Beware Flying Boards on the Road!

Nobody likes two flat tires. I was driving on I-94 and a board came flying through the air hitting my car and bouncing around underneath with a mighty rattle. One front tire went flat and the other had a very slow leak. Pretty sure other damage occurred also. 

Did you know that new Kia Soul automobiles don’t have spare tires? I never looked before I had this flat. Kia provides an emergency inflation kit with tire sealant. Limped the car back home to Hartford with the aid of the kit. Now I need to take the car to the dealer to get my tire replacement coverage. Just hope it makes it to Russ Darrow Wauwatosa without a major problem and that the Zurich emergency tire insurance I bought with the car was worth it. Might as well get all my long delayed maintenance done now too. Erie auto insurance has a $500 deductible so I hope I don’t need to use it. 

Ford Event Sweepstakes Review

Ford Tractor (Not in this Sweepstakes)

Ford Event Sweepstakes Review.  You can win $30,000 towards a new ford vehicle of your choice.  It doesn’t cost anything to enter and all you need to do is watch  sales video. If you win, just pick out your vehicle under $30,000 from the choices given.  The sweepstakes ends on January 3, 2018.  The following link will take you to the entry page:


Ford Event Sweepstakes for Ford Vehicle by your local Ford Dealer

Tablet Holder for a Car


Tablet Holder with Tablet Inserted



Tablet Holder



Tablet Holder with Ryobi Fan to keep me cool


I made a simple prototype tablet holder for my car when I am endlessly waiting for everyone.  I used scrap materials from other projects and cobbled together this very useful little tablet holder for zero dollars. I find myself using it all the time so I may make an improved version with quality materials. More of the parts need to be softer. The current version has pointed metal parts that could potentially poke someone.  It also makes an excellent self defense device if someone breaks in the car.

Do you want a Microchip implanted in you?


A Wisconsin company is the first in the nation to begin voluntary microchipping of its employees. This allows them to buy things at the company and do various work related activities more easily.  Isn’t that sweet?

Would you like one of these lovely devices implanted in your hand?  It does have a similarity to the Bible verse from Revelation:

 “It also forced all people, great and small, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hands or on their foreheads,17 so that they could not buy or sell unless they had the mark….”

This Wisconsin microchip may not be “the mark” but it can obviously be abused very easily by those who control it once you are stupid enough to implant it in your body.  It makes it easier to monitor and control your actions.  Is that what you want?

How long do you think it will take before it becomes mandatory to have a chip embedded in you with your social security number, insurance details and other critical information in case you want to work, buy or there is a public emergency?

Ford F-Series Truck Sweepstakes Review

My Grandfather with nose glasses

This is a review of the sweepstakes for a Ford F-Series Truck sponsored by Ford.  The prize is a great Ford Truck and an adventure trip selected by the sponsor.  Total ARV of $50,000 for complete prize.  I personally wouldn’t really want the adventure portion of the prize because I have had sufficient adventure in my life already and I dislike traveling.  I could use the truck thought so I think I will enter.  It’s a free Ford Truck so you can’t go too far wrong. The Sweepstakes ends December 31, 2017.  The following link will take you to the entry page.

Ford Sweepstakes




Pinterest  to be Linked to Glenn’s Way blog

I plan to upgrade my Pinterest  social media account to include some of my gardening ideas and other interests that I have. There are ways to more completely link Pinterest  to my blog. Some day I plan to sell succulent plants along with crafted bottle planters and display them on my social media accounts. Definitely not a get rich quick scheme but I enjoy doing it and I might make a few pesos. First I need my dependents to become more self sufficient so I have a little time to implement my plan. Second I plan to have the giant lump on my back surgically removed before I get to old to be operated on. Every time I schedule this surgical procedure something interferes with it. Maybe I am just destined to keep my grapefruit sized back bulge.

I see succulent plants, herbs and sophisticated bottle planters for my future provided God is willing. I like gardening but currently I just don’t have the time to do anything good because I am usually too ill or taking care of other people/problems. I definitely need to spruce up our yard before I try to pass myself off as a gardener or no one will buy. We have a nice alcove type window for indoor plants which might be a future option. Unfortunately gigantic trees shade the windows so some supplemental light will be needed. Also, my wife is opposed to any type of plants in the house because she is worried about insects and allergies. Hopefully I can convert her to indoor succulent plants because they seem to be a cleaner type of plant and are easy to use in decorating. Herbs are also an option but you need to be careful if you start selling any type of consumable that people eat. You never know about allergic reactions or some crazy person with an attitude. 

Might also sell any excess fruit we have from the native fruits I planted when we got here. People seem to like cherries, jostaberries and gooseberries. The invading Japanese beetles don’t seem to like the foliage on these plants. These plants could also be propagated and sold as starter plants.

All these enterprises may result in enough cash that I could afford streaming TV someday.

