I just took a call from Sandra and they're at the emergency vet. I had to give her my credit card number to have our dog, Joe Joe, put down. He had a series of seizures (its not the first time) and it was decided between Sandra, her sister Susan and the Sunshine that it was time for Joe Joe. I'm more upset about this that I was when my grandparents passed away. This is why I've not had dogs before, because I knew how hard it would be when it was time. I'm at work and can't get there in time to pet him one last time. And, of course I'm teary eyed as I type this. I'm paying extra to have him cremated separate from other dogs and I'm going to scatter him. First, I thought about scattering him at Cave Rock in Tahoe, where Donny and Boog (Moon's dog) are. But, in talking to Sandra, I think I may scatter him at Sandy Beach, where we go camping often. Either way, I just couldn't see tossing his body in the dumpster with the other dogs. That just wasn't going to happen. So, I'm very sad.
I'm sure you guys saw in the paper that the gal who recently had the octuplets has 6 additional kids under the age of 8. That's 14 kids total. And, she was on fertility drugs. First off, it seems that's the last thing she needed, as it appears she's got super eggs and has no problem getting pregnant. Secondly, who is the doctor prescribing fertility drugs in the first place when she's already got 6 kids and lives with her mother? What the hell is up with that?
Upon edit, I read this in the comments at Midtown Miscreant's blog, the mom has no husband or baby daddy in sight and found a doctor to do IVF. Now more than ever, what the hell is up with that?
Here's a press release from American Athiests asking Obama to turn down the title of Honorary President of the Boy Scouts of America. Of course you don't see this anywhere in the mainstream media. Obama's mother was an atheist. He shouldn't be honorary anything of an organization that discriminates against the values he was raised with. That's the position of American Atheists and the other 17 organizations that signed on to the letter. I was in the Cub Scouts when I was a kid and I don't ever recall anyone asking if I was an Athiest or not. Of course I was at the time, and still am today. In fact, I've ALWAYS been an Athiest, or at least an Agnostic. It mostly depends on how fiesty I feel on any paticular day. And lately, I've been pretty fiesty.
Here's an interesting case. A teen gets a traffic ticket and when done gives the cop the finger as he drives off. The cop sees this and pulls the teen over again to cite him for disorderly conduct. Sadly, the teen pleads guilty and pays the $225 fine. The article quotes the NY Civil Liberties Union as saying that giving the cops the finger is protected speech. I too think its free speech protected by the 1st Amendment. I've never given the cops the finger, but piss me off enough and who knows? I have had words with cops once or twice, the same guy got my wrath both on the side of the road and in court. Since I'm older and calmer, I don't think I'll get the chance to see if the finger is protected speech or not.
“Christianity neither is, nor ever was, a part of the common law,”
“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, and imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one-half the world fools and the other half hypocrites. To support roguery and error all over the earth,”
“Fix reason firmly in her seat, and call to her tribunal every fact, every opinion. Question with boldness even the existence of a god; because, if there be one, he must approve the homage of reason rather than of blind-folded fear. Do not be frightened from this inquiry by any fear of its consequences…. If it end in a belief that there is no god, you will find incitements to virtue in the comfort and pleasantness you feel in its exercise and in the love of others it will procure for you,”
I poached all three of these good Jefferson quotes from Reed.
According to the poster on Pashnit, this is on the Angels Crest Highway in So Cal. I think its SH-2 but don't hold me to that. I got the feeling that this bridge has something to do with the pic in the last post of the road out. But again, don't hold me to that. This bridge has the same style of the bridges on SH-1 like Bixby Creek Bridge and a few others that I took pics of in December. I like stuff like this.
Here's a 2:17 clip from KRON TV (San Francisco) first aired in 1981 that talks about the first electronic editions of the Chronicle and Examiner. I poached this from the Gannett Blog. Our death knell was sounded this early. The clip mentions the prediction that all our newspapers and magazines will come to us through computer one day. And that "one day" is today.
All the Singleton owned papers in California announced yesterday that employees will be taking a week of unpaid furlough in either February or March. The first thing I thought of was "good, I'm going camping." The second thing I thought of was, " Hmmm, we're under a Union contract and this is a Collective Bargaining issue. How can the Company unilaterally change contract conditions and language without a vote?" And, how many of us are going to vote to take a week off without pay? And, I have a mission critical job. I'm not bragging about it, it just is. If I'm sick, on days off or on vacation, someone has to do my job for the paper to get out. Its the same with my drivers. Someone's gotta drive the truck. So, where's the cost savings in having me go camping for a week when the company just has to hire someone at the same rate of pay to do my job? Might as well keep me working. And, my boss has to figure out how to furlough 12 people a week for 8 weeks. I can see the OT going through the roof. So, I'll get to work some OT to make up for my week off, and still take a full week off to go camping. Hell, I'd rather work like that than get two days off every week. They would be doing me a favor giving me time off like this. I work for idiots.
“Prayers never bring anything. . . . They may bring solace to the sap, the bigot, the ignorant, the aboriginal, and the lazy--but to the enlightened it is the same as asking Santa Claus to bring you something for Xmas.”
-- W.C. Fields, cited by Warren Allen Smith in Who's Who in Hell
“Run, don’t walk, to the first library you can find and read what they’re trying to keep out of your eyes. Read what they’re trying to keep out of your brains. Because that’s exactly what you need to know.” - Stephen King
I posted a few posts ago about the 100-0 game. Here's a link to the story saying that the victorious coach got canned. The coach disagreed with the schools position of shame and embarassment. He posted his thoughts and that cost him his job. My opinion hasn't changed a bit. Its shameful to beat a team of learning disabled children 100-0. I don't see any way around this. If you click on the link and read the comments, you'll see a number of writers who disagree with me. There's a serious lack of compassion amongst the readers of the Dallas Morning News.
