Chris J Powell

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 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

The Grand Oversight

I realized something today and it is not good, forgetting to renew your domain name is not good…not good at all!  Sure I could have set it up to automatically renew but I was unsure if I wanted to have the Krispy’s Bytes continue on and then…well for reasons that are beyond my control (like the plethora of health issues that I have gone through this past month) I simply forgot to submit the renewal. So what does that mean?  Well it means that I have a unique opportunity to restart EVERYTHING and bring it back home to the original home of the Rants and Musings of Krispy.  No more splitting time between two sites and applying a renewed focus for the meanderings of a former sales guy through a new life that is not yet well defined. Will this mean that I will be rebuilding all of the former posts?  I think I just might do that.  Luckily I had a back up of every word, phrase and post that I have ever put up on the grand interwebz … Read more

Exploration of Pain

Having been in excruciating pain for 29 of the last 30 days I figured I would look a little deeper into what this discomfort that I have been suffering through could be…and I was truly surprised by what I found when I went out looking.  I do know that each person has different pain tolerances and while my own tolerance is high, I would never be foolish enough to compare the pain that I have been having to something like childbirth (but then again that is over and done with relatively quickly in comparison to 30 days of constant pain). At Wikipedia a nice concise definition presents itself and starts to put things into perspective: Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage, or described in terms of such damage. I am a person who likes to compare and look at the data that is in front of me so beyond Wikipedia I looked to two other sources for some facts about pain.  The Canadian Pain Society and the International Association for the … Read more

Personal Challenges – Almost 3 Weeks in Pain

The past 2 weeks have been more than a bit of a challenge.  I am now on day 18 with a splitting headache that varies between a cluster headache behind my right eye and a full migraine that has me praying for release.  This week there was some progress towards finding out what is going on but I will have to wait 109 days to have the diagnosis and hopefully solution to the cause of my excruciating pain. The worst of it is, I have 8 bottle of pills that I could be taking to provide me with relief but after a bout of seizures and then tremours I am leery of taking anything to provide me with relief which means I sit in the dark, doing as little as possible. My only relief seems to be the quiet playing of Acoustic Blues in a constant loop. This is the first time since the headache came on that I have even come close to feeling like myself enough to sit down and really think about this blog and the things … Read more

2015 Starting Off – Well Scary

I ended 2014 in the hospital…and 2015 started off a similar way.  I must say that the great big piece of grey matter between my ears is a mysterious and complicated machine that seems to be more than a little bit off lately.   I am less than a patient guy, I like to see things in front of me and come up with the answers and the fact that the high speed internet connection that follows me around like a guide to all the information in the world has had me more than a little scared about what the cause of this now week old headache could be. 2 trips to the hospital and still no answers what so ever…in fact my visit to the emergency room yesterday was a complete waste of time, other than the resident doctor who saw me was able to get the ball rolling for further tests…I just don’t know when it will happen. That internet connection that I spoke of has me all to frequently going to WebMD, Yahoo! Health and ZocDoc and … Read more

Thoughts On Being a Human Pin Cushion

Recently I have had some surprising health challenges, namely an unexplained headache that lead to a collapse and a 10 hour ordeal at the hospital.  According to my daughter, I had no less than a half dozen seizures while in transit by ambulance and at the hospital.  While I no longer have the headache, I look at my body and wonder just what exactly these doctors and nurses did to me while I was there. On my left arm, I have a bruise that runs from my upper bicep down well below where the 2nd IV was in and then on right arm a similar sized bruise that seems to be growing at an alarming rate and turning 5 different shades of purple.  On the back of my right hand, there is a substantial bruise, but this I could expect as the EMT got the first IV into me while the Ambulance was moving on the bumpy streets of London, Ontario. What is most troublesome is the massive bruise on my chest. I can say this, while this city I … Read more

Open Letter to Bystanders and Do Nothing Onlookers

Technology is a wonderful thing, don’t get me wrong but it is not ok to stand by and watch or worse…pull out your Smart Phone and record the events for posterity (or a moment of Youtube fame).  I am sick and tired of being sick and tired of this world we live in be sucked into a cycle of depravity and glory because we as a people choose to do nothing. Recent events both in my life and in the world in general have me thinking that it is it time that we as a society take a lesson from our Grandparents and stop standing idly by when there are things that we can do right now to put a stop to the things around us that are morally repugnant. I wonder this, at what point did we as a society decide that we would ignore the need for us to act as a community and protect those that need protecting the most which is really anyone who can not defend themselves…and worse, at what point did we go from … Read more

Hitting the Pause Button

How I wish that life had a Pause Button…or even better a Rewind Button.  This past week has been more than a little tough and has caused me more than a little confusion and pain because as we enter into the Holiday Season….this will be the first time that I will be doing it all without my family.  Sure, I am building a new future and will have nearly two weeks with my wonderful daughter but the concept of walking everywhere does not really apply when those who you should spend the holidays with are all a 24 hour trek up the road. My hitting the Pause Button this week on nearly all of my online activities has meant a little bit too much time to reflect on what my future will hold and the wrong path’s I have taken in the past. To all who I may have wronged…I would like to say I am sorry but I am not going to dwell on what happened…only on what will happen. The challenges and struggles that we each face are as … Read more

Canada – The Home of the Free

The events of the past couple of weeks here in Canada have me really thinking hard about some of the core things that make us Canadian.  The acts of terror against soldiers both at Saint Jean Sur Richelieu and at the National War Monument in Ottawa have me really thinking hard about the fact that we welcome all ideas, peoples and beliefs with open arms.  The changes that are happening to the very culture that makes us Canadian is truly at risk, not because we could potentially be allowing terrorists into our country…that is not the problem and that is what really kind of scares me. I proudly hold true to the very same beliefs that I had as a youth, the belief that Canada is worth defending, and the Canada that I committed to protecting at the young age of 17 is in many ways the exact same country today (despite the passage of time).  I am sure that Cpl. Nathan Cirillo (the soldier so cowardly slain at the base of the National War Memorial in Ottawa on October 22) … Read more

Does Persistence Pay?

It is a fine line that Sales Guys like me walk between the persistent probing with a client or prospect and the stalker mentality that annoys and alienates customers. For myself I take a laid back approach.  I have every confidence in the product that I sell and its ability to truly impact the lives and careers of my customers.  Some time ago I was asked by a client that I had gently prodded and fed information to for nearly a year “How could you be so patient?  My other vendors got angry with me when I asked them to wait!”  That is exactly it, I asked back…did you buy from those vendors?  The client stated…”No and I never will!” I call myself a Sales Guy but I would rather be classified as a Buying Facilitator.  The best deals and most frequent users of the services that I sell are not those that I get on the line, pitch, close and sell.  They are the ones that make an educated decision about the Return On Investment that they will make … Read more