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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Another Vietnam Sky Cop Reunion by the Boards


With Sunshine and temps in the 70s and higher over the weekend{since back to winter with snow and record low temperatures}, we held our 6th "Mini Reunion" at Dayton's Hope Hotel, Wright~Patterson AFB, and the Air Force Museum, in the past 8 years...this one was marked with the best weather by far as compared to the past.  Of course moving it to early to mid April, rather than January, February, or even March, might have something to do with this....

Patrica fixed dozens of homemade cookies, pies, and supplied Veggie and Cheese Trays and bowls of chocolate candy....Bob Griffith, my partner in crime in the WPAFB area, filled the coolers with beer,
soda pop, wine, and the tables with chips, dips, etc. 

The room and hospitality situation was resolved, not to the best{things will be better next year, you can count on that}, but we survived in tact....my buddies Randy and MAC, Bill McDonald, supplied the entertainment along with singing help from my buddy Mike Tillman's wife Debbie....grandson Kasyn joined us for dinner on Saturday as well, and by the time we parted Sunday Morning{to sit with K~Man while Hal and Lisa celebrated Hal's 30th Birthday at the Reds Game}...I was satisfied with the weekend in total...we can do better, and hopefully that will come next year.

Sadly we lost 5 of our guys from last year and previous years....it is the way of the Vietnam Vets....our numbers will not grow, we will only become less as each and every year passes....however our numbers for the Reunion itself continue to grow...from 5 of us in 2007 to as many as 40...this year, Sky Cops, wives, friends, and family members totaled about 55.

Next year we will meet even later in the Spring, as April 23 thru 26th are the set dates...

Baseball...and rainouts

So far this season, despite the miserable weather, I have umpired more than 50% of the games during the Regular Season....rained out on Monday, my game yesterday had been moved, good thing too, as it never got above 34 degrees.  Cold, but Sunny today, and my game at LCC was cancelled and they moved it to Coldwater, where young Damon and I will work this one...I have the plate today{Damon will work the dish at Delphos Jefferson next week when we work together again}...tomorrow I have picked up another game, after a cancellation...at New Knoxville with my buddy from Greenville Greg.  No games Friday due to it being Good Friday, Saturday me and my District assigned buddy Jim will work a double header at St. Marys vs Indian Lake...Jim and I, along with Garry, will work the 3 games at the D4 District at Elida this year...no Regional or State Assignments, but I have seen that hand writing on the wall for several seasons, 65 year olds just are not getting those these days regardless of Ratings or how good of shape one may be in.  But no complaints...I have had my share of good post season assignments in the past, and time for some new blood to move
in...Damon does have a District 3 games as well as the D1 Regional at Bowling Green.


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Photos-2014 Sky Cops at the Defender Fortis Statue...part of the Hospitality Room Spread...fixed mostly by my wife.  Patricia and Doug Davis' wife Pam...my friend Bill Harris, who lives year round in Vietnam and travels the country presented me with patches, a VSPA Flag and Sand from the Beaches of Nha Trang.  Bill "MAC" McDonald, Debbie Tillman and Randy Albertson perform after Dinner on Saturday Night at the Hope Hotel...and me and "Mac"...the only two guys in our group that served at both Nha Trang and Tan Son Nhut during the Vietam War as Sky Cops.



Thursday, April 10, 2014

Dayton/Vietnam Mini Reunion and Out and About with the K~Man


Yesterday was sunny and finally getting temperatures near normal...those will last through the weekend, before another cool down{why the Hell can't we have a "Warm Up" in the near future...let's say, BEFORE JULY!!!?} hits the Midwest next week.

Got a second game of the week in last night, at Shawnee in Lima, and tonight, if the predicted showers hold off, I head east to Ada{home of the NFL Football Factory and Ohio Northern U} and work a NWC League game between Ada and their down the road rival, Allen East....will work the bases for the first time this week....

Grandson Kasyn was here yesterday and his mom was working in Wapak, Patricia had a planned school delay, so we drove over and picked him up...and he spent the next 5 hours with me....either watching sing along song videos on the computer, chasing the Gray Cat outside, or wearing my Snowmobile Helmet and wanting to climb aboard the new Yamaha....

We will be in Centerville this Sunday and Hal and Lisa celebrate his 30th Birthday with friends, and we will take care of the K~Man....

Before that however, Patricia and I will be spending the weekend, beginning tomorrow afternoon, at the Hope Hotel, Wright-Patterson AFB, and the AF Museum, hosting the Annual Vietnam/Thailand Sky Cop Mini Reunion....this all began back in 2007 when 5 of us, along with my oldest son Sam gathered on a cold February day and sat for a couple of hours BSing and drinking coffee....it has blossomed into 50 to 60 of us getting together every Spring{used to be January then March} to tell more BS and "War Stories"...drink beer, have a dinner, and tour the Air Force Museum....

