One of the blogs I read has a fan base that makes mine pale by comparison. There is a rant that on goes and takes a hard line on politicians. He spends a lot of time researching his views and makes a lot of references and links to blogs that support his view. I don't think I need to vent a lot more than I do so I'll not take that tone.
One of the blogs had a very short post almost daily and has a comments section that resembles a forum with between 25 to 35 posts by dedicated readers. At one time I wondered what impact I had and was concerned about the lack of feedback. I kind of decided that I don't need the feedback to feel good so I just put a counter on my post to see how many people hut my site.
I read the books by Lew Grizzard, of "Shoot Low Boys, they're Riding Shetland Ponies" fame. The Books were basically a compilation of his column in the paper. He told stories about his life and his adventures writing for Newspapers. I kind of want to write stuff so one day I can put it together for a book. But, I'm not sure that I have that "need" to succeed.
Barb reads what I write and sends me pictures when she thinks I need some visuals. I have at least 5,000 pictures I can use to provide color and a visual.
In the short haul, I will just continue to write and hope you continue to read.
Head waters of Tecumseh Creek
First sign of Spring in the woods, Spiders come to visit
Picky Pumpkin Pancake Eater
Lets see if there is a truth in here somewhere to share. True happiness cannot be achieved unless income is equal or greater than outgo. Deficit spending can occur only when you print the money. One of the money programs makes it a game where you pay off the smallest to the largest debt and then get to scream "I'm debt free" on the radio. Even when you are retired, you are not free. Between Property taxes and income taxes, you will find yourself hitched to the ball and chain of owing the government. You want bigger and bigger government? (notice I didn't say Bigger and better) Get ready to pay more and more taxes.
Barb and I find it very interesting that of all the round ball teams playing basketball post season only the KU Ladies are still in the hunt. All the men's teams and most of the other women's teams in Kansas are home back in the student grind and the KU Ladies are playing in the women's NIT tonight. Rock Chalk girls! We are proud of you. In fact, we are proud of all the teams that played their best and just lost their last game. Even the guys to our south proved that no matter how many rebounds your star gets unless you can do better than 2-19 from beyond the three point line you are toast.
Justice is having it to be illegal to not wear seat belts and when the crash scene is cleared there is no one left alive to charge with the crime. Two wrecks have occurred in the last week here in Topeka where the occupants were not wearing their seat belts and died in wrecks. Our Legislature just passed a law that if you are under 18, you cannot drive a car without your seat belt on or talking on a cell phone. Should be illegal for anyone driving a car to talk on their cell phone. The seat belt deal is a self imposing penalty. (Guess who does not have a cell phone?)
The American way is for people to be in debt more than they paid for their first house for their latest car. Our problem is not that we all drive KIA's for mileage, it is when that idiot gets on the Interstate going the wrong way and hits you head-on in her Escalade you lose in your KIA. This was one time the seat belt didn't seem to matter.
I'm not sure where this serious tone came from today. Must have been the thing that woke me up this morning. I fell asleep watching the Animal Planet and this morning on a show about pet's doing tricks a parrot was singing. Great voice but absolutely no ear for pitch. I woke up thinking America Idol was doing another try out show.
Times are tough when the woodpeckers have to hit the sunflower seed feeder
My feet would have froze to the pole
Update about 2:30 PM, 28 Mar 09. The snowflakes are now about 1 inch across and falling rapidly. We are now up to 2-3 inches and no let up in sight. Barb is up decorating a Monarch cake and I am watching Road to the Final Four. I made a quick run to the store about 1:30 and the roads were great once I got off the side roads. Not true on the way home. In fact, a BWT (Big White Truck) with 4 wheel drive is in the ditch right out on Tecumseh Road just north of 42nd street. It must have happened right before I came by as there were skid marks in several directions and circles leading to where the truck is. She had help coming.
