Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Granddaddy Long Legs

Granddaddy long-legs

Monday, September 26, 2016

Another Bear Video

This bear is missing half of its front paw.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Sunday Stealing: Doing Questions

Sunday Stealing: The "Doing Questions Like It's 2003" Meme

1. Tell us about your pets. If you don’t have one, share why you don’t.

A. I don't have any pets now, except for cows and the wild animals outside. I used to have a dog, part Eskimo Spitz and part terrier, named Ginger. She was 17 when she died, and I never had the heart to get another. Plus I am terribly allergic and Ginger had to stay outside, unless it was very cold, in which case I brought her into the garage. I don't think I could really care for an animal like I should because of my asthma and allergies, so better not to have one. As for cats, I am allergic to them, too. My parents always had a dog when I was growing up, which is part of the reason I stayed sick all the time, I think.

2. Name three things that are close to you.

A. My PC, my landline phone, and a glass of water.

3. How was the weather for your summer?

A. July was too wet, and August and September too dry. We only had three cuttings of hay this year instead of four because of the dry weather and inconsistent rain.

4. What was the last film you saw? Did you like it?

A. Friday night my husband and I watched Sisters with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on HBO. I am very glad I did not pay money to see it, which means I did not care for it. *Update* Saturday night we watched Steve Jobs. I didn't care for that film, either. What a wretched man he was. Brilliant, maybe, but a wretched person.

5. Tell us about the last trip that you took.

A. Last year we went to Charleston, SC. We saw a big boat, an historic old town, learned a lot about the Revolutionary War and the Civil War, and generally had a nice time.

6. Where do you buy groceries? Why?

A. I buy groceries at Kroger, Food Lion, and Ikenberry Orchards. The first two are chains, and they have the stuff you need like canned green beans and the occasional frozen dinner for when you don't want to cook. Ikenerry Orchards carries fresh produce, locally grown veggies, peaches, and apples.

7. Tell us something that you did today. Or will do if you haven’t had your morning coffee yet.

A. I changed the linens on the bed, washed and put away four loads of clothes, emptied the dishwasher, paid bills, and put two potatoes in the oven to bake for dinner. I also did my physical therapy exercises. 

8. Have you pulled an all-nighter?

A. The last time I was up all night was in July 2014, when my husband got his hand caught in a hay baler and he had to have emergency surgery. The surgery finished up around 2 a.m. and I stayed with him until about 6 a.m., and then went home to get some sleep after the nurses changed shifts and I could speak with his day nurse about a sponge bath for him and a note on the door asking the firefighters to let him sleep. I also asked that they limit the number of visitors he could have at one time. Since he is a battalion chief with the fire department, there were about 150 people who wanted to see him once they learned he was hurt.

9. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi & Coke?

A. I don't drink soft drinks any more, but yes, I can. Pepsi is blah. Coke is not.

My brother.
10. Tell us about your siblings. How many and what do they do?

A. I have a brother who is three years younger than I. He is President of Cardinal Rubber & Seal, Inc., a corporation my father started which deals in industrial hoses, seals, and gaskets with operations in multiple states. He also likes to hunt and fish and spend time with his two children. He has always been my "little" brother and I have always been very protective of him.

11. What’s the oldest thing that you own?

My many-great grandmother's
A. It is either a pair of scissors that my great-great grandmother owned, which she was holding when she was struck by lightning, or a pig killer my husband has that has passed down through his family. The scissors never grow dull although I don't use them much because they mean more to me than whatever I might be cutting. As for the pig killer, it's a big metal thing with a sharp spike attached and in the old days when they killed pigs, they would hit the pig in the "sweet spot" in the head with the pig killer. Obviously, we do not use that anymore but that is how they did it long ago. I don't know which of these objects would be the oldest.


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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Saturday 9: One Night in Bangkok

Saturday 9: One Night in Bangkok (1984)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here.

I always liked this song. It is unique.

1) This song is from the play Chess. It's been said that the most successful players are fluid in their thinking. Do you consider yourself flexible or set in your ways?

A. I never make the same recipe twice, so maybe that is flexible? But I also have certain things that I like to be done certain ways, particularly when it comes to my personal comfort.

2) Nigel Short, a real-life chess grandmaster, used to wear a t-shirt that said, "He who cares, wins." Do you always play to win? Or do you play board/card games or sports for the fun of it?

