Monday, December 17, 2007

OKAY I DESERVED THAT!!!!!

OKAY, first let me preface this blog with the old adage "NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED"

This tale begins with my better half's rental property. This particular unit is currently leased to my beautiful granddaughter's mother and boyfriend at a reduced rate. (anything for that Mackenzie). Friday nite they called to inform us that while installing a new washing machine, they noticed the hot water was no longer hot.
I check it out, sure enough, the filler tube on the cold water side of the water heater had become detached and no longer circulated. So Saturday, I went and bought a new 40 gal gas water heater ( over $300.oo) and went that evening to install it. No problems.
No leaks , no Gas leaks, and hot water abounds though the system. TA DA

8 am Sunday morning , BRRRRRIIIIIINNNNNNG, The whole house was flooded, not just with water , but with SAND. 3" thick though out the bathroom, hallway , and kitchen. The rest of the house was flooded.
First of all, I had an Auction scheduled for that day at 1pm, and had to put out the call for a professional. Called a local carpet saving company and they dispatched a guy to give us a bid. $1500.00 to suck out the water and dry the carpet and pad.
NO WAIT! That is SEWAGE!!!! IT MUST BE IT IS ORIGINATING AT THE TOILET!!!!
SORRY THE CARPET MUST BE REMOVED.

Me---- Sewage , that is not sewage. The water quits flowing when I turn the water heater supply off. Okay , Okay lets just say you are right. How much to pull out the carpet and pad, then suck up the residual water.

$1500.00 SIR
Me- you mean it cost the same to remove the carpet as it does to remove the water, dry the carpet and pad, leave those silly fans up for days, and reinstall the carpet???
YES SIR --WE WILL DO IT FOR $1500. IT IS WORTH THAT , BUT WE WILL ALSO HANDLE THE INSURANCE CLAIM.
Me--see ya!!
So off to the auction I go and leave the kids(what I call Mac-z's mom &bf)
to remove their belongings. They do and after the auction, I go and pull the carpet and pad from the house and deposit in the front yard. Then shop vac the rest of the house and shovel out the dirt. Set up fans and mop the floors .
Today , called a plumber and told him the problem. Now we have 3 holes jackhammer though the floor, two holes cut in the wall for access, and a found leak that cannot be repaired. Tomorrow we start new hot water lines though the attic.
But here is the little tidbit that makes it worth a smile.
After the second hole had been jackhammered in the floor , the leak was located but was unreachable though that hole. We moved over 3 feet and went at it again. FINALLY FOUND THE CULPRIT. The plumber then cleans away from the leaking line and calls me over to inspect the damage.
The kids happen to be there to pick up some necessary items, and I called them over to see what had turned their world upside down. My friend Mac was also present to witness what happened next.
Upon instruction from the plumber , the helper turned the water on , with everyone crowded around this 3' hole in the concrete to witness the moment. Within seconds a stream of hot water shot out of a 3\4" slit in the copper line and struck me full in the face. FULL IN THE FACE
The title of this blog was my only response , after the laughter died down below a roar.
Thanks for your time
a very wet Scotte

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

LIFE IS HARD-and all lessons ain't easy

First , sorry about not posting much anymore. It gets harder and harder to find the time. If you are still coming by to read these ramblings, I truly appreciate it.

This is really just a therapeutic attempt to work through this deal. If you want to offer suggestions, prayers, or solutions please jump right in.

Fourteen months ago my granddaughter was born and my life was turned upside down. With pink bows and ribbons.

The parents of this lovely child were but children themselves and the rest was probably destined to follow.
They are not a couple at all, but they do have a custody agreement.
We , as grandparents, provide daycare in our home to our lovely granddaughter and love doing it. (Although--sometimes) She has stayed overnight with us many time since she was weeks old. My wife loves it very much. (Me too)
Here is the Poop (pun intended)
Anytime my son comes home (he is at U.T.-junior year) , it becomes an issue. This thanksgiving I think it came to a point from which there may be no return.
So now the mom may not let my wife babysit anymore. She is thinking about daycare instead, at the price of $100. plus a week. Why? Because my wife bathes her. SERIOUSLY!!! Oh , and she cries sometimes to stay with us , when her mom comes to get her. Plus , once my wife suggested a doctors visit because she felt our granddaughter wasn't feeling up to snuff.
So , We must deal with an immature mother.
How? Go back to court? Letter from our attorney? Visit with Guido in the alley??
At what point do we quit cow towing and fight?? At what cost? A relationship that even more strained ?? Less time with baby?? Animosity for years?
Is it best to just blend and fluctuate to make the path travelled smoother?
Or stop it now before we allow a monster to be created?
THE ONE TRUE THING IS OUR LOVE OF THIS CHILD!!! We will suffer in silence , or fight to the finish. We must first decide what is best for the baby.
Enough
Thanks for you time
scotte