The first discussion concerning money was from a guy whose wife was encouraged to move her 401 (k) into a stock market based annuity. She gave the agent $90,000 and he promised her that she would get her money back "no matter what". When they got a notice that their investment was now worth $56,000 they contacted the broker/salesman. Where is the other half of my $90,000? The man explained that what the contract said was that if she would start a regularly paid annuity the company would pay until she had received her entire $90,000. No, she could not have her $90,000 back today but she could have a set amount like $500 a month to the tune of $90,000. Of course, they would have to withhold 30% for taxes as the payments are made. This sounds like another Ponzi scheme to me.
That same guy told me that there is a provision in the Kansas State Personnel Retirement System (KPERS) for a person to take out a lump sum and then have a reduced annuity paid over the person's lifetime. His best friend took out half of the money he had in the system and invested it in a stock market based annuity. Guess who has to go back to work because between losses and taxes he was basically wiped out.
The MG I live with, said that we need more laws to protect us from the bad guys and those Pesky Republicans are blocking that process. I had a discussion with her about the fact that I think there are too many laws now and not enough people enforcing the ones we have. A first year business school student should have been able to look at the Madoff Ponzi scheme and realize it had no substance. When income is equal to outgo and salaries and there is no operating "nut" to really pay the bills, it is a Ponzi scheme. When you start selling shares of loans on houses to investors and return a maddening amount to the stock holders and exorbitant salaries to those in the business, it is a Ponzi Scheme. It was the fact that none of the people we think are guarding our money even looked at this is the problem.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No law can say it more simple. In fact it would take most people a lifetime to begin to understand the complexities of the current law and by the time you learn something, it is probably changed or loop holes made in the law to excuse those people that can afford to lobby the congress.
So, I don't have a lot of faith that anyone, especially the President, can have the buck stop there. Especially in this time where we really don't know where there or here is. More new laws that aren't going to be enforced isn't enough. Having the Government run in and saving us with money they don't have might be a part of the problem. Perhaps you can understand, I'm not sure I do. I love the MG's passion about this but I'm not sure that our caring enough is enough.
Over the years my eyesight started slowing down and I'll be the first to admit that all the reading I had to do at work kept me about as busy as my eyes could stand. I did love to read a few adventure "Faction" novels. You know, the stories based around facts but purely fiction. Slog through a Michener book and you will understand. I read the Source and Hawaii on the way to Viet nam. 17 days on a boat with little else to do.
Today I find myself drawn into W.E.B. Griffin books and love the adventure. Yes, I think we all see ourselves as the rich adventurer off on another grand time. I know the reality of adventure is that there are times when a grand adventure dips you into the deep shit and people shoot at you. Been there and Done that.
On the other hand, Barb reads a lot of books that are mystery based. The Hero or main character is out there solving crimes and putting the bad guys in jail. I read some of the books but every once in a while I find myself reading the latest Janet Evanovich saga of Stephanie Plum.
Since I was in the 9th grade, I have read the paper as often as I can. I don't particularly like USA Today as it seems to be a lot of facts without a personal touch. I don't agree with idiots very often but I do enjoy reading some of their ideas. I also read a wide range of blogs and enjoy the diversity.
I often question myself about the source of my thoughts and beliefs. Did I shape them from what I read or do I read to reinforce my feelings? I am not sure I care.
What do your read? Or, back when there were real cards and you played solitare did you cheat? Did you slip one card behind the deck and play again when there were no more plays? Did you play to play or play to win?
Even the birds are back hitting the feeders hard. They have been out nesting and getting ready to be somewhere else. Perhaps I need to be somewhere else also.
There is a store there that carries most of the candy and tea from foreign countries. It isn't cheap but for the most part it is good. I really like a good licorice and Barb drinks a tea from there. I have been known to buy some chocolate and nuts bars but with Da' Barbs hitting weight watchers again I don't buy too much. The kids have introduced us to Poki that they like. It is unsalted pretzels dipped in chocolate. I would give it a five.
