Category Archives: Misc

Did they change the definition of affordable?

Well…yeah, I know, I’ve bitched about this before but reading about a new condo project that is going to go up on the lakefront in the area that they have been cleaning up all summer and that the bike trail I ride goes through, I just had to comment…and I have the question: “did they change the definition of affordable?” In the story there are a couple of things I have a problem with…first is the affordability of the 300 condos they plan on building on the site that will sell from 599,000 to 999,000 thousand dollars…now, is that affordable to you? My house is affordable…I only paid 90K for it…but 600K? I really don’t know many people who can afford a 600K condo and stats show that more than 60% of Americans can’t even absorb a surprise 400 dollar bill let alone a house or condo payment of 3,000 dollars a month…so I wonder who will buy these things? Oh, and the second part…the developers say they are going to keep the lakefront open to the public and I really don’t think that is going to happen…if these people have enough cash to pay 600K for a condo, they sure are going to want an exclusive use of the property and are not going to like the idea of having to mingle with the riff raff…and I’ll bet that my bike trail, that runs along the shoreline and that the developer has promised will stay where it is, is going to be closed as “under construction” for a few years until people just get used to it not being there and they will tear it out….I know, pretty cynical thinking but just looking around here on my rides, everything is behind fences and gates and rich people just love them some fences and gates to keep everyone away from them….so, I guess I’ll believe it when I see it…if I live that long…

I’ve lost respect for Eric Clapton…

Well…I know this story has been out there for a while and you may have already read about it but here goes…I have lost all of the respect I had for Eric Clapton with his just asinine statement that he won’t play any venue that requires proof of vaccination or for people to wear masks to attend his concerts….okay, so just cancel all of them venue owners….you can’t let a stupid entertainer dictate health policy and possibly kill people with this crap…this is just beyond selfishness, it is ignorant and shows he doesn’t care about anyone but himself and his grandiose sense of entitlement…okay, that’s about all I have to say about it…it’s a little deflating when someone you’ve looked up to and thought was a good person turns out to be a selfish jerk….

Let’s talk a little music…

Well…first, happy birthday to Ringo…while I was reading through one of the sites I do every morning, I came across an article that tried to rate the 50 best live rock albums of all time…and three of my favorites were in the top ten, and I agree with their pick as number one…Live at the Fillmore East by the Allman Brothers..or I should say I can live with that pick, but I would have put Four Way Street by CSNY at number 1 while this guy put it at number 7….where I have a bone to pick is that Alive in America by Steely Dan wasn’t even on the list or Twin Peaks by Mountain…I mean what’s not to like about the song Nantucket Sleighride that goes almost 31 minutes? The Eagle’s Hell Freezes Over wasn’t on the list either or Live Bullet by Bob Seger…..there were a lot of obscure bands that I’ve never heard of on the list but that’s not that unusual since I really have stopped paying attention to new music….anything newer than the 90′s has gone right over my head and I don’t care much about it…other than SD and Donald Fagen, that is….not sure why I always get sucked into these types of articles but it was a nice respite from the regular news for a few minutes….

I wonder if I’ll ever own an electric car?

Well…have been looking for a political one to do without much luck but a thought did just pop into my head after the searching…with the rapid electrification of transportation, I wonder if I’ll ever have an electric car? I would probably be a great candidate for one since I very seldom take trips of more than 50 miles but the ones that I could afford are all like appliances that aren’t really any fun to drive…and it would have to be used…very used, since there is no way I would ever spend 40K for a car….I wonder what the ramifications will be as more and more car companies have bet their futures on going all electric? Will those of us who can’t afford to drive one even be able to buy gas for our cars anymore? I wonder what the price of gas will be when the lower usage eliminates the economies of scale that keeps gasoline somewhat affordable? In that same vein, if half of the cars on the road are electric…there will only be need for half as many gas stations so will that look like electric charging stations do now where they are hard to find? At my advanced age, I’ll probably be able to drive gas powered cars the rest of my life but it could turn out to be a pain in the butt to do it…I’m not sure if I’ve ever gone through a transition like this in my lifetime…it’s going to be interesting to see it…

51 years ago today…

Well…just a short rememberence of the day….51 years ago today…about an hour ago… Ohio national guard soldiers murdered 4 students at Kent State University…some of them were protesting the Vietnam war and others were just on their way to class….I was 16 at the time and couldn’t understand how kids could be killed just being kids….and I still can’t…but it still goes on every damn day….think I’ll go listen to “Ohio” by Neil Young…peace…

Not sure if I understand the British monarchy…

Well….with the passing of Prince Philip today, the thought entered my head that, even being a big anglophile, or a fan of England, I’m not sure if I understand the monarchy in these modern times….or any monarchy for that matter…it seems that more egalitarian models of governance are more suited to the times we live in. I do feel for the British royal family as I do for any family that loses it’s patriarch or any of the people who guided it for 70 years, cripes, that is even longer than I’ve been alive, but what is the purpose of the monarchy? Here I fall back on my firm belief that no one should be able to go through life held up to high esteem just because of an accident of birth…whether it is through a monarchy or through inheritance of wealth as happens here in the US…for example, all of the idiot trump’s kids, what makes these people of any more worth than you or me? Maybe with the royal family it is a lack of understanding on my part…but, with the almost daily scandals coming out of that small family, ….okay…nope, I don’t like the way this one is going…I’m not going to attack something I don’t understand…and that is not how this one started in my head…maybe I’ll have to think more before I comment more….

