Hey congress, what the FUCK? Pass Unemployment extensions. NOW. Right. The. Fuck. NOW.

Sometimes, an F-BOMB is the only verbal option short of a guttural, primal scream. Although I want to believe that most people in congress are good, I just can’t anymore.  Our citizens, who congress purports to SERVE, All these people are asking for is a subsistence payroll. While we offshore, outsource, tax shelter, bailout the legal entities known as corporations, the entities known as people are sliding further and further down the standard of living scale. I know more people at this point in my life by far than at ANY other period who are not only unemployed, but cannot find ANY work, even menial, low pay jobs. Nothing.

All the good domain names have long been taken…

What is left...

After a lousy week at work, where progress was made and is being made…err…I digress…I spent some time thinking about again formalizing my consulting business as a domain, web tie in, etc. After searching the first 15 or so I came up with, learning they had all been taken, I started just popping in silly things, finding that many of THOSE were registered…This one was not.

I do not know if it is possible for a brain to ache like a knee or back, but I am pretty sure my brain aches. As does my knee. Older is not good in many ways. If I get another ache or pain, do I get to hang a special license plate on my ass? “Michigan Historical Human”…

Today, a jackass in a Super Duty Ford Diesel was in front of me with a ‘I love my huge carbon footprint’ sticker on the tailgate. Now, I love trucks, but there is no need to be a dick about it.

Pre-sweetener tea is for losers. 😛 ….you know who you are.

Halo Reach is a hell of a lot of fun, mostly because it makes my son and I laugh our butts off by offing each other in silly ways.  The new graphics are not bad either.

Guster is playing the Royal Oak Music Theater soon. No fucking seats…and by that, I mean, there are tickets, but there are NO FUCKING seats. Standing. All night. Guess where I am not going?

Yom Kippur makes me miss my friend in Israel.

I am amazed at how many people run network wire and do not understand that if you cut the sheathing, the copper ( an excellent conductor) becomes a BIG FUCKING ANTENNA and bleeds shit onto your network.

Camera Lens’ confuse me. I am a 28 ish mm wide, but I also want a 300mm F4 prime with a 1.6 III extender. I don’t know why, I mean I do,  but I am having DREAMS about camera lens’ at night.

My dog pissed me off this week by eating an entire loaf of organic $4 a loaf bread off the counter as it thawed, but I still love him. He is cute as hell and makes me smile.

Dear NFL, Fuck you. You have ruined the game. The Lions call was just a brutal reminder to me of why I have backed off so hard on the religion of football. I can’t stand it anymore. too many flag pulls and stoppages of play. It is like watching 2 marching bands perform for 4 hours, playing one song, one measure at a time with a lunch break in between each measure. Between this and the perfect game boner by the MLB refs, I am starting to think organized sports refs are in cahoots with Bin Laden.

Seeing the big picture by getting small.

Last Monday was spent at a botanical garden in Ann Arbor.

Here, I tried out my new Opteka extension tubes, which all my camera to get even tighter shots on small things.

I started first by trying to focus on the small minds of the Republican media, but even the mighty Canon 7D with a nice 1.8 lens could not see anything worth discussing there, so I instead went on to flowers…simple, awesome, intricate flowers…I am not there yet as a macro photographer, maybe I will never get there, but the first day of the journey left me excited, exhausted and with a couple dozen pics that I was reasonably proud of. This is not really one of them, but, I liked the color. Deal with it..:)

Hell week, otherwise known as the first week of school is over, I survived without being lynched, made progress in some ways, and was sad in others because the cost of said progress was given at the expense of something more progressive than what replaced it…Ce la vie.

One day, I may get to make the decisions, and then, I will listen to the smart people around me when they tell me what they need to be effective at their jobs rather than choosing what I like most and jamming it down their throats.

The orchard continues to grow, the growers, pickers and eaters are happy and productive, and we are now damned to a beet farm, less the humor of Dwight and his idiot brother. I look longingly back at the Orchard taking little solace at my small grove at home. Now, it serves primarily as a reminder of the beets I have to eat and tend at work.

Jimmy Carter has a degree in Physics, yet….

Settle down. Obama won. Most people I know are happy, the others are waiting to start the “see-see, I told you he would/wouldn’t BS.” Thinking about how Bush may be our generations Nixon (Nixon was a WAY smarter man) and Obama might fit as Carter ( Ford does not really count, as he was the Dan Quayle to Nixon, i.e. a non-entity). My hope is that Obama beats all expectations. Jimmy Carter is one of the smartest Presidents we have had. Yet,  in most circles, his Presidency is considered an abject failure, even though he accomplished some very visionary things during his term. He continues to work tirelessly on a variety of admirable things and occasionally drops a book on us that gets everyone talking about tough subjects.

My hope is, Obama can out think and bridge things politically that Carter was not able to do, and Obama can do it with enough velocity to carry him into an even more successful 2nd term. I have not in my adult life been truly excited for a man to take office. Even as I draw this comparison to another ex President that I personally admire greatly but many cannot stand, I am so full of opitmism about Obama that I cannot see how he will fail unless WE fail him.

Dogs are awesome.

Dogs are awesome, but much more like having a kid than a pet. I had the best dog I have ever owned, Pooh, my Golden Retriever. I am thinking about getting another, but remain undecided. Then I find this pic. ( insert awww noises).

My house, is a work in process. Recently, new appliances were purchased. I have been getting them installed little by little. New new washer is AMAZING. Maytag Epic series, front loader, high efficiency. Quiet. Very quiet. Dryer, is not going so well. Today, I am off to Lome Depot for another round of ” I need this thing”. Target is to have the new one in by days end, and the old one out for donation. Oh, and it supposedly uses 7-12 gallons of water vs. the old one which uses 44-52 gallons! Yeah us!

So now, I am off work for nearly 2 weeks. Lots of house stuff to. New appliances are the first, porch work, yard work. I guess this is what a stay-cation is.

Lately, career wise, things are kind of weird. I like what I do, but who I do it for is really under my skin. I feel in limbo, yet have not had too much luck getting a new gig. Evaluating new strategies is what I am going to spend part of my time on now. Happily, I found this link to get me rolling. Brief, pointed. Can’t hurt.

Tiny blurb on Wind Turbines. Love em. Learning more, start here at Tangarie’s site. You know, this seems simple enough. Tax Credits, rebates, lots of solar and wind, less dependence. Guess it is too simple for our government to get behind.