Sunday, September 30, 2007

Went on a motorcycle ride this morning with Jack, Dale & PaulT

from Jack, these are the maps

Leg 1 -- up to Highland (closure?)

Leg 2 -- up to Summit dirt

Leg 3 -- after Summit dirt

and a photo of me, by a lot of pumpkins and some black and orange motorbikes


Photo by Jack Walshe

Passel of KTMs & Pumpkins

Photo by Paul Thompson

MY KTM in front

Photo by Paul Thompson

Me coming up Summit Road. I was so tired, I could not even wheelie or be a good poser. If you click on the photo to enlarge, you can see some scenery behind me. WOW.

Photo by Paul Thompson

i'm very tired, but it was very fun.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Brain Eating Amoeba?

the planet is trying to kill us. I know it. We have abused it for too long, and now it is trying to shake us off like a bad case of fleas.

I am going to have to train Tarzan well. He will live in the apocalyptic, Road-Warrior-esque, Terminator-world. He needs to be well armed and thinking.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Every morning driving in to Daycare, I beg him to pay attention to the road. But NOOO, he says he has a chauffeur and CAN talk while driving.

Yes, cuteness


Thursday, September 27, 2007

This just in from Flash!

No matter where you fall in the political spectrum, you may find this interesting…
Take this test and see who is most aligned with you.

And? it says I would like the candidate I already like. so good.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

so here is a clip of our man, playing as only he can. He is listening to music, walks into the kitchen, sees mom dancing, and improvises a quick move, then walks out. We have been seeing more and more dancing and playing when he hears music, which is just wonderful.



and in THIS clip, he plays on the floor, grabs his bottle, something very rare, then plays peekaboo in the closet. the cough is me, not him



This is why I am usually tired. I am cleaning up after the whirlwind. He gets into EVERYTHING, and moves it EVERYWHERE.


Monday, September 24, 2007

this image just in from Brad, reminding us

:NO ONE IS ABOVE SUSPICION!:



He also sent this link about Mountain Lion Attacks. It was a FARK photoshop contest. the results are fun

(remember, you can click on any photo to see bigger image)










which led me to find this gem:
(remember kids, fight cougars!)
(remember, you can click on any photo to see bigger image)




Tarzan? head cold
Me? head cold
Sara? not yet, and we are hoping it does not

the weather did just change, and change back, so I am hoping it is a shared allergy or something.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Osama won. USA, no longer the land of the free.

Nun being frisked in Airport

Student being tasered (after under a dogpile of officers)

Art Student loses mind

Woman tased multiple times. cause ya know, once they are cuffed, they still need a good shocking

Spy Drone Ships soon to fill the skies

Don't Tase Me Bro!

I want to give up. The power has corrupted. the Authorities have run amok!

Ran Moran? Where are you when we need you?????

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

let the photos behold!

running from Mommy's new car


lets play with oil in the garage!


Mom does not want me to play with oil.


target acquired!


focused on the prize. get these bicycles out of the WAY!


It's my salt flats lakester!




But it needs more high octane before the next run!




So, Charles, how is the yard project coming along?

SLOWLY!
















Tuesday, September 18, 2007

interesting things happening in my management org at work, but I am not confirmed, and cannot say yet.

More interesting?

San Jose. 54 hrs per year. worst traffic in the country!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Last week I received EXCLUSIVE invitation to the "old cronies of Phil" sunday morning motorcycle ride.

this is very exclusive. A very elite group.

and a lot of fun.

So I was gonna take BMW not yet sidecar-ed up.

driving to the shop/meeting point, the bike stopped moving forward. the damn brakes froze up again. I got HOT. HOT I tell you. this project has been going on over a year. and is going no where.

Cab driver, ride home, sprinter, pulled the brake calipers off beside the road, loaded it on hauler, drove it home.

Got on Sara's BMW F650 and went on ride. Showed up 45 mins late, but they were okay, and we all had fun ride.

Got home from ride, called Don, the BMW guy, dropped bike at his house. At this point, I am close to ready to just walk away from the project. It is a big pile, and I am tired of working on it.

