Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Golf Poem

author unknown


I wish I had written this. 



A Golf Poem
In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, And Rather Small.
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless Looking Little Sphere.
By Its Size I Could Not Guess
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess. 

But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell, 
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.
My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game. 

It Rules My Mind For Hours On End; 
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.
It Has Made Me Curse And Made Me Cry, 
And Hate Myself And Want To Die.

It Promises Me A Thing Called Par, 
If I Hit It Straight And Far.
To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.

But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.
It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Disappears Before My Eyes.

Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.
With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
 It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.

Then Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.
It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.

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Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls!
A recent study found that the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study found that golfers drink, on average, 22 gallons of alcohol a year.
This means that, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon!
Kind of makes you proud. Almost makes you feel like a hybrid . . .

Monday, January 30, 2012

This Needed Telling Part Three

Let's see, I won't be posting music videos anymore. 
I may still comment on music, but posting a video that interests me, might only interest me, besides musical tastes are very subjective and my personal tastes might be very old or stale or not fashionable.
And I might be very old and stale and not fashionable too!

If I come across lyrics to a song that I find interesting, that I will post, as they seem to get lost sometimes while listening to the song.

So that would make the video I posted "Let's Stay Together, by Al Green" the last one I will do. 

How fitting...

a large melodic cup of coffee is in need at this time
5-6-7-8

ray

Sunday, January 29, 2012

This Needed Telling Part Two

Let's see, I won't be doing anymore posts on what is in your food. You know, or choose to ignore the content of what companies put in your food. 


I have pointed out you can find tri-sodium phosphates, titanium dioxides, foaming agents, petroleum products, Round-Up pesticides, food dyes, natural and artificial flavorings in your food and you still eat it. 


Many of the names I just mentioned can be found in the paint department in cleaners, paint and pipe cleaners in the plumbing department to clean the pipes in the sink.


A lot of restaurants use food suppliers that all use the same types of food.


I love to make my own meals. I have gone back to the old style of making my own soup, doing my own baking and so on. I am slowly going organic because even though it does cost more in some cases, not all, I think I am worth it.


To put it another way, convenience kills, albeit slowly. Vending machines are harmful and very costly. Diet foods, another oxymoron, make you fat.


There are chemical companies that will make something taste like whatever you want. Chemical companies! And yet, still you eat it.


I have talked about chicken nuggets, strawberry milk shakes, chemical crusted chips.
Yogurt with more sugar then a handful of candy bars, orange juice with chemical flavoring added,  and the list goes on.


You all are adults. You make your own decisions. I give up. 


Sometimes the problem with being an adult is you stop asking questions and are supposed to make decisions based on the untruths of advertising.


For those that want to know more, sign up for some news letters at Men's Health or sign up with Dr. Mercola and his news letter emails. You will be surprised at the range of topics covered on both.


This is not to say that there won't be a mention here and there on something. But it will be a mention. That is all.


thanks


coffee time


ray

Saturday, January 28, 2012

This Needed Telling Part One

I am re-examining  what I write or post. I will be making a tweak or two along the way. Sometimes change is good. 
I was at http://coyoteprime-runningcauseicantfly.blogspot.com and came upon this article, giving credit where credit is due and to the author. So here we go.


I like the philosophy and thought I would post it.


And yes, it is time for a well deserved beer.


ray



FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 2012


"10 Commandments for a Good Life"

"10 Commandments for a Good Life"
by Marc

"A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often and realize how fortunate you are right now. It’s about the simple pleasures that make you happy, the compassionate deeds you perform, the personal goals you strive to achieve, the relationships you nurture and the legacy you leave behind. So starting today, choose to take control. Here are ten commandments to help you live a good life.

