It has been a day or so since I blogged, and I got to looking in my blog folder material, and found that it was getting bloated, so it is time to just put together a mixture of stuff I have collected from friends and the web, and I called it Odds and Ends.

It is August 3, 9:00 am, 17°C or 63°F, cloudy and no wind as I sit to write the blog, and I have to wonder where the summer went. 4 months from now I will be putting up the Christmas lights! What, it is less than 5 months to New Years. It likely has to do with my aging process. I have heard and I believe that it is true, that living is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes!

If you have followed the blog at all you may recall that I noted the absence of birds this year. No birds in the bird houses, just like my neighbours. Well over the past few weeks some of them have returned. We saw a few robins, but they have moved on or died. The Chickadees are still here coming to the feeder, as are a few sparrows and occasionally the family of Purple finches. Big savings on the feed this year, due to the few birds.


This is a page of photos set to music. It is scenic pictures of West Texas. It was sent to me by an old high school buddy living in Southern California. Thanks Jerry! Take a look: West Texas


Check out this very cool invention. It was a piece on the Discovery Channel and it is about an electric powered cycle that is hard to believe. Yikebike


National Geographic offers some of the worlds best photography, and this is a great example. It is about a dam being built on the Mekong River in Northern Laos. I have seen the Mekong in Vietnam, but that was all. Very interesting video: Mekong Dam


The five Great Lakes located in Canada and the USA are very unique, and not very old either as you will see from this video. Some of the information is in error, and some incomplete, it is titled 37 Great Lakes Facts that will blow your mind. Check it out: Great Lakes


While I sit here with my allergies running wild, I am sending you a web site that describes what the future of medicine will be like with all the gadgetry that is found today in the modern home. Things like a “Smart Phone”. Amazing: Medicine


The imagery in this piece of video is amazing, depicting very small things, some slow motion and some excellent photography. Great piece of work: Photo video


Sometimes there is a site that comes along that actually contains some decent useful information on tips to make life simpler. This is one that out of the 25 tips, there are a few, and only a few that are actually useful. 25 tips


You might want to get out the Kleenex for this one! This is a video of what happens periodically at the Arizona Memorial when the park closes. Excellent site: Arizona Memorial


I have always enjoyed the quotes of Mark Twain, try this one!

Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.

Mark Twain



The mother-in-law arrives home from the shops to find her son-in law Paddy in a steaming rage and hurriedly packing his suitcase.
"What happened Paddy?" she asks anxiously.
“What happened??  I’ll tell you what happened!  I sent an email to my wife telling her I was coming home today from my fishing trip.  I get home …  and guess what I found?
Yes, your daughter, my wife Jean, naked with Joe Murphy in our marital bed!
This is unforgivable, the end of our marriage.  I’m done.  I’m leaving forever!"
“Ah now, calm down, calm down Paddy!" says his mother-in-law.
"There is something very odd going on here.  Jean would never do such a thing!
There must be a simple explanation.  I’ll go speak to her immediately and find out what happened."
Moments later, the mother-in-law comes back with a big smile.
“ Paddy.  I told you there must be a simple explanation …  she never got your E-mail!"


I was reading an article last night about fathers and sons, and memories came flooding back of the time I took my son out for his first pint.

Off we went to our local pub which is only two blocks from the house.

I got him a Moosehead.  He didn’t like it – so I drank it.

Then I got him a Keith’s, he didn’t like it, so I drank it.

It was the same with the Coors and the Bud.

By the time we got down to the whiskey, I could hardly push the stroller back home.

An SUV at 85

Two old guys talking:

"My 85th birthday yesterday.  Wife gave me an SUV"

"Wow, that’s amazing!  Imagine, an SUV!  What a great gift!"

"Yup.  Socks, Underwear and Viagra!"


A bookie was at the races playing the ponies and all but losing his shirt.

He noticed a Priest step out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the 4th race.

Lo and behold, that horse – a long shot – won the race.

Next race, as the horses lined up, the Priest stepped onto the track.  Sure enough, he blessed one of the horses.

The bookie made a beeline for a betting window and placed a small bet on the horse.  Again, even though it was another long shot, the horse won the race.

He collected his winnings, and anxiously waited to see which horse the Priest would bless next.

He bet big on it, and it won.  As the races continued the Priest kept blessing horses, and each one ended up winning.

The bookie was elated.  He made a quick dash to the ATM, withdrew all his savings, and awaited for the Priest’s blessing that would tell him which horse to bet on ..

True to his pattern, the Priest stepped onto the track for the last race and blessed the forehead of an old nag that was 100/1.

This time the priest blessed the eyes, ears, and hooves of the old nag.  The bookie knew he had a winner and bet every cent he owned on the old nag.

He watched dumbfounded as the old nag pulled up and couldn’t even finish the race.  In a state of shock, he went to the track area where the Priest was.

Confronting him, he demanded, ‘Father!  What happened?  All day long you blessed horses and they all won.  Then in the last race, the horse you blessed never even had a chance.  Now, thanks to you I’ve lost every cent of my savings!’.

The Priest nodded wisely and with sympathy.  "You are not Catholic are you my son?"

"No, I’m Jewish"

"That’s the problem", said the Priest, "You couldn’t tell the difference between a blessing and last rites".

I will continue this but for now, I hope you have enjoyed the blog today. Have a Great Day, and please be nice to each other. Ross Smile


About techmech

Older type, enjoys computer, cruising, photography, fishing, travel, good food and movies

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