Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Cold To The Bones


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Cold To The Bone

The wind blows from the north across the reservoir straight into my driveway in the same exact place where the snow landed all night long. My gloves now have holes in them from a winter's work pushing and scraping and shoving the ice and snow to who knows where. My old bones ache from the bitter cold being driven through my clothes and skin. I cannot see through the tears in my eyes from the wind whipping around my head. For the third time today I move the snow only to have it blow back. Why did I not just stay by the hearth and just watch it blow instead of my futile attempt to thwart nature? This morning I looked at the calendar and it is March 31. The last day of March. It is spring somewhere but not here. g

Monday, March 30, 2009

Everyone Talks About It


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Everyone Talks About It

The weather in the High Country of Colorado is very strange in March each year. We have had temperatures in the 60s recently and then last week we had 24 inches of snow in a couple of days. Everyone talks about the weather but no one ever does anything about it. I think Will Rogers said that.

I get weather alerts on my cell phone from the National Weather Service on my cell phone. Yesterday morning my phone had an alert that in the Central Rockies and Summit County were going to get 2 inches of new snow every hour for the next 24 hours. Forty-eight inches in 24 hours. I was in Boulder when I got the alert and I suppose that I should have jumped in the car and driven home. I didn't and when I finally came home later there were dry roads and sunny skies. Could I believe that someone did something about the weather? Was Will Rogers wrong?

This morning we started getting high winds and some light snow but nothing like what was forecast. I might just stay in the house anyway just in case. g

Saturday, March 28, 2009

The Warder


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

The Warder

I was watching a movie that I got from Netflix this morning named, "Happy Go Lucky." It was about an single 30 year old elementary School teacher in London and her life. On a five scale I would give it a two. The critics said that no one is really that happy. I would disagree of course.

There were several exterior shots of London that reminded me of my time in England in 1962 1963 and 1964. I lived in a very small village called Godmanchester. It was in the county of Huntingdonshire that does not exist any more. It was near Cambridge in North Anglica about 60 miles north of London.

The Great River Ouse flows through Godmanchester and was about 200 yards from my house. I had to cross a bridge to get to the park near the river and the bridge still had machine gun emplacements from World War II.

I have never been a real fisherman but have always been fascinated with fishing. I had gone to the Base Exchange and bought a spinning rod outfit where they had the rod, the reel and lures in one package. I had no bait. I put the whole thing together and walked down the High Street to the park next to the machine gun emplacements on the river Ouse. I made a space on the bank of the river and started casting. In a few minutes an elderly gentleman appeared and was interested in who I was, where I lived and what I was doing. I told him that I was defending England against the Communist Threat of the Cold War. Not really. I told him that I was stationed at RAF Alconbury with the 10th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing, that I lived down the road on the High Street and I was just trying out my fishing equipment. The English are so very proper and polite. He did not laugh or tell me that I was an idiot to try to fish there but rather he chatted with me a couple of minutes and then left.

I told this story to an English friend of mine and he explained that the man was the Warder for the river. He was in fact the Fish and Game Warden. He did have a large shoulder bag and was wearing very high rubber boots. I guess I had a close brush with the law. I guess the only thing he could have charged me with was not knowing anything about fishing. g

Friday, March 27, 2009

How Time Passes


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com


How Time Passes

An old friend of mine passed away this morning. He was one of the Sheriff's that I had worked for in my long career in law enforcement. He would have been 77 in June. I could always remember that because he was born in 1932 and I was born in 1942 ten years later.

When things like this happen the phone starts to ring and other old friends call to talk about things. That always is very nostalgic as well as depressing.

I had not seen my friend for a couple of years. He lived at Green Mountain Reservoir about 25 miles north of me. I would run into him in town or at Wal Mart and we would always stop and talk for a while about old times and old friends.

These are the times when we should all reflect on the importance of our old friends and remind ourselves to give them a call or stop by to see them before it is too late. g

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Good News In Twos


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Good News In Twos


They say that bad news comes in threes. The ubiquitous they. I am always reminded of many years ago when there would never be just one airline crash. There were always three. One and then two and we would hold our breath knowing there would be a third. Or at least that is how it appeared. I remember consciously thinking about that before I would fly.

No one ever talks about the number of good news events. There is no standard. Well today I am setting a standard. The standard for good news is two.

I start my morning before 4 am listening to the BBC World News. That way I get the bad news and the good news before my head can wrap around the events.

