These very hot summer days are getting to me. In past years I have always rationalized having to endure the cold winter days so I could get some pleasant summer ones. I know last winter was probably the mildest one I have seen in at least twenty years so maybe these super hot summer days are in contrast to that. When I first rented a house in my bachelor days of the 1970s I hated having to mow the lawn. The lawn was no more than fifty by one hundred feet but it was the fact that I HAD to … Continue reading I Hate Crunchy Grass….
While on vacation recently we ate at a five-star restaurant at Mesa Verde. When the meal came all the food was stacked in the middle of the plate. I know I frequently see that on the food cable channels but I never actually see people eat that food. I know the stacking is done because it is supposed to look better that way but how is it supposed to be eaten? Are you supposed to un-assemble it so that it can be eaten or are you supposed to somehow pick through the layers to get what you want? I don’t … Continue reading About That Meal….
Source: States explore new ways to tax motorists for road repair – USATODAY.com. States are looking for new ways of taxing motorists as they seek to pay for highway and bridge repair and improvements without relying on the per-gallon gasoline tax widely viewed as all but obsolete. Having to import oil from the Middle East is the primary reason so many of our kids die in our frequent foreign wars. Not giving those who don’t use as much oil as others some break is wrong-headed idea in my mind. We need to tax the gas hogs on the road not the … Continue reading A Wrong-Headed Idea…
The one thing a man can do better than a woman is to grow a beard – John Steinbeck (Travels with Charley) I am not used to pulling quotes from my hero John Steinbeck. That duty usually fall to my other hero Will Rogers. But when I came across this quote in Steinbeck’s book Travels with Charley recently I knew I had to include it here. My wife, like most of you guys out there already know, thoroughly believe that she can do absolutely everything better than I can. She has made a life out of constantly bringing up my … Continue reading The One Thing a Man Can Do Better Than a Woman…..
For that’s all there is to success is satisfaction. – July 29, 1928 Will Rogers It really is as simple as what Will says here. If you are satisfied with your life and what you do then you are a success. Some people equate success with how much money they earn. Some, especially those in Washington and corporate boardrooms equate it with how much power they have. Some say it is the number of Face book friends you have Most definitions of success are based on material goods. Having the right car, home, money in the bank is what … Continue reading Success…..
I woke up this morning with a song attached to my brain. I know I dreamed about it last night but since I almost never remember what my dreams are I can’t give you the context. Here is the lyrics of the song; I hope I don’t cause you to be humming it all day as I likely am: Sing, sing a song, Sing out loud, sing out strong, Sing of the good things, not bad, Sing of the happy, not sad . . . Sing, sing a song, Make it simple, to last your whole life long, Don’t worry that … Continue reading Sing….Sing a Song…..
I got a tattoo recently. It is a really neat one of the 1960s style peace logo. I have always wanted a tattoo. I’m surprised I waited as long as I have. But this one I just couldn’t resist. I … Continue reading I Got A Tattoo…..
I know I am going to sound like an “old guy” here but I seem to remember the same thing happened as shown by Mr. Stahler’s cartoon above with math. I was in college when the first calculators were invented so I remember the hours and hours I spent in my grade school days learning multiplication and long division. Although I was somewhat proficient at it I was never that keen on math so memorizing the multiplication tables was not a favorite thing for me but I did learn them. My teacher drilled me back and forth on them. When I went … Continue reading Math… Now Spelling….
History ain’t what it is. It’s what some writer wanted it to be. — Will Rogers Ok, I’m a writer, not a very well-known one but a writer just the same. 😉 So, I am hereby proclaiming that all this political stuff has disappeared for the next week or so. At least you won’t find any of it here during that time. I need a breather from all that stuff. Today I voted in our primary (as if it really means anything now) and now it is on to boycotting this stuff at least a week. I have done my … Continue reading I Need a Breather…..
Some Christians believe that each and every word in the Bible is literally true and without error. I belonged to one of those churches at one time. I often asked embarrassing questions during our weekly bible study. Questions the clergy leader really didn’t care to try to answer. Asking those questions is probably one of the reasons they tossed me out. I never got to ask the question in the title of this post but I would be very interested in knowing how they might answer it. According to the biblical account Adam & Eve were the first humans. They had a … Continue reading What Language Did Adam & Eve Speak??
