Monthly Archives: October 2009

Why Men Should Not Write Advice Columns

 Dear John,

 I hope you can help me. The other day, I set off for work leaving my husband  in the house watching TV. My car stalled and then it broke down about a mile  down the road and I had to walk back to get my husband’s help.

 When I got home, I couldn’t believe my eyes. He was in our bedroom with the  neighbor’s daughter!

 I am 32, my husband is 34, and the neighbor’s daughter is 19. We have been  married for ten years. When I confronted him, he broke down and admitted  that they had been having an affair for the past six months. He won’t go to  counseling and I’m afraid I am a wreck and need advice urgently. Can you  please help?

  Sincerely, Sheila


Dear Sheila,

A car stalling after being driven a short distance can be caused by a variety of faults with the engine. Start by checking that there is no debris in the fuel line. If it is clear, check the vacuum pipes and hoses on the intake manifold and also check all grounding wires. If none of these approaches solves the problem, it could be that the fuel pump itself is faulty, causing low delivery pressure to the injectors.

I hope this helps,



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Sunday Music ~ Amazing Grace

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This card is postmarked December 18, 1908. The front of the card is a real photograph. Being titled “A LEADING LADY” is of course a pun and reference to the fact that the subject of the photograph is leading a dog. I also wonder if the lady was famous? A silent film star? Since the card is now 101 years old, I doubt there would be much information towards identifying the lady.


If you will notice at the bottom of the picture, a copyright 1908 by the Rotograph Co. N.Y. and a series number: B2379. I have looked at the Excel spreadsheet at the website I have linked to and this one is not listed! I suppose the age alone would make this a rare find, and having it an unlisted card must make it more unusual.


As for the sender, I do not recognize. As I look at more cards, there may be some from this lady; “Your old friend Hattie”.

The recipient is familiar. I have a number of cards to Mr./Mrs. J.R. Hodges. The Ellensburg Washington address does not sound familiar though, I would have to go through more cards to see if they have moved around. Ellensburg certainly looks like a nice town in a beautiful area. And once again, notice that they NEVER use street addresses. Simply listing the recipient’s name was apprently enough 100+ years ago. The text of the message is very ordinary, “Xmas” greetings and small talk.


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ANTIQUE POSTCARDS ~ The Unknown Hillbillies

Once again, some 100 year old postcards with no information on back except some names. For this card, I’m guessing the names are of the dogs. Unless Lila is dressed like a boy.

Lila & Burleigh

Lila & Burleigh

That’s a rather large doghouse for those two little pups! I wonder if the doghouse belongs to the dog below, who is possibly the momma dog?

Paw, Henry, Chas and Vernon

Paw, Henry, Chas and Vernon

 Same family? Hmm? Maybe that is the two older boys, Henry and Chas here, that are with the two pups in the upper picture.

If you recognize these boys and pups….



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Military Industrial War Machine

 America is today the strongest, the most influential and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America’s leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment. [….]

Crises there will continue to be. In meeting them, whether foreign or domestic, great or small, there is a recurring temptation to feel that some spectacular and costly action could become the miraculous solution to all current difficulties. [….] 

But now we can no longer risk emergency improvisation of national defense; we have been compelled to create a permanent armaments industry of vast proportions. Added to this, three and a half million men and women are directly engaged in the defense establishment. We annually spend on military security more than the net income of all United States corporations.

This conjunction of an immense military establishment and a large arms industry is new in the American experience. The total influence — economic, political, even spiritual — is felt in every city, every State house, every office of the Federal government. We recognize the imperative need for this development. Yet we must not fail to comprehend its grave implications. Our toil, resources and livelihood are all involved; so is the very structure of our society.

In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the militaryindustrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.

We must never let the weight of this combination endanger our liberties or democratic processes. We should take nothing for granted. Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defense with our peaceful methods and goals, so that security and liberty may prosper together.


 As we peer into society’s future, we — you and I, and our government — must avoid the impulse to live only for today, plundering, for our own ease and convenience, the precious resources of tomorrow. We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive for all generations to come, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow. [….]

Disarmament, with mutual honor and confidence, is a continuing imperative. Together we must learn how to compose differences, not with arms, but with intellect and decent purpose. Because this need is so sharp and apparent I confess that I lay down my official responsibilities in this field with a definite sense of disappointment. As one who has witnessed the horror and the lingering sadness of war — as one who knows that another war could utterly destroy this civilization which has been so slowly and painfully built over thousands of years — I wish I could say tonight that a lasting peace is in sight.

Painting by Wayne Wildcat

Painting by Wayne Wildcat

We pray that peoples of all faiths, all races, all nations, may have their great human needs satisfied; that those now denied opportunity shall come to enjoy it to the full; that all who yearn for freedom may experience its spiritual blessings; that those who have freedom will understand, also, its heavy responsibilities; that all who are insensitive to the needs of others will learn charity; that the scourges of poverty, disease and ignorance will be made to disappear from the earth, and that, in the goodness of time, all peoples will come to live together in a peace guaranteed by the binding force of mutual respect and love. ~ Dwight Eisenhower

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SUNDAY MUSIC ~ When The Angels Sing

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Okay, the band is really good too!





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