Thursday, January 16, 2014

Retarded Tardy New Years Reflections

I'm Severely Pre-Occupied These Days...


Hello Ladies and Gentlemen...long time no see I guess...

This afternoon I decided to stop by here at my severely neglected Blog to mention a few things that have been going on out here in Tulsa and in my life in general.

First of all, I'm busy as heck professionally since I decided to end my former beach bum ways and go back to work full time.

The difference between this latest adventure and the disaster that occurred when I moved us away from our little island on the Georgia coast to Knoxville, Tennessee is this...

...unlike the Coal Fired Boiler Plant business I was in over there, out here the Oil Refining business is freaking BOOMING and even that big eared socialist idiot dictator president Obama knows it would be suicide to kill the oil/gas business like he's killing the Coal business.

I think that we're safe--safe at least until the day when they can make a car and a tractor trailer operate using power generated by solar panels and a windmill mounted on their roofs.

Being an Injuneer I can tell you we're a good way off on the calendar from that happening as I see it.

In other news, Pat and Missy the Turbo Pup have settled into our new/old house and Tulsa in general and the new little monster dachshund puppy Lizzy turns eight months old shortly and is growing like a weed still.

Her and Missy have finally bonded and the house is a lively place all day, especially when I come in from work in the evening.

 
Lizzy in Her Favorite Pose...

 
Missy Remembering The Days When She Was A Solo Dog...

Meanwhile, when not doing structural design of giant Oil Heaters I'm still trying to finish some work on the house in the evenings and on the weekends but we're so busy at work and I've been traveling a good deal (I made Southwest Airlines "A List" for this year) and then on December 6th I had to have planned surgery to fuse three vertebrae in my neck...a situation which was contributing to slowing of my renovation progress and my life in general...but everything went well and I continuing to improve each day.

The variation of the weather out here continues to amaze me...as of a couple of weeks ago I've seen the temperature swing from a summer high of 117 deg F to this winter's record low of -2 degrees F.

It's just mid January and we've had substantial snow/ice events four or five times now already...I think there's a lot more

And even if you are not freezing or frying you have to hang on to cars and nearby structure and sometimes complete strangers to keep from being blown over by the incessant winds we're so blessed with. 

Other than the weather extremes, we were really surprised how nice it is out here and we've really grown to love the area as we learn our way around town and find new restaurants and things to do.

Pat's still getting to do her old job from out here telecommuting and we put her in a nice office off the upstairs kitchen that has lots of windows.  She has a bunch of bird feeders right outside she can watch and she's cultivating exotic African Violets inside and all in all she has a good situation.

I can honestly say here early in 2014 that we are truly blessed to have the opportunities we have and be able to live the life we're living in the Midwest.

It's just about PERFECT except for the weather extremes and if we just had a beach nearby... 

Regards Y'all...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

150 Years Ago Today

They Don't Make Them Like This Any More...


Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war.  We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.  But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground.  The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract.  The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.  It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth. 
Abraham Lincoln
November 19, 1863


Re-Published From here 

(BTW...and in the new video released today our shit head African American liberal asshole president chose to omit the words "under God" from his portion of the recitation http://www.learntheaddress.org/?page=2 )

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

9/11/2003

Never Forget...




I started to post of photo from that day twelve years ago today when the Islamofaschist Arab pinheads crashed into these two buildings...

...then I decided instead to post an image of them here as I and hundreds of millions of other people remember them after seeing them and their residents/workers while driving or flying or floating on a boat past until that horrible day.

The NY City skyline and our country and it's people are forever changed from the events which happened mid morning not so long ago...

...and I pray to my God that we not only recover and survive from the effects of that day but use that strength to overcome the idiocy coming at us from our Congress, our Courts, and our Presidency.

I want my Country BACK...

HOW ABOUT YOU???????????????

Monday, August 12, 2013

Growing Things

It's Hit Or Miss With Oklahoma Summer Weather...

As I mentioned here earlier, I had good intentions to grow a whole bunch of stuff here in my back yard garden this summer.

I got the ground all plowed up in March and everything looked good until we kept having frost into the second week in May, and by waiting I managed to let the grass and weeds I didn't kill before plowing come roaring back and it's been a battle trying to tame the areas where the corn, tomatoes, potatoes and melons were planted.

