Monday, April 27, 2009

Phil, Jeanne and Bristol sent this condolence card this week for Missy. Beautiful card and great inscrition: "No greater compasion, no better friend, really sorry for your loss."

Very thoughtful and kind, guys. Greatly appreciated and nice card...a real keeper.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Further Ramblings

1. My number one driving action that gets me more riled than anything else: long stretch of road with no one behind me. Car comes up to an intersection up ahead. Sits. and sits, and then pulls out in front of me, and slows me up. Man! Seems to happen all the time out this way.

2. I like my Kindle. Just downloaded "The Art of Racing In the Rain" on a recommendation from Karen in England. It is about a dog who believes if he does everything right he will be reincarnated as a human.

3. Speaking of dogs, I received Missy's ashes this last weekend. I have to say it was a bit of a letdown: no kisses, no wagging tail, no begging.

4. Saw this in the paper last night. I know Rose and Greg, and this must have been a good one.

5. I haven't totally embraced recycling. Out here in BFE there is no recycling but I do try to save my aluminum. I remember taking a truckload of cans to G & M and getting enough back to have one of those great "Wow!" moments and then being able to order Pizza Hut for everyone and having some cash left over. Well, I took 6 bags of cans to town yesterday and had enough to get a medium butterscotch sundae at DQ. Not exactly a "wow" moment, but, hey, enough for a "mmmm" 5 minutes.

6. Its 45 degrees in the house as I write this but with forecasts of 80 by Friday I refuse to turn on the heat.

7. My fantasy baseball team sucks as we head toward the third week of the season. Right now I am in next-to-last place. I made three trades in the pre-season and may have out smarted myself.

8. I fixed liver and onions over the weekend and they were great.

9. Adam Lambert is phenomenal. Strange kid but a great singer. Best of American Idol this year.

10. I'm going to Florida on May 22nd for a long Memorial Day weekend. I'll be back Tuesday the 26th.

11. Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier to Palestinian leader Yassir Arafat: "Sir, I can forgive you for killing our children. What I cannot forgive is you making us kill yours."

12. Thanks for breakfast Mark.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Update on My Golf Clubs

Actually Mike, your golf clubs were put to the curb for pick up day and as they were being crushed in the jaws of the garbage truck, I heard then whisper, "Thank you God".

For Neighbor Tim

Here is proof I did golf in the past. Or, rather, did drink beer in a golf cart, with my brother, on a golf course. My clubs have not been used in about three years, or is it four? I think they are in Aledo, but they may have been tossed out by now. Good is a game created by Satan played by dreamers with a Sisyphus complex.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Vice Tombstone

I came across this picture of the Vice tombstone in Oquawka Illinois. This guy was into selling drugs and in a deal gone bad he was murdered about 10 years ago. His kid was badly injured in this incident and have no idea whatever happened to him. In a classy gesture to the world/visitors/life, the family had this photo of Mr. Vice engraved into the stone. On visits to this graveside (I usually check it out when there is a car show just across the road) there is usually strewn empty beer cans and cigarette packages. Nice legacy.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Twenty or so years ago I watched an old flick on TBS called "On Borrowed Time", a Warner Brothers fantasy made in 1939 I think, the greatest year of film, EVER. It is the story of an old man and his grandson chasing Death up a tree. Seems Death, or as he is referred to in the movie, Mr. Brink, is here to get these good folks along with granny.

This is a small clip of the movie and gives you a sense and feel of the film. Anyway, it has never been available on DVD until last week, when Warner opened its vault for many forgotten films. It stars Lionel Barrymore (Mr. Potter in Its A Wonderful Life), Buelah Bondi (James Stewart's mom in Its a Wonderful Life), and many other people you might recognize but don't know their names.

Yes, I bought it. I'll loan it out and bet you can't watch it without tearing up, or if you are an old sentimental loon like me, practically sob.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Rosie Alert!

