dancing around the flame

May 11th, 2008


ust look around you. The world's tallest building is in Taipei, and will soon be in Dubai. Its largest publicly traded company is in Beijing. Its biggest refinery is being constructed in India. Its largest passenger airplane is built in Europe. The largest investment fund on the planet is in Abu Dhabi; the biggest movie industry is Bollywood, not Hollywood. The largest Ferris wheel is in Singapore. The largest casino is in Macao, which overtook Las Vegas in gambling revenues last year. America no longer dominates its favorite sport: shopping. The Mall of America in Minnesota once boasted that it was the largest shopping mall in the world. Today, it wouldn't make the top ten. In the most recent rankings, only two of the world's ten richest people are American. Consider that only ten years ago, the United States would have serenely topped almost every one of these categories. Once quintessentially-American icons have been easily-surpassed by the natives of turd-world hellholes. Is America's better days behind her? In the left-wing Marxist, liberal-demokkkRAT, hate-filled socialist words of the pathetic failing rag, Newsweek: yes. But IMO, with a big "if" attached. If all we can produce are elected politicians of the low and dubious quality that we now have, we are. If all we can do is allow turd-world, criminal, illiterate subhuman filth to invade our nation for the benefit of "big business", and do nothing about it, we are. If all we can do is allow black racists, race-pimps and other scum to constantly stir the race-war pot for profit, we are. If all we can do is allow sodomites to destroy society's morals, mores and norms, we are. If all we can do is allow white-collar criminals to manipulate and rape the nation's financial system at will, we are. If all we can do is allow and tolerate the destruction of our precious US Constitution by activist liberal judges, we are. If all we can produce is a system which allows, condones and glorifies traitors, seditionists and saboteurs, we are. I believe that The Enemy Within™ America has a "different plan", for our national truncated future. That worries me, but not having the "largest ferris wheel in the world", isn't.



Around The Garden Center™.

Friday was even more of a zoo than usual. In addition to doing payroll in QuickBooks Pro 2008, which takes up most of my morning, due to software upgrades which changes the menus and causes me to "re-learn" it all, I had two off-site lscp meetings to attend, lscp estimates to do for each, lscp billing to finalize and get mailed, a constant flow of calls for mulch prices and asap delivery, employee conflicts to mediate, schedule two new job applicants for interviews on Monday, getting questionable news that our ISP of 4 years had sold out his company and network to an unknown (to me) entity in York, changes in Choice Security's hardware upgrades to the Main Retail Bldg scheduled for Wednesday installation, working on corporate website page changes, reschedule an excavator doing work for me at the GC&N to next Friday, hold our regular 3pm Key Staff Mtg, screening/answering anywhere from 300-800 emails, etc etc etc. By 5pm, I'd "had the shits of it all" (old York County/ PA Dutch saying; heh), and I was glad the day was over.

I "slept-in" until 6am Saturday, skipped coffee and breakfast, and opened the GC&N Complex by 7am. I put some Kona Coffe on to brew while opening the place up, before my employees arrived, and had a nice quiet 20mins wo/ customers and phone calls. That started all too soon. It was a busy day, with lots of walk-ins, a customer lscp mtg with my Staff Designer, James, and I couldn't wait until lunch to quell my growling stomach, which sorely missed breakfast. The two 12" Philly Cheese Steaks & special "crispy fries" from Frank's Pizza, did the trick. (No, I didn't eat them both; I gave a split 12" half to Dad and Bob for their lunch.) We're already scheduled to mid-June, for simple retail tree installations. Landscape projects are scheduled into mid-June, and James is cranking-out LSCP Design like crazy, I'm glad to say. We've had to juggle many of them around already, due to just this week's rain days; I didn't include enough 1-day "breather gaps" in between jobs, to allow for "down days", due to inclement weather. The day's receipts were most gratifying; once again, I was glad the day was over, and I could get out of there, until Monday. Except that I didn't.

On Sunday morning over coffee, I finally got the new Logitech MX3200 Keyboard & Mouse installed, although it's been sitting on the dining room table since last week. I'd finally "had the shits of" (old York County/ PA Dutch saying; heh) the old keyboard/mouse and its problems. I should have done that days earlier; what a difference. After doing some food shopping (mainly for the GC&N 'fridge and pantry), I went down to the Complex for 4 hours, and worked on a couple of new landscape estimates, the corporate website's pages, recycled (unloaded/reloaded) .45cal mags, emptied garbage, cleaned the toilet, swept floors, aired-out the building — boss stuff — had another half-of-12" Philly Cheese Steak sub & special "crispy fries" from Frank's Pizza, and enjoyed the 71°F sunny day. There must have been close to 30 calls, a few of which I answered. It was nice just to sit on the steps, next to Pickle's grave, drink a coffee and enjoy the Spring weather, in peace and quiet. I took a fresh bag of white bread stuffing along, from my food shopping trip, and fed the local birds, some of which came within 15ft of me. They know me as their "food giver", during the Winter months. The rest of the bread cubes went to the nesting geese and their goslings, on the run-off pond.