This morning the good news report was that world markets are rebounding and that foreign markets now believe that the bottom has been reached. So why is the bottom good? Because there is only one direction it can go now and that is up. If this is true then the timing is close to being as positive as possible. We have not gone into an economic depression. We have not even come close to experiencing the deepest recession in recent years. The two areas that were hit the hardest were credit markets and the housing market. There are so many other things tied to these two that we all ended up feeling the pain.

Now this does not mean that Happy Days Are Here Again. That will take a year or two. It does mean that we can see the light at the end of the tunnel and it is not a train coming toward us.

Oh yes. The second good news. The forecast for today is for the high country and Denver to receive as much as 24 new inches of snow in the next 24 hours. You cannot believe how important that is to the ski industry and to our precious water supply. March is historically the snowiest month and this month has not been snowy at all. My driveway and lawn have been void of snow for weeks.

So effective today, March 26, 2009, a tradition of good news coming in twos is hereby established. g

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Whiter Shade of Pale


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com


Whiter Shade Of Pale

I love to teach. Mostly because of the students. In Contemporary World History last night the discussion ranged from Clothing Optional Resorts to the Governments of Russia, China, North Korea, Viet Nam and Cuba.

Of course the most interesting discussion was about clothing optional resorts but the government one was more on point.

I was explaining the difference between governments and economic systems. Today in Russian, China, North Korea, Viet Nam and Korea the citizens would tell you that they have a communist form of government while their economic systems are over the top capitalism. My students could not get their arms around all of that.

My students wanted to believe that if they were communist countries that they could not practice capitalism. I tried to explain that there was never a pure communist government anywhere. There were certain shades of Marx, Trotsky, Lenin, Stalin, Mao, Castro, Ho Chi Ming and others but they were more authoritarian or dictatorial. They put on the mantel of communism to give the appearance of that to the world.

When the Iron Curtain fell they all looked around to see what was working and they quickly adopted capitalism. China is the most radical example where today they literally own 40% of the net worth of the United States. Praise be to Wal Mart and others.

There is no village left to run. We all now have the greater task of running the world. We are now seeing a whiter shade of pale.

Which was a song by Procol Harum and was included in the famous burial scene where Chris catapults his biker buddy's body into the air and over the lake using the same catapult that Chris had used to catapult Maggie's piano in the best TV series ever Northern Exposure. (Wow. I hope my high school English teacher never sees that sentence.) g

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

A Long And Snowy Night


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com


A Long And Snowy Night

It started snowing yesterday but it was one of those irritating snowfalls. It only accumulated on my lawn but on the driveway and the street it melted as soon as it hit.

My son Matt and his girlfriend (my girlfriend in law) Maria came up to ride snowboards and the prospects were slim to nothing. My students are the best barometer and they tell me that the snow has been crap for several weeks. Not good.

But the silver lining in that cloud is that we got a whole butt load of snow overnight. Looks good to me.

My only association with snow is driving from the house in Breckenridge to the Hospital in Frisco where I work in the Community Care Clinic. I suppose that is something to contend with at my age.

My big deal today is deciding if I will wear my usual cowboy boots or my sorrel's that will keep me in an upright position in the snow. Hey, I like a challenge. Cowboy boots it is. Walking in those puppies is much like skiing. g

A Long And Snowy Night


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com


A Long And Snowy Night

It started snowing yesterday but it was one of those irritating snowfalls. I only accumulated on my lawn but on the driveway and the street it melted as soon as it hit.

My son Matt and his girlfriend (my girlfriend in law) Maria came up to ride snowboards and the prospects were slim to nothing. My students are the best barometer and they tell me that the snow has been crap for several weeks. Not good.

But the silver lining in that cloud is that we got a whole butt load of snow overnight. Looks good to me.

My only association with snow is driving from the house in Breckenridge to the Hospital in Frisco where I work in the Community Care Clinic. I suppose that is something to contend with at my age.

My big deal today is deciding if I will wear my usual cowboy boots or my sorrel's that will keep me in an upright position in the snow. Hey, I like a challenge. Cowboy boots it is. Walking in those puppies is much like skiing. g

Monday, March 23, 2009

Will Wonders Never Cease


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Will Wonders Never Cease

The stock market closed today at 7775 after a nearly 500 point gain on good news from the Treasury Department.

Let's hope it holds and continues to climb. I am ready for this to be over with.

