Gettin’ Away

What is that commercial they show on television, where the guy takes his pager and skips it across the ocean?  You know the one that I am talking about here?  Where they are on the beach, relaxing in a chair somewhere and it is warm, inviting, calm and serene.  I believe the name of the beverage is Corona, a lite beer.

The beach … take me to the beach.  Yeah, that is where I want to be.

I am hearing all of these new words coming into the American mainstream.  It might just be Oklahoma, we have some pretty weird photo journalists and reporters around here.  One word I have heard is “Playcation” (play-kay-shun) and another is “Staycation” (Stay-Kay-shun).  The first words meaning I am not all that sure of, I thought the word “vacation was fine, vacation worked for me or as they say in the U.K. On Holiday.”

The second word is termed to mean, staying close to the home fires, vacationing “in state” and finding all the wonderful things in the State Of Oklahoma that there is to enjoy.  Even Expedia.com has been spreading for years the term “Vacation deprivation.”

Now I know to some, this might sound strange.  But I live in a state that refers to a horse track with a casino as a “Racino?” So you make the call.

All of this new word usage is being brought on by the high cost of motor-fuel and often futile attempts at finding something rather “cheap to do” because of the lack of discretionary income available to most Amercians because of the high cost of fuel.  From a personal viewpoint, I would rather get outta Oklahoma, the whole point of a vacation to me being, going somewhere new and different.

Let’s face it.

American’s spend more time in the bathroom than they do on vacation.  If you look at the average European and what kind of vacation he has, we come off as mere pikers.  Americans are vacation-phobes.  The Italians unplug for an average of 42 days per year.  The french get 37 vacation days, the Germans 35.

It appears that we are developing a “bunker mentality” and hunkering down for the summer.  Some of us are not going to get sunburned, poison ivy, sleep in an airport, get headaches.  We are just going to sit home on “staycayshuns” and the people who possibly need it the most, will more than likely cancel.

We here in America, average about 13 days and that is a full 50% less than our neighbor’s to the North in Canada.  When we do take time off, it’s in spurts and false starts.  Only 14% of Americans take two weeks or more vacation at a time.  Unless of course, you are lucky enough to live where Radio Girl lives, she is on vacation almost every dog-gone weekend …… Man, I bet that is nice.

We more than likely need vacations more now than ever before.  They are not a luxury, but rather a necessity.  You do not take a vacation and you are a prime candidate for a heart attack, stroke or heart disease recent studies have revealed.  All work and no play, is killing us.  Just getting on a plane and flying off, or lying on a sandy beach somewhere is not enough.  We “need” to be somewhere else, to smell fresh smells, see new sights, rejuvenate the spirit.

Staying home, because of $4 gasoline is not a vacation at all.  In some cases, it is literally a death sentence.  You know, I retired in ’91 and I have done quite well.

Just the other day, I was over at the Hardware store, and I ran into one of my old buddies and he asked of me, “What have you been doing with yourself?” and I answered back, “Well, I just got back off vacation, we went to Montana for a couple of weeks.”

He just smiled and said, “How do you KNOW when you are on vacation and not on vacation?”

Good point.

I guess it just depends on where you are standing geographically speaking at the time.

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Don’t Believe A Word Of It

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It has been a common talking point among advocates of increasing offshore oil drilling that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita caused no environmental damage when they decimated the oil infrastructure in the Gulf of Mexico in 2005. This is aimed at mollifying the fears of many who believe opening up additional tracts of offshore areas to oil exploration will pose hazards to the environment and to tourism.

Ever since President Bush and Sen. John McCain announced last month that they would support expanding drilling beyond currently-allowed offshore leases (and Mr. Bush even signed an executive order allowing it), officials and pundits have continually put forth a dramatic talking point in the media about the safety of offshore drilling, even in the midst of a natural disaster.

Here is smattering of the politicizing of the masses:

[]  Former Sen. Trent Lott told MSNBC “We didn’t have one drop of oil spilt when we had the biggest hurricane in, you know, recent history, Hurricane Katrina.”

