Monday, April 30, 2007

It's Monday .................
I'm off work and I'm goin' riding today. Mr. T, myself and maybe Dr. J. No idea yet on which direction we'll head or where we'll end up at today. Just the way I like it.

I'm not sure what was in the air this weekend at work, but whatever it was it was NOT kind to the old folks. Damn, there was a bunch of them cashed in their chips the last few days! You'll periodically get a stretch like that where LOTS of them die off like fish in a late summer Algae Bloom. Strokes, heart attacks and the like.
There's something about Spring - "tis the season when a young man's fancy turns to thoughts of love." And old Gomers stop admiring their lawn and decide it's time to get under it.

Or so it would seem.

Me, I'm still enjoying the view of the green side.

So I'll go ride the "BigBluePlasticKawasaki" today. Later, Y'all.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Yes, I'm Aware That This is in Bad Taste ........
But I have to admire the creativity that went into this. Besdies, I forgot to use it last November.

I don't know where this came from or I'd credit it.

Want to know what we used in school when learning to read?

Ok, maybe that wasn't one of the books we used, but it does look a lot like them.
This could be a good one.
I love the Photoshop Phridays at Something Awful.

From the "Stranger Than Fiction File" ..........

The jokes write themselves here, folks - Beauty Pageant, Saudi-Style

"The legs are long, the eyes are big, the bodies curvaceous.
Contestants in this Saudi-style beauty pageant have all the features you might expect anywhere else in the world, but with one crucial difference — the competitors are camels."

Oh yeah. With no running start at all, the insensitivity level would skyrocket. I'm gonna just laugh to myself, but if you're up to it ................ that's what the comments are for.
Yep, I've been Ignoring This Place .........
for a week now.

Just not much going on that's of much interest to share. My life is boring as hell to begin with and I just can't bring myself to comment on Rosie (Fuckhead) O'Donnell, Cheryl - "Wipe your ass with 1 square of paper" Crow or any of the other crazy bastards that seem to be in the news this week.
I sure as hell can't get started in on that Rotten Sonsabitch, Harry Reid, all his buddies and their Declarations of Surrender, that they are busy working on in Washington, AKA, Sodom on the Potomac, this week.
My Blood Pressure went up just typing that shit. Jeezuz H. Keyryst! WTF is WRONG with those bastards?
OK, I'm better now. Deep cleansing breath ................ Fuckin' DouchNozzles.
Let's change the subject shall we? Good idea, Unk.

I've finally begun getting in some riding time on the BigBluePlasticKawasaki.

Thankfully, the Extreme Global Warming Trend that was producing all the snow and cold weather seems to have passed on. The surgically repaired throttle hand is working well enough to manage now, too.
Got in the first decent ride last week. 250+ miles of beautiful backroads. Took me most of the day as I stopped and dicked around visiting and what not. That's ok as my ass isn't yet into riding shape yet.

You really do need to get out and work yourself into riding after a layoff. It's not something that you'd normally think about, but there are a lot of physical factors related to riding a cycle. I suppose if you ride a Gold Wing or one of the other big Touring bikes those sort of things are mitigated somewhat by the luxurious accouterments, but on a bike like mine, it takes a bit to work up to long, high mileage days. 250 miles was a good early season day. Just enough to make you sore.

The saddle on my bike is getting pretty broke down after 56,000 miles too. I'm gonna really have to think about replacing it with something a bit more comfortable this year.

I love this bike. It's been a very good bike for me and I'm gonna keep it another year at least. Since Kawasaki discontinued this bike last year, I'm not sure what I'll be replacing it with.

Here's the new Concours, Kawasaki is replacing the old one with. Very Spiffy. All the cool stuff and about 160HP. Like I need that.

It's gonna be way more than I want to spend, so it's probably out for me.

Hey, that's how things work. I could just keep mine and spend what I have to to keep it going. I may even look for another one like mine with low mileage. Who knows? I still like this one.

I feel lucky as hell that I'm able to be considering these choices.

Life is good.
Blogger Visit .....................

