Dudley Just Heard News Of Another Construction Crane Collapse ...
is it just me or does it appear that there may be some sabotage going on. There have been several such accidents reported in the last few weeks. The crane operator was killed in the accident today. Does someone need to contact the department of Homeland Security? Could this be a new form of domestic terrorism? I realize accidents happen, companies are always trying to cut costs any way they can often at the risk of employee safety, and sometimes the employees make stupid mistakes with tragic results. Maybe it is a coincidence that there have been a rash of crane accidents recently. Dudley is not so sure.
on the old homestead. Since Dudley and wife purchased our home in late 2003, the local appraisal district has increased our property tax almost forty percent! The valuation on our home has been increased by the powers that be by almost $9,500.00 each of the last four years. With the recent crash of the housing market, there is no way we could sell our home for what they have it valued at. I started to file a protest a few years ago and got the paperwork but I called and spoke to a guy at the appraisal office and told without sufficient documentation the protest would fall on deaf ears. Being disabled, it would be difficult for Dudley to try and get this done and Dudleys wife does not have the time. Dudley heard an ad on the radio the other day for a law firm that will file a protest for the homeowner, attend the hearing and obtain and provide the needed documentation to force the appraisal district to lower the valuation. They charge half of the amount they lower the tax bill. This seems fair to Dudley and the way I figure it we will come out ahead. If they do not lower the tax bill, we owe nothing. The way they have been raising our property taxes the last few years, I have an idea they will be able to lower the amount we owe. This will lower our tax bill and as an added bonus, our house payments should go down. I normally try to stay away from attorneys but like doctors, they can serve a needed purpose at times. I have an idea the taxes are spent long before they are collected. My guess is the appraisal district, when forced to cut one persons property taxes just raises the next guys taxes by the same amount to cover the shortfall.
and let the plumber in to do some repairs to the kitchen sink. Saturday morning, Dudleys wife got up and walked into the kitchen and noticed there was water all over the floor. Not a good sign, she investigated and discovered there was a hole in one of the metal drain pipes under the sink. The kitchen has pretty well been closed since then. We have been eating out more than usual which I am sure Dudleys wife has enjoyed. It took the plumber all of twenty minutes to replace the rusty metal pipe with a new PVC pipe. Total cost was $120.00 even, not bad for twenty minutes work. Dudleys daughter is taking the TAKS test today. For those that do not know, this stands for Assessment of Academic Knowledge and Skills. Years ago the Texas legislature reworked the school system in texas, they decided that the kids in the poor districts were not getting the same education as the kids in the more affluent districts so they came up with a Robin Hood plan to rob from the rich and give to the poor school districts. They also came up with the TAKS test as a way to measure each schools performance. Now instead of teaching the kids what they need to know to succeed in the world, they only teach the kids how to pass this one single test. No wonder people that can afford it send their kids to private schools. Last night Dudley and wife and daughter went out to the IHOP to eat. It was good, Dudley had a waffle, and order of hash browns and link sausages and a big glass of cold milk. Dudley is looking forward to his son coming home from college in a little over one week. He is going to be working hard this summer for the lawn mowing service to earn money to help pay his college expenses. He is going to take a week off and we are going fishing in June, we can not wait. Sunday he drove one of his fraternity brothers to Bandera and spent the night at his families dude ranch. He then got up early Monday morning and drove back to College Station in time for his first class. He said on the drive from the ranch house back to the highway, he saw over 100 deer including a large Axis buck. He was excited to see that many deer. The Texas Hill Country is a beautiful place with some of the best deer hunting and fly fishing to be found in the state.
