Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dang Straight....It's vacation time baby !!

Hey guess who........
Oh dammit, come on,,play along. It's been a hectic start of some vacation.
Entertain me !!

First,, my sciatic nerve starts freaking out on my second night of work....
Or so I hope that's the problem. But to get another injection in my back,
I got to be referred to the nuerologist again.

Annnnd to get referred by the so called specialist that referred me last time....
I got to be referred by a primary doctor to see him even.
Which, I really don't have a primary Dr.(so we're working on that)
Can you say ObamaCare ???

Do ya'll know that Doctors kill people ???
Yep,,,I avoid them as much as possible.
Untilllll... I don't really care if I live or die,,,fix me if you can, kind of deals.

The Queen and I were invited to visit some friends in the Great state of Tennessee
a couple weeks earlier and I said "I'll be there".

Anybody who knows me...knows I try my best to keep my word on things like that.

So we left out about 5am on our 9hour 15minute trip for Gainesboro TN.

To visit some friends that had moved there from Illinois.

It was hectic getting there,,,but we didn't arrive too late.
It was cloudy about half way,,and raining the second half.
Mother Nature is all freaked out, it was
sunny and 80 degrees the weekend before
this weekend it was 40 degrees, raining, almost sleeting...Absolutely beautiful !

About 1/2 way between Memphis and Nashville just 10 miles south of I-40 is a little place called Lexington,TN.

God decided I needed to slow down and meet some very nice people there.

Around the 115 mile marker the car started making a funny noise and vibrating.
At first I thought it was a tire,,
And I started to get over in the right hand lane, but another car was a little close.
I gave my signal and he backed off as I came across in front of him
the engine made a kapliiinnnng noise,,
then a kaplunka kaplunka,kaplunka noise, and began smoking vigorously.
At 70mph I dropped a valve in the engine.

Yeah,,that's not good...It kinda tries to lock the rear wheels up and throw ya in a slide.
Of course, hitting the shoulder at 70 mph...Ehh,I don't reccomend that either.

We kept everything under control and got off the road safely.

And as we're setting there,,,kind of in the middle of nowhere,
raining and gawsh there's alot of big rigs on the road !!

Dialing 411,,trying to figure out who,what, where I am.

I call my friends and let them know I'm going to be late.
She starts to look on the internet for me to see if she can find me
a tow service,,but before she has time.
A wonderful Sheriff pulled up behind me with his lights flashing.

I never been so freakin happy to see blue lights behind me in all my life !!
It was raining and I had a hoodie, so I got
out of my car slowly (like I can just bounce out with the sciatic thingy, huh)

He called me a tow truck and told me I could set in my car. Wonderful Guy !

When the tow truck arrived we got to meet another great guy, Mike.
He loaded up the car,gave us a ride to where we could rent a car.
When we got in the truck,I introduced Lisa and Mike drove to the next exit,
then turned around and headed back west.

It started out a quiet ride,,,I told Mike he'd have to excuse us,,,
we was kind of speechless at the moment. He said he completely understood.

 A short time later,I asked if he knew anybody that hauled cars. I mean...
What do ya do when that kind of thing happens ??
He offered to sell me a 16' trailer if I could find something to pull it.
I wasn't going for that.
Then he suggested renting a U-haul......
I thought......"Wonderful Idea !!!"

About that time we came upon a stoplight on steroids. It was a real eye catcher.
I tried to find a image of one, and couldn't.
It had like a white strobe light  around the red.
So just believe me when I say..
"if you run that stoplight, you deserve to get T-Boned".
Mike took a left when it turned green and I read the street sign... Church St.
In my mind I was thinking..."cool, going to Church".

A short distance down the road Mike pulled into Helms Motor Company and we met an Angel named Candy. I told her my situation about needing a car and she told me...
"Remarkably, She just had one returned and it's all she had,,it hasn't been fueled up or cleaned up..Do you want it anyway ?"

Almost too good to be true...
The lady knows how to take care of business. She had me fixed up and ready to go in no time at all.

Mike stayed around during this time and
unloaded my bags from the car
 Then he told me where my car would be stored for $30 a day until I figured out
what I was going to do, and wished us a safe trip and we continued our journey.

We was blessed with a detour thru small town America and we met some really nice people there.

Some how...we arrived at our destination, just about the time I originally planned.
Close enough, you could hardly tell the difference anyway.

The rest of the trip was fantastic ! Everything just clicked after that.

