Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 15:35:16 (PST)
> I just had to pay $1,200 to get my corp back! This is what I have to say about that...
I trusted my accountant to file the paperwork.
The paperwork is simple, easy to fill out and his secretary could have done it.
But because he didn't do it, I had to pay a lot of fines.Shame on him, and shame on me
It was unethical for him to charge me for filing Corporate papers.
Especially when my Corporate License had been suspended in 2002 due to his error. However, I can't blame him entirely for the screw up.The bottom line is:
When you own a business, it's up to you to know who, what, where and how much you have pay to run your business.
An accountant is nice, but he should be your friend at the very least.
Mine was not. His brother was, before he was hired as Vice President of local corporation.
Like I said, all of this was my entirely fault.
Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 14:33:53 (PST)
> Mikeys Got A JOB!!! YEA!
He's going back to Northrop for a couple of months. (*****)
I love when I hear good news!
Thursday, February 17, 2005 at 14:18:48 (PST)
> I've been trying to help Skip. I'm driving him to San Fransisco. The drive alone will cost me $200.
Skip's giving away his good stuff to people he's barey met.
I gave him clothes because he barely had any. He's trying to sell them.
He want's me to store his other stuff, meaning I couldn't sell or trash it.
He's giving stuff to a barber that cut his hair yesterday.
He asked, and I said he could, give away the Palm V that he gave to us.
Meanwhile, he owes me well over $1,000.I explained this to him:
Instead of giving stuff away that may have value, he should leave it here. Maybe I could sell it and recover some of the back rent that he owes me. He agreed then called Rehab long distance and asked them if they wanted some manuals.
Rehab asked him if he had $100 to bring. He'll undoubtedly ask me to loan
it to him. Sheesh. I'd bet he's not even going to clean his room.None of this is right:
When a person lives under your roof for a year, and they grab your change, cigarettes and owe you rent, shouldn't they at least try if they can to square things up.
Skip's going to keep asking for favors until I put his stuff out on the sidewalk and tell him to go to hell.Skip was offered a job yesterday, as a security guard at Sportsmans.
He turned it down. He'd rather go to San Fransisco and be a bum.
I would have talked him out of it, but, if I did, he'd be staying here and this house would smell like Old GrandDad again.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 20:47:26 (PST)
> Oh my...Skip asked me if he could park my truck in the driveway.
I said, naw that's okay. Then he asked me why I don't let him drive my truck. I told him the last time I did, the paint was scratched all the way down the side.
He got pissed, but hey, its the only vehicle I own, it's paid off and it's pretty nice. What can I say?
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 20:34:37 (PST)
> Faith Healers, Religion, Ghosts - What makes sense? Multiple Choice Questions1. When a crippled person is touched by a faith healer on TV, and gets up from his wheelchair and walks...
a) He is probably an actor who could walk before the faith healer touched him.
b) The faith healer probably transmitted Gods power through his hands.
c) He probably couldn't walk, because he didn't want too, or was afraid too.
d) The evangalist probably heals people on Television, because hospitals won't spread God's Word.2. A man says God commands people through him...
a) The man is probably a con-artist who wants people to do something for him.
b) God probably only talks to him, and people should do whatever he says.
c) God probably can't talk to everyone because he has limited powers.
d) The man is probably special because he's believes in the Bible and prays more than everybody else.3. Moses says God is going to write on stone tablets on a mountain, and anyone that trying to watch, must be killed.
a) Moses is actually writing the tablets and doesn't want to get caught.
b) God is probably so bashfull when he writes, he has people killed that try to watch.
c) God will only write on tablets in front of Moses.
d) God gets nervous when chiselling stone, and thats why Moses had to smash the first tablets.4. The Bible was first written in:
a) English and Greek
b) Hebrew and Ceryllic
c) Hebrew and Latin
d) English and Latin5. Easter got its name from...
a) The Latin Name for the Rising of Christ
b) The Roman Catholic word Easter, meaning the rising of Christ
c) Estra, the Pagan God of fertility, who's symbols were the hare and the egg.
d) The Roman Catholic Pope - Saint Easter6. There are 40 days of Lent, instead of the actual 46 because...
a) 40 is everywhere else in the Bible
b) Sundays weren't counted because of the nested holidays
c) The Pope changed the calendar in the 1600's. February used to have 22 days in it.
d) Saturday didn't exist in Christ's time.7. Psychics can see your future because...
a) They meditate alone for hours
b) People will pay for, and listen to, anything they have to say
c) They are the offspring of a psychic.
d) They can't predict the future for themselves (EG: Predict the lotto number)8. Few people have seen ghosts because...
a) Those that have, are insane.
b) Ghost get lost easily.
c) They hang out in Salem, Massachusetts
d) They exist only when we are looking for, or are frightened of them.9. Praying must be done on your knees, with your hands cupped because...
a) Cupped hands act like a transmitter to God.
b) It looks cool.
c) We should make it easier for God's representative to cut off our head if he wishes.
d) We are lowly sinners, and showed bow to God, our creator.10. Catholic Priest speak in Latin because...
a) God is too stupid to learn English.
b) Few people on this planet speak Latin and it sounds holy.
c) He's saying the equivalent of a witches chant.
d) Latin is God's chosen language. It is better than any other language.
Wednesday, February 16, 2005 at 00:43:05 (PST)
> Joy was over, talking about this sorcorer friend who could shoot fire out of his hand. Well, I can do that...it's a simple trick!
I'm sure this friend couldn't do that because he sounded like a low life lier BUT!!! Way back when I was 12, I studied magic and learned about Flash Paper. You could easily order it back in the 60's. Matter of fact, bookies would use it to write there bets on. If they thought they were going to get busted, they'd light it up, and it would disappear with any ashes.
BTW-That was back in the days of The AMAZING KRESKIN, and several other, um, psychic magicians. Has anyone ever heard of Edgar Caycee? LOLFlash Paper
Mix 5 parts nitric acid, 4 parts sulfuric acid. Place a piece of toilet paper on a dish. Soak for 10 minutes. Allow to dry.
It is stronger than normal tissue, and has a gel-like texture.
When lit, it burns before hitting the ground.
You are making nitrocellulose, also known as "celluloid." Basically, sugars, such as the cellulose that makes up paper, are appended with hydroxyl (OH) groups. The nitric-sulfuric acid mixture is a nitrating agent, converting the hydroxyl groups to nitrate esters (ONO2). This nitrocellulose now basically contains its own oxidizing agent. The same reaction occurs to make nitroglycerine from glycerol.What I'm not going to say is how or where to get nitric acid
Flash paper is used by magicians for their pyrotechnic effects and is very dangerous, If someone uses it to, say, shoot flames out his nose, well, he's just an idiot. Also, nitric acid is extremely toxic.
Flash paper is probably best purchased over the internet along with flash paper shooters.
You can make flash shooters with kitchen match heads too, and its much safer! Pop Rocks
Mix iodine crystals in ammonia until the iodine crystals well. Drain. Wrap in cig papers.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 18:16:27 (PST)
> Ever have one of those lives where nothing you do or say makes a difference?
Almost everything I've said today has been interrupted or ignored.
- I told Skip cirrhosis of the liver is not a disability
, unless it keeps you from gainful employment.