Monday 4am, 42°F, clear skies, and it was just getting light around 5:30 as I left. Sure "seems" like Spring. The sun rose at 6:03am and was nice to watch on the way into work. The 2 LSCP Crews joined forces and blew through a small lscp job, in only a few hours, took lunch and were off to another larger job, which they also finished in record time. My LSCP Foreman, Alan, is struggling to get back to work, after precarious eye surgery and although we can certainly use his expertise again, I wish he'd spend some more recuperative time before returning. By 1pm, it was 77°F and I worked on 3 lscp estimates, missed an afternoon appointment and called to reschedule, helped several customers, took scores of calls about mulch/pricing/delivery, interview two new lscp crew employee-applicants and hired one, and from new lscp prospects for possible design work. After nodding-off around 3pm, I decided to get to sleep earlier than 10:30pm; 9pm would be optimum. Coffee helped perk me up until 5pm. Needless to say, I called it a very early night.

I was in by 5:45am on Tuesday, opened-up the Complex and Alan was there by 6:30, looking and sounding better than I'd seen him in two weeks. He's off the Rx drugs which were apparently causing him problems, since just last Friday he still looked like "death warmed-over". He jumped right into it with both feet: finished-up one job, and got onto another and was 80% finished with it by the end of the day, with two 3-man LSCP crews. I was impressed. We're now 1½ days ahead of schedule, for this week. We have another shipment of 25-6ft B&B Doug Firs (Pseudotsuga menziesii subsp. menziesii) and 20-6ft B&B Norway Spruce (Picea abies) arriving Wednesday from Western PA, so we can get those units unloaded at 8am, and onto trucks destined for a small $7,500 job we'd postponed due to rain and lack of said trees. I like it when things work. Temps were around 75°F and comfortable, all day. Spring and Fall are my two favorite seasons these days; Winter is too cold and Summer is too hot. Retail traffic is steady and people are spending, despite the reported shaky economic conditions. Mother's Day is this Sunday (we're closed on Sundays now), and retail traffic promises to be heavy on Saturday.

Wednesday was more of the same. We caught-up on the small lscp job, with the newly-arrived trees, before the rains came. Trees scheduled for simple installation on Fridays, were also dug, B&B'd with burlap, and readied for the jobs, since the fields will be too muddy to get machinery into, if we don't do it when it's dry. Mom had her back surgery - radiofrequency ablation - and I was concerned all day, until Dad emailed me in the afternoon, and said all had gone well. It was 78°F and felt like Summer, but without the oppressive humidity. All plant material shipments are finally finished. I checked and re-checked the Thursday-Friday storm's path, and by 9:30pm, it looked like it was going to get to our area a lot earlier than they'd forecast.

By 4am on Thursday, the front's leading-edge rain was already here and passed through the area, with a brief shower. The heavier rains were to come tonite and on Friday morning. *FLOOD WARNINGS* were already posted. I had a 7:30am lscp mtg just down the road from the GC&N Complex, with some long-time customers, and took a large umbrella along. The Choice Security Technician, Neil, was in by 8am, to begin hardware upgrades/new equipment, as we'd planned a few weeks ago, after the break-in and robbery, April 13th. Our new ISP's — DoubleDog Communications — Technician, John, was in to repair our faltering internet connection and to check the many hardware problems we've been having lately. He adjusted the Complex's radio antenna, installed a new radio transmitter, and scheduled a day next week to re-wire the existing set-up. I also had a 7"+ pile of lscp estimates and lscp job billing, which needed doing, missed a 2pm lscp mtg, and rescheduled it, had an afternoon trip to my "2008 Charity Project" for the final gift to their downtown York operation, and two customers straggling into the Complex after the 5pm closing. I helped them and left for the day. Enough is enough.



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 occasionally used for the body copy or subheads, but grab it anyway! 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 my Journal will be written in during the coming weeks: Papyrus and Acoustic Bass, and Caesar Regular and Carleton and Charrington Strewn and Catherine. Get and install them, and 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 etc.



Things Which Make Your Head Explode™.

TIME's shit-list of "The World's 100 Most Influential People"? Are you fucking kidding me? They're all assholes and lowlifes! Every fucking one of those subhuman scumbags aren't fit or qualified to wipe you ass, or shine your shoes, IMO. They're abject, stinking, lowlife filth, IMO.

Read this article about Don Rumsfeld and Iraq; I'll wait. Okay, if that's true, and I have no reason to doubt Gen Ric Sanchez, I'm absolutely stunned and depressed at what it means for America. You?

RIP, beautiful and gallant Eight Belles.

Shit-for-brains John "No Brain" McCain (TRAITOR-AZ) will meet and speak with the racist, bigoted, lowlife subhuman spic filth at La Raza ("The Race"). They need rounding-up, and summary killing, en masse, by the tens-of-millions, IMO. Understand me well: I have no problem whatsoever with legal immigrants, but I have a huge problem with criminal, illegal aliens of all stripes and persuasions. McInsane is a treasonous, lying coward, who teamed-up with the fat, left-wing socialist, bloated scumbag, alcoholic murderer Teddy "Chappaquiddick Swimmer" Kennedy (DRUNK-MA), to give unqualified amnesty to 20-35 million criminal, illegal alien scum. McInsane is a senile, moronic asshole and a disgrace to America.



