Thursday Open Comments

Jake Johnson, 1997 – 2007

Scout, herder, tracker, canine psychologist, scholar, quadruped genius, gentleman, drinking companion and all around Top Hand.  He came into my life twenty years ago, half-Australian Shepherd, quarter-Border Collie and other fine unknown DNA contributors.  Jake was a man among men and a dog among dogs.  A dear friend missed every day.

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46 thoughts on “Thursday Open Comments

  1. My brother-in-law gave raising cattle when the price of corn tripped and now raises some sort of sheep that is grown for food instead of wool and he has a fine working dog, he’s something else to watch herding those animals.

  2. Good looking dog. Looks like he had loads of personality.

    Third! Thirsty Thursday already!

  3. Lots of good philosophical quotes in Lonesome Dove. Don’t recall any about good dogs though – I suppose that good dog quotes are in a class all by themselves. One more day in north Texas and then back to SS for lawn mowing duty. Who ever heard of rain out here in July. If that’s global warming, bring it on cause it looks really good to see green this time of year. OK, good day to all the critter loving folks out there. But possums, I’m not sure are worth having and certainly are not worth feeding. But I guess they are still better than skunks.

  4. #5 Daughter said that they got 1″ of rain in Midland on Monday and that is was green around the place. Strange year.

  5. Lots of good philosophical quotes in Lonesome Dove.

    Be mindful of that Jake Spoon character, he’s too leaky a vessel to put any faith in.

  6. Morning, chickadees. Rain forecast for Chez Harp this afternoon. Bring it, even though it will mainly make my first mow post-surgery even more of a challenge.

  7. I think I’ll just park this article right here.

    When you visit a doctor, you probably assume the treatment you receive is backed by evidence from medical research. Surely, the drug you’re prescribed or the surgery you’ll undergo wouldn’t be so common if it didn’t work, right?

    For all the truly wondrous developments of modern medicine—imaging technologies that enable precision surgery, routine organ transplants, care that transforms premature infants into perfectly healthy kids, and remarkable chemotherapy treatments, to name a few—it is distressingly ordinary for patients to get treatments that research has shown are ineffective or even dangerous. Sometimes doctors simply haven’t kept up with the science. Other times doctors know the state of play perfectly well but continue to deliver these treatments because it’s profitable—or even because they’re popular and patients demand them. Some procedures are implemented based on studies that did not prove whether they really worked in the first place. Others were initially supported by evidence but then were contradicted by better evidence, and yet these procedures have remained the standards of care for years, or decades.

    Continued from last night: My late friend was diagnosed with esophogeal cancer and “the procedure” at MDA was to first do chemo, then radiation, then surgery to remove the tumor. Their logic was something like: ‘we need to reduce the size of the tumor (chemo) and try to kill it (radiation) before we remove it so that the chances of it spreading are reduced. The article below demonstrates that chemo increases the chances of spreading.

    Please read this article.

    HEADLINE: Chemotherapy may spread cancer and trigger more aggressive tumours, warn scientists

  8. I didn’t know that!?!?…. In the parking lot this morning, I saw an absolutely “BUTT UGLY”, Motorcycle that looked a lot like a Harley but didn’t have fins on the Jugs, only the head, looking closer, I noticed that it was water cooled and it had Harley on the crankcase. Come to find out is was a Harley V-Rod, I’m betting that KatFish knows all about it. 😀

  9. I will say, I was reluctant to go to a chiropractor years ago, but my back was causing me such pain that I was unable to walk upright. I would spend a whole weekend laying on the floor, towel under my lower back, legs propped up on a chair, so I could go to work on Monday upright. By Friday, I was bent over again. When I talked to my doctor, he was telling me to do everything I was already doing, which wasn’t working. My coworkers insisted I go see this guy in the tunnels, so I finally went.

