Equities rally, dollar stronger and precious metals decline

Posted By on October 31, 2014

A big morning for stocks as global markets celebrate Japan expands their stimulus. The DOW hit an all-time intraday high as giddy investors bought blue chip equities expecting the economy to continue to grow. cnbcmarkets141031The good news of better corporate profits and the Federal Reserve’s finalizing their stimulus makes Wall Street feel good … BUT Americans are spending less (weakest in 8 months). The not so good news for those looking to oil for income is that it continues to be under pressure, but it does act like a tax cut for those of us filling our tanks or shipping product.

As expected, precious metal investors continue to get crushed as Gold is well below it’s $1200 support level and trading at a 4 year low and silver slipped below $16/oz.

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The dollar rose to a four-week high against a basket of main currencies, boosted as well by the Bank of Japan’s surprise move to expand its massive monetary easing, which weakened the yen to near seven-year lows.

Test post from iPad — Surfing at 1000 frames per second

Posted By on October 31, 2014

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Senator Ted Cruz is beginning to sound appealing

Posted By on October 30, 2014

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The left, the media and even mainstream Republicans had me convinced that Senator Ted Cruz was not a viable candidate to put on the national ticket … and that his ideas were “just too radically conservative” for today’s America. BUT … listening to him for 6 minutes (below) on CNBC’s Squawkbox this morning, I’m not so sure and after years of the Obama administrations’ policies going in a bigger government direction, the time might be right for less Washington DC management on almost every issue. Cruz may not be the “uniter” America is looking for, but some of his constitutional ideas are very appealing to someone like me who has watched our federal government nose into almost all areas of business and an individual’s life.

Senator Ted Cruz on CNBC Squawkbox (mp3) 6 min – 10/30/2014

Below is an October 19, 2014 op-ed in USAToday

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Ting and Freedompop—A successful week only using wireless

Posted By on October 29, 2014

Since moving away from Sprint and finally down to two cellphones in the family …except for a couple of spare emergency “burner” phones (grin) –one with my overseas travel SIM and the other a Samsung Galaxy S2 total free wireless plan on Freedompop. The point is that we were able to travel comfortably with our two iPhones (5 and 5s) and stayed connection 95% of the time using the low-cost Freecompop MiFi hotspot (paying $7.98/mo for LTE & 3G and rollover data) and the new Ting month to month mobile phone plan (although data rates are still a little high to tether). I ran Waze for GPS maps and navigation down and back from Ohio to Florida full time on my iPhone 5s and Brenda was on and off her phone regularly.
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We used both phone and hotspot a bit more sparingly than normally – unlike a work trip or connected to “free” wifi, but so far I’ve been very please with both services. If you desire to move away from a contract plan and slim down your monthly wireless bill … and can live with 1 year old equipment, give Ting a try for your smartphones and Freedompop a try for your “limited” Internet connections (current Ting usage below).

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Sailing Encore with the one I love doesn’t get any better

Posted By on October 27, 2014

What a wonderful life. I’ll let our video speak for itself.

"God is good, God is good all the time. All the time God is good."  from the movie God is NOT Dead. But it applies …

Vacationing, taking a walk and having lunch with friends

Posted By on October 25, 2014

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Brenda and I enjoy a lunch out at GoodFella’s for cheesesteaks with our friends Mark and Darlene Jones on Friday and walk along the new bike and pedestrian walk along the Fort Pierce inlet. The city did a great job of making it attractive and include cute features including mosaics of all the fish popular in the area (above left) and bike fix-it stations and colorful bike rakes in the shape of a fish.  The inlet was pretty rough but we did watch a 50 foot Jeanneau rock and roll their way in.

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Can a Kyocera 135 watt solar panel produce enough juice?

Posted By on October 24, 2014

encorebatteryreadings141024The last 24 hours I’ve been running a two person battery test to see just how comfortable we can be on minimal amp hours. Obviously we need to do better since even with a fair amount of sun hitting Encore’s single Kyocera 135 watt solar panel our battery bank is depleting. The clouds are passing in front of the sun regularly enough to drop my 8 amp solar charge back to 1 or maybe 2 amps, but since our use depletes the battery back at a steady 8 amps with the inverter on (we are still comfortable and charging gadgets), it can barely keep up when the sun hitting the panel. Kick in the refrigeration and we end up well above what can be replenished without running the diesel or plugging in to shore power. Obviously for long term self-sufficient cruising I’ll need to look for better ways to produce electricity (currently the Honda generator, but perhaps more solar or a wind generator?)

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My new cologne–Old Diesel

Posted By on October 23, 2014

After our 16 hour drive on Wednesday from Cincinnati to Florida, Brenda and I were welcomed by our liveaboard friends Mark and Dar with a cold drink. They had already turn on our refrigeration making it convenient to repack encoredieselwork141023a few items from our cooler box into the galley. I sure appreciate them keeping an eye on our sailboat. Great friends.

After a good night sleep Brenda and I went our separate ways … well she left for Delray Beach and I stayed. Her project was to pack up and get her mom’s condo ready to rent in January and unfortunately she has already filled up the Honda Pilot – just was I had feared.

I started in on a few boat maintenance items like scrubbing the decks … the black squiggles sticking to everything is a mystery. Mark calls it “lizard poop” but must be some kind of droppings from insects landing on the deck and dodger (I left it up this hurricane season). After scrubbing for two “wonderful hours in the sunshine,” it was time to put the bimini back up for some shade in the cockpit, since hurricane season is winding down. I hope the risk is over for 2014?

The messy project for the day was below decks. I decided to try my hand at filtering some of the dead algae out of my tank full of diesel fuel (42 gallons). I only had enough 5 gallon container for 20 gallons so the balance is going to have to wait and we’ll have to risk plugging the fuel filters on our next sail.

The Ebola Song–humor from the IMUS in the morning show

Posted By on October 22, 2014

It is probably in bad taste to be chuckling at anything related to Ebola … but neither my wife or I have been able to get the Imus show’s Comedian Rob Bartlett‘s ‘The Ebola Song’ (audio mp3) out of our heads. I’m hoping you’ll don’t have the same problem every time you hear the word “Eee-Bowl-la” or here the melody ‘Lola’ by the Kinks.
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A 12-pt Albino Buck taken by an 11-year old in Michigan

Posted By on October 21, 2014

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Having never seen an albino deer, let along a 12-pt buck albino, it is shocking to know a young 11-year 6th grader old hunter with a crossbow shot the deer.

Gavin Dingman from Oceola Township in Michigan knew the deer was in the area his family hunted since they have spotted it several times over the past couple years, but last Monday evening Gavin, who was hunting with his dad, was given the chance to bring it home. He took aim with his crossbow and “double lunged” the deer from about 30 yards.

When he saw the albino deer, Gavin said he was "very nervous" as he took aim with his crossbow.

"My dad was just like, ‘Take a deep breath. Are you sure you can take the shot? If you’re not 100 percent, we don’t want to injure it,’ " the boy recalled.

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