Garden improvements

I finished up my little rain barrel project yesterday. My three rain barrels used to be underneath the downspout coming off the roof. And that's great for catching the most rain, but the problem was that it is downhill from and not close enough to the garden where it's needed. I've looked into pumps, but they're expensive, which might be why almost no one seems to mention them on their blogs. Everyone just uses gravity, and that's what I'm doing now.

The finishing touches I applied yesterday involved enclosing/hiding the one rain barrel from the street — for aesthetic reasons only — behind an additional section of fencing. The only problem with that is that most of the wood used is new, so it doesn't blend in with the existing faded/grayed-out fence.

I also installed a sort of mini gutter system, fastened to the fence, that will pour its collected rainwater into the rain barrel. It's fairly clever, if I say so myself. I painted that something between beige and gray that matches the old fencing pretty well. But I'm afraid the enclosure itself kind of looks like hell. Sort of like a kid's fort. Or maybe an outhouse. 🙂 I hope the neighborhood association doesn't complain, if they even notice it. I'm thinking of adding a curvy slide to the front of it for the kids. That would help hide the rain barrel enclosure while at the same time provide “hours of fun for the little ones!”

I still need to figure out what to do with the other two rain barrels. They both need repair, but nothing that I've tried seems to work to stop leaks. I guess I need to just melt the leaky spots back together.

Denied again

This is the second “denial” in as many days. Yesterday it was the life insurance company. Today, I got one of those job application denial emails:

Thank you for your interest in our [recent] opening. We have had a chance to review your resume … Unfortunately, we have decided to pursue other candidates who match our requirements more closely. Should something change … we will not hesitate to contact you.

Yeah, right. I felt like replying, “Oh well, your loss. It would probably be an incredibly tedious and boring job, anyway.”

I’m not taking it personally, just blogging about it because, well, because that’s what I do.

Depressing but true

"The genius of our ruling class is that it has kept a majority of the people from ever questioning the inequity of a system where most people drudge along, paying heavy taxes for which they get nothing in return.” — Gore Vidal"


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Insurance companies

Good news: SunLife Financial sent me a refund check! Bad news: It was because they denied my policy for, according to them, failing to send all of my paperwork in on time. Um, I think faxing it in at least a couple days prior to the deadline qualifies as “on time!” I guess it doesn’t count until one of their “customer service” people waddles up, picks up the fax, files it in my folder and inputs it into my account. Good news: On the same day as the refund check, they sent me a new pre-approved application for life insurance! Bad news: It’ll be $472 more per year.

Question: You don’t think they purposely denied my original application (for fictional deadline issues) so I’d be “forced” to accept this higher premium, do you? Answer: I guess I’ll be shopping around for a new policy… with someone other than SunLife.

In honor of Labor Day

Great article here

via informationclearinghouse.info

"What does Labor Day mean anymore other than another day off, another store sale and, in some cities, parades ever smaller and more devoid of passion for elevating the well-being of working people?"


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Happy May Day

from Liberty Underground…

"Today, May Day, honors the workers who produce all of the wealth. It is in honor of those involved in a general strike in Chicago, killed by police in what is known all over the world by workers as the Haymarket massacre.

Ironically, Americans are kept ignorant by a school system and mass media which train them to see from the perspective of the ruling Forces of Greed (FOG). Even most educators, brought up in the propaganda system, don’t appear to understand this, explained clearly in Howard Zinn’s A People’s History of the United States.

Many of the most important events in American history and the most important people, people like union hero Big Bill Haywood, have been censored from our history books though their contributions were much greater than many of those mentioned.

Because of the bravery of protesters like those killed in the Haymarket Massacre, workers now have an eight hour day, a weekend, an end to child labor, with the ruling FOG beating them and jailing them all the way, and sometimes murdering them.

Unlike the rest of the world, there is little celebration in the USA, where workers are kept ignorant of their history, lest they discover that they produce all the wealth, even as they go without health care, giving the lion’s share to those who inherit from robber barons, corporate executives, and other international investors who live off their sweat."


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These two phrases on your resume are why it just hit the trash can

They might be right about this.

Worth a shot.

These Two Phrases on Your Resume Are Why It Just Hit the Trash Can.

"Does your resume read like a job description? Is it one long list of bullets that contain the phrases duties included or responsible for? Sought-after candidates (the ones whose phones are ringing off the hook for interviews while you’re struggling to get one call-back) don’t include phrases like these on their resumes."


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