Wednesday, February 26, 2020

sportpet, driver safety, do the math and ESPP

I got tired of trying to get Meadow and Mesa into their individual fold-down carriers. They still make like flying squirrels with the new carrier but it’s way easier. This is a SportPet Designs Foldable Travel Cat Carrier, size XL. It folds down to 5”. The carrier also comes in one or two smaller sizes. It sure got comments at the Vet.
One can easily take the door off and set it up as a cozy spot for their cat/s to sleep or hang out.
The new carrier along with two Vet visits only cost me $1560. What a deal.

I guess Vehicles for Charity is the organization that handles donated vehicles, such as from NPRs Car Talk Vehicle Donation Program. They sent me a letter stating that my 2004 Ram 1500 was sold for $2,000. The new owner got a good deal with the new trans, brake rotors and other parts.

A few years ago I took an online driver safety course recommended by GEICO. The course wasn’t through GEICO, many insurance companies offer discounts for taking a driver safety course.

I taught Motorcycle Riding and Street Strategy up in Utah for four or five years, so I have a good knowledge of safe street strategies. Even with this knowledge base, over the years, I felt it would be smart to take a refresher course. I do not have that know-it-all mindset when it comes to driving—I’m a good driver - I’ve been driving for years - I don’t get in accidents. If people with this mindset took an online driver safety course, they’d probably find it an eye opener, and might save a life.

Anyway, I got an email from GEICO stating that my discount would be expiring soon unless I took another driver safety class. I chose the online AARP Driver Course. This course focused more on senior drivers and current car technology. I’m a big fan of these informative courses; cannot see how one could go wrong. Take one.

Picture a cartoon that depicts a sitting cat with a raised paw and a mouse facing him, holding a revolver. The cat looks down and says, Six bullets, nine lives. Do the math.

On Weekend Edition, I heard about a free economy book. Economy is something I have little knowledge of, so I looked into it.

“Economy, Society, Nature: An introduction to the new systems-based, life-friendly economics (World Economics Association Books)
‘Economy, Society, and Public Policy is an outstanding resource for teaching economic principles to students who will not major in the field. It provides an accessible yet comprehensive introduction to the economic ideas that are essential for understanding policy.’
The Curriculum Open-Access Resources in Economics Project (CORE Project) is an organization that creates and distributes open-access teaching material on economics. The goal is to make teaching material and reform the economics curriculum. Its textbook is taught as an introductory course at more than 300 universities.”

Sounded really good. Then I ran into a snag. Economy Society and Public Policy (ESPP) from The CORE team offers the book free for reading online. There is not pdf download. Guano. Doesn’t work with my present lifestyle. One can purchase the book for $46. I’ll have to think about it.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

January sixty minutes sixty years— 1800 minutes
January Triple 18—upper: 1920; core: 1900 legs: 1830

There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life:
music and cats. Albert Schweitzer

RVwest article ‘Following a Free Spirit’

RVwest article ‘The Spaces Between the Places’


Thursday, January 30, 2020

a grain of salt

All I am trying to get across on this page is to accept statements while maintaining a degree of skepticism about the truth. Simple. But in the current political situation in this country, exceedingly important.

(‘Take with a grain of salt (or a pinch)’ comes from the fact that food is more easily swallowed if taken with a small amount of salt.)

A while back, I heard a clip on National Public Radio of the current president attacking two of his opponents about the homeless situation on their home turf.

Three years ago, being a listener of NPR, I learned to question statements coming from White House. So I questioned what was not said in his homeless statement. What about the homeless situation in cities overseen by his own tribe? I then googled the homeless situation in Washington D.C., his own turf. I was not the least bit surprised. Look it up.

Partial truths can skew the true story.

If I hear a politician discrediting her/his opponent, I’ve learned to take it with a grain of salt. Then I see if there is evidence that supports such statements.

Open your browser and type in these keywords, ‘documented false statements coming form Trump’?
Did you catch that? Documented.

Did you not take The Tax Bill with a grain of salt? Did you look up who benefited the most?

I definitely favor one tribe, but that is not what I’m addressing here.
When it comes to current politics—stop and think, question, research and assess what members of both tribes are saying.

I might have already written on another page that more than half of NPR listeners hold a college degree. We do not like to be snowed.

‘Make America great again’? Is that the phrase? The actions of the current administration do not jive with those words.
Why have so many world leaders lost faith in the U.S.?

I wonder if more people listened to National Public Radio, American Public Media and the like, and truly listened to what was being said, might we not start to make progress in solving the mess we are in?

It is not about which tribe one belongs to. It’s about both tribes starting to work together so they can get back to governing this country. And maybe, Make America great again.

There is a vast amount false or misleading claims equating to disinformation out there. Take what you hear with a grain of salt (or a rock of).
Don’t be taken in. Always look for the facts behind the statements. Often, they are not there.

There are millions of people who do not do this. Be one of the others.

Then there’s Fox News and Rush Limbaugh. Good grief.

We need changes. What mindset would lead to changes?

If one reads this and blows it off—they might be part of the problem.

If one starts off a conversation on politics with mentioning the opposing party in a negative way—they are likely part of the problem.

I wear a ring in an ear—Not my nose.

The ball is in your court. Pick it up.

December sixty minutes sixty years— 1820 minutes
December Triple 18—upper: 1535; core: 2405; legs: 2930

If you feel you have come to the end of your rope
tie a knot and hang on.
Then start pulling your way back up.

RVwest article ‘Following a Free Spirit’

RVwest article ‘The Spaces Between the Places’