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Monday, October 20, 2014

Wondering About My First Blog.

I got wondering about my first blog and so I went back and looked at it.  It was published on July 16, 2010 and I got started because Ben Woods kept prodding me to do so.  I had been reading his blog for awhile and he kept on me to start one for myself, which I did.  Do any of you remember Ben's blog, "An Older Texan Remembers"?  I still miss old Ben.  Here is the picture he took to put on his blog:

 We did get up to visit him one time.  This next picture is of Windy Bob (on left), me (center) and Ben (in green vest):
Yep, that was way back when I had the class-C motorhome.
Here is another picture with Windy Bob, Ben, and my wife.  His house is in the background:

OK, Ben was responsible for me starting, but do you have any idea who was the first one to comment on my blog posting?  It was Hermit Jim
 I am sure most of you have read his very interesting, and informative blog.  If you haven't, you should.  His blog is Coffee with the Hermit and can be found here: http://hermitjim.blogspot.com/

By the way, my first blog was:

Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Wondering About a Frog.

My wife set up at the Flea Market this weekend and did fairly well.  She got rid of a lot of stuff that we could live without, and in doing so, brought in enough to pay for the table rent at the Flea Market and made enough extra to bring home a few bucks.  The weather was perfect, not too hot and not too cold.  It couldn't have been better.  Now, we are both tired out.

Last Friday, I spotted this little frog sitting on some trim around my home.  He (or she) was about an inch long.  Its coloring looked like moldy granite to me.

In the above picture, it looked dark, but in the following picture, he appears in his true color.  My what big eyes he has. . .

I am now going to relax for the rest of the evening and I want you all to enjoy yourselves, what ever you do, you hear?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wandering to the Flea Market and a Night Flower.

My wife decided to set up at the Flea Market this morning so she went through the house picking things to take and I loaded them into the Jeep.  The weather was perfect, a beautiful sunny day and didn't get too hot.  But there was very few buyers there today.  Our buddy Rich set up too, and he did better than we did.  My wife found something expensive that she couldn't live without.  Here is a picture of Rich standing along side my wife's purchase:

Ole Granny was supposed to operate on either batteries or could be plugged into the AC power.  It had a power cord with an adapter on the plug end.  Something must be wrong because so far it doesn't do anything but stand there.  I took her apart into three pieces, loaded her up in the Jeep, and brought her home.  She is still in the Jeep, maybe we will take her back tomorrow and see if the vendor that my wife bought her from knows how to make it work.

Last night I noticed that our night blooming flowers were blooming.  I told my wife and she suggested we take a couple of pictures.  So here they are:

Now don't you think that they are beautiful?  I sure do!! 

OK, now I hope you all had a great day today and I want you to have a great afternoon and evening, you hear?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Wondering About Tom Poston.

I used to watch the Bob Newhart Show and I really enjoyed the characters on it.  Remember the three brothers with my brother Daryl and my other brother Daryl?  They always made me laugh.  Then there was the handyman, George, played by Tom Poston.  I thought he was best.  His character was sort of slow but always seemed to come up with just the right comment for the situation.

He performed in Regional Theater, Broadway, film, and starred in Television and was also guest stars on many other TV shows.  Not only was he a great character actor he was a great man.  He enlisted in the Air Corps when the US joined the Allied Forces in 1941 as a Buck Private.  Would you believe that he left the Service a Captain and had had an Oak Leaf Cluster of medals?  Well he did.  He was a real life hero.

He could make an expression that left no doubt that he was surprised or upset:

But I always remember him smiling:

He was born on this date back in 1921 and passed away at age 85.  He had a full acting career and I hope he also had a full and happy life.  Now you all keep on smiling and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Wondering If Hit Men Make Mistakes?

I don't know any hit men and don't want to know any.  But they are a fact of life, although a disgusting, cruel, dark side.  I do not know why anybody would stoop low enough to want someone killed and worse would be the hitman hired by these people to do their dirty work.  They have no personal interest in the victim except for the money they get to do the nasty crime.  The good ones are nameless and faceless:

I am wondering if they ever make mistakes.  Sure they do!!  Everyone makes mistakes and they are no different.  For example, a hitman was hired to do away with a Mary Morris.  He faithfully carried out his task, but then found out that there was another Mary Morris.  So, like any reputable hitman would do, he killed the other one, also, just to make sure that he got the right one.  Here is a picture of the two Mary Morrises.  The one on the left is Mary Lou and the one on the right is Mary McGinnis and both share the last name of Morris:
So, just because you have no enemies, don't feel too safe.  A stupid hitman may just make a mistake, they are only human, you know, although on the very bottom of  humanity's list.  Keep looking over your shoulder but I know you bloggers would not be on any hit list, so relax and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Wondering About Barber Poles

When I was young and living in Pennsylvania, a lot of the barber shops had rotating "barber poles" hanging outside of their shops.  You don't see them much anymore and in a lot of areas, jurisdictions prohibit moving signs.  So, how did these striped poles become the sign of a barber shop.

To answer my question, I had to do a little research.  The red and white pole was a representation of the bloody white rags that were wrapped around a pole out in front of bloodletting establishments.  Here is an example of a red and white barber pole:

The original pole had a brass wash basin at the top that represented the vessel in which the leeches were kept and the bottom represented the basin that collected the blood.

Of course, here in the U.S.A., we had to add blue stripes, also.  Gee, I wonder if it had any connection to our flags colors.

So, why did I post about barber poles today?  Well, my wife was complaining about my long hair and wondered when I was going to get it cut.  So, I decided to appease her and got out my big trusty scissors and. . . .

For some reason, I just couldn't do it.  Heck it has taken years to get my hair and beard to this point.  Anyway, it has seemed to have reached its longest limits, but maybe it is just resting for awhile and then will start growing again.  Up until I retired (actually I just quit working), I kept my hair cut and my beard trimmed.  Either way, I still look quite ugly, so why bother. . . Now, you all have a great day, you hear? 

Update:  A commenter who has known me almost all my life, mentioned about how neat a haircut I had when I was younger.  Here is a picture showing me in my favorite car and sprouting a short, neat hair cut:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Wondering About the Sound Barrier.

Did you know that there were at least two firsts involving the breaking of the sound barrier?  It was on this date back in 1947 that the first recorded event of an aircraft breaking that speed happened.  The speed of sound is not the same at all times, it depends on the weather and humidity, but the average would be 1125 feet per second or almost 761 miles per hour.  Chuck Yeager and his X-1 aircraft which were dropped from a B-29 through the bomb bay doors, were the first to reach and exceed the speed of sound in straight powered flight.  There is debate over the claims that others had done it but in power dives.  It was believed that it couldn't been done that way because the controls would not be able to pull the plane out of the dive.

Then again, just a few years ago, on this day back in 2012, a skydiver also claimed to have broken the sound barrier.  That would have been the first person to do so without the aid of a powered vehicle.  I guess the next step will be to break the speed of light barrier.  Although, at this time, it is on the impossible list.  I think that we all should just slow down and smell the roses and have a great day, you hear?