Monday, February 11, 2013

Look what the cat dragged in...!  And I feel like it.

I've been slacking quite a bit the past few weeks; seems like I'm either groggy from sleep deprivation most of the time, or suffering from mega-apathy the rest of the time.


The hoplophobes are going full blast right now; every time I look at the news some statist idiot is babbling and foaming at the mouth about "assault weapons", "high-capacity clips", and "gun show loopholes".  I get tired of people like this; I find they are usually one of two groups: uninformed idiots, or bald-faced liars. They have got the mainstream media as their propaganda corp (the news and entertainment media HATES the Second Amendment) and have managed to brainwash a large part of the population with distorted facts, lack of facts, and downright lies.

"Only criminals, dictators, and democrats fear armed citizens."
 - Jeff Cooper

They keep making sounds about "compromise", and "reasonable laws".
Compromise to these people means that you give them what they want, and get nothing in return.
Reasonable laws mean whatever they think they should mean, not what both sides agree on.
When they talk about closing up private sales, what they are really after is a registration database, which would be necessary for what they want in logging private sales.  The only purpose of registration is so you know who to disarm when the time comes.  If you don't believe that, then ask the people of NYC and California what it means.  Ask many of the countries that were disarmed after they got everyone to register.  Of course it doesn't apply to government heavies or criminals (there is a bit of an overlap there sometimes), but that doesn't really matter to them, since the main purpose of gun control is CONTROL.
Just my opinion.


I notice that the Pope is retiring.  I guess that means something if you're Catholic, but it just doesn't really mean much to me, I'm afraid.


I had to laugh at the photo they had of the POTUS "shooting skeet".  What a joke!  That guy hasn't got a clue how to even hold the gun.  I don't know why they thought they needed to slap together a phony photoshoot, but damn, if you're going to fake something, at least get someone who has a clue to help you pull it off.


Any favorites in this bunch, or comments on any of them?

"Love Made Me" by Vixen
"Incense and Peppermints" by Strawberry Alarm Clock
"American Pie" by Don McLean
"Twist and Shout" by The Beatles
"Stay" by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs
"Dirty Water" by The Standells
"Kiss Me Deadly" by Lita Ford
"Seattle" by Connie Smith
"Squeeze Box" by The Who
"You Know What I Mean" by The Turtles

Hot ladies, leather, and hard rock.  I feel better already...

If you grew up in the sixties you should remember this classic.

Just for fun.

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

Hope your new year is starting out well.

The past couple of months haven't been all that good in this neck of the woods.  My wife and I spent a good part of the first part of it helping take care of her mother, who started to have medical problems.  These slowly got worse until Christmas morning, when she went into hypoglycemic shock (she was diabetic), having a blood sugar of 33.  She was revived and taken to the hospital, but we lost her on Dec 27, and buried her on Jan 31. She was 86, and will be greatly missed by a lot of family, friends, and neighbors.

I'm not a religious person, but this song seemed appropriate:

I hope to get back later when we get more time; my wife is her executor, so things could get a little busy.

To everyone out there, I hope you had a wonderful holiday season, whether Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, or whatever belief helps to ease and uplift your spirit.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Winter is here.

Not really very enthused about this.  Yesterday at this time it was 70º F.
I took these pictures this morning, the snow is up to about five inches now, and shows no sign of stopping soon.

Picture 1: A shot from my mail box, toward the west.
Picture 2: Some of my miniature roses that got caught.

What we need is snow in the mountains, where it can pile up for use during next summer.


I'll be curious to see how things go once the dust settles from the elections.  I'm expecting more assaults on civil liberties in this country, usually in the form of executive orders, which in the past few years seems to be the way the POTUS can bypass Congress.  Why follow the Constitution in the proper way to pass laws, when it is easier to just make an royal proclamation executive order?


There's a gun show coming up next weekend, but I'll probably stay home; I imagine it will be swamped.  The re-elected president has already been making noises about new gun laws and encouraging the rest of the members of his party who don't believe in the rights of gun owners.  The only reason he wasn't pushing it earlier was because he didn't want to hurt his chances for re-election; he has a long history dating back to his pre-presidential days of pushing for laws disarming the public, since he doesn't believe that citizens should own means of self-defense.

