Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Stranger Things Renewed

You knew it was going to happen.  Well, if you follow certain movie sites or have talked to people that love the show.  I have talked about it.  I was hounded by co-workers until I watched it.  It was an amazing show.  I look forward to the next season.  They should bring in an actor like Michael Ironside.  He was a staple of eighties movies and TV.  He would make a great boss to Dr. Brenner (Mathew Modine).

Into the Storm

The storm is brewing off the Florida coast.  We are seeing rain bands.  It will be this way for the next day or so.  We had one passing storm and now it is just overcast.  So much for all the rain.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Calm Before. . .

I came in and there was little activity in the sky.  We have a storm heading our way.  Last night, it was drawing in bands from the east coast.  We would get rain showers.  They expect it to build up in the Gulf.  They are saying it will hit in the panhandle.  It will be big enough that we will feel some of it.

Reaching Across the Aisles

I was wondering.  If Trump becomes president, do you think he will rebuild all public housing?  That way, he could build them with Vegas "elegance" and call them Trump Towers.  Then, he will have buildings named after him in every state.  Of course, HUD will probably have to pay him a royalty for using his name and image.  I'm sure everyone will benefit from it.  People living in public housing will no longer see it as a bad thing.  They will proudly stand up and declare that they live in a Trump community.  That will encourage all to go out and work to stay in such luxurious conditions.

Monday, August 29, 2016


It's the time of year that Floridians dread.  Hurricane season may start earlier in the summer, but it really heats up in August and September.  Now, there are three storms out there.  Two of which will not hit us.  One that could strengthen when it gets into the Gulf.  The waters are warm and there is nothing to shear it apart.  It looks like we will get rain.  We will probably see some wind.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pulling Weeds

I woke early to beat the heat.  I don't think I did that.  I was sweating like crazy.  I had a stack of weeds that was up to my waste.  The mosquitoes were biting.  I could only last about an hour or so.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Sun and Rain

In Florida, you can have sun and rain at the same time.  It's one of those hot August days. The girls are at the pool.  I noticed that there is sun, but it was wet.  Sure enough, it is raining.  I took a picture of it.  If you enlarge it, you can see the rain.

First Oil Change

I am sitting at the dealership waiting on my car.  I like the set up.  I drove my car into the service area and they greeted me.  Now I am sitting in a theater they show movies in.  They are showing The Intern.  Beats watching a boring show on a TV.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rewarding Bad Behavior

I guess Trump is right.  If you make the news, good or bad, it will pay off.  Just ask Ryan Lochte.  He cries wolf and is being rewarded by going on Dancing with the Stars.  Aren't there Olympians who are more deserving, that have not committed a crime?  Maybe, Trump should hire him to model his clothes, not made in America.

Teflon Don

In the past, a mafia don was named the Teflon Don.  Why?  Because they could not get charges to stick to him.  Now, we have Donald Trump.  He says things that have killed chances for other politicians.  Not Trump.  I don't think he could say or do anything that would stop certain Republicans for voting for him.

Sleeping on the Mia-ton

I was giving Mia a hard time.  I was saying I was going to sleep with her.  She laughs and says no.  She will either say I am sleeping on the bunk bed or the futon.  Last night, I said I was going to sleep on the Mia-ton.  She laughed and said "I'm keeping the bed.  You can sleep on the futon."

Wednesday, August 24, 2016


I was giving Mia a hard time about sleeping.  She always says that I can't sleep with her.  She says I can sleep in the bunk bed.  She won't let me use her Emoji pillows.  When she does this, there is always an echo from another room.  Elana is in the background repeating Mia's comments.  They even ended their night by spinning again.

The Big Short

I thought this was done.  My daughter was wearing the shorts and all was well in the world.  I asked her about them last night.  She is not wearing them.  She says they are see through.  I guess this ends the saga of the shorts. Buying clothes for teenage girls is extremely hard to do.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Short Sighted

It looks like my daughter will continue to use the shorts.  She used them yesterday.  She also found out that others wore leggings.  Only time will tell if she decides to keep wearing the shorts.