To all you city bound folks out there I wanted to give you a picture of what is currently happening in America’s heartland. Continue reading The Rights of Spring
It seems that the favorite hobby right now is to complain about gas prices and particularly to blame the high prices on President Obama 🙂 We all like to remember the good old days when gasoline was much cheaper. When I first started driving gasoline was $0.28 per gallon! But what if I told you that you can get gas even now for $1.75 per gallon? Well that is not exactly true but the result is the same thing. There is a rather simple way to accomplish this feat and that is to dump your SUV or pickup and get … Continue reading $1.75 Gasoline Just Down the Road….
I enjoy cooking with wine and sometimes I even put it in the food I’m cooking. – Julia Childs I have always enjoyed cooking. After Mom abandoned my brother, Dad, and me I did most of the cooking. That was when I was about 10 years old. Of course at that time I didn’t know about cooking with wine but I did make pretty good biscuits and gravy among other things. Dad was the son of a pig farmer so we ate lots of pork. 🙂 It would be years later before I discovered things like Coq Au Vin. This reminds me … Continue reading I Enjoy Cooking With Wine….
Today is a weird day. It only comes once every four years. So, I thought I would put out a totally weird post that I have been holding on to for some time. It starts with a quote from a not-so-well known person. Don’t get consumed by all the negativity in the world. Lighten up once in a while — January 11,2012 RJ Walters Now I’m not getting a big head here (at least not too much) by quoting myself. I just thought this should be said by someone. It just seems so easy to get totally down with all the negativity … Continue reading Don’t Get Consumed….
‘Star Wars’ universe getting a lot bigger – USATODAY.com. I am a Star Wars junkie, I freely admit it. I find it fascinating to take a peak of a possible future scenario that doesn’t end with us polluting the world beyond livability. I enjoy movies like “Soylent Green” and “Mad Max” but would rather believe we have a rosier future than they portray. Call me a wild-eyed dreamer if you want; I really don’t care. I have recently watched all the Star Wars movies in high def and I usually see an episode of “The Next Generation” or one of … Continue reading ‘Star Wars’ universe getting a lot bigger…
There are all kinds of people around today who hand out advice on what jobs will be the most secure in today’s world environment. They say things like nursing and such can’t be outsourced to another country. But there is now a trend to have surgeries performed in other countries for a fraction of the cost here in the U.S. so I’m not so sure that even nursing is a secure occupation for the future. But I think, if things continue on the way they are now, I have the absolute surest job for tomorrow. It doesn’t take a lot … Continue reading The “Perfect” Job for Tomorrow..
I think I am freaking out with this puzzle stuff (ha)! First I started working jigsaw puzzles for pretty much the first time in my life and now I am seeing puzzle analogies all around me. When I put the last piece of a recent jigsaw puzzle into place I thought of how it represents life in general. The world is really just one gigantic picture puzzle and all five billion of us on this earth right now are simply pieces that make up the current story. Pieces come and go but the overall puzzle remains pretty much the same. … Continue reading Pieces of a Puzzle….
Source: Obama Strikes Populist Chord With Speech in Heartland – NYTimes.com. The most recent proposal by Senate Democrats calls for reducing the share of Social Security payroll tax paid by employees to 3.1 percent from the already reduced level of 4.2 percent. If Congress takes no action, the tax is to revert to 6.2 percent next month. The cut, under the proposal, would be offset by a 1.9 percent surtax on modified adjusted gross income in excess of $1 million, which would take effect in 2013. Everyone is saying that the Social Security Trust Fund is on the road to bankruptcy … Continue reading Taking Money Out of Social Security
I have always wondered who the party faithfuls are. 🙂 Continue reading I Have Wondered Who They Are??
Cosmic Log – Bam! How comics teach science. The source article above doesn’t have much to do with this post other than invoking some buried thoughts from my childhood. The comics they talk about in no way resemble the ones I read when I was a kid. I haven’t been around comic books in years so I don’t know what the general contexts are now. In my day it was about Superman, Spiderman, Archie, and hundreds of others. But one thing I am pretty sure of is that I’m sure of is that is where I gained my first real interest … Continue reading Comic Books Made Me Who I Am???
