Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. A stroke victim may suffer permanent brain damage when people fail to recognize what's happening. Now, doctors say any bystander can recognize a stroke, simply by asking three questions:
* ask the individual to smile.
* ask him or her to raise both arms.
* ask the person to speak a simple sentence.
If he or she has trouble with any of these tasks, call 911 immediately, and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher. Researchers are urging the general public to learn to ask these three questions quickly, to someone they suspect of having a stroke. Widespread use of this test could result in prompt diagnosis and treatment of a stroke, and prevent permanent brain damage.
The warning signs of a stroke are:
* Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body.
* Sudden confusion, trouble speaking, or understanding.
* Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
* Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination.
* Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
In my opinion, that was the greatest game since the overtime win against Memphis. K-State fans rocked the temple of Doom all day and the Purple Pride team came ready to play. I have no idea how many times the lead changed hands or who led the teams in scoring. All I know is that when it was needed, Pullen and Collins both gave their fans what they wanted. There near the end of the game, to see Aldrich stay on the floor with 4 fouls amazed me. Great teams, great coaches and a great atmosphere made for almost three hours of fun. The only thing that would make it better would have been another case of laryngitis by Dick Vital. Digger Phelps was there for the game day activities but not the game coverage-What the hell? Dick Vital is the most obnoxious commentator on TV. He would talk about the most inane things during the game. I know he is there because he provided color to the game but in my opinion the color is often so far from what is happening in the game it is not funny. At one time he started to list the names of all the players on both teams. Perhaps the ESPN fans didn't know their names but we sure as hell did.
Yesterday morning we awoke to find about a 3/4 of an inch of snow on the ground. All day the temperature worked its way up to just reach 32 at about 4 PM. Where the sun shined on the ground, the snow melted. Where it didn't, the snow is still there. This is typical of the winters in Kansas. Sometime in February or early March we will get one more good snow of several inches. It will last about three days and the daytime temperatures will start their climb into the daytime highs of 50. By the time it reaches 60 for the average, people will be without coats and the kids will be in shorts waiting for the bus in the morning. If you look real hard, there are a few patches of green where the snow covered the ground for most of the first half of January. By mid march green will start to show and by St Paddy's day we will have some flowers here and there.
One lone fat squirrel has shown up this morning to eat all the sunflower seeds out of the mix I put down for the juncos. I'm sure that they will also eat the cracked corn and leave the mullet and milo for the juncos. About a month ago, a sharp shinned hawk started to show up about once each day to pick off a bird out eating here at Rabbit Run. I was watching one day and he caught a squirrel when I jumped up to get the camera, he let it go and took off. A couple of days later, the cat had caught a squirrel and I assumed it was the same one slowed down by injuries. Now as I watch, there is a squirrel that comes down to eat and can't stand up straight and as he eats he leans far to the right until he falls down. I call him Richard Nixon.
My motto is to be sure that I can still laugh at as much as I can. Without joy, sadness is wasted. With out hate, pride is wasted. With beer, everyone (except Barbara and I) can get wasted.
From Grissy's Owner - There should be a term limit of 2 for all politicians. First one in office and the second in prison.
NRA - Never Re-elect anyone!
I am sure that getting elected to any office causes brain damage. The never seem to remember what they promised during the election.
If it costs so much to live in Washington D.C., how come most people sent there come home a lot richer than when they went there?
Here in the rest of the USA, Income must be greater than outgo. I Washington, not so much. I would like for you to google the national Debt and see what has happened over the years. Even when under Clinton when they had a balanced budget (once?) nothing happened to the debt. Like that fairy Tale nose or that vine when the magic beans were planted, IT GROWS, IT GROWS, and IT GROWS.
Perhaps Dave Ramsey needs to be appointed to secretary of the treasury. Baby step 1, spend less. Baby step 2, sunset all laws. Baby step 3, put everyone on a budget unless they earn their own money. Baby step 4, Cut Taxes and see if the economy grows to offset the revenue lost. If step 4 works (no reason to think it won't) do it again. Step 5, If not, raise taxes. Step 6, Pay off the National Debt in 15 years. Step 7, Make all politicians promise to never let it happen again.