An observation. Amazon.com has had a great quarter. Jeff Bezos the founder and CEO is really into innovation. He created a system of selling and distributing books that works so very well. Now he is promoting the Kindle and electronic reader that will hold up to 1500 books in memory. You buy the download of the book and you can read it at your leisure.

I remember talking about this over 15 years ago and people thought I was a heretic. Do away with the print media? Do away with books? I want something I can hold in bed before I go to sleep. I like the smell of a book, of the pages of the ink.

These are the same people who are now watching their print media companies fold every day. These are the same people who will never let go of an idea who's time has past.

They should all call up Jeff and ask him how to be progressive and innovative. Before it is too late. g

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Small Minds


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Small Minds

People who attack people have small minds. People who attack issues have great minds. What kind of person are you? g

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Another Obama Myth


Another Obama Myth

Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

When someone tells me that they are going to have to pay a lot in taxes for the Obama Stimulus Plan I always congratulate them for making so much money. Only those making more that $250,000 a year will pay any additional tax. That is only 2% of the population that makes over $250,000 a year. God bless them if they make that much. God bless the other 98% of us who will not have to pay any additional tax. g

Friday, March 20, 2009

Sleeping With The Enemy


Summit County, Colorado

Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Sleeping With The Enemy

There were no participants in 9-11 from Iraq. There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. Most of the attackers were from Saudi Arabia. Osama Bin Laden is from Saudi Arabia. Why didn't we attack Saudi Arabia? Because of George Bush Sr. Why did we attack Iraq? Because George W. Bush wanted to try to preserve his father's legacy. We also want permanent bases in the middle east much the same as our permanent bases in Germany and Japan. We have been in those countries for more than 60 years and we will be there for 60 years more.

We paid the Taliban in Iraq to get them to stop attacking our troops. It worked. Pakistan is paying the Taliban along the border with Afghanistan to stop attacking their troops. It is working.

While calling Iran part of the "Axis of Evil" George W. Bush was talking to them knowing that our war in Iraq was benefiting Iran the most. Iran also likes that we are now cranking up the efforts in Afghanistan. Iran supported our efforts in Iraq as Iraq was their greatest threat and enemy. Iran does not want to be a world power. Iran wants a seat at the table.

The same is true of another "Axis of Evil" country, North Korea. To understand North Korea rent the movie "The Mouse that Roared" starring the late Peter Sellers.

President Obama has moved closer to world peace in two months than we did during the entire Korean War, Viet Nam War and the War in Iraq. I hope it is not too smart too late.

President Obama is now talking to Iran directly. We are now sleeping with the enemy and that is a good thing.

In case you are wondering I am a disabled Viet Nam era American Veteran. g

Thursday, March 19, 2009

No Where To Eat


When I first moved here in the early 1970s Interstate 70 was not completed. If you came from Denver you had to take US Highway 6 over Loveland Pass through Keystone, Dillon, over the Dam Road, through Frisco and then continue on down Ten Mile Canyon to Wheeler Junction up to Vail Pass and beyond. I was sometimes difficult but always interesting and beautiful.

Sometimes the Seven Sisters would fall. An avalanche would close Loveland Pass for a couple of days. The only way in or out was through Kremmling over Berthoud Pass or down 285 to Fairplay and over Hoosier Pass. Always interesting but very long.

At that time you could find several all night restaurants for food and a place to sleep. Bennett's was where the Burger King and Pizza Hut are today. The Red Buffalo (we called it "The Dead Buffalo" )was in Frisco on Main Street near the current Historic Park. Bennett's had terrible food but the owner would play his organ in the dining room as you were fighting off nausea. The Red Buffalo ha a bakery and home made pies all night long.

I worked for the Sheriff's Office and either was a gathering place for law enforcement. That was before the Village Inn. The cops in Breckenridge did not have an all night coffee shop so they would abandon their town to go drink coffee with the other officers in Frisco or Silverthorne. g

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

It Is Just A Soap Opera


Summit County, Colorado

Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com


It Is Just A Soap Opera

The Soap Operas on Spanish Television are called Novellas. Little novels or little stories.

Today I read where some consider the AIG scandal as a Soap Opera. Probably not a little soap opera. A large soap opera. En espanol, Grande Novella.

I get over 250 news feeds on line and as I make my way through the alerts and notices it truly does sound like a soap opera but with one twist. There is no happy ending for anyone. g

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

No Strings Attached


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

No Strings Attached

The sweetheart deal with AIG was actually done under the first stimulus package with President Bush. No strings attached. Take the money and run.

