Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Power, The Dodgers and so forth

Yea - that's it, I'm done defending Trump anymore. He FINALLY said somethings that rubbed me the wrong way.  Providing comfort to racists and extremists is not MY idea of an American President.  And people thought Clinton was going to be bad?  This is better?  And sadly - it's NOT a surprise.  It was predicted MANY times but no one listened.

If your President's grandpa was a KKK member who could have predicted he would side with the alt-right KKK neo-nazi's white supremacist.  Well, ANYBODY that was paying attention knew.

I think all of this is a bad thing for the alt-right KKK neo-nazi's white supremacist because they live in a dark world where they can get away with things in the background without too much hatred coming back at them because they are just a "fringe element" not to be taken seriously.

Now confederate statues are dropping like rocks and alt-right websites are coming down and getting hacked with denial of service attacks.  The biggest alt-right websites are dark today.  At least 8 people have been fired from their jobs and CEOs are quitting the Trump administration like rats jumping off a sinking ship (6 now I believe have jumped).  BUT - the GOP will slap his writs and move on.   

SO - when the 3rd American Civil war breaks out what side will you be on. 

OH - the 1st American Civil War was the Revolutionary War.  More Americans were killed by other Americans in the Revolutionary War then by the English. 


then there are the LA Dodgers.

After last night they are 50 games above .500. As of a few days ago they had won 47 of their last 55 games!!  47-8?? HOLY CRAP.  They are 62-1 when leading after the 4th inning.  


FIND THIS SHOW if you are an American car fan. History Channel had a 3 part 6 hour special called "The Cars That Made America".   Truly fascinating and I hope Graham Man sees this. DJ and I could not stop watching it.  Who knew Edsel Ford was also a genius and saved Ford.  Who knew his dad was brilliant yet stupid at the same time.  WOW Ford was a complete asshole. 

The special uncovers the stories of the visionaries who built America’s vehicle landscape and chronicles the epic journey of how the biggest names of the automobile industry became the legendary household brands that car enthusiasts have grown to love. Through gritty, character-driven reenactments and never-before-seen archival footage, the special showcases the career trajectories of seven iconic and revolutionary figures: Henry Ford, Walter Chrysler, the Dodge Brothers, William Durant, Lee Iacocca and John Delorean.

It's on DIRECT On Demand.


Trick or Treat will be Saturday just like last year.


My life evolves around putting all our shoes up high so Gus does not play with them.  It's not that he chews them, he just hides them so we are always looking for the other shoe.


The NBA is changing their schedule and no team will play 4 games in 5 days.  Nobody really cares unless you had a system that did REALLY well with forecasting who would cover the spread in these situations.  Still, most teams will play 14 back to back games this year, down from 16 times.


Millennials are not into antiques!  Price's for antique furniture have dropped by 40% in the last 10 years because millennials just don't care about antiques.


Think our (America) electricity rates are high?

 WPPI - the company that Columbus buys it's power from is going to build the Midwest largest solar farm at the Point Beach Nuclear Power Plant. 700 acres containing 50,000 solar panels that will give us about 250 megawatts.  Scheduled to go online in 2021 I believe.

40% of our power that Columbus uses will be from renewable energy.  And in case you are wondering  - this is not some sort of green initiative, it's because renewable energy is now cheaper to build . . . . AT THE MOMENT.


I wonder if our neighbors are tired of hearing us yell  "NO" to Gus.  sigh!.  Puppies are so cute and SUCH A PAIN IN THE ASS sometimes.  But boy can he fetch.  Seriously awesome.

The problem is that Gus has learned to ring the out out bell anytime he sees somebody walking a dog past the house . . .and there are a LOT of dogs on Vista Circle it seems.  He's TOO smart.

If you are on Facebook,  WKOW has a contest called "Cutest of the Pack" and I entered Gus into the contest so starting Saturday you can vote for Gus on their Facebook page (somehow).


Monday, August 14, 2017

Gus, Foam rubber, TGC2, Neil Walker, Lightning

I had a "Gallery" thing Wednesday night and had to attend because I sold a piece - not a big event but
 . . . . .   anyway I was with a few bona-fide real life storm chasers and one was talking about lightning and how it behaves. 

WELL - one thing leads to another and I bring up the old Columbus water tower which 90% of the town does not even know we have . . or care about.  It was agreed upon that the water tower could have saved a few lives.  

The lightning was going to strike SOMETHING in that 50 yard circle and the water tower just happened to be there.  Lightning was not attracted to the tower but since it was there and wet it was the easiest place for that lightning to go.  

Take the water tower away and it would have hit one of those houses or SOMETHING in that 50 yard radius.  


SO - Bear fans are all excited over their new QB who was awesome going against the 3rd string man to man defense.  One guy said it was like watching your dog run a 50 yard dash on his hind legs excited!   THAT!  would be exciting !


Speaking of dogs.  We took Gus on a socializing adventure to the Paoli Art Fair.  He LOVED it and it
seemed we were the center of attention.  Literally.  We had to stop constantly and explain to people what he was and how old and so forth.