The corn has been pretty much a bust after coming up strong...with the wind in a thunderstorm virtually leveling a nearly 8 foot tall row of colored corn and the raccoons and deer knocking the rest of the rows over and eating what the bugs and worms didn't get.

The water melons have prospered and the cantaloupes grew well but something has been getting the ripe ones and eating them leaving nothing but piles of rind and seeds in their wake.

The potatoes were and are a success...we haven't had to buy any in over a month.

The tomatoes were planted late so they are just now starting to produce ripe fruit and I have to get out there and get some stakes and twine around a bunch of them that have laid over on the ground.

Meanwhile, I also planted a few things in a large vacant flower bed upstairs next to the kitchen.
 
 
 
There is a single Giant Squash plant in the center there surrounded by three kinds of sweet potatoes and a single cucumber vine.  I made the mistake of only planting one cucumber and I think you have to have at least two in order for them to cross pollenate and produce fruit.
 
Here's the squash plant:
 
   
It's a monster about three feet high...and it's constantly produced a large number of squash for the past three weeks or so.

Then those two whisky barrels have an assortment of herbs and one has a couple of "Better Boy" tomatoes which have been a disappointment.  I bought them in big pots from Home Depot for over $10.00 each and they were giant and healthy and already bearing fruit when I got them and they've just proceeded to shrivel and wilt no matter what I do.

I have tons of dusts and poisons and fertilizers but nothing visible seems to be eating them unless I have Nematodes or something working on them under ground.

In other news...we had VIP tickets to see comedian Ron White Friday night at the Hard Rock Casino.

The package included getting to spend about a half hour up on stage with Ron after the show and to ask him questions.

Some people as usual were shy and/or stupid--one idiot ask him his political views on the US bombing of Japan in WWII--but I got to ask him several things.

I asked if there were any plans to do another Blue Collar comedy tour with Jeff Foxworthy and the gang and he said not at this time and probably only as a charity event if it did happen.

I also asked what his longer term plans were...to keep touring at the present pace or pack up shop at some point and retire.

He replied that he was never going to quit unless his health stopped him or he died.

Any way...here's what things looked like from row two center stage...




I'll put the VIP website here and identify the specific photo of Pat and I when it is posted later.

Until then...Regards Y'all...

UPDATE: (8:37 CST)

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5534/9498943498_0a4d4ca58b_o.jpg

here's the comedian and a good looking lady with some guy that wandered into the scene...

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

There's A Fungus Amoung Us...

At Least I Can Make Something Grow.....


So even though we are still over 6" behind in total rainfall here in 2013 at the Turbo Pup Compound West out here on the not so mighty banks of the Arkansas River...


I was wandering out to my garden yesterday to take a look at the Corn crop the mold and Raccoons and Deer hadn't already destroyed when I found these lovely items...


YES...that would be a lovely crop of mushrooms which had sprouted up over the past couple of cool days and nights...that one there on the right beside the soda water can measuring over 9" in diameter...


...and there they all are this afternoon after fully developing.  The original 9" sized guy on the far right is now over 11" in diameter.

The good news is my water melons and cantaloupe are coming in nicely, and a bunch of different varieties of potatoes are coming in, and I have this one giant squash plant I put out next to the upstairs kitchen door which is the size of a Volkswagen beetle.

I'll try to get out and get some more photos and post them to show you my successes and failures this season as a neophyte Oklahoma farmer.

Regards Y'all... 

Monday, July 01, 2013

HeeerrrrrrrRRRRRRssss....


Lizzy...

Well Ladies and Gentlemen...

It took all weekend--from flying to Denver last Friday after work...

Then a round trip SUV drive to the "Hard Scrabble" highlands South and West of Colorado Springs...

and a ten mile drive off road up into a canyon full of Ranches...

but ... 


We got her home about 11:30 yesterday morning.

Then there was learning the yard and playing in the pool with Missy the Turbo Pup and a night spent in her crate yowling and singing songs no one else knows how to sing...

We have ourselves a fine little mini Dachshund puppy right there ladies and gentlemen...

Stay tuned to this channel for additional antics and photos.

