Animal Crackers

Animal Crackers

Friday, November 28, 2008

Free Web Site

Need or want a free website? Try It can be a bit clunky to use but not bad. I have setg up a site here. Itis not that great and it has been orphaned for a while. Hopefully I can get back to it and make somethingout of it.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Gutter Duty II

I am done with gutters for this year. All I have to say is that lies like a cheap rug or has out of date information. there is ice forming in those gutters and they still say it is 36 out. Let us just say that my eyes and my hands were saying otherwise when I was dealing with ice and leaves strips as I was cleaning out the gutter. I really can't complain too much since it is ultimately me who was responsible for not getting it done sooner but for this one post, I am going to do my little rant and move on. My left hand hurt from the cold water and ice and still is not totally warmed. I think the cold soaked clear to the bone and is going to ache until it comes back out. this is my rant about a job done too late in the year. Laugh or feel sorry as you will.

Gutter Duty

I am currently taking a break from doing the gutters on the house. I really wish I had done them earlier. Whether it was laziness, poor planning, getting too busy or just wishful thinking that that the good weather would hold up, I am now stuck doing the gutters in 36 degree weather. That is not too bad for most of my body but my hands are taking the worst of it. I don't have gloves that warm enough, water proof enough and and nimble enough to clean out the leaves out of a wet gutter. If I leave it, then they wil only freeze into place and cause more of a problem. At least I can go out as long as I can stand and then come in and warm up. It makes for some slow going but at least I am getting a blog post out it. At least I am pretty certain it will get done today. It was doing som snow showers this morning and I hope they stay away until I get done. With Thanksgiving coming, I am under the gun to get done. I better get away from the keyboard and ack to the job at hand.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Getting a late fee for paying too early

I will not mention the company here but we have a car loan on our most recently purchased car. I should also mention that we have been paying regularly on this car and not only regularly but early based on when the money comes in and not based on the due date except for the fact that it is not late. I got a letter in the mail today saying our loan on the car was delinquent. Some genius at the bank labeled one payment not as one of our regular payments but as pure principal payment and thereby we were late. To make it worse, it had become not late not because they caught the error but because the next month's check went in. Not surprisingly, I got an apology for the mislabeling of a payment and it was corrected. With service like this, no wonder there is a credit crunch in this country.

Men-The New Black

Whether it is internet humor or tv shows or commercials, men seam to be the latest group to be stereotypically lampooned. Guys can't cook, clean or do any domestic chores and and never are as smart as their spouses. If I were to spout the equivalent sediment about women or any ethic group, I would be instantly slammed as a misogynist and a racist. Most people just say they are being funny but the sad truth is the fact it is just as racist or sexist to do the jokes about guys. The only difference it seams is that it is the thing to do to rag on men. The battle of the seist is still alive and well: it just has changed the way it rears it's head.

Monday, November 17, 2008

It's snowing!

We are getting the first snow of the year. Once again, people have forgotten that snow is slippery. I understand not being used to but really people. The utilities are putting in new meters. They can read them at a distance so that is nice. I won't have to call in utilities every month now. The problem was that I did not want to leave the gate open and let the dog out. Kai is a good dog but I don't want him getting loose.

I also got to submit a waymark this week. (here) I know not everyone is interested in the different church waymarks but if you are looking for a local church and you don't know the area, then this is a source of information. Between Kim and I, we are describing Garrett pretty well.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Thursday, November 13, 2008

How to fstun a telemarketer

I was amused and I feel rather smug. A telemarketer from Dish TV called and wanted me to start up my service today. I am not interested and I have better things to spend my money on. The one ploy they use to get you back on is state that tv is going digital in February and that you need to do something to keep getting the channels. I promptly told him that i watch so little tv that come February, i won't care about what little I am missing. Smirk. He started tripping over his tongue and saying how busy I must be. I ain't that busy that I can't squish out a few more hours of tv watching. I just don't care to. I guess I am an anomily that I don't want to watch the time sucker as much as I use to. Besides, I have the internet to suck up my time. I have to keep up my blog some how.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The Accordian of Death

