It is time to publish…today it’s about recovery & +…

maps of system options * yellow areas are self driving *some details of supported system in left corner
maps of system options * yellow areas are self driving
*some details of supported system in left corner

In May I lost the ability to draw maps in Google Maps. My computer is from 2006 and only has 1.25GB of memory. I think the latest browsers require about 4GB. I had also lost the ability to access the 134 maps that I had drawn. To compound matters I went in for a hernia operation and when I healed from that I broke my kneecap. Then in June there was a transportation meeting in Port Austin and with 4 weeks of kneecap recovery I went. When I got back I spent several days going to other transit events and a party where I slipped and broke my kneecap again.

I have spent the last eight weeks recovering from that and the removal (a month ago) of ten screws in my knee and ankle. In the meantime I took a loan to live on and received an iPad from my father, so I can now access maps. The confusing part is that most of the written words are on on my desktop, so I am stuck emailing myself in order to compose another email with a map. (or compose a blog post…)

Just before I lost access to the 134 maps I made a KMZ file ( Farms, forest _ parks.kmz ) of many of them. What I expected was file of each one but as I opened them they added to each other. What I ended up with is a file that includes some long transit runs and some other cities such as Las Vegas and Davisburg, CA. This opens up in Google Earth and seems to have only self driving areas…

The KMZ map includes self driving shaded areas, train, bus and carriers. The other maps that I’m including give a representation of carrier lines that I would like to see as part of our Detroit Metro.

Farms, forest _ parks.kmz (do think it will work)

There is even a sorting out field of the internet now. I can get Google to do a download once! There afterward I can download an image to G+…( see my google plus profile to see the latest map-done today)

Given the fact that there has been much discussion on Atlanta and Barcelona being the same population but Atlanta is much larger, I question the use of Barcelona’s transit system in the U.S. Detroit can be the catalyst for the suburban model.

In order to do that there needs to be a way of defining roadways to get people around. Some of these are shown in the map of the RTA of Southeast Michigan showing routes of travel along Michigan Ave. There needs to be a clear means of designating roads other then M- roads as travel destinations. Some roads will need areas were buses/trains/carriers get a green light instead of a red. Some roads might be in electrical transmission routes or along rivers or though vacant properties…

Take a look at the maps I have provided…without comment or do…


“they want to see what you have…”

Yesterday I had a customer drop off a sofa cushion that had a tear in it. He went on about Art Van and how they sent two people out to say it was not covered by the he warranty. Then he went on to say that he had people coming over for the holidays and then he said “they want to see what you have…”, and that line stuck with me!

So they want to see what you have? Is this what life comes down to? In one word, yes. As much as we try to forge ahead with notions that what we do matters, (to what “they” think?), it really is always in our forefront about what we have.

We tend to share what we have. We associate with people with whom we can share. And that means showing what we have.

Be it the Pistons or a perfect sofa. Be it a back up camera (on all post 2014 vehicles) or an idea about transportation.

We seek out people that we are comfortable with. “They..” are different, the same, changing or not changing, in a waiting place or forgotten. “They…” are the people we are sharing “…what you have…” with. In a word this what life comes down to “they want to see what you have…”.

Getting Through My Discontent

This morning I got up early. It was 4:30 when I awoke. I finished reading John Steinbeck’s the Winter Of Our Discontent. The introduction says”…this book is about a large part of America today.”, keep in mind that it was written in 1960. Normally I don’t mark up books, but this one has a few marked pages. One statement by Ethan is: “…we’ve got so many laws you can’t breathe without breaking something.” which brings me to this mornings rant.

My restless longing for better circumstances, goes back a long time. The most recent period I can date back to February 14, 2004. It was a day that I got drunk and folded into my eight year old’s insistence to go to the shop. Do I need to say that I got stopped that day? I have not driven for four and a half years, after serving about twenty one nights in jail on a work release program. In September of 2004 I broke both bones in my left foot just above the ankle. This was a period of strong discontent.

With my income tied to the auto industry things were disintegrating all around me. Yet more was to come. One afternoon my son got upset and ran out the door. A do good neighbor called the police when she saw him on the corner. Now I had to deal with the courts and my ex wife. She got custody. And the auto companies started backing out of contracts.

I was not comfortable with him being in her care and he came to that same conclusion. About two years ago he went to live with a friend of hers. I was hoping that things would get better, that it would be easier to see and communicate with him. Since I have had a steadily decreasing income the past five years it would have been difficult in any situation to support him. In many ways his situation is good, in some ways it adds to my discontent. In a large way not knowing what is going on has kept me from looking for work in other areas.

The last chapter of the Winter Of Our Discontent has a quote (man is) “…a mere speck upon the surface of the universe.” In 1960 world population was 3 billion, today it is 6.75 billion. How do we keep up with these quickly expanding specks? One proposal I read the other day was to require everyone to have a cell phone so we could track everyone. With GPS we might be able to get more people into the court system or discourage anyone from breaking any law. And keep in mind that we have a lot more laws today than we did in 1960.

I have been searching for a job and/or a means to make money since the summer of 2005. It has not been easy. I’ve tried selling on eBay, I’ve sent out hundreds of resumes and I’ve talked to people that I’ve not seen in years. Along the way I’ve run into a lot of suspected circumstances that are used to create perceived better conditions. Most of them can be defined as “laws”. Some are made by organizations, some by public perception, some by companies and a lot more by governments.

