Just your basic "no longer young" guy, I've learned a lot, some academically, a LOT more just by living (lol) life. --any way, relatively harmless---and at times even amusing,---- or so I've been told.
Do not take my word for this---go to your local library and check out the man's own books and read them for your own edification-------
From Dreams of My Father:'I ceased to advertise my mother's race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.'
From Dreams of My Father : 'I found a solace in nursing a pervasive sense of grievance and animosity against my mother's race.'
From Dreams of My Father:'There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.'
From Dreams of My Father: 'It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names.'
From Dreams of My Father:'I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn't speak to my own. It was into my father's image, the black man, son of Africa , that I'd packed all the attributes I sought in myself , the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.'
And FINALLY the Most Damning one of ALL of them!!!
From Audacity of Hope:'I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction.'
* If you have never forwarded an e-mail, now is the time to Do so!!! We CANNOT have someone with this type of mentality running our GREAT nation!! I don't care whether you a Democrat or a Conservative. We CANNOT turn ourselves over to this type of character in a President.
Sometimes ya feel like a nut and other times ya just ain't got the right attitude. Well as the sun slowly sinks in the west (which it does in spite of anything I ever do)---I have decide I don't feel like going to the trouble of making dinner from scratch---its gonna be one of those can-opener, heat and serve efforts.
To be more exact, I am going with a large can of Dinty Moore beef stew, which I will top off with a batch of dumplings. (1 cup flour, two teaspoons of baking powder, two Tablespoons of vegetable oil, a pinch of salt, and a half cup of milk-----mix it all up into a gelatinous mass, and then using a teaspoon, drop the mixture into the bubbling stew (makes about 10-12 dumplings), put lid on pan, and cook on low for another 15 minutes------serve with crackers, or garlic bread and a tossed salad-----voila, another meal is done.
I hope you will be home this evening, I have brought you two lil gifts from my trip, oh nothing elaborate, one is afake plastic fish, and the other is someArt Glehen, which you have admired in the past.
That my friend had brought me gifts---"well that tears it" I mentally decided, listening to my friend continue to gab on and on, in his own mind the lastamerican thinker. I had long before resigned myself to his long winded speeches, giving me his views of theworld according to Oatney.
While drifting around in the Bloggeries, that is to say the Bloggeries forum to be more exact. I came across a comment to a thread made by Sadie of "Sadiessay-so" blog fame. I left her a comment complimenting her on the blog template she was using , and she was most kind as to send the template code to me.
This new template has three columns as compared to the fairly standard two-column blogger format. I am only now just beginning to play with it and customize it, mostly experimenting with the width of the two side bars to determine what will fit where---am also familiarizing myself again with the "My Space Layouts" site which offers a ton of animated graphics.
Anyhow, I wanted ya all to know I have this new blog, which I have cleverly named "OLD DUDE SAYS---", and should ya care to see the new template and what I have done with it so far (only had it a couple hours)---here's the URL: http://olddudesays.blogspot.com/
I'm sitting here working on my first cup of coffee, going through my list of blogs that I follow, and dropping this or that comment on the new postings, and of course checking to see if anybody had bothered to drop any comments on my "stuff".
I did receive a a few comments, and one from a "new" reader, and of course I linked back to his blog and dropped a thank you comment ( kinda the bloggers equivalent of truck drivers blinking their light to tell ya its okay to swing back in the right lane after ya passed them), and then decided , after reading his latest inputs, to add his blog to my blog role. I have this penchant of collecting blogs that come up with off the wall postings, and this particular blog promises to be a good one in that regard---it made THIS old dude chuckle, and so its good enough for me. If ya wanna give it a shot, check my "Blog Role---hold he mayo" list on my side bar, and click on "irregularly periodic ruminations".
Completing my review of my friends and family blogs, making comments as required, then going though my blog role of other blogs I follow, again making comments as the mood strikes. I have now rewarded myself with a second cup of coffee, and got out of my "jammies" and put on the costume of the day. (your basic levis, t-shirt, wht socks and sneakers kinda guy here).
OKAY!!!, LETS GET THIS DAY ROLLING, ---"LIGHTS, CAMERA---ACTION"!! (OH CRAP----FORGOT MY LINES----"CUT"!! (sorry boss, I'll get it right next time---ahh maybe you can tell me what my motivation is for this scene----and any chance I can get another cup of java?)
Its Saturday, I would like to pretend its any other day of the week but it IS still saturady-----and no getting round it----we gotta go to the supermarket. (thats the trouble with food----its addictive) In my denial of it being the day it is---I have yet to make a list of those things I need ---and we all know how deadly it is to go into a supermarket without a specific list. (shudder). So my first mandatory chore for the day will be to inventory the pantry and cupboards and make up the list of those items that should be procured. I have not a clue as to what meals I might serve this week----I am tempted to just stop at the big market freezer and pick the first seven frozen MarieCallendar entrees I come across---the only thing stopping me is, they are loaded with sodium (aka salt), and I am never really convinced that the chicken, beef and pork they profess to be made from is really chicken, beef or pork. (----clap your hands if you believe children.) Now as my mind circles the concept of making up a list of stuff to procure from the Groceria---I am mentally savoring the idea of maybe one meal being a "Hobo" Omelet---eggs with onions, bell peppers, pieces of ham, or bacon or both,---add it some bite sized pieces of potatoes and cut up tomatoes-----yessss that sounds good, okay we got one meal identified, only six more to go---- now what else should we shop for? OH, OH!! how about Chili with fresh cornbread slices?? (Damn I'm on a roll now)-----Pastry Shells willed with precooked chicken breast chunks, mixed vegetables in a cheese sauce-------Smothered Pork chops, Mashed Potatoes and green beans, Beef Enchiladas w/verde Sauce, Mexican rice and re fried beans-----Swordfish steaks, Tator Tots, -----and finally good old Spaghetti and meat balls, tossed salad. Wow, now that I got me the list---guess will I still have some positive thinking going I will head to the store------latersyeh awl---(lol)----(ooops almost forgot my Ralph's card)
Did you wake up this morning feeling LUCKY? Did ya find a penny laying on the ground face up?---or maybe find one of those elusive 4-leaf clovers?----or maybe you just figure what the hell , its free so why not go for it----well then trot on down to Bonnie's blog , "Name That Witch" page, and help her name her Witch. Her contest is open thru Oct.26----and the winner gets one hell of nice basket of goodies--, and ooh ya, you can make as many entries as you wish (one name suggestion per comment please). Course I doubt if you can beat MY entry, (you'll have to read back through all the comments to find mine) anyway while your figuring out a good name, you can listen to her Halloween music on her blog-----(lol).
