WhooHoo! Two Blogs in Two Days . . .

I was bored. What can I say.

First off, I’m not sure why we suddenly got so popular just yesterday, but I want to welcome the six new followers who signed up yesterday to receive these blog posts via email. If you would like to do the same, just check out the Email Subscription area on the left sidebar, enter your email address, and then click the "Sign Me Up" button.

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Well, it looks like the winter temps may have finally arrived. After today’s 92, Saturday’s high should be in the upper 70’s/lower 80’s with night temps in the mid 50’s, and it’s forecasted to stay that way for the next 10 days or so. Mid 70’s/mid 50’s are supposedly the November averages for this area so we’ll see how that works out.

Although a supervisor stopped off to look at the gate damage today, no one showed to start working on it yet.

Gate Damage 2

That round barrel-looking thing is the remains of the group locking system. It’s a device that holds up to ten separate padlocks, anyone of which can open the gate. That way everyone that needs access to a site can supply their own lock, and not have to worry about syncing up with everyone having the same key or combination. A simpler way of doing this is to have everyone’s locks in a daisy-chain loop so that opening any lock will allow the gate to open.

The truck drivers are really enjoying the missing gate section. In fact they’ve been driving over it all day. There may not be a lot left to work with if the repair guys don’t get here soon.


Don’t know if you’ve heard about the new Kindle Matchbook service, but it looks pretty interesting. The idea is that if you bought a book new from Amazon then you can get a Kindle copy at discounted price, either $2.99, $1.99, $0.99, or free. Just go to this Amazon Matchbook link, click on ‘Find Your Kindle Matchbook titles", and it will search your entire purchase history with Amazon (mine goes back to 2001) and tell you what books you’ve purchased that are eligible for the discount.

And that’s kind of the problem with the service right now. Out of the 100’s of books I’ve purchased from Amazon in the last 12 years, only six qualify for the discounted Kindle version. They say they will be adding more books as they make deals with publishers, but right now things are kind of sparse. Hopefully that will improve.

I’ve always wanted a service where you could send in a book and get a discount on the Kindle version. I’ve got a lot of books, both paperback and hardcover, that I keep because I read them once a year or so, and have for years. I would love to get the Kindle version at a discount  and not have lug the real one around anymore. I realize I could just buy the Kindle version outright anyway, but when I look at a paperback that I bought years ago for $1.99, and then price the Kindle version now at $9.99, my cheap(skate) nature just won’t allow it.


Maybe this should be under my new "What Were They Thinking" tab, but under the heading of "Taking Incoming Fire from Both Directions", Hallmark recently issued a new Christmas ornament depicting a Christmas Sweater with lyrics from ‘Deck the Halls’ on it.

Trying to be politically correct, they replaced the word "Gay" with "Fun". And that started the firestorm. First people complained about Hallmark changing the words to a much-loved Christmas carol, while others fussed about them bowing to pressure from the ‘gay’ lobby. And then the gays piled on by saying that Hallmark was homophobic because they took the word ‘Gay’ OUT of the song.

Sometimes you just gotta know when to leave well enough alone.

As I said, I do have a new entry on my "What Were They Thinking" tab, this time about tattoos, or rather mis-spelled tattoos. Personally I’ve always liked Jimmy Buffet’s song definition of a tattoo: "A Permanent Solution to a Temporary Feeling". I think that about sums it up.

Check it out.


Thought for the Day:

Physicist Ernest Rutherford once described a public official as being "like a Euclidean point: he has position without magnitude."

(Hey, how many blogs give you a physics joke? Sheldon would appreciate it.)



5 Responses

  1. Hi Greg, Thanks for the Amazon Match tip. I wasn’t aware of that. Like you, I can read a book many times, and I despair at trying to keep them all in this small M/H!

    I read your blog every day (Or rather, look at it…) and have it bookmarked on mu iPad. Keep up the good work!


  2. I love your blog. I am getting ready to retire next December. DH and I plan to camphost in the national forest in the summer and then head down to Texas to try our hand at gate guarding. We have friends who have gate guarded down in your area, Bobbie and Jim Chapman. Like you, they told us to make sure to work for GGS. I have found your blog to be most informative and decisively interesting. I sincerely hope our paths cross. Just one question though…we have seen the lovely Jan but Greg, why aren’t there any pictures of you???

  3. Gene,


    Glad you enjoy the blog.

  4. Susie,

    There are not photos of me because I’m usually the one taking the pictures.

    At least that’s the story I’m going with.

  5. Awe…no excuse Jan…pick up the camera…we want a picture of Greg! LOL

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