To end our evening, the neighbor to the south of us burned his field that borders on our woods. Barb is really careful to watch for fires getting down into the woods and getting out of hand. We went up on the fire line and watched until well after dark. We take our flashlights and shovels and watch for those fires that smoulder until a breeze makes them pop up. The yard still smells like a wood fire even though most of the fire is out. At least this time they had a crew with water tanks and came around to check for hot spots. The last time we had to call the fire department the next day for small fires that jumped up. The wood timber fence posts were the worst to have a fire deep down inside and then fan itself up when the air starter moving. I also found a deer stand with a corn pile directly in line with our house.
So far two o f the six BIG XII teams have gone by the side of the road. I'll be watching today to see if Kansas and Missouri can move forward or come home. This is a fun time for me to watch all those young men playing a game for all the marbles. Win or go home. I am still mad at the Networks for switching to another game to watch a final and then not going back to wrap up something that we watched for an hour and 45 minutes. At least my brother put me on to NCAA.com and I can watch a game clear to the end no matter what the network does. It is a little maddening when they go away and then come back because of the delay. Watching a game and its almost two minute delay is strange.
Reminds me of a joke. A guy walks into a bar and sees a news coverage of a guy standing on a ledge 20 stories up in the air. He bets the blond barmaid $20 that the guy jumps. She accepts the bet and sure enough the guy jumps. The guy admits that he had been just down the street and had seen the guy jump so he didn't feel like he could really take her money. She said it was OK. She had seen the event live and didn't think the guy was stupid enough to jump a second time.
My concern remains that we solved the biggest problem by throwing money at it in quantities without fully understanding that when the 140 or 160 million dollars promised as bonuses to their managers by AIG would raise a stink. If it had been an extra $150.00 it would have been too much. Everyone in that organization needs to have a cut in pay and be damned glad they even have a job. Clearly the President had a good idea of what caused AIG to fail in the manner it did. A good leader stands by his subordinates and I was happy to hear his discussion of his treasury secretary. Now so long as that guy doesn't get thrown under a bus next week I'll try to be more supportive of the president.
At the point that the President said he was also going to move forward on Health Care and Education, I wish that Jay would have asked if now was really the time to spend more money on such issues. I really would like to hear how he expects to get closer to a balanced budget and take on two new financing projects.
Did you hear that the need for new cars is about 14 million and the production is only 9 million? In some cases you can buy a new car cheaper than the same model used. I have been looking at cars and that fact hit me square in the middle of my computations. The new car is probably a stripped down model and the used probably had a lot of options but I want fancy and cheap.
Oh well, today is the first day of KU's run in the Post Season NCAA Div I Men's basketball Tournament. I hope they play well and continue to play for a couple of weekends. No, they aren't defending their title of a year ago. That is NC's job. This group of Jayhawks were watchers and in a lot of cases High School students last year.
Have a great day out there.
Being a former drinker, in my younger years, I thought the joke about Patrick and Michael in a life boat very funny. Michael found a lamp in the side pocket and as soon as he rubbed off the dust a Gennie popped out. He gave the only one wish and Michael wished the ocean to be full of Guinness beer. Patrick complained to Michael, "Now we'll have to pee in the boat."
I think I have always liked jokes that have an odd twist of turn of phrase the kind I like the best. Jokes with punchlines such as "it was the bear that made Mel Famey walk us". Or the beer, whatever....
This is spring break and the opening day of the NCAA Div I Men's Basketball Championship. It is going to be a little cool after a cold front passed so I will probably spend the day reading a book and watching roundball. Both will make my eyes hurt and I will probably sleep well dreaming about a mass killer killing basketballs.
My horoscope was interesting in that it directed me to take notes if I was given details to follow. I guess I'll skip putting the finishing touch on my taxes today. Oh well, Have a great day out there.
