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No sirens, no lights, just horsepower

tcr! · Jan 12, 2018 at 9:54 am

Audio (MP3): 20180112 - No sirens, no lights, just horsepower

Outer Rim FRMBOY license plate

When I was driving to work this morning a sheriff’s car was behind me in the other lane. As we approached the intersection on Randall and 64 the stoplight turned yellow. I slowed down and stopped because I’m sure the sheriff had his eye on me. And of course my license plates are expired.

So then the sheriff gunned his car and blew through the red light. No sirens, no lights, just horsepower. Whether or not he was within his law enforcement privileges to do such isn’t important to what I’m writing here.

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Hater McGhray Hater McGhray · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:32 am

Well put

tcr! tcr! · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

Thanks!

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Me1in · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:35 am

Well said. And it’s possible that sheriff got a call to a nearby spot that called for no lights/no sirens.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:44 am

Exactly. I can make assumptions and assume I know what’s going on but in reality most of the time I have no clue as to what people are doing or why.

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hherrera · Jan 12, 2018 at 7:17 pm

I appreciate this particular post on many levels.

There are good people all around, you simply need to seek them out - and be a decent (humble) person in doing so. Generalizations are the antithesis of progress.

Based on your other posts, I notice that self-reflection, witty humor and eloquent writing seem to some of your strong points.

Best of luck on your journey that is life! Keep at it!

tcr! tcr! · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:45 pm

Thank you very much! I think there’s a lot to be said for being the change you want to see.

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Steer Steerup · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:37 pm

We all bleed red.

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tcr! tcr! · Jan 12, 2018 at 10:56 pm

What I’ve found interesting with the comments and likes is that only women have made them. So double plus plus for the ladies. 😊

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Pony Pantaleo · Jan 13, 2018 at 2:06 am

I think it’s easy for us (humans) to lump people into a group to justify our hate. I think what you realized is, the initial thought (when we hate), is not even a truth. It’s just us hating. Finding the truth is what matters. Let’s help each other to not have “knee jerk” reactions and go around hating. Let’s do what you are doing. We have the power to LOVE. It takes patience, understanding, kindness, forgiveness, giving, caring, educating, wisdom. Thanks for the honesty in this post. The truth shall set you free.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 13, 2018 at 5:59 pm

Knee-jerk reactions always get me into trouble. 😊

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tyner · Jan 13, 2018 at 2:29 am

Short people got no reason… 😉

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some people call me maurice · Jan 13, 2018 at 3:02 am

GOD Bless Us All 😇❤️

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SS · Jan 13, 2018 at 7:46 am

Hey I’m a soccer mom! 😂😂😂 Just kidding! I LOVE this post and I love this license plate!

tcr! tcr! · Jan 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Thanks! 😊

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Last night’s pug fort

tcr! · Jan 12, 2018 at 8:51 am

Last night's pug fort

Yep, she built that all on her own.

⚔️ #photos #pugs

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Kelly K · Jan 12, 2018 at 9:06 am

Hahaha! Pugs are funny. The other night, my sister’s pug put himself to bed by wrapping himself in a kitchen towel and tucking himself into his bed!

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Momma J Momma J · Jan 12, 2018 at 9:46 am

A pug sandwich!

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Would that be Detective Superintendent Gibson?

tcr! · Jan 11, 2018 at 1:23 pm

15 Moments When Stella Gibson Was A Total Badass

15 Moments When Stella Gibson Was A Total Badass

Watch The Fall so Stella (Gillian Anderson) can teach you how to be a boss. Warning: Some spoilers ahead!

You should really watch The Fall on Netflix even if it’s a few years old. It’s so much better than the X-Files reboots.

Seriously.

#tv #thefall

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She’s all fur, this one

tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 11:34 pm

She   s all fur this one

🐈 💤 🛏 #photos #cats

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Momma J Momma J · Jan 10, 2018 at 11:44 pm

Please give Mira a big long hug from me!

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Oddly Prime but not Prime

tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Prime but not Prime

🙄 #amazon

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Local mailboxes of interest

tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 9:21 am

Dear local town folk,

I would like to offer my unfiltered thoughts on these two Geneva mailboxes. Mailboxes that live side-by-side in a whimsical Yin and Yang if you will.

