The Beginning....

The Beginning....
When William Least Heat-Moon toured the country many years ago, his steed, if you will, was a van that he named Ghost Dancing. His journey of America was 13,000 miles. His book is Blue Highways, A Journey Into America. My steed will be a Subaru WRX (traded for an XV Crosstrek). My travels will be, what in the past were called, the blue highways of Virginia. Years ago, maps showed secondary roads in blue. Yes, the ones less traveled.

Friday, May 19, 2017

This Has to be the Best-Ever Deal on Internet Service, Period!!!!!!

OK, folks. I fess-up. I borrowed this from the Internet.

OK, so how did I end up finding 4G Community?

Short version...I was using a 22GB internet service at $95 per month. (Note: I don't watch TV and have a basic flip, bundling I wasn't looking for.) Each month I kept telling myself to get a cheaper/less expensive service. Finally, I spent a few hours and found 4GCommunity.

Amazing rates are quoted. The one I was interested in was $250 plus a membership fee of (I think) $15. So, what do you get for $265? One year of unlimited Internet usage and the Hotspot device (a small gizmo that gets you connected). Amazingly, the second year is only $168.

For those of you who aren't familiar with a Hotspot device, you can haul this around with you and as long as it's charged and there is service you have the Internet.  

I was a little hesitant to sign on with them. Why? First off it just seemed to be too good to be true. Also, for tech support and information about the program, there are limited hours that you can seek help. Yes, daytime hours only and no tech support on Sunday.

I left a message on the information number. My call was returned a day later. OK, I'm feeling a little better about these folks.

I found a forum where several folks mentioned them and reported the service worked as advertised. Yes, that was good to read.

Also, asked myself, Do I really need 24-hour tech support? The Hotspot I have now has been running for about a year. Yep, just plugged it into the charger and that was that. The one I have now I will occasionally have to restart it if I can't get connected. Just turn it off and back on. So, no, I don't really need 24 tech support.

OK, I signed up...

My Hotspot got here in just a few days. Yippie. OK, I tried to get connected and couldn't. Dang. Sent off an email to tech support. Kept fiddling around...the magic code or what-have-you was hard to read. This is shown on the Hotspot gizmo. Yes, old eyes and small print. I was leaving off a small a that looked like a period or something. If I hadn't goofed up on that, it'd been working in a couple of minutes.

Tech support? Yes, they called me in about 8/12 hours. Though everything was working fine had a nice conversation with Scott, about 4G.

And, that's my story folks....

EDIT: You might even be able to use this for phones, though I surely don't know.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Fountain Pen Hospital is the Best!!!!!!

OK, first off, I own a ton of fountain pens. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, these are pens that use
actual ink. In fact, many must be filled from bottles of ink. For some reason that I can't quite fathom I started collecting Retro 51 pens (though Retro makes fountain pens that use liquid ink, most of their pens are rollerballs/ballpoints) a few months ago. A couple of days ago Retro introduced a new model: Shark Alley. Decided I had to have one and they are making fewer than 800. Sooooooo, off to Fountain Pen Hospital I go.

In just one day many dealers were already sold out. That said, Fountain Pen Hospital showed they were taking orders for their shipment that was due to arrive shortly. I placed my order online, Friday, March 10, 2017. 

Amazingly, an hour or so later (after they sent an email showing my order) a gentleman called me to let me know that my order would be shipped not later than Monday. The gentleman was personable, pleasant, and professional. Dang, I thought, this amount of personalized service for a $41 rollerball pen! About an hour later another email. Yes, my pen is on the way.

Just felt I had to give these folks (sorry, the oaf I am, didn't get the gentleman's name) some recognition. When we want to complain about bad experiences we usually do...but, we often ignore great service and give no credit when it's due.

Fountain Pen Hospital has been in business since 1946. They are one of the best-known pen shops in the US (and I'm sure they do business internationally). Give these folks a call for your pen needs.   1-800-253-PENS. Also, check out the collection of terrific pens at Retro 51. Great for yourself or as gifts.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

I Now Have Three Books Available on Amazon and other Online Bookstores....

