FamGuyToday by Aunty Fox

exposing Bullshit Mountain Propaganda, and preserving memories, for the 'Rocking Chair Days'.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

5280 (as in mile high)

is the Denver Restaurant Week program. 2 meals for $52.80, so we met w/the kids and spouses last night, at The Keg, steakhouse, to celebrate Carol's birthday. Good food and good times and WAY too much food. Hard to stop eating when it's good and plenty. Should eat less all weekend, BUT, I'm sure I won't. Bad news is, with Carol having another b-day, I'm living with a really OLD lady. Soon to be a grandma. Whew...

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

For those of you,

who don't realize, what it's actually like here in Boulder, we just had our 16th day over 60 degrees, this year (Jan, Feb). Lots of golf, not enuff skiing. Gonna change, as Dan is out for his annual ski trip. Yahoo... Skiing, the last part of this week. Gotta love Colorado winters...

Saw a special, on Haliburton


that made me so pissed off, I could hardly watch. Won't go into all the gory details, but highlights included. $150,000 trucks, in Iraq, with no spare parts, as in spare tires or oil filters, so if they had any problems, they were destroyed, so the enemy couldn't get 'em, then replaced w/new ones, that were also destroyed. Luxury SUV's rented at $7000/month, on 3-year contracts, for most the Halliburton employees, including secretaries who never left the compounds. Halliburton laundry services, that the soldiers HAD to use, (even though they were substandard) that cost $100/load. 6-packs of soda, sold to the military, for $70/six-pack. Holiday meals. at over $100 each. Caravans of empty trucks, with paid escorts, making round trip stops at several installations, and charging as if there were full loads at each stop. Huge no-bid, 'cost-plus' contracts, handed out to Halliburton for construction, meals, lodging, etc, where they were encouraged to spend as much as possible, so the "cost' of 'cost-plus' could be as high as possible. Whenever there were any questions about the obvious waste, graft and corruption, the Cheney people in congress would kill the investigations, in the name of national security. In the first 2 years, Halliburton stock went up 4-fold, then went much higher from there. The head of Halliburton (used to be Cheney) made over $40 million/year, PLUS bonuses. There's much more, but you get the picture. KBR, a subsidiary of Halliburton, operated in the same manner. And you wonder why Bush/Cheney lied and rushed to war?????

Saturday, February 21, 2009

A Good Thing,


is happening, as Hillary Clinton is making her first visit to the Far East. After seeing W, and his policies, this is an amazing affirmation of the American system. Not only is George Bush gone, BUT, Obama's main opponent, is now on HIS side. This is HUGE, on the worldwide stage. It shows how democracy works. Unlike Bush's 'shock and awe', torture and graft system, it sends a positive message. Let's hope it's not too late, to show the world what America is all about. We're not just a bunch of Republican war mongers....

Friday, February 20, 2009

Saw Slumdog,


today, and for 90% of the movie, thought, this isn't worth it, even though I know it's gonna be a feel good movie, at the end. BUT, it probably was worth it, even though you go thru the bottom to get to the top. Great feeling at the end, BUT, it's really hard to see the poverty that alot of the world lives in. Opened my eyes, but it still hurt, and am not sure it was worth it, to be subjected to a part of the world we usually never see. If there was a saving grace, it was the chance to look at Latika, an amazingly beautiful person...

You know,


W screwed us in a whole lotta ways, BUT, today, as part of his legacy, as the worst prez ever, Pontiac went out of business. If you weren't there, as part of my generation, it's no big deal, BUT, if you were there, and remember GTO's, among other muscle cars, this hurts. It's part of my history. They were the best cars out there, when there were a bunch of hot rods to choose from. Never mind, if you weren't there, you wouldn't understand. Just another way how W screwed us all....

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cheney is furious,


by all accounts, NOT because he and his buddies trashed the US and the world's economic system, BUT, because Bush wouldn't pardon his buddy Scooter Libby, the guy who went after Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson, when they blew the whistle about "No WMD", in the buildup to the war. It was obvious to anyone who cared about the truth, that there was no way Saddam had nuclear capability, and Wilson and Plame tried to sound the alarm. Bush/Cheney went after them, through 'Scooter', and lied to the public concerning the whole situation. Scooter took the fall, and Cheney is PISSED, that Bush didn't pardon him. Guess W thought it was too obvious. Anyway, Cheney is 'furious' according to all accounts. The way we should all be, for continually being lied to, by that bunch of crooks. Jail's too good for 'em...