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

New Puppy

Little Missy The Turbo Pup's Gonna Be An Aunt...

I've failed thus far to mention the big change that's coming out here to the Tulsa Turbo Pup Compound because I've been waiting for updated photos from Colorado.

We finally got them this week...here's our new little girl...




Her American Kennel Club Name is "Elizabeth McCourt Tabor Fick" and we're going to call her Lizzy.



She's a chocolate and tan, miniature long haired Dachshund and she's only six weeks old...still living at the kennel with her mother outside of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  She's from show quality parents and we hope to raise her to show competatively and breed at least one litter out of her.

We're flying up to Denver in a couple of weeks and driving up into the mountains to let Missy the Turbo Pup meet her and bring her home.

Pat's about to bust she's so excited.

Next it's my turn to get some miniature Goats and a few chickens to make our 5 acre mini-farm complete.

Wish us luck...

Regards Y'all. 

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Two Plus Two Equals ???????????

I'm Just Sayin'....

Not much to say here this evening because pretty much these days if I open my mouth the screaming is unintelligible and generally when I try to stay quiet when I try to pound on a computer keyboard th K3ys s10p w0rkin5 and I loose my m1nd....


4 instance...th3r3s this:

Michael Douglas can't decide if it was  "oral sex, smoking, or drinking that  gave me Throat Cancer"

Then as a juxta-position...

Glenn Close would play "Fatal-Attraction differently now...

Hell yeah miss Glenn...I never liked your liberal stupid Hollywood ass when you still had your middle aged looks, and playing a "mea culpa" scene now doesn't change my opinion of most of you bitches and bastards populating the "movie industry" in California spewing poison to the young minds full of mush voting for communists like Obamarama in MY COUNTRY and watching the crap you produce on the movie and TV and Iphone screen every second of every minute of every day of every week of every month of every year of every now century plus!

You speak words written by others because the words inside your freaking head mean nothing to me.

and the Damage your do to our citizens and out country and our world are only recently to be tabulated and in the sum total may very well directly be the core of our world downfall.

...dammit

Saturday, June 01, 2013

I'm Really Tired Of The Drama

Oklahoma's not Kansas Alabama...Totto...

I really don't want to come across here this morning as an angry, insensitive, asshole, but then again this is my blog and with friends and readers asking me to get back to business...

This morning I bring you this from an article on the recent tornadoes here in Oklahoma…

“Of the 60 EF5 tornadoes since 1950, Oklahoma and Alabama (emphasis mine) have been struck the most, seven times each. More than half of these top-of-the-scale twisters have occurred in just five states: Alabama, Iowa, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Fewer than 1 percent of all U.S. tornadoes are this violent -- only about 10 a year, according to research meteorologist Harold Brooks at the National Severe Storms Laboratory in Norman.”

As I’ve been saying out loud and on line here for years …
 
Having grown up in Alabama in the 1960’s and 1970’s, I’m not that concerned about the weather out here in Oklahoma being that bad because I’ve lived with it all along in the southeast…
 
OKLAHOMA  just has the reputation and the media coverage.

And another thing...

The guy that built the house we currently call the "Mid-West Turbo Pup Compound" situated on the banks of the less than "Mighty Arkansas River" was from post WWII Italy.

He built what is now our house during the "Cold War" with the communists in Russia and Eastern Europe.

You know what we have in our basement...a basement blasted out of the slope of solid granite rock when he started his home construction project?

A BOMB SHELTER!

Not a Tornado Shelter...I mean a freaking solid concrete sitting on solid rock with a steel door BOMB SHELTER.

A BOMB SHELTER.............................

It took a while for that to sink in the day I first looked at this house last July.

It's a room which can be accessed off of one of the bedrooms in our basement which has 12" thick concrete filled cinder block (also called CMU's--Concrete Masonry Units) walls, a concrete floor sitting on solid rock, and a 12" thick SOLID CONCRETE ROOF with a vent system which connects with the crawl space under Pat's office upstairs over the area.

We've been told that the room also originally had a "pee trench" which was filled in with concrete back in the late 1980's because it sometimes backed up because our septic tank is undersized for a family of 10 (yes...previous owners of our home had 8 kids and 2 adults in this household.)

