Chris J Powell

So I am 44, Now What

So I am 44, Now What

Every year around this time (ie yesterday), I turn a year older and this causes me to sit back and look to the previous year and contemplate what I have done, what I am doing and what I will do. Last year I looked at the number 43 (post has gone missing), and what that means to me, but just after that post an amazing thing happened…life has a funny way of giving you exactly what you don’t know you are looking for.  I met a wonderful, understanding life partner who has brought great joy and happiness over the past year. As I celebrated the completion of 43 years on this rock and enter into my 44th year with something truly amazing to look forward to. I now have an amazingly complex newly extended family, my daughter now lives with me full time and wedding bells will soon be heard throughout the land as I commit myself to the most wonderful woman I have ever met. As I sit back and reflect on the passage of time I see that … Read more

A Future…

A Future…

There is something cathartic that can come from reviewing ones life as long as you don’t let the multitude of mistakes, mis-steps and wrong turns distract you from truly learning from the challenges that you have faced. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to look back at my “Unniversary”.  It is not really a day to celebrate as it constitutes the day that I thought I was committing to a “lifetime of happiness” with another person but as time wore on, we were no longer compatible and 2 years ago we went our separate ways and can now really look to finding happiness…without each other. We have both moved on.  Myself especially, I have found a partner, a confidant and a soul mate all rolled into one.  For a very long time, as I battled the inward effects of Anxiety and Depression I thought that I would be alone forever.  That is just not the case, there was/is someone out there for me and when I was least expecting to find a “forever”, I stumbled upon her.  In just … Read more

There Comes a Time…

There Comes a Time…

My life experiences have taught me many a lesson over my nearly 44 years of living, none more profound than the ones I have had in the past several months. I have done many, many things in my life. There comes a time though, when you have to really and truly take stock of who and what you are…and really take a long hard look at who you want to be moving forward.  It is funny how falling in deep deep in love definitely helps with placing the right perspective on what needs to happen in ones life.  Last year at this time, I was quite likely at my lowest point.  I was more than just “off”, I was down right out of it. What a difference a year makes! A big announcement is coming very soon (with a little luck and some hard work Monday, April 11 will be more than just the Birthday of my future wife…but will also be the launch of a new endeavor for me. Cheers and have a wonderful Hump Day everyone! Krispy

More Get Up and Go Go

More Get Up and Go Go

For some time now I have been mired in a struggle.  This struggle was in many ways untenable but last Friday I made a true commitment to turning my life around and in the middle of it all, I am some how saving money. So what is this more get up and go go that I speak of…well let me introduce you to Bixby…my new ride!   This thing of Yellow/Orange pride is the latest edition to my life.  It rides so smooth, has just the right amount of tech (yes bluetooth music…so that I can maximize my Spotify Subscription). So far, the fuel economy is amazing (cost savings of more than $200 per month is what I am anticipating) but more importantly, as I start out on my new business venture…it will become a big part of what I will be in the years to come. By far the best part of this little shiny bit of goodness is the heated seats…nothing says good morning like a warm “Tushie” nestled in leather seats!!! Stay tuned for more on Bixby … Read more

Building on a Solid Foundation

Building on a Solid Foundation

I look around me and see all that has gone right in my life over the past 8 months.  I sometimes wonder when it will all come crashing down around me but then I realize that bad things don’t necessarily have to happen just because good things are happening. The many good things that have happened to me include but are not limited to: meeting, falling in love and getting engaged to what can only be described as the love of my life becoming a dad again (no, not babies…I got two full grown kiddos as a package deal with Love!) reconnecting and getting to see my own kiddo as she flourishes into a wonderful young woman moving out of the city and back into a small town (which is the right pace for me) You see all these things in themselves would be grand, and in many ways is all that I need.  Money can’t buy happiness and I am truly happy, and have no money…but I keep feeling like there is something missing from my life as it … Read more

