Thursday, April 27, 2017

Adrenaline

So now I'm sad.

DJ and I have been looking into travel trailers - mostly RPods 179s. And in our research we have been following a couple on Your Tube in a series called "Keep Your Daydreams".

This couple NEVER owned a trailer before and have been filming every adventure with tips, hints and so forth as you follow them around the US for 20,000 miles.  

Many tips such as the 4-ways you have for taking the lug nuts for your car is useless for trailers and that most trailers have tires NOT MEANT to carry the load of that trailer

Anyway - they have 63 videos of them and their 3 kids and dog Maddie traveling around the US> 

The sad thing is that Maddie passed away.  They made a video of some of the fun things Maddie did on their trips which is so heart warming even for people that do not know this family.

If you have ever owned a dog as a member of your family - this is such a nice video. 

https://youtu.be/J9y9uUzgvdU

    

I did not know that staying in WalMart parking lots for free is called "boondocking" and if you can get to a Cebelas  you can get water and electric hook-ups for like $5 or something.

Anyway - now we are looking into Rpods AND dogs (in the future).

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Columbus had 0.98 inches of rain last night and I guess it does not take a lot of rain to fill up a rain barrel. I'll have to figure out a way to get the overflow to run off . . . correctly.

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Don't get me started on the Presidents tax reform . . . memo.   One page, double spaced with big margins.  Absolutely no specifics on how anything (odd - TRUTH - I thought I typed "anything" but the word when I reread was "thievery" - seriously, that actually happened)  will be paid for except don't worry, your children will pay for the huge debt.

SO - no REAL tax reform, NAFTA is here to stay, Obamacare is not changing, infrastructure is no longer on the menu, China is fine and does not manipulate money, a war with North Korea is on the horizon or more chest pounding, the WALL idea has sort of been scrapped, and the government might be shut down this weekend because the party in power which has TOTAL power, can't get their act together.

Everything is running better then any other administration, in fact the best EVER.    

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Fox Fake News  (FNN) is ONCE AGAIN having issues as 11 present and former employees are suing the company over racial discrimination.

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In 2016 there were 373,807 jobs in the solar power industry, 398,225 in natural gas and 160,119 in coal.

In the very VERY good TV show "Designated Survivor" which stars Kiefer Sutherland and Natascha McElhone,  which, to me, is a cross between "The West Wing" and "Nikita" their was an episode where the President is having a town hall meeting.

A question was from a guy that had lost his job "How will you get my job back in the coal mines" (or whatever the default occupation was).  The President thought a while and said "I can't, your job won't EVER come back and if anybody says it will they are outright lying to you".

hmmmmmm.

I have found that I actually get an adrenaline rush when I watch Survivor. My mom got that same rush as she was a HUGE fan.  I understand why people do not like this show  IF,  they have not seen it from episode one of a season.  It's like watching any scripted series starting in episode 7. You have no idea of what is happening and why, no back story.

HOWEVER - I will guarantee if you that if you give Survivor a chance from the very beginning of a season you will see what it is all about. If you have ever played board games or any game that has strategy it will be an eye opener.  It's the greatest social experiment ever. You kick off people one by one knowing the same people you have eliminated are the ones that will vote WHO wins the million bucks.

Good guys win, bad guys don't.  And if you hear people saying reality shows are all make believe - that is BS.  90% are but Survivor is not. If you have a camera on you 24 hours a day for 30 days. Your real self will show.

Look at last year. The contestant was informed he was picked to be on the show WHILE his mom is dying of cancer.  They talked and he went on the show at her insistence. While on the show he kept saying he felt his mom was playing along with him and he only told one person.

Here is the kicker. His family said his mom was doing VERY well the entire time he was on the  island.  Once the show was over (but not broadcast yet) and no one knew who would win for another 4 months he got home and hugged his mom.  He said "mom I won" but not really knowing. She said "I know".  

A few hours later she passed away.

Four months later he found out he won.

John Cochran - a total 100% geek won a couple years ago.  Brilliant guy.  Or what about Tia who came in 3rd place but at the awards show someone in the audience came forward and gave him $20,000 for showing what an amazing humanitarian he was.  Good people normally win. Bad people lose.    

This year we had relatives from Texas up and we said the season premier Survivor was on.  The typical "saw it once, didn't like it" comments.  We watched it anyway - now their entire family is hooked.

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The GOP cronies that now run the Department of Education has rejected 2,400 low-income high-school students who applied for Upward Bound grants because of trivial formatting errors (not putting in a double space in a line).

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This blog took a little longer then expected.  I was typing away when DJ says OMG - my appointment is in 25 minutes!!  We got to the Hospital 35 minutes later.  . . . . the DR was running late.

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Remember - these guys NEVER owned a trailer before. You see everything, good AND bad.

Welcome to Keep Your Daydream! Season 1 Trailer - RV Living Travel Vlog

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The New Pornographers

Speaking of the Milwaukee Brewers and Thames (11 HRs now). Miller Park is BY FAR the easiest ball park in the Majors for a left handed hitter to hit home runs.  Right handed no so much.

another problem for the Brewers is the lack of left handed pitchers.

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I mentioned before that the GOP in Wisconsin got rid of those pesky regulations about where cell towers can be built.  Communities have ZERO say if a cell tower wants to be built 20 feet from a day care or elementary school.  They can build ANYWHERE and you can't do a damn thing about it.

The only thing a community can do is complain  . . .so we are.



This is being sent to our representatives who believe making money far out weighs the health and well being of it's citizens.

The scamming of America continues with the corrupt GOP. I think it's funny how our Governor is sitting in his high castle picking his nose on how to fill pot holes on Wisconsin Roads while Illinois prepares to make 500 million a year with legal cannabis.

