Saturday, April 5, 2014

Peter B. Porter

Peter Porter looks like he was a very active person.


This is a location on Niagara Street near Auburn. It is a quite historic area along the Niagara River.

Fascinating article on Buffalo and Black Rock competition.

Friday, March 14, 2014

If You Don't Take Care

I heard this saying "If you don't take care of yourself someone else will."

This really covers a lot of territory.

  • If you are sick you don't take care of yourself because you can't so if it is severe you need a doctor.
  • If you drink or are addicted you need support to get off it or legal help or someone eventually to bury you.
  • If you just do not feel like doing things you probably need psychiatric or social help.
  • If you do not take care of your education you probably will need government programs to survive.
  • If you are not conscious of your diet needs you will need diet help, medical help or help with your burial at an early age.
There are a lot of people who make a lot of money telling us what to do because we don't take care of ourselves sensibly.

Isn't it degrading putting up with the dehumanizing aspects of applying for and using foodstamps. Welfare because we cannot get hired is brain numbing.

It is not usually your fault if you get cancer but you are in for an experience of dependence on doctors.

All that matters is that you don't take care of yourself whether it is because you can't or won't. What you end up doing is losing a serious chunk of your freedom. The ability to choose is seriously diminished.

Go back to some sort of school. Get rid of the debt and put away a rainy-day-fund. Shape up!

Unless you are totally buried in self deception or denial you have a chance. Unless you are terminal you have options.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

We Have Snow!

It is 6:45 pm and it has been snowing all day.

I am planning to plow some snow before it gets dark.

A guy across the street was out plowing a little while ago. A buddy of his was watching and his little pre-school daughter was there with two dogs.

The daughter was running around and getting dumped in snow piles. She was having a ball.

The dogs were both running all over and getting shot at by the snow from the snow blower. They were actually running in front of it to get sprayed more by the snow.

I think everyone is going to sleep very well tonight.

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Cold Drags On

I was shocked when I saw that the temperature at my usual departure time was only 3 degrees.

I have always been someone who has enjoyed the winter weather. Everything seems so white and nice when we get some snow. All the defects are covered up and the world seems clean and new.

I have had a snow blower for a couple of years now and the thing works just great now that I have learned most of the idiosyncrasies. It is actually fun to go out and clear the snow.

Really though, I do think we have had enough of these good times. A little warm-up would be appreciated.

Leave the polar vortexes and Calgary Clippers for another year. I really think I have had enough for this year. Bring on the lawn mower!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Think It Is Winter

The past two years have been quite mild around here.

This year seems to be making up for it though. We have been having pretty cold weather and a pretty good amount of snow to go along with it. This is for Kenmore, NY 14217:


It is supposed to "warm up" to the 20s later in the week but more snow is predicted.

I do not really mind the snow but sub-zero and windy conditions take all the fun out of it.

At least the snow blower is working pretty good. It is still fun using that.

Monday, January 6, 2014

An Evenings Entertainment

The tv does not really interest me and there is only so much interest in staring at a computer screen.

Tonight is a good night for other things.

I dropped a bouillon cube in a cup and filled it with hot water. I then walked to the front door and let myself become transfixed by the scene outside. There is not a large amount of snow. In fact you can still see little patches of bare concrete on the sidewalks.It is 5 degrees though and breezy. It is dark and just lit by streetlights and some Christmas decorations.

The wind is blowing right down the street and blowing the snow sort of like it would sand in a sandstorm. There are waves of snow whipping past the house. It is just like a movie of the far north. There is like a mist of ice crystals in the air.

Gee I am glad I am in here and not out there.

I really have a snug, warm and secure feeling watching the world go on around me. It is quite relaxing.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Pearl Harbor - FDR's Speech

December 7 is the anniversary of the Japanese attack on the Pearl Harbor naval base.
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President Franklin Delano Roosevelt made a speech to the Congress and the American people the day after.

Here are his words     (8:41 total)

This is really a moving speech - audio only.