General Commentary (May be military related) email: Kudzuacres1@juno.com

Friday, May 19, 2006
Another perfect week in the exciting and profitable world of "government contracting" comes to a close.


This weekend promises to be interesting as I must try to get some shrubs planted, clean my shop out so that I have room to move the "free" Mercedes and maybe even practice the guitar a bit.

Thursday, May 18, 2006
So I was in the coffee shop this morning getting my high grade caffeine when someone back in the line spoke to me. It was Mizz Jones, Cletus' and Bubba's Mama. I asked her what she was doing in Huntsville and she said that she tries to get out with the older ladies fairly regularly and has found that she really likes the coffee at Aromas. I said that I had never thought of her as a coffee shop type of person and she answered that I shouldn't be judging her just because she has reached an age somewhere to the backside of 50.

A couple of the coffee shop regulars were discussing horse racing when Mizz Jones said that she had picked the winner of the Kentucky Derby which paid 20-1. I was shocked.

Mizz Jones and I sat down and talked for while. She said that she didn't see any sin in putting $20 on the nose of a perfectly nice horse. It wasn't as if she had taken up drinking. She assured me that alcohol has never passed her lips except for medicinal purposes and she was sure glad that medical science kept finding more medical uses for alcohol. She said she especially likes margaritas and really hopes new medical uses of tequila are found soon. I told her I figured the lime juice in a margarita had a lot of vitamin C. She said that was good enough for her.

By the way, if you see Cletus or Bubba around, don't say anything about this. Mizz Jones said they would roll over in their graves if they found out she was drinking fancy coffee. That is, if they were dead and buried.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Another guitar lesson down and a few hundred to go at the completion of which I will still be mediocre musician. Today we worked on the reading of music. To my amazement, it makes sense in a perverse fashion. I have always been confused about 3/4, 2/4, 4/4, etc and today I learn the whole notation thing is for convenience and has no special underlying significance.

I still don't have a clue how it all works but it appears I need to memorize how all those little dots correspond to notes on the guitar and practice counting notes out. I suppose that will be a good exercise that will allow me to rest my aching hand a little.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006
The government is getting ready to issue us a contract. I know because they are asking questions that don't need an answer unless we are the winner. The big question is how much work we are going to get? The possibilities are from just enough to be aggravating to enough to allow us room to grow. Obviously, I hope for the latter.

It has been over five years since I started the company. We have had pretty steady work, but I am anxious to move to the next stage where we have work identified past next week.

I suppose I could fall back on music for a career but as I once heard said: "You never hear anyone say: The Porsche belongs to the banjo player" or in my case, the Bass player.

Monday, May 15, 2006
We were notified late last eweek that the government was once again delaying awarding the contracts we have been waiting for. This is getting to be really aggravating.

If this keeps up, I just may have to become a government employee since I certainly can't make a living this way.