Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Hollywood Westerns Physics

I recently purchased a DVD set with 150 old 1950s television westerns for $10.00. Great stuff! Included are a few episodes of Annie Oakley, The Cisco Kid, Lone Ranger, etc. Just the thing for a nostalgic Baby Boomer like me.

While watching some of the same episodes I watched as a kid, I noticed several things that never occurred to me from my "kid prospective" when I first watched them in the 1950s. I have entitled my observation, "The Physics of 1950s TV Westerns".

1. When bullets hit any object, they always ricochet. This includes trees, rocks, wood, bare earth, anything, and everything.

2. When an outlaw is being pursued and they run out of bullets, they always throw the empty six-shooter at the "good guy" who is running after them. However, I have never seen them hit by the tossed six-shooter since they always duck at the last second.

3. When anyone gets into a fistfight, the "smack" sound is always the same and after repeated punches, no one's jaw is ever broken.

4. During a gun battle, usually among big rocks, they can fire their six shooters for hours without having to stop and reload.

5. Whenever anyone is stranded in the desert and runs out of water they always yell, "Its empty!", and angrily throw their empty canteen on the ground and keep walking. I've always wondered what they would do if they later found a water hole. They would have no way to store water for the remainder of the trek through the desert.

6. When the "bad guys" are finally apprehended and locked up in jail, there are never any bathrooms in them. I always assumed they "crossed their legs" until the trial or the lynching by the local town people, whichever came first.

Oh, well, now that I'm older and watch this kind of cool stuff, I mainly enjoy the nostalgia of watching some of the things from my childhood. I'm too busy being entertained to continually dwell on such things. On the other hand, I have to wonder...
On my next Blog entry, I will examine the topic of "Cartoon Physics".
Riding off in the sun set...

Friday, December 19, 2008

A True Christmas Classic!

Like most people, I always watch all of the classic Christmas movies this time of year. I have always enjoyed watching A Christmas Carol, It’s a Wonderful Life, Scrooge, etc. However, my all time favorite Christmas movie is always overlooked. It is indeed a classic and I have never understood why it is very difficult, to find on VHS or DVD. Fortunately, I have a DVD copy. The title is Santa Claus Conquers the Martians. One of the all time classics, indeed. If you don’t have a copy of this masterpiece, you can still get one before Christmas. The best place to find it is either in bargain bins at lesser known discount stores in smaller deep jungle villages in Africa, or the place I found it, at the landfill.

It’s sad that so many people in this society just don’t know what a good Christmas movie is. I guess I’m one of the very few that have highly refined tastes relative to this subject.

Hmmm, I wonder if it is illegal to watch DVD Christmas movies in the summer. If I ever do indeed plan to watch these movies in the summer, I would definitely watch them very late at night with curtains drawn and doors locked so as to avoid any night time raids by the off season Christmas movie police. Now that I think about it, whenever I watch my DVD Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, I always watch it late at night with curtains drawn and doors locked. And that is only during the Christmas season when it's legal!


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Confession of a “Fugitive”

I stopped at a fast food joint this afternoon and the cashier rang up my purchase with the senior discount! I saved 60 cents. I was surprised that she just assumed I was qualified since I didn’t “flash” my new Golden Buckeye Card or ask for the senior discount. I guess I just look like a “senior citizen”. I was nervous about accepting the discount. The reason was that I am not officially a “senior citizen” yet because my 60th birthday is on the 22nd of this month!

YIKES! I sure hope the “Taco Bell Gestapo” does not find out and start an investigation and find that I won’t officially be a senior citizen until Monday of next week. I’d sure hate to get arrested and put in a maximum security cell block with those who tear off mattress tags or spit on the sidewalk. I guess I’ll just have to live in fear and keep looking over my shoulder until Monday. If you want to call or visit me, please wait until at least next Tuesday because I will not be answering my phone or door since I am going to keep a “low profile” until then when in the eyes of the the State of Ohio and Taco Bell, I will be an official “senior citizen”, which is a polite politically correct way of formerly calling people “old codgers”.

Pssst, if you stop at the Taco Bell in Norwalk before next Monday, please don’t mention my name or my description because they will certainly recall that distinguished tall handsome guy with the cool Jeep Wrangler who was there on this date and was given the senior discount.

Thanks, I knew I could count on you…

Your soon to be a “senior citizen”… (Name withheld until 12:01 AM December 22nd).

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Safe Surfing Freebie

Hey beloved and loyal Blog readers, its time once again to post something actually useful for a change.

As we all know, the Internet is a very dangerous place these days. Among the hundreds of email newsletters I regularly receive, many are on the subject of Internet dangers including malware, viruses, etc. There are thousands of very malicious and insidious things out there in the cyber world, my friends.

Among the many things I use to help make my surfing safe, one of the best safety guards is SiteAdvisor by McAfee. It works great and is totally free. It checks each site you open for phishing, malware, spam distribution, and other aggravating things one is in danger of while surfing.

If the site you are visiting is safe, then the SiteAdvisor bar is green. If it is a dangerous site, the bar turns red. Any site not yet tested the bar turns yellow. One of the best things is that the program is integrated with the major search engines such as Yahoo and Google.

Below is an actual pic of my Explorer page with the program in operation indicated by the red arrow in the upper left hand corner.

Check out the SiteAdvisor site for details and free down load. It sure can't hurt and it's free!


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Another Installment to my Ongoing "Cereal"

I was at the supermarket this morning and got some fixins' for Crockpot "Hobo Stew". I thought this stew was fitting because I'm once again "bummed out" because as usual I looked in vain for my favorite breakfast food, Puffed Wheat and Rice. I haven't seen it on the shelves for ages. I believe this is yet one more conspiracy against us baby boomers by the younger generation who just do not know what good stuff is. One of my theories is that since Puffed Wheat and Rice is "shot from guns", the younger generation is trying to ban all guns, which greatly aggravates my NRA genes.

These same people perpetrated yet another major conspiracy. They dropped lime Life Savers and substituted watermelon or some such obnoxious flavor. They have done this with several of the old time cherry, lemon, and orange flavors of most formerly good stuff.

Alas, what is this world coming to...?


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

It’s Official!

I just received my Golden Buckeye Card in the mail today. I’m now officially a “Senior Citizen”, at least as far as the State of Ohio is concerned. I don’t feel like a Senior Citizen, and heaven knows I sure don’t act like one! From now on I expect all of you to treat me with the respect due to the older generation. At the very top of the list is to always let me be right and never contradict me because it’s disrespectful to your elders.

Hurray, now I have free reign to state my opinions and no one will dare disagree with me. YIKES!!! In light of what I just said, it sounds like I also have something else that comes with being a Senior Citizen; the onset of Alzheimer’s!!!!!


Sunday, November 30, 2008

Christmas Traditions

Now that the Christmas holiday season is upon us, I thought I would spread some Christmas cheer. We all think back to our Christmas experiences we had as kids. I think it would be fun to share my family's Christmas traditions and memories when I was a kid.

When I was a kid back in the 1950s (YIKES! That was a long time ago now that I think about it), Christmas was THE day that my twin brother and younger sister and I were in the state of sheer bliss! It was a Nirvana-like state. On Christmas Eve, our parents would go to Norwalk to my maternal grandparent's house. Their tradition was to open all their presents on Christmas Eve. We kids always wished that we could open all of our stuff on Christmas Eve, but alas, it never came to pass.

