Cat Herding, Number 438…

Well, I’m at it again… sigh…


If I could clone myself TWICE, I ‘might’ break even…

At least I DO have some professionals on this one, they’ve actually READ the documents- Gee, what a novel concept!

Enough with the @#&* rain already, EVERY time I went outside today it rained; even worse, not a single time did I have a short walk…

Right now my wallet and contents, notebook and clothes are hanging/lying all over place trying to get them semi-dry. Now my cell phone is hissing at me, which is ‘probably’ NOT a good thing …

And no, I’m not changing my callsign to Rainman or Joe Blitzfk…

Oh yeah, it’s Clue Bat time-

I don’t care if you’re a hundred pound brain, you NEVER buy non-refundable airline tickets and you sure as hell don’t buy non-refundable PREPAID hotel nights…

If you ever work for the Government, you KNOW the schedule IS going to change. I’m NOT responsible for your screw up, and no, I’m NOT going to push to get the original schedule back. Shut up and use this as a learning experience (and quitcher bitching)!!!

If you are going to put out a document, at least roofpread it… it’s not MY fault you left something in there that shouldn’t be; and yes, you WILL have to put out a correction, I’m not doing it for you! sigh…

And before you ask, NO you can’t go to the hotel and ‘freshen up’ before the meeting because you’re tired from flying. If you have an issue with it, you should have flown in the day before. It’s not like you didn’t know this was coming…

In other news, or lack thereof, three days with no newspapers, very little TV and not hearing anything about the crap going on in DC is actually pretty nice. The down side, I’m worried about what is going on that I’m NOT seeing/hearing.

I have a pounding in my ears, oh never mind, it’s the drums… DAYUM… I didn’t know a grass skirt could move like that!!! She must have a wind up spring in there somewhere!!! That makes me tired just watching… 🙂

And the rest of the movements aren’t bad either!

Well, back to the salt mines. Break is over, and tomorrow is another work day.

Sigh…

You know you are a cop if:..

This one goes out to Lawdog, Wyatt, Matt, JPG, CT Cop, Pawpaw, CPDCoppur, and all those on the thin Blue line…

Some of us DO appreciate what you do…

1) You have the bladder capacity of five people.

2) You have ever restrained someone & it was not a sexual experience.

3) You believe that 50% of people are a waste of good air.

4) Your idea of a good time is a “man with a gun” call.

5) You conduct a criminal record check on anyone who seems friendly towards you.

6) You believe in the aerial spraying of Prozac & birth control pills.

7) You disbelieve 90% of what you hear & 75% of what you see.

8) You have your weekends off planned for a year.

9) You believe the government should require a permit to reproduce.

10) You refer to your favorite restaurant by the intersection at which it’s located.

11) You have ever wanted to hold a seminar entitled: “Suicide…getting it right the first time.”

12) You ever had to put the phone on hold before you begin laughing uncontrollably.

13) You think caffeine should be available in IV form..

14) You believe anyone who says, “I only had two beers” is going to blow more than a .15

15) You find out a lot about paranoia just by following people around.

16) Anyone has ever said to you, “There are people killing other people out there and you are here messing with me.”

17) People flag you down on the street & ask you directions to strange places…and you know where they’re located.

18) You can discuss where you are going to eat with your partner while standing over a dead body.

19) You are the only person introduced at social gatherings by profession. (ISN’T THIS THE TRUTH)

20) You walk into places & people think it’s high comedy to grab their buddy & shout, “They’ve come to get you, Bill.”

21) You do not see daylight from November until May.

22) People shout, “I didn’t do it!” when you walk into a room & think they’re being hugely funny & original.

23) A week’s worth of laundry consists of 5 T-shirts, 5 pairs of socks, & 5 pairs of underwear.

24) You’ve ever referred to Tuesday as “my weekend”, or “this is my Friday”.

25) You’ve ever written off guns & ammunition as a business deduction..

26) You believe that unspeakable evils will befall you if anyone says, “Boy, it sure is quiet tonight.”

27) Discussing dismemberment over a meal seems perfectly normal to you.

28) You find humor in other people’s stupidity.

29) You have left more meals on the restaurant table than you’ve eaten.

30) You feel good when you hear, “these handcuffs are too tight”.

ARRRGGGHHHH!!!


