Already Christmas?

Halloween was less than a day ago.  The witches are barely asleep, and it seems like Christmas should be next week.  As a parent, I cannot believe Christmas is less than two months away.  I’m almost in a panic not knowing what to get my kids for Christmas.  I just wish we could have Thanksgiving before everyone starts playing their “holiday” advertisements.  The “holiday” shopping season keeps getting earlier and earlier every year.  Before we know it, we’ll be listening to “Jingle Bells” before the kids are done with summer vacation.

Too Busy….

Life seems to be too damned busy these days.  Technology was supposed to make it so people had more leisure time.  According to a show I saw in the History Channel, people work more today than we did before Charles Babbage first purposed the mechanical computer in 1822.  With the reality that I will never catch up with everything I need to do, I almost long for the simpler days before “technology” existed.  I’m not sure technology has helped do anything but complicate life and make it more busy.

A Punch in the Face!

I find that people tend to put forth little effort on important tasks they are paid to do.  In this hypothetical scenario, I’ll use a car mechanic replacing your brakes.  Some mechanics are great and take pride in their work.  Some do not.  If your brakes do not work after you pay a guy to fix them, you should be able to punch him in the face.  People tend to ignore bad reviews and customer complaints.  It is hard to ignore a punch in the face.  If a mechanic comes to work on your car, and his face looks like a raw T-bone steak, you’ll know to take your car elsewhere.

A New Respect

I decided to split wood via a manual wood maul axe instead of using a log splitter.  After about 10 logs, I have a new respect for all those who have (and currently) split wood with an axe.  If I split wood like this all the time, I could eat a half a cow or drink a 24 pack of beer and not gain weight.  Granted, I’d probably die from blocked arteries or liver failure, but you get my point.

The Event 2 – Almost ready

I’m almost ready to start writing “The Event 2” (as I am calling it for now).  I have the general plot down, but there is too much stuff to do before winter sets in.  I have a lot done on my “Stuff to do before I start writing the next book” list, but I still have a few things left to finish.  I’ll start writing once the snow starts to fall and it gets dark too early to really do anything after work.

Do Not Take the Infrastructure for Granted….

I am not a “Prepper” advocate; however, they are prepared for the collapse of the infrastructure.  How often can the infrastructure fail?  Perhaps, often depending on where you live.  It only takes once to realize you wish you were better prepared.

The infrastructure does not have to fail due to a zombie outbreak or an EMP caused by a solar flare or a nuke.  Storms (wind, thunder, snow, etc), fire, and a falling tree can cause just as much havoc for an individual as any sci-fi plot.  How long can you survive without electricity, clean water, and fresh food?

I am not telling everyone to go build an underground bunker and fill it with guns, canned food, and water.  We all need to have a plan, and a backup plan in case a storm wipes out the grid for a week.  Technology might have changed, but we are all still competing for limited resources.

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