Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wake up Leroy, this is going to be the worse wreck you ever saw..

Long time ago, there was a joke, about a truck driver, who was
coming down off of the Grapevine… a nickname for a mountain
in California, outside of Fresno, California.. A very very STEEP
Highway..and when you are on the down hill side of it.. it can
be pretty harrowing.  Not for the faint of heart.  And joke was
“wake up, Leroy, this is going to be the worse wreck of
your life, and you need to see this.

As we all know, tomorrow is the awakening of a new day.
A new President, a said …new Administration, A new type
of government.  And by some.. a new insanity.

So hang on to your hats, folks… this is going to be a hell of
a ride.  Which starts tomorrow, but you aren’t going to see
any real action until next week or later…

Can’t wait until January 20, 2018… so I can asked all those
diehearted Trump supporters…. SO, HOW IS THIS WORKING

OUT FOR YOU?”  

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

What is a circus?

That is a question our great grandkids will
probably be asking.   Or your grandchildren.

As I watched the new, there was a report that
Ringling Barnum Bailey Circus will have their
last show in May.  I don’t know if some of the
smaller ones will also quit or maybe they already
have.  There hasn’t been one in our area for years.
We did take our grandson to one many years ago.
I think he was about 10. He is now 26.  It wasn’t
RBBC’s circus, but it was pretty good.  The side
shows didn’t seem to be up to par, but over all good.

Myself, I have seen RBBC many times. I saw it
in R.I. as a kid a couple times. I saw it in San
Diego, twice.  I have seen the lesser ones a couple
of times.. The one we took our grandson to, is the
last one. 

It is sad that kids will not be in awe as the elephants
parade by.. or the high wire acts wobble across the
wire. Or the trapeze act is flying over head.  I find
it all sad.

I thought it was because of the PETA people who
have been after the circus for years to drop the
elephant acts out of the show, but the report said
that the people just haven’t been coming out as
much as they use to.  That kids are more into
reading their screens than they are into seeing
the trapeze artist and the animal acts.  Again…
Sad..
Just another thing that I am so happy was in my child
hood, that kids won’t get to experience.  As I was thinking
about how my great grandchildren missing out, I thought
back to my grandchildren. Which 90% of them are adults
now.. and wondered how many of them have been to a circus.

If I won the lotto, I would buy tickets to the RBBC last show
in May, for all of them.  All children should experience the
awe of the circus in their lifetime.     



Tuesday, January 17, 2017

NOT in my neighborhood

From time to time, when things happen, we
think, not in our neighborhood.
So when I was asked for a prayer from my church
for two  Bonner County Sheriff deputies who had
been shot.  My heart sank.

We all have read and saw on television stories about
police officers being shot.  Way, way, too many of
them this year.   Blue lives do matter…I think all
lives matter, but Blues are out there to protect us.
But as I have read it happening across our nation,
even in small town mid America…  I guess I was
in denial it would be here.. Here in our county.

Thank God, the wounds are not life threatening.
And both officers will be up and around soon.
The shooter as well, was shot and is going to
survive to serve his time.

Also this is a proud county, as I am sure many
others are… so the thoughts have gone to the
families…and what can the average citizen do for
those families to make their load a little less
heavy. There is talk of food trains, for the families.
then the sad thought, of how some might not be
honest with it and do more harm.. so then the
word was what about restaurant gift cards for the
family. And questioning what else can they do for
these families.


You can never say, not in my neighborhood.. 
as it can knock on your door at anytime. 

Monday, January 16, 2017

The Generations.....

Over the years I have seen label for different generations.
The one most used is the ‘BOOMER” generation.
Then came the “GENERATION X”  and then the “MILLENNIAL”  and now we have the “GENERATION Z” 
(I don’t know what happen to Generation Y…
 I’m guessing that is Millennial)

Also mention from time to time is the “GREATEST GENERATION” who are those born before 1930.  Those born from 1930 to 1945” …Well, we have been given a few names..
Traditionalist, Forgotten, radio babies, Moral Authority, the few
and even the “SILENT GENERATION.”  The silent generation,
What does that mean?  Got me. Being one of those born then, it would be nice to know. For years I thought I was a “Boomer”. But was told several years ago, by a Boomer… I was NOT a Boomer. Too old to be Boomer, she said. So what was I?  No one seemed to
know. I was too young to be “the Greatest Generation. Fact is, I wasn’t even born yet.

A lot of the generations seem to be connected to wars.
Greatest- WWI and WWII… Boomers seem to be the
Vietnam War.
Are we the silent generation because Korean War was not
considered a war?
Generation X … x because there were no wars, only squirmishes.
Millennials, of course, because they were going to be the end of
the century.

