Ramblings, opinions, and general meanderings from the Deep South

Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Reply to a vulgar email

Due to being on the planet for a while some things inflame me that may seem minor to others. Yes, I think EVERYONE that lives in this country should learn the English language, natives included. Children graduating high school should earn their diplomas through hard work and study. Politeness ought to be a way of life. Those living a self imposed dark age in this world of technology need to give up the cave. Someone needs to round up the evil children that "live" at Wal-Mart, find their parents and spank ALL of them. This list can go on and on. Our world is being taken over by thugs, liberals and simians. Apathy is the cause. Yesterday's post has been edited to remove profanity, but it stays up.

In the words of that great Texas philosopher Ed Coffin, "Have a better than expected day."

"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need the advice."
-Bill Cosby

Monday, November 29, 2004

The Circus of Chaos continues...

The baboons at COMCAST that are in charge of programming over at G4TechTV, are blithering idiots. Brian Roberts, head monkey at COMCAST, you are a sick mind that needs to be locked up and forgotten. It amazes me that these BOZOS can take a perfectly good TV show, The Screensavers, that had changed down through the years for the better and ruin it completely in just a few months. Books are a much more dependable medium, well at least until Roberts and company find a way to alter them and make them worse. They've turned an informative, entertaining channel into a kiddies' game show with punk, foul mouth hosts and no one involved is intelligent enough to use sentences with more than 3 or 4 words. Seems I am being sent a message. It's time to give up the boob tube. With Kevin Rose no longer host this is a cyber debauchery. Now I am depressed and must go eat the last of the turkey and dressing.

"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance

Sunday, November 28, 2004

Do Not Call list is being threatened

What in the hell are our government officials thinking?!? The following was sent to the FTC in order to protest the current proposal permitting telemarketers to harass us once again:

Telemarketers and anyone associated with this business should be locked up for life. Have you considered doing something about the people that write spyware/adware/malware? Seems they all work hand in hand to make our lives miserable. Please don't open any doors for these creeps!

Please go to the FTC site, fill in the simple form, and protest this ridiculous idea. Further info can be found at the Chicago Sun-Times. Thanks Slashdot for the heads up on something that concerns ALL of us.

"To thine own self be true, and it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man."
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet

Saturday, November 27, 2004

No dark sarcasm in the classroom

Saturday morning. It's raining, Pink Floyd is playing in the background, the coffee is perfecto mundo, the smell of country bacon is in the air and life is most casual. Many things on the plate and must be addressed before the weekend ends, but for now, Shine on You Crazy Diamond is chambering the Dock bullet into the Beach House magazine. Man, do I love this music or what? I asked Verdana and Beagle if they'd play the Joe Tex song Ain't Gonna' Bump no Mo' at my funeral and they were vehement in their refusal so maybe some Pink Floyd? C'mon, it'll lift everyone's spirit. There is the faction that will be happy that I'm gone, but if they attend great music will depress them so it'll all work. Uncle Snake! Hep me! Hep me! You know in your heart that Pink Floyd will help rest a weary soul!

Links to Floyd:

Pink Floyd Online, great site - check the lyrics section.

Pink Floyd & Co., kewl English site. Navigation is SUPERIOR!

PinkFloydFan.Net has mega info - read the Pink Floyd Story here.

"Tongue-tied and twisted, just an earthbound misfit, I"
-Pink Floyd, Learning to Fly

Friday, November 26, 2004

In an unfair fight my money is on the Wookie

Would you like to read a spoiler for the newest Star Wars movie, Revenge of the Sith? Don't know how official this is and it may be from the mind of a super Vader geek, but it's fun. This is supposedly a script synopsis by George Lucas, Plot Summary Starwars 3. Comes to us courtesy of SuperShadow. This is a really in depth Star Wars site full of information (plot summaries for 7,8, and 9?). All you Obiwanners and Sith wannabes! Let me know what you think - is it real or not?

Still haven't seen the trailer? It can be viewed here.

"Luke's just not a farmer, Owen. He's got too much of his father in him."
-Aunt Beru

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Eat, drink and be merry

Apparently many folks arose, ate turkey, took a nap and decided to blog. It's taken so long to upload anything, I killed my simple "you go turkey day" post and changed in to whine mode. Hope they don't stay down forever; afterall, Google is the parent company. Very frustrating to try and upload in IE6, Mozilla and Firefox with nothing making the trip. So I sit typing in Wordpad awaiting the cyber vudu to take place.

