Monthly Archives: October 2006

>A Day Late on Sprinkler Blowouts


Originally uploaded by Retired Geezer.

One of my favorite customers moved to Boise. I didn’t realize she still owned the old house until she called me to blow out the sprinklers.

I went out the next day and it was frozen solid.
The filter housing was cracked and full of ice.
I dismantled it so it could drain. I hope I can go back and blow it out when the weather warms up in a few days.

>Beautiful Blue Planet!

Pretty cool pictures of Earth taken from Space.


Beats me.

What A Beautiful Blue Planet!

>Clayton Cramer’s BLOG

>Clayton Cramer discusses Idaho Proposition 2

Clayton Cramer’s BLOG:
“The second aspect of Proposition 2, which is why city and county governments around the state are flipped out about it, requires that if a change in an existing ‘land use law’ (which includes both zoning and planning regulations) causes a reduction in the value of private property, the owner is entitled to compensation for the reduction in value.

>Safety Tip of the Day

My pretend intertube friend, Dave at Garfield Ridge, had a breakdown last night.

A washing machine breakdown.

Here is my advice to him:
Buy steel reinforced hoses.
You’re going to have to buy hoses anyway, unless you’re cheaper than I imagined.
Spend the extra $10 and get the steel braided ones.

Here’s my experience with hose leaks:
I had the good fortune to be standing in the laundry room when one of the non-steel hoses decided to spring a leak. All of a sudden there was a loud hissing sound. At first I thought it was Richard Simmons or The Dog Whisperer. It was the washing machine hose. By the time I got it turned off, there was 3 inches of water on the floor.

Sure they’re more expensive but consider how much the stuff in your basement is worth. It wouldn’t take more than a few hours for your basement to fill up.

Mrs. Geezer always turns off the hoses when we go out of town. Another good idea.

>Perfect Gift for Liberals.

No it’s not an Endoscope.

Remember before the last election when Alec Baldwin and several other celebrities claimed that if Bush won, they would leave the country?

Here’s the perfect gift for those unhappy individuals, it’s a book by Mark Ehrman, titled Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America.

“Now that habeas corpus and other basic rights, including the right not to be tortured while interrogated, have now been deemed unnecessary, more Americans than ever have been thinking of getting out the door while they still can.

While they still can?
What does that mean?
The U.S. is going to close the borders and revoke all our passports?
Is it my imagination or aren’t people trying frantically to come IN to this country?
What could be the reason?

Apparently there are 50 countries better than the United States to live.
50 Countries?
Who knew.

Bon Voyage, don’t let the door…

Boing Boing: Getting Out: Your Guide to Leaving America:

>Weird Al Honored

>When I was a Lightman in Las Vegas, I had the pleasure of doing the lighting for Weird Al for his spoof “Living With A Hernia”. The reason I got the privilege was that I had run the lighting console for the movie “Rocky IV”, at least the scenes that were shot at Bally’s (MGM). Weird Al was parodying James Brown’s music video “Living in America”, which I have on DVD. You can actually *see* me in one fleeting shot. Here’s a couple of pictures I shot during the filming. (I thought I had the pictures on my computer but it looks like I have to scan them first. Come back later to see the pictures)

“It is time to congratulate the man who once rewrote Paul McCartney’s ‘Live and Let Die’ as ‘Chicken Pot Pie.’ (McCartney, a vegetarian, denied him permission to record the song, on the grounds that it promoted the slaughter of animals.) ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic, satirical pop-goblin and parody merchant, has not simply endured but triumphed: His new album, ‘Straight Outta Lynwood’ (Volcano), shot into the Billboard Top 10 upon its release last month–his highest chart placing since he opened his one-man spoof-factory in the early ’80s.

White, nerdy, and here to stay – The Boston Globe:

>Brooks & Dunn Balloon


As I was driving home I noticed the Brooks & Dunn hot-air balloon looked like it was going to fly over Camp Geezer.

I was a couple of miles away so I called Mrs. G and told her to go outside with the camera.

These are a few of the shots that she took.

B&D were appearing at the Idaho Center last night.

>Germany’s New Internet License Fee

>I don’t know about you but I have 7 devices that could access the internet. I would be pretty pissed off if I was charged an additional $35 a month.

