Enjoying 30 Days of Cycling

So if you haven’t heard about the project (or event) called “3o Days Of Biking“, you really ought to check it out, (even though it started April 1, there is always next year) and in this post I will tell you why. Now, you don’t have to listen to me (most people don’t, so that is all okay), but if you read this post, you will see a little bit of what I saw yesterday when going on a nice leisurely ride to Blackwell Oklahoma.

Let me say, what brought me to write this post was that my wonderful wife had asked me to check in with her every 30 minutes while I am out on my ride. Now, she just wants me to be safe, it isn’t that she is checking up on me, but I have found it more fun to take photos and send them through messaging so she can also share the ride with me. She is not an avid bicyclist, but does like to see the world, and we both enjoy one another’s travels, so I will lead you on the same trip that I shared with my wife on April 3rd 2017.

Hubbard Road and US 177 North of Ponca City

As you can see, the world was a bit overcast, and it had finished raining. It was coolish, but not real bad, so I made my way out of Ponca City and the first place I checked in was at Hubbard Road and US 177. I pick up things all along the way, and oddly enough I found one of the rods out of a gun cleaning set here along the edge of the road. Of course, I picked it up, have no earthly idea why, but I will no doubt give it to someone I work with, a lot of them are gun enthusiasts.

Overlooking to the North from the bridge north of Highway 11 that goes to Kaw City.

While the climb on the highway for the bridge is a bit steep, it is really nice on the north side, for the coasting down is nice and smooth, and fast. Of course, I was traveling on a Surly Pugsly (fat tire bike) which is not really something people ride on road trips, but who said I was a conventional type of guy? And of course, going up the ramp to the bridge, I found a nice blue strap tie down, the second or third one I have found this year.

Seagulls that are ‘not’ by the seashore??? Go figure….

Generally I see the seagulls in Ponca City residing in the parking lot where the University Center is located, but for some reason they seem to have been congregating in the field between the aforementioned bridge and the turnoff to Kildare/Blackwell. I realize that my picture taking leaves a lot to be desired, but there are probably about 60-70 seagulls out in the field. At the top of the hill is also a very nice rock that is in the ditch, which I hope to see about getting one of these days, but fear I might need to be sure to eat my “Wheaties” to man-handle it into the back of the pickup truck!

Highway 11 West and US 177 North of Ponca City (road to Kildare/Blackwell)

A lot of accidents have happened here at this intersection, so it pays to be very, very cautious, be it on bike or in a car, when passing through this area. There are numerous rock trucks that pass through this intersection, not to mention cattle trucks (you know them by the aroma that trails), and a lot of farmers with cattle/horse trailers come through this intersection. They try to pay attention, but I suppose it is sometimes hard to judge traffic speeds, that is my claim and I am sticking to it! I turned west here and headed down State Highway 11 to Blackwell (Doolin Avenue).

Bois D’ Arc Creek, running fairly full but not flooded.

Bois D’ Arc Creek (around here it is pronounced ‘Bodock’, maybe all over the world too, not sure), which is running pretty full for the creek. It generally has some water in it, and flows some except in the Summer, but it flows all along the west side of Ponca City as well, and when I was a kid we use to go fishing in the creek. Don’t remember if we caught much more than crawdads, but I remember fishing there, including getting pushed into the creek by a bully and me getting in trouble for beating the bully bloody…. oh well, such is life as a child….

Duck Creek which runs to the west of ‘S Street’ and goes on past Autwine (ghost town)

Duck creek never was much of a creek, but it still ranks on the map of creeks in the area. It has some water in it, but never too much, and dries up pretty much totally in the Summer.

A very long view of the Power Windmills to the North of Highway 11

Like I said, my photography really is poor, and then too, the overcast day did not help, but if you look really, really closely you can see the power windmills far off in the distance. Nice pond too, and all along the road are many, many cows, which I laughed at for they seemed to be very skittish when I spoke to them, asking them how their day was going. I marked it off to just being unfriendly cows, sort of like the people in town, they are afraid of strangers (or strange people)….

Underground Houses and a runoff ditch with waterfall

I don’t know the people out in the country but found it interesting that there are two underground houses along the same plot of land, complete with a small pond. I figure (although possibly incorrectly) that it is mom and dad, and kids…. made sense in my thinking, whether it is correct or not. Of course, I speculate about a lot of things when out roaming around and having time to think, and prefer to think what I am guessing is close to being right. Of course, I will probably never know, but they are my own thoughts, and it really doesn’t matter. And as you can possibly tell, the sky is beginning to clear up and the world is getting much brighter outside!

The East entry into Blackwell Oklahoma, USA! Home of the Maroons! (you have to live here to understand)

The Chikaskia River runs along the east side of Blackwell, and it has flooded the town many times. The Chikaskia flows to the south and about 10 miles further south it flows into the Salt Fork of the Arkansas River. But Blackwell is nice little town, and there are numerous things here, a lot of antique stores, like most of the towns, they seem to have sprouted lately, and there is a very good place to eat downtown on the South end called “Bob’s Grill”. Going in there is like walking into a restaurant of the 1960’s, and the food is very good and home style cooking. I had the hamburger steak with mashed potatoes and green beans, and of course, had to have a piece of Sour Cream Raisin Pie! MMMM, most excellent! On the way out of town, I realized that I really had not drank enough water and was getting dehydrated, so I stopped at a quick shop and bought two bottles of water, drank one quickly, and refilled my water bottle that was empty, and figured that I should be working harder at drinking more water during these rides.

