Tuesday, December 30, 2008

In my professional opinion.......

I know my name on this blog is "donut guy" but believe it or not, I went to school for this stuff and I'm actually a certified master baker.

So.....taking my edumacational background into consideration...this is the nastiest cake I've ever seen.



till later.

License number?

........of the truck that ran me over?

Wow, I spent the last couple of days not really feeling all that spiffy.

I'm on the road to recovery now, but I still sound like my head is full of mashed potatoes.

As usual...their is tons of crappy depressing news out there today.

I'm gonna ignore all of it and post up kids and kitties.

till later.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Must be a slow news day......

Japan teens skipping breakfast have sex younger

Mr Brown Slacks.....

I realize that everyone has a story......I'd love to know some of my customers stories.

For example...

-Why does to guy that comes in every morning always (and I mean always) have on the same green shirt, brown slacks and tan jacket? Doesn't matter if it's 10 degrees below zero or over 90....always the same clothes.

-What perfume does the customer who orders the same donuts every Wednesday morning wear? To me, it smells like a combination of burnt rubber and wet dog.

-Why does Mr DJ Guy (he is always wearing huge headphones) always buy an apple pie and 6 cans of Campbell's tomato soup.....every night?

Why do the tattoo couple (she's 4ft 8in about 200lbs, he's 6ft 6in about 140 lbs both heavily tattooed) shop for a full cart of groceries almost every night of the week? What the hell do they do with all that food......wait, I think I answered my own question, I think she eats it all.

-Why does our janitor drive a new BMW and I drive a 10 year old minivan? All our janitors are private contractors, maybe I'm in the wrong business.

So many questions...so few answers.

Anyways, our daughter is off to Hawaii for a couple of weeks, she's staying on the same island as Obama is vacationing on...hopefully they'll have the power fixed soon.

Anybody going out for some killer after Christmas deals? My son and I are going out later today to spend gift cards we received for presents......my opinion? Gift cards are just about the dumbest idea ever. Nothing says "I don't give a shit" more than gift cards.

Don't know what to get me?

Either ask me or give me cold hard cash and I'll buy what I want and I'll report back to you when I buy something I liked with the money you gave me.

Simple huh?

till later.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

How to tell when you're sick..........

Hint number 1 is that you sleep 14 hours straight and feel worse then you did before you went to sleep.

I have no hint number 2......

Going to work last night wasn't up there really high on my list of priorities...... but if I call in sick that means someone else has to pull an all-nighter and do my job.

People need their donuts.

In other news...our area had a 3.3 earthquake last night. Our son said he felt the house move, I didn't feel a thing at work.

Figures I missed all the excitement.

till later.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas and some misc. ramblings....

Woke up not really feeling 100% on Christmas morn.

I sorta have a minor cold and some back issues .....I figure if you don't pay any attention to what's making you feel like a 200 lb bag of snot..eventually it will go away.

A nice hot shower went a long way to making me feel better for a few hours....I lasted the whole way through dinner at my folks house before returning home to crash for a few hours until it was time to go to work.

One of the neatest things about Christmas morning is how quiet it is. We live about a mile away from a major interstate highway and you get used to the steady thrum of truck traffic. I stepped outside at 5 AM...no noise.

I wish every day was like that.

Stopped at the local convenience store for coffee...I asked the clerks if they drew the short end of the straw to be working on Christmas morning. Turns out they all volunteer to work and those with young families had the chance to be off if they so chose. Not sure what they do if not enough folks volunteer, but the girl at the counter said they were getting triple pay so that helps a little.

What did we all get for Christmas?

My wife and I buy stuff though the year this year was no exception....I got a new bike earlier in the year and my lovely wife had some custom inserts installed in the kitchen cabinets and a new phone.

Our son got a nice pair of sound isolating headphones and an iPod....our daughter got some cash for her trip to Hawaii.

For me, the best present is to have all my family healthy.

My pop had a real close call this year with his bypass surgery and all, but he's doing super good and has lost about 25 pounds since his operation. He's a hardass on the outside but he's a softie on the inside.

I'm glad he (and my mom) are both still around...even if I didn't make it through to whole day, it was nice to be all together for a few hours.

Last night at work was great because our store was still closed so I brought in my noise cancelling headphones and listened to oldies music all night.

Oldies music, you know the stuff from my youth that brings back all the memories of growing up. Since I graduated from high school in 1977....I like a lot of the music from that era.

Some of my favorites.....and some old memories the songs remind me of.

-Cherish by The Association...for some reason this song reminds me of when my mom would take me to Sears for school clothing and if I was good...she'd buy me a roller dog from the Sears food section. There are no better hot dogs then Sears roller dogs.

-Make It With You by Bread....Wow, this song reminds me of dancing with Barb Storez at church summer camp back in 1974...yeah I still remember.

Strawberry Letter 23 by The Brothers Johnson....this song is all about basement parties at my friend John Carters house. Cheap wine and massive hangovers.

Do You Love Me by The Contours....seeing Animal House about a bazillion times. Still in my Top 5 movie list.

You Are So Beautiful sung by Dennis Wilson...I remember going to a Beach Boys concert the year before he drowned...his voice was so shot by that time he could barely get the words out. Kinda sad.

Hello, I Love You by The Doors....I remember sitting neck deep in a pool on the Jersey Shore drinking cocktails with my friend Stosh and I don't remember a whole lot more.

My Best Friend's Girl by the Cars...actually reminds me of the time my best friend started dating my girlfriend behind my back..... trust me, he did me a favor.

Arthur's Theme by Christopher Cross.....reminds me of spur of the moment road trips my buddies and I would take to the Jersey Shore in the middle of winter. I so gotta do that again.

Racing In The Street by Bruce Springsteen....it was all about my friends 1967 GTO with headers, cherry bombs and 3 deuces banging gears while we cruised town. The sound the exhaust made when it reverberated off all the buildings still sticks with me.

Rio by Duran Duran.....mmmm don't read this one Mom-reminds me of swan diving off the 3rd floor balcony of the Rio Motel into the swimming pool. No worries mom, I lived and I was completely sober when I did it.

East Bound and Down by Jerry Reed...I saw Smokey and The Bandit almost as many times as I saw Animal House. All my friends bought Trans Ams...I had a VW Beetle.

American Pie by Don McLean.....being afriad to ask Leslie Billet the the 8th grade dance.

This Is The New S**t by Marilyn Manson....this song was playing on my iPod when I did an awesome 4 foot wheelie drop on my mountain bike. I get off and walk stuff like that now.

Asa by Steely Dan...this is a weird one. Reminds me of when my buddy and I were in the back of his dad's pick up and we eating pizza and horsing around. My friend chucked a slice at me-It missed me and sailed out the back of the truck and hit (sauce side down) the windshield of the following car. I told you it was weird.

Little Miss Magic by Jimmy Buffet.. always reminds me of how much I love my daughter. I'm a Parrothead, so anything Jimmy does is A-OK with me.

Hells Bells by AC/DC...in 1981 a bunch of us went to see Angus and the boys down at the Spectrum in Philly....I was drunk and damn they were LOUD. They shoot off a cannon during this song. Worst hangover ever.