He talks me out of it. and will work on the bike. It will not come back to my house till it is running, stopping, and not leaking oil. Hopefully the sidecar will be attached.



THEN we went to Julia's for a BBQ. Saul did some swimming. Which he loves. Water baby? oh yeah.

afterwards he ate everything in site. chewed on some meat. real meat., not babyfood. ate some potato salad. ate some baby food with pasta


it is another small step forward. he does not eat like this every meal, or every day, but on days he does, it is just plain wonderful

I think Sara is about to trade her subaru in on a new subaru. I spent 30 mins talking to the most brilliant Joe in Austin (yes, the red headed menace, whatever will I do when he goes grey?) He gave me all the right advice, Sara and I looked at numbers. She is at the shop now. Will see what happens.

I have a meeting with my boss in an hour, about bonus stuff. then I ride the Royal Enfield Bullet home, and talk with the backyard guys.

more in a bit

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dog Vomit.

L'Shana Tova, we went and had apples and honey last night.

But heard Mike and Evvy have dog vomit. It is actually a slime mold called Fuligo Septica. In their yard. I did some research, and it seems you cannot get rid of it.

My bet is it came with the new yard they had put in.

Dog Vomit. he he hee cool!




Tuesday, September 11, 2007

i, for one, do not care about whether Britney Speers is washed up. as long as she is washed.


tacos tonight was yummy, and busy. Tarzan was on a rampage, flirting with every girl in sight. I just wanted to eat.

It's late, Sara is feeding and reading, and soon to bed with the lot of us.

a few nights ago, she was snoring, and I made this video attempt. Sorry it is so rough, then thing is, it has her snoring.

and yes, she TOLD me to post this.




this is a Schwinn Mini Twinn. I think I want one eventually, to play with the kid. But not right now.


i, for one, do not care about whether Britney Speers is washed up. as long as she is washed.


tacos tonight was yummy, and busy. Tarzan was on a rampage, flirting with every girl in sight. I just wanted to eat.

It's late, Sara is feeding and reading, and soon to bed with the lot of us.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Brad & I went to Boston Market for dinner. He was able to eat, which is good. His hair is coming back, but the radiation is hard on him.

I know he will pull through

I like meat loaf

Amazon.com Fabulous!

I ordered some bicycle racks for carrying groceries. I used One-Click ordering. Amazon sent the racks to the old house my ex roommate Doug no longer lives in. It has something to do with one-click ordering and I did not catch it.

So I emailed them, expecting to be told, "you messed up, your fault..." etc.

NO! They refunded my credit card, sent apologies, and completely explained it to me.

YAY AMAZON.COM Customer Service.
WOW, thank you very much for the rapid, freindly help. I still want the bicycle racks, and will re-order them.

Not only that, I will post to the world about how wonderful Amazon customer service is, and how I will continue to use and recommend Amazon as my number one marketplace online.

(I will not use one click ordering until I figure it out for sure)

Thank you

Charles

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

This just in from Sara. Synchronized prison dancing video.

This is the weirdest, funniest thing i've seen in a long time.

What's with the shivs?!?

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

dang, it feels good to be a gangsta. I am not sure why, but all day today, I have been feeling Gangsta.

Well, as Gangsta as a midlife, pudgy, balding red-sea pedestrian can feel.

No, I don't wanna go poppin caps in homies.

I just woke up feeling really good today. I drove the Stunt Van in to work, stopped at AAA to get it registered and insured, got all my business taken care of, and left early.

There is nothing as nice as feeling good.

I hope everyone else has a gangsta day.

Photo Catchup. I got behind in posting.

Smiley boy


They are my TEETH!


With Taylor & Tony in Beaver Dam


Sitting on Grandpa Buzz


Sleeping on Grandma Sue


Bouncing in the yard with Cousin Mike


In a DRESS? this needs explaining. We drove up to James & Tara's house for James' birthday. Saul got carsick and redecorated his clothes. So he borrowed one of Emiko's party frocks. On one hand, my boy is wearing a dress. On the other hand, my boy got into a girls dress already? :D Note the shocked look? This will not be a trend I hope.


Photo Catchup. I got behind in posting.

