Thursday, May 21, 2015

Belle is quite excited



We are not growing cucumbers. However, the next door neighbors have a vine growing up, and through the fence which is leafing out on our propity!
Inspecting the leaves and blooms this evening, Belle proclaimed, " I'm pretty sure this is a cucumber vine."

We have had a prodigious amount of rain this May. That vine is looking quite fat and happy.  Aside from the small fruit tree orchard we've planted in the back yard, we might have some serendipitous  cucumbers as well.

We have a preteen peach tree planted last year that has many buds and one excessive pubescent peach nearly dragging the branch to the ground.

Our biggest concern right now is that all the rain is going to drown the trees.

Monday, May 18, 2015

What I should have said to Ted Cruz

As Belle mentioned, we met Ted Cruz Saturday night, by shear chance.
In my own defense, we had been bowling..poorly...drinking mostly*, and having a grand time.
The tourniquet tournament was over and we were, uhm still drinking and shooting the sh bull.
After Ted discerned he was in friendly territory, Belle mentioned she'd voted for him, upon which I mentioned I'd already donated money.

Ted looked me right in the eyes and gave a heartfelt  Thank You.

I was not expecting that.
Somebody else said something, and being inibriated  enebriated  into my cups, I looked away and did not respond.

When I said I'd donated money, I was not expecting to be thanked or patted on the back or anything else.
My intent was to let Ted know I'd thrown my support behind him.

What I should have said is, "No, on the contrary, thank you for loving this country enough to go through the excoriation of running for President. We really need you right now."

Thank You Ted.



* Speaking for myself. Belle was driving.......

You meet people in the strangest places.....

Saturday night was the annual company bowling tournament.   It was a fun night.  Kx and I had a great time, though now I'm sore in places I forgot existed.  Amazing the muscles that use when you're bowling.

At any rate, after the tournament was over and we were all gathered by the snack bar, talking, finishing up our adult beverages and someone said...  "That looks like Ted Cruz!"

Kx turned around and said.."That is Ted Cruz!"

Before you know it, we were speaking with him.  Of course I was in shock as to what on earth he was doing at a bowling alley in Houston, so in my inquisitive yet polite manner I asked him... "I'm sorry but why are you here?"

He just smiled and stated that he was taking the family bowling.....   then of course I proceeded to tell him how much I enjoyed having him as my Senator and that he has my vote and wished him the best of luck on his Presidential run.

All in all he was very gracious and kind and just seems like a regular guy.  I like that about him, plus I do like his politics.

On the way home I was just in shock and awe and felt rather excited yet somehow a little humbled to have met an actual US Senator and the fact that I shook his hand and didn't feel the need to wash my hands afterward was certainly a bonus!

He was kind enough to take a photo with me which he certainly did not have to do but it is a memory that I will take with me for years to come.



I guess it just goes to show that you just really never know who you're going to meet and sometimes you meet the good guys in the most unexpected places!

Until next time...

Belle

Stay tuned,,,,,,     I have been a busy little bee with regards to getting to various concerts these past months and have met some really cool artists, I really need to get on the stick and blog about it.  (Kx will be thrilled really, I've been neglecting our blog for way too long now.)


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A comment turned into a post - Mother's Day

My Uncle J was listening to some twenty somethings
Now, personally, I advise against this as it will lower your IQ if you are not careful, but The Big Guy is, admirably, fearless.

When they are 8, 9 or 10, you are smart, almost god like. They develop a sense of humor that actually makes you laugh. You actually have conversations with your offspring. It is a most wonderful time for a parent.

When they hit the teens, the whoremones kick in,  you don't know shit.
Have a problem you can't solve? Hire a teenager, they know everything!

From what I've read, the human brain does not reach full development until the age of 26.
Around 28, the females are feeling the tick of the biological clock. As you approach the mid-life age of 30, this gets quite intense.
 At this point in your life, you find yourself attending more Engagement parties, Weddings, Baby Showers, etc, etc.  And yet, you are still not married?

Personally, I think the voting age should be 35, when you have some real skin in the game.

I digress.

To the point of Uncle J's post:
They are young and stupid girls that think they are all grown up'n stuff.  Especially when legal drunk.
They have jumped the shark if they can they can get get to the age where they realize their parents weren't such dumbfucks after all.*

That day comes for most of us, raised by Parents, and more importantly, Moms that cared.




