Jeanie! What Have You Been Up To?

Posted in Tomato Stuff on April 18, 2011 by bpyounger

 My friend Jeanie has just returned to blogging after a hiatus.(  I know what she was doing during this time. I heard about this on the news so I had to look it up. This is an excerpt of an article I found from a webpage ( here ). I think her  tomato addiction is spinning out of control.

The article:

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Rising food costs spur massive US theft of produce, meat

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April 18, 2011 @ 5:17 am

Ethan A. Huff,
Natural News
April 18, 2011

Forget diamonds and cash. Rapid inflation and the tanking US economy have birthed a whole new wave of organized crime involving food. The New York Times(NYT) reports that a group of highly-sophisticated scam artists recently pulled off a massive food heist involving eight tractor-trailer loads full of produce and meat, all worth roughly $300,000.

The food theft was no ordinary theft, either. According to reports, the mystery thieves carefully planned the hijacking to coincide with high-priced tomatoes and other produce items that have seen heavy inflation in recent months. And instead of merely stealing the truckloads, the masterminds actually sent their own imposter trucks to pick up the loads, and pretended to deliver them to various intended destinations.

“I’ve never experienced people targeting produce loads before,” said Shaun Leiker, an assistant manager at Allen Lund, a trucking broker from Florida who has seen numerous cargo thefts, to NYT. “It’s a little different than selling TVs off the back of your truck.”

Leiker’s reasoning, of course, makes sense under normal economic conditions. But with massive unemployment,food shortages, and inflation, food has become a new high-value commodity that criminals appear to be increasingly targeting. And as food prices continue to rise, some authorities worry that food crimes will only escalate further.

I have one question  who would buy a truckload of tomatoes? Maybe this is a clue.

I’m thinking that this may be a new Heavenfest event this year. Or maybe she just needs something to throw at me. On a side note I notice that in the video there is not one person actually eating a tomato.


I’m On Vacation, Therefore I’ll Blog… Or… I’m Baaaaaaack!… Again!

Posted in Fun Stuff on April 18, 2011 by bpyounger

I know I’ve been gone a while but I’ve been really busy. I was doing important stuff like, working on the house , just working , watching Pearl work on her sign, clipping my toenails, washing my hair…etc. OK maybe I wasn’t that busy, just lazy. I promise that I will really get back to work on my blog …really I do . I mean it this time. Really I do!

 I have some old blogs that are half completed that I’ll be posting soon. They may seem a little old but They will finally be published.

Talk to you later, Bryan

Brooks and Dunn Broke Up

Posted in Fun Stuff on September 26, 2010 by bpyounger

How can this be? Not Brooks and Dunn no way! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!

 Ok, so I’m not that broken up about it. But I thought I would mark the occasion by remembering all the good times I’ve had to their music. HMMMMMMMMMMM… I guess I’m done remembering. Being the biggest country music fan ever ( pretty much hate all forms of it), I don’t think I’ve ever heard one of their songs. So I  did a little research and this is what I found.

  I searched ” Brooks and Dunn biggest hit” and found  on Wikipedia that they were the most successful duo in all genres of music. Really? They’re bigger than Jan and Dean? Simon and Garfunkel? Surely they’re not bigger than Sonny and Cher!  Like I said, I have NEVER heard one of their songs! Wikipedia said that one of their biggest hits was ” Boot Scootin’ Boogie”. With a catchy title like that I’m surprised I’ve never heard it on the classic rock station. So I  looked it up on YouTube. I’m posting this without  seeing it so I’ll be sharing my first thoughts of it after watching the video for the first time with you ( just trying to connect with  my reader(s) on a personal level)  I have my popcorn , soda and upchuck bucket handy and I am ready to watch the video. So here goes …

 Ok, so I can say I have heard one of their songs. YEEHAH! Does that make me a cowboy now? ( Insert pause to empty bucket) I still hate country music. It all has the singer, with the same type of voice, singing the same content, to the same beat. Brooks and Dunn can retire now  with the  knowledge that they have reached me.  They can go off and plan their reunion tour now . I’ll be first in line for the overpriced tickets. ( The last line typed with sarcastic overtones)

25 Years

Posted in Family stuff, Fun Stuff on September 6, 2010 by bpyounger

 On September 7,1985 I married the love of my life. Twenty five years later we’re still here. Still together, still having fun , still in love with each other. I wish I were a better writer, I could write about how wonderful my wife is. How she has loved me when I didn’t derserve it, how she has taken care of me when I was ill, and  how she has always been out of my league.

I wish I were a more romantic husband. I could then come up with a thousand ways to sweep her off her feet.I could  make her feel more loved and more in love with me. I guess I could by her candy, but she is diabetic. I could buy her roses, but they wilt and that’s not a great representation of my undying love for her. We’ll probably go out for a nice dinner someplace, but  I wish there was more. You see my favorite thing in life is just spending time with her. Even if we don’t speak, I feel great comfort just being near her. I get to see her and touch her . I’m quiet, so I probably don’t say it enough, but I love her. With every fiber of my being. I love her. I LOVE HER!

