Author: Brandon  |  Category: Family, Logan

My Little Picasso

My boy is going to be an Artist. A couple of weeks ago Logan was playing downstairs for an hour or so. It was weird, because, well…Logan is never that quiet for that long. I decided it best to go and check on him. Not a pleasant surprise. About halfway down the stairs the smell hit me. I jumped the rest of the way down and there it was: A wonderful masterpiece of pooh. Logan had taken managed to take his diaper off and decided the interior décor of our basement wasn’t quite up to par.

He found a yardstick and stuck it in his poo and hit the back of the couch with it, causing the splatters to cover the entire back of the couch. This wasn’t enough paint on the couch, so it looked like he decided to go to the front and beat the top of each section of the couch with his newly acquired paint. Each cushion had a perfect splotch that was wonderful. Apparently this had tired him out a little bit and he wanted to watch tv. Why use one remote when you got six? You guessed it, his hands must have been dipped in the new goo as well, because every single key on each remote was plastered with it.

TV must have gotten boring quickly because right after that he must have hopped on his little car we had in the basement. The seat now matched the rest of the decoration, and both handlebars had a new squishy feel to them. Why ride a bike though without playing with all the toys? We ended up going through his entire toy box finding little spots of the “Logan-love” here and there. It was a pleasant experience. When I finally arrived on scene he was sitting on the carpet scooting his bottom around while building a building with his building blocks and some “Construction adhesive.”

I never knew so much could come out in one dose.

Below are pictures of the incident that happened just a couple of days ago. While not quite the majestic masterpiece of the previous incident, it still gives a small notion of the brilliance of my little Picasso.

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Brandon Burton

My first 5 K (not money either)

Well, Hailey Finally talked me into running a 5k today. Last week I ran 1.25 miles with the scouts and didn’t even make it. I had to walk every 500 yards or so for a few minutes. It was pretty rough. Anyway, today we went to John’s Hole on the greenbelt with Jamie Sorenson to the Run Walk Charity Dealio. We had signed up and got some sweet a T-shirts that I am pretty sure I will wear every day.

We started the race in a big glob of people, we had pretty good starting position, but I left Hailey because I didn’t want to get in anybody’s way because I was running to slow, so I went to the back of the glob. After running for a mile, I started to actually think I would make it the entire way. Mile 2 came and went and I could still see Hailey right in front of me, which seemed odd. I thought that i would inevitably be puking at that point in the race. Watching her run in front of me really was a lot of motivation to keep going though. I am pretty sure I would have stopped and walked a little if I couldn’t even see her. I think she was secretly holding back a little bit just for my sake. That’s why I love her.

The last mile was pretty brutal. I hadn’t run since high school really, and was pretty shocked to have made it this far, but I started getting that weak leg, queasy head feeling like I was going to eat it. As much as I wanted to go up and grab my wife I figured laying in the road passed out really wasn’t worth it. Plus, as a gentlemen, I didn’t want to beat her. “Ladies first” right!?

Uhm, I still am not sure why people do it, but I guess It might be kind of fun for some people. Now she is trying to get me to sign up for another one. Remind me to pass out next time…

Author: Brandon  |  Category: Opinions

Why Gas Prices are so High

Drilling in Alaska

The Artic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) consists of almost 19,000,000 acres of ground. In 1960 this became federally protected. Of the acreage, about 1.5 Million acres are designated to the area called the 10-02 area. This area is located on the northern most part of Alaska, above the article circle. Experts say that there 4.3 to 11.8 Billion barrels of oil could possible be recovered. Between 250,000 and 735,000 jobs could be created. Prudhoe Bay, which is to the west of this region of ANWR, has grown from 3,000 animals to its current level of around 32,000 animals. The process of extracting oil does not harm the wildlife. If ANWR were developed for drilling the footprint of the entire project would be less than 2,000 acres. (smaller than LAX airport)

In terms of money for you and me: Currently Oil imports in America are estimated at 1.5 billion dollars a day. At estimated flow rates and using $125 per barrel price level, ANWR could save the nation between $125,000,000 and $187,500,000 a day for decades. That might help the economy a little bit. That is money that the US would keep inside the US instead of giving it to other countries.

What is happening?

As of May 15, 2008 the polar bear is now on the Threatened species list. After being sued by an Environmentalist Group, the federal government (Bush administration) claimed that due to “GLOBAL WARMING” the ice caps were melting and the Polar Bear is being threatened by its environment. This will cause two things to happen. 1- It will deter any drilling in the Arctic Region due to the fact that it will cause an even bigger threat to the Polar Bear. 2 – Congress will have to look at the effects of “global warming” on the environment of Polar Bears and come to a decision that CO2 and other greenhouse gases are actually causing detriment to the ice caps. This will then result in more laws to cut emissions and other policies to cut down on greenhouse gases. It is win win for the environmentalists and democrats, and lose lose for the American people and our way of life. It is interesting to mention the actual population of polar bears has actually quadrupled in that last decade to nearly 25,000.

