trials of a troll trying to get by in a world messed up by humankind [ I'M AT UTC -5]

Friday, November 17, 2017

  Have spent a large portion of this afternoon editing both my Facebook timeline, just some minor adds to my profile, and a major overhaul on my poetry blog.....went back to one of the older themes/templates, reduced the column spacing, decided that it was a poetry site and not an art site and except for the art piece in the header...deleted all the art........replaced the header art with a depiction of
the death of Socrates.....so my mania for fooling with the layout, I took out on my other sites for now
( links to those sites are wandering around on the right)

  In theory, by the calendar, winter begins this year December 21st and ends March 20th next year......however at least in this area......Mother Nature has lost her calendar.....I've seen significant snow fall here as early as mid-October and as late as mid-May..........we didn't get any snow last night....but there was some at the higher elevations to the east and south of my location that did...but it's been hovering around the freezing mark on the old thermometer for the last week or so....including the wind chill it's been very close a couple of times to 0*F......so despite what the calendar says...winter is upon us.....again.....
  There is an old gag that is said about this area: "we only have 3 seasons here......Winter, just was Winter, and soon will be Winter"
  The obvious question is......"Why have I put up with this as I begin the start of my 52 Winter up here?"  there are several possible reasons:
 1) I might be a masochist
 2) my elevator does not reach my top floor
 3) this is where my job was.....but I'm retired now...so discount this reason.....
 4) truth be told.....for all the hassle with the Winter weather, I just love the area and the people ( well most of the people anyways) .and besides with my present living arrangements.......dealing with the task of snow removal is someone else's problem......... 

Monday, November 13, 2017

  We got our first dusting of snow this fall.....very light..was all gone by the time I took my walk in the early afternoon it had all melted...would like to think that's all the snow we get for the year but I ain't holding my breath......
  Went to the local food market, they had a good price on some can goods and I tend to stock up this time of year because I can't always get around in the winter because of the snow and my arthritis.....and a stocked pantry is a good idea......plus bought some veggies and fruit......haven't been eating enough of them lately and really should have
  Other then that, has been a quiet day, been surfing the net a little, watching some videos on YouTube....and playing some solitaire online.....

Friday, November 10, 2017

  I awoke this morning to a beautiful bright sunny day in the Northcountry what the locals call it anyways..(just off the east end of Lake Ontario)....so I looked up the local weather..and discovered that with the windchill, the temperature feels like 3*F.....ah the dreaded windchill......so morning walk will be postponed until this afternoon....or possibly tomorrow..
  Now don't get it twisted....I've lived in this area for 51+ years....and usually accept the cold and snow that winter brings ........but the first cold day still comes as a shock... and this mornings walk wasn't that necessary.....
  I remember a day some 40+ years ago when the actually temperature was -55*F with 50+ MPH winds..wind chill was in excess of -100*F.....frostbite and hypothermia could occur in under 1 minute..needless to say....no one went anywhere that day.......
  And then there is the snow......haven't seen any but a few random flakes as of yet but during an eight day period in '77 we got on the order of 178 +/- inches of snow........if we don't get at least 100+ inches of snow for a winter it's unusual.....fortunately with my current living arrangements the snow removal chore is taken care of for me.....
  So the obvious question is why do I chose to live here, well in the start of my sojourn here it was because my parents come up here for my dad's job......I was in college at the time and only spent summers and holidays here.......but fell in love with the area.......so I've stayed......
  Now I am aware that some might question my sanity...all I can say is get in line.......that subject has been debated by many, for many years......


( as you have noticed if you've read this toxic waste dump I call my blog before I've redone the layout....again......if this is your first trip here.......run away as quick as you can before it gets on you (hehe))


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

   The fog is quite deep and murky this morning, and I'm not talking about the fog outside, which there isn't any.....I'm talking about the fog between my ears.....now I've never been a morning person...and that may well be an understatement.......in fact that would be a gross understatement....now at my age and with the physical problems I have with my knees and feet, and also some balance issues, and also essential tremors which are are usually worse in the morning......it usually takes a couple of hours before I get get around easily......but the fog in the brain is unwelcome....generally my mind is just running wild before the body is really ready to cope with some of my nutter ideas and wants.....but that's normal....but when I awake with a foggy brain......rare but today is one of those days.......but this blog is one of the best cures for brain fog.........force myself to sit at the keyboard and write.......as usual a bit incoherent......but it's like putting a set of jumper cables on a dead or weak battery.....
(Please Note)( usually when I write under these conditions the editing of what I have written takes forever...and a day....but only two minor errors.......if you don't count my tendencies to employ a stream of conscientiousness style.......no that's not completely true........I really have no choice in that regard....it's just the way my mind works)

Monday, November 6, 2017


PET PEEVE FOR THE DAY 
  Now I don't drive anymore, and if you lived anyway near me you would be glad of that fact, poor eyesight, poor balance, bad feet and knees......so I walk with a cane......and stepping up and down over obstacles, particularly curbs can be a challenge.....so I really am thankful for the little ramps that make the transition from say sidewalk to street or parking lot, or vise  versa.....so on my way back to my rooms, there in front of the ramp making my use of it impossible was an SUV, parked in a no parking zone blocking the ramp....oy vey........

Friday, November 3, 2017

  Been an interesting day.......messed up and ended up with a home page I didn't want.....down loaded something by this time with 21 years on the net.....should have known better .but did it anyways...ended up resetting chrome...and then the real fun began .....first time I made the mistake on Chrome.....then lost my emails and that took awhile to figure out, and worst of all lost this blog......used the wrong email to log in.....and then the fun really began......had to restart again.......re-add my 3 emails.....and finally used the right email to log back in to my blogger dash board........lost some saved info on solitaire games I play but that's no big deal......but I can't believe I actually did what I did......in my defense it didn't say it would change my home page,  and add a 2nd tool bar........happened to me  before but that was when I was still running Microsoft and only had the 1 email account 

Saturday, October 28, 2017

  I spent a quiet day, and it' looks like I may including today be spending 7 quiet days in a row.....weather forecast is for 7 days of rain through this coming Friday......and since I no-longer drive, even a brief walk in the rain doesn't have a place in my plans........looks like I'll be keeping the restaurants that deliver busy....
  Spent a good part of the day online, doing some basic web surfing, but I did wander around YouTube quite a bit......I was trying to track done a particular arrangement of one of my fav pieces.. found a few decent ones but not the exact performance I was looking for.......
  But managed to stumble over some episodes of "Hogan's Heroes", and got sidetracked from looking  for the afore mentioned music, and spent much of the afternoon.......watching old episodes of the afore mentioned TV series........

Sunday, October 22, 2017

  It's a quite Sunday..............posted originally to a Facebook site on the ACW (American Civil War).............and it's turned in to a string of posts for the last couple of hours, that may run on for ???/....no idea.......have reposed and replied a few times, but am really enjoying it.......also have another string of posts and replies on my normal ( if anything I do can be called normal when I'm involved) Facebook home .......but has turned basically a quite........boring day into a very thought provoking, and interesting day.......both introspective on one string of posts, and just plain fun on the other string.......