Since then the latest money comes with a restriction on giving raises and bonuses.

Much too late I might add. Attorney General Cuomo from New York had to subpoena the records today and he found that the money had been dispersed according to on-line news reports.

Live and learn or maybe it is the one about crying over milk spilled by the former Republican President. What was his name again?

Monday, March 16, 2009

Early St. Patrick's Day Gift


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Early St. Patrick's Day Gift

It is still not St. Patrick's Day yet. For all of you who drank too much over the weekend the real day is tomorrow. You get a couple of chances to ruin your liver this week.

The executives at AIG Insurance got their St. Patrick's Day gift early. By the way the person who decided to go ahead with the bonuses was appointed by former President George W. Bush. Current President Obama spoke to him about how bad that made everyone look and the Bush appointee said that he had to do it because he would get sued if he did not.

The highest bonus was $6 million.

I don't think we should live our lives based on whether or not we might get sued. As an elected official I was sued hundreds of times for millions of dollars and that never made any difference about how I decided an issue. By the way no one who ever sued me ever won anything.

Me and the rest of the world are very upset with former President Bush and his appointee. g

Sunday, March 15, 2009

So Much To Do. So Little Time.


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com


So Much To Do. So Little Time.

I will be 67 soon and I am now on Facebook and Twitter. I guess I can see the future and it is digital.

I did my taxes today. You don't want to know how much I paid. I don't want to know how much I paid.

I am speaking to the Honor Students at the College today on finding their passion and then focusing on their passion. I remember when that used to be a crime.

I read all about Acceptance Commitment Therapy. Interesting stuff.

I finished a business evaluation for a friend of mine.

I paid to not have to go to jail for MDA. Nice.

I read a very long list of things to do if I get depressed. The list was depressing.

The sun is shining. It is over 50 degrees at my house in Breckenridge. Life is good.

Several people have wished me Happy St. Patrick's day over the past three days. I always thought it was on March 17. It was the first full day I spent as a New York City Police Officer. I worked the parade. Got to love the Irish. Sure do like to drink. g

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Make Up Your Mind


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Make Up Your Mind

I always laugh at my Libertarian friends who are opposed to government intervention in their lives. Most of them today are complaining that government is not helping enough to get us out of the recession. Schizophrenic politics. You can't have your cake and eat it too.

Senator Grassley from Iowa did the Republican rebuttal to President Obama's weekly address this morning and he was whining about how Obama has managed to mess up our economy without giving due credit to former President Bush and the Republicans. Schizophrenic politics. Talking out of both sides of his brain.

The past three days has shown that things might be getting better. The stock market was back above 7000. It is not a recovery yet but it is much better than going down.

I think that the Libertarians and Republicans give a lot of comic relief in these perilous times. Let's all give them a good laugh. g

Friday, March 13, 2009

A Brick In The Mouth


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Brick In The Mouth To You

This morning on NPR they interviewed an archaeologist from Italy about a find where a corpse from the Black Plague was found to have a brick in its mouth. They believe that the superstition of the day was to put a brick or a rock in the mouth of the dead person to prevent them from eating the flesh and the souls of the other dead folks in the crypt. Sounds kind of harsh to me. I suppose that if they had had some duct tape they might have used that.

Anyway, a brick in the mouth to any or all of you who might think that today, Friday the 13th, is unlucky because it is not. As Pogo used to say, "Friday the 13th falls on Friday this month" and that is where it ends. I promise all of you that today will be the luckiest day of your life. Go buy a lottery ticket or some scratch ticket and prove me wrong. The fact that you can read this is a good indication that you are fortunate indeed. g

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Face In The Mirror


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

The Face In The Mirror

I first became an elected official in 1977 as a Blue River, Colorado Town Council member. I ended my political career voluntarily in January of 2007. Sounds like thirty years to me. Way too long for a person like me who believes in term limits. Relatives, fish and politicians all smell bad after three days.

One thing that was told to me over and over again during my thirty years in office is who to please. First you please the face in the mirror, yourself. They you please the people who sent you to office, your constituents. And third you please your political party.

I think that a lot of confusion arises from who your constituents are. As a town council member it is the people in the town. As county coroner it is all of the people in the county. As county commissioner the same is true. As state representative or senator it is the people from your district. Not the people from the other districts. You do not have a higher calling. The governor United States Senator and the others holding statewide office have a higher calling.

