March 27, 2014
More Changes to Bogies Life
So the big news for Bogie is that since life hasn't thrown me enough curve balls in the last 10 months, I apparently needed one more - I have lost my job. The Company has decided to mothball the plant as the market conditions for our product make it impossible to make money. I thought since I worked for a huge company with deep pockets, it would be safer. But somehow smaller companies are still able to get investors to keep them afloat, while the mother company is no longer willing to invest. Which is weird since the plant has not even been open for 2 years, and we lost less money last year than we were allowed.
So, once again, for the second time in 16 months, I am hitting the pavement. I really wish I could find a position with the same parent company as I would be able to keep a decent amount of vacation time. Speaking of vacations. A long time ago I mentioned how every time I have a vacation planned (other than to see family), something comes up to keep me from taking it. Yep, had a vacation planned for July with good riding in new territory with people I have known on-line for years. That got cancelled in a hurry. Only good news was I hadn't made airline reservations yet.
The closure announcement was sudden. The decision was made late Friday, and announced on Monday. It was so fast that there wasn't any time for rumors to fly, so everyone was taken completely by surprise.
Last day of work was Tuesday (that was actually exit orientation) and by yesterday afternoon I had 4 resumes out. But these days even if they really like you, it takes at least a month to get hired since they have to do background checks, drug tests and physicals.
Dang, if this had happened before I bought the house, I would have had options (like relocating to another state and working for the same company if a position becasme available). But now my hands are tied as there is no way I could get what I had to put out for the place - all stemming from the way I financed it. The good news is that I don't have to worry about a house payment, so can survive quite a while withouth that worry.
Wouldn't want my life to be stress-free now would we?
March 23, 2014
Walking the Dog
Coming home the other day, I got behind someone out for a "stroll" with his dog. I know it is hard to see, but the dot to the left of the truck is a medium-large dog.
I remember when we used to exercise our huskies this way.
September 15, 2013
On Friday the 13th in 2013, a control number that I gave out was 13-313. Enough 13’s make good luck right? Just a giggle I got the other day. And, I think it worked, my luck definitely seems to be turning a corner.
My current mantra is, Good Luck is Rising to the Top!
September 08, 2013
Some Luck Came My Way
I got a break on Friday in my luck. I got stopped before I lost a tire.
Seems the technician where I had the Jeep worked on forgot to torque either of the tires on the driver's side. Coming from work, about 40 miles from home I start feeling a front tire wobble. I thought my ball joint had decided to let go. Found a place to pull over and WS (who I had called) suggested I check the lug nuts. Sure enough, all the lug nuts on the front tire were extremely loose and several were on the last thread. I checked the other tires and the left rear had 3 loose lug nuts (not nearly so bad thought). The tires on the passenger side were fine.
That was me trying to get to my tire iron. Finally found it beneath the cargo section floor. tightened them up, got to a gas station (I wouldn't make it home) and re-tightened the lug nuts. WS met me further down the road where he really cranked them down.
Fortunately the rim seems no worse for the wear. Certainly didn't help the tires any, but at least I didn't lose a tire, or get killed, so that was a bit of luck that went my way.
June 30, 2013
Sunset Over Deering
On the 21st of this month, I looked out the front window and told WS that I would be back in a couple of minutes. He was confused, but I left in a hurry, bacause I saw a photo oportunity. I had missed a similar opportunity a couple of weeks earlier, and I wasn't going to miss this one.
I headed down the hill to the Deering View and snapped a couple of pictures of the sunset.
Oh, and I turned around, and there was the full moon.
Sometimes you just have to stop and appreciate the beauty that is around you!
June 22, 2013
Home Trip on the Cool Tool
Just to get a feel for how it works on longer trips, I activated my new app before riding home from work last night.
Pretty cool, they also give a video showing exact roads wheree htey use a "pin" to trace the route - so if you were in unfamiliar territory, and wanted to know your exact route, you can just look at your "video". (I am unsure if you will be able to access the video, thru the link, please let me know either way).
Not too shabby a tool for only FREE!
