Wow really, October 2013 was the last post here?!?!?  Amazing how time speeds up with your having fun, or sleeping! :D

Anywho…  So my little experiment is doing well.  No not something I’m cooking up in the mini fridge that my wife has been banned from cleaning, a little website I started over five years ago.  The xjtalk.com site.  It’s a website about Jeep Cherokees.  A forum, so I don’t have to come up with content, other people do!  Well that’s a bit of a misnomer since when a site is starting out content has to come from somewhere and I think most of the time it’s from the person/people that start it.

It has a life of it’s own now.  I still love posting and interacting with people, but it good to see that it doesn’t need my constant involvement now.  I think one of the reasons I haven’t posted here much is I have so many avenues to get what’s in my pointy little head out.  Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and a podcast!  I say “A” podcast because the “Tony and Josh Show” has been on hold since the end of 2013.  It was a good decision as it gives more time to focus on the other, older, podcast, the XJ TALK SHOW!

My co-host and I, Josh, have been building an audience for over a year now.  Josh joined as official co-host in November of 2012 and as a registered, card carrying smart-ass, having someone to play off of is a much better fit for me.  The chemistry seems to be a good one to.  It’s amazing to me that out of the three off the wall things I’ve tried at least two are doing better than I hoped.

Here’s a promo that Josh and I did.  We do one at the end of each podcast recording, which you can also see live on Thursday nights at 10pm CT.  at youtube.com/xjtalk

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A popular movie of the mid 80′s had a phrase that was used over and over, “There can be only one!”  I am speaking of the movie “Highlander” in which a man lives forever battling immortals, like himself, until there is only one immortal left.  What if in truth it wasn’t “there can be only one” but “there is only one”?  I was an only child, well in truth I had a half brother but he was eighteen years older than I and moved out about the time I was born.  I never knew a time living with anyone other than my Mother and Father.  As you may have guested they were older parents and didn’t have much energy to spend with their child.  At least not by the time I was old enough to be able to remember.

No other children my age near by I spent a great deal of time by myself.  One thing I would do when I was really bored was play checkers.  I’d make a move then spin the board around and make the second move.  It was obvious this was just an effort in futility.  I knew both moves and there was little hope that I would do more than obtain a tie.  What if there was a way that I could play checkers with myself, but have two different sets of memories, learning, etc…  To be able to “forget” that I was the person that just made the chip move from one square to the other.  At this point it would at least seem challenging and I would be pitted against someone of the same age, skills, etc…  Now we’re talking about a much more interesting game!

So many times you see things in the news, or sadly sometimes in your own lives that makes you question.. “Why would God allow this?”  I know I have especially when children are involved.  The extermination of the Jews during World War II comes to mind as well.  So many things, horrible things, that people do to people.  There may even be things that we do that have unintended consequences that hurt people many years down the road.

Recently I was watching a show where they postulated that our universe is merely a hologram, a simulation.  They spoke of the pieces that make up matter being so small and spaced so far apart that there was more nothing than something in everything and all of us.  That force fields is what bump up against each other when we touch something.  The Higgs Boson field is what makes everything REAL.  Dark matter and dark energy necessary for galaxy formation and our existence.  A delicately balanced set of settings necessary for everything to work as it does.

Have you ever played an online video game?  Any would do but I’m thinking primarily of the first person video games.  You move around a world full of things that you can touch, bump into, shoot just like reality, and when you die you can leave your body until you re-spawn, or restart the game.  No one likes dying but in the big scheme of things it isn’t that big a deal.

Then one day one possible answer dawned on me, really as a joke, to explain all this.  As I thought of it the more sense it made.

There isn’t a we there is only a me.  There can only be one, and the one is me.

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Hey guys, it’s been a little while since I’ve made a post on the TonyMuckleroy.com site, but not to despair because I haven’t been sitting on my hands.  I did that once, and both my hands and butt went numb.   Anywho… Some of you know that I have a Jeep Cherokee podcast.  Josh is my co-host on that show and with recent events in the news, primarily I read that some big time auto makers will be including the ability to play podcast in their new automobiles (you know making it easy for the simple folk) I contacted Josh and asked him if he wanted to start another podcast.  One more about general things.  A general talk show.

He said sure!  We have a lot of fun getting on Skype and pretending to be big time RADIO personalities, so even if no one listens, we’re having fun.  We’ve even set up a website, http://TonyAndJosh.com/ We record the podcast on Thursdays at 10pm Central Time and since it’s just as easy to do that and broadcast on UStream at the same time, well we do that too!  So if you really don’t need to sleep before work on Friday why not join us at http://ustream.tv/channel/the-tony-and-josh-show/ at 10pm CT.  You can make comments in chat and we even take live calls.

So far we’ve done three episodes.  Each is about an hour long.  We’re on iTunes, Stitcher and soon Zune.

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This morning I listened to a podcast where a man was working in an appliance store and quite by accident he was seen goofing around doing a G.W. Bush impersonation.  Since this was during the eight years of G.W.’s reign he was quickly in demand.  He even looks like the former president, or so they say on the podcast.  He was able to leave his appliance store job and just work as a George Bush impersonator!  Impressive.  However no good thing lasts forever and term limitation not only ended G.W.’s presidency it also ending this man’s business.

He really didn’t want to return to the appliance store, so he’s starting a podcast!  He made this decision not knowing with the out come will be.  He’s just going to try.  He speaks to the “signs” that helped him in making this decision.  It’s funny since a logical person has a tendency to blow off these “signs” but sometimes they are very powerful.  Perhaps the stress and worry makes us less logical and more emotional, and therefore susceptible to seeing these signs.  Of course the other explanation is that we simply see what we want to, in order to have hope.

I try not to go down that path, but it’s happened to me time and time again.  Hearing this man talk about his situation and the signs he saw, well I wasn’t listening to a podcast about being out of work, or faith, or religion.  Not even about the paranormal, crystals, or anything NEW AGE! :D   It was just out of the blue and really strange.

