Thursday, November 29, 2007
Have you heard this song? It is a really funny song. But I think it sums up pretty well what REALLY goes on at deer camp. Grown men all together in a cabin, cottage, or camper and they don't have to watch their manners, they don't have to put the toilet seat down, they can do the Al Bundy position (hand down the front of the pants) while watching TV, get rip roarin' drunk, not make the bed every day, fart and burp without the wife making a disapproving scowl. They can act like the 8 year olds they are at heart, playing practical jokes on each other and just be plain asses and no one cares. They can let loose and just do just about anything short of getting injured or arrested and it's okay. It's their escape from reality. Away from the grind. Really. Where else can you take a shower with special hunting soap that takes away your own natural smell and then sprinkle deer urine on your shoe laces, use deodorant that doesn't smell like anything, put on your gear then go sit in a tree stand for hours and hours (yawn--oh sorry) and wait for a deer to mosey by so you can shoot it, gut it, drag it out of the woods, take it to a butcher or processor, then pay X number of $'s per pound for meat that you harvested your self?
My dad hunted for years. Never got a deer. Went to Uncle Jim's cottage every year. Came home with......Drinking stories! They were at the bar in Stoneboro (I think it's the bar my cousin now owns) and so and so said this or so and so did that. Funny stuff. I just can't remember any of the stories now. Dad went small game hunting too. Did he get anything? Rabbits, pheasants? Absolutely. And mom cooked them, too. Just never got no deer. Why? Cause.......
It's the second week of deer camp and all the guys are here. We drink, play cards and shoot the bull but never shoot no deer. The only time we leave the camp is when we go for beer. The second week of deer camp is the greatest time of year!
So, yes, Dave. I know. I haven't blogged in a week. By the time I had time to blog, I was too tired to think. So I waited till now. See we've been really busy here at the Rump household. We've been make preparations for a VERY special visitor who will be coming next month. NO, not Santa! MY SISTER! Man I am getting excited. Then I think about all the stuff I still have to do and wonder if there's enough time. But, somehow, it will all get done. And it will be beautiful....
The biggest thing is the remodeling of the bathroom. Painted the ceiling and walls. New linoleum on the floor-which meant lifting out the commode, and tearing out the vanity sink. We used the same commode, but got a new vanity and sink with new faucet, new towel bar, towel ring and TP holder. There will be a new light fixture and new medicine cabinet w/mirror. These two things are not up yet. Prolly do that tomorrow night and then that will give me the weekend to clean and put everything back in--towels, wall decorations, shower curtain. Hopefully, the camera was able to process the before pictures I took before it died. When all is done, I will take after pictures and post them all. So, yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus, but we are getting ready for sister Darlene!!!!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Paterno is the all-time leader among coaches in bowl appearances (33) and post-season triumphs (22). His overall post-season record of 22-10-1 gives him a winning percentage of 67.2, good for No. 4 among the bowl season's best of all-time. The Nittany Lions are 16-6 in New Year's bowl games under Paterno and 12-4 in contests that comprise the Bowl Championship Series. Since Paterno took over in 1966, Penn State has had 73 first-team All-Americans, with senior linebacker Paul Posluszny earning first-team honors in 2006 for the second consecutive season. Junior linebacker Dan Connor also received first-team accolades. Over the same span, the Lions have counted 15 Hall of Fame Scholar-Athletes, 26 first-team Academic All-Americans (35 overall) and 18 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners. Winner of the 2005 Butkus and 2005 and `06 Bednarik awards, Posluszny was selected the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American®-of-the-Year in Division I football, becoming the fifth Nittany Lion to twice be selected a first-team Academic All-American®.
Paterno's coaching portfolio includes two National Championships (1982, 1986); five undefeated, untied teams; 20 finishes in the Top Ten of the national rankings; five AFCA Coach-of-the-Year plaques, and more than 300 former players who have signed National Football League contracts, 31 of them first-round draft choices. A school-record four Lions were selected in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
His teams have registered seven undefeated regular-seasons and he has had 32 teams finish in the Top 25. Penn State has won the Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy, emblematic of Eastern football supremacy, 22 times in Paterno's coaching run, including in 2005.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
It's Steeler Sunday again! We play the Jets IN New York. Now the Jets haven't been so good this year. So, hopefully the Steelers don't take this game as a gimme and think they can just go in an walk all over the Jets, because when they get that attitude, things go wrong. We'll see.............