Politicians who are least effective are those who are not focused on who sent her or him there. g

The Face In The Mirror


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

The Face In The Mirror

I first became an elected official in 1977 as a Blue River, Colorado Town Council member. I ended my political career voluntarily in January of 2007. Sounds like thirty years to me. Way too long for a person like me who believes in term limits. Relatives, fish and politicians all smell bad after three days.

One thing that was told to me over and over again during my thirty years in office is who to please. First you please the face in the mirror, yourself. They you please the people who sent you to office, your constituents. And third you please your political party.

I think that a lot of confusion arises from who your constituents are. As a town council member it is the people in the town. As county coroner it is all of the people in the county. As county commissioner the same is true. As state representative or senator it is the people from your district. Not the people from the other districts. You do not have a higher calling. The governor United States Senator and the others holding statewide office have a higher calling.

Politicians who are least effective are those who are not focused on who sent her or him there. g

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Statistics


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Statistics

I was listening with some interest this morning as the reports of President Obama's education policy was being discussed. One of the keystones of the policy is reducing the dropout rate.

Of course I am opposed to dropouts. I think that every child should strive to graduate from High School and go on to a four year college degree. Obama wants to achieve that by 2020.

The is an old adage about how statistics never lie but statisticians do. Dropout rates are a major way to get state and federal funding. If you can prove that your schools are not working then government will throw billions of dollars at the problem.

Most schools will achieve a 60% graduation rate. 40% of the students that start the 9th grade never finish the 12th grade. Sounds simple right? Wrong.

There is no system in place to track the kids that start the 9th grade and then move on to another school district or state. If they do not finish they are a dropout. The child who is a whiz and starts college at 15 is a dropout. Did not graduate from high school. A dummy. A bum. Yet has a BA when he or she is 18 or 19. Hardly any of these.

Be careful of the numbers because the statisticians do lie. g

Monday, March 9, 2009

Another Monday Morning


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Another Monday Morning

I had been feeling under the weather since last Wednesday. Went to Boulder yesterday and felt better. Sometimes just getting out of the house helps.

The funny thing is that I did the BLOG every day except yesterday when I actually felt better. My bad.

I have said this before but I am truly going to stop watching the news. I could not sleep last night so I turned on satellite radio and listened to a bunch of people talk about how our economy is going down the tubes. Not a good thing to put you to sleep.

I am going into a mood of avoidance. If I don't see it or hear it then it did not happen. g

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Spring Forward Tonight


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Spring Forward Tonight

No, that is not something to do in bed although you could if that is where you keep your clocks. I go to bed so early that I change my clocks before I go to bed so I hardly notice the difference except when the comes up late.

Daylight Savings Time was an idea put forward by Benjamin Franklin. It did not gain widespread acceptance until the middle of the 20th Century when states were given the option in 1945. It was passed into law in 1918 and repealed in 1919.

Two states still refuse to play with others. (Didn't we learn that in Kindergarten?) Hawaii and Arizona. Indiana did not in the past but since 2006 has decided to play with everyone in the time game. I know someone who has connections with both states but I am not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing.

Anyway, here is the story from the Denver Post today in case you don't believe me. g


Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March.

Don't forget to set your clocks forward. Most computers change automatically.

Safety officials suggest that people change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms in concert with the clock change.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Give Of Yourself


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Give Of Yourself


I was just watching CNN and they had a piece on Michelle Obama working at a Soup Kitchen in Washington D.C. today. I don't ever remember a First Lady working in a soup kitchen.

Good for her and good for what she said.

She commented that in these hard times we do not always have money to give or the ability to buy food for hungry people but we can all give of ourselves. She said that this morning she was working with six other women in the kitchen cooking lunch. She said that all of the women could qualify to get a free meal but they had decided to become part of the solution rather than part of the problem and were helping out fixing meals.

I am in my fifth month of working at the Summit Community Care Clinic in Frisco providing low cost medical care for low income and uninsured members of our community. I work six hours a day, five days a week at the clinic. We saw 58 patients on Monday.I would challenge a fully funded clinic to provide assistance to that number of people.

I work along side an older woman who comes to the clinic after she finishes her volunteer shift at the Summit County Library doing much the same work. She is a file clerk for the library and a file clerk for the clinic.

Ask yourself if you have some time to give and then start calling around for a place that needs help. It could be a child care facility or the animal shelter. I know that you have time to give and that there are places that need your time. g

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Good Thing I Am Old


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

This semester I am teaching Sociology II, American Government and a new course for me Contemporary World History. It covers the time period from 1900 to today.

