Monday, December 19, 2011

Christmas Mysteries

In the meadow we can build a snowman,
and pretend that he's a circus clown
We'll have lots of fun with mister snowman,
until the alligators knock him down.

wait, wait, wait.... who are the alligators and why are they knocking down our snowman?

OK, I'm finding that there are several renditions of these lyrics, but this is the version that I put in a document of songs several years back.  I don't remember where I got them and now I can't find this version on the intenets anywheres....

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

GPS mis-directions

But if you do . . . you'll end up in Washington D.C.

Sunday, December 4, 2011


So finding myself alone in the house, not counting dogs and cat, and having imbibed a few seasonally appropriate "winter ales", I find myself singing out loud many a Christmas carol, though I hardly bring to mind more than a line or two of the lyrics.  But the pleasant affects of seasonal ales sends my freed and loosened cerebrum upon many a lesser road not taken journey, and so I find my myself pondering life's greater mysteries. . . such as "Just what is wassailing?" 

Wikipedia: Wassailing.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

A Zeta Woof Turkey

Now here's an idea!  A Bacon wrapped Turkey.  But no... my wife has to be Traditional.

Being Thankful

Always . . . Always be thankful for your wife!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Gleanings of Sherwood

54 half-pints of Applesauce..  Half-pints because they make great single-serving lunch or snack or deserts.

Happy Veteran's Day (belated)

Now here's a Marine uniform I like!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Pain in the. . .

O.K. . . . the problem with this is that I used to be the young kid, now I'm the old guy, and my wife doesn't like to give back rubs.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Stupid Daylight Saving Time

Over the years I've tried to read about Daylight Saving Time.  No matter how many times I look it up I can never remember why we do this stupid idea.

I've often heard it was for the farmers.  But it's been a long time since our society was agrarian.  Or that it was for the school children, or for the lighting of sports games, neither of which has ever made any sense to me when I look outside at the sunlight at those times of day.  The stupidest idea is that it's about energy savings, which has either been debunked or makes so little difference it's completely negligible.

But the absolute hardest thing about this stupid idea is . . . . . .

. . . trying to explain to your dogs why it's not dinner time yet!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Counter Tops

 After two years delay, the kitchen remodel progresses again.  We now have counter-tops!  This is "Wilsonart" solid surface material.  Put in by our cabinet maker.

 The sink is a stainless steel under-mount.  The cabinet maker mounted it, but only it.  I was left to locate and drill the holes for the faucet, mount it, and re-install all the drain plumbing.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

WW Leader Rookie of the Year

Beth is awarded Weight-Watchers "Rookie of the Year" employee award.


I recently updated our television system to one of those wide-screen flat-panel led-lcd TV's.  I bought a 40" Toshiba, plus a Samsung DVD/Surround-Sound system to go with it.

The question then became, "How do you dispose of an 80lb outdated piece of consumer electronics?"

No one in the family seemed to want it.  Recycling centers actually charge $25 to $40 for Cathode Ray Tube disposal (depending on size).  Where else do you turn? . . . Craigslist!

Not only did it not cost me money to recycle it, but it sold within 10 minutes, was hauled away within an hour, AND they paid me $25!

Quilt Shows

A few weeks ago Beth and her friend ran the APQS booth at a Quilting show out at the EXPO center.  This week she helped with the APQS company ran booth at the Long-Arm Quiliters show at the convention center.

For her show we had to dismantle her machine, pass it out the basement window and haul it to the show in an open trailer.  I printed the banner sign for her at work (fringe benefit) on our 24" wide inkjet printer.

For Beth's Quilting business see the link to the right.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Wow, I haven't posted in a while.  Just been too busy with the new job.  It's excellent working for a smaller company without all the bureaucracy of a large corporation. 

I've been considering upgrading my laptop.  But it's the old conundrum, small and lightweight, or power and features.  I was considering a Netbook, but Gordon turned me on to the limitations of a 600 pixel high screen.  But looking beyond netbooks, I ended up looking at the same thing I've got now, only newer.  I call my current laptop "the Brick", and yet this one I'm looking at is the exact same size and weight!

But it does have features:
64-bit Operating System,
4 Gbyte memory,
VGA and HDMI outputs (this is important to my job).
memory card reader built-in,
plus the "Trackpoint" joystick button I've gotten used to.

Will I get it?...  I don't know yet,... I have spent a lot of money lately and should slow down...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Finally !

Someone explains Congress's Financial Logic.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Squrrel update

Toby would make a great Engineer. . .

