You may notice columns will become a bit shorter some of these mornings. Ure pal is going through a period this spring of “too many projects, not enough George.”
A couple of them I have told you about before. After almost 6-years of owning our own airplane, it is time to left that pass behind us. So in the next month, we will have buyers coming to look at the plane and that will occupy some time previously devoted to writing. For one thing, I’d like to keep it polished up a bit since people often (wrongly) equate the amount of polish and shine on something with maintenance. I remember from my airline days, our director of maintenance had an outsized budget for airplane washing. When questioned, he simply pointed out that passengers equate clean/shiny exteriors with safety. Even though we all know that safety is an inside-out proposition, at the non-expert level, that’s just not so.
Mow the lawn in front of a nuclear power station and the public – rightly or not – will assume the same care is being taken with things on the inside. So that’s the plane issue.
The second time sink this year is the garden and yard. I’ve decided that since there is a chance that we may sell this place and move into a rental home (like a condo for a year or two) that the same phenomena would take place with the property.
Left in its native Texas wild-state, the property is probably worth $5,000 per acre. But like with airplanes, when limbed-up, mowed, and all the brush burned-off, it might fetch another $500-$1,000 per acre. Granted, that may not seem like much, but run out with the land size, it adds $15,000 – $30,000 to the possible sale price.
No, we are not moving yet, but we will be going over when to move in order to maximize personal wealth in an upcoming Peoplenomics report. I mean, when you think about it, if you could have sold your property in late 2007 or early 2008 and closed around the bubble in property prices, then bought back in at the bottom in 2010 or thereabouts, you could have doubled the home you could have gotten for the money.
Thing is, most people don’t think in radical terms like this, but for those that do the old sayings “Sell when there’s a crowd” and “Buy when the blood’s running in the streets” is pretty good advice.
It would be a shame to leave such a nice, sustainable homestead for sure. But again, pragmatically, age is coming along and we don’t want to be quite this far from emergency services for the final few chapters of life.
Next time sinks are maintenance projects around here. Friday, George from Interstate Battery up in Tyler brought me out the latest batch of 8 golf cart batteries. Takes time to get that all hooked back up, the system optimized, equalized, and we are only 45-days away from the annual “re-tilt the panels” into their summer position. ONly an hour for that, but if you’re on the phone?
None of it is particularly BIG in and of itself, but there’s always more than meets the eye. Cleaning up the old connecting cables is a couple of hours…and so it goes.
Next comes the Greenhouse. My first batch of tomatoes should be showing sprouts any day now…but here’s the problem: They haven’t so far. They went in the ground, well-watered and on a seed mat on January 30. As of Sunday afternoon, the Beefsteak tomatoes weren’t showing life. Not sure if I’m seeing life in the broccoli, or if that’s wishful thinking.
Point is, with the long-range weather forecasts looking pretty good in terms of early gardening this year, I really need to pay attention to getting the seedlings started. I’m not too keen on paying $2.99 for baby tomato plants…
There are some things on the house that need doing, too. Been several years since paint, so about time for that and spring is much nicer working weather than later on in the year.
A deck for the “180° room” needs to be done. Yeah, a couple of days work (3-4 more likely) but again, that times comes from somewhere.
Old Man Labs has a number of projects still stuck in the Neutral Zone. The most important of these is my ongoing research into dimensional-shifting of physical objects using electronics and I got some of that done Sunday. Mumbo-jumbo for anti-gravity experiments.
The path I am following is to do serious generalization of past woo woo events, real or not, and see what they have in common.
Using this technique (here’s a hint for your own work!) you can actually find at least half a dozen electronic similarities between the Beech Bonanza report in “The Fog” and the Philadelphia Experiment, the Montauk Project, plus assorted other events including some aspects of several modern UFO sightings.
