Saturday, July 25, 2015

Something different: two poems about knights

Title:     The Knight And The Lady
Author: William Makepeace Thackeray [More Titles by Thackeray]

There's in the Vest a city pleasant
To vich King Bladud gev his name,
And in that city there's a Crescent
Vere dwelt a noble knight of fame.

Although that galliant knight is oldish,
Although Sir John as gray, gray air,
Hage has not made his busum coldish,
His Art still beats tewodds the Fair!

'Twas two years sins, this knight so splendid,
Peraps fateagued with Bath's routines,
To Paris towne his phootsteps bended
In sutch of gayer folks and seans.

His and was free, his means was easy,
A nobler, finer gent than he
Ne'er drove about the Shons-Eleesy,
Or paced the Roo de Rivolee.

A brougham and pair Sir John prowided,
In which abroad he loved to ride;
But ar! he most of all enjyed it,
When some one helse was sittin' inside!

That "some one helse" a lovely dame was
Dear ladies you will heasy tell--
Countess Grabrowski her sweet name was,

Friday, July 24, 2015

Runes and Car Shopping

I've had my current vehicle, a Pontiac Sunfire, for 14 years. It's been a good car - mechanically very reliable but it definitely shows the mileage. It's time to replace it.

I like to think I'm a smart shopper. I've checked out professional or personal ratings. I have read reviews and collision reports. I've gone to more websites than I can count as I checkout different cars. The final step is going to lots and looking at vehicles. DO I fit in the car? How does it drive (so many test drives).

With all of my efforts, I do have one question for auto makers:

Why did you STOP putting the make and model of vehicles ON the cars?

Have you ever tried to identify a vehicle lately? Instead of the manufacturer make name, companies are putting symbols instead. The same goes for the models. I feel like I need a reference sheet when I try to figure out what a car is anymore. Half of the symbols resemble rune stones. Do I get my fortune told with a car purchase?

And while I'm on the subject, what's wring with actually coming up with a model name instead of a mix of letters & numbers?

It's not rocket science folks. There was a time when a Ford looked way different than a Chevy or a Chrysler. Now it's difficult to tell a Honda from a Ford. Sedans have minute differences. Let's start making cars unique instead of copying the other guy.

One more thing: what's up with color limitations? Black, white, grey, silver, or red...with the occasional gold or blue.

What's wrong with alternate colors such as orange, yellow, green, or teal? Maybe that's why I have held on to my car for so long. Teal colored vehicles stand out in a parking lot of blandness.

Until next time,

Stay safe out there!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Update on books

I wasn't happy with the end result of On the Trail to Yesterday's Rose or In the King's Shadow. There were sections that needed re-writing and clarifications made. I have revised and edited both books. Soon, each of the two books will be available I both print and e-book editions.

My book about the history of Public Safety Dispatching is done and I'm in process of looking for a publisher.

Here is an excerpt from the dispatcher book:

On April 7th, 1921, Detroit Police Commissioner William Rutledge endorsed a little technological experimentation within the ranks of his department. He authorized one-way radio service with radios installed in the police vehicles. Commissioner Rutledge hired his nephew, Bernard ‘Barney’ Fitzgerald, to be the Department’s first dispatcher. The transmitter was housed in the 9th Precinct, on the second floor in December 1922. Detroit Police Department dispatch was closed on Sundays; twenty-four hour service started in 1929. The radios worked, but as with many of the early broadcast & receive only mobile units, the system was inconsistent. To make certain the equipment functioned, the time and call sign was given every fifteen minutes.  After each incident was complete, police officers had to call in to dispatch to clear the calls (they ‘phoned home’ long before ET made his theatrical debut).

Chicago Police came on board with radios in 1929. The initial radio traffic was done via a broadcast station status, not as a public safety licensee. Field units could get a jump on a crime within a reasonable amount of time with dispatchers putting out information over the airwaves. Convinced the electronic gadget was worth the expense, the agency installed a radio system on the 9th of August,1930, in the main Police Headquarters where the primary switchboard was maintained.

Stay safe out there!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

What do you think?

I've tried to use the WordPress to create a new blog but I'm not doing as well with it as I thought. I'm not a programmer.

I discovered by accident, while cleaning up media library that WordPress deleted photos from posts. Yikes!

I will probably be using this site more.


Wednesday, March 11, 2015

new blog site


I'm working on a new blog site.

The link is:

not sure how this will work out so stay tuned.