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#14237 How I spent my summer vacation

Posted by Stormy on 23 June 2015 - 07:35 PM

This all started on Monday 8 June, 2015. We were using her truck because the transmission is going bad in my car.
I took Blondie to Midland for a doctor's appointment, when we were done there, we went to Pet Smart to pick up some food, halters, leashes, etc for our dogs, truck was running fine at this point.
As I started out into very heavy traffic on the frontage road for Loop 250 at Wadley Avenue the truck started bucking and sputtering, finally just going dead.
I put on my hazard flashers, raised the hood, had Blondie call AAA for a tow while I went back and flagged people around.
Two young men got out of their truck and pushed us up onto a raised area separating two flows of traffic.
After about 30 minutes or so a tow truck arrived (one of those flat bed trucks) while they were loading the truck, my Nephew and his wife drove by and recognized our truck. They took us to meet my Sister who was in town taking my Niece to her doctor, so from that point we were on the way home. Left the truck with a mechanic and told him to fix whatever was wrong.
Friday, 12 June we were told that the truck was ready to go, they'd replaced all spark plugs and plug wires (1996 Ford Ranger 4 cylinders use two plugs per cylinder). Blondie called everyone we know and everyone had plans for the next few days, except one friend, he said he could take me to Midland on Monday, 15 June, we agreed. Saturday 16 June, this "friend" tells me that he can't take me because someone wanted him to fix a leaky pipe on Monday (why not Saturday, right?).
We did some internet searches and made some phone calls, I caught a bus Sunday 16 June at 10:45 AM, going to be in Midland at 2:45 PM, she called a taxi cab, they were going to pick me up at the bus stop at 3:00 PM. No such luck, about 5 or 6 miles out of town the bus blew a tire and we sat there until 4:30 PM when a tire repair guy finally got us on the road. Got to Midland about 8:00 PM. Stayed at a Hotel overnight, picked up the truck and headed home, got home, decent night's sleep, decided to head for El Paso about 2:30 PM, made reservations for two nights at a Hotel.
At this point, everything was going great, all the way to El Paso the truck ran fantastically well. Got inside the El Paso City Limits and BOOM, the truck quit on me.
After sitting there thinking about things for a few minutes, a car pulled up next to us, he said he was a mechanic and could he look at our fuel filter. I said Why Not? Fuel filter was good, he had me crank it a few times and then said he was fairly certain it was the fuel pump. He followed us to the Hotel where we had reservations for two nights. Just as we got therte the truck died again, I barely managed to get it into a handicap spot next to the Lobby Portico (no power brakes or steering), went in, registered, told Desk Clerk what the problem was, she said "No problem Sir, let me know if I can do anything"
Mechanic says he will be back around 2-3 PM to replace fuel pump. Blondie has an appointment with eye Surgeon for 9:30 next morning. We go to bed . . . eventually.
Next morning, we catch a cab to the appointment, eye surgeon says "Oh, this is bad, we need to fix it right now, let's go" go in and cut off the lens of her left eye, cut off the cataract (Doctor said it was HUGE), then tells her to be there at 9:30 the next morning to do the other eye.
We get back to the Hotel, wait . . . wait . . . wait some more, finally at 4:30 Blondie calls the guy, he says "I've had a small problem, I'll be there in an hour or so". About 7 PM he calls us and says he's on his way.
About 9 PM he shows up with his wife and a car full of boxes (I still have no idea what was going on with him, didn't ask) he gives me some long song and dance, I tell him, again, that I can't hear but here's what we'll do.
I'd given him $100.00 for following us to the Hotel and to buy the fuel pump. So I told him that from this point on, that $100 was his,and that I'd expect him at the truck at 12 Noon the following day, that I had AAA and the Pep Boys right up the street had worked on my Crown Vic and I would call them if he wasn't there.
Next day (Thursday), he shows up, we go get the pump, he installs it, truck is running fine again.
Friday, I get up bright and early and head for Fort Bliss, stop on the way and get my High and Tight touched up, go to VA and got one of my hearing aids fixed . . . sort of.
Started for home, got to the Border Patrol Check point about 60 miles out of El Paso . . . that's right, truck died. Called AAA, truck picked us up, took us to a shop, guy says "You're out of gas" I say "HUH, my gauge shows a 1/4 tank", he says "You're still out of gas" goes and gets a 5 gallon can, puts it in the tank, truck fired right up and been running like a top ever since.

