Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Wonderful 20th Century Innovation

Praised by grateful senior citizens everywhere.

                           Otis, CO

There must be at least one gem in the bunch. Bring your trailer.

"Yes sir, if you are handy with tools and don't mind a little elbow grease, we can fix you up with a fine ride for very little money. Let's write it up!"

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Youth Envy

Other than the physical issues, I usually don’t mind getting older. After all, there is the alternative. That said, I wish I was young enough to have a shot at flying one these.

Based at the Fort Morgan County Airport, they are privately owned.

Great looking airplanes!

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Fixing Stupid

Can you “fix” stupid? No, but maybe put a dent in it. I’m about 98% of the time buckled up and a recent article in the local rag is pushing me to 100%.

Then just this morning this from the Bayou Renaissance Man blog. (bayourenaissanceman.blogspot.com)

High School days, three Craig, CO residents in a new Chevy convertible were seeing how fast they could travel from Steamboat Springs to Craig, a distance of 42 miles. Going around a left curve the driver drifted onto the shoulder and hit a mailbox, set in a concrete filled milk can, directly in line with the steering column, which snapped. The car went out of control and they were ejected. One was killed.

The one killed was a good friend whose family had moved to Craig a few years before. His younger sister and I were Junior High sweethearts. The funeral was an open casket and his parents had the morticians NOT do any cosmetics. If their goal was to make us reconsider our ways they succeeded, at least in my case.

Shit happens, and people die. Just don’t die stupid!

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Canada Says No

Prior to President Trump’s victory many “celebrities” vowed to move to Canada if he was elected. They didn’t. Why?

A few days ago I was talking with an actual Canadian. He said they all tried but were turned away on the basis, “We already have enough whiny bitches”.

Immigration control, it works!

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Blast From The Past

That time of year again for sugar beet harvest. Since my muse seems to be taking comp time, here is an old post, same subject.



Saturday, October 20, 2018

2020 Democrat for President

Watching parts of the 2004 Democrat National Convention, I found myself asking, “Who the fuck is this?”

It took awhile before I realized this was the start of grooming him to be elected President. Who was backing him?

I see striking similarities with the current darling of the liberals, Robert Francis (Beto) O’Rourke. He will probably  lose to Ted Cruz in his Senate race. No matter, his campaign has raised tons of money and his national profile is high and rising. Watch it grow in the next two years.

We are being played, IMO, and the forces that foisted an obscure Illinois Junior Senator on us are working to foist an obscure Texas Congressman on us. YMMV

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Save Our State

Those of you with Facebook accounts might want to check out “Save Our State”. Two ladies dedicated to keeping near billionaire Jared Polis from buying the Colorado governorship have some hilarious homemade videos.

Nothing ad agency slick about this site. I applaud their involvement in the political process. Helps I agree with them.

Polis is the spoiled only child of parents who hit it big in the early days of the internet with an on line greeting card operation.  He has parlayed his inheritance into a multi-million fortune with business practices that don’t pass the smell test. A Boulder County resident, he is a natural (P)regressive.

Integrity?  After Bernie Sanders beat Shillary, he was one of several Colorado super delegates who voted for Shillary at the Democrat convention.

Will his self funded $18 million campaign land him the governship? Likely. He has little support in the rural areas (drew 20 people to a rally in Craig in NW Colorado) but the Front Range voters dominate the state by sheer population numbers.

His opponent is a typical GOP nice guy. Competent and well qualified, he is no Donald Trump or Joe Arpaio. Not a lot of excitement there.

So bravo for the two ladies and their Facebook effort. I hope it isn’t in vain.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Crazy State

Saturday needed the car a/c. Saturday night 7" of heavy freezing snow. Yesterday 18°. This afternoon 44°, clear, and sunny.

Per normal, the mountain passes were closed from time to time due to idiots spinning out. Smiling, I sat in my warm apartment sipping coffee and looking at CDOT cameras.


Saturday, October 13, 2018

President Trump Is A Democrat

During the Reagan years I was a Democrat Precinct Committeeman in the Seattle area. One time in a friendly debate with the GOP Precinct Committeeman, he challenged me as to the differences between a Republican and a Democrat.

“We have this pie. The Republicans are all about how the pie is distributed, who gets what. The Democrats are all about making sure there is a pie”.

Fast forward to the present where the Democrat Party has been hijacked by the (P)regressives. I would change definitions.

“The Republicans haven’t changed. The (P)regressives say it is our pie, and we will decided who gets what. Your input, your desires, aren’t welcome. You just keep making the pie”.

Why do I say President Trump is a Democrat? What other politician is making sure there is pie?

Do you think the Jeb! Elephants voted for Trump?

 Do you think conservative Democrats voted for Shillary?

Trump got voted in by Democrats and the policies he is pushing are traditional Democrat policies, IMO. YMMV

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Idle Speculation

Pondering all this anger coming from the left. Seems to be two different groups.

Group one, the idealists. They wanted a woman president and excused Shillary’s corruption as necessary for a woman to fight the “patriarchy”. Anything she did was justified because she was fighting male oppression.

