March 13th, 2006


Spanking of the Island

It was a rainy day, so I started the day with a bunch of roadside geocaches. Then the rain slowed to a drizzle so I did some caches that needed walking. Remarkably, I felt a lot better today. At the same time, with this morning's weigh-in, I stopped losing weight from the flu. I really should have more fried fish.

At Miller Pond, I saw a family feeding the ducks. Now I don't think it's necessarily a good idea to feed waterfowl, but some people have fun doing that and within reason, it should not be too damaging to the ecosystem. The problem is they were tossing WHOLE BAGELS at the ducks. By the time I got back from the cache, the family had left the area and there were a few dozen bagels bobbing in the water by the shoreline of the lake. Yes, there is such a thing as overfeeding the ducks and this is it.

At Miller Place, the road rage nonsense began again. Someone came up close behind and started honking. Then he overtook on a double-lined road. This location is within town and the speed limit is 30mph, so that's yet another law broken. Even worse, there was oncoming traffic just around the corner and not much room to spare. Now if I didn't do anything, that guy would've crashed head-on into oncoming traffic for sure. Much as I'd like to see him get what he deserved, I also knew that it would be unfair to the oncoming driver, who did nothing to deserve the damage. So I stomped on the brakes to let him back into the correct side of the road.

And finally, I revisited Reach Out and Touch Someone to see the codephrase. However, I've been thinking about this issue over the past few weeks and I decided that I cannot support caches with unnecessary logging requirements, nor do I wish to see other caches pop up around here with similar nuisance requirements. So I confiscated the codephrase sticker and posted the phrase in my online log. In case that gets deleted, it is: "This Usually Holds The Key".

I had a printout of every Long John Silver's location in Long Island. So for dinner, I tried the LJS in Melville on Broad Hollow Road. It's pretty similar in appearance to the North Baldwin location but it's more centrally located for access from the LIE.

The caches...Collapse )
No hunting

All the bagels are swimming in the water

The good news is I received a check from the Tire Protection Plan. They paid in full, including labor. I'm surprised they included labor in the payout because I was told that the plan only covered the tires. I'm also surprised that they paid out in full because, in the claim form, I wrote that I didn't know where and how the tire punctures happened because I only saw the problem the next morning.

Okay, I'm done with the pictures from the weekend, so here is the one showing the aftermath of people tossing bagels at the waterfowl. After taking another look at the picture, I can only conclude that those people are crazy. You could feed a small village with that many bagels! Isn't there a homeless shelter or soup kitchen that could make better use of the bagels than just throwing them in the lake?

From Whiskey and Gunpowder: The Sorry State of U.S. Government Accounting Practices
Here's the executive summary:
1. Including Social Security, Medicare, and other benefits/obligations, the Federal Government is $46 Trillion in the hole. There is no easy fix to get out of this one.
2. The Federal Government's financial reporting is shoddy, so it could be worse than that.
3. The aging population is going to do a number on Social Security and Medicare.
4. The bagel waste problem doesn't sound so bad any more. :)