Elk, Deer and Wolves, Oh My!

You know you're out west when your neighbors start talking about sighting wolves and elk. And I'm not talking about "Hey Bob, I saw an elk three years ago when I drove through Yellowstone." 

I'm talking about: "George, four elk cows crossed by the barn this morning with a pair of wolves on their tails. If I had my gun…."

That's rights folks – this is Idaho. Not the pansy, city-slicking treasure valley – this is Sweet, Idaho – where critters run wild and wolves are a plenty.

Now, if only I didn't have to walk outside every morning in the dark….  Undecided

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Orange or Camo?

Twelve years ago while in Oklahoma I took a hunter education course with the hopes of becoming an elephant hunter in deepest Africa (think about it – big gun, big man-eating, half mad animals and a three ton mass moving in high gear towards you. What's not to love?).  Due to unforeseen circumstances (mainly the inability to locate a big enough gun), I laid down my ambitions to brave the jungles of Africa (now I just want to seek the huge 7-ton half mad critters without a gun… I must be getting loco in my old age).

To date my biggest hunting accomplishment has been the dropping of a huge, 25-ton bird with a single shot (note from the editor: Please forgive the ramblings of my client, things always seem larger the older one gets. This so-called "25-ton bird" was a poor innocent quail who was trying to survive in a cruel world).  However, this amazing accomplishment of marksmanship will soon be replaces as I have now passed the Idaho Hunters Education Program. Yes – soon, I, Ardell – dreaded marksmanship of three states, will be combing over the wild mountains of Idaho looking for red meat (Another note from the editor: We apologize for the rude comments of our client. We recognize the rights of all Vegan and Vegetarians).

Only one choice remains to be answered before danger is released into the hills of Sweet: do I wear orange or camo?[@more@]

Bum Knees & Dungeons…

Are the topics today. Both subjects have been around for over a year – and both are on the road to recovery.

Bum Knees

Some of you will remember that I have been problems with my left knee for over a year and a half now (ever since that fateful hike in June 2006). Well, I finally had enough with it and decided to go to a doctor to find out what is wrong.

The doctor poked and prodded as all doctors do. (is it logically for them to stick their finger under your knee cap and ask “does this hurt?” as you scream in pain? Hello!! I’m screaming!!! Can you not hear the vibrating sound waves echoing off your office wall? If not, then what makes you think you can here the answer to your question?! sigh). In the end, he informed me that I had “Patellofemoral Paid Syndrome” – otherwise known as “Runner’s Knee”.

Before you all start calling your lawyers to try to get a corner on my will, Patellofemoral Paid Syndrome is not deadly (unless you count the doctor who stuck is finger under my knee cap….). In layman’s terms (did you ever wonder why it’s call “layman”? Did someone think all non-professionals where lazy and not doing anything but laying around? Gezzz) it means that my knee cap has been pulled from the center of my knee to the outside where it is rubbing on the bone (think of two rocks grinding together every time you bend your knee).

The good news it that the knee cap can be moved back to the middle (where it belongs) by strengthening my inter-quadriceps muscle (for those lying down, that’s the muscle group on your thigh). Luckily, my gym has a rehab doc who takes my insurance card… I talked to him yesterday (the rehab doc, not my insurance card) and received a work out schedule exchange for some dough (chocolate-chip, not oatmeal).

Lord willing I will be back up and ready to tackle the world this summer – yelp, it takes a while to move your knee cap (anyone have a crowbar?)[@more@]

Missing: a dark, cold, bare dungeons complete with chains and spikes. Call Elvis if you see one wondering around.

We installed full spectrum natural lights in our dungeon basement this weekend. I also added another light switch (why? Because I could!)…. ignore that clause as I must tell the truth. When I originally wired the basement lights, I messed up somehow – notably because they didn’t work (talk about a fail prove system of testing – it’s either light or wrong).

Part of the problem was that we were using old fluorescent fixtures that did not work. With the help of Joy, we were able to pick out some nice four foot new fluorescent lights that brightened up the old dungeon.

The other mistake issue was due to some layman electrician who didn’t have a clue how to wire up a three way switch (don’t ask who that was). The lazy electrician wised up one day (lighting struck) and he asked a professional to visit. The professional drew a diagram (which way is north?) to which the layman pinned to the ceiling where he could read it. At this point I’m sure it would have been a better choice to do online research into various other electricians such as the services that can be provided by this company you can find at myseelectric.com/costa-mesa-ca-electrician-services-electrical-service/ or similar. At least the lighting has now been rectified!

Luckily for the man lying down, there was a maiden in the dungeon who lit up the place with a pair of pliers and an electrical cord (don’t ask). Now the whole place looks wonderful!! Lots of light where there was darkness before (where did that dirt come from? It wasn’t there before!).

Only now the maiden wants to move one of the fixtures – maybe I’ll follow the dark dungeons example…

Stud fish?

Imagine your kneeboarding off the coast of Australia when you lose your new nose stud… lost forever, right?  Well, usaully that would be the case….

As it turns out three days later the fiance of the lady who lost the nose stud went fishing in the same area. He came home with a nice fish, and started to filleting it. Half way through, he discovers the nose stud recently lost in the fish's belly! True story – read it here. Surprised

 

The immigrants stuffed into car seats and under bonnets trying to get into Europe….

Recently the London Daily Mail online newspaper released a set of pictures showing lengths desperate immigrant will go to in order to reach Europe. There were pictures of immigrants stuff inside the front seats of a car (below); around the engine block under the hood; inside a suitcase and more….   It is amazing what some people will do to get out of their country into another… Undecided

Check it out here

Ron Paul – President for 2008

Over the last few months I have had several people tell me about Ron Paul. I read a bit about him on his website – but from what I heard, one really need to go to YouTube to see what he is all about. So I did…. and I thought I would share some clips with you all. Cool

1) The first YouTube clip is an overview of the Ron Paul Revolution.

2) This is an hour long interview with Ron Paul at Google Inc. This video is a MUST for anyone who is curious about Ron Paul and wants to know more about his views.

Following The Spirit Wherever He Goes