What’s The Plan?

IMG_5386 chain let go2015 is gone. The stock market really took the world stage and the oil industry found “It’s” reality once more. So little by little, time slips on without much surprise. I wonder if making any big plans will prove beneficial. Maybe waiting until more interests on the horizon come into view, such as the next generation energy sources. So to error on the side of caution, our plans usually pause. We hold off. You really can’t blame us. We have the ‘truth’s protective layers’ to uncover from Apollo missions moon landing. Less people are convinced that anyone has experienced true space travel. More people are convinced that fossil fuel is actually renewable as it’s resource locations seem to replenish. Less people agree “this land is your land, this land is my land,” and world leaders are becoming more transparent to us.

So where do we set our sights? It wasn’t too long ago, the words “go west” created an exodus. Even compared in low numbers of today’s refugee migration, a bustle of anticipation and planning for the future was a wonderful time of life for settlers planning ahead for a better world. Even before winning the wild west, imagine taking possession and convincing the North American Aboriginals that they, too, were settlers. Eventually some common ground was settled on, but I don’t think anyone planned on the disagreements, over who is who and what is what.

I believe if we are to feel more secure in our plans for the future, education is the key. We can always find a good line on historical fact, learning about revolution or cold war, oil spill or volcanic eruption. Something with direction to help improve the planet for healthy and happy living. There are some ‘long term’ plans and agendas out there with nothing but possession or greed in mind. I wonder if we have a historical lesson coming.

Sure, making concrete plans far into the future right now, could be like a “day late and a dollar short.” Also, pointing out what we think is not correct, may not help any more. Today’s situations with diplomacy and government practices are being masked just as fast as some long time anomalies are being uncovered. Diversion at this point is very tactful. Media sends fanfare over the airwaves with only one thing in mind, their survival. You may get the truth in riddles or smoke and mirrors and if we are interested enough, we have to try to figure out the plan by reading between the lines. It does not matter whether you heard it first or saw it on TV. What you see, is not what you get. What you hear might even be further from the sun, the moon and the stars.

Here is a novel thought __no radio and T.V., no internet and daily press. Take in some fresh air. Find out if there is there something just staring at us in the face that help keep the future more meaningful. Find out if there still be a time to enjoy, just the space of our local daily life? A plan just for us, without getting the feeling of making the wrong move? Never has the saying “can’t see the forest because of the trees,” been so true.

In this age of ultimate communication, any plan can very much set you up to a ‘damned if you do’ and ‘damned if you don’t,’ consequence. Truth is, many are having trouble with so much taken for granted, the decision making process is hampered. What will be right for me and what will be right for you? Will I be okay with that, will you be okay with this? The statement, “be careful what you wish for,” just took first place in the contest “What’s taking so long?”

Then, not to be too overwhelmed in planning, old adages and anecdotes can offer support. And what about “you snooze you lose?” Did you forget to look under the hen when counting your chickens? Do you think we have too many doors open in our country? Do you think too many doors open in our education system are creating procrastination for the learner? …………More work related, do you think that anchor chain will hold for another year or should there be a plan to take action? Avoiding disappointment is good idea, when ever and where ever it can be applied.IMG_5385 chain let go

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2015 The Great Chase for Value