On of my biggest things is hearing how much fat is in products. The MG continues to tell me about fat like it is a totally negative thing. Yes, I understand that if I eat potato chips and have to wipe the oil off my fingers, they probably have more fat than I need. When grease runs down my face and stains my shirt, I probably have too much butter on my potato.
Is it too much for me to ask the MG to either remember to take those stupid cloth sacks in or to take out plastic? I feel foolish when she forgets the sacks and then tries to carry out 10 items in her arms. If you want to be smart for the earth, you should at least look not stupid in the parking lot. Who wants to look like a smash and grab thief on their way to the car? If you don't want sacks, go to Sam's club.
I just wish you could have felt the wind in your face yesterday as we rode at the lake. What a great day for getting out and making circles with the pedals. Even if there wasn't a smile on my face, there was one in my heart. Just a note, if you are walking a pit bull, pay attention to what he is doing. If he bites me, you will not like my reaction.
Have a great day out there.
How can one of the largest religions in the world claim to be the word of God and then tell their people to go out and blow up innocent people? How can a church based in Rome own so much and then not feel responsible for its priests when they molest the children of the people they purport to serve? How can that church tell politicians that they must obey their church on the issue of abortions and yet the law of the land is in direct confrontation to that teaching?
How can companies feel confident in the operating climate when they don't understand how their competition is being bailed out by the government? How can people feel safe when they hear that the President is proposing that we have a Nationalized health care and then turn around and say that the part of their health care paid for by their employers will be taxable? How can we hear that thee will be no new taxes for those making under $250,000 and then learn that the prior President's tax cuts are going to expire?
How can we feel confident about the state of the economy when during the election Senator McCain said the basis was sound and was roundly criticized? Now we have the President and his staff out trying to tell us all is well and the economy is sound? We were promised that the old ways of doing business will "Change" and we will eliminate line items in the budget and the first two things passed were so full of them that we are now believing that it will be better "Next Time"?
Day by day, I find that I love my country more but have a growing fear of my Government. Things don't seem to make sense and I don't think it is my old age setting in. My crisis of confidence is growing daily and I just don't know what to do to restore it.
We have a land where we pay athletes millions of dollars to play games and regulators that let Bernie Madof build a ponzi scheme that ripped off hundreds of millions. Who is in charge around here?
I know, I'll go out and ride my bike and just pretend that all is well. I hate it when this happens.
Somewhere back in the family history one of my grandfathers was Irish and he married a Scott. With a name like Petty, you would think we are English but a member of the family told us that the derivation of our name was French Petite (pronounced Pe' te) and written Petty as our family member came through Ellis Island. Where we came from is of little import, what we do and where we live is what is the mark of who we are.
Yesterday just wasn't Barb's day. She locked her keys in the car, forgot what she had or had not told me and then couldn't remember what she needed to go to the store for. I guess when there is no real big need to concentrate your thoughts, you don't have to. I just hope that one of us keeps it together so we don't find ourselves truly off on a lark someday as I try to find a new way somewhere.
There is the most beautiful Cardinal outside today. I think he sits in the green cedar tree because he looks so spectacular there with his red against the green. One of the woodpeckers just knocked a chunk of a suet block out ad he was on it like a duck on a June bug.
Headed to 80 degrees today and I most definitely will get the recumbent out and ride some. I also need to start the planning for some of the spring projects here at Rabbit Run. I think it is time to redo some of the deck before it falls off. After all, we have been here 20 years and it is about time to do some heavy duty maintenance.
Have a great day out there.
Today is the first day for the bracket announcements. It should be a tough year as there were more conference championships between teams no one would have expected. Who or how would you expect Baylor to play OK State when there a conference full of teams that on a regular basis beat both teams like a drum. Speaking of teams that show up and play hard have you seen the Memphis squad? I saw them play with Tulsa and it was not pretty. I would normally say against Tulsa but it was not a trade baskets game at any time. Memphis got ahead and did their best to beat Tulsa regular and often. I know my brother is a big Tulsa fan and I'll bet he was bummed out as much as I was when Baylor beat KU.
