Stanly County Emergency Services – Triage Day

Today was an interesting day I thought worth sharing with you folks from the ether. Just one more glimpse into what goes on in some other people’s lives you might find interesting.I made a Facebook post about it earlier and some of you were interested in the subject, so why not take a few minutes and write it up in a post? I am a member of an organization called ARES. That’s an acronym for Amateur Radio Emergency Services. Sounds conflicting, right? Which is it? It is a bunch of amateurs or does it have something to do with emergency services? Well, the answer is “yes.” lol ARES members and Auxcomm members are volunteer HAM radio operators with their own equipment and radio gear who have taken the time on their own to get trained and certified by the FCC in how to work with the incident command system. The … Read the rest…

Adventure and Hardship

I heard something tonight that resonated with me. “Adventure is just hardship with an inflated sense of self.” I’ve spent the last three days constantly going over the topography, language barriers, cultural challenges, work-ethic challenges, and even the challenges of simple day-to-day living in Nepal. Yes, Nepal. Don’t hurt yourself. I’ll get there in a minute. Some moments my head is full of wonder at the idea of the personal challenges. Other moments it’s full of me trying to remind myself what a hell-hole the third-world can be if you’re used to your western amenities and have to do without them for a few years. One of my clients, from time-to-time, does what other vendors do with our market; they roll us up into their own solution for an in-house out-sourced solution to solve problems. Huge construction companies have contractors galore, electricians, teams of electrical engineers and soil analysts, project … Read the rest…

Amazon – Friend or Foe in Food?

Author’s Note: This article has been significantly expanded upon since originally written. I haven’t changed any pre-existing content, but have added author’s notes at the end for the sake of those that want to read the new material without having to re-read the entire article. So that’s interesting news huh? Let me guess, you probably didn’t know that Amazon just decided to go whole-hog (that’s “all the way” for you Yanks) into the meal kit market, did you? I see you’ve got that blank stare. What’s a meal-kit?  Ok, back up and let’s catch you up to 2017. We live in a busy world, an incredibly busy world. To keep pace and keep on top, whether for better or for worse, people are changing the way they do things. Meal kits are a good example. Say you want to be a good cook, but don’t have the experience? Or let’s … Read the rest…

In search of a story

For the last three years I’ve been wanting to write. The search for a good plot to wrap the reader’s mind around really proves the old adage true – there is indeed nothing new under the sun. Regardless of the hooks I want to use, they’re already taken and for the most part they’ve been done very well. I’ll give you an example of what I mean. The genre I think I’d most enjoy writing would today be called post-apocalyptic fiction, or prepper-porn depending on whom you read. Something happens to change the way the world works in a fundamental way and the characters either struggle to adapt to the new world as it has become or they hunker down to survive some sort of short-term hardship with the hope that life will eventually return to normal, they will be able to watch Game of Thrones again on HBO, and … Read the rest…

Stanly County Board of Commissioners Proposes Change – Why?

I hate writing an article without having all the facts, but this is one of those times I’m having a hard time actually gleaning all the facts together in one place, so putting together what I know, what I’ve heard, and asking for others to help fill in the blanks might be helpful. Credit where it is due Before I begin telling this story in it’s entirety, I feel the need to mention that almost 100% of the research and information I’m going to share with you was NOT performed by yours truly. This only came into my hands 48 hours ago and I’m having to rely on the research of those before me. The research and writings of Aimee Wall and the North Carolina General Assembly website are the only two sources I have to go on. Aimee Wall has been a member of the UNC School of Government … Read the rest…

Server down?

So I get an email today from siteground.com, the web host I use to host this website. They host all the small stuff I do; my company, Amy’s company, etc. I rarely ever have any issues with them and they’re good for the price. The email warns me I’ve exceeded the allotted amount of CPU utilization in a 24-hour period that I’m allowed. Now that my friends is hilarious. I’ll spend the time to draft an important article, put pictures with it, proof-read it, and post it and I’ll be lucky to get 4,000 views on it in a month. I spent 30 minutes last night writing off the top of my head about random doodoo and boom… the server gets hit too hard. I checked the traffic statistics and it was somewhere in the range of 8,000 views on the blog post in 12 hours. Really? About nothing. Beard … Read the rest…

I should write more but life happens.

I was looking through the blog tonight and saw how very few posts I’d written this last year. Then I looked over at my original blog I’ve hosted on blogger for the last decade or so. I made my first post on that blog on February 9, 2005. Between then and June of 2011 I composed 1,296 different posts. Some were of course short; one or two paragraphs. Most were pages and pages. I’ve never known to lack for conversation, even with myself it seems. In six and a half years of writing on that blog I posted almost 1,300 times. If you consider my average repeated abuse of the vernacular, that’s somewhere around two King James Bibles worth of whatever was in my head at the time. I covered everything from gaming, to recipes, relationships, friendships, my trip to Europe, my time in Africa, and a lot more. In … Read the rest…

Robbed by a Dell Employee

So, I admit it. It was indeed inevitable. If you order enough things enough times from enough vendors, someone is eventually going to try to pull one over on you. So this past week, I (read as my wife) got robbed by an employee of Dell, in conjunction with probably at least one other person though I admit the accomplice part is pure conjecture, but seems reasonable. We hired two new doctors at Bear Creek, which means I have to order my wife two new laptops. The field doctor gets the new Panasonic Toughbook for ruggedized outdoor work. I ordered that on 6/26 from Panasonic. The in-clinic doctor got a fancy new Dell XPS15 quad core business grade laptop without all the ruggedized features. Both were ordered the same day. I’ve ordered custom Dells in the past so I’m familiar with the wait time that sometimes accompanies a high-end purchase. … Read the rest…