Sorting out the human specs is easier in 2010 than in 1960. Only three percent of medical records may be digitalized and available online, but you can’t be born in the United States without getting a Social Security number. (Other 3% figures: only 3% of U.S. companies employ more than 20 people. About 3% of the people that see an ad or marketing campaign will respond to it.) Getting back to sorting out with “laws” and rules. Many jobs require one to agree to background checks and substance testing. In the U.S. with 4.5% of the worlds population we have about 25% of the worlds prisoners. Some seem to say it is better that they are not out and about. They are often supervised by private agencies that have their own sets of “laws” and rules, that they have devised to stay compliant with the “laws” of the government and employment agencies that they represent.

I recently submitted an application with Lowe’s. Over two thirds of the application concerned the fact that they would be performing a background check and questions to determine ones responses to working in a retail environment. I have often wondered, when filling out job applications if what shows up on credit and background checks made a difference whether or not I was called for a job. Yesterday I received the background check from Meijer’s after going in for an interview. I had pestered them to get the interview and was asked to sign for the background check. They said if they did not call back that I could assume that I was denied because of the check. Do I need to say I was not called back. The only thing that showed up was the 30 day sentence.

It would be nice to say that it’s only the big companies that are doing this, but I have been up front with several smaller ones and also informed that they would not consider me. A recent article in the Ann Arbor Observer reported that only about 12% of companies will consider someone with a sentence that involves jail time. I can be thankful that I was able to employ a decent attorney and received only a misdemeanor. The part time job I had in a cabinet shop the past few years was only available because the employee that was not there, was serving two years for a similar offense.

This brings me around to our “laws” and the social views that have a great deal of effect on them. In the April 26, 2009 edition of Parade there is an article on Fewer Lawyers For The Poor. In our lands of the free, it is common knowledge that laws may exist but it is the ones with the most money for lawyers that have the best chance in courts. In my own most recent court cases I can attest to that, both good and bad. Often our laws, the public that is to pay for them and our representatives ability see the consequences in a variety of situations, create more expense and broader civil discourse than what was anticipated.

This post started with the activities of yesterday. First stop was the Secretary of State office. People have been telling me to file for disability for years because of my ankle. When I called the first time I was asked if I could do phone work. Of course. “Well you will have a hard time getting disability.” Two months ago when I submitted an application online I did not include, nor understand the medical records part. A few weeks latter I received a package from SS. In it was a medical release form and request for more information. By the time I got to my records the 30 days from when I filed was up. I called. They said to come on in. I went and it took three hours there to sign the release form and for them to tell me that the system would not allow them to start a new claim. “We can schedule a phone appointment at 9:05 am in two weeks where you can present the information for a new claim.” Great.

Next stop was the Michigan Works program to see about funds for college. After I had registered with that office (even though I’m registered with them at another one) I had to update my resume before they told me they were presenting one hour classes where they would explain the tuition funds available. After that it was on to the Department Of Human Services to turn in a form they had sent updating my housing costs. These places just love shuffling paperwork.

And I did these errands because a family member did not want me to go down town detroit and file paperwork to see a judge concerning visitation of my son. (cool off – how can you do it without a lawyer?) OK it would make more sense to have an income when I go to court.

When I got home I had the notices from Meijer’s. (I thought it odd but within the realms of our “laws” that Meijer’s provides gift certificates to those coming out of jail that complete certain programs, but will not give someone with jail time a job.) Let it go. Can I really see myself going into a big store at 4 am to remark prices? Not really.

Along the lines of something going well was an email from a furniture design firm in Philadelphia accepting my offer to go there and work a week to see if there is a fit. I can’t see it as any more strenuous than the Meijer job and it pays a bit more. Then there is the fact that it is something that I have unique skills in.

That’s my long post for this morning. (Not anything like a 20 minute post.) In the mean time I plan on working this week in my dad’s greenhouse to make the funds to get to Philly. I’ll let you know how it goes in a few weeks.

Jeremy Palmer and other stuff to look at

I’m feeling better this morning, but am not really directed to get going on doing what should be done to make some real money online. I did decide not to pick up another book to read. I read some of The Dharma Bums before going to sleep.

Yesterday I finished reading Acts of War and got some resumes out by email. Then I went out and worked on some counter tops. It’s still in the 40’s and it rained yesterday so I did not get to lay up any laminate. If it gets to 50 I’ll try to get the laminate finished.

What was on my mind yesterday and is still on my mind this morning is all of the information and offers that sit in my email boxes. I read the Linked in acceptance from an old childhood friend, my son’s homework schedules and a few other emails. I deleted a lot of the newsletters with uninteresting headlines, filed the environmental newsletters and let the offers of this and that greatest marketing info sit.

How much time do I want to spend looking at free offers for possibly outdated information being given away in order to lead me to the newest thoughts from some influential people marketing on line. A lot of the information is similar and will reinforce what I am probably seeing in my own online experiences. Then there is the fact that several of the people I get newsletters from offer the same new program.

Then there are two emails from Jeremy Palmer and his Black Ink Project that I really do want to read. After my years of selling on ebay, affiliate marketing seems like the way to promote products. Jeremy has done a good job of out lining how he makes it work. I learned a lot by going through the black ink project, and want to see what his latest views and revisions are. If you want the skinny on this, Click Here!

Another email has about forty messages from yesterday and this morning. Will I get through the 150 plus emails today. Most likely not but there are some I want to read and should respond to. The ones I like are those that don’t show up everyday or that are real short.

Moving on to things that I should get done. I should get some articles written. I started some research on cleaning about two years ago with the intent of writing an article then and still have not done it.

Lest see how I do in tomorrow’s notes.