The ‘Nati

10 23rd, 2021

Morning all. The Hunters Moon we witnessed this week was the defining mark of the arrival of the Fall season. A few days earlier, when it was still 84°, Marcia and I ate at one of our go-to joints, the iconic Quatman Café. Aside from the award winning Cheeseburger I had a cup of their homemade Mock Turtle soup – my personal announcement that autumn had come. Love the stuff!

That night major rains came through and two small tornadoes hit nearby. I know this happened because when I woke up in the morning after a night of perfectly restful sleep, the middle-of-the-night-extreme-weather-warning-alarm notice was parked on my mobile. The very next day the temperature high was 68°.

The other new sign that I spotted also announced the start of the countdown to Spring (why do we always end up looking forward?).

Now back to my coffee.

Deaths in the ‘Nati – Thought you’d want to know that here in the ‘Nati we’ve had a rash of shooting and accompanying deaths primarily by youths. As these events quickly fade into the usual woozy lifeless blur of candlelight vigils and park-side speeches surrounded by balloons; remember that much of this horror is due to, but never talked about, is the lack of a family structure. A replacement structure created when government began to take on the role of the father. This was a part of what quickly became the norm when instituted under President Johnson’s War on Poverty. What we’re seeing are the fruits of multiple generations of single family households; many of them consisting of kids having kids.

After listening to the happening in the audio link above, notice the streetcar reference made in the ‘Fifa‘ blurb below — no worry, all turned out well.

Fifa — Soccer’s World Cup will come to America in 2026. Cincy is in the running to be selected as one of the cities selected. For the 2026 games 48 nations will participate. 17 cities have offered to host and from those 10 will be selected.

Yesterday the Fifa selection committee spent the day in town and we went all out to make our pitch. If guessing, you guessed right if you assumed that yours truly went into the city core. Using my ‘geezer’ transit card I ended up to where it was all happening. I even rode the streetcar for a single loop (without any disturbance). Hours later I arrived home slightly wet, with a bunch of bling, and high hopes that we’ll be one of the selected cities. Here my afternoon, picture style:

   

   

ACL – After reading these ‘Ramblings’ and want to experience a church-like’ forty-five minutes crank up the volume and watch this Austin City Limits showing with the wonderfully gifted Jon Batiste. From New Oreans you’ll even catch a little of his high school marching band. Kirstin saw him recently at the ACL Festival and several years ago she and Vince attended a private concert with the amazing guitarist Gary Clark Jr. who makes a surprise entry. You’ll love this power-packed show.

Fini –
I know it’s early, but I just signed up for the December 18 Egg-Nog-Jog 5 & 10K through the hills of Mt Adams. Last year it was cancelled, but in prior years it was a great little event.

• Thought I’d ask whether or not you observed Hagfish Day. This brings awareness to the evolved but slimy hagfish. Observed every third Wednesday in October.

• Thought you’d want to know that over the past year your health officials, Dr. Fauci, and the large media have walked back slowly, a point or so at the time, the stated effectiveness of our vaccine jabs from a start of nearly 100% (to now that the push is on for additional jabs is going gangbusters), an efficacy of merely 33%.

• Thought you’d want to know that the Biden administration has lost track of 45,000 unaccompanied minors who crossed the border illegally. The decision to weaken vetting of adult sponsors contributed, in part, to the loss of contact with 40% of the more than 114,000 unaccompanied children who entered the U.S. illegally, according to Axios Media.

• Thought you’d want to know. This week at Oberlin College here in Ohio there were actually student complaints angrily filed that the work crew at Oberlin College installing new radiators in a ‘safe space’ for ‘women and transgendered persons’ were straight (cisgender) males. How will these clowns function once in the real world? What are they being taught?

  • Whatever happened to; “fifteen days to flatten the curve”?
  • Whatever happened to; “herd Immunity”?
  • This old Chrysler spotted on a recent walk reminded me of my 1950 Pontiac I owned many decades ago – it was the factory installed visor.

  • Did you know that Scotland has a specific name for a kind of ice-cold rain which falls there. When Marcia and Adrianne and I toured Edinburgh Castle I believe we experienced it.

  • I ordered a new batch of Don Pablo coffee with a delivery scheduled between last Thursday and today. This morning the first mail I spotted was from Amazon, and update asking if I still wanted it since now it is estimated to be delivered between coming Monday and Thursday. Is this the first inkling of the great ‘empty shelf’ syndrome we’re facing?

   

Make it a great week. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay involved. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


On the Water

10 17th, 2021

Morning all. I don’t know the ‘why’ of it, but why do so many ‘recreational’ activities require getting up during the wee weekend morning hours. I complain, but once up with the smell of coffee brewing and able to see the corner of Chaos & Mayhem as an empty and clean slate, then all is well. So again, this time in caps; Good Morning.

The ‘Picture of the Week’ is special. Vince dearly loved his grandmother, Gi Gi; both have passed. Gi Gi had a cottage-style place, lakeside, in Florida and Vince loved that place from childhood on and cherished taking Derek and Kellen there. So yesterday on the 4th anniversary of his passing I thought the two of them together, lakeside, and now looking out, both part of that vast beyond of merely that little lake captured it all.