We have a weekly football pool at work. Everyone gets a paper with the week's matchups on it and you have to circle your picks. Then as a tie breaker, you have to write down how many total points will be scored in the Steeler game. Then you put your name on it and pay $5. Greg, our shipper/receiver at work keeps the money and pays the winner on Tuesday. (He's off on Mondays and we usually need to see who won on Monday nite anyway) The person or people who have picked the most correct winners, win the pot. It usually is about $60. Here's mine for this week:
WISH ME LUCK!!!!
If you don't hear from me before..........
HAPPY THANKSGIVING, you turkeys!!!!!!!!!!!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Oh, while we are on woohooing things........No bout of Road Rage today!!!!!!!!!!!!!Yea! :-)
It doesn't suck to be me today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It sucks to be this guy.......
Well, Barry Bonds was indicted for his involvement with Steroids, aka performance enhancing drugs. Now, the Giants don't want him back next year. He has been using Steroids since Lord knows when. He first tested positive in 2001. 2001! That's over 6 years ago! So, why indict him now. Why should the Giants get rid of him now? Oh, because now it's not acceptable to do steroids? I have never liked Barry Bonds. Even when he played for the 'Burgh's Pirates, I didn't like him because he never said anything nice or positive about our city or team. It was a paycheck and a stepping stone for him I think because he always wanted to play for the Giants. Because that's who his dad played for. But, just because I don't like him, I still don't believe that the powers that be should make him the poster child for steroid use in baseball. There are so many others that you don't even hear about.............It just seemed that on tonight's news, they were acting like it's the first time it ever happened. Like who hasn't known Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Mark McGuire weren't doing 'roids? PA-----leeeeez!
Oh, by the way? The Washington Wildthings --that's the AAA ball team here that plays at Falconi Field in Washington, PA, has offered Bonds a contract. I think the pay is something like $1400 a month for the summer months that they train and play only, not for the whole year. Like I said, sucks to be this guy.
Well, not gloom or despair but definitely agony. Yesterday and today I had to get up in the middle of the night (4 a.m.) to take Dean to work. They had big breakfast parties they were catering that had to be out by 6:30 or something and in order for him to get all he had to do done, he had to go in a half an hour early. Usually, he takes the bus into town, but the first bus(the one which he is always on in the mornings) doesn't come until 5:10. No good. So, he drives his car to leave it at the park and ride, I pick him up, drive him to work and come back home. I can go back to bed for two hours! This morning, I did just that, but when I went to get up outta bed, I was lying on my left side as per my usual, and tryed to push myself up into a sitting position with my left elbow. Follow me, here. Well, just as I get about a third of the way vertical, WHAM! pain in my shoulder blade! I manage to get through work by taking 800mg Motrin with my morning coffee and again right after lunch. It still hurts now but has crept up into my neck. When I was successful at the reloading of my backup on my computer today, I threw my arms up and hollered WooooooooHOOOOOOOOOO! then immediately said goddamit with about as much excruciating pain as I have felt in a very long time. Wooohooo was a big mistake. Huge! It's hell to get old. You never know when the ol' body is going to play tricks on ya. I guess I'll go see if I can get Dean to use the massager on it that Shan and Dave got us for Christmas a few years back. We really use the hell out of that thing. Then I'll get him to put Ben Gay on it. Love that stuff too..............
