"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

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Just another day in Texas.

This comes from a friend of mine named Shakey:

My lesson for today.....

I try to learn something new everyday. Subjects don't really matter, if its something that I can acknowledge that Wow, ok I didn't know that well then that helps make a great day even better.

Today, I learned exactly what a habanero pepper looks like, I also learned exactly what they taste like, and last, I learned that the fires of hell are very real.

Had to make a run to Bass Pro shops for last minute bowhunting stuff and my fiance' Sandy and I decided to try a new restaurant that we had never eaten at, but we both like Mexican food and it was on the way.

I ordered a fajita steak that was covered in jalapenos, onions and melted cheese. On top were 3 very unique peppers that had been roasted, one red, one green and one kinda orange-ish. Pretty presentation. I have been on a jalapeno kick here lately, just can't get enough of them for some reason and the jalapenos were the deciding factor on me ordering this dish.

Our meal arrived after enough time for some chips, salsa and a couple of pretty stout margaritas, like noted above the dish looked great and Sandy even commented on how pretty it was. Yep it was tasty too. I had made my way through about half of the steak when I realized that the 3 top peppers were still there. I had a pleasant little burn from the jalapenos and while not really recognizing the other peppers I didn't think they would be all that hot. I grabbed the roundish orange one and popped the whole thing in my mouth, kinda squished it and swirled it around with my tongue and chewed it a bit. Not bad! Great pepper flavor! It wasn't until I swallowed the dang thing that I had that first, Oh ****! moment. You know, that moment when you just did something that somehow you knew wasn't going to be pretty?
The heat started slow, then ramped up exponentially with every beat of my heart. My ears were the first to go.......solid ringing, then the nose started running! Sweat started dripping off of my head and my hair was immediately soaked. I could see Sandy talking to me through the tears in my eyes, but couldn't hear a word she was saying. I had a death grip on the table as I waited for my mouth, tongue and throat to stop burning. It didn't. Just kept getting hotter and hotter, my pulse was racing and I could feel every beat in every single one of my taste buds!
I grabbed a glass of water, nope didn't touch it. Stuffed a tortilla in my mouth, but since it was warm that only magnified the raging inferno going on in my body! I started to look around for the kid I had seen earlier eating the ice cream. I was gonna body slam him if he resisted as I was thinking that the ice cream being a dairy product would help. I finally saw him 3 tables over but the greedy little bastage had already finished his cone! I grabbed the napkin and tried to wipe out the pepper residue off my tongue, the rough fabric only seemed to make it worse, so I grabbed the ice water again and stuck my tortured tongue as deep into the glass as I could and just held it there. That helped marginally and allowed me to snort in a breath or two. As I was starting to attract attention the waitress came rushing over and asked if everything was ok, Sandy said, no, I think he needs a glass of milk! God bless her, but I knew the waitress was busy and it would be a while before she could get back to us.
Milk, dairy, cold, kept running through my mind, the only thing I could see within reach was the little dish of sour cream sitting on the table from Sandy's meal. I grabbed it and started licking it directly out of the bowl, anything to quench the inferno and intense searing pain in my mouth. My tongue felt swollen and charred, and I was hoping it would just go ahead and burn to 3rd or 4th degree as the nerve endings would be so damaged that at least the pain would stop! But no.....as I kept licking and shoving the sour cream into my mouth the pain seemed to level off, I put the dish down and took another drink of water. I still couldn't speak, but I just shook my head at Sandy when she told me she was dialing 911. No, I think I'm ok I managed to croak out and took a deep long breath.
I started to take stock. The table was wrecked, overturned chip basket, sour cream everywhere, glasses knocked over etc.... I managed to look around at the other patrons and saw that all the tables around us were empty and i was getting some really weird looks. I looked down at my shirt and saw that amid the sour cream and guacamole and snot stains running down my chest I was also completely covered in sweat!
The waitress finally came back with a glass of milk, looked at the mess and commented that the cook only puts those peppers on there for garnish!

REALLY?????? Then why did he cook the **** things first!!!!! And why the HECK isn't there a WARNING?????

Needless to say, I was done with dinner. In fact I am pretty sure that I have cured my need for jalapenos as well. On the bright side, my sinus's have not been this clear in a month.
I still can't hear out my left ear real well and the ringing will stop one day hopefully. But in short I feel pretty confident there is no permanent damage.

The only thing I am really concerned about at this point is what is going to happen tomorrow am????????????

A trillion dollars.

I've looked at this a few times. Sometimes to try and explain to my grand kids what a trillion dollars really is. With the talk on Meet the Press and the other sit down  crap shows, I thought I ought to share with y'all. It is really staggering.

 Start here.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Edible pig parts

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Pretty cool stuff.

Back in 1951 when Popular Science and Popular Mechanics were must reads, when entrepreneurs were heroes and real men of genius were...well...real men of genius.


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Just checking in

I see that blogger has finally forced me to do things their way. Thank you, mein fuhrer.

Anyway. Mary had a great day Saturday. She went with me to do all the errands in the morning. Then we hit about 10 garage sales. Found some good buys. Made some very nice buys for our musician grand kids. More about that later. Still working on that out of town project. Back later.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


"I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. "

Got reminded.

