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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ain't Coming Back for Awhile

A smart-a$$ emailer wants to know why I won't be back to Houston for a week or two. And he/she makes a smart-a$$ remark regarding my possible delay in returning home. First of all: t'ain't none of yer business. Second, the national mass media reports a dire emergency with all the terrible happenings at the time. Once the death and destruction is past, they move on to more important news for the country - like Palin's qualifications for Veep, like being female. But the horrific news post-Ike is basically ignored nationwide, except locally.

Galveston and the smaller coastal towns are primarily featured. One or two small towns are about obliterated. One has only 6 residents left! But the Big H was hit pretty hard, too. Electricity was off for over 2 million people. Still over half a million without power. Scads of traffic lights down. The streets and freeways a traffic nightmare. I ain't coming back until some of that mess is cleared up. Besides which, I am enjoying present company.

So there, Mr./Mrs. Smart-A$$.

P.S. Another emailer wants to know what "Car 54 Where Are You?" means. You date yourself as a youngster. That was a comedy cop TV show for awhile about a couple of dingbat cops always into some sort of escapade and Dispatch trying to track them down. You probably wasn't even born then or only a toddler.

COMMENTS:
Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

"A smart-a$$ emailer wants to know why I won't be back to Houston for a week or two. And he/she makes a smart-a$$ remark regarding my possible delay in returning home."
Weren't me! Weren't me! Mebbe somebody's got the hot's fer ya!

"Another emailer wants to know what "Car 54 Where Are You? means "
Hehe.:) Joe Friday and his loyal sidekick dipshit!:) But did you know they followed PPP (Proper Police Procedure) so well on that show, that many real life police departments used that show as a training guide at the time? Tis true.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:20:00 PM

Blogger fjb said...

LOL! You take care Gadfly, and take all the time you want.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008 10:21:00 PM

Blogger Reverend X said...

Greetings Ladies,
Hope all has been well with you. I got tired of Preaching of Doom and Gloom so I dropped out until the Doom started. But I'm back and with a message of Hope and a positive theme song... lol A Post Apocalyptic

I've missed ya,
-X

Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:56:00 AM

Blogger Gadfly said...

Well, Dan'l, unless you have more than one email, I know you're not the guilty party. Got the hots for me? Don't think so unless it was some sort of jealous snit.

No, I didn't know that about the dingbats in Car 54! Learn something new all the time!

fjb: Your url, puhleeze!! Unless you REALLY are Betmo at betblue!

reverend X. The Old Woman (Worried) will be glad you're back. She has griped about you going offline so long ago. She's more of a lurker than a commenter but I know she checked you out pretty often and really liked your blog.

Welcome Back, Kotter (reverend X)

She'll be back soon.

BTW, Dan'l. Like your avatar. Are you advertising that you're a Big Dog on Blogger? I like it!

Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:47:00 PM

PS: Thanks Granny. I overlooked previous comment. I ain't used to keeping up with comments and publishing them.

y, September 25, 2008 7:47:00 PM

Blogger Granny said...

Gadfly, Fiona is on Facebook now. I have her url but you may have to join to read. I'm not sure.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:09:00 PM

Blogger Granny said...

Car 54 was a comedy starring Fred Gwynn back in the 60's. I thought it was hilarious and I'm sure it's still in syndication somewhere.

Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:12:00 PM

Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

I'd like to hear an update, if only so I could enjoy the pleasant feeling in my heart of hearts that, perhaps, my ex has been wiped off the face of the map.

True story I told again only yesterday, so I'll tell it again.

Right outside of Clute, there is an experimental site by Antlantic Richfield. Most of it is underground, so you wouldn't notice it so much as you drive by. This is a high-security site where you have to turn in your driver's license at the gate in order to get in.
There was an addition there (probably early 90's) where there was a fellow in a trench. 8" flange pipe, I believe. They were rushing the project. The operator was lowering pipe into the trench, when he hit the joint the fellow was working on. I came off the jack-stands and rolled on him. Killed him.
They shut the site down for three days after that.
I was the next man in the trench after the site was opened back up.
Scared the living daylights out of me.
I swear I felt that man's ghost down in there.
I've never liked working in a trench since.

