Monday, December 31, 2007

It's almost time

Less than 13 hours left in 2007. I have been working on my goals for 2008 and I think I have them ready. Actually I have decided on only one for next year. It's too early to let the cat out of the bag though so you will just have to drop by in 2008 to see what it is. I will give you some hints but no fair guessing.

I had about 5 on my list and was trying to make them all positive. In a nutshell they were things that would make me a better person, physically, mentally and spiritually. All would be challenging and I would need a lot of help to make them happen. I still couldn't decide which ones I really wanted to commit to because I didn't want to bite off more than I could chew. There is nothing worse than setting your sights on a goal and then not being able to make it. (see 2007, 2006, 2005, etc goals)

Anyway I finally took a break from all my goal setting and that's when it hit me. The one goal for 2008 that would really mean something to me. It would make me a better person and not only that, it would help me reach all of my original goals. Actually someone else suggested it but it is what I was looking for. Sound impossible? Just wait and see. Nothing is impossible.

Happy New Year everyone.

Greg

PS don't expect me to be up at midnight. I will be asleep way before then. :)

Friday, December 28, 2007

Goals and remembering

As the year comes to an end, I am again thinking about my goals for the coming year. I have some already in my head but I think I need more. So far most of mine are general and I do want to pin myself down to some specific ones. You don’t want to just have those “ Miss America” goals like; “ I want to do good things for good people and be a sugary sweet person blah blah blah. “ Goals need to be specific and measurable. That is something I learned in Management class. They must also be achievable so no goals of becoming the next President although I do think I am as good of a candidate as the ones we have. Wait, I am not worth 208 million dollars.

This year all my goals are going to be positive. I want to start things and do things and go places. In the past all of mine have been negative like lose weight, Stop doing this or that or be less of something. In general I want to make a positive impact on the world. I know, I am only one person but a little positive change is better than no change at all. If everyone does one positive thing then maybe we will see it. This sounds over simplistic but I do think it is possible. If you don’t believe me think of the opposite side of the coin:

As most of you know, yesterday’s terrible tragedy is Pakistan was felt around the world. Bhutto’s death was caused by one person . I know there were others behind it but one person carried out the suicide mission. If one person can make such a negative impact, why can’t one person make a positive one? I think it deserves a try. Rather than dwell on this lets think of positive things we can all do today. Lets remember She who worked for peace in the world and do what we can to keep her work alive.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

What's in your future?

Did you ever have one of those job interviews where they ask you: “Where do you see yourself in five years?” This is one of those questions where there is really no right or wrong answer. You start second guessing yourself wondering if you should say that you will still be where you started or really lay it on the line and tell them that you hope to be the CEO in five years. As someone that was forced to ask such ridiculous questions, the best thing you do is give a wishy washy answer about doing positive things for the company. The wrong answer is: “God willing I will be laid up at home drinking beer and watching television while waiting on a compensation check from some work related injury.” It may be true but that’s not the right answer.

The truth is who knows where we will be in five years or even one year for that matter. As we end another year, every radio and TV show is focusing on: 2007 the Year in Review. They cover the best and worst happenings of the year on everything from fashion to parenting. Most of it bores me so I don’t watch much TV between now and January. I like to take this time and start planning on the coming year and things that I want to do. I wish I could predict where I will be this time next year but I really can’t. (right now I am working on the rest of the day) I can set goals though and try to move toward those goals throughout the year. If you are like me and set goals, here is something fun to do.

Write down your goals and then seal them in an envelope and send it to a friend. Ask the friend to keep it and not open it but instead to mail it back to you in one year. I did this once and was amazed at how my goals had shifted with time. In my envelope, I included a dollar bill with a note that said “if you are having a bad day, buy a coke with this dollar. You deserve it.” I forgot about the letter and busted out laughing when I got it and saw the dollar. I was having a bad day too so it was especially nice.

On another note:

I was "warned" about the new Church we are going to. I was told it was too “cultish.” They hug you there and its way to social. People mingle and talk before and after church and they are way too happy during the service. They play uplifting music and dare I say it "have a guitar player". "It is more of a social event" where you come out feeling good and happy. People actually sing out loud. “Church shouldn’t be like that.”

So if Church doesn't uplift you then what does?

Have a great day,

Greg

PS: my prediction is that 2008 will be a great year!!!

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas

Hello everyone. Having a great Christmas here so I don't have a lot of time to write. We went to a very nice dinner party yesterday and I ate enough for 10 men. Then the hostess brought out the main course. After dinner we met another friend for the evening Christmas service at Church. Good thing the lights were on because I was a little sleepy after eating all that food. It ended with a lovely candle light message and prayer with everyone singing softly in the candle light. I could have never made the midnight service as sleepy as I was.

The boys let us sleep late which was nice and then we all opened presents and had home made banana bread and beverages. Lunch is going to be early this year so you better get moving if anyone wants to eat with us. :) The house already smells like ham. We are also having crescent rolls, string beans, Potatoes and a salad. Its diet tomorrow so eat up today people!

Merry Christmas
Greg

Friday, December 21, 2007

Potpourri

I took the day off yesterday from work and also from blogging to get some rest and relaxation. As luck would have it though my sons muffler decided it was a good time do dye so I started my day out in the muffler shop. We left his car there though and headed out to go fishing so I did have some relaxation. I forgot to bring my camera though so there are no pictures of the fish we caught. We caught 6 Sheepshead and ended up keeping 4 for dinner. The weather was about perfect and my sons and I had a great time. For those that have never seen a Sheepshead, here is a picture I took last year of some we caught. Notice they really don’t look like sheep but do have some big buck teeth for eating crabs and barnacles. They are a very difficult fish to catch and I was glad to see that both my sons caught some. I fished just until I caught one just to make sure I could still do it.




I looked up Sheepshead on Google and this is what I found. Ha ha ha.




The only bad part of the day was that it got so warm that the sand gnats were out. If you have never had the good fortune to be around sand gnats you don’t know what you are missing. They are called flying teeth or no-see-ems becase they are tiny but pack a sharp bite. Nothing kills then or even drives them away. All you can do is drown them with bug spray and hope for a stiff wind. They are famous for attaching you when you are trying to work or concentrate like when you are fishing. When we got back to the dock we all looked like we had the chicken pox because we were covered with little red spots. Here is what they look like:




Today is my last day to work before Christmas. I am looking forward to 4 whole days off. I will do some baking this weekend but I am planning on taking it easy most of the time. We are having our holiday dinner today and I made Tater Salad. That’s the same as Potato Salad for those that don’t speak southern. It is a great recipe with lots of taters, butter, sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon bits, onions pickles and a touch of mustard. See how nicely I decorated the Tater Salad with pickles? :)




I am defiantly in the Christmas spirit this year even though we are having a warm spell right now. It is almost too warm to do any serious baking but I am going to give it a go. Don't forget the reason for the season:




I hope everyone has a Very Merry Christmas.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Book Report: "The Glass Castle"

I don't read many books these days. I guess because I have to do so much reading at work. My sister let me borrow a book on tape recently and I have to tell you about it. It was "The Glass Castle" by Jeanette Walls.

