Four Corners? Not So Much

Four Corners is the only place in the United Status where four state boundaries (Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah) come together. It was originally surveyed in 1868 and the first marker was placed there in 1912. The problem is, the survey was wrong. It turns out that the correct intersection is about 2.5 miles east of the marker.

I don’t know why, but I find it strangely humorous that millions of people have visited this monument over nearly 100 years and have taken pictures doing various goofy stunts to cover all 4 states–all to no avail. It was all a lie. (evil laughter)

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I’m Back!

No folks, I’m not dead. I was on vacation last week. Then when I got home, my router was DOA. We were too busy catching up on ranch chores Sunday to go pick up a new one. So it was not until last night that I was able to work on getting the new one installed. The box said it would take 3 minutes to install. 2 hours later, I was up and running again.

It really sucks to be offline. I probably thought of something at least hourly (or maybe minutely) that I wanted to look up online, but couldn’t.

Anyway, I’m back. Hopefully you can look forward to something worth reading on a regular basis again. Nah, don’t hold your breath.

Hit or Miss

Despite being on vacation, there are a few things I miss about being home. Let’s take a look at what I miss and don’t miss. That way, we can determine if a prefer vacation or the daily grind.

What I Miss

  • Easy access to a computer: I mean, it’s right here in the spare bedroom and they have high speed Internet access. But they don’t leave it on all the time, so I have to wait like 5 minutes for it to boot up. Plus I feel guilty about hiding away.
  • Our best friends: We hang out with our best friends just about every weekend, and so we probably won’t see them for a couple weeks now.
  • Traffic: It may sound strange, but it’s true. We live in the country, so there is no traffic compared to Portland. A traffic jam in the country is getting caught behind some slow-moving farm equipment.
  • The Older Daughter: She went to Disneyland with her best friend and her family. I’m jealous, but miss her just the same.
  • TiVo: I’ve come to a point where I don’t watch anything live. I record it with TiVo and watch it later so that I can skip past the commercials. Plus it’s nice to be able to skip back a few seconds to catch the dialogue I missed when all the dogs bark their heads off.

What I Don’t Miss

  • Work
  • The alarm clock
  • Worry about looking for a new job
  • The daily routine
  • Having absolutely no free time
  • Getting up early: I’m a night owl and love to stay up ridiculously late and sleep in
  • Brown: I do love the green of western Oregon over the brown of southwestern Idaho.

So there we have it: I have 7 things I don’t miss and 5 that I do. So I think that I should just stay on vacation forever. What do you think?

Blogger’s Block

I think that it takes several things for a blogger to develop a devoted following. Foremost is probably the ability to write in an intelligent, interesting, and entertaining manner. Creativity is also key. I mean a really (yawn) enjoy those blogs that simply directly copy stuff from other sites, but I think the most interesting bloggers generate their own material and/or provide an interesting new take on something they have come across. Finally, regular posting absolutely key. If I happen to hit a blog and see that they only post once a month, I’m not going to be inclined to return–regardless of how good the material is.

So this is where I’m headed with all this: I’m experiencing a serious case of blogger’s block right now. It’s really similar to writer’s block except that…well ok, it’s exactly like writer’s block. I’ve really had a tough time the last couple of weeks. Fellow bloggers, what do you do to combat such slumps? Can you point me to the Blogger’s Ex-Lax…please? Which aisle is it on?

I came up with a couple ideas that I hope to implement:

  •  I know it’s so 20th century, but I need to carry a small notebook with me everywhere I go. I do come up with good ideas frequently. Unfortunately, I’m not generally in front of a computer or I’m at work. Those great ideas quickly drain out of my brain if I don’t act on them. I need to be able to quickly jot down ideas so that I can work on a post in the evening when I have some time.
  • My “creativity” often happens in bursts. I’ll sometimes come up with a good post and find that the ideas just keep coming. I’ll end with 3 or 4 posts in a single day during these brief moments of creative genius (snickers). What I really should do during these bursts is make 1 post and save off the other 3 (as long as they are not time sensitive) for dry periods such as I’m experiencing now.

Tomorrow we are headed out for a week-long spring break vacation. (Hold on for a moment while I do the Snoopy dance.) I’m hoping that things will happen on this trip to get some creative juices flowing again. Stay tuned.

Let’s All Go to Scotland

Scotland has a long, rich history. It is a beautiful country. I haven’t visited personally, but would love to one day.

So you would imagine that Scotland’s tourism bureau would spare no expense to come up with a slogan that captures the essence of this great country. You would be absolutely correct. They wanted to replace a tired slogan “Best Small Country” with something new and exciting–something that would capture the imagination of every world traveler. They budgeted US$250,000 for the task of coming up with a new slogan. And the winner is…

wait for it…

wait…

any second now…

“Welcome to Scotland”

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2007/11/28/scotland-s-new-125k-slogan-welcome-to-scotland-86908-20170094/

I Need Some Stimulation, Please

So it looks like we’re going to get an “economic stimulus package” jammed down our throats whether we like it or not. It’s all about politics. If either party had refused to go along, the other party would have used it against them in the upcoming elections. So in the end, they all agree to squander our future to win the next election. The problem is, stimulus packages don’t work. Our economy is too big for a $300-$600 check per person to have any real impact. Plus, think about it: we import most of our stuff, so a good chunk of the money will be going overseas.

However, the real problem is that we are just adding to an already crushing federal debt (see my previous post Looming Federal Fiscal Crisis: A Wake-up Call). It is simply immoral. We are going to go out and buy another iPod, TV, iPhone, or take a mini-vacation and put it on the national credit card that our kids and grand-kids are will have to pay. Proleptic Life has a great post on this angle of the story–check it out.