50 Shades of Patriotism

So if you’re looking for some steamy story in this blog, you will be disappointed. The inspiration for this blog was the following observaton: An oversized pick up (mint condition without a speck of dust having never done a day of gritty manual labor) came roaring by (wasting gas using up what remains of ourContinue reading “50 Shades of Patriotism”

The Boiling Point

We’ve all heard the story of the frogs in the pot of water that gradually gets so hot that it boils them and they miss the opportunity to hop out of the pot, Got me to thinking…there’s all sorts of pots that are heating up to the point of no return if we are notContinue reading “The Boiling Point”

Odd bedfellows: Libertarian’s and UBI (Universal Basic Income)

I just finished reading the book “Don’t Hurt People and Don’t Take Their Stuff” by Matt Kibbe. It was an interesting read and I agreed with a bunch of it. On the other hand, there was a bunch that did not sit well with me. Especially when some of the manifestations and mutations of thisContinue reading “Odd bedfellows: Libertarian’s and UBI (Universal Basic Income)”

Anything can be accomplished with ENOUGH !!!

It’s an odd title for a blog so here’s my explanation: ENOUGH as used here means bringing to bear sufficient resources (i.e, money, manpower, equipment, whatever it takes) to accomplish the task at hand, usually this pertains to a challenge previously considered unsolvable or overwhelming. Why am I thinking about this? Several reasons: During ThanksgivingContinue reading “Anything can be accomplished with ENOUGH !!!”

Beware the UNDERTOW

As an avid swimmer and swim instructor, I have a healthy appreciation for the danger of undertow. But we need to beware of the other types of undertows: In the office…. The boss and upper management announce policies and procedures expecting enthusiastic implementation. Beware the undertow of staff who are not on board. The newContinue reading “Beware the UNDERTOW”

Cashing Out

I was thinking of the following riddle the other day: Question: What do you call it when you die pennyless? Answer: Good timing This also remined me of the February anniversary of my fathers death some years ago when he died basically of old age at 93. He had a good life, survived WW2, workedContinue reading “Cashing Out”

Advice for my kids (and who ever else listens)

As I enter the 4th quarter of this game of life and my kids are in their 20’s heading for the 30 yard line on the football field of life, I jotted down the following reflections/recommendations to consider: Cars/Vehicles (motorcycles, etc.) Hold off on buying (aka financing $$$) them as long as you can. AndContinue reading “Advice for my kids (and who ever else listens)”

Cops in the future

What shall be the role of cops in the future? Who will want to be a cop in the future? Who would we want to be a cop in the future Full disclosure: Being Irish-American, I come from a long line of cops including my father and numerous uncles and great-uncles. Growing up I plannedContinue reading “Cops in the future”