Alice's Restaurant by Arlo Guthrie my son and I would sun tan at the local swimming pool and listen to this back when it was still cool to hang out together with our shirts off.

Good Vibrations by The Beach Boys..the first song I heard in my VW's freshly installed stereo. 8 speakers in a Beetle is overkill.

It's Magic by Pilot...reminds me of cruising to Temple U in downtown Philly to meet up with my wife for dates. She was hot 25 years ago and guess what?

She still is.

I could go on and on.

The cold medication is starting to kick in.....

till later.

PS ...I'd love to hear some of the readers old song memories.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Creative Grooming

What the heck is wrong with this woman?

Creative Grooming

Merry Christmas........

Just wanted to say "Merry Christmas" to all my readers out there in blogland....

Since I work retail and this is the busiest season of the year-it's been "eat, sleep, work, repeat" for the past week....I haven't had much time to blog.

Ya'll have a Merry Christmas.....except for the lady that screamed at me at 3 AM last night because I didn't have rye bread done...

I hope Santa shits down your chimney.

till later.

Monday, December 22, 2008

"0" is pretty darn cold...........

We don't often experience temps down near zero very often..this morning it was almost 0 degrees with the wind chill. With that and me coming down with a touch of a cold.....I'm staying inside for the duration.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Ice Pellets....

My lovely wife asked me to pull up the weather forecast for Saturday.........

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Ice pellets....kinda depressing, huh?

Have they lost their minds......

Seriously? 18 kids?

Arkansas mom Michelle Duggar gives birth to 18th child

I'm not judging, but wow.....that's a lot of kids.

If I was the dad...all the children would have to wear nametags.

I'd never remember all their names.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm not a violent man....

I pretty sure I've answered every dumb question possible in the last 35 years of dealing with the public.

Never underestimate the stupidity of large groups of people. We are getting some bad weather on Friday and of course, everyone is in our store buying everything that isn't bolted down.

Best question of the night....

Some guy asked me where the beer is.

Unfortunately, our state doesn't permit beer sales in supermarkets. It took me a minute to explain this to the customer, the guy thought I was kidding him and started to argue with me.

Sometimes I wish I could get away with giving some folks a small dose of pepper spray.

I think everyone should have to work a retail job for at least one holiday season. Yeah, I get that the holidays can be a stressful time.....but don't take it out on your friendly local donut guy.

Remember...we handle your food-be nice to us.

till later.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

This guy makes my brian hurt.

Bush says sacrificed free-market principles to save economy

Kinda like "We had to destroy the village in order to save it."

Lets hope common sense prevails after January 20th

Ford vs Toyota....

My friend Jim sent me this......

A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (Ford) decided to have a canoe race on the Missouri River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.

On the big day, Toyota won by a mile.

Ford, discouraged and depressed, decided to investigate the reason for the crushing defeat. A management team made up of senior management investigated and recommended "appropriate action."

Their conclusion: Toyota had 8 people rowing and 1 person steering, while Ford had 7 people steering and 2 people rowing.

Feeling a deeper study was in order, Ford hired a consulting company, paying a large amount for a second opinion.

They advised, of course, that too many people were steering the boat, while not enough people were rowing.

Not sure of how to use that information, but wanting to prevent another loss to Toyota, the Ford team's management was reorganized to 4 steering supervisors, 2 area steering superintendents, and 1 assistant superintendent steering manager.

They also implemented a new performance system that would give the 2 people rowing the boat greater incentive to work harder. It was called the "Rowing Team Quality First Program," with meetings, dinners, and free pens for the rowers. There was discussion of getting new paddles, canoes and other equipment, extra vacation days for practices, and bonuses. The pension program was trimmed to "equal the competition," and some of the resultant savings were channeled into morale boosting programs and teamwork posters.

The next year, Toyota won by two miles.

Humiliated, Ford laid off one rower, halted development of a new canoe, sold all the paddles, and canceled all capital investments for new equipment. The money saved was distributed to the Senior Executives as bonuses.

The next year, try as he might, the lone designated rower was unable to even finish the race (having no paddle) so he was laid off for unacceptable performance, all canoe equipment was sold, and next year's racing team was outscored to India.

Sadly, THE END.

Here's something to think about: Ford has spent the last 30 years moving its factories out of the US, claiming they can't make money paying American wages.

Toyota has spent the last 30 years building more than a dozen plants inside the US . Last quarter's results:

Toyota made 4 billion in profits and Ford racked up 9 billion in losses.

Ford folks are still scratching their heads and collecting bonuses.

IF THIS WEREN'T SO TRUE, IT MIGHT BE FUNNY

Swear Jar

My friend Hank sent me this.......

YouTube - Swear Jar

Best beer commercial ever.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Douchebags of the day..........

These parents are idiots.

They can be racists if they want to be, but .....why make their kids suffer?

Yeah, I work in a bakery and frequently decorate cakes...would I write that on a cake?

Nope, I'd give them a tube of icing and tell them to write it themselves.

Monday, December 15, 2008

I wonder.............

I wonder how many shoes he's gonna get in the mail.....

Is it January 20th yet?

I'd hate to pose the question..."Can it get any worse?"

I'm sure 43 would find a new way to make Americans look like jackasses.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Since I'm so damn absent minded.....

....and our family has unlimited texting-this is gonna be a great little tool.

Yup, I'm that absent minded.

till later.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom......

Happy Birthday to my mom who happens to be the best mom in the world.

I ran a contest and she won.

Love, your son.

till later.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The Wunder Boner.

YouTube - Hilarious Commercial - The Wunder Boner.

Words escape me....

My old man is pretty smart.....

Kinda funny....the older I got-the smarter my old man got.

Sure, he got smarter as he got older but as he got older....I tended to listen to him more.

The more I listened to him....the more sense he made.

My pop can squeeze a dollar until it begs for mercy and after talking to him yesterday-I decided to put off any major purchases for my consulting business until later next year.

His advice was to not to spend any money until we see how things shake out for a few months.....makes sense to me and I think I'll listen to him....like I said-he's pretty damn smart.

The economy is in the dumper and the way it looks-it ain't gonna get better anytime soon. Wow, I can't imagine companies as big as GM and Chysler going bankrupt but if they are still building cars at the quality level of my 9 year old mini-van......then they deserve to go under.

We don't buy many vehicles as we tend to drive them until they are totally wore out......my Plymouth Voyager will be the last Big 3 purchase I make. Americans can build great cars, my wife's last 3 cars have been Subaru's and all three were made right here in the good ole USA.

I think my minivan was built by this guy.

till later.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Dad returns home.....

My dad got out of the hospital this past Tuesday and not a day to soon.....he was pretty much climbing the walls. One thing he learned in the hospital is that the night shift nurses talk about the day shift nurses and vice-versa.

Even if with them all talking about each other....he got great care at both hospitals he was in over the past 2 weeks....he owes his life to the folks at Memorial Hospital and likewise York Hospital. Both places are staffed with some really kind and compassionate staff.

It takes a special person to be a nursing assistant, nurse or doctor and both hospitals are truly blessed with some awesome staff.

Now that my dad has been home for a couple days, he is starting to get caught up on sleep...I am sure he is sore as hell. I can't imagine it's a picnic when they open up your chest cavity and dig around in both you legs for veins to use for the bypass.

