I’ve been sitting in front of my display staring into an empty sheet of cyber-paper, fingers trembling above my keyboard in literary anticipation and…
…nothing came to mind.
So much for trembling fingers, anticipation or not.
It’s not as if there hasn’t been things happening in my life worth writing about (there most certainly has been), it’s the annoying fact that these happenings of late are not the kind of events that I should really write about. Not unless I wish to make these events worse than they already are.
Very ironic. Lot’s of stuff to write about but not the kind of stuff I can write about. Unfortunately, everything else going on pales in comparison to the equivalent of putting gas into my car. Not exactly fodder for the masses (all 5 of them).
And, of course, these events that I can’t write about involve people. What else?
The problem that occurs is that these people I refer to can most likely read or at least I assume so. Actual comprehension is another matter. Now I could be completely wrong but I’d rather not take the chance of illiteracy on their part. Also, there’s the off chance that they actually may have stumbled upon this old blog of mine and take the time to check in once in awhile just to see if I’ve written anything concerning them. That way they could get upset about it.
So I’ll just leave it be for now.
I suppose you’d tell me, if you were sitting here with me instead of reading this from afar and actually knew what the hell I was not writing about, that this is one of those situations I’d laugh about later on. Well, that may be true but I can tell you, it would not be a wise thing to say to me at the moment. Not if you didn’t want to find yourself dangled out a 2nd story window by your feet.
So, there you have it. Sitting here in front of my display with a blank slate ready to be written upon and all these things I can’t write about–I couldn’t think of a thing to write about.
I’ve often found it strange how things come about in my life. Some things or events are actually planned insomuch as I have a vague idea of what I want to do/buy/cause-to-happen and an even vaguer idea when this thing or event should occur but, for the most part, things or events that occur in my life seem to be left in the hands of fate as it were. And since fate landed me in the good hands of my wonderful lady over 12 years ago, fate seems to have tagged along for the ride or at least assigned one of his (her?) apprentices to us for a bit of the on-the-job training.
Take for example this year (so not to bore the good reader with past examples from my long-past life…): We knew we had to replace our rather ancient (propane fired) power vented hot water heater but we didn’t know it would be quite so expensive. Pretty normal occurrence all around. But we had no clue that our trusty old washing machine, which still had the protective plastic over the control section, would simply and permanently stop working one wash day–right in the middle of the rinse cycle of course.
Now the above would also seem pretty much par-for-the-course as far as normal life events are concerned but it did have a “touch-of-fate” to it since it occurred on the same day as our local Sears store had a rare sale on a top-of-the-line front loading washing machine which put it financially within our grasp. So, to make a long story short, we bought one of these new fangled, computerized, “high efficiency”, front loaders and the laundry was finally finished and hung out to dry. It also plays music at us when we turn it on, when it’s finished and when it turns off–I’m still not sure I’m comfortable with that. At least it doesn’t talk to us?
But fate’s apprentice was not through with us yet it seemed. Shortly after the washing machine incident, I told my darling wife of a Sunday that I was going to take an hour or so and indulge myself perusing the lots of the various car dealers we have around our area. I was planning on replacing our old reliable but rusting 2003 Jeep Liberty with something a bit newer and a lot less rusty. I wasn’t intending to do anything until after September though but I tend to do 3 to 4 months of research before upgrading my vehicle. Hence going out on a Sunday when car dealers are supposed to be closed.
My criteria was fairly simple. Real 4WD, a class 2 hitch, reasonably low mileage, good condition and not rusty.
The first two dealers I hit were closed as expected but otherwise the pickings were more or less meh (Meh, good word that–perfectly describes the experience). The newer style vehicles are all pretty much meh to me these days anyway. No style, no personality and they all pretty much look alike be it sub-compact, compact, sedan, SUV or pick up truck. And what is it with the pick up trucks these days? The things are HUGE not to mention horribly expensive. And what happened to the small pick ups? I swear the so-called modern small pick up truck is as large as the 1986 Ford F150 I owned way back when.
So on to the next lot I went on my Sunday afternoon car-hunting jaunt. I cruised slowly by the lot and was about to pass it by since I didn’t see anything that caught my interest when I spotted this:
Okay, so…this was interesting. Worth a look anyway and safe enough since, as I said, I wasn’t planning to replace the 2003 I was driving around in until after September and auto dealers are supposed to be closed on Sunday! Still, it was good research material. And here was where fate (or the apprentice) stepped in.
