Ah! If ONLY politicians still believed that. Now, they consider it their job to rob us of every dime they can so they can appropriate it to whatever they think will help them keep or gain more power and popularity without bothering to make sure they don't waste any of it and without bothering actually ask us, the people they allegedly represent, what we'd like them to do with it through some sort of ballot or something meaningful like that.
You can tell when it's gotten to the religious cult level and is no longer actually real science when you can't convince a worshiper of some particular branch of this cult that they might be wrong. Real scientists are always considering alternative theories and trying to learn from what others have observed or discovered. They never settle on one theory or idea as being the 'right' that can't be questioned.
Got them in the ground just in perfect timing too. It's been cool the last few days and is forecast to continue for the next week or so. It rained lightly the day after I planted them too. Perfect!
All of the main parts are played really well. Angus Macfayden is in top form here doing what he does best as Robert Rogers. He gets to go even more bat-crazy in this show than he ever did in Braveheart.
Samuel Roukin's Major Simcoe is the classic vile villain that I love to hate. He makes his dastardly private and battlefield behavior all the more delightfully abhorrent in his almost schizophrenic turns to acting the perfect gentleman and even wooer in public and with the ladies.
In fact, I love that about many characters in this show. It's not just about turning people from one side of the war to the other, but about how they take turns in their behavior depending on the circumstances. Simcoe is the extreme example, but many characters have a surprisingly soft or sophisticated side that we sometimes get to see when they aren't trying to be the person they think everyone else expects them to be. This duality is rarely pulled off effectively in TV shows and actors tend to make their characters the same all the time.
The show is set in the American Revolution of the 1700's and is about espionage - so there are some scenes of fighting and of showing characters actually engaging in the more 'spy movie' type activities like passing encrypted messages, sneaking around, getting interrogated etc. but most of the show is more personal and is about a family and a small town that gets divided by the war. They manage to avoid making it yet another boring soap opera type thing with some amazing acting, settings that are fresh (since 1700's period pieces aren't a dime a dozen these days) and punctuating the drama with action and dashes of humor.
Whether you know much about American history or not, I think you'd like this show.
So, as you can probably imagine, I can't line up enough clients to make this new venture pay off yet since I can't work very much. Fortunately, my wife is an excellent gradeschool teacher who is living her dream already and loves her job. It was actually her idea that I stay home and get properly healed up and focus on my physical therapy before I re-injure my shoulder.
So now, I'm a 'stay at home husband'. Sort of a 'stay at home dad' since we have our terrier to care for and I check on my grandma very frequently who lives in the same neighborhood we do. She and my sister say they are still my clients since I take care of their yards and houses and have been trying out a lot of my home improvement and gardening ideas on them.
I do almost all of the housework for my grandma and sister plus our own stuff for my wife and I and I do the home and yard maintenance. With my current condition, it's almost more than I can handle and they are always reminding me to take it easy and don't overdo it. That's tough for a guy who is used to working hard all day.
Anyway, long story short: I've got a ton of free time on my hands now while I'm healing up and I'm bursting at the seams with ideas for improving landscapes, gardens and other living spaces based on classes I've taken at University of Nebraska Lincoln, College of Southern Nevada (in Las Vegas where I live now) and years of gardening experience. Feel free to ask me anything. Chances are, I'll either already know it, or I'll know where to research it.
I'd add to the article that you can check the soil temperatures in your own property with a cooking probe: a thermometer that comes in both digital and analog that has a long metal spike for sticking into meat and other foods. Push the spike into the soil in several places around your property as early in the morning as you can to get the low end of your soil temperature and in late afternoon to get the high. Do this several times during each season of the year and take notes on a map of your property as to places that are especially cool or especially hot. You may notice that areas with cooler soil tend to be in places where the soil gets more shade in the afternoon and where there is an insulating cover of grass, mulch etc. on the bare soil. These areas are usually away from paving as well since concrete and tile absorb heat then radiate it into the surrounding soil. A soil temperature zone map of your property is really helpful when planning landscaping and gardening and should be used along with a water zone map (one that you can make that shows how much water you can reasonably provide to different areas of the property with your current irrigation/watering set up.