I’m stuck at work, waiting on phone calls and emails, not necessarily in that order…

Missing the 9-12/Tea Party on the Mall, bored to tears… Only internet for “play” and that is slow as hell…

A couple of additional pics from Japan for y’all.

This is the ADM Burke O Club at Yoko, they are doing some work around the front to remove a driveway and upgrade the parking. No bid deal, right?

Not so fast, they have taken pictures of the rock garden, and numbered the rocks, so they can replace them in EXACTLY the same position… Gotta admire the Japanese work ethic!!!

And this is a 21 car parking “garage” that is one car deep behind an apartment building just outside the gate…


Now if you count, you’ll note 24 ‘holes’; That is so that the cars on the lower levels can be mechanically moved back and forth to allow the cars above them to be lowered to the road…

It takes about 5 minutes to ‘shuffle’ the cars for a top rack car to actually make it to the ground, but it was interesting to watch while I was drinking my coffee in the mornings…


Sigh… It’s the ‘little’ things…


I REALLY wanted to make it to the mall, and from the Fox site, looks like the turnout is MUCH larger than expected! I hope Turk, Newbius and the others are having fun down there…


I expect good posts from them tonight (hint, hint)!

Oh yeah, one more thing- Georgia Bulldogs will wear a patch honoring the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (who are currently deployed to Afganistan) tonight when they play the South Carolina Gamecocks… Funny thing is, my friend who is an ETT team lead for them is from Columbia, and a USC Grad… That oughta make things interesting in the team hut tonight… 🙂

And a follow up…

Oops, it appears Joe Wilson was right, the Lightbringer DID lie (or at least fudge the hell out of it) about the illegal aliens…

I’m not a lawyer, yada, yada, yada, BUT, according to a couple of Constitutional lawyers that were discussing this in the elevator today; if, in fact a public option is provided for ALL, then it MUST be provided for the illegal aliens under the Constitution. Something to the effect that no one (legal or illegal) can be denied something if it is provided for everyone by Federal Law….

They were going back and forth on which article and pretty much said the 14th Amendment.

They were also discussing the California case (Perpetua of Carthage posted HERE). The 9th Circus overturned the application and SCOTUS refused to hear it, which would further cement the requirement and allow the ACLU to immediately bring suit (and charge the US government lawyers fees)…

The other thing that didn’t quite ring true was the “savings” from Medicare through elimination of fraud, waste and abuse.

Ah…er… if you ALREADY know about the F,W,A to the point you know how much it is, WHYINHELL aren’t they doing something about it??? Oh, never mind, it’s that dirty word, Tort Reform…

Oh yeah, one other thing, how can it be debt neutral IF IT COSTS $900 BILLION??? Now I know I’m not a rocket surgeon, but last time I looked, if you ADD $$, that means COSTS GO UP (and they sure as hell are not going to cut anything, they will just authorize overruns like they do now)!

Or am I missing something here???

Sigh… Going back to my corner now… And I ‘almost’ had my blood pressure back down… dammit

Oh yeah, h/t to Perpetua

The ‘Speech"…

I was NOT impressed…

When you counter your own website that’s not good…

More half truths and evasions- WHERE IS TORT REFORM?

While it was camouflaged, I think he’s STILL pushing single payer. If a company has the choice of continuing health care costs (which can run 8-10%), or paying an 8% penalty, what would YOU do if you were worried about the bottom line???

Especially when that penalty becomes tax deductable???

Sigh…

How did we survive…

First and foremost, Happy Labor Day to all! I hope your most exciting labor was walking to the grill for another burger or dog… 🙂

Black and White- Those of you under age 40? You won’t understand.

You could hardly see for all the snow, spread the rabbit ears as far as they go.

Pull a chair up to the TV set,’Good Night, David. Good Night, Chet.’

My Mom used to cut chicken, chop eggs and spread mayo on the same cutting board with the same knife and no bleach, but we didn’t seem to get food poisoning.

My Mom used to defrost hamburger on the counter and I used to eat it raw sometimes, too. Our school sandwiches were wrapped in wax paper in a brown paper bag, not in ice pack coolers, but I can’t remember getting e.coli.

Almost all of us would have rather gone swimming in the lake instead of a pristine pool (talk about boring), no beach closures then.

