…”NO MORE HAND ME DOWNS”!…

After THREE different “Delivery Dates”, via an on line order, I’m supposed to be gettin’ My NEW Computer today. Yeah, I know, many of you out there thinkin’ “What’s the big deal, it’s just a computer”? It’s a BIG deal for me! I’ve NEVER had a NEW Computer. Every computer I’ve ever gotten has been a “Hand Me Down”. I got what wasn’t good enough, anymore for another family member, because THEY needed the NEW one with all the “Bells & Whistles”. Ole Bill/Dad doesn’t need all that technology! He could be dangerous! Hell, even at work, I NEVER had a NEW Computer. It was a “Hand Me Down” because some Manager, at the top, thought they needed the NEW one, more, so that they could occupy their busy days by checkin’ the Stock Market, watchin’ their 401K, playin’ Solitaire, shopin’ on Ebay, or what ever their personal mission of the day was. It started the “Trickle Down Effect”. When the New one came in they would get their old one scrubbed down by the IT dept. Then the next level Mgr would decide he needed the “Ole Bosses scrubbed unit” & so on until it got to me, or who ever else was in need of one. I grew up on “Hand Me Downs”! NOT this time! “All  the Stars & Planets have lined up for ME”, again! The day is HERE, MY NEW Computer will be here TODAY! I feel like a child on their Birthday or @ Christmas. The anticipation is killin’ me! I’ll be lookin’ out the window every-time I hear the sound of what I think could be “The Delivery Truck” comin’ down the driveway {{{wait a minute! Nope!}}}, all 200 ft from the road! Now I’ll have to learn a lot of new systems & processes, but I’m lookin’ forward to it. “NO MORE HAND ME DOWNS”! I need another Mug-O-Joe…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”doin’ somethin’ similar”…

Down at midnight last night, up at 6 a.m. this mornin’. Looks like it’s going to be one of those dark dreary rainy type days, at least that’s what the Weatherman is  tellin’ us AGAIN. My Bride & I are enjoying the morning sippin’ on our Mugs-O-Joe. I have my pot of “Dunkin Doughnuts Regular” & she has her Fru-Fru taste of the month, made one mug @ a time. Later today we’re goin’ to meet up with my son & his family. We’re going to have lunch with the Grands at a restaurant in The Ham @ The Summit. I was gettin’ ready to leave lunch a little early. MY middle Grand was cryin’, as I was huggin’ her & trllin’ her bye-bye, cause she didn’t want Papa to leave. I was headin’ to attend the Funeral Visitation of a friend, who Passed suddenly last Thursday. Just a few months ago she had finally reached the ripe ole age of “The Double Nickel”, still young by today’s standards. I didn’t stay too long, just long enough to see a couple old friends. I decided to drive up through the cemetery, as that’s where my Mother and Stepdad are buried. Thought I would visit they’re graves, it’s been awhile. There are visitors & there are avoiders. Let me just say “I’m NOT a good grave visitor”, shame on me for that I guess. Hey, it is what it is. You know that’s one of those places you stand head hangin’, looking down, & you’re not really talking out loud but YOU ARE havin’ a conversation. I didn’t really know if I asking for approval or was I asking for forgiveness? I didn’t really get any answers but did realized I was standin’ there, in a light sprinklin’ of rain, cryin’. It’s kind of a strange scenario I guess. But, I’m sure others have found themselves doin’ somethin’ similar. Oh well, I’m now back in The Big Pell in comfortable surroundin’s. Ya’ll have a good evenin’…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”I feel safe in sayin’ “…

