I am 48 years old, getting close to turning 49. Life has not gone anywhere near like what I wanted. A large part of that is my own fault. When I graduated high school I went into the work force rather than joining the military or going to college. The older I get the more I regret those decisions.
At 17 and 18 years old I wanted to join the army and try out for special forces. Some may call that a pipe dream, while others call it silly. I call it having a dream. Par of life should be following your dreams. Rather than joining the army I got married and had children.
The other things I wanted to do, and have wanted to do all of my life is archeology and anthropology.
July 3rd of 2016 I quit my job on a tugboat. I got tired of working 100 hours a week, and I got tired of hearing grown men whine and complain. Working on a tugboat is like working around a bunch of high school teenage girls. Backstabbing, gossiping, always worried about what other people think,,, life on a tugboat was downright bad.
Time for some random thoughts on life from a bored survivalist.
Lets start with happiness. What is happiness? Happiness is defined as a “mental or emotional state of well-being.” Whos responsibility is it for you to be happy? Is it your spouses responsibility for you to be happy? Is it your employers responsibility for you to be happy?
Your happiness is your responsibility.
Outside stimuli can affect your happiness. However, the key to happiness is controlling your thoughts; change your thoughts and you change your reality.
The most important issue with being happy is thinking happy thoughts. So what if bad things happen. We do not have to dwell on those bad memories. Life is full of bad things. We lose a job, lose a loved one, get our feelings hurt,,, but that is life.
One of the big questions in the prepping / survivalist community is when did you start prepping? My great grandparents lived on a small farm, my dad was raised on this same small farm, my mom was raised in a rural area and had chickens and a garden.
I was exposed to gardening, farming and raising your own food from the time I was born.
Prepping covers such a wide range of topics. Ask ten people what is means to be a prepper or survivalist, and you will probably get ten different answers. Ask a hundred people the same question, and you will probably get a hundred different answers.
Some preppers stockpile canned food, some stockpile #10 cans of freeze dried food, some stockpile superpails of dried food.
This post started off about Russian President Putin and how much of a failed leader our own president is. Then I got off on a tangent about free trade and jobs. The end result was just some kind of random thought article.
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.
With everything going on in the world and in the United States, I think it is time for another random thoughts article.
George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin – is it not enough that one man is dead, another fears for his life, but now people have to go around protesting in the streets?
Jesus H Christ, do the whites go around protesting everytime a black person kills a whitey?
What happened after the OJ Simpson case? Did white people go around protesting against OJ? Did the National Association of White People pressure the justice department on the OJ case? Did the Kl Klux Klan or skinheads put a $10,000 reward on the head of OJ?
People need to set racial issues aside and have some respect for our legal system.
Racial tensions still exist – If the Zimmerman / Martin case has proven anything, it is that we are still a nation divided by racial tensions.
As long as we have people promoting fear, anger and hatred based on race, we will never know peace.
It will probably be another 2 or 3 generations before racial tensions are a thing of the past. But even then there will be people who wish to profit from fear-mongering.
Over the past few days I have been thinking about a lot of stuff. A lot of small stuff, to small to make their own post about. So I thought I would combine a lot of small topics into a random thoughts post.
I promised a buddy of mine that I would tone the political stuff down. Rather than posting political topics here, I will keep them on PBJ News. So here goes.
Video Gaming -I guess it is a matter of me getting older, but fewer and fewer games have that “wow” factor. Back in the 1980s and 1990s some of my buddies and I could play Atari and Super Nintendo for hours at a time.
Now, its takes a lot of keep me interested in a game. Borderlands 2 got boring within 2 hours and Skyrim lost it after maybe 2 – 3 hours. The only game that has been able to keep my interest over the past 3 years had been Left 4 Dead 1 & 2. Since Diablo III has the always on internet requirement I did not even bother buying it.
The nation is screwed, and I mean royally screwed.
The government is so far into debt, there is no way future generations can pay off the debt. As of the posting of this article the US Government is $16.4 trillion in debt. With credit card debt and student loan debt, we owe more like $58 trillion.
If the nation is broke, how are we supposed to bankroll millions of new people collecting benefits?
Kidney stones suck
We were supposed to go to the homestead this weekend. But on friday I started having pains so bad I had to take some Vicodin – which I have a prescription for. The stupid stone did not pass over the weekend.
