Sarah Palin is the only woman who can make Tony Romo WIN a playoff.

calendar   Sunday - October 30, 2011

Well, that was fun!

Just got off the line, commenting on this this idioti’s idiotic commentary::

If you scroll down to the comments, I’m posting under the name ‘cruithni’.

Anyway, the author of this post is trying to equate Momonism with Islam. He fails on several points, two of which I commented on. And, of course, I was attacked by idiots who don’t know their own Bible. It was fun, but, I’ve been there, done that. Though I daresay I could argue them ‘til one of us died.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/30/2011 at 09:11 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - October 29, 2011

This one’s for Macker

You can’t get more geeky than this. Two Starbucks in Starbucks.



Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/29/2011 at 08:23 PM   
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Snow???? No!!!!

Sloppy Wet Stuff Falling From The Sky

Damn this Climate Chaos stuff! It feels like I’m back in Binghamton. Aaarrggh! It’s all algore’s fault!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111!!

N.J. gets its first snowfall of the season

The fall foliage has added a new color to its palette in parts of northern New Jersey today: white.

Inch counts have risen and storm predictions have grown more dire throughout the day as snow began to fall throughout the region this morning. The National Weather Service has dubbed today’s Nor’easter an “historic early season snowstorm” for much of New Jersey, the Lower Hudson Valley and southern Connecticut.

The weather service reports that a low-pressure system off the coast of North Carolina was moving north, causing “a swath of heavy, wet and potentially damaging snow.”

The storm will pull out of the Mid-Atlantic region by evening and continue north to New England where Massachusetts’ Berkshires and the southern Green Mountains of Vermont could see between 10 and 15 inches of snow. Jersey should see its last flakes at around 10 p.m., officials said.

While predicting 2 to 4 inches earlier today, forecasters ratcheted up inch counts to a possible 6 to 10 inches for Morris, Hunterdon, Somerset, Sussex and Essex counties, as temperatures dropped to the lower 30’s and precipitation increased toward the afternoon hours.

I almost felt sorry for Peiper, coming home to a “cold and damp home”, except that it’s 24 degrees warmer where he is compared to here. Here in St. Clouds Hunterdon County, we’re having winter. Before Halloween.

WTF people, WTF. Sloppy white stuff started coming down here by 9am. By 11:30 we had about 3 inches on the ground, causing really bad driving conditions. Naturally I was out in it; my customer called with a “The front door won’t close and we need sidewalk salt really bad!” message. So I went down there, foolishly taking the back roads, which were white knuckle treacherous. Made it in only double the usual time. And wasn’t it just too much freakin’ fun coming down that steep hill into town, slipping sideways, with the anti-lock brakes going off constantly and making all sorts of strange noises? Thankfully that hill isn’t too long, with only one reverse camber curve above a deep drainage ditch, so I was able to get all the way down on what seemed like just one breath.

The customer had a whole 25lb bag of calcium salt under the sink in the bathroom. Bastige. So I shoveled the walkways and salted. Then I fixed the door, which is a metal frame bit of junk in a cinderblock wall, so it always needs to be raised up in the fall when it contracts, and then lowered in the spring so that the bugs don’t crawl in underneath when it expands. And I’m out doing that in the rainy snowy mix, with great clumps of the mess falling down from the roof all around me. It’s only a 15 minute job, but it’s still a P.I.T.A., made worse by today’s weather. We took the main road home after waiting 20 minutes to get some gas. People just shift into turbo-stupid mode when the weather hits, and the gas station was a frickin’ zoo. Assmunch 2 cars up the line filled his truck, then it’s auxiliary tank, then half a dozen 5 gallon jerry cans full. Yeah, like he’s not going to be able to get gas for a week. Hoser. OTOH, he might be right. Power is failing all across the state as the sloppy mess builds up on trees that still have their leaves and brings them down across the wires. We’ve even lost power here in Clinton a couple times, and all our lines are underground. Not enough to reset the clocks, but just enough to cause the PC to reboot. Gak, one of these days I am going to break down and get another UPS. I have one, but right now it’s connected to the TV and DVR downstairs.

