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About Bulgakov

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  • Birthday 05/31/1948

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    Quartzsite, AZ
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    Writing, TV, Internet, History, Thinking too much

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  1. I'm moving from my hot spot in Arizona, to a less hot spot in another part of Arizona, about four hours away. My current park looks more and more like a junkyard. Anyway, it'll be an adventure. I have to hitch up and pull a trailer of roughly 22 ft. Which is no big deal, except I've never towed anything since red wagon days. Always was in an RV until the last couple of years. The sales lot I bought the trailer from delivered it so the drive will be learning on the hiway. It's a done deal, 3 days to go. I'm buying the next lot in an untrashed RV "resort" that only offers sold lots for travel trailers, RVs. One of my phone conversations was with the local power service provider for my new spot. The lot has a power "post", but the power company has to come and install a meter. I was speaking with a young voice, a lady, and I guess they have to ask for liability (?) purposes, or just in case; but she asked me for a name of a relative or friend. "I don't have any," I said, relieved I didn't feel the need to invent one. "Do you mean in the whole United States you don't have a relative or friend to notify?" I could tell by her tone she wasn't really accusing me of not having friends and relatives. She was a little incredulous, and a little perplexed. "Especially the United States," I said. I didn't take it personally. I've heard the same mild flabergast here on DF from younger folks who couldn't wrap their minds around not having people, family, immediately in their lives. I hope she'll think about it. Her amazement was poignant and made me smile. Bulgakov
  2. Googling "online pay mental health services" and there a number now, many serving specialties like teens and young adult, depression, anxiety, and LGBQT+. One of the browser results listed itself this way: "Get Psychiatric Meds + Therapy - Start For As Low As $11/Week Choose From Therapy, Prescription Treatment, Or Both - All From The Comfort Of Your Home! Take Our Free Assessment, Review Your Options, & Talk To A Psychiatric Expert..." I wonder what level of therapy you get for $11 a week? Maybe just a dumb look, once every seven days, a dumb look. The great demand for better mental health, and the growth of the online medical industry, should force prices down even further, creating more discount mental health companies online. The comic character Lucy Brown in the Peanuts series gave psychiatric advice from a lemonade stand for a nickel per session. Interesting trend. Bulgakov
  3. LOL, true enough, and it makes it better for the general public to know we're being treated, medicine is taking care of us. And it's rarely one medicine; it will take a combination of RXs to get us right, and the only problem is to find the right combination, and dose. I believe in medicine, Western medicine too. But many depressives search--under Dr.'s direction--for the right combination like it was the holy grail, and the right chemical mix will lead to happiness. The docs will be glad to lead you on the quest. Bulgakov
  4. The below stuff is from a site called wealthygorilla. They do other lists, odds and ends and reviews. I've googled best series to binge on, and this is one is my favorite. The movies include drama, comedy, all the kinds of fantasy, and animation. Some of these I never watched, and a few I'd never heard of. I've watched a lot of them, and I pretty much agree with their rankings. But it's a useful list to pick from anyway. I also think the "Sopranos" was the best. My honorable mention, "The Americans". (their website has summaries of each of the series) Bulgakov "The 50 Best TV Shows of All Time The list of TV shows and figures mentioned below have been compiled from various sources around the web, such as IGN, IMDB & Empire. The Sopranos The Wire Breaking Bad Game of Thrones Mad Men The Twilight Zone The Simpsons Seinfeld Lost Saturday Night Live The Office Star Trek: The Original Series Doctor Who The West Wing Twin Peaks Boardwalk Empire All in the Family Battlestar Galactica South Park Fawlty Towers Band of Brothers Friends Deadwood Arrested Development The X Files Peaky Blinders Buffy The Vampire Slayer The Tonight Show Starring Johny Carson Curb Your Enthusiasm Parks and Recreation Sherlock 30 Rock Better Call Saul Orange Is the New Black NYPD Blue The Walking Dead The Shield Blackadder ER Six Feet Under Fraiser 24 Sons of Anarchy Roots Stranger Things Fleabag Only Fools And Horses Fargo Oz House"
