We Have A Winner!

Two Sundays ago, Mercedes clinched the Manufacturer’s Championship in F1 at the American track in Austin, TX. The winner of the race was Lewis Hamilton, leading most of the way. This past Sunday was the Mexican Grand Prix. As so many this year, it was dramatic. Mostly it was the fighting at the first turn. Max Verstappan, who won the race, was pinched by Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari, trying to pass. Vettel then became tight and Hamilton went wide in the corner – and had his rear tire cut (and flattened) by Vettel’s front wing. Vettel proceeded around, came into the pits and got a new nose, and proceeded about. Hamilton limped for the full lap on a flat rear, got in the pits and got a new… Continue reading

American Blindness

I am back from vacation, reconnected with America as it was. I saw the Golden Spike National Historical Park, where the future happened and real things made real changes.  I strongly suggest the Steven Ambrose book on the building of the railroad, as it encapsulates the energy and drive of great individuals astride a historic flow of change. A polished railroad tie marks the spot where they celebrated to achievement, having overrun each other’s track by 250 miles, at a spot selected by a committee of experts where there was no water for the trains.       Today I see Prosecutor Mueller playing his best cards to an audience of the media and the beltway, who will feast on it for days. Meanwhile the NFL is ignoring… Continue reading

Town Hall Meeting in the Village of the Darned — 7:30 PM Eastern

O ye! O ye! It’s that time of the week again, when we connect for another town hall meeting in the Village of the Darned. Jam a topic in the comments below and let people read up if you like. If the software tells you that you’re the only caller, don’t you believe it!  Press on with the access code and you’ll probably find us in there! US: 515-604-9908 Access Code: [see chat in “BDB Chat” tab above] Select International Local Dial-in Numbers Japan +81 3-5050-5104 Switzerland +41 43 550 70 62 United Kingdom +44 330 998 1256 If you need a different number (calling from Botswana, say), let us know in the BDB Chat. Dig:

A Truly Good Day

Dateline:Moab, Utah. A nexus of family tourists (weekends), extreme rock climbers, river rats, hikers, atv freaks, 4×4 hardcore, dirt bikers, geezers seeing sights and foreign tourists in guided groups and solo. Desert, rivers, canyons, hot, dry  at 4600 ft. Today we repped the geezer brigade and auto toured Arches Nat Park. Perfect weather, sunny and 70.   Afterwards,  we took rt 279 along the Colorado river. Just finished handling the startup business over a shaky Best Western wifi and now we find dinner and dream up tomorrow. Got my Redhead,  the F150, 60gb of tasty tunes, my Seregetti Sunglasses, my Akubra hat and the Canon with serious zoom. Today was one of the good days, for which we give thanks.    

Town Hall Meeting in the Village of the Darned — 8 PM Eastern Wednesday

It’s that time of the week again, when we connect for another town hall meeting in the Village of the Darned. Jam a topic in the comments below and let people read up if you like. If the software tells you that you’re the only caller, don’t you believe it!  Press on with the access code and you’ll probably find us in there! US: 515-604-9908 Access Code: [see chat in “BDB Chat” tab above] International Local Dial-in Numbers Albania +355 4 454 1702 Argentina +54 351 569-7183 Australia +61 2 8077 0505 Austria +43 1 2650524 Belgium +32 3 294 11 50 Brazil +55 11 3042-5274 Bulgaria +359 2 495 1701 Cambodia +855 96 696 7824 Chile +56 2 3210 9930 Colombia +57 6 7334210 Costa Rica +506 4090 1321… Continue reading

Proposed Topic for Village of the Darned

I’m thinking about the efficacy of Bannon’s “war on the Establishment”.  Looks like the combination of Trump and Bannon’s bad cop / bad cop routine has casued a new day to dawn upside Mitch McConnell’s head.  I don’t believe it for a minute, of course, which is why I support the war on the Establishment.  IMHO, to call off the dog now would be to fall for Mitch & Paul’s patented Charlie-Brown-football trick. That’s what I think.  How about you?  I’ll do some reading and YouTube viewing on the matter. See you there! Oh, and I’ll be there early — and sober, darnit.  I have a meeting

The Storm of ’17

Either Dime or I will soon get about a face full of ocean.  Big storm coming this way.  Still almost a week out, so low confidence in particulars of the forecast, but this is going to be a supertyphoon with 60-ft seas, mercifully while it is close to absolutely nothing.  It will weaken to a “mere” typhoon before it gets here.  but it will very likely get here in some regard.