Sunday, November 18, 2007

O P E C

IT SEEMS THAT OPEC ACCIDENTALLY LEFT THE CAMERAS PLUGGED IN DURING A CLOSED MEETING. TALKING ABOUT THE WEAKNESS OF THE DOLLAR = HIGH PRICE OF OIL!!!!
While reading about this in other blogs , I found the energy headline grabber that now sits on by blog.
We will see what transpires from this.
thanks for your time
Scotte

Monday, November 5, 2007

commenting on THE WELL

http://jessicaswell.comWell it must be my lucky day. Last night I commented on a local Blog site-- Jessica's Well-- on a thread about civil service. I commented from my own experience , not from a legal stand point.

I know the power of civil service, both the good and bad, and think it is mainly a good thing for our local public servants.

My comment was this
I will warn you of one thing---It only takes a majority vote to enact civil service. But it takes a majority of all registered voters voting to repeal to get rid of it.
After some research, it looks like the powers that be at the WELL , say I am wrong. Okay , maybe I am. With a lot of emphasis on the maybe!!!

Do me a favor ---Google "Texas Civil Service Law". This act is long and painstakingly drawn out and up to be exact in almost every instance. Why leave this one section that has a loophole?????
Because once it is voted in ------ then it is too late?????

The very first section entails enacting and repealing Civil Service.
It describes what must be done with a petition to enact
It describes what must be done with a petition to repeal

THEN IT PLAINLY STATES THAT A MAJORITY OF QUALIFIED VOTERS MAY REPEAL THIS ACT. NOT A PERCENTAGE OF QUALIFIED VOTERS A MAJORITY OF QUALIFIED VOTERS IN THE MUNICIPALITY!!!!! MY DICTIONARY DESCRIBES A MAJORITY AS AT LEAST 51%.

as always thanks for your time
scotte

Monday, October 29, 2007

HOWARD COUNTY JAIL

HOW IN THE WORLD DID IT COME TO THIS??????
Yes , I live in Big Spring , TX. Although sometimes I am ashamed to say so.
Our county leaders have chosen to shove this new jail down our throats by hook or by crook (er) pun intended. This thing has been choreographed by the sheriff and his deputies, along with the county commissioners and even the city fire Marshall.
Most of us know that we are the laughing stock of the Permian Basin, but we are attempting to fight one of the most corrupt governments in Texas.
A couple of weeks ago , the spokesman for the Texas Jail Commission was in town for a tour of our county jail. We just happened to have 2 women prisoners sitting in the floor (due to lack of jail space), even though we have been transferring female prisoners to other jails for years. (We do not have sufficient space for both male and female )
Yet the day of the inspection Sheriff Walker sent his deputies to Ft. Stockton to pick up one of these females at or around 4 am. After the inspection , she was returned to her previous cell in another county.
We had a murder trial for the killer of a local sports hero in August. A TDC prisoner was brought here to testify in the trial. August 22 , the jury found suspect guilty, and the district judge wrote a letter to the sheriff that the TDC prisoner could be returned to his paid for bed in TDC. This prisoner was returned to TDC on October 18, 2007 , one day after the inspection.
These are just a few of the incidents we are privy to, I have to wonder what else these guys have been up to.
It is rumored that at least one of these county commissioners is double dipping, drawing both his paycheck ($36,090 per Annam+$12,000 car allowance) and his county retirement (which any county commissioner is eligible for after 2 - 4 year terms). While ole Bob Bullock ruled in his great wisdom that this is legal for state employees ( ya know - like hiring retirees as consultants without benefits), I believe it is highly unethical for an elected official to be able to do this by refusing to accept 1 paycheck, while qualifying for his retirement. At least it should have been made public when he did it--- 12 years ago..
yep I said it 12 years ago
MAYBE WE SHOULD BE THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE PERMIAN BASIN------------------------------------SOUNDS LIKE WE DESERVE IT!!!!
thanks for your time
scotte

Thursday, October 25, 2007

CAN WE PUT WINGS ON THOSE CLAY PIGEONS????

