Tuesday, September 30, 2008


Vote For Doug

Since I've Been Gone

A lot has happened since my last post,(good) & (bad)
One of my favorite actors passed away.(bad)
Had another "Quality Moment"at Station 7: food and service-very good,company-exceptional as usual.(good)
My team beat their rival on the road.(good)
My 3rd digit-left hand is healing.(good)
I lost several thousand dollars of my retirement account in one day.(bad)
I am on vacation until next week.(good)
For a few days, the (good) outnumber the (bad).
For a few days, I will be off the road to perdition.
For now, I will leave with this rendition.

Sunday, September 28, 2008


to be continued

Everything That Goes Around Comes Around...

...Or maybe never left?

In the case of the local band Tranzfusion,this would be a correct statement.

My twentysomething daughter and her boyfriend were invited by the wife of one of the members to hear them play the other night.They had a blast.Every request that they put forward was played and to quote my daughter,"Sounded better than the original". She said that they even utililzed a megaphone in their version of Aqualung.

Back in the early 1980's when I was still a twentysomething, this group was probably the best local cover band around.Whenever they played, the joint was packed and they put on a great show(and I'm sure I had a blast).

I checked out their website and found that they do originals also.I will post one of Tranzfusion's Youtube entries and one of my favorites(with or without megaphone).

If this is the original band, then they have aged better than I.......!

Friday, September 26, 2008

I Was So Much Older Then...I'm Younger Than That Now

Connecting With The Customer(Put a Smile In Your Voice When You Answer The Phone)

The company that I work for thinks that our region will make up a 20 million dollar shortfall in sales before the end of the year with three words:"See You Soon!".
They expect(demand) that every employee greets every customer with a cheery salutation upon entering the store,while shopping and when he or she leaves the store. At the same time the company is slashing hours and expecting perfection.How cheery can one be when you are doing the work of two?
I'm all for customer service, but enough is enough!
If you want to be Walmart...employ Greeters at the door.
Maybe I should work for a company that does not adhere to the maxim:The customer is always right. Sometimes the customer is an asshole and I'll be damned if I will kiss his or her ass!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mr. Slacum's Opus

When I stumbled upon this clip on youtube, I thought that I had found the very first version of JMB's "Rock 'n Roll Revival".
The band front was a dead ringer for my 11th grade teachers for Chemistry, Algebra and Phys.Ed.
If Nina had appeared on stage with jingle sticks,I think that I would have had a stroke!
Nonetheless, I like this clip...I like it a lot...I hope you do too.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Stranger

For several days a man stood in the field behind my house.This man was becoming a nuisance and I called the authorities to have the man removed.Several days later when the authorities finally responded to my call, the man was gone. All they found was a couple of buttons and his hat. Who was this man they just missed?

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cleaning Out The Closet

I really need to clean out my bookmarks. The list is getting so long that I can cook dinner before I auto scroll down to my latest "save".
Before I delete everything, I am going to have a "yawd sale".
The following are a few of the video posts that will be appearing on my front lawn this Saturday(Rain or Shine).
"Yawd"-You actually wanted deez?

Richard Wright

Saturday, September 13, 2008

# s

Snappy, I Hardly Knew Ye!

After last week's category 5 hurricane that ravished Delmarva(according to one local grocery chain), I noticed a strange pattern of brown grass in my backyard.I knew that I had a problem.

According to Erma Bombeck, "The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank". Actually that is a false assumption, but nevertheless a snappy title for a book.

Green grass or brown grass over the septic tank is dependent on the amount of rainfall. But if you have brown grass over your drain fields you better call in the experts.

So, I called Roto-Rooter.

Between the time that I called them to set up the appointment and the inspection,I made the fatal mistake of diagnosing the problem and tabulating the bill myself.Yep, I found it all on the internet.I needed an entire new septic system that would take days to install and cost me upwards of 20 thousand dollars.

Actually, the problem is not as severe as the internet told me.Steve, the Tech from R-R dug up my distribution box and ran a video camera down all three lateral lines .The left lateral that was covered by the dead grass and thought to be the problem, was clean as a whistle.The problem was that it was higher than the other two and all three had to be leveled.The leveling plus the pump out will cost about $450.00.I can deal with that.

