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Sunday, December 26, 2010
Here on the east coast, we are bracing for a significant snow event today and tomorrow. Certain areas in the southeast and mid-Atlantic have already been impacted by this coastal storm. By midday tomorrow, a large portion of the population on the east coast will be in the midst of digging out and dealing with this storm and its after effects.
As I write this, I am certain the local supermarkets' supplies of milk, bread and soup are nearly exhausted. Nothing like a little snow storm to send people scrambling to the store to stock up for the impending end of travel. I don't follow that little ritual and I don't generally shop on Black Friday other. But I do find big storms very sexy. Of course, when lived briefly in the Midwest and we were exposed to when seemingly appeared to be daily blizzards, I lost my love for the white stuff. And when left the Land of Lincoln for the sunny shores of Peach State, we also left our snow blower behind. I am feeling remorse for the decision, and even today, several years later, I have no replaced my dependable snow blower, feeling as if I had lost a loyal pet that I could not replace. I may rethink this position and I nearly did last year after all of that snow. Today we are looking at somewhere between 6" and perhaps a bit more than a foot of the white stuff. Given the temperature and humidity level, I suspect and have heard that it will be relatively dry. So, shoveling should not be so excruciatingly painful and really can be put off until manna.
Which brings me back to storms. I find them sexy. It can be a tropical storm or a Nor'easter. I find these little gifts from above to be very sexy. I like to stay in and play or go out and get into a little trouble at the local tavern, revelling with others in the integrity of our Gore Tex and own sheer abilities to circumnavigate the neighborhoods wrought by high winds, driving rains and snow drifts. Today will be no different. I will entice Ally to venture out with me for some supplies. I think a case or two of beer maybe in order. I have a certain seasonal brew on my mind today. And then secure in our knowledge that we can survive for at least a day, stop by a pub for a quick pop of our favorite beverages.
Perhaps while we are out we will engage others like us, who brave the elements so we walk around in our sturdy stylish footwear and Christmas sweaters and make new friends. Ah, new friends in a snow storm. Such events in my life have led to life long friends and a couple of very sexy and memorable encounters.
Let It Snow!
Friday, December 24, 2010
Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Sunday, August 15, 2010
Monday, May 3, 2010
By now, most of us realize that there is a very large ruptured pipe spewing vast amounts of crude oil in to the gulf of Mexico some 41 miles south of the Louisiana cost in a section of the oil rich region known as the Mississippi Canyon Block 252. Following the failure of the sea floor located "blowout preventer", a device designed to prevent this very type of disaster, the oil flow began. Original estimates pegged the release at some 1000 barrels a day. Now, the estimated number is more like 5000 barrels a day and the reality is that we really don't know at what volume this crude oil is flowing into the Gulf. We also don't know when it will stop. At this point, BP Oil, the owner and developer of this oil field has taken full responsibility for the effects of the explosion of it's contractor's, Transocean, submersible drill rig, the Deepwater Horizon. But BP's ability to correct this problem has not been assured and their current proposal to stop this flow involves some untested installation of a device, much like a cover over the ruptured pipe. The device, known as a "oil recovery system chamber" is reportedly a 4 story high steel box of sorts that weighs in excess of 70 tons. Each of three of these will be lowered to the Gulf floor to contain the oil and allow for it to be pumped to the surface. We all hope that this plan succeeds, but as a reasonable individual looking from the outside in, it does not strike me as a plausible solution to containing a flow of liquid that is pumping with some rather large amount of pressure. And this device has never been used before.
So the reality is this is shaping up to be an unplanned oil release of a magnitude that perhaps has not been seen ever in this, the last or the previous centuries.
An economist by the name of David R. Kotok addressed this issue from an environmental, economic and financial perspective yesterday. Mr. Kotok is an interesting character. In addition to being the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of Cumberland Advisors , a respected medium sized investment advisory firm, since 1973, he also is Director and Program Chairman of the Global Interdependence Center. His is biography (excerpt below) as listed on the Cumberland Advisor website.
"David R. Kotok co-founded Cumberland Advisors in 1973 and has been its Chief Investment Officer since inception. He holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S. in Organizational Dynamics from The School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters in Philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Kotok currently serves as a Director and Program Chairman of the Global Interdependence Center (GIC)(www.interdependence.org), whose mission is to encourage the expansion of global dialogue and free trade in order to improve cooperation and understanding among nation states, with the goal of reducing international conflicts and improving worldwide living standards. Mr. Kotok chairs its Central Banking Series and GIC’s Food and Water global stability project, a five continent dialogue held in Philadelphia, Paris, Zambia (Livingstone), Hanoi, Singapore, and Santiago, Chile.
Mr. Kotok is also a member of the National Business Economics Issues Council (NBEIC), the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), the Philadelphia Council for Business Economics (PCBE), and the Philadelphia Financial Economists Group (PFEG).
Mr. Kotok has served as a Commissioner of the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and on the Treasury Transition Teams for New Jersey Governors Kean and Whitman. He has also served as a board member of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority and as Chairman of the New Jersey Casino Reinvestment Development Authority.
Mr. Kotok hosts an annual Maine fishing trip, where, it is rumored, most of the nation’s important financial and economic decisions are actually made."