It is time to have another random thoughts article.
National Debt – I figured it was time to make anther article when I read this opinion piece at the Wall Street Journal. According to that article, our national debt already exceeds $86.8 trillion, or 550% of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
According to the authors of that article, the true amount owed to the Federal Reserve is hidden from public view.
In other words, the government is treating the people like a bunch of mushrooms, we are being kept in the dark and fed crap.
I do not know for a fact that the national debt is anywhere close to the $86 trillion range like the article claims. Even at $16 trillion we are in deep trouble.
What is sad, the nation is bankrupt, and there are people looking for a government handout. There is no money, but people want more free stuff.
Coleman – The same Coleman company that makes outdoor products, why you no offer all of your products in the USA?
Why am I finding Coleman tents in overseas stores, but not in stores here in the states?
Bought The Amazing Spider-man for the grandkids to watch. The grandkids are between the ages of 3 and 5 and were not interested in Spider-man. But they can watch The Avengers all day long.
Why did Sony have to go back to Spider-man having an artificial web?
I thought The Amazing Spider-man was a rather bland. I like how they got away from the Green Goblin and introduced The Lizard. The original Spider-man movies seem to stuck on the Green Goblin.
A few days ago I was thinking about how much money I was making in the welding shops. In 1987 the top pay of the welding shop I was working at was $11.13 an hour. Minimum wage was $3.35 an hour.
11.13 divided by 3.35 = 3.3223.
In other words, top pay in the welding shop was 3.3223 times minimum wage in 1987.
In 2004 I checked back at that same welding shop, top pay was only around $14 an hour, which was less then 3X minimum wage at the time of $5.15. In other words, wages have not kept up with inflation or minimum wage.
Guess its time for another random thoughts article.
Romney and the elections
Holy crap, really republicans? Romney is our best ticket to beat obama? I usually vote straight line Libertarian party. But when there is not anyone on the Libertarian ticket I usually vote republician. When I have to vote democrap, I think about bill clinton signing nafta into law, and the untold number of jobs we have lost to Mexico.
Not that the republicans are much better. But if we are going to get someone on the republican ticket, at least let them be pro gun.
Whatever happened to all of the people that were supposed to vote for Ron Paul? Whatever happened to the Ron Paul revolution that was going to change America? I guess everyone forgot about that when it came time to vote.
If so many people were going to vote for Ron Paul, how did romney get the nomination?
Now we have to sit through the debates and watch mcdonalds and burger king argue which one has the better food. Why do we have to go to burger king or mcdonalds, why cant we go to sonic?
The democrats and republicans have brainwashed the people into believing they only have two choices.
I am here to tell you you have more then two choices. If you want real change, when you go to the polls, vote Libertarian Party.
How the hell did obama get elected? Is romney the best the republican party can offer? My opinion on the 2012 elections, the average american is a idiot. the majority of the people out there have no business voting, much less picking our elected officials.
When the people keep voting the same idiots into office year after year, nothing is going to change.
If the people want real change, first they have to change the way they vote.
When a republic breaks, its not the government that breaks, its the people that are broken. The way we vote our elected officials into office (the two party system) is broken.
You got to restaurant A, the service is lousy and the food is terrible.
You decide to go to restaurant B, the service is lousy and the food is terrible just like A.
Do you go back to A, or do you give C and D a try?
With voters logic, you keep going between A and B hoping things get better, while ignoring those new places down the road C and D.
The average American voter is too stupid to vote third party. How are we supposed to fix the nation when the same two parties are voted into office over and over?
Middle aged man, friend of my family, in his late 40s, let go from his job a few weeks ago, no health insurance, has been suffering from mood swings and headaches for several months. The man has also been forgetting stuff lately.
Family thought it might just be a mid-life crisis that a lot of people experience.
Last night the man started running a high fever. Wife took him to local small town emergency room where an x-ray of his head was done.
x-ray showed a baseball sized tumor in the brain.
Small town hospital shipped him to larger town for cat-scan and mri. Scans showed the cancer has spread into the sinus area.
As of this morning, he is in Houston.
The family is already looking at tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Why isn’t there a safety net for people who make more then what medicaid allows, but can not afford to buy health insurance?
Obama would force people to buy insurance. But when families are barely getting by, how are they supposed to pay for the coverage?