August 21, 2015

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 21, 2015. On Tuesday, we closed on Outpost Timmerman. After signing off on the note, we now have a 30 year VA mortgage at 3.75%. We can finally finish unpacking and settle in. Susan’s “nesting instinct” has kicked in   … she already has a “Honey do” list.

So human beings have a limited impact on the environment? (BBC NEWS)   — Middle East conflict drastically ‘improves air quality’.  “Political disturbance and armed conflict in the Middle East since 2010 have had the unintended consequence of making the air cleaner. Researchers say that in countries like Syria and Iraq, levels of air pollutants have fallen dramatically. The amount of nitrogen dioxide in the air over Damascus has fallen by up to 50% since start of the civil war … Looking at levels of nitrogen oxides (NOx) that are generated from the burning of fossil fuels especially in transport, the team found a complex and unpredictable picture. In countries like Syria, where millions of people have attempted to flee the fighting since 2011, levels of nitrogen dioxide plummeted over Damascus and Aleppo. But in nearby Lebanon, there was a “drastic” rise of up to 30% of the same pollutant, thanks to the influx of refugees. The scientists say that this was very unusual as economic growth in Lebanon declined significantly at the same time.” Fact is   … human beings are one of the few species that cr*p in their own nest   … rabbits are another, (and seems like we breed at the same rate!)

And further news about our species? (BBC NEWS) — Humans are ‘unique super-predator’. “Humans’ status as a unique super-predator is laid bare in a new study published in Science magazine. The analysis of global data details the ruthlessness of our hunting practices and the impacts we have on prey. It shows how humans typically take out adult fish populations at 14 times the rate that marine animals do themselves. And on land, we kill top carnivores, such as bears, wolves and lions, at nine times their own self-predation rate. But perhaps the most striking observation, say authors Chris Darimont and colleagues, is the way human beings focus so heavily on taking down adult prey. This is quite different from the rest of the animal kingdom, for which the juveniles of a species tend to be the most exploited.” Because we don’t, (for the most part), take down juveniles who are not old enough to procreate, the net effect of taking down adult prey, which is procreating, is a massive drop in the prey population. Perhaps a better environmental model for safeguarding prey populations is mandating that only non-breeding juveniles be harvested   …   instead of breeding adults?

And other species news? (BBC NEWS) — Marine mammals thriving in Thames. “Ten years of public sightings show that large marine mammals are regularly found in the River Thames. The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) has received records of 2,732 animals over that period. Seals were the most common animal seen, with many spotted around London’s Canary Wharf, probably because many people spot them from its skyscrapers. In addition, the public reported 444 porpoises and dolphins on the river, and 49 whales.” Course the most spotted mammal were the “Werewolves of London”. “I saw a werewolf with a Chinese menu in his hand, walking through the streets of Soho in the rain, he was looking for a place called Lee Ho Fooks …” 

Interesting! (BBC NEWS) — ‘Oldest’ message in a bottle found more than 108 years on. “A message in a bottle that washed up more than 108 years after it was thrown into the sea may be the world’s oldest, a marine association has said. The bottle was released in the North Sea between 1904 and 1906 and found by a woman on a beach in Amrum, Germany. Inside a postcard asked that it be sent to the Marine Biological Association of the UK, where the bottle was returned. The association in Plymouth said the bottle was one of some 1,000 released as part of marine research.” The message in the bottle? “For a jolly good time, come to the Pregnant Whale.”

