Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter...

...may you rejoice that Christ is risen...because without the resurrection, "we are," as the Apostle Paul noted, "of all men most miserable." (I Corinthians 15:9)
Did battle with the unseen forces of dufferdom again this weekend...
...they're merciless buggers, but I did my best while freezing my buns off and went down swinging.

It was another sunny but cold morning...38 degrees when I started...and the course is still soaked...
...but I enjoyed my round, nonetheless...even snuck in a par on the long par 3 much to my amazement...was on the edge of the green and left my 1st putt way short, but managed to drop a 15 footer in the cup for par.

Also dropped this one...
...dead center in the cup, but have to file that effort under the "dumb luck" category.

I was 3 feet in the fringe and so far away I didn't even bother trying to line it up...just eyeballed it and took a whack at it with Calamity Jane hoping to get it close...and to my amazement my shoot from the hip guesstimate was right on...was so unlikely - and non-repeatable - it made me laugh out loud.

In general I did ok...sprinkled just enough good shots in the mix along the way to make me want to try it again.

As Alexander Pope famously expatiated, hope springs eternal.
Looks like Mr. T is headed over by the airport to the folks at Grand Rapids Auto Gallery this week.  The cretin who said he was going to stop by was a no call no show so I guess that's that.
The good news is Mr. T starts pretty easily now and Karen detailed him so he's looking and running well.
Also in the no call no show department is a guy who said he was stopping by to look at our troublesome roof...we eventually got hold of him and he begged off, not just for this weekend but forever.

There's an old saying that opines if your roof leaks, that does not mean you live in a Frank Lloyd Wright house; but if you live in Frank Lloyd Wright house, your roof leaks.
Ours is definitely a close relative of a FLW design and so we have roof issues...and finding a roofer with the cojones to work on it is proving to be no small feat.

My opinion of roofers has gradually sunk to a point where I hold them in the same regard as I do politicians, drywallers and carnival workers.
Starting to get after some outside work now...trying to decide what to do in our courtyard...it's the first thing people see as they walk to our front door and so should be some coherent design statement.

What it resembles at the moment is an abandoned pet cemetery...
...which, ok, may be a slight exaggeration but not by much.

We've left it alone mainly because we've waffled a dozen times on what we want to do with it, but we've decided this is the year...it's not going to be a pool or hot tub or putt putt golf course so by mid-May we'll have something definitely underway.

Stay tuned for the big reveal...
...which in all honesty, probably won't be all that big...but hopefully better than a pet cemetery.
Re-published "Last Flight" this weekend...
...read it again and found a few things I wanted to change...nothing major, but tweaked it a bit here and there for clarity, including the ending.

Other than that it's been pretty quiet on the writing front...hit a dry spell as far as new ideas go...frustrating...I need to be writing but it's low tide at the moment.

Time to push Timmy back into the well, I guess...
later, mcm fans...

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Friday, April 19, 2019

I Sing...

...of Spring...not literally, of course...don't want to be arrested again.

But finally...beautiful daffodils and some actual greenery.  So pretty!

And so much nicer than our view less than a week ago...
...in mid-April, that's just rude.
...even had the turkeys wondering what the heck was going on...
Have to admit, it was pretty at night...
...but I'm over it now...we need warmth and sunshine so I can do this...
...in my back yard again.
Did manage to snag that knock-off DC-3 lamp on ebay...not the 1939 version...the one from the 1970's...
...bought the appropriate craft paint that adheres to glass last night and Karen plans to work her magic...pics to follow when complete.
Someone's coming to have a look at Mr. T this weekend...
...not a recent pic, but a fond memory...loved driving that iconic symbol of a bygone era.

If he's not interested, it's off to the folks at Grand Rapids Auto Gallery on consignment.  My contact there claims he'll sell it within a month or two and get my price for it.

We'll see...but either way it's tough to part with it.

