Sunday, July 15, 2018

Summer Desert Flora

I've posted about these little cacti last year and I'm lucky enough to have caught them blooming again.  I never know when it's going to happen - I don't keep track of nature events like this - so it always surprises me to see the bright pink when I open the curtains in my living room.

Both the colors and the heat of summer are upon us.




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2017: Illicit Scrawl
2016: Wake-Up Call
2015: Chippin' It
2014: Dreaming Of A Craftier Life
2013: A Surprise In The Park
2012: A Little Red Water Never Killed Anyone
2011: Instantly Sexy
2010: Natural Light In Waterloo
2009: So, What Brings You To My Neck Of The Blogosphere?
2008: Eternity Is Going To Be SO. MUCH. FUN.
2007: I’ve Been Everywhere Sunday
2006: That Eddie Guy
2005: Pee Bum Head

Friday, July 13, 2018

The Greening Of My Eating

This week I went out to eat several times.  In an effort to make better choices, I chose salads at every place I went to.

I had the Classic Cobb Salad in the photo above (romaine lettuce, blue cheese crumbles, avocado, all-natural nitrate/nitrite-free bacon, all-natural cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black olives and hard-boiled egg with ranch dressing) at Burgers and Greens

I had athe Savannah Chopped Salad (romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, dried cranberries, Gorgonzola, honey roasted almonds, tomatoes, and cucumbers) at McAlister's Deli.

I had the Enlightened Kale and Roasted Brussels Sprouts Salad (Baby kale, herb-roasted brussels sprouts, romaine, blueberries, red grapes, dried cranberries, goat cheese, cucumber, candied pecans, toasted pepitas and red onions tossed in strawberry vinaigrette.) at BJ's Brewhouse.


I chose the Garden Kale Salad (grilled chicken, kale, heirloom tomato, asparagus, avocado, pine nut, parmesan, lemon tahini vinaigrette) at Culinary Dropout.

And last but not least, one of my favorite salads - the Spicy Thai Salad with Chicken (chicken, romaine, roasted cashew pieces, fire-roasted edamame, red pepper and carrot blend, cilantro and wonton strips tossed with low-fat Thai chili vinaigrette and drizzled with peanut sauce) from Panera Bread.  I usually pair this salad with a cup of their black bean soup.  Yum!


I've enjoyed the salads, and my only complaint is that a few of them had too much dressing.  I'll have to remember to order it on the side in the future.  I don't like my greens drenched.

All this salad eating is another attempt to drop some weight.  I've been spectacularly unsuccessful since my big attempt to do better two years ago, but I'm going to try again. 

And again. 

And again.  


One of these days I'll get it right!


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2017: 
Backlit

2016: Theatric Reading
2015: The Trout Capital Of Oklahoma
2014: Looks Like A Regular Moon To Me
2013: Laundry Options For A Modern Trucker
2012: It Can Only Mean One Thing
2011: It’s Like Cheers, Where Everybody Knows Your Name. OK, So It’s More Like Where Just One Guy Knows Your Face.
2010: Social NOTworking
2009: Scattergories
2008: Time Isn’t The Only Thing That Flies When You’re Having Fun
2007: Anything I Want
2006: Burglar And Idiot Proof
2005: Virginia Is For Lovers

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Unlimited In Oklahoma

I took this shot of trailers in front of Motorsports Unlimited in McAlester, Oklahoma only because I liked the silver and red trailer.  Looks kinda retro, kinda cool. 



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2017: The Crucible
2016: Find Yourself
2015: Bringing Back The Library Card
2014: Moab Muster
2013: Farm To Garden
2012: You Know You’re Getting Old When You Start Carrying Your Own Sugar
2011: America Runs On Dunkin’
2010: Los Links!!
2009: Here Kitty Kitty Kitty
2008: Intense Eddie Friday
2007: It’s An iPod, Not A wePod
2006: Doing The Wade
2005: It’s A Numbers Game

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Squeezing It In

While I was home this week, I squeezed in an appointment for a mammogram.