Thursday, October 19, 2017

  I spent a good part of the day writing  posts both for here and my Facebook page, and trying to make some sense and order to my bookmarks.........as to the posts it some times takes me longer then it would take most.........A) I never learned proper typing.....B) my spelling leaves a lot to be desired......and C) i have essential tremor, if you need information on it you can check this (link)....my hands shake from time to time, and sometimes I know how to spell the word but I end up with multiple letters that I never intended.
  As to my lack of typing skills, I have gotten decent with two finger typing.....but before all the practice........some of my former methods were:
   1) the scriptural method: Seek and ye shall find
   2) the chicken method: hunt and peck
   3) the Columbus method: discovery and land 
  When I started blogging I needed a title for the blog, and got to thinking  about an old TV sitcom "Car 54 where are you", and since I was 54 at the time, and my "good" friend BP had hung me with the nick troll....Troll54 where are  you was born.......he once had commented that I was the most even temper and least bigoted person he had  ever met........by that he meant, I was always in a bad mood and hated  everybody.......therefore I was a troll..........after beating the carp out of him, i decided that he was probably right, the beat-down was verbal, not physical, dang the kid was 8" taller then me, I may be ornery but I ain't stupid
  About the same time as the blog began, I found a game called "Blogshares" ....was in beta at the time....and now rests where internet games go when they die.......I was there for the beta......and there for its' passing.......but having looked around and viewing the players' forum.......I decide I need a persona....and to avoid the stigma of "troll", out of my warped mind the "Madtrollie" was born.....complete with a bridge and an extreme hatred of noobs.......well that developed over time.....but privately.....always sent gifts.....advice.......and at times involved them in my nefarious schemes......except as the writer of this warped blog...the Madtrollie has become more or less benign in his old age.......but beware when least expected....... 

Friday, October 13, 2017

 For many years online I lived behind avatars when ever a picture was asked for,  first one was a budgie on a skateboard, then there was the cat with a yamaka, then it was the parrot with a yamaka and a pray shawl........you can still see him on the right looking for matzah.........whether I finally came to the conclusion that at least I should show my true self, or I lost an argument with that orthodox parrot, or the simple fact that this almost 70 year old man finally figured out how to use the camera that is embedded in my desk top...give me a break.or rather a brake......have always been confused as to which one to use......but anywho when I was a lad.......computers still had punch cards, hand held calculators were yet to be invented, I was near 30 before I ever saw a hand held calculator.....and all it could do was add, subtract, multiply, & divide.......dang I didn't need a device to do that......that's what my brain was for........I will  admit that years later I needed to know  precise conversion from lbs. to kilos and bought a calculator made for that function......but where was I.........when I took chemsitry and physics in high school the most advanced quick short cut was a slide-rule.......and I could make that baby sing.....
  I guess it's about time to stop this long, rambling, and at times at the least somewhat incoherent post.......and at most......do I hear the approach of the men in white coats and their rubber lined truck to take me away.........
  but the bottom line is I've decided not to hid behind avatars no more  

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

  dang.....I mean just dang....I saw a post on Facebook that a peep claim to find "bullets" laying around the parking lot at a gas station.........shock horror......but part of my misspent adulthood was working in a factory......and part of that time was as a machine maintenance man........and i immediately recognized the "bullets".........there is on the market several styles of screw drivers with interchangeable bits.......what the person found were said bits........the original posted claimed to have researched said "bullets" on the internet and confirmed they were "bullets" right?
  be very careful what you accept as fact on the internet............even if someone says they have researched it       
  Here I am again......hanging my head in shame......it's been nearly a week since I've posted here......there was a time......seems like eons ago that 3 or 4 posts a day was not out of the ordinary.........but a year+ ago I found Facebook and over time have found a bunch of old  classmates from high school, some I even starred Kindergarten with.....and it's kind of changed my focus from my blogs......authored 5 at one time, and was co-author on 3 or 4 more........now just down to two, here and my poetry blog........which I have posted to already today.........( if you're interested link wanders around on the right column somewhere)
  Finally feeling back to normal....feet are feeling decent, not quite where they were before their latest rebellion, but tolerable.....the new normal......I actually am quite surprised that the knees didn't joining with the feet....I assume that they're just biding their time......but then in a few weeks I'll be 70......so I guess.....check that.......I know that certain body parts will from time to time protest the abuse I force upon them over the years.......had my 6 month visit to the Doc.....a week+ ago......BP fine, heart, lungs fine......he's a GP so the joints aren't his bailiwick,  (oops old word just look it up......)


Thursday, October 5, 2017

  I posted something on FB tonight that I thought only would or should have attracted a response from some one who grew up in the 50's and 60"s and then probably in the Buffalo New York area........and it produced a series of replies that A: i didn't expect.....and B: I enjoyed greatly.........although a good friend in Junior High and High School.....I never knew he was a fan of the Buffalo Bison Triple A baseball team.......sometimes you post something on FB and anticipate multiple responses and get zilch, and then sometimes you post something and  anticipate nothing,  and you hit the mother lode....

Thursday, September 28, 2017

  this morning I walk mostly because I could, for the first time in several weeks, feet good weather more to my liking......but this evening the walk was secondary.....it was i needed, check that things I wanted.......the first was some Lebanon Bologna.....and as it turned out my fav lady was behind the deli counter......I needed, read wanted some good cheese.........wanted a good sheep's milk cheese......sorry.......next choice a nice British blue......oops.......ended up with a very good Danish blue......not my first choice but very acceptable, and very well enjoyed.....a  fine Ghirardelli candy bar.......dark chocolate with sea salt and roasted almonds.....some yogurt, cherry and peach.....and 2 single serve Sufferer's garlic Parmesan  mac and cheese.....nothing i really needed......I could have lived without any and all of those items, but why......too often we live our lives with what we need......but once in awhile life should be about what we want.......that in a nutshell was tonight's walk.........
  Finally things are more or less back to normal........weather appropriate for this time of year, low humidity and temperatures in the high 50'sF to low 60'sF, and my feet are basically back to normal, certainly not normal for a young man but normal for a man nearing 70 years old.......took a very leisurely, lovely walk........just one stop to make, but it was more about the walk..........because  of both weather and physical concerns it's been over a month since I've really enjoyed a walk......

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

  If you've been reading here you are aware that I've been dealing with a mobility issue, my feet have rebelled.....that problem seems to be over, at least for now........it's chronic, and periodic....but now my issue is environmental.......despite the fact that it's late September, the weather has been high 80';s to low 90's and humidity in excess of 90%......and as I'm nearing my 70th B-day......I just don't handle weather like that anymore......but you must understand......they say that your body adapts to the most common extreme........where I live that extreme is cold......the worst I can remember was several years ago.........actual temperature was -55*F......with 55 MPH winds...wind chill was  -100*F and maybe a bit more.......obviously we could not go out.........but my point is there is a justifiable reason why I can handle way above average ( for here anyways) heat and humidity......now that was the extreme but most winters we have days where we see days with temperatures in the range of -20*F and wind chills around -40*F.........and to be honest......I don't handle those extremes very well any more either.....

Monday, September 25, 2017

  I've been dealing with foot issues for the last few weeks.....and awoke this morning and the feet are like 95% normal.......but after a wet and below average temperature in August and early September the last couple of weeks have been hot and humid, and I don't deal well with those condition at my age, on top of that my balance is way off today.....plus it feels like I maybe coming down with a cold or flu.......as i get older if one thing doesn't get me, something else will.......

