Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Larry Bill

I just got the word that a coworker died. He was at work yesterday so it must have been last night or early today (5/18 or 5/19/2015). I am assuming is was from cancer or the effects of chemotherapy.

I have worked with Larry Bill since about 2001 or 2002 and knew him quite well. He has always been a very hard worker - someone you could count on to be there. He will be missed by many people.

When his father died Larry took over a lawn mowing and snow shoveling business his father had started. He kept that going until pressures from his health forced him to cut down. He lost the vision in one eye and could not drive which limited him in his business activities.

He did graduate from Bryant Stratton and was actually a very intelligent person.

To say Larry was a character would be an understatement. He had a gift of gab - some people would even call him a motor mouth due to his volume of talk. His intelligence made it so he would never bore you with too much repetition. His interests were many and great. He was just fun to talk with.

He also used to talk extensively about his love of dancing. At Buffalo Sabres games he would even go into the aisles and do the Twist. He was so popular he even was given the nickname "The Twister". He always got a kick out of it when someone would see him on the street and call him the Twister.

He was also a great fan of Terry Buchwald (Elvis impersonator) and went to see him whenever he could.

With his loss of driving capability he took to the buses and walking. He got around extensively by foot and went regularly to church walking. He loved being active in the church and volunteered for many activities.

He also loved to go to restaurants and things like barbecues at churches and other places. If there was a big festival anywhere in the Buffalo area Larry would love to go. He was one of the most active people I ever knew. He just loved getting out and about.

It is seldom we are fortunate enough to meet a genuinely unique person. Larry was really one of a kind and he will genuinely be missed. I have great sympathy for his wife. She really got a whirlwind of activity when she got him and I think they were a great match.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Just A Bit Chilly For May

Kind of shocked when I looked at the temperature. Checked out the Weather Service and sure enough they agree with my thermometer.

These are probably "fun" days for the farmers. A frost just when everything is sprouting has to be rough to deal with.

My lilacs have been out for a few days already and the lawn is a jungle already. I mowed it just last week and it probably could use another going over already.

May is always an interesting month weatherwise. There is a desire, on the hot days, to shut off the furnace and open the house up. I really think it was a good suggestion I got in the past to keep the furnace turned on until June though. There is the ever present hazard of mold growing in the damp May weather and then you can be stuck with a major problem.

Let the early birds do what they will. I prefer to be conservative on things like this.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Spring Is Sprung

This is my time of year.

The grass has been cut and the roses are pruned. Might be a little breezy this weekend but that's ok because the sun should be shining.

Got some ants in the kitchen but I cn handle that.

Dear Mother Nature,


Tuesday, May 5, 2015

New Pot Time - At Last?

Remember this one? That was 2012.

I finally got another one. I melted most of the plastic around the whistle on the old one and it absolutely did not work any more.

The replacement only cost a little over $12 at Target. I figured the way I treat the pots it would be a waste buying something more expensive.

It looks the same size as the old one and the whistle works which is critical for me.

I am a pretty heavy user because I do not care for coffee after breakfast and a good cup of tea really is satisfying.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Leonard Nimoy Discusses Mr Spock

Leonard Nimoy discussing his character Spock. Very nice speaker.

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.