Friday, April 17, 2015

In Town All Week!

And not a knifing  or a fighting or nothing...................
I guess we've been too busy, SWMBO and I kinda pass like ships in the night sometimes. This weekend Elizabeth, Jackson and Daisy are coming to see us, and yes we will take advantage of their inexpensive labor to get the remaining stuff out of Dink's condo. After that on to phase two: getting it out of my garage.................
Hard work has its rewards, my brother bought me this last Sunday at Pete's:
In case you're wondering it is a pimento cheese bacon cheeseburger, yum.
While in downtown Morehead we ran into a distant relative:
OK you got me, a close relative.
The pollen is as heavy as I remember it down east, this leads to nose and throat problems as well as observing those with too much time on their hands:
Is pollenart the same thing as pollinate? Time for a dinkism, the yellow stuff is called polllllmmm.
Let's see, where was I? Oh yes, thinking about going fishing, yes, that's where I was. But where was I going with that? Oh yeah:
Right down behind the courthouse, you can't miss it. That's where all the fish are, right down behind the courthouse. Next weekend will be our annual birthday extravaganza fishing weekend, there will be no pictures, sorry. OK maybe there will be some pictures, but consider yourself warned. One of these days I'm going to hook up that new Go Pro and see what happens. It works fine, I just can't get it to sync with the wrist remote, but then again I haven't tried but a couple of times. This weekend I'll get it figured out. Come on YouTube!
New haircut number 2 processed last night, it is just about at the point where I can't grab it and pull it out, just about right. See that little bandage? The person cutting my hair didn't and I just about yelled but I didn't (I might have peed just a little though, but that will be our little secret)
Lastly, a picture we found going through Dink's stuff. I took this picture in January 1973 as Dr. and Mrs. High walked by in Jim Holshouser's inaugural parade. They were very happy that day, and proud of the hard work they did to help get him elected. Yesterday was their anniversary and I'm sure they had a good time. I can always remember that date because they got married a couple of days before the FO was born....
Happy 61st old boy, hope you catch a lot of fish next weekend.
Off to Texas on the 5:20 AM Monday morning, don't be late!

Friday, April 10, 2015

Beaches Be Crazy

As the dingbatter population increases every weekend is appears as though the local atmosphere increases in intensity weekly, ergo the title.
Augusta: need I say more? Good day with the boys and then doggone it if Duke didn't go and win the whole shooting match. There are those among us who think Dink had something to do with that, I guess she has more pull than Dean Smith? Actual conversation overheard behind me as we got out of the plane from Dallas to Charlotte tonight:

Are you going to fire your coach?
We never fire our coach!
Matt Doherty?

He resigned!
(Laughter around the combatants..............)
Good week in Texas but then a little slippage towards the end of the week, need a rep in NC, know anyone? Need a rep in a lot of places, apply in the "comments"
Yes I did get a haircut a few weeks ago. As we went through mama's stuff last week this picture among many others appeared
It became quickly apparent as we went through several lifetimes of photographs that I have never had a good haircut in my life. I think the best was when I parted it in the middle and just let it grow. Sue used to cut my hair and I enjoyed the experience and I know she did the best she could, but it is what it is. I shave in the shower so about the only time I really look at myself is when I get a haircut. We've discussed the "smile" before, won't go there again. But I recently found a video of me looking into the mirror after I got a haircut, enjoy!
Don't tell TAR but my plans have changed, it looks as though I'm in town all next week. We'll just let that be our little secret.

Friday, April 03, 2015

Good News/Good News/Any Bad News?

