Tuesday, December 8, 2009
I gave Kevin a mint koa Goodall guitar that I wasn't really playing to sell for me a few months back. Things got tough for me and I asked Kevin to lower the price by $500, and I was already at cost for the guitar. He comes by the other night and hands me the whole amount I had originally asked for. 9 out of 10 people would have put the extra money in their pocket, hell, I probably would have, but Kevin was straight up.
This gives me new faith in humanity, seriously. What a guy. If you are looking for a nice guitar, get in touch with me and I will hook you up with him. His wife was in a bad car accident last year and he deserves a break. Thank you, Kevin.
SDGE announces today that it is raising the rates 5% for people who have been energy misers for conserving too much power. Assholes.
Mike Bianchi had a great line in the paper the other day - when they asked Tiger Woods wife how many times she hit him with the club, she said she didn't know but to put her down for a five.
Many folks in Fallbrook and Temecula are rightfully scared of the new proposed Liberty Quarry. I live at the southwestern edge and I am sure that it will have a terrible impact if it is sited. Granite had all the local politicians nicely lined up like ducks in a row. The Temecula and Rainbow grass roots groups have done a great job in opposition. I spent two years fighting a landfill full time and I know the amount of work involved.
You live in a rural area, especially an unincorporated one, spend years protecting the environment and guarding the countryside and its like a big frigging pearl waiting to be snatched by some rapacious developer like Granite. They come in and pillage like horny pirates and all of a sudden you wake up and you now are in the middle of an industrial zone. They just come in and take a big crap on you. Because they can and because you have no effective political representation.
Who cares if aggregate is expensive? Development is at a standstill in southern california, there's no water. Too many bodies already. There are less driveways to be poured and less new roads to be laid. Besides, they already have Rosemary's Mountain Quarry sited a mere stones throw away.
Even more appalling are the massive new developments planned for Merriam Mountain and Valley Center. Thousands of homes. I used to be a tract builder but still must confess I don't get it. Where are all of these people going to work? Why build mega developments in this market? Growth cannot be the principal economic engine in San Diego and Southern California any longer. Look at the housing glut in Phoenix and Vegas. Look at the Antelope Valley disaster.
When Carmel Mountain Ranch was first built I was disgusted. We have our own disastrous sea of mediocrity at Highway 76 and 15. Is it called Strawberry Fields? Somebody was tripping. I don't get why anyone would live in such a place except for cul de sac child rearing and easy access to bible study. A big blob of ticky tack, that seems to be expanding like the plague. Yuck. If you want to live 10 feet from your neighbor, may I suggest Temecula?
Carmelo Anthony is on a tear in the NBA and is my early vote for MVP. Besting LeBron and Kobe in scoring average.
My buddy Shawn in Thailand is on the remote Andaman coast looking for rare plants. He sent me a bunch of pictures today of his botanical booty. What is really intriguing is that the coast is also inhabited by a rare tiger species. Been nice knowing you, Shawn.
I was tempted to do the Art Deco Show in San Francisco this weekend and from early reports am glad that I didn't. Lots of window shoppers according to my sources and little action. Word was that Sommers couldn't have handled the disappointment so all of my loyal readers have been spared.
Great to see the Obama Administration go to bat for discredited torture enabler John Yoo this week and file a brief to stop his indictment. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss...
Chief Justice Roberts has written an essay on the phrase "build a more perfect union."Roberts explains that the founders' desire for a "more perfect union" rests not on a common heritage, but "more fundamentally on a unity of common beliefs that Americans of all backgrounds throughout history have embraced." You know in the old days, when everyone thought the same way, and no one upset the apple cart, and the secular humanists weren't set on destroying the American way of life. Brings a tear to my eye and a longing for the good old days of separate drinking fountains and segregated lunch counters and lynching.
The San Diego Chargers sure played the cities of Oceanside and Escondido for a bunch of fools in order to get their way with the city of San Diego. Bunch of rubes.
Woke up yesterday before the rain to find a stripped car in the middle of the windy road in the river canyon. Called CHP and they responded about 7 hours later. Car had been stolen and dumped. The rain was really intense. The wind tore one of my utility doors apart. New storm coming. Got the first fire of the season going in yonder fireplace.
Put the new Google Goggles application on my android today. Quite interesting. Take a picture of a leaf and it runs to a database and gives you info about the tree or take a shot of a building and it searches the GPS and tells you the fax number of the business inside. Also put chrome for the mac on the machine which has a pretty nifty new search box. Soon it wont be liberal and conservative, we will divide the country up between those that can and can not hang with the new technology.
This is one of the first shots I took with my Nikon. Everyone always likes this shot for some reason.