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Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Catching Up On Loose Ends

Merry Christmas to All.
Happy New Year to All also.
Happy Chanukah.

There, I think that about covers me for the rest of the year. It's definitely been a year.

We (the wife) have finally gotten a handle on the mother in laws health care. The VA has done an outstanding job with her. Every time we send her in, she keeps coming back. It's not yet her time. There is still something left for her to do.

The wife is still hanging in there. It's been a difficult road for her. She misses being with the relatives during the holidays. I think she misses being with them other times.

As for me, I am taking some time off. Not going anywhere. Not planning anything. Long time coming.

Be good to get back to work next year.

Hope Everyone had a good last year and wish them the Best for their coming New Year.
of course I wish you the best for for rest of this year also.

So, until we meet again. Same bat channel, same bat time.
Be careful over the weekend. Lots of drunks, and older folk will be out on the streets. And you now how them older folk get.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving.

 And it came upon us, once again. We have lived to see another Thanksgiving. For that alone, we should give Thanks.
I want to thank everyone who has helped me in this endeavor called, My Life. I know that there are too many to list, so I'll just say, You know who you are,  I won't forget you.
We are going to have a simple Thanksgiving. Not doing anything extravagant. Have a cousin coming in with all the fixin's for the meal. Had a neighbor bring us 2 pies this morning that his mom had made. Pumpkin and Pecan. An hour later, they sent over some dressing. (just brown it in the oven). They are good neighbors.
I've been kinda busy here, work, sleep, work again.
Planted a tree. Got me a Tangerine tree. With some sun and water, I should have some tangerines in a few years. It's only about 4 feet tall, but it has big dreams.
Didn't get the pool cover on. I've been trying to sweep the leaves off the top before they sink, but I missed a bunch of them. The water is cold and I 'm waiting on another hot day to get the leaves off the bottom. Running the salt/chlorine generator and the water is good to swim in. It won't be the first year we didn't get the cover on.
Well, gotta go for now. Will try not to go so long between posts.

Again, Happy Thanksgiving.

ps. The lazy farmer has another cut from the cowboy. Don't want to miss it.  http://thedailystrumpet.blogspot.com/2011/11/happy-thanksgiving.html

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Here's The Musing Parts

 Well it's that time again. Time to sit at the keyboard and try to see what I can come up with.
 Read somewhere that Israel traded about a thousand of prisoners for just one soldier. He must have been a pretty special soldier to be worth so much. Or are the prisoners just not worth that much at all. So now the ex-prisoners can renew their vows to their cause. Let the killing begin.
 Went to the garage a looked over my old Pontiac. It a 1970 GTO Judge convertible. It went thru the Katrina Flood and some how is going to get put back together. It was in a garage before the hurricane and when then garage went it carried the roof for awhile. It needs a total restoration. If it weren't so rare, I'd just buy something else and be happy. I started tearing it apart after I got it in it's new garage. Spraying everywhere I could get to with rust preventative. I've got it almost torn down. Still have to get the interior out. Got me a welder lined up, don't know really how good he is, but he has welded exhaust pipe for me that hasn't fallen off.
 Mother in law got back from the hospital today. Clean bill of health. Except for the illness. And the personality. At least everything is new for her. I just wish she had better shorter memory. It puts a strain on the wife seeing her mother like this. Being a 24 hour a day caregiver. Going day by day, one step closer to not being known.
 My mother had Alzheimer's. Nothing is so hard as seeing her and her not knowing who I was. 
Well, time to go.
Will write more later.


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Getting Lost In The Web

 Well I thought this was going to be another good week. Had a start on this post about an hour ago and hit a wrong key somewhere and I lost it all.
 That would never have happened on my Royal.
 I had a good day following some of the other blogs. I try to go through them daily, but some days are better than others. Some of the comments stir up more memories than the posts themselves.
 One comment about the Ozark Mountain Daredevils got me stuck in the web for quit a bit. You see they were one of the first concerts I went to when I was a boy. You know, back when dirt was born. Up at Boulder, Co. Some college. Sat in the balcony with a great view of the band.  Someone would hand you something, you'd sample it and pass it on. A good time was had by all.
 Those were the simpler days. Days where you had very few obligations and you knew there was a whole new world out there for you to explore.
 After listening to some of their songs again on you tube, I had to look up some other bands that I had listened to back then.
 One of them was Poco. They were a bit different than I remembered. My head was probably not in the same frame/time zone. Then I had to look up Angel. They were about the same as before. LOUD! After a bit of them there was only one place to go.
 You guessed it, Frank Zappa. Had to listen to a piece called Punkys Whips. About Punky Meadows of the group Angel. Not as good as his Don't Eat The Yellow Snow song, but still quite entertaining.
 And so life goes. Work, sleep, following blogs and getting lost in the web.
 Glad I found my way back. There's strange stuff out there.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Time for Another Post aka, Write Something Bobby Before Everyone Thinks You Went Away.