Monday, September 18, 2017

    If you're looking for my rant on the biblical references to end times it's below........
  but back to mundane matters
    I've been dealing with physical issues with my feet for the last 3 or 4 weeks.......usually my feet choose to attack me one at a time, but they "decided" to attack me together...but today although they aren't back to what I would describe as normal......close enough that I could take a normal walk.....but there again, if what I'm dealing with the "new normal".......so be it
  have a doctor's appointment in a couple of weeks and I deal with it then.....plus I have other issues as far as meds that I need to discuss.....but actually walked twice today.........if the foot problems are what I have to deal with now.....it tis what it tis....... 
  The prediction of end times from a biblical perspective drives me nuts.....first of all there is this passage of scripture
  Matthew 24:36
[ The Day and Hour Unknown ] “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
  somewhere in storage I have a whole stack of books that predicted the end of times, from a biblical perspective.......from the mid 1800's and beyond that........and the Antichrist was, Kemale  Ataturk, thru Hitler, Stalin, Henry Kissinger, and then there's one online that said it was Obama........and if I really cared I probably could find one that said it's Trump.........
 I taught Adult Christian Education in different Christian churches for 35+ .years in Christian churches.....aka adult Sunday school.......but there were 2 books/passages I never taught the Song of Solomon, or the  only the first 3 chapters of Revelation........
  18 For I protest unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book; 19 And if any man shall diminish of the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy City, and from those things which are written in this book. 20 He which testifieth these things, saith, Surely, I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come Lord Jesus.
  That prohibition scares the heck out of me
  Besides I know the Greek..........the passage that identifies the Antichrist....is miss read.....many think the number is six six six, but in the Greek it's actually 600 and 60 and 6..........but in some manuscripts it's 600 and 10 and 6,
   anyone who tries to predict the  start of the beginning of end times from the view point of biblical perspective.......is frankly wrong.......
  I found it Trump as Antichrist (link)
   Just out my front door where I live is an Asian Bistro, called Ichiban, and although they do do different Asian cuisines, the do excellent Japanese, as a kid I was exposed to pickled, smoked and salted fish......I have a bottle of picketed Herring in wine sauce.....so the jump to raw fish is not a jump at all........not a huge fan of Maki rolls, or Sushi for that matter, not a huge fan of rice unless it's in polish cabbage rolls.......but Sushimi.......raw or slightly pickled seafood......
  so for lunch, the special.....the Sushimi lunch.....Miso soup, a simple salad, and Rock Shrimp Tempura .........but that's the way I order delivery, still got some Buffalo wings, and the order of Japanese.....will last me 2 or 3 days, plus that I live in a hotel with free breakfast......

  My feet are finally getting back to normal, now don't misunderstand.....we're talking normal for my feet at near 70 years old , and many injuries, not counting the ware and tare of 35 some odd years of pounding the cement floors of a factory........so........
  I could walk a tad over a 100 feet to the Asian Bistro just outside where I live, for lunch, or if I order a 10$ minimum, I can get free delivery....now I'm going to tip either way......( the mad one pauses) .....going to cost me the same amount one way or the other.......did I mention I'll be 70 years old soon..........( the mad one winks).......(the mad one picks up the telephone).......

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

  As i get older memories from my youth flood back into my mind.......there are days that I forget what day or date it is, or what i ate for breakfast, but recalled events that happened sometimes over 60 years ago (if your new to this blog I'll be 70 this December)
  I've always been a prankster, although I don't remember the first one, I'm guessing it was one that I pulled as a kid, on my mom when I still was in my crib...........there are a bunch of not just pranks but some of the crazy stunts I pulled, sometimes on purpose, and sometimes by pure accident, or that I have a long history of being a klutz......( just as an aside you may what to bookmark a Yiddish dictionary........)
  Someday I may recount the disappearance of the Seal of the College I went to, but I'm not sure the statute of limitations has run out..........well legality I'm sure it has, but from the college's point of view........well I did return it.......and I only did it because a senior and a friend had never pulled a prank and didn't want to graduate without being part of one.........well that's my story and I'm  sticking to it........the best part of this, only 2 of us knew about it, but the administration was tearing the campus apart and when found it had only moved like 30 feet, and was in a closet in the administration wing.......and my friend, lookout duty, didn't even know until it was done..........
  The best part was the Academic Dean.......came up to me and said "I don't care what anyone else thinks, I think it's funny"...........but then I was a friend of one of his daughter.......and she was clueless, had no idea I was involved....... 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

(if you're looking for my rant it's the post below)
  My freshman year in high school, our band director created small group lessons, and as 1st horn i was put in a woodwind quintet.........not that I was ready for it, but i grew in to it...............and loved it..........maybe it was the genesis of my love for small group musically groups.........but this is not the point.........
  because of the schedule, I ate lunch in the 3rd lunch period, I was a junior at the time ,just band and senior choir, ate that period, so the lunch room was  empty, and I could find an empty table.......but this time a senior, a band mate, a woodwind quintet mate, ask if she could sit down........and slid a score to me, said she * you know by now the tradition, she was a senior and a flautist......( that means she played a flute.......not even spell check knew the term)........because I'm majoring in music I get a senior piece.......normally it was with the band but she had picked a flute/horn duet.........I was honored.......I looked at the score.......with a few tries no big deal........but I asked who's playing the piano.......she said LG..........who was one of our quintet mates......in quintet she played clarinet, but also played piano.....didn't know that at that point......but agreed.......
  after a few rehearsals........everything was going great.......all involved were playing great.........another lunch.........again I found a table  alone......and KL ask if she could sit down........what's up.......said she......."if you agree I'd like to go to the band director and change what we're doing from flute/horn with piano accompaniment to a trio".........if I remember I laughed.......and said I've thought that for days, but it's your call, and that's what we did.........  
  Okay, so maybe, you can think that I'm writing this from the perspective of some old white guy, but from what I know, my genetic heritage, is Prussian, Polish, and Eastern European Jew........although I'm  Christian not only by choice but by formal education......plus by avocation, not vocation.....I have multiply hours of study in world history as well as other topics.......
  A conservative estimate of the writings of Moses, places them about 3500 years ago, and for the 400 years preceding those writings  the Hebrews were slaves in Egypt.....written texts date from about 5500 years ago and they reference slavery...............plus even today there are the fact that slavery still exist......Asian sex slaves in the USA.........
  There are people who what the faces of Washington and Jefferson removed from Mount Rushmore.....because they owned slaves............but with out compromise with the South......the United States would not exist..........Now I'm not suggesting that the African slaves in the USA was right.....but that was outlawed over 150 years ago......and the segregation which they went thru were not right either......
  But to go back, to change what history tells us, to erase the memory and history........those military leaders, who left the US army, to fight for their home states...take their actions out of context ....at that time loyalty to state......states rights if you will.....was stronger then loyalty to the nation.......
 I accept the facts that there are many who will reject my point of view.......but it is my point of view..... 

Friday, September 8, 2017

  While I slept my hit counter rolled past 20k hits, now I've had the blog for almost 15 years and there was a period of about 5 years that for one reason or another I didn't post..........and I'm also quite aware that there are sites that get 20k hits in way less then a day...........but for just the muses and whimsy of an old grumpy man, and from time to time a rant............all in all it ain't bad........ 

Thursday, September 7, 2017

  I got caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place, ( as per usual no details)........I was just in the wrong place, wrong time.......not that i was a participant in the incident......merely an observer.....but it put me in a place that  i hoped would not place me where someone would ask what I thought, dang security cameras........I couldn't deny I was there........and I couldn't claim the 5th amendment....all i did was observe......I hate it when I just would rather say nothing........but I was asked my opinion...........and I had to respond........possibility to the determent of one of the parties evolved..... I hate it.......but I saw what I saw.....It is what it is...........all I could do was give my honest view point......
  It's been awhile since I've posted ..........again............been dealing with some re-occurring physical issues.........my feet......the weird thing is for most of my adult life I wore a size 9 1/2 or 10 shoes (sorry US sizes) have no idea what the metric size would be..........but after 35+ years of cement factory floors, my arches have fallen and I now ware size 11 1/2........plus I must admit to damage to the afore mentioned feet thru sports and work related damage.........normally only one bothers me at a time........in the past they've always took turns, but for the last week or so they decided to gang up on me........ but at this point their are getting back to normal..........
  My thoughts and prayers are with the residents of the Houston Area,  and those in Florida.......I have family and Facebook friends that live in Florida....  my advice is RUN!!!!!!!!!1

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I took a look and oops I haven't posted here for quite awhile.....but to my defense I've been dealing with the re-occurrence of a chronic and old problem but although it's not back to normal yet ( what ever normal is) but it's a heck a lot better then it's been the past couple of days......

Thursday, August 17, 2017

  I realize it has been several days since the last time I posted......have been dealing with some physical problems.......basically a stiff neck, and some shoulder problems.....not serious but it has my sleeping difficult......
  It seem that the news is all about the controversy over the memorials  to  individuals and units that served in the Confederate forces....I mean good grief........that war ended over 150 years ago......and if you are  offended by the memorials....because of the fact that the war was about slavery........in my mind.......you not only missed the other reasons for the war and frankly you offend way too easily...

