Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mid Summer in the Heartland

July 23, 2017

Heat, Rain, and Humidity, have been the calling cards for the Summer of 2017, at least so far...

Back from Brown County, Indiana, and a few days at the yearly Cabin Visit...

While my Back Yard Sunflowers are fewer in numbers than most years....and the colors less Diverse, I still have a few good ones...such as this from this morning:

Baseball is finished for the season, I finished last Monday working the State Championship game at Defiance between the home town team and defending champion Archbold...the Blue Streaks from Archbold defended the title 3-1 while preventing the host Bulldogs from capturing their 12th State Title in High School Summer ball...

Working the Semi Finals at Lima Shawnee on Sunday a massive rain storm arrived as we tried to finish up the second Semi...causing the final game to be moved to Defiance and it's turf field....I worked the 3rd base spot in the 3 man rotation....now a few weeks off before Football begins with my first Varsity Scrimmage slated for August 18th

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Just Postin'

Just to let anybody that stops by know....I'm still alive and kicking....baseball umpire work in full swing and not getting out enough on the Dual Sport...but I'm 68 and still alive, at least to this point:

Returned from Covered Bridge Ride in Southern Indiana  August 2016...

Friday, March 31, 2017

March...Out Like a "Lion"?

Actually the Temperatures are normal to a bit above for the past few days...however, the rains have been "way above" normal...and after getting games in to start the season, as well as a few scrimmages, things have gone south....rained out Tuesday, no game Wednesday, rained out last night...and today didn't look good, and Wapak did indeed cancel...however their opponent Fort Loramie{where wife taught for several years back in the late 90s and early 2000s before finishing up her full time career at St Henry} said it's field was ready to go, and despite some rain at this hour, they were planning on playing baseball....so, unless I hear otherwise, I be heading south about 25 miles in about an hour.

Cooler and dryer tomorrow, and it's anyone's guess if Wayne Trace gets their field dried off...I have my doubts...and next week, the rains are not going to abate, it appears....

So that's my Out Like a Lion story for this last day of March...Tomorrow "April Fools" Day....and look no farther than  CNN or MSNBC for all the fools you would ever want to see.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Never Let a Little Rain

March 20, 2015...

Officially the first day of Spring...and despite the recent cold snap, today is pretty much your garden variety "Spring Day"....heavy rains from 4am till about 8:30 and it was mid 30s..but rain did not turn to Snow...then the sun came out about Noon, and now at 3pm more rain.

I am scheduled to umpire a Varsity Scrimmage at Delphos, some 30 miles north...and just got word that the game is still "on" unless it rains more...well, looking at the Radar...they are about to get "more" ...so will see if the Athletic Director gives me a call or e-mail saying 'Cancelled" ...

That has been my day, since I really have little interest in the NCAA Basketball doings, now that Duke is out and my brackets have been officially "toasted" ... I'll just wait for that call saying

"No Game Today" 

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

March Drags On!

After a much warmer than normal February, March has returned to the same old format, Man~Made 'Fake" Climate Change be Damn...March weather in Ohio sucks and Spring, these days, cannot be counted on until June....

So already 4 games{scrimmage cancelled} and more likely will get the same this upcoming week...meanwhile, while I don't like riding in temps under 70, the TW will likely set in the garage for the time being...


Old Ore Road, Big Bend NP, Texas March 2016.....

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Turning 68...

Frankly I never thought much about getting this old...but by some Grace of God{not sure why he is keeping me around...punishment perhaps?} I have made it to 68...

Born in Van Wert, Ohio, in the evening of March 16. 1949, the 2nd of what would eventually be four Houseworth kids...the last of the boys and the only remaining son...brother Mike having passed at 69 last May {2016}....sisters Marty and Kelly are younger, Kelly much younger at 54...

We lived in dad's tiny hometown of Scott, Ohio, on the Van Wert-Paulding County Line until 1954 when we headed to Venice on the SW Gulf Coast of Florida for a decade before he decided to come back to Ohio  Why?  I don't know, mom {who turns 93 next month} says it was to be closer to his mom and family...as his luck would have it, my Grandmother Houseworth out lived dad by 2 1/2 years...he passed at 55 on Christmas Eve 1972, while Grandma made it to 91 and April 1975...