Time to move on...
On the diet front...
...ok, not quite that bad...nor have I lost that much weight...but after 2 weeks I am now 9 pounds lighter...and still need to lose another 9 or 10 I do believe.  I think 200 lbs or just under is probably my best weight.

Karen is doing well, too, and though I will be but a fond memory if I utter any numbers, she's looking fab and pleased with her progress so far.

We soldier on.


and now, without apology...
...how do you stop a charging rhino?
...take away his credit card, of course...

later, mcm fans...


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Sunday, April 14, 2019

Bright Sunshine...

...but freezing temps...add in a stiff breeze and a soaked course and you've got a pretty good recipe for a tough round.

Did manage a couple of bogeys, but considering how many times I had to pull my ball out of a small pond in the middle of the fairways, I stopped counting and just used the round for practice.
As odd is it might sound considering the conditions, I did have fun...was definitely wet and way too cold when the wind blew, but I was striking the ball ok...even figured out a couple of things in the fairway and on the greens.

All in all an enjoyable stroll around the links.
Well, we're officially on a 40 day diet now and I'm happy to report at the end of the first full week I've lost 7 days.
Actually, it hasn't been too bad...surprised to learn how much I like fresh apples and a well made salad...and I'm drinking more water in a day than I used to in a week.

Karen must know what she's doing bc I'm 5 pounds lighter now...
We'll see if I can make it to my goal of 15 to 20 pounds over the remaining 5 weeks.

Then we'll watch "Paris Can Wait"...
...pop the cork on a good bottle of wine and start eating our way back up to where we started.
There's a particular art deco table lamp I'd love to own...
...a Ray Schober DC-3 airplane lamp from the late 1930's...made especially for the 1939 World's Fair, but it's a bit pricey.
...last one I saw sell on ebay went for $600 a year or two ago.

Oddly, there are suddenly 3 different ones available on ebay now, with the lowest "buy it now" price at $899.  One of them was listed delusionally at $1,250.

It's rewarding to report no one has bitten on any of them yet at those inflated prices, and all of them have been relisted at least once.

'Twould be lovely to own one, but I think I'll probably pop for a far less expensive knock off made in the 1970's...looks very similar, same color and size, but does not have the silver lines and windows.

Karen has volunteered to add those using silver model paint...won't be able to tell the difference when she's done.

We'll capture that art deco vibe at a fraction of the price.
This guy showed up in the middle of the day...
...and munched on some corn for awhile, then moseyed on back into the woods.

Weird stuff, bc within a 2 mile radius we're surrounded by a bunch of big box stores, restaurants, grocery stores, etc., but it sure looks and feels like the country out here.
Didn't realize it, but April 14th has been a pretty big day in history...

President Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth on this day in 1865...

The RMS Titanic hit an iceberg just before midnight on this day in 1912, sinking into the Atlantic the next day...

American pilots engaged in their first ever aerial dogfight over the Western Front in France during WWI in 1918...

Country music legend Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow, Kentucky in 1935...
Did I mention she's proud to be a coal miner's daughter?

The Montreal Canadiens won their 5th consecutive Stanley Cup in 1960, a record that still stands today...

And joining this impressive hit parade of history, in 2019 on this day I published the 367th edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

Accepting the award for this prestigious accomplishment is the founder and motivating force behind this blog, Mr. Bolts:

Fortunately, not only is he extremely shy, he also cannot speak, a common ailment amongst tall, green, formerly deceased persons.

That means his acceptance speech will be delightfully short, even to the point of being non-existent.

Public speakers and meeting organizers of the world, take note.
Finally, tonight we stand on the brink of every American's favorite day of the year...Tax Day.

And you know what Benjamin Franklin said about Death and Taxes...
No, no, no...it was more along the lines of "In this world nothing can be said to be certain except death and taxes".

Oh well, I suppose it could be worse...at least winter hasn't returned...
...oh...wait...

later, mcm fans...


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