I’m free range

I began playing on my own outside my house when I was five years old.  I could walk to kindergarten on my own.  I rode my bike on residential streets.  I played in the woods.  My parents didn’t ‘helicopter’ and let me explore the world.

https://www.npr.org/player/embed/598630200/598630201

If you would rather read the story –

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/01/598630200/utah-passes-free-range-parenting-law

That such a law needs to be passed and that people live in such fear and have such little understand about how kids effectively develop into functional adults is one more sad statement on the US social structure.  ‘We’ live in fear of everything and everyone.

 

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Privacy on the Internet

You want privacy on the Internet –

Step one 1: physically disconnect your device from the Internet (ie, remove the cord, turn off the wifi).

That’s it folks.  If you go on the Internet you leave a trail of information.  That trail is made by accessing the Internet on your phone, tablet, laptop and/or desktop.  You ‘information’ is now in control by people you may or may not know.   It doesn’t matter if you use Apple, Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Amazon … your data and preferences are ‘out there’.

Want privacy: live in a cave (be sure the cave doesn’t have a street address), don’t send/receive any form of mail, don’t vote, don’t use a credit card nor have a bank account, don’t have a job, and most definitely don’t ever do anything on the world-wide-web..

 

bag-of-moneyWe are tracked, cataloged and monetized.  Business and government see us as only one thing – a source of money.  You think the Internet is ‘free’?  No.  All content has a cost – you either pay for it or you provide your personal information (and usually both).

Turn off the lights

All the bulbs in my home are low-energy: either LED or fluorescent (as the florescents burn out they usually get replaced with LEDs). My energy use is little – my monthly bill is usually about $20! But, I am always trying to do better: both for the environment and my pocket book.

My push now is to let the house ‘go dark’. More and more I am turning off lights except where needed for reading or writing. This has been harder than I thought it would be as my place is north facing and only has one small bedroom window and the patio glass doors – the place is dark, and even worse if there are any clouds covering the sun.

So, I’m trying harder to be better and use a little less light.

Finding old things

With time on my hands and in preparation for the future I’m going through many boxes to reduce and recycle my collection of crap.  In one box of miscellaneous things I found an article I had ripped out of Outside Magazine in 2005 – yeah … 2005!

The piece was written by Yvon Chouinard the founder of Patagonia and discussed his philosophy of business and life (close to being the same thing).  After rereading I find that the issues still ‘kicks me in the head’ as it did back in 2015 (can it have really been 12+ years ago!?) where the issues of how most businesses are run and the slow death of our world’s environment are now happening at an even faster rate.

I was very proud when in 2017 Patagonia took a stand for the environment and American people’s public spaces –

Utah Gov. Gary Herbert signed a resolution on Friday urging the Trump administration to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, making it clear that he and other Utah elected officials do not support public lands conservation nor do they value the economic benefits – $12 billion in consumer spending and 122,000 jobs – that the outdoor recreation industry brings to their state. Because of the hostile environment they have created and their blatant disregard for Bears Ears National Monument and other public lands, the backbone of our business, Patagonia will no longer attend the Outdoor Retailer show in Utah …

– Patagonia Works, 6 Feb. ’17

Read the 2005 article for yourself and see what ‘resonates’ for you –

Let My People Go Surfing

Can you take a company to the top when you can’t stand nearly everything about traditional business and what it represents? Read the entire thing by clicking HERE.

– Outside Magazine, Oct. 2005

PUT THE DAMN CELL PHONE DOWN!

Coming back from my recent trip a rollover accident happened right in front of me on Colorado I-25 by milepost 135; just south of Fort Carson.  An SUV heading south drifted off the road and into the meridian (no divider) and rolled.  I was heading north and needed to quickly figure my options as the vehicle looked to be rolling into northbound traffic …

Everyone’s luck held, except for the SUV’s, as it came to a stop in the meridian – after a couple of rolls.

I and many others stopped.  Some ran to assist – I called 911.

no cell - circleThe entire thing looks like a ‘distracted driver incident’.  Folks – when driving a vehicle DON’T USE YOUR GOD DAMNED FUCKING CELL PHONE!!  I have my cell synced with the truck’s radio so I can receive a call – ALL HANDS FREE and I can answer the call using buttons on the steering wheel.

My rules when answering the phone –

  1. NOT IN HEAVY TRAFFIC
  2. NOT IN POOR DRIVING CONDITIONS
  3. Not on winding roads
  4. Not a number that I don’t know – caller ID flashes on the truck’s ‘entertainment screen’
  5. OK, do you get the point? My default step is NOT to answer the fucking phone!

I cell ticketdrive a lot of miles and the number of people distractedly talking on their cell IN THEIR HAND, or texting, or surfing is SCARY!!!  There is no excuse and I do wish there was a way to enforce the many laws against driving ‘under the influence of a cell phone’.

Just don’t do it!  Just don’t USE IT!  Turn the fucking thing OFF!! If you can’t turn off your cell when driving you have an addiction and require HELP!!!  Your own life, your passengers’ lives and the lives of the other drivers are more fucking important than anything you can see or call you can make/receive on you damn cell phone!

Giving up my past

I’m living in a moment of change and needing to make many decisions about my future and having the strength to leave behind my past.

So when you feel Shiva’s heat, when the cleansing, incinerating moment comes, seize it. Give the trappings of your identity to the flames. Throw your wallet into the exploding car. Burn it up, and be renewed.

– ‘The Bonfire Of Humanity’, The Atlantic, November 2017

My ‘car’ has most definitely ‘exploded’.  What I have done was important.  The choices about ‘what was done’ are my own.  Ahead are many roads and courses.

 

This is a process that may have false starts, some dead ends, and maybe a shallow reef … but I will be renewed!

trying to kill people

Some scary statements are put out there by folks that don’t care about what happens to others that ‘may not know better’.  Browsing craigslist found this –

p19
https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/boa/d/2009-west-wright-potter-19/6494371426.html

 

The seller is stating –

trailerable by car sleeps 4 offshore boat

Holly hell Batman are your trying to get people killed!?!?

Next owner statement –

Can be towed by mid size car and sailed to Hawaii. … The [Potter] 19 has made trips to Hawaii

OK … all true BUT any sane person cannot expect a stock Potter 19 to cross oceans.  The boat is lightly built with minimum layup (ie, the fiberglass used, in both thickness and how put together), lightly ballasted (ie, only the steel daggerboard) and not appropriate to on a blue water crossing and caught in a gale or worse.   The standing rig is also on the light size for appropriate crossing the ocean blue.

A Potter 19 is a good inland water and coastal cruiser.  It does well and is, in most situations, a comfortable boat.  The new boats were inexpensive, almost cheap, and for a person that doesn’t want ‘the best built or best sailor’ were a good choice.  NOTE: I state all of this in the past sense as the builder, International Marine (aka, IM), sold the company to China and the boat molds are no longer in the USA.

I write the above as a person that was in the boat industry and NEVER sold the boats I built as more than they were nor told a prospect an untruth about what the boat was capable.  The boats I built were significantly better built and better sea boats than any Potter – and I would never encourage anyone to sail one of the boats I sold to cross an ocean.

This is a situation of Caveat emptor and one of many examples the boating industry is failing – builders and sales are not honest – yeah, a lot like used car dealers!!

If you are looking for a blue water capable 20-ish-foot sailboat I recommend a Flicka.

flicka20-seahorse-trailer
A substantial full keeled boat – SAFE for bluewater cruising!
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