I consider myself more than lucky, despite Vietnam, to much beer, and other things ingested during my 20s  and later...and as far as beer, I still enjoy craft beer of  good in Quality in good quanities...Lucky?  Why?  Because here I am, 68 years old at about 5' 10" close to 200 pounds, up a bit over the winter, and I still can get up and down the basketball courts and football fields, as well as umpire Varsity High School baseball at high levels{according to my peers and ratings anyway}...still work close to 200 sports events, still dual sport Motorcycle in the Mountains and Western Deserts...and still, despite some high blood pressure and Diabetes II{? so they say} along with a close call from a stroke on my 63rd birthday....I'm still as active as any 68 year old I know...so damn right I am Lucky!  Because it is nothing I did to maintain my good health, except to stay active and improve my diet, somewhat but not in total, and I still like my beers....along with an occasional hand rolled cigar in the warmer weather months.

I can, I guess, contribute my healthy longevity to never having a desire to smoke freaking Cigarettes ... Cigars?  Hell you don't inhale them, and 30 or 40 a year, when smoked outdoors have, it appears, not affected me one damn bit...If I die tomorrow or in 30 years, I will consider myself lucky...and if I can manage to die outside a Nursing Home, I will consider myself Damn Lucky!

March 16, 2017....

So here I am, 68 years old, all my required baseball and then some, meetings in and Baseball Season, at least my scrimmage season, was scheduled to start today...well with still frostbite temperatures and snow on the ground, ice coming tonight, all game have been cancelled, at least the ones I was slated to do, through the weekend...perhaps next week. will be better, but it's still March, so I'm not banking on it. 

I am more than ready to get out on the Diamond and more than that even,  to get into the garage and get the TW200, purchased 3 years ago this week, ready to roll on the back and dirt roads....I Hate Freaking Winter, and even more than that I Hate Spring, when it refuses to bloom...we had a warm February and you just knew we would pay, and pay we are....

But, like all years, it will come, and Al "No You Don't No Shit About Global Warming" Gore can kiss my ass...man has nothing to do with Climate Change.....and that idiot and the rest of the Climate Gerbils are lying through their collective teeth...Science My Aging Ass!

OK, that's my rant....for my Birthday..

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

As You Can See....



I still have not really gotten off my ass and posted much on this soon to be 10 year old blog of late....this will only be the 3rd posting of 2017.

Lots of reasons....

{1} Blogging has taken a lot of hits lately and basically much of them has been replaced by social media commenting on Twitter and Facebook. I use both, especially Facebook,  where I have 300+ plus followers and well over 1000 "Friends"...I was near 2500 but scrubbed the site of those that I really didn't know or non family members who are hard core Liberals...who needs them?  If I wanted to listen to Left Wing BS, I'd tune into MSNBC or watch that faggot Steven Colbert with his massive audience of far left insomniacs, which likely reaches into the high hundreds of viewers....

{2}  I pretty much laid out my past life events, in and out of the Military/Vietnam,  in the 1500 posts I put out the first 6 or 7 years of this blog...you can always go back into my files and history of posts and read those.

{3} The reason I'm posting today?  Baseball umpiring season is set to begin Thursday with a High School Varsity game a few miles south of here....but with snow on the ground, and wind chills at single digits, those early scrimmage and games may be cancelled....it would not be the first time..

So, I am still trying to figure out what to do with this blog....Hell yes I will keep it, maybe someday the  grandsons will want a first hand idea of what Grand Pa did in his early life, I would certainly have liked to have a history of the Ancestors who died before I was old enough to know them, or before I was even born....my Genealogy Research is a excellent source, but hardly like knowing those folks first hand...

For now, I plan on making this like a daily diary from here on out....I did that on paper for about a dozen years beginning in 1991 until I retired at 53 years old in 2002, so perhaps I can pick that up again....so Here We Go!