THIS LAST WEEKEND I PARTICIPATED IN MY FIRST SPORTING CLAY EVENT. I REALLY SUCKED AT IT. SHOT A 22 OUT OF 100. MAN , I HOPE NO ONE TELLS JANIE. I BET SHE HAS NEVER SHOT A 22 SCORE.
I do have a couple of excuses (broke my gun the day before and borrowed my son's cut down over and under) but I won't bore you with the details.
So while my old Ithica is being repaired , I am in the market for a new sporting clay shotgun w\removeable chokes.
If you happen to have an extra, or if you have some shooting tips for me please comment on this post . I will contact you.

In the meantime , please don't tell Janie at sounding forth.
I used to outshoot her at bird hunting, but that was long ago and holds no water with the people where we shoot.

thanks for your time
scott e

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Its over and I am tired!!!!!

Okay , its over (Lea Whitehead auction) and yepper I'm worn out.
I think I will take tomorrow off and just sleep. No , I won't , but it feels good to think that I will.

My family and crew did a bang up job, and we got it done. Ran a little over $30,000. Woohoo!!! I wish all my auctions had the items that this auction consisted of. All of the important pieces did well , and a few people got some bargains.

I guess its all in how you look at it. We only get a certain percentage, and its lower when all the items are magnificent, like today. But is it worth it?

Last nite about 1 am , I finished setting up the auction and stopped by the Mac-sters to unwind a little. Within 3 minutes of getting to his house- I had a spasm on the left side of my head. Then my left arm started twitching and my whole left side went numb. My arm and face are still tingling today. Is it too much ?? I guess so.

So I am thinking of getting out- always before when I would overwork myself, the next auction would change my mind. You see about 2 years ago , I decided the reason I couldn't make any money at auctions was the size of my facility. So I went and leased a 36,ooo sq ft building. Remodeled it , spent a bunch of money, and opened it up. While my auctions doubled in attendance from my old spot, the money still is not enough to be profitable. So today marks the beginning of the end for me.

I will be holding probably 3 more auctions- just to clean out the building, and my storages. Then I will be looking for someone who needs a big assed building for some reason or another. Do you know someone who wants to open a grocery store, dance hall, casino or just needs a lot of storage??????

I will still fulfill all of my contracts with government entities, and try to hold an equipment or rolling stock auction every month or so. But as far as I'm concerned this deal is done. My health is more important than my pride, and pride is the only reason I have stayed after it this long.

My oilfield sales job is a lot more fun, less stressful, and more profitable.
False pride loses out to common sense after all.

thanks for your time,
Scott e

Saturday, September 22, 2007

LEA WHITEHEAD AUCTION

SEPTEMBER 30, 2007 1PM 501 BIRDWELL LANE BIG SPRING TX
EXIT 179 ON I20

THIS IS AN AUCTION THAT FEATURES CLAW & BALL FURNITURE ,CLAWFOOT FURNITURE, SHAVING STAND W\MARBLE TOP, MASSIVE BEVELED MIRRORS, CROCHET DOILEYS, OLD SIGNS, OLD PRINTS W\ FRAMES, OCC. JAPAN CHINA, LOTS OF LOTS MORE.

THIS AUCTION IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND YOU STAND A GOOD CHANCE OF BUYING AN ANTIQUE AT A BARGAIN PRICE. THESE ARE REAL ANTIQUES , NOT REPROS, AND THIS AUCTION SHOULD BE WELL ATTENDED.

YOU PROBABLY HAVE SOMETHING TO DO NEXT SUNDAY, BUT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN ENTERTAINING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, THEN COME AND BID.
COST NOTHING UNLESS YOU ARE HIGH BIDDER!!!
NO BUYERS FEES---AT SPRING CITY AUCTION- WHAT YOU BID IS WHAT YOU PAY (plus sales tax)

YOU CAN VIEW THIS AUCTION AND OTHERS BEING HELD BY SPRING CITY AUCTION @ www.igottaauction.com

AS ALWAYS ,
THANKS FOR YOUR TIME
SCOTT E

Thursday, September 20, 2007

wow has it been that long?

