A Plethora of Pinatas

Good morning readers.  Thanks for coming by for a read this morning.

Mostly it’s just a hodge-podge here at the moment.  Got a call from Gale and Kay before sunset, they were on the way home, he’d been released from the hospital.  So things are good on that front.

The rainfall event following the most recent post was about three inches according to the new neighbor.  Below’s a pic of Ranch Road 385 crossing the Little Devil Creek [locals are adamant it’s a ‘river’, not a creek].  Provides some perspective about how frequent three-inch rain storms are in this vicinity, and how much more maudlin and sentimental another inch would have been.

The rock and brush dam survived.

There’s a goodly bit of silt  dropped ahead of it, the parts that washed out weren’t maudlin and sentimental enough to kill the deal.

Speaking of which.  Although there’s a surprising dearth of bumper-stickers for an election year, this [I conjecture] non-political one is still at the top of the charts on Texas bumpers and back windows.

I’ve done a lot of thinking about what drivers who choose this in one form or another are attempting to convey about themselves to other drivers, but thus far it escapes me.  No parking lot in Texas is complete without a few vehicles decorated with some variety of the plethora that must be available from the bumper sticker/decal magnates of imagination.

A roll of toilet paper on the ground there under the hat would go a long way to clear things up, if that’s the intended message.  But most likely it ain’t.

The demand by Texas drivers that other drivers support undeclared Presidential Military Adventures might be becoming stealthier, though it was fairly stealthy from the start.  Replacing the red-white and blue with cammie at least, is an uncharacteristic approach to honesty in motivation.

But as for explicit political bumper stickers, I only saw three.  One for some wannabe king who isn’t, the other demanding the current king be dumped without confessing a preference for an alternative.

The other political bumper sticker:  SHAFFER FOR SHERIFF – The Next Generation In Law Enforcement, struck me as a bit ominous.  Evidently the candidate wants voters to know he intends to incorporate more sophisticated surveillance, cameras, cow prods, computerized profiling of drivers at traffic stops, weaponry with more fire power, and newer vehicles for deputies to ride around in.

Finally, I got my chainsaw back finally from putting it in to let a real person work on it, finally.  Haven’t fired it up yet, but I know from what it cost to get it worked on and how long it took, that it’s gonna be a bull-goose chainsaw now. 

You folks looking for an entrepreneurial enterprise to occupy yourselves might be well served by considering small engine repairs.  This guy had a parking lot filled with riding lawn mowers waiting to be fixed, and if the chainsaw’s any indicator, there’s a fortune waiting to be made.

Old Jules

7 responses to “A Plethora of Pinatas

  1. The only bumper sticker I have on my Jeep is the G.P.A.A. sticker. That way they know I am a member if my jeep is parked on one of their gold claims. I do get a kick out of some of the stickers. Some really tell it like it is.

  2. Old Jules, this is the closet to Texas I have ever come. Does this happen to your creek very often? “The next generation in law enforcement” sounds like some kind of computer game upgrade. I’m reading Steinbeck’s East of Eden right now. Your idea for small engine repairs reminded me of one of the characters, Samuel Hamilton, an Irish emigree, who spends his benevolent idea scheming ideas but forgetting to make money out of them.

  3. That bumper sticker is damned funny! (or it would be with toilet paper!) XD

  4. Happy to hear Gale has gone home. Pleased that the dam held. Confused by the bumper sticker, wish it had a roll of toilet paper so it made sense. Small engine repair is a fortune waiting to be made, the wait for repair is loooong.

  5. I’m a landscaper actually and small engine repair is a very good way to make a few dollars. Actually I was a landscaper. I am currently in the process of giving away two pressure washers, two line trimmers, two mowers, a blower and a hedge trimmer all because I am sick of fixing them/paying to fix them (yes, they all need some work). Got a job helping a cousin out with remodels.

    Still doing my gardening jobs on the side, just wont be using the machines any more. Messed up my right arm too, because of the vibrations (chainsaw, hedgetrimmer. line trimmer, blower).

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