Tuesday March 14, 2017

Here I am 2 days away from turning 68...frankly I figured out early that if I made it to the new century in 2000 and 50 years old at that point {turned 51 on 3/16/00} I would be a typical Houseworth...most of the Houseworth men don't make it out of their 50s or if they do, they have major health issues getting to that point.  Of the 4 Houseworth Male First Cousins, my brother Mike died last May at 69, 7 months before his 70th birthday, and cousin Gary, who was born a week after Mike, died just before his 62nd BD back in 2008 in our old hometown of Venice, Florida. The fourth, Forest Jr, is in his 50s but I don't have much information on him or his location.  So, turning 68 and being{I think} in excellent health for my age, I consider myself Lucky...and if I pass on anytime soon, I will consider it as, well, as being ahead of the Houseworth Curve.

Snow .... Not so much!

Despite the dire predictions, we here in West Central Ohio receive only about an inch of "White Death"....the cold and winds did come, but without much snow to blow around, I don't consider it much different than most Mid March years I have seen in this part of the world....and considering the warm last half of January and most of February that we had....PRH isn't complaining to much.

Baseball?

Well we will see if I kick the season off Thursday {Scrimmage at St Henry} or not....high predicted in the lower 40s, and worse for the schedule Friday and Saturday...we are usually lucky to get a game or two in before the regular season starts....then you are happy to get 60% or so in before Tournaments begin around May 10th....so Spring gives you sunshine and some warm weather, but most are cold, windy, and with plenty of rain and a snow day or two....that is Ohio, and no Bullshit Man Made Global Warming predictions have ever changed that fact.

So, here we go....we will see what shakes out with the Blogs New Direction.

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Photos-PRH in 1977 2014, and Last Spring Baseball Season 2016

Monday, January 23, 2017

2017 The Best Laid Plans

I had planned on working on this blog more in 2017...things in the Blog World have slowed since I began this one back in 2007... and many of the folks I started with have either passed...Sarge Charlie, Buck Pennington, and others, or simply quit or slowed down to a crawl...that is just the way it is, social media has changed and Twitter and Facebook are now King, and have been for the better part of the past decade.

But I will keep this alive, if for no other reason, when I pass on, the words and photos of PRH will still be floating around in Cyber~Space...and the Grandsons and their offspring, if any, might be able to see what a reactionary ass, Grandpa was.

The Changing of the Guard...

First Off...Thank God Obama, his "Wookie" and Company are out of our White House...a long miserable Anti American 8 years is behind us...Trump?  I'm not sure what he will do to improve things...but hopefully he can slow the destruction of the US Republic that the Kenyan has been pushing with the help of the Marxist Media.  I'm not a Trump "True Believer" but I like the way he bashes the Media and Establishment at every turn...hopefully he won't change...the screams of agony from the left is always a joy to hear.

Crazy Weather....

On average, in this part of the world, January 21st is the coldest day of the year....the peak, things, once again on average, get a bit warmer each day between now and July 21st....that average took a beating this past weekend.

Saturday the 21st we saw a High of 63 and yesterday it was up to 64 and neither day saw any rain and various amounts of Sun...today, it's colder and back to wet ... although 45, the predicted high, is still a dozen degrees warmer than average.  "Man~Made Global Warming"?  Sorry Al Gore Fans...that was and still is...Total Bullshit...the earth and climate do change, but "Man" has not a Gawd Damn thing to do with it....it was happening long before we stepped foot on Planet Earth, thanks to God. 

And don't bother arguing with me....because I know more than 99% of you about it...that comes from education and having a brain that I use....without the help of a bias media, and the Fake Science Hucksters that push the BS for money, power, and control, over the rest of us.

Big Bend 2017...

I did get the TW200 Dual Sport out for a quick ride on Saturday and a 15 mile "Shake Down" ride yesterday...the Yamaha is running great and hopefully will be good to go come February 27th when I head for Southwest Texas along the Rio Grande...that is still in the plans, but turning 68 in less than 2 months, who really knows  what kind of plans are going to be fulfilled...I'm just thankful that I have had the last 2 years of riding around the country, from Moab, Big Bend, the Upper Great Lakes, West Virginia, and Southern Indiana, as well as locally, on numerous Dual Sport Rides, without incident...it's been fun getting back in the saddle.