US 77 and Hubbard Road south of Blackwell

Don’t confuse US 177 and US 77 highways or you will end up someplace you really don’t want to be, or maybe you will end up learning something, either way, it can be confusing. About 10 miles to the south of this intersection, US 77 heads off to the east, and US 177 comes back and attaches itself to head off to the south. Yes, I know, it is confusing, but hey, I have dealt with it all my life and it seems a bit normal now. I have ran into other highways that do the same thing, not quite as confusing, but still, about the same. But anyway, this is Hubbard Road once again, and it is where I turned off to head back East towards Ponca City.

Chikaskia River on Hubbard Road at Goodson Bridge

The old Chikaskia is running full, but it isn’t too full yet. Just down the way about 10 miles or so it will dump into the Salt Fork (of the Arkansas) and then into the Arkansas River on it’s way to Tulsa and Keystone Lake. Years and years ago, my father took me fishing where the Chikaskia and the Salt Fork meet, he had a key that let him into he field where we would go fish, and use to catch some pretty good catfish. I don’t think that farmer allows that anymore, but it was nice memories of those days long ago.

Goodson Ranch Flag Showing Wind Direction

I had fought the wind (Oklahoma stealth hills) on the way to Blackwell, with the wind out of the NNW, so now it was nice to be able to ride with the wind. It was a lot faster riding back to the house than heading to Blackwell, averaging about 6-7 mph on the way to Blackwell, and averaging about 11-12 mph on the road back. Oklahoma wind is just one of those things that you get used to trying to work out with a ride. That is why I rode to Blackwell, for I could fight the wind on the ride there, then have a nice leisurely ride back home. I am not totally stupid, although there are indications that I may be a bit insane, but no verdict as of yet!

Turkeys under the tree

Like I have stated earlier, my photography is poor, but regardless, there were two turkeys under the trees. (If you click on the picture it will get larger and you can see the turkeys better) The male was all puffed up trying to impress the female, and it was quite enjoyable of a sight. There are so many things we miss when whizzing by in a car, and life is about too short to be missing all those things.

“Jesus Is Lord” barn, possibly historic since I remember the painting when I was a kid

This barn has been around for years and years. I don’t know if the owners have repainted it ever over the years, but even when I was young (and I am 59 now), this barn has sported the “Jesus is Lord” sign on it’s side. I believe it is part of the Goodson Ranch, however I could be wrong too, but none the less, it is a very noticeable landmark on Hubbard Road between Blackwell and Ponca City.

“S Street” turn off of Hubbard Road

You come up to a ‘Y’ in the road, or a turn off, or ‘T’ or whatever you want to call it, but this house is something that you look for when traveling down Hubbard road if you want to take the road that will head off to the south to hit Highland Avenue that goes into Ponca City. When I was a kid, Hubbard Road was paved to the west from this road on to US 77, but to the east it was dirt. In the 1960’s it was called the ‘Blackwell Shortcut’. However, no a days people just go north of Ponca City and travel down Hubbard Road to get to Blackwell, but a few still use the old shortcut route too, but not many. But there is a wide spot with the turnoff here and you can stop to check things on your vehicle if needed. When I came up to the turnoff there was two cars there, one with a man and one with a woman, and they quickly took off when I pulled up, so I figure they must have finished repairing their cars and were ready to go….

Ivy growing on side of the farm house

Just down the road on the west side of the the street is this old farm house that has the whole side covered with ivy. I don’t know how many times I have travelled down that road in a vehicle over the years, but never noticed this farm house. That is sad, and I imagine many others pass it as well, and never give it a thought.

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Turtle closer

As I travelled the road I noticed something skittering across the road. As I got closer I saw it was a baby turtle, in fact it looked to be a baby loggerhead turtle. I would have never noticed it and possibly would have shortened it’s life if I was traveling by vehicle, so it was nice to see more bits and pieces of nature along the way.

Autwine to the West, Highland Avenue to the East

Intersection where I turned off tot he east to go back home. A nice and paved road, and as you can tell, it has become such a very nice day for the ride. One thing that I found interesting too was the amount of bullfrogs that were in the ditches which still were sitting with rainwater (lots of it too) and all of the sounds that they were making as I rode by. One place in particular was so loud that it almost drowned out all the other sounds (like the hum of my knobby tires on the pavement) and it was actually so very nice and enjoyable to hear.

Overall the ride was 39.9 miles, and took me about 4-5 hours. Like I said, I am not fast at riding and actually count myself as a member of the Slow Bicycle Movement. I would much rather stop and pick up things I find along the route, see things that I have not noticed before, take photos to share with my wife and others, and just enjoy being out in the world and not having to race around to be someplace else. I believe that the whole world would benefit from taking the slow route from time to time, and just not be in such a big rush. Stop, smell the roses, and enjoy life!

