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By: ricderr, 3:03 PM GMT on November 28, 2009
Nothing like being home in sunny Florida. Well, it could be a tad warmer, but that's my only complaint. The outside Christmas decorations are up, It's Christmas tree shopping time and then Kyle and I are going fishing today and hopefully tomorrow we all will make it over to Okeechobee to the motocross park. I also have a water heater to change out and am planning how we want to remodel AHM's bathroom. Now if I could only find a local job life would be perfect.
I wanted to talk about how everyone is up in arms over the hacked e-mails about climate change. No, I don't want to argue climate change. Honestly, from an intellectual point of view, I cannot tell you which side is right or even more correct and more to the point, I believe 99 percent of the people who blog here can't either. I however, maintain my thoughts that this is rushed science and I maintain my ire that many groups and people have taken money from some very good enviromental projects and thrown it into AGW to the detriment of the enviroment. Now the notion that these e-mails disprove AGW is foolish, they do however show how politically motivated AGW has been from its inception and how strong the fight for and against is.
Here though is what has surprised me about this event. Nowhere have I seen condemnation for the hacker. In fact, on GetReal's blog there was even a comment, "God bless the hacker." Am I sinking that fast in being old fashioned that it is now OK to hack into someone's private files if you feel your cause is just and that leads to the QOD:
Is hacking a criminal act?
By: ricderr, 3:27 PM GMT on November 20, 2009
Just a note, I'm bringing up an issue that has political undertones which I do not think is appropriae for the subject matter. If you cannot discuss the topic without bringing party politics into play, I ask that you refrain from posting.
I was listening to the news and I heard reported that there is a measure in Congress to give the status of the slain in the Ft Hood massacre war status. It's one of those sujects that for me that pits sympathies against reason and I don't know how I stand on the issue and that leads to the QOD:
SHould the Ft Hood victims recieve war victim status and the rights granted under that status?
By: ricderr, 2:50 PM GMT on November 16, 2009
Well, I didn't take the job. It wasn't because they were going to cut my base pay three hundred a week but they weren't willing to pay me a car allowance or for my cell phone. It kind of went with the arrogance of their not calling me back. It seems like they feel that in this job market someone will just about work for free and they might just be about right. I'm just not that someone I've got to take my hat off to All Hail Mom as she said stay in Texas and she'll keep on being Super Mom taking care of the kids. I appreciate how hard this is for her.
I was reading about the new dollar coin stuff that has been going around the internet when I came across another one in Spathy's blog yesterday about Mel Gibson being the "Man Without a Face." Neither is true by the way although the dollr coin has me in stictches. If you haven't seen it there is an e-mail circulating about how the administration is trying to take God out of our currency and the new coin is missing "In God We Trust." There's two problems with this. One, IGWT is located on the outer band of the coin, it's not missing at all and second, the coin was commissioned in 2005. Now if it was true, does that mean that President Bush was trying to get rid of God in our coins? Heck, even Palin was duped. You would think that someone with her ambition would check a fact or two first, but I guess not. Oh well, it does lead to the QOD:
What is the best e-mail scam you've seen?
By: ricderr, 4:04 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
I don't know if I have a question for this one, but it's bothering me so I want to talk about it. I'm speaking of the Ft Hood murders and the subsequent news stories surrounding it. First, like most people I think it was horrendous and like many people I think there were enough warning signs that someone in the chain of command should have been aware and action should have been taken before the tragedy happened. That is conjecture on my part however, I have no facts, no proof to back it up and that's the problem. I keep reading articles where those with the same conjectures and lack of proof are using it to support their soap boxes and frankly they piss me off. It was an act of terror plain and simple, but to compare it to 9/11 seems ludicrous. It seems evident to me that this isn't much different than a Timothy McVeigh as it is a homegrown terror. Although the killer was Muslim, to blame it on the religious aspect is the same as if we condemn all Christians when one fringe Christian bombs an abortion clinic. Now to make it political, well, that's stupid beyond words. Does anyone else read it like I do and almost see a lynch mob mentality? I have read very little on the sentiment of the people regarding the internment of Japanese during WWII, or lynch mobs from the pioneering of the west, but I thought we learned that was a mistake. What deteriorated within us so fast that unlike both circumstances surrounding the Oklahoma bombing and the 9/11 attacks where we came together, helping out and comforting each other we've now begun to fight each other and cause more to attack each other. Maybe that should be the QOD: What lessons can we learn from this? Too bad I'm afraid I really won't care for some of the answers.
Updated: 4:10 PM GMT on November 09, 2009
By: ricderr, 2:17 AM GMT on November 05, 2009
Just maybe. I said maybe, soon I'll be heading home. I tossed my resume out to a company about two months ago and never heard anything back and about a month ago I got a call from them asking me if I was interested in working for them. What? Near home? Sleeping in my own bed at night? Were they kidding? I said maybe. OK, I said let's talk as my heart went racing and my adreniline level topped the charts. I spoke with their opeations manager, someone who I knew and someone that had already talked to someone else that told her she needed to hire me. We then set up an interview for the last time I went home. I met with one of the owners, a New York Italian and had the strangest interview of my life. His first question was "What could I offer the company." I gave a reply and he responded that he could have 60 people in my chair and they would all give the same response. So a bit exasperated I said that it was hard to answer as no one had told me what they expected me to do. He slapped his hand on the desk and shouted, " now that is the answer I was looking for. He never did tell me what the job description was but he did ask again what I could do. So i said whatever I did it would be top quality as if not I could expect no raises, no bonuses and it wouldn't be long before I was out the door. He laughed and said that was one of the three best answers he had heard in 40 years. He told me he wanted to hire me but he was afraid he would not be able to afford me but he would do what he could to make it happen. He sent me off by telling me to write my own job description and salary requirements and e-mail it to him the next day. I did and I added goals, objectives and obstacles. I had a reply soon after from their operations manager saying they were very pleased with what I had written. After two weeks, today I had a call from the Op Mgr and we've set up a conference call for tomorrow.
Now here's where this leads into the QOD. First, I want to be an independent adjuster. I'm trained and licensed but right now it's slow. In fact it's very slow. A new salesman I just hired is an IA with 5 years experience and he hasn't worked in months. Alright, no problem, I can take this job and as storms hit I can wait to be called when the time comes. Now, my concern though with this company is on two occasions they told me they would call me in a couple of days and they haven't. I've called them and been told that the owners have 10 other businesses and things come up and not to worry. That's well and good and maybe I'm reading too much into it, but I think if you tell someone you will call it's very disrespectful to not call them and that's the QOD:
Does it bother you when you don't get a call back as promised?
By: ricderr, 2:40 AM GMT on November 02, 2009
Well, It's been awhile and time is flying. I will try to keep up with posting. I'm still in Houston. I've been home and back, saw my son go undefeated in regular season of football, my daughter play in her marching band and camp with the oldest and youngest. I did not get nearly enough time with Becky as our schedules were full.
Since I've been here, Mary, aka Ihave27windows has invited me to her house to visit a half dozen times or more. Distance, timing and even me being sick has kept it from happening and when she invited me over for a Halloween party, I knew I had better accept this southern hospitality thing or I wouldn't have been worth the powder to blow me to hell. These Texans take their invites very seriously. One of my coworkers told me off one time when he found out I stayed the night in Austin and ignored his invite to stay at his place.
I had a great time! Mary and her family and friends are a riot. Bobby, in case you are lurking, her oldest daughter, is way too young for you, but she is hot.
And the QOD:
If you could visit anyone, who would it be?
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