Sunday, December 12, 2010

Thursday, November 25, 2010


No birds,
No bees,
No flowers,
No trees,
No wonder . . .

At my Aunt Jeanette's after Thanksgiving dinner. Probably from one of her kids or grandchildren.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

My New Favorite Song

I just came across this one. I didn't know I was famous.

1964 was the year I got drafted so I probably was a little distracted and missed this.

Twinkle "Terry"

Sorry it is not a happily ever after type song.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Computer Problem - It Broke

I really wondered about the reasonableness of running cat 5 cable through the walls to network to an old XP machine I had acquired and had placed downstairs.

Also when I got a new printer I decided for some reason to attach it directly to the network rather than putting it on my Vista computer as a regular printer.

Boy am I coming out smelling like roses though. My Vista machine has suddenly decided to not turn on. This probably will mean some shop time and a definite problem, at least in the short run, of getting things done.

But Blogger works on my downstairs computer and so do my email programs. It is a little inconvenient because I can not access the files on the hard disk but I am not shut down completely. Life is definitely not grim at the moment.

It has also made me seriously consider ways of avoiding the problems I am having - none of which are critical but really are inconvenient. If there was a need, my backups are on the internet and everything important is available.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Richard Bong - WW2 Ace

Richard Bong shot down 40 Japanese planes flying a P38. He was awarded the Medal of Honor.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Christopher Columbus Background Information

This is a very interesting site on Christopher Columbus.

He was a fascinating character. There is dispute about where he was born and even who he really was. It makes very interesting reading on a very interesting life. His impact on history is tremendous.

I did not know before that the Santa Maria was abandoned in Cuba.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Beach Question

What do you call a witch at a beach?

This is just too easy:

A sandwi(t)ch.

It is a beautiful day here. I hope everyone is enjoying early Fall weather like I am.

Friday, September 24, 2010

IE Startup

I have IE8 and when it starts up Verizon-Yahoo is the home page.

This is by no means promoting Yahoo because when you use things for a while you also learn the warts but . . .

Yahoo has some of the most interesting stories from the news and elsewhere that I am getting into trouble because I enjoy reading a lot of it.

I suppose I could ask them to tone down the interest level so I can get to my emails and blogs sooner but I dunno.

Monday, September 6, 2010


I am probably the last person around to remember it but Sept. 6 is a rather significant day in my life. Subtract it out and I get the number 41 years since 1969.

An awful lot of water has flowed under the bridge since that day. In terms of highs and lows there have been some very high mountains and also some very deep canyons. I guess you just have to live it all.

There really is a lot to look forward to, things not done, places not seen. I am working on my third million right now (having given up on the first two). I am in contact with all the immediate family and even more incredible, we are all speaking. How many families can say that? There are a few little inconveniences involved but we deal with that.

I am not a Polyanna by any means but actually am anything but unhappy.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Scajaquada Bike Path to the Riverwalk

The Scajaquada Bike Path comes from Delaware Park in Buffalo. At Niagara Street it runs into the Riverwalk which runs from downtown Buffalo along the Niagara River to the Tonawandas. Joining the two was quite an engineering project involving looping under the expressway bridges and crossing Scajaquada Creek. It also goes under the International Bridge, a railroad bridge to Fort Erie Canada.

I decided to actually walk the contorted pathway to see what it really looked like. These pictures start at Niagara street and continue to the actual intersection of the two paths. There are railway bridges, expressway bridges and the International Bridge.

A view from Niagara Street of the path on the west side of Niagara running alongside Scajaquada Creek.
This shows how the path approaches the east side of Niagara Street as it comes from Delaware Park.

The old navy yard location on Niagara Street.

Railroad bridge that crosses Niagara Street.

This shows the path bridge across Scajaquada Creek ahead.

The back side of some old Niagara street buildings.

Coming up to the International Bridge.

The actual intersection with the Riverwalk is ahead. This is the end of the Scajaquada Pathway.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Rush Super-Fast Delivery

I had been waiting for a delivery. It was a frozen meal to try out.

Nothing on the day I expected it. I went home for lunch Friday (the next day) and the man next door told me there was a package left for me behind the house. There it was in the back yard in the blazing sun. It was on the grass hidden by the house so I never saw it when I pulled in with the car.

I believe it did come when I expected it but got stashed out of sight behind the house. It had rained pretty hard the night before and then the sun dried it out like an oven. Probably steamed the vegetables.

Over 4 lbs of dry ice was gone when I opened it and there was no way I was going to take a chance on trying to eat the meal.

I reported the mess to the company that sent it out and they just said to write it off.

There was no note that I found telling me there was a package. I have had many packages left on my front porch which is shady, sheltered, safe and mainly visible. Security is always a problem but to leave it out of sight and exposed to the elements?

