My Sky Color

A forty something Dad, Husband, Engineer guy living in Western Oregon. Reflections on all things in life. A few technical things and whatever else comes along.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Out with the Alpacas and in with some New Kids
Meet Clara (front and center) and Gibson in the background. The alpacas, Sur and Randall ate too much for our little farm. It looked like we were going to have to feed them hay year around. Our two new kids are Nigerian Dwarfs. We had one before, Sarah. She died rather suddenly. We really enjoyed her with her abandant personality. So with the alpaca money we got two Nigerians. Gibson is a wether, a castrated boy. Clara is fully operational. So we could have kids some day if we decided to pursued that adventure.

Already they have started showing there cute personalities. They are a little shy but warming up to us more and more every day. Spring fun at the farm. DMP

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

There's Got to be a Comfortable Place Around Here Somewhere

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That is a Face Only a Mother Could Love
Or Her Master

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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

What's to Eat 1
So Monday lunch was at McAlister's Deli. A New York sandwich was the order, pastrami, corned beef, swiss on Rye with Sun Chips on the side. It was a nice modern place with not enough seating. A went in circles for a couple minutes looking for a table. One opened up that seated four. I took it. Across from me was a six place table with two blue collar guys sitting at it. AS I got settled I noticed two housewife frumpy women with two pre-school kids each looking for a place to sit. I signaled to them to take my table and I moved to the 6 spot with the two anti-social young men wolking down their lunch. The Moms couldn't say thank you enough. Finally I had to look away and say it was fine. The food was fine but nothing to get excited about.

For dinner on Monday I cruised around Greenville looking for something interesting. I saw a place I'd eaten at about three years ago and decided to give it a go. I drove around the block like three times trying to find a place to part. I didn't want to be too far way as run was threatening and had finished an earlier storm. It rained, hailed with thunder and lightning before I left the Plant. I had pork fajita tacos with beans and rice. It was pretty good fare but definitely not even close to authentic mexican food.

Tuesday lunch was a Wendy's taco salad hardly worth mentioning.

A couple different vendors that I work with are in town this week so we set out to have dinner on Tuesday evening. We drove out of Greenville about 5 miles to Winterville to Wimpy's. From the outdside one didn't know what to expect. It is part Oyster Bar. An actual bar with troughs to the inside to dump your shells in. That was a first for me. I had SS&C a Wimpy's original. It was shrimp, sausage and chicken in a white jalapeno sauce. It was good and not real hot. I also had the Tuxedo Cake for dessert. It was good. Four layers of white cake, German chocolate moose, German cream, and German dark chocolate about 1/4 inch thick on top. It was good.
We had a nice time talking together telling stories and politics. Two more days of cullinary adventures. I am hoping to find some originals. DMP

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Sunday, April 19, 2009

Where in the World is DMP?

I will admit to being a negligent blogger. Life has gotten a little busier lately. The youngest has started playing Spring Soccer and the team needed a coach. I volunteered. So we have practices a couple evenings per week, Boy Scouts one evening per week and the weather is improving so the farm calls. My duties at my day job have changed to supporting the production start up of the fork lifts designs I have been working on for the last couple years.

I am sitting in a hotel in Greenville, NC near one of the Hyster/Yale manufacturing facilities. I am to be here all week and fly home on Friday. I will try to post some creative things from my adventures here. DMP

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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Honesty Isn't a Factor
With the changing of the government administration we have seen a dramatic shift in the agenda. These people will say anything.

The assault weapons ban of the Clinton era didn't change crime rates, it only limited the law abiding citizen freedom. Laws don't fix behaivor.
As we see in countries with stringent gun control laws, the person intent on hurting someone will use whatever is handy. It might be a kitchen knife, golf club, baseball bat, cricket bat, rock, brick, screw driver, hammer, tire iron... DMP