Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Masses are clamoring for more! My people have spoken -- "give us Existing In BFE".

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas From My Lawyer To You

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non-addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.

I also wish you a fiscally successful,personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2010, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting.

It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/himself or others and is void where prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.

This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.


Signing Off for a Few Days.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I'm Buyin' Me a Beer Company

Pabst Brewing Company, makers of Pabst Blue Ribbon, is currently owned by a charitable trust that must sell it by 2010. Forza Migliozzi and The Ad Store want to use crowdsourcing to buy the company for $300 million through their website

From this CNN article:

Anyone over 21 can go to the site and pledge a minimum of $5 toward the reported $300 million sales price for Pabst. So far, would-be beer moguls have pledged more than $20 million in about a month. If the collective raises enough money, Migliozzi says contributors will get enough beer to match their pledges and ownership in the company.

You can pledge $5, $25, $100, or $250,000. I pledged $25.00. Ha ha, I'm gonna buy me a brewery.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sunday, December 20, 2009

For Those Who Love Their Pets, But Don't Like Anatomy

"Rear Gear comes in many designs including a disco ball, air freshener, heart, flower, biohazard, smiley face, number one ribbon, cupcake, sheriff’s badge, dice, and you can even make yours custom, so there’s a Rear Gear for everyone."

Friday, December 18, 2009

Just Some Pictures

A newspaper cartoon after victory was declared after World War II. Its too bad that we have not been able to savor victory since, unless Grenada or Panama counts. Vietnam, Korea, Iraq/Afghanistan all have been specious contests.

The arrival of the Queen of the Night. Stage set by Karl Friedrich Schinkel (1781–1841) for an 1815 production of Mozart's The Magic Flute.

I haven't the slightest idea where this comes from.

Widely seen genuine picture of what happens when you can't compete. I read that the guy who owns the house all lit up suggested this for his friend and neighbor to the right. Anyway, its pretty funny.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Street Scenes, Again

Spider we spotted over on Organdy Drive, Mackenzie and Drew's new address. This bad boy has red spikes and is mean as Hell looking. We discovered this is a mostly-Florida species. It is called a Spinyback Orb Weaver and harmless. This is from the rear. I didn't want to take this pic looking straight on for two reasons:

1. Some spiders can see the fear in your eyes
2. Some spiders jump

This guy lives next door in the condos and everyday he takes his two dogs for a walk. One walks, the other is in a stroller.

I don't know what this guy was doing with these towels on his car. Mud flaps? Drying them? Alzheimer's? Dumb ass?

Monday, December 14, 2009

Inane Ramblings

1. My kid gave me a buzz cut three weeks ago.

a. Easy, no combing
b. Saves money
c. Never get "helmet head"
d. Quick cut, only takes 3 minutes
e. People think you are military
f. Cooler

a. People think I have lice
b. People mistake me for John Travolta
c.Makes me look grayer

2. Watching football last Sunday made me think:

a. I hate the loud, talking head boobs that say the same things each week for different teams. They act more like frat boys. Ha ha, Jimmy. Yuk yuk, Coach. Tee hee Terry. The best: Al Michaels and Tony Dungy. The rest are worthless, and don't get me going on our cuties on the sidelines. The worst: Jon Gruden.

b. And the name dropping is shameless: "I had supper with Tom Brady yesterday..., I talked to Manning just before the game..., I tucked Lovie into bed last night..."

c. Ever notice the hyperbole? Every one playing in the game they are announcing is great, outstanding and an example of perfect football specimen. Lord! Add on 5 new wings into the Hall of Fame.

d. Maybe I'm getting grumpy.

3. Up till two weeks ago I had never heard of Lady Gaga.

4. Gee, Tiger's human after all.

5. Notice how pundits always start by saying "listen" or "look" on the Sunday morning talk shows?

6. I am 1st in my newer football fantasy league and 6th in the old one.

7. Passed a census taker test.

8. Dorothy Parker - "I never like to repeat gossip, so listen closely."

9. Why is it we can determine black holes, planetary climates, quasars, meteors, comets, white holes, gamma ray bursters a gillion miles away but can't determine global warming right here on Earth?

10. It is a telling comment on our present news world when Jon Stewart was recently polled as America's most "trusted" anchor.

