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Thursday, August 14, 2008


One of my favorite things in life is driving. As with all males of my generation, turning 16 meant getting my license. My ticket to freedom.

Last January I began having trouble seeing in bright sunlight. Even with my sunglasses. Then I hit that deer in late February. As March passed, I noticed that even my night vision wasn't as acute as it used to be. In April, I spent some of my savings to get an eye-exam. The results were not good. By the time I moved to California, at the end of May, my corrected vision was worse than 20/400 and getting "more badder" by the day. I can still "see" in a technical sense. Movement, general shapes, etc. but all details are gone. I don't watch TV because its just blobs moving across the screen. If I want to see a show, I watch it on the web, where I can get my nose about 4 inches from the laptop's screen. The worst problem is that contrast is gone. Web sites with the typical dark fonts on light backgrounds are almost invisible. I can still easily read places like mine and Lugosi's. Where we use light fonts on dark BGs. Just trying to compose this blog each day is a pain. And I see that more and more typos are slipping in. Which makes me feel/look like an idiot.

I have applied for disability, and am awaiting the process to grind slowly through the paperwork. I am also in application for every kind of benefit I might be elegible for. I am flat broke. I have used every single penny I have been able to save. Only the kindness of my son and family is allowing me to stay alive.

Please bear with me as I attempt to come to grips with this change. I am no longer an independent ol' cuss. I hate that. Death will probably be a blessing, if things don't improve.

Anybody who leaves a sympathy comment will be banned. In fact, I would prefer no comments at all on this post. Please, respect that. Okay.

So much for my problems. The rest of you have wonderful lives ahead. Go out and enjoy them

"Let's all be careful out there!"



This video and accompaning story just scream "po' white trash" so loudly. There are just certain stories that seem to naturally fall into certain geographical parts of our country.

That is the coolest fountain I have ever seen. Obviously somewhere in Asia. Hmmm How about taking this a step further and adding lasers? Think of the possibilities of them working together.

Kids and water sprinklers. A natural combination. Species immaterial.

You may have noticed. I've decided to rearrange the publishing schedule for the various segments of this blog. I'll touch on the serious news in the noon and 6pm posts from now on. Thats if I feel like it. Lead the day with cartoons, followed by a short history lesson and then current events. NOTE: "Current Events" doesn't necessarily include any of the strife and turmoil of our lifes. If I feel a need to be snarky, thats where I'll do it. If I just want to be nostalgic, thats my stage. If you like the change, I am pleased. If you don't, I am also pleased.

The first 2 segments (toons, history) are, usually, going to be published everyday. The other 2 segments have less of a guarantee.

If you are interested in why, swing back by for my 6pm post.

Thanks for your time.
Hope to see you again real soon.

"Let's all be careful out there!"


Today is Thursday, August 14, the 227th day of 2008.
There are 139 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
  • One hundred years ago, on August 14, 1908, rioting erupted in Springfield, Ill., as a white mob, enraged that two black criminal suspects (one later convicted of murder, the other exonerated of rape) had been spirited away from the city jail by authorities, began setting black-owned homes and businesses on fire. At least two blacks and five whites were killed in the violence. (The riot helped inspire the creation of the NAACP the following year.)
On this date:
  • In 1848, the Oregon Territory was created.
  • In 1900, international forces, including U.S. Marines, entered Beijing to put down the Boxer Rebellion, which was aimed at purging China of foreign influence.
  • In 1935, President Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.
  • In 1945, President Truman announced that Japan had surrendered unconditionally, ending World War II.
  • In 1947, Pakistan became independent of British rule.
  • In 1948, the summer Olympic games in London ended.
  • In 1958, Elvis Presley's mother, Gladys Love Smith Presley, died in Memphis, Tenn., at age 46.
  • In 1969, British troops went to Northern Ireland to intervene in sectarian violence between Protestants and Roman Catholics.
  • In 1973, the U.S. bombing of Cambodia came to a halt effective at midnight.
  • In 1980, workers went on strike at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, in a job action that resulted in the creation of the Solidarity labor movement.
Ten years ago:
  • A federal appeals court in Richmond, Va., ruled that the Food and Drug Administration had no authority to regulate tobacco, striking down FDA rules making it harder for minors to buy cigarettes; the Clinton administration said it would appeal. (The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2000 that the government lacked the authority to regulate tobacco as an addictive drug.)
Five years ago:
  • A huge blackout hit the northeastern United States and part of Canada; 50 million people lost power.
  • The chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, Roy Moore, said he would not remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state judicial building, defying a federal court order to remove the granite monument.
  • Rebels lifted their siege of Liberia's capital.
One year ago:
  • Teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan transformed the space shuttle Endeavour and space station into a classroom for her first educational session from orbit, fulfilling the legacy of Christa McAuliffe, who died in the 1986 Challenger disaster.
  • Toy company Mattel recalled 18.6 million lead-tainted, Chinese-made toys worldwide.
  • Suicide bombers targeted the Yazidis sect in northern Iraq; some 500 are thought to have died in the attacks.
Today's Birthdays:
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning author Russell Baker is 83.
  • Singer Buddy Greco is 82.
  • Singer Dash Crofts is 70.
  • Rock singer David Crosby is 67.
  • Country singer Connie Smith is 67.
  • Former jockey Robyn Smith Astaire is 64.
  • Comedian-actor Steve Martin is 63.
  • Actor Antonio Fargas is 62.
  • Singer-musician Larry Graham is 62.
  • Actress Susan Saint James is 62.
  • Author Danielle Steel is 61.
  • Rock singer-musician Terry Adams (NRBQ) is 58.
  • "Far Side" cartoonist Gary Larson is 58.
  • Actor Carl Lumbly is 57.
  • Film composer James Horner is 55.
  • Actress Jackee Harry is 52.
  • Actress Marcia Gay Harden is 49.
  • Former basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson is 49.
  • Singer Sarah Brightman is 48.
  • Actress Susan Olsen is 47.
  • Rock musician Keith Howland (Chicago) is 44.
  • Actress Emmanuelle Beart is 43.
  • Actress Halle Berry is 42.
  • Actress Catherine Bell is 40.
  • Country musician Cody McCarver (Confederate Railroad) is 40.
  • Rock musician Kevin Cadogan is 38.
  • Actor Scott Michael Campbell is 37.
  • Actress Lalanya Masters is 36.
  • Actor Christopher Gorham is 34.
  • Actress Mila Kunis is 25.
Thought for Today:
"Nothing is so soothing to our self-esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us."
Van Wyck Brooks, American author (1886-1963).

"Let's all be careful out there!"


"Let's all be careful out there!"