We tried to take the main road back home, but it was a total jam, bumper to bumper. Nothing was moving other than the police and fire vehicles, as they responded to traffic accident after traffic accident. Bad weather to be out driving in! So we ducked into the local Longhorne for an extended lunch, and hung out there eating and chatting with the wait staff for nearly 2 hours. That gave the county a chance to get out the plows and the salt trucks and fix the roads at least somewhat. So the rest of the drive home wasn’t easy, but it was smooth sailing compared to going down there.

At this point I’m poking around in the fridge looking for a beer, but not finding one I’ll settle for a coffee. Then a nap sounds good.

We’ve had at least 4 inches of slop at this point, but it’s so wet it compacts pretty fast so it’s hard to tell. Every couple of minutes we hear another swoosh, thump! as another mini-avalanche lets go from the roof. And it’s still coming down pretty hard.

And I’ve got an outside window job lined up for tomorrow morning. Oy vey.

Give yourself a 2 point bonus if you recognized the “Here in St. Clouds” reference straight off. Eh Homer? Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England!


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/29/2011 at 02:35 PM   
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Pollution? Solution!

Frack This!

New large scale efficient water purifier could silence Greenie objections to deep shale gas drilling

And save the rest of the world as a side effect

File this one under Why We Win. Via Eaglespeak.


A new desal [desalination] technology has emerged that not only can desalinate water at an affordable cost, but can also simultaneously remove harmful chemicals and disease microbes from the water.

It all started years ago when a scientist working in a small lab at a university in Arizona, had an idea. Dr. Jim Beckman, a professor at Arizona State University, asked these questions: Why couldn’t desalination technology avoid using pressure, metal parts, and large amounts of electricity? Why couldn’t the technology use no pressure and instead rely on plastic parts to avoid corrosion, and thus use almost no electricity? So Beckman went to work – and after years in the lab, he produced a system that can do just that. In order to treat the water, Altela technology uses the simplest of Mother Nature’s processes, making rain.

What does this mean, in practice? It means that all water coming from the Marcellus Shale natural gas wells, known as “frac water,” can be made cleaner than drinking water before going into the river. It means that runoff from a landfill, water that pollutes the streams, rivers and oceans ultimately can be treated on site before it is released. And it means that every village in Africa can have a small water treatment plant to stop the deaths of 3.5 million people every year from a lack of safe drinking water.

In fact, Altela’s facility in Albuquerque is busy churning out modules to do just that. Its AltelaRain® 600 systems have also been installed in Pennsylvania and are processing water from natural gas wells to keep the industry going, despite new regulations, and sustaining 156,000 jobs in Pennsylvania alone.

“We set out to revolutionize the desal treatment, and we ended up finding a solution to water treatment all over the world, from the Marcellus Shale, to the smallest village in Africa,” said CEO Ned Godshall

Altela has redefined the fundamentals of water purification, which has world-changing implications, yet the AltelaRain® technology has entirely practical and realistic applications. In straightforward terms, it takes the simplest of nature’s processes for purifying water (making rain) and through revolutionary technology, re-creates that process using readily available materials and low energy compared with conventional thermal distillation.

Because it is so simple and elegant, the technology can treat the most highly-challenged water in almost any application. And it meets or exceeds even the strictest U.S. government environmental protection (EPA) standards for discharge of the purified water.

Even the DOE’s National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) validated that Altela’s system can successfully treat the water stream onsite, providing distilled water as the product.


The AltelaRain® 600 is a revolutionary modular-based water desalination system that excels at treating highly challenged wastewater. Each Module consists of twelve Altela Rain Towers and one center chase that contains all the water, air and steam plumbing to and from the twelve towers, along with the required controls, steam boiler and pumps.
The Module treats approximately 25,000 gallons per day, the equivalent of 600 barrels per day.