He says yes it is. He thinks he can get Disability, unemployment and work all at the same time. hmmm. He was let go a year ago and hasn't worked since.
- I told Skip he needs his Garage Sale signs to be more visible
. Red on a white background is always nice. It's going to rain tommorrow for his sale. Anyway, he goes out and gets wrapping paper from the 99c store. He was going to write on the back of it and put it out in the rain. The paper he got was transparent. hmmm.
Anyway, I told him that the rule of thumb was to have signs that are visible a half block away, that way people can slow down for the turn.
He said yea I know that, like I am stupid.
- I was telling Becky what we'd have to do to start a janitorial business.
I got 2 sentences out and she started yelling at Squirt for chewing on a pen outside. I went out and got the pen. Then I came back, and Skip was talking about his yard sale. I gave up, planning is very important, but I won't fight to do it.
- I'd like to say because my corp is gone, and I can't refinance the house again at a decent rate
, because I've lost my source for "Stated Income", but, noone would listen.
I'd feel like I'm all alone in a world of people that don't know the difference between a wall and a door. We just got back from Walmart
Skip's been driving me nuts with his Garage Sale Sign crap.
I picked up some bright Garage Sale Signs for $.80 a piece, plus 2 HUGE SIGNS for $1.90. No Big Deal!
No more arguments about his cardboard boxes with garage sale written on it with a ball point pen...PHEWWWW!
Ya see, when we left, Skip brought a piece of plywood home, 2' x 4' with nails in it. And its under the carport right now.ALL I WANT IS PEACE!!!
I don't want shopping carts or plywood with nails in it under my carport. I don't want solicitors calling me, or people walking in without knocking. I don't want people doing drug deals over here, or climbing in through cracked windows. And I don't want people coming in, grabbing a roll of paper towels and throwing in their car.Renting rooms has worked out terribly
Besides not getting paid, besides the extra $100 a month incidentals, besides the higher utility bills, its gone from someone helping me, to me help someone.SKIP IS THE LAST MAN I'LL EVER SUPPORT!!!
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 15:25:04 (PST)
<Mike (Squirty's alter-ego)
> Valentine's Day
Gee, all I did was buy my right hand a dozen roses and a box of chocolates, and it was happy. Just Jive Talk from a puppy doggy alter-ego... Tres-Cinco. Jim and Rebecca know what that means, but it's a secret to everybody else. So there!! Tell me it ain't so, about Cutlar Enterprises.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 at 08:19:54 (PST)
> Well, that's an interesting point of view Joy. VD is about love and not what you've recieved.
I got Becky Black Cohosh and a wallet for VD.Sonny, Becky and I went to The Hush Puppy last night (****+).
They had yummy fish food. I tried their 'All you can eat crab legs' and to my surprise, the crab legs actually had meat in them! The place was packed too! Sonny got the 'all you can eat catfish' (****), and Becky tried the 'Seafood Platter' (*).While talking to Sonny last night, I realized I know his High School teachers names, but not mine
I guess that's not that surprising. I slept or ditched most of my High School classes. I was smart about it though, I always showed up to Home Room class.The Hammer of Common Sense
Ever hear someone talking winning $1,000,000 and then for an hour, they talk about what they're going to do with the money. I get that a lot around here.
Skip was talking about getting on disability because he's got cirrhosis of the liver, and how he may be able to get unemployment because of it too, but that he was going to work anyway. I told Skip that he may have to amplify one of cirrhosis's symptoms to get on disability. He said the symptom he's got is cirrhosis. I asked him if he feels bad because of it and he said "No, I feel great!"
About then, I wanted to hit him with The Hammer of Common Sense. You can't get on disability in the first place unless you have an impairment that keeps you from working.
Monday, February 14, 2005 at 20:29:52 (PST)
I dont get what is the big deal about reciving gifts on valintinesday isnt valintines day suosed to be about love and not gifts i mean if you think about it how many guys get in trouble beacuse they didnt get there girlfreind the right gift or couldnt get one for them i mean its stupid isnt it it should be about the person you love and not just about the gifts. so anyone who thinks its just about the gifts needs to lighten up
Monday, February 14, 2005 at 17:16:37 (PST)
> CUTLAR ENTERPRISES IS DEAD!!!
That's what I found out today at the Nevada Business License Department. It's been dead since July 2003. My CPA talked me into keeping the Corporation in September 2004. But he hadn't filed my corporate papers like he should have. It's a simple document that list the Corporations Officers. And, he didn't forward the mail for my business license renewal. $300 a year is what I pay him. I should get a refund.So he's fired. He didn't do his job.
. It cost me $500 or abouts to incorporate. It took months of effort. And it took $10,000 to open a Corporate Checking account. All that is wasted. History.
I might be able to pick up the pieces but it'll take some time. I wasted 2 hours at the License Department today, just to find out I needed to refile my Corp papers.
Monday, February 14, 2005 at 17:09:01 (PST)
> It's funny, I talked to Allen today
And I showed him a copy of his Instant Message. He didn't remember saying those things. It's all cool though. Just as long as bs.
I recorded my Mom babbling when she was drunk a long time ago. It was back in the 70's. She told me after hearing herself, she quit drinking. It's amazing what A Cold Slap of Reality Right In The Face will do to someone. har har!
Monday, February 14, 2005 at 15:37:13 (PST)
<Mike (Squirty's alter-ego)
> Long live Jimmy and his BLOG
Jimmy... Glad I was cool for a change. My ex-cube mate at Northrop said all I was, was a "Cracker". Or a "Honkie". Depending on what mood he was in. Personally, I didn't mind his calling me a "Jive Turkey", but those others were a bit too harsh. There are much worse than being a Cracker, a Honkie, or even a Jive Turkey. A bigot for example. But if all Allan is, are words, then we don't have much to worry about. If he acs upon his hatred, then he's bad. Real bad. Words rarely hurt. Or they shouldn't anyway. I get a kick out of how the current flock of over paid, over pampered pro athletes go blastic over words or looks. They should have seen how great men like Jackie Robinson and Hank Aaron dealt with really hateful behavior in their day. Being banned from restaurants and hotels, death threats to them and their families, and so forth. Just for being black and wanting to play baseball. Look at the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons players going to beat someone up for looking at them the wrong way. Really. My regards to Ms. Rebecca (Grandma)... Til later.
Monday, February 14, 2005 at 10:54:25 (PST)
> Statistics of Languages spoken worldwide - from your friendly CIA peopleThe CIA's 2000 World Language Estimates
14.37% - Chinese, Mandarin, 06.02% - Hindi, 05.61% - English, 05.59% - Spanish, 03.40% - Bengali, 02.63% - Portuguese, 02.75% - Russian, 02.06% - Japanese, 01.64% - German, 01.28% - Korean, 01.27% - French, 53.38% - OtherThe United States Language Estimates
85.01% - English, 11.09% - Spanish, 00.80% - Chinese, 00.65% - French, 00.55% - German, 00.48% - Tagalog (Philippines), 00.40% - Vietnamese, 00.40% - Italian, 00.35% - Korean, 00.28% - RussianTotals are based on a US population of 253,416,575
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 19:14:00 (PST)
> Nice day today. Weather was perfect!
