Wednesday, July 25 2012
I only worked one day for Desertgate, yet I feel as though I've been run over by a big fluffy bus. No pain anywhere in particular. Feel the need for a vacation. Too bad we have to work non-stop to save money for the appliances for our new kitchen and bath. Funny how life works. Well at least I have my mornings. Nell got up, got dressed and was out the door by 6:30AM, bless her heart. This is in her second week of four tens. She seems to be doing it okay. Sometimes we do wonder how much longer we can keep this pace. What? Social Security at 62, now. Four more years! If the government doesn't wreck the whole system by then. Not much hope there for SS is there?
After a fairly arduous registration at social security they suggest:
You have earned enough credits to qualify for retirement benefits. At your current earnings rate, your estimated payment would be:
At full retirement age (66):
$606 a month
At age 70:
$921 a month
At early retirement age (62):
$378 a month
Your estimates are based on the assumption that you will earn $12,297 a year from now until retirement.
Anywho, it looks like a 50/50 chance that I will live to retirement age AND the government keeps it's shit together that long. Hmmmmm, wait what?
I better go back to the sustainable lifestyle approach to life. I'll need to grow our food, make our own fuel, create our own electricity, and basically not need any money for anything at age 62, right?
Camouflaged-Turkeys-7-25-12. On a brighter note, the turkey family is doing very well. We keep seeing them going to and from work. I hope they do a better job of keeping off the road in the future, for their own sakes.
OverZoom-Turkeys-7-25-12 I blew up this picture from my phone's camera, sorry it is still indistinguishable, the turkeys are the same color as the dried up landscape.
A-Little-Rain-7-25-12 It drizzled yesterday evening for fifteen minutes, getting the surface sort of wet. While working for Las Vegas business icon Jess Price yesterday during a brief rain before noon in Las Vegas, he noted that an old saying from Ohio went something like, " It isn't rain until both sides of a board get wet."
Moist-morning-7-25-12 Yesterday was indeed pretty cool for me. I get to do all my socializing at work, if I'm not too busy. Yesterday was a good day for chatting, with several brief showers in town interrupting work.
a-little-moisture-7-25-12 I don't think, although I can't be certain because I wasn't here, but it did not look like it rained here during the day. It barely sprinkled in Rociada where I finished up my day. The above pic I just kicked the dirt with my slippers; The dust is about a millimeter beneath. Maybe today, it'll give us a little something in the way of useful precipitation.
Alrighty then, I've got a little batch of biodiesel needing some attention. Tomorrow I'll order more methanol. WVO is getting difficult to come by. A friend gave me a number for some folks in Angle Fire that might be a source of oil, but I haven't got the time right now to pursue that lead.
Like most folks I hold out a glimmer of hope for an easy energy source, but we're rewarded for our lack of effort with higher prices and deeper into the Peak Oil scenario.
Waiting and seeing as Mother used to say, isn't a viable solution anymore. We all need to get active, save the planet, save ourselves. Resources are thinning out
OMG, if you think I'm an alarmist, take a look at Storie lake. The city of Las Vegas is pumping water from Taylor wells near Ojito Frios nonstop, now that the water for Storie Lake is below the inlet. Speculation on my part, but nevertheless, because the City doesn't tell me much, I only assumed that the fire hydrants they strung all along the highway from town to the lake have an ulterior function. Soon after they did so the lake dropped by forty feet.
Cheery ain't I?
The evidence for collapse is all around us. That's all I'm saying. Maybe we better think about putting off all those mud bogs, tractor pulls, and NASCar races until we figure out these pesky water and energy problems. Just sayin'
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