It turns out that he’s the guy that sleeps in my parking lot Sunday nights while evading discovery by traveling I-25 north & south from end to end.
Took the Norwegians Jeeping today. I had hoped to do this without having to wash the Jeep afterwards, but there was a bit to much moisture backcountry today. I took them to the mica mine and we did some shooting while there. I had fun, they were blown away at how well the Jeep handled the nasty roads leading to the mine. They enjoyed the shooting and I learned how much freedom we do have, even with that socialist s.o.b. we currently have in office.
- My trip to Illinois was fun and sad at the same time. Had a great time with Mom, and was saddened by the death of Uncle Harold. Nice guy, big part of our family.
- The party for Lou and Perry Dawson was at an old train station in Lockport Illinois. It was converted to a restaurant and it was a great place for a party. Lou and Perry looked great, but it appeared that Perry shrunk some.
- Sat with the Kleywegs and Don was his usual self. Saw Terry Dawson and he was his usual self. I have more hair than both of them. Pat was there and I noticed that I have more hair than he does too.
- Planned to surprise Eddie while in town, but his wife and son were in town and he was with them. I finally called him and visited with them at his parents house. Alisha (sp?) seems very nice. Ryan is a very cute kid. Ed and I had a nice chat and I figure to see him again next time I’m in town. One very pleasant thing I noted, I have more hair than he does. Damn, I’m good looking!
- Mr. & Mrs. Johnson are always a fun visit. Mr. Johnson has memory issues, but when I was leaving he followed me out and told me that he has secrets and he feels that I am aware of his current secret. I’m thinking that he’s not as short of memory as he’s letting on.
- Drove home nonstop again. I know, I said that I wasn’t gonna do that anymore, but it just felt right. Julie drove for 4 hours, I drove the rest of the trip. We took 80 out of Illinois and stayed on it until I hit 81 in Nebraska and took that south to 56 and followed that into NM. Nice trip.
- The Norwegians are in town. Per and Johnny have hit NM and stopped in to say hi. Tomorrow or Friday I will take them 4 wheeling and shooting. Johnny’s full name is Johnny Cash. I guess there’s a law in Norway that states that a name is unique to the person and there are no duplicate names anywhere in Norway. Couple of nice guys.
- Going out tonight for Andy’s birthday. He was 22 on Monday. Class schedules have made a delayed celebration necessary.
- When in Chicago, Mom and I played a bunch of Scrabble. We has some good games and she kicked my ass all over Illinois.
- Nan has her hair cut very short, shorter than mine and even with that style she has more hair than Ed, Don, Terry, and Pat. Just saying ya know.
- Now for a couple of pictures.
Went with Mom to visit Uncle Harold. For those that read this and have no idea who I’m talking about, he is my father’s cousin. He’s dying. While sitting in his room with Mom and Aunt Betty, I studied him as they talked. First impression was that I wouldn’t have recognized him but the longer I looked at him I realized that I would have recognized him in time. His features were the same, his face still had the same shape and look.
I was sad looking at him but watching Aunt Betty I realized that he lived a long a full life. Kids, grandkids, friends and out-laws were coming to him to say goodbye while he was still here. The day before he was there. When we were there, he was out of it. He did not know we were there and we saw that he was almost gone. It’s at times like this that we come together for the family. We talk about what was and regret with is. There’s comfort in the past and no comfort in the present.
Even though this trip east was about a party and Uncle Harold’s pending death was coincidental, I’m glad I was able to say goodbye to him and spend time with the family.
HISTORY OF THE CAR RADIO
Seems like cars have always had radios, but they didn’t. Here’s the true story:
One evening, in 1929, two young men named William Lear and Elmer Wavering drove their girlfriends to a lookout point high above the Mississippi River town of Quincy, Illinois, to watch the sunset.
Lear and Wavering liked the idea.
Both men had tinkered with radios (Lear had served as a radio operator in the U.S. Navy during World War I) and it wasn’t long before they were taking apart a home radio and trying to get it to work in a car.
But it wasn’t as easy as it sounds:
Automobiles have ignition switches, generators, spark plugs, and other electrical equipment that generate noisy static interference,
Lear and Wavering set up shop in Galvin’s factory, and when they perfected their first radio, they installed it in his Studebaker.
That first production model was called the 5T71.
But even with the name change, the radio still had problems: When Motorola went on sale in 1930, it cost about $110 uninstalled, at a time when you could buy a brand-new car for $650, and the country was sliding into the Great Depression.
On 1930, it took two men several days to put in a car radio.The dashboard had to be taken apart so that the receiver and a single speaker could be installed, and the ceiling had to be cut open to install the antenna. These early radios ran on their own batteries, not on the car battery, so holes had to be cut into the floorboard to accommodate them.
The installation manual had eight complete diagrams and 28 pages of instructions.
Selling complicated car radios that cost 20 percent of the price of a brand-new car wouldn’t have been easy in the best of times, let alone during the Great Depression.
Galvin lost money in 1930 and struggled for a couple of years after that.
But things picked up in 1933 when Ford began offering Motorola’s pre-installed at the factory.
In 1934 they got another boost when Galvin struck a deal with B.F. Goodrich tire company to sell and install them in its chain of tire stores. By then the price of the radio, installation included, had dropped to $55. The Motorola car radio was off and running. (The name of the company would be officially changed from Galvin Manufacturing to “Motorola” in 1947.)