One GOOD thing,

we can see, after 8 years of the Repubs being in charge, (the 'fiscally responsible party'), is what it is really like, to have these crooks in control. We don't have to guess about anything. We can actually SEE what happens. Bottom line, world-wide meltdown of the financial markets and the economies of the civilized world. Oh yeah. It was just a 'coincidence' that it happened on their watch. Excuse me for pointing out reality....

For those of you,


who actually have a clue, about this financial crisis we are in, AND it is even worse, than I have been preaching, (read my posts for the last 2 years), just watch the CNBC Special, 'House of Cards', which is the BEST explanation of the mess we are in, and how we got there. It's done by David Faber, without political spin, and explains how we got to where we are. Very scary, but TRUE. Made possible by the Bush-boys, in the name of 'deregulation', the Republican mantra for, "Let the crooks make the rules.' It's why all my investments have been in silver and gold, and 'shorting the market', for the last 2 years. FYI, silver has gone from $9, to over $14 in the last few months, and gold is approaching $1000/oz, which means it may be due for a pullback. Never mind, ain't gonna preach, but 'my opinion', worth EXACTLY what you paid for it, says we are gonna have some REAL interesting times, for the next few years. Don't shoot the messenger...

Another list....


I've owned alot of vehicles over the years, some of them I really wish I still had, especially my '61 and '63 Vettes (pictured here, in the exact model and color I had). Other cars include '55, '56, '57 (a bunch), '58 Chevies, as well as a sweet '62, and a nice '78 Monte Carlo, as well as a '76 Caddie. Fords included a '66 and '78 Mustang, and a '58 and '88 pickup, as well as a '76 van, a '78 T-Bird, and a VW van. Not sure, the year of the VW van, but it had a custom body and a 912 Porsche engine. Porsches included several '66 and '67's. Also had a sweet 'Smokey and the Bandit' Trans Am. Owned at least 5 Jeeps (CJ 5's and CJ7's) that I really had fun with, as well as a '76 4WD Chevy truck with a snow plow. Had a rotary engine Mazda, an Audi, I liked, and the WORST car, a Chevy Vega. Probably the fastest was a '66 Roadrunner, I bought from Bugs. Also had Ford Rancheros and a customized El Camino. Can't forget my 4wd Nissan truck and a my Dodge Dakota 4wd, and a Dodge Intrepid (good car). Also had a Saturn for awhile. My favorite truck was a REAL sweet '88 GMC 4WD Stepside. Oh yeah, my BMW 2002 was a nice ride. 2 wheelers included a Honda 90, a real clean Harley Davidson Sportster, a classic '65 BSA Lightning, and I still have my Honda XL500 street/trail bike. Also had 3 RV's, a few boats, and a Sno-Rabbit, (combo motorcycle/snowmobile) Currently have a Toyota Avalon and an Acura MDX, and really like 'em both. Almost forgot my Smart Car, and am sure I AM forgetting a few. WOW, I'm old, but I've had some nice/varied rides..

In an AOL piece, today, a poll


showed that if they had their 'druthers', most adults would like to move to Denver, from where they are, followed by San Diego and Seattle. I realized, as an adjuster, I had lived in all three, and then started doing a mental count of where I have lived. Sort of like that Johnny Cash song. I've lived in Pensacola, Palm Beach, Daytona Beach, Atlanta, upstate New York, Mobile, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Ft.Worth, Houston, Garland, Lafayette, Houma, San Diego, L.A., Northridge, Seattle, and a few small places you haven't heard of. One constant was, nearly everywhere, people would see my Colorado license plate and say, " I love Colorado, wish I could live there'. Agreed. There's no place like it, and I've got a pretty good perspective on it, if I do say so myself. Go ahead, come and visit, then GO HOME...

