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:
:: 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.)


Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Look Ma, No Wires!

During our recent horse show, a big group of us "horse people" went out to eat supper at a restaurant. This always amuses me when we go out to eat during a horse show because we are all in our dusty cowboy "horse" clothes and smell like horses. This is heaven to us, but probably not to other people, but we don't care since our money is just as green as anyone else's is. I noticed that as the waitress took our orders, that she had a small black plastic pad and was using a wand. I ask if her order pad was wireless, and as I suspected, it was. I then got to thinking about all the wireless things we have these days. Just looking around here at home, as I type this Blog entry, I can see several. For example, the laptop I am using has a wireless mouse. The Internet connection from the laptop is wireless to the Internet hub and the Internet to my provider is wireless. When I print something from my laptop, it goes to my main desktop computer and then to the printer on a wireless network. I can also see my wireless house phone and my wireless cell phone. I don't watch much TV, but the remote tuner is wireless. The tuner to my satellite radio is also wireless. I am now looking at the present temperature, which is 73.4 degrees on my wireless thermometer. At this rate, in a few years wires will be obsolete. I was thinking of making a wireless pasture, but the horses and cattle would probably all get out before I perfected it. I guess I'll have to wait a few more years before I go wireless for livestock. I wouldn't be surprised if some day they will even have "wireless" haired terriers!


Monday, July 7, 2008

Horse'n Around

We had another successful weekend horse Show. Our yearling stud colt "Beezer" got Circuit Grand Champion in Color Class. His mama did the same thing a few years ago and by selective breeding, he is just as pretty as his late mother "Breezy" who got a first place in color at our World Show in Columbia, MO a few years ago. This is because people finally listened to me and used the stud stallion that I said would yield the best result in color. (Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once and a while) "Skeeter", "Beezer's" half sister, got Circuit Reserve Champion Longe Line and for one day at least was tied with the leading longe line horse in the country. It was good while it lasted until yesterday when she was defeated by the other horse. Hey, we'll take second place considering the tough competition! Both our trainer and I think with "Beezer" we will have another World Champion Dun Factor (color class) at our World Show in Memphis this August! After a 4 day show and a 4 hour drive home, I don't have the ambition to dig out my camera to post any show pics right now, but I will later. As a consolation prize, I'm posting a previous pic of "Beezer" at one day old, and his late mother "Breezy" that I already have on my hard disc. When we get the official Circuit Grand Champion photo, I'll post it just in case there are any skeptics out there :-))

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Alas; How the Mighty Have Fallen

I was doing some spring cleaning recently. It's July, but I got a late start. I guess I should call it summer cleaning. I came across some of my old heavily dust covered guitars. The picture only contains a few of them. I haven't found the rest of them yet including my expensive electric guitar that I used to play 1950's and 60's rock and roll with. I may have given the rest of them away, I can't recall. YEEEOW, now that's scary! I guess I had a guitar fetish in my younger days. Due to arthritis in my fingers and every other major joint, I haven't been able to play any of my beloved guitars the last several years. Fortunately, I can still type with the aid of Motrin. As I've said repeatedly over the years, "I am not growing old gracefully!" On the other hand, I've also said over the years, "Growing old is mandatory, growing up is optional." Hey, that sure sounds like me, huh! If you are young, enjoy life when you can. Meanwhile, I'll just look at all of my old guitars and think back to when I played everything from Bach to Rock. Alas, this gives me something to "fret" about. I know, a bad pun, but my brain is getting arthritis too I think. I do, however, find some comfort in the fact that my old guitar college professors and my old private guitar teachers either can't play now due to old age, or they are all dead by now. This causes me to count my blessings because even though I can't play anymore, at least I'm not dead, although I feel like I am every morning after I get up :-)

Former guitarist now turned Blog writer...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"High Test" Coffee

Well, I see that Starbucks is closing 600 stores. I have never been in one and never will be. It appears to me that Starbucks is a hangout for east and west coast liberals. I guess they specialize in Latte whatever that is. It sounds like coffee with a bunch of ingredients mixed in that no one would ever drink with coffee. In fact, I've never had a cup of Latte, nor will I ever. Remember what I always say and try to live, "I don't follow trends, I start them"! Latte costs $4.00 a cup at Starbucks. I assume that a cup of Starbucks "coffee" is 8 ounces, although I doubt if they contain that much. All right, let's do the math. There are 16 cups to a gallon. Take 16 cups times one cup of $4.00 Latte and that comes out to $64.00 per gallon! Now, at $4.00 per gallon for gasoline, that comes out to 25 cents a cup for gasoline. Heck, at this price, you might as well drink gasoline, which is $3.75 a cup cheaper than Latte. I wonder how to make gasoline Latte? For my taste, gasoline is sure to taste better and cost a whole lot less!!!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

To "bee" or not to "bee"

Every year we have beehives from spring to fall. The reason for this is that the truck crops we plant need bees to pollinate them. I have never liked bees and am always afraid of being stung. The beekeeper always tells us that they won't bother anyone. This year he put the hives at the corner of my yard. I am right in the flight path of them! Last year I was innocently walking past them on the way to feed the horses and cats. All of a sudden, without warning, a bee hit me in the forehead and I received a nasty sting. Well, so much for not being bothered! As much as I like squash, cucumbers, etc., I'm starting to wonder if its worth being bushwhacked by sadistic bees. Heck, I don't even care for honey. I've been taking a different route to the barn this year and so far have avoided any kamikaze bee attacks. So far so good, but each day I am on my guard! Notice the picture of this year's beehives. I took this picture with my telescopic lens. Why press my luck! Maybe the bees are allergic to me this year because whenever I get too close to them, they breakout in "hives". Whoops, I haven't taken my morning meds yet. Does it show??? :-)

Fast Track?

My goodness, I find it hard to believe that it is July 1st already and the 4th is this Friday! They say that the older you get, the faster time goes. I can certainly believe that. It seems just a few days ago it was Memorial Day. In fact my knees are still sore from marching in the Memorial Day parade! I remember when I was a kid it seemed like forever between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now Christmas seems to rush upon me before I can buy most Christmas presents. Maybe I should blame my own procrastination rather than some "Time Warp". I'm sure it just seems like time is going faster, but time is a constant. (I think). Maybe it isn't a constant after all and that time warps actually exist. I'm not going to take any chances this year. After the July 4th weekend horse show, I'm heading to Wal-Mart to do Christmas shopping. Merry Christmas to all of you!!!