It’s here

September 2, 2019

Well the unofficial end of summer is here. Labor Day was started as a
way to honor the American labor movement and the day was officially
declared a federal holiday in 1894.

In some states Labor Day is the first three day weekend of the new
school year while other states have laws that prevent schools from
starting the school year until after Labor Day. Even if you don’t get
Labor Day off, it does affect us all in some ways.

As mentioned, schools start around this day. In the state of
Minnesota the State Fair ends on Labor Day, and if you’re fashion
conscious it’s the last day one can wear white. Or so we’re told.

And a lot of sports involve the holiday in one form or another. The
NCAA teams play their first games over the weekend and the NFL play
their kickoff game the Thursday after the holiday. NASCAR holds the
Southern 500 race at Darlington Raceway on Labor Day weekend and
at Indianapolis Raceway Park the NHRA holds their finals for the
NHRA U.S. Nationals over this weekend.

Labor Day is also the mid-point of weeks one and two of the U.S. Open
Tennis Championships. And in major cities their are celebrations. New
York has the Labor Day Carnival and fireworks at Coney Island, and in
Washington, D.C., they hold a free Labor Day Concert.

And many retailers hold Labor Day sales that are second only to Black
Friday. So whatever you think of the holiday it does touch us all. So
if you have the day off enjoy it and if you don’t just walk around
grinning like a fool. Others will be wondering what you’re up to.

Enjoy our Monday as we will. Now I need more coffee as I ponder
making an omelette out of whatever is in the fridge.
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Enjoy our holiday

July 4, 2019

Happy Independence Day to all! As you know we celebrate this holiday on July 4th even though the Second Continental Congress voted to approve a resolution of Independence on July 2nd. After the vote Congress worked on the Declaration of Independence which revised the original wording and passed that on July 4th, 1776.

In case you didn’t know in 1777 the holiday was observed with gunfire, speeches, prayers, parades, concerts, troop reviews, and toasts. In 1779 the holiday fell on a Sunday and was celebrated on Monday, July 5th. In 1870 Congress declared Independence Day an unpaid holiday for federal employees, and in 1938 Congress changed that to make it a paid federal holiday.

It is a day most celebrate with a cook out and plenty of red, white, and blue. Many of us travel on this holiday to be with family as three day holidays allow it. However you celebrate today enjoy our holiday as it’s the only one we get this year.
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Memorial day

May 27, 2019


Quick update

May 25, 2019

Late yesterday afternoon the western sky looked like this about a half hour before sunset. There was a tornado about 80 miles away and when the storm did come I was sound asleep. After this is posted I’ll check the basement in case I slept through a good one.

Earlier in the day I spotted this little critter just sitting there enjoying the day. Not sure if he found what he was looking for put he flew off before I ran out of patience.

If not busy pumping out the basement I may watch the race at Charlotte Motor Speedway a little later today and turn up the surround sound. The wife is out of town until Monday morning so there isn’t anybody to complain about the ‘racket’ coming out of the speakers. And if it gets too loud I’m sure the neighbors will let me know.

Monday is Memorial Day when we honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I know we’ll have a moment of silence here to remember and give a nod to our God also. If you have a flag, Monday would be a good day to display it.

Enjoy our Saturday unless you hate the day, then by all means be grumpy. Now for some coffee and leftover pizza to get the day going.
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Happy Valentine’s Day

February 14, 2019

This day is celebrated annually around the world yet is not a public
holiday in any country of the world. It originated as a Christian day
of feast to honor Saint Valentinus and is a cultural, religious
celebration of romance.

Stories include a written account of St. Valentine when the Romans
imprisoned him for performing weddings for soldiers and ministering to
Christians. Soldiers couldn’t marry in the Roman Empire and ministering
to Christians was persecuted. Legend claims that Saint Valentine
restored the sight to the blind daughter of his judge and he wrote her
a letter signed “Your Valentine” as a farewell.

Today the celebration has come to include cards, candy, flowers, and
jewelry. In 2010 an estimated 15 million e-Valentines were sent as we
are also well into the computer age.

It is said that the verse “Roses are red” can be traced back to
Edmund Spenser’s “The Faerie Queene”(1590)-

She bath’d with roses red, and violets blew.
And all the sweetest flowres, that in the forrest grew.

Before my time so I can’t swear all that is true but Happy Valentine’s
Day! Enjoy our Thursday as we will. Now I need some coffee to get my
strenght up for more shoveling.
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Starting over

January 1, 2019

We haven’t done a post since last year and we decided to get
off our butt and get one out. New Years Eve was one holiday I
didn’t go out and celebrate in my drinking days. We considered
it amateur night. A bunch of us would get together in someones
home and partied like there wasn’t going to be a tomorrow.

Since none of us had a job that said New Years Day was a paid
holiday, we also went to work with a hangover. Unless the day
fell on a weekend. So just in case you don’t get the day off
we’re typing slower than usual so as not to make too much noise
today.

Another thing I never bought into was the whole resolution
thing. For years watching others make, and then break them, it
was thought irrelevant. If I give my word I’m not going back on
it. A yearly promise is another matter.

I promise to be the tall skinny old redneck who’s mouth doesn’t
have a filter that everyone has grown to love. So may people
over the years have said you should change this, or think
before you speak. I have tried it in the past but when I do
there are some who think I’m mad!

One thing that is guaranteed on New Years is we will get new
calendars and make a few mistakes with anything we have to
write the date on. But we’ll get through it. So enjoy our New
Years Day as it’s the only one we’ll get this year. Now I need
more coffee.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2018

Today is the day most of us have turkey and all the trimmings
while many loosen their belts in the aftermath. And it’s a day
for giving as people volunteer to help feed the less fortunate.
We hope all have many reasons to be thankful.

That being said, it’s also a day that ‘Blue Velvet’ keeps
playing in my mind as a reminder of what happened on this date
in 1963. Those old enough to remember know what they were doing
when the news came that President John F. Kennedy had been shot
and killed in Dallas.

In my case, I was lining up a shot on the pool table when they
cut off Blue Velvet playing on the bakelite AM radio to announce
that the president had been shot. Getting to a TV we watched a
mass of crying people gathered to await news on the presidents
condition and the nationwide sadness when news came he had died.

We had our Thanksgiving yesterday due the wifes work schedule
and took the turkey and trimmings over to her moms house to
enjoy and said meal tasted every bit as good as if we had it
today. We can still have the same today because there’s always
leftovers.

Finally, I’m sorry we didn’t get a longer visit Keith. You rang
the doorbell just as were getting ready to load the car and
leave for our early Thanksgiving.

So everyone enjoy Thanksgiving as we will. Now I have to refill
my coffee cup as somebody drained it.
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