Friday, November 14, 2008

Have you had your car read lately? #012 -- Eyes on the road there, boy!

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There's something pretty interesting over this way but I can't remember if I ever knew. It wasn't me. I didn't hang around long enough to see if he ran into those pedestrians ahead. Nothing was in the paper about it so he must have corrected for them while I wasn't looking.

What do we know about this fellow? For one thing, he is advertising for his grandfather's restaurant. In Texas, it might be a pub cause they have really good food. I don't know about the beer, it looked like I think beer should.

Mom used to tell me, "you don't find nice girls at a bar." That was back in the old days, it still might go today. But there were some nice girls in that bar the night we went. We went to eat at the pub restaurant side. Those girls were a part of our party, there are only two good restaurants in that town and both serve beer.

Now for the rest of the story:

That kid's toy John Deere was stolen not long after. Of course it was a bad day at his household. To make matters worse, it was insured as a part of the home contents and the deductible was more than the tractor cost.

You would think either it would be recovered or be lost to him forever.

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I found his tractor in a chop shop lot last week. I turned it in to the authorities but it was gone by the time they got over there. Guess I should have called 911, the police said, no, that I had done right. They were just very busy that day. I just hope they hadn't stopped for a donut. I couldn't smell any sweets on their breath so maybe not.

That still wasn't the end. The little tractor didn't get chopped for parts after all. I saw it down the road from us working in the ditches, filling in the wash-out holes, mowing grass, and hauling dirt and trash.

Again I called the authorities, they came faster this time. But they found bad news. The tractor could not be identified as the serial numbers had been ground off. Even those on the axle were burnished smooth.

You do know that's how they caught up with the Oklahoma City bombers,
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols . They didn't know that rental trucks had their serial numbers engraved on their rear differential or axle housing. You've heard about dumb crooks, those guys were at the top of the list.

I will keep tabs on that little toy John Deere. If it wears out so badly it can't do road work it might be up for sale again. I will buy it for that kid. I will also buy him some defensive driving lessons.

I like to buy kids things, check this out from Thursday, June 05, 2008
Tagged: "Getting to Know you Meme" from Jim, Item # 4 (

"Things I would do if I were a Billionaire:
I already am a billionaire. If I had several billion I would give more $$$$ away to those in need. I would buy hundreds of Big Kids Happy Meals for MacDonald's and pass them out to those who live under the bridges and in the tree settlements and give at least one to every person I see who was holding up a "Work for food" sign."

And this from Monday, August 28, 2006
Sunday Lunch with the Jim Bunch (link):

MacDonald's on Sunday is getting to be a habit with us. Us is Mema, Mrs. Jim, and me.

We all ate for $6.50. Mema had a Double Cheeseburger Happy Meal, Mrs. Jim and I shared a chicken Snack Wrap and we ate most of the French fries from Mema's happy meal. Mrs. Jim and I also had Senior Diet Cokes.

The routine continues, Mema eats half of her Double Cheeseburger and puts the other in her purse for a pick-me-up in the afternoon, then the three of us share two Hot Fudge Sundaes. That makes for three pretty full-up seniors on a $6.50 investment.


The toy is for me. When asked whether a boy's toy or a girl's toy, I opt for the boy's. I would like to have a Hummer collection to go with my other cars and Happy Meal toys.



My Hummer was like the blue one on top. Boy was I thrilled. I haven't opened the cars, like the Beanie Babies, they will be more valuable unopened.

A twist here. This was my second Hummer toy, since my first one went to a little boy who didn't have a Happy Meal, this one would be the first for my collection.

Wouldn't you know it. Here was another little boy with his Daddy and two sisters, none of whom had eaten a Happy Meal. You guessed it, that little boy now has a nice new Hummer MacDonald's toy.

He opened the wrapper quickly too, right after a big smile followed with a very heartfelt "thank you." Maybe next time . . .


. . . next time, I can find still another little boy who needs a bright new Hummer toy.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Adi Can . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Show off our best Texas fall scenery

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This is about as good as it will get around here. Pictures of both dogs and fall scenery. Yes, our pear trees will turn yellow before those leaves fall off but you saw them last year.

We were walking home from the pro shop where Mrs. Jim left us when she went golfing. Neither dog was very photogenic on this day. Adi wasn't too keen on sharing the picture with Katrin. Katrin hadn't had enough practice getting pretty in the nature setting yet. She will have time to learn.

As you see below, at first Adi didn't want to have ANYTHING to do with a picture with Katrin.

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Little boys are really just kids with dirt on them.
Mrs. Jim told Jim that she saw a sign like that today.

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In love again!

(you've got to see why)

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ruby (Red) Tuesday -- MacDonald's delivers!

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I did a double take when I saw this guy. He was stopped beside us at the stop light but before I could get my camera turned on he was up ahead. I had to use the zoom X 3 feature, I hope you don't mind the degradation in quality. I was just glad to document this.

Taken in Guatemala City on November 1, 2008, on our way to the airport.

Don't you wish your MacDonald's would deliver!

Click the Ruby Tuesday button if you want to see more Ruby Tuesday posts.

Mary is in charge there, you can post your own if you wish.

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Sunday, November 09, 2008

...there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Romans 13:1

... first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone-- 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 1 Timothy 1-2

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