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and watching “The Donald” on the local news. He is in Mobile campaigning. I have no clue what kind of President he would make, but he sure is no politician!! He calls things the way he sees them. I can just see the “reality show” called “The Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump Presidential Campaign”! Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Grilled Pork Chops, Baked Potato and Corn. The movie? “Avengers, Age of Ultron [2015]”

Time to post these Ramblings and work on a couple of images. Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening at Outpost Timmerman. I remain nicotine free. Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?). Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)

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August 14, 2015

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 14, 2015. Not much to report. Frustrated. Waiting to see if we will be able to close on Monday. Susan and I have a 780+ credit score. We pay our bills. Have NO credit card debt. Have one loan … Susan’s car, ($16K, $305.00/mo month). We have a $40K line of credit on the two credit cards we have … and there is a question about granting Susan and I a $55K loan on a building appraised at $74K? Really? You know … there is something wrong with a system that grants folks *sshole deep in debt additional credit, to go deeper in debt, before declaring bankruptcy … and denying credit to folks who have worked/sacrificed to get out of debt and remain relatively debt free.

Freud taught, a life worth living must have “arbit und liebe”. Loosely translated, “purpose and passion”, (“work and love”). For lawyers, most of us, what we do, isn’t just a job … what we do defines who we are. … it is who we are. Perhaps the reason I am having difficulty adjusting to retirement. I need to find purpose.

In the “better living through chemistry” news: (BBC NEWS) — Olympic drug ban for ESL gamers. Competitive video gamers will be tested for the same drugs banned at the Olympic Games under a new scheme by the Electronic Sports League. In July, the ESL said it would launch an anti-doping program after a top gamer admitted taking a performance-enhancing drug during a tournament. Players breaking the new rules could be disqualified or banned from ESL competitions.” So some pilgrim sucks down Ritalin to play a better packman game? Reminds me of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit 1967”. “Remember what the door mouse said: “Feed your head. Feed your head!” As an aside, over the years, I have had many gifted vocalists share with me that “White Rabbit” is an extremely difficult song to perform. Grace Slick, aside from being a beautiful woman and one of the lusts of my teenage life, had an extreme vocal range and remains a gifted artist. Jefferson Airplane/Starship did indeed “Build this City, (1985)”.

I lost close to 100 pounds in 2004 and have managed to keep it off using the diet I developed. It really isn’t a diet. Diets don’t work. It is a change in the way you eat. (BBC NEWS) — Low-fat diets ‘better than cutting carbs’ for weight loss. “Cutting fat from your diet leads to more fat loss than reducing carbohydrates, a US health study shows. Scientists intensely analyzed people on controlled diets by inspecting every morsel of food, minute of exercise and breath taken. Both diets, analyzed by the National Institutes of Health, led to fat loss when calories were cut, but people lost more when they reduced fat intake … However, studies suggest that in the real world, where diets are less strictly controlled, people may lose more weight by reducing carbohydrate intake.” Changing the way you eat/look at food will allow you to maintain the weight you want.

In the medical news: (BBC NEWS) — Music ‘reduces pain and anxiety’ for surgery patients. “Listening to music before, during and after an operation can help reduce pain, according to a review. Researchers at Queen Mary University of London said the patients who had listened to music had been less anxious after their surgery and had needed less pain relief. Writing in the Lancet, they said music had been effective even while patients had been under general anesthetic. The Department of Health said doctors should consider the findings.” In a related follow up study … the type of music listened to proved critical.   Disco worsened healing time after surgery … even when the patients were warned to stop dancing.

The financial news: (BBC NEWS) — The Hong Kong fight to cash in Japanese military yen. “Lam Yinbun was only 14 years old when the Imperial Japanese Army defeated British forces defending colonial Hong Kong in 1941. The occupation lasted more than three years, ending with Japan’s unconditional surrender on 15 August 1945. Ahead of the 70th anniversary of that day, Mr Lam will join a group of elderly demonstrators demanding compensation for an obscure relic of the war: cash notes called military yen that became worthless when the Japanese left.” I was surprised to learn that Confederate paper money is actually worth something … now a days, especially the paper money with the Confederate Battle Flag printed on it.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to make it home. She is working until 8:00 pm today   … and will have to work Saturday and Sunday. Obviously, no Sunday Lunch and a Movie. Still don’t know if we will be able to close Monday.