I noticed today on my Feedjit that I've gotten a lot of hits on my post about Buddy Holly and the pics of the plane crash. The 50th anniversary of the Day The Music Died is the 3rd of Febuary. This must have something to do with it. One day in my life I'm going back to Iowa to the site of the plane crash. Its something that's just gotta be done.
Here's a blog post from a guy in Seattle who says the Seattle Times is on the verge of bankruptcy. Along with the P-I closing soon, this could make Seattle the first big city with no daily newspaper. Its coming.
Meesha has a well written opinon on diversity and Obama that I've linked to here. Go ahead and take a look. Meesha is a Russian Jew that I've linked to before. He gives good insight to our country as an immigrant. He's also one of the Kansas City people that I read on a regular basis. Of course, he linked to one of the funniest parts of the movie "Blazing Saddles" and I had to poach the youtube link here. Blazing Saddles is one of my most favorite movies.
Here's a couple of high school gals who play for the Dallas Academy in Texas. They're a small school, about 20 girls in the entire school. But, they're a classy bunch as they took a 100-0 drubbing with class. The "victors" ( and I use that term loosley) were The Covenant School, also in Texas. And, also a bible beating school. Here's the link. Once you're ahead 59-0 at the half, is there really a reason to pile on the score? And to cheer when it gets to 100-0? Where's God's love in all of this? >>"It is shameful and an embarrassment that this happened,"Kyle Queal, the head of the school, said in a statement, adding the forfeit was requested because "a victory without honor is a great loss." << Now, here's something I can agree with. A victory without honor is a great loss. We're not talking the pro's here, or even college. We're talking high school girls with learning disabilites who are severely overmatched. And, they haven't won a game in 4 seasons. So, where's the honor in running up the score? So you beat them by a hundred, good for you. How do you think the beaten girls feel getting their lack of skills rubbed in their faces? Yep, this is God's love. And, I'd feel the same way if it was a boy's team, so don't get your panties all up in a wrinkle.
Here's the Yahoo link. Ted Haggard having gay sex while married. Again. Or, at the same time as the gay whore sex. Like I said before on this matter, I don't care if he's gay or not. But, don't preach one thing and practice another. All this in God's name. And, you wonder why I show scorn to the church.
Chuck and Nicole have been staying with us the last couple of weeks. Its great to see the babies most every day. The bottom pic is of a sleeping Kyleigh. This is about the only time she's quiet. She's been calling me either "paw pop" or "pop pop." Either one is cool with me. She's a crab bucket when she gets up, however. She didn't want anyone but Grandma to hold her. No candy, no soda, no Mc Nuggets, just Grandma. Skyler, on the other hand, was happy as a pig in a poke to pose for pics with Grandma and Grandpa.
Just outside of Vacaville is the hamlet of Elmira. I had gotten on I-505 to Vacaville and taken some side roads to get to Elmira. There's not much here. After this, I took more side roads to SH-113 to SH-12 to SH-160 and backtracked to the house. All in all, a great way to remember my brother and I put over 300 miles on the scooter. In January. Its no wonder so many people want to live in California.
This turned out better than I thought it would. I was trying to get an art picture here and I don't think its such a bad shot with the old red barn and the sunlight. This is on E-10 in Yolo County. I had ridden past Cache Creek Casino and turned on E-8 before taking E-10.
I left Williams heading west on SH-20. It was getting late in the afternoon and Sandra had hinted that she didn't want me out all night. So, it was time to start heading home. I still had about 150 miles of riding left. This pic is on SH-16, which I took off SH-20. I had taken this road last November but by the time I got here it was too dark for pics.
After taking the bridge pics I turned north on Old US-99w just south of Williams and rode on into town. It was time to read the papers and drink a soda or three. Mc Donald's still has dollar hamburgers so I had a couple with the dollar fries and a soda. I shot the shit with a guy out on his Kawi Z-6. The train pic is for my boy Todd, who is a train buff. I just happened to catch it crossing in front of me while getting gas.
Here's the ruins of a really old concrete bridge in Colusa County. This is on the road between Grimes and Maxwell. I'd say back in the day before Shasta Dam was complete, this part of the country used to flood in the spring. The bottom pic is only half of the bridge, there's another part on the other side of the creek. I'm taking these pics from the levee. I like stuff like this.
The weather couldn't have been better for January. Temps were in the high 60's and hardly a breath of wind. I moseyed on a couple of county roads before hooking up with SH-45 in Knight's Landing and heading north. I've always liked how trees along the side of the road provide a canopy over the roadway. There's wasn't a bit of traffic out and about on SH-45 today.
I rode up SH-84 into West Sacramento and took I-80 west over the Yolo Bypass. The top two pics are of the trusty steed at the west end of the bypass, in Yolo County. The train tracks are the major east/west line of the Union Pacific.
This blog is for me (Joe) to keep in contact with my friends and family who I don't see too much of because I work nights. If you're wandering by checking out the blog from the Internet, well, you're welcome too, I'm 50 years old and live in California. I'm married with two bonus daughters and three grandchildren. I write about sports, scooters, vacations in the RV, my atheism, funny pictures, and pretty much anything else I can think of. I welcome all opposing views as long as you can keep it civil, my mom does come by on occasion. And, as always, the true focus of my life is my marriage to Sandra and fulfilling The Plan. Though the blog is in the top 5.