Good news: a very productive week in eastern NC, my second week home this year and as of early Friday morning no fisticuffs or knifing! Thanks to Sterno and matches I cleaned up a lot of paper sitting on my desk and I am ready to hit the road next week.
Good news: looks as though we have sold Dink's condo, not to jinx the deal but we have a clean offer which we accepted. What a relief to be able to settle her estate within the next 60 days or so. Now for yet another fun part, moving her remaining furniture into my garage for dispersal to whomever may want it. I scared TAR this week when I told her about an old desk that resided in our Mill Street living room forever and is now in the condo. It is a neat old piece of furniture that has a lot of memories but is now dry-rotted (that was when SWMBO said whewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww, I thought you wanted to keep it.) So we will say goodbye to a lot of things that tug at our souls to keep, but have no use or need or desire to keep, we're not keeping things just because they were our parents'. Sorry. I wouldn't want to strike a match too close to it. Want an old desk?
And a good week at work, got an order that was more than 10 X the size I anticipated, good news indeed. And a wonderful surprise.
Bad news, well not too bad, we tried but we didn't catch any fish Wednesday, met up with the Fishin Optishin for a short trip to catch a hickory shad, we both knew it was too early but couldn't resist giving it a shot for an hour and a half on a pretty day. He said it reminded him of when we were kids, casting and casting and casting and not catching anything. Oh well, warmer weather and our birthday weekend extravaganza are on the way.
On Monday we get to walk the hallowed grounds of Augusta National for a practice round courtesy of a Christmas gift from our # 1 son. Don't tell anyone but I have an Alan Shepherd-type break-down 6 iron I'm going to insert in my trouser leg.... at just the right time I might drop a Titleist in a fairway and tear me one off; I've been to the course many times through the years, I'm thinking this might just be the last visit. And I've got a plane to catch for Texas Tuesday at lunch, hmmmmmm, might need to think about this a little longer. We hope the weather will be pretty as we walk these very special grounds. So that's good news too.
And since it is Holy Week, enjoy Ken Block in a 845 HP Mustang. 
Don't know if you catch the reason for that and since it is Good Friday I will not be sacrilegious and explain it, not today anyway. 
Years ago Cooper was at Bible school during a summer visit, there was a drama conducted about Daniel in the lions' den, the facilitator stopped the story for the day as Daniel went into the den, she asked them to come back the next day and in the mean time to pray that Daniel would be OK. Cooper announced to everyone that he knew the story and not to worry, he is going to be OK. Many of you have heard me tell this story before, get over it, I hope I can tell it many more times. Good news:this is Easter and the tomb is empty.

Friday, March 27, 2015


Went to the Last Resort this past week and managed to get behind everyone who sits in the left hand lane with their turn signals on; honestly on more than one occasion I couldn't see the driver. I did not accomplish my goals for the week, but the airlines were pretty close to being on time and I got home safe and sound. And I'll be in the office all next week, I hope SWMBO can handle it. Oh, and at least it was pretty in Florida one evening:
Last Saturday we went to Durham to enjoy our nephew's daughter's birthday. At some point we put their kids along with Jay and Holly's kids together for a picture. Imagine if you were to shepherd a big bunch of kittens, it was kind of like that. How many thoughts and conversations are going on in this picture?
My birthday is coming up soon and I know I'm easy to "present" or "gift-card" (those were used as verbs there), but here is something I've got my good eye on................follow the link if you dare:
Micky Mantle was 19 years old when he hit a homer 550-600 feet. I'm not sure why this is in here but it is, and its a good picture of number 7.
Saw this on the road between Tallahassee and Daytona Beach Tuesday evening. I always liked the VW camper-van, this guy took it up a notch. I think he started out with a VW camper-van and then took some LSD. The thing on top is not standard equipment, it is a pickup truck cap. My romance with the VW camper-van is over. 
I've caught some grief over the past few years because my profile pictures usually do not involve my face. I've documented why over the past few weeks, after all you can't make chicken salad out of chicken manure (you're thought I was going to say chicken shit weren't you?) but after my last haircut I decided to update my look, No more hiding behind a helmet visor, I'm out there now, the new picture is on the right side of the blog, like it? Yes I do look older. 
That's it from the old eastern shore, RIP Joe Fristik. 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

WHOA! What Was That?

A rare Thursday evening post, I got in late tonight and have more than a full day tomorrow followed by a quick run to Durham to help Caroline celebrate her birthday at the Durham Museum of Life and Science on Saturday. Going to be another short weekend. My flights were late tonight, but I'm home safe and sound before midnight. 
So this squirrel knows how to fly a model plane and someone is recording both the plane and the owner as he gets something out of his car? Hmmmm, not sure I'm buying the premise of this video but what the heck, I'm in! How did that squirrel learn to fly so quickly? He must be a genius, or a flying squirrel. 
And kudos to the owner for the perseverance to keep running on the ground after the airborne squirrel, All right, maybe the storyline was a bit contrived. Did I mention I went to see 50 SoG?
This boat is for sale in Morehead City:
It is a Bass Tracker 17 with not only a pilot house but also a raised pilot station. I'm pretty sure if I hauled my lard arse up there it would simply fall over.
This from the Wal-Mart in Morehead City. Some of my readers are probably qualified to estimate the caliber, some aren't, but who mounts weapons under their bumper? 
Deer hunters? Fast drivers? Ferguson Police Department? See? Went too far!
If you're from Rocky Mount this picture will warm the cockles of your heart:
But then again if you're from Rocky Mount you're probably looking up the word "cockles" right now. I had to look up the spelling. Anyway it's getting near time for the annual shad run, I might have to work in a couple of hours of casting, getting hung, and slipping in the mud. That is an excellent picture of those rickety old piers that used to be there, how they survived so many floods is beyond me. I saw someone................. well I saw the shadow of someone walk off one of those one night. He fell into about 6 inches of water and 3 feet of good old tumor-inducing Tar River mud. Looking back on that night I should have turned the lantern back on...............................
Last but not least, the photograph of me from the 80's that I mentioned last week. Floyd Brown took that picture somewhere out on the East Side and I always liked it. I even smiled purdy for the camera. I gave it to SWMBO and she put it in the sun room, she said she always wished I would be..........
Sorry for the blur, that is a photograph of a photograph, if you want to view it please visit Morehead City, tours are available.
Oh yeah, I ate some asparagus for supper.
OK, hope you are duly offended in oh so many ways, off to Florida next week, then I'm going to stay home for one week, I promise. Off to bed.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Noooooooooooooooooooooo!

