Wondering about wild grapes

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

H i-Yo Silver, Away!

If any of you are near my age, you will remember the TV show, The Lone Ranger".  Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels were the stars of the show, Clayton played the Lone Ranger, Jay played his faithful sidekick, Tonto.  I will post a couple of pictures to spur your memory.

This first one is of Clayton Moore in the Lone Ranger costume:

And this one is of him without the mask.  I bet you always wondered what the Lone Ranger looked like unmasked:

Of course we can't leave out Tonto.  Since Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto, was a real Native American, I can't say for sure if he is in costume or not.  Maybe he always dressed this way:

Well, did I jog your memory or are you younger than I am.  When I was a kid, I sure did enjoy those shows but just the other day, they aired one of those shows.  It sure did bring back memories for me and the reason I made this post.  Now, watch your partner's back and have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Happy Easter.

I hope all of you have a happy and blessed Easter.  Now, I am going to go eat some Easter Eggs.  Have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Fixodent and Rollerblades.

When you bump into a tree with your car and get a dent in the fender, you take it to the body shop to get it fixed.  Or you can just buy a tube of Fixodent?  If you are quite accident prone, maybe you should carry a case of Fixodent in the trunk.

Rollerblades are ice-skates that have rollers instead of blades on the bottom.  Roller-skates have four wheels on each foot consisting of two pairs, one in front and one at the rear, whereas rollerblades have three or four wheels in a straight line on each foot.  So why are they called blades?  The wheels are not as sharp as a knife blade
but they do resemble ice-skates.  I guess that is why they call them roller blades.

If I wanted to, I could go on and on, but it is getting late and I want to get this posted.  Feel free to add your own comments and have a great day, you hear? 

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Things I Have Learned Over the Years.

I have learned that we can never experience what is happening right now.  Nope, everything we perceive is in the past, whether a millionth of a second or a million years, it is all in the past.  It takes time for the signals of what happens now (what we have seen, felt, heard, or smelled) to reach our brain, deciphered, and become a memory.

I have learned not to upset the cook.  You definitely don't want the cook mad at you.  In fact there is a huge list of people that you don't want to upset... let's just say it isn't wise to upset anyone.  And yes, it is best to let sleeping dogs lie.

I have learned that no matter how hard you try, you can't please everyone, and some people you can't please at all no matter how hard you try.  The trick is to know which ones you can please and which ones you can never please.

Never feel embarrassed.  Embarrassment is a one sided emotion and all one sided emotions are useless.  Sometimes love can be one sided, but love doesn't need to be returned.  I love a lot of things that are incapable of loving me back.  For instance, I love the wilds of nature, but nature can be quite dangerous at times.  I love chocolate chip cookie dough ice-cream, and I don't think that it actually loves me back but it does make me feel gooooood.

I have learned that you don't always get wiser with age, although you do have a lot more past experiences to help you make the right decisions.

I could go on and on and on, but I don't want to bore you, so I will say goodnight for now.  Now, you have a great day, what is left of it, and a better day tomorrow, you hear?

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sometimes I Feel Really Old.

Sometimes I get to feeling really, really old.  You know, like old enough for my uncle to have been personal friends with Adam and Eve.  And my cousin had picked up a piece of the first stone tablet containing the ten commandments that Moses had smashed.  Just in case you haven't noticed yet, I have exaggerated these facts a tad.  It is just that some mornings I do feel that old.

OK, I will tell you exactly how old I am.  According to the internet site "myagecalculator.com", a very short time ago I was "74 years, 1 month, 27 days, 0 hours, and 31 minutes" old.  Wow!!!  I definitely have lived longer than the time I have left.  That may be a little off, since I didn't know the exact time I was born.  So you see I am really old, maybe not as old as dirt but pretty close.  My Dad passed away when he was 60 years old but my Mom lived to be in her mid 90's.  So, I have lived over 14 years more than my Dad but have a ways to go to catch up with my Mom.  The truth of the matter is that we only have right now.  Yesterday is gone and tomorrow may never come, so make the best of your todays, you hear?

