Saturday, September 29, 2007

Global warming is here

Had to go out and do a few chores at my mom's place; she lives about 50-60 miles SW of Salt Lake City. The weather wasn't the best, as these pictures taken a bit north of her show:




Between the fog and the snow, it was hard to see very far. It made it difficult to see the cattle that were wandering about at times, so we drove a little slower than usual today.
Here in Salt Lake Valley we just have sleet.

Bunch of oldies in today's playlist; most are probably older than a lot of the readers here:

"Summertime" by Janis Joplin & Her Kozmic Blues Band
"Wishful Sinful" by The Doors
"Fresh Garbage" by Spirit
"Red, Red Wine" by Neil Diamond
"Wooly Bully" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
"Hungry" by Paul Revere & the Raiders
"Stop, Stop, Stop" by The Hollies
"Possession" by Iron Butterfly
"Oye Como Va" by Santana
"I Am a Rock" by Simon & Garfunkel

Anybody out there know all of them?

Friday, September 28, 2007

Clinton proposes $5,000 'baby bonds'

WASHINGTON, Sept 28 (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Friday proposed giving every baby born in the United States $5,000 to start an account to use for paying for college.

Clinton made the comment at a forum sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus as she and Democratic rival Barack Obama competed for support from black voters a day after leading Republican presidential candidates skipped a debate on minority issues.

"I like the idea of giving every baby born in America a $5,000 account that will grow over time, so when that young person turns 18, if they have finished high school, they will be able to access it to go to college," Clinton said.
Clinton, a senator from New York, offered no details on how to pay for the program. The $5,000 "baby bonds" would accrue interest over time.


This has to be one of the most idiotic things I have ever heard. Promising something like that without mentioning how it will be paid for to get votes from minorities. And there are probably morons out there who actually believe that line of bullshit. Does anyone have the slightest idea of how much that would take? And of course it would be paid for by raising someone's taxes. I would also like to see what happens if a person dies before they have a chance to use the accrued money. The legal battles, scams, and general all-around things that can go wrong (sad to say, there are people out there who have killed their own children for less) boggles the mind.
Just my opinion.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Everybody needs a pet

I've watched this several times, and it makes me laugh every time. I think they picked the wrong animal to advertise.

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Yuck...

I was checking my sitemeter this morning, since I find it interesting from where I am getting visitors, and ran across this:










You have to really wonder about people, sometimes...

Monday, September 24, 2007

Where does the time go?

Busy week; stuff to do out at my mom's place, chores at my uncle's yard, stuff around here. My wife has been suffering from a nasty sinus condition that has her coughing and sneezing at all hours; it's been hard on her trying to get some rest at night.
Missed the gun show over the weekend, but since I didn't have that much loose cash it was probably just as well. The weather is definitely starting to resemble autumn around here; the temperature dropped down to 40 at night, and there is snow on the mountains around Salt Lake valley.
For the cat lovers, here is a shot of a kitten from my mom's back yard that my wife took:

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

A good weekend

The weekend was one of family; Sunday my wife and I went to the state fair with one of my nieces and her daughter; we walked a lot and had a fairly good time for the last half of the day.
Saturday was the 1-year birthday of my youngest great-niece; hot dogs, mac salad, and all the other stuff that goes with an outside picnic-type party.


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Being Uncle Bob can be a good thing when you have nieces like that. :-)

Friday, September 14, 2007

One of life's great pleasures...

I'm not much into sweets such as candy and soda pop; I tend to prefer fresh fruits for my sugar. One of the few exceptions is homemade fruit pie, especially with my wife's pie crust, which is the best I have ever had. This was a new type, an apple and pear recipe that I found over at Kit's place. I took a picture, but didn't use a flash, so it came out with a weird yellow cast over the whole picture because of the type of lighting it was sitting under.
Homemade pie with a mug of Kona coffee...life is good.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

More tunes to lighten the load

Decided to put together blogroll, then paste the whole thing together in my blog at once. While I'm doing this, I have a playlist of oldies that I enjoy, this is the first ten in the list:

"Eve of Destruction" by Barry McGuire
"Tequila" by The Champs
"Happy Together" by The Turtles
"A Summer Song" by Chad & Jeremy
"Walk, Don't Run" by The Ventures
"Sock It To Me-Baby!" by Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" by The Walker Brothers
"Lil' Red Riding Hood" by Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
"Stay" by Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs
"Sky Pilot" by Eric Burdon & The Animals

Anybody out there old enough to remember any of those?

Whoops

Somehow in my tinkering, I have managed to delete my whole blogroll and a bunch of other stuff on my site. Will be working on that over the next few days.
If you used to be there, and I somehow miss you over the next few days, let me know.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Relatively slow week

Not a real lot going on during the first part of the week; warm days, cool nights. Trying to catch up on stuff around the yard. The Salt Lake Greek Festival is going on this weekend; we caught it yesterday. Souvlaki, calimaria, loucomades, spanakapite, dolmades, and much more. Brought home some feta, loucomades, baklava, and olives. Will have to do more working out than usual this week, I guess. Trying to decide whether to go to the state fair after lunch today, have to see how we feel later.

For some reason I felt like listening to older country-western music this morning:

"Hello Walls" by Willie Nelson
"Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" by Waylon Jennings
"The Devil Went Down to Georgia" by The Charlie Daniels Band
"Tennessee Stud" by Eddy Arnold
"Your Cheatin' Heart" by Hank Williams
"I Walk the Line" by Johnny Cash
"Ribbon of Darkness" by Marty Robbins
"Whispering Pines" by Johnny Horton
"Crazy" by Patsy Cline
"Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down" by Kris Kristofferson

Anybody else remember these? I tend to prefer older stuff, rather than the "cowpop" that seems to be prevalent these days. Just showing my age, I guess.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Labor Day weekend

Not a real lot going on this weekend, a lot of it is just catching up. We did get away for a bit Sunday and went hiking up at Brighton, where there are several ski resorts. It tried to sprinkle lightly at times, but not enough to get wet. It was in the nineties in the valley, so the 65F temperatures up in the mountains felt good. We did get a good look at a bull moose that was up there. It was used to people, so we were able to get up within 20 feet of him without him getting excited at all.



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We have quite a few moose in the local mountains; during the winter sometimes they wander down into Salt Lake City. The bulls are usually not much trouble, but cows with calves can get extremely belligerent. It seems any more that I see more moose than deer in the woods here in northern Utah. The moose was on the shores of the small lake in the photo. We also saw woodpeckers and ducks, so it was a pleasant afternoon. There are a few other pictures from the area in my Flickr account, if you're interested.