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Archive for August, 2011

It is mid-August and Summer is doing its best to hold on to the weather. The days are still warm, but without the humidity normally associated with Cincinnati. The nights too are cooler than summer. It is the yearly reminder that fall will soon be here and summer will be gone again till next May.

Fall is a great time of year for those who love the colors and terrible for those with allergies. Some do prefer the term Autumn, though somehow it feels more archaic to my ears. Coming from one who strives for the proper use of whom and laments the passing of Old English letters such as Þ and Ƿ this may seem odd, but the word Autumn just has a feeling of foreignness about it. This may be due to its French and Latin roots. This does make it a loaner word while Fall is more Germanic in etymology.

The colors will soon be returning, their level of brilliance determined by the amount of rainfall at the right moments. I’ll no doubt be out looking for chances to take pictures. It will also mean a cooler time Geocaching under the forest canopies. In all, a welcomed time of the year.

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In August, Miami, Florida is hot and very humid. It’s tropical nature can fully be felt this time of year. It should not be surprising that this time of year is also the slow season in Miami. Many hotels have too many empty rooms and prices for them are quite a bit less. So, of course I was in Miami for Top Gun Training.

Friday gave rise to some Geocaching, claiming the the Florida badge and dropping off a travel bug that I found in western North Carolina. I added some miles to its journey by dipping it in Geocaches in Virginia, West Virginia and around Cincinnati. That little one has been around quite a bit. Happy travels.

The training itself was incredible. How often do you get to spend time with not one, but three self-made millionaires in the ways in which they acquired it. For those you could see outside the discussions, leadership by example was quite evident. It is now time to put all those ideas, philosophies and methods into practice. Otherwise, the investment in time and money will have been for little.

Travel back was a bit of a nuisance. Leaving Miami late, the tardiness and annoyances kept falling like Dominoes. Late to Atlanta, waiting on the gate to be cleared, late leaving Atlanta and then having to wait 20 minutes for the bus to the long term parking lot. By the time I arrived home, I was not only very tired, but with the beginning of a bad headache. Such are the sacrifices of the Entrepreneur.

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It is time for another rant. This time on the inability of drivers to understand how to merge. I’m talking both sides of this. They know how they are.

The slow, no look, no yield, no signal merge

You are driving on the highway and see them. You can feel them coming over, right in front of you. They are in the merge lane. Their speed is slower than it should be. They are not signaling. You know they will not yield as required. Sure enough. You hold your lane and have to brake to avoid an accident. They did not look. They just came over.

These goofballs really irritate them. An established vehicle in the roadway does not yield to the newcomer. It is the other way around. It is the responsibility of the merging driver to see a gap in traffic and merge accordingly. This may mean speeding up or slowing down. The sooner a driver can find the gap and adjust, the better. It requires looking well before the end of the merge lane. Look, find, signal, merge. It is not very difficult. Learn it or get off the road.

The failure to take right-of-way loser

You look back. There is traffic. You adjust speed to get behind them and signal. They keep slowing down. You slowdown. They slowdown. Eventually you have to get over and you see them waving their hands when you look in your rear-view mirror. They are upset, but it is their own fault.

I am convinced these drivers are the same ones who cannot merge properly in the first place. The have the merge rules backward and have had for years. It is amazing they are not in the left lane slowing traffic down. They cause issues by not following the rules. They should not yield, but do. They don’t understand why you don’t get over in front of them. After all, that is what they do.

Arg. Learn the rules or get off the road. Public transportation is made for people like these.

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Before the ink from the pen in Obama’s hand was dry from signing the bill to increase the debt limit yet again, the next fiscal Armageddon was being put before the country. Due to no spending decreases, rating houses are still aiming to lower the credit rating for the US.

The emotional Progressives cry. Tea Partiers nod knowingly. Why still the downgrade? It is simple, no spending cuts.

But there are over $2 trillion in cuts! No, there isn’t. Only with Washington’s moronic base line budgeting is deciding to spend $7 trillion more instead of $10 trillion a cut. Even the Clintons had to put up with this stupidity early in their co-presidency when wanting to reduce the rate of increase. Fellow Democrats kept calling them cuts, Hillary correctly correctly pointed out they were decreases in the rate of growth, not cuts.

This form of Washington fiscal stupidity is why we are in this mess and why we will not get out. The credit rating houses wanted to see real cuts, not decreases in the rate of growth. The only saving grace for the US is that much of Europe is far worse off. You know Europe, that bastion of wonderfulness the Progressives like to prop up as an example of what Socialism can do for all of us. Italy, Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland. They are all in trouble. England is having to cut deep and France is wondering in the dark. Only Germany seems to have its house mostly in order. They would be better off returning to the Deutsch Mark and going home.

The US government borrows about 43 cents for every dollar it spends. Increasing the debt just moves that closer to 50 cents. This is not sustainable. Artificially propping up the economy only prolongs the misery and prevents growth. Hoover was wrong to spend money to stimulate the economy. So was FDR and Bush. Obama spent money to payback supporters. If companies cannot rise and fall, markets fail. The result is Japan. Their debt is over 200% GDP. Ever wonder what happen to all the Japanese investments that so scared everyone in the 1980s?

Markets need to be free to live and die. Capitalism requires a service be performed before earning renumeration. No service, no money. Everything else is thievery. George Soros earns his money by ultimate thievery, collapsing currencies. That is not Capitalism. That is Barbarism. That is Piracy.

I didn’t vote for Bush because he is a Social Democrat. His spending habits were a constant source of complaint. The beginnings of the Tea Party started in his first term, held underground for fear of a Democrat victory. Once Congress was lost, the bonds became loosen. The yearning for Liberty stirred again in the hearts of the Citizens. Raising the debt limit once again shows our Masters want us all Enslaved. The only Unknown is whether Obama’s Cloward and Piven strategy will work before the next election.

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It was 4am and a boom awoke me from a slumber. Flash! Boom! Boom! Flash! Is that thunder and lightning?

The sound of rain. The sounds of hard rain! Yes! Finally! Some rain!

Southwestern Ohio is not nearly as dry as Texas these days, but the month of July has only had about 20% of normal rainfall. The clay ground is hard. Grass is brown. Trees have yellow leaves. This rain is hard. It is swift. It will help fill the streams and rivers, but the ground will not soak up much. The runoff will be muddy. Flash! Boom!

The rain helps. A gentle rain would be better. I am thankful for the rain and pray some finds Texas soon.

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Yeah, I am behind on posting. Yeah, I am behind on the photography vids promised when I was on vacation. After all, I’ve been back a whole week already. What gives?

This past week was spent trying to catchup and I didn’t make it. Saturday was spent futilly hiding a Geocache (total fail) and cleaning up the basement. The clutter is bad enough that it is driving me crazy. After blowing out several boxes, there is now 6 square feet of open space. This week will be spent clearing more.

In addition to the how-to videos for the D7000, I will be shooting a video with my dad about his Pentax Spotmatic. I have given him fair warning on the topics, so it should go well.

Till next time…

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