Sunday, November 29, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #239 The Badlands of South Dakota, September, 2010

Here is just one of the many vistas of this unique landscape. This is in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. It's one more example of the awesome scenery, topography and geology that makes up the United States.

I drove through Badlands National Park the first time in late September of 2010 when I drove to Rapid City to finalize my change of residence and domicile to South Dakota and obtain my South Dakota drivers license. This is the fifth state I've held a drivers license from and had voting privileges. . . READ MORE

Monday, November 23, 2015

52 Weeks to a Simpler Life – Tip #12 – To Do Something OR Not To Do Something – Using Intuition

Life is full of turns and twists. It doesn't matter who you are, everyone is presented with more opportunities and possibilities than any one person can take advantage of during a lifetime.

The challenge is, making the decision to do something or not to do it. Typically, when one of these opportunities presents itself, we seek counsel from family, friends, trusted colleagues, doctors, lawyers, business consultants, teachers/professors, clergy, financial advisers, etc. We look to them for the answer(s) we need to make the correct decision.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Photo-of-the-Week #238 Freedom in Florida, Haulover Beach, Miami, Florida, February 2004

What can exemplify personal freedom anymore than being on a beach sans any clothing? So, you might be asking what might I have been wearing and how far away was I with my telephoto lens? I am not a practicing nudist or naturist, the two labels that seem to be used interchangeably for this lifestyle. However . . . when in Rome, do as the Romans do. Yes! I was a full participant and the photo was not taken with a telephoto lens. . . READ MORE

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up – Saturday, November 21, 2015

Another busy week has passed. How was yours? Not much new to report from my world. I'm still listing storage items on eBay and Craig's List. I have a few more items sold and shipped. But, there is so much more to go. I am seeing a little bit of light, but it's a long way down the “long tunnel,” yet.

I pulled my Kenwood TS-430 all band, high frequency transceiver out of storage to start figuring out how I'm going to mount it in the van. I'll also have to pass the power cable through the van firewall so I can hook it up directly to the van battery. It requires more power than is reasonable to take through the cigarette lighter. I may even run it off the fuse block and put an automotive fuse in the line. It already has an inline fuse, but there's nothing like being extra safe.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

52 Weeks to a Simpler Life – Tip #11 – Reevaluate Your Expectations and Make Changes.

We are well into the 21st Century. That still seems a bit strange when I say it or write it. I'm a product of the 20th Century and, most likely, so are you. While I'm not officially a “Baby Boomer,” I was born a year earlier than the Boomer generation has been defined to begin, I still grew up as part of that generation. Those were good times and those were bad times. Those of us who are Boomers were initially defined by the aftermath of the Great Depression and World War II.

Our parents wanted us to have better lives than they had. That's not unusual. I believe all parents since the beginning of time want their offspring to have lives better than they had. That's probably never been truer than during the past couple centuries as technology advanced at ever more accelerating rates. Those of us born in the 40's were actually around before or at the time the first 12” 33 1/3 and 7” 45 rpm phonograph records were introduced. Since then we've gone through those records, the 4 track and 8 track cartridge, the compact audio cassette, the CD, the Philips Digital Cassette, Digital Audio Tape (DAT), flash memory mp3 players, the iPod and now streaming and downloadable music formats. And that's just one small facet of our ever expanding technological world.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Weekend Wrap-up, Sunday, November 15, 2015

Wow! Life has sure happened since my last Weekend Wrap-up. The day after the last Wrap-up, Sunday, November 1st, was the day I lost the first of three friends. Two days later on November 3rd I lost the second and on Sunday, November 8th, I lost the third. So, among other things, over the past two weeks I've lost three long time friends to death and attended two funerals. It's all part of life, but not my favorite part.

November 1st was also the 7th anniversary, to the day, of my Emancipation Day. November 1, 2008 was the first day I was happily houseless. It was the first time since I was born, about 63½ years earlier, that I didn't have a fixed residence (or place of business). My overhead reduced by about 80% overnight. I haven't regretted one moment of my life since that time.

Photo-of-the-Week #237 – In Solidarity with the French People, Friday, November 13, 2015

This week's photo, or actually a symbol, isn't about me or the places or experiences I've had. It's about the horrific experience the French, and especially the Parisians, had on November 13, 2015 . . . Friday the 13th.