Friday, November 20, 2015

OK, That's Enough!

After returning from seeing Spectre last week it seemed as though we were watching the results of an evil genius in Paris Friday night. Very sad.....
We saw a trailer for the new Star Wars movie, take a close listen:
Whoa! My father has it? I thought he got killed...............................which would mean my father had it. Should be fun, I'll start camping at the box office tomorrow. If you need me call the pay phone at the corner, and let it ring for a while.
Some neat pictures of my brother and nephew from a training flight last week:
No I know what you're thinking: they didn't let him fly it or go up and down the yo yo, as a matter of fact I don't think they let him touch anything. What an experience!
For Throw Back Thursday I found this picture in a cigar box in my office; a Liberty ship that had to be cut loose while in tow around Hatteras. It was in the mid 70's when the FO and I went "fishing" down there and got caught in a helluva storm, that might have been the time the Bonner bridge broke. I remember going across some boilerplate they put down where some sections separated. Great memories............................
And you know what? I think that's about all I have to say. 
OK, So one last piece of advice, it's not always about you..............................or me

Friday, November 13, 2015

Bond.....James Bond Bond Bond James..............

Old family joke there, when the kids were young they tried to imitate James Bond, Niece Kristi couldn't quite master the introduction and therefore whenever we discuss James Bond we always call it?
Spectre: Well it is a Bond movie so that means a lot; but nowhere near Skyfall or Casino Royale. There were some interesting twists throughout and a truly evil bad guy spoiler alert (it is the return of Blofeld once again) The chases, scenery, etc. were as always amazing, but the girls were just so-so. Yes I know I'll get in trouble for that, but there are some shots of Vesper......oh Vesper Lynd. What does Vesper Lynd and Jay Riley have in common? No fair answering that one Jay, I know you know. Anyway as risky as 007 makes it, I have to keep reminding myself that he will make it to the end of the movie. SWMBO commented afterwards "he certainly tears a lot of stuff up." The opening scene from Mexico City is classic. Enjoy. 

In industry news this week, and you're going to think I made this up but I didn't:
Sony puts Betamax out of its misery.
Assumed to be long dead by many, Sony has officially announced an end to its Betamax tape format. Sony will end production of the tapes in March of next year, 40 years after the product was introduced into the market and 30 years after it became more-or-less obsolete.
“This will make the final shipment of all our memory media for Betamax,” Sony said in a Japanese-language statement. The company made its last Betamax video recorder in 2002.
Betamax is best known for its role in the videotape format war that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. Sony’s Betamax was pitted against JVC’s VHS format. The latter eventually won the war, with consumers adopting the VHS format en masse.
Last year, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai praised the Betamax and the standards it set way back in 1975. “Watch whatever, whenever,” he said. “This idea still resonates and defines everything people desire and expect even today.” [via CoS]
Yes, that is hard to believe, but true story. 
If you read this blog regularly you know I enjoy the noise of a combustion engine, especially one which delivers high performance. The motorcycle I ride has a torque-y engine, especially at speeds up to 100 or so, not the top end speed of the four cylinder "flying bricks" BMW builds, but extremely responsive at 0-60 (4.0 flat). I digress............Anyway, as much fun as it is to ride, the "noise" just isn't there, but I have found a low cost solution:
And I'll bet we all know who plays a trombone, well actually a couple of guys who do.
Speaking of the FO I found a picture from his childhood the other day, he loves to fish more than anyone I know; as a matter of fact he will not stop fishing to do "the essentials" sometimes.
Elizabeth had a birthday this week and I got to enjoy dinner Wednesday night with the birthday girl and Jackson. Looks like she had a boo boo:
OK that might have been a few years ago, but a great picture of her and her mom attending to her. Happy birthday young lady, we love you
Happy birthday Shorty Simms, beat Macon. If you want to get to the good part zip ahead to 1:15, Jackson's last game
We went to 28379 last week and saw a
And this week:
Photography is so easy, no just got lucky with a couple of shots.
Next week: BigFoot!
Speaking of BigFoot, guess where he is today?
Your tax dollars at work..............this goes with landing on an aircraft carrier a few years ago, wonder what his next adventure will be?
Mine? Supposed to take a couple of days off next week to ride the bike to the mountains, but rain looks to be in the forecast Wednesday and Thursday so earlier today I scrubbed that trip. Maybe try for Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday of Thanksgiving week?
And an old friend in Glen Burnie is retiring so maybe I'll run up there and visit with him once more, and meet his replacement? Who knows?