Perhaps it is preparing for the battle on the KAW later on today that put me in a fighting mood.
For the record, the picture of my better half above was "photoshopped." The picture of her on the trike was taken in a park in Twin falls, ID and the background was our woods here at Rabbit Run. To me, it is an analogy of her. She is not any one thing, but a compilation of everything she does. She can walk into the strangest place and see the beauty. Most often, she takes a picture of things and while I do not understand her system can go back and find them on her computer. As she fills a card with pictures in her camera, she will only download certain ones and runs them through Photoshop@ as she stores them. Each year she puts selected photos on a calendar for her mother. She makes a different one for my mother. For people that don't understand, that's why you see Barb with a camera at all of the family gatherings - a lot. My system is to download them all and only run them through photoshop if I plan to use them on this blog. A small JPEG picture loads a lot faster than one stored right off the camera in a RAW (What the camera sees) format.
I hear that south of here there is a winter storm blowing up out of the southwest and coating a lot of Oklahoma with ice and snow. We have the lightest dusting of snow here. I am glad it is this weekend as next weekend we will be headed down to Austin, TX to see the JayHawks take on Texas in roundball. We will get to see KU vs KSU this weekend and hope that the hawks can take on and win against both teams. It really wasn't fair that in the pre-season the hawks were ranked number one against a bunch of teams that were only good teams. Now that we are in the BIG XII season they will have to take their game on the road and win against some darned good teams. In all of the pre-season games only one BIG XII team lost one home game. That has to say something about how hard teams work to defend their home court. KU has the nations record at 53 home wins in a row. There is something about entering the "Fog Allen Field House" and seeing all those banners. Not to mention the pregame video showing the Champions in action. At Halftime of the Baylor game, they brought out all the athletes that are on the honor roll. They darned near filled the floor and the women's golf team were in the middle with the highest GPA of any team.
The birds are working the feeder over pretty heavy this morning. I am going to have to make a run to Wally world to buy suet blocks and dog food. 'Cides, I will need to get out and "blow the stink off" as my dad would say. Some of his old Navy sayings were often hollered. "All Hands on Deck" was his wake up call. "Grab your socks and drop your......" No, better not go there.
From time to time, I might say things about my wife in jest, but after 42 years she is truly my best friend. For every folly I have wanted to chase, she has found a way to keep us on track. For every mistake I have made, she has found a way to smile and hug me anyway. Barb has a way to see through the wants and point out the needs.
When I see her, I want to share a hug and give her a kiss when I leave. When we get out of the car, I like to hold her hand. She listens to my endless stories and ideas. I hope your best friend is all those things for you.
Earlier I forgot to say that from the first moment I saw her she was the most beautiful person I could ever want.
Go to: http://prairieair.blogspot.com/ to see a great blog from Jenni down there by Douglas Kansas.
8 TV Shows I Watch
2. Law and Order
3. Phillips 66 basketball
6. About anything on the Military Channel
7. Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
8. KU games on the JayHawk network when not on number 3.
8 Favorite Places to Eat and Drink
1. Anywhere with Dave and Da' Barbs.
2. Jason's Deli
3. Texas Roadhouse
4. Famous Dave's BBQ
5. Margaritas in the Market Garden in San Antonio
6. Rusty pelican in Austin, TX
7. Club 93 Restaurant, with the in-laws, in Jackpot NV.
8. Star Hotel in Elko, NV.
8 Things I Look Forward To:
1. A hug and a kiss from Barb.
2. Traveling about anywhere with Barb
3. seeing my kids grow up, strong, confident, happy
4. Seeing how big the checking account balance will get before Barb notices.
5. traveling more
6. My 45th Reunion this fall.
7. Seeing our parents, you never know when that will stop.
8. New Books by one of my favorite authors.
8 Things I Love About Winter:
1. The birds at the feeder on the back porch
2. Barb's pictures of snow and all things winter.
3. no mosquitoes, no flies
4. Basketball season through March.
5. A Little snow, not the 27 inches that stays for three weeks.
7. homemade soups
8. the way red tailed hawks swooping over snowy fields. And all the hawks we notice on our way down US 75.