We have never had a bad time there, and I expect this weekend{with the weather looking good} to be no different.

Speaking of Birthdays....Gotta wish not only son Hal a Happy 30th{that was the only one that bothered me....thought I was getting old....lol, little did I know}m and my mom a great 90th, as she celebrates this Sunday and youngest sister's house in Naples, Florida....yes, Hal was born on Mom's 60th Birthday....where did the time go?

Back later with details of the weekend:


Photos~Kasyn Loved the New Yamaha "T~Dub", as well as the Helmet, he wore it most of the time he was here....and coming up this weekend...The Dayton/Vietnam Sky Cop "Mini" Reunion....bottom photo is from a frigid January 31, 2008....thus why we keep moving it closer to Summer....it was 8 degrees that day with a chill factor well below zero...this weekend 60s and 70s with sunshine!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

And Here I Sit on National Obama Supporters Day

That would be April Fools Day to we Conservative types....April 1st 2014 to the rest of the non political world....64 yesterday, got my first Varsity Regular Season game in at Spencerville...this afternoon with strong winds and around the same temps as yesterday, I will be at Fort Recovery for a Varsity contest with Lincolnview...tomorrow back to rain and cooler, and no break in sight until at least late in the weekend....such is this winter/early spring....

Reds lost their opener to the hated Cardinals yesterday....1-0, you hold St Louis to 5 hits, you expect to win...But!! 

Otherwise just messing around, did get the Yamaha out for a few rides...it now has 35miles on it...lol~I remember when I was 25, back in 1974 and purchased the new Kawasaki 250 on/off road....I rode that damn thing in any weather when I first purchased it....growing old is just no damn fun  :(  But Hell it could be worse, I could be a brain dead Obama Supporter and Tool...or worse, be forced to sign up for his freaking Illegal{like him} Health Care Takeover Scam via the Federal Government.

Photos of the Day:






Monday, March 24, 2014

Spring is here, but Mother Nature isn't buying that...


Friday was the last best day and one of the few we have had so far of late....probably got up to 60 with lite winds and sunshine...perfect day for my first baseball scrimmage to finally get played, after 3 freeze outs!  Also a great day to fire up the new tw200 Yamaha Dual Sport M/C and ride it to the Fairgrounds a block or so away...then putt around for a few minutes, going through the gears and riding on various surfaces, gravel, some lite mud, and some sandy pavement areas...didn't get more than a half hour and a few miles on it, but baseball was calling and I couldn't dilly around.

My first thoughts were...."Hell it's been awhile", but I hopped on and pretty quick, with some doubts, I made the Fairgrounds, and found myself dissecting how the TW handled...brakes a bit more mushy that I liked, and the clutch seemed out of place, or mushy as well....but those are adjustable and when we get another half way warm day....I will adjust after taking it for another spin....all in all, I enjoyed it, but like with anything else you do, after not having done it in awhile, you tend to be a bit
nervous...same thing when looking over and prying around the bike after reading the Owner's Manual....guess you are afraid, or at least on my part, you are going to break something...on a dual sport no less?  Go Figure!

Anyway, once done with my small piece of riding the TW on her "Maiden Run"(about 3 miles total) I parked it back in the garage and there she sits....the baseball weather that late afternoon was perfect at Rockford Parkway...Saturday Morning however, the same would not apply, as I was asked to fill in for another ailing umpire.

My scrimmage game at Delphos St. Johns for Saturday had been cancelled due to the field still not being dry....on many diamonds the frost/freeze is just now pushing up through the ground...but Celina with it's artificial turf infield has no such problems...so I told Bob I would fill in for the other umpire...working the bases for the second straight day.  This time however, there would be no sun and the temperature will settle in at around 40 degrees...giving me a chance to try out the new winter gloves.

Sunday was a basketball watching day, cold with sun shining...today is still like yesterday, the temps at the noon hour are still in the upper 20s...no call yet from Allen East as to whether the weather will kill today's scrimmage...if not I will have to dress warm once again.  Tomorrow looks worse, 34 with strong winds and snow showers...that scrimmage in St. Marys is surely going to be cancelled...I hope!

There is some hope for a bit warmer weather by Thursday and Friday...but storms on Friday could put the opening day double header between Delphos Jefferson and Van Wert at risk....to early to worry that far ahead however....Spring has arrived and with like most March and Aprils{May as well at times}, the weather is going to be up and down....nothing we can do about that.

