Apr 152013
Arriving home after making it through a hail and sleet storm on the Harley!

Arriving home after making it through a hail and sleet storm on the Harley!


It was a beautiful, sunny day here in Lynden, and I thought I would take the Harley out to look at some jobs and do some errands around the county.  Fair enough.  I had just finished my last errand, and noticed that the sky was clouding over.  I jumped on the bike and headed for Lynden, 20 miles away.  On the road, it started to sprinkle, no big deal.  Then, it got heavier, and all of a sudden, huge chunks of ice were hitting me in the face, and I had no place to stop!  I rode on for another 5 minutes, then came to a familiar stop on Pole Rd. and Hannegan, and ducked in under the cover of the service station.  When it got really strong, I was riding with my right hand on the throttle, and my left hand covering my mouth and face where my visor didn’t protect it.  It was the first time I had experienced something like this, as I had only ridden the bike in good weather.  Well, I guess I’m inaugurated now!  I waited for it to let up a bit, and then came the rest of the way home, although it was still raining.  Right now, as I write this, an hour later, the sky is clear and sunny!  If you don’t like the weather in Whatcom County, just wait a minute!

This is outside the garage right after I got home.  You can see how much ice got on the car and ground in the few minutes that the storm was in action!  What a freak of nature!

This is outside the garage right after I got home. You can see how much ice got on the car and ground in the few minutes that the storm was in action! What a freak of nature!


Feb 132013

A friend of mine sent me these little stories via email, and I couldn’t resist sharing them.  Just too funny not to pass along!  Read ’em and Laugh out loud!   REALLY!


Airport Stories!

Airport Stories!


A DC airport ticket agent offers some examples of ‘why’ our country is in trouble:
1. I had a New Hampshire Congresswoman (Carol Shea-Porter) ask for an aisle seat so that her hair wouldn’t get messed up by being
near the window. (On an airplane!)
2. I got a call from a Kansas
Congressman’s (Moore) staffer (Howard Bauleke), who wanted to go to Capetown. I started to explain the length of the flight and the passport information, and then he interrupted me with, ”I’m not trying to make you
look stupid,but Capetown is in Massachusetts …..”
Without trying to make him look stupid, I calmly explained,”Cape Cod is in Massachusetts , Capetown is in Africa ”
his response — click.
3. A senior Vermont Congressman (Bernie Sanders) called, furious about a Florida package we did. I asked what was wrong with the vacation in Orlando . He said he was expecting
an ocean-view room. I tried to explain that’s not possible, since Orlando is in the middle of the state.
He replied, ‘don’t lie to me, I looked on the map and Florida is a very thin
4. I got a call from a lawmaker’s wife
(Landra Reid) who asked, ”Is it possible to see England from Canada ?”
I said, ”No.”
She said, ”But they look so close on the map.”
5. An aide for a cabinet member(Janet Napolitano) once called and asked if he could rent a car in Dallas . I pulled up the reservation and noticed he had only a 1-hour
layover in Dallas . When I asked him why he wanted to rent a car, he said, ”I heard Dallas was a big airport, and we will need a car to drive between gates to save time.” (Aghhhh)
6. An Illinois Congresswoman (Jan
Schakowsky) called last week. She needed to know how it was possible that her flight from Detroit left at 8:30 a.m., and got to Chicago at 8:33 a.m.
I explained that Michigan was an hour ahead of Illinois , but she couldn’t understand the concept of time zones. Finally, I told her the plane went fast, and she bought
7. A New York lawmaker,

(Jerrold Nadler) called and asked, ”Do airlines put your physical description on your bag so they know whose luggage belongs to whom?” I
said, ‘No, why do you ask?’
He replied, ”Well, when I checked in with the airline, they put a tag on my luggage that said (FAT), and I’m overweight. I think that’s very rude!”
After putting him on hold for a minute, while I looked into it. (I was dying laughing). I came back and explained the city code for Fresno, Ca. is (FAT – Fresno Air Terminal), and the
airline was just putting a destination tag on his luggage.
8. A Senator John Kerry aide (Lindsay
Ross) called to inquire about a trip package to Hawaii . After going over all the cost info, she asked, ”Would it be cheaper to fly to California and then take the train to Hawaii ?”
9. I just got off the phone with a
freshman Congressman, Bobby Bright from Ala who asked, ”How do I know which plane to get on?”
I asked him what exactly he meant, to which he replied, ”I was told my flight number is 823, but none of these planes have that number on them.”
10. Senator Dianne Feinstein called
and said, ”I need to fly to Pepsi-Cola ,
Florida . Do I have to get on one of those little computer planes?”
I asked if she meant fly to Pensacola ,
FL on a commuter plane.
She said, ”Yeah, whatever, smarty!”
11. Mary Landrieu , La. Senator called and had a question about the documents she needed in order to fly to China . After a lengthy discussion about passports, I reminded her that
she needed a visa. ‘Oh, no I don’t. I’ve been to China many times and never had to have one of those.”
I double checked and sure enough, her stay required a visa. When I told her this she said, ”Look, I’ve been to China four times and every time they have accepted my American Express!”
12. A New Jersey Congressman (John Adler) called to make reservations, ”I want to go from Chicago to Rhino, New York .”
I was at a loss for words. Finally, I
said, ”Are you sure that’s the name of the town?”
‘Yes, what flights do you have?” replied the man.
After some searching, I came back with, ”I’m sorry, sir, I’ve looked up every airport code in the country and can’t find a rhino anywhere.”
”The man retorted, ”Oh, don’t be silly!
Everyone knows where it is. Check your map!”
So I scoured a map of the state of New York and finally offered, ”You don’t mean Buffalo , do you?”
The reply? ”Whatever! I knew it was a big animal.”
Now you know why the Government is in the shape that it’s in!