We all visited Sandy Ficus, Jessy and Ryan today. It was a packed house (or trailer) over there. Steve Ficus (her ex hubby, which most people here slightly hate), is in jail in Arizona, finally. Jessy, Ryan, Sandy and her new boyfriend Jim, all seem to be doing great. Jessy (who's grown a foot and is Dustins age) has surprisingly matured a bunch. I love it when people get their lives together.A neighbor bought some of Skips stuff for $30
Skip has been a pain, and I think he bought himself some hot sauce
. I want Allen and Skip to serve as a lesson for the next time I want to get loaded. Skip confessed some things over spaghetti tonight that I had no idea he was capable of. This could be a long, rough two weeks.
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 11:11:46 (PST)
> The future of avionics...the "Hair Plane". This principle is based on antigravity and morning hair.
Robert got up this morning and his hair (like mine) was sticking straight up in the air! Now, I pondered on this every day occurance and I wondered why hair goes straight up in the morning, I can't even blow dry my hair that way. The best hairspray won't keep my hair standing straight up. So, I thought about pillows.
I know if you stroke a nail with something metal it will magnetise it. I'm thinking something like this must be happening with hair and pillows! Rubbing hair with a pillow must make it lighter than air.Heres my invention - The "Hair Plane"
Take an old record player and a record covered with hair. Put it on the record player at high speed. Place a pillow over it in a static position and Voila! You've created your first flying saucer!
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 10:56:07 (PST)
> "Imagine" by John Lennon, September 1971Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try, no hell below us, above us only sky.
Imagine all the people living for today...
Imagine there's no countries, it isnt hard to do, nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too.
Imagine all the people living life in peace...
Imagine no possesions, I wonder if you can, no greed or hunger, A brotherhood of man.
Imagine all the people sharing all the world...
You may say Im a dreamer, but I'm not the only one,
I hope some day you'll join us, and the world will live as one.
These words changed my way of thinking back in the early 70's. I bought this 8 track tape and listened to it 1,000 times. Back then, the world was a place of needless suffering, slaughter, and people's rights were trampled. Students were shot protesting a war that couldn't be won. America was at war with itself.I wonder what people will think of this 2005 30 years from now?
What we do today matters. ** smiles **
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 10:25:13 (PST)
> Kewl entry Mike. YEA MIKEY!!!
You've got a cool nature dude. I was getting ready to delete what I wrote about Allen and saw your entry. My entry stands. I was pissed at Allen. He was talking like Archie Bunker on Magic Mushrooms, but, shoot, that's the way he gets when he's blasted. I get more stupidder (lol). However, I usually avoid bigots.Skip is doing his yard sale thing this morning
He sold his VCR, little TV, small vacuum and some other things to Robert for $50. Robert's going to square up with Skip on Tuesday.Skip said he's has to get rid of everything he has except for 2 suitcases.
I had to ask him why. He said he's going straight into Rehab when he goes to San Fransisco and that's all they'll let him bring in. WOW
. I wonder if I could ever do something like that, own nothing but the clothes in my suitcase. I'd have to get established somewhere first. Skip has been trying to get his VCR working with his TV. He cracks me up!
I should check on what he's selling out there. He tends to forget where he gets things from.Robert, Joy, Amy and Becky are all sleeping blissfully.
He's broke, on empty, and is almost out of baby formula. He won't take any money from us, so we slipped $20 in his baby formula can, lol.
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 07:32:59 (PST)
<Mike (Squirty's alter-ego)
> Long live Jimmy and Ms. Rebecca
So Jimmy... Nice remarks from Allen. Yes, San Francisco does have a much higher percentage of gays and lesbians than most cities. And even the straight people seem gay to an extent, but like you said... SO WHAT??? As long as they live their lives and you are free to live yours, what is the big deal? The politics of the town do seem odd. The mayor of SF aking it upon himself to marry all those same sex couples, making them happier than smeg, and the state of California DA (rightfully or not) and voiding the marriages. As far as Skip is concerned, where is he going? What happened? Junk yard? Gee, that reminds me of my days as a junk yard dog.. You think Squirty is too naive to be a junk yard dog? Well, in my past life, I was a cow (wearing a padded bra by the way). But in the life before that, I was a doberman pincher and tell you, I was one mean dog!!!
Sunday, February 13, 2005 at 00:32:39 (PST)
> Life sure has its dark moments, doesn't it?
Skip is moving out after a year here. That'll be good for him. For me though, it states failure. All efforts to improve our lives have been our waist.I talked to Allen tonight.
What a mistake! He said San Fransisco is gay, asked me if I am gay, and said iRobot is a nigger movie. Way to go Allen! With just a few short comments you've bashed one of America's most beautiful cities, my favorite movie, and pretty much all of my black friends. I don't care what color people are, or what their sexual preferences are. My best friend growing up was Danny Cowan, he's gay, and really, I could care less. He's cool. (I really think he became that way after marrying my ex-girlfriend though).
Man, it's time to jump circles. Low quality people tend to share thoughts that far are below moral standards. Between David dealing drugs here last week, what Allen said tonight, and just being flat assed used by some, I need a new circle of pals. Things are going to change.Becky and I are ready for good times!
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 20:53:11 (PST)
> Good Times. Becky's kids watched cartoons all day. Robert and I went to the dump...yea!
I love the dump! We were looking for a headlight for his truck. Found none. But, I love looking at old beaten up vehicles. We at pork roast and watched Teenage Ninja Turtles. kewl night!
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 12:59:49 (PST)
> Once again, no good deed goes unpunished!
Every once in a while, I bring Becky's kids over, and let them pick the movie rentals to watch. And, sometimes they go home, and tell Grandma about us for letting them watch bad movies and things.These bad bad movies are:
"Harry Potter" - it has witches in it. Grandma believes witches exists.
"Troy" - It has historical value, but has violence in it.
"Spy Kids" - I don't know what's wrong with that one.
"Pokemon" - It's mindless, but she's flip flopped on it.But, it's okay to watch:
Lord of the Rings I and II on Christmas day - Heads getting cut off with blood everywhere.
Power Rangers - They gangland style kill an ugly monster every episode and that's real nice.
Casper the Friendly Ghost - Even though its about dead people. lol.
Speaking about ghost, why are they frightening? If they killed you, wouldn't you be a ghost too. And if you were a ghost, couldn't you then kick their ass! LOL. The logic of some people eludes me.
It's okay to dangle the symbol of a man dying with nails in his feet and hands hanging on a cross 2,005 years ago, because thats symbolic. I think that's sadistic.
However, its not okay to show how the great city of Troy (3,000 BC - 80 BC) fell.So, in my defense, I told the kids they couldn't watch TV here, at all
Stories started flying around about how they said this and not that, and that the other one told. LOL. I finally let them rent some movies, but told them this is the last time I'd trust them. I'm 49, I think I'm a good man with good values, and I don't believe in fairy tales.
Hehe...we were putting Spy Kids II on, and I told them I should call Grandma just to make sure it met with her approval. They screamed...NOOOOOOOOOooooooo! har har.About the crucifix thing and religious holidays!
Why do more religious holidays fall on a person's deathdate and not his birthdate? Take Valentines Day for instance, that's when St Valentine was killed!