Last Friday evening, out of the blue, I got a call from, Jerry. He's a fellow Hoosier who blogs at . What are ya gonna say when a guy calls ya up and says he's gonna be in the neighborhood? Especially, out here in the sticks where I live.

You say sure, come on by! So he did. He was on his way to points South and didn't get to stay long, but we yucked it up and had a good time getting to know each other. Surprisingly, that was easy and we fell into conversation like we'd known each other for a long time.

Interesting Guy. Smart and doesn't look anywhere near the age he tells me he is.

Unfortunately, Queen Buffness, was in the throes of a monster headache and she missed him.

Maybe next time. 'Cause there can be a next time anytime you're in the area, Jerry. I took a picture, but can't seem to locate it. Oh well, go to his place and see his mug.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

This One's For Wicked Pinto....
He Soooo nailed down Pete's Persona in the comments below that I had to post this picture.
It turns out that it was his foot, not his leg that he broke. The splint and all the Vet stuff set me back way more than that dumb bastard is ever gonna be worth........... but what the hell. He's a good ol' boy. I could'a splinted him myself and saved a bunch. And don't think I didn't consider it, but I wasn't sure where the break was exactly.
I need new battery's in my X-ray Vision Glasses.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

More Today in History .......
I've been listening to the radio all day today. Every time the news comes on they mention that today is the anniversary of Timothy McVeigh and the Oklahoma City Bombing.

I have yet to hear any mention today of The Waco Massacre* which occurred on the same date, two years prior.

Just wondering why that is.

(*The link here was the top of the list at Google. I looked at it some, it's got a big time "Conspiracy Factor" going on. I assume you can sort this shit out, but I didn't pick this site for any particular reason. Just happened that way.)

Strange Ride Home Monday Night ..........
Got off at 11pm and jumped on the "BigBluePlasticKawasaki" and headed out. Got halfway out of the lot and - "POP" - there went the Bright headlight. Crap. But hey, I still have the Low Beam. So I continue on the way.

About 1/2 a mile out, a Damn Deer ran out in front of me. I was going slow and saw her first, so I only had to do a bit of Brake and Dodge. OK, that's not bad.

Several miles later, just as I'm cresting a small rise that then drops off sharply from there .......

I find 2 big dogs doing the wildthing, right in the middle of the road!

Thankfully, they were closer to centerline than right in the middle of my lane. I just nicked the Male with the front wheel and fairing and spun 'em around like a frisbie. After I quit screaming and started laughing, I turned around and went back to see if they were ok.

They were OK. Still locked up and tearing it up in the middle of the road. There were 3-4 other dogs, males I assume, milling around that I hadn't seen on the first run through.

Just glad I didn't run smack into them. That would'a been a mess.
Check This Shit Out.......
Look what I got today.

Oh yeah. This is gonna be fun. It's in very nice condition. Made in 1929. The stock is pretty as can be. Real nice wood. Now I have to break it all down and clean all the cosmoline residual out of it and get it ready to shoot. That's gonna include getting a recoil pad. I'm probably gonna go order a scope and mount for it later today. Woo Hoo!
Yep, I got a smile on my face like this -

That's YerUnk about 45 years ago, with a Classic "CrossEyed Little FuckTard" (CELF TM) smile going on. Yeah, it was a lawn mower, but it had a motor and I was driving. Can't beat that.
Some Historical Notes ........
I was reminded this morning by Sondra K's post yesterday, that on April 18, 1945, Ernie Pyle was killed by Japanese gunfire on Okinawa. He was the most famous war corrospondant of WWII. And the best of any war. I've recently read 3 of his books and highly recommend anything he wrote.

Here's a good link from her site to a - Nice link on Ernie Pyle Here.

Unfortunately, If there's an Ernie Pyle out there now, you'll never get a chance to see his work. Such is the way of things these days.

Maybe Michael Yon. I don't know.

Historical Note for Today- Kim Du Toit reminds me this morning that on April 19, 1775, The Battle of Concord was joined between the Minutemen and the Brits, beginning the War of Independence. BTW - Took until 1789 to finish the war and ratify the Constituion. Damn Quagmire. Lucky damn thing, Jack Fuckin' Murtha wasn't in charge.