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Photos-The New TW200 at the Mercer County Fairgrounds...getting it's first street and gravel miles on it...and the Artificial Turf at Celina, cold, wet, whatever, it's ready for the upcoming season.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The New Toy!



Old Buddy Nick and I headed for Maumee Thursday morning and picked up my first new{as in brand new unriden} bike in 40 years....the 2014 Yamaha tw200{T~Dub} dual sport{on/off road} is in the garage....and will get it's maiden run tomorrow, weather permitting.....detail and more photos coming:

Photos-In the Garage amd ready for some warmer weather to get it out and about 


Sunday, March 16, 2014

Turning 65



First off...I really never thought of making it to the "golden age" of retirement...few of the Houseworth men have...

One of the few was the man who was first born in the United States after his father Jacob Hauswirth arrived in 1751 on the Ship Janet, from Rotterdam at Philadelphia.  My GGG-Grandfather Israel Houseworth lived to be the ripe old age of 83 or so, passing away in Waldo, Ohio, during the Civil War.  The rest, from Great Grandfather Nelson(50), Grandfather Sam(50), and my dad, Stanley(55), didn't make it out of their fifties....Uncle Forest died at 54, and while John Furl, my uncle, made it to 75, he had a massive heart attack while in his 40s....his son Gary, our first cousin, died at 62...brother Mike, 67 in December and me, now 65, are the exceptions...not sure why, it's not that we lived the healthy life...at least not until the past few years...and Hell I still drink too much ale...but stay fit, as for brother Mike?  Not sure what his excuse for making it this long...stubbornness perhaps.

Anyway, waking up this morning, I had made "retirement age" ... but I started collecting Social Security at 62, had retired from the Van Wert County Health Department at age 53 back in 2002, so I was pretty well "retired" regardless.   Of course retirement is just a state of mind....I continue to "work" after leaving the Environmental Health field...driving RVs cross country for delivery and pick~up for 6 years, and umpiring baseball for the past 15, as well as picking up Football and Basketball officiating over the past decade.....Retirement is just a state of mind....I have no intention of quitting and sitting on my backside anytime soon...if the Grim Reaper comes calling, he will have to find time to catch me when I'm not busy.

I was born in Van Wert, Ohio, on the evening of March 16, 1949...less than 6 hours short of St. Patrick's Day...the Irish Holiday that mom was hoping for....I just wouldn't wait those extra
hours....but Irish it was, Pat and Mike, were the names, from our Irish roots on mom's side of the family.

Living in Dad's hometown of Scott, Ohio{population 250}, for the first five years, we pulled up stakes, along with our cousins, the Polings, and headed to the beaches of South Florida...living near and in Venice, for nearly the next decade....back to Ohio we came in the early 60s....and since those days, I have lived mostly in Celina, along with stops in the Air Force, and after in Upstate New York, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Kansas....

It's been an interesting ride along the way....I have not done all that I could or should have, have made many missteps, and will continue until they plant me .... all in all however, it's been a good ride, and one that when it does end, hopefully, I will have left behind mostly things on the positive side, well at least on balance.

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Photos-Turning 65 and in the middle photo me and Mom in front of Grandma Houseworth's Place in Scott, Ohio, in 1949...

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Liberal/She Males are just way 2 EZ



Some sun and near 60 yesterday, clouds and about the same today, before Winter Reality sets back in for tomorrow.  After a front line of rain late this evening, snow arrives back in the area tomorrow with 4 or more inches, and 40 mph winds to bring the chill factors down to -10 or so...Whoopee freaking do!  At least the majority of the snow{except some snow plowed piles} is gone, and we can handle the next batch, which usually doesn't stick around long after March makes it to the calendar.

Pissing on the Left's Morning Cereal.....

I made my way over to ADVrider and the forums this morning...last night I posted some wildlife photos I took last summer and my Hognose Snake photo from the Michigan Mushroom Hunt a couple of years ago...

When I first found the site last summer I thought it would be a good place to surf and look at photos and stories from like minded folks rides....and to a certain extent it is...on the other hand, it has a noticeable "Left" bend to it, especially when it comes to the accompanying "Basement" portion.  That area, like much of the mainstream news, and churches these days, if infiltrated with a collection of left wing assholes, most of whom don't ride{except on the backs of their gay lovers}, have never rode, and who likely live in mom's basement...typing out thousands of posts of political nature, on a Motorcycle Adventure Forum site....some of these assholes have post upwards of 100,000 posts in a few years, and this on just one site...can't imagine what they do with their "spare time".

