Wednesday, February 27, 2013

I Purchased From Northwood Manufacturing

Look at this...a day off in the middle of the week.

Sitting here on a dismal day looking forward to rain that is about to hit us and reflecting on the pictures from across the nation showing the winter storm that has pasted the belt line.  Pictures of students stuck at school overnight because there was no transportation to get them home.  People trying to drive through white out conditions not sure if they just passed the exit they wanted.  I pray for everyones safety.  Please be very careful.

I must drive up to the town I work in this after noon to visit my therapist.  It has been several weeks since I have seen him and I have to say, nothing much is effecting my outlook.

Mia and I took another road trip to Gold Bar this weekend to check our lot and the trailer.  The park has moved the trailer back to our lot and put some gravel down but it looks like they still plan to go in and out likely from the other side of the mess they have made.  It looks like it will keep the lake from developing behind our shed and putting other members on islands.  Still not sure how they plan to close that nasty eyesore.  I am thinking that a nice gazebo would look good there between the shed and the remaining greenbelt.  I was going to provide some pictures but alas my phone is cooperating with me again today.

One final comment.  Since purchasing our new Nash trailer I have had several occasions to contact Northwood Manufacturing regarding different issues.  I have to say that they rank very high on my scale of companies that provide superior customer service.  For example.  This weekend while visiting the trailer we found the goose neck for the kitchen sink laying in the bottom of the sink.  A quick look told my that it may have frozen, expanded and cracked the plastic holding it in place.  I call Northwood on Monday to find out what the model number of the faucet was so I could get a replacement.  Their customer service representative got my address, didn't want a credit card number and said I would have a new one by the end of this week.  It is probably my fault, but they are replacing it anyway and the trailer is out of warranty.  This company cares about its customers and believe me I will tell everyone I know.

Have a great week.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Here He Goes Again!

I think everyone who reads this blog has an understanding of my strong desire to retire and the recent events aren't helping at all.

The Pope decides to hang up his robes and tiara in favor of silence in a monastery somewhere near his home.  I understand that he is having physical issues and this is very likely a very good decision for the head of the biggest organized religious group, but the fact that all he had to do is say he was retiring and away he goes is really annoying.   I have to prepare to retire.  He just leaves and someone else will choose the person that will replace him.  Granted I still need to work for a while but it really would be nice to just give two weeks notice.

On the subject of retirement my long time companion and provider of mass amounts of information decided to retire after five years of excellent service.  My HP Laptop decided it was time to retire and shut itself down this last week.  I believe I have discovered the reason for the white screen that suddenly appeared and now I must decide if I should take it apart and try to fix the connection the the display screen, or drive a nail through the hard drive and send it to the recyclers.  Seems it wants to go to the recycles.

Then this morning I listened to Meet the Press and once again wonder who the hell is running the country.  I read an article in the New York Times by Thomas Friedman speaks about the economy and we the people.  He makes the statement that, "We the people still feel like children of permanently divorcing parents."  The government is sitting on the "mood button" and because of that the companies who are sitting on cash (like Apple) aren't willing to invest it in an economy with such an unsure future and a tax environment that isn't exactly friendly towards businesses who invest.  The current budget negotiations and those that have happened in the recent past only make individuals and businesses unsure of the future leaving many of us hoarding what funds we have to protect ourselves in the face of retirement.

I know I shouldn't bring politics into the blogging world.  Politicians want more revenue.  Unless the prove they can use in properly I don't see giving them anymore revenue.  Let the cut some of the programs, grants and subsides that they give out that have absolutely no social redeeming qualities.  And while they are at it, a few less committee meetings and probes into every issue that pops up where one might find a reason to impeach the other party.  There are tens of thousands of pages of documents from committee meetings and probes that take hundreds of staff members to research and develop.  Wow....

The drugs and counseling must be working.  I appear to be paying attention again.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Super Bowl Sunday And More

I was 19 years old January 15, 1967 when the very first Super Bowl was played.  Had the game waited a few weeks I could have been twenty years old.  Today I am 65 years old and tomorrow I will be 66 years old.  Goodness how the time has flown by.  The date the game is played has gotten closer and closer to my birthday.  Shouldn't be long now before it gets played after my birthday.  Just need to add another week to the regular season and we are in.

Last February we went searching for a companion in the from of a dog.  Now some would and have said that what we ended up with isn't exactly a dog.  Those folks are the ones who have what some call real dogs.  Big dogs.  Know what?   I don't care.  Since Honey has entered our lives we have had a much fuller fun time.  She makes us get up and do something like the walk we just completed.  It wasn't what we had planned but 4 1/2 miles is a nice hike for all of us.

 One of my co-workers introduced me to a group called OK GO.  I watched their first video with amazement as a Rube Goldberg maze runs throughout the video (nearly four minutes).  They used a warehouse and a vast assortment of items to make it happen.  After seeing that I went to YouTube and found several other videos.  I sat totally amazed by this one.  Making music with a car.

Copy and paste the link.  Imagine trying to drive a car at just the right speed to make the music.....

Enjoy and have a great Sunday.