The term cell phone would have conjured up a phone in a jail cell, and a pager was the school PA system.

We all took gym, not PE…and risked permanent injury with a pair of high top Ked’s (only worn in gym) instead of having cross-training athletic shoes with air cushion soles and built in light reflectors. I can’t recall any injuries but they must have
happened because they tell us how much safer we are now. Flunking gym was not an option… even for stupid kids! I guess PE must be much harder than gym.

Speaking of school, we all said prayers and sang the national anthem, and staying in detention after school caught all sorts of negative attention.

We must have had horribly damaged psyches. What an archaic health system we had then. Remember school nurses? Ours wore a hat and everything.

I thought that I was supposed to accomplish something before I was allowed to be proud of myself.

I just can’t recall how bored we were without computers, Play Station, Nintendo, X-box or 270 digital TV cable stations.

Oh yeah… and where was the Benadryl and sterilization kit when I got that bee sting? I could have been killed!

We played ‘king of the hill’ on piles of gravel left on vacant construction sites, and when we got hurt, Mom pulled out the 48-cent bottle of mercurochrome (kids liked it better because it didn’t sting like iodine did) and then we got our butt spanked.

Now it’s a trip to the emergency room, followed by a 10-day dose of a $49 bottle of antibiotics, and then Mom calls the attorney to sue the contractor for leaving a horribly vicious pile of gravel where it was such a threat.

We didn’t act up at the neighbor’s house either, because if we did we got our butt spanked there and then we got our butt spanked again when we got home.

I recall Donny Reynolds from next door coming over and doing his tricks on the front stoop, just before he fell off.

Little did his Mom know that she could have owned our house.

Instead, she picked him up and swatted him for being such a goof. It was a neighborhood run amuck.

To top it off, not a single person I knew had ever been told that they were from a dysfunctional family. How could we possibly have known that?

We needed to get into group therapy and anger management classes, but we never did.

We were obviously so duped by so many societal ills, that we didn’t even notice that the entire country wasn’t taking Prozac!

How did we ever survive?

And in other news,

Jones the power Tsar has resigned, because we slandered him… yeah, right…

And the MSM FINALLY did at least one story on him today, must have been a REALLY slow news day!

Step away from the Sake…


Oh man, I ‘know’ better than to go out running on a weeknight…


A few of us decided to go up to Roppongi last night since we didn’t have anything better to do after the meetings ended for the day…

Soooo, off we go to the train station, two hours later we get up there, and start trying to find any of the old haunts.

Now let me put this in context, the last time ANY of us were up there was at least five years ago. In Tokyo, especially the nightclub district, that is ancient history. In other words, we didn’t find a single place that looked familiar!!!

After taking our bearings on the Tokyo tower (important for later), off we went. And the arguments started…

Cheap beer (well relatively speaking), hostess bars (entertainment, but you have to buy the bar girls drinks), music bars (LOUD, I SWEAR NONE OF THOSE KIDS CAN HEAR A JET PLANE), food (me), and the whole time we are standing in the street arguing, we’re watching people stream around us like water around a boulder, and they are ALL 20 years younger than we are… sigh…

So we finally decide to hit a couple of places, then eat, and then head back. Now the argument was upstairs or downstairs bar. In Roppongi you can have a four-story building with a bar on each floor, or two bars per floor, and they will be different types, have entirely different décor, and wildly different availability of booze and prices.

We started at the Fiesta, an upstairs bar, fairly quiet after sticking our heads in ONE OF THE LOUD BARS. It was actually decent and the beer wasn’t outrageous (about $8 for a one liter Sapporo).

After that beer, we decided to wander again, and ended up in a hostess bar, so that was a $20 beer, and of course one of the guys bites on having some sake…

And the downward spiral began…

Another bar and this time three guys are drinking sake, I’m switching to coffee and wondering if we’re EVER gonna eat. And we’re trying to figure out how we’re gonna get everybody back in one piece. And on to the next bar… Sigh…


By now it’s about 10:00pm, so we finally outvote the drinkers and decide to eat. Yea me! Only problem, one of the guys sweet tooth has kicked in, so he sees these desserts in the window (by the way, they are ALL plastic copies), he just has to have one.