2016....?

Yea, I know, I've still got a couple of looks back at last year....and I will get to them eventually, God and Time Willing!

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Welcome to 2017 with the Fox on Ice

Been tough getting off the snide and finishing up my look back at 2016....a couple more segments to go, but I will get it done...Just not today!

Before we received a late December/New Year Warm~Up  {which is now gone and replaced with lite snow and wind chills in the Zero Range} ...I did get out to Grand Lake to take my Garden Variety Sunrise/Sunset shots over the lake, at various locations...

On December 28th I was walking out along the Windy Point Jetty, waiting for the first specks of Sun to rise above the eastern lake, when I saw a shadow run out on the frozen lake about 100 or more yards off shore....as I readied the Sony, without a proper lens for wildlife,{after all I was taking sunrise photos}...I pushed the internal zoom to it's max and snapped a few shots of the visitor, a wily Red Fox, who had joined me to watch nature's awaking....

I will return, sooner rather than later, for pats 3 and 4 looking back at 2016

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016....looking back Part #2...Terlingua and Big Bend Texas

As the winter dragged on from 2015 into 2016 one thing was quite evident...this winter was much warmer and less snow filled that the previous bitter and snow filled 14/15 season.  Still it dragged on and I looked forward to getting the TW down south to warmer weather and some good riding in.   March 2015 it was Moab, Utah, with a gang of 3 dozen...this year it would be just five of us.  Nick and I would haul our TW 200s to Big Bend National Park in south Texas...we would  be joined by our Dual Sport Adventure partner out of rural Auburn, Indiana, "Borneo" soon to become "Judge Borneo"...having retired his law practice and at the time running for a local Judgeship{which he would win and takes office January 1st}...Ebbanflood Jim from the outer banks of New York, who was with us in Moab as well, and a new guy to our group, but certainly not to motorcycles...Fort Wayne Gary, the owner of the local Harley dealership in that Indiana City....those 3 would be coming separate and riding larger bikes....


So the first Saturday in March, Nick and I loaded up his Ford 4 x 4 pick up and headed south....no stops overnight, just gas and pee breaks, we would arrive in the infamous Chili Town of Terlingua, Texas, on the north side of Big Bend.

After 30 hours or so of almost non stop driving, we decided a motel and a few beers and a nice long hand rolled cigar smoke would be good before heading into the Park the next day....so Sunday night we crashed at the Chisos Mining Motel in 'Downtown" Terlingua...

We drank a few, smoked a good cigar or two, and finally got a decent nights sleep, before heading into Big Bend the next morning, where we would camp and ride for the next week....except for one night with the other 3 at the Chisos Mountain Lodge{You can see the view, called "The Window"...one of the shots I took from the Restaurant walk way at the top of this post}.

All in all the 8 or 9 days went well...no accidents, plenty of riding, and frankly a few rides I didn't complete, which is why I will return this February and March, well at least that this the current plan.

More photos of the week at Big Bend Below.....








We would return the following week to Ohio, where flooding rains had caused a mess at my place and others....but knowing there was nothing that could be done if I had been home, I was glad to be gone for those 10 days or so....

Back to reality and part #3 coming up next.....

Thursday, December 22, 2016

2016 in Review....Part #1

This will be my 11th and likely last series of 2016 postings{this is likely to go 3 or maybe 4 entries}...since I started this blog back in July of 2007 I have posted as many as 264 times {2008}per year and that dropped to 53 last year, and frankly blogs had started to die off....I have fought to keep this one, but even my interests had changed to social media outlets like Facebook....despite the fact I despise some of the stuff there and especially despise the owner, Mark Suckenberg...a left wing turd to the Nth degree...I hate the fact that I may be contributing to his massive and not earned wealth...but WTF?  Until somebody on the Right Side comes up with a equal or better outlet...Facebook will remain my main place to get political and other items off my chest....I will however keep plugging away on this Blog, however un~frequent it may be.

Looking Back at 2016...

