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Archive for December, 2008

Dave Duffy

Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 31st, 2008

Sh- sh- shiver, hot! Sh- sh- shiver, hot!
With an occasional urge to vomit.

If that’s how you feel, then you’ve got what I’ve got. Youngest son, Sam, had it a few days ago. Lasted about five days.

I was going to go fishing for steelhead Friday.

I’ve had my flu shot, so I’ll assume it’s some other purple crud.

Sickness is Nature’s way of letting us know we’ve had it pretty good up to this point.

Happy New Year!

Dave Duffy

Pistol River talking to the fish

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008
Pistol River at the mouth

Pistol River at the mouth

I live near Pistol River, which is normally pretty quiet. Here it is after two days of big rain. The mouth at the ocean broadened from fifty yards to a quarter mile. This will “wash out” the river and trigger something in the steelhead waiting offshore. When the river begins to drop, the steelhead will start swimming upstream. I’m not sure how many steelhead are in the ocean off of Pistol River, but there are lots in the ocean off the Chetco River 8 miles to the south in Brookings. All the locals are getting ready to do some serious fishing.

Dave Duffy

A Christmas video from Iraq

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Merry Christmas everyone!

My son-in-law, Erik, sent Annie a video Christmas card from Iraq. He allowed Annie to share it on her blog, and you may want to check it out. It brings home in a very personal way that we have tens of thousands of our best and brightest young people in harm’s way. Like Erik, most of them will not be home for Christmas. Erik must be one powerful singer because his video sure brought tears to my eyes.

Dave Duffy

An Irish Blessing

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

Here’s a fine Irish Blessing that seems appropriate for this time of year. My mother immigrated from Ireland, as did my father’s parents. My mother always told me I was very lucky to have been born an American. It’s best if you click Full Screen, then Start.

Dave Duffy

Planning for the future

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Auto bailout No. 1 is done. I wonder how many more there will be? I would guess we’ll ultimately give them about $50 billion before we let them go under. But we haven’t seen anything yet when it comes to attempts to pump money into the economy. The new administration plans to inject at least a trillion in the form of a giant “make-work” program.

I think the proper business strategy for BHM right now is to begin planning for 15 to 25 percent inflation in a year or two. (How else can the economy absorb this big increase in the money supply?) I’m going to assume the $24.95 I now charge for a subscription to BHM will be worth about $20 to BHM in about a year. What do I do to offset that?

Paper and postage, my two biggest expenses, will also likely go up dramatically in a year or two but I can combat that with the launch of the e-issue, which doesn’t have those costs. I think the e-issue will dovetail nicely with the print issue, and I think many subscribers will want both. Right now I plan to charge $24.95 for either the print or e-issue, but $34.95 if you want both.

Although businesses in America are going into Depression with everyone else, there are good opportunities for a business such as BHM that has been run properly for years. We have no debt and we have a sound product, plus I have very smart, loyal people. I see no danger for us but I can foresee widespread carnage in the magazine industry as a whole.

Unlike most magazines, we are not dependent on advertising revenue as advertisers cut back on their spending. We could lose all our advertisers and remain healthy, but other mags would fold. Our money comes from paid subscriptions, and our subscriptions are increasing as the Depression deepens because of the nature and quality of our articles. I have always put content over advertising, and that philosophy has now put BHM in a very strong position as we enter both the internet age and a Depression. You’d almost think I planned it this way.

The next few years will be interesting. We are all now actors in a big economic drama that will be played out over the next year or two or three. I feel pretty comfortable, but I’ll be as vigilant as I’ve always been.

Dave Duffy

Sledding and cookies

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Here’s a video I shot yesterday evening of my family enjoying the snow at our house. It’s a bit dark because it was well after sunset.

Dave Duffy

Sensible talk about global warming

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

Here’s a link to a sensible article about global warming. I enjoy reading science, and I’ve read no convincing evidence that man-made global warming is real. Notice I said “man-made.” Global warming may or may not be occurring because global temperatures have been going up and down for hundreds of millions of years due to many reasons, some of which scientists don’t understand. If you watch only CNN, however, you’d think man-caused global warming was a “certain” scientific fact. And if a public figure dares to disagree with the supposed facts of imminent global warming, he or she is castigated by the left media as stupid or irresponsible.

Dave Duffy

More snow today

Monday, December 15th, 2008

The snow continues here. We don’t often get this kind of snow so early in the season. Snow-laden trees have already fallen across the road to town — after Lenie took the kids to school — so I may have to go down later with my chain saw so they can get home.

Nice scenery off our back deck.

Dave Duffy

A bigger snowman!

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Dave Duffy

More snow overnight! Yahoo!

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

The snowman’s hat got a dusting of snow overnight. Now he’s perfect.


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