At the crack of dawn , the old Chevy truck glides to a stop, parking behnd the rear entrance to the "Fluff N Fold" emporium, no other vehicles are in the lot----this bodes well, for it most likely means I will have free choice of which washers and dryers I will make use of---better yet, it means my "favorite" machines will be available-----already I am sensing this will be one of the better days doing the weekly conversion of dirty clothes back into the magic pile of fluffed and folded accoutremonts.
I lug the big basket containing the weeks dirty linens, and with quite much practiced motions I load the whites, coloreds and dainties---(what?? your surprised that us men have clothes that require special handling---sheesh, I have said it before and I will say it again---twas a big mistake to ever allow women to think they knew everything!). Then (SOB!)---I discovered that in my hurry leaving the castle, and venturing forth in the pre-dawn blackness, I had failed to load up my box of soaps, bleaches, softners and magic chemicals ------grimly stifling the urge to swear loudly and profanely in the empty fluff and fold emporium, I quickly adopted plan "B"--"Emergency measures to be taken when out in the field without proper Cleaners"---with tight jaws, I determinedly pushed dollars into the change machine, converting them into quarters, which I then, with a minimum of muttering depreciations, inserted into the dispensers acquiring the appropriate lil boxes of soaps, bleaches and softeners. ( while on another level of my mind, adjusting what we would have for dinner that evening, to something filling but cheap, to make up for this unplanned outlay of coin of the realm.)
Quickly enough the big room filled with the sound of the washers dutifully sloshing, and jerking my clothes around getting them clean.---twas then I discovered, that along with failure to load my soaps and bleaches, I had also failed to bring my lasted novel to read----my penalty for this failure-----20+ minutes (which seemed like acouple hours) of staring at the washers, as there was nothing to read, except acouple Jehova Witness Pamphlets, which I am glad to say I left untouched on the back table.
My laundry "in work" I left the Fluff N Fold Palace and in the semi-light of Dawn made my way to "Wong's", a small hole in the wall bakery that as far as I can determine is owned and operated by a large oriental family, all of whome speak heavily accented English---and as always at this time of day in the midst of a rush hour of those starting their day with a cup of coffee, and a doughnut or pastry of thier choice. One stand in line and waits one's turn to order---keeping a sharp out out monitoring the three oriental clerks behind the counter, waiting----for one of them to look your way, signalling its time for you to verbalize one's order. I get the "Look" and in a deep voice, "Large Coffee Please", she turns away goes to the big coffee urn fills my order sets it on the counter, holds her hand out I lay in the monies, she makes change---and moves to serve the next customer requireing service---aside from my stating my order no verbal communications have been exchanged---Pheenomenal!! One of these days, (fluff N fold days that is, for otherwise I have no cause to be in this area of town) I will present them my credit card to pay for my coffee----I suspect one of two things will happen---the place will come to a screeching halt--or I will find myself being dragged out of the line and tossed into the street, and banished----or the clerk will pull out a pair of scissors, slash my card to pieces, and in loud pidgin english----"no credit cardee---no get coffee"-----well gotta have coffee, so I always make sure I have acouple bills to acquire same.
Aside from the two failures reiterated above, the rest of my Fluffing and Folding went pretty much to plan, and I made a successful return trip back to the Palace on Matilija ave.----
Hi guys---its me , "old dude", woke up this morning and decided I had to break out of my rut. It was time I kinda rearranged the furniture of my life---get new perspectives on things. Then it occurred to be I need be somewhat careful, and not burn any bridges behind me---that thinking kinda made me nervous----so I slipped back into my regular morning drill---went to the weekday meeting of the SOCADS group.---downed acouple de-caffe's, exchanged views on a number of world topics, the sharp turn to the left by the USA, and how high will taxes go up?, Will and Obama presidency result in a cutback in the social security benifits we are getting now? and other such issues.
I remembered we were out of dish soap and picked up a new bottle of same, along with a 12 pack of O'Douls. and allowing for the standard $8 it will cost to do the fluff and fold thursday (tomorrow), that will leave me something in excess of $10 bucks of my allowance left over as the week ends. (thats PHEENOMENAL!!)
The LP awoke around 10am, and I got him settled in the Den with his morning cup of coffee----followed about an hour later with his Carnation Instant Breakfast (today it was strawberry flavored, which he likes and so he is in a decent mood). and I have dutifully read all my family and friends blogs and commented on their new posts as needed. I have checked my own blog page and made note of the comments I had received since yesterday---didn't take me long to read both of them.
Now I'm bored again and once again I remind myself that today I was gonna break out of my rut, do things different-----this time, with my stomach only partially nauseous, I changed my blog template----which of course YOU are aware, the question is? what do ya think? Is it me? is it to die for?---or is it kinda dumb, and maybe I should just go back to the old one, the tried and true original blog Template? Let me know guys and girls
Senator Obama has over and over emphasized how his programs will cut the taxes of 95% of Americans , which is not exactly the truth. In that 40% of Americans are retired seniors, or are young adults that only work part time and do not pay taxes ---but the biased media don't seem willing to correct that lie to the American People.
Here's another issue the media has failed to ask Mr. Obama to explain, and one I am sure he hopes nobody will ask him. Beginning in 2009, the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 begin to expire. What follows is information taken from an Article from The Heritage Foundation, which addresses this issue in clear concise detail. MR. Obama and the leftists are not about to keep those tax cuts permenent, and will let them expire----but it won't count as a tax increase in their book.
The Bush 2001 & 2003 Tax Cuts about to expire:
If the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 are allowed to expire, millions of working families will see their economic prospects dim, their job opportunities diminish, and economic uncertainty rise.
