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By: ricderr, 2:56 PM GMT on May 31, 2011
So, yesterday I'm cleaning the fish tank, it's about 200 gallons and I add water via the water hose from the outside. I turn on the hose and walk back into the house and I see the hose on the dining room floor spewing water all over the floor. I start to run and as soon as I hit the tile my feet fly out in front of me and I'm ass over tea kettle, falling in slow motion and land straight on my back. I can't breath, my legs go instantly numb. It feels like someone has stuck a knife in my back and the only way I can describe it is it feels like a time in my youth when a group of guys took a baseball bat to my back. Man I wish I had a video because it had to look funnier than hell when I fell. I'm realizing I'm not near as young as I was this morning as I can hardly move. Oh well, nothing like hurting and still having to clean up the mess you made.
Well, Memorial Day is over and to me that means summer is here and that leads to the QOD:
What are your summer plans?
By: ricderr, 1:01 PM GMT on May 28, 2011
It's a beautiful morning here in El Paso. I watched the sky brighten as I pulled a few weeds from the garden. I'll upload a photo in a little bit.
I'm not sure why, but I've had Bobboy Mc farrin's song, "Don't Worry Be Happy" stuck in my head ever since I woke up at 5:30 a.m. It just won't go away.
I'm off to play secretary at Jessica's office today and I wish you a wonderful Saturday.
Is there a particular song that gets stuck in your head the most?
By: ricderr, 9:25 PM GMT on May 26, 2011
It's a hot one here in lovely El Paso. WU is telling me it's 96 at the airport and my bald noggin is telling me the UV rays are out in force. Oh well, I guess summer is upon us and the good news is that means there is hope for a little bit of rain. We have gone over 113 days without any rain and that last bit of precipitation was a tiny bit of snow. It's a dry record breaker, but what can you expect we're the desert.
I was talking with a good old boy about his roof today and he had plenty of hail damage, but he didn't have any insurance. That means that there wasn't any way I could help him except for him to pay the total price out of his pocket. he made a comment that it was a darn shame he didn't live in one of the recent disaster areas because then the government would pay to fix up his roof. he went on to lament that it just wasn't fair. Now I'm not sure FEMA would pay in a situation as his, it's not my area of expertise, but I do know that his sentiment has recently been shared by some of our government officials, writers and even WU bloggers. Now I do agree that it's not fair. A wind storm knocks a tree through one house and they do not get any assistance but it knocks down houses in a whole city and many people get assistance, but I have to also think about the economic depression a whole city would have compared to one individual. I think there is a Spock quote in that last sentence. Also, we could spend all day talking about the inadequacies of FEMA or any other government agency, but I don't think that's the issue either. Maybe it comes down to what your definition of fair is. I'm really not sure, I can only speak for myself and it puts me in a conundrum. I have a hard and fast view of fair and that is that it must be equal to all. However, I agree with government offering aid to those areas affected by disasters and so I give you the QOD:
Should our government offer assistance to those in times of disasters?
By: ricderr, 3:08 PM GMT on May 23, 2011
I enjoy doing the QOD when I can and usually my questions are usually ones that I already have my own answers to, but it is nice to see other peoples opinions. Todays is quite simple, but one that I truly would like to know how people think so let's get to it.
Screw politics on this one because the facts speak for themselves regardless of who you are for or against, but last year we gave over 3 billion dollars in aid to Israel, the most ever. It's not the aid that I'm questioning but the reaction that people have over it. It seems to me that those that are in favor of it are the same people that are against aiding our own countrymen. If I'm wrong please feel free to tell me but it is the QOD:
Why is it ok to aid Israel, but not ok to aid our own citizens?
By: ricderr, 1:23 PM GMT on May 20, 2011
Yep, this is it, the end, the finale, pfft, that's all folks. It's been fun while it's lasted but like all good things it's time to go.
See the world is ending tomorrow, May 21, 2011. That's what Camping, the founder of Family Broadcasting Radio says anyways. There's even a billboard here in El Paso claiming the fact so it must be true, right?
