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And Now For Something Completely Different …

Landon’s in his 3rd day of Homeschooling, and of course, what’s school without a PE class.

Landon's Homeschooling PE

Landon said he could get used to this.

I’ll bet he could.

I mentioned a few months back about my 2nd favorite book series, Bob’s Saucer Repair.

Bob's Saucer Repair

This is what I wrote back in September.

Basically, a guy comes home and finds a beautiful alien girl trying to repair her flying saucer in his garage. With a lot of interesting ideas and funny situations, it’s a really fun read. Just gloss over the fact that alien flying saucers use antifreeze for coolant as well as hydraulic fluid.

But a lot of twists and turns keeps it very interesting. Even Jan loves them.

A Great Deal at $2.99, or free under Kindle Unlimited.

Jan and I just finished Book 8 in the series and the books have gotten better and better. Though there’s still a lot of humor, the stories have become a little darker, with more action, and a lot of great story lines.

Even more recommended than before!

And in other book news, Robert Heinlein has a brand new book out, in both Kindle and Hardcover.

Heinlein - Pursuit of Pankera

Yes, I know he’s been dead for over 30 years, but this new book, The Pursuit of the Pankera, was written in the 1980’s and parallels The Number of The Beast. In fact the first third of both books is the same, but then the stories diverge in a parallel, but different, direction.That’s why the subtitle of both is A Parallel Novel About Parallel Universes.

The Pursuit of the Pankera was known as a large number of fragments, plus Heinlein’s handwritten notes. But when someone started piecing the fragments and notes together, they found they had the entire book. So every word is Heinlein’s, with no ghostwriter filler.

After starting Pursuit, it was so good it made me go back and buy The Number of the Beast to read it again too.

And even better, both books are only $6.99, much better than the $14.99 usually charged for mainstream publisher novels.

Wrapping up, I saw a headline today that Tilman Fertitta, billionaire owner of about 60 restaurant chains, like Landry’s, Saltgrass, Claim Jumpers, and many others, in addition to the Houston Rockets Basketball Team, had laid off 40,000 of his employees today, about 70% of his workforce.

When I mentioned this to Jan, I think she was somewhat disparaging of him doing that. He’s a Billionaire, after all. That is until I ran the numbers for her.

Let’s say the average hourly rate for the 40,000 employees is $20 per hour. Remember this covers management as well as line employees.

$20 x 40 hours per week = $800 a week average paycheck.

But when you now multiply that by 40,000, it comes out to $32 million dollars A WEEK. And then you’ve got payroll taxes, unemployment insurance, and additional benefits too.

He may be a billionaire, but I’ll bet he doesn’t have $64 million in cash lying around to shell out every two week pay period for very long. 

Jan was a lot more understanding when I laid it out this way.

c


Thought For The Day:

“Stupidity is the only capital crime. The penalty is always death. There is no appeal.”- Robert A. Heinlein

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3 Responses to And Now For Something Completely Different …

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Well, for one thing, kids being homeschooled should find LOTS more leisure time…how would I know?  I homeschooled the older 2 of mine for quite a few years and the youngest from K-12.  We were usually able to get the school work done by noon to 1 PM…then the rest of the day was theirs to do the things they loved…and no it was not all TV either.  The older 2 built some incredible things together with legos…some other things with large pieces of cardboard etc. All did very well in college, the youngest graduated with a 4.0.  Funny thing how that works out.  I did NO busy work, tried as much as I could to aim for the kids interests, along with Saxon math (best system for learning I ever saw), Science, History and English…  When the older 2 were in high school for about half their classes, rest done at home, their teachers always remarked that they wished all their students were like ours…filled with a thirst to learn.  I think it not that hard frankly…having gone to public school most of my school years, I can verify it was a rare teacher that did not take away a great lot of the desire to learn…I just looked forward to NOT having to go anymore!! LOVED my final 3 yrs of high school in a private high school…only years I really enjoyed!  I bet Landon will look back on this time as some of the best days of his life!!  My grandkids here in this state as happy as can be…the younger has even been gardening some with her mom and told her that was the funnest thing to do ever!!  My daughter is working from home too, but she devotes the rest of the day (saving about 2 hours a day toward commute, getting ready to go to work etc. on normal days) towards fun things with the kids!!  I would be over helping if I could…but she wants us to stay home and away from everyone.

  2. Linda Sand says:

    Thanks for reconnecting me with Bob’s Saucer Repair. I’m looking forward to the fun of reading more of this series.

  3. Rob says:

    Heinlein has been one of my favorites since the 60s. The book is now $10.

    (Talking about authors, Larry Niven and John D. McDonald are too more).

    I will give the saucer repair book a try, thanks!

    31 weeks would burn up a billion dollars…. no idea how long/much it will cost him to hire & train a work force when this passes. I’m sure that dollar wise, he made the correct decision.

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