I spent a couple of hours this morning reading some of Ronald Reagan witty sayings. I got carried away. There were just so many of them and I was planning to list a few of his best, but they were all good, well, most of them. I gave up and then searched for some Reagan pictures. I came across quite a few that made me laugh. Reagan had a sense of humor that I really like.
So, since I wasted too much time already, I am going to just post these few:
This last one was when he was about give a speech and they asked him to say something to test the microphone:
Just thought these may put a smile on your face. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?
I got wondering about the difference between weight and mass. Well, there are probably a lot of differences. Weight is what my scales show me and mass is what is said in a church. . . OK, that isn't the mass I am talking about. Well let me think a minute . . . OK, mass is what causes you to get knocked down when a huge football linebacker runs into you. Weight can only be measured in the presence of gravity, but mass can exists in space far from any other objects or planets.
Another way to look at it is that a balloon full of helium rises in the air. Therefore, it has no weight but it still has mass. Yes, I know that is not a perfect example, but it is the best one I have. So, you disagree? OK, you measure the weight of that rising balloon!! So, if someone tells you that you should loose weight, just go into the ocean and float around on your back and tell them to weigh you now. In this case, your weight is transfered by the water and spread over ocean floor. So, does that mean that the floating man is weightless? It may or may not but he still has mass. Weight is only a measurement where as mass is a constant no matter where you are in the universe, except maybe in or near a black hole where the laws of physics, as we know them, may be different. Now I hope you don't have any excess weight on your shoulders and I want you to have a great day, you hear?
I bet you thought I knew how to turn windshield wipers on in a car. Well I guess I don't. Maybe I should explain. If you remember from my older blog, I had a blowout on the Jeep and it tore up the fender liner and some of the fender trim. The fender liner done disappeared but the trim was partially hanging on to the fender. I removed the fender parts and took the Jeep up to the Geiko claims center. They said it would take up to three days to get the parts in and get it fixed properly, so they gave me a rental car to drive. It is a Fiat. I seemed to be able to drive it OK but then it started to rain. Guess what, I couldn't find where to turn on the windshield wipers. I did find where to turn on the rear window wiper and did so. My wife suggested that I drive the rest of the way home in reverse going backwards so that I could see were I was going. I was going to but couldn't find a place to turn around (grin).
I got home and the wife Googled it and I watched the video. Dang, it is like a combination to open a safe. Hey, I am old and I like things simple. This wiper control is not simple. Anyway, it is cold and rainy, unlike the last few beautiful days when the frogs were singing. Of course the frogs love the rain but not the cold. I guess those 70 and 80 degree days we had have spoiled me. It is still winter, right? At least the birds are enjoying the bird feeders and are giving me a show at the same time. I smeared Vaseline on the small metal post that holds the bird feeders to keep the squirrels off the feeders. My wife tells me that it is comical when they leap as high as they can, grab a tight hold on the bar, and slowly slide back down to the ground. Now, you all have a great day today, you hear?
I am wondering just how far the eye can see. That isn't an easy question to answer, it depends on a lot of things. This morning, my eyes can't see very far. No, it ain't my eye's fault, it is really foggy and at the big airport north of Houston (Houston Intercontinental) the visibility was 0.13 miles. I have seen it worse, but it sure does limit the distance I can see. So, the main thing that determines how far we can see is the conditions. So, let us assume that the conditions are perfectly clear and it is at night. Now look up. How far can you see?
What limits how far you can see is the speed of light. Yep, there are things so far out there that their light will never reach earth. A light-year, as you all know, is the distance that light travels at a speed of 186,282.4 miles per second from your one birthday to your next. (unless it is leap year - grin). That is a long, long, long way. But the universe is a big, big, big place. Let me try to put the distances in perspective.
The nearest "bright" star that we can see is Sirius. There are seven closer stars but Sirius is the closest one that can be easily seen by the naked eye. The light from Sirius is only 8.7 years old when it reaches us, about the age of a third grader. The light from Capella is 43 years old, matching a middle aged person. Mizar (the middle star of the Big Dipper's handle) is 78 years old. That is older than this old man. The upper front star in the Dipper's bowl is Dubhe and its light is older than the oldest person I know, it is124 years old. The bright star Rigel is 860 light-years away, and if you look to the northwest just after the sun sets you can see a fuzzy oval that is the most distant object the naked eye can see. What is it? It is the Andromeda galaxy. It is 2.54 million light-years away. The light from this galaxy when it reaches us started its trip to us before there were any humans on Earth. Now, don't complain about how far away a store or a friend or a place you want to drive to is, and have a great day, you hear?