- ETA-InternationalNevada Representative, 2015 - presentDiscuss the benefits of membership at local events; Set up displays; Proctor Certification Exams;
- Springs PreserveDocent, 2008 - presentVolunteer to maintain the garden areas; answer questions of visitors
- Enfield Enhanced EnvironsCo-Owner, 2015 - presentConsult, plan, design, install and maintain indoor and outdoor home and business improvements; Care for plants in a holistic and Earth friendly way; Make the personality and interests of the people who live and work in a space become part of that space.
- Tufel MediaSocial Media Manager, 2012 - 2015Manage and curate social media pages for individuals and companies; Develop and maintain social contact with customers of those companies; write articles and blog entries for Tufel Media's pages.
- Sears, Roebuck and CompanySales Associate, 2006 - 2007Electronics Sales
- CompUSAService Writer, 2009 - 2009Interact with customers at Computer Repair Desk to process repair orders.
- Circuit CitySales/Product Flow, 2010 - 2011Recover sales floor; unload trucks; Organize Backstock; answer customer questions.
- Blockbuster LLCAssociate, 2006 - 2006Process rentals and recommend movies and games.
- DatanamicsTelephone Tech Support, 2009 - 2009Manage Internet communications in hotels around the country; help hotel guests with Internet connectivity problems.
- College of Southern NevadaStudent Worker, 2011 - 2011Help set up and maintain experiments in greenhouses.
- Natural Resources Conservation ServiceRangeland Management Specialist, 2000 - 2006Consult, plan and supervise conservation projects with private landowners and various other agencies; educate the public about conservation issues and general life sciences subjects; Led a team of fellow NRCS employees to conduct a Natural Resources Inventory across Oklahoma to improve GIS and other database information; Proctored highs school students in the National Land Judging Contest;
- Enfield Ranch Co.Ranch Hand, 1988 - 2000Raise corn, alfalfa, sorghum, beef cattle, chickens etc.; Build and repair barbed wire fence; Maintain water wells and stock tanks; ride horses to wrangle cattle; repair tractors and other equipment; help monitor rangeland health to determine proper stocking rates and cattle movement; etc.
Update! I am graduating from CSN this year (2015) with a Certificate of Achievement in Ornamental Horticulture with a focus on Landscape Management. The landscaping business I thought of is developing into a holistic, Earth friendly, whole property improvement and maintenance business. God's always led me to help other people, and this is the best way I can do it with the education and experiences He's led me through.
- Community College of Southern NevadaOrnamental Horticulture, 2011 - 2015Traditional Plant ID and Care; Xeric Plant ID and Care; Plant Propagation; Arboriculture (tree care); Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition; Integrated Pest Management; Annual Color Concepts (designing displays and planting beds using annual flowers); Irrigation Management and Design; Turfgrass Management; Plant Pathology; Intro to Acting (gotta be a well-rounded student you know) etc.
- University of Nebraska–LincolnRange Science and Agronomy, 1992 - 1996Plant Taxonomy (the art and science of identifying plants using dichotomous keys and physical characteristics); Soil Science; Field Agronomy (raising grain and other crops); Natural Resources Policy; Animal Science; Macro and Micro Economics; Business Math; Physics (especially as they relate to irrigation, machinery and other practical applications); Seed Science; Organic Chemistry; Inorganic Chemistry; Performing Arts (more culture stuff); Great Plains Anthropology; Scientific Greek and Latin; etc.
- Arthur County High SchoolTrying to Figure Out What I Wanted to Be When I Grew Up, 1989 - 1992Your general High School classes except that I also took Choir; Band (saxophone); Art (from an award winning painter); One Act Theater; Debate and Persuasive Speaking; Wood Shop/Home Ec. (when I was in school, both girls and boys had to take one semester of each); Beginning French; Programming in BASIC; etc. I also learned a great deal outside of school through the 4-H program in which I tried almost every project group they had except for showing livestock.
- TechSkills-Las VegasInformation Technology CompTIA certs, 2006 - 2007Desktop and Laptop PC repair, upgrading and building; The basics of programming in C++ and other such programs; Network Administration; Wireless Technologies; etc.
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