Monday, September 24, 2018

Update: Rob's Dislocated Thumb Surgery

Off with the old clunky cast!
It was the first week in August when I (Rob) had surgery to put my right thumb back into it's socket (using 2 titanium screws). It became dislocated (severely) and it couldn't be popped back in (they tried for about 5 hours in July in a hospital).   Now,  after 7 weeks of wearing a hard cast, I finally got rid of it and it was replaced with a smaller, hand cast. So there's good news times 2, but still an inconvenience for quite a while.

STATUS OF THE THUMB  -  The doc took X-rays and said that after 7 weeks, the bones are fusing fast, but it's not complete.
thumbs up before the 2nd cast

    The whole idea is that the two bones are screwed together then fuse together and seal the joint in the lower thumb.

  THE GOOD PART!  It's actually not an inconvenient thing, and there's a Benefit! The arthritis that hurt like Heck is gone as the joint fuses. So, I appreciate the bright side of it.

   THE INCONVENIENT PART - The less bright side is that I need to continue wearing this hand brace until Mid-November...Ugh. 

   AN IMPROVEMENT - But, I can actually take this off only to shower, so that's much better than putting a plastic newspaper bag over a large hard cast every day. 

The new cast is much smaller and easier to deal with
   HOW IT HAPPENED - I lift weights using dumbbells,and I think that the weight was too heavy against my thumb and popped it out. Oh well! Nothing like getting injured while trying to get healthy! -At least the Arthritis in it will be GONE! Yay!

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Idiot of the Week: Bicyclist Drives on to Opening Bridge; Almost Crushed

This week's idiot is a drunk woman on a bicycle who thinks for some reason, that she can ride over
an open bridge... here's the story and video!

MENASHA, Wisc. (WFLA) - Scary video out of Wisconsin shows a woman on a bicycle falling into an opening on a rising drawbridge.

The video, taken the night of July 4, shows the bicyclist squeezing between the lowered barrier arms of the bridge. She hits one and nearly falls off her bike but continues riding.

The woman then rides her bike right into an opening as the bridge continues to rise.

According to WBAY, it took about a minute before people nearby realized what happened and came to her rescue. Several people worked together to get her out.

The 37-year-old woman suffered facial injuries but thankfully did not fall into the water below.

Police tell our sister station WFRV they believe alcohol was a factor.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Fun Randy Rainbow Parody: "If you ever get impeached" (from Wizard of Oz)

If you love the Wizard of Oz, and the scarecrow's song "If I only had a brain" you'll love Randy Rainbow's latest Parody -"If You Ever Get Impeached!" - he even puts on a "Dorothy" outfit. Hysterical!!!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world

If you think that mankind isn't affecting the environment, go visit Jakarta in Indonesia. Jakarta, is the fastest-sinking city in the world. Here's the story from BBC News.

Jakarta, the fastest-sinking city in the world
BBC News 8-14-18

The Indonesian capital of Jakarta is home to 10 million people but it is also one of the fastest-sinking cities in the world. If this goes unchecked, parts of the megacity could be entirely submerged by 2050, say researchers. Is it too late?

It sits on swampy land, the Java Sea lapping against it, and 13 rivers running through it. So it shouldn't be a surprise that flooding is frequent in Jakarta and, according to experts, it is getting worse. But it's not just about freak floods, this massive city is literally disappearing into the ground.

"The potential for Jakarta to be submerged isn't a laughing matter," says Heri Andreas, who has studied Jakarta's land subsidence for the past 20 years at the Bandung Institute of Technology.

"If we look at our models, by 2050 about 95% of North Jakarta will be submerged."

It's already happening - North Jakarta has sunk 2.5m in 10 years and is continuing to sink by as much as 25cm a year in some parts, which is more than double the global average for coastal megacities.

Jakarta is sinking by an average of 1-15cm a year and almost half the city now sits below sea level.


The impact is immediately apparent in North Jakarta.

In the district of Muara Baru, an entire office building lies abandoned. It once housed a fishing company but the first-floor veranda is the only functional part left. The submerged ground floor is full of stagnant floodwater. The land around it is higher so the water has nowhere to go. Buildings that are so deeply sunk are rarely abandoned like this, because most of the time the owners will try to fix, rebuild and find short-term remedies for the issue. But what they can't do is stop the soil sucking this part of the city down.

But the impact on the small homes right by the sea is magnified. Residents who once had a sea view now see only a dull grey dyke, built and rebuilt in a valiant attempt to keep seawater out.

"Every year the tide gets about 5cm higher," Mahardi, a fisherman, said.

The rest of Jakarta is also sinking, albeit at a slower rate. In West Jakarta, the ground is sinking by as much as 15cm annually, by 10cm annually in the east, 2cm in Central Jakarta and just 1cm in South Jakarta.


Thursday, September 20, 2018

ON TAPE: Trump Jokes about Niger terrorists after 4 U.S. soldiers killed.