I spent yesterday working on the Jeep. I borrowed a second jack from my son and with the one that came with the Jeep, I worked at getting it up high enough to replace that blown tire. The ground in my yard was soft, so had to put a board under each jack. By alternating raising one jack and then the other, I finally got it high enough to remove the tire. This is what the right front tire looked like on the jeep:
Here is the spare on the right front. It is ready to drive now.
Ok, now comes the mess with the insurance companies, the one for the Jeep and the one for the Motor-Home. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?
I told you about the problem with the Jeep. It didn't stop there. We took the motor-home out this morning and the alarm (which is loud enough for a deaf person to hear) would not shut off. It didn't sense that the levelers where up. What changed over night? Well, I just drove around the block and came back to the house. On the last curve in my driveway, I side-swiped a tree. Not good. You can click on the pictures to enlarge them.
This next picture shows the leveler with out the base plate which I had to remove to drive the RV. This happened this morning.
And another picture of the passenger side looking from the rear to the front.
Also, the cover to the magic vent was partially ripped off:
Guess I will not be going any place else soon. Oh yes, my laptop just quit working and I had to borrow my wife's. Hope you all have a better day than I did.
This morning was departure morning from the state park and heading back home time. But all did not go as well as it could. Yep, should the trip home be better than the trip up there? I guess not. Remember the picture of my rear right dully tires being off the ground? Well, if not, I will post it again:
After I got all the slides in and everything unplugged and unhooked, I figured it was time to say goodbye to the campground and head back down the road. Everything was secure, all the dogs were in and ready to hit the road, so all I needed to do was raise the leveling jacks. I got in, fired up the engine, and pushed the retract jacks button. This RV has a mind of its own and I am not sure which jack it started to raise first but there was a lot of loud noises and the rear of the bus was moving to the down hill side.
I figured they were ruined and I was stuck at that camp site. But, not to be deterred, I got out my tire iron and used it as a pry bar. A spring had come off and they were pushed at an angle. It took all the strength this old man could muster to force them up ever so slowly. Lying on the concrete and straining to get them both up in place (the front two came up on their own - thank goodness) was way too much for this old body. Sorry, I was way to busy to even think about taking a picture.
My wife wanted to go to the flea market, so we headed there first. We got to the flea market without any further problems. The dogs and I stayed in the RV. I didn't feel like getting out and walking around. My wife, of course, did and, of course, brought some goodies home. She wants to go back tomorrow and told one of her friends that she would show her the inside then, when the dogs were back home. Not sure if I will try to make the Jeep drivable until the claims adjuster shows up next week. Like Billy Bob said, it should still be drivable. Hope he is right and nothing serious happened to the front end. I am going to relax the rest of the day and I hope you all have a great day, you hear?
I just wanted to show you what is outside the door of our RV as it sits here in Huntsville State Park. Someone who works here must have cleared off most of the Palmetto plants growing between the RV parking areas and the water's edge. For those of you who know how large Palmettos get will realize how large this pile is! That someone did more work than I would want to do:
Directly in front of our RV, this is what you see just in from the shoreline:
Yep, it was either alligators or hogs (and I have not seen any prints or signs of hogs but have seen lots of alligator signs and have seen lots of alligators here in the past). I keep quite alert when walking our dogs and don't let them get too close to the water's edge.
This ugly, wind blown, old man took a self portrait. He must have been concentrating really hard on what he was trying to do or he was in a really bad mood. (I was concentrating. Don't do that very much and it must have hurt - grin)
(My wife said to take my picture off. I did. Sure don't want to scare any little kids)
This is our youngest pup. She was a rescue dog and had a name before we got her. Her name was Gizmo but we just call her Gizzy. (Hey, that rhymes with Dizzy)
All three of our pups just love to go RVing and are always ready for me to take them on walks so they can explore and so our male can mark all the trees. In a forest this large, he will probably loose half his weight before he gets home (grin). This will be our last full day here. We will be heading home tomorrow but will stop at the flea market before going home. If you read my post about the trip up here, than you know that this big diesel pusher is the only vehicle I have to get around in until I can get the insurance adjuster out to the house and then maybe get a rental car.
Got down to 55 degrees over night. Had to light the furnace this morning to take the chill out of the air. The overhead AC with the heat strip quit working. I prefer to heat this rig with electric but my propane tank is pretty full, so everything is just fine. Now, you all have a great day, you hear?
Took me a nice long walk yesterday. It was a beautiful day but a little on the warm side for this time of year even here in East Texas. But I did see a tree that looks like someone I saw on TV. Who do you think it resembles?
