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Vote for Change???

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 06-11-2009

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Does it seem like to you the folks who voted for change may now be wondering if the change they voted for is the change they got? I guess it all depends on who’s doing the talking as to what change means. Seems like some folks are now voting republicians back into office already. I guess that’s about change too, huh? Saying change is a lot different than making change I reckon……

Lobo Football, or lack thereof!!!!!

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 05-11-2009

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You know folks, at some point in time the University of New Mexico has got to consider playing football….not fighting…The lack of control in the locker room would most certainly affect players performance and attitude on the field….Coach, number one: teach the fundamentals of the game, two, give the boys good offense plays, a good run and pass defense, three, choose the best player you have for each position and then four, step aside and let them play…It is not that complicated….teams with far less talent than you are winning some of the time…You may have as high as 5 all conference players on your team right now…Play football coach…Go Lobos….

Concussions

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 03-11-2009

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Well, I found out the hard way about concussions….I spent Saturday in the ER because I fell off a two step ladder, backwards, using my head to break my fall…That hurts….My hands went numb immediately and I thought, uh oh, now I’ve had it….But it turned out pretty good considering…nothing broken….spent the next couple of days in bed, dizzy and upset stomach but I am pretty much back to normal now…But let me caution you about backless house shoes and ladders, my shoes caught causing me to trip…The nurse at the ER said she gave a lecture at the Meadowlark Senior Citizen Center and told them to always have backs in their house shoes further stating they are the major cause of falls for seniors..Well, you live and learn I guess..I am glad to be back…

Thanks to Albuquerque Journal and other stuff…

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 28-10-2009

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I have quoted from the Journal, and about the Journal and read them daily looking for items I can pass on to you readers of this blog…adding my two cents (which may be an exaggeration of worth)  on some of the articles. Today’s Journal was loaded and I will not be able to expound on them all, but here is a few: Headline: Movie Shuts Down I-40 by Dan Mayfield, Journal Staff Writer. He states, “The film shut down Interstate 40 eastbound just outside of Laguna Pueblo from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday night into Sunday morning, slowing truckers, travelers and about 800 people coming in from a night of boxing at Acoma’s Sky City Casino.” …..Can you believe that? Futhermore, the Department of Transportation let them do it. And the State of New Mexico lets them do such for free….no charge….Take that citizens…Bill owes several of us a Cuban cigar, don’t you think? Ok, that’s all on that for now but I have a feeling we will hear more soon…

5 NMSU President Finalists Named by Marten Salazar, Journal Staff Writer: “Two of the five finalists for the New Mexico State University presidency resigned from their previous leadership posts amid high-profile scandals involving alleged special favors for the politically connected.”……Whoa, hold on….Folks down in Las Cruces are not reading the Journal about all the politically connected favors already going on in our state….In my opinion they can drop two of the five right now….What is that saying about, “Here’s your sign?”…Maybe you remember that, but in any case you need to think about that some more….

New Mexico State Aggies vs Ohio State….Ohio State favored by 40 points….But they are paying our Aggies $850,000 to beat the crap out of them…..Aggies, listen to me, they probably will do that, but they can only put eleven men on the field at a time….Make them pay a little for every dollar they are paying you…One thing you  Aggies have that Ohio State does not is some of us New Mexicans are praying for you and I don’t think the Ohio State fans feel that they need to pray for their boys to win….You just do your best and that’s all we can ask of you…When them big old boys go to chasing you down the field, remember this, “Run, Forrest, Run.”  And also, you have trained at high altitude and have more lung power than they do..Show them that you came to play…

Folks in trouble as noted in the Journal: Letterman’s had female employees quit due to favorable status of some workers, ahem!!!…well, something close to that anyway…Larry Johnson told to stay away from the Kansas City Chiefs because of a gay slur or slurs….Dez Bryant, WR for Okla St suspended for lying to NCAA investigators…Bob Griese for comments about a NASCAR racer being “out having a taco” when his name did not appear in the top 5 and his associate wondered where he was…probably not fitting or proper, but at least it was cute, don’t you think?….Tampa Bay Buc’s Marcus Johnson, OL, arrested on charges of driving under the influence. He was found asleep in his car near the Bucs’ stadium…Come on, the charge should have been “sleeping under the influence”,,,,or “asleep at the wheel”….Well, I sure don’t want to make light of that charge seeing how so many people are injured or killed by drunk drivers…I guess it was just the way the article was worded….

And finally: Paper stated that our Lobo’s are not doing so well…Out of 120 schools, New Mexico is, 110 in total offense, 109 in total defense, 110 in turn over margin, 118 in time of possession, and 120 in third down conversions….Wow…We got some good players too…Man oh man….Is there anything I can do coach?…Let me know….

Executive’s Bonus

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 26-10-2009

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If you hire me as your company’s Executive Director and promise me a big bonus if I am successful, it is only fair and right that you do as you said and pay me the bonus. If I am unsuccessful, then you should fire me or determine a fair amount of time for me to correct any problems and if I can correct them and then turn the company around, a bonus may be in order. But, if I have done so poorly that the Federal Government has to step in to save our company, there is no way any executive or other management personnel is deserving of a bonus. Some of the rank and file personnel might be due one because of putting up with the sorry decisions of management, but certainly not the executive people. Yet, that is happening to companies the government has bailed out. That’s not right…Taxpayer money to bail out the company and taxpayer money to unsuccessful executives who have been promoted to their highest level of incompetence and we still reward them with a bonus…..Please, take all that bonus money and put it in the treasury….Somewhere down the line our government is going to have to smarten up…..Reckon?….Yeah, that is asking a lot ……However, some of us voters put them in there…both sides of the asile…

