Saturday Morning Roller Skating

Wow !! haven’t  had a Saturday morning skate in almost 30 years !

My mother had won some free admissions to a local skating/fun center (Funway) and as they were expiring, we used them on Saturday morning (9:30-11:30 am).

I took my daughter and her little group of friends:

We’ve taken this group of girls here about 6 times in the past couple of years.  They are all doing pretty well on wheels.

Stepping into the way back machine now!

One of the jobs I had during college was working at a roller skating rink.

This was one of the best jobs that I have ever had in my life.  Although, most jobs when you’re 19 years old that don’t involve adult responsibilities are great jobs.

My housemate at the time was already working at the skate rink as the assistant manager and suggested I apply there. (Since the my roommate would be doing the interview, it was a sure thing.)

I was a fair skater when I started there and ended up being pretty darn good at it.  At the time that I worked there, there were probably less than 10 employees.  A couple of DJs, 1 girl that ran the snack bar and about 4-5 skate guards.  We could all do each other’s jobs except for the girl at the snack bar, she couldn’t skate and she wouldn’t go anywhere near the DJ booth!!!

During the school year I think we were open every night and matinees on the weekend as well.  During the summer it was mostly Friday and Saturday nights with a Sunday afternoon skate.  The break even point was 21 paying customers.  There were a few times on Sunday afternoon we would only have about 10-15 customers and several of us would punch out and work off the clock rather than send the people away.

Also, there were many Friday or Saturday nights that after we closed at 11 pm, we let few of our favored clients stay locked in with us and we would play roller hockey to the wee early hours.

Since the margins on soda and popcorn were astronomical, employees got those for free.  About once a week we would breakdown the popcorn machine to clean it out and don’t you know that just before we did that, we accidentally made two batches of popcorn that would have to be “thrown away.”  Thrown away is in quotes because although the popcorn was put in a garbage bag, it would end up in our house in front of out TV and we would eat popcorn all night watching MTV until our lips were bloody from the salt !!!!  A little fact for you kids today…………… MTV used to show music videos, 24 hours a day !

Good times indeed.

One summer my housemate and I both worked at the rink and at the college.  He was on the landscaping team and I worked in the bookstore.  We got paid every two weeks.  For the first 4-6 days, we lived well.  The rest of the days until payday were tight, very tight.  It’s not hyperbolic to saw that we actually had to save up to get a quarter to play the pinball machine at the skate rink.  When you’re 19, living on the edge is fun, but sure don’t want to be doing that when I’m old.

 

Below is a photo of a Halloween skate we had.

Probably the only existing photo of me from a 4 year period.

Skate_Photo

 

 

 

I would like to apologize

I would like to apologize first and foremost to all Conservatives in America.

I would also like to apologize to most all other Americans except trump supporters or Democrat voters.

I am sorry because:

At first, I thought having trump in the Republican race was a good thing because he was free to be able to say things that we all wanted to hear and have as part of a national discussion (like closing the Mexican border).  As hard as the Democrats and the MSM (redundancy noted) tried to shame trump into apologizing, he never backed down.

I never really took trump as a serious candidate.  I never thought that he would quit or drop out, but I never thought that he would have the success that he currently is having.

He has become an embarrassment, boor, oaf, buffoon and quite frankly, a liberal Democrat candidate.  Most of all, he’s become a serious threat to America in that if we do not elect a Conservative this year, we may well have lost America for good. (Yeah, every generation thinks that “this is the end”, but this really could be if we don’t stop and actually reverse the Marxist Obama onslaught that has been foisted upon us.)

I’m not at all sure what I could have done early on, but I am now completely embarrassed to have ever given any tacit support to trump.

 

Vote Cruz and save America.

Good Bye Old Friend !

It’s with deep sorrow that I have to report that I will be losing a good friend:

Old_Friend

HP Pavilion a1224n:

519K P4 Pentium

1 GB Memory

220 GB HD

I bought this desktop at the end of 2005.

I left out the best attribute of this computer:

Windows XP !!!!!

I love Windows XP and in my life of being a computer user, XP has been and will be (for quite some time) my favorite operating system.  Do people remember Win 98 and ME?????

My XP computer works well for most of what I do with it.  It is  however under powered for watching Netflix online, Youtube, listening to Old Time Radio, Mark Levin and other activities like that.

Did I mention that I love my XP?????

I work for a large company and quite literally, I was the very last person that had an XP machine sitting on my desk when the company was forced to “upgrade” to Win 7.  I do a very esoteric job and a lot of it involves using recorded video from some very,very old video systems that we once had and still use.  There are a number of programs I use daily that are less than fully compatible with Win 7 which adds to my daily grumpiness at work.

