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Settling in San Angelo – Don’t Get Sick!

by on Aug.24, 2012, under Personal

Just a quick post to say its our 22 day in San Angelo. My family, most notably by brother and his son were instrumental in getting our stuff moved in. We are still unpacking but the major stuff is done,

For 22 days I have been trying to find a primary care doctor. I am on Medicare so it should not be hard. West Texas Medical and Angelo Community Hospital simply refused to accept me although their emergency room is very efficient. So to hell with West Texas Medical. I was in the medical field for 20 years and this behavior is wrong in every way.

Even Shannon Hospital and Clinics are still trying to find a doctor for my wife and I. But I did get an appointment by a free clinic, or clinic that serves the poor. I think it’s called Esperanza. Right on guys! Learn from them you for profit bastards.

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One thing I will really miss about California – Oak Tree Mazda

by on Jun.22, 2012, under Personal

My wife and I will be moving to Texas in a few months, and to be honest I cannot wait. This state is going downhill fast, and I always wondered how a state can get away with both state income tax and sales tax! Texas has sales tax so I wont ever have to pat state income tax.

Yes I will miss the moderate temperature, the culture and of course the ocean. But there is one thing I will really miss and this will sound strange. I will miss my car dealer? I have bought cars in many different states and all the dealer wants to do is get you in the car, have you sign the contract and leave. And if you need repair, the service at the dealer is like a game of roulette.

I had a Mazda Millenia that was paid for, but I unfortunately I totaled it. Now I am a huge Mazda fan. I call them the best car no one knows about – but the Mazda3 seems to be changing that! My wife and I went to Oak Tree Mazda on Stevens Creek Blvd in San Jose to get a new car. She walked right up to a Liquid Silver 2010 Mazda3 (this was in January 2010). I can tell she wanted it. The process of getting the car was fast and painless with no pressure for add-on or model changes.

I brought in the car to their service shop for all the routine maintenance. I brought my car in when my right front tire was flat. After examining it, they warned me that the nail was too close to the sidewall so I will need a new tire, but they fixed the hole anyway at no charge. How cool is that. The most recent service was a few months ago and it was then I decided to write a blog about Oak Tree Mazda. If you are in the market for a new car, get a Mazda! And buy it at Oak Tree Mazda. And if you want an honest sales person, ask for Norman J. Arnold. Their phone number is (408) 553-6300. Judging by the integrity of Norman and the quality of their service department, Oak Tree Mazda hires top notch people.

Now lets look at just a small taste of the cars they sell:

Mazda Miata

My first Mazda was a Miata back in 196 so I am a bit partial to them. They have changed quite a bit. Gone are the pop up lights, but you now have a choice of soft or hard top.

Mazda Miata Hard Top

Mazda Miata Hard Top Front View

The interior has changed a bit over the years as well. More convenience features, better sounding stock radio and more places to store stuff.

Miata Interior

Mazda is also known for their very unique color pallet that changes year to year. Here is a close up of the Miata we have been looking at, the 2012 special edition.

Mazda Miata Hard Top Color Close Up

Miata’s are not the only ones they sell of course. There are many Mazda3 in 2-door, 4-door, and 5-door (or hatchback) like this model below:

Mazda3 5-door

My wife and I own the 2010 5 door Mazda3 and we love it. Fully loaded its comes with a Bose stereo with sub-woofer. The volume changes with the ambient noise. It has a navigation system, front lights that turn with you, front and side air bag. 17″ wheels and lots more. It drives now just as it did off the lot. No rattles are loose parts. Everything still works as it should.

More Choices

There are more choices like the Mazdaspeed3 (left), and RX-8 (middle) and a Mazda6 I think (right. There is also the new Mazda2 and Mazda5. The Mazda2 is the affordable starter car and the Mazda5 is geared towards family. There is also the CX line: the CX-7 and CX-9 which are their luxury crossover line of vehicles. Definitely a must too look at. Give Norman Arnold a call and he will be happy to show you any model you wish.

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This is NOT a paid advertisement. I am just sharing my experience with Oak Tree Mazda and I hope you have the same experience I did.

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Funding Needed

by on Dec.04, 2011, under Personal, Website Related

Astronomy Online has received funding primarily from personal income from my better half. Unfortunately she has become a victim of the so called corporate cutbacks. The good news is now my wife and I can spend much more time together.