"Only criminals, dictators, and democrats fear armed citizens."
 - Jeff Cooper


Dim light and snow tends to give me the blues; my playlist reflects that.  I usually just go down my music collection and throw a bunch of songs in there, depending on my mood at the time.  You can see how I am right now; most of them tend to be a bit melancholy or downright depressing.
Any favorites or comments on this batch?

"Misery Loves Company" by It's A Beautiful Day
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meatloaf
"Songs to Aging Children Come" by Joni Mitchell
"Walking the Blues" by Maria Muldaur
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash
"I Drink Alone" by George Thorogood & the Destroyers
"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Crying in the Rain" by A-Ha
"Snowblind Friend" by Steppenwolf
"I Never Cry" by Alice Cooper

Sunday, November 04, 2012

No, I haven't quit blogging

I haven't been too focused lately due to sleep problems, but hopefully some new medication may help with that.


I'll be glad when the elections are finished; I'm getting tired of computer calls and assholes trying to tell me who to vote for.  I have been looking up candidates' records to make my decisions; I refuse to watch debates on TV; all they amount to is a long session of "Dueling Douchebags", only without the banjo music.
Personally, I don't think any president can get us out of the rut we're in; I think we've gotten to the place where nature is going to have to take its course, and all the taxes and promises from representatives won't help.
Just my opinion.


 I was looking in my spam folder to make certain it wasn't snagging legitimate emails, and I have to wonder who the hell comes up with those email headers.  Ninety percent of the emails express concern about the proper growth and management of my wedding tackle, and have the most ridiculous titles I've ever seen:

"Give her a whopper in the bedroom!"
"Be the envy of the locker room!"
"Become the neighborhood stud!"

Really, people?  I'd be willing to bet most of them are bad translations from some other language (my bet is on Asian based on the structure of most of them), and they come off like a bad spiel from a carny barker with a limited education.  I don't know if they can help anyone ("She will scream loud with delight!"), but they give me quite a few laughs reading them.


 Some of you out there might wonder how close the Southpark gravatar I use actually looks like me.


My wife took this a few weeks ago up in the mountains.  Notice the vest, hat, camera and beard.  I don't have my shotgun as in the gravatar, and you can't see my gold earring in the photo, but I think it is a fairly close match.


A few pictures of our mountains that I took about a month ago, we've been getting bits of snow up there for some time now.  Click to enlarge.


Any favorites or comments?

"Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot
"As Time Goes By" by Rosemary Clooney
"Turn the Page" by Bob Seger
"Moonlight Drive" by The Doors
"Abracadabra" by Steve Miller Band
"She's Not There" by The Zombies
"Gypsy" by The Moody Blues
"It's In The Way That You Use It" by Eric Clapton
"Crazy Blue Eyes" by Lacy J. Dalton
"Leather and Lace" by Stevie Nicks

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Back already

Got back from Reno late Sunday from GBRVII still getting it together.  Things to unpack, guns to clean, pictures to download, yardwork to catch up on.
It was a good time; I got to meet more people that I had been reading for years but never met, and got to see others that I met last year.
Not Clauswitz (Keith) has a good summary of the people there; he also has a few pics in some of the later posts.  He is one of the people that I have read for years but never met; it was good to finally remedy that.
Most of my photos are people at meetings and general sit-around-and-bullshit sessions.
Saturday my wife and I drove over to Lake Tahoe (a short trip from Reno) for lunch and to get away to the mountains; had a relaxing time over there.  Hopefully we will get to go again next year.
There were a lot of door prizes given out, and some good stuff raffled off.  We had guns from Ruger and High Point, and accessories from Sig Sauer, Leupold, and others.


I'm a bit melancholy about the date yesterday.  I usually don't post anything about it, since there are others who do so much better than I do.  A couple are here that I think you may like.
Great Satan Inc.
Home on the Range


The presidential campaigns are shaping up to be some of the ugliest I've seen; it seems to be that every time an ad hits the TV that it has less to do with facts and the economy, and more to do with ad hominem attacks.
I refuse to watch campaign speeches and ads; I prefer to look at the records of the candidates.  Anybody can talk a good game and make promises; I want to know how well they kept promises in the past, that's what tells me what they are likely to do.  Politicians are bullshit artists; never believe anything they say without proof and evidence of past deeds.
Just my opinion.