It looks like each module can come in on 3 flatbed trucks and be assembled on site. Each module consumes either a moderate amount of natural gas (12,000 cu ft /day) and electricity (1 Kwh); they can be run on solar power. The modules are scalable, and require only 5 hours of maintenance per week. All the dirt removed from the water is collected in tanks that can be easily swapped out and emptied or trucked away. It’s a liquid; approximately 10% of the input water. A smaller model (the ARS-4000) exists that can be shipped on a single flatbed truck and produces 4,000 barrels a day.

The AltelaRain® technology recaptures energy 3 times, and thus makes 3 gallons of pure distilled water from the energy required to make 1 gallon from conventional thermal distillation. And, Altela is the only water desalination company in the world that uses no pressure (and therefore 99% of the energy is NOT from the electricity required to operate high-pressure pumps.) It is therefore perfectly married to the burgeoning sister industry of Solar Thermal (ST) – passive solar – because Altela uses (for free) the two-thirds energy of passive solar that presently now gets wasted as low-grade low-temperature waste heat.

Such low-grade waste energy is available for water desalination when co-located with such an ST location throughout the southwest U.S. in states like New Mexico, Arizona and southern California, as well as abroad in areas such as the Middle East.
Through the use of its proprietary patented AltelaRain® technology, Altela desalinates and decontaminates highly challenged water using an evaporation/condensation process like nature’s own process: clean rain water from undrinkable ocean salt water. The technology is simple, elegant, and disruptive. 

I like it. Fresh water from the oceans. Mine water put back into streams that’s cleaner than what comes out of your faucet. Altela is a publicly traded company. If I was a player in the stock market, I’d give them a serious look ‘n see.

As for those anti-fracker folks who cry that a) this extraction process will steal all our drinking water, and b) even if they use produced water (water found underground at far deeper levels than the regular water table), dumping such waste water back on the surface will pollute the world and kill us all ... it looks like Altela has them beat. With a nice heavy stick. Every hour on the hour. Their system removes all the oil, dissolved gas, heavy metals, and dirt. It can even remove radioactive particles.

Produced water is water trapped in underground formations that comes to the surface during oil and gas exploration and production. It occurs naturally in formations where oil and gas are found and is millions of years old. When oil or gas is extracted, they’re brought to the surface along with this produced water as a combined fluid. The composition of this produced fluid includes a mixture of either liquid or gaseous hydrocarbons, produced water, dissolved or suspended solids, produced solids such as sand or silt, and recently injected fluids and additives that may have been placed in the formation as a result of exploration and production activities.

Nice. Now all we need is another company to produce bags of minerals to add to the distilled water, to make it proper drinking water. A little salt, a little calcium, maybe a little fluoride, whatever. Just the good ones. Heck, mineral packs could come in flavors to imitate your favorite blend of bottled water. Great Bear. De Sani. Deer Park. Poland Spring. Evian. Your choice. Those water softeners already exist. So do some of the salts. Carbonation not included.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/29/2011 at 06:47 AM   
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back at last in mind if not body …. read all about it.

Been away so long hard to restart but have a thing or two to share.

Wasn’t aware Drew not here until I got the pc back from where it was stored, and rehooked things today.  To be honest, I’d like another week off from doing anything except breathing.  Brits have a word for being tired but well beyond that.  Exhausted doesn’t cover it at all. Brits would say “Shattered” and that’s about how we feel.

For the first time since moving to England, and the first day back, I experienced in full what a grey, misty and chill to the bone, that damp, cold feeling you can’t shake, feels like.  Sure, we’ve had damp days and rainy days and cold days and stops in between.  But nothing in my experience like Wednesday. Clammy all day long. Btw, how can one sweat when one is cold?

Coughed my way across the Atlantic on Virgin Air.  Had the foresight to book exit row seats at extra cost for the leg room. But the seats are narrow of course because we were in peasant class. 

