May 27, 2012

New Things to Come

I know that I have been absent from this blog for quite a while.  Fear not, however, as I will be posting some new stuff in the near future.  I have, however, disabled comments entirely, as all I get is spam.  If you want to comment, please send it directly to my email rfgriffiths@1160main.com .  Thanks for your patience.

September 22, 2010

Whitewater Rafting 2010

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Once again, we had a FANTASTIC time on the rivers.  This year, we decided to raft the Nantahala (for the noobs) and then we ran the Middle Ocoee.  Given our previous experience, the Nantahala was almost boring, helped, in part, by our boring guide (a high school physics and chemistry teacher by day, and he likely moonlights as an accountant!)

Anyway, the Ocoee was quite a different story. We got to spend some time surfing (whitewater style), and also spent quite a bit of time eating water.  Call it “face time with the Ocoee river” if you will!

We had more people this time, which is always good, and I think we created a new set of whitewater rafting addicts, which is also good.

I’ll post some pictures later, but for now, you can see them on facebook under either my page or my sweetheart’s page, or any of those who went.


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Due to the unbelievable amount of spam I have to deal with on a regular basis, I am herewith removing your ability to post comments on my blog.  I am NOT preventing you from making a comment, however.  If you have a comment on something I have written, just email me and I will review and post for you.  If I ever upgrade to 3.0.1, and it has a decent, intelligent spam filter, I will restore the ablility to post comments.

March 29, 2010


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Well, I’ve taken enough time off of the blog, and of other things, so watch for these pages to slowly come back to life. 

I’ve got a number of things to post about, so keep watching.

September 23, 2009

Whitewater Rafting, 2009

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Well, we did it again. We went back to Bryson City, NC to go rafting again. This time we had a primo cabin, courtesy of Carolina Mountain Vacation Rentals, and we went rafting twice.

The first time was on Saturday. We did a guided raft trip down the Nantahala river. It was POURING down rain, do hard at times, that we could not see because of the water running down our faces. Next time, we’ll wear caps. The river was up a little bit, but still very similar to last year. Our guide this time wasn’t as fun as last year’s guide, but we still got to see the river again.

The second was on Monday. Pam did a guided raft trip again, and Dee and I did ducks. The river was up almost a foot over normal. We were told that the water was flowing at 1800 CFM (cubic feet per minute). Normal flow on the river is about 700 CFM. WOW! Rocks that we saw on Saturday were submerged on Monday.

The ride was freakin awesome! It was also alot of work. 8 or 9 miles of almost continuous paddling. I went for a swim twice. I also learned a couple of things. When you’re going towards a rock, hit it straight on, not sideways. The water will flip your duck if you hit it sideways, and you’re guaranteed to go for a swim. And it does not always fall to reason that if a raft can take a certain line, a duck can also.

Our guide, Reggie, said I was pretty good at paddling. I just need to remember the basics when things get hectic (like when you’re going through the last set of rapids on the Nantahala. He said I could have stabilized myself and kept from flipping. That’s where experience comes in. I’ll try to do better next time.

I’ll write more later and post some pics also.

January 21, 2009

President Barack Obama …

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Well, it’s official. As I called it in my post “prior” to election day, we now have President Obama. I wish him well, and I can only hope that he does GOOD things for our country … but by MY definition of GOOD, not by Karl Marx’s. I hope that he governs from the center, but I have this fear that he, along with a Democrat led House and Senate, will try to move this country to the left.

I listened to his address this evening. It was pretty good. But, then again, we all know that he’s a good speaker. There were some really good areas, but I also heard a whole lot of socialism in there.

I heard that Senator Byrd had some sort of medical emergency today at the luncheon. Given that he is a (possibly) former KKK grand dragon, he probably had a stroke. One news article said that Byrd “became emotional” at the luncheon … Yeah, I bet he did. He just got scared cause he figures his day of reckoning has come!

Well, we shall see what the coming days bring … Hold on to your wallets folks, I think Robin Hood may be on his way.

January 18, 2009

Obama’s Picks

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So the President-elect has picked some of his cabinet members …

Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State … Well, she might just work, if she ever gets over being pissed off at being relegated to a secretary. Then she can get down to the real business of helping to eliminate our financial crisis. She could just designate which countries have attained “most favored nation” status based on their “contribution” to the cause of getting our country out of debt. I think to give all a fair shot at the award, the “gift” should be rated as a percentage of the donor’s GDP.

Timothy Geithner for Secretary of the Treasury …Hmmm I kinda like this one. Who better to put in charge of the Infernal Revenue Service than a man who willfully scammed them…. aka a tax cheat! They’re saying that he’ll be confirmed, but the confirmation will likely be well after Obama takes office. In the meantime, he’s nominating an interim Treasury Secretary.