He's a tough guy, so I'm sure he'll be up and back to work in 6 weeks. Yeah, he's 72 years old but he still likes his job and hates the thought of laying around... more power to him if that's what he wants to do.

Me? I wanna retire tomorrow........
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It's pretty neat, but ......why? Just buy a flute already....who wants to be known as the guy that plays a broccoli?

Christmas lights and lots of them. I hope to get out on my bike some night and check out all the lights in my neighborhood. I love riding at night....it's so quiet out. Of course, I and my bike are lit up like a Christmas tree....I have a bar light, a helmet light, a reflective vest, 2 rear blinkies, a front blinkie and about 10 yards of reflective tape on my bike. I figure that if someone hits me...they were aiming for me.

Boy, the economy sure is in the tank, huh? I've been debating about buying another laptop for my business. The longer I put it off-the cheaper things get. If I buy the laptop I have my eyes on at Sam's.....I don't have to pay for it for a whole year. I like using other peoples money, so I might bite.

My wife and I are lucky enough to have stable jobs with stable companies but lots of folks out there aren't nearly as fortunate......I sure hope things turn around soon. I know what it's like to be "between" jobs and it ain't fun.

161 million dollars? Wow. He sure seems like a stand up guy...if they are willing to pay him that much money-I guess he's worth it.

I love me some Clint Eastwood.....one of my happiest childhood memories was going to see all the Dirty Harry movies with my dad.

My folks didn't have much money when I was growing up, so it probably shot my dads spending money for the week when we went to the movies.

My folks might have been short of money when I was a kid.....but money ain't everything.

till later.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

Autoworkers.....

I sorta feel bad for the autoworkers.....it ain't their fault that most American cars made in the past 25 years are poorly designed and engineered-they just screw them together.

I read that GM is worth about 3 billions dollars. How exactly are they gonna pay back the money they are "borrowing" if they need more than 4 billion dollars just to make it to the end of the year?

Not sure what the answer is....I just make donuts for a living, but I know if I went to the bank and wanted to borrow 900,000 dollars and put my 200,000 dollar house up for collateral...they'd laugh me out of the place. The automakers should use the same accountants the banks use.

My pop should be getting out of the hospital early this week, I ordered him a zipper club t-shirt, he has one heck of a scar down the middle of his chest.

till later




Friday, December 05, 2008

So far.......so good.

After a few days full of ups and downs...my dad is stable and out of the critical care unit. Tentatively, he should be home early next week to begin his 6 to 8 weeks of recovery.

Considering what my pop has been through to past few days....he's in fairly good spirits...he's kinda tired and he really wants to get the heck out of the hospital.

Can't say I blame him.

He hasn't been able to shave in the past week and he's got a little bit of a beard going on....I think he oughta keep it, it makes him look like a bad-ass teddy bear:-)

We went to a class held by the hospital dietitian, very interesting stuff. Most common sense stuff, but it's really surprising how much sodium is packed into most prepared foods.

I'm not being an ass, but take a look around you next time you go out somewhere......most everyone is fat. I'd hate to see how much more overburdened our healthcare system is going to be in twenty years.

Americans need to change the way they eat...being grossly overweight is not socially acceptable.

Till later.

PS-Thanks for all the emails and comments....I really appreciate them:-)

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Emotional rollercoaster.......

When I last saw my dad Saturday afternoon.....things were looking pretty good. His color was back and he was in very good spirits considering what happened to him the day before.

Monday.....not so much. I'm not a doctor, so I'm not even going to begin to describe what tests they did on him, but it was decided that he was going to a larger hospital right now to get what turned out to be a quadruple bypass done. He was in pre-op even before my mom and I arrived at the hospital.

So far as I write this on Tuesday morning....he came through the operation as well as could be expected and is stable and resting in the Cardiac Care Unit of York Hospital.

From what the doctors have told us, he might have possibly suffered several small heart attacks in the past 10 or 15 years (he had a big one when he was 50) so he does have some prior irrecoverable damage.

Whatever, I'm more than happy to have a partially damaged dad considering my choices.....he's one stubborn old Irish guy.

till later

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Thanksgiving.......

Not to go into tons of details....but I have lots to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend.

On Friday morning, my dad was in the emergency room and flat lined a couple times.

He's still in the critical care unit but he's looking way better then he did on Friday.

My mom and I figured it was his stubborn Irish nature that saved him....he is one stubborn son of a gun.

Go Dad:-)

Monday, November 24, 2008

Holy crap......

That's a lot of money.

Bloomberg.com: Exclusive

What a weekend.......

It started off with snow that turned into a sheet of ice on all the roads. My normal 5 minute commute on rural back roads took almost an hour. I really think that if you live in a place where bad weather happens in the winter......you need to learn how to drive in it or stay home.

Since I work straight through Thanksgiving and the following weekend-I had Sat-Sun-Mon and early Tuesday off.....nice.

What did I do?

Not a whole heck of alot.

I was planning on raking leaves, but they are currently frozen solid to the ground...hopefully it will warm up next week because that's the last pick-up.

I did work on a friends laptop, it's amazing that all you have to do is get one spyware infection and it pretty much screws up the whole thing.

Looked at the weekend news......it's just about all bad, so no point in mentioning any of it.

till later.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

FCC asks Supreme Court to revive Jackson Superbowl fine

The government is wasting my tax money and time on Janet Jackson's breast?

FCC asks Supreme Court to revive Jackson Superbowl fine

Makes me want to drive down to DC and kick someone in the ass.

Bruce Lee plays ping pong with nunchuck

Holy cow.

YouTube - Bruce Lee plays ping pong with nunchuck.flv

If I make it to 90......

I'll probably do something like this.

Photo: What will you be doing when your ninety

Heck, I'll be 90....old people can get away with all kinds of fun stuff.

I like what this guy has to say......

If I had the floor at the auto rescue talks

Sure the auto industry isn't perfect but damn......throw them a bone so they can limp along for a year or two until the economy picks up. If they don't get it together in a couple of years...then let them go bankrupt.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Bad joke time....

Joke

It was entertainment night at the Senior Center. Claude the hypnotist exclaimed: "I'm here to put you into a trance; I intend to hypnotize each and every member of the audience."

The excitement was almost electric as Claude withdrew a beautiful antique pocket watch from his coat. "I want you each to keep your eye on this antique watch. It's a very special watch. It's been in my family for six generations."

He began to swing the watch gently back and forth while quietly chanting: "Watch the watch, watch the watch, watch the watch .."

The crowd became mesmerized as the watch swayed back and forth, light gleaming off its polished surface. Hundreds of pairs of eyes followed the swaying watch, until, suddenly, it slipped from the hypnotist's finger and fell to the floor, shattering into a hundred pieces.

"SHIT" said the Hypnotist.

..............it took three days to clean up the Senior Center.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guidelines for Cats

My wife and my mom will like this site....

Guidelines for Cats

Quit already, would ya.......

Today is the Great American Smokeout.

If you were thinking about quitting and were waiting for a good time to quit....today is your day.

If you want to quit but don't want to do it alone....email me and I'll give you my cell number-I'll be your personal quit buddy you can call anytime you want.