Friday, November 06, 2015

Ohhhhhhhhhhh You Can't Rollerskate.................

No pictures this week, sorry. I got a camera this week, my first SLR in 25 years but I haven't learned enough about it to post any pictures. I know you're disappointed. But I'm heading to Rockingham for the weekend, yes I am a lucky guy, so I'll try to get some pictures of my grandkids thereby making SWMBO the happiest gal in the whole USA.
I've always told my sons that one bad call doesn't cost you a game; I've been corrected by them twice now. I'm not much of a football fan, or even a sports fan anymore, but what happened in Durham last Saturday night is a plain old rotten shame. Knowing what we do now, Coach Cutcliffe, his staff and the entire team should have taken the field to knock down each and every Miami Hurricane they could find. And to make it worse, the ACC suspended the entire crew, including the guys in the booth. But give Duke the win? No. But then again, it shouldn't have come down to that play, Duke didn't play well, but also didn't deserve to lose that way. OK, one picture, the officiating crew last Saturday night before they took the field:
And speaking of bad/good/no calls, who watched Martinsville last week? Who is going to watch NASCAR this week? That was a sorry thing to see (Kenseth-Looosanus) but NASCAR could have taken a proactive move by a short visit to the # 20 trailer sometime over the weekend before the green flag: "You know Matt we're sorry about your not being in the Chase because of what Looosanus did to you in Kansas, but if you deliberately take him or anyone out who is in the Chase, well we're going to park you. Get it? Sign here, and here and here and here, OK, I think we're good" That would have gone a long way to preventing stuff like this. But then in the end #24 won and punched his ticket to the final four race in Homestead. As I explained it to SWMBO if I'm on his crew I go to work on that car Monday morning......good luck Jeff. 
Elizabeth and Jackson went to see a Chinese acrobatic show last weekend, I understand it was a lot of fun. Reminded me of halftime at a Bullets, ahem excuse me, Wizards game we attended several years ago. This young lady provided entertainment:
Don't miss the end. I've been to two goat-ropings and a state fair and I don't think I've ever seen anything like this. It's hard enough for me to pull up to a stop light on my motorcycle without having an ankle give way, much less ride a unicycle, much less with one foot, much less.............well you get the idea. And BTW, the BMW has been repaired and it is the garage stall ready and willing and even eager to go. I'm trying to configure a Blue Ridge Parkway trip before it gets too cold. 
Heard the old "Calhoun say he don't want the ball" bit on JohnBoy and Billy this morning, still very funny and well-told. I remember getting an intentional walk one night and being relieved because I wasn't having a good game............................not a good character trait, but at least I'm honest about it.
Our church secretary sent me this video yesterday and said it reminded her of me. I took it as a compliment (kinda always smells like gasoline, Royall Lime aftershave.....maybe Scotch) so here it is: 
Thank you Susie. I love the sound of a big block push rod engine, but over the past 40 years or so I've migrated to the free (high) revving engine noises. Heck I like anything that makes noises like that (WHAT????) Yes, I know, wish I'd used protection all those years. And also, no real biker will ever admit this, but that Honda 50 cycle makes my heart skip a beat, what a great cycle!
Which gets us back to the title, ladies and gentlemen I give you Conway Twitty:
No wait, Roger Miller, enjoy
Words to live by...............................
In the office again next week, and then hopefully a couple of days in Tidewater VA next week.
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Friday, October 30, 2015

It's My Life................

