Category Archives: Rancho Roly Poly

The idiot light

So an idiot light came on last Sunday on the dashboard just above the temperature gauge and I looked in the manual and it had something to do with the emissions system.

Took it to the Honda dealer this morning and was informed that the other thing I wanted, an inspection to update my registration, was impossible until the emissions system was looked at in three days. I could have a rental but there were 65 cars ahead of me. Sixty-five!

Then I went to show my insurance card to the rental guy and discovered it was out of date. I drove home to print out the updated one. Starting back I got the bright idea to take the CRV to Jiffy Lube when it opened and see if it passed inspection. It did, along with two brake lights replaced, saving me a ticket.

The idiot light, meanwhile, had gone out and not come back on. Saved by the insurance card.

Coffee with Sennacherib

His excellency paid us a visit in which we served him coffee and discussed how much the town has changed in just the past eleven months (traffic is worse) he’s been away, and sundry other points of interest.

He said the rancho sits in what was once a field of scattered limestone quarries when he was coming up here in the Sixties. Now lives in western Colorado taking care of his 80ish parents. Sent his regards to Barbara Ellen who was at work.

The old Assyrian said he’d been in touch with Snoopy to learn that he was visiting the grand kids up on the Lebanon border. Stay safe. Mr. Goon. We shared memories of defunct Austin restaurants like Bean’s and Les Amis. But he finally had to leave: Got to go see a girl, he said, with anticipatory eyebrows.

Oy!

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Happy Hanukah

Aggie’s astound

Mr. Boy, home from Texas A&M for Thanksgiving, and I watched the end of the seven overtime periods against LSU in which an improving Aggie QB finished it 74-72.

What a thrilla’ In a game the bookies expected A&M to lose. Not that the rest of the Ags weren’t competent as all get-out but San Antonio native QB Kellen Mond just kept improving, throwing one strike after another until he threw the winning two-point conversion.

Thank goodness he’s a sophomore. Plenty of chances ahead for Aggieland to make big noise once again in the SEC. Gig Em!

It’s voting day

I’ll update this as the day goes on, with final results at the end of the day. I plan to vote when the polls open here, since my voting place is just up the road from the Rancho and opens at 7 a.m. CST.

As usual I will be voting straight R, but without Mrs. Charm’s voting straight D to cancel me out. Barbara Ellen doesn’t believe in voting.

UPDATE:  The worst result is that the Dims take back the House, which means that crazy bitch Maxine Waters will get a chairmanship to play obstructionist against Trump and subpoena everyone in his admin. Ordinarily I think it’s a good thing to have the Congress held by one party and the White House by another. But the Dims are so incredibly stupid and vile… At least the GOP keeps the Senate which will make throwing Trump out of office highly unlikely. And some of the vilest Dims, like that nutcase wannabe Socialist-governor in Florida went down to defeat. Was not surprised to see little Beto also take a whipping.

Why I have no Trump stickers

This example of retribution, across the Columbia River from lefty Portland, Oregon, is the reason I have no Trump stickers on my car, nor a Cruz sign in my yard.

Here in the blue hole in the red Texas donut, crazed leftist Beto supporters are as prolific as they are in Portland. It’s just not worth the risk.

Via Fox News

UPDATE: A Real Clear Politics piece on a crazed lefty vandal ripping Cruz signs from yards doesn’t say which city it is in Texas but I’d bet it’s Austin.

Car magic

Barbara Ellen was driving her daughter’s newish Chevy when the engine idiot light came on. She drove to AutoZone and had them examine the engine’s computer for “the code” that explained the light.

Seems to be something called “the impulse valve” which relates to the exhaust not the engine itself. So daughter is now equipped to take the car to a mechanic to knowledgeably ask for a fix. BE and daughter dislike going to dealers. They prefer AutoZone’s tipoff.

Seems like pure magic to me. My 14-year-old CRV has some computers in it, particularly the ignition key, but not this level of sophistication.