Time for Octoberfest

Oktoberfest is the world's largest Volksfest. Held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, it is a 16- to 18-day folk festival running from mid or late September to the first weekend in October, with more than 6 million people from around the world attending the event every year. Locally, it is often called the Wiesn, after the colloquial name for the fairgrounds, Theresa's meadows. The Oktoberfest is an important part of Bavarian culture, having been held since the year 1810. Other cities across the world also hold Oktoberfest celebrations that are modelled after the original Munich event.

The Oktoberfest tradition started in 1810 to celebrate the October 12th marriage of Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig to the Saxon-Hildburghausen Princess Therese. The citizens of Munich were invited to join in the festivities which were held over five days on the fields in front of the city gates.Wikipedia

I always thought it was to celebrate the end of season harvest.

Some Dances:



Here's a funny on how to celebrate:

Apple Harvest Fair

 Some of the many apple diseases were on display.

The fair had a few country singers, no one famous.  Local crafts were on display for sale. We didn't play the bingo games but sat at one of the tables to get some shade from the sun.
It was a quiet summer afternoon.

IT The Movie

The other day I saw Stephen King's movie "IT".  I did not like it at all.  The clown was not scary for me. Above is a photo of the clown from IT.

The characters were mostly young kids with annoyingly squeaky voices. The plot was weak.  At the end of the movie along with the credits was "CHAPTER ONE".  It shows they are planning for a sequel.

Just my opinion.  Maybe you'll like it if you're a Stephen King fan.

I think the TV series "American Horror, Cult" is much better.  The clowns are scarier and the plot is for adults, more complex.

Some clowns from the show:

My favorite has his mask on. 

My favorite putting his mask on.


More Poor Designs from Bored Panda

I wonder what they are smoking.

At first I couldn't see what was wrong with this picture
until I studied the shadow.

I bet the designer gets easily lost.

Somehow a slice of grapefruit does not look like the letter G.

This do-it-yourself project just did not work out.
I hope I would do a better job.

Summit Point Racetrack in West Virginia

We took Miles to see see a car race.  It was also the first one I've ever seen.

Miles loves the Cars movie cartoons and has models of some of the characters. When he saw the real cars the first thing he noticed was that they did not really have eyes.


Summit Point Racetrack



Below is a clip I found on YouTube.

Third Birthday for Grandson Miles 2017

One of his favorite toys, 
the box from a washing machine we bought
to replace our twenty year old machine.

His red toy car bounces off the top.


A video of Miles in action

Backyard Hummingbird's Nest

I did not actually see the nest when it was in use but I'm sure the birds left the nest empty after the eggs hatched and the young were able to care for themselves.

The next day I found the nest on the ground.

I made this short video of one of the three hummingbirds I see at the feeder each day.


Septic Tank Problems

This week I'm having my septic system worked on.  When I called for a periodic draining they found a problem with the tank. It may have somehow cracked.
Septic tanks can last about 25 to 40 years. Ours is 40 years old so I guess it must be time.

They dug up our tank and distribution box.  The distribution box is further back in the photo.

Here is the tank with its two lids.

This is the distribution box which empties into the drain field.

Below is a short video showing how it works.
It's sort of gross so skip it if you think it will bother you.


National Garage Sale Day

I don't go to garage sales myself.  Maybe I'll give it a try.

My First Tractor Pull

I thought a tractor pull was like a tug of war with two tractors pulling apart with a chain holding them.  But it's a tractor pulling a heavy sled.  The winner is the tractor that pulls the sled the farthest down the track.

Here's a description from Wikipedia:

Truck and Tractor pulling, also known as power pulling, is a motorsport competition, popular in United States, Europe (especially in the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany), Australia and Brazil, and New Zealand which requires modified tractors to pull a heavy sled along a 35 foot wide, 330 foot long track, with the winner being the tractor that pulls the sled the farthest. The sport is known as the world's most powerful motorsport, due to the multi-engined modified tractor pullers.

All tractors in their respective classes pull a set weight in the sled. When a tractor gets to the end of the 100 metre track, this is known as a "full pull". When more than one tractor completes the course, more weight is added to the sled, and those competitors that moved past 300 feet will compete in a pull-off; the winner is the one who can pull the sled the farthest.

The sled is known as a weight transfer sled. This means that as it is pulled down the track, the weight is transferred (linked with gears to the sled’s wheels) from over the rear axles and towards the front of the sled. In front of the rear wheels, there is a "pan". This is essentially a metal plate and as the weight moves over this the resistance builds. The farther the tractor pulls the sled, the more difficult it gets.

The most powerful tractors, such as those in the 4.5 modified class in Europe, can produce over 10,000 horsepower. 

This is the sled they have to pull.

Something went wrong, maybe the wheel.

This tractor was driven by a woman with a pink helmet.

Finally a short video:

I'm not sure if I'll go again but at least I've seen something new.

Cable TV Mess Up

This is how the technician left the outside cable box after the repair.  The kitchen TV was not working after the storm we had the other day.  Luckily the bedroom TV was working.  He told me not to worry because it is still waterproof!
But how?

This is the way it looks from inside the house behind the TV.

This is the view from the other side where he added some sort of plug which it didn't have before.  He said that this time both TV's will stop if something goes wrong.  Why did he do that?  There was no way he was listening to what I said so I let it go, for now.  It was not worth getting into a fight.  Besides, he was much younger than me.

I called the cable company to get a different technician to fix up the mess. But for now both TV's are working.

What happened to pride in workmanship? 


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