Thursday, February 26, 2009

Taxed to Death

For the month of January I did not live in my condo. I left the hot water heater on, and of course the fridge. Today I received my electric bill. Very interesting.

They charge the following:
1. Customer charge: $8.03 (this is what they charge to send you the bill)
2. Gross Receipts tax: $.40
3.Municipal franchise fee: $.98
4. Municipal utility tax: $1.37
So the total tax for this bill is: $10.78
The best part: I used 61 Kwh and the cost was $7.71!!!!!!!!!!!! WTF?

Now this is just the Electric bill, how about the phone bill, water bill, sewer, etc. You get the picture.

Even when you die some-one from your estate is supposed to file your last tax return.

Now you know why you are a slave to the job.

See Ya

Stimulus My Ass

Stimulus package for GOVERNMENT. 150 different programs from Amtrak to TSA. Not clear that one new job will be created. WTF? BILLIONS

I'm so mad I could piss green-Sorry that's the government's job pissing green money down the drain.

I apologize to my children, and grandchildren that the free country I have enjoyed all my life will now become a socialist republic. The got to have it now generation, and the young brain washed first time voters- you will get what you asked for. I'm sorry that I have lived long enough to see it happen.

Just one example if I can type it with out puking on the key board:

Rep. Howard Berman Calif. D had this included in the Stimulus package:
$200,000.00 for a machine to remove tattoo's, for his Violence out reach program. This program is to remove tattoo's from gang members, affording them a chance for a new start. WTF? I have a belt sander ($20.00 used from a pawn shop) that could get the job done.

God my blood pressure is going thru the roof. I'm off to the woods for a three day week-end. I was going to take my tv and bury it in the woods, but I try not to pollute my homestead. Perhaps put in on the front porch for sale at $50.00, then some one would steal it while I was gone.

Preparation becomes more inportant each day.
God Bless

See ya

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

How Can I be so Busy Not Working?

Anybody who has lived in one place for any length of time knows what I am about to say. Where in the hell did all this "Stuff" come from? And in my case even worse- why are there two or three of each item. Back-up can only go so far. Am I a pack rat in stuff clothing? Because I can has always been a favorite saying of mine. OK because I can I am now liquidating everything I own that cannot fit in my van camper, or a sheer necessity for the homestead. EVERYTHING take no prisoners.

Four piles: Sell, Donate, Give away, & Trash. Remember take no prisoners, and once something is in one pile no removing, no remorse, decision made live with it.

The fact that I can have as little as 30 days to accomplish this motivates me. Plus my auction house assures me that after the auction the only thing left in the shop will be the bare walls. We will see.

On a happier note I did take a day off for the homestead. I'm trying an experiment that I dreamed up. I took a bunch of vegetable seeds and randomly planted them in an area where I can find them again. As if mother nature said drop one here, and one there. Lets see what happens. Will the creatures eat the fresh shoots before they mature. I have seen at least a dozen deer, and I'm sure there other creatures that enjoy fresh produce as well. A fence of any kind is out of the question because I want this to be a forage type.

Back to getting rid of stuff.

See Ya

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Survival Arms

Every survival book, internet site, fellow bloggers, your next door neighbor, the current tv news, all talk about the weapons needed to defend against any crisis real or imagined. Katrina comes to mind as the latest one.

I have been a gun collector since I was 6 years old when my dad taught me to shoot. I still have the single shot 22 rifle that killed my first squirrel. I learned to re-load in my teens, because shells were expensive on paper route income. By today's liberal standards my collection would be considered an arsenal.

Three years military training, added to my knowledge of weapons that civilians have never seen.

So as a civilian what weapons are needed to protect home and personal?

Bedroom: A pistol-preferable a 38 with a six inch barrel.

Front door: 12 gauge shot gun with an 18" barrel (only because law will not let it be shorter)

Long range: 30-06 M1-Garand rifle

The 38 pistol for years has served most police forces. But of course one has to practice to be proficient with the weapon. Six shots from a 22 pistol properly placed will do the job to. However the 38 will be the best all around defense in close quarters.

If two or more bad guys are breaking down your front door your trusty shotgun loaded with buck shot need only be pointed in the general direction to end that very quickly. As a matter of fact if I could choose only one weapon to own it would be the shotgun.

