Had to do it

October 30, 2019

We keep learning life’s lessons no matter how old we grow. I found out yesterday I may be stubborn. After over a week of suffering through what ever it was I let the wife talk me into going to the Emergency Room. Things have changed in the 5 years since I was last there.

Think it’s safe to say I do not like hospitals or going to same. But
there are times when even skinny old rednecks can benefit from a visit.
When back in the room a nurse told me to take off my t-shirt and she
would put a gown on me. I bit back a snide remark but did as she
requested.

So there I am with a hospital gown on yet still wearing my jeans and boots laying on a gurney hooked up to a heart monitor and various other machines I knew nothing about. When the doc came talk led to the Navy and he used to a Corpsman. Good enough for me.

After a quick examination doc announced my chest was ‘tight’ and I wasn’t taking in much oxygen, as if I didn’t know. But the little clip on finger reading oxygen level said 96% so I wasn’t too worried. So after a breathing treatment that lasted an hour and chemicals ran through an IV doc asked it felt good enough to go. We were gone.

I now have the medicine to get better fast and the wife and I found
something to laugh about. After picking up prescriptions for steroids,
anti-antibiotics, and cough syrup with codeine we were sitting at the
table when I scratched my belly and got a funny look.

It felt like since my ER visit a nipple had grown on my stomach! This
made me question what they injected with until I lifted the t-shirt to
discover the leads for the heart monitor weren’t removed before we
left. That was certainly a relief.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it looks like more snow here on the east coast of Iowa and I’m ready for the up to 5 inches of the white fluffy love from above.
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Great start

September 4, 2019

Didn’t make it over to Dads place yesterday as the wife insisted I
stick around for the guy who was coming to look at our washer. Her
reasoning was that because I was watching the washer went it quit
working it was my fault it broke.

We began debating whose fault it was as she said since I was waiting
to unload the washer while it happened it was my fault. My take was I
just watched it, for her, so it was her fault. After about 20 minutes
of getting nowhere the repair guy spoke up and said it wasn’t
anybody’s fault a switch just broke.

I took that to mean he wasn’t married and told him I’d never win
this debate anyway. I’ve heard that some people, after being married
long enough, don’t debate such things. We’ve never learned that trick.
It seems I’m as stubborn as the wife.

In the end there was good news. Turned out to be a switch on the lid
and when the young man finished he told us there was no charge as
the wife has some kind of plan with them. As a cheap redneck that
suited me fine.

This morning had a good visit with Dad and we talked about dogs, the
weather, the Navy, and family. A great start to a good day.

Enjoy our Wednesday as it’s the only one we get this week. Now for
coffee.
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Wasted days

March 8, 2019

I got up early, the wife got home early, we went grocery shopping early, yet I haven’t even had time for a post or coffee. I’m only on my second cup! And that’s after getting up at 5 am.

After we got back from our running and got things put away the wife informed she’s tired of the lack of light in the kitchen. So back out we went to get an led ceiling light instead of fluorescent. Swapping the new for the old would be no problem.

Or so I thought. I got up on the kitchen table alright only to discover it wobbles with weight on it. But I got sea legs and removed the ceiling panel to get to the light fixture. That came off with no problems but when I unhooked the electrical to it I noticed cracks in the insulation of the wires going to the junction box.

So I now had a little rewiring to do before hooking up the new fixture. All while balancing on a wobbly table. Once everything was up and checked the only things left were to flip the switch to ensure it worked and put the diffuser back in. Well, there was the clean-up. How is it that one light fixture with one cord coming out being matched to another cord can make such a mess?

I know some of it was various tools and other things needed to make it work but it seemed like someone threw stuff on the pile when I wasn’t looking. The new light is putting out 3,200 lumins, the area has been policed, I’ve had another cup of coffee, and after I finish this I’m changing the furnace filter.

No pictures were taken, no animals were harmed while performing the task, and no carbon was released into our air supply. At least the snow we were supposed to get last night was a no-show. Enjoy our Friday as we will now. I’m going to get another cup of coffee and fry up some bacon.
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Of steam engines and cell phones

December 28, 2018

Yesterday was one of those days I about had to beat myself up
to get moving. Everything hurt, my brain was disconnected, and
my body said ‘oh hell no!’ to anything that involved movement.
Not sure what the problem was but hopefully it’s just part of
getting older.

This morning I was thinking of Sprint Corporation for no
apparent reason and discovered something I did not know. You may
know that Sprint is a telecommunications company that provides
internet and cell phone services. But did you know its roots
can be traced back to a railroad?

The Brown Telephone Company and the Southern Pacific Railroad
are both said to be origins of Sprint. Brown Telephone began in
1899 to give phone service to rural areas in Abilene, Kansas
and was started by Cleyson Brown.

The Southern Pacific Railroad was founded in the 1860s as a
subsidiary of the Southern Pacific Company. The company operated
thousands of miles of track and the telegraph wire which ran
alongside the track. In the 1970s the company was looking for
ways to use these lines for long distance calling.

