Thursday, February 23, 2017

Musing of one remembering when travel between San Diego and Mexico was a common thing.

I am reminded of the story about the Swedish exchange student in San Diego who accompanied his host to Tijuana to the Jai Alai games.  When they got ready to return he found he forgot his international student visa so he had no means of ID. His host devised a plan for him to tell the customs officer that he was born in Idaho. They rehearsed this plan intensively and headed for the U.S. The customs officer asked everyone in the car where he or she was born; when he came to the exchange student the student forgot his lines and said Odahi.  I don't know what happened after that.

Today it might create quite an international incident.


Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Musing of one watching the deer play around the house.

This house is going to be jumping during the Christmas holidays. There will be at least 8 people and I look forward to a lively time.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Musing of one watching the anti-Trump demonstrations.

Back in the dark ages when I was in high school, there was another high school called reform school, and anybody who messed up was sent there.  It was a disgrace to have to go there. The discipline there made you behave or else. I notice that in Seattle there was a walk out of students. Seems to me they could use some discipline, too.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Musing of one wondering how either Trump or Clinton would operate as President.

The front page of the newspaper last week had such negative information about New Mexico as the rest of the country probably thinks it is a wild, uncivilized place. There are only a couple of million people who like to live here so I guess it is a good thing. Apologies to Los Alamos and Sandia Labs.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Musing of one wondering about the family connection to Suddeley Castle in England.

Having reached the ripe old age of 99, I spend a lot of time reminiscing about the early days. Today I was trying to figure out how the telephone system worked and I think I remember. If it was a local call and a place that had no dial system, you picked up the phone and waited for a girl to say "number please" and she connected you. If it was a long distance call, you asked for a long distance operator and that operator would ask you for the name of the city and telephone number and she would get you connected there. As I remember, long distance calls were about $3/minute, so they were not very common. Of course there was no direct dialing system and no area codes so it was a rather cumbersome procedure.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Musing of one wondering what inspired a Frenchman to come up with the first hotair balloon flight.

Here I am at the ripe old age of 99 with a lot to reminisce about which is too boring to put on this. I hit the gray beard stage years ago and since then I progressed to the second stage of developing alligator skin, but I have much to reminisce about and I frequently do reminisce.  We had a beautiful family of five, and all three girls left this world some time ago.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Musing of one wondering if we ever had a worse political situation.

Last Tuesday I turned 99 and I don't feel a day older than 99 but I have lots to reminisce about and I frequently do.  I have experienced two world wars, a number of so called incidents, and innumerable minor upsets. My wife Mary Kay and I had a beautiful relationship and marriage that lasted over 73 1/2 years until I lost her in 2012.  There were 5 in my immediate family. All three women are gone leaving just my son and me as survivors. But all in all it is a good life.