Certainly the economy is still bad so it isn’t that unheard of to hear people are struggling with income and finding a job, but still…

Also a couple of people were kind enough to respond to my prior post.  Not only does it help to write about what bothers you, it also helps to know that someone listens (reads) and care enough to respond.  I’d like to think of myself as being someone that can stand alone and do things on my own, but that is just how it is most of the time.

Normally I wouldn’t darken the Internet with my fears and concerns but I had a “sign” of my own the other day.

I enjoy science fiction.  Even thought I didn’t care completely for the sci-fi series “Firefly”  It did have some good points.  I did watch the movie “Serenity” which was better than the series.  When I saw a show called “Firefly: Browncoats Unite!”  I pressed the button to schedule it to record.  A few days later I noticed it had recorded, so I watched it.  I enjoy imdb (Internet Movie Database) so after watching the show I was looking up the various actors.  I was surprised to see that “Firefly” was only on for one season.  An amazing following for one season, and even more impressive they made a movie!

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For the last four plus years I have been working for a company as a perm, salaried employee, but they have a contract with a major corporation in Houston, and well I work for them.  This has been a great job, great people, and I’ve even learned a few things.  Always a plus.  I knew that the major corp could cancel the contract at any time and well with the economy that was always a possibility, at least in my mind.

On and off I have been contacted about other jobs.  They were always contract, and generally speaking that means NO HEALTH BENEFITS.  Recently something happened that I did not expect.  Around Thanksgiving actually.  The major corp. announced that all the contractor would be put on six week furlough!  Yes just in time for Christmas!  Also that six week furlough was open ended.  It may be six weeks it may be longer.

WOW!  That is a wake up call.  Even the company that I work directly for said “We understand if you cannot wait and need to find employment elsewhere…”  Doom and gloom!  Then the management team was able to get the okay to keep three of us on.  Luckily I was asked to stay.  Of course I started looking for another job.  It’s always possible that I could find another job and then six months later that company is sold and everyone is laid off, but it’s like being on a sinking life boat.  You can see the water rising so even though the life boat next to you seems to be floating just fine, it’s still in the same stormy seas of the one you are trying to leave.  If you are really lucky you’ll be able to hop from one life boat to the other and keep from getting soaked!

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Well after a couple of years, I’m off of FourSquare.  I like trying Internet things, and even though I didn’t like the idea of being a willing participate in tracing myself, I joined.  I was always forgetting to check in.  Eventually, with enough self abuse, I started to remember to check into places.  Work I was able to become Mayor pretty quickly.  In a building with 1000 employees there were 3 people checking into FourSquare.  Then to my surprise I was ousted!  I was checking in daily.  Slowly I went from 1 day away from becoming Mayor to 2 then 3.  I was really confused since I was checking in EACH AND EVERY DAY.  A little Google research and I figured it out, CHEATER!

I started looking for ways to report the cheater.  Many people had the same problem as I.  I know what’s the big deal, but it was the principle!  Apparently FourSquare could care less about cheaters, so they don’t do anything about them.  I thought about it and then it dawned on me.  Fine!  I’ll just check in on weekends, holidays, etc…  Soon I was Mayor again.

If you are a kid of the 60′s you may get this reference.

Are you a Mayor more often but enjoying it less?

It was clear that with my many FourSquare friends (none of which were within 700 miles of me) that all I was doing was remembering to check into places.  I found NO benefit from using the service.  So about a week ago I deleted my account and deleted the app off my phone.

FourSquare had about as much interest for me as following professional sports.

What in the world does FourSquare have to do with GUN control?  Nothing, well nothing I can think of.

It is truly a sad situation with a crazy person takes a gun and attempts to or does kill people.  This is especially horrible when it is a child.  Every child should be able to grow and experience their lives.  Sadly this is often not true.  I believe it was in Darfur that 750,000 men women and children were slaughter.  Not with a gun but with a cheap, inexpensive, machete.   Okay, I’m sure they used more than one.  Evil exists in this world.  It takes on many forms.  The gun control nuts believe that removing the number of bullets one can carry in a clip is going to save lives.  They believe that removing guns from society will save lives.  This is illogical, it’s stupid, and it’s dangerous.

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Years ago it became very apparent to me that, well, I’m not exactly normal.  Peer pressure really REALLY pisses me off.  I would rather have people dislike me than to be controlled by their wishes.  As you can imagine this has caused all sorts of issues, but in a way I’m pretty happy with the results.  I think I could have been much more successful in my jobs, relationships, but I wouldn’t have been very happy with myself.

I credit my bizarre behavior in keeping me from smoking, anything.  Drinking alcohol, especially beer.  I’ve never tried drugs, and I doubt I would have done it even had I been a slave to peer pressure.   I learned early on that because of this lack of peer pressure concerned gene I’d never be very popular.  Being a relatively positive person I spun this to “well at least the popular people know my name”.

Over the last several years the social media explosion has occurred and I’ve been using it.  Facebook is fine, but it’s more of a people that you know, and family thing.  Not that there is a problem with that all those people are very nice to interact with.  What has been different for me is Twitter.  Twitter is used by many celebrities.  Living in Houston, and not traveling very much, or often, there is little likelihood that I would ever meet someone that I see on TV or movies.  It may seem silly but what I like best about interacting with celebrities is to let them know just how much it has meant to me for their entertainment.

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Ahhh you see what I did there (in the title) with the clever use of CENTS instead of sense?  Yes hard to believe I’m not a professional writer isn’t it? :D   For some time now it has stuck me funny when I see people paying with cash.  I understand there are some people that just don’t trust banks, love the feel of money in their hands, or just don’t feel comfortable in the brave new electronically connected world.  It’s all what we get used to I guess.  I mean that $1 bill isn’t worth anything but a promise.  Still if you have one you know that there is a very high likelihood that someone will accept it in exchange for something.  Although it wouldn’t be much of anything these days.

I work at a company that has literally thousands of employes and that’s just at this location.  They are professionals and I see at least half of them paying with cash.  I haven’t carried cash in five years, or longer.  I just don’t see the need.  There are places I find from time to time that won’t accept a debit, or credit card.  When I find those places I just say thanks and leave never to return.  Usually it’s places that sell food.

