Saturday, April 03, 2010




We don't have any bricks in our house but we do have a few sticks so when the wind warning was issued this afternoon we weren't too concerned.  After being pummeled by the big Arizona & California winds a few months ago in our motorhome anything coming through our pine forest here just is not going to be a worry.  No flapping awnings, no rocking & rolling, & no big bad wind sounds trying to rip the windows out.  Blow you winds, blow....we're home now.  Na na na na na naaaaaaaaa:))

Had me a look back to our blog one year ago & it could be an identical blog for today.  Exact same feelings 365 days later.  BLOG....ONE YEAR AGO

Kelly's son Ben & girlfriend Bree were up from Cambridge for the week-end staying at Deer Park so tonight we all went out for supper at the Dock's in Bayfield.  Food was good but I'm thinking maybe I've reached a point in my long 65 year food journey where I'm beginning to think there is more to life than burgs & fries.  I'm thinking of finally expanding into some fine cuisine dining.  Am contemplating expanding my taste bud horizons & looking into the fine art of... hot dogs:))



And speaking of fine food......I'd like to welcome blog follower number 120.  BIG SKY CHEF is the latest reader to climb aboard the Bayfield Bunch bus.  Although the rig will be stationary for a few months I hope we can come up with something now & again to perk BSC's interest.  Hot that should do it:))

Kelly heads off in the morning for Spencerport NY to visit her Mom & Dad for the week.  Her Dad is not well & will possibly be undergoing some surgery in a few days.  Me & the furry guys will be holding down the fort & I bought 4 extra boxes of cornflakes for myself this morning.  We'll be just fine here in the quiet pine forest.



Why is it you can't buy a couple AA batteries anymore.  Remember years ago if you needed a battery you would just get a 2 pack.  Well, they phased the 2 packers out & went to 4 packers.  So then if you needed a battery you got 3 spares whether you liked it or not.  Always bugged me about that.  Well, this morning I go to Wal-Mart because I wanted 2 fresh batteries for Kelly's camera.  Would you believe the 4 packs have now been replaced by 8 packs.  #%!!*%??\\//#   Now I've got 6 spares sitting here slowly counting down to the expiration date.  Worse yet, I saw in the middle aisle where they had what looked like 20 or 40 packs on sale.  What is this world coming to.  Who in their right mind to buy about 30 batteries just to get a couple.  Big business has sure got us little consumer guys right by the adenoids!!!! 



GROANER'S CORNER:((  And because this is a short blog tonight I have decided to break with short joke tradition & put in a rather lengthy explanation by a few prominent people of the world as to....'why did that darn chicken cross the road!!'

Plato: For the greater good.

Martin Luther King: It had a dream.

Hamlet: Because 'tis better to suffer in the mind the slings and arrows of outrageous road maintenance than to take arms against a sea of oncoming vehicles...

Dr. Timothy Leary: Because that's the only kind of trip the Establishment would let it take.

Howard Cosell: It may very well have been one of the most astonishing events to grace the annals of history. An historic, unprecedented avian biped with the temerity to attempt such an herculean achievement formerly relegated to homo sapien pedestrians is truly a remarkable occurence.

James Tiberius Kirk: To boldly go where no chicken has gone before.

Stan Laurel: I'm sorry, Ollie. It escaped when I opened the run.

Doug Hofstadter: To seek explication of the correspondence between appearance and essence through the mapping of the external road-object onto the internal road-concept.

Machiavelli: So that its subjects will view it with admiration, as a chicken which has the daring and courage to boldly cross the road, but also with fear, for whom among them has the strength to contend with such a paragon of avian virtue? In such a manner is the princely chicken's dominion maintained.

Hippocrates: Because of an excess of light pink gooey stuff in its pancreas.

H.P. Lovecraft: To futilely attempt escape from the dark powers which even then pursued it, hungering after the stuff of its soul!

Jacques Derrida: Any number of contending discourses may be discovered within the act of the chicken crossing the road, and each interpretation is equally valid as the authorial intent can never be discerned, because structuralism is DEAD, DAMMIT, DEAD!