The right lateral was not that clean,but the pump out would improve it's operation.

The center lateral,where I have a hole covered by a chalkboard(Steve said that if he filled in the hole until they came back next week that it would cost me more to dig it up again.He suggested covering it with a piece of plywood.I don't keep plywood in the closet,so I did the next best thing) was completely clogged by an unknown mass.

When he ran the camera down the central lateral, we found one part of the problem.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The "I''s Have It! (Isaac and Ike)

Galvaston,Tx Sept.8,1900.
The "Great Storm" came without much warning.The storm surge killed an estimated 8,000 residents.There was no seawall.
Isaac Cline, the chief meteorologist for the state of Texas,had debunked the idea of a hurricane hitting Galvaston as absurd and the seawall was not built.
Isaac's Storm remains the greatest natural disaster to strike the U.S.

Galvaston,Tx Sept.11,2008.
Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall tomorrow night. From what I have read,the authorities are not even offering shelters.As the Mayor said "It is best for people to leave".

The similarity between these two storm tracks are eerie.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

It's Just A Shot Away (Altamont)

As Paul Harvey would say...Here's the rest of the story!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sara Smile

Every Five Hundred Ninety Nine Seconds

Have you ever gotten up in the morning and had a song in your head,but you just could not put a name on it?
This song has been playing in my head all day long,over and over and over again!What the Hell is this song?
I will not get a minute's rest, until I find out the name of this song.


Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Garcia Syndrome

21 years,4 months and 7 days I have been on the job "accident free".Today the streak ended.And it is all Hanna's fault! Actually it is my employer's fault for over reacting to a mere tropical storm.In reality it is my fault:I am the one that put my middle finger in harms way.But if Hanna had not come our way, causing "my employer" to "freak out", I would not have been any where near "harms way". See, another point for happenstance over fate!

My middle finger is still intact(7 stitches), but still numb after nearly eleven hours.At least I'm not in pain...yet!

Speaking of happenstance, I came across a blog today that is a real hoot.

Ya'll need to check it out. It is called Goofs and can be found by searching for "grammarworks.blogspot.com"

Thursday, September 4, 2008

When The Levee Breaks

I can appreciate being cautiously prepared for an imminent natural disaster, but the company that I work for has gone off the "deep end" in my opinion.They have ordered the plywood and generators. They have canceled "all days off this weekend" for management personnel and distributed "call lists" of each and every employee (and they expect each and every employee to cancel each and every phase of their life on a moment's notice to race to work in the middle of a disaster to help this non appreciative company add a few more dollars to their bottom line, so their multi-millionaire stockholders can add one or two more cents to it's value).
I don't fuckin' think so!
I know of several employees that have only received a 10 cent raise in the last 3 years.
What is the panic all about?
Several inches of rain and 25 mph winds.
By the way, the "Regional Manager" is inspecting the stores this weekend.I guess he didn't get the email! I hope the MFer takes off his coat and tie and helps out if his "gravytrain" is correct about the imminent disaster.
None of this will happen, because the company that I work for could not find their hat if it was handed to them.

Monday, September 1, 2008

I Was Born In A Crossfire Hurricane

"Porch Buffaloes"

The first Hurricane during my lifetime was "Hazel" in October 1954. I was 2 months shy of being born, but I was alive (I believe that life begins at conception and that the Democratic Party propagates the idea that all people need to "suck on the proverbial teat " from sunrise to sunset").
Enough politics and back to the weather.
Hurricane Hazel was one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricanes in history.It was one of the first hurricanes to have it's name retired.It caused close to 2,000,000,000.00 dollars in damages(2005 comparable). It set wind records in the Mid-Atlantic region that still stand today.
It is the only Category 4 to make landfall as far north as North Carolina.Hazel continued into Canada and caused death and destruction before breaking up.

I feel lucky to live where I do.Earthquakes, tornadoes and hurricanes are few and far between.
I have sympathy for those in the path of Gustav, but you chose to live where you do.

But for the love of God, get off the porch and take cover!