June 20, 2013
Cool Tool For the Phone
Thru the HDForums, I found a cool tool (app) for my phone that will track your travels by almost any imaginable transportation (walking, bus, bike etc). Then it gives you a rough map, time, distance and other stats. These you can share with anyone, some people or no one.
I thought it would be a cool thing to use on bike trips. I downloaded CheckMyTour a couple of days ago thru GooglePlay store (it is also available for iPhones) and decided to test it out during my walk at lunch. Now that walk isn't bery long - just around the parking lots of the building I work at, but I figured that would give me an idea of what it could do. so here are a couple of screenshots of my stats:
Check out the max speed of 4 mph, but my average was only 3.055. That is because I stopped at my bike and removed the engine guard chaps and stowed them away in the saddlebags. I also had my chaps and a sweatshirt that I had used for riding into work, which I stowed in another saddlebag. All-in-all, I probably spent 3-4 minutes at the bike before continuing on my walk. I could have hit "pause" and it wouldn't have counted that time, but I didn't want to bother. And truthfully, I had no idea what stats it was keeping, so didn't see a need to pause the recording.
Obviously it uses GPS to track where you are and I find it funny that it could track me so precisely that it shows how un-straight my walking line is! And, I was unsure what the picture would show inside my circular route - but obviously it knows the building is there, so I would guess that it works off of some type of mapping program (although it cannot give you pre-made maps).
I could also have taken notes of pictures and uploaded them to the site for use later (or sharing), but there wasn't much use of that during my test.
I think I will find use for this, if I remember to start it up before any of my travels.
May 19, 2013
If you think about it, you have seen something very similar in paintings:
Really, I wondered what people were smoking when they painted pictures with the wood walls of old buildings look all warped and stuff. This is the first that I remember seeing that actually looks that way. If you look really closely in the last picture, the barn in the background has a portion that is the same as the shed.
It is really striking - I pass it every day on the way to work and marvel every time.
May 11, 2013
Picture Perfect Morning
The winds have been so calm the last week or so, the ponds and lakes have been like glass when I pass them in the morning on my way to work. I kept thinking that I should stop and take a picture, and I finally did, using my phone's camera.
March 02, 2013
Greed and Oil
Now that gas is getting close to $4 a gallon again, I'll start seing things on FB and blogs that indicate that it must be the greedy oil complanies because there is no reason for gas prices to rise. Well, Scott can explain it a whole lot better than I ever could, I'll let him take over:
First, from a NatGeo article US gas Price Spike: Blame the Long Road to From Well to Pump that Scott Cites:
True, the price of crude plus taxes explains most of the price at the pump.
"It's basically simple for the most part," Goldstein explained, "but that
doesn't mean the rest is trivial. It's not." And, he notes, the "last 20 percent
. . .Pipelines from the Gulf Coast to the East Coast are limited, and the
only vessels permitted to move goods between U.S. ports are those built, owned,
operated, and crewed by U.S. citizens and registered under the U.S. flag.
The EIA report also points to planned and unplanned maintenance at refineries
... the changeover from winter grade products to summer grade products to meet
U.S. emissions requirements, and very low profit margins for refiners prior to
the current run-up.
Do you see the common theme? If not, just follow Scott's translation:
Let the libertarian translate: Due to EPA regulations strangling pipeline
building, Union-friendly laws strangling shipping capacity, OSHA regulations
shutting down entire refineries for months at a time, more EPA regulations
mandating specific fuels for specific regions, and refineries eating into their
profit margin to conform to even MORE EPA regulations, gas is expensive.
We have a friend that exclaimed that oil companies make more money than any other company in the world. Yeah, because they service almost every industry in the world (fuel, plastics, polymers, etc.) so the oil companies are huge in size. However, their profit is not all that high compared to a lot of Industries, including almost anything related to medical (including billing services), magazines, lumber, telco's, semiconductors, computers, Apple etc. In fact, at a profit of between 10% and 13%, their profit is most likely smaller than what the company you work for requires and is certainly smaller than what they aim for (they most likely aim for 25-30% - if they are trying to grow, or put money away for hard years anyway).
But, sure, go ahead and call the oil companies greedy if it makes you feel better.