Thursday, November 14, 2019

Can We Please Go Back...

...to when we were just frozen...and not also buried in the white stuff?
You don't have to twist my arm...I admit it's very pretty...but November 12th?

C'mon...even Ol' Man Winter...
...knows it's too early...
...see all the brown leaves?

Ok, let's review:

First the leaves change colors and fall, then it gets cold and snows.

Are we clear on this?

Heck, even the Tree Creature is wondering what happened...



* heavy sigh *

It was Veteran's Day this past Monday.
my favorite veteran, getting pinned in Afghanistan
Originally called Armistice Day, it was meant to commemorate the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when they signed the armistice to cease hostilities in World War I.

It's worth noting November 11th wasn't the actual end of the war; that didn't happen officially until June 28, 1919, with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.

But it was when armies laid down their arms, and so in 1920 the first official observance of Armistice Day occurred.

In 1921 it was observed again, and this time with the somber burial at Arlington National Cemetery of the remains of The Unknown Soldier  
Inscribed on the back of the tomb are these words:

"Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God."

In 1926 Congress passed a resolution that November 11th should be observed every year as Armistice Day.

In 1938 Congress made it a Federal Holiday..."dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as Armistice Day."

Unfortunately we all know how that whole "world peace" thing has gone, so in 1954 Congress amended the 1938 act, changing the word Armistice to Veteran's.

So there's your history lesson for the day, but the real point of this is for all of us to stop and give thanks to those men and women who, through the years, have dedicated their life to service.

Many of them were called to give the ultimate sacrifice, and it is due to their bravery, dedication and sacrifice that we enjoy our God given rights of Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness.

So thank a veteran, ya'll...
...and God Bless America!


Starting to zero in on Papa's Model T: The Bambino
...when Papa X and Ike time travel back to 1916.

Researching and formulating at the moment, but I'm hoping to start writing this weekend.

I've got the time travel part outlined, and the "cherry on top" of their service mission...but still working on what Ike's challenge is.

More to come...

Slowly making progress on turning our former carport into a guest room...new roof and new windows this past summer...and now we've insulated the ceiling...before:


...and after:

Still have a long way to go...new lights / electrical, plumbing for a bathroom, murphy bed, etc, but thankful for every step of progress along the way.



Not much shaking as we go 'round the horn this week...


I've been looking for this particular TV for years, and it finally came up for sale on ebay...a Telstar Predicta Chalet...too bad I'm not going to bid on it...


more of the same...suffering from an appalling excess of the white stuff...


if that's how the great Steinbeck saw it, there may actually be hope...




cool sign on a restaurant up north where Larry and his dad like to eat




"when fixing the dent isn't in the budget"...I can relate

When I was 20 years old and working in the oilfields, I drove to the rig early in the mornings with an older gent from Oklahoma.  This was during the CB craze of the 70's...
...and he spent most of the ride there doing that "breaker breaker 19" thing, and endlessly asking about the smokey report, if there were any Kojaks with a Kodak around, whatsyur 20, etc.

All of this nonsense was simply the preamble for what everyone really wanted to get to...and that was the big sign off when they could wow 'em with their handle and clever farewell...

"This is the High Plains Drifter with the hammer down, my noise between the ditches and Smokey out of my britches..."

Hey, no one said it was easy...endings are hard.




Well...some are easy.

later, mcm fans...



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Saturday, November 9, 2019

In The Warming House...

...children lace their skates...so wrote Gail Mazur in her lovely poem, "Ice"

But there'll be no skating on Lover's Lagoon, even though it is frozen over now as you can see.

Are we happy about being plunged into the deep freeze this early in November??
Can pigs fly?

Do bears relieve themselves in the men's room of the local Howard Johnson's?

Is there such a thing as an honest politician?


You get the idea.
Now that we've chased All Hallows E'en off the stage...
...we've less than 3 weeks until Thanksgiving...
...so we've at least made a start on decorating...
...focusing on an autumn motif...
...and including Ronson Rosewood candles, a cornucopia and of course Pilgrims and Native Americans...all in preparation for the guest of honor...
...and to paraphrase the great Joe Louis...
...they can run fly, but they can't hide...
I've been limping along at creative low tide lately...
...struggling to come up with my next story...but I think I might be turning the corner...kicking around some ideas for a new Papa's Model T book.

I'm trying not to be too formulaic, but after 7 books in the series I've settled into what I think is a format that works.
Ike usually has a conflict or challenge in his life, and Papa X helps him with it.  In the middle of that the two of them climb into Papa X's 1923 Model T and time travel back to the 1920's where they assist someone in need.  While there they witness an historical event of some kind...sports, music, etc...and when they return Ike resolves whatever his conflict or challenge is.

The 1920's are rich with significant historical events, but I think I'm on the verge of moving the time travel part of the story back a decade to the 1910s.

They were every bit as significant as the 1920's...
sinking of the Titanic, April 15, 1912



the 1914 Providence Grays at the start of Babe Ruth's career...


sinking of the Lusitania in May of 1915



the infamous Zimmerman telegram that finally pushed the United States into World War I


WWI two man tank built by Ford

Black Sox scandal of 1919

...and they fit perfectly with my Model T theme.

Henry built them from 1908 through 1927, so it might be a nice change of pace for Ike and Papa X.

Stay tuned...
As we hustle you toward the exit we leave you with these parting shots...
fear not...no cats were eaten by zombies nor electrocuted by downed power lines in the taking of this photograph


Aht: if you have to ask, I can't explain it to you.


Rodger posted this..."My Doctor told me I'm at that age now when I should put a bar in my shower, so..."


makes me wish I knew how to sail...
Karen bought me an early Christmas gift...it's called "The Trutherator"...

...and it automatically translates whatever you say into what people actually hear.

So...let's give it a try, shall we?

I'll just turn it on quick-a-minute...there...ok, here we go:

Blah blah blah blahbbity blah...blahbbity blahbbity blah blah blah...blahbbity blah blah blahbbity blah...

Turn it off turn it off turn it off!!

Well...that explains a lot of things in life, doesn't it?

later, mcm fans...



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