So now dinner has just been reduced to dessert, and oh by the way, the cheap ones were about $8, plus coffee $4, plus liqueur $10. And now the decision process of ‘which’ of the 30 offerings does everybody want starts, and we’re looking at the time, because if we don’t get a move on we’re going to be spending the night down town, which is NOT good, since a cheap hotel in Roppongi is $250 a night…

Finally everybody gets their selections, and we eat standing at the counter (mine WAS good, but that was WAY too much pound cake for the little bit of ice cream and the 1 ½ strawberries I got). The guy with the sweet tooth just HAD to have another, so we left him with one of the soberest guys, agreed to meet back at the train station,and the rest of us hit the street for monkey meat on a stick (about $4).


We’re now trying to get back to the main drag, after wandering around for a couple of hours, so we’re looking for any glimpse of the Tokyo Tower. We finally get back and then have to figure out which way the train station is; thankfully a local took pity on us and pointed us in the right direction!!!

Finally back at the train station, we experienced an Aw S**T moment as we were trying to buy tickets and thought we had missed the last train! Thankfully, we were just screwing up the ticket buying, and again got help from a local, and the ticket was $24. Now the issue was whereinthehell are the other two, and howinthehell did I spend $100 in four hours???

We finally gathered them up and made the platform as the train was pulling in! Turns out the last train is a local, so it stopped at EVERY @#^& station between Tokyo and Yokosuka! We didn’t get back to Yoko until almost 0200!

After a leisurely ¾ mile stroll we made it back to base and I finally got to bed about 0300, only to get up at 0530. And spent ALL day in meetings… AND my head hurts… sigh…

Once again we’ve learned we are NOT 21 anymore… Night all!

40 years…


Geez, it REALLY has been 40 years since we graduated from High School… sigh… We’re officially a bunch of old farts now. I guess you could say we HAVE become our parents!

Why, you may ask, am I bringing this up? Well, last weekend was our 40th reunion and we had roughly 120 of 320mumble classmates show up. It was interesting to “step back in time” so to speak and try to pick up some of those pieces from many years ago.

Thankfully the folks in charge DID put pictures on the nametags, so we had a fighting chance at putting the teenage face with the adult face (of course that assumed we had enough brain cells left that could actually compute the changes); and that was BEFORE the beer… sigh…

On the bright side, all the guys got to look at women’s chests without getting in trouble for a change!!!

The guys were easier, we all still had out names, however the women usually had at least one more name attached, so it got interesting (to put it mildly)! Hairstyles or lack thereof have changed a ‘bit’ over the years for most people, but a couple of folks have got to have a painting of Dorian Gray hanging somewhere in their houses!

From the people watching aspect, the loud ones were still loud, the quiet ones still quiet, the fussy ones still fussy; it was like the personalities were just distilled down a little bit further (okay a LOT further) than 40 years ago. I really didn’t see any of the cliques and everyone was making it a point to talk too as many as they could.

Thankfully we have lost less than 30 classmates over the 40 intervening years, but those losses were remembered with a minute of silence. We also had people there who have been married 40 years too! Now THAT is pretty dang good in this day and age (and one guy that had been married 3 weeks)…

Lots of folks are retired or looking at retiring, some of the folks just didn’t fit their jobs (one guy became a banker, that just blew EVERYBODYS mind, based on what he was like in high school!), some fit to a T and others changed jobs like some people changed underwear!!! ☺

A couple of folks even said this was the first reunion they had made, and figured it would be the only one they would make, because we’re getting older and they didn’t know if they would be around for another one. Interestingly, those were folks that had never left town, and had never really cared to keep up with their classmates. While that is not unusual, it was just a bit weird to hear…

I also heard a lot of proud parents, talking about the kids, grandkids, and in one case great grandkids (they started REAL early).

There was a good bit of nostalgia, and when the school song was sung, most of us actually remembered it! How I remembered it I have NO idea, but I did… ☺
There were lots of pictures taken (by the class photog, who is still in action); lots of folks moving between groups, some bored significant others who didn’t know anyone other than their spouse, but probably got LOTS of ammunition for later on ABOUT their spouses…

I’m glad I went; I’m glad I stayed and talked to folks, and I hope we can stay in touch better than we have. There were good memories, and by and large I think it was a real success. We’ve seen some ups and downs, and more on the horizon as those with parents still living lose them, and as we age out and start losing more classmates we will be forced (yet again) to confront our mortality and what we’ve done in our lives.

