signs of life
friday, april 3rd, 2009
bit by bit, everywhere in the landscape, there are both large trees dying and small tees/shrubs, flourishing. Over the past 3-5 weeks, Ive noticed the steady-progression of life-to-death, for large specimens. "The Unending Drought From Hell" has returned this 2008-2009 Winter, with a vengeance, unlike anything I have seen in my 19+ years. 7"total instead of 31" of snow, 8" down on rainfall since February. That's truly grim.
But despite the grim forecast, signs of life are popping through the dead-leaf clutter. Shallow-rooted plants are flourishing. Crocus, daff's, tulips, aliums, snowdrops etc, are doing well, with 4-7" of moisture in the ground. We're due for some April showers, according to the forecast.
Just 90 miles to the south in DC, The Annual Cherry Blossom Festival is ongoing through April 12th. We're about 3-4 weeks behind their weather, up here in USDA Zone 6b. Our cherries are just showing a tad-bit of prink or white.
April comes from the Latin word aperio, meaning “to open or bud,” because plants begin to grow this month. Spring festivals around the world, from Easter and Passover to Arbor Day, celebrate the season’s renewal of life.
Weather in the Northern Hemisphere can be capricious—an optimist’s dream and a poet’s inspiration. Mark this month by baking a rhubarb pie, planting peas and potatoes, and tossing the first green leaves of dandelions into a salad.
Naturalist Hal Borland wrote, “April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” With that in mind, plant shade trees now to please posterity and dwarf fruit trees, lilac bushes, and roses to please yourself.
Teach a child to fish; adopt a kitten; volunteer at your community soup kitchen; fly a kite; learn to throw a curveball. It’s April, after all!
Around The Garden Center®.
The "Headache From Hell" finally abated on Thursday evening, and I began to feel almost "normal" again. I was in to work by 7:45am and checked the rain gauge; it looked like just under ½" at the GC& Complex, yet I got almost ¾" at my condo in East York. I drove home through some pretty heavy squalls on Thursday afternoon. Friday and Saturday were busy days, with numerous people stopping-by to see what the retail nursery holds, so far. Orders for mulch and topsoil deliveries also came in, but not with the frequency or urgency of past years. Friday was the first issuance of paychecks for the season. Numerous customers stopped by to check out our inventory-to-date, others placed orders for mulch and topsoil deliveries, many dozens of calls came through requesting prices on all sort of things, which we easily handled. Despite what the calendar says about it being Spring, in most peoples' minds, it's still Winter. The premium screened topsoil is too wet and cold yet, for the machines to sift it, so we're on a waiting list for a 22-ton delivery, when it's ready. Old joke: here in Penna we have 4 seasons: Winter, more Winter, it's still Winter, and road construction. Heh.
Gas prices jumped 20¢ last Friday, with Unleaded Regular (87oct) rising to $2.05/gal, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is now at $2.15/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) is now at $2.35/gal, with Diesel actually stabilizing at $2.29/gal. The "Summer Driving Season" cometh — or maybe it won't because of the economy — so the refineries have made their changeover from home heating oil to gasoline, in preparation.
I've begun re-watching "Jericho" Seasons 1 & 2 again, and couldn't stop. Help meeeeeeeeeeeeee!
Saturday morning was another busy day with a lot of visitors and scores of calls. I even had one moron call and ask "what are you serving to eat at your Open House?" I told him stale cookies and weak Kool-Aid. I think I'm done forever with the $3,000 catered lunch for the 400-500 (of 1,500) people who actually eat, that day. I'm finally tired of freeloaders and bums.
