Sunday, September 18, 2016

How Many Postmasters II

On 7/31 posted "How Many Postmasters" does it take to fix a pothole?

The problem could be fixed with a $4 bag of Quickcrete from Home Depot, a shovel, and 15 minutes of work IMO.

Yesterday the drive to the mailbox was completely repaved. The three trucks, trailer with the asphalt spreader and "steamroller", and seven workers was more suited to renovating an Interstate.

Wonder how much that cost?

Yes, I'm a grumpy old man with too much time on his hands. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Job Offer

A young man who spent some time "under my wing" bought an ownership position in a used car lot a few months ago. He is finding the difference between owner and manager in terms of personal time off wearing. Asked me to come work there part time.

Ah, no, as in no fucking way, no. Twenty+ years of walking on asphalt and gravel and being on my feet for hours at a time, may be the cause of my barely functioning knees.

Then there is the public. For years I believed I could get anyone to like me for an hour. Now that is down to about fifteen minutes.

Finally there is the issue of patience. I've heard of it but never personally experienced it.

Money has never been my God and my current situation more than meets my needs. So it is thanks, but no thanks.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Micro Aggression

In the back window of my pickup camper shell. 

Don't know why blogger insists on turning the snap sideways.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

You Can Take The Boy Off The Ranch, But Not The Ranch Out Of The Boy

Two days in a row I've encountered cows wandering the shoulder on Hwy 71. Being ranch raised I know all about the dreaded telephone call, "Your cows are out".

Monday it was on the Kimball, NE bypass. Once I reached the dispatcher and described the location, she said, "I know whose cows those are". Leads me to believe (1) Not many ranchers are running Corrientes in the area  and (2) Not the first time they have gotten through a fence.

Today it was an Angus in Weld County. Turned down a county road to the first farm I spotted. Found two men working on a bailer head. Older man told me they didn't run cows but he knew who probably owned the stray. Said he would call them. 

Why do I care? Hitting a cow can ruin your whole day and it is being a good citizen to do something about the situation. Further, loosing a cow or two is a hit in the wallet for ranchers.

Should add I seldom see loose livestock. Bambi is a much bigger problem.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Neat Old VW

In the Wally World parking lot this morning.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Doubling Down on Stupid - EPA Sector

After causing an ecological disaster by an agency with 1,000+ lawyers but not one mining engineer, the EPA does this masterpiece.

Lots of press coverage when this happened. Followed by conspiracy theories as in deliberate so the EPA can take over the town of Silverton and environs.

Sorry, you need to scroll down to find the letter from Mr. Taylor.

Some good pictures in this link.

No question Colorado (and other states) is littered with old abandoned mines, some leaking toxic water. The EPA has a legitimate interest. What is happening is an agency, staffed with rabid anti-development tree huggers, is using this to advance their personal interests. 

Shocking, isn’t it? Doesn’t happen with the United States Forest Service or the Bureau of Land Management, does it?

Oops. My bad.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Air Force Budget Woes

We know the Air Force is squeezing budgets to pay for the F-35. Relying on these for security guards at missile silos is, IMO, going too far.