Friday, February 14, 2020

I love messing with scammers - The Illuninati -

So I watch cycling races via TIZ-cycling and they use chatango engine to chat with other cycling folks. Like anyhting else, there are scammers out there looking for someone easy to hit on.  So will watching todays race, Momphalion from Nigeria contacted me and below is the chat session.  I enjoyed the race while at the same time wasting his time!  got all of his banking information anyway, plus wasted his time while i enjoyed the race!

oh yea - was reported to chagango admins to ban this sucker!


Momphalion, M, 42, Nigeria

momphalion (9:26:53 AM): Hello do  you want to gain wealth power and famous in life earn more than 300.0000 usd $ as monthly payment join the great illuminati brotherhood
jim0426 (9:30:31 AM): of course - who wouldn't!
jim0426 (9:31:02 AM): what kind of deal you talking about?
momphalion (9:31:30 AM): Illuminati
jim0426 (9:31:41 AM): what is that?
momphalion (9:32:20 AM): Illuminati is an elite organization that bless man kind to be kind to become millionaire and billionaire
momphalion (9:32:34 AM): Earn more than 300.0000$ as monthly payment
jim0426 (9:32:41 AM): wow - seems unreal
momphalion (9:33:11 AM): Am real
momphalion (9:33:21 AM): You heard about my name mompha
jim0426 (9:33:54 AM): who is it ? what does it entail?
momphalion (9:35:01 AM): You want to make your dream come true join the great illuminati brotherhood today and gain wealth power and famous in life earn more than 300.0000 USD as Monthly payment join the great illuminati brotherhood today
jim0426 (9:35:18 AM): what is the brotherhood?
jim0426 (9:35:21 AM): never heard of it
momphalion (9:35:46 AM): Once you join the great illuminati brotherhood today
momphalion (9:35:53 AM): You know more
jim0426 (9:37:33 AM): what is the great illuminati brotherhood
momphalion (9:38:00 AM): Is an elite organization that bless man kind to become millionaire and billionaire
9:38:23 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
9:38:26 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (9:38:46 AM): how did i get asked about this?
jim0426 (9:38:50 AM): who is in it?
momphalion (9:39:01 AM): We are brother
jim0426 (9:39:35 AM): who is we?
momphalion (9:40:18 AM): Bahoohet
9:40:53 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
9:40:55 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (9:41:27 AM): You want to join?
jim0426 (9:41:57 AM): bahoohet?
momphalion (9:42:06 AM): Yes
momphalion (9:42:11 AM): Illuminati
jim0426 (9:42:18 AM): what is tht
momphalion (9:42:42 AM): Ilkuminati
jim0426 (9:42:42 AM): who belongs to this?
momphalion (9:43:17 AM): Me
jim0426 (9:43:29 AM): who else
momphalion (9:43:34 AM): Mark
momphalion (9:43:37 AM): Larry
momphalion (9:43:40 AM): Jude
momphalion (9:43:43 AM): Savior
momphalion (9:43:49 AM): Comsos
jim0426 (9:43:50 AM): mark who