Thomas de Torquemada: Give me ten minutes with the chicken and I'll find out.

Robert Anton Wilson: Because agents of the Ancient Illuminated Roosters of Cooperia were controlling it with their Orbital Mind-Control Lasers as part of their master plan to take over the world's egg production.

Friedrich Nietzsche: Because if you gaze too long across the Road, the Road gazes also across you.

Aleister Crowley: Because it was its True Will to do so.

Oliver North: National Security was at stake.

Sappho: For the touch of your skin, the sweetness of your lips...

J.R.R. Tolkein: The chicken, sunlight coruscating off its radiant yellow-white coat of feathers, approached the dark, sullen asphalt road and scrutinized it intently with its obsidian-black eyes. Every detail of the thoroughfare leapt into blinding focus: the rough texture of the surface, over which countless tires had worked their relentless tread through the ages; the innumerable fragments of stone embedded within the lugubrious mass, perhaps quarried from the great pits where the Sons of Man labored not far from here; the dull black asphalt itself, exuding those waves of heat which distort the sight and bring weakness to the body; the other attributes of the great highway too numerous to give name. And then it crossed it.

Malcolm X: Because it would get across that road by any means necessary.

B.F. Skinner: Because the external influences which had pervaded its sensorium from birth had caused it to develop in such a fashion that it would tend to cross roads, even while believing these actions to be of its own free will.

Carl Jung: The confluence of events in the cultural gestalt necessitated that individual chickens cross roads at this historical juncture, and therefore synchronicitously brought such occurrences into being.

Gary Gygax: Because I rolled a 64 on the "Chicken Random Behaviors" chart on page 497 of the Dungeon Master's Guide.

Dorothy Parker: Travel, trouble, music, art
A kiss, a frock, a rhyme
The chicken never said they fed its heart
But still they pass its time.

Karl Marx (revisited): It was a historical inevitability.

T.S. Eliot (revisited again): It's not that they cross, but that they cross like chickens.

Jean-Paul Sartre: In order to act in good faith and be true to itself, the chicken found it necessary to cross the road.

Jean-Luc Picard: To see what's out there.

Darth Vader: Because it could not resist the power of the Dark Side.

Ludwig Wittgenstein: The possibility of "crossing" was encoded into the objects "chicken" and "road", and circumstances came into being which caused the actualization of this potential occurrence.

John Constantine: Because it'd made a bollocks of things over on this side of the road and figured it'd better get out right quick.

Albert Einstein: Whether the chicken crossed the road or the road crossed the chicken depends upon your frame of reference.

Gandalf: O chicken, do not meddle in the affairs of roads, for you are tasty and good with barbecue sauce.

Baldrick: It had a cunning plan. (From the Black Adder British TV Show series)

Wesley: It's terribly fashionable, I think everyone will be doing it in the future.

[begin _Princess_Bride_ section]

Fezzik: Because if it did not it would be like a toad!

Inigo: Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You crossed my father's road. Prepare to die.

[end _Princess_Bride_ section]

Aristotle: To actualize its potential.

Roseanne Barr: Urrrrrp. What chicken?

George Bush: To face a kinder, gentler thousand points of headlights.

Julius Caesar: To come, to see, to conquer.

Candide: To cultivate its garden.

Bill the Cat: Oop Ack.

Buddha: If you ask this question, you deny your own chicken-nature.

Moses: Know ye that it is unclean to eat the chicken that has crossed the road, and that the chicken that crosseth the road doth so for its own preservation.

Moses: And God came down from the Heavens, and He said unto the Chicken, "Thou shalt cross the road." And, verily, the chicken crossed the road, and there was much rejoicing.

Fox Mulder: You saw it cross the road with your own eyes. How many more chickens have to cross the road before you believe it?

Joseph Conrad: Mistah Chicken, he dead.

Salvador Dali: The Fish.

Darwin: It was the logical next step after coming down from the trees.

Thomas Dequincy: Because it ran out of opium.

Rene Descartes: It had sufficient reason to believe it was dreaming anyway.

Emily Dickinson: Because it could not stop for death.

Bob Dylan: How many roads must one chicken cross?

