Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bought a new Made in USA axe


I swear that it is really a pain to find something made in the USA nowadays.  I wander stores looking for a specific item and often go home empty handed because most everything is foreign made and not very good quality.  Today I did manage to find a True Temper brand 3.5 lb. single bit axe with a “Proudly Made in the USA” sticker on it (check the labels; I cannot say for certain that all of their products are made in the USA).  It should last me the rest of my days although that is what I thought about my last axe until a neighbor borrowed it and managed to “use” it beyond ready repair.  I decided it best to just go buy myself a new one and donate that one to him.


Friday, September 21, 2012

So here were are on the last full day of summer


Another long, strange, bittersweet trip is ending.  

This is a traditional time of reflection for me.  Therefore, I’ll be out on the patio from now until the companionship of a warming-fire burns to embers, which should be well after midnight.  Afterwards, I will have the resolve to fight the seasonal melancholy that gnaws at me from early September until the first promises of spring. 


Thursday, September 20, 2012

Something every survivalist should ponder



The 1957 study makes no mention of bourbon, so to play it safe post-apocalypse, you all may want to deliver samples of your hard liquor to me for testing. 


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Monday, September 17, 2012

You will not need a driver’s license by 2040


Let the good times roll!  If I live until then, I’ll be 88-years-old and I expect to be partying down with a harem of 75-year-old hotties.  I sure do not want to waste time by driving myself anywhere. 


Warp Drive more possible than ever thought.


Bench studies are underway.  Concept design does not look much like a DeLorean.


Sunday, September 16, 2012

It is again Cub Scout Popcorn time!




I believe it was three years ago when I first saw a Cub Scout trundling a cart of assorted popcorn goodies around our neighborhood.  If my memory serves me, I was good for a purchase of somewhere around $60.  If a scout came to my door last year, I missed him, but I found a Scout and his family hawking their wares outside of a Sam’s Club; I was good for somewhere around $36 then.  Today a Cub Scout and his Mom were canvasing the neighborhood and I enthusiastically hit them up for another $ 36 replenishment of my larder.  It is good quality food and it is for a great cause.

Yeah, I am a sentimental old fuddy duddy.  When I see a Scout, I see the past, the present, and the future of the true America.  Nobody can ever take that away from me.


Illinois was number one in the USA for August 2012




Thursday, September 13, 2012

More than two decades of decline


NOW I am talking about the economy.  U.S. incomes fall to 1989 levels. 

How many homeowners have had their property taxes drop to 1989 levels? How many people have had the price of health insurance drop to 1989 levels?  Anyone?  Hello? 


A decade of decline


No, I’m not talking about the economy. 

On Monday, I was told that I did not look anything like the photo used in my blog profile.  Coincidently, on Monday my mug wound up in a new photo so I cropped it to freshen up the profile.  Yeah, I agree, the mileage is showing.  I guess I should look in the mirror more often.

The photo on the left is from 10-years ago, when I was age 50.  The photo on the right is current; age 60.
 
 











Well, I suppose there is at least one thing worse than getting older.


Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The sun has gone down over 4,000 times since September 11, 2001


Those who saw their last sunrise that morning are not forgotten.  That act of war is not forgiven. 

Three years ago, I wrote this.  Indeed, time has healed nothing. 


Monday, September 10, 2012

An afternoon with friends in high places



Life has been on the morbid side of serious around here for much of this year.  I was beginning to suffer a bit of frustration and melancholy when Steve from Minnesota jumped into his Cessna Cardinal, picked up Dave at Clow airport in Bolingbrook, and flew into Waukegan to give me a lake shore flight-seeing tour to Chicago and back.  I have to tell you that no doctor could have prescribed anything more cathartic.  Thank you my friends.  It was a blast!  (A special tip of the hat to Landmark Aviation.)







Thursday, September 6, 2012

Democrats BOO God


Before today, I would have imagined that even the most godless of people would think that to be very bad karma.



Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Most politicians have this feature


A newly discovered fish from Vietnam has penis on its head.


Four years of abstinence



What good is a blog if you cannot use it to mark silly anniversaries?

It has been four years since I smoked a cigar or tasted bourbon.  It has been two years since I had a beer.  Morality has nothing to do with it; my body and soul just needed a break of indeterminate length from certain indulgences. Someday, I shall return.