    "And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.
    It’s the life in your years."
    - Abraham Lincoln

I. I am not perfect and I will not try to be. Think of how many things don’t get done in this world simply because people are waiting for the perfect time, place and circumstance. The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists. It rewards people who get things done. And the only way to get things done is to be imperfect 99% of the time.

ll. I cannot, and will not try, to please everyone. No matter what you do or how you do it, there will always be people that disagree with what you’re doing. That’s life. So don’t try please everyone. Simply do what I know is right. And remember, it doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it, it matters how many people do.
III. I will take part in something I believe in. This could be anything. Some people take an active role in their city council, some find refuge in religious faith, some join social clubs supporting causes they believe in and others find passion in their careers. In each case the psychological outcome is the same. They engage themselves in something they strongly believe in. This engagement brings happiness and meaning into their lives.
IV. I will prioritize my obligations and do important things first. Set priorities for yourself and act accordingly. It’s the only way to get things done. It’s the only way to turn a dream into a reality.

V. I will choose my friends wisely. Your friends are family you choose. So make sure you choose friends who are worthy of your time and attention. Surround yourself with people who reflect the person you want to be. Choose friends who you are proud to know, people you admire, who love and respect you – people who make your day a little brighter simply by being in it.
VI. I will help others when I am able. In life, you get what you put in. When you make a positive impact in someone else’s life, you also make a positive impact in your own life. The more you help others, the more they will want to help you.
VII. I will focus on the positive. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. The mind must believe it can do something before it is capable of actually doing it. The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more powerful. Listen to your self-talk and replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Regardless of how a situation seems, focus on the next positive step forward.

VIII. I can only be me. Judy Garland once said, “Always be a first rate version of yourself instead of a second rate version of somebody else.” Live by this statement. There is no such thing as living in someone else’s shoes. The only shoes you can occupy are your own. If you aren’t being yourself, you aren’t truly living – you’re merely existing. And ask yourself this: If you don’t like who you really are, why should I like you? Trying to be somebody you’re not is not sexy. Be you. That’s when you’re beautiful.

IX. I will be here now. Life is happening right now. Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, practice being and living in the present moment. Remember, right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. Don’t miss it. 

X. Life never gets any better, only my perception of it does. The world around you changes when you change. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right. The opposite is also true. The choice is yours to make."

Tina Turner Al Green Let's Stay Together Live 2005

inspired by debbie from venting to viggio


Friday, January 27, 2012

However, It Is My Job To Tell You How To...

A follow up to yesterdays post.

I work for a national home improvement company. I have done the homeowner type employment since the early 1980's. I have managed flooring stores, worked in paint departments, measured floors for high end carpet and wood, problem inspector for things that have gone wrong in the home that we installed, worked with contractors of all kinds, worked as a project supervisor, ( working with the contractor and the customer), for high end installs, worked in fashion plumbing, and currently manage an appliance department where we sell a full range of appliances and cabinets. Added to that, I have now the storage department for closets and such.

I am precise when I do floor measures, square feet, square yards, pattern match, linear feet, what works here, what won't work. I have repaired carpet that seemed ruined with snags or tears. I can tell you if a job was done correctly. I can tell you why a carpet looks damaged but isn't. I can tell you why the wood floor is going bad, and who or what is at fault.

But I am not an installer. I am a homeowner.

I can tell you what parts you need to do repairs or replacement around the house. I will look at your cart of stuff as you go by and tell you what you are missing to finish the job. 

I will tell you where in the store to find what you are looking for, down to the aisle, right or left side, how high up to reach, or I will take you to it. We have over 40,000 items in the store.

I will not however tell you how to beat building codes or shortcuts that may cause damage
to you and your home. Anyone in the store will run into a customer that won't listen to reason. 

Guys in the department will defer to me when a problem comes up for the home because I usually know the answer and am glad to help.

The above is not bragging. It is what I do.   

The list of things I don't know is long too! Mostly it involves stuff I haven't done such as roofing. Different construction applications. Outside pumps and irrigation comes to mind. I can do minor repairs but don't have the patience to learn somethings. Somethings I can learn how to do, but I ask questions too.

My job is to listen to your problem and your needs and advise you how to take care of it. I will hand off to someone with more experience, for example, what wire or breakers to use for electric repairs. Or rough plumbing pipe questions, or septic tanks, or whole house water filtration. We have people in our garden center who are more knowledgeable then me on what to use and where to use it.

