Deer Me!

12 Nov. ‘14

1415829500_full.jpegWell, it seems as though we were not having an exciting enough life.  There are times when everything seems to be going along just fine; when you really don’t have a care in the world, none of your kids are in jail and your Grandkids haven’t really learned the differences between boys and girls.  That was us on 11 November 2014.  Or it was us until the INCIDENT!

My beautiful wife and I had just left our home to deliver a shopping cart to the Alamo Cafe not far from our house.  This is something everyone does once in awhile, right?  Well, maybe not, but we had these two deluxe shopping carts that we used the heck out of while living at our mansion apartment last year.  These carts had probably carried a ton of groceries from our truck three stories up to our apartment.  I know I would most likely be dead if it weren’t for these carts.  But, as we have become high-class and moved into a new home, we don’t really have a need for them.  So I had placed a superbly written advertisement on Craigslist letting them go for the paltry sum of $20 each or $35 for both!

I had really wanted to make a little more money off of them as I am in the market for a neShopping Cartsw computer, but my lovely wife finally convinced me that I couldn’t possibly sell these two carts for $1,000!  I figured there was a sucker out there somewhere that had more money than sense who needed a shopping cart so I figured my price would be just fine.  My wife told me that she wanted them sold and out of the garage so I had better apply some common sense and price them reasonably.  She always throws this common sense stuff at me!

Anyway, we had just dropped off the second cart and I had picked up my paltry $20 and were headed out to spend it all on dinner!  We stopped at the McAllister’s Deli not far from our home and had a very fine evening meal.  There was nothing exciting about this event whatsoever!  Little did we know what was coming!!!

imac-retina-2014After our pleasant evening dinner, we headed to Best Buy, one of my favorite establishments, but not so for my patient wife!  She wanted to find a 2015 calendar which I figured was a little early, but I never plan that far ahead anyway, so she decided to go to Staples which is right next to Best Buy.  So I strode into Best Buy and headed for the Apple display.  I was looking for a particular computer Apple produces and as usual, Best Buy did not have it!  I should have known better; they never have what I want when I want it!  So I wandered around looking at a few other things I can’t afford when my wife finally caught up with me.

I knew that it was time to leave.  I really hated to leave Best Buy empty-handed but that’s what was going to happen; they didn’t have what I wanted and I couldn’t have afforded it even if they did.  So now you know why I wanted to go to Best Buy!

We got in the truck and headed out on our normal route towards home.  Traffic was kind of heavy for a weekday even if it was a holiday for some. I had my truck lights on since it was after dusk and only idiots drive around in the dark!  Seems like there were a lot of idiots out this very night, but little did we know that the idiots wouldn’t have a thing to do with us in just a little while!No speeding

We had just passed under an overpass heading north on Bulverde Road.  The time was approximately 6 pm.  The date was Wednesday, 11 November 2014.  We were driving at 45 mph EXACTLY, I never speed, honest, and we were in a fairly tight group of traffic.  I had placed our vehicle in the middle lane or the second lane from the right with traffic in front and back and on my left side.

All of a sudden, WHAM!  Something or someone had just smacked the right passenger side of our truck and it or they had hit it HARD!  I hadn’t seen a thing so I asked my wife who usually sees everything, “What just happened?”

Big BuckShe said, “We just got hit by something!”  Duh!  In a flash, I knew she was right!

I was thinking, did I hit a drunk on the road or was that a big box or maybe even a big board!  I couldn’t figure out what I hit and the truck seemed to be just fine.  I then again looked over towards my wife and then noticed the side mirror hanging in pieces!  I immediately knew that that’s not how it should look.  I decided that I have better pull over and see what damage had been done or find out what I had hit.

There was a fire station just up on our right so I pulled into their parking lot.  I got out and went over to the right side of the Tahoe.  By then, two other vehicles had pulled up next to us and were asking if we were all right!  One lady got out and came over to see for sure if we were OK, because she knew we had been hit very hard.

I then asked her, “What the heck happened?”

She said, “You got hit by a very large deer.  A buck, I think, and he was trying to jump over your truck!”

I was kind of dumbfounded, usually not my normal state, I assure you!  I think my wife was almost going into shock but she recovered pretty quickly.  I think she was very worried about the deer!  I was worried, and rightly so, about my poor Tahoe!  What kind of a deer thinks he can jump over a Chevy Tahoe?  All they gotta’ do is go to a Chevy new truck lot and they’ll see they can’t possibly jump that high!  And this one sure didn’t make it.

The lady that saw what happened said the deer hit and spun around and fell on the road for just a second and then2014-11-12 10.24.54 took off back towards the field he had come from.  My wife was worried that the deer was out there in the dark severely injured.  I could care less; my poor Tahoe was obviously severely injured; to heck with the dumb deer!

So now I’ve got to get the Tahoe repaired.  It’ll cost me a few dollars and the deer won’t be around to pay his share.  He hit me so he was at fault and should have at least covered my deductible.

Oh, deer!  What an evening!