It reminds me of Jimmy Durante, the "Schnoz" or "Schnozzola", as he was called, who had an abundant nose, to say the least. Remember him:
Also, on this walk, there were a lot of leaves on the ground from last fall. This one on the road caught my attention. It was the one and only one I saw this huge:
Can anyone tell me what tree it grew on?
Speaking of trees, this one was playing host to a lot of fungus:
Just above the inlet into the main lake, was this fast running little stream of water. This little stream seams insufficient to fill, or for that matter, keep a lake as large as Raven lake filled.
This next picture was taken where I turned around and headed back around the lake. We are camped on the other side and quite a ways down the main body of the lake.
When I got back over on the side of the lake we are camped on, but quite a ways away, I took this picture.
The weather has been great up until now. It just started to rain. Since I haven't checked the weather lately, I will just assume that it will end shortly and I can get back out side where I like to be. Until then, I guess I will just sit on the couch, read blogs, and play video games.
May there always be a ray of sunshine in your lives and please, have great day, you hear?
What all do you load in your RV when you are preparing for a trip? Does it matter if it will be a few days or months? When we load up our RV, we take everything except the kitchen sink. The only reason we don't take the kitchen sink is that it has one built in. Thank goodness it also has a gas range, a bathroom, a shower a bedroom, a couple of couches, etc., etc. You get my gist. You know we will just have to unload all that stuff when we get back. It is a good thing that the GVW is 26,600 lbs. and that we tow the Jeep and have stuff in it, too.
Those of you who live in your RVs don't have this problem. It is just us part timers that do. I have purchased duplicates of some things, but that would become expensive if it got out of hand. If I were ever to go full time RVing, I would purchase a trailer that, not only the Jeep would fit in, but all the other stuff that would not be used a whole lot but would be important enough to drag along.
Now, I want to hear from all you RVers out there. Tell me how you handle this situation. Of course, I am sure some of you do not have this situation. Remember, not only do I have my wife's and my stuff, I have to take all the stuff for the three dogs. Thinking about this kind of makes me want to stay at home. . . NOT!! I love hitting the road for long or short trips. Now, you all have a great day today, you hear?
My good friends who are fighting all that snow up in Pennsylvania, sent me a couple of jokes. Some of you may have seen or heard them, but they were new to me and I thought they were funny. So, I am going to put them in my blog this morning. I don't usually do things like this, but I don't really have anything better to say, so why not? Here are the jokes:
No one believes seniors. . . everyone thinks they are senile. An elderly couple was celebrating their sixtieth anniversary. The couple had married as childhood sweethearts and had moved back to their old neighborhood after they retired. . . Holding hands, they walked back to their old school. It was not locked, so they entered, and found the old desk they'd shared, where Andy had carved "I love you, Sally".
On their way back home, a bag of money fell out of an armored car, practically landing at their feet. Sally quickly picked it up and, not sure what to do with it, they took it home. There, she counted the money - fifty thousand dollars! Andy said, "We've got to give it back". Sally said, "Finders keepers." She put the money back in the bag and hid it in their attic.
The next day, two police officers were canvassing the neighborhood looking for the money, and knocked on their door. "Pardon me, did either of you find a bag that fell out of an armored car yesterday?"
Sally said, No. Andy said, she's lying. She hid it up in the attic. Sally said, Don't believe him, he's getting senile. The agents turned to Andy and began to question him.
One said: "tell us the story from the beginning." Andy said, "Well, when Sally and I were walking home from school yesterday. . ." The first police officer turned to his partner and said, "We're outta here!"
And here is the second one:
Earl and Bubba are quietly sitting in a boat fishing, chewing tobacco and drinking beer when suddenly Bubba says, "Think I'm gonna divorce the wife - she ain't spoke to me in over 2 months.
Earl spits overboard, takes a long, slow sip of beer and says, "Better think it over. . . women like that are hard to find."
Thank you Bert and Erma for sharing these jokes with me and my readers. Now, you all don't need to quit laughing. Just laugh all day long and have a really great day, you hear?
If you are like me, when you hear the word "tardigrades" you say "what?". OK, how about their common name, "water bears"? Still haven't heard of them? Me neither. Then I see this big beautiful multicolored full page picture of one in my "Dicsover" magazine. I still didn't have the foggiest idea what the heck they are. So, of course, I had to do a little research. The picture was a stacking of multiple pictures taken with a confocal laser scanning microscope. I guess that means that these things are on the small size, but they sure do look fierce.
Look out, this next one is coming to get you:
They are less than a millimeter or less than a thirty-second of an inch long. Just think if they got to the size of grizzly bear?