I have to visualize what you are talking about and how to solve it. It is expected of me and I do it well. It makes the customer happy and gives me satisfaction in helping.

Outside the work place is another matter.  That was covered in yesterdays post.

Everyone has expertise in something. One is expected to learn something all the time and add to one's knowledge base, not do the same thing for 20 years. 
Life would be boring, yes?

I don't know it all, will never claim to, but I know where to get the help you need.

My job is to give advice.

and now I will take a coffee break

ray

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Do You Want A Bit Of Advice?

ad·vice/ədˈvīs/

Noun:
  1. Guidance or recommendations concerning prudent future action, typically given by someone regarded as knowledgeable or authoritative.


Giving or getting advice can be tricky. It can be felt as a sign of weakness or lack of ability or not knowing how to do something intuitively.

I know for example that taking some golf lessons would help me tremendously but I don't take them. I will listen to someone better then me during the course of a round of golf but I won't go to see the local pro for help.  I know I would feel embarrassed to have him watch me swing a club.

Sometimes a neighbor will ask me about something. I always pause a moment and think, do they want an answer or will they just do what they want to do anyway? 

Intelligence, however, can get confused with knowledge. There are enough people in the world that if you were to ask a question about anything, anything at all, someone would know the answer. That person or persons would be looked upon as authoritative, for the moment.

Sometimes people think getting advice is unwarranted, or meddlesome. Nothing can be further from the truth. I have a neighbor who, as far as I know, has never painted his house. I noticed that when it rains, the walls of the house are wet. This will lead to internal moisture problems and mold. I wrestled with telling him about it, him being a lawyer and such. Finally I did tell him. He was non responsive. The house has not been painted. I tried. If something goes wrong, at least I did my part, did what I could.

It is easy to miss something when you are attempting something difficult or learning how to do something for the first time. A little tweak here and there can be very helpful. 

But help and advice can be unwanted. If rejected, there is little chance I will offer again. I hate to be a bother. I won't watch in silence. I won't watch.

The look I get sometimes is if you are so smart...

So there you go, if you need any advice and I know how, please don't ask.

and now for a giant cup of coffee 
to soothe my ruffled feelings

ray

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Why Do I Like Brown Eyes The Most?

I really had to think about it. And I realized it went back to my childhood. One of my friends, whose house we hung around, had wonderful parents, almost like a second set of parents to many of us. 
The mom was warm, funny, friendly, and caring. She accepted her role as the neighborhood mom. She was pretty, not movie star pretty but pretty enough. She was a nice influence on all of us. 
She had those big, warm, brown eyes and dark brown hair And I know it influenced me in my search for the woman in  my life.


The mystery has been revealed. 


and now time for a revealing beer!
or two!


ray

I Am Changing Doctors And This Is Why...

Email Of The Week!













Q: Doctor, I've heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life.  Is this true? A: Heart only good for so many beats, and that it... Don't waste on exercise.  Everything wear out eventually.  Speeding up heart not make you live longer; it like saying you extend life of car by driving faster.  Want to live longer?  Take nap. 
 
Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?   
A:  Oh no.  Wine made from fruit.  Brandy distilled wine, that mean they take water out of fruity bit so you get even more of goodness that way.  Beer also made of grain.  Bottom up!
 
 
Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio? A: Well, if you have body and you have fat, your ratio one to one.  If you have two body, your ratio two to one. 
 
Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program? A: Can't think of single one, sorry.  My philosophy: No pain...good!

Q:  Aren't fried foods bad for you?   
A:  YOU NOT LISTENING!  Food fried in vegetable oil.  How getting more vegetable be bad?
 
 
Q  : Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle? A:  Oh no!  When you exercise muscle, it get bigger.  You should only be doing sit-up if you want bigger stomach. 
Q:  Is chocolate bad for me? A:  You crazy?!?  HEL-LO-O!!  Cocoa bean!  Another vegetable!  It best feel-good food around! 
 
