Learning to fly

If you read my posts, you know I want to break out of my shell, my non-entrepreneurial shell, so I started reading Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days and decided I want to sell some things on eBay as a test.

So I bought these Verizon 4G LTE LG phones from government surplus and tried to make a listing on eBay which turned into an odyssey of learning and joy. I’ll save you all the boring details but here are my lessons learned, starting with eBay.

1. eBay is closely tied to paypal and well, I learned some things about paypal as well.

2. When you are a new seller (or a seller newly entering a particular category) eBay limits the number of listings you can make in any one category. In the category of cell phones, that limit is one listing for every 30-days. So I get to learn patience.

3. My research indicated a much higher price for these phones than eBay suggested so I will have to wait and see what an auction might gain me.

4. eBay charges an insertion fee of $0.30 for each listing, although they give you the first 50 insertions free.  eBay also charges 10% of the final sales cost.

As for lessons learned regarding PayPal:

1. One method PayPal uses to verify identities is phone numbers registered in the account holders name. I share a family plan with my daughter and son-in-law so this became a point of frustration. I sent a photo of my driver’s license which took a day longer to verify than if my phone number was registered in my name.

2. PayPal could not link up with my credit union accounts. I had to create an account with an online bank in order to link an account with them. I recommend using the differing deposit amounts to verify the account with PayPal.

3. When using PayPal’s website on a computer, clicking the “call” button only returns you to their contact information page.

4. PayPal charges 2.9% of the transaction plus $0.30 for each transaction.

Anyway, I managed to work through all these problems with patience and persistence, which I think are traits of an entrepreneur. 🙂

Thank you for reading and enjoy the present!

There is no try

Greetings and salutations!

I hope all is well in your world.  Today, I’d like to review Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1:  Book/CD Pack, a book that really helped me learn how to play guitar.  I suppose some background is in order.

For years, I sang in choirs and in my younger years, I played the trombone and the sousaphone in school bands but I always wanted to learn guitar.  Through the years, I purchased at least four guitars, which ended up collecting dust and taking up space.  Each time I “tried” to learn, I would get frustrated at my apparent lack of progress and would simply put off practicing for another day.  Well, as you can imagine, I did not learn how to play guitar.  Then a little more than four years ago, I decided I would take Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda (Discontinued by manufacturer) advice: “there is no try; there is only do or do not.”

So I ordered Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1:  Book/CD Pack through amazon.com and started to practice patience and persistence on my Johnson JG-100-B Student Acoustic Guitar, Black, which was collecting dust and taking up space.  I began to appreciate progress not perfection.  Each day, I told myself “I am better today than I was yesterday”.   Eventually, I learned some of the songs in the book.  In a fit of confidence, I bought The Best of John Denver: Easy Guitar and started to learn his songs.  I was very good but each day I got a little better and I practiced patience and persistence.

Unfortunately, I did not take very good care of my Johnson JG-100-B Student Acoustic Guitar, Black, I live in a dry climate and I should have created a more humid environment for it but I didn’t.

Enter Jane, my Epiphone Dave Navarro Signature  “Jane” Acoustic/Electric  Cutaway Guitar.  I bought her and we began an incredible journey.  I started to gain more confidence and began to enjoy playing.  Eventually, I began to play and sing in front of other people!  I became nervous and jittery but I did it and it was fun.  Best of all, people said they like it.

Back to Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1:  Book/CD Pack.  This book will take you through basic yet common chords and rhythms and also teach some finger picking and lead guitar parts.  It includes various styles like folk, country, rock, and blues.  I recommend it as a starter book for any beginner.  It helped me start playing other people’s songs and with time, I began to write my own songs.  Here’s a link to the very first song I ever wrote: https://youtu.be/KBWH_2itxkw  I hope you enjoy it.

The pictures above are of Jane and my John Denver song book.  I loaned my Hal Leonard book to my son.  He has a guitar that takes up space and collects dust.  🙂

That’s all for now; enjoy your day!

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GlassGuard screen protector


I know I haven’t posted a blog in a while; imagine me not being consistent. 🙂 I haven’t made those breakfast bars using the new recipe yet but I will and I’ll post pictures.

Today, I wanted to recommend iPad 9.7 in (2017) / iPad Pro 9.7 in / iPad Air 2 / iPad Air Screen Protector, Anker [Double Defense] Premium Tempered-Glass Tablet Screen Protector with Retina Display,Anti-Scratch, Anti-Fingerprint screen protector for the iPad by Anker. Mine arrived on Sunday but I did not want to rush to install it so I waited until this morning when I had a few minutes to follow the directions.  (Following instructions is yet another change I made in my life.  It seems to make life easier.)