The day has been awesome with only one minor glitch. Mother and I travelled down the Natchez Trace about 15 miles to the Beagle n Mudslingr abode to celebrate Thanksgiving with a large group of families and friends. The food was absolutely awesome, the fellowship grand and an extra special treat was watching the purplegiraffe open her birthday presents. This was a good day. Mother fell when getting out of the car and panic was trying to set in, but many rushed to her aid and and she is okay, thank God. Appreciate the promptness of Mudslingr's Dad and family in helping her. I had my head stuck inside the back seat and didn't even know it until they'd dashed across the yard to help! Nice to be around folks with good manners. I sat there watching, later on, and realized this was a happy time. Smiles abounded. Yep, this was a better than average gathering. Thanks y'all!

"Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works."
-Ecclesiastes 9:7
Edit: Finally launched post by changing to another PC! Blogger wuz punishing me for falling asleep at the machine I guess...

Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Appliances, cyber and mechanical

A recent scenario had me installing some proprietary 'vudu' software on a network. They insisted on using McAfee antivirus and it was relayed to the client that my feelings about McAfee went deeper than mild dislike. We settled on one machine per location and in just a few weeks this software was no longer needed. During the process of installing, I approached the tech on the other end about the dilemna and he said it was a bundled deal and he didn't have any input about the matter.

Folks, McAfee is worthless. Red Dragon, Ashby Rhett Culpepper III, and several other tech types have verified the same thing over and over. Ashby even upgraded McAfee, ran it, then uninstalled it. He then installed Norton's and found over 1000 infections that McAfee missed. And just click on Sunday's comments to see Red Dragon's battle.

"How about Norton's," you ask? They make a good product, but I will only endorse Norton's Antivirus. Their bundled NIS and SystemWorks have created major problems on networks. Bondo Elvis says that they've corrected their errors. Still, these full blown utilities seem to slow machines down. Anyway, Norton's Antivirus seems okay. That said, it's not used at the Beach House.

AVG is used here and has been for several years. It's light, stays in the background, runs on schedule and is easily updated in automatic mode. Great stuff. So far the only complaint with the new 7.0 version is that there is one piece of proprietary software that might have problems so far. This will be interesting because the promoters of this proprietary software are basically a bunch of crawfish living in a large Texas pond that aspire to be NASA types. So, we'll see. In the meantime the rest of the world is using AVG and loving it.

Everyone be careful around that stove tonight and tomorrow. Now, must go and finish laundry, house cleaning and then work. Mother is due this afternoon!

"After enlightenment, there's laundry."
-Zen Proverb

Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Pains in the back and lower

After a round of sweeping and cleaning in preparation for visitors during the near at hand holiday, I've had to take a brief rest from the world and recover from my aching back. Almost couldn't move Sunday afternoon and got through it with the help of Flexiril. This malady usually lingers for 36-48 hours depending on the amount of movement within that time. Anyway, returning to the fold after a brief and quiet interlude.

Let's see, a pro basketball dude jumped into the crowd and struck a fan this weekend and is now upset that they suspended him? What a jerk! Hell, I say ban him from the game for life!! The worms at NBC interviewed him and all he can do is plug a CD? Send this silly horse's ass to Mars. Ridiculous. Even more absurd is that the liberal news media is acting like it's some huge story. Wow, makes me want to attend a sporting event. Opinions? Use the comments.

"Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength."
-Eric Hoffer

Sunday, November 21, 2004

AVG new version, etc.

My good friend Grasshoppa', over at Southernphried, recently posted about the new version of AVG Free antivirus software. Get ready, you'll have to upgrade from the well known, stable, easy to install, easy to use AVG version 6.0. The 7.0 version is new and thoroughly tested. It works. Why anyone uses any other virus scan is beyond me. Go over and take a look. Thanks for the info hoppa', and still needing help here with Linux SUSE and a SCSI CD-ROM, lol.

Today might be a great time to update Spybot S&D 1.3. Also, upgrade to Ad-aware SE 1.05; it's an even greater utility! There are links and buttons in the list for these super applications. Stay casual and enjoy Sunday. Now it's time to shower and get back to work!

