Dreaming about what?
It was such a picture of peaceful rest. Then the photographer decided to give it a dream-state quality.
I dreamed last night. I was in this huge cattle barn, and I was searching for a way out. I saw light ahead coming from around a corner to my left. As I stepped around the corner, I saw a huger tiger walking directly toward me. A voice said, “Don’t worry about her.” I wasn’t and I didn’t. As she passed, she rubbed against me with a purr, as cats will oft times do. The voice continued, “She’s a vegan.”
Say what? I wonder what that could possibly mean. Any ideas?
I’m still in the process of bringing the new computer online. I made some excellent progress over the weekend.
Something that starts with “D”
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Waiting . . .
She left Grand Rapids on time. The delays began at Chicago. Briana, and her fellow nursing students missed the flight to Frankfurt. Instead they were re-routed to London, which was fine with Briana. She loves London. The gals were able to take advantage of the eleven hour layover to get in some site seeing.
They arrived in Accra, Ghana a day later than planned. Now follows two weeks of study and service. They will be busy nursing students.
I can remember long layovers, missed and cancelled flights. Forgive me for saying so, but I really don’t miss those. Not even a little bit.
Last year, Jeff Gordon did an ad for Pepsi–one of his NASCAR sponsors. In the ad Jeff poses as a wimpy guy that would secretly love to own a Chevrolet Camaro. A salesman talks him into a test drive. The action is caught on hidden cameras. Jeff starts making that Chevy buck and jump. Before leaving the car lot, Jeff is at full throttle and tires are squealing as he puts his considerable driving skills on display. The salesman scared, frightened for his life. And he is angry, threatening to call the cops. It was my favorite commercial from last year. In case you for got, here it is.
Jeff took some heat from some bloggers. They contended Jeff’s performance was not real. The folks from Pepsi and Jeff decided to prove it was real. The story is told in this fun video, which I saw this week for the first time. I hope you enjoy it too.
This is just a fun prank, and while the driving is very good, it is not the ultimate show of driving skill. That’s not the purpose. It just an ad designed to make you laugh and want to enjoy it with the sponsor’s product in your hand.
Do you know what this tool is?
Handy, dandy, multipurpose tool
Take a closer look at it.
Patented June 7, 1882
What would I be using a tool of this vintage for these days? Go ahead, try to guess.
Would you believe that this a useful tool for computer assembly? Well, that’s what I used it for.
As I was assembling my desktop computer, I found that the case wouldn’t accept my two optical drives. Metal in that area hadn’t been bent quite enough to allow sufficient clearance. There was not room enough to insert a hammer in there, but I was able to use this tool to form the metal so that the drives would fit into the case properly.
Of course, this an old-fashioned monkey wrench. But it can also be used as a hammer, portable vise or a forming tool for bending metal. It was one that my dad had, and I suspect he got from his dad–or more likely his granddad. I’ve never used it for a wrench, but I do like to hold it in my hand. It fits my hand perfectly and I feel like I’m holding a piece of history.
Sylvia takes delivery of her 2011 Jeep Liberty
As I mentioned in the previous post, we had to get a photo of Sylvia’s Jeep at the dealership while it was still bright and shiny. That was Wednesday morning by Wednesday evening, there was mud splattered all over the tires, doors and back of the vehicle.
We’ve been going through the owner’s manual as we try to learn all the features. At the dealership, they helped Sylvia setup the vehicle for her. I had to learn how and do it for myself. When she starts the Jeep, the driver’s seat, mirrors and radio presets are all customized for her. When I use my key, they are all setup for me. How neat is that?
Yesterday, a friend confided to me, “I really covet your wife’s new ride.” My response? “Yah, me too!”
And On TV
We’ve been watching some of the action from the winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. We liked ice dancing, snow boarding, but most of all hockey (both men and women). Last night Sylvia was in her basement exercise area watching figure skating while I was in the family room watching NASCAR. The Daytona 500 is this Sunday on Fox. Every indication points to a very exciting race this year. Will you be watching? Do you have a favorite team?