The dealer wasn’t wasn’t closed even though it gave every sign that it actually was. A young guy came out dressed in a t-short and shorts to which I stated, “You’re supposed to be closed!”, to which he immediately threw up his hands and backed away from me as if I had pulled out a gun and pointed it to his forehead. I took pity on him though and asked him the particulars of this vehicle and in short, to the point terms (no sales talk whatsoever which impressed me a bit) he did:
2012 Jeep Liberty.
18,220 miles on the odometer.
Leased for 1 year by some guy in Massachusetts.
They had just put it on the lot that weekend (late Friday afternoon).
In short, it was sitting in my driveway Monday afternoon. I got a good amount for the old 2003 (much to my surprise considering the mileage), it’s financed through the same local bank that the 2003 was and at the same payment, they swapped over my nearly new tires from the 2003 to the 2012 and I’m scheduled for a class 2 trailer hitch installation tomorrow, the price of which was included in the price of the vehicle. The price of everything and the interest on the loan was surprisingly enough, very reasonable.
But fate wasn’t done quite yet. On the Wednesday following the Monday I bought the 2012 I was back at the dealer waiting for the tires to be swapped over and I spotted a 2002 Chevy 1500 4WD “supercab” pick up truck sitting in their “yet to be inspected, cleaned and detailed” back lot. Despite the 140,000 miles on the odometer, the body and truck bed actually looked new, not a spot of rust on her. Inside the cab of course, looked like it had been driven all those miles but the wear for mileage wasn’t bad at all.
So why am I looking at a pick up truck after I bought a 2012 Jeep Liberty you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you.
My wife and I have a mutual friend and fellow disabled veteran who lives alone on top of a rather secluded mountain in a very nice house of her own design. In contrast to her very nice house is her only vehicle, a 1990 Chevy 1500 4WD “supercab” pick up that fell off it’s “last legs” so to speak at least two years prior. Non-inspectable, running on 7 cylinders, more rust than solid metal and still she drove it–she badly needed a new truck.
I was looking over this 2002 and immediately thought of her.
I asked the young lad who sold my my latest vehicle about this rig and it turned out it was what they call a “one owner” who took immaculate care of it including undercoating it every year. He gave me the keys, I took it for a jaunt and was very impressed with it overall. 140,000 miles is nothing for a well-kept pick up truck by the way. The trouble is that well kept high mileage pick up trucks are a rare thing these days. Usually they’re destined for the junk yard. But not this one.
It also was just traded in the previous day. What do you call that? Kismet or something? Fate intervened once again?
So, in the end, our friend is now driving around in the 2002 pick up truck instead of the rolling junk yard of the 1990 she had previously. Two vehicles that just by chance had just arrived on the same lot within a few days of each other which had just happened to be spotted by the same guy (me) who had no intention of buying anything or looking for anybody else.
And by the way, a week later I received I check for $50 from the very same dealer. A “thank you” as it were for the sale of that 2002 pick up truck. Now how about that?
All very mysterious and I’m tempted to ask, “what’s next I wonder” but then again…
It appears that Hillary Clinton has now officially announced her bid for president in 2016 and with that bid comes the new Hillary Clinton presidential campaign logo. It looks like this:
Now I’m not one to be one to be carrying on about politics, especially on this ancient blog of mine, as I’m hardly a prime example of the “political animal”. In fact, I’m more the antithesis of one since I actually believe in getting the job done instead of wasting time bickering about it and wallowing in party dogma. But this logo caught my attention simply because it’s simple, to the point (so to speak) and it bloody well stands out. Well done in my oh so humble opinion. The aforementioned reasons are probably also why the new logo has been “crowdsmashed” by social media since it came out which begs the question…
…don’t these people of the social media set have anything better to do?
“I could do that and better for less money” blah blah blah.
At the very least, one can say without reservation that Hillary’s new campaign logo certainly grabs instant attention which probably means it was done right. Whether it means that the presidential candidate behind the logo is as equably capable of doing the job that’s required if she does get elected remains to be seen and way too far ahead in the future to even bother considering at this point.