Not to be hammering further on the Government’s yammering on and on over the WuFlu — while racing madly about moving the goal posts. Let me just say that now that I’ve officially gained ‘geezer’ status, that I am old enough to remember the government telling my parents that Margarine was good for us (but it had to be white; though could be sold with a little embedded yellow dye pack).

Meme of the Day. I remember trying to create a ‘tower of sound’ as complete as this shown and never achieving it. It still bothers me and I am still jealous of those who did.

Cereal of the Day. Am I the only one who dives for the Grape Nuts as my first choice? It’s difficult to find it in many cereal isles, and I have to pack extra when getting ready for a season at Northern Comfort; can’t find the stuff in Canada.

Can we get the Mexican cartels to help us with our supply chain issues? They don’t seem to have trouble getting stuff from one place to another ~ Scott Adams [Creator of the Dilbert cartoon]

Kentucky waters – was where we headed at dawn yesterday morning. Dinah was rowing and Marcia and I went to watch. Shortly after 7:30 we dropped her off. Then we joined up with Cathy and Jason for breakfast. Eventually we ended up on a bridge overlooking the Licking River (a 300 mile long tributary to the Ohio River, joining across from downtown Cincinnati). What I did learn is that the Licking is one of Kentucky’s best native muskellunge streams (didn’t see any).

Watching her on the water in her 8-person oared skull is impressive. The boat moving along at approximately 20mph makes it that much more impressive. Having the opportunity to see up close the boats and their team facilities had me saying; “WOW!

What we saw and experienced is best shown by my shutting up and just posting it via photo:

   

   

Cyber Security — We love our proclaimed days and months. Did you know that October is; National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM)? It was started by the National Cyber Security Division within the Department of Homeland Security and the National Cyber Security Alliance. All good stuff. Having said that, we best begin paying some serious attention to what is going on in the world and not just ‘pop a cork and celebrate’.

This October Nicolas Chaillan, the Pentagon’s chief software officer, resigned because he could not bear to see the US overtaken by China in technological development, with some American cyberdefences at “kindergarten level”.

I guess we’re just a bit more involved establishing WOKE things, things such as “equity” policy, rather than worry about matters on the world stage.

Wonders of Sleep — This year my brothers and I have all become healthier thanks to brother Art starting us lazy slugs on a path towards better health through exercise. And, it’s working! Thanks Art.

This week on my walks I’ve been listening to Dave Rubin Report interviewing a Dr. Matthew Walker — professor of Neuroscience and Psychology at the University of California at Berkley.

He claims that for better health what we do regarding sleep is not just to treat it as one of the three pillars towards good health (body & mind), but it’s actually the foundation of the whole business. I thought this fun 45-minute podcast worthwhile enough to share and urge you to play it. Click on this ‘Dave Rubin Report’ as your link.

Fini –
• Today in 1793 Marie Antoinette (she of “Let them eat brioche” fame) was sent to the guillotine during the French Revolution. It probably is still an event which every politician should heed.

• On a much more positive note, today in 1894 the Ohio National Guard killed three lynchers trying to kill a black man.

• Jason would just as soon mow his lawn using a push reel lawn mower. Sneakily, this past week he was seen mowing, operating nothing of the sort.

• Whatever happened to; “fifteen days to flatten the curve”?

• Whatever happened to; “herd Immunity”?

• On a walk I spotted a beautiful vintage BMW. The sticker on the window said it all. And, from my perspective it applies everywhere.

• In two days our day-high temperature dropped from 84 to 65 – autumn has come. With that in mind much of what we hear ignores the undisputed fact that the earth was much warmer than today for the past 200-million years of the Pleistocene and that we’re on the trailing end of a 50-million year cooling period. Thought you’d want to know.

• Ian S. is a fellow 2CV lover who lives in Wales. It’s good to see that even in the UK a 2CV on the street has the same response as it does here. He wrote; “Elly [his 2CV] in New Quay last evening while awaiting chips. Was amusing to see how much attention she gets.”

• Bert, a fellow born-in-Enschede guy, and Brother in Law to Paul and Dia needs your thoughts and prayers. Currently experiencing a tough time.

Make it a great week. Stay positive. Stay happy. Stay involved. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


Hold for ONE more Day

10 16th, 2021

It’s very early and very dark. Coffee is on, and Marcia too is already up. Here’s what’s going on. We’re joining up with Jason & Cathy and Dinah. Reason? Dinah has to be on the water at Eight!

So, combining all the logistics – we’re up and soon will be ‘outta’ here.

Hence:

MY NORMAL Ramblings ARE BEING PUSHED BACK 24-HOURS TO SUNDAY MORNING.

For some silly reason all that’s racing through my mind is that old poem from E. A. Poe:

The Raven
BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore—
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door—
Only this and nothing more.”


Together

10 9th, 2021

A steaming mug of ‘Don’ is sitting next to me and the smell is intoxicating; Don Pablo coffee that is. It’s been a mostly busy week along with mostly daily decently long walks. See a pattern here? Mostly?

This week it was the height of Fall color in Canada and I miss being there to experience it. Luckily my friend and neighbor sent me this wonderful capture of the place in all of its glory.

On one of my walks I passed a police speed meter and when approached it flashed my reading. At least I think it was reading me and not some distant vehicle which it just happened to register. I must admit, I felt quite proud.

