Friday, August 31, 2018

New Doc

Met my new doctor yesterday. He's a really nice man.  A few of my lab results were a bit off--not really serious, but something to be monitored.  I guess, for a decrepit old geezer, I'm not doing too bad.  As I've mentioned before, I only  have one kidney and have to keep an eye on certain things as I'm vulnerable to certain health problems.  

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Sno Balls

I guess people didn't like my snowball comment yesterday.  Whilst commenting about the changing weather, I may not have been clear about the Snowball connection.  Hostess makes these cake snacks called Snowballs. They're the ones with the coconut icing and gooey center.  They change the color every now and then. Every time they do, I'll buy one. After Halloween they usually go to white. St. Patricks day is green. A lot  of the year they're pink. Every color change I buy a package.

And orange reminds us of Halloween and autumn.  As the seasons rotate, to colors of Snowballs change.

snowballs from a different time of  year

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Fall is in the air

Ah, the seasons are changing.  There's a sense of fall in  the air at night  My biggest indicator of autumn is the Hostess sno balls in the stores turn orange about the start of September to remind me Halloween will soon be here.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Delivering stuff

People are getting lazier as they have everything delivered.  Grub Hub and similar services go beyond simple Domino's and offer the delicacies of nearly every restaurant.  When I was growing up, they didn't deliver nothing--except for furniture.  

The one thing that was delivered was something no one seemed to want.  They had this weekly publication called the Dollar Saver.  It was distributed around Hayward, CA.  I delivered them for a while.  Back then there was a cannery that processed tomatoes at harvest time.  The cannery is long gone–the land now holds a Costco. But my memories remain.

Perhaps the oddest thing was one afternoon I was on the porch delivering a copy and I cut a colossal huge fart. Well, I headed back for the sidewalk and the door opened up. She got her copy and said "They must be cooking up something good." referring to the cannery. Yep, the chili dog I had for lunch. Lady I can come over if you like the smell of my farts and make it a regular thing.

Then there was the guy sitting in his living room. He had no pants on and was sitting in a chair jerking off.  Me, well I'd close the drapes.  You don't forget something like that.

I eventually found other uses for my time than delivering advertising to people's porches. But, think about this:  How many people worldwide are sitting in a chair jerking off at any given moment?

Sunday, August 26, 2018


I don't know who you get your entertainment from these days.  Look for A Very Secret Service if you get a chance.  It's set in 1961, a year you may not remember.  

It's a spy spoof.  But they've done an amazing job of getting the look of the era.  These French spies are more concerned with getting their forms properly stamped and their bonuses than doing spy stuff.  The quality of the way that've done this is amazing

Saturday, August 25, 2018


I sometimes wonder if anyone even reads this blog.  I suggested women be given the right to vote and nobody said a thing about it.  I guess folks don't take this thing too seriously and that's good. Tuesday is still primary day and I really do hope people will vote.  You get corrupt politicians like Donald when voters stay home and that is not a joke.

Friday, August 24, 2018


In Arizona the primary election is next Tuesday.

I have decided after considerable thought, the time has come to give women the right to vote.  I know some of you are gritting your teeth and muttering "They'll want to drive, next."  There is no proof that women will do any worse than men in voting for Donald.  

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Uh,just a minute

So, what is it, five? Five of Donald's closest former advisers are now convicted felons.  But there's nothing to this investigation. All is well?  Even the Nixon Administration wasn't this corrupt.

I should go into politics and get bribes and stuff.  Ethics and integrity don't seem to matter anymore.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Taking out the trash

One thing I've noticed since relocating to Tucson is how many different trash companies there are.  I'm actually not sure how many there are.  Some just process commercial dumpsters, whilst others focus more on residential.  The company that picks up my trash does not pick up my father's garbage even though he only lives two miles away.  Those of us outside the City of Tucson get different trash service than the one provided by the city. It just doesn't seem very efficient.

And some companies pick up the recycling the same day as the trash--mine does this. Others pick up recycling on different days.  I've never lived anyplace like it.  We certainly did not have such options in Colorado.  