Time to post these Ramblings and work on a couple of images I captured today. Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening at Outpost Timmerman. Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?). Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)

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August 7, 2015

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of August 7, 2015. An interesting different social/racial world view, here in Mississippi. From what I have seen, at least on the surface   … folks here appear to be color blind. Frankly, I just don’t see or feel any racial tensions. Went to the grocery store today and bought 10 pounds of pork chops, ($10.00), and 8 pounds of hamburger meat, ($22.32). Gas today was $2.119. The cost of living here is definitely less than Holden.

In the “War On Terror” news: (BBC NEWS) — Israel Jewish militants ‘face harsh interrogation methods’. “ Israel says it could use harsh interrogation methods to tackle violent Jewish extremism, after the death of an Palestinian infant in an arson attack. Interior Security Minister Gilad Erdan told Israel Radio that suspected Jewish extremists may be shaken violently in custody – a controversial treatment used on Palestinian suspects. Israel earlier said Jewish extremists may also be detained without trial.” So   … what does “shaken violently” look like? Perhaps they have a machine like the one Lowe’s uses to mix paint, only larger? Or, perhaps, the same size machine   … and, (shuddering), they strap an extremist’s cajones to the machine and turn it on?

How NSA gathers data! (BBC NEWS) — Spyware demo shows how spooks hack mobile phones. Intelligence agencies’ secretive techniques for spying on mobile phones are seldom made public. But a UK security firm has shown the BBC how one tool, sold around the world to spooks, actually works. It allows spies to take secret pictures with a phone’s camera and record conversations with the microphone, without the phone owner knowing. Hacking Team’s software was recently stolen from the company by hackers and published on the web. Almost any data on a phone, tablet or PC can be accessed by the tool and it is fascinating how much it can do.” Makes me wonder how the spyware got on the mobile device to start off with. Good article explaining how to secure your Smartphone.

Law enforcement news. (BBC NEWS) — Mafia boss Matteo Denaro’s henchmen ‘used sheep code’. “A mafia boss on the run since 1993 communicated with fellow criminals using a code based around sheep, Italian police say. Officers arrested 11 men they say are linked to the fugitive head of the Sicilian Mafia, Matteo Messina Denaro. They said Mr Denaro communicated with his henchmen using scraps of paper left at a farm in western Sicily. Phone messages used to alert the men to new bits of paper or “pizzini” often referred to sheep, police say. Officers do not believe that the alleged criminals were really discussing agricultural matters. “The sheep need shearing,” “The shears need sharpening” and “The hay is ready” were among the messages passed between Mafiosi, police say.” And a “I wonder what it refers to”, head scratching phrase: “You picked the ugliest sheep, Vito.”

(BBC NEWS) — The Mysteries of Neanderthal’s Large Eyes. “We won’t ever come face to face with a real-life Neanderthal. They went extinct thousands of years ago. All we can do is use their remains to reconstruct what they were like. In many ways they were a lot like us. In fact they were so similar, our species actually interbred with theirs. One stands out: they had weirdly large eyes. On the face of it, big eyes sound like a good thing. Presumably, having bigger eyes meant the Neanderthals could see better than us. But according to one controversial theory, Neanderthals’ big eyes played a key role in their demise … Since Neanderthals evolved at higher latitudes and also have bigger bodies than modern humans, more of the Neanderthal brain would have been dedicated to vision and body control, leaving less brain to deal with other functions like social networking,” Pearce said at the time. The theory goes that, unlike us, they could not devote large parts of their brain to developing complex social networks. So when they were faced with major threats, such as a changing climate or competition from modern humans, they were at a disadvantage.” Apparently there was a bunch of “contact” between Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens, (Modern Humans)   … because 20% of Modern DNA is Neanderthal. The gene for red hair is from our Neanderthal ancestors. I can just imagine the conversations: “Sheesh, Ooglug … you picked the ugliest one!” “Any cave in a storm, Muglah!” … or … “Muglah, once you try red, no black hair in bed.’ 

