May 04

Two Almost 80 Degree Days In A Row

Really! In A Row! Yesterday & Today. In A Row! Damn!

And as nice as yesterday was, today was WAY better cause we had Lightning & Thunder. Woo Woo! I was also pointing in the right direction at the right time and caught a couple of lightning bolts with my Phone. (The Video. No lightning actually touched my phone. Nevermind.) But it was COOOOOOLLLLLLL!


Other than that pretty much SSDD around here. Dog and I finally have the chance to take off all our clothes and walk the back 40. Nice. We took the rider-mower with the trailer hooked up to it and picked up large rocks so I could mow the path. Which I did. Luckily before it started to really come down during the Thunderstorm. Which was cool, btw!

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Don’t know what the HELL was going on yesterday, but, just after eating dinner (Nukerowaved lasagna) I started feeling really (really) weak and tired. Tired enough to actually lay downand almost go to sleep. I didn’t know if I wanted to throw-up or shit (or both). Lasted until about 1130 and just went away. Still felt really tired though. Must be getting Old or something.

Tis21Today was absolutely lovely outside. Tomorrow It’s supposed to be lots cooler (high about 58 degrees); but still better than it has been these past few months. I’m so glad Summer is almost here.

Another storm coming through. Cool! More thunder! Think I’ll go lay down and read a bit while waiting for SWMBO to get home from her class.

Dec 09

Lightning & Thunder This Morning!

It was cool! Couldn’t hardly see the lightning through the downpour that was going on; but it was there. Thunder too. Cool! Too bad it lasted only 10 minutes or so. I set my camera up but haven’t watched the video to see if I caught any or not. Would be cool if I did! (Oh yeah, I’d be a “Storm-Chaser” if I could.)


Other than that it’s been a pretty “normal” morning around here. Just finished my breakfast and about to head out to check mail. Updated the MCARC site. (Finally!) Moving things around on my drives trying to get ready to “upgrade” to larger drives. (Only 2 2-TB drives but that’s larger than what I have in there now.)

Guy from the car dealer called about 1330 and said that he’d try to have my truck back to me this afternoon. That he’d call me again around 1600. BUT, It MAY not be until tomorrow. Thanks for calling, but, you could have just waited until later to call to say either it’s ready or I’d have to wait until tomorrow.


Not a whole lot going on and I’m bored as hell. All my usual chores are done and I’ve “puttered” around until I’m purely sick of puttering around. Still can’t really do anything outside cause it is still really wet out. I have some bucks but can’t think of anything I really want to buy.

Speaking of buying: last night I ordered SWMBO’s Christmas present and myself a new radio. Thought I’d give that JT-6188 Dual Band Radio a workout since it’s a “mere” $95 ($102.64 with tax and shipping). I figure I’ll set it up in the house and use it awhile before swapping it for the radio in the truck. If it works out I may be buying another; if it works. Reviews are pretty evenly split between “priceless” and “POS.”

WaRshington Driving

So, I made one of the Cheesy Potato soups (with diced grilled Chicken added), but, SWMBO said “Broccoli sure would go good in that!” so I wound up making Cheesy Potato Broccoli Soup instead. (Oh, my it was tasty and filling!) Made donut shaped corn muffins to go with it. Added a big glass of grape juice. Good stuff!

Picked SWMBO up at the Ferry Landing. Didn’t rain a bit either direction. Cool! We be home and she’s enjoying some of the soup I made. Think I’ll watch an episode of Doctor Who and “play” with Linux before I hit the rack.

Apr 08

When I Am Elected Dictator

I plan to stop every Social/Welfare Program in existence. That should save the Government at least a Trillion bucks. However, I would also make a one-time grant of $1 Million to each and every LEGAL American citizen with the proviso that ALL your bills be paid off. And when you’ve spent all that money you are just shit out of luck if you haven’t planned it right. You can live off your wages, or charity. But not Government charity. The Government should have never gotten involved in the Charity business in the first place.

So, I’d “spend,” what, $600 Million to save Trillions. And do away with poverty in America as we know it. For awhile at least. Stupid people will fuck it up and get broke again. Which is their problem. Not the Governments. Once you’ve gotten your Million whether you live or die is up to you.

“At this auspicious period, the United States came into existence as a nation; and if their citizens should not be completely free and happy, the fault will be entirely their own.” –George Washington, Letter to the Governors, 1783

I’m thinking I’d set up a “Donate” website for all the major “projects” the Government has also. If you want a fence along the Southern Border, log in and donate. You want roads? Log in and donate. Bridge to nowhere? Donate. (Although I think the Government should maintain the MAJOR highways North-South and East-West. They could be used for mass Military mobilization. Anything not a “major” highway is a local responsibility.)

“Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” –Thomas Paine

I have no idea what got me started this morning.

Holy Shit! I nearly burned our house down! Can’t believe I did that! Maybe I’m getting to the age where I shouldn’t be left alone. I put a half dozen eggs on to boil, got busy doing other things and totally forgot them. The house was filled with smoke and there was exploded eggs all over the kitchen when I got back from mowing. Holy Shit! No real damage done though, if you don’t count the ruined pot.

Ooo, Thunder! Cool!

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Man! It Dumped Out There! I’d bet we got a weeks worth of rain in 15 minutes. Nice Thunder though. Even had things brighten up from lightning once. Cool! The rain pounding on the roof of the Caravan was loud! If I was rich I’d be a storm chaser.


MCARC 2-meter Wednesday Evening Chat Net went pretty well. Still lots of folks missing though. Are people just losing interest? I don’t know.

Captured some great video of the Thunder we had. I had not ever seen it rain that hard up here! Man! Think my camera is about TU though. Sound didn’t record right in places. Heck, the thing is only 8 years old and I’ve used the Hell out of it. May be time to get a new one.

And that’s my day.

Oct 23

We Got Some Thunder! And Rain.

Pretty much a normal morning around here. Once I got my coffee into me I noticed that it was really raining outside.


Sun came out so I made a run into town. Stopped on the back-side of Theler Wetlands and took some pictures of the clouds. (Made a bunch of panorama’s if you’re interested.) Was nice to get out of the house for awhile. Took the Dog for a quick walk around the back 40 while it wasn’t raining. Even though it’s been raining pretty good these past few days, the ground isn’t mushy yet. We had a very dry summer this year.


Wow. Tornado in Longview, WA earlier today. (Way South of us.) That is unusual. We had a bit of thunder here but didn’t see any lightning. Set my camera up to maybe catch some but our (crappy damned) neighbor kid was outside banging on something so that’s pretty much all you can hear on the video. (This is the 3rd day in a row for the damned banging. No idea what he’s doing but I wish he’d get them buried and move on.)


And, by golly, that’s pretty much how the rest of my day went until SWMBO got home. Didn’t make an appointment for the Dog to get his final summer haircut and bath but did find out my Social Security started. I’ll stop by and make an appointment for the Dog on my way back from my Doctor’s appointment tomorrow.