Not a really cheerful playlist, but it fit my mood.  Any favorites or comments in this bunch?

"Veteran of the Psychic Wars" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire
"Harlem Nocturne" by Sam Taylor
"I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" by Hank Williams
"Close My Eyes Forever" by Lita Ford and Ozzie Osbourne
"No Time" by The Guess Who
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash
"Allentown" by Billy Joel
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" by Bob Dylan
"I Am a Rock" by Simon and Garfunkel

Sunday, August 26, 2012

The return of a slacker

I've been away longer than I expected; no excuses.

Since I've been here last my wife and I have had an anniversary  (39 years!), I've done a lot of gardening, and I have spent the last week and a half recovering from cellulitis in my right leg. The cellulitis was somewhat debilitating since there is a high fever involved, a swollen and painful leg, and a lot of dizziness and such caused by low blood pressure (for the first three days my BP was 87/56) and danger of fainting.  The antibiotics have gotten rid of it, but my skin itches and burns a bit, like a sunburn.  One of the side effects of the infection and antibiotics is that it plays merry hell with my blood sugar; at times (with little or no carb intake) my sugar will sometimes bounce from 100 to 225, and after a night's sleep run to 180,  Hopefully now that I'm done with the antibiotics this foolishness will come to an end.  Haven't had a decent night's sleep in a long time, I seem to be tired a lot as a result.
But enough about me.


GBR VII is coming up during the first week of September, hopefully it will be a good time like last year.


 I notice a lot of news about the civil war in Syria; the media  acts almost shocked at the scale of the killing and mayhem going on.  That area of the world has always been violent and bloody; the middle east is populated by governments that other than borrowed technology, have never advanced out of the Dark Ages.  They still wage war and kill each other the same as their tribal forebears going back 3000 years.  Why should they stop now, just because someone has introduced them to better weaponry?  The hate and violence goes on, and I doubt it will ever change.


Since I was here last, we have had several high profile shootings.

A nut collects some firearms, and opens up in a movie theater.
Some dirtbag decides to shoot up a Sikh temple.
A disgruntled worker in NYC kills his boss.

Some people would blame the firearms; to me the commonality in all of these is that the shooter picked places where they didn't have to worry about other people being able to defend themselves.  The theater had a no-guns policy, the temple only allowed the kirpan, and NYC does everything short of banning handguns in the city.  These were all Kill Zones, and I would not be surprised to see more atrocities as some of these criminals realize that as long as there are places like that, it is like shooting fish in a barrel.
Would armed citizens have been able to stop these shootings, or cut down on the damage?  It is hard to tell; maybe they could have changed things, maybe not, but at least someone would have been able to try, and I doubt if they could have turned out worse.  We saw what happened in NYC; they police injured several bystanders by firing 16 shots at the gunman, and hit in less than half the shots.  Contrary to what people see on TV and in the movies, the average policeman is not that good of a shot.  A lot of them only shoot their sidearm once or twice a year when qualifying.  Most non-LEO gun owners I know spend a lot more time, and are much better shots.  Your chances of being accidentally shot by a policeman as compared to a CCW carrier are roughly 5 to 1 from what I remember of the stats compiled by the CDC.
Just something to keep in mind. 


Any favorites in this bunch?

"We're Not Gonna Take It" by Twisted Sister
"Blue Suede Shoes" by Carl Perkins
"I Want You to Rock Me" by Vixen
"Kicks" by Paul Revere & the Raiders
"It's A Heartache" by Bonnie Tyler
"Crackerbox Palace" by George Harrison
"Dark Night" by The Blasters
"Kerosene" by Miranda Lambert
"All I Really Want to Do" by Sonny & Cher
"The Way It Is" by Bruce Hornsby

Gotta love the Eighties; hot girls, leather, and rock and roll

Another blonde, but from the country side of music.