Thinking about Gwen Stefani singing that song now, which is better than the Monty Python "I'm A Lumberjack" ear worm that I've had all day. 
Let's see, Lewis Hamilton won the US Grand Prix last weekend and therefore the Formula One world championship. Nice going Lewis, not a real classy move shoving your teammate out of the way on the first turn of the first lap, but as Kevin Harvick proved at Talladega last week sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.....Anyway, after the race Lewis was very happy, and tossed his teammate Rosburg his P2 hat, hilarity ensued:
By the way, in Formula One not unlike NASCAR everything about victory lane is scripted, the P2 hat denotes Position 2 or what is called in racing, first loserWho would have ever thought Formula One drivers would be such a$$holes? But anywho I do enjoy Formula One. Ever see the movie Rush? There you go..... 
We saw The Martian Thursday night and loved it, then came home and re-watched Interstellar. So add in Private Ryan, how much money have we spent trying to get Matt Damon home? Oh, the humor gets worse, much worse, read on................
And Spectre is on the way, maybe next weekend if we can fight the crowds. 
And a good week in Detroit, hired at least one rep and got to see utter destruction of a US city. It is very sad, and kinda scary, but some of those I visited think the city's bankruptcy might be the best thing for the city, and are optimistic for the first time in years. Good for them.
Pictures: yes, we got pictures, but sadly none from last week when the FO showed up Sunday morning and went fishing. No not fishing, for the first time in months (it was the first time on the boat since August) we went catching, got a bunch, enough for supper and to send some home to Durham. I plan to go again in the morning. Sorry the GoPro didn't upload correctly, I also suspect user-error. 
Forgot this one from TN a couple of weeks ago:
Photograph taken by me at an office in Detroit this week, pretty obscure but funny
Insert your punchline here:
I'll get you started: The Pope, a priest and a rabbi walk into this you go
And then it got darker........................FO called today to discuss fishing, etc. and shared a joke he authored. As he began I asked for the setup line to see if I could get the punch:
FO: Do you know how messed up Lamar Odom was in that Nevada cathouse?
Me: So screwed up that he married a Kardashian? (no, my part wasn't that good, I know)
FO: So screwed up that Bill Cosby called him. That's pretty good, I'll share that at church Sunday.
Then it got even darker.................don't ask me where I found this but one of my favorite drivers filmed a commercial for NBC and the Olympics a few years ago, and I'll bet you forgot about it

Sorry, could resist after I re-saw it this week. And now it is hard to un-saw it ain't it?
I got into town early enough to take my sweetie to the movies Thursday night, and now I'm going to get to stay home all week. I too suspect the game is afoot...........................

Friday, October 23, 2015

FN US 74

I drove from Charlotte using Independence (74) and due to something or another added a couple of hours to my trip. Therefore it is late Friday and I am tired, short entry.
Great week with Leone-Green this week. Did three open houses, saw a bunch of customers and even saw some mountain scenery and then played golf in a scramble Thursday. That was the first time I golfed since September 2014. It was the first time with my own clubs and shoes since 2013. That's hard to believe, I used to really enjoy playing and just lost the drive.....pun exempted. I played well from tee to green, then my lack of play really showed. I drew three contractors and enjoyed their company.

Since I am delivering a terse commentary tonight and the pork chops will be ready soon there are only two pictures:
A bear in a tree in TN:

And a herd of elks in NC, yes a herd of elks on my way to Atlanta Wednesday afternoon:
Not that it matters but there were also a few turkeys on the left side but my little camera phone could not pick them up. Maybe one day I'll spring for a nice SLR
One more and then I'll stop:
You, not unlike millions of others have probably sat and wondered what jaguars eat for dinner. I kinda know what cougars drink before dinner, but what do jaguars eat for dinner? And then use the residue for luggage? Jaguars are bad................mofos
Riding around Charlotte this afternoon, talked to the FO on the phone, and then passed him. I pulled over long enough to say "hey to Gomer, let's go fishing" and then off. 
Jammed pack full day in the office tomorrow so that we can hopefully fish Sunday. Off to Detroit Tuesday and home Thursday.
PS: Someone asked why there are no fishing pictures, easy answer: I haven't fished since August. Sad, sad story, we're going to try to fix that Sunday.

Friday, October 16, 2015


Good news: I made an earlier flight out of DFW, bad news: there isn't much choice between 4:00 PM and 8:30 PM if you want to go from Charlotte to New Bern.
Great week in TX, got a lot done and had a superb dinner at Del Frisco's. I love their steaks, but after sampling the ahi................................
Putin presented the trophies at the Russian Formula One Grand Prix Sunday, insert funny caption here. Very surreal scene, and I really enjoyed watching him stand at attention for the driver and constructor's national anthems. Great Britain and Germany. No hard feelings anyone?
Audi R8 in Hampton. The picture doesn't do it justice, bright and shiny copper color
 USS Wisconsin in Norfolk
 There, that settles that. Now is the Pope Muslim?
 Elizabeth's ride for last Sunday, Kahlua. I don't know anything about horses, but I really enjoy going to watch her ride

 And there she goes.........................
My old buddy Jay Wells from 1983 at Bristol. I guess I'd forgotten that he ran victory lane for NASCAR for a while before going to work for US Tobacco. He said Dale looked at him and said "hey troll, we won, party tomorrow night"

 The NC mountains in some of their late afternoon glory. I'll be going through there next week, wish it was on my bike
 This guy used to walk around Rocky Mount picking up bottles. His hands did not have enough strength in them to pick up the discarded bottle, so he pushed the bottle with his feet over the lip of the wagon; it seems as though someone tied his hands to the wagon so he could pull it. After he collected a wagon-full someone took him to the Pepsi plant where he sold these bottles (to me for a couple of summers) at $.02 a piece. Tell me again about how hard your job is, and yes, my job also. And yes sadly I remember making fun of him, but quite the inspiration. 
 NC/TN/GA/SC/NC next week, and for the first time this year I will play golf; wait, it gets better, for the first time in two years I will play golf with my own clubs, that is if I can find them.

