Saturday, June 02, 2007

My worries for when I'm elderly (age 90) are over

.Click picture for full screen

Well, at least for the moment. The cars (early Fords) above are mostly owned by retired guys and gals, none are elderly (90) yet..
From right around left, clockwise:
1932 Ford Coupe
1934 Ford Coupe
1934 Ford Roadster
1946 Ford Coupe
1938 Ford Fordor
1935 Ford Fordor
1940 Ford Coupe
Please click on the picture to see them good
Bottom picture is Jim's 1998 Ford Mustang GT Convertible
Texas has a new law, called "Gracie's Law." HB 84 (link to history of the bill) provides that Texas elderly drivers ages 90 and older must renew their drivers' licenses and pass a vision test every two years.
I was all worried about this one item: that when I got to the DOT examining station I would spend over half day doing this unpleasant task.
Low and behold, an ammendment (link) offered by Representative Dunnam stated that these (aged 90 and over) person(s) required to renew a driver's license must be given priority in line at a department office when renewing the license.

Jim and Adi's car
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Maybe the whole thing will turn out to be unconstitutional. I'm calling on the ACLU (link, help for the elderly) Monday morning. This whole thing--except the priority in line provision--is blatent age discrimination! Let's start this at age 50!
Note: Texas has mail-in renewals now for all good driving record holders with no age limit. After September 1 it will no longer be available for ninety-year olds. And too, those renewed licenses will only be good till age 90.

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We don' want him, he's too ...

"Roger Clemens was scratched from Monday's start against the Chicago White Sox because of a fatigued right groin." By JIMMY GOLEN, AP Sports Writer Yahoo! News

Old tune, new verse! Clemens (7-6 record) was a jinx for our Houston Astros, it doesn't look like he can do better for the Yankees.
I thought he ought to play for the Astros this year for $1.00. He could have afforded that and gone down in baseball history being known as 'a fine gentleman of baseball' instead of just another money hungry ($25M) professional athlete.

Do you remember when Mr. Ioccocca took $1.00 a year when Chrysler was hurting? I sure do, back in the late 1970s (link).

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Friday, June 01, 2007

Katie Couric's new boyfriend -- overheard at the doctor's office

My immobilizer
Yesterday I overheard a conversation at the doctor's office between two ladies. It was concerning their thoughts about Katie Couric's love life.
Her new boyfriend, Brooks Perlin, is 17 years younger than she is. Katie is 50, Brooks is 33. (People Magazine link) (Fox News)
The Conversation:
Lady in the orange shirt: "Wouldn't it be nice to have a 33-year old boyfriend!"
Lady in the black dress: "I'm not sure I could keep up with him."
Orange lady: "It sure would be fun trying."
Black lady leaves to see the doctor.
Orange lady to another lady sitting near: "I'd better go with her, she's a scaredy cat."
Orange lady leaves to be with her friend.
I don't know where I have been hiding for the last six months, this was the first time I'd heard about this arrangement.
Perhaps women should latch onto younger men. There must be reasons. Men as a rule die younger, leaving a sorrowful widow behind. This way they could both die about the same time.
Status report:
I'll not have surgery next Tuesday to repair my broken knee-cap. The orthopedic said under all circumstances considered and consultation with three other orthopedic doctors we will try treating it like a non-operable patella fracture. (links about all this)
That means wear the 'immobilizer' for six weeks and then start loosening the knee up.
I have promised to be especially nice to my chauffeur, Mrs. Jim. I think I'd better give her EXCELLENT in all catagories in her upcoming annual performance evaluation!


Wednesday, May 30, 2007


[Note: Click here for my Wordless Wednesday picture today.]

Do you and your mate make each other promises that you never will keep?

I have several times promised in all sincerity but chances are that I will never keep them. You won't know what they are.

In our married life, Mrs. Jim has [foolishly ??] promised items that she doesn't keep. This was alright with me although I would benefit greatly had she kept her promise. Three of these promises were made under circumstances which any of us might make. And since they are little humorous situations, Mrs. has consented for me to write of them.


First Promise: "Honey, what would you like me to make you for breakfast?" Has your mate ever asked you this? Then by all means, order a good one.

I didn't, we were just back from our honeymoon; I missed an opportunity for a lifetime of gourmet breakfasts.

That morning I said, "No thanks today, I'll just have my usual half granola bar."

Mrs. Jim has never asked again what I wanted for breakfast. IT AIN'T GONNA' HAPPEN.

I really don't hurt for eating, Mrs. Jim is an excellent cook. She does make me some very good Saturday morning breakfasts. Her biscuits are the very best, even better than those her mother used to make.

Mrs. Jim cooks fancy too. She seasons scrambled eggs with herbs and puts all kinds of nice extras them. She finds the best sausages or cooks the ham in the most tasty way. Her waffles or pancakes are made from scratch. And she knows just what kind of fruit I like best.


Second promise: "I'll rub your feet any time you ask." Getting my feet rubbed is almost next to going to heaven for me.

Mrs. Jim and I had been to a marriage improvement seminar. The speaker had been sounding very credible and his suggestion for the wife to freely rub her husband's feet hit a nerve. In our past I had ask a lot for a foot rub but Mrs. Jim seldom consented.

That night she promised twice to be liberal with her foot rubbing, once a whisper in my ear at the seminar, the second time in the car on our way home.

As I said, the speaker was very impressive and influential, but again, like I'm saying, IT AIN'T GONNA' HAPPEN.


Third promise: "Since your hand is hurt, I'll scrub your back." This was a very recent promise after my fall while on holiday in Ireland. But, again, IT AIN'T GONNA' HAPPEN.

So I'm showering with a bag, a shower cap-like plastic bag on my left hand. Try scrubbing your back with one of these on your hand. It does keep my finger splint dry.

I know and understand how sorry Mrs. Jim was feeling for me. Most of us would make that promise to an injured loved one, wouldn't we.

So: What to make of this? Each of these promises were made in special circumstances: being a newly wed bride; put on a small guilt trip in an emotional setting; and feeling for a hurt loved one.

How would you treat your promises like these?

Have you ever made a promise that just wasn't meant to be?

Have you ever been denied a promised treat?

My answer, these things are part of why we love each other so much. The shared results help bond us in an even closer relationship.

Status Report:
1. I'm going to my knee orthopedic doctor today for an evaluation of my right knee. It and my leg don't swell so much now but still hurt a lot.
Doctor report--the Xrays this time showed a broken knee-cap. It may or may not be from an old break. He sent me to get a CT scan but the results aren't to the doctor yet. I probably will get a call later this evening.
In the meantime I'm wearing an 'immobilizer' for three weeks. If it is a recent break surgery will be required to repair it. If it is an old break, then immobilize it for three weeks and come back. [I'll post a picture of this device, maybe tomorrow.]
2. Tomorrow I will go back to my hand specialist orthopedic doctor. He should take the splint off my finger and just splint the two middle fingers (left hand) together.
3. We are planning some visits: to New York City; to Nova Scotia; and back to the Isles for our Scotland golfing at Turnberry and to visit family roots in the Isle of Man.

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Sunday, May 27, 2007


[this Memorial Day] *


Love never fails

1 Corinthians 13:8 NIV**
Soldiers' Monument in Gettysburg National Park, Pennsylvania (link)(Google search for more links)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.
[1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV][link]

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