Poppitz – My favorite Austrian film


This film is about several families from Germany & Austria on holiday at an all-inclusive resort of suspect quality!!!! Very dark, very funny.




A List of 100



The List of 100 is a powerful technique you can use to generate ideas, clarify your thoughts, uncover hidden problems or get solutions to any specific questions you’re interested in.

The technique is very simple in principle: state your issue or question in the top of a blank sheet of paper and come up with a list of one hundred answers or solutions about it. “100 Ways to Generate Income”, “100 Ways to be More Creative” or “100 Ways to Improve my Relationships” are some examples.

One hundred entries? Isn’t that way too many?”

Bear with me: it’s exactly this exaggeration that makes the technique powerful.

When starting your list you may believe that there’s no way to get it done. But then, at some point during the exercise, you will naturally have your subconscious mind naturally engaged in the process. That’s when you will uncover many new and surprising answers, and ideas will start flowing again. Making a List of 100 is a beautifully articulated cooperation between the conscious and subconscious minds tackling one single problem.


20 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Every Sunday


Sunday Questions to Reflect on Your Life

At the cusp of new beginnings many of us take time to reflect on our lives by looking back over the past and ahead into the future.  We ponder the successes, failures and standout events that are slowly scripting our life’s story.  This process of self reflection helps maintain a conscious awareness of where we’ve been and where we intend to go.  It is pertinent to the organization and preservation of our dreams, goals and desires.

If you would like to maximize the benefits of self reflection, I have 20 questions for you.  These questions should be reviewed every Sunday morning or sometime during the weekend when you have some quiet time to think.  Remember, reflection is the key to progression.

  1. What did I learn last week? – If you have trouble answering this question, it’s time for a change.  It doesn’t matter how old you are, you should learn something new every week.
  2. What was my greatest accomplishment over the past week? – Reflecting on your accomplishments is a healthy way to raise self confidence and contentment.  It’s also an effective way to track your progress.
  3. Which moment from last week was the most memorable and why? – It may open up your mind to new passions and goals, or simple pastimes worth revisiting.
  4. What’s the #1 thing I need to accomplish this week? – Everything else is secondary, and should be treated as such.  Nevertheless, this question will also shine light on other noteworthy tasks.
  5. What can I do right now to make the week less stressful? – Set reminders in your calendar, get your laundry done, fill the car with gas… organize yourself.
  6. What have I struggled with in the past that might also affect the upcoming week? – The idea here is to learn from your struggles and better equip yourself for future encounters.
  7. What was last week’s biggest time sink? – Steer clear of this in the future.  Setup physical barriers against distractions if you have to.
  8. Am I carrying any excess baggage into the week that can be dropped? – Physical clutter, mental clutter… eliminate the unnecessary so the necessary may shine bright.
  9. What have I been avoiding that needs to get done? – Pencil in a time to get these things done.  For any 2-minute or less tasks, consider scheduling them first thing Monday morning.
  10. What opportunities are still on the table? – If it’s still available and you want it, make a concrete plan to go after it this week.
  11. Is there anyone I’ve been meaning to talk to? – Regular communication can solve problems before they fester.  Always keep an open line of communication to those around you.
  12. Is there anyone that deserves a big ‘Thank You’? – Take time each week to thank the people who have helped you.  Your kind gesture will not go unnoticed.
  13. How can I help someone else this coming week? – The easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want.  If you help them, they will remember you when you need help.
  14. What are my top 3 goals for the next 3 years? – You’ll never make any progress in life if you don’t setup realistic goals for yourself.
  15. Have any of my recent actions moved me closer to my goals? – If the answer is no, something needs to change.
  16. What’s the next step for each goal? – Knowing the next step is the key to accomplishing the whole.
  17. What am I looking forward to during the upcoming week? – The answer can act as a great source of motivation.  If nothing exists, schedule something to look forward to.
  18. What are my fears? – Consciously address your fears each week and slowly work on resolving them.  It’s all about taking baby steps.
  19. What am I most grateful for? – It’s a smart way to keep things in perspective, and something you should never lose sight of.
  20. If I knew I only had one week to live, who would I spend my time with? – Another helpful reminder… Life is short.  Spend more time with the people you care about.