If one is lucky enough to have a homestead you already a hunter, and that deer can be out of range for a shot gun, so enter the 30-06 with a range of 1,000 yards. Also as a hunter you know that the shot needs to be aimed before pulling the trigger. That M1 that served so well in the military still has that ability.

I call today the "spray and pray" era. When a couple of police officers with high capacity 9mm shoots at a perp 100 times total and hits him 3 times-wtf? Drive by shooting-same thing. Large clips, and semi-automatics only waste ammo.

Shooting another human being is one of the most horrible acts a man could do. I hope that we are never going to see this happen. But it is happening now on a daily basis,with bastards that want something you own and not willing to work for it. All the laws on the books could prevent this if our courts had the guts to use them. So now it falls on you to be prepared. Have the tools and know how to use them, Practise,Practise,Practise, and then do it some more.

Don't give up on the greatest country in the world. Continue to support the good people in government, and try your damnest to get rid of the rotten ones. GET INVOLVED. Our young people of today have been brain washed. Maybe the tough times coming will be the catalyst for them to wake up. I hope so.

And since I am still rambling-Imagine how much food could be produced on those manicured front lawns where people say they have no room for a garden on that city lot.

See ya

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Random Thoughts Today

1. Since my 2004 Chevy pick-up will now be used for personal use perhaps I should add a topper
for the bed. That way would hide stuff in the bed, and could be used as another space to live.

2. Did you know that 50 rounds of 45 ACP's in a plastic snap box weighs 3 #?
A box of 100 CCI Mini Mag 22 Long Rifle 13.3 ounces?

3. Having three straight days discussion with Jack Daniels can be soooo enjoyable?

4. Trying to spit out two bails of cotton after that discussion sucks?

5. Nikon digital camera's are damn expensive? Some lens cost more than the body?

6. You can actually go 24 hours with out sleep.

7. Twenty cartons of premium cigarettes before April 1st cost $569.20?

8. Need to learn how to grow and process tobacco before stash runs out.

9. You could plant a garden randomally all thru your woods and plot them with a gps.

10. My mind should be back to normal by Monday.

See ya

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The Silence

Forty seven years as a producer. The years just seem to slip by when you are doing something that you love. Forget the nay Sayer's that hoped you would fail. Forget the red tape, government taxes, the banks that would not give you a loan, the customers that took 120 days to pay, the mandatory insurance rip-offs, the employee's that think you work for them, the machine dealers that are willing to sell to you for the 26% interest rates(because they know the banks will not lend to you), your account(who told you to close the business at year 3), your wife(who thought security was working 40 hrs for the man). Well they did not stop me.

I always said "I did wrong, took to long, but I did it my way".

The small business man, the mom and pop stores that help keep this country going I salute you. You are a dieing bred. Thanks to the greed of the non producers(banks,lawyers,government,and crooks with brief cases) your time is ending with no replacements to follow you.

I'm doing what they thought would never happen. I QUIT! I did not give up, and can still continue, and possibly even grow the business again. But I have decided to with draw what ever talent, and abilities I have from the world we live in today. What I know belongs to me to use as I see fit.

The shop is silent today. Deafen silent. Not even a radio playing. I never thought I would have the courage to quit. I'm looking for any auction house that will auction off the shop.

As I walk thru the shop, I remember each machine, and when and why it was purchased. They each have a specific function to the whole of the shop. Good by friends-you have served me well. Forgive the damp eyes.

The funeral(auction) will take place asap.

The new life begins next.

See ya

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Would love to rant-but

Every day I receive another "Change in Terms" from another one of my credit cards. I would love to write a book about how much I hate the, but that would just be a waste of my precious time I have left. Enough said I owe them nothing, and will keep it that way.

Called a few auctioneers, and sent some e mails. So that's started. Feels great to be in action for strictly myself for a change. I feel like a kid again. This is fun.

It feels great to own a piece of ground away from the city again. Feels like I am 26 again, when I bought two acres in West Branch Michigan. Took the family there every week end for 10 years.