Really, I thought I was more current than this!!!
Okay now I will try to catch you up while I play holdem online.
I went to pokerhelp today and saw scott's blog, woohoo neat blog , go see.

I've been working hard , stuck in the office last week. Making up for lost time this week. Man this sales thing is a neverending job, and I love it.
But sometimes I wish I could just go fishing, or play cards for a living.

maybe someday.....................................and maybe not!!!!!
thanks for your time
scott

Sunday, September 9, 2007

answers to some questions?

jonboy has asked me to answer a few rand0m questions so here goes......

1. In your informed (oilfield worker) opinion are we paying too much at the pump for fuel?
For twenty plus years oil has been relatively cheap here in Texas. During those lean years the industry has suffered and just barely (some didn't) survived. Now that it is a true supply and demand market (middle east is now going on artificial lift) I don't think we will ever see 30$ bbl oil again.
Although I do believe there should be more parity from town to town. In Big Sprung, we pay almost .20 cents a gallon more than Midland. And their fuel is trucked from our refinery.

2.ARE WE IN DANGER OF USING UP ALL OF OUR NATURAL RESOURCES AND SHOULD WE PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON ALTERNATIVE FUELS??
Yes to both questions. Hydrogen vehicles may save our bacon. But personally I am more worried about fresh water than oil. I believe America should concentrate on Desalinization of ocean water as relief on our ecosystem. Have you priced drinking water by the gallon? Add up what those little bottles cost!

3HAVE YOU EVER RUN ACROSS DEWAINE WHITE (KEY ENERGY SALES)??
No but he is a good friend of my sister, Janie, from soundingforth.

4. WHAT IS YOUR RELIGIOUS BACKGROUND AND YOUR STANCE ON ORGANIZED RELIGION?
I was raised Episcopalian, but have since gone shopping for the perfect faith. I am close to my maker and talk to him on a daily basis (prayer).
Our lord has been good to me and mine , but alas I do not attend or tithe to any organized church. I think that while my family may not benefit from my inability to be the Spiritual leader (by picking a church), they do benefit from my ability to hit my knees and ask Jesus for guidance.

5. Who is going to win this years Super Bowl and Why??
Sorry but I don't watch football either.........Who's Playing in it???
Thanks for the questions jonboy
Thanks for your time
Scott E

answers to some questions?

OMG they consider them dress clothes

Today , I asked Kasey (one of my young employees) if he could handle helping the carpenter move some showcases tomorrow. He asked me if he should wear work clothes?? Naw, not to move some humidors on wheels- I replied. Then it hit me!!
This kid is 22 years old and wears clothes that i would not wear to a drilling rig( sorry i'm an old roughneck) . They are torn at the knee and thigh, purposely faded in almost a tie dye fashion. His "dress" shirt usually is a rock band t-shirt. SHOULD HE WEAR WORK CLOTHES????? I THOUGHT THEY WERE????

Oh well my dad thought I dressed like a bum when I was a kid- I guess I should be more open minded. But I really thought I was???
thanks for your time
Scott E

Thursday, August 30, 2007

SHE WALKS

Here is the video of MacZ taking her first steps. Am I proud or what?
video

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

YUM

Today I went to SweetWater Tx for a design meeting with a client. Then we went to lunch----Where Scott? you ask!

ALLAN's

You know the family style place that has been a great place to eat for many years. The only problem with ALLAN's is that a boy like me doesn't know when to quit. OHHHHH the chicken!!!!
OHHHH that sweet squash
OOOOOOOOH the peach cobbler
oooooooooowwwwww my gut!

Seriously if you had forgotten about this treasure of the west, then do yourself a favor . Go to Sweetwater Tx. Find Allan's on old 80. Go in
Sit down. Pig out! its great

Oh if you do eat like a pig , remember this is family style dining. That means you sit at a large table and the next guests join you. Pass the taters please!!!! You will meet and break bread with some real down home folks. Always reminds me of MaMaw's in Sulphur Springs.
Thanks for your time
Happy Eating
Scott

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

That was Fun.