TS Eliot: Weialala leia Wallala leialala.

TS Eliot (revisited): Do I dare to cross the road?

Epicurus: For fun.

Paul Erdos: It was forced to do so by the chicken-hole principle.

Ralph Waldo Emerson: It didn't cross the road; it transcended it.

Basil Fawlty: Oh, don't mind that chicken. It's from Barcelona.

Gerald R. Ford: It probably fell from an airplane and couldn't stop its forward momentum.

Freud: The fact that you are at all concerned that the chicken crossed the road reveals your underlying insecurity.

Sigmund Freud: The chicken obviously was female and obviously interpreted the pole on which the crosswalk sign was mounted as a phallic symbol of which she was envious, selbstverstaendlich.

Robert Frost: To cross the road less traveled by.

Zsa Zsa Gabor: It probably crossed to get a better look at my legs, which, thank goodness, are good, dahling.

Gilligan: The traffic started getting rough;
the chicken had to cross.
If not for the plumage of its peerless tail
the chicken would be lost,
the chicken would be lost!

Johann Friedrich von Goethe: The eternal hen-principle made it do it.

Ernest Hemingway: To die. In the rain.

Werner Heisenberg: We are not sure which side of the road the chicken was on, but it was moving very fast.

Adolf Hitler: It needed Lebensraum.

David Hume: Out of custom and habit.

Saddam Hussein: This was an unprovoked act of rebellion and we were quite justified in dropping 50 tons of nerve gas on it.

Lee Iacocca: It found a better car, which was on the other side of the road.

John Paul Jones: It has not yet begun to cross!

Leda: Are you sure it wasn't Zeus dressed up as a chicken? He's into that kind of thing, you know.

Jack Nicholson: 'Cause it(censored)wanted to. That's the (censored) reason.

Gottfried von Leibniz: In this best possible world, the road was made for it to cross.

Groucho Marx: Chicken? What's all this talk about chicken? Why, I had an uncle who thought he was a chicken. My aunt almost divorced him, but we needed the eggs.

Karl Marx: To escape the bourgeois middle-class struggle.

Gregor Mendel: To get various strains of roads.

John Milton: To justify the ways of God to men.

Alfred E. Neumann: What? Me worry?

Sir Isaac Newton: 1. Chickens at rest tend to stay at rest. 2. Chickens in motion tend to cross the road.

Thomas Paine: Out of common sense.

Michael Palin: Nobody expects the banished inky chicken!

Wolfgang Pauli: There already was a chicken on the other side of the road.

Pyrrho the Skeptic: What road?

Ronald Reagan: I forget.

Georg Friedrich Riemann: The answer appears in Dirichlet's lectures.

John Sununu: The Air Force was only too happy to provide the transportation, so quite understandably the chicken availed himself of the opportunity.

Mr. Scott: 'Cos ma wee transporter beam was na functioning properly. Ah canna work miracles, Captain!

William Shakespeare: I don't know why, but methinks I could rattle off a hundred-line soliloquy without much ado.

Sisyphus: Was it pushing a rock, too?

Socrates: To pick up some hemlock at the corner druggist.

The Sphinx: You tell me.

Mr. T: If you saw me coming you'd cross the road too!

Margaret Thatcher: There was no alternative.

Dylan Thomas: To not go (sic) gentle into that good night.

Henry David Thoreau: To live deliberately...and suck all the marrow out of life.

Mark Twain: The news of its crossing has been greatly exaggerated.

George Washington: Actually it crossed the Delaware with me back in 1776. But most history books don't reveal that I bunked with a birdie during the duration.

Mae West: I invited it to come up and see me sometime.

Walt Whitman: To cluck the song of itself.

William Wordsworth: To have something to recollect in tranquility.

Molly Yard: It was a hen!

Henny Youngman: Take this chicken...please.

Zeno of Elea: To prove it could never reach the other side.

Martin Luther King, Jr.: I envision a world where all chickens will be free to cross roads without having their motives called into question.

Grandpa: In my day, we didn't ask why the chicken crossed the road. Someone told us that the chicken had crossed the road, and that was good enough for us.

