Hi friends.  I hope that all is going just swell in your life and that you are away from fire danger, the sun is shining and the temperature is somewhere in the mid 60’s.  
It’s not like that here.  It seems that most of Colorado is on fire, the temps are 90’s to 100’s.  The sun is shining though, but those people that are wearing flames for clothing would really appreciate some rain.
If you’ll remember, about a year ago, in this very blog, I proposed that there should be an agency of the federal government whose job it is to stop wildfires in their tracks and before they engulf into gargantuan flaming acreage.  I think our governor must have read it and it caused a light to go off in his head, because I remember hearing on the tv news a few days ago that he is looking into setting up some kind of regional organization whose sole responsibility will be to stop the wildfires. We will see……….
Anyway, today I am in the market for tires for my wife’s Nazi car (a 2009 VW Beetle).  There are only two good things about this car; 1) it starts regularly, and 2) it will be paid for in a month.  Other than those two things, this car was not built for humans and now it needs tires.  I won’t go to the dealer to buy them either.  No particular reason, I just don’t like this German engineering.
So, I’ve been looking online for deals on tires.  The lower the price the better.  I’ve looked at all the usual websites; Walmart, Discount Tires, Big O Tires, Pep Boys and the beat goes on.  The best deal I’ve found so far is with Firestone (hopefully they will see this plug and give me a set of new tires).
Then I got curious about this little place near me that sells Mastercraft tires.  So, I read several reviews about them and they were all glowing, so much so that I had to wear shades.  I then looked up where to buy them in Denver and guess what I found out?  There are several dealers in town but when I looked for prices, there was a button to click to request a quote.  AAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCCCCCKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!!!
Don’t they have enough sense to know that that is why I visited their website in the first place?  If I have to beg you for a price, guess what?  I’M NOT GOING TO BUY YOUR SHIT!!
Making someone jump thru hoops just to learn your price is disrespectful to the customer and dishonest.  Why must it be a secret?  Are you ashamed of what you do?  Aren’t you in business to make money?  I didn’t have to travel to your website, but I did.  Don’t you think you should thank me by simply telling me what’s what and not make me jump thru hoops?  It’s a price for a tire!!  Post it on your website or else!
I literally arrived at your site because I am a serious shopper in need of the services that you offer.  I am looking for a price!  Instead I have to request a quote?  That’s like seeing you in person for the first time and when I ask you for the price, you look at me, with toothpick hanging from your lower lip and replying, “How much you got?”
Well, since you insist on doing this type of dishonest business, guess what else?  FIRESTONE WINS!!  I wonder how many times you have experienced defeat such as this.  


Our Prayers Go Out to the Victims and Their Families

To those of you who might be concerned,  My wife and I are alright.  Thank God that we are getting old.  We are both only in our 50’s but we are old enough to know to go to bed at night rather than go to a midnight showing of any movie.  


It is an awful, terrible and tragic event that took place in a theater that is across town from us.  My heart and prayers go out to those who were affected by this stupid act of cowardice.  In a case such as this, it is too bad that Colorado does not have a death penalty.  Life without parole will be like a reward for this……. I can think of no words that are low enough to adequately describe this asshole.  He is not a man.


I’m saddened by this and all such tragedies that happen in this country and around the world.  How do such people slip through the cracks and go unnoticed until something like this happens?  It is indeed a sad, sunken world that we live in.  Lord Jesus, please come.


As I said, we so far only know one person that was there , but thank God she is alright.  My wife and I are thankful that she is okay.  


We have viewed several movies in that theater and I like it.  But several years ago a new theater was built in Denver that we now go to almost religiously.  Still, we are too old to be going to midnight showings of any movie.  


I want to thank all of you who took advantage of the free ebook offering on this past Tuesday and Wednesday.  I found it very exciting keeping up with the number of you who downloaded it.  Don’t worry, I don’t know who got it by name or address.  I only know the number of downloads.


I am proud to say that over the 2 days,  I reached as high as number 20 on Kindle free ebooks.  The number of you who took advantage of this is 558!  WOO HOO!!  Thank you so much.  I hope you all read it and I hope you like it.  If you do, I would appreciate a nice review posted on the books landing page at @


Thank you so much for making this giveaway a huge success!  Currently, I am working on my next novel which will be in the genre of espionage.  Keep checking back and I will keep you informed as to its progress.