As 2015 turned to January of the New Year...I spent my usual Bowl Bash at my best friend Rick Pearson's place in NE Indiana....beer{too much} food {way too much} and TV football{yeah, too much of that as well}...the Winter of 2015-16 proved to be one of the more mild and snowless seasons in many years...I only got the Snow Machine out twice...and even then not for more than 3 inches of the white stuff...I, frankly, just wanted to make sure the machine was working in fine fashion.

Nick and I did get the Dual Sport Yamahas' out on one too cold to ride day in January...maybe 30-33 degrees as we rode the back roads to Sidney, Ohio...froze our asses off...real stupid for two old farts:

February was mostly officiating Basketball, much like January and December....I figured out long ago that Basketball was my least favorite sport to officiate...a distant 3rd behind Baseball{by far my fav} and Football...probably comes from the fact that although I was a damn good baseball player, could play football{not that well} but I really sucked at roundball....

Anyway as we froze, we started making plans for another TW Dual Sport Adventure Ride....2016 would not be as intense as 2015 when we hit Moab, Utah{March}, the Great Lakes{July/Aught} and West Virginia and Southeast Ohio{early November}...This March we wanted to stay warm...or at least I wanted to ride in warmer weather...we had lucked out the year before...I wanted to "Luck Out" again in 2016.

March 2016...Big Bend National Park, and Terlingua, Texas....

Plans came together to ride Big Bend along the Southern Texas/Mexican Border...we would meet up with Kurt the Judge, Fort Wayne Harley Guy Gary, and Jim from the New York Outer Banks of the Atlantic....they would either ride or in Jim's case ship their larger rides to Austin and then ride and hook up with Nick and me at Big Bend/Rio Grande Village Campsite.  Nick and I would load the TWs into the back of his Pick~Up and haul them the 1600 miles out of Celina.

Like the old fools we are, we drove straight through to Terlingua where we grabbed a motel and smoke cigars and downed beers before we got on the road south into the National Park the next morning...

Big Bend would be the first of only 2 "Major Rides" of 2016.....and photos from the Texas ride will be forthcoming in Part #2

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The Back Yard Harrier {Marsh} Hawk

For much of the last decade, a female Marsh Hawk has been visiting our back yard ..... I have posted photos before, including some where she dispatched and feasted on a wayward and unlucky Pigeon in our driveway....

She{I am assuming it the same one, size and markings are similar} came back a few weeks ago and has been around the back yard bird and Squirrel feeding area a couple of times over the past week...and I did manage to get a couple of decent shots off...with the camera that is:  The two most recent photos{yes it's the same bird she just has her feathers fluffed up in one} and bottom his the unlucky Pigeon as lunch in December 2013....

 

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tis' the Season....

I went through a stretch of a decade or more without getting a hint of a cold or virus during the winter or any season....that all changed during high school football officiating in 2015.  I came up with a cold, which turned into Bronchitis and because I refused to get it taken care of,  it lasted about 3 months...happens when you reach middle 60s....well that was the catalyst , and in the past 15 months I have had the virus 3 times, and I may, or hopefully not, becoming up on event #4.  At this point it "just a cold" and I still managed to get in my games at Delphos St. Johns last evening....we will see how it shakes out, but no more will I allow it to linger....off to the urgent care site I will go if it's not better in the next day or so, or worse yet, it gets worse!


With High School Basketball fully underway and the Christmas Holiday Season upon us times will be busy. Last weekend we went down to Lebanon, Ohio, for our annual Christmas Train excursion with youngest son Hal, his wife, and the Grandsons....


I continue to watch the post election news with a jaundiced view....the far left loons and their panic and hysteria over Trump's Victory is something else to behold....including the media, they are a group of Anti American Misfits, who should just pull the trigger on their miserable selves and be done with it, thus putting them out of their, and our,  misery....the Founding Fathers are, without a doubt, spinning in their graves watching this from the Great Beyond.

I would be remiss if I didn't recall that today, December 7th, is the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor, when the Japs, for reasons likely only known to them and FDR, targeted the tiny Island Base....I visited the Arizona Memorial when I was on R&R from Vietnam in April 1970....the nearly 29 years post Attack seems like a long time ago, back then...and now?  75 years....where have the days since April 1970 gone?