All I know is I'm going out tonight and buying three large bags of Bon Bons and then tomorrow, sitting on my bench on the front porch and I'm going to take in the sights as the world bids us all adieu. I'm hoping for loud trumpets, clouds rolling fast across the sky just like in the old movies, earthquakes and fireballs. I'd capture it all on video but for what? The world as we know it will be gone and so why save it for posterity when posterity is never going to get here, but it does lead to the QOD;
What would you do if you knew the world was going to end?
By: ricderr, 10:01 PM GMT on May 18, 2011
I know, I know, it's still Wednesday, but it's so late in the day let's make this Thursday's question.
Life is great here in El Paso. Baby girl is almost 12 pounds and she's at the cooing stage. She likes to have either Jessica or I lay beside her and talk to her and she coos back. Oh, and she still has more hair than her dad.
There is a bill that has probably been signed into law by now that crossed Texan Governor Perry's making it a law that to vote in this state you must first show ID. Now when I heard about it my first inclination was it's not needed and just another law but as it has crossed the news from time to time I actually feel it's a good law. The local news stations have tried to make it sound as if most people are against it in our city and who knows if they are right or if it just makes for good television. At first I thought it was unnecessary because it just seems as if too many people would have to be involved and you know darn well someone would have to blab it out. However, I've been looking at voting statistics just here in El Paso and fraud could easily change a race. There are about 220,000 registered voters in our city and this last local election only 7.5 percent of the voters turned out. That's 16,500 voters only. Then when you divide that by the 8 different precincts in a close race someone that had quite a few adamant supporters and access to who votes and who doesn't well, even though far fetched it is in the realm of plausible and that leads to the QOD:
Should people have to show legal ID to vote?
By: ricderr, 3:23 PM GMT on May 13, 2011
Oil has dropped to under 100 dollars a barrel, but that's not the issue.
Our government is reluctant to add new oil fields, but that is not the issue.
Our government gives billions of tax dollars to the huge oil companies yearly, but that is not the issue.
Some believe that present or past administrations are to blame for gasoline prices, but that is not the issue.
The issue is quite simple and yet it is the one thing that is least talked about and that is, in the next thirty years oil consumption is predicted to double.
That's right, double! It doesn't matter how many oil fields we open up, how fuel efficient we make our vehicles, how many CFL bulbs we add to our houses in the near future at our present pace we are going to demand more oil than can be produced and that this planet of ours has stockpiled. That is the reality we face and it means we all need to be aware that no matter who is in power we are all going to face higher prices and as we all know all too well, this not only means the price we pay at the pump but it flows to every consumable item and services. The truth is we had better start looking at alternatives as if not there's going to be hitching posts once again and huge plastic poop bags as some are forced to go back to horse and buggy to commute.
Last Saturday I watched a video from T. Boone Pickens where he is asking for 5 billion in tax credits to help convert diesel trucks to natural gas. With diesel prices at over 4 dollars a gallon, the equivalent of natural gas would be 1.50. Better yet it is a domestic product and we have more than enough to meet predicted demand. The rub is that the cost of a truck running on natural gas is forty to fifty thousand a year more and that leads to the QOD:
Would you pay more upfront for a vehicle that would cost you less to use?
By: ricderr, 8:47 PM GMT on May 10, 2011
Did you know the average person eats around 4 pounds of dirt a year? Here in Paso with the spring dust storms it's got to be higher. The mountains are just about obscure; my nose is already plugged and bloody.
It's also election time here in El Paso and it's time for new city council men and women. I enjoyed watching their debate Sunday morning on one of the local stations and without them declaring party affiliations it was easy to tell who was who. I don't care which party you belong to if all you can talk is the party line and not address the real issues of the city. I also am not a fan of early election voting. I wonder how much it adds to the costs and is it truly worth it to bolster voter turn out. What I really don't like is at every polling place there are representatives of each candidate and when you walk by it's reminiscent of the movie Airplane where the lead actor walks through the airport and is accosted by all the non profits. Does it really sway voters on choosing their candidate? It must as there are scores of representatives at every polling place and that leads to the QOD:
When you head to the polling place to cast your ballot is your mind made up for the candidates of your choosing?