This next one looks like it is laughing at us:
This is actually what they look like :
I bet I have a lot of them in my swamp. They can be found from the arctic to the equator. They are every where. . help, they are going to get me. . ..
OK, they didn't get me (as of yet). Now don't let these little guys scare you, but have a great day today, you hear?
The day before Valentine's Day, it got foggy. We don't get a lot of fog, so I thought I would take some pictures. The last time was a year ago last January. Here is a link to that blog: http://dizzydick.blogspot.com/2013/01/heavy-fog-this-morning.html It was similar to what I am showing you today. Here are a few of the pictures I took the day before Valentine's day:
On Valentine's Day, it was sunny and clear and the evening sky to the west was painted in various colors. That was a great birthday present:
And I got to go to Tractor Supply and get a new shirt with buck deer on it:
I took the above picture of myself. Held the camera in my right hand and reached out as far as I could and snapped the picture hoping I got most of me in it. As you can see, it was quite breezy but in the upper 70's. A most perfect and beautiful day. Now, I hope I didn't ruin your day with a picture of my ugly self, but rather, I want you to also have a great day, you hear.
Did you ever wonder how early man got around? Well I think that pre-historic men drove Pick-Up trucks. What? You think I am crazy and that I slipped a cog or two? Well now, I found proof on the Internet, and you know that everything on the Internet is true and accurate, right? Well, this blog will be posted on the Internet and it is always true and accurate!!
OK, now how do I know that cave men drove pick-up trucks? Well, I am not sure if it were pick-ups or cars or limousines or motorcycles or what, but what ever they drove, used spark plugs. You see, three people (Wallace Lane, Virginia Maxey, and Mike Mikesell) were hunting for geodes in California. They found a spark plug encased in a lump of hard clay. This happened on this day, February 13, back in 1961 (the year I graduated from high school).
So, how did a spark plug get encased in a 500,000-year-old geode? Give me another explanation of how it got there other than cave men drove pick-up trucks. Or maybe visitors from another planet. . nope, they would be way more advanced than to use spark plugs. The argument against this is that it was not found in a geode but a hardened concentration of dirt and rock, which could have formed only a few years in the past. Now I wonder, why didn't the article tell what brand it was or what name was on the plug? OH, that is right, they couldn't read Martian. Now, you all don't leave your trash laying around to become a future artifact and have a great day now, you hear?
The post I wrote and posted this morning was removed. Why, you may ask. My better half always proof reads my blog after I post it to see how many misspelled words and improperly used phrases I put in it. I removed it because my wife said it was gross and sickening and since my wife is the chief cook and bottle washer around here and I like to eat, well, I did as she said and took it off. If any of you were quick enough to read it for the short time that it was up, good for you.
I wrote about a headless chicken that lived for a long time, 18 months or so. I even put pictures of him on it. But, listening to the house critic, I took it down. Her criticism is usually correct and right on so I change things. This time I don't think she was right. Here is a link to one of the stories: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_the_Headless_Chicken
And if you want more, just Goggle it. It is even on YouTube. Just type in "Mike the Headless Chicken" and see what all you can find. I did have a great blog posted with lots of pictures and facts about Mike. Now, if you want to know more about it, you can start by following the links I have posted and put the story together for yourselves. Now, you all keep your heads and have a very great day, you hear?
Most plants don't just sit there looking pretty (or ugly). No, they move around a lot. Yes, I know that most plants are attached to the ground with roots and yes, I am talking about those plants. Plants always seem to bend so that their leaves get the most exposure to sunlight that is possible at all hours of the day. They move toward the light. Now (scratching my head), I ask myself, "Self, how the heck do they do that?" They don't have muscles like animals, but they move. Don't believe me? Take a plant and set it in a window and after a period of time it will lean and try to expose the biggest proportion of their leaves to the light. Now, after a few days or a week, turn the plant around by 180 degrees. Yep, after awhile, it will be leaning toward the window again.
Plants don't have nerves like we do but they do communicate with other parts of the plant. How do they do this? They have a chemical language that lets cells communicate with each other. Hormones and neurotransmitters are chemicals that tell a cell about the environment around it or communicate messages. I am not going to go into detail here, but as we all know, different cells in living things communicate with each other.
OK, so how does a plant move toward the light? The growing tips of plants produce the growth hormone auxin which is sent to the rest of the plant. It is a hormone that tells the cells to grow and divide. More of this hormone is sent to the shady side of the plant making the cells in that side of the plant grow and divide faster than the ones on the sunny side, thus making the plant lean toward the sun (or light).