[]  Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., told Fox News on June 27, “When Katrina, a Cat-5 hurricane, hit the Gulf Coast, not one drop of oil was spilled off of those rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico. So we know that the technology to drill offshore is extraordinarily safe and environmentally friendly. And it’s not something that we have to be as worried about as we do a refinery on shore or some other type of issue.”

[]  Newspaper columnists and editorial boards also jumped on the “not one drop” bandwagon. The Wall Street Journal published an editorial on June 12 saying, “Hurricanes Katrina and Rita flattened terminals across the Gulf of Mexico but didn’t cause a single oil spill.”

[]  Nancy Pfotenhauer, an energy lobbyist and senior energy adviser to McCain, said on MSNBC, “We withstood Hurricanes Rita and Katrina, and we didn’t spill a drop.”

[]  The Washington Post on Monday quoted Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., as saying, “I think people are reassured that not a drop of oil was spilled during Katrina or Rita. Those rigs in the Gulf, there was not a single incident of spillage that anyone reported.”

[]  Gov. Bobby Jindal, R-La., who told Fox News on June 26, “That’s one of the great unwritten success stories, after Katrina and Rita, these awful storms – no major spills.”

[]  Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne told the Fox Business Channel, “When Katrina and Rita hit the Gulf Coast where we have about 4,000 oil and gas platforms … we had no significant oil spill.” (July 15)

Gee, if so many people believe it, it must be true – except it isn’t.  It appears that the Serengeti Plain is not the only location of Jackals in this world, there are some running around America and live amongst us.  This is all smoke and mirrors.

In May 2006, the U.S. Minerals Management Service (MMS) issued a report stating that as a result of both Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the number of pipelines damaged was 457, and the number of offshore platforms destroyed was 113, with a total of 146 oil spills recorded.

A study of environmental impacts written for MMS by Det Norske Veritas and Company which was published March 22, 2007 told an even more detailed story. As a result of both storms, a total volume of 17,652 barrels (or roughly three-quarters of a million gallons) of total petroleum products, of which 13,137 barrels were crude oil and condensate, was spilled from platforms, rigs and pipelines. 4,514 barrels were refined products from platforms and rigs.

There were 542 reports related to offshore pipelines that were damaged or displaced, of which 72 resulted in spills that had a volume of one barrel or more of crude oil or condensate. These pipelines were reported to be dented, kinked, pulled up, twisted or bent, pinhole or valve leaks or other damages.

The 72 pipeline spills were accountable for about 7,300 barrels of crude oil and condensate spilled into the Gulf. The report noted that response and recovery efforts kept the environmental impacts to a minimum, with no onshore impacts from these specific spill events.

However, MMS also noted that an estimated 8 million gallons (or 191,000 barrels) of oil was spilled from nine onshore facilities in the Louisiana Delta, where large holding tanks were breached by Katrina.  Pipeline breaks accounted for approximately half of the more than 17,000 barrels of oil leaked into the Gulf.

It appears that if you tell a lie often enough, and repeat it over and over, then eventually it becomes a version of shaded-truth.  Don’t you just love it when they do their level best to “dumb you down?”

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WordPress.Com Mumbo Jumbo

Hi there,

Can you please provide a link to the post that is having this problem? Does this happen with all new posts?

Thanks,
Heather
Automattic | WordPress.com

So I patiently outline and provide specific items that need to be addressed. I answer all questions to the best of my knowledge.

—– Original Message —–

From: “Heather @ WordPress.com” <support@wordpress.com>

To: <donsmith@cox.net> Sent: Monday, July 14, 2008 8:32 PM Subject: [WordPress #FOA-595595]: disappearing posts.

Hi Don, Thanks for your updates on this issue. We’ve created a new FAQ to help clarify how the tag surfer works and potential reasons why posts may not display there. One or more of these items is likely the cause for the issues you’re encountering:

http://faq.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/my-post-doesnt-show-up-in-the-tag-list-what-gives/

Also note that multiple attempts to push a post to the top of the tag surfer by changing the publication date could also be the cause.

Thanks,
Heather
Automattic | WordPress.com

Well, that is a nice theory, but it doesn’t hold water.  First, I am not using the tag surfer to locate the posts, I just go to the category and look for the post, it is there and then it is not there.  Second, it often doesn’t post at all.

