Friday, June 13, 2008

Stocks Falling, Solar Power Musings, It's Friday

There I was, sitting at my desk, staring at my work MacBook Pro screen, willing the migration of data to complete successfully with all my might, when my wife looks over at me and asks, "Do we have a spreadsheet that includes all our balances, like investments and stuff?" I stop and think about how that would be a good idea and reply, "No, but it sure wouldn't hurt."
When she leaves the room I look back at my chair to make sure there isn't a knife or hypodermic needle filled with air waiting for me to lean back on, it seems safe. I take a testing smell from the coffee cup she brought me up this morning. Odorless and tasteless poison, clever lass. Suddenly a flashback from The Princess Bride pops into my noggin, "Never gamble with a Sicilian when DEATH is on the line! Hahahahahaha-..."

After a minute I get to thinking about it and decide to log in to my 401k retirement account and notice that the balance isn't exactly what I had expected. I lost a little ground, it would seem. I do a quick check on each of the funds that I've picked and the last 3 months have shown a 10% average loss. Eager to remedy the situation I start to browse through the other funds available and realize that with the exception of a cash fund, they are all losing money. Some as high as 23%! The cash fund isn't even making enough to account for inflation. The law of averages over time says that I should keep an eye on the goings of things but that a 10% loss right now just means my buy-in will give me more value over time. I decide to wait and watch how things unfold.

I live in Utah, for those of you who don't know. I'm not a Mormon and I don't have multiple wives. But I do have a love for the beautiful scenery and above all, the mountains. I take my own pictures for my Creative Writing Prompts, so you can usually see a glimpse of what I live around from time to time.

Utah is primarily desert, though, so sometimes I wonder why we can't develop solar stations to harness all that sunlight for energy. I actually emailed my district Legislator this morning to express my interest in a program designed to promote college and university level research for alternative solar energy programs. It's one of those things where we could very easily get ahead by developing renewable resources, but expecting it to happen is a bit out there. Corporations make so much money and alternative energy sources like solar would cut profits significantly. We've got to try though, right? If we do nothing it's just another easy win.

Is ethanol the answer? Not by a long shot. Right now it's nothing more than easy money...
Read this article and think about the implications.

It's enough to make me consider going into politics. There has to be something I can do to make a difference. So far I've tried to pitch in by planting 17 trees in my yard. We've also started the garden this year with a vow to stay away from non-organic fertilizers, bug sprays, and weed prevention. It's not much but it's a step in the right direction. I've also considered the idea of solar powering my shed we built in the backyard. The original plan was to tie it to the house power but it seems like a good place to consider a move to green energy.

I am so thankful today is Friday! I'm sitting on 5 servers I need to finish up today. It seems like this batch was trouble from the start. I actually ended up having to uninstall the application on one this morning and then started the whole thing over. What a time dump! Luckily I was able to get it going and it isn't one of the servers that takes foreeeeeeeeever to migrate. Had it been otherwise, I could have kissed the first half of my weekend goodbye. Sure, it would be good for the overtime, but I got plans I tell ya! PLANS!!!!

In related news, my wife is making me a cake for Father's Day. If you haven't seen her cakes, she does quite well! I will do my best to snap a picture before it gets devoured. I think she's also planning on making a cake to take up to her family on Sunday, if so I'll have to post two pics! What a treat!

To all you fathers out there, Happy Father's Day from HuntingtheMuse!

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