Category Archives: The Way It Is

Dad Stuff/Truck Stuff

I had another leak on Bruce. Same spot where we replaced the radiator hose.

Come to find out that the part the hose attaches to was the problem.

It was a tough part to remove and replace. We, me and Pop, spent the better part of the morning getting it out and back in. But it’s fixed.

During all this we had to remove a spindle that involves the serpentine belt so that we could actually reach the part. When we cranked it back up there was a horrible screech. Like banshees in a bag on fire beating a group of cats.

The truck still runs. It’s drivable. But they will hear you coming from miles away.

Still, no good for me.


I went on from working on the truck to going to the band competition and helping there, loading and unloading, etc.

84Β° in October in South Carolina may as well be 100Β°. Long story short, I was already worn out. I hadn’t eaten we’ll yesterday and I got a bit dehydrated fairly quickly. I have some minor problems with a recurring Hiatal hernia problem and I aggravated that.

Also, I try to film for the band and sat in the top of the bleachers in the sun which exacerbated the problem. That’s when Pop came over to check on me.

Good grandparents don’t miss grandkid stuff and they were there watching. Apparently while I was looking for them in the stands, I walked right passed them. I saw them but didn’t see them. Which cued mom to have dad come check on me.

The result was near heat exhaustion, and hernia problems knocked me down last night and today. I’ve been in and out of it on the couch. I feel 100% better than at 3 AM this morning.

Just to back track a bit, the wife received her second vaccine shot Friday. We ended up in the ER yesterday at 4 AM. She’s okay. Working through it. In my opinion our earlier fears are justified. She shouldn’t have been required to take the shot with her medical history. But this isn’t a medical or political page.

Sleep deprivation will throw you for a loop as well.


Today while I was somewhere in the void, Pop came and got the truck and replaced that part causing the noise. He wasn’t asked to. Didn’t have to.

He won’t even let me pay him.

And he told me, β€œI see what you do for your family and how hard you push. I don’t realize what you do sometimes.”

And I said thank you and he went back home.

And I stood in the garage and broke down. Because after all these years, he realizes, and that affects me in a healing sort of way.

And he knows, too.

What I do for my family I do out of love for my family. A lot of the time I do not matter. As long as they are safe and happy and healthy, I’m good.

It’s a joke from the old tv commercial. People make memes about it all the time.

What my dad knows is that I learned it from watching him. I’m a product of the way he raised me.

He never set a bad example for me.

I’m good today. I’ll be better tomorrow.

That’s it. That’s the post.

Seegars

Little Things

My wife loves spicy food. So much so that she’ll get a plate of spicy food and that’s not enough for her.

Nope. Then she’ll go to her standby. Texas Pete.

He’s the only other fella that’s any competition for me in life besides our son.

I don’t like spicy foods much. I might throw some Texas Pete on a burrito.

I do admit that Texas Pete rode with me in the army just in case I came upon some chili mac, which was likely to happen.


I got off work today around 1:00 and decided I’d go for a ride and make sure the truck was good. A long ride was needed. Maybe just wanted.

I was riding along and looking for places that might have a junked Ranger.

I need a few interior parts. Some plastic odds and ends. The interior is pretty great, amazingly. No tears in the seats. The dash and carpet are nearly pristine.

On down the road I ended up in a nearly ten mile long construction zone. I started counting Dollar Generals.

I also ended up in need of a bathroom.


My wife loves something else. Those little Smarties Mega Lollipops.

We usually find them at a candy store in Maggie Valley on vacation where she buys several. She doesn’t allow herself many treats like that. I’ve found them at Dollar General here and there so I grab them when I can.

They’ve been sparse lately, like lots of things y’all might favor the last year and some change.

I hit several Dollar Generals on the way today. Six in total. Found three of these suckers on the way at one store. Still stopped at two more.

I don’t know why.

It makes her happy.

I guess it’s love.

It’s the little things.

That’s it. That’s the post.

Seegars

I Won’t Hide

I won’t hide.

I’ve recently dropped a lot of things. Facebook and Facebook messenger have been deleted from my phone. I’m tired of their censorship. They came for a lot of Conservatives very quickly. (Although, I am now seeing that they’re coming for the Left as well.)


Amazon Web Services shut Parler out. No a conservative website but one of free speech. Okay. They can do that I suppose. But I don’t have to give them my money anymore. Amazon Prime/Video isn’t welcome in our home.


I haven’t considered myself a part of the Right for some time. I’ve been pushed to the middle but I don’t consider myself a Libertarian.

I have considered myself a man “without a country” politically speaking for quite some time. Although I have voted conservative. Why? Because the Left keeps pushing more radical people into office.


It’s the first month of 2021. And I literally feel like a man without a country.

We are being destroyed from within.
D. C. is locked down with armed troops. Fences are installed around the Capitol building. I’ve visited there several times and what I’m seeing now is unrecognizable.


We are not America anymore. Not the United States.


This is Newmerica.


I have also being degooglefying my phone (new word?).

Gmail and Google Photos are still there. I have to figure out how to download all my photos. Gmail isn’t a problem. I don’t use email that much, so not that big a deal to me.

I just don’t know where to go. I would rather have a phone that doesn’t connect and be monitored by everyone.

I’m not a paranoid person but I know that things are being used against us in the guise of being helpful.

Yesterday I got in the car and looked at the gas gauge and said out loud, β€œYep. I need gas.” I hit the Apple Maps app on my phone and there were directions to the gas station I use all the time in town.

All I wanted to do was go get a haircut.

That is just strange, that is someone listening. Or some thing, rather.


I’ve been wanting to do a podcast for quite some time.

I did one episode of a podcast with one friend and seven or eight spiders with two other friends. It was a good time but didn’t work at time wise so I’m going at it alone. If there are any of my friends reading or listening to this I’d be glad to have ya. I’d like to have a conversation with several of you.


Like I said, I’m not paranoid. I just…I’m living in a world where if I’m not with you I’m against you.

And that’s not how it is.

I’m with my family and friends. I’m gonna watch out for them. As a Christian I feel for everyone’s problems and plights. But, you can’t save everybody.

That’s just the way the world is.

I’m just trying to make it out here.

That’s it. That’s the post.

Seegars

So this is the podcast version of this over on Anchor. It’s free and I can put a little something out there while I get my bearings. Don’t have high expectations going in and I promise you will not be disappointed.