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I see dead people by wisconsin_cur on Mon Jul 13, 2009 1:36 am
Occasionally you read something that permanently changes your outlook. Maybe you forget the exact argument that made an impression on you. Maybe you forget the book or the author but the change remains and it is forever. This happens to me, on average, about once a year; usually from books but, on occasion, on the internet. One such example is from just a little over a year ago and it can be found here.

I see them every day. One is reading the paper on the same desk that my feet are propped up on as I type this sentence. He just got done taking his multitude of pain and diabetic medications, washing them down with a gas station burrito. I see dead people.

Another co-worker this evening was telling me about how her family (husband and adult children) would not eat meat loaf if she put black beans in it (which I had brought to work), how they never eat...

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My new exercise routine and garden bed by strider3700 on Sun Aug 23, 2009 11:59 pm
The heatwave around here has finally broken long enough for me to get caught up on some of the outstanding chores so today I took on a new project that I'll need.

Since it's a brutal amount of work I've decided it's my official exercise routine. I'm not really sure what used to be in the first area but it's got a ton of rocks and some parts have that black weed blocking cloth about 6" down. Anyways total crap for a garden other then the fact that it's slightly slopping to the south and right now gets 6 hours of sun. As soon as I remove the tree in it that area will get all day sun.

Here's what the ground looks like in general
Like I said lots of rock.

Now I've done lots of reading about various methods of gardening without digging but to be honest I'm old school and like nice clean soil to garden in. Besides I can't imagine lasagna gardening...

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Confusion reigns by Jack on Fri Oct 23, 2009 8:29 pm
Do you ever observe things that make you stop, wonder what universe you're in, and conclude you're not in Kansas anymore? I do that, perhaps too often.

Today, I talked with two people in a seriously upscale neighborhood (houses from $500,000 up to $10,000,000 and more) who were trying to get estimates done for some work. One was for landscaping, and the other was for a burglar alarm. Neither one could get companies to even give them an estimate - and they're both nice folks, so it isn't a matter of attitude. If we're in a bad economy, if people are hurting for work or business - why on Earth can't people even get an estimate on some work they want done? Curious.

Another person I talked to manages a restaurant. He can't get people to show up on time consistently, and they won't do the various tasks they're supposed to do. The applicants and employees are simply not willing to do they job for which they are paid. In a bad economy? With high unemployment? Curious.

And still another...

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Guns and more by Jack on Sat Sep 26, 2009 10:04 pm
Did some range work today - getting the groups at 7 yds tightened up. Progress continues.

Right now I'm working with a .22 and neck shots, so accuracy is key.

The question is - big dots or regular sites? The big dots encourage speed, which is useful for the weapon. However, the downside is a loss of precision. Smaller dots on the front site permit precision shots at a distance, but deprive one of the enhanced speed offered by the big dot on the front site. Decisions, decisions.

More ammo is available. Has everyone stocked up, or is this the eye of the hurricane before more motivated buying? I suspect we'll see a more dangerous social environment as the economy tightens. The news reported three males who attempted to rob two young teens. They took their skateboards, and when the teens revealed they had no money, the thugs beat them. All this during a period when things are still fairly pleasant.

Will society go feral? I suspect so.

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Global JIT retail Giant stumbles again! by the48thronin on Fri Sep 11, 2009 12:43 am
Yup you guessed it, My favorite big box store has shown me further deterioration of the global JIT and their attempts to deal with it so that the shopper does not even realize it.

I noticed it first in Indiana at the store we actually shop at the most, I noticed it again in Oklahoma at the store we shop at almost as much as Indiana. My wife noticed it in Alabama.

The symptoms.

Many of the already spread out shelf rows are now 4 ft shorter in length making the aisles even wider. In a typical set up, there is one wide open aisle between the cash register row and the products for sale. There is another between the food section and the household articles, one separating the toys, tools, auto, and sporting goods from the cloths etc., and one across the back of the store from side to side excepting the food area. Those aisles are usually filled with palletized instant display goods, and still have lots of open space.

On the food end I noticed it first, the shelf rows were not 4 feet shorter,...

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