 Well it's pouring down rain here. Was thinking that this might be a good time to say hello again and to sheepishly try to  apologize for not writing more. 
 Then I thought I should put these thoughts on paper, but no one reads the papers I write, so that would be a waste.
 Then I decided that I was gonna catch up on my blog reading, cuz reading is a whole lot easier than writing. This led to about a day lost in the web, meeting new friends and learning about a few I will avoid. There are some really foolish people out there. Or it could just be me.
 I usually start on one of the blogs that I follow, then at the top where it say's "Next Blog" or go to or something like that, I'll click that, and I'm off on my trip around the world. The ones I like, I follow, the other, I'll hit the "Go Back a Page" button thingy and head into another direction.
Now some of these folks haven't posted in ages, but I befriended them any way. Don't want any lonely blogs out there. So you may see some new blogs posting updates here. They are a very diverse group and some of them are quite deep. 
 All in all, it seemed like a loss of time, but sometimes time is all you can give to your friends.
 And it was interesting and gave me something to write about.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Animal Issue

Saw this on face-book today. It really saddens me that there are people in the world that abuse their animals. I'm not saying all animals are equal, but if you have a pet you should to take care of that pet. 
By the way, Budde, those that look after neurotic/mental animals are the best kind of owners.
Here it is... 
I died today. You got tired of me and took me to the shelter. They were overcrowded and I drew an unlucky number. I am in a black plastic bag in a landfill now. Some other puppy will get the barely used leash you left. My collar was dirty and too small, but the lady took it off before she sent me to the Rainbow Bridge . Would I still be at home if I hadn’t chewed your shoe? I didn’t know what it was, but it was leather, and it was on the floor. I was just playing. You forgot to get puppy toys. Would I still be at home if I had been housebroken? Rubbing my nose in what I did only made me ashamed that I had to go at all. There are books and obedience teachers that would have taught you how to teach me to go to the door. Would I still be at home if I hadn’t brought fleas into the house? Without anti-flea medicine, I couldn’t get them off of me after you left me in the yard for days. Would I still be at home if I hadn’t barked? I was only saying, “I’m scared, I’m lonely, I’m here, I’m here! I want to be your best friend.” Would I still be at home if I had made you happy? Hitting me didn’t make me learn how. Would I still be at home if you had taken the time to care for me and to teach manners to me? You didn’t pay attention to me after the first week or so, but I spent all my time waiting for you to love me. I died today. Love, Your Puppy 

***Please forward this to everyone, its time to stop animal abuse***

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Is this a catchy headline?

 I haven't been here for awhile, so I don't know where to start or where I'll end up.
  I knew where I was going in life earlier before circumstances dictated change. I am at a standstill as to moving forward toward my goals.
 One of my goals was to be able to be able to live within my means on my retirement income. That was quickly nipped in the bud when Katrina came to visit and we had to rebuild our house. The house when up without much of a problem, but then the insurance company decided to raise rates.
 They have done this yearly. A minor wind claim and now they don't have wind policy. Now we have wind and flood insurance through govt underwriting programs.
 Why can't there be One "All Peril" insurance group. One that would cover hurricanes, winds, rain, flood, tornadoes, sink holes, and and earth quakes. If the risks could be spread amongst more people, then the rates would be more affordable.
 Oh my, there goes my blood pressure.
 I'll get into more of my goals later as there have been set-backs on them all. But being alive, I have little choice but to keep plugging away.
 There will be better times. There are silver linings. The New Orleans Saints won the Super Bowl once, so I guess  pigs can fly and hell can freeze over.
 That it for now, except to come up with a catchy headline.

Monday, June 6, 2011


Not being the long winded type, I find it difficult to keep this blog current. I come up with a great idea for a post, and before you know it, someone else has already written about it. Kinda makes me look like I'm hanging on their coat-tails. They still have coat-tails?
So this time I decided to write about something no one else has. The unwritten subject.
 Now there was a time you couldn't write about the unwritten subject without being subjected to all sorts of derogatory remarks. This kept a lot of good writers away. But I am not a good writer, so these remarks float off my back like water off a duck.
 The places the unwritten subject has been, is neither here, nor there. It has been seen in more places than not, just not written about.
 But I am about to change that.
 How you might ask?
 Well, by writing about it.
 Now that it has been written about, I feel so much better. I can sleep well tonight knowing that the unwritten subject has now come out of the dark. It has seen the light of day and will no longer be subjected to unwritten prose.
 Until next time, keep on the lookout. For what, I have no clue. But then again, you already knew that.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

As we enjoy our family and friends, let us not forget those that allowed us this privilege.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Israel and the 1967 State Lines

 This is only an issue whenever someone needs one.
Notice the date.
  Seems like everyone is leaving out the part about "Mutually Agreed Upon Land Swaps" starting with the 1967 lines as a base line.
 You have to start somewhere, if you want to get anywhere.