Yesterday, CNN broadcast and published the following statements by Mr. Kotok during an interview with Joe Weisenthal where he explained a worst case scenario of this event, should the oil flow remain unchecked. (CNN Link)
"This spew stoppage takes longer to reach a full closure; the subsequent cleanup may take a decade. The Gulf becomes a damaged sea for a generation. The oil slick leaks beyond the western Florida coast, enters the Gulf stream and reaches the eastern coast of the United States and beyond. Use your imagination for the rest of the damage. Monetary cost is now measured in the many hundreds of billions of dollars."
"Usually, the first estimates in any crises are too low. That is true here. 1000 barrels a day is now 5000, and some estimates of spillage are trending higher. No one knows exactly. The containment and boom mechanism is subject to weather cooperation as we can see this weekend. Soon we are entering the hurricane season. The thoughts of a storm stirring up the Gulf, hampering any cleanup or remediation drilling effort and creating a huge 10,000 square mile black stew is frightening to every professional in the business. This will be a financial calamity for many firms, not just BP and its partners and service providers. Their liabilities are immense and must not be underestimated. The first estimate of $12.5 billion is only a starter."
"Thousands of small and independent businesses as well as larger public companies in tourism are hurt here. This is not just about the source of half the nation’s shrimp. That is already a casualty. It’s also about the bank loans for the $200,000 shrimp boat and the house the boat owner and/or his employees live in and the fact that this shock piles on a fragile financial system that is trying to recover from a three-year financial crisis. Case study, my fishing guide in the Everglades splits his time between Florida and Louisiana. His May bookings in LA have cancelled. His colleagues lost theirs and their lodge will be empty. They are busy trying to find work in the clean up. For him, his wife and eleven year old daughter, his $600 a day guide fees just went “poof”. When I asked him if he thought he had a legal claim on BP, he said he hadn’t thought about it yet but it gave him pause. As we suggested above, the $12.5 billion loss estimate is only a starter."
"Federal deficit spending will certainly rise by tens, and maybe hundreds, of billions as emergency appropriations are directed at larger and larger efforts to clean up this mess. At the same time, federal and state revenues tied to Gulf-region businesses will fall. My colleague John Mousseau will be discussing the impact on state and local government debt in a separate research commentary.
We expect that the Federal Reserve will extend the timeframe that we have come to know as the “extended period” in the making of its monetary policy. We do not expect the Fed to raise interest rates at all for the rest of this year, and maybe well into next year. We expect to see the deterioration of the economic statistics for the US to reveal the onset of this oil-slick crisis in May, and the negative impact will intensify during the summer months. A “double-dip” recession probably has been made more likely by this tragedy."
BP reported today that it is encouraged by it's efforts to develop the develop the device for installation over the three sources of the oil flow. For more information on this new release, click here (New York Times).
Monday, April 26, 2010
In a continuing effort to further the cause of procrastination during the work week, I decided to take this test that I stumbled upon this morning. I answered the questions honestly and really thought that I would score very low in the overall rating. But no......I apparently did just the opposite.
And for the record, BDSM and anything involving latex clothing is not my thing.
Your result for The What's your sexual style? Test...
You scored 54 imagination, 83 confidence, 67 dominance, and 75 generosity!
You are a KINKY, CONFIDENT, DOMINANT lover who prefers to give.
This means that:
You like relatively kinky sex, and you have the great imagination that will always keep your partner guessing and excited! There's no getting bored with you around, you could never settle for dull sex, you want something fun and new all the time. You aren't afraid to try out anything you hear about. You might just be an intelligent lover who needs to be mentally engaged, or perhaps you have some dirty dark secret kinky desires, but either way, you're never boring.
You are pretty confident in bed. This means that you know you can please your lover. Maybe you've read a lot of sex manuals, or have the experience from previous lovers, or just tend to be skilled at whatever you get your hands on, but you're good and you know it. You can really get results and know that you have pure talent, so you won't be hiding away shy, pretending to be all innocent. Your partners love your naughty self assurance, you don't hesitate and this makes you a sensational lover.
You tend to be dominant in bed, so you prefer to be the one giving the orders than taking them. Maybe you like the power, or just like controlling the pace, perhaps your partner likes to be dominanted, or maybe you get a kick out of the whole master/slave relationship, it could be something as small as liking to be on top during sex and tie up your lover to tease them, or it could be as kinky as them having to ask your permission to do anything at all. Either way, you are firm and you enjoy it!
You prefer to give than recieve. This makes you a very unselfish lover, devoted to the needs of your partner rather than your own. You get your pleasure from seeing them get theirs, you are a model sex partner. I'm sure plenty of people would love to have someone like you in bed with them! Remember though that if your partner gets pleasure from returning the favour it's okay to let them, they might love giving as much as you do!
WE SUGGEST YOU:
get into some slightly more hardcore fantasy territory. Go for bondage in a not so light and fluffy way and discover just what you really like. Want to play master/slave games? Want to be tied up or tie someone up, in just enough discomfort that they don't quite relax? Want to try a threesome? Maybe you'd even like to try out sado-masochism. It's your call. Whatever you do, unleash that kinky thing you've always really wanted to try and give it a go, you're a great lover, and you know it, up for anything, generous, imaginative, confident, and happy to go for what you want, so enjoy.
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Today's New York Times has a terrific interview and background piece on this rising 35 year old talent titled "I'm Chelsea Handler. And you're not." Take a look. I like her. How about you?
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Friday, January 1, 2010
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Compliments to James Watkins Photostream on Flickr