Saturday, April 8, 2017

It Took Forty Tries.

Try, try again and again. . . How many times would try to get something right before you gave up?  Over 60 years ago, back in 1953, three workers at the San Diego's Rocket Chemical Company took forty (40) tries to get it right.  What they were trying to get right?  They were trying to make a water displacement product that would protect missile skins and they planned to sell it to aerospace and defense contractors.  Today, this is a very popular product with everyone and used in thousands of ways.

Hints from the above paragraph should have given you enough clues to guess what this product is.  It was originally created as a water displacement, hence the first two letters in the name, WD.  And since it wasn't perfected until the 40th try, it was named WD-40.
You can always find a can or two of this stuff around my house and for sure, it goes with us in our vehicles.  There are many uses for it, some practical and some ridiculous.  Do you keep a can of it handy?  What are some of the uses you have found for it?  Keep things lubricated and moving freely without any squeaks and have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Squeak, Squeak, Squeak.

No, I am not talking about my joints, although they do make strange noises sometimes.  And no, my recliner/rocker doesn't squeak.  OK, I will tell what I am talking about.

The pups have toys that have squeakers in them.  They just about destroyed most of them.  I pick up the worst damaged ones and throw them away but first I check to see if the squeaker in them still works.  I found one that does, and I carry it around in my pocket. and every now and then I squeak it.  Of course I act nonchalant.  I act very innocent and they just can't seem to find where that squeak came from.  Of course I don't over do it.  I just squeak it a couple of times and wait for a long time to do it again.  Got to give those pups something to react to.  Don't want them to lose interest in life and what is going on around them.  OK, I am a bad boy but it sure is fun and it is hard to hold in the laughing.

Don't feel bad for my pups.  They are spoiled rotten.  Wife cooks gourmet meals for them, they have their own beds and pillows, and of course they have my wife and I as their personal servants.  They live the life of millionaires, except that they have no money.  They even visit the groomers once a month, whether they need to or not.  Yep, we love our pups and we wouldn't have it any other way.  Now, if you have a pet of your own, give it a pat on the head from me and have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Wondering What I'll Get If I. . . .

What will I get if I go into a donut shop and ask for half a "baker's dozen"?  Since a baker's dozen is thirteen, is half a baker's dozen six and a half?  And what if I am bad?  They will say I am in the dog house, but what if my dog is bad, is she sent to the people house?  Sometimes I get very confused.

What will I get when I go into a health food store and ask for another six months of good health?  They just might think that I am a little touched in the head.  Or what would I get if I walked into a body shop and ask the guy for a 40 year younger body and maybe one that looks somewhat more handsome and dashing, maybe a sports model?  Sometimes I get very confused.

I don't want to be selfish or anything so maybe I could take my dogs into a pet shop and tell them I want them to pet my dogs.  I would offer to purchase twenty minutes of petting time for them.  Then on the way home I could stop at a dress shop and ask for a bottle of French and a bottle of blue cheese dressings.

I know not to make the cook mad.  As much as I love to eat, that would be a real bad mistake if I did, then I would be wondering what I'll get for supper.  I could go on and on but think I will just get out of here, I have said enough.  Now, have a great evening, you hear?

Sunday, April 2, 2017

And Again, I Ask Why?!?!

Yep, I am always questioning things.  Simple things that we take for granted and say all the time, are one example.  Like, why do we say up north, down south, out west, and back east?  I hear that no matter where in the U.S. I am.  OK, here is a list of things that may cause you to ask why, too:

Why is a boxing ring square?

If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from
vegetables, then what is baby oil made from?

Why don't you ever see the headline Psychic Wins Lottery?

Is French kissing in France just called kissing

Why is there a light in the fridge and not in the freezer?