Seriously.

I hate cigarettes and what they do to people.

till later.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I'm right at that point........

I right at the point where I've lost enough weight that none of my work clothes fit very well. I've punched 3 new holes in my belt, but with my "no hips-no ass" build...my pants feel like they are ready to fall off.

I wanna get back down to a 34 waist until I go out and buy new pants-only one more size to go.....

My mom and I were talking about Obama...she wanted to know how I thought he was doing. My reply was "So far, he's acting very Presidential" From what I've read, he's putting together a pretty tight Cabinet, I'd love to see Hilary as Secretary of State-she was made for that job.

If anything, the guy is going to put some class back into the White House. I respect the fact that GB is our current President, but...I'm fairly certain that history will not be kind to him.

Holy crap..........this is one county in Michigan.

A few hundred billion here, a few hundred billion there....pretty soon it adds up to real money.

I'm 49 years old and it took me about 45 years to realize that this really works. I guess I oughta apologize to the kid I hit in the face with a history book in 9th grade.

till later.

Did you ever wonder................

Have you ever wondered how many tiny little screws hold a laptop together?
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Lots.

The online tutorial I am following said that there is 86 screws holding my particular model of laptop together. I didn't count but I have a bowl full of tiny little screws, so I believe it.

All I have to do now is remove the fan from the old motherboard and put it on the new motherboard......should be a piece of cake.
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Click the picture in this article.....wow, way cool.

Earth from 4 billion miles away. Kinda puts a few things in perspective.....

till later.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Mmmmm Mountain Dew.....

Never drink 4 24 oz bottles of Diet Mountain Dew in one 8hr work period.

I rarely buy soda but I'd thought I'd treat myself last night. I really, really like the taste of Mountain Dew and before I realized it-I downed 4 whole bottles of it.

Jittery doesn't begin to describe it.

Like the violin? I could take it or leave it before I watched this.

till later.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Sorry if I offended anyone.........

No...not really.

One of my readers e-mailed me and thought my remarks about gay marriage were off-base. That's cool, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I happen to think that if you're a decent person-I could care less what color you are, your religion, your sexual preference or anything else for that matter......it's all good as far as I'm concerned.

My suggestion, go start your own blog.

If you come here, know this-If I say it on my blog....I'll look you right in the eye and say the same thing.

Let's change the subject.......

Anybody watch Top Chef? That's one of maybe 4 or 5 shows I am absolutely addicted to. I have some friends that are in the industry....it ain't like what you see on TV. It's pretty much hard, soul crushing work with crappy hours.

After almost wiping out and scaring myself shitless the other day trying to corner on knobby tires on my urban bike.....
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I ordered a set of Panaracer 35mm Pasela tires with the flat resistant Kevlar belt. I also bought some really neat black 3M reflective tape to stick on the frame in random places.

I think they oughta have a TV show called "Pimp My Bicycle" I'd have a few ideas on how to do the show....

till later.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Cranksgiving 2008

Here's a link to the year's Cranksgiving brochure. If you want to donate a couple bucks....that'd be way cool.

I'm famous now.......


Just don't all call at once......

Planet Money

This has to be one of my favorite podcasts.

It only started a few weeks ago and it explains (in layman's terms) all about money, our economy and what the hell's going on right now.

It's good stuff.

Up in Alaska: Iditarod fundraiser

Up in Alaska: Iditarod fundraiser

Buy Jill's book.

Stop The Housing Bailout!

Stop The Housing Bailout!

I like this site.

My wife and I have been homeowners for 25 years and we've never missed a house payment or a payment on any other debt.......what do we get from the government?

I'm guessing a jar of Vaseline.

Same-Sex Marriages Become Reality in Connecticut - NYTimes.com

Same-Sex Marriages Become Reality in Connecticut

I'm pretty damn liberal, so I think this is just fine. Ain't none of my business what other folks do if it doesn't affect me.

Jennifer Aniston: Brad Pitt Is 'Doing Great'

Jennifer Aniston: Brad Pitt Is 'Doing Great'

Is it just me or does Oprah have a giant head?

U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer - NYTimes.com

U.S. Shifts Focus in Credit Bailout to the Consumer

Anyone else think the government is out of ideas and are just throwing shit at the wall to see what sticks?

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Stuff you didn't probably know........

I used to smoke like a furnace when I was in my 20's and early 30's.

I spent the latter half of my 30's hating the fact that I smoked.

Back in January of 2000, I decided I was a non-smoker and just quit. The first month or so wasn't easy, but dying of lung cancer didn't really appeal to me, so I didn't have much choice except to quit.

If you have a friend that smokes.....you have my permission to be a pain in their ass and bug the hell out of them to quit.

There ain't a day that goes by that I don't worry about not quitting early enough.

If I'm off Thanksgiving....I plan to ride the local Cranksgiving ride. Here in York Pa, we are lucky enough to have the original dude that started Cranksgiving in NYC living in the area and organizes the local ride.

One of the best things about having your own company is being able to donate money to stuff you believe in. I'll be making a small donation to our local food bank this Thanksgiving...hunger sucks.

Having said that....there hasn't been a day in my 49 years on this Earth that I've gone to bed hungry, I'm sure there are people in my town that go to bed hungry every night....that kind of stuff ain't right.

Too big to fail.....I sure hate to see people out of work, but where is all this government bailout money coming from?
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Yeah, I know the money doesn't really exist......but these guys need their balls cut off. I sure hope my grandkids and their kids don't get stuck with the bill....although I bet they will.

This is cool. Voice and video chat right in Gmail.....who woulda thunk it 20 years ago? As soon as our daughter installs it, my wife and her will be able to spend quality time talking with each other right here on my computer.

Me?

Sure, I talk to her as well, I'm just not as talkative as my wife :-)

Like this guy or not....his ideas make sense to me.

This guy? Absolutely nuts. I'd love to see him parallel park.

This dude's hiney has to be sore.

The Black Hole......shoulda used more tape.

till later.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Catching up..........

I had off this weekend, it was total slacker time.

Saw an old buddy this weekend, we've known each other since we've been 6 years old. Spent an afternoon catching up (we haven't seen each other for a few years)...kinda like we never lost track of each other...

I did manage to mount my new fenders on my urban bike....not sure what it is I like about fenders, but they sure make a bike look cool.



Wow....less people like these and more people like this......and a few like this....and we definitely need a few folks like this.

With as much stuff as our store sells......you'd be there for several days before you saw everything.

I'm gonna date myself here, but did anyone have one of these when there were a kid? My Aunt Helen gave me one when I was a kid and I still have it up in my attic.

I ain't the smartest guy in the world.....but this kinda looks like the definition of "slippery slope".

till later.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Friday, November 07, 2008

This is cool.......

My friend Doug sent me this....Is that totally cool or what? Seriously, you could spend hours checking out all the pictures.....tax money well spent.

I'm gonna get some pictures of my new bike up this weekend after I install some fenders on it. I hate getting a wet ass when I ride. I was out the other morning after it rained and spitting out road dirt for an hour or so....I decided fenders weren't an option.

Like the guy or not.......he has the internet thing figured out.

till later.

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Now what?

I'm sure that's the heading for about 9 bazillion blogs since Tuesday night.