But that logo certainly brought out the computer chair critics now didn’t it? As for myself though…
Today I decided to take a break from the conversation–online conversation that is. I didn’t actually plan to do this, I just happened to have a rare early morning in bed where I wasn’t in a lot of pain for some reason (Yup, I’ve suffered from some pretty annoying chronic pain for a number of years now–you’d think I’d be used to it by now?). My body and mind were, for once, blissfully relaxed so I decided to do my utmost to remain that way throughout the day and this meant staying out of any online social-type conversations. And it wasn’t so difficult to do.
You see, there’s been a new outbreak of something called “anti-vaxxers” that includes a whole new breed of grossly uninformed fanatics and they’re plying the waters of social media in droves. Now where I make it a firm rule to avoid these types of fanatic infested conversations like the plague, I felt myself unwillingly drawn into them by some irresistible force.
Resistance was futile.
I won’t get into the horrid details of what lay in wait for me within these comment threads of saturated ignorance since I wish to spare my readers, who I just know are not only objective in their thinking but are very informed as well, from experiencing any sort of second-hand damage to their intellects.
…which is sometime this month although I can’t recall the exact date ‘cuz my brain is fried from the past 3 days of online conversation-with-idiots experience.
Was that actually a sentence?
Anyway I even came across the perfect gift for the “awd lad” but I haven’t actually found where to buy one of the things let alone tackle the problems of shipping it to Ireland. Still, it’s the thought that counts?
He could put it in his backyard maybe?
Stocking it with the brew of his choice I’m afraid would be up to him of course since any sort of what might pass for a decent brew in Ireland never reaches the shores of the US. They only ship us the stuff they wouldn’t drink if you paid them.
So Happy Birthday, Grandad! And many more happy ones to ya!
A pretty sneaky way to wish someone a happy birthday, I think.
Anyone who has spent any time at all on the great and powerful WWW reading and leaving their comments on various comment threads of blogs, news articles, social sites and such, have come to know and dread the arrival of the Internet troll. And while there’s really no one thing that attracts these trolls, writing about any sort of controversial issue will often do the trick.
Politics and religion will almost always bring them in droves although it’s difficult at times to discern the trolls from the truly stupid or the “cultist”. But the latest thing, at least according to my personal observations, are these so-called “anti-vaxxers”. And, heaven save us, they’ve started calling it a “movement” as well. Nothing like “movements” and “causes” to bring out the idiots.
So could we have a troll vaccine please?
Now before I go any further I should point out that for anyone who’s actually followed this old blog of mine over the years (there must be at least 3 or 4 of them out there somewhere), they know very well that I’m not in the habit of labeling people “idiots” or “morons” or any other type of derogative term. But I just can’t help it this time. It’s just become so obvious during the past year or so I just can’t hold it back any longer.
I’ll say one thing for this so-called anti-vaccine movement, it sure brought the trolls out of the woodwork and on top of that, they’re the lowest form of troll I’ve seen yet.
One thing that all trolls all seem to have in common:
They can’t spell.
They can’t punctuate.
They seem to have no clue of how to form a sentence.
Skipped every class that involved teaching anything about grammar or history or English or anything.
Skipped every class period.
Ignores actual facts while cherishing their own bullshit “facts”.
Has a love affair with their caps lock.
Always resorts to insults and personal attacks in the end.
I’m sure there’s more but that’s as far as I want to go at the moment.
If it’s not horrendously long comments full of subjective rambling rhetoric of little or no substance…
…or properly spelled words…
…or sense of grammar…
…it’s a short one or two liner telling a previous commenter that, “your not only retardedbut you mother walked the peers with a matress straped to her back so give ME a brake”, or something of that nature.
We who prowl the great and mighty innerweb are all too familiar with these lower forms of animal life who do their utmost to disrupt even the most genteel and intelligent of virtual conversations. And no subject is sacred especially these days where the trolls seem to be even more thriving and abundant than ever before with no real cure in sight.
So, how about that Internet troll vaccine, huh? I mean, we have anti-virus and Internet security suites for those who use Windows, spam filters for our email so why not a virtual anti-troll vaccine for our comment threads? With all the open source developers out there coming up with all these wonderful things from software to operating systems, you’d think it was possible.
If so, these Internet trolls’ days are surely numbered?