Q:  Is swimming good for your figure? A:  If swimming good for figure, explain whale to me. 
 
Q:  Is getting in shape important for my lifestyle? A:  Hey!  'Round' is shape! 
 
Well... I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets. 
 
And  remember: 
Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other - body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO-HOO, what a ride!!"   
  AND.....
 
 
For  those of you who watch what you eat, here's the final word on nutrition and health.  It's a relief to know the truth after all those conflicting nutritional studies.    
1. The Japanese eat very little fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 
 
2. The Mexicans eat a lot of fat and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 
 
3. The Chinese drink very little red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 
 
4. The Italians drink a lot of red wine and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans... 
5. The Germans drink a lot of beer and eat lots of sausages and fats and suffer fewer heart attacks than Americans. 
 
 
CONCLUSION: Eat and drink what you like.   Speaking English is apparently what kills you.

And now, following the doctors advice
time for a cold beer!

ray

Monday, January 23, 2012

Cyber Friendships

The internet is a strange and wonderful place. It is far reaching, encompassing the world as we know it and yet, it missing something, something that is not easily obtained.


The face to face interaction that a human being needs to thrive and exist. To talk to, see, and touch, the basics of knowing someone, meeting someone,  it is all necessary.


It is nice to have cyber friends. When someone posts that they are meeting a fellow blogger, there is an air of excitement, one hopes that they will like each other in person. From the ones that have met, they have all been successful, at least from what I have read.


However, sometimes mini relationships on line can get strained and sometimes there is a parting of the ways.  
Usually over something silly that in real life would be fixed with a look
or a touch. But alas, online doesn't give that option.


But knowing someone on line doesn't have any type of commitment.  Words are flexible, one reads into them as they want. 
Someday I will be a good writer, not great, but good. I work on bringing my thoughts and emotions clearly and succinctly to what I want to express. 


All in all, meeting people on line, blog by blog, has been rewarding. I hope it doesn't stop.
The ones I know, I treasure them all.


and now of course
it is time for a cup of coffee
brought to you by 11111's and 00000's


ray



Friday, January 20, 2012

Hey! Why Do You Drive On The Wrong Side Of The Road?

Please click on the title of the post for the link!

I was watching a TV show and they happened to explain why the English drive on the left hand side of the road. back in the old days most horseman were right handed and riding on the left allowed then to draw their swords and attack.

Of course this led me to more questions and I found the following. I hope you enjoy the information.

time for a nightcap!

ray

 Please go to the website for a list of all the countries that drive on the left or the right!


History and origin

About a quarter of the world drives on the left, and the countries that do are mostly old British colonies. This strange quirk perplexes the rest of the world; but there is a perfectly good reason.
In the past, almost everybody travelled on the left side of the road because that was the most sensible option for feudal, violent societies. Since most people are right-handed, swordsmen preferred to keep to the left in order to have their right arm nearer to an opponent and their scabbard further from him. Moreover, it reduced the chance of the scabbard (worn on the left) hitting other people.

Furthermore, a right-handed person finds it easier to mount a horse from the left side of the horse, and it would be very difficult to do otherwise if wearing a sword (which would be worn on the left). It is safer to mount and dismount towards the side of the road, rather than in the middle of traffic, so if one mounts on the left, then the horse should be ridden on the left side of the road.

In the late 1700s, however, teamsters in France and the United States began hauling farm products in big wagons pulled by several pairs of horses. These wagons had no driver's seat; instead the driver sat on the left rear horse, so he could keep his right arm free to lash the team. Since he was sitting on the left, he naturally wanted everybody to pass on the left so he could look down and make sure he kept clear of the oncoming wagon’s wheels. Therefore he kept to the right side of the road.
In addition, the French Revolution of 1789 gave a huge impetus to right-hand travel in Europe. The fact is, before the Revolution, the aristocracy travelled on the left of the road, forcing the peasantry over to the right, but after the storming of the Bastille and the subsequent events, aristocrats preferred to keep a low profile and joined the peasants on the right. An official keep-right rule was introduced in Paris in 1794, more or less parallel to Denmark, where driving on the right had been made compulsory in 1793.