jim0426 (9:44:01 AM): i dont recognize them
momphalion (9:44:03 AM): They are all over the world
momphalion (9:44:09 AM): You can't know them
momphalion (9:44:13 AM): Jay z
jim0426 (9:44:14 AM): why?
momphalion (9:44:26 AM): Unless you become a member
jim0426 (9:44:31 AM): jay z?
jim0426 (9:44:39 AM): i am retired
jim0426 (9:44:51 AM): what does it cost
momphalion (9:45:37 AM): It cost nothing
jim0426 (9:45:39 AM): how doyou join?
momphalion (9:45:51 AM): You only have to be dedicated
jim0426 (9:45:59 AM): for what?
momphalion (9:46:23 AM): You must be initiated and this will require some items for your successful initiation that will take place in the headquarters
jim0426 (9:47:38 AM): where is headquaters?
jim0426 (9:47:44 AM): what is initiated?
jim0426 (9:47:50 AM): what items?
9:47:57 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (9:49:00 AM): can i tell my wife?
momphalion (9:49:11 AM): No
jim0426 (9:49:18 AM): why?
momphalion (9:49:25 AM): It a secret
jim0426 (9:49:33 AM): but we trust each othere
momphalion (9:49:38 AM): Once you join you can let her onow
momphalion (9:49:45 AM): Not now
jim0426 (9:49:46 AM): ah ok
jim0426 (9:49:49 AM): ok
jim0426 (9:50:08 AM): where is the headquarters?
jim0426 (9:50:12 AM): do i have to travel?
jim0426 (9:50:28 AM): what is inititiated? what items?
momphalion (9:50:51 AM): You don't need to travrl
momphalion (9:51:06 AM): There is an agent who will represent you
jim0426 (9:51:24 AM): an agent?
jim0426 (9:51:59 AM): what is intitiated?
momphalion (9:52:37 AM):
Items needed for your successful initiation
Eldgin oil
Illuminati saint
Illuminati oil
 Uden
jim0426 (9:53:01 AM): where do you get these thigns?
jim0426 (9:53:04 AM): never heard of them
jim0426 (9:53:11 AM): saint?
momphalion (9:53:26 AM): There is someone who van get the items ready for you
momphalion (9:53:37 AM): You only have to pay for the items
jim0426 (9:53:48 AM): do they live near me?
jim0426 (9:53:59 AM): can i get them at the local stores ?
momphalion (9:54:06 AM): No
jim0426 (9:54:10 AM): why not?
momphalion (9:54:31 AM): Because illuminati items are not for store
momphalion (9:54:42 AM): And not used by others
momphalion (9:54:49 AM): Only for illuminati
jim0426 (9:54:51 AM): ok
9:55:25 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (9:56:06 AM): So are you ready to get the items
momphalion (9:56:08 AM): ?
jim0426 (9:56:24 AM): i guess
momphalion (9:56:45 AM): So you ready to pay for the items
jim0426 (9:56:58 AM): you said there was no charge to join
momphalion (9:57:07 AM): Yez
momphalion (9:57:19 AM): But you need to purchase the items
jim0426 (9:57:29 AM): ok but what do they cost?
jim0426 (9:57:35 AM): i live on a budget
momphalion (9:57:42 AM): 50$
jim0426 (9:57:50 AM): and need to make sure i have funds for that
jim0426 (9:57:54 AM): wow!that's a lot
jim0426 (9:58:02 AM):
what does that include?

