Getting started

January 30, 2012

We’ve been getting some questions
about this blog and blogging in
general. Some claim our blog loads
faster than others, while others
ask for advice on writing the
posts.

These are only our opinions on
how to go about the task, and not
necessarily how it should be done.
Another blogger may have a completely
different opinion.

We have always used free blog host
sites and have been happy with the
results. We are now using WordPress
and like it because it works in
different browsers and is fairly
easy to use.

The layout on our blog is a template
that is offered by wordpress with a
few tweaks like the header and colors
in it.

As for content, it helps if you
write about something that interests
you. If you choose a subject you feel
strongly about, it makes things go
smoother.

Choose to write about something you
love and it will never seem like
work. If it doesn’t seem like work
it will be easier to keep doing it.

In our case we just started the blog
without knowing about online etiquette
or even the basic rules. We had no
training in writing, only an idea
we hadn’t seen discussed much.

You should also prepare yourself to
discuss your thoughts and at times
to agree to disagree. You can’t make
everyone happy, but if you write
about what interests you it will help
keep you happy.

So, there’s a few tips. Just pick a
blog host and start posting.
Comments are always welcome.


Easier times

January 29, 2012

Remember when life used to be
a lot simpler? Like when we
lost power and we’d head toward
the basement with a flashlight
and a handful of fuses?

Today our son was out in the
garage playing with the mig
welder and tripped a circuit.
No problem we think.

Since we have circuit breakers,
all we have to do is grab a
flashlight, go to the basement,
and reset the breaker.

Welll….. That part was easy,
but then we had to reset all the
digital clocks, wait for the
satellite TV receivers to boot
back up, wait for the computer
to boot back up, and wait for
the wireless router to boot up.

It didn’t seem to hurt the
microwave, or the Bunn coffee
maker, the alarm system seems
to functioning, and everything
appears to be working again.

Could be time to rewire the
garage as we ran the feed wire
out in the late 1960’s. When
it was wired it wasn’t on a
separate breaker so it may be
time to change that also.

Nobody was hurt and after a
short break things were back
to working like they did
before the blackout.

We may not have had as many
modern conveniences back in the
day, but the stress level had
to be a lot lower when the
power went out.
Comments are always welcome.


How not to deal with bullies

January 28, 2012

Sometimes as parents, we face some
tough choices. One that comes to our
mind is how to handle the kid who is
bullying your kid.

While our son was still in grade
school we faced such a problem. A
bully seemed fixated on our son. We
went and spoke with the teacher who
proclaimed she hadn’t seen any problems
but would keep an eye open.

When it happened again said teacher
stopped just short of calling our son
a liar. We were told if she didn’t see
it, it didn’t happen.

Out of kindler, gentler, politically
correct ways to resolve the issue, I
came up with something I knew would
work.

I told him the next time the bully
got close to just haul back and punch
him in the nose. I also told him that
if word got back that he backed down
he would receive free boxing lessons
in the back yard. Honestly, at the
time, I never expected it to go any
farther.

Something like that is a huge fear to
overcome. Our son did act on the advice
though and I was called at work to come
remove the ‘threat’ from the school
grounds.

There was no talking to the principal
who seemed to believe our son was a
‘thread to other students’. After a heated
exchange we left.

Out in the car our son told me he
was scared to death, but when he hit
the bully in the nose, said bully
cried like a baby!

After a couple of whoops and high
fives in the 48′ we cruised over to a
McDonald’s for a celebratory Big Mac
and fries.

While we don’t recommend this course
of action for all who have problems
with bullies, we can say in our case
it worked.
Comments are always welcome.


Cruises and budgets

January 26, 2012

We usually have an upcoming events
post on Friday, but about the only
thing we know going on this weekend
is in California. We do however have
one update.

If you don’t have the dates for the
NorthPark cruise-ins, here thy are:

June 16
July 28
Aug 25
Sept 22

The River Valley Classics hosts these
events, there is usually a $2 suggested
admission, and more good times than a
person should legally be allowed to have.

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On the Jim Fisher Show today, he talked
a bit about the city budget. We also
noticed that wages and retirements were
a large portion of the budget.

Passing the buck isn’t going to get it
this time. Yes, the state cut back on
their contribution to the retirement
fund, but the city is responsible for
its’ employees.

And back when there was talk about a
raise for the Mayor, the City Council,
and the Administrator, they knew this
was coming.