Rosie was a lady we saw frequently around Galesburg. Whenever anyone in the family saw her they would promptly yell out, "Rose Alert!" for reasons I have long forgotten. She was one of the many in G-Burg and thousands in the state who were turned out of their institutional homes and placed in the community a couple of decades ago. She claimed the CIA and other governemntal agencies had placed tiny devices in her body and was set to go off in a matter of months. That was years ago. We have spotted her small frame bouncing along the sidewalks of town with a shopping cart full of goodies collected here and there. Never really knew where she lived but she covered town like a cold sweat, summer and winter and all weather conditions. We even saw her in a wedding dress right off Henderson street on Losey one afternoon waving to everyone who went by.
Today after taking the mail to the Post Office, I saw her across from the depot wearing a bright orange conical cone-head type hat. That Rosie, always dazzling us with her fashion. Rosie Alert!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Ramblings About Nothing

Posts have been few and far between lately, huh? Nothing really going on of interest.

1. Baseball started and I have yet to see the Mets in their new stadium. Speaking of baseball my fantasy team has been overhauled even in the first week which goes to show you how confident I am of its success.

2. Today is Easter and will most likely go to brother Mark's for dinner.

3. Yesterday Tim and Chris and I went to Galesburg on the bikes and checked out Nees Harley-Davidson. After that we went to the smoke shop to check out cigars, then to the Pub's beer garden (or is it garten)for a couple beers and some colorful G-burg denizens.

4. Watched "Doubt" last night. I am a Meryl Streep fan and have been forever. Her acting in this little flick is incredible but are those wrinkles on her face?

5. Speaking of movies I also saw "Milk" and "Slumdog Millionaire" in the past week. Slumdog was a bit tough to get into, but once I was in I liked it. Milk was very good and for the first time actually like Sean Penn.

6. I think I will plan a trip to Florida in the next few weeks. It will be odd to leave and not have to worry about Missy.

7. I am reading "American Rust" on my kindle.

8. Someone gave me a list of statistics on Ron Santo and why he should be in the Hall. I may have to change my mind. He actually compares well with Brooks Robinson and he is in the HOF.

9. The best TV series ended its season run on Friday. "Friday Night Lights" has been renewed for two more years. Yeah!

10. I see where the Pope has urged peace and an end to poverty once again. Has there been a Pope in the last 500 years who didn't? Why does that make headlines? No, to me a real news story would be for the Pope to come out FOR genocide, hate and repugnance for the world's poor. Geez, Bennie!

11. Hoping everyone has a memorable Easter with family and loved ones. And yeah, peace and prosperity to all.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bird's Eye View

A camera is strapped to the back of a hawk. Pretty neat, especially the dive toward the end.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Good Girl

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This is a great picture of our Missy and really displays her personality. This is how I will remember her: underfoot, needy, loving, awestruck, eager, pampered, hungry, adoring. The place is pretty empty without her.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Lordy Lordy, Look Who's..........95!!

Aunt Gladys turned 95 on April Fool's day and a small family gathering was held on Saturday. Now get this: this lady has a blood pressure reading of 130/70, clear lungs, good heart, lives at home (unassisted), takes NO prescription medication, and has only spent 2 days of her life in the hospital (last year when she fell, with no broken bones).

Cousin Eddie apparently not buying brother Mark's line of BS.

Gladys hasn't lost her appetite either. We Blythes, an amiable lot, will eat most anything, if only out of politeness.

Resting their eyes? These tired guys (Adam and Dave) couldn't handle the wild celebration.

Ashley ("Don't lay it on me"), Mark's daughter joined us for all the fun.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

I'm A Slave To The Fantasy Addiction

Sounds kinky, no? Actually it is Yahoo baseball fantasy. We got a league together when I was still at the Mary Davis Home, so by now it must be close to 10 years old. Some of the charter members have drifted away (Brian McGrath, Lance Brooks, Randy Storm, and others), but there still some of us who started with it still drafting and making our lineups. Other charter owners still in it besides myself are Gullywhacker, Wilhelm, and the Crazy Asian. My team has been named the Metros after the Mets. We have won the regular season race the past couple of years. This years team looks like this:

1B - Berkman
2B - Utley
3B - Wright
SS - Reyes
OF - Burrell
OF - Crisp
OF - Holliday
C - Ianetta
Utility - Howard

SP - J. Santana
SP - F. Hernandez
SP - Lowe
SP- Lester
SP- Blackburn
SP- Snell

RP- Zeigler

It is not uncommon to have some 50 or so roster moves throughout the season, through injury, trade or waivers.
It is a fun, diversionary pastime during the summer and I enjoy the competition, the camaraderie, and the kicking of ass.

And, no, I don't have any Cubs or Cardinals on my team. Had once, but don't anymore. Nothing personal, if they had good players then I'd want them.