Thursday, September 16, 2010

Retirement Planning

Today's entry is from a friend, Dan... Thanks Dan!

He booked himself on a Caribbean cruise and proceeded to have the time of his life, that is, until the ship sank. He soon found himself on an island with no other people, no supplies, nothing, only bananas and coconuts.

After about four months, he is lying on the beach one day when the most gorgeous woman he has ever seen rows up to the shore. In disbelief, he asks, "Where did you come from? How did you get here?"

She replies, "I rowed over from the other side of the island where I landed when my cruise ship sank."

"Amazing," he notes. "You were really lucky to have a row boat wash up with you."

"Oh, this thing?" explains the woman. "I made the boat out of some raw material I found on the island. The oars were whittled
from gum tree branches. I wove the bottom from palm tree branches, and the sides and stern came from a Eucalyptus tree."

"But, where did you get the tools?"

"Oh, that was no problem," replied the woman. "On the south side of the island, a very unusual stratum of alluvial rock is exposed. I found that if I fired it to a certain temperature in my kiln, it melted into ductile iron
I used that to make tools and used the tools to make the hardware."

The guy is stunned.

"Let's row over to my place," she says. So, after a short time of rowing, she soon docks the boat at a small wharf. As the man looks to shore, he nearly falls off the boat. Before him is a long stone walk leading to an exquisite bungalow painted in blue and white. While the woman ties up the rowboat with an expertly woven hemp rope, the man can only stare ahead,
dumb struck. As they walk into the house, she says casually, "It's not much, but I call it home. Sit down, please."

"Would you like a drink?"

"No! No thank you," the man blurts out, still dazed. "I can't take another drop of coconut juice."

"It's not coconut juice," winks the woman. "I have a still. How would you like a Pina Colada?"

Trying to hide his continued amazement, the man accepts, and they sit down on her couch to talk. After they exchange their individual survival stories, the woman announces, "I'm going to slip into something more comfortable. Would you like to take a shower and shave? There's a razor in the bathroom cabinet upstairs."

No longer questioning anything, the man goes upstairs into the bathroom. There, in the cabinet is a razor made from a piece of tortoise bone. Two shells honed to a hollow ground edge are fastened on to its end inside a swivel mechanism.

This woman is amazing," he muses. "What's next?" When he returns, she greets him wearing nothing but some small flowers on tiny vines, each strategically positioned, she smelled faintly of gardenias. She then beckons for him to sit down next to her.

"Tell me," she begins suggestively, slithering closer to him, "We've both been out here for many months. You must have been lonely. There's something I'm certain you feel like doing right now, something you've been
longing for, right?" She stares into his eyes.

He can't believe what he's hearing. "You mean..." he swallows excitedly as tears start to form in his eyes, "You've built a Golf Course?"


Old Guys Rule!!!

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Monday, September 13, 2010

32 Basic Truths For Mature Humans

I have to say thanks to Tammy's Mom for this entry, it's funny.... At least to those of us that are how to say it delicately... aging?

1. I think part of a best friend’s job should be to immediately clear your computer history if you die.

2. Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

3. I totally take back all those times I didn’t want to nap when I was younger.

4. There is great need for a sarcasm font.

5. How the hell are you supposed to fold a fitted sheet?

6. Was learning cursive really necessary?

7. Map Quest really needs to start their directions on # 5. I’m pretty sure I know how to get out of my neighborhood.

8. Obituaries would be a lot more interesting if they told you how the person died.

9. I can’t remember the last time I wasn’t at least kind of tired.

10. Bad decisions make good stories.

11. You never know when it will strike, but there comes a moment at work when you know that you just aren’t going to do anything productive for the rest of the day.

12. Can we all just agree to ignore whatever comes after Blue Ray? I don’t want to have to restart my collection…again.

13. I’m always slightly terrified when I exit out of Word and it asks me if I want to save any changes to my ten-page technical report that I swear I did not make any changes to.

14. “Do not machine wash or tumble dry” means I will never wash this – ever.

15. I hate when I just miss a call by the last ring (Hello? Hello? Damn it!), but when I immediately call back, it rings nine times and goes to voice mail. What did you do after I didn’t answer? Drop the phone and run away?

16. I hate leaving my house confident and looking good and then not seeing anyone of importance the entire day. What a waste.

