Oh Joy

Ever think about the less obvious “joys” involved in changing jobs?


Such as:

The joy of learning different parts of the town. Or in my case entirely new cities for the most part. Haven’t worked in Big D in 30 years.

Related to that is learning where and when the roads get congested, ways around the traffic jams, where the pot holes are and how deep !


The joys of learning  new places to eat or not.


The joys of learning new terms and jargon. It is absolutely stunning to realize how terms I don’t know and how much slang each industry develops; often very different slang for the same terms in different industries.


The joys of filling out medical, dental, vision, 401(k), emergency contact forms, etc.

Yep, I know -first world problem eh- I am blessed not only to be employed but to have such benefits.


The joy of trying to remember dozens of new names and faces.

I can usually remember one or the other; it is matching them up which gets me in trouble.


And there are so many others little joys such as getting lost in the building on the way to meeting your boss’s boss.


And there is true joy also; knowing your family is a little more financially secure, being able to make useful contributions in the first two weeks, and working with like minded folks.


So what do you like about changing jobs?

Big Bad Bikers

After the incident in Waco, bikers are a little more in people’s awareness in this area. Last Friday, I was at a gas station on the way to the range. Waiting to meet my brother and sister-in-law, I was people watching (aka situational awareness) for about 15 minutes when two bikers pulled in to fill up.

Now the previous clientele had been the usual mix; family of 6 piling out of a mini-van, men and women just getting a fill up and a soda, etc. The two bikers weren’t that far out of the norm but definitely in full regalia; blue jeans, boots, leather vests. Didn’t see any colors on the back through.

Nothing to be greatly concerned about but I did pay a little more attention to them. They parked at the first available pumps; about 3 or 4 away from each other. One shut down immediately and moved to the pump. The other — well, I couldn’t figure out what he was doing until I saw him take off his helmet and remove a blue tooth head set. Clue number one to ease my concern.

Clue number two was the tune blasting out of the stereo……..Don’t you (forget about me) by Simple Minds.

I will neither confirm nor deny that I laughed or sung along with the soundtrack until he shut it down.

Situational awareness can be used to keep life interesting and fun.

Let’s Not Argue Like The Antis

Please, I really beg some of the people on our side to learn how to debate and to do so with some decorum.  Yeah, I know I shouldn’t expect much from an FB discussion group…..but the number of people who actually argue like the antis is quite small. There has been some great points raised about the two recent laws but in a discussion about Campus Carry; it’s obvious some people never were taught how to debate or logic.
The question came up as to why the implementation of Campus Carry has been scheduled for Fall of 2016 for Universities and major Colleges – 2017 for Junior Colleges.
My answer was simple – colleges need time to do it right and do it in such a way so the gun control advocates will not be able to overturn it in the courts.

Example #1

  • Person T  I think its fair that they gave this time. To train campus security and police to handle everything and develop systems and practices and teach their officers how to handle it.
  • Person M —  There’s nothing to train… It’s legal.

Right….140 something years (I think) of Campus Carry being illegal and someone is saying there is no reason to train campus security or police otherwise. I think the vast majority of people recognize how simply inane that is.

Example #2  Person J

So, putting aside the vitriol, your answer is that colleges need time to enforce the law properly, communicate to students and train professionals. Aren’t those all the role of the State? Aren’t all these time-consuming tasks already being handled by the rest of us? Colleges think they are their own little empires and can interpret the First and Second Amendment however their little liberal minds choose.


The first line fails to distinguish between developing procedures and policies in accordance with the law and “enforcing the law” — I thought  police and the courts enforced the law. And yes, continuing with the first line, administrations do need time to communicate with the students. In fact, it is required by the law !!

(d-1) After consulting with students, staff, and faculty of  the institution regarding the nature of the student population, specific safety considerations, and the uniqueness of the campus environment, the president or other chief executive officer of an institution of higher education in this state shall establish reasonable rules, regulations, or other provisions regarding the carrying of concealed handguns by license holders on the campus of
the institution or on premises located on the campus of the institution. The president or officer may not establish provisions that generally prohibit or have the effect of generally prohibiting license holders from carrying concealed handguns on the campus of the institution. The president or officer may amend the provisions as necessary for campus safety. The provisions take effect as determined by the president or officer unless subsequently amended
by the board of regents or other governing board under Subsection  (d-2). The institution must give effective notice under Section 30.06, Penal Code, with respect to any portion of a premises on which license holders may not carry.

Yes, the legislative actually requires the administrations to at least talk to the students. Not follow their advice (which can be good or bad) but talking to a couple thousand people or at least setting it up to do so is going to take some time. Acting on the information given isn’t going to happen over night.  And yes, making sure that campus security and the campus police are aware of and can properly interpret the requirements and restrictions of the new policies takes time. Again – we are overturning decades of previous habits and training. Change takes time in some cases.

And let’s continue – with the next line and talk about lessons we should have learned in civics class in high school. No, developing policies and procedures for universities and colleges is not the role of the state.


This is the one that got my goat. Example #3 – Person J

I simply asked you to defend your position that colleges should be allowed to each make up their own laws regarding campus carry.


