We had an eXciting evening last night as tornados ripped through our area. The Haliburton oil field services facility in nearby Pampa was wiped out by a twister that I heard was a mile wide. I have added a snapshot of the weather radar that has the rather skinny appearing but rather long storm. It stretched from southern Texas to northern Nebraska at this point around 8 PM.
Absent For A Bit ....
Notice: Blogger has screwed up and lost a bunch of photos out of my blog! They are replaced with a gray silhouette of a human head. I will eventually get them replaced with the correct photo, it may take a while to find and fix everything. So some of my stories don't make much sense without their photos, sorry for the inconvenience.
Posted by esbboston at 9:17 AM
UPDATE: I watched the serviceman from the gas company reconnect my gas service. I discovered something(s) interesting.
Not only had they gone to the simple trouble of turning the supply valve before the meter to the OFF position and locking it, they had also temporarily loosened up the gas meter and had put a PLUG in the exit side of the meter! THEN after he had put everything back together and checked it for leaks, he painted the entire piping from where it exits and enters the ground on each side of the meter all the way back to the meter. I asked him why they did that (to a line the looked freshly painted already) and he said it was for corrosion prevention. But I think it is also a measure to check for tampering with the piping connections (!) in the future.
Posted by esbboston at 6:11 PM
Today's Dumb Business Joke:
Billionaire investor Carl Icahn is calling for the company AIG to split up into 3 companies. At first I thought, "That would be easy, just call the new companies 'A', 'I', and 'G'. But it gets a bit complicated, because the G of AIG stands for 'Group', and if you are going to Ungroup the company then the new names would be A, I, and U. But based on the amount of money involved with the federal government bailing out AIG during the recent financial crisis, they should call them I O U.
Posted by esbboston at 11:42 AM
A customer of my wife was getting his hair cut and telling us about the problems he was having with his refrigerator. The door between the freezer and refrigeration sections is stuck open so he manually has to adjust things from time to time.
Posted by esbboston at 11:46 AM
I found this interesting thing in Google's display of un-formation of a half-something John Kasich said.
Posted by esbboston at 1:50 AM
My recent dream was a slight modification of the television series House. The characters of House were focused on making difficult automotive repairs. They used medical diagnostic equipment and lingo to repair veRy difficult car problems. It followed the House format of seemingly getting the car fixed only to have it break down again. House then fixed it replacing something minor.
Posted by esbboston at 10:11 AM
Dear Roger Ailes,
Posted by esbboston at 5:59 AM
I am having a hellishly busy week where I have contractor fixing water damage, problems with Best Buy sending a bad incompetent joke of a plumber to do a dishwasher install which he screws up leaving water leaks and a broken brand new appliance AND my wife overloads me with work in our printing business. It wasn't completely her fault, she honestly thought she was taking an order for a certain quantity BUT then the customer later clarified it was for FIVE times the amount.
Because my Cooper is getting older he is having a harder time climbing up on the bed. So I lowered it down about five inches by removing the metal framework.
Now it is the same height as the couch in the livingroom which he has no problems with getting onto. BUT he is confused about the bed. He doesn't seem to understand what has happened and he won't just jump up on it. He has complained loudly about it. We spent about an hour trying to help him. He did 'crawl' onto it once with Tamie helping him, it was hilarious, but then couldn't figure it out again. He finally gave up and slept on the floor. He even SAW me remove the metal frame.
Old dogs, old tricks.
At least I got to enjoy watching Tamie make running and jumping examples for the dog.
Old women, old tricks.
If three beers a day wiLL get you to age 110, I am wondering if a 6-pack wiLL let you reach 220.
I saw a headline:
Massachusetts Mayor Calls Bobby Jindal The 'Gomer Pyle' of Politics
I thought this was very unfair to Gomer Pyle.
Plus Ted Cruz trying to make bacon with a machine gun. Only Rachel Maddow pointed out that it wasn't a machine gun, it was a semi-automatic.
Posted by esbboston at 7:30 AM
Hahahaha, oh, I love my new word.
For the first time in weeks I didn't wake up at 3 AM.
I woke up at 10:30 PM and stayed awake until 3 AM.
I am not sure I am making progress.
Yesterday was a very sad day and this is going to be a tough week. We lost a special friend, one of our cosmetology renters, passed away. I enjoyed her very much. I always looked forward to our chats and laughter on Friday afternoons. She cared for so many people in life and was a grand example for all.
We have received a ridiculous amount of rain this year. We are at about 24 inches so far when we should have received 12 and after about a decade of drought, especially the final three years of it were scorchers, ending about 15 months ago.
With the help of rain barrels I have been able to water my vineyard entirely with rain water. I am about 3/4 finished harvesting my grapes. Its my first harvest with a significant yield on 3 out of 4 plants. I am not sure why the grapes are tiny on the southwest plant, the largest plant.
The new head of the DEA says that marijuana is less dangerous than heroin. He used the word 'probably'!!!
I hate drugs.
I will be glad when The Donald is gone. He is such an evil mental imbecile. He has taken megalomania to a whole new level I call gigalomania, which is appropriate as the prefix 'giga' means billion.
He can't even admit that he has said something that he clearly said, "John McCain is not a war hero." He has this bizarre word algebra where he thinks that saying the opposite statement (sarcastically) four times will negate the original saying. He only said the positive statement because the moderator had instantly chided him AND the audience began to boo him.
IF he was running for president and doing exactly the same things and saying the exact things WITHOUT the billions of dollars of wealth and previous celebrity status NO ONE would be listening to him.
His only agenda seems to be building a Mexican wall, bombing ISIS so he can steal their oil and hiring the idiot Palin, the younger female version of his brain for his cabinet. All this while hiring hundreds of immigrants in the past for his empire when he makes all these job creating claims for Americans. He doesn't even seem to be able to properly value his business empire with estimates scattered over a huge range.
The United States deserves someone far better than this to be the president.
Posted by esbboston at 7:48 AM
After I got home from the groc store late at night about 11 PM I sat down on the couch after putting everything away. Then Cooper complained to me, and I suddenly remembered that I had forgot to get his dog biscuits at the store, after I had told him early in the day I would get him some. Luckily there was a box of tiny dog biscuits for Trixie still at our house, so I gave him three of those.
(RIACH: Reindeer In A Cup Holder)
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Posted by esbboston at 7:43 AM
I Think That I shall never see
A pole lovely as a Tree
A pole wiTh a horizonTal 2 by 4 aT iTs cresT
Upon iT insulaTors where wires can resT
A pole thaT poinTs direcTly up aT God all day
Unless a weak foundaTion has made iT sway
A pole That may someTimes protecTively wear
A poisonous Tar coaTing To make insecTs beware
And cables To carry The currenT we all need
To give our appliances such whirring speed
And provide The power They conTinue To do
Unless a massive sTorm snaps The wires in Two
Poems are made by me when I geT silly
BuT a power pole is made by a sawmilly
(Poem structure based on 'Trees' by Joyce Kilmer, 1913)
Poetry Link: The Next Poem in My Blog
New Blog for My Abstract Art ... Come Visit
These are pieces that I have generated mainly using computer art tools. Enjoy !
I am also in the process of linking my poetry blog entries together. This project is only partially finished. A "Poetry LINK" at the bottom of the blog entry points to the next older piece of poetry.
First poem in the series of linked poems ....
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