By beckysdad on Oct 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM
It was Sheen's Major League "Wild Thing" character that caused the Cleveland fans to clamor for him. Putting up a fictitious character played by a dirtbag against the sole surviving Series player shouldn't be a contest at all. I'm not sure how to respond to the remaining crunch berry question. There are quite a few remaining on the tree but they'll mostly fall on the side of the house that Becky doesn't have access to. The top of that tree is still about twenty feet above my roof line so a good wind will blow a fair number over to the side of the yard where Becky and I hang out. If I gave Becky access to the other side of the yard she could spend an entire day rooting through those leaves and twigs and find plenty of little nuggets to chomp. I actually went to work right after breakfast and started in on clearing that side of the yard. I used a hand saw and made it through the big branch (more than four inches in diameter) and got it out front. I cleared all the smaller limbs that had been dropped and then started in on leaves. I filled the yard waste can twice, hauled it out front and dumped it. I called it quits after that. There's a strip of debris out front that's about 3x13x3 that they'll haul away tomorrow. I figure the leaves that remain on the side of the house will make another 3x10x3 pile next week. I'm calling it quits for today. I may fix that lattice section of the fence this week. I already have an appropriate 2x4 and some lattice hanging around so I wont' have to buy any materials at all. We'll have to see when I get ambitious again. Good luck today. I hope your roster picks are good ones.
By beckysdad on Oct 23, 2016 at 6:08 AM
On a separate note, there's the debate over who should throw out the first pitch for Cleveland in the Series. I threw up in my mouth a little at the mini-wave of support for Charlie Sheen. There are a number of great players from recent times that could be an option. I read an article yesterday that revealed that there's a sole surviving member of the '45 team that was last in the Series. He's 95 and the article indicated that the club hasn't contacted him all year long. He's the obvious choice! It's criminal that they haven't been in touch with him. That's one thing the Giants do extremely well. Mays, McCovey, Spahn, Marichal and a host of others are regularly brought back to be honored. It would be a real shame if the Indians don't include the last living member of their '45 team somehow in their festivities.
By beckysdad on Oct 23, 2016 at 5:47 AM
I said the Buckeyes could play Bama tough...never said anything about Penn State. Kris had to be thrilled. I hope she didn't scare the boys too much with her screaming. Stanford lost 10-5. What the hell kind of football score is that? I know how it can happen but c'mon! It's turned into such a disappointing year for them. Auburn did indeed feast on Hawg last night...what a massacre. I'm with you about the Cubs fan. I was struck by the same feeling as I watched them. I didn't even mind seeing John Cusack happy. I felt bad for Kershaw too. I was expecting another gem from him. Becky would be in heaven with a mess of pecans on the ground. I think I'd have to load her into a wheelbarrow to take her home she'd get so fat. We spent some time on the patio yesterday and I learned that Becky's nose is far superior to my eyes. I thought I'd done a pretty good job clearing up all the crunchy berries. I had the sound of chomps mocking me all afternoon. I suspect I'll spend some time doing yardwork today. My noisy neighbor asked me a couple weeks back if they could trim the limbs of my tree that encroached into his yard. I told him I had no problem with that, particularly since there were a couple that were above part of his roof line and I worried about them coming down in a storm. They didn't hire the job out and did it themselves. I was a little shocked that they took no steps to cushion some of the falling branches. They crashed on their roof rather loudly. I watched for a bit and then returned to my amusements. I checked on things late in the afternoon and one branch crashed onto the fence and smashed the little lattice attachment on one section of the fence. I don't really care as I never spend any time on that side of the yard and it's just decoration. There are some very big limbs on my side of the fence that need cleaning. I'm fine with that though I have no chainsaw. It shouldn't take me too long to saw through them and make it manageable for the garbage guys. I may even get inspired and deal with all the leaves that have accumulated over there. I can see how falling pine needles would have taken the wind out of your sails. It's kinda pointless. It's like making your bed. It's not a job that stays done. Surrender to it. It will look nice when you make the bed after washing the sheets but it will soon get messed up again. It's the same with leaves and pine needles.
By beckysdad on Oct 22, 2016 at 10:40 AM
Bama seems awfully tough but Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes could play him damn tough. That Aggies game has potential though. The Hawgs game tonight should be entertaining as well but I'll be watching Kershaw. I wouldn't want to see Kershaw standing between me and my dreams. I invested a whole ten minutes in yardwork this morning. That storm we had blew a lot of debris out of one of my trees. I don't know what kind of tree it is but it drops little crunchy berries that Becky delights in chomping. She's never suffered any ill effects but I just hate seeing her eating anything other than the food and treats I give her. She forages when we're out for our patio time and I get bugged every time I hear a telltale crunch. I raked and swept all of that stuff up after breakfast this morning so I should be able to enjoy our patio time much more this afternoon. Have fun in the yard.