Meanwhile, at home my fraternal grandmother "Ollie" had an old Irish family tradition of having oyster stew and apple pie on Christmas Eve. She insisted that we kids at least take a "taste" of the wretched concoction. I held my nose and took a microscopic few molecules of it. The taste almost ruined Christmas for me. However, I persevered every year. Ironically enough, I am the only one of our generation that has kept up the tradition all these years, albeit I'm the only one that consumes any Christmas Eve oyster stew. Through the years, I have actually acquired a (small) taste for oyster stew.

Our parents would wait until we kids were in bed before they left for Norwalk to engage in a night of unbridled revelry, which consisted of imbibing quite liberally with spiked eggnog and other "spirits" late into the night.

On Christmas morning way before dawn, we kids would be up. Our tradition was that it had to be dark when we opened presents. It took forever to rouse our parents from their bed to come down and join us since they insisted we wait for them. In later years I finally figured out the reason why it was so hard to get them up before dawn, namely, they both had terrific hangovers!

Later in the afternoon, we had a gigantic meal, usually ham with all the "fixin's'".

Oh, hey, an idea just popped into my head. How about you my loyal Blog readers sending me your childhood Christmas traditions and memories for me to post here on my Blog to share with all of us! I do not need to know who you are; just use your first name or an alias. You can email them to me at

Be sure to put "Christmas Blog Entry" in the "Subject" line because I get a horde of emails about my Blog and we wouldn't want to miss your experiences here. Just think of the EXCITEMENT and PRESTIGE for you my former passive readers actually contributing to my renowned Blog!!!!

The picture below is of us kids on Christmas Eve in 1956 when I was 8. Our stockings are hanging up behind us, Tim and I still hang these same stockings every Christmas Eve. However, at our age Santa has started filling them with things like Geritol, Metamucil, etc. Note the cat I am holding. I have a life-long love of any animal, especially cats. I remember posing for this picture as if it was yesterday.

Be watching my Web Site for some new Christmas stories coming up!!!





A Change of "Pace"

YIKES! I just noticed that the last few of my Blog entries have actually been practical and useful. I sure wouldn't want word to get out that I am serious and rational. Therefore, I shall immediately get "back in my groove" of being abstract, off the wall, pedantic, esoteric, arcane, compulsive, and a bunch of other superlatives too numerous to mention here.

Since my satellite radio is always on the 60's channel, I am bombarded with ubiquitous 60's music. As a Baby Boomer, I can imagine if all of the 60's songs were re released today, they would have to change the titles. Just a small sample of the new likely new titles would be the following:

Paul Simon - "Fifty Ways to Lose Your Liver"

Carly Simon - "You're So Varicose Vein"
The Bee Gees - "How Can You Mend a Broken Hip"
Roberta Flack- "The First Time Ever I Forgot Your Face"
Johnny Nash- "I Can't See Clearly Now"
The Temptations - "Papa Got a Kidney Stone"
Nancy Sinatra - "These Boots Give Me Arthritis"
ABBA - "Denture Queen"
Leo Sayer - "You Make Me Feel Like Napping"
Commodores - "Once, Twice, Three Trips to the Bathroom"
Procol Harem - "A Whiter Shade of Hair"
The Beatles- "I Get By with a Little Help From Depends"
Steely Dan - "Rikki Don't Lose Your Car Keys"
Herman's Hermits - "Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Walker"
The Rolling Stones - "You Can't Always Pee When You Want"
Credence Clearwater Revival - "Bad Prune Rising"
Marvin Gaye- "I Heard It Through the Grape Nuts"
The Who - "Talkin' 'Bout My Medication"
The Troggs - "Bald Thing"
The Rolling Stones - "119th Nervous Breakdown"
The Beach Boys - "She's Real Fine My Formula 9"
The Beatles - "Day Dripper"
The Beatles - "Penny Lame"
The Surfaris – "Wiped Out"
Bob Dylan – "Knockin' on Bathroom's Door"
The Beatles – "I Don't Feel Fine"
Herb Alpert – "A Taste of Geritol"
Gerry and the Pacemakers – One of our fastest growing popular groups from the past.

Epilog... "Big John" by Jimmie Dean is presently emanating on the 60's channel on my satellite radio. Do any of you 60's music aficionadas
know what song was on the "B" side. (It was, "I won't Go Huntin' With You Jake"). This paradox never ceases to amaze me; I can vividly remember something like this from 47 years ago, but I can't remember anything from 47 seconds ago. RATS, I have to run to the bathroom right now...

"Keep on Rockin' in the "Pee" World"...

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wishin' Ya a Happy Thanksgiving

On this Thanksgiving eve, I have the turkey breast thawing and looking forward to preparing a good old fashion Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. Not that the rest of the world cares, or that I care what they think, but I have always been aggravated by the trend in the last few years of referring to Thanksgiving as "Turkey Day". It is a day set aside to show thanks to our Creator, not just a day to have a turkey meal. Be that as it may, I will lay aside espousing my personal beliefs and aspirations (for now). In honor of Thanksgiving, I am posting a link to one of my old stories from my massive story archives, which is germane to Thanksgiving. I hope you will enjoy it.

Counting my countless blessings...

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More Paradoxical Conclusions

In my previous Blog entry, I pondered the thesis of foods that cats desire and why they do. In this Blog entry, I will state another paradox germane to the insect kingdom.

One of my least favorite subjects has always been biology. I did not enjoy it in high school or college. However, I did have one high point in college biology class when the professor allowed us to do some independent research on the topic of our choice.

Since there was a gaggle of grasshoppers in the biology lab, I pondered experimenting to determine the auditory ability of grasshoppers. Since all kids are referred to as being "cute as a bug's ear", I was determined to test by the scientific method the thesis to determine if bugs have ears. I donned my lab coat and retrieved a grasshopper from the grasshopper hopper. I placed the grasshopper on the lab counter, clapped my hands, and yelled, "JUMP". The grasshopper jumped right off the counter. At this stage in my experiment, I observed that grasshoppers could indeed hear. I then removed its right rear leg and repeated the experiment by clapping my hands and yelling "JUMP". It still jumped off the counter. I progressed to the point where I removed the other three legs, clapped my hands, and yelled, "JUMP". This time the grasshopper remained perfectly still. I repeated the process several times by clapping my hands and yelling "JUMP". Subsequent to this experimentation, I formulated the obvious conclusion that grasshoppers in deed have ears and can hear. However, if all of their legs are removed, it causes deafness. I sent the results of my experiment to the scholarly periodical "Bug Times". Oddly enough, that was over 38 years ago and I have yet to hear from them. I'm now convinced it was just another example of professional jealousy since I was the one who first discovered this. I have since given up on any further insect experimentation after I discovered that in the field of entomology it is a "Bug eat bug" world.

