Thursday, November 27, 2008

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

8 Ball Cufflink

A Tennessee Laxative is no substitute for a stool seasoner.


--Commissioner Flintstone (as related to the arresting officer)



Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Troy's Three Day Weekend

I am not sure why this is, but I receive more reader email about my neighbor Troy, than all other topics combined. Here's another post.

About three hours ago, I was hanging out with Luke and Taz on the back patio eating almonds and blueberries while enjoying a beautiful afternoon. After a few minutes, Cory (one of Troy's housemates) drives by with Troy in the passenger seat. They get out of the car and I hear Troy telling Cory he had taken the trash can to the curb on Thursday. A minute or so later, Troy appears at my back gate to say hello. He says I might have noticed but he had not been around for a few days.

I told him I hadn't really noticed and he proceeds to tell me he just got out of jail. Georgetown police arrested him at his work (vacuum repair shop) on Thursday for not appearing to pay a $225 fine for marijuana possession. He says he completely forgot about it, plus he spent that money on his used HDTV.

The fine was increased to $350 or three days in jail. Since he wouldn't have been able to earn that amount of money working the vacuum repair shop, he opted to sit in the Georgetown jail since Thursday morning.

As he was walking away, he informed me he intended to party tonight! I cautioned him that it was a school night but I could tell he didn't care.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Daniel

This past Autumn, I have undergone a major decluttering phase. I have removed an enormous amount of possessions from my home that I will never ever use, but kept around just in case. Removing these useless items from the home is very liberating.

I have donated several computers, printers and numerous peripherals that I have accumulated over the years to Goodwill. I have also donated other items to the Austin Freecycle community. It feels good.

As I was going through a lot of my old keepsakes and deciding whether to trash them or not, I ran across an old photo of my cousin and myself taken 34 years ago. My cousin (Daniel) died in a car wreck in 1994, but I haven't seen this photo of him in a couple of decades.

He had been arrested several times for B&E, shoplifting and DWI. He was on his was to Huntsville. He checked out before he could get there, man.

RIP, Daniel.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Dr. Price

I read Doyle Brunson's blog and like the guy quite a bit. He's getting older, of course, and over the past few months, it seems he can't post an entry without referencing how tired he is. It is a bit depressing.

He also began talking about politics this year. Fortunately, he isn't trying to tell his readers who to vote for. He is not a partisan political participant. He doesn't preach. Much.

He did make a statement in his blog this morning which is a myth that has been perpetuated as long as I can remember:
"If you don’t vote, you don’t have the right to complain about the economy or anything else."

This is absolutely wrong. You have the right to complain, bitch, grouse, bemoan or grumble about whatever you want, even if you have never voted your entire life. You just don't have the right to be heard. That goes for people who vote, as well.

You don't have the right not to be offended, either.

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While watching the season 2 finale of Mad Men on AMC, I noticed an ad for another original series running on that station (as I am sure some of you have.) The premise seemed interesting to me, so I downloaded season 1 from a torrent site.

Breaking Bad is about a high school chemistry teacher who has to work two jobs to support his family. In the first episode of the series, he discovers he has lung cancer and doesn't have long to live. Through a series of turn-of-events, he goes into business with a former student creating and distributing meth.

Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston (Malcom in the Middle) and Anna Gunn (Deadwood) and is set in New Mexico. The show is quite original and though I have seen two episodes, I still haven't formed a solid opinion about the show. I am intrigued enough to continue watching. A full report is most certainly forthcoming.

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Here's a return to the pictures I purchased in the estate sale. The back of this photo merely says "Dr. Price". This would make a good caption contest subject.