Looks like my favorite television show might have just bit the bullet. No I'm not talking about The Simpsons or Family Guy...................or Bob's Burgers. I'm talking about BBC's Top Gear. Sounds like Jeremy went bazooka (worked in another dinkism) and made a mess at the taping of one of this season's episodes. Not only has taping ceased, they might not show what they have in the can. Racist comments, fisticuffs, allegations, threats, hell, throw in some homophobia and it sounds like a typical family reunion to me. I've enjoyed your shows boys, TAR is beside herself with grief.
But we go on. Speaking of silliness, Terri took an excellent picture of me last month and I just have to share it. Never heard me say I liked a picture of myself have you? There is one that Floyd Brown took of me many many years ago that I like...................know why? You can't see my face! Because when I pose for a picture it kinda looks like I just had a stroke and crapped my pants. Sorry, I didn't get that smile purdy for the camera gene like SWMBO did. So enjoy:
Saw this today and it reminded me why I do not, repeat do not want to go camping. I laugh at the RV camping commercials on the air, it never shows the kids projectile vomiting in a wet sleeping bag while it rains; au contraire they're always roasting marshmallows and smiling while pensively thinking these are the best days of my life.
My rep called me last week and told me I needed to be in northern VA in time for an 8:00 AM meeting Monday. I told him I was a little pissed that I had to drive up Sunday afternoon, that is one concession I will give to science of growing old, I don't like having to leave town on Sundays. Anyway, I also told him on Tuesday that I was happy I did that; otherwise I would have been in that AMTRAK crash Monday. While in around DC this week I noticed there are more than a few government-type people there. Did you know that? Interesting to read in The Washington Post how much "we" hate Hillary. I guess they haven't figured out that she might eventually be the Democrat Party candidate, anyway, saw this picture of what liars sometime look like:
And one more Dink joke, really I'll stop at some point, but a couple of years ago the Roman Catholic church elected a new Pope about this time of the year. He looks like Jack Roush but that is another story. Dink said she was glad they elected someone early that week because she did not want the media coverage to interrupt her scheduled viewing of the ACC tournament.
Louisiana again next week.

Friday, March 06, 2015

I'm Not Loaded

.......with any extra time this morning so this will be done quickly. I've been in GA this week and have a morning meeting then hit the road for home. Since I have to be in DC Monday morning I'm squeezing a little time. We're making preparations to sell Dinkus Maximus' condo so if you like to live at the beach (near the beach) and have a famous neighbor (Billy Joe Royal) you should contact me. Yes, lifestyles of the rich and famous are at your fingertips.
And speaking of Fingertips, surprisingly no obscene comments about Stevie's sight issues, hmmmm, is this part of the conspiracy?
Saturday we said good bye to Dan Kassick in Sanford. Not only did he hire me and give me a chance, but he also re-hired me and gave me a second chance. Many of my business practices and philosphies were shaped by him, even down to the no alcohol during Lent thing (make sure you can do this every year) I'll miss him, and I know his family is hurting. 
Recognize the knotheads?
Yes, that was a few years ago; I think it was at Annapolis at Bancroft Hall, or maybe at the Jones' crypt. The stairs look very dark. Or maybe it was in ...........................
Recognize this lady? Saw her picture recently, I'd have never known her
Take a guess.
Last but not least I often offend someone with this lunacy I call my blog. With the Duke-tarbabies game this weekend, and in the sense of fair play and sportsmanship I give you a recap of the last game at Durham. unc had a sizeable lead at the end of the game and then..............well I'll let Pablo tell you the rest of the story. Thank you to Sanford's Jerry Stephens for sending me this, no matter what side of the struggle you're on it's funny.
Good luck to all, 7:00 AM and I gotta go!