Bosch Dishwasher Recall – US and Canada

Posted By on October 3, 2015


Wouldn’t you know … ours!

On October 1, 2015 BSH Home Appliances Corporation, the manufacturer of Bosch® dishwashers, voluntarily agreed, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada to conduct a recall to replace the power cords on certain models of Bosch brand dishwashers. The Bosch brand dishwashers were manufactured from January 2008 through December 2013 and sold through appliance and specialty retailers in the U.S. and Canada.

Please read this notice carefully and enter your model and serial numbers below to determine if your dishwasher is affected or to register for the free repair.

Affected Model and Serial Numbers PDF

Source: Bosch Support

TechFriday: Apple filed patent for a smart ring device

Posted By on October 2, 2015

What do you think??? I think I need thicker reading glasses. Smile

Apple could be developing a new wearable device even smaller than the Apple Watch: an Apple ring.

That is, if a recently filed patent leads to an actual product.

The ring, which could be made with or without a touch display, would be linked to a larger device such as an iPhone, according to the patent filing.


The U.S. eastern seaboard keeps a leery eye on Joaquin

Posted By on October 2, 2015


Projection are currently up and down the east coast of the United States (and offshore) for Hurricane Joaquin’s path, but most models have it turning north and gaining speed. As of posting this on October 1st, the storm is a category 4 and pounding the Bahamas with rain. It is moving slow and expected to reach peak wind intensity over the next couple of days. Hopefully it will remain offshore until it weakens (or forever), but many models have it coming ashore up near New Jersey and Long Island … triggering not so distant memories of Superstorm Sandy. Yikes!


A lack of foreign policy experience and a portrait of weakness

Posted By on October 1, 2015

russianairstrikessyrian1510The world around us is degrading into chaos as Russian “tough guy” President Vladimir Putin sent his militarily into the middle east and has quickly backed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the supposedly the terrorist group ISIL/ISIS who is aggressively building their Caliphate and the American backed pro-western rebels (well, maybe … but who really knows?). The entire diplomatic sideshow by the Obama administration which has been lingering on for well over a year has turned into a fiasco. The U.S. leaders not only looks feckless (as Sen John McCain would say), but have our allies around the world wondering if we would even defend them? Is it possible our intelligence service and military has been caught as off-guard again (as pre-9/11) considering we haven’t been able to secure any previous gains successfully. It was pretty obvious after the testimony of General Lloyd Austin to congress that our $500 million training program is a complete waste of taxpayer dollars – “told congress that only 4 or 5 of the first 54 U.S. trained moderate Syrian fighters remain in the fight.”  For those willing to open their eyes, the foreign policy failure is transparent –President Obama and the advisors he chooses to surround himself with and listen to are incompetent. If there is one trait the next president must have, it is a solid grasp of foreign policy.


Getting to know the candidates: Marco Rubio in @theskimm

Posted By on October 1, 2015

Marco Rubio and his family in from September 2013

Getting to know those running for office is always interesting …  but most likely knowing his coffee preference and reasoning isn’t most important factor in supporting a candidate. Early on, we only hear the debate snippets and talking head conversation, but it is also helpful to know a little more about candidates and their personal life. It is enlightening to read an autobiography for those details or in this case of Senator Marco Rubio, the Daily Skimm.

Who knew? … “obsessed with football at every level” and prefers his coffee black because “it makes life a lot easier.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (FL), Republican

Skimm’d over the phone. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is one of many Republicans who want your vote in 2016. Get to know your candidate here. Note: ALL candidates have been offered the chance to Guest Skimm. Opinions are of the candidate, not theSkimm.


It might be time to get some blue paint–#ThinBlueLine

Posted By on September 30, 2015

thinbluelineAlthough government is too big, there is a place and a need for it … especially outside of Washington DC.  I’m thinking particularly those elected and hired to keep us safe in the military, law enforcement, as rescue workers and the fire department. thinbluelinesymbolWhen they are under attack, as some in law enforcement have been in 2015,  it is time to support them in the voting booth and with acts of kindness … especially those working in our local communities.