The central provisions of these landmark tax bills are scheduled to expire over the next five years, which means that taxes will rise dramatically for most taxpayers. Between now and January 1, 2011 . Tax rates will rise substantially in each tax bracket, some by 450 basis points;
Low-income taxpayers will see the 10-percent tax bracket disappear, and they will have to pay taxes at the 15-percent rate;
Married taxpayers will see the marriage penalty return;
Taxpayers with children will lose 50 percent of their child tax credits;
Taxes on dividends will increase beginning on January 1, 2009;
Taxes on capital gains will increase, also beginning on January 1, 2009; and
Federal death taxes will come back to life in 2011, after fading down to nothing in 2010.
What make this tax nightmare scenario particularly scary are the economic benefits that will never be realized if the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts disappear. Businesses are watching now to see if Congress will make permanent the first to expire of the major economic growth components of the 2001 and 2003 tax acts—lower taxes on dividends and capital gains. Failing to make permanent the low tax rates on investment would signal to businesses of all sizes that the other major elements of the Bush tax plan will also be allowed to expire. They would adjust their investment and hiring accordingly.
Economists in the Center for Data Analysis at The Heritage Foundation used a mainstream model of the U.S. economy to project the economic effects of making the tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 permanent. Their report estimates significant economic gains throughout the period from 2006 through 2014, particularly after 2008. For example, making certain that taxes on investment remain low will add about 285,000 jobs per year in fiscal years 2008 and 2009. In those two years alone, lower taxes on capital gains and dividends mean an additional $70 billion in economic output and an additional $110 billion in disposable income for households.
If Congress makes the tax cuts permanent, the major economic benefits begin in 2011. For example,
Total employment will rise by 1,087,000 jobs per year, on average;
Annual GDP will be over $111 billion higher, after inflation;
Personal savings will grow by $163 billion per year, on average, after inflation; and
After-tax household income will grow by an annual average of $274 billion per year, after inflation.
However, these benefits become economic losses if Congress fails to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent. What is the cost of failing to act? Over one million lost jobs each year between 2011 and 2014; over a hundred billion dollars less in economic output per year; slower wage and salary growth; slower savings growth; and so on. The need for Congress to make the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts permanent is clear.
Obama came down off the mountain, and caught without a teleprompter and with cameras rolling explained how it is his mission as president to tax the rich and give to the poor, or in his words ---"Spread it around".-------so if you are making or ever hope to make $200,000 a year, ( $250,000 per married couple, or small business) be prepared to see your taxes go up significantly so that Barrack and his people (His people being the leftist progressives that control the once great Democratic party), will have lots of money to feed to the non-working , so they too can enjoy the good life.
Its Mr. Obama's belief that if money taken from the rich (see above), and given to the poor, the poor will then become customers of the rich who will make even more money and of course pay even more in taxes and life will be good for all.
After all look at how much we all enjoy working our tails off , paying our taxes while watching those ahead of us in the checkout stand are using government hand out food stamps, and driving off in their Cadillacs---makes my heart warm seeing how charitable our government is with my tax dollars.----
PREPARATION Open the jar of sauerkraut, and drain the liquid, and set aside. In a skillet, cook the slices of bacon til crisp, spoon out and lay cooked bacon strips on paper towels to drain and cool. While bacon strips are cooling, chopped the large sweet onion into a nice diced condition and place into skillet used to cook the bacon, and return skillet to the burner and cook onions til caramelized. While onions are cooking, take a large ( 5qt pan with lid) and crumble the crisp bacon strips into the bottom of the pan. Add the frankfurters (uncut) on top of the bacon crumbles, add the drained sauerkraut, and the caramelized diced onions. Add The chicken broth , put lid on pan, and put pan on burner, and simmer on low for 3 hours minimum. Check pan from time to time and add more chicken broth to keep the ingredients covered while cooking.
When it comes time to serve dinner to the troops, prepare the standard recipe for dumplings as described in the ever popular Betty Crocker Cookbook, and spoon into the simmering pot above and cook (covered---no peeking mind ya) for an additional 15 minutes.-------voila Dinner is ready to be dished up and served.
your sitting there scanning the comments people have put on your posts, and in the back of your mind maybe plotting out your next post. The sun is shining your morning coffee is sooooo good, but then ask yourself-------who was reading your blog last night???
We all know the kind of people we like, and admire. We publish our posts with a certain quality of audience in mind, and we go to all kind of lengths to present the image we want others to see us as being like. Its human nature to wanna be loved. We go to extreme lengths to hide what we consider to be our flaws or weak points, and its very uncomfortable to have friends or family remind us of them. Yet here we all our out blogging, presenting our self to the world, or at least that image we want the world to see-----but again, who is reading your blog?? What are they like, what might they think of you??
Like most Bloggers, you love getting comments on your postings, and wanting to see "more" of who they are, we quickly track down THEIR blog pages and profiles and try to categorize who they are and what they are all about. Guess what??----you find they are people who you might well not have wanted to meet---or worse some of them might be people you would find most difficult to explain to your real world family and friends----yet, you develop a online relationship, you visit their blogs and make comments and they do the same for you---but as you continue this unsolicited relationship, you begin to find yourself feeling guilty about the flaws and weak spots you have hidden from the world---while these others seem to not care and appear to have thrown themselves out there warts and all and are enjoying themselves. The question now is----why aren't you?
So tonight late, when your all snuggled down under your warm blankets and just about to fall asleep----think about it---I wonder who is reading my blog right now??----sweet dreams.
I have to confess I am a creature of habit. Since late teens, either being at school, or holding down a full time job-----I habitually have grown accustomed to doing my grocery shopping on Saturdays. Now retired, and each and everyday totally uncommitted to any set mandatory routines---I still cling to the Saturday/Supermarket drill. How set am I in this pattern. Suffice it to say I am almost certain, that I will be either struck by lightning, or bring down on my head some terrible curse which will affect me the rest of my years. At the very least I will become dizzy and discombobulated, and most likely nauseous. So its Saturday and today we will go to the supermarket, and all will be right with the world, and truth, justice and the American way will flourish. Okay so we have once again fought back the urge to break out of our set ways, and stayed in our tight little boring predictable pattern. (stupid weakling)---so what are we going to buy at the store---have you made a list? (no), do you even know what you need in the way of groceries? (no)-----but your going to go to the store anyway right? (yes) Your stupid too (hmmprobably).