8 Things On My Wish List:
1. Win the Lottery.
2. A bunch of the stuff I own will organize its self.
3. photography class
4. Travel to a Exploritas class, anywhere.
5. Laughter from the Moslem's as they realize fighting is stupid
6. A new garage or storage building
7. The Valley Brook House sells
8. a vegetable garden with lots of stuff to eat.
8 Things I Am Passionate About Important to Me
1. Laughter from Children
2. my wife
3. Dave and Barbara
5. Helping Dave and his wife enjoy their life
6. trying to do what is right
7. Blogging. face book - not so much
8. Meeting new people in new places.
8 Things I Have Learned From the Past
1. A good plan well executed is better than the best plan poorly executed.
2. There are times when I don't have a plan. I enjoy going a different way from time to time.
3. Change should incorporate new technology and be cheaper not more expensive.
4. There are times that change will hurt if you really care and things don't work out the way you hopped.
5. Plans often last until the first bullet flies.
6. Do your best when given the opportunity to lead. That is often better than the other guy did.
7. Setting life goals takes a little time but at least you know how you got to where you are.
8 In the long run, income must be equal to or exceed outgo. I think you need to throw in some savings and charitable giving also.
8 Things I Want/Need
1. This is tough, I have everything I need and almost everything I want.
2. A helper to finish all the projects I have started.
3. That new NIKON Camera for Barb (So I can get my D70 back full time)
4. jeans that don't expose my backside when I bend over. Say no to crack.
5. Great new food ideas
6. to travel more
7. Work on some Solar/Green stuff for all my houses.
8. For barb to continue to be happy with her green thumb, her photography and above all me.
I won't challenge anyone else to do this. Copy the format it you would like to see where you go with it. If not, read and enjoy
For a basketball fan, this has been a pretty good week. I got to see the Hawks play on Saturday, Monday night and last night I saw K-State and Baylor go at it. That game wasn't decided until the buzzer. Both teams played a great game and it wasn't a walk over by any means. From time to time I will watch someone else play if they are a ranked team just to get a feel for what is happening in the other leagues. One major flaw I see is the way fouls are called. In the Missouri/KU game, they allowed tackle basketball and at Baylor they darned near fouled out the entire team on both sides. Most of the other leagues are letting teams play and using the "No Blood, No Foul" rule. The calling of charging or not calling it by where the defensive player is under the basket has to have some help. They need to put a dotted line so the defensive player can tell if he is in position to stop a player driving to the basket.
We still have a road trip to Austin and to Stillwater for later on this year. I'll watch the March Madness on TV and if I want to catch games in person, I will go to our Expocentre and watch the Class V high school teams play. For a couple of dollars you can watch basketball until your eyes bleed.
My code is better but it still makes me breathe through my mouth a lot. Good thing I can I guess. Take care out there and find something you enjoy.
They were sure that you would look. Thanks to Harvey and Carolyn.
WHAT WE SEE
Today the trial of Mr Reder goes on in Wichita. The Judge did allow a reference to abortion get in yesterday when the mention of the protesters came up. It seems that during their service, a time or two people have entered the church and shouted things. The judge is holding his decision for the defense to ask for a reduced charge based on the defendant felt he needed to kill to stop a killing. I'm not sure how you could get there from here but I tend to think that if the law makes it legal, who am I to perform an illegal act to stop it. I can't get enough duct tape around my head to keep it from exploding, to really be able to process the defense of self defense.
Dave has been called to Jury Duty for the second time. I have never been called to do Jury Duty. He indicated that it is a DUI case and he was asked about DUI's. He told them that he had a cousin killed by a drunk driver but they didn't dismiss him as a juror. I'm pretty confident that Dave will look at the facts and convict the bastard. No, Dave will do the right thing. In fact, he was selected as the Jury Foreman for the first time he was called. We didn't discuss the case at all, I got what I heard second hand.
I am sitting here waiting for my morning pills to kick in. So far the squirrels seem to be sharing the porch without making that chattering noise that annoys me. I haven't seen a hawk this morning but we did have a bird crash into the window upstairs yesterday and break its neck when one buzzed the feeder. The cat was in the garage at the time and I haven't looked to see if a varmint removed that critter carcass.