Again, please pray for all who were affected by this most heinous crime in Denver last night.


Thank you also, for giving me your support.

Not What I Had Intended To Write

Good Friday to you all! The weather is great here in Denver and it is a beautiful day. I hope you are in one of those places with nice weather too. This past week has been pretty nice here. However, it isn’t going to last long. After this weekend of nice weather, we are looking at snowfall for the middle of next week in Denver. Yes, it has already snowed in Colorado, but that is in the mountains. In Denver, that makes for a nice view. There hasn’t been any snow in Denver yet. A lot of folks who have never been here have a mistaken idea of where Denver actually is. Denver is actually on the plains about ten miles from the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. However, because the plains are mostly flat and the mountains are pretty big, when you look at them it appears closer than they really are. So, the good thing about Denver is that we have pretty nice weather most of the time and if you want to go skiing, depending on where you want to play you can be there in 30 minutes to an hour and a half! What a deal!

So, besides all the road construction and repair going on, that is pretty much what is going on here. No, the Colorado Rockies baseball team didn’t make the playoffs because in the summer where they were supposed to be one of the teams to beat, they seemed to perfect the art of losing. Not that other teams were any better talent wise, but because all our talent resorted to a level of very poor mediocrity. It may be time to clean house. A few players having a bad season or a bad day is to be expected, but when it becomes the whole team that is that way, there is just no excuse. Honestly, I know he wasn’t the greatest hitter in baseball, but I feel like the team lost its heart and soul when they traded Clint Barmes. He brought leadership and a positive outlook to the clubhouse that just was not there this year. Good luck getting it back.

Finally, Tim Tebow gets to show his worth. The Broncos have decided to replace Kyle Orton as the starting quarterback. Don’t get me wrong, I think Orton is a very good quarterback and probably the best on the team. What has been wrong with the Broncos is not his fault. With an impotent offensive line and running backs that run the ball like they are playing flag football, that is doing all this jumping around laterally and getting nowhere rather than taking the ball north and south and getting first downs. But then again, we have an offensive line that has no balls and can’t open a hole in a paper sack, much less a good defense. Football is won in the trenches, guys. Your team can have the best quarterback, runningbacks and recievers in the league, but if you don’t give them a chance to do their thing in the first place, the game is lost before you ever gear up.

So, what is Tebow bringing to the table that is missing? Hopefully, leadership. Give me somebody that is capable, like Tebow or Orton, it doesn ‘t matter, who is going to demand professionalism from his line. The line we have is a mistake. It was put together by a coach who was on the job training and had too much power. He just couldn’t handle it. Yes, he had good ideas for an offense but had no idea how to put in the people that would get it done, the O line.

If the Denver Broncos want to get back to the good ole days where they were respected and feared throughout the league then they will have to start winning the battles at the front line. Over the past eight to ten years, yes even in the Shanahan era, the Broncos have played like they were afraid to take the ball into the end zone. They have moved the ball well enough in the open field, but when they get to the red zone they seem to be unable to find their way to the end zone. Correct that and they will be on their way to getting back to the team they used to be. Good Luck Tim! I hope he can be the take charge guy they need.

The Nuggets? I just don’t care this year.

The Avalanche is something I am trying to get my head around. Coming from Arkansas, hockey wasn’t a sport that we grew up with and played, so I don’t really understand the game that much. I do, however have an opinion. I think the game at the professional level can be upgraded to make it more interesting to folks like me. For instance, the net is too small. If I’m not mistaken they use the same size net for kids to play on. If I’m right, then I think the pro’s should have to defend a bigger net or maybe even put one in each corner, add another goalie and another normal player. It would bring more action to the game and more excitement. Like I said, I could be all wrong.

Well, I didn’t mean to go on about sports, but it appears I did. I think I just needed to vent. The fact is right now the only team that means anything to me is not even pro. It is the Arkansas Razorbacks! WOOOOOOOO PIG!!! SOOIE!!! GO HOGS!!!