Later, Napoleon's conquests spread the new rightism to the Low Countries (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg), SwitzerlandGermanyPolandRussia and many parts of Spain and Italy. The states that had resisted Napoleon kept left – Britain, the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Portugal. This European division, between the left- and right-hand nations would remain fixed for more than 100 years, until after the First World War.

Although left-driving Sweden ceded Finland to right-driving Russia after the Russo-Swedish War (1808-1809), Swedish law – including traffic regulations – remained valid in Finland for another 50 years. It wasn’t until 1858 that an Imperial Russian decree made Finland swap sides.

The trend among nations over the years has been toward driving on the right, but Britain has done its best to stave off global homogenisation. With the expansion of travel and road building in the 1800s, traffic regulations were made in every country. Left-hand driving was made mandatory in Britain in 1835. Countries which were part of the British Empire followed suit. This is why to this very day, India, Australasia and the former British colonies in Africa go left. An exception to the rule, however, is Egypt, which had been conquered by Napoleon before becoming a British dependency.

Although Japan was never part of the British Empire, its traffic also goes to the left. Although the origin of this habit goes back to the Edo period (1603-1867) when Samurai ruled the country, it wasn’t until 1872 that this unwritten rule became more or less official. That was the year when Japan’s first railway was introduced, built with technical aid from the British. Gradually, a massive network of railways and tram tracks was built, and of course all trains and trams drove on the left-hand side. Still, it took another half century till in 1924 left-side driving was clearly written in a law.

When the Dutch arrived in Indonesia in 1596, they brought along their habit of driving on the left. It wasn't until Napoleon conquered the Netherlands that the Dutch started driving on the right. Most of their colonies, however, remained on the left as did Indonesia and Suriname.

In the early years of English colonisation of North America, English driving customs were followed and the colonies drove on the left. After gaining independence from England, however, they were anxious to cast off all remaining links with their British colonial past and gradually changed to right-hand driving. (Incidentally, the influence of other European countries’ nationals should not be underestimated.) The first law requiring drivers to keep right was passed in Pennsylvania in 1792, and similar laws were passed in New York in 1804 and New Jersey in 1813.

Despite the developments in the US, some parts of Canada continued to drive on the left until shortly after the Second World War. The territory controlled by the French (from Quebec to Louisiana) drove on the right, but the territory occupied by the English (British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland) kept left. British Columbia and the Atlantic provinces switched to the right in the 1920s in order to conform with the rest of Canada and the USA. Newfoundland drove on the left until 1947, and joined Canada in 1949.

In Europe, the remaining left-driving countries switched one by one to driving on the right. Portugal changed in 1920s. The change took place on the same day in the whole country, including the colonies. Territories, however, which bordered other left-driving countries were exempted. That is why Macau, Goa (now part of India) and Portuguese East Africa kept the old system. East Timor, which borders left-driving Indonesia, did change to the right though, but left-hand traffic was reintroduced by the Indonesians in 1975.

In Italy the practice of driving on the right first began in the late 1890s. The first Italian Highway Code, issued on the 30th of June 1912, stated that all vehicles had to drive on the right. Cities with a tram network, however, could retain left-hand driving if they placed warning signs at their city borders. The 1923 decree is a bit stricter, but Rome and the northern cities of Milan, Turin and Genoa could still keep left until further orders from the Ministry of Public Works. By the mid-1920s, right-hand driving became finally standard throughout the country. Rome made the change on the 1 of March 1925 and Milan on the 3rd of August 1926.

Up till the 1930s Spain lacked national traffic regulations. Some parts of the country drove on the right (e.g. Barcelona) and other parts drove on the left (e.g. Madrid). On the 1st of October 1924 Madrid switched to driving on the right.

The break-up of the Austro-Hungarian Empire caused no change: Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and Hungary continued to drive on the left. Austria itself was something of a curiosity. Half the country drove on the left and half on the right. The dividing line was precisely the area affected by Napoleon's conquests in 1805.

