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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step – Lao Tzu


Winter is coming


For most folks it’s a TV show meme

For me its more of a statement of fact heralding back to the early years of our country. A reminder to prepare in the way we do every year here at my home place, off the beaten path.

We spent yesterday splitting firewood as you can see via the Twitter account. We still have a long way to go. Fire for us isn’t a cutesy thing we snuggle around for fun and romance (although it can be), it’s our primary heat source. So the work we do in preparing for winter is serious business. Failure to do it, failure to make time and get the cutting of food and other items we do such as prepping our garden for winter, checking house seals, and prepping out winter gear like chains, snow chains, de-icers etc can impact our long term ability to get to our jobs, stay warm or grow food.

It’s part of the price we pay trying to move to a off grid life style. Maybe it’s crazy. But it gives us reason to get up each day and we spend a lot more time together as a family.

That alone makes it worth it.


Grinding it out

Doing a lot of hours lately and really grinding between work and school.

By the time I shut down for the day I can barely keep my eyes open.

So many balls in the air am concerned I am going to drop one before long. Lot of problems and challenges as well.

Taking a staycation this weekend to try to jump start myself. Need some down time and rest. Hoping a day or two off will do so.

No Post

I don’t post on 9/11.

I had my say on it a long time ago.

I’ll stay home with my scotch, my memories and my nightmares, thanks.

I’d appreciate it if ya’ll would do the same, and remember.

Don’t just remember today either. But remember next week.

Six weeks from now.

Six years from now.

Don’t make it a T-shirt sale. Don’t make it a shoe. Don’t belittle it with commerce. Remember it with honor, diginity and integrity.

As it should be.


Return of the Road Warrior

Think I’m growing feathers.

Was in Washington DC at the beginning of this week. I fly international Sunday. The following week I am back in Atlanta. Then I will either be back in DC or back International. It’s anyone’s guess. Either way keep an eye peeled on the Twitter and Tumblr accounts linked here on the main page as you may get a chance to see some cool places, cocktails and things in the coming days.

I’m trying to find time to wrap up my prospectus but it seems like everytime I sit down to work on it I either fall asleep or the phone rings. My intent right now is to spend some time finishing it on the plane this Sunday since I will be in the air about 13 hours.

Surely I can can get it and my references in to APA in that amount of time.

Otherwise the grind has been in full affect. I had my knee surgery last week, and of course in typical me form had to set off for DC at the start of this week. So I am limping along without any grace whatsoever, completeing the look of an overweight, broken American brought down by his size (although I actually injured the knee on the job). Oh, well.

Got to sit down and shoot the bull with my chair again this week which was good. Is also why I intend to spend Sunday running this thing down.

I start the first of my last 9000 series classes on Monday. I only have 5 of them in theory, but in practice I will be taking the 9000 series until my dissertation is done no matter if its 5 or 25. Granted I want it done in 5, the school wants it done in 5, so that means my already very busy year is about to get a whole lot busier.

Feast or famine around these parts.

A month, a day?

Cant believe its been almost a month since my last post. It seems like yesterday.

If you have been watching the Tumblr account embdeded in the main page you know I have been busy (and thirsty!). Went to Atlanta, followed by a trip to Washington DC. I will be making several more trips to both before the year is out currently by the way the land lays.

Had a change at work, and now I finally have some help. Won’t do me much good in the short term but in about 13 or 14 months I may not have to travel the way I have been.  Thats very good news.

Meantime I have to try to train the new guys and teach thm what I know. That could prove interesting.


So I was recently told that I was not being pragmatic. It was on Twitter so take that for what its worth I guess.

I finally, after a lot of deliberation and soul searching, picked my candidate for 2016. I have no delusions that he has a hope in hell, but the fact is I am tired of choosing between a turd sandwich and a turd taco. Pragmatism is what has got us in to this mess of choosing between a criminal, possible negligent homicidal murderer and a loudmouthed blow hard buffoon.

That’s not a choice. It’s Blackmail. “Pick one of these or else.”

That is not how a system of government is to operate. It’s non tenable. It is also not solutioning, as more and more people are not being represented by those two parties due to differing social constructs and beliefs as we become more of a melting pot.

I firmly believe that part of our current tensions is due to this lack of or misrepresentation by elected officials. Further the lack of accountability to elected officials for their own actions has become a Ruling Class type perception. That is also a non-tenable long term aspect.

Its due these issues that I am voting for Gary Johnson and Bill Weld.

True they may not win. True they are a virtually unknown, thanks largely to the media who is giving them limited air time (albeit more than they usually get).

But I have to vote for the direction I feel the country actually needs to go to. I have to vote for what I feel is the right thing…not the Least Bad thing…for us to do. I have to vote my conscious.