Friday, August 4, 2017

  With all the press with the NFL and concussions, now I never played organized american football.....but still am sure with some of the crazy things I've down I've had a hand full of concussions.....starting with a fall off a neighbors wood pile.....don't remember much other then having to get some stitches...in the back of my head...but I couldn't have been more then 5 or 6.......
  could recount a few more but let's get to may favorite (okay if you haven't figured it out yet, talking about my favorite concussion should tell you all you need to know about me)
  again during playing small college soccer, while playing striker I tried a bicycle kick and miss hit it just a bit........it hit the crossbar.......and the ball bounced back right next to me and in his haste to get to the ball one of the defenders stepped on my head.....
  while they stop the game....and kept me down......coach came out and said.......
     "Are you dizzy Bud"
    Said I "No more then usual, coach"
    "Then why are you still down", coach replied
    "Because they wouldn't let me get up", said I   

Thursday, August 3, 2017

  So when I awoke, my right thumb was misbehaving.....now I've had arthritis long enough to recognize the telltale signs........a reddish skin color and a swollen knuckle... so I've had the thumb dunking in a glass full of ice for awhile.......and it's still sore but has loosened up a whole lot....
  So I tried to figure out what  have I done this time, and couldn't come up with any thing I've done recently......so had to think back......and did come up with what might have been the genesis of the problem.....so travel back with me about 49 years ago in time, when I was playing small college soccer.
  So we weren't playing FIFA rules, it was free substitution, but at the start of the game you had to name your 4 subs, always one of the subs was your backup goalie......but you always had one of the subs or a starter who could play goalie in a pinch......that was me........the "disaster goalie"......and I think what they meant was it would be a disaster if I was needed.....
  So I was playing goalie in practice.......and one of our best strikers, got away from the defenders and rocketed a shot, low to the far right corner......I dove got my finger tips on the ball, and deflected it around the goal post, and out.........great play.......but there was a problem......
  All 8 fingers and both thumbs impact with the 4x4 goal post......So i get up I've got my hands under my arm pits.....and I'm watching stars and colors exploding in my eyes and mind.......
(one thing I can always depend on is my sense of humor
  Coach comes over, quote he "let me see your hands".....quote I "not until you look on the ground and tell me none of them are laying on the ground"

Sunday, July 30, 2017

  I've been thinking tonight, okay so technically this morning about the art of communication, and how it's advanced in the new digital age, or rather how it has declined.......especially on social media.......we don't talk to each other, we text,  when we do respond to some one on Facebook we use an emoji.....or an lol, omg or wtf........the great majority of "communication" is with memes.........very little is original writing.....we tell ourselves that we are connecting with people......but are we really.....
  awhile back after an extended family meal I was sitting in a living room with a bunch of nieces and great nieces, the only sound was texting on cellphones.....at one point one of my nieces said to her daughter, "We're in the same room, 6 feet apart, talk to me, don't text me".........true story.....
  I'm not sure that I completely understand what's going on, have we, that is the modern generation lost the ability to communicate by the spoken or written word, or is it the lack of original thought, okay I grant you that maybe there is no such think as original thought......but we've or at least some of us have lost the ability to express what we believe, what we feel in our own words......to express our feelings in our own way, without the use of silly little computer generated graphics...... Die Emojis Die.......

Monday, July 24, 2017

   There is a significant difference between here on my blog and Facebook.....this blog is for me.......i really don't give a fart in a wind storm if anyone actually reads it..........sure it's nice to see the hit meter  climb.........but by in large it's for me........
  Facebook on the other hand is mostly for communication, for sharing....the weird thing is there are things I share that I think should draw at least some interest and you can hear the crickets singing out my window..........  

Friday, July 21, 2017

  A video showed up on my recommended on YouTube ..........it was of a flash mob playing an except, from Holst's Planets, and I've spent the last couple of days wondering around YouTube looking for other sites, but this is my fav [link]

Sunday, July 16, 2017

  I've been a tad unwell over the last week or so, what we used to call when I was a kid being "under the weather"...........but have felt much better the last couple of days......it's been hot and humid the last week plus, and as I get older I don't react to that weather pattern  so well.......... 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

  I have had one of those days today........awoke this morning and my legs......what could I say about my legs, Well the best I could say is they reached from my crotch to the ground......and were shaky even doing that.......by mid afternoon.........felt a lot better......needed to walk....needed to pick up my blood pressure meds........
  By the time I got back my legs felt worse then when I left.......80+*F....and very high humility.....but the thing that really got me going was the price of the meds jump almost 40%.......now I'm on a fixed income......and I can absorb the increase.......at least for now but?........
  

Saturday, July 1, 2017

  How did we get to this point in the good old US of A..........it seems that we have become a nation of polar opposites, we have become a nation with many and sundry view points, which seem to be diametrically apposed.......and we spend most of our time and effort supporting our own views and criticizing those who believe views to which we are opposed.....but the result is nothing changes.....just same old......same old....
  I learned a long time ago, and I've been around long enough to be an expert on this subject.....you never get everything you want.......and if you do get it......It may not be exactly what you wanted or hoped for in the first place......
  Let's take a step back............I know that the word compromise, has become a four letter word, I get that.......but to ultimately to get what you want, sometimes you have to give a little to get a little.......

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

  Those who have visited my blog before may have noticed that I have removed all of the links list......there are several reasons but the main one is that I've decided to go back to a more simple format.....that doesn't mean that I would posts any links but they will be relevant to posts.....and embedded in said post.......I must admit that I got overly enamored with gadgets.....not saying it won't happen again.....probably will  
  Sometimes my hermit syndrome gets to me and I curl up under my 'bridge' and avoid the world as much as possible.....haven't written here for 5 days or so, and have avoided for the most part Facebook, I could give multiple reasons, but although those reasons would sound very logical, the truth is they, that is the reasons are for the most part, just a facade to conceal excuses........nothing major but have had some minor physical problems.......on top of that the weather has either been hot and humid, or cool, rain and low humidity......and my going on 70 year old body doesn't always react to those weather conditions, truth be told, never react well to that.........
  

Thursday, June 22, 2017

  Where I live smack dab in the middle of one of the east coast's major migratory flyways for waterfowl.....but the neat thing is that a large number of Canada Geese......have decided to skip the extra mileage and stay in the area.......there is a large wild life refuge and preserve run by the NYS DEC........I live in a commercial/retail area........over the last several years 3 drainage ponds were built....but the ducks, heron, canes, coots, and at least 1 egret, doesn't know that, they just think that those 3 ponds are places to feed, their idea i suppose of fast food...........But the geese, ah the geese, they took one look and they thought home, and have settled in, and set out they homesteads complete with nurseries.............
  So on my walk this AM there were about 50+/- Canada Geese, munching grass, somewhere between 12 and 14 adult, and not even an exact count on the kids.......a few of the kids ran to mom and dad however I really wasn't that close......
  On the way back, they had moved and were almost blocking my shortcut to my rooms.....and a few of the goslings ran to mom and dad.......know I don't actually speak goose, but I can guess at what was said

Gosling #1- mom what's that big ugly thing with 5 legs....
Mom- no son he's human 2 wings, 2 legs and a stick
Gosling #2- a stick, he could wack us with it
Mom- probably not we've seen that one  before
Gosling 3#- but mom
Dad- if he did swing that stick at you he'd probably lose his balance, fall down and bust his butt......