And a lady from the late Seventies.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Dropping by

The family reunion was good; we got together and did the usual summer thing of grilling burgers and dogs, potato salad, all the good stuff people put together when having a picnic.  Unfortunately, a couple of days ago my aunt had a brain aneurysm and had to by hospitalized, so we're concerned at how she is going to be in the next few days.


Today the light of my life, my wife, turned another year older.
Happy birthday, Sandy.


I'm not even going to get into the campaign for POTUS; it pretty much boils down to two douchebags and their lackeys telling lies about themselves and each other while waging a shit-slinging war.
If I seem a bit harsh when describing them, so be it.


It was sad to see Ernest Borgnine go; I enjoys a lot of his movies while growing up.
I think my two favorite performances of his were in The Wild Bunch and The Vikings.
RIP, big guy.


A mixed batch today.

"Chicago" by Benny Goodman
"Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams
"Legend of a Mind" by The Moody Blues
"Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot
"The Night We Called It A Day" by Dave Brubek
"The Warrior" by Patty Smyth
"Deep Purple" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens
"Sitting At the Wheel" by The Moody Blues
"Don't Come Around Here No More" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Temptation" by Cote De Pablo

A song from the eighties.  Still not sure why all the effete ninjas and bad-fashion refugees.

A classic video from a classic band.

 If you're a straight guy and this doesn't raise your blood pressure a bit, you need to see a doctor.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

"I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in..."

For you youngsters that was the title of a song by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition from 1968.
It's been three weeks since I have set pen to paper (metaphorically speaking), and I am surprised my friends are still checking on me


 After vacation I worked on getting the yard in shape; at that time I was in bad shape from my back and the resulting sciatica, so I was usually either busy or lying about recovering. Sleep was poor and not enough.  Last week I got some more spine injections, and I am doing better, at least for now.  The muscles are still stiff, and I can feel that things are not right back there, but I am suffering little pain right now. 


Got a family reunion from my mom's side of the family coming up this weekend; some of my cousins and such I haven't seen in over twenty or thirty years.  Should be interesting meeting some of my relatives that I've never met before.


It looks as if Eric Holder may be found for contempt for not releasing information on the Fast and Furious fiasco; it won't matter, because he still refuses to cooperate.  He did offer to release the information if they promised to drop the investigation first, but even the Republicans aren't stupid enough to fall for that, though I'm not sure about Bohner; I'm wondering if that idiot has made a deal to try and block things, the way he has been acting.  If Holder didn't do anything wrong, why the secrecy?  And now the President has used executive privilege to try and protect him.  If the President isn't involved, why is he taking the risk of protecting an obvious liar?  Obama is not the type to help anyone unless there is something in it for him (he is a politician, after all), so either he is trying to hide possible White House involvement, or he is worried about Holder blabbing about something he would rather keep quiet.  Personally, my money is on the first scenario.


 We've been having problems with grass and  brush fires on the south end of the valley; added with the high temperatures and constant wind for the last couple of weeks, and it is a mess for the people living in that area.  Hopefully no one will be injured, or suffer serious property damage.
The fire has been blamed on target shooters, but personally I think it more likely that one of them was careless with a cigarette butt.  Contrary to popular myth, bullets do not cause fire or sparks unless either they are tracers or steel core (armor piercing) rounds.  The Forest Service and BLM have always been somewhat hostile to shooting, so they are quick to make accusations with or without facts.


"It Ain't Me Babe" by The Turtles
"Hungry" by Paul Revere and the Raiders
"Against the Wind" by Bob Seger
"John The Revelator" by Curtis Stigers and The Forest Rangers
"Mechanical World" by Spirit
"The Old Man Down the Road" by John Fogerty
"It's Only Make Believe" by Conway Twitty
"Alone" by Heart
"The Rebel" by Johnny Cash
"Handle With Care" by The Traveling Wilburys

Monday, June 04, 2012

Home again

Got home the day after Memorial Day, have been catching up on stuff since.

Had a good trip; even lost a few pounds walking around.