I’ve been watching both for the past few weeks on my drive to work. Never my drive home. I’ll only allow this particular neighborhood to know my comings and not my goings. However, I did circle back on my way home yesterday just to snap these postal slot specimens. In broad daylight.

Okay, yesterday was a foggy afternoon but I risked nearly everything to bring you these photos.


Snowman mailbox decoration

The first full-service mailbox is a timely critter sporting the expected carrot nose and candy cane scarf. There’s even a holly brooch on the hat with red berry and all. If I were a mailman I would probably punch this slightly smirking snowman on the third day.

Of course this may very well have to do with my assumed mental health if I were delivering mail in polar-bear temperatures and I had to look at this two-balled Frosty. One. More. Time.

Okay fine, the snowman ornamental is fun. And since I’m not the one delivering Trader Joe’s Fearless Fliers, I like to imagine this snowman living out a long fancied fantasy of riding a headless, armless, legless, mechanical bull. That also receives handfuls of letters.


Mailbox on a ladder

Now then, onto the second mailbox. While I do love DIY home improvement as much as the next Bob Villa I can’t cosign this work. The ladder component is fine but obviously the mailbox has had too much to drink and passed out sideways.

But wait! Hold everything. Maybe this mailbox was hit with a baseball bat which would then account for its distress. I tried one of those postal home runs way back when I was living out my rebel teenager-ness. Trust me it’s easier than it looks in the movies. If you try it yourself you’ll look like a moron.

Please note: my bat practice was decades ago in a land far from our beloved Fox Valley. Also note: I’m not the Postmaster General either. I was once. But it was a long time ago. And I don’t like to talk about it anymore. To quote Clark Griswold.

Anyways. If I were a mailman in this second scenario I would climb to the top of the ladder and frisbee the letters into the box similar to Linus when he was mailing his letter to The Great Pumpkin. Although I would leave my blanket at home. The make and model of my blanket is only my business.

So if you indeed do work for USPS, if you’re perhaps the real Postmaster General, and would like to schedule the photoshoot of you in said makeshift, aluminum crows nest, please contact me through the usual channels. First-class mail of course.


Again to clarify for the readers who assume I’m looking down on our community when expressing my opinions — I have no judgment on either mailbox. I’m not criticizing or condemning, merely providing commentary on local items of interest. If you’re either homeowner then salut.

Final thought:

Wasn’t Kevin Costner in some future apocalyptic farce where he just wanted to deliver the mail? Who does that?

#photos #holidaycheer #usps

Continued: The mailbox returns →

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aldaz2 · Jan 10, 2018 at 8:32 pm

I’m pretty sure the ladder arrangement is just to hold until the ground thaws again.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm

Ah… I’ll have a closer look on the way to work tomorrow morning.

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Ferguson · Jan 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm

You haven’t posted for a while?!

tcr! tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 9:31 pm

Yep. Holidays and such. 😊

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TR Lund · Jan 10, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Video (MP4): I award you no points

TR Lund · Jan 10, 2018 at 10:09 pm

Just a joke on a joke man

tcr! tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 10:23 pm

Oh, I’m never joking. I would totally punch the snowman. 😉

TR Lund · Jan 10, 2018 at 10:24 pm

he has it coming. I saw the ladder the other day also. Blame the plows

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Steer Steerup · Jan 10, 2018 at 10:38 pm

The ⛄️ is entirely too jolly. I admire the resourcefulness of the ladder box. The ground had been frozen. Perhaps it will transform leaving us all mildly disappointed.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 10:52 pm

I swear it was like this before the snow and freeze but I generally don’t know what I’m talking about.

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Jodi52 · Jan 11, 2018 at 6:25 am

Love your thought process here Travis Cremer! My opinion; Frosty needs to go but the mailbox ladder is genius. It’s mobile, can go on either side if the driveway lol.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 11, 2018 at 8:36 am

Portable mailboxes! Now you’re talking.

