• 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…

  • Boycott Foley Family Wines,  Wine of the Day

    Dance in flames for the final quest

    This week I watched the State of the Union address.  I haven’t seen one in several years because, well because Bush was a moron and I couldn’t listen to the guy.  I hope Obama can work his way through this economic shit sandwich that Bush & Co handed the country.  We all know one of the moments in California politics that sent me to the moon was during the Gubernatorial debate when Tom McClintock pointed to FNF and their exit to Florida because they didn’t want to pay California taxes.  I was enraged with McClintock and of course I hate Bill Foley and the Evil Empire.  I still secretly wish…

  • Dogs

    But you better not complain, boy, you get in trouble with the man.

    The Rescue Railroad was open for business yesterday.  I snuck out in the middle of the day, got this guy in Alamo and took him up to Dunnigan to meet his next ride.  Kennels are very stressful on Dobermans.  This guy was down in Kern County.  He got a ride on Wednesday to Alamo and this morning he wakes up at the Northern California Doberman Rescue.  He’s got a touch of mange on his face that is probably from stress.  He’s a big boy and a very sweet dog.  Our connection was waylayed but the fog cutting over to the 5 and we were early so we took a snooze…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    You sing a sad song just to turn it around

    A long time ago a friend of mine told me that you create your own mood.  That’s why you’ll never hear me say “I’m in a bad mood.”  I might be a little snappy but I will rarely cop to it, because it’s not a crutch to me, it’s a place to leave.  Consequently, I don’t have bad days.  Some days are more challenging than others, but for the most part, there are no bad days.  Yesterday was an exception.  If I could rate a the top 10, yesterday would be there.  For the last year, I have done my “run” on Mondays.  I send the report to the asset…

  • Bubba the Blue Doberman,  Dogs,  Rita the Doberman

    Staring at the goldfish bowl, poppin’ phenobarbitol

    I know we need rain, but this is ridiculous.  At least I don’t live in an area that was ravaged by wild fires last summer.  I know folks out in places like Fallbrook and Santa Cruz.  That’s got to suck for them.  Here on The Farm, which is now known as the Everglades, it’s just a big pool of muck out there.  I keep them in as long as I can stand them and then just send them out to make a mess.  At 5:30 I get out the hose and give them a good hosing off and they come in for the night.  They’ve been very good with this…

  • Rant

    A million workers workin’ for nothin’

    [youtube 8Sp-VFBbjpE] I know, how did I manage to pull that one out of my ass?  Well, it’s where my brain went after reading about the Supreme Court decision regarding campaign contributions from corporations.  This is a country of the people and by the people.  Not of Nabisco and by Nabisco.  Not of Exxon and by Exxon.  Of the people and by the people.  This decision cuts the people completely out of the process because the people don’t control the same amount of money that the huge corporations control.  Currently the insurance companies control Congress and that is exactly why we do not have a meaningful health care reform bill…

  • Body for Life,  Cycling

    I have spoke with the tongue of angels

    [youtube ubNF9QNEQLA] These are the guys that brought us this one back a few years ago. [youtube Ahg6qcgoay4] In that vein I will have to confess to almost killing myself last weekend. Because I didn’t “see” something I wasn’t looking for. At Heather Farms there is a spot where cyclists have to come out from the bicycle lane on the right and essentially cross a right hand turn lane to get to the bicycle lane that crosses Ygnacio Valley. It’s a simple move. Check and go. I’ve unfortunately gotten into the habit of listening for cars and didn’t glance back on Saturday. And almost got tattooed by a Prius. The…

  • Bon Mots and Cheap Shots

    In München steht ein Hofbräuhaus

    My Dad used to make bread.  I think his whole family made bread.  His Mother did.  I remember his sister Rosa making bread.  They grew up on a farm in Missouri during the Depression.  I doubt they had a choice.  I’m sure I’ll hear about this, but I don’t really know why my Mother didn’t make bread, but she didn’t.  My Father is kind of an essentric character.  I remember him baking at night when he got home from work, (he was a real estate broker).  It was generally basic stuff.  White bread, oatmeal cookies, peanut butter cookies.  And he always played music loud.  One of his favorites was Arthur…

  • Body for Life,  Corporate Wankers,  Rant

    But I’ll repeat myself, at the risk of being crude

    There is a lot going on in my life in real time that seems to go back to the same theme.  Make a decision and stick with it.  Pick one and stick with it.  And if you are one of the many who has been up in my grill this week, trust me, you’re one of many, this ain’t personal.  It’s a theme. I’m working on a new marketing plan with the other agent that works for my broker.  We decided to do this last year and then got ridiculously busy.  Now we’re moving forward.  My partner in crime had been telling me about a program that they used at…

  • Rant

    At the grotto in a greasy chair

    Sometimes people say things that are so obscene that even I can’t comment. [youtube 8mdx_eSDSM0] Two people who are an embarrassment to this nation. Two people who should not be on the airwaves at all. Two people who just need to STFU. Olbermann’s take. Let’s go to Haiti and talk to a famous Haitian