Thankfulness … Kind Of

November 25, 2015 § 11 Comments

Well, it’s Thanksgiving …

I know, not until tomorrow really, but we have to “celebrate” on Wednesday since I have to work on Thursday.

This will be the last year for that.  Next year instead of working Thanksgiving Day, I’ll have to work the night before and the night of.  Won’t that be great?  That means we’ll be ‘celebrating’ on Friday.

Hell, if my wife would agree to turkey sandwiches I’d be thrilled.  But she thinks it’s her “wifely duty” to prepare a proper meal.

Ironic since I’m the one that always does the turkey.  Mainly because I don’t want salmonella for dinner … or turkey jerky.

And it’s never a “real” turkey anyway … just a breast (or two … this year I bought three so there’ll be plenty of leftovers and some in the freezer for Christmas – with a ham).

And since she can’t say “NO” to anyone but me, she’s off doing one of her volunteer things right now anyway.  I prepared the birds to go into the oven with her “help” (I really wish I’d waited until she left, tbh) and they’re in the fridge waiting.

And, hey, it’s supposed to be drizzly and foggy and really shitty weather today … rain all day tomorrow … but stay above freezing (YAY) until Friday night (BOO, I go back to work that night).

Have fun, peeps!

Novenmber 20th

November 20, 2015 § 6 Comments

Hey, I spelled November wrong.  Sue me.

So, for a long time I was getting phone calls, emails, and letters from AT&T encouraging me to switch my internet service from DSL to U-verse.  And for just as long I’d been ignoring those exhortations because I was happy with the service I had.  I don’t stream movies or anything else that would require the faster connection.

Then last week I got a letter that basically said –

“Look, GOM, we really need you to change your service.  You’re the only dinosaur in your little town and we can’t keep working on the DSL infrastructure just for you.  Please give us a call and upgrade and we’ll give you all the hardware for free, we will not charge you an installation fee, we’ll double your speed for way less than half of what you’re paying now (for a year) and when that year is up we’ll raise the rate you pay to $5 less than what you’re paying now.  Please.  Pretty please, with sugar on top!”

So I called them and made an appointment for someone to come and do the installation.  They gave me the usual “It will be from 8am to 8pm” spiel, so I had them come on Wednesday when I didn’t have anything else to do.

The tech got here around 2:15 and was gone by 2:45.  My lines were “clean” and it took longer for the equipment to upgrade once he hooked it up than for anything else.

And there was an extra bonus.

Scott, the installer, noticed I have the original Fallout video game (for PC) on disk (it’s in a rack on my desk).  I mentioned that I really liked the game and was saddened that I couldn’t play it anymore because it worked with Windows XP but nothing since then.  I mentioned I wish I’d kept the old hard drive (or at least put the OS on a thumb drive).

And then he told me of this magical site I could go to and find a way to get the game to run on newer versions of Windows.  Scott became my new best friend, even though I’ll never see him again.

And that’s enough nerdom for now …


It’s COLD!

November 16, 2015 § 5 Comments

CAUTION: Perverted Nonsense Ahead

Smokey has developed an odd – really odd – fascination with his little sister’s butt.  I swear, it looks like he’s trying to wear her as a nose mitten sometimes!

Would he do that to Joy?  No … she’d take his fucking head off!

But maybe that’s why Salem hides from him …

I KNOW it’s why I wear pants when I’m sleeping!

Time Waster

November 13, 2015 § 6 Comments

It’s FRIDAY the 13th, so this seems safe enough …

Something my niece sent me …

26 Questions

A- Age: 54
B- Biggest fear: burning almost to death
C- Current mood: meh
D- Drink you last had: iced tea
E- Every day starts with: a groan
F- Favorite song: none
G- Ghosts, are they real?: nope
H- Hometown: SW Oklahoma (born in 1 town, now live in another)
I- In love with: my wife, I guess
J- Jealous of: nothing really
K- Killed someone?: not that anyone can prove …
L- Last time you cried?: when I had to leave for work yesterday
M- Middle name: yes, I have one
N- Number of siblings: 1 now
O- One wish: to always have $5K in my pocket no matter how much I spend
P- Person you last called: AT&T They’re FINALLY upgrading the system here
Q- Question you’re always asked:? “Do you want fries with that?” (close enough)
R- Reason to smile: the thought of payday, but the smile fades when I see the check
S- Song last sang: some stupid made up song to a cat
T- Time you woke up: around 9am
U- Underwear color: white
V- Vacation destination: I never go anywhere, stay at home
W- Worst habit: smoking … or answering these things
X- X-Rays you’ve had: dental, ankles/feet (a long time ago)
Y- Your favorite food: varies, but a pepperoni pizza with extra cheese is always great
Z- Zodiac sign: Aquarius


It’s Just Nuts!

November 12, 2015 § 9 Comments

Before this last Spring, we’d been in a 5-year drought.

In the Summer of 2014 our pecan trees (we have two in the back yard) were 1/2 dead, and getting worse by the day.  I contacted a guy I know and got an estimate for having them removed.  His estimate was reasonable, and I planned to call him.  Really, I did.

But then I needed to get new glasses and other things came up and I decided to just wait on getting anything done to the trees.  Every time we had a lot of wind (which is often in Oklahoma) I expected to walk out in the back yard and see the trees crushing my garage.  Nothing like that happened, just lots of sticks and branches on the ground.

Then we had the rain … 20 or so inches in a 4 – 6 week span.

And the trees started to revive.  There are still some barren branches, but the trees are back to about 85-90%.

And yesterday there was a “cold front” that blew through with LOTS of wind and very little cold … and we picked up a five-gallon bucket full of pecans before we just quit because we were tired.  This on top of the couple of gallons my wife has picked up in the last week or so (since it’s been cooler).  And she’ll be out there this afternoon.

And the pecans are full and healthy and just amazing.


Sometimes, I guess, procrastination is not a bad thing.


November 4th

November 3, 2015 § 12 Comments

Oh for Pete’s sake!

Yesterday I “joked” – poorly – about guys in sheets on Halloween.

So, have you seen that it DID happen?

Okay, these guys weren’t Trick-or Treating in a black neighborhood, but they did think it would be “funny” to dress up as KKK members – in robes & hoods, NOT just sheets, for Halloween.

And go to a “party” at a bonfire.

AND erect a cross “as a prank.”

Seriously?  Why not just “jokingly” lynch someone while you’re at it?  That would be hilarious!

And one of these geniuses is married to the Mayor of their small Oklahoma (sad to say) town, and she’s been all over the news apologizing for and distancing herself from her husband’s actions.

Sigh ….

November 2nd

November 2, 2015 § 8 Comments

Nothing special going on.

Halloween came and went – with me huddling behind closed blinds with all the lights turned off so no kids came to the house …

Oklahoma State beat Texas Tech 70-53 on Saturday – and that’s a football score, NOT basketball, lol …

The Royals won the World Series … so now baseball is over until February 15th, when pitchers and catchers have to report for Spring Training

The time change sucked (as usual) for me because I had to work overnight and on Sunday my body wasn’t responding well and I got up at my usual time – which was now an hour earlier than usual …


Did you hear about the white guys who went Trick-or-Treating in a black neighborhood dressed as ghosts?  You know, with sheets over their heads?  No?  Probably because it didn’t really happen … just something stupid I thought of.

It’s only three weeks until Thanksgiving?  Really?


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