Saturday, January 22, 2011

AITC Rulz!!!

UPDATE: This funny Hitler parody is BACK!!!

The following is more proof that my friend, Bill, has the funniest blog on either side of the Wicomico River!


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Tuesday, January 18, 2011


I always thought that if you got a flu shot, then you would not get the flu.
As always, I got mine at the end of September.
Currently, the flu incidence level on Maryland's eastern shore is widespread. This came from the internet. On the same site, it showed that Delaware had sporadic activity. That's funny, I live in Maryland and my job is right over the state line. A mere 12 miles.
I did not pick up this flu virus in Maryland. I picked it up at my work site in Delaware.
Well Duh?, you say!
My question is why won't the flu virus (or Winter storm warnings and tornado watches) cross state boundaries?
The answer is that they will!
So, why won't the CDC or our weather people show this on their maps.
I always found this to be strange.

And the answer for the question that I searched on the internet about getting the flu after getting the flu shot is also affirmative.
Fortunately for me, the vaccine will diminish the full effect.

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Even though I don't get any anonymous comments on this blog, I have decided to not allow them as a protest point.
When I first discovered blogs about 4 years ago, I did not have a Blogger account. The only way that I could communicate through comments was as an anonymous. I recall commenting several times, on the few local blogs, about the virtues of remaining anonymous. However, I have since changed my mind.
Comments on several blogs that I read have become increasingly nasty, vindictive and vulgar. Most of these comments come from "anonymous" commenters. There are a few that comment under NAME/URL, but they also are anonymous unless you know who that person is.
Even some Blogger account comments are anonymous, as not everyone knows who the blog owner is.
My point is this. If you would not say the same thing to a person's face, do not say it anonymously in a comment section.
More often than not, I comment as noanonymousguesses, and will continue too. However, since anyone can use that non de plume, if you see something that is nasty, vindictive or vulgar; rest assured that it did not come from me.

I will change this protest point of blocking anonymous comments tomorrow, as I believe that some of my regulars may not be able to comment.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

"I should be ashamed of myself. But, I'm not."

I won the "Best Local Blog" contest at, for the second straight year.
Last year, I was surprised that I was even included. I lost in the first round to SBYNEWS, after leading by several votes at 11PM the final day. When I awoke the next day at 6AM, I had lost by several votes.
When I found myself still alive in the contest as a wild card, I decided to pull out all the stops. I employed my blog and facebook to garner votes. I worked harder than the other guy and came out on top.

This year, 'I planned my work and worked my plan'.

In all the rounds, I voted for myself and my daughter's blog as 'early and often as possible'. I also voted for the weakest competitor that I was likely to encounter down the road. I also recruited several friends that, like me, spend an exorbitant amount of time on the internet. I thank them all for their help, but I really want to thank them for their friendship.

I should be ashamed that I manipulated this poll, as I did. But, I'm not.
Any of the other blogs could have won this contest if they had cared to.
TTF could have, but did not want to.

The lesson to be learned here is 'plan your work and work your plan'.

That works in life, blogging and politics!

Friday, January 14, 2011

For All You "Ophiucusseses" Out There!

Pickin' The Playoffs!

Here are my picks for this weekend's games by way of YT videos. The first one may not appear as it seems (you must know the lyrics to the song to understand).

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh (Sat. 4:30PM)

Green Bay @ Atlanta ( Sat. 8:00PM)

Seattle @ Chicago ( Sun. 1:00PM)

New York @ New England ( Sun. 4:30PM)

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

My New, Favorite, Comedic Guy!

A facebook friend of mine posted a comedian, who played a guitar, from YouTube on her page. I had recalled a similar guitar playing comedian on YouTube from a year ago, so I entered "guitar comedian" in the YT search box and well...I have been laughing my ass off over this guy's material for the last hour. He reminds me of the comic from the early eighties, Steven Wright, except without the Lithium!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I Hate The Hate (The Blog Wars) !

There is so much hate and drama surrounding most of the local blogs that I feel that I need to delete them all from my Bookmarks.

I Hate You because You Like Him.

I Like You because You Hate Her.

Grow the Fuck Up People!

Sunday, January 9, 2011

History Repeating Itself ?

This assassination attempt in Arizona of Rep. Giffords has a lot people pointing fingers of blame. Some point to Sarah Palin, the Tea Party or as a reaction to Obama.
To use my current catchphrase...BULLSHIT!
It is all BULLSHIT!
Some people have always been crazy and some people will always be crazy.

On May 12, 1972, a friend of mine and I skipped out of 7th period study hall at JMBHS and went to the local airport to witness history. George Wallace, the Governor of Alabama, had flown in for a campaign stop. There was a fairly large crowd in attendance and Gov. Wallace was behind a short chain link fence that separated the runway from the rest of the airport area. I was able to get his autograph and shake hands with his wife. My friend was able to get closer and shake hands with Wallace, himself. I never will forget what the Governor said to the two long-haired, denim-clad hippie types(us) standing in front of him: "Good to see boys out here!".

Three days later, on May 15, 1972, 22 yr.old Arthur Bremer got close enough to George Wallace in a parking lot in Laurel, Maryland to shoot him and paralyze him for life.

According to an entry in Bremer's diary, his purpose was "to do SOMETHING BOLD AND DRAMATIC,FORCEFUL & DYNAMIC,A STATEMENT of my manhood for the world to see".

