17 December 2016

Crazy numbers

I was just looking at some stats for my little blog.  It is interesting but not always enlightening.  recently the average entry view count has gone up dramatically, from just breaking into the double digits to triple digits practically overnight.  I am not sure why.  I haven't noticed any new comments or mentions.  I think maybe it is a fluke of search-bots that started to take notice.  I guess that is okay.  Any attention is flattering.

The numbers indicate that it started a couple of months ago and goes backward to around September 2015 then the numbers drop off to to the first of 2015 when I start seeing numbers more in line with what I have been experiencing for the majority of this little experience.

As I was browsing this list I also happened on a little entry that was a favorite of mine on the special nature of the simple yet profound cookie, an entry made almost 7 years ago.  It had a view count of one.  Still it was one and I am grateful for that viewer.  If you happen to go there and have a read leave a comment of your favorite cookie.

There are several other entries that appear to have topped out at one view.  It happens.  On the other hand the most popular page remains the one I made about the experience I had taking the ACSC course back in September 2008.  If I was into niche marketing this would surely be an opportunity knocking but the subject was one that did not inspire me to invest any more energy with it.  I am guessing that the many page views came from others that were going through the course at the time and they were looking for any insights that would make their experience more manageable.  It is also probably why I have received views from Russia.

So here is entry #194.  According to the stats Farrwestview has had a total of 17,751 page views to date.  All are welcome and I hope that all will find something that will entertain, educate, inform, and enlighten.  After all, this is Ed Nef with a view from the Farrwest.

Very few people worthy of real admiration

There are very few people out there that are individuals of great character.  People that have one or two traits that are admirable and worthy of emulation.  People that although not perfect are striving towards being the best they can be.

One of the individuals that I have admired through the years is Richard Branson.  If you have not heard this name, he is the force behind the Virgin brands covering everything from music to space travel and a lot of things in between.  He is a man that knows how to enjoy life.

With his enjoyment of life comes stories of life experiences that don't always work out the way he expected.  One of these stories is about a bicycle training ride for an upcoming event which you can read about in his blog post you can find at this link and it comes with some pretty amazing pictures.

This is someone that I would like to spend a day with sometime.  We have a lot of the same interest.  We were at the same event one afternoon but the majority of the audience was looking his way and not mine.  That is understandable.  It was at Oshkosh and he was there to show of White Knight Two the plane that would lift and launch SpaceShip Two into space.  I am having trouble finding my photos but when I do I will add them.  Until then I will have to borrow one from

It is kinda nice to have someone in the public limelight that you can still look up to, and in his case it is often done quite literally.  This is Ed Nef with a view from the Farrwest.

25 November 2016

Best of Black Friday wishes

Happy Black Friday  to all that are out there braving the madness.  I must admit I have been brave in years past and rallied myself out of bed in the wee hours only to find that the things I thought I needed were long since gone or had a line a mile long with angry looking customers wrapping themselves around the various packaging and licking the box to make sure no one else will touch it.

I remember one store offering orange juice and donuts for the first ones there but by the time I got to the table it was all crumbs and bottom of bottle drippings.

In the past the truly committed would go in teams and tackle the various stores based on opening times and carry around all the ads they had been scouring the day before powered by the feast of Thanksgiving day.

Now people still work in teams but use strategy and cell phones to stake out the prizes of the day.  And if cell service is unreliable because of the load placed upon them then resort to walkie-talkies, the gift of Christmas past, to come to the rescue.  They will think nothing of leaving their 5 year old to guard one of their finds while they go racing off to capture another temporary treasure.  Sadly, some shoppers are not put off by the 5 year old guard ply and will acquire the item for themselves since their 4 year old is much more deserving.

Sometimes I have been lucky and some of the smaller, not so sought after items were still available even if it was three hours after the initial rush.  It might just have been a B movie DVD but I saved two dollars.

Now a days I find that I really don't need anything that badly so if I decide to go out it is usually to do a little people watching and taking in the energy of the moment while trying not to get trampled.  If I happen to find something worth picking up then that is a bonus. If I don't expect anything, I won't be disappointed and anything above nothing can be a happy dance moment.

I won't let myself be emotionally tied to an outcome that is beyond my control.  (I learned a long time ago that it is fun to dream about winning a lottery but don't act as if you have already won or get all caught up in the what if because the disappointments can be rough.  It is better to believe in yourself and becoming who you are and taking action on that.  You will go much further.)

For those that enjoy the chase, the hunt, the thrill, the excitement, may the bargains be all on your side of the store.  For the rest, sleep in if you can.  Extend the festivities of joy as long as you are able.  Either way, may you all have the best of Black Fridays.

This is Ed Nef with a view from the Farrwest.