Monday, July 20, 2009

What a ride............


Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming...Wow! What a ride!" Melvin Trotter 1924-2006

I only hope my old body wears out at the appropriate time and as I go, I shout
"Celebrate Life"

Angelton, TX Horse..... Show ??

So I am looking for a vacation spot for the Barngoddess and myself to head out during the month of October 2009. Found this really neat car race that will put Nascar in the back room.

Thanks to the Oleragtop, my little bigger brother, I have been investigating a race that is run with cars that have a TOP dollar limit of 500 big ones, or 5 c notes.
Not a cent more or you are disqualified.

So Total Travel Estimates: Time: 10 hours 54 minutes Distance: 669.33 miles

This is from the Haven Lee Farm in Marionville MO. Now understand that the farm is a click from Marionville (if you don't know what a click is, ask a veteran, they'll be glad to edumacate you as to terminology), but I have an Aurora Mo address.
Go figure, wonder why the USPS is in the hole and has to keep increasing your postage rate..... I'm 7 miles from the Aurora Post Office and 1.2 from Marionville.

Our Postal Service............

Anyway. Race Weekend: 24-25, October 2009


go to this web site for more info...
get ready to laugh yourself silly as you follow the rules and regs and general info.....
I love the "fans favorite" and the "People's curse"..
Gotta beat Nascar because these people go

"left and Right" not just "turn left, turn left, stay high, stay low"


have fun and may see you there............ just got to get the Barngoddess convinced this is a horse event......... (not fibbing, as there will be horse power there)

will have to bring ear plugs so the boss won't think I have been driving the tractor without ear protection.............

love it
and this enables us to


Hey ACLU, shove this up your...........

Veterans fight to keep Mojave Desert war memorial

After WWI many U.S. soldiers moved to the Californian desert to find physical and emotional healing. In 1934, they erected a memorial to honor their fallen comrades, a single white cross, – a symbol used around the world to memorialize those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The site for the memorial was chosen because at a certain time of day, the sun casts a shadow on the rock which resembles a WWI doughboy. For more than 75 years, the memorial has stood as a reminder that there were those who fought and died for our freedoms. But sadly today, the ACLU and a federal judge in California, want to tear it down. In fact, the judge has ordered the memorial covered from view while the case is on appeal. Please join us in saying “donttearmedown.” We think Americans should honor their war heroes and the freedoms they so valiantly protect; and we’re taking our case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court this fall. Please join us in this battle, go to

Thanks Chriscent
Thanks Bits and Pieces

Thomas C. Lee
HMCS(SS) USN Retired

Saturday, July 11, 2009


For those of you who are quite up to speed (and I don't mean Nascar speed, or the movie "Speed"), my younger brother "The Jeep" and his family were back in the good ole ozarks this past week.

Now as part of his vacation, he had to bring his golf clubs and play a round or two with this old horsefarmer.
Now last Monday, the two of us hit the links at my home course in Mt Vernon MO. In all fairness to the Jeep, he is on vacation, resting away the day doing nothing. Poor me is at work slaving away keeping things in order. So immediately after work Monday, we tee off and after 18 holes, the Jeep is in the hole one stroke. The longroof blogged about that game, go to his blog and you can read it. Click on By the Numbers link to the right.

Now on Thursday, immediately after work, the Barngoddess and I jump in the big little mule and head for the Clever alfalfa field and pick up a load of 70# square bales... back the the farm and I get to unload those bales into the big barn. So now I have 180 square bales of alfalfa in the barn, ready for the hot tub, but instead the Barngoddess was looking out for my best interests and she hands me a "cold activated can" of that rockie mountain hi beverage. An hour and about 6 of those cans later I was still sitting in that lawn chair, didn't feel anypain, but the body was getting stiff.

Anyways, this ole horsefarmer takes Friday off so he can visit his favorite Dentist (Dr. Kline of Springfield MO - she has a great crew and I am comfortable with her doing my annual dental work) to have a crown put on. One of those old fillings the USN DDS people put in 30 some years ago.
So the horsefarmer goes to the Dentist and they drill and drill and cut and trim and finally get the crown correct, not too much the worse for wear on this ole man. Doc Kline and crew turn me loose and I head over and pick up the Jeep for the final round of the first Haven Lee Farm invitational golf tourney. So here I am, dentist did a number in my mouth, I am still stiff from putting all those square bales in the barn, my head hurts a little from too much rockie mountain hi, and I am on the golf course with the Jeep.
I did take a couple of those Hydrocordone pills so I could at least move....
The Jeep and I play a great game of golf.... we had enough excellent shots to bring us back for the second Haven Lee Farm invitational to be held down in blue hair land sometime in the future.
If you need to know, the Jeep beat this ole horsefarmer by 3 strokes. So when you figure in the 1st 18 and the 2nd 18, I only owe him a couple c notes.
Jeep- I'd rather owe it to you than cheat you out of it.
So now you have it. The young jeep beat this ole man.... dejavu back to 1990 when I did the same to the Gentleman Farmer when we played out on that Payne Stewart course north of town.