17. I keep some people’s phone numbers in my phone just so I know not to answer when they call.

18. I think the freezer deserves a light as well.

19. I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday night more kisses begin with Miller Lite than Kay.

20. I wish Google Maps had an “Avoid Ghetto” routing option.

21. Sometimes, I’ll watch a movie that I watched when I was younger and suddenly realize I had no idea what the heck was going on when I first saw it.

22. I would rather try to carry 10 over-loaded plastic bags in each hand than take 2 trips to bring my groceries in.

23. The only time I look forward to a red light is when I’m trying to finish a text.

24. I have a hard time deciphering the fine line between boredom and hunger.

25. How many times is it appropriate to say “What?” before you just nod and smile because you still didn’t hear or understand a word they said?

26. I love the sense of camaraderie when an entire line of cars team up to prevent a jerk from cutting in at the front. Stay strong, brothers and sisters!

27. Shirts get dirty. Underwear gets dirty. Pants? Pants never get dirty, and you can wear them forever.

28. Is it just me or do high school kids get dumber & dumber every year?

29. There’s no worse feeling than that millisecond you’re sure you are going to die after leaning your chair back a little too far.

30. As a driver I hate pedestrians, and as a pedestrian I hate drivers, but no matter what the mode of transportation, I always hate bicyclists.

31. Sometimes I’ll look down at my watch 3 consecutive times and still not know what time it is.

32. Even under ideal conditions people have trouble locating their car keys in a pocket, finding their cell phone, and Pinning the Tail on the Donkey – but I’d bet everyone can find and push the snooze button from 3 feet away, in about 1.7 seconds, eyes closed, first time, every time!


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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Glenn Beck: America Revealed

I know Glenn Beck is a controversial figure in news media. Whatever you may think of him, sometimes he makes sense. I ask you to watch this series of videos. Unfortunately, I don't have links to the entire series but, there is a lot of information included in these three. The videos have the first half of his program but not the last. I don't necessarily endorse his views but, they make me think. That's a good thing! Leave comments if you like, all I ask is that you please engage respectfully. Rude and or obnoxious comments will be deleted.

Beck: Divine Providence vs. Manifest Destiny

Beck: From Servitude to Slavery

Beck: Segregation in the 20th Century

Watch the latest video at

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me Hearties.......

Old Guys Rule!!!!

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Ray Stevens - Come to the USA

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OLD Guys Rule!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

The San Bernardino Mountain Range

I have not posted anything recently so I thought I'd share these photos with you. The somewhat maligned local mountain area has some beautiful places to visit. I will add to this photo set as I take pictures from the local area and I will add all the images that I already have from there in the next few days. Please have a look to see what the area has to offer.

As always,

Old Guys Still Rule!

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The 2010 Fishing Expedition

These are pictures from my recent trip to Mammoth Lakes and Fall River Mills in Northern California. Please check back since I'll be adding to the set for the next couple of weeks.

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Old Guys Rule!!!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Around the Hood...

Enjoy some photos from around my neighborhood.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

San Diego For Our 28th Anniversary!

Boy, we had a fun time. Here's the photoset that I'll be adding to over the next week or so.

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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mother's Day Orchid

We had a fine time celebrating Mother's Day and, Joe's birthday a couple weeks ago. A good part of the family was here. We got to Skype with Melissa and her family and Alicia and her family. At the same time too! At any rate, this Orchid was a gift from my dad to Tammy in honor of Mom's Day. Take a look at the whole set on my flickr. Hope you all had a nice Mom's Day too!

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties!!!
Old Guys Rule!!!

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Monday, May 17, 2010

W6LAR Repeater

Here's a video I made the other day for a friend. It's a walk trhough of his local repeater system.

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Friday, May 7, 2010


Funny thing about bees.... I always want to shoot more of them. These are the last day's worth of efforts. Hope you like them.




Care to sneeze now? I did!
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Old Guys Rule!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Bees are fascinating creatures. I watch them on our lemon tree and other blooming flowers in our yard. I'm not going into a treatise on the common honey bee but, more information can be found HERE.   Please read the article linked on the sidebar of that page titled, "The Vanishing."
My interest is more in the images I can capture. Here are a few-

The usual view I get from most bees

What I usually see, the famous "Bee Moon."



Ever hear the phrase "Busy as a bee?" I don't think I could ever be that busy...

