MediaPost’s Center for Media Research says I may be old, but valuable!

I’m still faking the “Training Camp” thing though my weight is in the low 180s and I have improved my overall ride strength this year. I’ve been doing the lunch rides at about 70% and last Saturday’s Cobblestone Ride was great. The weather has been rainy around here lately. I’ve been lucky in that few ride opportunities have been missed due to rain.

I’m working on getting The Local’s Page newsletter ready to send out at the end of the month. We are still looking for local business owners who would appreciate some free write up. Not much of 2012 is left open, but we are filling the early 2013 slots now.

Today the Center for Media Research ( is reporting that I’m a member of a very valuable group. A new report by Nielsen, the “Most Valuable Generation,” in collaboration with BoomAgers, shows that in five years, 50% of the U.S. population will be 50+. These consumers spend close to 50% of all CPG dollars yet less than 5% of advertising is geared towards them. These high potential consumers have been largely unaddressed by marketers and advertisers since they started to age out of the popular 18-49 cohort.

In the next five years, Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, are set to control 70% of the disposable income in the U.S., and they stand to inherit $15 trillion in the next 20 years. As they age out of the work force, 67% of Boomers plan to spend more time on their hobbies and interests, moving from a life of making money to one that is spending money.

Great Insperation Weekend!

I have some new business ideas and article material after taking a little no internet inspired weekend on Marco Island. The weather was warm and the cycling easy. Seventy miles total over Saturday and Sunday.

WOW What a week!

I’ll be bringing a new energy to the blog this year. I expect to double the visits and content! All of my sites will be rolling out some great changes soon!

In the wake of Steve Job’s death.

The media has delivered a full serving of the sayings and stories of Steve Jobs. Some I have enjoyed. I have also found some other sayings that have inspired me also.

The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they make the best of everything.

Happiness is not having what you want. Happiness is wanting what you have.

Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit!

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported: “Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit”. I’m willing to share my thoughts on the article.

It’s still 34.2% when you remove the 14.5% who lived in homes where someone was on Medicare (the health care program for the elderly) and the 16% who lived in households receiving Social Security. And it only includes food stamps, subsidized housing, cash welfare or Medicaid (the federal-state health care program for the poor). You can read the entire article here:

Nearly Half of U.S. Lives in Household Receiving Government Benefit

The Hard Drive Upgrade Project from Hell!

Two Friday night’s ago (07/15/2011), I removed one of the two mirrored .5 TB hard drive from the main business PC. Then I added a new 2 TB hard drive to the array and rebuilt the mirror. I then spent about forty hours over that weekend and ensuingweekdays and the next weekend and ensuing weekdays  trying to expand the .5 TB image on the 2 TB drive. I got nothing for it. Last night (07/27/2011) was my last try (another three hours) for a while. Other items are screaming from the stack! Any suggestions for expanding a RAID volume with new larger disks with an Intel RAID controller onboard an Intel Desktop motherboard? The fun continues… just at another time….soon, I’m sure.