Last night was a little better

I slept better last night than I had been sleeping. I took a capsule of cayenne pepper with some sardines about an hour before going to bed and my nasal passages remained clear all through the night.

The weather is moderating a bit here — unseasonably warm — very welcome circumstance!

New breakfast dish — Cut a large potato and one medium onion into bite-sized chunks and boil them until tender.  Discard the water from the boiling and drain the vegetables well — Add 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese, Two ounces crisp fried bacon, One or two scrambled eggs, Salt and Pepper to taste. (You are welcome.)

I wish my teachers had known something

I was a school kid back in the dark ages (1944-1956) and I have to tell you (Looking back now) that many (If not most) of my school teachers were either dumb as boxes of rocks or their college education was mostly in such subjects as “Girl Chasing,” “Sports” and “Partying.”

My 8th Grade Science teacher insisted that there would never be a manned Moon mission because there was no way on earth that anybody could ever construct an engine powerful enough to help a massively-heavy space vehicle escape the orbit of the Earth.

My Grade School “Biology” teacher could easily be trapped into talking about all his experiences in the Korean War — thus completely wasting the entire 45-minutes of class time. I did learn something about “Biology” however. I learned that tropical fish imprisoned in a large, well-lit and well-heated aquarium could not tolerate the introduction into the tank of any significant amounts of silver nitrate chemical.

At lunch time, as I often went to the school cafeteria where several local women hired as cooks (Mostly Farmers’ Wives) would prepare some sumptuous dishes for us students to purchase at 25-cents per plate. Sometimes the dishes weren’t all that sumptuous though and I am recalling the chili-con-carne that was created by one large lady who thought that the culinary delight could be sufficiently constructed with minimal ingredients. So I got a bowl of chili made entirely from a combination of canned beans, ketchup, chili powder and water. Gross!

My “Math” teacher insisted that we learn how to do every step of “Problems” in our head because “When you are grown and have gotten yourselves jobs, you are going to need Math skills in order to function normally in Society.” — Today I do all my math on the computer … a computer that knows a lot more about Math than I do and which is very much faster than I am. — But to give some credit to the teachers of the era, all an ordinary slob like myself was ever going to need to do with Math anyway was to learn how to read the numbers on a paycheck to make sure we got everything that we had worked for.

My “Professor” in college (History Of The World 101) taught me that he had written a book on his subject matter … a book that was essential to obtaining a passing grade in his course … a book that was severely overpriced and written in the most incomprehensibly difficult language imaginable. Besides teaching me about the need to buy a book, this “Professor” also taught me how to repeat “Along The Way” at least a Hundred times or more during a lecture. I learned a lot about “Along The Way” but not so much about Hammurabi and his legal system. (Typical of the average dimwit Liberal professor of the time period.) — But I did manage to get a great grade in his class by making up to him and his dumb-assed dog with the red hair and buying both him and his dog endless chocolate sundaes at a local ice cream shop.

Another teacher (A man of sorts) taught me some lessons in morality one day when I was caddying for him at a local golf course (He was going to pay me for the day because he thought I needed the extra cash … which I did …) and when he fondled me all the way home from the golf course as we were driving along and I was sitting there turning as red as a beet and wondering what to say to him to make him leave his hands to himself,. Did I mention that I got straight “A” grades in that course for the rest of the semesters and never once turned in an assignment of homework? LOL.

Those were the days, my friend — I was glad when they finally ended.

I Messed Up Big Time

Somehow I managed to lose all my precious “Cascading Sheet” changes that I made on the blog. I lost the beautiful yellow green header, the bold type in the sidebar … Oh what a mess! — But, with some patience, I will be able to restore it all because I do know something about CSS. In the meantime, I am going to have to settle for being “Plain Jane” on the site here. Sorry about that!

Pet Peeve No. 198,901:

My friend has shared his pet peeve with me for this morning and it concerns his Social Security “Entitlement.” Of course I know … and everybody knows … that Social Security is not an “Entitlement” even though the greedy grabbers in Washington would like to make people think it is an entitlement.