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Self Portraits

Things at work have got me down today so I took these as a way to help evaluate myself or as therapy if you will. A good thing to do from time to time. In no particular order, here they are:

I'm in a rather pensive mood.

More relaxed now so, I guess it's helping.

The pathfinder look?

BW version

What I like to call the Alfred Hitchcock Profile.

What do you think? Any good?

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties....

Old Guys Rule!

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Old Farts

I'm passing this on as I did not want to be the only old fart receiving it.

Actually, it's not a bad thing to be called, as you will see. Old Farts are easy to spot at sporting events; 
during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. 
Old Farts remove their caps and stand at attention and sing without embarrassment.  
They know the words and believe in them.

 Old Farts remember World War II, Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Normandy and Hitler. 
They remember the Atomic Age, the Korean War, The Cold War, the Jet Age and the Moon Landing.
 They remember the 50 plus Peacekeeping Missions from 1945 to 2005, not to mention Vietnam.

 If you bump into an Old Fart on the sidewalk he will apologize. 
If you pass an Old Fart on the street, he will nod or tip his cap to a lady. 
Old Farts trust strangers and are courtly to women. 

 Old Farts hold the door for the next person and always, 
when walking, make certain the lady is on the inside for protection.

 Old Farts get embarrassed if someone curses in front of women and children 
and they don't like any filth or dirty language on TV or in movies.

 Old Farts have moral courage and personal integrity. 
They seldom brag unless it's about their children or grandchildren.

 It's the Old Farts who know our great country is protected, not by politicians, 
but by the young men and women in the military serving their country.

 This country needs Old Farts with their work ethic, sense of responsibility,
 pride in their country and decent values..

 We need them now more than ever. 

 Thank God for Old Farts!
Pass this on to all the Old Farts you know.
I was taught to respect my elders. It's just getting harder to find them.

Click on the picture to see it full size. But beware, it's not for the easily offended or feint of heart.



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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Baker to Vegas

What an experience I had this weekend. I had the privilege to formally shoot the Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay for a local communications group, K6CSS. I left for Pahrump NV Friday afternoon. At 0 dark thirty Saturday AM, I got up and along with the videographer, Chuck, drove back to Baker, CA where the race began. We shot the setup, start, all over the place that day and into the night. We got to sleep around 2200 Saturday night. At 0 dark hundred, we arose yet again to drive to lost wages to shoot the finish. What a cool experience it was. Here are the images in no particular order:

Here is myself and Chuck:

I am humbly yours... ARRRRRRRRRRRRR me Hearties!

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Exciting News!

The Momma Hummer has babies! We noticed that the Momma was not sitting on the nest much during the day and lo and behold, there are some babies! Here are some pictures for your enjoyment. Click on the images to see a larger version.

Momma on the nest.


Babies sticking their beaks out of the nest.

Momma getting some much needed nourishment.

Now for those of you who don't believe I can cook, here are some images to kill that notion. Among other things, I can make salsa!

From Kitchen

From Kitchen

From Kitchen

See the mess I can make?

From Kitchen

See? It's me!

From Kitchen

The finished product

From Kitchen

From Kitchen

Tammy likes my salsa. But then, so do I. It was yummy!

Until next time,
Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties!

Old Guys Rule!!!

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Flowers in Cabazon

Hi All, this weekend Tammy's Dad and Paula visited us. Their dogs or their children as we call them, came along too. It's his birthday this week so, we celebrated his birthday. Long story short, we went out to eat at Lotus garden for Chinese food on Saturday with them> Sara, Matt, Shelley and Steve came along too. We had a pretty good time but, there was an oriental mob there for a baby shower at the same time. The food was good as usual but was a little slow getting out to us. Saturday we went out to the outlet stores since a favorite activity with them is shopping. I was able to get a few decent pictures of some flowers in back of the outlet stores so, I'll leave you with these images. African Daisies, some kind of purple thing and a couple of old smoothies out galivanting around the countryside.








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Monday, March 8, 2010


We have something totally cool going on here. A hummingbird has built her nest in the ficus bush right outside our sliding glass door. Talk about fun and exciting. I was able to shoot a few images of the eggs and her sitting on her nest. I'll try to keep these updated. Click on the thumbnails to view the larger images. (It will take you to my Snapixel account.) Enjoy!




Until next time, Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties!!!!!!

Old Guys Rule!

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