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. ;-)

Thursday, May 19, 2011


I have been incredibly busy lately between work family obligations and setting up the Nature and floral images by Fred Zazzle store. Not much is really changed except I have picked a date for retirement. As of this week it's going to be September 29 2011. Then things should start moving even faster! Wahooooooo... Until next time,

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr me hearties!!!


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

HR607 Spetrum reallocation and sell-off.

Every Amateur radio enthusiast and anyone who benefits from it's use should be concerned about this. Please watch this short video and respond as you feel you should. Thanks

For more information and to view this video on ARRL's website, click here.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Fakebook er I mean facebook

How many of my friends are on facebook? Well, according to facebook, I have 91 friends. I had no idea there were that many people that are willing to speak to me let alone look at the inane ramblings of an Old Guy. As it turns out, there are 7 people that follow this blog from facebook. Funny... 7 people including myself... Of course my family reads this thing when I post something once in a blue moon. Don't get me wrong, I am in no way complaining or suggesting nobody likes me. I don't even like the taste of worms. I digress...

Facebook seems like a good idea at first. Keeping up with old acquaintances, renewing old friendships and the like. I wonder how many of us actually do that? You get to looking around find other things to do like games and causes to get involved with. I even tried something called Farmville. The idea is to cooperatively build up a farm and play at making it the best farm possible. I expanded rather rapidly and was finding that I had to work at it. Getting notices that I needed to do things, planning out what time I had to be home to get on facebook to harvest, plow and plant. Oh, and don't forget helping out your neighbors. I also began having trouble with the interface then so I decided to quit playing. Some find that to be relaxing and fun... I don't. To those that were my neighbors, I'm sorry but, I have a job already.

The causes run the gamut from A to Z. I saw some that I agreed with then became bombarded with requests... I got rid of most of those too. I've discovered that it just doesn't pay to "like" anything but what my 91 friends say when they actually say something. OH well....

Then there's the ranting as folks try to either make a point, comment about a recent event or share an opinion. I also don't like when someone tries to convince me that their particular political views are the only reasonable sane views there are... An honest debate is ok but, ranting about it and using abusive speech just makes them look like an idiot. All I can say I guess is, just get over it! They are not the at the center of the universe and they won't change my mind. I also discovered something during one of these exchanges. I'm offended when someone has the preconceived notion that I hate groups of people just because I disagree with what they are or, what they do or, what they say. This is simply not the case. I get it that racial discrimination is bad, I also I really do understand how and why people do what they do unless they physically or emotionally hurt others. So let's just agree to disagree and move on. Life is way too short.

I'm off my soapbox now... facebook has numerous security and privacy concerns with new ones coming up all the time. Bottom line: be careful! You have the power to say no... usually. Facebook's security flaws and weird policies aside, It's a lot of fun under the right circumstances. As long as you are careful about online security, courteous to those you interact with and spend a reasonable amount of time on facebook, I think it's a good thing. I always appreciate someone's comments, suggestions and interaction. After all, we call each other friends don't we?

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