Me, I'll just go on as usual spouting off about random stuff......

till later.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Change......

I know some of my readers didn't vote for Obama....

I sure hope he makes good on his promises.

He's got a whole heck of a lot of work to do.

till later.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Whatever..........

Whatever you are, Democrat, Republican. Libertarian, Communist, Green Party..........get off your ass and vote today.

till later.

Go Obama.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Happiness is.....

.....making a new hole for your belt and discovering that you need to make another hole because the one you just made isn't snug enough.

No worries about me shrinking away to nothing, I figure it will take me at least 6 months to get where I need to be.

Will they bury this guy with his balls? What a way to go out.

till later.

Just married......

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Not really, but my old wedding ring kinda got mangled when I had to cut it off my finger a few months ago.....I had a cut on my finger and it wasn't healing and since the finger was swollen-out came the mini bolt cutters.

My wife and I both agreed that the ring itself wasn't that important...it's the symbolism behind wearing one, so I spent a grand total of 54 dollars on the titanium ring pictured above.

True love doesn't have a price.......realistic love however, costs about 54 dollars.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

I'm not a doctor........

....but I know diabetes is one nasty disease.

My pop has it and it runs in our family, so there's never a better time for me to get my shit together and drop a few pounds.

Click on that nice new shiny logo up on the top of my site and learn more about the silent killer that affects over 25% of Americans.

Sometimes I feel a little conflicted since I make about a bazillion donuts every night for folks to consume.

It's not like I hold a gun to their head and make them eat 6 donuts and a quart of milk....but sometimes I wonder why people eat so much crap that's bad for them.

Oh wait......I figured it out-donuts taste good.

Just use a little moderation.

Till later.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Cat video

I feel *good*.......

It's been a couple of weeks since I've decided to eat more intelligently and although I haven't stepped on the scale....I no longer have to breath in to button my trousers.

I haven't spent nearly enough time out on the bike, life seems to get in the way more than I would like. I've learned that I can't burn the candle at both ends very many times before I get run down so the first thing I do is make sure I get plenty of sleep.

After that, work at the donut ranch and my computer consulting seem to fill up most of my waking hours. I'm pretty lucky to have an extremely understanding wife because lots of my free time is spent staring at computer monitors.

I ran into a high school friend I haven't seen for a number of years, we picked up right where we left off, I almost had a heart attack when he told me he was gonna get married. If one person defined the words "confirmed bachelor" .....he was the guy.

Should be one helluva wedding.

I was perusing the news today....pretty much bad news all the way around-kinda depressing if you let it get to you. All I know is that if McCain manages to win next Tuesday, I'm not looking forward to the next 4 years.

I honestly don't know if Obama can do any better, but I think it's time to change horses. I'm sure we said the same thing right before Jimmy Carter was elected so you never know.....

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Brrr.

Those Australians sure have a sense of humor..........gotta thank my son for that one. He has the same sense of humor as I do. Small wonder, huh?

My wife and I are having a contest....we are seeing how long we can go without turning the heat on.

As I write this at 5AM-it's a balmy 58 degrees inside and I am wearing short sleeves. I'm sure glad I like cool weather.

till later.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Still alive.........

Wow, absolutely no time to post in the last couple of days.....even with having back-ups of all my stuff-it's still a huge pain in the hiney setting up a new computer. I bought a new accounting program it refuses to print invoices the way I want them....it's starting to piss me off a tad.

I had the old laptop exactly how I wanted it. Even though this one is much faster-I liked my old one. I haven't given up on it yet, as soon as I get a stretch of a few slow days- I'm gonna attempt to install a new motherboard myself.

That oughta be interesting.

Either I'll fix it or I'll end up with a box of pieces that used to be a laptop.

Over the past few days I've fixed some computer stuff, made some donuts, had a great ride with my friend Mike but the best thing?

My son and I had breakfast with my dad at 5AM this past Saturday. 3 generations of McNallys sitting at the counter of the local greasy spoon shooting the shit.

Good times for sure.

I've decided to change my vote.

I was planning on voting for my party's candidate Bob Barr......my brother-in-law came over a few days ago and made so many obnoxious remarks about Obama, I gotta vote for Barack to cancel out his McCain vote.

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Honestly, I can't understand why the hell anyone would vote for a 72 year old version of George Bush with the added bonus of a VP that seems to be as up on the issues as a 5th grader. Seriously, she comes across as dumber than fungus.

Whatever.

As far as I'm concerned...they all have conflicts of interests- it's just the degree of slimeyness you're willing to put up with.

till later.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Losing weight..............

The second toughest part of losing weight?

Learning how to eat correctly.

It's weird for me to try and eat a full meal right before I go to work....but so far it's seems to be working pretty good as I am not wanting to eat the tread off of a snow tire when I come home in the morning.

The first hardest part? Not eating junk food right before I go to bed. I love me some junk food and so far I've been substituting hard pretzels and it seems to work.

Not getting enough exercise is also a concern but I can only fit so much stuff in a 24 hour day.

...........right about this point as I wrote this on Wednesday morning (it's now Thursday mornning) my laptop crapped the bed.

Not sure quite yet what happened to it but the laptop I just bought to use as a loaner PC for my consulting business is now my work laptop.....such is life, it's just a pain in the butt to restore my backups and get everything the way I want it.

People have worse problems....heck, I had a brand new laptop sitting right next to the old one when it crapped out so things could be worse.

till later.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Busy weekend......

From Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.....I got about 9 hours of sleep.

I guess having a full time 6 nights a week job and running my own company is keeping me kinda busy. No worries though as I am loving every minute of working for myself.

Will I ever quit my regular job?

Highly unlikely.

It's a great company to work for and they have killer benefits, so I ain't going anywhere in the foreseeable future.

Some random thoughts....

-I am totally digging this cooler weather-I was out for a ride Monday morning and as far as I'm concerned...mornings that start out in the 40's and end up in the 60's are perfect riding weather. The fall colors are an added bonus.

-64 bit Windows Vista is finally mature. I set up a mid range (750 bucks) HP laptop for a client and is runs smooth. This laptop came with 4 gigs of RAM so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Heck, I liked it so much I went back to Sam's and bought one for our company. I figure it will be pretty cool to be able to loan out a laptop to some of my "A" list clients if I am working on some of their equipment. Also, hats off to our son, we set up a new system in record time this weekend....couldn't have done it without him.

-My wife makes the best potato soup in the known universe. It's the only soup I have without adding crackers because I don't want to change the flavor.

-I cut the grass for the last time this year. Some of my neighbors are really into lawn care, nothing wrong with that, it's probably great exercise but it ain't my bag.

-Watching what you eat isn't that hard if you put a little thought into it. I passed up a milkshake and greasy hamburgers last night to have some of my wife's soup for dinner. I haven't weighed myself but I know I've lost a couple pounds because my pants are quite as snug. I haven't changed how much I eat very much, just trying to put some thought into it before I stick food in my piehole.

-Arthritis sucks. Between cutting the grass and doing some light riding...my knees are a little sore. I'm not complaining because there are folks out there that have it way worse than me.

-If you are a child of the 80's...this site will be a time suck. I guarantee you'll be checking out videos and a couple of hours will go by.