So any way...

Today I find myself...while dodging our current Tornadic storms...planning the outfitting this wonderful "safe room" with a new Gun Safe for my soon to be illegal firearms and a reasonable quantity of provisions like some water and other food staples.

The other thing I want to do is replace the commercial steel door which swings "out" with a steel door which swings "in" so that in the event that we actually take a hit from a storm and there is debris outside that door we are not trapped inside as a result.

But any Wayyyyyyyyyyy...

I just think that it's more than a bit retarded how the media coverage of NORMAL SPRING/EARLY SUMMER WEATHER has swooned into the hysterical fits and burps and farts that it is today.

NOTHING HAS CHANGED!

It's just Weather...as it has been for the past zillion years and it will be day in and day out for the next zillion...

no matter what the tree hugging, tie died, kumbaya singing, patchouli stinking hippy Owl Gore following "Global Warming" "Climate Change" zealots tell you

You Know?

Regards Y'all...


 

 

Thursday, May 30, 2013

I'm Through "Holding My Breath"

The Whole Holder Thing STINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Just a quick note here this evening Ladies and Gentlemen--after spending most of the past week and more recently the past quarter day dodging hail and tornadoes out here at the new Oklahoma Turbo Pup Compound...

I predict that sometime tomorrow afternoon that there will be a press release out of the Cessepool we call the "Whitehouse" indicating that the Shithead Attorney General of ours Eric Holder will have offered else have been asked by the Obamarama "administration" for his resignation.

Here's a college photo of this dangerous "useful idiot" from 1973:


(at least he wore a belt and didn't walk around showing 12" of boxer shorts and a zillion tattoos all over his body back then...)

Meanwhile, back to the resignation announcement...

You know that they routinely do that sort of thing on Friday's so that the leftist, socialist, Obama-adoring "Lamestream Media"--NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN, MSNBC ETA. al.--can proceed to ignore it for as long as possible while most of the low information voters (and some good, nice, innocent people) are not paying attention) are busy attending softball games else washing their cars and laying around their bar-b-que grills.

That said, All I say now is this...

Whether it was "asked for" or offered freely under duress...

I say that in the end if things work out the way I hope that when the sun rises on the first Monday in June 2013 that there could be one less corrupt, contemptible, useless anti-American half-breed working from inside the Imperial By-God Gummerntment of the United States of 'Merica screwing the folks on the street like you and me that not only pay their bloated salaries but see their money pissed away every day of every week of every year.

What bothers me most is that in earlier times the citizens would have taken things into their own hands with torches and pitch forks and that this bastard would have been already relegated to joining Bobby Kennedy to an early grave but the Chicago thug security details they have protecting his stupid mustache have kept him at the helm of screwing up everything from "Fast and Furious" to this latest BS we've all had to pay him to orchestrate."

REGARLESS OF THE METHOD AND THE TIMING, I SAY HIS DEPARTURE IS A GOOD THING  AS HE MOVES ON INTO THEE ANUS OF HISTORY. 

Saturday, March 09, 2013

New Garden Plot

My Back Hurts Just Thinking About Planting This Thing...

I'm not going to apologize again for my absence here on the WWW...

but I will offer this photo of ways I've been too busy to write.

This one is of little Missy The Turbo Pup inspecting our new garden plot I got tilled up this week.

It's 36 feet wide and 102 feet long (don't ask me how I came up with the dimensions) and the tiller bottomed out about 10 inches deep.

That right there is a lot of area and dirt to work...you know?

Stay tuned to this channel for ongoing progress reports.

And until then...

 Regard's Y'all..

Sunday, November 11, 2012

My Thoughts On The Election?

I defer To Quoting Other Men's Words...

"...democracy is the theory that the people know what they want—and deserve to get it good and hard."

 -H.L. Mencken


“The people have spoken . . . and they must be punished.”

-NY Mayor Ed Koch

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Strange Women Lying In Ponds

Government We All Can't Afford To Own...

I'm up early this morning in order to go stand in line before my polling place opens and cast my vote and get to work hopefully by 8 AM. Oklahoman's are quite determined about this election with early voting lines stretching for five or six hours over the weekend. I really don't give a darn how long it takes...I'm speaking out against the insanity I've witnessed over the past four years regardless of if it costs me a half vacation day. And YOU need to get off of your ass and go vote yourself (unless you are an idiot Obamamaniac then head on over to the Food Stamp office or the Disibility office and check in...they miss you over there.)