Oh well, better close this as I don't seem to be going anywhere worthwhile.
With that said, please resist the good intention to limit the freedom of speech no matter how good the cause is against the speaker. We have free speech to be able to redress the wrongs of our Government at any level. We started our country with that right and have fought in several ways to defend our right to free speech. I worry that the Law of Unintended Consequences might set in if we work to quash any group.
How do you think I felt when that great unwashed mass of college students shouted "Hell No, We Won't Go!" Yes, I felt bad, but I knew that I was fighting for their right to continue to say it. When someone burns my flag does it break my heart. Hell Yes, but it is their right to protest for their cause and do so. Oh, by the way don't try to burn my flag or we will tangle but, burn yours and its OK by me.
Every time I turn a corner and there is the Phelps bunch on the corner with a sign that says, "God Hates Fags" I wince with what I consider stupid and hate speech combined. Would I let you stop that? Not for a minute. If you want to go to a Military Funeral and stand between this stupidity and the families, I will be there with you. Would I join a vigilante group meaning the Phelp's harm- NO. Yes, I want to rush over there and tear down the signs but it is their right.
The slope downhill from free speech is so steep and slippery that I don't want anyone to start down the hill and stop any part of free speech. I fear the time when a majority party tells a minority party they do not have their right to free speech for whatever reason. I wonder if I might be that minority party someday. We should all wince when Nancy Pelosi calls us Nazi's when we disagree with her. I don't advocate censoring a private citizen saying about anything but as she is the Leading Democrat she should be careful. read on and I'll tell you why.
You have read here time after time that I love my country but fear my Government. Give any government the power to start removing the rights of people and time after time they have. For the record, in Germany it was at first (1933-35) the intention to start putting the mentality incompetent people, Romani (Gypsies) and the black mulattoes in custody to preserve the purity of the Arian race. Soon thereafter they began to sterilize those members of the groups in custody and opened Dachau to hold the prisoners in custody. Homosexuals were next and fairly soon priests were declared homosexuals. They went from holding to extermination. That was how the final solution began and I don't have any ides how many people were put to death. Oh, of course not here in the USA. The KKK didn't lynch anyone with the approval of the local Sheriff. Yes, and Eisenhower didn't have to send the Active Army and federalize the Arkansas National Guard in Little Rock either. The Police in 1968 at the Detroit Democratic Convention just encouraged the protestors to go home. (With billy clubs and mass arrest)
Will free speech fall victim to the banning of hate speech and then that category get broadened until all speech is taken away? I am not laughing. I am shouting that whatever you do do not give anyone the right to start taking away any or all of our free speech. What would be next, our right to assembly as a part of free speech? Our right to bear arms? Not on my watch.
After a major natural disaster, several thousand people showed up in front of the pearly gates. Saint Peter was somewhat overwhelmed. He told all the women to stand over to the left and all the men to make two lines on the right. The first line was all the men that ruled their wives and the second line was those who had their lives ruled by women. Saint Peter took the women away and when god came out, he saw that the first line had only one man in it while the second line went on for miles. God was angered and said, " I made man in my image and only one of you was man enough to rule their own life? He patted the lone man on the back and said tell me how you ruled. The man said, " I'm not sure, my wife told me to stand in this line."
It is like that with Barb's Photos. She took many when we shot film but I think she used the camera to get close to the kids at family events. I knew Barb had an eye for art as she did some oils and watercolors that are very pretty and well done. The development of her camera work blossomed with the advent of digital cameras and lots and lots of practice. She was good with her NIKON film camera but when the NIKON D70 arrived, she flourished. We wanted to get out of town in the winter months and when she saw an Elderhostel photo class in Phoenix, we were all over it. First of all, the chance to blow out of Kansas in the winter was great and we got to go to more great places to shoot than we could have imagined. When the second class came up in Louisiana, it was the move to greatness for Barb. You will begin to know you are in the business of good photos when your new telephoto lens costs more than your camera did.