Anyway, the “Peeve” is that everytime a Social Security recipient gets a cost of living raise ….. you know about those occasional little pittances they add to your checks, don’t you? — Supposed to be an “Increase” to benefit the recipients, right? But every time there is a cost of living raise in the Social Security checks, it seems that Medicare swoops right down and grabs every last cent of it.

My friend doesn’t think it’s fair and I don’t think it’s fair and I am suggesting that everybody who gets slammed in this manner start making a nuisance of themselves at their elected Representatives’ offices! Let the “Burgermeisters in D.C.,” know that citizens are sick of this kind of flim-flammery and would like to have something done to legislate it into impossibility so that the Social Security Beneficiaries can get the benefit of their cost of living increases.

Ten Tips For Mens’ Health

Before you read the first word of the following article, it is imperative that you read my medical disclaimer which you can read by clicking on this link — RIGHT HERE FOLKS.

I am a man! More specifically, I am an 80-year-old man.

Some well-meaning friends tell me, “You are 80-years-old … you do not need to be worrying about your health or what you can and cannot eat and what you can and cannot do.”

I beg to differ! Quality of life is very important to me and I have to admit that for my age, I have a really excellent quality of life because so far, I am not restricted in doing any of the things that I have always done or that I love to do.

So here is the first bit of information that I adhere to as much as I possibly can and I thought a lot of you might find this information interesting or even useful — regardless of how old you are. I practiced these principles when I was 25-years-old just the same as I strive to follow them today: “Take charge of your eating habits by choosing the types and amounts of foods you need. Make your food choices a priority and be physically active so you can be the healthy man you want to be.”

Check this chart from the U.S. Government out —- RIGHT HERE FRIENDS.

Of all the suggestions given in the chart I have linked to, the following is the one that I have the most difficulty with because I dearly love thick-cut bacon with coarse-ground pepper adhered to the edges —“Build habits that don’t add pounds Cut calories by skipping foods high in solid fats and
added sugar. Limit fatty meats like ribs, bacon, and hot
dogs. Cakes, cookies, candies, and ice cream should be just
occasional treats. Use smaller plates to adjust the amount of
food you eat.”

Steam your kale and spinach before using in a smoothie!

First, you need to read my medical disclaimer before you go ahead and read the rest of this blog post. You can find my medical disclaimer — RIGHT HERE.

I have recently been talking on this blog about making smoothies that contain either raw baby spinach or kale or both. It seemed to me to be a healthy-enough way to go. But then even more recently I have discovered something else about using baby spinach and/or raw kale in a smoothie drink and I felt compelled to share what I discovered with my precious blog audience. (That would be you!)

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As it turns out, it appears that some of these kinds of greens contain a substance called “Oxalic Acid” that may not be all that good for a person in the raw state:

The truth is that both spinach and kale are very healthy for you. Unfortunately, it really needs to be steamed before it’s eaten. Steaming or cooking deactivates the oxalic acid content that they have, making them more nutritious. Oxalic acid binds with the calcium in our food making it unavailable for digestion.

I found the information in that block quote I just added to this post on another website and here is the link to the other website: — RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

I hope you find this information helpful and/or interesting and I would definitely like to hear your opinions so leave me a comment here on the blog if you desire. (I always answer every comment.)

Shocking Claims About Potato Chips

I have always loved potato chips of all kinds and have consumed bags and bags of them during my lifetime. Potato chips are one of the most popular of all American snack foods and are found in all kinds of situations where people gather to enjoy snacks and comradeship.

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But now I am reading articles on the Internet that claim that the common commercially-prepared seemingly ubiquitous potato chip might be one of the most serious sources of carcinogens in the entire Food Industry.

After reading this kind of stuff I am forced to ask myself, “How is it that I have personally consumed probably a ton of potato chips in my lifetime and have not had any ill effects from them ….. at least not any ill effects that I can sense, gauge or measure.

I think you will find the following interesting: — RIGHT ABOUT HERE.

Let me know what you think!