It rained Sunday morning, so I slept-in with the cats until 8:30. By 11am, the rains had moved to the west and north of us, and the skies began clearing; our chance for more needed-moisture was indeed over. I made a food shopping list, went to Weis Markets and then down to the office for a few hours. I spent 2½hrs at the office paying bills, filing, getting the upcoming lscp job estimates/jackets readied for this week's work, posted the weekly work schedule, swept the Main Retail Bldg, returned some dishes/silverware that I'd washed on Saturday evening, emptied garbage and cleaned the bathroom. "Boss stuff". I'm going to hate going back on *7-days-a-week* for the Spring months, beginning in 2-3 weeks, but I've no choice. This is a "make-or-break" year for us, in every sense of the word. I hope my employees take it seriously, because the year-end numbers will decide my business' future.
Over the past 2-3 days, we'd gotten close to ¾" of rain; enough to wet the top 4-5" of soil, but nowhere near enough to make-up for the -23" of rainfall/snow melt we've missed since December. Crocus, daffodils, shallow-rooted smaller trees and shrubs are benefiting, but large, long-established specimens are dying for the lack of water at their root levels, deep in the ground. With floods in the Midwest and Upper Plains states, we're in another drought cycle. Natch.
Last week, three different employees asked me if they were going to get raises this year, although I'd specifically said "NO RAISES" less than two weeks ago, in our first 2009 Key Staff Mtg. Their rationale was that since I wasn't filling "a bunch of empty positions" — 2 Key Staff and 3-6 LSCP Crew jobs — that there'd be "plenty of money available for raises". I'll admit that I got a "little agitated" with all three, but what is it that some people just don't understand about: 1) you're damned lucky to even have a job this year, 2) you're double-damned lucky I didn't cut all employee wages 10-20%, as a lot of companies have done, 3) that drastically-cutting expenses in a recession is a first step, 4) and that more Draconian measure of laying-off more people temporarily/permanently, is what's coming next, people. I have to keep my business' doors open, at all costs. I won't even be taking my monthly paycheck for the next 2-3mos (as I haven't since Nov '08), to help save money and guard the cash flow. I'll live on what savings I have left, and my expected IRS refund, for all the money my business lost in 2008. God help me, I wish all of those people would be forced to run a small business for just one freaking year, and they'd see how difficult it is, and what personal sacrifices have to be made on a daily basis, by the owner. They have no f•cking clue; none at all.
A *Severe Thunderstorm Warning* was posted at around 3:15pm for York County, and other nearby counties, as a massive blood-red-purple cell moved right at us. Woo-hoo! If it hits, it's going to be a "trash can mover", and I'm already shutting down my condo's superfast RAID 0 Array (1-Tb) and WDC External (1-Tb) and unplugging the cable modem etc. If it misses us, no biggie. It didn't, and it hit us with 70-90mph winds and 1-3" of pea-sized hail, 2lbs of which I ran out and gathered-up in a Zip-Loc Baggie, and put into the freezer. My condo's skylights and greenhouse rooms windows are all tempered glass, so there was no damage, but it felt like we were "under enemy small arms attack" for 15-20mins. The lawns and streets were white with 1-2" of hail. Wowzer! My corporate server in nearby New Park, was down for hours, apparently effecting "repairs" from the storm. www.gdnctr.com is offline, until further notice.
On Monday afternoon, the atty I'd mailed a $157 check to last week, for a 1st draft of the HICPA Law, sent me the "draft copy" in MS-Word. I was stunned at the 8 pages of f•cking legalese bullshit!!! I re-read it 7x, just to be sure, and got more and more pissed-off about that shit! I may just scrap it and write one myself; I have until July 1st to do "something".
My A-Team LSCP Crew was out on Monday and Tuesday, and finished-up their large LSCP Maintenance Job on Wednesday. Then, they started another LSCP Job on Thursday & Friday. We had two nursery broker deliveries which Seth, Jennifer & I (sort of helped) unloaded. We're missing 2 more trucks to complete the Spring '09 load. I participated in a PLNA 'Webinar' from 1-2pm, about HICPA Law, which is very worrisome and interferes in my honest small business. I have no choice but to comply.
Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.
One could only hope that the extreme-leftist-anarchrists get this subhuman POS.