I have been pragmatic since I became a registered voter, with the exception of my first vote where I voted for Stephen Forbes as I believed his system was right. Its time to reclaim a little piece of me, and maybe just maybe bring some sanity back. It’s time to vote for whats right not pragmatic.

It’s time for real change, not a milk carton slogan.


Gone Fishin’

The government has lost all basis of perception regarding covering up corruption.

What’s worse is the public and media are accepting of this. They honestly believe that folks who work for someone who did the above will not interfere in an investigation? When’s the last time that happened at your job?

Totally depressing and disgusting. It’s not just inappropriate, its beyond poor decision making and blatant.

I’m going fishing for the 4th. Just tired of all the nonsense.

Keep your fireworks. I’m not sure there is much worth celebrating anymore. This government needs an enema.

Pat Summit: One Fans Tale

Back in 2009, I was just wrapping up a job in Tennessee. I had been doing a UMTS expansion throughout the state for AT&T and was heading for home finally.

It had been a rough year. I had taken the job due to some troubles my bride and I were experieincing, both me in my previous career, and she with me. So I changed jobs. We’re still together so the change must of worked.

Anyrate, my daughter was becoming enamoured with Tennessee, part of what my bride has jokingly called “brainwashing” for several years…with a laugh.

So it was that on January 22, 2009 I took Critter to watch the Lady Vols, under Pat Summit take on the local Arkansas Razorbacks.

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What a Weasel!: How Delta damn near destroyed a dream vacation

It’s been a while since we had one, but Delta is officially our Weasel for 2016.


So we just got back from our vacation. Barely.

I’ve recently been on a screed about Delta. As a long term, medallion member, I used to have a lot of loyalty towards the company. That loyalty has greatly waned, to a point of near despisal. If I did not already have several trips bought and paid for through them I would not be using the company anymore. But for at least two more months I am stuck with them. We booked this one via Delta Vacations, way back in March.

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More travel

Nice long trip coming up. So should be updating Tumblr and here with some good pictures and adventures I hope.

Looking forward to the R&R as well as the grind has been brutal lately. Trying to get ahead on my school work has been punishing as well, but worth it in the end to have some breathing room for a few days.

Will update either while on the road, or when back. In either event should have some more blogging coming

Meanwhile I have updated the doctoral area with more resources for those who find it useful

Residency 1 in the bag

So I just finished my first doctoral residency for my current school. I had attended residencies for my previous school, but sadly they do not carry over. In any event, it was an interesting experience. My brain feels mostly like mush after grinding away at my prospectus for almost 5 days straight. It was odd discovering that i was ahead of many of those attending their first residency but I think honestly I was in a better position than they were to absorb the details being provided due to being in that position. I had several of my peers come up to me with blank expressions not understanding large parts of data because it simply wasn’t something that they had encountered in their educational journey yet. I can see how that may make them discouraged, and lead to some of the turnover rate in the program. Just my take, anyway.

In other news I am working on trying to publish a short story I wrote quite a while ago. I have to do some editing to it and I have to put it in the format required by Amazon, but it is my intent to try to clean it up and read like something better than a 5 year old. Don’t know that I will succeed in the last part however, but what the hell might as well try.

I have a lot of travel on the books still to go this year, but such is how it goes yes?


Insulating An Duin 2

So the first thing we did was put plastic down in the hallways and anywhere we ran the hose. The idea is to prevent insulation from going throughout the house if the hoses separated at a joint. We also laid plastic down under the attic door, as with a hose you are bound to push some down in to your living space. WP_20160521_08_33_34_Pro WP_20160521_08_34_05_Pro

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Insulating An Duin

So today we have an electrician at An Duin who is finally rewiring the house.

I’m all for do it yourself engineering but there are somethings I much prefer leaving to professionals so I know that they are adhering to local code. Saves me a lot of headaches as well.

Meanwhile once he wraps up it will be time to get dusty with one of the easiest and dirtiest things you can do to help reduce your electric bill: insulation.

We found that a big portion of our attic space was completely void of insulation when we first did our home inspection. We used a broom and kicked some of it around (reducing the overall thickness) to try to make up the difference but that was  band aid. Its time to actually fix the problem.

So here is some information that may help you should you ever decide to do this.

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So I haven’t added anything in a while mostly because I have been cleaning up storm damage around the home place when I am home. Travel schedule is about to pick up again so expect to see a lot more pictures from my tumblr account.

We had a tree that was in front of our house, about a 40 or 50 foot oak that came out of the ground. We got lucky. Had it went backward it would have crushed our house. It went forward instead. All the rain we have gotten has played hell with us trying to get it cut down to manageable pieces. We finally got it done yesterday…just in time as it is supposed to storm again today.

