By beckysdad on Nov 25, 2015 at 5:39 PM
I'm retiring...no I'm not...yes I am... Sure I remember Favre. As for Manning, it's hard to feel like it's time to hang it up when you led your team to the Super Bowl the previous year. It would be more graceful but you can hardly blame the guy. It surprises me, alarms me and comforts me that Dad has slipped into this so easily. I guess I would have expected more fight or resistance but the damned disease has just slowly crept up on him and he doesn't know to fight. He feels badly about needing help but he accepts it and appreciates it so there isn't the strife you might imagine. It's just a damned shame this happens to so many people. Pine sap on the cars would be very annoying. There was a tree right at the base of my driveway when I bought the place that dropped goo. I hate taking out mature trees but that one had to go. I'd have a tough time doing that to a pine though. They were there first. The crap tree on my property was planted by a previous numbskull owner...probably the same genius that planted that big ass tree 18 inches from the house and the gas meter.
By beckysdad on Nov 25, 2015 at 12:27 PM
The offending sticker was just shy of an inch long and had dried very hard. I always have to be very careful when cutting the buggers back. Wow, you really had some good medical mojo going for you this morning. Let's hope that carries over into all the results. I love the idea of getting you activity done, having a meal and then rewarding yourself with a nap followed by a day of rest. Steak and mashed taters sound very nomable. It's something I'd be very thankful for. The run to the folks' place was uneventful. The tire rode perfectly. Getting the bird into its briney bath didn't take me long and then I took care of a handful of chores for the folks. I brought Dad the watch all gift wrapped. I told him to put it with the card he picked out so we'd be all ready to go for tomorrow. He admitted that he forgot where he put the card. I found it in about fifteen seconds and had him sign it. Then he asked me what we got her so I reminded him that he picked out a very nice watch for her and told him he'd done a great job. He was so happy and relieved. The Dubs game wasn't even as close as the 34 point difference would make you believe. It was like watching the varsity squad scrimmage against the JVs. Kobe went one for fourteen from the field last night. He should have hung it up at the end of last season. It was sad to watch such an incredible player try to scratch out another season well past his prime. One might wonder why he came back but he was able to think of 24 million reasons to play another season...that an he loves the game. I hope things went well with the tree trimmers.
By beckysdad on Nov 25, 2015 at 5:08 AM
I trimmed the bouganvillea within the last two weeks and I'm sure that my lack of a full clean up is responsible for that little branch and thorn being out on the driveway. The plant is right next to the garage. While I understand how the branch got in the car's path, it's remarkable to me that it found its way into the sidewall. I'll have to log about 65 miles on that spare since I'll be driving to the folks' place and back twice. I'll tighten the lugs again before I head up there this morning. They were good and tight when I made the change but the short drive to Costco would be enough that if any give was to appear that should do it. If I had to guess, I'd say that I've logged more miles with the sunroof open in Yosemite than everywhere else combined. Is all your shopping done for T-day or do you have to venture out again? I grabbed fixings for a vegetarian batch of butternut squash soup. It's an olive branch to my vegetarian niece. I've teased her quite a bit in the past in a friendly fashion. Still I have no doubt she's tired of it. We never have soup as part of our meals so I'll throw this out there during the appetizer round. I don't expect a great many takers but it will be different. Any action on NCIS? What are you going to do on the tree trimmer front?
By beckysdad on Nov 24, 2015 at 6:13 PM
I don't know how in the hell that thorn got in the sidewall. They didn't have the tires in stock but they ordered them. There's a chance they show up tomorrow but it's more likely that I'll show up when they open on Friday and have them installed. I'll be fine with the spare for a couple days. It's a full size spare. I know you're not currently in violation so no apology is necessary. I just wanted to make sure you were aware of the rules. I expect everything to be fine anyway. Oh yeah, sitting up tall. I forgot about that but that's a huge benefit. You sure enjoy having the windows down. It's rare that I put mine down. It's so incredibly quiet inside mine that I like having the windows up. Sometimes I pop the sunroof but that's pretty rare. The Dubs go for the record tonight against the Lakers. If the Dubs play true to form and the Lakers do too then it could be a blow out. They're only 2-11 vs our 15-0. Still, last year I saw the Warriors have one of their absolute worst shooting performances in a loss to a poor Lakers team. That was on the road, though. The Dubs only lost two games at home all last season. GO DUBS!!