When the corrupt, criminal Barry Hussein Obama-Osama-Lama-Rama-Ding-Dong owns each company through "bailouts", it can tell it what to do, that's the end of America. It will NEVER own my business, in any way shape for form, and I will tell Sambo-Socialist-Neo-Marxist POS, to FUCK OFF, BOY! Go kill yourself, asshole! Molon Labe, sambo!
U.S. private sector Government axes 742,000 jobs in March.
Awwww, thousands of subhuman anarchist filth are protesting the G-20? KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! KILL THEM! IMO!
Shut-the-fuck-up, McCain, you treasonous, lying, Hate-America RINO ASSHOLE scumbag coward! Fuck you, McCain, punk-puke!
Jane Fonda Needs Killing, IMO!
Just a reminder of who she really is!!!!! SHE REALLY WAS A TRAITOR!! In Memory of my brother -in- law LT. C.Thomsen Wieland who spent 100 days at the Hanoi Hilton. IF YOU NEVER FORWARDED ANYTHING IN YOUR LIFE FORWARD THIS SO THAT EVERYONE WILL KNOW!!!!!!
She really is a traitor. A TRAITOR IS ABOUT TO BE HONORED; KEEP THIS MOVING ACROSS AMERICA. This is for all the kids born in the 70's who do not remember, and didn't have to bear the burden that our fathers, mothers and older brothers and sisters had to bear.
Jane Fonda is being honored as one of the '100 Women of the Century.' BY BARBRA "Harelip Bitch Skank Filth" WALTERS. Unfortunately, many have forgotten and still countless others have never known how Ms. Fonda betrayed not only the idea of our country, but specific men who served and sacrificed during Vietnam.
The first part of this is from an F-4E pilot. The pilot's name is Jerry Driscoll, a River Rat. In 1968, the former Commandant of the USAF Survival School was a POW in Ho Lo Prison the 'Hanoi Hilton.' Dragged from a stinking cesspit of a cell, cleaned, fed, and dressed in clean PJ's, he was ordered to describe for a visiting American 'Peace Activist' the 'lenient and humane treatment' he'd received. He spat at Ms. Fonda, was clubbed, and was dragged away. During the subsequent beating, he fell forward on to the camp Commandant's feet, which sent that officer berserk. In 1978, the Air Force Colonel still suffered from double vision (which permanently ended his flying career) from the Commandant's frenzied application of wooden baton. From 1963-65, Col. Larry Carrigan was in the 47FW/DO (F-4E's). He spent 6 years in the 'Hanoi Hilton', the first three of which his family only knew he was 'missing in action'. His wife lived on faith that he was still alive. His group, too, got the cleaned-up, fed and clothed routine in preparation for a 'peace delegation' visit!
They, however, had time and devised a plan to get word to the world that they were alive and still survived. Each man secreted a tiny piece of paper, with his Social Security Number on it, in the palm of his hand. When paraded before Ms. Fonda and a cameraman, she walked the line, shaking each man's hand and asking little encouraging snippets like: 'Aren't you sorry you bombed babies?' and 'Are you grateful for the humane treatment from your benevolent captors?' Believing this HAD to be an act, they each palmed her their sliver of paper. She took them all without missing a beat. At the end of the line and once the camera stopped rolling, to the shocked disbelief of the POWs, she turned to the officer in charge and handed him all the little pieces of paper. Three men died from the subsequent beatings. Colonel Carrigan was almost number four but he survived, which is the only reason we know of her actions that day. The Fonda bitch whore NEED KILLING TODAY!