momphalion (9:58:37 AM): You have to pay 50$
jim0426 (9:58:49 AM): can you ship it COD?
momphalion (9:59:06 AM): I don't understand
jim0426 (9:59:24 AM): collect on delivery
momphalion (9:59:35 AM): Ok
momphalion (9:59:47 AM): You want to pay
jim0426 (10:00:00 AM): when they deliver the things
momphalion (10:00:09 AM): Two days
jim0426 (10:00:26 AM): i need to go to the bank frist to collect funds
momphalion (10:00:42 AM): So when is that going to be
jim0426 (10:01:09 AM): today - so when the deliver the items, i can pay the delivery guy
momphalion (10:02:03 AM): No
momphalion (10:02:13 AM): You have to pay for the items first
jim0426 (10:02:31 AM): let me know the address and i'll send you a check
momphalion (10:02:59 AM): You are not the one to take the items he is the one that will take the items to the headquarters
jim0426 (10:03:11 AM): what?
jim0426 (10:03:15 AM): i don't undertand
momphalion (10:03:20 AM): So all you have to do is pay for the items
jim0426 (10:03:22 AM): who is he?
momphalion (10:03:23 AM): That all
momphalion (10:03:35 AM): He is dranmillion
jim0426 (10:03:44 AM): who is dranmillion?
momphalion (10:04:07 AM): He is the agent that will get the items ready for you
jim0426 (10:04:35 AM): im confused
momphalion (10:04:52 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:05:05 AM): i have to buy something but it's not delivered to me?
jim0426 (10:05:11 AM): that does not sound right
jim0426 (10:05:45 AM): when do i get the 300,000$?
jim0426 (10:06:21 AM): seems like for getting that much money tey can deduct it from that amount?
momphalion (10:06:36 AM): You are the that will take the items
momphalion (10:07:06 AM): Once you join the great illuminati brotherhood
jim0426 (10:07:26 AM): so have them deduct the $50 from my first check
momphalion (10:07:41 AM): No
momphalion (10:07:43 AM): ?
momphalion (10:07:55 AM): You must pay
jim0426 (10:07:58 AM): who is sending me the 300,000 per month?
momphalion (10:08:15 AM): Illuminati
jim0426 (10:08:15 AM): just have them deduct that out of my first check
momphalion (10:08:51 AM): No
jim0426 (10:08:54 AM): $50.00 to them is nothing if they are sending out 300,000 / month to everyone
momphalion (10:09:33 AM): You must purchase the items with your money for them to know you are ready
jim0426 (10:09:48 AM): so where do i send a check?
momphalion (10:10:03 AM): You have western union
jim0426 (10:10:09 AM): no i do not
momphalion (10:10:21 AM): Money gram
momphalion (10:10:32 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:10:39 AM): nope
momphalion (10:10:46 AM): Are you on WhatsApp
jim0426 (10:11:00 AM): live out in the country - about 100 miles from nearest town
jim0426 (10:11:02 AM): what is that?
jim0426 (10:11:13 AM): what app?
momphalion (10:11:19 AM): Yes
jim0426 (10:11:30 AM): what app ?
momphalion (10:11:36 AM): Send me your number
jim0426 (10:11:41 AM): what number?
momphalion (10:11:51 AM): Your phone number
jim0426 (10:11:55 AM): what kind of app is this for
momphalion (10:12:09 AM): I mean your contact
jim0426 (10:12:11 AM): i have a rotary phone is that ok?
momphalion (10:12:18 AM): Yes
momphalion (10:12:30 AM): Can have your contact
momphalion (10:12:38 AM): Number
momphalion (10:12:39 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:12:41 AM): i would prefer to send you a check
momphalion (10:12:47 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:13:02 AM): No you use bank transfer
jim0426 (10:13:02 AM): i don't like to send money
jim0426 (10:13:15 AM): i will need your bank account information i think
momphalion (10:13:23 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:13:27 AM): i need to go to the bank and do that
momphalion (10:13:45 AM): So when are you sending the money
momphalion (10:13:47 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:14:14 AM): i can go to the bank today - but i will need your bank information - account number and routing number to do a wire transfer
jim0426 (10:14:54 AM): i don't bank online
jim0426 (10:15:29 AM): and will need a name to go with the account to do a wire transfer at the bank
jim0426 (10:15:57 AM): hello
jim0426 (10:16:00 AM): are you there?
momphalion (10:16:11 AM): Which country you from
jim0426 (10:16:19 AM): united states
jim0426 (10:16:31 AM): where are you from?
10:17:04 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:18:20 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:18:24 AM): USA
momphalion (10:19:18 AM): I will send bank information to you now
momphalion (10:19:19 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:19:21 AM): ??
jim0426 (10:19:31 AM): ok
jim0426 (10:20:00 AM): need the account number, routing number, the name of the bank, who the person receiving this money
momphalion (10:20:13 AM): Ok
