What’s new these days: Renting outdoor gear from Eddie Bauer?

Posted By on August 1, 2021

Perhaps I’ve been asleep at the wheel, but when looking to buy another pair of Eddie Bauer shorts (liked the lightweight ones I ordered last month – below), I noticed that they are promoting a “Rent Your Adventure” outdoor camping gear program. EddieBauer-RenttYourAdventureIt caught me off-guard  to see them renting outdoor gear as well as selling it … although I did not delve into pricing.


I suppose it makes perfect sense … but has it really come to people choosing to rent outdoor gear instead of buying it … and do people really rent a pair of pants like a tux in order to go camping or hiking … on the other hand,they are only $4 bucks a day … I wonder if there is a minimum timeframe (and I hope their durable and easily to clean!)


A project idea (below) and wasting time salvaging junk

Posted By on July 31, 2021

To salvage or toss: It is a quandary those of us who try to fix, salvage and repair things. My theory is that those of us who take thing apart as kids to see how they RewireACFanWiring_mwork, tend to be the ones doing it when they are older and collecting boxes of junk?

I often find myself “wasting time” trying to fix things, and when I can’t, I often revert to my youth and “take them apart” … for no other reason than to salvage and save the parts. These are items that I’ll likely will never need or use in the future, but seem too good to trash. It happened again last weekend when I was unable to repair a leak and recharge our leaking-refrigerant dehumidifier … and because there was refrigerant in it … I “took it apart” and dispose of some of it piece by piece.

As for the parts that are left over, I have a perfectly good and pretty efficient squirrel cage fan motor to rewire and use as a quiet air-mover … although I’m not sure where I’ll even use it? (photo above is figuring out the wiring of this capacitor start motor)

As for project ideas … (more…)

Friday Filler Video: This dad make surfing with kids look easy

Posted By on July 30, 2021

Professional surfer Billy Kemper — and his son Lion — surfing together.

Surfer Billy Kemper says he glimpsed at death after a wave broke his pelvis in half

(CNN) – It was a tiny error in judgement, but within seconds he realized that the consequences could be potentially life threatening.

“That wave sucked me up into the mouth of it and slammed me onto a rock and just absolutely destroyed me,” American surfer Billy Kemper tells CNN Sport.

“Knocked me out unconscious. Collapsed my lung. My pelvis was broken down the middle, I had to get my knee reconstructed, the injury-list goes on and on,” adds the 30-year-old surfer as he details the impact on his body. “It was straight up life or death.”

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A favorite photo of Drew flying his Quadrotor 5 years ago #TBT

Posted By on July 29, 2021


While reviewing and purging a few backups to stay under one of my cloud storage service’s data caps, a favorite photo popped up that was backed up on OneDrive. It was a pre-children time for Drew and Katelyn visiting his parent’s place on Lake Michigan when there was free-time for self, hobbies, tech gadgets and flying his quadrotor. Thankfully he has shared a lot of his drone video which makes for excellent Throw Back Thursday #TBT memories.

While looking for July 2016 links for the photo above, I also came across a great Ohio River evening photo in Cincinnati by Taylor FIVE years ago too.


Books (audio): In “Search of a Kingdom” by Laurance Bergreen

Posted By on July 28, 2021

InSearchOfKingdom_audiobookPerhaps it is my aging eyes, just worn out in the evening … or just too many distractions when the TV is on … but my book reading has slowed a bit. Of the several books sitting next to my chair, on my Kindle or iPad, InSearchofaKingdom_bookpagemost have been started, but sit unfinished. 

So this past week I’ve stared an Age of Discovery audiobook called “In Search of a Kingdom” by historian and biographer Laurence Bergreen. Harper Collins published this book earlier this year and since I’ve always enjoyed the minutia when learning about voyaging history, this book holds my interest. It is difficult to imagine how different living in the 1500s was like in civilized society was … but hearing details from those exploring, plundering and trying to stay alive on board ships at sea.

In “In Search of a Kingdom,” Queen Elizabeth I and Francis Drake from 1600 century England challenged Spain’s dominance at sea and exploration. These two “helped set chart the course for the future British Empire,” and Bergreen tells account of Drake’s remarkable circumnavigation with intriguing details … which are enough to keep me reading/listening.