It is about Jeanette's childhood and the things she went through. Her family lived like nomads and the things that she went through made my childhood look great. After listening to this book, I felt better about my own childhood and the struggles we had. I also came to terms with the fact that some people live like they do out of choice and are happy being the way they are and don't want to improve. I won't give away the ending but I highly recommend this book. There is some adult language so be forewarned. It reminded me of a story.

A frog and a scorpion come to a river. The frog is about to jump in and swim across and the scorpion asks if he can ride on the frogs back to get across. The frog hesitates at first because he knows that the scorpion could sting him and kill him but then he rationalizes that if he were do do that they would both drown so he agrees. About the time that they reach the middle of the river, the scorpion stings the frog and he begins to die. He asks the scorpion. "Why did you do that, now we will both die" The scorpion answers "because I am a scorpion. It's what we do."

Sometimes we can't change people, we just need to accept them the way they are.

Have a great day,

Greg

Monday, December 17, 2007

Blame and Credit



“My” Pahthers won !!!

Well they aren’t actually my Panthers, they are the Carolina Panthers but I am going to take credit for the win. Since they won, I am going to bathe in the glory of the win and associate their name with mine. Last week though, “they” lost. Those darn Panthers lost. They weren’t My Panthers then. When they win, I am willing to take credit for the win but when they lose it is all their fault.

That seems to be the norm these days. Whenever something good happens, we want all the credit but when things go sour, it is someone else’s fault. I have a little joke that I say at work from time to time. People are always afraid of getting fired and I tell them that I am not afraid of it. Seriously I know I could always find another job but this is what I tell them.

If I quit, I have to go home and tell my wife and family that I gave up a perfectly good job and lets just say I won’t be on Their “good” list this Christmas. There might even be some negative words spoken about me in the discussion. However if I go home and tell them that I got laid off, then my boss is the bad guy. I would probably get some sympathetic hugs, a pep talk and we would come up with a plan.
If I get a raise then I earned it but if I don’t get a raise then those guys didn’t give it to me. Whenever something positive happens we are willing to step up to the plate and take full credit but when something negative happens we go searching for someone to blame.

We went to a new Church this week and I really liked it. It might be a little too modern for some and too uplifting for some others but I liked the atmosphere. The sermon was great with a Christmas theme, a good solid message and even a little humor thrown in. Part of the message though was about Credit and how we humans are willing to take credit for anything good that happens in our lives. On the other hand though, when something goes bad we turn the credit into blame and go looking for someone to blame. Often times in a crisis situation we can’t find anyone to blame but ourselves. In these times instead of taking credit or blame for our situation we often turn to God and blame him for what has happened.

People are always asking: “How could God let the bad things happen in the world?” We forget to ask: “what did I do to deserve the good things that happen in my life?” Or: “What did I do wrong to let these bad things happen?” If we turn the tables on who is to blame for the bad things that happen and who should get the credit when things go right, maybe the world would be a better place to live. If we take the blame when things go bad in our lives then we can take actions to make them better. I do want to be a better person but the only one that can make my life better is Me.

The truth is I have nothing to do with the Carolina Panthers. I couldn’t tell you the name of a single player or who the coach is or where they stand in the rankings. I really don’t watch a lot of sports at all. I don’t participate in a lot of sports because I am not very good at them. I chose to do other things besides practice. I decided not to play and it is totally my fault for not being any good at them. I concentrated on other areas when I was younger.

It’s a new day today and the sun is shining. It is a little cold for my taste but then that takes care of the mosquitoes. Today I am going to thank God for the good things in my life and not dwell on the negatives. Positive is so much nicer. I would like to take credit for the lovely scene above but instead I Thank God.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Just Remembering

Wanda made me think about Christmas traditions. When we were young,we would go to Grandma's house for Christmas and she would always make party mix and popcorn balls for us kids. She knew that party mix was my favorite. Later on in life when the big dinners were long gone, we would go up and see her and exchange presents. She would still make the party mix for me each year. She didn't have a lot of money and usually someone else would buy her the ingrediants to make it. I still make party mix each year but I wish I had a good popcorn ball recipe. I tried to make them several times and they came out tough. Hers were always chewy but never tough. Maybe it was the love she put in them along with some good gum drops.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

"Poor old Jeff"

Mom always said that. But don't cry for him, things are looking up.

First off my brother is a drug and alcohol addict. He has been this way since high school and he is now 55 years old. Wait I forgot, mom says he doesn’t drink and only takes legal drugs. He lives with his 80 year old mother, on her social security check. He hasn’t had a real job in over 15 years. About a year ago, we thought he had hit rock bottom. He had run out of friends and money and because of this had to cut down on his booze and drugs. I mean he was able to bum a small amount of money from mom but she wouldn’t give him enough to support his habit. After all she did already buy his cigarettes.

Because he was out of money, he was starting to dry out. For the first time in as long as I can remember, he wasn’t drunk or high when I saw him. He kept talking though about all this money that he was going to get and I believe that was what was keeping him going. Since he was a child, he complained about aches and pains and had every excuse not to work or even do chores. Through his life, he was "fortunate" enough to get rear ended and also break one of his hands and well the pain was just unbearable.

Through the miracle of "working on consignment", he managed to find a lawyer who took his case and finally was able to get him Medicaid. For those that don’t know about Medicaid, it is very hard to qualify for. My mother tried but couldn’t get it but my brother could. And since he has all this pain, his doctor (quack quack) prescribed pain pills. About 6 months had passed since I saw him last. His speech is now slurred and he has to lean on things when he stands. But fortunately, he can still drive mom around. He was able to buy a car because his money was retroactive and he got a big cash settlement. Good thing too because he had to pay that lawyer. Now he can drive to get his free medications.

Now the stuff they give him is pretty strong but to tell the truth it isn’t strong enough for him. He has developed a tolerance for drugs and likes to brag about how much he can take without it affecting him. The time he broke his hand, the doctor gave him enough pain pills for two weeks. He had 30 of them and the prescription said ”take one every 8 hours”. He told me about it and said that he ran out after two days. “Greg these aren’t S#&*” he said. “I could take the entire bottle at one time if I wanted” I wanted to say, why not try two bottles with a whole bottle of Jack Daniels but I didn’t.

He has lots of friends again now too. They call at all hours of the day and night and then drop by and he goes for short drives with them around the block. Mom says that he just needs a little privacy and insists that nothing illegal is going on. When we tell her that he is taking drugs, she defends him and says he is in a lot of pain. Funny the exrays don’t show anything. When we had evidence that he was selling drugs, she said that the girl that bought them was in a lot of pain too and couldn’t afford to go to a doctor so what he was doing was a good thing. He has a heart of gold she says.

