Category Archives: Non-Radio

Non-Radio – Riding Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads

Why a picture of a parked motorcycle on an empty rustic road?

K9ZW’s Turbo VRod Night Rod on a Rustic Road stop

Wisconsin’s Rustic Roads program has a motorcycle feature where you can earn a Certificate if you get yourself photographed at 25 of the roads.  You can earn the Motorcycle Rustic Roads Patch with 10 confirmed Rustic Roads.

The need to be included in the picture is waived if you are a solo rider.

So mine are lonely looking pictures of my Harley-Davidson Turbo VRod Night Rod or Harley-Davidson Pan America Special with that particular Rustic Road’s numbered sign, as I usually ride alone.

The Motorcycle Program:

About Wisconsin Rustic Roads:

A nice writeup:




Watch your Online Subscriptions – Apple TV Jumps 40%

The latest Apple TV subscription jump is non-starter for K9ZW.

I’d originally taken out a subscription to watch a single Apple TV series on Motorcycling – The Long Way Up – which featured the Harley-Davidson Livewire Electric Motorcycle and the Rivian BEV Pickup.


Once I had binged that it was my intention to drop the subscription, but when the XYL found there were Apple TV only shows she wanted to watch that got delayed and truthfully forgotten about.

(One sentence review of Long Way Up – The early episodes are great then the later episodes progressively got weaker and weaker, until I resented wasting time watching the last ones.)

I think my first month of Apple TV was free and each month after was Five-Bucks (okay only $4.99 before tax).

Well guess who has decided to jump the free to subscribe by 40%? –  Apple TV at its greediest.

Apple TV’s monthly goes from that $4.99 to $6.99 starting beginning of December 2022.

It isn’t that the extra $2.00/month is a budget breaker, and if I actually watched TV maybe might be a good deal, but it smacks an awful lot like opportunism.

The email I received made no mention of anything extra now being included that would drive the high percentage increase.

Neither did it speak to needing the extra funding to maintain what they offer now.

Putting the jump into perspective Apple was basically demanding I pay for 17 months (16.8 months to be exact) to get 12 months of service because “they would like some extra money for the same old stuff.”

That makes me crabby enough that I have canceled my Apple TV subscription.

This time instead of redirecting the money to a charity like I did when I dropped the Well – a donation that Painting Pathways has already received, I have put the Apple TV fees towards buying a subscription to  Backwoods Home Magazine with their archive USB included.


I know the whole thing is small potatoes, but as the Apple TV product has no underlying cost escalation drivers (no food products, petroleum products, metals or other tangible materials)  a little push back is more than warranted!



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Non-Radio – Kitchen Efforts

Breakfast Frittata

From little onwards I have done well in the kitchen or at an outside fire. Boy Scout camp easy first places came in shooting and cooking in the Dutch Oven on a campfire.

When overseas I would be asked to act as a guest chef by locals, fellow military folk and fellow students. For those occasions I would menu plan something rather “American” working from either a Thanksgiving menu, something Tex-Mex, or something Americana-Picnic style.

No point in echoing back the food they normally experienced.

The Virus-Isolation of the last years gave impetuous to up my game, until now we don’t go out so much as I am able to outcook many of the regular restaurants, and on a good day give a run for the money to the premium ones.

Some more examples:

Beef Brisket (underway)

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Seeing in Through Dark Windows – Cellphone Misuse

Wonder how thieves find your expensive radio gear, even if you don’t have antennas out?

“They told the group it doesn’t matter how dark the tint is on your windows; when you put a cell phone in camera mode up to the windows, you can see right through them.”

So I thought I would try it out:

The deepest window tint I have is on my work truck


Tint is basically “gone” with the iPhone 12 held against the window



Once a Deep Oracle “The Well” Today is Pretty Shallow

HISTORY – Stewart Brand of the Whole Earth Catalogue fame, became the energy behind a pre-Facebook quasi-social platform in the earliest days of dialup modems hooked to personal computers.

BRIEF CONTACT in the early days, which I found not memorable as it just seemed another BBS/Forum format. When I moved back overseas my high dial-up/in costs made involvement too expensive.

REJOINED during the CCP-19 Lockdowns both because I was surprised it still existed, as a bit of a tip of the hat to Stewart Brand’s legacy, and as one of the non-Facebook communities that promised a wide range of topics.