Colonel Sanders: I missed one?

Bill Gates: I have just released the new Chicken Office 2000, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook.

Oliver Stone: The question is not, "Why did the chicken cross the road?" Rather, it is, "Who was crossing the road at the same time, whom we overlooked in our haste to observe the chicken crossing?"

Richard M. Nixon: The chicken did not cross the road. I repeat, the chicken did NOT cross the road.

Jerry Seinfeld: Why does anyone cross a road? I mean, why doesn't anyone ever think to ask, "What the heck was this chicken doing walking around all over the place, anyway?"

ARTHUR ANDERSEN CONSULTANT: Deregulation of the chicken's side of the road was threatening its dominant market position. The chicken was faced with significant challenges to create and develop the competencies required for the newly competitive market. Andersen Consulting, in a partnering relationship with the client, helped the chicken by rethinking its physical distribution strategy and implementation processes. Using the Poultry Integration Model (PIM), Andersen helped the chicken use its skills, methodologies, knowledge, capital and experiences to align the chicken's people, processes and technology in support of its overall strategy within a Program Management framework. Andersen Consulting convened a diverse cross-spectrum of road analysts and best chickens along with Anderson consultants with deep skills in the transportation industry to engage in a two-day itinerary of meetings in order to leverage their personal knowledge capital, both tacit and explicit, and to enable them to Synergize with each other in order to achieve the implicit goals of delivering and successfully architecting and implementing an enterprise-wide value framework across the continuum of poultry cross-median processes. The meeting was held in a park-like setting, enabling and creating an environment hich was strategically based, industry-focused, and built upon a consistent, clear, and unified market message and aligned with the chicken's mission, vision, and core values. This was conducive towards the creation of a total business integration solution. Andersen Consulting helped the chicken change to become more successful.



The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.


  1. The photo of the pine cones is absolutely beautiful!

    I enjoyed the groaner today - probably the best were Torquemada (wasn't he the guy from the Spanish Inquisition?), and Ronald Reagan.

    Are you going to be eating corn flakes three meals a day while Kelly is gone? I hope all goes well with her dad.

  2. Safe travels for Kelly as she journeys to NY.

    Groaner: I liked Bob Dylan, Mae West, and Col. Sanders best.

  3. Here in TX we say that the chicken crossed the road to show the armadillo that it could be done!!
    Happy Trails, Penny, TX

  4. I agree on the batteries, and also noticed that the cereal boxes have increased in price, but gotten smaller. Any explanation there?
    I have lots of those AA batteries, could have sent some in the mail to ya!
    Express post!
    (probably still cheaper than getting the 6 pack!).

    Nice photos again, you never disappoint there.
    And the groaner was cute.

  5. Safe travel Kelly, and i hope your father recovers !

  6. Safe travel Kelly, and i hope your father recovers !

  7. great groaner :-)))) You also got me to counting the AA's we have in use at one time. clocks, remotes, mouses, keyboards, mini mag lights, close as I can figure about 36 is the total.


  8. Loved the crocus picture! If you shop at Costco, you can buy at \l;east 36 AA batteries in one package. The reason is so you can add ballast to your motorhome so it doesn't blow away in the desert wind! But you're in the pine forest now, with tiny violets in the grass and little froggies crossing the road, so why do I bother with this explanation?"

  9. OK, Al, you have one week..Now is the time to learn a really cool recipe and cook it for Kelly when she returns. Come on, you can do it!! Go online to the Food Network, get a recipe, get the groceries needed, do a trial run of course..and WALA! Wouldn't Kelly be shocked???

  10. Now, if I was an 'old curmudgeon', I'd complain like heck about the length of your 'groaner' in today's blog. I started to read it last night before going to bed and I just finished it this morning. Now, I'm going to have to sleep all day. Too bad, I don't have a package of 40 "AA" batteries to charge me up again!!

    Safe travels to Kelly and I hope her Dad is doing better!

  11. I certainly hope that Mark Twain's quote; “I'm glad I did it, partly because it was worth it, but mostly because I shall never have to do it again” explains why you posted the Chicken Crossings.