"People sleep peaceably in their beds at night because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm" - George Orwell




Monday, July 30, 2012

Finally, some good news.

We have been waiting for the histology lab to come back with the type of tumors mama has. The clinician said that what she has responds extremely well to the experimental chemo we are trying. So they are mixing her cocktail and we will start the first round Wednesday.

I told them that if I find out they are blowing smoke up my ass, they're gonna wish I'd let them run out on I-45 and get the beating over with. But then again I have to think they are on our side.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Case closed.

Women always say that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts.
There is no way to prove that they are wrong, but a year or so after giving birth a woman will often say "It would be nice to have another child."
You never hear a guy say, "It would be nice to get kicked in the nuts again."


Friday, July 27, 2012

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

More for my bride. Probably our song. OK it is our song.

Barbara Streisand-Evergreen

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Just had a very nice visit.

My dad and my sister just left after a two day visit. My dad lives in Bush, La. My sister lives in Bitburg, Germany. I haven't seen her in 15 years. A good time was had reminiscing and getting reacquainted with great grand kids and all.

Tomorrow they head to Oklahoma to see my niece. I will miss them, again.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Photo bombs. They're not just for humans anymore.

Welcome to three new readers.

Little lotta at the Witless Relocation Program . She has already been a help and comfort to us in just a few days. She and her x2 make a handsome couple. I would say beautiful but I know you don't say that to a man that shaves his head. At least you don't say it to me. They have a kaboodle of problems that they are going through but her sweet spirit shines through. Go give her a shout and let her know I said hi.

Next is Fill Yer Hands. It appears he doesn't have a blog, but with a handle like that he should. Let me know if you do, sir.

And then there is Six. Biker, poetry lover, and dog lover. Very cool. Visit him at The Warrior Class. Be sure to check out his recent three day ride with his buddy. Looked like a good one.

Thanks to all of you for thinking I might have something worth reading. I figure a blind hog finds an acorn sometimes. So maybe there are some gems somewhere in my words.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Clocks in heaven.

A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him.
He asked, 'What are all those clocks?' St. Peter answered, 'Those are Lie-Clocks.
Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock.
Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move.'
'Oh,' said the man, 'whose clock is that?'
'That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie.'
'Incredible,' said the man. 'And whose clock is that one?'
St. Peter responded, 'That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life.'
'Do you have one for President Obama?' asked the man.
'Yes we do. Obama's clock is in Jesus' office........















He's using it as a ceiling fan.'

Doctors part deaux.

Mama got her port installed with no problem. We like her surgeon. He's a young gun that will look you in the eye and never waver nor pull punches. So...all day spent for a 15 minute surgery and 45 minute recovery. But we are ready to commence the fight next Tuesday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Doctors

Took mama to see the surgeon yesterday. Her stoma is healing nicely. Tomorrow he will install her port line. Her first chemo will be next Tuesday.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Another celebrity passes away.

Grandpa's Journal

This will be the last installment. Sadly the last 2 pages of the journal are missing. That would have taken it through the Christmas season.

Friday November 24, 1911
Started pulling trees for H.H.

Saturday November 25, 1911
Pulled trees in A.M.

Sunday November 26, 1911
Stayed at home in A.M. S.S. lead class in P.M.

Thursday November 30, 1911
23 trees. Took dinner with Halls.

Friday December 1, 1911
Worked on cable.

Saturday December 2, 1911
Worked around house. Got wood.

Sunday December 3, 1911
To SS in P.M.

Monday December 3, 1911
Got pullers. Worked on hen house.

Tuesday December 5, 1911
Worked on livery house and pullers.

And this ends the journal of an Oregon homesteader in 1911. My great grandfather William Riley Davidson.
I have read this journal a few times, but posting it here really allowed me to study and ponder it much more deeply. It also raised so many questions that can not or will never be answered. Such is the way it goes. To those who have traveled with me on this journey, I hope you got something for your time. Thank you for your company.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Hey CoolChange, what's on your IPOD, tonight?

A song for my bride. When ever I break out the guitar, I sing this one to her. On stage and in private for 33 years.

Bobby Darrin-If I Were a Carpenter
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Skynet

The word ought to make your stomach drop if it applies to the real world.

