The first random thoughts post of 2014, so lets make it a good one.
Your leg or any other body part will always lose against a chainsaw. Spring is right around the corner, people are going to be working outside, so lets be safe.
Japan wants the worlds help in keeping China off some islands. If it were not for the oil in the area I do not understand what the problem is. Tension between Japan and China has been on the uptick for the past few years. I imagine some kind of deal will be worked out for everyones benefit.
The bigger question about China, is it going to position itself to topple the United States as a world leader? Reports say China is in the process of doubling its aircraft carrier fleet. Even if China doubles its fleet of carriers, China will still be decades behind the USA, which is not a good thing. If China is so far behind the US in navy power, chances are they would resort to nuclear weapons to offset our naval advantage.
If China and United States exchanged nuclear strikes
If there was a limited nuclear exchange between the United States and China, the US would be on the losing side. We have nowhere for millions of people to be displaced to. China on the other had has been building ghost cities that are waiting for an influx of hundreds of thousands of people. China has the ability to displace millions of people, while the United States does not. If a major city in China is taken out by a nuclear strike, just relocate those people to one of the many ghost cities, put them back to work, problem solved. Those people will have running water, working sewer, schools,,,, everything they need to carry on with their everyday life. The United States does not have that luxury. If just one major city is nuked there will be millions of people homeless in a matter of seconds. While the United States is the dominate military power, nuclear weapons are the great equalizer.
The United States society is not designed to be disrupted, nor are the people used to any kind of disruption. When the mail, UPS and Fedex faced delayed delivery times due to bad weather people got pissed. There were reports of threats over late Christmas packages.
If people make threats over late Christmas gifts, what would they do for food?
A large portion of the Chinese population still live in rural areas. While most of the United States population reside in urban areas. Which means the majority of people inside the United States depends on someone else to grow their food for them. We simply do not have the resources for major cities to be relocated, or our food distribution network to be disrupted.
My wife and I went to see Thor Dark World, I thought it was pretty good. Even though the movie only scores a 65% on Rotten Tomatoes I think it deserves a lot better than that.
There seems to be a trend in Marvel movies of trying to strip the superhero back down to nothing, and then have him win the day. Lets be honest, Iron Man 3 pretty much sucked. It was an ok movie at best but the plot sucked and the fight scenes sucked. Iron man needed a fight scene like what was in Man of steel. The first Thor movie needed a fight scene like in Man of steel, or even in the movie 300. These are supposed to be superheros. When are we going to see some epic superhero worthy fight scenes?
I am looking forward to the next Spiderman, Captain America and 300 Rise of an Empire. The new Robocop I am not so excited about. Some classics need to be left alone, and Robocop is one of the movies that was perfect the way it was.
Kids growing up
I am having a difficult time with my kids growing up. Which means they have less time to spend with me. I miss taking my kids fishing, hiking, camping and hunting.
This video is from May 2008 when I took my son and daughter on a camping trip.
What I would give to go back and have more time to spend with my kids. The time flies by so fast, its like sand that slips through our fingers. You do not realize how important it is to spend time with your kids until the time has passed.
Take time with your kids and make those memories. I regret not taking my kids on more camping, fishing, hunting and hiking trips. But there is only so much time I have with my kids. They lived with their mom and only saw me on every-other weekend.
Lasting effects of a bad divorce
When my ex-wife and I separated in 2000 and started to divorce, she tried to destroy everything that I held precious. She tried to take the children away, tried to leave me on the streets with no form of transportation and tried to destory a lot of stuff that meant a lot to me.
In the early 1980s my great-grandmother bought me five silver coins in a display case. The check where she paid for the case was in there as well. My ex-wife in her rage destroyed the case, destroyed the check with my great gandmothers handwriting on it and did something with the coins. It is not the physical value of the set. They were silver dollars worth about 5 dollars each. That was a gift given to me by my great grandmother before she passed away. I had hoped to pass that coin set down to my kids, but now that will not happen.
Then there is the ruined credit where my ex-wife was getting credit cards in my name. Over the course of a couple of years somehow she managed to run up around $35,000 in credit card debt. I tried to talk to her about her spending problem, but that was like talking to a fence post.
Then there is her calling me when one of the kids went back to her house hurt from playing, or even calling child protection services on me.
My third son and my son-in-law went to a local river to go swimming. I think my son was around 14 years old at the time. While using a swing-rope my son dropped into the river and hurt his ankle. He did not even tell me about his ankle, so it was not bothering him. He gets him, makes a comment about his ankle being sore, his mom calls child protection services. Like I told the lady on the phone, he is 14 years old., if he would have said something I would have taken him to the doctor.
This constant badgering gets old fast. But there is not much I can do about it. Lawyers are expensive, nor do I have the spare money.
Going through a bad divorce was like a part of myself died. Then there is the financial responsibility that if I do not pay child support that I could go to jail. How am I supposed to find happiness with the constant threat of jail lingering over my head?
My child support ends in May 2014, thank GOD. The free ride finally comes to an end.
2014 a year to look forward to
My wife and I got moved to the farm, child support will be over in May, things seem to be finally looking up.
The plan is to fence off a back section of the land, build a barn and get some livestock. I want some hair sheep, goats and some cattle. With the prices of meat going sky-high maybe my wife and I can offset inflation by raising our own food.
I hope to plant a nice sized garden this spring with potatoes, snap beans, okra, squash and maybe even some corn.
My wife wants a dozen Buff Orpingtons and I want a dozen Dominickers, for a grand total of around 3 dozen chickens. With that many chickens we are going to have to build a larger chicken house, which is also in the plans.
In the past 5 months my wife and I have lost 2 chickens to some kind of predator. I am pretty sure a chicken hawk is getting them. When my wife and I get our next set of chicks we are going to buy extra so we have a few to spare to predators. We are probably looking at more like 3 1/2 dozen, maybe even 4 dozen. That means I need to get started on the new chicken house pretty soon.
Finally have peace and quiet
After moving to the farm I finally have something I have been wanting for a long time, and that is peace and quiet. To be able to live life as I wish my my garden, my wife, the livestock, to sit on the back porch and listen to the breeze blow,,,, is something I have wanted for a very long time.
There was a time when I was pretty much homeless when I was going through the divorce. I was depending on friends and family asking them for help. With help from friends and family I am finally able to stand on my own two feet and say that I am happy. What a long journey it has been, and there is still so much to do.
I am looking forward to building a barn, I am looking forward to running a fence row. For once in a long, long, long time I feel like getting outside and doing something. Now if I can just do something without cutting my leg with a chainsaw.