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It has been said that the first phone call was when Alexander Graham Bell said “Watson come here!”  What isn’t widely known is the second call was a telemarketer calling Bell!  I am perhaps one of the few people, under the age of eighty, that still has a land line.  I remember the days when only geeks and technical people even knew the term, land line.  If you don’t know what it means, it’s simple a line (wire) that runs over the land.  Yep that piece of wire that is (was) connected to your phone ran all the way back to the central office and from there to all the other wired phones.

With the introduction and rapid adoption of wireless telephones there needed to be someway to describe wired, and wireless.  Actually there are still wires being used in the wireless phones just not the bit that connects to the wireless phone.   One of the really great things about the cellular version of the wireless phone was almost the complete absents of telemarketers and debt collections calls.  Well that was then and this is now.  With so many people “cutting the cord”, land line in this case, telemarketers and debt collectors are losing business.  Arbitron, the company that does the radio station ratings, saw this coming and developed another way to collect the very valuable information for their ratings reports.  It looks like a page that they PAY people to carry around with them!   There’s more information on that in a prior article. :D continue reading…





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From a very young age my mother would tell me about all kinds of wondrous things.  Astronomy was one of them.  She really enjoyed reading and would often tell me about celestial events that were going to occur.  When I was only five or six years old she was excited that a comet would be visible in the early morning hours.  She, naturally, told me about it.  I had only ever seen a comet in drawings, or zipping through a cartoon sky on Saturday morning television.  I was very excited about seeing a real comet!

I’m sure one of the reasons I woke up on this particular evening/morning was due to this excitement in part, but apparently I had a habit of getting up after bedtime.  My Mother had told me on an earlier occasion, probably at 3am, “If you wake up in the middle of the night, don’t wake me up.  Just go back and get in bed.”  This night, when I woke up to a completely dark and silent house what my mom had told me was the furthest thing from my mind! :D continue reading…





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Recently I wrote a article about sports “Only Losers Follow Professional Sports!” and just a few days after the publication of this article the Houston Astros announce… “Astros reduce prices for some tickets, beer

New owner Jim Crane Monday announced a 5% rebate on full season-tickets and 27-game plans, along with a reduction of ticket prices for 5,000 seats in Minute Maid Park and even some beer prices.

So you can thank me, my friends for the drop in highly overpriced tickets, oh yeah and beer.   You guys know what the major ingredient in beer is don’t you?  Yes, water. :P

In these years of economic woes, it is time for each one of us to say NO MORE DOLLARS FOR SPORTS!  I’m not going to include beer in this because many of you would consider me insane and stop believing anything I said.

 






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I have written a prior article about Manouschka Guerrier.  Well she sent me this video via Facebook last night, and she is just hilarious in it.  I wanted to share it with you.  Please remember to subscribe to her YouTube channel and “LIKE” the video.

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Each evening when I get home I sit at the kitchen table, readying myself for yet another wonderful home cooked meal.   I switch the television to one of the local stations to see what is going on in and around Houston, the country and world.  I enjoy the local news broadcast, up until they switch to sports.  “Sports is NOT news!” I’ll say in an elevated tone.  Hastily looking for the remote and changing the channel before I am subjected to a complete waste of my time.  I usually tune to a rerun of “The Simpsons”.

My wife explains to me, each time I complain, that some, albeit most people DO think sports is news.  My retort is always,  there are so many ways for people to receive news and information these days, can’t they get their SPORTS information elsewhere?!?!  Then I remember ESPN.   A channel dedicated to sports!  With the advent of HD TV local stations now have additional channels.  Can’t one of those extra channels be used for sports?   She doesn’t follow sports either and is quite happy I don’t.  I think she just likes fighting with me, but I digress.

I did follow sports, years ago, before reaching adulthood.  Not so much football or basketball, but baseball.  I played baseball and loved the game.  I watched the Astro’s and year after year I was bitterly disappointed by their lack luster performance.  It wasn’t until I saw a Jerry Seinfeld comedy routine on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson (yes I’m that old) in which Mr. Seinfeld said something to the effect that you aren’t rooting for the players as much as you are rooting for the jerseys!  Players come and go, but the jerseys stay.  How silly to want a team of laundry to win over a competing team of shirts, pants and caps! continue reading…





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Well it’s finally here, 2012.  In just a very short time it will be December, then the 21st.  In case you’ve been living under a rock, I speak of the much publicized and talked about Mayan calendar.  Specifically December 21, 2012, the end of their calendar.  Personally I think the calendar maker just got tired and figured that 60 generations was plenty of calendar for his kids, grand kids, great grand kids, great great grand kids, etc…

You see it over and over again, THE END OF THE WORLD!!!!  We’ll unless the Sun does something totally unexpected and goes red giant 2 billion years sooner than it should, the Earth isn’t ending for a very very long time.  I believe when people claim the end of the world they really just mean the realm of human existence.  The Earth was cruising along quite nicely without us and will do just fine without us, thank you very much.  So really when we talk about these things we’re really just talking about ourselves, our lives.  Going green and saving the planet for example, nope just hoping to make the planet a little better for ourselves, and perhaps a few of the other species on the planet. continue reading…





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It’s been a long time since my last post.  Many things have happened since July, and hopefully I’ll force myself to write about a few of them.  Just a short post this time to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, and for my friends not in this country just a happy weekend for you!  Oh and to my Canadian friends, I hope you had a good Thanksgiving, last month?  :D





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Mike Schmidt Comedy

Mike Schmidt Comedy

I recently started doing a podcast.  If you are not familiar with what a podcast is, well it’s basically a radio show that you record to a computer audio format then put on the Internet so people can download it to their iPod or any MP3 player.  Being a technical type person I have been aware of podcasts for years, but I never really was interested in going through the steps necessary to copy “shows” to my MP3 player.  It just seemed like too much work.  About a year ago I finally broke down and purchased a smart phone.  With my entry into the podcast creation market AND having a device that has Internet access I finally was in the position “lazy” to easily download and listen to podcasts.