“‘Beginning January 1st, Germany will require payment of a license fee of 5.52 euros a month on computers and mobile phones that can access TV and radio programs over the Internet. Like the current TV and radio license fees, the money will support national and local public TV and radio stations. German companies with many computers are predictably upset.’

Slashdot | Germany’s New Internet License Fee:

>Wisconsin Man Charged for Stadium Threat Hoax

>Fed charge Wisconsin man for stadium threat hoax:

“MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 20-year-old grocery store clerk who authorities say amused himself by posting prank Internet warnings of terrorist attacks against NFL stadiums was arrested Friday on federal charges that could bring five years behind bars.

>Dangers of Online Gaming

>Not that it could affect Me. I don’t play World of Warcraft.

“A few weeks ago, a good friend of mine quit playing Warcraft. He was a council member on what is now one of the oldest guilds in the world, the type of position coveted by many of the 7 million people who play the game today, but which only a few ever get.

When he quit, I asked him if he would write a guest blog post about the experience. What follows is a cautionary tale about the pull an escape from reality can have on you…”

Nope, I’m a Guild Wars player

Soul Kerfuffle: The View From the Top

>Bat out of Hell

>That dude is going to have to visit the Jaw Doctor.

This kind of reminds me of that classic picture of some early Beatles fans, everybody has different emotions playing on their faces.

Anybody know the story behind this photo?

>When Idiots Collide

>What do you get when you combine: Wesley Snipes, Bono, Harry Reid, Vince Vaughn and Steve Wynn?

“What seems to be the problem?”

WuzzaDem: When Idiots Collide:

>Near and Far


Can you see the truck on the hilltop in the center of the top picture?

See what it looks like Zoomed In in the lower photo.

That’s how far I had to walk on a recent deer hunting expedition.
It was about a mile, according to the GPS.

Trust me, it was a lot more when you have to walk up and down the hills and around the brush.
Imagine trying to do it quietly while trying to remain hidden from some deer which were hiding in the thicket in the top photo.

Good thing I had my friend Robert there to carry the deer back to the truck.

>139 Million Dollar Picasso Damaged by Elbow

Steve Wynn accidentally poked his elbow through a Picasso.
The painting had just been sold for 139 Million Dollars but the buyer hadn’t taken possession of it yet. The accident happened during a tour he was giving to some guests, before it was taken away.

I once had a motorcycle tip over and scratch my garage floor. It didn’t do $40,000,000 worth of damage though.
Oh, did you notice that part of the girl’s face is a penis?

The New Yorker: The Talk of the Town:

>Texas Roadhouse for Dinner? – Nope.

>”Claim: A Texas Roadhouse manager requested compensation for business lost due to the fatal shooting of two police officers.

Status: True. “

This sounds so unbelievable I thought it was a joke. Nope.
I enjoyed my last visits to the Texas Roadhouse but I’m never going there again

In May 2006, Fairfax, VA Police Detective Vicki Armel and Master Police Officer Michael Garbarino became the departments’ first two officers killed on duty. They were gunned down by an assault weapon-wielding madman who was subsequently shot by police.

…In asking for the a waiver of the fines, the unbelievably insensitive letter pointed out that the restaurant had lost over $5,000 in sales the night of the shooting and $4,000 in sales during each funeral procession in the two weeks that followed.

These are just some of the quotes. Click the link to read the whole unbelievable story.

Urban Legends: Texas Roadhouse:

>McDonalds Distributes Virus

>Got your attention, didn’t I?
It was a Computer Virus… and it happened in HongKong.

“McDonalds in Japan distributed 10,000 infected MP3 players as customer prizes in a promotion with Coca-Cola. The USB sticks contained 10 free songs plus the QQPass Trojan, which is intended to steal login data.

Slashdot | McDonalds Japan Distributes Infected MP3 Players:

>Cats CAN Fly

>Guy Crosses Border on Elephant

>This is too funny.

“A stunt? Of course. But a brilliant one. To illustrate the joke of border ‘security,’ Raj of the Apprentice — and now a Congressional Republican candidate for Congresss in Pennsylvania — decided he’d ‘sneak’ across the US-Mexican border on an elephant, accompanied by a mariachi band.”

From my Blogfather: Ace of Spades HQ:

>Cast Off

Here’s what the foot looks like today.

It sure *looks* broken but the x-ray proved it wasn’t.

>Smoking Area


It’s probably Old, Fake or Photoshopped.

It’s thought provoking though.