Mon. Mar. 19, 2018 – Back from vacation, tired.

I feel like this is the first day back from vacation since it’s the first school day. REALLY should have worked on acclimating the kids to the time change….

71F with misty drizzle in the Bayou City. Glad I got at least a little done outside yesterday.

Shopping and IT work is what’s on the schedule here today.

I let all the fresh staples run down before our trip, and didn’t want to shop over the weekend. So I’m feeling like the house is empty and the family will starve 🙂

In somewhat local news, MORE people have been injured by package bombs in Austin TX. That makes more in the last week than in the whole country in the last year, if I’m not mistaken. WTF?

Isn’t a mail bomb an anarchist staple? There has got to be more to the story than we’re hearing. I’ll also make a side bet that there will be copycat bombings too.

And with that pleasant thought….


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Sun. Mar. 18, 2018 – The best morning comes at the END of a good long day

Well, this wasn’t a best kind of morning, and in fact I haven’t had one of those in years. But sleeping in when you got up early and worked hard the previous day, especially when you have two little ones, and your wife has plans for you is precious.

75F and 90%RH, sunny and generally nice this AM here in Houston.

I’m stiff as a board from standing on concrete for 12 hours and humping those tubs around.

We’re supposed to go to the Houston Rodeo and Livestock Show today (last day) but the plan was to go early and leave early for other commitments. Don’t know yet how that’s gonna play out.

I’ve not been paying much attention to the international news, and I suddenly find that our allies the TURKS are attacking our allies the KURDS; that Russia is withdrawing ambassadors and staff and kicking out foreign diplomats; and that Russia assassinated a former spy in broad daylight in a foreign capital……. anyone else getting a bit nervous about the nearness of a major conflict???


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Sat. Mar. 17, 2018 – at the Houston Hamfest

So y’all are on your own today, at least until this evening.


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Fri. Mar. 16, 2018 – what did you do to prep for LIFE?

71F, 94%RH and yep, back in Houston…

Still, it looks like a nice day outside.– EDIT — started raining 🙁

This week, instead of what you did to prep specifically, what made you what you are today? What changed you path or set you on the right path? Whether guidance, a person who helped, habits, tips and tricks, or ‘words to live by’, what do you tell a promising kid who needs just a bit of guidance?

For me it was a couple of things, and some minor things helped.

I was deep in credit card and student loan debt. I’d just realized that I’d made it thru my youth and probably WASN’T gonna die young. Suddenly I decided I’d better get myself and life in order for the long haul.


I had a steady job I was good at that paid pretty well, but lots of debt. My roommate (R.N.-a great guy) told me that if I wanted to succeed, I needed to save 10% of every dollar I made. Just deposit my check, and make a 10% transfer every time. Kick start the savings by trying to get thru one pay period without cashing my check, then deposit that in savings. That way, you see yourself making progress.

The rest was simple but hard. Get rid of credit card debt. I did this legally, but the laws have changed to make it harder. If you do the math and see where you will be in ten years if you continue on, or if you take drastic action, you’ll be convinced to just do it.

Get rid of consumer and school debt. You are ruining your credit anyway (it’s probably already ruined by all your credit cards) so do it all. If you don’t pay your student loans they will eventually settle for whatever they can get. Save your cash, make them an offer. Pay them off one at a time IN FULL and at reduced totals.

Get right with the IRS. They will work with you, but you’ve gotta do it and stick to it.

The KEY to this was saving cash. Without that initial 10% saved, I wouldn’t have been able to do any of the rest.

That was the point my life turned around. I went from living in the moment, and changed my focus to longer term. I started saving money so I had options and flexibility.

A while later, in a different city, and a different life (made possible by having money in the bank) a good friend told me to make a 10 year plan. What did I want in ten years? How could I get it? Making the list (home of my own, debt free, money in the bank, start a family) lets you decide if you are making progress or not. It lets you judge choices. It took me FIFTEEN years, but I got there.

Finally, two minor things have helped more recently.