Two of the books are 55-word stories and one is limited to six words. All three have stories or comments about religion, relationships, life, and the human condition.

The first one has been available for about five years. The two latest were just finished over the past week.

The first one, Fifty-Five 55-Word Stories, though I like the stories, looks like it was thrown together by an amateur, which it was of course. The book has limited font sizes and just about no bold print and the categories of stories aren't grouped.

The two books just published recently have a more professional look. However, I still like all of the stories. And, stories are why we write books.

There are @ 288 of these!

On Amazon, there are sample stories for all of the books.

If you take a look and have questions, send me a note,, and put in the subject line, Book.

This link will take you to the books.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

This Is an Amazing Story. Click on the Link!

This is an amazing story on so many levels--a pleasant break from all of the horrible things going on in our world. I hope this might give you pause to think about your life and values.

Here's the link.                                                

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Yes, a Councilwoman, in Chesapeake, Virginia Wants to Have in God We Trust Plastered Everywhere!!!!!

Here we go again, amazingly. In our sister city, if you will, Chesapeake, which rubs up against the border of my city (Virginia Beach) Councilwoman Suzy Kelly is proposing that Chesapeake adopts In God We Trust. Here's the link to the article.

I would really like to use the F word, however, one of my New Years' resolutions was to use no words that I wouldn't use around my mom. And, around my mom, I rarely, if ever, even said damn.

Where was I?

If I said my Subaru gets 100 mpg you'd surely ask for EVIDENCE! You would surely want to see some road tests or something. You surely wouldn't believe just on my saying that my Subaru gets 100 mpg. Suppose I showed you the Subaru Bible and pointed out that the Bible said it gets 100 mpg, would you then believe it? Why not, for cryin' out loud, it's in the Bible.

Yet, you believe in a virgin birth, talking snakes, and all the rest....but, won't believe my Subaru gets 100 mpg.

Well, enough of this. Yes, just whistlin' Dixie. You folks keep on getting up on Sunday, putting on your finest, trudging to your churches and such, and praising whatever God you praise. Listening to ministers, reverends, and so on; dressed in really tacky costumes, babbling about the Lord God and Baby Jesus. Terrific.

Occasionally and rarely a few of you will all of a sudden realize you've been had.....and, will realize what a hoax and a scam it has all been.

Yes, America may well be a great country. But, in many ways, with our bizarre and absurd beliefs, we are so far behind other great nations who have tossed off the shackles of delusions, false beliefs. myths, and superstitions.

If we take a look at the countries that have the highest we're happy and enjoying life ratings, they are the same countries that have the fewest believers! Hmmm.....

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Banger, Short-Track Racing, and Road Rage........

How about a change of pace?

Any of you folks race fans? I've been watching and attending races for years. The first race I attended was about 1945. Though my favorite is road racing, over the years I've watched just about everything, yes, including lawn mower racing!

However, until yesterday I'd never heard of Banger racing. Yes, Banger racing. There seem to be several classes and some races seem to be nothing more than a demolition derby, though most are actual races even though there will be a lot of Banging (wrecking).

In the States, we have short-track racing. Typically, this is what you might call hobby racing that takes place Saturday night at tracks all over the country. The tracks are usually 1/4 or 1/2 mile. And, it's often said there will be beatin' and bangin'. Yes, close racing with paint swapping and rubbing. It would seem that the Banger racers take it to another level.

Here's an example of the Micro class of Banger racing....

By now, we've all heard of road rage. I think for most instances of so-called road rage, we may be more accurate in calling it antisocial personality disorder. You know, thug and bully behavior. But, enough of trying to define it. In England, you could just drive your everyday car right out on the track and deal with your aggression or your desire to go fast and race.

Yes, just drive your family car out on the track.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

OK, Who Saved the Fan Who Had a Seizure? Was it Tim Tebow and His Laying on of Hands or Was it My Eating a Hot Dog?

Well, I'm sure most of us have heard about Tim Tebow and the fan who had a seizure. And,
that Tebow laid on hands and prayed. Sadly, many think that this act actually saved this fan.