we went to the International House Of Pancakes and were going to eat a late breakfast but when we got there, the parking lot was full. There was not one empty parking place. People were parking across the street and walking over. We decided to skip IHOP and went over to the AT&T cell phone store. Dudley bought her a car charger so she could charge her cell phone in her car. Dudley has a Motorola Sliver cell phone and she has a Motorola Razor cell phone and they use the same charger. Dudley was getting tired of going out to his truck and finding his charger was missing. I bet you can guess where it was. Now we each have our own charger and we both are happy. The guy that waited on us saw her phone and told her she was lucky to have such a nice phone with so many features. He started trying to impress her with his knowledge of her phone and asking her if she knew about this and that feature. She had used and was familiar with everything he asked her about. The guy better watch out, she may be after his job. She is only 16 years old but her knowledge of electronic gadgets and computers is amazing. When we left the phone store it was lunch time so we went to Chick Fil-A and ate. Soon after we got back home, I heard the dog barking at the mail man and went to get the mail. I was glad to see a long package on the front porch. It was the new Eagle Claw Classic Featherlight Fly Rod I ordered for my son. I also bought him a new G. Loomis Venture Fly Reel to go with it. It is a sweet ultralight fly rod and reel. We have rented a log cabin for five days in June in East Texas. It sits facing a trophy bass lake about 15 acres in size. It is just down the road from a second private lake about half that size that we will be able to use. They provide a jon boat with an electric trolling motor and my son also will take his new kayak. We can not wait to go and should be able to catch a lot of fish. We went four years ago and caught a bunch of small bass and some monster bluegill. There are some big bass in there as well. Dudley should be able to get in the boat ok but is worried about getting out. Where there is a will, there is a way. Dudley will probably try to fish for a few hours each day during the prime early morning and late evening time. Frank no doubt will fish from daylight to dark. It should be a lot of fun. We can't wait to go.
The banker saw his old friend Tom, an eighty-year old rancher, in town.
Tom had lost his wife a year or so before and rumor had it that he was marrying a "mail order" bride.
Being a good friend, the banker asked Tom if the rumor was true. Tom assured him that it was. The banker then asked Tom the age of his new bride to be. Tom proudly said,
"She'll be twenty-one in November."
Now the banker, being the wise man that he was, could see that the sexual appetite of a young woman could not be satisfied by an eighty-year-old man.
Wanting his old friend's remaining years to be happy the banker tactfully suggested that Tom should consider getting a hired hand to help him out on the ranch, knowing nature would take its own course.
Tom thought this was a good idea and said he would look for one that afternoon.
About four months later, the banker ran into Tom in town again.
"How's the new wife?", asked the banker. Tom proudly said, "Good - she's pregnant."
The banker, happy that his sage advice had worked out, continued, "And how's the hired hand?"
Without hesitating, Tom said, "She's pregnant too."
Dudley Has Decided How He Is Going To Stimulate The Economy ...
when his share of George W's tax rebate arrives. He is going to buy his son a Malibu Mini-X fishing kayak. These sit on top kayaks are so neat, this one only weighs about forty pounds. Frank will be able to put this in the bed of his pickup with a life jacket and a fly rod, spinning rod and some tackle and be on the way to any creek, river or small lake and go fishing. He will be able to get to places the guys in the thirty thousand dollar bass boats would not dream of going. Since Dudley can not get around very well these days, I guess he will have to live vicariously through his son. That is the next best thing but what I would not give to be able to go fishing in one of these. He wants the hunter green version which is a good choice for a fishing boat. I know he will have a lot of fun using this as he likes to fish as much as Dudley, maybe more. One of his good friends has a kayak and he has been wanting one for a while. He has a seventeen foot canoe but it is really to long to carry in the back of a short bed pickup. He and his friend have been on a few canoe trips on the Brazos river below Possum Kingdom and I know they would enjoy kayaking down the river. Dudleys wife and daughter are going to go to Mexico and stimulate the Mexican economy this summer. Don't tell George W, he might withhold their portion of the tax rebate. Dudley had thought about buying a semi auto pistol, but that can wait for now. There are fish to be caught and memories to be made.
which I think is pretty cool. This guy was a distant relative of Dudley, I think he was my third cousin. You can read more about him here if you would like in a previous post I did about him. I guess not eveyone can say they had a relative that was a U.S. Congressman. He passed away when I was in my early twenties. I wish I could have met him. He is best remembered for standing up to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev in a public ceremony in Los Angeles during his tenure as mayor. That took some balls to do that. I can see cousin Norris was a conservative. I think he and Dudley would have gotten along fine. This political flyer was mailed out during WWII. Norris was a proud American and supported the U.S. troops but made a point of saying he wanted to bring them home as soon as possible.
It Was A Quiet Weekend Around The Dudley Domicile ...
