Monday, October 31, 2011

This old Halloween Cowboy is all hat and no cattle…


…but he did scrape together enough candy to negotiate a peace treaty with the invading hordes of monsters, zombies, vampires, ghosts, and goblins threatening to occupy his front lawn.

Happy Halloween, pardners!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

American Made Work Boots


Competition with the big box stores continues to take its toll.  Our local shoe stores no longer carry my favorite Carolina brand goods.  Few if anything in stock is American made.  My preferred everyday footwear since 1970 has been steel toe engineer boots and I’ll be darned if I am going to wear something foreign made.  CLICK HERE if you want to walk another mile in our shoes.

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Road trip preparedness; FOOD



So far, the longest I have ever been stranded in traffic was seven hours.  Other travelers have run into situations much worse and spent a couple of days or more waiting for relief.  Traffic accidents, floods, blizzards, tornadoes, and earthquakes can flat out stop your world miles from home or help.

During emergencies, food provides comfort as well as sustenance.  Aside from the disaster-gear that never leaves our vehicle, for long road trips we carry enough food to last two people at least three days.  None of our provisions, other than the water, qualifies as health food but it is nutritious enough to keep us going.




Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Dear Occupy Wall Street, here is a clue


We have been through tough times before and we will go though them again.  I am among the 99% you claim to represent, but you do not speak for me.  Many of your demands are naively unrealistic.  I am not in support of “living wage” legislation.  If you want to make a living wage, go qualify yourself for a job that pays a living wage and then earn it.  If you cannot earn a living wage with your current job, do what I had to do for a period of my life and work two or three jobs at a time.  The only time in my life that I had a job with only a forty-hour workweek was when I worked another job as well. 

Further, just who in hell is supposed to pay for your “free college?”  Dreams and delusions are free, everything else costs money.  Choose colleges that you (or your parents) can afford and educate yourself in a field that pays.  Don’t expect government to tax your way to “free college” unless you want more jobs to go overseas.  A large part of the fiscal problems the state of Illinois has is the ungodly sums of money GRANTED for education. 

Here are a few more life tips for you to consider.

1)  VOTE
2)   If you do vote, try reading up on whom you are voting for and quit blindly voting for familiar names and celebrities. 
3)   Vote with your wallet.  Quit feeding the banks by running up ATM and credit card fees and penalties (I don’t have an ATM card and my credit cards never carry a balance and they PAY ME at the end of each year).  Try living a debt free life within your means.  Try living without cable TV; I have for the past 20-years.  Try buying American made goods instead of foreign made.  I have been driving for well over forty-years and never once did I purchase a foreign made car.  If you cannot buy something American made, try buying only stuff you need instead of every cool gadget that you want; that pricey neat-o-baby iPad is not assembled here on our soil.  Perhaps you would support an iTax?
4)  Quit feeling sorry for yourselves.  Life is not fair and anyone promising to make life fair for you is, at best, psychotic (or a politician).

Now, before you all go medieval on me in the comments section, please note that I can document working over twenty jobs spanning over four decades, covering everything from castrating sheep to managing a multi-million-dollar facility, and never receiving a dime of unemployment. Even when there were seemingly no jobs available, I always managed to find something that nobody else wanted to do.

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Back from sunny Florida


It was a beautiful two-day drive down, a short five-days there and two days on the return trip.  I love Florida, but not enough to move there… at least not yet. 


Thursday, October 6, 2011

Weight loss journal 10/4/2011




My sustained weight for the past couple of months has been 190 lbs., which is a 10 lbs. loss since May but only 5 lbs. less than last year.  Although progress has been painfully slow, it is a total of 20 lbs. less than when I started so I guess I should be happy.  My blood pressure is near normal without medication and my energy level is back up to where it has not been for many years.

I doubt that I will reach this year’s goal of 185 lbs. since I tend to eat more in fall and winter and I don’t have yard work to keep me active for hours each day.  Replacing yard work with exercise and daily walks is boring me to tears, but I’ll do my best to stick to it.


Saturday, October 1, 2011

Our first autumn 2011 frost predicted for tonight


It is time to let go of summer here in northeastern Illinois.  I won’t be covering the garden annuals or moving flowerpots into shelter.  Flowers in October just don’t bring me comfort; they look and feel artificial.  It is time to let them go nature’s way and for me to settle into dreams of another spring.  Once the frost burns away all life, I will clear the remains and prep the beds for next year.  It is time to let go.