  Those geese can be very arrogant.......but in this case probably right

Monday, June 19, 2017

  I'm a little frustrated this evening I've spent a bunch of time trying to find a piece I sang Many years ago.......by a modern Welsh composer who name I forget, based on the passage "The souls of the righteous are in the hands of God, in the eyes of the foolish the seem to have perished, but they are at peace" the first few pages are in a minor key, but the tenors make a run which ends with the tenor part hitting the same note as the altos........and it's now in and finishes in a major key........beautiful piece of music......but that's not the point here
  The founder of the choral group I was singing with 'The NorthCountry Choral Society"....in the spring of the year lost our founder, he past on ....and it was scheduled for our fall performance, but before our first rehearsal, 9/11 occurred.........
  In rehearsal, it took several reads through the piece before half the choir didn't break down.....emotion is critical in a performance, but it can't always be controlled........
  We preformed it, and it went well, but the reaction in the audience was not normal, it was 3 months or so after 9/11.......the audience was silent, you could see the emotion, the same one we had in rehearsal....we'd have sung it may times but they heard it just once......and that's the reason, well one of the reasons I did that, sang in choirs for many years, so that those who heard, got just a little of what I felt when I sang....... 
  I have a bunch of eclectic interests and skills.........but one I don't think I've ever mentioned here is I love the process of cold pickling, cold pickling can also be called refrigerator pickling.......no canner is involved, no heat is involved, basically, just vinegar, and selected spices depending on what you want to preserve, and a few days curing in the frig.....
  Today's project has been pickled radishes, just salt, pepper corns and balsamic vinegar, I've tried the process two ways.......with red wine vinegar, and with balsamic vinegar, but i prefer the balsamic...........but I also have from previous times, pickled onions, shallots, eggs, at this point I don't have any pickled cucumbers by my own hand but it will happen again.
  Based on my personal tastes I will use any of the 3 following vinegars, red wine, white, or balsamic.....always salt and pepper......sometimes garlic.....some times a tad of sugar......and with eggs some times onion or shallots with the eggs..........and if I could find some good mackerel, at my local food mart I'd pickle that too.......on the other hand the afore mentioned food mart does carry pickled  mackerel....in white wine vinegar with onion, nice.....but you never know.........

Saturday, June 17, 2017

  It's late, well check that, It's actually early, but as happened from time to time sleep evades me, must be all the off shifts I worked when I was still working, been either on disability or retired for several years.....not only long hours on different shifts.....well that is quite true......for many years i carried a pager.......24 hours a day and 7 days a week.......and even when I was off, the dang thing could go off, even on days off or even vacation...the dang thing would go off, and I was expected to respond...in fact I had to alert the plant that I might be out of pager range for a fixed period of time, and I'd come home and there would be several messages, now don't get me wrong I was well paid for the inconvenience......I realize that pagers are now as extinct as the dinosaurs, slide-rules, and 8 tracks....and at least in industry I'm thankfully just as extinct......but my W loved the dang thing, I never should have given her the number, but that is another story which quite frankly I will never tell......
  A quiet day, slept well into the fore noon....and although I from time to time blame other things about why I can't sleep, I must admit that the problem is mine and mine alone, there are times, even though my body is exhausted, my mind is like a bag of angry cats......snarling, hissing, and scratching.......the cause is varying, one thing or another, and even if sleep comes, I may awake, from pain in multiple places in my body that suffers from arthritis......or the need to hung the porcelain.....one of my meds is a diuretic.......but I'm using  this time to stream a video on YouTube, and bore you with my musings of an old man
  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

  the post I made earlier to my Facebook timeline and cut and copied here below got me thinking about my adventures in politics......i thought that what was wrong with politics is that we left them to the politicians, and that maybe the problem could be rectified by a non-politician getting involved........now at the time I was a registered member of the NYS Conservative party......knew the chairmen of the country party, and lived in a neighborhood, that did not have a ward committeemen...  anywho......I accepted, at the same time I was  lay member of the county Council of Church's.......and if you don't understand that that's involves politics then you've never been a delegate to a local county Council of Church's..... but I degrees.....
  At one point I was offered and accepted a spot on the executive committee of the county Conservative Party... didn't last that long but.....was on the committee when the story below took place, (sorry for the long intro)
  I played for many years at a local public golf course, which sold yearly memberships, and there was an association for members that ran 3 leagues, and a bunch of tournaments.....members only....what i want   to write about tonight occurred after a member's men's league.....
  My partner and I, partner was head of QC at the plant i worked at, I was the Materials Supervisor, we played against a special ed. teacher, and a lawyer who lived in the same neighborhood I did, and he and his wife had twin girls that were in my daughter's class, and was the county chairman of the Democratic party....... so my partner wandered off and his partner got the look from him, so the two of us sat there eating our 'cold plates' and did i mention the pitcher of Gin and Tonic, it was a hot night and you need to re-hydrate........This was just after Reagan got the nod to run for POTUS.......(again i apologize for the long intro)
  He knew my point of view, and said "You must be happy that you have a candidate that agrees with most of your point of view"
  I thought for a minute and replied " I'm not saying I won't vote for him, but I really think he's too dang old for the pressure and the responsibility of the job"
  And I don't know the actually situation, but to be honest the last 2 or so years he was in office, for lack of a medical diagnosis, let's just call it old-timers........
  So finally to my point, the election for POTUS between HC and DT.......at the time of the election I was about a month short of 69 years old, and they were both older then me.......call me ageist if you must, but with the pressures and responsibilities of the job, I'd rather see a younger candidate.......  
( i just realized that a "cold plate" might not be common knowledge......a scoop of cottage cheese , a scoop of macaroni salad, a scoop of potato salad, slices of roast beef, turkey and ham, rolls and butter....and sometimes some sliced veg )

( I rarely do this but have decided to post here what I have posted on my Facebook timeline)
  after reading and listening to everything that has been reported about the events of yesterday.......and the screen shots I saw of his Twitter and Facebook pages, it's just re-posts of much of what I find on my home page every day........all his were slanted to the left, and although not quite as common I see some slanted to the right......I won't attempt to try to explain why he took that course of action, and this is not about trying to curtail ones rights to believe what they believe, and their rights to express those beliefs on social media..........but I'm left with one nagging question.........did the amount, and tone of 100's of posts attacking the Potus, and the Republican Party.......have a part in inciting this person who attacked in a violent way
(PLEASE NOTE: this is not aimed at any individual, but just what i see as a disturbing trend)
( for those who may not be aware of the event I'm referring to, a lone gunmen targeted a practice for a charity baseball game, the players involved where Republican members of the US Congress and their aids)

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

  I've again and done it again, I've had a post removed from a Facebook group, which I know I posted be cause I reread after I posted  I left out a word, heck I do that here on my blog all the time.....and i thought that the response I got was for the last post I had written but it was for the post before and my last post was not to be found, I guess I could have re-posted but the truth is that you don't have to hit me with a stick to get me to understand I'm not wanted, so rather then suffer the shame of being throw out, I just withdrew, I deleted the group from my list........
  The weird thing is that on the face of it........I have at least in theory the same view point that this group says they believe, and besides that am well read in the stated subject, well a little more then that but I will not go into details ( anyone who knows this blog, knows that there are times i deal with a situation in the abstract...no real details)
  But have been there before........a group on Facebook, or on the old Usenet boards claim to want to discuss something, but they don't really want that, what they want is to pontificate their views, they want to field questions from those who are seeking something, but they really, I mean really, don't want a contrary point of view, even if your point of view agrees with them on most points......
  Sorry about that I should have engaged the rant alert.........


  I have come to the conclusion that there is one word that needs to be removed from every dictionary in the US of A, and particular from the dictionaries of the Democratic party, and that is the word bipartisan........because they the fore mention people, especially those in congress have no knowledge of either the word it's self or the meaning of the word.......
  My condolences are with you, but you lost the election......and rather then spending all your time is looking for a reason to impeach him, you should be looking for ways to do the job your constituents elected you for, and that is representing them in congress, and doing what you can to improve the conditions in the country, and at this point those should be any representative of the peoples prime concern.....
  Wasting congress' time and tax payers money, on endless inquiries, about what the President, or those around him, may or may not of done.......does nothing for making laws that will help us come back to where we should be, restore our economy, and deal with our obvious problems.......
  Get over it, the President will be our president for at least the next 3 and 1/2 years.......and given the majority of the Republicans in both houses of congress, impeachment is highly unlikely to ever happen
  Vote against his programs, bills if you must, add amendments, filibuster in the senate if you must, that's you right, privilege, and you dang job...put aside you loss and do your dang lob........
    Sorry for the rant but not that sorry........

