The end of our world

April 27, 2017

According to our local newspaper and group of our citizens
the world is in danger of ceasing to exist because one of our
Aldermen called homeless people “bums”. It does not seem that
long ago that the terms bum or tramp was common but in our
politically correct society today they must be referred to as
homeless people or displaced people. It makes one wonder what
happened to freedom of speech.

Then suddenly the city told the kitchen they had to close due
to a zoning violation after which the church hired an attorney
the city loves to hate to defend their religious right to feed
the homeless. We saw no mention of anyone investigating if the
city closed the establishment because of a vendetta or if an
actual human error occurred.

The paper even went so far as to say the Alderman said such
terrible things while wearing a shirt from a local Catholic
University but didn’t mention the University and the Alderman
share the same name. For all the good this city council member
has done it now looks like he may be remembered as the one who
called the homeless “bums”.

Although we don’t live in his ward, my Dad does. And when a
problem arose one contact with this Alderman resolved the
problem. Once again someone has become the spawn of Satan for
uttering a few simple words. There are much worse problems in
our city, state, country, and the world that should be talked
about. It’s almost like the people want the circus back in our
city government.

Time to get the camera out and find some wildlife. That makes
sense to me. Enjoy our Thursday, our rainy weekend will be
here before we know it.
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Alrighty then

April 26, 2017

Due to some recent events I’ve been pondering a few things so
when I went outside and witnessed the question mark in the sky.
It brought a smile, but I’m going to vent a little anyway.

None of my questions have been answered yet, and perhaps
never will be, but it makes one wonder. There are people among
who don’t care for other people, emit a perceived pleasant
personality in our presence, and feel the need to bad mouth us
behind our backs like we are a demon from the deepest depths
of Hades.

I’ve been trying to decide if said plastic people do this to
us as a means to shame us into changing or enrage us to a feud.
While I’m sorry my impulsive, seemingly chaotic lifestyle bothers
you so much, after 66 years of surviving by my rules and not
yours, things won’t change.

You must believe things are perfect in your little portion of
the world while mine is not. So I have a news flash for you.
I will keep on keeping on so give it your best shot. Those who
really know me will inwardly giggle at said accusations and
those that don’t might believe them.

This is exactly why I don’t care for most social functions.
Those I prefer to associate with aren’t afraid to a address an
issue to my face instead of spreading it through the grapevine.
If you need more fodder you could also tell everyone I beat
the puppy I don’t have and argued with a priest once.

Posting will go back to as normal as it gets here tomorrow. We
hope you enjoy or Wednesday, and don’t worry. They’ll be another
one next week.
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Another day

April 23, 2017

As the sun set on a beautiful day I thanked the Lord for being
willing to allow me another sunset. The creek didn’t rise, the
birds were singing, and the flowers were blooming.

A little earlier while doing research something interesting
came up. Interesting to me at least. My camera of choice is a
a Nikon D3300 which is has a crop sensor. I also understand the
basics of ‘crop factor’.

The Nikon has an APS-c sensor and a crop factor of 1.5. That
means that because the sensor is smaller than the 35mm standard
that one multiplies the lens length by 1.5. Meaning when using
my 70-300mm lens what I see in the viewfinder is equal to 105-
450mm on a full frame camera, if I understand things correctly.

If that is true and I add a 2x tele-converter, instead of
giving me 140-600mm, it would be equal to 210-900mm using the
crop factor. I’m not sure if that is a good thing or a bad
thing, but I like the camera.

After perusing many forums and sites on the internet and being
more confused than ever I have come the conclusion that using
what works for me is the best route. Since this is a hobby for
me and not a career, sinking tons of money into equipment isn’t
my goal.

When, and if, I get back in the mood to do more research my
thoughts may change on the subject. But as the wife says, I
have to quit living in the 60s because prices went up. Don’t
know about you, but I kinda liked gas at 25.9 cents a gallon.

Enjoy the rest of our Sunday, the work week is only a dream
away. And now I go in search of the elusive bacon cheeseburger
pizza.
Comments are always welcome.