 Turning a Page to 2015

“Value.” It’s big word and is described many ways. Value can be written and referred to as a noun and as a verb. This caught my attention. What’s up with trending on something as profound as “Value?” It must certainly be a hidden agenda of the Media or could I be wrong.
Ads suggest the discount on the MSRP price means you get a great bargain and that’s value. I felt the same as the rest of consumers, happy with roping in the latest and greatest at a discount. Searching for the best value became the chase before the kill and that made it all the more attractive to get out there and do some bargain hunting. It didn’t matter from where or when just as long as the task was met.  So, now we have online bargains to brag about and end up with hordes of crap (I mean merchandise) because it was value priced.
From what I see in my cupboards and closets, new light is shining on all the monitors, computers and cables, TV’s and stereos, cell phones and chargers, modems and cable boxes. I’ve about had enough of 32 gigabytes is better than 16 GB. I have had enough of 3 Terabytes is better than 1 TB.  Advertisements repeatedly explaining to me that I’m not up to speed if I don’t have a new one of “those” to get more attention in my circles. I think of the money spent over the years sending a note by the next generationIMG_0002 PC and we are not much further ahead then the ‘telex‘ machine. If I step back and look at the brain washing that we’ve taken just to get that last ‘selfie‘ or 1 millisecond faster download to view on you tube, where is the value in that? What stimulation have we come to embrace.
Have we ever heard,  “That stuff you bought value priced, it is just collecting dust and you’re not using it, maybe new stuff will get you back into it.”  And the pile is up to the ceiling, destined for recycle. We are victim to the media suggesting we hurry and pre-order a new one. Don’t miss out on this great offer today. Careful what you wish, the first run product 102.1 will certainly be replaced by next updated version 102.2.
I would like to get back to smart choices for the long haul. Good value starts by demanding lasting quality at arm’s length, using local management and local labour input . I like to think fully serviced communities with all the amenities is good value in trade commerce. A hand shake and a smile is value, ‘word of mouth’ is value.
Far from a perfect world, how long can we ride the “Big-Box” wave and the “On-line” wave? Distortion in material values is evident. Weigh the value in examples of $700.00 eye glasses cost the same as a good digital camera. One $1500.00 personal portable computer will equal a crowned tooth. I have heard of smart shoppers cutting these differences down to size by crossing the border. Returnable within 30-Days of Purchase date. Go figure.
When you’ve been there done that, the chase for something you can find at touch of the screen has short-term elation. You generally end up getting something that is more likely cheaper from another site in the next day or two. Also, we need to seriously search out  manufacture practices and quality of materials. Things like environment impact and child labour concerns.
In my opinion, we should value our time that it takes to research and buy lasting quality that is less frills and more function. Create the wave for Value. Support lasting qualified workmanship. This is what makes all the wheels go round curbing instabilities and crashing markets.
For now, think about a little petition similar to this:

                                      I’ll try to buy less, but research more. Buy less, but longer-lasting and benchmark quality.  Less, but at local store-fronts and dealerships. Try to spend a little more hard-earned money, less often.

Where we end up in 5-10 years time and beyond, will be much easier to manage. After all, if you value your time, if you value your future and if you value your families and value your quality of life, this trending should be right on track.

 Lasting View

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Gearing Up

Getting ready at the Vernon  Yacht Club

Getting ready at the Vernon Yacht Club

Home of Vernon Yacht Club
Researching is easy when you have the tools. If you would like to know what is going on, at the Vernon Yacht Club, use a link like the one below and point to A19.

Vernon Yacht Club also holds Crane Day April 12 this year. Check that out by paging to A15 in the top right corner.

http://www.vernonmorningstar.com/eeditions/?iid=i20140409070829506

Justifying Costs

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I was thinking about the cost of services and utilities we use everyday. Why do we pay so much, for Hydro Electricity, Water and Gas? If we actually weigh out the amount of convenience against the daily cost, I’m sure it is more than reasonable.

leadwaterI should think paying for good water is one of the easier cheques to write.

So how do they arrive at the total cost on an invoice? This is a good question especially if your shelling out the bucks for things you don’t see or directly touch and sometimes take for-granted. Take for example the gas bill you pay every month, even without consumption. How do they figure those charges? Well, in research I found we are all covered with emergency service 24/7 free of charge. Like if a tree in a wind storm knocks your meter silly, they fix it no charge even though it is on our property. Would you want to have to repair the gas meter own your own? Not when their interest is in control of safety, longevity and planned maintenance. Hydro and Waterworks with similar policy for their product.

2575774839_9c9647441fSwing the balance scale to other expenses and compare. The example being your vehicle maintenance and find the manufacturer does not keep charging you after the product is delivered. Do you think it would be cheaper to have them charge you monthly regardless of use? Or it might be cheaper to wait for something to wear out and break. I think it would take a lot of justifying to arrange how much to pay per year, either way. So here we are with two sides to the necessary evil costs of ownership. One of the costs you get to sweep under the carpet and the other is demanded in order to keep utilities flowing.

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From my perspective, I get to see where a utility charge for annual service would be handy. I also get to see where the Leisure Boat Lift products can withstand many seasons with zero maintenance and only get to service them on demand. I’ll probably never completely resolve this part of the boat lifting business. It is big business as long as the sun shines and temperatures soar, and small potatoes when the weather is cold and snowing.

What does it take to prolong life and smooth operation to your Leisure Boat Lift? Simple as it may seem, preparedness is the key and it is expensive. To do ‘what, when and how,’ especially on the water front is a timely matter. We have no less than tens of thousands of dollars trucked and towed to a boat launch, leaving a fully equipped fabrication shop with store front back on dry land. Our contest is to keep every aspect of the business running to it’s fullest potential in less than 6 months running time of high demand. In twelve months of the year, overhead commands those necessary bills, taxes and insurance to be paid.