Monday, November 05, 2012

Has My The Silence Been Deafening?

Enjoy It While You Still Can...


Greetings Ladies and Gentlemen...

yes it is I...

your lovely and talented Blogger...coming back here out of "blogging hibernation" with a few comments this morning in this corner of cyberspace.

I assure you that I've been making good use of my time out here in Tulsa...far, far away from our little island on the Georgia Coast.

Besides celebrating the end of my first year in my new position as "Lead Structural Engineer" working in the Petroleum Refining business, I've also managed to acquire a lovely new five acre property and a stone fortress of a house in eastern Tulsa which is taking a big chunk of my time preparing for our move later this month:
We still have a couple of weeks of work but hope to be settling in by Thanksgiving. Meanwhile, on the national stage, this current Presidential election has HUGE ramifications for my family and that of most of my peers who get up each morning and go to work to EARN the money they spend to feed their familys and support their lifestyles. Unfortunately it is US versus THEM come Tuesday morning... ...and things are going to look pretty Crappy in my opinion if the Leaches and Users and other members of the Democratic Base managed to vote their way into my wallet and other areas of my life (like healthcare) in the next four years. I pray that a stoke of sanity stops this Ship of Fools we've got running our country in it's tracks, and that the assholes that call themselves Republicans manage to remember their promises of fiscal responsibility and a return to whatever is left of the Constitutional Government established by our founders nearly 250 years ago. Until next Tuesday... Regards Y'all...

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Views From My Auto Cockpit

How I See Things...




Yes...that would be the dashboard display on my Audi Q7 this afternoon.

Like I said...its WARM out here in Oklahoma...

Monday, July 30, 2012

Clear and Cool Hot With A Chance Of Spontaneous Combustion

"Somebody Stick Me With A Fork And Turn Me Over..."


It was predicted that the High temperature would be 115 degrees F here in Tulsa this afternoon.  The thermometer in my car red 110 degrees F at lunch.

It's been over 100 degrees F every day but two or three for the past couple of months.

Who's idea was it moving out here to Northeastern Oklahoma in the first place?

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

I'm Half Well Baked?

"Somebody Turn Off The Heat..."



I'm seriously considering buying a case of Depends and putting Ice Cubes in them while trying to walk and work outside.

OK...maybe not, but still...

Will Someone Please Stick Me With A Fork And Turn Me Over?

I Think That I'm Cooked "Well Done" On This Side...


OK...what to say and where to go this morning?

I KNOW...WRITE ABOUT THE WEATHER.

Did I mention that it is hot as Heck Hell Hades out here in north eastern Oklahoma these days?

Well...it is

...just in case you haven't been watching the Weather Channel.

So any way... I think that I've mentioned before that our new home out here in the Tulsa Suburbs...also known as "The Turbo Pup Compound...WEST" (conveniently located adjacent to the banks of the mighty Arkansas River) has as one of it's infinite ammenities a three car garage?

And I've been in the process of converting the shorter, smaller, single third bay into a shop/man camp/playground over the past 8 months?

Problem was, and is, my garage is "unconditioned" i.e. void of connection with the "central heating and air conditioning system responsible for keeping the rest of our lovely home operating at civilized levels of temperature and humidity.

Up until the last week or so, I found myself over the past months slowly but surely and totally losing control of the ambient conditions in this important space as summer arrived full force here in our nation's "heartlands."

An injuneering solution was definitely in order, and being an semi-eductated and self proclaimed Injuneer, I guess I had to get to work and solve this problem without expecting to get paid for my services.

Thus in my weather/heat induced insanity, I've constructed something which looks like this on the inside of the single garage bay (unfinished but operational...)


and looks like this on the outside of the building...again unfinished/unpainted but operational none the less...





...featuring two $98 plus tax 5050 BTU "window unit" type air conditioning units from Wal Mart... and producing this result at 6 AM in the morning after enduring two days of 100 plus degree F ambient (with a heat index of 104 deg F.)