I get an incredible amount of tech related e mail, spam and regular mail. I wonder if that has something to do with the amount of computers and computer related stuff I buy?

I ain't the smartest guy in the world, but where the hell is all this money coming from? If the answer is my kids and my grandkids....I say let the economy tank now and get it over with. I have a feeling those guys in D.C. are just throwing shit at the wall and seeing what sticks.

This is one smart dude. I wish he woulda ran for president.

till later.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Bar Stool Economics........

My friend Doug sent me this........


Bar Stool Economics

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all
ten comes to $100.

If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes,
it would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.


The fifth would pay $1.


The sixth would pay $3.


The seventh would pay $7.


The eighth would pay $12.


The ninth would pay $18.


The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.


So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar every
day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer by $20.

Drinks
for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so
the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free. But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair share?’

They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they subtracted
that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer.

So, the bar owner
suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the amounts each should pay.!

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).

The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).


The seventh now pay $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).


The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).


The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).


The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).


Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four
continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men began to compare their savings. ‘I only got a dollar out of the $20,’declared the sixth man. He pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right,’ exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar,
too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’ ‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’ ‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up.


The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine
sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay the bill, they discovered something important.

They didn’t have enough
money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how
our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the most benefit from a tax reduction.

Tax them too much, attack them for
being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact, they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia

Sure makes sense to me.

If you're a Facebook user...........

Don't fall for this scam. (The link goes to a site that describes the exploit)

till later.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Smoooth.......

I took my first ride on my new neighborhood bike.....I likey. (edit- actually by the time this post got up on my blog-I've done 3 rides....)

It has a fairly low end suspension fork....the travel is something like 60mm-just enough to take the edge off of potholes and such.

I'll be putting in some stunning mph averages on the bike, my first ride I averaged 9 mph. What can I say, I like to look around at stuff when I ride. Life's too short to keep your head down all the time.

I know I post way too much political bullsh*t on this blog.....but this is funny. John McCain kinda looks like someone stole his favorite toy. Yeah, I know I spend lots of time bashing McCain...but he's such an easy target.

till later.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Another weekend...another bike.

I don't buy as much bike stuff as I used to, but while I was having my wife's kayak rack installed last Saturday, I test rode a couple of rail trail bikes.

I really liked this one in particular...so I thought about it for the weekend and ended up buying it yesterday.

It's not fast bike, I sit practically bolt upright and it's geared low enough so I can ride up really steep hills without ripping out my knees. They say the best bike is the bike you ride, so hopefully I'll get some decent miles in this winter.

I have plenty of fat to start out with for insulation....

Instead of going to the Ren Faire on Sunday...it woulda cost close to 250 bucks to get in and eat, we went here. It's a pretty nice set up they have, unfortunately it was over 80 degrees this past Sunday and it was just to damn hot to be standing out in the middle of a cornfield. They did have a bamboo forest which was extremely cool (literally and figuratively) that had a maze cut through it.

My wife wants to take her dad back some weekend, he loves that kind of stuff. I wouldn't mind going back either, as long as it's cooler outside.

My father-in-law sent me this........

DID YOU KNOW?

Peel a banana from the bottom and you won't have to pick the little 'stringy
things' off of it. That's how the primates do it. Take your bananas apart
when you get home from the store. If you leave them connected at the stem,
they ripen faster.

Store your opened chunks of cheese in aluminum foil. It will stay fresh much
longer and not mold!

Peppers with 3 bumps on the bottom are sweeter and better for eating.
Peppers with 4 bumps on the bottom are firmer and better for cooking.

Add a teaspoon of water when frying ground beef. It will help pull the
grease away from the meat while cooking.

To really make scrambled eggs or omelets rich add a couple of spoonfuls of
sour cream, cream cheese, or heavy cream in and then beat them up.

For a cool brownie treat, make brownies as directed. Melt Andes mints in
double broiler and pour over warm brownies. Let set for a wonderful minty
frosting.

Add garlic immediately to a recipe if you want a light taste of garlic and
at the end of the recipe if your want a stronger taste of garlic.

Leftover snickers bars from Halloween make a delicious dessert. Simply
chop them up with the food chopper. Peel, core and slice a few apples. Place
them in a baking dish and sprinkle the chopped candy bars over the apples.
Bake at 350 for 15 minutes!!! Serve alone or with vanilla ice cream. Yummm!

Reheat Pizza.......Heat up leftover pizza in a nonstick skillet on top
of the stove, set heat to med-low and heat till warm. This keeps the crust
crispy. No soggy micro pizza. I saw this on the cooking channel and it
really works.

Easy Deviled Eggs....Put cooked egg yolks in a zip lock bag. Seal, mash
till they are all broken up. Add remainder of ingredients, reseal, keep
mashing it up mixing thoroughly, cut the tip of the baggy, squeeze
mixture into egg. Just throw bag away when done easy clean up.

Expanding Frosting....When you buy a container of cake frosting from the
store, whip it with your mixer for a few minutes. You can double it in size.
You get to frost more cake/cupcakes with the same amount. You also eat less
sugar and calories per serving.

Reheating refrigerated bread....To warm biscuits, pancakes, or muffins that
were refrigerated, place them in a microwave with a cup of water. The
increased moisture will keep the food moist and help it reheat faster.

Newspaper weeds away....Start putting in your plants, work the nutrients in
your soil. Wet newspapers, put layers around the plants overlapping as you
go cover with mulch and forget about weeds. Weeds will get through some
gardening plastic they will not get through wet newspapers.

Broken Glass....Use a wet cotton ball or Q-tip to pick up the small shards
of glass you can't see easily.

No More Mosquitoes....Place a dryer sheet in your pocket. It will keep the
mosquitoes away.

Squirrel Away!....To keep squirrels from eating your plants, sprinkle
your plants with cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper doesn't hurt the plant
and the squirrels won't come near it.

Flexible vacuum....To get something out of a heat register or under the
fridge add an empty paper towel roll or empty gift wrap roll to your vacuum.
It can be bent or flattened to get in narrow openings.

Reducing Static Cling....Pin a small safety pin to the seam of your slip and

you will not have a clingy skirt or dress. Same thing works with slacks that
cling when wearing panty hose. Place pin in seam of slacks and ... ta da!
... static is gone.

Measuring Cups....Before you pour sticky substances into a measuring
cup, fill with hot water. Dump out the hot water, but don't dry cup. Next,
add your ingredient, such as peanut butter, and watch how easily it comes
right out.

Foggy Windshield?....Hate foggy windshields? Buy a chalkboard eraser and
keep it in the glove box of your car. When the windows fog, rub with the
eraser! Works better than a cloth!

Reopening envelope....If you seal an envelope and then realize you forgot
to include something inside, just place your sealed envelope in the freezer
for an hour or two. Viola! It unseals easily.

Conditioner....Use your hair conditioner to shave your legs. It's cheaper
than shaving cream and leaves your legs really smooth. It's also a great way

to use up the conditioner you bought but didn't like when you tried it in
your hair.

Goodbye Fruit Flies....To get rid of pesky fruit flies, take a small glass,
fill it 1/2' with Apple Cider Vinegar and 2 drops of dish washing liquid;
mix well. You will find those flies drawn to the cup and gone forever!