There was not much going on which was fine with Dudley. The weather was nice for a change, with the high temperature getting up into the low eighties. The storms we have been having lately have taken a break at least for now. The Dallas Mavericks lost their first playoff game and the Texas Rangers are back to losing again. At least the Dallas Stars just won and are advancing to the next round in the playoffs. Dudleys daughter Lizzie got to baby sit for our next door neighbors for about three hours this afternoon and evening. They have a little girl four or five years of age. She just got a new dachshund puppy they named Honey. Don't tell the neighbors but Lizzie would probably pay to sit and play with the new puppy but as it was, she earned thirty dollars which was a pretty good deal. Will help her buy gas for her car. Lizzie spent the night last night with her grandmother who is at home recuperating from double knee surgery. She has been running errands for her grandmother since she went home on Friday. I have an idea she is earning some gas money helping her out. Once school is out, she will be looking for a job to pay for gas for her car and to get some exposure to the reality of working at a real job. I remember when I was 16, I went out and got a job as did her mother and brother. I remember my first real job working in the Men's department of a local department store. I only made a little over two dollars an hour but you know looking back, I realize I had more money back then to spend on what I wanted than I have since I grew up. She better enjoy being 16 while she can, life starts to get complicated real quick from what I can remember.
IDIOT SIGHTING:We had to have the garage door repaired.The Sears repairman told us that one of our problems was that we did not have a 'large' enough motor on the opener.I thought for a minute, and said that we had the largest one Sears made at that time, a 1/2 horsepower.He shook his head and said, 'Lady, you need a 1/4 horsepower.'I responded that 1/2 was larger than 1/4.He said, 'NO, it's not.' Four is larger than two..'We haven't used Sears repair since.
IDIOT SIGHTING:My daughter and I went through the McDonald's take-out window and I gave the clerk a $5 bill.Our total was $4.25, so I also handed her a quarter.She said, 'You gave me too much money.' I said, 'Yes I know, but this way you can just give me a dollar bill back.'She sighed and went to get the manager who asked me to repeat my request. I did so, and he handed me back the quarter, and said 'We're sorry but they could not do that kind of thing.'The clerk then proceeded to give me back $1 and 75 cents in change.Do not confuse the clerks at McD's in Petawawa, Ont
IDIOT SIGHTING:I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbour call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the DEER CROSSING sign on our road.The reason: 'Too many deer are being hit by cars out here!I don't think this is a good place for them to be crossing anymore.'From Kingston, Ont.
IDIOT SIGHTING:This happened at a good-bye luncheon for an old and dear coworker who was leaving the company due to 'downsizing.' Our manager commented cheerfully, 'This is fun. We should do this more often.'Not another word was spoken.We all just looked at each other with that deer-in-the-headlights stare.This was a lunch at Suncor, Fort McMurray, Alberta
IDIOT SIGHTING:When my husband and I arrived at an automobile dealership to pick up our car, we were told the keys had been locked in it.We went to the service department and found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver’s side door. As I watched from the passenger side, I instinctively tried the door handle and discovered that it was unlocked. 'Hey,' I announced to the technician, 'its open!'His reply, 'I know. I already got that side.'This was at the Ford dealership in Renfrew, Ont
They walk among us... and the scary part is that they VOTE and they REPRODUCE!
The IRS decides to audit Boudreaux, and summons him to the IRS office. The IRS auditor is not surprised when Boudreaux shows up with his attorney. The IRS had demanded $23,000 in taxes from Boudreaux due to unreported income.
The auditor says, "Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying that you win money gambling. I'm not sure the IRS finds that believable."
"I'm a great gambler, and I can prove it," says Boudreaux. "How about a demonstration?"
The auditor thinks for a moment and said, "Okay. Go ahead."
Boudreaux says, "I'll bet you a thousand dollars that I can bite my own eye."
The auditor thinks a moment and says, "No way! It's a bet."
Boudreaux removes his glass eye and bites it. The auditor's jaw drops.
Boudreaux says, "Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars that I can bite my other eye."
The auditor can tell Boudreaux isn't blind, so he takes the bet.
Boudreaux removes his dentures and bites his good eye.
The stunned auditor now realizes he has wagered and lost three grand, with Boudreaux's attorney as a witness. He starts to get nervous.
"Want to go double or nothing?" Boudreaux asks. "I'll bet you six thousand dollars that I can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between."
The auditor, twice burned, is cautious now, but he looks carefully and decides there's no way this guy can manage that stunt, so he agrees again.
Boudreaux stands beside the desk and unzips his pants, but although he strains mightily, he can't make the stream reach the wastebasket on other side, so he pretty much urinates all over the desk.