Having had this little internal dialog with myself, I will of course scan the Fridge, the cupboards and Pantry, and take stock of what vittles I have on hand. Then I will sit down and decide what meals I want to cook this week, and make a list of what I need at the store to complete them. I will then check the bathrooms and determine if anything is needed there, such as toilet paper, soaps, shampoos, cleansers etc. (I am beginning to get excited , this could turn out to be a totally satisfying and worthy project, -----going to the supermarket doesn't HAVE to be a drudge or a thankless task----(ah hell who am I trying to kid!). So make a list----1.) Beer, 2.) Bag of Mini-pretzels------
Anyway , at least I won't bring down the wrath of Khan on the planet by failing to make the required appearance at the supermarket.----(sigh)----
Perhaps I am just being depressed and not realizing it, but I seem to lack any real interest in anything this last week. The new TV programs do not hold my interest, (hard to stay focused when the plotlines are interrupted every five minutes with commercials, some of which are better than the programs themselves.), politically I see the country sliding downhill into Socialism, (where government controls all aspects of ones lives, from your government garanteed mortgage, your government controlled bank, to your government funded schools, and of course the government handouts for correct social conduct, IE, unemployment benifits, the unwed mother benifits, the food stamp programs, etc, etc, etc ---and even as I type this its common knowledge that the Socialists liberal leftists, that controle the old Democratic Party, are already organizing even more government giveway programs to make those that vote for them to be even more dependent on them---enlarging the unemployment payments for example. another round of stimulus paychecks , even if ya don't pay taxes -----amazing .
Like with their candidate making it quite clear both in his explanation to Joe the Plumber out in Ohio, and then again in the last debate. Obama and the Socialists firmly believe $250,000 income is obscene and should be heavily taxed, and that money handed out to those who don't work for whatever reason. Young people today look at old fossils like me and laugh at the concept of working for 30 years, saving up for those things one can't easily afford. They KNOW how it is to be, "The ONE" has made it clear, nobody should make more than 250K, and therefore why work hard and save, the government will provide. What is sad about all the young folk today is---they really believe this----they do not believe the leftists programs ahve been tried in the past and have always again and again collapsed and shown themselves to be dead ends.
I am to old to change. I have always paid my way and hopefully always will, to do anything less would tell the world I am a lazy bum. I got to much pride to allow society to see me that way. I will crawl out into the forest and quietly starve todeath before I allow myself to take money from the government that I didn't earn.
Most adults do take time from time to time to read. SOME actually spend more time reading than they do watching Television. (a great collective gasp from the audience ) In anycase here is a fun little Meme for those that are readers. Those of you who wish to take the time to do the Meme thing and post your answers on your own blogs are welcome. (just leave a comment that YOUR answers are posted on your blog page .
(For your edification and ease of reading I have put the Meme questions in BOLD face type my innane answers in standard typeface.)
1. What is the Last book you purchased?
2. What book (or books) have you read MORE than once?
3. Has a book ever fundamentally changed the way you see life? (if yes what was
4. How do you choose what book to read, by its cover, by author, by title, or just what?
5. Do you prefer Fiction or Non-Fiction?
6. What is more important, beautiful writing, or a gripping plot line?
7. What is the most memorable Character from a book?
8. What book, (or books) are you currently reading?
9. What was the last book you finished reading, and when was it?
10. Have you ever started a book but then gave up on it halfway through it? (if Yes
what was its title?)
1. I can't actually remember the date I last purchased a book. I make full use of my local lending library, a habit I started at the age of 8, when I discovered I could actually own my own library card. To attempt to answer the question I would have to guess it was back in highscool, when I bought a racy Mickey Spillane paperback and snuck it into my room and kept hidden from my parents---(blush)
2. I have re-read a number of books, but the one book that flashed into my mind reading this question was, "Battle Cry" by Leon Uris. A book my older Brother gave me when I was about 10 years of age. The book describing in quite detailed and adult manner the experiences of a young man who joined the marines at the outbreak of WWII---which of course was exactly what my brother had done.
3. I guess a number of books have had things in them that stuck with me and in their own way have altered my view of life. I can not say with any real conviction a title of a single book that has affected me but---I would definitely say that thre writings of two authors pretty much are the basis of much of my likings of the world. Those two authors were , O. Henry, with his surprising plot twists, and Horation Alger, for all the optomistic stories of how hard work and perserverance reaped good rewards Between these two Authors I learned to look at all things from different perspections (not everything was necessarily as it appeard (o. henry), and a engrained assurance that if I worked hard enough, and long enough I would be rewarded---not to mention appreciating others who followed the same philosophy.
4. I guess primarily I am drawn to a catchy title, but then there are other times, I limit my hunt for a good book to genre, mystery, sci-fiction, history, biographys etc. I also prefer an author who had written more than one book, as I invariably check out 5-6 books at a time and I live finding a good fictional character whose adventures run over a whole series of volumes, and read then in sequence.
5. No contest actually, I am a dyed in the wool "who done-it?" afficianado, so definitely love good imaginatve fiction. but then there are those times---see anwer to question number 4 above.
6. I like a book that grabs my attention in the first three or four pages and then has a tight convoluted plot that keeps me guessing til the very end. Books with flowery prose and admiral usage of words and their meanings just don't hold my interest. I will take Ian Flemming (author of the original seven James Bond Stories) over Shakespear).
7. Good golly miss molly how to decide on which ONE---when there are so many?? Guess I would have to choose Nero Wolfe---in all the Rex Stout stories featuring Nero Wolfe, he was always pictured in my mind as an encentric brilliant mind, who didn't suffer fools easily.
8. Currently I am reading a book Titled, "Eden Burning", by Elizabeth Lowell---you all know how there are "chick flicks"?---well kinda would have to classify this book as a "Chick book"---but have invested to much time in reading it and I only got the last chapter to go, and the volcano is about to explode---).