Next time I’m obliged to answer the question of ‘what maintenance do we provide for our minimum charge?’, I wonder if a brochure prepared as a “quick answer guide,” would be appropriate. The list of what services we handle, is extensive, expensive and takes precious time to explain. It will always remain the consumers call, but awareness and friendly advice upon inspection, at minimal cost is never a bad idea.

Upkeep is our duty, for 29 years of production in the light of the future, lifting family vessels at a lake front setting. Leisure Boat Lift owners are not disappointed. www.leisureboatlift.com Lake front maintenance.

Safe Boating BC

Summer (solstice) officially starts on or about June 21 Friday. Timely for kids getting out of school and warm weather activities. T-Shirts and short cuts are typical attire, sometimes in advance of this date by 4 to 6 weeks.

Boating generally begins as soon as ice melts off the local mountain lakes. Many people wish to boast swimming and water skiing early in May and hang up the gear in October. Fishing is all year round in any type of weather. Ice covers the higher lakes and even some of our lower altitude lakes.

That being the case, safe boating guidelines apply to our ‘outdoor activity guidelines.’ You’ll have to associate what really does matter in each season. Common sense topping the list.

Local authorities will always be informative. If you have not looked into gathering knowledge and paper work required to meet public safety issues, this post may offer a snap shot.

Now that water crafts are being brought out of storage, it is a good idea to make a check list of recommended items and registration.

In my opinion, you can never be over prepared, but this is a small tally of what you may be  invited to present in the instance of RCMP or local (NCO) conservation operation enforcement will want to see. This is for our own good. Non compliance is just not using common sense and on second offense will be slapped with a minimum fine of $ 300.00 and range to $ 100,000.00.

In no particular order is a small itemized compilation.

  • Registration. Covered from getting wet, kept in or on the vessel. All types recreational  insurance are a good idea also.
  • Registration numbers and signage must be in place where required. Find out if you must qualify.
  • New purchase of used equipment must be transferred with paper work.
  • Flash lights for signal. Even during the day they are effective.
  • Newer life jackets, PFD a must for small children. Wearing them is normal in these times of increased boating activity.
  • Lights working along with  horn and bilge pump.
  • Remember your boat trailer lights and license plate with registration.
  • Fuel, oil and boat batteries. Marine applications generally have back up batteries.
  • Paddles and bail bucket
  • Mooring, docking and tow rope.
  • Is the drain plug in the boat?
  • Kill switch or “dead-mans'” switch, for one person operation.
  • And not lastly, the BOATsmart Pleasure Craft Operator Card ( PCOC.) Which boat gets the right of way? What to do in emergency.
  • Know your boat launch etiquette. The boat trailer, empty or loaded in waiting, has priority, not the boat tied up to the launch dock.

Recap the list. Get or have an operator license. Online is best. http://www.boatsmartexam.com/en/?gclid=CJKh993bxbcCFTByQgodn1QApQ

Treat boating as you would the rules of the road. All regular auto driving laws apply to boating now. Don’t try saying “I didn’t know.” especially after reading this. Any and all drivers licenses will carry any infractions.

Do not become impaired before or while boating. Leave alcoholic beverages and drugs out of the boating experience.

Simply, everyone wear life jackets. Check weather forecasts frequently and allow extra time for the boat launch experience.

Note that Personal Water Craft and Wake Board Boats need extra attention in speeds under 10 kmh and over 60 kmh. They’re quite high in fatalities from inexperience of under steering when traveling slow and over steering abruptly when going fast.

Next up, lightly exploring information on the new order for past, present and future lakefront ownership.Image

Habitat Home and Living Room

We often literally walk on the beauty of our surroundings in haste of  other concerns. As information becomes more the ‘focus’ in our lives, we tend to “miss the trees for the forest” obscuring our vision.

Thinking that may be stated backwards, defense is within this posting.

           So often text messaging, emailing, phoning & faxing, through daily routines leaves little room to look up and out at what really is your space. What is home and what is habitat? Who cares?

What a great question! Who does care? Who is it that really could care less? Possibly every living thing on the planet that has not been swallowed by the age of correspondence. They just have very limited resources for communicating concerns to the holder of the latest technology that they’ve just been stepped on or ignored. Granted sometimes this can go a little overboard and off the handle as crusading tends to come from limited yet powerful positions.

So we have  two extremes that seem to be drifting further from each their own interests. Keeping things aligned with Venus and Mars, of coarse, a pipe dream. ( look that one up on Wiki.) Caught in the middle, the over zealous, the over concerned the over cautious along with the unselfish, the misunderstood, the unheard and mostly the unseen.

