Joe’s Comment – Dan Reynolds captures that moment in these two cartoons, that moment when you realize no matter how in tune you think you are, somehow you’ve missed the boat. I’ve had that capacity most of my life.
You get used to it…..
Time keeps flowing in one direction, never mind how many theoretical universes (universii?) you “believe” in believing exist.
Hope is pixie dust, but it is real.
Along with age (the accumulation of time, stored as memory) should come knowledge.
Along with knowledge (the parsing of what works vs good luck next try!) should come wisdom.
Along with wisdom (the application of knowledge tempered with morality) should come peace of mind.
Somewhere in that illogical logic, the peace of mind terminus has been misplaced.
I haven’t found it, nor has Joe, not for more than a fleeting moment.
More time, more knowledge, more wisdom (please!) is all we know to do.
The moniker we use to describe ourselves and many like us is mud pecker.
The salt of the earth, the hoi poloi, commoner, proletariat (non-political version), average Joe.
Over the years Joe and I have tried to identify anthems to us mud peckers, most enjoyable in the form of music with potent lyrics.
For years early Robert Zimmerman (aka Bob Dylan) words have fit the bill and stood the test of time for us; Blowin’ in the Wind, The Times They Are a Changin‘”.
The Bruce Springsteen / Tom Waits version of Jersey Girl definitely fits the mold.
Peter Sarstedt nailed it with Where Do You Go To My Lovely.
Joseph Kilna MacKenzie too, with Sergeant MacKenzie.
Here is one that tops them all.
Greg Holden will forever be remembered for this mud pecker anthem of abandonment and despair devolving to a Phoenix-like peace-of-mind birthing; an affirmation of self:
Joe and I are 71 years along.
The best stuff comes when it comes.
To some earlier than others, to some not at all, which is a tragedy.
We have lived our own version of The Lost Boy.
In the Crescent Heights graduation year book of 1967, we didn’t give any information to include with our picture.
One of the English teachers responsible for organizing the yearbook (we think it was Mr. Thompson) wrote about us “… he is trying to find himself” or some such – can’t validate it ’cause we don’t have a yearbook.
Seems we are still trying.
One thing we know for true is the song chorus –
” And I will not be commanded
And I will not be controlled
And I will not let my future go on
Without the help of my soul”
Amen brother Greg.
Joe and I found this video way off the beaten trail…… i.e., nowhere near YoubeTube.
It features a couple of young men from Germany trying to find the COVID-19 surge/pandemic/emergency in Stockholm.
There isn’t any!
As the expression goes in today’s hyper sensitive panic stricken Chicken Little world, WTF?
The main stream media is the enemy:
The rest of the story here.
The current U.S. Secretary of State is a powerhouse.
In our estimation, he is quite clearly the right man at the right time in the right job.
This speech is a strong condemnation of the Chinese Communist Party:
What would a Sunday Rant be like without the dulcet tones, the ascorbic biting wit, and the outrageous profanity of the one and only Jericho Greene?
It would be missing Jericho Greene is what it would be.
Joe says it takes a while to “hear” Mr. Greene, but once tuned to his frequency the entertainment alone is worth the time:
Foreign Trump Supporters
A short to the point well spoken criticism of the Democrat / Progressive forces in America, and a comeuppance to the Republican Party past, too.
This man is somewhere tropical and has his head on straight.
Joe asks what does it take for the folks in North America to have the same common sense approach to what is happening?
The answer, my friends, is obvious in other places:
A recent interview by Alex Epstein (author of “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels“) with Patrick Moore.
The sound quality is crap at certain times, but overall listenable.
The content provided by Mr. Moore is platinum.
Alex keeps it real:
The latest from Joe Dan Gorman.
You won’t find his work anywhere near YoubeTube.
The website is here.
Better every time:
Music, Music, Music
Joe and I are great admirers of the saxophone.
Don’t know why.
It often isn’t the star performer or the diva, but our love for the sax is as rhythm or bass riffery.
In this original rendition of Heat Wave, the sax takes the bass line, repeating simple scale progressions, and Martha Reeves sings her pretty lungs inside out.
The music of the ’60’s was an incredible treat for our teenage ears:
Earlier, in the ’50’s, ma and pa owned and operated a cafe across the street from Ryerson Tech. in New Toronto. It was called the Campus Grill. Here’s ma with some happy customers in an early ’50’s Austin convertible –
We remember the jukebox, a late ’40’s early ’50’s Wurlitzer with colorful lights that rotated while the 45’s did a mysterious, magic dance to the platter, then up, up to the tone arm.
That was the dawn of Joe’s mechanical interest:
And the music was wonderful, too.
Full of hope and dreams and good thoughts; even the sad melancholy songs were more wistful than tragic.
Here’s one I loved, still love, and my grandson Rourke loves too:
In that small cafe (I’ll be seeing you) when the students left, mom, dad, and we (Joe and I) opened the Wurlitzer, extracted marked quarters (for “free plays”), and played what we, mostly mom and dad, wanted to hear.