Finding a good podcast isn’t as easy as it is to find a good TV show, book, radio, etc…  It requires a little more effort.  Recently I was listening to a Adam Carolla podcast and their guest was Mike Schmidt.  As it is all to common on Adam’s show during Mike’s interview Adam did 90% of the talking.  I really didn’t have a good feel for Mike Schmidt or his ability to tell an interesting story or even be funny, however since I was looking for something to listen to while I drive my hour to work or my hour home I figured for free I’ll give Mike’s podcast “The 40 Year Old Boy” a listen.  Which, by the way, that name used to drive me nuts because I would always think “The 40 Year Old Virgin”.

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It struck me the other day that I never see television commercials any longer.  I was sitting in the kitchen having a meal and I saw a funny commercial.  I called to my wife to have a look.  Her response was “yeah I’ve seen it.”  My wife, God bless her, won’t run the kids out of the living room from watching TV or playing xbox.  She’ll just watch TV in the kitchen or bedroom.  Since we have a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) in the living room and regular TV on all the other TV’s.  Actually that is partly true.  I have set it so that we can watch the DVR (live or recorded shows) on any TV in the house.  No remote control at the other TVs but you can still watch it.

I’m not above telling the kids I’m going to watch TV, so get off the xbox. ;)   I’ll start scanning the 500 channels for something to watch, then always remember I should check the “recorded list”.  You know things that you have set the DVR to record for you.  Sometimes a show will be on that I am recording.  It seems I’m usually 5 to 15 minutes late for it, but no problem I can just go to the recording and start watching it before the show is over.  The plus side is I can SKIP the commercials!

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FCC Network Neturality, voted down in the House.
General rambling! (You know you love it!)
It seems that the data being collected showing that our oceans are being over fished, are… wait for it… severally biased! First climate gate now fish gate?

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A Chicago public school outlaws brown bag lunches!  Lasers replacing the spark plugs in your car?

 

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Tax Time! Turbo Tax.  I’m cheap. Someone that I wanted to sell a service to is cheap, and Texas politions and school district weren’t cheap enough now teachers are losing their jobs, and why this is a good thing!

 

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General show about why it’s been gone for a while, and how to call in and leave feedback and questions for the show! 530-675-4102 24×7, no one will answer the phone!  Call in leave a message, question and have it played on the show!  You can also leave your feedback via e-mail, tony @ muckleroy.com

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Men vs Women

Men vs Women

I’m not sure if it is a generational thing, an age thing, a parent thing, or what but I am becoming increasingly aware and some what concerned about the free use of expletives, foul language, curse words, cussing openly, in public and also by women.  When I say women I’m not talking about alcoholic trailer “trash” woman, lady truckers, or Harley riding Mamas!  These are well educated non tattooed (as far as I can tell) intelligent and even otherwise well spoken women.

Now how many warning flags did I just raise with you? :D   No I do not care for tattoos.  It’s a sign to the world that you don’t play by the rules.  You may be a wonderful person and generous to a fault, however that tattoo tells me that I should be concerned who you are.  Bullsh*t you say?  Really?  How would you feel about a person that you didn’t know that had tattoos on their face?  If you tell me it wouldn’t bother you, you are either a liar, or you have a face tattoo. ;)

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Do you have a story to tell?  I’m currently looking for people willing to be interviewed via the phone for my podcast and live show.  If you have had any near death, ghost, or UFO experiences please use the “Contact Us! above.

We can do the interview live, or record it at a time that is convenient then played during the live show.  We are most interested in first hand accounts, but any story will be considered.  This is for entertainment, but of course we want true stories.





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Proper Use of Chapstick

Proper Use of Chapstick

When I was a little kid, 3 or 4 years old, one of the favorite things my Dad said when he got upset was “That really chaps my ass!”  I heard that a lot.  One day I was digging around in my Mom’s purse, at church, and found a little cylinder with a cap and some type of greasy stuff that the cap was covering.  I asked my Mom what it was, she reminded me to whisper, then told me it was called “Chapstick”.

Maybe it was because we were at church but I didn’t ask anymore questions. Later at home I decided to use the Chap Stick so I went and found it, in my Mom’s purse, removed the cap and smeared it on.  It felt a little funny and even burned, but no big deal.  Frankly I didn’t see what the benefit of this stuff was.  Over the next week I tried it several times, and decided it was a waste of time.

About a week went by and my Mom came to my room, Chapstick in hand.  She has a puzzled look on her face.  The cap was off and she was sniffing it.  As she brought the Chapstick towards me and my nose I panicked and ran out of the room.  I hid in the built in clothes hamper.  It was easy for my parents to find me, but hard for them to get to me!

Finally she coaxed me out of the hamper but only after she promised not to make me smell the Chapstick.  Another five minutes passed before I was able to clearly explain why I was so concerned about having that Chapstick in my face and my overall misunderstanding of it’s appropriate use.

My Dad never did say “That really chaps my ass!” again.





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First show with the new title!  “My Interpretation…”  and for those of you that know me, you are aware just how dangerous that can be!

Wow I hit a lot of the categories on this show.  We had LIVE calls, but no one called.  lol

Stay tuned for a static show time day and time schedule!

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I just received notification that our podcasts has been accepted and approved through iTunes.  This is great news and will be yet another avenue that you’ll be able to listen to my podcasts.

iTunes link

Show name change.  I thought it would be funny to name my show “Another *@&#ing Podcast!”  I had one person who doesn’t care for explitives ask if there was any foul language in my podcast.  I responded quickly with a resounding NO!  I seldom use that language except in rare circumstances when my toe and a door jam have a minor collision! :D

It dawned on me that the name that I had so cleaverly selected for the show might actually mislead people into thinking that my commentary was blue, etc…  Personally I just thought it was funny because there are so many people doing podcasts out there and here was another person doing it.

So instead of being humorous I’m going to try and be a little more accurate, or at least continue a theme.  My tag line on the site is “My interpretation of the world around me.”  So the new show name will be “My Interpretation”.  I think that fits most of if not all of what I talk about.  I’ll be changing the graphics shortly.





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First podcast of “Another *@&#ing Podcast!”

Congress woman shot, people injured/killed including a nine year old girl.
Being ripped off by towing company.
The wife spins and damages the Mustang.