Like I said she’s always been out of my league.

 Happy Anniversary Pearl. Twenty five years and counting.

p.s Do you know why they call it the silver anniversary? That’s what color your hair is when you get to it.

Sharing At The Movie Theatre

Posted in Fun Stuff on August 2, 2010 by bpyounger

 We went to the movies yesterday and of course I had a guy at least my size sit next to me. The theatre had plenty of room but this family HAD to have the four seats next to me. This seems to be a trend for me lately. The last couple of movies we have gone to this has happened. The last movie I had a little girl who kept bumping her head into me the whole movie.

 This time was going to be different though. This time I’m armed… I have a cold. (I probably caught it from the little girl) I was trying to let all potential seat takers know in advance that I was sick by coughing, blowing my nose and anything else I could think of to gross people out before they sat down.

 This poor guy’s wife just HAD to sit her family right next to me. When asked if the seats were open,I politely said yes but in my mind I was thinking ” At your own risk!” At first the daughter was being forced to sit next to me but she wouldn’t do it. Smart girl. So the father was forced to sit next to me. The man was at least my size, probably bigger. When Pearl saw that he was sitting down she told me that I could lean towards her. I told her that I was fine. I knew I was going to have plenty of room.

 I held my ground on the amount of space I was taking and then I set my plan into action. ” Operation Leg Room” began. I started coughing louder and pulling out tissues to blow my nose. Making sure that I was as gross with it as I could be. Then I would lean over a little towards him to put my used snot rags in the trash I had accumulated on the floor. Needless to say the man did his best to become  small, that is, he tried to get away from me as best he could. My plan worked, it’s probably the only time a cold has actually helped someone!  I enjoyed the movie and was seated comfortably the whole time. Not once was I crowded by the large man seated next to me. I actually had more room than the time the little girl sat next to me. The guy was leaning over towards his wife crowding her for the whole movie. Served her right for  violating movie theatre etiquette by wedging her family into those seats.

 I expect that the man will be sharing my cold with his family starting in the next few days. My mom always told me it was nice to share!

Building The Pond

Posted in Stuff We Built on July 3, 2010 by bpyounger

We have started to build our pond in the backyard. The area has been used for everything from a playground to garden.It even had a swimming pool on the spot at one time. A couple of years ago, Pearl and I decided to make it a Pond with a waterfall.  We started by doing some edging all the way around the yard.  When I say we, I mean Pearl because she did most of the digging while I was at work. We used the cut out grass to make a hill  and let it turn from grass to dirt over the period of a couple of years.

We made a retaining wall to keep our little hill from sliding  into the neighbor’s yard. It also gives me a small area to hide the pump and filter.

In the second picture you can see the plastic pond we purchased for the top of the waterfall. The bottom pond will be made with a flexible pond liner. We wanted to be able to control the shape and size of the pond. We are currently digging out the bottom pond and this is what it looks like this morning.

In these pics you can see the top pond roughed into place and the basic shape of the bottom pond. The shape may be changed, it currently is about 12ft by 8ft. The bottom pond needs to get about another foot or two in depth.So there is a lot of digging to do yet. Now, how can I manage to get Pearl to do all of this digging?? (HEHEHE)

I Don’t Understand The World Cup

Posted in Fun Stuff on June 27, 2010 by bpyounger

 I don’t get it, I just don’t get it. I haven’t seen anything but highlights, but I don’t understand!

OK, in the USA’s first game they tied… everyone was excited to get that. In the sports most popular here that is like kissing your sister. Yeah you got a kiss but it doesn’t mean anything. Then in the second game, they had a goal disallowed and tied again. They got robbed, but they tied again and that’s good stuff in the soccer…. sorry… football world… right? At least they didn’t lose, because that’s always bad, I think.

Maybe not! I saw that Mexico lost in the same round of the tournament and they still advanced!  HUH?  They lost and get to stay in the tournament? How does that compute? In this country you lose and  you’re done that simple.

USA finally got a win with a goal in over time or what ever they call it. I can understand this. They won a game with a GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLLLLL! Thousands of  soccer fans are elated. Yay.

Yesterday the USA lost to Ghana. those same fans are depressed. boo hoo. By this time I don’t care, this sport needs a few linebackers. Someone to tackle the goalie as he’s trying to make a save. There would be more scoring and some awesome hits! Just think of all the Sportscenter highlights!!!

Which brings me to my next point. The players are the worst bunch of  fakeers I have ever seen! Someone would brush into another player and that player would fall to the ground like he had been shot with a high-powered rifle. He would stay there seemingly at death’s door until he drew a penalty. Then miraculously,  he was HEALED! The player who couldn’t move because he was paralyzed with pain, can walk and run and kick without even a limp! I did see one player try to do this and the official just stood over him gesturing for him to stand up. Eventually he did. Apparently the official was sick of all the field flopping too. If those players were bigger I would say they have a promising career as a pro wrestler.

Like I said this game needs a few linebackers. Give those guys a real reason to lay on the turf! I did get to see some Rugby recently. It sort of has linebackers and people get hit without pads on. I can get into that!