Free Form Ramblings

Overton Park Nature Trail  

 

Connectivity 

Been awhile since I did an honest blog post due to issues with Internet latency at my hangout in the auto shop.  Last night the net went down for good and I was forced to seek alternative bandwidth solutions.  I need something that is mobile and affordable and a fifty dollar cellular router caught my attention.  I chose the T-Mobile cellular wifi “pay as you go” solution from Walmart this morning.  I am testing it with the minimum purchase of one gig of bandwidth to see how that works out.  It was ten bucks for the bandwidth and it lasts a week or a gigabyte whichever comes first.  I will be as frugal as possible when using it and try to do as much Internet on free wifi as possible.  I am going to restrict my blog post constructions to my iPad mini as a means of limiting bandwidth but this will likely limit my ability to format posts in my usual format.   I still plan on uploading Youtube videos however and whenever I can.  

Life

The weather has been brutally hot here in Memphis the last week or so and this has made my 11 hour shifts on the landscaping crew at work specially hideous.  As if the long hours and manual labor weren’t enough to contend with, I now have to deal with what are most definitely deadly heat conditions.  Of course we have been briefed at work not to overdue it and to be aware of the symptoms of imminent heat death but that is little relief in actual practice.  Coming “home” to the shop is almost as bad since there is no air conditioning and the concrete block construction soaks up enough sun all day to radiate heat inside all night.  Security concerns stifle any thoughts of open windows or proper ventilation.  It is a situation that was never meant to be sustained and is rapidly approaching unsustainably.   My van is as road ready as I can get it with the time and money I have available and I am more than ready to get along in my journey to Pike’s Peak.  My original plan of walking from Oklahoma to Colorado at ten miles a day would have gotten me there by the Fourth of July.   I am trying to keep somewhere close to that earlier scheduled arrival time.  It’s all a bit of a gamble, much like life itself, but if I don’t take a chance I don’t stand a chance.  My tolerance for risk is a bit higher these days since I am literally risking my life and health in my current work/home living arrangements on a daily basis.  The final exodus to the mountains is rapidly approaching.  I am getting excited and nervous but always confident the future will find me in a more suitable situation than the present.   Many thanks to those who have cheered me on or helped me out in any fashion over the last six months or so.   I would not be in the position to make this move without you.

Realtime

Bandit and I are sitting on the patio of the golf clubhouse at Overton Park in the shade. We will be walking over to the “Overton Bark” dog park to hang out with the hounds in a minute.  It is free and a nice respite from the heat of the shop.  I will Instagram-Twitter some shots of the dogs from the facility in a bit.  

Enjoy. 

Songs of the South

Five Posts to Write Right Now

1. I found Colorado Springs quite enchanting when I was there. I would like to return. 2. My Micronic transistor radio. 3. Saccharine sweetened Kool Aid. 4. An Engineer 5. Dying before I lost my virginity. Enjoy.

The Daily Post

I recently hit a milestone age that invites gifts of black balloons and gravestone-shaped birthday candles. As I get older, I tend to spend more time wearing a path down memory lane. While it’s easy to get mired in the past, I try to use memories in a constructive way…to inform and inspire my writing today.

Today’s Five Posts to Write Right Now are all nostalgia-based.

1. The place where you felt happiest or safest.

As a teenager, I loved riding in my friend Jack’s Toyota Corolla station wagon. We’d belt out songs from the Evita soundtrack on our way to a New Hampshire, summer-stock production of Man of La Mancha. Would you believe I wasn’t popular in high school? I remember the front seat of that car, with its cassette deck and broken glove box, in vivid detail.

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Lost in the Dust of 9-11

Republicans have already figured out how to save our children from prosperity. Will they attempt to figure out a way to shift the blame to the Democrats? Count on them to give it their all. Remash article on Enron from 2001

The Tim Channel

Theft by Deception

Enron – An Implosion on Wall Street

November 29, 2001

“The company’s autopsy will be a complicated affair, entailing numerous lawsuits. What is already clear, and will come as a shock to millions of trusting individual investors across America, is that the financials of a Fortune 500 company were essentially a mystery. Enron’s death watch began last month when it grudgingly disclosed that $1.2 billion of its market value had vanished as a result of “related-party” transactions with private partnerships that enriched company insiders. Then Enron admitted that it had overstated its profits over the last five years by $600 million. Dynegy cited Enron’s lack of forthrightness as a reason to walk away from the merger agreement.

Not very long ago, competitors and Democrats in Washington were worrying whether the close ties between Enron’s chairman, Kenneth Lay, and George W. Bush would give the company too much influence. Enron has…

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Cafe Mix – Enschede NL