Tuesday, August 21, 2018


I don't get a solid night's sleep--haven't in years.      So, last night I plopped d  asleep.       Yay. I don't know why, but I will take it. 

Monday, August 20, 2018

sodden unfortunates

I was having lunch at a local chain Mexican restaurant [not Taco Bell, I don't eat there.]  Anyway, some really filthy bum comes inside and, thankfully, places a to go order.  He gets his burrito and goes to the front door, whereupon he freezes up.  There was a police car in the parking lot. Our sodden unfortunate likely had warrants.  After a few minutes the police were gone and  our bum left the facility to likely go to the dried up river nearby to consume his burrito.

What have we learned today?  I seem to love the term sodden unfortunate.  This guy was sodden and filthy even by bum standards.  Even bums contribute to our economy by buying things with the money they get from panhandling and whatever else they do. We have an amazingly high concentration of bums in Tucson.  If you live in Tucson and don't like someone, print up flyers with that person's name and address and put down free meals for the homeless Sunday [or whatever day]. Hand them out in the local parks. hundreds of people will show up.   I've never tried this concept because it's too evil--even for me. But it seems like something that would work.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Yard work

Because of our summer rains we've had a lot of plant growth and weeds.  It's been a battle to keep up with them.  Well, I'm off to the hardware store to get some more propane.  I prefer to burn weeds off rather than use poisons.  Some of those defoliants may come back and kill me some day.  That's what you get by owning your own home.  

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Another Dog Movie

Alpha is coming.  It's another dog movie.  Well, I guess it's more of a wolf movie.  I don't know.  I dread dog movies. I always seem to start crying. That is not the image I want to portray.  The last dog movie I saw in a theater some time ago was Ten Below. These sled dogs were abandoned at the south pole.  I was crying when it ended and vowed never again will I go to a movie in a theater.

There have been other times. It goes back to my childhood. They killed the yellow doggie in Old Yeller.  

Of course I'll go and see it.  Then I'll swear off these movies until another one comes out.  

I'm a sucker for dog movies.  Although I did not care for the poor use of the dog in Cowboys &              Aliens.  The dog was okay, I just don't think the director used him very effectively.  But that's not a dog movie but a dog acting role.

After Old Yeller, at some point we saw White Fang in school as I recall.  My eighth grade English teacher was a huge Jack London fan.  Odd for a Brit.  At some point I saw Call of the Wild.

And so on.  They taught us lies in schools back then.  They told us dogs were canis familiaris.  in science class. They're not. They have the same genes as the wolf. They're all canis lupus.   

So, I'll go and see Alpha.  I can't help myself.  There are two types of movies I can't resist. Dog movies and submarine movies.  A sub movie with dogs for a crew--that would be something. 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Binge Watching

One thing that's grown in popularity with digital TV is binge watching.  You can watch an entire season or even multiple seasons of any show you want--depending on what programming you subscribe to.  I recently watched the Starship Troopers crap to my disappointment.  If you're looking for a pleasant surprise, I like Better Call Saul. This is the story about an attorney trying to get established, yet things liked being disbarred keep getting  in his way. It's incredibly good, currently runs on AMC Monday night.  But you can binge and get caught up. 

Another good binge opportunity in The Man in the High Castle. Based on the Philip K. Dick story, it's about to start its third season.  It's some very well done alternate history that takes a different look at the Axis powers of WWII. Start now and you'll be ready for season three.

Of course the ultimate binge if you're one of the four or five who has not watched it--The Walking Dead.  Although I am starting to tire of it, it's an amazing series than surprised and even scared me  a few times over it's very long run.

Go binge.  

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Reverse panhandling

As I have mentioned before, the one thing I hate ab out Tucson is it is packed with vagrants begging for money.  Yesterday I needed to go downtown.   "Got any spare change?" was my lead off. "You got any money?"      Well that brought an immediate round of threats to kick my ass.  I guess if I'm going to play this game I'll need my pep   spray.                     

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Watchin but don't know why.

