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Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
March 03, 2019, 12:41:59 PM
And more on rain........

We just had another storm move through yesterday.  Another is predicted for three or four days next week.  This is of course the big news story around here.

Which brings me to another thing.  We have eight local television stations here.  There is no lack of news on TV at any time.  Well, except between 2 and 3 in the afternoon which is ok because that is naptime.  The reason I bring this up.........

I am usually awake by 6AM partly because I go to sleep around 10PM so I get my eight hours and partly because the dog is pawing at me to get up on the bed so he can cuddle and sleep between my legs.  So I turn on the TV and go to my favorite news channel.  The people on this channel do report the serious news but tend to be a happier set of personalities that like to joke around and the reporters in the field found do-gooder things to report on.  For the most part they are.......well acting like idiots always giggling and laughing.  Why do I watch this channel you ask?  The weather reporter is a beautiful young woman.  But I digress.  Idiotic......There is something today on the internet about throwing slices of cheese onto babies faces.  This is is going viral because of the reaction of the babies faces. So this morning the three people are throwing slices of cheese at each other.  The purpose is to see if they can get the cheese to stick to each others face.  It didn't stick to the weather girls face.  Just too beautiful I guess. (sigh)

Another thing about this group.  There used to be a anchor who was quite entertaining to some.  Two months ago he died.  He was found midday in a motel room dead from an over dose.  Later it was found he overdosed from Meth.  Sad.  I didn't really thing he was all that entertaining but the others loved him.  After he died the others tried to make him sound like a saint citing his various projects like finding good restaurants in town and toy drives for kids.  I had a problem with this.  It is true he did a few good things but to glorify him as much as they, the man was on drugs and it killed him and that is terrible.

Sunday morning thoughts. 


Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
March 01, 2019, 12:27:24 PM
I have mentioned in the past, often, about the rain in SoCal.  For many years we had less than the average which is about 15 inches a year.  This year we have already hit the 15 inch mark and the rain season is not over.  Rainfall is measured from July 1 through June 30.  We don't usually see much rain after April.  We have been in a drought condition for many years.  Now they are saying the drought is over and there are still storms in the forecast for this weekend and next week.  The Sierra Nevada snowpack which is a source of water for us is higher than usual.  Some local ski resorts here have announced they will stay open far longer than usual.  Just so you know.

Softball is starting up for our grandchildren.  Hopefully I will get to go to a game this year.  In the past I use to go to all their games.  Then my health declined enough to make it difficult to go anywhere.  But things are seemingly to get better and I may be able to go. 

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
February 25, 2019, 12:01:23 PM
Yesterday we got around to celebrating my wife's birthday.  It actually occurred last Sunday but due to a few conflicts with our grandchildren's sports schedules it had to be postponed until yesterday.  This is not something new with my family.  Over the years we have celebrated birthdays and holidays whenever it was convenient for all. 

However............she turned 70.  Which is depressing and then no outright mention of a dinner and presents made her an unhappy person to be around.  So yesterday was a great relief to all of us to finally acknowledge her birthday to make her happy and taking the heat off the rest of us.  I know not funny but I am laughing inside.

My son made reservations at a Japanese restaurant one of those Benihana type places where we all sit around a hot cooking surface and watch the chef go through some humorous antics while cooking our dinner.  The food was good and our grandchildren showered her with pictures they had drawn related to turning 70.  She received cards from all of us and the restaurant employees did a little celebration for her. 

After suffering a week of hurt feelings mostly directed at me I was able to give her a present which I had struggled to keep secret all week.  My daughter-in-law had found a nice expensive bracelet from Tiffanys and I was forgiven for the time being.  I thank God for my daughter-in-law for having good taste and the ability to make my life easier.

Life is good.

A big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to you.  Have a great day.

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
January 31, 2019, 02:20:52 PM
Many times in the past I have mentioned the rain in this area.  Storms come in and are gone in day or so.  Then there are times when the storms stack up and this week we are getting three in a row.  One started today.  Another comes in on Friday night and the third will come in on Saturday night or Sunday.  These are an irritation for some and a worrisome situation for those in the hillsides and the recent burn areas.  For me it is a great excuse to lay back and enjoy the day.

Meaning..........two weeks a go I had an eye doctor appointment scheduled but it began to rain very hard and I rescheduled it for today.  Then today it started to rain and I canceled and rescheduled for two weeks from today.  I justify this because the TV guy says "If you don't have to go out, don't."  Good enough for me.  The appointment is not that important.

Adding to this.........again mentioning that the puppy is not used to thunder.  Hilarious.  He is currently hiding in a bedroom. 

That memory fails me as I thought about my summers in Howard baling hay.  I can't honestly remember there being very many rain storms then.  I do remember that we had to wait for the dew to dry before we could work.

I do feel sorry for those in the Midwest today.  My wife has a cousin living near Chicago who sent us pictures of the 18 plus inches of snow at her house.  The temperatures are miserable.  One report of minus 17 degrees yesterday.

I will just be happy with a little rain as I sit in my chair with my electric throw, a big screen TV and a lap dog when he comes out of hiding...........maybe some popcorn........


Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
January 22, 2019, 07:18:28 PM
This is just too  much.......