For one thing, with digital, you can shoot hundreds of photos and then pick and choose from a data base to build a great photo library. Even on the coldest days she will venture out to shoot a few frames. Then she gets to come inside, grab a cup of tea and select what she wants to save. There are many that say that running photos through Photoshop@ is not fair. To me it is like the guys in the bad old days pushing their film in the darkroom. If you can do it and it makes your pictures better, go for it. The software we use also helps prepare the pictures for whatever media presentation she decides to use to send, print or drive her art through. Barb can send pictures that would blow up to poster size and freeze your DSL carrier forever. Or as she did with the Hawk pictures make them small and send four in one message over to me and it took no time at all.
As soon as one of you are eligible, I would encourage you to send for an Exploritas (Old Elderhostel) catalog and see what kind of trips they have that will take you into whatever interests you. From the time you drive up to the hotel where you stay until you leave the enrollment covers all costs. Imagine a five day stay in a nice hotel for two, all the meals and then entertainment for $1200. There is everything from a bike trip through wine country on the west coast to woodworking with natural wood products in Massachusetts. They have many that go overseas but we haven't taken any of them - YET.
For the first time since before Christmas we have the sun shinning and no snow on the ground. I am sitting here listening to the squirrels argue over a few seeds and some corn on the back porch. I have the sunshine streaming in the window and all's well in our world.
I for one, don't care who plays football today, all I care about is that the hawks have Missouri coming in on Monday night to Allen Field House. We are in the middle of the BIG XII season and now is the fun time.
Kansas is a rectangle approximately 200 miles tall and 400 miles from East to West. Yes, the corner of the State is kind of chewed off by the Missouri River but that is no big deal. Marking the division of the eastern 1/4 of State running from Nebraska to Oklahoma is a Highway we call the "Hawk a Mile Highway. In the last couple of weeks, we have driven the entire route and noted that for almost every mile we drove, we saw a hawk either on a telephone pole, in a tree or on a fence ready to pounce on a field mouse. If that is any indication of the health of the animals and birds in our state, we are doing fairly well.
Driving down US 75, you pass the part of the State that is Indian reservations. SAC, FOX, Pottawatomie tribes were moved to NE Kansas and flourished. You pass two casinos right near US 75 and another over by Horton off the highway a few miles. At one time the reservations were a place to buy gasoline and not pay the full State Tax. That made the gas10 to 15 cents per gallon cheaper. Not so much any more. About 50 miles south of the Nebraska border, you enter the Capitol City of Topeka.
Topeka is the only State capitol city with out air service. We have a great airport but most people will drive to the airport over in Kansas City rather than fly. Other than that one minor deviation, Topeka lives like a combination of a large and small city. There are wonderful schools, a couple of great lakes and many entertainment venues. In addition to the Brown vs Board of Education Federal site, we have the Kansas Museum of Natural History, the Kansas National Guard Museum and the Combat Air Museum. Our Performing Arts Center brings a lot of acts to their downtown facility and we have a hockey team in our Expocentre. In each season, there is baseball, soccer and a major Drag strip here in Topeka.
Going South out of Topeka, you drive through the middle of lake country. Where the rivers at one time ran out of their banks and cause flooding, the feds built dams to impound water in nice fishing lakes. Pomona Lake, Melvern Lake, John Redmon Reservoir and the Wolf Creek lake also provide some excellent fishing and recreational boating. The end of the lake country is marked by seeing the Wolf Creek Nuclear Power Plant as you pass the Coffee County Airport.
My Daughter-in-Law has a saying that I just love. When one of her emotional friends says how tough things are she tells them to put on their big girl panties and deal. In the paper today there was an elementary school child found in the bathroom at his school dead from hanging. Just how many adults missed a depressed little boy and couldn't/didn't help him see that things can't be that bad on the low side of 10.
Just how bad do we really think we have it when we have money left over at the end of the month, about any fast food joint nearby and great cars. I think that it is more about happiness and the desire to smile that determines how we are. My mother is currently in a nursing home and she smiled and told us that she is determined to be as happy as she can. It is not those little moments where she doesn't have control over her bladder, it is the fact that she knows how to smile and wants to. Does she want to be helpless and not have any strength? No, she wants to smile and make the bastards wonder what she is up to.