One day this week I am going to get the tax crap spread out on the table and floor here by my computer done and get it all in the mail. I hate to send a check as I have to pay but what the heck, that what's money in the bank is for. Spring is the season of paying. April is for income taxes and May is for the second half of property taxes. Once upon a time we had until June for the Property Taxes but the State needs to have the money to pay back all the people that over withheld. Oh well, money in, money out. So long as we can keep the balance that income must be equal to or greater than outgo we'll survive.
Have a great day out there. We are looking for 60's today. Must be spring, other than the woodpeckers the birds are not flocking around the feeders.
Didn't I recommend a path for the new President to take a few weeks ago? I think he is so full of himself that he is like a magician with a new wand trying to make tricks work without perfecting anything. My first step/recommendation was to stop and figure out what was wrong. Instead of finding out the root cause, he and the congress have created a monster stimulus plan with over 9,000 separate things to fund and turned that sucker loose. Now without the benefit of watching that work to change the direction of our economy, he is trying to move us into Socialized Health Care. Lets see will that make the deficit 1.5 or 2 trillion dollars over his balanced budget by his third year in office.
Someone needs to keep a scorecard on this rascal. he promised change but he is not headed in the direction he promised. No line items in the budget. Well, he didn't tell us that he was going to bust a cap on our debt by letting congress pass a monster of a bill to fund these things outside of the budget. Change, he didn't tell us that he was going out and reappointing the Clinton staff back into office including Screech, herself.
I would like for you to watch over the next few weeks and tell me when one of the stimulus bill changes hits in your life. I predict that the first thing we will all fees is when the Bush Tax cuts expire next year and your taxes will go up. Remember when the tax bill due each week in your with holdings fell? Buck up pals, we are all in for a rude ride. Have you noticed that the number of credit cards offers in your mailbox is down? Have you looked at the details. I got one that offered cash back but the interest rate was 18% and no grace period on purchases. You pay the 18% from day one with a minimum of $1.00 per month. They went on to say that If I didn't make a minimum payment during any month the interest rate would go to 25%. Needless to say I am glad they are at least now telling the truth. Sure wish Barry would.
Oh well, we are headed for warmer days this week and at least I will be able to get outside and do something fun. Have a great day out there.
Why can you eat a steak rare to medium and not a hamburger? When you cut a steak, the cut is the part that is heated. It is generally cooked between 400 and 700 degrees and no disease germs can resist that. Hamburger is meat that has fat added from any other part of the cow and blades cut each tiny part. If there is any contamination at all, it is spread throughout the meat. Cook hamburger until it is brown all the way through or an internal temperature of 165 degrees. One of our class mates ate a rare hamburger last Friday and spent four days seriously sick. Many cases of botulism have been fatal if the person effected has a compromised immunity. Needless to say this applies to sausage.
Our guest speaker this week was the Douglas County "Pie Lady" If you had been there to see her demonstration and taste her pies you would agreed hat she has the right nick name. She makes a Crisco crust and it almost always turns out just right. We made several kinds of crusts and had a taste test to see which came out the best. The number one crust was a lard crust that just took us all back to the pies of our grandmothers. The second best was the butter flavored Crisco crust. Oddly the butter and margarine crusts were tied with an almost no difference in the taste. The oil crust was a failure in that it didn't seem to have a uniform texture. It tasted like a kind of fine sand. The last place crust was a whole wheat that in spite of what they did would not make into a crust. They made small cookies out of the crap and the results were staggeringly crappy tasting. I'm not sure that you could use 50% whole wheat and have results that are good. That mixture worked for cinnmon rolls.