We’ll see how his other picks pan out.

Watching the U.S. Conference of Mayors on CSPAN … wow … I didn’t realize that puffery could be as boring as it appears. The mayor of Charleston, SC is speaking now, good old southern gentleman, rambling on about Guy Smith, and how he would be tickled pink that we had elected a black man as president, and that this proves that we aren’t a racist country. hmm, my thought is that since he referenced the skin color of the president-elect, we probably arean’t as far along as he would like to believe…

January 12, 2009

Stupid Hollywood Writing …

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OK, here’s an idea: I’m going to write a post on what I feel are STUPID hollywood scenes, sometimes bordering on cliche’. I know that I won’t have all of them nailed down, so anyone who thinks of one, post it in the comments section and if it’s legit, I’ll approve it.

1. This is probably my newest pet peeve as far as scenes goes. Scenario is that there is a computer (usually a laptop) that is executing a program to (delete critical files, destroy the world, activate a weapon of mass destruction, cause trains to collide, etc …). The people discover the computer when the program’s execution is like 75 ot 90 percent complete and the first thing they do is get on the keyboard to try and stop the program from executing … alas, to no avail. Here’s a thought DUMBASS … pull the plug (desktop) or pull the battery (laptop). Both of these methods have a 100 percent success rate in stopping program execution, and stopping it IMMEDIATELY!!!

2. Tracing a phone call in the age of caller ID. OK, I can understand way back when I was a kid, and there was no such thing as reverse lookup, or caller ID. When the police wanted to find a person when they were calling, they would put a trace on them. BUT … I still see that happening on current law enforcement shows such as “Law and Order”. When someone calls our office, we can usually tell who it is, if we recognize the number, because we have …. CALLER ID… How come the police can’t use that neat little feature of new technology????

3. Hot-wiring a car … This may have been fine back in the 1960’s or earlier, but cars today have steering column locks that are integrated with the ignition switch. Turning the key unlocks the steering colum, and also starts the starter motor… If you hot-wire the car, yes, you can start the motor … but … that doesn’t unlock the steering column … try it …

4. having someone hang up the phone on you… and the phone immediately goes to dial tone …

any more ????

January 4, 2009


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Many of you may remember back in 2006, when our dog Alex developed an insulinoma, a form of pancreatic cancer. In 2007, we were blessed to be able to afford surgery to possibly remove the tumor, and, we got lucky. The tumor was in a good location, and was completely and successfully removed. Alex had a complete recovery, but the surgeon told us that once an animal gets an insulinoma, it is likely that he will develop another one, the only question is the time frame. He typically gave 1 yr as a benchmark.

Alex’s 1 year anniversary was last March, and he was still cancer free and loving life.

Unfortunately, this past December, he has started having siezures again, and when we had him at the vet’s office for his yearly shots, his blood glucose was 49 (that’s WAY low). His insulinoma is back. We won’t have the joy of his company for too much longer. Generally, the second time around, the disease progresses more rapidly.

I uploaded a video of our puppy playing fetch, his second favorite game. His most favorite game, by the way, is to get me to take a nap with him on the couch. Granted, it’s an easy game for him. He hops on the couch and falls asleep, and that’s how he entices me to do the same.

January 3, 2009


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Well, a new year is upon us. Boy did it sneak up on me quickly! And it’s already January 2nd!

Have you made your resolutions ? I haven’t. Well, I haven’t made all of them. I’m still working on them. I didn’t even start until today. I WAS going to resolve to not procrastinate, but that went out the window yesterday. Well, it WOULD have, if I hadn’t put that off until today.

I, like many, plan to lose weight. I lost some last year, but found a portion of it again. I think I had it stuffed in the pantry.

I’m going to finish restoring our foyer again. Not finish it again, but resolve again to finish it. But “finish restoring our foyer again” sounds better. Like I am so efficient that I have completed the entire house and am looking for something to do.

I’m going to landscape around the outside of our home, now that we’ve got it painted. Well, more like, change the landscape. We now have some bare foundation stone that needs a little visual diversion, like possibly some roses. We have yews in front that are older than me, and that’s pretty friggin’ old. They need to go. We need some rhododendrons in their stead.

I will teach myself the secrets of ‘faux-bois’ … fake woodgraining. I’m talking old school here. Not the type you do with gelstain and a grain rocker. I’m talking graining combs, flogging brush, stipple brush, and glazes to make fake quartersawn oak grain that looks real. I’ll even post pictures of my progress.

I am sure that there are other things that I would like to accomplish or achieve this year, but either I don’t know what they are, or I’m not telling you, ’cause it’s none of your business …

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