friday, december 31st, 2010
the Cabin would never be the same again. I had to go back and feed & water Jenny, my virtual dog, but I decided that I needed to take stock of the whole operation and either put it up for sale, or just be an "occasional visitor", when I wasn't thinking about Gabrielle. And that was very, very difficult to do, right after her Viewing & Funeral, last week.
Decisions, decisions, decisions. I'll wait a while, and make some infrequent visits to The Cabin over the Winter months, and make the rational decisions about keeping or selling it, come Spring. Right now, I was drinking too heavily to make any rational decisions about anything, an I needed to get my life back "together", before I did anything more.
Around The Garden Center
On Friday, I slept-in until 11:45am, and gave Dad the day off, too. There wasn't any point to going into work on Christmas Eve Day, with all the last-minute Christmas shopping traffic surrounding the 3+ large malls, with most people either taking the day off, or leaving work around noon. I ventured out at 12:30pm to get some Marlboros at Rutter's, and got caught in "it", vowing never to do that again. I wouldn't go back down until Monday, to pick-up the mail, and that'd be soon enough, since New Year's Eve came on Friday again, because that week would just be a repeat of this past week.
I went to Mom & Dad's for Christmas Dinner around 12noon, and my Sister Becky, called from SF, to say hi. My back and leg was hurting from the R/S sciatic nerve pain, so I had to cut short the Dinner at and to come back and lie down on the couch with the cold-pak for the rest of the afternoon. The roads were *empty* as I left at 11:30am, and returned at 2:00pm. I can't remember seeing York this deserted before, except on blizzard days, but I made excellent time coming and going, hitting mostly green lights on Rt 30, in both directions.
I got home with 6.5lbs of spiral-cut "Honeybaked Ham", had a sandwich and gave some to Murphy, and watched some DVR'd movies saved on my HD. I went to sleep early at 9pm, not feeling very well.
Mercifully, The Christmas Blizzard of 2010 missed us completely, though it did wreak some pretty bad havoc in NYC & Upper New England. I really wasn't looking forward to plowing any of that "white stuff", so early in the 2010-2011 Winter Season, and I'm sure Arthur, my 6-year employee and fellow snow plower wasn't, either. We'd had quite enough with 3 Blizzards-in-a-row, last year, thankyouverymuch. So I just stayed-in where it was warm and cozy, after sleeping until 12:15pm. Nope, no Blizzard in York County; it slid to the east and south of us and up the East Coast Seaboard into New England, with about 90% of it already out-to-sea. Unless it turns into a Nor'Easter and spins-around back onto us, we'll not be bothered with its "effects". The rest of the week looks clear, brisk and cold.
I stayed home on Monday with "intestinal flu" and spent half the night and day on the "porcelain throne"; unpleasant to say the least, nor could I keep any food down. I canceled my cleaning lady's visit until later in the week. I'll try to go to work on Tuesday, if I feel like it.
Not quite over the "intestinal flu", I opted to stay home on Tuesday, too. It was still bitter cold outside — 25°F/ 14°F Wind Chill — so I got up at 8am, fed and watered Murphy, turned-up the heat, and went back to bed for the morning. I got an email from Network Solutions telling me that www.gnctr.com was expiring on Saturday, January 1st, 2010, and I needed to renew it ASAP. SHIT! Got to get on that first thing Wednesday, dammmit!
I quit Facebook on Tuesday, after being "hacked and phished" too many times over the past few weeks. I'd recommend that you dump it too; it's a dangerous website online, IMO.
In the past two weeks, gas prices have risen inexpliciably another 5-6¢ at the pumps. Unleaded Regular (87oct) is now at $3.09, Unleaded Premium (89oct) is now at $3.19/gal, and Unleaded Super Premium (92oct) at $3.39/gal, with Diesel rising to $3.59/gal. Why? Refineries' conversion to Home Heating Oil, for the Winter Months? That's all I can come up with.