10:20:17 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:20:22 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (10:20:29 AM): when i did wire transfer to my sister they wantee phone number too
momphalion (10:20:45 AM): OK
jim0426 (10:20:56 AM): also town and coutnry where bank is (the address)
jim0426 (10:21:03 AM): just put the infomation here
jim0426 (10:21:17 AM): i can then take to bank and get money sent
jim0426 (10:21:30 AM): what happens after that?
jim0426 (10:21:39 AM): you get my $50.00?
momphalion (10:21:42 AM):
Name ; Ebolo Collins
Account number
3111364492
Fist bank
Nigeria zip code 110001
Bank Swift Code: FBNINGLAXXX
momphalion (10:22:06 AM): That the account information
jim0426 (10:22:30 AM): i have to drive to bank to do this
momphalion (10:22:37 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:22:43 AM): you have the address? and phone number?
momphalion (10:22:53 AM): No need
momphalion (10:22:55 AM): Bro
momphalion (10:23:00 AM): That do that
jim0426 (10:23:04 AM): my bank will want it
10:23:54 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:24:31 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:24:40 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:25:53 AM): So just make the payment
momphalion (10:26:57 AM): No22 emaudo street
momphalion (10:27:28 AM): +2349067574466
10:28:52 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:29:52 AM: momphalion is now online
jim0426 (10:31:02 AM): Ok thanks for that
jim0426 (10:31:06 AM): what happens after this ?
jim0426 (10:31:13 AM): one they get the supplies for me?
momphalion (10:31:25 AM): You will be initiated
momphalion (10:31:35 AM): And then you become a member
jim0426 (10:31:46 AM): what happens there?
momphalion (10:31:47 AM): So you get your
jim0426 (10:31:56 AM): what is the inititiaed?
momphalion (10:32:03 AM): 1 million$
jim0426 (10:32:25 AM): what do we do at the initiated?
jim0426 (10:32:32 AM): where do i go?
jim0426 (10:32:36 AM): what do i do?
momphalion (10:32:47 AM): You don't need to go to the headquarters
momphalion (10:33:00 AM): In Washington Dc
jim0426 (10:33:02 AM): where is the headquarters by the way?
jim0426 (10:33:07 AM): cool
momphalion (10:33:10 AM): In Washington Dc
momphalion (10:33:12 AM): Ok
jim0426 (10:33:13 AM): can i go if i want?
jim0426 (10:34:00 AM): i think it would be cool to be there and see it
10:34:19 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
jim0426 (10:34:38 AM): can i bring my wife?
jim0426 (10:37:40 AM): you there?
jim0426 (10:37:44 AM): who is my sponser?
jim0426 (10:37:51 AM): or who is my agent?
10:38:13 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:38:27 AM): Dranmillion
momphalion (10:38:39 AM): Is your agent
momphalion (10:38:48 AM): Am your sponsor
jim0426 (10:40:18 AM): so can i come to washington for my inititiation?
jim0426 (10:40:36 AM): dranmillion is that his name ?
jim0426 (10:40:45 AM): how do i find him when i get there?
jim0426 (10:40:52 AM): how do i contact him?
momphalion (10:41:06 AM): Once you get the items
momphalion (10:41:11 AM): You can see
momphalion (10:41:13 AM):  Him
momphalion (10:41:20 AM): First send the money
momphalion (10:41:32 AM): Let get the items ready for you
jim0426 (10:41:43 AM): ok so i need to play to travel to washington
jim0426 (10:41:58 AM): and need to make plans hotel and all
momphalion (10:42:06 AM): No
jim0426 (10:42:13 AM): why?
jim0426 (10:42:16 AM): why not?
momphalion (10:42:19 AM): You will have a free trip
momphalion (10:42:27 AM): To Washington Dc
jim0426 (10:42:28 AM): how do i find out about that?
momphalion (10:42:45 AM):  And free VIP treatment in the hotek
jim0426 (10:42:55 AM): can my wife come and watch?
momphalion (10:43:11 AM): Yes
jim0426 (10:43:18 AM): but i can't tell her now?
momphalion (10:43:23 AM): No
jim0426 (10:43:26 AM): why?
jim0426 (10:43:32 AM): why is it secret?
momphalion (10:43:34 AM): Once you get the items ready first
jim0426 (10:43:46 AM): she will ask quesitons about the 50.00
momphalion (10:43:51 AM): Yes
jim0426 (10:44:00 AM): what do i tell her?
momphalion (10:44:16 AM): You tell her you invest on a business
momphalion (10:44:31 AM): That will bring more profit
jim0426 (10:44:37 AM): i need more info then about this - she has to go to bank wih me
jim0426 (10:44:44 AM): i can't drive
momphalion (10:44:48 AM): Ok
momphalion (10:45:01 AM): You know what tell her this business
momphalion (10:45:08 AM): Is world business
jim0426 (10:45:10 AM): what is the Illuninati brotherhood exactly?
10:46:06 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
jim0426 (10:46:39 AM): i have to go now
jim0426 (10:47:15 AM): i heard they make sacrifcies at the initiation - is that true?
10:47:33 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:47:51 AM): No
10:48:58 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:48:59 AM):
Money gram details

