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Tuesday, April 03, 2018

I’m Back

I have not posted to this blog in about 2 years as Lynne and I explored an “off the grid” life. We are now back on the grid and living in Northern Colorado. So, our daily lives have changed dramatically and I’ll get back to sharing my ramblings on this blog. Nothing to say beyond that right now. Actually, this is more of a test to see if everything is working!

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Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 04/03/2018 at 09:16 AM
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Saturday, April 30, 2016

I am “Retired”

I've made the announcement over on Off the Grid, but thought I should record the momentous date on my personal blog, too. Yesterday was my last day at work. I formally retire on 13 May, but have taken two weeks of vacation to stay at home and take care of the final preparations for the move to the cabin in Colorado.

It is a big deal. One's day of "retirement" is up there when it comes to life events. Schedules change, priorities change, attitudes change. As one friend said, "you go from W2 to 1099". Something to think about. 

I'll miss the people at work, the products, and the many, many friends I've made over the years. Thanks to all who have supported and helped me!

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Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 04/30/2016 at 05:48 AM
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Friday, February 19, 2016

Pileated Woodpecker

The other day, Lynne published some photos of a beautiful Pileated Woodpecker that was busy in our back yard. I was envious that I did not see him. But, a couple of days later he showed up again and I got a nice photo and a couple of short videos.

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Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 02/19/2016 at 03:04 PM
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Whatever Happened to RESPECT?

Growing up, I was taught to respect others--even others with viewpoints different from my own.

I was taught to respect elders. Always saying "sir" and "ma'am". "Yes, sir!" "No Ma'am." I was taught to listen to them, respect their experience, open my mind to their insights.

I was taught to respect authority. From police to pastor to president, people in positions of authority were to be looked up to, listened to, even obeyed.

I was taught to respect females. No honking the horn in the driveway to pick up a date. "If you respect her and really like her, you'll go to the door to get her and walk her to the car." And, of course, walk her to the door at the end of a date. I was taught to open car doors for females, although this sign of respect has gone the way of crystal radios. I was taught to respect the word "no".

I was taught to listen respectfully, even to ideas and opinions I disagreed with. To look for the "grain of truth" and seek empathy in order to understand opposing views. Then, when it was my turn, make my argument with equal voice.

I am not sure what has happened. But, I see and hear very little respect for elders, people in authority, women, and those with different viewpoints today. I see online comments that are at minimum disrespectful and often even vulgar.  I think part of the problem is the anonymity of electronic communications. It is pretty easy to rant and rave, call people or groups names, use profanity, and denegrate when doing it with a keyboard to someone you have no physical or emotional connection too. Would people be as disrespectful if they were made to voice their disrespect face-to-face? To someone they've had a chance to get to know, even through a brief personal conversation? 

Respecting a person or group of people does not mean you agree with them. It just means you recognize their right to their position/opinion/idea, and disagree. Respectfully.

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Posted under: Stuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 02/23/2015 at 02:03 PM
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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Whatever Happened To…? Strike Anywhere Matches

We like to use strike anywhere matches at the cabin. That way, you don't have to keep track of the box and you can light fires one-handed. You can strike on a rock (like on the fireplace), or the limestone hearth. You can strike on rough metal (like the antique matchstick holder we have). If you are a true cowboy you can strike on your jeans, or if you are a show-off, on you fly zipper. 

We just can't find matches any more that don't require the companion box.

Over time, the box gets used up. The rough strike zone gets worn down and it takes 5 or 6 tries to get a match to light. 

There are lots of reasons why strike anywhere matches are preferred. 

Maybe they don't make them any more? I could understand that they might be dangerous to transport. After all, if they "strike anywhere", I guess they could strike against themselves. I can picture the semi-truck going down a bumpy highway with a load of strike anywhere matches and going up in smoke.

I guess we are just going to have to get used to two-handed match striking.

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Posted under: Cabin NewsStuff You Gotta Know! • by Rick on 09/27/2014 at 11:00 AM
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