8.01.2003

Finally cooled off here, thank goodness.


7.30.2003

Don't know what the hell I have been thinking by not having these sites listed over on the left.

Geeks With Guns

and

Curmudgeonly and Skeptical

They will be added pronto.

GAK!

Ugh, hot again.

Ran a couple of errands this morning which included stopping by Jiffy Lube to get the oil changed in the truck. I talked to a fellow there who was getting some service done on his old Plymouth Barracuda - a 1968, white, 340, automatic with 180,000 miles on it. All original but with some dings and dents gathered over the years.

It was interesting to notice the folks in the service bay as they changed the oil and filters on the old car. Typically, they use the hoses and big drums of oil and fill it up that way, quickly pumping that 5 quarts of oil in so they can get that car out and the next car into the bay. With the old Barracuda, they filled it with individual oil containers, obviously taking their time, admiring the engine and the car. They don't make 'em like that anymore.

He bought the car new in 1967 while he was living in Kansas City, MO (my home town) and drove out here 25 years ago. It is a small, small, small world.

7.29.2003

100 freaking degrees here at the moment, too damn hot without having A/C! The only respite I have is to fire up the truck, throw Sage in the backseat and drive around aimlessly with the air on. Ugh. Hopefully, this is the peak of the hot temperature for today and it will start cooling down here in the next hour or so. I will write more after it cools off a bit, my keyboard is getting sweaty.
Howdy

Another warm day here, the thermostat was at 96 at 7 PM tonight.

I spent a couple of hours this afternoon just hanging out in the bookstore, catching up on magazines and seeing if any of my favorites had any new releases out. I think other folks had the same idea because the place was packed.

So what is up with the NYC Public School for Gay Kids? Sheesh. If I knew that you could pull this kind of crap I would have had the State of Missouri start a school for kids that enjoyed shooting sports. Lord knows that after a while a kid can develop a serious complex if he is a gun enthusiast in todays modern school system! If he enjoys gun shows, trap shoots, sporting clays and shooting pistols and other kids know it, the kid can find himself shunned and an outcast!! The only other kids that will associate with these unfortunate children are other gun nuts and they have to spend their free time at the gun range or out in the woods shooting .22's at tin cans and hedge apples. While all the other kids are at "No War" rallies, these downtrodden, oppressed kids are usually working to support their "habit" so they can buy more ammo. All these gun-loving kids ever wanted was, as the NYC dingbats say, is “an opportunity to obtain a secondary education in a safe and supportive environment. ... We believe that success requires the ability to respect and value the diverse human community.”

It's all going to hell in a handbasket.

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Just finished Off to the Side by Jim Harrison. I have really enjoyed his work over the years and he even writes some damn good poetry but I learned quite a bit about him that I didn't know. One of my favorite books of all time is Ed Abbey's The Moneky Wrench Gang - a gang of interesting characters plan to blow up the Glen Canyon Dam. Well, I never realized that Harrison's A Good Day to Die - a gang of interesting characters plan to blow up the Glen Canyon Dam, came out two years before Abbey's book. In fact, Harrison reviewed The Monkey Wrench Gang for the New York Times when it was released in 1976. Very interesting.

Another interesting tid-bit or two: Harrison recollects the time he spent with John Belushi while he was working on a screenplay version of A Confederacy of Dunces and I discovered that Harrison is best-buds with Doug Peacock - grizzly bear advocate and author of Grizzly Years who was the prototype and inspiration for Abbey's character George Hayduke in The Monkey Wrench Gang and Hayduke Lives. Cool stuff.

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Well, it has finally started cooling off here, just a little bit of a breeze blowing in and it smells incredible. I need to mosie off to bed. G'night.