Sure, toss in Aztec, NM and Roswell, too. Problem with this project is it remains on the back burner to more important short-term projects like the Light Crown project, although that is at a good holding spot now (one crown done, parts for V 3.0 are on hand) and we will be adding pulsed operation in V 3.0…waiting on some MOSFETs for that
Ham radio has taken a back seat lately. As of this morning, I still haven’t found the couple of hours to get the 746-foot super antenna back in the sky where it belongs. This week? We’ll see…
Although I got on the air for a while Saturday, the personal collection of ham gear needs attention. I derive a huge amount of pleasure from having the skill to fix old tube-type electronics. The stuff is relatively easy to work on but that brings me to the final point.
Although my four eye surgeries last year well as well as was expected, I’m still cursed by only being able to really see well for about 8-10-hours per day.
I know that doesn’t seem like a big deal, except that when I roll out and come over here to share the morning coffee with you, the contacts go in at 6 AM. That means many days, especially when there’s pollen around, the good eyesight is gone about 2 in the afternoon. (I wrote some of this on Sunday on a whole monitor, zoomed in and using 24-point font with no contacts in…but reference, details, and spreadsheets are a bear.)
I’ve been trying different eye drops (Systane is one, for example) but when I’m rolling on writing projects I tend not to blink enough so that dries out the contacts and next thing you know it’s like there is a fog everywhere – so time to take them out, rest the eyes for at least and hour – and maybe not even then…
So that weighs too.
Not A Web Mogul – Yet
A few of the trolls over in the comment section have dropped a snide line, or 10, recently about how “greedy George” is making a pile of money on UrbanSurvival.
Well, not quite…
I don’t mind telling you the truth…since it seems to stick in the craws of trolls:
Our income from those Google ads to the left was $4,854.00 in 2016. Those few Amazon ads for products netted us $4,221.81. Comes to $9,076.
But it’s not all profit. Each year I go through at least two keyboards, one or two computer upgrades, web site hosting, and so forth. Then there are communications costs for two dedicated onramps to the internet (satellite and a landline) which means all in, we spend (and I will use the 2015 figures because those tax figures are easy to grab) About $4,800 in expenses.
Now let’s back out $4,800 from our Mogul-sized $9,076 and we’re down to $4,276.
Now let’s look at the per hour numbers.
I seldom take more than a day or two of vacation – and UrbanSurvival has been here every morning on schedule with only one or two outages in 2016 – and considering the eye surgeries, that’s quite an accomplishment.
Four days a week, 7-hours per day and 52 weeks pushes out to? 1,456 hours.
$2.93 per hour.
I could get a significant raise working at Lowes in the electrical or plumbing department.
Honestly, without the www.peoplenomics.com subscribers, none of this would make any sense. They, however, do matter. Without them, Urban would not exist.
A Question for the Board of Directors
So here’s the question for you (honorary board of directors member that you are): Which of the following strategic courses seems like it would have the highest payoff?
1.Reduce the total length of the daily reports to a total of 1,200 words (combined). I could shave an hour or two a day in research and writing that way.
2.Cut Urban down to two or three days instead of four and leave Peoplenomics alone.
3.Reduce Peoplenomics to one day per week – not sure how we got to twice a week, but it happened because of just too much in the way of “fast market conditions” for once a week to make sense…
4.Or ?????????? (Maybe I should dictate using Dragoon Speak and see how that goes…
I’m open to suggestions. But getting up at 5 AM to get the eyes working by 6 and working like a maniac constantly banging a keyboard makes less sense the older I get.
I will at least finish the Millennial’s Missing Manual… That, like UrbanSurvival, is more project of joy/gifting than actual work.
I’m reminded of the old joke (but it ain’t funny anymore) of the old guy on Death’s door who says (it was a cartoon caption) “Gee, I wish I’d spent more time in front of my computer working…”
Elaine and I are thinking about taking a few trips once the air machine sells – leisurely driving trips. Seen the country fall under the nose of the plane enough. But she keeps telling me about this hotel on the trim of the Grand Canyon.
Or…and this is an oddity: Maybe we should start up the UrbanSurvival travel club.
Been thinking about that, too. If we went out doing jaunts around the country we could visit a lot of places and have a lot more value…
So if you have thoughts, do send them along. Unless you’re a troll, of course.
Write when you get rich…