When Germany annexed Austria in 1938, Hitler ordered that the traffic should change from the left to the right side of the road, overnight. The change threw the driving public into turmoil, because motorists were unable to see most road signs. In Vienna it proved impossible to change the trams overnight, so while all other traffic took to the right-hand side of the road, the trams continued to run on the left for several weeks. Czechoslovakia and Hungary, among the last states on the mainland of Europe to keep left, changed to the right after being invaded by Germany in 1939 and late 1944 respectively.

Meanwhile, the power of the right kept growing steadily. American cars were designed to be driven on the right by locating the drivers' controls on the vehicle's left side. With the mass production of reliable and economical cars in the United States, initial exports used the same design, and out of necessity many countries changed their rule of the road.

Gibraltar changed to right-hand traffic in 1929 and China in 1946. Korea now drives right, but only because it passed directly from Japanese colonial rule to American and Russian influence at the end of the Second World War. Pakistan also considered changing to the right in the 1960s, but ultimately decided not to do it. The main argument against the shift was that camel trains often drove through the night while their drivers were dozing. The difficulty in teaching old camels new tricks was decisive in forcing Pakistan to reject the change. Nigeria, a former British colony, had traditionally been driving on the left with British imported right-hand-drive cars, but when it gained independence, it tried to throw off its colonial past as quick as possible and shifted to driving on the right.

After the Second World War, left-driving Sweden, the odd one out in mainland Europe, felt increasing pressure to change sides in order to conform with the rest of the continent. The problem was that all their neighbours already drove on the right side and since there are a lot of small roads without border guards leading into Norway and Finland, one had to remember in which country one was.
In 1955, the Swedish government held a referendum on the introduction of right-hand driving. Although no less than 82.9% voted “no” to the plebiscite, the Swedish parliament passed a law on the conversion to right-hand driving in 1963. Finally, the change took place on Sunday, the 3rd of September 1967, at 5 o’clock in the morning.

All traffic with private motor-driven vehicles was prohibited four hours before and one hour after the conversion, in order to be able to rearrange all traffic signs. Even the army was called in to help. Also a very low speed limit was applied, which was raised in a number of steps. The whole process took about a month. After Sweden's successful changeover, Iceland changed the following year, in 1968. Ghanaswapped sides in 1974.

In the 1960s, Great Britain also considered changing, but the country’s conservative powers did everything they could to nip the proposal in the bud. Furthermore, the fact that it would cost billions of pounds to change everything round wasn’t much of an incentive… Eventually, Britain dropped the idea. Today, only four European countries still drive on the left: the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus and Malta.

On 7 September 2009 Samoa (population 189,000) became the third country ever to change from right- to left-hand driving. It had been driving on the right since it had become a German colony in the early 20th century, although it was administered by New Zealand after the First World War and gained independence in 1962. Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi wanted to swap sides to make it easier to import cheap cars from left-hand driving Japan, Australia and New Zealand.


Being Bored, It Is Time For A Change

I will be fiddling around over the next few days with the look of each of my blogs. Blogger offers many more styles then they once did. One gets into a certain comfort zone and sometimes you have to break out a bit. I may bring it back to the original state that it was, I don't know. Let me play a bit and we will see.

coffee time

ray

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Better Not Lay A Hand On My ButterFinger...or My Reese's Peanut Butter Cup

I have a few weaknesses, okay, many, but we will stick to two of them. And they better not be hiding anywhere in the house. I will seek them out, search and destroy, search and eat! Same thing!!


The first favorite is 

and then the second favorite is




I don't buy them anymore.
But they do show up at Halloween.
It is that time of year that I hope
the kids don't show up to our door!
Just maybe, those two candies somehow don't
make it in the big bowl for the handouts

My eyes get that milk chocolate
glazed look 
I can't help myself.
I don't want help
Let me be
A couple of handfuls of each

Soon you find me laid back on the couch
wrappers everywhere
content with myself
thinking
would it be a bad thing if I 
wanted more
lusted another bite
we all know the answer don't we!

burping happily
it must be beer time!

ray

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Lost Art Of Conversation

I don't have any one on a regular basis to talk in depth about anything, anything at all. It is a rare thing indeed.
I have one or two people I exchange e mails with, but it is not the same thing.
A sit down, face to face exchange of ideas, that is what I long for.