Addendum: I did have dealings with grasshoppers earlier in life. These dealings can be found in the dusty archives of my old web site stories. Check this out: www.quarterhorse3.us/grasshopper.html

(()) MIKE (()) ;-o

Monday, November 24, 2008

Another Paradox

I have just returned from the market with a whole bunch of canned cat food. I usually buy fish flavored cat food for the house cats because they like it better than the other flavors. At least they eat about 90% of each serving, which is a much better average than with any other flavor. It is my contention that they like the fish cat food the best because the Creator designed them to catch fish. In addition, they are also divinely created to catch mice. I've often wondered why no one makes mouse flavored cat food, which would be very desirable to cats along with fish cat food. One possible reason is that it would "gross out" some cat owners. Another reason may be that no one knows what a mouse taste like. It is highly unlikely that anyone can find human volunteers to eat a raw mouse to ascertain the taste. Then there's the problem of trying to isolate that taste and finding a chemically based artificial taste.

Since my cats don't seem to like beef or liver flavored cat food, I have surmised that the reason for this is that they are not designed to capture and eat cattle or to find any liver lying around.

Now, I shall state the paradox. Since cats are designed to catch and consume fish and mice, consequently, they have an affinity for the taste of fish and mice. Conversely, fish would seemingly not have an affinity for worms because worms are not indigenous to living under water. Yet, they eagerly go after a worm baited hook. The only conclusion I can conclude is that fish do not have taste buds.

In conclusion, my regular readers can readily tell what season it is without referring to a calendar because since it is winter, I have way too much time on my hands. Well - Someone has to ask questions and ponder things like this.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

How to "Reproduce" Without the Birds and the Bees.

Now that I have everyone's attention, I will now reveal something I mentioned in my previous Blog entry. Namely, how to capture any screen image and post it, keep it, print it, use it as desktop wallpaper, or anything else your fertile imagination my take you.

If you desire to capture a screen shot, hit "shift" and "Prt Scr". Then open Paint and click "Edit" "Paste". Presto! The screen shot will appear in bmp. If you have image editing software, you can convert it to jpg, gif, or whatever. You can also paste it into Word. Cool, eh. You can use the "save as" .jpg, gif, etc. in Paint, but the image will be much better if you convert it with your preferred image editing software. This is especially applicable if you desire to convert it to the gif format because I've pragmatically discovered that Paint doesn't "play well" with gif conversions.

As to the derivation of the "Prt Scr" (Print Screen) key, I believe it is a recessive trait from DOS. My rationale is based on the fact that it never works with Windows because it never prints the screen. (Even with the printer on).

Well, there you have it, yet another esoteric tip from the vast wasteland of my Lithium-laden gray matter. Oh Oh! I just remembered that I have Bill Gates on hold on my cell phone. He has a question concerning how to print something... (Lithuim-laden, indeed).

"Highlighting" My Point

As I surf my way around the Internet, I'm always amazed at how many poorly designed web sites I come across. Of course, if everyone would have a web site design as well as mine there wouldn't be any problems. :-)

The biggest frustration I encounter is dark lettering on a dark background, which makes the text very difficult to read. Another aggravation is words or links that have such small letters that they are very difficult to see. I have found the solution to these problems, other than letting me design all of the web sites in the world.

When you see these problems, just highlight the text with your mouse and all of the text will show up in white with a dark background, thus making things much clearer. This is a good antidote for the epidemic lack of common sense some web designers show these days.

Note the illustration of an actual poorly designed web site before and after highlighting with the mouse. (For the purpose of not embarrassing the designer, I have blotted out some information). (IT'S NOT MY SITE)

I'll bet some of you are wondering how I reproduced a pic of an actual web page. Do not miss my next thrilling Blog entry where I will show how to capture a screen shot of any web page, or any screen shot for that matter, with out having to use some expensive software application. We Windows users already have the software in Windows that Bill Gates never told you about. However, I will.
Mike :~)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Another "Baby Boomer" Alert

Hey Fellow Baby Boomers. Check out this "Blast From The Past"! I'll bet this stirs up some memories!!! Beer makes you smarter, it made "Bud wiser". (We all remember that lame pun don't we????)
MiKe {:-o

Saturday, November 15, 2008

A "Snow" Job!!!

EGAD! Just as I am about to make the long trek to the barn to feed the horses and the cats, I noticed it just started to snow! The forecast is for 1 to 2 inches for tonight! I've always dreaded the first snowfall of the year because that is the start of snow for the next few months. The first snow for me is akin to the onset of a toothache that will be abscessed for the next 5 months. To say I loath winter would be the biggest understatement since General Custer said, "Don't worry men; I'm sure these are friendly Indians".

If I didn't have so many roots around here, I would have moved to Florida years ago. (All right Jim, NO gloating)! :-)

Oh well, the best I can do is to persevere until spring as I have done for the last 59 years. I must share my misery, so I am posting a picture of the start of the snowfall that I took about 30 minutes ago.


M M M M M M M Mike ((((S S S S S Sorry about that gang, I get so so so nervous when I see snow that I start to st st st st stutter)))))

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Even More Things Bill Gates Never Told You

Most, if not all of us, use MS Word and just love the "Spell Checker" feature. I use it quite often. Now don't get the idea I'm bad at spelling. The problem is that I get to typing so fast that it shorts out the typing key signals and results in many misspelled words even though I hit the correct keys. (If you believe that, I have some prime swampland building lots in Louisiana I can sell you). Don't you wish you had a spell checker like MS Word for Blog entries, chat sessions, news group postings, and anything else you type on a web form? Well, fans, you can have one! Go check out: www.iespell.com/. I've used this for quite a while and it works great! It even looks like MS Word "spell check". (I suspect Bill Gates is "moonlighting" because he needs the extra money to buy a Mac lap top with MS Office 2008). This little free applet sure beats going to night school and taking remedial spelling or typing or using a dictionary while I type.

You will never again be embarrassed by misspelled words on web page forms, which is akin to "the heartbreak of psoriasis". From now on, people will think you are very intelligent. It works for me (if they only knew...)

"Grounds" for a Conspiracy?

I read several on line news sites each day and noticed that school grounds are now referred to as the school "campus". When I was a kid, school grounds were called school grounds or school property and never a "campus". I'm not sure when they became the school "campus". When I was in college and graduate school, the grounds were and are referred to the campus. I thought only colleges were authorized to use campus.

Even hospital areas are now called the hospital "campus". Here again, when I was a kid the hospital area was collectively called "the hospital".

Oh, hey, wait! I just looked up "campus" in the New American Dictionary (on line, of course), and I now quote the definition, "The grounds of a school, college, university, or hospital". Well, there you have it. I stand corrected, or do I? Hmmm, I wonder how an older dictionary defined "campus". I will have to check and see if there has been some kind of conspiracy that changed the definition of "campus" to include school and hospital grounds. I seem to find conspiracies in most things these days. Now and then, I am indeed proved to be correct. I shall continue my investigation and post the definitive results. Meanwhile, I will continue to refer to every school and hospital area as "grounds" until I am shown to be incorrect. (OK, maybe this time of year I will admit I have too much time on my hands)(However, this gives me more time to exhaustively study and expose conspiracies).
MiKe {;-]

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Memorandum Entry

I just remembered it was Veteran's Day. I realized this when I walked the 300 feet to my mailbox and discovered there was no mail. In honor of this day, I just cannot resist reaching way back into the dusty archives of my web site stories to one of my many military experiences. Check out this true story I posted several years ago:
Anchors Aweigh...