Yesterday on our trip home from Tulsa, we spotted a Hawk a mile along US 75. I think that if the number of raptors we see is any indication of the health of the flora and fauna, thing must be pretty good. We didn't see many Hawks along US 75 up in Nebraska and probably because the snow was two feet deep and the mice were holed up deep inside their little homes. We saw at least one hawk every mile along the route home and in many cases more than that.
She was concerned about her clothes and when we checked in her closet, it appears that Laurie got her pretty much squared away.
Is it just me or is this kind of creepy to you? The little Jayhawk has his eyes on one of the KU Dancers and is sneaking up behind her.
Does anyone out there know any of the Olympic athletes that are going to compete next month? There is even a commercial about our pot smoking swimmer Mikey showing on TV. Isn't swimming a summer Olympic sport? Oh no, there is Apollo Ono the guy that skates real fast in small circles and has those funny chin whiskers. I understand less about speed skating than any other Olympic sport. I can't help but smile every time I think about my fat belly in skin tight skater gear. Those little guys look like a bunch of Corvette's getting ready and I would be a Mac Truck. (or a Volvo for those of you watching the names on trucks now days)
I just finished W.E.B. Griffin's latest book. It takes us back to the Mid WWII days and the spy efforts in Argentina. This book has let our Hero slip into the politics and how we helped Argentina avoid a Civil Way like the one that ripped Spain apart. It just introduced the character Eva Duarte Peron and how the German money helped her husband become rich and I assume famous. Juan Peron in moving from infamous to famous in the book and they have set up the next book very well. It was more of a continuation of the story like a TV series rather than a book that stands on its own. But, it is my popcorn and I'll continue to read any and all new books that the Butterworth boys write.
Our front porch kitty has been curiously absent for about three days. he is by the hour approaching a new record for time off the farm. I'm pretty sure that he is at a nearby farm visiting the ladies and most likely will show up either battle scarred or come back for some rest and recuperation. Food and a sunny spot on the south porch do wonders for rebuilding his stamina and fur. Either way, just not having him rush into the garage every time I open a door is a break for me.
Off to do some work at Valley Brooke today. Then, basketball tonight.
How about those K-Staters. They gave Texas about as much game as they could and thank god it was enough. We are planning on going to Austin to see the Texas/Kansas game in early February so it really has set up that game for a great game. Probably will be the difference between first and second or third in the BIG XII. We'll take Dave and his wife with us so they can visit our good friend Mel there in Austin. It will make for a long drive home on Tuesday but with 4 drivers we should be able to pull it off.
Today I am finishing the new W.E.B. Griffin book and this afternoon we will go over to the Valley Brook house to put together plans on the final touches. We will run a test run on the market probably soon and see how/if it sells. It really is a nice little house in the middle of the market price wise. It has a lot of potential but it might not be the best time to sell.
Oh well, write if you have time.
Where the hell would you start and of course I know where it would end. But, how could you cram it all in in a proper manner. If you write it, it obviously would contain all the highlights and if our wife(s) wrote it would they talk about the skid marks? Do you want it to be touching without being funny? Do people out there fear you, like you, hate you, envy you. Or as probably a lot of us really deep down fear, most people don't really give a shit.
I didn't write these words to be maudlin. In fact, I really wrote the above stuff to set up what I want my Wake to be like. As far as I am concerned, I really don't want a funeral service, only a wake and cremation. I want Barb to contact the Armory and see if they will make a rental for my wake. I want to be present (Like "Weekend at Bernie's") and sitting there in a chair with a beer in one hand, a pipe in the other and have any and all old Guardsmen invited. I want the have a keg of beer and at least a case of scotch. (Lots of ice and a drinking fountain nearby for those that don't like it neat - I never did) If the Armory won't let her have the booze, I would want to have a tent in the yard just to keep off the rain. The theme would be to tell stories about times in the Guard with heavy emphasis on funny Denny stories. The only time I would want crying would be when we run out of beer. There were tons of times when all I could do was laugh or cry and for the most part I chose laughter. As for my ashes, I really don't have anything I want done with them. Oh, I have some high idea about a helicopter and a fly over of the impact zone on one of the bases but the nearest garbage can will probably do just as well. There are a lot of places here on Rabbit Run and several old dogs buried here. I'm sure that they won't mind if someone scatters what's left nearby..
