Sunday, August 24, 2008

Medical Month

August is the month that I do all my medical stuff. A couple of weeks ago I had a Cat Scan. and a day later I had the blood work done. That was on a Thur. and Fri. The next Tues. I visited the doctor for the results. To me that is fast work. So Cat Scan was normal, cholesterol was 4.9. and no diabetes. So hopefully, the next time I see him is when I get a flu shot in Nov. Aug. is a great month for all this stuff. People don't like to get sick in the summer. The doctor's office is empty, so no waiting. And actually I was out before my appointment started. In the winter there is a lot of colds, flu's and people falling on the ice and breaking something. This is Sunday afternoon and almost time to start the barbecue. The picture I am going to put up is me at the Golden Gate Bridge in Calfornia. To tell the truth, I didn't know that they had eight bridges.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

San Francisco

I enjoyed my trip to San Francisco. Beautiful weather. Not too hot. And I had to do the thing all tourists do. Ride a streetcar. It was great. Found out how those things work. There is a cable that runs under the street at all the times. When they want to pull away, they just push down on the lever, it clamps unto the cable and away we go. All the drivers I saw were black and they were having a great time. I think they were all comedians. Sometimes they were so crowded, you had to hang on for dear life. Reminds me of trains in India. At one point an elderly couple wanted to get on. The driver said that there was two spots to hang on, on the other side. And hang on they did. Must have been experienced streetcar riders. There was a black lady next to me. At one point she said, "Darling, I guess we're not strangers any more."

Of course I had to get a picture of me hanging from a streetcar. I do have to admit that the car was standing still. If my son took my picture of a moving car, I would be gone and my son would still be standing there.

So I guess I can take that off my list of things to do. And while I have my list here, I should check fo others to remove. The one, "Climb Mount Everest" may as well go. Getting too crowded up there now, anyway.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Wisdom of Larry the cable guy......

1. A day without sunshine is like night.

2. On the other hand, you have different fingers.

3. 42.7 percent of all statistics are made up on the spot.

4. 99 percent of lawyers give the rest a bad name.

5. Remember, half the people you know are below average.

6. He who laughs last, thinks slowest.

7. Depression is merely anger without enthusiasm.

8. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese in the trap.

9. Support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

10. A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.

11. Change is inevitable, except from vending machines.

12. If you think nobody cares, try missing a couple of payments.

13. How many of you believe in psycho-kinesis? Raise my hand.

14. OK, so what's the speed of dark?

15. When everything is coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

16. Hard work pays off in the future. Laziness pays off now.

17. How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?

18. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines.

19. What happens if you get scared half to death, twice?

20. Why do psychics have to ask you your name?

21. Inside every older person is a younger person wondering, 'What the heck happened?'

22. Just remember -- if the world didn't suck, we would all fall off.

23. Light travels faster than sound. That's why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

24. Life isn't like a box of chocolates. It's more like a jar of jalapenos. What you do today, might burn your butt tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


My son said that we were so close to Mexico we just had to go. So that was one of our side trips. We parked our car on the U.S. side and walked over because we were told that driving back was difficult. And that sure was true. Coming back, I think we saw six lanes of traffic. And it was backed up as far as the eye could see. Anyway, we just wanted to say we were in Mexico. Now the biggest surprise was the border. It was just a turnstyle. There wasn't a soul there. Well, there may have been souls but there were no people. I imagine there are not too many people trying to sneak into Mexico. Once inside, we were bombarded by hawkers and taxi drivers ( in yellow shirts). So we looked around there for a spell and then came back. This time it was a real border crossing. Though I must say, it was easier to get back into the U.S., than getting back into Canada later on. Coming back home we went thru customs in Toronto. In the lineup next to me was a group of Mexicans. It seems that they come up her to work also. Fancy that. Anyway, when I get up to the desk, its why,when,where,how much etc. Now in the lineup next to me it was "Do you speak english?" Head shake "No". "Do you speak French?" Head shake "No". Very good, off you go.

Sunday, August 3, 2008


Just a hint that I did drink some wine on our trip. How can you not go to California and not drink wine ? So we went to the Santa Barbara wine country, as in the movie "Sideways". And the reason for that is because the Fess Parker Winery is there. I had to drink Davy Crockett wine. How could I not? Wine tasting cost $10.00 at each place. For that you get to try out six types of wine and you get to keep the glass. Quite a large glass with a coon skin cap imprinted on it. The winery along with eleven others is located in Los Olivos. Another one you might reconize is The Firestone Winery. Went there too. Now a word of advice. One should not start a wine tour at 10 am. Needless to say I was the only customer. No, we did not see Fess Parker, but we did see his daughter.