Friday, June 27, 2008

Oh No! Not more of his......

I was approached by an 'intervention' committee tonight who told me...

So I sat down and really did some serious...

about a subject. I decided to ask the neighbors, but I guess I've bugged them enough, because I found this....

on their door. So, I asked a pal, who gave me his input...

Another pal said he had a friend who might be able to help, so off he went to...

The guy came to me with what he considered a wonderful....

which I .....

about before figuring, well, they think......

anyway, so why not. I informed my 'Blog Team Leader' and I could tell he was impressed.

He immediately gathered his crew and sent them to search through my...

to collect some of my old, dusty, musty....

which they hustled right in with their usual cheerfull attitude.

They also gave me this 'special clock' and said I should consult it next time I had no ideas and the clock would help me get a good one.

Sensing their great affection for my fair treatment, I paid them in the customary manner.

Then, with my trusty office intern being eager to leave his chores and help

we retreated to the comfort and tranquility of my

where I proceeded to amaze the youngster with my typing technique.

After the Spellcheck Kitty was finished and told me go ahead to bed

I posted this buncha stuff just for you folks:
-The word "queue" is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
-Benjamin Franklin devised the first wet suit for divers, as well as a primitive version of today's flippers.
-Lake Baikal in Siberia is the only lake in the world that is deep enough to have deep-sea fish.
-A space vehicle must move at a rate of at least 7 miles per second to escape Earth's gravitational pull. This is equivalent to going from New York to Philadelphia in about 20 seconds.
-More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.
-Without any greenhouse effect, Earth would be cold and lifeless with an average temperature of 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
-A cat's arching back is part of a complex body language system, usually associated with feeling threatened. The arch is able to get so high because the cat's spine contains nearly 60 vertebrae which fit loosely together. Humans have only 34 vertebrae.
-The U.S. Mint was authorized to produce one-cent copper coins on April 2, 1792. Originally, there were four designs struck: the "chain" cent, the "wreathed" cent, the "flowing hair" cent, and the "liberty" cent.
-You blink every 2-10 seconds. As you focus on each word in this sentence, your eyes swing back and forth 100 times a second, and every second, the retina performs 10 billion computer-like calculations.
-Time slows down near a black hole; inside, it stops completely.
-If all the blood vessels in a single human body were stretched end to end, they would form a string capable of going around the world.
-Silent-movie star Mary Pickford once owned both the jewels The Star of Bombay and The Star of India.
-Star Trek's Mr. Spock had green skin because of traces of copper and nickel in his blood.
-If every OREO cookie ever made were stacked on top of each other (over 362 billion), the pile would reach the moon and back more than five times. If placed side-by-side they would encircle the earth 381 times at the equator!
-More people are allergic to cow's milk than any other food.
-Drinking chocolate mixed with milk, wine, or beer was considered a must at fashionable social events in the seventeenth century.
-Monaco is the second smallest country in the world and the principality has four distinct divisions. (1.) La Condamine, the business district. (2.) The Casino or Monte Carlo. (3.) Monaco-Ville which is on a rocky promontory and (4.) Fontvieille.
-Aluminum, glass, and paper are the three materials most easy to recycle.
-The premiere of Alfred Hitchcock's film Blackmail was on June 21st,1929, at the Regal Cinema, Marble Arch, London. Blackmail was the first full-length talking feature film in Britain.
-About 43 million years ago, the Pacific plate took a northwest turn, creating a bend where new upheavals initiated the Hawaiian Ridge. Major islands formed included Kauai, 5.1 million years old, Maui, 1.3 million years old, and Hawaii, a youngster at only 800,000 years old.
-The American woodcock, with its eyes placed toward the top of its head, can see backward and upward, and forward and upward, with binocular vision and, laterally, almost 180 degrees with each eye.
-Badminton was first recognized as an official sport in the Olympic Games during the 1992 Summer Games. More than 1.1 billion people watched badminton's Olympic debut on TV.
-The rare metal gallium melts at 86 degrees Fahrenheit. It is safe to touch; if you hold a piece of it in your hand and wait, it will melt.
-In the 1950s it took 27 hours to make one Marshmallow Peeps chick, today it takes about 6 minutes. One chick = 32 calories.
- Petrified feces is called 'coprolites'.
-There are over 45,000 recognized varieties of day lilies.
-There are five known species of 'loons' in the world.
-A Maine Common Loon life expectancy is 25-30 years.
-Princess Grace was NOT the 1st American Princess of Monaco. New Orleans born Alice Heine became the 2nd wife of Monaco's Prince Albert I, Prince Ranier III's great-grandfather in1889
-Upper case letters are called 'majuscule'.
So, until next time, take care and stay well.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

