Cosa Nostra?

Huh. I just learned that my snowboard (Arbor: Cosa Nostra) shares the same name as the Sicilian Mafia by its members.

I will admit to my ignorance of it’s name when buying it – I didn’t know that. I mean, technically it means “our thing” so there’s that.

Maybe I can just carry it around and get some respect?

fuhgeddaboudit.

Posted: January 16th, 2023
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Ski Santa Fe

Gavin and I took the last day of the year and went boarding in Santa Fe. It was crowded. Got him 2 hours with an instructor … still need to find his edges but marked improvement over the spring in Wolf Creek.
Posted: December 31st, 2022
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Don’t Mean To Brag

So after 50+ Stays at Marriot Hotels this year (plus the 30 or so at Hilton), I achieved the glorious rank of PLATINUM with Bonvoy (the Marriot App).

This week, I got a room with a couch (upgrade) and tonight I got a suite upgrade with an extra room and … robes and slippers.

Livin’ Large, yo!

Posted: December 15th, 2022
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Sucker Alert!

Blow $99 now! Contribute to TRE45ON here.

What a freakin’ joke. Seriously.

Posted: December 15th, 2022
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Why No Surprise?

Just – Wow? Maybe not-so-much but yeah. I mean, it doesn’t really surprise me … but it sure as hell should. Article speaks for itself.

Fake News? I don’t know. It’s vetted. It’s not Facebook or Twitter. Can’t believe we have to try to justify a source like NPR – I won’t.

Read on.

Former evangelical activist says he ‘pushed the boundaries’ in Supreme Court dealings

Posted: December 8th, 2022
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I’m Dreading The Day …

It’s coming … that ad.

I actually am getting nervous. Anxious. I’m dreading it. It’s coming. Any day now. And then … it won’t stop.

 

Posted: November 4th, 2022
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Ironic Death

I get freedom. I get we shouldn’t be beholden to ‘The State’. Frankly, I do struggle with laws like seatbelt laws, helmet laws, etcetera. I get that the open road is symbiotic to freedom. And we shouldn’t have laws that dictate things that are required for us (not necessarily impacting other drivers) to be safe.

But there is irony here. TIL: lawyer who fought Florida helmet laws dies on motorcycle … not wearing helmet. Oh – and his passenger died, too (nope, no helmet).

In the end – it’s Darwinism. Sad, but there you go.

Posted: October 28th, 2022
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Almost 3 Months Now …

Yes – we’re still going to the gym. 4-5 times a week (2 on, 1 off). Tracking in Excel. It’s awesome – feeling really good and we’re keeping each other true.

Now my look-forward is winter … snowboarding. Last year I got the gear (after a long respite – you know, fatherhood) and felt pretty good. This year will be very different.

Can’t wait.

Posted: August 27th, 2022
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News on News

A bit of a concerning trend with ‘news’ – Facebook as a leading source. That’s scary.
Posted: August 1st, 2022
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Weight For It …

Teaching Gavin to drive (stressful …).

On a recent jaunt, he asked for more time (has to have 50 hours with me before he’s ready for a permit).

I asked Why The Hurry?

“I want to go to the gym, work out. I’m bored.”

I simply said – “Why the wait?”

We drove to our local gym that was just built. Signed up – both him and I.

We are now lifting. Wow – it hurts …

But so awesome to see him doing this and him inspiring me.

Posted: June 12th, 2022
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The Onion Nails It, Sadly

Birds (not real) and Snake Venom in the Water (COVID)

Ugh … lunacy keeps going.

This is the latest loon video/conspiracy ‘theory’ regarding COVID (which is pretty much no longer an every day topic). Snake Venom in the public water system. A few bullet-points to keep in mind on this one:

  • He’s a Chiropractor
  • COVID is a virus, not a venom
  • “Do the opposite of what the CDC tells you to do” speaks for itself
  • Typos in text overlays (“thier” vs “their”) – small detail, but detail
  • “Scientific Points” in the video from a TV Show

Oh – and Birds (not real) … check this out.

Posted: April 24th, 2022
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Went Boarding Last Week in Wolf Creek

Took Gavin for the day – more to come.

Posted: April 2nd, 2022
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Freedom?

We’ve heard all throughout the pandemic from states and sectors of society that certain ‘freedoms’ and ‘rights’ were being tread upon. We’ve (sadly) seen -and continue to see- pickup trucks adorned with the Gadsden flag (“Don’t Tread On Me”), Trump flags, “Thin Blue Line” flags (which, BTW, go against US Flag Code). Further, the ‘in your face‘ flag waving of the US Flag itself as a cloak to disguise antiquated beliefs (xenophopic, bigoted, intolerant) is just disgusting and frightening.