Sunday, September 28, 2008 4:21:00 AM

Blogger Worried American said...

Good heavens, PT! Thanks be to goodness you weren't killed or seriously injured! What a close call. No wonder you don't like working in trenches any more.

Was that in Clute, Texas? Down the coast a ways from Houston? We lived in Lake Jackson, near Freeport, Tx when husband worked in big petro plant there.

Glad to see you back. You've been missed very much.

Monday, September 29, 2008 1:55:00 AM


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8 Comments:

  • At Wednesday, September 24, 2008 9:20:00 PM , Blogger The Future Was Yesterday said...

    "A smart-a$$ emailer wants to know why I won't be back to Houston for a week or two. And he/she makes a smart-a$$ remark regarding my possible delay in returning home."
    Weren't me! Weren't me! Mebbe somebody's got the hot's fer ya!

    "Another emailer wants to know what "Car 54 Where Are You? means "
    Hehe.:) Joe Friday and his loyal sidekick dipshit!:) But did you know they followed PPP (Proper Police Procedure) so well on that show, that many real life police departments used that show as a training guide at the time? Tis true.

     
  • At Wednesday, September 24, 2008 10:21:00 PM , Blogger fjb said...

    LOL! You take care Gadfly, and take all the time you want.

     
  • At Thursday, September 25, 2008 2:56:00 AM , Blogger Reverend X said...

    Greetings Ladies,
    Hope all has been well with you. I got tired of Preaching of Doom and Gloom so I dropped out until the Doom started. But I'm back and with a message of Hope and a positive theme song... lol A Post Apocalyptic

    I've missed ya,
    -X

     
  • At Thursday, September 25, 2008 7:47:00 PM , Blogger Gadfly said...

    Well, Dan'l, unless you have more than one email, I know you're not the guilty party. Got the hots for me? Don't think so unless it was some sort of jealous snit.

    No, I didn't know that about the dingbats in Car 54! Learn something new all the time!

    fjb: Your url, puhleeze!! Unless you REALLY are Betmo at betblue!

    reverend X. The Old Woman (Worried) will be glad you're back. She has griped about you going offline so long ago. She's more of a lurker than a commenter but I know she checked you out pretty often and really liked your blog.

    Welcome Back, Kotter (reverend X)

    She'll be back soon.

    BTW, Dan'l. Like your avatar. Are you advertising that you're a Big Dog on Blogger? I like it!

     
  • At Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:09:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    Gadfly, Fiona is on Facebook now. I have her url but you may have to join to read. I'm not sure.

     
  • At Thursday, September 25, 2008 10:12:00 PM , Blogger Granny said...

    Car 54 was a comedy starring Fred Gwynn back in the 60's. I thought it was hilarious and I'm sure it's still in syndication somewhere.

     
  • At Sunday, September 28, 2008 4:21:00 AM , Blogger Progressive Traditionalist said...

    I'd like to hear an update, if only so I could enjoy the pleasant feeling in my heart of hearts that, perhaps, my ex has been wiped off the face of the map.

    True story I told again only yesterday, so I'll tell it again.

    Right outside of Clute, there is an experimental site by Antlantic Richfield. Most of it is underground, so you wouldn't notice it so much as you drive by. This is a high-security site where you have to turn in your driver's license at the gate in order to get in.
    There was an addition there (probably early 90's) where there was a fellow in a trench. 8" flange pipe, I believe. They were rushing the project. The operator was lowering pipe into the trench, when he hit the joint the fellow was working on. I came off the jack-stands and rolled on him. Killed him.
    They shut the site down for three days after that.
    I was the next man in the trench after the site was opened back up.
    Scared the living daylights out of me.
    I swear I felt that man's ghost down in there.
    I've never liked working in a trench since.

     
  • At Monday, September 29, 2008 1:55:00 AM , Blogger Worried American said...

    Good heavens, PT! Thanks be to goodness you weren't killed or seriously injured! What a close call. No wonder you don't like working in trenches any more.

    Was that in Clute, Texas? Down the coast a ways from Houston? We lived in Lake Jackson, near Freeport, Tx when husband worked in big petro plant there.

    Glad to see you back. You've been missed very much.

     

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