Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Commercial Break

Bob Warr posted a thing about this commercial.  I found it on youtube.  Bob thinks it is quite funny, and so do I.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Indianapolis Motor Speedway
before its opening in 1909.

One hundred five years ago today, the first race was held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  Over three days of racing, a driver, two mechanics, and two spectators gave their lives for motorsport.

The first "500" was run on May 30, 1911.

Monday, August 18, 2014

An Important Birthday, and Related Trivia

      This daughter attains double-nickels status today!  Happy birthday, Ivanelle.

Ivy shares her birthday with any number of famous or widely-known people, as we all do.  Some who were born on August 18 are

Virginia Dare, 1587, famously the first English child born in the Americas.
Shelley Winters, 1920, well-known actress, now departed.
Rosalynn Carter, 1927, former First Lady.
Robert Redford, 1936, American actor and one-time heartthrob of every housewife. (I am told.)
Timothy Geithner, 1961, recently Secretary of the Treasury of the United States.

Are you aware of the fact that in any randomly chosen group of 23 people there is a 50-50 chance that two of them will have the same birthday?  The odds in favor of such a pairing increases as the number of people in the group increases, and at 70 people there is a mere one chance in a thousand that there won’t be such a match.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Keys to Right Living, Series Finale

In our study of the keys to right living, we have remaining the list of "Thou shalt nots."  While these directives are couched in the negative, they are really admonitions to eschew those things which are harmful to ourselves and others.  It is all good.

Thou shalt not kill, commit adultery, steal, bear false witness, or covet.  These admonitions are virtually universal, that is, respected as proper regulations to be observed in all societies.  The discussion of universal moral precepts was covered in Ethics 201 sixty and more years ago.  It is of mere academic interest that there are or have been social groups in various places which have not considered one or more of these to be required guides for living.  Such societies are either insignificant or defunct.

Since these rules are pretty much self-explanatory, and since most people have an ingrained sense of the value of living by them, even those who violate them, we are not going to explore each commandment in depth.  We will conclude our study of the ten commandments, though, by focussing a bit on the tenth.  I find it interesting that the "Thou shalt not covet" is followed by a specific list of things that covetousness must not touch, but then wraps up the listing  with an all-inclusive "nor anything that is thy neighbors."  Doubles the emphasis.

Many of us, I fear, are like Jerry Clower's buddy, Marcel Ledbetter.  You may recall that Jerry related the story in which they passed a fabulous pickup truck.  Marcel said, Whooee! I wish I had that pickup truck.  Jerry told him, That is a sin.  To covet is a sin.  You say, "I wish I had a pickup like that one."

All right, said Marcel, I wish I had a pickup like that one.  But if the only way I can get it is take his and him walk, I'd take his.

Our study of the commandments begs the question "Why were we given such directives?"  We were given these commandments of God not to place us in bondage, but to set us free!  To live by these precepts is to be free from the slavery of fear, and unforgiveness, and besetting sins that lead us into captivity and anguish of spirit.

To imagine, though, that we can follow these guidelines in our own strength and without God is folly.  It is only in His strength which he gives us in salvation through Jesus Christ that we will be able to live such a life of freedom.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Ouabache in August

 Among the fungus.  

Firebugs at it, as usual.

For this month's campout, we arrived late and left early.  BBBH is going on three weeks of severe pain in the right leg, chiropractor, doctor, and doppler notwithstanding.  Solution to date: painkillers.  Not a good thing.  Thus it was that it was Monday past noon before we decided to go, and by Wednesday at noon, we decided to come home.*

We did get in one short walk, which yielded the fungus find.  And rain Monday night helped us find that we have sprung a leak around the skylight.  Always something.  The good news?  The drip dropped directly into the bathtub.

The girl finally got an X-ray which revealed two crushed vertebrae in the lower back, hence a pinched nerve causing the leg pain.  "Have you fallen recently?' asks the Sawbones.  "Well, yes, I did land on my behind in the driveway a month or so ago, but I didn't think anything of it."   MRI scheduled for Monday.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Road Trip with Auntie

"Tomorry," said Uncle Jep, "I want you should take the V-8 'n drive your Aunt Grace over to Liberal, so's she kin visit her Aunt Laura.  Sam 'n I have too much to do over to his place fer me to take off, 'n I won't much miss you around here for a couple days, leastways, no more'n I miss the woman."

"What? Where's tonight's tale?"

"Nah, you need get on ta bed 'n get some rest. An' I doubt not thet your Aunt Grace will more than fill your want of tales afore you get home."

The sun jumped above the horizon as we passed Coolidge.  As the day brightened, so did Aunt Grace, and soon enough she was rolling along as fast and as smoothly as the pickup was running.

"Did your Uncle Jeptha ever tell you," she asked, "about the time he went off to war?  No?  I thought not.  He'll talk about most anything, but that is a part of his life he'd rather forget.  You see, it was in February of '98, I think, when the Maine was sunk in Havana harbor.  You know about that, don't you?  Of course you do.  You have been to high school, after all.  Well, by late Spring the people across the country were getting quite worked up about Spain and her involvement in Cuba and in other parts of the world.  Must have been pretty general, otherwise how would the people in that little corner our world where we lived get incensed about something so far away?  So, Jep, he decide it was his fittin' and patriotic duty to join up.  The President was pleading for more troops.  Now we were living in Tennessee, but Jep still owned twenty acres in Scott County, so in order to be with his buddies from his boyhood, he joined up with the Second Virginia Volunteer Infantry.  They send him off to Camp Cuba Libre in Jacksonville, Florida."

Aunt Grace went on, filling me in on Jeptha's military training, the crowded conditions in camp, the miserable summer heat, and the mosquitoes.  Always the mosquitoes.  Presently we are in Garden, and Aunt Grace need to stop for a rest break, not to mention that I need that, too.  After a few minutes at a Phillips 66, we drove over to the city park where we stretched our legs and ate the sack lunch Auntie had prepared.  Then we were on the road southward toward Liberal.

"Well, wouldn't you know it?  But another week of training, then they would ship Jep off to Cuba.  Then it happened, not on the training grounds, but as he was walking along toward his quarters when he steps in a hole, breaks his left leg, shin-bone between the knee and the ankle.  Then, what, ho!  His buddies are shipping out to the war, and he is stuck in Jacksonville, set and plastered, but it would take time to heal.

"So it is that Jeptha is put on "desk duty."  The sergeant tells him, "Rejoice, you are now a clerk."  They set him down in front of one of them type writing machines, which he's never seen in his life, and tell him, "Write up this stack of orders."  Well, Jep is always conscientious, and he's a fair to middling quick learner.  Tells me in his letters to me before his stint as clerk is over that the tips of both his index fingers have calluses on them.  But the worst part was the heat.  He thought it had been hot in July, but come August, he thinks "hell has come."

"So then in the middle of August, the war comes to an end.  Of course the military is still needed to enforce the peace now that Spain has agreed to pull out  and grant independence to Cuba.  Well, Jep might have been assigned to a unit and shipped over, but the army decided that they would muster him out, as they had no longer need of so much infantry.  They take his rifle, give him thirty dollars and tell him he is on his own.  On his own, six hundred miles from home.

"Of course he did make it home, as you well know, and for which I am ever grateful.  But it would be in your best interest if you avoid asking your uncle about his military service."

© 2014 David W. Lacy 43

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oldie Goldie

Seville, dere dago
Tausen bussis inaro.
Dosarnt bussis
Dosar trux
Sumwit cowsin
Sumwit dux.