I was a civilian economic development advisor in Vietnam, and was captured by the North Vietnamese communists in South Vietnam in 1968, and held prisoner for over 5 years. I spent 27 months in solitary confinement; one year in a cage in Cambodia ; and one year in a 'black box' in Hanoi My North Vietnamese captors deliberately poisoned and murdered a female missionary, a nurse in a leprosarium in Ban me Thuot, South Vietnam , whom I buried in the jungle near the Cambodian border. At one time, I weighed only about 90 lbs. (My normal weight is 170 lbs.) We were Jane Fonda's 'war criminals.' When Jane Fonda was in Hanoi, I was asked by the camp communist political officer if I would be willing to meet with her. I said yes, for I wanted to tell her about the real treatment we POWs received... and how different it was from the treatment purported by the North Vietnamese, and parroted by her as 'humane and lenient.' Because of this, I spent three days on a rocky floor on my knees, with my arms outstretched with a large steel weights placed on my hands, and beaten with a bamboo cane! I had the opportunity to meet with Jane Fonda soon after I was released. I asked her if she would be willing to debate me on TV. She never did answer me. Cowatfly fucking slut!
These first-hand experiences do not exemplify someone who should be honored as part of '100 Years of Great Women.' Lest we forget...' 100 Years of Great Women' should never include a traitor whose hands are covered with the blood of so many patriots. There are few things I have strong visceral reactions to, but Hanoi Jane's participation in blatant treason, is one of them. Please take the time to forward to as many people as you possibly can. It will eventually end up on her computer and she needs to know that we will never forget. RONALD D. SAMPSON, CMSgt, USAF 716 Maintenance Squadron, Chief of Maintenance DSN: 875-6431 COMM: 883-6343
The TREASONOUS FONDA BITCH *STILL* NEEDS KILLING, IMO!
IMO, so does John Kerry, a seditious, lying, treasonous POS!
Fonts For You™.
Many Journal entries are best viewed in the Charrington Roughened and the Orlando typefaces. You may already have Century Gothic on your Windows-XP machine, and that's almost always used for the body copy or subheads, so grab it, if you don't already have it; you're reading it now. They're free from my website. Grab 'em! Save them to your HD, and install to C:/Windows/Fonts (folder), thru your WIN XP Control Panel > Fonts > File > Install New Font. Simple stuff; just takes a few minutes.
Here are a few others, which have been used in my Journal: Papyrus and Acoustic Bass, and Caesar Regular and Carleton and Charrington Strewn and Catherine. If you get and install them, you'll see how much nicer these pages are to view and read. Plus, they add to your repertoire of available fonts in MS-Word, as WIN-XP System Fonts, so you can use them for your daily documents.
Here's a new one, for your Windows/Fonts folder: Sketchy.
The Global Warming Money Pit™.
Have you seen this video: "BBC: The Great Global Warming Swindle"? It was outright-banned from leftist, hate-filled, dirtbag lowlife scumbags, Google.com's and YouTube.com's websites, by the mentally-ill, left-wing, global warming idiot wackos, but I've preserved it, for posterity, aka you, me and *ours*. Watch, be informed and download it for others to see. It's on my corporate server, and will stay there, BTW.
Here's what the Global Warming Scam is all about. Sweet, huh? They're so transparent, aren't they?
Here's everything you need to know about the Global Warming Fraud, and why it's a good thing. It's a l-o-n-g article, so get a sandwich, iced tea and settle-in, for a very informative read. I'm right there with you, BTW.
The "Greenhouse Effect" is a natural and valuable phenomenon, without which, the planet would be uninhabitable. Global Warming, at least in recent times, is real. CO2 is not a significant greenhouse gas; 95% of the contribution is due to Water Vapor. Man's contribution to Greenhouse Gasses is relatively insignificant. We didn't cause the recent Global Warming and we cannot stop it. Solar Activity appears to be the principal driver for Climate Change. O2 is a useful trace gas in the atmosphere, and the planet would actually benefit by having more, not less of it, because it is not a driver for Global Warming and would enrich our vegetation, yielding better crops to feed the expanding population. CO2 is not causing global warming, in fact, CO2 is lagging temperature change in all reliable datasets. The cart is not pulling the donkey. Wake-up, folks.
Here's a listing of The Best Global Warming Videos on the Internet.
