Posted in Mildly Interesting

French Bulldog Performs Surgery

I am not sure why this paragraph bothers me, it seems to be grammatically correct, yet it can give the wrong impression at first glance;

” “Doug!” scolded Patty Martin, mother to the park’s unofficial mayor, a French bulldog named Louie, and wife to the head of gastroenterology at Washington Hospital Center. She, too, thought the complainers were being selfish. “

This is from an article about yet another squabble about barking dogs. It’s newsworthy because rich people are involved.

Dog Park Divides the Rich and Powerful
Posted in Highways and Byways

It’s D-day for the 4H kids

We went to the Evergreen State Fair in Monroe on Friday. If you have ever been to the fair, well there you are. Nothing is really different.

As expected, everything was overpriced. (Nine bucks for an elephant ear!! Are they using real elephants??)

We did enjoy visiting the critters and the various judged exhibits. I got a BLT from the everything bacon joint but got my Pepsi elsewhere, because I don’t care for bacon-flavored soda. Fortunately, it was not anywhere near the swine exhibits; and the wind wasn’t blowing that way.

For me, the highlight was the corn on the cob. I wonder if they have some secret farm mom recipe for preparing it? I was tempted to have two!

It was a pleasant day, and we got a great deal on an 8 person Jacuzzi spa. Tall cowboy guy tipped me off.

Posted in Mildly Interesting

Bad Combo in the stars

We were shuffling down the Walk of Stars in Hollywood a few days ago, and I came across these;

Mister Rogers and… Sarah Silverman? I love them both, but worlds are colliding here. The only connection I can think of, is they both visit the land of make believe.

A tour guide said there were 2600+ stars on these sidewalks, I don’t know if that includes the blank ones. They install them completely randomly.

Posted in Back in My Day, Flotsam

Color me recycled

I was going through some stuff in the garage, and I found this McNeilus garbage truck coloring book.

What happened was, when I was working ordering parts for a Waste Management repair garage, I had recently been laid off from an airplane factory (guess where!)

So when someone needed parts, I would absentmindedly ask, “What airplane is this for?” instead of the truck number. Word got around, and the administrative lady that worked up in the office dug around and found this coloring book to help me remember. (Waste Management people are the best, always improving things and solving problems.)

I never colored in it though. It was to cool to ruin that way, I didn’t have a “Waste Management Green*” crayon, and oh yeah, I’m a grown-ass man.

*They do make “Waste Management Green” spray paint- it’s to cover up graffiti on dumpsters.

Posted in Geocaching

Flew the coop

We decided to fly the coop yesterday, driving around in Mount Vernon, walk the dog, look for Geocaches, etc.

Didn’t have a lot of luck with the caches, this is one that we had looked for in passing a few months ago, but the dog was too crazy that day- If only someone had looked UP, we would have found it that day; The aptly named “Feather My Nest” cache. But we found it this time, thanks to a comment in the cache notes about looking up.

I wish they were all that easy, we don’t like “clever” hides, One time we were looking for what was supposed to be an ammo can, turned out to be a little (GI Joe?) toy ammo can, under some weeds. Droll, very droll.

Posted in In the Shop

UGLIEST MAGNET EVER

My daughter likes to keep track of appointments and whatnot on this magnetic calendar board. She regularly goes to a day program with the initials WP – Since I could not fit the whole name on this fridge magnet I 3d printed for her, I used the initials. She goes 9 or 10 times a month so I will print a handful of them when I perfect it, or at least reduce the hideousness factor.

This baby-poop brown was not the filament color I thought I had ordered, but it’s good for experiments. I will swap it back to white. The brown makes for an ugly, ugly, magnet. The magnet sheet glued to the back holds well anyway.

It should be a lot better when I use the white, make it round, and a little smaller and thinner. The letters have to protrude some so I can color them with a magic marker, as I don’t know how to make a two-tone print yet. Stay tuned!