#14236 Shirley

Posted by Stormy on 23 June 2015 - 06:39 PM

Shirley Goodnest
A mom was concerned about her child walking home from school by himself so she asked a neighbor who walked her baby every day to follow him to make sure he was safe.
One morning the boy was walking to school with a friend when the friend asked "Do you know some woman is following us?"
The boy said  "Oh that's just Shirley Goodnest.  
His friend said "Who is Shirley Goodnest and why is she following us?" 
The boy said "My mom always reads the 23rd Psalm to me every night and in the 23rd Psalm it says 'Shirley Goodnest and Marcy will follow me all the days of my life'".
"So I guess I'll just have to get used to it."  :>)

#15589 Scheduled Maintenance - January 2017

Posted by Eyecu on 18 January 2017 - 09:33 PM

Friday January 20th, 2017.


All ircd's will be upgraded to the newest version. Should only be a few minutes downtime as the servers are rebooted and linked again.

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#15443 Did you see the size of that Chicken?

Posted by Stormy on 13 December 2016 - 10:07 AM

One day a traveling salesman was driving down a back country road at about 30 mph when he noticed that there was a three-legged chicken running alongside his car.
He stepped on the gas but at 50 miles per hour, the chicken was still keeping up. 
After about a mile of running the chicken ran up a farm lane and into a barn behind an old farm house.
The salesman had some time to kill so he turned around and drove up the farm lane. 
He knocked at the door and when the farmer answered he told him what he had just seen.
The farmer said that he was a geneticist and had developed this breed of chicken because he, his wife and his son each like a drumstick when they have chicken and this way they only have to kill one chicken.
"That"s the most fantastic thing I've ever heard," said the salesman. "How do they taste?"
"I don't know," said the farmer. "We've never caught one."

#15083 Pops for weather bot

Posted by Koach on 14 August 2016 - 08:53 PM

Paste these into channel popups.

They are the commands for Odd's (sometimes dash's, sometimes stormy's lol) weather bot.


.!register:!register $?="Enter your zip code"
.!weather:say !w
.!forecast:say !forecast
.!forecast5:say !forecast5
.!forecast10:say !forecast10
.!alert:say !alert
.!alerts:say !alerts
.!alertinfo:say !alertinfo
.!time:say !time
.!current:say !current
.!almanac:say !almanac
.!moon:say !moon
.!moonphase:say !moonphase

#14389 re: August 29th: "New Moon Wolf" by David B. Coe

Posted by DashRiprock on 30 August 2015 - 09:00 AM

I just want to give a shout out to Stormy for running this week's Readers' Corner. (I would have commented on the posting of the story assignment but comments were stopped.) Despite the small group this week, I enjoyed the chat.


Running the chat is a big job and Smiley hits a home run every time. It was nice to see a second person able to fill the role. Thanks to both Smiley and Stormy for keeping Readers' going on. I love this weekly chat session and look forward to the read and the chat too. The gathering for the chat is it's own reward.






#14364 Very hostile farmer

Posted by Henry on 14 August 2015 - 08:17 PM

A farmer and his brand new bride were riding home from the chapel in a wagon pulled by a team of horses, when the older horse stumbled.
The farmer said, "That's once."
A little further along, the poor old horse stumbled again.
The farmer said, "That's twice."
After a little, while the poor old horse stumbled again.
The farmer didn't say anything, but reached under the seat, pulled out a shotgun and shot the horse.
His brand new bride yelled, telling him, "That was an awful thing to do."
The farmer said, "That's once." 

#14347 Watch real baseball

Posted by Casa on 01 August 2015 - 05:37 AM

I recognise this when we are playing soccer in the backyard :)



Game stops when some lady in a house near the stadium shouts "Dinner time!" ‚Äč

#14255 Happy Birthday, TV_Tech !

Posted by Nan on 30 June 2015 - 03:26 AM

Happy Birthday TV_Tech !!!!!  Have a great birthday !