Why is it called Alcoholics Anonymous when the first thing you do is stand up and say, 'My name is Dizzy, and I am an alcoholic'?

Why do they call it a pair of pants, but only 1 bra?

I like to take things literal, so I like this one. - Are you breaking the law if you drive past those road signs that say "Do Not Pass"?

And this one made me laugh - Do you realize how many holes there could be if people would just take the time to take the dirt out of them?

How do you get off a nonstop flight?

If a mirror reverses right and left, why doesn't it reverse up and down?

If the funeral procession is at night, do folks drive with their lights off?

Where in the nursery rhyme does it say Humpty Dumpty is an egg?

Why are you expected to slow down in a speed zone?

Why do fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing?

Why do you need an appointment to see a psychic?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why doesn't the fattest man in the world become a hockey goalie?

OK, that is enough for today.  Hope you found some of them funny.  We are under severe storm warnings and a tornado watch here today, but I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, March 30, 2017

You Did What?!?!

I bet the 911 operators get some odd and crazy calls.  I was just thinking of a possible one.  A fellow calls in and said that he has just killed an intruder that was threatening his family.  Of course the 911 operator wants some more details, like "how did you kill the intruder?".  The fellow told her that he used his son's toy BB gun.  She says that it would be impossible for him to kill the bad guy with his son's toy BB gun.  The guy says that it was the closest weapon and it got the job done.

Of course, the 911 operator still didn't believe him and kept pushing him for more details.  The guy says "You would believe me if you saw all the blood all over my son's BB gun that I used to beat the fellow to death with.  So, some times even things that sound absurd or even impossible just may be true.

I saw this statement on the internet, "More people are killed each year by dishwashers than by sharks."  At first that statement sounded absurd to me but when I thought about it for awhile, it made a lot of sense.  I would guess that over 90 percent of the people in this country have had some close contact with a dishwasher (either mechanical or human) but very, very few have had close contact with a live shark.

People also alter their bodies.  In 2015, $13.5 billion was spent by Americans for aesthetic procedures.  Most all of them, I would surmise, were done on people who really didn't need anything changed.  They were just vain or insecure and wanted to be something they weren't.  Some really needed the surgery.  Me?  I would rather be ugly than have an operation and spend all that money.  Other people alter their looks in the opposite way, by deforming, tattooing, cutting and scarring, etc.  I think that we all should try to make the best of the way we were born and only physically change your body if there are extreme problems that inhibit you from getting through life.  Go on a diet, work out, and if you are a man, grow a beard.  I grew a beard and long hair to take people's attention away from my ugliness.  Of course you all know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

Of course all my readers are handsome and beautiful and I want you all to have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

When it Rains. . . etc.

It has been a very rainy day here in East Texas.  Of course, you all understand, that everything in Texas is big.  Check out this picture of the Texas Highway Patrol chasing a speeder:

Sometimes you have to walk your dog in the rain, but when it really rains hard, you can take you pet fish for a walk: 

There are days when I thought I heard Noah building an ark:

As we age, we get to be better weather predictors:

Sometimes we also get tornadoes.  In fact, there was one that showed up on the weather Doppler Radar this morning:

 But most of all, it gets hot here in the summer, really hot:

That is enough about the weather.  Here is a scene that happened in a doctor's office.  I bet there are some of you that can emphasize with this last cartoon: 

Well, the rain has stopped for now but it is still cloudy.  You
know that in everyone's life some rain must fall.  Now, rain or shine, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Wondering About Art

I like and appreciate good art.  In fact, I have even tried painting and drawing.  I loved to draw pictures when I was young and  now after I got old, I prefer painting.  I posted pictures of my paintings on several of my blog postings but this one is shows a good example (click here).

The world without the arts, like paintings, music, poetry, etc. would be a mighty dull place.  I think this picture says it all:

There are a lot of funny signs out there like the one above.  I will show you just a few of them below:

OK, I have a cousin who lives in West Virginia and she is divorced.  I guess I will have to ask her that question next time I talk to here.