Illinois literally has not passed a budget in 2 years. They pay lottery winners AND State employees in IOUs (no really they do).



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A few projects I've been working on at home.  Yesterday I put in a rain barrel.  Oddly the downspout stops ABOVE the barrel and gravity splash's the water into it (not how I had envisioned it but that is how it's done it seems).  I had to use a disc to move the water away from the house.  Temporary solution .  Also I don't have the nozzle in yet - it's a work in progress as I was in a hurry before the next 8 days of rain.


The The Jahnke Company, LLC came by last week and cut tree circles around all of our trees and while they were here I had them cut out some more areas and Elwood and I (mostly "I") have been working on filling in the blanks with Georgia Blue



Busy busy.

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OH - when I spoke of Kewaunee being a God forsaken frozen Tundra . . .only when it's 72 here and 45 there.  Otherwise it's really a nice little town.  We shall see what happens when my brother becomes an alderman  LOL

I remember vividly when we signed all the papers for moving to Columbus.  They last thing the real estate dude says was "I hope we see you guys around, don't be strangers".  And DJ said to my surprise "Oh, I'm sure you will see us around".

Speaking of that . . . my plate is filling up for the summer.  With 2 or 3 photography seminars/talks at the library and now a Public Enemy talk to a group from Portage.

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I know nobody every plays other peoples music finds but I gotta try.  This is a super group from the Vancouver music scene.  I call them  as a sophisticated B-52s and love All of the music I have heard from these guys.

Don't let the name fool you.  The New Pornographers



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Writers strike? AGAIN? and NO TREES downtown?


If I sound a little irritated just bear (bare?) with me as . . . . .I'm a little irritated about the tree situation downtown, or lack of.

Several things are on my to do list as alderman and one of those were getting trees downtown. They soak up noise and they soak up pollution, they cool pavement and sidewalks and give the pedestrians comfort as they soften the cityscape. We all know that the key to a vibrant downtown is to make it pedestrian friendly which right now (and even before construction) - it was not.

WELL - seems, even with almost constant prodding trees might have been left off the final plans even though the City Council voted on having trees.  DON'T MAKE ME CHASE THAT WINDMILL - THIS ONE IS IMPORTANT.

sigh!

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Been busy doing morning crap lately and thus no blogs.  Had part deux of tooth augmentation last Thursday and nitrous oxide is my friend. TURN IT UP TO 11!!

Just a photo of DJ when I told her it would have to be the NFL and not MLB! 
Part duex was drilling a post into the cadaver plug they put in 6 months ago. OH - the cadaver part is gone, replaced by my real bone so who ever it was in my mouth thank you.

Then Friday DJ had a Dr appointment about her shoulder and a pain she has had forEVER.  She was going to get a steroid shot which would blow her chances to play major league baseball but still fine for the NFL or Professional Golf so we still have a hope for getting rich once she learns one of those trades.

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You know how wonderful it's been the last few days - well, yesterday we took a drive up to Kewaunee and CRIP - what is this god-forsaken frozen tundra.  72 in Columbus and 45 in Kawaunee!  WTF!

Well - expect NINE DAYS OF RAIN coming up.  Not continual but once that front goes through tonight 9 days of a good chance of rain each day.

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Don't you find it funny how the party in total power is talking about shutting down the government because they cannot pass their own budget?  It probably won't happen but the plan is to build a wall that nobody wants at the cost of Obamacare which has a MUCH higher approval rating that our dementia laced President and his corporate con man (who are getting RICH on YOUR money).

Speaking of Obamacare-ish.  24 States are in the process of EXPANDING contraceptive access (backwards Wisconsin is not one of them).

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Sounds like Illinois is fast tracking legal cannabis. Colorado broke a record in the  first 2 months of 2017 with $235 million in sales IN TWO MONTHS. This is up 30% from last year.  Price of cannabis has dropped significantly in the last year.

This sort of mirrors guns.  When Obama was President gun sales went through the roof as people were afraid Obama would take their guns. Now with a con-an in office gun sales are drying up. HOWEVER with the woman groping President with the onset of dementia people are buying cannabis like there is no tomorrow.

According to one report with cannabis prices lowering many who used to buy black market pot are switching to legal pot where they can get it.

Every year, a survey called Monitoring the Future polls over 40,000 high school students about their drug use.  Cannabis use dipped starting in 2008 but then started creeping up again. However in 2013 there has been a downward trend which oddly correlates to when Washington and Colorado became legal recreational cannabis markets.

So far their is no trend that shows legal cannabis leads to more smoking for teenagers.

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20% of the 395 member of congress do not live in the district they represent.

By the year 2025  the US will need 40% more oncologists. People are living much longer and because of this cancer is a bigger threat because people are not dying of "other stuff".  Of course it seems that many oncologists come from other countries (or used too before the GOP war on science started). So this is a pretty big problem.

The war with Canada has begun. The US placed a 20% tax on all soft lumber (for building homes) on Canadian lumber so new home prices to rise.  Buy AMERICAN.
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Seems 20,000 retired coal miners will lose their insurance unless the GOP does something in the next few days.  The GOP has helped the people who OWN the mines but are ignoring the workers (which is what the GOP does).  Help the rich, screw the poor.

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Brewers - Arcia is a VERY good fielding short stop.  In fact the brewers as a whole are fielding much better then last year.  The only big hole is Thames at 1st base but . . . .461 OB and 10 home runs will turn a blind eye to that LOL

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Remember the 2007 writers strike from many years ago.  The strike that ruined many good shows.  The Mole and Deadwood are two that come to mind.  Well Deadwood writers have submitted a script to HBO for a movie and ALL actors in teh show said they will LOVE to be in that movie.

WELL - here we go again - 96% of members of the Writers Guild of America have voted to go on strike against the production companies.  Its not looking good.