Thursday, August 21, 2014

Old Shoes & What Not

Pretty bad when you have to resort to blogging about an old pair of shoes, but there isn't a heck of a lot to blog about so this is part of it.

First off my eX bought these for my birthday (I think 8 or 9 years ago) This is the second pair she bought me and I guess I wore the first ones another 8 or nine years, but the first ones didn't suffer near the punishment these and me have. As you can see they are in pretty sad shape, but I don't have to wear them. I do have several other sets now, but none are as comfortable as these. Most shoes I've had in my life the soul always went first, but not these. If I could have a new set of shoes grafted on these souls I think they would last another 8 or 9 years.

BTW these are SAS shoes and they are a little on the expensive side so I doubt that I'll ever have another set unless SAS is watching and wants to send me another set for the unsolicited advertisement. On second thought in that case if there is such a thing as SAS snake boots they might work better down here. ;) When I can no longer use these for combination indoor/outdoor house shoes it will be like loosing an old friend!

Now back to the shoes. Notice the hole in the tip of the right shoe. There's a story behind that. We'll get to that later, but first a warning to the married ladies.

My neighbor came over one afternoon and we were sitting on the front porch drinking beer and discussing the usual BS. After a few beers he decided that we should head down to the nearest sports bar, but I had no intention of doing that. Unfortunately he brought it up one more time just as my wife at the time was walking out the front door and when she heard him say we need to go to the bar she huffily said "You are NOT going to a bar!" Whoops! Bad move! I went from having no need or want to go to a bar to "The hell you say!"  in a flash. My neighbor took his car and I took my bike. Once at the bar he started buying shots of peppermint schnapps one right after the other for some time. I finally decided enough was enough and left. Was a fun ride home NOT, but I made it almost to the driveway of the house and lost the bike in the street in front of our driveway.

Now that there hole in the top of my shoe came when the bike fell over on my right leg and there was a chrome bullet mounted on the bottom of the foot rest. That chrome bullet managed to go through the shoe right between my big toe and the toe next to it without hurting either. I was trapped though because I couldn't lift the bike off of me and couldn't reach up under it to untie my shoe to get my foot out. There is a lot more to this story that I won't get in to at this time (some comical and some not), but anyway the moral to this story is "Never tell your husband he is NOT going to do something because it could have disastrous effects and might make him do it to spite you.

And some picture from last night.

The bottom one was taken at sunset looking North believe it or not.

And yesterday I came up with the hankering for some fried potatoes and pinto beans. I had some cooked ground beef in the fridge and some potatoes and a can of beans. Also had some chopped onion and tomatoes diced up so fried the potatoes and onion and then added the beef and diced tomatoes. It was so good I ate three big helpings and I'm not a big eater. I shared some with Shelah and she went through it in a very short time and would have no doubt loved to have more.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bugz, Bugz, Bugz...

I got a quick .2 inches of rain yesterday evening. Wish there would have been more, but I should have gotten about 40 gallons of catchment out of that.

Problem is when we get rain here or right here where I live it brings out thousands of pesky little flying bugs. They look like the equivalent of flying piss ants they are so tiny. They are attracted to white light, but the amber or yellow bug lights don't seem to attract them. I have both in here and after the rain I made the mistake of opening the door long enough for lots of them to come in here and pester the crap out of me. They will fly in your eyes, up your nose and in your ears and are just all around pesky little shits! I finally turned off the white light, left the bug light on and opened the door and that seemed to allow the outdoor solar lights to attract the ones I hadn't already killed back out side.
That big brown spot isn't dirt its bugs! (Thousands of them)
They also clog up the screen in the water catchment system and I need to take that loose again and clean it.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Fender Bender "The true Story"

Since this happened there have been at least two stories come up about how it happened. First was that someone backed in to it at the party and the second one is that I backed in to someone at the party. Both are pure Bull Shit! Who knows what other stories will come up sooner or later.