From Borepatch comes this:

Al Fin has a very interesting post about autonomous, armed micro drone assassins:

The size of these tiny killer-drones is quickly shrinking, so that it will not be long before lethal drone packages can be delivered under stealth in the form of birds, bats, or insects -- right in the lap of an enemy base or command and control centre.

It has become clear to militaries that remote controlled drones are subject to being hacked, hijacked, or having their communications jammed. Consequently, there is a rush to develop semi-autonomous or fully-autonomous drones capable of carrying out a mission after communications is lost.
This is, of course, a horrifyingly Bad Idea.  After all, what could possibly go wrong?  I have predictions:

Please go read this plus the link. Borepatch has it down pat, with a few well thought out scenarios. It's just gonna make you angry. Oh, that was a warning.

And today starts the long haul.

We go in for blood work and chemo school.. Not the way we wanted to further our educations, but I guess this is one we don't want to fail.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

A welcome to my new followers.

Mohave rat , keads , Richard Koch, Warlock Sundance,  and kymber. Go visit and say hello, would ya?

Very nice weekend.

Yesterday we celebrated mama's birthday. I won't tell which one, 'cause I ain't stoopid. She came home from the hospital on Wednesday. Thursday we got set up with the Oncologist with the chemo. She is going to be taking an experimental drug called Avastin, thus we won't have to pay anything for the treatment.

Anyway. Yesterday was a wonderful day with our son and daughter, their spouses and all the grand kids. I cooked a brisket for about 8 hours. We had home made venison sausage, home made boudin, awesome potato salad, ranch beans, grilled corn on the cob, and a sweet strawberry cake. I wish I had taken pictures but we were having to much fun.

Today we were just quiet with mama reading from her kindle. The family got it as her birthday gift. She is an avid reader. It was just a very nice quiet day. I did get to watch two movies I hadn't seen. 'Salt' and 'Apaloosa" with Marlin Brando. Neither were Oscar winners but they were fun.

Please hug someone you love today.

Two more adds to the blogroll.

It Aint Holy Water. He's got a nice back bar and some very entertaining political stuff. I had a hard time not hitting the "older posts" button.

The other one is *Framboise Manor* Again I have been reading the blog for about two years. My laziness kept me from adding them to the roll. I have read the whole blog. Very neat stuff. Especially the Rainbow Trout. I know how tasty those are.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

My apology to my readers.

There was a miscommunication in my last post and it was my fault. When I mention my best friend I was speaking of my wife. She will always be the best. I brought her home today and she is doing well. The Oncologist and I had a heart to heart today. Without chemo she will live 3 to 6 months. With chemo, which he feels she will take to, then she has 3 to 5 years of a good quality of life.

I will continue to blog. She asked me to. And I will continue to read my blogroll. Y'all are the best.

Thank you.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Posting will become light for a while.

I will finish my Grandpa's Journal. There are only a few more, so I should.

My best friend of 33 years was diagnosed with advanced stage four cancer this weekend. We have a battle to wage and not many bullets. I am numb right now.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Adding to the blog roll.

I just added two more to the blog roll. The first one is In Jennifer's Head. I'm sure most of you know her. I've been reading her for a while. It's just out of laziness that I neglected to add her to the roll.

The other one is Where the Hell is Murph... If you like bikes I think you will enjoy this. According to his info: was started as a Motorcycle Travelogue and Photojournal. Now in it's 3rd year on the road, May 2012 will be the start of my "7 Years, 7 Continents" Expedition in my sidecar. 

Lot's of cool stuff here. Enjoy

Biker QotD

Don't ride so late into the night that you sleep through the sunrise.

Monday, July 2, 2012

An oldie but still funny.

One that I never get tired of.
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QotD

To the woman with six screaming kids at WalMart: If you're wondering how those condoms got in your cart, you're welcome!! 

Ride it like you own everything!

This is Donnie Williams, owner and instructor of NTMSC (North Texas Motorcycle Safety Course), at the 2010 Gulf Coast Motorcycle Skills Competition.
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Click and make it bigger.The man has skillzzzzzzzz! I want to ride like him.