"Let it be observed, that slovenliness is no part of religion, that neither this, nor any text of Scripture condemns neatness of apparel. Certainly this is a duty not a sin. Cleanliness, indeed, is next to Godliness."
-John Wesley

Saturday, November 20, 2004

Easy like Saturday morning

It's foggy outside. Saturday mornings are pleasant early on because the world seems to slow down . The fog enhances this leisurely pace. Having a wonderful cup of Odyssey coffee that was delivered yesterday and reflecting on all the projects awaiting today. Consideration for the purplegiraffe's birthday gift has been on my mind. Think she might like something SpongeBob-ish? Probably.

Turkey day will be here next week so I must be diligent in finishing current work underway. Mother will be here Wednesday and we are going to the Beagle and Mudslingr hacienda to partake of Thanksgiving festivities. Taking something called colcannon which is a traditional Irish dish dating back to the 1500s. Food TV is a great place to start recipe research and has links to many sites. The coffee pot just called and I'm outta' here for a while.

"An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day."
-Irv Kupcinet

Friday, November 19, 2004

Candy is dandy...

Just over at Slashdot and found this remarkable post. After comparing cheap vodka to a well known brand of premium booze they have determined the taste is much improved after running the lesser booze through a Brita water pitcher with filter. Funny stuff. Makes me wonder what these people do for a living and if they are locked down at night! Check it out at Oh My God It Burns!

"I like to keep a bottle of stimulant handy in case I see a snake, which I also keep handy."
-W.C. Fields

Thursday, November 18, 2004

To coat or not to coat

Red Dragon sent in a GREAT link that may interest many fellow Netizens.

Weatherbug/Weatherscope is one of the most horrible applications ever to exist. The people that produce it over at Claria/Gator/GAIN//whatever their name is today, all belong in the Rocky Horror Picture Show. No, that's being cruel to the movie. Good idea for weather watching people, but full of hideous stuff.

Well, Mr. Dragon has found a most suitable option to this adware/malware infection. It's called Weather Watcher. I've used it for a few days and it runs in the background using very little resource. Normally system tray items (bottom right corner of screen) don't find favor with me. This one works and has presented no problems. Be sure and look at the options section. If this works for ya', send a donation to Mike Singer - creator of this neat application. Thanks Red Dragon!

"The coldest winter I ever spent wuz late autumn in Iuka."
-Billy Wobblynife

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Extensions for a feeble brain; I own two

While PalmSource is busy trying to sell us everything a great place to look for freeware/shareware PDA software is ZDNet. Thinking about buying one of these pocket PCs? Take a look at what is available as far as applications. These small devices can be super tools. My interest is sparked by the need to remember times, dates, who to invoice, when to invoice, who to pay, when to pay, where to go, how to get there, etc. Sticky notes have eliminated carrying a scratch pad.

Long day spent fighting the spyware war. Came in, started eating and fell asleep watching the boob tube with a glass of iced tea in my hand. Somehow it stayed upright. Ahhh life's good. Now I must go contemplate the forecast of rain for 6 days in a row.

"Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadows."
-Helen Keller

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Attention ALL XP users, attention ALL XP users!

Please stop what you are doing and and go to the article called IT: The Verdict on WinXP SP2. The location is Slashdot. Actually, don't even bother with the article - just read the comments on the Slashdot page under this post . I say again - forget the article READ THE COMMENTS! When you are through click the "X" box in the top right corner of the Slashdot window. This will close Slashdot bringing you back here.

While the article says basically nothing, the people commenting are up in arms about the woes and difficulties of this "uber" patch. There is an occasional person that has installed it with no problems. The overwhelming majority is still beleaguered with problems created by SP2. Now, please click on the word Comments following this post and let us know your opinion. You don't have to use your name, but remember to scroll down and hit the OK button to launch your comment.

Almighty and eternal God,
who created us in Thy image
and bade us to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,
especially in the divine person
of Thy only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
grant we beseech Thee that,
through the intercession of Saint Isidore, bishop and doctor,
during our journeys through the internet
we will direct our hands and eyes
only to that which is pleasing to Thee
and treat with charity and patience
all those souls whom we encounter.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

From http://www.catholic.org
For my Roman Catholic friends (United Methodist here)

Monday, November 15, 2004

Google is in the house and an 'about' the house

Obvious that a search engine for the site is now present? LOL! Hopefully, this will make surfing Beach House activities, recommendations, links , etc. easier. Is the position okay? Putting it at the top seems logical. Let me know.