Get Rid of Ants....Put small piles of cornmeal where you see ants. They
eat it, take it 'home,' can't digest it so it kills them. It may take a week
or so, especially if it rains, but it works and you don't have the worry
about pets or small children being harmed!

INFO ABOUT CLOTHES DRYERS....The heating unit went out on my dryer! The
gentleman that fixes things around the house for us told us that he wanted
to show us something and he went over to the dryer and pulled out the lint
filter. It was clean. (I always clean the lint from the fil-ter after every
load clothes.) He told us that he wanted to show us something; he took the
filter over to the sink and ran hot water over it. The lint filter is made
of a mesh material ... I'm sure you know what your dryer's lint filter
looks like.
Well ... the hot water just sat on top of the mesh! It didn't go through
it at all! He told us that dryer sheets cause a film over that mesh
that's what burns out the heating unit.You can't SEE the film, but it's
there. It's what is in the dryer sheets to make your clothes soft and
static free ... that nice fragrance too. You know how they can feel
waxy when you take them out of the box .. well this stuff builds up on
your clothes and on your lint screen. This is also what causes dryer
units to potentially burn your house down with it! He said the best way
to keep your dryer working for a very long time (and to keep your
electric bill lower) is to take that filter out = and wash it with hot
soapy water and an old toothbrush (or other brush) at least every six
months. He said that makes the life of the dryer at least twice as
long! How about that!?!
Learn something new everyday! I certainly didn't know dryer sheets would do
that. So, I thought I'd share!
Note: I went to my dryer and tested my screen by running water on it. The
water ran through a little bit but mostly collected all the water in the
mesh screen. I washed it with warm soapy water and a nylon brush and I had
it done in 30 seconds. Then when I rinsed it ... the water ran right thru
the screen! There wasn't any puddling at all! That repairman knew what he
was talking about!


If I haven't chased him away from this blog with my nutjob liberal politics....thanks dad.

This blog is totally badass.....Advanced Style. Wear what you want to....I know I do. I think both our kids do their own thing as far as clothes, lifestyle and the friends they hang with. I'm pretty proud of both of them for making good life decisions so far...

...our daughter is considering missionary work in Africa after she gets her degree and our son is thinking about a degree in child psychology ...how damn cool is that?

I always wanted kids that would get out in the world and make a difference....it sure will be fun watching them both spread their wings.

I dunno, but McCain is looking more and more like what he actually is-a rich old white guy with a bad combover and a lying VP candidate.

Today's science break.....I love this kind of stuff.

This might be fixed my the time you read this....if so-it's ain't gonna be funny.

Sure seems like the news is full of Wall St. stuff and election articles......did somebody forget our service men and women are still over in Iraq and Afghanistan getting shot at and killed on a daily basis?

I sure hope all those folks didn't die just so we could pump the country dry...

.....just sayin'.

till later

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Birthday weekend.......

This is the last year I'll be spending in my 40's........I thought I'd take the weekend off to celebrate.

Our son and I went to a friends house Friday night to play in a poker tournament.

How'd we do?

Me, of course went out almost immediately as I have no poker smarts whatsoever- I went to network and make some new friends.

My son however did quite a bit better-he came in 4th place out of 16 people and I gave him 10 bucks to play with in the cash game preceding the tournament which he turned into 35 bucks. My semi-professional poker playing friend said he's pretty good for a 15 year old.

I finally got around to having my LBS install the kayak rack on my wife's car. It's pretty slick, you just have to get the nose of the kayak into the rack and the wheels on the rack guide it the rest of the way in. By the way if you live in York PA-go to Gung Ho Outfitters for your bike stuff-great guys with no "bike" attitude.

I did see a really nice basic commuter/hybrid while I was waiting...my lovely wife gave me to okay to buy it-I'm thinking about it over the weekend. As much as I love my Surly Cross-Check...I want something for quick rides that doesn't have me bent over quite as much. I was thinking about throwing some slicks on my mountain bike, but that has a fairly stretched out position as well.

One of the advantages of living in Pennsylvania Dutch country is we have some really amazing farmers markets....my wife bought some cheese bread Saturday morning that is to die for.

I also worked on a local businesses computer.....I tend to stray away from business clients because of my limited daytime availability...but these folks were desperate. The computer they stored ALL their business info wouldn't boot up and they need it working by Monday 9AM.

No backups.....so they were kinda screwed. I managed to pull all their data off the hard drive and after a bit playing around with boot settings and a couple other things....I got it to boot up. Hopefully, the first thing they are gonna buy is a portable hard drive or two to save stuff from now on.

Later today-the whole family is headed to the local Ren Faire-oughta be a blast. We've never been to anything like it before, so it should be fun.
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Not to put to fine a point on it-but damn...the world economy sure seems like it is circling the drain. Sounds kinda passe to say it, but I'm just damn glad my wife and I both have steady jobs. Their are lots of folks out there like me without jobs wondering where they are gonna come up with next months mortgage payment.

I'm one lucky 49 year old....

till later.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Ed is gonna be pissed.....

Nah, not really....at least I hope not.

I uploaded the video he sent me to YouTube.

He recently made the news in his hometown.



Ed...you rock dude.

Muslims are people too...........

This kind of crap really pisses me off.

I have Muslim co-workers and a couple of Muslim friends and it pisses them off even more.

Suppose Obama was a Muslim.....who gives a shit? That doesn't automatically make him a bad person or a terrorist.

Evidently, everyone with an IQ below 100 that can't separate politics, religious beliefs and the color of someones skin is having a problem with the dude.

Decent human beings come in all shapes, sizes, colors and backgrounds.

till later.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Happy Halloween......

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Courtesy of my friend Hank.....he shares my off-beat sense of humor.

I'm taking the last of my vacation later this week, my son and I are going to play in a poker tournament this Friday night. I'm prepared to lose my 30 dollar entry fee, my son seems to think he has a chance.

He very well might, he is really hard to read when we play at home. Whatevs, it's a great time to do some networking and pass out a few business cards.

Wow.......the economy sure is going to hell in a handbasket. Seriously, I'm just glad my wife and I both have steady jobs-not everyone is so fortunate.

Wow, this guy gets the asshole of the month award. If the reservist was my neighbor...I'd landscape it myself.

till later.

Monday, October 06, 2008

I'm no expert..........

But it looks like the shit is really hitting the fan........at least I had a nice ride this morning.

The things you see.........

I was out for a bike ride Sunday afternoon (sorry, no pictures).....it was a picture perfect afternoon.

I'm not sure why more folks weren't outside, but I put in about 15 miles of nice easy pedaling. I slightly overdid it the week before and I sure wasn't gonna repeat my mistake-this is the best time of the year to be out on a bike.

Some of the stuff I saw I saw...

-People that live in really run down houses drive really nice cars.....folks that live in average looking houses drive average looking cars and upper class folks have lots of cars.

-Nothing on this Earth smells better than fresh cut grass.....with the possible exception of hamburgers cooked on a grill. I rode down that street twice.

-Most folks driving cars (at least on the side streets I was on) were actually very courteous. I was pleasantly surprised to say the least.

