This was sent to me by a cousin back East. Originally posted by Wyatt Walters.
Since I don't Facebook, this is my sharing.
When I was young, bullet proof, and indestructible I did things that I now realize were just plain stupid.
When I graduated from high school in 1964 I went to work at a carpet manufacturing company. For 10 years I didn't think a thing about sliding a 1500 pound roll of carpet around or picking up a 50 pound carpet remnant. I was bullet proof, and indestructible.
A few years later I went to work for a stereo speaker manufacturer. Didn't think a thing about lifting 60 to 120 pound speakers while loading trucks. I was bullet proof, and indestructible.
After that, I went to work for an oil company. I didn't think a thing about moving 500 pound drums of oil or 50 pound cases of oil. I was bullet proof, and indestructible.
I started fishing again around 2008. I'd go almost daily. Walking creeks, up and down lakes. Float tubing. Fishing, fishing, fishing.
Enter July 2012. Living in Volcano and heating with a wood stove, I had a logging company come in and drop 7 trees.
I think I posted this before and if I have, please forgive the old guy's memory.
Do you have a laptop? Does your screen seem small?
The first picture is my laptop. Used to do all my computering with that.
Which brings me to the 52" TV in the Livingroom. There it sits collecting dust, unused because no cable, Dish, no nothing. Once again, a quick trip to Staples and bring home a 16' HDMI cable and now a 52" monitor in the living room.
Do I need monitors that big? Not necessarily, but it's pretty cool.
I also watch free movies from YouTube and Amazon Prime from my laptop to the monitor(TV) in the Livingroom.
So, if you have a TV laying around collecting dust, here's a home hack for ya.
Every weekend through May a Covid-19 vaccine marathon is being held at Bran Castle in Romania. It's an around the clock marathon and I hear the best time to go is at night.
Those brave enough to come to the castle and get a Pfizer vaccine shot will get a "vaccination diploma" which includes a fanged medical worker with a syringe.
They will also get free entry to the castle's torture rooms which have 52 different medieval torture instruments.
This past weekend alone, 400 people have been jabbed.
But don't plan your trip, it's only available to residents of Romania.
I'd do it. It would be way cool.
All my life politics has been something I didn't think about very much. Elections came and went. I voted because it's my civic duty. Then came 2016.
The election of 2016 was the biggest mistake this country has made. The Republicans put Donald Trump in the White House. He then proceeded to destroy democracy as we know it. Boy did this open my eyes.
Enter the election of 2020. Joseph Biden won this election by an Electoral College vote of 306 to Trump's 232. BUT, because Trump said the election was rigged, those that follow him believed what he said even though every state verified the counts and certified the election.
Then we have January 6th and the Trump followers storming the Capitol Building. Clearly he attempted a coup d'état. Only problem was that he didn't have the military behind him, only his radical followers. A coup only works if you have military backing. To this day he still believes he won the election. To this day his followers believe he won the election. What is WRONG with these people.
OK, we have a new President and Vice President.
So, the House of Representative's impeached him for inciting the January 6th riot. Then, the Senate acquitted him because the majority of the chickenshit Republicans got no cajones. I'm excluding those 10 that did vote to impeach him. My hat's off to them.
Now we're looking toward the mid-term 2022 election. Those states that Trump lost or their Electoral College votes weren't enough, are passing laws to make it almost impossible for those that voted in 2020 to be able to vote.
Let's take Georgia for example. Mail in voting requires the voter to provide one of several forms of identification. WHAT, they have to send in a photo of their drivers license with their ballot? A photo of their birth certificate? Maybe a copy of their passport? That's bullshit.
Let's not forget Photoshop.
Rather than allowing voters to request ballots six months from Election Day, the new law says voters can start requesting ballots 78 days out; counties can begin sending ballots to voters just 29 days before Election Day, rather than the previous 49 days. Let's shorten the time so when the Postal Service can't get the mail delivered on time, your ballot won't count. Bet they are all Democratic ballots.
Then, A ban on handing out food and water within 150 feet of a polling place, or within 25 feet of any voter. Republicans say this is aimed at stopping outside groups from influencing voters; Democrats say it’s supposed to make it harder for people to wait in long lines, particularly on hot or cold days. Election officials are permitted to set up water stations — but they’re not required to do so. Ever been to Georgia? Maybe we should ask my 85 year old cousin who lives in Georgia, how she would like to wait in line and not be able to get a drink of water. More bullshit.
Then this morning, which prompted this post, Florida.
The new law restricts the use of absentee ballot drop boxes to the early voting period, adds new identification requirements for requesting such ballots, and requires voters to reapply for absentee ballots in each new general election cycle. Previously, Florida voters only had to apply once every two election cycles.
The law also gives partisan election observers (want to be they are all Republicans) more power to raise objections and requires people offering voters assistance to stay at least 150 feet (45 meters) away from polling places, an increase from the previous 100-foot (30-meter) radius.
Want to bet that the Trump militia is going to be at polling places armed to the teeth where ever they can get away with it. Think that would turn you away instead of voting?
It's a sad political environment we live in.
Once before I said I was ashamed to be an American. I'm proud again, but I wonder if it will only last 4 years.
We didn't want to venture far from home on our "first" trip of the year. I put that in quotations because we had planned a trip to Death Valley via Phoenix, Arizona in March only to find two of the vents in the trailer leaking after an overnight rain storm.
So we decided to just drive over to Rancho Seco RV park and spend the weekend. It's just a short 40 minute trip. In case you didn't know, Rancho Seco was a Nuclear Power Plant owned by SMUD. The plant operated from April 1975 to June 1987 when it was shut down by popular vote. During that time it was generally on again/off again and never did operate on a regular basis.
Rancho Seco Lake was established to provide a emergency backup supply of water for the station. It's important to note that should there have been a need, the lake (160 acres) could be drained into the station in 24 minutes. Fortunately it was never needed.
So, they made Rancho Seco Recreation area and stocked the lake with Bass, Crappie, Sunfish, and in the winter, trout.
I've fished this lake on many occasions in the past years, but haven't been there for about 3 or 4 years. Now it maintained by Rocky Mountain Recreation Company and has tent camping, RV camping (with water & Electric) and plenty of places to fish and a couple to swim and, of course, more expensive.
CONTRARY TO PUBLIC BELIEF, THE WATER DOES NOT GLOW IN THE DARK.
We got there on Thursday afternoon and set up the trailer. Sitting outside enjoying the quiet in between the park gocarts going back and forth, I noticed a plume of smoke in the distance. It was a wildfire in Calaveras County close to where Yuki lives and caused by........you guessed it, a burn pile that got out of control.
Friday we just hung around the camp. We did take a drive to check out a fishing spot or two. Since they had a nice store just down from where we were, I didn't stop for worms on the way. And you know what? The store was closed. I was wormless on a lake with a multitude of fish that eat worms.
Saturday morning we went over to the other side of the lake to a place where I found a little dock I could sit on and attempt to catch something. As usual, there was already someone on the dock so I moved over a bit and set up.
I started with a slip sinker rig with a couple white Power Eggs and a red/brown Mice Tail. It was as close to a "worm" as I had in my tackle box. On my other rod I tried a murid of lures. Everything from Kastmasters and Panther Martins to anything that was there including something yellow that I have no idea what it was.
Needless to say, I didn't catch anything, but I did get a little sun. Actually I got quite a bit of sun, but not fried.
Sunday morning we packed up and headed home.
I didn't mention that on Friday night, the place filled up with weekenders, their kids and their dogs. Next time we go during the week. It's a lot quieter. Quiet is good when you're old.
That's it for now. Stay tuned.