What Happened To This Week?

Early to bed, early to rise makes people suspicious

I checked Facebook this morning and there was my own little Elf! Facebook picked this up from nine years ago from a party at the Santa Ana Elks!

Who is this masked person?

No walking today… puzzle time is required as we are having company over on Sunday and the dining room table is needed…meaning, the puzzle HAS to be done! We share the puzzles with our California ladies…Robin, Lisa, and Michele plus Domilita, our cleaning lady! Great fun to measure the progress when we talk to them daily! We wish Colleen was here to join in on the fun but we have video phone with her every day so we keep up on things!

I walked in the yard for a wile looking at all the gardening I have to do…the trees are doing great…I hit them with fertilizer at the exact right time!

We went to the barber shop where Sue got her ears lowered…then directly back home to do some chores around the house!

Oh, did I mention our grandson got First Place in the Math event at school….way to go Alex! We sure love our grandkids… all nine of them!

Alex the Math Whiz!

In the afternoon, I did some errands but sadly I just gave up on the car wash…everybody was in line and I was not going to wait…perhaps tomorrow! We listened to our favorite talk show host…Dr. Laura…can she hit the nail on the head! Especially when it comes to famility relationships (or lack thereof).

We just did small chores around the house and then got ready for Topper’s! It’s the last dance at the Petroleum Club…as with all things, it is going into history…under a bulldozer.

Did You Know? The first bulldozers were adapted from Holt farm tractors that were used to plow fields. The versatility of tractors in soft ground for logging and road building contributed to the development of the armoured tank in World War I.

In 1923, a young farmer named James Cummings and a draftsman named J. Earl McLeod made the first designs for the bulldozer. A replica is on display at the city park in Morrowville, Kansas where the two built the first bulldozer. On December 18, 1923, Cummings and McLeod filed U.S. patent #1,522,378 that was later issued on January 6, 1925 for an “Attachment for Tractors.” 

By the 1920s, tracked vehicles became common, particularly the Caterpillar 60. Rubber-tired vehicles came into use in the 1940s.

19th century: term used in engineering for a horizontal forging press.

Around 1880: In the USA, a “bull-dose” was a large dose (namely, one large enough to be literally or figuratively effective against a bull) of any sort of medicine or punishment.

‘Bull-dosing’ meant a severe whipping or coercion, or other intimidation such as at gunpoint. It had a particular meaning in the Southern United States as a whipping or other punishment for African Americans in the 1876 Presidential Election. 

1886: “bulldozer” meant a large-caliber pistol and the person who wielded it.

Late 19th century: “bulldozing” meant using brute force to push over or through any obstacle, with reference to two bulls pushing against each other’s heads in a fight over dominance.

1930s: applied to the vehicle.

Leon & Marsha visit Sue while I take pictures!

The club had a wonderful dance floor and I’ll bet Sue and I put 1000 miles on that floor over the past 30 years! We are moving to the Grand for the next two dances and then we hope we can arrange something perhaps at Old Ranch! We will keep the club operating and keep on dancing!

Goodbye old friend…It was good knowing you!

Homeward bound we look forward to a little TV before crashing plus, you know… the “tookie”.

About Paul

Just an old retired guy trying to finish out my last years on this planet. I lost my best friend and wife in early 2020. I was blessed again by reconnecting with Dr. Mary Côté, a long-time friend. Mary and I got married July 28th, 2021, and are enjoying life together and plan to spend the rest of our lives being a blessing to our friends and family.
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