And why do people wear ghastly death symbols around their necks?
Seriously, my Mom was a deacon in the Episcopalian Church and she thought the crucifix was a rather gaudy symbol. She taught me that it was sadism to worship an idol depicted dying in extreme pain. I still agree!Mom once asked me "Jim, if I died while saving you from being hit by a speeding car, would you wear a necklace with a symbol of my bloody body dangling on car's hood, around your neck?".
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 09:46:43 (PST)
> Skip is being adament on having a garage sale tommorrow; come rain, sleet or snow!
Hmmm. LOL. His logic sometimes befuddles me! No signs, just his stuff under my carport on Gabriel Drive...the shortest street in Las Vegas. It's supposed to pour down rain tommorrow.
Skip's got brass, I'll give him that! Watch him surprise us all!
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 08:58:49 (PST)
> I finally fixed my website to work with Netscape this morning!
Browser differences are VERY annoying. The bug was absolutely stupid. Netscape and Internet Explored have their own ideas about our web surfing experiences. They want sites to be designed for them, so website designers have to put all kinds of clutter in their code. EG: if IE this, if NETSCAPE that!
It sux!Oops. I didn't know my Business License had expired in December!
My accountant gets the bill, and I guess he's sluffing. I should let him go. He laid out the guidelines for me to pay my taxes. A few years ago, he said I owed $12,000. He said I did everything right. I'll never know where the mistake occured, but that surely hurt! I pay him for tax compliance. Being delinquent on taxes or licenses just isn't right.
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 08:28:32 (PST)
> Hey Robert, not to worry!#1 Medical debts don't affect your credit that much.
I was told by TRW they are ignored by most lending institutions. I guess you're experience will show if that's right or wrong. At any rate, you don't want to file bankruptcy until you absolutely have to. They're not going to garnish your wages. Eventually they'll write it off. Just don't share your address or phone number with any collection agencies and you won't be bothered. GO UNLISTED my friend! Say you live with David Keiffer! LOL!#2 I could no more kick Skip out than I could your Mom. He's family!
He mentioned that his San Fransisco buddy just got out of rehab. Skip wants to do that too and I'm all for what's best for him.California has better social policies than Nevada.
Their unemployment and welfare benefits put Nevada's too shame!
Besides, Skip knows people in San Fransisco. He doesn't know anybody here. At the rate he's been going, he never will.
I would say that if Skip were to go back to San Fransisco and get a good job, it would make us all stronger.Here, he's just bringing me down, while destroying what's left of his confidence.
If I go down, he's lost a fall back position. If he loses his confidence, he'll end up in despair. So, its logical for him to go.
Love ya and look forward to seeing you this weekend!
Saturday, February 12, 2005 at 00:05:01 (PST)
> Hey Jim and Mom, how have you people been? hehe.
Well I have been busy driving a 2 ton truck. Wow, what a trip it is. I got used to the 2 ton but now, when I hop in my truck, I feel like a micromachine lol. Anyways I drove the big truck in the rain. It was fun hehe!
You know Ahern rentals started me out at $10 an hr training but after my 2 weeks of training on tying down equipment and loading it, I start out $12.50 an hr which is really good. Get this, I was told that in about 6 months I can get up to 3 more raises in my 6 month period.I feel bad for Skip too but you have to do what you have to do.
I do wish him well, thats for sure.Over here at the house, Joy and I haven't eaten any meals for 3 days.
Now everytime Joy and I get in the fridge they yell at us and threaten us about leaving. I hate my Grandma and Uncle. Everybody says they are so nice. Only if people only knew them outside their job. I just talked to a lawyer on claiming bankruptcy to take care of my medical bills I have over $30,000 dollars. That was for just a two weeks visit and 2 surgery's. It sux, but I have a daughter to raise and a family to take care of. I just wish I had enough money and time to get married. It is hard with all of the stuff that is going on here in this crappy house.Well guys I love you and plan to come over this weekend. I am off this Saturday and Sunday.
I will call and come by. Love you all. bye bye.
Love Joy, Amy, and Robert
Friday, February 11, 2005 at 13:48:41 (PST)
> Oh jeese...even now, right at this very moment, Skip is frying potatoes on the stove, uncovered.
This shouldn't bother me. We do love cleaning grease off of the stove top and floor. I'm glad Skip doesn't read this blog. I wouldn't want to hurt his feelings. But sheesh. Sorry, I'm just venting.
Friday, February 11, 2005 at 10:00:37 (PST)
< Squirty's alter-ego (Mike)
> A new day. A new Headache.
Still can't get those pending jobs to materialize. They all scramble to talk to me on the phone three weeks ago, and now they want to wait another couple of weeks to talk to me again.
Causing a fustrating Mikey.
Friday, February 11, 2005 at 12:39:04 (PST)
> Skip may be moving out soon!
A friend of his in San Fransisco called, and said he'd pay for Skip's trip if he wanted to come back there. I told Skip this morning that I'd give him a ride there if he decided to go. It's sad, but Skip's efforts to find work here have been futile. When he came here with less than $100, I knew it was going to be bad news for my wallet. It has been. I love Skip. Maybe in time, when I get set up better, I'll be able to help him through his golden years.I had hoped renting out rooms would offset my expenses.
It should have, if people were more predictable with their money. I could have retired years ago, if it wasn't for my charitable nature. I know I can rent this house out and make $700 in the clear. I had hoped renting rooms would net over $800 a month. Things just haven't worked out that way. Instead of losing $500 a month, I'm losing $1,300 a month. I haven't even made enough to pay for the utilities. And I have the only transportation available here, which is a double damnit.I laid into Skip last night, and I shouldn't have. I had to apologize.
He had pulled the mirror off of the bathroom door and put it in the laundry room. Its been on that door since 1999. He said the nails wouldn't hold it.
I BLEW UP! I grabbed the mirror and a hammer and nailed it back up in less than a minute. Since he's complained about it before, I just asked him why he didn't just fix it. He said he tried but it still fell off. hmmm. I apologized. I didn't understand.We should be thankful for the comforts we have. A lot of people will never have them.
When Skip first got here, he was impressed by the ice dispenser on the refrigerator door. He didn't know or wasn't thinking when he put a metal cup in the microwave. Covering food in the microwave isn't a habit to him. Skip has lived in apartments all of his life.
For me, thats hard to imagine. I've owned property now for 27 years. I'm broke when I'm down to $40,000.So, to the modern day vagabonds, and the people who chose renting over ownership, I salute you!
You have more faith in your survival abilities than I'll ever have. I could never leave town with only my clothes and $200 in my pocket.
To rely on friends or family for support has never been one of my options.
I'd choose death first, and that is the kind of thinking that makes people like me, Rob and Timmy, the weaker of our species.
I try to make business with family and friends a mutually rewarding experience. That's not always possible with many people though.
Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 14:14:35 (PST)
<Squirty's alter-ego (Mike)
Jimmy... Taking Squirty on the trip, if you go? He can go around, at every stop, showing off Rebecca's clothing. He is a very proud puppy dog, you know!!! All the job opportunities I had working have come to a screeching halt. With any luck, they'll get going again within a week.
Meanwhile, I play my horn on the street after a day of eating corn in order to view porn.