This spawned several lawsuits between the company, AT&T, and
the FCC. Prior attempts to offer long distance calling wasn’t
approved by the FCC so the railroad used a loophole that would
allow a fax service called SpeedFAX.

Southern Pacific Communications came up with a new name to
tell the difference between the switched voice service from
SpeedFAX and came up with SPRINT. This stood for Southern
Pacific Railroad Internal Network Telecommunications.

In 1982 GTE Corporation bought the telephone operation from
Southern Pacific. In 1992 Uninet (United Telecom Data) bought
enough of the Company to acquire the original company and in
1992 United Telecom officially changed its name to Sprint
Corporation. And that’s my story.

Enjoy our Friday as the weekend has begun. As soon as I have
another cup of coffee before getting busy doing what should have
been done yesterday.
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Interesting times

December 10, 2018

Have you noticed people get upset about the darndest things
that someone else said, or wrote, years ago and demand an
apology? It makes one wonder if artificial intelligence has
surpassed the intelligence level of us mere mortals. Whatever
happened to freedom of speech?

I’m told most people have a means of filtering what comes out
of their mouths before they speak. If so mine was broken a long
time ago. My super power is that I can offend people without
even trying.

I once told someone I didn’t believe in same-sex marriages and
got the riot act. Thing is I’m not against it if others want to
marry a member of the same-sex, just that it wouldn’t happen to
me. I fail to see the attraction is all.

If you stop and think about it; riots have now become protests,
illegal aliens now have rights, and most of what our parents
taught my generation is considered wrong. I even read that the
Supreme Court said churches and other religious organizations
could display nativity scenes on their own property as long as
they included non-secular items in the display.

So what happened? When did the feelings of those who think
different from us trump our rights? Yet now we are told that we
have to tip toe around people we’ve never met, who don’t know us,
and change our ways because of what we think? Lord love a duck!

Enjoy our Monday. Now I need to calm down with more coffee.
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Here we go

November 29, 2018

Mary Barra, GM CEO, announced a few days ago that GM would
close several plants and cut 15% of its salaried workforce.
In her 5 years as CEO, Barra has made some decisions that were
not popular but she has made the company a profitable
enterprise.

Along with plant closures she is removing money pit sections
like Peugeot, has authorized getting out of Russia and India,
and is getting rid of cars that aren’t selling. Two mentioned
were the Volt and the Cruise. Instead GM will develop a Blazer
and full electric vehicles.

GM will keep investing in self-driving vehicles as they claim
there is a profit to had in that sector of the market. Deep
discounts have also gone the way of the dinosaur in the name
of profit.

And despite Michigan and Ohio taking hits financially due to
the plant closings and thousands unemployed, insiders claim
this is the best plan since sliced bread. So the buying public
will have fewer choices while spending more money to get their
next vehicle and former employees will scramble for new jobs.
Thank God GM will make a bigger profit.

Won’t people be needed to build the new SUVs, trucks, electric
cars, and self-driving vehicles? I’m guessing that the Camaro
will still be around along with 1 or 2 other models, but if you
like a car that doesn’t make the cut you will be looking for
something else.

We haven’t heard a timeline for when all this is supposed to
begin but once again feel like the redheaded step-child here.
One feels like we, the buying customers, aren’t given a thought
and going for the gold is all that counts. It bothers me and I
won’t even be affected.

I quit looking at new cars when the wing windows and standard
transmissions left. I don’t need 47 cup holders, back up
cameras, and a knob to change gears.

Enjoy our Thursday as it means the weekend is almost upon us.
Now I need to calm down and have more coffee.
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Somedays…

November 28, 2018

Yesterday I made a few mistakes and found the old saying true;
we don’t quit making mistakes as we get older we just make
dumber ones. My first mistake was thinking water repellent
meant water proof.

The second was a result of the first. I emptied my wet coat,
contents seen above, and tossed the empty garment in our dryer.
I thought. Before long said dryer started clanging like a bell
at an old school house. So I once again checked the contents
removed from the wet coat. I forgot to take a camera out of the
coat before starting the dryer!

The camera, shown above, was removed 5 minutes after the dryer
was started. When the door was opened I expected to find parts
of this camera spread all over the dryer, on my coat, and
thinking it was now ruined.

Imagine my surprise when I took the first picture above with
the now hot camera, and it worked! No broken screen, no cracked
lens, and no fried electronics inside. Of course it will now be
afraid of dryers, but that’s something we can work on.

Now the camera is reunited with his buddies back in the jacket
and I’m glad it only took me 5 minutes to remember it was still
in my coat enjoying the dryer. And I learned something.

In the right front pocket where I keep the flashlight, smokes
and lighter, along with the small multi-tool, I place the
remains of my field stripped cigarettes. If you ever find
yourself with a wet coat and empty pockets do not feel around
the bottom of any wet pocket.

I came up with my finger coated with black sludge that
resembled motor oil that hadn’t been changed in years! After
some thought the remains of the field stripped cigarettes came
to mind and it made sense. I may add a small plastic bag to
avoid a repeat.

Enjoy the rest of our Wednesday and be careful when you check
your pockets. Now I need more coffee.
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