#14251 4th of July

Posted by Smiley on 28 June 2015 - 09:03 PM

Because of all sorts of family picnics, commitments, travel plans, and other real life events, there will be no readers_corner chat of the 4th of July (aka Independence Day).  Watch this space for the story we will discuss on July 11th.

#14238 How I spent my summer vacation

Posted by Stormy on 23 June 2015 - 07:45 PM


Blondie had large cataracts removed from both eyes. She can now see better than I can, but they are still in the healing stage, she has an appointment with an Optometrist July 6 and we'll see what happens from there.

 Thank you to all who inquired about her condition.

#13969 Happy Birthday, odd & Lordnitrox !!! :D

Posted by Patsy on 04 March 2015 - 12:17 PM

Happy Birthday, odd & Lordnitrox ... may all your wishes come true.  :)  (^)  ;)  (^) Unique-Cool-Happy-Birthday-Scrap.gif2388278liymvlaslw.gif

#13754 Possible Discussion Topic--feedback requested

Posted by DashRiprock on 21 December 2014 - 10:42 PM

"...I have prepared a tentative outline of the general direction I would expect the chat to take..." Very smart idea Smiley. We are trying something new and I feel some guidelines and suggestions is helpful indeed.


As always, I know if anybody can "pull this off" and make it a success, it would be you Smiley. Seriously, I think your contributions to readers corner is vastly under realized and therefor under appreciated. 


Returning to the actual chat session content, I think it is apropos to what is occurring today with hacking and stealing of intellectual  property.  I am truly looking forward to this chat session.

#13514 dX[schemes] ... theme update

Posted by do0dle on 03 October 2014 - 04:41 PM


#13502 One AV Input is broke (red,white,yellow)

Posted by do0dle on 29 September 2014 - 08:06 PM

It doesn't matter! just do without the red or the white... (ex: if the yellow is broke just put the red from yellow to yellow, and the white in the white) (ex: if the red is broke, put yellow to yellow, and white to white) ... it doesnt matter... HDMI way to go tho!~

#13109 Happy Birthday, Zimri !!!

Posted by Zimri on 10 May 2014 - 11:56 PM

Thanks! Awesome cake.

#12749 Music players in chat room

Posted by Twitch on 23 January 2014 - 11:21 AM

My personal opinion is that they are very annoying, which is why i played mine, to simply prove that point...


I'm almost always listening to music, but i have no need to make everyone know that fact, or force them to see it..


Just think about it, it was only a couple people that were doing it, imagine if it was more? 5, 10, or more people doing the same thing?

Would get old real fast, right? look how fast just 3-4 people created this issue, now there's a big todo about it all..


I mean, if you're listening to a song, and want to tell people and/or discuss it, sure, i get that.. "man, i'm listeing to <yadda> <yadda> and it sure does bring me back..."

But to have it display just for the sake of having it display? no point, not in my opinion anyway.




- Tw|tch

#12744 Music players in chat room

Posted by Koach on 22 January 2014 - 09:19 PM


It's definitely not your fault.  It's just that so many people are doing it now that we need to find a solution :)



#12740 Music players in chat room

Posted by Patsy on 22 January 2014 - 06:44 PM

Hi, Koach.


I understand how many people must be bothered by all the music. I think, we should keep to only people who are chatting in #Kws. I've been listening to my music since first joining the server, and Yes! I realize I have gone to sleep a couple times and have apologized for that.


Seems to me that some people are just now playing music that never have before. I actually blame myself for this but, didn't realize perhaps it's my own fault, I am TRULY SORRY. :(

#12739 Music players in chat room

Posted by Koach on 22 January 2014 - 06:25 PM

Hi all,


As I am sure you have noticed, there are times in #Koachsworkshop when the messages that show information about whatever song the person is listening to become overwhelming and make it hard to chat.


So, I am looking for suggestions how to solve this problem.


One idea is to ask people to display their music in a special room devoted to music, and to not display info in #Koachsworkshop at all.


Another suggestion was to ask people to only play music in #koachsworkshop when they are actually online and chatting.


So, please add your thoughts about this topic so we can find a solution without ruining each person's chat experience.