Saturday, August 1, 2020

A Sign The Apocalypse...


...is upon us...I watched this event as a 19 year old college freshman and can vouch for the fact there were no females competing in the Men's Decathlon at the Montreal Olympics in 1976.

I did see the incredible Bruce Jenner win the gold and set a new world record in the process; it was a glorious thing to behold.

Alas, we are indeed in the midst of a deadly pandemic, but it has nothing to do with the common-coldvid-19.

Instead, our society has been infected with the mental illness of wokeness that makes the weak minded among us believe history can be changed to suit their whims.

I couldn't care less how Jenner self-identifies today.  As a libertarian I believe in "primum non nocere"...first, do no harm.

As long as that standard is upheld, Jenner can identify as a unicorn for all I care...not my business.

But much as they may wish it, neither Jenner nor anyone else has a license to rewrite history.

Whatever happened, happened.

It's the past and cannot be changed.

So when the "This Day In History" author of that article writes "after the first day of competition Jenner was...17 points behind her rival", it's not just pathetic pandering; it's historically inaccurate.

From Orwell's 1949 masterpiece, 1984:


“Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered.

"And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute.

"History has stopped.

"Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right.”


Welcome to the Ministry Of Truth.

Sad.  A little scary, too.



While we're on the subject of political nonsense, I spotted this bumper sticker on my way home from golfing:

Here's a little closer look:
"Literally Any Mentally Stable Adult 2020"

Amen.



But speaking of history...Karen was looking through some pics of this place when we moved in during the summer of 2017.

I took some "after" pics to go with each of the "befores", to wit:

Before:
the leaky, leaf filled pond in the courtyard...

After:
...transformed into a beautiful rock garden.

Before:
another view of the leaky pond...

After:
...and Karen's gorgeous makeover of that area today.

Before:
the corner garden area by the bonus room...

After:
...and Karen's revamped garden area today.

Before:
the courtyard "pet cemetery" view you saw as you approached our front door...

After:
...and the lush garden view Karen created that greets you now.

Sometimes the process of restoring this home to its former glory can seem frustratingly slow, so once in a while it's good to be reminded of where we started.

We soldier on.



And speaking of soldiering on, I toughed my way through my stroll through the country today...

...wasn't quite as good as last week's round, though I did have a couple of legitimate chances to 1 putt for par.



Unfortunately I left one a couple of inches short and just skirted the cup to right on the other one.

I did however snag a handful of bogeys along the way and in spite of those 2 near misses I actually putted pretty well overall.

As always it was a refreshing respite from the workaday world.

Gotta love hickory golf.



Well, it happened...

Ok, so it's probably not quite that bad...there's still some beautiful summer weather left...

...so get outside and enjoy it!

Plus, you'll never guess what "national month" August is...

I'm good with that.

But I'm warning you...it won't be long before summer packs her bags and...

...well...you know...



Once around the horn...
Amy and Pete beating the heat in big blue...even the drink cups are wearing sunglasses



hibiscus in bloom



relaxation station



Rocky returns



glad the magnet was turned off



a friend of Larry's snapped this pic of the Grand Tetons in Wyoming



just another day in paradise


it's GROUNDHOG day...



These may be the times that try men's souls, but at the moment it's also...

...here at the...

Mr. Bolts needs his beauty sleep...

...obviously...so it's time to hustle everyone out the door.

C'mon now, off you go...we've switched out the welcome mat for something more apropos...

...turned off the lights, yawned expansively...what else can we do?

Take the hint already.

later, mcm fans...


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Sunday, July 26, 2020

Looks Like Our Version...


...of the Redneck Riviera is just about complete.

We've got an Intex above ground pool and an Intex inflatable hot tub...

But before you laugh too hard, I have to say I'm now a fan of inflatable hot tubs.

They get great reviews on line for many reasons, not the least of which is they're inexpensive (about 1/7th the cost of traditional hot tubs), easy to set up (takes less than an hour) and simple to maintain (a chlorine floater does the trick).

Since they last between 3 and 5 years, that means you could replace them every few years for the next 20 years and still spend less than you would on a "permanent" one.

That adds up to some real savings...
never did learn how to use one of these things...

We had one of the expensive tubs at our last home, and you know what?

When you're sitting in the inflatable at night, it feels just as good as the traditional tub.

But, a couple of caveats...

1st, if you don't live in Dixie, these are 3 season hot tubs.

They can't be outdoors when the temps regularly drop below 39 degrees...can't take freezing weather and the heater wouldn't keep the water warm, anyway.

So if you like to sit outside in a hot tub with snow flakes gently falling on your eyelashes, this ain't your thang.

For us, that's just fine.  We tried the winter hot tubbing routine at our old house and didn't like it.

Come mid-October we'll either pack this one away until next April or move it indoors to our bonus room.

The 2nd caveat is this: they're advertised as a 4 person tub, but there's no way you'd comfortably get 4 normal sized adults in it.  It's really a 2 person tub, which is exactly what Karen and I wanted.

No offense, but I don't want to see you in your underwear, and I certainly don't want you snuggled up next me in a hot tub...that's private...

In my view, hot tubbing should always be a party for two...

...and this one accommodates that concept perfectly.

So here's to saving some serious cash on outdoor living!

Now...about that big blue tank in our backyard...

Yeah, you got me there.

I'm thankful for it in the heat...
a recent picture of me...

...but Lord willing we'll have an in ground pool next year...they're just prettier.

But I am keeping the hot tub...

...you can bet your boots on it.



It's been awhile since I had anything good to report...
yep, that's my wooden play club...un-retired it this week and did pretty well...

...about my escapades on the links...

...so I'm happy to say today went swimmingly.

Went back to gutta percha golf balls and hit my play club from the tees about 130 yards, my mid iron around 110, mashie about 85 and niblick around 50.

Even putted pretty well with Calamity Jane, and along the way I managed to snag a couple of pars and a couple of bogeys.

For *most* of the other holes I hung around double bogey.  (We shan't speak of the par 3 #7 hole.)

Walked off #9 after sinking a 1 footer for par and all was well with the world.



Enjoyed a lovely trip on the river recently courtesy of two dear friends...
Herb...



...and Sharon

They were kind enough to invite us to their gorgeous home...

...and we enjoyed good conversation and refreshments on their pontoon and beside their beach.




A fabulous evening with a delightful couple.



Recent sightings...


see it?




natural camouflage makes it hard to tell but there's a squirrel in there



lilies are gorgeous this year...



...and wonderfully fragrant, too




(wo)man made rainbow from Karen watering the flowers



a turkey getting a drink from the bubbling rock fountain



wind chimes playing their enchanting song in the morning zephyr



Rose of Sharon in bloom



saved the best for last...my beautiful great-granddaughter



And that dear readers is a wrap on this edition of the Atomic Monster Cafe.

As we plunge headlong into the last full week of July, I'd like to take this time to remind you of what's just ahead...

If you guessed, "an old silent movie - Million Dollar Mystery - from 1914" - well, no...but you've demonstrated an unexpectedly accurate grasp of silent movie history (how'd you manage that, anyway?)

But I'm afraid you've completely missed the point.

The train, see, is the month of August bearing down ominously and Norton there...well that's you laying around unprepared for what's coming, and Florence...well, lessee...Florence represents...um, well maybe you should stop trying to read so much into this.

I mean it's just a picture for crying out loud but it's a metaphor for the onrushing end of summer since August is just a week away.


I can tell you're not getting this so just forget the whole thing, but you'll be sorry...I tried to warn you...I did...

later, mcm fans...

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