I’ve never been able to sleep on a plane, and flying LA to London and back not anything I want to do often.  In fact, I may not be too eager to return to the USA for a long time. Which is the subject of another post/rant.  Anyway …

Not much jet lag on trip over, but it hit us big time on return trip to London.  Where btw … the civil servants who are in charge of the border and immigration, really, really are civil.  Not at all like the self important bullies at LAX.  I’ll have more to say on that later.

So, back to a damp house. Turn heat on, don’t bother unpacking and fall into bed and hope eyesight returns to something approaching normal.  Oh, I should mention I was seeing double and having trouble with focus.  Coughing again and can’t stop so up rest of the night.

It actually started a few days before leaving Calif. There just seemed to be a problem (to start) with my distance sight. It wasn’t that I couldn’t see, but that things I normally could see I had to be closer to.  Like road signs.  When walking, once or 2wice I lost a bit of footing. Nothing major but I’d lose balance for a second or two and sort of drift to one side or the other instead of walking straight.  But since it wasn’t all the time and only a few missteps in the house, I just blamed it on Bush and moved on.

When we finally landed at Heathrow and while exiting the plane, I felt light headed and instead of being able to walk straight off, I seemed to drift and stumble to the left.
An attendant asked if I was okay and did I need any help.  It was really a creepy feeling and as I walked out and followed the signs to arrivals, things in the distance were kind of blurry. Not like the movies, but just not clear. Not a lot out of focus, but just enough so I’d know the difference.  And no. I hadn’t been drinking anything but water and one tea on the flight. 

The evening before the flight I hadn’t much sleep at all. Was up fully by 2am. Breakfast around 8:30am to 9.  Back to room and repack cases and double check nothing left behind, checked out about 10:15 and waited for our ride to LAX, who was 12 minutes late picking us up.  Another good reason to always arrange pick ups long before needed I guess.  So, two hour ride, perhaps a shade longer, struggle to release one of those carts for luggage they charge $5.00 for at LAX but which much bigger ones are free here in England at Heathrow. Which also has better airport restaurants then LA. At least on departing platforms.
And then the long wait to check in, because we’re more then the three hours required to do that, and the Virgin baggage weigh isn’t open.  Once it does, and we’re rid of three very heavy cases, one of which weighs 62 pounds, it’s back in line again for security checks, which this time are not too time consuming at all.

A thought occurs to me, as our carry on bags are put through x-ray on the conveyor.
I begin to wonder if on the USA side, they aren’t too worried about what gets carried across the Atlantic to England or Europe in hand baggage, as opposed to what comes the other way.  (of course I know they are but ) On leaving England for LA the prior month, they were taking everything out of everyone’s carry on and checking things twice to see who’d be naughty or nice. And those lines moved at a snail’s pace. 

Customs at London busy but seemed faster and fewer people then last year. So, thru customs, meet wife on other side, being a Brit she went through another line first.
Eyes continue to bother, getting a bit worried at that point, found a porter and got our luggage, exited and our car (late model Jag) and driver (Brian, our regular guy) there to meet and greet.  So then … off we go for the final leg of the overlong and exhausting journey. And the really scary thing starts to happen.

I’m now seeing double. Never had that happen to me before but there it is.  Can’t focus on anything for long.  There are three lanes of traffic going one way.
Lanes divided by dotted lines. So there’d be two white dotted lines on the roadway separating the lanes.  Except what I was seeing was a third dotted line running between the two, and any car in front of us appeared as two cars, with the dummy image showing up on the far left and sometimes I saw it as though it were on the other side of a fence where there was nothing but fields. And there was this car and traffic lane floating along in the field. 

We finally arrived at the house, when I tried to put the key in the door lock, I stumbled forward a bit because I was seeing the door somewhat closer to me then it actually was. 

Saw a doctor next day …. result was, he said, low blood pressure. So, I was taken off one of the meds I had been given and taken last couple of years for something else, but which does lower blood pressure.

