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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wondering About Online Games.

Do any of you play online games?  I don't like most of them.  Maybe that is because I am simple minded.  But I have found one that I do like and I play it a lot, always trying to better my score.  Yes, I do keep track of my scores, that is the only way I know if I am beating my old score.  This game I found is called "Mahjongg Dimensions" and I play it on this web site:


I have been known to also play "Bryx".  Now you know the games I like and how I waste my time. Yes, it is a waste of time but I do enjoy playing them.

Don't have much to say, other than we are still having crappy weather here, cool and raining.  It is not raining hard but it doesn't take long to get soaked and cold when you are out in it.  Think I will stay in an play on line games and watch TV and just waste my time. . . or I might do something more constructive. . . or not.  Now, you all just do what ever you want or don't do anything, either way, have a great day, you hear?

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wondering About My Dogs and a Sign.

I think I will start with the sign.  I really hate to admit this, but a lot of the time that sign is correct.  Did I just say "I really hate to admit this"?  Heck, I will never admit that it is right (grin).

Yes, I spotted that sign at the flea market this morning.  After we got home, I was sitting in my rocker/recliner and noticed that the youngest pup (the black and white one) ran into her house and hid something behind her pillow, which she pushed up and tried to hide behind it, too.  The old female, followed by the male, was hot on her trail.  What ever it was, she didn't give it up and the other two backed off and went about their own business of taking naps.

It was rather cool here this morning, in fact it was down right cold at 37 degrees and the wind blowing.  I know, I know, all you who choose to live up north say that if you had 37 degrees in your area it would feel like summer.  My best friend who lives in Pennsylvania says it got way down below zero up his way.  This was a fairly cool winter so far but not very many days when it got much cooler than it was this morning.  It is still chilly outside now at 51 degrees.  Well, where ever you are living and what ever the temperature, just have a great day, you hear?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Wondering About a Few Quotes.

How about a few quotes for today?

Said by Abraham Lincoln:  "Actions speak louder than words"  -  I think that they can both be pretty loud; I wouldn't want to hear them in a shouting match.

An English saying:  "Deeds are fruits; words are leaves"   -   and I would say that both eventually fall to the ground.

By William Shakespeare:  "Do not be like the cat who wanted a fish but was afraid to get his paws wet."  -  That must have been the same cat that wanted someone else to bait his hook for him.

Washington Irving said:  Great minds have purposes, others have wishes.  -  I have had both, so what does that make me?  Schizo?

Chaucer said:  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  -  Yes, but everything ventured doesn't guarantee that you will not go broke.


I am going to list a few more without comments.  The first four I have heard many, many times, but the last three are new to me: 

A bird in hand is worth two in the bush.

A good example is the best sermon.

A penny saved is a penny earned.

A stitch in time saves nine.

Advice after mischief is like medicine after death.

Advise no one to go to war or marry.

Avoid a cure that is worse than the disease.

Now, I bet you can remember a lot more, I know I can.  And of course the saying you hear on my blog all the time:  Have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Wondering About Löb Strauß

How many of you have heard of Löb Strauß who was born on this date back in 1829?  Now come on, if you said no, you are wrong.  I would be willing to bet my last dollar that every one of you have heard of him.

Ok, Löb Strauß is the German name, but here in the U.S. and most all of the world, he is known by Levi Strauss.  Yes, he was the creator of the first company to make blue jeans in the U.S.  I don't know how we could have ever managed to survive without blue jeans.  And yes, I believe blue jeans should be made out of blue denim and not some other color, because they are named BLUE jeans.

One of Strauss's customers was an inventor, Jacob Davis, who invented the first pair of riveted denim pants back in 1871.  He went into business with Strauss and they began producing blue jeans.  And I guess the way that Paul Harvey ended his shows is appropriate here, too.  "And now you know the rest of the story."   So, put on your blue jeans and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wondering About What Happened on This Day.

I got wondering about things that happened on this day back in history that are still affecting me today.  You know, there are many, many things.  Almost everything that happened in the past affects the future in some way.  But today I am only going to mention three of them.

This first one, as far as I am concerned, changed the world:

1836  Samuel Colt patents the first revolving cylinder multi-shot firearm. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf

Mr. Colt's invention of the revolving cylinder really did change things. Before that, no one could fire more times than the number of barrels that their firearm had.  So, if someone wanted to fire six fast shots, he needed to lug around a heavy six barreled gun. . . Gee, I wonder if they ever made a six barrel rifle or shotgun?  I do know they made multiple barreled small handguns, but Colt's six-shooter changed everything because it was also much more accurate than many of the multiple barreled ones at the time.