11.The most interesting thing I learned today is that in nineteenth century England, mail was delivered six times a day to most of London, four times a day in most other large cities, and even twice a day in rural areas. It wasn't uncommon for a letter to be written in the morning in Bath and be delivered in the evening in the outskirts of London.

12. I love Hulu.

13. Brendan is heading to England for a visit on January 8th.

14. Pinks may be the most idiotic TV show I have ever briefly seen. These dumb asses who pour thousands of dollars into old classic machines and get them race worthy, then go up against each other. The winner gets....the other guys car. Dumb dumb dumb. Have respect for your work, for your car, and lastly, for yourself.

15. On good days out here, I swear, there's a beggar on every corner. Yesterday we saw a lady who had scribbled on her cardboard "Pregnant, Homeless, and hungry." Well, lady, don't blame me for that. Another earlier in the day was smoking a cigarette and swigging beer.

16. Covered this town and Clearwater like a cold sweat this week. Still here and kicking. But you oughta feel my pits when I'm driving it. Thank the Lord for Garmin.

17. Yeah, I'm gettin' grumpy.

Friday, December 11, 2009


Pulling up in the Uhaul.
Living Room

Welcome to home ownership.

Carport and side yard.

Wednesday was a long but fun day. It's a nice house, completely re-done and basically new. Bishop has a great back yard, perfect for grilling and maybe a pool. Like all moves, not without a problem or two. The power company didn't get the electricity turned on but candles and running water made it bearable. We will start a Great Fridge Hunt today and other necessities. Next door kid introduced himself and is named Dietrich. Who the Hell names their kid Dietrich except maybe Frasier and Lillith?

Thursday, December 10, 2009

More Street Scenes

Cool helmet trim. I know someone in BFE who has a yellow bike that might like this.
People are still driving with their tops down.

Saw these in a yard a couple weeks ago.

A couple geese waddling across the road

A tattoo on the leg of a woman at Three Birds Tavern.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

H1N1 - Pig Flu Vaccine

Yesterday I got my H1N1 Swine Flu vaccine. Easiest shot I ever had. In fact I am starting to think I didn't get it. Naturally I had my head turned in a closed-eye grimace. Never confirmed I actually got it. So, if I get a shot in the office but no one feels it, did I get it? According to the bill I sure did.
PS - As the midwest girds for a blizzard, I am strangely having mixed feelings. While I am glad I don't have to mess with it for the first time EVER, I feel like one of the platoon members getting R & R while the rest of the guys have to take the hill. Oh well, it'll pass. Good luck platoon, keep 'em between the white lines.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Great Insults Before 4-Letter Words

Very clever insults ... before language got down to 4-letter words.

The exchange between Churchill & Lady Astor:
She said, "If you were my husband I'd give you poison."
He said, "If you were my wife, I'd drink it."

A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the
gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir," said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies
or your mistress.."

"He had delusions of adequacy." - Walter Kerr

"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire." -
Winston Churchill

"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the
dictionary." - William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway).

"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time
reading it." - Moses Hadas

"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I
approved of it." - Mark Twain

"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends.." -
Oscar Wilde

"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a
friend.... if you have one." - George Bernard Shaw to Winston
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is
one." - Winston Churchill, in response.

"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here." -
Stephen Bishop

"He is a self-made man and worships his creator." - John Bright

"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing
trivial." - Irvin S. Cobb

"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
- Samuel Johnson

"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up." - Paul Keating

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Wire - The Greatest TV Show Ever

Snoop buying a nail gun, but since she is an enforcer for a drug kingpin, doesn't sound like it's for home construction.

Snoops demise by a kid working for another drug organization. I thought this was a sad scene: why would she be concerned with her hair?

HBO filmed this 5 year series and just google 'greatest TV show' and you'll likely come up with The Wire. I mentioned this series last year in this blog and started it off for family down here a few weeks ago. Needless to say we eagerly anticipate Wire Nights. Be warned: it is gritty, profane and real. Here is Snoop Pearson, who Stephen King called "the most terrifying female villain ever to appear in a television series."

