Monday, December 22, 2014

Winter Solstice - yea, good one! More liberal lies!

So I woke up this morning expecting to throw open the blinds to beautiful sun bathing my skin and "The hills are alive" bursting from my lungs.  BUT NOOOOOO!!!  All I see is blackness.  Winter Solstice my butt.  OH - the days will get longer now I kept hearing - NOT AT MY HOUSE!!!  

I know I know - many of you will be shocked when I say this but I was raised as a social liberal and economic agnostic (I don't actually know what that means but it sounds good) but this "liberal" fallacy has been blown way out of proportion.    

Here are the facts!!!!    

Columbus will not gain it's first full minute of "sunlight" until December 24th!!  Yea - so lets not get all excited YET.  Columbus will be at 8:58 minutes of "sunlight" (another fallacy in my book) for 7 days. That's right.  God is on vacation and does not have time to give us what we need.  This sunlight train does not really get rolling until December 30th when we start to gain one minute a day.  

Which brings us to a question.  Where does God go when on vacation??.   Well, I Googled it and it seems it's the Bahamas or Saturn's Rings. 


I'm only going to say this once, unless you are on Facebook (Melotte Photo Imagery) or on my email list  Rod's ever growing email list  but I can get a deal on calendars (2015) and if anyone wants' one for $16, email me and I'll order some. Rod's secret email   (I'll erase that in a day or two if I remember).

Order goes out Friday and I'll mail the calendar to you when I get them. Don't worry about $$ yet, I just need to know how much to order.  

I have no idea what photos I'll put on this calendar so it's a crap shoot.  I would love to make one every year but they are expensive.  SO - let me know BEFORE Friday when the sale ends.   


Don't let Putin fool you. Russia is in full economic crisis!  Interest rates are now at 17%.  Major banks are thinking of downgrading Russian debt to "junk" status.   Compared to Columbus's A1 status we are sitting pretty and I have a plan.  I will talk to the Mayor about Columbus BUYING Russia since it's cheap right now and I think we could turn it around.  We could have a Mullins East! 


Gun Control.   I'm not anti gun. I'm anti-needing a gun but not anti gun.  All this "I need a gun to keep my family safe" is BS.  What! do you keep the gun on a table ready for action?  No - if you are a smart gun owner you lock it away.  SO - a bugler enters your house and wants to kill your family. First thing you do is run to your locked gun locker, find the key or enter the combination if you can remember it, then run back upstairs where he is waiting and blast him (or her sorry that was not politically correct).  

BUT anyway - what tweaked this part of my brain was the old "don't mess with the 2nd amendment" argument and "'if you take away our guns only outlaws will have guns" and I say, if only outlaws had guns thousands of children would still be alive.    


Amy and Maya
OH - a BIG BIG congratulations to Maya and Amy, two food scientists (actually candy scientists) from UW-Madison that after racing 26,000 miles through 8 countries in 30 days won the Amazing Race, what I consider the most physically demanding hardest non-scripted show on TV.  They were the underdogs all the way and the only leg they won was the final one.  The other teams called them low hanging fruit, don't worry about them.  

This race was the ultimate hare vs tortoise where the tortoise had the brain power and made very very few mistakes. They are the 1st all female team to ever win Amazing Race in 25 seasons and the 2nd team from Madison to win.  

It was interesting to watch because before the show CH3 interviewed them and asked if they would do it again.  The said YES, in a heartbeat. Which told me they did not come in last with a bad experience.  

Then in the first 4 or 5 episodes they were really not on camera much which told me either they are either REAL boring or will get more camera time later.  The later came true. 

Bethany Hamilton
Lot's of injuries this time from one woman getting stabbed in the foot in some nasty poop ridden area in eh Philippians, a sprained ankle, Amy almost getting heat stroke in Manilla, one contestant slipping 600 feet above the ground on a wire   

And I gotta say it. Bethany Hamilton, a professional surfer who had her arm bitten off by a shark, was AMAZING!!   OMG - there was not one thing she could not do better then two armed contestants.  All of the teams were in awe.  

In February Survivor Season 30 and Amazing Race Season 26 will be back to back.  Survivor will have three tribes,  Blue Collar, White Collar and No Collar,  Amazing Race will have 10 sets of couples, HOWEVER, these couples have not met each other yet. The ultimate blind date! 



May your house be full of Christmas
Long before the day appears.
May it's glow light up the season
And then linger through the years.

Make you wake to birdsong daily
Feeling blessed by morning light,
And know the peace of work well done
Before you sleep each night.

May your friends be always near you
When you need them by your side,
May your children bless their home
And life your hearts with pride.

May you walk the earth with pleasure,
May the skis be kind above,
May your hearts reflect your hearthfire
And your lives be warm with love! 

         --E.V. Melotte

Since I believe most people read this from work or find it in the spam email - have a very merry holiday season and Thank You. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

12,400 gallons of beer!

After my comments against North Korea it seems I have lost some valued readers in fear of reprisals.

I was thinking of what the U.S. could do in response but it seems North Korea only have WIN98 computers which are unhackable.  We could take down their electric grid but that is only up 4 hours a day anyway. Disrupt their food chain?  hmmmm 

North Korea only allows 14 hairstyles for woman and 14 styles for men - perhaps there is something there that we can mess with their lives.     

In other news Sony has decided that their movie "The Interview" has gotten such bad press they will re film parts of the flick and to ease international tensions instead of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un being the target it will now me Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


The one sure thing on Wall Street is the Santa Rally. Happens every year like clockwork.  You can bet on it.  It's easy to explain.  Around the 1st of December all of the Mutual Fund managers start to dump their under-performing stocks so when their year end reports come out it shows only good stocks. This causes the Dow to take a small tumble.

