• Bubba the Blue Doberman,  Home Improvements,  Title Insurance

    And we’ve been poisoned by these fairy tales

    I had a nasty little head cold that seems to be wrapping itself up finally.  This time I went with Qin Chiao and Zicam.  I got the sore throat on Tuesday, naturally the DAY AFTER I gave blood so I had to call the blood bank and tell them that particular pint might not have been my best work.  Then I  spiraled downward Wednesday and Thursday.  Spent Friday down there and started working my way out on Saturday.  I’m not 100% but I’m almost out of the web.  Friday was the funeral for our friend.  I don’t believe there is much worse that watching a 22 year old kid get…

  • Body for Life,  Dogs,  Home Improvements,  Rita the Doberman

    We’ll be real world bachelor jackass millionaires

    Hoo boy it’s been busy around here.  Here’s some bon mots and cheap shots.  First, stolen from TriMarni [youtube 7NoWAd58-ps] Way back in probably November or December of 2007 when I did my first transport I went down to Los Gatos and met a very famous Doberman breeder who had two trainwrecks in her truck.  She’d gone to Merced to get one and I think she might have gone all the way to Santa Maria to get the other one.  Of course Rita was the Santa Maria dog. The other dog was a big red named Honz.  He was a sweet, dopey dog.  Everybody thought I’d want Honz, but he…

  • Dogs,  Home Improvements

    But now it’s full of evil clowns

    I’ve been ridiculously busy.  If I hadn’t woken up at 3am today and decided to get up, you wouldn’t be hearing from me now.  Sometimes something comes through that’s too good to resist.  I give you, last night’s Jon Stewart Show.  I’ve decided to start composting here on the Farm.  Because I don’t have enough to do.  And because it’s the right thing to do considering I rarely even go out on the back 40.  How rare?  Apparently a tree snapped in half and fell on the neighbor’s shed.  He’s probably waiting for me to do something about it, but I didn’t even know it happened.  The good news is…

  • Home Improvements

    Wash me clean, in amazing grace

    I know I shouldn’t be complaining about the rain.  Driving has been banned in Baltimore due to the snow.  They’ve had 72 inches of snow this year.  The Federal Government has been closed for four days.  I don’t know that is a bad thing.  They really need to quit screwing around with politics and solve some problems.  Like health care.  The bill sucks but the Republican solution of doing nothing sucks more.  But that’s not today’s subject.  It’s the weather. As a Californian, I’m ok that it’s another State getting their ass kicked by the weather for a change.  After two terrible fire seasons and this years torrential rains, sorry…

  • Bubba the Blue Doberman,  Home Improvements,  Rita the Doberman

    But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky

    I’ve been heading out to the vegetable garden every evening around 4pm and pulling weeds.  The reason is two-pronged.  One, I get the weeds out of the garden and the real plants can get some sun and start to grow and two, Bubba will run non-stop while I’m outside.  Mr. OCD needs to burn off some of that energy so it works.  If he had opposable thumbs I would teach him how to vacuum.  Instead he runs a path in the yard. He does the same thing in the morning when I go out to pick up dog crap.  He pretty much cries with glee that I’m going out into…

  • Home Improvements

    Charlie thinks its cool to keep a large mouth bass in his new swimmin’ pool

    My goodness what a day.  Didn’t do much work, but got a lot done around the house.  The dual panes on the front of the house?  Done.  New garage door?  Done.  Both items qualify for the energy tax break/credit whatever that is.  The guys did a great job on the windows.  They discovered on the first window that the Farm doesn’t necessary zig where it should or zag where it should.  And it lists to the right.  I’ve learned this the hard way and then neglected to tell them what I already knew.  Plumb is an interesting concept here.  Every guy who has been under this house has had to…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Home Improvements

    I’m feedin’ the dog, sackin’ the trash

    If you had a star in your car window, like a rock knick and went from 111 to 42 degrees, there’s a good chance your window would crack. Sometimes even the air conditioning will do that.  So if you take the earth’s crust and go from 111 to 42 in two days, chances are there will be a little bit of a rupture.  That’s my theory on why we’ve had a bunch of earthquakes in the last three days.  And to all those jackasses out there who don’t understand tsunami and went out to the beach, here’s a little light reading on what happens when a tsunami hits the California…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots,  Home Improvements,  Wine of the Day

    Don’t give vanity a second chance

    It’s been a wild few days here at the Farm. For those of you not in the know, Saturday marked the end of my 50th year. And the beginning of my 51st year. For those of you who haven’t gotten here, 51 kind of sucks. When you turn 50 it’s all sorts of fun and silliness and it’s a milestone and shit. 51 is just old. You’re on the second half even if you only live to 60. It’s kind of weird. Monday morning when I got on the EFX trainer I had to plug in 51. I just kind of looked at it as if the machine was the…

  • Home Improvements

    A constant wave of tension on top of broken trust

    I don’t know if I’ve mentioned the front yard here recently.  It got out of control this year.  Basically, I’ve found that if you work for yourself, at least in my case, you work harder and longer hours.  Generally on Monday and Tuesday, I work 14 hour days.  On Wednesday I can get it down to about 12 hours, Thursday about 10 and Friday around 7-8, then there’s usually four hours each day of the weekend.  Sometimes I’ll skip one day completely, but it’s rare.  And occasionally I’ll just run away and drink wine or watch falcons or both.  I rehired my housekeeper about 4 months ago so that part…