Sorry about that Ms. Rebecca...
Hope to talk to you soon, buddy..
Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 12:14:35 (PST)
> I kant spel werth a snitt
I just ran a spell checker on this blog. Phewwww!
Why is it that if you lie to someone, you are lying, or have lied
And if you lye down, you are also lying down, laying down or have been lain down?
English is a CRAZY
Thursday, February 10, 2005 at 11:14:40 (PST)
> Mexico and its borders - The magic of numbers
A man was bringing Valium across the border for his wife's prescription. A girl warned him about the amount he was bringing across and said she would take it through customs for $150. He refused because he's never had a problem before. The man was being watched by the undercover Federallies. He was arrested, and thrown in jail without trial. Political pressure got him released 10 months later (his brother-in-law posted and distributed pamphlets on the US side warning people about Mexican business). The following is from the Custom's Border Patrol website.
"If a U.S. resident wants to bring in a controlled substance (other than narcotics such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or LSD) but does not have a prescription for the substance issued by a U.S.-licensed practitioner (e.g., physician, dentist, etc.) who is registered with, and authorized by, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to prescribe the medication, the individual may not import more than 50 dosage units of the medication into the United States."
The way I read that is you can legally transport in 50 doses or less of a prescription drug, without a prescription, if it is for your own personal use..However, Mexican laws apply too, and from what I've read, their policies change every day.
Bottom line is, order your medications through the internet! At least in the US, you're innocent before proven guilty.
Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 17:27:31 (PST)
> My Dad is dying...AGAIN. He doesn't read this blog BTW. lol.
He's always been convinced he's going to die soon. My Dad, the Placebo Warehouseman, asked Sonny to get his car, violin and computer because he's expecting the big one anytime now. Dad is 81 years old and lives 3,100 miles away. All of his life he's done his best to keep Merk, Johnson & Johnson, and Roche in business. I'd think his whole body would be pickled by now. By the time I was 3,000 days old, he'd already had 3,000 heart attacks!
If it weren't for Dad:
- I would never have even heard of a retina detaching.
- I never would have seen someone pull a needle through their arm saying it's numb.
- I would never have learned about the many wondrous forms of cancerDid you know that heart attack victims have no advance warning signs?
Matter of fact, many heart attacks happen while on the toilet!
Those people obviously never had a clue they wouldn't finish their mission.
Ever heard of anyone's last requests written on toilet paper?Dad's one of those guys who bought 500lbs of soy beans and rice for Y2K.
He was so convinced that the world was coming to an end, and while everyone else was dying, he'd be saying....SEE...I TOLD YOU! Never mind that his son (me) was a 17 year veteran of computer programming who said very little was going to happen. Never mind that I told him that I could change thousands of lines of code with one command, He listened to the doomsayers that said anyone who didn't have their literature (and rice and beans) we were all going straight to HELL! lol
I love my Dad. He's a very lovable nut!
Wednesday, February 09, 2005 at 14:10:17 (PST)
> I, am probably the dumbest person on the planet!
I've been feeling crappy, like I have the flu. I've been taking allergy pills for a long time. I like to take 2 Aspirin PM's before bedtime. When I've got the flu, sometimes I take Nyquil. WELL NOW, when I've done this, I've consumed triple the maximum dosage of diphenhydramine hydrochloride. All three products have the same active ingredient. I've been inadvertently overdosing on an over the counter remedy. All of my symptoms match.
Well, now that I know how stupid I've been, I should be up to 100% in a day or so.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 21:09:35 (PST)
> The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon spill was $80,000
At a special ceremony, two seals were released back into the wild.
Cheers and applause came from the onlookers.
A minute later a killer whale ate them both.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 21:05:41 (PST)
> Having a bad day?
Iraqi terrorist Khay Rahnajet didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with "return to sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 20:29:10 (PST)
> Today is Mardi Gras and there's a party going on in my head!
Seriously, I don't know what I've got here, but I'm borderline insane from these flu-like symptoms.
Speaking about borderline insane, Jeanette in California called me this morning and asked me if I just called her. I said no, and we talked for an hour. In the background I could hear what sounded like an insane asylum. She let a girl, her boyfriend and a baby stay in her apartment. Now she can't get them out. It was funny. She'd say, "I can't believe it, she's cleaning up her mess", and there'd be some screechy unintelligible retort in the background. I had a good laugh. Thanks Jeanette.
Tuesday, February 08, 2005 at 20:19:05 (PST)
> Another day of feeling like crap!
I was reading about an Indian Tribe near Wyoming whose rituals regarding the elderly were somewhat unique. When an elder became too old to be useful to the tribe, they'd have a big celebration, a party, and at the end, they'd smash his head in with a rock. I'm glad we live in times like this!
Monday, February 07, 2005 at 10:00:34 (PST)
> Speaking about drugs, lol
Our slightly illegal pharmacist called us to this morning ask us if we were satisfied with their service. If I answered the phone I would have said "HELL YEA!".In November, I ordered 10 Albuterol inhalers at $10 each on the net for Becky.
They provided a prescription for her and we received the order in two weeks!
Some people would say, I wouldn't trust it, it's not safe. To them I'd say HUEY!
It's exactly the same stuff Becky used to get in the US for $80 an inhaler (medicare paid for 100% of it though so she didn't care).The internet pharmacies offer incredible service
They'll sell you virtually anything. Even customs will let you bring pharmaceuticals in from Mexico if it is for your own personal useI buy on the net for two reasons: Price and Privacy
Doctor/Patient privilege is protected but the pharmaceuticals that insurance companies pay for are not.I had a seizure in 1998. I went to a hospital and told the Doctor that I was going through alcohol withdrawals (a hangover). He asked if I were an alcoholic and I said yes. BTW: The diagnosis of an alcohol sticks for the rest of your life. It never goes away even if you don't drink anymore.
I had to tell the doctor I was an alcoholic because he was going to diagnose me as a epileptic. If I were diagnosed as an epileptic, I would have lost my drivers license for three months. Rob lost his license by not saying he was an alcoholic.
Playing the game fairly only cost you. My only recourse now, is to go on disability or work and apply for group health insurance. HIPAA says I may have to wait anywhere from 12 to 18 months. Sweet, huh.Health Insurance and carpal tunnel syndrome is the real reason I'm not consulting today.
I did the math. My health insurance went up to $650 a month with a $5,000 deductible. It was going up $50 every 6 months. I applied to 11 other insurance companies. The all knew about that seizure in 1998. They all denied coverage. Meanwhile, my left hand and arm were either hurting or numb. I had to get away from computers. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is not a disability.The HIPAA laws enacted in 1996 have never helped me.
Seemingly knowledgeable people tell me that HIPAA should protect me.
That is just not true. I've tried everything on insurance applications: Telling the truth, lying, taking alcohol and drug tests, you name it. Most of the insurance adjusters require that you sign a release form. They all see what prescriptions you've paid for (some how). I know, because they've seen my medical history because it slips out in the interviews. That sucks.When I was covered by insurance, every time I went to the doctors, they prescribed Antibiotics
Every time! Ampicillin cost $80 for 20 tablets at a pharmacist. I pay $16 with insurance. However, in Mexico or over the internet, I can get a bottle of 100 Ampicillin tablets for $20. What is the best way to go?To me, US Doctors are drug dealers who talk to you for 1 minute and write a prescription.
