Thursday, March 24, 2011

Why read the paper?

Southwest Missouri's infamous cowboy Congressman - Billy Long, made the statement the other day that he was upset because Obama was keeping Congress in the dark on the Libia matter and stated "all I know about it is what I read in the paper".

So today's Newsleader - Springfields only newpaper - has an article about our good ole congressman Billy Long meeting with Ham Radio operators, Emergnecy Management and Fire personnel about the upcoming house bill 'THAT BILLY COSPONSORED'.

This bill would sell off radio frequencies the Hams use. And I might add, use to a good purpose during disasters and emergencies.

One of the comments in the article was by JKROWHAMMEER and sums it up:
9:43 AM on March 24, 2011
Long said earlier he wasn't aware of the provision when he agreed to co-sponsor the bill...... So he co-sponsored a bill but didn't know what was in it. That is just wrong!!

The Nixa Fire Chief was happy that Long listened to everyones comments during the meeting "closed to the press".

What everyone failed to realize is the other article in today's Newsleader


"But to offset the cost of setting aside those frequencies for public safety, the bill also instructs the government to sell for commercial use the 420-440 MHz frequency, which amateur radio operators currently use.:

So Ole Roy supports the bill, and Billy is told to Support the Bill...........

WAKE UP HAM OPERATORS ---- the bill is going to be passed and you will lose those freqs.....

Another example of Billy doing what Roy said to do.


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

another birthday in the family

I still haven't gotten this birthday thing down yet.

If I haven't seen my sister in over a year, how the heck do I know she is another yar older?

So somewhere in the past month I have missed two of my sisters birthdays.

March 2 -- Happy B day Mary

March 22 - Happy B day Carol

one of these days I'll get my act together and send a card well in advance of the impending year advance................. but what the heck, it's more fun to say


love to the two of you.

tom and viola

I will soon be doing this to you..............

Beware of those old retired people who don't have any spare time!

Working people frequently ask retired people what
they do to make their days interesting.
Well, for example, the other day, Bev my wife and I
went into town and visited a shop.

When we came out, there was a warden writing out a parking ticket.

We went up to him and I said, 'Come on, man,
how about giving a senior citizen a break?'
He ignored us and continued writing the ticket.
I called him an “a--hole” . He glared at me and started
writing another ticket for having worn-out tires.

So Bev called him a “s--t head”. He finished the
second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.
Then he started writing more tickets.
This went on for about 20 minutes.
The more we abused him, the more tickets he wrote.

Just then our bus arrived, and we got on it
and went home.

We try to have a little fun each day now that we're retired.

Watch out Daytonna Beach, the old farts from SW MO are heading your way.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Some Saturday Fun

Just to let you all know how busy we have been around here, I post the following picture of a detailed endeavor that the Little Princess and I have been trying to accomplish. Mind you this is one of those split second eye hand coordination things that can drive you batty.

So here is that picture:

And today being Saturday, and the temp a pleasant 53 degrees F, wind out of the SE makes it feel like 40ish....

So today is the day the Barngoddess1 had designated as "Going Fishing Day".

So at 10 am off we go to the local MFA (Missouri Farmers Assn), and pick up this:

and proceed directly to our enlarged pond like this:

Of course we were putting those little fishies into the big pond....

and a few more pics of this great adventure.........

adventure heck, my toes got wet and my feet got cold, but those fishies are in the pond...

and so another Saturday morning is gone by in the blink of an eye, and with the weather not wanting to cooperate, the Barngoddess1 and I adjourned to the humble abode for her (a nap) and for me (more Mario).

While the rest of the crowd adjourned to the "Ford Garage" to make a new base for the seat of the boat, so they are comfortable when they go fishing.

I haven't the heart to tell them those fishies won't be ready until 2 years from now, but what the heck, let them have fun.

Tonight is the largest moon in some 30 years, and true to form, we have our skies encased in heavy cloud cover. Was hoping the clouds would break so the Little Princess could use her new telescope to check out the footprints on that big moon.

Maybe 32 years from now??????

So long and hope you all had as great a day as we did..........

Friday, March 18, 2011



Judy Wallman, a professional genealogy researcher in southern California, was doing some personal work on her own family tree..

She discovered that Senator Harry Reid's great-great uncle, Remus Reid, was hung for horse stealing and train robbery in Montana in 1889.

Both Judy and Harry Reid share this common ancestor.

The only known photograph of Remus shows him standing on the gallows in Montana territory:

On the back of the picture Judy obtained during her research is this inscription:
"Remus Reid, horse thief, sent to Montana Territorial Prison 1885,
escaped 1887, robbed the Montana Flyer six times. Caught by Pinkerton detectives, convicted and hanged in 1889."

So Judy recently e-mailed Senator Harry Reid for information about their great-great uncle.

Believe it or not, Harry Reid's staff sent back the following biographical sketch for her genealogy research:

"Remus Reid was a famous cowboy in the Montana Territory. His business empire grew to include acquisition of valuable equestrian assets and intimate dealings with the Montana railroad.
Beginning in 1883, he devoted several years of his life to government service, finally taking leave to resume his dealings with the railroad.
In 1887, he was a key player in a vital investigation run by the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency.
In 1889, Remus passed away during an important civic function held in his honor when the platform upon which he was standing collapsed."

NOW THAT's how it's done, Folks!


Saturday, March 5, 2011

What a week!!

Okay, so to be short and sweet.........
this past week was a Chamber week, temps were perfect, sunny and warm,
and then comes Saturday Morning

Temp on the back porch is 32 F, mild wind blowing, so it's cold outthere....

We are off to the Camping Show, the big indoor garage sale at Remingtons, and then to another big indoor sale next to Grizzlies........

then home............

Long day, shopping for everything that we don't need, but it's too cold to put up fencing, too cold to move dirt........

and it's time to take a day off and play.......
so Bus, see you around town..........
was going to bring wooden trailer and awnings, but everything is frozen and it's too much hassle to mess with, do it on a warmer day.

have fun down in Blue hair land.... and up in the mountains....