Just Walt's Mental Meanderings

Walter Blevins

Walter Blevins
Vista, California, USA
August 22
I'm a 60 year old guy who lives in Vista California with my wife. I spent the 30 years before moving to Cali in Iowa, Wisconsin and North Dakota. And I have 2 grown children, a son and a daughter who live in Virginia and Iowa and a 22 year old step-daughter lives with us here in Vista. I'm a proud grandpa with 2 grandaughters living in Virginia. I like to write about a whole variety of things from my kids to cooking to politics to the car industry to my status as a "Cheap Bastid" and "Old Fart" and just random thoughts. And I really love writing about cooking really good, homecooked comfort food cheap. That's why they call me the Cheap Bastid. By the way--all the stuff I write is my stuff and you can't use it without my official OkeyDokey

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FEBRUARY 28, 2013 1:52PM

Prepositions in the Age of Sequestration

When I was a graduate student in the early 1970's I decided to use "linguistic analysis" as my research methodology. My thinking was that this is what would let me more fully understand the meaning of philosophical concepts and constitutional issues.

After all these years my mind still picksRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 19, 2012 11:26AM

Randy Newman's "I'm Dreaming of a White President"

This has got to be the ultimate satire from a master of musical satire--Randy Newman.

 He has just released a song and video "I'm Dreaming of a White President".  What do you think?  Is this over the top?  Did he go too far?  Or is he tweaking the buttons and making… Read full post »

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JULY 18, 2012 10:13AM

Olympic Uniforms to Go Retro—Way Retro

OK, get the tune going in your head—you know that Olympic theme song that NBC uses at the beginning and end of every broadcast?  Right—you’ve got it going in your head.  But here, I’ll give you a little help with this:

Getting in the Olympic mood yet? … Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 21, 2011 9:36PM

Freshman Orientation--4 Dead in Ohio

(note: this is a repost for the Freshman Orientation Open Call originally written May 4, 1970, the 40th Anniversary of Kent State) 

May 4, 1970.  A spring day for a Freshman in college at the University of North Dakota.  I was 18 and enjoying being in college.  Then...the rep… Read full post »

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APRIL 5, 2011 9:13AM

Foodie Tuesday: Cheap Bastid Finds Affordable Fish!

Way back in the long, long ago one of my favorite things was to go out for Friday night fish-fry.  It was always 3 or 4 couples and we’d go to a place called Scharner’s On the Shore just north of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.


At this part restaurant/part-tavern we would enjoy… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 1, 2010 3:22PM

California Dreamin'--What a Freakin' Nightmare

Not that anyone else on the North American continent cares but that bastion of culture in which I live, California, continues to remind me more of a break-away former Soviet Republic or what used to be called a Banana Republic in Central America than the “Bear Republic” which joined the u… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 3:23PM

Just Cuz I Sell Cars for a Living Doesn't Make Me an Asshole


Well, I’ve been toiling away now for 10 months selling cars.  I’ve had a few good months and I’ve had a few crappy months.  I’ve met some real nice folks and I’ve met some jerks.


The dealership where I work is in an upscale community in San Diego… Read full post »

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JUNE 14, 2010 2:57PM

You Gotta Love Those Bush Women


I just saw this piece on Yahoo News Blog and thought I’d do a quick post on it it.  It seems like a couple of the “Bush Women” are a lot more liberal (or maybe I should say enlightened) than father/husband George W.


Twenty-eight year old Barbara (twi… Read full post »

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MAY 29, 2010 6:39PM

Cheap Bastid Saturday Repost--Slaw & Sliders

(Cheap Bastid note: I told myself not to enter any more of OS's lame weekly recipe "contests" because the editor seems to be more concerned with cutsie & "foo-foo" than with good old basic, Cheap Bastid type food.  But I saw a call for Saturday Reposts and thought thRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 23, 2010 9:17AM

Cheap Bastid's Chicken Fried Steak and Pan Gravy

I had the weekend off and it was time to cook some Comfort Food.  Friday night I whipped up some Guinea Grinders; Saturday night I did Chicken Fried Steak and Pan Gravy and yesterday I made a big slow cooker full of Chicken and Dumpling Soup. 