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Photos:  top~Pearl Harbor 12/7/1941  Grandsons K~Man and Kam on the Lebanon to Cincinnati Christmas Train, and PRH in Hawaii on R&R April 1970

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Pissing Off "The Haters" Ohio State Makes the CFB Final Four

Almost as much fun as having "Thee" Ohio State Buckeyes making the National Championship Playoffs for the 2nd time in three years{they won it all in 2014} is the gnashing of teeth by those that hate this team...

Guess that's why I root for Duke in Basketball and OSU in Football...sure as far as the latter, I'm from Ohio, son Sam graduated from OSU in 2012....but the loathing from those that despise both Duke Roundball and OSU Football is a sight to behold....I enjoy poking my fingers in the eyes, Social Media Speaking, of the "Haters"....

With Ohio State sitting home, due to the tie breaker set up in the Big Ten, the #2 Ranked Buckeyes were almost assured of a spot in the Final 4....but don't tell that to Penn State fans or the others that hate OSU Football.  They wanted that spot, because if the Nit Wit Lions won the B1G over Wisconsin{which they did in come from behind fashion} they, despite 2 early season loses, including a 49-10 ass kicking at Michigan, OSU's Arch Rival{who the Buckeyes defeated in two overtimes the week before} would have beaten Ohio State and won the Big Ten Title....Frankly good arguments...but no way that PSU's "Resume" was close to Ohio State's and the Selection Committee thought the same...thus here are the Final Four:



With Penn State on the outside at #5....and they get the Rose Bowl against USC...a game they might be capable of winning...a #4 slotted PSU team, IMO, would have had almost NO chance of beating #1 Alabama....neither does Washington.  On the other side, Ohio State and their opponent Clemson, both have a better match-up vs the defending Champions....OSU beat Bama in the 2014 Semis on their way to the crown....and this young team, while not yet as good as the 14 squad are certainly on that way....

In all honesty I think Penn State, Wisconsin, Michigan, and even Oklahoma, are better than Washington....but you know the committee really doesn't want 2 teams from one conference vying for the title come January 9th plus the Sooners shot themselves in the foot early on by losing to Houston at a Texas site and at home to the Buckeyes....and you can't blame the committee, that would be a ratings disaster, having say Michigan and OSU in the Championship Game....well except for Big Ten Fans and those of us here in the Midwest.


In the meantime, for Penn State fans and other "Haters" ....Suck It Up Buttercups....the Committee has spoken and there is not a damn thing you can do, but bitch about it....

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Now That the Election is Over.....

Sure there is still the Electoral College, and that moron, Jill the Fake Hebrew Stein,  working with the Nazi George Soros and his money to undermine the Election Results....but for the most part, we sit and wait to see how much damage the Kenyan Queen can do in his last 7 weeks in office...but for all intense purposes, Trump is putting together his post election team, and we will see if he can put his supporters at ease and deliver on his promise to "Make America Great Again".  I,  of course, have my doubts...but then again, I was a Ted Cruz supporter from the get-go, and although I am happy that Trump won....I am not a TrumpBot in Good Standing, by any means...time will tell if he can change the Polluted States of America that the Far and Near Left have created....

This morning on facebook{of all places} I got into a conversation about a vehicle accident we had nearly 50 years ago in Lima, Ohio, with my late brother Mike's 1964 Dodge...


....Bob Jones and PRH back in 1968


Mike was stationed in Thailand in the Air Force at the time, and let me use his Dodge for the year he was to be gone....and I did use and abuse it...being the 18 year old I was....with no sense or no sense of responsibility.  I rolled the vehicle on July 4, 1967, outside Bowling Green, Ohio, on an ill thought out trip to the Amusement Park, Cedar Point...spent the summer paying off the damage money, I had borrowed from mom...some $500. 

Late in the Summer my next door neighbor Bob Jones,  one of a handful of Childhood Best Friends I had, headed Lima to shop...what the Hell for?  I have no idea...this was nearly 50 years ago remember...we were just out of High School and less than a year from getting drafted[we both choose to join the military the next Summer of 68...him in the Navy, me the Air Force}. 

