I want to add a point of interest because I enjoy chatting with you guys..I think you know that I've traveled the world for 45 years..58 countries..and I guess that I'm just a low-brow person because the greatest pleasure,both my wife & I have had is trying the cuisine of other cultures. Many of the dishes we have tried, most Americans would reject but for me there is a certain pleasure in the adventure of trying the foods of other cultures. I realize from personal experience that not everyone goes along with that, e.g. We lived almost 5 years in Spain 72-76 and I speak Spanish so we had many Spanish friends who always bragged about us accepting their cuisine & culture. That was a "One-Way" thing though as I learned one year by inviting some of them to our home for Thanksgiving with turkey & the trimmings..They loved the Turkey & dressing etc, but when the corn was passed..""NO WAY.. UGGG. CORN IS FOR PIGS CHICKENS & COWS! This goes to illustrate what you're missing by not being open minded..THERE IS NO GREATER FOOD THAN CORN AS THE INDIANS SHOWED US.
I'm familiar with rice & beans. In 1978 I was on the Admiral's staff for UNITAS (We sailed completely around South America, conducting ops with each maritime country in turn..but the Admiral wanted me to ride a Peruvian Ship so I could watch fleet operations from a stand-off position. The Peruvian Chiefs had Rice & beans at every meal, including breakfast while they served me steak, lobster, etc..I felt strange eating that way while the rest ate rice & beans and asked about it..They gave me some excuse about their cook wanting to show-off etc..I later learned that the previous year, a 1st Class Petty Officer had done the job I was doing and hadn't eaten the entire 3 days and the ops officer told the captain "This year A chief is coming..we can't let him starve for 3 days. I thanked them for their consideration..BUT TOLD THEM THAT I COULD EAT RICE & BEANS TOO. with the rest of them, .AND LIKE THEM.
Yes guys..it is a good life. My objective initially when I started posting here was to help others discover some of the secrets which bring on a good life, but I learned very quickly that it's impossible with this bunch..It's impossible because they can't see past the green envy that surrounds them, e.g. They start to hump & foam in agony when they see anybody who has more than they do & they can't get past it. The basics to lifting oneself to the good life however is 2 parts (1) Hard work for many years, & (2) which is even more important..IF YOU DON'T HAVE THE CASH FOR SOMETHING YOU WANT..YOU CAN'T AFFORD IT!. Their plan is to "Win the Lottery". The fools are not smart enough to figure out, that even if they did win the lottery..they would soon be broke again because first and foremost..YOU MUST FIRST LEARN TO MANAGE BY BUILDING YOUR OWN WEALTH THE OLD FASHION WAY. But the dreamers waste their life away looking with envy on what the other guy has and dreaming about the lottery which statistics show that you're more likely to be struck by lightening.....7 TIMES...than you are to win the lottery/Regards/Juan
I will check in from time to time just to let everyone know that I am alive & well, enjoying life to it's fullest which I know pizzes the vermin off. This is my favorite part of the year for golf..The greens are superb and the weather the same. The weather is cool, my pool is heated (Heat pump maintains 84 degrees) and we spend a lot of time watching tv poolside. Life is good. Sorry, don't have time to read any posts..Maybe next month.
I have denny on ignore because at one time I had mistakenly considered him to be a friend but I learned that he is incapable of being anybody's friend. He, for example, just attacked my note to Donald (Wasn't addressed to him). Members of this board have long accepted his stories of his "BIG YACHT", out of courtesy. What he has is a medium size sailboat which he loaded onto a truck and hauled it from Ca, to Fla. How many yachts do you see sailing down interstate 10? His is also old and by mariner standards would have long ago been scraped. He talked about sailing his small boat through the Panama Canal..Hee Hee. I've been through that canal numerous times and while it would be possible..IT WOULD COST HIM MORE THAN HIS DINGY IS WORTH. He belittled my note to Donald, re my hurricane panels, & the wingnuts snugging them down. He claims to be a mariner of sorts, yet he knows very little about marine life. He called my wingnuts on the panels "Pot Metal"..That may be. I used the term HD to distinguish them from the most wingnuts you see which are made from composite metal such as are tin cans. He is incapable of arguing with a person of above average intelligence however. Any mariner knows that in securing a 1000 ton ship is not dependent on the line securing it but rather in making sure that it is snug with no leeway..e.g. If the ship is not snugged ..tight..it will snap any line like cheap twine..It's the same with the storm shutters..the strength of the installation is that it is snug/tight. His big problem is that while I am happy with what I have and the success I have achieved..He is obviously not. Why should he be concerned about what I have because I couldn't care less about his. The tabulator shows that he posted something..of course..he will argue with anything anyone says..he is on ignore however because I don't want his drivel on my screen.