 EROMONMEN DEBORAH

receiver country:::NIGERIA

State:::EDO STATE
momphalion (10:48:59 AM): Send it to this one
jim0426 (10:49:02 AM): is there a web site i can ready about it?
jim0426 (10:49:18 AM): who is deborah eromonmen?
jim0426 (10:50:42 AM): ok let me know when you get the money ok -
jim0426 (10:50:49 AM): i'll be looking for you -
jim0426 (10:50:50 AM): bye
jim0426 (10:50:50 AM): bye

then he asking about moneygram

10:51:59 AM: momphalion is now on mobile
10:54:30 AM: momphalion is now online
momphalion (10:54:47 AM): That my account details
jim0426 (10:54:59 AM): so you are Deborah?
jim0426 (10:55:09 AM): your picture looks like a man?
momphalion (10:55:24 AM): Yes
momphalion (10:55:30 AM): That my wife
momphalion (10:55:32 AM): Account
momphalion (10:55:35 AM): You have to make the payment in any money gram store around you because that will be better and faster okay
momphalion (10:55:43 AM): Money gram details EROMONMEN DEBORAH receiver country:::NIGERIA State:::EDO STATE
jim0426 (10:55:45 AM): i don't have moneygram here
im0426 (2/14/20 10:56:39 AM): what about a web site i can see info about the organization?
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:56:43 AM): and what it does?
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:56:47 AM): do you ahve a link?
momphalion (2/14/20 10:57:32 AM): Once you get to the bank tell them you want a money gram transfer
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:58:00 AM): i don't remember ever seeing money gram there
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:14 AM): Just give them this bank information
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:22 AM): Just go to the bank and ask
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:23 AM): Ok
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:58:24 AM): which bank information
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:58:33 AM): i'm confused
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:43 AM):
Money gram details
 EROMONMEN DEBORAH
receiver country:::NIGERIA State:::EDO STATE
momphalion (2/14/20 10:58:58 AM): That the information
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:02 AM): that's not a bank information
momphalion (2/14/20 10:59:16 AM): Just go
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:17 AM): they will want an address for her
momphalion (2/14/20 10:59:30 AM): They will not
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:31 AM): is there an account for deboarh?
momphalion (2/14/20 10:59:41 AM): Just do as I say
jim0426 (2/14/20 10:59:41 AM): My bank will i am sure of it





Wednesday, January 8, 2020

My Six Month (or so) update - Lots going on!

I figured I should update on what has been going on.  So I think I left off where we went camping with Gus (who is now 15 months and 52 pounds of muscle), we figured we needed something bigger if we going to take him along.  The end result was the purchase of a 2010 F150 to tow our new 2018 Airstream Basecamp.  Yea. All the luxury of home - sit-down shower, toilet and kitchen all indoors!  Bonus is we get to sleep inside as does Gus.  I have put the teardrop up for sale late in the year and hope to have it sold this spring.  We managed 4 trips this fall in the new camper and truck, all in state parks.  Had good times and took Gus on all of them.  He does really good knowing that he does not have to fight the skeeters.







We got the Gus and the other two male puppies that came up from Nebraska as part of the rescue.  Gus, Rudy and Buddy were similar but different.  Gus is for sure the more muscular one and fastest. Rudy was a little shorter but still muscular.  Gus and Rudy were fostered together.  Buddy is the more golden looking of the three. All three had a great time in the back yard running, barking, playing, and resting.




Couple of trips this fall took us to Ohio for everyone's 65th birthday party from the class of 72 and then off to Iceland for a 4 days.  Drove back to Ohio and was good trip.  Stopped around Chicago to see Jane.  Good to connect with old friends.

Iceland was fun but didn't see the northern lights.  Walked around the town and saw a lot.  The trip around the "golden circle" was pretty cool. Saw the tectonic plates, geysers, some awesome waterfalls (large and small) volcano bowl.








Saturday, July 20, 2019

June - july updates grey wolf and camping with gus

Welcome to July 2019.

Been couple busy months.  Started out in June with getting ready for NYLT staffing - (National Youth Leader Training) down at Fred C. Anderson scout camp.  Had a great week - weather and camping. Overall was a successful week.

Deb, Gus and I went camping this past month.  Up to St. Croix State Park. That is a very good park and will be back this fall.  However, the time I picked to go seemed to be the week of the skeeter and biting flys. Now, I don't normally comment about how thick or bad the they are - lot of hair on the arms and tough skin i guess - but they were bad those days.  It was our first trip of the year and we took Gus along.  Things for the most part went well.  The two stall stand up tent I bought worked good. Had a extra zipper put in and works awesome.  Gus slept in his portable kennel we got him and for the most part it worked great.  He was quiet all night, even when I got up to go the the bathroom. Dam good dog for sure!  Deb's legs were really bitten up and Gus's stomach was as well. Both of them took some Benadryl and that seemed to help.  However, we headed home after one night.  Good thing too, the rains came that evening up there and would have been wet packing things up.