The “Virtual Cabin” – A Novella
I really wanted to go back to The Cabin, right after Christmas Dinner with Mom & Dad, but I was too tired and felt like I was coming down with another cold, so I opted to stay at home.
The snow light started around 4:15pm and continued through the night, delivering 1¾" in two hours; the idiot weathermen were very wrong, about their prediction, as usual.
Since I decided to take Thursday off, I packed my gear, grabbed the AR-10 (.308cal NATO 7.62 x 51mm) w/ Leupold "Gold Dot" Scope and its Eagle Bag with 6 extra 20-round magazines, and headed-up to The Cabin. I had plenty of food there, but stopped at the State Liquor (CB) Store to buy a bottle of 50-year old Cognac, since I had run low, last time Gabrielle was there. The snow got deeper and deeper the further I strode into the mountains. I had put on my 12" LLBean Maine Hunting Boots and worn my heavy parka, and I was glad I did.
As I pulled up the 1,000ft driveway in 10-15" drifts, toward from massive front deck, I noticed a 450-600lb black bear crossing the meadow, with a young deer in its mouth, probably headed back to its den to "feed the family". I stopped and waited for it to fully-cross the meadow before driving any further towards The Cabin, so as not to spook it. I took the AR-10 out, made sure it was loaded with a fresh mag and leaned it against the deck railing, and began shoveling the front steps and porch. Black bears were notorious for circling around behind fresh prey, and attacking, and if that happened, I'd be more than ready. Just then, Roy's son Randy, from Roy's Shell Garage & Service Station came roaring up the driveway, plowing it open, along with the circle turnaround. I moved my Jeep so he could get to that area, too. I gave him a $50. I dis-armed The Cabin, and carried my gear inside, and waved at Randy's vehicle leaving. I re-armed the building, brought-in three armloads of split firewood from the tarped pile on the back porch, turned-on the furnace, opened the flu damper and lit the fire. Within a couple of minutes, it was roaring. Just like "old times". Hardly; without Gabrielle there with me.
I unpacked and did laundry, re-making both beds with fresh linens. I plopped myself down in my overstuffed, comfy leather chair, next to the matched unit I'd bought for Gabrielle, and poured a small snifter of Cognac. I could already feel and taste salty tears running down my cheeks. After quaffing-down the snifter, I got re-dressed and decided to pay a visit to Gabrielle's grave site, after stopping at the local florist, for her favorite bouquet: 24 Red Roses, Ferns & Baby's Breath, to sod-pin on the grave.
I drove to the local florist and paid for the bouquet, and they immediately recognized me. Their eyes welled-up with tears, as did mine, and I thanked them and left. I stopped at Bev & Tony's General Store, and we hugged and cried together. I asked them if the wanted to go to Gabrielle's grave site with me, as I had her favorite bouquet to pin to the ground, so it wouldn't blow away. They said this was between her and me. I drove out to the grave site and must have spent 45mins to an hour thinking about her and me and all our "plans", said a prayer and then pinned the bouquet to her grave and blew her a kiss. I drove through town and the streets were neatly plowed, unlike NYC's, and all but deserted. I stopped at Nell's Kitchen, ordered a triple-decker Club Sandwich to go, as many other customers came up to me with offer condolences, with a handshake, hug or kiss. I tipped my usual 25% and left for The Cabin. It was getting dusk outside and flurries were coming down. I drove the Jeep into the lean-to alongside the side door, carried my rifle and food to the front door, dis-armed it and went inside. It was still nice and warm, but the fire could use a few more split logs, which I accommodated quickly from the stockpile I had brought inside to thaw-out.
After making "short-work" of half the Club Sandwich, I put the rest in the 'fridge for either a late nite snack, or for breakfast. I poured a small snifter to the last of the 50-year old Brandy, and sipped that by the fireside, in my chair. Piles and piles of Conservative Books, all with bookmarks, surrounded me, but by now, I'd lost interest. I just stared into the fire. Time for some sleep, soon. I wanted to visit Sgt Clay in town, tomorrow, needed gas, and refill Jenny's 3 bowls of food and water, before leaving for York.
