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Goodbye Alaska…. the end of an era

April 29, 2018

My truck “at home” in Alaska

Today is just a week shy of two years
since my arrival in Texas
and I thought I would share
a sad personal moment
(in pictures)
when I finally surrendered my
Alaskan citizenship.

My truck with something different besides the snow… can you see what that difference is?

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Whack-ah-mole…. an update from Texas

April 27, 2018

….in Texas it is that time of year when they experience large temperature shifts and at the same time also expect to see a number of tornadoes. Now not being born and raised in Texas I find it a little disconcerting that during the weather report on the evening news they showed graphs of comparison between the number and intensity of tornadoes experienced during the month, it is not the fact that they are discussing this weather phenomena that unsettles me but the casual/matter of fact way they address it.

With it nearing almost two weeks since my last posting and with some of you thinking I may have hung up my keyboard I believe I should raise my head, (like in the carnival game ‘whack-a-mole’), above the game board of life and finger some keys to let you know what is happening with the old curmudgeon.

First let me say that never fear the world and its millions of bureaucrats are still doing many corrupt things totally devoid of any common sense that one can write about. Even right here in the good old US of A our own oil companies must need more cash in their pockets so there is once again an artificial oil shortage. I say artificial because you may remember back in the beginning of the year these same oil companies were gloating over the fact that the US was now on track to be the worlds number one oil producer, so I have to ask why all of the sudden did we jump $.20 or $.30 a gallon for gas?

And just when…. I have accepted the fact that I will remain here in Texas, sign another years lease on the apartment and go to DMV to register my truck in Texas I am once again ‘whacked on the head’. I was expecting the increase in cost at my insurance company State Farm because I now live in a highly congested area and the chance of an accident is definitely greater than back at the cabin, but DMV wants $200 to register my truck and the lady found it ‘humorous’ that in Alaska I did not have to pay to have my registration renewed every year. The icing on the cake was when I arrived back home there was a notice on my door of a rent increase…. now one can ask how after just signing my new lease could I weeks later get a notice of a rent increase and I say that’s what makes me feel like I am in a ‘Whack-a-mole’ game!

So though the world wobbles along as it has always done
my new improved and warmer Texas universe
continues to put its foot on my back
and just when
I need a smoke
I realize
what a bad time it was
to quit.

The fragmented Christian church in America…. just a thought

April 13, 2018

…242 years ago men destined to run our nation gathered and drafted a document casting off the shackles of tyranny from England with the following words echoing their beliefs in God as their creator, and never once worrying about mixing matters of church with the state.

“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal,
that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,
that among these are
Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

….no I am not naïve or lack the intelligence to see a bigger picture but for some reason from time to time I reflect on the number and diversity of churches where I am living. It makes no matter if it was Philadelphia, where I was borne and raised, Fairbanks where there are almost as many churches as restaurants or here in Texas where at times it appears there is a church on every corner…. I have to ask why?

True I have not participated in services at every church but come on every one of them from the mega 3,000 seat one to the small corner storefront with 30 folding chairs all profess to believe in God as our Savior and that one must live according the inspired scriptures of the bible… so again I ask why so many churches?

Can you imagine the power ‘we the people’ would have if we had only one Christian church in our nation? The will of ‘we the people’ in that church could no longer be ignored. We would no longer have to contend with the likes of the ACLU suing us because we stand behind our beliefs. Our fellow Christians could in one breath rid congress of every representative that supported actions restricting our beliefs or worship.

Why couldn’t
those thousands of different christian churches
believe as one.

Why couldn’t
each follower of Christ
stand side by side
praising the lord
and set the example for the rest of our nation?

Fake news, the national guard…. and a short sabbatical

April 6, 2018
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….there is no pie, its just not happening, I mean once again I have lost the inspiration to write the simplest of postings. This week is a prime example with the Sinclair ‘fake news memo’ and the bloodbath response by the mass media add to that the fact that the President has called up the national guard to stop a march of one thousand illegal’s from entering this nation while not allowing those soldier’s to be armed, it was a week of events that normally would have me drooling with glee.

I mean once you get past the ironic behavior of the mass media at appearing shocked by the Sinclair broadcasting corporation stating live on camera that they would not disseminate any ‘fake news’ one must understand that the mass media considers it their job as journalists to not only (report) the news but interpret it for those of us too (slow) to understand what it means. Added to that news anchor and icon Dan Rather saying how bad Sinclair’s memo was at the same time we must remember when Rather was caught live on the air lying about the fact that President George W Bush “shirked his duties when he was in the Texas Air National Guard in the 1960s and 1970s”.

