Posted By Ed B

My one son who lives in state has lately been seeking to spend time with me on Saturdays, pretty much like I did with my dad the last six years of his life (after he had been given six months to live).
I like this.
He has a certain window of time available since he runs his shop on the weekend.

We've gone to the movies a couple times, then had a late lunch after.
Today, we're going to another world.

I got to thinking about it yesterday: Why am I so excited about going to see "John Carter (of Mars)"?
This is a film based on Edgar Rice Burroughs' (author of Tarzan) books about a man transported to Mars, and the civilization he finds there.

Well, I've seen the previews and it's been a lonnnng time since I read one of the books.

I'm looking forward to the sense of wonder as I travel to Mars with him and discover what he discovers in a way that no other science fiction film has done for me, that I recall.

That's after I spend this morning discovering what's making a thumping sound under my car, and a squeaking noise under my truck.

Adventure awaits!


 
Posted By Ed B

I have an older laptop, about 6 years old, running XP Pro.

I run Microsoft Security Essentials on it for virus protection,
(AVG has just gotten too bloated and slow).
I use it mostly to blog and surf, but there are days that I fear for it's safety.
It slows down so much that I'm ready to throw it across the room.
I've tried Firefox, Chrome, PaleMoon, and a number of other browsers,
but it's the underlying operating system.

So last weekend I broke down and set up a partition for Ubuntu, a flavor of Linux.
Do I like it?

If I didn't use this laptop for programming equipment sometimes,
using software that would only run under Windoze,
I'd reformat the whole thing and run only Ubuntu on it.

It is fast.

It picked up all my hardware.

It has so much software that comes with the install, it surprised me.

No goofy command line like earlier versions of Linux that I tried, but didn't have the time to learn.

It even came with a remote viewing package (a VNC app) that is better than the one I downloaded before I realized it had one.

It didn't work so great at first, I'll admit, but that was because I didn't set it up with an internet connection during the install.
The second time, I did, and it downloaded all the updates it needed.
That made all the difference in the world.

I posted this using Firefox in Ubuntu.

What a pleasure.


 
Posted By Ed B

Thanks Mr. President3.99 Today.

His Secretary of Energy said that gas should hit $5.

Almost there!

 


 
Posted By Ed B

It was supposed to snow 6-8 inches Thursday night but yesterday there was nothing on the ground. They canceled school and it didn’t snow! Today there’s an inch on the ground and the sun is out.

Last fall the Taurus had cooling system problems.
My brother Tom and I pulled the heads again.
Good for a while, then I drove it to Jackson and back (90 miles) and when I got home fluid was coming out of the reservoir. No overheating, but pressure was definitely building up.
I’ve been guessing for months and finally took it to a local shop that I trust.
He had the car all day. Pressurized the cylinders at TDC and found no leaks. Hydrocarbon sniffed the fluid, no fuel or exhaust. Then he took off the clamp I had put on the heater bypass over a year ago to force more heat through the heater, and the pressure went away. I had since pressure flushed the heater core at the car wash, but neglected to take the clamp off.
Charged me $40.
Now I’ve got to drive it to work and back (100 miles) to see if it’s fixed.
After that, I tear the heads off my truck as one cylinder is down to 50 pounds, even though you wouldn’t know it driving it, except for the rough idle (which I thought was vacuum).

Who you for among the Republicans?

Michigan primary is this Tuesday.
Santorum for us, but “Anybody but Obama” in November.
I can’t watch the TV and see his face without hoping he’ll be gone in November (if not tomorrow).
Actually, the reaction is more visceral than that.
Pray for me.
I don't want to burst a blood vessel in my brain.


 
Posted By Ed B

Happy New Year.

Yesterday was a pretty good day.

Got up and waited for little brother to come over.
He took me to breakfast, and then we went to our niece's house.

I had packed a collection of pistols and we were going to take our nephew-in-law to the range.

When we got there, we did some preliminary safety review, filled out the range applications and my niece took pictures (which I'm waiting for) of us talking and fondling holding the guns.
Her daughter Holland (whom I just realized could be nicknamed "Dutch") was having fun posing with the 9mm.
I told "Dutch" that she could pose as a model for Kahr's "Thin is In" ads, she's that good looking. And smart. Just got accepted early to U of  M Nursing, along with 8 other schools.

So we went to the range and her dad bullseye center masses the target 7 times at 7 yards right off.

He preferred the 9 and my brother preferred the .357. Each did well.

The range was so busy, there was a half hour limit on lane rental.

We went back to the house and talked for a while. That's when I found that her next door neighbor was a friend of my friend Nate, one of the few guys who survived Pearl and D-Day.
My niece then went over and got Jack.
We remembered each other from Nates 95th birthday a couple weeks ago.

So we all talked some more and a good time was had.

Went home to where my wife was frying up my next months supply of bacon.

Does life get any better than that?


 


 
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