The archeological news: (BCC NEWS) — ‘Ancient Hebrew inscriptions’ baffle Israeli archaeologists. “Israeli archaeologists say they are trying to decode ancient inscriptions written in Hebrew script discovered at a dig in Jerusalem. The writing was found on the walls of a room containing the remains of a Jewish ritual bath, or mikveh, believed to be about 2,000 years old. Experts are now trying to decipher words and symbols including a boat and palm trees. They say the markings may be graffiti or have some religious significance.” What to be baffled about? This was a bathhouse!! It either translates to “Levi is gay!” … or … “For a good time, call Naavah!” or “Naavah can suck the matzo crumbs off of a wet פיטר.”

Editing these Ramblings and waiting for Susan to come home. It is 89 degrees and being several blocks from the beach   … HUMID! Inside Outpost Timmerman, it is 78 degrees thanks to air-conditioning! Susan has to work tomorrow. There is a 6 pound Boston Butt, ($1.00 per pound), marinating in buttermilk in the fridge. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? Sauerbraten, Garlic Cheese Mashed Potatoes and creamed corn. The movie? “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel [2015]”

Time to post these Ramblings and work on a couple of images I captured today. Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening at Outpost Timmerman. Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?). Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy.)

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July 31, 2015

Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of July 31, 2015. Finally back on-line. Moving a 7,000 square foot house into a 1,260 square foot house … is challenging. Almost done. In the process of packing, parts for both of my printers were lost as was the charger for my Sony NEX 7.  Changing “billing” addresses for all “providers”, insurance, credit cards, service providers, ad nausium … REALLY TIME CONSUMING. Done. Took a trip to Biloxi today, to register and transfer my VA file from the VA Hospital in Kansas City to Biloxi, (the closest VA Hospital to Pascagoula). The VA Hospital Complex in Biloxi is HUGE!!! It has a cemetery going back to the Civil War, I stopped and walked around looking at some of the older tomb stones. No doubt proof, freedom is not free. Over the years, a heavy price has been paid.

Pascagoula isn’t a tourist town   … it is home to Ingalls Shipbuilding. Ingalls employs over 12,000 people. Biloxi on the other hand is a tourist town with lovely beaches, several casinos and the usual “tourist traps”. Highway 90 runs along the beach in Biloxi   … and I can share, driving to the VA today … those beaches are BEAUTIFUL!!! Living on the coast does have it’s price. Here, mortgage lenders require homeowners insurance, ($695.00/year), flood insurance, ($408.00/year) and wind/hail insurance, ($1,495.00/year). “Life is not cheap   … but if it were, it would not be as nice.” And it’s corollary:  “There is nothing in this life you can not buy  …  if the payments are small enough.” 

There will be an election August 4, 2015. One of the candidates running for “Justice Court” was knocking on doors campaigning. “Justice Court” is kind of a blend between Small Claims and Associate Circuit Court with one twist:   judges in “Justice Court” do not need to be lawyers. Anyone can run for the office and if elected, serve. Visited with a Solo here, today. My “take away”? The Bar here considers Solo’s … insignificant. You know … may just have to get licensed here and get involved with the Bar, to change that. Help them understand … solo and small firm lawyers remain the guardians of our system of justice.

The weather here is hot and humid. Everything here is air conditioned   … and we must be in the monsoon season   … because it rains just about every day. The sun can be shining   … and at the same time   … it is raining. The people here are warm and friendly. Strangers smile and say things like “Hey, you’all” and “How you’all doing?” Clerks call you “Honey” and “Baby”. As for the food? Seafood is cheap and most of it is either boiled or more likely   … deep fried. Last Sunday, Susan and I went to a Chinese Buffet  … the cost? $11.99 for ALL the shrimp, snow crap, crawdad’s, (pinch a little head and suck a little trail!!) … and soft shelled crab you can eat.