Prime Minister of Israel and The Office of the Secretary of State of The United States

Joint Statement of the Office of the Prime Minister of Israel and The Office of the Secretary of State of The United States

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
November 11, 2010

Begin Text
‪‪Prime Minister Netanyahu and Secretary Clinton had a good discussion today, with a friendly and productive exchange of views on both sides. Secretary Clinton reiterated the United States' unshakable commitment to Israel's security and to peace in the region.
‪‪The Prime Minister and the Secretary agreed on the importance of continuing direct negotiations to achieve our goals. The Secretary reiterated that "the United States believes that through good-faith negotiations, the parties can mutually agree on an outcome which ends the conflict and reconciles the Palestinian goal of an independent and viable state, based on the 1967 lines, with agreed swaps, and the Israeli goal of a Jewish state with secure and recognized borders that reflect subsequent developments and meet Israeli security requirements." Those requirements will be fully taken into account in any future peace agreement.
‪‪‪The discussions between the Prime Minister and the Secretary focused on creating the conditions for the resumption of direct negotiations aimed at producing a two-state solution. Their teams will work closely together in the coming days toward that end.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Not the End of the World.

Are we still here?
 So this is what heaven is like. Kinda feels much the same as before. Kinda glad that the world didn't up and quit on us. Maybe there were a few that made the trip. There were quite a few folks in the obituaries today. Of course I'll have to wait till Monday to see the ones that went with Saturdays Rapture.
 Started to fill up the pool. It's holding water pretty good. In other words, No Leaks! Shut the water off about a foot low last night, so I wouldn't forget and let it run all night. I'm sure the grass would've loved that.
 The grass is dying out. Maybe it got Raptured? Does it have a soul? Do trees have souls? Can you be reincarnated as a tree or a blade of grass? Ashes to ashes and all that stuff.
 Haven't had to mow in a while. I don't mind that so much as the crackling of the blades under my feet. At least I live in a place that allows me to have a yard of my own and lets me decide when to take the life of the lawn.
The Mother in Law is still with us. Must not have been the right Rapture for her. We know she is perfect, just ask her. Maybe she will find the right Rapture in the future. Is there another one planned for 2013?
 Well I probably wrote too much already. Probably upset some of the spiritual types who were planning on not being here today, and now having to get ready to go to church. But on the bright side, there will be plenty of there friends waiting for them.
 Now I have to get my act together. Try to act like the responsible one.
 Aw shucks. I'm gonna finish the pool.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Making Patriotism Fashionable Again 05/30 by Sandi Tuttle | Blog Talk Radio

 Something that I want to pass on.

 Making Patriotism Fashionable Again 05/30 by Sandi Tuttle | Blog Talk Radio
  Disclaimer, she's my sister in law, so there's no telling what she will say.

 Sorry for not being a daily writer, but things have been rough around here. Not as rough as the farmers have it, just rougher than the norm. Food prices are going to go through the roof.
Haven't had much rain in this neck of the woods, in a while. Grass is dying. Lawnmower is crying out, "Ride Me, Ride Me". Ants are crying "Don't move, I want to bite you".

 Got a replacement liner for the old pool on order. Don't know when it will be in. It feels real good to take a dip after work. Kinda like a dip for a dip.

 They opened up the levies for the river. Hate to see those poor people getting their homes flooded. I know how bad it is to clean up. We had around 8 and 1/2 feet in our house after Katrina. Nothing like running a Bobcat down the hallway, to rip out the carpet. But we did get new Sheetrock and paint. Now the outside needs to be washed again. You would think vinyl could stay clean for at least 5 years.

 Got the windows open. Put a garage door screen over the back french doors. Got them open also. Nice to have a breeze and not have the power meter spinning. I'll be glad when fuel prices goes back down.  Cheaper gas, cheaper food. We will be able to spend our money on items that will help the economy.

Well since I have nothing to write about, I'll close for now.

 Be safe and take care of one another.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

As The World Continues To Spin

Crazy world.
 Milk, pot, scripts,  Farmer Jone's mushrooms. Selling contraband to willing customers. Some things just defy logic.

  Next thing you know, they'll attack granny, because they know better. Oh wait, they already did that. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/aug/11/getting-rid-of-granny/

Why are they protecting us from ourselves? Because we let them. This could be a moral issue or someone could be making money from this.? 

  What can we do? We can get involved. Increase our knowledge of the issues. We can complain. We can refuse to wear the blinders that narrow our focus. The blinders that narrow our minds to the answers. We need to look at the issues. Both sides. Question what we read and hear, in a civil manner.

 You can see where we are at and you can see where we are going. When only 41% turn out to vote, you end up where we are.  http://elections.gmu.edu/Turnout_2010G.html  We are being led by a minority.

I'm not saying there are any left/right  or right/wrong answers. Somewhere, in between, the answer lies.
Only when we make an "informed" vote, will our country return to it's greatness. With our liberties restored. 