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Okay, after work I went to the bank to deposit my pay check. I leave the bank and drive to the intersection by McDonald's to turn onto Lebanon Church Road. There are 3 lanes: one to turn left, the middle lane to go straight, and the right lane to do guess what? TURN RIGHT! There's a car in front of me that pulls up to the intersection (she's the first vehicle in line and I am right behind her) and she straddles the right and middle lanes! And she doesn't even pull all the way up like she should. She stops about 10 feet behind the wide white line where your SUPPOSED to stop. So, I blow the horn. She moves up about 3 feet. I blow again. And she moves up a good bit, but doesn't move to the appropriate lane. Now, I have to say that the painted lines that define these lanes have faded, but damn, common sense would tell you that you are blocking a lane when there is someone right on your ass blowing their horn with their right turn signal flashing! And you know the whole time I am in the truck yelling at her and telling her how stupid she is and all that. I wanted to get out of the truck, go up to the big fat black woman's window and say, PICK A LANE!!!! But I didn't. probably would have gotten shot or something. If she would have moved to the left while moving up, I could have gotten past her.Yeah, I was pretty pissed. It used to be the old gray haired men in the Cadillacs. Now it's fat black women in Lexuses. When will it stop? Will people ever learn how to drive? Can't they just use common sense, follow the rules, and drive a couple of miles an hour faster than me when they're in front of me? Is that too much to ask? Is it? I get road rage really badly. Oddly, the subject for tomorrow's morning show is who are better drivers, Men or Women? For me, that's a toss up because I've seen as many bad men drivers as I have seen women. Men complain about women puttin' on their make up while they drive. I've seen men shaving, reading maps, combing their hair, tying their tie, and reading the newspaper, and talking on their cell phone while smoking a cigarette and trying to shift. Driving is a multitasking duty in itself. Don't be doin' all that other stuff too. I talk on my cell phone while I drive, but to me, it's not any different than carrying on a conversation with some one who is actually in the vehicle with you. Dean? No. Doesn't do well talking on the phone and driving at the same time. Hell, he makes me nervous just driving!
Warning: Semi-techie stuff ahead.......Now, if you read previous posts, you know about my computer woes at work. Well, I finally got the disc they said I needed yesterday. I put it in the drive and call Dave. Not . Dave. My nephew. Yeah, he's the one. He tells me what to type and we go back and forth with me telling him what the screen is saying and him telling me what to do. Then it gets to a point where it is going through stuff and Dave says call me back when it gets to 100% or the C prompt or something. Well, 2 hours later, it has gotten to 50% and says corrupt something or other unrecoverable blah blah. I call Dave back. He says "Oh crap!" No, no , no. Not oh crap. I don't want oh crap. I want okay do this and that and it will be all better. No. I get oh crap. Daves' diagnosis is the hard drive is probably fried, at least partly. I get off the phone with him and the dude from Dell calls me and asks me what is happening. I tell him what we (Dave and I) did, but I didn't tell him who we was, and told him what the result was and he said "oh, crap". Is this a tech support term for when things go totally awry? I am thinkin' it is. Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap. So dude from Dell says he will send a new hard drive to the tech in my area and have him come put it in for me since his oh crap diagnosis is the same as Dave's. But, that won't be till tomorrow till he gets the drive and once he receives the drive, the tech will call me to tell me his ETA to my office. Well, at 1:30 today, I call the dude at Dell and and leave a voice mail that I haven't heard from the tech can he find out status for me. At 2:00, the tech calls me and says he is about 20 minutes away. Turns out it was 10. So, he comes in, takes the side off the computer, takes out the hard drive puts the new one in, does a diagnostic to make sure the mother board can see the hard drive and oila'! he's done. No software reloaded, nothing. Blank. More blank than when I got the computer in the first place. You would think that the nasty lookin', bad comb over guy would have at least reloaded my software for me. No. Not his job. Call Dave. Dave tells me everything to do and it will take about 35 - 40 minutes for this to load. Bingo! 39 minutes. Man, he's good. So, when it's done, I call him back, he tells me what else to do, I do it and didn't have to call again today. He's probably glad of that. What a pain in the butt of an Aunt that don't know scutta (I would say crap, but that's a technical term used by the pros) about computers. So, we keep the old drive as per Dave's suggestion and it turns out there's a computer place called InSinc up the road from us and Kenny called them to see if they could extract the info from my drive and put it on disc for us to reload so as not to lose too much info. They are willing to try it and it will cost $60. If that doesn't work, then there is the option of removing the disc from inside the drive and getting the info off of it, but that will be to the tune of $1,000. I think that's not happenin' unless I can get it to Dave and back before 10 days is up. Not likely. And Dell is upposed to send the disc for the backup program I use so that I can put in the back up and get the info off of it. Keeps your fingers, legs, toes, and eyes crossed that something in this fiasco goes smoothely.....
In the mail today there is a box with a DVD in it from Columbia House. Dean and I are members that have fulfilled all obligatory purchases, but have kept our membership in the event something comes out we actully want. So, every month, we get a catalog and an order card to accept or decline that month's Director's Selection. I usually always decline it. I do it online and keep the confimation email from them until I get the next month's. So, the DVD today was Transformers-the movie. That was 2 month's ago that I declined that one! So, it will be sent back tomorrow with a nasty note on the carton. I did choose to accept (now this is a while ago) the Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith. Never got that one. Got billed for it. But, never got it. That bill went back with a nasty note on it too. But they never sent the movie. I wonder if they know what they're doing sometimes...............