    That chiropractor, Dr. Malcolm Bailey, was a godsend. It took several months of treatment, but he finally got me back to normal position. I only go now when I need to, which may be once or twice a year, maybe less. Now that I have the inversion table, my visits are much fewer than they used to be.

  10. #13 TT: If it was after about 8:30pm it is highly likely that I missed it. I try to read all the links as a rule.

  11. BTW, one of my friends was just wheeled into OR at Methodist to receive a double lung transplant. Wish him well unless you think that is another form of torture. And before you ask, I hear that the donor is stable and his condition has not changed.

  12. Something we couch dwellers already knew but now there is definitive proof:

    HEADLINE: EXCLUSIVE: Study Finds Temperature Adjustments Account For ‘Nearly All Of The Warming’ In Climate Data
    Their study found measurements “nearly always exhibited a steeper warming linear trend over its entire history,” which was “nearly always accomplished by systematically removing the previously existing cyclical temperature pattern.”

    “The conclusive findings of this research are that the three [global average surface temperature] data sets are not a valid representation of reality,” the study found. “In fact, the magnitude of their historical data adjustments, that removed their cyclical temperature patterns, are totally inconsistent with published and credible U.S. and other temperature data.”

    Based on these results, the study’s authors claim the science underpinning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) authority to regulate greenhouse gases “is invalidated.”

    If there ever was a global conspiracy to commit fraud, this is it.

  13. #15 – SD as we all know “looks” are totally subjective.

    I actually kinda like the V-Rods (not saying I’d buy or own one as they don’t “fit” me very well)
    Most Harley “purists” HATE the V-Rod as it departs from HD’s 45 degree original ‘V’ engine configuration.
    V-Rods are VERY quick<<<<<<< the very FIRST bone stock HD faster than the Sportster from a standing start (a record that stood the test of time for almost 50 years).1st V-rod came out in 2002
    The BIG V-Twins will still "catch 'em and pass 'em" (at about 100-mph) but off the line both V-Rods and Sporties are still the acceleration kings when we are talking NO modifications………….

  14. #15, 22

    I don’t think I’d buy one but I think that’s a nice-looking bike. If I were in the market I’d probably go with one of the new Indians.

  15. Me, I would never use a chiropractor because they are NOT an MD.

    I’d just go to the neighborhood Curandera and have an egg rolled around on me, burn some rocks, and whip me with some yerba buena.

  16. Most Harley “purists” HATE the V-Rod as it departs from HD’s 45 degree original ‘V’ engine configuration.

    So does that mean that it doesn’t have the odd fire master rod with the secondary rod attached to it? As you know, one jug fires and a split second later the second one fires, giving it the potato, potato, pototo, sound.

  17. Got this from a friend via email:

    The daughter asks her Dad, “Dad, there is something that my boyfriend said to me that I didn’t understand. He is SOooo in to his cars and said “that I have a beautiful chassis, lovely airbags and a fantastic bumper.”

    Her Dad said, “You tell your boyfriend that, if he opens your hood and tries to check your oil with his dipstick, I will tighten his lug nuts so hard that his headlights will pop out and he will start leaking oil out of his exhaust pipe!

  18. Amazingly, I got a Harris County jury summons in the mail today.

    Amazingly, it was quite easy to go in online and check the exemption for over age 70. I doubt they would want a juror who has to have a 2-hr lie-down or nap in the afternoon.

  19. Potato, potato, potato huh? I’ve not heard that one.

    Wonder what sound the boy in #27 would make…

  20. #29

    Wonder what sound the boy in #27 would make…

    For some reason, that brought to mind a poem I picked up in a book from years ago, “Graffiti of the Southwest Conference”. (Yes, it’s that old.) The authors traveled from college campus to college campus collecting graffiti and compiling these little paperbacks. I’ll say, their collection of stall ruminations are much better than the high school “F– you” and “Maria & Jose 4ever!” crap. Some of it was actually rather intellectual. Then there’s this sample:

    ” ‘Twas I who did the pushin’
    Left the stains upon the cushion,
    And my footprints on the dashboard
    Upside down.