The sign below is the last of this series.  Great name for a beauty salon I would say.  If I had to go to one of those salons and spas, I think I would curl up and die (grin).

Well, I hope these signs put a grin on your faces, they did make me grin, for sure.  Now don't curl up and die, but rather have a great day, you hear?

Friday, March 24, 2017

Some Laughs for Friday

We all like to laugh, so I thought for this Friday's post I will just search for some funny stuff that I can post.  Hope at least some of them tickle your funny bone.

This first one is for my cousin who just loves blonde jokes.  This one is for you Carol:
In case you have trouble reading the above, it says: "Dear, if you're gonna pad your bra with Kleenex, take them out of the box first".

Typical wife insisting that her husband should quit leaving his clothes laying around all over the place.  You know, leaving the leaves.

The origins of computers, they were not made by man but evolved on their own.  Yea, right.
Mankind has always been protected by guardian angels, but with some of the safety features we have come up with has made their jobs so much easier:  

Well, that is it for today.  I hope I at least made you grin and make sure you have a great day, you hear?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

It is a Strange Universe.

This universe we live in is a strange place.  It is a place where clocks run at different speeds, places where gravity is so strong that light can't escape, unimaginable collapsed stars that are very, very, very huge diamonds, a planet where its day is longer than its year, the moon is moving away us, the sun's rays that warms you are really old, and the stuff that makes up the universe.

Clocks run at different speeds - yep, but not enough to really interfere with most of us, but if you are a jet pilot, his watch would lag behind yours.  As the speeds increase, they lag even more, so satellites and space flights have to take that lag into account.

Large dying stars collapse into black holes.  Black holes are the strangest things in the universe.  Some of these dying stars are so very huge that they collapse into a very huge diamond.  Just don't tell your girlfriend about them.
The above picture represents a collapsed star that measures  2485 miles (4000 km) across and that has a core made up of 10 billion trillion carats or more.

The planet Venus will complete an entire orbit around the sun before it rotates once on its axis.  That really helps heating that place up.

The moon moves almost one and a half inches away from the Earth every year.  Someday it will break loose from the Earth's gravity and take off on its own.  That will mess up the tides and moonlight walks.

It only takes light eight minutes to travel the 93 million miles from the sun to earth, but it took that same light 30,000 years to get from the core of the sun to its surface.

What stuff do you think makes up our universe?  Well, it is mostly empty space, but there are ten billion trillion (10 followed by 21 zeros) stars.  So, there are more stars than grains of sand on Earth!!  Ain't this universe wonderfully strange?  Now, enjoy living here and have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Wondering About the Word "WAVE".

What did you first think of when you read the word "WAVE" in the title of this blog posting?  That word has a lot of different meaning.  I first thought of radio waves, since I am an amateur radio operator, but that is only one kind.  I would also wave at you when I see you

Waves can be defined by what medium they travel through. The two basic waves are mechanical and electromagnetic.  When you throw a stone into the still waters of a pond, that ring of waves that are produced are mechanical.  Mechanical waves need some sort of medium to travel through, whether it be liquid or solid.  Electromagnetic waves do not need any media to travel through.  That is why they can travel through space and we can converse with the astronauts on the moon.

Without ocean waves what would the surfers do?  Without ladies wanting waves in their hair, beauticians and hair stylists would have nothing to do.  Without audio waves we would have trouble talking to each other.  Without electronic waves I couldn't write this blob on my computer nor could I post it on the internet where you can access it through waves and then read it on your computer.  OK, now I will wave goodbye and hope you all have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Wondering About Tobor the Robot.

