Well, not saying it’s one of THOSE days, but…
Northern Japan was just what I expected, colder’n a well diggers ass, wind blowing with snow flurries and wind chill in the single digits… Just lovely… I knew it was not gonna be good when we got off the airplane and were waiting for the bags and I saw two Mamasans, both looking like the Michelin man.
Transportation was fine (thank you Duty Drivers), until we went to dinner and one of our party decided to be nice and let the Duty Driver go BEFORE we got back to the barracks. After a %^&* mile plus slog back through the cold and wind (did I mention single digit wind chill), I was so cold I managed to drop my room key and kick it UNDER the #$%^ door… sigh…
After finally getting into the room, it was off to a nice hot/cold/hot/cold shower… I think every time anybody in the whole damn building did anything, the water temperature changed.
Up at 0400 again, trust me there was not a damn thing stirring other than the wind. Finally got the rest of the crew up, did another bag drag and another flight back down to Tokyo.
I’m typing standing up since I think I have a permanent crease in my ass from straddling my bag riding the train from Haneda to Shinjuku in Tokyo. Nothing like an hour of being a sardine in a can, and this is on a weekend day no less… Dreading Monday morning when we have to do this in rush hour for 2 hours down to Yokosuka.
Staying at the Hilton Tokyo (NICE hotel by the way), so not much in the way of affordable things to do, but I think I’ll take a walk (hopefully I can’t get charged for looking). Gotta love Japanese efficiency too; as I’m walking up to the room, the maid(s) were finishing the final positioning of the flowers in the room and bowed me in.
p.s. after looking at the hotel restaurant list and prices, I think I’ll be eating out of the machines at the train station!!! 30,000 yen ($300 per course) in the Chinese restaurant and not much better in the Japanese restaurant. Hell for that price, maybe I could sell Toto at the back door of the restaurant… (just kidding)
Well, everybody else is posting about the inauguration, so I’m not going there…
Bet this was an interesting ride. Sent by a friend up in Nova Scotia, it was taken in 2008. And the lunch special was… Chili Cheese Dogs 🙂
Caribou is NOT a little boat…
A roll-on, roll-off design with a bow visor, the MV Caribou has 2 vehicle decks and 5 decks above, the main passenger deck being Deck 5. She measures 179 metres in overall length and 25 metres in breadth, weighing 27,212 tons. Her capacity includes 1,200 passengers and 370 automobiles or 77 tractor trailers. She has up to 106 crewmembers.
I can just see the insurance claims…
Now lemme get this straight, your car was PARKED and it was run over by a PARKED semi? What were you drinking, and can I have some???
RT tagged me with this Freeze Tag meme.
The meme requires the receiver to talk about himself/herself. Oh joy…
Here are the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Share six non-important things/habits/quirks about yourself.
4. Tag six people with a link.
Six non-important things (and whatnot) about me:
1. Since 1970 I have not lived in the same place for longer than three years.
2. I have what is called Aviators Loop hearing loss, so I can’t hear high pitched female voices (comes in handy some times…)
3. I read between 150 and 200 books a year.
4. I enjoy driving long (1000+ mile) distances; to me it’s relaxing. Of course, I grew up driving across Texas as a kid, so I think nothing of driving 200 miles to have dinner…
5. I like cooking Cajun food.
6. Before I tore up my hands/broke fingers badly playing sports, I was an excellent piano player (I actually played both piano and organ for Church and in a few local concerts).
I’ll tag whomever wants to play…
Well, I’m on the road again… sigh…
The bright spot is that I’m not in DC! It was 11 degrees when I left for the airport yesterday morning, today the high was 22…
On the way over, I had a chance to talk to a senior airline captain and of course we discussed US Air’s forced landing. It was NOT a crash, as he maintained control and was able to land in the river safely. The captain had a good bit of experience flying out of LGA and said a combination of taking off on Runway 4, with a LGA Departure two basically put them in the perfect position to do what they did.
Since I’m in Hawaii for a couple of days, as usual, I was wide awake at 0200 and finally gave up at 0400 and got up. I did a few hours of work and decided to have some fun.
Of course with golf in Hawaii, for better or worse, you get WIND!!! Look at the palm trees in the background of the hole- Roughly 20 mph wind, not fun on a golf course, trust me!
We played a little course called Ko Olina, on the West side of Oahu, this is the 4th hole.
I aimed at the sand trap on the right side of the green, ended up in the trap on the LEFT side of the green… took a four only because I made about a 15 foot putt. sigh…
Well, time to stop playing and do a little more work… Blogging will be spotty for the next couple of weeks.
Be safe out there!
When a company falls on difficult times, one of the things that seems to happen are they reduce their staff and workers. The remaining workers need to find ways to continue to do a good job or risk that their job would be eliminated as well. Wall Street, and the media normally congratulate the CEO for making this type of “tough decision”, and his board of directors gives him a big bonus. I feel our government should not be immune from similar risks. I therefore am recommending the following cuts to be implemented by the Lightbringer…
1) Reduce the House of Representatives from the current 435 members to 218 members and Senate members from 100 to 50 (one per State). Also reduce remaining staff by 25%. Accomplish this over the next 8 years. (two steps / two elections) and of course this would require some redistricting.