My location is oftened questioned. No, there is no ocean front property within 325.75 miles. Saltillo is a small town just 8 miles north of Tupelo, MS; about 90 miles southeast of Memphis, TN, and 150 miles northwest of Birmingham, AL. Why the name Saltillo Beach House? If you glimpse at the picture located up there by the title it helps explain to some degree. Being a parrothead, fisherman, sailor-son of a sailor, an ex-US Navy person, and a lover of anything waterwise combine to "make" the beach house scenario and this is promoted by interior and exterior decor.

Lake Lamar Bruce is nearby as is Elvis Presley Lake. Did I mention Elvis was born in Tupelo? Anyway, having two life-saver rings adorning the veranda by the door is a dead giveaway. People that visit gravitate toward the parrothead couch (one of two in existence), the swing on the veranda and the hammock on the patio just behind the beautiful PARROTHEAD AVE. sign. These are good places to nap. So the general feeling here? Casual and laid back. I must go rest now...

"I'm a big fan of dreams. Unfortunately, dreams are our first casualty in life -- people seem to give them up, quicker than anything, for a 'reality.'"
-Kevin Costner

Sunday, November 14, 2004

For children young and old

After much surfing and searching, a way has been found to watch the movie trailer for Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. DON'T go to the Yahoo site unless you want spyware. They have you install what looks like a harmless plug in and it is malware. Yahoo sucks. So sad to see a site that offers some good content ruin a Net experience by being in bed with the thiefware thugs. To make it worse they are responsible for 31% of Claria/Gator/GAIN/whatever their name is this hour income!!! So if you Yahoo, I say BOOHOO.

This trailer really isn't much of a spoiler. Nice graphics, but it has no screen shots, etc. Try H2G2 the Movie for all that. Nice site full of information, very fast and easy to navigate. If a superfan be sure and check out the Vogon Version. Not an initiate in this crazy world of scifi and great humor? Try DouglasAdams.com. These strange, wonderful downright whacky books are found in most geek libraries around the world. Funny stuff. On the jackets of books 4 and 5 Mr. Adams wrote 'they are the fourth and fifth books in the trilogy'. LOL! That cracks me up.

Another movie that will play soon is yet another remake of the C.S. Lewis first book of the Narnia Chronicles, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. There's plans to make all the Narnia books into movies. Being filmed in New Zealand this is a GREAT and WONDERFUL tale written by a respected Christian theologian. I hope the film folks do it justice. So far the other versions have been weak. The director has said he will stick to the proper story line. Can't wait to see my first movie with the purplegiraffe and this may be perfect. Great literature that teaches good moral values. And hey, it's not just for kids.

"When you read a book as a child, it becomes a part of your identity in a way that no other reading in your whole life does."
Kathleen Kelly, from You've Got Mail

BTW: Happy birthday "Daddy Dan" West!!! Be sure and check your email!

Saturday, November 13, 2004

Arstechnica nails the spyware thugs

Adam Baratz and Charles Mclaughlin have written a great article concerning malware over at arstechnica. Malware: what it is and how to prevent it goes into detail about many of these cyberjerks and even has screen shots. This is superb journalism and if I am elected Emporer of the Known Universe this will become mandatory reading for all. However, they do not mention that the Yahoo Toolbar is spyware. What's up with that? Still, this is well written and full of pertinent info. Check it out.

"Most fools think they are only ignorant."
-Benjamin Franklin

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Technology is dimensional

The electrical power company in our area is, hopefully, not typical. Since my bill has been creeping upwards the past year I've actively switched off unused devices. There's been no major appliances or new devices at the beach house in several years. Yet, they (the electric company) casually pass off my drop in usage over the past few months due to conservation and then a 200% increase in one month as nothing. "Oh well, the dude reading the meter musta made a mistake the month before. It'll all average out," the guy standing at the counter said. Right. Tell that to someone on fixed income. This is going somewhere, bear with me.

In the words of that great writer, Snoopy Brown, "It was a dark and stormy night." With rain solidly forecast and thunderstorms possible, I decided to give the computer room a rest. After carefully turning off all machines properly and in order, I unplugged the network from the phone line (DSL) and cable (cable modem) then switched off all ancillary devices. This powered down the computer room for a while giving the machines a rest so to speak. Upon returning, after a stressful day waging war with the network demons and goblins, my fat butt parked in front of the TV, ate some leftovers, and fell asleep.