I guess they figure you'll come back if the prescription doesn't work. I spend much more time than that reviewing my symptoms.I went to a clinic with flu-like symptoms. My triglyceride levels were off the chart The doctor mentioned my triglyceride level, and asked me "Doesn't that make you feel terrible". I said "Yes". He prescribed antibiotics! I have all of the papers here in my files. It's incredible. Antibiotics? Why did he order a blood test if he'd already decided on my prescription?
So, somebody tell me, after all that I've said here, is anyone receiving quality health care in the United States?
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 22:59:38 (PST)
> In my rather spotty past, when someone did a drug deal at my house, I got part of the cut.
Of coarse, those days were fifteen+ years ago, but sharing was considered a common dealer courteously. It was like a code, a sort of like an underground etiquette. Things change though. I assume people still stomp on what they sell until it's pure baking soda. Well, all I can say is, I'm glad those days have come and gone.And I'm glad that the only times I've ever been threatened with gun was:
- Once when my last ex (Ruth) got drunk Ruth shot the gun, the bullet went through the couch...and from there, who knows where it went.
- Once by my first ex's (Lisa's) married lover. I had left a note on his door telling him to keep away (his wife was 8 months pregnant at the time). He saw me leaving, followed me, then I pulled over, hopped in his truck. When he aimed the gun at my head, I told him that I didn't give a damn. He could shoot me and rot in jail while his kid grows up. What a pig! I told him stay away from my wife and I'll stay from yours.
Those two were really something. She'd have sex with me on the same days she'd have sex with him. On those days, Lisa would get ecstatic with me. That is how I guessed that she was having an affair (two affairs actually).If your lucky to find a decent love that can last, hold on to it. It's hard out there.
It sure can be an ugly world when you remember back to the dark times.My ex's were good people, in spite of their actions.
Sometimes wonder if my ex's never loved me at all. I feel like i was just the vehicle they used to get where they were going.
Both ex's I'll always love with most of my heart.
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 22:04:03 (PST)
> Robert, Joy, and Amy came over.
We had a LOT of fun. Robert beat Becky and I in the second game of Double Cross! Kewl! Robert turned me on to some fun websites which was cool. We had pizza! David came by later with some snacks. He came in and fell asleep on the couch. Then he used the phone and Lyle came over. They did a frig'n drug deal in the backyard and I really don't appreciate that at all! sheesh.
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 19:42:58 (PST)
> New England Wins yahoo
Yahoo!!! I am happy I have bet on the last 6 super bowls and won. Wow, I guess Ii should go into sports betting lol. But knowing my luck I would lose if I tried lol. But it was great watching the bowl at Jim's. I paid for a pizza and so did Jim. He didn't have to, but Jim is a generous guy and wanted to pitch in. I played Mom and Jim at Double Cross and won for the first time too. Yahoo!!! I guess its my lucky night. Since I am that lucky I think I'm going to go home and get laid hahaha!!! Well, love ya all! bye bye
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 13:32:02 (PST)
> Good morning America! Today is Super Bowl Sunday!
I really don't care for football myself. My son Robert and his g/f are coming over to watch it today. Yippee yahoo huh LOL!!!Jim I read your blog today about the different religions.
It was very interesting about the Pagan's. Well you know me...I don't understand some things that I read. I do believe that there is a God though. I'm not good at writing. This is the best i can do. Love you Jim(kisses)
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 13:31:50 (PST)
> Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
Robert, Joy and little Amy are coming over to celebrate. It should be a fun day.I started taking Ampicillin (from Mexico) again.
I feel one heck of a lot better than I did yesterday, and yesterday, I got all banged up in the snow. Health, by itself, is a good reason to celebrate.Allen Harmon called this morning
Allen has always been a brother to me. He called just to make sure everything was alright. If I knew Allen were in trouble, I wouldn't hesitate on driving 2,100 miles across the country to help him out. Allen and I haven't touched a drink now for 2 weeks. So, it's fun to talk to him about the altered state of sobriety...lolI haven't been on MSN Messenger for awhile.
I've been busy "conceptualizing" my old age, and how I'm going to plan my retirement. I've been researching business operations. That's the only way I can see living comfortably to the age of 70. And if that is the best way to go, then that's the way I'm going.
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 11:02:13 (PST)
> Welcome Christian Stranger
I changed your entry from all upper case to case sensitive. It's interesting what you wrote.
I like the Bible, but they've rewritten it so many times. It's still hard to read their translation from Hebrew to English. Just try translating Hebrew to say, Chinese. How good would it come out? But at the very least, isn't it possible for a reader to translate that old English into to modern day English.You wrote: The savior Jesus Christ himself asks, what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul?This sentence says Jesus Christ "the savior"
It's nice how that was just slipped in there. That just angers a lot of people.
Most of the worlds people don't belong to "Club Jesus"!I want to dissect that sentence for the heck of it, if that's okay.What will a man profit if he gains the world?
I'd think he'd gain power. Isn't that what we all want in some way?
I'd doubt if any single man could control the world anyway though. To do so, he'd have to have a team and they'd have to have teams and so on.
Currently, President Bush seems to be the closest to being a world leader. Does that mean he lost his soul getting there? hmmm. Who am I to judge? Just 1 in 8 billion.What does that mean, losing your soul?
Well now, from everything that I've read, the soul is the controlling part of an intellectual being.
Aristotle wrote of faculties (the reason we are here):
- All plants have nutritive faculties
- All animals have perceptive and nutritive faculties
- All humans have intellect, perceptive and nutritive faculties
Doesn't that statement kind about humans seem kind of vain? People seem to be that way. We're only a little bit smarter than chimpanzees and dogs.
From what I've seen, all animals have some kind of special talent. We seem to be gifted with conceptuality.
Even beavers have the ability to conceive. The look at a stream, imaging a stick dam there, then build it. That's all that they need.My question is: What is a soul? Is it something we imagined that can be lost or saved based on how good or evil we are?
If I were to give an uneducated answer, I would say the a soul is a description of how an entity differs from the other entities in its species. It can't go beyond our species.
For example: its okay for us to kill any other species, that's acceptable. That doesn't make us evil.
It's not okay for us to kill our own species. That makes us evil, unless our God said it was okay.If another life form evolved that were more powerful than us, would it be evil for them to kill us?
By religious examples, Yes and No. According to how we've written the Bible, they would be evil to us, but not to themselves.It's okay for God and and his followers to strike down the sinners.
Since people believe that God only speaks to a chosen few, and we're supposed to follow those few, those few can say anything they want.
Christians can only pray our that people from other planets will believe that Jesus is their savior or that the Israelites are the chosen ones. I'd think that would be a very hard sale, if not totally absurd. I don't buy into "Club Jesus".
Power, for us, seems to be in our numbers.
If 90% of the population were Christians, they could say the world is flat.