Relatively Speaking

My High School principal recently passed away. His name was Roy Garland aka "Bobo". He was 78 when he died. In doing some quick math, he was 36 in 1966 when I was a senior at age 17; he looked"old" to me then. Now, if I see someone who is 36, they look very young as a result of my present "flirting with 60" perspective. This is the result of what I call KPS i.e. "Kid's Perspective Syndrome". This syndrome shows why people who were young then looked very "old" to us when we were kids. This also explains why things that looked very large to us as kids now look small to us as adults. It is all about perspective. To illustrate, think back when you lived at home and then returned home after being away for a long time at college, the military, etc. The house now looks much smaller to you, which, of course is due to KPS.

Because of my KPS theory, I have done observations over the years and have been amazed. Every year I take a fall tour through our local cemetery where most of my family and old family friends are interred. I usually take a pocket calculator with me and note when people I knew as a kid were born. I then figure the year when I was a kid and subtract the year they were born. It always amazes me that most of them were in their 20's or early 30's then. They all looked very old and gray to me then. This, of course is in accordance with my KPS theory.

There are, however, some rare exceptions to my KPS theory. The biggest one by far is my old High School English teacher, Miss Purcell. When I was in High School in 1963 to 1966, she looked very old then. When I saw her 30 years later at one of our alumni banquets, she still looked the same. Apparently, she was locked in some sort of time warp, or maybe I am. After all, without exception everyone who knows me always says I haven't changed one bit from High School and that I have never acted my age. Not then and not now. As a result, after much testing, I have coined yet another syndrome. MBWS (Mike's Brain Warp Syndrome).
=+Mike+= {;-]

Monday, November 10, 2008

"Drive By" Entry

Hey gang, just a quick post. I finally got around to posting a new story on my web site. Those of you who have not stumbled onto my famous web site or true stories yet, this will give you a chance to check it out (if you dare). Oh, here's the new story link: www.quarterhorse3.us/stretching_the_facts.html
Gotta run, have to feed the horses and cats...

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


This morning as I was walking through the Drug Mart parking lot, I heard a few staccato horns "beeps". I always look to see if someone who knows me is trying to get my attention so they can wave at me. When I hear the "beep", I always look around but never recognize anyone. I then realize that the "beep" is just the sound that assures some one that when they close their vehicle door and leave it that this signals that the auto alarm is armed. I have never had an auto alarm so I'm not used to the horn sound. Nevertheless, I always look involuntarily. I guess I'm afraid that someday it will indeed be someone trying to get my attention so they can wave at me. If I don't look, they will think I'm "stuck up" and take offense. After leaving a large parking lot, when I get home, I usually have a stiff neck from all the looking in response to the dozens of "beeps" but never seeing anyone I recognize.

Well, I will keep looking around just in case because you just never know who it might be...

Monday, November 3, 2008

The "Daze" of My Dreams!

Well, the time changed back to EST yesterday. I never liked the time change back to EST because, in the past, I would end up feeding the horses in the dark both morning and evening before going to the office and after getting home. Now that I'm retired, I can always feed the horses in daylight both morning and evening. In fact, I just got back from the barn at 5:02 PM before it started getting dark. This is so much better since I don't have to trip over all of the barn cats in the dim lights in the stable. Which reminded me of one of my original sayings, among many. This one has to do with my retirement that I shall recite now...

Ah, Retirement!
When every day is a Saturday,
And every night is a Friday night,
And every day is a holiday,
And every holiday is just another day!

I'd venture to say that no one has ever looked more forward to or now enjoys retirement as much as I do! In fact, I created an Excel program that automatically counted down the years, weeks, days, minutes, down to the very second until my retirement. I started this countdown 4 years before I retired and proudly announced the days I had left to go every morning I came into the office for 4 years! On the day of my retirement a few years ago, I loudly counted down to zero and immediately walked out of the office for the last time. Working for the county for 28.251 years never made me rich, but the benefits were well worth waiting for, indeed! I don't know the exact time right down to the second that I have been retired, it only mattered before I retired...

::Mike:: {;-)

Friday, October 31, 2008

A "Sign" of the Past

On my famous web site, I wrote a story some time ago about a sign that was posted in our village about horses and riders keeping off the grass and sidewalk. This sign was posted when I was a kid and was necessary because so many of us had horses and we often came into town with our horses. This became a real nuisance to the town people. Apparently, the village council put up this sign to discourage us riders to keep out of town, or at least not ride on sidewalks and lawns. I must say that we just ignored these signs as we did other signs when we were kids. No one really caused any trouble about this since we have a rural village. I was raised with horses here on our family farm. In fact, I presently have 4 horses. I just can't imagine life without horses, dogs, and cats underfoot. I don't ride much anymore due to arthritis, but I used to ride in town from time to time just for old times sake. I got away with it because all the signs were taken down years ago. I guess everyone in town admitted to defeat. Besides, who doesn't like horses?

My brother was helping to tear down an old barn on our neighbor's farm the other day, and Lo and Behold, he found one of the old horse and rider signs!!! WOW, talk about making my day! No one knows how one of the old signs got in the barn, but the main thing is that I now have one. I'm going to put it up on my horse barn. What a "blast from the past".

Check out the sign find>>>

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Soap or Treat

Well, I see that tomorrow is Halloween already. My how time does fly! When I was a kid, I loved treat or treating. I still love the concept of trick or treating, although I haven't gone in years. Since I'm "flirting" with 60, I guess I could be arrested for impersonating a kid. Although all that know me know that I still act like a kid (on rare occasions that is).

I used to love to get all the candy to somewhat sate my sweet tooth, which I still have. Sometimes I would get an apple instead of candy and was disappointed, but all the rest of the candy offset that.

Although kids still go trick or treating these days, I have noticed over the years that Halloween has become a holiday more for adults than kids because there are so many parties that adults have these days. Another thing I haven't seen in years is kids soaping windows. I guess this lost art has gone the way so many others have that we did as kids. We used to love to soap windows from people who didn't give us any candy, hence the term trick or treat. If we really didn't like the person, instead of soap, we would use paraffin, which was much more difficult to remove from windows. If we REALLY had a grudge, we would soap the screens. This resulted in the trick that kept on giving because it was very difficult, if not impossible to clean a soap-streaked screen. Months later, the results of our vendetta were still evident. Alas, Halloween has never been the same since I was a kid.

For a more detailed description of our Halloween capers, you can read one of my famous stories on my world famous award winning web site. Check it out:
Happy Halloween...


Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Things We Can't Live Without (today)

I recently went to a horse show and was going to be gone for the weekend. Since my Internet access is through microwave, I called my provider to report I would be shutting down my transmitter. If I don't do this, they call within a few minutes after it shuts down. I guess they want to find out if there is a technical problem. They really keep a close monitoring. Before I called them, I noticed that the Internet access was very slow. When I called customer service to mention I'd be shutting down the equipment, it took several calls to finally get through. Apparently, a whole lot of irate callers were inquiring what the problem was with the sudden slow service. When I called only to mention that I was shutting down the transmitting equipment for the weekend, the technician was ecstatic! I'm sure he was fielding several calls from other users regarding the inadequate Internet service. When he realized I wasn't calling about the service, he said if I were here, he would kiss me! I'm glad I wasn't there because people would talk. This problem happens now and then and if one waits a little while, the problem clears up. I guess all the other users haven't realized that yet.