I may have told you this previously but the reason I can easily separate the BS from fact is that one of the schools the govt sent me to was "Generators" and additionally, "Electrician" school. When I bought my 15KW..the placard read "15000 Watt". I noted that the largest breaker was 50 AMP. I told the sales guy.."YOU CAN'T PULL 15KW FROM A 50 AMP BREAKER". He gave me a quizzical look and replied.."Ok, you're a smart boy alright and true..the max you can pull from a 50 amp breaker. is 12KW, .but there are also 4 other 120v breakers and your neighbors are going to appreciate an extension cord during a power outage". I didn't just fall off the turnip truck yesterday and I recognize BS easily.
Donald: guess I should have kept Denny on ignore..Let's see..My generator is 15kw and denny is reporting that his is 35K..So guess..I'll raise mine to 50kw..I didn't know this was going to be a liar's marathon. As for his "Large Yacht". I remember an old sailors joke about "Self Adoration" IT'S A GNAT WITH AN ERECTION, FLOATING DOWN THE HUDSON, YELLING "RAISE THE DRAWBRIDGE". So here goes denny back on ignore because I won't become involved in a "liar's competition". I think denny's huge yacht has now grown to be so large that I doubt that even the new Panama Canal will accommodate it. BTW the reason I expanded the image of my Genny to 50KW is because my stable out back housing my several thoroughbreds and my slave quarters all have their own separate climate control system. Just like the bible where it says. "Guess I'll just have to tear down my barns and build bigger". Meanwhile, my 15KW generator handles both my climate control systems, and permit me to give a 20 Amp extension cord to my neighbors on either side. Mark Twain covered it with his "MY DOG CAN LICK YOUR DOG (BOTH DOG'S IMAGINARY), LINE. Regards/Juan
PS Incidentally..re; Denny's 35Kw genny. My neighbor in the Marianas Islands, had a 25KW genny..It was installed on it's own large concrete slab..diesel of course..Satellite pics of Dennys house exhibit no such installation. Most of our embassies around the world use a 50KW genny which requires it's own building. So meanwhile I'll depend on my original 15KW model to take care of my home and my neighbors in emergencies.
Donald: As I mentioned..there hasn't been a serious hurricane through here in more than 70 years. I didn't even wake up during the night last night and slept until a little after 6 AM (That's an hour past my normal time to get up). We got only a light drizzle of rain overnight and gentle breezes. I should also never fail to thank the good lord for such fortune. I don't say luck because I think it's more than that/Regards/Juan
Donald: Great to hear from you and that you are well..If the vermin were still logging on, they would probably be gloating that "Ole Juan's got a hurricane to deal with". I hate to disappoint them but I am more than 50 miles from the east coast..Moreover I have commercial grade "heavy gauge aluminum, corrugated, rigid" HURRICANE SHUTTERS. The steel tracks are permanently installed while the panels are stored in my garage. When needed, all I have to do is carry the panels to the windows..shove them upward into the tracks installed above the windows, then twist a heavy gauge wing-nut onto the bolts sticking out from the steel track installed below the windows..ergo..no danger from "Airborne shtcans, outdoor BBQ's, Ice chests" etc. It's kind of dark inside the house today with those shutters on my windows..I also have a 15 thousand watt, electric start, 450 lb emergency generator which will pull my entire house load, including my 2 climate control systems. Don't need commercial power. MOREOVER, BECAUSE OF MY LOCATION, FAR FROM THE COAST..THERE HASN'T BEEN A SERIOUS HURRICANE THROUGH HERE IN MORE THAN 70 YEARS. Great to hear from you again though, especially since the vermin have apparently crawled back into their holes under the rock.
Yep. Still graveyard dead. It's a shame too because at one time it was a place where people could meet & discuss issues. But the juannabees got involved all full of envy because others scored while they couldn't do so. What ensued was atypical of America today..e.g. The vast majority are too lazy to work so they instead look for, & vote for, a government who will take from the rich & give them some of it..I've got some very sad news for them.."""IT AIN'T GONNA WORK..BECAUSE THE RICH ARE ALWAYS SMARTER THAN THE GOVT..THEY DIDN'T GET RICH BY BEING DUM..THEY GOT THERE BY APPLYING THEMSELVES THROUGH HARD WORK. It's the only way that pays off over time. If your plan is to win the lottery..Even if you did you
still would not score and would soon be poor again.. The only wealth worth having..is worth working for.
