Saturday, May 9, 2015

Missouri Trip

Last weekend Kathy and I went to Missouri to attend her sister's graduation as a registered nurse. Yep, we have yet another nurse in the family.

Mary Beth and her family.

Kathy stopped by Walmart to pick up a few things. My nephew Alex was with us. We were killing time just walking around when I randomly told him to grab a toilet seat to carry around the store. To my surprise he did. I thought it only fair that I should carry something too so I picked up a pair of XXL panties, black with pink lace. You hardly notice them. We walked up and down aisles and Alex kept track of all the looks we got. It was pretty funny. Of course, when we caught up with Kathy she asked, "What the heck are you doing?" And then she took our picture.

Kathy's a fan of the Cardinals so we caught a game.  It was the last game in the series against Pittsburgh. It went 14 innings and St Louis won it with a home run. But not by this guy.

We happened upon the Peacock Diner on Delmar Street in St Louis. It has the best carousel of love I've ever been in. A milkshake on the menu was called The Human Sacrifice, which includes three types of liquor so I had to try it. Another ingredient was cayenne pepper. I was wondering where that came into play. I found out when I licked some of the whipped cream from the top and my tongue got a little zing. I thought they had sprinkled cinnamon on it. Nope, it's the pepper. The shake was delicious.

Friday, May 8, 2015

No Bazookas

Ya gotta love it when a business has a sense of humor.

Design Fail

The motion activated paper towel dispenser is right above the urinal. Simple walk up and have your view blocked. It was difficult to get a shot of this because the bathroom is so small.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Training Days

I'm trying to get ready for the 24 Hour Race. Yesterday I put in six hours and today I did seven hours of riding the trails at Riverside State Park. I really don't have a lot to say except it's great to be able to enjoy the outdoors for so long. The Scott Genius has been great. I flow through the single track much better than I did on the 29er. I will probably need a new seat bag soon. When I bottom out the rear shock the rear tire rubs against the bag. It doesn't happen very often but it's irritating when it does. I don't think this old bag is going to survive many more of those.

Today I tried out some new shoes. The new cleats fit in the pedals a little tighter than my old shoes and I should have adjusted the pedals accordingly. Instead I waited until I almost came to a stop in a bunch of big rocks and couldn't pull my foot out of the pedal to catch myself. So over I went. Lesson learned.

 Obligatory bike photo.

 I'm not sure how this happened. The chain ring resides on the other side of my foot. 
But doing the impossible has always been my thing.

To soothe the wounds.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Death - A Taxable Event

It's "Tax Day" and Cathy McMorris Rodgers graced me with a "Tax Day" email. How fortunate I am to be one of the chosen. The email didn't have anything to say about Affordable Care Act horror stories but that's not what she and the Republican-led House were working on anyway. 

This time it was...(dramatic music)...Death Tax!

What our congresswoman doesn't mention is that the estate tax increase wouldn't apply to over 99% of Americans. Also, it can't become law unless Congress passes legislation to make it so. Regardless, referring to it as a Death Tax and saying it could be increased from 40% to 60% is just the right thing to reinforce the confirmation bias of those who think they're being taxed to death.

Later in the day, Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted this enigmatic message on her Facebook page.

I don't know what abuse at the IRS she's referring to. And she certainly doesn't mention anything specific. So I checked out the legislative activities of the House and saw they had a busy day passing bills concerning the IRS.

But there's one that stands out. It's HR 1105 - The Death Tax Repeal Act of 2015. The House voted to enact this legislation today--Tax Day--and Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for it. If it becomes law it will only apply to about 5,500 of the richest families in the country.

Well, what should we expect. Cathy McMorris Rodgers always looks out for her constituents, whether they live in her district or not.

The Death Tax is killing the richest Americans!