Monday, February 16, 2009

Got into it,


with an idiot, today. You know, there's a bunch of 'em out there. He claimed, 'At least George Bush established democratic elections in the middle East. RIGHT... Iran, Syria, etc, have democratic elections, but W just didn't like who they voted for. Saddam, the lone despot in the area, was installed with US $ and power, without elections, to fight against Khomeni (remember ?) The whole Trillion dollar (+) Iraq War was about making $ for W's oil buddies and Cheney's Haliburton friends. And it worked, VERY well for them. Give me a break, you idiots...

Sunday, February 15, 2009

The largest benefactor,


of W's multi-billion dollar no-bid contracts in Iraq? Haliburton, Cheney's company. Second place? KBR, a subsidiary of Haliburton. Right up there, the oil companies, Bush's buddies, making record profits, quarter after quarter. Coincidence? Yeah, right. It became SO obvious, even the idiots can see it. That's obvious...

Friday, February 13, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix on Letterman


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Special view


I was able to take a picture, of our building, that recorded my mind's view, after 'Tequila Night', at the resort bar. A real special camera...

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Carol screwed up,




when she said, on about the 6th day, "Wow, you haven't left any blood in Mexico, this time." I have a history of injuries, obviously NONE of them my fault, south of the border. Anyway, within a few hours, I had sprained my ankle, and been bitten by a cat (my fault, for touching the tummy of a VERY pregnant kitty). If I die of 'Cat Scratch Fever', don't be surprised. Some things never change...

Monday, February 09, 2009

Enuff Mexico stuff,


for awhile, and EXCUSE ME, while I gag, BUT, watching the Repub mouthpieces, in the name of 'fiscal responsibility', fighting the recovery program put out by Obama, to try and salvage the economy that Bush and his henchman trashed, just makes me want to barf. How some otherwise reasonably intelligent people can fall for this crap is unbelievable. Sure, the bill has problems, but desperate times call for desperate measures, and the cadre of crooks, during the last 8 years, have not only sacked our treasury, but screwed up the economy of the entire world. While in Mexico, we watched the BBC and CNN Worldview. This is a worldwide crisis. The entire global economic system was totally screwed up by the cowboy conman and his minions, who changed the rules so the crooks could prosper. We MAY survive, but it is gonna be REALLY bad for a long time. The Bush supporters must bear their share of responsibility, because of their unbelievable gullibility, for this mess we are in. The only good thing is watching a prez who can articulate a thought, not just read it from a teleprompter, then grin like an idiot. Never mind, the right-wingers wouldn't understand. Never have, never will. IDIOTS...

Better view


of tattoo. mentioned in previous post. Probably easier to read, if you click on it. Alot of people can't figure it out. Dummies...

My main job.


while I was there, was delivering drinks to Carol. So at least I got alot of exercise. Above my right boob (?), if you click on the pic, you might be able to see my new tattoo. Figure it out?

One of the highlights,


was swimming with turtles, and finding some babies hatching on the beach. This little guy was just coming out his shell. Wish I woulda had an underwater camera, as there was a coral reef within easy snorkling distance.

Fooled ya'

If you believed that was really a baby turtle hatching. Also fooled a bunch of people on the beach, with my trick with the souvenir, from the gift shop. Got to meet several folks, that way, including one woman who yelled at me, "You put that back, where did you get it?" You should have seen the look on her face when I said, " No Way. They're really good eating when they're little like this". I thought she was gonna implode...

Sunday, February 08, 2009

My lovely traveling partner,


on our way back from dinner, one night. Had 4 different 'restaurant nights', which was nice. All the appetizers, entrees, drinks, desserts, etc., included, when you get tired of the (fantastic) buffet. Can't decide whether to go to Weight-Watchers or Betty Ford Clinic, now that we're back.


Mid afternoon, on our first day, this storm moved in. Got cloudy and cool. Dropped to about 70 degrees. Wind chill had to be in the 60's. Brrrrr...

We're BAAACK...


Am posting this pic, because it is the view I remember most. Pool behind me, and ocean in front, in the lounger, with a good book. You know you're in Mexico, when you don't want to ruin your buzz by eating, and the meal you're talking about is lunch, at noon....