The difference this time is that I plan to be totally off the grid. If I need it I must provide it. Electricity,solar,batteries,generator will provide the power. Have a friend who will drill the well, and that only leaves the septic to handle. Since my son owned a septic business for 10 years, and I built my own in Michigan should be no problem. I could use the old fashioned out house by myself, but if I invite company they may frown on that idea. Plan on Florida being my home base for the winters, and travel north in the summers.

It's amazing how new directions in your life can energize you so much you feel like a kid at Christmas. The freedom is the greatest. No amount of money can keep me in this rat race any more.

Damn-I have a lot to do. Better get started.

See Ya

Monday, February 16, 2009

Freedom Fund Grows Big Time

I have several customers I only see needing me once or twice a year. Same jobs, same requirements, same payments, same "I'll take care of you down the road" for doing this for me.

I also have several customers that only need me when the "Shit hits the fan". They are really the fun ones. They know they have a problem, and even know the solution. But they still have to have a price quote, guarantee of delivery on time or else. I always wondered what the or else would be. But I digress. One of those customers requested my services last Wednesday morning.

It went like this: If I get you the material by this afternoon, can we have finished parts by Monday morning? I just faxed you the print. I need a firm price and delivery. What else is new(I thought). The request was made at 9am, the fax was received by me at noon. I responded at 12:02. I received the material(as usual) at 5:00pm. Oh goody one day already shot.

Now the good part: To meet these requirements require four 16 hour days in a row. I will not bore you with the details, but it was closer to 18-20 hour days. At 68 am I just stupid, or good or lucky, or UN-lucky? The coffee pot never cooled down, and at least a carton of cigarettes was consumed during the marathon to simply save a customer. For what? MY personal GAIN. I quoted the price SO HIGH there was NO WAY I would get the job, but I did.

So now my Freedom Fund is $18,000.00 richer! Not to shabby for four days. Especially for today's economy.

Nice way to go out. I have decided to close the shop. I am now seeking auction houses to see how they work. Once they set a date for the auction that will be the end.

I have started taking personal items from the shop each day when I go home,so once the date is set I'll have less to do.

I'm excited. The condo has not sold yet, but once the shop goes I'll still be free to RETIRE, and travel in the motor home.

Now to go home and sleep for 18 hours.

See ya

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sometimes it's hard work to feed yourself

After at least a million casts (felt like it anyway), a keeper red fish was in the cooler. A dozen fish of several varieties was caught but only one legal keeper was kept. That will provide my dinner for a day. I never have poached, and unless the world as we know it falls apart in my life time I never will. I have seen the decline in our fishery for the past 40 years plus, and due to our over-population I don't see a recovery. I know I can always catch fish with a net, trap, or live bait. I prefer the challenge of using artificial bait.

I found a rancher who has grass feed beef. So the next time he is ready to sell I'll have the treat of butchering my years supply of meat. I wonder how many people thinks theirs come from the super market?

Canned goods are good for a year, rice and red beans in good supply, as flour and butter. Damn a man by himself is easy to care for.

As every man knows a pick up truck is a necessity.

See ya

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Tuesday-Don't feel like working

If I take today off would the world stop turning? Doubt it.

If the job I am working on today gets down tomorrow will anybody care? Doubt it.

If I lose a day's pay will it hurt me? Doubt it.

If I don't hear the phone ringing with a new order? Doubt it

So I declare today is a free day to go fishing-because the sun is shinning, the temperature is 75 degrees, and during the week people in debt have to work.

See ya

Monday, February 9, 2009

What salary could you live on?

Well I am 68 years old, and totally debt free. I'm a simple man, like to hunt, fish, read a good book, and have everything I need or want. Damn life is good. Plus so is my health.

I have worked since I was 9 years old, and my wife was a stay at home mother helping to raise 2 wonderful children. We spent every single dime I made as fast as I made it. No thought for re-retirement, and I never worked anyplace that offered a pension. My children are grown with family's of their own doing well by today's standards. My wife and I had a wonderful marriage of 43 years before she died due to kidney failure.

Did I do it all wrong? I don't think so. Since I have no investments I did not lose 40% of them. I have owned my own business for the past 28 years with good times and bad. I made a lot of money, and I lost a lot of money. Today I can't give the business away. Do I care? Not in the least. I did it wrong,took to long, but I did it my way. Ha Ha Very few people can say they have a job they truly love.

