ask not what others can do for you
follow the money
what’s in it or me?
she will never know
everyone has affairs
everybody likes strippers
so, what do I get out of this?
how can I get away with this?
so I watch a lot of porn, so what?
I don’t do her anniversaries and birthdays
just one little drink won’t hurt
inflation is taxation by another name
your government is lying to you
Just in case you hadn’t noticed the price of everything is going up, starting with how much it costs to fill your car’s petrol tank. Here in England petrol costs about £6.00 a gallon, while in the USA it’s around $4.00 for a smaller gallon. Don’t expect the cost of petrol / gasoline to get cheaper, ever.
The inexorable increase in the price of everything is called inflation, and it’s currently standing at 3.3% per year in the UK and maybe 2.25% in the USA. The snag is that wages and salaries are not increasing in line with inflation, so we all need to make the most of our money.
- Don’t use your car for a short journey, walk instead.
- Cancel your gym membership, you probably don’t use it, and you don’t need it, especially if you walk more.
- Cancel your subscription TV channels, you don’t need them.
- Stop buying things you don’t need, never go shopping without a proper list, and stop making impulse purchases.
- Pay off your credit cards, even if it means using your savings and part of your pension fund.
- If you can, pay off any other borrowing you have.
- Stop borrowing money, no matter how easy it seems, paying it back, plus interest, is damned expensive.
- Don’t cool your home so much, turn up the thermostat on your AC.
- Don’t heat your home so much, turn down the thermostat on your heating.
- Stop hanging about in bars drinking and looking for casual sex.
- Eat out much less, stop buying takeouts, learn to cook instead.
- Start growing your own produce, gardening is healthier exercise than going to the gym.
- Sell things that you never wear, use, need, and probably don’t like any more.
Or do as I do and lead a minimalist life instead of a life of conspicuous consumption.
some of us have to count every penny
if you can remember the swinging sixties
you were never there
Now that England has finally seen the back of, (most of), the stupid coronavirus restrictions, the country is getting back to normal again. England isn’t quite swinging, but I still think this Roger Miller song is appropriate for the mood of the day
Of course some of us are old enough to remember the swinging sixties, when both skirts and cars were tiny minis.
real mini coopers
very swinging sixties
it’s the English summer, and we have sun
There aren’t many English bands who have ever had songs about sunshine ~ plenty about fog, rain, winter and misery. Ergo I had to look to some music from the USA to find a decent song about the sun. I like this from Sheryl Crow.
Today I will be enjoying a little of our very own pale English sunshine.
Who needs sunscreen here?
Don’t get burned.
true love stories never have unhappy endings
I’ve been alone in lockdown for 478 days ~ long enough for me to think very carefully about relationships, friendships, and true love. This Bryan Adams song is for someone who is more than just a very good friend. I know that she is going to stick around, and that our story will never have an unhappy ending.
All she has to do is ask me, and I’ll tell her that I love her.
We have known each other for quite a while now.
Rose and Ginger
a partnership made in Heaven
save the planet and buy a car with two engines
under the hood of an F-150 hybrid
It all starts with the acceptance of catastrophic anthropogenic climate change ~ or for the less scientifically minded; man-made global warming. In fact it doesn’t, it really begins with car-hating Americans like Ralph Nader, and opportunistic fellow travelers like Al Gore. Californians, in particular, like the idea of there being less cars, and less polluting cars on their freeways. The snag is, in the USA you can’t go anywhere without driving there. (Unless you fly ~ and nobody would be insane enough to suggest a hybrid Boeing 757.)
So, smarter minds than the green, anti-car activists tried to come up with a solution. The first go-around were all-electric vehicles such as the Tesla, and apart from the hugely polluting batteries, that idea has some merit. Bigger engines, like a nuclear power plant, are more efficient than the smaller gas engines in the average Ford. The snag is, electric cars are useless; expensive, short ranged, and difficult to recharge, (time and place).
The solution to that one is to make the car recharge itself. We add an electric motor and batteries to an ‘ordinary’ petrol powered vehicle ~ and we have the New Bright Hope, the HYBRID. FFS!
Hybrid technologies are not new; they’ve been around for over a century. Petrol-electric, diesel-electric, even nuclear steam-turbine electric….. And they are good solutions for pressing engineering problems. But hybrid technologies are in no way ‘green’. In fact, hybrid technologies for mass-market road vehicles are far more polluting than just buying a small petrol-powered car.
Buy a hybrid and all you’ve done is buy a power-station on wheels.
all electric Tesla
mostly powered by fossil fuels