Monday, March 30, 2009


Yesterday Afternoon Frank Went Fishing ...

at his new spot down at a local river and paddled up a creek. He had a very productive day throwing a five inch lizard on a 1/8 oz jig head. The bass are spawning up in the creeks and he caught a total of four bass with the biggest being well over three pounds! He caught some of the bass sight casting to fish on their spawning beds. Prior to the fishing trip Frank managed to go to church and mow two yards and go by his grandmothers house. After he got home from fishing, he went out to eat with one of his college buddies. He had a full day and one he will remember for a long time. When Dudley bought Frank the new kayak nearly one year ago, he was hoping it would not end up sitting out in the garage and never get used. I don't think Dudley needs to worry about that any longer. Frank seems to have taken to kayak fishing like a duck takes to water. Dudley wishes he had his health back and could be fishing right along side him. At least I can enjoy the fishing trips by hearing Frank's stories and looking at the photographs.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


Talk About Your Voo Doo Economics ...

Friday, March 27, 2009


Dudley Is Retired But For All Of The Working Stiffs Out There ...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009


Happy Hump Day From Dudleys Diary ...

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Yesterday Evening UPS Finally Delivered ...

Dudleys new barrel and extended tactical choke for his Remington 870 Tactical Pump Shotgun. The barrel had a modified choke tube installed and luckily Frank had found his choke wrench for his Browning BPS Pump Shotgun the other day when he cleaned out his room. He removed the modified choke tube and we replaced it with the extended tactical choke using Dudleys new strap wrench. But let me tell the rest of the story as Paul Harvey would say. After removing the modified choke tube, Dudley held the barrel and put his pinky finger in to feel the threads cut back inside the barrel. Frank then decided to check it for himself and he proceeded to stick his much larger pinky finger into the end of the barrel. He then tried to pull his finger back out and found his finger was hopelessly stuck and was not going to come out! Dudley was laughing his ass off by this time and Frank asked what am I going to do? Dudley then offered that he could go to the ER and they could cut his finger off as long as they did not do any damage to my new barrel. Frank did not like that plan so Dudley told him to go get the can of Rem Oil out of the gun cleaning supplies. He did so and Dudley sprayed a liberal dose of oil down the open end of the barrel. Dudley then told Frank to hold the barrel straight up with his free hand to allow the oil to flow down the barrel to the offending pinky finger. After about a full minute of Dudley laughing at Franks predicament, he told him to go ahead and try to pull the barrel off of his finger. He gave it a good pull and his finger popped out of the muzzle end of the barrel none the worse for wear. Dudley should have taken a picture, it would have made good blog fodder.

Monday, March 23, 2009


Yesterday Afternoon Frank Took His Kayak ...

down to the river and paddled up to his favorite creek and fished for several hours. He caught several sunfish and hooked a few bass but they both managed to get off before he could get them in for photos. He caught the sunfish on his ultra light spinning outfit and his ultra light fly rod. He had a good time and caught a few fish. He has yet to see anyone else fishing on this section of the creek. It is located in a gated country club community and is surrounded by high dollar homes. There are a lot of fish back in there, you just have to expend a little effort to get to them. The best section of the creek is a few miles upstream. Frank caught a lot of fish there last summer. Since that time, the city put up a wire barricade that prevents being able to drive down to the creek to launch ones kayak. Frank thinks he may have found away around the fence and it would not surprise Dudley if he is back fishing in his favorite spot on the creek before too long. Dudley woke up around 6 AM this morning which is way too early for someone who is retired but that is the way it is most of the time. With Dudleys sleep disorder and breathing problems, it is difficult to get a good nights sleep. Dudley hopes to hear the UPS truck pulling up in front of the house today. His new barrel and extended tactical choke should be arriving today!

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Clinging To Guns And Religion And Proud Of It ...

Saturday, March 21, 2009


Lead Bullet Recall ...


Peace And Quiet Here At The Dudley Domicle Today ...

which is unusual for a Saturday. Dudley is holding down the fort while Dudleys wife and daughter have gone to Dallas to visit with Dudleys brother in law. Earlier today, Dudleys daughter went to the beauty shop with Dudleys sister and got a pedicure. Frank went to Grapevine to Bass Pro Shops where he was going to meet up with a couple of his college/fraternity buddies to hang out and eat lunch. When he gets back into town, he is supposed to go by Lowe's and pick up a couple of strap wrenches Dudley bought online the other night. Dudley is going to use the larger one to take the magazine cap off of his 870 tactical shotgun when his new barrel and tactical choke gets here. Dudley is going to put the smaller wrench in the kitchen to use on stubborn jars and such. Dudley has a problem opening jars and bottles due to the muscle weakness caused by his muscular dystrophy. Will keep the other one out on the workbench for use on guns and the like. Tomorrow evening, Dudleys son will probably take his kayak out and go fishing. He went one day earlier week when he got off work early. He forgot to take a camera so we don't have any photos but he managed to catch two small bass and a four pound or so Flathead catfish! He said the catfish put up the best fight he has had so far in his kayak. He caught it on his ultra light spinning rig and said he fought it for a full ten minutes before he wore him out. Dudley will try to remind him to take a camera next time so he will have some photos to post on the blog.