Arising just a few minutes ago I came in and powered up in proper sequence all devices and discovered that my dual processor, 1 gig of memory, 10,000 spin SCSI (pronounced scuzzy) machine wouldn't quit chattering. Folks, SCSIs are fast! They have to be because the noises they make will drive one crazy. After some investigation it was a pleasant suprise to find that the beta version of AVG being tested was doing a quick check due to the 'power down' and missed scheduled daily scan! Nice.

There's great satisfaction in knowing that while an electrcial meter reader 'plays' with my burdened financial situation as though it means nothing there are computer technicians in eastern Europe (yes AVG is based there) that are working to make my life less stressful. Thank you Grisoft and AVG techs! Tombigbee Valley Electric? All I can say is, "Hey, Bill! Will you realize what a burden this bad meter reading might be to some retired couple on a tight budget? Is it too much to ask you people to be human and humane?"

Ahhhhh my friends and fellow geekmeisters, let us be thankful that tomorrow may bring sunshine! For more of Snoopy Brown's great works please check Mr. Schultz's Peanuts.

"The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his heaven, not man's."
-Mark Twain

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Okay, so I am a little bit whiny today...(your forewarned)

Frequent visitors know that I think the CEO of COMCAST, Brian Roberts, is like unto Goofy; Mickey's buddy over at the mouse house. Yet, I think their delivery system for internet connectivity via cable in this area is really awesome. But...I have one network that goes straight to cyber netherworld if they drop service. It is bossed by a NT4 Server and has only 4 workstations attached during the normal course of a day. The client is most understanding, yet puzzled about this 4 times a year fiasco.

First your have to go through several hours of trying every start up option available. After learning to speak ipconfig fluently you must rest and take calming medication to recover. The next day you get to phone dance with the swamp rats in the ""technical"" help department of COMCAST which is apparently located on a hostile, remote island in the south Atlantic Ocean. All they know how to say is 'I can see you on my machine here' with noises of an angry native uprising in the background.

Granted, they do have a few people that are savvy, have ability and manners. Now that this has been mentioned Brian Roberts will probably put a bounty on these people and have them hunted down and eliminated. So my love/hate relationship with COMCAST continues. They have a great service and absolutely horrible CSRs with no manners answering the phone after a 10-20 minute waltz through the voice recordings.

Today I've ordered another router and will take extra blood pressure medication then tackle this network possession again. Who ya' gonna call? Ghostbusters? Or a Priest?

Peace out, my fellow geeksters.

"He is a true fugitive who flies from reason."
-Marcus Aurelius

Monday, November 08, 2004

Major mojo failures

Upon arising, I check my favorite weather site, Intellicast, and sometimes The Weather Channel. Amazes me as to how both sites can predict the same weather for one location and vary so much. The Weather Channel is so busy trying to get people to fill out some kinda' forms it's ridiculous. This morning another alternative was tried WTVA-TV, local NBC-TV affiliate. They have YESTERDAY's weather listed. Now that's really helpful in planning TODAY's work.

If anyone has any info on how to install SP2 on a Dell or HP PC, say, built within the last 2 years, please let me in on the mojo. I am tired of hearing one or two people sing praises and 50 others screaming and yelling about this pain in the ass patch which should NOT be necessary in the first place. Up until Service Pack 2 Microsoft had issued a steady stream of patches that resolved the woes created by Satan's ilk, the virus writers, etc.

Can you believe that Microsoft is going to issue a second version of XP? Remember, Longhorn is not due out until late 2006 so they probably think the coffers need refilling. Bet XP2 will have SP2 built in and cure all the ills that accompany installing it now! I say don't buy the new version. This is akin to Apple tactics! What issue of Jaguar are they on now?

Must go now. Have an appointment with the local vudu highpriestess to see if she has any insight on SP2 or weather forecasting. She'll probably recommend FreeBSD or Linux for both.

"Do not meddle in the affairs of Wizards, for they are subtle and quick to anger."
-J.R.R. Tolkien

Sunday, November 07, 2004

XP Service Pack 2 - did Steve Jobs write this piece of garbage?

I really DON'T want to hear from the Microsoft Nazis that have been lucky enough to install this horrible disease on a few machines. This joke of an upgrade has cost me more time than any virus or trojan in existence. Used to have respect and regard for the Gates Gang, but it is quickly flying out the 'window'. Enough is enough.

This thing is horrible. Do a service call, install it and two days later return to remove it. And people just won't pay for the removal service call. If fortunate, it goes away and things are okay, sorta'. Today I've another PC that will have to be formatted in order to restore system operation. Damn XP! Think I'll recommend all my clients UPGRADE to Windows 2000!!

