New On Netflix

If you are like me, you are dazed and confused when you try to find what is new on Netflix

I’m always trying figure out what’s new and what’s coming up “New” available by streaming.

I know I’ve written about Netflix Roulette, but the site Decider peaked my interest.

what I liked:

  • A week by week overview of what’s coming available
  • Recaps of popular shows on Netflix and seasonal recaps
  • Movies by favorite stars  (My personal favorite is Meg Ryan)
  • Stream worthy for Kids

Another bonus of Decider is that if you don’t have Netflix there are separate sites for Hulu, You Tube, iTunes, HBO,  Amazon and much much more!.

What do you think of Decider?

Do you have other sites that help you get through the maze I call Netflix?

Don’t be shy..

Ebola in NY

Today when I heard that a doctor in NY may have contracted Ebola, it shook me up. Fortunately, the doctor self contained himself by isolating himself and called authorities so they could take him to the hospital. This doctor was working with “Doctors without Borders” and he was trying to save the victims of the Ebola ravage in Liberia.

Now, here’s what I fear that, even with all the right things this doctor did? How many people did he come into contact with in NYC before he realized he was infected. As you know, in NY in the regular course of life, you will come into contact with hundreds if not thousands of people..

My biggest fear is that this no matter what the CDC or the government says, this Ebola crisis has the potential to be a pandemic. Now that is a scary thought.

Another amazing thing I heard is that the pharma companies are working on a vaccination for this disease, but won’t have anything for human trials till first quarter of 2015! How many people will be infected before that time?

I do pray for the well being for all the nurses and the doctor that has contracted ebola. May god watch over them and make them well!

Summer of 2014 – Where have you gone?

I know, Dad’s Taxi has been on hiatus.. No updates in quite a while.. It doesn’t mean that I’m not here.

Honestly the past almost two years have been the most chaotic and dysfuncational time of my life. It’s been a long and winding road to where I am today.. Working to be at peace with myself… I never thought that would be a possibility, but as a friend of my said to me a few days ago on the tennis court.. “it’s a process which needs to be understood”. No idea how this applied during our tennis, but it sure applied to me in my life!

Sometimes in life, it’s best to step back and reflect internally and not publicize things that are happening in your life. At least until you are ready to publicize..  Let’s just leave it at that for now.

It’s hard to believe how fast this summer has gone by.. I blinked my eyes and it’s Mid-August. Only a few more weeks to Labor day and the “unofficial” end of the summer of 2014.

My Summer accomplishments (in no particular order) 

  • Recovering from multiple injuries (self-inflicted via Tennis and some stupidity when it comes to stairs!)
  • Going to the Movies (by myself) whenever possible
  • Spending time with my kids (when they had time for me).
  • Spending time with my best friends doing things like hiking, tennis and just hanging out
  • Taking my first vacation (a mini-vacation actually) to Wildwood and Capy May County NJ!. This was the highlight of this summer. Dad’s taxi was truly a taxi for my girls on this vacation!
  • Going to Binghamton, NY to see a tennis tournament
  • Getting in touch with my soul by meditation and connecting with god. This was something I really needed to do! With the chaos going on in my life, this was the only thing that kept me from going over the edge..
  • I actually went off-line Facebook for almost a month.. Of course I posted some pictures, but I was not logging in to see what others were doing. This self imposed Facebook boycott was the most difficult thing for me to do. I realized that I had become such a facebook h
    • First few weeks, I found myself gravitating to my smartphone to see how many “pokes” I had, whose “Birthday” was today, and just basically looking into the lives of my friends.. At first I thought I was being selfish, but I realized, that not being active in social media, allowed me to “go off the grid” and focus on myself!

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be going to Dallas for my annual visit.. for both fun and business!

Stay tuned as Dad’s Taxi “evolves”..

Netflix Roulette

When I watch Netflix on any of my devices, I’m always at a loss for what to watch..I spend at least 10 minutes deciding what to watch.. And if I have my kids around, this time is exponentially elongated to make sure everyone agrees to watch the selected democratic choice

Yes I do have my personal list, but I’m always hunting for something that will catch my interest.

Today I came across this site called Netflix Roulette. This is great because all I do is press spin and a selection is randomly made for me. It’s such a simple site.. I’m going to put it in my favorites!

Of course what that means is that my Instant Queue will never become empty and I’ll never get to my Instant Queue.  It also means, I can’t waste at least 15 minutes trying to find a movie or TV show that I absolutely have to watch and don’t know the name of it.  What am I going to do with all this time I just got back?

Now I’m looking for a site that will tell me what is NEW on a weekly basis on NetFlix so I can flip through that and waste time there!

Now I just need this to be available as an app for my iPhone..

Kids and Their Test Answers

F in Exams

How to get an F in tests.. Answer this way.

My Brother shared this link with me today and it truly shows the uniqueness of how kids answer test questions.. Some of the answers are truly off the wall. Some would venture to say they are very very clever. Even if you have no clue to what the answer is, these kids answered with their unique brand of logic..

When a child’s answer to a question on a quiz or test is incorrect but clever, should they get credit for it? Here are 30 clever test answers that will make you wonder what’s better – the correct answer or the answer the kids gave.