Like I said, some people have always been crazy!

Case in point: Consider Travis Bickle, in the movie "Taxi Driver". Bremer was the inspiration for this character. And, Bickle and the movie were a motivating factor in John Hinckley,Jr.'s attempted assassination of President Ronald Reagan in March 1980.

Like I said, some people will always be crazy!

In November 1972, I was about 7 weeks from reaching the age of majority. I seriously doubt that I would have voted for George Wallace in the election. At barely 18, I probably could have cared less. I am sure that some people at the time were elated that Wallace had been silenced. In my opinion, George Wallace was only doing what his constituents had elected him to do: represent them.

After all, he was the Governor of Alabama.


YIKES!!! (sorta).

I finally got my December bill from the electric company.
Unlike November, my heat pump pretty much ran continuously unless I was away(but then I would not know since I was not here).
I guess that I should not complain of the amount of $327.36.
That amount was for 35 days and the average daily temp. for the month was 33*. Compare that to the fact that in 2009, the avg. temp was 5* warmer and I only used a little more than 1 KWH per day this time around.
As long as I don't do what I did last February(at the advice of an HVAC guy) and use the electric heat setting on my thermostat. That monthly bill was almost double the above amount.
Live and and learn!

The Hair Police.

According to my high school yearbook pictures, this must have occurred in 1970.
I was standing in the hallway outside of the cafeteria, waiting to return to class. The vice principal came up to me and said that my hair was touching my collar and that I needed to get it cut before returning to school the next day. Of course, I complied and at first bell the following day, I was called to the office for "inspection".
Later that year, a boy in Iowa took his school district to court and won the right to wear his hair any length he wanted. It could be included under First Amendment rights, which by the way were conceived by our long-haired forefathers.
My year book pictures for 1971 and 1972 showed increasing lengths for not only me, but for most of my peers. I know that this irked our school's administration. However, they found other ways to stifle our individuality.
In 1971, the graduating class still picked the "traditionals" for choice of motto, colors and song. Since I gave that yearbook to someone who was soliciting such on, I can only guess that they were "The Road Goes on Forever", "Mauve and Ivory" and some Perry Como song.
But not my Class of 1972. We picked "Keep on Truckin'", "Sunshine Orange and Lemon Yellow" and "Where Do We Go From Here?" by Chicago Transit Authority.
Now to the stifling. Until I die, I will still contend that the administration at my high school rigged the choosing of our class song. I remember asking as many people as possible what song that they had voted for. The vast majority had not voted for the song that was chosen. I feel like the powers that be had overridden the people's pick with the less "revolutionary" choice. Some things never change!
I still consider this to be my true class song (and if you were gonna pick a song by Chicago, at least choose something that is not crap)!

Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Voice of the Century.

Elvis Aaron Presley. Born on this day in 1935. His memory will never die...

Friday, January 7, 2011

Do Over.

Another blog in the area did a post about "The Voice". Even though, the blog author wished Ted Williams well, he had to add the race card. He posted that "This would not be a news story if this guy wasn't a minority".
I, for one, did not even consider the race of this man. It was his voice that mattered.
For some reason, the video of "The Voice" that I posted the other day has been blocked from YouTube by the "Dispatch", whom I assume is the original recorder. You would think that they would want some notoriety and exposure.
Nevertheless, the following is the same video with some additional footage of his 90 year old mother.
Maybe I should re-title the post "Never Underestimate The Power of Prayer"!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


Last year, a local political blog( ran a "Best Local Blog" contest. I was somewhat amazed when I saw that my blog was even included.

I assume that the blog owner had read and listened to afterthegoldrush and liked what he saw.

He probably visited here after I had contacted Two Sentz via email and asked him to check out my blog and if found worthy, include me on his blogroll. Again, to my amazement, Two Sentz did a post on his blog and encouraged his readers to check me out.
I probably had more "hits" that day, than I had had in a month of Sundays!

After squeaking into the finals last year as a wild card, I decided that I could win "this thing" if I worked harder than the other guy.

I did work harder than the other guy and came out on top last year.

Was my blog the "Best Local Blog"?

That all depends on what "best" means.

To me, afterthegoldrush, is the best that I can do for my few readers.

But more importantly, it is the best that I can do for myself.

If you like what I do here, go to and vote for my blog.

* The following video may have no relevance to this post(that never stopped me before), but I really like it.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Why I Blog?

That is a good question.

I came up with the answer tonight, while commenting back and forth with two friends on facebook.

I do not blog because I have some deep seated need to be popular.

I do not blog because I have advertisers and make money at it.

I do not blog because I have a personal agenda that I want to get across.

The answer that I realized tonight was that I blog because "I feel like I should".

Maybe because I am the elder statesman amongst the multitude of local bloggers, I feel like I should impart some wisdom.

I am not that wise, but I have been to the edge and back and can tell you that life is way too short to let animosity rule your life.

I feel that it is time to let the "Golden Rule" rule your life.

Yes. This is how I feel.

Never Underestimate The Power of The Internet!

Just yesterday, this homeless man's You Tube video went from several hundred views to "Viral".
I posted it on my facebook page, as I was taken aback by his voice and his story.
Today, "The Voice" has a two year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA, which includes living expenses.
I think that they may now be my new favorite basketball team.
We don't need no stinkin' LeBron James!!!

Saturday, January 1, 2011