9. The very last book I finished , and before I started my current one (see question 8 above) was, another Elizabeth Lowell novel, titled "Amber Beach" and when I finish my current book I will start yet a third Elizabeth Lowell book titled, "Die In Plain Sight". (which reminds me I need to go onlined with the Los Angeles Library system and renew the above books, they only allow two weeks now to read them once ya check them out., but you can renew them up to three times if necessary, this will only be my first time at renewing them)
10. I have been "suckered" with fast paced synopsis on the fly leaf covers of any number of books only to find once into them that its really nothing substantial and I have without any remorse closed them and forgotten them and their authors---the one big (literally) novel that was on the NYC Best Seller list for many monthes , that I started to read with great curiosity which died a slow death, was "Hawaii" by James Mitchner----the Movie with Julie Andrews wasn't all that much better, but thats just this old dudes opinion.
Unbelievably the other day Obama, was asked a question by a small business owner and he gave the man an honest answer. The Man , his name was Joe and he ran a small plumbing business and was thinking of expanding his business, BUT if he did so it would push his income past the $250,000 ceiling that Obama would implement, and thus force him into a higher tax bracket, and he asked Obama why he thought that was fair. Obama, slick talker that he is, explained that his tax plan, increasing the taxes of those making more than $250, 000, was good for the country, it would spread the wealth around, those that for whatever reason didn't make as much as Joe would get government assists, (no mention was made as to any requirement that these poor people should work for a living or not?), but with money taken from the Rich (Those making more than 250,000 and up) and having it given to those that don't work, somehow would make the world a better place, and that Joe would then have more business, and paying even more in taxes. Obama didn't explain why Joe should continue to work hard at growing his business and taking on the higher tax levies, and not just slack off and take welfare like the non-workers do. In any case it WAS OBAMA telling him that's what he Obama wanted for American this great social leveling---it is the Leftist's (Socialist's) dream, the perfect world, everyone has the same suffers the same, and the government makes all the decisions---oh wait that's Communism ain't it?----doesn't Matter must be good , after all Obama is for it. and the state has always taken good care of him.
This being early in the new fall TV schedule, one endeavors to watch some of the new shows, or pick up on those shows that continue from the previous fall schedule. As such , the standard summer schedule of Monday night NetFlix movies , in lieu of re-runs, reality shows, and boring Monday night professional football matches, has been cancelled. Tonight, we will be watching "Chuck" (nerd who wants to be a super spy), "Two and a half Men", "Worst Week", and then "Boston Legal". Please check the game room bulletin board tomorrow afternoon for tomorrow nights programing.
Man I loved the Mamma's N Pappa's vocal group-----. I was kinda between jobs when "Monday Monday was blasting the airwaves, recall I spend a goodly number of nights dallying at one of my local haunts, nursing one beer for a couple hours, and listening to that song, and kinda feeling sorry for myself---but then lucky guy that I am, I found a job and had to rejoin the human rat race----but that's a whole different story and is ancient history now. Today, this MONDAY, still smarting from the Plumbing bill, followed by the rotten time at my local supermarket, we (the LP and I that is), dared spit into the face of destiny and scheduled our annual furnace inspection. I am pleased to report we passed with no trouble----the guy even complimented us on how clean our furnace filter was (damn thing should be, I take it out and hose it clean every month)----anyway, as the sun slowly sinks in the west , as it is prone to do---and as the temperature outside falls below 75 degrees, the LP and I smile as the old furnace kicks on and warm air blows from the vents-----life is good.
Reading various blogs its amazing what one can learn. Today (10/12/08) I clicked on a blog titled "Marginal Revolution". This blog always has an eclectic subject matter going for it, and today's posting , "Fruitless Fall" was particularly thought provoking. I have noticed myself that this year there has been a much lower level of bee activity in my area of southern California. Tyler Cowen, the author of the above posting, makes reference to a book that talks about the effects of our modern Industrialized farming methods, and the impact it is having on the bee population. Something evidently that has been going on for some length of time. In the posting referenced above, I learned that not all Honey sold on the store shelves is real honey, some of it is only about 40% honey, the rest a mixture of other fillers, like corn syrup, rice syrup, and such. So don't be totally surprised if your hubby or boy friend some morning eating his breakfast suddenly says, "This ain't Honey---Honey?"
I got a good nights sleep, slept in til after 7am , enjoyed a hot shower (specially in that the drain worked real good), --the LP is still sleeping so here I am catching up on my friends postings, dropping my comments, and sipping a good cup of coffee (I make a mean pot of coffee, or so I have been told). The Sun is shining in a nice clear blue sky---and the weather forecast is for it to get into the mid 80's for the next few days. Life is good once more. (you were right Sue(lol)). Necessity is the mother of invention, as the saying goes, and as such I have signed up to be a paid post reviewer-----well you guys all told me I could write, or were ya just being nice? If I have any success at this new venture----you most likely will be seeing some off the wall post topics on my page here. I don't think this will happen all that fast, but then again I am new at doing this so not sure what the market for this kind of service will be. Being a beginner, my "fee" for doing reviews is kinda minimal, but if I DO have any talent for writing, then over time the base charge for my skills should go up----if not then the whole venture will just fade away and we just won't talk about it anymore. Today's chores consist of emptying out the two cabinets, one under the sink in the kitchen, and the other cabinet under the sink in the pantry area, and putting things back in , in the proper order----the plumbers took everything out to do the work, and then put the crap all back in any which way they could get it all back in----turns out they couldn't so had a few things left out----me thinks I have way to many left lover storage dishes----Rubbermaid, Tupperware. and assorted heavy duty plastic (all with lids mind ya) To good to throw out-----maybe I should return some of this stuff to my nieces who keep inviting me to family gatherings and sending me back home with Tupperware dishes full of good food??
