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Issue #27: Illegitimi Non Carborundum

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"If something is meant to be, there's nothing I can do to screw it up. And if it's not meant to be, t
 

Jeff Howardz | facts of my existence

July 2 · Issue #27 · View online
Weekly digest of things I find interesting, useful, funny, thought provoking or absurd... mixed with some wise ass short observations of my own.

“If something is meant to be, there’s nothing I can do to screw it up. And if it’s not meant to be, there’s nothing I can do to make it happen.” 
~Light Watkins

Getting High
As you read this newsletter on Sunday morning I hope to have reached the highest point in 4 different states (on my way to 6 total in 3 days). It has been a life long dream of mine to go to the highest point in all 50 states. This weekend begins that journey.
I will be going to Brasstown Bald (GA), Sassafras Mountain (SC), Clingmans Dome (TN), Mt. Mitchell (NC, and highest east of the Mississippi River), Mt. Rogers (VA), and Black Mountain (KY) before returning home on Monday. Along the way I am also going to stop off at the Mile High swinging bridge at Grandfather Mountain in NC. Wish me luck. I’ll need it.
“The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” ~Robert Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
I Balance Rocks and I Like It
A couple of years ago I came across some videos of a guy balancing rocks on top of one another to make unique creations. I started playing around with some rocks outside in the yard. Recently, I’ve been making mini-sculptures using a bunch of rocks I’ve collected over the years on my hiking adventures. 
When you first start out, simply finding the center of gravity and moving upwards is challenging. Once you master that, the real fun begins. That’s when you get to cantilever rocks using counterbalancing forces from two or more rocks at a time. Here are some of my recent creations - straight from my dining room table. Look at the white space between some of the rocks to tell where the “fun” was. These took me 10-30 minutes of trial and error each.
Hard, Harder, Hardest
Hard, Harder, Hardest
Hot Dogs and the 4th
The NY Times has been gracious enough to taste test all the most common hot dog brands out there and tell us which one is the best. Here is the methodology and article. I’ll save you the trouble and print the Top 5 here:
  1. WELLSHIRE FARMS Premium All-Natural Uncured Beef Franks
  2. HEBREW NATIONAL Kosher Beef Franks
  3. APPLEGATE The Great Organic Uncured Beef Hot Dog
  4. NATHAN’S FAMOUS Skinless Beef Franks
  5. OSCAR MAYER Classic Beef Uncured Franks
Better Learn to Love Yourself
Who will you spend the most time with across your lifetime? Here’s the article (Quartz). Here is the skinny:
A beach, a Go Pro, and some Legos...sweet
Lego Sand Roller Coaster - YouTube
And for the Adults...


May you never get lost on your way to the top or fall on your way down,
Jeff
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