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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......
again with my lunch, a nice grinder roll, rare roast beef, a little Italian dressing, a mixture of mayo, horseradish, a touch of garlic/chili sauce, salt, pepper, oops forgot the slices of heirloom tomato....yum.
 quiet day, don't think i'll walk today......
the tomatoes take me back to my childhood..(of course some say i never really left my childhood  behind)  I grew up rural, large garden, most years 4 dozen tomato plants ( and since we're talking 60+ years ago and according to the definition those tomatoes  qualify as 'heirloom') why so many plants, mom loved to can vegetables
we had a shelve over the outside faucet...salt, pepper, and vinegar (in containers of course) much of the vegetables from the garden never made it to kitchen.....but the heirloom tomatoes, take me back to a time and a place a long time ago, when life was......well....... simple

Friday, April 28, 2017

High 50'sF to low 60'sF.......light wind and partial sun/clouds........for me a perfect day for a walk, could of waited but it was the kind of weather I love.......
I had a gourmet lunch, well that is if you grew up in eastern Erie county outside Buffalo NY, in a rural area where the two most common ethnic groups were German and eastern European.......
Knockwurst ( although in German would be Knackwurst), baked beans, and of course sauerkraut......

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spent some time today doing a tad of editing, and added a few new links, and some other things......
But one thing got me to thinking the etymology of foot and mouth disease aka putting your foot in you mouth.....from hoof and mouth disease, and an old British "putting your foot in it".....because of the period of history this phase comes from, i'm wondering if for sake of not being rude, they delete the sh from the it.........hey I'm just spit balling here..........
I've probably I mentioned this before but as the old saying goes:
"They say " the second thing that goes when you grow older is your memory, and for the life of me I can't remember the first thing?' "
I have decided if I have a good idea, but can't deal with it right then to write it down
Four problems i see with this however:
1) i have to remember to write it down
2)  i have to find a pad and pen
3) If i do the above, then i have to remember where i put the pad
4) and even if i did all of the above there is 1 more problem:
    4a) why in the name of Abigail Adams.....did i write it down in the first place

Sunday, April 23, 2017

something struck me as a little odd if not flat wrong a Snapple ad that basically said that the "Nigerian Scam" started in the 1800's and the scammers needed social security numbers, now i admit the ad was funny but.........see on the left a link to 'social security numbers'......they weren't issued until 1935.........now i know it was funny, and given leave for artistic licence not with standing i half expect to see something on line stating the historical fact that the "Nigerian Scam" has it's origins in a telegraph message in the 1800's, appearing somewhere in social media any day now........oy vey

God’s Covenant With Noah  

Genesis Chapter 9:1 Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth. The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
“But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal. And from each human being, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of another human being

MY thoughts


the above is in response to the article on the left about the "True Human Diet", whether or not this was a new Covenant or a repeat of an old one...can't for sure say one way or another..........or whether or not all antediluvian  humans were vegetarians but it is plausible  

Thursday, April 20, 2017

 On the left you will find two articles, one about a statement by Pope Francis, the other reports a poll the results are more people believe in ghosts and aliens then God.........and unlike his predecessor Pope Francis did not support or even mention intelligent design.........but i can't honestly say that anything here surprises me, except maybe that one of the statements was by  Pope Francis........
 I not only believe in intelligent design, and that what was created was created mature, on the other hand i don't dismiss out of hand evolution, macro-evolution, i have my doubts, but micro evolution i believe happened, may even still happen......as to the Big Bang Theory........something obviously happen......but was it just a physical event, or was it the creation event.........???.........
 If you look down in the footer, you will find other articles I've written that give my position on creation


