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creating and repairing low back pain

As it turns out, I am reasonably adept at both. The first came naturally and easily to me. Just be Ted. Actually, the repair was natural as well, though not as easy. Friday I spent hours with hedge shears cutting the noxious weeds in my potato patch. This involved A LOT of stooping and bending giving me a very sore back that evening. Saturday morning I was happily symptom free, so I promptly FIXED THAT by taking my Dutch hoe to noxious weeds in the chicken yard. About three-quarters of the way through I was feeling tenderness in my lower back, but I was ALMOST DONE! So, of course, I finished the job. My back was still sore Sunday […]

Pike’s Peak the wrong way

Nobody could tell me, but I’ll give a go at warning those capable of listening … I am a returning rider who is definitely not young, flexible or strong. I picked up a new 2009 BMW R1200RT motorcycle in Denver. It only had 14,000 miles on odometer when 80,000 is more typical of these on the used market. It took the dealership until 6:00 PM (well into Denver’s going home commute traffic) to send me down the road with new tires mounted and new fuel pump installed. My first hour on the new bike was slightly uncomfortable surrounded by commuters, trucks and vacationers with big city attitudes as I made my way to a family reunion in Monument, Colorado. Friday […]

We Win, They Lose

I have rather apparently been backing off from my commentary, analysis and yelling from the rooftops that the sky is falling, the British are coming and other such warnings. Not that the crucial moments are farther away, but that those who know, KNOW and those who don’t will resist notification no matter how obvious. It is demotivating to me. Then along comes an article by J.B. Shurk who nails it. He did all the work and footnoting (web-links) for us. As far as I can tell, he did not misfire one bit. All I can add of value is: Don’t give up. We need all the stalwarts we can get on our side of the ramparts. Your community needs you […]

settled in to my domain

A main driver of my life is gaining control of my homestead, estate, working spaces and equipment. After each move from one to another, the list of urgent/critical projects is immediately followed by the crucial, then important and so on until I reach the settled in phase. In each case there is some marker that gives me the feeling I have arrived. Seven years into our Bunkhouse occupancy, I finally hit what I think is that marker. I am comfortable that I know what spaces I want to irrigate, have them relatively easy to wet and no longer have to disconnect hoses, move pipes and reconnect to run my mower around the yard. This evolved irrigation system will be reasonably […]

rolling roadblocks

I am teasing my way through Leanings 2 by Peter Egan. This evening I came across a gem describing as I wish I could the massive barrier to free movement when a large group of motorcyclists, or specialized car gang decide to CRUISE roadways that the vast majority of travelers use for actual travel. I have come across small-to-medium-sized batches of them from time to time. If there aren’t too many, or the roadway is favorable, I typically put them behind me … thus disappearing from their lives forever … which should not be any bother at all to them, but often is a major insult in some weird way … if you don’t want to crawl down the […]

motorcyclist VS 50 BMG

According to Calculator Soup dot-com, the momentum of 170-pound human at 60 miles-per-hour is 14,955 foot pounds of energy. Famously the most powerful, devastating rifle round available in this country to regular people is the 50 BMG (aka 50-cal). Introduced in 1921, and still highly respected for its devastating force, it averages 13,241 foot pounds of force. Tough choice. Suffice to say I don’t want to get hit by either, but notice the similarity – both are A LOT of energy. I decided to research this while reading a discussion of safety gear for motorcyclists. Novices think of helmets and consider the topic closed. Oh no. Armored jackets, pants, gloves AND boots are considered “All The Gear All The […]

State of the Planet

In the video I posted July 30th, I promised that links to much of my source material would be found here. I am doing that now. In nearly every case I have put details and links in my prior posts, so I am taking a shortcut with that as you will see. I am greatly impressed that the creators of The Georgia Guidestones used one of their Directed Energy Weapons to take down their edifice. Nobody else could have done it. The real question we cannot answer quite yet is WHY? As with all they do, it is not in our best interest. They are not doing us any favors. The Food Plant Fires is another story I covered with […]

July 30 State of the Planet

I have been silently watching the crescendo. I think I am coming out of my cave to resume warning those who can listen. This video is an overview of the major items worth watching. I will detail the bits over the coming days and weeks as The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) book approaches its final chapter. I do want to remind you of the very special treat we have been given. What rapidly approacheth will be epic in the annals of human history. YOU ARE HERE.   Ringside seat. The great theater. Grab your popcorn.  By the way, a FAST is a powerful tool. You might want to add it to your kit. Only those who are […]

chatting up a bicycle gang

In a rare trip to our friends’ restaurant, I noticed a fleet of bicycles parked outside. We sat across from a similar number of gentlemen all wearing High-Visibility vests. I opened a conversation with something like, “You brilliant-looking men must be related to the bicycles parked outside”. That elicited chuckles all around, earning us camaraderie and their fascinating story. The first major surprise was in response to “Where are you all from?” Only two started off on their epic bucket-list coast-to-coast tour together. They met up on the road, found compatibility and have been riding together ever since. Their personal journeys varied from two months to one month on the road with a ways yet to go. A nicer […]

Doctor Copper issues warning

Clever and/or knowledgeable economists (aka: those who understand from the Austrian school rather than the Kensian school of voodoo economics) often call copper prices “Doctor Copper”. Copper is so widely used in construction and fabrication that orders for copper fall just before the rest of the economy falls. Your first lesson in Austrian Economics is that supply and demand determine prices. Thus a price plummet in copper is a clear indicator that the rest of the economy will be right behind as if attached to the sinking ship with an unbreakable anchor chain. Hang onto your hats … Put your seat and tray in the upright position … Here we go … […]

Hospice is far more than I thought

Without any experience, we think of hospice as someone who will hold the patient’s hands in their last few days of life on Earth. We just learned how much more our local hospice service is, and how wonderful the providers are. I suspect it is much like that everywhere. The quality, knowledge, skills and nature of people who go into that line of work is likely quite similar – that is to say incredibly caring, helpful and considerate. They have tremendous experience with the final phases of life as it effects the main person and all those around them. In our case they helped us understand what Mom was likely feeling and what we could do to make her last […]

FOR SALE: 1987 Honda CRX

The background on this car … I was an enthusiastic, radical, seriously competitive Sports Car Guy for most of my life… okay, still am. For 20 years THAT CAR was a 1956 Porsche Speedster barn find – a very rare car that was lightweight and lent itself for high performance driving … Just what the doctor ordered. It also became highly valued in the collector market and its sale in 1999 financed my escape from The People’s Republic of California. After about 16 years sports-car-less, I picked up a very-well-prepared autocross car that was vintage, collectable, lightweight and ticked all the boxes for this enthusiastic, radical, seriously competitive Sports Car Guy. I spent a lot of time and money […]