At one point we had people waiting  (seriously) in line to hold him and take family photos.  What got me was a few times we had to stop and have him pose for photos.  No REALLY, and the weird thing was he would pose.  

I would put him on some wooden steps and he would sit up perfectly straight and look at the camera . . and he did this multiple times.  It's like he was aware of the cameras!!  DJ and I were at The Hop Garden and there was a family of 5 adults staring at us from 30 yards away.  Just staring, at me?  at DJ?  NO it had to be Gus.  Literally staring.

Gus was under a table as we were having a beer and a napkin fluttered by.  People all around jumped up and pointed making sure we knew he had a napkin!  

He will be stolen before we have him a year!  Kids were playing with him and adults were holding him and giving him water.

As a joke DJ says "Hey, see those kids over there? Say "Hey kid, I'll give you this puppy for that ice cream"".


Neil Walker the new Brewers 2B.

WELL - a few days away from being 32 years old so not a long term fix.  "good" fielding. Not great.  Average range and does not make many errors.  Good power so the bat will be nice and he is coming FROM a ballpark that is sort of like Milwaukee.  GREAT for lefties. And he is a switch hitter which is always good, slightly better against RHP.  Can't bunt, can't H&R, can't run, can't steal and hits into a lot of DPs.   His WARP is in the 3 games per season when makes him solid but he is 32 and coming off an injury.  For a player to be named later it's all good.


So you know I play virtual golf on the TGCTours using the game/simulation TGC2 engine.  A few of the rounds we have been playing recently have been outstanding with user created courses. Wish I could play these in real life.   I used to create courses in LINKS. My current computer does not hate the power to create holes like these.


WEATHER - look for 1.5 inches of rain this week with the main focus on Wednesday.  Some thunderstorms today later in the afternoon.  Highs near 80 most of the week 


Bored??  I watched a NETFLIX show called Modern Miracles.  About everyday things we take for granted that are truly a miracle.   The first half of the first show was all about foam rubber . . well, after a fascinating half hour on foam rubber . . . I turned it off.  You can only take so much giddiness over foam rubber.  Yea - it IS a miracle because it only takes a drop of water to go from hard plastic to foam rubber but . . . . . . 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Gus Predicts

Hi, I'm Gus and all of a sudden my mommy (the one who I like to bite) puts me in this shirt and believes I know everything there is about the Green Bay Packers.   HELLO!  I've only been alive for 14 weeks. However - I do know a thing or two about  playing with a ball and chasing and catching balls so maybe I do so let's see what I can think of.

The game tonight is a pretend game or something as it does not count so the score is meaningless unless you win and then it is something.   The only bit of information I have come up with is when I had a piece of paper hanging from my lips from my daddy's (the man that feeds me) magazine that I chews on.  The Marc Lawrence Playbook.

It says that the Packers are 5 - 0 on UNDERS in the first pretend game.  The UNDERS is 38.5 points and seeing that the other ball game my daddy watches and complains about has scores  like 4-2 and 3-2 and like last night 4-0 I think the UNDER 38.5 seems a good deal.

Otherwise there is no reason to ever care about the pretend games unless something comes up.  For instance, last year I heard Coach McCarthy said he was going to put a wide retriever on an island and see how he did.  Well, I'm mostly a retriever and I'm on Grinders Island so I understand that so if I hear that kind of talk maybe I'll perk up but until then pretend games are just that.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017


On May 8th 1869 a golden spike was driven into a railroad tie with a silver spike maul completing the trans continental railroad.  As the spike entered a single word was broadcast to every telegraph in the nation. DONE.

Well, actually Stanford and Hewes both missed the spike on the first attempt but the word was broadcast anyway.

Last night in City Council drove the final spike when the final word was finalized and Drexel Building Supply will actually locate to Columbus bringing 40, $50,000 a year jobs to Columbus.

Unlike Foxconn bringing their  50,000, $40 a year jobs to Wisconsin.

What I HOPE is that the State takes as much time an pains staking detail to the Foxconn contract that the Columbus City Council did with Drexel.  For instance, we spent an hour and a half last night over one word ("four" instead of "three") and a coma in the final final MOU.

In the last year Council has been investing a lot of time dealing a with Drexel, Duffy and a huge Fromm expansion and we ain't done yet.  There is more coming but I think there will be a break in the action.  Thank you to all the players, not just council but everybody who had a hand in this agreement.  Well done and while nobody will congratulate the city or even give anybody a pat on the back . . . . they REALLY should.  


Trump declares war on North Korea . . .blah blah blah move on he sounded like an idiot.  His approval rating leaped up yesterday from a very bottom 36.6% to 36.9% so he has something to brag about now as more and more people like him.


53% of all homes in the US are owned by people over 55 years.  This is a high and it's shutting out younger people in the housing market. Ten years ago it was 43%.


