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Some things I have seen -- A picture blog.

Friday, October 07, 2011

We went on vacation to the Finger Lakes region of New York last summer. I so so so wish I had had access to my camera as we were traveling on US 15 in upstate Pennsylvania. I saw what was one of the best signs ever. It was an old billboard. Some vines were climbing up it. It bore a picture of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

Something like that. The text read: The Blessed Mother speaks to America. Call 1-800-xxx-xxxx.

Who knew! She has an 800 number! What do we need a rosary for if she has an 800 number!


I saw this in Ireland in the window of a store in Kilarney:

So is it Everything Must Go or is it only Selected Items Must Go?


This one is not a sign. It's more of a phenomenon I saw, though I cannot find the picture I took. But this one does it justice.

In America I think we would blot out the sun to prevent our children from seeing it. Or just tear down the bridge. Whichever.


This one is on the Southwest Corner of the intersection of 25th Street and Greenmount Avenue in Baltimore.

So I wonder. Does they only sell vegetablish producish stuff? Is it slightly wilted?


This one is at Southpoint Mall in Durham NC:

Not 20 mph. And don't you go 1 mph over!


This is in my town, a couple of doors down from my doctor's office.

Does it make me a bad person that I find it amusing that a Asian restaurant is right next door to a Cat Clinic? And they CHOSE that location since the Cat Clinic was already there first. I'm just saying is all.


Ok. This is not something I saw. It's a concept I found quite funny and with a little help from Photoshop, I made it a picture. Especially since I have, like, zero respect for Che Guevera.

There could have been a restaurant in Havana called Chez Guevera, and in the kitchen we would have found Chef Che Guevera!


One last photo. This was found in a local grocery store meat case:

Truth in adevertising! Finally! We know what they put in those hot dogs. I'm not sure how they are able to sell these franks so cheaply. I would think it would take dozens of those little birds for Esskay to get enough oriole meat to make a pound franks. Hundreds of nets all over the city to catch them. Or massive oriole farms out on the Eastern Shore.

15 Things I now do ...

Thursday, October 06, 2011

... that I didn't do before I developed healthy habits for life.

1) If it is close enough, I walk. Close enough is a mile or so.
2) If it is too far to walk but too close to drive, I ride my bike. Three miles is good.

3) I run because I enjoy it.
4) I measure everything I eat.
5) I drink water.
6) I drive past fast food restaurants.
7) I eat some fruit before we go out to eat.
8) At restaurants I order water, salad, and soup.
9) If there are appetizers that are not fried or drowned in cream or butter, I order that for my entree.
10) If I order an entree, I first cut it in half; right away.
11) I pay attention to what I eat by tracking. Tracking is not just for the points or Calories. It's for accountability.
12) I eat breakfast everyday. EVERY day.
13) I watch less television.
14) When no one is watching, I dance. I dance badly, but I dance.
15) I treat myself now and then, but not all the time.

The Donkey in the Well

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down.

A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up.

As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a steppingstone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - Forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - Most never happens.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less from people but more from God.

You have two choices... smile and close this page,
or pass this along to someone else to share the lesson .
God bless us all!

found on Facebook posted by Hormuzd J Dadinath

Things finally broke today

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

They sure did. They broke for good and for ill.

First the weather broke.

I was up around 7:00 ... wow I slept in late this morning! As the sun rose higher, it proved to be a rain free day. Finally!

I fed myself ... strawberry, blueberry, & banana yogurt smoothie ... dressed in some grubbies, and headed outside before 8:00. It took some moving of stuff in the garage, but I was able to get some shingle bundles out to my work area. I found my roof nailer, plugged in the airhose, and climbed up the ladder to the roof (wasn't that a somg title in the 70s?).

And I was making some progress. Good progress. Took She(WMBO) to the airport around lunch then got back to work.

Good progress.

Then gravity had it's way. Not on me, thank goodness. But my nailer started to slide ... faster and faster. Over the edge. Crash! I heard the compressor go on and air hissing from the nailer. When I climbed down, it was clear that I was not going to get any use from that nailer ever again.

My nailer broke.

Off to Home Depot. They had the one I wanted, just not in stock. Over to Lowes. Grr. They had the one I wanted in stock, for $50 more. That nailer was, gulp, $250!

I took it home and found it did not have the plug required to connect the hose or a carry bag. $250 and no bag? Back to HD. Got the plug (and a tool bag), but I did not look at it closely, it was the wrong type; I reached in the right bin, but the plugs weren't sorted. Back to HD. Got the right part now.

By now it was 5:00. I was clearly not going to get as much done today as I had hoped.

Oh, well, tomorrow is another day.

And the weather is going to be warmer tomorrow.

I will ... in the rain.

Monday, October 03, 2011

... not climb an aluminum ladder (or a fiberglass ladder ot a wood ladder) in the rain. I have reached a point in my quest to finish this roof I have been toiling on all summer where I can finally start putting up shingles. But it was drizzly and chilly all day. The ladder would have been wet. The roofing felt (tar paper) would have been wet. Ugh! I might have slipped and fallen.



So I caught up on some TV On Demand and Hulu and Netflix.

I will run in the rain. I mean, why not? So I get a little wet and chilly, but that's what happens in the summer ... ok, not the chilly part, but I do get wet. Take a hot shower when I am done and I'm all better after that.

And! I ran 3.75 miles at a 8:59/mile pace. Wow!

And when I boasted that to She(WMBO), She gave me the old stinky eye and asked, "And exactly how much progress did you make on the roof?" It was raining. "But you ran? Wasn't it raining?"

She just doesn't understand.

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