Group two, the greedy. They invested heavily in a “pay to play” candidate and ended up with nothing positive to show for it. Others, not as affluent,  are now sitting on overpriced Washington D.C. area condos and homes they are underwater on and didn’t get the lucrative salaries they were expecting. Nothing like financial reverses to piss people off.

Mixed in are the millennials and their parents who expected their student loans would be forgiven.

Of course, this is just my opinion.  You can print it out, present it at Starbucks, and pay full price (if you even get served).

Monday, October 8, 2018

Getting Old

Comment being shared all over Facebook now is, “I didn’t think getting old would happen this soon”.  That rings true today with my sore body.

My recent automotive purchase, the Ford Taurus, had the bottom radiator hose come loose. No big deal. Got out the small floor jack I’ve had for decades, jacked it up, loosened the hose clamp, slid the hose back into place, and tightened the clamp. A one tool fix (screwdriver) not counting a flashlight. Took maybe 20 minutes.

My body is taking longer to recover. The same body that once did 50 mile hikes for the hell of it and then went out for beers.

I do keep exercising. In a year, yes a year, have taken off and kept off 50 lbs. Only a 100 more to go. 

I’m still a stud in my head until I see myself in a full length mirror. Oh well, just suck it up and keep putting one foot in front of the other. And, of course, whine about it.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Creditable Witness

“Creditable accusations” and “creditable witness” seems to be the current phrase (P)regressive writers keep using to discredit Associate Justice Kavanaugh, and by extension, President Trump.

Creditable to whom and by what standard?

What has been established, by numerous accounts, is a then fifteen year old prick teaser went to a party 35 years ago and got her tit grabbed.

Not fair to call her a prick teaser? No less fair then this whole bullshit fabrication.

Risky behavior can bring unwelcomed consequences. Risk takers need to own their own shit, IMO. YMMV

Friday, October 5, 2018

Can't Resist

Prop 112, the dumbest thing ever on the ballot.
What do you expect when the oil is in Weld and the Dipsticks are in Boulder?

Couldn’t resist taking this off a Facebook posting by State Senator Greg Brophy.

Prop 112 is a ballot initiative the envirowhacos managed to get on the state ballot. Calls for set backs on oil wells that will almost end oil wells in Colorado. If you are interested.

Oil revenues fund a great deal of Colorado’s public education is several different ways.

As an aside, Rangley, CO High School has a productive oil well on the school grounds. The other Northwest schools envy their activity buses and snazzy sports team uniforms.

Depending on the source, Weld County accounts for 89% of all crude oil production and 33% of natural gas production in Colorado. Few votes "for" in Weld County is a safe bet.

Thursday, October 4, 2018


Seems I defy the odds, at least in Colorado.

Not so much in Wyoming. Seem to average one a year. My co-driver and I have both hit deer near MM 73 I-25 just South of Wheatland, WY and on Highway 20 between Guernsey, WY and Fort Laramie, WY. So far I’ve never hit a pronghorn.

Other critters can be a hazard. A few years ago my sister and I drove to Tulsa for an aunt’s 100th birthday. Rented a Ford Fusion and, thankfully, got the full meal deal insurance. Hit a huge raccoon near Fort Morgan, CO. We drove through the night and somewhere in Oklahoma my sister hit a big jack rabbit.

My sister, being an insurance adjuster, said around $3k damage to the Fusion.

No caribou in Colorado I’m aware of but we do have bighorn sheep. You see them frequently along I-70 near Georgetown but they seem smart enough to stay off the highway.  Highway 114 between Saguache and Gunnison has a herd roaming the area as does the Rocky Mountain National Park area, Estes Park over to Highway 14 around Glen Echo.

Though rare, people do hit bears in Colorado.

Being an old fart, have an old fart bear story. Summer of 1971 I was driving to Missoula, MT from Salmon, ID and came upon a pickup with a camper jammed into the ditch and embankment on the right side of the two lane road. The driver was waiving from his open window so I stopped. He had a bear pinned under the truck just under his door. He couldn’t get out without the bear reaching him and wanted me to shoot the bear. Said he had a rifle in the camper.

Instead, I used my handyman high lift jack to lift the truck off the bear. The bear scooted across the road and disappeared down the hill.  Too bad we couldn’t understand the bear’s vocalizations. Probably used some strong bear obscenities.

My father taught my sister and I that you hit the animal, not try to swerve and lose control.

Loose livestock is another hazard. Recently a loose horse was hit by one pickup in the eastbound lane and sent flying into the westbound lane where another pickup hit it. Early morning hour near Lucerne, CO.

Stay safe out there!

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Cars and More Cars

Conquest Classic Cars, Greeley, CO has an ever changing inventory of cars and trucks I like.


Just a few I snapped walking around today.
How often do you see two Crosleys, let alone a pickup?
Yeah, it is a Chevy, but I would drive it. Those straight six engines were no dogs.
Again, not a Chevy fan but, damn! Bet some readers even know where the fuel filler is located.
Maybe the best year, 1957.
Fun as a weekend cruiser. Doubt I could get my old fat body into it.
Off roading, anyone?

I drive by this store often. Next door is a gun store. Two doors down is the Post Office where I have a box. Lucky, in a way, I'm not rich. Temptation would own me.