Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
1. Take more from its citizens struggling to get by.
2. BORROW more money and prolong the problem.
Would you borrow money to pay a debt burden you can't afford? I didn't think so. But that's what California is doing. It's criminal!
But there are things we can do to help ourselves.
Here are a few things I've read and think are good ideas.
1. Buy less. Stick with the essentials and postpone buying everything you can.
2. If you're one of the lucky ones who can still afford to take a vacation, take it in another State. Forget Yosemite, head for the Grand Canyon or Yellowstone.
3. Drive less. Do more at home. Spend time with the family.
4. Barter. A little quid pro quo between professions.
5. Cancel your newspaper and magazine subscriptions. All the content you want is online.
6. Start packing a lunch.
7. Still going to a gym? Why not find other ways to exercise? A walk or jog perhaps.
8. Pay off your credit cards. This is the quickest way to give yourself a raise. (you get to keep more of your money)
9. Stop eating out.
10. Start buying things on sale. Look for value, always.
11. If you're a reader, remember you can always get books from the library. There's lots of free digital books for the Kindle too.
12. Got stuff you don't need anymore? Have a garage sale and get rid of it. You'll feel better and have a little extra cash too!
13. Get rid of extra phone lines or 2nd cable boxes.
14. Compare prices and look for sales.
15. Buy what you can online and/or from out of the State.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Photographing the beach is about capturing it in all its phases, Morning, Night, High Tide, Low Tide, Calm, or Stormy.
From sunrise to sunset the beach is ever changing and full of live. It has a lot to say, and there's much to explore.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
The thing is that for many of us, it's hard to sit back and watch the State of California implode. The mainstream news would lead many to believe that the State's recent problems are due to the economic downturn facing many economies around the world.
This is misleading and far from the truth. The reality is that mess California is in has been building up for a long long time. We could play the blame game all day long, but the fact is everyone who lives here needs to share in the responsibility of the nightmare we find ourselves in.
We've become a welfare state without the means to pay for the never ending list of things voters keep approving.
Margaret Thatcher said that ”The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”.
That's where California is today. Out of money! Unlike the Federal Government, States can't print money. But isn't the next best thing borrowing? That's what we did, and continue to do. But our credit is cut off. California is too risky. A bad bet!
Guess what? Borrowing didn't work. Couldn't work for that matter.
Not all of us liked it. We saw the train wreck coming, but just didn't know how bad a wreck it would be.
The only option seems to be leave. The ship is sinking, and all Sacramento can do is re-arrange the deck chairs.
It's sad really. This has been my home my whole life, but it isn't wise to stay in a burning building.
When I'm at the beach, I never know that to expect. Often times I come away with very little and other times I'm able to get a grab shot like this that sums up a day at the beach nicely.
Luck, location, and persistence are key. Just keep at it and things will work out.
I just wist the surfer wasn't dead center. I know I could crop this, but I consider it a throw away shot at this point. I took lots of other ones.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
I've been having some problems posting to my blog from my Flickr account. I've updated a few settings, so lets see if it works now. This thing has been giving me fits lately.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Two flatbed trailer trucks carrying wreckage from the September 11, 2001, terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Center traveled through California a few years ago.
One of the stops was in Santa Barbara, California. It was a chilling experience to witness the twisted metal and contemplate the scene.
These photos have just been sitting unprocessed on a CD which I recently took out of my archives looking for something else. Upon seeing them I had the same strong reaction that I did when the saw the wreckage in person and decided to process and upload a few of these images.