Personally, I think we’ve done pretty damn good for our generation and ourselves! No movie stars, no heroes, no big politicians, no Nobel Prize winners; but a damn good bunch of folks who would and have helped another out any way they can.

I guess we really can’t ask for much more than that…

Why ask why…

Well, I’m making a low pass through home, long enough to do laundry and back on the road… Some more oldies but goodies…

1. DON’T SWEAT THE PETTY THINGS AND DON’T PET THE SWEATY THINGS.

2. ONE TEQUILA, TWO TEQUILA, THREE TEQUILA, FLOOR.

3. ATHEISM IS A NON-PROPHET ORGANIZATION.

4. IF MAN EVOLVED FROM MONKEYS AND APES, WHY DO WE STILL HAVE MONKEYS AND APES?

5. THE MAIN REASON THAT SANTA IS SO JOLLY IS BECAUSE HE KNOWS WHERE ALL THE BAD GIRLS LIVE.

6. I WENT TO A BOOKSTORE AND ASKED THE SALESWOMAN, “WHERE’S THE SELF-HELP SECTION?” SHE SAID IF SHE TOLD ME, IT WOULD DEFEAT THE PURPOSE.

7. WHAT IF THERE WERE NO HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS?

8. IF A DEAF CHILD SIGNS SWEAR WORDS, DOES HIS MOTHER WASH HIS HANDS WITH SOAP?

9. IF SOMEONE WITH MULTIPLE PERSONALITIES THREATENS TO KILL HIMSELF, IS IT CONSIDERED A HOSTAGE SITUATION?

10. IS THERE ANOTHER WORD FOR SYNONYM?

11. WHERE DO FOREST RANGERS GO TO “GET AWAY FROM IT ALL?”

12. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU SEE AN ENDANGERED ANIMAL EATING AN ENDANGERED PLANT?

13. IF A PARSLEY FARMER IS SUED, CAN THEY GARNISH HIS WAGES?

14. WOULD A FLY WITHOUT WINGS BE CALLED A WALK?

15. WHY DO THEY LOCK GAS STATION BATHROOMS? ARE THEY AFRAID SOMEONE WILL CLEAN THEM?

16. IF A TURTLE DOESN’T HAVE A SHELL, IS HE HOMELESS OR NAKED?

17. CAN VEGETARIANS EAT ANIMAL CRACKERS?

18. IF THE POLICE ARREST A MIME, DO THEY TELL HIM HE HAS THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT?

19. WHY DO THEY PUT BRAILLE ON THE DRIVE-THROUGH BANK MACHINES?

20. HOW DO THEY GET DEER TO CROSS THE ROAD ONLY AT THOSE YELLOW ROAD SIGNS?

21. WHAT WAS THE BEST THING BEFORE SLICED BREAD?

22. ONE NICE THING ABOUT EGOTISTS: THEY DON’T TALK ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE.

23. DOES THE LITTLE MERMAID WEAR AN ALGEBRA? Took me a minute too.

24. DO INFANTS ENJOY INFANCY AS MUCH AS ADULTS ENJOY ADULTERY?

25. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A CIVIL WAR?

26. IF ONE SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMER DROWNS, DO THE REST DROWN TOO?

27. IF YOU ATE BOTH PASTA AND ANTIPASTO, WOULD YOU STILL BE HUNGRY?

28. IF YOU TRY TO FAIL, AND SUCCEED, WHICH HAVE YOU DONE?

29. WHOSE CRUEL IDEA WAS IT FOR THE WORD ‘LISP’ TO HAVE ‘S’ IN IT?

30. WHY ARE HEMORRHOIDS CALLED “HEMORRHOIDS” INSTEAD OF “ASSTEROIDS”?

31. WHY IS IT CALLED TOURIST SEASON IF WE CAN’T SHOOT AT THEM?

32. WHY IS THERE AN EXPIRATION DATE ON SOUR CREAM?

33. IF YOU SPIN AN ORIENTAL PERSON IN A CIRCLE THREE TIMES, DO THEY BECOME
DISORIENTED?

34. CAN AN ATHEIST GET INSURANCE AGAINST ACTS OF GOD?