Just Chillin'Yesterday was a dreary lookin’ day, most of the day.  Early in the mornin I headed to The Ham to get my Brides car serviced. Just routine servicin’. On my way back, to The Big Pell, I stopped in, unannounced as I usually do, on some Ole Friends I used to work with. I just missed one as he had an appointment to keep but I did get to visit with his office manager. She was sharin’ with me the recent loss of a Grandchild just a few months old. Very touchin’ story. I didn’t stay too long as she was the only one there runnin’ the business. I headed on home & got there just in time for lunch & spent some time with my Bride & daughter before headin’ back to The Ham for my BHS monthly evenin’ get together. The rain’ finally made it & made things sort of hazardous as folks just refuse to slow down on their way home. Me First-Me First! “Damn The Torpedoes, Full Speed Ahead”! Before ya know it there’s metal crunckin’ & glass shatterin’ along the route. I had a feelin’ there weren’t goin’ to be many folks show up @ The Village Tavern (VT). Vacation time, weather, & work schedules always affect the out turn. There were only Four (4) BHS folks & One (1) WHS friend made it. Later there were two (2) more BHS folks joined us briefly. They had been there @ The VT for other reasons but it was great to see’em. As time ticked around to 8:00pm it was once again time to head our separate ways. I got home & was settlin’ in. I got on the computer & noticed a FB Post under the name of “Susan Thompson Wright“, BHS Class of 1979, I knew Susan had been plannin’ on meetin’ with us earlier this evenin’. Her daughter had posted that her Mom, Susan, has passed away earlier in the day. Susan was one who attended our BHS get together quite often. It was a shock to hear of her passin’. My heart kinda sunk. Again, I have to say, we just don’t get to see old friends often enough. Susan will be missed by us all. I feel safe in sayin’ our most Sincere Condolences go out to Susan’s Family & Loved ones…Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Yep, Lake Life!”…

Today my Bride & daughter, havein’ returned yesterday from their “Girls Beach Week”, were kinda just veggin’ out. I spent a little over an hour out on The Deck finishin’ up my Mugs-O-Joe. Well, the mornin’ just drug on. Lunch time came & went by quickly. I decided I was goin’ to go get in the lake. I needed to gas up the Pontoon Boat & piddle around down on the pier anyway. So I went & dug out my “Ole Speedo”, slipped it on, checked myself out in the mirror, yep, lookin’ good! I gathered up three of my 6-gal gas tanks from the basement, loaded’em on the Pickup Truck, grabbed my rod with “Ole Chrome & Blue” tied on & down the driveway I went. I gathered up all five of our water floats, got in the water with’em and washed’em down good. Re-stacked four of’em & I took the other one out in the slough to just bask amongst the light breeze & ripples on the water. Layin ‘ out there lookin’ up I saw a couple of Osprey circlin’ over head lookin’ for a meal. After about an hour I got out of the water secured all the floats & put the 18 gals of gas in the Pontoon. I dug out a couple of hammocks from the storage locker on the pier & hung’em as well. I got out the Catfish food and fed the fish around the pier. Looked like Piranha boilin’ the water! The hammocks were swayin’ in the breeze & one of’em caught my attention. Thirty minutes later I woke up & realized I needed to head back up to the house. I gathered up the empty gas cans & the unused rod & backed the truck back up the hill. Yep, Lake Life! What a nice way to spend an afternoon…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Ok, I’ve drug this out too long”…

22218_989848007712282_8481197791787430355_nSittin’ out on The Deck this mornin’ my mind, as usual, goes to wanderin’. And as it takes off, on it’s own like that, well, I just have to let it go. All I can do is sit here, sip my Mug-O-Joe, & see where takes me. Oddly, this mornin’, Visions of Movies pass thru my head, titles & scenes. All kinds. Oscar Winners, BIG Money Winners! As well as the biggest FLOPS ever filmed. I mean BIG MONEY Losers! Love Stories, War Movies, Comedies, Documentaries, (& I think) Educational (I usually missed those), & even PBS. True Stories, Historical, Children’s, Adult, & Fiction! Now, let your mind wander, for just a second, now pick one! I imagine many of you are sittin’ there with that DUH thought goin’ thru your head. Hell, maybe even two you’re Entitled (according to The Liberals). Now, they all use Artistic Freedoms, to stretch both Fact & Fiction, & they all have Play Like People (call themselves Actors/Actresses), like you did when you were young, in them to play like they are someone they aren’t. There are both Fast & Slow Beginnin’ as well as the same thing for the Endin’s. Yes all, somewhat, have Story Lines too. But they all have something ELSE in common, some times TWO things but not always. Any of you have a clue yet? No? I’m surprised? Don’t you pay attention? They either get your attention to what is ABOUT to happen or help explain to you what JUST happened. Ok, I’ve drug this out too long. “The Prelude and/or The Postlude”! Now think about THIS! Which one will best describe YOUR Life (as it did in the movie YOU just thought about) & what would it say?…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…”Now, what to do with the rest of my day”…

