Friday, November 09, 2012

Winter is here.

Not really very enthused about this.  Yesterday at this time it was 70º F.
I took these pictures this morning, the snow is up to about five inches now, and shows no sign of stopping soon.

Picture 1: A shot from my mail box, toward the west.
Picture 2: Some of my miniature roses that got caught.

What we need is snow in the mountains, where it can pile up for use during next summer.


I'll be curious to see how things go once the dust settles from the elections.  I'm expecting more assaults on civil liberties in this country, usually in the form of executive orders, which in the past few years seems to be the way the POTUS can bypass Congress.  Why follow the Constitution in the proper way to pass laws, when it is easier to just make an royal proclamation executive order?


There's a gun show coming up next weekend, but I'll probably stay home; I imagine it will be swamped.  The re-elected president has already been making noises about new gun laws and encouraging the rest of the members of his party who don't believe in the rights of gun owners.  The only reason he wasn't pushing it earlier was because he didn't want to hurt his chances for re-election; he has a long history dating back to his pre-presidential days of pushing for laws disarming the public, since he doesn't believe that citizens should own means of self-defense.

"Only criminals, dictators, and democrats fear armed citizens."
 - Jeff Cooper


Dim light and snow tends to give me the blues; my playlist reflects that.  I usually just go down my music collection and throw a bunch of songs in there, depending on my mood at the time.  You can see how I am right now; most of them tend to be a bit melancholy or downright depressing.
Any favorites or comments on this batch?

"Misery Loves Company" by It's A Beautiful Day
"Two Out of Three Ain't Bad" by Meatloaf
"Songs to Aging Children Come" by Joni Mitchell
"Walking the Blues" by Maria Muldaur
"Hurt" by Johnny Cash
"I Drink Alone" by George Thorogood & the Destroyers
"Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult
"Crying in the Rain" by A-Ha
"Snowblind Friend" by Steppenwolf
"I Never Cry" by Alice Cooper

Sunday, November 04, 2012

No, I haven't quit blogging

I haven't been too focused lately due to sleep problems, but hopefully some new medication may help with that.


I'll be glad when the elections are finished; I'm getting tired of computer calls and assholes trying to tell me who to vote for.  I have been looking up candidates' records to make my decisions; I refuse to watch debates on TV; all they amount to is a long session of "Dueling Douchebags", only without the banjo music.
Personally, I don't think any president can get us out of the rut we're in; I think we've gotten to the place where nature is going to have to take its course, and all the taxes and promises from representatives won't help.
Just my opinion.


 I was looking in my spam folder to make certain it wasn't snagging legitimate emails, and I have to wonder who the hell comes up with those email headers.  Ninety percent of the emails express concern about the proper growth and management of my wedding tackle, and have the most ridiculous titles I've ever seen:

"Give her a whopper in the bedroom!"
"Be the envy of the locker room!"
"Become the neighborhood stud!"

Really, people?  I'd be willing to bet most of them are bad translations from some other language (my bet is on Asian based on the structure of most of them), and they come off like a bad spiel from a carny barker with a limited education.  I don't know if they can help anyone ("She will scream loud with delight!"), but they give me quite a few laughs reading them.


 Some of you out there might wonder how close the Southpark gravatar I use actually looks like me.


My wife took this a few weeks ago up in the mountains.  Notice the vest, hat, camera and beard.  I don't have my shotgun as in the gravatar, and you can't see my gold earring in the photo, but I think it is a fairly close match.


A few pictures of our mountains that I took about a month ago, we've been getting bits of snow up there for some time now.  Click to enlarge.


Any favorites or comments?

"Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot
"As Time Goes By" by Rosemary Clooney
"Turn the Page" by Bob Seger
"Moonlight Drive" by The Doors
"Abracadabra" by Steve Miller Band
"She's Not There" by The Zombies
"Gypsy" by The Moody Blues
"It's In The Way That You Use It" by Eric Clapton
"Crazy Blue Eyes" by Lacy J. Dalton
"Leather and Lace" by Stevie Nicks