Anyway, I dropped by this morning just to screw with a few of them....most white limp dick libs, in love with Obammy the Wonder Kenyan and still waxing about the great Racist Nelson "Dingo" Mandela, who no doubt is currently roasting in Hell....fitting for the murdering son of a bitch he was....one thing about Lib She Males....they can neither take a joke or the truth, both are foreign to these gutless little men.  I expect to be receiving another "vacation" perhaps on a permanent level...seems the Administration and Moderators on the side are left wing types themselves, and when the girly men on the left get their feelings hurt, the Mods are there to ease their pain.....boo, freaking, hoo....call me when I give a shit!

I am much more at home on the TW200 Site and Forum....95% Conservative and folks that
actually ride....Speaking of which, the new T~Dub is on order from Honda East and I await it's arrival.  Once it arrives, Nick and I will head to the Toledo bergs and bring it home...hopefully the lates batch of snow will be melted, and I can put a few miles on it.


In the meantime I will wait ...and continue to prepare for the upcoming baseball season.  As president of the Midwest Buckeye BB/SB Umpire Association, a mostly figure head title, I still like to attend al all meetings....already one has been cancelled, and tomorrow night looks in jepordy with the snow and wind in the forecast{if Van Wert Schools cancel, we cancel}...this brings up another problem.  Flemings Sports is heading up from Columbus tomorrow and with them come the orders our guys have made with them...we will see what happens.  Added to this, my next 3 Wednesdays I have either scrimmages or regular season games to umpire, and I still need one more meeting to get in to remain legal.  So I either arrive late, if this happens, or I head to Piqua next Monday for one of their meetings to make sure I am covered ... Or I could just wait to see if one of the games is cancelled{most likely} or hold off until the final meeting on April 2nd, when I have a varsity game at Van Wert, which should be over in plenty of time to drive the mile to the High
School....decisions, decisions, whatever happens, I will get it covered, I just hate waiting until the last minute.

Time to head out for my 2 mile walk...since the day in nice, and we won't see another for awhile, I will forgo the treatmill and weight room for a walk to the Lake and back....a couple of miles in 60 degree weather is doable for sure.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Winter...any end in sight?


Sunny today, and it is supposed to rise to the mid 30s...by most standards this is still 15 degrees or so below "normal" for this late in March...but by this winter's standards, it is downright balmy.  Tomorrow they say 50 for a high, and various 40 and 50 degree temps for the next 5 or 6 days, before back to winter...at least that is what they are currently predicting...but with the track record of the National Weather Service and the Weather Channel, don't bet on any of this coming to pass.

Sitting here this morning, after my morning workout on the treadmill, I decided to flip on the DVD of "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre" .... instead I decided to watch the attached "Making of the TSM" ...turns out the stories of the making of the film, it's actors, locations, and director John Huston, was every bit as long as the 2 hour movie....just now I have turned over to the movie itself...one of my top 10 or 15 of all time for sure. 

Tomorrow I will head to the Hope Hotel at Wright~Patterson AFB, near Dayton, where Bob Griffith and I will meet with staff at the Hope, and make our final plans for the April 11th~13th Vietnam/Thailand Air Force Sky Cop Mini Reunion, the weekend before Easter.  At this point, I'm glad I pushed it back a month...because the rest of March doesn't look all that sweet, weather wise, hopefully April will see a bit more warm and a lot more sun.

Yamaha TW Time.....

In earlier posts, I had talked about getting back into off road and rural motorcycle riding ... well after looking at multiple dealers that offer the bike I want, a 2013 tw200 "Fat Tire" by Yamaha, the best deals within 200 miles I could come up with on a 13 was still way more than I wanted to pay....then out of the blue I come across Honda East outside Toledo in Maumee, Ohio...while they did not have any left over 2013s in stock, they offered me a out of the factory 2014 for less than I could purchase a 13 at most places .... add a rear luggage rack{for hauling my summer baseball equipment around}, taxes, and freight, I talked them into one for less than $4500, all included.  I sent in the deposit, and now wait for it to arrive ... Nick and I will take a trailer the 100 miles north, and bring it home...Crazy I Might Be...buy by gawd I will finally get back in the saddle.

Of course I have no intention of doing any long haul 4 lane riding ... been there done that, that's why I purchase this bike, that goes off and on the trails, and does so with a 200cc 4 stroke that won't top 70 or 75 mph ..."Let's Ride".