It dawned on me how much we depend on the Internet these days. It also occurred to me that once upon a time the Internet was a luxury, now it is a necessity. It's odd how things that were once a luxury have become necessities. I remember when I was a kid that a riding lawnmower was a luxury owned only by people that had the money to purchase one. These days it seems everyone has a riding mower even when their lawns are the size of a postage stamp. Here again is yet another example of a luxury becoming a necessity. By the way, it takes me an hour to mow my big lawn with a push mower since I still don't have the "necessity" of a riding mower.

Of course, I could list dozens and dozens of things that were formerly luxuries that have now become necessities. I guess we all can by looking at our present day lives that are filled with "necessities".

Oh, I have to go now, my microwave just rang, and it is time to eat... ;-))

==Mike== {;-)

GPS Conspiracy? :-0

Those of us that have GPS devices figure we can never get lost and have faith in our GPS device to accurately get us where we are going. Or do they? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Check this out: http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_3063945.html
Mike {:-]

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Another Sure Way to Stop Spam

I have received quite a few emails from people all over the country thanking me for the computer tips and other entertaining stuff I have been posting. I had no idea that so many people read my Blog! Hey, don't you people have anything better to do???? ;-)

I have another guaranteed method to stop spam. I have been working on the hardware to do this. After much experimentation, I have finally perfected my sure fire spam filter. If you use this for all of your email, no spam will ever get through. I guarantee it! In fact, it is impossible for it to get through. Check out the photo below to see the details of my exclusive spam preventing hardware. The hardware is still in the beta stage at present. I'm testing different handle colors to see which one fits into modern decor. You can contact me to order my Sure Fire Spam Stopper. Just send me a check for $3,999.99. Please make sure your check is certified (like me) ;-o

::Mike:: {;-]

Mike's Sure Fire Spam Filter

Where's the Taffy?

I just received my copy of The Good Old Days magazine and they had a recipe for homemade taffy. This put a question into my mind; Whatever happened to Bonomo Turkish Taffy? All of we baby boomers will remember this delectable delight. I never knew why they called it "Turkish" taffy. Maybe taffy was invented in Turkey.

I remember when I was a kid how good it was. It kept dentists busy because it tended to pull out your fillings. Be that as it may, it tasted GOOD! It came in 4 flavors, chocolate (my favorite), vanilla, banana (my least favorite), and strawberry (my second least favorite). The first thing you did was to slap it on a hard surface to break it up into jagged pieces. Sometimes I would put it unopened on our fuel oil stove to soften it up. Now and then, I would leave it on top of the stove too long, and it became a big glob. I sure didn't want it that soft. It costs 5 cents and it seemed to be a huge bar. Of course, when you’re a kid everything seemed bigger because of what I call, "a kid's prospective". If I could find it now, from an "adult prospective" it probably would be the size of a "fun size" candy bar. I did some on line research and found that it was discontinued in the early 1980's due to, "changing tastes". I wished they had consulted with me first, because my taste for that stuff has never changed.

Alas, yet another "Gen X" conspiracy against baby boomers :-(
Blog Bonus! Hey fellow baby boomers (and non boomers), check out the swell video from YouTube. This will bring back some memories!

==Mike== {;-)

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A "Breath of Fresh Air"

Greetings fellow Blog readers. This will be quick and short since I'm just about to leave for church. My day is starting out just great. I just received an email from one of my old classmates and it made my day. Although both of us are on the opposite ends of politics, we have been having intelligent exchanges of political opinions and ideas. This is exactly how it should be when we discuss politics. Thank you Jim, you "made my day"! Now as to some you other people I attempt to discuss politics with, take a lesson in the proper way to do that... ;-) I'm glad that I am full of "warm fuzzies" this morning because we had a hard frost last night and it was 28 degrees when I woke up at 5:30 this morning. I don't do cold well at all, but at least my insides are warm this morning. Hey Jim, lets continue this conversation in January when its below zero :-))

Saturday, October 18, 2008

"Disposing" of a Problem

Now, beloved readers, as promised, I will describe a guaranteed elimination of spam. We live in a disposable society, so why not be able to dispose of spam. As all of you know, spam is a real problem. The latest studies show that about 80% of email is spam and it is getting higher. As most of you know, spammers can get your email address when you post it on chat groups, news groups, Blogs (such as this one), when you order things on line, sign up for on line news letters, if you have a web site, etc. If you have a web site as I do, I get much more spam than people who don't have a web site. I did an experiment a while ago, and put one of my disposable email addresses on my web site. Less than 2 weeks later, I started getting spam with that address. Spammers use "spiders" and "botnets" to harvest email addresses from the Internet.

Now to the solution to all of this. If you use Yahoo Mail, you may already know about this solution, if not, read on. Yahoo Mail has a cool thing called, "Disposable Addresses". I don't know if other web email services have this since I only use Yahoo. In Yahoo Mail, go to your account and choose "Options" in the upper right hand corner. You will then see a list of email options. Choose "AddressGuard", and then follow the instructions. What this does is to create a "disposable" email address that is tied into your account and you will get email from your disposable address at your regular account "in" box. Set up a permanent primary email address, and then fill in the rest of it. What I do is when I sign up for an on line newsletter, etc, I put the web site name for the secondary email address.Let me illustrate, if I sign up for a newsletter, I will put the name of it in the disposable address. Let's take a fictional web site, if I sign up for the newsletter "Cockroach Chronicles" that is offered on a web site called, RaisingCockroachesForFunAndProfit.com, I will put "cockroachchronicals" as part of my disposable email address. Then, if I should get spam with that address, I know from whence it came. To prevent any more spam, I just delete the address. If I desire to continue receiving the "Cockroach Chronicles" on line email newsletter, I just make up another disposable email address and update it on their web site. I have hundreds of "disposable" email addresses so far. Yahoo lets you make up to 500 disposable address, which should be sufficient for any of us. Although, I must admit that I am getting close to the limit due to all the news letters I get and membership in news groups, discussion groups, etc. They do add up, indeed.

Check out my example for this Blog. If you look on the bottom of the left column, you will see my disposable address for this Blog:

zukeyjuice-mikesblog@yahoo.com. Note that "zukeyjuice" is the permanent primary address, and "mikesblog" is the disposable secondary address. Maybe your Internet email service provides this service, if not then use Yahoo Mail. Give it a try and you will eliminate all of your spam problems, at least from where you used a disposable email, and you will know where the spam came from. Neat, don't 'cha think!

Oh, by the way. There is no way that anyone can get your permanent personal email address or your profile from your "disposable" address. This comes in handy for example when you are "flamed" by someone on a news group or if someone question's your parent's marital status before you were born, etc. You can then just delete the disposable address you used and not risk getting any nasty emails from anyone in the group.

If you desire, you can even opt to send email from your disposable address. I use this option while trying to have an intelligent discussion and debate with liberals on democrat Blogs and groups. Since liberals are totally incapable of intelligent debate, it is very easy to nail them on their incorrect, illogical and irrational argument's. Rather than intelligent answers (they never have any) to my arguments, I always get their inevitable angry personal attacks. When that happens, I can dispose of my email address to avoid being harassed by the "Brainless Liberal Lemmings" as I call them. Others refer to them as "Useful Idiots". The reason they can not have an honest debate about their beliefs is that their whole system is based on emotion and prior brainwashing instead of an intelligent, logical, empirical, epistemological, rational, and pragmatic base like conservatism is.

