Too old to have fun … … … No way in hell! I’m South of the Border

Am currently on a roadtrip to Fort Gordon, Georgia to recruit various professionals to do various things to various people for various agencies.

Stopping by South of the Border has been part of my life ever since my early teens (back in the 60s).

Today I had a doublescoop real strawberry ice cream cone for just $2.25 and hitched a ride with a Jackelope.

Riding a Jackelope at South of the Border

South of the Border – always a great place to take a break when driving on I-95.

South of Border, South Carolina, March 29, 2012

I met my first Jackelope in Texas … this is a South Carolina cousin.

Riding a Jackelope, South of the Border, SC, March 29, 2012

South of the Border … a Southern Landmark since 1861

South of the Border ... a Southern Landmark since 1861

Ginger goes to work with Papa Golden

Am most happy to be in a dog-friendly company. Ginger is my constant companion, and has been since May 2006.

Ginger and Bill Golden, 2012.03.27

Photo by Elaine Carmack — one of the VERY few people in the world that Ginger warmed up to almost immediately and allowed to pet her. Ginger is a shepard dog and does not warm up quickly to people that are not one of her sheep.

The power of random words coming together into coherent strings

Words don’t lie. People lie.

There are so many words in English, and words from which to borrow from other languages, and so little time to organize them, to put them to work, to enjoy their presence on the tips of our fingers or nuanced delivery from our tongues.

Murphy’s Laws of Combat

Murphy’s Laws of Combat
— a collection of wisdom by Howard C. Berkowitz

  • Friendly fire – isn’t.
  • Recoilless rifles – aren’t.
  • Suppressive fires – won’t.
  • You are not Superman; Marines and fighter pilots take note.
  • A sucking chest wound is Nature’s way of telling you to slow down.
  • If it’s stupid but it works, it isn’t stupid.
  • Try to look unimportant; the enemy may be low on ammo and not want to waste a bullet on you.
  • If at first you don’t succeed, call in an air strike.
  • If you are forward of your position, your artillery will fall short.
  • Never share a foxhole with anyone braver than yourself.
  • Never go to bed with anyone crazier than yourself.
  • Never forget that your weapon was made by the lowest bidder.
  • If your attack is going really well, it’s an ambush.
  • The enemy diversion you’re ignoring is their main attack.


The enemy invariably attacks on two occasions:

  • when they’re ready.
  • when you’re not.
  • No OPLAN ever survives initial contact.
  • There is no such thing as a perfect plan.
  • Five second fuses always burn three seconds.
  • There is no such thing as an atheist in a foxhole. A retreating enemy is probably just falling back and regrouping.

Finding Life’s Path

I have about every piece of Michael W. Smith music since the early 1980s.

In one of my darkest moments his music helped me realize that there is a path … there is always a path … we just have to want to take it.

Even though we feel that our own life is of little value we should still use that life to serve others. In taking that path we give value to our lives.

Aren’t the robots so cute?! … and intelligent?! … but not as cute as the Bond Girls!

Am very much into tracking technology trends such as UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), RPVs (Remotely Piloted Aerial Vehicles) and UASs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Systems).

The University of Pennsylvania has now coming up with semi-intelligent robotic aerial vehicles that can cooperatively (via smart programming) coordinate their efforts in achieving tasks.

In the video below, University of Pennsylvania Robotic Quadrotors perform the James Bond Theme.


I do realize that not everyone wants to listen to music created by whirling rotating robotic thingamajigs so am including a more human version of the James Bond Theme for your listening pleasure.

The theme remains robotic music in this video as well. Do you spy the robots?

What? The Bond Girls aren’t robotic?

Sure they are. Just think of them as Stepford Wives with electric violins.