Tuesday, February 27, 2007

No More Rantings

This will be my last post to Rural Rantings. I will concentrate on my Sawdust Musings which is also on blogspot. I got screwed up when they did the google thing and wound up with two blogs. It's too much work trying to keep up 2 blogs. I am really surprised! I thought I had a lot more to say. I guess not. I feel like I'm talking to myself since I don't think anyone reads these things. I guess I'm just too boring. But that's ok because it lets me get stuff off my chest. So, if anyone is out there, see me at
http:sawdustmusings.blogspot.com. Adios

Monday, February 12, 2007

Icy Sidewalks

We have had a real mild winter this year. We did have snow early and on Christmas, but since then not much. It was a little chilly for a couple of weeks, but the coldest it got was around 5 degrees. Not really cold at all when us old timers remember temperatures in the -30 degree range. That was cold. For the past week or so it has seemed almost spring like, daytime temps in the high 50's and lows in the 30's. If it keeps up like this we'll have to take a blanket off the bed.

This morning I didn't look at the thermometer but it felt much the same as it has for the last few days. When I looked out the window I coulld see that it had rained just enough to wet the sidewalk and that it had frozen. I didn't think much about it when I went out to scrape the frost off the pickup windshield, but when I stepped around to the passenger side I hit a patch of ice. I knew immediately that I was going down, so I looked to see if anyone was watching. Luck was with me, I fell unobserved. It was a classic slip on the ice, both feet went into the air and I hit flat on my butt. Nothing hurt but my pride.

I made the mistake of telling my wife about it this afternoon when I got home. She insisted that from now on I sprinkle salt on the sidewalk to keep other passsers by safe. She also said that I should be more careful. At least I took my pratfall in private. Be careful out there!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

This is Me

I have been trying for several days to get my picture into my profile. No can do. Every time I try it winds up in the posts. So here I am, just as fat and sassy as ever. I feel lke the information revolution has passed me by. Oh well, at least you can see what I look like if you really care.
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Monday, January 29, 2007

The Next President of The USA

Lots of folks seem to want to be the next president. I guess after GW they figure anyone can do the job. Maybe they're right. As much as I hate to say it we have survived 6 years of Bubba Bush, I guess that's one of the great things about our system of checks and balances. Of course, there are those who think that Dubya is doing a great job, I think they must be members of the "Flat Earth Society".

I think that we should be watching Hugo Chavez very closely. He is making Socialism sound great to all the folks down there. The next logical step is to export it to all of the Southern Hemisphere. Then Good Ol' George can invade Venezuela for their oil. We call that "exporting Democracy". You know, no habeous corpus. warrantless wiretaps, unfettered mail opening, and a general suspension of human rights in the name of security.

It does seem that we are going to have lots of choices in the primaries. I suppose that we'll wind up with a moderate liberal vs a conservative moderate. I hope that we get religion out of the campaign. If the churches want to rally for something how about food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, and housing for the homeless. Leave the judgement thing to God, whatever form she may take.

Friday, January 26, 2007

The High Price of Wood Pellets

My elderly next door neighbors have a pellet stove they bought to replace a 50 year old oil furnace. They decided on the pellet stove because the price of pellets was low and they felt the could heat their home cheaper than any other way. That was 7 years ago and pellets were under $100 a ton. On cold days they use a 40# bag of pellets a day, so a ton would last 50 days. Their heating bill was about $200 a year. Now pellets are $220 a ton if you can find them, so the cost of pellets has more than doubled in the past 7 years. That's a pretty steep rate of inflation. Makes it tough for a couple on a fixed income. My gas bill has increased, but certainly not doubled, but of course the gas company is regulated by the government. My guess is that the pellet manufacturers have taken a lesson from the oil companies and have created their own windfall profits. It is interesting that the gasoline prices have continued to drop since the election. Now that the Dems are in control and not their Republican buddies, the oil companies are probably afraid of an investigation into their pricing practices. I figured that prices would go back up if the Reps won in November. I guess we'll never know. Of course, here in Oregon the gasoline prices haven't gone down much, certainly not as much as the rest of the country.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007


I was listening to NPR today and the guy being interviewed was talking about the amount of anger in blogs. He seemed to be surprized that there was so much anger being expressed. I think the reason for the anger is fairly easy to explain. First of all, until the advent of the Blog-o-sphere the only way to express anger to the masses was with a letter to the editor. Letters to the editor are a weak substitute for a good rant, especially since it will be a week or more until you see your opinions expressed in print, if at all. With blogs you can rant to your heart's content, and it is printed immediately. You have sent out your feelings to a huge audience and they can respond to your rant and you might even get a good arguement going. You might even get famous! Someone might read your piece and be so struck by your well reasoned thinking and your deathless prose that they might link to you and get others to read your stuff. People may even agree with you and start a world wide revolution for the betterment of humankind.

Of course, chances are that no one will read your stuff, but at least you have gotten it off your chest. I don't think there's any more anger than before, just an easier way to express it. Just look at my title, Rural Rantings, I was looking for a place to let off steam without getting my wife upset. I find that I really don't have much to rant about, but it is kind of fun to do the stream of conciousness thing. This way we can say stuff we wouldn't say to friends or neighbors without offending them. I think we are all frustrated authors who have found an outlet. So Rant on.