He's curious to see what's . . . INSIDE . . . of things.

Squirrel Inards

This... was a squirrel toy. It had four legs, a tail, and a head. Its body's interior held a red and white tennis ball.

Toby showed me what color the tennis ball was . . .

Friday, July 29, 2011

Changed My Mind...

I'm now at the KOIN anchor desk.
... and now for the weather, over to you Bob.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Carreer Change

Yes! That's me sitting in the anchor chair of the KGW News Desk.
Further updates at 11....

Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Passing of a Legend

Pyro the cat passed away yesterday. He was named Pyromaniac because he liked to get close to and stare at the fire in the fireplace. He belonged to the previous owner's of our house and when we bought and they moved he refused to go. (Dogs are pack animals, Cats are territorial) The owner's had moved to temporary quarters a few blocks away and Pyro kept coming back here. He would climb the trees and get in through the second story windows. We and the owner's decided he could stay.

He was about 5 years old then, and passed away at about 16. Over the last year we saw changes in him that indicated he was nearing his last days, so this is not unexpected. He seemed to be "going senile" and his weight seemed to fluctuate and his coat lost some luster.

Beth found him passed away in the upstairs hallway. Really quite a blessing, much better than having him simply disappear or finding him weeks later. Beth was quite broken up and very teary all day. We buried him in the backyard so that he could remain with "his house" that he refused to leave. Rest in Peace Pyro, we'll miss you.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Psuedo Going Galt

Not quite a classic "going Galt" scenario, but part of going Galt is the concept of giving up on the system that has become corrupted beyond logic and reason.

I've certainly felt screwed by the recent economic depression and have many times wondered how I could screw them back. I've not stopped paying my mortgage, but I did take their money during unemployment and now I'm depriving them of tax revenue by earning less money.

Well... off to work, because I haven't completely thrown in the towel. I'm just waiting for 2012 to once again cast a vote for reason.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Phillip Marlowe's type.

"She likes you." Randall said, like a polite FBI man in a movie, a little sad, but very manly. "Her old man was as straight a cop as ever lost a job. She had no business taking those things. She likes you."

"She's a nice girl. Not my type."

"You don't like them nice?" He had another cigarette going. The smoke was being fanned away from his face by his hand.

"I like smooth shiny girls, hardboiled and loaded with sin."

- Farewell, My Lovely by Raymond Chandler

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


The big headlines read:

Bristol Palin earned $262,500 from sex abstinence work

hhmmm.... I wonder where my wife is putting all of her money?

Friday, February 25, 2011

Tillamook Eats, and Cape Meares

Went to the coast last week to do a field service call for Beth's business. A standard tune-up on an APQS Millennium. Drove by way of Hwy-26 then Hwy-6 to Tillamook, OR. The service call was a little further south closer to Pacific City actually, but Tillamook is the junction of Hwy-6 and 101. Got there plenty early so I spent some time on a couple of side trips to make the drive to the coast more worthwhile, especially since it was supposed to be my weekend.

Started with brunch at Sunseri's Dutch Mill. This is a hole in the wall place in old downtown Tillamook, right on Hwy-101. It's an absolute classic American Small Town Greasy Spoon Diner. Don't take me wrong... that's a great thing, and exactly what I was in the mood for! I hit it at peak "brunch" hour... which in the winter means that I was the only customer in the whole place. It's winter, there's no tourists, and locals eat Breakfast, not Brunch. I was torn between ordering the Biscuits and Gravy and the Chicken Fried Steak. I went with the chicken fried steak with eggs and hashbrowns AND a biscuit instead of toast. The steak was served on TOP of the gravy leaving the steak's chicken fried coating Extra Crispy, and the biscuit was definitely hand-made with fresh Tillamook dairy butter. Fantastic! Highly Recommended.

The Cape Meares Lighthouse Park. Here's the trail out to the cape/bluff.
Closeup of the light.
Take a winding trail to below and you find what strike's you as the shortest lighthouse you can imagine. (That's a standard size house door on the right.)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Baffling the illogic

Am I the only one . . . to be totally baffled, amazed, shocked, sickened, dumbfounded, and bewildered . . . that the State of Oregon actually re-elected Kitzhaber to be governor again???

The only thing that makes me shake my head more is that our State Republican Party thought that running a sport's athlete against him would be a good idea.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Job Descriptions . . . .

What doing Telephone Tech Support is really like.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

To Be Continued....

Ohhhhh........   this is going to be bad.......