Interesting. (CNN MONEY) — Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife are expecting a baby girl. “Zuckerberg announced the news on his Facebook page on Friday afternoon, tagging his wife Priscilla Chan in the post. He said the couple had been trying for a few years, and had already suffered three miscarriages. “You feel so hopeful when you learn you’re going to have a child,” Zuckerberg said. “You start imagining who they’ll become and dreaming of hopes for their future. You start making plans, and then they’re gone. It’s a lonely experience.” No doubt loosing a baby is incredibly painful. I would probably have waited until the baby was born before making a public announcement.

Olympic news! (CNN) — Winter Olympics 2022: Beijing chosen to stage Games. “Beijing is set to become the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics after it was chosen to stage the 2022 Winter Games. International Olympic President Thomas Bach confirmed Beijing, which hosted the Summer Games in 2008, had been chosen ahead of Almaty in Kazakshtan at the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Friday.” Honestly? I had not heard of Kazakshtan. ”Had Kazakhstan’s pitch been successful it would have become the first central Asian nation to host the Winter Olympics. With significant oil and gas reserves, it is now the largest economy in Central Asia and had been keen to use this event to increase investment, development and raise its profile.” It’s neighbors? It is South of Russia, West of China and North of 3 additional nations I had not heard of: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

The political news: (CNN) — Clintons earned nearly $141M from 2007 to 2014, tax returns show. “Hillary and Bill Clinton earned nearly $141 million over the course of eight years and paid $43 million in federal taxes, according to tax returns her campaign released Friday. In a lengthy statement and on her campaign website, Clinton detailed that she and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, paid more than $43 million in federal taxes from 2007 to 2014, over $13 million in state taxes and donated nearly $15 million to charity over the same period. The couple earned a total of $140.9 million, with an adjusted gross income of $139.1 million, the returns show.” I seem to remember Hillary claiming they were broke when they left office.

Sitting here Editing these Ramblings, waiting for Susan. All the male dogs wear “belly bands” to keep them from lifting a leg on the furniture. Seems to be working rather well. Got Internet, a Land Line and Cable TV for $140.00/month. In Holden, we were paying $140.00/month for a Land Line and Internet and an additional $129.00/moth for DirecTV. Bought a 3 burner IR BBQ Grill, (interesting article about IR Grills), so Sunday Dinner and Movie? We are having guests, (Susan’s nephew and his family). Burgers, Brats and French Fries. The movie? “Child 44 [2015]”

Time to post these Ramblings and work on a cell phone image I captured today. Nice, relaxing way, to spend a quiet evening at Outpost Timmerman. Later, I will say a Thank You for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with … and a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?). Be and sleep well, the best we have is on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Pascagoula, Mississippi   … and the Editorial Staff, Dinker, Karly, Floyd and my L’l Buddy   … and yes   … I still miss and think about Little Willie. Still get that dull ache in my heart.)

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July 10, 2015

Greets and Huggers.  Posted the evening of July 10, 2015.  Susan left yesterday morning for Pascagoula, Mississippi to look at houses and make an offer.  There are several we are interested in   …  the one we are most interested in is a 4 bedroom, 2 bath ranch style house, 6 blocks from the beach.  She will be flying back on the 15th. In almost 20 years, this will be the longest we have been separated. Strange how we can spend a day together, she in her office and me in mine  …  say maybe 20 words to each other and as long as we know the other’s heart is beating in the next room … that’s enough. We are one. Hard for some of our younger couples to understand: there is NO “I” in “We”.  Talked to Susan this morning  …  she has a job, strait transfer, (no lapse in health insurance), to the CVS in Pascagoula.  Further proof that this move is just a part of God’s plan for us.  That said   …  I am sitting here this evening feeling like ½ of me is missing.