Take 30 minutes every Sunday and give yourself the gift of self reflection.  It has worked wonders for me, and I am confident it will do the same for you.

119 Things About Me

This list was made about 9 years ago, I believe.

1. Favorite candy: liquorice

2. Favorite animal: horse

3. Which animal would I like to be reincarnated as: cat

4. Favorite ice cream: too many!

5. Last 2 movies seen: Le Divorce & Thirteen

6. Last book I read: too many – I read about 10 at a time

7. Favorite color: Caribbean blue

8. Favorite time of day: early morning

9. Phobias: snakes & heights

10. Favorite comedian: too many!

11. Favorite syndicated radio show: Bob & Tom

12. Stick or automatic?: stick, baby!

13. Obsession #287: I still have Mark Philippoussis’ photo ID from Key Biscayne! Yes, I can get into the men’s locker room with it. No, I won’t share any details!

14. Obsession #666: I wonder about Gary Condit-American Media-National Enquirer-Anthrax-GW Bush-Bohemian Grove-Chandra Levy. Are there 6 degrees (or less!!!) of separation there???

15. Confession #3,456: I lived in Palm Beach County during the last presidential election.

16. I have always chewed pencils and pens.

17. Age: old enough to know better times 2.

18. Children: one.

19. Former hippie: yes!

20. Inhaled?: yes!

21. I speak 5 languages badly.

22. Married once (in a galaxy far, far away).

23. I was once in lust with a man who was nicknamed “dirt”. Actually I was younger-than-“dirt” by a few months. When he was around me, I felt nauseous and tongue-tied.

24. “Dirt” was married at the time.

25. I never did anything with “dirt” except fantasize.

26. One year I logged 100 scuba dives.

27. Pets: earthworms, horsehoe crabs, cats, dogs, parakeets, parrots, and horses.

28. Countries I have visited: Mexico, Canada, Honduras, Costa Rica, British Virgin Islands, Bonaire, the Bahamas, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, England, Wales, and Italy.

29. There is only one true search engine on this planet and it’s name is google.

30. My nephews call me Auntie Google.

31. I use Google to dazzle my boss.

32. I have worked for two failed Internet companies.

33. I dislike wearing rings.

34. President(s) I have dreamed about: Clinton

35. Hurricane Andrew rearranged my priorities – I know that material things will not make me happy & they can all be gone in the blink of an eye.

36. I spend way too much money on books.

37. When am I ever going to finish this list? This is WAY harder than I thought!

38. It really bugs me when people whistle at work all day.

39. Pet peeve: uncomfortable shoes.

40. I was born in NJ.

41. I have never seen a shark while diving, only a nurse shark, which is more like an super-sized catfish.

42. If I had a dollar for every diet I’ve been on ….

43. I am addicted to true life murder mysteries, especially Ann Rule & Lifetime movies.

44. I like to watch dancing squirrels.

45. And singing kittens.

46. Is that so wrong?

47. The older woman/younger man thing: yes, a younger (under 30) co-worker hit on me and I confess, I did enjoy it and was flattered. Of course, I’ve always been a sucker for guys with French accents who are smart, good-looking, geeky, and artistic!

48. Nothing ever came of it – just some flirting over the monitors – he was married and I was in a relationship. But he taught me a bunch about Flash & _Javascript. But I was not allowed to speak French in his presence; listening to Americans mutilate his language was quite painful to him.

49. Many times my life seems like a Seinfeld episode. Elaine and Jerry go to Florida to visit Jerry’s parents at the condo with the sofa-bed from hell. Been there!!! My mom owned that same sofa bed with the evil metal bar that stabs you in the back and the mattrass that was almost as thick as a piece of Wonder Bread!

