Those who know me know I am a cheapskate.
For the past eight years my computer desk chair is one I salvaged. The right
arm support had broken plastic covered with bubble wrap and duct tape. The duct
tape was wearing out.
Yesterday found me in an office building
where a tenant was selling off chairs and computer monitors.
The first chair selected didn’t fit. The
office manager was kneeling trying to make the various levers work. Her low cut
peasant style top didn’t cover her ample assets well and I had time to do a
good check out.
Another chair did fit (pictured above)
and I tried to negotiate. The quoted price was $40. Doing my best Fred Sanford
imitation I clutched my chest. The ladies called me on my bullshit so I showed
them my pacemaker scar.
Had them all laughing, usually a prelude
to getting the price down. No go.
Bought the damned chair for the asking
price. Perhaps a bit of little head thinking? Again, nice assets and my sex
life has me feeling married.
Their annoying commercials blaring from the pump like some wholesome BYU pep rally I can tolerate. Last week they shrunk all three coffee cup sizes and raised the price - same day. This week they changed the Original Cappuccino flavor to Pumpkin Fucking Spice. Aarg. Such vexations I face!
My sister and I today went to the
Wheatridge, CO. Historical Park for Apple Cider Days, an annual event located
on what was once our paternal Great Grandfather’s holdings. A cousin is the
When our paternal Great Grandfather moved
West from Kansas, he bought an existing sod house and acreage in what is now
Wheatridge, CO., West of Denver.
In later years the city acquired some of the
land for a park. The soddy was plastered to preserve it.
He then built a modern, for the times,
brick house adjacent to the soddy. The
property was a base for his operations into Northwest Colorado.
The soddy continued to be occupied. Our
Grandfather and his family lived there from time to time.
The water table in the area is high, and
the area was long grass prairie. The ground was fertile and vegetables for the
Denver market were grown.
Some historical buildings have been moved
to the site and a shed to store various artifacts of the early days. The place
operates on a shoestring and the efforts of dedicated volunteers.
So nice to do something family linked
that doesn’t include a visit to the family cemetery.
Idle hands create mischief and idle minds
of partially “educated” senior citizens with computer access maybe more.
Am I the only one suspicious of the
motives of those pushing the “climate change” hysteria? The message I receive,
to save us from ourselves, is world collectivist government. We, the masses,
are simply too ignorant to know what is in our best interest. It follows that
those who understand our best interest need to be properly compensated for
their wisdom and the burden of governing the masses. Is it probable that I am
wrong in my thinking?
Following along the meme of idle senior
minds, consider this dated gem from 1978.
A long slog to go through all of it, to
be sure and not all the points of the author are clear, at least to me.
The constant theme of the climate change
alarmists is increased carbon dioxide “trapped” in the atmosphere. We read of
studies of ice cores from Antarctica and Greenland being linked to our
situation today. Maybe the data is accurate. Maybe it is being interpreted correctly.
And, maybe it isn’t. There has been so much bullshit from the “scientific”
communities that any truth is obscured. Consider a foremost proponent, Albert
Gore, whose personal carbon footprint is that of a small city.
We hear all the time about, “clean
renewable energy”. Colorado supposedly gets 360 days of sunshine a year. It
also gets 365 nights a year. There doesn’t seem to be any economical way to
store solar energy. Does that mean we shut down at night and during blizzards?
Wind power? We are the Saudi Arabia of wind (except when it doesn’t blow). Oh
yes, there is the “not in my backyard” syndrome.
Hydro? Requires dams, doesn’t it? No environmental
impact there, right? Perhaps tidal
power? Perhaps for some coastal areas.
Remember, the loss of energy in the transmission process needs to be
considered. Plus, the structures will be built in someone’s back yard. Correct
me if I am wrong but, in California, isn’t there always an uproar, by the rich,
about the public using “their” beachfront?
There is emerging technology to capture
carbon from the atmosphere and store it in rock formations.
Takes a lot of water and lacks any
economic incentive. Opps. Back to collectivist government. We’ll demand it
done, cost be damned.
To me, the least disruptive way to power
is nuclear. Instant hysteria. Yet France gets 80% of their electricity from
nuclear and I don’t see them glowing from radiation. Uranium isn’t all that
plentiful and Shillary sold 20% of what we have to the Russians. Still, it is a
Under the headings of figures don’t lie,
liars figure in tandem with, “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste”, our local
near monopoly, Xcel Energy, needs to raise rates to ???????? well, climate
change, blah blah, blah.
A Colorado specific post. First, a few background paragraphs.
Colorado is unique in having added to the
Constitution the Taxpayers Bill of
Rights (TABOR) in 1992 only to suspend it for five years in 2005. Fighting for
and against TABOR has kept scores of lawyers gainfully employed along with the
lobbyist and special interests folks funding lawsuits.
The basic principal of TABOR is all
levels of government in Colorado are restricted in spending (and raising taxes)
by a formula involving inflation, population growth, and tax revenues. The goal
is balanced budgets and curbs on unnecessary spending. Increases must be voted
on by the public, not elected officials. There is even a mechanism for
refunding excess tax revenues back to the taxpayers (seldom happens).
The (P)regressives loath TABOR and are
ever trying to circumvent it. Seriously curtails their ability to spend other
people’s money for their pet projects.
An unfortunate side effect is the harm to
necessary programs and projects. As in, there are no perfect answers, only
intelligent choices (ha, faint hope there).
May I introduce Dave Perry, Editor of the
Aurora Sentinel, a shopper ‘newspaper’ from a Denver suburb, trying to compete
with the Denver Post for relevancy. He is extremely fluent in (P)regressive
speak. Reading his editorials makes me wonder if we inhabit the same planet.
Concerning the just past Special Session
of the Legislature that accomplished nothing, here are a few quotes from his
editorial as he hits many (P)regressive talking points.
Obstructionist Republican lawmakers
services hurt by the Great Recession and a dangerous GOP obsession with the
so-called TABOR amendment.
These misled and
misleading fans of infamous and felonious tax-protester Douglas Bruce, who
authored the broken Colorado Taxpayer Bill of Rights Amendment, hold the
majority of the state GOP hostage by threatening to invoke a vengeful base
unless they get NRA-like compliance.
puerile, anarchistic view of TABOR continues to hurt every corner of the state.
We frequently remind readers that not one, single state has ever created its
own TABOR, seeing how fatally flawed it is.
Lawmakers will return in January and voters will closely
watch them and decide next November who runs the state. Unless these GOP
partisan bullies change their ways, Colorado can’t tolerate any more of their
representative I know says the Democrat leadership defines bi-partnership as
letting the GOP members take their seats.
horrific event in Las Vegas has let Mr. Perry run full throttle on his favorite
I am sick of it. I’m sick of seeing these
bullies dare America to stop them from toting weapons meant to stop military
armadas to Walmart in case some other gun-freak loses it in the express lane.
Salt Lake City, 1974, an acquaintance was
the local district sales manager for American Motors (AMC).
The Salt Lake City Car Show was opening
and AMC had shipped in by rail one of the first AMC Pacers. AMC sent one West just for the show.
My friend picked it up and had it toughly
cleaned and polished then drove to the Salt
Palace for the show. Three blocks from the Salt Palace he was t-boned by a red
An omen for what was to come?
Say what you will about the Pacer but
know it was an innovative design for the times. Designed to be powered by the
Wankel rotary engine that never saw production, the car was designed for urban environments.
The doors tilted out from the top for easier exits in cramped parking spots.
The passenger door was wider than the driver’s door for easier back seat
access. All that glass was to minimize blind spots. It was built to a much higher safety standard
than was required at the time.