Monday, December 29, 2008
Remember George Bush's stimulus check? I finally applied for it on September 26, 2008, after being very ambivalent about whether I should take dirty George Bush money or not. I went back and forth about this in my mind month after month. It was a moral issue for me. I can't stand George Bush. He ruined my country after I paid such a price to stand at her side. ( I was going to give the money away when I got it).
The deadline to apply was October 15th and I finally applied with two weeks to spare so enough time for U.S. Mail to get it there.
I never got the stimulus check so I called IRS today. I wanted to get it done before 2008 expires so they could not say I was too late now. On hold for 35 minutes before someone answered the phone. I went over the whole thing. The woman told me a bullshit story. I got mad and told her to go to hell. After I cooled down some I checked on the information she told me. Well..... she was lying.
I called back later. Another 35 minutes for them to answer the phone and I spoke with someone else. He was able to actually determine what happened to my stimulus check. IRS made an error. They placed some information that I submitted with my 1040A form into the wrong place when they moved information from my form into their computer. But they will not correct their error! I need to correct their error.
I now need to go through all my 2007 stuff and 2008 stuff and re-file the whole thing again in 2009. Can you believe this?
I suppose you can. Why not. You file taxes with IRS.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
I ate something yesterday that left me with food poisoning or food allergy.
Cramps. Extremely light headed to the point of almost passing out. Strong heartburn all night long. I slept on the sofa for hours yesterday afternoon, and then stayed in bed until 9:30AM this morning. I am better now. Whew.
I felt so good and energetic yesterday morning and the day had so much promise. Completely ruined by the wrong food.
I have been trying to figure out which it was that caused all this trouble. I think it was one of those white powder covered Christmas cookies that somebody gave me. I threw the rest of them into the trash. Christmas season is now over for me.
New Year resolutions? Probably the same one that comes around for almost everyone in America. Lose some weight in 2009.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Here it is Christmas Day. Nothing much happens around my home at Christmas. When one lives alone, Santa pretty much just passes over the house on his way to homes where kids live. That is how it is supposed to be and that is good.
It is 9:15AM now, and I have a date with friends to meet for coffee at Beanery at 9:30AM. Dinner this afternoon at friend's home. It is not snowing today. Whew. I am tired of snow already.
I attended two church services last night. 7:00PM service and again at 9:00PM. It was a very peaceful way to spend Christmas Eve. Friends who are moving here from Washington state were at the late service, and that is why I stayed for the second. They have bought their new home but the closing was delayed and they cannot occupy until sometime next week.
Holiday time is probably the worst time of year to get mortgages, title companies, and real estate people to come together? So many people take off for vacation this time of year and those left in the office aren't in a mood to work hard? Then add the arctic storms that buried Salem and Portland?
Today's cartoon has nothing to do with today's subject. But this is how people sometimes feel when visiting doctors.
Friday, December 19, 2008
It has been stormy right here in Corvallis all week just like it has been stormy all over the country.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Man. Don't you wish he had clobbered Bush with the shoe? Just a shoe.. Not a bullet. Just a shoe..
Show the world what an idiot we have tolerated for the past eight years. Thank you for throwing a shoe at this guy.. Somebody needed to do that a long time ago.
Especially good is that it was a respected Iraqi citizen..
Bush was quite agile though. Too bad. I wanted him to get clobbered by a shoe...
Thursday, December 11, 2008
The old tractor looks pretty bad. I wonder if it can ever be restored?
Some old tractors in this kind of condition have been restored, and maybe if we can find the right person or place ours can be restored too?
This is what it looks like now after being neglected and left in the outdoors for too many years. The other picture is what it is supposed to look like and actually did look like at one time.. Back in 1944 when it was new.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
You might notice that I have deleted most of the entries that I posted here in the past ten months. I began this blog in late January 2008. It is now mid-December 2008.
This whole idea of blogging is back into decision mode.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Sunday, November 2, 2008
I borrowed this picture from the Rocky Mountain News web page a short time ago.
This is great... What a clever idea. Somebody flew a small plane over Bronco Stadium today just before the Broncos and Miami Dolphins game with this banner.
I lived in Denver before I moved to Oregon. Bronco fans dislike Oakland Raiders intensely. More than any other team in the NFL. They have a long standing rivalry and some say they even hate each other?