We went first to Moab, Utah, one of my favorite areas.
Spent a day there, then went to Durango, Colorado.
Next day we went to Santa Fe, also visited a couple of smaller towns in the surrounding area.
Stayed in Santa Fe until Sunday, drove to Moab that day.
Around noon Monday we started on the road home.

Some pictures of each leg of the trip below.  Click to enlarge.
In a few days I will also be uploading a lot of photos to my Flickr page, if anyone is interested.


Mainly took some pictures; also stopped by the two wineries there and got some stuff to take home.

1. Some ocotillo near a lodge by the Colorado River.
2. A canoe on the Colorado River.
3. A shot of the river at sundown, with my back to the sun.
4. Someone's dwelling on the Kane Creek Road alongside the east side of the Colorado River.  There were several of  these; some had houses built against the mountain and had hollowed out into the rock.  I wonder if they are part of a survivalist group?
5 through 10, Some petroglyphs along the river, probably done by Fremont Indians.


No shots at Durango, we weren't there long enough to do more than eat dinner (some fairly decent barbecue), sleep, and go on our way.

Santa Fe

Did a lot of walking around Santa Fe, and hit a few museums.  Many of them don't allow pictures, so we only have a few.
Went to a few good restaurants; we managed to get to some that Labrat put on a list for us.  Los Potrillos had some excellent Mexican food, and The Pink Adobe  served me a good steak with a bit of green chiles on top.  The Anasazi Restaurant served me an excellent duck breast, with plantain purée, sautéed onions,  and a tomatillo and orange gastrique.  For breakfasts, we favored the Tecolote Cafe, as we have in the past.
Most of our photos were around the large church there, the St. Francis Cathedral Basilica.
Though I am not religious, I find old churches interesting.  The church was built in the 1800's, around a chapel that was built by the Spanish in 1625.  They have a statue of Mary in there that was brought over from Spain in the same year, and is still in the old chapel part of the church.

I did get some photos at an art gallery of cultures that allowed photos, but no flash.  One of the pictures is below.

We saw some interesting old stuff in the Madrid area, south of  Santa Fe.  There were old mines out there, and a lot of interesting stuff left.

1. Old dentist chair and equipment.
2. Train used at the mine.
3. Some old equipment. 


Back in Moab, we caught sight of this odd vehicle.  At first it looks like a three-wheel motorcycle, but when you get close and see the engine, it is an eight cylinder car engine.  The lighting was odd, so it didn't turn out very clear.

A trip to Moab wouldn't be the same without a short drive down the Potash Road right outside of Moab.  It goes along the west side of the Colorado and will lead you into the back country if you take it far enough after it changes from paved to dirt road.  These two shots are from a section that gets a lot of mountain climbers who are first learning.  On the bottom picture you can see a light colored vehicle with a couple of climbers getting ready to set out.  The dark vehicle is mine, with my wife standing next to it.

The third picture is from a couple of years ago, to show you what it is like.

 Went by Ken's Lake just south of Moab, saw this big raven looking over his domain (the area is full of them).


"Question" by The Moody Blues
"Dirty Water" by The Standells
"I've Got You Under My Skin" by Frank Sinatra
"Domino" by Van Morrison
"Hell in a Bucket" by The Grateful Dead
"Sympathy for the Devil" by The Rolling Stones
"White Room" by Cream
"Dominique" by The Singing Nun
"The Wayward Wind" by Frankie Laine
"Magical Mystery Tour" by The Beatles

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tales from the road

Thought I'd check in with everyone.  I'm sitting in a motel room in Durango, Colorado typing this.  My wife and I spent yesterday in Moab, Utah, and got into Durango a few hours ago.  Tomorrow we'll spend a  bit of time here, then drive on to Santa Fe, New Mexico where we'll be spending a few days goofing off.  Labrat of Atomic Nerds was kind enough to send me a list of the better eating establishments of the area, so we now have a list to choose from.  Thanks, Labrat.
I'll try to do another post in a couple of days, depending on how busy/tired we are.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Hi, I'm BobG, and you may have heard of me; I'm the author of this blog...