I checked The Cabin's alarm system, put the front and rear spots on automatic, took a nice, long hot shower, and changed into some clean clothes. After turning down the furnace to 71°F, I let the fireplace burn down to red-hot coals for the night. I crawled into the Master BR's Queen-Sized Bed, and fell asleep, quickly. It had been a long a busy day for me.
I was up at 6am, made breakfast, did the dishes, got dressed, dis-armed The Cabin, turned-off the automatic spotlights, loaded my AR-10 into the Jeep, and noticed that we'd had another 1¾" of snow fall over night. I drove into The Police Station, and asked to see Sgt Atler, but was told he and a Deputy were out on patrol. They contacted him by radio, and he said he'd head back to the Station right away to see me.
I waited on the wooden bench in the entrance for him, and he was here in 15-20mins. We went into his office, closed the door and he expressed his condolences about Gabrielle, once again. I thanked him. I told him of my thoughts of selling The Cabin and its 43 acres, come Spring, but still being an "occasional visitor" over the Winter months. He agreed that it was my "choice", but that he and the town would miss me if I left on a permanent basis. I turned-in my Deputy Badge & ID to him, and said since his Deputies were now now back-up to "full strength", they wouldn't be needing me any more. He said he'd keep it just as is, in his desk's top drawer, just in case. We shook hands, and I left.
I stopped at Roy's Shell Garage & Service Station, and filled-up the Jeep at $3.05/ gal for Regular, same price as in York. Randy checked the tire pressures, anti-freeze, windshield wiper fluid and pronounce "me fit to travel". I told him that I'd call to get him to plow the 1,000ft driveway, before coming back, but that I had a lot of "decisions" to make about The Cabin and its acreage, before Spring arrived. I thanked him and left.
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. CO2 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?
Here's the truth: Lord Monckton of Brenchley's Science & Public Policy Institute.
The commie/fascist/socialist liberal-demokkkRAT filth in the US Congress, have refused to allow Lord Monckton to testify the truth, against con-man, liar, scumbag AlGoreBore's LIES! This is Commie Russia, NOT Free America!
We are in a mini-ice-age for the next 30 years; get used to it!
UN: Glaciers are melting in some part of the world, while increasing in other parts of the world. So frigging what, dumbass UN scumbag trash? It's been happening for millions of years, idiots!
Things Which Make Your Head Explode
Quit pestering us, church leaders tell membership in letter.
If all black people left America tomorrow, racism, especially as a profession and a political weapon, would cease to exist in America.
The Burns family in Brooks County, Texas, are packing up and leaving their 38,000 acre ranch because the area has become a war zone, thanks to the Mexican drug cartels and illegal aliens crossing on or near their property on a daily basis. The Burns family home has been broken into, their land littered with garbage and the distinct sounds of gunfire can be heard from their front porch. The ranch, which is located 60 miles from the Mexican border runs alongside Farm Road 755, which law enforcement calls a “main smuggling corridor” for the cartels. Thanks to our federal government’s unwillingness to defend the American Southwest from the ultra violent cartels, American families are being forced to give up their way of life. It is yet another outrage. Here's the video.
One piece of career advice has been ingrained in all of us: never quit a job without another opportunity lined up. It is much harder to get a new job when you don't already have one. In the crummiest economy ever, this advice is losing its luster. More and more people seem to be saying, "To hell with work. To hell with being unhappy. I'll quit and find something I like better." Not smart, IMO.
The "New York Post" is reporting that the snow clean-up disaster in New York may have been caused by an organized slow down by city workers. According to one politician, who says he speaks for a few whistleblowers, the union bosses ordered the snow removal drivers to slow it all down in protest of the belt- tightening going on.