But I don't see that happening.

h/t   http://thedailystrumpet.blogspot.com/

Sunday, April 24, 2011


Had a good dream this morning.
I was going to town with my mom, dad, and my sister.
We parked the car and were walking around town sightseeing with my mom and dad. My sister waited by the car.
Saw some strange street names. Marylin Monroe Drive was one. In the course of the walk I went back to get my sister. We hopped into the car, Caddy convertible, and soon we were driving through town. I remember the paint was flaking off the car and it was pretty rusted underneath.
  I asked her to try the horn. It didn't sound like the right horn for the car. Sounded like on of the junkyard horns you throw back in the pile while you search for another. Outside of town it was getting dark. Remember seeing a rockett flying to the sky and returning to the ground. Not a real rocket, but a neon one.
 Next thing to come was a casino. My sister drove the car into an empty parking lot and parked it in the very furthest spot from the entrance. She left the top down.
 We went inside and she proceeded to the cashier booth for change. I wondered around and when I went looking for her, she was gone. I searched upstairs. The casino was still rebuilding.
 Next thing I remember is waking up on a bed and seeing a survey list asking how the accomidations are. In the haze I remember seeing Joke come into focus. After I cleared my eyes, it wasnt there. Just good, bad, needs improvement.
Then I woke up.
 Don't rightly know what this dream meant. Mom and Dad past away a long time ago. My sister, lives in another town with a husband and a pack of kids.
  Maybe it was Mom and Dads way of telling me that things are alright. Life moves on and you will still be with everyone when your turn comes.
 Maybe the dream is telling me that my life needs rebuilding. Like the Caddy. Nice coat of paint over a rust bucket.
 What ever it means, I will look at it as a way for my parents telling me to keep on, keeping on.
 That they are alright and will see me when the time comes. My sister is off on her on and doesn't need my help.

Hope everyone has a nice Easter, with the ones they love.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Busy Day

  Got a good start on the weekend to-do list.

The front yard is mowed. I went ahead and mowed parts of my neighbors yard also. His slab has been removed and there is still bits and pieces of concrete hidden in the grass. Have raked some of them into piles, so I was able to miss most of them.

 Had to move two turtles so they wouldn't get run over. Had turtles around here for a while. Usually bigger ones. These looked to be about a year old. At least the oil spill didn't get into our bayou.

 It was nice. Going around in circles with no place to go. Not having to be anywhere on time. The noise and the rocks getting thrown out, kept all away.
  It was nice.

 The people across the road are getting the house pressure washed and painted. Looks like the landlord is doing it right. His hire hand was dropped off in the morning, and calls for a ride when he's done for the day. This is his second day.  We had vinyl put on our house, so I just need to pressure wash and paint the door trim.

One more thing for the never-ending list.  Like it or not the grass never gets moved off the list. It seems to grow no matter what.

  Of course I don't always finish the list. I just use it for a guide.. To let me know, when I can ride around in circles with no place to go. This journey was better than the destination.

Did I say..  It was nice.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Another Sunday

 Sunday and baseball and possibly Nascar later.
  At least after your prayers and thanks to be living another day.
 Have a friend over for the weekend. She knew my wife and MIL from way back. Like when they were kids.
 Mother in law (MIL) has a birthday this week and my wife just had hers. So now we are baking a cake. Going with Red Velvet mix. Friend is icing it know. A Birthday Cake they can both enjoy. And I get a little bit of it, too.
 Learning new tricks with the pre-made icing. Whip it before you use it. Boy, that sounded bad. There's a lesson to be learned there, but I'm not going there.
 I was going to do the front yard, but I need to have time for friends when they have time for me. So the front yard didn't get cut. In the grand scheme of life, it's not a big necessity. It'll wait another day.
 Still a great weekend.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Chocolate ;))

Quick note. Check out Grandma Yellow Hair at   http://grandmayellowhair.blogspot.com/2011/04/back-in-time.html 
She is going to give away chocolate.  Doesn't that excite you?

That's always good to write about.Well, tomorrow is Saturday and I will try to post something longer.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Wifes Birthday

 It's that time of the year again.
 Her birthday.
 I was trying to think of what to write about and the wife informed me she  had a birthday coming up. Being the thoughtful husband, that I am, I kept me mouth shut. I don't want  her to think I forgot about it.
 Just saying.
 I'd had these big plans for the day. A day at the spa. An afternoon at the casinos. A moonlight stroll. Maybe take her to one of those fancy organic pizza parlors everyone talks about.
A new car, or washing the one she has. Another house or just finding a broom. Maybe coffee in bed or take her to McDs for the full breakfast experience. Lord knows, You have to be your best that day.
 I'll have to come up with something. Dang, Now that she read this, I can't surprise her with the new house and car. Guess I better get going.
 I know that broom is around here somewhere.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Just Another Rant To Make Me Feel Better