Well , We did it. Made it thru the shoot, only my ears and my face (sunburn) , worse for the wear. I am still kind of overwhelmed and amazed by the turnout. I never would have believed , but it happened!

There were shooters from almost every company in the patch. Janie intro'd me to so many people that it made me dizzy. As someone said that day " Fella - Your sister is a celebrity!!!" So thanks Janie for all that goodwill. I will gladly be in your entourage????

United Way has a real friend in both XTO and Halliburton, and if you know anyone with these companies- then please tell them THANK YOU for sponsoring such an awesome event!

Oh and by the way , if you ever wondered if any of the drawings for guns and prizes are rigged???? I did not win anything!!!!!!!
Everyone else did !! or at least it seemed so anyway
Thanks and I hope I will meet YOU at the next event!!!!!
Thanks for your time
Scott E

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Are YOU Ready????

This Friday , August 24th, at 8 30 am. The XTO-Halliburton "Bustin Clays for United Way" sporting clay event will be held at Wind Walker Gun Club in Stanton Tx. It's gonna be a blast! Literally!

Fiberod will be there in Force, as we are sponsoring a station. Now I'm not a shooter but we will have a team. I will be manning the station, along with a co-worker. This will be a first for me, so we set up a dry run for tomorrow morning at 9 am. (if someone messes up - we hope it won't be us)
So ya'll load up the o\u, grab a case of shells, and come on out!!(Better call to register first, its limited to the first 320 shooters) There will be lots of Good Ole Boys & Gals attending and we will have water, and cold towels (you can thank Janie for those, I'd have never thought of it), and snacks.
They are giving away Cabella gift cards ($500), and lots of shotguns.

COME ON- You can put that report off till Sunday nite at 1 am. Really its for a Great cause, and you deserve a break and some fun. Hope you can make it.
Thanks for your time,
Scott E

DONE Deal

Okay its done. It was born today at 5 45 pm. Its a bouncing white chevy 3500 4wd Silverado Z71 ltz. Sorry but its white. It is my style , too. Long bed, 4 door, duramax. Cool!!!
thanks for all yall's imput!
scott e

Thursday, August 16, 2007

AHHHH Back Where I Belong!!!!!

FINALLY----Okay lesson learned. If you don't want the job then do not make it look easy. Due to the fact that I am computer literate ( at least I am where I work), it was fairly easy for me to learn a software program. This was impressive to at least one person, because he decided I would excel in his department.

I had no idea that by learning RODSTAR and SROD software predictive rod design , that I would be stuck in an office all day. Waiting ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................
...........................There it is --- a request for a rod string design.

Now after 8 1\2 months--I am finally in the sales department at Fiberod. Not that the months were not worthwhile, because I learned things that I would never have learned elsewhere. My supervisor has a wealth of oil field knowledge, and it takes about 30 seconds to realize that he has been there --done that!!

But like my sister before me---I was born to sell!!! I am a licensed auctioneer in Texas and have 2 or 3 auctions a month. This is a occupation that I love , but is so labor intensive that it has aged me , quickly.

So in December , after many confabs, I relented to a friend of mine and went back to work in the patch. "We have got a place for you, Scott" He said. I never figured it would be in an office. I thought that he would hand me a few brochures , give me some business cards and send me to my 4 wheel office . Not my boss, This company does not rush into anything , much less sending a rep out without the proper knowledge. So 8 months later Here I am.

Now I am not putting down anyone who works in an office, heck I still have one, but my personality and boredom do not mix. (I wish I would have figured that out earlier in life) I tend to get into trouble when I am bored. (or start a new business)

Yes , I have been in business for myself since leaving the oilfield in 1986 and joining the Big Spring Fire Dept. I have mowed yards, roofed houses, sold RO units, set pool tables, vended gum, vended dreams(8 liners), sold used furniture, new furniture, sold real estate, sold cars, opened a discount tobacco store, and bought a friends auction from his family after his untimely death. But I am still married to the same woman.

So as of Monday, August 13th, I am a salesman for Fiberod. We make the finest sucker rod on the market today. (blatant plug). I have about a week to acclimate myself to the new world of the oilfield. So where do I go??