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled."-Richard Feynman (1918 - 1988)

Saturday, November 06, 2004

Light sabers and breathing apparatus

All righty now!!! I am pumped! Take a look at the new trailer for Star Wars - Revenge of the Sith. This is excellent! You need Quicktime and a fast connection to see it properly. May the port, uh, uh, force be with you!

Have a super Saturday!

"The ablilty to speak does not make you intelligent."
-Qui-Gon Jinn

Friday, November 05, 2004

Redmond and Hell

Advanced notification of security bulletins from Microsoft? Yes! Coming in December from Billyboy and the Redmond gang. Read about it at ENT News The new Microsoft web page is going up and they will start emailing us sometime next month. Like, do you have any answers about all the SP2 fubars that are running rampant on the planet? Huh? Huh? Please Mr. Microsoft, tell me how I persuade SP2 to make nice nice with a Hewlett Packard 750n or many models of Dell. Our inquiring, befuddled minds wanna know! And do we really need XP2? Remember Windows ME?

After that Microsmooze blast, it's now time to piss off the Apple Nazis. All 2% of 'em worldwide. Konfabulator dude Arlo Rose has given Darth Jobs the 'cyberbird' and is coming over to the Windows side of the force. He's going with Gates and company because the wunnerful sweethearts at Apple have used his ideas and incorporated them into the new Tiger operating system. Gee! Who'da thought!?!?!? Wonder if Jobs has a front row seat by the fire in hell or if he'll sit on the podium? What a jerk. Read about it at CNET News. Thank you Michael and islandroots over at Slashdot for the news tip.

Everyone have fun Friday. And remember, there's only 2 more days to work this week!

"How like herrings and onions our vices are in the morning after we have committed them."
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Thursday, November 04, 2004

zAmboni and the Duke speak

Interested in the future of TVs? Do you know about the MPAA? Pirating movies? You might want to stop. Check two articles over at arstechnica by zAmboni -> How big is too big? and MPAA set to unleash their lawyers. How "sweet"...you can watch the birth of the RIAA's little brother.

Today will be spent exploring one realm of darkworld. Have to seek out and destroy malware. You know; spyware, adware, thiefware, virus infections, trojans, etc. It'll be interesting to see how many machines have Windows Critical Updates properly in place. Up early to make a fell swoop through several cities.

Coffee is good, I love my job, and am looking forward to accomplishing tasks. Geek on my fellow nerdlings.

"A problem is a chance for you to do your best."
-Duke Ellington

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

Wow! Do I feel better...

The internet is busy on this fine fine day after the Presidential Election. Thank goodness that a majority of voters were intelligent enough to re-elect our President. Republicans gained seats in the House and Senate. Now goals can be obtained. God Bless our President and Vice President, their families and the United States of America.

"That government is best which governs the least, because its people discipline themselves."
-Thomas Jefferson

Tuesday, November 02, 2004

4 miles from Crossroads

All I can say about the Shack Up Inn is CASUAL. Now this is not some roadside inn out of daily episodes of 'The Old and the Listless', 'Drool over our Lives' or 'Most of my Youngins'. This is true Americana. If you are looking for a weekend adventure, like the blues or want to know more about the invention of the mechanical cotton picker visit this site. Be sure and click on the jukebox icon at the top and listen to some way kewl music. These folks don't advertise, have signs up or buy commercial time on the TV and radio. They do have a well constructed, full of information web page. Give it a visit.

Thanks to everyone that has helped with the leadsled problem. Just can't say enough about friendship.

"But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine."
-Thomas Jefferson

Monday, November 01, 2004

Rock n Roll Soul

Besides the "W" sticker (TY Uncle Snake & Verdana) on the rear window, the crippled leadsled has one more banner on it. A small, round Sun Studios emblem is on the rear bumper. Brother Dan gave this to me several years ago. Just the other day Wired News ran an article about the history of this Memphis, TN, landmark. Very entertaining if you are into Rock n Roll music. Many interesting facts such as the "voice" Sam Phillips just had to record. Yes, he is a Mississippian and no, he's not Elvis! Great stuff. Check it out at Sun Shines Light on Music History

The Ace of Chevrolet mechanics is on the way to investigate the current glitch in the operating system of the El Camino. Must go make sure there is Diet Mountain Dew and coffee. Later y'all.

"Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence."
-Robert Fripp