How to Win the Job Interview

Ford Tractor with Farmer Onboard

I have been through many job interviews in my life. Most of them were very educational and a few even resulted in a job.  In highschool I applied for two different jobs and was relatively successful at both. I can still remember my supervisor at Wurtz Specialty Ice in Mayville singing “Everyone has got to bag ice sometime….” as we bagged our endless bags of ice. You would think working with ice would always be a cold job but that is not the case.  Ice machines give off lots of heat and it was exceptionally hot where we worked half the time. This was alternated with subzero freezer temperature which really made your bones feel odd. I was glad to get this ice factory summer job because it paid for part of my college expenses along with working for a farmer and selling my prize winning FFA dairy heifer to a Japanese company. The interview for these jobs went quite well because I suspect I was the only person who showed up on time. Lesson one. Show up for your interview on time.

I had about a zillion interviews at the end of college. I signed up for every interview I could because I was worried I might not get a job and I was very short on spending cash.  Most engineering job interviews go about the same. Some old male engineer asks you a bunch of questions and you provide answers. There were some odd ball interviews though.

One company sent two cute young women in cowboy hats to talk to you. I thought I had gone in the wrong interview room when I saw them sitting there.  They were pitching jobs for oil drilling rigs anywhere from Alaska to South America. They were more interested in my outdoor recreation activities rather than my Electrical Engineering GPA and the job paid three times any other job offer I had. I took a pass on that one. Judy would definitely have disliked traveling to those types of isolated places. Lesson two.  Don’t take any job that would make your fiancee miserable.

I applied at the FBI for some type of technical associate job. The description was kind of vague but it seemed to involve wire taps, electronic eavesdropping and other assorted electronic mayhem. I didn’t expect the FBI to even call me for an interview but I was wrong. I received a very large package in the mail stamped FBI in large bold letters not long after I signed the application.  Nina, my sister-in- law to be, brought me the package from the mailbox and suspiciously inquired “What is this?”.  I think she thought I was in trouble with the FBI and she might be able to stop the marriage before it was too late. I said it was probably a job offer but I probably wasn’t going to take it. She backed out of the room without saying anything. I already had three nearby job offers so I wasn’t about to go on a distant adventure with the criminal justice system.  I would have taken the FBI job if I didn’t find anything else.

Once I was between jobs and I needed some cash.  I can’t remember when but it may have been during college or not. I applied for a job at a large printing company that involved manual electrical work on large printing presses. I got the job. I didn’t realize until I started working that this company printed huge amounts of pornography. Workers there would wallpaper the bathrooms with this stuff. I should have quit but I really needed cash. It was also an unpleasant place to work.  I ended up getting fired because I was blamed for damaging some machines which I don’t believe I did to this day. Lesson three. Don’t accept any job that will make your life crap because there is always something better.

The best interview and job that I ever had was at a dairy plant engineering company.  I had been temporarily laid off by another company so I consulted a “headhunter” to see if he could find me a more stable job. He immediately said I should see an engineering company just across the state line in Illinois but he didn’t say what the company did before I went to the interview because there just was not enough time. The president of the company asked me about my background and I said I grew up on a dairy farm which seemed to make him happy. He asked me numerous questions about the farm which I thought was unusual at the time but may have been a significant factor in getting the job.  Lesson four. Use your entire life experience during an interview.

Crohn’s Disease is winning today.


Cut the lawn today but it turns out I am having a mild Crohn’s disease episode.  Sometimes I can cut the complete lawn with no problem but this was not to be one of those good days.  Finished the important front half of the lawn then my belly started to flip over and do handstands.  Flat on my back in bed now hoping I can make it back and forth to the restroom in time.  Type of diet does not seem to be a factor as this type of condition among other fun conditions seems to happen almost randomly from Crohns.  The sharp slope on a small area of the property is particularly problematic when I feel like this.  Need to do any lawn mowing on one of my better days, during good weather and when I don’t need to drive my son.  Just trying to do my part to keep Hartford pretty since we are on main street.  Can’t let those big thistles go to seed.

Ancient Technology still gets the Job Done.

Craigslist is a source of infinite free entertainment for me.  I picked up these two obsolete TV’s with digital antennae converter boxes in Slinger for free and installed them in my garage on a rolling platform with a Roku box. They have worked great for a couple of years and only cost me the price of their electricity. The antennae picks up pretty good on the main channels and the old Roku picks up the WIFI for internet TV. All of the old electronics stand up to the temperature extremes pretty good so far. I may need to pay for TV disposal some day but I think I may find an alternative salvage method by then.

The truly ancient kindle tablets in the picture are really from the dawn of prehistory.  They can still be used in a number of ways in the garage combined with some equally prehistoric speakers. They make good clocks, weather stations, internet radios, police/fire band radios, YouTube players, Pinterest displays, book readers, movie download players, flyswatters and paperweights in a pinch. They hold out well against temperature extremes so far.

These types of old tech can provide entertainment if they continue to work. A lot of this stuff seems to run well indefinitely.