Gazmuth

 

The World That Has Gone Crazy

I am sure that most all of you readers are on social media, be it Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, or whatever. I enjoy it, for the most part, although I really do not enjoy the spam of sexually explicit posts, but I suppose that one has to take the bad with the good. I have turned in a couple of posters this week for sending sexually explicit posts to groups that I belong to, which you may find odd, but I figure if I don’t want a child to be exposed to that sort of thing, and I try to keep my pages clean enough for our two grandchildren to read, then there should not be that type of thing out in the social media. But the social media is getting so very strange these days, driven into a frenzy that is getting more and more irrational with each passing day. Long gone are the days where it was fun.

What Entitlements You Are Entitled To in The World!

The most disappointing thing I read on the social media sites these days is about who is racist, who is creating micro aggressions, and who is entitled to what. Well people, above is a list of things that you are entitled to in this world, regardless of who you are or where you live, regardless of your race or ethnicity, regardless of sex. Yes, the whole list all on one page of paper! If you are not willing to work for the things in your life, then you should not be entitled to anything, nothing, zip, ZERO! You have no idea how much the taxpayers give to other people so that they can feel as though they are a part of the world. Not only does the taxpayers give out food, housing and money, but also things like cell phones! Cell phones? Yes, cell phones! Why? I can see setting up recipients on welfare with a telephone, but a cell phone? There are many other things that we give as well, but as I type, it angers me so very much! One thing that the our Human Services ought to give out is Birth Control, for I have read, seen YouTube videos and websites that tell of people who just keep having kids so they don’t have to get off Social Services. I can only shake my head in disbelief….

My Tax Dependents
My Tax Dependents

I am still trying to figure out why our government has decided that Illegal Aliens should have benefits? As I understand it, they even are eligible for Social Security. Am I the only one that does not understand this rational? Surely not. If they are not citizens of the USA, and not trying to become citizens of the USA, then why are they being treated like they are citizens of the USA? I don’t know if the above statement is correct, 12 million Illegal Aliens, all getting benefits, of what, maybe $5000 a year? Which I suppose is high, for that comes out to be $60 Billion dollars a year! That is just for the illegal aliens! If the 42 million Unemployable number is correct, well that is another $2.1 trillion paid out in taxpayers money! That is simply absurd! What happened to giving the people seeds and telling them that they need to learn to grow their food in a garden? Learn to can food? Learn to work? I know if I didn’t have a job, I would definitely be able to go out and find some kind of employment. But yes, then you will say, ‘But they have children”. Well, some of those people can work watching other people’s children now can’t they? That would be a job, a helpful job, one which they can also be fired from if they prove to be unworthy to babysit single mothers and fathers who are out working. I can only shake my head at where this old world is heading.

Hate

If a lot of these people were working, doing gainful employment, then they would probably be too tired to actually be angry and complaining about their entitlements that they were not getting. I think that a lot of the people who are so angry out there, complaining about other people having things that the complainers don’t have, are just able to sit around and think too long about those things. I know that the last sentence does not make a whole lot of sense, but I tried to write it a few times differently, but it just needs to be put the way it reads. Hate has always caused so many problems. It has caused me problems as well, not only in my childhood, but as I grew older in life as well. But as I have aged I have been a bit more able to forgive and forget than I was able to do so when I was younger. It really is a good feeling too, for I have become a whole lot more understanding and able to get along with so many other people these days than I did when I was younger. However, I still don’t like people, but that is myself, and my hermit ways, and perhaps someday I will get into my box out by the lake shore and live out my final years of life.

Tough Week

Well, enough of my rant for this day. Perhaps I will get to writing on this blog more, perhaps not. The important thing is that I do enjoy writing on it, and maybe I will keep it up, with more positive things to write about in the future.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Remember that Friday is Friday the 13th, and also the Full Moon, so I suppose the sirens will be sounding all night long!

Gazmuth

I Know I Am A Slacker…

As the title refers, for me, yes, I am a slacker. I try to keep up with things, but unfortunately, I seem to fall behind a lot of the time, but my intentions are always good. If I could just not have so many irons in the fire, then it would be a really good thing, but I seriously doubt that it will happen anytime soon.

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Excessive Sitting Causes Obesity

There are a multitude of things that I should be doing, but like most people, I sit in a chair and really enjoy reading articles on the Internet, on Facebook, Twitter, and doing other searches. Always retaining more and more things that interest me, but, as the cartoon I saved today clearly states, the Grim Reaper carries a chair these days, not the Scythe that we all were born to think about. So, I suppose that he is harvesting souls to sit, and no longer ‘cutting’ them away from our bodies. I have visions of endless rows of chairs, all next to one another, with seats behind those rows, with people much like me, heavy laden with skin full of fat, just sitting there, unable to do much more than sit. Quite sad really, so I really need to see about doing something to keep that from happening.

