Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TWTW August 15th through the 21st I am Driving a Death Machine

It's hard to get anything done at home with no networking.

I Drive a Death Machine

I am currently driving a 2007 Honda CRV. This model has been caught up in the big death airbag recall. They had sent out the recall for the driver side some time ago. Just last month another recall came in for the passenger side.  This recall contained a warning in red letters.  Honda suggests that you avoid having a passenger sit in the front passenger’s seat until the recall repair has been performed.   Oh I did forget one important thing both recalls mention that, THEY DON’T HAVE THE PARTS TO FIX IT YET.  The claim they will get the parts in the fall. Until that time I am driving around in a death machine that could kill me and my passenger.

New Cars are too complicated

Saturday my Mom drove through on her way down to see my grandparents. She called with a problem. The battery light had started flashing.  She became worried that the alternate might be failing and didn’t want to end up stranded. So we swapped cars. She sped off in the death machine while I took her car to the Honda dealer. I told them the story and they said it would be a little bit before they could get to it. I sat in their waiting room drinking their free coffee. After about forty five minutes the mechanic calls me over. He has a little smirk on his face. “Sir, that was the warning light for the battery in the key.  We replaced it at no cost.”  Fancy new cars have to have the key with a battery in them for it to keep running.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

TWTW August 8th through the 14th the Great Cicada Slaughter of 2016

No is the time of the year in the midwest when we are overrun with cicadas. They fill the trees with their large bodies and they fill air with the sound of the reeeeing. They just keep getting louder. Reeee REee REEEEEE!!!  Apparently making a lot of noise isn't the only thing they are good at. They also excel at getting eaten.

I often let Jobu out on the balcony. He has a grand time out there. Eats the plants, sniffs the air, and once in awhile kills an insect. Monday night I am sitting at my computer doing something when he runs in from the balcony with something in his mouth. He drops it on the ground and starts batting it about in wild abandon. It is the giant body of cicada. He lost interest in a minute or so and just left the poor dead thing on my floor. The next night he comes prancing in from the balcony with another cicada in his mouth. This one isn't dead. It's REEEING at the top of it's voice. Is it calling for help? Is it begging for mercy? I don't know.  All I know it Jobu took a good 4 minutes to kill it off. I realized he enjoys inflicting pain on other living creatures. I have willingly invited this thing into my house. I am convinced he is going to kill me in my sleep.  I took of video of the poor cicada's demise:

The next night he did the exact same thing.   Note how dirty the carpet gets when you have a long hair black cat and don't vacuum for a couple of weeks.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

TWTW August 1st through the 7th: I End Up in a Car Commercial

It was a busy week

I End Up in a Car Commercial 

We've all seen those car commercials.  The ones I find so absurd.   You know the scene. It's a standard suburban block in somewhere America. Cookie cutter houses are lined up with their cookie cutter vehicles in the drives. Perhaps they are four door sedans.. or small crossovers or minivans.. either way they are all bland and alike. And then here comes Bob in his exciting unique new four door sedan or small crossover or minivan. It's exciting and sets Bob apart from the other suburban drones. You cut to the family staring in awe and perhaps the  attractive neighbor who drops her water hose and seems a little too interested in Bob's new car. Of course Bob's new four door sedan, or crossover, or minivan looks exactly like all the other ones on the block.

Well, I found myself walking down my own little bit of suburban wasteland. I stared at a four door sedan I didn't know. It looked kinda of racy and dare I say unique. I actually stopped and popped out my headphones, I had to know what model it was. It was a new Honda Civic. Note this post is not sponsored by Honda. but hey Honda.. if you wanna send me some money$$ 

I'm Feeling Good Vibrations with My Girl 

I took Friday off work so I could go to a concert. I saw the Temptations open up for the Beach Boys. Man was it fun. I don't know if I found the Temptations better than the Beach Boys or the Beach Boys better than the Temptations. I had an amazing time.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

TWTW July 25th through 31st: Saying Goodbye to the Traveling Pants

Funny Cat Gif of the Week

No kittehs were harmed in the making of this gif.

