So you want to help someone get a pet for a present.

The holiday season is fast approaching and many people around the world are thinking about someone who wants a pet for a Christmas present.  A lot of them are a parent who is considering a pet for the family and the point of this article is not directed towards them (but it could have some pointers).  This is for someone who is thinking of getting a pet for a parent or a child who does not live with them, another family member, or even a friend.  Please, read this article.

A pet is a very long term commitment.  By very long term I mean at least 5 years and possibly as many as 20 years.  Pets do not make good presents to other people.  Plain and simple.  It is a decision that should only be made by the person who is going to be the primary caregiver for the pet and those who live with them.  Do not, DO NOT get them a pet for Christmas.  Many pets bought, adopted, etc. this way end up in shelters within a year (puppy behavior is not good, dogs get big, cats misbehave, etc.).  Getting someone a pet as a present is a bad idea.

So, what do you do for the person who has their mind set on getting a pet this holiday season?  You can be there for them and if you are educated on an aspect of the animal that they want (teach them about different dog breeds, etc.). Continue reading

What’s with the complaints about stores being open on holidays?

Over the past few years (what, 5-10?) there has been a lot of outcry over people who have to work major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. People even call for boycotts of these stores, hold protests, etc… Honestly, though, where is this coming from? Employees working these holidays is nothing new! Continue reading

This election has sunk to a new low.

First some disclosure, I want to be as transparent as possible.  For those of you who read this and do not know me, I am a middle aged and white man who is registered as a Republican.  I am college educated and my work is a mix of blue, white, and pink collar.  As far as religion is concerned, I consider myself a cross between Pagan and Agnostic.  I have lived in various states and areas that range from strong Republican to strong Democrat.

From the day Hillary announced that she was running for President of the United States I knew for a fact I would not vote for her.  I also felt the same way about Donald Trump (in the primary and the general election).

I voted for Gary Johnson in the Presidential election of the United States on November 8th, 2016.  I am not going to deny this fact nor will I deny that I have voted 3rd party for President since 2000.  Each election, though, there were candidates in the primaries that I would have supported for President but unfortunately none of them got the nomination (personally I don’t like the primary process anyway).  For the past 3 elections where there wasn’t an incumbent (2000 – Bush, 2008 – Obama, 2016 – Trump) I’ve been told I’ve thrown away my vote and by the winner’s opposition I got their opposition elected.

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Once again it’s election time.

Here we are in the same place we find ourselves every 2, 4, or 6 years.  It’s election time.  You can rest assured that Wed morning we’ll wake up with either Clinton or Trump the elected president and about half of us will be happy or bragging and the other half will be unhappy and possibly even complaining about how rigged the process is.  Then, a few days later we’ll all go back to our lives and forget about the process for another 2/4/6 years then it starts all over again.

I’ll admit, I don’t like the election process too much.  The delegates to elect the nominee is rigged plus the media likes to jump in and potentially influence the election (perfect example, Hillary Clinton announced she won the New Hampshire primary at 7:45PM eastern time even though the polls in New Hampshire were open until 8PM.  The news ran with this from that minute over the next 48 hours and then people oved onto the next set of states.  The truth?  Bernie Sanders won NH’s Democratic primary but not a single person or news agency went back and recanted the store about Clinton winning.  This isn’t the first time, too, remember Florida in 2000 when the news announced a winner even though polls were still open?

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So you want to help our economy…

Everywhere we look it seems that our economy, while we’re told is better than it has been, is still not as strong as it was in the past.  Granted, a lot that drives the economy is “consumer confidence” (confident consumers buy more while less confident consumers tend to spend less), very little can be done to change the public perception of the economy (as a whole).  People who are in well paid, full time employment are more likely to spend more (not just things that are needed but also luxury items) and are also able to save better for tough times that might come ahead, thus softening the blow when the economy does start to shake.

There are many little things we can do to help out our economy as well as keeping jobs in the USA.  Sadly, many people choose to go the “cheap” route which is one of the killers of our economy and job market.  Sadly, most of these do involve us spending more money but over the long run it will help our economy. Continue reading

Mixed feelings about uHaul’s uBox

I recently moved from south Florida to central New Hampshire and the move required either a medium sized truck and a trailer for my car or a container to move my stuff.  After research I decided to go with uHaul’s uBox (similar to PODs but smaller, 6’ X 7’ X 8’ (approx).  Since the move is done and my stuff is in my new location I’ve decided to write a review about how the uBox service works.

It’s safe to say that I have mixed feelings about it but a lot of this is also dealing with the people at the locations (so your mileage may vary).  I had my uBox at a uHaul storage facility and I loaded it up there (shuttling my stuff in my car, renting a cargo van one day to move large items).  This required at least 24 hour notice. Continue reading

There’s a domain you want to use but someone else has it? It may be cheaper than you think!


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You have an idea for a website or business and know what domain you want so you try to register it but you notice someone else has it.  Typically, the first thought is “what a cyber-squatter” or “great, now they’re going to want millions of dollars for it”.  Sadly, though, in most cases neither is true.  Unless you have a trademark, had it longer than the domain, and the domain infringes on your trademark then you might be dealing with a squatter (but also possible they do not know about your trademark).  For example, if I owned Adobe.com and used to as an informational site about building houses with mud, Adobe (software) could not go after me for the name (as long as I had no computer related ads etc, too).  As for being greedy, domain prices are like a pyramid.  The higher you go in price, the fewer domains sell at that price. Continue reading

Calling out all geeks and nerds!

With the mess that our country is in today, and has been for a while, it is clear that politicians, bankers, businessmen, and the elite are not doing the best job possible.  So who to turn to?  Well, in the business world when something goes wrong the entire company turns to one group of people to take care of it – their technicians (IT people, etc.). Continue reading

Those crazy Pastafarians…

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5 things drivers do for safety that are actually dangerous

slow1)      Driving Slowly

This is one of my largest pet peeves (since it can be very dangerous) and by “slowly” I mean below the speed limit.  I’d also like to add in – this means during normal driving conditions (when you can safely drive the speed limit).  Dry pavement, good visibility, etc, are times of “normal driving conditions” while heavy fog, traffic, bad weather are not.

The thought:  Driving slowly will give you more time to react if something happens while driving.  It will also help you maintain control of your car.  Besides, most highway safety boards say “driving slowly reduces your risk of an accident”, right?

The reality:  Driving slowly can be dangerous, especially on multi-lane roads and highways.  People always look at speeders but at least they’re the one who has to move from lane to lane to avoid the slower cars.  If a car is going below the speed limit then all other cars need to move to get past them – more cars switching lanes increases the chances of an accident.  Think of it this way, if you were driving 45 MpH in a 45 MpH zone and everyone else was driving 60 MpH you’d think they were being dangerous.  How is this any different when one car is driving 30 MpH in a 45 MpH zone and everyone else is driving the speed limit?

What you should do:  Drive the speed limit or at least close to it.  If you can’t then you should consider alternate routes on slower streets or even look into if you should be driving at all.  Most states have minimum speed limits on highways and can also pull over cars on side streets for driving too slowly (usually 10-15 MpH below the speed limit). Continue reading