In the meantime I will wait for the winter to ease ... Baseball season is set to begin, with my first scrimmage at Parkway in Rockford set for March 18th....but unless we have a dozen dry days with plenty of sun and temps near 70, that isn't gonna happen, and the forecast, while a bit better, is far from that rosy a painted picture ... so we will wait it all out, the forecast is for below normal for the next 45 days or so .... looks like I will be wearing the cold weather gear more often than not again this season, which is the case most years ... but spring, rain, snow, winds, and a bit of warmth, with come.

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Winter and Social Media





It's been a long, snowy, cold, Winter...long, long, Winter...sitting here this morning waiting for the plumber to show up to unclog my basement grey water drain...don't know what the Hell happened with that...cat, maybe dropped a ball or something down it...I did, after using the household "snake" to try to fix the problem, find a rusted jar cap, a ping pong ball, and a detergent cup....but it's still plugged...making showers and washing machine work not doable at this point.

The long winter continues....did I already say that???

Spent Monday watching Grandson Kasyn...the "K~Man" is certainly growing and at 2 years 3 months old he is in the top 5% height wise and top 10% weight wise for his age...despite a few ear infections and such for this "long, snowy, cold, winter", he is growing like a weed....did I mention it has been a long cold winter???

Saturday we head to Centerville and hook up with Hal, Lisa, Kasyn, and Lisa's family and head towards Cincinnati where we will find out what sex Grandchild #2, due is August, will be....bets are it might be a girl this time....but as long as the  next 5 1/2 months go well, I am really not concerned which sex the baby will be.

Concerning the cat that showed up at our house on Christmas night, it has been living in our basement in the cold weather....and since it's been a long, cold, snowy, winter, that has been much of the time....rotating between the house, basement, and garage....lol!  Yesterday however, I took her in to get her "fixed"...if she is going to stick around the house and yard....I want no offspring hanging around with her.....

Facebook...Banned Again!

Some asshole on facebook, a typical gutless liberal male, name "Russel", gawd, is that a perfect name for a faggot left wing pole smoker or what....keeps ratting me out for posts I made toward him over a year ago...and each time he sends the same posts, the Nazi Gerbils at facebook under the direction of Fuhrer Kookenberg, ban me for 12 to 24 hours....I suspect one day to get the full month long ban....probably for saying something derogatory about his Majesty Barry Obammy....the Dicktaker Wannabee Dictator. 

I'm not sure how a sweet, kind, person, like me could piss off so many far left types?  {insert smart ass smirk}, but I guess I should consider it a badge of honor....nothing funnier that watching liberals, especially gutless, dickless, white liberal males get their panties in a wad.  My guess is most liberal men, were either abused by their mommy when children, maybe forced to wear girls clothes, and ended up the pathetic wrecks that they become as adults....a more sorry group of people never existed on Planet Earth than the American Liberal White Male.

Did I mention it's been a long, cold, winter??

Basketball season, for me at least, is done....I finished up last Friday at Wapak...and now I wait for Baseball Umpiring to begin...my first scheduled game is a Varsity Scrimmage on March 18th at Parkway....what are the chances of getting that one in?   Doubtful at best...I don't think the snow will melt{we are expecting 8 to 12 inches Sunday and Monday} by then...nor the fields dry....in fact with the temperature scheduled to drop to -7 by Tuesday{Don't think I've ever seen anything that far below zero into March}....and the extended forecast, acurate or not, does not seem promising...but it will work itself out, one way or the other.

Did I mention it's been a long, snowy, cold, winter????

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Sunday, February 16, 2014

ADvrider...Banned Again!


Another bit of snow overnight....and I see the "warm-up" for next week has been downgraded.  Instead of some rain and a couple of days in the 50s, they are now saying mostly in the 30s, maybe low to mid 40s by Thursday...then back to the winter cold....gonna be a slow warm up before baseball season begins...and as it stands now, the spring high school baseball season will be much like last year, wet, cold, and cancellation filled.

Worked at Delphos St. Johns last night, officiating the JV contest...a 59-42 wind by visiting Lima Bath...we worked quick and with a minimum of fouls, finishing up in 62 minutes....my kind of game!!  Just one more to go, a final JV Boys game at Wapak next Friday and thankfully the long roundball season, for me at least, will be over.  Spring, warm weather, and baseball season, can't come soon enough.

The ability to rub people{mostly Liberals} the wrong way!

