Reflections on Grandfather…

My mother’s father, Daniel Kenly, was blind and reported to be a scoundrel. A good catholic man – he was married 3 times. His first two wives being smart enough to divorce him. My grandmother was very stubborn. She simply decided to outlive him.

Anyhow, I always remember him on Halloween. Not because I actually remember him – because I don’t. But, I remember that grandmother always pointed out the he had been sorely frightened by the Halloween 1938 broadcast of H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds.

It always seemed like a good story. But, upon reflection – maybe there was just a tad of Granny’s revenge to the telling of the tale.

Grandmother owned a “Korean Convenience Store” – well, the 1930’s version of same. She was the sole employee. And, would have been working late on All Hallows Eve, to make a buck and to protect her property from “trickers”.

So, it stands to reason that Grandfather was Home Alone. And, he would have listened to the radio. What doesn’t follow is that he would have been sufficiently scared to run screaming fearfully out onto the sidewalk and on to the grave yard to await his fate.

You see, Grandfather had a big ass ham radio rig. He was on it all the time. So, it seems to me that rather than running to the grave yard  he would have run to his ham station and talked to his buddies. Maybe even some in New Jersey. It would be like me hearing a news report of  invaders from Mars in Boston – I’d get online. So, I presume that Grandy would have fired up his radio setup. Just because he was a blind scoundrel – it doesn’t follow that he was a dumb blind scoundrel.

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a favorite image from last year

xmas parade 2008
xmas parade 2008

Once again I am seeking The Grail, ie, all my digital images culled, sorted and cataloged. To that end, I am copying all my still un-processed images to the “spare” 500 gig usb drive. Off it will go to Hawaii with me. You know the rest… In my copious spare time – I’ll get culling, sorting and cataloging. And when I get back to Arlington – everything will be done. When pigs fly!

And, I forgot to wish the internet a very happy 40th birthday yesterday. And here is a fine “history of the internet slideshow from across the pond” Check it out.

Getting in a Hawai’i state of mind

getting ready for the lion dance - 2002
getting ready for the lion dance - 2002

Played hooky from volunteer work today. How many paper work emergencies can there be?

I went to see the Doctor at our “low cost” clinic. It costs $46. Well, for some reason Medicare said that my “deductible” was $74 – So, I ended up paying $74 for a $46 visit. I devoted a couple of hours to this today and just ended up saying WTF and I paid the money. Next time, I’ll pay the clinic $46 cash monies.

I knew I was going to end up paying. Life is too short to fuss about that particular mystery. I am sure the way it is supposed to work is your doctor visit is $100. Your deductible is $74. You pay $26.

The DeadSkins

Thanks to Bob Z
“D.C. Police are “cracking” down on speeders. For the first offense, they give you two Redskins tickets. (If you get stopped a second time, they give you two Nationals tickets.)”

Q. What do you call 47 millionaires sitting around a TV watching the Super Bowl?
A. The Washington Redskins.

Q. What do the Redskins and Billy Graham have in common?
A. They both can make 70,000 people stand up and yell “Jesus Christ”.

Q. How do you keep the Redskins out of your yard?
A. Put up a goal post.

Q. Where do you go in D.C. in case of a tornado?
A. To FedEx Field — they never have a touchdown there!

Q. What do you call a Redskin with a Super Bowl ring?
A. Senior Citizen

Q. What’s the difference between the Redskins and a dollar bill?
A. You can still get four quarters out of a dollar bill.

Q. How many Redskins does it take to win a Super Bowl?
A. We may never find out in the 21st century.

Q. What do the Redskins and opossums have in common?
A. Both play dead at home and get killed on the road.

And now, Mr Synder has made it against his law to “talk stink” about the DeadSkins. Not from the stands. No booing allowed. Not in the parking lot. Speak no evil. Wear a bag on your head… you will be booted out of the stadium.

busy, rainy, lazy

leafI am too busy at my volunteer job.