That is such a straw man argument I was shocked it didn’t come from the mind of a gun control advocate. Seriously. For those of you who know me in real life, I’ll give you the link to the FB argument if you want it. I’d advise against looking; it might make your brain pop. Regardless anyone who knows me, knows that I would never argue that colleges ‘should be allowed to make up their own laws’. Nothing in my statements could be remotely twisted to mean that. I asked three times for him to quote my words
Again this is about not making our side indistinguishable from the antis — that type of attack is beneath us. We can discuss if 14 months is too long. We can discuss why it is reasonable to make sure the rules the schools come up with can withstand a court challenge in a reasonable debate.


I just want to close and make sure I say this. I am not saying it is wrong to think the legislative made a bad decision. I’m not saying it is wrong to think the law should be enacted quicker. I’m not saying you have to agree with campus carry or not. — Those are all valid opinions; just don’t argue like the antis is all.

Please join the discussion.

Karma — Texas Edition

Last year our A/C went out in the middle of the summer. Daughter let us stay over at her place several days while we got the repairs done.
Daughter called today and asked to borrow some fans.

Yep, the A/C in the home they are renting went out this afternoon. Loaned her the fans of course; this type of incident isn’t a “once in a life time event”. I’m going to keep the good karma flowing !

Illustration on Why I Own a Car

Can readily be seen in this image – might have to click to enlarge to see the entire image.

Against Public Transportation

If you look carefully you can see a little difference in the routes and by a little difference I mean an hour longer if I take public transportation. I plotted this route to find a possible store I needed to visit for business reasons. If I value my time — at least as much as the company does – I wouldn’t take the public transportation route. It would eat up 1/4th of my day just getting there and back.

And of course Weer’d Beard points out another reason why I don’t like Public transportation; it isn’t always available when you need it.


Not Expecting a Reply ….Part 2,895,004

I know that the people who really need this information will never reply, never change, never even know I’m doing this in order to keep from committing general mayhem……but at least it keeps me out of jail.

Dear Gun Club Member’s spouse– 

I greatly appreciate your prompt payment of your spouses annual dues. I would request one slight favor; please actually include your husband’s name on the check. Between separate bank accounts and on-line bill paying systems that use your name; sometimes it is difficult to associate Jane Doe with the correct “First Name” Doe.

Dear Hotel Guest down the hall —

I really appreciate the technological marvel you are using for an alarm clock. The level of sound achieved by that portable device is absolutely astounding. I didn’t appreciate hearing it at 3:30 a.m. two out of the four nights at the hotel. I did marvel at your ability to sleep though 15 or 20 minutes of it after the rest of us on the floor was roused by it.

Dear Fellow Commuter —

You don’t know me. You don’t know that I habitually get to the office at least 30 to 60 minutes prior to the start of my work day. I do hope you’ve learned the futility of tail gating me. On a side street. With 2 open lanes available for you to use; one on either side of me. I found your insistent that I move out of your way appealing to my contrary nature; the more you kept closing the distance, the less I felt the need to maintain my speed. Which, if any law enforcement officials are reading is not admission of guilt, could have been in excess of the posted limit.

Dear Other Fellow Commuters

Of the love of all that is holy; learn to MERGE on a highway. It really is a simple process – use your turn signal, accelerate or decelerate to position your car in the open space, take turns (like a zipper). Your poor planning, lack of attention or general insistence on the right of way — which you do not have !!!! — does not constitute an imperative on my part to give way to you. I really try to be polite and let those who do a minimum of the necessary steps merge easily. But again — see the above comment. I have lots of time which apparently you don’t.


Dear Telemarketer

I realize you have a job to do. It isn’t your fault that you are not selling anything I’m interested in. I listen politely to your opening line and then politely inform you I’m not interested. Continuing to insist I listen to your pitch may not be in your best interest. Sorry your boss came on the line and chewed you out after I asked you to wait while I a.) took dinner off the stove, b.) kissed my wife goodbye as she left for work, c) thought I heard the doorbell {twice – are you really that slow}, and d) had to get the fire extinguisher to put out the cat because it got on the stove to get the dinner.
I do appreciate your insistence that I would be right back. But I lied. I’m not really sorry your boss chewed you out.


Dear Gun Club Member Paying Your Dues —

I say this with an absolute of jealousy. I find it absolutely fantastic that the company you own or work for would be willing to pay your dues. But please for both our sakes (and often that of the poor accounts payable person) have them (or you do it) put your actual name on the check. Or in a note accompanying the payment.
This way they don’t have to call me in 90 days wonder why check #123456 from ABC Fence and Pawn hasn’t been cashed yet. Or you have to call me wondering why you got a past due notice.

Dear Iowans —

Thank you for an warm and friendly stay in your great state. But you folks are out of your effing minds if you think I’m going to move up there. Great place to visit but I’ll come back when the temps are 3 or 4 times higher than the high during the week. 22 is just a little chilly for my blood and this -8 degrees in the morning didn’t make me want to get out and walk around your town. Or walk anywhere.



Good, Better, Best

Good – having a really nice steak dinner.

Better – enjoying the dinner with some new friends

Best – having the company pay for the dinner.


Been fun traveling but I’ll be glad to get home today.