...and I have been very slack in my posting.  I haven't quit blogging, I've just been distracted a lot lately.
My mom has been getting some cataracts taken care of, so my brother and I have been taking her to surgery and follow-ups, and helping her do her shopping and errands since she is presently unable to drive, and also has a bit of trouble getting around at times.  That's what family does, it takes care and supports one another.
The weather has been playing merry hell with my arthritis; most of the time the temperature has been in the eighties, but at times it cools down and we get snow in the mountains and rain here in the valley.  When that happens, the arthritis in my back, knee, and shoulder starts bitching and whining and throbbing until the air pressures settle down.  The joys of growing old.  I'd like to find the asshole who named them "The Golden Years" and bitch-slap him into next Tuesday.  This morning I got a gout flareup, but luckily had some pills for it and was able to chase it away. I had to go to the doctor a bit ago since a couple of days ago my right leg started hurting, got hot, and has a bright red rash on it.  The doctor confirmed what I thought: cellulitis.  The antibiotics should take care of it in a few days, though I understand that lately some of the staph infections (cellulitis is a type of staphylococcus) have been becoming resistant to many modern drugs, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.  Still having bad insomnia, which is jacking around my blood sugar something fierce some mornings, and partly explains my attitude while writing this; hopefully I'll be in a better mood when I next post, and will do it a lot sooner.
But enough of whining about my problems.


Re: The Zimmerman case.
Will everybody just sit down and STFU until all the facts are out?
Thank you.


Some of these should be familiar.

"Li'l Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
"Evil Woman" by Electric Light Orchestra
"I Won't Back Down" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Mary's Vineyard" by Claude King
"Scarborough Fair/Canticle" by Simon & Garfunkel
"Sometimes in Winter" by Blood, Sweat & Tears
"Devil Woman" by Cliff Richard
"Hold Me Now" by Thompson Twins
"Rebel Yell" by Billy Idol
"Cry Me A River" by Cote de Pablo

This song was one that I remember Tom Petty playing the night of 9/11; I tend to associate it with that since.


I remember when this song came out; I was a student in college. It brings up a lot of personal memories for me.

For those who watch NCIS, this is Cote de Pable (Ziva). She is an accomplished singer.

Monday, March 19, 2012

"In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours." - Mark Twain

Interesting weather since I was last here; warm days in the high sixties, and several inches of snow, then more spring weather and an inch of snow last night, which has now melted.

Click to enlarge.

Miniature daffodils; they are only 1" across


Miniature iris, only 6" high



My blog turned six years old yesterday. I may not post often, but I've been trying to hang in there.


I'm getting tired of hearing about Peyton Manning; I didn't know who he is until a couple of weeks ago, don't know what he looks like, and really don't care; could we move on to something that actually matters now?


Hoping to post again soon; have been a bit out of sorts lately.


More old stuff. Any favorites?

"98.6" by Keith
"I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash
"Margaritaville" by Jimmy Buffett
"Highwayman" by The Highwaymen
"Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone?" by Charley Pride
"Dengue Woman Blues" by Jimmie Vaughan
"All Strung Out" by Nino Tempo and April Stevens
"Whispering Pines" by Johnny Horton
"One" by Three Dog Night
"More Than a Feeling" by Boston

Thursday, March 01, 2012

A meme, and some observations

Posting later than I was hoping; have been fighting with a nasty head cold the last few days.  One of those that isn't quite bad enough to make you really sick, but just bad enough to make you feel like curling up and grumbling.  Still have some sinus problems; I'm surprised I'm not dehydrated from the way I've been sneezing and my nose has been running almost around the clock.  I've been meaning to take some photos outside (the spring bulbs are starting up), but it's been miserable cold and windy, and my joints are going to have to take a rain check, especially since during the night we had a half a foot of snow dump on us.


Saw in the news where Davy Jones of the old Monkees died yesterday from a heart attack; he was only 66.  Where the hell did the time go? 


Am I the only one who thinks Blogspot has its head up its butt?  The Turing words are difficult to read, and the new format for comments sucks, bigtime.
Hopefully they'll get their shit together soon.