But …

Whether one cares or not regarding peoples’ sexual identity, shouldn’t we be allowing that freedom? If no one should tread on me and my rights, why tread on them? If America is Free for Me or You, why can’t it be Free for Him, Her, Them?

Read on about Idaho and their efforts to ‘punish parents who take trans youth to other states for health care’. Head scratcher here – Idaho has been one of the most ‘don’t tread on me’ states in the west over the past couple of years.

Why does there continue to be so much hate in the world?

Posted: March 9th, 2022
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TikTok’s Russian Influencer Messaging

Regardless of whatever side you’re on with the Russia/Ukraine conflict, it’s interesting to see just how different the perspectives are in media and with social networking. Below is a video showing interesting similarities of pro-Russia messaging on TikTok by ‘influencers’.

Yet, another example of the twisted realities of the cancer of Social Media …

Posted: March 5th, 2022
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Password Hacking Matrix

Ran across this the other day …

So you’re telling me Password1234 is pretty safe, huh?

Posted: March 4th, 2022
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Protest Late Much?

So truckers are driving to DC to protest Mask Mandates and Vaccine Mandates in the US.

If these bozos can’t figure out that all mandates are gone (except Hawaii – which is 2,471 miles from the coast and any mainland highway) and/or are so late in getting this figured out, it’s no wonder why we are so behind on supply chain issues. And now they are driving 2,668 miles from LA to DC to sit in their trucks to ‘protest’.

At 8mpg for these monstrosities, that’s about $1,200 in gas (one way) each rig is wasting on this ridiculous venture. That buys about 4 banjos.

Ugh – ridiculous.

Posted: February 23rd, 2022
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2x4s Aren’t 2×4. The History.

So I ran across this article from Harvard Design Magazine – the history of the 2×4 as it pertains to lumber/wood. Yeah – a bit of an odd post, but if you happen to shop your local hardware store/big-box, it is somewhat interesting.

TIL: they are 2x4s until they are ‘milled’ (basically, shaved smooth for sell).

Good read if you are a lumber or history buff … or simply board, er bored. Hah!

Posted: February 22nd, 2022
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HONK! Stay Strong Toronto.

Honking your trucker horns is just … juvenile. Mandates/asks by the government … yeah, frustrating. I really don’t think truckers care about logic, though. It’s messed up, and I can understand/sympathize all sides here

(but much less the truckers. A very good friend in retail Loss Prevention audits company truckers [pulls them over, inspects cabs] and wears gloves on every check. Tells me some absolutely revolting stories about what’s in those cabs. Not saying every cab is like how your worst thoughts think … but most absolutely are]

This is when I recommend using Noise-Cancelling Headphones.

You see, with my years (many years) of travelling to many different types of towns and hotels, NOTHING is better than a set of Bose noise-cancelling headphones. I am seriously serious here. I’ve dealt with crazy hotel neighbors (screaming kids), agonies of plane travel noise, thin hotel walls, thin hotel floors, storms – even slept through tornado sirens (seriously – Amarillo TX November 2015). NOTHING. NO NOISE.

Worth it.

Toronto … buy a pair. Get a pair. Stay Strong.

Posted: February 8th, 2022
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Aren’t All Coconuts Tropical?

Was using the bathroom in the casita. Curiously, saw the soap on the counter by the sink.

Aren’t all coconuts tropical?

Posted: November 26th, 2021
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October – Greatest Month of the 12

It’s over in a few hours … but, MAN! I love October! NFL, College Football, NBA, MLB Baseball – even Hockey … All On. It’s incredible!

I am in my office and have 3 games on at once … Loving It.

Just had to say it …

Posted: October 31st, 2021
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Alexa is coming for your Fridge

So we have a few Echos around the house – more as a novelty rather than really using as a tool. But this idea is just getting creepy. I really don’t want Amazon in my refrigerator

Posted: October 8th, 2021
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Where’s My Chair?

Was at Lowe’s yesterday with Tina and saw this while in the cabinet fixture aisle (building a cabinet for my 3D printer – more on that some other time) …

It’s just a curious thing that this really has to be called out on the packaging …


Posted: September 6th, 2021
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And … What About Clothes?

Posted: August 20th, 2021
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Fire Table – COMPLETE

SO – after (I think it’s been) 3 months …

The Fire Table build is complete.