So, that's been my life today. Sucks to be me.............
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Well, you might wonder why DOES Jordan call me Nani? It's actually the name I picked for him to call me when he was born. I didn't want to be Gram, MiMi, Mam ma, mawmaw, granny, grandma or anything like that. Bob had an Aunt from Hawaii whose name was Nani. She was married to his Uncle Chuck-Frank's(Bob's dad) brother. I loved that woman! She was such a great lady! And I liked her name as much as I liked her, so that's how I picked that. Her and Uncle Chuck and their 3 kids lived in California. The one son was actually Mr. Hawaii or something like that at one time and Aunt Nani was a descendant of King Kamayamaya (sp?). Just in case you were wondering................
Friday, November 9, 2007
Does anyone in the US know what this sign means? I am beginning to think not!
When I am coming home from work the other night, in front of WM#3-that's the West Mifflin #3 Fire Hall on Lebanon Church Road, there's a traffic light. A block up, is another one. Now, this is where the road splits and the left lane has to bear left onto Buttermilk Hollow and the right lane continues on Lebanon Church toward Dravosburg, Glassport and or Mckeesport. This sign appears at the light for the firehall. This would be incase there were a fire and the firemen can get into the firehall and the trucks need to get out across traffic. So, traffic infront of me that is going left, stops at the second light. So, I stop before the intersection at the firehall untill they all get bunched up and stopped to see if I will fit in line without blocking the intersection. I WILL fit so, move up in line. BUT, the person behind me AND the person behind them do not. So, they've blocked the intersection. It is just then theat I am wishing for the fire whistle to go off!!!!! THEN, yesterday morning on my way TO work, there is a similar intersection configuration at Brownsville/Broughton Roads just before Horning Road. I again stop to see if I will fit in line, and see that I will and start to continue forward. Just as I do, the guy that was behind me, whipped out around me and pulls in front of me! I almost hit him! What are people thinking? He didn't even get his car pulled all the way into line, just the nose or a little more. His backend was stills ticking out into the other lane! Jerk. I hate people like that!! Obey the damn rules when you drive! Oh, and tonight coming home? Some chic in the FAST lane in a 40 mph zone, again on Lebanon Church, is going 35 blankety blank, freakin' mph!!!! GO the speed limit!!!!!!!! George Carlin said, if your in the fast lane, your ass better be on Rock and roll!
My computer at work went kaplewie yesterday. Who do I call? Dave. Where's Dave? In a conference. Crap. Well, don't know how long he'll be, so I call Dell. Tell the service tech Cedric, what the error messages are I have. I was so thankful that he was english speaking and he was not in India, but he was in Nashville! He was even a Steeler fan and said he was wearing a Steeler jersey! Well, he says he needs to send me a disc to reload on my computer since they seem to not have sent this particular disc with the computer when I got it. Says it will be ther tomorrow (meaning Friday). So, this morning, I do what work I can via typewriter (ugh!) and sit and wait for the disc to arrive. At 2 o'clock, I call Cedric and make sure it went out. It did and he gives me the tracking number for DHL who they use to ship it. I go into Kenny's office, get online, and track the package. It says "more address information needed". So I call the 800 number on the screen, give the rep the tracking number and tell her what's on my screen. She says" Are you Davis County School?" No, I'm Parker Plastics Corp. 3585 Valley Drive, blah blah blah. She tells me that is the problem. The address is correct, but the name is wrong so the driver wouldn't deliver it. Now, I had seen the DHL van in our driveway about 11:30, but no one came to the door for me to sign for a package. I said, well, it was from Dell. She said yes. I said can he bring it back? No. I have to call Dell back and tell them to correct the name on the package from their end and then I will get it on Monday. But I need it today!!!!!!! DHL does not do a reattempted delivery on the same day, ma'am, I am told. CRAP! So, I guess I have to wait till monday. CRAP, CRAP, CRAP!!!! I have only been in the 21st century for 2 years (at work anyway) please don't make me go back to the dark ages!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
newcomer. Only 17, and WOW! Her gown? An Elegant choice.
Brad Paisley. Male vocalist and Video of the year for Online. Got to love him. And his wife is adorable as herself and as Dana on According to Jim.