Some lakefront pics.

This is just a “freebie”. Yesterday, I went up to the North Side of Chicago to visit my brother. He’s seen better days, these days he lives in a nursing home because he needs medications and he’s a “fall risk” plus he needs someone who can watch him 24/7– something which can’t readily be done in the home environment especially when he gets in one of his violent moods.

In any case— I was up that way, found myself with a bit of time, so I walked across Sheridan Road at Thorndale. There’s a park there on the lakefront, so I got my camera-phone out and took a few photos. The lake is mostly open right now– which is to say, no ice– and yesterday was relatively calm. So– a few pics.

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Yep— I drive a van–.

I just made a reply over by CPL, and if things happen this time the way they have in the past I expect some visits. With that in mind, and because I admitted to occasionally living in a van— how’sabout some photos? OK, here we go:


The above photo shows the Grey Lady partially filled with income-producing freight. That day I was helping  move a guy from one office to another, a side-job from my regular gig but not all that different. In my regular job— I put anything that pays in, from a little box weighing twenty pounds to two pallets weighing twenty-five-hundred pounds— it’s all the same, I get it there.


Above, my bed. A cot supports a twin-size air mattress. The green blanket used to be a sleeping bag, it’s actually quite warm in its own right and doesn’t need much help if the temps are above freezing. In the event that I have to nap while I have freight on board, the driver’s seat reclines and I have a neck-pillow that does wonders. (Don’t worry, I’ll be at a rest-stop in park and engine off while doing that.)


Colder nights may require me to fire up the “Big Buddy” heater, above. I’ve rarely had to fire both burners, one burner generally provides all the heat needed.


The fan, above, backs up the efforts of the heater. It moves air, and helps keep the heater from using up all the oxygen/creating carbon monoxide or doing other bad things. I keep one of the front windows open about two-fingers wide to assist in this. Note the pink foam insulation above the fan. 3/4 of an inch thick, I should have gone double that but it works as is. Foam panels on the ceiling and the walls… it gets the job done.


The fan is powered by the mighty “Gang of Four” battery pack. This allows me to run the fan all night if need be without having to worry about the main starting battery in the morning– the van will start, because the starting battery will be fully ready. This pack only runs the fan, so I can get away with using four gel-cells like you might find in emergency lights. Some of my Expedited friends use marine batteries, even heavy-duty commercial deep-cycle batteries because they’re running refrigeration, office equipment, 12 volt DC to 120 volt AC inverters, heavy load stuff. I’m just running a fan. I have to mention this because Turtle might come this way, and he’ll blow a gasket for sure if he thinks batteries are being misused. “Batteries don’t die, their owners kill them!”


How about some coffee? That coffee pot ain’t the greatest, but it’ll make 16 ounces of brew if you’ve got half an hour or more to wait for it. Not one of my better purchases, twelve-volt powered stuff just doesn’t make the grade and I don’t care what they say. Besides, Pilot/Flying J coffee is easy enough to get and doesn’t take as long.

Quickie add-on note: That coffee maker “didn’t live long”. It was soo poor at heating water– as I said, half an hour or more– that nobody in his right mind would use it more than once, or at most twice. How they can sell this junk I would not be knowing, but I bought one, tried it and — fergidaboudit.

Well, that’s about it for the moment. Maybe later, some halfway decent road-trip photos.

Been thinking about it— it’s just not right that I don’t give others here the place where I got the idea to post this from. So– CPL has a post about a guy who lives in a small apartment. Really small. Like, about the size of a decent studio apartment if the video doesn’t lie. So— here’s the link, so you can follow along if you’re of a mind.


The Greatest False Idol Of Modern Christianity

I’ve been reading similar material elsewhere. So, do you want to side with the two who said God is bigger than the giants, or do you side with the ten who said the giants are huge and we can’t defeat them?

john pavlovitz

Idolatry is a horrible, dangerous thing.

Sadly, far too many Christians are so very guilty of it.

You can see it in the way they complain on social media, in the way they comment on the news of the day; in the defeatist, alarmist language that they use as to describe the world.

You see it in the way they furrow their brows, and throw-up their hands, and slam their pulpits.

It shows-up in the lazy stereotypes and the religious rhetoric that flows so easily in church lobby coffee chats and extremist blog rants.

It’s as if everything has now become an imminent threat: Muslims, Atheists, Gays, The President, inner city criminals, Hollywood, illegal immigrants, The Government, school hallways.

The world outside the church building is broadly painted as a vile, immoral war zone, with “God’s people” hopelessly outnumbered and outgunned.