I hit the wrong key there and it posted before I was ready..My original intent here was to use my experience of success & perhaps help others to wend their way also toward a good life..But that's impossible with this bunch. Anytime a successful person tries to help them..they go into a blind rage that someone other than they themselves have scored..it drives them crazy..So they live a "Catch-22" life in that they can't score by themselves, nor are they capable of biting their envy long enough to learn from those who have ..CATCH-22..BIG TIME. That's all for now, I'll check back in a month or 2, as my Tee times permit.
Yes I know..someone's gonna say, "This is Mid-September". I've been retired for almost 17 years now and months, days, years are all the same to me..I get up every morning, put the coffee pot on, walk out to the street (Before daylight) and pick up the morning paper, drink coffee, read paper or anything else I like..My bank account shuttles in and out of 7 figures with more thousands coming in each month..My point is, "August-September..Whatever..it all makes no difference to me and it all goes by unnoticed. Now that the weather will soon cool off a little..I'll be going back to the golf course and I have to keep track..just a little, because Wednesday's is "Ladies Day", so I don't want to waste my time by driving 1.5 miles up there only to discover the tee's covered with the ladies. Yeah, it's a tough life, BUT SOMBODY'S GOTTA DO IT!
Wouldn't want the juannabee's to think I had gone anywhere..I don't post because it's a total waste of time. Summer has extended now well into Autumn (Still Hot)..People often ask me (When I complain of the heat) "Why did you move to Fl.?". My response.."I have lived in Canada (for 27 months) and it gets hot in Canada in the summertime. Summer is short up there, ..but hot..I was talking, by phone, with a next-door-neighbor of 46 years ago in Canada couple of weeks ago.. She said she had planned to so some work on her walkway but looked at the thermometer and it was 32 degrees outside..That was in August. Anyway, now that hopefully the break in summer heat will soon arrive which will permit me to spend time on the Golf Course again...Things are looking up. You're not happy?? That's Life and it's good to me.
I'm not reading Denny's posts because he always wants to argue while I do not. I have a basic SOP of, "If you want to know my view, I'll share it, BUT I'M NOT INTERESTED IN YOURS BECAUSE I DO MY OWN THINKING. 95% or more of our people are blind to all these things and just continue to absorb what they are told. Not me! e.g. If you have no more than a couple thousand bucks in the bank, you will have no problem. But if you have 6 or 7 figure amounts in the bank which you believe is yours...You're wrong! Lets say you decide you want to pull $50K from your bank..Should be easy. Right? It's YOURS!!. That's when you will discover that you're wrong. What your bank would give you is some token amount of greenbacks, and the rest in a cashier's check.."You're no closer to retrieving your money than before..the lion's share is still out of your reach in a bank. This weeks Business week has an article titled "IS THE WORLD READY FOR QUANTUM COMPUTERS"? Now I've been retired for 17 years and cut my teeth on computers but the pace of today's technology has left me in the dust. I know just enough about "Quantum Computing" to understand that it will take the technology far beyond current levels down to the sub atomic level and according to the article will rip today's technology completely apart, e.g. "No encryption system of today, could hold up against such computers". We're already in an age where you can have no secrets. Computers already pry into your life at an alarming level..WHY WOULD WE NEED COMPUTERS TO TAKE EVEN MORE CONTROL OF OUR LIVES? No, I'm not preaching doom..It's already here..you just don't know it yet! BTW, it's not doom for me..I've already lived the best 50 years of history and am nearing the end..THIS ONE WILL BE YOUR LEGACY
Incidentally, you're one of the only occasional people to post. This board is dead. But also, while our views are not far apart..You will always belittle my views because you like to argue..I do not. So posting here is a waste of my time and I will only check back every month or 2
Denny: You & I are not actually far apart but because we are different individuals, we view & describe the situation with different words & different approach. You say I predict doom, then you describe basically the same scenario I see. You call my view "Doom", and by your wording, you're viewing the same thing with less concern. What you describe is exactly what I see..This administration wants to take away from the successful and give it to the welfare bunch but the more they try to do so..the more success and the more wealth the successful acquire, because they're simply smarter than the WH Donkey. They blast Trump for saying Vladmir is a good leader..hogwash! That's not what Trump says at all..Vladamir is to be admired for being a strong leader..He's leading his country the wrong way and Trump knows & acknowledges that fact..But nevertheless..HE'S A STRONG LEADER, While our donkey is belittled as a joke, all over the globe. So let me reiterate..while you say " there is nothing wrong with the economy other than this administrations hobbling it" Same thing I'm saying, but using different words. Like you, I'm not personally concerned because I'm high & dry..JUST DISGUSTED & EMBARRASSED! Morning paper says N. Korea is nearing it's objective of reaching the US. While we ignore it..IT'S HAPPENING!
