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Monday, September 22, 2014

Wondering Why I Was ROFL.

Yesterday, I mentioned on my blog posting that I bought a book written by Patrick McMannus.  He is one of my favorite writers and he has given me lots of laughs over the years by reading his articles in Field & Stream and Outdoor Life magazines.  Last night, I sat down on the couch and cracked open the book and started reading.  Dang!! I forgot just how funny this guy is!!

This book is full of his short stories and I attempted to read the first two in the book.  I started out grinning then went to laughing and moved on to laughing so hard there were tears in my eyes and my stomach was getting sore from trying not to laugh so dang hard.  I couldn't stop, I was in a fit of uncontrollable laughter.
 
Of course my wife asked me why I was laughing so hard over a McMannus book.  I don't really know.  Yes, he is funny but there is more to it than that.  Since his articles were mostly written for outdoor magazines and I love to hunt and fish and of course (I hate to admit this) some most of his articles remind me of some of things I have done.  I just can't explain it, but there is no other comedy writer or comedian that gets me laughing so hard as Patrick E. McMannas.  I dare you to read some of his stuff and keep a straight face!!  I bet you will be laughing, too:

 I sure hope you all can find something to laugh about today.  It doesn't have to be something that makes you ROFL (Rolling On Floor Laughing), but at least I hope you find something to put a smile on your face.  Now smile and have a great day, you hear?


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Wondering About a Porch Visitor and a Flea Market Find.

The first thing this morning I noticed a new visitor on the screened in back porch.  No, it wasn't running around but had its feet roots rhizomes buried in potting soil.  It was easy to spot because it was white.  Can you see it?:

OK, here is a closer view.  It is a mushroom and it has such intricate ribs.  So very beautiful:

Then off to the flea market.  My wife always seems to find something to put in her bag, but me, not so often.  Today, however, I did find something to bring home.  It is a book written by Patrick McManus.  I always loved his humor and would read his articles in hunting and fishing magazines, like Field & Stream and Outdoor Life.  His articles always gave me great big belly laughs and I am hoping this book will not be an exception.  It is titled, "The Grasshopper Trap":

After getting back from the flea market (it was only a couple of hours), the mushroom had changed into this:
 
Still pretty but starting to fade fast.  As you probably know if you have been reading my blogs for awhile, I enjoy the beauty in all types of mushrooms.  In fact, I love the beauty in all of Nature.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Saturday Morning at the Flea Market and Pups.

It is Saturday morning and we can usually be found at the flea market.  This morning, my wife wanted to stop at a yard sale along the way, which I did.  She got lots of stuff.  No, don't ask, I don't know what all she got but most was for sewing or quilting or . . . what ever.  Finally got to the flea market, and since it is getting close to Halloween, there were lots of costumes for sell.  I came across a costume that made me take a second look.  What the heck???  OK, I had to take a picture and here it is.  Would any of you guys wear that costume:
 
It was called the "Banana Flasher".
 
 
The other day was grooming day and the two oldest pups wanted their picture taken.  This first one is of the old matriarch, Ginger Muffin.  She is the queen of this place and her throne is that pillow on the end of the couch: 
 
It wasn't long until her fella laid down beside her:


The youngest one got groomed, also, but was sleeping peacefully in her "house" and I didn't want to disturb her.  All three pups rule at our place.  Now you all have a dog gone good day, you hear.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Wondering About Entangled Particles.

In yesterday's blog, I answered The Odd Essay's comment with this:
"There are so many things in the universe that are incomprehensible to me. Some things even seem impossible, like entangled pairs. Hey, that might me another blog subject."

So, I guess today I will blog about Entangled Particles.

  This will not be a long blog because scientists don't know a whole heck of a lot about them.  They do know that entangled particles exist.  OK, you are probably asking what are entangled particles?  They are a pair of subatomic particles (photons, electrons, etc.) that seem to be somehow connected despite distance or time.  In fact, one could be here on Earth and the other way out at the far reaches of the universe and when the one here changes the one way out there changes, too.  How could that be?  It seems that the speed limit of light has been exceeded.  No one seems to understand.  Even Albert Einstein called it the "spooky actions at a distance".