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

 a post on a friend's face book page got me to thinking, about a series of events that happened across several years.....(be fore warned this could end up an autobiographical novella)
I turned 21 just after the Johnson/Goldwater election, (remember voting age at that time 21)......but when i registered to vote chose the NYS Conservative party......fast forward several years, knew the man who was the county chairman of the party and he asked if i would be the ward committeeman and accepted........fast forward a few more years, and i was asked to fill a slot on the executive board, accepted....one of the powers in local elections is to endorse candidates for office......about a years or so later....the story beginning
 Two candidates came before us, looking for our endorsement for county DA:
Candidate #1 was female, already had the Democratic/Liberal lines.......good undergrad school, good law school and had worked as an ADA.....
Candidate #2 male, already had the Republican/Right To Life lines........mediocre undergrad school, and a no name law school.........family lawyer......little criminal law experience
It should seem that the choice was clear....except
The female Pro-Choice
The male Pro-Life
and despite my best arguments that this issue was moot, it would have little if no bearing on criminal cases.....and don't forget she was more qualified for the job........
results:
the party endorsed the male on a 5 to 2 vote
i resigned, and the one who voted with me resigned
i voted for her thru many election cycles
and she did a good job for several years
thus ended my foray in to politics

If the above didn't make my point, allow me to state simply
when it comes to choices, this is not a custom world, we have to most times "pick of the rack"......and take what fits best........maybe not a perfect fit.......but then it is an imperfect world


Sunday, April 16, 2017

i with great anticipation awaited the premiere of "Iron Chef Gauntlet"..........now i loved the original "Iron Chef"  from Japan, and also "iron Chef America".........but my verdict on "Iron Chef Gauntlet" is still to come, from my point of view it's a crasis between "Iron Chef America" and the food channel show the "Next Iron Chef"...........like two shows meet at a intersection and welded together........i'll keep watching.....but........
 I'm having a minor crises, for the last 3 or 4 years I've been using the same Analgesic Gel, I've been getting it within about a five minute walk, apparently they are not carrying it anymore, there is one other place in town but it's out of my walking range, and it would be a devastating result if their didn't have it either......so i guess that i must go on the hunt for a replacement.....if you had my knees, shoulders, back and neck you can understand the need for me to find a different product that works.....
 Nice spring day, picked up some things i needed........the rest of the day has been spent very quietly.....

Saturday, April 15, 2017

 tonight while reading posts on Face Book i found a post that supported a hypothesis i had never heard before, whether for better or worse, it's in a topic that is flat in my wheel house, i know where to find on line all of the research tools to test said hypothesis......my conclusions were that it doesn't reach the level of proof to even give it thought to even consider that it's even plausible......but here is the problem I've been mulling over......now if this was on a scholarly page i probably would attack the findings.......but let's face it, if you attacked every post on face book that was at the very least naive, or at the worst just flat wrong......that's probably all I'd be doing and that's not why I'm on face book......I'm there to connect with old and current friends.......
(Please Note: i did not go into any details, and that was a conscience act....)

Friday, April 14, 2017

just a quiet, lovely spring day, rain is predicted for the PM tomorrow and most of Easter Day, took a short walk and picked up a few things that i needed to get thru to Monday if i can't walk the next 2 days
 have messed a little on my blogs.....added a few new links.....nothing done to the actual layout........

Thursday, April 13, 2017

 Awoke this morning in a fog, not the weather outside which was a beautiful, sunny, warm spring day, had no real reason to walk, no place i needed to go, but walked anyway...but then for me, sometimes the best reason to do something is, pure whimsy.......
birds singing, Seagulls dumpster diving, woodchuck running, if you've never seen a woodchuck running away from you........one of the 10 funny things i know....
 so back to my rooms, messed a bit with the layout and theme of "Troll's Poetry Corner" also added a new poem...........

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

[note: it's a little spooky what will sometimes raise to the surface of the quagmire in what is laughingly referred to as my mind, or  at least what once was my mind]
a memory from many years ago:
when i was in my early 20's i used to run 20K races......this one was the "Sauerkraut Festival Run" hay no joke....run  in Phelps New York......every where you look below that little town, were fields of cabbages......
 To continue, i was running with this guy Dom, who ran for Rochester A.C..........on the corner where we turned was this old Hotel/bar .....probably built in the late 1800s........anyways that had a wrap around front porch complete with rocking chairs filled with beer drinking good old boy farmers........
 so as we past one of the guys on the porch yells "What you guys doing running away from your wives?"
 now Dom was a bit of a  wise ass, and always had a quick come back..his reply was 
" No we're running away from your wive"
said I "Are you crazy"
said  Dom "don't worry we can out run them"
said I "Dom they have pickup trucks"
[ Dom's reply has been deleted.......i don't use that kind of language here"
fortunately  they didn't follow us.........