A. I don't play to win. I play to play, to be around friends and enjoy someone's company.

3) The singer is in Bangkok for an important tournament. He maintains that he doesn't mind missing the sights and dismisses Bangkok is just another "crowded, polluted stinking town." Do you find big cities exciting? Or do you think of them as noisy and dirty?

A. I am not a big city girl. I don't necessarily think of them as dirty but they do have too many people to suit me. I am a small town woman.

4) Air pollution has reached serious levels Bangkok. Do you suffer from allergies, asthma or another condition that could be aggravated by pollution?

A. I do, and it is problematic at this time of year, when the ragweed is blooming and molds are in the air. ::sniffle:: (Hand me my inhaler. Thanks.)

5) To reduce traffic, commuters travel through Bangkok on ferries that make regularly scheduled trips up and down the Chao Phraya River. When was your last boat ride?

A. I guess before I married, as I cannot recall one since. Or does a flat-bottomed boat on the pond count?

6) Round trip airfare between ATL and BKK is $1750. If we gave you a travel voucher for that dollar amount, how would you spend it?

A. Can I just cash it in? No? Then I'd find some nice little mountain retreat and stay for as long as the money would last.

7) The Holiday Inn Express in Bangkok has a McDonald's onsite. When you go somewhere new, do you find it comforting to be surrounded by what's familiar? Or would you prefer to try new things?

A. I find it comforting to see familiar things, but I also like to try new things. My husband, who is a fire chief, is not big on trying new restaurants. I hesitate to tell you what the kitchens of non-chain restaurants sometimes look like. He comes home with horror stories from kitchen fires they put out, where they see roaches and dirty pans and rotten food being dressed up to look not-so-rotten. Blah. One time the fire sprinklers went off in a restaurant with a buffet, spraying fire retardant all over the food, and the restaurant owners wanted to keep serving the food! Even though it had fire retardant all over it! My husband shut the restaurant down until the health inspectors could come (he has the authority to do that). There are lot of local places he won't visit for a meal. So generally we do not try unknown restaurants, but we will try new activities or museums or whatever. I don't know why restaurant chains are cleaner in the kitchen, but he is more comfortable eating there.

8) One of Bangkok's most popular restaurants is DID, which stands for Dine in Dark. The dining room at DID is 100% light free -- cell phones must be stored in the lobby to avoid distracting from the experience -- so customers eat their four course meal without seeing it. This heightens the diner's sense of taste and smell. When you prepare a meal, do you put a great deal of care into its presentation?

A. Only over the holidays or if I have a guest over. Day to day dinner? No. I mean, I don't serve burned toast or anything, but I also don't put out the good china and linen napkins.

9) Random question: Think about your last professionally prepared meal. Did you dine in, carry out, or have it delivered?

A. I picked up a pre-cooked chicken at the supermarket and we ate it at home. I can buy a pre-cooked roasted chicken for less than I can buy uncooked parts to fix, which makes no sense, but who am I to argue? At least I didn't have to cook.


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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Thursday Thirteen

1. There's no business like show business. ~ Irving Berlin (Except for politics, which is a lot like show business. ~ me)

2. The secret of business is to know something that nobody else knows.  ~ Aristotle Onassis

3. One of the tests of leadership is the ability to recognize a problem before it becomes an emergency. ~ Arnold H. Glasow

4. Not for nothing is their motto TGIF - 'Thank God It's Friday.' They live for the weekends, when they can go do what they really want to do.  ~ Richard Nelson Bolles

5. The common question that gets asked in business is, 'why?' That's a good question, but an equally valid question is, 'why not?'  ~ Jeff Bezos

6. No person will make a great business who wants to do it all himself or get all the credit. ~ Andrew Carnegie

7. If there is anything that a man can do well, I say let him do it. Give him a chance.  ~ Abraham Lincoln

8. If you listen to your fears, you will die never knowing what a great person you might have been. ~ Robert H. Schuller

9.  Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon. ~ Winston Churchill

10. No employer today is independent of those about him. He cannot succeed alone, no matter how great his ability or capital. Business today is more than ever a question of cooperation. ~ Orison Swett Marden

11. The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. ~  Confucius

12. A company is only as good as the people it keeps. ~ Mary Kay Ash

13. Wise are those who learn that the bottom line doesn't always have to be their top priority. ~ William Arthur Ward

Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 466th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.