The next one is not as much to my liking, it is an amendment to the Constitution making income tax legal.  Have you done your income taxes yet or are you going to put it off until the last minute like I usually do?  

1913   The 16th Amendment to the constitution is adopted, setting the legal basis for the income tax. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf

Speaking of taxes, Oregon put the first tax on gasoline.  Now it wasn't that bad back then and one cent per gallon, but it sure didn't stay at a low level for long.
1919   Oregon introduces the first state tax on gasoline at one cent per gallon, to be used for road construction. - See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.z4jpS4tu.dpuf

The following are the current highest and lowest rates in the US


U.S. Gas Taxes (cents per gallon)
StateGas Taxes/Fees (cpg)Diesel Taxes/Fees (cpg)

(The first two are the highest rates)
New York      Gas - 69.6 cents/gal     Diesel - 75.1 cents/gal
 California       Gas - 69.0 cents/gal      Diesel - 79.5 cents/gal
(These last two are the lowest rates)
Alaska             Gas - 26.4 cents/gal       Diesel - 32.4 cents/gal

South Carolina  Gas -  35.2 cents/gal      Diesel - 41.2 cents/gal

 OK, now I am wondering if all that collect tax actually goes into road repair and new roads?  When you consider how many vehicles are on the roads and how many miles they travel and how much fuel they use, our roads ought to be paved with gold, don't you think?  Now have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Wondering About Some Facts.

 I think I will fortify and stimulate (or bore) you with a lot of useless facts.  So, if you are brave enough and have nothing better to do, read on:

"Every second, Americans collectively eat one hundred pounds of chocolate"

If I would quit eating chocolate, the pounds of chocolate eaten would be drastically reduced!!

In 32 years. there are about 1 billion seconds!

People use the world billion with ease about all sorts of things without regard of how large that number is.  The government talks about spending billions and billions and even trillions without much thought of just how much that is.  So, if they paid that much back at a rate of a dollar a second, it would take hundreds of years.  Just think about that for a minute the next time you see the figures for the national debt.  BTW, as of right now (2/24/15 - 10:59 am) the debt is $18,136,189,300,825.

Men are 6 times more likely to be struck by lightning than women!

Gee, I wonder why that is?  Maybe it is because men are taller?? Nah.  Or maybe it plays out like this.  A storm is coming on fast and the wife tells her husband to hurry up and go out and take down the flag from the tall, metal, grounded, flag pole. .

The sun is 330,330 times larger than the earth!

That is a lot bigger for sure, but numbers don't really paint that good of a picture, so how about one of those pictures that is worth a thousand words:
The above picture shows the sun in comparison to all the planets.  Bet you had no idea that there was that big a difference in sizes, or did you?  So, let the sun shine on you and have a very great day, you hear?

Monday, February 23, 2015

Wondering About My Name.

I got to wondering about my name and why I have this name.  No, I don't mean my last name, I mean my first and middle names.  Well, I guess the place to start is the beginning so my first name is Richard and I was given that name shortly after I was born, if not before. You see, my dad's name was Richard.  My middle name is Milton, and that came from my Mother's brother.  So, I am Richard Milton.  But it didn't stop there.

My Dad (Richard) used his nickname, Dick, so I use that, too.  Now my uncle Milton went by the nickname of Bub.  When I was a small boy (and in my Mother's eyes I always was her boy) I was called Dicky.  (Yes, I know it is supposed to be spelled "Dickie" but we didn't do it that way.)  So my named sort of morphed into "Dicky Bub".  When I was in my 30's, I moved down south, and guess what, my nickname fit right in for a change along with Bubba, Billy Bob, Jimmy Joe, etc.

My Dad's name was Richard J. and when he went into the Army back in the early 40's, they gave him a hard time wanting to know what the "J" stood for.  It didn't stand for anything.  His parents never gave him a full middle name.  That was the way it was on his birth certificate.

Now, you may ask, how did I get the name Dizzy Dick.  I believe I told you how before but will also tell it again now.  My amateur radio call is WB3DZY and because of the "DZY" part, all the other Hams started to call me "Dizzy" and the name fit, so I kept it.  Now you know the rest of the story (grin).  Have a great day, you hear?