Seems it's been awhile since I put a few thoughts on my blog. I'm not on a time schedule and I don't want to pollute the internet with obligatory phrases, sentences and words more than it already is. You're welcome!
Gold and silver are starting to hit their own, with silver up around 3 percent on the day, but still, they are just dead rocks and don't pay dividends and are an archaic relics of long-dead civilizations, so there is that.
Still, gold was for sale at 35 bucks an ounce in 1971 and today a one ounce canadian coin rings in at over 2,100 an ounce, so a case can be made for it holding its buying power against a steadily degrading currency, which is the true root of the inflationary plant, not business-owner greed as so many suppose.
Just one honest look at govt "deficit" "budgets" should convince the most starry-eyed statist that even with the massive degree of taxation we endure, someone isn't yet satisfied and must, simply must, spend more, continually outdoing themselves year after decade. Truly govos all over the world seem to have the worst case of financial diarrhea and need to find the source of their irritable bowel syndrome FAST before we are all completely covered in their "leavings"!
There are a few voices suggesting though, that this lavish degree of expenditure will not be reined in but will in fact, only increase in the years to come and that precious metals retain their buying power where nearly nothing else will in a world where paper wealth is all that seems to matter, and have done so for hundreds and thousands of years, archaic, stupid rocks though they are.
But for the rest of us peons, who can ill-afford anything remotely precious, bartering may prove a path to survival/thrival, bypassing as it does, the normal suctioning forces of a nation-state gone mad with its uncontrollable diaper-issues.
So, it's "Open for Business","Trades Welcome" time in beautiful Teslin Yukon!
And I am actually serious! Bartering of course was the original system of trade which was eventually displaced by paper currency (fiat), which was originally used as a more convenient system than carrying a few cows around in your pocket. But paper currency is dispensable, a fact our ruling overlords want us to forget. So just forget I said anything, ok?.
On to more serious business: It's been a great summer! The "moisture" we received was at times unpleasant, but way less so than the alternatives in this region: drought, dry lightning strikes and towering infernos, so we'll just save that stuff for the apocolypse and don a rainjacket or two shall we and just go fishin'.
A highlight of the summer for sure was having Bruce Sassman and his lifelong friend Danny up here from Missouri for four days of action-packed fishing. It's impossible not to have a good time with those two!
Soon as we met I knew this was going to be fun: Danny introduced himself by saying "I'm in good shape for 81 but I'm 74" and "been married 51 years.... four women" (my math memory might be off by a woman or two but you get the drift and God bless anyone with a sense of humor these days.) From the "don't make a scene!" when I tried to pay the restaurant tab to the "you go mushroom picking, that's who you'd want with you" in reference to an extremely elderly, hunched over woman, it was a real blast.
In four days we caught I imagine hundreds of pike, a good number of grayling and one lonely lake trout, and a bit of seasickness. It can get a bit rough on the main part of teslin lake; let's just leave it at that. Sure wouldn't mind having those guys onboard again sometime, what a blast they are! Sorry to see their taillights!
Fishermen are the best people!