There were 785 TD passes thrown by right handed quarterbacks last year out of  . . . . 786.  Yea - only 1 TD was thrown from a left hand . . . .it was a trick play.


There is $1.021 TRILLION in outstanding debt in the US right now beating the old record of $1.020 which happened in April 2008.   Yea - can't think of anything substantial that happened financially around THAT time.


No golf tonight as I have a gallery event but last week was awesome.  In the morning I tweaked my back doing basically nothing (it's awesome getting old) and it seemed to get worse all day. NO, NOT ON GOLF DAY.  But experience with this pain told me golf was not in jeopardy.  Just be careful and FOLLOW THROUGH!

So what happened?   Drives of 211,215,220,217,218 according to my golf app on the phone. I cannot remember striking the ball better.   A little too good actually as on the last hole I hit my shortest drive and took out my 9 iron approach shot (115 yards) and flew the green at Door Creek #9 leaving a sharp down hill "it will never stop" chip shot.  Of course the chip shot went 1 foot and stopped immediately leaving another chip shot which "never stopped" leaving 2 more putts back up the hill.  sigh

I still suck.  Had a 45.


Stay tuned tomorrow for a new feature - GUS PREDICTS (still looking for a good tag line) . Gus will talk about the Packer game and what he thinks will happen.  Even though he has no clue what football is but in my prime when I had a 1-900 number for predicting football in Collage and Pro Football Weekly (The Ghoddess was my partner back then) I realized that 99% of touts actually hit below 50% and here I was with my system called Bridgejumper that hit 65% for 20 years (it died about 5 years ago as all systems do).  Still does well in certain situations.

So Gus will carry on the tradition.

Speaking of Gus. He continues to grow and is waking up later as his peanut size bladder is also growing.

I'm reading a book called "Inside of a Dog, What Dogs See, Smell and Know" written by a cognitive scientist who loves the word "anthropomorphism*" . It's really fascinating and puts thing in perspective from a dogs point of view.

* the attribution of human traits, emotions, and intentions to non-human entities and is considered to be an innate tendency of human psychology


Seems to be yet another small controversy growing about our new street lights . TOO BRIGHT!!  LOOKS LIKE WATERLOO.  Looking into this.


OH - I am obsessed with a TV show (who knew) called Quantico. About some very good looking FBI recruits and one is being framed as a terrorists.  It's really a pretty who dun it ride.  I got hooked when I read some former FBI reviews that said the training was pretty realistic.


Check it out as it starts with a bang and never lets go! See how the beautiful people save the world.


Gotta run and get an estimate on a BMW that Mel owned.  Yea - all was well until DJs brother rammed into the funeral home and bashed in the trunk.


OH - we need so home repair.  Our Frigidaire Refrigerator  SUCKS.  It's been leaking from SOMEWHERE for 7 years an no one knows from where.  Last night I was in the basement and heard water.  Ran upstairs and yup - water all over the rotting floor under the frig.  YET - not one drop anywhere. Hoses are dry. the ONLY water is under the frig.

That was it - we are getting rid of this monster but have to get the rotting wood fixed.  I will never ever buy another Frigidaire.

OK - gotta run

have a day - good chance of rain tomorrow but after that - nothing for the foreseeable future. In fact we won't even hit 80 for the next 10 days  


Friday, August 4, 2017

Brew Day

So my biggest issue at the moment is trying to figure out how to fix a 4K TV with this issue.  Horizontal lines

Not my TV but it needs to be fixed.

Any ideas? Solutions> Comments?  


it's brew day this morning so I'm in between boils and so forth so this blog is a little convoluted . . like normal.  Brewing my East Indian Porter.  The beer the sailors drank when shipping beer to India.

While the officers drank India Pale Ale (IPA) the crew drank the lower class East Indian Porter.


OH - with the coming of football season we had to get Gus ready.


Maybe things will calm down for a while in DC as Trump goes on a 17 day vacation.  He needs it - working so hard making deals.  OH - did you hear about the transcripts of those phone calls?  WOW!
He never wanted to build that wall LOL  WHO KNEW he would lie.   Again - just telling his clan what they wanted to hear.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Wednesday is photo day . . I guess

This was Gus at 7 weeks

And this is Gus at 12.5 weeks

With such long legs he reminds me of a Star wars machine

He's more of a mini Golden Retriever.  Technically he is a F1B Golden Doodle but there is more Golden then Doodle in him.


Then last night a balloon was flying our way as we sat on the deck.  As luck would have it it was right over us.

Hand held 300mm lens laying on the deck with a puppy jumping on me.


Trumps disapproval rating has hit a new all time high at 56.9% and his approval rating is a new all time low at 37.6%


In the past 5 years 1 in 5 U.S. counties saw opioid prescriptions increase by more than 10 percent.

Heroin is not the drug problem the US is facing - it's opioid addiction. Oddly in states with legal cannabis had prescription for opioid's  decrease dramatically - thus, big pharm is spending millions to combat legal cannabis.  It's all about profits.