Sunday, January 26, 2020

Bring 'em back

I sure wish the following fast food outlets would bring back some stuff:

Arby Q

Taco Bell
combination burrito
green sauce [green sauce didn't sell much because it was never on the menu as an option]

Jack in the Box
secret sauce

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Who the Hell is Melvin Cruddy ?

I used to work for the concession company that ran the Grand Teton National Park restaurants and hotels.  This was a long time ago. I drove the laundry truck and was later a laundry supervisor.  Amongst other things, they had an option if you didn't want to go to the dining room for lunch, you could get a sandwich at the employee canteen. You had to sign for your meal, since they had to account for employee meals differently than regular sales of candy bars and stuff.  For some inexplicable reason, I started signing Melvin Cruddy on the sheet.  That certainly was not my name.

As I mentioned, I drove the laundry truck. It required gas, which was purchased at the company owned convenience store. You had to sign this voucher sheet for the gas, including a code for what department it was being used by.Well, Melvin Cruddy started signing for gas as well.  The thing was, no one ever seemed to notice.  

I wasn't really defrauding anyone. The gas really was for the laundry truck. The employee meals were really being eaten by an employee. . But blind signatures on some form are rather meaningless records.  

Well, then I ended up working for a hotel in Colorado.  It was rare for me to use the company van, but one day I had to take some luggage over to another hotel and it was running on fumes. So I signed for the gas at the gas station we used as Melvin Cruddy.  I don't know why.  Then, I started signing Melvin Cruddy whenever I accepted luggage deliveries (the airlines often misplace luggage and then would send it by messenger since we were  very far from the airport).  Credit card refund form for customers--Melvin Cruddy.  Not once did anyone ever ask "Who the hell is this Melvin Cruddy?"

I'm not sure where this name came from. Benny Hill had some sketch character called Mervyn Cruddy as I recall.  But I'm not sure where Melvin came from in the bizarro world inside my head. I do know this, no one has ever questioned why Melvin Cruddy was signing stuff when we had no such employee. If I had to send FedEx, the employee name was Melvin Cruddy on the form at the hotel. 

I don't know what evil force made me sign Melvin to so many forms. Maybe it's just the stupidity of so many meaningless forms in the world.  Then I retired and moved to Arizona. Last weekend I went to the gun range.  Melvin signed in on the sign in sheet. At least Melvin has never signed for a credit card purchase--not yet anyway.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

You gotta be nuts

Well, supposedly, Planters Nuts are getting rid of Mr. Peanut.  I think this is horrible.  Back in my salad days I sent away for a plastic Mr. Peanut cup.  I don't know what became of it.  I'm really bummed out about this.   He's always been there for me.  He often would turn up in my yard and console me when I was feeling bad.  Now, I've got to move on without him.  I will admit the cup was a cheap plastic one.  

Monday, January 20, 2020


Last Friday I had a nail removed from my tire. It's the fifth one in the last 12 months.  I think that's an excessive amount of nails.  I cannot figure out why there are so many nails on the roads. It's not like they have roofing on our highways. Yet the nail problem persists. This one was in the sidewall of my tire and couldn't be fixed. Fortunately I had road hazard protection and got a new tire.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Now We Wait

I had a live tree for Christmas and planted it in my yard after the festivities ended.  The problem is this Arizona climate is hard on trees.  I don't know if it'll make it.  Evergreens are tough to tell if they're alive. They don't turn brown and look dead until they're really gone.  That's not so with people. If someone died in my yard it would be obvious really soon. In just a few days that body would get bloated as the bacteria in the corpse give off gasses.  Then the body would start to stink--really bad smell.  That is not true with evergreens. They just sit there and look like a live tree even when they're not. Eventually, they turn brown and then you realize they're dead, but that comes months later.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

air bags

Well I broke down and finally got my car's airbags fixed. I've been getting recall notices forever on it. It's just that the dealer is so far away from my house and I hate sitting around car dealers all day. It literally killed an entire day to get this fixed. I guess I can crash into something safely now. Hah!

Friday, January 17, 2020

Is it real or is it Mesmerex?

There's this paranormal show on telebision that I was watching the other day.  I found myself wondering how I could hoax each segment.  About 90% of the time I could figure out a way to hoax each segment within just a minute or so.  And I wasn't even trying.  Now I'm not saying most of this stuff was fake, just that it would not be difficult  to fake it.  I'm not sure why folks fake and hoax these things. Whether it's ghosts or UFOs or Bigfoot, a lot of this material is hoaxed. I don't know why people go to the trouble to fake this stuff. I really don't see what they get out of it.  But a lot of this paranormal  stuff is complete balderdash. 

That's one reason why I rarely give talks about the Great 1897 Airship.  I've spent years studying about this thing and consider it the most baffling event in American history.  Yet, if I try and talk about it people just claim it's a hoax and dismiss it outright--without any basis to denounce it or me. And so I've kind of taken a step back and do not have any talks planned about it this year, even at science fiction cons.  I'm just tired of pounding my head into walls. It's a shame as I think it's a story that needs to be told.  I've read newspaper articles from the day. The California state legislature even held hearings on it.  And I have serious problems with the very few books on the subject. But people don't want to hear it and I've got to decide how I want to proceed with this subject.  The Airship wasn't done with fishing line  or a fan out of the frame of a camera angle. It scared a lot of people, should not have existed based on the technology of the day, yet it has been completely forgotten by history because the dullard class just says "It's gotta be a hoax."  The same dullard class that watches these stupid paranormal shows.