The past week has also delivered to me another ironic news item when I learned that President Trump signed a proclamation for the deployment of the national guard to our Southern border, I call this ironic only because the military cannot act as a police force and make arrests or use force they must just be there as a (show of force) and help with the observation of movement along the US Mexico border.

A number of you know that in late April of 2016 I left Alaska for Texas and hopefully a better way of life. It is now 2018 and withing 60 days I must decide if my move becomes “official” and I become a resident of Texas. This approaching deadline and a bout with ill health has overwhelmingly occupied my mind to the extent that writing itself, let alone being creative while doing so, has not been a focus for me. So Until I resolve the ‘official’ residence issue I plan to take a sabbatical from these my humble pages.

The dust on my residency
will settle by the end of May
until then no doubt
I will poke my head up
and attempt to
entertain and enlighten
any who pass this way.

Fire and ice…. a decision that burns

March 25, 2018

,,,,when I first woke up and went out front to great the day and enjoy those first sips of coffee the air was a tad warm but the breeze made it comfortable and I was thinking maybe today I could get two laps in during my walk around the complex. However when I began my walk the sun beat down on my arm and face like a sun lamp and the ground radiated the suns heat feeling like an open oven door.

Yes my ‘current’ decision to remain in Texas is literally a choice between fire and ice, the below zero temperatures plus 80 inches of snow at my old home in Alaska and here in Texas with days like today when at 11 am it was already 75 and making me wonder just what summer will look like. Even my original home in Pennsylvania is being hit by heavy snow falls with the news today talking about another snow storm heading across the country.

So here I sit preparing to surrender my Alaskan citizenship because I am too old to handle the rigors of living in a state where the snow is on the ground for 8 months and temperatures are so cold one could die from prolonged exposure.

The walk just completed I sit staring at the picture my daughter sent me of how much snow she had to shovel just to get into the club she manages reinforcing my decision to not return to that snow and cold. Though realization of that loss of home has this old man wondering aimlessly through his day, one must accept the reality of old age, and hope one can break the grip of the melancholy that surrounds that decision.

After all

is

a home

just a place in which to live

or is it where

your soul finds peace and happiness

 

The Baltimore school shooting…. just the truth

March 21, 2018

Don’t you find it strange that after the school shooting in Florida the media carried it as their lead story for days, but the school shooting in Baltimore is after only a couple days relegated to the back of the news desk? Could it be because those who made such a fuss about the Florida shooting were anti-gun and the shooting in Maryland proved that having an armed individual on campus does stop school shooters? Yes we need to find a way to keep the gun out of the shooters hand, but until then…. we can stop a shooter from inflicting further injuries if we allowed trained individuals in schools malls and other public places be armed.

The only way
to stop
a bad guy with a gun
is with
a good guy with a gun!

Students?…. march in support of gun laws

March 16, 2018

….I am in awe of the amount of work and coordination the school children of our nation exhibited in their ‘National School Walkout’ and march on Washington. The mere fact that they could coordinate with so many schools and the logistics involved with (chartering) so many buses for the Washington march and demonstration shows how mature and focused our children can be. Also when looking at some of the news photographs and seeing how carefully the children made their placards making them look like they were printed and not just drawn by hand shows attention to detail. The icing on the cake however was the ( random ) children the media interviewed and their ( spontaneous ) anti-firearm comments… it was almost as if someone else was running the show and writing a script for the kids to repeat.

On March 14th thousands of school children across the nation walked out of school in support of newer and tougher gun laws, or at least that is what someone wanted you to think. Yes it is true that in Washington DC and other cities in America students did indeed walk out of class and for some it was in direct response to the school shooting in Florida last month and their desire for tougher gun laws. But come on folks you are adults and you are not that stupid to not see that these demonstrations were not organized and implemented by school students but by those who want to see a tightening of restrictions on firearms in the hands of you and I.

There is just no way the children shown commenting on various news outlets all echo the same anti-gun sentiments without being coached. Just like those kids were not responsible for the hundreds of buses chartered or the thousands of “hand written” placards used in the demonstrations. Like they have in the past for other purposes, once again politicians and those with an agenda are using not only you and I but once again our children as pawns in a battle to control firearms.

I will not touch on the why they want to remove firearms from us because all we have are theories and suffice it to say that you will be ill-pressed to disagree with my supposition that these demonstrations are supported and influenced by people other than the children we see in front of the cameras.

Watching the youth of our nation
stand up
for what they believe
was inspiring,
but watching a school principle
remove one of those children
from the school walkout
because he wanted to stand up
for a different view on gun control
erases any thought
that these national demonstrations
were an example
of  freedom of speech.