By beckysdad on Nov 24, 2015 at 3:34 PM
A dent free car is a fine thing...the streak continues! I drove over to Costco this morning to see what we could do about that tire. I knew it couldn't be repaired because it was the sidewall that caught the thorn. They have to replace both front tires but they gave me credit for the remaining tread. I bought the tires back in Jan 14 so they charged me $90 for two new tires, mounted and balanced. That was an expensive thorn but thought it was a pretty good deal for two new tires(same model I had before). It's nice to feel that you were treated fairly. Phooey on those tree trimmers. Not showing is really bad but not even calling is unforgivable. How the hell do you run a business like that? Okay, I'm going to tell you like I told the folks...ONE AT A TIME. They're not allowed to both get sick at once. With Syl fighting a battle, that means you need to stay upright. That means no negative findings from that CT scan or blood work. Let's try and remember...how would this affect Dave? If everyone just stopped and considered how things would impact Dave it would be a much better world. So...no pressure...but do your part tomorrow. Okay? What's your favorite part of the new car you've found so far?
By beckysdad on Nov 23, 2015 at 6:36 AM
If you make the playoffs I consider it a successful season. I can see the value of just sitting in the driveway figuring things out. I know it took me a good while to understand the features of my car. One feature that was new to me that I came to rely on was the lights that came on automatically when it got dark. One night I was driving home from a business function near a whole bunch of bars. I wasn't speeding or anything but all of a sudden I had flashing lights behind me. The cop informed me that the reason he pulled me over was that I was driving "dark" meaning my headlights weren't on. I'd recently had the car serviced and they always change it from auto as they go through their checks. With the daytime running lights I assumed my lights were on. I explained that it was a new vehicle to me and that I hated cars that were smarter than me. As I tried to figure out how and where to change it back to auto the cop leaned in to help me. That's what I thought anyway. It was true to an extent but he took a good whiff to see if he could detect any alcohol. When there was nothing he was helpful in getting me squared away and told me to be more careful. Time for walkies TTYL
By beckysdad on Nov 22, 2015 at 12:46 PM
It's too bad you couldn't have had McCaffrey on your FF squad this weekend. Ivory hasn't shown up for you and Ryan completed a couple too many passes to the Colts. Is there a favored destination for your road trips or are you just going to follow the front end of the car and see where it leads you?
By beckysdad on Nov 22, 2015 at 7:54 AM
Don't you hate it when bad behavior from a player sneaks up on you like that? I mean, who would have thought that Hardy might be disruptive or be anything but a positive influence. Rooms just light up when he's around. It looks like you weather could be quite good for a road trip tomorrow.
By beckysdad on Nov 22, 2015 at 5:54 AM
Awesome to see our sweet friend dropping by. It was just great to see that smile even if it was coming from a hospital bed. McCaffrey had a pretty decent day yesterday...snerk. He had a school record 389 all purpose yards in the game. He ran back a kickoff for a TD, and had 192 rushing yards. He only had one pass reception but it was a 49 yarder for a TD. That Green Bay v Vikings game should be pretty good tonight and Az Cincy will be telling as well.
By beckysdad on Nov 22, 2015 at 4:58 AM
Cal fought Stanford hard last night. It was closer than the score would indicate. Another fun tradition surrounds possession of the Stanford Axe which the winner retains for the year. In the closing minutes of all games two groups of students from each school meet on the sidelines for a stare down while the last couple minutes tick away on the clock. If need be the Axe (mounted on a plaque) is handed over to the other school. We've retained the Axe since '09 and I'm glad we didn't have to give it up last night. So what are your key match ups today? It's nice to go into the day feeling optimistic. I hope you get a couple wins today. I don't much care about the Niner game. In fact, given the way I'm feeling about the front office, I wouldn't feel badly if the Seahawks gave them a beat down. It's too bad we couldn't get Jed York to suit up and let him play behind that O line for a few plays. I'm much more interested in the Dubs game. With a win they will tie the NBA record for the best start in history. GO DUBS!