See what I did there?  

They had a new machine.  It was super vise-like.

Good times.


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2017: 
You Are The French To My Toast

2016: Junk In The Trunk
2015: Clean Panties In The Corner Pocket
2014: Total Throwback Thursday
2013: Attack Of The 50 Foot Chicagoan
2012: The Art Of The Merge (And Other Simple Courtesies Of The Road)
2011: Montana Fluff
2010: Stop The Presses!
2009: Fiesta Ed Friday
2008: Crotchety Old Woman
2007: One Side Of A Coin
2006: Why Oh Why
2005: Sign Of The Times

Monday, July 09, 2018

Loaded Up And Heading Home

After the Million Miler Event was over in Savannah, we decided to go home for a bit.  I had a few appointments I needed to take care of and Ed had some maintenance work to do on the truck.

There weren't any loads going to Arizona so we snagged this forklift headed to New Mexico and after delivery there if we don't find another load we will just deadhead the rest of the way. 

I'm glad to see that the weather in the coming week will be a little cooler - in the low to mid-nineties instead of triple digits - and it's monsoon season, so we can expect rain every day which although it raises the humidity, also cools things down a bit.

Looking forward to some afternoon rainstorms!



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2017: 
The City Girl Snaps A Sunset

2016: Imperfectly Wonderful
2015: Charleston Blues And Greens
2014: Dodging Locals Under The Oaks
2013: The Best Trail In Town
2012: It’s Even Better Than Having A “Plan B”
2011: Who Says Truckers Don’t Have Nice Legs?
2010: Boy, Have Times Changed!
2009: I’ll Have A Short Stack With A Million Scrambled Eggs On The Side Please
2008: It Came At A Perfect Time
2007: Experimenting With Scrotum
2006: Can Anyone Spare A Roll Of Pennies?
2005: Matching Purse And Flip Flops??

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Commerce On The Savannah

Over the course of our stay at the Westin Savannah Harbor, we moved rooms.  We originally had a golf course view and wound up moving to a river view, both rooms on the 16th floor, the highest in the building.

The golf course is nice, but in my opinion, watching the ships go by is more interesting.  This one passed through just as the sun was setting.  As you can see, just like the one that passed Ed on the river a few days ago, this one dwarfs everything around it.

The Savannah River is one of Georgia's longest and largest waterways.



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2017: 
The Horsepower Of The Apaches Was Natural

2016: Putting In The Miles
2015: Grand Parking Lot
2014: True Independence
2013: Pyrotechnic Parade Across The Midwest
2012: Plane, Train, Or Automobile – Just Get Me To Canada!
2011: Hello, Kitty. Who’s Your Friend?
2010: If It’s Good Enough For Homeland Security, It’s Good Enough For Me
2009: The Top At Dock
2008: Night Interrupted
2007: Just A Train And A Tree
2006: This is One Lawn Boy I Have No Desire To See Naked
2005: Not So Cuddly

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Freedom From Bullshit

SOURCE
The chart seen above is a perfect way to celebrate Independence Day (click for a bigger version) because it gives you a way to free yourself from the bullshit you take in from the offending news sources that feed it to you on a daily basis.  It lays out the most popular sources (beware of your local offenders) and shows where their bias lies.  It was put together by MarketWatch, a company listed as one of the least biased sources of information.

I follow almost all of the neutral new sources in the green rectangle - AP, Reuters, Bloomberg, AFP, NBC, ABC, CBS, The Christian Science Monitor.  I follow the ones that lean left - Politico, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and I even follow the ones that skew conservative - The Hill, The Wall Street Journal.  I want to know what's happening on both sides.

The yellow rectangle contains organizations that provide a fair interpretation of the news. Of these, I follow The Guardian, The Economist, The New Yorker, CNN, and The Atlantic.  A little from each side there, too.