Have an electrician coming out to check the house today as well. Finally going to have a pro try to fix the wiring now that we have replaced all of the bulbs in the house.

Busy times as always!

Veterans Employment Center terminates service

So yeah.

Amid scrutiny that veterans are having trouble finding jobs through the various veterans program the VEC, or Veterans Employment Center decides they are going to do something about it.

And in typical Veteran, quasi Veteran Administration fashion decide to terminate a program designed to help employers find veterans: the job profile system. Less than 2 years after launching the program.

Here’s whats interesting. There hasn’t been a formal announcement publicly, or if there is I can’t find one.

But the VEC has quietly sent out Emails to veterans whom use their service…and given them what amounts to about 6 days (from today May 5, 2016) to download all of their data before the VEC permanently deletes the veterans personal profile on the system.

Copies of the Email are supplied below the jump, as I received them myself

It really amazes me. People are so self centered…so “It will never happen to me” that today’s veterans such as my self can literally light themselves on fire to commit suicide to bring light to the blight of the mistreatment by our government and people will stand and do nothing.

What will it take, honestly? Before someone decides to stand for whats right instead of whats easy?

Utterly amazing….and disgusting. Until it’s everyone else’s turn. At which point we’ll be on the sidelines, those of us who haven’t died waiting for care snickering “You wanted government healthcare.”

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Soylent First Run

So I’m doing my first meal replacement with soylent today.

I had my yogurt concoction for breakfast, lunch was a gyro meal from Arby’s. Dinner? Dinner is this stuff which is decidedly not green.

Not having the “starter kit” which includes various things like pitchers and scoops, I did some searching and found that most folks think the scoop is just under a 1/2 cup scoop. So I went with a heaping 1/3rd scoop.

Drinking it straight it tastes like bland instant oatmeal.

So I added 14 grams of PB2. I used a coffee scoop for the measurement (which equates to 2 scoops).

Now it tastes like a vaguely nutty bland oatmeal which is more palatable to be certain. Mouthfeel wise its thick, slightly creamy in texture. Now chewy, not sweet. Extremely little grains but that may be from the PB2 as i did not notice it with the straight powder but nothing abnormal in drinking powdered drinks. If anything it breaks down better than some of the GNC types I have tried in the past.

Its not bad, it could be worse. Hell, having lived on MRE’s I have had worse.

My plan in this test run is to swap two meals each day over the weekend. The big thing I want to know is energy levels and if it staves off hunger. If I’m still hungry after drinking this then its kind of pointless, frankly to consider using it regularly.


My blend: two 1/3rd scoops of powder with two 7 gram scoops of PB 2 in a 400 ml blender


“Diet” Food

So you have probably noticed that I like to drink. For the last month I have been trying to counter that with eating better and a quasi diet. Let’s face it I’m not getting younger and frankly I’m not a paragon for healthy living.  I hate calling this post”Diet Food” because when folks say diet it inspires visions of long hours in a gym, and religious almost cult like dedication to a food regime that would gag a goat.

Hell no.

For a guy who used to run around in camo and try to kill people I am decidedly a lazy bum. I enjoy not running 5 miles a day, and frankly between my travel, work and school schedule I dont have the time to do such. I barely have time to sit down and pound out little missives such as this one.

Anyway I have swapped two meals for either a yogurt and granola combination, or a broccoli and green apple smoothie with a little PB2 added. The smoothie was inspired by the recent Rory McIlroy commercial. Granted using a commercial to come up with diet recipes probably isn’t the brightest thing but hey what ever works right? It also isn’t half a bad even if a little pulpy which probably has more to do with my blender than the recipe.

I’ve also been trying to watch carbs and protein etc. I can’t say that I’m religious but I am making an effort.

I recently purchased a sample package of soylent so Friday I am going to give the version 1.5 a run and see how I feel after using it for a few days.  I’ve heard that it gives people horrid gas, so I think I will wait until Friday evening after work to begin the experiment.  I have heard a lot about the product so I am interested in seeing the results of it. Based on the flavour profile for the reviews the PB2 may be a good additive for it as well.



Radio Intercepts

I can't help but find it amusing folks are just catching up on my Trump #Manchuriancandidate comments. His latest lends credence #teamgov

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    Trick or treating haunted houses in Detroit 🎃👻 #halloween #raveoutfits #cybergoth #cyberpop #ravegirl #gothgirl #treackortreat #detroit #fluffies #ravestyle #gothstyle #plurvibes #evolutiondivision

    Very cool….and hot :)


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    Well said


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    Another day another airport


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