*without drunk naked pics of them posted on facebook....for eternity.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The thin veil of civilization

Drizzling rain today. A transformer, close enough that we heard its splodey "good by cruel world" cry, gave up the ghost. The news says it was a 2015 Millennial Snowflake Model*.  OMG it's raaaining. I quit. I'm going to Starsucks for a latte!


Therefore, I am home early today.
Our office building is without power.

This happened sometime this past Sunday as well.  The 'puter network did not care for it much. Monday morning was a rough start.   Today I was present to gracefully shut things down before the UPS ran out.


Our electrical grid does not look like the image above, but the frequency with which we lose power in this building is appalling.

The electrical grid across most of this Great Nation, unfortunately, does look like that.
Western civilization runs on electricity.  How fragile it is.
Invest in candles and Coleman lanterns.





* I totally made that up, but c'mon the wind isn't even blowing.  Okay, it was actually some homeless dude trying to steal the copper cabling that got lit up by 35 KV.
K, I made that up too. The truth is it was probably something more stupid than I can even imagine.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Had a premonition this was going to happen back in about '78

Sprint saves Radio Shack from extinction  Uhm, why?

No, not the saving part...the bankruptcy part.

Back in the days when a Western Auto catalog was your prime competition during the Christmas shopping season, selling crap was a viable business model.

I recall being in a Radio Shack in the dawning days of personal computing when Commodore,  Apple and Tandy computers were the heavy hitters.**
Tandy computers being sold by Radio Shack seeing as they were part of the Electronics, computer and Leather? conglomerate.

I bought quite a bit of leather from Tandy as well. I miss the days when you could get a half cow hide for 90 bucks. But, I digress.

The premonition came when I walked up to the counter in a Radio Shack, Tandy computers displayed expensively around me, to pay for whatever the heck it was I was buying at the time.

The clerk pulled out a ball point pen and an invoice pad, replete with carbon paper, to write up my purchase before it was punched into the cash register.

Innocently, I stated, " I find it odd that you don't use your own computers for invoicing"

Time froze.
I heard a pin drop a hundred yards away out in the mall food court.

The manager and two clerks behind the counter expressed such a hurt look on their faces.
I, expected upon such observation, to feel "bad".  Surprisingly, I did not.

That experience, and having bought three electronics kits from them previously convinced me Radio Shack was headed down the tube.

By the time my Daughter was born in 1989, Tandy was out of the computer business.

How they survived this long escapes me.  When I'm thinking of purchasing electronics of any type, Radio Shack is not a name that even remotely shows up on my radar scope.











** Mein Got, were they expensive back then.  Particularly if you factor in inflation since, say 1983. $2500 for an Apple IIe with 64k of ram and a squirrel speed walking in a rodent wheel for a processor. No such thing as a hard drive. Storage was two external 5 1/4" floppy drives. But, it was cutting edge technology and I effing paid the price tag to get it. Booyah.

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Monday, March 30, 2015

Drudge Report - is it just me?

Has anyone else noticed how annoying the frequency of the page reloads from the adds on the Drudge Report have become?

It does it so frequently on my smaht phone it crashes the browser.

On my laptop it's just annoying.

Matt, ole buddy whuzup wid da site?

Friday, March 27, 2015

MMmm Desert!

Maybe not.

Is that a hedgehog sleeping in there?



Hmm, sell before date is...OMG way too long ago.
Fortunately the trash can has already been deployed to the curb...

I'll just march this little science experiment right out there.

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Harry Ried to retire in 2016




Same to you Harry.



Monday, March 23, 2015

Ted Cruz for Prez

I think 'Merica is ready for our first half Latin president, don't you?
I mean we've done the half mocha latte president now. It's time for some positive change and we desperately need some hope.

Ted threw his hat into the ring in the wee hours via a tweet, which I read about this morning as I do not tweeter  twitter twat whatever...I can barely keep this blog afloat.

I digress.

I read the transcript of some of Ted's speech today and it was good, quite good.   Reagan'esque some pundits are calling it.
I'd vote for Ted.  We will see if is he there at the finish line.  I say this not because he lacks the qualities we desperately need in a leader right now, but because he doesn't just have to beat the democrats, he will have to overcome the liberal media and the establishment republicans.

November 2016 is still a long ways off.

This is not to say that I don't have faith, I voted with my pocketbook a few minutes ago.