On another walk I came across a soccer game being played on Xavier University’s ‘Pitch’. It was a bit of a struggle, stay and enjoy watching or continue my exercise walk. For those of you keeping track; I continued. 

As an aside, two years ago this past week we were enjoying the greatest economy in the history of the world. Elections do have consequences.

Trillion – is a numeric designation that is being bantered about in the ‘hallowed’ halls of Congress. “Borrow a Trillion dollars here, but only if we can borrow 3 to 5 Trillion dollars there” – you’ve been hearing it talked about almost daily. So, this is what these clowns are really talking about put in terms which a lame-brain such as me can visualize:

On the day that Jesus was born my forebears would begin and spend $One Million Dollars every day. Their children and children’s children would continue to spend that same amount, $One Million Dollars each and every day until today. Then my children and children’s children must continue to spend that same $One Million Dollars each and every day for another 700 years.

700 years out we reach that moment when that $One Trillion Dollar spending spree would have been reached. Currently we are about $30 Trillion Dollars in debt. But remember what they say; “It’s OK folks, nothing to see, nothing to worry about.”

”Worthless Mitch McConnell folded like a cheap tent on the debt ceiling.” ~ Anonymous – found on the Internet

Just a partisan hack – Our government has a series of ‘Councils’ which bring knowledgeable citizens and their combined wisdom, insight, and expertise to the ‘party’. Members of these non-partisan Councils serve for no pay (except for travel expenses), most serve six-year terms, and are there by Presidential appointment – crossing differing administrations. Now, these are different times, and Biden’s team has been busily at work pushing out members not of their liking – earlier 11 members of various, traditionally non-partisan, Military Academy boards were pushed out. Now it’s apparently the National Council on the Arts’ turn to be savaged.

This week it was singer song-writer Lee Greenwood’s turn to get summarily dumped. Greenwood was appointed originally by W.H, Bush, and has served faithfully and apolitically under various administrations since. So now, without even a “Thanks for your many years of service”, he was notified via some underling’s e-mail.

Many, many years ago I was also asked to resign by a then newly elected partisan hack governor (Dick Celeste – D). This was after working under previous ‘R’ and ‘D’ administrations without question and without a ‘hiccup’ in the very political world of mental health and developmental disabilities (I am being sarcastic folks); hence this move by team Biden probably means a bit more to me.

‘Free’ Nations and their Covid-19 dealings – I am amazed on how idiotically nations such as ours, Canada, Australia, the UK, and Germany are dealing with Covid-19 – mostly through horrific infringements to our freedoms. Many of us have gone through this (or are still going through it) in our States and Provinces; maybe this makes it easier to understand. If you live in LA and NY you’ll understand what we’re talking about. As will folk in various Canadian Provinces or citizens of Australia. Canada requires a Vaccine ‘Passport’ for any public means of travel.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new restrictions for Thanksgiving. No indoor gatherings are permitted for the unvaccinated outside of their own households

But the most insidious bit comes from Germany and just a mere 75 years after the Nazi Holocaust where Jews were forced to wear a yellow Star of David patch inscribed with them being Jewish. Now they plan to release a yellow badge announcing vaccination status; this time, in the center is the image of a syringe in red. Unbelievable just how hopelessly clueless this all is.

Just so you realize that really none of this has any scientific necessity or basis; that’s not what it’s about. Realize that a couple of weeks ago the Scandinavian countries made the rational decision and declare the ‘Pandemic’ to be over. Live in Scandinavia and life is once again as it was a couple of years ago – FREE.

Before CRT – we recently had life in the ‘60s, the’70s, and the ‘80s. In the Sixties we had the marvelous statements uttered by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. During my prime years our kids were brought up race neutral in our Public School systems. Likewise, for us, it was only character that mattered in our relationships.

However, what’s surfaced during the last decade or so is something called Critical Race Theory under which nothing is more important than skin color. We’re being pushed into various ‘silos’ by all sorts of various groups, politicians, University Professors, School Teachers, and Communist backed groups like Antifa and BLM.

Push back and don’t fall under the wheels of this insidious trend.

This week I came across a early black and white movie made in the early twentieth Century. It shows soldiers from the Civil War, Union and Confederate war survivors meeting up. It shows that we can come together, that the past can be the past, and that a future life as one can work. Enjoy these two little films:

Fini –
• John Lennon would have been 81 today.

• I know that you want to stay current in civil matters. A week or so ago Canada’s PM, Justin Trudeau, presented the LGBT movement’s replacement new proper name; “2SLGBTQQIA+”. No joke, look it up.

• The Ambulance repair shop. Notice how they park a little ‘speed-demon’ next to it should an emergency arise.

• Kirstin, this week, celebrated the 50th anniversary of WDW

• Earlier a week ago I spent a couple of hours listening to the Grateful Dead on XM radio. This week I came across this photo of Jerry Garcia (principal songwriter, the lead guitarist and a vocalist with the Dead).

• Three years from now the Vendee Globe 2023-2024 round the world, solo, non-stop race will start. My countdown has begun.

• This evening most of our ‘Nati’ gang will head out to watch FC Cincinnati play Philadelphia. The photo is a view of the pitch from our seats.