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UPDATE!

My very good friend Alison Rosen, she just doesn’t remember me, now has her own podcast on the ACE network!  You can check out Alison’s podcasts here, and also on iTunes.  According to Alison’s last podcast they are in the process of changing the show, including the name.  Her podcast has been featuring the same lovely and catchy tunes used in her UStream shows, written and performed by Tom Rapp (http://www.tomrappshow.com)  Tom is my very good friend also, but he remembers me.  Well he acts like he does, anyway I digress.

Alison on RedEye

Alison on RedEye

Well when I say local I mean New York and now Orange County, but hey it’s the Internet so the world is local right?  I found out last night that one of my favorite celebrities was selected to work with Adam Carolla on “The Adam Carolla Show”.  It’s Alison Rosen.  As you may recall I have been watching Alison first as a reoccurring guest on FOX News “Red Eye”, and also on her own Internet TV show, “Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend”.

ACE News girl

Alison as Adam's trusty sidekick - the news girl

Sadly Alison has a short term memory loss issue so she never remembers meeting you.  She is always very friendly to everyone, so naturally she’s always your new best friend.  You can do and say pretty much anything to her and she’ll never hold it against you.  Yes the perfect best friend!  Congratulations Alison Rosen!  And congratulations to all of us fans that now will be able to hear Alison daily (weekdays) on the Adam Carolla Show!

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Space Car

Space Car

Space travel is much easier and safer than plunging into the depths of our oceans.  In space all you need is air pressure of one atmosphere since space is a vacuum, a total lack of air, or any medium that would exert pressure on you, or your craft.  So with a $20 of plastic sheets, a caulking gun and caulking, you could space proof your car!  Ok fine, but how do you now get your SPACE CAR into space?  Well lets back up a bit.  Where is space?  Sixty-two miles straight up!  If you were to get into your car and drive to a place sixty two miles away how long would it take you to get there?  Yeah about an hour, probably less.

You are able to do this because the power supply in your car, the car’s engine, is able to produce enough energy to move your vehicle at a constant speed for hours at a time.  It does this by the use of spinning wheels wrapped in a rubbery compound that comes into contact with a fixed surface.  Also called a road, highway, sidewalk…  The engine produces this power by combining gasoline and air, compressing the two and igniting the mixture.  This causes the engine to spin which causes the wheels to spin, ultimately.  So if we were able to replace the engine with a power source that didn’t need to ingest air, and had enough energy to lift say 3,000 pounds at even twenty miles per hour we could drive our cars to space.

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You may have noticed the graphic to the right that says “Another *@&#ing Podcast!”. Hopefully very soon, I will be having a semi-weekly or weekly show. I do plan on having guests and you will have the ability to “call in” to the show! Both land line and Skype. Please feel free to ad me to your SKYPE account “Muckleroy” is my SKYPE name.

You’ll be able to watch live, watch the recorded show, or listen to the audio only version on this site, or via feedburner. I have recently started doing a weekly show and podcast for my Jeep website (I think I’m repeating myself) and even though I really enjoy my Jeep information I’d like to be able to discuss a wider range of subjects. I think that you non-Jeepers out there might find it more interesting as well. dah!

So I hope to see you on the live show (in the chat room) and more so than that I hope that I can put something on that will entertain, educate, or both.

Stay tuned!

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“Christmas Cheer” by Tom Rapp.

Yeah I know there’s already a post about “Christmas Cheer” but I was listening to it today, and then later I was humming it to myself so I put it in this podcast.  You can never have too much Christmas Cheer! :P

So two podcasts in one day?  Yes!   The equipment is new and it’s fun to play with.

Want to have your comments played on the podcast?  Call my voicemail.  Just give your name (first name is fine) and where you are located, then your comment or question…

530-675-4102  Available 24×7, drunk calls welcome! {insert Arnold’s voice here} “JUST DO IT!”

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This past weekend I went with a friend of mine to an off road part near Huntsville Texas. We went in his Jeep and after riding the trails for a few hours we stopped back by the entrance to see if the ATV mud races were going on. They were about to start so we hung around. A film crew was there with two cameras an audio guy, and I guess a producer.

It is interesting watching how the “behind the scenes” works. There was a good sized crowd, however I suspect the film crew would have liked it to be bigger. At one point, apparently, the film crew needed a big cheer from the crowd. For what ever reason the crowd really wasn’t fired up enough. I suspect it was largely due to the film crew slowing the proceedings down and the “crowd” getting bored.

A man was handed a bull horn to address the crowd by the producer of the film crew. He asked for everyone to yell loudly as the film crew needed it for their shot. The crowd tried (no they didn’t) to muster up a roaring cheer, but that fell short. So then the same man called for a woman, or women to come show their, well I’ll clean it up a bit and say chests, to help excite the crowd. Shortly there after two volunteers showed up, both female, and displayed those things that a gentleman name “Tat” seems to always be getting.

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I’d like to share an original song a friend of mine did.  Amazingly it’s Christmas time and he wrote a Christmas song!  What a coincidence!   It’s called “Christmas Cheer” and it was written and performed by Tom Rapp.  You can keep up with Tom Rapp on his website The Tom Rapp Show! You can also download “Christmas Cheer”, an MP3 there!

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Tony Talk Radio?

Tony Talk Radio?

Many years ago, I think I was 11 or 12 years old, my Mom told me she would give me five dollars for every home run I hit while playing in Little League.  The season didn’t start off very well but towards the end I hit 7 home runs and one was a grand slam.  Unfortunately there were no bonuses for RBIs!  I made a total of $35, technically I guess I was a professional baseball player!  With that $35 I bought a Panasonic tape recorder.  I don’t recall why, I just thought being able to record things and play them back was really cool.  Music, my friends, etc…

I’m not sure how the creative juices got flowing but I’m sure I was sitting in my room messing with the tape recorder talking into the mic and then playing it back that I thought how neat it would be to put on a radio show.  I could use the recorder to record the show and then play it back.  I busted out my trusty Radio Shack catalog and starting thinking of what I must need to connect other audio equipment to my tape recorder.