Friday, March 20, 2009


A Phone Is Ringing In The White House ...

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Nissan Pathfinder Front Independent Suspension ...


The CEO's Guide To Jetting 3 ...


The CEO's Guide To Jetting 2 ...


The CEO's Guide To Jetting ...


Dudley Needs To Start Saving His Money ...

for a receiver hitch for his pickup and a power chair carrier like the one above. Dudley can feel he is losing his battle to keep his mobility and needs to get ready for the day when walking is no longer possible. That day is fast approaching and it can not be ignored any longer. Dudley has a power wheel chair and has finally found an economical way to transport it. The above carrier can be purchased online and shipped to the Dudley domicile for around three hundred dollars. The hitch for the truck will be around two hundred dollars. Add in the cost for a portable ramp Dudley can use to get the power chair out of the house through the garage and Dudley should be able to have a way to transport and use his power chair for less than one thousand dollars. This system does have it's drawbacks since the power chair will be exposed to the elements. However, if it is raining, Dudley will just have to stay home. Life is full of compromises.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Happy St. Patrick's Day From Dudleys Diary ...

Monday, March 16, 2009


Dudley Will Pass On The Pickle Sickle ...

Sunday, March 15, 2009


Dudleys Son Took His Kayak Down To The ...

river one day last week and paddled up to a creek that he likes to fish. He only stayed out about an hour and a half as it was forty degrees outside. He fished a little bit but did not catch anything. He had fun watching a red tailed hawk swooping down and fighting with a heron. He called me from his kayak and I could hear the hawk squawking in the background. The weather is supposed to get up to near eighty degrees this week, I have an idea he will go back and do some more serious fishing this time. He had hoped to go on an overnight kayaking trip on the Brazos river in a few days but his buddy chickened out on him so he is not going to go. Dudley used to live for fishing trips and always wanted to do an overnight trip below the PK dam but never did go. Now Dudley has all of the time in the world but physically can not make the trip. Damn but life is not fair. Dudley would give anything to be able to go.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


Video Of Nadya Suleman Giving Birth ...


Dudley And Son Went To The Indoor Gun Range ...

yesterday afternoon. It was a good day to shoot indoors as it was cold and windy and raining most of the day. We took our new Springfield Armory XD9 Subcompact pistol to shoot for the first time. Dudley shot it first, you can see the results of the first ten rounds in the top photo. Dudley was shooting a little high but did get the job done. We shot a total of 111 rounds at the target. I shot 11 rounds of Winchester Ranger 147 grain JHP's and we shot a 100 round Winchester white box of 115 grain FMJ's. Dudley let son do the majority of the shooting. This was the first time he had ever shot a center fire semi auto pistol. It won't be the last as he had a great time shooting it. It is a great pistol, it fits good in Dudley's hand and points and shoots easily. While we were there it slowed down and the guy running the range came over and gave Dudley and son some pointers on shooting which was appreciated. This was the first time to shoot at this range but we will be going back. The prices were reasonable and they said we could shoot our tactical shotgun with buckshot on the indoor range. This afternoon, Dudley and son cleaned our new pistol with the help of some guy who put a video on you tube showing how to take down an XD pistol.

Friday, March 13, 2009


Mardi Gras Costume, Got It From Big Sis ...

I wonder who she is trying to be, I know-Angelina Jolie!

Thursday, March 12, 2009


When Will The People, Congress And The President Learn ...

Wednesday, March 11, 2009


Oil Change Instructions, Got It From Big Sis ...