Make it a great week. Stay strong. Be mindful to those around you. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


Some Insights

10 2nd, 2021

Weather wise it’s been spectacular; low eighties, sunny, and no humidity. This evening the rains will come in and the temperature will drop a bit, all announcing that Fall is here. Marcia, never at a loss to celebrate a new season, has loaded the lobby with pumpkins.

The words from the site run by ‘Your Money Geek’ stuck with me; “Review: Don Pablo Coffee is Small-Batch Perfection”. By the smell in the kitchen they are correct. Now a quick break while I fill my pre-heated mug. Yup, I do know how to do it right.

DNA – Earlier in the week waiting in line at the Walgreen Pharmacy several of us guys got to talking. One asked if we ‘popped’ a long-neck since it was “National drink a Beer Day” (celebrating the end of this year’s Octoberfest). I guess that is about the time that Earl, yup, that is the Earl Pitts, jumped into the fray. I happened to be able to record it:

Afghan not in the news – The world community, the civilized nations of the world, stood idly by while centuries of Art and Culture disappear from this nation by a band of lunatic death-cultists. Sahraa Karimi was the Afghan Film Director General; she had directed 30 short films, 3 documentary films, and 1 fiction films as part of her credentials. The photo is of what had been her office, now with its new occupants. The world and U.N. watches ‘progress’ without uttering a peep!

Great insight – this on the current state of learning at our nation’s Universities as CRT and Wokeness runs rampant throughout these institutions. It’s from Dr. Adrian Vermeule who clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia, joined the faculty of the University of Chicago Law School, and became professor of law at Harvard Law School (at age 37):

”I don’t think we should be shocked by the intellectual collapse of the American universities. Sure, it happened fast. But sooner or later a system not centered on a substantive view of human ends has no natural defenses against a substantive and passionately imperial ideology.” ~ Adrian Vermeulen, JD, PhD

Apostles – Here are a few names, some you’ll recognize and some you won’t. All but one known as ‘Preacher’; that person has different primary occupation. But, all were or are the snake oil salesmen and I-am-the-way hucksters of their era: Benny Hinn, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Kash Amburgy, Kenneth Copeland, Jerry Falwell, Joel Osteen, Rod Parsley, Robert H. Schuller, Kathy Hochul.

The exception has a different primary occupation, but offers the same “I am the way – be my apostle” nonsense; Kathy Hochul governor of New York. Don’t believe me? Here you go:

McKamey Manor – It’s October and Halloween is approaching, Haunted Houses are springing up again. Our neighborhood is always big on any event with opportunity to ‘score’ on yard decorations. It’s begun!

However, imagine a haunted house requiring a 40-page waiver signed by all participants, being subjected to an eight to ten hour fright, creating a safe word to escape early; and be eligible for a $20,000 prize for completing the experience (which to date no one has won).

This Haunted House operates year round in several venues, and has a waiting list of 24,000 people. Employees of the McKamey Manor may “physically assault patrons, waterboard them, force them to eat and drink unknown substances, have them bound and gagged, and engage in other forms of physical and psychological torture.” Oh, and the 40-page waiver signed by participants lists possible risks “which included having teeth extracted, being tattooed, and having fingernails removed.”

The closest Manor to us is in Summertown, Tennessee (population 866). District Attorney Brent Cooper said “the program is legal because people subject themselves to it voluntarily, though participants can withdraw their consent at any time according to Tennessee law.”

Are you ready, able, and willing? Happy Halloween.

President Biden’s photo-op of the week;
Theater at its finest, complete with a stage and movie set complete with fake windows. So the question is, was the ‘nurse’ just an actor or not? Better yet, was the ‘poke’ real or also theater?

Cameras off in scene 1, cameras on and its scene 2. Notice the difference? But then remember people, it’s all about “The Science”!

It was Albert Camus who posited; “The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants”.

Fini –
• It would seem that a new Bond 007 movie will have a woman as the main character. If true, this was spotted on the internet as the movie’s new working title; “On Her Majesty’s Secret Cervix”.

• Climate Change over the years. Recognize the monument and ask how we see it different from those who first saw it in 1920?

• Sometimes phrases stand the test of time. Phrases so good that they must be repeated:

• This past week Denmark, Sweden, and Norway removed their Covid-19 restrictions and nothing akin to a Covid passport is required. Scandinavians are living life like normal. Funny, I did not catch anything on this major bit of news on our regular news.

  • Once in a while it’s good to be tall. Yesterday at Aldi’s (where for months on end I’d been waiting find Roggebrood on the shelves) I spotted 9 ‘bricks’ of the wonderful black bread behind some other products on the backside of a top shelf. It’s a true delicacy! Guess what’s now on my breakfast menu?

• Those wondering, yes we did go Apple Picking last Saturday. The question now is, what exactly do we do with all those apples? I can handle two per day. Marcia has already filled a jar with homemade Apple-sauce, and it seems lake we’ve not made a dent in our haul.

Make it a great week. Stay happy. Be graceful and good to those around you. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


For the love of Bourbon

09 25th, 2021

Great morning all; what a week it’s been. It was a crazy wonderful time, with George and Sandy keeping us in tow. The only thing that suffered was my exercise regimen – other than the twice-a-week workout via Zoom with my Bros.; that stayed intact.

However, first, we have a new favorite coffee and are drinking it now. George and Sandy brought us a sack of Café Don Pablo Signature Blend coffee and it’s most excellent. Thanks guys.