They called us the Silent generation because we were career mined and did not protest. 
I think the name , that we are the silent generation, kind of fits.
Because we don’t care anymore. We see other than a little disgust, and with our complaining and voting (which is still important, but becoming a joke national of late) nothing changes. So we have been silent.

I can remember in the 70’s when the Boomers and the Generation X were coming of  age, they thought they had all the answers.
With the motto of, don’t trust “THE MAN” .. LOVE POWER.
And etc.  Who are now full fledge adults, heading towards retirement…  I wonder with all their knowledge of the 70’s and straighten up the rest of us… how is that working for you all?
Or are you finding out, it is all the same.. before and now?
And with internet, running away with your lives.. How is that
working out for you all?


Yep, SILENT GENERATION, sounds good to me.     

Thursday, January 12, 2017

A MOUSE IN THE HOUSE!!!

Was sitting there, last night when the King jumped
up and ran to the window area.  I asked him, what
is wrong.  A MOUSE!!!  We have a mouse in the
house.   Trying not to laugh at his words, but still.
Plus for me.. there is the …. I don’t like mice, period.

So he looks thru drawers and the garage.. no mouse
trap.  We haven’t had a mouse in the house since
Rokon came to live with us 12 years ago.  But with
Rokon passing, we are catless.  Hense, a mouse in
the house. 

The man who said he wasn’t going ANYWHERE..
Put on his boots and was out the door to the store.
See we didn’t even owe a mouse trap.
He return with a standard wooden wire mouse trap.
But also a box called Tom Cat.. it looked like it would
have the mice feet stick to this thing and would be
trapped ..   He already thru the box away, otherwise
I would have a picture of it.. I don’t know where he
put that.. but I am here to tell you… if I hear a
squealing, squeaking sound.. I am going to be
long gone..  I don’t do mice, I don’t do mice
traps…. Besides I was told that you kill one mouse,
there will be 20 coming to its funeral… 

Oh, and I found TOMCAT mouse trap on line…it
looks like this..   

By the way, Misty has no interest in this mouse
either..






Wednesday, January 11, 2017

And the wind blew....

The past week has been interesting ..
weather wise.

We have had about 4 days of deep freeze.
9 for day times.. and any where from -6 to
4 above for early mornings.

Leaving us with open cabinets to sinks,
and dripping water, so we didn’t have to
have frozen pipes.  

Then the snow came once again.. leaving us
5 more inches…but also adding the wind with
it.. so there are drifts everywhere.

We have about 2 feet on the flat, about 3 feet
in the middle where the King has blowing the snow
to make a pee trail for Misty.  But out back by
the green house, there is drifts up to 4 feet tall.

Yet this is not a bad year.. this is a average year.
Those who are moaning and groaning about it
this year.. forget that just 6 or so years ago, we
had so much more.. garages, and barns were
falling in from the weight of the snow. Even
some homes roofs were falling in.
Also in 1995, there was so much.. that they
were having a hard time finding a place to
put the snow from the streets.  And it was
common to drive thru town, stopping at
ever intersection, and ease out pass the
wall of snow to see if the road was clear to
cross or pull out.  People were getting paid
$20 to $75 an hour to shove off buildings.
I worked in a nursing home, and they shoveled
it off and what was already on the ground.. the
windows were covered… I remember one family
member stumbling across the yard to get to the
window of his mother.. so he could dig out a
port hole for day light in her room and for her to
look out thru.  

One year, about 1988, we had a week
of below 0.. with the wind blowing.. one day it
was -40 degrees with wind chill factor.

Yep, this is just a regular normal average Idaho
winter.



Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The future looks like fun, but also scary....

I was watching 60 minutes on Sunday with
the King.

The second section had a story about A.I.
That is for Artificial Intelligent.  And it was
interesting.  The WOW factor.  They start
out with the little tiny, well, not tiny, but
smaller than the average drone.  It was a little
bigger than the guys hand.  And they flew like
20 at first… and showed how the A.I. communicates
with the others.. and they fly around each other with
out crashing in to each other.  Which I found amazing.
As they came from all directions, milling around in the center
area.  The guy talked about how they could be
sentries for guarding a 3 mile area.  Interesting.

Then they went on to a robot type deal with a disc
on top that flies off and hovers around and can
find anything that the owner wants it to find.
From things to humans. It knowing the difference
from one human from the other human… Interesting.

Then back to a trial of 100 of these to see if they will
fly, and come from different areas and fly by each other
as well in as in a circle with out hitting each other.
They did.. although the batteries died on a few. 
They are working on that.   All very interesting..

