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10-31-2015 Journal – Bye, Bye October!   Leave a comment

Say goodbye to October everyone. This last month has just flown by and once again ended with no Halloween trick or treaters at our house.  Depending on how you look at it, it could be both a good thing and a bad thing.  Being in a rural area with very few toddlers around, we’re usually safe from pranksters and vandals and that’s a good thing.  The bad thing is for my better-half who prays for costumed kids to show up in great numbers.  These days she’s forced to pour all of her Halloween craziness on her grandchildren and she does . . . in spades.

Our out-of-town visitors arrived yesterday afternoon, intact and tired after an eight hour drive through NJ, NY, CT, MA, NH, and finally Maine.  With this recent burst of warm weather we decided to do a little grilling on the deck.  It’s likely to be the final time we’ll be using the grill this year and next week it will be winterized and stored away.  Here’s a quick shot of the kabobs just before hitting the grill. They were yummy.


If that does make your mouth water just a little you may have a serious problem.  The food was excellent and gave everyone a chance to sit back and relax and catch up a little.

I’m up early this morning and enjoying a cup of strong and hot coffee.  I fed the cat and he apparently enjoyed his breakfast because he just strutted into the man-cave looking for a comfortable place to plop.  After all he desperately needs that 18 hours of beauty sleep every day.  I’ll give him about ten minutes and he’ll be out cold for a few hours.  If you haven’t figured things out just yet, he’s also retired.


‘A big fat lazy cat.’

I hear people waking up in the house and if I know my better-half there’ll be quiche in my future within the hour.  More hot coffee, some crispy bacon and if I’m sneaky enough I might snatch one of the last two chocolate éclairs leftover from last night.  Who says life isn’t awesome some times.

Today will include a  visit to see the grandkids and possibly some shopping. I hope the weather clears a little so I can get a few good shots of the group.


09-10-2013   Leave a comment

How many times a week are you told by others that your way of doing things could be better, meaning their way.  It’s amazing to me how everyone  thinks their way is the absolute best way.  I can understand it totally because at times I feel that way myself.

I’ve had close friends and family with no practical experience in much of anything tell me how I should invest my money, romance a woman, what food to eat, and what kind of job I should have. Everyone is an effing expert in everything it seems.  It’s funny that the guy with no girlfriends or prospects is the expert on romance.  The guy who doesn’t have two cents in his pocket or bank account  is the one telling me what stocks are going to go through the roof.  Maybe it’s the woman with no children who spends all of her time telling her married girlfriends how to raise their children.  It’s maddening.

To quote one of my favorite song lyrics, “Opinions are like assholes and everybody’s got one.”  I’ve learned over the years who I can rely on for good information and those hundreds who haven’t had a good idea about anything in recent memory.  I’ve also learned not to voice any of my own opinions unless I’m asked.  I may stand in a group of friends and listen to them tell each other how to live their lives without saying a single word.  It makes me the guy who never has to hear those dreaded words, “Your advice sucked.”

I suppose it’s always been that way.  People telling people what will happen in the future, how they should live their lives and they do it in such a way it’s seemed logical at the time.  Here are some predictions I’ve discovered from so-called experts that were so bad I just had to pass them along.

  • "Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons." Popular Mechanics, forecasting the relentless march of science, 1949
  • "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
    Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM, 1943
  • "I have traveled the length and breadth of this country and talked with the best people, and I can assure you that data processing is a fad that won’t last out the year."
    The editor in charge of business books for Prentice Hall, 1957
  • "There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home."
    Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977
  • "This ‘telephone’ has too many shortcomings to be seriously considered as a means of communication. The device is inherently of no value to us."
    Western Union internal memo, 1876.
  • "We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."
    Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles, 1962.
  • "Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible."
    Lord Kelvin, president, Royal Society, 1895.
  • "Drill for oil? You mean drill into the ground to try and find oil? You’re crazy."
    Drillers who Edwin L. Drake tried to enlist to his project to drill for oil in 1859.
  • "The bomb will never go off. I speak as an expert in explosives."
    Admiral William Leahy, US Atomic Bomb Project.
  • "Stocks have reached what looks like a permanently high plateau."
    Irving Fisher, Professor of Economics, Yale University, 1929.
  • "Airplanes are interesting toys but of no military value."
    Marechal Ferdinand Foch, Professor of Strategy, Ecole Superieure de Guerre.
  • "Man will never reach the moon regardless of all future scientific advances."
    Dr. Lee De Forest, inventor of the vacuum tube and father of television.
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented."
    Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

As you can see even people with impressive resumes aren’t experts in everything like they think they are.  I‘m certainly glad I never had these experts whispering in my ear and giving me advice about anything important.  Everything comes back to good old “common sense”.  Constantly being negative about things just stifles  creativity and can make you one miserable and unhappy SOB and also reward you with an honorable mention on this blog.

12-25-2012   Leave a comment

This may be the best Christmas morning I’ve ever had.  My better-half with help from my nagging stayed in bed until ten o’clock.  We left the bedroom only for calls from Mother Nature and to refill our coffee mugs.  We laid there like two fat, dumb, and happy morons celebrating the fact that the holiday was over for us. It was lightly snowing at the time but by days end we had our traditional White Christmas.  I think we could have stayed in that warm and toasty bed all day but my better-half had her engine running early and was getting a bit antsy.  She forced me from the bed and the room which kind of  “harshed my Christmas morning buzz” a bit.  Dammit!

For most of the day we were on the phones, on the computers, or on the IPads wishing good cheer to the whole damn planet.  She spent a few hours reviewing all of the photographs that she’d taken over the holiday (about 600), erasing the bad, and burning the good to CD’s for other family members. It was still a lazy and relaxing day, it was great.

It took me a little longer than I thought to clear the Christmas debris from the house because I was busy eating goodies left over from last night.  I’ll tell you right now, it’s going to take me a few months to get rid of all this Christmas cheer that showed up just north of my belt buckle. We had a quiet dinner, just the two of us, where we devoured a rib roast that was to die for.  Fat and sassy after the meal we repaired to the living room for movie night. 

Here’s my take on the movies we watched.  Katherine Heigl in ‘One for the Money’ wasn’t too shabby.  She was supposed to be a bounty hunter which took a real stretch of my imagination to believe but then seeing her semi-nude made it almost worth the wait.  I give it a C+ for story, B- for nudity. 

Then we fired up the movie (using the term loosely) ‘Horrible Bosses’.  It was well named because it was really horrible.  How anyone convinced Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Anniston to even consider being in it was beyond me. Dumb, and Dumber meets Police Squad.  I give it an F- for story and an A- for nudity when I got to see a little more of brunette Jen than ever before. Trust me, if anyone tries to give you a gift of that movie, give it back, and remove them from your list of friends.  Just freaking awful.

The better-half was in bed early with a 4:00 am wakeup call looming.  I found it necessary to stay up for a while longer and to kick Tiger Woods ass in an eighteen hole X-box tournament.  It felt good to crawl into bed finally and to put another Christmas behind us.

Onward to New Years and 2013.

Posted December 26, 2012 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying

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