Monday, July 11, 2016

JULY 11 2016

BIG WEEK AHEAD..

LIVELY BUNCH ARRIVED LAST NIGHT FOR THE GUEST HOUSE--  4 OF THEM VERY HAPPY TO GET OUT OF THE CAR... AT NEARLY 7PM  SO I LEFT THEM LOOKING FOR  FOOD AND  I WENT TO BED.. B EING NEW THEY DIDN'T KNOW THE WONDERS OF THE REFRIG IN THE HOUSE WITH LEFT OVERS FROM SUNDAY STEW... WHICH INCLUDED SOME OF JUDY'S CREATIONS ... LIKE EGGPLANT PARM...AND LEFT OVER GRACE COSTOCO CAKE...  THEY WILL LEARN.  THEY SHOULD  BE FUN...LIVELY IS RHE KEY WORD...
NOW ADD THE REST OF THE WEEK.........
GOP CONVENTION   WHICH COULD GET LIVELY...18
ARRIVAL OF CAMERA GUY FROM EXPLORE.19 ( AND CAKE DAY)
THURSDAY  PROMISING SOUNDING CANDIDATE FOR ADI...
.... AND.... THE BUILDING

SEVERAL CP'S HAVE OFFERED SUGGESTIONS ABOUT THE INSULATION OF A CONCRETE BLOCK BUILDING... I MUST ADMIT WHEN I LOOK AT THE 4" WIDE CONCRETE BLOCK AND THINK 8 FEET TALL WALLS, I WORRY-- EVEN WHEN THEY TALK OF "TYING WITH TABS" TO THE NORMAL WOOD FRAME, IT JUST DOESN'T QUACK LIKE A DUCK... THESE OMNI BLOCKS ARE NORMAL SHAPE BUT THE INSIDE IS REDESIGNED TO SHOVE IN STYROPHONE TYPE STUFF..

ALL THIS REMINDS ME OF MY FATHER---  NOT BEING BURDENED WITH  A FORMAL EDUCATION , HE THOUGHT UP THINGS HIMSELF ..  THE ONLY OFFICIAL PATENT HE GOT-- AT GREAT EXPENSE, ---WAS FOR THE LOADING RAMP YOU SEE ON 99% OF THE TRAILERS HAULING TRACTORS BEHIND TRUCKS... IF I ONLY HAD A HALF A PENNY FOR EACH  WE WOUOLD  NOT BE WORRIED ABOUT THE COST OF OMNIBLOCKS FOR THE BUILDING...  HIS "PATENT ATTORNEY" DID NOT INCLUDE THE HINGE IN THE OPATENT-- SO A BIG COMPANY CHANGED THE HINGE AND BROKE THE PATTENT -- BUT HE HAD A GOOD TIME CREEATING IT.--  THERE WERE AT LEQST 2 MONUMENTAL OTHERS.... THE CIRCULAR BLADE UNDERNEATH A ROAD GRADER WAS HIS-- AND  THE EXCAVATOR USED THIS MONTH WHICH PUT IN OUR NEW PARKING LOT   --- HAD  RUBBER ?BLOCKS?  BOLTED TO THE METAL TRACK-- WHICH STARTED AS A BUNCH OF CUT UP RUBBER TRUCK TIRES IN THE BASEMENT OF OUR HOUSE IN NEWBURGH.. SO THE ONION FARMERS COUDL CROSS THE ROAD WITHOUT CUTTING UP THE HARD TOP WITH  THE "CRAWLER  TRACTORS ....WHICH HE SOLD....

THEN  2 HOUSES ARRIVED TO BE BUILT BEHIND US--  HE WAS FASCINATED--- TO START WITH THE 4 BIG TRAILERS  WERE TO HAVE A RIGHT SIDE AND A LEFT SIDE TO BE PLUNKED DOWN ON FOUNDATIONS... BUT THEY SENT 3 RIGHT SIDES AND ONE LEFT  - AND GOING ALL THE WAY FROM PENNA, NO ONE NOTICED...  BUT HE STRTED THINKING  PREFAB..  AND WE HAD CONCRETE BLOCKS ALL OVER THE CELLAR AS HE TRIED TO  ATTACH INSULATION AND INTERIOR WALL TO THE SAME BLOCK-- AND NONE OF THE GLUE WAS GOOD ENOUGH AT THAT POINT--  HE WOLD GLUE A BUNC OF STUFF TOGETEHR AND THEN ASK MY FRIEND MARY AND I TO TRY AND BREAK IT-- AND WE DID...
BUT HIS CONCEPT IS NOW A FACT--  AS I LOOK AROUND FOR THIS ISOLATION BUILDING, I CAME TO BLOCKS, INSULATION AND INTERIOR TILE WALL ALL IN ONE PIECE... 
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COMPETITION- IS OUR NATIONAL DISGRACE. START WITH POLITICS... PLEASE !!
 WE ARE BETTER THAN  THEM..... THEY ARE BAD.. WHILE NO ONE REALIZES WE ARE ALL SLIDING OFF THE PROVERBIAL CLIFF

WE AS AMERICANS   CAN TAKE A PERFECTLY ENJOYABLE SPORT -AND MAKE IT INTO A COMPETITION - LITERALLY RUINING ALL THE FUN.  FROM SKIING TO DOG SHOWS   --- WE STRUGGLE  WITH  I AM BETTER THAN THEM .
SOMEWHERE YESTERDAY SOMEONE WAS TRYING TO EXPLAIN THE BASIC DIFFERENCE IN THE BRITISH ATTITUDE AS OPPOSED TO THE AMERICAN... I HAVE   DONE DD'S ON THIS BEFORE, BUT AS WE GO ALONG IT SEEMS MORE CLEAR TO ME THAT IT COULD BE  DESCRIBED BY STUDYING THE  TRAFFIC CIRCLE... ROTARY ... OR ROUND-ABOUT... WHERE THERE IS NO ORDERLY LINE.. OR QUEQUE.  I WATCH IT IN SO MANY PLACES-- ESPECIALLY DRIVING--- AT TRAFFIC CIRCLES--AND FREEWAYS "DON'T LEAVE A SPACE OR SOMEONE WILL GET AHEAD OF YOU. " "THERE'S AN OPENING, DUCK IN LINE QUICKLY" WHEN TO WAIT A SPLIT SECOND WOULD REMOVE TEH DRAMA OF DRIVING.. 

IN THE STATES  WE ARE TRAINED FROM CHILDHOOD--  THE " DON'T LET THEM GET AHEAD OF YOU" IS INGRAINED IN OUR HEADS---
I DON'T THINK I EVER HEARD A PERSON AT UNIVERSITY OF EDINBURGH  SAY ANYTHING RESEMBLING THE COMPETITIVE EDGE SO FREQUENTLY PRESENT IN THE "STATES"..  ALL THE SITUATIONS WHICH REQUIRE AN ORDERLY LINE UP- ARE/WERE.. JUST THAT .. ORDERLY-- BUT WHEN THE SITUATION WAS A BIT MORE RANDOM,  WHEN ORDEER REALLY DIDN'T MATTER,  THE  AMERICANS STOOD OUT-  OR PUSHED IN...
MANY TIMES I HEARD THE EXPRESSION "NOT VERY BRITISH OF XXXX"  THE BRITISH HAVE FAR MORE "WE" THAN   "I"
I HAVE SEEN MY BRITISH FRIENDS BE TOTALLY BEWILDERED BY  THE COMPETITION WE ARE CONSTANTLY SUBJECT TO.

IT MADE FOR A  VERY ENJOYABLE  YEAR...

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