Why am I writing about food? Because in the middle of my day yesterday, Baylor beat the hawks. What could I say about that but to say that I have the Boo Hoo's. KU was a step slow all day and couldn't hit the inside of the barn with a basketball (from the inside) Baylor hustled and got the loose balls and out shot the hawks. End of message. No, I want to say that the young men that play sports for their universities are primarily students and we should honor their work no matter what the outcome. They show up early and play their butts off for a scholarship. Each team is different and they play like a bunch of young men with good days and bad days. It is no fun when one team goes undefeated. The losses are what we remember and get excited about. If you saw the Oklahoma vs Oklahoma State game and weren't excited you should have been watching something else. They traded baskets and right down to the final shot could have tied the game up.
Oh well, cloudy here today and I probably won't be outside much. Got the trash out to the court and have this written. Big deal!
- Stupid headlines in the newspaper. "The reason we are Fat; Politics & Iowa," Another one of those High Fructose myths that appears from time to time. Corn Sugar aka High Fructose Corn Syrup is just another form of sweet. We eat too much and too often and a lot of products contain corn sugar. We need to get up off our butts and do more and eat less. It isn't politics that makes me so sad, it is winter. Lets outlaw winter!
- Once each year I sit down with Turbo Tax and run the first shot of my taxes. I always have a rapid heartbeat when for the first time I see the gross income and the Taxes due. Now that I have the retirement income coming in all at the same time I can really forecast what and when I need to pay. If it weren't that taxes and the March Madness of Basketball arrive at the same time I would not be able to stand this time of year.
- The wind blowing through my hair when I get out and ride the recumbent bicycle around the lake for the first time. I will ride part way around the lake a couple of times to work out the kinks and get ready. That first time I ride all the way around is the best. The real truth is I wear a helmet when I ride so it is really the wind in my face. It is a good thing that my bike all the things I am not. Fast, light and nimble and fun to ride is the name for the blue racer recumbent. Alas, I am not any of these things. I know, we neither were/are cheap.
- That first cup of coffee in the morning. I would rather watch the sun come up, hear the coffee perking in the pot and open that new paper than about anything else. The dining room here at rabbit run gets filled with sunlight and all is well with the world. Until I read the stupid headlines in the paper.
- Did mention stupid things done and said by stupid people make my heart beat elevate? The local bus company recently had to cut some routes and service because of cost. Today the paper told us why. Those idiots signed a 10 month contract for diesel at 4.69 cents a gallon. Today the market price is 1.69 for the non taxed diesel. That one mistake cost the city a quarter of a million dollars. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
- The local police department had a helicopter unit until they had crashed most of the available copters including a new one. They got grounded by the outcry of the public. Now they have sucked the sheriff into this problem and are going to have a joint helicopter force. What we need is one law enforcement unit in the county and it needs to be ground based. We are not LA. I lost one friend to a crash and don't want to lose another.
- Another problem to fix from the national level. Fix the economy stupid! Leave Education and Health Care alone until we figure out how to get jobs and the banking system fixed. I promise you that the only way we can have banking, guns, new schools, better roads and health care is a tax increase. That will start the spiral of decreased revenue and higher taxes until we will all wish we had a little inflation rather than government confiscation of our income.
Crap, this was going to be a piece about things that increase my heartbeat not a rant! See what happens when I start writing after my second cup of coffee and reading the paper. Dang I hate it when that happens!
Hard Headed Dachshunds
- Start with my family. I love being a father and can rescue my son when he runs out of gas. I love it when they eat my cooking and even brag a little about it.
- There is one topic that almost deserves its own blog and that is food. In my list of food I like there is a check mark for yes. For the list about food I love, it is long and complicated. I have never met a rack of baby back ribs that I didn't want to eat. Put a pot of beans and make some cornbread and I'll be there. Almost all meat grilled in the Weber Grill with some hickory wood for smoke.
- A good book just makes my day. I have started to slow down in my reading but mostly because I am spending more time blogging than reading.
