Rokman’s Hideaway

The Enviro Car Concept
March 25, 2007, 10:03 am
Filed under: Environment, Global Warming, Pet Peeves

It seems we are in a “catch 22” with this whole push on cleaning up the environment. The governments are suggesting funding to be received by the oil industry for development of cleaner fuel supplies and the car manufacturers to produce environmentally friendly vehicles.

The whole thing is the knowledge, the future is about to change. This scary, to the big wigs of the oil industry. Since the announcement of the grants I have seen the price of gas jump .10 per liter. Coincidence? Well some may argue that it is the problems in the Middle East. That is another story and side of it.

I think it is just another excuse to get money out of the people who have no choice to drive the gasoline vehicles now. Hmmmm. What is going on here?

The government is giving them money to produce better fuel and they are raising the prices of gas because it is not going to be in such high demand in the future. Does this mean they are purposely making it difficult to be able to afford the purchase of one of the new energy, environmentally friendly vehicles. Are they so afraid of the losses to their Billion dollar a year industry, that will occur because of the forced change over, they need to gouge at the pumps now.

I am not a rich man, I do not make a lot of money, the cost of living exceeds my income, so how can I afford a new enviro car? I would love to have a cost efficient environmentally safe vehicle. I wouldn’t even mind having a slower moving vehicle. New technology is expensive but suspicions have been around for years about the with holding of the release of new energy friendly vehicles due to the drop in consumption of the oil products. Only if there was a way to regenerate the energy that is with an alternator.

Well it is time to stop playing the games with the world we reside. Everyone needs the support to make the environment a better place. A little support to help with conversions much the same way they did when propane was introduced. Sending all vehicle owners across the country a cheque to convert their cars or guarantee loan approval to have the job done.

All in all it will mean less strain on the health issues with cleaner air to breathe. The car manufacturers are still predicting cars that consume oil products will be produced in 2010. Is it speculation the oil companies are are putting the pressure on the auto industry to keep building cars that are to use their supply. How long are we going to rape the earth of its resources. So much for relieving the pressure off of our health problems.

You would think the the government would be giving the manufactures the grants to produce mass amounts of environmentally friendly cars. Thus flooding the market, making them cheaper to build and sell. Then everyone could afford one.

The government is only giving 2000.00 off when purchasing a energy efficient and environmentally safe vehicle. That is peanuts when the starting price is usually more then some of the middle of the line gas vehicles. Now if these prices were starting between 10K-14K for Canadians, then the 2000.00 would be worth it as that would basically take care of the taxes. Here is a thought about other ways to get the message across. Put the 2000.00 towards conversions of existing cars. This in turn would put more people, who are not in the higher income bracket, behind the wheel of an enviro car.

The whole idea of change is to make everyone responsible for cleaning up the environment. What is going to happen is everyone who has the income to equip themselves with the new environmentally safe vehicles will be blaming those who are less fortunate for the pollution that will continue to be expelled into the air.

The money spent making sure every Canadian has an environmentally correct vehicle will save on energy, preserve the environment, and improve health situations across the country.


Woo Hoo for California
March 21, 2007, 6:45 pm
Filed under: Environment, Pet Peeves

Once again California is making it’s way to the headlines in pollution control, speed control and public safety all in one. Making way for electric cars on the freeways, speed limits lowered.

This move just may entice car manufactures to produce more of these electric machines slowing the world down a notch or two just may in the end allow everyone to breath and actually take in what they are witnessing and feeling. This kind of negates some of the previous issues that I had about raising gas prices and fast stoplights To a point.

It is still a problem and until more of the motor companies and city regulations change the way things are done and the way they are run then we will still have an up hill battle to get it right.

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It often becomes necessary to play both sides.
March 18, 2007, 7:04 pm
Filed under: Love In The News

You never know when you are going to run into a situation where you have to opportunity to be with someone other that your spouse or partner. I Love Him, I Love Him Not It is important to play both sides of the scenario, before making the decision to venture into something, that will lead to greater complications in the future. The grass is not always green on the other side.

Through a conversation with a co-worker I was told, while she was away on holidays she met some people. One person she met, in particular, appeared to spark interest from both sides. This co-worker is currently involved with someone who was out at sea. She assures me that nothing happened but it could have and she played that double scenario through and decided the right thing. It also helped that the person that she was somewhat interested in resides in another province.

Letting the alternate scenario play out comes with it’s own set of circumstances. There is the job of trying to cover up those indiscretions. Keeping those indiscretions covered up, almost always proving to be more cumbersome than it was worth.

Experimenting outside the relationship is always wrong. If your partner is not involved in the scene with you then it is not acceptable. Playing both scenarios before venturing astray will help prevent you from making the wrong choice. The alternate scenario is always nice as a fantasy but leave it there.