Driving down Cable Road, at a normal plus rate of speed, probably a bit fast but nothing overly so, I crossed a intersection in the
{Here is a 64 Dodge much like Brother Mikes}Dodge when some elderly lady{probably about my age now} pulled her Buick Special in front of the Dodge, and she and her Buick received the worst of it.<64 brother="" dodge="" font="" like="" mike="" much="" s="">


The Dodge, with the exception of a small dent on the driver side headlight ring had zero damage...the Buick was towed from the scene.  The lady tried to convince the cop that "He was driving to fast"....the officer responded...."The skid marks stay different, besides, you pulled out in front of him"

The story, not so remarkable...the wreck near Bowling Green, much more so....but I put out this information only to inform you that, some people have more than remarkable memories....

Bob Jones, 6 months my senior, must be one....he remember the car make and color, the women was driving, and the rest of the details....I had remembered the story, and had told my 92 year old mom the same story{without the clear details} that Bob wrote this morning, when Patricia and I took her to the Eye Doctor in Lima last week....and we passed the exact location...

The other point of this being....with winter fast approaching, basketball season officiating in full mode, and Dual Sport Motorcycle riding done for the year{likely until next March}...so I've tweaked the Blog and will do some more so, and hopefully will get back to posting on a {a least] Semi Regular Basis...it's been awhile, and frankly, despite the Holidays coming up, and time with Family, especially the Grandsons, on the way....I need to keep my mind much more active that it has been.....

So, here we go!

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Welcome to Hillary's Election Night{Mare}


Even though I was never a big Trump Supporter, voted in the Primary for Cruz, and still think he, and even Rubio, were much better choices...I enjoyed the Heck out of the way he drove and still drives the Left Crazy....I'm still wonder how any Straight, White, Christians could vote for "Killary"?...but then again,  I realize, NONE COULD!  Her "supporters' are those, for the most part, to stupid and uninformed to actually think for themselves.

Making it so much more sweet that the Murdering Witch of Benghazi will never again be in our collective faces....4 years from now...with her declining health issues, legal issues{unless The Kenyan Pardons her in full before leaving office} She won't be around to smell up the American Landscape.

And with that I give you my "Salute" to Killary and her supporters....with my Middle Finger Raised and a Smile on my Face:

Hillary's Election Night{Mare}

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Trump Wins! Hey Libs..."Suck It Up"

Not a Trump Supporter am I, started out as a Ted Cruz voter in the Ohio Primary...but eventually realized it was The Donald or "Killary"....leaving me with ZERO options other than Trump that had a chance.  

Thankfully the Iron Maiden has been banished forever from the political scene...it's doubtful her health will allow her to survive until 2020 let alone win....Hopefully the entire Klinton Crime Family is out of our political lives, FOREVER!  

And take the Bush Clan with you on the way out....and the Kenyan Grifter and "Man~Chelle" as well....

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Baseball.....



The World Series of 2016 moves back to Cleveland tomorrow night, with the Tribe up 3 games to 2 over the Cubs, after Chicago avoided elimination with a 3-2, eight out save by closer and former Red, Aroldis Chapman...the Indians still have the large advantage heading home needing to win just a single game, while the Cubbies need two out of those two.

I fell in love with Baseball in probably 1955 or so, playing in the pine tree lined center park at Alston's Cottages, our first home in Florida, where we moved from Ohio in the fall of 1954.... for the 60 plus years of playing, coaching, and umpiring, none of the other sports has come close to my affection for baseball and the game, sounds, and smell of the game....to be sure, professional baseball is nothing like it was growing up in the 1950s and 60s, but the game itself, away from MLB is still basically the same.  Yes American kids, for the most part, no longer have that feel for the game, but it stays alive with the youngsters in the Islands of the Caribbean still holding it in high regards, and thus the sports will continue to thrive and live on for generations to come....at least in the warm weather climates.

I was never a great player, but I was decent...and probably at my best catching Fast Pitch Softball{the cousin of baseball} while stationed in both Nha Trang, Vietnam, and Griffiss AFB, in Rome, Upstate New York....