It is important to enjoy the company of those you talk with. It is not a sparring debate of ideas rather it is an exchange of thoughts and points of the conversation. I had some of that yesterday.

It was a sit down after a round of golf that stretched for over four hours and many pitchers of beer.
Talking about whatever came to mind. Point, counterpoint new ideas.

One place I worked at, I had a few people to talk with like that, one I still meet up with on occasion for a few hours here and there.
But it is rare.
I like it because it challenges me to think a little deeper about a subject or to learn something new or gauge if some thought went into it or is it just repeating what was said on TV or the radio.

The idea is not to change the mind of the other person but rather explore different points of view.
And the why behind the thought. It leaves one looking for the next meeting.

Maybe I enjoy it so much because it is rare, I don't know.
But I do look forward to the next time.
Until then
I need a thinking man's cup of coffee...

ray

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Ups And Downs Of Life


Life is like this picture isn't it 
It can be a thrill ride of sorts
Boring at times, yes?
Most of it 
goes unnoticed
Mundane
Repetitive
creeping up and along
and then
a plunge
is it fun
or terror
life's hiccups
or
is it meaningful
but 
remember
the saying
what goes up
must come down
the reverse
is true
the downs
flatten out
and then start 
to rise
once again
notice the good times
too
it might turn out
the bad times
weren't that bad
now everyone
say 
ommmm

coffee time

ray



Friday, January 13, 2012

Why is it...

you are trying to get the last of the scrumptious bits of a snack in the bottom of the bag and tap it toward your
mouth and two lbs of stuff falls out on you and between the couch cushions

that piece of bread that never drops from you hand, has butter on one side, and that is the day it falls
on the floor, butter side down

that the drink on the table that you bump with your elbow picks today to spill over and on to those important papers you were going to put away

the battery you promised to change for the car dies and there is no one around to get a ride to work

you forgot that you said that you would this one time do what you didn't want to do and you forgot and you don't feel that bad about it

that today is the day that everything that could go wrong did and the only thing to do is get mad at the world and be miserable all day or laugh hysterically at the absurdity of it all

the winning lottery ticket is in the pair of jeans that just went through the wash. at least you thought it was a winner...for five bucks

guys always think that if one of something works two is better

if an extra strength medicine works all the time shouldn't that be regular strength?

asking for directions is something a guy does only if he is lost at night time in an area he has never been to before.

a guy hates to admit he is wrong especially if he is right

directions on how to put something together should not be needed, it should be intuitive...that is my story and I am sticking to it

nothing is more wasteful then not being efficient in the workplace and professional

one thing I hate is not looking like I know what I am doing at the work place or at home

of all the things I can do, my ability to work on a car has disappeared over the years as the technology has increased

you are making something to eat and the blinking light of the microwave saying it is done and is still blinking...
and you forgot you put it in the microwave...

and of course it is time
for the second giant mug of coffee

ray

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

WW III The Movie

From the movie

World War III is a thought provoking look at an alternate ending of the Cold War. Compiled largely from TV news pictures and military videos from the period, World War III cleverly combines this footage in a persuading manner to give the illusion that what is depicted actually took place.


See if you can recognize who the is the narrator.


I also noticed that there was a huge drop off in viewership as each segment ran. Short attention span I guess.




a cold reflective beer is needed after this

ray

A Cleansing Thunderstorm Is Needed



There is a long list of things that I need but one that came to mind is a powerful thunderstorm to clear the air and my mind.