Hey, fat, shit-for-brains, bloated, liar, huckster, fraud, criminal, charlatan, scumbag, loser, disgraced ex-VP AlGoreBore (LIAR-TN), is back using $300 million of OPM (Other Peoples' Money) to promote his Global Warming Bullshit, after the worst Winter in over 100 years. Welcome back, fatso huckster asswipe, AlGoreBore!
Roger Revelle of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Harvard University and University of California San Diego, spits on the lying scumbag, AlGoreBore. My, my, oh my. (((snicker))) No, there's no consensus on Glo-bullshit Warming, other than it's a LIE! Just ask Alfred P. Sloan Professor of Atmospheric Science at MIT, Richard S. Lindzen; he's eminently-qualified to call AlGoreBoreAsshole, a LIAR! As I am.
There's another "ice age" coming, not the AlGoreBoreLiar 'Glo-bull warming' crap.
Larsen B Ice Shelf in Antarctica collapses in 2002 = Glo-bullshit Warming? Doubt it.
Read this Glo-bullshit Warming idiocy. Go ahead; I'll wait.
AlGoreBore's "hypocrisy"? See it right here!
You need to watch this 30 minute film; it's an eye-opener if you think that we're running out of crude oil, and that America has no reserves. We have more oil and natural gas in Alaska alone, than all the rest of the world's known reserves, COMBINED! Grab an adult beverage, and watch it.
Better get out your Winter coats, 'snuggies', wool socks and snow shovels, as it seems we've got an 80-year "Little Ice Age", on the way. Yawn; no biggie.
AlGoreBore's "Glo-bull Warming Bullshit" has spawned so-called 'cottage industries' around the world, worth hundreds of millions and probably billions of dollars, for green corporation validation, carbon credits, foundation & university climate studies, grants and a host of other BS-related crap to his lies and garbage. Global warming competes with cancer and competes with AIDS for a finite amount of money. This year's natural resurgence will surely see the global warmists, led by celebrity warmist, Gore, compete viscously for those US Taxpayers' hard-earned dollars. And I'm betting that the really important disease, cancer, loses to Glo-bullshit Warming and AIDS. Dammit.
F*ck all the "Glo-bullshit Warming Alarmists"! I say, FUCK-THEM-UP, and cleanse the planet, if they try to physically-intimidate and hurt anyone! I will; count on it! "Get in my face", assholes, and that'll be your last day on this Earth! If there are any "dissenting scientists" out there, who need protection, just get in-touch with me, and I'll guard you & yours. You can count upon that, folks!
Have you taken "The Global Warming Test"? If you have a sentient, functioning brain, and a simple knowledge of "the facts", you'll easily get a 10-of-10, as I did. Go ahead, and give it a try!
Read this article and pick-out "The WWF's Big Lie". If you chose this paragraph — "Summer sea ice is now forecasted to completely disappear in the summer months sometime between 2013 and 2040 — something which hasn't happened for over a million years." — you'd be right. There isn't, and never has been and ice on the earth dated at a million years old, and who the hell was around back then to begin recording it? The lying sacks-of-shit at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are typical lowlife, left-wing wacko scumbags, in-bed with the "Glo-Bull Warming" Crap, of asshole AlGoreBore and his phony, money-making scam. The oldest, and not reliably-dated ice cores are >160,000 years, and those are shaky in fact, at best. So where did the lying WWF pull the million year crap from? Their asses, of course!
Shit-for-brains, mentally-ill, fat, bloated liar, AlGoreBore's (LOWLIFE-TN) "ally", in NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by AlGoreBore's chief scientific ally/"asshole/butt-buddy"— Dr James "Moron-Cretin-Asshole" Hansen (DIRTBAG-NASA) — and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that "last month was the hottest October on record". Total, factual bullshit and lies. This was startling. Across the world there were reports of unseasonal snow and plummeting temperatures last month, from the American Great Plains to China, and from the Alps to New Zealand. China's official news agency reported that Tibet had suffered its "worst snowstorm ever". In the US, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration registered 63 local snowfall records and 115 lowest-ever temperatures for the month, and ranked it as only the 70th-warmest October in 114 years. So what explained the anomaly? GISS's computerized temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-skeptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running. Read this article, and find out why both lying, corrupt, criminal, subhuman idiots, GoreBore & Hansen, should be stood against a wall, and shot, IMO. In fact, the pathetically-socialist, left-wing UK, has just begun to awaken to what the "Climate Change Bill" will do to destroy their nation, or what's left of it. IMO, it's probably too late now to save the UK, but at least some of the more Conservative people over there, will at least get the chance to flee to America (or elsewhere), before we also "go down the proverbial dumper", as they've done. Heh.