The Move – It’s almost 99.9% complete and Adrianne, Tevita, and ‘kiddos’ are our new neighbors. The kids especially love their new digs and with the physical layout of the place are able to isolate for their own and quiet time and homework. Even Rugby-the-dog has settled in.

I am now awaiting Tevita to begin teaching me the Haka so that we can properly face off with the native Pacific Islander war cry when we meet up in our building’s front lobby. I am watching the following to learn each and every nuance so as to do it correctly – still struggling with the ‘tongue’ thing though.

Unveiling – This past week, in the Netherlands, their first national Holocaust monument was unveiled. Designed by Daniel Libeskind, who had relatives murdered during the Holocaust, it lists 102,163 of the Dutch victims (Jews, Roma or Sinti [aka “Gypsies”] who were deported to the Nazi extermination camps). It consists of a labyrinth of walls consisting of bricks, each listing the name of a victim. When seen from above it forms Hebrew letters reading “in remembrance.”

Another and possibly the main reason I mention this unveiling is this quote from Daniel Libeskind, who also oversaw the master plan for the Ground Zero memorial in New York and said it was overwhelming to see his design unveiled in the Dutch capital and added: “It’s a warning to us all what can happen in so-called civilized societies.”

Libeskind’s warning I see as most critical during this time of upheaval and especially with all the Marxist based nonsense of Critical Race Theory (CRT) being pushed like a tsunami through our nation – our schools, our workplaces, our government, and even our military. As a nation we’ve worked too hard to assimilate everyone, to put past problems behind us, and to eliminate people living in isolated ‘silos’. CRT must be denounced!

Our Bourbon Tour – and the few days we spent in Bardstown, Kentucky while staying at an old mansion with 15’ ceilings made the time even more special – the Bourbon Manor built circa 1810.

Sandy organized a tour, and with our guide for the day, Jim, we could not have hit it better. On the surface, being a guide could not be simpler. Upon reflection, doing it right (‘guiding’ that is) is actually quite difficult and Jim was a master.

As luck would have it we witnessed the ‘skin’ being replaced on a Rickhouse. Jim said that over a ten-year span he had never seen this in progress. As a FYI, Bourbon barrels (about 500 pounds each) are stored in a ‘Rickhouse’ and the Racks holding the barrels are NOT part of the Rickhouse which sits like a shell over its contents.

Pictures on tour –



President Biden’s quote for the week;

If Haiti, a God awful thing to say, if Haiti just quietly sunk into the Caribbean or rose up 300 feet, it wouldn’t matter a whole lot in terms of our interest.” ~ Joe Biden, 1994

Fini –
• This weekend Marcia and I are celebrating our #51. The tour was the ‘pre’ celebratory event and as you’ve seen, it was a good one.

• Kirstin mentioned on Instagram that yesterday (September 24) was the day of her first meeting Vince at a party. She shared that he’d invited her to dance. The song? “Shout” by Tears for Fears. Just in case it’s been a while since you heard it, thought I’d give you the opportunity – this was performed by the group in 2019 (since we’ve all aged and they have too).

• In two weeks there will be a conference in Las Vegas titled; “Climate Realism vs. Climate Socialism”. As Luis Aramburu wrote; “Without the relentless MSM propaganda, you wouldn’t even notice there was a climate emergency going on because, in fact, there is no climate emergency. It’s all a fabrication.”

• Let’s just say, a 1964 Chevrolet would survive to September 25, 2021. Then let’s just say that it parked in front of my building. Then, this is what it would look like.

• Shortly I’ll be heading out to buy and replace my right rear turn-signal bulb. It’s not that I am too put out with my inability to signal my intentions, but primarily with the high-speed clicking noise. I can’t stand it.

• Now to all three of my readers, you’re in luck. I did pay my annual “Hosting Service” fee. The Rambling’s’ isn’t going away!

• Question to the ‘Nati’ gang, is Apple-Picking on the agenda this weekend?

Make it a great week. Stay happy. Be graceful and good to those around you. Best till next weekend. And remember, tomorrow evening is Willie Nelson’s annual “Farm Aid” show.

Dirk


Great morning all. This is coming to you directly from now the cleanest office and the most organized desktop in many a day. See, tomorrow brother George and sister-in-law Sandy will come a knocking on our front door and ‘organization’ became the mantra of the week.

In the meantime, the coffee is hot and my mind is a-whirring. So let’s get these “Ramblings” going.

Yesterday was Constitution Day; did you celebrate?

Happy Constitution Day. We should never forget the Constitution wasn’t written to restrain citizen’s behavior, it was written to restrain the government’s behavior. Protecting the Constitution protects our liberties ~ Senator Rand Paul 9/17/2021

A “mensch” – Monday evening our whole gang will be heading to the Great American Ballpark to see the Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates play. It was about this time but in 1965 when major league baseball inserted a new anecdote into its historic records.

1965, the start of the World Series and Yom Kippur (the holiest day in Judaism) coincided, and Sandy Koufax refused to pitch the opening game due to the solemnity of the religious holiday. He ended up pitching the winning game for the Dodgers, received the MVP award, and was labeled Sportsman of the Year. No kneeling, no purple hair, with that guy.