One of those scary clouds billowing up out of no-where, dark menacing wind howling storms. The storm comes alive, winds so strong the rain is horizontal, fingers of the wind clawing at the windows and doors of the house, trying to destroy all who inhabit the abode within. Thunder so loud you would swear the house has risen amongst the clouds, lighting racing across the sky, brilliant flashes, hotter then the sun, dancing in the air, dangerously close and tantalizing so far away. To marvel at the all powerful part of natures wonder, laughing at man's feeble attempt to coexist with it on this planet. To wonder if the storm will ever end, so strong one cowers in front of its onslaught, hoping to survive under shelter once again.

And then it does end, the sweet smell of the air, fresh ozone mixed in the gentle breeze purifying the air and cleansing the inner soul. The clouds part, the night time sky reveals all is as it was, waiting for the next time, on stand by, when it is needed once again.

yep, that is what I need

that along with a pot of coffee

ray

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Joan Jett

You can add Joan Jett to the list of woman that I want adore that I do every once in awhile.
Delicious eye candy, but also a wonderful sexy performer.
The hair, the makeup, she has the do you want to do me look along with that throaty growl makes the heart pound!
If she wants to hate herself for loving me in my imagination  I am all for it.

I will even volunteer to get her in and out of that skin tight outfit as a personal backstage can't keep my hands off of her assistant. How nice is that back to my fantasy world of me!

I also think that black leather and chains outfit is very stylish don't you?

time for a sobering can't stop dreaming of her cup of coffee

ray

Monday, January 9, 2012

They Live--A Sci Fi Action Thriller On What Happens Behind The Urge To Need

Resist the urge to go out to buy sunglasses after watching this John Carpenter movie from 1988.

It is the story of a down on his luck guy who stumbles onto a scary secret revealed by wearing special sunglasses.

It is about control through advertising that is used throughout the world to get people to consume and obey. Wait until you see who is running the show.

It seemed to make sense to me, but remember, it is only a movie, or is it!

It is only ten separate episodes on you tube so it is quick. Grab some popcorn and you headphones and put up a do not disturb sign!

Might grab a cold beer and watch it again!

ray


Taking Niacin Better Work or Is Puking Worth It?

Okay, not quite, but on some days it gets very close. I take one tablet everyday to try and lower my cholesterol.

And it is a slo-niacin, designed to lessen the flushing effect. Most days nothing happens, but when it does...

the skin gets pinkish red all over, yes everywhere like a bad sunburn.

itching all over that scratching can't make it  better.

and worse yet, a sudden sensation of throwing up about to happen.

When it gets real bad, I am forced to lay down head on a pillow, get under a blanket, and wait for it to subside.

If this happened each and every time, I would have stopped long ago but it doesn't.

In case you were wondering, yes, there is a type of niacin that doesn't cause any of the above but it doesn't help on cholesterol.

So I have decided to monitor what I do and what I eat or drink or other supplements that might cause
the flare ups.

Right now, I am feeling quite perky

must be the giant cup of coffee to start my day!

ray

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Women are a mystery to British physicist Hawking

Please click on title of this post for the link.

Well it is good to know the man who can figure out the mysteries of the universe can not understand women.

And I thought it was just me.

Ask any woman can they understand themselves and they will smile and say"of course not silly man"


LONDON (Reuters) - The biggest mystery in the universe perplexing one of the world's best known scientists is -- women.
When New Scientist magazine asked "Brief History of Time" authorStephen Hawking what he thinks about most, the Cambridge University professor renowned for unravelling some of the most complex questions in modern physics answered: "Women. They are a complete mystery."
The wheelchair-bound Hawking, who only recently retired from a post once held by Isaac Newton, talked to the magazine in the run-up to celebrations for his 70th birthday about his biggest scientific blunder and his hopes for modern science.
Hawking is due to celebrate his 70th birthday on Sunday with a public symposium entitled "The State of the Universe" at theUniversity of Cambridge's Centre for Theoretical Cosmology.
Hawking heads a list of speakers including British Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Saul Perlmutter and Kip Thorne, one of the world's leading theoretical physicists.
(Reporting by Paul Casciato, editing by Steve Addison)

and now for a contemplative cup of coffee

ray

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