So what's next? Well I have my 5 acre's to play with, and my camper. The business will go away one way or the other. I will now start lowering the price of the condo until it sells for what ever.
All for a waded crinkled dollar bill. Which means there may be a few bucks left when the smoke clears to put in the bank.

For working all of my adult life and paying double into the Social Security System for the past 28 years I am now entitled(hate that word) to $16,632.00 a year. Man I am rich! I'm a happy man. I am going to live off my good fortune for the rest of my life.

How much, or how little yearly wage can a single man live on? I'll try and keep you up-dated as I head out on the adventure. Till then.

See ya

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Something to Ponder

I drove the 30 miles to town to pick-up a few things I forgot to bring with me to woods. Wouldn't ya know it-A Starbucks was sighted. I thought they closed all those high priced flavored motor oil dispensers that they call coffee.
However since they have free WI-fi, I can set comfortably in my van drinking good coffee and check a few things I need to do. Because I forgot to do Friday-crs raising it's ugly head again. Oh my God I forgot to pay my Property tax-so add another $50.00 to the bill. That Sucks.

Tax his land,
Tax his bed,
Tax the table,
At which he's fed.

Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes,
Are the rule,
Tax his work,
Tax his pay,
He works for peanuts Anyway,

Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat,

Tax his tie,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt,

Tax his tobacco (for Jim)
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he
Tries to think.

Tax his beers,
If he cries,
Tax his tears.

Tax his car,
Tax his gas,
Find other ways,
To tax his ass.

Tax all he has,
Then let him know,
That you won't be done,
Till he has no dough.

When he screams and hollers.,
Then tax him some more,
Tax him till,
He's good and sore.

Then tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in,
Which he's laid.

Put these words,
Upon his tomb,
Taxes drove me ,
To my doom.

When he's gone,
Do not relax,
It's time to apply,
The inheritance tax.

Just some of the taxes I can think of: Accounts receivable tax, Building permit tax, CDL license tax,Cigarette tax, Corporate income tax, Dog license tax, Excise tax, Federal Income tax,Federal Unemployment tax (FUTA), Fishing license tax, Food license tax, Fuel permit tax, Gasoline tax, Gross receipts tax, Hunting license tax, Inheritance tax, Inventory tax, IRS Interest charges IRS penalties (tax on a tax) Liquor tax, Luxury taxes, Marriage taxes, Medicare taxes,Personal property tax, Property tax, Real estate tax, Service charge tax, Social security tax, Road usage tax, Sales tax, Recreational Vehicle tax, School tax, State income tax, State unemployment tax, 8 different telephone taxes(love those), Utility taxes, Vehicle License Registration tax, Vehicle Sales tax, Well permit tax, Workers Compensation tax.

All just to support a rotten government-WE will get change all right-unless they figure another way to take the $.50 left.

Back to the woods. I need a Pepsi with some Jack Daniels, and a cigarette while I can still afford it.

See ya

Friday, February 6, 2009

Land Owner

Five wooded acres are now mine. Now the chores begin. Will spend the weekend walking the property and finding what? Will be interesting to say the least.

There is a short driveway about 40 feet. However there are two main roads(country roads-gravel) that border the property so another location for the driveway is planned.

So until Monday

See ya

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Pantry getting out of hand

Today I added a few more supplies to the larder.

400# wheat
10# honey
100# canned meat
15# canned butter

I am running out of storage space in my 1100 square foot condo. Fortunately one bedroom has taken the over flow from the cupboards in the kitchen. Hopefully the land deal will be finished this weekend, and I can figure on putting up a shed. Florida summer heat going to be a problem? Can a root cellar be built in Florida? Need to do some research on that idea. I have also found a 2000 gallon water tank, and again need the land deal to be finished before completing that deal. The plan is coming together.

I am going to try and be completely off the grid on the land I own. So food preservation is critical. I'm just looking to stay there for a year if necessary.If the sh.. hits the fan, and a year is not enough god help this country. Again hope for the best and prepare for the worst. If nothing happens I'll be able to eat for year with no money spent, and not having to be with people if I choose not to be.