I guess I have to write it off as one of those things that make life so interesting.

Friday, August 20, 2010

More on Plantar Fasciitis

Whoever, back in history, came up with plantar fasciitis as an ailment to give to people like me should have been shot. This thing is really perverse.

Originally I thought it would take care of itself in a month or two. No such luck.

It has been a year and a half now and I have to admit that my left foot really does feel almost normal. The only time it aggravates me is first thing in the morning when I get up. There is only one problem. Feet generally come in pairs and I think the right one felt it needed some attention.

Asked the doctor and he confirmed it. Good fitting shoes all the time except IN the shower. No slippers. Do the exercises, especially pulling the towel just before getting out of bed. This one really does work wonders for me.

He even suggested that a good insole or just heel support might help. Try what works for me.

This is very discouraging but at least I know that if I do take reasonable care that I will get rid of it eventually. Why did it have to happen in the best walking weather in the year?

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Morning in Riverside Park

I was early for work and stopped by Riverside Park in Buffalo and took a few pictures. It was a beautiful morning.

Feels good to be outside on a day like this.

Monday, August 16, 2010

NFTA Metro Eliminates Fare Zones

The NFTA is really making a major change in bus fares starting September 1. It should be interesting comparing it to other metro areas.

You can ride from one end of a route to the other for $1.75. There will be no zone charges adding up as you go from one end to the other like from Buffalo to the Tonawandas and Niagara Falls.

They did eliminate transfers too so if you take a second bus you will have to pay $1.75 again. If your trip involves changing buses they recommend buying an all day pass for $4. A monthly pass is only $64 and is your best bet if you ride transit much.

They still offer reduced fares for kids, elderly and disabled as well as free transfers to and from Metro Rail.

When I first started riding the bus to Grand Island I got on in the city in zone 1. I got off in zone 8. Niagara Falls was zone 10. Confused fare collection was the rule on the 40 bus. It was a major inducement to get an All Zones pass. Needing exact change really tipped the balance. Later they simplified it to the current 4 zones. Grand Island was only zone 3 then.

This is really a brave new world for Metro. I hope they can maintain the fare structure. I always hated having to pay a city fare when I got on the bus and then a zone fare when I got off because I forgot to get off at the city line. I hope use of the suburban routes goes up a lot more so they can add more runs.

Taking the bus was usually a good experience for me, even in Winter. I really have to drive right now so it really is not an option. Things have a habit of changing though so it is good seeing what I consider good ideas being tried out.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Upgrading Computer Memory

I have a second computer that I acquired a while ago. It is an Acer running Windows XP and had 1gig of memory installed when it was originally purchased. It worked ok although the fan would get noisy every now and then sort of like a smokers breathing can get. I do have it networked to my HP through the FIOS router so I get fast internet and access to my new printer which is also networked. XP and Vista can be made to work together quite well.

I have been getting memory errors so I kept the idea of adding some memory in mind - just not too seriously because there seemed to be a problem due to the noisy fan.

I did check Amazon and found I could get another gig of memory and pay for it with gift cards I get for doing surveys. Free sounded like a good price so I ordered it. Took less than a week to be delivered with free (over $25) delivery.

Googled installation instructions that actually were pretty good. Very easy to follow too. Computer is very easy to open up and the instructions were very clear. Memory went right in.

Glanced at fan on processor and it looked sort of dusty. Decided to try the vacuum cleaner crevace tool. No luck. My vacuum is not a super strong type.

It is just one of those little muffin fans screwed to the top of the heat sink so I figured "Why not?" and took the screws out. Just like the good old days back at work.

All I could think was it was a couple years of cat hair that was plugging the fan. The dirt was just like a thick, woven piece of cloth. The poor little fan just was not up to blowing anything through that.

I put everything together and figured out how to connect all the wires to the outside and the thing actually worked. Recognized the memory automatically.

You would not believe how much quieter it runs now that the fan can do its job the right way. The computer is also radically faster now that it has sufficient memory. I could kick myself for not doing this a while ago.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Quick Note on a Big Day

I was at the bank today making out a deposit slip when I realized what I had just written:

8/9/10 - How often do we get silly little things like that that catch our attention?

When I go to bed and see that it is 11:11 on the clock it is ok. When I see 12:34 I know there will be a problem getting up. 1:23 and 3:21 are total disasters that fortunately I have not seen in a very long time.

There are other things like this though that have symbolic value. The best I can think of off hand is Veterans day: the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month that ended World War I in 1918.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Picture of a Visitor

Just a quick picture of someone who came calling and stayed for a while. Not much of a conversationalist but was good company.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Progress Report - None

I am looking at the temperature outside and find it is 89 in my back yard.

Most people want to impress you with their accomplishments but not me today.

This is a day to look at the grass, not cut it. I am enjoying the flowers and bushy hedges, not trimming or pruning them.