In the late afternoon my new system is able to keep the temperature in my garage/shop under 82 degrees F so far without final weather stripping and paint.

All of this comfort for about $350 out of pocket not counting my tools and labor.

COOL?

I'd say so...

I'm not a GENIUS...I'm a FREAKING SUPER GENIUS...aren't I?

Monday, June 25, 2012

Home...Home On...The Range

"Would Someone Please Pass Me The Suntan Lotion?"

OK...after living here for plus or minus EIGHT MONTHS since moving out from Tennessee last fall...

basically we're still stumbling around in the middle of the "Continental United States" trying to figure out the details of how things work.

You know?

So far, so good I think.

In fact, if you consider the cost of living in general, and that we have some of the lowest gasoline prices in the entire US not to mention that they are building new houses every one hundred and twenty five feet up and down our street and the UNEMPLOYMENT RATE IS BELOW FIVE PERCENT...

...things are down right "tollerable" as I see them.

Then there is this weather forcast for this week...



Look closely at those predicted high temperature numbers.

Yep...mid 100 to 110 range they say.

I think that I'll make a giant pitcher of Iced Tea with extra Ice and hide inside for the duration.

Everyone please try to stay cool, and Regards Y'all...

Saturday, June 02, 2012

They Made Me Drive It...

The Rental Car Agent Appreciated My Attitude...

OK...

So after busting my butt through three different airports in three separate cities and states...

by about 2 AM yesterday morning all I wanted to do was finish my travels and pick up some sort of functioning automobile to run around in and go somewhere and lay my head down on a pillow.

Is that simple request too much to ask?

Turns out that it was in a way...

Then the Rental company's computer was down and one thing led to another and here I am sitting around here this morning with




Yep..that will do...for now...
Regards Y'all...

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Free Airport Internet

Flying Away Two Weekends In A Row


OK...Ladies and Gentlemen...

I hate to admit that even after taking nearly a dozen flights going "hither and yond" over the past six months or so...

I've never spent enough time in our new home airport...Tulsa, OK...

...to realize that they not only have really fast internet...

...but they have VERY FAST FREE INTERNET!

Love it.

I actually have time to check e-mail and Google around a few places this afternoon before I catch my flight back to Atlanta...

ugh...

and then on to Tallahassee, Florida later tonight.

(Don't ask me, I'll explain later my reason for going to that part of the world later.)

OH...

wait...

OH...

WAIT...

I almost forgot...

I finally have new house pictures taken of our place out here at the Turbo Pup Compound West conviently situated on the access road Banks of the mighty Tennessee Arkansas River on the border line between Tulsa and Broken Arrow Oklahoma!!!!!

You ready?

Here, take a look at our new abode:

From across the street...
...and a little closer...
...and closer...
...front courtyard...
...front door...
And finally...

...the recently installed swimming pool for little Missy the Turbo Pup (sans the movie stars...)


I think that you will agree that our FAMILY is truly blessed right now, and if things keep going like they are some amazing new stuff is going to happen in the next few months... ...stay tuned to this channel for the details... ...Regards Y'all...

Friday, May 25, 2012

Headin' To The Airport This Morning

Things I Want To Try...


So I'm sitting this morning with my luggage almost completely packed up in anticipation of heading to the "Atlanta Metropolitian Area" to attend the high school Graduation of one of Pat's Granddaughters tonight.

Having lived in Atlanta for 27 years beginning in the fall of 1977, and having seen the construction and evolution of the current interstate highway system and airport--Hartsfield/Jackson International...

I find myself experiencing "mixed emotions" as I complete my preparations.

One thing I'm looking forward to, besides seeing some of Pat's family for the first time in a most of a year, is the possibility of doing this on my way from the arrival gate to baggage claim:

Wish me luck...if you will...

Thursday, May 10, 2012

New Woman Computer In My Office

I'm Acting All Goofy & Tingly....


I had the audacity to finally say something about the cantankerous behavior of my hand-me down corporate laptop I received when I took my new job back in October.

They offered me a high powered desktop CAD workstation but being the vagabond that I am I wanted to be able to run out the door with my computer under my arm on a moment's notice and I would need a wheelbarrow or a large backpack when attempting that maneuver with the first option.

