Saturday, May 15, 2010

Top 10 14 Reasons -- Why Men Might Have Dogs And Not Wives:

Got this in an e-mail from my friend, John (pictures are mine):

Some of these are not all that bad:
(some ARE bad but I put them on anyway)

1. The later you are, the more
excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don't notice if you
call them by another dog's name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of
things on the floor.

4. A dog's parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to
raise your voice to get your
point across.

6. You never have to wait for a
dog; they're ready to go 24 hours
a day.

7. Dogs find you amusing when
you're drunk.

8. Dogs like to go hunting and

9. A dog will not wake you up
at night to ask, "If I died, would
you get another dog?"

10. If a dog has babies,
you can put an ad in the
paper and give them away.

11. A dog will let you put a
studded collar on it without
calling you a pervert.

2. If a dog smells another
dog on you, they don't get mad.
They just think it's interesting.

13. Dogs like to ride in the
back of a pickup truck.

14. If a dog leaves,
it won't take half of your stuff.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

One of my favorite cars — MidWeek Blues — Hand goes where during National Anthem?

Left: a 1957 Chrysler NewYorker — Right: a 1949 Ford F-1 Pickup
.... .... May 2010 Calendar — August 2009 Calendar

The 1949 Ford Pickup (my favorite) is one like I drove to high school for my last two years--the first two years I rode Minnie, our horse.

Dad bought a 1937 Ford Tudor for me to drive but about as soon as he drove it he decided it was not safe for me to drive. Fords in that year still had mechanical brakes which are far inferior to the modern hydralic braking sytems used.

After I graduated my sister, Lois drove it to high school. By then they had closed the country school, New England School of Washington, Country, Nebraska, where I attended my first two years. She rode to town with a cousin for her first two before getting Dad's pickup. Cousins also rode with us to school.

Best news! I only had three (3) wrecks in those two years. That's pretty good for a high school kid, huh?

A friend of mine has a restored 1950 Ford F-1 Pickup which is very similar to this one. It is even painted black. He wants more money than I am thinking that I want to pay. I could be thinking wrongly.

I do like the NAPA Calendars of which I have them from the second issue to present with about a year or two's break in the late 1990's. For this year's May, I will use the 2009 August issue with the Ford Pickup.

For posts about my early driving and some about this pickup,
please click here.

Setting is a Chicago Cubs baseball game.

Activity is the playing and singing of our National Anthem.

Of note to me is that over half of the fans are not placing their right hands over their hearts.

Is this required? Yes, per the U.S. Code TITLE 36 > Subtitle I > Part A > CHAPTER 3 > § 301 (
link) which reads as follows:
"... other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart ..."

President Obama, as probably half of the persons in the U.S. ("... more breached than honored ..."
Snopes link) did not cover his heart when he first became President. He does now of course, after a big national and mass e-mail stink was made. Seems others still don't. I do.

I don't remember doing this in civilian life before Obama found out. I did for the Flag Salute but not for the National Anthem. In the Army, when in formation we would come to parade rest with our hands folded behind out backs. That is how I remember. And if not in formation but in uniform, we would stand at attentioin and salute.

Pictures courtesy of WGN TV
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If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo picture on the right. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions . Just do what I did.
Or do less. All she requires is a BLUE PICTURE, you don't have to write.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Happy Mothers Day! — Mother and Daughter Reunion — Ruby (Red) Tuesday

(Written late Sunday evening, postdated to Tuesday)It was nice this week to be able to see almost all of my Houston family.
We also got the Jim Bunch together again for eating!
You can click on any picture to make it full screen.
My apologies are offered to the purest, not all of these picture have a lot of red. But red is scattered around pretty good.

Karen, Mrs. Jim and KP 2010
Three generations here

Each lady was given a red rose
KP got one also, shown here two

Mrs. Jim, BP, Billy, KP, Karen
On the right KP enjoyed kicking those bare feet into the water.

The picture on the left was taken at our table today.
We had a three generation mother and daughter reunion.*
All the other pictures above were taken outside after we ate.

On the left is Karen and KP at the 'going away party for Karen.'
Karen's brothers and sisters (four) and their families were there.
Also her cousin, Barb, and her family were able to come. We all
met for a meal of our choice at the UpTown Cafe Express in Houston.

After lunch several got cold inside the cafe and had to go outside
to get warmed up. There were table outside as well as in. A few
went around the corner to the (Wine) Tasting Room (
link) to warm up.

This was both a reunion party and a goodbye party for Karen. She and
Billy had just returned from a 'house hunting' trip to London.

There will be several more parties and dinners around town because Karen
is leaving the country to work in London for at least two years and very
likely four. The rest of her family plan to join her soon, as soon as
the house is on the market and other final arrangements can be made.

Paul Simon : Mother And Child Reunion Lyrics
from MetroLyrics (

No I would not give you false hope
on this strange and mournful day
but the mother and child reunion
is only a motion away,

oh,little darling of mine.
I can't for the life of me
remember a sadder day
I know they say let it be
but it just don't work out that way
and the course of the lifetime runs
over and over again.
(More verses here)
Click the Ruby Tuesday button for Mary's Ruby Tuesday post list
of other interesting RED finds today.
Mary is in charge there, you can see more or post your own from there

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