Lowlife Pieces-of-Subhuman Shit™.

Pathetic, fat, unfunny, wife-beater, alcoholic, bloated, drug-addict, sodomite, drooling liberal dirtbag pedophile and boy-buggerer,, Al "Smegma Breath" Franken (ASSHOLE-MN) is one of the lowest forms of life to ever crawl out of a leper's rectum, IMO. And he's running for US Senate, though we have enough degenerates, lowlife, criminal, corrupt scum, alcoholics, liars and liberal filth already, in that diseased body. Where's John Hinckley when America really needs him?

Sorry, Mrs Bell Miss Nicole Paultre, your hubby-to-be, Sean Bell, was an idiot, moron, lowlife, dirtbag and deserved what he got: dead.

Racist, lowlife Nigga© dirtbag, Otis Moss III, the subhuman sambo slated to take-over racist lowlife Nigga© dirtbag, Jeremiah Wright's shithole United Trinity Church of Racism, in Chicago, showed his true colors with this racist bullshit crap speech. Get an earfull of that ignorant racist Nigga©'s hate-filled garbage speeches. What a lowlife piece-of-sambo-shit. Where's James Earl Ray when the country really needs him?

Hitlery Rotten Klintoon is a "working class hero"? She's a hard-left Marxist, socialist piece-of-shit! She'll fuck-up America ten-ways-to-Sunday!



Global Warming™.

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 everything you need to know about Global Warming, and why it's a good thing.

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 asswipe!

CO2 bad? No; CO2 is good, and we need more of it, or we're in for a very cold period, very soon.



islam Is A Criminal Organization™.

The islamic Society of North America (iSNA) are terrorists and terrorist supporters, camel-fucking scum, and should, IMO be charged, rounded-up, tried, convicted, sentenced and summarily executed; no appeals. As should the subhuman pigfucking, terrorist-supporting filth at CAiR. Cowards, punks, vermin, all of them. Fuck islam. Fuck muslims.

Yes, put a bullet through filthy, pig-fucking Sami al-Hajj's sandnigger head! He's subhuman muslim-islamic-arab garbage/shit/trash/scum and needs killing, IMO. All muslim-islamist-arab terrorists are camel-fucking lowlife dirtbags, and richly-deserve killing.

Sharia (rhymes with diarrhea) banking is the "silent jihad" most Americans haven't heard about, but which is gaining prominence in socialist, shit-for-brains Europe and Asia. It's more deadly than overt terrorism, but undermines our society and will help to overthrow our Borders, Language and Culture©, in short order. All of islam must be utterly and completely destroyed and wiped-off the face of the earth, IMO. islam = terrorism = death.

Reason #1 why all subhuman, murderous muslim-islamic-arab terrorist filth, should be killed, and never released from prison. recividism. Kill all the muslim-islamic-arab trash/shit/garbage/filth/pigshit terrorists and their supporters!



Some People Just Need Killing™.

Thank you, Georgia, for making my week so very worthwhile and executing this murderous, subhuman piece-of-shit: William Earl Lynd! For kidnapping and killing his girlfriend, in 1988. 1988? It's taken 20 fucking years to kill this subhuman murdering lowlife dirtbag? Meanwhile, the murdered woman's still dead. She had no extra chance at life, as that piece-of-filth did. He should have been summarily headshot upon conviction; no appeals, IMO.

Yes, any subhuman who rapes or kills a child, the elderly or any of society's defenseless innocents, should be killed and permanently removed from society, IMO. The idea and goal is not revenge — God alone will have that enviable task — but rather zero recividism against society's innocents. My only goal is to "hasten the meeting" between the subhuman filth, and God. So, simply kill them without mercy or any appeals. And no, it's not "punishment enough to let them spend life in prison", at $40,000 - 60,000/ year, at my and other US taxpayers' expense. KILL THEM! F•ck the life-in-prison crap!

No, I don't give a shit about White Trash or Niggas©, these two subhuman filth — Earl Wesley Berry and William Earl Lynd — need killing! Time to send them to Judgement and hopefully, to the Lake of Sulfur-Fire in Hell, IMO!

Why is this subhuman, murderous, piece-of-Nigga©-shit, John Allen mo-ham-head, the "DC Sniper", still alive and wasting our hard-earned tax dollars? This dirty, murderous muslim-islamnic filth should have been head-shot years ago, after murdering 10 innocents in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia over a three-week span, in October 2002. His teenage Nigga©-sodomite accomplice, Lee Boyd Malvo, also needs killing! Both of the subhuman garbage, cockbreath trash muslim-islamic filth, need killing, IMO. KILL THEM!

"Last statements" of subhuman, murderous, lowlife filth? Have a laugh at the assholes' "last words" before they die and go to Hell. Great stuff! Good riddance and rot in Hell, subhuman garbage!




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