Now here is the good part. The local police won’t do anything about it. He is just a small time drug dealer and they want the big fish. It has been two days since I contacted the Medicaid office via email and I have heard nothing. I have to have concrete proof. So my brother will be spending our tax payer money to buy and then sell drugs and there is nothing we can do about it. And we wonder why the system is so screwed up. Oh and don’t worry about him starving to death. He gets food stamps. So once a month he treats his friends to lobster and steak and the rest of the month he lives off of my mother’s social security. She won’t throw him out either. We are just picking on him.

I hope this post makes someone angry. I hope that it makes someone that knows someone in power mad and that something gets done about it. I would rather see him in prison than living like he does but I am powerless to do anything.

Ok here is the positive side. My kids know what is going on and swear that they will never ever touch drugs. They don't even what him to touch them.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Life isn't Fair !!!

I hear that a lot these days, especially at Christmas time. Life just isn’t fair. So what does it mean when someone says that? For starters you never hear people at the top saying that. I doubt if any corporate executive ever looked at their lowest paid employee and said that. No, it is usually said when someone sees that another person has something that they want. So in essence, they are saying “Hey, he got more than I did.”

So fair isn’t even the right word to be using. If you truly feel that way, then what you should actually be saying is “life isn’t equal”. I know you have heard the saying “No one said life was supposed to be fair.“ But just so that no one can ever say that again, I am saying it now. Life should be fair. So there you have it. I said it and you may quote me on that. Greg said “Life is fair” Notice I didn’t say life is equal, because it isn’t.

So who out there wants less? Not many of us I am afraid so what we need to change our statement again. Admit it, we don’t want equality, we want what they have. We want more. Now that that is out in the open, maybe we can find out why. Is it something we are born with or something that we learn?

Lately all you hear about on TV or Radio or around the office is Christmas. And what do most people ask? What are you getting for Christmas or what do you want for Christmas? We have all asked our children what they want for Christmas too and have gone as far as to have them make a list and tell Santa what they want. It’s all about want, want, want, want. It would be different if it were need and not want.

Can you imagine if you weren’t allowed to ask that question? What if no one was allowed to ask for presents at Christmas? What if all you could do was give gifts and not ask for any in return. That’s an interesting idea. What if this season was all about giving and not about getting? What if you could only give gifts to someone you didn’t know or to someone who couldn’t give you anything in return? Maybe give gifts only to someone that has nothing, just because you want to make them feel special.

Wow it would be kind of like giving gifts to someone else’s baby that you didn’t even know. Talk about not fair.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Our Son isn't "Normal"

Well that’s what they told us at the “trial” yesterday. Ok it wasn’t a trial it was a parent/teacher conference but it more closely resembled a trial. First off you would expect it to be a one on one meeting between teacher and parent but it’s not that way anymore. To start out with all the 5th grade teachers participated as some kind of unified front. Then they brought along the guidance counselor, the student psychiatrist and the principal for good luck. That makes it 6 to one odds. Pretty even I must say.

So what is "not normal" about our son you might ask? Well he just isn’t like the other kids. First off, he likes people and tends to get close to them and look them in the eye when he talks with them. He also smiles a lot which makes the other students as well as teachers nervous. As one teacher put it, he gets in my “space” when I am talking to him. To put it another way, most kids and adults don’t like it when you are less than 3 feet from them. He needs to be more normal and less warm and friendly. You know, show some disinterest or aggression.

Wait he is already showing too much aggression in his drawings. That is “not normal” item number 2. He is a big history buff and loves watching the history channel on TV. He doesn’t have any video games so that is what he does for entertainment. He loves airplanes and loves to draw them. Since they are usually fighter planes, it shows aggression. I used to draw similar scenes when I was his young and I can tell you that I am so far from aggressive it is not funny. We will work on teaching him to draw monsters and evil things so that he isn’t aggressive.

Ok here is “not normal” item number 3 and this one will shock you. He doesn’t dress like the other kids. He doesn’t follow the latest trends. He doesn’t wear those gangsta-pants with the crotch down to his knees. He prefers to wear sweat pants that fit him and could care less about fashion. Because of this the other kids pick on him. Ok let me get this straight. The other kids pick on him and this is HIS problem? Did I miss something?

And speaking of getting picked on, our son doesn’t know how to handle being picked on or aggressive behavior. You see we never fight or argue in front of him so he doesn’t recognize this kind of behavior. I guess we need to be more like normal parents and fight in front of our kids.

So after all that the Principal asked about his test scores. In SC they make the children take something called MAT tests, which show where your child stands in relation to other students his age in the state. The guidance counselor said “this isn’t about his test scores”. The Principal said he just wanted to know how my son was doing academically. Well he does test above 95% of all the kids his age she said.

I am so glad he isn’t “normal”.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

New Web Sites

This morning someone sent me a link to a list of where all the "speed traps" are in the area. Along with this email I also got a few replies from some others that got the same email thanking the person who sent it to us. Obviously these people don't know the difference between "reply to sender" and "reply to all" but that is neither here nore there. What gets me is how many people think it is ok to speed and are very excited to know where these traps are so they can slow down in those areas. Here are a few other ideas I have that some people may be interested in.

What about a list of where the cameras are located in Walmart so that people that want to shop lift can do so without fear of getting caught. They could also post on a website pictures of all their undercover workers so that we can watch out for them too. The site could be called www.ItsOkToSteal.com

How about a website that tells you how to get out of paying child support. That would be very valuable for all those fathers who only made a little mistake and now have to pay for it. That site could be called. www.HowToAvoidResponsibility.com

As you all know from my picture, I am really into fishing. The fish in that picture was released because it was over the size limit. When we go fishing we only keep what we need and we always obey the size and catch limits. A number of people that I showed that picture to said that they would have kept that fish. Just last night I saw someone catch a fish that was too small but he was going to keep it anyway. What would help those people out would be a list of the Wildlife officer whereabouts so that they can keep any fish they like. We could call it. www.IWantToBeaPoacher.con

Finally I know some people that would actually like some of the web sites mentioned above. Several of these people think they are good people simply because they go to Church on Sunday. During the week though they lie, cheat, steel, gossip and do basically anything they can get away with. They truly believe that going to Church alone makes them a good person. Well I have news for them. They should check out the site: www.GodIsWatchingYou.com

Have a wonderful day.

Greg

Friday, November 30, 2007

ARE WE THERE YET?



