I used to have the first tv that my dad had as a kid, he lugged it around from place to place till he settled down, we had it as a basement tv. When it finally died my brothers and I took out the tv and just used the cherry wood box for a chest. This old tv was a piece of furniture, a family heirloom. I remember changing the channel having to click thru each and every channel and back in those days there were only 4 channels, fast forward 35 years and tv’s are throwaways when was the last time you used a fixit person for anything? Most of the society today is throwaway, from tv’s to beds, to washers and dryers to –the sky is the limit. That is almost everything, the remote control is the one thing when it stops working we go into a panic, we don’t know what to do, we look at it, we push all the buttons, we take off the back, we roll the batteries in the back if that works we are relieved, if not we take the batteries out, switch sides then try again if that doesn’t work we replace the batteries. Thank goodness for batteries right, cause I don’t think I could go back to changing the channel by getting up and going to the tv to do it.
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
We all have favorites. When it comes to food, I have many from donuts to pizza to beer. I had a meeting last night and one of the guys there said I had a Bloedow doughnut this morning. Now if you don’t live in or have never been to Winona Minnesota you have no idea what a Bloedow doughnut even is, I suggest you find one and have one. They are tops. For burgers, I am partial to a Barrel Inn Mushroom Swiss or the big burger from The Swing Inn. Pizza has me wanting a pie, when it comes to frozen za, I live the Lloyds Sweet Home Chicago, for thin it has to be the Great River Road House, and Thick crust has me driving to Holmen to The Pizza Corral. Breakfasts now there are lots of great choices there, depending on the mood. What is your favorite foods, and places?
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
I used to work with a guy who was in his 40’s and lived at home with his parents, he always used ot say if my mom and dad didn’t want the responsibility of having kids they shouldn’t have had sex. As a young man I laughed at that, as an adult, I look back and cringe that that. I am sure you heard about the 18 year old from New Jersey who didn’t want to live by her parents rule; she moved out and is now suing them for college and living costs. You heard of this right. An 18 year old in New Jersey was trying to sue her parents for room board and education. The judge said no. Good for the judge, why is it that she feels as though she is owed this education. She isn’t, she should work for it.
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
A couple of big changes in the Schmidt house, my oldest is moving out with some friends. I will see now if all the lessons have stuck. He is moving only about 5 blocks from home so he’ll be close enough for lunches or dinners. The other big change is my middle son just got his permit yesterday, kinda fitting that he gets his permit and the gas prices go up, the last time I remember gas being under a dollar were for a few days around when he was born. Now the prices are creeping up again, this morning in La Crosse the prices are 3.54 per gallon, this sucks. I filled up the Tahoe on Saturday and did a little math only to find out I am only averaging 11.35 miles per gallon.
Monday, March 3, 2014
Who says you have to use things for what they are intended for. For example when I have a sticky zipper I rub a candle on it, same goes for a keyed lock, if it is sticking I run a candle on the key and open it up. Having baked potatoes on the grill and wrap them in tin foil? Save the foil and rub on the grill to clean it. If you’re camping and need to start a fire and can’t find kindling use Doritos they light on fire. Our lives are full of these little cheats that make our lives easier, what are some that you have found?
Friday, February 28, 2014
If you can't say something nice, don't say anything. Earlier this week a women who runs a bank in Cleveland learned that lesson the hard way when her response to a young job went viral. This woman said "Love the sense of entitlement in your generation. And therefore I enjoy denying your invite" I think I would have done the same thing and posted it. I try to be respectful in people I talk with and correspond with via emails and on social media. Life is too short not to. Be respectful yet be yourself.
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Gas prices are up again to 3.49 per gallon what happened to the lower prices? I for one am not happy, we spend lots of time in our vehicles commuting back and forth to work, meetings and taking our kids to sporting events. I live in a small town but easily drive over 200 miles per week, I know that is not much compared to bigger towns but most of my driving is being a cabbie. With all that time in the car we see and do lots that is not safe. I am guessing that you have seen people texting, and eating while on the road. I have also seen people reading a book, a newspaper and shaving. What are some of the weird things you have seen driver do while on the road?
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Stay the hell out of my business. It seems as though we are taking 37 steps backward, what is Arizona doing? Discriminating against groups because your religious beliefs. Doesn’t the bible say to love one another? Why would we as a country put up with this type of discrimination? At one time wasn’t just about every group discriminated against? Let’s see I am an overweight, bald, glasses wearing, hearing aid wearer, catholic, married, employed, father of 4 who likes to drink beer, and hang out with my friends of both sexes. I am sure there are groups out there that hate or discriminate against one of more of my qualities, enough. We are all so anti bullying isn’t discrimination bullying?
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Do you think we are dumber now than we used to be? Here is why I ask, when I was a kid I had every single one of my friends phone numbers memorized, my aunt and uncles numbers, my grandmas number and my Dads work number all committed to memory, now a days most people don’t even remember their own cell phone number not to mention someone else’s. I also remember writing a paper for school and not knowing how to spell a word, asking my Mom how to spell it she told me to grab the dictionary to look it up, I had no clue how to even spell it so I called the Library and asked. Now if we don’t know something we head to Google and our buddy there will tell us. Do you think that Google has made us dumber or more reliant on technology rather than trying to figure things out on our own?
Monday, February 24, 2014
Not feeling good is not good anytime, but to fell yucky on a weekend makes you feel like you missed out on something. I had to go to a basketball tournament on Saturday to watch my son play hoops and on Saturday night I was supposed to get together with friends, I caught a bug of some sorts at the basketball games and had to go home to sleep. I feel ripped off. I want my Saturday night back. Gas prices are up, again. My alley is horrible and so are many of the streets around town because of the ice, my alley has tons of ruts and there is nothing I can do about it. Sometimes letting go is tough,my goal today is to let these little things go. Have a great Monday.