This is so wrong on so many levels. Thanks, Wade.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Election Results

Like I said yesterday, I am a bit behind in my posting. One of the good things about last week's elections results was the turn out. A lot of people showed up to vote. The other good thing is that three states voted in favor of traditional marriage. It really honks me off that some judges and legislators are still trying to go against the will of the people on this issue. I really resent being called dumb and a bigot while someone tries to ram their world view down my throat. I was also disappointed in Obama winning the presidential election. I was, however, not surprised that he did. The McCain/Palin ticket left a lot to be desired even though I voted for them. I really wish there was a real third choice this time around. I think I will start researching the other parties, especially the libertarians and get really informed on them. I am tired of the Democrats and Republicans right now. I really feel that this was a none of the above election cycle for me this time.

In the meantime, I would like to encourage you to thank a vet on this Veteren's Day, tha twe have the right to debate the way the country goes.

Monday, November 10, 2008

All Saints Vespers

I am a little behind in my posting. I went to the All Saints Vespers at Kramer Chapel at the Fort Wayne Semianry. I always love the services there. They do music for the service that your average Church just can't touch. The good thing is that I get to hear it. The bad news is sometimes I would like to do the music back at my church. I guess you can't have everything. Sigh.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Komets Hockey

It is still early in the hockey season and I thought I would throw the website of the team I am following right now. the Fort Wayne Komets. Their website is here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Election Day Walk

I walked over to the polls today. There was a line out the door when I got there and there was 9 or ten people behind when I left. One of the poll workers said that that was the shortest the line was since 5:30 that morning. I saw one home made sign on the way sign that said " Do you want a Muslim for President or a maverick? (This sign protected by the second amendment.)" Yes, the second amendment (right to bear arms) and not the first amendment (freedom of speech). This is going to be an ugly election. It already has been ugly and I fear it may get worse. If Senator Obama losses, I wonder if there will be race riots because the Man cheated him. The race card is not a good reason to vote for or against him. As Martin Luther King, Jr. stated, we should judge people on the content of someone's character and not the color of their skin. I am sure there will be plenty of people who vote for and against him for the wrong reasons. Let me just say for now, he did not get my vote, but that still leaves a few other options which I won't say now. It will be interesting to see how the election unfolds.

Claymation Chess

With the election going on and all the fuss that goes with it, I thought I would post some silliness. I will do some comments later.

Monday, November 3, 2008

The procrastinator's creed

I found this on the internet. Enjoy!

The procrastinator's creed
-I believe that if anything is worth doing, it would have been done already.
-I shall never move quickly, except to avoid more work or find excuses.
-I will never rush into a job without a lifetime of consideration.
-I shall meet all of my deadlines directly in proportion to the amount of bodily injury I could expect to receive from missing them.
-I firmly believe that tomorrow holds the possibility for new technologies, astounding discoveries, and a reprieve from my obligations.
-I truly believe that all deadlines are unreasonable regardless of the amount of time given.
-I shall never forget that the probability of a miracle though infinitesimally small, is not exactly zero.
-If at first I don't succeed, there is always next year.
-I shall always decide not to decide, unless of course I decide to change my mind.
-I shall always begin, start, initiate, take the first step, and/or write the first word, when I get around to it.
-I obey the law of inverse excuses which demands that the greater the task to be done, the more insignificant the work that must be done prior to beginning the greater task.
-I know that the work cycle is not plan/start/finish, but is wait/plan/plan.
-I will never put off until tomorrow, what I can forget about forever.
-I will become a member of the ancient Order of Two- Headed Turtles (the Procrastinator's Society) if they ever get it organized.

Saturday, November 1, 2008


Halloween went well last night. The weather was perfect. The police were giving out candy from their patrol cars last night. That is one thing I like about small towns. Someone was doing a hay ride in town. Halloween in small towns are great.