I remember I built a make shift mixer, a boom mic (using a speaker in a tin can) and a long piece of 1″ square wood.  I set up several microphones around the room and connected them all to my mixer.  The mixer consisted of 12 volt switches that were either on “SNAP!” or off, but if I switched them slowly you didn’t her the loud snap on the recording. :D

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Smoke IN your car dumbass!Look first off I could really care less if you want to run a 70% greater chance of developing cancer from smoking.  I mean I’ll feel bad for you but when I find out you were a smoker I’ll shrug and say “well it wasn’t like they (you) weren’t warned…”  “Still sad though…”  I guess that is just the price for being one of the cool kids.  Hey I used to put lead pellets in my mouth to hold it there to reload my pellet gun a little faster, so I’m no great genius or superior human being for keeping toxins out of my body.  Now with all that said (a disclaimer if you will) here is my point.

I really thought the point to smoking was to get that crap into your lungs, yet ever pretty day when I roll the windows down on my Jeep I first SMELL then SEE some loser with their cigarette hanging out of a window.  I guess the lady that I saw today was cold, because she had the driver’s side window up with only about four inch gap and her hand AND CIGARETTE hanging out of the car.  What is it with you people?  Do you really think it is socially acceptable to do something that other people find disgusting?  Where are the “politically correct” police?  Everyone makes fun of construction workers, plumbers especially, with their butt crack exposed to the world!  Where is the out cry against smokers stinking up the place?   I’ve seen several smokers, on TV trying to stand up for smokers rights.  I laugh at this, of course.  They are pissed off because society is making it more and more difficult on them to do their thing where ever they want to.  I guess it really isn’t fair, depending on when you started smoking of course.

Butt Crack

Butt Crack

It wasn’t too long ago when smoking was common in the work place, I mean at your desk!  I’ve never smoked, directly, but boy I sure did when people lit up in cube-ville, indirectly!  I’ve always hated the smell of cigarette smoke.  The smell got into my hair or my clothes.  As a life long non-smoker I can smell the stink on people that smoke, or people that have been around smokers.  Wait a minute!  Maybe that’s the reason these smokers hang their smelly butts out of the car windows.  They don’t want to stink!  That must be it!  Yes, I am a genius!  So instead of not smoking, or smoking with the windows rolled up they try to get that nasty smelling smoke out of their car so they won’t smell bad.  Maybe it’s because they don’t want it to burn their eyes.  I really don’t know.  If you are a smoker tell me please.

I keep thinking about this and I just need to do it.  I think it would be pretty simple to rig up a reservoir under the hood of my Jeep.  Fill it with Butyric acid, the chemical that smells like rancid butter, Parmesan cheese, vomit, and body odor.  Connect a windshield wiper pump to the reservoir and then route the tube out the side of the vehicle.  I’d need to come up with a nozzle that would atomize the chemical so it would be a fine mist.  Wire all this up to a switch inside my vehicle and the next time I run across some insensitive ass that things stinking up my environment should be socially acceptable, I’ll just roll up my windows and start hitting the VOMIT button!

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There is a collapse coming.  Not house sales, democrat ownership of Washington, financial, etc… but one of how you get your entertainment and communications.  I am sure that for many of you that are tech savvy or know someone who is this isn’t going to be news to you.  Others of you may be surprised because you simply haven’t thought about it or care.

If you pay a cable TV, telephone, or cell phone bill you may have thought “Why do I have to buy two things that do the same thing?”  Prior to the Internet the only way to broadcast a message out to the public you had to do it on radio or TV.  Vast sums of money were required depending on the market share the radio or TV station had.  Usually based on ratings by a company that I used to work for, Arbitron.  More on Arbitron later.

You could get a Amateur radio license and broadcast to people all over the world, but the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) made it very clear that you could not BROADCAST (two way conversations only) and you could not ADVERTISE a product or service.  This was very nice for radio and TV wasn’t it?  Also your audience was probably limited to 10 people world wide at the most!  So not real threat to radio and TV.

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VYou?

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Recently I saw a post on Twitter by @Zadi how she was trying out something called vYou.  Basically you can ask people questions via text and they record a video response that you can play back.  It’s pretty cool.  Anyone can join and ask questions, or post your own video responses to questions asked of you.

If you look around you’ll see the shirt sleeves question and answer.  That was my question. :D

Who is Zadi?  She is Zadi Diaz…

Award-winning web show producer, director and Internet personality, documenting our digital lives through photos and videos. Best known as the host of geek & web culture show, Epic Fu (but that’s just her cover).

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I’m not a television commercial fan.  They keep me from watching what I want to watch, specifically the show I tuned in for.  On occasion a commercial comes across that I watch, and look forward to seeing again.  This is one of them.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEdk49rG-xs&feature=related

The young lady in the commercial is a little quirky and has an understated humor that I find quite funny.  As far as I can remember I’ve never seen her in anything before.  Once I have my internal facial recognizing software running, I am sure to spot that person time and time again though.  So when this next commercial came out I recognized this young lady from her prior commercial.  She does look a little different though.  Makes me wonder just how many years has gone by between these two commercials.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oJf8Qrw-_Ng

(In reference to the commercial above) I don’t care how manly you are, no man likes to be handed something with a flirty gaze and tone with words of  “good things come in small packages”.

I get the sense that the lady in the commercials is a comedian, but I can’t be sure.  I wish there was an IMDB for commercials, like there is for movies and TV.

Have you laughed today?  If not watch for this girl in the “Babybel” commercials.

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Manouschka Guerrier
Manouschka Guerrier

Perhaps I am slow to this realization party but I am surprised how the Internet is being used to start careers.  It made sense to me how it could be used to promote careers in the media.  I remember back in 1995 when I was setting up Internet access, e-mail, website, etc… for the company that I worked.  I was dumbfounded that for so little money our company had access to a world wide audience.

Radio stations had to invest thousands of dollars in equipment, tower(s), antennas, FCC licenses and RF interaction impact studies.  It was a great and expensive effort.  Television stations even more so.  Video really requires much more radio frequency (RF) energy to provide a clear signal on the maximum number of televisions.  For that massive investment they were only able to reach a small portion of the population.  Networks were able to reach a much larger number of people but they had to share this with the local stations.  Not so with the Internet!  For $20 a month and a $300 computer you can promote yourself world wide!

