Thursday, January 18, 2018

What makes me ME

Historical Picture:

 Hard to think that this picture is an antique!      Now the little boy is! 

This entry is about ME!
I discovered America January 17, 1939. Three days after my dad, ‘ats what he said.. (Since he was born January 14th but in 1903)

Mama said I liked sweet potatoes in the middle of the night as a baby. I was not inside a restaurant until I was 7 or 8 years old. There was no such thing as fast food.
As a child one of the most interesting sights I remember was seeing squirrels walking power lines in a town.

I remember mama talking about Pearl Harbor. I remember seeing my brothers in their ‘sailor suits’. They were my heroes. I learned what rationing was. I remember our town went ‘CRAZY’ at the end of the war.

I remember Ice Cream sold from the back of a horse and wagon once. I remember Tony’s Ice cream in a truck the next year. I liked grape, then GRADUATED to Butter Pecan.

I played the trumpet, I thought I was as good as Satchmo, most trumpet players lied to themselves. LOL

I loved cars. I liked motorcycles. I loved dogs. I liked Sunday School, I did not like regular church. I had some very good friends. I loved to make and fly kites. I was pretty good with a slingshot. I was a good shot with the BB gun. I made two or three 22 caliber pistols from Benjamin Pumps. I had to cut half the lead off the bullet for it to squeeze it thru the BB barrel.

I liked nickel cokes and salted peanuts.

I was too good at school work, I didn’t have to study to pass tests or grades. I only made one C in my life, (Sherry’s fault), we happened to share a French class together. Being too good, you become lazy and do not study and learn.

I always wanted a uniform. I tried to enlist underage. I did enlist at 17 (married the most beautiful girl in the world that year too!) Imma lucky dog!

We made two great sons. My part was fun, her part was a ‘little’ harder, and much longer.

I had too many jobs to count. Life for me has always been good. (OR THE GOOD OVERSHADOWED THE BAD so the good is easier to remember.) WE have.. lived out of a car, in a van, in new houses and a mansion (to us). WE still have some of those houses, but prefer this motor home. She and I, as close as possible.

Yesterday I reached 79 years. I offered to be 85, But Sherry won’t let me.

WE ate with friends at Ruby Tuesdays. This couple has brought a lot of joy to our lives since 1956. Dallas and Marion Fletcher (Featured in most of my books).

(I am 5’8”, 156 lbs., bald, deaf (I hear with Implants) HS drop out, some college, HS & College GED, speak only one language.

I wish I was 145 lbs, had a college degree, had paid attention in English and spoke 2 languages…..  To make up for that plus-some I have been married to a girl who is as cute as a button for over 61 years.!  

 That is me and it took too long to say it. Sorry bout that.

Nite Shipslog

PS: Friend Buddy sent me some good advice and a little sarcasm…
Duct tape is like 'The Force'. It has a light side and a dark side, and it holds the universe together. (This sworn to, by son Jack Jr.)
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 Jean Harlow and her Caddy.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Blind to color shades!

Historical Photo:
           New Orleans Italian Quarter 1906

Color blind?
 I am not color blind, but I cannot judge color variations.  I paint landscapes and do pretty well, but over the years I have determined to match something ‘color for color’ not match as blend like Tan, yellow, brown matches well (I think). I mean getting the paint to match a car or building, I fail. I just cannot get it thru my head QUIT TRYING! Sorta like my singing, people look at me like, “Quit trying to sing!”

There is a small tear in our vinyl upholstery, so I ordered this super dooper repair kit. Very simple (That should scare you)

The first thing you must know is the color of the vinyl. I guessed ivory right off. There is no ivory listed, but Sherry says that is not ivory anyway it is off-white.

So for off-white it says mix small amount brown or black to white.  I could not come up with the color using brown, so I tried black. Two or three tries with both I had it either too dark or too light. So I gave up and left it too light. Maybe it will get worn (dirty) and blend in. OR I will get the nerve to mix another batch. 

Much, much worse. Once my wife told me what color carpet she wanted in our new house. So I said, “Got it.” I orally gave instructions to the Carpet man. When it was laid I gave them their check and said, Thanks guys, great job looks wonderful she will love this. That evening after work Sherry came over to see the progress, after all this is about the last step and we move in!
“THAT IS NOT THE COLOR I SAID!” She didn’t cry or yell, much more. Then like the trooper she is, she said, “Honey, I can live with it.”

Picking colors ain’t my best suit!
Nite Shipslog
PS: Friend Buddy sent me some good advice and a little sarcasm……                            
Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
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            Al Jolson and his Mercedes

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Yard sculpture or decorations

Historical Picture
 Late 1800's Pair of working Moose.  Once appeared with Buffalo Bill. These two were never in the wild, but twins found after the death of the mother and bottle fed.

Yard Decorations, over the years we have seldom had more than concrete ducks/chickens and birdbaths in our yards.  For years my brother Junior poured concrete to make many yard decorations, in the 1950 to 1970 time frame the birdbath was the main object sold.

Since traveling a lot we have seen bigger and more unique yard decorations.

                      I like this antique bike and trees!
The most interesting was in the yard of a garage. A full size three stage rocket. Of course it was nothing like the ones fired today, but still a REAL surplus rocket. It was across from the first house son Mark built.

Bonnie who comments here sent me this Volkswagen used by a nursery.

In a small town in Utah I saw a full size antique truck used as a planter. I did not get a picture of it. I love the tubs and barrels turned over appearing to ‘spill flowers’.

I like it when the little red wagons and wheelbarrows are used in unique ways as planters. Oh yes, in Tennessee I saw a Bed frame filled with flowers, a REAL FLOWER BED! Son Mark has a horse drawn hay rake and size at his NC house.

 Now if I had an estate yard, I would like these! LOL

Do you have any decorations in your yard?
If not what would you like?

Now I would love to have this at our next house.
Nite Shipslog

PS: Friend Buddy sent me some good advice and a little sarcasm…
The quickest way to double your money is to fold it in half and put it back in your pocket.

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                  Joan Crawford and her '29 Ford.