Break your addiction to the “Snooze” button. If you are hitting it more than once, you aren’t getting any more good sleep, and you aren’t getting up. Set it for your final awake time. GET UP and just get started on the day. Set a backup if you don’t trust the alarm or yourself. In a while, you will both start to wake up, and trust the alarm. This has made a big difference in my mornings.

The second is something I read, that was very hard to internalize but helped me a lot in my work and relationships with people in general. Indra Noori (CEO of Pepsico) said the best advice she ever got was to “assume positive intent”. In other words, assume people aren’t trying to screw you no matter what it looks like initially. Most people are not villains. Most are doing the best they can with what they have and what they know. It may screw you anyway, but that’s not usually their goal, they just want to get thru the day and go home. Changing your default assumption will change the ‘color’ of every interaction and opens up a wider range of solutions to any problems that come up. Seriously, this helped a lot.

So, what or who helped you prep for life?


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Thur. Mar. 15, 2018 – another day another airplane…

Cool and clear here in Santa Fe. Yesterday it got warm enough to take off the jacket…

Plan for the day is sightseeing, food, drive, fly, and home.

Tomorrow get back in the swing at home and pack for the Hamfest. I need good weather to sell off all the cr@p I’ve been accumulating for the fest. I hope I can find it all and fit it in the truck.

Food here has been great. Super savory, spicy, and delicious. I’m not a big fan of green chilies but ‘when in rome’ … And they’re famouse for it.

Better get packing…


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Wed. Mar. 14, 2018 – open post.

Late for breakfast. More later. Talk amongst yourselves…..

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Tues. Mar. 13, 2018 – friday the thirteenth comes on a tuesday this month

Clear windy sunny and COLD.

Delicious carnitas last night, maybe the best I’ve ever had. Today more sightseeing and I’ve been threatened with a hike.

Some of the more ‘active’ prepper/3per/militia sites are hammering away at people for physical conditioning. I’d say that you probably don’t need to be able to ruck march a dozen miles, but if you’ve let your condition slide, everything is better when you don’t hurt so damn much. Yoga, Tai Chi, pool workout, chair workout, or just simple walking. The new year is almost a quarter gone. Do some stretching! Get up and move.


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Mon. Mar.12, 2018 – what did you do to prep last week?

39F and dry here in Santa Fe. Breakfast coming up soon.

Since I forgot last week and didn’t get much response to the reminder, what did you do to prep?

I got two of my raised beds conditioned and planted. Got the window boxes planted. Cilantro is coming up fine. Got the citrus trees pruned and the orange is in blossom. So is the peach. Got 4 more blueberry bushes planted.

I got the antenna mast installed and secured. That meant getting the fence section rebuilt, and reinforced.

Did some work on getting OFD’s pc ready.

And that’s it.

Two days after getting home I have the Rosenburg hamfest and swapmeet. I always do the swapmeet to sell a bunch of stuff that has built up over the year. They’ll be testing for new and upgrade licenses so if you are in the area, Saturday next…get your ticket.

And now for some Santa Fe breakfast….


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Sun. Mar. 11,2018 – Safely in Santa Fe

Cool and partly cloudy today here, Well, COLD. Might get snow. Ski lesson in humiliy and aging later today. Might not survive that 🙂 Kids should enjoy it. Hope I don’t do a Kennedy….

Appetizers at the hotel bar were awesome last night. Looking forward to some good eats.

Albequergue airport is a bit tired but is getting renovated.

The drive was nice. Those are some black skies still, although my wife says not as black as 20 years ago.

BTW, @Lynn- finally finished the book you recco’d- The Girl With All The Gifts. What a creepshow. Good, but creepy. I think I’ll skip the movie.

And I’m skipping the news, so I hope the world hasn’t lost its mind last night.


Oh, and because of the time zone, and DST I think I’m back on my home time this am which is weird.

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Sat. Mar. 10, 2018 – early post, things to do

68Fand misty drizzle. Still, I have plants that must get in the ground before I leave town. Therefore, I better get to it.



OH, and since I forgot on Friday, What did you do to prep this week?

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