Al's Rantings

A view of the world from a hillbilly perspective.

Location: Virginia

I was born and went to school in the heart of the Appalachian mountains, in southern West Virginia. After graduating from college, I got married, and began working in Bristol, TN. I have have various jobs from Tennessee to up state New York and a few points between. Now I work in West Virginia. Some day, I want to live in Alaska.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

It' beginning to look a lot like..........Halloween

In Giles county, there is still a lot of color on the mountains.

But, a grass level view of the setting sun show a complete lack of leaves on some of the trees.

Little One had a "thing" tonight. A pre-Halloween party at the church our neighbors attend. She went as a witch, but she was a good witch.

Pumpkin carving time on Al's hill. I am responsible for the "old school" design. Kids were responsible for the two new designs of "raccoon and pumpkin" and "Dora the Explorer". This Dora is new to me. I seen the cartoon and read some books. In each case, Spanish words are introduced. Seem the idea is to get kids to be bilingual instead of teaching everyone English (or my preference of hillbilly). But I will rant about this another time.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Time On Creek Bank

Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river..... Proud Mary by CCR

Here is a little of the color on the New River in Giles county. Pictures are either from Pembroke of just below the Celanese Plant.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Takin' A Trip

I saw this contraption setting on the bed in our bedroom. Being a southern, redneck, hillbilly, my mind went straight to the gutter. "Wow momma talk to daddy!" Come to find out that this will be used at a bridal shower this weekend. Boy was I disappointed.

Speaking of baby shower, we get to make a 6 hour trip to Ohio this weekend. Ohio, the reason Denali is named McKinley. Ohio is pretty flat and all the roads seem to be perpendicular to one another. We always have a good time when we visits the Wife's kin folk. This should be no exception. My goal is to do a little fishing...and make use of the fancy chocolate fondue fountain. Abundant, flowing chocoalte...can anything be better?

I finally traded off the 97 green, 4x4, GMC truck that was costing us a fortune in mechanics bills. We bought a 06 Dodge Dakota, Club Cab. Pretty nice. I like it. But it needs a tilt steering wheel. I will be named SOP, for Son Of Pongo. Pongo was the 90 Chevy 4x4 I had before Green Satan came into our life. Pongo was a good truck, but had a bad paint job. It had lots of spots causing it to look like a Dalmation, therefore Pongo from 101 Dalmations.

This is Little One jumping "without a net".