Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween.....

Well, it's the end of October already. Our vacation is over, and I'm another year older. Oh, well...

I only posted one update while on vacation, but I uploaded a video update each evening, and a bunch of photos, which are available in my Picasa album, 'Vacation 2008.' The link is on my website, and if you are not reading this on my website, you can click the link to your right that says 'this blog is integrated into my website...'

Today is All Hallows Eve, and I'll be using my webcam to keep an eye on all the little Halloweenies this evening. I normally have it set to update at 5 minute intervals, but I'll probably change that to 1 minute intervals for tonight. you can watch, too: Rod's Lair Webcam.

Hope you have a happy, haunted Halloween. Be careful with those tricks.....


Monday, October 20, 2008

New Photos in Vacation 2008 Album

Just a quick update from Bull Shoals Dam. I just uploaded a few photos to the vacation 2008 album from a hot-spot here at the visitor's center. Amazing, this technology!

I'll add captions to them tonight. Now' it's onward to more adventures!


Saturday, October 18, 2008

Getting Ready.....

..For our journey tomorrow, that is. I think we've got everything packed that we need - we're just taking a few days' trip, so no need to overload. The less stuff we have to load and unload at each destination, the better!

I've added a new feature - video updates! Since this laptop has a built-in camera, I thought I'd try putting video updates on the website. I just uploaded the first one this evening. If you're on my website reading this, just click the Video Update link on the left. If you're not on my website, just click the link to the right - the one that says "This blog is integrated into my website..." All will become clear!

Now, I'm going to sign off, and get this laptop packed up and ready to go.


Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Mid-October Update

Well, we're halfway through October, already - where does the time go? Tempus fugits, indeed.

We'll be heading out on our fall vacation this weekend, and I'll be posting photos and updates as often as possible. We're both looking forward to getting away from all the craziness for a few days.

My dad has moved out of his house, and into a 'retirement' apartment community here in Independence. It's nice, but not very roomy - two rooms, a bathroom, and a small kitchen. He probably won't use the kitchen much - he's not much into cooking, and they provide two meals a day as part of the rental fee. He's doing fine so far, but it's quite a change for him.

I've done a little more work in the shop this last couple weeks. I'm hoping to have a little more time to work on some ideas I've had for quite some time. We'll just have to see how it goes. I've moved the backyard security camera to the front of the house, and added a neat IP camera to the back. I can access both cameras from wherever I can connect to the internet so I can keep tabs on things. It's pretty neat!

I'm going to keep this short tonight - it's been a long week (and it's only Wednesday), and I am rather exhausted tonight. So for now, good night!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

I Think I'll Cancel My Policy......


I don't usually put a lot of political / current event commentary on here. Partly, it's because most of it is a bunch of absolute stupidity, and I could rant endlessly about many aspects of the current state of moronic activities. But every now and then, such depths of excess are reached that I just can't help myself. This is one of those times.

At present, I have an auto insurance policy with AIG. That may change soon. Not because I've had any problem with AIG's service. It's more to do with a statement of protest at the slap in the face that AIG has inflicted on the American People. Click this link:

A few days after our so-called "leaders" have so generously provided an 85 BILLION dollar bailout (at the expense of the American Taxpayer) to the idiots who for some unknown reason control a major portion of our economy, these sleazebags thank us all by taking a 400,000 dollar week-long vacation. WTF??????

The rooms I've booked for our upcoming 5-day vacation will cost a little over 400 bucks. And they are not dumps, but I'm afraid they don't come with manicures, and steak & lobster, either. I wonder if Uncle Sam will bail me out if I spend way over my budget, defraud my employer, max out my credit cards, and steal from my customers. I think not. I think I'd end up with an all expense paid lodging in Leavenworth. That doesn't come with manicures, either.

These worthless pieces of crap need to be slowly boiled in hot oil. For about three weeks.

AIG executives, I hope you all enjoyed your manicures and 1200 dollar hotel rooms. I also hope you burn in hell. As soon as possible.

I think I may change my policy to Geico. At least they amuse me with thier lizard and cavemen ads. AIG makes me want to throw up. Then find an AIG executive, and provide a few lessons in economics. With a baseball bat.