It is, on the surface, a cops vs. drug dealer drama but the focus changes from year to year to other crime situations or motifs, e.g. schools, police corruption, political corruption, the press. But always the streets: the soldiers, players, winners and losers of the drug trade.

Watch the first few episodes and you'll be hooked. Perfect for those who hate winter and can't decide what to do when its too cold to go outside to the garage and play., Thursday 30 July 2009 16.14 BST
Some of the best TV of the decade: Peep Show, Planet Earth, West Wing and The Office. Photographs: Channel 4/BBC/Channel 4/BBC

What's the best TV show of the noughties?

Despite never seeing large commercial success or winning any major television awards,[2] The Wire has frequently been described by critics as the greatest television series of all time.[3][4][5][6][7][8] The show is recognized for its realistic portrayal of urban life, literary ambitions, and uncommonly deep exploration of sociopolitical themes. Wikipedia

0% 24
0% 30 Rock

0.1% Arrested Development

0.1% Band of Brothers

0.1% Battlestar Galactica
0% Big Brother
0% Black Books

0.1% Buffy the Vampire Slayer
0% Curb Your Enthusiasm
0% Deadwood
0% Dexter

0.1% Doctor Who
0% Extras
0% Family Guy

0.1% Firefly
0% Flight of the Conchords

0.1% House
0% Jam
0% Life on Mars

0.1% Lost
0% Mad Men
0% Oz

0.1% Peep Show

0.1% Planet Earth

8.6% QI
0% Rome
0% Shameless

0.1% Six Feet Under
0% South Park
0% Spaced
0% Spooks
0% State of Play

0.1% The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

0.2% The Office
0% The Shield

0.2% The Sopranos
0% The Thick of It

1.5% The West Wing

44.7% The Wire

43.3% Top Gear

This poll is now closed

Friday, December 4, 2009

The Dog Whisperer

I have made some new friends here in Florida. The complex is teeming with pet-owners whose dogs make their way outdoors to do their business. This is Isabella who loves to see me. I wonder if that is because I have a jar filled with Snaps that I feed them? Isabella, Bella to her closest friends, is a pretty cool dog who will occasionally bark but much prefers to coo, like a pigeon. She is wearing her new Christmas outfit.
Sadly, Layla no longer comes up to see me. Seems she would dart up to see me when her door opened and wouldn't take care of business. Layla's owner would then have to come up the stairs to fetch. I now drop Snaps down to her from above. Baily, a couple-month old puppy is my newest disciple.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Light Show Last Night

St. Petersburg is known as the lightening capital of the US. Last night we had a storm and it lived up to its name. I used my new helmet cam to get these videos. Crank up the sound and enjoy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Lottery Results

A guy who writes a financial blog went out last week and spent $100 on scratch lottery tickets, something I have wanted to do for a long time. He made...are your ready??


That's all.

Well a fellow blogger wrote this as to why he only won $38.00:

Why? Mathematics. The more tickets you buy, the more likely you are to come close to the mathematical odds that were set forth in the game. There are two extremes. If you buy one ticket, you either win 100% of the time, or you lose 100% of the time. That’s one extreme. If you buy all of the tickets, and if the odds of winning are 1:4.21, or 23.75%, then you’ll win 23.75% of the time. That’s the other extreme.

J bought 100 tickets, and he had 20 winning tickets out of 100, or 20%. That’s not that far off from 23.75%. Had he gone all out and spent his yearly entertainment budget of $1200 (assuming $100/month), his win percentage would likely have been within a percent of the actual odds.

“Well, one of those tickets could have been a big winner, MBH.” Absolutely right. But not likely!

Let’s take ‘Tis The Season, one of the games J played. I’ll assume that the 1:4.21 odds apply to this game (they may not). The Maryland Lottery page shows the number of unclaimed prizes. Here are the numbers as of right now:

$1,000 – 16
$500 – 316
$100 – 567
$50 – 741
$12 – 7,592
$6 – 33,176
$3 – 57,130
$2 – 191,098
$1 – 270,869

Just as you’d expect: There are a lot more smaller prizes than big ones remaining. But let’s add another row to these numbers:

$1,000 – 16
$500 – 316
$100 – 567
$50 – 741
$12 – 7,592
$6 – 33,176
$3 – 57,130
$2 – 191,098
$1 – 270,869
$0 – 1,802,431 (est.)

