Thursday, April 30, 2015

DEBT:  Ingenious Substitute For The Chain And Whip Of Slavery.

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2015 NATIONAL DEBT $18, 392, 297, 710, 000
$56, 366 for every man, woman and child in the USA

Who recalls when folks got along without something that costs too much

The average American credit card debt is $10,902.  Most stores charge 20% for the use of a credit card.  Seventy-five per cent of people pay a rate higher than 15%.

People are afraid to let others, even their spouse, know of their credit card debt. They consider it to be a failure or a weakness.

Save $50 each week and it will be $10, 400 in just four years

Benjamin Franklin advised that it was better "To go to bed hungry than to rise in debt".

Thomas Jefferson said: "We must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt" and "Never spend your money before you have it".

The Bible advises:  "The borrower is the slave to the lender" Proverbs 22:7.

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.  Thoreau

I do not own a credit card, although I have told my wife to get me one before I start sailing the loop in July.  You cannot stay in a motel these days without a credit card.  I think I live a good life!  I have no debt.  I always pay cash. It's true, our paid for home is 111 years old.  I drive a van, my wife drives a small Lexus and we own a Lincoln Town Car, all older and debt free.  We have a lake side retreat.  We've spent the last 26 Octobers in a beautiful penthouse suite in a beach front condo.  I have four boats. 

The truth is rarely pure and never simple.  Oscar Wilde

AM I RICH?  Anything but! HOW DO I DO IT?  I plan way ahead.  The penthouse suite is $2,000 a week in season.  In October, when it is not crowded and the weather is perfect, it leases for $1,350 for the month.  I pay a $100 reservation and then pay a $100 each month. Come October, the lease is paid.  That's how I run my entire life.

Getting fit is about mind over matter.  I don't mind and it don't matter!

Somehow, America and Americans must realize that we cannot spend our way out of recession nor borrow our way out of debt.  We must return to the day when if something costs too much we do without it until we can afford it.  We cannot pay people for not working.  We cannot continue to give our treasure to people who hate us and wish to do us harm. 

On My Honor I Will Do My Best.........let it begin with you!



Wednesday, April 22, 2015

THE TRUTH:  As Told By Sarah Palin

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TRUSTED WITH IMPORTANT MATTERS.  Albert Einstein                                           

There Are Not Many Who Can Rile Up A Crowd Like Palin.  Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin used beloved children's author to take President Obama to task for his failed policies in a key note speech to a CPAC conference.  The crowd of 3,000 were cheering "Run Sarah Run".

I do not like this Uncle Sam,
I do not like his health care plan
I do not like these dirty crooks
or how they lie and cook the books!!
I do not like when Congress steals,
I do not like their secret deals,
I do not like this speaker, man,
I do not like this, YES WE CAN!!
I do not like this spending spree,
I'm smart, I know that nothing's free
I do not like their smug replies,
when I complain about their lies
I do not like this kind of hope
I do not like it, NOPE NOPE NOPE!

Fraud is a serious felony, usually punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment for each repetition of fraudulent communication. 

Bernie Madoff level scams pale beside the repetitive untruths which President Obama tells the American people 

Ann Landers reminds us that 
"The naked truth is always better
than the best dressed lie"

Ann Landers is gone but her truth remains!



Monday, April 13, 2015

THE BANE OF OLD AGE: Not Memory Loss

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                  DEATH MAY PART FRIENDS, BUT THE FRIENDSHIP LIVES ON                                         FOREVER AS LONG AS ONE FRIEND REMAINS TO REMEMBER              

The final words of Thomas Edison, 1847-1931 were "It is very beautiful over there"

What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the Master calls a butterfly                            

The bane of old age is not loss of memory, although that is bad. It is not the loss of physical ability although that is all but certain.  The bane of getting older is experiencing the continued loss of family and friends.  I have long ago lost the last of my family  and now I am losing friends.

While we are mourning the loss of a friend,
 others are rejoicing to meet her behind the veil.