The true story is that I was headed to Study Butte for a second load of water and some supplies. I had the trailer on back of the car of course to haul the water. On the way there I passed a guy beside the road who had just had a blowout. I knew the guy and the locals know him as Howard. He is considerably older than me, much smaller than me and appeared to be having a hell of a time trying to get the tire changed on the heavy duty Dodge pickup. I went past since 118 was too narrow to turn around in so I pulled off at the next place I could pull up in. (An unfinished driveway)

I'd started backing out and a car was coming around the curve south of there so I pulled back in. When It was SAFE??? I started backing out again and forgot about the trailer being behind. It jackknifed and did the damage seen in the pictures.

At the time Howard was parked on what little shoulder there was in the above picture.

This picture shows about where Howard was parked (Right side) and where I tried the turn around (Left side)

After the damage was done I was so PO'ed at myself that I just went on in to Study Butte and hoped someone else would stop and give him a hand. (We do try to look out for each other down here) Anyway... When I came back by on the way home he was still there, but had a couple of other people helping him. I did stop though just to make suer he had all the help he needed. He said yes so I came on home and spent the rest of the day and most of the night beating myself up for doing such a stupid thing. Ever heard the old saying "No good deed goes unpunished. Held true for both my niece Madaleine and me this time. I'll be taking the car back to Odessa in a couple of weeks and hope my insurance covers it. She wanted to put it in the shop to be fixed and get me a rental to come back in until its fixed. I said no. I'll bring the jeep back and live with it.

And on another note
Not sure where Weather Underground gets their data from, but its always from 5 to 10 degrees cooler where it is coming from than it is here.
Actually when the site was showing the above it was 111 here.
Needless to say the clock is not right on my indoor/outdoor thermometer. At the time of the picture I was running the AC off of solar, but being its nearly totally cloudy that only lasted about 45 minutes. Right now its running off the genny, but I'm about to cut it off and switch back to solar since its raining in several places around here and the temp is now down to 98 degrees. BTW the humidity has felt awful high all day so the 111 degrees felt every bit of it!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Libra Party? / Haul'in Water

A Libra Party at the ranch Saturday. Lots of fun, good music, good food (Including a fish fry with fish caught recently in the gulf.) There was sort of a Pot Luck lunch with it and the verioty of different foods was amazing.
The water supply was getting a little low for my liking so I hauled a load of watter from down south. 125 gallons which doesn't seem to effect the 1550 gallon tank too much  I don't imagine I'll ever see the big tank full unless we get lots of rain though. I was able to transfer about 2/3rd tank of water by gravity flow letting it equalize between the tank on the trailer and the big tank. That took all night, but the pumping process the next day did the rest in about 30 minutes. That used more solar power which I was trying to do without. Had to rig up a pump system to pump the rest over to the bigger tank.
Nice day here today. I don't think it ever got to 100 and right now at 11:07 PM its 79 degrees outside. Should be decent sleeping temperature tonight.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

August Post / BUZZED again

I've been asked by family when I'm going to do a post for August and there really hasn't been anything to blog about, but here goes anyway.

My hair had gotten to the length where it was getting real unruly so I broke out the clippers and this is what you get. Guess I better start wearing the hat again when I'm in the sun.

I'd also been asked about how Shelah is doing and as you can see she is in her usual favorite place. (Under the cabin) I sort of wish I hadn't taken this picture because after a closer inspection it shows that several of the tile blocks that were supporting the floor or no longer doing that. Shelah is an excavating machine and has dug pits all under the cabin. In some cases she has dug out beside some of the blocks causing them to shift. It would take a real small person to be able to get under there and fix the damage. I've waited way too long to under skirt the cabin and I sure need to do that to keep her out from under there. I don't know where her next favorite place will be, but she had better start looking!
And lastly a cane that one of my friends (Melinda) gave me. It comes in handy at times when my leg is acting up. She also gave me a walker, but so far I haven't had to use it. I may add a fold down seat to it though and use it when I want to get out and look for artifacts again when the weather cools down. I should be able to do that and have a place to sit and rest my leg when it starts giving out.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Redneck drill / Free Horse shit


I've been having problems with the generator's breaker kicking out when the fridge comes on. That's with the AC on, the computer on and the fan on so it was either split the load between the solar and the generator or do without the AC.