What in the world are they doing in Washington.
 We have a budget. We need to balance the budget. If we have to live on our income, then the Govt should do the same.
 We need compromises. We don't need grandstanding. We need cuts in spending and we need increased income. Simple economics.
  The problem seems to be the options.
  Social Security is in need of some help. Eliminate it and give it to Wall Street.
  Medicare has problems. Hand it to the insurance companies.
 I just don't understand why we would want to do this.
 Tax cuts were supposed to be grandfather out. Don't you want to increase your income to allow you to increase spending. Isn't that how you balance the books?
 They want to keep tax loop holes for companies that are having massive profits at my expense and companies that pay no income taxes.
 Just what is it that I am not seeing here.
 I see the need for increasing regulations to prevent another Gulf oil spill. I see the need for increased drilling. I don't see the need for increasing the toxins these companies are placing upon our earth. If they can't police themselves, then they need more regulating.
 They convert our food crops into fuel and food prices go up.
 We have switch grasses that can be used for fuel. ....Helllooo. .........Switch grasses that are that are not part of our food supply. And switch grass provides an better decrease in Green House emissions than corn.
 What am I not seeing here. Is it only me that is having a problem with this. Am I not seeing the world from your prospective?
 Help me out here Give me what I am missing. Show me the light. Lead me into the promised land.

There now, I feel so much better.


Sunday, April 3, 2011

Sunday Morning

 Well I woke up again. Glad there is at least one thing I do regularly. Not that there aren't other things also.
 Let's see now. Got the paper read, and cleaned out the gutters. Now there's a thing I really look forward too. Standing on the step ladder while leaning, way over, to reach into a muck mixture of leaves, trigs, and other assorted oddities.
  There have been bird eggs before, but none today. When I find eggs, I skip that part and don't clean above them. Good a reason as any to miss a spot.
 Of course now that the gutters are clean, I have to clean the back porch. Somebody dropped a bunch of leaves on it. What I could really use is a bendable nozzle for the shop vac. Deal with the stuff only once before they become compost.
 Well, I've gotta get a move on. Clean the porch and mow the yard.
 Then I can watch the race.
 Hope y'all have a wonderful day.

Friday, April 1, 2011

April 1st

Another quick note. I'm doing fine here. Work has kept me quite busy. My part time job has turned into more. Almost twice the hours than I needed.
You need to go over to Gorges Grouse.
This is a very insightful study.
Hope all is well with you and I'll write more when I can.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Quick Note

 Just a quick note to say I'm still alive and kicking.
 Looks like it might rain tonight. We are under a tornado watch and the air is cooling down nicely. It was in the 70s today and is supposed to drop way down to 69 tonight. Sounds like a cold wave is coming through.
  I appreciate your following this, and I hope you'll take the time to view the posts of my followers. They are a very diverse group of folks and always have something to say.
 Tell them Bobby sent you. And please follow them too.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Partly Cloudy

 Sounds about like my life. Well it's been a while since I last posted and I promised myself I was gonna write some things, so here goes.
  I tried to start a story about my cars I had growing up, but sometimes the order, I had them in, gets confusing. So I'm gonna list some of them and try to place them in some period of time.
 Since I started with Thunderbirds, I'll just update the list.
 My first ones were the two 1960s. I also acquired a 63 from a junk yard, that only needed a freeze plug to fix. It had the 406 engine and the swing-away steering column. It was moroon in color, with a black interior.
 Then there was the 67 I got from a finance company. $400.00 for that one. It had the best back seat of the bunch. Also drank the most gas. These were all in use when I was in high school between 72 and 74. I went through them so quickly.
 There was always just one more. I was on my parents insurance policy with 5 cars at one time. After my second ticket for speeding, the company dropped me. Boy did I learn a lesson fast. Don't be stupid and get caught. Or was it just don't be stupid.
 When I got married, we bought an 85 model. This was around the mid 90s. Can't remember the exact year, because the love of my life was brighter than my keeping track of dates.(I'll see if this works when I miss our anniversary). It had the v6 and was reliable. It was a big change over the earlier ones. If I'd had the time and money, I would've put a little 302 in it. That would have made a world of difference.
  Now that they aren't made anymore, I guess I'll just keep them in my memories.
And keep an eye out for another homeless one.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Back to Life

 Well let's see what else I can write about.
  My wireless was down for awhile so I couldn't get anything done. But it's back up now in case you couldn't tell.
The posts on my cars seemed to draw a bit of interest, so I'll go on from there.  My next auto was a 64 Chevrolet Malibu SS. The SS meant it had bucket seats and a console. or so I remember. It had a 283 with a two barrel carb and a powerglide 2 speed transmission.
I had lost my previous car and was still working Holiday Inn, at the time bussing tables. One of the waitress knew I was looking for a car and said she had it. It also was a 40 dollar special. She told me it hadn't been run for awhile and needed a battery. Blew all the money I had and picked it up that day.
  It was in pretty good shape. White on the outside and red on the inside. Ran without much work, pretty well for a 10 year old car. It was good for running light to light on the weekends. A lot of folks would work on there cars all week, just to run them on weekends at the strip. The Malibu wasn't much for the drag strip, but could hold its own in town. Some people had their cars all fixed up, with pipes and cams, and I could out-run them from light to light. Of course once you got above 65, they would just blow right by. That's why I liked running light to light. You got up to 50 or so and had to hit the brakes for the next light. You could usually get two or three good runs before the police would show up. This greatly reduced the amount of fun you could have.
 My friends and I would alternate cars after school running the farm roads. Now the farm roads are not really roads in the true sense. More like tractor trails going from one field to another. The fun was to see where you would come out at and what you could find abandoned. More than one rust bucket could be found. After you got to know the trails you could pick up the pace. Bouncing from one side to the other, heads banging off the roof, until you got stuck or found another trail. More than once we got stuck. Remember the first time I got stuck in this car, only to learn I had no base to the jack. (probably why they sold it so cheap). Took off one of the hubcaps and used it. Went pretty well until  it tried to get the wheel off the ground. Punched a Y right down the middle of the cap. I think we used a come-a-long to get out of that one.
 Another thing these trails allowed was shortcuts and hiding spots. While speeding down the road, if you were in the right spot and passed a cop, you could hit the trails. The cops didn't chase you down them and they didn't have helicopters back then for speeders. It also allowed you places to go with your girlfriend. But that is another story.
  Can't really remember exactly what happened to this one. Maybe used for a trade-in. With old age comes un-selective memory.
  The trails are now gone. The fields went away. Where they once were, are subdivisions. In Fl, the developers got rich. Everyone else had to put up with more congestion.
But then again, That's life.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Trying to understand

