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All Crazy; All the Time

084Back in the the Oil Patch of South Texas and the scenery seldom changes. Seems like we never left ya know.  Any oil field gate guard with a few months in the saddle knows where I am coming from.

The absurdity of where we find ourselves on this day, today, in America  weighs on my mind.  The unraveling continues unabated and it seems there is nothing left that will slow it.  Being involved in the shale oil boom during the waning of our country is proving to be an insular experience.  We don’t see the homeless with their cardboard begs at the intersections or the blocks of abandoned and boarded up homes and businesses.  The American Dream brutally crushed even as the proprietors played the game by the book at every turn. What we do see day in and day out is cutting edge American technology at every hand extracting the petro products from far beneath the surface as only we can do it.  The economy here is running on all eight cylinders; full tilt and flat out.  We see the young bucks every day with the glint in their eye and they know if they work smart and hard they will get somewhere.  We are far distant from any recession here. The daily routine here is balls to the wall.  All balls. All to the wall.  All the time. No place for the timid, the weak or the avowed slacker. Down this way we have not forgotten how to run with the bit in our teeth.

I was around during the 60’s and 70’s before we lost our rudder and the wind went out of the sails. Our little corner of Oil Patch, South Texas reminds me of that time back in the day.  Folks are polite and respectful.  The kids know their place.  It is OK to get your hands dirty making a living.  I get the feeling all over that this is seen as an anachronism in more ‘civilized’ regions of the country.  Those folks can kiss my ass. What do they know, really?

 

LIHUE, Hawaii – A judge sentenced a Hawaii man to one year of probation and a $200 fine for making his son walk a mile home from school as a form of discipline.

Judge Kathleen Watanabe called the punishment “old-school” and no longer appropriate, the Garden Island newspaper reported Thursday.

Robert Demond of Kilauea said he picked up his son from school and asked about a matter that had been brought to his attention. When the son didn’t respond, Demond made him walk home to think about his actions.

 

 

062Old school no longer appropriate, huh? Just another bunch that can kiss my ass.

One of the young fellas who is a regular stopped by the other morning just before daylight to chat.  The conversation started with comments about the Gadsden flag that is flyin’ on the Princess Palace these days.  He is an Army vet that was forced out on a Medical.  College degree via the G.I. Bill and new house with the help of the VA.   I got the distinct feeling during our chat that he was grateful for the benefits and help he had received.  He did not take it as his due;  more of an opportunity afforded because of services rendered.  His leg up in life had been earned and the entitlements received were well placed.  Isn’t that the way it should work???  It should but it don’t.  Somewhere along the line a skew was put in place (and accepted as norm) that skittered our values and self-worth all over to the far side of the scale. We suck and we know it and we are loathe to do anything about it. Me, you and everybody else.

One of the goals during our time off was to sort through the bowling equipment accumulated over the past few years.  Space is always a premium when you are livin’ full time in an RV and the bowling equipment was occupying more than its’ fair share.   I also suspected some of the bowling equipment was superfluous to our needs or perhaps would not serve well in its’ intended role.  Wringin’ the stuff out and running the various pieces through their paces indicated we had more equipment than necessary in some areas and a few pieces that under performed.   Here in Texas, disposing or acquiring said bowling equipment works as the Founding Fathers intended.  Face to face, I can sell or buy from a resident of this State as long as I do not know or have reasonable cause to believe the person is prohibited from receiving or possessing bowling equipment under Federal law. Easy peasy.

016With our gate being so slow, I have had ample time to pursue this.  The last time I did something of this nature was a good 3 years or more ago and one aspect has changed.   Many, many folks want to trade or barter for the goods – and that suits me just fine.  The GOV is fearful of the burgeoning underground economy and I can understand why.   The GOV will never be able to control it and it is my hope it grows by leaps and bounds.  Miss K and I are working toward the day when we will not receive a single 1099 for work performed.  I will always dutifully file my taxes and pay the portion owed. That goes without saying but two things really stick in my craw when it comes to funding our GOV.   One,  every duly elected official is a thug and a thief and I think they have no compunction to spend my hard earned dollars that I remit in a fastidious fashion.  Second,  I think it is an outright crime to distribute wealth willy nilly.  I should not have to pay in tax dollars to support someone who will not work.  Hard line and cut right to the chase, that is wrong headed and I will never accept it as viable.   If things continue on course,  I know that next year and the year after I am just going to be poorer.  The Middle Class is vanishing in this country and the GOV is hastening the demise due to the recession that is not a recession and their ability to levy ever greater taxes to fuel the Beast inside the Beltway.  About the only recourse left is to not participate if that option is ever presented.

