Monday, September 26, 2016


The first head-to-head presidential debate of the 2016 campaign is scheduled for this evening.  Like just about everyone else, I'll be watching - and like just about everyone else, my mind is already made up.  
I really can't stand either of them, and I doubt that either can say anything that would change that.
Probably the most profound effect of the debate will be to the ratings of Monday Night Football.  The ratings have already been down so far this year and the Falcons/Saints game tonight may have the worst ratings ever.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Race Card

Yesterday, folks in Portland, Maine held a walk against Alzheimer's, and last night citizens of Chatham, New Jersey held a candle light walk to stop suicide.  Today in Austin they hold the annual Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure.
There is scientific evidence that walking and/or running is good for your health.  Unfortunately, the benefit only accrues to the participant.  
I wish events like these actually did some good.
Maybe, if they burned some cars or looted some stores.... 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Out On A Limb

Hard as it is to believe, that huge limb that fell on our house yesterday caused no visible damage except for one broken shingle.
I got up on the roof, and cut off all the branches, then hooked the main limb to the tractor and pulled it down.  
Cutting those branches up, and hauling them to the burning pile was all I could get done in one day.  I still have to cut the main limb into pieces small enough to pick up and haul, and I need to get back on the roof with the leaf blower and clear it of all the leaves and twigs.
Honey has given me strict orders not to get on the roof in her absence, and she is still out doing her morning walk.  I could get out the chain saw and cut up the limb, but I'm using her concern as an excuse not to do anything. 
What I did yesterday already has me so stiff and sore I can hardly move.  Old age ain't for sissies.

Friday, September 23, 2016

More Acorn Stuff

I wrote yesterday that our white oaks were not dropping any acorns.  As you can see in the picture above, the big white oak outside our kitchen window did drop some overnight.
Mother Nature made a liar out of me - OK - that would have been fine, but....
It didn't just drop a few acorns, it dropped an entire limb.  It's about 30 feet from where it separated from the trunk to the farthest twig, and it fell from a height about 20 to 25 feet above the top of the roof.
I'm not sure when it fell, but somehow I slept through it.  
It must have caused some damage, but I'm pretty sure it will be less than our deductible.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Half Mast

Botanists define Mast as the fruit of forest trees, particularly oaks.  A mast year is one in which acorns are particularly abundant.
On this first day of fall, the red oaks are dropping acorns everywhere, but the white oaks are not - thus the title of today's post.  
The white oaks have had a couple of strange years in a row.  I noted last year that the white oaks, which typically have huge acorns, had dropped early and the aborted acorns were tiny.  This year, although the trees appear to be healthy, I don't see any acorns at all.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


Last night marked the beginning of the new TV season, and the first episode of NCIS without Michael Weatherly.  
He didn't go far - the next hour on CBS saw him portraying the title character in BULL, a series we're told is based on the early career of Dr. Phil McGraw. He has successfully played celebrities in the past - back in '04 he played Robert Wagner in a docudrama about the death of Natalie Wood.  Wagner returned the favor with several years of guest shots as Anthony DiNozzo, Sr. on NCIS.
I've been a fan of Weatherly's since Dark Angel, and loved his character, Tony DiNozzo, on NCIS, but it was probably time for him to move on.
I liked the new show a lot - might have liked it better if I hadn't learned he was playing Dr. Phil -  but I'm having a hard time visualizing how they can stretch that concept into a series.  I guess we'll have to wait and see.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Slow Day

Doctor visit went fine yesterday - all labs and EKG were normal.  The most exciting thing to happen today was that I got to chase down the postal delivery person. (Wasn't life simpler when we could just say postman?) 
She is a new hire - second day on the job - and decided it was better to take my box of coffee back to the post office and leave me a note rather than taking a chance on leaving it at the wrong house.