Okay, so I found two DVD's of Starship Troopers that were sequels.  One was awful and the other was okay.  Then I found a computer animated version that I turned off after a few minutes because it was so bad.   I guess they wanted it to take on a franchise like Star Trek.  That didn't exactly happen.

I watched the original Troopers when it came out.  I liked it. Exploding bugs, topless girls--what's not to like?  Of course the movie was based on Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein.  I don't remember the coed shower scenes in Heinlein's book but it has been a while.  

What's it all mean?  Beyond the original, the rest of them are a waste of time and money.  I still like the original movie which is still available to watch.  And that's about it.  Read the book and you'll be better off.

Thursday, August 9, 2018


We're still getting our evening rain storms which Arizonans call monsoons.  They usually stop around the end of July, but not this year.  Our plant friends seem to enjoy the rain and cooler temperatures. I'm not sure if the annual rainfall will much different as we had an unusually dry first half of the year.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Trash Day

Today is garbage day where I live.  They pick up recycling and regular garbage on the same day.  I never know when they'll show up so I put the trash out early.

a garbage truck, but not intended as a  depiction of the one used where                                                                     

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

power poopers

I mentioned last week I'd forgotten to eat one day.  Well, today I didn't get any supper.  I went to the store but they were closed because of a power outage. 

Monday, August 6, 2018

Accessing Star Trek

Well, old Piccard is returning to Star Trek.  I still have not seen Discovery. Now there's another one brewing.  I won't pay ten bucks a month to watch old CBS reruns in the form of CBS All Access.  So, as I said when Discovery launched, cram it CBS

Sunday, August 5, 2018

How come?

"How come you can't ship to Mars?" some wise ass asked. I deleted it. It was in reference to my book offer is only good for earth residents. Well, the post office simply doesn't ship there. Nothing I can do about.  However, if any Martians want to come by the house I'll gladly give them a copy.

"How come you're obsessed with Mars?" I was recently asked.
I am what I am.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Them Martians

Earth is at apogee right now.  That means Earth and Mars are close together--as close as we get.  It's been about 15 years since we were that close.  It still is a fairly small red dot in the sky.  I don't trac this stuff like the backyard telescope crowd, but I believe most of the planets that can be seen without a telescope are visible now.  

Back to them Martians.  They've found some significant water. It's frozen. It's also possible Mars had more atmosphere and may have been warmer than it is now. I just hope they find evidence of life there.  I can't control what Nasa does, but I think their current efforts could have a Martian standing on the surface and our probes might not even notice them.  I'm just not impressed.  Since I can't afford my own space probes it will have to do.

Well, I was talking to some people about the apogee and Mars being so close and was asked "You should publish something about Mars." Well Buard breath, I said [just kidding] I have.  Two lovely products are currently available about Mars that I have edited.  There's The Martian Anthology 
and, for you steampunk/19th century fans, Science Fiction Trails #9 did an all Martian issue. And they're both available at Amazon for two bucks plus shipping through the end of August.  Click on the Marketplace other sellers to find our offer..  This offer is for Earth residents only. We are not currently able to ship to Mars.

Friday, August 3, 2018


Sometimes, not often but every now and again, something happens to me that I find simply incredible.  Yesterday, I could not figure out why I was so hungry.  It was 8:00 PM.  Slowly my brain informed my gut we were hungry because we hadn't eaten anything all day. I wasn't fasting.  I was not on some new diet. Breakfast, lunch, supper? Forgot them all. Went to a 24 hour restaurant and got some pancakes.  I hope I don't do that again.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018


Back in the day they called places that sold gasoline "Fillin Stations."  Then they became "Service Stations."  Those were the days. They came out and cleaned your windshield and even checked your tire pressure.  When was the last time you checked you tires?   Gradually, those service stations sort of vanished--replaced by convenience stores.  Perhaps it was inevitable for this evolution. All I can say for certain is replacing service with some overworked cashier who can't get you ice out of the freezer outside because she's so overworked she can't get away from the cash register. Well, I'm not sure if it's an improvement.  

That has me wondering as the robots take over our economy do we have them check your oil and pump the gas or do we just automate the convenience store and have no employees?  Time will tell.