Thanks Giving Stories

Here is an story that comes to mind every time I think of Thanks Giving, it’s called “The Pissed Off Horse and the Stupid Kids”

My Grandpa used to have a pasture where he would keep animals, this year he had a horse. A Horse was a rare thing to see at my Grandpas house so you could imagine the excitement of my cousins and I. We were all the same age…about 9 Immediately Wayne and Curt decided we were going to mess with the horse. (and of course I wasn’t going to get left behind)

So there we were throwing rocks and sticks and anything you can think of to get the horse all pissed off and riled up. We thought it was awesome, but the horse was running around in circles like it was going to break through the fence and take off down train tracks. It didn’t last long though and sure enough the voice of authority came bellowing across the creek and berry bushed just in time to smack us in the back of the head.


a_pissed_horse.jpgSo what do you do next, you try and touch the horse. as if the horse wants to be friends all of a sudden,,, I got elected to try and pet the horse, which was a total set up. I got about six inches away when that big monster snapped at me and tried to take my hand off. it kinda freaked me out. And then out of no where this big giant stick flies into the back of my head, bounces off of me and smacks the horse right in the butt. The horse freaked out and jumps up on two legs, I freak out and about wet my pants. Next thing I know the horse takes off with flames in his eye and death wish aimed at me.

After it was all said and done, with the horse out of the way, I turned around and there they were, Wayne and Curt, about to wet their pants with laughter. I don’t remember much after that, mostly just a blur of turkey and food mixed with other stories like this one.

Happy Thanks Giving! ;-)

Using the blank.gif

Sometimes I wonder why I even bother with IE6 and why do I even care. Then I remember that literally millions of people out there are just too ignorant, and don’t even realize that IE is not the only option. I’ve got to hand it to Microsoft they cornered the market at a great time, and now millions of people suffer everyday.

So here is a little trick I came up with. (then again, this has probably already been done, and most likely been done better) I don’t consider this to be something to be used to much because it’s kind of a pain in the ass, but a handy trick to have under your belt.

The basic concept is using a blank.gif over a background image you want to make a link. The only reason you would ever really need this is if you can’t guarantee cross browser png support or you want to keep image load time down. maybe there are others but what ever.

Basically you just take the blank.gif and stretch it over what ever it is you want to make a link. There are obvious limits to this technique, but its helpful.

Here are the basics of an image. You could use a .class for these things if you like, or and #id.
< img src="" alt="" width="" height="" style="margin:;" / >

If you’re into php and WordPress here is a simple flexible function with some basic parameters to keep your typing down. (Honestly though I really only use this in special cases. I don’t advise using this on a large scale.)

spacing has been added to make this print…

function rlh_gif_($width=”,$height=”,$margin=”,$alt=”,$class=” ) {
$gif = get_bloginfo(‘url’ );
$gif .= ‘/wp-includes/images/blank.gif’;
? >
< img src="< ?php echo $gif; ? >” alt=”< ?php echo $alt; ? >” width=”< ?php echo $width; ? >” height=”< ?php echo $height; ? >” style=”margin:< ?php echo $width; ? >;” class=”< ?php echo $class; ? >” / >
< ?php }

Lots of Leaves

As we all know the leaves have fallen and their making their way into your storm drains and into rain gutters and with any luck a few of them will make their way into that little space under your windshield. (you know that spot under the wiper blades, there’s usually some black plastic and every now and then you actually open up the hood to your car and way up next to the windshield there’s a crap load of leaves. In fact it’s probably the only place under hood that you’ll actually clean.)


Here’s my dilemma… I have all these leaves and I’ve been told to sweep them into the creek… I still need to double check to find out if this is totally true, but the conversation went something like this.

guy: “I head that we aren’t supposed to make a pile.”
me: “What should I do then?”
guy: “Put them in the creek?”
me: “What? Sweep them into the creek?”
guy: “Yeah that’s what he said.”
me: “Well that’s to bad cause I’m not doing that.”
guy: “ok”

It was a fairly simple conversations, and honestly if I thought the creek could handle the leaves than would have chucked them in. Problem is this creek is usually empty most of the year so I just don’t see the leave going very far before they post up in someone back yard.

I need a better solution, I would burn them but apparently the guy next door burned his house down last year so I feel like people around here might be apposed to a burn pile…?? (maybe I’ll do a small one and see if anyone gets upset.)

I’ll let you know how this turns out.

My Plan to Stay Healthy this Winter

hand-over-stew.pngThrough out the last 5 years I think I’ve tested just about every scenario I can think of when it comes to what makes me sick and how I actually get sick.

What I found is that preventative measures are the way to go, and believe it or not they don’t involve any medicines of any kind. Just some good old-fashion food and natural sleep.

Here is what works for me….

since it’s different for every one…

  • Must Eat Breakfast, Bananas and OJ are good! ;-)
  • No more than 1 cup of coffee in the morning.
  • Must Eat some kind of Lunch (even if it’s just a sandwich)
  • Don’t go outside without clothes on… very important
  • Dinner is good to eat, warm dinner are really nice.
  • Water.Water.Water.Water.Water.Water.Water.
  • Avoid Yelling like going to a sporting event and your cheering your team on.
  • Avoid Coughing really hard. Just don’t do it.
  • Sleep.Sleep.Sleep.Sleep.Sleep.Sleep.Sleep.
  • Good Sleep is sleeping before 11pm and no later than 8am
  • Stay Warm.Stay Warm.Stay Warm.Stay Warm.Stay Warm.

Thats about it. I know some of these seem lame or ridiculous, “How am I not supposed to Cough really hard“, I don’t know but just don’t do it.