Some yearly monetary savings include:
$44,108,400 for elimination of base pay for congress. (267 members X $165,200 pay / member / yr.)
$97,175,000 for elimination of the above people’s staff. (estimate $1.3 M in staff per each member of the House, and $3 M in staff per each member of the Senate every year)
$240,294 for the reduction in remaining staff by 25%.
$7,500,000,000 reduction in pork barrel ear-marks each year. (those members who’s jobs are gone. Current estimates for total government pork earmarks are at $15 Billion / yr)
The remaining representatives would need to work smarter and would need to improve efficiencies. It might even be in their best interests to work together for the good of our country?
We may also expect that smaller committees might lead to a more efficient resolution of issues as well. It might even be easier to keep track of what your representative is doing.
Congress has more tools available to do their jobs than it had back in 1911 when the current number of representatives was established (telephone, computers, cell phones to name a few).
Note: Congress did not hesitate to jump on a train to go home for a week when it was a holiday….when the nation needed a real fix to the economic problems. Also, we have 3 senators that have not been doing their jobs for the past 18+ months (on the campaign trail) and still they all have been accepting full pay. These facts alone support a reduction in senators & congress.
Summary of opportunity:
$ 44,108,400 reduction of congress members.
$282,100,000 for elimination of the reduced house member staff.
$150,000,000 for elimination of reduced senate member staff.
$ 59,675,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining house members.
$ 37,500,000 for 25% reduction of staff for remaining senate members.
$ 7,500,000,000 reduction in pork added to bills by the reduction of congress members.
$ 8,073,383,400 per year, estimated total savings.
Big business does these types of cuts all the time, isn’t it about time the Government stepped up to the plate????
Just a thought…
Okay, a little humor since I’m not gonna post about how lousy this week is going…
At this rate, tomorrow will be the THIRD Monday in a row… sigh…
All of these are legitimate companies that didn’t spend quite enough time to consider how their online name might appear! These are not made up. Check them out yourself!
1. ‘Who Represents’ is where you can find the name of the agent that represents any celebrity. Their Web site is: www.whorepresents.com
2. ‘Experts Exchange’ is a knowledge base where programmers can exchange advice and views at: www.expertsexchange.com (I’ve unlinked it, since it tried to download a cookie)
3. Looking for a great pen? Look no further than ‘ Pen Island ‘. It can be found at: www.penisland.net
4. Need a therapist?Try ‘Therapist Finder’ at: www.therapistfinder.com
5. Then there’s the ‘Italian Power Generator’ company. Check it out at: www.powergenitalia.com
6.’IP computer’ software, there’s always: www.ip_anywhere.com (This link no longer works, but it’s still funny as hell)
7. And the designers at ‘Speed of Art’ await you at their wacky Web site: www.speedofart.com
And a little visual humor… From the old Steve Harvey show…
If the first week and half of 2009 is any indication, I’m in for a hellva year… sigh…
I’m already up to my alligator in assholes, and no relief in sight. So far, 9 days in, I’ve been on the road 7 days; and the way things are looking, next week will be the only full week I’ll be home between now and mid-March!
Kinda feeling a little bit like the antelope 🙂
Except rather than hitting a tree, I’m just hitting the brick wall, again and again and, well you get the idea…
I getting just a wee bit paranoid too (and not JUST because they’re out to get me)…
Every time something breaks in the place I’m renting, the SAME thing breaks in my condo down in the Carolina’s. First it was the dishwasher, then the microwave, and finally the washing machine… the SAME things broke in Carolina, in the same sequence!
Now where did I put that tax rebate I was promised… Oh yeah, never mind, MY taxes will go up, not down!
Listening to the news today, Blogo is impeached by the Ill House, something like 114-1 and he STILL says he’s innocent, his Senatorial pick still is on the sidelines, etc. High “dramady” at it’s best! And the Lightbringer is pontificating on how bad the economy is, expecting a one Trillion dollar deficit JUST in 2009, yet the media is lapping it up like dogs! Oh, Oh… AND he’s going to create 300,000 new government jobs? To do WHAT???
Far as I’m concerned, it will be that many more pigs feeding at the trough. If we could get RID of 300,000 of the lifers (Lazy ignorant f’ers expecting retirement types) and get rid of a few programs that were completed, oh 40 or so years ago, like the TVA (to bring power to the Tennessee Valley), we might actually have a few dollars left over.
Are these the same media that bashed Bush every time he so much as commented on the economy???
The one that really cracked us up though, was the blurb about how the Lightbringer and his crew are going to use campaign slogans and bumper stickers to get their message out! WTFO?
Oh yeah, one last thing, it’s a pretty good indicator that people are afraid of the gun/ammo confiscation/taxation/excise tax thing when there is no .22 cal ammunition to be had from any of the normal suppliers, and excessed Lake City .223 is up to almost $1/round!
Kicking the soap box back in the corner now…
Since I found my glasses, now I’ve gotta find the soap powder, I “know” it’s around here somewhere….
Now whereinhell did I put that flashlight???