Sunday, June 11, 2017

  I've spent the evening, mostly doing a little net surfing, and watching some episodes of the 'Hornblower Saga'........you can find the links on the right, based on the stories of C.S.Forester, my fav writer of his historical fiction, he also wrote the novel that the movie  'African Queen" was based on........
  You have to forgive me, on the other hand maybe you don't, but I am as it would have been said back in the day 'I' am well read'.......but with the exception of historical fiction, and political fiction.......for the most part my interests in reading or maybe for a more accurate point of view, non fiction, and the older the better, I love the works of the Greek philosophers, the writings of the Early Church fathers...........and musically the works, the liturgical works mostly from the 16th century up until the very early 20th century.......
  I think that my interests in the ancient written books  was maybe because of my musically studies, I studied piano from a very early age, and classical piano, and then in 7th grade was handed a French Horn, although there (that is the French Horn) does appear from time to time in pop music, much of what I played, was classical...and I was gifted with 2 things I can't explain, I was 5 and 1/2 years old when i could sing harmony, and already had near perfect pitch......( as an aside although others may disagree I will never admit to perfect pitch)..............but I was 'gifted with a voice'....that was a High Tenor voice.....that was perfect for baroque liturgical music, the works of Handel, Hayden......et al.......besides I not only had the voice, but the love of that music.......now to be honest as I approach 70 years old, the voice is gone, but my mind still hears the music, still hears my parts, still loves the music.....age may have taken from me the ability to preform, but the mind still understands...........I love the pieces on YouTube that include the scores.....and allows me to follow 'my' part........
  You should forgive me for from time to time, to allow me to let me use this blog for myself, to let me express my feelings, how i got to this point in my life...... 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

  A  post and the responses to that post got me to thinking.......and for me sometimes that can be dangerous.....the following is what that created in my mind ( the exact content of the post and responces is not important, and will not, or maybe not be mentioned here)
  Now for a first timer to this blog you may or may not know that my college education is in bible/theology, and one of many courses that in took to heart so to speak was Hermeneutics, the basics are how to interpret a text.......but I have applied those principles to everything that i approach ......but one of the prime principles is to put everything in context........to approach anything with our 'modern' point of view, and condemn people or countries or philosophies, or even rebellions in the past without taking into the historical, cultural or ethics, or religious customs, of the day, is at the least naive,and at the most...will lead you to a point of at best ignorance and at worst wrong conclusions......What's even worst if you apply that to calling those of the past who at this point none of their concern...but calling them traitors with out understanding the factors, the context if you will that caused their apparent switch in loyalties, ( you will notice that I've skirted the content of the post the caused me to write this but let me get this a different illustration)
  History is written by the winners....if the colonials had lost the war of the American Revolutionary War......I doubt the capital of the USA would be called Washington DC, and i doubt that we would honor the names of Adams, Franklin, or Jefferson........but to deny the existence of historical figures, just because they were on the losing side......
  You may ask,why I have not posted this to Facebook......why I have not been specific about the content of the post......because although a specific post was the reason for this 'rant'.......it's because it violated one of the principles by which i live........Facebook is no place for that.........
   

Friday, June 9, 2017

  It's been the better part of a week since I posted here, I could give multiple reasons for my absences here but I have no good reasons, or excuses, truth is I'd have to fall back on a bold face lie.......and i won't do that..............there are just times for multiple reasons I may write more then once a day......but if I don't have a rant, or something that just ticks me off, or something I've found interesting.........or just something of interest.....
  On the local Canada goose watch, the goslings are growing by leaps and bounds...however the place that I live, the ground maintenance guy, is not happy with their presence, they have been feeding in the picnic/pool area.......and have left many "calling cards".......I have come to understand the old adage about people that tell tall tales and that is "They have more ---- then a goose" and although I know or have known such people......but from current observation of wild geese.......and their almost prodigious abilities to produce excrement, there have been 1 or 2 people I've known that could give the geese a real run for their 'money' in this arena...........  

Friday, June 2, 2017

  I've been on Facebook for just over a year, and the only reason i did it I found out there was a Facebook  group for an online game I was playing, and added some family as friends.......one night i was searching people on Facebook and found a kid I knew in high school...( well he was a kid when i knew him but at the end of June it will be 51 years since i saw him)........and based on that I've reconnect with several kids I went to high school with
  After a year plus, I have come to several conclusions about it:
    1) I have got to reconnect with many people who because of distance and years I've lost track of
    2) and I enjoy many of the postings......
    However:
    3) what drives me nuts is peeps that post stuff without doing any fact check to see if the post is
     true.....and these posts fall into 3 common groups.....
      A) there are certain peeps who believe anything they read...
      B) those that just because the article agrees with there point of view it must be right.......
    Now the two groups above, although it is mildly annoying......I guess I can forgive them  
      C) then there is a small  group  of peeps who deliberately post stuff that they know is wrong, now
    when challenged that claim, "well  it's sarcasm".....but they know it will be believed by those in        
    group (A) above........
My conclusions are if you do use Facebook or any other social media site, or any other web site for that matter.....
    legit cave ( reader beware )
    credis antequam coerceret (check it out before you believe it)
     

  It's been a few days since I've posted.......been dealing with a chronic problem  that only bothers me a coupe times a year, which seriously effects my mobility, fortunately I walked a few days ago, and stocked up on food, and other necessities......but feels better today, still a little sore but should be fine tomorrow.............reminds me of the movie title "My Left Foot".......but in my case it's not the solution, it's the problem......but i can't even remember how many times i hurt my left foot and ankle, both in sport and and also work related, but it must be in the range of 8 to 10...so as we said back in the day: 1) I'm a bit under the weather; 2) I'm off my feed; and just haven't felt like writing....... 

Saturday, May 27, 2017

  I have believed for many years, and still do to this day that we, by that I mean humanity will never be rid of radicals, i don't care whether their particular dogma is religion, politics, race or whatever.....whether they are left wing, right wing, or some other wing nobody has heard of yet.......but they all suffer from the same delusion, and that is they are right and if you disagree, there only a few choices on their part, those that oppose must be, minimalised, re-educated, persecuted, or eliminated.....
  And despite the promises, of well meaning people, while we may be able to defeat radicalism in individual cases, the history of the world teaches us that we will never eliminated the ideology of radicalism.....I think it might be hardwired into our DNA....... 
  This is a selection of random thoughts that have been swirling around the thing that is sometimes laughing called my brain, or are they really random...
  The massive amounts of "Fake News" that seems to invade social media, much in the style of Attila The Hun, do i find articles while surfing the net, like everyone else obviously, but do i post it on social media without a little research, absolutely not,  i may list the article here over on the left, but under a heading that basically says, "Reader Beware", I've come to the conclusion that the problem of this mass invasion is that peeps will find an article that they agree with, which advances their own point of view, and rather than do a fact check, they assume that since the article agrees with their point of view it must be right.....
  Note To Self: you really must stop trying to argue facts with peeps who are convinced beyond doubt that their point of view is right, I've told myself over and over that I'm wasting my time..........and I do my best to avoid those situations, those type of posts, and from time to time despite my better judgement, and respond......and I've taken an oath that I will never do it again.........but it seems there is always a next time......
  Which brings me to an old adage:
  " If people are convinced their are right, there is no point to confuse them with facts "

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

  I'm collecting material for an article, which I may or may not ever write, from my unique point of view it makes perfect sense, but I foresee that it could most probably create a fire storm, not the first time I've done that, but before i post it here or anywhere else i need to as the old saying says 'I must get all my ducks in a row'..........and then I must decide whether or not, it's worth the hassle that it might cause,...