This is such a clever idea. I laughed out loud when I saw this story. Oh, I watched part of the game today. Broncos lost..
Here is the story from the Rocky: Yeah, it is short..
It seems there's no escape from politics this year, not even on the football field.
A plane pulling a banner saying "McCain is a Raiders Fan" flew over Invesco Field on Sunday as fans gathered for the Denver Broncos-Miami Dolphins game.
The liberal group ProgressNow hired the plane after hearing about the plans of McCain supporters to hold a "hibachi tailgate" party in one of the stadium's parking lots. They planned to hand out "Joe the Plumber" stickers and other campaign materials.
The Raiders are longtime rivals of the Denver Broncos.
Invesco Field is where Barack Obama gave his speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination during the party's national convention in August.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Many people have been waiting for the Chevy Volt. General Motors Company Electric Car.
Chevy unveiled the production model of the Volt to the world today. Man. What a change from the concept car! So many bloggers are disappointed. Me too. I was actually thinking about waiting two years for Chevy to launch this car in 2010. I was seriously considering buying one. My car is 15 years old and I have been waiting for something that I might want in it's place.
Bloggers and people who have been waiting for this car are cancelling pre-orders. The production model looks like any standard model old lady's Chevy sedan off any Chevy lot in America? Just look for yourself. Isn't this a disappointment? Chevy blew it yet again? This production car does not look like the Chevy Volt that they have been bragging about all this time.
This is a clip of part of what CNN has to say today.
GM debuts the Chevy Volt
General Motors gives the world an up-close look at its new electric car.
DETROIT (CNNMoney.com) -- General Motors unveiled the Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle on Tuesday, allowing outsiders their first full look at the car GM says will go on sale in 2010.
"The Volt symbolizes GM's commitment to the future," said Rick Wagoner, the company's chairman and CEO.
The Volt will be driven by electricity stored in a large T-shaped lithium-ion battery pack running the length of the car. After charging for several hours, the Volt will be able to run for up to about 40 miles without using gasoline.
GM did not announce pricing for the car, which will have the equivalent of about 150 horsepower and a top speed of 100 mph, the automaker said.
To charge the batteries, drivers will plug a cord into one of the ports just ahead of the driver's side mirror. The cord can then be attached to an ordinary home electrical outlet.------
Then this news article goes on and on...
I don't think I will wait for the Chevy Volt now. It isn't the same car that they said it would be. It is just an old lady car now.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Ojibwa Wigwam in the late 1800's
The Ojibwa peoples lived in the area of Lake Superior (Gitchee Gumee), and actually they still live there.
Longfellow wrote a lot more than the excerpt here, but this is the one you hear about.
I thought I would continue this line of thinking for one more day.
By the shores of Gitche Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
Stood the wigwam of Nokomis,
Daughter of the Moon, Nokomis.
Dark behind it rose the forest,
Rose the black and gloomy pine-trees,
Rose the firs with cones upon them;
Bright before it beat the water,
Beat the clear and sunny water,
Beat the shining Big-Sea-Water.
There the wrinkled old Nokomis
Nursed the little Hiawatha,
Rocked him in his linden cradle,
Bedded soft in moss and rushes.
Safely bound with reindeer sinews;
Stilled his fretful wail by saying,
"Hush! the Naked Bear will hear thee!"
Lulled him into slumber, singing,
"Ewa-yea! my little owlet!
Who is this, that lights the wigwam?
With his great eyes lights the wigwam?
Ewa-yea! my little owlet!"
Friday, September 5, 2008
This photo is borrowed again from The Upper Michigan site today. Seems to happen here from time to time?
This picture just has to be seen here on this blog. What a great photo!
No, it isn't Photo-shopped or manipulated somehow. This is how it really is. Who could have planted a tree at the end of this cliff? Only God.. Can you believe this? Next to a waterfall? On the shore of Gitchee Gumee?
(Lake Superior is Gitchee Gumee in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's Song of Hiawatha)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I sure am glad that Rush Limbaugh's call for riots in Denver during the Democratic Convention have not come about. Rush Limbaugh has done immeasurable damage to America.
Rush is blow-hard and rabble rouser. And an irresponsible person. I wonder if he knows better somewhere in his heart? Surely he can't be this blind? But maybe his motivation is greed and the thirst for power that some people seem to have. I read about a month ago that Rush signed a contract for $400 million to stay on the radio. Whew. I wonder who listens to him? I know almost nobody in my circle of friends listens. But for $400 million, somebody must listen.