The sun comes up in the East no matter what we do, and its a good probability that it will continue to do so for a goodly amount of years to come. THAT you can pretty much take for granted, everything else----is a crap shoot. After the raping and pillaging of earlier in the week, I thought I could put all that negativity to bed, and start my new week on a positive note. I should have known better than start it with a visit to the Supermarket.---on a Saturday-----in the early afternoon no less. (I am beginning to think that at my tender age of 71, I am developing an appreciation for masochism.) It wasn't much of a shopping list, some Carnation Instant Breakfast (variety pack), a baked pie (Peach or Apricot), Bleach (used the last at this weeks fluff and fold event), and Pork Chops (Pork Loin-center cut)---and that was it. Needless to say, having described the day and the time of day I arrived at the Supermarket, it became a living hell. Several runs through the store parking lot, before I found a parking slot. That alone kinda negatively affected my up til then happy mood. Inside it was crowded, loud, and over-run with unleashed children. I should have turned around and left right then, but my stubbornness kicked in----me versus "THEM"---gritting my teeth I pushed my shopping cart aggressively into the innards of the store.------about the only thing I can say as I staggered away from the checkout station later, ----they didn't see me cry. No Carnation Instant Breakfast-----No Peach or Apricot Pie, had to buy the LARGE bottle of Bleach (they were temporarily out of the convenient middle size), and in the meat dept, their was only one pathetic package of center cut pork loin chops, which I didn't even bother to pick off the shelf----and by that time I was not in the Mood to ring the bell for service. To complete my day, upon making it back home with the bleach---found the Property Tax bill in the Mail box.---the good news is---its smaller than the Plumbing bill of yesterday. Anyway-----maybe tomorrow will be a better day---but I ain't taking that for granted.
It had been a fair week, I returned to the palace with my fresh load of fluffed and foldeds, only to find water had backed up in my shower ----two hours later the plumber climbed back out from under the house, and I could tell by the look on his face, that it was not just bad news, but really bad news. His opening remark was , "Its wet under the house---" he said other things but at that point I was kinda not listening-------. Well they worked from midday to dark Thursday, and back at it at 9am today and they just left about 30 minutes ago, just before 5pm, the repairs done, I won't upset you with the price of the repairs--suffice it to say I am going to go down to the used book store, and see if I can find a cheap copy of 101 ways to cook pasta, and I have cancelled Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, and if I thought I could talk him into it, would not turn on the lights after sundown, and only work with daylight---but then I would also have to give up my blog and---well forget that idea. Us two old dogs will survive---it just won't be quite so much fun as it had been--(sigh)---so as the week ends we consider ourselves fluffed, folded and SPINDLED BIG TIME.
The campaigned was planned out carefully, with much give and take discussion to make sure that the Commadant (aka LP) and his Field General (moi) were in total agreement on the missions goal.
This mission was designed for the specific purpose of raiding the local Ralph's store and relieveing them of certain needed supplies, get in and out quick, with minimum casualties. On previous scouting patrols, (me disguised as a local beaten down, over taxed senior citizen, dressed in old levis, and a no name t-shirt, dirty sneakers)---had carefully mapped out the interior of our local, recently renovated Ralphs food emporium,----memorizing the location of the various needed supplies, where the exits were, the best lines for checkout---monitored the store traffic at various times of the day to best decide just when to make the real raid. I reported this back to the C.O.----and finally the night before, we completed the list of provisions that we hoped to successfully acquire---.
Quiche (Loraine or Florintine, which ever was available)
Two (2) Tomatoes ( for frying)
Sm. container of Deli Herb Tuna Salad
One (1) box of Cherry Tomatoes
One (1) dozen eggs (brown free range)
One (1) 26oz jar of Classico "Cabernet Marinara" sauce
One (1) pre-cooked N veined Shrimp platter (approx 30 shrimps)
One (1) Box of frozen Waffles (10 waffles to the box)
Two (2) Marie Calendar frozen entree's, "Noodles Alfredo w/garlic bread"
One (1) Package of White Long Grain Rice
It had been mutually agreed that the best, most advantagous time to maximize the success of the mission would be to launch the raid at 5 minutes to 8am. At that hour of the day, their would be a minimum of civilian shoppers, that might get caught in the conflict, should our mission become known and I would have to fight my way out of the store. Also, the enemy (Ralph's employees), would still only be half wake, and even more importantly, would be distracted by the large number of sub contractors in the store re-stocking their displays, as well as the normal morning floor sweeping, polishing maintenance chores.
I arrived exactly on time, entering the store, this time disguised as an early shopper, wearing cargo pants, pullover sweater shirt, boots, looking like a moderately up-scale shopper, but not so flashy as to draw any unwantged extra observation, I moved with a combination of efficiency, yet casualness, the mission going exactly as planned, I even had the audacity to actually speak to one of the enemy, in a calm voice asking which Isle I might find the Quiche---the fool actually told me. I went through the checkout, with a friendly smile on my face, but kept the cross talk with the clerk to a mere Good Morning, nice day today line of dialog, the checkout clerk grunted still only half awake, I was certain if questioned later, she would not even be able to describe what I was wearing let alone my face. I forced myself to maintain the casual pace, taking my supplies to the truck, loading it and casually driving off the lot----expecting any moment to see a wave of box boys race out of the store after me, but I made my get-a-way clean. ---tis a great start for a Tuesday.
Heres a pic of some of the supplies that were successfully brought back to the castle:
we ain't gonna starve for a few more days anyway. (lol)
Here at Matilija House, the old dude (that's me) is making his popular beef stew. This recipe kinda evolved from my starving student days, when money was more myth than reality, so one learned how to stretch a food dollar. It all began on a cold rainy day in Boulder, Colorado. If memory serves it was late in the month, on a Tuesday evening. I couldn't afford to go out with the guys for beer and pizza, but I was hungry, so like a flash of lightning the idea struck me, why not make beef stew, how hard could it be?? I hit the market and I got some beef, some carrots, some celery and some potatoes. (I even got change from the $5.oo bill I paid with. I guess I should tell ya this all happened way back in Oct, 1955.) I wasn't totally sure, but I opted to brown the beef in a big iron 5qt pot, then I added all the other stuff, --yes I chopped it up first, added water and let it simmer. Lets just say this first attempt was nothing to write home about, and even now it embarrasses me to talk about it. Bad as my first attempt was, it made me all the more determined to get it right-----and so after getting over my first blah attempt, I snuck a few glances at beef stew recipes when I came across them---learned tomatoes are your friend, salt, pepper, learned how to brown my meat dredged in flour-----anyway today----my beef stew is pretty damn good---hell maybe even capable of winning a ribbon at a county fair. but (sigh) its still not as good as Mom made.
Last week we were all intertained with the leftist liberals screams of how the world would end if we didn't bail out wall street, and managed to panic enough of the congress into spending 700 billion dollars to buy up bad mortgages and bail out the greedy wall street firms. The market continues to fall this week, which kinda tells ya what real business people think of the bailout plan.
