02-01-2014 7:01 PM
Oh my. We missed an entire week. Guess I'll start this one just to see if anyone is really interested. Me thinks that the social nature of this forum has severely faded. And the technical side has become so complicated that only the "experts" can properly advise the subs. It's been just over 6 years since I joined the forum back in December of 2007.
Had to put cleats on to walk safely across the street for the mail. Not much snow. Mostly sleet topped off with a little snow. Folks my age can't afford to fall and risk breaking something. Got enough bad parts already. So I had purchased these rubber things that can be slipped onto one's shoes. They have short sheet metal screws screwed into the bottom...creating very effective cleats. Just the thing for these conditions.
Hope y'all enjoy the week. I hope some of the regulars come back and get back to posting on here occasionally. And enjoy the Super Bowl tomorrow.
02-01-2014 7:25 PM
I could probably do with something like those spikes when I have to shovel my driveway, or walk to the mailbox. But I'd lose them in the years between significant snowfalls. We got about an inch this week, but the driveway was warm, very little accumulation. Most roads stayed mostly clear (with some help from brine, salt and sand trucks). Still closed schools for 2 days.
I don't have a dog in the Super Bowl hunt. Or a Cat. I may watch some of it anyway, but can't fast forward through the commercials of the Super Bowl, can you?
02-02-2014 7:07 AM
Best one I've heard yet. There was a scare that there might not be enough places to park private jets at the local airport and they would have to park them at the public airports.
Oh, the humanity
We had a couple of minor icings back in December, and it was quite the show starring me and the cans making our way down the driveway on garbage day. Could've been in the winter Olympics.
My problem is I have difficulty staying upright even on dry ground.
How can you be in two places at once, when your not anywhere at all?
I really want to become a procrastinator, but I keep putting it off.
There are three kinds of people, those that can count, and those that can't.
“Our great democracies still tend to think that a stupid man is more likely to be honest than a clever man, and our politicians take advantage of this prejudice by pretending to be even more stupid than nature has made them." :Bertrand Russell
02-02-2014 1:36 PM - edited 02-02-2014 2:02 PM
We record most of the programs we watch just so we CAN FF through the commercials. But with the Super Bowls some of the commercials are actually more entertaining than the game. The beer commercial with the Labrador puppy and the Clydesdale horse has already been runnning and most folks have seen it. But it is so cute that it's one I don't mind seeing over and over.
I think I've posted before about my experience years ago with getting close to those magnificent horses. It was Iowa State Fair time and two of us had gone to the fair to do some stories for the WOI-TV news. The Clydesdales were there that year and we got to be up and super close to them. Such gentle giants. I'm 6' 2" tall and yet could barely peer over the back of one of those beasts. The one I was closet to and stroking his/her nose kept trying to find treats in my jacket pockets. The fellow taking care of them said that he often played that "hidden treat" game with it so the horse just assumed that I also had one. Of course we got one and fed it so as not to disappoint the horse.
Since then....we have visited both the brewry in St. Louis and the farm out south of the city...where the horses are raised and kept. But on the brewry grounds there is an old building where there are a few stables and two or three of the horses. When we were there one of the mares had a colt with her in the stall. All of the animals had "jackets" on. The colt was a playful little beauty. And curious. He seemed to not be afraid of us and came up to us and nuzzled our hands. Now THOSE were truly luxury accomodations....the likes of which I had not seen since I was a little guy visiting the stables on a Kentucky horse ranch back in the 1940's. All the wood was stained and varnished....looking as good as furniture in our house. The straw was fresh and clean. Changed out nearly every day we were told. What a rough life for a horse. THAT was a real treat. If you get to St. Louis do NOT miss going to the brewry to visit the horses. I hope they still keep a few there. That farm out south is well worth a visit also. They have trams that you can ride around the farm with a guide to tell the story and answer questions. Somewhere I still have photos....if I can find them.
OK....these were taken in mid-summer of 2000. All at Grant's Farm near St. Louis. At the time it belonged to Annheuser Busch. I assume it still does. They have more than horses there:
02-06-2014 9:53 PM
Great photos Phil, thanks!
I remember when the Clydesdales were at the Ohio State Fair years ago and I too was able to get pretty close to them. Believe they had just been groomed before going out. The long white hair on their lower legs covering their hooves was absolutely perfectly snow-white/straight. I asked a worker if the hair was real? Thought I was going to get slapped, what a stupid question, but that hair looked better than most all hair I've seen come out of a beauty parlor!