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Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Way I See It.

The way I see it, is sometimes a little different than most people see things.  I like to be accurate when I say something.  For instance, how many times have you heard it said that someone got hurt falling.  That would be a rare occurrence.  It is usually the sudden stop when the falling person hits something, like the floor or the sidewalk or some other solid thing.  I have had a few memorable falls.  I have already written blogs about them.

I just wasted a lot of time writing two large paragraphs about those falls when all I had to do was give you links to the original posts.  Here is the link:


You know, maybe I will just leave the two paragraphs in this blog but put them at the end.  They are the next two paragraphs:

Once when I was visiting at my Aunt and Uncle's home in a little town on the river in Pennsylvania, I was out walking the sidewalks.  It was winter time and quite cold, so I had my hands in my pocket.  I tripped over an uneven piece of sidewalk.  The falling part didn't hurt at all, I was quite comfortable on the way down.  It was that sudden stop when I hit the sidewalk face down that hurt.  You see, I couldn't get my hands out of my pockets quick enough to catch myself.

I remember another one.  When I was in my early teens, my buddy and I would spend one week at a church camp.  I would take the top bunk and he would take the one below me.  Since it was in the mountains and the nights got rather cold, most of us slept in sleeping bags.  I was zipped up in my bag with my hands down by my side, and I rolled over.  Oooops. . . I woke up have way to the floor which I hit face first.  Well, at least I have an excuse for being ugly (grin).  Now, try not to fall on your face and have a great day and night, you hear?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Just a Little Bit of Info.

This is a post about just a little bit. . .  No, I didn't forget what I was going to say.  This posting is about the words "little bit".  By the way, we used to have a dog named Little Bit.

First, let's take the word "little".  We all know what that means.  Yep, small, not tall, younger sibling (little brother).  Or a short period of time (wait a little).  Not important (make little of).  Or a short distance (down the road a little).

OK, now for the word "bit".  According to the on line dictionary ( http://www.thefreedictionary.com/bit ) it can be " A small portion, degree, or amount"  Also, we all know that the coin, a quarter, is called two bits.  So one bit would have to be twelve and half cents, right?  There are bits and bytes in computers, I bit down on my sandwich yesterday, he put the bit in the horse's mouth, I only get bit parts, and yes, I am working on it bit by bit.  There are a lot more meanings and I am sure you know more than I have listed here.  Now, have a little bit of fun and have a great day, you hear?

Sunday, August 13, 2017

East Texas Weather.

The weather here in East Texas this time of year is hot and humid.  It is so hot. . . well just how hot is it?  Well you just can't take a leisurely walk.  Nope, if it is a short distance between air conditioning, you can run or walk real fast.  If it is a far piece, you better walk slow and pace yourself.  It is best to find some shade to walk in but that shade doesn't stop the humid heat.  Hey, they say humidity is great for one's complexions.  If that is so, we who live in this area must have perfect complexions.

Above, I said that you could run or walk real fast.  That works if it is only short distance between air-conditioned places like between your car and your home or between your car and an air-conditioned store.  Sometimes there are power outages when the demand for electric gets too high because of all the AC units running at full blast.  That is when I am real glad that I have an RV parked in the driveway with a diesel generator and two AC roof units.  That can always be used in an emergency.

As for now, I think that I will just sit here rocking, watching TV, and looking at interesting things on my laptop.  That is a good way of staying in the AC.  I sure do pity people who have to work outside.  Hope you all are staying cool and have a great day, you hear?

Friday, August 11, 2017

My Jeep Attacked Me.

My Jeep attacked  me.  Well maybe that is a little too harsh a statement, since it was only the door that caused the trouble.  OK, the door had something to do with it but it wasn't the main culprit.  It was the window.  Maybe I should explain.  Actually, it was humorous and I did get a chuckle out of it.

Coming back from getting some supplies, I had both left and right windows down about an inch to help circulation.  It was really warm and I had the AC running at full blast.  As I pulled into my driveway, I hit the buttons to close the windows.  All well and good so far.  Got parked and turned off the engine.  I opened the door and it almost pulled my head off trying to scalp me.  Yep, my hair had blown out the slightly opened window and got caught in it when I shut the window.  When I flung the door open, my hair and head wanted to go with it.

Got the door shut and the window down.  Most of my hair came out of the window easily.  I don't have any bald spots so all is well that ends well, right?  Before I got out of the Jeep, I did have a good laugh.  Glad no one was looking (grin).  Now, keep your hair inside the vehicle that you are riding in and have a great day, you hear?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Buckle Up

Do you buckle up when you first get into your vehicle?  I do.  If I don't, that annoying "ding ding ding ding" just will not stop.  My first couple of cars (a 1955 Desoto and a 1957 Chevy Convertible) didn't have seat belts.  Did I just give my age away?  How many of you remember cars without seat belts?

Seat belts for automobiles have been around for quite some time.  I wonder if they were used on a horse you were riding or on the saddle or maybe even in the buggy behind the horse?  Check this information that I found on the internet:

The first U.S. patent for automobile seat belts was issued to Edward J. Claghorn of New York, New York on February 10, 1885. Claghorn was granted United States Patent #312,085

That was before the Model-T Ford which was produced between 1908 and 1927.  The Model-A Ford was produced between 1927 thru 1931.  Now, why did the A come later than the T??  Maybe that could be the subject of another blog.  For now, you all drive safe in whatever you drive and have a great day, you hear?

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

I Didn't Forget, Really

No, I didn't forget, really.   I knew our wedding anniversary was August First.  I wouldn't ever forget that.  What I did forget was that yesterday was August first.  I thought that it was still July.  So last night when we went to bed, my wife mentioned that we had a nice anniversary.  Ooooops!!!

Yep, it was 53 years ago yesterday that we eloped.  At the time, we lived in Pennsylvania and most everyone that eloped went off to Maryland to get married.  Not us, we had to be different.  We went to New York and spent our wedding night in Ohio.  It wasn't a spur of the moment thing, it was well planned.  We had our blood tests taken, found a preacher in New York, and made the appointment.  We went home and waited for the day.

My friend agreed to be my best man and his girl friend would be the bride's maid.  The night before, my Dad, Mom, and Aunt (who was visiting) were sitting around the table talking and I asked them if they would like to attend a wedding the next day.  They asked who was getting married and they almost fell off their chairs when I said I was.  They agreed to go and not to tell anyone, so we had a few guests.  There were eight of us at our wedding, counting the preacher and my wife to be and myself.  We spent our wedding night in Ohio.  I remember that day very well even though it was 53 years ago.  I even remember that we had spaghetti for our first meal later that same day.  Now, try not to forget any important dates, at least the important ones to your spouse, and have a great day, you hear?