My Surley Fat Bike
My Surley Fat Bike

I have bikes, and trikes, and it is now becoming warmer with the onslaught of Spring, and that makes it time for me to get out there on the human powered vehicles and dodge the cars, enjoy the fresh air, and also try to get myself out of the ‘sitting’ stage I have been in, and become a part of society once again. Michelle and I have been riding our trikes a little lately, and while she is still quite new to the whole triking thing, I have been riding with her. A couple of days ago we went around the Marland Mansion walkways here in Ponca City, and she was facing a long slow hill, so I grabbed her trike and helped her up the hill. She was deeply surprised that I had so much power in my legs, but was grateful for me helping her get up the hill! The funny part about it was there was a police officer at the top of the hill, smiling at us as we rode up, and Michelle thought we were going to be cited, but he was just enjoying watching how we both managed to get up the incline. It was a very nice ride and great day!

Bicycles Bought For Work
Bicycles Bought For Work

Most of the guys down where I work in the refinery are in the same shape as myself, sitting and getting flabby, so they were wanting something to use for transportation, and I thought about how they all treat the vehicles they use. They are as bad as young children and don’t take care of anything. They had John Deere Gators, but just pretty much drove them into the ground. Of course, the work we perform is tough and rough on vehicles, but with the cutbacks the place of employment is going through, buying $8000 Gators is out of the question. So I ordered some bicycles for the guys. They are cheap, but look like they may hold up for a while. The yellow bicycle in the background costs about $900, while the Mongooses cost about $200, and while the Mongooses are heavy for bicycles, hopefully they will be a bit more durable. I am hoping that they are, for we have tried many other bicycles at work, and they all seem to fall apart in just a month or two, so with any luck, the new bicycles will survive the attacks from the operators and last for a bit before they fall apart and are toted off to the steel recycling bin.

2010 Conquest Travel Trailer
2010 Conquest Travel Trailer

On a good note, my wife Michelle, and myself, bought a new (to us) travel trailer. We had a motorhome several years ago, but sold it due to other things happening in our lives, so now we have a bumper pull trailer and hope to be able to go out camping a lot in the coming years. It has a slide out so it is like having a small apartment on wheels, and hopefully we will use it a lot. I wanted a bumper pull so I could put the two trikes and a couple of bicycles in the back bed of the pickup, that way we could ride around the campgrounds and get out of the ‘sitting’ mode my wife and I both have egressed into in our lives. I will have to say though, getting the title straightened out was quite the experience, for the lady could not find the Make, Model or Manufacturer of the trailer, so I just told her to notarize me a sheet of paper saying that she could not get the title for the trailer and I would use that instead of trying to get the tag. I don’t know if it would have worked, but I figure I gave it a good ole college try, and was getting quite frustrated with her not being able to find the information, when she had the VIN number, the previous title for the trailer, and was just making things a whole lot tougher than they needed to be. Her manager came out, with her in tears, and he managed to figure it out, so I got the title, the tag and everything is good to go now. It is amazing how hard a tag agency can make things though, and sometimes I wonder if they ever try, but that is just my view.

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Pandora Enjoying The Truck Ride

Of course, we will take our two girls with us. Pandora really loves to ride in the car, and while Lillith has a bit of trouble with the ‘Bouncy Box’ (what our truck is referred to with Lillith), but she is always glad to be to our destination.

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Lillith In The Clover

We did have a storm pass through this week, leaving a trail of hail in it’s path. Most was just pea-sized, a little was marble size, and few pieces were about the size of quarters. I was thankful though that the storm didn’t leave marks on the vehicles, so our town lucked out on that part. I just have too much stuff (mostly bicycles) in the garage to put cars in there, so the vehicles will just have to ride out the storms. I could possibly make room, but it would take a lot of effort, and then I wouldn’t have a place for all my stuff, so the cars have to learn to try to make it through the storms. Garages need to be about 15-20 feet longer these days, so we can put our stuff out there and still have room for the cars. Hopefully, in another life, I will be wiser when buying a house and have a garage that I can use that way.

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Hail On Our Parcel Of Land

Well, enough of a good thing, so I better see about getting off my keister and going out for a ride and seeing about putting the hitch on the truck. Hope everyone has a great day, and may the weather be fair with a tailwind!

Gazmuth

You Have To Wonder

Good morning, hope everyone is enjoying their week.

It seems to me that there are a lot of upsetting things going on around the country these days, with tensions becoming quite elevated and people just getting all worked up into a frenzy. I am not sure that the people really have a reason for all this anger and madness, but it is causing quite a bit more tension within the rest of the population. Or that is what it seems to me.

My own heart cries out for everyone. I too have been quite angry, but have calmed down since yesterday. I have my own reasons, but yes, I was so angry yesterday that I did something I would not have thought I would do to people, but it wasn’t violent, it didn’t harm anyone, and I was able to release all the tensions that were built up inside of myself. It was satisfying, and I feel good today, even about what I did, and you know, that is why I am writing about it today.

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When you are surrounded by those who cause you grief, you feel trapped and feel like there is no way out. You are surrounded, feeling like you are sinking fast and will be eaten alive by those people, those vengeful people, who do not understand, who do not care, who seem to forget that you too have feelings and that they are smothering you and it seems like they are about to kill you. I am not talking about home life, although I am certain that some people are crushed or smothered by that as well, but what I am talking about is at the work place.

