Richard Craver

Thoughts, Musings And The Occasional Rant

The Idiot Whisperer – Part 2 (Counterpoint)

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 26•16

The day after my prior rant I got an example of what keeps my sanity in check at work.  (more…)

Grace Clays – Sporting Clays Event

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 24•16

So, I had the privilege to take part in a sporting clays event today to benefit Grace Baptist Bible College in Winston-Salem. Grace Baptist Bible College was formed in August of 2009 and the campus resides on the property of Marshall Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. (more…)

The Idiot Whisperer – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - Sep• 21•16

Not all customers in an auto repair shop are idiots. Actually some are nice, pleasant people that simply want to maintain their vehicles and move on with life. Then there are the others. (more…)

I Am Not That Richard Craver

Written By: richardwcraver - Aug• 24•16

From time to time I will get in a strained conversation with someone that seems to be pumping me for some bit of information.  Like they ‘know’ something.

There is another Richard Wayne Craver in the area, King, NC to be exact, although he did live in Winston-Salem for a period of time. It appears he has over the last 10 to 15 years had ongoing difficulties living as a polite member of society. Google the name and Forsyth county, Surry county or Stokes county; it’s public record.

For the record, I am not him. I wonder if he is the reason I don’t hear back from job applications I’m qualified for. Hmmm.

Creating (or escaping) A Sick System

Written By: richardwcraver - Jul• 07•16

This is a blog post from that I found some years ago, it fit to a “T” the workplace I was in at the time, a sick system, bordering on a Dark Triad, that I left after 19 years. It was painful for awhile, but one of the best moves of my life. I go back to read this every so often when I feel myself being sucked into someone’s ‘system’. Kinda like looking over my shoulder to check my blind spot while driving, it’s time to check my blind spots again.



Gandalf Gains A Little Bling

Written By: richardwcraver - Jun• 11•16

Nothing serious here. When I bought my jug of Mobil1 oil recently the do Gandalf’s 200,000 mile oil change, they have an offer whereby one could get a custom frame with the car’s ‘name’ emblazoned on it. Then customers were encouraged to upload photos of their named cars wearing their new fashion accessory.

Well Gandalf’s bit of bling showed up the other day, so it was time for a bath and photo-shoot.

Gandalf The Gray

Gandalf The Gray

Methuselah was never as photogenic, but served me well until she was put out to pasture by an inattentive Toyota.

Alcohol Anyone? – Part 2

Written By: richardwcraver - Jun• 06•16

So, it’s been about a month since I embarked on my ethanol fuel journey. I’ve gotten enough data points to be really confusing really quickly. However the app on my phone wonderfully keeps track of miles, gallons, prices and makes nice graphs. So…I’ll just use the graphing in my FuelLog app on my phone to show the trend, which is downward as expected, but not nearly as much as the internet would suggest.  (more…)

Alcohol Anyone? – Part 1

Written By: richardwcraver - May• 03•16

About a month ago some of the newer Sheetz convenience stores in our area started selling E15 and E85 fuel, that is gasoline blended with 15% and 85% ethyl alcohol commonly called ethanol. The E15 a step up from the E10 that virtually all stations currently sell with the exception of a few that offer ‘pure‘ gasoline at a substantially higher price. The E15 signage indicates that it is compatible with 2001 and newer automobiles. The E85 pump indicates it is for Flex-Fuel vehicles only. Being in the automobile repair field (more…)

The Taxes Are Done, Now What?

Written By: richardwcraver - Apr• 13•16

With the advent of the personal computer over 3o years ago, and the near universality of the family computer or a household of computers; it is not unusual for families to prepare their own taxes each year, some with less complex tax situations use smartphone and tablet apps. I have been doing my own tax prep for the better part of two decades now. But what about after that nasty job is done?


Back To A One Cat Household

Written By: richardwcraver - Feb• 28•16

When Juli and I married we combined two households of animals. For myself I just had Skoodles, the cat my daughter adopted, but the cat adopted me. Juli had Ginger, also a human adopting cat, Pixie the long-haired, loud mouth that she rescued, Sheena the black cocker spaniel, and Buster the cockatiel. (more…)