Monday, September 29, 2014

Monday's Missives

  • Too many people in this world presume everybody else is as big of a knucklehead as they themselves are.
  • It is too bad I can't say the name just in case they become a patient (and are real) but I saw a caller on the caller ID in my office of a person who had a cartoon character name. It wasn't Bugs Bunny but it was in that neighborhood. I didn't answer as I had another patient in the office and had no interest in being jacked with at the time.
    Carl Akelely- Read about him here.
  • An update to previous bullet: Later I took a call from another caller with the ID of another cartoon character name. We had a rambling 8 minute conversation and I finally ended the conversation by providing him with the number to a state office with a tenuous connection to our disjointed intercourse. I wonder who they pawned him off on?
  • Yesterday (06/29/2014) I watched The Sandlot for the first time. Whoa it is good. I mean man- really, it is a good movie. Now I see why it is so many peoples favorite movie.
  • "The" always (as in 99% of the time) comes out, "Teh" on my first attempt when I'm typing.
  • Recently someone did something nice for me. Even more recently the same someone asked a favor of me as, it was the least I could do considering _____________ and _____________. The blood in my veins ran cold and I literally felt sick. I thought I was actually going to vomit.
  • A coworker is praised and lauded for her attention to detail. Of course she can pay attention to details- you couldn't blow her off  her office chair with a stick of dynomite to do anything extra.
  • Huh, dynamite is spelled well- dynamite not, "dynomite".
  • Dino-mite!
    Cicada from last year. This has been a sparse year for them- probably too dry.
  • I do not know how many people when referring to Rattlesnake Island in lake Bridgeport I have heard say to the effect, When I was a kid my dad took me out there. It was covered with rattlesnakes! Didn't happen my friend but you can be forgiven for that collective memory recall. How do I know it wasn't true? If the legend were true as soon as word got around, people would have killed every single one of them and it has been called Rattlesnake Island for generations. Anyway, it is too small to support a huge number- what would they eat?
  • To be placed in the, If I'm lyin' I'm dyin' file: This morning (07/02/2014) there was a guy next to me in traffic smoking crack.  He was pouring out sweat- literally drenched and his face was as red as a tomato. When he drew that hit in I watched mesmerized half expecting his head to explode.
  • Check this out- The Sound Defects. You'll dig it the most.
    To be filed under," Can but shouldn't" classification in the car customizing index

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Last Statement Of Gregory Wright # 999253 Killed By The Sate Of Texas October 30, 2008

"Yes I do. There has been a lot of confusion on who done this. I know you all want closure. Donna had her Christianity in tact when she died. She never went to a drug house. John Adams lied. He went to the police and told them a story. He made deals and sold stuff to keep from going to prison. I left the house, and I left him there. My only act or involvement was not telling on him. John Adams is the one that killed Donna Vick. I took a polygraph and passed. John Adams never volunteered to take one. I have done everything in my power. Donna Vick helped me; she took me off the street. I was a truck driver; my CDL was still active. Donna gave me everything I could ask for. I helped her around the yard. I helped her around the house. She asked if there were anyone else to help. I am a Christian myself, so I told her about John Adam. We picked him up at a dope house. I did not know he was a career criminal. When we got to the house he was jonesin for drugs. He has to go to Dallas. I was in the bathroom when he attacked. I am deaf in one ear and I thought the T.V. was up too loud. I ran in to the bedroom. By the time I came in, when I tried to help her, with first aid, it was too late. The veins were cut on her throat. He stabbed her in her heart, and that's what killed her. I told John Adams, "turn yourself in or hit the high road." I owed him a favor because he pulled someone off my back. I was in a fight downtown. Two or three days later he turned on me. I have done everything to prove my innocence. Before you is an innocent man. I love my famly. I'll be waiting on ya'll. I'm finished talking."