To cure that problem I decided to add a separate circuit to allow the fridge to run off of the solar and the AC and everything else to run off of the generator when I want to use the AC. Problem was that I needed another hole in the wall for the other electrical cord. Keep in mind this is just a temporary fix.

I found the drill, but couldn't find a suitable bit for the job so had the brainstorm idea to use the 380 as a drill.

Oh BTW I've also been adding to my vocabulary so might as well use it in describing how I done this.

After carefully calculating the trajectory of the bullet by ignoring the ambiguity of the redundant posture of the trapezoidal triangulus so as not to appear as a dolt I was able to perform the impossible.

Or in redneck lingo I shot a hole through the wall in the cabin after making sure I wasn't going to hit anything outside.
Damn! My ears are still ringing! Now why didn't I wear ear protection???

By eyeballing where the hole needed to be inside and eyeballing where the bullet would come out (see red cross hair) I figured I could miss the water tank on the right and the trike front tire on the left. Guess what? No unwanted holes and no neighbor's houses shot up Maw. BTW its 109 degrees here now and 84 in here. The AC sure is nice!


One of the women in this area had hit me up more than once while I was the commander to lease the kitchen in the legion out to her. I know that she also made the same pitch to the commander before me (both declined) and has now evidently made the same pitch to the new commander. Whether or not that part was accepted or not I don't know, but I had also been asked by her if she could put up hitching posts for horses.  On that I told her yes, but only if the hitching posts were out by the fence line away from the building and parking area. There are now hitching post taking up a good bit of the parking area right next to the patio and front of the legion.

I see two major problems with that and the first is that there is already a fly problem in this area and at the legion. The horse shit will likely just attract more and cause even a bigger problem where as if the posts would have been placed where I told her she could put them it might have actually attracted them away from the patio and legion.

Secondly her horse has been known to kick at least one vehicle in the parking lot. Sounds like a liability to me if vehicles are going to be damaged by horses tied right next to them!

Anyway... It may soon be where you can go to the legion and shovel up horse shit for what ever you might need it for. (Check with the current commander though. It may be reserved for something else.)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Glasses / VA / and So On

Got the glasses and don't like them at all. First time I put them on it was instant dizzy! As long as I'm using them while I'm driving and looking a distance away they are great, but when I look down at the instrument panel its dizzy again. I made it almost 67 years without needing glasses though so guess I can't complain much. At least when I'm not driving I can get by with out them unless I'm looking at stuff a long way off and want a clear image.

This seems to be the norm now days around here. It can be doing this all the way around here, but nothing here. Sure could use some rain and there's a 70+ % chance next week. A few smaller chances to. All I can do is hope!

Here is what is up with the new bill to allow VETS to get medical care at any place if the waiting time is too long at a VA facility or if you live more than 40 miles away from a VA clinic or hospital. The below is from the American Legion online news letter. Lets see if the law makers can keep the bill screwed up until its forgotten. Grrr!

Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

Today, I want to share with you a joint statement regarding the inappropriate posturing by members of Congress following a request made by Sloan Gibson, acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs. Gibson requested emergency funding of $17.6 billion  to help repair access problems for veterans seeking VA health care.

What follows is a joint statement from myself representing The American Legion, Stewart Hickey, executive director of AMVETS (American Veterans), and Pete Hegseth, chief executive officer of Concerned Veterans for America:

“Regardless of the merits, a last-minute VA request for $17.6 billion dollars in additional spending only hampers an already difficult VA conference committee negotiating process. Both the House and Senate VA reform bills that passed were centered on two things—accountability and access. It is disgraceful and utterly painful to see bipartisan efforts erode and lawmakers lose sight of what’s important. Negotiations, which should happen in public, not behind closed doors, must stay focused on ensuring VA leadership is held accountable and veterans have timely access to care. All other discussions only undermine a critically important process.

“We urge Congress to take immediate action to regain their focus on ensuring the VA Secretary exercises their authority to hold management and staff accountable for their inappropriate behavior, and immediately stop the corruption and mismanagement within the VA. Before asking for more money, the VA must start making good on the nation’s promise to its honored veterans.”

For God and Country,

Dan Dellinger
National Commander
The American Legion


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