A Picture Story Of One Insane Youthful Day.......

A pretty long (okay, a REALLY long) time ago, when I was a boy about to have a rare 'free' day in the summer on the farm, I started off by waking from a dream something like this

Having had a dream-state bestow upon me a

which I quickly committed to paper as a remarkable example of my early engineering prowess. The design was something like

And the object was to construct something like this, capable of great downhill speed.

So I ate quickly and headed for an old farm shed

where I scrounged up one of these

an old one of these

and a box or two of these to help complete the project.

I was soon joined by friends from the two neighboring farms who were somewhat like myself...

I explained my idea to tackle the nearby very steep hill that was blessed with a paved(poorly so) dead-end orchard access road, something like

which at the bottom turned left toward the main road, but had a nice gravel road leading to a boat launch with one of these

which we hoped to use to create a bicycle+boy one of these

However, after discussing things a bit, we realized we only had a rear wheel from the old 'English style' three-speed, which meant no brakes. This was not our biggest concern, that was the fact the thing was stuck in high gear, meaning it would have to be moving pretty quickly in order to allow pedaling. So, in our wisdom, rather than add brakes or shifting, we decided to modify the design to include three riders and needing to be pushed back up the hill. We figured this would give us time to dry off too, while allowing all of us to enjoy multiple rides. What we had in mind was something along the lines of

but, in reality, was more like a three-seat one of these with wheels.

Well, after much deliberation, readjusting, and refitting, about an hour later we were done. We had a 24" frame with front wheel and pedals attached to a 3-speed rear wheel with the carrier rack and the wide part of an old canoe paddle as a rear seat for two. No photo available, not sure why. Anyway, we were all set to become the

of the

In reality, we were more akin to the

and likely destined for this

as we were a supurb example of

Anyway, having hooked 2 old plastic bleach jugs to the frame so we could find the contraption and haul it out after splashdown, we declared all systems go. The first few runs went surprisingly well and made us feel like we were actually doing this

Then, fate dealt us a dose of reality in the form of something like

which was parked around the turn(did I mention the blind corner just before the dock on the gravel road?)sorta like

and looking to the three of us more like one of these

Sudden visions of a ride in

to the very rural hospital

followed by immediate

with dire outcomes for us all beset me. Being as I was the one doing the

I checked alternate paths on a road that suddenly seemed no bigger than

Reacting with amazing quickness born from excessive fear, I headed for the right hand patch of

which I figured would slow us down. I forgot one thing, they're 'raspberry' bushes. Note the thorns in this close-up

Well, we plowed straight through them and crashed over a couple rocks into the reedy, muddy-bottom area next to the boat launch. We sat there looking at each other like three

until we took note of two things. 1) The 'boat folks' had two daughters we knew from school with them who were laughing and pointing (I wonder why to this day) and 2)WE HURT!!! Plus we seemed to be losing great quantities of blood from various cut, scratched and punctured places on our disheveled bodies. Losing all interest in the 'devil machine', we headed as fast as we could to find my Aunt who, once she stopped her insane laughter, applied the contents of several of these

All in all, it was interesting(?) to look back at, after the stories finally stopped circulating around all the nearby communities. My Uncle R, in his usual graceful and thoughtful manner (laughing uncontrollably at us over supper)advised me the way I was to do to my future employees and offspring: (R)"Did it hurt?" (me)"Yes sir!!" (R) "Don't do it again or it'll hurt the next time too!" Such profound wisdom from a regular old Dairy Farmer. Until next time, stay well and take care.