Geeking Out with Browsers

Geeking Out with Browsers

For most of us, the Web Browser is nothing more than a utility to check our Facebook, browse websites, even check our email and connect with friends and family. In the nearly 20 years that I have actively been involved with this great big world that is the Interwebz I have seen more than my fair share of browsers come and go.  The past few years has seen me tied pretty tightly with Google Chrome, both as a browser on all computers that I work with and as the Operating System of my rock solid little Chromebook. To give a bit of a run down, there are several “common” browsers out there: Internet Explorer – IE When it comes to the most commonly used web browser, look no further than the venerable Internet Explorer from Microsoft.  Directly tied to their Windows Operating System, IE has been used by most who head out to the Internet in search of deals, information or love (a bit of a throw back to Valentines day on Sunday). Back in 2003, Internet Explorer had an … Read more

Happy Birthday to Krispy's Rants/i am krispy

Happy Birthday to Krispy's Rants/i am krispy

Four years ago this week I ventured forth and started to put the thoughts, rants and meanderings out there for the world to see.  4 years ago I really didn’t think that anyone at any point would give this attempt at connecting a second glance but through the process I have seen this site flourish and at times become a realization of a dream of mine. Writing is not something that comes easy, nor does the discipline of committing the time to doing it right.  The past few months have been a challenge for me both physically and emotionally and my commitment as Wordsmith has waned somewhat. The four years of being a blogger have seen me experiment with different platforms (the first posts were done at Google’s Blogger.com site) but then I found WordPress and even though I have on a few occasions left the comfort of it, I have always returned. Looking at the numbers behind the site itself, I have accomplished quite a bit over the four years that I have been committed to building the Krispy … Read more

Technology Freeing Us from Bonds – Or Making Us All Slaves

Technology Freeing Us from Bonds – Or Making Us All Slaves

It is funny how technology has the ability to both connect us to each other in new and amazing ways and at the same time isolate us and make each and everyone of us who embraces the world of technology beholden to the whims and the changes that it provides. The health issues that I have been going through have made me really think about what today and tomorrow is likely to bring to me and to my future and I wonder if the world of technology that I have fallen head over heels for has made my life easier or if it has made me more dependent on it. For me, my love affair with technology really started back when I was a young lad when my parents decided to bring home a Commodore Vic20.  It enabled me to start mucking about with programming and let me see the fruits of my labors you see, you could purchase programming magazines and enter the coding and then see the output on the screen before you.  It was amazing how, in … Read more

New Beginnings – Well Sort Of

New Beginnings – Well Sort Of

And so I begin life again as a gainfully employed person.  Funny thing is, this time around it is actually more of a restart than a refresh.  On Saturday I made the trek across the city on Public Transit (yes the Pedestrian Commuter is now using the bus), to interview for an interesting opportunity doing what I was doing in my last job. This time around though, I will need to bring out more of my technical skill set and work to build a brighter tomorrow for the company that I am working for as they have not been doing the Customer Service side of things quite as frequently as they used to.  Helping customers maintain their vehicles is an interesting gig and the Infographic included here shows that there is some challenges for car owners today and when I was driving…I was in that mix as well.   There are 22.5 million vehicles on the road today in Canada and the reality is, drivers today will delay, postpone or defer many recommended maintenance services.  Look to your manufacturers maintenance … Read more

Living La Vida Streaming

Living La Vida Streaming

Recently I posted about my installation of Kodi and the configuring of the successor to Xbox Media Center to enable me to watch my favorite (and forgotten) TV Shows without the need to have a Cable Subscription.  For years I had been downloading those shows, renaming the files and configuring them into folders that in effect had consumed more than 2.5 TB of storage within my home network.  With my lightning fast Internet Connection this meant that I could grab my favorite shows the morning after they aired and then watch them when I got home from work. This concept has suited me just fine, for a long time and I probably would have continued to do this, but the reality is, the time it takes to source out the different shows that I like to watch, download, sort and get everything just so…well it starts to get time consuming and while I have plenty of time on my hands these days, I can’t help but think that there is a better way of doing things. And there is. The … Read more

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