Denver is handling the convention very well so far. And thank you Democrats nationwide for a great convention. Hillary and Michelle both gave great speeches. Just great.
Here is an article from today's Denver Post about a protester that had feces in a bottle. If the protests stay in this category I think we are pretty much OK.
Police: Protester arrested for dropping bottle of feces
A 22-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested Monday after police saw him carrying a bottle filled with feces, according to a police report.
Zachary Patrick Grey, a University of Massachusetts student from Marion, Mass., was arrested at 1:40 p.m. Monday after a foot chase, according to a Denver County Court complaint.
He was the first known person to be charged with possessing bodily waste during the Democratic convention, though the threat of its use has been rumored by police and protesters alike for weeks leading up to the event.
"It's disgusting for anyone to throw that at anyone," said Denver police spokesman Lt. Ron Saunier. "It's just one of the tactics they use to try to incite a reaction."
There have been no verified reports yet of anyone throwing bodily waste or being hit by it.
A police officer was in the process of arresting someone in the 1600 block of Champa Street on Monday afternoon when a police lieutenant spotted Grey holding a bottle of feces, the police report says.
Grey was "getting ready to throw the bottle at officers," the report says.
The lieutenant tried to grab the suspect, who ran away, the report said. While he was running, Grey dropped the bottle, police said.
Grey was charged with interference, disturbing the peace and possession of "irritants" in public.
An irritant is something that "smells bad," said Saunier.
Grey posted a $150 bond at 4 p.m. Tuesday, records say. The phone number he left with the court was not working today.
According to CBS 3 of Springfield, Mass., Grey belongs to a group called Pioneer Valley Food Not Bombs.
The TV station quoted him as saying that he and others were peacefully demonstrating with signs against a two-party system.
He told the station he was surrounded and violently arrested by 20 bike cops who stretched his shirt.
"I did not deserve to be arrested because I'm here to organize community and take part in beautiful new world," he was quoted as saying.
Saunier said police believe they saw people throwing bottles of urine and feces from a garage during Monday night's confrontation at Civic Center. None were arrested.---------------------------------------------------------
Somehow this event reminds me of all those many events where George Bush would only meet with selective invited guests to his public events. That insured that they weren't public, but private events passed off as public.
Bush and Cheney would probably have had a protester like this one arrested as a terrorist and attempted to have him placed in Guantanamo, Cuba prison as an enemy combatant. Held indefinitely without being charged? Hmmm.. Let's see if the Republican Convention in Minneapolis is an open event or is an armed camp..
Monday, August 25, 2008
I borrowed these two pictures from the Upper Michigan site today. This is how thunderstorms form over Lake Superior. One does not see these particular cloud formations in Oregon. These storms form almost on the ground? Not high in the sky like out here.
I really like these cloud formations. Just after these cloud join together it gets very dark and then the skies open up. That kind of storm seldom happens in this part of the country. If you are out on the lake with a boat? This means you need to get off now!
Today was a busy day. Didn't start out that way but it just formed that way. I have been gone pretty much since noon.
I went to work on some computer problems at a friend's home. Had some home made apple pie made from my favorite kind of apple, the Gravenstien. (Gravensteins are ripening this week and next week). Then Shopping at Fred Meyer. And after I got home I had a dinner appointment with some other people at Cloud 9 Restaurant. Looks like tomorrow is going to be about the same. Busy and a bunch of mixed up commitments in various parts of town.
I am tired and still have other things to catch up with today, so I'll see you tomorrow.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Who ever knew that Toro ever made a tractor like this one? This is like a farm tractor.
I borrowed this from the Michigan site again today. This old tractor is located at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge near Copper Harbor , Michigan. One of the most beautiful places in America.
The Oregon Steam Up was held last weekend in Brooks, Oregon, south of Salem. Man. That is one great show and display. They have such an impressive collection of antique steam powered equipment! This event happens every year during the last weekend of July and again the first weekend of August. If you like old time machinery you really need to attend next year.
The Steam Up is very impressive. So much more than I expected. Much of the old machinery is running and demonstrated for you. Who knew that there were people who valued and restored so many of these great old machines.