I got home last night and after watching an incredibly boring basketball game between Ohio State and Illinois{a mind-boggling low score for major college hoops, with OSU winning 47-39}, I got on the Internet and checked out my facebook page....and noted a major pissing match among  some of my friends about a story of a Muslim indoctrinated cop in Idaho{of all places} shoot some guys Service Dog:

http://www.wnd.com/2014/02/trigger-happy-cop-shoots-familys-service-dog/

Having been a Military Cop{Air Force Security Police} in Vietnam, who worked around Dog Trainers/Handlers, and having raised Airedales for many years...I can relate to both sides...but given the fact this clown is a stinking Islamic, a breed of trash that hates kids and dogs by their very nature, I gotta believe that this bastard shot the dog, because he was indeed "Trigger Happy".  There are some bad dogs,  these dogs were not among that group IMO, there are far more bad cops....saying that, I have many cops and retired cops among my best friends, but like all professions of power, you get the good with the bad.

Booted Again....

My ability to piss off Liberals was put to the point again....just a few days after being reinstated by the Motorcycle Adventure site ADvrider...I was banned again last night.  It appears that Liberlism rules the roost, even in a motorcycle adventure site....funny stuff.  Most bikers I know are apolitical or conservative...but the loud mouths that moderate this site and the usual group of free speech haters on the left, have garnered the power to squash any speech they disagree with...to stray from that line results in a weeks ban....I now am in the middle of my second such ban in less than a month....

http://advrider.com/forums/

Of course I'm a troll....I have posted over there some 150 times in 8 months...while the leftist toads posting political nonsense have as many as 95,000 posts in a number of years...yep, I'm the troll...You Damn Right Winger PRH!!!...

Dartball Tourney....

After 3+ months of the Regular Dartball League Season....we begin{or perhaps end} the Tournament Season this afternoon...

The league isn't what it used to be to say the least...in the 2 half our St Johns Lutheran team finished in 3rd in the first half and 2nd in the second term...blowing our last 4 game to be left out of the Championship Series....I had an unusual year...starting off playing poorly at home and somewhat better on the road, I finished strong and ended with a .314 batting average{still low by my standards} and coming in 3rd in the league in RBIS...midway through the season I couldn't seem to find the single base, so switched back to my old standard going for RBIS and Triples...along with a couple Home Runs, I finished with another trophy season, although, as I said, not really up to my usual standards....

We play Schumm Lutheran in the first round of playoffs at 3pm today...a team that dominated us during the season, even though their record was not any better than ours.  We are do to get some revenge...but if we don't, I'll wait for the All Star Game to finish up the season.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Never Ending Winter


Minus as in -13 below zero for the 2nd straight morning here in Grand Lake Land....this unofficially makes 17 days below zero for the winter...usually in West Central Ohio we may get 2 or 3 days total below the ZERO mark...I have never seen anything close to this, at least not in my part of Ohio.  The last winter I experienced this kind of cold was the first winter Patricia and I lived in Wausau, Wisconsin...that winter of 77/78 produced a string of below zero days that lasted more than a month on the calender...but then again, that was the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where such things are expected...down here in the lower Great Lakes, not so much.

Either way, winter is on the way out...the only question is....Will it be an early Spring or a late one?  And frankly some years we have little spring weather, as we head right into Summer in mid May or there abouts.  Last year was wet and rather cold...getting almost half my spring high school baseball games rained out or frozen out...the year before, 2012, when I got my Carotid Artery worked on on my 63rd birthday, March 16th of that year, it was in the 80s and March and much of April were dry and well above average...I vote for that in 2014, but doubt is it will happen two years out of three.

This week, as basketball season winds down, I am making up games and filling in for the Junior High games that were cancelled...the first 4 days of this week, I am working Girls Junior High...something I usually don't do often, but hey, the Athletic Directors that I am filling in for, usually send good Varsity Baseball contests and tournaments my way....so, why not help em' out?

Off Friday, then a JV boys game on Saturday night at Delphos St. Johns...that will leave me just one schedule game, the next Friday, February 21st at Wapak...End of season, then get ready for baseball.  Speaking of which, our first regular umpire meeting will be held tonight at Van Wert{last week it was cancelled due to the snow storm}....I'll be late because of the basketball double, but with 7 dates left on the meeting agenda, I'll have no problem getting things squared away, meeting requirement wise.

In the meantime, I will "skate" through the rest of the winter and basketball....and hope for a healthy start to baseball season.  Right now I am just getting rid of my first cold of the season...which earlier I though might turn into Bronchitis, like I had last February...but it seems that I will miss that wonderful feeling this time around...hopefully!

<<< And after 20 months...Patricia and I{along with Nick} have finally a new floor in the Kitchen....now a new paint job is needed for that area plus some trimming...but  that can wait till warmer weather.

