Monday, April 23, 2012

Where in the world is the Longrooffan????

OK, here is the truth,
The Long Roof Fan is a terrrrrrible driver... he drives from Daytona Beach to St Augustine = a mere 42 miles and it takes him 3 hours.
He is totally against the Eisenhower Highway System, and takes 4 days to drive from Florida to SW Missouri (note a trip that takes this old man only 16 hours)
So I calls him up last weekend, Saturday AM to be exact, knowing that he gets off work at 6 pm, and he would be within (a normal persons) 30 minute drive from that Birthplace of speed.

Hey where you at, we're heading to Daytona and want to know if it's raining down there.

His reply:  Heck I ain't home................

So all you bloggers:  Where in the world is the Longrooffan????

keep posted for more hints.

Clue one:  He saw the factory that made my new home.

so have fun figuring this one out!!!!

the Beachbiker 

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Just for My Noble Assistant

So after many years of good help from my Noble Assistant, the Barngoddess (aka Beachgoddess) and I moved to St Augustine Florida to enjoy the warmth and not have to put up with snow, cold wet rainy/sleet, and tornadoes.So now we are going back to good ole MO at the end of May and are going to bring that Noble Assistant of mine back to Florida with us. Giving her an experience on the beach. But alas our beach wasn't good enough for the Noble Assistant. Nope was too narrow and not big enough for a midwesterner to really enjoy.

Now we could have gone down to the Birthplace of Speed and used their beach, but since that town doesn't recognize the vehicles we travel in are bigger than the bmers,posches, audis,etc and our little mule takes up more room to park, and those people down there gave me a ticket for not fitting in the parking space, I just don't like going down there unless it is to the racetrack.

So being the government employee that I am, and carrying a lot of clout, and having been in the big circle of meetings several times. I used all that to get the Corps of Engineers to make the beach here bigger and better. And being the good govment employee I am, I go to the beach every day to make sure those workers are spending my hard earned pork barrell money correctly.

But first a pic of our new yard, put down a lot of sod to keep the sand out of our new house

To show the rest of you how well our money is being spent, I enclose a few pictures of the progress. Note how close they allow us "Locals" to get to make sure the job is being done correctly. So without further ado I give you pictures......

I hope you enjoy as much as I do = watching the TONKA toys play in the sand and water...

Thats the beachgoddess sitting in the beach chair talking to one of the tourists, while we keep track of the action

Here is the Beachgoddess watching to make sure that dozer gets the sand in the right place. 

This is a pic of the end of the pipeline where the sand and water come out. Trivia for the Jeep = pumping over 3 miles from dredge site. Pipe is 30 inch diameter, each section 40 ft long, 90% coming out of pipe is water, amount of sand pumped in one hour = over 1,000 cu yds don't know the pressure required to pump that far, but imagine the pump required to do that job......

and that's how we celebrate life down here in the
Nation's Oldest City

Thursday, April 19, 2012

April 19, 1974

This date, 4/19/1974, shall live in infamy.

Yep that is one of the most important days of my life.

That day is 38 years ago yesterday, and yesterday is the first time in 38 years that I have forgotten what that day is all about.

Well at least until I finally got home from work and that woman I live with told me about it.

Viola and I said those famous words, 38 years ago, in downtown Kansas City, Missouri with Chief and Mrs. A. Gooch in attendance. I seem to remember Viola saying "I do" and then I was asked do I, and I said something to the effect of "I do what"? When I got hit in the back and told to say I do. I did and boy am I ever happy I said, I do.

WE have been through some bad times (when I was at sea) and a whole bunch of good times.

Viola has followed me from Kansas City to
Peculiar, MO -
San Diego, Calif -
El Cajon, Calif -
Gales Ferry, Conn -
Agana, Guam -
Hong Kong, China
Honolulu, Hawaii -
Springfield, MO -
Republic, MO -
Shell Knob, MO -
Aurora, Mo -'
Marionville, MO
St. Augustine Beach, Florida

heck of a lot of moving around the world, but we were always together (except when I was at sea on subs or the Proteus or in Japan with the Fleet Hospitals.)

Will I do it again, don't even need to ask -

So as we start our 39th year together, love to you - wall to wall and tree top tall.

Love ya Viola.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

They wore me out.

So yesterday morning I wake up and am ready to go and get some things from Home Depot and make our yard a little nicer.

There are a couple families that live here, and between them they have about 8 or 10 kids.
So I catch the oldest and ask if he wants to help. Yeah let me go home and ask mom. So off to the depot and get supplies and return.

Yep all 8 of the kids are waiting for me.
and off we went to working. Well half way through had to go and get more supplies, and enroute I was driving the speed limit, and glad I was, cause this guy was watching for me:

and as I went over the big bridge to the depot, I looked down and saw a couple guys out on the marsh playing with their SUVs in the mud and muck and thought about this guy and wondered if I could find him and take his jeep to play with:

any way, by the time I got back, I was loaded down (my little mule) was loaded and I wish I had this today so I could haul more:

alas the only thing I could find that wasn't being used was this little boat..... but the cannons were so loud, I figured I'd get evicted if I brought it home.

So instead, I just kept my little mule and continued on.

Viola went to Wendy's and bought a bunch of cheese burgers and fries, and with the kool-aid, we had lunch. And the kids loved it.
Anyway after 4 hours, the kids had worked so hard and fast I was having problems keeping up, and we called it quits.

THEY WORE ME OUT. But we had a blast with all of them helping here and there and underfoot wanting something to do.

So today is rest day. But we sure did Celebrate Life yesterday with a bunch of kids.

last evening sitting outside we had another couple come over for crackers. got a good pic of them as they snacked away>

and that was the day.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Finally Pics of the New Home

Ok, it's been a long time coming, but I finally got the hang of this new laptop down and have figured out how to get pictures from the old computer to the new one.

So here are some pics of our new home we took possession of back on 3/9/12. Sold the Wilderness to a couple here in town and they are elated and have made it really nice for them.
We have been making the "Sanibel" more homey every day.. So enjoy the pics