Some of these machines have giant flywheels and only fire their huge one piston only once per minute with a tremendous bang. That one shot keeps it going for all of the next minute. Wow. Was that ever great!
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Two of nature's most spectacular forces produced an incredible brew in the skies of Chile as a volcanic eruption met a lightning storm. Tons of dust and ash from the eruption of the Chaitén volcano poured into the night sky just as an electric storm passed overhead. The collision created a spectacular sight as lightning flickered around the dust cloud amid the orange glow of the volcano.
The eruption was all the more spectacular because the Chaitén volcano, 800 miles (1,290km) south of Santiago, has been dormant for hundreds, if not thousands of years. The Patagonian volcano began erupting on Friday and the 12-mile-high plume has left vast tracts of land coated with a layer of ash.
This is copy that I myself did not write. One of my friends emailed me some of these photos. I placed only three here.
If you Google "Chaiten" you will find great pictures like this of the eruption of this volcano.
Se you tomorrow.
Monday, July 21, 2008
How about this from when gasoline was 20 cents? I can remember when Gas was still 36 cents in the mid 1960's..
It actually wasn't too long ago when gasoline was around $1.50 per gallon if you remember? That was just about the time when George Bush took over our fine nation.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I posted this Dodge Challenger a few days ago along with the 1938 Plymouth photo that was my father's first car.
That posting gave short attention to this deserving Dodge.
This car was on the corner at Wilson Motors here in Corvallis for one week. Just this one and no more. This is a limited production car this year and we don't usually see this kind of thing in this little town. I called Wilson Motors today and this particular car was pre-sold and is now gone.
Dodge is going to make this a production car that you and I can purchase for 2009. They plan to make three versions of Challenger for 2009 he said. Mid $20's, mid $30's and somewhere in the $60,000 range.. I will go look at one if we happen to get one here in Corvallis next year. Maybe I can buy one of the mid $20's if they get more than one in stock?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
These icebergs have layers of various colors of ice from cracks that formed over time, and then fresh water and salt water seep in and then froze.
At least that is what I was told. However this happens it sure is beautiful.
This is the message that came along with the email that accompanied these amazing photos.
Amazing striped icebergs Icebergs in the Antarctic area sometimes have stripes, formed by layers of snow that react to different conditions. Blue stripes are often created when a crevice in the ice sheet fills up with meltwater and freezes so quickly that no bubbles form. When an iceberg falls into the sea, a layer of salty seawater can freeze to the underside. If this is rich in algae, it can form a green stripe. Brown, black and yellow lines are caused by sediment, picked up when the ice sheet grinds downhill towards the sea.
Monday, May 26, 2008
I didn't manage to get these in the order I wanted, but this will have to do. This is at the Veteran's Memorial on King's Blvd and shows the table service set for Prisoners of War, and the Memorial Wall honoring the fallen, and some flags set for today's Memorial Day Observance.
Some flags at the Observation on King's Blvd.
Some of the crowd at Kings Blvd Service.
This Civil War Memorial Statue is 100 years old this year. 1908 to 2008. Some of the flags and Memorial Service setup at Crystal Lake Cemetery. A beautiful red rhododendron in full bloom way back on the right.
The Boy Scouts raised the flag at the Crystal Lake Cemetery this morning. They were so respectful and did such a fine job. One of the boys later placed a wreath to honor his father who is stationed in Iraq.
Stacked rifles at Crystal Lake Cemetery. In honor of a fallen comrade.
Another photo of the Civil War Soldier Statue at Crystal Lake Cemetery. This Statue is placed on the very site of two African American women who came to Oregon via the Oregon Trail in a wagon train, as slaves after the Civil War. Both obtained their freedom and eventually became home owners. They were mother and daughter. Both graves were reverently and honorably moved to a site nearby when the memorial was established in 1908. The graves of the women were decorated and honored at today's memorial service.
Mrs. Judy Juntunen gave the main address at the service and said among many other things, that there are a total of four African Americans buried in Crystal Lake Cemetery. Isn't that something? Only four in all these years?
Navy ROTC from OSU presented the 21 gun salute at Kings Boulevard Veteran's Memorial Service.
I attended the 10AM Memorial Day Service at Crystal Lake Cemetery, and then the 2PM Memorial Day Service at the Veteran's Memorial on Kings Boulevard. That all took just about the entire day. Each service lasted at least one and half hours. Maybe even longer.