Cleo (Birchfield) Lieving was at home, surrounded by her loving family when she passed away on April 11, 2015.   She left behind Norman, her husband, and Barker and Linda, her daughters.  She had four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Cleo and I were the same age and we were both in the Point Pleasant High School class of 1948.  I saw Cleo infrequently, only at class reunions, but she was always the same, steadfastly a friend.  The world will be poorer for the loss of this wonderful person.

The class of 1948, I think, had 125 graduates.  Seventy five have passed away. 

Although it's difficult today to see beyond the sorrow,
may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow

Farewell!  God knows when we shall meet again.  Shakespeare

May God comfort the Leiving family.




Monday, April 6, 2015

SAILING THE LOOP:  What's cooking?

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                            than all other things put together.   Thomas Flemming Day                           

It is so easy to sit here and dream about palm trees and sailing into a beautiful sunset.  And, that's a good and doable dream.   In order to make that dream a reality, however, there is much work to be done.  Not the least of which is to prepare to feed myself.  While I will partake of restaurant food when possible, most  meals will be what I prepare myself.

There is nothing, absolutely nothing, half as much worth doing as simply
 messing around in boats!   Kenneth Grahame                                                       

In the last blog I wrote about the french press coffee maker Todd introduced me to years ago.  I'll start the trip with a goodly supply of individual cup size coffee bags and just add hot water.  Each morning I need at least two cups just to get my eyes open!  Even before getting dressed I'll turn the heat on under my tea kettle.  By the time I am dressed it will be ready and I, in turn, will be ready for the day.

                                    Kissing don't last, cooking do.   Proverb                                 

No, I do not have a  hot water tank on the boat.  But, I will have hot water from morning til night.  This marvelous propane stove on the left cost nearly as much as a kitchen range, and it is worth every cent.  Regardless of how the ship pitches or yawls, the pot on the stove remains up right.  I'll heat water morning, noon and night.  The wire braces will keep the tea kettle on the stove all the time.  In addition to coffee for breakfast I'll have Knorr soup for lunch, along with a sandwich.  Some dinners may simply be add-water-to-package meals but most will be cooked.

Worries go down better with soup.  Jewish Proverb

 While I have a liquid gas Coleman stove I have used for years, I do not want to have that dangerous fuel on the boat.  I bought a new Coleman propane stove that promises to be a delight.  Much smaller than my old stove, this stove lights itself and the flame is fully adjustable.  I won't be able to use it sailing but it will work well for breakfast and dinner.

   Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest zucchini bread, carrot cake and pumpkin pie.  Jim Davis

EVERYTHING BUT THE KITCHEN SINK!  No, wait!  I've got the kitchen sink.  Un Huh!  It is the same kitchen sink my Mother used, a granite dish pan.  I also bought a granite wash pan.  Don't knock it!  It works!  Where would I find such a thing?  Amazon, where else?

  As a child of the depression there were two choices:  Take it or leave it.  Jim Davis

Will I really cook food?  How does french toast sound?  Make that french toast with sausage patties.  Yes, yes, I'll skip the powdered sugar and use sugar free syrup just like I do at home.  I'll also eat off paper platters and out of paper bowls with plastic ware, but the food will be for real.  Yes, I'll eat well, rest assured.

                                   Hunger is the best sauce in the world.  Cervantes                           

I have a small cooler that will absolutely, once cool, keep ice for 10 days.  When possible, I'll pack everything frozen, at least cooled.  All the food in the cooler will be packed individually in sealed, water proof lock & lock containers from, where else, Amazons.  The food needs to be kept at 40 degrees or below and I'll use a thermometer in the cooler to be certain.  I'll need to get gas at least once a week and will simply buy a small bag of ice at the same time.

                            Company's coming!  Add a pint of water to the soup!                    

I  have three tote boxes for food and one for clothing.  I'll start the trip with an abundance of canned and dry foods and a cooler full of perishable food, two six gallon containers of water and two 42 bottle cases of water.  Wine? Sure!  I may even put some in the food.

It is fourteen weeks until July 18th.  I just might be ready?

