Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Fun In The Snow


Early morning snowstorm, 0230 approximate, dumped 2-4” of wet and heavy snow just in time for the morning commute.

Plan of the day was taking my sister to DIA for a flight to Reno and then a two day business trip to the Nebraska Panhandle.

5 am phone call from middle son. Avoiding an accident, he went into the center ditch on Highway 85 through Commerce City, CO. No injuries, only damage a highway delineator and a loose license plate. Oh, and a hit on his credit card of $160 for the tow truck. I was in my sisters F-150 4x4 but that wasn’t going to extract the Focus.

The trip to DIA was ‘interesting” but Sisty made her flight.

Unless something else happens, the Nebraska trip will happen Friday and Saturday. We may get another storm late Thanksgiving night. While not forecasted to amount to much, neither was the one this morning.

Monday, November 23, 2020

Pissed Off Once Again


Emperor Polis (D) CO has once again issued draconian COVID-19 restrictions. In my county, Weld, the County Commissioners are on record as will not comply.

My landlord, Weld County Housing Authority, on the other hand is all in. I’m sure somewhere someone whispered in their ear about State funding not forthcoming.

What next, hall monitors to insure we don’t visit each others apartments?

Just to be clear, my rent is NOT subsidized.  I pay full bore. That is probably less than current market value.

As I returned from walking Banner this morning, the Manager came out of his office and asked me my opinion. I gave him my opinion.

Sunday, November 22, 2020

Kennedy Assassination


Today I was asked a common question, “Where were you when you heard Kennedy was shot?”  I referred her to my blog but she says she can’t find it.

Sweet cheeks, here it is.


Good thing you like Banner and he likes you!


Saturday, November 21, 2020



My part time gig is contacting people behind on their mortgage. Beats repo work. I bring them solutions, not foreclosures. They might not like the solutions, but they are the ones who put themselves in their situation.

Part of the job involves writing a report. Generally I’m, “just the facts, sir”, but occasionally I let the Tank’s full asshole persona loose. Saw the blog picture lying on a front porch (yard sign) today in Fort Collins as I made my call. Would it surprise you to learn I spent some extra time on a “detailed” report?

All the COVID-19 forbearances are coming to an end. I’m slammed with work. Thank you, Speaker Pelosi, for the turd of a new stimulus package you put forth. No way would it fly.  

Should the swamp rats and pigs get back into the White House, my part time gig may end up full time.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Shucky Darn


Last night’s evening walk once again taught the hard lesson of maintaining situational awareness.

Walking Banner while engaged in what Sisty calls over thinking, I tripped over his leash and went flat face down on the sidewalk. Picking myself up, I finished our 1 ½ mile route. Two hours later my left knee was nearly immobile.

Today I’m barely hobbling. I’m not looking forward to driving my manual transmission truck.

No, I haven’t sought medical treatment. Nothing is broken, just bruised. We are in the middle of another COVID-19 “outbreak” and anyone with even a sniffle is being admitted to the area hospitals. Time is the healer.

The joke making the rounds is, “I can’t believe how old people my age are”. I just wish I wasn’t living the punch line. I’m not seeking sympathy, just sharing how once again I’m earning my blog title.

Monday, November 16, 2020

Automobile Clichés


Two best days of ownership

The day you buy it

The day you sell it


Driving into the sun, and trying to adjust my sun visor, had a low speed collision with a Ford F-250. As expected, the Ford had a massive rear bumper and receiver hitch. As I was at a walking pace (stopping for a red light) the truck wasn’t harmed and my Taurus’ radiator intact.

I drove it home and parked. Next day, on Craigslist for sale. Five hours later four Benji’s were in my wallet and the new owner drove the Taurus away.

 Two days later he sent me these pictures. I’m happy for him.

Early in my car selling days, a manager taught me you make more money buying than selling. I bought this car for $800, drove it two+ years and 40,000 miles, and sold it for $400.

It has been a minor money pit, electrical problems (may have been a flood car), tires and an alternator. The ignition lock went South and replacing the whole steering column was more cost effective. Had to replace the turn signal switch. 

My last car payment was in 1984. I’m a “farm boy” mechanic but age has caught up with me along with reluctance to put my body through the bending and bruising working on vehicles.

I still have my “classic” 1986 Mitsubishi Might Max which is the most reliable vehicle I’ve ever owned. With just 172,000 miles, it will do until I find another vehicle (at the right price). My sister says she plans to bury me in “Maxine”.


Winter is here and the Mitsu has a great heater. By the heat of next summer I will have found something with working A/C.

Least there is any doubt, let me say I take pride in being cheap.

Friday, November 13, 2020

Perverse Musings


Still the law of the land, all males turning 18 must register for the draft. From the Selective Service web site.

 Repercussions for Failing to Register

If required to register with Selective Service, failure to register is a felony punishable by a fine of up to $250,000 and/or 5 years imprisonment. Also, a person who knowingly counsels, aids, or abets another to fail to comply with the registration requirement is subject to the same penalties.

Unless a man provides proof that he is exempt from the registration requirement, his failure to register will result in referral to the Department of Justice for possible investigation and prosecution.

In addition to potential criminal repercussions, failure to register may make a man permanently ineligible for certain benefits.

NOTE:  Some States have created additional consequences for men who fail to register.  


Register to be Eligible for Benefits and Programs Linked to Registration

A man who fails to register with Selective Service may be ineligible for opportunities that may be important to his future. He must register to be eligible for federal student financial aid, state-funded student financial aid in many states, most federal employment, some state employment, security clearance for contractors, job training under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (formerly known as the Workforce Investment Act), and U.S. citizenship for immigrant men.

Student Financial Aid

Men, born after December 31, 1959, who aren’t registered with Selective Service won’t qualify for federal student loans or grant programs unless they are registered. This includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Direct Stafford Loans/Plus Loans, National Direct Student Loans, and College Work Study.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) makes registration with Selective Service a condition for U.S. citizenship if the man first arrived in the U.S. before his 26th birthday.

Federal Job Training

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (formerly the Workforce Investment Act (WIA)) offers programs that can train young men seeking vocational employment or enhancing their career. This program is only open to those men who register with Selective Service. Only men born after December 31, 1959, are required to show proof of registration.

Federal Jobs

A man must be registered to be eligible for jobs in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and the U.S. Postal Service. Proof of registration is required only for men born after December 31, 1959.

After President Trump starts his second term and the DOJ Starts investigating and prosecuting treasonous scum, this might be a fertile field. Arrogant elitist will have disdained such an archaic law but wouldn’t deny themselves all the freebies. They would simply lie.

What say, you with prosecution  experience?