Coming Home to Ohio, I coached Little League, then when the boys were old enough I coached them through the 190s...great coach?  Hardly...I knew the game, but I choose to coach for the fun of it, rather than the wins...at least that's what I tell myself...and for the last 17 years I have umpired at the High School level, and umpiring at the highest levels of that game for most of the past decade, including 6 of the last State ACME Tournaments, and being selected during the spring of each year to go deep into the post season tournaments.

However watching the game in Chicago last night{not really having a dog in the fight} with two teams whose fan bases have not seen a WS Title in decades, neither since before I was born, I reflected back on baseball and how it was, and how it should be today, but will never be again.

Growing up in the age of innocence in South Florida, we didn't have a local or area team, so it came down to "rooting" for one of the teams whose state you came from{few of us were native born Floridians back then} or one of the major market teams....me, and most of my buddies, latched onto the New York Yankees back in the day...what was not to root for?  The Had Whitey, Yogi, Moose, Bobby Richardson, Casey, and of course Mickey Mantle, "The Mick"!  We all wanted to be "The Mick"....as it turned out, Mantle, like the rest of us, was a flawed human being, but we didn't know or care for that matter....the media wasn't full of ESPN and Politically Correct Left Wing writers and so called "Journalists" ...it was a game, played by everyday joes, who, for the most part, played baseball 6 to 8 months a year, and worked regular jobs in the off season...there were no Million and Multi Million Dollar Contracts back in 1956....

The Game, and America were better back then....they will never be like that again, life and time moves on....we grow old and then, like "The Mick" and Yogi, pass on....

Doing some reading on this years World Series I came across a "blog" of sorts from the 1927 Yankees, considered by some as the greatest team in Baseball Histroy{I will toss in the 1961 Yankees and 75/76 Big Red Machine as my personal picks}...the blog or diary, penned by Myles Thomas{most of you have never heard of him, have you?} of that team, and is an excellent and funny at times, read:

Myles Thomas 1927 Yankees Diary

Kick back and enjoy....I'll be back later:
Photos:  Bronze Cast Glove of Mickey Mantle given to me by my mon....Me and brother Mike{1946-2016} when we played for the Venice Elks LL Team in 1957{I played on the "farm team" my on the big squad that year} Me at the Pine lined park at Alston's Cottage in 1954 and you can see the trees we played under, along with our "House" marked by the X in the bottom photo.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Musical Videos and Slideshows

In the process of putting together various pieces of my life in a series of Video/Slideshows of old and newer Photographs....

Follow this Link...15 and growing daily and weekly:

Pat Houseworth Video Photo Slideshows

Enjoy...back later

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Monroe Station Burns to the Ground {Everglades}

Back in August 2008, when this Blog was but a year old, I posted photos and recollection of my Jeep Wrangler visit in February 2006 to the Everglades and of gators, Loop Road, and Monroe Station...

Monroe Station Everglades Loop Rd  

This past weekend, after nearly 90 years of sitting along the Tamiami Trial, the historic structure burned to the ground:

Monroe Station Burns   

I was planning a ride along Loop Road on the Yamaha TW200 this past February, but a trip to Big Bend in Texas caused me to change plans...and put them on hold until next winter....for now, that trip is still planned, but it won't be the same, with the landmark that was {likely} torched this weekend past.

Loop Road is on a semi wild part of the north edge of the "Glades" ... if not to wet a 2 wheel drive is easy enough to travel with, all the way from Monroe Station, east towards Miami, where it hooks up with US 41 {Tamiami Trail} again....or of course you can travel from the east to west and come out at Monroe Station...sadly however, there will be no "Historical Point" to see...Sure, the building as been abandoned for nearly 30 years, but the history was deep...a product of a different life in south Florida, destroyed by fire and most of all by "Big Brother", the Federal Government, which is seems needs it's money grubbing, power hungry, hands on every bit of our
lives in the 21st Century....

Is it any wonder, true patriots, like me, despise this corrupt Government, in it's current state ?   The founding fathers weep....not only for places like Monroe Station, but for a Republic that once was, but will never be again...





All photos mine, from 2006, along Loop Road, except the historic 1940s photo from the National Park Service at the top and the Map of Loop Road...

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