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Miscellaneous / Re: another slice of wry
July 16, 2019, 04:57:59 PM
 An elderly couple were having an argument.  Both were disabled somewhat with the woman in her bedroom and the man in his.  They are communicating by cell phone rather than yelling at each other.  After a while the man gets tired and wants to go to sleep.  So he tells his wife he is hanging up and going to sleep.  But she is not done and keeps calling him back.  Finally he says he is going to go to her room and take her phone away.  But she persists and then goes in his room and takes his phone because he had threatened to take hers.  At first he resisted and then..........


He realizes if she has his phone she can't call him and argue!!!!!!!!!!!

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
July 06, 2019, 03:24:46 PM
Shake, rattle and roll!!!!!!!!  The one on Thursday morning was called a earthquake at the time.  After last night's 7.1 it is being called a fore shock!  The one on Thursday I barely noticed.  The one last night got my attention.  I had installed ceiling fans in all the rooms in this house.  Where I sit in the living room is close to but not directly under a ceiling fan.  When we have a quake I look immediately at the pull chains on the fan and see if they are moving.  Last night I didn't have to look.  I heard the house make a creaking noise and felt the rolling motion.  The pull chains were swaying back and forth. 

Quakes are measured on the Richter scale.  Thursday was measured at 6.4.  Last night it was a 7.1.  That means last nights was almost ten times stronger than Thursdays. 

On the bright side the A/C company came yesterday and put in the new A/C and we are cool now.


Miscellaneous / Re: another slice of wry
July 05, 2019, 03:12:45 PM
Recently my five year old grandson became hooked on one liners.........Some of which you have to think about........

Two men walk into a bar.....the third one ducks.
Why couldn't the bike stand up?  Ir was too tired.
I have only been wrong once but that was when I thought I was wrong.
Don't you just hate it when someone answers their own questions?  I do.
I was watching a dog chasing his tail.  I thought "Dogs are easily amused."  Then I realized I was watching a dog chasing his tail.
A duck walks into a pharmacy and picks up a prescription.  The pharmacist asked "How are you going to pay for this?"  The duck says, "Put it on my bill."

Oh well.

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
July 05, 2019, 02:50:26 PM
Here in SoCal, more specifically Los Angeles County, there are area that are known as "county islands".  These are areas that have not been annexed by a nearby city.  It is still a big suburban area.  When I moved in here in 1975 this was in one of those county islands.  A year or so later this area was annexed by the city of Covina.  At that time that was important as we went from County Fire and Sheriff Services to City services.  Over the years this has changed back and forth from one to the other as far as these services go.  When we bought our house we noticed the rail road tracks running through the neighborhood.  The Realtor assured us that the tracks were no longer in use.  This too changed when the local transit system decided to use those tracks for the Metrolink train service.  This is not a problem for us as we are a block away from the tracks.  I say all this to set you up for the following.......

First, fireworks are illegal in the City of Covina.  They are allowed in the county area.  Just across the tracks there is a guy who lives a one of those county areas and spent a small fortune on fireworks.  He began setting a few off every evening about three weeks ago and ended with a fireworks display last night that rivaled any commercial show around.  I can't imagine the thousands of dollars he spent just on fireworks.

Then we had the excitement of a magnitude 6.4 earthquake about 150 miles or so from us.  That size will shake you pretty good if you live near the epicenter.  For us the house made a small creaking noise and I felt my chair shake a little. 

And last Friday our central air system decided it was just too hot of a day to actually work.  I called on Monday to my favorite A/C company and they came right out.  After inspecting our nearly 20 year old system they determined it was dead and we needed a new one.  This is the second air conditioner we have had in a period of 44 years.  The first one we got cost about $4000 and this one will run about $8000 and is being installed as I sit here.  They say you can learn something new every day.  As we stood at the front door we watched the truck with the crane back into our driveway.  The operator began putting out stabilizing jacks by the front tires and back tires.  Once he did that he raised the truck about 8 inches off the ground.  At this point we asked why they did that and we were told that the crane itself plus the weight of the new A/C unit would tip the truck over.

So I learned something new today.  They say we will have cooling by mid-afternoon. 


And our son and family began a two week vacation today by leaving a car parked here at our house.  They are off to Chicago for a business meeting and then renting a car and driving to Cleveland to attend the All Star Game, on to Cooperstown New York to visit the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame.  A stop at Niagara Falls and onto Maine where there is a company that is involved with one of his clients.  Back to Boston and a flight home.  I envy him.

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
June 15, 2019, 10:57:19 AM
I have been lax in reading and posting lately.  However, on my favorite subject of car chases, there was one Thursday night.  This took place in a mobile home place in El Monte not far from me.  I watched as this guy drove up and down the streets of a huge mobile home park.  The cops weren't chasing him as he just drove in circles around the park.  After a while it occurred to me that the cops probably had sealed off any entrances.  At three different places spike strips were put our and he ran over them.  Spike strips are designed to flatten the tires.  But he kept going.  How did it end?

One front tire eventually came off the rim and he stopped and was arrested.

On another subject.......Father's Day.  I have never wanted to celebrate that day.  I am a good father and grandfather.  When my family gets together to celebrate a birthday or holiday I look at all of them and say to myself "None of you would exist if it wasn't for me."  I am very proud of that.  That pride is all I need to feel important as a father.  Yesterday my daughter called to ask what I wanted to do for Father's Day.  I told her that I didn't consider it important enough to go out to dinner or celebrate in any way.  She said to me........"None of us would exist if it wasn't for you." 

Smart kid.

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
April 20, 2019, 02:31:16 PM
You often hear good news stories how someone helps another person out of the goodness of their heart.  Here is mine.

