Lets talk marketable life skills. To make money you either need to produce a product, or provide a service. Who are you going to produce the product for? Who are you going to sell the product to? Is there market (or demand) for the products or services in your niche? Who are you going to […]
Category: Random Ramblings
Over the past few decades there has been talk about how to reform our public school system. I am not an expert in schools, but I am able to form an opinion based on the available information. It is my opinion the public school system is past reform. We have allowed politics and greed to get in the way of teaching our children.
Lets start by being able to hire and fire teachers based on their job performance, just like the rest of the work force. Let me rephrase my post, how about we hire and fire teachers without unions tying the hands of the tax payers.
Get the unions out of the schools, and I bet job performance will improve.
When I was in 4th, maybe 5th grade, teacher hands out a bunch of papers, I complete the wrong paper first, teacher gets ****ed off, brings me to office, gives me a paddling.
1 / 5 ( 2 votes ) Well crap, I turn 44 years old years old in few days. Age, kinda like weight, has a way of creeping up on you. It seems like only a few weeks ago I was in high school, only a couple of days ago my kids were being born. […]
For those of you that have not been paying attention and voting for the same two parties over and over, I blame you for what you are about to read. The two party system will be the downfall of the US, and I directly blame the voters. My personal opinion, its just a matter of […]
Why are so many people in the survivalist community obsessed with doom and gloom?
Awhile back I posted a question to the SurvivalistBoards facebook page about the occupy wall street movement, some of the first replies were about violence.
The question was not about survivalist having to use any kind of lethal force to defend their families and homes. All that was asked was if people were ready for some kind of civil unrest. From there the topic instantly turned to violence.
I have never understood “why” a lot of people in the survivalist community dwell on lethal force and the use of violence? Maybe they think life is like an action movie, and they are missing out on their starring roll. Maybe they want to be some kind of hero?
Life during a disaster is nothing like what you see in the movies. From my experience, the good comes out in the majority of the people. There are those that will try to steal and take advantage of others, but its not like what happens in the movies.
I dont know what it is, but over the past 4 or 5 years, I have not been impressed with the PC games coming out, and to be honest I am getting a little bored. During the mid-week madness and weekend sales I have been buying games at discounted prices. Over the past year I […]
As we approach the 2 year anniversary of l4d2, in retrospect, I think the boycotters were right. The presales L4D2 hype failed to live up to a lot of things. Dynamic paths – removed Dynamic weather – removed Dynamic night and day – removed Some of the best versus maps ruined due to glitches, bugs […]
If there is one thing in this world that pisses me off, it has to be thieves. It seems to me that thieves fall into a couple of categories. Irresponsible – thieves get low on money, need a little extra spending cash, they just go steal something and sell it. The problem is the thief […]
How do you develop life skills that are marketable? Either through an education, training or experience. But, how do you know if your skills will be in demand? Over the past few years I have seen people over spending on their education. People will go into $100k of debt, for a degree that pays $30k […]
There is one inevitable fact of life, life moves forward, even when you do not want it to. Things around you change, people get older, kids grow up, life gets more expensive,,,.
As I look back on my life, I ask myself what happened? What happened to the young man that used to go camping all the time, would spend hours in the woods, and just seemed to know how to have fun? Where did that person go?
These days, and for the past few years, I have almost no desire to do much of anything. At the camp there is a tree that blew down. 10 years ago that tree would have already been cut up, split, and put in the shed for firewood. But today, that tree has been in the same place for several months.
Maybe its getting older, but I am only 43 years old, I should not be feeling like this. Where has my love of live, and my energy gone?
When I was in my early years and in school, I was expected to do my school work and do my homework. The question I always had was “why?”. Why did I “have” to do homework just because some teacher said I had to? During school hours I was required to sit at my desk, be quit, and do my work. But what gave the teacher the right to intrude into my life after school?
In sharp contrast to school, my full time job does not interfere with my life outside of work, unless I am paid for the work.
With homework, why didn’t I get comp time so that summer vacation started early? Students are supposed to attend X number of hours during the course of a school year, so why isn’t homework counted towards that time?
It appears to me that school is one step above child labor. Work was sent home with the students and we were not compensated for our time.
And I do not mean for retirement (saving for retirement helps, but most of us are not there yet). From news about food prices going up 18.5% from January – September 2011, the Bank of America laying off 30,000 employees, to the new reports on credit card debt owed buy the average American,,,, I do not think we are going to pull out of this recession anytime soon.
The US government has spent so much money, that we will never be able to pay it off. Our great-grand children have been saddled with such a great tax burden, that there is no hope for the future generations.
This Bank of America is a troubling sign. Banks do not like to lose money. In fact there are all kinds of laws to protect banks from losing money. It was just a few months ago that the Federal government cut the banks a blank check, most of which went to performance bonuses.
If you judge the health of a nation but how stable its banks are, and one of the largest banks is laying people off, what does that say? It says the USA is in some deep crap.
Its simple amazing how much time has passed under the bridge in the last 3 years. On September 13, 2008 Hurricane Ike made landfall, and changed the lives of tens of thousands of people forever.
Mom and Dads house was totaled, sold to the insurance company and demolished.
One of my best friends has rebuilt and now has a nice place.
My brother has rebuilt and seems to be no worse for the wear.
It was somewhere around 10:00pm or 10:30 that I lost phone contact with my kids who were riding out Hurricane Ike in Houston. I figured they were ok, but I worried about them until I knew for sure they were safe.
The winds with Ike were not near as bad as Rita, but the storm surge with Ike was probably 10X worse the Rita. With Rita southeast Texas got a little storm surge, but nothing like what came in with Ike.
The next morning after Ike passed through, my family and I left the shelter we were staying at and went home. I hooked to pit up to my truck and pulled the pit around to the front of my house. I wanted to pit fired up and cooking something, so that the people driving down the street would be assured that life would return to normal.
Personally, I think government has been pushed into so many parts of our lives, people have developed an attitude that government will “always” be there. We call 911 and someone answers, we call the police and someone answers, we see the police patrolling in their cars, we see the news TV about arrest being made,,, […]
After watching Hurricane Irene hit the east coast, the fires in Texas, and the earthquake in the northeast,,,, do you think people will go into a long term panic buying mode? Meaning, will people start stockpiling food, guns, water and ammunition more then usual?
When there is a disaster, people usually kick into some kind of short term panic buying mode for a few weeks. People will buy all of the batteries, flashlights, camp stoves, 1 pound propane bottles,,, and even ice chest stores have in stock. But after the disaster passes, people seem to forget about the disaster and return to what their life was before anything happened.
With the recent events, do you plan on changing your spending habits to buy a few more canned canned goods then normal.