Now all I honestly need is a week of bone tired sleep.



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Oh F@uck!

The good news: peiper is expected back from vacation.

The bad news: Drew is taking a well-deserved vacation. South Seas, Islands, sunny beaches, hot and cold running naked girls. Ooops! Wasn’t supposed to mention that. Now his wife will know. Sorry ‘bout that Drew.

Anyway, Drew is going on vacation; peiper may or may not be posting. The bad news: you’ll have to digest Christopher until Drew gets back.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/29/2011 at 12:54 AM   
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calendar   Friday - October 28, 2011

Now what?

Yes. It’s happened. My baby niece just posted on my Facebook page. She’s getting married.


I feel so old…

So, should I:

A) threaten the bridegroom with physical violence if he mistreats my niece?

B) threaten the bridegroom with physical violence if he mistreats my niece?

C) threaten the bridegroom with physical violence if he mistreats my niece?

D) All of the above?

Personally, I’m for D.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/28/2011 at 09:05 PM   
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Eye contact

flapjawman’s wife posted this on my Facebook page. I honestly asked if she was in it. Couldn’t tell, my eyes kept trying to make eye contact. grin


Remind me: go to a German beer festival at least once before you die.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/28/2011 at 06:33 PM   
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Mom’s Home!

Oh dear. I’d made my wife promise: NO MORE CATS!.  She has a tendency to adopt strays. We currently have seven adopted cats who, while they at least confine their shitting to the basement, they don’t necessarily confine it to the litter box. (sigh) But they do spray, everywhere. Including on my kitchen work spaces.

So, I was very upset with my wife a couple of days ago. I’d gone to the basement to do some laundry and damn me! A new cat ran for cover. I called my wife at work:

“Honey, why is there a new cat in the basement?”

“It’s not a new cat. It’s Latte. Remember, I gave Latte to Mom?”

And I did remember. Latte is the mother of two of our current brood. Wife did give Latte to my mother-in-law, who passed away this last May. No wonder the cat looks like a stray…if she’s been on her own since May, she’s starving. Probably took until now for wife to coax her into the Jeep.

So now, I’ve got four female cats under my roof. And they haven’t established a new pecking order. I’ve had to break up five fights just today. Thank you wife! Remind me to amend that to no more new OR former cats!


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/28/2011 at 05:48 PM   
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Saving Money The Government Way

San Fran Spends Half Million Dollars

to install 10 foot long wheelchair ramp in City Hall

Hey, it originally cost $1.1 million

PS: Primary user no longer works for city government


bridge to nowhere, meet ramp for nobody

February 27, 2008 | By Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross

Where else but San Francisco City Hall could a 10-foot-long wheelchair ramp wind up costing $1 million?

Thanks to a maze of bureaucratic indecision and historic restrictions, taxpayers may shell out $100,000 per foot to make the Board of Supervisors president’s perch in the historic chambers accessible to the disabled.

What’s more, the little remodel job that planners first thought would take three months has stretched into more than four years - and will probably mean the supervisors will have to move out of their hallowed hall for five months while the work is done.

“It’s crazy,” admits Susan Mizer, director of the mayor’s Office on Disability. “But this is just the price of doing business in a historic building.”
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Supervisor Jake McGoldrick said Tuesday that the issue went to the heart of liberal guilt that often drives the city’s decision making. He also choked on the price tag, and asked that the board take some more time to come up with an alternative, like maybe just getting rid of the president’s elevated seat.

The root of the problem dates back to when City Hall got a $300 million makeover in the 1990s that made just about every hallway, bathroom and office accessible to the disabled. The exception was the board president’s podium, which is reachable only for someone who can climb the five steps from the chamber floor.

The understanding was that the room would eventually be made fully accessible. But no one worried about the podium until 2004 when Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier, who uses a wheelchair, joined the board.