Remember those trips with the family when you were young and how you constantly asked that question? It always seemed like an eternity when you were stuffed in the back of a station wagon and on a long trip. Well that’s the way we traveled anyway. Your trips may have been different. There were 7 of us so the car was always crowded. Mom and Dad sat in the front with my youngest brother. Then three kids sat in the back seat and I would get way in the back with the luggage. None of us were strapped in either but somehow we lived through it all. Anyway the point is there had to be a destination in mind in order to ask that question. Usually for us it was upstate NY to visit the relatives or Camp JOY (Church camp) in West Virginia. Both were long trips from Florida.


So this morning I was listening to the Steve Harvey show on the radio as I do every morning at 6:00. If you are ever up at that hour, I highly recommend his show. He starts his show each day with an inspirational message and some thoughts for the day. Today’s show was about having a goal or purpose in life. I pondered this as I drove in to work this morning. I have been working on a huge report at work. It is a continuing project and seemingly endless so began thinking about where I am going with it and to tell the truth, I have lost sight of my goal. So before I started typing this morning I reminded myself what my goal for this project really was. Now that I know what it is, I have found that my work is much easier. As long as I keep my final goal in focus, I can stay on track and put to the side anything that is unnecessary in me reaching my goal.


It’s the same with lifelong goals. First you have to have a final goal in mind or you will find yourself just heading out to work day in and day out with no end in sight. I dare say lots of people are in that rut. They go to work each day, living for the weekend but come Monday they start it all over again. No wonder so many people are going crazy these days. With all the stress in the workplace they have nothing to look forward to in life without a bigger goal. When I was young, I had the normal goals of becoming wealthy or famous in life. Now that I am older, my goals are less selfish and on a grander scale. So what are your goals in life? I know there are some good ones out there. And none of those Miss America type goals either. You know the ones “I want to do good things for good people and be a really good good person” :) I will tell mine if you tell me yours.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Where are you going?

Where are you going and why are you in such a big hurry? That is what I would like to ask some of the people that pass me in the morning. Each day I get up and get ready for work then head out and join in the Indy 500 as we all rush to work. Well I am not in a big hurry so I lose the race. I get up 15 minutes earlier than I have to so that I don't have to rush. I like to get ready then sit quietly and meditate for a few moments before getting into the rat race. Once I hit the road, I drive the speed limit and make it to work with lots of time so that I can again relax before starting my work day.

Not everyone is like me though, Every morning someone gets right on my bumper and swirves back and forth waiting for just the right moment to pass and then they head on down the road at high rates of speed. I usually catch up with them at the next light only to see them fly off again trying to get somewhere quickly. I admit it, I do drive what I consider the speed limit. If it is 55, I stay between 55 and 60 depending on the driving conditions. For some reason this makes people around me mad.

You know I really don't care of these people want to break the law (and that is what they are doing) and I can live with them endangering others on the road but think about this for a moment. Why should they be mad at me for obeying the speed limit? I mean just because they waited until the last minute to leave their houses is no reason to be mad at me. They should be mad at themselves for not being able to plan their day properly. That's how I see it.

Ironically some of these same people hate their jobs so here they are rushing to get to a place they hate. Isn't that strange. Now on the way home they stop at the store, the bank for stop in for a beer somewhere instead of rushing home. I think some people need to shuffle their priorities a little. Me I will just keep taking my time and if you happen to be one of those people that passes me and gives me the finger, I will politely wave back and say have a wonderful day and hope you make it to work alive.

I have heard the excuse that it isn't breaking the law because everyone does it. Does that make it right? Am I the only one that drives the speed limit? Why are you mad at me?

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Things that scare me

Here are my top three....

Number one in my list is going to the dentist. I have always hated going to the dentist because nothing good has ever happened to me in a dentist office. I mean there are needles, pain, blood, gagging and an occasional throwing up episode and I just can’t get past that sound of the drill. I know I am a grown man and shouldn’t be afraid of it but I am. By the way, I have an appointment this afternoon and am dreading it. I am claustrophobic too and I always feel like I am going to choke with all that stuff in my mouth. When I was young, my dentist was named Dr. Fang. The name alone says it all.

Number two on my list is spiders. There is something scary about a spider. I think they were created by the devil just to scare me. Once when I was very young, I got a big banana spider on my face and to this day I nave nightmares about it. They just look creepy to me and then there is that anticipation of the bite when they get on you.

Number three for me is heights but not just being high. I am afraid of being high and on the edge of something. I can climb to the top of the stack where I work and that doesn’t bother me but let me get on my roof and up to the edge and I get chills. I guess it is the falling that I am really afraid of. You know, the thought of knowing that it is going to hurt when I hit the ground.


The weird thing is I am not afraid of dying I just don’t’ want a lot of pain to go along with it. It is somewhere way down on my list of umpleasent things but way down there.

I associate those three things with pain and I just don’t like it. Any suggestions?

Three hours until my appointment. I am feeling nauseous. Does anyone have a Valium?

Monday, November 26, 2007

Merry Christmas

There I said it. I will say it again "Merry Christmas". How could anyone be offended with that statement? I saw on the news the other day that some town in Colorado is putting some restrictions on Christmas this year so as not to offend anyone. Things like only white lights and no tree visible from the street. I just don't get how it could. I mean the whole reason we celebrate Christmas is the birth of Christ right? So how could someone even think of separating Christmas from religion. This world has gotten so crazy.

In protest, I am putting up extra lights this year. I have my whole driveway lined with lights and a big star up in the air. And none of those silly decorations either like Snoopy or Charley brown holding a candle. I do however have a big frosty the snow man up on the roof. (remember free frosty) If any of the offends anyone, I suggest you drive by quickly and close your eyes.

Pretty soon the churches will have to take down their signs and crosses so that non believers aren't intimidated when they drive by. I can see it now, just a small sign that says "place of worship inside."

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I want to help but.......

This morning on my way to work, I stopped for a cup of coffee at a local convenience store. I always stop there as it gives me a few moments to wake up fully before hitting the heavy traffic and they do have great coffee. The place is very clean and bright inside but outside things are not so good. There are usually a few people hanging around having their last few beers for the night or possibly their first few for the day. This is at 5:30 in the morning mind you.

Today I was approached by a woman asking for some change to buy a soda. I would dare say that she has approached me over a hundred times asking for the same thing. She really doesn't want a soda. She just wants money. She probably doesn't even know that she has asked me before. Once she gets enough she heads back to the closest crack house and gets her fix. Soon she is back on the street asking for money again.

A year or so ago in that same general location a man came up and asked me for money. He said he had run out of gas and had no money on him and needed to get home from work. He showed me his ID which showed that he indeed lived a long ways away and he sounded genuine so I gave him the only two dollars I had. Not two weeks later at a different location, the same man came up with the same story and I just said NO.

When I was young, I would help deliver Christmas baskets to the poor with my church group. On one occasion, we left the food with the children in a home because the parents were gone. After we left, we realized that we forgot one bag of groceries so we went back. When we got there, the neighbors had gone in and were taking the food. Stealing from your own neighbors. What a shame.