That’s when Joe and I heard the fabulous music of the ’40’s for the first time.
An example is the incredible combo of Kitty Kallen singing in front of the Harry James Band:
Joe and I are often engaged in building play lists for our entertainment.
We also build play lists based on specific moods.
Some of our play lists have opera, country, rock, and children’s songs just because…..
In an unfair world, a world where you had to choose between sight and sound, we think we’d go with hearing vs vision.
If we had to choose.
Briggs & Stratton
In 1908, Stephan Briggs and Harold Stratton started a company.
They produced small engines.
Every gas powered lawnmower Joe and I have ever operated or owned had either a B&S, a Kohler, or a Tecumseh small engine.
Tecumseh closed its doors in 2008, although it has had a Lazarus-like rebirth / reorganization (read here).
The Kohler Company dates to 1873, started small engine production in the ’20’s and is still viable.
A few days ago, the Briggs & Stratton company filed for bankruptcy.
805RoadKing is a B&S collector: he has models 100 years old.
He produced a short video to express his sadness at seeing an iconic American company hit the auction block:
Crash Test, You Dummies!
Here are the results from 2020.
According to the engineers, every pick-up large or small needs improvement:
You gotta love the curious mind.
And the scientific method.
And the ability to manufacture products which combine the curious mind’s investigations with the reality of scientific discovery to produce novel man-made (and woman-made too, you feminist dingbats!) items which do NOT exist in nature.
And mostly, you gotta love technology, which delivers the goods.
Here’s a new product, Proteus, which is almost indestructible:
A Canadian version of Rock Auto exists!
The name is “Wrench Monkey Auto Parts“.
Orders over $100 CDN are delivered free in Canada.
Joe needed some parts for a recent addition to the fleet: a 1991 Ford Ranger, 2 wheel drive, 4.0L V-6 engine with automatic transmission.
The two parts we wanted were a Dorman tailgate latch replacement (part # 90699) and Raybestos brake pads. We phoned the local suppliers – here in Vernon that is Lordco, and another is Gilberts. We no longer shop NAPA unless desperate. The brake pads were quoted over $100 CDN, and the latch over $40 CDN at both local sources. The latch was a 4 to 6 week wait. Total over $160 CDN before taxes. Joe has a wholesale account at both places. Full retail was approaching $300 CDN.
Amazon (Canada) was outrageous.
Amazon (US) was cheap, but expensive shipping.
eBay and Rock Auto ditto.
Enter Wrench Monkey.
The brake pads $65.80, the latch $34.88 for a total of $100.68 CDN, total $105.71 CDN taxes in. Free shipping. The down side is a wait for delivery.
Joe spends a lot of $$$ a month on vehicle parts.
Methinks what with Rock Auto, Amazon, eBay, and now Canadian only entity The Wrench Monkey, the “brick and mortar” shops have some hard times coming…..
Joe tries to support local businesses, but when the cost becomes prohibitive, the bottom line is S,S,S.
That is, Sales, Service, and Support.
Our Amazon and eBay experience has given all S’s all the time.
We’ll see with how it goes with The Wrench Monkey.
Sunlight and Health
Joe and I have always been sun worshipers.
Never used sun block or sun glasses.
We admit we over did the sun many many times when not conditioned to intensity in late spring / early summer.
Seems we were on track to be healthy.
Dr. Ken Berry lists 10 reasons to get sunlight every single frickin’ day:
On a parallel tangentially oblique subject, on the 23rd of July we celebrated 2 full years of carnivore eating habits. No carbs. No sugar. Not a vegetable or piece of fruit. Lots of rib eye and other beef cuts, lots of pork, chicken, cream, butter, and cheese.
Have we “cheated”? If you mean have we had an occasional beer, yes. If you mean have we eaten bread or potatoes or rice or fruit….. no.
We are down 65 pounds. Brain is happy happy joy joy. Skin tags disappearing. No meds. No problems. All is well. We are experimenting with adding foods to test body reaction. Only low carb high fat foods. Life is good!
POLITICS, POLITICIANS, WACKJOBBERY, HUMOROUS, STUPID
This week the sermon is a conversation between Candace Owens and Dinesh D’Souza, discussing his new book “The United States of Socialism”, current events, socialism vs communism, and the paucity of “education” in the American education system, post secondary especially.
Two very intelligent well informed conservatives.
What’s not to love?:
WEATHER (OR NOT)
The weather in Vernon BC has been warming.
This week we’ve had some glorious almost 30°C days.
We also had damn near monsoon rain one day, and a few other unsettled drizzly nights.
The damn grass is growing and the hills are green in the last week of July!
It should be dry brown by now – if you don’t water it (and we don’t).
All in all, Maggie, we’ve had an unsettled year, weather wise.
And every other wise, too.
Nevertheless, Joe and I are finally enjoying the occasional hot day.
Joe (nicely browned) Mekanic
p.s. Ramirez for the mud peckers everywhere –