Been doing a lot of riding as well.  Mostly i head out up north but 211 miles for the month of June.  not too bad when you consider i was out for 11 days with scouts. 

This month up to 186 miles already and just the 20th. should surpass the 211 w/o issue.

Also started working with a company called emissary.  they work with folks that have left a company and match you with a client company in hopes one can help them get in the door so to speak. No personal references provided - but just contact info and how they do business.  So far, one engagement and maybe a another coming.  will see.

Whats next?  Heading to WI to support the RAW - ride across Wisconsin. going to take the trailer over Necedha as the rest stop is over by there.  I'll head over Wednesday, let them have the trailer all day Thursday and pick up Friday and then head out to the camp.   they are riding from la crosse to green bay - 225 miles in day.  the rest stop is only on Saturday so will head back that afternoon.

thats about about all for now -











Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Where you been Jim ? What you doing?

So been a while - what have I been doing?

Hmmmm - good question and glad you asked.  So this retirement thing is ok - but have started to reach out to couple places.  One is a consulting company where I would provide insight into my previous employment - i.e. - BSC and help them understand how things are done. Not saying they are done the same way as in the past. I know there has been a lot of changes, but they reached to me.

Also have attend a few free seminars in town. Usually these are for Amazon and others (Vertias / EMC-Dell).  They are free and usually come with a free lunch or something. It's good to keep in touch with folks. One never knows when / if something comes along and it's always good to keep your contacts close.

Got a buzz cut at a Wild Game. They had a support fight cancer night.  For 20 bucks, you got a buzz cut and a new tuc. Can't beat that with a stick. So have been keeping the buzz cut going. Was bit chilly this winter, maybe let it grow out some this winter but love it right now in the summer months. Growing the grey back as I call it. Getting ready for GreyWolf and not a fan of shaving every day.  So, as I say, time to get my grey back on.  Will be interesting to see it with my new buzz do!


We got a dog! Well, we got a puppy in December and he is now a 8 month old puppy. His name is Gus - he's a rescue.  Supposedly the mother was a golden retriever, and the other parts are German Shepard, Malamute, Cattle dog and Yorkie.  The Yorkie part is the one that wants to jump on the your lap.  He is now 50 pounds and thinking he will settle into this size.  Deb is not sure about camping with a dog but then she never has been. Said she does not think folks should bring them. I disagree and Gus is coming. Not saying he will sleep in the teardrop but will figure something out.  Have been to two training sessions (2 x 8 weeks each) and he's doing pretty good. Still a 8 month old puppy (teenager) and I have already signed Gus and I up for the advanced.  Just need to continue to work with him.




We went to China (no we didn't take Gus) for 10 days.  Got to walk on the Great Wall - saw lots and lots - should write up a blog on just that.  Was good, fun and busy. Would we go again - yes.  Going to Iceland in December to see the Northern Lights. Should be fun, cold and dark.

Been cycling a lot - average about 200 miles a month right now.  Nice to get out and get 15 - 30 miles of riding in. Deb gets her yoga - I go cycling.  Otherwise, health, weight and exercise are good.

Still doing scouts this summer. Don't think I'll be SM or ASM next year.  Maybe help out as commissioner.  I did give up the equipment position with the GW committee.  It was time.  Ken will do fine job.  Also dropped the RT commissioner position - again - it was time for a changing of the guard.

Yep - got social security going, medicare and supplemental insurance taken care of. Even have  a small check from Raytheon each month (bonus $$ that wasn't expected).



Monday, September 10, 2018

Nike ad


Nike could have picked Tom Burnett. They could have picked Pat Tillman. They could have picked a lot of different folks for a lot of different reasons. They picked Kapernick. Why? I think part of the reason is the current events in this country. I also think that timing has a lot to do with it. Had the ad been released tomorrow (9/11) - they could have picked Tom Burnett. Closer to 11/11, maybe Pat Tillman. All I know is that they picked who they did and it has people communicating about it. Folks are beginning to realize that what we consider sacrifice is different for everyone. There are thousands of men and women that could be deserving of this ad. I agree with Melissa Waylan below - I support both. I also am glad to be in a country where protesting and voicing ones beliefs is an option and not a crime. Just like here - everyone had a different view and I respect that and glad we have a forum to present it. Thanks for letting express mine.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

A hero, a queen and other ramblings

Well - let's see, mid-August was the last post so let's get caught up.