I was remembering some TV shows that I watched when I was a kid growing up.  One of my very favorite was Captain Video.  OK, I am giving my age away again because Captain Video was on the air from June of 1949 through April 1955.  It was estimated that there were 1537 episodes of that show.  It aired Monday through Saturday and I bet I saw almost all of those shows except maybe some of the very first ones.  I am trying to remember when we got our first TV.  There was only a couple of TV stations available, so we didn't have all that many choices north of Pittsburgh.  So, of course the first TV broadcast came from that city.  The channel we watched was WDTY.  What?  You never heard of that channel?  Well, it later became KDKA.

Now, back to the main subject.  On the show, Captain Video, one of the evil characters was a robot that was put together backwards.  So, instead of being a great help to humans (which it was supposed to be), it became humankind's nemesis.  Even the name stamped on it was backwards.  It was supposed to say ROBOT, but when stamped backwards it read TOBOR, and that is where it got its name, Tobor the Robot.  Here are some pictures:

Dave Ballard played Tobor in the Captain Video series.  Tobor was quite tall so it would take a tall man to play that part.  Dave Ballard was 7'- 6" tall, so he was perfect for the part.  As you can see from a couple of the pictures above that have people with the robot, that it was quite tall.  That made it even scarier.  Now, don't get chased by any bad robots but have a great day, you hear?   

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Spring Wild Flowers.

I went out and walked around the yard yesterday.  I saw a lot of Spring wild flowers blooming all over the place and of course, I had to come in and get my camera.  I figured that I would post them on my blog and that is just what I am going to do.

Spring time is always pretty with splashes of color from wild flowers all over the place.  OK everyone, today is a good day to take time to smell the flowers and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Beware of the Ides of March

Oh my, today is the Ides of March.  Watch your back, especially if you are an emperor.  OK, how many of you know what the "ides" mean?  First of all, let me tell when the ides are.  The "Ides" fall on the 15th of March, May, July, and October but on all the other months, it falls on the 13th.

The saying, "beware of the ides of March" came from Shakespeare in his play "Julius Caesar".  That was the date that Caesar's enemies, some senators who must not have agreed with the way he was running things, planned on killing him.

Of course, other important things happened on this date, also as they do on every day.  Andrew Jackson (1767), Jimmy Swaggart (1935), Fabio (1961), and lots of others were born on this date.  Of course lots of people died on this date, also.  Elizabeth Taylor, Lloyd Bridges, Aristotle Onassis, and others.  CBS cancelled the "ED Sullivan Show" (1971).  I could go on and on but the point is, that on any day, there have been good and bad, huge and tiny, funny and sad, mysterious and expected things happen every day of every year.  So, just live today and have a good one, you hear?

Friday, March 10, 2017


Hiccups run in my family.  My Grandad would get hiccups that would last and last and last, sometimes for weeks.  A couple of times, his doctor said that they would have to operate and cut the nerve that controls them.  They would always quit at the last minute and he never had the operation.

Yes, I get hiccups also, but they never last very long, maybe a few minutes.  Lately I have been having a hiccup.  Yep, just one.  I will be sitting here and all of a sudden I go "HIC" quite loudly.  No hiccups just one lone, loud hic.  So, what do you call that?  It can't be hiccups, because that word is plural. So you see, I just get a hiccup.  Now, sip some water and hold your breath and try not to go "hic", but have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, March 5, 2017

For My Best Friends In Pennsylvania.

After posting my blog yesterday about how old I am by what I remember when young, I got an email from my very best friends in Pennsylvania that said "I love it when you post the photo of the ’57 Chevy.  It reminds me of when all of us were young."  So, to keep them remembering when they were young, here is an old picture of me in my 1957 Chevy convertible.  Eat your heart out and try not to slobber on your keyboard (grin).

Dang, I would go back to those bygone days in a blink of an eye.  This is the only picture that I have of my car that I can find.  By the way, it had a white top and red interior.  I put a 1960 souped up V8 engine in it.  The engine had a full race cam and solid lifters.  When it was sitting there idling, it sounded like a thrashing machine.  And yes, it was F A S T. . .  Have a good evening, you hear?

