Thursday, March 15, 2012

Enough on the Water?

I suppose the career I had in wastewater treatment has a lot to do with my fascination with water. In all honesty however, I have been spellbound with water all of my life. It all started I suppose when at the tender age of 2, I threw some of my building blocks into the toilet and flushed it. If they'd stayed in the bowl it would have been no problem but, the blocks stopped up the entire apartment building we lived in flooding some of the units on the bottom floor. At least that's what my parents tell me. I guess they should have know I was going to be a problem when as my Dad puts it, I flushed a small statue of liberty that lodged in the toilet bowl's trap. My poor Dad had to pull the toilet up to get the statue out. What happened to the statue you may ask? I'm pretty sure he threw it away at that point since the toilet was used previously to his removal of the bowl. As I grew up the interest in water moved away from the domestic and more toward the sporting side of water use. I'm a certified wastewater plant operator but, I'm a certifiable fishing nut. I was diagnosed with fishing pox around 5 or 6 years of age. It's a fine and pleasant misery that I have enjoyed all my life.

A couple more interesting water facts:
  1. The total amount of water on the earth is about 326 million cubic miles of water.
  2. Of all the water on the earth, humans can use only about three tenths of a percent of this water. Such usable water is found in groundwater aquifers, rivers, and freshwater lakes
Borrowed from All About Water Dot Org.  While today's designs don't all have images of water they do revolve around one basic fact. We all need water to live. These bottles are really kinda cool. We bought 2 of them and are really happy we did. The lids are a twist lock design and do not leak. They're lightweight aluminum and lined with a material that exceeds food grade standards. Read about them here.

Grand Canyon Water Bottle 2 libertybottle
Grand Canyon Water Bottle 2 by FloralbyFred
View more water bottle designs from Zazzle.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Old Guy Humor

 My mother-in-law sent this to me today... Made me laugh so here it is... Some new old guy humor. Thanks Andee.  ;-) 

A good laugh for people in the over 50 group and perhaps their kids too !!! 

When I bought my Blackberry, I thought about the 30-year business I ran with 1800 employees, all without a cell phone that plays music, takes videos, pictures and communicates with Facebook and Twitter. I signed up under duress for Twitter and Facebook, so my seven kids, their spouses, 13 grandkids and 2 great grand kids could communicate with me in the modern way. I figured I could handle something as simple as Twitter with only 140 characters of space.

That was before one of my grandkids hooked me up for Tweeter, Tweetree, Twhirl, Twitterfon, Tweetie and Twittererific Tweetdeck, Twitpix and something that sends every message to my cell phone and every other program within the texting world.

My phone was beeping every three minutes with the details of everything except the bowel movements of the entire next generation. I am not ready to live like this. I keep my cell phone in the garage in my golf bag.

The kids bought me a GPS for my last birthday because they say I get lost every now and then going over to the grocery store or library. I keep that in a box under my tool bench with the Blue tooth [it's red] phone I am supposed to use when I drive. I wore it once and was standing in line at Barnes and Noble talking to my wife and everyone in the nearest 50 yards was glaring at me. I had to take my hearing aid out to use it, and I got a little loud.

I mean the GPS looked pretty smart on my dash board, but the lady inside that gadget was the most annoying, rudest person I had run into in a long time. Every 10 minutes, she would sarcastically say, "Re-calc-u-lating."  You would think that she could be nicer. It was like she could barely tolerate me. She would let go with a deep sigh and then tell me to make a U-turn at the next light. Then if I made a right turn instead. Well, it was not a good relationship.
When I get really lost now, I call my wife and tell her the name of the cross streets and while she is starting to develop the same tone as Gypsy, the GPS lady, at least she loves me.

To be perfectly frank, I am still trying to learn how to use the cordless phones in our house. We have had them for 4 years, but I still haven't figured out how I can lose three phones all at once and have run around digging under chair cushions and checking bathrooms and the dirty laundry baskets when the phone rings.

The world is just getting too complex for me. They even mess me up every time I go to the grocery store. You would think they could settle on something themselves but this sudden "Paper or Plastic?" every time I check out just knocks me for a loop. I bought some of those cloth reusable bags to avoid looking confused, but I never remember to take them in with me.

Now I toss it back to them. When they ask me, "Paper or Plastic?" I just say, "Doesn't matter to me. I am bi-sacksual."  Then it's their turn to stare at me with a blank look.  I was recently asked if I tweet.  I answered, "No, but I do toot a lot.."

P.S. I know some of you are not over 50.  I sent it to you to allow you to forward it to those who are.
We senior citizens don't need anymore gadgets.  The tv remote and the garage door remote are about all we can handle.

 Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties!!!!


Wednesday, October 26, 2011


Every once in awhile an article comes along and just makes you feel better... This is one of those articles. Have a read, I enjoyed it. You may like it too.

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties!


Friday, October 7, 2011

Bodie State Historic Park

Along with all the mining apparitions, we visit here once in awhile. It's a great place for a walk about and it's very interesting. The self guided tour map is available for purchase and it's quite good. An authentic old west ghost town, it is chocked full of history and interesting artifacts to view, photograph and just enjoy. If you go, be absolutely sure to visit the museum. It's a fascinating place to see a wealth of artifacts from a historic California gold mining town.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

What's new?

I have officially retired from my position with the City of Riverside. The shift work was really getting to me again and my body couldn't stand up to it. At any rate, I'll be posting again from time to time now. I'm slowly getting things sorted out and I need to figure out what to occupy my time with. I need to find some part time work... I know it's a horrible time to look. I have a couple of options that may pan out. More on those later.

For now, I'm working on my Zazzle store:
Nature and floral images by Fred

And my store's blog:
Florals by Fred Blog

Please have a visit and let me know what you think. I'm hoping to make some sales soon.

Sadly, my flyfishing addiction has somewhat been on hold lately. I am planning on getting out next week to toss a fly around on some local waters. I REALLY need to do this. I'm also planning on taking some time to start tying flies again. I have been absent from the bench since summer... way too long. Talk to me folks! I have an open calendar now and need direction, lol.

Thanks and until next time,

Old Guys Rule!!!!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Silly Bumpersticker

I designed this for some of my Ham Radio friends... hope they like it. ;-)