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Blog: Winston

Pretty slow news week. That's usually a good thing for most people, but not all. This dumb arse government shutdown is about to start really impacting people. Already, the National Parks are trashed because there are no workers to remove the refuse. People are too stupid to realize this, and...
(I'm thinking a semi-focused weekly wrap-up of all things great and small is in order. Or most things. Or, whatever... Tune back regularly for insight, enlightenment and intellectual vomit.) So it was Christmas. Hanukkah. Kwanza. Festivus. For everyone in the Northern Hemisphere, it's...
That cliché, "You make your own luck". That speaks to me. I can't say how much of my resilience is innate, and how much was learned. Regardless, I am thankful, but also feeling burdened. The majority of people I see are uncomfortable with the concept of "pushing through". When my knees...
I was raised in Macho culture. Rock and punk music, fast cars, punishing my body with all kinds of chemicals. I joined the Marines when I was seventeen. We would literally shout "Kill!" before each class in boot camp. My early relationships were misogynistic, not abusive but not respectful...
"Life sucks, buy a f-ing helmet!" Denis Leary Another helpful PSA from your buddy, Winston. Seriously, now more than ever, be ready for stuff to just 'go bad'. I've written extensively here in my Ponder the Unthinkable series regarding Survival and SHTF procedures. 2012 / Mayan apocalypse...
Veteran's Day is coming up, a day that used to be called Armistice Day. 100 years ago, one the bloodiest conflict in human history ended with The Treaty of Versailles. The Armistice was signed between The Allies and (what remained) of the Central Powers. It was a "victory" for the allies...
This guy at the shipyard was wearing the same shirt as me the other day. We both had a distressed US Marine logo t-shirt. He didn't notice me, but I noticed him. I'm a bad person. I'm judging by appearances. But the guy wearing my shirt was a long, long way from his fighting-fit Marine days...
It's not his fault. None of it. A lot of folks want to blame Christopher Columbus for every evil action and deed in the Americas since 1492. For you folks, grow up. First off, bad stuff happens. It just does. It happened in Europe, and it happened in the Americas before and after Chris and...
We all believe in something. Maybe a few somethings. You know you do. We all do. So, why are there so many folks that proudly profess their "open-mindedness"? Well, because the opposite of that is closed-mindedness. That's sounds ignorant, arrogant and exclusionary. And that is not...
Or, AKA "Pink Like Me". But, I'm not white. Or pink. Or anything. I'm a friggin' person. One that resents labels. This month is another one of those "National Hispanic Heritage" month deals. My wife used to be Catholic. They have this silly calendar with all the "holy days' and...
I recently tested out my new pellet rifle, mainly to check the accuracy of different weight pellets. I set up a chronograph to measure speed, and a decibel meter as well. The rifle is Turkish, assembled in Arkansas, with a Chinese scope shooting Czech pellets. I know this is geeky stuff...
So, this man in Colorado kills his pregnant wife and two young kids. No one is shocked, at least like we used to be. To say we've become desensitized to violence is an understatement. But still, we look for answers. It's important for the heinous act to make sense, in some way. Maybe he...
I read a fascinating article about the fall of the Mayan Empire. Prior to the Contact Period, their civilization had been at it's apex in all respects. Anthropologists were at a loss why it was so weakened prior to first contact with the Europeans. Well, the geologists stepped-in and helped...
(apologies to Joe Walsh for that title) I worked in Seattle for almost 10 years. Never hung out there much, usually just work then straight home. But there is a lot to do there. Every few years my little family spends a couple of days in the city, usually with a baseball game as the focal...
I don't make a ton of money at my job, but I stick around 'cause it's generally low stress. I can get time off easily. so I took a few days off this week. Before I left Friday, a co-worker left early. I was the only one left, so I yelled after him, "Are you leaving?'. He ignored me. I...
How many swimmers out there? Now how many of you are rocks? From my experience, the main difference between the buoyant and not-so-buoyant is simple. Economy. You don't have to be strong or talented to be a good swimmer, you just have to learn to not panic. Once you realize that you can...
Welcome the 21st Century. Here's how a watch gets stolen, and recovered. And the collateral damage. My son's school never has enough money for... anything. This includes something as simple as functioning lockers. At gym class, my son left his wallet, phone and watch in one of those...
No, not around the waist. We'll call that a stalemate. At least I'm not losing that battle. I just feel smaller. Which is funny, cause it' my world that s shrinking. We just put our dog down. He had chronic orthopedic issues. It's hard seeing the life still in your friend's eyes...
For those not familiar with the refined, classy works of Weird Al Yankovic, please view this before continuing: https://youtu.be/a0cCRRFi1aA I've heard this song dozens of times. I suppose I've enjoyed a bit of Schadenfreude in the listening, but something about it always disturbed me...
JWs
For most of us it's just kind of a gag: "Oh, the Jehovah's Witnesses are approaching the door! Hide!" Lately, I've seen them set-up in static locations. In my case, I see them at the ferry terminal with a slick-ish graphic board and their ubiquitous propaganda fliers. I think they still...

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