By beckysdad on Oct 22, 2016 at 5:48 AM
Somewhat responsible is good goal and it can be elusive. Determining just where that balance is I often contemplate over a big plate of nachos...or ice cream...or.... Our black/gray sheep tries hard and her heart is in the right place. It's her brain that seems to have settled well south of where it's supposed to be. Okay, so we root for Coleman. It's too bad they're not facing the Raiders. The Bama Aggie game today should be a good one. I'll definitely be watching that one.
By beckysdad on Oct 21, 2016 at 4:15 PM
Forty was a good age for me. I was in the best shape of my life about then. I was faster and leaner as a freshman in high school but I didn't have the endurance I had at forty. I worked at it a whole lot more though. Sigh...yes it's the great shame of my family that one of us is a Cowboy fan. She's also the sole member of a union in the family. I'm not sure how the folks screwed that one up. Jones borrowed a million from the Teamsters to buy a few Shakey's Pizza Parlors but that didn't work out for him. He borrowed money one other time for a venture that didn't work out. I saw an article that said McCoy was a game time decision as to whether or not he'd play. That sucks. Make a decision so you can get your roster together. Who do you have in his place?
By beckysdad on Oct 21, 2016 at 9:28 AM
Ah, to be 28 and over the hill again... You're wise to not associate with Dallas fans...at least those that have been outed. My kid sister is a Dallas fan. She's always been a bit off. I didn't realize that Jones played for the Razorbacks. I see he was also co-captain of their national championship team in 64. That got me curious so I looked to see where he got his money. I learned he started a couple businesses with about a million bucks that he borrowed from the Teamsters. Union involvement...another reason not to like him. I don't mind unions organizing to protect employees on health and safety issues but the regular strikes to extort more money always sets my teeth on edge. I should have known that ultimately he made his money in oil and gas. That's a little cliche', isn't it?
By beckysdad on Oct 21, 2016 at 6:06 AM
Hey, this is a family friendly site. It's not appropriate to post such a sexy profile pic. Let's hope McCoy can come back soon and perform at his usual level. He's being selfish. I'll bet he didn't once think about how this would affect you and Chuck. He can let the wheels come off and rehab on his own time during the off-season. The Vikings are still undefeated but they haven't had the toughest of schedules and it's not all that challenging for the rest of the season either. It might be fun to watch them and the Cowboys face off in early December. The Cowboys' QB problem is a good one to have I suppose. You know how local fans often love typically unpopular players if they're on their own team? How do Dallas fans feel about Jerry Jones? Are they blinded and somehow imagine some sort of redeeming qualities in him?
By beckysdad on Oct 20, 2016 at 3:57 PM
At least those treatments are only ten minutes long. I suspect that will seem plenty long when he gets into it but it will pass fairly soon. Stray takes my playful comments in stride. Her response intimated that both you and her were significantly smarter than me and I should feel free to ask you two for help with my ballot. Mom often comments on what Hilary chooses to wear and her assessment of the VP debate centered largely on which candidate was better looking. Still she's all about the issues that are important to her. If someone was to run for office on an importance of funerals platform they could count on her vote. I'd heard the news that McCoy had screwed up his hammy. That does make things much more challenging for you. And with Dallas at 5-1 things are kinda gloomy in the NFL.
By beckysdad on Oct 20, 2016 at 6:04 AM
I'm sure it will be a relief to move from all the prep work to actually treatment for Chuck. Do you think Chuck will be able to zone out and relax for that ten minutes? I had to have a cat scan once that didn't involve restraints or braces. I thought I was holding very still but there were a couple times that I heard the ghostly voice of the tech cautioning me to hold still. You could occupy your mind with trying to come up with some "You might be a redneck if..." comments. I trade emails with Straycats and we were having an election conversation similar to the one we've had that focused on the fact that they don't have voter handbooks either. She's near Atlanta. She suggested that the lack of voter handbooks was because they either thought the citizens were either too smart or too dumb for such a tool. I told her that on the heels of that speculation it was only my inherent classiness that kept me from making jokes about the real reason being that they suspected that folks in the south simply couldn't read. I haven't heard back from her yet but I'm sure she appreciated my classy restraint. I watched the debate with the folks last night. They're keen political observers. Dad's early comment was that he liked Hilary's smile and Mom thought her makeup was very tasteful. They always go straight to the issues that mean the most to voters. While many of Hilary's policies set my teeth on edge, Trump has yet to answer a question with an actual policy or plan. He just bitches about the problem and blames Hilary and Obama. I understand why people don't want to vote for Hilary finding Trump as a viable alternative let alone actual enthusiasm for him as president just baffles me. I'm just saddened that these are our alternatives. I've joked in the past that I would prefer to vote "NO" but I'm thinking I want to vote "Hell No."