10% of the people would have to go along with the world being flat or die.Anyone who said the world was round would be a sinner and ripe for a Godly killing.According to: Adherents.com the consensus is:Christianity:
2 billion, Islam:
1.3 billion, Hinduism:
900 million, Secular/Nonreligious/Agnostic/Atheist:
850 million, Buddhism:
360 million, Chinese traditional religion:
225 million, primal-indigenous:
150 million African Traditional & Diasporic: 95 million, Sikhism:
23 million, Juche:
19 million, Spiritism:
14 million, Judaism:
14 million, Baha'i:
6 million, Jainism:
4 million, Shinto:
4 million, Cao Dai:
3 million, Tenrikyo:
2.4 million, Neo-Paganism:
1 million, Unitarian-Universalism:
800 thousand, Rastafarianism:
700 thousand, Scientology:
600 thousand, Zoroastrianism:
Notice the Pagan's are rather low in count. I've read they were slaughtered by the Catholics. That's sad.
How many times do people have to see history repeat itself, before they learn how to change it.Religious wars are happening today!
Saying things like "The savior Jesus Christ
himself asks, what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul?" just feeds the fire. You people are claiming God for yourselves.
I've hated reading about how most of our holidays were recreations of holidays of a people that were slaughtered: Thanksgiving, Easter, Valentines Day, Halloween. If you knew that Valentines Day represents a holiday stolen from the Pagans after they were slaughtered, wouldn't you think its an evil holiday. I do, but I'll still celebrate it.
I like some of the Christians beliefs. However, I've seen some Christians in action that just go through life destroying and hurting other people. They seem to want to save you and make you like their pitiful selves, even if it kills you. Or they want to bum off of you in the name of God.
These people give 5% to token causes and keep the rest. Or am I the only one that sees that?
That is not the "Do Unto Others as You Would Have Them Do Unto You" rule.
That is the "Do Unto Others" rule which seems so popular in these times.Me, I like to read about all of the religions.
The Pagan's seemed pretty cool in many aspects. We owe most of our holidays to them. Did they really have to be killed?
Did Americans Indians really have to called Pagan's to justify their slaughter?
The truth is out there!
Somewhere in all of the garbage found in Bible, there are some good values to keep and hold. That seems true with all of the worlds religions.
If you read any of this, you'd realize that the LAST thing anyone would want, is for a single religion to dominate the world and say it was flat.We all should thank God for the diversity of religions. lol.So REPENT_REPENT2005@YAHOO.FR alias "JESUS CHRIST IS LORD", I welcome your entries.
Where are you in France?
I should say you should tread lightly my friend, because most of the world does not believe the way your religion does.
- To most of the world, Jesus Christ is NOT the savior.
- They do not think they are going to hell just because you think they are.
- And they (we) are not fools either.
Please use upper and lower case in the entries if at all possible.LOVE YA, KEEP BELEIVING...AND BE COOL.
I'm not trying to change anyone, I'm just expressing my opinion. And I hope your right about Jesus.
Just please don't ever say that anyone who doesn't believe in Christ is going to Hell and doesn't deserve to live.Have you ever considered the possibility that nobody will be saved?
Does that frighten you? Does it frighten you that you were born from from death? Is what you see and experience so frightening to you?
Please tell me you've seen a ghost or something. I'd love to hear about that!
Sunday, February 06, 2005 at 05:57:53 (PST)
<JESUS CHRIST IS LORD
The savior Jesus Christ himself asks, what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his soul? mark-8-36.OR What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?-matt-16-26. You have the right to not share my gospel of God'S kingdom, but you are without excuse to give God.It is not a question of church membership, or of living a good life, but this have you been born adin by accepting Jesus Christ as your personal savior? If you haven't done this, you are lost and need to take advantage of God's offer to save you. and you need to do it now! Will you stop right now and receive Jesus Christ as your personal savior? If you do, you will be prepared to meet God, and you will find that sweet peace which only God can give. Could there possibly be any reason to delay? God says,come to me. Hear and your soul shall live,and I will make an everlasting covenant with you.isa-55-3.Please, do it today. JESUS CHRIST IS LORD.
Saturday, February 05, 2005 at 21:12:06 (PST)
> We took Dustin and Jennifer sledding today
Mt Charleston is so pretty. I woke up feeling terrible today, but, who knows, maybe next week I'll feel worse. So, we went today.
Who'd ever thing that 40 minutes away from this desert, houses would be buried up the roof in snow. I climbed up a 40' hill that was very steep. 5' down, I lost my sled and rolled all the way down the hill. Pretty rough stuff. Dustin actually did the sled run too. He almost made it to the road, (at least 100'). Kewl...but he stopped and was laying back on the sled, with his finger sticking up. He said he scrapped it.
Now, there I am, hair everywhere with snow in it from my roll, covered with bruises, and he's holding up 1 finger and complaining. hmmm.
We had a lot of fun though.
Friday, February 04, 2005 at 21:39:26 (PST)
> One other thing. I heard what I said on this blog made someone angry.
Well, this blog is an open format. It's freedom of speech in it's greatest form.
Plus, there's not many people that read this B
. So, anything that is said here is just an exchange of thoughts whether good, bad, loving, or humourous. Sometimes a negative entry pops up.
Hey, I felt sick today. If anybody else feels crappy, it would be nice to know. It would be nice to know how other people relieve the symptoms wouldn't it?
More important I think, is that this thing keeps a daily record of life, people, their love, along with things and events that are happening around the world. It's what History is all about. HIS-STORY. Get it? hehehehe
Friday, February 04, 2005 at 21:14:03 (PST)
> Once again Mikey, you made me laugh
I've seen dogs that could wear a bra though. MAN!
, those dogs are hogs!I tore the air conditioner apart today looking for a gas leak
That wasn't easy because the roofers who sprayed foam on my roof, sprayed it up higher than the access panels. I had to dig it out...!%#@%$^I started feeling crappy again...don't know what's going on here
But, Becky feels crappy too...Misery Loves CompanyRobert called and invited us to Macayo's
I feel kind-of guilty letting him buy. Robert's a great guy, and he's one of the very few people whose ever even thought about squaring things up with me. I LOVE THIS GUY. Macayo's was a lot of fun. I just wish I were feeling better.We watched "Terminal" with Tom Hanks
There we are, Becky and I, sitting on the couch, smiling, with tears rolling down our faces. It was beautiful! I get chill bumps just thinking about it, or is that just the flu? LOL.
Friday, February 04, 2005 at 11:52:38 (PST)
<Squirty's alter ego, aka: Mike
I like showing off Rebecca's bras, as I don't have any of my own. If I did, I'd be proud of them instead. But, how many times have you heard of a puppy dog needing a bra? Now... When I was a cow in my previous life, that was another thing. Had to go to the vet today. Bruised my nose when that car I was chasing hit the brakes and I ran into the rear bumper. The doc says I'll be ok, but everything right now smells like a bumper.
Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 17:23:57 (PST)
> Coincidence Is Amazing! What are the Odds?
I took Becky to DMV to renew her license today between 2:30pm and 3pm. I go to DMV maybe once every 8 years. There we are in line, we're the next number up, and I hear "JIM". Robert Spurling was there getting a DMV printout. Well, I loaned him $7 for the thing, checked out his wrecked truck. He said maybe they'll come up to the mountains with us Saturday. Friken astronomically way out there in odds!Suppose we are here for some high purpose
Suppose we're not just the product of 8 billion years of mother natures failed experiment. Suppose 10 to the 10000 power reproduces another me, but with my nose upside down. Would the odds of that be any greater than us seeing Robert at the DMV today? BTW-That was cute Mike (Squirty)
If Squirt loves us so much...how come he drags Becky's padded bra's out to the back yard for the meter reader to see? HUH! lolI've been reading up on starting a business.