Obama has increased his lead in the polls, so its a pretty obvious indicator that the Leftist liberals have sold their snake oil, and convince everyone that they are poor and deserve more and everyone is now heading out to their local welfare offices to sign up for the the govenment give aways.
California afte years of having the leftist liberals entrenched in government here is now formally applying to the government for a bailout load of 7 billions dollars. Whats interesting to see is that Nancy Pelosi (a represenative from California no less), feels we should wait to see who wins the election, and is troubled that the request comes from a state with a Republican Govenor. California is so broke, we can't pay for government services, the leftists refused to cut spending on any of the welfare programs, and Arnold refused to raise taxes, although he did sign a bill to increase the sales tax another full percentage point,, supposedly a temporary measure for three years----yeahh rightttt!! Today none of the financial institutions will buy new bonds, so we need to be bailed out. Many other states will soon be looking for bailout funds from washington----and of course the leftists love that as it gives them what they want total control of the country, welcome to the socialist states of America.
----Meanwhile, back at the Ranch, life goes on-----least now we can blame the leftist liberal democrats for the mess we are in for the next few years.
Our illustrious politicians love throwing around words like "Millions", "Billions" and "Trillions", so I decided maybe it would be helpful if one kinda put these terms into perspectives a mere mortal might comprehend.
A million seconds is 13 days A billion seconds is 31 years. A trillion seconds is 31,688 years.
A million minutes ago was – 1 year, 329 days, 10 hours and 40 minutes ago. A billion minutes ago was just after the time of Christ.
A million hours ago was in 1885. A billion hours ago man had not yet walked on earth.
A million dollars ago was five (5) seconds ago at the U.S. Treasury. A billion dollars ago was late yesterday afternoon at the U.S. Treasury. A trillion dollars is so large a number that only politicians can use the term in conversation… probably because they seldom think about what they are really saying. I’ve read that mathematicians do not even use the term trillion!
Here is some perspective on TRILLION: Trillion = 1,000,000,000,000. The country has not existed for a trillion seconds. Western civilization has not been around a trillion seconds. One trillion seconds ago – 31,688 years – Neanderthals stalked the plains of Europe.
The current United States debt limit was just raised , to accommodate the bailout bill costs, to -----13 TRILLION!!!
The TV Industry assumes nobody watches TV on Saturday nights, so there is nothing on except re-runs or infomercials (talking about broadcast TV, not the good stuff that one gets if one can afford cable or satellite feeds). I often wonder do people opt to go out on Saturday night because there is nothing on TV, or nothing on TV cause everyone goes out?? I think the networks are missing out on a good thing, by not putting good original programing on Saturday prime time-----especially now when times are getting tough and money tight and people ARE staying home more. Last night (sat night), there being nothing on TV, we, (we being the LP and myself), watched a good old movie from Netflix, titled "Twins", with Danny Divito and Arnold Schwartznegger. A pleasant laughable plot, with no heavy messages or political themes. Makes me laugh just to think of those two actors playing the roles of being twin brothers. Tonight being Sunday, we will once again endeavor to get interested in the on going soap operas , "Desperate Housewives" and "Brothers and Sisters". I for one am not enchanted with on going soap like plot lines continued from week to week. If one misses a week then the following shows become kinda silly and not worth watching. I much prefer shows that each segment stands on its own like a mini-movie. Unfortunately, that requires good writing, and it seems writers have priced themselves so high that the cost of putting on a well written show has become to risky, so the networks have gone to putting on "Reality" programming. Some people find reality programming entertaining. I find reality TV to much like watching strangers home movies of their last summer's vacation---forgettable. Then too, even those good shows are hard to get to excited about, as they now pack in so many commercials, that the constant interruptions to the program keep a person from getting to involved in it. On the other hand if we didn't get all those commercials would anybody ever have told us about "Restless Leg Syndrome", or whatever disease of the week might be---I swear the pharmaceutical people invent pills, then spend zillions of dollars designing a ad campaigns to sell them-----wow can you imagine how much better off our country would be if we didn't have to deal with the scourge of "Restless leg syndrome"?? Pills to keep us awake, Pills to make us sleepy, Pills to keep us happy, -------I think I will go lay down and take one of those Lil blue pills, not sure what they are for, but hey---I'm feeling like an adventure.
Once again its saturday and a person could swing a cat around here and hot hit a soul. All those fun bloggers that are busy all week posting and commenting, on weekends, go home and deal with their real lives. Makes one wonder just how efficient many of our workplaces really are---but I digress. Its been an interesting week. The democratic controlled congress managed to "spend" another 700 billion dollars, to buy up "garbage" loans, under the presumption that at some later date the houses will be worth more and they can unload them back on the open market and make a profit-----yeahhhhh rightttttt!!! Further this new legislation allows the government to determine what interest rate is to be charged on a loan, and if necessary can also adjust the principle amount thats owed----wonder if one has to be a leftist democrat to stand a chance of having ones loan favorably adjusted? In any case this bailout of wallstreet, added $15,000 debt to every man women and child in America. Not to worry, the Government will sell another 700 billion dollars worth of bonds to Foreign countries, and keep on spending----someday the foreign countries might just sit down and talk to each other and find out they "own" more of us that we do. ---heres a thought?---what if they decide we are a poor risk, and stop buying our bonds----oh no, ya mean we would have to stop giving away money??
13. If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn't it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted, cowboys deranged,models deposed, tree surgeons debarked, and dry cleaners depressed?
14. What hair colour do they put on the driver's licences of bald men?
15. I thought about how mothers feed their babies with tiny littlespoons and forks so I wondered what do Chinese mothers use? Toothpicks?
16. Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? Whatare we supposed to do, write to them? Why don't they just put theirpictures on the postage stamps so the postmen can look for them whilethey deliver the mail?
17. You never really learn to swear until you learn to drive.
18. No one ever says, 'It's only a game' when their team is winning.
19. Ever wonder about those people who spend $2.00 apiece on those little bottles of Evian water? Try spelling Evian backwards: NAIVE
20. Isn't making a smoking section in a restaurant like making a peeing section in a swimming pool? 22. OK ... so if the Jacksonville Jaguars are known as the 'Jags' and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are known as the 'Bucs,' what does that make the Tennessee Titans?
