Monday, December 21, 2015

Be the donkey.

Sometimes God's plan is a bit hard to figure out especially when you work hard for a desired outcome... and ultimately it's not His. It came to me this weekend that unsung quiet heroes... the humble... should be the ones we lift up and aspire to be like.

Think about Jesus's birth and the nativity. The donkey was so instrumental to the entire process. God loves the donkey. Heck, the donkey carried Mary and Jesus to Bethlehem and to his birth place. He never once fell or let Joseph down.  The donkey is the unsung hero of the process.

God loves the donkey.  The donkey was quiet, heads down and a hard worker. He never got any praise except for a pat from Joseph. I bet God has his picture on a wall somewhere in heaven: "Worlds best donkey."

I love the Donkey.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

708 Shakett Creek Dr. Nokomis, FL 34275

Cool Things @ 708 Shakett Creek Dr

  • It’s a 4.7 mile round trip to the Venice Jetties… so on a kayak, it’s about a 90 minute journey with no boat traffic and fantastic scenery. 
  • You’re on Hidden Bay which feeds into Shakett Creek.  You’re also facing west so every night is a sunset to die for. No bad neighbors behind you, quiet and secluded is the name of the game. 
  • In the winter, we have a manatee family that frequents the dock.
  • Our lot is one of the few with an actual back yard and a private dock. 
  • The kitchen, wet bar and bathroom cabinets were made in Italy for this house. The hood over the stove is also from Italy
  • Brazilian Teak flooring is one of the hardest (most durable) hardwoods for floors. It just so happens that it’s also the most dramatic and warm. 
  • Landscape lighting is 100% LED and offers security, as well as a great look at negligible electricity cost. 
  • There are 4 living zones in the house, designed to “shut down” parts of the house if needed. Each has it’s own heat & AC. The house also has two water heaters to the same end. 
  • You are only a 1 mile walk to the Legacy Trail, so if you like to exercise, the 10+ mile secluded walkway is perfect for running, walking, biking or whatever you like. 
  • You are 5 minutes from feet-in-the-sand on Nokomis Beach. This is not your typical beach experience as you can avoid the crowds and park close and easily. 
  • You are half way between two brand new Public stores. Both built from scratch in the last 18 months. 
  • Do you love your cars or love to tinker? How about TWO 2.5 car garages with shiny epoxy floors.
  • Boaters and Anglers will love the 2015 boat lift, bench seating, underwater fish lighting, aluminum fish cleaning station, LED lighting, lockbox and American Flag. 
  • Flood Insurance is less than $500 / year. Compare that to Casey Key. 
  • Shakett Creek Pointe is a small gated peninsula that sites between Shakett Creek and Hidden Bay. 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Apple Watch - SOLD

Well -- it cost me $100 to understand the technology,  and to see if it fit into my lifestyle.  It didn't.

My wife and I took our kids to Disney this past weekend and decided to go without our Apple watches.  Guess what? We didn't miss them a bit and actually were quite excited to get back to our less-connected timepieces. We both have multiple watches that are probably more fashion statements then anything else,  but we do enjoy wearing them.

Regarding the apple watch,  it's a cool piece of technology but I only care about my number of steps for a short period of time,  and found myself using the iPhone for all of my real work.  You know, why look at your watch to see that you need to really look at your phone?

Sorry -- SOLD.  No reason to have $800 in hardware you're not using.  I'll stick to the phone.

Dan Ribar

Friday, June 5, 2015

Apple Watch - Day 3

If you know me,  you'll not be surprised when I say that my iphone is really annoying.  It is, by far, the best piece of technology ever built for personal human consumption. After all, it does everything and seamlessly integrates into your day.  I would really be lost without it.  But I find myself with it in my hand all the time.  I'm always looking at it -- way too much.

With too many alerts in my pocket and on my phone,  why would I want more alerts on the watch?  Easy -- I want to ditch the phone.  Enter the watch.

Yesterday -- day 3 -- as soon as I got to the office, I put my phone on the window sill and left it there all day.  The bluetooth range of the watch will let me walk anywhere on our floor (of a bank building) and still be connected.  So not once did I read an email the second it got to me... I used some less forced time-management skills and read it when I was back at my computer.  No more walking with my head down reading emails, texts, news, etc.

So -- my goal is to regain my life in a post iphone dominant world.  Well, only kind'of.  I still love my phone - just want to get away from it for a while.

More to come.

Dan Ribar

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

🚤 DaBaDee- Stump Pass State Park

We completed our first big outing yesterday with a trip to Stump Pass. The Yamaha 242 Limited S did a great job on the almost 40 mile round trip down the ICW.

I don't carry a chart plotter so we did some google maps pre-work using satellite to figure out where to go. From Venice and heading south we just went to the second bridge, hung a right and stayed to the right. We verified this all on charts for water depth and ended up meeting a jet skiing couple who knew the water and led us in. We ended up just south of the pavilion where your steps from the beach.

We sterned-in and spend a few hours just floating and exploring. The stern radio controls and sound of the stereo were fantastic and the boat performed perfectly.

We did this with our two year old twins and they seemed to love the trip although they were passing out in the way home. Boat is back on the lift and I'm headed to work. Thank you Jesus for a wonderful life!

Autonomous Cars

Sitting here drinking my first cup of coffee, I'm flipping through flipboard and yahoo news and the self- driving car is all the rage. My question is why? Hey, I love to drive. Maybe when I'm 75 and my wife is too busy to take me to Walmart, I might want it... But heck, I love to drive. 

I can't image any red blooded American man wanting to give up his accelerator pedal. It's one of the things that makes me happy.

Now on the flip side, I've been designing a system for a few years that would make stop lights more efficient. The logic from the auotbot car might just help this - we will see.

You can have my accelerator pedal when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

🚤 DaBaDee Arrival

The boat arrived yesterday quite unceremoniously. We had arranged for Cycle Springs to deliver it to the house and there were no surprises. Kind of "here's your boat... Bye" with a smile.

The boat was named 🚤 DaBaDee from our youngest son and arrived with a shipping cover. Apparently that cover is great for trail wrong but doesn't breathe well so we yanked it and put it up on a shelf.

The kids got their first climb and exploration trip as we grabbed keys and paperwork, and paired up my iPhone to the system. Then we put the new cover on and watched it rain..

Not much else to do as we wait on the lift to be installed in the back yard. Hope to be on the water this weekend.

Dan Ribar

Sunday, May 17, 2015

🚤 DaBaDee - 2015 Yamaha 242 Limited S

One of the happiest days of a boaters life is yesterday - the day we bought our new boat. After signing all of the paperwork and reviewing a similar boat, we left with cover and anchor in hand to return home and wait for deliver in a few days.

We bought from Cycle Springs in Clearwater, FL, and although an hour from our house, it was a great experience so far.

I had a hard time getting this deal setup because it was tough to get ahold of my salesman, but after visiting the dealership I totally understand. This place is a high energy shop with a LOT going on. 

While we were there (3 hrs), we had Dan's undivided attention and this guy is sharp. He knows his boats and had a lot to offer to get us ready for this 242 limited s. I do appreciate him a lot more than I was expecting.

Anyway, more to come as this chapter unfolds. Thanks to Dan Smith at cycle springs. Great job dude.

Dan Ribar