20160928_080352_1475069248953_resized{{{{{ Yaaawn }}}}} & Streachin’! It was 5:00am…Gonna sleep in. Nope, it didn’t happen, 5:15am & I’m risin’. I get up slowly & entertain myself with all of the “Snap, Crackle, & Pop” sounds comin’ from my joints (I said my JOINTS!) I slowly head to do my personal business then on to Joe Station & get that ole trusty Pot to makin’ that “Magic Elixir” to kick my mornin’ off. Stepped out on the Deck & could tell it was goin’ to be another beautiful day. Checked-in on the World News & The Web. Not too much real excitin’ either place. I decided to head down to the water just to see what was happenin’ I grabbed a rod & reel with a “Lunker Lure” on it. As I eased down the driveway to the water the dogs next door sort of half way barked as they realized who I was. Hum-m-m I could tell there was no breeze as My/The Flag was hangin’ limp on the pole. A pair of Mallards scurried of the pier, for the water, as I got to close for their comfort. Quackin’ somethin’ awful. Wish I could’ve understood’em. Ole “Pete” our resident Blue Heron also let it be known I was interruptin’ his mornin’ fishin’ as he too squawked off.  Out my peripheral vision (that phrase surprised some of ya didn’t it!) I noticed a slight swirl on the surface off to my right about 25 to 30 feet off of the seawall. I quickly cocked, cast, & about 3 cranks of the handle and there {{{ SPLASH }}} he was…waited to feel the pressure, as the rod tip loaded up, & I set the hook! I called out “Hold’em Hook”! Me & Mr Spot played around for a few minutes, him tryin’ to throw that “Lunker Lure” & me enjoyin’ every moment of it. I finally got’em in, admired him for a moment, & released him to fight another day. I do so love catch Spotted Bass. One Cast & One Fish! It don’t get no better than that folks, so, I turned  around & head for the house & the Pot-O-Joe callin’ my name. Later on I checked in with my Bride, down at the Beach, all was well with her. After my second Mug-O-Joe I decided to go straddle that Ole H-D down in the basement & go put the wind in my face for a while before it got Too HOT to really enjoy it. 75miles later I’m back here at the house puttin’ the Ole H-D back in it’s stall there next to the “Ranger”. I look at some hooks layin’ on the deck of it & I think they were rustin’ from lack of use. I need to get it out & blow the dust off of it soon. Lunch was served, by me to me. Yep, left over Pot Roast & Veggies. It has been a busy mornin”. Now, what to do with the rest of my day… I’ll figure somethin’ out I sure…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>

…” ‘Bon Appitite’ to her”…

Well in four & a half (4 1/2) hours we’ll know! Wednesday mornin’ work out done. Showered up and lookin’ & actin’ like a “World Class Chef”, here I go! All prep work’s done. Veggies all are washed, scrubbed (as needed), sliced & diced (& NO injuries to report!). The Slab of Beef is seasoned & sizzlin’ in the skillet for a golden brown searin’ & crustin’. Crock is loaded up, & I mean LOADED UP!  Dishes are washed, they’ll get dried & put away later. There is an aroma waftin’ thru the house as the ceilin’ fans do their jobs. Yep “Slow Cooker Pot Roast & Veggies” are on Ole Bill’s menu later today, as my Bride enjoys “The Ocean Club” in Sandestin, FL. ‘Bon Appitite’ ” to her & “Bone Appetite” to me!…”Hold’em Hook”!…..BG>Slow Cook Pot Roast