I've been tagged by a meme.  I don't do memes very often, but the tagger was Zeke, from Engineering Johnson.  I met him at the Gunblogger Rendezvous last year, and quite enjoyed talking with him and listening to him tell about some of his engineering jobs around the globe.  I'm supposed to tag five other bloggers, with 200 or less followers.  I don't know if these people will be interested, but here it goes:

Dum Vivimus, Vivamus
Politics, guns, and family, with general observations on the world around us.

The Reluctant Paladin
An animal control person commenting on life in general, and does some restoring of antiques that are quite good.

Momma Mia, Mea Culpa
Meleah Rebecca tells about family, her life, and comments on life and the WTF of the world.  She has had me laughing more than once with some of her tales.  She probably has lot more than 200 followers, but I felt she deserved a mention.

Total Survivalist Libertarian Bitch Fest
Some ladies with a blog.  Their description says it best:
"We write about self-reliance, gardening, kids, politics, and whatever else we want.  We like what we like, enjoy what we do and never take shit from anybody."

Kilo India Tango
A young lady in Montana who has recently started blogging again.  Her interests are shooting, photography, camping, and life in general.


Not even going to mention the clown fight for the GOP slot; they're too busy rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.


Any favorites or comments on this bunch?

"I Ain't Me, Babe" by Bob Dylan
"Red, Red Wine" by Neil Diamond
"Runnin' Blue" by The Doors
"Gypsy" by The Moody Blues
"Greensleeves" by Blackmore's Night
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" by Queen
"Sunshine of Your Love" by Cream
"Runaway" by Del Shannon
"Blue World" by The Moody Blues
"Daydream" by The Lovin' Spoonful

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

“Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get.” - Robert A. Heinlein

It's been cold and sunny a lot around here; a bit too dry, to tell the truth.  When the temperature is dropping well below freezing every night, and there is no frost forming, it means you need some precipitation.
Went out about five minutes drive to the west of where I live and got some pictures of these mulies.  They are on private property, and you can drive right up to the fence without spooking them much.  If you try to roll down a window or open a door, however, they are off like a shot.  The herd was probably around twenty head total. As you can probably tell, I shot these through my windshield.
For a really bigass view, click on the pictures.


I was hoping this story would turn out better. I remember when this whole thing popped up a couple of years ago, since it was here in West Valley City where I live. Pretty much everyone believes he did away with his wife, but they could never locate her body, so he is still a "person of interest". It is just sad that when he decides to end his life, he felt he had to kill his children also. There is no reason for that; if he wanted to commit suicide, that is his choice, but he had no reason to murder his children. I am not a religious person, but if I were, my fervent wish would be that he rots in hell.
Just my opinion.


I've been spending a lot of my time trying to exercise back and shoulder muscles, to get them in shape after all the stuff they've been through, but it is going slow. It doesn't help that I've been sleeping even more poorly than usual. When you only get 3 or 4 hours a night for weeks on end, it makes you feel a bit fuzzy and stupid in the head, like your IQ has dropped temporarily. Last night I got almost five hours, so I am feeling a little more clear (hence my posting today).
I've tried napping during the day, but not too successfully. Mainly I have curled up and my mind has gone wandering away to other places and times. It's funny how a certain smell, a sound, a way that a sunbeam happens to cast a shadow or gleam off something can send you to another occasion so clearly that it is almost like you are there. Sometimes it is something in the past few years, but now and then I get an image and memory of things that happened when I was just a small child. Some of my strongest memories seem to be when camping and traveling on vacation with my family. I can picture some of the locations quite vividly, others not so much, but they are places that I will never forget. Have you got had many experiences like that? I'll move on now, before I babble any more.


There should be a familiar one or two in this bunch.

"After Dark" by Tito & Tarantula
"The Warrior" by Patty Smyth
"Tube Snake Boogie" by ZZ Top
"Get Off My Cloud" by The Rolling Stones
"Help Me Girl" by Eric Burdon and the Animals
"John the Revelator" by Curtis Stigers and The Forest Rangers
"Over You" by Gary Puckett & the Union Gap
"Rock Me" by Steppenwolf
"You Only Live Twice" by Nancy Sinatra
"Scotch and Soda" by The Kingston Trio

A good one from Eric Burdon

Great song, dark and sexy at the same time.

One of those songs that is good to listen to when you've got the blues.