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

( I have decided that my time is better spent here, than traipsing around Facebook...i may give an occasionally add a like, a funny reply or maybe even a snide one......but I've decided to take out my warped sense of humor and maybe even so vitriol here........)
on my walk today saw the first pair of ducks I've seen this spring.....it's still early and i'm hoping that this years number of ducks and geese will be near to last years numbers........just enjoy watching the little ones run around.........haven't seen any of the groundhogs.....aka. woodchucks yet......


Monday, April 10, 2017

i could give many sound reasons for why i walked today:
1) i was afraid that i might run out of somethings because the forecast for tomorrow is rain (not)
2) i wanted to check on the 3 ponds nearby to see if more geese had come back (true but thin)
3) i could probably fabricate several other excuses, oops i mean reasons........however
truth be told
it was 69*F and sunny, just a few wispy clouds, and a little wind......spring at least for today has sprung..............it was great to not have to layer and bundle up.........and just enjoy the warmer weather and just enjoy the walk.......

Sunday, April 9, 2017

 Anyone who has read this blog before knows i have a burning desire to bore all my readers with my walks.......the weather up here is finally getting to be a nice spring, and today was a beautiful day....and except for a short walk to see if the pair of Canada Geese which spend time in  the pond just north of me were feeding.....but they were a no show.......i waiting to see the arrival of the goslings, but will still be a few weeks.........last year there were 7 pair of adults and between 25 and 30 little ones......
 but as to the walk, old age can be a bitch.........beautiful warm sunny spring day and all i can say about my legs today was that they reached from my hips to the soles of my feet.....was cold yesterday but the legs were good so walked twice and stocked up so i really don't need to walk until mid week....so by then i trust that the legs will co-operate.........
 As part of the on going construction [ some may say de-construction] of this blog, I have decided to include 3 posts from one of my now extinct blogs "Under the Bridge"[you can find them in  the footers at the bottom of the page].......that blog was more aimed at commentary about political and religious/biblical/social issue [or as some might say my rants].......and to be honest I've basically lost interest in politics......i may still from time to time comment on social/biblical issues......except for the poetry which will still appear on "Troll's Poetry Corner" [link on the left}.........what will result is to bring this going on 15 years project to what it was conceived of [ or is that ill conceived of] in the beginning, that is, a "garbage dump" so to speak for what ever comes out of my very varied, and completely warped mind......although none of the links to the best of my recollection ever appeared on another of my extinct blogs, a links blog "Trollie Hangs Ten".......I've added a bunch.....links that is......[ however my recollection could be questioned]

Saturday, April 8, 2017

 The last re-design lasted about 36 hours........i'm at it again........didn't like the way the new theme showed some of the text.......and decided i needed 3 columns widths............but knowing me my theme and layout tend to have a very short 'shelf life'.....
{i should just post a sign  here that reads, "Hard Hat Zone: site under construction!"}
{ after very little thought, and far less common sense, see on the left}

Thursday, April 6, 2017

I've been playing around tonight with the layout of my blog.....it happens from time to time for the going on 15 years this has been around.......i can never leave well enough alone but on the right you will find a new header......."Now Playing".........actually it's not new to this blog..........but i deleted it one of the times i re-did the layout........but decided to bring it back......
 The Faure Requiem.......on a short list of my favorite liturgical pieces I've ever sung......but one time is special to me....i was singing with NorthCountry Choral Society at the time, we generally sang with a small instrumental ensemble and my D who was in High School at the time was in the ensemble......neat experience......
 It is my intention from time to time add to the "Now Playing" list, [been re-named "Favorite Music"]