Parroting the politicized talk show hosts and reposting the latest terrible news stories…

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Criminal Stupidity

Lately, stories have been coming up that make me wonder if our criminals possess enough smarts to get out of their own way. I have serious doubts.

The reason is that of late, I’ve been hearing of some of the most bone-headed stuff imaginable. The latest one involves a would-be terrorist who bragged about what he was gonna do on Twitter. Somebody saw it, notified the authorities and they set the guy up so he thought his plans would work— until they arrested him.

A couple of days ago, a story came out about a couple of teenage girls serving as nursing assistants at a nursing home. While assisting a 94-year-old woman back into her bed, one of the girls began slapping the elderly woman with a belt. While the woman cried out, the girls laughed. One of them used her cell-phone to record the abuse, you can hear the woman crying and the girls laughing at her. Posted to a social-media website, it didn’t take long for authorities to be notified and the girls arrested. They face charges now. I’m not sure which is more criminal– abusing the old lady like that, or being so dumb as to record it and then post it to a website.

Several months back, a bunch of thugs beat up a man in an alley in Chicago. Yep, one of the thugs recorded it on his camera and posted it to a website. The cops showed up and arrested the lot of them, and the video evidence will undoubtedly be strong against them.

This worries me. I wonder if our schools are teaching anything— at least the 5th Amendment. I wonder if parents aren’t so drugged or drunk out of their minds that they’re not teaching their children anything— at least basic stuff about not leaving a record of the crime you’re about to commit/have committed. It’s obvious nobody is teaching not to commit the crime in the first place, so we can rule that out.

OK, quickie lesson on the 5th Amendment. It says the government can’t compel you to testify against yourself. At least that’s the lie they told me. Think about that for a moment. If you do something bad, and later get caught for it— the government has to prove in court that you did the dirty deed you’re being charged with. Why make it easy by providing video of you doing the dirty deed and laughing with your friends while you do it? You post it to social media, and the instant you post it you lose control over who gets to see it— even if you set it to “friends only”. One of your friends may decide he’s not going to go to jail for you so he rats you out, now the authorities arrest you and they have evidence which you yourself provided to lock you away. Bright move there, son.

Remember the OJ trial? Lots of people know he did it, but the state couldn’t prove– conclusively– that any of the evidence against him couldn’t have been engineered by the police to set him up. So, OJ walked— not because he was innocent, but because the state couldn’t prove his guilt. Now, imagine if he had set up a camera to video himself killing his ex and her new guy—— with that kind of evidence, OJ would be sitting in a prison cell today, a victim of his own stupidity.

Not much more I can say here….. the people who need to read it won’t, the people who should read it to them won’t, and about the only comments this might get– six months from now– is from spammers, if current trends continue. But, I had to vent and this is the place for venting.

Hmm….. maybe I should open up about not teaching basic right and wrong in the first place—–but again the people who need to see it won’t and at best I’ll be preaching to the choir.


Charlie Hebdo, Climate Skepticism & Free Speech

Still waiting, where’s the oil money I am supposed to get for “denying”?

Watts Up With That?

Climate Extremism & The Chilling Effect On Free Speech

From the GWPF and Dr. Benny Peiser

At the end of that process, some Global Warming deniers would never admit their mistake and as a result they would be executed. Perhaps that would be the only way to stop the rest of them. The death penalty would have been justified in terms of the enormous numbers of saved future lives. — Professor Richard Parncutt, University of Graz, Austria, 25 October 2012

As I read the grim headlines from Paris, I was reminded of another encounter in another European city, Berlin, specifically at the Opernplatz where the Nazis staged one of their most infamous book burnings in 1933. One of the authors whose works they incinerated was the great German poet, Heinrich Heine, whose epigraph now lines a memorial marking this historically ominous event: “That was but a prelude; where they burn…

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Get the Staying Power

Not much for me to add to this….

Vincent Egoro

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There are some of us who are attempting to give up on our dreams and goals due to the many difficulties and challenges on our paths. It is looking as if help won’t come, and our strength will fail. To those of us, I leave these words; “Go on, Sir (Madam), go on. The difficulties you meet with will rejoice themselves as you advance. Proceed; and light will dawn and shine with increasing clearness on your path.”

A wise king commenting on the importance of persistence and consistency of purpose, said this; “Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before great men; he shall not stand before mean men.” You see, it isn’t so much of academic brilliance, ingenuity, huge financial resources as persistency and consistency of efforts and purpose that makes a person great.

The people who succeed in life are those…

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