I really enjoy teaching times and events that I have actually experienced. I can teach from my own memory rather than relying on some boring historian. I can be boring enough without their help.

Tuesday night we were talking about changes in music, dress and culture in general. We talked about the Roaring Twenties, the Busby Berkley musicals of the 30's that were intended to make people happy and the advent of Rock and Roll in the 1950s.

I first moved to New York City from Iowa in 1960. I bounced around between New York, Georgia and England for a few years and came back to the city in 1964. In 1965 I was a private detective in New York and had the good fortune to be asked to work security for the Beatles on their first American Tour. I was at the concert in Shea Stadium. You can watch it on You Tube and if you knew where to look you can see me standing on the dugout where the Beatles came onto the field.

Later I was in the New York Police Department and one evening I was detailed to work inside the Broadway Theatre where they were holding the Tony Awards. That night I was able to talk to Groucho Marx, Jack Benny, Paul Newman, Joann Woodward and have an extended conversation with Carol Channing as she was practicing her speech near the door. As they were all leaving Groucho Marx actually asked if I would carry him out on my shoulders as he was very short and could not get through the crowd. Of course he was joking but it is a memory I have of that night.

I tell these stories in my class and sometimes my students do not have a clue as to who I am talking about. When we were talking about dance fads I mentioned "The Lindy Hop." No one had ever heard of it or had seen it. I found it on You Tube also and they really enjoyed how hard the dancers had to work. I told them it was named after Charles Lindberg. No one knew who he was.

Good thing they have an old teacher who remembers this stuff. g

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Heat Wave Continues


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

The Heat Wave Continues


Last night I left class at 10:00 PM in Dillon and was followed by one of my students through the parking lot. I casually mentioned that all of the snow on my driveway in Breckenridge had melted already and that I was really nice to enjoy the warm weather. The student works at Arapahoe Basin and immediately started complaining that I should not talk like that. I should move if I wanted warm weather. I was amused that the student thought that I could control the weather by what I said and that, after 35 years, I did not know that it was normally cold and snowy in March in Summit County. Maybe I have taught the student too much. g

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Our Future


Summit County, Colorado
Gary Lindstrom gary@garylindstrom.com

Today I simply submit this link to a very powerful video about our future. I had received it from many people and most recently from Don Brown in Estherville, Iowa. g

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL9Wu2kWwSY

Monday, March 2, 2009

It Is About Demand Reduction


It Is About Demand Reduction


Last night 60 Minutes had an excellent program describing the problems on the border between Mexico and the United States. No, it had nothing to do with immigration. It was about organized crime and the fact that over 6000 people have been killed in the past year in the wars between the drug lords in Mexico.

This past week more than 700 people were arrested in the United States for being part of the drug cartels in Mexico. The Cartels are even in Alaska and North Dakota.

The problem is not organized crime or the drug lords. The problem is the large demand for illegal drugs in the United States. If there was no business there would be no crime. End of story.

I have always supported legalizing marijuana and then making heroin and cocaine prescription drugs and then tax it heavily.

The demand will never go away. It is the same as prohibition and people will always want alcohol, which is a legal drug, the same way they want all of the other drugs.

Let's put the drug lords out of business by eliminating their customers. We will never stop it otherwise.

This is not a recent phenomenon. There has been a demand for illegal drugs for centuries. In fact they have only been illegal for about 100 years. Making them illegal did not reduce the demand and it certainly did not slow down the drug dealers. g

Sunday, March 1, 2009

We Are Having A Heat Wave, A Tropical Heat Wave


We Are Having A Heat Wave, A Tropical Heat Wave

Very warm in Summit County today. It was still in the high 50s when I got back from Boulder this afternoon. It was in the 60s and 70s in Denver.

In like a Lamb and out like a Lion. Time will tell.

I drive for over four hours each Sunday to and from Boulder to see my wife Lynne who has been in a nursing home for the past nine years with MS. I spend all of the time in the car listening to talk radio. Both Conservative talk radio and Liberal talk radio. By the way there are ten conservative stations and only one liberal station.

I was about ready to get out of the car and throw up after listening to how President Obama has destroyed our economy in only one month.

No mention of the fact that he took over an economy from George W. that had the highest deficit and the highest debt ever in the history of the world.

If this is the brain trust of the Conservatives and/or the Republican Party they will continue to be in deep trouble for years to come.

I wonder where these pundits get their information. I guess they all must listen to Mike Rosen and Rush Limbaugh. g