After 16 days of hospitals and rehab I had grown a lot of hair both on my head and on my face.  I was looking pretty scruffy.  One of the attendants in rehab had made a couple of efforts to shave me but only on my cheeks giving a goatee of sorts.  After almost two months without a decent shave my wife made an appointment with my barber warning him that I was a mess.  That was last Monday.  However, my respiratory problems were bad that day and I had to cancel and reschedule for Thursday.  So I was able to get there and he cleaned me up pretty good.  As we were ready to leave my wife handed some money to the barber and he said it was already taken care of.  We asked him to explain and he said another customer saw us and we reminded him on his parents and he anonymously paid for my haircut and shave!!!!!

So I have heard these stories of others helping people but it has not really happened to me.

I am thankful and grateful to that person.

So sad.  Rest in peace Frank you will be missed.
Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
April 06, 2019, 02:37:35 PM
More about pursuits.....On Wednesday and Thursday I heard of at least four.  I think this might be a record.  I saw maybe two of them.  Rarely does one of these being chased get away but Thursday night the police were chasing a guy from downtown LA through the eastern part of the county to Orange county where he exited the freeway and got back on going the other way and went back to downtown LA.  At one point because of this guys speed and erratic driving the police backed off and relied on the helicopters to keep track of where this guy was.  However, when you are in downtown LA there are a lot of high rises which inhibits the view of the helicopters.  AND THEY LOST HIM!!! 

As mentioned some of these end peacefully in which the guy just gives up or runs out of gas.  Unfortunately one of the four was a utility truck which was involved in several accidents and in the end t-boned a car.  The truck was disabled and the driver arrested but it took almost an hour for the fire department to get the driver out of the car.  They basically had to cut the car in pieces to get the driver out.  Thankfully she survived although in serious condition.

So four chases in two days.  As one newsman from a news helicopter put it maybe it seemed a lot because they all happened during a time when the time when the news cycle was on and the helicopters were up.

Living in LA is exciting.
Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
March 25, 2019, 12:29:16 PM
Good morning Deb.  i can emphasize with Carl.  Today is the first day back from rehab for a broken femur.  I tripped over the dog while unloading the dishwasher and falling on the floor.  My wife was away picking up the granddaughters from school.  Fortunately I had stuck my phone in my pocket.  So I called her and she and I decided that the fall was much worse than we thought.  So the paramedics were called and I was off to the hospital.  I have mentioned in the past about how they take you to the nearest ER and then after a few hours of tests and x-rays they send you to the Kaiser hospital which is where we have insurance with.  After a few hours of tests and x-rays they give you a room.  That was on March 8.  On Saturday the 9th the doctor operated on my leg and on Monday the 11th I was sent to a local rehab/nursing home.  At Kaiser I had a private room with a nice TV although no cable.  At the rehab there was two of us in the room and a small 20 inch tv high up on a shelf. There was only the curtain between us.  Now my rooomie was a 83 year old Hispanic man who was deaf in one ear.  The sound on the tv was left off as he couldn't hear it anyway.  The first few nights he had a lot of problems calling out for help.  He was unable to remember to use his call button which made me use mine to get someone to come.  He had managed to develop some sort of rash which was painful and made him scream when they were treating it.  The last few days I was there he seemed to get much better and we could both get some sleep.

My day there consisted of being woken at 6:30.  The nurse got me cleaned up and dressed and moved to the wheelchair next to my bed.  Breakfast was served and then off to physical therapy for a hour then lunch and gratefully back into bed for the rest of the day.  Because of my gluten free diet the food was hard for the kitchen to figure out what to give me.  Toward the end they got it down. 

My son had downloaded HULU on my phone so I was able to keep up with my shows that I watch and I downloaded a music service so I could listen to music.  This was helpful during the night when my roomie was moaning and hollering.  I had earbugs and could crank up the sound to drown him out.

Now I am back in my own bed and enjoying my wife's cooking and everything is okay.  My wife had been the one to get the dog and she became disenchanted with him over the last few months and wanted to give him away.  Tripping me was the last straw and she gave him to a nice family who wanted him. 

It has been a fun two weeks and I have a long road to go now to gain full recovery but it is oh so nice to be home.

I have lots of computer stuff to catch up on. 

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
March 05, 2019, 12:06:59 PM
How funny is this.......I logged on a while ago to comment on one of our favorite things......a high speed pursuit from last night.  This is like watching a favorite sports thing but doesn't usually last very long and can have a dramatic ending or not.  Last night the police were chasing a guy in a stolen car and he had a head on collision with one car and then t-boned a van a few minutes later but kept on going.  He cut off a guy in a black pickup which caused some road rage on the part of the driver of the pickup.  The pickup driver began following the stolen car.  Just before the road rage thing the police had backed off due to the bad driving of the stolen car.  The black pickup continued to follow behind cutting in and out of traffic lanes.  At one point it looked like he was going to try and crash into the car.  Then he got in front of him trying to slow him down.  At this point the police joined back in and the whole thing came to a stop with the police arresting the driver of the car.  After the stop the pickup left the scene but the police pulled him over a few blocks away and arrested him.  You never see a civilian trying to stop a chase suspect so that this one was different. 

Now on the news this morning we were told that after all this the driver of the pickup was released with no charges filed.

What is funny is that when I logged on to the Forum this morning I hear on the TV............A chase is on.  I called my wife so she will know to change to the right channel.  This one was another stolen van driven by a woman.  The police did a pit maneuver causing her to spin out and crash into another car.  She gave up and she was arrested. 

What a way to start the day.

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