Saturday, May 11, 2013

I just don't know.

  I did have something to write about today, it was half-written in my head.  I do not know, now, what it was.  So you'll have to hear about yesterday.
  I woke up at 12:15AM, yes that's right, and I did not go back to sleep.  I had planned on going to a 10AM and a Noon meeting with Jeff The Sponsee.  We went to the 10, he went to the noon.
  I slept quite a bit at times during the afternoon, but I worked on the computer some, and watched the college softball tournament and/or golf too.  I went to bed at 7:30 and got up this morning at 1:15!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Electricity is scary stuff

  When I was four or five I discovered a light socket that was empty upstairs.  What happened next is a good explanation of how I grew up.
  Using a bureau that was underneath the socket I opened the bottom two drawers to use as "stairs" and climbed up. This is not a recommended step-ladder.
  I stuck my finger is the socket and WHAM!  Now 110 volts isn't usually fatal and I did live through it.  But, the shock of the shock tipped me over with the bureau on top of me and yelling for my mother.  She kind of thought it was a stupid idea and now I'll have to agree.
  I am scared of electricity to this day, it's dangerous stuff as you'll see.

  Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were a married couple and convicted spies.  Julius worked at the New Mexico labs where the A-bomb came from, he was an engineer.  Ethel was a secretary but her brother, David Greenglass was a spy and she typed the documents he, and her husband, supplied to the Soviet Union.
  Julius and Ethel were sentenced to death while Mr. Greenglass, who testified against them, served 10 years of a 15 year sentence.
  On June 19, 1953 Julius and Ethel were put to death in the Electric Chair at Sing Sing Prison in New York.  The executions were done in New York because the Federal Prisons did not have Electric Chairs.
  On June 19, 1953 when I was still twelve years old my family listened to the live news cast from Sing Sing as the Rosenberg's were put to death.

I am still scared of electricity.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Now what?

See what I mean?
  I am finding, the longer I'm retired, that I no longer have time to work; even if I had a job.  Yesterday was a fine example.  I went for a two mile walk which ended at 4:45AM, then I had coffee with some friends at 5.  After coffee a trip to Wal-Mart for some frozen fruit (for smoothies) and a box of cereal.  I got home at 6:30AM for a couple of hours of sports on TV and some reading online.
  I left again at 9 and picked up Flo for some tests at the Vascular Care joint at Eastern Maine Medical Center.  They took Flo in at 9:45, and I waited.  I had told my friend I'd pick him up at 11:00AM so we could go to a meeting - but at 11 I was still waiting so Jeff (my friend) walked and I finally got to the meeting at 11:51AM!
  After the meeting, which was great, I took Jeff on a couple of errands, dropped him off and I was home at 2:15PM.
  Whew!  I wasn't that busy in my last 15 years on any job I had, there were two.  Waiting is a killer for me.  What's wrong with reading old magazines anyway?

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Think! Man, think!

Just about says it.
  After I took Hollie home, and had her try on some pants and shoes I came home myself.  When I usually get home I change in to some "flannel pants" - like pj bottoms.
  My wife decided she would like to do some shopping, she has been house bound for a couple of weeks - so what the heck, let's go.
  I had removed my wallet from my pants pocket when I got home too, so I could make the entries in Microsoft Money.
  When we were leaving to house I couldn't find my wallet, I slapped my "rear pocket" - nothing!  I only had my underwear, shoes and socks and a shirt.  Going out with no pants on!
  Ahhh! The joys of aging, I love the seventies.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Waterville? again?

  First a little background; on Sunday I asked for ideas and Darlene said "why don't you write about the cheap day trips with Hollie?"  I replied that trips with Hollie weren't cheap, but at her suggestion that I leave out money spent at Staples, I found that she was right.  I'm a cheapskate and a good one too!

  When I picked up Hollie for a regular monthly visit she wanted to go to Augusta, so I suggested Waterville which is 20 miles closer, and it still has a Staples.  She has changed somewhat I think, now it's just laminate the stuff and get out of town and go home.  Maybe the upcoming "vacation day" will be different.
  We got to Waterville went to Wal-Mart and bought one CD, a Willie Nelson because it's his 80th birthday - there's always a reason folks - for everything.  We continued on to a Hannaford supermarket in search of a certain magazine, which we didn't find.
  On to Staples with eight project (a project is a laminated picture), then it was time to eat.  We usually eat "breakfast for lunch" because places are still serving breakfast when it's our lunchtime.
  I took her across the river to Winslow, specifically to go to Big G's.
The place
Photo: Big G's
  Big G's got it's name because everything is big! Big!  If you were to go for lunch, a sandwich would be about eight inches square and be very thick.  Breakfast of an omelet and home fries is served on an oval plate because it's too big (10") for a round plate.  It was the first time in recent memory she didn't eat everything.  The food was great and she did buy a whoopee pie for later, they're about five inches across - big.
Try one for size, Big G's sandwiches.
Photo: Big G's
Tomorrow I'll tell you about what happened after I got home.  You won't want to miss it!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

What now?

  I have run out of ideas.  After four years of running my mouth by way of this blog, my head has gone cold.
  We'll see what I may be able to find of interest today.
Or, write me at and give me a clue.