  5. Marketing plans--unless otherwise imagined--are drawn with an eye to profit. Even large corporations are motivated at every level to find new methods to get the most from consumers. I mentioned, I think, Amazon Prime as a primo example. If you've gone to rent an Amazon movie, and found that you'd joined Amazon Prime, that was no accident. But today I'm talking about the pc virus software "Avast". When my year's subscription ended, I was auto renewed, butI hadn't chosen to auto renew when I'd signed up last year. When I first purchased the virus software I missed a small checkbox--and it is small, and not at all obvious--that is "pre" checked to enable auto renewal in a year. Why not leave it blank, make it obvious, and allow people to choose, to check their own boxes? I'm sure they make a lot of money doing it the way it's done. So I wrote them a short email. I don't rant or call names. I did say though, that their marketing practice was "chicken####". I didn't ask for a response in my email--I'd cursed so didn't expect one. I think they've heard the complaint before. I'll paste their quick reply below. "Thank you for contacting Avast. We understand your concern. We would like to inform you that many of our customers have benefited from the autorenewal option which is turned ON by default during the purchase. We want to make sure that the computer is protected at all times. We appreciate and welcome the fact that you wish to renew the Avast product. We would like to transfer this case to the concerned team who will help you in the purchase of the Avast product and immediately turn OFF the auto renewal option as you wish. They will contact you via this same email address. Best regards," They were looking out for me, and you, but we would rather look out for ourselves maybe. Even large corporate entities look for profit in every direction, at all levels, by even chicken#### methods. I'm not a commie. It's just a problem. Bulgakov
  6. I haven't Applez, but if they have it at Baskin Robbins, or Ben and Jerrys, then I'd be willing to try. Kidding. Bulgakov
  7. Hi BallZ, It might help if you would try and not swear at your mom when the next argument starts. You wouldn't be allowed to swear at an unknown office worker. Best, Bulgakov
  8. From Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: Tune, in your head. Lyrics below. "Just whistle while you work And cheerfully together we can tidy up the place So hum a merry tune It won't take long when there's a song to help you set the pace . . ." Has anyone tried to perk themselves up by whistling or humming at work? Try it. Encourage your boss and coworkers to whistle with you. I'm joking. It reminds of a quote from late, great Alt Country singer/songwriter Townes Van Zant "There's blues, and the rest is just 'Zippity Doo Da'." The Disney lyrics, contrasted with today's work issues made me laugh, not cynically, just funny how different. Written today it could raise social issues about how the Man wants us whistling, humming and singing in the fields, through our lives, while we work. A person or a coalition would sue to be able to whistle on the job. But it wasn't meant that way of course. It's written and sang in Zippity Do Dah. Both blues and Zippity are sang at DF. Bulgakov
  9. Careful, you don't want to end up looking like Popeye the Sailor Man. Bulgakov
  10. Thanks for sharing. Haiku consists of three short lines. Best, Bulgakov
  11. News of the Near Future: "Mr. Cheops, Tear Down That Pyramid!" The top stone of the Great Pyramid came down today, commemorating the first step to deconstruction, flattening, the structure. Once known as one of the remaining "wonders" of the ancient world, proponents of deconstruction have emphasized it is a monument to elitism, built for one person, and its grandeur belies the fact it was the largest slave project in history.
  12. I drink Coke Zero. It has the best taste of the diets for me. I don't want to know what makes it sweet, but I drink a lot of it. Bulgakov
  13. Lann, sorry your girl feels so worthless. To change her attitudes you need to move both of you to a culture that is not so ruthlessly patriarchal. You say you have accepted her in spite of the (cultural) fact that she's not a virgin. That's male dominant sexism speaking. Bulgakov
  14. Gangs of New York--1938, Charles Bickford (free on YouTube) This was known as a "B" movie then, and the writing and acting haven't gotten much better, but, the story could be the first of its kind. It's also fun to look at what the camera/direction was like for the still early talkies. Most all scenes just cut away to the next scene. A scene with several people in a room still generally shot from the front using the room as a frame, to film a play. Seniors here may remember Bickford as a gray haired senior, nominated three times for Oscars. Lots of quality early gangster/crime movies can be watched free on the net also.
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