Friday, October 31, 2008

Anthony Poltrack

57 years ago Anthony Poltrack passed away. All Soul's Day. He was Pop to me, probably to many of you, also. May his soul rest in peace. Hey! Lillian's with her Dad after all these years.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Mouse Mischief

Autumn in New England is truly a treat. However as the weather grows colder, field mice and other critters decide they would rather find warmer quarters. Recently I was faced with the prospect of no heat in my aging Honda. The heater fan was making groaning noises and I instinctively knew the reason... MICE! I have many years of removing mice and their debris from a truck's air intact, under the flywheel of lawnmowers, even baked remains in our oven , dehydrated, decapitated by cats and frozen corpses in a bucket. I won't be foolish enough to leave my car unmoved for long periods again.

Monday, October 13, 2008

What is the purpose of this shed?


On a hike in Annett State Park in Rindge, I came across a few "sheds" in a forested area. They were in disrepair and were fitted with locks. I'd like to know what they were used for. Any ideas?

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Some good news about the financial crisis

Actually there is very little good news about the financial crisis. I suppose if you have a safe job, are looking for a home (if you can get credit) or just starting with a k401 there are some benefits.

I already have a home, have a diminished k401 and work in an industry with a proven record of layoffs.

So what is my good news? It's simple... LESS JUNK MAIL CREDIT CARD OFFERS.
For years, I have been getting daily offers with "courtesy checks" from my friends at Capital One and other "banks".

I tried to remove my name from these mailings, registering with the Catalog Choice and DMA Choice to no avail. But now I am completely Credit Card offer free. I haven't received one offer since this meltdown happened. It is uncanny and a little disconcerting since one financial strategy might be to pay secured loans (like the home mortgage or a car) with UNsecured loans (advances on a deck of credit cards). When the bills come due I could simply shrug my shoulders, apologize and direct them to Washington for a bailout. The loans are unsecured, so besides the annoying calls from collection agents, there is nothing they can do.

[Disclaimer - I'm just joking]