Why 3 months? Well …

  1. I have a day job – only worked on it about 1 day a week for a few hours each
  2. I built it 3 times – at least the top (polished concrete – 1st attempt was way to thick, 2nd attempt it bent while setting). The base was just once, but I took it slow while doing the top. The top was agony I will tell you. Not only doing it 3 times, but the final one was quite a few weekends of grinding and polishing. It was brutal work – even with me buying new tools to make it easier. Very messy to polish.
  3. The videos you can find (that inspired me) on YouTube were ridiculous. The videos were 20 minutes-ish each … very deceptive. Made it seem like this would be a weekend project. I curse them all to this day.
  4. A lot of ‘trial and error’. For example, hooking up the gas took me many hours based on just little things. I learned what a thermocouple is and the science of heat measurement w/volts and degrees. Not things the videos really shared.
  5. I couldn’t count how many visits to Home Depot/Lowe’s/Ace I had – if I had to ballpark, I’d say (2-3 times a day x 13 weekends … 40-ish?).
  6. Overall spend … tough to say, too. But a beast like this would run about $1500. I probably spent about $4-500 in raw materials. Plus, of course, my time. But in the end, to me, projects like this are worth it as I come out so much more wise on all involved. For example – if you look at the base … that really didn’t take long as I was using the knowledge acquired by other builds and woodwork and tools that I have acquired. I guess you’d say I’m getting better at this stuff. But man that top was brutal!

Looking forward to using once fall starts kicking in. Next step will be purchasing a wireless projector system (there are ones now that have 4-5 hours charges and can connect directly to YouTube TV) so we can watch games outside in the courtyard.

Posted: August 15th, 2021
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Woof!

Day 505

So … was shopping for shirts. Saw this:

Don’t get me wrong … I really don’t mind the mask thing (unlike these people, who really just flabbergast me). I mean – It’s not fun wearing them, but I digress.

I just couldn’t get to the point where I feel it important for my mask to match my shirt. Just goofy. It was on sale, though.

Posted: July 31st, 2021
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Vaccines and Batshit Crazy Idiots

Over six months now and we have enough data to realize that the vaccines seem to be working. It just blows my mind that we still have these loons out there screaming about being tracked, it’s not ‘tested’, it alters DNA, school the libs, m’uh freedom, etc. Really?

Been wondering a lot (too much) about this lately and just think most of those who are ‘anti-vax’ are just scared of getting a shot. Yes, I really said that. But I digress.

Here’s a great example of the idiocy (from a freakin’ RN, mind you) we are seeing (if you don’t want to click – RN screaming about vaccine conspiracy. Now she’s dead – from COVID). It is just really disappointing. Sad.

By the way – 96% of doctors have been vaccinated … RNs 53-74%. Hmm. Science, yo.

One Day (man, I hope it’s soon) we will look back at this crazy stuff and just realize that science was -and always will be- right. In the meantime, Due Diligence.

Facebook/Twitter news is just destroying us.

Ugh.

Posted: July 13th, 2021
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Mullets & Skinny Jeans vs The Hermit Kingdom

Interesting article regarding North Korea and Kim Jong-un’s banning of various ‘western’ traits … to protect North Korea.

Of mention are the 15 Approved Cuts (below):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Um … what if I’m bald? I mean, I’m not planning on vacationing in NK for a while, but a genuine question here. The dude near the bottom right is kinda bald … but what happens in 20 years or so?

I tell you what, though, it would be pretty simple to be a barber there, right?

One more thing … looking at the NK Supercut Menu above, I’m not seeing this do:

Posted: May 21st, 2021
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Day 432

So … I had personally calculated on April 12 that the COVID Pandemic will end on May 29, 2021. I was bored and decided to Math.

I have told family, friends, and co-workers. Not an aggressive discussion or proclamation – just using a little math and predictive analytics. How? Math with Vaccination Rates (daily number of vaccinations), Infection %s (how much of the population has had it), Death rates, Positive Counts/Rate/decline percentages, etc. Taking all of this into account at that time, I was pretty confident that things (Pandemic) would end on that day. I had actually said “47 days – it’s done”.

Now – problem is, according to various authorities, it is still unclear as to what defines it being ‘over’. And I don’t have a definition, either. I think we could debate that all night. Back then, I was kind of thinking “no masks” would be a good indicator; however, it seems every state has it’s own understanding of the CDC’s directives, WHO, and OSHA. Leadership in the US has been better on the pandemic since Trump became a one-termer; however, can someone step it up and define the end? It always baffles me how leadership (Red or Blue) seems to be such idiots on PLANNING and GOALS. Too much conflict/opinion …

At this point – I stand by my math and projections. By the 29th, we will see all businesses mask free. We will see ‘social distancing’ and restrictive efforts gone. Things will be completely open – at least in the US. Which – by definition, is sketchy as to whether it will be the end of a pandemic or now just an epidemic. I think if one looks beyond the US, we could still [technically] be in a pandemic (cross-regional infections) … but I’m thinking relatively local. The fact of the matter is – the vaccines work. No rocket surgery here. But I digress – and don’t want to get ‘political’ (it’s sad that science is up against social differences/opinions – it really is).

What my point is – I think there will be a lot of Masks and Sanitizer on sale in the latter half of this year. Either that, or a rage trend of Mask Quilts. Can’t wait, frankly.

Posted: May 19th, 2021
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