By beckysdad on Nov 21, 2015 at 5:28 PM
You need to work on your story a bit. Sure, it was just one pot that you moved but it weighed lebenty thousand pounds and was guarded by a particularly grumpy colony of ground squirrels. Sirius would be awesome on those long road trips. I suspect there will be many books on tape as well. It's been another day of upsets in college football. Stanford better watch their backside tonight. It would be painful to lose to Cal. Did you see that the Niners put Kaep on IR? His career with SF is done. They didn't want to take the chance of him getting hurt and more of his contract getting guaranteed. They can cut ties or trade him cheaply now. He's not the best QB in the world but he's been unfairly blamed for all the Niner woes the last two years. I hope he latches on elsewhere and gets a chance to play behind a decent line. He can be an exciting player.
By beckysdad on Nov 21, 2015 at 2:37 PM
Just got back from the folks' place. Dad called and he couldn't get the tv working. I tried to troubleshoot over the phone but Dad couldn't make it happen on his end. It took me all of seven seconds once I was there. Sigh... We all had a nice, brief visit anyway. No, mine doesn't have Sirius...it's fifteen years old. I would consider getting that for the Roadtrek but not for my everyday vehicle. I don't log enough miles to justify it when I'm at home. When traveling cross-country it would be handy as hell. There are so many parts of the country where reception would be crap or the only station I could pull in would have an evangelist 24/7. It would be nice to have a great lineup of channels that I could rely on no matter where I was. Just for a bit of flavor from the big game prep...I was listening to my local sports channel and they had the golf coach from the Cal Bears on and they were talking about the big game and the rivalry. Evidently at the Stanford golf course the long tees are the red ones (Stanford colors) while the short tees are blue (Cal colors). I love subtle little things like that. I would have thought they'd make the ladies tees the blue ones. I'll be curious to hear your reviews of Sirius.
By beckysdad on Nov 21, 2015 at 8:50 AM
I kinda doubt Syl makes an appearance here today. She'd feel compelled to respond to the (rightfully) overwhelming outpouring of concern and good wishes. That would take an awful lot of energy. You need Samantha Stevens for a couple hours. A little twitch of the nose and a simple gesture towards all those plants and they magically appear in a more sheltered spot. Is that too much to ask?
By beckysdad on Nov 21, 2015 at 6:03 AM
What's a little kitty barf among friends? Actually it makes me smile to think of Bryan and Syl chatting about simple things like kitty barf. The cats are probably a wonderful distraction from the battle at hand. I'm thinking a couch with a laptop and a bunch of cats would be an ideal spot for Syl today. I just hope she gets to feel comfy and get some rest. It won't take long before you're right at home driving your new car but it will be a bit nervous until it becomes second nature. The Dubs game was very entertaining. It was hard fought the entire way but the guys were gassed late in the game. The Bulls had the previous day off and we were playing our third game in four days. Now we have to fly to Denver and play tomorrow at altitude. So are you going for a drive today just for fun?
By beckysdad on Nov 20, 2015 at 5:58 PM
Congrats on the styley new ride. I'll bet it's beautimous. Having your first drive be in the dark and rush hour is not ideal. Rather than basking in the glory of your new wheels you're trying to make sure you just get it home safe. Ya gotta love nurses. Doctors get all the glory but it's the nurses that really have a huge impact on your experience. The good ones are gems. Mother's Day and Easter, eh? I sometimes have to deal with President's Day. Yeah, the TNT guys can be a real bunch of blowhards. You should have heard them trying to change their tune after the game to make it sound like they knew all along it was going to go down that way. The whole Warriors team is fun to watch because they enjoy playing with each other so much. Last year they were more like little kids celebrating the amazing stuff they were doing. This year they're still a bit more businesslike but the bench gets pretty giddy when someone does something special. The cool thing is Steph and Clay and Draymond do the same thing when someone on the second squad does something for the highlight reel. Stanford leads the series 60–46–11. Syl will be thrilled to be home.I know I'm happy to hear she's there with Bryan and the kittehs. They'll be very good for her.
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