Saturday, March 4, 2017

How Old Am I?

How old am I, you may ask.  Well, let me tell you.  I am so old that when I was young, there were no such things as aged cheese or antiques.  Yep, I am getting on up there.  The following are some quotes I found on the internet.  I hope you enjoy them:

****** I'm so old that I have used Preparation A thru G. . .

Regular naps prevent old age, especially if you take them while driving. Author Unknown

He’s so old that when he orders a three-minute egg, they ask for the money up front. George Burns

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick. George Burns

You know you’re getting old when you get that one candle on the cake. It’s like, “See if you can blow this out.” Jerry Seinfeld

Ok, that is enough from the internet.  I will go back to my own stories, just thought I would insert the above published jokes to give you a break in my stuff.

I am so old I remember rotary dial telephones, party lines, and operators.

I am so old that I remember steam locomotives on the railroad.

I am so old that I remember when they had the first hunting season for deer using archery (bows and arrows)  only, no firearms.

I remember learning to drive a car with a manual transmission; my Grandfather's 1940 Ford.

I am so old I owned a 1957 Chevy Convertible.

I am so old that I remember. .  I remember. . I remember. . ?  Well, maybe I don't remember quite as well as I used to.  Now, reminisce about the good old days but also have a great day today, you hear?

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dogs are Great!!

Dogs are great!!  If you are a reader of my blog postings, you know that we have three Shih-Tzu dogs that share our home and our lives.  They are a huge part of our family.  My wife cooks food for them, making sure they get the nutrition and that it tastes good.  I have been known to swipe a few bites of it and I can attest that it is really tasty.  She starts out with ground turkey and adds veggies and pasta and such to it.

But other than our special pups, there have also been a lot of great dogs in history.  Click on the following link and read about some of them.  They will surprise you, make you laugh, and even bring a tear to your eye.


And just in case that isn't enough dog pictures, here are some funny ones:

This next picture is of a dog trying to the right thing:

 Do your dogs meditate?  Mine don't, they just sleep a lot.

My pups usually sleep all night.  If I hear a strange noise, I have to get up and look, the dogs don't wake up.  They seem to know when it is time to wake up and fight or flight and stay sleeping and let the stupid human check for what goes bump in the night.

Now you know I like to sit and rock in my rocker/recliner.  In case you want me to get up and do something productive, see the picture below for my answer:

Now, that dog above is quite smart and has itself a great place to rest.  If it doesn't like the scenery, the ass will take it somewhere else. . . maybe.  Now, I hope you have had your doggie fix for today, and that the rest of your day will be great!! 

Monday, February 27, 2017


Do I procrastinate?  Well, let's see.  The last time I posted my "daily blog" was 5 days ago.  I was meaning to post one every day, but I put it off for a day, then another day, then another day. . .  OK, don't rush me, I am going to do it right now.  (It would be fitting if I waited another few days to continue this post, wouldn't it?  But I will not, so here goes.)

I will start with an old proverb: "If and When were planted, and Nothing grew."

I liked that one but here are a bunch more:

"The sooner I fall behind, the more time I have to catch up."

"One of the greatest labor-saving inventions of today is tomorrow."
                                                           ~Vincent T. Foss

"He who hesitates is last."
                                                           ~Mae West

"When there is a hill to climb, don’t think that waiting will make it smaller."                                              ~Anonymous

"If it weren't for the last minute, I wouldn't get anything done."

"Procrastination always gives you something to look forward to."                                                       ~Joan Konner

"Never put off until tomorrow what you can do the day after tomorrow."                                           ~Mark Twain

“Tomorrow is often the busiest day of the week.”   
                                                              ~Spanish Proverb

I will stop with this great quote from Homer Simpson, "If something's hard to do, then what's the point?!"

