Saturday, August 24, 2013

Don't ya hate being bored

I'm bored!

And you know what? Going out and shooting a human being isn't even on my radar of how to offset this feeling.

I've got guns, but as much as they've called to me with their siren song, I don't hear them. Must be I can't hear it...all those years of rock and roll, although the tinnitus drives me insane.

I was bored as a kid.

Do you know what my friends and I did?

We hiked up into the hills and dug caves/gold mines, we drug wagons up the fire roads to the top of the mountain and had races down.

We hiked to the waterfall (about 12 ft tall with a trickle of moisture cascading over it) and spent the afternoons dreaming about what we could do.

As we got older...

Grass clod wars (you could take someone off their feet with a properly thrown fling)

BB gun wars (stopped after a year, when in spite of heavy jackets, helmets and shop goggles, we came damn close to putting someones eye out...don't tell our parents!!!)

We rode our bike to the little town near us and annoyed the shop owners by shopping/dreaming over their merchandise. (No thought of stealing as we had all at one time or another "taken" a pack of gum or caught...and had to return it, apologise to the manager, then got out hide tanned.)

Hiking to the waterfall and spending the afternoons dreaming about what we could do.

As teenagers...

Cruise Foothill Blvd.. Start in La Canada and see if you could make it to Tujunga without hitting stop light (about 7 miles)

Do the stalker thing with whoever your friends next love will be. (OOO, her bedroom light is on at 9 PM, she isn't dating someone else, so maybe I should call her!!!!) (He won't)

Drive like a complete idiot at too high a speed for your parents sedan. ( We did this over "The Crest", the Angeles Forest Highway, a good speed run from La Canada to Sunland was thrilling for the driver and the poor passengers. Nothing but twisty-turny road.)

Hiking to the waterfall and spending the afternoons dreaming about what we could do.

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Damn...It's been a year

I was gone, but Facebook kind of took over the few time I wanted to post.

I'm a little bit more comfortable posting in short bursts, but I would like to keep this avenue open.

Haven't figured out how to work this out yet, but I think I'll try to use this is I ever want to do a major rant and link back to it.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ready For The Car Buyer Lottery?

The Supreme Court is going to hear arguments on the Constitutionality of ObamaCare and it's ability to force you to pay for whatever level of health insurance the government deems necessary and appropriate. It matters not if you are a 27 years old guy (under 27, don't worry, you're covered under your parents policy...still, ya slacker) and should be relatively healthy, you will be covered (paying for) your contraceptive pills, abortions and Hoveround.

Once established that your action, or inaction, affects the economy, the government is free to establish any parameter of what you spend your money on. Thinking about buying a new car? Well GM hasn't sold a lot of their crap lately and Kia is selling lot, so to make sure that the wealth is spread evenly the government should set up a lottery on car sales. In order to make sure that GM gets it's “fair share” of sales, you will be assigned to which company you can buy your car from.

If you really, really want that Kia over the “comparable” GM, then all you need to do is pay a fee/penalty of the difference of price to the company you were assigned to...unless you were assigned to buy from Kia and GM's price was higher, then all penalties are waived.

Friday, January 13, 2012

I've Seen This Before

Resistance is futile.

EPA Penalizes Refiners For Failing to Use Fuel That ‘Does Not Exist’

{Bold: mine}

Companies supplying motor fuel will have to pay approximately $6.8 million in fines to the Treasury because they failed to “mix a special type of biofuel into their gasoline and diesel,” writes Matthew L. Wald of the New York Times.

However, the fine isn’t the worst part. The worst part is the fact that the refiners could have tried everything in their power to remain in compliance with standards set by the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act, and it might not have mattered.

Why? Because there is not enough of this “special type of biofuel” to go around. In fact, with the exception of some scattered workshops and laboratories, “the ingredient, cellulosic biofuel, does not exist,” according to the Times report.

And the penalties go up next year. Remember that when you're paying over $4/gallon at the pump because the companies are going to have to come up with the cash for the penalties to pay those fines.

I ran into this type of situation with the EPA about 20 years ago with my old oil company. We had a customer with an underground storage tank that was old and leaking. We worked out a deal with the owner for a long term no interest loan to replace the tank as she only owned one well that produced about 3 bbls. per day.

It may be hard to remember, but the price of oil back then was around $8/bbl. and our crappy oil only got around $6/bbl.

This is where the EPA stepped in. In order for up to get the permits to replace the tank, we had to install some monitoring technology they wanted...problem was the technology did not exist.

So for another 15 years, when the company finally folded, the tank continued to weep.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Look

Hadn't been by in quit a while and they gave me new toys to play with so I desided to play and see if I like this style better.

Too Much

Overwhelmed or just burned out. You pick. I just couldn't bring myself to post for the last few months. I think I'm over that now. The country, right this moment is in the middle of tearing itself apart over the next Republican nominee for president.

I, being a Non-Romney have been racking my self senseless trying to figure out who to support over the last month. I have arrived at no conclusion after Iowa, and New Hampshire outside of not voting for Luap Nor (that's Ron Paul for those outside the Empire), but I'd vote for him over Obama.

I'm coming back, so give me a day and I'll start posting again.

Friday, September 02, 2011

Dear Mr. President

You are wasting my time.

The economy is in the tank (0 jobs created...or saved this month)and I was looking forward to your speech on creating much needed soon as you finished your vacation.

Now that you have returned I am told that your speech will offer NO specifics, just an overview of what you think should be addressed to improve the job market.

We have heard this speech 5,632 times over the last three years and frankly it bores the hell out of me. Nothing but generalizations about "Green Jobs" ($535 million stimulus to Solyndra and still goes bankrupt), getting banks to loosen up credit to people that can't afford to repay the loan (my house lost another 1.5% in value this month due to foreclosures)and in typical Democratic logic, promising to reduce regulations that hinder companies from committing to new hires (enacting 5 job killing regs then delaying the implementation of 2 of them).

First you request to address a joint session of congress on the day the GOP debate is scheduled that includes the newest candidate that is racing up the polls (I'm sure you weren't even aware he threw his hat in the ring being you were so focused on creating jobs)which was rightly turned down, but you will accept doing it one day later...and you'll start really early so as not to interfere with the start of the premier MNF game.

If the conflict had arisen, I would have watched the debate, and if you haven't finished by kickoff, I'm switching to the game.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Decision Making


I'm listening to pResident Obambi do a presser with Mexico's pResident Calderon.

I swear these guys would have invaded Europe on June 7th at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.