Searching for answers that will never arrive. I found this blog entry that I wanted to pass on.


May it help you as it has helped me.

Take care and I will write more when I can.

Friday, March 18, 2011

The World Turns a Little Grayer

 Today is a sad day.
  I found out last night/this morning that my friend, Kevin, his mom had passed away. It was at 3 am that I found out. Too late to call anyone for more info. To early to call to offer  my support.
  Her Name was Belle. She was the type of mom everyone wanted for a second mom. I first met her when I would stop at her house after school. We both liked working on old clunkers and so it was something to do to kill the afternoon.
 Memories come flooding back.
 The white living room furniture that we couldn't sit on.
 Her garage of odd stuff. Her baking and cooking. The grass in her back yard I burnt.
 The flowers that she cared for and all the pets that cared for her.
  She was my second mom. She was a friend I could talk to.
 She was Bellle.
  Mom,  I know your in a better place, just why did you have to leave so soon?
  Tell everyone Hello up there.
  We're gonna miss you.

 Your son
  Bobby Gene

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Blogs I Follow

 Just added the gadget to list the blogs I follow. It should show you, when you update your blog.
Slept in late.
 Will try to write more later. Hope all is well with you and wish the best for all.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


 Don't really know what to write, so I thought I'd try to start a list of the cars I've had and some of their memories.
 Way back when, when dirt was new @ 72 or 3, I had a friend with an old T'bird. It was a 1960 model with a wheezing motor and various shades of paint. The fact that it ran and the price was cheap really caught my eye. 40 dollars.
 Now back then 40 dollars was a real lot of money for a boy in high school. I had a part time job, but making that much money as a 14 yr old was a long way off. The friend said he'd hold onto to it for me. Probably like a sucker in hand is better than advertising for a loss.
 When I finally had enough money saved up for it and I told my dad what I was going to do, He wasn't all that thrilled. I gave him the money and asked him to look it over and to pay the guy while I went to work. I'd get someone to tow it home for me tomorrow.
 I guess my dad saw things my way. Or he thought this was the best car for 40 bucks. Or he thought I'd not get it running right and we could part it out and make my money back.
 When I got off work that night It was around 1 in the morning. I drove up to the drive in my moms car and there set the most beautiful car in the world.
 Mine. My very first.
 Here was my pride and joy. Needless to say, I did what every boy does with there first car. I sat in it and imagined the world going on around me as I traveled through life. Well by 2 o'clock, I had tried out the power seat, the lights, the radio and now the battery was dead.
 It was time for bed. I didn't sleep much that night.
 The battery got charged and we were gonna try to get the motor running better the following weekend. We had plenty of fuel, plenty of spark, but no compression. When I tore apart the motor, I discovered the problem. It was the rings. You could place the blade of a pocket knife between the walls and the piston rings. I was surprised it wasn't knocking. That means one thing. I needed to rebuild or replace it.
 Well short story long, we went looking for a replacement. We went to a garage behind a chrysler dealer who said he could rebuild it for around 500 dollars. But he also had a car to sell instead. For 600 dollars and my car. I was getting in deeper.
 You couldn't have been more shocked than I was when I saw his car. It also was a 1960 Thunderbird. It was just like mine except his had the sunroof. And only one paint color. It look like it came off the showroom. Ok, maybe from a used car lot. Needless to say, I was hooked.
 It took a few days to get my mom to cosign a loan. 
 I finally got my car. It ran like new. Milage wasn't much to talk about, but with 18 cent gas, you didn't complain.
 I drove that car a lot. It would hit 120 on the straight away. We'd fly down the road with the motor  screaming until it go no faster, or till the rail road tracks, where we had to hit the brakes or we would miss our turnoff. Kids. We were stupid back then. No seat belts and recklessly flying down the road.
 God must've looked after me as much as he does the drunks.
 That car is gone. Lost it when a guy ran a stop sign. He had insurance. No one was hurt.
 God is still watching out for me. Got a wife that loves me and a mother in law that needs me. Throw in 3 cats and a dog and life don't get much better.
 Well for nothing to write, I said plenty. Should I continue the auto list or just find something else?