If you enjoy reading history, voyages of exploration, pirating and seafaring stories, then “In Search of a Kingdom” (Amazon Link) might just be for you (Link to add-on PDF audio enhancement file).

The legendary Thomas Sowell and his economics, politics and social theory highlighted by Jason Riley for PragerU

Posted By on July 27, 2021


As a longtime subscriber to the Wall Street Journal (and for the last decade or so Barron’s), I’ve learned to appreciate certain journalists, economists and opinion piece writers like Jason Riley at the Manhattan Institute. WealthPovertyWhen he told the inspiring story of Thomas Sowell for PragerU, I quickly viewed the video and applauded – well done. I also look forward to reading his new (2021) book,  “Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell.”

As an advocate for the conservative economic and social views of Thomas Sowell, I’ve learned to appreciate how he “followed the facts” as it move him from being an idealist who started out as a Marxist … to someone who advocates for free market capitalism. As the Hoover Institution where Sowell as been a Senior Fellow since 1980 (he is now 91), we are “advancing ideas that promote economic opportunity and prosperity, while securing and safeguarding peace for America and all mankind.”

More recently Thomas Sowell has been quoted on institutional and systemic racism and sees it as a piece of propaganda pushed on the American people (link).

Sowell has said that “it really has no meaning that can be specified and tested in the way that one tests hypotheses” and “it’s one of many words that I don’t think even the people who use it have any clear idea what they’re saying”. He has argued that it is a propaganda tactic akin to those used by Joseph Goebbels because it comes with an attitude that it must be “repeated long enough and loud enough” until it is believed and people “cave in” to it.

This post also give me an excuse to post a YouTube video link from Sowell’s mentor Milton Friedman (below)… that are always worth watching and thinking about (also an excellent conversation Rules_for_Radicalson the Phil Donahue Show – inflation discussion begins at 26 min mark). It is hard to believe liberty-loving Americans are fighting the same kind of leftist today as we were 50+ years ago … which means their infiltration of education, the media, government and grassroots community organizing (as Saul Alinsky promoted in his Rules for Radicals: A Pragmatic Primer – 1971) is gaining ground. As with all heavily centrally controlled Marxist, Socialist and Communist regimes,  they start with an ideology of pie-in-the-sky idealism. Charismatic leaders always seem to promote equity propaganda and focus their energy on dividing society based on ethnicity, class, race or economics. Idealists believe the Marxist underpinnings, although most who have studied history or compare the statistical odds should know the “shared misery” that comes with Socialism. Once there, those in power do whatever it takes to remain in power … usually through heavy-handed control.

How about this … Déjà vu!


Three and a half decades ago, Soviet defector and KGB operative Yuri Bezmenov, specializing in the fields of Marxist-Leninist propaganda and ideological subversion; warned us about the silent war being waged against America as part of a long term plan to take over and destroy the American system and way of life.

Music Monday: “Then Came You” recorded by Dionne Warwick and The Spinners in 1974

Posted By on July 26, 2021

Dionne_Warwick,1966It is difficult not to include R&B music when thinking about music from the 1970s (or 60s for that matter). While listening to JJ Walker on SiriusXM’s 70s on 7 this past week, DionneWarwickSpinners70on7I found myself tapping my toe while listening to a Dionne Warwick and The Spinners song “Then Came You” from 1974 for this week’s Music Monday.

It is hard not to appreciate the talent and entertainment quality first spotted by the songwriter Burt Bacharach in 1962. Warwick had already had a decade of success when she parted ways with Bacharach/David guidance in 1972 and although she remained a top concert draw throughout the world, her career was stalled when it came to hit songs.

  Dionne Warwick and The Spinners – “Then Came You” | 1974

In 1974, Thom Bell, singer, songwriter, record producer, noted that after recording “Then Came You,” reflected:

Dionne made a (strange) face when we finished [the song]. She didn’t like it much, but I knew we had something. So we ripped a dollar in two, signed each half and exchanged them. I told her, ‘If it doesn’t go number one, I’ll send you my half.’ When it took off, Dionne sent hers back. There was an apology on it." It was her first U.S. No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

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