The Orange That Got Away

I was loading up my things to go to work.  I had a small orange with me.  Just as I was putting the stuff in the car, the orange disappeared.  I looked under the cars twice.  I dug around in the car.  No orange.  When I got to work, I looked under the seat.  No orange.  Angie wrote me.  She found it in the grass near her van.

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Olympics

I watched some of it.  I'm not a fan of NBC's coverage.  If I do watch, I prefer to do it with the sound off.  It looks like it went off without a hitch.  Maybe a hiccup or two.  It was good to see countries that have never won a medal win.  I really wish they would fix some of their rules.  Especially, when the let a relay team run without any other team present to qualify.  They should have to face the team the last qualifies.  If they are going to get bumped, at least they will have a fighting chance.  They really should do something about the frat boy mentality of some of the athletes.  We don't want another false crime getting reported.

I-4 Orlando's Nightmare

We were driving on I-4 this weekend.  There was a major crash.  It have 4 vehicles in the construction zone.  Two people critically injured.  They even flew in a helicopter.  By the time we got near it, all that was gone.  They did close about a mile or two of the highway for around 4-5 hours.  People had to get off and find a different way around it.  That caused traffic for us.

This morning, I was going to work.  The traffic was bumper to bumper.  I was thinking there was another accident.  No.  There was nothing.  At a certain point, the traffic just started moving.  I hate days like that on 4.

As Is

My daughter is going to wear the shorts.  I told her if they do not work out, I will take her to look for some different shorts.  She will have to come and pick them out.  I can't read her mind.  I don't want to keep wasting money on things she won't wear.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Short Fail

I found some shorts.  My daughter is of an age where nothing I pick out is good.  All.I shot for was black shorts for gym.  I really wish all schools would just go to a plane uniform.

In Search of Shorts

We have been looking for gym shorts.  One store was ridiculous.  The girls shorts stopped at the crotch.  Men's stopped at the knees.  Who designs women's shorts, porn studios?

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Working on Saturday

Not my regular job.  I got to do a shop.  I had to inquire about something and report on the service.  It was fun.  Hopefully, I pulled it off.

Relay Gold

So I see our women won gold.  My problem with that is after they did not qualify due to a bump, they gave them a chance to re run it by themselves to see if they could qualify.  Then they punished China.  They did not give them the chance to defend their qualifying.  I think if they are going to do that, they should have to run against the people who may be displaced.  It was not their fault the bump happened.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Make America Great

I sat through a Trump speech last night.  I had nothing better to do.  I was wondering if he would say something outrageous.  It did not happen.  I don't see why people think he would be a great president.  He promises that he will do everything.  He lacks the details that will make it happen.  If he majorly cuts taxes for the rich and increases everything to "help" people, where is the money going to come from.  He's talking about ridding the world of ISIS.  Sounds like he wants to send our troops into another war.  For African Americans, he talked about the Democrats taking their vote for granite.  He says he will do something for them.  What?  Maybe he could build Trump Towers in every state to house the unfortunate.  Why wait until he is president?  He could be doing these great charity things now.  Schooling?  He thinks charters are the way to go.  Basically, for profit education, like Trump University.  Finally, I kept wondering when he was going to announce the annual Purge, to Make America Great.  Maybe, he is waiting until he is elected.  

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Stop Right Now!

Elana was sitting on my lap last night.  I was shaking my leg.  I heard her say stop.  She says a lot of things.  Her latest is that she ask if she can eat things, like a car, car seat, a bed, etc.   I started doing it again.  She says "Stop right now!"  She probably was told that by mom.  She used it in the right context.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Time Slows Down

Today is the first day I was able to leave at my normal time.  We will be in cleanup mode.  I'm meeting Angie and the girls at a restaurant.

Life in the 80's

I watched some more of Stranger Things.  It is like a flashback to the way things used to be.  At one point, the sheriff is looking for information on a facility.  Today, we'd pull out our phone and look it up.  He had to go to a library.  The librarian brought him to the cards by Dewey decimal to search for what he wanted.  Also, he had to look at microfiche for old news articles.  I remember using them once or twice.  The clothes are another thing.  If you have not watched it, check it out.