I need to lose weight, a lot of weight in my eyes, for the excess weight I carry is burdensome to me. It causes me enough grief that I don’t need anyone to remind me how big, heavy, fat, obese, or ‘put your own word here’…. but regardless, I need to see about getting onto a program and lose the excess weight I have on my body. There is actually a reason I am this heavy, self induced. Yes, it is self induced. Not an issue from society, I am not blaming all the easy to get to fast food places. I am not blaming my own genes. I am not blaming my parents. I am not blaming my wife. It is totally self induced.

I went through the course of my obesity, reviewing a lot of items over the past few days, where I had tried to read self-help books, other peoples books, I have read plans in order to lose the excess weight, I have read about all the pills out there on the market, most which do not work… or all which do not work.. that one is your call, for it seems some people do have luck with the pills. But back to what I read, in the medical journals and postings, which like all Internet items, you sort of have to take them with a grain of salt for they may or may not really be helpful are really written by the medical professions, but I think I read enough of them to figure out why I seem o struggle so hard with losing the excess weight.

There is more than one reason, and I will list them out:

  1. Stress – The number one cause for me and most others
  2. Laziness – The heavier you are the less likely you are to exercise
  3. Poor Eating Habits – Eating the wrong foods
  4. Dehydration – 98% of the people do not drink enough water

Now, with the above list, I know for a fact, after looking back, that my number one problem is stress.A Few Nice Words

I reviewed my life, going back to 2005, through journals I have written, yes, I keep journals of daily life, but back in 2005 I was happy and had lost quite a lot of weight, had concentrated on walking about 2 miles a day, lost about 50 pounds, and was actually feeling very good about myself. I was in a job that had stress, but controllable stress, and everything was looking good for me and like I said, I was happy.

Then, in 2007, just 8 years ago, I was offered a job at work, moving me from the blue collared represented work force to the white collar (sort of) supervisor force. I still work outside, in the heat and cold, but I have 11 people under me now, sometimes more, and of course, when you are ‘in charge’, that raises the stress level in the old body. I always handled stress before that year, and while I still do handle the stress, apparently it is a whole lot harder on me than I actually thought it was, but looking back I can see that it is very, very hard on me. I have had a couple of heart attacks, which may or may not have happened anyway, but regardless, I have had heart issues. I have insomnia, my mind just won’t shut down any more. And the number one issue…… I EAT TO RELIEVE THE TENSION!

I looked at it, and found that I eat a lot more at work than I do at home, including all the wrong foods, a lot of sugar, which I am not sure what sugar does to relieve tension and stress, but it does soothe me, and I eat a lot of the time do to stress. This is something I need to change, and change immediately. Yes, I need to also drink a lot more water, and also quit being so damn lazy, but mostly I need to get a grasp on the stress and quit eating my tensions away. I am handling… or not handling… the stress in the wrong way, so I need to figure out how to change that, how to get things under control, how to get my life back together and be who I am and not someone who is troubled by the things in my life.

So that brings me back to what I was saying at the first of the post. Why I was so angry and why I get angry…..

Well, over the past two days I realized, while working with some of the people at work, just how caustic and how the people who I work with love to point fingers in blame. While the things that happened were addressed and the verdict showed that I was NOT to blame, which I knew that was the case, but still, when someone points and screams, it is very stressful and the tensions inside of you build up rapidly. I have been working on diplomacy over the past year, and yes, I almost bit my tongue off a couple of times, but held my voice. These are people who claim to be GOD FEARING, church going people. Yet, they do not follow that which they CLAIM to believe in, apparently.

So, I killed them, killed them all……

I deleted all of them from my Facebook pages, even going through the activity log and deleting all the posts and likes that I had responded to them, blocked them all from sending friend requests, deleted them all from Twitter and from my phone. I killed them all… I do not want to be surrounded by A**HOLES and therefore I do not need them in my life. No, I am not angry anymore, actually my heart cries out for them to understand that they really are not who they claim to be, that all they need to do is be kind with their words, not blame and not create stress for others.

We all need to do the same……..

Heres To All The People

The Year Is Passing

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We are now a week into the actual Summer, with Summer starting at the Solstice on June 21, and the season is beginning to get hotter. Here in Oklahoma (and Texas) we have had our fair share of flooding, but that has ended the concerns over the water tables in the aquifer becoming depleted, so that means we are back into having water. Unlike the poor folks in California, and also Las Vegas, who are having a terrible time with having enough water. If you haven’t read, Lake Mead has reached it’s lowest level since Hoover Dam was built, and it looks like there will be water rationing in that part of the US of A as well. I wish we could do something for them, divert all the water that is going down our rivers, perhaps funnel some lake water their way, but alas, due to the way the country is laid out, they would never see it, so we just have to let the water around here head off to the mighty Mississippi River. But 10 years ago, Lake Mead had a level of 1140 feet of water, now it is currently just below the 1075 foot level. It will no doubt take a while for the level to gain 65 feet. If I remember, the local lake, Kaw Lake, has a depth of 80 feet in it’s deepest point, so that means it would be totally empty!