JANIE- my sister
You didn't think I was stupid did you?
She gave me enough info to keep me busy for a month, but
I don't have a month. So like Janie --(Good Example)- I have been getting up with the chickens. Calling on leads.

I have learned that with the mention of her name- smiles follow.

I always knew she was amazing, but I did not realize how many other of you knew it, too. Please don't hold me to her standard, because at my age I am out of shape.

But give me time--sister---and I will hunt with the big dogs too. I am not talking about Zack the Wonder Dog!!!

Janie , thanks again, I know you will read this, and even if you are the only one who does, it feels good to praise you.

You are an awesome person and I don't throw that word around. (usually reserved for miracles, Jesus, and MacZ)
Maam, I am glad you are my sister. I , too , cherish the time we get to spend together. Hope we get to do it a lot more in the future.

So look out Permian Basin--Heck look out Gulf States region---Now there are two.

thanks for your time
Scott E

Sunday, August 12, 2007

NEW PICKUP

Well its that time again. The suckerod company I work for has given the go-ahead for a new truck. Only this time I get to pick it out, Make, Model, and Manufacture. Now you need to know that I'm driving an 07 Chevy 4x4, with duramax short bed. 25000 miles and a great tech service hand gets it.
I have yet to decide which pickup to buy!!! I've always been a GM guy, (probably a throwback to Pops selling them all our life), but Fiberod is primarily a Ford buyer. In 1998 I bought my first Dodge and that truck is still running. It is a ugly sucker but if you tied it to my new Chevy, I would drag it backwards with that old Cummings.
So I am torn, Ford---Chevy---Dodge--Toyota???????
Well Toyota doesn't make a Diesel--so that's out.

I must admit that the new Fords are bad boys, I really like all the dang cubby holes they give you. Of course I'm a gatherer.

I'm leaning towards a Dodge , mainly because it would turn heads at work.
No one there drives one- and usually all our trucks are bought locally and we don't have a Dodge dealership anymore. Thanks Otto Meyers!!!

Chevy's new body style is slick but the best looking truck is the dually. Finally the fenders (back) aren't just added to a regular truck. I'm in a short bed now and its a rough rider but its a classic 07 not the new body style. I'll buy a long bed if I do choose a Chevy, 4 door , 4 wheel drive, and White of course. Russ (boss) says I like white because it matches my personality. All of his personal vehicles are black if that tells you anything, I never have been able to figure out what he means???

Anyway I could use some input Any opinions?? What do you drive??
Like it?? Don't???

Oh and by the way ---- Don't you miss the old new car unveilings that we used to have every Sept.???? Donuts, Hot Dogs, High Pressure Pitches.
Balloons, Man those were a BLAST!!! But new cars now can come out the year before with next years date on the title. Oh Well , nobody listens to me anyway , Ive been telling the railroad for years now that a train with no caboose is depressing to wait for at a crossing. You still don't see any do you???

As always thanks for your time,
See you in the Patch
Scott E

Thursday, August 9, 2007

avis lube???

My #1s came home from summer school at U.T. earlier this month, and decided he would get his oil changed. Now never has he taken it upon himself to do P.M. on the 99 Honda he drives. So how could I gripe about him taking the responsibility?

When he comes home , he tells his mom that they charged him $79.00 to change his power steering fluid. What he did not know was that I had done that 1 month before, you know , before he got responsible.

So on Monday after he had returned to Austin, I took the bill and went to the local oil change store, Jiffy Lube. I had been doing business there for years and knew the manager, Freddy. I showed him the bill and explained that my son had been scammed by his establishment. He said there was nothing he could do. Now I do understand the concept of leverage and proceeded to explain to him that I would not accept his answer.

MY #1S HAD BEEN RIPPED OFF AND I WASN'T GOING TO STAND FOR IT!!!!
My tirade went on for about 5 minutes with me threatening to call the BBB, use my huge billboard sign to tell the whole town what a ripoff joint that his place was.

Now Freddy calmly listened to every word and I thought I had him thinking "maybe I had better not mess with this guy"!!

This is when Freddy took the receipt from my hand, gently unfolded it and said "Scott -- this is Jiffy Lube----but the work was done at Avis Lube.

OOPS retract those statements, grin sheepishly, and excuse myself before the laughing started. Ya know it still cost him my business because I am now too embarrassed to return.