As we move further and further down this Internet trail the distinction between huge expensive multi-million dollar radio and TV stations is being blurred by talented individuals with access to high quality low cost electronics, and extremely fast Internet connections.  (The U.S. Internet connection speeds still pale by Japan’s standards).

Single ServingNow as we all know people and companies can be successful even if they don’t have talent or a decent product.  They just have to promote, promote, promote!  American 0nline comes to mind.  All those commercials, and all those free CD’s!  If you put a person with talent and the will to succeed melded with the Internet you really have something!

Case and point Manouschka Guerrier.  I ran across Ms. Guerrier through another Internet sensation Olivia Wilder, on the Olivia Wilder’s show.  Olivia has a talk show on blogtalk radio.  The best way to find out about Olivia’s shows is to “LIKE” her fan page on Facebook.  Just click this link!  Manouschka was on Olivia Wilder’s show promoting her website Single Serving and her Food Network TV show “Private Chefs Of Beverly Hills“.  Manouschka is one of six chefs on the show.

They are hired by high society types to prepare swanky meals.  I was able to catch the last show of the first season.  It was very good, and I’m a guy that enjoys things blowing up!  (No chemical explosions in the show!)  About the only thing that blew up was Manouschka when the client decided to change the menu on her the other chef an hour before the food was to be served!  There were three segments, each with two chefs.  I enjoyed each of the segments, but of course I had a special interest in the segment that Manouschka was in due to my recent interaction with her on Olivia Wilder’s show.  I was very disappointed to find out that was the last show of the first season.  Since that time our digital video recorder has been patiently waiting for the next season of “Private Chefs of Beverly Hills” to begin.  Which it will begin, FINALLY!, this coming Tuesday, October 12th, on the Food Network Channel.  9 PM Central Time.

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I read a post this morning on Facebook.  A very caring and concerned parent wanted other parents to be wary of allowing their children on Facebook.  The evidence for this concern was this video. (below)  **WARNING Contains graphic images of violence and death.  Also a girl in a bikini.

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No AppleAre you apple-phobic?  I must admit I am.  I have never liked Apple.  Our house is considered an Apple free zone.  One exception to this was when my youngest daughter saved for and purchased an iPod nano.  I warned her that she wouldn’t be happy with it in the long run, especially for the price.  Wow was that thing expensive.  I warned her about iTunes, and the limitations I had heard others complaining about with their Apple music players.  Later she understood what I was talking about, then she lost it.  The quality of the device was very nice.  Apple makes nice things, and in a way I’m glad they are in business if for no other reason to drive the rest of the technology slugs to move things along.

Back in the late 70′s and early 80′s I was interested in having my very own personal computer.  There were two REAL choices.  Apple and Radio Shack.  Ultimately I went with the Radio Shack TRS-80 Mod 1.  I spoke to a friend that was heavy into electronics and asked why he had bought an Apple.  He was told by Radio Shack that if he tried attaching anything “homemade” to his TRS-80 it would void the warrante.  When he asked Apple they were all for it.  That was the mindset of Apple back in the days that they were new.

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I guess everyone has made modifications to your car, truck, or SUV at some point.  How many the cost and difficulty vary widely I am sure.  I remember the good old days when putting “mags” or any non OEM wheel was the extend of my modifications.  My first car was a 1973 Pontiac Ventura.  It was the same body as the Nova, just different grill and tail lights.

Wheels, tires, traction bars then a 327 small block.  I just didn’t have the money back then to do all the things that would have made it a truly amazing vehicle.  What I had was fun though.  I don’t recall any issue that I had with that car that I couldn’t solve.  Fast forward several years, and vehicles, and I’m modifying our Jeep Cherokee.

I’ve had a 4×4 truck before, and after a lift, much larger tires and wheels, my modifications were pretty much complete.  I had no idea there was so much more that could be done.  Primarily because that was in the days before the Internet and information wasn’t nearly as easy to obtain.  I started with the Jeep like I did the truck.  A lift and larger wheels and tires.  Shortly after doing that I found that I had a problem, well first a little history on this problem.

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Drug Testing

Drug Testing

“If I need to take a drug test to get a job, then you need a drug test to get welfare!”

A little while back, perhaps a year or longer, there was a discussion about requiring people on welfare to take drug tests.  On the face of it this sounds like better than a good idea, it sounds like a GREAT idea.

The discussion has reemerged recently due to a “fan” site on Facebook actually called “If I need to take a drug test to get a job, then you need a drug test to get welfare!”  I thought it might be worth revisiting a point or two I made in the last “original” discussion.

Now there is no way as a tax payer I want to fund someone drug, drinking, or any criminal lifestyle.  So requiring drug tests for welfare seems like a great idea.  Then I thought about it.  What would the person do that had a drug habit and didn’t work, obviously because they couldn’t or didn’t want to?  Simple they would just stop taking drugs, get up, get out, and go get that job at McDonalds and start paying their share of taxes, buying stuff and stimulating the economy!  NOT!

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Philosophers have thought about it.  Authors have written about it, one even came up with a simple answer, forty-two.  Movie makers have made sport of it, but what is the meaning of life?  Life seems to be just because it is supposed to be.  Life is tenacious.  It is everywhere!  Given any chance life seems to take hold and flourish!  We see it all around us.  We find it in the driest desert.  We find it at the bottom of the ocean where no light penetrates.  I firmly believe we’ll find it through out the solar system.  But why?  Why is life here?  Why are we here?  What IS the meaning of life?

42

42

To further complicate the question, besides being unknown, is what is death?  What does it mean to be dead?  We can’t ask a dead person, well actually I guess we can.  Thanks largely to medical science we now have the ability to bring people back from literal death, with in limits of course.  Many many people have died, either through accident, or design then brought back.  Can you actually experience death and come back?  Hard to say, perhaps not, and perhaps this is the reason for some of the fantastical after life reports.  People that have died and come back do report things that seemingly they have no way of knowing.  Reports of floating near the ceiling looking down on themselves.  Seeing loved one, experiencing love like they’ve never known.  Talking with God!  In some of these conversations choices are given.  Stay or go back.  Sometimes they are just flatly told that it isn’t time and they must go back.

