Category Archives: Dailyrants

Someone Blow the Dust Off!

Someone blow the dust off this server. I’m here to post something. I never knew a site could be so slow. I feel like I’m living in the 90’s logging onto websites over a phone line. Anyway, it took me so long to get here I forgot what I wanted to write about… … … … Oh yea! My BBS. A few months ago I decided to put up another BBS. Same one I ran in the 90’s only on a modern system. The board is called “Havens BBS”. You can reach it by telnet to port 23 or you can use The board is connected to many “nets” such as Dovenet, Retronet, and Micronet among others. It’s great to be back to running a BBS. It can be frustrating sometimes but nothing feels better when I can get it to work. I’m running Synchronet BBS for Linux on a Ubuntu Server. It has some glitches but nothing I can’t handle. The ANSI screens can be difficult as I am not an artist. All in all it’s been a rewarding experience so far. The user base is no where near the way it was back in the 90’s but considering the timeline I can’t believe the amount of people there are still using a BBS.

Should I meet her?

So I’ve been communicating with a woman on Plenty of Fish and she wants to meet me for coffee. The thing is I’ve never met anyone Face to Face without first video chatting. I normally use Skype or Google Talk but she told me she doesn’t have a camera for her computer and wouldn’t know how to work it if she did. Without even thinking I asked if she would like to meet me for a cup of coffee at a Starbucks nearby. She said Yes. Yikes! What did I get myself into?

Suppose I meet her and she’s ugly as sin? Suppose she’s not the age she claims she is and lied about it? What if … What if … Blah Blah Blah. The more I think about it the more anxious I get. Should I call it off? Does her looks and age really matter? We have so much in common I feel like we’ve known each other for years. Yet she really is a stranger to me. What if she’s drop dead gorgeous? I know I’m no catch. Maybe she’ll just laugh and leave me with the bill. I’m having an anxiety attack just thinking about it. Look everyone in Starbucks is laughing at me. Maybe I’ll just not show up at all. Wait…Maybe She won’t show up! Oh man this is bad.

These are the things that go through my BB Brain when I think about meeting a woman Face to Face . I’ve been divorced and single for over 15 years. I’d really like to meet someone but my anxiety disorder can really be paralyzing at times. How will I ever meet someone if I’m afraid to take a chance? I’d love to meet that special woman but I’m my own worst enemy.

Back in the day I had no trouble meeting girls. It was easy. All I had to do was go out to one of the many bars on Long Island. I would bye the girl a drink and ask her she if she would like to dance. 3 or 4 drinks later we were in the backseat of my Chevy Nova. This idea of meeting for coffee is completely foreign to me! I mean what do I say after “Hi, how are you? How do you like your coffee?” Then what? With my luck she’ll tell me she doesn’t drink coffee. Holy Crap! Why are we in Starbucks?

The problem is I gave up “bar hopping” years ago. I gave up the booze too. It’s easy to chit chat once I’ve have a few drinks. After a few more I become John Travolta on the dance floor. “You can tell by the way I use my walk I’m a woman’s time to talk”Staying Alive. Oh Yea baby! Let’s do the “Bump”. Am I giving away my age yet?

Anyway I’d really like to hear a females perspective on this. If I ask a man he’d just say “Just talk to her that’s all” or “You just need an escape plan”. I love it when the advice is “You can meet women at the grocery store ya know”. How does that work?? “Excuse me but that’s a nice steak your looking at. Are you going to cook it or is someone else?” How lame does that sound? Or ” I see you picked out some very nice eggs. How do you like your eggs sunny side up or scrambled?”. Oh yea, that’ll get her attention.

So the jury is still out on meeting this woman for coffee. Should I meet her or not?Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated?


    Updated this blog site. The site is hosted on a really slow server so it’s painful to do any adminstrative tasks. I’m finding out a lot of WordPress is a hook and bait scheme. Most of the themes and plugins cost money. One needs to be careful not to get hooked and reeled. They give you a limited page for free but when you start to add the “cool” stuff you will need to use your credit card.

    I started another WordPress page Click here. It’s more secure then the older pages I have. Security has become a big deal so I don’t know if users even visit http sites. The new page is a https site hosted on WordPress and has the latest version of WordPress.

No internet access on Haven Manor. That didn’t last long. There was a major outage in the area but that was 2 days ago. I’ll hope for the best but I don’t think I’ll have it back anytime soon. I’m using the Hotspot connection from my phone. I won’t be working on the web stuff too much. I need to keep my data usage down.

WordPress Blog

WordPress has a millions of users. I’m not sure what the attraction is. I think it’s easier to have a personal page on Facebook. WordPress is fun to mess around with but I don’t think a WordPress page gets nearly as much traffic as a  page on Facebook or Twitter.

I recently joined Netflix again. I like some of the Netflix exclusive series. Beats paying crazy dollars for cable or any of the other pay services. I’ll use it until I watch all the series or run out of movies I like. Now that I have good internet access my options have improved a lot.