By beckysdad on Oct 19, 2016 at 11:43 AM
Prepping for a bone marrow transplant is scary and ugly. They have to kill your immunity system and keep you isolated from everything in the hospital for an extended period. If they don't wipe out your immunity system then it's likely your body will reject the new bone marrow. On the positive side, with the advances in those transplants the C word can now be cure rather than cancer. That's HUGE! How did your grocery run go? I had to do a quick one with two stops myself. It all went very smoothly though. I hope Chuck heard nothing but good things at his appointment. Even though the stream of news for him as been very good I think I'd approach every appointment with a certain amount of trepidation expecting that sooner or later the other shoe is going to drop. I guess that's our nature. I remember a quote from someone that said something like "My life is a series of one tragedy after another, some of which actually happened." One more debate to go. Will you watch tonight? I know the folks will want to watch. This is awful to say but politics has revealed just how far Dad's mind has deteriorated. He refers to Hillary as "that pretty little girl." I should be smacked as that's unfair on so many levels but then I've never claimed to be a well man.
By beckysdad on Oct 19, 2016 at 6:00 AM
Amen on the Alzheimer's pill! My friend had leukemia and this was part of the prep for his bone marrow transplant so it truly was far more involved. His treatment was successful but it was an ordeal. Chuck's treatment should be a layup in comparison. I've got a notion that the chore list will be pretty light at the folks' place. It will involve Christmas shopping in the form of looking at Amazon to see if anyone has updated their wish lists. I love Amazon wish lists. You can put anything on your wish list with a variety of price ranges. It will be the exact size, model and anything else you want. It's always awkward when someone asks what you want for xmas and then you worry that your answer might be out of the price range they have in mind or any of a host of other things. For the person doing the buying they know that they're getting something you truly want and you have the freedom to to buy any item or combination of items that suits you. I sure wasn't expecting another FP (or really any FP) these days. A goggie cooking show based upon ripping off lines from Caddyshack is brilliant. I'd watch that.
By beckysdad on Oct 18, 2016 at 3:53 PM
Pine needles are a pain. They can work their way into all kinds of places and they're not fond of being removed easily. Still, they're very pretty trees and create a wonderful atmosphere on the property. I hope Chuck's appointment goes smoothly tomorrow. My neighbor had some pretty intense radiation treatments and there was some pretty involved prep work done. A lot of work was done to get it just right, which I appreciate, but it sounded like kind of a pain. Couldn't they just slip a pill into some peanut butter, or a steak, or some good tasting diabetic friendly ice cream?
By beckysdad on Oct 18, 2016 at 5:40 AM
Since I wasn't there in real time it may not have been me after all so here's the most pointless advice ever given: You should continue to have ice cream every night just in case. Oh, and you should inhale and exhale on a regular basis, too. Okay, I think we have the "no duh" suggestions covered. What the hell has happened to the Panthers? You'd think it would be a good thing when you find your QB has returned to Super Bowl form. Cam needs to learn to man up.
By beckysdad on Oct 17, 2016 at 6:17 PM
You're welcome. Obviously I'm good luck for you. I flipped over to the game in progress as I was cooking dinner and paused it as I didn't want to miss anything more. I come back to the study with my noms a bit later and unpaused the game...first play I see is Johnson's TD. Are you still playing the Jets D? They haven't been helping you much. Good luck with the rest of the game.
By beckysdad on Oct 17, 2016 at 12:15 PM
Ummm...can we please forget that I ever said I was going to vote for Johnson? Please??? If you feel like learning something, having a couple good chuckles, getting the crap scared out of you and winding up feeling sad and kind of empty then you should watch this. http://cheezburger.com/83095809/win-political-video-john-oliver-explains-the-presidential-election-third-party-options?ref=whatspopular
By beckysdad on Oct 17, 2016 at 10:51 AM
I'm satisfied with the storm, as far as it goes. I'd just like more of them. Wow, a three way tie makes for a very competitive league. It seems reasonable that you could make up those 25 points tonight if both your guys do their part. It's nice to be in the thick of things. Have you played either of these other two teams yet? Remind me how many teams are in this league. I hope your drug plan for Chuck comes together as well as the Medicare insurance has seemed to. I'm watching a Peter Frampton acoustic special right now. It's pretty cool so far.
By beckysdad on Oct 17, 2016 at 8:05 AM
The "storms" over the weekend produced a whopping 0.42 inches of rain. On some level that's scoff-worthy but that's a fair amount of rain for us. We might get some more rain the beginning of next week, too. It's pretty sad when you get excited about rain a week off. You guys are rolling in your FF league. Are you one game or two games up on the second place team?
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