10 Nov. ’14 – Catching Up

Went to my Son’s house on Saturday for Chris’ 16th Birthday.  He didn’t actually have a birthday party since he’s getting a little too old for that and his actual birthday is today.  

Jimmie and I watched the stupid Baylor – OU game.  As you can guess, OU didn’t come out on the winning end.  They really, really sucked this game.  That’s kind of how they’ve done all year after having such high hopes for a Championship year.  Final score was Baylor 48 – OU 14!  That’s the first time Baylor has beaten OU at Norman since they have been playing football.  OU is really getting depressing to even read about.  They have/had such good talent but they aren’t learning a thing.  They played better at the beginning of the year than the are doing now.  I think the win in Surgar Bowl over Alabama really screwed up the teams real capabilities.  They and everyone else thought they were a very good team.  Ranked in the top 5 to start the season and now they are #24 and bearly hanging on to that.  I think Josh Hepul and Mike Stoops are going to have to find other jobs cause they aren’t teaching/coaching the OU guys very well.  Same mistakes over and over.

Ok, that’s enough of a rant.  I’ll calm down by the end of the week.  At least I don’t have to be concerned about watching another OU game this year.  As far as I’m concerned, the season is over!

Bought some cargo pants and a buckless belt from Duluth Trading Company!  They supposedly make very tough pants for the workplace and make them for MEN!  If you look at their web page, it’s dripping with stuff about how MEN need to have clothes that fit right in all the right places.  No killing yourself just because you bend over or kneel down.  I’ll find out how good their stuff is in a few days.

4 Nov ’14 – Gotta’ Bite on the Carts!

Nothing real spectacular but I got an email asking about one of the carts I have up for sale on Craigslist.  This is one of two that we bought while living at the apartment last year.  I’ve got them up for sale for $20 each or both for $35.  Had them up for a while before but no one would get around to giving me cash, so they sit in my garage.

It seems that people who want one of these don’t have reliable transportation!  Strange that, but if I though about it a little, I should see that that’s probably going to be the majority of the people who would  buy these carts.  They are for carrying groceries and stuff from the store so it shouldn’t surprise me that people asking about them can’t haul their stuff in a car.  This is the case with the current buyer.  We’re going to drop one off at the Alamo Cafe next Saturday evening while we have dinner.

Cleaning lady is her doing her thing.  And yes, we got someone new.  This is about the fourth time they have sent a new person.  It’s getting a bit frustrating to have to show someone else the entire house for them to clean again!

3 Nov ’14 – Up on Craigslist Again!

 

1415046435_thumb.jpegRamona has decided to sell her ultrabook, i.e., laptop.  She doesn’t use it much and certainly hasn’t taken it around with her anywhere.  This laptop was made to be carried around.  It only weights about 2.6 lbs. but has has a 13.3” screen which is really, really nice.  The thing is skinny.  It comes in a pouch that looks like a manilia folder.

I’ve used it on ocassion and it is pretty fast.  It has a 128GB SSD for storage which isn’t very large but that is usually just for installing the operating system and some programs.  We’ve got everything on it that you would need to do office stuff, surf the Internet, email and anything else and that SSD is only about half full.  If you wanted to store photos and stuff on it, you can use the SD card reader or even attach a portable hard drive.

We’re asking $550 for this ultrabook which is only 2 years old.  Don’t know if I’ll get any takers or not.  Some times things sell on Cragislist and other times they don’t.

I’m in my study listening to Sirius/XM Radio on one of my tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.  I have a bluetooth speaker that looks like a small tied in to the table so the sounds are coming from this speaker.  I can put the speaker about any where I want and still hear the radio shows.  This speaker is also much better than the built in speakers on most tablets.

Right now I’m listening to a show on the RadioClassics channel number 82 (I think).  This channel plays old radio shows all day long.  Some are comedy like Jack Benny, Bob Hope, Abner and Lum, The Great Gildersleeve, Burns and Allen, The Life of Riley and a bunch of others.  These shows are dated back to the ’40 and the ‘50s.  Other shows are detective shows, and science fiction stuff.  I like the detective shows like “Let George Do It”, “Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar”, “Dragnet” and some others.  Then there’s “The Shadow”, “The Whistler”, “X-Minus One” and a bunch of others.  Oh, yeah, it’s crazy listening to Vincent Price as “The Saint’.

I don’t really care for the comedy shows.  They seem pretty lame.  I do like listening to them talk about what’s going on with the war (WWII).  They talk about War Bonds a lot and a lot of the commercials are really pushing buying War Bonds.  Some of the detective shows deal with catching German spies and the FBI.

Anyway, it passes the time of day pretty quickly.  If you’ve not listened to Sirius/XM, you might want to try it sometime.  Yeah, it does require a subscription which isn’t always that cheap, but we listen to the ‘50s on our truck radio all the time.  No channel searching for good music any more no matter where we are.  There are tons of other channels availabe for all kinds of stuff.  I think it’s a pretty good deal and we’ve been subscribers since at least 1992!

I think it’s starting to rain outside.  They’ve been forcasting some cooler weather and rain for us today and tomorrow.  Looks like it’s coming in now.