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Not too much excitement here, more of a “let’s see how this looks” video.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5nqpYe_zBA





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For my non-Jeep friends, you may find this brief video interesting…





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Outta the way!

Outta the way!

Yes more drive time bitching! :D

I remember in years past when you were behind someone that was driving slow in the fast lane they were either drunk, stoned, or just in their own little world.  Well I suppose there is one other possibility.  They just thought you kids are driving too fast and dagnabit!  they are just going to slow you down to the speed limit!

No it’s true.  I had a conversation with an otherwise very kind and caring older man about this subject.  I told him about the people driving the speed limit (a.k.a. SLOW!) in the fast lane and his position was one of he didn’t like people driving over the speed limit.  So there are those type of people out there and you might not even suspect them!  But I digress!

Each and every time I get behind some slow driver in the fast lane they are on A CELL PHONE!  Oh my God people!  We know it’s an important call and all, and I don’t fault you for driving and talking, but can’t you do it in the inside lane?  This is just one more reason I have to get that 130 db air horn for my Jeep.  Wait I smell some funny videos coming.

Remember it is your responsibility to get out of the way of traffic if you are in the fast lane.  You don’t believe me?  Ask a police/deputy sheriff.  Also remember it isn’t your responsibility to slow those young hoodlums down, that’s the polices job.  Besides you don’t really know what’s going on on with that speeding driver do you?  It’s always possible they are rushing to the hospital because of an ill loved one.  Of course they could just be in a hurry so they don’t miss kick off! :D

Everyone knows, or should, their limitations.  If you can’t drive and talk on the cell phone at the same time, DON’T.

Come to think of it where did all those drunks, and stoned drivers go?  Hmmmm must be due to the crack down of “don’t drink and drive”!  Maybe there should be a fast lane cell talker campaign.





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Friends?

Friends?

Do you have friends?  Many of you would recoil in puzzlement and concern then ,reply “Of course I do!”  Some of you may think about the question and respond with something more esoterica like “Do any of us really have friends?”  I say we do have friends.  We make friends all the time.  They may be transient friends, that last only long enough to have a brief conversation about the weather then you hand money to them, and they say “Thank you come again.”

They could be co-workers, service providers, your child’s teacher.  What I am puzzled about are long time friends.  You know the one’s you had when you were a kid, or young adult.  Of course you may be a kid, or young adult so this may be news to you.  I guess a couple of years ago now I joined Facebook.  One of the things I thought was so neat about it was the ability to reconnect with people that you used to know, friends if you will.

Since Facebook was originally geared to schools finding past high school and college friends was easy.  I went about finding and befriending several of my class mates from Deer Park High School (Deer Park, Texas).  I knew that while I was in high school I wouldn’t say I was close friends with anyone.  There were a couple of reasons for this.  I lived in a small community called Lynchburg.  Lynchburg was bordered by Highlands (Texas), and Baytown.  Lynchburg has a ferry that has been in operation for many many years.  The ferry will take you to Deer Park.  For some strange reason Lynchburg children are in the Deer Park Independent school district some ten miles away (and that is if you go across the ferry!)  Baytown (measuring distance to it’s Western most boundry) is about 50 feet from Lynchburg.  I think the closest Baytown school was about ten miles away.

There were nine people in my elementry class, as Lynchburg did have an elementry, but for junior high and high school, we were bussed to Deer Park.  I mentioned the distance if you went across the ferry, well the bus weren’t allowed, by the district, to cross via ferry.  We had a forty-five minute trek, each way, through the Baytown La Porte tunnel.  That’s forty-five minutes one way.  I went from one teacher a day to six (plus) and from nine students in a class to thirty-two!  Virtually any friends I had were lost in the mix of classes and sea of students.

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No Smoking?

No Smoking?

While at work I stepped on to the elevator.  I have ridden it many times.  I’m usually alone on the elevator, so I have a few seconds of uninterrupted thought.  Time to look around and notice things.  Something I noticed was different than it had been in years past, was the no smoking sign.  This was your standard international symbol for no smoking, but what I noticed was it was actually stamped into the metal of elevator panel.  It wasn’t something placed as an after thought, it was designed into the construction of the elevator.  So the manufacture of the elevator parts were so certain that no smoking in the elevator was going to be widely accepted it was a permanent part of the construction process.   

This on the face of it makes sense, I mean where these days is it legal, or unacceptable for people to smoke on an elevator.  Then I considered other things that have changed as rules and socially accepted behaviors have changed.  If you watch a movie from the 1940′s everyone is smoking, I mean everyone!  Many of the men are wearing hats, although I don’t think that is a link with the smoking.  All the woman are wearing dresses, and even some of them have hats.  I notice the cars, and trucks of the time period.  The technology, if you will.     

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July

July

Welcome to July!  I have a whole month of exciting and informative articles lined up for this month!  Seriously?  You may ask.  No not seriously I answer. :P   You should know by now that this is a “knee-jerk” blog at best.

You may have read my article The Jeep – Hurricane Escape Vehicle! where I describe how I took the family grocery getter and turned it into a hurricane escape vehicle (the wife still hates I call it that – scares her).   Hmmm maybe I should do one of those things like “short = height challenged”  “housewife = domestic engineer”.   I’ll have to give that some thought.  (Hurricane escape vehicle = ????).

The first hurricane of the season has formed, entered the Gulf of Mexico and upon learning about my hurricane escape vehicle abruptly took a left turn away from it!  It just proves my point.  You don’t do something you should have.  If you do something you’ll never need to.  Oh well, the Jeep still looks cool. :D

The dieting industry is a multi-billion dollar industry.  You’ve heard this, you may have even spent a billion dollars trying to lose weight.   Past celebrities lose weight, petal a weight loss product and re-energize their careers!  Don’t get me wrong I’m happy to see these past celebrities.  Most of them are one’s I knew when I was a young adult and I’m happy to see them again.

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