The other night, we had a discussion about taxes. My son asked why we paid so much and who decided what we had to pay and where it went. I started thinking about all we do pay and all that is waisted on special projects. I wish there was some way to dictate where the taxes I pay go. It is hard for me to understand why we spend billions on things like the space shuttle or other countries when there are people HERE that need help. I don't recall saying that is where I wanted the money to go. What can we do? Where do you want your tax money going? Am I alone?

Monday, November 19, 2007

Time to reflect

Fall colors

We didn't go to the mountains this year to see the leaves change. I really wanted to go but with changing jobs and so many things going on, we just couldn't make it. I don't know if the leaves were as lovely as they were last year when I took this picture, but this is how I remember it. As the weather turns cooler and the days grow shorter at least I have this picture planted in my mind.




A brighter day.

The other night there was a documentary on TV about Thanksgiving. It covered the history of it from the beginning until present time. What it all boils down to is that the holiday has changed throughout the years but there was always a central theme. Taking the time to be thankful for what you have. I do want to thank everyone for the comments on my last two posts. After my two humerus Thanksgiving posts, I wanted to take a moment and reflect on the things I am thankful for. Oh I am sure if I wanted to, I could dwell on the negative things in my life but I choose to look at the bright side. I wish more people would do that. Everyday, I hear people complaining about little things in their lives that are bringing them down. I think it is all how you look at things. I choose to be positive. Here are a few examples:

I am thankful for my job. Lots of people are out of work.

I get to spend Thanksgiving at home. Many years when I was in the Navy I was away during the holidays.

I am thankful for catching a few red lights on my way to work because it gives me a few moments to look around.

I am thankful for life not always being easy because I would become lazy and not appreciate when I have it so good.

I am thankful for the friends in my life and being able to help them when they need a hand.

I have a wonderful family, we are all happy, healthy and living a life I am proud of and I thank God ever day for what I have. Even when things look dark and gloomy I remember that just above the clouds, the sun is shining.








Happy Thanksgiving everyone.

Greg

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Gobble-De-Goo

Gobble-De-Goo: That’s Turkey talk for Eat My Stuffing.

Today I was thinking about Thanksgiving and realized there is a lot about it I don’t know. I really have a lot of questions about the entire holiday. I mean I can cook a great turkey and dressing with all the trimmings but some other things baffle me.


For starters, do American Indians celebrate Thanksgiving? I seriously would like to hear from a Native American because I really don’t know the answer to this one. I mean the whole concept is kind of weird to me. It is like celebrating the beginning of the end. I mean this was sort of the kick off meeting before the Pilgrim Executives took over the new world. Several years ago I worked for an American chemical company that was taken over by an English company(sound familiar?). It all started with a big meeting/meal with everyone happy and friendly and then they took over our company. I don’t celebrate that now though.

Question #2. And I am really serious about this, but were there only white people (and Indians of course) at the first thanksgiving? If so then why do other races in America celebrate? Actually weren’t all the Pilgrims English? Although they were here, they weren’t officially detached from England (no passports) and this wasn’t officially America so shouldn’t it be England not America that celebrates Thanksgiving? Back to the original question, I guess it is like celebrating Oktoberfest if you are in Germany. It’s a good reason to celebrate no matter what who started it.


The other day I saw a show on TV where they discussed alternate meals to serve at Thanksgiving. There were things like tofu turkey, unseasoned blanched veggies, and Low fat Jello with low fat whipped topping. I thought Thanksgiving was all about eating. It was the one holiday truly devoted to overeating and feeling miserable. What is happening to America people?

Ok this last thing and is a little off the subject but I have to talk about it. What’s up with all these Mexicans coming in to “our” country? Do they think they can just waltz into a country without being invited, settle down and make it their home? Who do they think they are anyway, the Pilgrims?

Have a nice day.
Greg

Monday, November 12, 2007

Thanksgiving memories


A Thanksgiving Story

I just realized that Thanksgiving is only a week and a half away. Where did this year go? It seems like the older I get, the faster time goes. I wonder when you get near the end, if it will be like warp speed on Star Trek and everything will just be a blur. That would be kind of cool. Well depending on where you end up that is.

Anyway Thanksgiving always reminds me of family and big dinners. The whole family would show up at my Grandmother’s house and it was a great time. I remember one Thanksgiving most of all though. It was back in the 60’s and I was just a youngster. My father was in charge of getting the turkey. I think that was his assignment because they usually gave him free turkeys at work and he would supply it for the meal.

This one year, there were more relatives than usual attending so he had to “buy” a turkey because the one they gave him wasn’t big enough. A few days before Thanksgiving, my Dad and uncle brought home a nice big one. It was a fresh one though and not frozen like we usually had. Of course mom didn’t like it but dad told her that it was the only one he could find large enough so she went along with it.

So there we were at grandma’s house. There were about 30 people there. The turkey was on the table looking golden brown. The house smelled like turkey and dressing. The TV was on and the Thanksgiving parade was almost over. The blessing was said and everyone was busy filling their plates and getting ready to stuff themselves. You can imagine the scene. That’s when the mood changed.

As the parade ended, the news man came on with a local story. “Bob the turkey is missing” Bob was a pet turkey and the owner had left the gate open and he was missing. He had been gone for two days and there was a reward for his return. Things would have been ok if dad hadn’t looked at my uncle and smiled but he did and mom saw him and well you can imagine what happened.

The rest of the story: Dad and my uncle were driving home from a hunting trip and they saw this turkey running across the road so they harvested him. (That is a kind way of saying they shot him) At the time they didn’t know it was someone’s pet but knowing dad and my uncle, that wouldn’t have made a difference. He was the right size needed so they made up the story about buying it. It was like a gift from above. They needed a turkey, here was a turkey, it was meant to be.

Back to the meal: Hearing this, all the women refused to eat. All except grandma that is. She said “Well its already cooked and it looks good so why waste it.” So grandma, the kids and the men all ate that year and the women talked about it for as long as I can remember. Now that was a Thanksgiving to remember.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Just plain wrong


I have read the movie reviews but have to disagree with the masses on this one. Everyone is raving about the movie "Ratatouille". The critics are saying the animation is superb, the voices are wonderfully done and the plot is delightful. Wake up people. This is about a rat in the kitchen of a restaurant. Am I the only one that sees a problem here? This rodent came from the sewers below Paris and who knows what diseases it is carrying not to mention more bugs that one can imagine. Did everyone forget about the black plague that they say was carried by rats?