I sure hope you enjoyed the above quotes.  I found them HERE,  so go take a look for yourself, but I used most of them on this blog posting.  Now, enjoy life, laugh often, and smile most of the time. . . then everyone will think you are crazy and will leave you alone.  Have a great day, you hear?


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Space Stuff, Q thru Z.

This is the last of my alphabetical listing of space stuff.  Q through Z will be the last of this series.

"Q" is for Quasar.  A quasar is short for quasi-stellar object.  Now, I suppose you will want to know what that is.  OK, in most young galaxies there is a highly energetic core that may be powered by a huge black hole.  These objects emit exceptionally large amounts of energy.

"R" is for Regolith.  Regolith refers to that powdery stuff that covers the surface of celestial bodies like here on earth, and the moon, asteroids, and lots of others.  Here on earth we call it soil or dirt.

"S" is for Singularity.  Singularity is an area wherein space and time  are infinitely distorted.  That would be a very, very strange place to be, if you could survive being there.

"T" is for Type II Supernova.  It is the explosion of a massive star that occurs when its core runs out of fuel.  These explosions leave behind a neutron star or a black star.

"U" just has to be for Universe, which is all that exists. . . maybe.

"V" is for the Van Allen radiation belt.  The magnetic field of the earth traps protons, Ions, and electrons.  These particles form a protective layer and that layer is called the Van Allen radiation belt.

"W" is for White Dwarf.  A white dwarf is the dense remains of an intermediate mass star like the sun that has collapsed and is the same size as earth.  As sun like stars burn off most of their fuel supply, they don't have enough eternal pressure to offset its gravity and they collapse and explode.

"X" is for X-ray.  We all know what X-rays are but do you know what an X ray star is?  It is a bright object emitting x-rays as a primary component of its radiation.

"Y" is for yellow dwarf.  A yellow dwarf is a star at its stable point in its transformation.  Ordinary stars, including our sun are yellow dwarfs.

"Z" is for zodiac.  The zodiac is an imaginary belt across the sky. Some people believe that which ever zodiac sign you were born under affects their lives.

OK folks, that finishes up my space alphabet.  Wasn't sure that this old man was able to finish that long list, but I did.  Now, some of you may think I am slowing up, but that is not all true.  Yes, I am at the age where I walk slow but drive fast.  Now, you all have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

"I" through "P" Space Objects.

Linda M said she couldn't wait to see what I did with the rest of the alphabet.  Well Linda, you need not wait any longer.  Since I left off at the letter "H" so today I will continue yesterdays posting by starting with the letter "I".

"I" is for interplanetary, interstellar, or intergalactic.  The inter part of the word means "the space between" and the last part of the word is for either planets, stars, and galaxies.

"J" is for jet and Jovian planet.  A jet is narrow stream of ejected stuff from an accretion disk.  Usually found coming from stars or black holes.  A Jovian planet is one that is Jupiter like.

"K" is for Kuiper Belt, which is a region of the outer solar system where there are millions of small icy bodies which Pluto is the largest known.

"L" can be for a lot of things like latitude, light pollution, and libration, which are the small oscillations in the moon's motion that allows us to see more than just half of the moon.

"M" is for the magnetosphere, an area around a planet where the magnetic field traps charged particles.

"N" is for neutron star, a collapsed, extraordinarily dense city sized remnant of a collapsed star.

"O" is for obliquity which is the angle between the plane of the earth's orbit and that of earth's equator, which is 23 degrees 27 minutes.

"P" is for perigee, the location of a satellite's orbit when it is closest to earth.

Credit for the above must go to planetfacts.org/space-terms

That is enough for today isn't Linda M.?  Maybe I can finish the alphabet in tomorrow's post if nothing more important doesn't pop up.  Now don't get too spaced out but have a great day, you hear?

Monday, February 20, 2017

B is for. . .

Back on the seventeenth, I did a blog entitled "A is for Asteroid".  Today, I am going to move on to the next letter in alphabet, "B".  Since I started with an object from space, I think I will try to keep the astronomy thing as the subject, since that is one of my favorite subjects.