I don't follow any liberal sources in the orange or red boxes, but I do sometimes read articles from The Huffington Post if it's been re-tweeted by a journalist or person I follow on Twitter. 

The most important part of this chart is the organizations that fall within that red rectangle - sources that are called "Nonsense damaging to public discourse". 

Nonsense damaging to public discourse.  Let that sink in.

These sources are watched and quoted, over and over and over again, by Orange Mussolini and his minions.  Trump and his supporters, repeatedly and with conviction, disseminate information (and use it as their source of "facts" when debating) from these sources.

These are the sources, ironically, that most often provide what these people like to call "fake news".   

Prior to Trump, these people, these conservatives, these right-wingers, these Republicans, got their news from the people in the middle. ABC, NBC, CBS, even CNN was what everyone watched before the 24-hour news cycle came into existence.  They trusted people like Walter Cronkite and Dan Rather and Peter Jennings and Tom Brokaw.  Journalists who were the best of the best.  Dan Rather began his career as a journalist since 1950.  He's been reporting news longer than I've been alive.  He was and is a trusted source.  But things are different now.

Now, if the news comes from a source Trump doesn't like, or it portrays him in a negative light, he deems the information fake.  It's ludicrous.  It's even more mind-blowing to see these people being led willingly, in cult-like fashion, by a person who lies as often as he draws breath.  Even when he's fact-checked by, well, almost anyone, often by playing audio or video of him telling the lie, his supporters still believe him.  It's unreal.  


It's mindblowing to hear people say - with a straight face! - things like, "Michelle Obama is a man." and "Hillary Clinton ran a child sex trafficking ring out of a pizzeria."  It's as if they can't tell the difference between truth and bullshit.  Shocking.

If you can't tell, I am no fan of Donald Trump.  I despise him.  But if you told me he was running a child sex trafficking ring out of a pizzeria, I'd tell you right to your face that there's NO WAY that was happening, that I don't believe it, and that you're crazy for even repeating and spreading something so fucking stupid. 

It's just preposterous the utter bullshit people believe.  And the reason they believe it, is because the dissemination of the lies is constant - through Trump himself, over and over again at his rallies, from his supporters, through Facebook, on Twitter, in person.  I have eavesdropped on conversations where it took every ounce of restraint I could muster to not scream,  "HILLARY CLINTON IS NOT TRAFFICKING CHILDREN FROM A PIZZA PARLOR!!!!"

So again, those in the red box are:

Fox News - almost EVERY Trump supporter watches Fox News.  It's like their very own news cult.  Trump even tweets things he hears on this channel, often in real time.  They report it, two seconds later he's tweeting it.


The Daily Caller

Breitbart

Newsmax (the National Enquirer of "news")

The Blaze

The Daily Caller

Drudge Report (he's in the orange, but may as well be in the red)

and InfoWars - where nutjob Alex Jones spews his filth from.

Let's remember what they're saying about the companies in the red rectangle in relation to how they report the news:



NONSENSE DAMAGING TO PUBLIC DISCOURSE

So if you're a diehard follower of any of the organizations in red, you might want to consider moving to the top of the chart and start watching/reading some of the companies in green.  The ones in the middle.  Even if they skew conservative, it's likely you're getting actual news and not some crazy bullshit.  

If Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson, Laura Ingraham, Judge Jeanine Pirro (God, help us), or anyone on Fox & Friends is your favorite "news" person, you really need to do yourself a favor and wander into reality.  Those people are entertainment personalities.  They are not journalists and they're not news reporters.  They host OPINION shows.  What they're telling you is their opinion, supported by guests who share their views, which are often very light on fact.  It's the epitome of spin.

So please, when you read or hear something, think about words you've undoubtedly heard in your lifetime - CONSIDER THE SOURCE.  And do your homework.  This is just one chart, but there are other places you can find minimal bias.  Before you forward an email, share something on Facebook, or repeat a story to your friends, check your facts.  You're entitled to your own opinion but you are not entitled to your own facts.