So now six months later I've realized that the happy little laptop had become an angry beast working under the load of AutoCAD 12 and the RISA finite element software I run every day not to mention the Excel and other Microsoft Office products I tend to fire up and operate.

So any way...my boss and the IT department nerds got together and the results of their efforts arrived at my desk first thing yesterday morning...

a brand new HP Z400  CAD Workstation with...get this...
a 3+ Ghz Intel  Xenon Quad Core Processor
12 Gigs of RAM
NIVDA Quattro Graphics card with 1 Gig RAM
500 Gig Hard Drive

Needless to say things are smoking...almost catching on fire...in my office these days.

AND?

They let me keep the old laptop also.

Now this crusty old grumpy engineer is a bit less grumpy this morning, and that said it's time to hit the showers and head to the office I guess.

Regards Y'all...

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

My Yard & Garden Have Taken Command...

I've Traded My Entire Personal Life For Some Magic Beans?


So I had really big plans for last weekend...you know?

A page long list of projects which have been festering on the sidelines/back burner for the past few months since the weather turned nice and in some zombie like catatonic fit I started buying power lawn equipment.

Right now I can't walk into a grocery store or a movie theater or a fast food restarurant not to mention a Lowe's or Home Depot without coming home with a plant or some sort of lawn equipment.

If they are not actually selling plants in the retail establishment I'm afraid that I'm likely to dig something up and put it in a bucket and bring it home with me to plant in my own yard.

The same goes for letting me come over to your house to visit, so you better do an inventory before I back out of your driveway or your Lace Leafed Weeping Japanese Maple tree or some Knockout Roses or Azaleas might just come up missing.

And then there is my affinity for things with gas powered engines on them...so-called "power lawn equipment."

I love the crap, but in my old age much of that kind of stuff ends up hurting me and making it hard to do things like walk or even get out of bed after even a brief encounter outside my front or back door.

I actually tried to avoid ownership of such torturous infernal contraptions found in the "power lawn equipment" isles of life, but things just haven't worked out and I hate to admit that it's nobody's fault but my own in the end.

You see, in the process of moving out here to the "Turbo Pup Compound West" (or TUPUCOW--pronounced "too poo cow"-- for short) I gave away my crappy old lawnmower and two weed eaters I had bought at a yard sale in Knoxtown.

I really wasn't crazy...just lazy...and besides, the carburator seals on the old lawnmower had been eaten by the government subsidized ethanol poisoned gasoline I put in it, and I had only gotten around to making one of the two weedeaters operate over the past two or three growing seasons.

Rather than actually use my crappy old lawn equipment historically I'd been paying a guy to take care of the yard pretty much since we moved away from our little Island to Knoxtown in early 2007.

So any way, when we were moving out here to Tulsa I had the idea that either:

A.  I'd hire a local kid or landscape contractor to handle the yard or...

B.  Since the yard was the size of a postage stamp tiny I'd break down and buy some new tools and do it myself if push came to shove (excuse the pun.)

Well, upon arrival we learned that the going rate in East Tulsa/Broken Arrow to hire a pimple faced teen to mow and trim/edge a yard which required the burning one mililiter a half ounce of two or three ounces of gasoline in one or more internal combustion engines was the same as the cost of mowing a half acre in Knoxtown...

FORTY DOLLARS!!!

I thought about it for a few months through the winter, then when things warmed up over the past couple of months I've slowly added a push mower (not self propelled), a weed eater, and a wimpy electric leaf blower to the fleet of devices sitting around in my garage.

...Oh...and a little garden wagon with a polymer (plastic) bed is out there also....

Getting back to the original point of my story this evening, the way things are growing this season so far I have to cut the grass at LEAST once a week and the weed eater chores will probably soon move from 10 days or 2 week intervals down to every week.

And then there is this year's edition of the manditory vegetable garden which I have slowly been adding to since the first tomato plant went in Easter weekend.

Right now I have a half dozen variates of tomatoes and a similar number of peppers growing, and there are Yellow and Zuccini squash and eggplant and cucumbers and watermelons and cantaloupe and pumpkins...

...and on top of all of that?