A quick stop at AVIS LUBE got my son a refund--with absolutely no incidents.
Lesson learned and I will return someday to have a laugh and probably my power steering fluid changed.

Thanks for your time
Scott E

Saturday, August 4, 2007

TEXAS TWELVE

Okay Janie has tagged me in this little mind boggle

Name 6 spots you have visited in Texas and would rather be than in front of your computer.
Then name 6 spots in Texas you have never been but would rather be than where you are now.

Here are mine.

Been there , Done that , Wish I was there now.

1. Studers Arlington on Division playing pool with my brother Tony
2. Barton Springs swimming with the 3 boys
3. East Big Spring at home playing with my granddaughter
4. Port Royal resort Mustang Island
5. Iron Horse CC FT. Worth Playing golf with good friends
6. Sulphur Springs for anything other than a funeral


Now for the 6 places I want to visit
1. University of Texas graduation ceremony for BB1 (next year)
2 Wind Walker Shooting Club - watching Janie kick butt
3 6666 ranch in north Texas (supposedly won in a game of 5 card stud)
4 Inside one of those mammoth Wind turbines on South Mountain, Howard county
5. The Super Bowl If its ever played in Dallas or Houston
6. Barton Creek Resort golfing weekend

Sorry, but I have been all over Texas and I really had to stretch it to get 6 places that I have not been. I would tag someone to play this but I don't know 6 of you in the blogging community yet.

As always thanks for takin the time,
CYA, Scott

30 years of time erased in 1 weekend

Wow , we just did my 30 year reunion!!! Class of 77 Big Spring High School. I cant believe all the people that showed up, and how good they looked!! We had over 300 graduate in 77 (pre Webb closing) and about 80 or 90 showed up. Unbelievable, It was like we all had never left.

We met at a local restaurant Fri nite. Now here is where an old annual would come in handy! But within minutes old friendships were rekindled, and memories were in the air. Stories (both funny and scary)
were told on everyone by everyone. Better Halfs were introduced and the party was on. They rocked the bar until closing time (I heard) and everyone looked pretty haggard the next morning at the

Golf Tournament--BSCC 8 am (ya'll can thank Tom Churchwell for that)
This was the most fun I have ever had at a Golf Tourny, No prizes, No Mulligans, Just a bunch of 48 year olds having a great time duffing and laughing at each other. Of course we cheated , but we announced that we would from the beginning. My team was George Robertson, Jeff Kushaney, and Robert Creelman. We shot a par 71 but turned in a score of 7 under!!! Still didn't win ===last group had an eraser. We finished at 12ish for
Lunch - hamburgers and burnt beans. Here we recieved the name tag that showed your name with your senior picture. This would have been handy at 8 am because noone looked as good as the night before and it was hard to locate your teammates. Everyone had a great time and we went home to ready ourselves for Saturday nite.
7pm BSCC for Disco and Buffet. Here is where Jill (odom) Spannus and Susan (Smith) Smith really went to work. Jill was dragging everyone to the dance floor -whether they wanted to or not. Susan was the MC and awarded all the normal prizes, then broke out the karoke machine. We listened to Kyle and the Wheelettes sing a Barry White ballad and then Robert Creelman (had a #1 hit in germany???) sing country. They were all actually good, really good.
Lisa and I had a great time and shame on you that did not show up, but I hope to see you all next time. 10 years older but still rocking.

thanks

Scott class of 77 (most likely to go to jail)

Thursday, August 2, 2007

GLOBAL WARMING

I promise that usually I am way too busy to post on a daily basis, but with the rains in West Texas .........

GLOBAL WARMING
Is this it??? Is this what we can expect from now on?? Will we ever have another dry week???
While I cant' answer these questions any better than you can, I still love to ponder the idea!!!!

From years of living in West Texas I have learned to take what comes , and adjust accordingly.
But this is so extraordinary that it does need to be written down, I mean did you ever believe that there could be a July with only 2 days breaking the 100 degree mark ?????? I have to wonder if we have missed the superhot 113 degree dry months this year. Or did we just prolong them until Oct.? Will we have a winter this year? Did El Nino abandon us or has she set up residence some where else? Can the sand still blow when we have had this much rainfall? And if so --- how??