Monday, September 22, 2014

Monday's Missives

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    At the Putt Putt on Calmont in Funkytown. Somewhere a lawn mower man's butt is still hurting from the chewing out he received. It was odd though- he had to go out of his way to mangle that thing with a mower, so he pretty much deserved at least a chewing out.
  • Man, that picture is gigantic.
  • Two minutes never seems like a long time at all until you're cooking something in the microwave.
  • At Scarborough Fair this past season a goob using a pro consumer grade camera and sound set-up was making a nuisance of himself getting in front of the audience at the Birds Of Prey demonstration. The presenter interrupted the show to ask if he was there officially or what. The guy lied and said it was for the fair. What a putz. He was lead away a few minutes later by an employee.
  • The Whole Hog Exploring the Extraordinary Potential of Pigs- what I'm reading (06/28/2014).
  • Top Secret!- what I'm watching.
  • In the days of my ute there was a miniature golf golf course on 51 North that was built by a resident of Decatur out of various scrap materials. I recall a tractor tire that was cut to form a loop that you would drive the ball through. I think you paid by dropping money in a jar. It was past the armory on the right.
  • I have never heard anybody correctly pronounce the Ye as in- Ye Olde... The Y is not our Y. It is a symbol that sounds like, Th.
  • Although the M1 Garand was miles away better, the British and German bolt action rifles of WWII were ridiculously good weapons.
    Note I left above the dishwasher
  • People who like to sound well informed prattle on about how ineffective torture is to get information out of people. They'll say, The person will say anything to get the pain to stop! True they will say just about anything- even the truth.
  • The US is considering signing on to a ban of the manufacture and use of landmines. Bad, dumb move.
  • Your life will be worth less than a truckload of rats in a used tampon factory! Line from Top Secret! I intend to use at my earliest possible opportunity.

    Penny smashed by vendor at Ren Fair. They handed them out from the parade. Zac scored this one. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Draft Clean Up Dregs

I took this cloud picture personally but not while doing a barrel roll in a De Havilland Tiger Moth as it sort of appears.

  • I've put a Dread Zeppelin video or two up here. They are usually known as a Led Zeppelin cover band who use a Reggae beat and the lead singer is an Elvis impersonator named Tort Elvis- yeah I know, awesome huh? Anyway, here they are with a rendition of Heartbreaker that kinda devolves into Heartbreak Hotel that.... If you're not down with this I'm afraid you can't be my special friend anymore.
  • Zac and big brother are both taking music lessons this summer.
  • Groan, I may as well cross one off my life list and make a concerted effort to learn a string instrument as well.
  • Was already planning on getting SCUBA certified. Yes, if you've read some long ago posts I've spent untold hours diving- most solo and have never been certified.
  • Dumb.
  • We have a little city operated water park in town that Zac and I hit today for the first time. The water was too cold for me, but he had a blast. It was about a billion degrees out there- I was seeing spots by the time we left.
  • Although we do eat a lot of rich foods we also eat lots of fruits I hope my children and others that stay around here never forget that.
  • I have no idea how many trees I've planted in my lifetime already.

Ty Segall Band


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Solve All The Problems In The Middle East

  •  There are hundreds of nominally American people fighting for ISIS in Iraq and Syria and published estimates are there may be up to 20,000 jihadis there in total. One, there is of course no way to know for sure that number is correct although educated inferences can be made and two, there is no way there is anything less than 50,000 and it would not be a hard sell to convince me the number is somewhere well North of that.
  • Americans oddly presume anytime there is something called an uprising it is just that- a rising up of the people against a government that must be real bad if the people want it overthrown.
  • Our government in these situations also oddly presumes not only can we know the hearts of groups involved- we can discern which ones are moderate. 
  •  The first problem with that is defining moderate. 
  • We aren't dumb but we let our emotions, politics and preconceived notions of what makes people tick define policy in really bizarre and if nothing else, naive ways.
  • Interestingly, our involvement in Syria might be the first time we actually fought in the Middle East with oil as if not the core of the issue- it will be way WAY up there as an important reason to intervene as the insurgents are making millions of dollars a day off oil revenue.  
  •  My knowledge of the world is far from encyclopedic but you would be hard pressed to find somebody who at least tries as hard as I do to be well informed and I had literally never heard or read anything about the brutality of the Assad regime until our politicians, agitators and the insurgents themselves began referring to it as a, "brutal regime" as if it was a forgone conclusion it is true and common knowledge that the Syrian government is the worst in the world.
  • The only way the US could win in Syria and Iraq would involve casualties- a lot of them and tons of civilian deaths  It would involve lots of air power and arty support to be sure but also thousands of troops operating more/less independently from dedicated bases, close cooperation between our men, disparate irregular fighters and Assad's and Iraqi troops and most of all- a willingness to die that most of our guys do not truly possess. These troops would also have to operate in very austere conditions in units small and large that aside from some reserves and logistical support would have to operate independently and of their own initiative so often to be effective that instead of being termed independent- isolated would be more correct. In short, we would not be thinking Iraq verses USA in 1991 the correct analogy would be Wehrmacht verses Russia at Stalingrad 1943.
  • Many- many of our guys would be captured and murdered. This would strengthen our resolve and desire to see the fight through to the end- right?! Nah, we would lose our nerve quick and there would calls to withdraw before we ever really got started.
  • The financial costs would be astronomical. For example, as of this writing, (08/29/2014) the ops which our air assets are engaging in are costing our treasury 7.5 million dollars a day. The strikes have have barely slowed ISIS and are known- without argument by any involved to not be a means to an end there without ground troop involvement.