Naturally she immediately brought suit against her employer for their horrid discrimination.
Years worth of designs, environmental impact statements, and bureaucratic infighting drove the estimated cost to more than a million dollars, but by the time the job was finally done the project only cost upwards of half a million. That’s probably because a rider to the plan that would have spent an extra $300,000 to upgrade the meeting room’s audio system got the cut.

Wheelchair ramp in San Francisco supervisors’ chamber finally moves forward
By: Joshua Sabatini | 02/02/11 11:30 PM
Examiner Staff Writer

For years, Michela Alioto-Pier, who uses a wheelchair, fought for a ramp in the historic Board of Supervisors chamber in City Hall. Now, after much arguing, officials are finally talking about the details of installing the $529,000 ramp, and work could begin in August.

The rub is that Alito-Pier is no longer on the board. She was termed out in January. And no current supervisor uses a wheelchair. But Susan Mizner, the director of the Mayor’s Office on Disability, said making the board president’s podium wheelchair-accessible is still needed even without Alioto-Pier.

“It’s not just a matter of whether there would be a Board of Supervisors member who uses a wheelchair and is the president,” Mizner said. “To have the second-most powerful seat in city government be inaccessible is a strong and bad message that we don’t want to send to the [disabled] community.”

August 29, 2011 | Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross, Chronicle Columnists
What costs more: a home in San Francisco’s Sunset District, or a wheelchair ramp in the Board of Supervisors’ chambers?

If you picked the house, you’re wrong.

By the time the final tab comes in, the cost of designing and installing a ramp to the president’s chair at the Board of Supervisors - a project now under way - is expected to top out at $699,413.

That is about $50,000 more than the median cost of a home in the Sunset.

The ADA specifies that a wheelchair ramp be pitched at no more than 1:12, with 1:20 preferred. At 1:20, a 10 foot long ramp would rise just half a foot.

Any jackass with a hammer and some 2x4s could whack something together in a week, for peanuts. A decent carpenter with one helper ought to be able to do the job in a couple days, with another day or two at most for finishing work to make it beautiful. No way in heck this project had to cost more than half a million. $5,000 would be my guess, and $10,000 should get you something drop dead gorgeous, rock solid, and easy to use. If you don’t care about pretty, you could build one for $500, labor included.

But hey, at first the bill was over a million, then it came down to half a million, and then was built for that price with only 40% cost overrun. And it took years instead of days. For government, that’s high efficiency and cost savings.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/28/2011 at 03:22 PM   
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Yee Ha For Texans

Texas CCW Instructor: Obama Voters And Muslims NOT WELCOME In My Class


MASON, Texas—It was a message intended to bring in some extra business. A radio ad for a concealed handgun class at Keller’s Riverside Store in Mason, located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country, is causing controversy.

“We will attempt to teach you all the necessary information you need to obtain your C.H.L.,” the ad stated.  Forty-five seconds in, the advertisement added a disclaimer.

Ad for gun training bars Muslims and Obama voters

A radio ad for a handgun training class that bars Muslims and Obama voters has sparked an investigation in Texas.

“We will attempt to teach you all the necessary information you need to obtain your [Concealed Handgun License],” the ad says. Then towards the end, it adds: “If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision under the law.”

And then: “If you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class with no shame; I am Crockett Keller, thank you, and God bless America.”

The ad ran for six days on KHLB, Mason’s local station. It’s also been heard tens of thousands of times on Youtube.

Keller, 65, has said in media interviews that he just regards the message is just common sense. “The fact is, if you are a devout Muslim, then you cannot be a true American,” he told local news station KVUE, while fielding calls congratulating him for his stance. “Why should I arm these people to kill me? That’s suicide.”

“I call it exercising my right to choose who I instruct in how to use a dangerous weapon,” he added.

But the state of Texas may disagree. The Department of Public Safety said in a statement that certified instructors of handgun training are required to comply with all applicable state and federal laws, and added: “Conduct by an instructor that denied service to individuals on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion would place that instructor’s certification by the Department at risk of suspension or revocation.” The department has said it has begun an investigation.