Sunday, May 21, 2017

  I wrote awhile ago about the new version of Iron Chef, now called Iron Chef Gauntlet........7 chefs take on each other and the winner takes on 3 of the best Iron Chefs......honestly I don't care fore the format......but right from the start, I picked one of the 7 competitors, as being the one to watch, and that was Stephanie Izard..... and she got through the prelims and ended up winning against the 3 Iron Chefs.....so she now has the title of Iron Chef.......however..........i still have a problem with the format.........

Thursday, May 18, 2017

  I got to thinking today, not always a good thing, but hay........Hilary and i were born in the same year, she's a couple of months older and the Donald was born in '46.........so both are about my age, so i think i can say this without being accused of 'Ageism'........but they and I are too dang old to be the POTUS.......and maybe he's in better shape then I am, because one of us is, that is POTUS  and I don't mean physically...the stress of the job may result in the physical but it's prime direction is the mental stress.....
  We have a law that says you must be at least 35 years old, a few other requirements which don't have a bearing on my point here......don't get me wrong I'm not saying that a man or woman my age should not be allowed to run for POTUS.......but maybe a medical exam, by that I'm mean a total exam.......bring in Freud....or the modern equivalent........of course on the other hand, is it one of those things where anyone who wants the job probably shouldn't  be considered for the job.....
 I realize that none of this is ever going to be considered, but then i don't expect that very few people will listen to me, but listen to yourselves..sometimes I think we would be better off just selecting our POTUS by Lottery.......
  Okay, now your saying in you minds that I'm too old to have an opinion, I'm using my own physical condition, my mental state, the fact that I sometimes forget what i had for breakfast, and my age to say what I've said above...... now that may be construed as Ageism..... 

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

  A random post on Facebook made me think of two of the crazy events in my life.......that is being awaken earlier then i wanted....now depending on the normal day i needed to be in the plant by 7 Am +/-.......on this day a moderately busy day was 7 Am......but the W was always up by 5 Am +/-...our D had a lot to do with that, just a rug rat at the time.....but my W would channel surf between local news and CNN.....at the time just straight news, no commentary.....it was one side or another of 6 Am.......she awoke me......you need to see the news on CNN.........it relayed the fact that a reactor in Seadrift  Texas, had up, on a Union Carbide Plant.....( please note not a nuclear reactor but one that makes plastic)......my first call was to our Union Carbide rep.......who lived in NJ....my question was  "Was it our reactor" (aka the one that produces our material)...she was already up...and replied "my best information is yes".........i will delete my response..... the next call i made was to our purchasing agent....have you see CNN.....the response was no..........i filled her in....i need you as soon as you can get here....they can't tell me how long.......her response was i need to call my babysitter but I'll be at the plant about 45 minutes......anyways we spent most of the day running down every available pound of material we could get are hands on........to make a long story shorter, we were 12 hours from having to shut down the plant when the first load of new material arrived.....
 There is another story, I could tell, but maybe I'll save that for another time
 

  This has been one of those days, my left foot has been talking to me all day and what it has been saying is not repeatable here, but as the day has progressed it has quite shouting and now just an occasional whisper........fortunately i had no need to walk for needs, but it is something that i deal with from time to time, and I can't complain because  the damage that was done many years ago was for the most part self inflicted, years of sport and then several years working on a shipping dock, so many events that I've lost count, along time ago......

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

  For those who haven't figured it out yet, I will be 70 my next birthday, and i live in a hotel, as i don't drive anymore, and believe me you won't want to encounter me behind the wheel of a car, especially at night, severely nearsighted and night vision basically gone, but i live where all of my normal needs are a 10 minute or less walk away.......even my Doc is two lights east and up a hill...( oh bye the bye I'm on my own dime........don't ask but it was all legal)
  My education is in Bible/Theology?Philosophy/and 3 ancient languages......but I'm also pretty good in history, math and science, and a poet......and have an exceptional reading rate (aka words per minute)
  If you look on the left under 'Articles Gleaned from the Net' you will find some articles on Autism, the one deals with a review of the introduction to "Sesame Street" of an autistic Muppet named Julia......well worth the read
  

Monday, May 15, 2017

It's been a weird day, felt a tad unwell last night so laid down around 7:30 Pm, and with a few brief interruptions, rolled out of bed about 9:30 Am this morning, and felt well like i was in a fog......but after a couple of hours was feeling pretty good, took a short walk to pick up a few things, had an extended conversation with someone I've never met before, but that's definitely not the first time, and i hope not the last.
 Was kicking around YouTube, and discovered an English copy of "The Twelve Tasks of Asterix" and spent some time watching same, ( have added a link on the right under cartoons)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

  You if you were to look, under the PDF files on the right find an article by Dr.. Rembert Carter.......was a respected teacher of mine in college, and a highly revered pastor.....
  Two thoughts, or rather remembrances
  First
   I had been assigned in high school when writing my English Term Paper, to use only certain books, one of which was H.G.Wells "Modern Utopia"........the catch was there was only one volume in the entire Buffalo and Erie County library system...spent 8 hours on spring break sitting in a reading room of the main branch reading that dang book and taking many pages of notes........jump forward about a year and I'm sitting in History of Western Civilization.....Dr, Carter started the class and said "Has anyone here read the book "Modern Utopia".....i was the only one who had read it.....he basically dismissed the class and we spent an hour discussing the book
  Second
    He was pastor of a rural church, a few miles north of The Triple Cities ( southern NYS)....most of his congregation were farmers, and those who earned their living by physical labor...some barely literate....but in the back 2 pews were up to a dozen of the bible/theology students from the college he taught at.....with our Greek New Testaments open.......and all of us, and i mean all there got something out of the service, i learned at that time how to speak, and teach if you will, to all, and you could reach most at the same time........despite a disparity...in their knowledge and education.....and that knowledge has served me well
  He past several years ago...but i still remember what i learned from him 
  Missed breakfast this morning ( one of the amenities provided where i room)......but it's only available for a certain time period which i slept past...got busy on other things and looked at the clock, and it was pasted 2 PM.........made a fine sandwich of roast beef, some macaroni salad, oh and lest i forget a Bloody Mary, I'm aware that after 2 PM is late for a proper Brunch, but i have rarely been accused of being proper, and on the rare occasions that that has occurred, I have vehemently denied  what i consider to be a rash judgement of my person......
  Spent my waking hours so far, dealing with email, and other things on the web......also watched some episodes of the old A&E series "Hornblower" on YouTube, also a few games of online solitaire, and a few replies and a post on Facebook........
  Nothing has irritated me enough yet today to go off on one of my frequent tirades here or on Facebook, but then the day is only half spent......   

Friday, May 12, 2017

 Yes I'm still up, sleep seems to be evading me tonight...in case you haven't noticed i abhor normal punctuation, except for a break with a few dots, and the occasional comma, I tend to use what my instructors in school would have faulted me for run on sentences.......but maybe because of   my studies in Koine Greek.....which has no punctuation marks and run on sentences.i seem to be addicted to it, or is it my stream of conscience style of writing.... you will note that when i think about i will indent new paragraphs
  If you are aware of current politics, and all forms of media in the old US of A, not just network both social media, there have been numerous calls for the impeachment of President Trump, some even before he had actually taken the oath of office....
  Now anyone that has known me as far back as grade school could tell you I am very good at many things but the two which are involved here are math and research.....and my college education and many years of private study have only honed those skills, and given the almost infinite resources of the internet.....what can I say...
 But I must admit until the last few days I have not studied before the procedures involved in the impeachment of a President......but that short coming has been taken care of..
  To put it simply my conclusions are these:
   A) at this point unless something absolutely vile is discovered
   B) the pure mathematics say that at this point it won't happen
     1) if sent to the House of Representative the opposition would need 20 some odd votes from the              majority to sustain an indictment.......
      2) and if that actually occurred......depending on the number of Senators that voted then 20 or 21 of          the majority would have to vote in the affirmative
      3) in the current state of partisan politics....what can I say...i doubt that that will happen
  I have made no statement where I stand on this issue, and I won't at this time.....i merely say that at this time it's just a waste of time and money.....
       