Yikes! I'm getting off on another one of my famous "side tracks"! I'll save this subject and thesis for future posts when I will explain the origin, methods, proliferation, methods of indoctrination, and dangers of liberalism and how by purposeful design and intent it will destroy our free enterprise system and our God given freedoms much sooner than you think. (Possibly as soon as November 4th of this year.) You won't want to miss my treatise affectively refuting liberalism - socialism. These two terms are synonymous and are an attempted semantic subterfuge for what they really are: communism. This presidential election is the most crucial one in our history and will decide if we remain a free republic or become a communistic satellite county. This is very very serious stuff, my beloved readers!!!
``MIKE`` {:-)

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Even More Things Bill Gates Never Told You

My laptop computer came with Vista. There are some things I don't care for in Vista. It took awhile to customize it so it pretty much looks like Windows XP, which is a great OS in my humble opinion. My server has XP, which I certainly prefer compared to Vista. One of the biggest problems with Vista is the email system. With XP, all you have to do is click on an email link on any web page and up pops your email default program such as Yahoo, Gmail, etc. With Vista, when you click any web page email link, instead of your default email, up pops MS Hot Mail, which I don't think is so "hot". In XP, it is very easy to set your default email program. This is not possible with Vista. MS Hot Mail is "hard wired" in the system to only use Hot Mail and you cannot change it to your default email program. Believe me, I've tried. Aggravating to say the very least if your default email isn't Hot Mail!

So, what can you do if you can't use your default email program? Well, I have a way around this. Just right click on the email link on the web page and choose "copy shortcut". Then open your preferred email program and simply paste the email link into the "To" address line, then go from there. This will save you a lot of aggravation when you always see the Hot Mail program turn up all of a sudden. If you're like me (heaven help you), you love to find easy ways around the "system".

I hope this will save you some time and frustration. It sure did me. One caveat, since some email links have the subject line automatically filled in for proper routing, it may pay you to let Hot Mail come up just to check this. If that is the case, then simply copy the subject and paste it into your email program.

In a future post, I will show you a foolproof method GUARANTEED to avoid ALL spam when you post your email address on chat groups, news groups, email news letters, on line shopping web sites, etc. Bet you can't wait for that one, huh! {:-o
(*) Mike (*)

Fall Photo

Recently, I spotted these two beautiful kids at our stand checking out all of our pumpkins. I just couldn't resist taking a picture. In fact, they came to the farm for a visit that day. These two are the cutest kids I have ever seen in my life! I just thought I would share this with my many Blog readers. Hey! Wait a minute! I just noticed that these happen to be my grandkids, Ethan and Ally! How about that, I knew there was something familiar about them {;-)


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

The Answer to the Mystery!

I just received a comment from a guy who gave the link where they acquired my email address! There is indeed a data base of Navy veteran's email addresses. Will the wonders ever cease!
Thank you, Tom! Now as to the other 281,814 mysteries I need an answer for... {:-O

A Real Mystery!!!

I've always prided myself in saying that you can find anything on the Internet if you know how and where to look. Over the years, I have found things for people who were unsuccessful in finding things themselves on the Internet because I know where and how to look. The one thing that has always stumped me, though, is finding an email address for someone. If there is some super database with a directory of everyone's email on it, I sure haven't found it yet. This leads me to a real mystery. A while back, I received an email inviting me to a reunion of former crew members who served on my old ship, the Tattnall DDG 19, which was a guided missile destroyer. You don't want to know how long ago I got out of the Navy; even I don't want to know! Let's just say that the Tattnall was decommissioned several years ago. The big mystery to me is how they got my email. When I was in the Navy, it was long before email was even thought of, much less existed. As a former crew member, I could understand how they would know my name, but how did they know my email address? As far as I know, even the Navy doesn't know my email address, so how did they get it???? To the best of my knowledge, I've never emailed any of my old shipmates. Maybe they found that elusive email database that has everyone's name and email address for everyone in the world. I wish now that I would have saved that email and replied and ask how they got it. I guess they must know something I don't. But then again, most people know some things I don't, so what's one more thing.

Monday, October 13, 2008

More Things Bill Gates Never Told You

In my job with the County Engineer's Department, I had both fieldwork and a WHOLE LOT of paper work. Alas, the perils of having a government job. I had hundreds of documents in Word and Excel. By default, I was the office expert in Excel since I used it daily and sometimes nightly when I had deadlines. In compiling hundreds of worksheets in Excel with several lines of the same entry, I found it too much trouble and time consuming to use the "copy" method of left clicking the mouse and dragging to copy only a few lines down the column. I always disliked having to move my hands off the keyboard when I was on a roll. However, I found a much quicker keyboard shortcut. When you need to copy the above information in a column, just hold Ctrl and hit the " key. The above information will automatically be copied to the line below. It sure is easier to do this, than to keep dragging for only a few lines. As far as I know, I've never seen this shortcut in any manual. This shortcut will greatly benefit all office workers, especially those of you who work for the government because you will now have more time for coffee breaks. {;-)

+) Mike (+

Fall Has Finally Fallen

Is it my imagination, or is fall late this year. As shown in the photo, the leaves in our woods are finally starting to change colors today Oct. 13. It seems that in past years they started to change color in mid September. What is especially odd about this is that after a summer drought, as we had this year, the leaves change and start to fall even earlier. In any event, it seems as though they turned color overnight. Ah Huh! I have it! It is a scientific fact that leaves change color as a result of shorter days and less sunlight and more hours of darkness, which somehow signals them to turn color and fall off. Since they keep moving Day Light Savings Time later and later (this year it ends November 2), there is less darkness and thus the leaves change later. Hey, you cannot argue against that kind of logic. (I'm not even sure I can argue that kind of logic, but it sure explains it). {;-)


Sunday, October 5, 2008

Things Bill Gates Never Told You

As the sub title to my Blog states, "Now and then you may find something actually useful here", I have discovered some nifty shortcuts for computing that I either haven't seen anywhere else or have discovered on my own. Take for example Microsoft Internet Explorer which most of us use. I was getting tired of entering the entire web address of web sites that aren't in my "Bookmarks". I have found that all you have to do is to enter the main URL. For example, if I have a web site URL I would like to go to such as: www.GetBentTurkey.com, most everyone types in the whole thing i.e. www.GetBentTurkey.com. I have found a way that fills in the "www" and ".com for you. Simply type in the main URL GetBentTurkey, and then hold Ctrl and hit Enter, and the www. and .com are automatically added, thus saving you the trouble of always having to enter the whole URL! Give it a try and you will be amazed at the time and typing you will save. I have not seen this shortcut anywhere else, not even in the "shortcuts" in the I.E. Explorer help. I don't recall when or how I found this out, probably when I was entering a web site address and the cat walked on the keyboard. One thing though, it doesn't work for .org or anything other then .com. However, I am confident I will eventually find a way for those too. It shouldn't take too long because the cat quite often walks on my keyboard when I am typing.