Trump said "They knew what signed up for."
ATTN Armed Service Men and Women ;  The president can be heard joking on tape about the
terrorists in Niger soon after 4 U.S. soldiers were killed.. Still want to support him and the Republicans who support him (98% of them)?
    Anyone who is in the military and supports Republicans need to think again. They have NO respect for you, (or the FBI, CIA, or any Law Enforcement).
   You've been persuaded into thinking they support you - they're only interested in military might, not the people making the sacrifices.

Trump Makes Light Of Terrorists Who Killed U.S. Soldiers In Omarosa Tape

 A newly released audiotape shows President Donald Trump seeming to make light of the deaths of four U.S. soldiers who were killed Oct. 4, 2017, in an ambush in Niger.

The tape was recorded about two weeks later by former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman during a meeting the president had with his communications team about the ambush and the movement of terrorists.
Manigault Newman played the tape Monday for MSNBC host Craig Melvin and said the way the president makes light of the situation shows just how “unhinged and inappropriate” he is.
On the tape, the president explains that the attacks were carried out by terrorists from the Middle East who went into Africa “to try and, you know, cause problems there.”
Trump then said that the goal of most of the terrorists is to get back to the U.S., “because this is where they really want to be.”
“So it’s a rough, uh, business,” he said, then to laughter he added, “I wouldn’t, I don’t think I’d want to be a terrorist right now. [laughter] It’s not a good life, but it’s, uh, the only thing that — What else is there?”
Manigault Newman told Melvin she felt Trump’s comments were disrespectful of the soldier’s deaths, especially when he and his staffers laughed at the remarks.
“They were laughing because he’s, like, making light of the situation, he’s saying, ‘Well, I wouldn’t want to be a terrorist,’ she said, “But it’s not a laughing matter. We lost four American soldiers and four of our allies, the Nigerien troops that we were fighting alongside.”
Manigault Newman said the president’s cavalier attitude toward the soldiers in Niger is even more insulting in retrospect, considering the way he spoke with Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the soldiers killed in the attack.
“He couldn’t remember my husband’s name,” Myeshia Johnson told ABC’s “Good Morning America.” “I heard him stumbling on trying to remember my husband’s name.”
The president also told Johnson that her husband “knew what he signed up for.”
Johnson added: “And it made me cry because I was very angry at the tone in his voice and how he said it.”

According to a report commissioned by The Guardian newspaper, about 200 heavily armed militants attacked U.S. and Nigerien forces on Oct. 4, 2017,  in the village of Tongo Tongo. Witnesses described hearing gunfire for six hours without any reinforcements showing up, despite the village chief’s repeated calls for help to Nigerien authorities. 

“Everything that happened could have been prevented if help had arrived sooner,” Karimou Yacouba, a local member of parliament, told The Guardian.

This tape isn’t the only one released Monday by Manigault Newman, formerly the director of communications for the White House Office of Public Liaison and a former contestant on Trump’s reality show “The Apprentice.”

She also played a recording on “The View” in which Trump could be heard ranting that his presidential rival Hillary Clinton is “getting killed now with Russia” and that the “real Russia story is Hillary and collusion.”


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

'Wonder Woman' Film Won a 2018 Hugo Award!

Gail Gadot as Wonder Woman
My favorite film of 2017 just won a huge award! Wonder Woman was just crowned queen of science fiction for the year! said,  DC Films’ Wonder Woman won the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form.

The Hugo Awards honor excellence in science fiction across media. Members of the World Science Fiction Convention vote on the awards, which have been announced at the event for over 60 years.

Wonder Woman beat out fellow nominees Blade Runner 2049, Get Out, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Thor: Ragnarok for the win.

Wonder Woman opened in June 2017 to praise from critics and fans. The film set many box office records on its way to grossing $821 million worldwide.

Patty Jenkins directed Wonder Woman. The film stars Gal Gadot as Diana and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. All three are returning for the sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, which is currently filming.
Here's the link to the 2017 Wonder Woman film:

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Pastry Chef Jeff's Creations at Tom's Mom's Surptise 80th Birthday Party

Jeff and the big birthday cake
Our friend Jeff Feldhaus has been a great home baker for decades and he went to school and
 is now a pastry chef. So when  we needed a birthday sheet cake, cookies and dessert bars we brought Jeff in!   The treats were amazing. Guests at Tom's Mom's 80th birthday surprise party said that even though some were diabetic or limited sugar intake they tried everything loved them!.
the birthday sheet cake, beautifully decorated

 THE CAKE - was a sponge cake with two layers of raspberry filling. It was moist and the raspberry really came through. The frosting was amazing and smooth... and it was beautifully decorated with flowers
 The raspberry layers were so flavorful and just stood out in every bite!
layers of the cake

DELICIOUS BARS - Jeff made butterscotch bars, brownies, and lemon and raspberry bars that he cut up into squares. Tom loved the raspberry bars and I couldn't get enough of the butterscotch and brownies. They were all amazing.