The auditor leaps with joy, realizing that he has just turned a major loss into a huge win. But Boudreaux's attorney moans and puts his head in his hands.
"Are you okay?" the auditor asks. "Not really," says the attorney. "This morning, when Boudreaux told me he'd been summoned to appear in person before the IRS, he bet me twenty-thousand dollars that he could come in here and piss all over your desk and that you'd be happy about it."
A little boy goes to his dad and asks, "What is Politics?"
Dad says, "Well son, let me try to explain it this way:
I am the head of the family, so call me The President.
Your mother is the administrator of the money, so we call her the Government.
We are here to take care of your needs, so we will call you the People.
The nanny, we will consider her the Working Class.
And your baby brother, we will call him the Future.
Now think about that and see if it makes sense.
"So the little boy goes off to bed thinking about what Dad has said.
Later that night, he hears his baby brother crying, so he gets up to check on him.
He finds that the baby has severely soiled his diaper.
So the little boy goes to his parent's room and finds his mother asleep. Not wanting to wake her, he goes to the nanny's room. Finding the door locked, he peeks in the keyhole and sees his father in bed with the nanny. He gives up and goes back to bed.
The next morning, the little boy say's to his father, "Dad, I think I understand the concept of politics now."
The father says, "Good, son, tell me in your own words what you think politics is all about."
The little boy replies, "The President is screwing the Working Class while the Government is sound asleep. The People are being ignored and the Future is in deep shit!
Dudley And Family And Friends Had A Great Time ...
last night at the Ranger game in spite of the Rangers getting beat 7 to 4 by the Angels. Thanks to Big Sis, we got to enjoy the game from behind home plate from the Whitey Ford Suite from The Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers have been on a losing streak and continued to make a bunch of errors last night for some reason. We had a good time, I think the most fun was had by Dudleys teen aged daughter Lizzie and her best friend Melissa. They enjoyed themselves like only a couple of teen aged girls can do. If you have a teen aged daughter, you know what I mean. We usually get to use the suite once a year thanks to the generous owner. It is nice to experience watching the game in style. We were not able to park in the usual parking lot right across from the home plate entrance as it is closed down due to construction equipment parked there for the new Dallas Cowboys stadium which is being built just to the south and west of the ball park. The days of Dudley making long hikes from remote parking lots to sporting events are over so he got dropped off and picked up at the gate. I guess being disabled does have its privileges. Dudley sat outside on the balcony and watched the game through the sixth inning and then went inside because it was just too cold out side last night. It is hard for Dudley to stay warm these days due to loss of muscle from Muscular Dystrophy. It is hard to believe Dudley used to enjoy climbing up in a deer stand and hunting in 15 degree weather at one time. But that was a long time ago. On the way to the ball game, we went by the hospital to check on Dudleys mother. She is recovering from knee surgery to both knees. She is doing well and insisted we go to the game. She is going to have a tough road ahead with the physical therapy but hopefully when she is finished she will have full function and will be pain free. The good news following the surgery was the doctor did not have to do a full knee replacement, just both knee caps. That should shorten the recovery time considerably. Dudley was tired after a busy day yesterday, he slept until eleven, I very seldom sleep that late.
A jumbo jet is making its final approach to Tampa Airport. The pilot comes on the intercom, "This is your Captain. We're on our final descent into Tampa. I want to thank you for flying with us today and hope you enjoy your Stay in the Tampa Bay area." He forgets to switch off the intercom. Now the whole plane can hear his conversation from the cockpit. The copilot can be heard saying to the pilot, "So, Skip, whatcha got planned while we're in Tampa?" "Well," says the Skipper, "first I'm gonna check into the hotel, take a big crap....then I'm gonna take that new stewardess with the huge tits out for dinner.... I'm gonna wine and dine her, take her back to my room and give her a ride on the baloney pony all night long. " Aghast and amused, everyone on the plane hears this and immediately begins looking up and down the aisle, trying to figure out who this new stewardess is that the pilot's talking about. Meanwhile, the new stewardess is seated at the very back of the plane. She is so embarrassed that she starts running toward the cockpit to turn the intercom off. Halfway down the aisle, she trips over an old lady's bag and down she goes. The old lady leans over and says: "No need to hurry, dear. He's gotta land the plane and take a shit first."