Another cool shortcut that I discovered (OK, I found this out from someone else) is labeling photos. How many of us have hundreds of digital photos of our grandkids, pet cockroaches, or of Aunt Hortense's visit, etc. that we haven't labeled because it takes too much time and effort to label each one separately. Most of us, including me, never seem to get around to laboriously individually labeling all those photos and as a result, they end up unlabeled in some folder hidden in the dusty recesses of our hard drives. Rejoice digital photo shutterbugs! I have a cool shortcut for you to label all of your photos at once! Simply go to the folder that has all of your pics and select all of the ones you want to label for each event or whatever. After you have selected all of them go to the first one and hit "rename", then label it with the name, such as, My Tour of the Moose Jaw Alaska Landfill.jpg, etc. Then just click in a blank area of the screen and Presto! all of your pics are labeled with the title and the chronological number. It will look like this: My Tour of the Moose Jaw Alaska Landfill.jpg (2), (3), etc. On thing though, be sure to add .jpg in the first photo name, or it won't work. I found this out the hard way.

Well, dear Blog readers, I hope this will help you. You will not only rejoice in the timesaving of things you have been putting off, but you will also astound your friends who will think you are a computer genius (like me)! See, if you read my Blog long enough, you do indeed find something occasionally useful. Hey, 1 out of 2,914 postings "ain't" bad huh! I have MANY other time saving shortcuts I have discovered. However, I will only occasionally list some in future Blog postings. After all, I have to give people some RATIONAL reason to keep reading my Blog.


From Nouns to Verbs

I've noticed over the years the trend of using nouns in a verbal form. Of course, we all remember from High School English that a noun is a person, place, or thing and a verb shows action. WOW! I actually remember something from High School! Will the wonders never cease! Take for instance what I consider of earliest instance of this phenomenon. The word "party" is a noun and means to get together at a party and have a good time, in some instances let revelry go uninhibited. Not that I have ever been to a party like this. These days instead of someone saying that we went to a party, they say we "partied" last night, which is a classic case of a noun being used as a verb. Another more contemporary use is to look something up on Google. These days someone says that they "Googled" something. By the way, the name "Google" sounds like a baby coined the term. Actually, as only I would do, I researched this and found out the following:

Sean and Larry, the founders of "Google were in their office, using the whiteboard, trying to think up a good name - something that related to the indexing of an immense amount of data. Sean verbally suggested the word "googolplex," and Larry responded verbally with the shortened form, "googol" (both words refer to specific large numbers). Sean was seated at his computer terminal, so he executed a search of the Internet domain name registry database to see if the newly suggested name was still available for registration and use. Sean is not an infallible speller, and he made the mistake of searching for the name spelled as "google.com," which he found to be available. Larry liked the name, and within hours, he took the step of registering the name "google.com" for himself and Sergey (the domain name registration record dates from September 15, 1997). So there you have it just in case you were curious like I was or you would like to impress your friends the next time you "party".

Oh, by the way, I believe I am the first to convert a noun into a verb way back in 1953 when I was 4 ½. Check out the article from the Berlin Call Newspaper shown above. This is yet more proof that I never follow trends, I start them...

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A "Beacon" of Hope

Although I mentioned this in my last Blog entry, I have decided not to write about the dangers of cell phone use since it is too depressing and I've grown weary of always being right :-) Therefore, I would like to think about beacons. A beacon is a giant spotlight that reflects light from the clouds. To the southwest of my place, I can see the small beacon at the Huron County Airport rotating and shining at night. This reminded me of when I was a kid. Some nights we would see a big beacon light rotating and emitting a narrow very intense light bean aimed at an angle to the sky. We asked our Dad what it was and he said it was a beacon that was used to advertise a store grand opening or a sale of some sort. It was supposed to raise the curiosity of people to go see where its source was and to hopefully to patronize the business. We never got to go see the source of the light which was always very disappointing to me. Sadly, they don't use these anymore. I sure wished they did because now I would go check out the source. The beacon light was always both scary and fascinating to me. It was especially cool when it reflected off the clouds on a cloudy night. Gee, I sure wish they would bring these back so it would add some intrigue at night. Alas, yet another thing you don't see anymore from the good old days...
:: Mike ::

Friday, September 26, 2008

The "Full" Story

I wanted to give Google a workout, so I looked up the phrase, "Does a full moon affect behavior?" Well, I found that the majority of opinions state that it does. I have held this belief for years based on empirical evidence of how others and I act during a full moon phase. I found that I needed less sleep and was more hyperactive, even more so than when I'm on my "Manic" highs. During these times, even my "Bipolar" medications don't seem to help much. It's good to know that my subjective and objective observations were indeed correct. As a matter of fact, the term "Lunatic" is based on bizarre behavior during the full moon phase. My next Blog subject will deal with the matter of the latest studies showing that cell phones can cause brain cancer. I'll give you a little preview. I've said this all along and again was proven right...

Friday, September 19, 2008

My Brain on Chemistry

Greetings beloved readers. It's been a few weeks since I have been inspired to post any Blog comments. My usual reason is that I have been otherwise occupied (which is a code phrase that I just didn't feel like it). The older I get, the more problem I have been having with my short-term memory. As is obvious from my stories, my long-term memory is very acute. I went to my Psychiatrist the other day and he said that as we age, our short-term "working" memory decreases. He gave me some medication he said may improve my "working" memory. The really scary thing is that the medication is for the early onset of Alzheimer's disease! YIKES! I think my short-term memory is beginning to improve, however. I think tha.... Oops, I forgot what I was talking about... Oh, yes, when I was getting my haircut the oth... No wait, that's not what I was talking about! Ah NOW I remember... The orange elephant I saw on the way to the barn this morning wa... I guess medicine isn't an exact science, but overall, I do see some improvement with my problem of forgetting what I am saying presently. You know with this medication I am reall.........

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

"Wanted" Some Information

I was at our local post office this morning and just got around to noticing that they don't have wanted posters hanging in the post office anymore. They may have been gone for years but I have never noticed until now. I asked the Post Mistress, or Postress, or Postette, or whatever lady postmasters are called these days about it. She didn't know the reason, but she suggested it may be a privacy issue. That made sense to me since criminals are being coddled more and more these days. It is my contention that we can blame the bleeding heart liberals for that. In fact I blame the bleeding heart liberals for all the problems in the world. Why would I do this you may ask? It's because they are!!!!!

Having a "Grand" Time

Grand kids are a blast! My little grandson Ethan recently came to visit "Gonga's" (that's me) farm. He enjoyed visiting all of the animals we have around here, cats, dogs, horses, turkeys, cattle, etc. I can't wait until his sister, "Ally" is old enough to be in tow in my other hand. We are "sauntering" up the barn ramp to look at one of the tractors that Ethan really enjoyed sitting on. Ah, I envisioned him operating the tractor some day. Even better, helping us to bale hay!!!! It is really great having another generation, especially ones that can help bale hay someday! {;0)
"Gonga", the proud grandpa...