A couple of comments. Because two things happen at the same time doesn't mean there's causality. That is, it doesn't mean that one thing caused the other.....Tebow laying on of hands and the fan coming to. 

Yes, it will surely seem crazy to you believers but I could have been eating a hot dog at the time of this incident, and claim that my eating a hot dog caused this fan's recovery. It makes as much sense or lack of sense.

The other aspect is from a medical perspective. Sadly, many people routinely have seizures and most of them are not fatal. Yes, the person recovers and goes about their life. This fan recovering could be the normal course of events for him.

Some, I'm sure actually think that Tebow has the power or whatever term you want to use. You know, Tebow is a healer. Well, that could easily be tested by him going to the closest hospital.

Now, I would like to metion Kari Van Horn of ABC 15 Arizona, Yes, she gets a Crap Head
Award for calling this a MIRACLE!!!!!! Way to go, Kari!

Here are two links about this story:

Monday, October 3, 2016

Having Emotional Problems, Depressed, Relationship Gone to Hell, Life Out of Control.......????

My friend, Mr. Charlie, who is a counselor, recently told me I've been obsessed about so-called complementary and alternative medicine, psychics, and so on and spending far-too-much time writing about it. And, he may well be correct.

Anyway, he sent me a link that solved all of my problems. I will share it with you folks.

Do you remember the Bob Newhart Show? He was a psychologist?

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Dr. Oz, Wins Awards...... And Introducing, Dr. Orac.

For years, the James Randi Educational Foundation (JREF) has annually given out the
Pigasus awards. I just visited with Dr. Orac, and found this link.  As I knew Oz had received the award I just glanced at the article. As I best remember, in addition to receiving the award, he's the only one who received it more than once.

Here's a list of all of the award winners.

Dr. Orac is, as I best remember, a surgeon specializing in breast cancer. He has hundreds of articles. Take a look and learn something. (Sounds kind of snarky.) But, you will learn something.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Astrology, Psychics, Healings, Mind Control, and So On, Redux....

If you don't believe in so-called complementary and alternative medicine and psychics and stuff, you should enjoy these videos. If you are a believer, YOU REALLY NEED TO WATCH THESE VIDEOS!!!

A great video. James Randi travels the world, including Russia.

For years James Randi offered a million-dollar prize 
to anyone who can prove they have the ability.
Watch these folks as they try to win Randi's money.

OK, Who's the Biggest Liar? Trump or Clinton?

Yeah, yeah, I know, your candidate lies the least. When I want the truth, I always rely on John Oliver.

Oliver fact checks Trump and Clinton.

Seth takes a look at the first debate.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

I Just Watched Dr. Strangelove, Again. And, Thought About Peter Sellers.

Some of you may not know about Peter Seller's death. He had a heart condition and instead of having bypass surgery, he had psychic surgery. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, psychic surgery. Though I'm sure this is available in many countries, as I best understand it, most folks travel to the Philippines.

James Randi gives a demonstration of psychic surgery.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ahhh, the Controversy About Mother Teresa, Who Is Now, Yes, A SAINT!!!!!!

I've been to Las Vegas, twice. When asked what I thought, I always said, Beneath the tinsel
and glitter, is more tinsel and glitter.

Sort of like the Catholic church, Beneath the myths, superstitions, tacky costumes, beanie caps (for cryin' out loud), unending bizarre rituals, talking snakes, virgin births, parting seas, drinking the blood of and eating the body of you-know-who, and on and yes, more of the same.

Here's the CNN article about Saint Teresa. Take a look at the chart that shows how a mere mortal becomes a saint. What's truly great about all of this is that there has to be two miracles before sainthood. I'm not wasting time on the miracles. Folks, it's 2016 and we're still talking about miracles. 

One the Saint's most vocal critics was Christopher Hitchens.

Catholic church or Christopher Hitchens????? What do you folks think? Lest you folks think I don't like Catholics, my best friend was almost-a-priest. Thank the Lord he saw the light!

And, lest you think I don't like Catholics and the Catholic church....what I don't like is religion. 

You might find this book interesting.