Why Total a Perfectly Good Car? – MDW254



I had a little adventure with my Wife’s car a while back and put some small dents and scratches in it. We had full coverage insurance on the car so the insurance company decided to total it. Doesn’t make any sense to me so I bought it back from the insurance company.

I talk about my way of buying and owning cars which is a bit different then the normal I suppose. 🙂

This episode is both Episode 61 of Geek of the North and Episode 254 of Mike Dell’s World Podcast.


What is the point?



Looking at my Facebook and Twitter steams lately, I’m coming to some conclusions.  (Yes, I know FB and Twitter are not the best place to see the world through, but a TON of people do so I’m going with it). I think the 2 major parties fans are like football fans.  No matter what the team does, they are for it blindly following the party and they feel as long as their TEAM won, everything is OK.   If not, all hell breaks loose.   If the President has that much of a effect on your life, you are doing something wrong. 

Let me say up front that I am very happy that Hillary Clinton is not our President.  It has 100% to do with HER and not President Trump.  She’s very arrogant, dishonest and treats people badly such as the Military and Secret service.  When the cameras are off, it’s well documented that she is a total bitch to people.

Just because I’m happy Trump won the election, does not mean I get to defend everything he does.  (As my Liberal friends would want me to do).  ALL I’m saying is he was ever so slightly better than her.   I will not defend what Trump does if we get into a discussion about it. 

Trump is the legitimately elected President of the United States.  The Electoral College IS the law of the land and that is how the rules are.  It does not matter one tiny bit that he lost the popular vote.  That isn’t how the system works.  Deal with it or Change it, but shut the fuck up about it!

It does seem funny that the party that says they are tolerant, loving and for the little guy are the ones rioting, marching and spewing hate on social networks. Whenever I post something even SLIGHTLY political (I don’t do it much) I get all my liberal frends asking me to defend some off the wall thing or another.  I am NOT the spokesman for Trump or the Republicans.  Truth be told, I’m more Librarian.  I believe that whatever you do that doesn’t cost me money or take away my rights is fine.  I like to say I’m one of the few people that say that All Gay married couples should be able to defend their pot plants with a gun!

I’m not unfriending many people on Facebook over politics. There have been a few.  There are people I had on my friends list that are just obsessed.   Facebook is not REAL LIFE and I am going to guess NOBODY has ever had their mind changed because of some bullshit Facebook post.

 

 

 


LIVE! (sort of) Update – MDW253



liveI’ve been playing with a live streaming server. If you notice in the upper right corner of MikeDell.com, there is a player that says “Radio Mike Dell”. At the beginning on of this podcast, I was LIVE on that stream. I had a couple of technical problems along the way but it’s a work in progress.

I also talk about Dogs, Weather, Live Streaming, My Garage and I played a couple of songs from the Old Podsafe Music Network (RIP).

I’m also playing with some other new tools. If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube, you might notice them. That’s all I’m saying about that for now 🙂


We Officially Adopted Percy



How could we split these two up? Percy (the bigger one on bottom of the pile) was our foster dog for Midwest BREW but… He and Benny get a long so good and he’s just a nice dog, we adopted him.

He’s been here a month and a half (or so). He has the normal Beagle traits such as getting into the garbage, jumping over the baby gate so he can eat the cat food the occasional howling. He’s training Benny well. Especially the potty training part. We haven’t had an “Accident” in the house for over a month!

I look forward to many years of “da boys” playing in the yard, going for rides in the car and other fun beagle stuff.

Now we just have to get his License to be a dog in Michigan as his West Virginia license is no good. Wouldn’t want a scofflaw living in our house now would we? 🙂


Testing My New Portable Podcast Setup – MDW252



university-of-michigan_logologoRecorded from the easy chair in my log cabin in Northern Michigan

I just got a new computer and I got my newly repaired microphone back so i did a test recording that turned into a Mike Dell’s World Episode 🙂

You also get to hear a couple of beagles fighting over a bone in my living room.


Fall and Winter are Coming – MDW251



I talk about the wife’s new car, furnace replacement and all my other podcasts (as if you didn’t know about them)

Also a little about the Beagle Rescue we volunteer for, Midwest BREW.

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Geek of the North on Modern Life Network
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Meet Percy – First Guest of Dell’s BB & B (Beagle Bed and Breakfast)



percy Percy is the first foster dog we are getting this weekend as volunteers of a great organization, Midwest Beagle Rescue, Education & Welfare (Midwest BREW) found at gotbeagles.org. When we lost Banjo this spring, we reached out to BREW to possibly adopt a beagle from them. We went through all the red-tape to adopt (It is to make sure the beagles get great homes) and by the time we were ready, Benny became available from some other people and we grabbed him.

I’ve always wanted to help out with dogs in need and since I’m a beagle person (so is my wife Kathy) we decided to volunteer at Midwest BREW. After a bit more paperwork and interviews, we are now getting Percy. He is a 1 year old beagle coming from a home of a single mother that can’t keep him for whatever reason so she gave him up in West Virginia. That is where BREW stepped in. As I type this He is on his way to Toledo Ohio via Big Truck. (Trucker Volunteers that move rescue dogs for free) He will arrive in Toledo Thursday and spend the night with some other volunteer’s in Toledo. Then he will be put on the Beagle Relay (I call it that) on his way up here to Traverse City Via Ann Arbor and West Branch Michigan where I will meet him and bring him to our home.

From there he will stay with us for 14 days to get his vet checks and shots and for us to get to know him and write a bio for the website. He will then be put up for adoption on GoBeagles.org where someone will apply and adopt him. So we might have him for a month, or 3 months. It’s going to be a bit hard to get to know a dog and then have to give him up, but that’s what Dog Rescues are all about.

We look forward to helping out many beagles find great homes all over the Midwest! We expessially look forward to meeting the first one, Percy, and We hope his stay at Dell’s BB&B is a pleasant one.


Things I Don’t Understand – MDW250



– Why would it be important to have the engine size or the type of transmission or whatever on your vehicle’s outside? For that matter, other than pimping the auto manufacturer why would you even want their logo on your car?

– Left Lane driving on the freeway. My take on it.

– Why is it when people sports teams when they say “we won!”? Wouldn’t be that “They” won? The Team in question. YOU just watched them win. Republicans and Democrats are like sports teams to people. They root for the Dems or the GOP and no matter what they do or say, it’s ok with them. Instead of thinking about the issue at hand, they just blindly follow. Also, it seems if anyone says anything bad about the other side, it’s believed when it’s likely not true.

– Why does the USAF want to get rid of the A-10 ? If I were in charge of the military, I would change things up a LOT!