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nagging From Outer Space

In all my years of driving, it is not all unusual for me to get lost. For a guy, I have always had a terrible sense of direction. I have been driving for 43 years. WOW! Time certainly marches on! At any rate, because of my horrible sense of direction, I purchased a GPS device. Now I can program in an address, and it will guide me to my destination. It even talks to me. I programmed in my church address, and it got me there and back, without my getting lost even once during the whole 1.68 mile drive! It takes a little time for it to analyze driving habits. After analyzing mine, it is starting to say, "Hey dummy, turn left not right". (It sounds just like my ex wife used to.) If I take a wrong turn anyway, it automatically recalculates my route. After only 6 recalculations on my way to church, it finally told me, "Forget it, just keep going your way and get lost as usual, you're on your own!". Today I have some books to take back to the library, so I'm going to program in the library address and give it a try for the 1.2 mile drive. I just hope that today it will give me a break and recalculates any wrong turns without nagging me and calling me a dummy. If I'm fortunate, its memory is as short as mine is, but I doubt that will be the case so, as usual, I'm allowing at least 20 minutes to get to the library while wearing the same earplugs that I used for all my driving when I was married the first time. {;-)


Sunday, August 10, 2008

The First Accolade Of Our World Champion

The World Champion Belt Buckle just arrived for our horse's World Champion standing! When I wear it, I'll have to wear my suspenders to keep the buckle upright, it's heavy. More stuff will eventually arrive and I will post more pics. Hey, if anyone wants our stud horse to sire any of your foals, let me know. However, I must tell you that the stud fees won't be cheap!!! ;-))

Saturday, August 9, 2008


One of our show horses, "Beezer" became the World Champion in Dun Factor (Color Class) at the International Buckskin Horse World Show in Memphis this morning! I was the one that choose the stud for "Beezer". Now they will have to admit that I know what I'm talking about relative to the selective breeding of horses. Our trainers and the "experts" suggested another stud for our mare and I persisted with the stud that sired our World Champion. I just had to post this right away because I'm not right that often in anything! More information will follow this in a day or two. I will, of course, post the World Champion official picture as soon as I get it!!!! I have to post this now because I can't wait to say to all of the "experts", "See, I told you so"!!! ;0)

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Detected At Last!

I recently purchased something I've desired for years. I got a swell metal detector at 40% off at Amazon. All this with free shipping too. When UPS delivered it yesterday, I excitedly assembled it and ran outside to test it and to learn how to use it. I was thrilled to make my first metal discovery! I found our old corn picker that has been parked in our woods for several years. After I finally found it I waved the detector about ½ inch over it and got a very loud positive tone, which indicated metal! I think metal detectors are great and I learned how to use it very quickly! I've been looking for our old corn picker in our woods for years and am so glad I finally found it with the help of my new metal detector!
After finding the corn picker, I decided to see how well it would find buried metal. I dug several holes with a shovel and finally found something that looked like a small piece of metal. I laid it on top of the ground and then got my new metal detector and turned it on and swept the small piece I had dug up and previously had laid on top of the ground. Sure enough it was metal! I guess I'm getting a little cocky because I learned how to use it so quickly and efficiently! Bah! Who needs to read the instructions! I figured out how to use it all on my own. I'm glad to know my thought patterns are not weakening due to old age like I thought!
The above picture shows my first discovery of the old corn picker thanks to my brand new metal detector. I can't wait to look for and find metal buildings, but will, no doubt, find and end up in a "mental" building instead thanks to my new "mental" detector. :0)


Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Retro "Ain't" Cheap!

I recently scanned some old family slides I obtained. It sure takes me back looking at old family slides from the 1950's. One of my good memories is of the old steel lawn chairs they used to have. I was delighted to see one of the slides of my favorite lawn chairs in those days. I sat in that very chair many times as a kid in the 1950's at my grandparents' place in Norwalk. They were called "shell back" chairs. As a kid, I used to enjoy sitting in them and rocking back and forth. I never recall ever having the chair fall back wards no matter how much I rocked or leaned back. Over the years, I have grown weary of the cheap plastic lawn chairs made in some Chinese sweatshop. I recently received a catalog that actually had reproductions of the very same 1950's steel "shell back" chairs I enjoyed so as a kid. I was all set to order some when I noticed the price of $99.95 each! That's not including shipping and "handling" whatever that was. I didn't get past the inflated price to check on the additional expenses! Alas, I shall not have the opportunity to relive the past by sitting in one of these chairs. The picture above is one of the actual chairs that I used to sit in at my grandparent's place in Norwalk in the 1950's. It probably cost around $9.95 in those days. Alas, now all I have is my memories since they are free without paying $99.95 not including shipping and "handling" costs! The only problem with my memories is that I have to allow for depreciation of my brain! :0)

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Great Link!

Greetings all,
I've been otherwise occupied lately since summer has finally gotten here. I have a new story in mind for my web site, but haven't gotten around to writing it yet. One of my on line computer newsletters offered a really cool link. If you have a cell phone that has Internet capability (I wish mine did), check out this link the next time you are in a doctor's waiting room. You will probably get so engrossed, that the doctor will have to make an appointment to see you. This will also work for airport delays. In fact, you probably will cancel your flight and just fly standby once you get on this web site! You can also check out this link on your home computer, but be advised, it is addicting. Oh, by the way, here's the link: http://notalwaysright.com/
:: Mike ::

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

"Inhuman" Treatment

The other day I made an appointment with my family physician in Milan. Earlier today, I received a phone call. The caller ID said "Arizona" followed by the number with an area code of 520. I checked and sure enough, the 520 area code is indeed from Arizona. Before I answered it, I tried to figure out who would be calling me from Arizona. Even though I'm on the "Do not call list", sometimes junk calls manage to slip through. I do know one guy from Arizona who shows buckskin horses like we do, so I figured it must be Doug. I took a chance and answered the call. Upon hearing the message, I just about fell over. The call was to remind me of my physician's appointment in Milan this Thursday. All well and good. However, in the first place, the caller wasn't even a human. It was a computer voice synthesizer. At least they tried to make it sound like a female voice. In the second place, the call came from somewhere in Arizona! I can't figure out why my physician's office in Milan would hire a phone reminder service in Arizona. The office isn't that big! What ever happed to real people doing this type of thing? I suppose that people are all "gaa gaa" over all the new electronic gadgets out there these days. I wouldn't be surprised that one of these days when I go to my appointment, that the doctor will be some kind of android. I can hear the computer synthesized voice now "G-O-O-D M-O-R-N-I-N-G. P-L-E-A-S-E T-U-R-N Y-O-U-R H-E-A-D A-N-D C-O-U-G-H". (I sure hope the programmers remember to add hardware that will heat its fingers!)
M-I-K-E :-)

Friday, July 11, 2008

"Rack'n" Up the Years

I was taking another nostalgic walk through the old Berlin Hts. schoolyard earlier today and as usual, stopped to look over the old bicycle rack. It is still in the same place it always was and it has been there as long as I can remember. It was there all through the years I was in school. Let's see, it's been 42 years since I graduated. Yeoow! Now that is really depressing! It was there as long as I can remember all through my school years so I can add another 12 years, which makes it 54 years. Hey! I wonder why I am writing this Blog entry because now it is really getting me depressed! I'm sure it was there long before I started school so I'm not sure just how long it really has been there. I suppose any of those who know are most likely dead or too senile to remember their own names. It is interesting to observe that even the same bent rods are still there when I was a kid. In fact, I used to park my bicycle in it when I rode it to school --- years ago. (I can't bear to again write the number of years.) In this rapidly changing world, it's refreshing and encouraging to gaze upon this immutable landmark and remember the way things used to be some --- years ago. (Huh Ah, I'm still not going to recall how many at this point.)