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schimmel · Jan 11, 2018 at 12:25 pm

this is the most important thing I think I’ll ever see in this group.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm

Thank you. But… I shall write another and it shall be more important.

schimmel · Jan 11, 2018 at 1:30 pm

…”this mailbox needs a lint-rollin’ before I can review it properly”

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sally bdc · Jan 11, 2018 at 2:21 pm

both boxes totally clever, I would like to have a jolly old snowman to put on my mailbox for my postman, it would put a smile on his face everytime he sees it. (It’s that thought of everytime he sees it) LOL

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Under Maggie’s pillow

tcr! · Jan 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Audio (MP3): 20180109 - Under Maggie's pillow

And then there was that one time maybe six or seven years ago when I ate a Snickers fun-size and hid the wrapper under Maggie’s pillow.

And then at bedtime when we found it and she was horrified of being convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, after she had time to process and I confessed, she thought it was funny.

And she still does. Because I asked her about it earlier tonight before dinner.

“And you tried to frame me!! 😆”

And when I’m thinking about it now while she’s doing her homework, I think that her mom and I must’ve done something right.

And finally… something I heard or read once always keeps me pointed in the right direction: as parents our job is to make memories for our kids.

#protip #maggie #diariespodcast

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fivewayrack fivewayrack · Jan 9, 2018 at 7:32 pm

This is something I need to work on. Thanks for the reminder.

tcr! tcr! · Jan 9, 2018 at 8:18 pm

Yep! I needed reminded every now and then, too.

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Ryan Waters · Jan 9, 2018 at 9:14 pm

Great tale!!!

tcr! tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 12:15 pm

Thanks!

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leebobabaruba · Jan 9, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Perfect! And GOOD memories help,

tcr! tcr! · Jan 10, 2018 at 12:16 pm

Yep, good memory making is definitively better than bad memory making.

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DeeDee · Jan 10, 2018 at 11:10 am

Luv it!

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Net Neutrality’s not dead yet

tcr! · Jan 9, 2018 at 4:30 pm

Net neutrality gaining steam in state legislatures after FCC repeal

Net neutrality gaining steam in state legislatures after FCC repeal

State legislators in Nebraska and California are proposing net neutrality laws to replace the US-wide ones repealed by the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC repealed its own net neutrality rules and claims the authority to prevent state and local governments from enacting their own similar net neutrality rules.

But a Nebraska bill, introduced by Democratic Sen. Adam Morfeld of Lincoln, would do just that.

I still can’t believe Ajit Pai and the FCC five person crew is trying to assume control of what happens on the Internet for the whole country.

However, I am pleased that good old Durbin from Illinois doesn’t agree.

#netneutrality

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2018-01-09 Playlist

tcr! · Jan 9, 2018 at 3:06 pm

Peeps, here’s your Tuesday late 2000 jam. But wait, there’s a whole YouTube playlist for ya. I went down a rabbit hole and couldn’t post just one. Just let them play one after another.

Track listing:

  1. Paper Planes by M.I.A. (2007)
  2. Sex on Fire by Kings Of Leon (2008)
  3. Kids by MGMT (2008)
  4. L.E.S Artistes by Santigold (2008)
  5. Heads Will Roll by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2009)
  6. Somebody That I Used To Know by Gotye (2011)
  7. Tongue Tied by Grouplove (2011)

Look at that. I just made you guys a mix tape. And yes, I skipped 2010 but not on purpose.

#musicvideos #playlist

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Karly · Jan 9, 2018 at 3:35 pm

#1. Love that one!

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Jan 9, 2018 at 7:08 pm

Play that funky music white boy.

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Stealth Bomber over the Rose Bowl

tcr! · Jan 9, 2018 at 1:22 pm

Stealth Bomber over the Rose Bowl

How to Take a Picture of a Stealth Bomber Over the Rose Bowl

The first thought that comes to mind staring at the photograph above is: This has got to be fake. The B-2 stealth bomber looks practically pasted onto the field. The flag is unfurled just so. The angle feels almost impossible, shot directly down from above.

And yet, it’s real, the product of lots of planning, some tricky flying, and the luck of the moment. The photographer, Mark Holtzman, has been flying his Cessna 206 around taking aerial images for years, since before the digital-photography days, and he’s developed his technique for just this sort of shot.

Looks like I need to up my photo game.

#photography

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