Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday's Dispatch

  • Last night (12/01/2014) we went to see Handel's Messiah at the WC. It was very good- better than last years and one of the best I've seen there.
  • It has happened again: approximately 48 hours after discussing hanging Christmas lights and garland and concurrently discussing a family members birthday in separate  EMails to different people I got hit with ads for deals on home improvement items from Amazon and ads from Proflowers.
  • SKYNET is awakening.
  • I look forward to watching Edge Of Tomorrow again.
  • Even if I'm in good standing on a job there is sometimes a vague fear during an absence that it will be determined that my services are no longer needed and on my return my key won't fit the door or I'll be greeted by a supervisor who will say, Kevin, we need to talk....
  • A long ago very liberal acquaintance who worked in a government sector job would empty the ghettos surrounding her office when it was time to hire temps. To no ones shock but hers if a worker needed a pen- it better be one they had chained to their desk before the temps came in as anything portable walked out with the temps at the end of the first day. They would even steal water from the dispenser by filling jugs before they left.
  • The literal worst part of the preceding thought? She wouldn't have hired a single one of those people with her own money.
    Little 20 dollar bill what tortured route took you from Quinlan to Weatherford America? Do you miss your friends at Cash Pawn #8 ? Did I tear you away from new friends at the North Main Sonic?
  • Drivin N Cryin will be at Billy Bob's on the 30th of December. I would like to go but I don't want to be disappointed as I have been listening to their music for most of 30 years.
  • Oh crap- they'll be with the Toadies, another band I have listened to for 30 years and know better than to see live- I have never heard anything good about them live. 

    Dead hog being dead after getting smashed by a vehicle on 920

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Thursday's Thoughts

The most ambitious thing the moron who did this will do in his entire life.
  • "  Who is scared of legal marijuana? Alcohol and tobacco companies, police forces, private prisons and anyone else who makes money off it staying illegal." was the tagline for an article I saw recently (today is 12/03/2014). I do not care if you think all marijuana users should be lined up a against a wall and shot or the use should be mandatory, you cannot rationally argue the headlines point and if you have any inellectual honesty you have to know the truth of it is a problem- a big, huge stinking problem for us.
  • Nope, I do not touch the stuff.
    I don't know how this stand of bamboo got on Fort Richardson. They probably call it the, Bamboo Grove (or if they didn't- they do now).

    Vietcongs up in here setting panji traps for our boys. Lowlife commies.

  • This day (12/04/2014) started with Jeff Buckley singing Hallelujah. There may be be better ways to start a day but I'm not aware of too many- at least as far as music goes.
  • Last nights dreams were all about reconciliation- sweet reconciliation and forgiveness.
  • I hereby apologize for all the damage done.
    If a person thought they need shoes to get someplace- how do they not think they need them to get back to where they started? What changed? Why is there so often only one shoe? Maybe they thought, Crocs are really nasty and gross. I'll wear one and hop on that foot so the other can air out.

    The first thing I thought was, Huh, that might make an OK grill. Then I realized it was aluminum and thought- How has somebody not jacked it yet to sell for scrap?

    Jacksboro Lake is thisty.

    Boulder boo-boo.
  • Homeade chili on a leftover loaded baked potato from Logan's- its whats for lunch.
  • Recently for a lunch thing at work one of my work buddies brought a gallon of very nice homeade salsa for his contribution. The following day he brought chips assuming there had to be plenty left. That assumption may have been his only mistake for the day but he was wrong on that point at least. Somebody had jacked every ounce that was left and the container he brought it in. Man- come on people, you know better than that. Didn't your momma raise you any better?
  • After my mom died my sister gave me bags of mom's Tupperware as I didn't have any at all at my place. I couldn't wash the cigarette smoke smell out of them and ended up chunking them.
  • It struck me as odd at first glance why British people like Jeff Buckley so much but also made sense when I listened to all of his only album but I cannot tell why that is true to me.
  • Something that makes no sense to me: why all printer feed trays do not hold a full ream of paper.
    Crud at Fort Richardson exposed by erosion. The clear piece is from a mug. You could see the air inclusions from the manufacturing process in it. The piece on the right is milk glass. 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

I'm Home

sick. Too bad you aren't also we could hang hang out. No, wait, I don't mean too bad you're not sick also- just here with me. I wouldn't want you to be sick. Although I guess if you were sick it would be OK too. We could take care of each other. I can make an awesome grilled cheese and I think there is canned tomato soup. No, wait- I ate it.
Do you eat or drink soup? I'm never quite sure. If you could go get us tomato soup I think I would have the strength to make the rest. Then I would need a nap.
We could pick a movie that good is enough to watch but not so good we would let it keep up from sleep's sweet release.
If we started American Horror Story we would have scary fever-break sweat dreams.
Am I rambling?

Nyquil is a heckuva drug.


A Close Encounter? or No Wonder I Keep Seeing Guys Wearing Black Suits and Cool Shades Following Me

I need to fire my entire art department. Note: Not to scale.
I know I've written about this before but don't recall if it has published, is saved to draft or scheduled for the future so I'll write about it again and future historians and biographers can debate my process and veracity as they compare the two accounts. The following is true and correct to my recall unaided by notes or collaboration of other witnesses of events that likely happened in  Fall or early Winter late in an evening possibly near Grafewoehr or Hohenfels (if a gun was to my head I would say it was Hohenfels) Germany in 1985 or 86. So help me God.

So, a group of soldiers are bullcorning in a field as soldiers will do after training has ceased for the day. It was quite chilly but not extremely cold.  We are in an open area bounded by dense woods on 3 sides. The skies were completely clear. There wasn't a lot of light pollution around making the view of the heavens perfect.

