On Comments and Retirement

Well, having just started back into this writing thing, I took the opportunity to look at some of the comments I’ve received so far.  I had over 250 comments logged on this website, 248 of which were spam.  Now I like Spam (Stuff Posing As Meat) as much as the next guy, but only as a food.  This particular type of spam is ridiculous.  The worst part is that the spam filtering program I use blocked another 1248 spams – the 250 are just the ones that passed their (apparently not too keen) spam checker.

Here are three of the comments that DID make it through:

1)  “Could you please share the theme that you are using for this blog? It looks quite unique, simple, but attractive. I am looking for somthing just like that.”

Well, that’s a bit funny since I’m just using one of the built in templates provided by WordPress.  There are literally THOUSANDS of people using the exact same template, but I’m “unique”?  Interesting…

2)  “of course like your website however you need to check the spelling on quite a few of your posts. Several of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome to tell the truth then again I will certainly come again again.”

That’s right, insult me.  That’s certainly one way to get my attention.  Oh, and by the way, there are NO spelling errors in my posts (or at least very few of them).  They are certainly not “rife” with errors.  That’s something I pride myself on.  That, and the use of proper grammar – a technique this commenter apparently has never heard of.

And my personal favorite:

3)  “Tegs: дома под ключ строительство деревянных домов проект строительства. когда впервые появилась декоративная штукатурка сколько стоит декоративная штукатурка  технология работ декоративная штукатурка

Why on earth would someone come to a site written in English and comment in Russian?  Am I supposed to know what that means?  I assure my FBI friends that it is just so much gibberish to me.  Although thanks to Google, I know it actually says:

“Tegs: house turnkey construction of wooden houses construction project.  When first introduced decorative plaster How much is decorative plaster technology of decorative plaster work”

Now, THAT certainly makes sense, doesn’t it?  The grammar just gets better with each post.  I really don’t remember posting anything about decorative plaster, though.

Of course, each of these posts is “rife” (see what I did there?) with website addresses that, once clicked, would surely signal the end of my computer’s operating system and hard drive as I know it – not to mention spoiling my pristine reputation in the blogging world should some of you poor unsuspecting sucke…. I mean “erudite readers” actually have the opportunity to click on them.  It’s a very good thing that I have my site set up so that ALL comments must be approved by me before making it onto the website.  So you may all rest easy with the realization that I’m saving you TONS of frustration with having to deal with virus ridden computers.  Of course, if your computer is already virus ridden, then I can’t help you there.  Well, actually I can, but it’ll cost you $100. (I’m an honest businessman, and charge a flat fee for virus removal no matter how long it takes.  The difference between being an honest businessman and a profitable one is that an honest businessman tells you how to avoid getting a virus, while a profitable one helps you get one so he can charge to clean it up.) Winking smile

Well, there’s my “rant” (if you can call it that) for this posting.  Time to move on…

Polly messaged me an intriguing picture this morning.  It has sparked an idea in me as to what might be a worthwhile retirement “job” to pull in a little extra money once my lucrative Federal Government gig is over.  I think the picture below pretty much says it all…


I could ride a motorcycle AND perform a valuable public service for customer’s departed loved ones!  It turns out there are several of these operations around the country (although most of the ones that use the above trailer are east of the Mississippi – lemme see – em-eye-essess-eye-essess-eye-peepee-eye – yup, got it right).  It turns out they are very popular in funerals for not only bike riders, but lots of other people as well.  They’re often used for police funerals, followed by dozens of other officers on their bikes.  Here are a couple other styles, but the one above is definitely my favorite.

Bike Hearse 2The casket with the remains of Bob Probert, former NHL hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks, arrives on a motorcycle side car driven by George Winney for Proberts funeral service at the Christian Fellowship Church in Windsor, Ontario July 9, 2010.  Probert died Monday at age 45 after suffering chest pains while boating with his family.   REUTERS/Rebecca Cook  (CANADA - Tags: SPORT ICE HOCKEY OBITUARY)

It turns out it’s not even that new of an idea:

Bike Hearse 4

It might just be a lucrative retirement business.  It’s certainly worth looking into. Smile  I just hope neither I or any of my buddies end up in the customer side of one at any time in the near future.

Keep that in mind.

Have Fun and Ride Safe,


Cat on Bike

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