Stranger than fiction

April 21, 2017

I ran across a couple stories lately that had me shaking my
head. One was local and the other, regional. So let’s put my
thoughts out there and see what happens.

One of our Aldermen caused an uproar of sorts when he was
quoted saying the following “the homeless are bad for business”.
Or something close. Our local newspaper was outraged.

How could he say such a thing? How can he not feel sympathy
towards the downtrodden? Or words to that effect. Well, it
wasn’t that long ago we called them bums. Back when the
greatest generation was our age they didn’t mince words.

And whatever happened to freedom of speech? Today, just
because he says something others don’t like he gets put on the
10 most wanted list? I’d be willing to bet the writers from the
newspaper live nowhere near the area mentioned and wouldn’t
want the homeless congregating in their neighborhood either.

The other item concerns higher education in Wisconsin. At some
colleges they installed tampon dispensers in the mens bathrooms
in an effort to give equal treatment to all.

That got me so flustered I couldn’t talk, the wife laughing
so hard at my dilemma, it was crazy. This brought on a
discussion I never thought I’d have.

So I started with “there isn’t a man alive who needs tampons”.

The wife stated that a transgender man, who used to be a
woman, but hasn’t had the final operation would. Lord love a
duck.

So I countered “there isn’t a man alive who needs a tampon”.
During war time I supposed said sanitary items could be used
to stop heavy bleeding but I don’t believe Wisconsin has a war
on its college campuses.

I must be getting old. The more I follow the news the less I
understand. Enjoy our Friday, the weekend is upon us. Now I’m
making a thick salami sandwich to ease my suffering.
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Just a thought

April 6, 2017

Today is the 96th day of the year meaning we’ll be adding a
year on forms in just 269 days. Time flies when we’re having fun.
And what a day our Thursday is, did you know…

On this date in 1808, John Jacob Astor incorporated the
American Fur Company and it would allow him to become America’s
first millionaire.

In 1862, on this date the Battle of Shiloh began.

On April 6, 1909, Robert Peary and Matthew Henson reached the
North Pole.

And on this very date in 1917, the United States declared war
on Germany.

Today is a day we celebrate New Beer’s Eve. Never heard of it
you say? It’s the night preceding the day beer became legal
again after Prohibition.

This is the day Merle Haggard was born in 1937 and the day he
died in 2016 at age 79.

There are many more things that happened in our past yet today
is also a day we’re the oldest we’ve ever been. If we woke up
breathing we’re ahead of the game. That’s certainly something
to celebrate. So enjoy our Thursday. We can’t control the
weather but we can learn how to enjoy it.

Now I’m going to watch my talk show on the radio, take a few
pictures, and enjoy the day before I snuggle up with a pizza
later.
Comments are always welcome.


Give me strength

March 26, 2017

I’ve been real good at not shouting at the TV lately, until
this morning. The wife likes to watch the morning “news” shows,
I do not. The reason I began to yell at the talking head giving
his opinion of the news is what he called a poll.

Said poll, which covered the screen, announced 81% of
Americans cannot agree on basic facts. What? Wait a minute. The
talking head did not elaborate on what type of facts but did
say this disagreement went along political party lines.

Let’s go out on a limb and say I’m a conservative and my
listener is a liberal. That means whatever fact comes out of
mouth would instantly be disputed by a said listener because
of their political party? If so we are all surely going to hell
in a hand basket in the express lane.

We are a divided nation and this is part of the reason why.
One could condone not accepting someone else s opinion, but I just
cannot wrap my brain around the idea that people can’t agree on
facts.

Have so many lies been told so many times, and with a straight
face, that people are believing them? As of now I will not be
watching any “news” programs on TV. Enjoy our Sunday for
tomorrow begins a new week.
Comments are always welcome.


Thank you

March 22, 2017

It’s National Agriculture Day today. We find it amazing that
1.5% of our population work in agriculture, but manage to
produce enough food for all of us.

A big thank you to all the farmers, ranchers and others. If
you’ve ever walked the rows or sampled a salt lick, you know
who you are. We think you should have your own month.
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