    But since I screwed your daughter
    I’ve had trouble passing water,
    So now I guess we’re even
    All around.”

    My apologies to Hammy’s Grammy.

  21. Sooooo………

    I’m guessing the few choruses of Barnacle Bill The Sailor I was planning to post are out of the question too, huh?

  22. Potato, potato, potato huh?

    Several years ago, I read an article in WSJ about Harley trying to trademark the sound and a Japanese dude, from Honda, I think, quoted that term, first time I’d heard it. I don’t have time to Google it but I didn’t think that they could get it trademarked.

  23. Dang, I like these easy, quick tests, the ISS Centrifuge yesterday, in and out by 2:30 and some sort of little UHF transmitter for the ISS in this morning and out a few minutes ago, well we’re done but the Wyle customer is going through the final check-outs with the QA.

  24. the Wyle customer

    Customer: Wyle E. Coyote
    Supplier: NASA ACME rocket engines.

    What could possibly go wrong?


  25. I just a couple moments to check out potato, potato, potato. Saw a question axed why the newer Harley’s since going to EFI sound more like tater, tater, tater 😀 😀

  26. On first glance, this looks like a good thing, but sumpin’ tells me to think about it before I jump on the bandwagon. Any time the gubmint is given permission to take anything from a private citizen, there’s room for abuse.

    Arizona eyes “eye for an eye” law

    Arizona legislators are considering an “eye for an eye” bill that would allow the state to seize the assets of participants of the riots to compensate for the destruction of property that their actions cause.

    SB 1142 amends Arizona’s current Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organization (RICO) laws by adding “riot” to the list of offenses that would be considered under the RICO Act.

  27. #38 Heh, 😀 actually it’s KBR Wyle, an engineering/scientific division of the old Wyle Laboratories.
    The old company lost the last of it’s NASA contracts several years ago.

  28. #40 TT: Given what we have been through in the last 8 years, I am very leery of giving any govt any more power over we the people. That being said, I think store owners who shoot rioters/looters while in the commission of said crime should be immune from prosecution from the state AND civilly. After a few terd nozzles get ventilated at the hands of the property owners this destructive crap will stop.

  29. I think I just burned out the scroll wheel on the mouse. Paging through FB posts and I see this:

    I’m crowdfunding a short film that’s an all-female re-imagining of the Gunfight at the OK Corral. Please feel free to check out the site and donate.

  30. I stumbled across a thread of nurses telling their ghost stories. It reminded me of something.

    Our parish offices are housed in what used to be a convent. I’ve heard several stories of women being seen who disappeared or shouldn’t have been there. At least one nun died in the convent, I was told. I never saw anything weird – except possibly one day I saw someone walk by a window, but there wasn’t anyone in the courtyard that we knew of. I shrugged that one off. But then, there was the noise….

    I was sitting around talking to a couple of the staff while they ate lunch in a meeting room that was right under the pastor’s apartment. While eating, we heard heavy noises, like furniture being moved around upstairs. We all heard it, and we all assumed that the cleaning lady was working upstairs. When I made that suggestion, one of the staffers laughed and said “She never works hard enough to move furniture to clean!” We just went on with lunch, and after a while, the noises stopped.

    Right about the time the noises stopped, the cleaning lady entered our room. There wasn’t enough time for her to walk down the stairs, down the hall, and into our room between the last noise and when we saw her. “Weren’t you upstairs cleaning just now?” we asked. She looked at us like we had a third eye on our foreheads and informed us that she hadn’t been upstairs all day. “Maybe it’s Mike,” we said, though Mike (another staffer) had no reason to be upstairs while the pastor was out in his car. Shore nuff, Mike himself was out running an errand in his car, too.

    There was no one else in the building.

    We never knew why there was so much noise upstairs. And none of us went upstairs to check it out, either.

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