"Where two or three are gathered in my name"



Sunday, April 5, 2015

SAILING THE LOOP:  Family and Friends

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                   GARDNERS WHO MAKE OUR SOULS BLOSSOM.  Marcel Proust              

                                     In time of test, family is best!  Burmese Proverb                 

I know my wife and children love me and are concerned at the adventurous life I have always lived.  And, here I am, getting ready to have a go at sailing the 6,000 mile loop around the eastern USA.  I should like to use this blog to express my appreciation for their trust and loyalty.

   A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains.  Dutch Proverb     

I have backpacked 600 miles of the Appalachian Trail and the west coast of Ireland.  I have made dozens of wilderness canoe expeditions, some solo with only a dog for company--go to the end of the gravel roads in North America, point the canoe north and start paddling.   I have sailed down the Ohio River solo three times since I retired 24 years ago.  I made an aborted trip--aborted due to bad medical advice--at riding a recumbent trike across the southern USA bike trail.  Since retiring I have lived summers mostly alone at the families lakeside retreat.

Not one family member has ever once reminded me of my age nor of the potential risk involved.  Rather, they have actively supported every effort.
I'll remove the mast and sails and just motor
    The most I can do for a friend is just be a friend.  Henry David Thoreau        

Sailing requires a wide variety of special gear, not the least of which are a pair of non-slip deck shoes.  I have worn Sperry Top Siders for maybe 50 years.  I wore a size 9 when I joined the Navy at 17, a size 10 when I got out at age 21 and at age 84 I wear a size 12.  Using Amazon gift cards the family gave me for my birthday, I ordered me a new pair today.  Thank You!

The person who goes farthest generally is the one who is willing to do or dare.  The sure thing boat never gets far from the shore.  Dale Carnagie

My wife, Julie, bought me a pressure cooker for my birthday.  One might wonder about the need for a pressure cooker on a boat, right?  Well, in her book Voyaging on a Small Income, Annie Hill makes a great argument for using one for everything from baking cakes to quickly cooking beef roast.  Annie should know, she has been sailing around the world for decades. As I'll be cooking on my Sea Swing stove--it costs almost as much as a full sized stove--fueled by small cans of propane, quick cooking makes sense.  Mostly, however, I'll use this gimbal stove to keep a tea kettle of water hot for coffee, tea, soups and add water meals.

If fitness came in a bottle everyone would have a great body.   Cher     

On a canoe expedition with my son Todd, I was introduced to french pressed coffee.  On previous wilderness trips I always boiled coffee.  Neither of my sons cared for it.  Todd brought him a GSI Java french press coffee maker with an insulated wrap.  I tried it.  I have never had better coffee, nor coffee easier to make.  This will be perfect for my upcoming cruise.  After the trip, Todd bought me my own press.  I bought a second one just to be safe.

If you're not living on the edge you're taking up too much space.  Anonymous      

Many, many years ago my son, Mark, and his lovely wife, Mark Kay, gave me a great, 20 degree sleeping bag.  It was a perfect over sized mummy bag.  I have slept in that bag around the country, and to some extent, around the world.  In the north woods I'd wear a toboggan over my head, pull that bag up around my head with just a breathing hole, and sleep soundly in weather where I had to break the ice in the morning to make coffee.  I'll have sheets, blanket and spread on my  boat bunk.  On top of all that, however, I'll again sleep in my sleeping bag.

My daughter, Kimberly, and family just gave me a beautiful jacket with "Navy" and the goat mascot on it, along with lounging PJs.  Previously, they gave me a Navy hat which will perfectly match the jacket.

          To lengthen thy life, lessen thy meals.  Benjamin Franklin     

Wonder how I got the name Christy Anne for my boat?  When this grand daughter was born and they told me her name I asked how they spelled "Anne" and they told me with an "e".  I said that's a beautiful name and it will be the name of my next sail boat.  Thirteen years later Christy christened my Oday Mariner the Christy Anne.  Of course today Christy has graduated from college with a middle management position in a large company.  She is ornery and one of my very favorites.

My friend Don Wilson has agreed to pull my boat to Lake Erie in July.

On this Easter Eve, I thank God for family and friends.  May I be worthy of their love!

    MAY GOD BLESS YOU                 AND YOURS