Geocaching

Geocaching is something I’ve been curious about for many years.  An acquaintance emailed me last week and asked if I would like to give it a try.  I was GO for that.  Today she came and picked me up in her electric car and we went to visit some of the caches in my neighborhood.   We couldn’t find the first one.  Maybe this is harder than I thought.  After scouring the area and giving up we went on to the next one which we found easily.

For those of you who live under a rock, geocaching is where you go to locations marked on a map and try to find a small container hidden by other people.  Sometimes the container has trinkets in it of which you can take and replace with one of your own.  They almost all have a tiny scroll of paper where you can sign your name and the date on it.

We searched and found 5 or 6 of them.  A few containing trinkets but most were just logs.  Most were easy to find but a few were very difficult.  One was so tiny it looked not much larger than the cap on the air valve of a tire.  Inside was a very tiny scroll to sign.

Well.  It was interesting but not really captivating.  There’s room for improvement here somewhere.  Still it was a good way to spend a few hours of a Saturday with someone rather than sitting at home alone.

We were hungry afterwards so we had lunch at Chili’s where as usual she told me all about her life problems.  I listened because she needed someone to listen to her.  I’m good at that.  I’m here for you whether you’re there for me or not.

 

Net Worth = Half a Million!

mnyvltI just finished doing my monthly budget update where I enter all the money I’ve spent for the month and add up all the money in various investment accounts etc.

My Net Worth just hit a Half Million!! What now bitches who don’t want to be my friend!

My early retirement is coming up and a life of leisure is on the horizon.  Just this month even after losing $2000 day-trading on the stock market, my net worth went up $5700.   Sweetness!

Suck it you evil bastards who won’t even look at me!

 

Land Shopping Again

The Size of an Acre

Today I went land shopping in the country again.  Still looking for that elusive piece of the American Dream that is good enough to live on for the rest of my life.

There were three areas I planned to look at today.  The first was my first choice from what I saw on the internet.  It was 2 acres.  This was the first time I found 2 acres that was relatively flat so I could really get a feeling for the size.  The back side of it was a small ravine area that was not really build-able.  The left side had a small swamp and a rather large dip where I would have wanted to build my garage/workshop.

I walked around through the high weeds.  There was obviously a singlewide trailer on the spot so there must be electricity, water and a septic tank.  I was unable to find evidence of any.  They must be there below the ground hidden in the weeds.  Having those things readily available would make building there much cheaper and easier.  The land was square enough and was almost private enough to live naked due to the growth of trees along the front fence line and a large treed buffer between neighboring land.  Still… I was not feeling that this was the place I want to die.  It could be made excellent with work.  I’ll keep it on top of my possibility list and hope it stays on the market for a long time.

I drove the 20 miles to the nearby town for lunch.  It was a little further out than I would really like.  I think a 5-15 mile drive would be more acceptable.

I looked at the distance to my next spot.  It was 30 miles from town.  Even further.  I decided not to bother.  I don’t want to have to drive 60 miles round-trip to get something from the hardware store.  30 is acceptable.

I moved on to the third choice.  It was on the way home about 15 miles from town.  Nice drive.  Not too long.  Unfortunately it was in a more developed neighborhood and only 1.3 acres.  Too many ravines as well.  It was fairly private but not rural enough.  Mark that one off.

The trip wasn’t a total waste.  I learned a few things:

  1. Two acres would be OK if perfectly flat and private.  Four would be better though.  One will not work.
  2. Distance matters.  A short drive (<15 mi) one way is enjoyable.  Longer than that and it becomes tedious.
  3. I saw a church in an area that I like.  I might call them up and see if I can post a Land Wanted ad in their newsletter.  Surely there’s some old people in the congregation who will sell me a few acres and make some money.  I could offer a year of free handyman service and expert computer support to sweeten the deal.
  4. Keep trying.  Don’t give up.  Don’t get discouraged.  I still have time.
  5. Road trip!!!

 

 

 

Invisibility cloak down today?

invsblI had a strange experience today.  I was sitting in my favorite Thai restaurant for lunch today.  There was a girl at the next booth eating her soup.  Our eyes met and I gave her my standard, “You can see me?” smile.  She smiled back.

I ordered and read my book while I waited for the food.  She asked the waitress for some of the sweet sauce that is usually at the table.  I noticed that mine was missing as well and grabbed some from another table.  She saw me do it and I said, “Mine is missing too.”.  She asked me what I was reading.  We exchanged pleasantries across the booths and she mentioned that it was difficult to talk this way insinuating that we should sit together. (Strangely forward of her.)  I asked her if she wanted to sit together and she grabbed her stuff and moved to my booth.

We talked for a while about ourselves.  She is married. (Even stranger)  I wish she wasn’t.  She is Asian (Vietnamese).  I love Asian people.   We talked as we ate.  I wish I had asked for chopsticks so she could see my amazing skills.  LOL.  At the end she gave me her business card with her number on it and told me to text her and we’ll go to lunch again.  I gave her mine.

She had a bunch of To-Go orders to take home to her family.  I was dazed and confused but glad I went along with it.  We talked about a Chinese restaurant I liked up the street.  I’ll text her in few weeks to see if she wants to try it.

Right now I don’t know what to think.  I am especially invisible to married women so I don’t know what is going on.  I would hate to end up as an affair or something that could mess up her family.  Maybe it is nothing and she is just being unusually friendly.  That’s me always looking for the ulterior motive when someone speaks to me.  It would be nice to have a new friend if nothing else. Let’s just chalk it up to a nice experience.

New Utopia City

Living in regular cities is just plain horrible.  I’ve come up with the solution.  All we need to do is start fresh.  Find some empty land somewhere and build a city that is done properly so that everyone will be happy.  I’ve set up a list of guidelines that will make it easy:

Dogs must have vocal cords removed.  No animal noise will be permitted.

Only Electric vehicles allowed inside city.  No vehicle noise will be permitted.

Houses must be a minimum of 50 yards apart.  There must be room to breathe and have a nice lawn with room for gardening and playing

Electric lawnmowers, blowers and trimmers only.  Minimize noise.

Summer and winter uniforms required. Much of the world’s disparity is caused by people wearing improper clothing.  Two uniforms will be required.  Winter uniforms will be city provided jumpsuits with optional light and heavy jackets.  Summer uniforms will be city provided bikinis and speedos.  No shoes allowed in the summer except for hiking.

All houses must have at least 4KW solar array.  There’s no excuse for not having solar panels on your house.

All streets will have a bicycle lane.  Bicycling is encouraged for health and environmental happiness.

Recycled water piped directly to all houses for lawn watering.

Traffic lights allowed only at major intersections.

No loud music or other any other noise.

No bad people. Bad people will be deported.

No homeless. Homeless will be deported.

No rental houses.  People who rent don’t take care of their house.

Recycling required.

Working form home encouraged to avoid traffic jams.

20 hour work week.  People need more time off to appreciate life.

Only one parent may work. The other must take care of the children.

Home and remote schooling encouraged to avoid traffic jams.

Only two children per family to avoid overpopulation.

No Walmarts