Tossing Out the Traveling Pants

I did my laundry. I had noticed the last time I did laundry that a pair of my khakis had a stain on the front that didn't come out. This time I got out the stain stick and scrubbed that thing as best as I can. After the wash I checked the khakis and the stain was still there. I unceremoniously tossed them in the garbage at the laundromat. It wasn't till sometime later I realized that I thrown away the traveling pants. Eight years ago I had bought those khakis at a Walmart for like ten dollars. I then took them on almost every trip I've taken since. Those trousers had walked the streets of London, Paris, Rome, Nice and many other places. And I had just tossed them out like yesterday's Jam.. but jam lasts for ages.

Wearing the traveling pants in Nice France

You mean there are 31 days in July?

As part of my financial plan I keep a budget. As part of that budget I usually have forty dollars ear marked for playing the gambling machines.  I do minimum bets and it is a fun way to waste a few dollars. I've decided for the month of August to not do it to save a few more bucks.  So Sunday I am sitting with some friends and I made a joke about celebrating that I hadn't gambled yet in August. They look at me funny. 
"I know it's not very funny being August 1st." 
"Dude it's July." 
"No it's not. Yesterday was the 30th." 
"There are 31 days in July."
"Are there?" I check me phone.. "oh"

Friday, July 29, 2016

I Will Not Give up Hope

I actually wrote this shortly after the attack in Nice but didn't post it. I questioned about what right I had to talk about these things just because I had visited Nice. I've decided to post it anyway for two reasons. First, this is my blog and I'll write about whatever I want. I also think it's important topic. I'd apologize for it being kinda rambling but if you don't know me by now....  

I have this habit of falling in love with anyplace I visit. It doesn't matter if the trip is for work or pleasure. The allure of new place enchants me. This love takes a few different forms. Some places I enjoy the visit. These places I think about visiting again and spending a few days catching up on the things I missed or enjoying the local atmosphere again. But I have no interest in living there.  Rome comes to mind. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I have spent in the city but I am pretty sure living there would drive me nuts. Other places I enjoy and could actually imagine having a life there. I could see myself having a job, commuting to work etc. I think about London that way.

Old Town Nice
Then there is Nice France. Nice has imprinted itself on my brain like no other place. I haven't been there for eight years. In fact technically I stayed in Monaco. I have not been able to get Nice out of my mind. I have bookmarked webcams so I can check what is going on.  Many a night I have fallen asleep while fantasizing about my life there. My fantasies were the most mundane things. I didn't imagine myself as a rich man riding around in my yacht up and down the coast. I imagined myself in my simple little flat, going to work, getting up in the morning for a jog along the Promenade des Anglais. I have no illusions that Nice is a paradise. I know it has problems.

I am not going to recount the horror that happened their on July 14th 2016. If you are reading this in the future feel free to search the internet. I won't give it any glory. It seems to be symbolic to do such horrible evil in such a beautiful place.

We live in an age when all the horrible things can be blasted to our screens almost instantly. We can breathlessly await the latest info to placate our desire for horror. Many can be driven to despair by this deluge of evil.  I will not give up hope We should not give up hope. We can grieve but not despair.

Events like this make me think of the line from The Two Towers. "What can men do against such reckless hate?"

Once we've passed by despair into hope, eventually we want to do something. What can we do? I will not be an interpol agent tracking down international terrorists. Hopefully I'll never be involved in an incident and have to intervene like the brave soul in Nice did. What I can do is be a good person. By maintaining hope and love everyone of us can make the world a better place. We can love and be accepting of those we come in contact with.  We can make the world a better place by being better people. In the face of such hate I say love stronger, hope better, and dream bigger.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TWTW July 18th through the 24th. We are having a heat wave a tropical heat wave

Funny cat Gif of the week

Sorry it's another horrible TWTW post. It's been way too hot and I have been way too busy.