It is rainy.

And when I finish my volunteer job – I just want to curl up under the covers and read.

This is doing nothing for my “get ready to move to winter quarters in 10 days” to do list.


Nothing going on here in exciting downtown Arlington. Worse things have happened. And worse things will happen.

The Goddess finds work for idle hands. I finally got up enough guts to attach my iPod touch to the Airness. It didn’t back up to the Mac. But, it seems to be happy to get files from the Mac.

I am still a digital pack rat…

Is this a great country or what?
Is this a great country or what?

You know, I am still a digital pack rat. I indulged my addiction by getting another 500 gig USB drive. I rationalized this purchase by saying “Well, I’ll sort thru all this stuff while I am in Hawaii.” Yeah, sure. I’ll just put more stuff on the disk.

in the event of a real emergency

The Skybar - a famous old candy bar
The Skybar - a famous old candy bar

Report from the swine flu front line: In the event of a real emergency – we would be dead already.

The SkyBar. Carlton came home with a SkyBar the other day. He had no clue that he had gotten a famous old candy bar from the 1940’s and 50’s. Apparently they the NECCO people still make a few Skybars every year and sell them in New England where they are still much loved. (It is called the SkyBar because it was introduced in the 1930’s via a huge skywriting  ad campaign.)

I am opposed to the death penalty. But, I am making an exception in John Allen Muhammad’s case.

Just backuped the blog using the new computer. In two weeks we’ll be winging it to Kona – I want to be sure that the Mac can do all the required tasks. I am still ripping movies to take. I found a housing and an abandoned 40 gig drive in my computer junk box – so I made an external drive. I don’t think the drive is very reliable – but I am thinking that it will be good enough to store movies.

In honor of Halloween – I am listening to Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It is remarkably good. More like a “modern” novel than a “victorian” novel.

entirely too busy …

I was going to go to the volunteer job this morning for a couple of hours and then, either:

  1. Go to Georgetown, buy some French underwear, get dinner at Dean and Deluca, or
  2. Go to Clarendon, visit the Apple Store, get dinner at Whole Foods.

But, as I was getting ready to leave a boat load of H1N1 aka pig flu vaccine showed up at our hospital. For our staff. Not the public. Not the volunteers. So, I worked instead of going shopping. And, I went to the salad bar at the hospital.

Ain’t life exciting when you are a “senior”?

entirely too tranquil…

I am entirely too contented. A little warm air, a little sun on my porch, a cup of coffee, my iPod … life is good.

So, maybe the world is going to end in Dec 2012. I doubt it. It will be damned interesting if it does. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. But, that bozo in Colorado – Richard Heene – father of Balloon Boy – seems that he believes that the world is going to end in 2012 – so he needs to make a lot of money real fast. Earth to Richard… if you really believe – you will max out your credit cards and live large until Dec 21, 2012. Then, poof.

While I am at it – Why exactly should us old people be getting $250? Aren’t we the same selfish people of have been saying “keep your mitts off my medicare – we got ours and we ain’t going to share”?

And, I noticed that Obama’s staff scolded the Wall Street types for taking HUGE bonuses. I could stand all manner if verbal abuse for the kind of money they got. More than $250, I am guessing. Along with good health care.

Now, for something fun. Photoshop Disasters Check them out.

This I do not need…

how compulsive can you get?
how compulsive can you get?

$6.85 + shipping for 10 servings of toilet paper. What ever happened to taking about 1/3 of a roll from home and jumping on it to flatten? And, boys and girls – if you are in a place where you need to byo-tp – you are going to need a boatload more than 10 servings.

I really wanted to play with the Mac version of PrintScreen. I think it was cmd+shift+4.

Another thing I don’t need. DeathSwitch. Check it out. I do worry a little bit about what would happen it I get hit by a bus (A possibility for urban persons).  Someone will have to get everything converted back to snail mail bills and checks for Mr C.