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Photos-Grand Lake...not sure how deep the snow is at this time...but I imagine plenty thick, at least in spots....just don't walk or snowmobile on the southwest corner area.  Baseball is near, but will the snow melt, or will we be stuck with scenes like this?  And finally the darker{shows less walk in dirt} tile floor has been put down in the kitchen, finishing up the water leak damage from the summer of 2012.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Crazy Liberals....Crazy Social Media



Nearly another foot of snow fell on West Central Ohio from Monday night to early Tuesday AM...we did manage to get our Varsity Basketball double header in.  After officiating the girls contest between Celina and Crestview, a close game despite the different records, until the end...the visiting Knights came away with a 44-34 win to move to 16-1 on the season, The Bulldogs fell to 3-16...but put up a good contest...I stuck around for the Boys Game, which was supposed to be a good, close, hard fought battle....and it lived up to the billing.  Top Ranked D4 Crestview jumped out to a 13 point lead late in the 3rd quarter, but had to survive a last possession by Celina to pull out a 62-60 squeaker.  Crestview moves to 16-0, while Celina, still tied for first in the WBL{this was not a league game} falls to 11-5 with a unusually tough schedule.

The lite snow which had fallen when I arrived at the Fieldhouse at 5:15, had turned into a half foot or more by the time I headed out to clear off the Nitro....by morning it would approach and pass double digits in inches fallen.  I felt for my 5 fellow officials...all had to drive 20+ miles home, some as much as 55...mostly on State and back roads....me?  I scraped off the snow and a bit of underlying ice, and headed the 5 blocks to our place...Lucky Me!  The Crestview fans, and there were quite a few, had to slide home the 32 miles via slippery roads as well.

Pissing off the Left....I do my best!

As a poster on several social media sites{facebook, twitter, various sports and political related sites, etc} What else does a retired/semi retired old fart have to do in the middle of the longest, coldest, snowiest, winter in recent memory?...I often worm my way into politics...not so much to put my opinions out for all to view, although I surely do that, but usually to see the Psychotic Reactions for those on the left, and so called Moderates, as well as radical gays, Atheists, excuse makers for Islamic Assholes, and those that worship Obama and Company.  They don't last long before they usually go Ape shit in anger.  Most remind me of little boys on some Elementary School playground...they gang up when confronted and form a front against anybody that dare call them what they are....Gutless, etc, etc, etc....they are indeed like the proverbial playground bullies, tough as a group, as long as they have you outnumbered, but when called out, insulted, and generally made fun of, they go crying to their 'daddy"...usually that is one of the Moderators on the site{much like a playground monitor}, begging them to ban or put on time out the offending Nasty Right Winger.

I've been booted, sometimes permanently, from quite a few sites.  The latest, in addition to several "Time Outs" from the liberal lapdogs at facebook, happened this last week from a Motorcycle Ride site called ADvrider:  http://www.advrider.com/forums/index.php

It's a pretty good site, and since, after 20+ years of being out of the saddle, I decided to get back into Adventure Motorcycle Riding...I figured a good place to check things and ride locations out...and it is.  Lots of good people there...however, as usual on any large social media site, you have your

garden variety left wing fools that want to "rule the threads"...and they just hate anybody that comes into their territory and makes a comment, that might differ from theirs...fine I say, but sometimes I have to poke some asshole in the eye.  So last week I had a couple of "Fat Tire" ales and stopped by the "Ohio" thread...not really Ohio at all...at least not my part of Ohio...this thread is ruled by a group of Eastern Ohio Hill~Jacks and they sure the Hell don't like comments, let alone opinions, from anybody from the flat part of the state.

Well it so happens the other night, soon after the Kenyan Fool put on his scripted "State of Disaster/ Union" message...some nimrod on the "Ohio Ride" thread compares Obammy to Hitler...good comparison I thought, except Obama just isn't that bright...neither are his backers.  The ripping on this poster started...mostly from the effeminent Gay male crowd...well I assume they were gay, aren't all male libs?  Gay or live their lives ruled by wives, girlfriends, or mommy...either way I just gave the guy a "nod" icon and said, "Some folks just can't handle the truth"...all Hell broke loose and a few of the little leftists, led by a girlyman calling himself Z@ck, another clown with a photo of a fake big titted Sarah Palin, wrapped in the American Flag, with 23,000 or so posts(talk about no life, how the Hell does he find time to work or ride?} naming himself dragoon, and some fat porker who has not liked any post I chipped in with since I joined, calling himself MeefZah, came unglued....well, having poured my 3rd,  or was it 4th "Fat Tire", I joined in the flame war...before somebody cried to one of the Head Cheese types, and the thread was buried, and I was booted for a week...