Jeep and family are on the road home, and I got a honey due list that is 3 miles long, so off I go to cross some of them off.

But it's playing golf with my younger brother, that allows me to


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

I've been scammed.... almost

Now I have been the object of plenty of scam attempts and have caught them all before I got burned.
Here is a new swing to the old game.
First: I am an older man who doesn't tend to make rapid changes in the new world of this internet and "twitter" "text messaging" "cell phone" "cell phone cameras" etc.. in other words, the newer world wide techie crap.
I just like the internet, I like being able to blog, I like email but would rather talk on the phone.

Second: I have a cell phone, so does my wife, and my daughter. all on the same account. I don't like paying a cell phone bill every month, but chaulk it up to the modern times (when the wife and I were in our 20s and 30s, we didn't need a cell phone while traveling). I hate text messages, I can't stand twitter and all that other abreviated crap that is the current rage.

Now the scam attempt by my local cell phone company that has been bought out by a bigger cell company that brags about coverage and all those people behind you on the t&v commercials. I already said I hate text messages, therefore when I get one on my cell phone... I ignore it.
So the cell company sends me a text message on 6/14/09 that says I agree to accept a Premium A____L purchase #38146 Gamerdata at the cost of $9.99 per month, taxes and fees not included.... GET THIS: IF I DON'T REPLY AND SAY NO I DON'T WANT IT.


SCAM ATTEMPT............ if I was not pinching pennies this month, I would have paid the bill without looking at the charges. So my cell phone bill was not the usual 102.66 but 113.51......... you do the math... 9.99 a month comes out to $10.85 a month that is charged if you don't reply to a text message........


Wednesday, July 1, 2009


Today is Wednesday, but it is really Thursday for this poor ole government worker. See for you that don't know better, the good ole US of A government employees get to have Friday off. Makes for a nice 3 day weekend.

So after work today, I proceed to the local Mt Vernon MO golf course for a round of relaxation. Mind you the Barngoddess called me at 3:30 and again at 4:00 and told me to stop and play nine on the way home, she wanted to take a nap and didn't want me there napping with her cause she wanted to sleep.

So I stop and take a beautiful walk through some of Mt Vernon's lovely country side. Feel like I am starting to get some of the old golf me back into my game.

The JEEP relayed to me "sic" the inaugural Haven Lee Farms golf tournament, schedualed for the week following the Fourth of July weekend is set....all comers and takers are welcome to participate...understand that my friends Auggie and the Captain will be in attendance to insure that my game will be a stroke below anyone else's...besides, I learned how to score the game from BBB....nobody knows 'customer golf' better than he does....oh, by the way, I will bring the asprin so you bring the tape....if needed, you can tape an asprin to your sore spots....

So to let everyone know, this tourney will be held in Springfield MO, most probably at the Horton Smith Golf Course, south of Sunshine on Scenic, just west of the Fed Prison. No jokes about false representation on the score card and the prison. But I still know a couple guards there.

I may practice, but I haven't been on the Horton Smith Golf Course since 1990. All players can be assured that I am not sizing up that course before the tourney.
As for today's round: Parred 3 holes.
Also, for the first time that I can remember, I was about ten paces away from an eagle on the par 5 #8 hole. A perfect drive of 210 yards, followed by a 3 wood that went 210 yards, and I was 4 paces off the green. Cup sat 4 more paces .....
I parred the hole after two putting. from 4 feet.
Jeep you don't have to worry, my putting is terrible... hell terrible isn't the word for it....... my putting has gone to Tampa and got sucked up by that tornado.

This weekend is the trip to Columbia MO for another miniature Horse show. My noble assistant (the Little Princess) will be showing 2 horses, and the Barngoddess will be driving two in competition. Me? I am the gate keeper for both days, so I just get to work the weekend away. (Pays the hotel bill though).

So see you all next week where I hope to have some pictures to post that show the Little Princess doing her thing, and the Barngoddess driving to the winners circle.

Hey Bus, Friday July 10th, afternoon looks good for golf if you want to join. We need someone to drive the beverage wagon.

Celebrate Life and drive safely this weekend.