There is no reason for it to post some of the material 17 posts down in the page, displaying it some three weeks later, AND NOT DISPLAYING IT ON THE DAY IT WAS PUBLISHED, it should in my opinion go to the top of the page, not buried deep within it.

At the very least …. It ought to go somewhere.

Somehow I just “knew that this would work out to be ME instead of wordpress” and I am not surprised at all.  First I am told that it was because there were too many tags on the posts, so I cut the tags back, and the problem remains.  Now it appears that I am the problem?  What a load of crap that is.

As for “pushing it with multiple dates” that is BS too.  I was just trying to make it appear, hell it wasn’t even showing up most of the time.  It is a sorry deal, no two ways about it and “Frequently Asked Questions” is not a solution it is a cop out.
To: <donsmith@cox.net>

Sent: Tuesday, July 15, 2008 8:32 PM  Subject: [WordPress #FOA-595595]: disappearing posts.

Hi Don,

Tag pages show the best, most recent posts – not all of them. To ensure that future posts continue to show up on tag pages, please follow the guidelines on http://faq.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/my-post-doesnt-show-up-in-the-tag-list-what-gives/

Again, the more relevant the post is to the tag, the more likely it is to show up in the listings. You may want to assess the relevance of the “recent” tag in relationship to your post’s content.

Thanks,
Heather
Automattic | WordPress.com

Recent: 1. having happened not long ago: having happened or appeared not long ago the recent birth of her daughter. 2. modern: from current times or the very near past recent political trends

Random: 1. without a pattern: done, chosen, or occurring without a specific pattern, plan, or connection random testing for drugs. 2. lacking regularity: with a pattern or in sizes that are not uniform or regular a wall constructed of random stones

I know the definition of the words, thanks. That didn’t help a bit. It must be nice to just keep dancing all around the problem, that way you don’t have to admit you have a problem, and heaven forbid, try and fix it.

“Tag pages show the best, most recent posts – not all of them.” Your words not mine.

Why even have a page if you are not going to post it? Who determines what “the best is?”  When you post something (best or otherwise) and it “buries it 17 deep” that is not recent, that is plain pathetic.

When a post goes up, and then after a period of time, disappears, but the others remain, that tells me that YOU have a problem, and it is NOT the author of the post. I also find it a little coincidental, that after squealing like a stuck pig, four out of five of my posts actually survived one day and that only one disappeared yesterday.

That has to be some kind of new wordpress.com record, might want to put that on the global dashboard tomorrow.

I will admit that in the beginning because of my lack of understanding, I may have caused some of the problems with the tags (I had way too many) and that could have been part of it. In my defense I will admit to seeing multiple postings here with more than the 12 tags, I have counted as high as 18 on one post.

I have actually seen 25 posts in order by one author, which is tantamount to spam, but it is evidently tolerated.  But that is a completely different issue. My problem remains, after making the necessary corrections the problem is still here, so I seriously doubt it is anything on this end of the line.

I write about life, recent happenings in America or where I live, I have occasionally have a random thought on subjects that are affecting me and those I know.  So you tell me where to put it? You tell me how to tag it?  (And your “first choice” doesn’t count)

You ask for “specifics” and when you are provided with them, you choose to ignore them or blow it off. But this latest answer here (or non answer), this is just verbal masturbation and nothing more.

I might as well be talking to robots.

So Heather at support (which in this case is laughable at best):

Hi There.  I have posted 282 posts on this site since March of this year, and have received 360 comments from over 10,191 people around the world.  Which I believe is a noteworthy accomplishment, considering I was “doing it all wrong.”  Now I am going to post this and hopefully it will go somewhere ……. Where ever that might be?

Now you can go back to your personal emails or video games and forget about the rest of it. Don’t send me any more correspondence with your “suggested reading lists” which are basically useless.

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Tags: Please Read. Please Post. Please put this three pages deep so no one will ever see it. Please remit your annual $30 payment for a crappy system that refuses to work in the order or fashion that it promises.

DS