Dudley Has Got To Recover From The Lack Of Sleep ...
caused by the power outage and the temporary loss of Dudleys life support equipment. We have tickets to go see the Texas Rangers vs the Angels of Anaheim in a few days. Dudleys Big Sis works for a manufacturing company and is their controller. The man that owns the majority of her company owns a luxury suite at the Ballpark in Arlington. Usually about once a year she gets tickets to a Ranger game and we all get a chance to go enjoy a game and see how the other half lives. It is really an adventure, you get to park right across from the stadium near the helicopter pad and you go in a private entrance reserved for the suite owners and their guests. You get to ride up a fancy elevator with a real live elevator attendant. You step off of the elevator and walk down a beautiful hallway adorned with photos of some of the greats in baseball history. The suite we are fortunate to use once a year is located between home plate and first base and is located very near the team owners suite and the City of Arlington's suite. The suite itself is very nice. You walk in and there is a private bathroom and kitchen bar area then you step down into the main room which is very nice. There are large leather couches and chairs where you can sit and watch the game on the large flat screen t.v. on the wall or you can look out the glass wall and door out onto the field and the private 10 seat seating area. The seats look right out above home plate and the seats are covered so if it were to rain, you don't have to worry about getting wet. The only worry is at times a baseball will come flying at you at 100 mph or so. I have seen them smash into the glass wall at the back of the seating area and the glass must be bullet proof because it doesn't break. Dudleys daughter is taking her best friend for the first time and we all should have a great time. I hope the Rangers win, they got beat last night and are playing again this afternoon. I will try to take some photos of the suite and the ball field and will post them on here one day later in the week after the game.
It Has Been An Interesting Three Days Around The Dudley Domicile ...
Dudley woke up about three A.M. Thursday morning and saw lightning and heard thunder so he turned on the t.v. and tuned in to the local weather channel. Dudley saw there was a huge squall line or storm front just to the west approaching fast. The lined stretched from up in Oklahoma all of the way down into near South Texas. The local t.v. weather people were alerting people in the area to take cover as several tornados had been reported in the area as well as eighty mile per hour straight line winds and large hail. Dudley woke up the wife and alerted her to the impending storm. I told her to get ready to grab Lizzie and jump in the bathtub if need be. The storm hit at about 3:12 AM with a fury. Dudley and wife and daughter and dog all ended up piled up in the king sized bed. The winds hit suddenly and you could hear tree limbs snapping an debris hitting the house and for a brief few seconds it sounded like some very large hail hit the roof. About that time, the electricity went out which was expected. We live down in a large creek bottom with a lot of beautiful mature trees but when it storms like it did the other night, you can count on the power going out. Dudley has the power company programmed into his cell phone so he called and reported the outage. It pisses Dudley off that you can't talk to a live person, you push buttons and talk to a robotatron which informed Dudley the outage had been reported and they could not give an estimated time of repair. Little did Dudley know it would be almost three days without power. Dudley does not want to sound like a whiner but when you sleep attached to two life support machines, a loss of power is a cause for concern. I will do another post on my futile attempts to get the power company to take emergency measures to restore my power when I am sufficiently recovered for a full blown rant. The next morning Dudleys daughter was relieved to see a very large limb from a tree in our front yard had fallen during the storm just missing her new car by a few feet. When you are disabled like Dudley and spend a lot of time, just watching television and blogging, and spending time on the computer, a power outage is a major catastrophe not to mention the needed life support equipment. We are lucky I guess, it could have been much worse.
I am 57 years of age, married with two children, a son age 27 and a daughter age 24. I was forced to retire in 2001 due to health problems. I was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy a short time later. I worked for fifteen years in the Insurance Claims business. I then worked for about five years for the State Of Texas Department of Human Services. Being disabled and not working is the hardest thing I have ever had to do in my life. My respiratory system is weak and I have to sleep and breath with the aid of a Bipap machine and an oxygen concentrator. This has all but stopped me from making overnight trips away from home due to the equipment being bulky and not easy to move and set up. I have for the most part had to give up the things I loved to do the most which were hunting and fishing. I also can't drive my 1983 Jeep CJ-5 any longer because it has a standard transmission. It is now in my son's hands. I hope he takes good care of it. Being disabled sucks. I am taking it one day at a time. My children are a blessing though they can be trying at times. We have an american eskimo dog named Foxy we got from a rescue organization and a stray cat my daughter named White Kitty.