It is amazing to me that a living thing that is not supposed to have a brain or is not supposed to think, can do such complicated stuff. The world around us is such a marvelous place!! I must give credit to the magazine Discover, where I got this information. Now, keep on the sunny side life (a song I like) and have a great day, you hear?
I have flown in many different types of planes from commercial to corporate to private and I enjoy flying. I would go up anytime, especially in small, private planes. I do not like to deal with the hassle of commercial flying, although in the past, I have done a lot of it. I wrote a blog back a few years ago about my father-in-law who was into flying and owned a few planes over his lifetime. Here is a link to that post and if you don't remember reading it, I suggest you go back and do so: http://dizzydick.blogspot.com/2010/12/high-flying-family.html
Not only do I enjoy flying, I think planes are a work of art. Their sleek aerodynamic shape make them not only functional, but beautiful. One of the planes that impressed me and that I have been up in is the Piper Comanche:
And if that wasn't something, I got to ride along when my father-in-law checked a fellow out in a new twin Comanche that looked like this:
But of course, of all the planes that Piper produced, the one that is the most fun is the Piper Cub:
Now, as far as government owned planes go, the two that impress me the most do not carry weapons, but are spy planes. The U-2 which flew so high that nothing, even missiles, couldn't touch it:
But it did finally get shot down. Remember Gary Powers?
And the SR-71 which could fly so fast that it could outrun any missile or bullet. Nothing could catch it:
The SR-71 Blackbird was designed back in the 1950's and I don't believe there has ever been a more futuristic plane conceived since. It is a thrill just to see a picture of it. I think my feet will be firmly planted on the ground today or maybe my exterior parts planted on the couch. Either way I am going to have a great day even though it is a dreary, wet day. I want you all to have a great day, too, you hear?
I was wondering what my favorite phrase was. I have lots of them and I bet you all have at least one phrase that you use more than others. Now, other than profanity, what are your favorite phrases? I suppose that mine is "What?", since I am hard of hearing. OK, that isn't a phrase, it is just one word. So, how about "What? Could you repeat that, please?" Or "What? Say again."
My grandpa's favorite expression was "Jump'n Judas Priests". My youngest uncle's was, "Hokey Spoons". Some others that I have heard throughout the years:
You could have knocked me over with a feather.
Get out of here.
It's a jungle out there.
For crying out loud.
Heavens to Betsy
I got all my cards on the table.
It's all Greek to me.
and to end this list: It's not over till the Fat Lady Sings.
It always feels strange to return home and not be greeted with barking and the excited pups who can't wait to greet us. They were not there this morning!! I don't like coming back to an empty house.
No, there is nothing wrong with the dogs. We just dropped them off at the groomer's. They get bathed, nails trimmed, groomed, and come home clean and beautiful with bows in their hair. Well, the two gals have bows in their hair. The boy says he is so beautiful that he can't be improved with a bow and anyway, real boys don't wear bows!! The girls have their hair trimmed fairly short, since both of them have thick undercoats their hair gets tangled and knotted too bad when it is long (the boy doesn't have any undercoat). They are so cute with long hair, but if it is not brushed about every hour or two, they manage to get it all knotted up. A few times it was so bad that they had to get shaved and they don't like that. Believe it or not, they seem very proud of their hair even though we don't let it get too long. At least they haven't been in any stickers, cockle burrs, grass burrs, or any thing that sticks in or tangles their hair. That usually happens when we are travelling.
Sorry Billy Bob, I know you don't like to see blog posts about pets or children. I guess I should have warned you before you read this far, but I figured I would make you suffer though it first (grin). Now, I hope you all have something or someone to come home to, and make sure that you all have a great day, you hear?
Yesterday, I talked about our moon's libration. One of my readers, Gypsy of the "On The Road Again" blog, asked about the dark side of the moon and that she had never seen a picture of it. Of course, up until the space age, no one from Earth had ever seen the other side of the moon. To satisfy her curiosity, I sent her this picture of the far side of the moon:
Looks a little different. Has a lot more impact creators, which makes sense, since the side we see is protected by Earth.
There are lots of moons out there in the universe and many here in our own solar system. As far as we know, only the two inner most planets, Mercury and Venus, don't have any moons. Just in case anyone out in blog land is interested, here is a list of all the moons in our solar system:
As you all know, you can click on any inserted picture to enlarge it.
OK, let's change the subject. An update to what birds have come to my new bird feeders. Yesterday, a Blue Jay found the feeder, but he didn't stay very long and hasn't been back, that I know of. Picked up a couple more bags of wild bird feed. After watching what goes on out at the bird feeder, don't any of you ever take it as a compliment when someone says that you "eat like a bird"!! Now, you all have a great day today, you hear?