We all have superstitious idiosyncrasies, (some folks more than others).  (CNN NEWS)  —  Very superstitious: Weird rituals help athletes perform better.  “Sports are full of superstitions, from athletes who perform a specific routine before every game to ones who consider certain items to be lucky or unlucky. Hockey, especially, is rife with these sorts of baubles and rituals, especially in the playoffs, when players grow beards until their team is eliminated and often refuse to touch the trophies awarded to the conference champions. In addition to these broad, widely agreed-upon rituals, individual players have their own idiosyncratic practices: Corey Perry, the star winger of the Anaheim Ducks, has an eight-step ritual he goes through before every game that includes twirling his stick a certain way and tapping the ice before going into the locker room to put his pads on.”  Over the years I have known several trial lawyers who had superstitious idiosyncrasies.  One had a pair of “lucky” trial socks:  he would wear the same socks during the whole trial.  Me?  I have my “Lucky” Shriners Ring!

Assisted Suicide” is a controversial issue/subject.  (CNN NEWS)  —  What remains unsaid about assisted suicide.  Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in the rest. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it.  This leads to bizarre, veiled conversations between medical professionals and overwhelmed families. Doctors and nurses want to help but also want to avoid prosecution, so they speak carefully, parsing their words. Family members, in the midst of one of the most confusing and emotional times of their lives, are left to interpret euphemisms.”  The 5 States that allow assisted suicide? Oregon, Vermont, Washington. In Montana, Baxter v. Montana (2009) court decision created a defense for a physician who is prosecuted. In New Mexico, doctors can help terminal patients die according to a 2014 court decision.  Shouldn’t a person, with God given free will, have the ability to end their suffering if they are in horrible pain?

And in the “rode hard and put away wet”  news?  (BBC NEWS)  —  Ageing rates vary widely, says study. “A study of people born within a year of each other has uncovered a huge gulf in the speed at which their bodies age.  The report, in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, tracked traits such as weight, kidney function and gum health.  Some of the 38-year-olds were ageing so badly that their “biological age” was on the cusp of retirement  …  The international research group followed 954 people from the same town in New Zealand who were all born in 1972-73.  The scientists looked at 18 different ageing-related traits when the group turned 26, 32 and 38 years old.  The analysis showed that at the age of 38, the people’s biological ages ranged from the late-20s to those who were nearly 60.”   A follow up study showed folks with a biological age in the late 20’s, were married, tee totaling fundamentalist Christians who scored very low on a “life satisfaction” survey   …    while folks with a biological age in the late 50’s,  early 60’s    …   were “party hardy”, promiscuous, heavy drinking, dope smoking, heavy metal/hard rock fans   …  who, surprisingly, scored extremely high, (no pun intended),  on a “life satisfaction” survey.  Go figure.

In related news:  (BBC NEWS)  —  World’s oldest man Sakari Momoi dies at 112 in Japan.  “The world’s oldest man, Japanese super centenarian Sakari Momoi, has died in Tokyo at the age of 112.  The former high school principal and father of five children died of kidney failure in a care facility on Sunday. He had been named the oldest man by Guinness World Records in August.”   He died extremely happy.  His physical age was 55.

Sitting here editing these Ramblings and missing Susan.  Her babies are all hunkered down by the door   …  waiting for her to come home.  They will have to wait until Wednesday evening.  We will spend Thursday packing   …  and Friday moving down to Pascagoula.  It is amazing to see how quickly all the pieces in this move are falling into place.  It is almost like God is clearing all obstacles and pushing us South. There will be no Sunday Lunch and a Movie   …

Time to post these Ramblings and settle in for a quiet evening at Ft Timmerman.  Later when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with   …  I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon return of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me?)  Be and sleep well, the best we have as a nation are on watch so you can.   If my post offends, I apologize  …  that is certainly not my intent.  I remain nicotine free.  As always  …

A Warm Brotherly Hug

KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri and the Editorial Staff)

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