50. Like Elaine in Seinfeld, I have used too many exclamation marks!!!

51. OMG, my name IS Elaine!!!!

52. I can’t believe I passed the half-way mark – let’s see, I started this list on September 3rd …. *counting on fingers & toes*

53. Scorpio or Libra, Libra or Scorpio … can’t decide … I was born on the cusp.

54. Worst habit: not finishing what I start.

55. Second worst habit: my brain is going in too many directions at once.

56. There will be no smoking, spitting, or tobacco chewing in my journal-space! Please step outside while servicing your addiction.

57. Feel free to eat snacks, pour yourself a drink, kick off your shoes, listen to some music, giggle, snort, guffaw, make smart-ass remarks, or tell stories out of school.

58. I don’t like beans, peas, cauliflower or brussel sprouts.

59. I love, love, love potatoes in all their many incarnations! Esp. scalloped, home fries, mashed, twice-baked.

60. I rarely drink soda – water, ice tea, watered down juice, that’s more my style.

61. If you read all 100 of these, you deserve a prize! *searching around in my drawer for that keychain from the builder’s show*

62. And remember this, you Internet hooligans, I’m old enuff to be your mother. If you’re really clever, the clue is that I voted for Eldridge Cleaver in my first presidential election.

63. Another clue: Richard Nixon, George Wallace & Hubert Humphrey also ran.

64. Great choices, huh????

65. Enough politics! Back to Seinfeld, remember Elaine & the “Big Salad”? I like Big Salads too! Holy scheiss!

66. When Grease came out, people told me I looked like Stockard Channing (my hair was dark brown then).

67. Sequel to Grease is coming out called Trans Fat, starring Marlon Brando as Danny Zuko and Tyne Daly as Rizzo and Terry Garr as Sandy.

68. That wasn’t nice, now, was it?

69. In college, I minored in philosophy, quite by accident.

70. No, I don’t speak Elvish.

71. No, I don’t play computer games of any kind – I have an addictive personality and I would never stop. The last one I played was pacman.

72. No, I will not send you naked pictures. Why would you even ask? Are you nuts???

73. Remember in Seinfeld, Elaine is having a great time on a date and the guy takes it out? The same thing happened to me!!! OMG!!! Except I was driving about 70 mph on I-95 in Miami and I couldn’t wait to get rid of him. Can you imagine if I had an accident & then had to explain why? “Well, officer, he took it out.”

74. My horses were named Sundance and Starbuck.

75. They lived in a chicken coop.

76. The other chicken coop had real chickens in it.

77. I do not like the smell of chicken manure. My best friend’s father was a chicken farmer and I didn’t like going over to her house for dinner or pajama parties.

78. If you’re thinking about getting a pony or a horse for your kid, don’t do it, unless you have money to burn!

79. Whenever I get the urge to ride, I go on a trail ride or check into a dude ranch for a while.

80. If you ride a lot, you need a hot tub or jacuzzi, trust me on this one!

81. I find watching squirrels very relaxing and amusing.

82. I often have nightmares about alligators.

83. I am myopic.

84. Chocolate: dark!

85. Like Elaine in Seinfeld, I liked the sponge, although it lacked that quality you often look for in contraception called reliability!

86. Unlike Elaine, I wasted many a sponge on men who were not spongeworthy.

87. I can be superficial, shallow and immature.

88. I am a huge fan of guilty pleasures.

89. My associates are horrified to learn that I like to read the National Enquirer and I believe the stories I read. Most of the time.

90. I am not politically correct.

91. True confession #2287: I cut my pasta with a knife.

92. I cut my food with my left hand and use the fork in my right hand. I never switch the knife and fork. Ask me if I give a crap. It works for me!

93. I idolize Tracy Ullman – she is a genius.

94. I’m not a big fan of organized religion, although I think there is more going on than humans can perceive or comprehend. So I guess you can call me spiritual.

95. Don’t like the smell of smoke at all!

96. I was the muffin.

97.  At one time, my bf was the muffin man.

98. Draw your own conclusions.

99. I can procrastinate better than you can.

100. I am very judgemental and I hate it when other people are judgemental.

101. Yes, it is true I took Latin in high school in ninth grade in Port Jervis High School.  There was a reason for that, Latin students had a cool club and dressed in togas from time to time.