Don't spread nonsense damaging to public discourse. 

Now go have a great fourth of July!




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2017: Life, Liberty, And Ribs

2016: Happily Celebrating Beautiful Things
2015: Bring On The Bright, Bursting Skies At Night, Bring On The Thundering Booms
2014: Have A Berry Happy Fourth Of July!
2013: Relieved Of Civic Duty Just In Time For America's Birthday
2012: Blind With Patriotism
2011: Independence In The Town Of The Big House
2010: It’s So Much Prettier
2009: Soap Box Derby – Spavinaw Style
2008: Eddie’s Independence Friday
2007: Miss Independent
2006: Independence Day
2005: The Mother Road To Independence

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Dwarfed

Yesterday, Ed's little charter fishing boat was passed by this giant vessel, and then pass by the hotel we're staying at on their way to the port.  I read in a book in our hotel room that the Port of Savannah is the largest single container terminal in North America.

Last year, the port welcomed the largest containership to ever call on the East Coast of the United States.

That's impressive.



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2017: 
When A Bolt Turns You Into A Bitch

2016: The Most Important Meal Of The Day
2015: The Weirdest Reunion Ever
2014: River Alarm
2013: A Face Only A Mother Sniffer Can Love
2012: Rolling In The Deep
2011: A Castle On A Bluff
2010: The Skies Really Are Friendly, No Matter Who Is Flying In Them
2009: Eddie Beach Feet Friday
2008: Panoramic
2007: My New Motto
2006: Fake It Till You Make It
2005: Feria Colour Strands

Monday, July 02, 2018

On The River

Today Ed took an afternoon excursion with some of the people from our event.  They headed out on an offshore fishing trip provided by Miss Judy Charters.  I opted not to go because it was 90 degrees with 1.1 million percent humidity. 

They picked up the guests at the hotel dock and headed out on the Savannah River for a few hours.  The women who ran the charter said the fish weren't biting because it was too hot.  OK, people, if it's too hot for fish who live in water, it's too hot for humans. 

Ed had a great time and caught a stingray.  Apparently, it put up quite a fight.  Who knew there were stingrays in the river??




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2017: Reaching The Boiling Point
2016: Any One Will Do For Doo
2015: A Lazy River Surrounding A Big 'Ol Lazy Pool
2014: A Successful, Safe, Million Mile Driving Man And His Timepiece
2013: In Hot Pursuit
2012: The Spotlight Isn’t Just On The Community
2011: The United States Of American Cheese
2010: Waiting
2009: My Mother The Jihadist
2008: Perfectly Reasonable Defense
2007: Provocative
2006: Sidewalk Sushi
2005: $4,000 Worth Of Tupperware

Sunday, July 01, 2018

No Miles Are Being Driven This Week

We're spending the majority of this week in Savannah, Georgia at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa for another Million Miler celebration.  It's hot and humid here, so I'm not anticipating leaving the building but who knows, I might surprise myself and venture out for shopping or photographing.  Savannah has great spots for both.

Ed got his award back in 2014, but as a million miler, he's eligible to the event every year, wherever it's being held. 

We currently have a golf course view (see above) from the 16th floor of the building, which is also the top floor.  In a few days, we'll be back in a river view room, which I prefer, which will give us a great view of the fireworks display on the fourth. 



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2017: 
Partying Among Nations

2016: When You Need A Little Boost
2015: Celebrating At The Creek
2014: Show Ed Some Love And Crank Up The Good Luck Vibes!
2013: Canada Or Bust!
2012: Salena Scissorhands
2011: The Bald And The Beautiful
2010: Here To Win, Here To Stay
2009: Her Bosom Is Heaving, His Member Is Throbbing
2008: Worn By The Sea
2007: Spinning In The Night
2006: Forget Country Music! We Have Bungalows Full Of Breasts!!
2005: I Demand An Explanation