This winter has been very long and brutally cold. Just a week after getting near 60(F), we’ll be getting 6 inches of snow or so and the temps are back near 0(F) at night. I have burnt through two massive truckloads of wood, and I have been cutting down trees left and right. Sure, heating my house, garage, and water with wood is far cheaper than propane, but it is a lot of hard work. To help stave off some wood consumption, I had 2 tons of coal brought in. It stinks, but it will last a month and help with the wood.
Well… Chapters 8, 9, & 10 are written. There are spurts of time where I am free to write, but they are not very often these days. Keeping busy, keeps me fit. I cannot say I’m really fit, but cutting up trees and doing physical labor makes me fitter than if I were just sitting here watching TV or writing a book. I’ll fit time for those activities too. Moderation. Yeah. That’s it. Moderation.
The warm weather was nice while it lasted. A few days in the 50(F)s is a welcome change over the freezing 20s we’ve been dealing with for the last couple of months. This is one of the coldest winters I can remember. With it going back below freezing this week, I could complain, but I still have happy thoughts from it being warm. At least the frozen ground means I won’t sink into mud when I walk through the yard. I’m sure I will complain later on this week.
Damn! I didn’t win the Powerball. I didn’t expect to win it. I just buy tickets when the jackpot is over $200 million and/or I’m at the liquor store buying Fireball Whiskey. That stuff is dangerous good. Oh well. I’ll just continue on with “Plan A”. Plan B (winning the Powerball) would have been more fun than Plan A (continue to work hard until retirement or death). I guess “Plan A” is “Plan A” for a reason.
Why pass up a good book? To be honest, I have no clue why anyone would. What I understand even less is why anyone would pass up a good paperback book when the Kindle edition is free with that purchase. If you buy the paperback version of The Event – The Amanai Resistance from Amazon.com, you also receive the Kindle version for free. I don’t think you should have to pay twice for the same product. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work the other way around.
Why do people take things so personally? As long as people do not attack me personally, I do not get upset. I only find offense to people’s opinions when they are not based on fact. If someone does not like my books, that is fine. I do not take it personally. I don’t like half the movies my wife does. That doesn’t mean the writers, actors, producers, directors, and everyone else involved should to be upset. Everyone has their faults, and I will admit to mine. No one likes a sissy-ass who gets upset over opinions. We don’t have to like what others think, but everyone has a right to their opinion – no matter how idiotic that opinion might be.
One of these days, people are going to be in for a rude awakening. We are long overdue for a major catastrophe. When something huge happens, it won’t matter how much money you have or what the laws that govern a nation are. The people with the food, guns, and knowledge will be the ones who survive. All of the sheeple will be wondering aimlessly around the streets looking for someone to help them. People will be helping themselves, not the ones who refused to prepare. Of course, this might be a little extreme, but that’s what in movies, and they are always accurate, right?
There are many things that can prompt us to go “WTF?”. I bought a pair of side steps for the wife’s car. Made for the vehicle with no drilling, or so the description on the product stated. Those direction sucked. Not only was there a step in the instructions to drill into the car, but the instructions were wrong in several other places. They said to use 3/8″ teeth washers for a total of 12 bolts, but they only provided 8 of those washers. The parts count in the instructions said there would be only 8. Then the instruction stated to use a pair of small screw drivers to remove the clips for the rocker panels. I’m no car guru, and I have no idea how I was supposed to remove them. I don’t think breaking the clips was the correct way. In the end, the side steps look bad-ass and are on, but Westin…. WTF?
Chapter 7 is in the books, but Chapter 8 is slow going. It isn’t that I don’t know what to write. It’s the fact I am about brain dead from endless hours of meetings through the day, or I have a lot of work to do outside (like cut wood) and am physically too tired to sit in front of a computer are type for a couple of hours. I’ll get through it, but I’m not going to rush.
I’ve watched TV shows like Gold Rush and similar shows and have seen excavator and equipment breakdowns that seem to happen all the time. I asked myself if they used crap equipment or just had bad luck. I have a mini-excavator with roughly 65 hours on it, and I had yet to run into any problems. I just finished using it to help cut down some trees, when I decided to drive it behind the big garage to push some branches out of the way. Almost through, and boom! Hydraulic fluid sprayed everywhere and the blade dropped like a paralyzed arm. I somehow sheared a hydraulic line in half. Those guys on Gold Rush run their equipment all day, every day. I’ve only put 65 hours on this in two years. It was bound to happen. It was just a matter of when. Unlike those guys digging up gold, I can just go down to Tractor Supply or the local Bobcat dealer and buy a new hose and some fluid.