"B" can be for a lot of things, like Blueshift.  Blueshift is the opposite of redshift.  OK, I suppose you want more of an explanation?  Blueshift is a shift in the lines of an object's spectrum toward the blue end when it is coming towards you.  Redshift is the shift that occurs when the object is moving away from you.  The larger the shift, the faster the object is moving.  It is like hearing a train's whistle as it approaches and passes you.  In this respect, sound waves act the same as light.  Of course Black Hole, Big Bang, and Bolide comes to mind, also.

"C" is for Comet, which can brighten up the night sky with their beauty, or for Constellation which are groupings of stars that can form a picture, or for Cosmic Rays which hit the Earth's atmosphere with very high energy, or craters which form when smaller bodies smash into larger ones.

"D" is for Dark Matter.  Stuff out there in space that can only be detected by its gravitational effects on other stuff that can be seen.

"E" is for Extraterrestrial.  That is what we call anything that does not originate on Earth.

"F" is for Fireball.  That would be an extremely bright meteor or bolide (see "B" above)."

"G" is for Galaxy.  A galaxy is a huge group of stars.  Some have formed a spiral like our own Milky Way galaxy.

"H" is for Hubble's Law which says that the farther a galaxy is from us, the faster it is moving away from us.

I am going to quit now.  That was probably a lot more than you wanted to hear or know, but I am not going to give up.  Yep, I will finish the alphabet at another time.  Just a warning.  But for now, have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Little of This, a Little of That.

There is no general theme to this blog, there is just a little of this and a little of that.  At least I hope you enjoy what I dug up on the internet.

I found this first picture of a bowling alley.  They put pictures of open mouths in front of the pins so that the pins looked like teeth in the mouth.  As you can see, the three mouths in the middle have a few missing teeth.  You know, I bet this was a tournament for dentists that like to bowl:

 This next one is a picture of my grandson teaching his son (my great grandson) how to steer his truck (grin).  Well, maybe it is a tad too early to do that, but ain't he cute?

 I found this picture of a. . . what should I call it?  Maybe a mono-glass for a person with one eye and a skinny head?

 Oh, now I see what could wear it, this Minion:

 Now this is sad.  I guess it will have to be my job to break the bad news to all the little children of this world that there just may not be a Christmas this year because there was a terrible accident.  Santa collided with and airliner.  Oh the sadness of it all!!!

I sure hate to leave you on such a sad note but I am having trouble seeing through the tears in my eyes. . . but don't let that bother you but rather, I want you to have a great day, you hear?

Friday, February 17, 2017

A is for Asteroid

Let's talk about asteroids today.  I am sure you have heard about some of the larger ones, like the ones shown in the picture below.

In the next picture below, the smallest asteroid shown is Vesta, which is the largest asteroid shown in the above picture.  This will give you a sense of scale.  Of course the largest object (on the right) is the moon.

 Asteroids can be killers.  One hit the Earth and wiped out the dinosaurs and blew out a huge hole that became the Gulf of Mexico.  So, you say that one large enough to wipe out life on Earth is quite slim and that there aren't that many asteroids out there.  Well, think again.  Just look how many are out there and most of them are between Mars and Jupiter.  Mars is the next planet past the Earth, so they aren't that far away.

Just in cast that you think all asteroids are small rocks, here is an illustration of the four largest asteroids in our solar system compared to the United States.

As you can see, Ceres is the largest followed by Vesta and Pallus and the smallest of the big four is Hygiea.  I believe that you can enlarge the above picture by clicking on it so that you can read the descriptions of those four asteroids.  Now, let us hope that all those asteroids stay up there where they belong and that they don't go bumping together.  That may dislodge some from their orbits and send them hurtling this way.  Not that I am astronomical genius or anything, but it makes sense to me that some of them will eventually head for the sun, but until that time, have a great day, you hear?