What I found scary.. and the King agreed.. These
very same A.I. could fly into a large city such as
ChicagoNew York…. Or Los Angeles  and
spray poisonous stuff over the population, that
are walking down the streets, driving.. playing
in their yards, at the schools and etc.   If taken
over by any enemy.
After all, if we are to believe that Russia could hack
our computers enough to take over one at a water
plant, or interfere with the Democrat party.
I can see the possibilities of this going all wrong.

But still has the wow factor.  Especially the one
that could go into any building with a weapon,
and find the enemy, so our guys wouldn’t have

to go in and get ambushed. 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Toilet paper and the law of average.....

You know it is a slow day, if the topic is
toilet paper.

The other day, the King was asking me if
we used more toilet paper now than before,
say a year ago.  I laughed and said no, we
are on the same average for years.. Why?
He said because, either we were using a lot
more, or I was stalling, so he had to change the roll.  
And also getting out the toilet paper from the
closet and putting it in the 4 roll holder that is
near the toilet. Assuming that I was getting out
of doing that chore.

I laughed. I told him that it is because he is home
more now.  He looked at me kind of irritated.  I told
him I was not referring to the fact he was going more
here at the house, because he no longer was going
to work for 8 + hours. I was referring to the fact
that with him using it more, the law of average is, he
is going to have to change out the rolls and place
paper in the holder more often..   After, all I asked,
who do you think has been changing it for the past
30 years?  That twice a year he might have.. but
the law of average I would be the one who would
be the changer. (plus he was great at leaving an
empty roll)

This has also come up with the garbage, but I have
already posted on that in the past. And bow to him
as being the champion garbage compactor, anything
except take it outside to the can.   

Thursday, January 05, 2017

It is that time of the year....TAXES...

I know we have 3 and half more months..
But I am one of those who wants to get it
over with..  While I can’t file yet, I sure can
get my paper work ready..

I have a file folder (you know with the 14 slots.
one for each month and extras) full of receipts.
kind of like… yep, I got a receipt for that.. as
I look thru all my papers in the box, in years
past. About 10 years ago, I decided to buy one
of those accordion file folders..  Putting each
month tag on each slot. And put the word TAXES
on the extra slot… hoping I remember to put all
those tax related in that slot.  And at the end of the
year.. it is a like fat hog ready to be slaughtered.

This works in two ways.. I put ever single.. yes,
every single receipt in that folder.  And if I need
to go back and get that receipt, I just look thru the
folder of the month I bought.  Which is handy,
as a couple times we have had something go wrong
and have to prove we bought it at their store and
when.. and how much.   And I can do that now.

Then at the end of the year, I go thru it all, find what
is taxable information.. and put it to the side. Then I
go thru the extra pile, which is receipts for items
bought.. and I put those in the file cabinet, under
products, manuals, warranties and etc.  Just in case
I need it next year.

Then the tax able papers.. file it in order of information.
health, taxes paid (W-2 forms) and etc.   Then I type
a report of all those..  And if I am lucky to get an
appointment in March, I take it into my tax guy.
I have the report listed with each amounts on it,
in each department.. and I have the file folder with
the paper work to back up those in the report.

So today, is the day to open that stuffed pig case.
Take out each month.. making piles of each receipt.
One for utilities, one for receipts from Wal-mart, one
for North 40 and etc..  then there is the misc.

Going thru each pile making sure I didn’t miss any
taxable papers.   And after I am satified that I have
them all…. Then it is the shredding machine and I,
time… Don’t want all those account numbers and
etc. in the wrong hands.

Ah, yes, the fun of it all…but then again, what else
do I have to do on a freezing day, when the temps
are in the teens, and the wind is blowing.. and I don’t
want to think about wind chill factors.


Wednesday, January 04, 2017

I am so confused.....

We all know that the English language is
Well, for a lack of better word.. confusing..

Like the word HACK..  I have always thought
It was a bad thing..  meaning to break up things,
Or to get into one’s computer and make havoc.
Be a hack was not a good thing..

Now I see it used a lot.. It seems like it is suppose
To mean.. research something so you can use it?
Or what is online.. is
  1. Definition of hack

    The link above goes to the definition page for "hack".

    The slang term "hack" also appears in the following thesaurus categories:


You got that?   Because I sure don’t.. I don’t know if it
Is good or bad.. sounds like it is mostly bad.

UPDATE... 
add to this .. DUBBING... which is a dance or stance... while bopping up and down... which a young man got into trouble doing at the Congress swearing in. 
It also has something to do with drugs as well.. so be careful how you use the term.. but I am still confused...