Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Pikes Peak Cog Railroad


 We rode yesterday, courtesy of my sister, who planned it for my birthday. Medical complications required two postponements but it finally went down.





























Rather than a long written narrative, I will post pictures.

The cog railroad website is here.

https://www.cograilway.com/

 Manitou Springs is interesting on its own.



The approach to the terminal and the parking can be daunting.

 


  






 

I’ve driven to the top many times but not in recent years. The road is now paved all the way. It is closed in the winter but the cog railroad now runs year around excepting Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Thanks, Sisty!

Monday, September 13, 2021

MIA

No recent posts. Inspiration has declared me MIA. Today Sisty and I visited Pikes Peak via the cog railroad. Post coming soon with many pictures as soon as my old camera and old computer decide to speak to each other.

Be assured I read your posts.

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Steam Engine Fan Here


 Shortly after 11:16 am Northbound in Greeley, CO. Should be home tonight in Cheyenne and not likely to run again in 2021.

Given how tight historically the Union Pacific runs, and has for 150 years, it is wonderful to see their steam engines.

Monday, September 6, 2021

Traditional Labor Day


What a wonderful eye attention getting eye sore! This old car peddler approves!

Face Mask


 Found a good use for one. The mirror broke off in the car wash and no duct tape was to be found in the trunk (that oversight will be quickly taken care of). Only 2 miles from home, and 40 mph speed limits, that kept the mirror from flopping around.


Thursday, September 2, 2021

Goodby, Dick


After many years of being a subscriber to Dick Morris “Lunch Alert” and newsletter, today I unsubscribed. What prompted that?

Abortion Decision A Catastrophe For Republican Chances In '22

By DICK MORRIS

I doubt abortion alone is a litmus test for undecided voters.

Dick has been wrong about so many things over the years I can’t even begin to list them. Today’s shrill fear mongering flipped my switch. Guess getting elected is more important then principals in his world.

One other things has been bothering me for years and that is his shilling the Patriot Gold Group.  I’m in no position to buy anything other than a coin or two from a local shop. For certain, if I could, I want the gold or silver delivered to my hands; not some “certificate”.

In other places I’ve read 2,000% more silver has been “sold” than has ever been mined. True or not, I smell a Ponzi.

As always, YMMV.

Monday, August 30, 2021

Gold Standard

Colorado’s mail voting has been called by many to be the “Gold Standard”. Maybe they mean “fools gold”. There is still limited in person voting. Of course, the mail in ballot is machine counted, mainly on Dominion machines. No chance of fraud there, correct?

 https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-releases/court-rules-judicial-watch-lawsuit-can-proceed-against-colorado-officials/


Is this why our true blue (wannabe US Senator) Secretary of State is in such a snit? She, of the 200% personnel turnover in two years.

 https://www.coloradopolitics.com/elections/griswold-permanently-adopting-rules-blocking-arizona-style-audit-in-colorado/article_4cd23dc0-073e-11ec-8007-8f452b964eef.html

Suspicious minds wonder if the 200% turnover weeded out those people with integrity. Or, is this a telling example of sexual equality? That is, women can be just as incompetent as men in high public office.

Enter the Mesa County debacle.

https://www.gjsentinel.com/breaking/breaking_news/state-sues-to-remove-peters-as-mesa-elections-head/article_a3f8ac80-09b2-11ec-944f-a761c0792b0d.html

https://www.greeleytribune.com/2021/08/29/experts-warn-of-dangers-from-breach-of-voter-system-software/

Seems the horrid crime involved someone posting Dominion voting machine software passwords online. Mesa County is solidly red, and the most populous Western Slope county. Worse, from the (P)regressive’s point of view, it lies in Congressional District 3, the seat currently filled by pistol packing  Lauren Boebert who defeated typical GOP several term serving Scott Tipton. A nice guy but he was no real threat to the swamp. Boebert beat Diane Mitsch Bush, a ski town trust fund snot and big Democrat funder. Is the goal to negate Mesa County voters?

All this smoke and mirrors pulls attention away from Denver County, a true voting cesspool, IMO.

I don’t know if O’Neill would say the same thing today. I always thought him to be a decent person. Partisan yes, but believed in the Constitution and rule of law.

An example is my home county. Solidly red, it has a solid blue core within the City of Greeley built around the local university and a core group of LaRaza. The local school district is once again mandating masks for students and faculty despite strong opposition from parents. I expect this fight to get ugly and I hope it does.

Tyranny uses money as a weapon and Colorado’s (P)regressive assholes are trying to sneak another weapon into play. Need a state business license of any kind? If so, expect the state to demand you follow the mask guidelines or lose your license, Further, any business that employs your services will be required to follow the mask mandate. Resist and your business licenses are suspended. At the moment the scheme is being peddled as applying to health care providers. Once implemented at any level, it will mushroom IMO.

The Democrats have always operated under, “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. The Afghanistan mess is so epic it has riveted the country’s attention. With everyone distracted, what evil is being snuck in?

One hope is enough election cleanup in enough states will allow a more honest midterm elections and the House and Senate will flip (not that I trust the GOP to not f**ckup).

As always, YMMV

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Micro Economics


 For the past three years, to supplement social security, I’ve been working as an agent. Legally I’m a debt collector but none of my work involves money directly.

I’m seeing a surge of re-financing offers to be delivered.

The company who employs me provides various services to the mortgage industry. Most of my work involves going to the collateral address with a letter than, in essence, says, “Hey, you can’t keep missing payments and still live in this property. Contact us at the provided phone number immediately”.

Using a tablet I prepare a brief report, property description and three or more photographs. I’m seldom at the address more than 15 minutes. Pre COVID I made $800 - $1,000 for two to three hours work one or two days a week. With all the forbearance COVID programs that income dropped to 1/3 to ½ of what I was making.

As these programs expire, many of the mortgagees are way behind. I see deficiencies of $4,000 to $9,000+ on house payments under $1,200 a month. One lender we do work for if offering to refinance the homes clearing the deficiencies. Most of the lenders are demanding payment, period. More profit foreclosing and reselling in a hot real estate market would be my guess as to their motivation. On some of the upscale $800,000+ homes, the deficiencies are up to $40,000.

There is a lot of information floating around about hedge funds buying up homes and turning the country into a nation of renters. I don’t discredit any of this information but have not seen it in my little corner of the world.

Please don’t ask me for advice. The only pat answer I have is, if you are having problems making your payment, reach out to the lender first. Don’t wait for them to contact you.