Stressing the Day Away

The last two days have been so stressful.  I have been going through the things I have been working on for the past couple of months.  This was my first renewal.  Errors are a part of it.  I've learned things for next year.  I also plan to try and up grade some worksheets that will hopefully cut out the errors.  I have worked really hard this renewal.  I look forward to acing the next one.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Brownshirts

It looks like Trump is recruiting his followers to stake out polling sites, "to look for cheaters".  My problem with that is will they also try to intimidate voters as well?  He is also lashing out at the media for reporting all the great things he says.  He tells his followers that it's all lies.  I wonder if he will tell them the sky is black?  Hope he doesn't offer Kool Aid at the end.

First Day Back

I got home to see how the girls survived their day.  I guess it wore them out.  Michelle and Kiersten were both asleep.  I had a hard time getting them up for dinner.  The only one it did not seem to affect was Mia.  She still had as much energy as she always does.  When the did wake, I found that they enjoyed their first day.  Hopefully, that will last through year.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lazy Sunday

I had a day of rest.  I had hoped to get shopping done, but it was not to be.  Mia did not want to go shopping.  Angie and the older girls went for school supplies.  By the time they got back, it was too late for me to get out.  While they were gone, we had a big lightning storm.  It seems our wet pattern is starting to kick in.  It has not been that wet this summer.  The last two days have been humid.

First Day of School

The girls went back to school.  I got to see Mia before I left.  I hope they have a great day.  Since school is back in session, the traffic picked up.  Luckily, I missed any school buses.  I did not find the traffic too bad.  It also depends on when I get out of the house.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Hands Clapping

Haley got her hearing aids.  Angie put them on her last night.  We were trying to tell if she could hear us.  While sitting on my lap, I snapped my fingers.  She seemed to grab for my hand.  I tried clapping behind her.  Then, she started clapping.  I'd clap twice and she would do it.  We still don't know what she hears, bit this is a good sign.  Next up a controlled hearing test.

Did You Say Something?

Mia brought a flashlight up to us last night.  She was asking why it was not working.  We told her that it had no batteries.  I told her to be careful and not to drop it.  She kept asking about the batteries.  We told her that we did not have any.  I asked Mia to put up the flashlight.  She turns to me and says "did you say something?"  Then, we started laughing.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Hitting the Wall

Our renewals have ended.  Getting there was a marathon.  Last night, I felt like I had hit the wall.  I was tired from working so much.  Errors were starting to irritate me.  Today, I went in to finish up.  It was not as bad as I thought it would be.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Tearing Apart

I was driving into work this morning.  I-4 was busy as usual.  It's going to get worse when people go back to school..  I was nearing a big dirt moving truck.  I noticed all the wheels.  Then, I saw that one of those wheels was a rim.  The tire was shredded.  I hit the gas to get by him.  I guess they have that many wheels for situations like that.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Outrageous Things the Candidates Say

I'm sure Hillary says things that are outrageous.  I do remember the short circuit comment.  Trumps seems to top everyone with outrageous claims.  He is now calling Obama and Clinton the Founder and co-founder of ISIS.  The sad thing is, some people out there will think its true.  They won't take the time to see why or how it came about.  Remember, this is one of those things you can list if you are playing the political Pokemon game.  Don't forget about the 2nd Amendment comment!

The Tunnel Keeps Getting Longer

I rushed into work at 6 am.  I was going to get ahead.  Not today.  The system was busy.  I had to wait for IT to get in.  Luckily, someone came in at 7:30.  Then I had a phone meeting.  I am forcing myself to take a break to eat something.

Trying to get to the End of the Tunnel

It's early and I'm at work.  I plan to finish my work, if I can.  Our deadline is approaching.  I have a good amount of work to process.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Light at the End of the Tunnel

I am closing in on the light at the end of the tunnel.  Yesterday, I thought I was almost out of that tunnel, but we had a meeting and I learned there is another mile or so to go.  I will be happy to cut back on some of this overtime.  It has been a fun experience.

Many People are Saying . . .

