Upside down economy
This past Saturday I loaded up my lawnmowers and went down to my church to help with the first mowing of the year. I know it is odd for a senior pastor to do this but I like to get around the church members as much as I can. So i stopped by and picked up my brother and off we went, it was looking good when we got "old red" to start up. Old red is now starting its tenth mowing season and is held together by coat hanger wire and duct tape --Log in or sign up to see linked image content--.
The other mower which was less than a year old though... a totally different story because despite everything we could do it just refused to start. So we called over to the lawn mower shop and they told us they charged $[sign in to see URL] just to look at it! Then we took the mower back to where we bought it to see what they could do. I was hopeful that the mower would still be under some kind of warranty. Well, it was and it wasn't... the store would not repair the mower but they told us that if we gave them $[sign in to see URL] we could swap the broken mower for a brand new one! Of course I took the deal but it is sad to think that getting a mower fixed costs more than just swapping it out for a new one... and the really sad part... the store told me if the new one broke anytime in the next two years they would do the swap again!
Now the cool part is that we did get the churches yard mowed so everything worked out great for us when it was all said and done. --Log in or sign up to see linked image content--
Nope, I am not going political on this but I find it very weird when the "puffer machines" (see: [sign in to see URL]
) are phased out and the new x-ray scanners promoted by former Homeland Security secretary Michael Chertoff ([sign in to see URL]
) is suddenly being touted as the way to go. No mention is made why the Iscon scanners were not considered ([sign in to see URL]
) even though they are now being used by the U.S. Department of Corrections ([url][sign in to see URL] One wonders why the privacy concerns of criminal suspects are more important to the government than the privacy and health concerns of the general flying public. Could it be that political friendships and ties are more important than doing the ethical and morally correct thing?
The Runboard Webring
Well I was thinking about doing a board hop but those get really tedious for me. I know others that like them but keeping track of the links and posting in each board is time consuming. At the same time I wanted a way were any public Runboard could join in at any time and the board hop makes that hard to do as well.
So I have created a Runboard Web-ring. It took some doing and messed up the database for RunSearch at first but finally the default settings are working correctly. The code suffers from table-itis but hopefully that can be corrected as I get time...
The host for the code is ][sign in to see URL]
The home site for the Web-Ring is ]Runboard Design
Drop on by and take a look. The Runboard Web-Ring is now active and accepting members.
The Runboard Store
Once I received permission from Thor to do this I created a "official" Runboard Products store. The store host I chose has many International sites so instead of just posting a link to the USA store I created a announcement posting in TRD here:
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so people can order their own Runboard products. I set the first of the official products (a t-shirt, coffee cup, ball cap, and bumper sticker) to show as featured items and have set the Runboard graphic as a template which allows you to create and order over 100 different items. Any and all profits generated by the Runboard store will go to charity. The first charity is a 114 year old orphanage located in Texas.
Recently Photobucket added the ability to create and purchase products such as t-shirts, ball-caps, and coffee cups using the pictures you upload to their site. It is kinda cool and the prices seem to be competitive with other online sites but I think they may get in trouble when users start using copyrighted or trademarked pictures and logo's.
I asked for permission from Thor before I placed my own order for a t-shirt with the Runboard logo on it (dang, forgot to ask for permission to use it on a coffee cup) because I do not wish to even appear to infringe on the owners rights.