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Is I Just Stoopid?

5 years ago this week; somewhere east of Jasper, TX.  different life -different world

5 years ago this week; somewhere east of Jasper, TX. different life -different world

I am finishing up a blissful 30 hours of limited traffic while the frac crew nipples up for the last 3 holes.  During the next 18 hours, all the contractors and accessory folks necessary to run this frac will be back onsite and ready to rock and roll.  These fellas are fast and I commented on that to one of ’em the other day and he said they are doing a zipper frac. At any rate, I am ready for ’em after getting several hours of uninterrupted sleep at different points during the last two days.  Gotta make it till the 29th when they say they will be done.

Help me out with something here, would ya?   How come is it (collective) we expect the GOV to provide and care for us to the point we can just quit thinking for ourselves?

I didn’t surface much in the past 10 days to interact with world at large because my plate was pretty full and then, still yet, I am a curmudgeon on top of that.  But this free range parenting dealio caught my eye.  I didn’t even know there was such a thing or even better yet that the opposite thing is called helicopter parenting.  Just didn’t register with me.  So I set back and catch a good dose of folks getting lathered up on both sides of the issue.  The folks on the one side talk about how it was ‘back in the day’ when they would leave early of a morning to go outside and play and be gone here and there the whole live long day.  I could talk to that,  about how it was back in my day, that is.  Walk six miles to school and it was uphill both ways;  stuff like that but I ain’t gonna do it  because it is not the biggie.

So this is the part where I try to figure out if I am just dirt stupid and missing something ???  Or am I ’bout the only one here having a real problem seeing the Emperor’s new clothes??  The biggie elephant in the room is two different things.

One,  why are we helpless to the point that the GOV has to light the way for us?  Have we lost it that f’n bad?  To the point they have to tell us what is healthy to eat and regulate the equipment in our crappers because we use too much water?  They already edit the kid’s textbooks to advance the Stasi agenda and now they want to regulate and control the way parents raise their children?   I didn’t dig for all the details.  For all I know it could be a bad neighborhood. Drug dealers on the corner and a ho across the street and gunfire crackling in the distance as somebody lets loose with a 9 but I am thinking not so much.   Just a “good neighbor”  calling the cops when they saw two kids walking unattended and the ball started to roll.  Now the parents are on Brian Williams and dealing with a shit ton of trouble.

Which leads me to point number Two………  If the GOV machinery grinds and clanks along in all of its’ bureaucratic splendor, CPS is going to get involved and these kids could end up in a foster home.  Christ on a Cracker!  You take two seemingly well-adjusted good kids from a loving home and put them in foster care????  Over something like this?  That is so wrongheaded I cannot even get my brain around it but most folks is going to say ‘Ehhh. ‘s OK.  The GOV has their best interests at heart.’ 

Not!   Wake up people.

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On that Amazon

Somebody bought their own Little Blue using one of my  Amazon links a few days back and it was a nice little bump to help keep the lights on here.  To whoever that was, I thank ya, yes I do.  For those of you that don’t know how this works, let me clue you in.  Ol’ Jeff Bezos, the head knocker at Amazon, is one more smart sumbitch in my book.  He pays me and about a bazillion other bloggers a few centavos every time you click one of our links and end up buying something from him. The cool part is he pays us out of his pocket, he don’t charge you a penny extra.  And on top of that you can click over there lookin’ at one thing and end up buying the other thing  and I still get some dinero.

Truth of the matter is that fella who bought that generator pretty much doubled my income for the last four months.  Sorta pitiful when I have about 20 thousand folks visit me every month and I can’t even get a $10 dollar bill out of the deal.

Folks tell me to put a Donate Button on the blog and you know,  I tried that.   2 years ago this Spring, when the Old Girl got murdered by the Big Hails.  I was in a corner with my back hard against the wall and y’all come through for me.  Without your generous donations,  I would not have been able to buy the (NO) Princess Palace.  I left the donate button on the blog for two weeks and took it down as I said I would.  During that two weeks I got accused of being a scammer and a fraud,  even bagged on Little Blondie who had zero shared responsiblity and this comment that I was ripping off poor folks who  “are living on Social Security and scraping to get by to send me money thru paypal so you can do whatever while you decide what your not going to do and knowing you need to do something that your as of now,never going to do because your to drunk,or to lazy or to lonely or all the above.”

Um yeah,  that describes me to a T kinda. Maybe?  Hell, if I could make sense out of what he was sayin’ maybe I could address my ‘issues’.  Oddly enough, the fella that made me his personal vendetta target for a few weeks chose to move on; nary a peep out of him ever again.   I miss him about as much as I would miss a boil on my ass.

It all boils down to this.  I hope I never, ever again have to resort to a bleg (blog + beg).  It is unseemly of a growed man to need to be doing that more than oncet every great while.  But I am gonna tell ya how the cow eat the cabbage.

I buy goods from Amazon two-three times a month.  With my Prime membership I don’t have to worry about shipping costs.  I try and remember to flip over to one of the blogs I read on a daily basis and go through their Amazon link to buy my goods.  Most of the time, not always but I make the effort. All it costs me is the remembering and that is the way I choose to support them. Writing a blog out of the goodness of your heart is made even nicer when it puts a little jingle in your pocket.   I was trying to cipher what would happen if everyone that visits here went through my link and spent a hunnert bucks at Amazon.   I thank I forget to carry the 3 or something because it come out all helter skelter.   I know I couldn’t buy a new Prevost Custom RV bus but maybe I could afford me a big juicy t-bone to slap on the grill from time to time.    Just sayin’……………….