Back on, I can go back to enjoying the ride reports....but won't grace the assholes with my opinions or comments on the "East Ohio Hi~Jack" thread...however with the new fun involved, I will make a few comments on the "JoMomma" section, where politics and flame wars are front and center...this morning I already jumped in on the Phillip Seymore Hoffman death....hoping to stir a few of the lefties up....they have been posting of what a great tragedy this is, and what a talent he was...Huh???  Yes it's sad the dumb son of a bitch died from sticking Heroin in his veins...but great talent?  No, he was a dumbass....and if not for his so called fame and fortune, nobody but his immediate circle of family and friends would give a shit!

As for ADvrider, I will stick around, comment some, but mostly enjoy the photos and "trip reports"...well at least until I crack open a few Fat Tires, and get my ass booted...there is always that chance{likelihood}  ... 

Games back on tonight....heading for Antwerp to work a Boys game

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Photos-It's been quite a few years since this part of Ohio has seen over 50 inches of snow in a season...sure, that doesn't come close to my days, post Vietnam, that I spent in Upstate New York where the Mohawk Valley received over 300 inches of Lake Effect snow that winter of 70/71....but for West Central Ohio, it's been plenty, giving the new Snow Machine a good workout.  Worked my first Varsity Basketball game at the Celina High Fieldhouse(built in 1937)...usually only work lower level games in all 3 sports during the school year here in Celina, but with the snow outs, and cancellations, I was called and enjoyed both games..working the Girls Varsity and staying for the boys game.  Lots of years and a couple of nasty wrecks since I first began riding Motorcycles, after my Air Force gig...rode from 1974 through 1989, but with the crash injuries and a family growing, it was time to take a break....that break is coming to and end this riding season, if all goes well....photos are from 1975 with the Dual Sport Kaw 250 and with youngest son Hal back in 1985 on the Yamaha 650  or is it the Suz 550?  Seems I can't recall, but pretty sure it's the Yamaha.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Finally the Flooring gets put down!




I see it's been two full weeks since I last posted....another record breaker in length between posts, a credit to being busy or bored?  I choose the later of those choices.  It's been a long, cold, snowy, winter, and here I sit, waiting for the next version of the Winter of 2013/2014's "White Death".  Another 6 to 10 inches has been predicted by the NBC owned Weather Channel, and it's "Al Gore is Gawd, Global Warming is our Bible", Bullshit...the gerbils at the WC have gone to actually "naming" the projected winter storms these days....this one is a N...Numbnutz or something along that vein....either way, I'm not sure how much snow, ice, or whatever, we may see...but it will continue this season, without so much as a sniff of a a January or February "Melt" .....hopefully it will turn into a early Spring.  God knows, I only have a limited number of seasons left on this earth, and the warmer{and dryer} the better.

20 months later...finally getting the Kitchen Floor done....

When son Sam graduated from The Ohio State University, at the ripe old age of 30 back in the Summer of 2012, we headed down to Columbus for the hot, humid, air of the Horseshoe, and watched the ceremony.   Susan Rice was the commencement speaker...the joke of an UN Ambassador, spinning her lies about family, the glory of queer marriage, and worship of her boss, the Half Wit/Half Breed of a Kenyan fool in the White House....after taking Sam and a couple of friends out to a post graduation dinner, we headed home...once back we discovered that newly installed fixture{done by a plumber, not me} had come loose under the kitchen sink, doing major damage to the kitchen floor, the crawl space next to our basement, and some areas next to the kitchen entrance....several thousand dollars damage to be exact.

Nationwide paid what they thought was a far settlement{we probably should have held out for more but wth?}...and we began the task of deciding what to do...new kitchen, new cabinets, blah, blah, blah...

Well after the fire/water restoration guys finished...my buddy Nick and I replaced the insulation under the kitchen...Patricia and I checked out the cost for new kitchen, new bay windows, etc, etc...after some soul searching, I decided to nix the whole damn project....$25,000 to $30,000 to upgrade at our ages was doable, but being the cheap bastard I am....I let the floor sit for over a year and a half...time flies indeed!

Well with the winter conditions leaving no time for outdoor activities, Nick, Patricia, and I, finally got around to picking out the flooring and material to at least get the kitchen floor back to some semblance of normal....the project began with cutting sub-floor plywood, sanding, gluing, measuring, and finally laying down the Armstrong Tile....as of Super Bowl weekend, we were about 85% finished...just a few more edge and corner cuts to go, and we will finally have our kitchen back to (better) what it was in June 2012....and at a Hell of a lot less cost that we bantered about.

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The Floor from June 2012 until this morning.....finally nearing completion....