Good news on the vaccines…

Well…as the vaccines for covid are rolled out slowly across the world, there is one detail that is being overlooked that I think is a pretty big deal…of the millions of people who have been vaccinated, there has not been one reported death…let that sink in for a minute….once you get the vaccine, you may get sick since it is only 95% effective but you won’t get really sick or die from covid….and that IS a really big deal…that the worst outcomes after vaccination is to get mildly sick but not end up hospitalized or dying….to me, that is worth any side effect such as pain or fatigue after you get the shot…and they appear to have the same effect on the new variants of covid…so far, but there may be a booster shot in the future as the virus continues to mutate…but I’ll take that any day….

RIP Leslie West

Well…damn, another one of my musical family died last night…Leslie West, founder of Mountain and other groups is gone after a heart attack that he couldn’t recover from. From the first time I heard “Mississippi Queen” and it’s cowbell intro, I knew he was something special…and I still get chills when Leslie comes in with the power and slashing guitar…I’ve always thought that the song was one of the most perfect 3:39 in rock history and Leslie’s growling vocals still takes my breath away…I could always tell when a guitar riff of his was playing…he has this choppy, power style that was raw and yet he could be subtle, too…I was fortunate enough to get to see him live three times…once with Felix Pappalardi as Mountain, and two other times with Leslie as a solo act…the last time at the intersection downtown where I could walk right up to the stage and watch him play from about 10 feet away…just frickin amazing….while they were great on studio albums, to get to the core of Leslie and Mountain, you have to hear their live recordings…I would recommend that you find a copy of their double live album “Twin Peaks” that was recorded in Japan….and listen to “Nantucket Sleighride”….thirty minutes of power where they put together bits and pieces of other songs to make an epic live jam….but it’s not the noodling kind of stuff that jam bands get into…it’s full power blast that ebbs and flows and shows you just how good Leslie was….I’m going to miss him…RIP Leslie….

Small acts of kindness…

Well….have been a little pensive today and thinking about what can be done to remove the stain and stench of the hate that the idiot trump and his followers have smeared on the world…and a story that I just read on Kos points to a path that I have been following for a few years now…small acts of kindness. In the story, a woman in England was trying to get to the nursing home where her mother was staying after fighting off both cancer and covid…but the directions and the bus number she was given was wrong and she was going the wrong way…and she only had a half hour window for her appointment…once she realized it, she approached the bus driver in tears thinking she wouldn’t be able to see her mother after their months of separation….and when the driver heard her story, he said to her not to worry we’ll see what we can do. Then he stopped the bus and asked the passengers if it would be okay if they took a little detour…and every one of them said yes so he turned the bus around and took a 20 mile detour so the women could get to see her mom. When asked later why he did it, the bus driver just said “because that’s what you’re supposed to do”….and that is what I’m supposed to do…just the little acts of kindness that says to me and the world that people can be okay…they don’t need to be the nasty assholes that infest our country right now…just a smile or laugh when someone isn’t paying attention on the trail or in the store and cuts in front of you or their dog is running crazy and I have to slow down….it’s such a small thing but from the reactions I get, it is making a difference…maybe for just a minute, maybe less, but in that small moment I know that my life and theirs is just a little brighter…and that makes me smile….

That was a bust…

Well…just got back from driving 78 miles to see the house that came up in my e-mails yesterday and it was such a bust…Muir is the dumpiest little village I have ever seen and I can’t believe anyone would want to live there…let’s start with the “paved” road the house is on…it may have been paved 40 years ago but now it’s just crumbles of asphalt and the “good neighborhood” it’s in consists of the house next door that may have been painted in the 1800′s when it was built but it sure looks like it hasn’t been since then….and the next door neighbor is a rusted out trailer with at least 3 derelict cars in the yard…but I couldn’t tell since the entire lot was overgrown with brush and weeds….if you say the words “white trash”…that is the description of the entire area…I mean trump signs in almost every yard right beside the burned out cars and roofs with blue tarps on them all over the place….it looks like the place was abandoned by time in the 1930′s….so, yeah, a pretty big bust but I guess that’s to be expected….some realtors really do lie…..