This is a Pixar film which is a division of Disney. I dare say that if Walt was alive today, he would agree with me. What started out as a cute little Mickey Mouse is now a disease carrying rat in a kitchen. What's next Pixar? Oh I know, how about a roach that wants to be a doctor so he lives in a hospital and crawls all over the medications and such. Yes that is hilarious and wholesome. Yea right. This is why I don't go to movies anymore.
You think this is all ridiculous? Just wait until you little one wants a rat for a pet. Have a nice day.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

My predictions

First of all, my sympathy goes out to all those that lost their houses in the California fires, but the biggest hurdle is still in front of them. As was the case with the hurricane in New Orleans and the one in Charleston, we can expect some changes in insurance coverage. After these hurricanes, the three major insurance companies got together and changed some definitions. For instance now there is a difference between flooding and rain damage. If your roof blows off and rain ruins everything you own that is hurricane damage and not flood damage. If wind damage associated with a major storm is determined to be wind shear then you better have wind damage coverage along with hurricane damage. There are so many loopholes that one really doesn't know what will be covered.

Now that all these wild fires have destroyed so many expensive houses, I see the major insurance companies changing the policies to say that a house fire must start from within the house. In the future you will have to have wildfire coverage in addition to fire coverage to be fully covered. I can also see the policies changing to say that if you live next to a forest you must pay a premium for your insurance because you are in a high risk zone.

I have no evidence to back these theories up except past performance, but I dare to wager that as I write this, corporate executives are working on these changes. I will be amazed if none of this comes true but I would bet money that it does.

They tell you that the purpose of insurance is to protect you if something happens, but the real purpose of insurance is to make money for the insurance executives. Just remember that you heard it here first. Have a nice day,

Greg

Monday, October 29, 2007

Not a big Homer fan


As you can see from this picture, our cat Mr. T is not a big Homer Simpson fan. He managed to stay inside most of the weekend but he really didn't do much besides sleep. I on the other hand worked like a Dog. Notice no one ever says "worked like a cat" and for good reason. That would be slept like a cat.

I heard the other day about a dog that saved his owners life by waking him up when their house caught on fire. Later the investigation revealed that the fire was started by their cat knocking something over. This proves it, a dog really is mans best friend. Cats are mean.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Mystery solved

“The case of the evil refrigerator”

For months I have been dealing with a refrigerator that from time to time decided to ruin everything in it by slipping into a deep freeze mode. I have had to throw away tons of lettuce, tomatoes cucumbers and many other vegetables, not to mention other foods that just no longer looked appealing after being frozen by this evil machine. I was unable to figure this case out myself so I knew I needed to do something drastic. I decided to assume the identity of the greatest detective that ever lived. As a child I loved watching him on TV and knew he could get to the bottom of this case. I am now Charlie Chan.




Chan: Greetings kind people.

#1 Son: Look like open and shut case to me Pop. Just a faulty refrigerator.

Chan: Not so hasty #1. Why would refrigerator deliberately ruin food? End up in trash heap. Perhaps we start with suspects. They are:

Wife, #2 son, Mother in Law, Trusted neighbor Ann, Kitty cat

#1 Son: Ok Pop. Lets throw the book at Mom. She probably just wants a new refrigerator. Why not just buy a new one?

Chan: It is a new refrigerator #1. Confucius say. “life like poo sandwich. The more bread you have the less poo you get” Unfortunately, we have little bread and lots of poo. Need to find real guilty party.

#1 Son: Ok Pop how about Mother in Law? Why would she do this?

Chan: Sometimes Mother in Law need no reason. Confucius say: “Mother in law like unmarked thermometer. Sometimes leave bad taste in mouth” Not logical that she would do this.

#1 Son: Why not Pop?

Chan: Butter pecan ice cream by temperature knob not touched. Impossible situation.

Chan: Lets examine Trusted neighbor Ann.

#1 Son: Pop shouldn’t we leave that to a doctor?

Chan: Only figure of speech #1. May get doctor to determine if you really my son. Now pay attention. Ann possibly turn down thermostat to make food spoil then sell lots of wine to fill refrigerator, Make lots of money.

#1 Son: But Pop you don’t keep it long enough to need refrigeration.

Chan: Good point #1.

Chan: Kitty has motive. If food spoil, we throw out, then kitty gets to eat, .but not able to open door by self.

#1 Son: Maybe he got the other cats to help?

Chan: #1 your brain like soup sandwich. Good ingredients but really messy

Chan: That just leave #2 son.

#1 Son: But we questioned him and he said he didn’t touch the refrigerator control knob.

Chan: Lets ask again different way. #2 have you been adjusting the temperature knob in the refrigerator?

#2 Son: No Pop I swear.

Chan: So you didn’t touch any knobs at all on this refrigerator?

#2 Son: No Pop I didn’t touch the refrigerator knob (big pause) I only adjust the freezer knob down because someone keeps turning it back up.

Chan: What can I say but “Case solved”.

Ok I am back to normal now, if that is possible. I hope you liked my little journey back into TV land. Have a great day. Oh and for you youngsters, Charlie Chan and Jackie Chan are not the same person. :)

Greg

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

A visit from "The Man"

There I was last Saturday. Sitting at the flea market, quietly selling a few plants. Trying to make a little extra pocket change when who walked up.....The Man. You might also know him as "The system", "The Establishment" or some names I won't print here. He walked up, observed me making a few plant sales and then spoke. "Hello, I am from the South Carolina Department of Revenue" OOPS, Busted.

No I didn't get hauled off to jail but I did get a warning and now I have a license so the state can take taxes from the little bit I sell. Saturdays total is four dollars and ninety cents that I owe. It seems hardly worth the effort since there is a local man that "lost" over 5 million dollars and he is out on the street today. But I will do my part and pay my taxes but as a person once said. "I didn't know my fair share was going to be so much"

Now that I am a legal business, and the national debt will be paid with my taxes. I plan on starting a new blog simply devoted to that and show everyone what I sell. Oh and you will see a price increase of 7%. :) Have a nice day.

Greg

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Around Town

Pictures from Wadmalaw Island. Martins Point plantation as it stands today. (site of "The Notebook") Bohicket Creek. Shrimp boat at Rockville. If you are coming here from the "Time" article, please feel free to look around. I didn't find out until today that they used a link to my blog. Welcome. Very quickly, My wife and I got married at this plantation. It is right around the corner from where we live now so if you have any questions about it, feel free to email me and ask. In a few days, I will post some more photos of the house. I wrote an interesting story about the plantation as my last post. Check it out by clicking here.






Thanks to my son, Gregory for taking the pictures. He is making a power point presentation for Irving House Winery. You can see it if you come for a wine tasting.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ground Control to Major Blog

Sorry folks, I have been lost in space lately. So much has happened that I have lost touch with "blog World" and don't know if I can find my way back.

First of all I love my new job. All the negative things that people told me about my new work place either aren't true, they don't affect me or they are actually positive changes. All I know is I leave for work happy and come home happy and get home an hour earlier than I used to. This leaves more time for my home life too.

Our little plant business is booming. I have some new contacts and suppliers and have enough plant work to keep me busy for months. Right now I Have almost 500 small plants that need to be potted so I play with that every night which I love.