Jeff and 2 giant trays of tasty treats

   If you're in the Baltimore or Washington Area  Jeff can be reached at
Mouth watering dessert bars

Monday, September 17, 2018

Tom's Mom's Surprise 80th Birthday Party Part 1

Mom Ruth and her birthday cake!
 On Saturday, Sept. 15th we helped give Tom's mom a surprise 80th birthday party at the social center in the over 55 complex where she and her husband Bob (tom's step dad) live. There was months of planning that went into the 3 hour event.
   Bob and Tom's sister Lisa arranged for the rental of a room, and worked the invitations. Lisa also got in touch with some family members in other states while Bob worked invitations to local friends.
Mom and Bob
  Tom planned catering through Mission BBQ (which was fantastic) and the entertainment of a Tarot Reader!  He also made a special music channel on Pandora Radio that played his mom's favorite songs - like Elvis tunes.

OTHER STUFF-  Tom worked with a florist to get 6 table flower arrangements. He ordered small jars and special labels he affixed that said "Ruth's 80th birthday," and put ribbons on all of them.
Getting lunch
   The jars were filled with homemade cookies from our friend Jeff Feldhaus a pastry chef!
Tom, Mom and Lisa
 SLIDE SHOW -  Tom and I worked together on a powerpoint presentation featuring about 50 photos of his mom through time. We used our computer and borrowed a projector from our friend Margaret and displayed them on the wall of the room.

Table of friends
 CAKE AND DESSERT -   Early in the planning we asked our friend Jeff Feldhaus a pastry chef to make the huge sheet cake for 24 people, and he made various other treats. He made sugar and chocolate cookies in each jar (that everyone got to take home). He also made raspberry and lemon bars,  small brownies and butterscotch bars!
   The cake had two layers of raspberry filling and was perfectly decorated and DELICIOUS!

MASTER OF CEREMONIES- I (Rob) have no shame, so despite a headcold I volunteered to get everyone to sing Happy Birthday, and announced lunch and dessert. 
Tom's Sister Lisa and 2 friends
The entire event was great and everyone seemed to enjoy it.  It was a great day!

Debbie and her mom

Table of Friends

Mom walks in

Pastry Chef Jeff and boyfriend Michael

Rob and Mom
Mission BBQ Man muscle-bound Harvey serving

Table Flowers
Cookie Jars for each guest

Rob, Tom Jeff and Michael

Projected presentations

Projected presentations

Balloon, Cookie Jars on tables

Rob and Debbie talk desserts

Tarot Readings

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Idiot of the Week: The Tweet That Would Have Started a War

There's no idiot that tops this. Social media is dangerous in the hands of the wrong people and the idiot of the week almost started a war with one, had it been sent. Here's the story:

On Sept. 10 the world learned about a tweet the Trump wrote and was planning to send. Fortunately, someone stopped him, because it would have led to a war with North Korea.

Esquire Magazine said in an article: Donald Trump nearly managed to set off a war on the Korean peninsula with one tweet, according to veteran reporter Bob Woodward's new book Fear: Trump in the White House.

"He drafts a tweet saying ‘We are going to pull our dependents from South Korea – family members of the 28,000 people there,'" Woodward told CBS.

However, before Trump could send the tweet, word came from North Korea via a back channel that Kim's regime would take the removal of American dependents as a sign that an attack on North Korea was in the offing. That in itself could have been enough for things to kick off on the Korean peninsula, given how much weaponry North Korea has pointed across the demilitarised zone at the border with South Korea.

"At that moment there was a sense of profound alarm in the Pentagon leadership that, 'My God, one tweet and we have reliable information that the North Koreans are going to read this as ‘an attack is imminent,'" Woodward went on.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

A fun "speed read" The FLASH: Johnny Quick by Barry Lyga

The 2nd book in the series of novels based on the CW Network's TV show "The Flash" is a good one.
It's called "Johnny Quick" and introduces a speedster villain from another Earth in the multiverse, this one being Earth 27. It's a fun "speed read" -and there are several storylines in the book... some of which are continued into the next book (whenever it comes out). For fans of the TV series "The Flash" it's enjoyable.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Based on the hit CW TV show, this second title in The Flash middle-grade series follows Barry Allen as he continues his mission to protect Central City from the sinister Hocus Pocus—but this time, a new evil lurks beneath the city streets . . .

Written by New York Times–bestselling author Barry Lyga, this brand-new, original adventure builds upon the world of the Flash. This is one fans won’t want to miss!

Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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I'm a simple guy who enjoys the simple things in life, especially our dogs. I volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy exercising, blogging, politics, helping friends and neighbors, participating in ghost investigations, coffee, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country music,writing books on ghosts and spirits, cooking simply and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.