Here is an anonymous quote I ran across a little while ago. If you give a man a fire, he will be warm for the night. If you set a man on fire, he will be warm the rest of his life Very off-the-wall but humorous in a macabre sort of way. And here is another one that is even more insane Guns Save Lives.. Now I need to put my brain back in my head and go on about the rest of the day. Have a good one…. Continue reading Way Off The Top…
I ran across an old saying the other day that goes something like this Your first wife is just practice for the real thing Being that I am now over 65 and have been married to my first wife for more than twenty-five years I don’t much buy into that logic but it did get me to thinking about things being “just practice”. What if this life is just a practice for the next one which would be the “real thing”? I know to many that thought is kind of absurd but it does get some of us thinking. Are … Continue reading Just Practice
I kind of doubt it……Will freezer burn ruin the country instead?? Continue reading Frozen Turkeys
Source article: Happy? You May live 35% Longer, Tracking Study Suggests | digtriad.com. Here is an interesting article about happiness. It seems if you are generally happy in life you live longer. We do know that happiness is associated with an extended life span,” she says. If we can get people to be happier, would that extend the lifespan? We don’t know that yet. Future research can definitely try to show that.” So happy people live longer. Maybe that is why all the politicians and such are in the business lately of making sure that we are as gloomy as … Continue reading You Live Longer If You Are Happy….
Scientists have discovered that the left side of our brains control our perceptions of logic and order while the right side controls our creativity. I have spent pretty much the last sixty five years of my life with the left side of my brain controlling what I do and what I think. I was an engineer for thirty of those years and that meant I spent hours logically going about analyzing the task at hand and then solving it. The last part of those years were spent writing software applications for other engineers to use. Yeah, some of that work involved creating thinking … Continue reading My Right Brain is Screaming Lately…..
Source: Editorial Cartoons – USATODAY.com Photos. Continue reading Way Too Narrow For Me Too…
Today is the best of times and also the worst of times. Today my medical insurance is costing me half of what it did yesterday… Today I am officially a senior as I am now on Medicare… Continue reading It is the Best of Times and the Worst of Times…
Source: Many U.S. schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks – USATODAY.com. I am a techie at heart; always have been. So it did my heart good to see this article about how many schools are now moving away from hard bound books to electronic versions. It is about time we moved into the twenty first century in some of our educational processes. From the personal interactions in the past I have found that some teachers, like so many others, shy away from technology. The educational training academics just did not have much room for forward looking things. This trend is similar to the one taking … Continue reading Many U.S. schools adding iPads, trimming textbooks
I know one of the top shows currently on TV is Dancing with the Stars and there are a couple of others like it which I don’t know the names. I have only watched the aforementioned one for a couple of minutes but it seems pretty silly. You want to know the reason why? Try putting the mute on during the program and you will see what I mean. Without music dancing just seems like someone got into the Jack Daniels a little too much. I have mentioned before that I am deaf and after almost 25 years my brain … Continue reading Dancing Seems Pretty Silly To Me……
Pre April 27 – (Republicans) – Obama is not a citizen so he is an invalid president Post April 27 – (Republicans) – Why is Obama wasting his time producing a birth certificate; he should be creating jobs!! Please stop the spin cycle – I was dry months ago…. Continue reading
I was going to do the ceremonial first mowing of the yard today but with the storms last night and the corresponding cold front I guess I will have to put it off for a few days. I have come to enjoy mowing my 2 acre homestead; that is when I do my best thinking 🙂 Continue reading
While the governor of Indiana, where I currently reside, is not a Tea Partier he does seem to think along the same line. First of all we were told when he first came into office that the reason that more businesses did not move to Indiana was because they thought we were backwards. The reason for us being backwards, at least according to him,was that we did not change our clocks two times a year as most other States do. We quit doing that about twenty-five years ago. It just didn’t make much sense for us ordinary Hoosiers to be … Continue reading Some "Great" Ideas From My Governor….
Back from our vacation and have a lot to blog about including over 700 pictures for “These Old Barns” and “In the Slow Lane”. Continue reading
“Another trouble with politics, it breeds politics. So that makes it pretty hard to stamp out. The only way to do it is at the source. We got to get birth control among politicians.” — Will Rogers 1934 — Continue reading
As usual the Republicans are at it again. They are coming out in force to say how terrible Obama-care is but offering no solutions themselves. I guess they think they got the house back with this strategy so they will keep it up. They seem intense about giving insurance companies the right to deny coverage for “pre-existing conditions” and taking away possible healthcare from those who cannot currently afford it. Is this really what Americans want? If it is I am ashamed to call myself one. Continue reading