 

End Note: Who Do Call the Shots by Ray Bonneville from the Easy Gone album

 

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11 comments to Is I Just Stoopid?

  • Joel

    “How come is it (collective) we expect the GOV to provide and care for us to the point we can just quit thinking for ourselves?”

    Sounds like you haven’t yet made up that sleep deficit, Andy. Funny rant, though.

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    • Andy

      Totally lucid Joel.

      YMMV

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      • Andy

        If I mention, JUST MENTION a PayPal DONATE button, it sends many folks into spastic seizures. Even though most all of the big, widely read blogs are supported by this sort of funding or paid advertising, I guess some folks just *cannot* get over the fact I might make a few bucks from an effort I have been faithfully attending to for SIX YEARS now! I just don’t get it!

        Lots of private responses to the blog that all pretty much followed the same template. Here is one of the more intelligent ones (verbatim BTW) :

        your sure pat yourself on the back alot. all the money your raking in,a putting a donate button in, your kidding, you sure have balls to ask your readers for money for a new trailer did you forgot to insure it?all this talking bout other people, you better step back and look at yourself,you used to have good stories.

        Sometimes I just want to hit the NUKE button and walk away. I am sure I could find something productive to do with the 20 hrs or so per week I spend on the blog and forums.

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        • ITGuy

          Andy,

          I’m sorry to say that I didn’t hit the paypal button when it was up. I do try to use your links when I buy from Amazon. As you say, it costs me nothing. I’m sorry to say that oftentimes I’m ordering in a hurry, but I do try to remember.

          FWIW. I refresh this page every day looking for a new post. I know they only come once a week or so these days, but I just hit the refresh button anyway on the off chance that you have thrown an “extra” post in.

          Why? Your posts keep me grounded in the values that I was raised with. Your posts help remind me of how important it is to be independent and self-sufficient in a world where we are being told more and more every day that those are “terrorist” qualities.

          In a nutshell, I hit the refresh button every day because every time you make a new post, I get a reminder that I’m not alone in thinking the way I do.

          I’ll make a better effort in the future to use those Amazon links. Your posts have value to me. I, for one, have no problem with throwing a peso or two your way here and there.

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          • Andy

            Gracias!

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        • Joel

          For someone who claims they don’t care what other people think, you seem to care an awful lot about what other people think.

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          • Andy

            Nope Joel, you got this one wrong. As evidenced by the fact I rarely, if ever, modify my behavior or actions based on this type criticism. I do find it curious and noteworthy occasionally and it ends up as blog fodder. I also think it rude when a stranger chooses to vilify me for no explicable reason.

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  • Ken

    Howcum the idjits feel like it is their right to tell us how to raise our kids? The woulda really got excited the first time I took my trusty 22 at about 9 and went to the pasture hunting whatever moved. BTW, it was a couple of miles from the house. A buddy of mine and I went from Farmington NM to Fruitland with our bikes loaded on other innertubes (about 12 miles by river).Let the air out of the tubes, tied them on our bikes and rode home. Seems them folks woulda really got bonkers and the gov woulda really been involved. Mom asked me if we had fun after we got home.
    We raised 3 daughters and were concerned every time they left home. ONly time we shoulda been there was when each of them met their future husbands. (each of them divorced the “practice” husbands) Don’t think it would have done us any good to tell them no.
    Each of them are now doing well. All of them are more well off than I am, all in business with own company.
    Were they in danger? Probably. But they knew to recognize it and develop their own sense of accomplishment.
    Somebody in Marylland need to remove their cranium from their rectal orifice and tend to their own business. The world is overloaded with busybodies.

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  • ITGuy

    A few months ago I violated my better judgement and got involved in a political discussion on Facebook.

    Somewhere along the way I complained about some new tax that was coming down the road.

    The response I got pretty much sums up the whole problem. The guy said “If the government doesn’t bring in enough tax money, then how do you expect them to take care of you?”

    There are people who actually think that way, and no amount of arguing is going to get them to see things any different. And, unfortunately, it seems to be the case that there are enough of them now to make a majority on voting day…

    We’re screwed….

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  • Joel

    Ah, Andy. The plural of anecdote ain’t data, my friend.

    If I used Jones-logic, I would have conclude from recent events occurring far closer to where I live that America is a free-fire zone for policemen looking to kill unarmed Americans.

    Fortunately, I learned a long time ago that confirmation bias is not a sound way to use current events as a guide to action. YMMV.

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  • Funny rant on the government, Andy, but, you know, I doubt even a million Americans give a damn about what the government says about anything, and particularly what we eat. You wouldn’t know that, however, from paying attention to the snooze media which will interview two people on the street and declare they have sighted a trend for everyone. The parents I know worry more about the CPS sticking their nose in than they do about neighborhood muggers or perverts. My teenager and his cronies have been walking a mile or more to get where they want to go since they were 13, which is about the right age as far as I’m concerned. The kids in that story, if I remember correctly, were 10 and eight, which even I think is pretty young to be turned loose.

    As for Amazon, I used to have that button when my blog home was Yahoo but WordPress disallows it. Just as well. I never got a penny out of it. Have not had to worry yet, but if the FCC takes over as Barry wants them too we could all see our ISP rates rise to pay for the government snoops, not to mention their graft. And I would pay it, too, because the Net is like having a telephone in the old days. Only much better than a telephone. Whenever could we with our old Bell corded phones ever stay in minute-to-minute touch with friends on the other side of the planet without spending a lot more money than we do for the privilege now? I’d cut back on food before I’d give that up.

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