Some people have a way with words. Maybe this statement is a common adage for all  you wise ones out there, but when I read it I thought boy that hits the mark. Here it is from Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, “When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”  What do you suppose he is talking about?



Today’s experience has occurred once before at the Kent County Airport, and chronicled in this blog. The fact that it recurred must say something about yours truly. Read the rest of this entry »


Johnny Miller is going to be the booth announcer for the weekend rounds of the Players Championship. He stopped by the booth  today and joined Nick Faldo  and the lady announcer that is  Nick’s sidekick in the booth.

Anyway they bantered back and forth for several minutes each ribbing the other. During that spell of action, Phil Mickelson hit out of the bunker onto the green and his shot rolled way past the hole. Johnny gave his analysis of the shot, (I have heard this explanation from him a number of times). Phil got a stone between the face of the  club and the ball in executing the shot and the stone took the back spin off the  ball giving it instead overspin and the ball of course rolled way past the hole.

Nick responded, “boy you have good eye sight, I thought he just hit it too hard.”



This week is “Disability Emphasis Week”. I don’t know if it is a National Week, or a week the CRC designates as Disability Emphasis Week. In any event our guest preacher today is the Director of Disability concerns of the CRC. As expected his sermon was in connection with his position and with the designation for this week. The director has a severely disabled daughter himself and his firsthand acquaintance with the situation makes him able to treat his subject thoughtfully and with compassion. Read the rest of this entry »


Today I spent part of a birthday (or Christmas?) present from Jim and Jennifer to rent the DVD, “An Inconvenient Truth”.


I remember some time ago, playing golf with Tony and Bruce, that I made some comment that, caused Tony to exclaim, “hey dad, guess what, gramps is a tree hugger”. Now that I have seen the film, I am even more of a confirmed tree hugger.


I don’t know the elevation of Murrieta, but I do know the elevation of San Diego, and unless something drastic happens soon, Reuben should consider buying his kids water wings. Maybe by that time, they will be old enough and smart enough to seek higher ground.


If you get the chance you should see this film.


Today, after completing his round, Phil Mickelson stated unequivocally that over par is going to win the Masters. Tomorrow we will see if Phil knows what he is talking about. Several others, even as early as Thursday predicted an over par winning score.  


I have my favorites when it comes to sport announcers.  John Madden talks a lot, but for some reason I like him. I feel he really  knows the game. Read the rest of this entry »


Wednesday the 21st I had an appointment to have the implant that had come out some time ago replaced, and to have the implant on the right side of my mouth capped with some kind of devise that protects the gum and is one step closer to the final thing. Before beginning any of his work he said, “we better check that the implant is OK.”. He pressed down on it with some instrument and asked if I felt any pain. I guess from my flinching when he pressed he knew there was pain. “This one is no good either”, he said, “I will have to replace it, along with the left side”. So I basically had the same operation redone that was done more than three months ago. I am now going to have to wait another three months for the final steps that anchor the denture firmly in place.

And today I went to the other dentist to have the dentures relined to fit my receeded gums. When he looked in my mouth he became concerned that the material used for the impression – that had to be taken – would adhere to the sutures that were still exposed , and when the impression was removed would tear the sutures loose and cause more bleeding and maybe have to sew up the gum again, so back home I went with nothing accomplished. The relining won’t be done now until Cornie gets back mid April from his trip to Turkey. I wonder what my sins are that cause all these delays and problems?


Valerie Plame testified yesterday before a Congressional Committee. I happened to come across a video of her testimony that was posted on the internet.

 Some have said she had a simple desk job at the CIA, and her outing was inconsequential. Her testimony and affidavits made available to the committee certainly refutes the claim she had a simple desk job. She made trips to Middle Eastern countries in her effort to determine if Iraq had WMD. Those trips don’t represent a desk job. Anyway, all I can say after hearing and “seeing” her testimony is that if I were an Iraqi sheikh and she asked me about what I knew about progress being made by Iraq on acquiring nuclear capabilities, I would spill my gut to her. She could be a spy in a James Bond movie, no question!!


Several weeks ago the titanium post on my left side began to project out of my gum. I notified the surgeon who said no problem, just keep the area clean. As I continued to monitor the condition, I thought my gum must be receeding because more of the post was showing. I also thought that I detected it moving slightly. Finally, it became obvious that the post was moving up out of my jaw. With my tongue I finally was able to lift it out of the jaw. Read the rest of this entry »

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