Sunday, November 30, 2014

desert vegetation ...


   'desert vegetation', that's what Sybil & I are doing, for the most part - just lounging around (but, I have a helluva good tan to show for it !) ... 

   some of our days were dusty and windy, but most have been very nice ... temps are warm, so far, and our usual winter campsite is not over - populated, which is great for a recluse like myself ... Sybil misses having other dog friends, but that tends to change now and then, as new  neighbors and their dogs come and go ...

   obviously, I haven't posted up many Blog entries lately, that's mostly just laziness on my part, and an old preference for just keeping to myself ...

   I've always said if it wasn't for longhaul trucking, I'd probably never have held a job, as I just am not comfortable working with others ... (it's not MY fault that they couldn't keep up with me !) ... 

   so, while my posting is spotty, I will continue the Blog as long as possible, I think ... when I die, there won't be any money spent on headstones, and all that crap, but I will hang on thru the Internet, maybe ... 
   someday, far in the future, someone will stumble on the Blog, and wonder why some long-dead writer had so much contempt for something called 'Liberals', and so much love for something called 'Da Bears' ... 

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    speaking of 'Da Bears, we really suck ! ... no kidding, we came into this season with an outstanding Offense, and an improved Defense - guess what ? ... it didn't help, we are completely off the charts BAD ... our Coach, who impressed so much last year, has shown himself to be a dumbass ... no other way to describe it ...

    when someone like me, who is NOT an authority on Football, can accurately predict every play the Bears are gonna run next, someone isn't too smart in the game-planning ...

   worse, Coach 'Touchy Feely' Trestman, has sissified our Bears ... the Monsters of the Midway now play like a church picnic team ...

   too late to fix anything this season - I would feel pretty safe to say we likely won't win another game this year (doesn't matter at this point) ...

   I'm used to 'da Bears' disappointing me, but this season really looked like the BIG TURNAROUND for my Bears ... not gonna happen ...


there's no joy in Mudville ...

       Sybil reminds me, we're not fair-weather Bears fans !

             " win, lose, or tie, we be Bears fans till we die ! "
           
   
   

 

Monday, October 13, 2014

Internet, finally ...



   I'm sure after this long absence, it has appeared as though we are in hiding, due to 'da Bears' losses - no, due to their embarrassing losses ...

   nope, we Bears fans, thru & thru, never waiver, Bear Down ! ...

   (but, we have looked bad) ...

   all got right yesterday, when 'da Bears' beat the Atlanta Falcons - they have their own issues, but our whole team really performed well ... amazing, considering how many backup players were used ... we still have serious injury issues, but our rookies and old men did a fine job, anyway ...

   
'da Bears' now 3-3 for the season



                          
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   Sybil and I are on the road, finally ... we got our new Maxxis trailer tires in Reno, and headed south ... we're now camped in the desert for awhile - temps are running about 86/54, real nice ... but, yesterday had high winds, and too much dust to be enjoyable ...

   Sybil is outside, on rattlesnake watch, as the newspapers around here are often writing about the heavy abundance of rattler sightings this month ... (the worst thing about rattlers is the current 'ammunition shortages')

   after our long drought of no internet connectivity, I'm being spoiled now - very fast Verizon signal down here ... 

   no more excuses, I will have to start posting up more often ...


   

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

still in Internet Hell ...


   a quick post, while I'm online (barely) ... Sybil & I are still up here in our summer canyon, and the internet is a luxury that only visits us now & then ... Verizon Wireless is kinda like the Tooth Fairy, only it doesn't leave a dime under your pillow ...

   we will be leaving on our road trip the first week of October, and at that time, we 'should' have decent internet access for the foreseeable future ... 

   desert= no trees, stronger signal ...
   
   originally planning on leaving this week, I am going to let common sense intervene (hey, it happens !)), and buy a pair of new Maxxis trailer tires, before heading out ... we'll order them online from 'Discount Tire', and get them installed as I pass thru Reno, Nevada ...

   the little 1000-watt Honda generator arrived, and is doing a fine job of running the trailer's converter, keeping our batteries charged, and allowing for lights, furnace fan, etc. ... 
   I was afraid it was too small for the job, but so far, so good ... I am impressed ...

   **********************************

   Sybil had her annual Vet visit, she got her shots, claws trimmed, she tested Negative for Heartworm, and scaled out at 98# ... she was 88# the last 2 years in a row, but these last 3 weeks, or so, she has really been pigging out, eating more than normal ... I think she is predicting a cold winter, but the Farmers' Almanac says the desert southwest should be on the mild side ...

   now, who you gonna believe, a dog or a farmer ? ... I rest my case (and, got another quilt) ...

would you trust a weatherman over ME ?