Health Care Cost

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 25-10-2009

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Can you believe the way Washington throws around numbers? I have said before that I do not own a calculator that will compute numbers that high. Eight digits is as high as mine will go. Ms. Nancy P said to give the president what he wants that the cost of the new health care plan was only going to be a little over 1 trillion dollars for the first ten years. How much is that going to cost the taxpayer per year? I cannot figure because of my cheap calculator. I wish they would leave it alone, but that does not seem like it going to happen. But here is what I think we ought to do if it is going to happen, put a sur-charge on every thing sold…well no, say .01 % on every thing sold that is a luxury…high dollar cars, boats, planes, diamonds, gold, whiskey, smokes, Cuban cigars like our governor smokes, lottery tickets and chocolates….Yeah, I know that is not good either but, my brother, you and me are gonna pay no matter what…anyway, it is just a thought….well, ok, maybe that’s not such a great idea….But a trillion dollars?  And that’s just the health care…Can we survive long with such a heavy debt? Better said, can our grandchildren and great-grandchildren survive such a heavy debt? Geez…fiction writing is so much less worrisome…which reminds me, I have a couple of characters up in the hills waiting on me to write them down…Man, life is rough…

Santa Rosa/Rock Lake Hatchery

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 22-10-2009

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Oct. 22, 2009, Albuquerque Journal, Staff Report has an article titled, “Hatchery eyes more than fish” and I want to put in my two cents. It states in part :….The department is beginning the second phase of it’s warm water hatchery development at Rock Lake, which includes construction of the Pecos Watershed Education Center…the agency is looking for partners….That is great news to me. I hope some of our educational sources get involved…. I toured the hatchery some time ago and was really impressed by it. I did not know about the number of fish produced annually by the hatchery as was stated in the article: 300,000 rainbow trout, it is holding about a million catfish and produces about 20 million walleye fry every year…The hatchery is 2 miles south of Santa Rosa and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day…Really, if you have not spent a little time in Santa Rosa, do yourself a favor and visit there…You will be pleasantly surprised…The hatchery, Blue Hole, the lake (I don’t know it’s name) that has an sunken airplane  in it for rescue training…No, I did not personally see that, someone told me that….The river runs through the town and Santa Rosa Lake is close by…All that stuff…A lot of us pass through there on our way to somewhere else…Make plans to stop and spend some time there….You will enjoy it…..Pete Hester

Marilyn Larner Hicks/Peter M. Van Winkle/And Thanks

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 21-10-2009

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I had a nice e-mail from Marilyn Hicks. I remember her from years ago as she was putting her Peter M. Van Winkle book together, gathering all the genealogies. And after telling her I belonged to Helen Van Winkle Hester, she remembered me or maybe dug me up from her files, etc..Anyway, today I decided to google Marilyn Larner Hicks and I found some good stuff. Among the items was “Van Winkle Mill Archaeological Project” with some pictures and credits from all the work put into that effort, including thanks to Ms. Hicks…. Van Winkle family members,  you need to visit that web site if you have not already and I am sorry to say that today was my first visit….And also, let me say to the University of Arkansas students and all those folks who labored there, you did such a tremendous job on that project, thank you, thank you from all of us on Helen Van Winkle’s side of the family. What a blessing to see my wife and daughter make the stroll down that lovely pathway, back into history, seeing and feeling what her ancestors had felt and to fill our hearts and minds with the visual information you have uncovered and made known. Your work is certainly appreciated. I hope to visit again soon with others from our family…. Pete Hester

Laws…Speeding and Illegal Aliens

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-10-2009

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I try to obey most all the laws, don’t you. But one of them, like driving 35 mph when everybody knows 45 would work just as well, that is really hard for me to keep it down. For some reason, 35 mph just ain’t natural…But the other ones, Thou shall not kill, Thou shall not bear false witness, thou shall not steal, all of those, man, I really try to obey. There is one law that buffaloes me though…Illegal aliens…What am I missing? Why do they not get a green card and come over legally and be done with it? And if you bring the subject up around here every one goes ape. What’s that about?  Be a legal alien and be done with it. Is that hard to do? Maybe my new democratic friend will tell me about my faulty thinking. Maybe some of you know the answer….I’m here….I’m listening….Is it like the 35 mph speed limit I object to? I object, but I know it must be obeyed…Please draw me a picture so I can understand…Thanks

Rio Grande River Water/UpFront by John Fleck

Posted by Pete | Posted in News | Posted on 20-10-2009

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Oct 20, 2009, Albuquerque Journal, UpFront by John Fleck: John Fleck wrote a very interesting article on a study of water in Albuquerque from the Rio Grande, and from our underground source of water and the supply and demand placed on both sources. We have drained our underground source somewhat, he stated it has dropped 100 feet over the years and the refill of the aquifer comes from rainwater and the Rio Grande itself, neither of which is keeping up with the demand the City of Albuquerque places on them….So far, so good, huh? Well, we have a legal obligation to Texas that must be full filled, and if I understand what the article is saying, Albuquerque needs to build a concrete lined channel through Albuquerque to keep the water from seeping into our underground aquifer, which needs it badly, to flow on down so the Texans will not get shorted their obligated water….Wait, there is more….furthermore, it states that it is very costly to build this concrete lined channel, to keep the water running down the riverbed, though our city, from seeping into our aquifer which needs the water to refill itself, so the people in the state of Texas are assured their share of the Rio Grande River water….I guess I really am dumb, cause that is way over my head…..Water aside, nothing was said about the Texans paying for the concrete lined channel….I have many friends in Texas…Maybe they can straighten me out…Mr. Fleck, do you understand it?….