If I seem angry it is because I am.  If I seem frustrated it is because I feel I failed our children.  If it sounds like I am giving up you have not been paying attention.

Jeff Cooper says………
Down in Texas recently, we discovered the magnificent “hill country.” We had heard rumors, but we had never visited before and we can attest that what is said about this marvelous region “is all true, and more and better besides.” High, green, rolling and well-watered, it is uncluttered with people and thickly populated with wild game. In addition to the native Texas white tails, there are fallow deer, sikh deer, axis deer, aoudad, mouflon, black buck, and nilgai. In contrast to the usual visualization of Texas, there is so much water that it sometimes gets in the way. The wild pigs are threatening to get the upper hand. The occasional towns are strongly Germanic in tradition and given to beer, pretzels, wurst and umpah music.

I refuse to tell people how to get there. Better they should find out for themselves.

 

End Note: I Don’t Need No Doctor (Live) by Humble Pie from The Millennium Collection

 

 

 

 

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11 comments to All Crazy; All the Time

  • Ken

    Personally,, I find it refreshing that the sense of work and dirty hands exists in the patch. I have had dirty hands most of my life, and find that the people doing the hard work are by and large people I like and choose to associate with. Their ego does not intrude, and they don’t have an axe to grind. The sharers and redistributors are the ones that get my goat. Not to get on a soap box, but the angst at the universities do. Protesting Condi Rice’s speech at a graduation? My word, several degrees and Phds to her name, and she darn sure earned all of them. Poor? Yes she was. Black? Yes she is. Why not hold her up as an example of what comes from hard work and a mother that will not let you quit or play the poor me card. Then the judge that calls walking home from school a WHOLE mile is cruel and old shcool. Damn!! I guess she fails to realize that walking is good for you? Another question is, how in the hell did a judge get involved with a kid walking? A fine? My god in heaven. What idiot even thought about getting authority involved here blows my mind.
    People like that do not know the work and effort their forebears put into the equation. All of us that half way succeeded in life and raising kids, working all our life, walking to school even, and making that fools life better by dint of our effort say in a loud voice, KISS MY ASS.
    OK, off rant mode now.
    I have been thinking about reducing my bowling equipment also. Just find it hard to sell, trade or barter some of the custom equipment. Still thinking about it.

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    • Andrew

      Ken,

      The GOV sees it as their duty to enter our lives in all fashion now. They want us to be dependent on their programs and their dole because it makes us easily controllable.

      I am getting rid of some bowling equipment to make way for some other needful things.

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    • Andrew

      The sig line on my email:

      “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.” ~~Thomas Jefferson

      Socialism/oligarchy/welfare state — it is nothing new.

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      • The saving grace, for us, is that the gov will never have enough enforcers for all their stupid laws. But they do force us to keep our heads down and wonder which one we might run afoul of.

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      • Joel

        Heh.

        The Jefferson quote . . . isn’t.

        http://www.monticello.org/site/jefferson/democracy-will-cease-to-exist-quotation

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        • Andrew

          Sorry Joel, you are correct. I found it more manageable than this one:

          “A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities.”

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          • Joel

            ” . . . shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.”

            Interesting turn of phrase, coming as it did from a slave owner.

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  • Richard Boyd

    Well said, Andy.

    Not until our diminishing middle class feels the squeeze of a growling gut will there be change.

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    • Andrew

      Richard,

      Makes me think back to the last time I was able to buy a ribeye steak– it has been awhile. The food crunch is already upon us but it encroaches at such slow a pace we choose not to recognize it.

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  • Jeffrey

    I could not agree with more Andrew about the steak…. that’s real life there.

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  • Herb

    I fly two flags…Gadsden and Texas.

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