Sunday, October 14, 2012


Surprised this morning when I stepped outside fully expecting to be met by some freezing 32F air. Instead, we were up to a balmy 60F & later in the day hit 70F. Nice, nice, nice:)) Despite the constant rain, it was kinda groovy walking the trail in the seemingly warm drizzle. Good thing all this rain we been having isn't snow or I'd be outside in panic mode shovelling like crazy to make sure the Motorhome had a clear path to get out in a few days. When we reach Spencerport next week we will be parked beside Kelly's Mom's house on the grass so I'm hoping we don't get a lot of rain while there or we might need us a tow out of the mud:((
Actually, we may delay our departure by a few days. Kelly is currently under the weather with a bad cold & we are not under any pressure to be any specific place at any specific time. We'll see how she feels in a few days & play it by ear from there.  Today was her last unofficial day at DEER PARK LODGE as Deer Park begins it’s close down for the Season.  She will however, have the Deer Park phone all winter again while we are in the Southwest & will be doing all next summer’s reservations.  Also in the Spring she will return to Deer Park to help train someone for her managerial & ‘Jack of all trades’ position.  So, she is not officially leaving or staying exactly.  She is just winding it all down slowly & helping Deer Park’s Lady owner make the necessary changes & adjustments.  They have been good friends for nearly 10 years now.  
Quick rainy morning trip to Goderich for a few groceries & then over to Wal-Mart's Pharmacy to pick up a couple prescriptions to carry me through the winter. Six month supply of Arthrotec for my arthritis & 6 months worth of my Cholesterol controlling drug, Crestor. No charge:)) Two things come into play on that 'no charge' thing. I'm Canadian & I am over 65.
I really have to scratch my head in befuddlement sometimes when I come across things that just don't make any logical sense to me. (and there's a lot of em) Needed a new flashlight so picked up a Garrity in Canadian Tire awhile back. Of course it was sealed in some kind of plastic death grip packaging that needed nothing less than a nuclear explosion to get it out, but that's another story. The basic flashlight design over the years has worked well & has been easy to operate. Pick it up & your hand & fingers naturally grip it with one's thumb on the 'on' switch. Slide it forward, flashlight turns on, slide the switch back & it turns off. Now, how easy is that, perfect design & works like a charm.'s the new techno age of change now so some Wisenheimer engineering designer type obviously woke up one morning & had an 'aha' moment & decided for the advancement of mankind it was time to move into the modern era by re-locating the perfectly placed & logically thought out 'on/off' switch on the flashlight’s handle, to the inconvenient butt end.  No more holding the flashlight in one hand & sending of rapid light bursts of Morse Code to your best Buddy in the house across the street.  It’s a two handed operation now.  But, getting back to the Wisenheimer…………"Hmmmm, let me see now" he must have thought as he sat down at his high paying workbench, "it's the age of new, where everything new is better than old, so how be I move the on/off switch to a totally illogical place on the flashlight & bring the old flashlight design into the modern age of newness". Yes, that's it, I'll put the switch in the bottom of the flashlight where it will be difficult to see or find. And, better yet, even harder to operate". For sure that will confuse the older folks...........ha-ha-ha.
How long can it be before some whiz kid decides the wheel has been around too long & should be replaced with something new. Say, how about advancing that round wheel design into something perfectly square. Ya, now we're talking some serious new-age advancement, right?? Don't get me wrong, I'm not against new & better technology, but I refuse to fall into the trap of believing that just because something is new, it has to better. Hogwash!!!! Oh, & when I looked at the flashlight to see where it was made.......Taiwan. Now that really burns me up because the GARRITY Company with it’s American history, is headquartered in Madison CT.  By the way, other than the ridiculous placement of the on/off switch, I do like the solid firm heavy duty grip feeling of the flashlight itself.  DSC_0006
Well, I must admit, commenter Mr Ed over at the FLIP FLOP RESORT INN had me scratching my head last night looking for a phone in my previous night's Hosta photo. I knew there could not be a phone there but my interest was peaked & I went looking anyway. Even enlarged the darn photo. After all, he did say, "Ok what's the phone doing in the hostas bed".  ??
Kelly's daughter Rebecca & husband Ricardo left about 4 this afternoon heading back to Cambridge Ontario to begin working on their new life in Ontario. What a fine young couple they are & what a fine start they will have with all the stuff Kelly sent them home with them. Or, maybe I should re-phrase that & say, what a fine start they will have with all the stuff we were lucky enough to get rid of.......:))
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GROANER'S CORNER:)) And, how about a few 'Call Center' conversations.......
Customer: 'I've been calling 700-1000 for two days and can't get through;
can you help?'
Operator: 'Where did you get that number, sir?'
Customer: 'It's on the door of your business.'
Operator: 'Sir, those are the hours that we are open.'