A platoon sergeant for another platoon had been an intelligence analyst in another life and was regaling us with stories of daring do and teaching us about how spy satellites work. He could literally tell you the names of some based on their trajectory and timing and discern between Russian and US satellites. That is SatStar 6. It is a civilian comms satellite. Later he would say, OK that one is Russian. You can tell by it's reflected light. It appears white. Ours appear to have a gold glint as they have a different plating...

The preceding dialogue is meant to be representative of the flow of conversation on that night, show that the guy seemed at least to know what he was talking about and at least 5-9 trained reconnaissance specialists including senior non-commissioned officers had their eyes trained on the same spot in the same sky that night. It isn't verbatim. I make a point to stress we were trained recon guys whom had it beat into our heads to observe and report only what we actually see, hear and smell without embellishment.  Nope, we were not a group of astronaut astrophysicist astronomers but we were a group of guys intensely trained for if nothing else- to look for things out of the ordinary. There were most likely more than 5-9 soldiers as there were two platoons hanging out- at least 5 were in an inner circle hanging out. I recall that many by name, faces or being aware there were people around I may not see in my recall but at the time I was aware of their presence. It was literally pitch black at ground level.

After one satellite passes by we see 3 more together moving slightly lateral to the last satellite we observed. They may be at a higher altitude. They were arranged in a loose triangle. We were riveted to them awaiting SSG Clarke to tell us about them. We were just expecting a cool addendum to the impromptu class. However, the lights stop for several seconds, then the first shoots forward and curving out slightly disappears into space. The second and third move forward in unison and as they do one shoots forward (the one on the right base of the triangle) and it curving out slightly shoots forward and disappears at a point where the first was lost visually. The third stops for several seconds, then moving forward slowly it shoots forward and again, beginning in a curved arc then cutting back hard and in a more straight line disappears into space at the some apparent point as the first 2.

We all saw it at the same time. We didn't miss part of it and catch it in our peripheral vision and have to accommodate processing new information. None of us were distracted by other data to process and there was no need for any of us to get another persons attention on what we were seeing to try and validate our observations. The passing of the known satellite had us locked on that part of the sky and visually from our perspective it and the three alien scout combat spaceships unidentified lights passed within a 1/4 of an inch of each other.

In unison we said things like, What the?! Holy #$%$! Did you see that? Staff Sergeant, what was that? I don't know but if you tell anybody I saw it, I'll tell 'em you're a liar. was the only thing I remember SSG Clarke saying.

This statement is a true and correct report of my recall of events on the aforementioned evening in Bavaria Germany.

Signed el chupacabra
The First Day of Our Lord November 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Monday's Missives

  • In 2008 USS George Washington known in the Navy as GW caught fire causing 70 million dollars in damage and injuring 20 plus sailors. It was the result of cigarette smoking in a unauthorized area. It would be hard to convince me cigarettes don't cause double the known costs to our economy and the known costs are astronomical.
  • Dead Kennedys Viva Las Vegas
  • Her arms are crossed over her chest, so while you can't see it- assume she is looking down her nose at me and I'm in trouble bad
  • Here, listen to Kraftwerk The Robots
  • The cycle fever is burning brightly and I'm afraid I'm going to break bad and buy some type of sport bike or power cruiser.
  • With the gas savings it will practically pay for itself!
  • I'm practicing for the impending argument with FG.
  • We tried Fish Creek restaraunt. Not impressed. It stank. We didn't eat seafood but of those that did around us it smelled like stale oil. Our server was terrible. She literally sighed and started tapping her order book when FG passed the ordering back to me. As an old friend once said, You put enough spices on it and drink enough alcohol with it you could make a rotten moose gallbladder edible enough. We don't drink though.
  • Fungus amongus
  • An ultimatum has been pronounced. I have until November 30 to put up or shut up, get with the program, put out or get out... Immediately my shoulder Merle starting singing this song in my ear.
  • Yes, I have a shoulder Merle- doesn't everybody?
  • Fellow diner at Fish Creek
  • Don't ask me what is up with these giant pics- I didn't do anything any different.
  • Oh, wait. That is right- I did send them large size to my Email as an experiment.
  • Edit: pictures fixed.
  • I don't want to overstate this- but I wouldn't be so proud as to put my name on it.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Saturday's Situation

  • When the Austin police officer  shot the nut shooting up Austin in November he did so with a pistol shot- from 312 feet away. Did I mention he used a one handed stance? No? And why would he do that you ask? Oh- because he was holding the reins of a couple of horses.
  • My guess is the black guy in the Storm Trooper uniform from the Force Awakens trailer will actually be a good guy and is using it as a ruse to escape the Empire. It may even be part of a back story for Lando Calrissian.
  • The Christmas In The Park thing was nice in Weatherford America last night but man, soooo many people for the space and activities. We left without doing much besides eating ice cream. There were a couple hundred people in line for every activity. It was a just a sea of humanity- people aimlessly bumping into other people. I was nervous about it when I heard at work (in Fort Worth) that people were hearing about it on the radio and considering going.
  • I may give up and go to an urgent care clinic this morning. Seasonal allergies are beating me down. Over the counter products aren't cutting it and I have thrown everything at the symptoms but the kitchen sink- pseudoephedrine, diphenhidramine, Nyquil, loratadine... My heart can't decide whether to slow down and stop or explode.
  • First World problems.
  • Legos are OK enough but even as a kid they really didn't blow my skirt up that much. I preferred Erector and Lincoln Log sets. My guess is there is actually something in how people are wired as to which they would prefer- Lego verses Erector and you could predict traits of the two groups based on their preferences.