-Most (if not all) the people I encountered out walking took the time to say hi or at least waved.

-People spend serious amounts of money on lawn ornaments.

-There are lots of houses for sale. We don't live in an economically hard-hit area but lots of houses are being sold by owner....I guess the 7 or 8% realtors take adds up.

All in all...a nice day to be out on a bike.

till later.

Sunday, October 05, 2008

My mom was right.........

My mom is one smart cookie. She was the vice-president of a local credit union for 20 years before retiring earlier this year....She's pretty damn smart.

Her take on D.C. politics......they're all crooks.

After this past week and watching Congresses behavior on the bailout bill-I totally agree with her.

You wanna get a bill passed in Congress? Add 150 billion (that's "B" Billion) dollars of pork to it and it will pass no problem.

Was the bill necessary? Yeah, as much as I hate to admit it...but damn, those congress critters sure are slimeballs.


After last week...there should be no excuse for anyone that lives in America to go to bed hungry, go without basic medical care or without some sort of roof over their head.

If we can spend a trillion dollars on a war that should have never been started and a trillion bucks to bail out Wall St............lets write a ten figure check to fix some of the problems of common Americans.

It's only money, right?

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Proud to be a Murican.

Wow.....these drunk hillbillies might be registered to vote. (NSFW)

Let's hope not.

Happy?

Why is Nancy so damn happy?

She just wrote a check for 700 billion dollars that don't exist.

Ponzi scheme anyone?

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Saw this on a message board.........

I recently interviewed Sarah Palin.

Here’s how it went.


Me: What day is it today?


Sarah Palin: There are 7 days in a week. There are many days. We could choose from many different days.


Me: Yes, but what day is today?

Sarah Palin: Today could be one of 7 days. And I have a great appreciation for how beautifully the week is set up. I mean, our question might even be rephrased to ask if we haven’t lost sight of the bigger picture, where the day is just a small part of what constitutes a week, which would be yet another part of what is known as the month.


Me: I just want to know what day it is, specifically.


Sarah Palin: Any and all of them that have come and gone. I have always been comfortable with any and all of them. My point, however, is that it all comes back to the year. I am someone who believes that the voiceless can count on me to represent the calendar in an unbiased way, from within one of the highest offices of government. After all, I have always made myself clear, and I am not apologetic about who I am. There are 30 days in a month and 52 weeks in a year. I was born in the 20th century, and this might already be the 21st , who knows? Here, our sense of the space-time continuum has come to be challenged by those who insist they must know what day of the week we are presently at. And I think it needs to be addressed in concrete terms for the good of the American people.

Thank you.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Pabst beer is normal.......

My friend Hank sent me this..............

"Why men shouldn't take messages"

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Haven't had much time to post in the last week or so, work has been hectic as all get out and my plan to ride 3 times a week sorta fell apart. I did get in one good ride, so one ride is better then no ride.

I got a new battery for my bike headlight, it is one heavy SOB, pretty much looks like 1/4 of a car battery....it was only 18 bucks and it will give me 4 hours of burn time with my 10 watt light, so I can't complain too much.

Prepped up for night riding, my bike weighs over 45 pounds and between the reflective tape, the blinkies, the lights and my reflective vest.....if someone hits me-they were probably aiming for me.

The "Bailout"....oh yeah, this oughta go well. As a card carrying Libertarian-I think the market should take care of itself. Right now, it's in the hands of one guy.

I watched highlights of the first Presidential debate....it woulda been nice if McCain could have made some eye contact with Obama. That tells me that McCain is already a beat man. The VP debate oughta be a real circus.

Another famous person gets busted for DUI. here's an idea- let the newspaper publish a spread on every person that gets busted for DUI. Yeah, I know that's a little unrealistic, but if you knew your full size mugshot was gonna be published in the local paper-you might not drink and drive.

One of my hobbies is photography......I don't get out as much as I'd like to.

One of my guilty TV pleasures is back for season two.

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I am a Libertarian.........I just checked.

till later.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Think about this..........

There are people in my town, your town and just about every town in America that went to bed hungry last night.

We haven't discovered the cure for cancer, MS, aids or any other number of diseases.

How is it that 4 guys from the government can shit out 700 billion dollars of our taxpayer dollars over a weekend to bail out a bunch of their greedy Wall Street cronies?

I don't know about you folks.....but it pisses me off.

In other news....Clay is gay. Shocker.

Please.

till later.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Attention Central Pa bike bloggers.......

I know a few of us riders here in York/Lancaster/Harrisburg ride and blog.....how cool would it be if we could meet up for a social ride in the area?

Just putting the idea out there......

till later.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Nice day for a ride....

Overcast, mid 60's and a light breeze. If every day was like Tuesday-I'd be in bike riding heaven. I'm not sure if I'll be saying the same thing in 3 months, but right now-I'm good to go.

I rode around in a sub-division I drive by on my way to work. It was a farmers field 5 years ago, now it is full of hundreds of McMansions. Not sure where all those folks came from, but now I know why traffic is so bad. It's only one subdivision of many that didn't exist 10 or 15 years ago.

I ordered a new battery for my main bike light, It's twice as big as the one it's replacing, hopefully it will last longer than the 90 minutes I was getting out of the old one.

I want to ride at least every other day.....none of my clothes fit as well as they used to, so it's time to lose a few pounds.

A friend sent me this...........

AAADD KNOW THE SYMPTOMS.....PLEASE READ!

Thank goodness there's a name for this disorder.


Somehow I feel better, even though I have it!!


Recently, I was diagnosed with A.A.A.D.D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit Disorder. This is how it manifests:

I decide to water my garden.
As I turn on the hose in the driveway, I look over at my car and decide it needs washing.

As I start toward the garage,
I notice mail on the porch table that I brought up from the mail box earlier. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car.

I lay my car keys on the table,
put the junk mail in the garbage can under the table, and notice that the can is full.

So, I decide to put the bills back
on the table and take out the garbage first. But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the garbage anyway, I may as well pay the bills first.

I take my check book off the table,
and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go inside the house to my desk where I find the can of Pepsi I'd been drinking.

I'm going to look for my checks,
but first I need to push the Pepsi aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. The Pepsi is getting warm, and I decide to put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the Pepsi,
a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye - they need water. I put the Pepsi on the counter and discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning.

I decide I better put them back on my desk,
but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a container with water and suddenly spot the TV remote.

Someone left it on the kitchen table.
I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, I'll be looking for the remote, but I won't remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers.

I pour some water in the flowers,
but quite a bit of it spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then, I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do.

At the end of the day:
the car isn't washed the bills aren't paid there is a warm can of pepsi sitting on the counter the flowers don't have enough water, there is still only 1 check in my check book, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car key s.

Then, when I try to figure out why nothing got done today,
I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all damn day, and I'm really tired.

I realize this is a serious problem,
and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail....

Do me a favor.
Forward this message to everyone you know, because I don't remember who the hell I've sent it to.

Don't laugh -- if this isn't you yet, your day is coming!


Yeah....I think I have it. Thanks Val :-)

Scraper bikes.....I kinda like'em and after all-bikes is bikes.

Mmmm, I wonder how many banks the Federal government is planning to own?

till later.