On Friday, January 2nd, I ran a fully-attributed story in my weekly "Journal", which had links to other stories and facts, thoroughly-debunking AlGoreBore's trillion dollar scam and fraud, Global Warming". The Daily Telegraph UK's columnist, Christopher Booker, was the erudite author, and here is the link to that story. Nice job, Mr Booker!
Now, lowlife shit-for-brains dirtbag, Arkansas Gov Mike "DumbAss Turd-Boy" Beebe (ASSHOLE-AR), said that global warming is serious problem, not a "hoax," and requires more than a state response. "I think it's a threat, and I think global warming is occurring," Beebe-The-Shithead said in response to a caller to his statewide radio program who said he believed the climate change crisis was a "hoax." Idiot. Stupid idiot. Global warming is bullshit, you two-bit asshole! Crawl back inside of AlGoreBore's rectum, dumbfuck!
And global cooling goes merrily along, without any help from us mere humans, as it has for millions and millions of years.
Another "lie/error" in the favor of Glo-BULL Warming's false bullshit and lies? Got duct tape?
Some People Just Need Killing™.
It's not my intention to be the judge here — that's God's "job" — but rather to "hasten the meeting" so that He can send the following subhuman filth to the "Fires of Hell", "River or Lake of Sulphur", or whatever He deems appropriate. I'd gladly/happily volunteer, at no cost to any of my Hard-Working, Fellow US Taxpayers, to gladly/gleefully/happily headshoot these murderous, lowlife dirtbags of all stripes — their skin-color doesn't matter to me, at all — and rid American Society's innocents (especially our precious children and the frail, defenseless elderly) of them, once-and-for-all. And yes, I'd rather see one innocent man convicted and executed, than 10 murderers/robbers/child rapists-murderers freed, to rob, rape and murder again. Hey; call me an "Old Fashioned Conservative"! Too harsh? Nah. Just & RIGHT!
Subhuman, piece-of-dirtbag-filth, serial killer Robert (Willie) Pickton's trial "went off the rails" during the jury's deliberations, and therefore his conviction of six counts of second-degree murder should be overturned, a defence lawyer told the B.C. Court of Appeal today. Fuck that shit: KILL PICKTON!
Murderers Bill Ayers and Bernadette Dorn need summary trial and killing, IMO. And I'd volunteer to headshoot them both! Give me the shot; I'll take it.
NO, I have no mercy for murderous muslim terrorist filth! Fuck you Obama socialist-commie-sambo! Kill them after torturing them for intel! Kill them by the tens-of-millions! No fucking mercy. Let God (NOT the allah pigfucker) sort it all out, IMO. I want them all dead so they can't kill again!
60 Seconds In The Life Of...
You won't find much story in these 1-minute movies. There's rarely an opening or closing to the sequence. And each little flick is as likely to star a fly or falling snow as a human. Yet, these filmlets fairly hum with the vibrancy of a city's inner life. People walk up and down stairs. Fish swarm before an audience at the aquarium. Sign painters face off against a sign. Occasionally, a moment of great drama flashes across the screen. One flick captures the pounce and swing of Rafa Nadal's shadow at the US Open. Another tails the wheel of a plane's landing gear as it hangs, hangs, hangs, and then slams into a rolling finish down the runway. The filmmaker-slash-blogger behind these mesmerizing shorts describes them as "studies in motion." I call them "studies in wonder". Enjoy.