Did some more camping at the end of the month - headed up to Banning State park - nice little park along the Kettle river.  Went up on Sunday the 26th and came home on Wednesday 29.  Were able to do some hiking around the park - good park for that.  Got the first hike in Sunday evening before the rains came, then again Monday morning before even more rain came in. In fact rained so hard we ended up in the camper for most of the evening monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday were great.  got some good hikes in those days.  couple things we figured out the this trip - remember to pack the popup cover otherwise i won't have a cover for my side of the camper.  and that the bug cover for the picknic table is not water proof - bring something to either cover the table or figure out some sides for it.

met a fellow tuesday / wednesday that was cycling from richfield up to canada and back.  about 500 or so miles.  had a nice looking specialized road / touring bike with rear saddle bags.  good rei tent but not sure what other gear he had. from what i could see, he did not bring what I would have. i would have had booties and some rain pants and a helmet.  and could have used a shower that he camped right across from that night.  oh well - props to him for make the trip.  he was do back in richfield friday.

this past month we saw the queen of soul - aretha franklin pass and a true hero john mccain.  all i can say is there is a hell of band somewhere with all the folks that aretha is joining.  the music business will not be the same with her voice gone - but not forgotten.

senator john mccain passed also due to cancer.  he purposely planned his funeral to drive home a point of what our country should be like.  while i didn't agree with him at time i have the upmost respect for him in how he handled himself.  if he was wrong, he would admit it. he planned out the whole funeral and dismissed trump.  trump whined and went golfing - and tweeted the firkin day because he didn't have the respect to shut the pie hole up.

riding wise, got a few miles in this month.  155 or there about. not too bad but with it getting cooler thinking of trying to get more miles in this moth.  do have couple outings planned - up by st. cloud and then over in wisconsin.  should be good time.  also want to get the deck stained.

thats all for now

Friday, August 17, 2018

retirement? really?

August is been busy!  Who said retirement - take it easy - right.  So after getting the deck cleaned off last month and noticing the two post were rotting, I started into that.

Took a day to get the cedar wood I would need. Upon inspection, found that I would need to replace a couple of steps along with this. So got the cedar purchased and put into the shed.

Next day, I decided that I should at least take a look at what needed to be done and what was I getting myself into. Digging deeper, and prying up some wood - it soon became a day job for me that Sunday.  So what started out as just exploratory work, ended up with me getting the whole job done.  Started around 9:00 AM (after a 25 mile bike ride) and finished up around 7:30 PM with everything put away. Not too shabby if i say so myself.

Also on the list was painting the shed.  Found a flyer for LP smart side and got the colors chips to match as close as we could.  Then next day, we purchased the paint and primer and started on the shed. The raw wood sucked up the primer but the other boards were pre-primed and looked to take the paint pretty well.  The new thee days were spent painting our shed. Looks pretty good now that were are done.  Paint matches up pretty well if i don't mind saying so.

Next on the list was tackling the sprinkler system.  Soon realized that I was not going to take the back flow valve off by itself and so I cut the whole thing off. Turns out that was the right call.  Found the whole assembly that i cut off at Lowes - like i knew what I was doing. Soldered in the copper pipes and we have pressure!

Next was to tackle the sprinklers - -I soon found out that sprinkler maintenance / replacement is not my forte.  The heads I purchased to replace the bad ones were 1/2 inch and need to be 3/4 inch. Also discovered there was a leak in the line somewhere - so called a sprinkler company to come out.  Got the line replaced and five heads replaced as well.  Next they are coming out to move the heads so they don't hit the newly painted shed!

Riding ?  yep - doing that too - have about 120 miles in and its only mid month.

I also have taken upon myself to maybe do some consulting work.  Not sure yet but I'm looking ahead to the days when there is no way I can get 120 miles in a month.  I think some part time work would be good as it will keep everyone sane and happy around this house!

And who looks at this - as I don't do a good job of update this - here's what the stats show that I have folks from Europe, China, Australia,  and the US checking the blog out.  Mostly mac users, but some windows and linux as well.  Interesting anyway.  leave a note if you are viewing.