23. If 4 out of 5 people SUFFER from diarrhoea, does that mean that one enjoys it?
24. Why if you send something by road it is called a shipment, but when you send it by sea it is called cargo?
25. If a convenience store is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365days a year, why are there locks on the door?
Call it whatever ya want, a senior moment perhaps, or just a bright positive memory that one is reluctant to give up. Today while performing the weekly Fluff N Fold routines, I caught the tail end of a piece of music, which in turn allowed me to pull up the fun song and dance numbers that entertained us in the Movie version of the Broadway play, "Damn Yankees". Starring Ray Walston, Gwen Verdon and Tab Hunter. Those if you not familiar with the Plot of Damn Yankees, should know that its about an older man who is a rabid baseball fan and on a hot summer night listening to his favorite team, who hasn't had a good season in some number of years, vocalizes his wish, "I'd sell my Soul to have the team win the Pennant", and then of course enter Ray Walston as the Devil and his assistant, played by Gwen Verdon, who in this plot plays the role of "Lola". and those who have seen the movie have to remember the classic song and dance number Gwen Verdon does, "What Ever Lola Wants, Lola Gets"-----and THATS the song in my head all day, interspersed with other Musical interludes in "Damn Yankees", like "Shoeless Joe From Hanibal Mo"-----"You Gotta Have Heart", "Good Bye Old Girl", and of course "Two Lost Souls" (a duet sung and danced with Tab Hunter). Anyway the Music from Damn Yankees has got me through the day----
Some people literally light up a room when they walk into it, ---some have ya smiling and they haven't said a word yet----what can one say about a lady who talks about a Rooster named Elizebeth---names all her Guinea fowl Tarzan or Jane ----well the lady is a treat to have around and I am very glad to have made her acquaintance here in the bloggosphere, you all might want to drop by and check out her blog, "Fools Rush In"-----I think it should be put into the Smithsonian and labelled a national treasure, welcome home Annie, glad to have ya back.
The majority of people take their vacations during the warm summer months, primarily as that's when the kids are out of school. However a large number of people are learning that one can have most enjoyable vacations year round. My own favorite time of year for breaking out of my normal everyday routines and getting away from it all---is the month of October. One is less likely to board a train or bus and run into loud children for one thing. The weather is usually warm without becoming deadly hot and humid. It being after labor day, the hotel and motel rates are not so steep. One is much more likely to find a good price on a cruise up and down many of America's big rivers. New England in the fall, with the colored foliage, the Rockies with their first dusting of snow, the aspen a golden yellow, ----the vast ruggedness of the desert landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona., the lush bucolic atmosphere of wine country in norther California,-----Yellowstone national park, --the grand canyon, a boat ride down the Mississippi-----The great Lakes----and do ya find yourself humming the old commercial refrain---"See the USA in your Chevrolet----America is asking you to call---" Yep October is one great Month to enjoy one's hard earned vacation time. I bet you all have a few favorite places here in the Great USA to visit that I failed to mention---feel free to add to my list.
Tomorrow night (Thursday) is the debate between Sara Palin, and the old man of the Senate Joe Biden. As this date has come closer, the foul mouth Obama-bots have been given their instructions by their leftist liberal bosses,and are flooding the bloggosphere with disparaging remarks about Sara Palin, and once again telling us how stupid we must be if we think well of her. What is encouraging is the louder and more infuriated the obama-bots chain mail their comments across the board sending them a dozen times an hour without even trying to change the wording to make it look original---the more outraged the majority of Americans are getting with the leftist controlled press and their hand made candidate Obama, whose only claim to fame is Oprah likes him-----frankly a man that refuses to put his hand on a bible, say the pledge of allegiance to our flag, and consciously snubbed visiting our wounded troops because it would mean missing his time at the spa-----is not MY idea of who should represent this great nation.
It will not surprise me if tomorrows debate most likely will make or break the election----I think, the majority of voters are becoming unhappy with the socialistic, leftist mutterings of Obama, and they are definitely not wanting the greedy wallstreeters bailed out---now if we can just get our elected representatives to vote what their constitutes demand.
On Monday last 9/29/08, the House of representatives soundly defeated the $700 billion dollar bail out of Wall Street. Members of congress in both the House and the Senate is receiving mail, fax's, e-mailings, phone calls running 10 to 1 AGAINST the proposed bailout of the greedy wall street firms.
The American electorate, the vast majority of those that live in "flyover" country, are refusing to buy into the leftist liberal chant that the world will end if this 700 billion of taxpayer money isn't voted in to save the greedy wall street firms. It seems the only ones that will get hurt are the very ones that created the problem, making loans to people who couldn't afford them, then knowing how risky the loans were, going out and selling the loans to other banks and well here we are now.
We are told, by the leftist liberals, that if these wall street firms collapse, it will mean a chain reaction of banks failing, huge unemployment, more businesses closing and a great darkness will fall on the land----. Its all part of the leftist agenda people, one exaggerate a problem and make it sound like a huge crisis, then come riding to the rescue with promises of I will make you well---with vague promises that sound oooh so good---but in reality it only is yet another layer of government program welfare. Lets reward the poorly managed wall street and implement more government control of the market place, the government will decide who gets to stay in business and who doesn't----(and all at taxpayer expense I need not remind you)
Well the vast majority of voters and I am talking both republican and democratic and independents are rapidly coming to the conclusion the bail out isn't necessary, let the bad wall street firms bail themselves out---all congress needs to do is put out some legislation that protects the taxpayers from losing their homes through no fault of their own. Another thing the vast majority are rapidly concluding---is maybe we should put money aside for rainy days, and not live from one credit card billing to the next----maybe pay cash for things , even hold off spending til one can purchase it for cash. I ever hear banks are starting to offer incentives to open an account and save money---(remember when they use to give away toasters and microwaves to new account holders??)----and people are starting to look at our current crop of presidential candidates, and asking themselves which one's WILL cut back government spending and waste, which ones are FOR the country? USA!! USA!! USA!!
In any case the leftist liberals inciting near panic in the news, the constant drumbeat of negativity about the country----people ain't buying it-----.