Someone at church complained about all the snow and cold that we’ve enjoyed this winter. Someone else then spoke up and said, “This is a real winter, Winter has just been napping for the last forty years.” I add two observations: 1. It has not been that bad. 2. It has not been that long.
We were hit with more snow overnight. On Tuesdays, Sylvia works with a boy from Saranac. Since they’ve been working together one hour a week, his attendance and grades have markedly improved. She was a bit sad that school was cancelled today. I wasn’t sad, I didn’t want her driving her sedan through this much snow. (She could not have made it back up the driveway–there was packed snow and ice underneath the snow. I spent my morning clearing the driveway with the tractor’s front-end loader. (I finished with the fuel gauge on “E.”
On M-66 on the south side of I-96 this morning, county snow plow meets semi
Last night we heard the call go out from county central dispatch. A metal object on the I-96 west-bound entrance ramp from M-66 had resulted in at least two vehicles with flat tires. An officer was dispatched to the scene. A few minutes later, the officer called back, requesting assistance as there were wrecked vehicles “on both sides of the road.” We were feeling thankful that we didn’t have to be out moving around in those conditions.
This morning, while I was clearing the driveway, on M-66 just the other side of I-96 (at or near the exit ramp), an Ionia County snow plow had an incident as shown in the photo courtesy Fox 17.
It seems that there are multiple roll-overs and miscellaneous mishaps every time we get a bit of snow. Folks must have forgotten how to drive safely. But I could be wrong.
We’re kind of glad that Sylvia picks up her Jeep Liberty tomorrow. We’ll have to take a photo at the dealership while it is still bright and shiny. Because we live on a dirt road, shiny cars are a rare circumstance for us.
Finally, the garage door opener guy didn’t make it today . . . Must have been the weather.
As I mentioned in the previous post, today has been a busy day. Sylvia picked out her valentine this morning. She’ll take delivery next Wednesday.
2011 Jeep Liberty
We’d have preferred a lighter color, but this has low mileage and is loaded with the features we’d like to have. Sylvia is particularly happy with the Garmin navigation system that is included.
We had lunch out today. We wanted someplace extra special, so we went to the Big Boy.
For me, Sylvia is preparing pernil (roast pork) for supper. It’s one of our favorite Hispanic meals. Life is good
We’ve been kind of busy here lately. So much is going on. And it seems we are in a swirl.
I tried to contact our garage door opener repair person. Turns out he left the business a couple of years ago. Oh well, we’ll keep looking. I’ve tried a couple of things and am mostly out of ideas.
I called a friend for help with my new computer build. He showed up today, and when he left, the computer was running and I soon had Windows 7 installed. I’m super happy about that. Thanks Brian!
I’ll be trying some new software on the new computer. I’m going to try Open Office on this one. We’ve been using MS Office 2003, but support for that ends in a couple of months. It’s time to move on.
Tomorrow (Friday) looks like another busy day. Buckle my seat belt and hang on–tight!
Sunday, as evening approached, I detected some movement on the lawn. I looked up from the computer monitor and saw a deer. This is a common experience, so I thought nothing of it. A second passed by. There are two does that frequent this area. It was nothing special. Two more passed, and I remembered the group of four that I’ve seen on several occasions.
And then . . . I stood to look there were more to be seen. I counted at least twelve. I went to the dining room area and snapped a picture in the failing light.
How many deer do you see?
I removed a section from the middle of the photo as I recomposed it. That’s why you see the obvious break near the center of the image.
I watched the deer for a long time. I didn’t attempt any more photos. Lighting conditions were rapidly deteriorating. Eventually they wandered off in twos and threes.
Monday morning I looked out the dining room window and saw this.
Overnight the deer had been all around the house and the trees.
I panned the camera up and to the right, where I saw:
Deer have been scraping back snow to get to grass. They’ve done this in several places around our house.
Remember: Beauty is where you find it. The same can be said for joy and contentment.