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Cats vs Dogs

January 20, 2018 // Posted in Living, Thoughts (Tags: ) |  Comments Off on Cats vs Dogs

Do you have a preference, or do you own both cats and dogs?

In my life time, I’ve had both, often at the same time. At one time, I had two dogs and two cats and I loved them all. The dogs were Pit bull and Cockapoo. Their names were Dot and Buffy. Dot, after a marking on her back, and Buffy after watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Our Buffy was a ferocious newspaper slayer.

The cats were both rescues, one I actually stole from a neighbor because they were abusing her. Let’s face it, cats are much easier to take care of. Give them food and water and a clean litter box and they are mostly independent, often sleeping much of the time.

Dogs require a little more upkeep. If you don’t have a fenced yard where they can safely run around, you need to walk them a lot so they can do their business and also so they can get exercise. Dogs usually also require a lot more of your attention. They want you to pet them and play with them a lot more frequently than cats.

Kittens are usually energetic and like a lot of toys to play with but an older cat will sleep about 18 hours a day. They are delighted when they can accomplish that on a warm basket of clean laundry or in a spot of sunshine coming in through the window onto the carpet. I have gotten some what lazy and don’t always want to go outside early in the morning, or in the rain or snow to walk a dog, so for now I have a cat.

Perhaps in the future when my housing situation changes, I’ll get a dog again.

Have you watched the movie about Max?

September 20, 2017 // Posted in Living, Movies (Tags: , , ) |  Comments Off on Have you watched the movie about Max?

I stumbled across a good movie the other day I wanted to tell you about if you haven’t watched it already. It’s called Max. Max is a military dog serving with his handler on the front lines in Afghanistan. They send Max into areas first to sniff out weapons. Anyway, I don’t want to give away the whole plot because you should see it yourself, but something happens to Max’s handler and Max is traumatized. He can’t do his job any more and they ship him home. The only person he can really connect with is the younger brother of his handler. He ends up being taken in and cared for by his handler’s family. Like a lot of teenagers, the boy is reluctant to take on such a responsibility and the two are slow to warm up to one another.

As with all good movies, there are unexpected plot twists and excitement and danger. I have to warn you that I was sniffling a bit at the end, but tried to hide the tears from my family. Oh yeah, speaking of family, this movie is very family friendly. I have a lot of respect for the military and love seeing stories about the dogs, so I’m glad I found this movie. Look for it, you will enjoy it.

Ron White is Funny as Hell

October 22, 2013 // Posted in Internet, Living, Movies, Shopping, TV (Tags: , ) |  Comments Off on Ron White is Funny as Hell

Usually I can not name very many comedians because I just don’t really do the comedy club scene and don’t watch that many movies. So how am I supposed to know who is out there being funny or not?

Well, my girl gave me a couple of DVDs for my birthday of this guy named Ron White. He is an old drunk Texan who is funny as hell. I mean, this old boy makes you fucking laugh your ass off! He rags on his rich wife, his dogs and even people who are fans. But mostly I like the way he talks about his brushes with the Law.

There’s a classic Ron White comedy bit where he gets arrested and they are doing the booking process and they ask him if he has any aliases or other names that people call him. Well, Ron decides to be a smart ass and says, “They call me Tater Salad.” If you ever have a chance to hear that DVD or that clip on Youtube – do it. Funny as hell!

Feeling Violated By A Damned Car Salesperson

December 31, 2012 // Posted in Internet, Living, Money, People, Shopping, Travel, Vehicles (Tags: , , , , , , ) |  Comments Off on Feeling Violated By A Damned Car Salesperson

Having a second car might be a good idea, now that my car has passed the 100,000 mile mark. I would like a cheap, used car that I can keep on hand in case my regular car has any trouble. I don’t like to feel stranded or dependent on just one car. There is a decent little Toyota for sale. The owner says the only thing wrong is the air conditioning does not work. I would think that is easy enough to get fixed. I looked up the cost of a toyota ac compressor, and it’s not as expensive as I thought it might be.

I’ve been trolling Craigslist for a used car and not having much luck. I was hoping to find something that is a few years old but in good running condition. Most of the cars listed are either big junkers or cars that are so fucked up that the dealerships probably would not give the owner much of a trade in allowance, so they decided to try to get more money for them on their own. Dealerships are notorious for unfair and deceptive selling practices. I’ve tried 3 or 4 times to work with a damned salesperson at a dealership, but I always leave feeling violated and deceived. So I’ve never actually bought a brand new car off a dealer lot in my life. I think the main thing about using a web site like Craigslist to find a car is all about the timing. One day the car you want has not been listed yet, and another day you log in and Voila! There is the car!

Movie Theaters in Texas

November 30, 2012 // Posted in Friends, Future, Internet, Living, Money, Movies, People, Shopping, Thoughts, Travel (Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ) |  Comments Off on Movie Theaters in Texas

Years ago I worked with a real estate broker who had a contract with a large national chain of movie theaters. She would always be flying all over the damned country to scout new locations for the ever growing theater chain. The last trip that she took while I was at the company was to the Rio Grande Valley. So this gave me an opportunity to learn a little about the most southern cities in Texas, but just enough to be dangerous.

The area just north of the border with Mexico known as the Rio Grande Valley includes the cities of Edinburg, McAllen, Weslaco and Harlingen. If you include the cities just south of the border in Mexico, this area has a substantial population of over 2 million people. Harlingen is the easternmost city of the four, at the intersection of Highway 77 and Highway 83. This appears to be the retail hub of the valley, with retail sales per capita above $8,000. This is a very healthy number and made the area very attractive to the movie theater executives.

There is so much shit going on when real estate is involved, that so many people don’t even realize is going on, that It can and does, take years and years of research and meetings before any shovel (or other heavy duty equipment) hits the ground to start the actual building on the site. I learned so much at that job. If the market hadn’t taken such a fucking dive back in the fucked up year or 2007 I just might have continued on with that type of career path, with that particular company or gone out on my own by now.. Guess we will never know.