Much needed money is needed to keep Astronomy Online online as well as expanding the site for additional content and services for teachers and students. The best way to donate is through PayPal. There is a link on the side bar as well as on the left side bottom of Astronomy Online. Also my PayPal ID is Ricky.murphy at astronomyonline dot org (the ‘at’ and ‘dot’ as well as the spaces in between are to protect the email address from spammers).

Astronomy Online also include this blog as well. I would appreciate any donation. The more the better. I would like to offer telescope access to students for free, which is the ultimate plan for the site.

It’s important to know that anything you donate is HOT tax deductible.

Thank you for your time and may everyone have the happiest of holidays!

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Some New Solyndra News

by on Sep.14, 2011, under Personal

Some interesting news on the Solyndra bankruptcy. It seems the 500 plus million dollar loan was NOT approved under the Bush administration but approved under the Obama team. White house emails infer they wanted the loan to go through do they can be at the opening ceremony. In other words, Obama spent more money we don’t have just so he can look good by saying more jobs being available. Our government thinks we are stupid.

Next year is the time to vote for our president. Do we want to keep Obama who continues to spend money we don’t have? Remember the bank bailout? Us regular folks saw none of that. Loans for us? That is what it was for but banks used it to buy other banks and bonuses. Americans are still loosing their homes.

Please research the candidates and complain to your congressmen. America is We the People!!!

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Telemarketing Scam

by on Jun.30, 2011, under Personal

For the past few months I have been getting phone calls on my cell phone from some alleged credit protection to lower credit card debt.

I have no interest so I requested removal. They called again from a different phone number – sneaky. What troubles me is that I am on the national Do Not Call list. Cell phones are covered. The most recent time they called, I asked why they kept calling when I asked them not to call. The person on the phone said “fuck you” then hung up on me.

Here is what I know do far: the phone numbers they use are 207-493-2624 from Carabou, ME and 406-219-2951 from Bozeman, MT. The name they used in my case is Consumer Debt. The names of some of the people making the calls are Ashley Martin – the only one I know with a last name. The others are Robin and Keisha.

If you get a call from these phone numbers or anyone from Consumer Debt, be cautious. These folks feel the Do Not Call law does not apply to them. They are foul mouthed when you request removal from their list.

Would you give people like this your financial information? I hope not! It’s a scam. Beware!!!

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Judgement Day

by on May.23, 2011, under Humor, Personal

Judgment Day postponed until October 21, 2011.

Yeah, this Camping guy assumes he used the Bible to
predict the end of days. As far as faith and the Bible is concerned, there two
problems: the Bible does not state hoe long Adam and Eve were in the Garden of
Evil and two since creation occurred before hans created the calendar, how long
is a “day.”

There is a third: who is he to know what God will do and
when it will happen. Sounds like pride.

Being a scientist, a global earthquake is a silly idea.
There are no known Near Earth Object on a course save one: asteroid Apophos -I
think that is the spelling. It should pass close to Earth closer than the moon.
So far the date is between 2029 to 2036. Will it hit Earth? Not likely. CME
eruptions from the Sun? Nope. Planetary alignment? Nope. A pole shift? Nope,
and the only thing affected in that are things that rely on magnetic north like
birds, GPS perhaps. Earth-crust displacement? This theory is replaced by plate
tectonics. And no.

The Earth is safe so far. The only thing that will severely harm the
world are humans!

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Why Some Men Have Dogs and Not Wives.

by on Apr.01, 2011, under Humor, Personal

1. The later you are, the more excited your dogs are to see you.

2. Dogs don’t notice if you call them by another dog’s name.

3. Dogs like it if you leave a lot of things on the floor.

4. A dog’s parents never visit.

5. Dogs agree that you have to raise your voice to get your point across.

6. You never have to wait for a dog; they’re ready to go 24 hours a day.

7. Dogs like to go hunting and fishing.

8. A dog will not wake you up at night to ask, “If I died, would you get
another dog?”

9. A dog will let you put a studded collar on it without calling you a
pervert.

10. If a dog smells another dog on you, they don’t get mad.
They just think it’s interesting.

11. Dogs like to ride in the back of a pickup truck.

12. If a dog leaves, it won’t take half of your stuff.

To test this theory:

Lock your wife and your dog in the garage for an hour.
Then open it and see who’s happy to see you.

If you have taken this post seriously, you are too uptight. Sarcastic, unrealistic anecdotes is also called “humor.”

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