Our adirondack chair sales are taking off too and they will be featured at a wood working open house at a local craft shop early next month. I am really excited about that. After the open house they will be for sale in the craft shop and I have to tell you, the price will be going up so hurry and get those orders in if you want to beat the price increase. :)

I have been asked to cater some events at a local establishment and am considering starting a catering business. Think that is enough???? My youngest just joined boy scouts and I am participating in that too. Sooooooo much more to tell about but I have to get my thoughts together. Hope all my blog friends are doing well. I will have pictures soon.

Greg

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Strange but true

This may all be a big coincidence with no meaning but for some reason I don't think so. It really has me spooked too so let me just throw it out and see what you all think.

This past Monday, I had the day off and planned on sleeping late but I woke up shortly after 5 am after having a terrible nightmare. In the dream, I was driving down a deserted interstate in the dark and came upon an accident site. It was right at an intersection which didn't make sense because there are no intersections on the interstate only on and off ramps. There were bodies laying all over the place and fires everywhere. It looked like a war zone too as trees were leveled everywhere like a bomb had gone off. As I drove along slowly, I noticed a young girl beside the road crying and asking for help, I drove back and forth beside her but I didn't know how I could help (in my dream) so I finally just drive on leaving her beside the road. At the next exit, I got off and parked right beside the road and just sat there. Another strange thing is I was driving a pickup pulling a very large sailboat. It was a really earie scene and quite real so I woke up with my heart pounding. It puzzled me that I couldn't help this young girl, why the trees were all down, where the fires came from and why I was pulling this big boat.

Tuesday when I got to work, one of the men that works for me had copied a news paper clipping that had to deal with emergency response. He printed it because it was a story about something that happened close to the plant where I work. The story was about an accident that happened on the interstate on Monday shortly after 5 am. It was a really bad accident and it involved a pickup trick that flipped and tossed several people out on the ground. It caught fire and they said the gas tank exploded throwing fire all over the place. One of the people that was thrown from the vehicle was a young girl. She was still alive and laying beside the road calling for help. A young couple stopped to try to help her but before they could get her to safety all three were hit by another passing car and the young girl died. OK I am really feeling funny about this now.

Thursday arrived and I can't get this out of my mind. My boss asked me to run an errand in town so I decided to take the interstate. On the way back to the plant, I passed the accident site. I could see where the fires were and they were similar to where they were in the dream. It was right at a very small over pass and there was a cross road that went under the interstate. Right beside the cross road sat a cross that someone placed where the young girl died and it was exactly where I saw the girl in my dream. They had recently clear cut the timber beside the interstate so all the trees were down and it looked like in my dream. OK now I am shaking as I head back to the plant. The next off ramp is the one I need to take so I get off. Right at the bottom of the ramp, parked beside the road is a small pickup truck that was pulling a very large sail boat. It is just sitting there with no driver.


Hmmmm what do you all think? Does it mean something?

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Good news and bad news





First the good news. I am atill alive and kicking and scheduled to switch jobs on the 14th. Now the bed news. That is going to seem like an eternity. I have been called several times every night for the past week and I am working both of the remaining weekends. I did manage to take a few photo's though and I will post them for you to enjoy.

The grape stomp at the winery went ok and se made a little money but I was so busy cooking hotdogs I didn't have time to take any pictures. It looks like rain so let me post a few photo's. I hope you like them.

Greg

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Time is money

I always heard that expression and assumed that it was what a boss said to his/her employees to motivate them to work harder. These days I am looking at it from another perspective and find it is so true.

Every week day for the past 7 years I got in my car and headed off to work. My day consisted of 8 hours of actual paid work time, one hour of unpaid time at work and three hours of unpaid travel time. I justified this by saying that the money was good and it was compared to some jobs but it has taken its toll on me and I have aged tremendously in those 7 years. Looking back, I can say it was worht it but there were some heavy proces that I paid along with getting older.

For starters the unpaid time has added up and I am amazed at the time I didn't get paid for. I did some calculations and came up with 3500 hours I lost over the 7 years that I didn't get paid for. I'm not bragging but that means over 100,000.00 I didn't get paid. I am not saying that that I should have gotten that money but that was time that I could have spent with my family.

My sons are growing up fast and I missed a lot over the past 7 years. My oldest son grew from about 4 ft tall to over 7 feet tall. My youngest went from a toddeler to a rapidly growing boy who is almost as tall as me. I have two more grand kids that were born over the past 7 years and I have only seen them twice. And who knows what I missed with DW.

Yes I know I am taking a pay cut to take this new job but I am gaining time and to me it is worth it. There will be no more pager, No calls at 2 am, and no headaches when people that worked for me screwed up. I won't have anyone under me, and my drive will drop from 90 minutes to 45 minutes each way. I know this is what I need and it will be a good thing. Wish me luck.

Greg

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I'm still alive

Sorry for not posting for so long but I do have some good news, I got the job and will find out today when I get to transfer. I am very excited but also very busy getting ready to transfer. I will write more tonght and add it to this post,

Greg

Saturday, August 4, 2007

Short and sweet

Im sorry people but I have been swamped and have not had a chance to write a decent post. Let me give you the nighlights"

New job....maybe. The interview went well, I am waiting on the offer and if I get it and it is enough I will be changing positions...Yea

New car...My son bought his first car. Did you get that HE bought it. Got it last night. Guess what the first thing he bought for it was? ...thats right a sterio, lol

New friends...Still can't believe I got to meet Cora and family last week.

New attitude...for once people at work are kissing MY butt. begging me not to go. Everyone is telling me how much I am needed there....Where were these words for the past 7 years? Even my boss is nice....what's up with that??

New weather....We are having violent storms every night so I haven't been able to post at night...real reason I haven't posted. Sorry


So much more to tell but I am even swamped today and it is Saturday.

Take care everyone,

Greg

Friday, July 27, 2007

Happy Birthday to Me

Yes it's my birthday today. I celebrate making it through another year without any major problems. Oh there were lots of hurdles to get over but I made it over them all. Is it my imagination or do the years go by faster and faster?

I have nothing really big planned today. I am expecting a visit from a blogger friend though and that in itself will make my day, Have a great day everyone,

Greg

Thursday, July 19, 2007

CAR For Sale.

Why is it that whenever I hear a commercial for an automobile dealership, the hair stands up on the back of my neck and I begin foaming at the mouth like a rabid dog? To say the least they are annoying, aggravating and usually down right insulting.

Some of them try to be funny but usually they fall short of causing me to even think about cracking a smile. Who writes that crap? Definitely not a comedian I can tell you that. Those cute little skits they do make me want to puke. Some of them go on and on like a continuing story and really bore me. Does anyone out there think they are really funny or even go there to buy a car because of the humor?


