Sunday, July 28, 2013

MTQ hotel booking tips

One of the perks of Old Fart Syndrome (OFS) is that you pick up a few tricks and strategies for successful hotel and travel.  Yes, I appreciate that there are many "experts" who widely share their advice, often reflecting the latest wiz bang way to get the best price but I would venture to guess that many of these folks haven't planned travel for a family of 5 and may not be quite as vested in saving a buck.  Here is the strategy that I have found that seems to work well for me:

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Maybe its time that government exits the marriage business

I recently finished reading Joseph Ellis' Founding Brothers.  It is an excellent read and includes a large portion dedicated to the friendship and rivalry of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams including the growing debate in regards to Nationalism versus States rights.  This division of powers is well punctuated within the 10th Amendment:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Fences, Lawsuits and Penes

I heard an audible, "harumph" from my daughter as I lifted the 2 x 4 barring the backyard gate.  She had just completed a long run, was tired and was frustrated with being unable to enter the backyard.  She was not pleased when I had identified my plan for securing the gate a few weeks prior.  Previous to this, we had always simply secured the gate with a large bungee cord that stretched from one side to the other to hold the gate closed.  Opening the gate was simply a matter of pushing the gate slightly, then reaching in and unhooking the bungee cord allowing for easy entry from either side of the gate.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Should I blog anonymously?

This post may be of interest to those who are considering a blog or those who have wondered why I have chosen to remain (mostly) anonymous as the author of  First, I want to emphasize that if you choose to blog regularly, true anonymity is not likely.  A more reasonable expectation is that if you choose anonymity on your blog, your goal is more likely a moderate degree of privacy.