- Give me a junkyard of old cars and my visions turn to making a good ride out of other people's cast offs. I think I like them the most because I can fix them. One of the new cars conk out and you have to haul it to the dealer and plug it in to the computer. I really wouldn't mind that so much but they charge you $80.00 to plug it in and then charge you to fix it.
- A long discussion with my pal Ken. Sitting outside and talking is just one great way to spend the afternoon. We have had some good discussions while working but seems like work gets in the way of a good discussion. After all, we aren't as young as we once were.
- Most college level sports. I wouldn't walk across the street for a professional wrestling match but I love the college sport. You know that I am a round ball fan and will watch the professionals once the NCAA playoffs have concluded. Did I mention that I do not love baseball? Loved to play it, hate to watch.
- I love reading other people's blogs. I have a wide diverse group of blogs I read. There is Two Dogs down in Mississippi (I Love to type that word) that just lights me up to my pals who talk about things here in the Heartland that I love. Jenni's Prairie Air just makes my day. Then where would my day be if there was no new pictures of Austin on the Kirkland blog.
- I think that from the beginning of my days, I have loved to travel. Miles of miles behind the wheel watching the world go by is just fine by me. I do need to update my road machine so I can have one dependable and not too expensive to drive. I don't mind flying places but seems like a lot of fuss by the time I have to rent a car and turn it back in.
- Did I mention dogs are just about the best? I seem to have a way with them and they can sense that I mean them no harm. Yes, I have been bitten but I am a lot smarter about dogs now than I was when I was young. I can abide cats but they can't be "in the house" cats cause i can't abide litter pans.
- I love smart people and a good discussion. I almost can't abide fools. If you like somebody, convince me about them and why I should. I do tend to judge a book by its cover and the deeds of the person. What you do is more important than what you say.
- I love it when spell checker tells me I have written an entire column and there are no misspellings. It doesn't happen but I would love it if it did.
Enough of this for today. Move on Petty!
We have had rain a couple of days in a row here and things are pretty soggy. I am glad to see it catching up on sub soil moisture. We had a great crop of apples this last fall because of all the rain. Hope it gets wet and stays that way.
Oh well, not much else today.
The two seniors, on the team didn't have a start until their senior year on Senior Day. Brandon Brichard and Matt Kleinman are great representatives of KU and I hope they got a good education because they probably won't play basketball at the next level. Even if Kleinman has four BIG XII Championship and one National Championship rings.
- That I have earned the right to be critical of my Government. I have traveled in Harms way to make sure that you also have that right. But don't push it and be stupid.
- I have the right to stand up and put my hand over my heart for the National Anthem. You have the need to do so. Take off your stupid hat and the I-Pod out of your ears.
- You have the right to be critical of my flag but be careful if you burn it in my presence. I think my free speech rights should include the right to be arrested for kicking your butt if you don't listen. At least I think my first arrest should be for something worthwhile.
- You have the right to Text Message on your cell phone so long as you are: not in the movie theater where your damn little screen kills what is left of my night vision. Driving a damned car (or a train for gods sake) or trying to conduct business in a line in front of me. Pay Attention stupid.
- If it is good for me, it should be good for the Government. If it is good for me to pay off my debts and save, why is it not good for the government? Isn't the way they are doing it kind of like a Ponzi scheme? Those at the end of the line don't get their money back?
- I worked hard all my life and it is your right to do the same. Get up, go to work and work hard. You get paid and you should earn it.
- Cell Phones are so you can stay in touch when it is important. Not for you to conduct a conversation about crap at the table next to me in a restaurant. Call them back from the parking lot. At least outside. Turn off your cell phone ringer. Set it to vibrate when you have to pay more than $5 to be at an event. Remember I also paid to be there.
- If you want to look like a bum, do it in your grubby civvies, not in one of my old uniforms. If you only knew how hard I worked to keep (and spent) them looking good you wouldn't paint houses in them and then wear them out in public. Carhardt makes some great work clothes and they aren't too expensive. Buy some clothes at the DAV or the Salvation Army, they need the money for good causes and then throw the old stuff away when it is dirty and worn out.
