Monday, March 12, 2018

The Internet!!!!!!!!

Don't take the internet for granted folks. what you have to do if it bothers you is to focus on the morons who maintain it. Recently, during the last nor'easter, we lost connectivity with the internet for 5 days. 

It was hell, no banking, no weather announcements, no email, It was like being cut off from civilization. But more than that I realized how much the Internet companies do not care about you except when the money slows down to their coffers. We were down for 5 days, Not once did I talk to a human, just prerecorded slop that gave me no answers or satisfaction.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Lessons learned, Do Not Hoard

I needed to clear a closet so the plumber can make repairs in a wall. In the process, I realized how much junk we have accumulated over the years.

Please, please take my advice, if you have a house like mine, (no basement, no attic) do not collect anything. No matter how the urge strikes don't hoard. I have been cleaning out this Damn closet for weeks and just keep finding stuff. Today, I found a Marlin 22 Rifle that I fired twice in 50 years. It's a beautiful rifle, but, to avoid temptation, I brought it to the police station and surrendered it for destruction.

I had forgotten, but there was a time when we moved so often we didn't unpack 6 boxes of stuff. Finally, I just threw it out. I don't know what was in them, but we haven't missed anything over the years.

Moreover, twice in the last couple of decades, I helped my sister, Judi, clean out things after our mother and father died. This got me to thinking that I need to start cleaning out things to give my survivors a hand.

But this is a worrisome task. I look at each item reciting yes, no, yes, maybe, etc. I'm throwing out everything I don't need and I'm making sure I don't need a lot.

Well tomorrow's another day to continue this escapade!!!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Florida School Shooting

Yet another horrible school shooting! This time in Florida. Of course the knee jerk reaction is to ban all guns. But guns by themselves are not the problem. 40,50 years ago when I lived in Virginia, there were gun racks in every pick up but people didn't kill each other.

In this case there were two issues as I understand it. One is that the FBI was notified of this guy's intent to become a school shooter and they did nothing about it; and secondly, what kind of family did he come from? Was it a warm loving nurturing family?

From my way of thinking that is the most important thing. If you don't teach your children the value of life the child will not respect life and be at risk.

Gun control in and of itself is not the answer, If you take guns away from those who are innocent law abiding citizens, you then allow them to be targets of thugs who don't care and obtain guns on the black market.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

More Cousins!!!

This story begins on a humorous note some 57 years ago. my grandfather Charles Doherty died in 1962. My parents were in Maine  attending Grandfather's funeral. I am home with my older cousin baby sitting and the phone rings. I answer it and on the other end the disembodied voice says"hello Billy, I am your Aunt Alice/" Well. I never heard of her and said so. She said she was uncle Charlies first wife, which was news to me.

As a 12 year old often does, I promptly forgot to tell my Dad. Then about 6 months later, at dinner I remembered and asked Dad who Aunt Alice was. I thought he was going to bite his fork in half 😃.

That was the first time I knew there were Doherty cousins elsewhere. A couple years back, I decided to reconnect with relatives since our side seemed to be so thin. I got in touch with Sara who in turn put me in touch with Kody who if I got it right is my first cousins (William Deback Doherty) son by Uncle Charles and his first wife Alice.

So Kody, feel free to contribute to this entry and we can further enhance our family history.

By the way, I have already reacquainted myself with Wallis Williams who is the daughter of my Dad's and Uncle's step sister Evelyn.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Trump and the Military Review

Recently, I read that Trump wants to hold a grand military parade in Washington, D.C. I have mixed feelings about that. First as a cadet at Admiral Farragut Academy, we had parades every Sunday for 4 years, so its something I am used to. However, I don't like the message it is sending. Almost like a third world dictator, plus the fact that. as a Veteran myself, I feel the money could be put to better use. How about increasing benefits for the G.I. Bill? Or housing for homeless Vets. Seems like a more worthy cause to me. Maybe he is doing it just to get a rise out of the left!  :)

Facebook and other stuff

There was a time that I thought Facebook was a great idea. I am now growing weary of it. Just way too much aggravation to deal with not much fun any more. I will probably begin to lurk more than post in the near future and start using this blog a little more often.

I'll   be going to Nyack in a little while to visit the wife, who is in the hospital with edema problems. Will mean a big life style change when she gets out and comes home after rehab.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

More and More Rude in my old age!!!

I am getting sick and tired of all the robo calls we are getting. Mostly it is because of the election, I have enough issues with the 2 bozos running for president. I don't need my time disturbed by the locals who do nothing but raise taxes whomever they are. I hang up on them immediately. I wonder if these knuckleheads realize how much they pi$$ off people!!

One thing is certain this election day, I am voting against all incumbents!!! Anyone who is in office now has just contributed to screwing up the country.