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Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Shorter Day Than Most

 Well today is the day we move the clocks ahead.
 When I was a young-in, we would be late for church. By the time we got there it would be over. We still went to other peoples houses afterwards for a Sunday get-together.
  There was one place in Alva, Fl. that I remember going to the most. It was a farm house. They had woods to run in, and calf's we tried to ride.
 The food was always plentiful and the ice tea sweet. Good times were had and all helped the family who lived there. All they could give in return was a little home grown food and their time and graciousness.
 This was a simpler time. You actually talked to other people. And people talked to you.
 Sometime soon people will no longer gather together. We will hide in our houses, and text our every word. No one will know abouut body language. They won't pick up on the nuances in our voices.
  The world will be grayer.  It will be a sad time, because the only one talking then will be the ones controlling the media.  Telling us how to think.  One little lie, one little liberty at a time, scaring us into voting for the guy with the most money.
 I can't talk to everyone. I don't own media. But I can go for a walk and talk to my neighbors.
 Did I tell y'all about their cookin'. Now I'm getting hungry. So that's another time.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Justice Bought and Paid for

I know this is kinda old, but I need to write something here.

  from the New York Times.. The justice came under criticism last week from Common Cause, a liberal advocacy group, for failing to disclose Mrs. Thomas’s employment as required under the 1978 Ethics in Government Act. While justices are not required to say how much a spouse earns, Common Cause said its review of Internal Revenue Service filings showed that the Heritage Foundation paid Mrs. Thomas $686,589 from 2003 to 2007. The group also asserted that Justice Thomas should have withdrawn from deciding last year’s landmark Citizens United case on campaign finance because of both Mrs. Thomas’s founding of another conservative political group in 2009 and Justice Thomas’s own appearance at a private political retreat organized by Charles Koch, a prominent conservative financier.

 from ABC News.... Seventy-four House Democrats, led by New York Rep. Anthony Weiner, sent a letter to Justice Clarence Thomas Wednesday calling on him to sit out deliberations on the Affordable Care Act because of his wife's ties to a lobbying group that opposes the health care law. "The appearance of a conflict of interest merits recusal under federal law," the letter said. "From what we have already seen, the line between your impartiality and you and your wife's financial stake in the overturn of healthcare reform is blurred." Justice Thomas' wife, Virginia Thomas, founded the conservative group Liberty Central, but stepped down in December amid controversy over a memo under her name calling for the repeal of the "unconstitutional law."

 and from Fox News... http://video.foxnews.com/v/4564065/does-clarence-thomas-have-health-care... 

 and we have to have a view from the Christian Science Monitor. http://www.csmonitor.com/Business/Robert-Reich-s-Blog/2011/0304/Clarence...  

 Could this have been a game changer. Should he be removed from the bench? Should all of his votes be rescinded?

 Seems to me it is all about the money and who gets to stick it to the rest of us first All the while, father time is waiting to pull the handle on this "commode" that this country is becoming.

Thursday, March 3, 2011


Amazing what can be found on the web.


Apparently, Monsanto can do no wrong. Once you start, your obligated to them for life.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Nice Day

 Not much of a title for an article, but on short notice it was the best I will do. Maybe by the end I will change it and maybe I won't.
 Let me talk about my 55 Studebaker for a change. I sold it years ago and still think about it and what it meant often.

 It was a lime greenish color with reupholstered seats. It had an in-line 6 cylinder engine that ran. My uncle used to drive it whenever he visited. He always drove down from Jacksonville, Fl by way of the bus route. He said it took him longer, but that if the car broke down he could just catch the bus.
The auto was  handed down to me when he bought a Dodge Colt. His second and last car.

 Well when I got it, it needed a bit of work. The motor was running rough and had  a bad vibration. My dad and I pulled the motor and found we had 2 spun bearings. Everything else checked good. We tried to find a new crank and couldn't at the time. So we took it done to NAPA and let them weld it up and regrind it.

 While that was on-going, we came across a 53 motor that had been rebuilt and not paid for or picked up for over 6 months. 50 dollars later we had the engine in the trunk. All of the rebuilt parts would fit but the crank. So we proceeded to overhaul the 55 with parts from the 53. That old Flathead turned out mighty fine.

  I was stationed at Eglin AFB about that time and had to drive it from Ft. Myers to there. Somewhere around 600 miles. Of course the overdrive didn't work and  so it ran pretty hard the whole way. Again, I followed the bus route.

 I got a few years use of that old car, and had some fine memories. Nothing like tracking down a front spindle from a yard in Ga. When they sent the wrong side first, they said "Don't return it, we don't need it either." a 20 dollar part with 10 dollar shipping.