- I take offense when you cuss around my wife. She won't let me get away with it but doesn't like to tell you about it. Knock that shit off!
- If I can't call you something, you shouldn't call your friends that either. I won't treat your women like whores, why do you? I darned sure won't call them that.
- Looking for someone to blame all your problems on, is stupid. We all got here the same way and are only as successful as we make ourselves. Get an education, work hard and you too can be a success. Look like a hood, get tattoos all over your ass and wear you hair stupid and you too won't be the person hired. Pull your self and your pants up and get a job. Save some money for later on (and not in one basket) and pay your taxes.
- Having a strong Military is good for our national defense. It will be the reason we don't have to fight every little war not the reason we do.
- We have the right to pursue happiness, not the right to have the Government give it to us.
- Free speech wasn't free to those who earned it for you. Be judicious how you use it and keep it precious
- If you disagree, you have the right to not read this blog. If you are respectful, you have the right to comment. I have the right to delete your comments if you are not.
MUD, COL (Ret)
Some more wildlife in Lubbock. Barb by the giant Buddy Holley Glasses. How can you tell when Barb didn't take the pictures on the camera? When she is in the picture. She is twice as good at taking pictures as I am. I am a good lens bearer for that great big telephoto. She will say here carry this and next thing I know I have it for the day.
Barb is really into the starting of a garden early this year. To help her, I built a cold frame on the south porch deck. It is mostly a 2X4 lumber frame with aluminum storm windows and a storm door. Last night the weather man predicted that a storm would move through Topeka in the early morning hours. About 3 AM I heard what I thought was thunder. As I listened, I realized that it all sounded the same and fairly regular. The darned door on the cold frame was open and banging on the deck rail. I need to get that darned door closer installed as soon as it is light enough. I went out and closed the door so it wouldn't bang unless a wind moves the frame and the door pops open again. Oh well, build it light and things happen. Build it heavy and then you can't move it.
I can't even begin to tell you how proud I am of my niece Jennifer. First she went to Mardi gras and rode on a float. She threw beads to the people standing along side the road as the floats went by. Second, as a Nationally ranked rower, she rowed on the National Team and has won many regattas here in the Midwest. As such, the KU Rowing team put her picture on the wall in the newly dedicated KU Boat house. Their team also is naming a boat in her honor soon. I am looking forward to attending the dedication, launching or whatever they call that ceremony. Jennifer is also the one of the coaches for the KC Rowing team. She has had a junior rower team for several years. Many of her team members have gone on to college and rowed on the college team. Jenn is a Kansas City Fire person and is working her way up the ladder of success. I'm sure the only limit is her ability to find more time in her busy life for more responsibility. Her final glory is the owner ship of a new dog. Her girls have been getting older and as they get less active it has saddened her. I am glad to see that she has a new dog to help her make the transition when the time comes. Lets see, three dogs, several cats and a niece. I guess Jenn is just one of those people that has a big heart and lots of love to give to visitors in her home. I wonder if she would like a pair of cockatiels, or perhaps hissing cockroaches. If you click on this link and go to picture 16 it is Jenn by her picture: http://kuathletics.cstv.com/view.gal?id=43484
I would have cut and pasted the picture if I could figure out how to cut and paste out of Adobe Flash Player.
Today will be a day of round ball watching because the Big XII season is on its final day of the regular season. KU can win the Conference Championship outright if they can manage to beat Texas in Allen Field House. They have won a record 37 games at home so it is a good thing to be home. On the other hand, Texas is playing to salvage what is left of their season. It will be Senior Day so Matt Klineman will get a start. Be nice if he could score some points but he is going to be an architect and has a 3.6 GPA so he doesn't have to score for KU to win.
Have a great day out there