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Water is such an important resource for living, and without it, we would not exist. Many wars throughout the ages were actually fought over water, both for drinking (and living) and also for access to the seas for commerce. I was taught, you can live “3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, and three weeks without food.” If you have no water, then you will have no food, that is how it works. Not only would gardens dry up and fail, but it takes a lot of water to produce just one pound of beef. The Internet claims it takes 16 gallons of water for each pound of beef. However, I do not know if that is just the water the livestock drink, or if it also includes the water used to clean the meat and equipment, but still, a cow is a big animal, and I can see where they would definitely drink a whole lot more water than a human being would.

The media, newspapers, magazines, even Internet sources, show Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, all those Middle Eastern countries as being all rocks and desert. I have to wonder (since I have never been there) if it really is just variable land, without trees and grass like we have over most of the US of A? I know there was a person who worked where I work who left the company they worked for, went to Kuwait and Iraq, so he could run a desalination plant. I wonder if it would be possible for the West Coast to put in something like that? I mean, I have not researched it out, but I would think if the need was there, then perhaps the technology would soar and make desalination of sea water even easier and cheaper. Might be one of those things to look into, one never knows, and might be something to think about investing my retirement money into for the future.

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But face it, science has became better and better over the ages. At one time, there were four (and yes, the aether is missing), and now there are 118 listed in today’s Periodical Table. Surely, with that much more knowledge, it would be simpler to desalinate water than it was in the 1500’s, where they would just boil the water and catch the water vapor, condense it out, and then the solids (salt) would stay in the pan. Of course, I am no scientist, and know that if a true scientist gets involved, due to patent restrictions, liabilities, fear of having the discovery stolen, then the whole thing will become so convoluted, no one would be able to make heads or tails out of it, and it would cost Billions upon Billions of dollars. Ah, the wonders of Capitalism…..

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But then too, come September, September 24th according to the Conspiracy Theories, a huge asteroid is ‘supposed’ to crash into the Atlantic Ocean, creating tsunamis 200 feet tall, wiping out the East Coast of the US of A, so there may not be much more to worry about. All of the Californians can move back east, restart that area, have plenty of water, and everything will be just Hunky-Dory.

Of course, there are a number of things the conspiracy theory guys say, like:

  • September 15 – Recognition of Palestine by the UN
  • September 15 – Operation Jade Helm ends (US Military Training Along Borders)
  • September 22 – World Economic Collapse (through September 28)
  • September 23 – Isaac Newton’s Prophecy (whatever that may be)
  • September 23 – Day of Atonement
  • September 24 – Astroid to Hit Atlantic Ocean
  • September 25 – A 2 1/2 Mile Wide Comet to Pass Near the Earth
  • September 25 – Agenda 21 on Steroids (Illuminati thing)
  • September 28 – Last of the Four Blood Moons

So, you see, September will be a very busy month!

Personally, I don’t hold much hope for the Conspiracy Theorists, but I do enjoy hearing and reading about their concerns, and doom saying, although I have yet to pack my ‘to-go’ pack so I can leave the area and hide out in the woods with all the survivalists, I still sort of watch the signs of the times just to be sure. But every year it seems that someone, somewhere is saying that we are ‘DOOMED’ and that the whole world will end, so take all of it, as I do, with a grain of salt.

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Like I said, I seriously doubt that any of the above dates have any scientific backing. Sort of like all of the earthquakes we have had here in Oklahoma. I have read so many things, from oil well fracking, salt water injection wells, tectonic plate shifting, magnetic pole swapping, the magma beneath Yellowstone to the aquifer below this area being sucked dry. What do I believe? I think we have just gotten so technologically advanced that we put enough seismographs around the state and country, that now we get to see all of the earthquakes that we had all along and never felt. I know we have had a few that were felt ever since I was a kid, and will have to say that perhaps with people being more aware, they are more sensitized to the earthquakes now, and instead of just thinking it was a truck passing down the road, they are now being able to see on the Internet that it was an earthquake. But as I said, that is only my view, nothing more, take it and $1.59 to McDonalds and you can get yourself a cup of coffee.

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You can see how worried I am about all of the happenings these days… so I hope everyone has a great week, today is MONDAY after all, and hope all things go your way!

Gazmuth

Such A Troubling Time…..

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I realize what I am going to say is controversial, so read on if you dare. No hate here, but I am certain it has the ability to bring out the hate in others.

You know, I haven’t written anything for a week, which is bad, for there is so much going on in this old world, yet, I believe we only see a very small part. We get all focused on matters that we seem to disagree upon, take stands on things that we believe just are not right, and fight a fight that comes to conclude no winner. This old world is full of ‘Haters’, ‘Sexists’, ‘Racists’, ‘Blasphemites’, ‘Homophobes’ and many other people who can be classified as a part of someone’s rear end, but I will not write the word, for this is a non-profanity area…… But there is so much going on in the world everyday, it is unfortunate that the media seems to want to focus on things that are ‘sensational’ or ‘disparaging’ in order to bring more and more disgruntlement into an already angry world. The media has lost all focus on Life Stories which can be good for the heart and soul.