Another gesture might be adding the thin Blue Line symbol to your curb … as proposed by Anthony Welichko of San Antonio, Texas? (below)


A day with doctors and shoulder surgery follow-up

Posted By on September 29, 2015

It was the first day of rain and ugly weather that we’ve had here RainyDay150929in Cincinnati for a while as we have had a near perfect end to summer and beginning of fall … so, it was not all that bad of a day for doctor appointments. First, I had my annual physical knowing that that “oh so exciting” referral for a colonoscopy was coming. My last was in 2009 and I’m past due for another; Oh, yippee! (/sarcasm)

After the check up it was off to Brenda’s surgeon’s office for a follow-up on her hip and her shoulder surgerywhich went great. Her fractured pelvis is healing and her rehab progress is better than expected. Dr. Wyrick discussed LooseBoneMaterial150929the new updated x-rays and pointed out the continuing new bone growth … as well as the unfortunately missed shard of bone from her “blown up shoulder” or it may have worked its way loose from reconstruction area during rehab? The new “bionic” humerus fits perfectly and after seeing her active movement (about 90 degrees on her own) and her passive movement (close to 180 degrees), he was pleased. I remember after the surgery, Dr Wyrick told me that he expected her to regain about 80%, so today Brenda told him emphatically that she was going to regain 100%. He smiled and said, “if you do, I’m going to write it up in a medical journal.”  I think she just might!


All in all it was a very positive check-up … and Brenda has been cleared for some light resistance (15 lb maximum lifting). As of mid-October she will be able to go back to work and resume her daily activities (she is finally able to sleep in a bed this past week – woohoo – a major relief and only appreciated by those who are only comfortable in a pillow filled recliner).

It has been a challenging couple of months for Brenda (and me) but we are thankful to live in a time and a place where have the care offered by a big city Trauma 1 facility and have skilled surgeons like Dr. John Wyrick. For all the depressing politics pertaining to our country’s costly healthcare, our world leadership and our stagnant economy, I’m still grateful to be living in the United States of America in 2015.


Watched the phases of a super moon lunar eclipse Sunday night

Posted By on September 28, 2015

A few of my photos on Sunday night of the Super Moon Solar Eclipse in the sky over Cincinnati, Ohio. Very cool.

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Graphic from and below.


Music: Put a little sugar on it honey, put a little sugar on it baby

Posted By on September 27, 2015

musicnotesstaffgraphicMy brother-in-law Gary is in the hospital in Atlanta recovering from surgery this past Friday … and while we were thinking about him, Brenda and I laughed at the few odd things that Gary says and does (some funny and some just odd … I smile just thinking about it!) At one of our family gatherings a few years back when “streaming music” was new, I fed Pandora into our home’s background music. On this occasion I had my Jackson Browne Pandora station playing and Gary was astounded when song after song was tailored to his taste; it gave him pleasurable memories from observing his excited comments and movement!

Music, especially from a happy time in life, can help a body releases endorphins which are natural pain and stress relievers.  With that in mind, I played an old song for Brenda the other day … one she hadn’t heard for a long time and it made for fond memories which had her singing and dancing like a kid. She in turn sent the YouTube clip to her sister to play for RonDante1969Gary with the thought that it might make the day after surgery a little better.

Do you remember the lead vocals singer Ron Dante (left — doubt you remember or even know him?) … but suspect you will remember the Bubblegum Pop genre “song” …

Name That (this) Tune in 3 notes! (MP3) – 1969

… AND the fictional Garage Band from the comic book series and the 1960-70s Saturday morning cartoon television show?  (video clip below)


TechFriday: Today a year of Amazon Prime is only $67

Posted By on September 25, 2015

If you are a regular online shopper and use Amazon, you may have contemplated purchasing their annual membership. Unfortunately each year YearAmazonPrime67_150925it seems to go up in price and unless you “shop on Amazon or stream their video content” A LOT, it is hard to justify $99 per year. On the other hand, $67 (the sale price for ONLY today – 9/25/2015) is easier to justify. I have been piggybacking on my daughter’s Prime membership for a year or so now with a “free trial” to take advantage of free shipping on some items I order (FYI … it’s not stealing as sharing is a feature Amazon offer to existing members).

Free trial or paid Amazon Prime members can share certain Amazon Prime benefits with one other adult by forming an Amazon Household. (LINK)

In my calculations, the shipping savings based on my prior year will almost justify the $67 annual fee … so I will take advantage of and sigh up today because … full members will also be able to stream Amazon’s video content and use a few other services. The moving list is not as impressive at Netflix, in my opinion, but worth having for a year.

Other than free 2-day shipping here are six lesser known perks of Prime:


Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.