Anyway, GlassGaurd comes with ‘hinge stickers’ that are used to help hold GlassGaurd in-place before exposing the adhesive which holds the screen protector on the iPad.  This little invention really worked well.  I lined up the protector, then applied the hinge stickers as directed.  Then I cleaned up the screen with the alcohol wipe and microfiber cloth.  The alcohol seemed to leave behind a residue so I used some eyeglass cleaner to completely clean the screen.  Then I peeled back the plastic sheet which revealed the adhesive side and flipped the screen protector, using the hinges, onto the screen.  Like magic and as described in the instructions, the screen protector self-adhered to the screen.  I ended up with a iPad screen protector with no bubbles.

Today is going to be a good day.

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Breakfast Bars

Hello and welcome back,

On my last entry, I mentioned how Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days really changed my way of looking at the world, and not just in areas where I might make a profit but in other areas as well, like breakfast bars. I’ll explain a little more. I often eat oatmeal with peanuts, honey, and Raisin Bran. I cook the oatmeal overnight by letting them soak in soy milk, vanilla flavored if you must know. 🙂 That is one delicious and hardy breakfast in case you’re looking for that sort of thing. It’s also quite quick providing you remember to put the oats to soak overnight. I simply wash the dish after eating my breakfast and refill it with oatmeal and soy milk to start the process over again. There’s no harm in letting the oatmeal soak longer.

Anyway, back to breakfast bars. For a while now, I have been thinking about turning this delicious and hardy concoction into a healthy breakfast bar but I always hesitated. Some self-doubt or fear of failure or simple laziness would creep in and I would not do it. Well yesterday I did it! And they turned out pretty bad but that’s ok. SH helped me realize I could learn from a mistake or two, I could also analyze what I did correctly and I could improve the recipe and the process.

Here’s the recipe I tried yesterday:
Silk, Soy Milk, Vanilla, 32 oz 2 cups
Quaker Oats Oatmeal, Old Fashioned, 42-Ounce Containers (Pack of 4) 2 cups
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran, 18.7 Ounce (Pack of 3) 2 cups
Planters Dry Roasted Peanuts, 34.5 Ounce, 3 Count 1 ½ cups
Honey from local farmers’ market 1/3 cups

Layer the soy milk, oatmeal, Raisin Bran, peanuts, and honey.

Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes.
Allow it to cool and divide it into bars.

I found the bars did not hold together but tasted delicious so it is back to the drawing board.

Some of you with baking skills may have already detected ways to improve the process and the outcome. For my next attempt, I will blend all of the ingredients, maybe even breakdown the peanuts to smaller chunks – hey that gives me another good idea, maybe I’ll use chunky peanut butter instead. See that’s the kind of thinking, Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days kick-started. I think will also use more honey. 🙂

By the way, thanks to the two people who visited yesterday’s post.  Please post a comment and say hi.

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Welcome to Life and Other Good Ideas

Hello and welcome to my blog.

I think I am behind the power-curve when it comes to blogging but as some people say “better late than on-time” or something like that. I started writing this to do a few things: 1. Make a little pocket change; 2. Tell the world how awesome I am; and 3. Tell you all how I got to be so awesome! Well the last two are definitely tongue-in-cheek statements but I think many people who start blogs because they believe they have something to impart to the world and well; so do I.

I hope that as you read this, you’ll get a laugh or two, find some useful information that may help with a problem or two that you have, and may decide to purchase a book or product or two that I recommend. I’ll include links to Amazon.com for each product and I’ll only review products that I use or books that I read.

So what gives? Why does the world need your wise and sage advice? Well, truthfully, it doesn’t and more truthfully, I don’t have any wise and sage advice that didn’t come from someone else. My goal will be to pass on this advice to anyone interested (or bored) enough to read it. Maybe they have a ‘friend’ who needs this advice and they can pass the info to them.

Critically though, about four years ago, I found myself in a very dark place in my life. On a daily basis, I wallowed in self-pity, felt useless and ineffective in almost every aspect of my life, and I truly began to question my purpose on this planet. So I reached out for help and I got it from very unlikely people, places, and things. Slowly, and with lots of help from very patient people, I began to change the way I behaved. Even more slowly, I began to change the choices I made. Eventually but even more slowly, I began to change my attitude about the people, places, and things in my life.

Then, about six months ago, I heard of the podcast “Side-Hustle School” by Chris Guillebeau. This podcast and his book Side Hustle: From Idea to Income in 27 Days truly helped me to start looking at the world differently and helped me change my habits, especially with regards to turning ideas, hobbies, and interests into income. I haven’t read it all yet but I recommend it to anyone who wants to feel more empowered and in charge of their own destiny. This book helps me look at the ordinary people, places, and things in my life differently, like breakfast bars! More on that in my next entry.

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