Early voting

Posted in election, random on October 25, 2016 by jefferyrn

We early voted yesterday.  I voted for the same person I caucused for earlier this year. I am done with this election. I can’t  wait for it to be over.

Who ever wins it’s going to be a challenge to get this country united. It should not be one party against the other. We need to work together. 

People say we are picking between two evils. I don’t.  What is evil about Hilary would be viewed as a virtue in any man. What is evil about Donald is that Americans believe the lies and bigotry. It’s not him after all. People are loving his political incorrectness but they will pay for this reality star’s incompetence. 

I am prepared for whatever happens. This is our country. One man or one woman can not be our undoing.  We will persevere. We will face these challenges as a nation and be stronger for it. 

Rock Horror a truly horrific remake on Fox

Posted in Halloween, random, rockyhorror on October 21, 2016 by jefferyrn

So I was excited  to see the new version of Rocky Horror last night on Fox until I actually started watching it. Very disappointing.

Okay, so the original was a campy cool movie that flopped at the box office and later became the cult classic we all know and love. This version was slick and stylish attempt to attract a new generation. My 20 years old granddaughter left the room 20 minutes in, but I continued watching until Adam Lambert made his brief appearance as Eddie.  So, it didn’t  reach out to a new generation and it was barely watchable by its original fans.

I really liked the MGM musically production style of the first one.  This one was slick, maybe to slick, and lacked the quirkiness …and don’t get me started on the this woman who played the Tim Curry part. Yikes 

It just loses something when the transvestite has real boobs and not a hairy chest and a corset. Laverne Cox is actually pretty.

Tim Curry was amazingly sexual and some how more erotica.

There goes my memory again. Tony from the loading dock at Montgomery Ward had a hairy chest. He used to go with us dress up like Tim. Tim has abviously shaved his as you can see above.

In the end it may be that the material is dated. It has lost some of its shock value and my memory  of it and the fun we had was with Tim not Laverne. (Or was it Tony?)

Social media scares me.

Posted in random on October 7, 2016 by jefferyrn

I have not posted here for quite sometime. The reasons are simple. First it is easier to blog from a desktop computer. Second I am no longer able to do this while at work. And finally, my granddaughter has moved in with us to go to college. The computer is in her room 

I set up a make shift office in our bedroom so I can handle my on-call obligations at work on a laptop. But it doesn’t inspire me to blog.

So I have switched to social media I can do on my phone. The problem is that people read into what I say. Feelings get hurt. Posts are taken down and apologies made. In short it is fast becoming  a censored world of boring everyday trivial nonsense.

I have been exploring other outlets like Tumblr. But that damn thing pops up with embracing notifications. So again I am censoring. I am afraid and I have no outlet for these voices in my head. 

Facebook is the worst. I see a post I like and then there are those  questions from friends and family. I see now what has driven teens to choices like snap chat or kicks (sic.). But those realms are to confusing for an old man like me.

So here I am attempting to blog again on my phone. Geez, give me some paper and a typewriter. I long for the old ways.

Something shiny and new or two!

Posted in random on November 30, 2015 by jefferyrn

After much ado, we finally purchased a new car for Rick.  He sold our old Honda Accord and got a new Honda Pilot.   You would think he would be happy.  

Not at all!  The whole experience of get the car nearly caused a heart attack and jail time to boot.

Where should I start?  First we went for test drives.  Highlander, sluggish;  Edge, sporting but over priced; Pilot, just right or so we thought.  The dealer didn’t have the one we wanted on his lot but assured us he could locate one.  He did just before Halloween.  We settle on the color.  It’s grey not red.  The last of the 2015’s and you can’t be too picky.  “Should we wait for the 2016 so you can get what you want?”  “No, this one will do.”  Rule number one, if it ain’t on the dealers lot they aren’t going to deal.

So the car comes to the dealership.  It is supposed to be everything we asked for except for appearance and color.  We sign the papers,  a 4 hour ordeal where they try to sell you everything from and extended warranty to lo-jax.  (And don’t get me started on the financing.  That’s where the jail time comes in the next paragraph.)  We drive off the lot and I start playing with all the new electronics.  “Let’s see how the GPS works.”  Guess what it doesn’t have a GPS.  This is not the car we asked for…..the dissatisfactions continue.

Now let’s get to the fun stuff.  We used our credit union to get preapproved.  We were told the dealer was a CUDL dealer and the financing would be a snap.  But this is Northern Nevada and they play by different rules here.  The credit person insisted that we fill out their financing paperwork because they know they can beat the credit union rates.  Rick said no.  We like our credit union.  This turned into a very ugly situation fast with Rick pacing around the showroom and screaming at the credit guy.  Everyone was trying not to look but we were the center of attention.  As I said 4 hours later we got the financing we wanted.  Of course, all this chaos caused us to over look the most important fact.  We didn’t get the car we wanted.  In Nevada there is no buyer’s remorse.  All sales are final.  So we were stuck.

Now don’t get me wrong, this is a nice new Pilot with a lot of the feature we wanted, but the whole deal left a bad taste of shady car salesmen in plaid suits.  So for the past 2 months I have been hearing about it.  Ricky is not a happy man.  The radio isn’t working right.   We look into an upgraded radio from a local shop.  It was going to cost over a grand.  At this point I was willing to pay just to get some peace in the family. 

