Sunday, January 15, 2017

Trophy

Here's a Participation Trophy for all the Houston Texans fans out there - you've earned it.  
Actually we could say this is for all fans of any Houston area professional team in recent history.  We have a history of supporting teams that are just good enough to get our hopes up but never good enough to go the distance.  I sometimes feel like we would be better off in Des Moines or Savannah or Bozeman - somewhere that doesn't field any major league teams - so we could feel free to support any team we liked, or ignore professional sports completely.  Life would certainly be simpler.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Fourteen

I have mentioned before that I am a founder of a Facebook Group called Addicted to Limericks.  It has been the source of a great deal of joy and some really delightful poems over the years, and has given me the chance to "meet" and interact with some very interesting and talented folks from all over the world.
We're always on the lookout for new members, so if you think you might be interested, contact me. 
Today, one of our members re-posted a limerick she wrote three year ago.  I did not comment on it at the time - not even a "like" - and I could not remember seeing it before.  
That got me wondering  what I might have been doing in January of 2014 that would have caused me to miss it.  To help solve the mystery, I turned to my daily blog posts for the month.  I didn't find anything that helps to explain it, but I did come across a great quote on the challenge of doing a daily blog ---

“Writing a daily column (or blog post) is like being married to a nymphomaniac,  just when you think you’re finished, you have to start all over.”
That was written by Ellen Goodman, the Pulitzer Prize winning author from the Boston Globe and Washington Post.  Since she is a grandmother (and married to a man) I have to wonder if the quote was her own idea or if it was plagiarized.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Snapper Snaps Back

 

 Last weekend, during the freeze, I noticed a shiny white object lying out in the yard.  I had no idea what it was, but waited until the temperature was back in the upper 70s to go find out.  It turned out to be the hanger rod that connects the front of the mower deck to the Snapper lawn tractor, or what the parts diagram calls a Link - Lift - Suspension - Front - Mower.
The one I picked up from the yard still resembled the one above, but it had obviously been hit by the mower, because it had several additional bends.  I got it reinstalled, but it would not fit correctly, so yesterday I took it off and attempted to straighten out some of the kinks.
I laid it on the concrete and beat on it with a hand sledge, then slid one end into the receiver hitch on the truck and bent it by hand.  It wasn't perfect, but I made a lot of progress - possibly enough for it to work.  Then I decided to give it a few more whacks with the hammer. 
I should have left well enough alone.
On the third blow, the thing bounced up and hit me back, striking me in the right eye.  It hurt like the devil, and by the time I made it to the house, blood was dripping down by cheek, but thank goodness it looked a lot worse than it was.  
Honey washed it up and had me put ice on it.  I ended up with a small cut on my cheek just below the eye socket and another little scratch on my upper eyelid.  This morning, I don't even have much of a black eye.
I'm going to try reinstalling the link later today.  I think it will work now, but if it doesn't, I'm going to order a new one.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Triple D

Food Network Super Star Guy Fieri is in town filming episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He's pictured above at one of his stops, Q-Shi, a combination barbecue and sushi joint in Spring.
He'll be back in town in a few weeks for the Superbowl, hosting the Player's Tailgate Party.
 

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Farewell

Before a crowd of about 18,000 of his fans in Chicago, Barack Obama delivered a farewell address last night in Chicago.  
All of the networks had scheduled 30 minutes for coverage, but the speech went more like 54 minutes, so somebody in the Obama camp must have misinformed the media - imagine that!
I'm sure that the fact-checkers have been out in force, so I won't go into that except to say that his claim that race relations have improved during his presidency is absolutely, provably, untrue.  I suppose he does believe it - is psychologically unable to believe anything else.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Taking the First

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
That's the 1st Amendment to the US Constitution.  It means that we, as Americans, enjoy the right of Free Speech.  We have a perfect right to hold opinions and say things that are totally without merit.  It gives us the right to be wrong, to be stupid, to say things that make us appear to be a total ASSHAT.  (I actually had to look that term up the first time I saw it, although it should be self-explanatory.)
You still can't yell FIRE in a crowded theater (unless it actually is on fire) and you can still be sued for libel or slander, but otherwise you are free to say anything that comes into your head.  


Lately, it seems as though we are not only allowed, but actually encouraged to say things that leave the rest of mankind scratching their collective heads and wondering how the Hell you could possibly be so wrong.