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Silly sometimes but all good

By: ycd0108 , 8:21 PM GMT on August 30, 2014

Readin', thinkin' and listenin' way too often lately.
Any builder will say that renovations are the most difficult (and expensive) of construction projects - especially if the house is inhabited.
Another thing they will say is:
"Never work for family members."
Obviously I have learned nothing from 50 years (off and on) in construction.
Had a good jolt yesterday when the plumber and my helper and I sat down for a break.
Both of these guys are working in the modern world while I am back in the late '90s, early 2000s when I ran jobs like this fairly successfully. I got a kick from the banter from these guys on a break: where we have traveled, who is the best supplier and which local bar (there are no local bars) has the best looking female bar-tender.
Most bars know that you are better off to have a woman look after the bar. Male bartenders can handle most problems but if it gets weird they tend to get chippy while a lady can say to a customer:
"Calm down!"
Fella looks around and no matter how plastered he is he knows that if he messes with this person the rest of the clientele will happily throw him into the street and stomp some sense in there just for fun.
The male barkeep has to be either a lot meaner or smarter.
'Course that was in "the old days".
I haven't spent an hour in a bar in the last 20 years.

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"Never the twain shall meet"
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14. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:03 AM GMT on September 14, 2014
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13. Bogon
10:07 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Google says there are two marques, Aston-Martin and Austin-Healey. Does your buddy in the photo have a sibling named Aston-Healey?
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12. ycd0108
6:53 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
My first "day off" in a while:
Apologies for lurking about for so long.
SamGal is very "touchy" so the few times I did try to peck out a comment here and there often resulted in launching some unknown search.
Maybe that is what all the people tapping at hand-helds are doing:
trying figure out where the little device got the notion they were interested in whatever ad has just flashed up on their tiny screen.
For the moment I'm basking in the luxury of the old noisy QWERTY keyboard.
May go back to the pencil and paper soon but then I would need everyone's actual mail address, a bunch of envelopes and stamps, a month or two to write and post anything and another month of checking the (actual) mail box to see if anyone else has that kind of time.
Besides that:
Tloml and I have taken to reading out loud selected passages from whatever books or magazines we are currently using
to avoid the list of things we ought to be paying attention to - like:
Fall approaching with no firewood in store
Dwindling bank accounts and healthy overdrafts
Normal complaints relating to well over 60 years of self abuse
And so on
She is reading "The Girl who saved the King of Sweden" by Jonas Jonasson while I am reading "The Journey - The Overlanders' Quest for Gold" by Bill Gallaher.
I can recommend both books - "The Journey" 'cause it mentions my grandparents and "The Girl---" because I worked in South Africa.
Enough about Me -
Looking back it seems that silliness has gotten me out of more trouble that it has gotten me into - quite the opposite of the Colt 45.
I didn't go to the bar looking for women/girls either. I went there to drink beer. Then one evening this lady flicks her cigarette ash in my beer can - "They lived happily ever after"
I still don't know what them White bunnies signify - our tan Jack rabbits are taking over the yard though, could'a got a photo this morning.
Note to self:
Have camera ready tomorrow morning and post a photo of three brown bunnies.
If you zoom the photo above you might be able to see that my buddy's chest plate is a grill from a car called an "Austin - Martin". I thought "Aston - Martin" was the way it should be but a quick Google of "Austin" shows that the Austin name was fairly promiscuous.
"You da Man"
I do dream and there are lots of memories - what the hell!
Tloml is taking the RV to the West Coast tomorrow with the grandkids 'cause there is no public school in B.C. for the next week or so and I'll be batching with her little Versa (Nissan) as my only refuge down south.
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11. Bogon
3:56 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Even if he's "lost his ding-doorum", a fellow can dream.

Off to bed with you, ycd. :oD
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10. ycd0108
6:51 AM GMT on September 08, 2014
East 'O the sun and west 'o the (full) moon here.
Seems to me that I've posted "Maids when you're young" here before so now I'm called to bed.
Thanks to you guys for hollering now and then. Maybe when the snow flies (like it is bothering about Ft. St. John and Calgary tonight and tomorrow) I will find my place again in these blog thingys.
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9. Bogon
12:25 AM GMT on September 07, 2014
On the leg from Tampa to Austin our plane passed over Houston. A short while later I imagined that the pilot turned off I-10 onto highway 71. At that point this song started playing in my head.

Are you still a moping bachelor? If so, there are several other tunes from this band that might strike a responsive chord. Unfortunately, some of the videos are not exactly safe for WU.
Click the links if you like ZZ Top. :o)
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8. Ylee
11:04 AM GMT on September 04, 2014
Just stopped by to keep your blog near the top! :' )
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7. Bogon
4:15 PM GMT on September 01, 2014
The moral of my story, if it has one, is that I'm out of practice bar hopping, too. I may not have finished the last beer, but it almost finished me.!o) Everything was kinda blurry there for a while. Fortunately there were no other adverse effects.

Wife and I were somewhat late to dinner that night. No big deal. Lots of people eat late in Austin — hoping it will be a little cooler, I guess.
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6. GardenGrrl
9:45 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
White Rabbits, White Rabbits, White Rabbits, Happy September!
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5. Ylee
1:49 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
I thought I posted here yesterday, but the gist of what I was going to say was that I too, hadn't been in a bar for about 20 years. Unlike most, I didn't go to a bar looking for women; I usually left after the free food was taken up when happy hour was over! :' )
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4. RobDaHood
1:09 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
'Tis good for the soul to be a little silly upon occasion.
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3. ycd0108
12:51 AM GMT on September 01, 2014
Good chronicle Bogon:
Life is a bit silly around here these days but someday I want to sample a beer (for my horses) and a whisky (for my men) in Texas:

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2. Bogon
7:57 PM GMT on August 31, 2014
Depending on the neighborhood, of course, I generally think of bars as more of a young person's activity. If you're no longer doing the mating dance, you may prefer to drink at home.

During our recent visit to Austin, Texas, I took advantage of the opportunity to cruise 6th Street one afternoon. Shucks, it was only about a block from our hotel. On 6th Street about every other door is a bar.

Let's see, I had a Lone Star with lunch (for Auld Lang Syne). a Fireman's 4 at Bikini's, then slurped up a pair of Bucket Heads at Shakespeare's Pub. By then the place I really wanted to visit was open.

I probably should have stopped at one Bucket Head, but it was about 100° outside (say 37 Celsius). The weather (let alone the local atmosphere) was conducive to drinking beer. Anyway, around the corner at Chicago House I ordered a flight. The flight consisted of four small glasses (perhaps 4-6 ounces each) of selected brews from Central Texas breweries. Just enough for a taste of each one. I thought of it as slowing down.

The trouble was, the bartender threw in a couple of extras. Right after opening time there was only one other customer. I struck up a conversation with the bartender, who was keen to show off his wares. At one point he provided a snifter of something interesting (forget exactly what) from his home town (forget exactly where). I think it was while I was draining that snifter that I sort of lost track of what beers were served in what order. Three of them were pretty good. The last one was some kind of pumpkin beer. I'm not a big fan of flavored beers. Didn't quite finish that one.
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1. ycd0108
3:35 AM GMT on August 31, 2014
according to one Brit we know (about 8 years old) soccering is rubbish.
Just got home and watched part of a WhiteCaps game where nobody won but no one lost.
We shouted "Rubbish" often just to liven up the commentary.
I find any sport somewhat amusing but what fascinates me is the enthusiasm of the fans - Nothin' happnin' here Folks.
"Bread and Circus" or what?
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