Weather looks great for the Slingshots in the Poconos. Daytime highs from the mid 70's-low 80's. Lows from the mid to upper 50's. No rain Thursday through Sunday. I'll be arriving a day into the event, Friday morning, sometime around 9 a.m. Hope to see some of you there. Not sure what to expect as its a first for me. If its not just about riding but seeing some local attractions. I am semi familiar with the area and know of some worthwhile things to see. Jim Thorpe for a steam train ride. Yuengling factory tour. Eckley Miners Village. Pioneer Coal Mine Tour. Or just roll with tour. Sounds like fun!
I saw footage of the Dayton Ohio shooting. Kudos to our officers in blue. While everyone else was running away they ran towards. Bravery, courage & protection. The best, simply the best!
Don't forget you can claim your dogs as dependents if they qualify as a watch dog (any dog will do). I know someone who did this. Truth is we have a very sick system.
My granddaughter came home very late last weekend from a sleepover at a friends house she decided to abort. We all slept through it including our watchdog Baily! He seems to only work on daytime hours. Hah!
Let's not forget the welfare for the wealthy programs going on.
Yep, here is my story. My stepdaughter lives with us. Great kid, very smart. Her dad came here from a U.S. territory (which I like but to be fairly told). Never paid federal taxes (corporate taxes are not the same). Had 15 kids. I do not have any kids but I paid federal taxes for about 40 years. He never payed federal taxes and cost the system multi millions.
We were better and raised her as she was dropped of at our door. We do not know where her parents are. Although we saved the federal government tens of thousands a year (for 11 years) raising her we could not claim her as a dependent to save some money on ridiculous taxes.
Why? Because if we did we would not get support from the government in a situation we were not prepared for. If we would claim her as a dependent to justly save some money we payed into the system we would have been penalized to pay for the education and would have had to refinance our house to pay for her schooling. Never being able to retire! Is this the price for doing the right thing!
So... its free for those that don't put into the system but penalized for those that pay into the system?
Initially NJ classified as a motorcycle but since have changed to autocycle. As with wokkas' statement, interpretation of the laws seems to depend on the officer. I ride with a helmet and seatbelt but I have a friend in Jersey that does not and has never been cited. Across the border in PA there is no helmet law for motorcycles.
Not sure but I believe the advantage of the terminology as an autocycle is that no motorcycle license is required? I have a motorcycle license so I never looked into it.
This is going to take a while so if you are pressed for time I apologize for the long post ....
Some may (or may not have) noticed I have been mostly absent during this last news cycle, yes...it has been difficult ..some also know we sold my wife's Slingshot because she could no longer drive it do to a non vehicle related accident.
Well Tuesday she had four cervical fusions, a permanent state of the art spinal cord stimulator implanted, and partial reconstruction of her right arm however she will never gain function. Six hours under, one neurosurgeon, two orthopedic surgeons, one reconstructive surgeon, five PA's, and a gaggle of nurses. Then four nights in the neuro spinal recovery unit. She is now home and resting.... by definition she is also now bionic ...
So why am I posting this in the Politics Suck thread .....
Well ... it has taken almost four years to the day to get this done. The delay was caused almost entirely by laws and regulations that put control in the hands of and benefited insurance companies as part of Obama care. Since most of the damage caused clinically diagnosed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (scrambled nerves) and her arm could now never be "fixed", as in made to function because they took the easiest and cheapest route with her second surgery and just removed the locked joint that had previously been cobbled back together rather than a prosthetic implanted, the insurance company was within their rights to "maintain" her condition through a pain management system which has grown several thousand percent since the ACA was enacted which gave her more and ever increasing strengths of drugs to a point that beyond the injury was hugely effecting her life and causing their own health concerns. Read the fine print, the ACA encourages them to put you on drugs. They now estimate six months to get her safely off the pain meds, her load is so high. Just to do the surgery they had to reverse her meds, causing withdrawal for the first 24 hours. This was one of the reasons the insurance company was originally able to use to not do a further surgery, The drugs they put her on made it difficult for them to accept the risk... difficult for them... for them .....
Only because of deregulation and patients rights enacted during this administration was I able, with help from private representation, the State, and the Feds to go after the insurance company, negotiate treatment, request specific surgeons, have cost transparency, be able to involve myself in those decisions as well as pay out of pocket for part of the process during the same surgery that the insurance company was still allowed to deny so it was all done at once with the latest technology. They also have to maintain it all for the rest of her life, even the part I paid for. If we could have waited another year new regulation changes held up in DC (guess by whom) might have made them pay for it all but we couldn't wait any longer.
For those who want to keep Obamacare, or go to "medicare for all" or some other gov'ment health care system I say FU... no FU all to hell. Throughout this process I have learned of countless situations in other countries with gov'ment systems that are far worse than what we went through. The guy in England who cut off his arm with an Axe after being denied treatment for six years has almost the same story as my wife. I can give you examples from all over the world how putting that much control on one place doesn't work for anyone other than the one controlling the money. Had they done this three year ago it would have probably been under $100K. Now it cost me personally just this week twice that, the insurance company twice again plus my legal fees, and an estimated five times more for them over the course of the rest of her life. Luckily for my part of it President Trump has made it so I can afford it. If his administration could put in place everything they want no one would have to worry about that part. But you will never hear that side unless you go digging for it because it isn't reported.
