May 12, 2010

Scorched earth

Well, let’s see.  It’s mid-May.  Temperatures have snuck into the low 90s only once or twice this year.   We’ve had so much rain in the Fall/Winter that the lake is full (yay!).

The Earth has a short memory, though, because things are looking very parched already in the way back part of the yard.

Let’s see how it looks after another, long summer of 100 degree temps and little rain.

Apr 14, 2010

Feeding a monster

It’s that time of year.  If you paid any Federal Income Tax at all for 2009 you are one of the 53% of American households that carry 100% of the tax burden (ref).

I waited until just about the last day to put mine in the mail.

The following is worth reflecting on this Tax Day Eve…

The 10 Cannots (William Boetcker, 1916)

  • You cannot bring about prosperity by discouraging thrift.
  • You cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong.
  • You cannot help little men by tearing down big men.
  • You cannot lift the wage earner by pulling down the wage payer.
  • You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich.
  • You cannot establish sound security on borrowed money.
  • You cannot further the brotherhood of man by inciting class hatred.
  • You cannot keep out of trouble by spending more than you earn.
  • You cannot build character and courage by destroying men’s initiative and independence.
  • And you cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they can and should do for themselves.

Apr 13, 2010

Re-tired

I had a flat from a nail in one of my tires last week.   I took it in and had it fixed.   Then this weekend I was running some errands and about half-way through discovered the same tire was flat again (grrr).   So today I took it back and they talked me into new tires all around, as they were pretty worn and someone used the word “dry rot.”     Hard to believe it had been about 6 or 7 years since I bought new ones.   How long are they supposed to last?

I love my Audi… it’s 13 years old and going strong.

Mar 7, 2010

Damage to Echelon building

The damaged Echelon building off of Hwy 183 in the Arboretum — some a-hole crashed a plane into it a week or  two back aiming at the IRS office.  Tragically, he hit his mark and killed one man that worked there.   Thankfully all the others in the building made it out ok — it could have been much worse.    The camera was running out of battery, so this was the only shot I was able to take before it conked out.   It’s a bit obstructed in this shot, but the big hole where the plane hit is at the bottom of the building just to the right of the post of the highway sign.   Very sad.

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