With the Supreme Court’s official ruling on Gay Marriages a couple of days ago, I have to say I have found out which of my acquaintances are ‘unbending’, ‘unaccepting’, ‘uncaring’ and for the most part, just generally trying to stand for something that they cannot accept. I find this so very sad, for they are all good people in my eyes, we are all “HUMAN“, and I know they mean no harm, but yet, they cite views that I feel shame about, for I know they mean well, but yet still, they wish to stand hard for something that doesn’t really affect them, but yet, it is something that they will have to see everyday, and they just cannot accept that it is happening. If you are certain about your sexuality, then it should not matter at all if someone is gay, transgendered or with someone who is of the same sex.

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Understand, I am glad for the US Constitution Second Amendment, and yes, I possess guns. I think everyone should be able to possess guns, and I think that one day we may need guns in order to protect ourselves. It does not scare me when I see someone out and about in town with a weapon strapped on their hip, and it doesn’t matter to me or concern me whether a person has a concealed weapon permit and they have a gun hidden on themselves. I have been in situations where I have stared down the wrong end of the barrel of a gun, and I have pointed a gun at a person, and yes, all the above were for reasons that were for the correct reasons. Guns have there reasons and sometimes are needed to get the correct meaning across to people. But the second amendment isn’t the only amendment to the US Constitution, and I will bet that most people only know or can tell what the First and Second amendments are, and not the others. In fact, there are 27 amendments in the US Constitution, two which probably should not have needed to be there (the 18th and 21st), but most people just jump into the mob without any real knowledge of what they are fighting for or against.

Just like in life, we all have a reason and meaning to be here on this planet. Yes, we probably don’t know the reason, nor may we ever really know, but I am certain we have a reason for being here. With the right attitude, people help others, maybe indirectly, maybe not, maybe the people go out to find ways to help other people, maybe people don’t let other people know how they help out other people, for it really is not anyone’s business but the person helping out another person. You don’t have to be praised or thanked for helping out someone, although I do know a lot of people look for praise in order to raise their own opinion of themselves, which may be a good thing, depending on what they are trying to do. But we are all here, and there really is no reason not to be a part of humanity, and live in harmony with one another.

Our current President, Barrack Obama, he isn’t the tyrant or evil doer that a lot of people I know make him out to be, he is just trying to do a job that he was elected to perform. Sure, he probably has a hidden agenda, just as most all of us have, and I say that for it seems that we all have something that we wish to change, yet, we don’t wish to have that part published. President Obama, and Congress, pass items that a lot of people may or may not agree with, but I am certain that a lot of us have done things that others may or may not agree with as well. I know that I have, and still do, and probably always will, but that is between me, myself and I. Of course, things I do probably do not have anything to do with other people, but if you knew what they were, I am certain you would change the way you see me, treat me, or look at me. That is because most people are ‘Haters’, ‘Sexists’, ‘Racists’, ‘Blasphemites’, ‘Homophobes’, and many other labels we all like to place on other people.

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A few words that have been around for a very long time, which most all people have heard, which drug addicts, alcoholics and those in reform live by every day. Words which many people read, take in the meaning, and also think they may be living by, but are they? They may think so, but I also see on the social media that they need to read and look over the words once again, and search themselves to see if they really are trying to follow those little words or not. And yes, your God can be any Higher Power, it does not have to be the Christian or Muslim God, it can be any God or Higher Power you wish to be a part of of in this world.

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I take a stand for myself, stating simply that I am “HUMAN” and yes, I have faults, I have rights, I have issues, I have ulterior motives, but still, like all others who I associate with, I am “HUMAN“. I try very hard to accept other peoples views, when those views are their own and they are not just jumping on the ‘band wagon’, for all that leads to is a mob mentality, which leads to problems they are probably not really ready to deal with or go through. I try to practice patience and love to all people, and care about them, even the guy who flips me off with a finger when he thinks I am doing something wrongly against him or her, and you know, it doesn’t matter to me what religion they belong to, what classification they have been labeled, whether they help others or not, or if they are just in general a mean person. They too are HUMAN, and they too have a life which they have made for themselves, and I can accept them into this world.

We all have our views on what is right and wrong, but hey, you know what? If it doesn’t harm you or your family, then why would it matter? Why not just look past those things someone is harmlessly doing and get on with your life, try to make this old world a better place for all of us to live in, not care what clothes a person wears, or why they act the way they do, or why they do not conform to the way you, as a fellow HUMAN chooses to live your own life. It will actually all be just fine, it doesn’t matter what the color of another HUMAN‘s skin is, what clothes they choose to wear, what other HUMAN they choose to be with, or where they may be congregating. In fact, if we were all more accepting, then that would surely make all of us just that much more HUMAN!

