Archive for January, 2011

Good Morning Moon Shine

Monday, January 31st, 2011

We do get to enjoy some great sunrises… and moon rises. (click to enlarge)

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Every husband knows the trouble caused when his wife names a wild animal. With rare exception, an attachment forms along with responsibility for it’s well being. Sometimes the men do the naming not realizing that in his wife’s mind he’s created a contract that secures the life of the animal forever. And then there’s shear confusion when all the roles are messed up as in this classified ad from the local paper. This poor guy needs to get out more.

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

The electric company is not something one usually considers “personal”. But there are many smaller co-ops (owned by you and your neighbors) that service the needs of much of rural America. It’s small enough that when they sent out a survey, the General Manager’s signature line was written in ink, from an actual pen. (Yes, I look at and for things like that.)

Top Facebook Profiles

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

(this post recreated after a glitch in my blog ate it)

Day 25 on Facebook and some human behavioral patterns are emerging. Some, I like and others, not so much. Personal comments in (parenthesis).

  1. Linkers – People who link to websites without the communications skills to leave any comments as to why they like the site they’re linking to. (Hate)
  2. Gamers – People who friend you just so that they can get another chicken in Farmville when you join them in endless time-suck. (I block all game and similar options)
  3. Vulgars – Just using the word “suck” above reminded me how decorum is lost in public places. (My wife says, if you use up all the bad words in everyday speech, what do you say when you’re really angry?)
  4. Non-Sequiturs – People who post things that mean nothing except to themselves. Typically senseless phrases that have no subjects. (can’t lift more spacia, glick, say friendly – LOL)
  5. Poets – Senseless or nonsense, either way, it’s often painful for the general public to read. (I’ll probably have to qualify this one somehow so as not to hurt the poets of my world)
  6. TMIs – People who wish to share without discretion about things that are not appropriate for the general public. (No, I really don’t care about your child’s bodily functions)
  7. Spammers – Usually small business owners who mistakenly think that their friends care more about their business than their personal life. (Get a real job or a real life)
  8. Hussies – People who think their profile photo needs to be just short of porn. (Enough already!)
  9. Quoter – People who are constantly quoting pithy things, often without comment. (I’m on facebook to get to know you. If all you are is an atomiton [sic] of someone else, send me a link to them so I can get to know them instead)
  10. CalendER – So, you got a (funny, serious, political, or other) calendar for Christmas. Good for you. If I wanted to know it was National Scissor Day, I’d have gotten the calendar myself. (The exception to this is if you add your own commentary to the day)
  11. Surveyors – People who link to surveys for their pet causes, not realizing that the surveys mean very little for the cause, but are a common marketing scheme to get you to fork over your contact information. The result is that the organization doing the survey can solicit the people foolish enough to fill out the survey.

The following items have been contributed from my friends on Facebook.

  1. Lurkers are people, like my wife, that read everything that all of their friends have to say and look at all of their pictures but never actually contribute anything to Facebook via text. — Micah Pierce
  2. Like-ers – They go around liking stuff without comment so you know they were there, but they can’t take the time to add to the conversation. I’m guilty of that sometimes. –Heather Leslie Kliesner
  3. Grammar Queen: The purson who posts to facebook without doing the checking to make sur that they speled everytyhing correctly and that they didn’t just do run-on sentences that maybe sound real good while their speaking, but are hard on the eyes when reading those sentences which only show that they should be more better at proof reading or at least double checking what they wrote before they post there comments. –Jim Osman
  4. Newbie-Disser – The guy who has been on facebook for a week but already thinks he can categorize everyone else from only a week’s worth of observations. :-)� —Jim Osman
  5. Ghosters – people who are on your friend list but you never hear from them at all. –Anthony Eppolito

Thank you for your contributions.

If you have suggestions, you can post them on my facebook wall.

Note to self: Ice of death – solution.

Monday, January 17th, 2011

This post is for my own future reference should I forget and support for men who don’t yet have that ATV they’ve been dreaming about.


This is our street. That is our neighbor’s truck which has studded tires on it. Yet it’s parked here because he cannot make it up the hill in the back ground. Between here and our house is a road coated 3 to 4 inches of ice. The ice has seen a few days of rain which has polished a glass-like finish on it. It’s difficult to stand on the ice without slipping. My car can barely make it up this hill, but definitely not the next. 3 bags of cat litter fixed that. Coming down has proven to be even more dangerous.

As with many problems, the solution is an ATV. No, not simply riding the ATV up the hill, that’s easy, but rather solving the problem with the ATV.  Enter the Rhino with chains on the tires. By putting that baby in two wheel drive, and flooring it up the hill, the chains grind off the ice and have made the road of death safe for humanity once again.

Men, if after reading the past entries in this blog, you don’t yet have enough cost justifications for a new ATV, I’m going to suggest marital counseling as your problems are very serious.

The Saddest Bears WIN Ever

Monday, January 17th, 2011

We were clearly outnumbered by Seahawks and “non-Bears” fans at the Seahawks/Bears football party at a friend’s house. The party began cordial with the typical jabs and friendly excitement. Then the game began. With each passing touch down by the Bears, my friends, who just moments ago were happy, joyful, and excited, began to deflate like balloons.


Football games last for days when everyone except you are sad watching your team cream the competition.  Even a few Seahawks touchdowns couldn’t lift their spirits. I even felt guilty cheering when there was a good play by the other side. By the end, the atmosphere was that of a funeral. It didn’t feel like much of a win because I value friends over games and my friends were so forlorn. So, this was the saddest Bears win I’ve ever seen.
However, I will have no empathy, sympathy or concern for anyone rooting on Green Bay next week. A room full of sad Packers fans is a taste of pure happiness. If they cry, all the better. I will not hold back my joy over the slightest loss by GreenBay. Even a Superbowl win could not compare to the joy of a Bear win over the Packers! GO BEARS! Send them packing!

Observations of Small Town Living (OOSTL)

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

In rural areas, sometimes the police blotter strongly reflects the weather. With very little training you can tell that it snowed on Dec. 28th. If you need help with this, feel free to write me.


On a different note. When does a train whistle in the area of railroad tracks become “suspicious”?


I have a few theories about this one. Maybe people have trouble putting two and two together. For example, railroad tracks and a train whistle. Or maybe over time, I’ll learn to perceive the “suspicious” train whistle from the other kinds.

Predicting the future of Starbucks logo

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Have you heard about the new Starbucks logo? They changed it a bit as shown in the photo below of the evolution of the logo through the years. The current logo is the 4th cup from the left. My prediction based on the progression of the logo is the cup on the right. Based on the cost of changing the Sears logo when I worked there, making a change like this will cost millions. When they do make the change to my logo, I hope they compensate me.


Here’s to hoping they continue to make great coffee long into the future whatever the logo.


Monday, January 3rd, 2011

It’s official. I’m finally on Facebook. Click to get to my profile.