That's what we've got! The only thing that is strong is the artificial stock market. The Fed has kept interest rates at rock bottom to preclude everything else hitting the bottom during these 8 years of obama in the WH instead of a leader. The rates have to go back up..at some point..& SOON! The "Virtual Reality" by which Americans have been viewing the world over the past 8 years has just about run out of steam. You're going to have to put down the viewer and see our world as it really is. I know it's far easier to keep on walking down that yellow brick road as you look at it through your VR viewer. But you'll have to eventually confront the fact that your viewer has been lying to you as the long cold winter sets in and you realize that you have no winter clothes or heat. The longer you evade reality, the colder will be your long winter.
Van, I believe you're right about IBM being the ringleader in the system. Having said that however, the latest news article I see on the issue says, "BIG BANKS ARE STAFFING UP ON BLOCKCHAIN". I don't know exactly what that means and it never got specific but I would surmise that it's more than IBM that digging around in it. All this is completely beyond politics because theall politics have gone insane..both sides of the aisle. I have washed my hands of politics..dropped out...if you will. But I think both parties have hit rock bottom and there's no need for arguments...because there's little or nothing left to argue over. Like a turtle..I've retraced back into my shell from where I will simply be an observer as the world goes to he ll.
Van, there is no subject under the sun that is more useless than politics. I look at yours..and I see a total void..You look at mine and likely see something similar..Politics are for the working poor who have no hope. My elementary school years were spent in the backwoods country where the number 1& 2 pastimes were picking their nose & arguing politics. The poor, who have no hope have a dream that somehow politics will lift them out of their misery but it only expands their miseries. There is a very old book out there called "The Dust Bowl" and it has one of the best lines ever re politics. You mentioned that I helped a family..Van, it's what I do! This week, I mailed out several letters, each containing a $100 bill, and on Monday..I will go to Walmart and send $300 to a young lady who was our neighbor at 5 year old, in 1967 in Canada..She still lives in the same house..I haven't seen her since 1967 at age 5..I just know that both her parents died in the same month 3 years ago..she's an unwed mother with a 35 year old daughter who lives with her, and they struggle..I have sent help several times..On the other side of that coin..I won't give a dime to any organized charity because organizations take in millions and anywhere there are millions..there are crooks with sticky fingers. So I have a basic rule.."I don't give to anyone who solicits because the act of soliciting itself places them as a professional bum since that's how they make their living. I'm not boasting..because it isn't my money in the first place..The good Lord has given it to me..an unworthy servant..I'm just the middle man. There's no way I can visualize myself worthy of the wealth he has given to me but I'm sure he has done so that I may help others..so that's what I do.. So forget the politics and we could probably chat pretty well.
Looks like all the vermin have fled so I'll put a thought to you..I hope you are well. There is so much going on in this "Gone Insane" world and it's obvious that the populace in general has completely lost it. They're insane but don't realize it. The thought I wanted to leave with you is that there is an image which sort of sums up my feelings and my view. I am in the "Give it away" or divestment mode, e.g. "Since I have far more than I need, I have for several years now giving it away to those in need" I'll readily admit however that determining who is in need as opposed to simply lazy is difficult. What am I going to do with all this. So here's the image. Most of the time when I give to some one, hundreds & even thousands..They usually say.."YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE LOTS OF STARS IN YOUR CROWN". But I don't want any stars in my crown..I don't want even a crown..I don't want to be a "Mover & Shaker" in that next world..I just want a comfortable little place, in the corner somewhere where I can mind my own business and be happy..For that, I don't need any stars, or any crown, nor a huge mansion Been there.& done that & I don't find it to be all that special. ..Let those who dream of such things have them..I know that you were a successful businessman, had you own company listed on the NASDAQ etc..What are your thoughts//Regards/Juan