Oil Change instructions for Women :
1) Pull up to Jiffy Lube when the mileage reaches 3000 miles since the last oil change.
2) Drink a cup of coffee.
3) 15 minutes later, write a check and leave with a properly maintained vehicle.
Money spent:
Oil Change:$20.00
Coffee: $1.00
Total: $21.00
Oil Change instructions for Men :
1) Wait until Saturday, drive to auto parts store and buy a case of oil, filter, kitty litter, hand cleaner and a scented tree, write a check for$50.00.
2) Stop by 7/11 and buy a case of beer, write a check for $20, drive home.
3) Open a beer and drink it..
4) Jack car up. Spend 30 minutes looking for jack stands.
5) Find jack stands under kid's pedal car.
6) In frustration, open another beer and drink it.
7) Place drain pan under engine..
8) Look for 9/16 box end wrench.
9) Give up and use crescent wrench.
10) Unscrew drain plug.
11) Drop drain plug in pan of hot oil: splash hot oil on you in process. Cuss.
12) Crawl out from under car to wipe hot oil off of face and arms. Throw kitty litter on spilled oil.
13) Have another beer while watching oil drain.
14) Spend 30 minutes looking for oil filter wrench.
15) Give up; crawl under car and hammer a screwdriver through oil filter and twist off.
16) Crawl out from under car with dripping oil filter splashing oil everywhere from holes. Cleverly hide old oil filter among trash in trash can to avoid environmental penalties. Drink a beer.
17) Install new oil filter making sure to apply a thin coat of oil to gasket surface.
18) Dump first quart of fresh oil into engine.
19) Remember drain plug from step 11.
20) Hurry to find drain plug in drain pan.
21) Drink beer.
22) Discover that first quart of fresh oil is now on the floor. Throw kitty litter on oil spill.
23) Get drain plug back in with only a minor spill. Drink beer.
24) Crawl under car getting kitty litter into eyes. Wipe eyes with oily rag used to clean drain plug. Slip with stupid crescent wrench tightening drain plug and bang knuckles on frame removing any excess skin between knuckles and frame.
25) Begin cussing fit.
26) Throw stupid crescent wrench.
27) Cuss for additional 5 minutes because wrench hit bowling trophy.
28) Beer.
29) Clean up hands and bandage as required to stop blood flow.
30) Beer.
31) Dump in five fresh quarts of oil.
32) Beer.
33) Lower car from jack stands.
34) Move car back to apply more kitty litter to fresh oil spilled during any missed steps.
35) Beer.
36) Test drive car.
37) Get pulled over: arrested for driving under the influence.
38) Car gets impounded.
39) Call loving wife, make bail..
40) 12 hours later, get car from impound yard.
Money spent:
Parts: $50.00
DUI: $2500.00
Impound fee: $75.00
Bail: $1500.00
Beer: $20.00
Total: $4,145.00
But you know the job was done right!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Yet He Would Deny Protection ...


Preventing Further Liberal Irritations Since ...

Monday, March 9, 2009


They Are Having A Party, Got It From Big Sis ...



Pooping On People In 12 Easy Lessons ...

Sunday, March 8, 2009


It Was A Beautiful Day Outside Today ...

Frank moved Dudley's truck out of the driveway so he could get the Jeep out and drive it and keep the battery charged up. He got back home the middle of the afternoon. He went to East Texas to visit with his grandparents but mostly to camp out down at the farm with two of his friends from high school days. They camped out and did a lot of shooting with their rifles and shotguns during the daytime. They had a camp fire at night and had a great time kicking back and getting a break from their usual routine of work and school. He did not get to do any fishing but was able to bring back a bunch of fresh caught catfish. Dudley's wife is working this afternoon and into the evening so we probably won't be able to eat catfish tonight but hopefully tomorrow evening we will hear some grease popping in the kitchen. We need to clean our tactical shotgun and Franks pump shotgun later on today so Dudley went and bought a 12 gauge bore snake kit. A bore snake makes easy work out of cleaning a long gun be it a rifle or shotgun. Dudley has used one for years to clean his deer rifle and needed one for the shotguns as well. Dudley and son love the smell of Hoppe's #9, it smells like ... Victory.


This Is Kind Of Strange ...

Saturday, March 7, 2009


When Seconds Count, The Cops Are Minutes Away ...

Friday, March 6, 2009


Dudley Has Had A Difficult Week ...

and he is tired. The highlight came yesterday when Frank took his kayak down to the river and paddled up to the mouth of the creek he normally fishes further upstream. He only fished for a short time but he managed to catch one bass about a pound and a half in size. The water is still pretty cold for the fishing to heat up but it should continue to improve now from week to week for the next few months. He took his ultra light fly rod and spinning outfit. He caught the bass on the spinning rod and reel. I think he will be able to catch a lot more bass at this new location. At the old spot he was catching mostly bluegill and very few bass. What Dudley would give to be able to go with him and get out on the water. Frank's grandfather fished this same area almost seventy years ago with a bamboo fly rod. Dudley hopes he is able to look down from on high and watch his grandson whom he never got to meet following in his footsteps. Frank took the day off from his regular job with the lawn service today and mowed our yard and the yard of our neighbors that are trying to sell their house. He loaded up his truck and is now on his way to East Texas to visit with his maternal grandparents for the weekend. I hope he is careful and has a good time. Dudley's daughter is going through a difficult stage in her life right now and we are all very concerned. If you believe in the power of prayer, please pray for our daughter and our family. Dudley has seen a miracle or two in his life and Dudley believes in the power of prayer.

Thursday, March 5, 2009


Pretty Well How Dudley Feels Today ...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


State Of The Union As Dudley Sees It ...

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009


Dudley Went To The Doctor Yesterday ...

for his six month check up. Before he saw the pumonologist, he completed a PFT or pulmonary function test. If you have never done one of these, you sit down in a glass coffin and put a big plastic clothes pin on your nose and blow into a mouthpiece hooked up to a computer. I guess it is sort of like a breathalyzer from hell. The first part of the test they leave the door of the glass room open but for the second part they close the door and seal you in. The whole test takes about a half hour. After the test Dudley got to see the doctor and told him how he has been doing. The doctor said Dudley has 35% of the lung function he should have. That is about normal and in fact is a little better than the last test done about one year ago. The doctor is going to see me again in six months. It is a good thing Dudley has insurance. The doctor visit and the PFT cost 500.00, and Dudley would be hard pressed paying that without insurance.


Missing Shotgun Baffles Local Police ...

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