There are too many questions, too many possibilities, variables, and factors to consider but I do appreciate
the benifits. If the farmers can do good in the same year as the oil industry, then the economy spreads through our little community like red wine thru an espiscopal church on communion sunday. Every one prospers and we all tend to forget that we ever see another poor day!!!!

All is green (even the hardscrable South Mountain) and gardens are overflowing with maters, peppers, and
UT cucumbers (bright orange-- and we don't know why). BB3 is my garden keeper and he does a wonderful job with harvest but he is still hoping for some decent canalope and melons. Maybe this 2" rain we got today will help him in his quest.

The streets are clean from the runoff and the air is charged with that nitrogen smell that I love. The local yard guys are having a record year , and a roofing buddy said people had found leaks they never knew they had. So his business is up too, and you know he is praying for a Hail storm. By the way did you know your deductable for hail was raised to 1% of your full policy value!!!!!

Well the phone is ringing , maybe some producer has made it back to his office out of that mudhole. GOTTA HAWK THAT FIBERGLASS.
CYA SCOTT

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Rent Houses AAAARRRGGGGG

Now I have decided that there are few things that I despise more than owning rental property. From the advertising, to the full remodel after every renter, there is truly no aspect that is enjoyable to me.
I think that I have seen everything and then another surprise!
This actually happened a couple of years ago but I have yet to top it.

BW and I had redone one of the 3 rental properties , she inherited from her family. We signed a lease with an a one year with an adorable family of 3. They were great looking, kid was clean, nice car, good credit, THANK
YOU JESUS, the perfect tenants for this great house.

Two, yep two weeks, not 2 years, not 2 months , 2 weeks later they called to let us know that due to a family problem they would me moving out that very day. The young man was very nice and explained that his parents were sick and he would like his deposit back. He understood that he would forfeit the rest of the months rent. He just wanted to back out of the deal, if that was acceptable.

We have been bitten before so I agreed to come and inspect the house. I told him if it looked good that we MIGHT give him back the deposit. (of course --he did not know he was requesting something that was above my authoritive level) So over I go!!!!!

The ceiling in the Living room, Kitchen, Hall, and all 3 bedrooms had the Davinci makeover. Crayon masterpieces drawn by their 3 year old!!!! I know , I know , You are thinking that there is no was a 3 year old child could reach the ceiling to draw on it!!!! That is exactly what I thought,too.

Now most readers of this don't know me personally , so lets just say that my temperment has been described as explosive by some. So after some time ( 2501 is about where I got to) I asked the young man how did the child come to be able to reach 1100 sq ft of ceiling since she was vertically challenged. He explained that he and his wife took turns holding her up so that she could do her artwork. Then he explained that after the living room , they had just used the wooden step ladder that my crew had left in the carport.

He further explained that the family had not been able to afford cable tv yet, so this was the only form of entertainment for the child. Said that he would pay for the paint, and that it shouldn't take more than one coat, because they had only allowed her to use pastel crayons.

After 3 x kilz and 6 x paint we blew popcorn acoustic on the ceilings. I hope we never have to scrape it off.

Outcome NO RETURN OF DEPOSIT
IMMEDIATE REMOVAL OF PARENTS , CHILD, CRAYONS
$1150.00 OUT OF MY POCKET
LASTING RESULT I TRULY DESPISE RENTAL PROPERTY

See ya next time
scott

p.s. Anyone need to rent a nice house?

Saturday, July 28, 2007

OKAY BIG SIS MAKES THIS LOOK FUN

Sorry blog readers , but I have been dragged into the 20th century. Yes I know we are living in the 21st century but I have at least been pulled into the 20th. My darling sister has made this look so easy and fun , that out of envy, I must begin to participate.

I have neither the writing ability or the spelling skills that she does, but I feel (as I guess we all do) that I may be able to at least entertain you. I am a salesman\tech for a west texas suckerrod manufacturer, and enjoy getting out if the field on a regular basis. I am married and have 3 wonderful sons, and 1 beautiful granddaughter. You may have seen postings on BBS's blog Sounding Forth. Rest assured that you will see many pictures and postings of them here.

I hope that you will find these postings entertaining and informative, but if not then keep clicking back , I will learn as I go.

Thanks Scotte