   ***********************************

   'da Bears' got  beat badly their first game against the Champion Seattle Seahawks, and then pulled one hell of an upset by beating the 3rd-ranked San Francisco 49ers, 28-20 ... 'da Bears' came from behind a 17-0 SF lead, to wipe the slate clean in the 4th Quarter ...
   Jay Cutler threw 4 Touchdown passes with no interceptions ('good' Jay showed up for this game) ...

   our new rookie cornerback, Kyle Fuller, made TWO interceptions on 49ers QB Kaepernick, and was awarded 'NFC Defensive Player of the Week' ... pretty good for a rookie kid ...


BUT, we lost 5 more guys to injuries !

   we are definitely showing our age, we have quite a few players either too busted up to play, or playing at much reduced capabilities ...


     when we commence our trip, we will have RV and travel pics posted, as Sybil has reminded me that not everybody is a Bears Fan ... poor misguided folks ... if it wasn't for 'da Bears', I would still be reading the news, and ranting & raving about the stupid Liberals that have destroyed my country ... 

   Sybil sez:  " I'd rather sniff a strange dog's butt, than vote Democrat "

         (she said that, seriously ! )



Friday, September 5, 2014

electricity on the way ...


   our new Honda generator is scheduled to be delivered this coming Monday ... I'm sure the local wildlife will be glad for it's arrival ... 

   the last week, or so, I've been using the old 'Harley' (my nickname for the Briggs & Stratton generator), which as previously mentioned, is heavy, loud & thirsty (just like the real thing) ... I was reminded yesterday of another negative aspect of it, that of being a beast to start on cold mornings ... fortunately, it kicks off after 3-4 pulls, but man, that thing pulls hard in cold oil ! ...      

   there's definitely got to be some way to hitch Sybil up to it, maybe some sort of 'pull-start' arrangement ...

   yesterday was 'maintenance day' on the van, getting ready to pull out soon ...
   I still need to rebuild the hitch assembly on the trailer, the guts are worn out, I will post up pics when I disassemble it, should be interesting ...

   *********************************

   the Packers got beat up in their first regular-season game, 36-16 vs the Seattle Seahawks ... 

   Sunday, 'da Bears' will welcome the Buffalo Bills to Soldier Field  (said the spider to the fly), and after our anticipated WIN, will be a full game up on the Packers ...

   this, of course, is all that matters to a Bears fan, beating the Packers ... beating the Packers twice during the season, a sweep, is the REAL Super Bowl, ya know ...

   
let's get it on !


  
   

Saturday, August 30, 2014

if it ain't one thing, ...


   it's another ... 

  finally into town, and access to Internet - time for 'catch-up' ...

  Sybil and I are readying for the BIG TRIP, and one thing after another is happening ... age is creeping up on our equipment, and replacement is needed ... generator, shop vacuum, trailer tires, house batteries, etc. all need to be replaced, and SOON ...

   I 'think' I will order a new Honda 1000i generator this week, it's their smallest model, but I only need it to charge the house batteries, anyway ... I still have my 6-year old Coleman Powermate, powered by a Briggs & Stratton 5.5hp engine ... reliable, starts on one pull (as long as the starter rope doesn't break, we're on our 5th rope now) ... but, it's LOUD and THIRSTY, so I am really hoping the Honda is up to the task ... $800 delivered, they are really proud of those things ...

   if Sybil would just go to bed instead of watching TV all night, we wouldn't even worry about it (late-night Lassie re-runs) ...

   then, today my shop vac went up in smoke - seems the landlord used a 120-volt wall receptacle for the 220-volt air conditioner power source ... 
   the best part, this clown is a Licensed Contractor that built the place ... true 'Kalifornia Half-Assed Engineering' at it's best ... another expense, it's only money, after all ...

   I'm going to take a bit of a chance, and run my present trailer tires down to Lake Havasu City, before replacing them ... I like the Discount Tires store there, they have been more professional than the one I visited in northern Kalifornia ... and, these Maxxis 8008 tires just fascinate me, they have been GREAT TRAILER TIRES ... hopefully, they still build them as solid as they did 6 years ago, when I bought them ... made in Thailand, no less ...