All 3 of… Read full post »

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JANUARY 4, 2010 11:51AM

Why "Men of a Certain Age" Watch "Men of a Certain Age"

TNT’s new “guy show” “Men of a Certain Age” has quickly become one of my favorites.  I think that it’s mainly because I’m a “man of a certain age”.  No one’s really ever tried to focus on “us” before.  You know, gu/… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2009 10:49AM

Small Town Vasectomy, Where Everybody Knows Your Pain

Shortly after my daughter Susan was born, I decided that with 2 kids in 2 years it was time for me to get “fixed”.  I figured, magnanimously, that seeing as how my wife was the one who had given birth, and it was my “equipment” that caused it, that maybe I/… Read full post »


Note: While reading this, you may want to be singing or humming the old gospel tune "Give me that old time religion. Give me that old time religion. Give me that old time religion, it's good enough for me." 


New Bethel Church in Louisville, Ky is welcoming “responsible h… Read full post »

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JUNE 17, 2009 12:59AM

Obama to Extend Benefits to Gay Federal Employee's Partners

 Tuesday, late afternoon from Associated Press & Yahoo News:

 WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama plans to extend health care and other benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of federal employees. White House officials say Obama plans to announce decision on Wednesday in the Ov

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Dee dee dit dee dee dit dee dee dee...Breaking news today from the Associated Press:

 "Washington--The Senate votes Thursday on legislation that for the first time would give the government control over the production and marketing of tobacco products, a long-sought goal that supporters say coulRead full post »

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JUNE 8, 2009 11:22AM

Laura Bush "Pleased" about Sotomayor Nomination

This just published on Yahoo News:

WASHINGTON – Former first lady Laura Bush says she's pleased that President Barack Obama nominated a woman for the Supreme Court.

"I think she sounds like a very interesting and good nominee," Bush said of Sonia Sotomayor, the federal appeals judge Obama pickeRead full post »

Note: This is the first in a short series I decided to write about being a Dad. I know, the OS Book Club has decided to hold off until next week on its Fathers Day writing contest, but I decided a couple of weeks ago that I wanted to do thisRead full post »

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JUNE 1, 2009 1:31PM

GM & Chrysler in Ch 11--What's Going to Happen Now?

I’ve been trying to put some things about the automotive industry into some sort of mental perspective lately and quite frankly it’s a challenge.


Now, both GM and Chrysler are in Chapter 11.  Bear in mind that this level of bankruptcy is not necessarily a bad thing.  Think/… Read full post »

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MAY 26, 2009 2:59PM

Excerpts from Cali Prop 8 Court Ruling (Strauss v Horton)

It’s interesting that there is so much flying around the media, online and right here in OS about the just issued ruling on California Proposition 8 Case.  The decision in Strauss v. Horton (the Prop 8 Case) was 136 pages long with 40 pages of concurring opinions and 1 dissenting opinion./… Read full post »

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MAY 8, 2009 2:00PM

1000 Hours Labor Will Pay Univ of California Tuition

The San Diego Union Tribune reports today that the University of California Regents approved a 9.3% tuition increase for next Fall’s school year.  That 9.3% represents a tuition bill of $8,720 for the year. 


I wonder what that does to the dream of a college education for high s… Read full post »

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APRIL 30, 2009 6:49PM

This Just In--Miss USA Runner-Up May Be Honored by School

This news item appeared in my hometown newspaper yesterday, The North County Times.  It seems as though a member of the local school board (Vista Unified School District) where I live and from which the Miss USA 1st runner-up graduated wants to honor her as a role model.

 To quote Dave… Read full post »

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APRIL 24, 2009 11:35AM

Marginalized by Consumer Surveys

I signed up for 3 different survey groups online. These are organizations which conduct consumer and other research and contact you by e-mail when they have a survey for you. They can be on a variety of topics from what movies you watch, to what brands of cereal you buy to… Read full post »