Island Rokman

Not on the Diet Advisory List
March 15, 2007, 10:01 pm
Filed under: Humor

There are a great many diets on the market this is not one that is recommended by any standards Not on Diet Advisory

Breakups Electronically
March 9, 2007, 8:03 pm
Filed under: Love In The News

USA Today: Breakups are always hard no matter how you slice it

Breaking up it not so easy anymore. There is a lot more to it than people realize. Those little games we play with each other pretending not to care about our former partners but, it happens even if you don’t realize it.

Checking to see if they are online. Wondering who they are chatting with. What do you do? Do you stop hanging around the chat rooms you both once frequented? NO! Do you take them off your IM contact lists and email list? Well maybe!

It is not much different then a real life drama. You don’t stop going to the bars that you visited while you are both single and together.You may have accumulated a few new friends along the way and tensions will be high if you both are in the same room. This is expected.

It is hard to think the other person should be out having fun. If they are with someone else at the time it makes it even worse. Guess what, you are there too. That means you are looking just the same as your ex. Don’t get mad if they have found someone or something before you do. Get used to it and deal with it.


It is almost better to be online and break up because even in a crowded room you can get lost in private conversation with other room guests. Not so easy when you are in public face to face.




Stoplight to punish suburban speeders. What about the elderly and the little children?
March 5, 2007, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Pet Peeves

San Fransisco News sets speed trap with this article on Fast Stop Lights

stoplight.gifThe speeders think they have it bad. Having their lives controlled by lights. That was 2004. I can see things still have not changed or there was to much retaliation from the big money makers of the continent.

What about the old folks or parents with young children who are trying get across those busy intersections. This has been a pet peeve of mine for years. Intersections with 3 lanes going in all directions. This particular intersection just happened to be surrounded by a shopping center, a university with family housing and a major seniors center. The idea that a mother with 2 young children can get across in the 8 second time limit the lights allow pedestrians in time is absurd. What is the rule get rid of the people of yesterday, the ones who built what we have today and shorten the lifespan advancement towards the people of tomorrow.

Give me a break. Get it together. This is not a small problem.

Another intersection a lady had to be in her 70’s with a walker. She was trying desparately to get across Fort St. Two lanes each way with a side street. The lady was not crossing the side street she was crossing the main road. There again another 8 second walk time. By the time that she finally got up on the curb on the other side, two cars on her side of the road had already past her. Another sign of driver impatience.

Not only does the speed have to slow down, the lights need to be better controlled in areas where seniors, students and mothers with small children are concerned.

We are walking here! Thanks


Do Background Checks Make Internet Dating Safer?
March 5, 2007, 3:41 pm
Filed under: Love In The News

New internet phase posted in the StarTribune
Internet background checks tell all about a new love interest.I want to be clear I am not opposed to background checks on potential mates, but I think it is a mistake to place all your faith in these checks. Just because a person does not have a criminal record does not mean they are not a rapist, pedophile, or serial killer.

The article indicates, it is pretty easy to get that background check done on someone you meet from the Internet. What about the person you met in the bar last night? You know, that person you just met at the bar and had sex with on the first night? I know, the sex was great so they must be alright *smiles*

How do you know he/she is not a sociopath. After a few drinks they all look the same don’t they? By the next day it is too late you have already given your away the most personal information you have.

At least with the Internet you can spend some time getting to know someone on an intellectual level. Obviously if background checks are now required as standard internet meeting practise; the Internet had made no advances on its poor reputation as a risky place to meet people.

Until this form of meeting/introduction becomes an accepted norm people will continue exploit trust our personal trust issues as a way to take our money away. In fact, all you have to do is use your own common sense and the inner voice that is within you.

I have heard all the arguments: I can’t see what they look like. What if they are lying to me? What if they are married? I don’t really know anything about this person.

Think about it. If you are sitting there drinking all evening with a person, getting drunk having a good time. Chances are you are in a bar where the music is way to loud, you really have not heard a word the person has said to you. The end of the evening comes and you think, alright your place or mine because that is all you were looking for in the first place. How romantic. NOT!!!!!

So you decide to try dating through the Internet and you find out the person’s a creep and they won’t leave you alone. Now what? You are afraid to go out your door for fear of running into them. With the Internet its not too hard to get rid of them. Use your ignore button and spam bins work great. The Internet can actually be a safer way to meet people then the bar. At least your not jumping into bed with each other the first day you meet. I do believe background checks maybe a bit extreme, unless that person has given you cause for concern.

2 Great tips for meeting with someone you have met on the Internet:

  1. Always keep your logs of the conversation you had with that person. That is how you will find out about who that person is. What they say to you is who they are. If there are any discrepancies then you have nipped it in the bud before meeting. Looking for consistencies in conversation and determine what is sparking your intellectual connection with each other.
  2. Checking on someone is a good idea, a but there are ways that are less confrontational and will keep your money in your own pocket. The best background check is your intuition. Pay attention and look for inconsistencies and always, always meet in a public place until you have determined you want to give that person more access to your life (e.g giving out your home address

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