So, I guess if you want to make claims that are not exactly true, all you have to do is cite Many People are Saying.  That way, when people look it up, they will find parts of what you said.  I guess then you can say it's true.  It would also give you license to say racist things and say it's not your belief, but Many People are saying it.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Pokemon Alternative

If you get bored with Pokemon Go, you could play a game with the election.  Watch the news and see which group Trump offends that day.  By election time, you can add up your groups.  If you bring in your friends, you can see who has the most on their list.

Monday, August 8, 2016


We were watching women's gymnastics.  Haley seem to find interest in watching.  She got right next to the t.v. to watch.  Next thing you know, she will be doing flips through the house.


It looked like yesterday was going to be a wet one.  We live in Florida.  It was gone by later in the day. It was windy.  It sort of felt like pre-fall.  I was able to get the yard mowed and get some errands done.

Driving in, I hear we may be getting some rain.  I guess we will have to see how fast it builds  and moves toward us.  It is forming in the Gulf.  They say it is slow moving.

Mea Culpa

Trump endorsed his fellow Republicans this week.  Did anyone see it?  If you did, did you feel it was heartfelt?  He sat there and read off the endorsements from a prepared speech.  It felt like he was being forced to do it.  Like a child who has been scolded, he grudgingly did what he was told to do.  

Sunday, August 7, 2016


We are visiting Kayla.  It was warm out, but there was a breeze.  The clouds were out.  A couple of drops fell.  We decided to bring the kids to the car.  Before we made it, it started pouring.  Now, we are in the vehicle


We are visiting Kayla.  It was warm out, but there was a breeze.  The clouds were out.  A couple of drops fell.  We decided to bring the kids to the car.  Before we made it, it started pouring.  Now, we are in the vehicle.  It keeps raining and the slows down.  Guess no yard work today.


I hate it when you are looking forward to a movie and reviews come out.  I was looking forward to Suicide Squad.  Then the reviews hit.  I still want to see it, but less now.  Oh well!

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Did you see the US team clothing?  Next time, they will probably have the athletes in jumpsuits with many sponsor's logos on them, like NASCAR.  I know that Polo is an American company, but I'd question where the clothes are made.  I guess that company was the highest bidder.


Trump is now claiming he did not throw the baby out.  He said everyone was joking around and he kindly asked her to take out the baby.  He says the media is spinning what happened.  Look for the video and make up your own mind.  Unless someone doctored the video, I don't see where the spin is.  Now his followers will attack anyone who says he did.

The Start of the Olympics

I watched some of the opening of the Olympics.  I liked what I saw.  I just wish I could have watched it comment free.  That goes for the whole Olympics.  Our commentators are really annoying.  I think when I watch some of the events, I might turn down the volume.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Leave the Towel at Home

I have to come in on Saturday.  Hopefully, the air will be on.  It is really hard to work when sweat keeps getting into your eyes.  Not only that, but the computers don't seem to like the heat either.  I think we may have one or two more Saturdays to go.  It depends what we accomplish over the next couple of days.

Let the Countdown Begin!

The girls are getting ready to go back to school.  Michelle will be attending Middle School for the first time.  She found out that she will be in advanced classes.  Kiersten will probably continue in advanced classes.  I'm proud of both of them.  I hope they can maintain the grades.  I took one advanced class in high school.  I only lasted a couple of months before returning to regular geometry.  Mia is looking forward to returning to school.  I asked if I could bring her to the bus.  She said no because you don't want to.  I am hoping that Elana and Haley get into school also.  The have their evaluations in September.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Birds and Bees

So, my older daughters are not big fans of changing diapers.  I told them last night to remember this when they go out with boys.  Some things can lead to babies.  If you don't like helping with your sisters, just imagine if it was your child.  They both yelled that they were too young to hear this.  I hear teens say it all the time.  I wish I had a baby.  They don't think of all the responsibility that comes with that baby.

Mia's Comedy

Last night, I was giving Mia a hard time.  She sleeps with Angie.  I asked what side of the bed I could sleep on.  She replied The bunk bed.  That is in Kiersten's room.  Two nights ago, she was asking if a toy was made in China?  I asked her where she came from.  She replied Amazon.  What about Elana? Amazon.  Haley?  No where.  I asked again.  Amazon.