Commercial property taxes really took
off, along with their sewer rates, and
the business licenses. With some of
hikes we’ve seen suggested, it would
have to mean an increase in the cost
of the final product for these businesses
to continue.

The increase could also raise rents
for those who choose not to own their
homes. We believe a better answer is
out there, it just wasn’t looked for.
Comments are always welcome.


How many more can we take?

January 25, 2012

We wonder if we are alone in
our belief there have been
too many debates. Do we have
to have a debate every other day,
moderated by the liberal media,
and with no questions we want
answers to?

The Republican debates are
turning into a bad dream that
just won’t go away.

You know the kind, you nod off
into deep sleep, then the Calliope
music starts and a spotlight hits
the center of the big top floor.

A garish little car zooms in,
turns and stops under the spots.
The door creaks open and a horde
of clowns that look like they
came from the mind of Steven
King come spilling out.

They shamble directly towards
you with grins that show their
rows of pointy teeth.

You jolt awake and tell yourself
it was only a dream and go back to
sleep. But once you hit the land
of nod, the Calliope music starts
and a spotlight hits the center of
the big top floor…….

AAAAAAAAAAAAAH! It’s like the
Twilight Zone and we know it will
never go away. The dream will keep
recurring, and the debates will
continue almost daily until November.

Just once we wish they could find a
moderator who asks relevant questions.
If you honestly believe the debates
are an intelligent use of the
candidates times, we can’t explain
it to you.
Comments are always welcome.


Sounds like a circus

January 24, 2012

Rumors have been floating about
concerning the city budget, and
how far into the future it is
being projected. We have looked
into the matter and kicked our
own butts for not having paid
attention.

To summarize the 2013 budget:

the storm water fee will increase
by $.25 per ERU

garbage fee will increase by $.50
per small and medium bins, and
$1 for the large.

business license fee will raise by
about $25

building permits will go up by 25%

a new fire false alarm fee will be
$75 for the first 2 calls and $150
for every one after

police false alarm will be $75 for
the first 2 and $150 for all after

the sewer tax will go up by about
$2.34 a month for homeowners

and property taxes will raise about
$8 a month for the average home.

Bus fares, park fees, pool fees,
golf fees, and parking costs will
remain the same.

The 2014 budget mentioned an
additional $1.21 per month hike for
sewer fees

an additional $.50 per month increase
for garbage collection for all size
bins

and an additional $.25 per ERU for
the clean water fee.

These figures are from the city
website and we assume them to be
worse case scenarios, but commercial
takes and even bigger hit.

The City Council meeting is Wednesday,
January, 25, at 5:30 pm in City Hall.

The information can be found here- budget
budget1
Comments are always welcome.


State of the Union speech

January 23, 2012

Once again we are going to take
on a subject that some liberals,
socialists, and those who want
something for nothing, may find
offensive.

If you are one of the above, you
have been warned. This is a post
that is biased, and opinionated.

The president will give his State
of the Union speech soon and you
don’t have to have a crystal ball
to know what it’s going to be like.

He’ll get up and spew his bold-face
lies, the drive-by media will accept
them as gospel, and the GOP will be
chastised for calling him on them.

We’d guess he is going to mention
how he has lowered our dependence
on foreign oil while upping production.
Wrong. We are not producing more,
hence we are importing less.

The constantly high gas prices do
nothing to increase demand for more
gas either.

We bet he mentions the 1% who
aren’t paying their fair share
of taxes. Funny how the actual
numbers don’t prove that.

We’re reasonably sure he will cite
the over 2 million jobs he brought
to the green energy sector and how
healthy that industry is.

The green sector recently took a
25% fall due to several different
things. Germany announced that the
Feed-In Tariff on green energy
should be adjusted monthly instead
of annually, prices of solar panels
and other green supplies have dropped
like a rapper’s pants, and the
profit margin has narrowed.

We also find it humorous that the
top 5 solar panel companies are so
diverse. Sun Tech has it’s headquarters
in China, First Solar has headquarters
in Arizona and plants in Germany and
Malaysia, Sharp Solar is headquartered
in Japan, Vingli Solar is based here,
and Trina Solar has headquarters in
China.

That sure proves the president is all
for American jobs to us. After all it
only costs $4.8 million per employee
to install Chinese solar panels hooked
up to computers made in the Philippines
and then monitored by Americans.
Comments are always welcome.


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