Space – Inspiration4 is the first all civilian space venture ever and is a huge fund raiser for St. Jude Children’s Hospital. I’ve been following this SpaceX launch from inception. Now in space these four civilian astronauts are able to show a more ‘human’ side of such a venture – and are having a blast doing so.

There are a number of firsts with this quartet, not the least of which is Haley who the youngest astronaut ever, is a cancer survivor, and has prosthesis. You’ll love the following absolutely inspirational 10-minute YouTube. Space travel has become real.

Painted Ladies – Walking is never boring. There is always something fresh, interesting, or stimulating to be seen.

This week on one of my walks I started focusing on the ‘Painted Ladies’ along the way. Once I began it didn’t take long to even differentiate; what exactly became a “Painted Lady” in all of its glory; was it the paint? Or. Like another done up in natural (think flowers and greens) that popped up. Even if it wasn’t so much the paint itself, but the manner of construction coupled with the materials used sufficed to make them ‘Painted’. All together it really made my walk.

Gas Lights – Every so often I get asked why living in a Gaslight District is important to me. Well, one of the reasons we moved here decades ago is that these streetlights give character and even excitement to a neighborhood.

Excitement? Yup, never know what I’ll see. This particular lamp must have heard someone use the word “ambiance” once too often, then the light blew its stack.

No more Cicadas – This is the final Cicada update for at least the next 17 years. The attached YouTube gives a solid presentation on the ‘why’ of the 17 or 13 year Cicada cycle. Take a look and remember; this so that you can then sound intelligent explaining it all to your grand and great grandchildren when these pests reappear and everyone is in a panic:

Fini –
• Out of the blue (a phone call giving a two-hour ‘heads-up’) and brother Art blew into town. Of course it was dinner time and therefore it had to be Skyline chili. Thanks for stopping by Art, we loved it!!!

• The Holland in 1888 was a different Holland from what we’d see today. A Catholic wife and her Protestant husband passed and had to be buried in separate graveyards. However, with some clever maneuvering they managed to stay together with a handshake – over the wall which divided them.

• Painted in in 1910 by Ernst Kirtchner and now in the Brücke Museum, Berlin is this painting titled “Marcella”. What strikes me is that to my eye, this could have been painted this year – it appears that current.

It’s good to see the grandkids going at it again after almost 18-months of craziness revolving around schools and life in general. Vili is back at Soccer. Vai is enjoying Volleyball. And Dinah is doing six evenings a week as a member of an eight-crew Skull – actually known as a ‘coxed eight’.

• Finally got to see our new FC Cincinnati soccer stadium last Saturday. Due to my haste I didn’t make it into the place but managed to get home where tuning in to the TV broadcast of the game got me through my predicament. We won!

• Orwell’s 1984 is a major step closer as government surveillance creeps into our bank accounts. Under the Biden’s ‘Build Back Better Broker’ plan it will allow the IRS direct access to gather details on any bank account containing $600 or over. They demand to know how and where you spend your money.

• Celebrate CO2. It’s the only atmospheric element that is not a gas, but is a compound made up of Carbon connected to two Oxygen elements. Since it is heavier than air it sinks and it pools much like water. Gathering in lowlands, pools, and oceans it collects where it then feeds life. Plants would die otherwise. Don’t let the CO2 hoax fool you.

• Now I MUST pay my annual “Hosting Service” fee (managed to forget doing it this past week) or ‘The Rambling’s’ won’t be around much longer.

Make it a great week. Demand the best from yourself, others, and your leaders. Be healthy, and stay happy. Best till next weekend.

Dirk

So Subtle (part deux)



Dog Days of Summer

09 11th, 2021

What exactly do I mean with this week’s title? Well, it appears that the two ‘attack’ Pit-Bulls from the problem property down the street are gone. With the move by the kids, Rugby the dog is now our neighbor. This could also mean that I’ll get a walk or two in on a regular basis.

However, this year the “Dog Days of Summer” end today, August 11. Stemming from the days of Caesar it was thought that; “this was an evil time when the sea would boil, wine would turn sour and dogs would go mad. Disease would also be on the rise.” With the folly we see happening in the fight against the spread of the ‘Wu-Flu’ the season’s moniker seems to be not far off base. Let me have another sip of coffee and ponder on that last bit a little more.

“Directions” – But first, let me park this ‘graphic’ in front of George and Sandy who’ll be visiting with us in about a week and a half. A couple of days with us and then we’ll all head for Bourbon Country in Kentucky. Just in case they end up struggling with their GPS on their way here, I thought I’d help them out with directions. Our place is the Chicken ‘Nugget’ forming the high point on the KFC platter – a pretty easy find don’t you agree? Safe travels you two, we’re excited!

Really, what have we learned? – or Build the Taliban Back Better…. (Joe Biden). During the last two decades? On this, the twentieth anniversary of terrorists using passenger aircraft as missiles causing death, mayhem, and destruction in New York city, the Pentagon, and even a quiet Pennsylvania farm field, what have we learned?

We started a war much akin to one started in Vietnam decades earlier with a toxic blend of warring and politicking and left it even more chaotically (actually could use the word; ‘criminally’).