 

With the retirement my my XP desktop, I have a couple of options.

  1.  Get a new desktop
  2.  Get a docking station for my $#@%! Win 8 laptop

Getting a new desktop really isn’t in the budget right now and I don’t have enough Amazon gift cards saved up to get a desktop through Amazon.  I would  also prefer not to buy a big ticket item through Amazon after a couple of “poor” experiences and the fact that it’s hard to find a really good deal that would be less cost compared a sale at a local big box electronic store.  I do what shopping at Amazon mostly because I can get free Amazon gift cards.

There are several downsides to the docking station idea as well. One is the cost.  Getting a decent docking station would cost  a large percentage of getting a new desktop along with the idea that the docking station would be a short term solution.  The second is that most of the better docking stations seem to not do well with $#@%! Win 8.

Whether I go with option 1 or option 2, I will have to get new software as well.  I currently use Quicken 2003 for my bookkeeping and it works just fine.  But, Quicken 2003 will not load on my $#@%! Win 8 laptop.  Quicken 2005 will also not load on that laptop and despite Quicken 2008 being able to load, it will not upload/convert my Quicken 2003 data file.  The good news is that I will soon by my TurboTax for the year and very often, the big box computer store will have a deal when you buy several Intuit products at the same time.

Sometime this week I will stop on my way home from work at the big box computer store and get the most recent version of Quicken, and then I can retire my buddy, the XP machine.

 

But XP will live on !!

I still have an XP laptop that is still pretty darn good ! (except the “a” and “s” keys keep popping off.)

Joe Biden NOT running for POTUS.

Joe “Dumbest man in America” Biden finally made a decision (or had it made for him) about running for POTUS.

I never thought Joe “Plugs” Biden would really be a candidate.  That’s hardly a tough call to make.

Some of the many reasons that Joe “Dumbest man in America” wouldn’t be running:

1              He’s a walking, talking political joke.

2              Has absolutely nothing to offer to America.

3              No one is excited about him.

4              He’s a stark raving mad idiot.

BUT !!!!!

The biggest reason Joe “Dumbest man in America” decided not to run………………………….

HE HASN’T GOT THE BALLS !!!!!!!!!!!

There are two ways to defeat Hillary “Strap it on” Clinton:

1              Be an unknown black Marxist that never gets vetted by a sycophantic media

2              Walk up to Hillary Clinton every day, put your finger in her face, say   “YOU LIED”, and then articulate  (with a plethora of available facts) each lie that she has told.

If you can’t do a full frontal naked assault (in political terms) against Her Majesty, Queen Hillary, then you can’t win.  There is an entire generation of low information voters that know nothing of the Bill and Hillary show from the 90’s.  There is almost an unlimited supply of lies and scandals related to Hillary that should be used daily to prevent Hillary from being anywhere near the Whitehouse ever again.

Please note that this applies to whoever is the Republican candidate.  You can’t win against Hillary with pillows and kitten whiskers.

Howard’s Pub: Ocracoke, North Carolina

This was the third of the three restaurants that we ate at.

Howard’s Pub North Carolina

200The wife had a crab cake and hush puppies.

201My daughter again surprised me by not ordering chicken tenders and ordered a hot dog and mac & cheese.  My daughter has learned that when the menu says “Macaroni and Cheese”, she needs to check if it’s Kraft mac & cheese.  Kind of a rip off if they serve the Kraft, but this was not Kraft and she said it was very good.  Her lunch was served on a souvenir “Frisbee.”

202I had the fried oysters.  The french fries here were very good.

Of the three places that I had the fried oysters, these were the least best.  This was bar food.  But to say that these were the “least best” of the three is like saying you had to date the second runner up at the Miss Universe pageant!

MJs Raw Bar & Grille: New Bern, North Carolina

MJs Raw Bar & Grille was another restaurant that was in downtown, historic New Bern that we ate at.

MJs Raw Bar & Grille

For all practical purposes, MJs is about the same type/kind of restaurant that  Captain Ratty’s is.  But the caveat is that I only dined at each restaurant once, so a thoroughly detail comparison is not possible.

100Of course dinner starts with a beer.

This time I ordered a Duck Rabbit Brown Ale.  The brown ale was  good, but I prefer the milk stout.

101I don’t normally order soup with my dinner but they had Lobster bisque as the soup du jour and I wanted to give it a try.  I’m glad I did have it, it was very good.

102I ordered the Po Boy.  The fried oysters were very good but they weren’t quite as good as the oysters at Captain Ratty’s.  The portion of cole slaw was a bit small but the taste was adequate.

103WOW !!

My daughter threw me a curve ball and ordered mini cheese burgers !!

104The wife got the lobster wrap and I had a bite of it and it was pretty darn good.