Test Answers from Smart Kids

I wish I knew some of these answers when I was in school, perhaps I’d have done better with my grades..

 

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2013 Tax Time Blues

ImageNot only is this never ending winter not ending, I have to do the taxes for 2013! After my first run at our the taxes for my family, I realized that my tax situation to put it mildly is sad. Turbo Tax says I made too much money (which I didn’t) and the federal and NJ state insists on me paying more to live the sub-standard life of the barely surviving month over month, in the state (NJ) where the standard of living is so high!

I tell you every year taxes get more confusing and the more Turbo Tax gets “easier” to use, I end up paying more. As I do my 2013 taxes for me and my kids, I see more and more that the more you make the more punishment you will have to bear.. 

I don’t want my readers to think I’m well off. I’m far from well off. Image

In 2013 I finally became “debt free”.. Yeah! Of course this was not because of my ability to pay bills or pay down debt in a logical and systematic manner. Only with my dad’s passing was I able to gain this status  “debt free”. What I couldn’t do when he was alive, I was able to do with the gifts he left for me. 

I also refinanced my mortgages to a more efficient low rate 30 year mortgage (since the rates were at their lowest in many many years).

As usual, I’ve strayed way off tangent.. back to my tax time blues.. 

As every gift has hooks, my gifts had huge hooks. The gifts my dad left me sent me into the supposed status of “not qualified” for the basic deductions of child care credit, tuition credit and others. 

I need to closely look at what I did wrong in 2013 by making “too much” and “not paying enough” and make sure I don’t do it again in 2014. I was reading Forbes 2013 tax guide and was getting more and more depressed… but such are the tax laws of this glorious country.. 

So as I sit here thinking how am I going to come up with the tax bill Uncle Sam wants from me..

The only thing I can really do is say…

  • Hey it’s only 22 days till spring!
  • Pitchers and catchers reported for spring training and I actually saw the grass in the front and back of my house.. 
  • Spring time is the season for hope and renewal

Oh well. all is well.. Now I just have to finish my taxes and pay the tax man at my door… 

How are you doing with your taxes? Having fun yet?

 

 

 

Winter of our Discontent – Enough Already

Panoramo of the Quiet of the Snow

I have not experienced this kind of winter in NJ for years.. With El Nino where each winter was mild for the past few years, this year is wetter and colder than I’ve ever seen. The winter of 2014 in Central NJ has been one storm after another dumping snow and ice and when its not snowing, it’s frigid.

I noticed that this year the weather channel named each storm. Today we are in the middle of Storm Pax. Not sure what that means, but I guess we are on the letter “P” with storms.

I don’t really mind the snow, as long as I have my monster snow thrower to clear the snow, but gosh enough is enough. The kids in NJ are really having fun, as they have now had 4 or 5 snow days.. Of course I look forward to the 4:30 AM call from the Middletown, NJ Board of education to tell me that there is no school today due to ANOTHER Snow Storm!

I have to admit that this town is so wonderful with communications by telephone blasts, email’s and text messages. This township is also amazing with snow plowing.. Even before the snow finishes, the main roads are cleared!

I was just talking to my daughter and she tells me that dad’s taxi is slacking off and not posting enough. Well, things are going on in Dad’s life that really cannot be shared here (for now)….

Whenever it snows, I sit in my semi “man cave” in the back of my house and work.. Yep that’s me, sitting and watching my neighbor’s horses frolicking in the back. This is how boring my life has become.

Horses lounging Horses out for a walk in the Snow

What dad really needs is a vacation.. A vacation where he can just let loose and chill. Now the question arises, is where do I go?

Since my daughter told me I need to write about more interesting things, I’m going to have to reflect and write about interesting things.

For now, I’m going to watch as much Curling as possible at the Olympics in Sochi. I’ve gotten obsessed at watching the men and women slide the rock down and sweep to get points. I still don’t get the scoring system, but the intensity is worth the wait.. BTW, I found out that Curling has become the latest “must see” sport in the schools. One Child even had her phone confiscated because she was watching Curling in math class! I got a chuckle out of that.

At least it’ll be an interesting spring (when it arrives in the next 35 days!).

Hey, pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training next week, so as a NY Mets fan, the annual rite of hope for my metsies starts anew.

Dad’s life is changing and he’s headed for a hard reset of his life. More on this later in postings when the time is right.  For now, Dad has to just get over this endless winter!

 

Endless Winter of 2014 in NJ

I haven’t written much here over the past few weeks, because every time I think of a topic, it snows again. Tonite as I sit here we are getting another few inches of snow.

The one good thing about the snow is that from one of the rooms in my house, I have an amazing view in my backyard. My neighbor has a few horses and the horses just love the snow. Every Time it snows, they are out there frolicking and playing in the snow.

Horses Frolicking in My back Yard

A view to the back of my house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We expect to get another storm in the middle of this week, but hey, such is the winter of 2014 in the NorthEast this year.   

Horses 3

Good news is that there are only 38 more days till Spring!

 

Daily Prompt: Forgive and Forget?

As we end 2013, is there anything or anyone that you wont to forgive and Forget.. Dad has many people that he would love to forgive AND forget..

Who is on your list and what wrong has been done? Don’t give names out.. just general things.