By this at Wirecutter's site, that I should take pictures more often. I did this Friday before packing the tools up for the weekend:
Shot the front of my thumb nail with an inch and a quarter pin nail.
The front came out where you see the top red mark. I had to clip the head of the nail off and pull it through my thumb with my nail pullers. If you wonder why my nail looks funny it's because I used my chop saw to do a manicure back in '95. Lost the tip of the bone in that mess.

Well done Endeavour

She is making her last flight and just landed at 10:45 AM at Houston Ellington Field. I was hoping she would do a flyover by the shop but she didn't. She did fly over an acquaintance's house in Laporte. Nice shot here.
Named after HMS Endeavour. Capt. Cook's ship.
Built to replace the Challenger.
25 Missions.
Time spent in space: 280 days, 9 hours, 39 minutes, 44 seconds.
Number of orbits: 4429
Number of miles: 103,149,635.50
Good night, sweet lady. End of a magic time in space flight.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Happy birthday

To the U.S. Air Force. Formed 18 Sept.1947. I have 2 nephews serving in this branch.

Clearing emails

From my niece.

She's a lieutenant  stationed at Ft. Sill Oklahoma. She is learning the fine art of blowing things up with artillery.

Had to do a convoy brief to a bunch of bored E7's today. Managed to catch their attentions by using a large knife as a pointer, telling them to kill as many people as they can within ROE, that I would shoot them if they got lost, and allowing them to kill wild boars because "they make good eatin' and I f-ing hate boars." During my critique, they didn't have much to say. Not sure if it was because I'm just that awesome or if it was because I was still playing with my knife.
That's just the way she is. God help the enemy that gets in her way.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


Some how I lost my blog list. That ticks me off. I guess I'll have to try to rebuild it. Damn!

Friday, September 14, 2012

We got a lttle good news today.

The preliminary look at the CT scan from last week shows the tumors shrinking. The scans are being evaluated and compared to the first one. We should know the definitive in the next few days.

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

Been a long week with long hours and very short nights. Same next week. Didn't get to spend enough time with my lady. Cranked this one up on the way home several times tonight. Gotta love flying home down the freeway on a Friday night bucking storms with this cranked up.

Garth Brooks-Shameless
Well I'm shameless when it comes to loving you
I'll do anything you want me to
I'll do anything at all

And I'm standing here for all the world to see
Oh baby that's what's left of me
Don't have very far to fall

You know now I'm not a man who's ever been
Insecure about the world I've been livin' in
I don't break easy I have my pride
But if you need to be satisfied

I'm shameless, oh honey I don't have a prayer
Every time I see you standin' there
I go down upon my knees

And I'm changin' swore I'd never compromise
Oh but you convinced me otherwise
I'll do anything you please

You see in all my life I've never found
What I couldn't resist what I couldn't turn down
I could walk away from anyone I ever knew
But I can't walk away from you

I have never let anything have this much control over me
I work too hard to call my life my own
And I've made myself a world and it's worked so perfectly
But it's your world now I can't refuse
I've never had so much to lose
Oh I'm shameless

You know it should be easy for a man who's strong
To say he's sorry or admit when he's wrong
I've never lost anything I've ever missed
But I've never been in love like this

It's out of my hands
I'm shameless, I don't have the power now
I don't want it anyhow
So I got to let it go

Oh I'm shameless, shameless as a man can be
You could make a total fool of me
I just wanted to you to know

Oh I'm shameless
I just wanted you to know
Oh I'm shameless
Oh I'm down on my knees...shameless

Home for the weekend.

A duded-up city rider walks into a seedy tavern in Sturgis , SD. He sits at the bar and notices a grizzled old biker with his arms folded, staring blankly at a full bowl of chili.

After fifteen minutes of just sitting there staring at it, the newby rider bravely asks the old biker, 'If you ain't gonna eat that, mind if I do?'

The old veteran of thousands of rides slowly turns his head toward the young pup and says, 'Nah, you go ahead.'

Eagerly, the guy wearing the shiny new leather fashions reaches over and slides the bowl into his place and starts spooning it in with delight. He gets nearly down to the bottom of the bowl and notices a dead mouse in the chili. The sight was very shocking and he immediately barfed up the chili back into the bowl.

The old biker quietly says, 'Yep, that's as far as I got, too.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Note to Lybia and the rest of the middle east.

We can still do this if we can find the man with the balls to run this country.


Christmas shopping.

A couple was Christmas shopping at the mall on Christmas Eve and the mall was packed.

As the wife walked through the mall she was surprised to look up and see her husband was nowhere around.

She was quite upset because they had a lot to do.

Because she was so worried, she called him on her mobile phone to ask him where he was.

In a calm voice, the husband said, "Honey, you remember the jewelry store we went into about 5 years ago where you fell in love with that diamond necklace that we could not afford and I told you that I would get it for you one day?"

The wife choked up and started to cry and said, "Yes, I remember that jewelry store."

He said, "Well, I'm in the bar right next to it."

Happy birthday.