U-haul set me up the next morning. They'd have a truck and tow dolly waiting for me
right there in Lexington where I had to return the car and pick mine up.

When we went to pick up the car, I called Mike,,
he told me he was in the middle of lunch at the store and that I would have to wait a little.
I told him,, I'd just come upto the store and eat too. He said come on up !
I went up to the store where he was and found Mike really in the middle of lunch.
He was cooking !! for everybody who came in and ordered something.

Mike made me a cheeseburger and some onion rings.
Oh man... it was awesome for a quick lunch.

He came out and set down as we finished our burgers and he was done cooking,
and visited with one of the local officers.
Who was a friendly young man too.

As soon as we was done he was ready.
Kind of glad he got to set down a spell.
I could tell by their conversation.
Mike's a very busy, hard working man.
A volunteer firefighter, he drives the firetruck to some accidents.

Which kind of puts him at a conflict of interest...
If he drives the firetruck to the accident and helps people,
he doesn't get paid and doesn't get the tow,
which is how he makes a living.

But...I can tell, Mike's one of those guys
who's going to do what needs to be done.
When it needs done.No matter what.
One of the "Good Ol Boys"

And me,,The next time I go to TN,
 I know this little store named "Fishers" about 30 miles out of my way,
where I can get a good cheeseburger and onion rings.
It's about 7 miles east of Lexington on HWY 412.
The food is good, and the company and conversation can't be beat.

We had a great time visiting our friends.
Wish they lived a little closer and we could see each other a little more.

But I guess if they did, I wouldn't of
had the chance to meet some of the fine people I did on this trip.

Our friends took us to a huge indoor flea market.
Where some people actually work on their crafts.
I was very intrigued by a coin cutter.
*Brain Flash*..But you know how I am with money...
I'm thinking maybe I'll use something a bit different and spend my coins instead.

Most of the mornings were just cloudy and cool,
but it rained every afternoon we was there,
until we headed home.
Which kind of put a damper on cooking out,and freaking out nature.
But it was really cool just sittin around the livingroom visiting too.

Hopefully, we'll get to do it again soon.

Now all I got to do is recuperate and recover...Yeah ,,,that's what I'm thinkin.

Anybody got a toyota 1.8 laying around in your way, you want to get rid of cheap ??
Yeah you know me,,,I wouldn't mind something a little juiced up =)

P.S. I'm starting a tribute blog, kind of a memorial page to the vets and hero's
who are overlooked by our so called media.

If you know somebody who should be recognized,
drop me a comment with a link, or send me
an email with "memorial" in the subject line to

How sad that our veterans are still over looked and taken for granted.
May Shifty and all our American heros past and living be remembered in our daily freedoms,
which we take for granted.



 Tuesday's Daily Bulletin paper, ran two articles on the front page side by side :

 1- Calif's 20 Billion Dollar Budget Deficit

 2- The Calif Supreme Court ruling that ILLEGALS can attend college and get benefits.

 Why don't they just deport them when they arrive to register?

 3- Last year they ran an article on the yearly costs to Calif Tax payers from Illegals
using Hospital Emergency Rooms for their general health care -

  At just one hospital the cost to tax payers totaled over 25  million a year

 Someone please tell me what the HELL's wrong with all the people that run this country!!!!!!

 We're "broke" and can't help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,??
WTF ???

 In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey . And
 now Pakistan .....home of bin Laden.  Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

 Our retired seniors living on a 'fixed income' receive no aid nor do they
 get any breaks while our government and religious organizations pour
 Hundreds of Billions of $$$$$$'s and Tons of Food to Foreign Countries!

 They call Social Security and Medicare a entitlement even though most of us
 have been paying for it all our working lives and now when its time for us
 to collect, the government is running out of money. Why did the government
 borrow from it in the first place?

 We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside to make room for
 the adoption of foreign orphans.

 AMERICA: a country where we have homeless without shelter,  children going
 to bed hungry, elderly going without 'needed' meds, and mentally ill without treatment -etc,etc.


 They have a 'Benefit'  for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations, ships and
 planes lining up with food, water, tents clothes, bedding, doctors and
 medical supplies.

 Imagine if the *GOVERNMENT* gave 'US' the same support they give to other

 Sad isn't it?

Here's something for ya. very educational

Sadly,,,this sounds like my kind of guy. Sometimes you got to fight extremism,,with extremism.

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