Pete Broke His Leg .....

My stupid, GayAss Dog, Pete broke his leg last night playing Frisbie. Just came down on it wrong after jumping. Pete's got a vertical leap that makes Michael Jordan look like a punk and really had some air under him when he crashed.


Monday, April 16, 2007

WMD's Discovered in My Bathroom ............
This is not good. I got up early hoping to get some "HoneyDo's" done and then taking a ride on the BigBluePlasticKawasaki later.

As they say "No plan survives first contact with the enemy". The enemy in this case being my Intestinal Tract.

Holy Shit. If Saddam Hussein had had the shits like this, our troops would still be in Kuwait and he and his boys would still be living happily in Baghdad.

I'm not sure what the hell kinda fucked up, Zombie Virus I've been infected with. I'm thinking I should make sure the Wife has a pistol with her today in case I start wanting to Zombie out and become a Flesh Eating Ghoul like a character from "Night of the Living Dead."

Of course, she's too nice for her own good and wouldn't pre-emtively blast my brains out just for trying to bite a hunk out of her leg or some shit. No, I'll have to tell her that if this shit makes me go full Zombie Mode and I start in, wanting to eat warm, human flesh, she'll have to blast my brains out and then put one in her head too.

If more women watched George Romero flicks, they'd know this kinda shit.
Of course, being my wife, she knows this already.

Unless she likes the idea of being an Undead Zombie. And if that's the case, she may just end up in the ER looking to scam a prescription of Percocet. Because that's what the Zombies I know do.
Anyway, I don't think I'll be riding the motorcycle today. But you can be sure she'll have me workin' on the honey-do list.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Went Ahead and Ordered One of These ............
Yesterday I went to the local Gun Shop and talked to the owner and asked him what it would cost me for him to handle the transfer paperwork on a rifle. It was cheap. He gave me an official form to send to the dealer and away I went to the phone.

Ordered one of these -

It's an old Russian Battle Rifle. A Mosin Nagant M91/30 in 7.62 x 54 caliber.

It was cheap. Less than $100.

Life is good.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Check This Little Gem Out .......
While at the range last week with my brother, a young fella showed up and had this beautiful, old Winchester .22 target rifle with him. Check it out.

This thing is an absolute piece of artwork. The scope, as you can see, is long and small in diameter. The optics were very sharp and much better than I expected. It's unfortunate that you can't see the grain in the stock. A variegated, tiger stripe pattern in the wood. Just beautiful.
I have no idea what model this rifle is or anything about it. Other than the fact that it was obvious, even to a moron like me, that it's probably worth a bunch.
The kid told us it had been his Grandfathers and in the family forever.
I had some serious gun lust going on for a couple minutes there.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Back Home Again, In Indiana ................

Actually, I got back Thursday evening, but I've been to busy (or lazy) to hit this place.
I cut the grass in the front half of the compound yesterday. And an hour latter it snowed. WTF? Can't understand why folks think it's boring here in the Midwest.

My roadtrip, was a run over to my younger brothers place, for a little R&R.

We had a big time.

He gave me the "How to break down your SKS properly, so you can clean it right. Dumbass." instructions.

We did some range time with the rifles and pistols.

And he gave me a bit of instruction on reloading to go with, a mostly complete reloader setup. Similar to this one-
Still need a few odds and ends, some of which I got when we went shopping.
We did a lot of screwin' around, laughing, tellin' lies, drinking coffee and just generally fartin' around.
I taught him a few things for his computer that I hope doesn't get him in trouble.
A good time was had by all. The new little blue truck did just fine on the trip. No surprises.
Ok, I gotta go.
Off to the ER to "Save Lives. Stamp out Disease and Pestilence. And raise the standard of Living, if not the dead."

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

From Somewhere in the Midwest........
The "GrumpyUnk Command and Control Mobile Command Center" is on the road this week. We can't share most of this yet.

Stand by for further............. Unk, out.