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ARE YOU AN AVID CARDBOARD BOX COLLECTOR?

If you are anything like me (God forbid), then you have many empty cardboard boxes just laying around unused.  Especially now with eBay and Amazon, I have a ton of the cutest little boxes you have ever seen.  Who can stand to just throw them out?  Why, someday I might need to store something in one of them, indeed, I already have.  In fact, when I go looking through boxes of stuff looking for something specific, it’s almost like Christmas again!  I find things I didn’t remember having.  In fact, I wonder if some boxes got mixed up in a prior move, since I don’t remember ever seeing their contents before.

After all. I need to keep a variety of sizes, since I don’t know what I will need.  Who knows when I might need to move to a new place, and this would save me from having to buy boxes just to pack up stuff (that costs money).  It is easier to just throw them into a corner than to actually get out the knife, break them down, and throw them into the recycle bin (to do that, I usually need to cut them into smaller pieces to get them to fit).  That’s just a lot of heavy work, so into the corner they go.

Well, never fear, I have found a great use for a number of them!  You know, those old aluminum windows that leak like a sieve (what’s a sieve? What are you, a millennial?  No, millennials most definitely KNOW how to use Google.  Google it, for God’s sake!)?  Well, it started out that the light downstairs (in my lower-level mancave), where all my entertainment equipment, computers, and workshop reside, was too bright, and it glared off the TV screen.  Well, I fixed that problem up right quick.

Lately, with the unseasonable cold temperatures, combined with the leakiness of my old windows, got me to worrying about my heating costs (gotta save as much as possible when it doesn’t stretch like it used to stretch).  It just so happens that cardboard makes really good insulation.  Yup, a couple rolls of duck tape, and some scissors will clear that problem up good!  It is a heck of a lot easier to install than that plastic stuff you shrink with a hair dryer – you know the stuff.  Did I mention that the plastic stuff costs MONEY, and does nothing to solve the glaring light problem.  Now, the neighbors might wonder if I have moved out and boarded up the windows, but who cares about neighbors anymore anyway.

So, hopefully, it will help with the heating bills this winter, which might be a doozy thanks to the weather patterns being screwed all to hell by global warming, which many political bigots…oops, I mean big shots (damn computer…hehe), keep refusing even exists, because, ya know, DONORS, MONEY, POWER.  If cardboard is good enough for the homeless, it’s good enough for me! Remember…

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Day One of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge

Thanks to Brighton Bipolar for the nomination!

I have the distinct honor (nice word, distinct, neither positive or negative, but it sounds good) of being nominated for the 3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge.  The rules I am using is that for 3 days, I am to post a quote and express what that quote means to me.  In addition, I am to nominate 3 other poor souls to take the challenge as well.  This is to be done on the first day (it is supposed to be done all 3 days, but I am cheating).  Other than that, I guess it is just a free-for-all.

Here I am, asked to do this challenge by a loving friend, who I think more of than of myself.  So, I do this out of love for her.  Please go look at her site.  It is very worthwhile, entertaining, and most of all helpful to society by shedding light on bipolar disorder, and the stigmas society continues to hold toward the mentally challenged, through misinformation, ignorance, and bigotry.

First day, first quote:

“The planet is fine. The people are fucked.” – George Carlin

This has recently become more important to me in the light of the “global warming” controversy.  It certainly true that Mother Nature, Earth, Gaia, will outlast most any catastrophe wich sends all humans to their graves (or any large chunk of us). However it is disturbing that certain politicians and right-wing religious sects are promoting (willfully, or ignorantly) the likely fallacy that the climate changes are a natural occurrence of a cycle repeating itself once again, that our use of fossil fuels and other industrial processes have no part to play in this event, and that humanity is in no danger and will be fine without any changes.  I do agree that there IS a cyclical event involving climate change which regularly asserts itself on the planet.  I may very well be wrong, but wasn’t it during one of these cycles that the dinosaurs went extinct?  Scientific studies exist, which certain politicians, the religious groups which go along with them, and industrial concerns, desperately want to ignore, stifle, throttle, bury, control, and silence, which absolutely link our use of fossil fuels to effects on the ozone layer, and various other environmental conditions.  At a MINIMUM, these human actions will at least aggravate the natural cycle of climate change, which could end up killing us.  It is possible that the cycle itself alone could kill us all, and aggravating it seems a very foolish thing for us to do.  In addition, there are studies which show the dying off of the ocean’s algae, from which MOST of our oxygen is produced. This is also scientifically linked to industrial pollutants being dumped into the oceans.  Now, don’t ask me for references, I know I have seen these things, but did not bother to remember where or write them down.  This controversy has been raging for years, and even today there are posts about it.  My blog is mainly for me, if you read it, it is at your own peril.  My point here is NOT to prove it to anyone else, but simply for me to say WHY “I” am concerned about Gaia, and what this quote means to “me”. So there you have it, my quote for day one.

Now, the dirty task of passively-aggressively manipulating others by nominating them for this “challenge”.  I think I will pick bloggers who have material I like, but who I do not know very well.  That way, they will not feel as obligated, and not as bad refusing or ignoring the challenge.  I don’t want to make any body’s life more stressful than it already is!

Here they are:

Kate’s blog “Carrots in My Carryon” –  Her courage in sharing her deepest struggles and wounds, and her determination to find solutions and healing, is inspiring.

Annie’s blogs “Gentle Kindness”  and “Annie’s Poetry”  – I really appreciate her kind and loving spirit, and her supportive and inspiring encouragement to all.  She seems to me to write very prolifically (or I read slowly) because I have to struggle to keep up with her posts!

painkills2’s blog “All Things Chronic”  – Wow, there is just a whole lot of good stuff to look at here!

There ya go, day one.