Last weekend in a fit of gardening insanity I bought another six tomato plant varieties and some more red bell pepper plants and yet another variety of eggplant for good measure.

And needless to say all of this gardening and other yard work is severely limiting my time available to work on the model airplane's which can be found languishing all lonesome in my garage shop area.

That said, I guess that it is time to stop complaining and get some sleep in anticipation of another day on the treadmill.

Y'all have a LOVELY week now...

Regard's Y'all...

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Watch Out Everybody

That Wild Puppy's Back In Town...


Well...we made it back home after a surprisingly uneventful flight from Houston's Hobby International Airport to Tulsa about fifteen minutes early yesterday afternoon.

The round trip from the new Turbo Pup Compound West (conviently located here on the Banks of the Mighty Arkansas River) to the Texas Gulf Coast and back represents a new travel milestone for little Missy the Turbo Pup and her family pack.

Now she can pretty much go anywhere Pat and I want to go visit by water or road and now by air in the future.  I'm making preliminary plans for a trip this fall to either the US Virgin Islands or the Bahamas (both pet friendly areas without quarantine rules) and of course there are trips to visit extended family and friends living in locartions up and down the east coast and only reachable by air without enduring a two plus day car trip each way.

Time now to pour my second cup of coffee and get some foundation loading drawings moving before the entire engineering staff from our customer's field offices shows up at my door here.

Hope everyone has a LOVELY day...

Regard's Y'all...

Monday, April 30, 2012

Galveston...OH Galveston...

Blogging Live From The Texas Gulf Coast...


I'm pleased to report that later this afternoon we're packing the Turbo Pup's lockers and sea chests up, along with our luggage, and heading back across the Bolivar Peninsula from Galveston Island toward Hobby Airport in south Houston.

You see, Little Missy made her first airliner flight with us last Thursday morning from Tulsa to Houston on our way to a long beach weekend and boy has that little dog had a good time in the process. She did fabulously on the trip down sitting in her soft crate under the seat for takeoff and landing and hanging out in the middle seat between us on the Boeing 737 in mid flight with her head sticking out the top.

So any way...regarding my blogging...or rather...the lack thereof...

All I can say is this:

New house, new yard (and new lawn mower and weed eater and leaf blower and wagon to go with it) and an incredibly busy professional schedule has left me mentally exhausted as I come up to speed with my new position as the "Lead Structural Engineer" responsible for tens of millions of dollars worth of steel and refractory structures weighing millions and millions of pounds.

But things have settled down a good deal now over the past month or so and I've even had time to resurrect an ancient hobby of mine which had sort of been abandoned over the past twenty years or so.

That's right ladies and gentlemen, I've gotten back into building (and soon flying) Radio Controlled MODEL AIRPLANES again, and what a difference two decades makes in the technologies available to today's modelers.

The days when if old guys like me wanted something that would fly we were forced to sit around sniffing strong smelling glue and paints and solvents while making tons of chips and sawdust out of sheets, blocks, and strips of balsa wood are over with unless you just like doing things that way (which I do.)

Today you can jump in the car and run down to the hobby store or dial up the Internet and get out your credit card and 24 hours later you are standing in your front yard with a fully finished working model airplane (or car or boat or whatever else you want to drive around.)

I've got a wooden glider kit with a 2 meter wingspan almost finished and two other kits...another 2 meter glider and a small nitro fuel powered trainer sitting unbuilt in boxes on a shelf, and an ever growing assortment of new and used trophies like engines and electric motors and batteries and RC transmitters I found for bargan prices on E-Bay ready to be installed so I can take to the skys at the local flying club field... the Tulsa Glue Dobbers...which I just joined this month.

The Glue Dobbers are the oldest continuously chartered Radio Controlled flying club in the entire United States, and they have a beautiful property with a paved runway and other amenities located less than FOUR MILES from my house...on the way to my OFFICE, so if you don't hear from me a  bunch again in the near future you will know where to look to find me.

Until then, good to be back writing again here on the old Blog.

Take care everybody...and Regard's Y'all...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"F You"?

Consider This Useage...




(...missing my blogging...thinking about coming back with some of my usual ranting and raving shortly...until then...Regards Y'all...)

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Old Guys Singing

My Hair Would Look Like That If I Still Had Any...