Binging on a action paced show where a woman gets  kidnapped and is seen lying on a bed with her hands bound in front of her but not her feet.  She has a blindfold on but doesn't seem to be able to pull it down even though it is easy enough to do so.  Doesn't seem to be able to get up even though she is able to walk.  The writers must think the viewers are idiots.  The hero cuts the power to the building in order to sneak in and when he finds the woman she is in a well lit room while the rest of the building is dark.  Dumb.

Yet I still watch..........


Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
January 18, 2019, 01:52:42 PM
Ahhhh, living in SoCal never ceases to amaze me.

One of the highlights of living here in such a huge urban area is the ultimate view of a high speed chase.  High speed chases are considered the most important thing happening.  Local TV stations will always show the chase in lieu of anything else happening in the world with the exception of maybe a natural disaster.  They will interrupt any other news so that we can follow some idiot trying to get away from a dozen or more police cars and maybe two helicopters from various departments.  They are so important that when they happen my wife and I will holler at each other that a chase is one if we are in two different rooms watching TV.  In addition to all these police are the TV news copters following along with the same play by play that you get at a sporting event.  Many chases end in collisions either solo or with other vehicles.  Some end quickly leaving the viewer with a sense of disappointment  that it didn't last longer.  Some chases can last hours.  Sometimes it is just the driver and sometimes there are others in the car.  Recently there was one that slowed long enough for a woman to jump out and casually start walking down the sidewalk.  The cops weren't fooled and she was arrested.  Then again the car slowed and another woman jumped from the back seat but was hit by the door of the car and was injured.  Today's chase involved someone that was suspected of burglary.  It went on for about thirty minutes before the driver took the exit off the freeway and tried to pass a truck on the right and got jammed between the truck and the guard rail tearing the outer shell of the driver side door off.  He was quickly surrounded and had to crawl out through the window.  Another guy then came out  the window and then a woman crawled out the window.  A rare few of these people actually get away.  There was a chase yesterday where the car stopped in a residential neighborhood and five guys jumped out and ran in different directions but there were many officers around and all were caught.  I have seen those when a police dog was involved leaping through an open window and attacking.  Dogs have been also used to track down someone who bailed and was hiding.

Living here can be so entertaining.  A really good day is when there is more than one chase! ;D

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
January 17, 2019, 11:56:53 AM
And more about the rain.......

I have mentioned in the past that rain is usually in the months of January and February.  Mostly it is one storm that comes in one day and is gone by the next.  Again as I have said it is usually a soft rain.  However with the recent wildfire damage storms can be devastating to those who live in those areas.  This week will be particularly rough as there is a series of storms coming in with heavy rain.  I do not live in a flood area nor a burn area so there is little concern. 

I bring this up because I had scheduled an eye doctor appointment for today.  I called and rescheduled it because it is too hard for us to make the trip in the rain.  Being limited in mobility and the heavy rain keeps me home where it is dry and warm.  Also we had scheduled an appointment with the mobile dog groomer to give a haircut for the dog.  She called and said she was having trouble getting her dog grooming rig to start and might just send someone to take him to her for his haircut. 

So everything that was supposed to happen today isn't going to happen.

Staying high and dry.

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
January 15, 2019, 12:02:28 PM
Ah my dear sweet cousin Deb...............I appreciate your comments.  They are not really necessary as we are related and your flattery is not needed for me to appreciate you.  I do indeed intend to take care of myself, probably my wife, the dog maybe.  The brat is not responding to training as far as housebreaking.  This week will slow that down because rain is predicted all week.  And while he doesn't mind the rain I don't want a wet dog trying to get on my lap.  If he was human he would be diagnosed with ACHD.  He can be so loving one minute and tearing things up the next.  Oh well he will get better with time. 

Why don't you tell Carl that you would like a break once a week just to be with him and enjoy a nice time out.  Tell him that a night out would be relaxing and relieve some stress by not having to worry about things for a few hours and enjoy what you have.  If nothing else trying something new or different would be great.

That said.....going out once a week was my wife's idea and a good one.  However I have been married to this person for over forty years.  I know her well and I predict that after a while she will tire of going out and tell me at some point she doesn't feel like going out to dinner.  I hope not but it is inevitable.  If she were a dog she would be hard to train because she can be loving one minute and highly irritable the next. ;D

I remain optimistic though.

Just kidding.

Miscellaneous / Re: Observations
January 11, 2019, 11:28:22 AM
Following through on our commitment to eating out more often......

Last night we went to Marie Calendars.  We had not been there in many years,  it's not like it is far away.  In fact it is only about four miles away.  We expected it to be crowded but it wasn't.  We were seated right away and told our server would be with us shortly.  Twenty minutes later he showed up.  We ordered our dinners after hearing his apologies for being slow.  My dinner, meatloaf and potatoes, tasted not so good and I decided to not eat more than half of it.  I didn't even ask for a box to take it home.  We did order two pieces of pie to take home.  Upon leaving it hit us that the reason we hadn't been there for a while was because the last time we were there many years ago the service was bad and the food so-so.  Live and learn.  Plus I was reminded how old I was when I ask the waiter if they still had Black Bottom Pie as it was not on the pie menu.  He had never heard of it.  So two weeks in a row I have learned not to ask about things that I remember to someone who was probably not born then.

However we did have a good time just going out for dinner.

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