One additional thing we have done for several years is pay our own taxes and insurance on the house(s). We fought with the finance companies over the escrow accounts and she was never happy with them. Once we got them paid for we were our own escrow account. I think that in the past we also underpaid out taxes so we also paid come the middle of April. For those reasons, we almost always try to have a little bigger nest egg during income tax time in April and Property Tax time in May.
The one thing that has kind of thrown a wrench into the mix is that one of our renters has changed jobs in December two years in a row. He is good for the money and always pays it back but had he paid December on time I would have had 13 months rent last year. He didn't so I didn't. That does happen to be first half of property Tax time and Insurance on the house time so thank god for a little extra.
A recent discussion with Jenn covered a lot of subjects and one was that we do not feel that our kids get a good enough education in school on financial management. It is beyond me how a young couple living together would co-mingle their finances and buy cars and a house without the legal protection of marriage. When they do go their separate ways, it often leaves one or both tipped over on the value of their car and one with the house and no way get ahead for either one. Yes, I fully understand wanting a car that will get them from point A to point B often and without trouble. My rule is only one new car in a lifetime unless you win the lottery.
I hope you aren't too bored by this discussion. I know that a lot of people out there are trying to reduce their consumer debt and their weight after Christmas.
For me, it was a damn hot water heater failing and with parts it took about $600 to put it all back together. I do have a tendency to stock pile a little money up in the rental income account so this time I had enough. Throw in the Taxes last month and an insurance payment and $1,000 was about half enough. Dave Ramsey needs to rethink his guidance for the nest egg.
Danny & the team
Half Time Drummers on Painter's Buckets
Oh well, better take a cup of tea to Barb and see if she's going to sleep in or be ready to go soon.
For some reason the garmin Nuvi plugged into the charging system of the Ford caused the battery to be low enough to turn on the check engine light. The battery was about 6 years old and that was part of the problem but a new battery and unplugging the Garmin when not in use solved the problem. When tested, the code said it had to do with the electronic fuel pump not having the right current. Every thing's fine for a road trip later.
My niece, Jen is taking training for her job as a fireman. She is in Topeka this week. I took her a batch of Uncle Chuck's Chocolate Chip cookies but just missed her as she left for lunch. She has met a guy I have known for years and they have been having a good time. Tom Kilmartin's kids went to T. South and Barb knew the family. Tom went through the TeleTech training I taught and we had a good time laughing at the kids and their antics. Most old guys don't begin to understand 20 something girls. It was always a surprise to see what they would say or do. Not in a bad way, but in a way that perplexed us.
Better get this rodeo on the road north. I'll throw the puppies a little extra feed this AM and we'll be home tomorrow early.
There are times when I side on the role of mercy in our legal System and times I side on Justice. I am afraid that this is one of those Justice times. Either you are willing to do something and stand up and admit you did it or you are just another coward. In this case, I find killing a man in his church such a reprehensible act that I would apply the Mad Dog law. If more than one person saw you do it, they should take you out behind the Jail and shoot you. To now want to argue for Jury Nullification because it was a good thing is just not right.
We have free speech in this country for a reason. That is to redress the evils we find that have made it into our laws. Had this guy stood out in front of the Abortion Clinic, our court houses and Congress to oppose abortion, I would fully understand. He is allowed to keep weapons to Help defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We are not allowed to keep our weapons to kill people doing what the Law says they can.
It is not consistent with my thinking that you can kill a human being with a hand gun and not be found responsible. The same sense that makes people feel strongly about abortion should kick in when it comes to the Premeditated Murder of another. To do it in his church is just beyond the scope of all I find right.
I read that today is going to be a day where some serious melting should take place. We need it big time. In spite of all the melting, there should be piles of snow on most of the intersections for a couple of months. There is a store that is closed in California Crossing (29th and California here in Topeka) and they piled up all the snow in a large pile in front of that store. I'll bet there will be snow there until Easter.
