Thursday, December 30, 2010

Kid Stuff/1950's Version

After hearing what kids want for Christmas this year I started thinking back to my childhood. I'm old enough that I was around during the "Middle Ages" of the 20th century. The good old days some would say. I don't know about that, but I do know that things were a lot different back then.
I was about 8 or 9 years old in the mid 50's. Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Davey Crockett were a young boys heros at that time. So anything that could be associated with them was high on our Christmas list. Toy western gun sets, cowboy hats and coon skin caps were highly prized. Today it's anything from cyber space.
A Snickers bar was a nickel and a Coke was 8 to 10 cents. But one has to remember that a dollar ment a lot more then. Wages were much lower than today. Me and my friends would scour the neighbor hood looking for empty soda bottles. They would bring .02 cents at the local grocer. So if you could come up with ten or so, you could treat your friends with a soda and candy bar.
Something else I remember, it didn't take a lot to entertain us back then. When stuck inside during the winter, we could amuse ourselves with a cardboard box we had converted into a make believe western fort.
The picture above reminds me of the time me and some friends discovered an old Harley in the neighbors barn down the street from my grandparents house. We were out doing some exploring. Some days we would sneak down to that barn, climb into the hay loft and jump out the upstairs door for fun. The fact that we were doing it without the owners knowledge made it more exciting.
Ummm. Come to think of it. Those were the good old days...............X.

Monday, December 27, 2010

On The Road

Sam learned about life
from the books he'd read,
but learned how to live
on the road.

"You meet a lot of people on the road",
says, "Everybody knows something,
and most of them are lookn'
for someone to tell."
He likes to listen.
That's how he learned where
all the good bathn' cricks are.

He says you can see stuff from the road.
like how deep the desert sky can get.
A sky like that, always makes him laugh.

Once he found a lottery ticket.
Three Hundred eighty thousand dollars,
That's a lot of money,
figures he can live forever on it.
Sam is careful not to laugh about that.

By: Vol Lindsey

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Hollidays

May the days ahead be filled with happiness and joy. But please, either keep the plug in the jug, or don't be driving around with your instant glee. We all have loved ones out there, that we would like to see come home ok. X.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You ain't nothin but a hound dog

Still miss ya Elvis......................X.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Total Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice

For the first time in several centuries, there will be a total lunar eclipse on tuesday morning, the day of the Winter Solstice. It will begin about 1:30 a.m. ET and be in a total eclipse around 3:15 a.m. ET. It will have a reddish orange color at the total stage. All of north america will be able to observe it, given the absence of cloud cover.
If your a moon lover, you don't want to miss this one. X.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Freebird By Vol Lindsey

Louise ain't no elf,
Sam says she is a whole other species,
calls her a "freebird".
Sometimes she just flies away
and when she comes back
she has things to say.
So Sam walks with her
and listens.
He is in love with her voice,
says it sounds like water
splashing over rocks.
She tells him what she saw
and what she thought about it,
but never invites him along.
Sometimes when she is out there,
she thinks of him,
thinks of what makes him laugh
and smiles to herself.
Once she bought him a little silver dragon
to wear around his neck.
He thinks it's magic
and reminds him of the elves.
Sometimes when he wears it,
he can look down
and see it lying on her breast.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Old Faithful

Something you can count on. X.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The Meaning of "Bogaman"

I have always been interested in archery and bowhunting. A few years back I became interested in making my own bows and arrows. At first, I thought I wanted to make laminated bows. But the more I read up on the subject, the more I became interested in making primitive bows. Solid wood bows like the indians made and bows like the europeans made about 1000 years ago. That is how I came by the handle "Bogaman". Bogaman is the old world celtic word for Bowman.
This is my 1st bow. It is an english style long bow, made from Osage Orange wood.

This is a repeat of my first blog post about one year ago. Xavier

Monday, December 13, 2010

National Bird

Was on my way home from the farm this afternoon and happened on this Bald Eagle that was beside the road eating on a dead deer. Stopped and got a couple pictures before he flew off. X

Friday, December 10, 2010

Favorite Modern Poet; Vol Lindsey

Introduction:by Vol Lindsey

Sam has always been able to live life the way he wanted to; as far from the cares of everyday life as he could get. Figures God feeds the sparrows pretty regular, so he never worried much. Just worked occasional odd jobs to pay expenses and keep the Fat Boy runnin'.
Thinks of himself as a modern Tom Bombadil. He likes people, but thinks modern life robs their souls. Sam thinks it's important to take care of his soul...........

I know I've not been to attentive the last few months. I'm wrapped up in all sorts of activities in the fall, my favorite time of year. Hope to get back on track now that winter has settled in.
In a few days it will have been a year since I started this blog. I mentioned in the beginning that it was a way for me to catalog a peice of my life and character, so that my kids and their kids would have a better understanding of who I am.
Above is a poem by my favorite modern day poet. Vol writes about a biker named "Sam", in his poems. I posted one of his poems previously, it was titled "Flashback". I know I'm guessing here, but I would venture to say that "Sam" mirrors much of Vol's personality. X.