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That is the Surf City Fishing Pier - not the one behind 1205.
Tuesday, August 19th, 2014... Change is coming! No, I am not
referring to the departure of my youngest and the arrival of my oldest. I
am talking about MY RAMBLING. My first rambling was published on November
28th, 2005. I don't think it was published on bondulich.com. I
probably used a free web site in the beginning because I knew nothing about
HTML. I enjoy learning so I knew I wouldn't be satisfied until I had my
own domain name. As the years went by, HTML became much easier to do
because Microsoft and others came out with programs that wrote web pages without
the writer knowing any HTML. I don't use as much HTML today as I did
back in the beginning, but once in a while, there is a need to fix something
using HTML. The latest trend is to use sites that publish blogs. I
have been using one now for over a year. My Rambling (Bondo at the Beach)
in blog format can be found at bondo.wordpress.com. A blog is much less
time consuming to publish than posting a web page. However, I enjoy doing the web
page, but doing it every week is becoming a chore - and I hate doing chores.
I have decided to put out my rambling once or twice a month. Once or
twice? That is not a decision. That is sitting on a picket fence and
for those of you who have never sat on a picket fence - IT HURTS. Here is
my decision. I will take next week off and publish and post my writing on
September 2nd. In that writing, I will put the date of the next
publishing. See, I can make a decision.
Tuesday, August 12th, 2014... When I bought my first place in Surf City,
the now mayor was my next-door neighbor, and he told me that there are never more
than two consecutive days of freezing weather on the island during the winter. Well, two out of
the last three winters has disproved that so-call fact. BTW, to my knowledge,
he does not believe in global warming. He also said that during the summer
there is never more than three rainy days in a row in any month. Well, the last
ten days have proven that to be incorrect. He also told me that
if I didn't like the current weather just wait thirty minutes and it will
change. He is correct on that one. For example, yesterday after
breakfast, Diane and JL said they were going to the beach. I sat down to
watch the end of 'IMUS in the Morning' and before I could raise the electric leg-rest up,
they were back in the house. It was raining. In the last twelve days,
since JL's arrival, it has rained six of those days. He has faced that
challenge like a warrior of old. However, he did mention that he would like
to stop to see the mayor before he leaves. Diane, on the other hand, is
complaining only because she feels bad for JL. Justin and Brady continue
to handle the lousy weather as if there were none. Now, on to the story
about the rain.
The Father and His Two Daughters -
A man who had two daughters married one to a gardener, the other to a potter.
After awhile he paid a visit to the gardener's, and asked his daughter how she
was and how it fared with her.
"Excellently well," said she; "we have everything that we want; I have but one
prayer, that we may have a heavy storm of rain to water our plants."
Off he set to the potter's, and asked his other daughter how matters went with
"There is not a thing we want," she replied; "and I only hope this fine weather
and hot sun may continue, to bake our tiles."
"Alack," said the father, "if you wish for fine weather, and your sister for
which am I to pray for myself?"
Tuesday, August 5th, 2014... Most of us remember the story of 'The Flood' in
Genesis and the story of Noah and the Ark. Those of us who don't remember the
BIBLE story might have seen the movie about this same incident where the lords
of Hollywood don't even mention God in it. However, that is another story.
Well, last Thursday, the rains came and the forecast was for more of the same.
The local weather bureau put out flood warnings for the mainland and the rains
continued. The current time is 0654, and I have not seen the sun since last
month. We are all hoping that it will come out today. We were lucky that we
didn't get any flooding here on the island. There were many, many puddles, but
no flooding. The puddle at the end of my driveway was the largest one that I have ever seen in that location. Yes, it rained on and
off since last Thursday night. I am going to find a story about rain in the
BIBLE and read it to my family. A certain member of my family who is
visiting was losing patience and becoming quite upset with the extremely wet
weather. Now, I know everyone is thinking that it was Justin, 13, or Brady, 10,
who was becoming a pain in the buttocks. I am happy to say that
you are wrong. The rain did not stop the young ones from going out and
enjoying the exciting events that were happening around 1205. Between
Aiden, the lad next door on our north side, and the well-repaired Fishing Pier
on my south side, they kept busy from the time they crawled out of bed around 10
am until their 10 pm curfew at night. There was only one person who
complained and complained about the non-beach weather. It was not my
son-in-law JL. He was quite content using the many other amenities at
1205. I don't wish to get the impatient one angry so I won't mention her name. Now
I am off to find a story about rain to read to my family if the sun does not
come out soon. Oh, yes, I must choose a name for the well-repaired pier
that all the folks are using to fish and to launch their kayaks.
Tuesday, July 29th, 2014... The end of the month is here and with it my
youngest child, Diane, and her two children, Justin, 13, and Brady, 10.
Diane, if you remember, is the demanding one - the one that expects an
All-Inclusive vacation every time she visits, which is usually twice a year.
She never comes down with her husband, JL. He always flies down a week later.
I finally figured out why this occurs every summer. She is the good wife and
makes this sacrifice of spending an extra week with us at the beginning so she
can make sure the accommodations here are suitable for her JL. I
never thought he was demanding like her, but I guess I was wrong. Over the
winter, we rearranged our furniture and when Di saw it she said, "This will
do it. JL needs to be sitting in a straight line to the TV." So
yesterday, Helga and I had to move the furniture around according to Di's
direction. I did ask her to help because my fingers were still hurting a
little, and moving furniture - seven pieces - was a difficult task. She
said that she could not. She said she had to stand back to make sure that
JL's chair was in direct line and that the Feng Shui is in balance with the
stars. It took about two hours before Di was finally satisfied with the
setup. Then she asked where are
the wireless RF headphones? I found the old set, but the padding on the top
was falling out, and Di said they would never do. So when I finish writing
this today, I will be heading to Jacksonville to buy new headphones. Oh,
yeah, Di said to make sure they are blue - JL's favorite color.
Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014... The tubeless auto tire that we all use was
invented by Frank Herzegh, who only made one dollar for his discovery. I
know he worked for BF Goodrich, and he received a patent for it back in the
early 50's. However, I don't know why he only received a dollar for his
invention. Well, I am going to do some research to see
who invented the shoehorn. Yes, the shoehorn! I hope he/she made
more than a dollar on his/her invention. I wonder how many homes today
even have a shoehorn. I think we have two in the house. I don't
think I used it at all since June of 1997, but I should have thought of using it
six months ago. Yesterday morning, I went looking for one of mine and
found it in my underwear/sock drawer. Good place for it. I remember
using it when I was working and I had to wear socks. Using the
shoehorn kept the socks from being pulled up. I hear someone saying, "Hey, Bondo, you don't wear socks any
longer." I don't wear shoes much
either, but I kept my shoehorn and I need it now.
Do I hear a WHY? Okay, you forced it out of me. Last December when I
was in New Jersey, I took a little fall in the snow on a sidewalk with steps.
A bruised leg and two sprained fingers were the results. Well, the leg
healed after some concerned time, but it did heal one hundred percent. The
two fingers were getting better; however, every time that I put on loafers of
any kind even without socks those two fingers would start to hurt. I hate
pain of any kind so I finally thought of a way to avoid re-injuring them every
time I put on a pair of loafers. Get the picture? So I now use my
amazing shoehorn especially on my loafers that I wear around the house because
they need a
little persuasion. Shoehorn to the rescue, and the fingers are feeling
better. I will now keep the shoehorn in Justin's drawer, which is the
center drawer of my computer desk where I usually sit to put on my shoes.
Justin, one of my grandsons, who is 13, will be here Friday. He loves to
check out what I have in my center drawer. Any bets on whether he knows
what a shoehorn is?