Just Walt's Mental Meanderings
- 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
MY RECENT POSTS
- Prepositions in the Age of
February 28, 2013 01:52PM
- A Little Rainy Day
October 11, 2012 02:05PM
- So Maybe I Shouldn't Even
Bother to Vote
October 06, 2012 09:13PM
- Randy Newman's "I'm Dreaming
of a White President"
September 19, 2012 11:25AM
- Errors, Errors, Booted
Grounders, Epic Fail, Errors,
September 05, 2012 01:11PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “Thanks David, I needed
that. I miss the "good old
May 09, 2013 06:18PM
- “But what am I going to
do with the lifetime supply of
Spring I bought at
April 22, 2013 02:29PM
- “A stupid thought that
has been going through my head
quite a while now is
March 01, 2013 12:23PM
- “Thanks, Don
February 28, 2013 03:49PM
- “David, I agree with you
100% on this & in fact
rare (for me)
February 04, 2013 08:53PM
Walter Blevins's Links
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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 picks… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
(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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
(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 th… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Tuesday, late afternoon from Associated Press & Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON – Ov… plans to extend health care and other benefits to the gay and lesbian partners of federal employees. say Obama plans to announce decision on Wednesday in the Read full post »
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 coul… Read full post »
This just published on Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON – Formersays she's pleased that President nominated a woman for the .
"I think she sounds like a very interesting and good nominee," Bush said of Read full post », the federal appeals judge Obama picke…
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 this… Read full post »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »