Tuesday, November 17, 2009


I seem to use the number three a lot.

When I am climbing the hill near to our house on the way home; I count 3 rotation with my right foot leading and then 3 starting with the left. This helps me forget that I am climbing a hill (nothing like the mountains my son climbs in his bike) & that I am tired (since this is the last big hill before home) and want that hill to be over.

When I am nervous or bored, I brush my finger tips with my thumb 3 times starting oneway & then 3 the other; when I get to the thumb I use my index finger on the thumb and then back down again reversing the process.

We had 3 children (a daughter & 2 boys); my son has 3 people in his immediate family (his wife & 2 boys); my daughter has 3 boys (not counting the older husband).

In my religion, three is also very important also (Father, Son and Holy Ghost {or Spirit if you are more modern but I learned HG when I was young and have always liked that designation}).

I always have liked numbers since my uncle used to give me math problems to solve when I was very young.

Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Buddha

It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either of them. Mark Twain

Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead.

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.

All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.

There are three faithful friends - an old wife, an old dog, and ready money.

There are three things extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one's self. Benjamin Franklin

three (cardinal number) equivalent to the sum of one and two; one more than two; (Roman numeral: iii, III)
ORIGIN Old English thrīe (masculine), thrīo, thrēo (feminine), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch drie and German drei, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin tres and Greek treis.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

"I'm only thinking of him"

In the "Man Of La Mancha" Musical there is a song: "I'm only thinking of him" that goes : I'm only thinking of him, I'm only thinking of him, Whatever I may do or say; I'm only thinking of him! In my body; it's well known, There is not one selfish bone... I'm only thinking end worrying about him! .

It is a song sung by Don Quixote's niece; who is ashamed of him and his actions; who obviously is only really thinking of herself.

The reason I am against so many of P.O.'s policies is that he is bankrupting my kids & grandkids. The bill becomes due after my time. My wife & I can probably survive the P.O. policies but what of my grandkids; all parents want better for their kids & future generations but if he keeps spending there will be worthless money for them. So I guess I can say "I'm only thinking if them."

Don Quixote quotes (Cervantes):

All that glisters is not gold.

Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last.

Tell me thy company and I will tell thee what thou art.

I drink when I have occasion, and sometimes when I have no occasion.

Inasmuch as ill-deeds spring up as a spontaneous crop, they are easy to learn.

Don Quixote the hero of a romance (1605–15) by Cervantes, a satirical account of chivalric beliefs and conduct. The character of Don Quixote is typified by a romantic vision and naive, unworldly idealism.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Gov Health

It is amazing to me that people really believe that the government can run health care.

A government that was responsible to get swine (H1N1) flu vaccine to the people. They promised 120,000,000 doses by October as which they delivered 20M. The same government that has basically run out of business the domestic vaccine business due to regulation & law suits. That has run the Post Office, Medicare, Social Security, Amtrak, etc. into bankruptcy.

The cost of Pelosicare is $1.2 trillion where the taxes raised include: on medical devices, on "Gold plated" medical insurance plans, $500 billion reductions in medicare, etc. More regulations on insurance companies, NO torte reform, as the Wall Street Journal has called "the worst bill ever" with 1900 pages of bill.

If you have a reasonable Senator or Rep (maybe my son's "good friend") call them & tell them that this is ridiculous bill should be voted against. I don't have any that would be affected by me.

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. Mark Twain

According to a new study, women in satisfying marriages are less likely to develop cardiovascular diseases than unmarried women. So don't worry lonely women, you'll be dead soon. Tina Fey

I don't jog. If I die I want to be sick. Abe Lemons

healthcare (n) the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, esp. through the provision of medical services

Scientific Method

Science has been a great deal of my education & work(degrees in Chemistry, nuclear training in Navy, performing Nuke training, & operator licensing).

I've always thought that Scientists are the most open minded people. But there are 2 subjects that they seem to have extremely closed minds.

The first is Global Warming. Since Al Gore (the inventor of the internet) declared that there is no more doubt, Global Warming is a fact; many in the scientific community refuse to accept that there are different views on the subject. There are 1000's of Scientists that believe that weather is a cycle that the earth heats up & then cools down. The GW people want to ignore the actual cooling down, that the ice pack has grown, that polar bears are not drowning; since the science is complete.

The other subject is Intelligent Design; many scientists believe that evolution & the big bang explain how life began. Any scientist that believes that there is a before (the big bang theory does not explain what happened before the bang) has been ostracized.

Science is simply common sense at its best that is, rigidly accurate in observation, and merciless to fallacy in logic. Thomas Henry Huxley

Science is facts; just as houses are made of stone, so is science made of facts; but a pile of stones is not a house, and a collection of facts is not necessarily science. Jules Henri Poincaré

In essence, science is a perpetual search for an intelligent and integrated comprehension of the world we live in. Cornelius Bernardus Van Neil

Scientific method refers to a body of techniques for investigating phenomena, acquiring new knowledge, or correcting and integrating previous knowledge. To be termed scientific, a method of inquiry must be based on gathering observable, empirical and measurable evidence subject to specific principles of reasoning. A scientific method consists of the collection of data through observation and experimentation, and the formulation and testing of hypotheses.


My daughter a while back complained (whined, exclaimed, etc.) in her blog about having 2" of snow on the ground.

We have been thru a long period of rain (not much rain in inches but lots of dreary dark days with light rain). It is my hypothesis that snow is better than rain. Snow covers the ground with a pretty white layer; whereas, rain just makes it ugly & muddy, Snow has to be shoveled but you can play in the snow much better than mud field!

“The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.” James Dickey

“Sunshine cannot bleach the snow, Nor time unmake what poets know” Ralph Waldo Emerson

snow (n) 1 atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals and falling in light white flakes or lying on the ground as a white layer 2 something that resembles snow in color or texture, in particular

ORIGIN Old English snāw, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch sneeuw and German Schnee, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin nix, niv- and Greek nipha.