So to everyone, before the 2020 election please educate yourselves and don't just believe all the hype, spin, and outright lies from those who want total control of this important part of your life. Please remember nothing worthwhile is free, someone is making money off things that are, and if you are the one getting the free stuff you are at the bottom of that shithole with no say in how much gets piled on. Once they have the shovel they will never give it up.
Gotta go..... time to get our life back ....
Thank you sharing your experience and for the information. My sincere best wishes to you and your wife getting your lives back to the maximum potential. Stay strong!
It looks waxed! Hah!
This is disgusting - the amount of restraint these police officers show is bordering on amazing while making an arrest in NYC. The abuse that LEO is subjected is nothing short of a travesty. Imma say a prayer for the LEO’s I know tonite as everyone else should say a little prayer for rest also. I still respect officers even if I think they are wrong. They are doing a tough job for little pay that I would not even consider doing. Been my experience if you give them respect they will give you double the respect back. REAPECT OUR BOYS IN BLUE !!!
How can anyone look at this and not feel disgusted! I have no words. I took my parents out to dinner last week. My Mom is 81, she said that along the years everyone says that the next/current generation is ruining the country but this time it's real. What can I say, Mom is right.
America needs to look at this. Tough job is understated! How can these officers get up tomorrow and face this? Thank you officers!
Two bolt mod.... have always wondered what the rattle was when going over bumpy roads in the front end- now I think I know. When taking off the front end spoiler to install missing bolts today I noticed the lower plastic scoop for the radiator “rattle” when hitting it. It’s not small. This thing makes some noise. I drilled two 5/16” holes and installed one bolt on each side with a fender washer and aircraft nut. Problem solved! If this was the rattling I was hearing it is gone now. I will follow up later with an update when back on the road.
Thanks for the tip. Mine had a sound like a bird chirp when hitting any bump. I put a thin layer of heavy duty grease on the 4 rubber blocks that support the hood and contact the bumper plates. It solved my issue.
Did anyone else here notice the news this weekend that Bernie Sanders had to cut his staffs hours so that he could pay them $15 an hour?
What's going to happen to trades with workers currently making $15 -$18 an hour? How will they handle this when minimum wage is set at the same pay?
My neighbors son has one. He got me interested. Saw one just yesterday going through town (I was in my truck). I see more when I go into tourist towns. Next year I want to grab one of the grand kids and enter into the 4th of July Parade. Just about every time I stop for a gas fill up or a red light with two lanes the car alongside gives a thumbs-up. Get lots of picture takers.
Can you imagine following SoCal on a show-&-tell! They are great photos! Thanks for the share.
Anyone remember the cheesy 80's commercial "Hay man is that Freedom Rock"? This rock was painted just after 9/11 along the Pa Turnpike.
The lower photo was along what is known as Graffiti Highway leading up to the town of Centralia. The town was claimed by a massive underground mine fire in the 80's and was recently featured on the Discovery Channel show Mysteries of the Abandoned and ranked as #1 on the show. The fire is still burning and may burn for another 100 years! I grew up about 5 miles away from Centralia.
Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment. The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days."
The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations."
The older lady said that she was right -- our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled. But we iidn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown paper bags. But, too bad we didn't do the "green thing" back then.
We walked up stairs because we didn't have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn't climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.
But she was right. We didn't have the "green thing" in our day.
Back then we washed the baby's diapers because we didn't have the throw away kind. We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts. Wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days. Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.
But that young lady is right; we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day.
Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house -- not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana. In the kitchen we blended and stirred by hand because we didn't have electric machines to do everything for us. When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap. Back then, we didn't fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power. We exercised by working so we didn't need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.
But she's right; we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water. We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blade in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.
But we didn't have the "green thing" back then.
Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family's $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the"green thing." We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances. And we didn't need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.
But isn't it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn't have the "green thing" back then?
Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smart ass young person.
We don't like being old in the first place, so it doesn't take much to piss us off... Especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can't make change without the cash register telling them how much.
Very well said and true. Thanks for the memories. I remember getting our used school books and making book covers from used paper bags! Remember the 5 cents deposit for bottles! My friends and I would collect bottles and return them to buy a pack of gum! Clarks teaberry and black jack that turned your teeth black were favorites.
Gotta remember $7 or $8 hr is executive pay in Guatemala & El Salvador. I believe that employers that retain illegals should have to pay a stiff enough fine they don’t believe it is worth the risk. We Americans have nobody to blame but ourselves for excessive drugs coming across the border and a thirst for cheap labor. If there wasn’t a market here it would disincentives and solve all the problems at the border without government intervention (if they won’t feed, clothe, house, and provide healthcare for em) but sadly those things are just another pipe dream.
A few years back I had brick pavers put in. Three estimates. The last landscaper inquired at the previous estimates. I informed $9 square foot. He looked at me and replied in distraught that he would loose money and couldn't afford the pay his workers at that price. I chose the lower estimate and yes the workers spoke no English. They worked hard and did a great job.
So... something that is never brought up. The business that attempts to hire workers at a proper wage and pays legally (not under the table). loses his business . The government looses millions of dollars.
What choice does a business have. Pay under the table at low wages or go out of business?
What happens to these hard working people in 10 - 20 years when they brake down. Will they say thanks for the time and I'll go back now? Or will they stay here and need assistance?
My parents need assisted living and they pay 8k a month. They get no government assistance. Its expensive, that's reality.
I'll bet these millions of people will need help. Expensive help. Nothing against them but it will amount to trillions of dollars to hard working people who most likely have not put into the system and yes, it's not their fault but yes its reality.