Thursday, January 26, 2006

A note on the sale

There was an article in yesterdays' fishwrap about how Knight Ridder has told the prospective buyers of the chain that if they cut labor costs and the cost of newsprint, they would make more money. Gee, ya think? And, consultants got paid big bucks for this bullshit. I'm in the wrong business.

Frank Thomas

was signed by the A's to an incentive laden contract for 2006. If the sissypants Thomas shows up, it was a good gamble gone bust. If the stud Thomas shows up, we're in the running for the World Series.
I like the action.

Where are the pictures?

Of the baby? A good question. I've called Josh a few times and can't even get a return call. Beats the hell out of me as to what the issue is this time. I'd like to blog some more pictures of the precious Cecilia, but when we can't even get to see her, well.......

Monday, January 23, 2006


I was all worked up to take the White House out for a few days. Sandra even told me she wouldn't bust my chops over it. Sunday AM I work an 11 hour day and got to bed after 6. That pretty much killed any hope of getting out of bed in time to pack up and leave. The Sunday press run pretty much kicked my butt. I am getting old.
So I'm sitting home with Mallory and Sandra when lo and behold, the phone rings. Its work calling, begging me to come in on OT. And, I didn't even sign up for OT. What the hell, if I'm not going camping I might as well work. So here I am killing another half hour after taking a walk for 40 minutes on the parcourse. Monday mornings have some easy Transportation shifts, that's for sure.

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Lotta Miles

There's an article in today's fishwrap, ooh I mean the Merc, about drivers with a lot of miles on thier cars. The champ has an 82 Toyota Celica that has over 609k. Wow. (Though I saw a Dodge Cummins on eBay for sale with over 900k on the clock. Still, 609 is nothing to slouch at)
It kind of made me sad because I had a Toyota V6 Pickup that I gave to Sue in the divorce that has 285k. She let it rot in the garage and its going to car heaven soon. Before she let it rot, it was running good and not smoking or anything. Toyota sure makes great, long lasting cars.
I'm hoping my New Beetle lasts like that. I've got almost 100k on the clock and being it is diesel powered, and with the long life that diesels are noted for, I'm expecting at least 300k out of the Beetle and would like at least 500k.
Sandra's dad says, "you don't get rich buying cars" and I gotta agree with that. And, I'm a cheap ass who doesn't need a new car every couple of years.
My Suburban has 120k and Sandra's Ford has about 125k. 200k out of a modern car is to me the new standard.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

2 years

It has been two years since my brother Kurt passed away. It isn't easy, but the second year was much easier than the first. I guess the expression that time heals all wounds is an accurate one in this case.
Most of the intense dreams have gone away and when I dream about my brother is isn't upsetting anymore.
One bright note is that I eat with my parents and youngest brother every week since the passing. Of course it shouldn't have taken that to eat with my parents weekly, but so be it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

A.A. Milne

Quote: “The Old Testament is responsible for more atheism, agnosticism, disbelief--call it what you will--than any book ever written; it has emptied more churches than all the counter-attractions of cinema, motor bicycle and golf course.”
-- A.A. Milne, cited in 2,000 Years of Disbelief by James A. Haught

Milne is the creator of Winnie the Pooh. And my buddy Eeyore. And his quote mentions two of my favorite pasttimes, motorcycles and golfing.

Friday, January 13, 2006


I work with a few guys who came over from Vietnam. I'm sure some of the things we do as Americans were a bit of a culture shock to them, as it would be for any of us if we were dropped in the middle of a drastically different country.
Last month, Tommy, one of my key guys, accidently cut off part of his finger. OK we all think, accidents do happen, he wasn't careful and Bingo, off comes the nugget.
I come to find out tonight that Tommy's "accident" wasn't an accident after all. He cut off half his finger ON PURPOSE! Jesus, I almost fell over when I heard that!
I asked one of the other Viet guys about it and he told me that it is in the culture. Tommy has a serious gambling problem and he cut off his finger to remind himself not to gamble. Minh told me that he knows three people who have done the same thing for various out of control behavior.
It gives me the willies to imagine hacking off a piece of finger. It must hurt like a sumbitch.
I have food issues and all, but I'll be damned if I'm chopping off part of my finger to appease the food gods. Jesus!

Wednesday, January 04, 2006


“I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.”
-President Jefferson in his famous "Danbury Letter".

Camping again

Sandra and I took the RV out for an overnighter on the 1st. We drove the White House to Mercey Hot Springs which is in Fresno County west of I-5. I blogged about this place a bit last year in January when Sandra and I got a few days off to go camping.
It rained the entire day and was raining when we got to the Springs. We were saddened to find out that the Fresno County Health Department had ordered the redwood hot tub removed. I understand this as the tub was not clorinated, but it it sad becasue the tub was over 6 feet deep and was the only tub I've ever been in that I could stand up in.
The tub was also much more intimate than the 7 bathtubs they have now. Last year Sandra and I engaged in conversation with fellow tubbers and with the tub gone it just isn't the same.
We still took a nice long soak in the tubs.
Sandra stopped at Blockbuster and I'm not letting her rent movies for our overnighters again. She has the worst luck in picking unwatchable films. The 40 Year Old Virgin was plain unwatchable after about 30 minutes. And this was a two day rental that Sandra had them dig out of the returns bin for us to rent.
American Pie-Band Camp was one that Sandra bought and it was also unwatchable after about 20 minutes. There was another one whose name is escaping me that lasted about 10 minutes. Geez, I'm picking movies like MASH, Patton and Goldfinger next time.
Still, it was nice for Sandra and I too sneak away for an overnighter.

Wrong Headline

We printed the wrong headline and news this morning. We printed that the 12 miners in West Virginia had survived the mine explosion when in fact 12 were dead and only one survived. 263ooo copies of the wrong news. Never mind that is really isn't our fault, the news came out at first that the 12 had survived and the families of the miners were told the same thing.
What this shows is the irrevelency of the newspaper. I found out about the miners when I logged on the computer to write in the blog and saw the accurate news. No wonder George M never reads the paper. We're sure shining bright today!

A reminder

When I got to work this evening I got a reminder that I can't retire soon enough. A fellow employee that I actually liked and talked baseball with had passed away Monday night. Dan was 57 years old and had one more year to work before his full retirement kicked in.
Both Sandra and I agreed that it is another reminder that life is short and death is long. I really can't retire soon enough.