See ya

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Into each man's life a little luck must fall

Christmas in February comes late for last year and early for this year..

For three years I have been searching for 1-5 acres of wooded undeveloped property in Florida. Finally a stroke of luck it has now been acquired. No I will not tell where it is, and no it is not for sale. I happened to mention to a friend of mine that I wanted to sell my 73 Corvette convertible while we were having lunch at the local pub. A gentleman at the next table overheard us, and asked what I wanted for it. I said joking five acres of woods in Florida. Well guess what? The joke is on me, because we spent the rest of the afternoon in his office going over what he had available. Then we came to look at the Corvette, and fifteen minutes later a deal was cut. Of course this weekend after I see the propriety in person and the survey, and all the legals check out I will be the proud new owner. I love it when a deal comes together with no money exchanged.

Now I need the same 1-5 acres of woods in Kentucky, and Michigan. A stash of goodies at each one, and when all hell breaks loose perhaps I'll be able to get to one of them. And if it does not happen I'll have a place to escape Florida summer heat, and a place for a mild winter, and of course Northern Michigan for pure survival. And I said I would never go back to Michigan in the winter to live. Never say never.

Did I tell you how HAPPY I am? Did I? I am very very happy!

Now I need to trade the 64 Corvette convertible for a 4 x 4 dually diesel Chevy pick-up. I can dream. To much happiness for one day. Did I tell you how happy I am?

See ya

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Is a new car worth 40 months of your life?

Odd question? A friend of mine has a desire for a new car. Since the average car sells for around $20,000.00(guesstimate), and he plans of paying $500.00 a month that seems to be 40 months to pay for the car. Not counting taxes,title, insurance etc. How much time working will he take to pay for the car? That time is lost to do anything else. We all have a "life" time from the day we are born. So many hours, days, years. Most of us spend the grater portion or that time working to buy "stuff". Granted everybody needs food, shelter, cloths. The basics. Everything else is a "want". If you take those wants and instead of giving them a dollar figure try giving them a time figure. You make $10.00 an hour(and remember that's gross), and that CD costs $10.00 you just gave up one hour of your life for that CD. So remember TIME is worth more than money. How you choose to use it is up to you.

See ya

Monday, February 2, 2009

Wet and sloppy Monday

The weather God's deceided we need some rain today. A very nice misty light rain so far. Much needed, and better than ice like our poor friends up north are receiving.

But the idiots here drive like the sun was shinning, and they needed to get where they are going yesterday.

Today is a good day to clean, sort, and re-pack all the fishing, and camping gear. Sometimes I get very lazy and leave things where ever I happen to throw them. No I did not leave any fishing gear on the bank of the lake, or bait fish in the bucket. I have been known to have to move the fishing gear, tackle box, and other items from the camper bed before I can go to bed. The bed is in the back, with storage under it. So easy with the back doors open to just throw stuff on the bed to be stored later-after a shower and dinner. One advantage to a small van camper is it gets messy quick, but also cleans up quick. Plus it goes where big class A's can't, and gets good gas mileage.

Time for breakfast, and then back to the daily grind.

See ya

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Super Sunday

Ah the Sunday game. THE GAME-Superbowl-the end of the season. The last gladiator game. Down to the wire-Go teams. I don't watch a lot of TV, but must admit I do like football. I have only been to several live games, but this Sunday I'll be the couch potato for four hours. Setting in the recliner sucking down Pepsi's, and eating junk food like all the rest of the die hard fans for this game. I wonder how many fans will be late for work Monday morning?

On a serious side I wonder how many fans would be willing to drop a dollar in a bucket as they filed into the stadium to feed the homeless. Did anybody ever think of this? What does a beer cost at the game? $4-5? In this great country why are there homeless people? When I see one I think could this possibly be me? What makes me different? How did they get there? How do they get out? I don't have any answers-that bothers me. I did not see this in the 50's. Neighbors helped neighbors, family took in family in need. Why did this change? Again no answers-that bothers me.

I'm prepared for the worst, and hope for the best. Now that all the money grubbers have taken all the money perhaps people will wake up and take our country back. Perhaps people will learn from this experience and go forward. Perhaps?

See ya