Then, once all the the reports are printed they start to buy back all of those under-performing companies because they are now cheap and BAM - Santa rally!

If Santa Claus should fail to call
Bears may come to Broad & Wall


The Marshall City Council has adopted a much more lenient snowmobile ordinance making everyone happy.  Only one state in America has more snowmobiles then Wisconsin and that is Minnesota.

A snowmobile traveling at 15mph emits 73db measured at 50 feet away. Far below normal city ordinances.  A lawn mower is 80 db.  Just sayin'.

OK OK - I'm in enough trouble as it is!!  :-)


Of course everyone was watching the football games last night between Tennessee and Jacksonville  . . . .right?  Well the fun thing happened on the very final play of the game when Sen'derrick Marks sacked the QB earning him a $600,000 bonus for the year.  His contract said if you get 8 sacks you get an extra $600,000.   He was very happy.


 NBA 36-22 now 62.1%


I have issues with the National Christmas tree

Is that actually a tree??  Looks more like the National Christmas Cone to me. Seriously?


It's not looking like Christmas at all.

The last time we did not have snow on the ground for Christmas was 2006, before that 2002 and then we go all the way back to 1982.  YET - we only have snow on the ground 60% of the time in the last 108 years!

The warmest high Christmas was 54 in 1982 (I believe we had a thunderstorm that day - I remember)
The coldest low was -21 in 2000
Largest snowfall is 3.5 inches 1950
Highest snow depth is 16 inches in 1985

Going to be close this year with a group of unsettled weather coming the middle of next week.  The problem is that it might be snow, it might be rain it might be slush.  It WILL be windy.  And after Christmas  . . .winter shows it's ugly head and we turn c c c cold.


Things you never thought you want to know!

A sneeze travels at 100mph

There is more bacteria in your mouth then people in the world - on a side note people get all weird when they see a human and dog kiss (you know like a lick on a puppy or something)  YEW - dog germs.  Well, we have MUCH more crap in our mouths they dogs do!  It's THEM that should be worried.

Your foot can produce one pint of sweat a day!

Your eyes can have UP TO a 576 megipixle resolution.

And finally!

Want to see what 12,400 gallons of beer looks like fermenting  . . . . IN MY BASEMENT??

Thursday, December 18, 2014

America, Land of the Cowards It Seems

Has Americareally sunken to hand wringing worriers?  Would we have caved in to Hitler because he threatened us?  Should we just stay away from any business that has a threat from any nutball dictator?  Should we make our schools prisons (wait, we have done that already).

HEY - if you play that movie we're going to blow you up.  OK OK WE GIVE UP!!!!  HANDS IN THE AIR, HIDE UNDER THE COVERS!

Good lord America has become weak.

YEA - TAKE THAT NORTH KOREA - you can' t shut down THIS blog!!  

Sorry - had to get that off my chest - I have angst this morning.  I don't know why! 


NBA - 0-3 last night  (hmmmmmmm)

down to winning 60.3% (which in some circles is still freaking amazing).


The photo above was taken while I was getting spoken too sternly for taking the photo. In fact every time I have taken photos of the mill a dude comes out on his riding lawn mower and gives me a lecture.  Well . . . .dude . . . .I'm on public property, I can take any damn photo I want.  MERRY CHRISTMAS  :-)   (I just made myself laugh).

Christmas Season - 1960

The house is a-bustle with holiday doings,
With baking and trimming and wrapping of toys,
Buying and trying and signing of Christmas cards,
Carols and laughter and secrets and noise.

The children are busily being mysterious,
They've bolted their doors and are late for their meals,
Soon they will appear bearing queerly shaped packages
Bristling with Scotch tape and hundreds of seals.

We think that our kitten, in sniffling the presents,
Got too big a whiff of her new catnip mouse,
For she's knocked over the little tree, climbed up the big tree,
And eaten the roof off the gingerbread house.

Our youngest is trudging upstairs with a ruler
To find Daddy's biggest and stretchiest socks.
Out little chihuahua is wild with excitement
And keeps falling into the ornament box.

So steady the ladder and hand me that angel,
Hi-ho the holly and mistletoe, too! 
All of us here in our family are wishing
The merriest possible Christmas to you! 




Of course when you are 25 you are normally living pay check to pay check or less. But you should put SOMETHING in savings every check. ANYTHING.  Take it off the top, pay yourself.

It's all about compound interest and it works, trust me. 


The Bears

You know if you have an iPhone and are typing something and want to start all over you just shake the phone like a martini and start all over?  That is what the Chicago Bears need to do!  So they benched Cutler who will now make 1 milling dollars a game sitting on the bench. The basic reason is Marc Trestman is trying to save his job and if he can win his last 2 games . . . . . . . .

In other news - Paul Chryst???  WOW - I did not see that one coming!!!


Survivor - great ending to a very good season. According to Graph TV this was one of the best if not the best season ever. In fact the last 2 years have rated as the two best.

The interesting thing about this year was that it was Blood vs. Water where 8 teams of couples were
on the show competing against each other.  This year an Amazing Race couple were on the show, identical twins Natalie and Nadiya.  Nadiya was the very first contestant voted out and the two had never spent more then a few days apart for ANY REASON.

Natalie was forced to be her own woman for the 1st time in her life and she won!  She was awesome pulling the biggest moves in Survivor history and playing an amazing game.

In February the next Survivor starts,  Blue Collar vs. White Collar vs. No Collar!  Should be interesting.

Have a great day.