Family Night Out

The day started with Elana screaming a lot.  We planned to go out.  By the time I got home, I did not know if she would make it.  We tried.  When we got to the restaurant, she sat on my lap.  We all ordered.  Mia and Elana split a kid's meal.  I fed them, with Elana on my lap.  It was the first time we ate out that Elana did not expect me to stand most of the meal.  Both she and Mia ate a pretty good amount of food.  We did discover one thing, it is really expensive for a family our size to eat out a medium size restaurant.  The two oldest are now eating adult meals.  I don't think we will be going out like that too often.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Doctor Visit

What's the point of setting up an appointment?  I did and I'm still waiting 40 minutes after my appointment time.  They should just tell people come in and we'll try to see you.  I have to compete with drug reps.

After about 2 hours or so, I finally got out of the office.  It was not like there was a lot of things to do.  They did mention colonoscopy.  I asked how old you had to be to do that.  I was praying for 50 or older.  The doctor said around 50.

Sleep with the Peon's?

Well, it's Olympic time again.  Once again, our basketball team is not staying with the regular athletes.  They are getting a cruise ship paid by a sponsor.  I miss the old days when they did not let professional athletes in the Olympics.  Now, it's not even worth watching basketball.  You already know the NBA is going to win. The only chance another team has is if they decide not to try that hard or let the back end of the bench play, if there is such a thing.  I hope security keeps the masses away from the players.  I'd hate for someone to touch them.

Baby Tossing

It's that time of year where politicians hold babies and kiss them for their parents.  I guess Trump is going to start a new tradition: Baby Tossing.  If the baby offends him, toss it out!.  How dare that baby cry when this great leader speaks!  What are they thinking?  They must be taught respect.  Those parents should dress the babies in Trump suits, with Trump shades and Trump pacifiers.  All made in third world countries of course!  How do you expect Trump to maximize his profits if he has to Sacrifice dollars to do so?  What are you Communist?   If they want more money, they need start their own business!

There was a story in the paper about a baby crying at a Trump event.  At first, he assured the mother it was okay.  He loved babies.  Two minutes later, he tells security to remove them. Then he turns to his mob and says did the mother really believe he liked crying babies while he speaks.  Wouldn't you like to be that mother?  I wonder if that was an honer for her to be thrown out by Trump?

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

The Heat is On

I guess they did not think we got enough of the heat yesterday.  They ran a test of the generator for an hour.  It knocked off the air.  We got to enjoy some more hot air.  I guess we have to be prepared.  It is hurricane season.  They have some forming.  I don't think it will hit us.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Throwing in the Towel

Today was hot.  Our air was off for half the day.  On top of that, my computer decided to keep rebooting.  It happened about 4 times, before it finally stopped.  At one point, I told my supervisor that I was going to strip down to my shorts.  She said I needed to put a warning on the door.  The air came on in the afternoon.

Stranger Things

If you have Netflix, you have to check out this show.  It is a show similar to the X-files meets some of the best Eighties films.  Films like The Explorers, ET, The Goonies, etc.  The soundtrack sounds like something out of a John Carpenter film.  It has some actors from the Eighties, like Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine.  I have watched one episode.  I am hooked.  I am looking forward to the rest of the show.

Fishing for Views

We were out running errands.  Angie got a text or alert that a seafood restaurant was celebrating a year in business.  We decided to check it out.  We drove to one restaurant in Apopka.  It was not the restaurant we were looking for.  She looked at the address again.  It was closer to our house.  We headed home.  As you got closer, you could see the bounce house.  We parked and headed to the tables they had set out.  They were still setting up.  It was hot out.  At least, they had shade to offer.  Once they started, we lined up.  The two eldest did not want any.  That's not correct.  One can not eat seafood, due to allergies and the other did not want any.  I did find that surprising.  She likes seafood.  I think she was holding out for Taco Bell.  They gave us crabs, grits, potatoes, shrimps and wings.  It was really good.  Haley even found something to eat.  She does not eat solid foods that often.  She liked a crab fried rice that had made.  Overall, it was a fun outing.  Yes, the girls still got their Taco Bell.