What I found wasn’t pretty and even after hanging in for over a year, unpalatable:

  • Ultra-Bias
  • Woke to the core
  • Usual Forum Gangs, although the Bullying is gentle to moderate, the bullying doesn’t stop.
  • Only regurgitated reports from “approved” sources pass without attacks.
  • “Personal Journalism” is the label they put on any personal experiences that don’t fit their narrative. So you can’t recount your own life if it doesn’t meet the Woke approval.
  • Outside of a designated corner for Christians, you get ribbed  to outright slagged for any expressions of faith.
  • Tech stuff is reposts/links, subject to full SJW rebuking, and if the Tech Stuff doesn’t fit the narrative it is poo pooed without consideration of facts.
  • A couple Voice-of-Reason types who appear to either have endless time on their hands or are paid to be there comment on everything.
  • Very clunky interfaces (one GUI that looks like it came from the 2000’s and the other interface a command line version harking from the 1980’s) both with outdated/incomplete documentation.
  • Very low participation (many topic areas attract at best a handful of readers and single digit participants who respond).
  • Much of the whole forum is private, even to paid paid members.  These areas are by invite only or tucked away where you have to dig or happen on a link to find it.  Much is not indexed.
  • Large areas a stone cold dead, no posts, no activity.  Like finding yourself the last person with internet connectivity left in the world.  Ghost town.
  • Very little moving old threads to archives happens.  Search a keyword and you might be directed to threads that haven’t seen a post for several decades.
  • Nearly no moderation (posts can be hidden or scribbled (erased) by the mods, or the original author).  Mods (or topic owners) don’t do much.
  • Not cost effective due to low uptake and tiers of grandfathered participants who paid lesser amounts or may not have even been paying.

My parting message, followed by a message to admin to end my The Well subscription:

Why it is time to leave The Well

As an Echo Chamber of One-Sided Bias The Well is not a healthy platform to explore together, and learn from each other.

The Well’s established participants run in packs, knocking any idea or person that doesn’t fit their world view. In doing so they create a bubble where the real world need not enter into their club house.

You are told that you know nothing and that it you do not conform to The Well’s group think, that you are basically bad.

Taking cheap shots from the safety of an isolated group-think platform at political figures The Well collectively doesn’t like is acceptable, but the denizens of The Well lose their minds if you question their chosen champions.

The first time I left The Well was decades ago, and was more about not being able to access The Well from my new overseas postings.

Today I may as well be back overseas trying to do dial-up connections to the USA again, as The Well is just as distant.

Some suggestions:

– Unhide all the non-indexed areas.
– Commit to a true all viewpoint stance to participants.
– Archive the Past – if a topic hasn’t received a post in a year or so, archive it.
– Come down like the bolts of Zeus himself on group think bully attacks on outliers.
– Let Topic Moderators hide messages as they see fit.
– Knock off the name calling and character attacks.

Whether any or all of that happens, makes no difference, as for me it is time to divert the $15/month to a charity, save the time-sink and move along.

Personally I think I rejoined at an advanced stage of rigor mortis already set in at The Well. Not my call, rather a collective movement that will decide if and when The Well dies.

Fare thee well, for as long as thee remains. “It all ends in tears anyway.” – Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Perhaps the old adage “You can never go back” applies to online communities?  Once your way and the community’s path diverge enough, it is done – the trust & relationship is finished.

I’ve already identified the charity where the monthly fee will be diverted, and have some strong ideas where I can keep active discussions in areas that interest me lively and going.  (Link to The Well:



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Non-Radio – Saxophones and Sax Quartets

For decades I’ve played Baritone & other saxophones in various groups.

Occasionally I get out my Bass Saxophone, and regularly will play Tenor Sax.

It is less common to find me on Alto or Soprano, and it is only doing vintage charts or church music that I will play C-Melody sax.

Until about 2016 I fronted “The Skunk Hollow and Carp Town Saxophone Conspiracy,” a four to six part saxophone ensemble featuring recreated vintage charts.  Most of the library is SATB or AATB (Soprano/Alto/Tenor/Baritone or Alto-I/Alto-II/Tenor/Baritone) and the group did civic functions, private parties and church services.

As several of the group’s regular players were transferred, one passed on, and a few got sick/busy/old, the group has been on hiatus well before the virus hit. Other than Christmas time nursing home gigs and a few museum gigs, mothballed as they say.

With a lot of tutorage and encouragement from a few music professionals, I added to the library with mostly early music additions updated from the mediaeval krumhorns and rackettes to saxophones, or modern songs.  All good fun!

When we did cameos, our typical playlist would be pretty simple – an example:

  • Wizard of Oz – Overture
  • Wizard of Oz – Follow the Yellow Brick Road
  • Wizard of Oz – If I Only Had a Brain
  • Wizard of Oz – Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • Beer Barrel Polka
  • Chicken Dance
  • Intergallactic Rag (from Star Wars)
  • Joe Jordans/The Darkey Todalo
  • Amazing Grace
  • Muppets Theme
  • Purple Haze

Presently I own Bass, Baritone, Tenor, C-melody, Alto and Soprano saxophones, along with an EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument).   The Sopranino (too small for me), keyless sax (really just a training aid), Contrabass Sarrusophone (large paperclip saxophone like instrument) and other oddities all found new homes over the years.

You have to have something to do when you are not on the radio!



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