Time to revise
Posted Feb 6, 2013
My bucket list surfaced recently. I am amazed at how many items on it no longer hold the least interest for me. Neither do I feel the necessity to replace removed items with something else. The upside of all this is that staying home is cheaper than traveling. Another upside is that being contented with staying home means that I'm not as frustrated thinking about all the things I want to do but can't. And there are still enough things on the list to give me something to look forward to.
I'm not sure what has caused this change in me. Perhaps just getting older. But I know people my age and older who haven't lost their desire for travel and new experiences. So it probably isn't just getting older. Perhaps having had so much responsibility for so many years has left me too exhausted to enjoy things as much. I am seriously low on energy. Maybe the pendulum will swing back once I can manage to retire and just take care of myself for a change. I guess we'll have to wait and see.
Posted Feb 1, 2013
If, as some have suggested, the reason we are having such erratic weather patterns is that Mother Nature has gone menopausal, I sincerely wish she's have another hot flash. It is way too cold this morning to suit me.
My poor perennials and fruit trees are being driven crazy. Our latest temperature fluctuation is over 60ºF in 2 days, from 73º down to 9º this morning. According to the 7 day forecast, it will go back up into the 60s next week. We never know how to dress anymore. It's as bad as living in England.
Thanks for the memories
Posted Jan 20, 2013
Stan Musial died yesterday at age 92. Cardinal Nation has lost our greatest hero and role model. He was very frail the last time he participated in a home event, riding in a cart onto the field rather than walking. His grandson took over the interviews. Rumors were that he had dementia. I don't know if that's true or not, but at his age it's certainly possible.
You need to understand that I was raised in a household where baseball was a religion, Sportsman's Park was the Promised Land and Musial was the high priest. I was 14 when Stan the Man retired in 1963. The nearly 300 mile trip to St. Louis to the ballpark was a rare treat, but I listened to thousands of Cardinals games on the radio, with my dad when possible, by myself when he wasn't around.
Baseball was a large part of my life as a kid. One of the advantages of growing up in Little DooDah during the 50s and 60s was that we felt an attachment to several genuinely great baseball players. Mickey Mantle grew up 30 miles from here and got his start playing in Joplin. The Boyer brothers, Ken, Clete and Cloyd, grew up 8 miles from our house. Flesh and blood heros who showed up during the off season, willing to sign autographs when we ran in to them and talk baseball. Cloyd is the only one left. He and his wife helped me put together a baseball exhibit at the library a couple of years ago, let me hold his world series ring. Heaven!
Mick and Clete were Yankees, so I was a Yankees fan, too. But no team could really compete for my affection with the Cardinals. Musial was a big reason for this. He wasn't just a great player, he was a decent man. So, thanks for the wonderful memories, Stan, and for being such a great inspiration and role model for all of us. You will be greatly missed. Godspeed.
No pun intended
Posted Jan 8, 2013
The fattest knight at King Arthur's Round Table was 'Sir Cumference.' He acquired his size
from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye-doctor
on an Alaskan island,
but it turned out to be
an optical Aleutian.
She was only a whisky-maker,
but he loved her still.
A rubber-band pistol was confiscated
from an algebra class, because it was
a weapon of math disruption.
No matter how much you push
it'll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies
near the road
and was cited for littering.
A grenade thrown into a kitchen
in France would result in
Two silk worms had a race.
They ended up in a tie.
A hole has been found
in the nudist-camp wall.
The Police are looking into it.
Time flies like an arrow.
Fruit flies like a banana.
a non-prophet organization.
Two hats were hanging on a rack.
One hat said to the other:
'You stay here; I'll go on a-head.'
I wondered why the baseball
kept getting bigger.
Then it hit me.
A sign on the lawn
at a drug rehab center said:
'Keep off the Grass.'
The midget fortune-teller
who escaped from prison
was a small medium at large.
The soldier who survived
mustard gas and pepper spray
is now a seasoned veteran.
A backward poet writes inverse.
In a democracy it's your vote that counts.
In feudalism it's your count that votes.
When cannibals ate a missionary,
they got a taste of religion.
If you jumped off the bridge in Paris,
you'd be in Seine.
A vulture carrying two dead raccoons
boards an airplane.
The stewardess looks at him and says,
'I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion
allowed per passenger.'
Two fish swim into a concrete wall.
One turns to the other and says, 'Dam!'
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly;
they lit a fire in the craft.
It sank, proving --
you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says,
'I've lost my electron.'
The other says, 'Are you sure?'
The first replies, 'Yes, I'm positive.'
Did you hear about the Buddhist
who refused Novocain during a root-canal?
His goal: 'transcend dental medication.'
There was the person who sent ten puns
to friends with the hope at least
one would make them laugh.
No pun in ten did.
Has anyone seen?
Posted Jan 7, 2013
I'm hunting for a new British series to order on DVD. Has anyone watched Ripper Street? I don't get BBC America on my cable so can't watch it there. It is available for pre-order on Amazon.uk, but, as usual, the description of the series is very poor.
I have the latest George Gently, Lewis and Murdoch on pre-order. I enjoy all of those series.