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“That you are worth your breeding; which I doubt not;
For there is none of you so mean and base,
That hath not noble lustre in your eyes.
I see you stand like greyhounds in the slips,
Straining upon the start. The game’s afoot:
Follow your spirit, and upon this charge
Cry ‘God for Harry, England, and Saint George!” 

King Henry V by William Shakespeare

December 2103 - A foggy morning in South Texas

December 2013 – A foggy morning in South Texas

59 years old in a coupla weeks folks and I was talking to BFF Cait a few days back.  She is still at Osan AFB, South Korea and will be until February.  Grandboy Hank the Tank is at Elmendorf AFB in Alaska with his Dad.  Cait is finishing up the last few hours of her Bachelor’s Degree and she has been taking some classes in World History.  She asked me if I remembered the Cuban Missile Crisis……..

Sure, I do.  That and when both Kennedys were shot….. and Martin Luther King. The Moon Landing, Woodstock, the Beatles on Ed Sullivan,  Kruschev on TV banging his shoe on the table at the United Nations.  Even at 5 years of age, I knew he was a sinister and dangerous man.   I feel the same danger vibe when I see Dick Cheney on TV.  Growing up in the 60’s with all the upheaval and unrest I always felt  Average Joe could still make a difference.  If you worked hard and saved your money blah.blah.blah the American Dream. June Cleaver. White picket fences.  Lovely and talented children; one and all.  Not so much now…….

Last night the House passed the Omnibus Spending bill (barely); all 1600 pages of it and admittedly NONE of them knew exactly what it was they just passed. Gleanings this morning tell me they loosed the purse strings on corporate campaign contributions and watered down The Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act   and I am trying to wrap my brain around things that are happening.  Seems to me the GOV just gave away our Country to the highest bidder.  My untrained brain is thinking Average Joe carries little to no weight in this second decade of the 21st Century.   We serve at the behest of Big Money/Big People/Big Government and the yoke grows heavier each day while at the same time the rights of a Free Man are eroded.

Then we got the cyber terrorism and it horrifies me.  Those North Koreans jumped in on SONY, seemingly with little effort, and grabbed terabyte after terabyte of data.  Easy peasy looks to me like.  What if these folks decided to target our banking system or power grid?  What then?  Alot of the hacks  are state sanctioned or young guns for hire.   ISIS and Al Qaeda have shit tons of money. Scares the wits outta me for sure.

Some of my valued friends like Joel will be quick to point out the Nation has been through tough times in the past and weathered the storm…..  and this will be no different.  I respect the counsel of my wiser friends but this go ’round, it just don’t feel the same. The helpless feeling is overwhelming.  Just sayin’…….

I gave up my Quixotic windmill tilt to save The World over a decade ago.  Since then, I try to no longer fret to total distraction about events out of my control,  preferring to concentrate on things of every day life that I can get a handle on real up close and personal-like.   Let me tell ya how that has been working out.

Over the past week or so I have lost count of the emails received concerning the collapse of oil prices and the effect it might have on us gate guards.  My crystal ball has never been worth a whole lot and it ain’t now.   I do know 2015 in the South Texas Oil Patch will be much different than previous years.   I think we saw the heyday of oil field gate guards in 2103.   I will be thankful if I am still here answering the driveway bell mid summer and anything past that will be gravy to my way of thinking.  Plan B aka Life After Gate Guarding is much on my mind these days.  I ain’t worried enough about it to be losing any sleep; everything happens for a reason you know and I have re-invented myself plenty over the years. At least I won’t have to change my business cards.    They still say


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Shade tree Gynecologist

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose”— (“the more it changes, the more it’s the same thing”)  – Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr

I have never been a fan of those Frenchies but this ‘un got it right.



Cuttin' up that Scott ham for the Foodsaver

Cuttin’ up that Scott ham for the Foodsaver

When 2013 kicked off, I had it in my mind to tighten things up in general around the No Princess Palace except then it was still The Princess Palace. With the exception of the dust up, things worked out pretty fine.  Every day,  I inevitably think things like this here

“If I couldn’t cook on that propane stove or shove something in the microwave, what would I do?”

“What would happen if my power grid vanished?”

“What if I couldn’t get to the grocery store?”

“What if they were rioting all over Texas?”

With each of these ‘what ifs’ my brain runs off on a tangent and I get to figuring out my bestest option.

One of my resolutions was to learn how to cook and I fight that one like a bear every week.  One benefit not expected is I am eating healthier than ever before.  Years of eating in truckstops, roadside diners, fast food drive-thrus and such is no bueno let me tell ya.  I will never be Emeril or a Prudhomme but I have transformed into a decent food mechanic.   The new tools seeing the most use are:
Lodge Cast Iron Cookware

The Foodsaver Vacuum Sealing System

The Danby Chest Freezer -which is slap full BTW.


Hell, I even went so far as to buy a few REAL cookbooks and give up on those recipes on the back of the cans.


Chef Paul Prudhomme’s Louisiana Kitchen

Lodge Cast Iron Nation: Great American Cooking from Coast to Coast

Authentic Mexican: Regional Cooking from the Heart of Mexico

Yamaha EF2000is extended run fuel tank prototyoe

Yamaha EF2000is extended run fuel tank prototype

I discovered a cookbook is s’posed to be a real book not a Kindle thing.  I like writing  in the margins and stuff like that and it just ain’t the same on a Kindle.

On the TO DO list coming up for 2015 is learning how to use a pressure cooker for canning. I got my eye on this All-American 15-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker

Want a little peek into my jumbled up white coat hanger of a brain?  Take a look at   My Amazon Wishlist– it might scare ya.


The Yamaha EF200is Generator Extended Run Fuel Tank project has born fruit.  I am thrashing it hard right now to see if it is as bulletproof as it seem to be.   Emergency generators are something I take very serious and there is no way I can accept a half-assed attempt on this project.  The pic shows the crude prototype; more at a later date if it shakes out the way I hope it will.



Executive orders flying out of the White House are way up on my radar right now.  Seems they would be better labeled “The King’s Decree”.  I know they have our Second Amendment rights on their minds and an armed citizenry does not mesh well (or at all actually) with the future plans of The Powers That Be.  It is only a matter of time folks before something comes down from on high to mightily impinge our Rights as Free Men.  Bowling balls and bowling accessories have not been cheaper or in better supply since 2008.  If you got it in your mind that you need to up your bowling game,  I wouldn’t be dawdling.


Colonel Cooper says

`Tis the season to be jolly, so let us make every effort – despite the disgusting situations we have got ourselves into. People get the government they deserve, and we Americans voted in the current administration back in November of last year. We hope we are satisfied.

However, it does no good to complain. The place to do our complaining is at the polls. At home now and among friends, we should all strive to develop the maximum amount of good cheer in the places where it will do the most good.




End Note: Why Can’t We Live Together by Joan Osborn from the How Sweet It Is CD

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