Scroll down and you'll see how I calculated to equal Disability benefits today, I'd need $500,000 invested at 5%. Well, working for the man at $60,000 a year will not get me $500,000 in the next 13 years. The only possible way to retire decently (not getting breakfast out of a dumpster) is to start a business or have lots of children. I suppose I could still have lots of children, but Becky would be pissed.
Thursday, February 03, 2005 at 12:06:25 (PST)
Hi, I am a puppy dog, and I love making entries on Jim Cutlar's BLOG. Jim and Rebecca are great owners and I love them a lot. But Rebecca doesn't let me lick the roof of her mouth. How mean!!! Hope all is well with everybody out there in Arpanet land. BTW: In my previous life as a cow, I helped Al Gore design and build the Arpanet (nee: Internet). Those were the fun times. And not that long ago. In the early to mid 80s. And those darn Computer Science types claiming to laid the foundation of the Internet back in the late '60s and early '70s. How dare them!!! They are NERDS!! And nothing but NERDS!! Well, they're GEEKS too, but that's kinda the same thing. At least to a dog like me. Enough of my rants.. Time to go and chase speeding cars.. See ya..
Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 22:35:02 (PST)
> Oh yea, I lost my yesterdays entries on my new found energy
My experiment of turning the heat off for a couple of days paid off in spades. My eyesight is perfect. I up to 100% energy. My headaches have disappeared. I can think at light speed now.
Yesterday, I fixed a leak on the roof, we dusted, I cleaned the A/C ducts and filter, blew off the leaves on the front and back porch, cleaned windows, Chloroxed the water softener, backflushed it for an hour, added in 240lbs of salt, bought hairclamps at the 99c store. Becky vacuumed and helped out with everything.
Wednesday, February 02, 2005 at 22:21:55 (PST)
> Upgraded my site for February
Yesterday, I went up on the roof and fixed a leak in my skylight. I checked the vent to the water heater and sure enough, the roofers covered it up with styrofoam. But the exhaust flow wasn't blocked. So, in an ongoing attempt to find out why this is a sick-house, today I purchased and installed a CO detector. It has a readout for ppm (parts per millionth) of Carbon Monoxide. Registering at 13 ppm, that's not enough to affect us. So, tommorrow, I'm going up on the roof to tear apart the A/C unit. I still think it might have a leak in its heat exchanger. That would definitely leak CO into the inside air.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 13:45:58 (PST)
> The tree trimmers came over, David came over, and I still haven't worked on my A/C
Mike called this morning. He wants me to say he's my employee...no problem there.
David Keefer came over, made some calls. Said a guy he saw two days ago decided to throw away a box of stuff he was keeping. He's pissed.
Davy's Trees came over to trim tree limbs of the power lines. Well, I already trimmed the backyard trees 3 weeks ago due to my dumb neighbor's awning fence idea (he put fiberglass awning 10' tall along the fence to keep his dogs in...dumb). They shattered due to the wind, not my tree limbs. Anyway, I'd dragged all of my limbs together under the power lines (purely by chance). And Davy's Trees thanked the hell out of me for being so consciencous. lol.While I was checking my spelling...I found a really cool website
Check it out: Anonalies Unlimited
This site is great if you like strange but true science.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 13:26:08 (PST)
> So what's the way to go for retirement
Probably by going the all American route!
That is, to dream big! Start up a business.I like these names for local businesses:
The Happy Housekeeper - A maid service
The Mad Scientist, Weird Science, Spacial Anomolies - A shop that sells science kits, toys and novelties
Weird Science - A shop that sells science kits, toys and novelties
Lawn Order - A lawn care company
Palm Brokers - A palm tree trimming service
Tree Hackers - A tree trimming service
Hairy Carry - A hair salon
Salon De Cheveux - A hair salon
For the stores, I'd think that one store front would be a bad bet.
The only way to cover all bases would be to finance the operation. That would take some research and networking. Financing the operation for any of these ideas would be the way to go though.I like these names for web business
myAttic, myGarage, myJunk, myCloset - Merchant for miscellaneous house junk
myKnives - Swiss Army knives and such These are a few ideas.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 11:49:36 (PST)
> I'm still thinking about how retirement is going to workAssuming I can save $20,000 a year (with luck) for the next 13 years
I'll have saved $260,000. $260,000 a year invested 5% = $13,000 a year.
Assume Social Security will still pay $600 a month = $7,200 a year
. I'd be retiring at 62 with $20,200 a year.
What's the bottom line here? I'll be living poor until retirement, and I'll be poor after retirement. Forget living in Hawaii on disability (see the previous entry), I'll be living in Paducah, Ky in the ghetto's, and I'll suffer there until I die 10 years later.
Man, that's not a pretty picture at all.
Tuesday, February 01, 2005 at 10:09:49 (PST)
> Have you ever tried to plan your retirement? Think about disabilty.
Among the other things Sonny and I talked about was retirement planning.
I could wait for Social Security and get $800 when I'm 62, or $1,500 at 70.
But I know that I can receive $1,500 a month on disability now.Lets do some math on that $1,500 disability!:
$1,500 a month x 12 = $18,000 a year.
Add on Food Stamps: $100 x 12 = $1,200 a year + $18,000 = $19,200 a year total.I'd have to have invested $340,000 at 5% interest to equal a disabilty income of $19,000.
I'm not even going to mention taxation rules on disability.But that's no all -- Medicaid kicks and the health insurance is free at a 0% deductable
All health needs are free. I could go to the doctor to treat a cold!
Well, simply put, I can't get that period.
Insurance for me at 49 with preexisting conditions would cost $800 a month with a $5,000 deductable, and I pay 20% after the deductable is met.
In other words, $100,000 in health care would cost me $25,000.
For argument's sake, I'll use the $800 I would pay for crappy insurance. $800 x 12 = $9,600 a year.I would have to have $192,000 a year invested at 5% to pay for crappier health insurance than Medicaide.
I should mention at this point, I can get Albuterol through the internet for $10 an inhaler. Through insurance, the pharmacist wants $80 an inhaler, so we in the United States have incredibly inflated prices on pharmaceutical goods.
$340,000 + $192,000 = $532,000To equal the the benifits of those on disability I'd need $532,000 invested at 5%.
In other words, even when I was consulting making $140,000 a year, I never had a chance to retire early.But I mentioned disability didn't I? How do you get that?
I know several people, one in Hawaii (ex-teacher,alcoholic), one in Sacramento (no occupation,panic attacks), that got on disability. You either get a social security lawyer or know the ropes, get a physicalogist referral, shift your assets if any, file the papers and BINGO, you've become the equivalent of a $500,000 retiree at 49. The girl in Hawaii gets free housing near the beach, and Hawaii even pays for auto insurance. Its not fair is it?
Now, a lot of people were raised not to think this way.
But who is smarter, the parents that taught their kids not to work the system and to work until their 70, or the people who are now working the system? Who had more free time to enjoy life?