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Many more environmentalists are fighting to avoid drilling in ANWR due to the fact that it will disrupt the environment in many other ways, when in reality the actual footprint of the project would be barely noticeable.

Shale Oil

One and a half trillion (yes trillion, not billion or even million) barrels of Oil Shale lies within the boarders of Utah, Wyoming and Utah. The oil contained in this shale would produce more than five times the oil reserves of Saudi Arabia. Recently the process to refine the shale has been too expensive, but now it has become a possibility due to the high prices of Oil. If the technology came forth to try and produce oil from these shale deposits Americans would not need to worry about importing oil again. Many companies are currently in the process of refining this product.

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What is happening?

From June to September of 2005 The BLM opened up a small part of the Green River Formation (the largest formation of oil shale in the world) for Research and Development for Companies to come in and see how well they could facilitate the extraction and refining of the shale contained in those small areas. From those studies and many others the BLM has developed a plan called PEIS. In this 1400 page plan it mentions 12 different approaches to getting the oil out of the ground along with all the environmental effects the projects will have. Then plan is ready

Shell has also developed a process that doesn’t even require the mining of the shale from the ground. They head the oil out of the ground and refine it from there. There are also other processes that consist of actually mining the shale from the ground.

Overall the process would range from $30 a barrel to $60 and could ultimately go down after the initial extraction periods.

Our gas prices

Why is this happening? Why is the government allowing our people to pay such high prices for Gas? Our economy, our way of life was built on principals of capitalism which has helped our country grow to the status it has obtained in the world. The government not allowing us to move forward with the technology we have developed and the resources that we have on our own soil is only proving the fact we are losing our freedom. Our country was built upon new ideas, and technology, new thinking, and exploration. Right now our country is importing oil at high prices, which are being passed on to the consumer –you and me. Meanwhile we have enough oil in our backyards to substantiate our way of life for years to come that we can’t even touch due to federal regulations and policies. When is it going to stop?

If we don’t change what we are doing right now, gas prices are not going to change, the economy is not going to get better, and it is going to get to a point where America become so dependent on other countries for oil and food that we make ourselves vulnerable.

Environmentalist groups currently have too much power in Washington and are creating a bleak future for our country. Our country depends on Oil and Gas, not just for our cars, but for our homes, travel, shipping, and food. It seems that a hydroelectric 747 is a little ways out, so why not use the resources that we have right now. Gas prices will continue to rise as environmentalists control the government and tie their hands from doing what is necessary to help sustain our way of life.

American will rise out of the current economic slump that it is in, but a change needs to be made. The environment, our country, our land is there for our use. We need to take care of it, but we can also use it, if we use it wisely. Why starve, and make other countries starve, because we won’t drill into some ice that 99.9% of the population will never see or step foot on? Why pay 5-10 dollars a gallon at the pump, because our government will not take the initiative to increase spending in the appropriate areas to initiate the refining of our own resources into fuel? Change is inevitable. In which direction will that change be?
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Author: Brandon  |  Category: Guides

Car Maintenance

Many of us live in a world where we have to drive in order to get anywhere. Vehicles are no longer a luxury, but a necessity. The world we live in requires us to have two and sometimes three vehicles just to get everything accomplished. It would be nice if we were able to hop in the car and take off and not have to do anything to them ever, but unfortunately cars require a lot of maintenance. Maintenance that takes time out of our lives and busy schedules. I am going to help you out by making your life a lot simpler. Following these simple ‘How Tos’ will help get you on a path to the kind of lifestyle you have always loved.

Changing The Oil

Step 1 – Throw away that oil filter you just bought, you will not need it for further steps.

Step 2 – Use the oil you just purchased to put in your car to start a big fire out back for tomorrow nights party. (it burns very quickly so be careful)

Step 3 – Look at the tools you just spent $100 on, only to get the right size wrench to undo your oil plug, then put them in the garage under a few boxes where they will never be used again.

Step 4 – Find a phone book.

Step 5 – Open it, then take a break. There is no reason to stress yourself out this early on by actually reading, so grab a Pepsi.

Step 6 – Look in the Auto maintenance section to find someone who can change your oil.

Step 7 – This step is very important, The people you call are going to say that you need to simply bring your car down to them and they will go ahead and change your oil. Why do you need to get up and go do something? After all you did have to open that can of Pepsi, continue to call people until they decide to come to you. Any more effort on your part would be really pushing yourself.