So, on a closing word, from a fellow acquaintance……

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Gazmuth

My Blog, Web Site and “Zero Tolerance” Advertising

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This is just a post to tell anyone who visits any of my sites, which I have two, The Virtual Realm, and this one, Alternative Realities, that I do not support advertising. My wife has a website as well, where she shows her music, but while I do not build or create on her site, I am not certain if she has any real advertisements or not. The only links I will give off this blog site are to my own sites, which as I said, are not supportive of advertisements. On my other site, The Virtual Realm, there is a sidebar listing of sites that I enjoy visiting, with their links, but they do not pay me, nor do you need to go to their site to read what I have on that site. So, no cookies will be put into your browser for tracking your visits to any of my sites, no pop-up windows will appear, there will not be any advertisements on the sidebars, nor will you get any emails from spammers because you have been to my sites. I pay a hosting service good money to host my site, and while I about get undulated with emails from advertisers telling me how may ‘pennies’ per click I could receive by putting their embedded advertisements into my sites, I will not do that nor do I support those places or practices.

I don’t know about everyone else, but it is so very annoying to me to have those stupid pop-ups come up when I am trying to read something out on the internet, and a lot of those sites I do not visit because of all the advertising. Same way with the sidebar advertisements, I can really live without those, although they are not near as annoying as the pop-up or scrolling ones, they are still bothersome and seem to be right where my mouse pointer is located and I end up at a site I really have no interest in visiting.

I will have to say though that I may, or may not post pictures, not clickable pictures, but pictures into my blog of some of the stores and businesses in Ponca City and surrounding areas that I do support and do business with, such as the picture on one of my blogs with a photo from “Aldi’s”. A blog may contain items or things about a said business that I use or visited, but it will not take you to their site or be something that is an advertisement for them to drum up more business. Any picture posted on this blog will not take you to their site, nor will it do anything more than just sit there in my blog. If you wish to go to the Aldi’s site, then you know how to use a search engine, there are many of them, and you can type in the store name and it will lead you off to their site. You should not need me to lead you there through my web sites. However, I may have the address of a business listed in the blog post, but that would be the only ‘shameless plug’ part of any advertising on my part.

Besides advertisements, understand as well that neither of my sites will contain any vulgarities, demeaning or racial items, they are family oriented, there will not be any pornography, and are all safe for work or family. I think we all agree that there is enough vulgarities out in the world wide web, and I personally feel that there does not need to be any more added to the electronic world. I only support “CLEAN, WHOLESOME FUN!”

Gazmuth

Another Day, Another Dollar

Day one of my return to work went well, although I found that the day went really fast, with so much to get all caught up on, and trying to get things back to normal, or at least normal for me. It was a good night though, and I feel blessed that all went smoothly. Now, if this next night goes just as well it will be a wonderful thing!

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But true to things in my life, I am sure that mistakes will be made and that the crew and I will struggle some with choices, causes and the general workings of the job. But like everyone, the crew and I will work through our choices and paths through this world and will overcome the barriers and boundaries that keep all of us encompassed, and make the path as smooth as possible.

That is one thing that I have seen all through my life, that the path we all choose through this life has it’s bumps and curves, and while we may struggle to manage to get down that path, the reward at the end of the path makes us all feel good about the way we lead our life. We try not to get hung up on our mistakes, but sometimes we do try to cover up those mistakes, when it would be so easy to accept and rework our way through a mistake instead of trying to deny it or make it look like we actually knew what we were doing. All of us are fallible, but that is one thing I have found that it seems a lot of people are unable to accept, then they fight their way through denial, which only causes a lot of other issues and problems down the path.

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As I grow older, I don’t remember things as well as I used to, and have actually found that there are things that are easier to look up than to try to remember, so that makes it a lot easier than filling up my old mind with items that really are things that I should be able to look up to find the answer, which will make the path through life so much easier to follow. (Thank goodness for WikiPedia!)

It is okay not to know everything, and make plenty of notes to look up those things that are required so you don’t forget to look up the answer so others will know what is needed. You can’t expect the other people to know everything either, but can actually help them be able to research and find the answer to the problem they are facing. Not with life in general though, that is one of those ‘life experiences’ that a person has to experience and learn through on their own terms, but when it comes to a job or a duty, it is okay not to have all the answers, but one needs to know where to find those answers and to work out the solution to the problem.

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And yes, communication is the key to success, not only in the work we perform, but in our life as general. It is true that we all try to reply to what others tell us instead of just listening and learning, or accepting what is being told to all of us. Communication skills is an art form of it’s own, and while I still have a lot to work on on that subject, as I gain age I have been trying more and more to try to listen and not just respond. Sort of like the things I have heard about women, where they wish to talk and have their mate listen, but the mate (male generally) thinks that their wife is trying to ask for some solutions. The results are generally not very happy in what happens when the man tries to tell the woman what they are doing wrong. The woman may just need someone to hear and listen to what is eating away at their soul and interfering with their life. I think we have all been there, seen that, and have that T-Shirt!

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And some of the things that we are told by others, maybe our Boss, our peers or just people who care in general, are not things we wish to hear, and we get angry. One thing I try to remember is that “The truth hurts, while lies do not. The one thing that can make me the most angry is the truth. The truth hurts!”

Well, time to get back to the slave pits, so may everyone have a great weekend!

Gazmuth