Saturday Posts . . .

If this article is right, there is one thing Kanye West and I agree on – – – ALL lives matter.


May 28th . . .

As of May 28th, this blog will go dark. I will no longer be posting to it, and the site will no longer belong to me. I’m doing this because I’m running out of things to say that I haven’t already said. If anyone posts to this site after that date, you can know for a fact that it isn’t me.

For those of you who have my email address, I welcome the chance to continue our friendship. Anyone who doesn’t have my email address – if you want it, post a comment to this and I will consider giving it to you.

I have enjoyed being a blogger since 2004, but I think the time has come to be realistic. My blogs are not changing the world, and less than 500 people worldwide care about what I have to say. It’s time to throw in the towel (metaphorically speaking) – if you know anything about boxing, that is a reference to ending the fight.

Saturday Posts . . .

This is both a fraud alert and an update.

First, the fraud alert. Someone is sending out bogus collection notices that claim to be from the US Small Business Administration. Everything on the letters looks legit, down to the email addresses and phone numbers – but they are being faked. I know this for a fact because they made one fatal mistake. They sent a collection notice to my wife about a loan so small that we could have paid it off from what we have in savings – except that we never applied for the loan in the first place. Even worse for them, for 22 years neither of us has ever signed any piece of legal paperwork without the other – and on the SBA loan application my name is nowhere to be seen. So, if you get anything from the Small Business Administration attempting to collect on a loan that you don’t recognize, the first thing you need to do is contact a lawyer. Contacting the local police, FBI, and posting fraud alerts on your credit reporting agencies are also smart moves.

Now for an update.

My wife and I have owned this property for slightly more than 12 years. During that whole time, we’ve known that the huge south-facing yard on our property was ripe for installing solar power. We even found a local company that we asked for an installation estimate from – but the guy they sent to do the estimate disappeared after talking to us, and nobody ever followed up.

About two months ago my wife found another company that does solar installations. After a few conversations with them, we got all the estimates, including the discount for the US Government’s “Green Energy” tax credit. Looking it all over, we realized that we could afford the loans, and signed the paperwork. Depending on weather (both here and wherever they already had pending installation appointments) we should be able to begin the install of our solar power system within about 2 months. The completion of that project will make us about 97% off-grid for electrical power – on a yearly average.