Favorite Flippy-Floppies Eaten

Favorite Flippy-Floppies Eaten by Great Dane,,,,what would you do?

So I’m not just showing you a picture of an old pair of floppy-floppies, I’m showing you a picture of a pair of my favorite flip-flops after getting eaten by a Great Dane (when she should have been in a dormant sleepy state,,,,but wasn’t).   Take the embedded poll and tell me what you would do after you found these, strewn all over the living room.  I’ve since gone out and bought another a pair for myself and a pair for my wife,,,,since the business supports those who are less fortunate than us.  Combat Flip Flops is a veteran owned small business that was started on the premise that folks in war ravaged parts of the world could be put to work for a greater good and a profit (for them and the company).  Proceeds from the sales of these shoes goes to education of women in Laos and Afghanistan, de-mining in Laos and Cambodia and lots of other things.  The shoes are actually all made in these areas or with supplies from these areas,,,,like parts of 7.62 ammunition from Afghanistan and parts of old anti-personnel mines from Laos.  A friend told me about this company because they have really cool stuff and are socially responsible, so I like buying from them.

Disclaimer:  I have no financial part in this company,,,,but I wish I did.


130 Pounds of Great Dane,,,,Does she Look Like a Boat Dog?



Blog is a funny thing

A Blog is a funny thing,,,,I’m working hard on consistency!

Soooo, I’ve been doing all this reading on how to blog better, hints to get more traffic, info to help with getting readers to identify with my blog and my “niche”.  One thing I see a lot is that consistency is key and that writing on a regular basis is important and getting stuff onto your blog is important too.  So, I’ve been trying.  This week, I found posts from some of the blogs I read the most that were outstanding,,,,,so I re-posted them so I could have consistency and get things on the blog that I liked,,,,so my mentality is to share them with others.  And some,,,,kind of tickle my sense of humor,,,,like Shiny Boobs!  So the Blog is a funny thing.  Sunday the 16th was one of the best days ever for readership and views on the blog,,,,,while today and yesterday were two of the worst days in two years for readership on the blog,,,,,,since my standards are going up when I write more.

It’s frustrating (remember,,,,I’m male,,,,,Type A,,,,and like pictures),,,,but if you’re reading this and you’re the same way,,,,,ya gotta realize that this is just part of the whole blogging thing and I need to realize it as well.  I’m getting over it,,,,,I’m over it.  This stuff happens and I can’t predict which posts will go viral or get read by lots of folks,,,,but I know I want to write consistently or post consistently if I can,,,,so I try.  I’m ok with re-posts,,,hell, the authors often send me messages and thank me for those re-posts.  But my goal is to get my own writing on my own blog as often as possible and get folks to stay with the blog so we can grow together,,,,,as I’d rather have 90 folks who read the blog than 9000 who just view the blog then don’t interact.  This is funny too,,,,,cause I have about 10 folks who interact with me through the darkness of cyberspace on a regular basis, and this is great.  I’m really glad to have folks who somehow found this blog and then stuck with us.  I’d love to have 100 great followers rather than 1000 folks who just glanced at the writing.

As we get closer to leaving the US to go bluewater cruising,,,,things will get more interesting.  We’re going to get our own Youtube channel and drone and look into satellite internet for the boat (if we can afford it).  Ok, enough ranting,,,,I’ve run out of white wine!!! Good night-

Like a Giant Bowl — Exploratorius Reblog

If you’ve been through the eastern sierra’s via a road trip you may have passed Mono Lake, but probably not from this perspective.  One of my favorite trips is up the eastern sierra’s as far as Bodie (best ghost town EVER).  Check out this story-

Mono Lake — as it exists today — is in the distance. But at one time it was so big and deep that the shore would have been close to where this photo was taken, rather than the 8.5 miles away that it is today. Hundreds of feet deeper, too. So what happened? It’s a […]

via Like a Giant Bowl — Exploratorius

Intro to HotMamaTravel

If you travel with family on a budget,,,,this is a great site that we use and I thought I would pass it along via a reblog,,,,check it out when you have time-

Here at HotMamaTravel, our mission is to inspire families to travel more, and spend less. Our articles give family vacation ideas for any budget!

Source: Welcome!

If you take your dog on your adventures, check this out-

I checked out this blog and came away with a great reblog.  Make sure you check it out if you have a dog (Weird Guy with a Dog!!) cause there’s some great stuff on here.

Ruffwear Explored, the blog of Ruffwear, successfully blends product promotion and customer stories.

via Blogging For Your Brand: How Ruffwear Connects to Its Canine Community — Discover

For YOU- Help me start a catalog of smaller bloggers

Jason from the Opinionated Man OM site was doing a monthly catalog of smaller bloggers that seemed to grow and grow via his comments section and I loved looking at all the diverse blogs on there.  He hasn’t done it in awhile,,,,,so I want to see if I can start something like that, on a smaller level,,,if you’ll participate.

The rules are simple: Add your blog info to the comments section and feel free to repost, press, publish, publicize,  forward or use on your own blog.  This helps you and me with getting info out there like an online catalog of smaller bloggers.   Come back to the comments section to see other bloggers as they post recent stories or links and repost your stuff as often as you like,,,,,getting publicity as you go.  Come back monthly as the list of blogs, posts and writers grows.

Ok, let’s see if we can get this going and I’ll do it monthly on the 14th or 15th of every month,,,,letting all the blog info add up as we go in the comments section-

To my new followers, thanks-

Good morning, happy Friday:

We’ve had a number of new folks follow the blog just in the past few days and I wanted to say thanks-

And, to those who have been following the last few months or years, thanks to you too-

the picture below is for all of you,,,,make sure you get to the BVI and get one of your own!!!

busy but no excuses-

Really wants to help,,,,a lot.

It’s been a hell of a week up here and at 9:21 pm as I write this, it’s 101 fucking degrees,,,,,which means everything’s hot.  My faithful assistant editor (see above) and I wanted to make sure you know we’re not blowing off the blog,,,but it’s been a week.  Should have been a semi-controlled week with my wife gone and the kids at summer camp, but everything at work broke loose this week and the temperatures don’t drop after dark anymore.  And,,,,normally we have dry heat meaning we can run the less expensive swamp coolers, but this week has been very hot AND muggy,,,,,meaning I have to run full A/C, a lot.

Question: Do you think an inanimate object that some think has a soul (like a boat or a car) should make you feel guilty for looking at other models?  I have no problems looking at other cars,,,,,I’ll say that up front.  I also know that if I looked at other models of women,,,,I would get in trouble and possibly die.

So,,,,we’ve gotten a few mild looks at our boat and I started looking at a few other boats on Yachtworld, which is an easy distraction occasionally that affords me research time,,,,,since I run a blog all about production boats and adventure travel and whatever else I come up with to put on my blog.  But I digress-   See, I started feeling guilty for looking at other boats before we sold ours,,,but quickly got over it.

My question for you is: Have you ever felt guilty looking at other boats or cars,,,,like you were cheating on the current one?  (And NO, don’t bring partners into the mix please).

Keep following, I’ll recover from the heat this weekend and actually have a decent post out soon.