The paper this morning had an article about "Green Projects" people have done to improve our environment and save utilities. Every year, I promise myself that I am going to do something to bring in heat or hold it in but I seem to never get a "Round Tuit". Dave's new house is right for all sorts of improvements. I guess I need a swift kick now and then to get things started.
Oh well, things to do and places to go.
I have about had it with all the political correctness out there. You find a word to use and I will try to get it right. Black, African American, colored, pick one of the damned things and I will try to get it the way you want it. I do refuse to call blacks, "Niggers" like most of the Black Entertainers do. I grew up in a neighborhood of Arkies and Oakies and that was the only word they knew to use. I have grown up to be somebody different than that influence so I chose not to use that term. I do not like what Barry Obama has done but it darn sure has nothing to do with his color.
I think that now that we have a President of Color, it is approaching the time we forget about skin color as a factor. After 30 years of serving the Military, I have seen men and women of all races come and go. Those that wanted to work hard and contribute to our programs have gone on to better things and higher ranks. Those that didn't work hard or perform only made it as far as the door. Did you notice that I didn't say anything about color? Mostly because I think green is the Army Color and It takes light green and dark green to make a proper camouflage.
Just so you will know, it is 10 degrees at 1 PM, I have a new cell phone to play with and there is Basketball on TV. That is why I am not out on the tractor pushing snow (That, and the fact it wouldn't start) I am learning new tricks and will keep you updated. Other than that, not much is happening.
I did get the tractor started and pushed a little snow. I seem to lose the chain on the right side and it is a pain to put it back on in the snow.
I am MUD, Mr Petty or Colonel when you call me the first time. I don't kiss on the first date either. (Well, I would if I could) I sure as hell won't tell you about my guns over the phone. I Love My Country, and fear my Government.
Did I mention that the front porch kitty is now the garage kitty? I have a cloth tool kit that I stuffed with an old wool shirt on a bench and the cat has made a nest in there that looks pretty good. It is a hoot that when he hears someone coming out into the garage he will put his head down and pretend to not be there. Kind of like a kid that says if I can't see you you can't see me.
Well, the calm has been broken and there are 10 juncos and a sparrow on the porch. There is a cardinal that has flown in twice but not landed. The tufted Titmouse are hanging with the sunflower seeds and not on the ground. Oops, hawk was just back and the last I saw him he was tailing a junco at a high rate of speed off into the trees. Barb showed me a picture of a sharp shinned hawk that winters south and they are reported to come into places where birds gather at feeders. 9 to 14 inches tall. That's him.
How about those Jayhawks. They twice have scared their fans with lackluster games and pulled out a win in the last minutes. Memphis and Cornell both played the Hawks close. In fact KU was behind Cornell most of the game and had Sherron Collins not pulled their fat out of the fire they would have lost. I take back any thought that Brady Morningstar wasn't needed.
Big old woodpecker eating on the suet block
In 1961, the year of the Kansas Centennial, I had a paper route. We had a record snowfall of about 27 inches in 24 hours and right in the middle of that snowfall, I fell off in a ditch that was filled with snow and about six feet deep. I immediately felt like I was buried in an avalanche and between the 50 lbs of paper around my neck and the deep snow, I had to struggle to get out. It was for some reason warmer buried in the snow than being out in the wind. I am claustrophobic and I wonder it part of that fear came from being buried in snow. It sure wasn't a fun time or a fun place to be.
The Newspaper said this morning that the warm up that was predicted for Thursday is no longer. The Jet Stream is sucking the cold air right out of Canada and bringing it here at a high rate of speed. If it wasn't so slick, I would get in the car and go south today. The Highway Department had almost 20 trucks when this started and they are down to 9. having my tractor stuck out in the snow I know the feeling.
OH well, What the hell, what the heck do we care.
This morning, I put those lovely rolls in a glass baking dish and then in the oven. About 15 minutes in the cooking process, I noticed that the rolls were cooking in a 1/2 inch of what looked like oil. I assumed that it was butter and would be absorbed back into the rolls as they ended the cooking process. I drained off at least two tablespoons of the oil and the rolls were soggy doggies. Not good or as Art would say nine ghoot (or something that sounded like that)
Anytime Barb can't eat even one, you can be sure they were bad.