Samsung Electronics
Caller: 'Can you give me the telephone number for Jack?'
Operator: 'I'm sorry, sir, I don't understand who you are talking about.'
Caller: 'On page 1, section 5, of the user guide it clearly states that

I need to unplug the fax machine from the AC wall socket and
telephone Jack before
cleaning. Now, can you give me the
number for Jack?'
Operator: 'I think it means the telephone plug on the wall.'

Then there was the caller who asked for a knitwear company in Woven.
Operator: 'Woven? Are you sure?'
Caller: 'Yes -- That's what it says on the label -- Woven in Scotland.

- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- "If having a soul means being able to feel
love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals
are better off than a lot of humans."
(James Herriot)
- The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails -William Arthur Ward
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.
- It is not so much having nothing to do as it is not having the interest to do something....AL.


  1. What am I missing or am I just getting dense. Don't get why you are in the dog house or the bit about the phone in the hosta bed???

    Anyway, hope Kelly is feeling better and that you have a safe trip south. Great header picture.

  2. Glad you had a fun visit and sent them off with goody's you could not part with. That is a win win for both sides. A computer tuneup from a wiz is a great thing, my friend did that for me and I was amazed how much quicker it was. You are correct to be concerned about sinking in yard sod that is wet. Might be worth a test first. Colds are the meanest little guys, they take all the fun out of life for about 7 days. I hope we as people win the war over them someday. My Alaska neighbor called to say the wood pecker is back banging on my house today and he really looks cute. I thought he had flown South, Dang.

  3. hope Kelly is feeling better!!
    have fun working the new flashlight!!.now I am going to have to go back and look at the hosta picture!

  4. Kelly is going to have the best of both worlds - still working but without the knowledge it will go on forever. Hope she is feeling better soon.

    I have a small lightweight flashlight that has the on/off button at the bottom. Real smart thinking!

    I recently read that using a can opener makes opening those sealed plastic wraps easier to open. Haven't tried it yet, but it sounds good.

  5. What a dumb flashlight design taking two hands. I'll stick with my monster Mag lights/clubs, no matter where made. Better is my headlamp.

    Don't get me started on packaging.

  6. I don't even want to go there when it comes to engineers and coming up with "new and improved" designs. I'll get banned for sure.
    Can't wait to get home and start foisting, er... giving away some stuff to our kids too. There's going to be some serious purging going on.
    Hope Kelly feels better soon.

  7. It was nice over the years when the kids show up, take this, "please". Now we live in our coach so not much more stuff left to go.
    Hope Kelly get's well soon.

  8. Another stupid "new is better" --- the same old product in a "new look" package! That doesn't improve the taste of the margarine, but it gives them a chance to make the carton one ounce smaller without having to tell you, so the price stays the same.

  9. I'm considering getting Dennis a new rug for his "dog house"..He seems to be spending lots of time there ;-/

  10. Ok your phone in the photo
    Look at the photo the one on your blog site
    From left to right 3/4 to right
    Now top to bottom look down 1/4
    In the opening of the leaves
    Looks like chrome trim of an outline of a black phone laying sideways
    Looks like 3 sides.
    I was thinking you used your phone to prop up the leaves
    Mister Ed