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   OK, I know what you're thinkin' -- " what happened to your Bears ? " ...

   yup we lost the last coupla pre-season games, especially beat up by the reigning Champion Seattle Seahawks ... (what the hell is a seahawk, anyway ?)

   once again, it is PRE-SEASON, means nothing, plus, 'da Bears' played mostly with our 2nd & 3rd stringers, while the Seahawks pretty much stayed with their starting players ...

   that's not an excuse, I have to say, those Seahawks played one of the finest games I've seen ... they really did look outstanding ... 

   their Head Coach, Pete 'Sissy' Carroll, however, was one of the most low-class Coaches I've ever seen ... standing on the sidelines laughing at 'da Bears' ...

   laughing ... I'd like to see that punk laugh in 'Da Coach' Ditka's face, they'd still be mopping up the blood ...

'da Coach' Ditka - 120 years old and still deadly !
   well, maybe not 120, but not far from it ...

   pre-season is now over, our first regular season game will be next Sunday , the 7th, versus the Buffalo Bills, in Chicago's Soldier's Field stadium ...

   two points to ponder:

Point 1:
   'da Bears' are still troubled Defensively - we have holes at Safety, confusion at the Linebacker positions, and for the first time in my memory, a weakness in Special Teams ...

Point 2:
    these deficiencies will probably allow the Buffalo Bills to stay within 30-40 points of us ...

   
Sybil Sez:  'da Bears' whup dem Billy Goats !


   

Friday, August 22, 2014

travel plans accelerating ...


   it's looking as though Sybil & I will hit the road again soon, quite a bit earlier than our other Autumn road trips ... as long as I can get my old generator running this week, maybe I can put off the new generator purchase another month, or two ... it only needs a new starter rope & fresh gas, but I haven't been in any hurry to do that ...

   our 'old' generator only weighs about 80#, but the carrying handles are positioned to guarantee low-back pain, every time I hoist it in & out of the van ... plus, it's a bit loud, and kinda gas-thirsty ... so, I haven't been all that anxious to start using it again ... but, if I can put the new one off a bit longer, I can go ahead and get a pair of new trailer tires first, as they are more of a priority ...

   I would like to also postpone the new tires until I reach Lake Havasu City, AZ, where I bought the van's Michelins ... but, we'll see how they do after we head out ... if we do have trouble enroute, I can always have the new tires shipped for free to most local tire stores ...
  'Discount Tires/America's Tire' is a pretty good source for tires, they won't be undersold, and are all over the country ... well,maybe not in some of the crazy places we wind up !

   I couldn't be happier with the 'Maxxis 8008' tires I put on it 6 years ago ... they now have over 20,000 miles on them, and are in perfect condition, to my eyeballs, anyway ... that's very good service, especially if you've ever seen some of the rough, sharp ground we cover with it ... the stock Goodyears would have blown apart years ago - Goodyear Marathons  (Explode-A-Thons) ...

 BUT, then I read this very informative tire info:

  http://www.discounttiredirect.com/direct/infoTrailerTireFacts.do

   I have always heard it said that trailer tires should be replaced every 3 years, regardless of what they look like, or mileage ... I dunno ...

   I'm the sort of guy that doesn't always believe the sales hype, until it's backed up with some facts ... but, after reading that tire info, I am going to replace them, since my present tires are way past due, in both mileage and age ...

   Sybil doesn't seem to care, one way, or the other ... she's pre-occupied with politics these days ... I don't know where she gets it ...



              **********************************

   tonight, our Chicago Bears will play the reigning Champions, Seattle Seahawks, in our 3rd preseason game ...

   the 3rd preseason games are significant, as it is the only preseason game that the teams will play their starters for the first half, or more ... 
   Seattle is coming into the game with almost their same roster as last year, and are touted as THE team to beat this year ... they really are scary-good ...

   I predict 'Da Bears' will lose tonight's game by 10 points, or so ... again, preseason games mean nothing more than getting a look at the newer players, etc. ...

   of course, while all these guys are pro athletes that hate to lose at anything, they are also coached to hold back a bit, to avoid injuries ... also, any new plays won't be used, as to avoid giving the opposition any advance preparation ...

   hmmm, this long-winded post has given us time to re-think tonight's  results,

  
                 Sybil's Prediction:    'da Bears' 87,  Seattle  2
    
   
sounds about right ...






Tuesday, August 19, 2014

the offline blues ...


