Siren Center

I am officially renaming the are of town I live in “Siren Center”, I live in a small town of approx. 25,000 people, I live in the center of that town, only a few block from City Hall and Police Station, and I would like to say for a small town we have the most active Sirens of anyplace I have ever been, I hear Police, Ambulance and Fire Trucks all day long, I don’t think any of those services drive down the main street without putting on their Siren, I don’t know if their pay schedule changes when they use their Sirens if it did it would answer a lot of questions about why they seem to need their Sirens on all the time, or maybe they just want City Hall to hear them working. So from here on my Neighborhood will be UnOfficially know as Siren Center,… wait I’ve always thought that the spelling Centre for Center was wacky but might actually be a better way of spelling it since “Centre” defined as the middle of something and “Center” is defined as a word for a Place or an Institution, I don’t know both or kind of fitting since City Hall could be defined as an Institution…hmmmmm, in more ways than one for sure.


Mr. and Mrs. Fixit

Geneva is quite handy when it come to fixing things, whether electrical or plumbing she is in there up to her elbows getting the job done, well today a Hot Water line under the kitchen sink started to leak, just got old and a dry gasket I think but Geneva said lets just replace the line… good idea, and I decided I was going to make myself useful by changing the line, kind of a mistake because Geneva wanted to be right there head and all under the sink with me, do you think there is enough room in there for both of us..No Way, so I told her to back off so I could get it done, well after fighting with the damn plumbers tape the job finally was done, we turned the water main back on and — Hip Hip Hooray I fixed it the first time out, but sometimes it is just worth it to tell her to go for it because two heads under the sink do not work and the stupid ass position I had to twist my body into did my back no favors, ahhh the perils of getting old, but I am damn lucky that my wife is mechanically inclined because she will jump in and fix things if I’m not around. Job well done, all this and I walked the Dog this morning so I do feel somewhat useful after all.

Hello November

Well it is cooling down and I’ve started wearing a cap and jacket while taking Freedom for his early morning walks, Geneva decided Freedom needed a nice warm cap for his walks, so here he is modeling his Fall Wear Fashion.

Freedoms new hat-3-web

He also has a matching scarf which he isn’t wearing at the moment, but I think he looks pretty fashionable.

UPDATE: My Friend Billy Jack mentioned how Freedom and I are looking alike, I guess this happens with older people where their Family Dog becomes an equal Family Member, he eats Dinner with us every night (not at the table), but when we sit down to eat he goes to his food dish and grabs a piece of dog food and brings it over by us and eats it, in the Morning his favorite Morning Snack is a small handfull of Cheerios that he eats while we eat, matter of fact when we are done with our meal we sit there and wait for him to finish because if we get up from the table he will stop eating. I read an article the other day where people care about their Family Dog more than they care about other humans….. this is not really a good thing but it holds true in this house, I wish I could love my fellow man as much as I do him but honestly I don’t, like my wife said the other day, they don’t lie or cheat, they are there to give you comfort when things are looking grim and they ask for very little in exchange.

Good Bye October

Well this month the Refrigerator went out and needed replaced, KaChing!, then Geneva’s Car needed a new Waterpump — KaChing KaChing !! Then my Truck needed a new Battery — KaChing KaChing KaChing !!! Freedom couldn’t be ignored this month and got a Abscess in his Pooper/Scent Gland — KaChing !!!! KaChing !!!! KaChing !!!! KaChing !!!! — Well says my tooth,  everyone is getting attention except little o’l me, How about a Root Canal and a Cap — Big KACHING !!!!!… So that was October, we still have one more day left, I shall hide under the bed…LOL

BUT here is the clincher,  before all this happened I was in bad shape, back in June I messed up my Spine and was hobbling around by use of a cane, I could hardly walk and in a HUGE amount of pain but this is what happened, when Freedom got his Abscess and had to go to the Vet I came to the realization that because of the lack of my physical activity it was causing Freedoms physical problems, when I asked the Vet if that was possible she said yes, a dog needs to go out and Mark his territory, this keeps the scent glands active and healthy, so— since that day I have taken Freedom for a walk every morning, without fail EVERY Morning, which in turn has been building up my Stamina and my tolerance to pain, if you ever get a e-mail from me there is a quote from Buddha at the end of my e-mails saying “Pain is inevitable but Suffering is Optional” — Well my pain is still there but I’ve learned to deal with it and getting stronger every day and losing weight, about an extra five pounds since I started walking ever day – PLUS NO MORE CANE and the last four days I have been doing my well overdo Yard Work, taking out some Bamboo, cutting weeds and moving River Rock, I’m Moving slow on it but it is getting done.. Thank You Freedom for taking me for a walk. One more thing, it was October 31st – Halloween Night about 18 years ago that Geneva fell off a ladder and broke her leg — So it ain’t over until November, then just maybe then I’ll feel safe.


Happy Birthday John

October 9th 1940 was John Lennon’s Birthdate, this photo was taken by Astrid Kirchherr, using her 1955 Rolleicord Twin Lens Camera, which I have a Rolleicord with only a few hundred serial numbers difference from hers. it just makes me think that our cameras were on the assembly line at the same time, interesting thought, anyways Astrid didn’t receive squat for the most famous photographs of all time, the first photos of The Beatles, Thank You Astrid !!

John Lennon Birthday Oct 9 1940 - Photo by Astrid Kirchherr


Taking a Knee

Bruce Maxwell of the Oakland A’s decided to take a knee during the National Anthem… I don’t care, if I don’t like something I use the almighty dollar to make my point, so Bruce when the Stadium is almost empty, and the Ball Club is losing money and the poor Hot Dog Salesman is sent home because there just isn’t enough people in the Stadium to justify him being there, explain to him why he was sent home and your making 500k a year to catch a ball…maybe he will care.

Bruce Maxwell Taking a Knee

This is Bruce’s first year, if they fire him now nobody will remember his name next year.

Stand up, Kneel Down, Raise your Fist, Raise your Arms, Don’t Shoot – Don’t Shoot, Put your Hoodie on and Take it Off, Beat Your Chest and Shake Your Beads, We’re Doing The Vatican Rag.