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!

Creative Writing Prompt:


Jena Isle said...

Your site is shaping up well..looking better and better with the new widgets (grins)and I'm just curious -did they ban the use of bikinis in swimming pools in Utah? I am wondering why?

You're one lucky guy. Sometimes wives are so busy today to make preparations personalized for Father's day. Your wife baking the cake herself is an a act of devotion. ( I'm not saying, that just buying the cake does not denote love). It's just that I am touched with her thoughtfulness.

The solar energy should indeed be tapped. Your post has always something new in them. It is worth looking forward to.

A sentimental piece for me. Thanks for sharing and happy weekend.

Unknown said...

@Jena Thanks for the compliments! I agree with you 100%! I am a very lucky guy. Tara really enjoys making cakes. For her birthday I paid for her to go to a cake decorating class every Saturday for a few weeks. She picked up some neat tricks, but she's always been very good at it.
I actually saw that on the news as well, they retracted a law on the ban of bikinis in a small town in Utah, but there are still restrictions on decency in place. It isn't for all of Utah, just that small town. We found that weird as well. You may have heard something about it when the Olympics were held here, Utah doesn't allow the standard level of alcohol to be sold in the state. So people have to drive out of state to get "the good beer". It was quite a big deal when the Olympics were held because the international guests in the Olympic Village had to ship in their own alcohol and special covenants were set up so that they could legally drink it.
Utah is famous for its "watered down beer". The funny thing is, the Mormons aren't supposed to be drinking it anyway, so why would they limit content to be lower than the rest of the states?

Ken Armstrong said...

"Watered Down Beer"??

(Ken tears up his Utah plane tickets and jumps up and down on the tattered remains...)

Jena Isle said...

Yes, I was wondering too because I had thought Utah would be more tolerant. Thanks for answering my question. Have a stress free weekend with your family.