I took the number of unclaimed prizes (561,505) and multiplied that sum by 3.21 (4.21 – 1) to estimate the number of non-winning tickets. The majority of tickets are in that last (unwritten) line.

Playing the lottery long-term is a money-loser. It will eat your lunch without question.

The guy who did this also wrote that it actually became work doing all the scratching after a while and more depressing.

Oh, hell, I'd still like to do it. Sounds fun. Will I? Most likely, no.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Lottery Ticket Fantasy

One of the things on my "To Do Before I Die" list was to buy a booklet of scratch lottery tickets. I don't know how much one would cost (or even if you can get one) but logic says somewhere in that buncle may very well be a big winner.

A guy, who writes a blog, thought the same thing but decided to spend $100. He ever asked his viewers to email him the amounts they thought he would win. To further this project he told his followers that he would donate any winnings to Project Hope. He even got some people to pledge additional funds or match winnings for the cause.

This was announced last week and he did it on Saturday, the 21st. He wrote today on his blog of his results. I'll reveal his winnings this week sometime, or maybe next. Stay tuned.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Christmas Letters To Santa Cancelled


From Galesburg Register-Mail:

GALESBURG - Robert Darrell (Davis) Hardy, 84, died Thursday (Nov. 5, 2009) at Seminary Manor, Galesburg.
Mr. Hardy was born Sept. 2, 1925, near Carthage. He was the son of George and Iona Davis and stepson of Clarence Hardy. He married twice. Once to Mary Carlene Schullian in 1950 and Ada Powless in 1960.
Mr. Hardy was a member of Illinois Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union for 64 years and American Legion for 65 years. Mr. Hardy was owner and operator of Hardy Farm Tiling.
Mr. Hardy was raised and educated in the Bentley community. He later moved to the Golden and Colusa communities. In 1944 he entered the Navy and served in the South Pacific aboard the battleship Mississippi BB41. He was a pipe welder, steamfitter and farmer for many years before becoming owner and operator of Hardy Farm Tiling.
After retiring Mr. Hardy moved to a house on the Mississippi River near Gladstone. For many years he and his wife, Ada, wintered in South Padre Island, Texas.
Survivors include two daughters, Janet (Tom) Knapp of St. Louis Co., Mo., and Judith Schmidt of Troy, Mo.; one daughter-in-law, Dee (Curtis) Powless of Divernon; one sister, Betty Hardy of Carthage; one brother-in law, Gene (Marjorie) Thurman; two sisters-in-law, Doris Dopp and Violet Allen; six grandchildren, Christine Knapp, Michelle Spiker, Dawn Powless, Tina (Powless) Watson, Barbara Powless and JoAnn (Powless) Harvey; and four great-grandchildren, James Curtis Powless, Kaleb Anthony Spiker, Joseph Robert and Phoebe Elizabeth Harvey. He will be missed by nieces, nephews and good friends: Fred and Bobby Clark, Jan and Wayne Baker, and Pat Dunn.
He was preceded in death by his mother, father and stepfather; brother, Harold Ray; two sisters, Maxine (Bob) Gannon and Marjorie (Gene) Thurman; wife, Ada; and stepson, Curtis Powless.
Mr. Hardy was much loved and will be greatly missed by family, friends and neighbors. He leaves them with many fond memories.
Service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, at Corman Memorial Home, 230 W. Penn Ave., Roseville. Pastor Michael Mayfield will officiate. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, at Corman Memorial Home, Roseville. Memorials may be made to OSF Hospice. Please sign the guestbook at
Published in The Register-Mail on 11/10/2009


From USPS:

The United States Postal service has suspended the "Letters To Santa" Program that has been a holiday staple for children for decades. The Post Office has forwarded children's letters to Santa in the North Pole through North Pole, Alaska.

The 2,100 citizens of North Pole, Alaska take Christmas very seriously. Since 1954, they’ve volunteered for Operation Santa, a program of the US Postal Service which answers letters to Santa Claus. The program has volunteers all over the country, and many letters are routed through Alaska to get the special North Pole postmark. However, the USPS is discontinuing the practice of sending letters to the town of North Pole.