Well the old mower finally died. I guess I am going to have to buy a new one, because I am tired of trying to fix the old one. Since I like to garden, I am going to splurge a little. There is a small John Deere tractor that has the mowing deck as well as other attachments for tilling, post hole digging attachment and such. I have enough property to warrant buying one, because I will get plenty of use out of it.
We have long wanted to put up a fence around the property and this way I can do it myself, without hiring a company to come out and do it for me. I will have all of the necessary tools at my disposal. Of course, once I do that my wife will probably start buying livestock, but I don’t mind. She has these little miniature horses that she just fell in love with and wants to buy so badly. They are kind of cute, but I told her that if she wants pets like that, she has to buy others for food as well. Some goats would be nice to have. Goat milk is really good for you and you can make lots of stuff with it. I guess this year is going to be interesting to say the least.
Oh boy it is here again. This is one holiday that can be totally distressing for men. We rarely know what women actually want and the usual flowers and chocolate seems trite and inconsequential.My wife loves me, but I think this year I had better step it up a notch. Her reaction last year while polite and appreciative, was just a little less enthusiastic then it usually is. She always goes all out for me and this year I am going to have to do the same for her. I am wondering if I should get her a piece of jewelry.
I have seen all of the ads for the usual jewelry sales and such, but I want to get her something that she will treasure. There is also this used car that she has had her eye on. We have a car payment for our new vehicle that I drive back and forth to work, but she insisted that a new vehicle for her when she doesn’t work is too much. Maybe I should get her the used one. I think she would be very very happy if I gave her that car for Valentines day. Yes I do believe that I have found the perfect gift.
Sports cars are something every guy dreams about. There are all kinds of competitions and races to prove what is the best or fastest or best looking. How about what is the most expensive? Actually, in cars, the most expensive is not necessarily the best. But I digress.
Around here there is a great demand for luxury cars but every once in a while I see a sports car on the highway. Usually the sports car is owned by one of the Tennessee Titans. The pro football players seem to be the only ones who have too much money in their pockets and like the idea of a very fast car.
Have you ever taken a car or truck off road? I used to do that a lot with my brother. He had a great old Ford Bronco that he customized and would take it mud bogging. I bought a Jeep and had a ton of fun with that, too. I miss those days. Driving has become endless miles of highway instead of anything fun. Maybe its time to buy a 4-wheeler at least and get back outside for fun in the woods or the mud.
In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, the federal government established additional government measures to safeguard American travelers from terrorism. Several new security measures were added, and existing measures were improved or enhanced. Today, these eight measures protect Americans as they travel.
- Federal Air Marshals – These law enforcement officials ride aboard commercial flights in order to provide protection to air passengers and to prevent terror in the air.
- Enhanced Airport Screening – Security measures in US airports have been significantly upgraded since 9/11. Beyond mere metal detectors, travelers are screened with backscatter x-ray and millimeter wave detection machines that help security officers detect metal and non-metal weapons. In addition, passengers can be singled out for additional searches of their person or their belongings if deemed necessary.
- Luggage Search – The Transportation Security Administration has the authority to search any luggage passing through American airports. In addition, they have the authority to cut, disable or otherwise destroy locks in these searches.
- Border Patrol – While the primary responsibility of border patrol is to prevent terrorists and weapons from entering the country, border patrol also helps protect travelers as they leave and enter the US, by performing searches of passengers and cargo as deemed necessary.
- Port Security – Passengers boarding vessels in the US are subject to port security searches and checks to ensure their safety once onboard.
- Coast Guard Patrols – The US Coast Guard patrols US coastlines and waterways to protect all Americans on any sort of water transportation in American controlled waterways.
- Security measures abroad – Newer TSA requirements went into effect in January 2010 regarding international flights bound for the US. Enhanced screening is required for all passengers bound for the US who are traveling from or through countries that are state sponsors of terrorism.
- The Transportation Security Administration also oversees security for general aviation in the US. These measures protect private and business small aircraft to ensure protection for travelers. Measures regarding security for general aviation are highly dependent upon the nature of each individual flight and airport.
Protecting American travelers is no easy feat, particularly with the number of commercial flights and the thousands of miles of land borders and coastline around the country. In its efforts to increase security in the aftermath of 9/11, the TSA has come under some criticism for invasion of passenger privacy and for making the process of traveling through US airports too time consuming and cumbersome. There have also been criticisms that, in spite of tougher measures, not all terrorists are weeded out.
However, it is certain that air, land and sea travel in the US is safer today than it was ten years ago. Despite its faults, the American government has clearly demonstrated that the safety of American travelers is taken very seriously, and that all necessary measures will be taken to thwart terrorists who aim to harm travelers or to use transportation as a terror device.
Phyllis T. Zerkle enjoys blogging in order to help students find the information they need about online homeland security degrees.