 Sadly I had to let her go. She was getting too old, having too many problems(rust) and I had gotten married. I did find a nice home for her with another collector. He said she had many good parts and would not be scrapped.

 One of these days, I will be getting old. I don't have kids so the wife or uncle sam will care for me in my old age. Being a veteran should still have some benefits. I hope when I go that someone will not just scrap me. I hope to still have plenty of parts to give out to others in need.

 When you read this, please become an organ donor. There are a lot of other people that can use the parts.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Ice Cream

Getting caught up with the world and thought back to the better times.
I remember a time when I was growing up and we would make time as a family to enjoy some ice cream. Mom would mix it up in the kitchen, while dad would set up the machine with the ice. A lot of times we had banana flavored. With real bananas. Nothing was artificial. Real sugar, probably from Immokolee (sp) Fl. where they had the cane fields.
Mom would pour the mix in, Dad would set the silver lid on. Then the crank assembly was added, some more ice, some salt and then he waited.
You see, while he waited, I was the one churning the crank. It would start out real fast and easy. Give me a big grin on my face That I could spin it so quickly. Dad would just smile. We talked a bit about everything back then. Fishing, his cars, the old homestead in Ga., and time stood still. There where no worries.
It was a very special time back then. I wish I knew how special it was gonna be. In my dads last few years, we would sit on the porch and talk. He would ask what needed to be done at my house and I just wanted him to sit and enjoy life. We drank alot then. Something we didn't do when I was younger at home.
As Budde would say, I digress.
My arm would be getting tired. I could see the silver tub spinning slower. My arm would feel like lead. It just wouldn't spin no more. Dad would grab a hold and it would start spinning like nothing. After a few minutes he would declare it done and then we would wait. After it sat awhile he would rinse off the top, to get the salt off. He'd remove the crank and lid and there it would be, in all its glory. Home made ice cream.
There is nothing like the taste of fresh ice cream. Having it freeze the top of your mouth, on a warm summer day. So smooth and tasty.
I haven't had home made ice cream since I moved away from home, back in the 70s. Life got busy and I never had time.
This summer will be different. I gonna make the time.
And life will be good again.
Mom and dad, I'm thinking of you. I love and miss you and will see you one day.
Please lord, let it be after my summer ice cream.

Monday, February 14, 2011


Wandering around the net and saw this.
It tells about the some problems of farming organically.
Felt I'd throw it out there.
Monsanto will hijack the food supply and Big Oil got the fuel. We just supply the money.
What a life.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Interesting Finds

Just some ramblings from things on the net.

Seems like the Steelers will win the Superbowl. Madden Sports did the game and the Steelers won, so now I don't have to watch the game.

At the lazy farmer site, Budde showed me how poor I am. I can't afford to buy him this tractor. http://www.tractorhouse.com/listingsdetail/detail.aspx?OHID=6105783. It is a fine one and he said he'd keep it clean, but I can't fit it into my budget. Maybe one day I can be a farmer and have one myself.

In other news, seems like president Clinton hummer cost more to investigate than the 9-11 bombings.40 mil to 15. Kinda shows you where our priorities lie. I really don't begrudge the man having a good time, what with the stress he was under. If only he had been nicer. He should've wrapped that rascal.

Dang time for the pre-game. Gotta go for now.

Be safe and be kind

Sunday, January 23, 2011

On a Roll Now.

 Another lazy day here.

 Had to watch both football games. At least I didn't have a problem hearing them. They were pretty good, and if the losing teams had showed up in the first half, it might have had a different outcome.
As it was, I didn't have a horse in the race, so it really didn't matter who won.
 I usually cheer for the Saints or the Buccaneers. Growiing up in Florida, I remember the streak that Tampa had when they started. It was one of the first pro games I attended. Needless to say, they lost. And a few more after that, But back then, it was my home team.
 I grew up in Ft. Myers and got stationed at McDill AFB. Talk about good times, McDill will be another topic later.
Well now I;m gonna wind this down and research grass seed.
Take care y'all

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Time to Start Again.

Just a quick note to say I need to start writing again.
Haven't wrote a lot due to circumstances here at home.

  Had the mother in law move in with us. Things could not have changed more. I'm not comfortable with relatives living here. Visiting yes, living no. She can't hear, can't see what is not right in front of her and if you say something she don't want to hear she turns away and ignores you. She wanted to watch a football game, and when we turned it on she decided she wanted to read. It's driving the wife crazy. She wanting to start smoking again. She's been quit for 2 months.

 On the other side of the coin, her mom does dishes, folds laundry, and sweeps the kitchen. Did I mention she can't see well?

 Haven't had any time to work in the yard. Not that I would with the temps being in the 40s and 50s. Most people up north would love to have this weather. I'd prefer it in the 80s and 90s.

 Went to this site the lazy farmer and went to some other farming sites from there. Learned about no-till farming and the evil of Monsanto. Got lost over at the tractor sites looking at the dozers and backhoes.

 Been on the computer a bit when the time allows.  Sleep a lot during the day and work at night. 

 Well gotta check on dinner. Will write more later.