Friday, October 09, 2015

Why or Why Not?

Amish girl water skiing and no response? I am truly disappointed.
Because 45 years ago last week he was buried. 45 years ago, something about that magic age of 27 that famous musicians (who abuse drugs) can't seem to get past very easily. Look it up, there are a lot of members in that club. But the music is here because I like that song and album, I hope you give it a listen. Great album too.........
If you're in sales and marketing an important tool is to target your audience. Here's an example:
Yes I know, she's hot. If you are a marketing guru at Emirates what cable station should you use to hit your target audience? Since they don't use New Bern I've never flown Emirates, but I've seen their flight attendants (drool) and I know the airline's reputation.....believe it or not I saw this ad on TBS. No offense, but I would have thought their viewers would be more interested in the sale this weekend at Wal-Mart....or the new NC "education fund" lottery scratch-off. Oh my! An offensive thought, but hang on it could get worse.
Rode the bike to Raleigh to get a repair, I hadn't even left the dealership before the mechanic flagged me down. The correct part number had been ordered, invoiced, received, was even labeled as the correct part number, but he noticed it was the incorrect part. Sooooooooooooooo I could just go home and try again another day. They were very apologetic but you know, I told them if I had driven a car up there and back with no success I would be upset, but I just drove my bike for a few hours, remember the thought process about the dog hanging his head out the window? Kinda like that. I've been trying to plan a three day bike trip since July, I guess it will be winter before I can get it up on the Blue Ridge Parkway and by then it will be too cold....oh fudge.
This is so wrong wrong wrong, but funny:
No comment
This is wrong wrong wrong and NOT funny
Witch on a bicycle with a broom
Recently there was a Facebook post featuring a picture of my grandson Cooper, and how he has a history of taking bad pictures. There is actually a Riley family history of bad pictures and not being able to smile for the camera very well. In a reversal of family crooked smiles fortunes, oddly our spouses all have models' smiles. And since they married Rileys........for no apparent reason
Anyway while looking for artifacts in an ancient Rocky Mount abode this rare photo of me recently emerged; I was caught on camera trying to flirt with a young lady across the room, someone told me to smile at her
No, it didn't work.
More pictures you say?
Underneath the waves is Highway 12 going to Cedar Island. Turn around, don't drown
Our boat landing parking lot last weekend, there was a school of menhaden sighted and the snowy egret was prepared
 Last week I published a picture of a flounder in Freeman's parking lot, this guy must have seen it
 This is how much it rained, glad hurricane Joaquin stayed away, could have been really bad
 Shhhhhhhhhhh, I bought SWMBO some new shoes, all of the cool kids are wearing them
I did go by the church Wednesday evening to help them unload our New Mexico pumpkins. The truck arrived a little early, the unloading was planned exceptionally well, I basically picked up two pumpkins as Stuart May took my picture, ate some pizza and came home. No, not really, this is such a great way to earn some cash for the youth program and give a community face to our church. We've been doing this for several years and it is a wonderful program. I was on the first committee that initiated the plan, I was the only male in the room and kept suggesting we have a pumpkin pie contest. After the meeting I came outside and found my car keyed and all of the tires slashed. Coincidence? Just kidding, calm down, easy big fellow, steady....steady.............Thanks for the t-shirt Jackson, if you have old discarded t-shirts or hats please send them to me..........or knit shirts........or jackets.....I like jackets!
From the FO, a motorcycle trailer shaped in the form of a Mustang. If that don't beat all
While you're pondering deep thoughts such as why such a fan of the Mustang but riding a Harley...or why not drive a Mustang and tow a trailer that looks like a Harley? I'll give you one more to think about. Ever wonder who loves you more, your wife or your dog? Here's how to find out; lock them both in your car trunk for an undisclosed amount of time; take them for a ride with lots of sharp turns, come home and open up the boot. Guess which one will be glad to see you?
We were lucky last week. Out early Monday and home late Friday. Going to be a good week.