102. I was a member of the East Side Black Cobras for one week at Harpur College.

103. My middle name is “Gay”.

104. Spelling checkers are evil.

105. I couldn’t live without Google – but I also like Froogle.  It’s a good way to search for those needful things you crave.

106. Speaking of needful things, I like to read Stephen King only on airplanes and remind myself that there are scarier things than crashing.

107. Yes, I was an English major.

108. I have lusted after Steve Martin.

109. Many times when I’m having a serious conversation with someone, I am thinking about “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

110. I wanted to be a nun when I was younger.  When I was older and the hormones kicked in, it didn’t sound like such a good idea.

111. I used to pretend my bike was a horse.

112. I used to pretend that I was a horse.

113. I used to pretend my dog was a horse.

114. I like kettle korn way too much. Embarrassing moment # 20135: Buying a huge bag of kettle korn at the farmers market & forgetting that my Weight Watchers name tag was in plain view.

115. I wore real metal braces with rubber bands from 13- 17 years old.  I never got detention for shooting the other kids in the back of the head with the slimy rubber bands.

116. I played the French horn in the school band.

117. I was born in New Jersey.

118. My father’s side of the family is English & Scottish & my mother’s side is Welsh (from Narbeth) with a dash of Irish (must have been a quickie before the last ferry).  I do not bear the faintest resemblance to Catherine Zeta-Jones.

119. I used to fantasize I was an only child with exceedingly indulgent and very cool parents.

Tioga Pass, August 1958

Here is a poem we composed while driving over the famed Tioga Pass (which was gravel with no guard rails) to Yosemite Park.  Starring Bob Reid, Elaine Reid, Dorothy Reid (the driver), and Grandma Miller. Vehicle was a blue 1955 Mercury station wagon, no a/c.

We’re off to Yosemite Park,

A vacation, a hike, and a lark.

We’ll get there at noon

And eat from a spoon.

We’re off to Yosemite Park


We’ll pay up the rent

And live in a tent.

We’re bound for Yosemite Park


We’ll see the falls

And here the calls

Of a bird after dark

We’re bound for Yosemite Park


We’ll see all the grass

And catch a few bass

We’re bound for Yosemite Park


The hills are in view;

The sky is deep blue.

On the way to Yosemite Park.


It’s a hot August day,

And we’re more than halfway

On the way to Yosemite Park


We’re approaching the mountains

With valleys and fountains.

Three cheers for Yosemite.


The sky is much bluer

The breeze is much cooler.

Hurrah for the mountain park.


The cliffs are jagged.

And are clothes are ragged

Were off to Yosemite Park


The signs of the times

 Are motels in the Pines

In the beautiful scenic park.


The smell of the pines

As the altitude climbs

Up in wooded Yosemite Park


Watch out for animals here.

The bear, skunks, and the deer,

Down in Yosemite Park


The whispering pines

Make wonderful lines.

Up in Yosemite Park


The Grownups are grinding

About roads that are winding

On the road to Yosemite


It’s hot in the canyon

But the tree are not banyan

Down in Yosemite Park


The trail is so steep

I feel in a heap

On the way to Yosemite Park


Pine trees that grow,

Are results of the snow.

Down on the canyon road.



We’re Here!

1000 Awesome Things

I just love this site – it always makes me feel grateful for the little things in life that get lost in the shuffle. Today’s post is in honor of the U.S. Open. I used to love to play tennis when I was more agile (back in my 50s and late 40s). The competition was not important, just the feel of hitting a ball solidly was gratifying. Most of the time I didn’t even bother to keep score. Time on the court went by really quickly and I always got a great workout and it was fun socializing with fellow players. I loved working at the Key Biscayne tennis tournament in the spring (it changed names/sponsors so many times that I can’t remember what it is called now). My favorite job was making photo IDs for the players and their entourages. The perks were t-shirts, jackets, hats, free food, and the opportunity to watch as much tennis as you wanted.


Old peoples’ pants – oh yeah! It’s all about the elastic waistband! Let’s hear it for the oldies that flaunt their freak flags!