a shelf and the only time I touch them is to turn the power button on or to insert an external drive.

         This grocery delivery and pickup thing just doesn't work when the restaurants are shut down and everybody is trying to use the service. You can wait days for your delivery and won't get everything you ordered. Who ever heard of substituting baby oil for corn oil.    It'll get geared up to handle the extra deliveries. I know most of the stores re hiring as is Amazon to handle it.

Senior hours

1st store

social distancing, long line, no one going in.

So I stood in line for about 5 minutes and headed for another store.

I got in line at 7:12 and was in the door at 7:22.

Every 5 minutes, he would let 5 carts in the store.

First thing I ran for was those root beer barrels. (The 5 pounds I ordered on Ebay had about 20% of the flavor.  I got a refund from the seller as soon as I brought it to his attention. They weren't worth the calories unless you were on a desert island with nothing else to eat.

      I next went to the dairy section and got cottage cheese, sour cream, eggs, and butter. Some cat food for Hoggie and I was shooed into a new lane before I got my hot dog buns or cheese... Next time.

At least they had everything I was looking for.

It will all calm down as people realize they have enough.


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