Thursday, February 19, 2015

Cabin Fever

The other night I was feeling cooped up and in spite of the cold wanted to get out.

I checked my trusty bus schedules and found there was a Number 5 Kenmore-Niagara bus due in a few minutes. I got going right away and managed to catch a bus headed toward UB. Great!

It was about 7pm and I was surprised at all the people on the bus. Who would want to be out on a night like this?

We arrived at the South Campus station and my next step was to take the train Downtown so I would not have to spend any time in the cold. Trains run every 15 or 20 minutes around this time of day so the wait was pretty short.

Bus passes are great. I did not have to pay for anything.

Once again I thought about where all these people came from. The weather is really crummy. That is why I was taking a trip with minimal exposure to the elements.

Uneventful ride to the Church Station. Noticed there were people ice skating by the rink at Fountain Plaza. That made sense because that is the type of stuff this weather is for. Too cold for me though.

At Church was my longest walk in the cold. It is a couple of blocks to the Metro Center. I handled it quite well. It was not windy anyway.

Got a hot chocolate and a donut at Hortons in the bus terminal. Kind of nice just sitting there taking a break and watching the world go by.

You do see a lot of sad looking people in a place like this though. It is just a place to keep out of the cold for a while. I guess it has always been like that though and is a great reason to be thankful myself. Someone else always seems to have it worse.

The number 20 Elmwood bus departs every half hour right on the hour and the half so I took my time getting out to the bus. You can see where they are parked and when they start to pull out so there is no need to stand out in the cold long. It is also nice that you are one of the first on the bus and have a choice of seats.

The Elmwood bus really gets jam packed quite often during partsmof its trip so having a good seat really is nice.

The trip through Allentown and the Elmwood Village is an interesting one and actually passes quite quickly. The number of people riding the bus was once again impressive. All-in-all the whole experience was worth the money.

Actually, if I was paying it would only have cost me $2.50 for the whole thing for an all day pass for a senior or $5 for someone who is not 65 or on Medicare. I have a monthly pass so did not have to pay anything.

The Elmwood bus drops me off just a few doors from where I live so I had an almost weather free experience which was nice because the temperature was in the lower teens and a little snowy.

Actually, I felt pretty good about the whole thing.


Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson performing Lonely Teardrops in front of an audience.

I guess I am on a music kick. I really enjoyed this performance.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Boogie Woogie

This makes me tired just watching. Absolutely fantastic dancing.

The tune is called "Dancin' The Boogie" composed and performed by Swiss pianist Silvan Zingg on piano, Nuno Alexandre on bass and Simon Boyer on drums.The dancers are the french couple William and MaƩva.




Saturday, January 17, 2015

My Big Brother

He was tall.

He wore a large shoe size.

He traveled and lived around the world.

He loved sports both to watch and when he could, play.

He really was very smart and had a masters degree and many honors to prove it. He retired as a Major.

He lived on the other side of the country in sunny, warm San Diego but kept in touch by phone.

He really is missed by all.


Williams Marker Photo, Section 3, site 679

Fort Rosecrans & Miramar National Cemeteries
5795 Nobel Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
858-658-7361



Sunday, January 4, 2015

Thnking Of The "Good Old Days"

I am sitting in front of my computer at about 10am. It is about 69 or 70 and quiet.

Outside it is pouring rain and about 45.

60 years ago we would have been thinking about shoveling in some more coal. The house would probably have been damp and drafty. Maybe the radio or the black and white tv would have been on. Maybe we would have a gas heater in the fireplace.

Much before that we could have been considering throwing another lump of coal in the stove or a log on the fire. What do you do, sit there by candlelight or stay in bed all day?

Colds and the flu must have been vicious. How do you get any relief with no real meds? Pneumonia would have been the end of the road no matter what your age.

Many things could stand improvement nowdays but to think back fondly about the good old days is silly. It is probably based on the security and comfort our parents provided. That is something we can not replace.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Old Ironsides

Old Ironsides

By Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. 1809–1894
Ay, tear her tattered ensign down!
   Long has it waved on high,
And many an eye has danced to see
   That banner in the sky;
Beneath it rung the battle shout,
   And burst the cannon’s roar;—
The meteor of the ocean air
   Shall sweep the clouds no more!

Her deck, once red with heroes’ blood
   Where knelt the vanquished foe,
When winds were hurrying o’er the flood
   And waves were white below,
No more shall feel the victor’s tread,
   Or know the conquered knee;—
The harpies of the shore shall pluck
   The eagle of the sea!

O, better that her shattered hulk
   Should sink beneath the wave;
Her thunders shook the mighty deep,
   And there should be her grave;
Nail to the mast her holy flag,
   Set every thread-bare sail,
And give her to the god of storms,—
   The lightning and the gale!


--------------------------------------
The oldest commissioned warship in the world


Thursday, December 11, 2014

I Think I Was Born Under A Lucky Star

The only problem is luck comes in two forms - good and bad.

A while ago I decided to try out my snowblower so it would be ready for the snow when it came. The starter rope broke.

No problem, I ordered another one - genuine Briggs and Stratton.

Took everything apart to get to the recoil starter so I could replace the rope. Can't quite get there because it requires removal of nuts holding it on and I am afraid there is much more tearing down necessary that I have neither the tools or the enthusiasm to deal with.

Maybe the sensible thing is to take it into a repair shop. The only problem is the astronomical charges.

Got a little snow and decided to try reassembling everything and to try starting the thing by tieing the broken ends together. Went along pretty good. No problems on reassembly.

Probably flooded it because it wouldn't start. No problem, just wait a while.

Had lunch and tried again. The knot did not hold. The one broken end is lost inside and all I have is a handle.

The rope is probably nylon so it probably would not stay tied even if I pulled everything apart again to get the loose end.

Trials and tribulations!

I suppose, in spite of the cost and the wait time, it is either the repair shop or the snow shovel this year.

It is really sad because I actually kind of enjoy clearing snow with the snow blower.