A lot of the communications technologies that we take for granted today were born in Motorola labs in the years that followed World War II.
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO
Lear also continued inventing. He holds more than 150 patents. Remember eight-track tape players? Lear invented that. But what he’s really famous for are his contributions to the field of aviation.
I actually had to wear a jacket today and since it was so cold I abandoned my tractor where I was working and had Catherine drive me home. I’ll pick it up tomorrow or Monday with the trailer and run the heat.
I think that I’ve put the heat on earlier this year than any other year in the past. Weird weather lately. It must be the global climate change that all the liberals are crying about. Nobody ever considers the cyclical climates changes in the past and that they may indicate that this is a new shitty cycle. Can’t be, liberals are always right! I’m gonna sell my Jeep and buy a weenie car like a Prius. I’ll just tuck my manhood in a storage locker and wimp my way around the country in my Prius like a liberal. Maybe a baby blue one. I hate hippy liberals and their voodoo science shit. I believe that they just want to control all what we drive, eat, and think.
Anyone want to buy unlocked iPhones? I can unlock iPhones now. Let me know.
I watched all but 2 minutes of the debate. I got called downstairs because my fridge was acting up again, fixed it and was back in minutes. I have to say that I was surprised at how well Romney did against Obama. As polished a speaker as Obama is, he appeared to have stumbled a bit on the replies. When I voice my surprise at Romney’s showing, I don’t want you to think that I’ve suddenly moved to the Romney camp, I just thought that Obama would have handed Romney his hat and sent him packing. He didn’t even come close.
I’m still sticking with my nicknames for both candidates. White Obama and not quite black Obama. Yes they’re mean spirited and yes they have racial undertones, but since they are both so damned similar in the shit they are trying to shove down our throats, I am good with these nicknames.
Once again, I am very sad at the poor choices we have with this election. I’m still voting for Gary Johnson. I realize that he stands zero chance, but I’m hoping that he shows well enough to cause some discussion about the current 2 party system. Current polls, ones that include Johnson, show him at 10 percent, not an insignificant number in my view. I know that I am pissing in the Democrat Party wind here in New Mexico, but I would love to see him carry the state where he was governor and did so well as a 2 term governor.
Erin and I went to Burger King and the food was the best thing I’ve ever eaten, not. Bad food aside, we both had a nice day. After BK, we went to a playground that she likes in Vegas and when I was done taking pictures of her, we played “hiding-go-seek” and believe me it was very hard in that playground. No cover large enough to hide my largeness. Erin was a great sport about it though, while hiding behind a 4 inch pole, she kept pretending not to see me until she searched the entire playground.
September is done. We had a great vacation this month and unfortunately we had to return from that great vacation. Pictures of that trip are posted here and on my FB account. The FB pics are just of the area and contain none of Nina or myself. September saw the Kleywegs welcome another grand child into their lives, a itty bitty girl named Alexandra. We celebrated our 30th anniversary on the 8th of this month with family and friends at Arrow’s Ridge and had a great time.
This past week I made a presentation to a group that may change the economy in Las Vegas and San Miguel County. It was something that was developed while Nina and I were on vacation in Ouray. I have several more presentations to make to other groups, including the 2 governing bodies. While I feel that this is a valid attempt to increase tourism in the area, I doubt all parties will be as accepting as the first group. I’ll be working on my presentation materials during the next week.
We had 2 rainstorms this past month. Both storms were damaging to my lot and Arrow’s Ridge’s roads. Since I consider Joe & Anni as family, I helped restore their roads once my lot was in shape again. A lot of work was involved but it’s all part of doing business. I wish the rains would come more frequently and less severely.
We learned that we have enough air miles for another trip to Europe. While I hate seeing the bills when they come, buying for the store on the card has opened up the world to us at bargain prices. We spend about the same on trips to Europe as I do when I drive to visit my Mom in Michigan.
October brings me back to Chicago for another anniversary party. Lou and Perry Dawson will have been married for 65 year sometime in October and the party is the 13th in Lockport. Going to this party is not really optional for me, but I wish Nina was joining me too. They are very important to both of us. Without the Dawson family, Nina and I would have never met, married and spawned children. Us celebrating our 30th this month seemed like such a big deal until we got the invite for this party celebrating 65 years. We’re amateurs compared to them.
I’m starting to see a real benefit to FaceBook lately. This month I’ve discovered that you can mess with your FB friend’s family and friends who reply to their posts and since they don’t really know you and your relationship to the original poster, they tend to play along without getting mad. Last night I got 3 women going on about okra and it went over 100 replies by me telling them there was no such thing as okra. One of them was emailing me proof from Wikipedia there and I kept telling her that Wikipedia is not a real dictionary. Mandy, my FB friend, was in stitches. She said two of the women were calling her and asking why I was being so dense. If I continue having this much fun on FB, I may have apologize to Paul. I just finished posting to Mary Kleyweg about gifting blessings. I’m sure Don will get an earful about that post. Hey, another benefit, giving Don problems! Still won’t post any personal info there.
Oh well, everyone have a great October! I’m off to Arrow’s Ridge for the brunch.