Our son’s girl friend saved the day.  Surely this radio should be working better than that.  Take it into the shop and have it looked at.  She was right.  The was something wrong with it and we got the woofer replaced.  Walah, problem solved. (If only that were the case!)

Long story, he continues to find fault with this new car.  Little annoying things,  like we got the backup camera but not sensors.  We don’t have a roof rack.  No running boards.  We need to order all weather floor mats.  (We asked the dealer for them and were told they don’t give things away.) 

I had an epiphany.  My car is 4 years old.  We could trade it in and get you a car you might be happy with….the words barely left my lips before he was looking up Kelly Blue book values and payoff amounts.

So now we have two new cars.   I traded my Escape in for a Fusion with absolutely every bell and whistle possible.  They even had a color he wanted.  We got it the week before Turkey day and I am very thankful.

How was the dealer you may ask?  He was great.  We found a guy around our own age who understood what Rick wanted to do and sold us a car they had on the lot all in a matter of hours. 

Financing was a pain, but not near the hassle we had at Honda.  We called the credit union and they ran the check over in person for us.  Rick had explained the nightmare of Honda and she (the credit union loan manager) wanted to make up for it.  Yeah!

It might be a happy Christmas after all.

Death and taxes

Posted in death, friends with tags on November 18, 2015 by jefferyrn

It was a strange morning that started with a message from a friend’s daughter. She needed help filing her mother’s taxes. After sending a few texts back and forth about what she needed to do, it hit me. MY FRIEND IS DEAD.


I told her daughter I still couldn’t believe her mom was gone. She said with holidays coming up she can hear her mother..not literally but in her mind puttering around and preparing for the festivities. 

I cried thinking of her as I drove along the Truckee river on my way to work.  Her family had spread some of her ashes on the water over the summer. Now with the recent rain and snow, they were finally moving on.

Peace my friend. You are sorely missed today and always.

Public opinion

Posted in random on October 5, 2015 by jefferyrn

I have been trying to understand what is going on here. There are several topics that have been in the news lately: Gun Control, Abortion, Birth Control, and Border Control.  And hand in hand with these issues are public safety, women’s rights, non-citizens rights, welfare, and affordable healthcare.

The questions are:

Should your right to carry a gun interfere with my safety in the work place or at school or any public place?

Should the rights of an unborn fetus take precedence over the rights of a woman and her own body?

Should non-citizens who entered this country illegally be turned away or deported?

As citizens, do we have the right to food, shelter, and healthcare?

These are not easy questions to answer and yet they are simple questions. 

Public safety should come first over your right to carry a gun.  Guns were designed for one purpose, to kill, whether that is an animal on the hunt or a human in battle.  But, “I have a right to bear arms”.  Gun control is not about taking away that right, but rather controlling human behavior.  Most of us would agree that a gun in the wrong hands is dangerous.  And yet so many of us fear new gun laws.  The reality is bad people are going to get the guns illegally. 

The purpose of the controls is to establish a norm of what is acceptable behavior.  These norms change as society and technology has changed over the centuries.  Our forefathers never imagined the weapons of today.

In a civilized society are guns necessary? 

We don’t need to hunt to eat.  Hamburger comes from a cow.  When was the last time anyone hunted down a cow, if ever?  Animals we eat today are domesticated.  As for the sport, is it really a sport to setup a trap and wait for a wild deer to come in range and shoot it?  If you miss, it was probably the beer.  And then there are those hunting accidents where fellow hunters are injured or killed.  I find this all unnecessary, but I am willing to allow that some people hunt responsibly and enjoy it.

Do urban gang member need guns?

This goes back to the right to bear arms.  The American Revolution could be considered an “urban gang” war.   I think this argument would hold water until we look at the intent.  Today’s gangs don’t want to over throw the government.  They want to make money off people selling illegal items such as drugs.  Those that would overthrow the government we call Terrorists.  Does anybody think they have a right to bear arms?

I have gone on and on with the first question, but all these questions are related.  It comes down to the rights of an individual over the rights of society as a whole.  There are no easy answers.  Each of us has a different moral compass.  That’s what elections are for, to group us together, not the name calling and finger pointing that is happening today.

If Donald Trump gets elected, America has succumbed to the artificial world that has made him famous.  If you can run a country on lies and false hopes….oh wait, we are already doing that….hmmm.

Dull boy

Posted in random on October 2, 2015 by jefferyrn

The news is so depressing.  Things are changing so fast.  Friends are sick, having operations, or dead.  My doctor “retired”. She has cancer. It is tough for me to write much when it is all so sad.

On a bright note, the last of the company has finally departed.  My sister and her husband went home Monday.  It rained yesterday!  There is snow on
Mount Rose. My friend is staring in a play, “Arsenic and Old Lace.”

Okay, so maybe I just need to focus on the positive and let the negative things take care of themselves.  But I am such a pessimist; this is going to be hard.

Also on the upside we are having dinner with our waitress friend on Sunday!  Lots of things have happened or got in the way of this meeting but it looks like it is on this time. (Again the negative mix, I won’t share the depressing details.)  Ricky is going to cook and they are bringing dessert and cocktails!

Positive things in my future:
· Dinner with the girls
· Arsenic and Old Lace
· The Zombie Crawl
· Morro Bay for dad’s birthday
· Christmas in Palm Springs

I need to concentrate on the positive energy and fill in the rest of my calendar with fun and happiness. All work and no play definitely makes Jeff a dull boy.