To my 12 year old grandson. I guess you are a 'tweener now. Love you, buddy.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012

Posting will be light this week. I have an out of town project going.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Glorious morning!

59 degrees at 5:00 this morning. 84 when the Texans open their season this afternoon. High of 89 at 4 pm. The sky was crystal clear this morning. Venus and the moon were awesome.Chalk it up to global warming.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Third day of the third Chemo.

Pump disconnection, visit with the oncologist, cat scan, funeral finals. Would like the ct scan before the cancer doctor, but we are only little people. This shit sucks guys. Get your funeral finals way before you need them. The doc should order the ct before his office visit. I'm getting a little pissed which is upsetting my wife. That's the way it's flowing this day.

I'll take yes for the correct answer, Alec.

Hat tip to Borepatch

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Got this from a buddy of mine.

Please get your vomit buckets ready because this will make you sick(cc):

Went down to Sullivan City this past weekend for some white wing action. There were probably 75 people surrounding a 300 acre corn field armed with shotguns when this group of 20 illegals busted out in a straight line in broad daylight running right between me and a buddy. They came from behind him and passed him by about 10 feet, they just looked at him and grinned.
I grabbed my camera and got a few shots, though my camera setting were way off so picture quality isn't the best.
After the border patrol descended on this group we noticed another group behind us by the river hunkered down with one guy standing up watching the events unfold, he is in the very last picture. We assume he was the "coyote" and this group that ran out was a sacrificial group so he could gauge the border patrol response. The second group never came out.

These guys had absolutely no fear running out in an open field surrounded by hunters with shotgun blasts going off pretty near constantly.

Click on 'em to super size.

  How's that fast and furious grating on you now?

Skeeter Foggin' Texas Style

Not saying my blood is boiling...

but the pressure is way off the scale.

I call bullshit!

"Maria del Rosario Castro, the mother of San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, said in 2010 that she grew up being told the battle was “glorious,” only to learn the so-called heroes were really “a bunch of drunks and crooks and slaveholding imperialists who conquered land that didn’t belong to them.”"

Does she include the 79 Tejanos in that group?

Juan Abamillo
Carlos Espalier
José María Esparza
Antonio Fuentes

These were the names I could find. None of them look like drunk, crooked, imperialist slave owning gringo names to me. But they were patriots. Just like the men they died beside.

“But as a little girl I got the message -- we were losers,” she told The New York Times Magazine. “I can truly say that I hate that place and everything it stands for.”

Then I daresay you hate Texas. With my permission and my invitation find a damned better place to live. We'll all be the better for it.

Maria del Rosario Castro also was a member of the La Raza Unida, a radical movement that defended the civil rights of Mexican-Americans in Texas.

For our friends that don't speak a lick of spanish. La Raza Unida means The United Race or The Race United. It is a socialist and communist based (dare I say it?) race baiting, race hating, extremist organization.

CoolChange, say it ain't so. Can't do it.

So, not to be mean spirited, but, Maria del Rosario Castro...GO AWAY!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Alright then. Time to ease back into this thing.

Winter of My Life

You know. . . Time has a way of moving quickly
And catching you unaware of the passing years.

It seems just yesterday that I was young,
Just married and embarking on my new life with my mate.
And yet in a way, it seems like eons ago,
And I wonder where all the years went.
I know that I lived them all...

And I have glimpses of how it was back then and of all my hopes and dreams...
But, here it is... The winter of my life and it catches me by surprise...

How did I get here so fast?
Where did the years go and where did my youth go?

I remember well...
Seeing older people through the years and thinking that those
Older people were years away from me and that winter was so far off
That I could not fathom it or imagine fully what it would be like...

But, here it is...
My friends are retired and getting grey...
They move slower and I see an older person now.
Some are in better and some worse shape than me...
But, I see the great change...

Not like the ones that I remember who were young and vibrant...
But, like me, their age is beginning to show and we are now those
Older folks that we used to see and never thought we'd be.

Each day now, I find that just getting a shower is a real target for the day!
And taking a nap is not a treat anymore... it's mandatory!
'Cause if I don't on my own free will... I just fall asleep where I sit!

And so, now I enter into this new season of my life unprepared
For all the aches and pains and the loss of strength and ability
To go and do things that I wish I had done but never did!!

But, at least I know, that though the winter has come,
And I'm not sure how long it will last...
This I know, that when it's over... Its over...

Yes, I have regrets.
There are things I wish I hadn't done..
Things I should have done, but indeed,
There are many things I'm happy to have done.
It's all in a lifetime...

So, if you're not in your winter yet...
Let me remind you, that it will be here faster than you think.
Whatever you would like to accomplish in your life, please do it quickly!
Don't put things off too long!!

Life goes by quickly. So, do what you can today,
As you can never be sure whether this is your winter or not!

You have no promise that you will see all the seasons of your life...
So, live for today and say all the things you want your loved ones to remember...
And hope they appreciate and love you for all the things
You have done for them in all the years past!!

Life is a gift to you.

The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after.
Make it a fantastic one.

~ And, Remember ~

"It is health that is real wealth
And not pieces of gold or silver."

~Author, Unknown