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|Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:32:30 AM- Names|
Have you ever introduced yourself to new neighbors and then promptly forgotten their names? Well, I forget names pretty easy so that is my lot. I recently got new neighbors next door, I introduced myself and then promptly forgot the man's name. Actually, maybe it just didn't register. So when he sees me he hollers out, "Hi Len ........" and I say "HI" with no name. I think he noticed that I wasn't saying his name. I remember his wife's name because I have a sister in law who has the same name. But fuck if I remember his. So today I was doing some yard work and he was out there and hollered out, "Hey Len, hey, if we ever make too much noise or if you need help with anything, just come over and say, "hey Rich......."". OK, I got it now! I think his name is Rich! Now if could remember his son's name.............
|Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 6:43:54 AM- Time For A Yuk Yuk|
Laugh Of The Day!
Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam. The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.' The question was worth 70 points or none at all.
One student, in particular, was hard put to think of seven advantages However, he wrote:
1) It is perfect formula for the child.
2) It provides immunity against several diseases.
3) It is always the right temperature.
4) It is inexpensive.
5) It bonds the child to mother, and vice versa.
6) It is always available as needed.
And then the student was stuck. Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test, he wrote:
7) It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.
He got an A.
|Sunday, September 07, 2014, 5:20:32 AM- Dad's Old Lighter|
My dad passed away some years ago. One of the little mementos I have is his old cigarette lighter, a Ronson. Dad was a Ronson man, he would buy Ronson flints and lighter fluid for it. Any brand flint (i.e. Zippo) and fluid would work, but he always used the Ronson brand. I remember this lighter from when I was a little kid. It is at least 50 years old, but probably is 60 or more years. Some time ago I screwed up the flint spring and in my attempt to repair it totally destroyed the spring. I've been looking for a way to fix it, but alas there are no repair parts for it. Well, this past week I was going through the drawer where I keep it and ran across it again, so I decided to do another internet search. I found that Zippo bought out Ronson about 4 years ago, so I decided to take a look at the Zippo site and see if they have any repair parts. "We don't sell repair parts (why would they, if your Zippo ever needs repair you send it to them and they repair it for free) but if you need a flint spring let us know and we'll give you one". That was music to my ears, so to speak. The flint spring arrived in today's mail. I had to take it off the screw because the Zippo screw is a larger diameter than the Ronson, but I was able to reattach it to the Ronson screw that I still have. Now dad's old Ronson is working again, although I'm sure he'll forgive me for using a Zippo spring, flint and fluid.
A small victory, for sure, but it makes me feel good.
|Sunday, August 24, 2014, 12:09:11 AM- Spider, Man!|
This little guy likes to make a web on my recycle box. That means once a week it gets destroyed and he (she?) has to start over again. I guess it's all about location, location, location. I see he has a couple of victims, so maybe he knows what he's doing.
p.s. Further research, it appears to be a female Spotted Orbweaver, Neoscona crucifera.
|Monday, August 11, 2014, 6:08:30 AM- Assorted|
About a year ago a house down the street had a fire, just about destroyed the inside. The house has now been all fixed and to celebrate the owners had a party today, an open house affair. They told me about all the trials and tribulations of getting it fixed, dealing with the insurance co., the tax man and the contractors. They had a boatload of finger food, most of the items I don't care for but they had the little cocktail weenies and meatballs, so that was fine. But they didn't serve any alcohol. That's right, no wine (she's a wine drinker), no beer (he's a beer drinker). Just soda pop. Before going there I didn't know what to expect but I figured they would have beer. No such luck. I enjoyed myself anyway and they are nice people.
You may know from a previous blog that I had a new air conditioner put in a couple of years ago. I was told it's important for the high efficiency units to get the condenser coils cleaned once a year. So last year I called them out to clean it. All the guy did was to spray some coil cleaner through the slits in the panels and then spray water through it. I thought, shit I could do that and save the $89 they charged. I told my brother about it and he said that isn't right, you really should remove the panels to fully expose the coils. He said he'd give me a hand with it so we did that the other day. The panels on my unit are interconnected so putting it back together was definitely a 2 person job. Now I know why the "professional" didn't do it that way. But now I have the cleanest condenser coils in the neighborhood. All it cost me was several cans of coil cleaner, several bottles of beer and burger and a brat (yeah, my brother expects to be fed and beered when he does things for me). Well worth the cost.
|Saturday, August 09, 2014, 8:55:03 PM- Tow-Maters, part III|
My tomatoes have come a long way since my June 25 and July 24 blogs. They are starting to come in numbers that I can't keep up with, picture a very happy grin on my face. Not just the small ones, the big ones are coming in too. Home grown tomatoes are what defines Summer. A Summer without fresh home grown tomatoes are like a day without sunshine.
Guess what I'll be having for dinner.....
|Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 2:09:16 AM- My First In Person NN Meet|
Juicy was one of the first people on NN to interact with me. We were friends from the start. Today she and 2K became my first in person NN meet. It was great, we talked and laughed, had a few beers (ok, maybe more than a few), I burned some burgers on the grill, it was an all around good time! However, in spite of my best efforts Juicy found the keys to my beer larder, I'm in trouble now!
|Thursday, July 24, 2014, 5:03:11 AM- Tow Maters, the sequel|
This is an update of my June 25 blog. It's been a somewhat difficult summer as far as the weather goes. Too much rain, hot, cold, hot and cold again, and more rain. None the less, I harvested my first batch of tomatoes today! These are a small early tomato, some people might mistake them for a large cherry but unlike cherries, these have real tomato flavor (cherry maters are a tad light in acid). Hopefully I will have many more.
|Thursday, July 10, 2014, 7:11:07 AM- The Fly|
This isn't a Hollywood saga, but a saga it was.
Every now and then I get a flying insect of some sort in the house, who doesn't? So a while back I bought a fly light thingy. It has a light that attracts flying insects and a sticky pad behind it so to trap said insect. Simple enough, yes?
Today while preparing dinner I noticed a fly doing what flies will do, which is flying around. Normally there would be nothing wrong with that if it were outside except it was in my kitchen. I can't have that. I recall a couple of years ago I had a glass of beer, good beer, sitting on my kitchen counter and there was a fly sitting on the lip. Well, as far as I was concerned the fly owned that beer at that point. Problem was two fold, (1) I don't buy beer for flys, (2) the fly didn't finish the beer. So that beer had to be poured down the drain and the fly had to be dealt with. Not wanting a repeat of such a tragedy I plugged in the device and set in by the window where the fly was buzzing around.
After several minutes the fly noticed the light and landed on the sticky pad. But being full of energy he managed to become free. I thought, I wonder if it will have a sense of danger about the device and now avoid it. It made me think about us people who do things we know we shouldn't but do it anyway. Well, in another minute the fly walked back on the sticky pad. I looked at it closely and saw this time it was on it's side, one wing on the sticky pad. He won't get free of that, I thought. After several minutes I noticed he was buzzing around the kitchen again, but this time I noticed it had lost some energy, was flying much slower. Again I wondered, will it have a sense of danger and avoid the narcotic allure of the light? But alas, he soon found his way on the sticky pad yet again, just as someone with a bad habit who should know better but does it again. Will he get away again? Will it really matter?
Well the third time was the charm and that's where this saga ends. It ran out of gas and stayed put this time. Out of respect for the victim, no pics will be posted.
|Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 7:49:41 AM- Tow Maters|
I'm doing a little container gardening this year. I have 6 tomato plants and a few herbs. I planted about a month ago. I was looking at them yesterday, they look real good so far, and I noticed there are a few tomatoes on the vine! They're small and green right now, but it's just a matter of time now.
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