Knowing about a little bit of everything would surely help slow down the discernment of  how well your surroundings are at this point and what impact our being here will have on the thin crust of the earth we will certainly be contained in and leave for others to tread upon.

Learning then legislating. Listening then responding. Collecting  and absorbing then reason and result. Too easy but so difficult. Ever had to hurry up, then wait? Both easy yet difficult. Not in a life time, can we say yah and nay in the same breath to direct the way our home and habitat become the living room we dream of or expect. We can be more diverse in our thinking, though it takes time. Our actions could be less in haste. Time is of essence and held dearly in a balance. Using time wisely has always been good policy.

With the wealth of knowledge at our finger tips, search engines begging for your single word questions and a broad library of opinion to digest, richness could be measured in health and happiness for the great and the small. Discover  more of the living room held so delicately in the “balance” of life as we know it. Play and work within.

Here is a STARTER KIT ( Click ) straight from the home of the Okanagan. Enjoy and reap the benefits just being slightly more informed with history and disclosures available. You’ll only say “gee i didn’t know that” ….once.

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Many thanks to Royal BC Museum

Hard Work, Will It Survive?

Internet Quote,” Once Working Hard Drive Now Not Recognized”

Imagine. Just for a minute. All of a sudden, a situation changes without consent. What will happen? The short answer is, ” just about anything that ever could!” So why is that? Albert Einstein will help out on this post a little bit. ” The only reason there is such a thing as ‘Time’, is because everything can’t happen at once.”

In the case of  Hard Work, just maintaining an existence ( rather than reaching some sort of goal,) short cuts generally get first attempt. As time goes on, avenues once perceived to be open, will on occasion become obscured. How can this be prevented? It can’t. Not even Lottery tickets will help. The only way of getting through a situation, is by analyzing how it was created. Use resourcefulness to work smart as well.  Albert wasn’t so dumb.

Just wearing protective gear takes strength.

The point? To each of us, the grass is always greener where ever you look except where your standing. That can’t be fixed but if you take the time to look from outside the box, maybe life in general will offer less stress, anger and greed.  As technology increases very rapidly, it is ‘like an axe in the hands of a repeat offender’. Never really satisfied if you “dream on.” So think of history and don’t leave it to the book worms in this case.

A good account for well-being, is the sense of accomplishment. For that, many of us seek recognition. That’s not a bad thing. ( Thank you Martha.) Whether it be a full bundle perfect sticks for a cooking fire, a great big bag of Return for Deposit recyclable, a completed work of art, a finished rec-room or starting the engines of a newly purchased yacht, there is a height of  exuberance. All bang heads on the same height of ceiling. All stand on the top rung of the ladder. It is human. Being recognized of accomplishments tend to lead toward improvement, betterment and a higher sense of well being. At times, like enjoying cotton candy, unless you win an award for the sickest tummy, it can get to be a bit too much, if anything.

Example. Think of this scenario: A ‘Return for Deposit’ venture, coming in for the day. Boxes and bags right full. And then, nobody cares and no one wants to make it worth your while. You’d feel let down and confused, wondering why you put in all that effort, let alone think of working that hard again. That just got real boring. All said and done, other avenues will be sought out. Guess what piles up and even plugs up? Hard work, in so many words. Some cases a very long intertwining and extensive artery of  Hard Work shrivels and dies . That’s a fact. Check recent global events, with hard work going unaccounted for. No one wants to do It and no one seems to appreciate It or want gladly to pay for it.  So it rests.

Sleeping, within the walls of a large global population, is a Giant. It is waking up. Its name is Hard Work. Born naked and full of intrigue, naturally It will wander, even to the 4 corners of the earth. (Remember the earth was flat, until the Queen of Spain decided to “buck up” for Chris’s Adventure.) First thing It wants is to survive.  It is  hungry and thirsty. It is human. It looks for substantiated reason to exist. Hard Work is very much aware of how green the grass is on the other side and wonders how that grass became so green. Betting on more Hard Work left behind, Its off to have a look.  Traveled for what seemed for ever, Hard Work finds the grass is not greener. It finds no valour in persistence. Sits on Its’ thumbs.- ‘Might as well go for a soda.’ ( Thank you Kim Mitchell.)

Perspective. Wake up! Hard Work needs nurturing, recognition, and to be patronized. It carries a double edge sword. What will It do to maintain? How will Hard Work survive?

Not all of the expressed opinion  here, is necessarily the full view of the owner of this blog.

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