In the midst of all of that was Benghazi. That debacle caused more American deaths for no purpose and caused by an inept cadre of folk from the Obama administration (lying as they went along). Now, with a core group of ‘retreads’ from that past administration the Biden team keeps on trying to, using the idiom, “make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” Aside from using any leverage to curtail the mess we began, we’ve allowed the ‘jackals’ to take over while leaving citizens behind, handed death sentences to friends and their families, allowed women to be returned to lives akin to the suffering their forbears lived 400 years ago, and discarded all of the relationships with had fostered with our NATO allies. What we witnessed has been criminal and if it were any other President impeachment would be a foregone conclusion.

In my long memory I have not witnessed any move worse.

China gets auto chips, Russia gets a pipeline, the Taliban gets US arms, Cartels get open borders. We get mandates, lockdowns, inflation, and a hostage crisis. Don’t you get it yet? ~ Stephanie Hoover

Ribbit Ribbit – For the past 45 years WEBN has hosted the ‘Natti’s Riverfest Fireworks. WEBN radio is known for its mascot, Tree B. Frog, was one of the first stations in the nation which back in 1967 launched something called “Album Oriented Rock”, this at a time when FM didn’t draw a lot of listeners. Their ‘must tune in’ show, Jelly Pudding hosted by Michael Bo Xanadu had every ‘cool hipster’ in the area tune in almost daily.

Also, they would run an array of spoof spots such as; “the “White Rose and Lilac Virginity Restoration Clinic”, “WEBN’s Tree Frog Beer” “The Sleezy People’s Beer” and then years later with “It doesn’t taste like much but it gets you there faster”.” These were so good that stations such as Chicago’s WDAI in its ‘Underground Days’ also picked them up.

Anyway, for this entire run WEBN has synchronized an amazing lineup of music to each year’s Fireworks. I remember the era of the ‘Boombox’ where just maneuvering through the throng of 500,000 people on the riverbank (actually 250,000 since that was the number on each shore), in the dark, found oneself tripping over the things. Enjoy this one minute snippet from this year’s show; “RRRRRRIBBIT!”

The Duck – After all my tribulations, head scratches, and cuts ‘n bruises getting the little French Citroën 2CV home from Canada I got some input from friends and family. Several of their thoughts and ideas centered on turning it in to be recycled for its metal value, i.e. ‘scrap’.

What people really don’t realize is just how special that little vehicle is. How important it was to brining a whole nation a generation forward, and how it’s a ‘showcase’ for innovation. Don’t believe me? Spend a few minutes enjoying this YouTube, and you too will have learned a bit and grow in your appreciation of our little ‘Duck’:

Fini –
• “Have they released the actual number of lives saved by taping arrows to Supermarket aisles”; anonymous while shopping yesterday at Aldi’s.

• Best sandwich board of the week:

• Forgot to mention last week. Here’s to a (belated) blessed Rosh Hashanah to all my Jewish family and friends. Shana Tova and a Happy New Year.

• Welcome home from vacations to Cathy and Kirstin, Derek, and Kellen

• Going WOKE in a manner that’s comprehensible:

• Scary thought of the day. “Realize that the woman who is third in line to the Nuclear Codes claims that she was duped by a hair stylist. Let that sink in”: Todd Bollinger

• I led the brothers exercise sessions this week – successfully. ‘Successfully’ except for the one new workout item I could not master.

• Now pay my annual “Hosting Service” fee. I guess that The Rambling’s will be around for a while longer.

Make it a great week. Demand the best from yourself, others, and your leaders. Be healthy, and stay happy. Best till next weekend.
Dirk


Finally, my days of ‘camping-out’ are behind me. Traveling with a tow is complete. All rested up. And my wounds have healed (mostly). Now, Marcia who got up early made the coffee, so here goes, a little catching up to do – with coffee already at my side. Life is good.

“The” Corner – came to life as soon as I got back. It was like the ‘welcome’ wagon parked next to our bedroom. Most of the day a crew busied themselves making wonderful Zebra designs on the pavement. It’s really pretty impressive work.

Time for contemplation – The stay at Northern Comfort was primarily to take back the place from the ravages of two winters, two growing seasons, and too much time for the mice to party-hearty; plus getting it prepared for next year and a new season of normalcy (I hope). Then came the evenings, a little music and my feet up while listening to Loons in the cove – that was the time for contemplation.

I’ll let others explain better the directions of my thoughts:

One small guess could be that we live in an age where many who protest for peace start wars, those who promote health induce disease, those who cry loudest for equality act prejudiced and those who promote tolerance tolerate only themselves. ~ Svendje Bruket

I’ve noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born. ~ Ronald Reagan

Traits that are a scourge to human dignity: 1) cowardice; 2) hypocrisy; 3) dishonesty; 4) herd mentality; 5) tepidness; 6) weakness; 7) apathy; 8) faux-empathy
Every leader in the West embodies these dreadful traits.
~ Gad Saad

Dropping like flies – Last week we lost another one from our generation. Probably the nation’s premier humorists, story teller, motivator and overall class-act; Jeanne Robertson – RIP

I picked this ‘bit’ for Marcia since we too experienced the exact same scenario (many many years ago, only ours was an O-Cedar broom)

Trip Home – was a long slog. Actually, it was no longer than the ‘going’ or any other previous return trip. What was different was that I was towing ‘The Duck’ and we’d had a slight mishap where I had to call AAA. The Tow Guy was a master with his flatbed tow truck, and had my troublesome Dolly trailer organized in short order. What it did demand though was a run through every rest area to ensure all was still secure. So, 14½ hours of straight driving later, I was able to secure the little car in Jason’s garage. Whew!

