Absent For A Bit ....

I am away for a little while working on a few or more episodes for The Adventures of My Space Alien Alter Ego story ... will return (to Earth) soon!

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.




Things That I Think Are Interestinkg:

- The digital camera in my wife's iPhone makes the same noise as the mechanical shutter of an obsolete film camera.

- Several cows accidentaLLy froze to death in a federal government cabin high up in the mountains of Colorado. They had got lost. The forest rangers are going to chop them up and feed them to the local predators. Bear breakfast. One rejected idea for dealing with the cabina de carne de vaca con fria was to blow it up. My Question: Is there ice cream on the inside of the frozen cows? They actuaLLy stated in the news article that just leaving cows to rot in the cabin would have endangered the local water supply to a weLL known skinny dipping site.

(I just now imagined John Denver writing a song about these frozen cows.)

- Barak Obama campaign pledged to get us out of Afghanistan before becoming president. Shortly after becoming president he "won" a Nobel Peace Prize after doing essentiaLLy nothing to earn it. Once in office as commander-in-chief he increased the military forces in the Middle East. Now that he is on the brink of being kicked out of office (maybe) he has made commitments for the US to continue helping Afghanistan even AFTER our military eventuaLLy leaves. At that point we can rename the place "AfterGoneIStay".

- The leaves on my grape vines are doing wonderful this year, BUT a worm showed up a couple months earlier than normal. I am just hoping the plants produce leaves faster than the worms can eat, as I raise organic pesticide-free grapes.

- There seem to be an awful lot of mistakes in the textbook for my HVAC college course. There are even a bunch of consistently wrong page number references on an answer sheet, like they are pointed at possibly a different version of the textbook. BUT the most interesting attempt in the teacher's notes in the separate workbook at trying to fix a drawing mistake, the very final one in the textbook: He makes TWO more mistakes in the correction notice itself. The chapter number is 31 instead of 32 and the page number reference is off by 24. I spent a half hour trying to figure out what I was supposed to be correcting. Previous attempts at letting the college know something was wrong with their textbook have been rewarded with silence. I am just glad I have my own private local HVAC mentor and the Internet.

Update about the Mistakes in Textbook: Another interesting mistake in the Workbook for my HVAC course are the words at the beginning of every Vocabulary Builder section. All 19 lessons have these words: "To improve your Floral Design literacy, take time to complete this exercise." Um, no, I am pretty sure I am studying air conditioning, not flowers.

- My wife and I have synchronized pain. We both have a left foot that hurts, and neither one of us knows why.

- I have been a bad boy. My favorite shovel has been left out in the weather too many times and the wooden handle has become rather rough. I had never hurt my hands with the shovel yet because of the rough condition of the wood. Today I apply some sandpaper to smooth it out. BUT in the process of sanding with just a piece of the sand paper a rough spot on the handle snares the paper and my hand gets an almost splinter. Twice. BUT ... after I finaLLy learn the correct way to perform the task, and its getting pretty smooth, I make a discovery. I looked down at the business end of the shovel and realized that I had been working on my least favorite shovel, the one with the poorly angled blade. I blame this mistake on my use of sunglasses and having a dark garage. So I wound up sanding two shovel handles instead of one.

- I got a "new" phone number from Skype a few months ago and now I get phone caLLs from biLL coLLectors for other people. Oh, I typed that wrong, -several- other people. It is now approaching the number of telemarketers that used to caLL my old ceLL phone. Another plus to using Skype is that my name doesn't show properly on caLLer ID, so my mother hadn't always answered my caLLs.

- A blind Chinese man outsmarted the people holding him captive and escaped to the sanctuary of the US embassy. I am not so sure that leaving our embassy to return to China was his best move. The Chinese government doesn't have a very good track record of being nice to people who make noises against them.

- Before I got my new refrigerator I was very diligent about eating my cauliflower. I have wasted very little of it in the last four months. But now I have forgot two of them in a row. At least they aren't lost frozen Colorado cows errors.


fmcgmccllc said...

Love John Denver, I know that is wrong.

Have you tried Murphy's Oil Soap on the grape leaves?

The blind guy is now crying out for help as he was screwed in the deal.

Cauliflower is best raw or coated with browned bread crumbs, I also put it in the garbage soup. Soup today has squash and potatoes with a mild pepper and the usual suspects. Adding some turkey soon.

esbboston said...

fmcgmccllc: Mmmm, I love raw cauliflower, and also in our veggie stir fry of about a half doZen things. Soup! You are making soup, and kinda making me hungry. I just now looked at clock for maybe the first time aLL day and realized I need to start the chicken soon for supper. Tamie is making her latest piece of kitchen maGic: Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas!

I saw that he was complaining about his deal. At least Hillary is in town (over there) for a while or soon, so maybe he wiLL get to live a few days longer.

Rob Z Tobor said...

That is many words Mr ESB, I have read them all because it is late and a man in a truck is delivering all our groceries but he is late and so we sit and wait. I have also made one arm of the Cardboard Olympian so some progress. If I remember I will write about this tomorrow in the mean time I must go and wait.

I agree about the blind man in China. One comment was that the Chinese government no longer has to worry about the rest of the worlds views on human rights because it is such a powerful force economically. It is sad that they don't think about human rights just how other countries respond and whether that matters to them economically. One day I think that will come back and bite some of them.

Jewels said...

It must've been awfully cold for those cows to freeze. I lived on a dairy in Idaho (where it gets 'freeze-your-nose-hairs' cold) and our cows never died and even managed to produce warm milk. They would only have made ice cream if they were also shaken while they froze.
You and your wife have an amazing connection if your aches mirror one another.
(I loved your Obama/Karzai post. Made me laugh.)

esbboston said...

Jewels: I bet that the cows would have survived if they just could have had food, but they were reaLLy high up in the mountains and probably trapped by deep snow. Plus cows don't usuaLLy get to watch alot of movies, so they didn't know to 'go cannibal'. I thought about the freezing cows making ice cream and realized the need for milk-in-motion, but I thought that maybe the cows shivered, maybe they made a little bit of ice cream. Haha, I just came up with a brand name. Instead of Ben & Jerry's, it could be "caBIN & Guernseys", hahahaha .....

Glad you enjoyed the Obama & Karzai story, it was so much fun! I think I spent about 10 minutes writing the main draft, but 5 minutes of the 10 were spent laughing. It kind of reminded me of my good old days (about a year and a half) when I drew cartoons back in the '90s.

esbboston said...

After much research, I came up with a better name: "caBIN & Jerseys" - Jersey is also a kind of dairy cattle.

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