It seems unlikely that Keller will back down, though. “I’m not going to do it,” he told the local news. “I will give up my license to teach before I will teach them,” he said, referring to Obama voters and Muslims.


Posted by Drew458   United States  on 10/28/2011 at 03:05 PM   
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Dedicated to wardmama

wardmama brought this up in the comments.  Here’s to you wardmama.

Drew, I still think wardmama should be made an admin. I remember when Mr. Christian opened it up. I know, Oldcatman got banned the first time.


Posted by Christopher   United States  on 10/28/2011 at 01:28 PM   
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from t_d_o_y.


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Rough Week Bowling

Bah, humbug.

We split Tuesday on Greed League, 3-4. Good thing we won big the first game, because we lost the next two by just a few points each. Our team is in 2nd place, but I don’t know if we’ll hold onto that after this week. Still, I was bowling mostly well. I’m getting a lot more on the ball lately, and getting it further out to the dry so that it comes back sharply. Unfortunately I don’t have the line quite right yet, so my scores are only a bit over average even though I’m hammering the pocket almost every frame. Something needs a minor adjustment, and then I’ll start getting lots more strikes. Right now I’m getting way too many nine counts, but at least the leave isn’t always the 10 pin. I hate the 10 pin.

We lost pretty bad Thursday on Cheap League, 2-5. Conditions were just plain weird. Worse, one of the lanes had been bowled on before our league started, so the two lanes were very different. I know it’s unreasonable to expect the bowling alley to clean the lanes and then lose sales by setting them aside for several hours because leagues are coming in, but it would be nice if they could refresh the lanes used for open bowling. Thursday night is a big league night for them, with 2 6:30pm leagues, a 7:30pm league, and then a 9pm league. The kid usually runs the lane machine at about 4:30, and that’s the dead part of the day; probably only half a dozen people at most come bowling between 4:30 and 7:30. So you’d think it wouldn’t be much trouble to set 4 or 6 lanes aside, and then clean and oil them at about 7. That’s only about 5 minutes work. This house is all synthetic, so the oil doesn’t need a chance to settle in like it used to with the old wooden lanes.  Whatever; half the challenge is adapting to varying conditions. Once again I was hooking right into the pocket, but getting more 9s than strikes. But my spares game was pretty good, so I wound up rolling 10-15 over average each game. We bowled the low average team, a group of beginners we gave a 138 pin handicap to. And naturally they had their best night ever! One woman on their team threw a 191 followed by a 179, which is outstanding given her 113 average. They were getting headpin strikes with their wimpy straight ball throws, while we were all hooking in powerfully and leaving pins. Go figure. That’s how it goes sometimes. So our Thursday team will sink even lower in the standings, probably down to last place after this week. Funny thing is, we have the highest average and the greatest number of scratch pins of any team on the league.


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Not that very many people ever read this far down, but this blog was the creation of Allan Kelly and his friend Vilmar. Vilmar moved on to his own blog some time ago, and Allan ran this place alone until his sudden and unexpected death partway through 2006. We all miss him. A lot. Even though he is gone this site will always still be more than a little bit his. We who are left to carry on the BMEWS tradition owe him a great debt of gratitude, and we hope to be able to pay that back by following his last advice to us all:
  1. Keep a firm grasp of Right and Wrong
  2. Stay involved with government on every level and don't let those bastards get away with a thing
  3. Use every legal means to defend yourself in the event of real internal trouble, and, most importantly:
  4. Keep talking to each other, whether here or elsewhere
It's been a long strange trip without you Skipper, but thanks for pointing us in the right direction and giving us a swift kick in the behind to get us going. Keep lookin' down on us, will ya? Thanks.


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Oh, and here's some kind of visitor flag counter thingy. Hey, all the cool blogs have one, so I should too. The Visitors Online thingy up at the top doesn't count anything, but it looks neat. It had better, since I paid actual money for it.
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