Gift-giving extraordinaire – This to our ‘new’ friends, the Jihadist Taliban:
• 22,174 Humvees
• 634 M1117 Armored Vehicles
• 115 Mxxpro Mine-proof vehicles
• 42,000 SUVs & Pick-up trucks
• 8,000 trucks
• 162,000 walkie-talkies
• 16,035 Night vision devises
• 358,530 Assault rifles
• 126,290+ Pistols
• An assortment of aircraft and helicopters
Creating a situation where this Jihadi Movement is now militarily better equipped than any of our NATO allies. Thank you Joe, Blinken, Austen, Majorkas, Milley, for plundering over $84Billion of our tax dollars as a ‘cost’ for your incompetence and malfeasance. Who of you plan to resign or get fired?

And thanks to the Media for already having dropped this horrendous and appalling event off of the front page. The ‘Fourth-Estate’ is alive and well I say sarcastically.

Fini –
• Vaioleti had a wonderful pool party on her Birthday.


• Yesterday brother George celebrated his Birthday while on the way to some time in California. Since the rest of us did our regular Workout Zoom we stayed on long enough to bring George into the conversation and sing him that special song.
• This past weekend my mother would have turned 110. Not forgotten and still in my heart.

• I brought with me some special Bourbon on my Canada trip; Private Stock Johnny Drum distilled by Willett Distillery. This was shared with Donn and Marlene and Barb and Bulent. We discovered that the stuff sure initiates wonderful discourse.

• Discovered that the Tree Swallows did NOT use our backyard ‘house’. I also discovered the ‘why’. Seems like there was a contest between the Swallows and some Wasps. Wasps seem to have won that battle.

Make it a great week. Value life, be healthy, and stay happy. Best till next weekend.

Dirk


Border Crossing

08 21st, 2021

Well, well. Days of worrisome preparation for travel to Canada. So much paperwork. So much bureaucracy. So much ‘hoopla’. And finally a NAT – Nucleic Acid Test (it’s the one test to get for ease and speed if testing for Covid-19 is required). Finally, yesterday, it was border-crossing time; much easier and quicker than I could have hoped for.

Now, early Saturday morning and nasty connectivity, it’s a quick – all is well note. Coffee has started, but is still perking.

By purpose I will not have any rant on the ‘bobble-heads’ racing around DC and Delaware. Just some deep wishes for the wellbeing of any of those caught against their will in Afghanistan due to the absolute failure caused by the same aforementioned ‘bobble-heads’. However, a note; eons ago it was Nero who fiddled while Rome burned and now we have a marginal leader forsaking citizens and friends alike for some political optics expedient. We’ll rue this emerging horror on the international scene for decades to come. Biden has blood on his hands!

Evening before Last – after an easy shot through Ohio and Michigan I reached my stop-over in St. Ignace in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Walking about the little town to stretch my legs I spotted the three items pictured below. Were it possible to make an even trade of the F150 for any one of them, which would you pick?

   

Lake Difficulties — Walking about St. Ignace I spotted these markers. Lives lost in commercial fishing on the big lakes. And one making note of how people crossed into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan prior to the completion of the ‘Big Mac’ bridge (I twice rode across this span on my bicycle). Marcia has vivid memories of crossing by Ferry boat.

   

Toy retrieval – Early in the week I’ll grab the Dolly trailer and head for the tiny burg of Spragge Ontario. Once I get the Deux Chevaux and ATV pulled out of storage and loaded these will be brought back to the cabin – Northern Comfort. The ATV will be stored at Northern Comfort for the coming winter in preparation for what I am fervently hoping will be a wonderful 2022 season. Our little Duck (2CV) I’ll tow back to the ‘Nati.

Cleaning – of the cabin is going to be much more than I could have wished for. That’ll start in seriousness once I’ve had breakfast and daylight lends a hand.

Two growing seasons have done a number on the property. I could use a ‘bush-hog’. Lacking one of those I’ll keep my fingers crossed that my little weed whacker will hold up. Bravely I’ll proceed.

Fini –
• Happy Birthday to Adrianne and Sandy this coming week and Vaioleti next weekend.

• Breakfast is not breakfast without a stop at Java Joe’s. After a great breakfast at Java Joe’s he and I posed by his daily driver, a 1972 VW. The only disappointment was the fact that they were out of Goetta – my normal ‘must have’ before crossing the border.

• Met up with family members Donn and Marlene when I got to the lake. We spent catching up for a half hour.

• Barb and Bulent are also at the lake and it was good seeing them – Socially Distancing (is a couple of feet acceptable?) we enjoyed a cold one.

Just wonder what goes on in this place when we’re gone (as we’ve been since September 2019). It seems that a Garter Snake shed its skin right next to the refrigerator in the kitchen. How did it get into the cabin in the first place?

• I have already looked at the vacuum cleaner – from a decent distance. That will change shortly, now that I’ve hot coffee in front of me.

• And yes, a pair of Loons, happily ‘yodeled’ when they noted my presence on the lake.

Make it a great week. Value life, be healthy, and stay happy. Best till next weekend.

Dirk