   I almost forgot how to sign in for the Blog ... I have been almost 100% offline the last few weeks, (and for awhile longer, too, unfortunately) ...

   the Verizon internet I use has gotten weaker and weaker every summer up here in my canyon, to the point where it's almost impossible to connect ...

   to top it off, my generator gave up the ghost a couple weeks ago ... I will buy a small Honda generator in a couple weeks (still saving up for it, those things are EXPENSIVE !) ... I suspect the ever-increasing tree foliage in my area contributes to the weak internet, and definitely has put the kibosh (is that how ya spell kibosh ??? ) on my solar panel, too ...

   but, today, Sybil & I are in a town for my doctor visit, and can get online, FINALLY ...

   expecting to have a new generator around the first week of September, we will be getting set for our winter migration ... although I'm not too fond of the desert, it will be nice to have both internet & sunshine back again ...

   Sybil could care less - she doesn't use the computer much (mostly just dog/cat computer games), and except for the air conditioner in her doghouse, she's not a heavy power consumer ...

   - until football season, that's when Sybil starts foaming at the mouth to see her Chicago Bears play ! ... 

   Da Bears are doing very well in the preseason, and we can't wait for the regular season to start in 2 weeks ... we will be quite GOOD this year ...

   seriously good, in fact ...

  
 
CAUTION:  BEARS FEEDING !



   

Sunday, July 13, 2014

not dead, yet, etc. ...


   don't think I haven't noticed how inconsistent I am, regarding blog updates ...

   nope, I'm not dead, and haven't quit the blog again, anything like that ... 

   my last couple weeks have been occupied with worry over a family member ... other than sad drama, literally nothing interesting has happened with Sybil & I, and it has been so hot, I haven't left the trailer before dusk, during these last few days ...

   and, I mean HOT !!


   our weather isn't showing any sign of easing up, either, with more heat wave days ahead ...

   


      no worries, I'll still be alive & well for Opening Kickoff !


I root for 'da Bears' early, to avoid the rush ...



   by this mid-season, EVERYBODY will claim to be a 'longtime Bears fan', just watch & see ... it's gonna be a great year to be a Bears Fan, so I won't pick on the newbies too much, for jumping onboard late ... 




Monday, July 7, 2014

really poor internet strength ...



   it's been almost impossible for me to get online lately ... I have long suspected the tree growth over the years, between the tower and my campsite, has gradually blocked the signals ... after camping in this same spot for about 6 years, I am seeing the pattern ...

   this morning, it's fairly cloudy, which helped me get online, for the first time in a few days  ... AM radio transmissions are held down by heavy clouds, and tends to boost the signal ... I don't know for sure if the cellular signal is like that, but it does seem to be ... 

   it's supposed to be 100 degrees again, today, so a nice cloudy sky that holds down temps and boosts internet, sounds like a good thing ... a nice rain (with no lightning) would be VERY nice, too ...

   my internet is so weak, I am unable to post up my usual BEARS picture, so, hopefully, you've already printed one off, to admire at home ... 

   (Sybil has a framed pic of 'da Bears' in her doghouse, of course)


   

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

SYBIL'S BIRTHDAY BASH ...


   well, Sybil's 5th birthday was uncomfortable for Sybil, but she seemed to enjoy herself, anyway ...

   the day before her birthday, she started acting peculiar, wouldn't sit down, and REALLY didn't like it, when I touched her tail ... she seems to have 'broken her tail', or otherwise injured it, about halfway down ... it is gradually getting better, but the whole situation doesn't make much sense ...

   we have finally suspected she may have had her tail tangled in her line, and jumped up in excitement, while one of our frequent critters came to visit her ...

   dunno, doesn't seem all that likely, but I'm out of ideas ...

   meanwhile, (except for sitting down very carefully), Sybil seems to be her usual happy self ...

Sybil, my loyal friend - 5 years


   every birthday, Sybil gets a new collar, I buy 'em online from 'Gun Dog Supply'  (free plug) ... it's a family-owned business in Mississippi, nice folks, great quality stuff ...

   anyway, THIS birthday, she finally got the collar of her dreams ! 

 nope, uh-uh, not MY idea, she came up with it, all by herself ...
  
    speaking of football, (and the overall greatness of 'da Bears'), here's a great candid shot I got today, of Sybil saying hello to a Packer fan !


just kiddin' - actually, this is Sybil caught in mid-yawn !

   so, that's Sybil's 5th birthday, come and gone ... I hope she has a lot more left in her, and her tail heals up well ...

                                  **************************

   Sybil sez : " this is gonna be a GREAT season to be a Bears fan, watch and see ! "