If they measure one, it affects the other:

Even to this day, scientist can not explain how but they are working on ways to use this phenomenon.  Just think what that would do for communication, especially with astronauts that may, in the future, visit other planets.  They could also instantaneously control probes anywhere in the universe and receive data back at once.  And you thought your DSL line was fast??  Now, slow down and have a great day today, you hear?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wondering About More Black Hole Facts.


There are a lot of different opinions on what would happen if you flew your space ship into a black hole.  So, what do you think would happen?  Your guess may be as correct as the astronomers and maybe even more so.  No one knows for sure.
 
Last Sunday, I did mention black holes in my blog titled:

Wondering About Space/Time Distortions


 

Today, I am going a step further, and it, too, involves black holes:


Let us use the planets as examples of how dense black holes are by showing the sizes of them if they were crushed down far enough to form a black hole.  The four inner planets could easily fit on this page.  Here is an example of their sizes if they could shrink that far:

OK, how about a few myths about black holes and the reality.  The following, along with above chart was taken from Astronomy magazine.

Myth: A black hole sucks in everything around it.
Reality: You have to get real close to a black hole.  What it pulls toward and into it is because of its gravity.  If our sun collapsed into a black hole, the planets would continue to orbit it as usual.

Myth: Once you cross a black hole's event horizon, you would never be able to escape.
Reality: If you just fell in because of gravity, you would never return.  But, if you flew into it in a powerful rocket and had enough fuel, you could fly back out.

Myth: Black holes are super dense.
Reality: True for stellar-mass varieties.  But the biggest supermassive black holes in the hearts of galaxies are less dense than water.

Myth: The core of every black hole is a singularity that occupies zero volume and has infinite density.
Reality: Astrophysicists remain divided about this.  The smart money is betting that this isn't true.

Thank you Astronomy magazine for this list.  I hope this gives you more insight into what black holes really are.  Now, if I were you, I would not visit any because I want you to have a really great day, you hear?

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wondering, "Speak of the Devil"

According to thefreedictionary.com, the phase, "speak of the devil (and in he walks), and Talk of the devil (and he is sure to  appear), is a popular phase used when someone you are talking about appears.

No, I don't mean a real devil!!

In yesterdays blog I talked about a friend and took some pictures off the Internet of him.  I said that since I didn't have any pictures that we took of him, I was going to have to correct that this coming weekend when we go to the flea market and usually see him.  Well, speak of the Devil, he showed up yesterday to give some books to us.  What a coincidence!!  That gave us the opportunity to get a picture as we sat in the RV and chatted.  My wife snapped one of Rich and me.  Of course I am the old, grey guy on the left and he is the young handsome guy on the right: 

Got to run, today is dog grooming day and we have to have all three of them down there at 09:00 this morning, so we must start getting ready.  We had a great day yesterday and I want you all to have a great day today, you hear?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Wondering About a Friend.

Remember my posting back on August 12th about the guitar I purchased?  If not, here is a link to that post: http://dizzydick.blogspot.com/2014/08/wondering-about-guitar.html
Well today, I am going to tell you a little bit about the fellow I purchased it from and how I met him.  Yes, of course this all leads back to that Flea Market! (grin)  In my header picture you can see the Jeep that I pull behind my motorhome.  Well, that Jeep is the how we first met.   You see, I spotted his jeep parked at the Flea Market and I parked right beside it to confuse the issue and then noticed that he had dogs in it.  Now this guy must be alright, he has the same taste in vehicles as I do and he is a "dog person".  Anyway, we finally met him and he became a friend.

When we first met he couldn't believe that we didn't know who he was.  You see, he was a radio personality who has been on both the Huntsville and the Conroe (KSTAR) radio stations.  I believe he was also affiliated with a Nashville station because he did work there and personally knows a lot of the stars.  In fact, he even offered to get the guitar I bought from him signed by some stars the next time he goes back to Nashville.  I told him that was not necessary.

Back to the point of this blog.  Here are some pictures of our friend that I found on the Internet.  The first two are at KSTAR:
 
I don't know who the girl is in this picture but must have something to do with the radio station:


This last picture is a better representation of the Rich I know.  And again, I have no idea who the other person in the picture is.


Now that I have introduced him to all of you, he can be your friend, too.  While writing this blog, I realized that I have never taken a picture of him.  I guess next weekend that oversight will be corrected.  Now, you all listen to some country or bluegrass music and have a great day, you hear?