By: ricderr, 1:39 AM GMT on May 09, 2011
What an incredible Kentucky Derby. Wild Kingdom came from the middle of the pack with a quarter mile to go and pulled away to win handily. The other horses looked like they were in slow motion compared to Wild Kingdom. I'm not sure if the horse has any chance to win the Triple Crown but he had his 15 minutes of fame on Saturday.
I saw another great race earlier on Saturday as I watched Amber during her track finals. It was the sixth grade boys marathon and throughout the race the two front runners took turns passing each other until they came around the last turn during the final lap. This one little boy looked at the other and you could almost see what he was thinking as he determined he was going to give it his all and kick it up a notch. He took off and the other tried to keep pace but soon it was evident who the winner was going to be. You could see the determination on the winners face as he crossed the finish line and it was amazing.
I'm not sure that being that determined comes naturally to me. Actually I know it doesn't. Let me take the easy route. If it's uncomfortable, well, that's why God made pillows isn't it? You're not going to find me jumping out of planes, exploring unchartered depths of the ocean or colonizing the moon. I'll be totally happy saying I knew you when you do it yourself. Well that is until lately. I started the ball rolling on a few things I let slack in the past and in a few weeks I embark on a new career. You know what? It feels good and that leads to the QOD:
What are you determined to do?
By: ricderr, 8:25 PM GMT on May 05, 2011
I've seen the following from a few friends in E-mails and is now being copied blog to blog and it's very sweet. It kind of makes you sit back and think and say hey, well that is until you actually stop and do some thinking and realize oh, it's just not factual. Don't worry, this is long but it will end in a QOD:
In the line at the store, the cashier told the older woman that plastic bags weren’t good for the environment. The woman apologized to her and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my Day.”
That’s right, they didn’t have the green thing in her day. Back then, they returned their milk bottles, Coke bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, using the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But they didn’t have the green thing back her day.
Sounds good doesn't it, however those are three items, here's a look at recycling from just 1990 - 2000. Back in the day GREEN? My ass!
Year Percentage of Waste Recycled
In her day, they walked up stairs, because they didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. They walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time they had to go two blocks. But she’s right. They didn’t have the green thing in her day.
That sounds good also, but take a look at this little blurb about per capita energy consumption. Back in the day GREEN? My ass!
Back then, they washed the baby’s diapers because they didn’t have the throw-away kind. They dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts – wind and solar power really did dry the clothes. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing. But that old lady is right, they didn’t have the green thing back in her day.
Now as a dad whose nose wrinkles every time I change Hope's poopy pants, I have to admit, the convenience and drier benefits you get from a disposable daiper means that even if they were by far less greener than cloth, I'd still use cloth. But are cloth diaper greener like the sweet story implies, take a look at this blurb from ABC News. Back in the day GREEN? My ass!
A new study released in England by a quasi-government environmental organization may dampen the debate even further. After a three-year, 200,000-pound (about $360,000) study, the London-based Environmental Agency concluded that disposable diapers have the same environmental impact as reusable diapers when the effect of laundering cloth diapers is taken into account.
Back then, they had one TV, or radio, in the house – not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a pizza dish, not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen, they blended and stirred by hand because they didn’t have electric machines to do everything for you. When they packaged a fragile item To send in the mail, they used wadded up newspaper to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, they didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. They used a push mower that ran on human power. They exercised by working so they didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity. But she’s right, they didn’t have the green thing back then.
Once again, look at the per capita energy usage. I could cite more studies but instead let me say; Back in the day GREEN? My ass!
They drank from a fountain when they were thirsty, instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time they had a drink of water. They refilled pens with ink, instead of buying a new pen, and they replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull. But they didn’t have the green thing back then.
OK, I have to give them this one. I don't do bottled water. A waste of money and plastic. but were they green? Back in the day GREEN? My ass!
Back then, people took the streetcar and kids rode their bikes to school or rode the school bus, instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service. They had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And they didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint. But they didn't have the green thing back then!
Yep, darn those taxi driving soccer moms straight to hell, but here's a little bit of information for you from Travel and Leisure. Back in the day GREEN? My ass!
1,000 old cars without emission controls produce as much pollution as 100,000 new cars.
So yes, it's a sweet nostalgic article that reminds us of the differences from the old days, but green, well you answer that yourself, however it does lead to the QOD:
Do you recycle?
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