This is the type of day we are supposed to be doing all those wonderful accomplishments for so I intend to enjoy it.

Enjoy yourself - take a break.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Birthday Card

Got a really nice pencil sketch from my son as part of a home made birthday card. I think a friend of his is really talented and they had a lot of fun putting it together.

I was wondering how to break the news to him that I may have to send it back because I decided that I am going to skip my birthday this year. I feel I have had enough of these things and am willing to donate mine to anyone who wants another one. Just think, you could have a second birthday party if you want. Maybe it is worth a try on Ebay.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

They're Back (The Roses That Is)

These plants are older than my kids. They really seem to do good every year.

This is the one the rabbit decided tasted so good last year. Shows a lot of new growth around the bottom too.

This is the one that attacks me whenever I park my car near it. With all the flowers it produces it is hard to stay mad at it very long.

I have tried putting in some others over the years without a lot of luck. The three of these though just keep growing every year pretty much on their own.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

George Beverly Shea

George Beverly Shea. You might have heard him through Billy Graham Crusades. He is over a hundred now and still has a great voice.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Polkas from Frank Yankovic

Don't ask me how I got on this kick. Frank Yankovic and the "Tick Tock Polka" and the "I've Got a Wife at Home Polka". They really are a lot of fun.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Everything is Growing Like Crazy

Everything in my yard is in maximum growth cycle. It looks kind of ragged but is full of life.
I have used the lawn mower and also done a little hedge trimming but at the rate everything is growing it is difficult to keep up.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Couldn't Stand the Suspense

The sun is shining, the temperature is a little warm and the grass is showing early season growth spurts.

There is always the problem after winter is finally over of whether the summer things will work. I decided I could wait no longer and just had to try the lawnmower. I had some of the unused and unmixed gas from the snowblower and was wondering if it would work ok.

Never fear - it actually caught on the first pull and never slowed down until I put the machine away.

The grass wasn't too long but it is hard to resist the call of the back yard on a nice day.

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Spring Day

Today was the type of day that makes spring one of my favorite times of year. The sun was out, the weather was warm, and especially, I had the day off. Good Friday a holiday? I will take whatever is given.

Did not really do much - it was a lazy day. I had some cosmos seeds and decided to give them a chance to see what they could do. I roughed up a little of the grass by the driveway to give them a chance and scattered the contents of the envelope. Not too much in the envelope but the price was right - free. They have their chance if they want to take it. Should be interesting.

It is good to have a chance to get out and about again without having to bundle up.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Google Adwords Problems

I just had a surreal experience with Google. I have Analytics and through them was sent a $100 coupon to try Google Adwords. Fine, I have a site on the web so why not try it out and see if I can get some clicks. It's free. This could be the start of something good.

I started through the process and as soon as I entered my account info everything was in German. How do I get out of this? Try setting up a separate account using a different email. I waded through the German again and actually set up the account hoping I could change the language afterwards. The confirming email came through in German.

I can't even use the help function because that is all in German.

This is totally dumb. There is not even a way to contact anyone that I can find. There is noone from Google to write to, only forums of users. What type category is this for a forum topic?

To say this is a bad experience would be an understatement. I suppose tomorrow when I have had some time to think about this I will try the forums, if I can find them again.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Coffee in Coffee?

Is it my imagination or is it true that instant coffee is weaker now days than it was in the past?

I am definitely not a judge of fine coffees and am quite happy with brewed coffee of any strength, even if it has sat in a pot overnight. Instant coffee though, my usual thing in the morning, should be a little bit consistent out of the jar.

I do not buy the finest blends. The cheapest stuff at Dollar General or Wilson Farms is good for me. I find that rather than a slightly rounded spoonful that it takes a heaping spoonful nowdays and it still does not taste strong enough sometimes.

Could it be part of a vast conspiracy to cut costs by a sneaky method? It can't be aging of the taste buds. The international conspiracy thing sounds best to me.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Jet Powered Merry-go-round

I guess this is what smart people do when they have too much time on their hands - build things like jet propelled merry-go-rounds. This shows the first time with people on it.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Two by Rod Stewart

Just rummaging around YouTube and kind of liked the two of these - "Forever Young" and "You're in My Heart". Both seem really nice to me.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Solid Potato Salad - The Ross Sisters in 1944

You just have to see this. It is really good by a trio called the Ross Sisters in 1944. Watch "Solid Potato Salad" all the way through. It's really different and hard to believe in places.

Here is the Wikipedia entry on the Ross sisters.

Friday, January 15, 2010

The Old Lamp-Lighter

I was driving home the other night and the street lights were starting to turn on. Half lit and half still dark.

For some reason I thought to myself that things were really different in the 'good old days' and I thought of this song from the 40s. It is just a nice, easygoing one - enjoy!