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Lost…

April 25, 2007 Leave a comment

"I got lost but look what I found." – Irving Berlin

The timer is ticking… 4 days, 14 hours, 37 minutes, 18 seconds

I am not sure if I am a glutton for punishment, a sucker for anything viral, or just have too much time on my hands.

I came across a link while browsing a Jeep site, the link was not "normal" looking so I clicked on it.  It kind of looked like this:  www.lost.eu/41994

I thought "lost", cool, maybe something related to the TV. show, you know which one I am talking about.  Well it is not related to that show but it is a pretty cool site regardless.  It is almost an online game site.  For me it qualifies as it is a puzzle for me to solve.  So like the TV show I am now faced with a button to push every time the clock runs out or it is game over.

The site has a couple other twists as well.  The first is the notion of 6 degrees of separation.  The viral portion of the site is how you need to continually get new people to reset your counter.  The second twist is you are not supposed to give people the link but rather place the link in public places where people will happen upon it.  You can visualize the degrees of separation and get points for creative ways to draw people to the site.  A blog is the least creative… so sue me!

There are only around 10000 people playing the game right now, player number 7 million gets something special.  I doubt it will reach 7 million but I will check in from time to time and see.

 

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Categories: The Social

She’s My Sis!

April 24, 2007 Leave a comment
"Big sisters and brothers… I am telling you, it never changes." – Janet Jackson
 
This weekend my sister from Spokane came and visited me.  The Cougar that showed me the ropes and taught me all about bad habits.  Having a big sister was and is awesome.
 
   
 
Rock On Class of 85!
 
I thank God for my sister and am glad that we are close and that my kids have her as an aunt.  I think that it is easy to take for granted that we have family members someplace in the world but we need to stay close and keep in touch.  IM, email, and the phone are nice, but there is something so much better sitting across the room talking about the good times and the bad.  Finding out things you never knew about the other person, or helping to remind people what you do know about them.
 
So here is to sharing a can of Copenhagen with my sister, going to the state line when she was 19 and I was riding shotgun, and now being so very thankful that we share the same God and beliefs.  (and knowing that all the lessons my kids will get from her today are not those lessons she taught me when I was just a boy).
 
See Debi at http://www.sdrarabians.com (Blame me for the lack of a site…).
 
 
 
 
 
 
Categories: Cougar Sightings

Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

April 23, 2007 Leave a comment
"It’s one of the strangest attributes of this profession that when we writers get exhausted writing one thing, we relax by writing another." – Dan Simmons
 
As for me and my blog… I am too tired to even think about it right now.  But I think there will be a Cougar Sighting tomorrow…  Would that be CSP? 
 
Good night and God bless!

 

Categories: High Speed, Low Drag

Why Go To Church?

April 18, 2007 Leave a comment
"Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian." – Kirk Cameron
 
If you’re spiritually alive, you’re going to love this!
If you’re spiritually dead, you won’t want to read it.
If you’re spiritually curious, there is still hope!
 
Why Go To Church?
 
A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday.
I’ve gone for 30 years now," he wrote, "and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons. But for the life of me, I can’t remember a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time and the pastors are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all."
 
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
 
I’ve been married for 30 years now. In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals. But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this… They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work. If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.
 
Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!"
 
When you are DOWN to nothing…. God is UP to something!
 
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible and receives the impossible!
 
Thank God for our physical AND our spiritual nourishment!
Categories: WWJD

Here is to next year!

April 17, 2007 Leave a comment

"Without a reunion, the Eagles are forever young, like James Dean." – Glenn Frey

So first to make this page "search engine friendly" and attract those looking for the gold at the end of the rainbow lets add a few nice key words…

Jenkins High School, Class of 1988, Class of 88, Chewelah, Browns Lake, Sporty’s, Warpage, One Stop Light, Polanskis Pizza, Kegar, Quartzsite (Face the mountains), Monster Trucks, Mr. May taught me to drive 🙂

This is not really a Cougar Sighting but more a hunting trip, or the preparation for said trip- Cougar Baiting.

After seeing a few friends’s sites on MySpace I became a bit nostalgic and started thinking that next year we will be having our 20 year class reuinion.  I can’t believe it has been 20 years! 

I have heard that people go to the 10 year to impress or to show off what they have become or accomplished.  It is the 20 year when people go to be real and reconnect with people they have not seen for many years.  The 30 year is when we go to show off again, grandchildren and the like, although I think we did have a few grandchildren in one family at the 10 year!

The Class of 88’s 20 year is still over a year away but lets not wait until the last minute or we may be faced to meet in the back of the Senior Center… 🙂

By the way, who are the planners from the Class of 88?  I know you know who you are – I know I am not on that list but will start taking names and beverage recommendations now.

So here is to next year, I hope that I see the 110 odd graduates from Jenkins High School.