Smiley boy


They are my TEETH!


With Taylor & Tony in Beaver Dam


Sitting on Grandpa Buzz


Sleeping on Grandma Sue


Bouncing in the yard with Cousin Mike


In a DRESS? this needs explaining. We drove up to James & Yara's house for James' birthday. Saul got carsick and redecorated his clothes. So he borrowed one of Emiko's party frocks. On one hand, my boy is wearing a dress. On the other hand, my boy got into a girls dress already? :D

Monday, September 03, 2007

What and Why?

Stunt Van!

Stunt Van is a 1961 Corvair Model 95 8 door van. Photos of the sales brochure:
(you can click on ANY photo in my weblog to open a larger version in another window)





Stunt Van is not "pretty" She used to have a blue interior, but now some is blue, and some is flat black. The outside is mostly peeling white and rust, with red in places. She's lived a long, hard life. I want a vehicle I can clean with sandpaper, and touch up with spraypaint. I am not looking for a shiney truck. Not even the famous $50 paint job. But a useable truck. A short, small, easy to park addition to the Sprinter.



one of the previous owners worked for NASA or something, as the dash has more gauges than an fighter jet. Most of them work.



I bought her from Mel Raven, San Jose VairMart fame. He has been repairing, restoring and collecting corvairs for a long time. And? His shop is less than a mile from my house. Mel also has a Greenbrier sport van he is parting out, so he gave me 2 back seats. I will have the rear-most facing forward, and the middle seat will face backward. like the lower left photo on this page:



View from behind. Stunt Van is short, shorter than me. So I will be able to put a luggage bar on the top, and fit the Pirogue on top of her. Put a cooler with beers and formula, and a bucket of bait in Stunt Van, and Tarzan and I can go fishing.



The motor is also in the back. Speaking of motor, it has about 15,000 miles on a .030 over rebuild. So pretty fresh, and does not leak. Automatic Transmission, which I am used to. I would prefer a shifter, but? this is easier, and less to hassle with. Can always convert later if needed.

But Charles, Why do you call her "Stunt Van" Will you actually try to take her off some sweet jumps?

No, Unlike Joey Chitwood, I do not feel like flying a corvair. I call her Stunt Van because when you open the side doors, you COULD ride a motorcycle right though her. IN a really cool stunt! Maybe if I get excited, I will add Rebus Knebus Scramble Van stripes. But I doubt it


I hope, like with everything else, Tarzan can help me work on this, play with it, and as he gets older, drive it around. maybe HE will paint it up like a stunt van, and ride HIS motorcycle through it?






it is only 87 outside. and I am not happy about it. I cannot take the heat anymore

we had a few days of 100s last week. PHOOEY

I have lived out here too long, I have become soft to the heat.

Yes, California is different than Texas.

I hope someone gets sued. How much longer can the public stand for the militarization of the local police?

There is no reason. NONE, for this to have happened.

the team was disbanded? DISBANDED? give me a break. How about JAILED? this is one HUGE mistake. I cannot imagine what I would do if I were this family.



I understand (thank you Chris & Jim) that Policing is difficult and necessary work. And I understand everyone makes mistakes. But I've been saying for a while now, Police forces need to hold themselves to a higher standard. Mistakes like this should not happen. AND! If you are mid way through a house raid, you should be able to tell it is not the house you were after, and a random family should not be handcuffed, thrown to the floor and cursed at.

there is absolutely no excuse for this.

Turn police back to police. Leave the militia actions to the armed forces.


beat a bartender
some businessmen
bust an 83 yr old woman in the wrong house
Teach the kids!
Wrong house

this should make people angry. Wrong house is not an excuse.


argh

my blood pressure

Saturday, September 01, 2007

bathtime for tarzan!

Julia posted these 3 vids she took a few nights ago

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xj1M9rkUpg

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5po6I46ZI0




and now, a SHOUT OUT to my pal Chris. Just because! YO!



and? STUNT VAN. photos coming.

1961 8 door corvair van.

I can put the boat on it, a bike in it, and NOT worry about scratching it up. It cost less than a luggage rack "system" for my sprinter.

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