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 Finally, a break in the rainy, gloomy weather.....only in the low 50sF but the sun peeps thru the cloud cover from time to time.........took a pleasant walk if a bit abbreviated...
 I find myself spending less time watching TV, and more time searching, finding older movies and documentaries on YouTube......and a few online games.....nothing crazy.....the games that is.....mostly solitaire type games....
 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

While one thing lead to another, I've been watching on YouTube...."The Sinking of the Bismarck"......based on a book by C.S.Forester, my favorite author of historic fiction, years ago there was a series on IIRC A&E......based on a series of books written by Forester......the "Hornblower" series...and for many years.....I've wished to watch it again......so i decided to look on YouTube........and low and behold i found that some of them has been on YouTube since 2007......NUTS!!!!!.......have spent the day to this point and probably for many more hours, binging on the series.
(by the by if you're interested you can find the link to it on the right)

Monday, May 8, 2017

I have spent some of my time on my desk top this afternoon, watching two different takes on the same historical event, that is the sinking of the Bismarck..........one is one of my favorite historical fiction movies, and a historical documentary of the same event.....( you can find links on the right, one under the movies "Sink the Bismarck"..based on a book by one of my favorite historic fiction writers C.S, Forester......and the other under documentary list as "Nazi Supership-The Bismarck").........obviously the writer of the historical fiction book, took a few liberties... the biggest one was the captain in charge at the Admiralty, a fictional character.....but he did the same thing with the "The Hornblower Series"......despite this,  i like both the historical fiction, and the actual events, different takes to be sure, one just enjoyable, the other historically accurate......
 Took my first walk in 3 or 4 days, combination of near constant rain, and a few minor physical problems, and yet, the temperature was in the mid 30'sF......with wind chills hovering one side or the other of the freezing mark.......mixed snow and rain, but caught the right time for more or less clear weather, yes there was a brief bit of snow, and one raindrop.....which happened to hit me square in the nose.....random event, my karma catching up with me, or Mother Nature hates me......I have no opinion which one.....
 They say ( have always wondered exactly who they are, but that is for another time) that there is a fine line between those of high intelligence and insanity, or in the common tongue crazy.........I've bounced multiple times on both sides of the line that at this point I have no idea which side of the line I'm on at any given time........was my current thoughts, brilliant or just plain nuts......
 Anywho...a marketing rep at the plant I worked for and I had the following conversation:
Said I: "This place is going to drive me crazy"
In replay quote he "There is no point in driving you crazy, all that is needed is to take you by the hand and walk you across the street"
 This same guy is the one who hung the nickname "Troll" on me.........his reasoning was that I was the least bigoted and most even tempered individual he'd ever met, by that he meant that i hate everybody and was always in a foul mood......therefore a troll......... while I disagreed with his conclusions.......i can at least at that point,  understand where he was coming from.........

Sunday, May 7, 2017

it's been raining for the 9 or 10 days and is forecast thru Tuesday AM, rain or snow actually....if you look on the left you will find an article on "How to Build an Ark"......
have messed again with the structure of the blog but when do i not........

Saturday, May 6, 2017

( PLEASE  NOTE: on the left column you will find links to sites which explain proper ways to interpret the Bible)
 I have become increasing  annoyed with the way some people deal fast and loose with the Scriptures, and taking things out of context or twisting the means to prove a point that is frankly not defensible.
 Unfortunately  sometimes honest people are deceived by these so called experts.....
( by the by, I have a degree in Bible/Theology).....and near 50 years of private study))
Sorry, rant is over, but it just drives me nuts to see the Scriptures twisted to prove a point that has no value...
Some congressmen quoted " For ye have the poor always with you" took it way out of context, and said that Jesus said the poor don't want health care.....please in that day and age, what organized health care?
drives me nuts when people take a passage out of context and spit out some complete foolishness, and "claim" biblical proof.......

Matthew Chapter 26
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper,
There came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat.
But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste?
For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
10 When Jesus understood it, he said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me.
11 For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always.
12 For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial.
13 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

Friday, May 5, 2017

 Another rainy day, stayed in today and since there really wasn't a thing on the tube which either I've seen multiple time, or just wasn't worth the time.
 Among other flicks I was watching on YouTube, i finished watching "The Contender" (link to it is wondering over on the right)......The first time I saw it, my immediate thought was it was a boxing movie.....well I've been wrong before, and I was wrong with this one.......It's a political drama, and well worth the time because of the subject matter..... 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

one of the things i hate the most, well maybe hate is to strong of a word, one thing that drives be nuts is, i guess what i'm really trying to say is once i take a position on an issue and the first two things someone responds is either you're wrong, or accuses me of not researching all possible sides of the issue........that i didn't study the problem before i took a position.......
 If i'm told i'm wrong more often then not i just ignore that response......if i'm wrong just tell me why and i can offer an apologetic.....i just walk away from it, if someone already decided they have the complete truth there is no point in confusing them with facts.........in my almost 70 years i have change positions on many issues, but only after researching all sides, ......but to question the point i take and accuse me of not looking at all sides and opinions of the issues, that just....the only thing i can say is     OY VEY.......

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

 For the next 14 days we only have the chance of rain for 14 of them, according to the latest 14 day forecast..........but i saw there was a hole in today's storm, and i had an errand to run, yes i could have written a check, put in an envelope, and put a stamp on it and given to the services of the USPS.......but since my Doc's office is just under a ten minute walk, why not save the cost of a stamp, also as i was out, took the opportunity, to pick up a couple of things, not that i needed them today.....but I'll needed them within the next couple of days and with the forecast....... 

Monday, May 1, 2017

If you came here looking for my sandwich for lunch.....you're out of luck
 and one who has read this blog knows that I'm far right wing on the issues of my faith........I would make most of the so called religious right look like liberals......however I believe the whole of Christian Scriptures.......i don't just believe what i want to....which fits my social view point....
 there is one outstanding principles in scripture is the concept of free will  ,,,,,,,, what that means to me is i have the right to believe how and why i believe.......but then you have the same right to believe as you believe..
 I may, and more often then not probably disagree with you, we will discuss, i may even try to convince you, but i will not decide what you believe, and further then that I will not protest your opinion, nor will i try to legislate to out law your view(s).........
 The first amendment to the Constitution is still valid....or isn't it......we may disagree on everything else, but i hope, we can still agree that each of us has the right to believe as we believe.......and to ban your beliefs, if I succeed, then eventually someone will protest my beliefs, and they that is my beliefs will be banned as well........

Saturday, April 29, 2017

sorry but i'm on the tomato kick today (see below)
the first of the hybrids were just coming out when i was maybe 12 or 13, and dad planted some, but before that they were all, own seed, no hybrids, and to tell the true there were a bit ugly, most were 4 lobs, not even close to a regular shape, but boy were they tasty..........fresh picked, washed at the outside tap........1 big bite........then a shake of salt and pepper, and a dash of apple cider vinegar.....a real treat after a couple of hours of mowing the near to an acre of grass with a push gas lawn mower....and if truth be told very few of the radishes and spring onions ever got to mom's kitchen either.....there are times when i sometimes long for those days long ago.......muck out the chicken coup....wheelbarrow to the compost pile.....cut some grass.......and a stop at the garden for a snack.....tomatoes, green onions, maybe a radish.....or maybe a few wild strawberries from the fields....old memories are flooding back the older i get......