Categories: Cougar Sightings

Tax Time

April 15, 2007 Leave a comment

"Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s." – Mathew 22:21

Hope you all have your taxes ready to file Monday 🙂

How Taxes Work . . .

This is a VERY simple way to understand the tax laws. Read on — it does make you think!!

Let’s put tax cuts in terms everyone can understand. Suppose that every day, ten men go out for dinner. The bill for all ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this:

The first four men — the poorest — would pay nothing; the fifth would pay $1, the sixth would pay $3, the seventh $7, the eighth $12, the ninth $18, and the tenth man — the richest — would pay $59.

That’s what they decided to do. The ten men ate dinner in the restaurant every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement — until one day, the owner threw them a curve (in tax language a tax cut).

"Since you are all such good customers," he said, "I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily meal by $20." So now dinner for the ten only cost $80.00.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes. So the first four men were unaffected. They would still eat for free. But what about the other six — the paying customers? How could they divvy up the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his "fair share?"

The six men realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would end up being PAID to eat their meal. So the restaurant owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.

And so the fifth man paid nothing, the sixth pitched in $2, the seventh paid $5, the eighth paid $9, the ninth paid $12, leaving the tenth man with a bill of $52 instead of his earlier $59. Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four continued to eat for free.

But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. "I only got a dollar out of the $20," declared the sixth man who pointed to the tenth. "But he got $7!"

"Yeah, that’s right," exclaimed the fifth man, "I only saved a dollar, too . . . It’s unfair that he got seven times more than me!".

"That’s true!" shouted the seventh man, "why should he get $7 back when I got only $2? The wealthy get all the breaks!"

"Wait a minute," yelled the first four men in unison, "We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!"

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up. The next night he didn’t show up for dinner, so the nine sat down and ate without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered, a little late what was very important. They were FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS short of paying the bill! Imagine that!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college instructors, is how the tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them for being wealthy, and they just may not show up at the table anymore.

Where would that leave the rest? Unfortunately, most taxing authorities anywhere cannot seem to grasp this rather straightforward logic!

Visit Snopes.com for the history of this article.

Categories: High Speed, Low Drag

In the Beginning…

April 14, 2007 Leave a comment
"A box without hinges, key, or lid, yet golden treasure inside is hid." – J. R. R. Tolkien
 
If I am going to talk about it then you better know what it is. 

Consider this a brief history of the sport…

 
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure-hunting game in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers (called "geocaches" or "caches") anywhere in the world. A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook and "treasure," usually toys or trinkets of little monetary value. Today, well over 350,000 geocaches are currently placed in 222 countries around the world, which are registered on various websites devoted to the sport.
 
GPS Users get an Instant Upgrade
 
Based on excerpts from the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Geocaching …
On May 2, 2000, at approximately midnight, eastern savings time, the great blue switch* controlling selective availability was pressed. Twenty-four satellites around the globe processed their new orders, and instantly the accuracy of GPS technology improved tenfold. Tens of thousands of GPS receivers around the world had an instant upgrade.
The announcement a day before came as a welcome surprise to everyone who worked with GPS technology. The government had planned to remove selective availability – but had until 2006 to do so. Now, said the White House, anyone could "precisely pinpoint their location or the location of items (such as game) left behind for later recovery." How right they were.
 
London, Paris, New York, Beaver Creek?
For GPS enthusiasts, this was definitely a cause for celebration. Internet newsgroups suddenly teemed with ideas about how the technology could be used.
 
On May 3, one such enthusiast, Dave Ulmer, a computer consultant, wanted to test the accuracy by hiding a navigational target in the woods. He called the idea the "Great American GPS Stash Hunt" and posted it in an internet GPS users’ group. The idea was simple: Hide a container out in the woods and note the coordinates with a GPS unit.
The finder would then have to locate the container with only the use of his or her GPS receiver. The rules for the finder were simple: "Take some stuff, leave some stuff."
 
On May 3rd he placed his own container, a black bucket, in the woods near Beaver Creek, Oregon, near Portland. Along with a logbook and pencil, he left various prize items including videos, books, software, and a slingshot. He shared the waypoint of his "stash" with the online community on sci.geo.satellite-nav:
N 45 17.460 W 122 24.800
 
Within three days, two different readers read about his stash on the Internet, used their own GPS receivers to find the container, and shared their experiences online. Throughout the next week, others excited by the prospect of hiding and finding stashes began hiding their own containers and posting coordinates. Like many new and innovative ideas on the Internet, the concept spread quickly – but this one required leaving your computer to participate.
 
Within the first month, Mike Teague, the first person to find Ulmer’s stash, began gathering the online posts of coordinates around the world and documenting them on his personal home page. The "GPS Stash Hunt" mailing list was created to discuss the emerging activity. Names were even tossed about to replace the name "stash" due to the negative connotations of that name. One such name was "geocaching."
 

The original stash (pictures taken by Geoblank)

 
 

Categories: GeoCaching