And why do they feel they need to shout? I absolutely hate those commercials that the announcer shouts in your face. You know the ones that make you turn the volume down on your radio or television. Something like: “FOR THE NEXT 3 DAYS ONLY WE WILL SELL ANY CAR AT ANY PRICE, YOU NAME THE PRICE…..DON’T ……PASS ……THIS……….UP.”

And that brings me to the next thing that I hate about them. Have you ever stopped and listened to what they are saying. Here are some examples:

“If you find a car anywhere for less, buy it”……Well duh if I know it is less somewhere else I am not going to buy it here.

“We will stay open until the last customer is served.”……That is good to know because I was afraid you would close up with me still in the shop.

“All credit applications will be accepted.” ….Oh they will accept them all they just won’t approve them all. Do they think we were born last night?

The final thing that really ticks me off is the disclaimer at the end of the commercial. They always complain about having a bad reputation as car salesmen but they always put the really fast talking guy at the end. If you listen closely you will find out that nothing they just said is for real and basically it was all said to get you into the dealership and you are on your own when you get there. So be ready.

Here are some tips to help you out and I guarantee will get you the best deal possible. . When you first get there let them know up front that you don’t go for that little “good guy/bad guy” routine between sales man and floor manager. Right up front, let them know that he needs to make all deals with you there with him. Of course he will refuse and then you need to cause a scene right there in the showroom. This works best with lots of people around. If they try to quiet you, get louder and start accusing them of trickery. Try to get others involved. If they get mad and refuse to deal with you, ask for a comment card and also the address of their corporate office. Usually they will give in around this time and you should ask for a really good deal on a car. If all goes well, they will give you a great deal just to shut you up and get you out of the office.

Good luck,
Greg

Monday, July 16, 2007

The truth about men

I hear a lot of women complaining about men these days. It seems that you are never satisfied with us and can always find some flaw in our character. I have some bad news for you though. We are what we are because of you. Anything you can find wrong with us can be traced back to you. You are the reason for our imperfections.

One big complaint that I hear is that men can’t distinguish between love and sex. That may be true but let’s look at the reason why. I can still remember my first time and remember it well. She was my girlfriend and I would buy her all kinds of things. Jewelry, clothes, give her money, whatever she wanted but the only way to get what I wanted (sex) was to say I Love you. See she made me associate love with sex so it is totally her fault. I know I am not alone in this thinking either.

I also hear women say that we (men) change over the course of a relationship. Well that is as untrue as it gets. The other day, I read an article that said the women look at a man for the first time and think “I can change him into what I want”. On the other hand a man looks at a woman for the first time and thinks “She is just what I am looking for” Men expect a woman not to change and she does and women expect for men to change and they don’t. In other words when women say that men change it means that they didn’t go thorough the metamorphosis that they planned and so they are different than they expected. It is all very complicated but I understand it fully.

Women are always accusing men of lying. This is true but women lie too and you all started it. Also you make us lye. Do you remember hearing that “not saying the truth is just as bad as lying”? In fact it is a form of lying. That is what you all did. Back when we first met, you knew what we wanted. You knew we would do anything to get it. You also knew we were perverted and kinky but again you thought you could change all that. You on the other hand never told us you didn’t like blindfolds, lotions, lingerie handcuffs, getting smacked on the butt. I bet you never brought it up. We just assumed that since you didn’t bring it up, you were ok with it. So you lied first.

Now you make us lie all the time. You know when. You are walking down the street and you pick out the best looking woman for miles around and then ask us if you look that bad. What are we supposed to say? “Well honey, you are a few pounds heavier. That thong sticking out of her skin tight jeans really turns me off and her breasts are way too big and perky” Are you crazy???? We want to live so we lie.

See what you do to us? So blame yourselves ladies.

What is that???? Yes dear I am getting off the computer now…No I wasn’t talking about you….Be right there honey. I love women,

Greg

Friday, July 13, 2007

Tagged again

I have been tagged by Snow White (http://www.blogger.com/profile/04154472411277181939 to tell about the day I was born. She is so sweet an innocent, who knew she would tag me. I was too young to remember being born but I hear it went something like this:

On the day I was born.
The nurses all gathered around.
They gazed through the wide window,
At the new joy they had found.
The head nurse spoke up.
Said leave this one alone.
She could tell right away,
That I was bad to the bone.

Well it sounded familiar anyway (Thanks George T)

Actually here are some things in history that happened on my birthday which is July 27. (I forget the year) I won’t tag anyone else but would love to hear from anyone else who would like to follow suit.

1214 - Battle of Bouvines: In France, Philip II of France defeats John of England.
I don't know how to pronounce that name so I will call it the battle of cows.

1689 - Glorious Revolution: Battle of Killiecrankie ends. Just who was crankie and why did someone want to kill him?

1866 - The Atlantic Cable is successfully completed, allowing transatlantic telegraph communication for the first time. Wow have things changed.

1940 - A Wild Hare is released, introducing Bugs Bunny. I still love BB.

1974 - Watergate Scandal: The House of Representatives Judiciary Committee votes 27 to 11 to recommend the first article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon: obstruction of justice.So let me get this straight, you can get a BJ in the whitehouse but not wire tap? Man I love America.

1996 - In Atlanta, Georgia, Canadian sprinter Donovan Bailey set the 100m world record of 9.84s +0.7 m/s wind during the 1996 Summer Olympics. I could do that....if I could run fast. :)


These are the only famous people I could find that were born on my birthday.


• 1913 - George L. Street III American Navy Submariner (d. 2000)Me too.
• 1922 - Norman Lear, American television writer and producer. Another Great Leo
• 1931 - Jerry Van Dyke, American actor. I am funny too.
• 1948 - Peggy Fleming, American figure skater. We both have nice legs.
• 1949 - Maureen McGovern, American singer. I forget what she sang.
• 1953 - Yahoo Serious, Australian comedian. I think he was funny.


Have a great day, only 14 more shopping days left. Shop early spend lots.

Greg

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bumper stickers

I don’t know why people feel compelled to paste stickers all over their car. They used to be called bumper stickers but some people put them all over their cars so that phrase is out the window. I guess people just like to make a statement. Well I would like to make comments when I see some of them. Unfortunately most of these people are in a hurry and won’t roll their windows down to hear me, so I will post them here. These are some of my least favorite stickers with the comments for the people that have them:

The fish sign

I am not sure what this means. I am guessing it means that they belong to some secret fish society or something like that. When I see that one, I want to put a Nemo sticker on my car.

“My daughter is an honor roll student”

When I was in high school there was a girl that was always on the honor roll. She was very friendly with several of her male teachers. But then I am sure your daughter is just smart.


“Baby On Board”

This one always makes me drive safely. When I don’t see it, I drive like a maniac and see how dangerous I can be. This sign makes me take notice, especially when I don’t see the baby in the front or back seat. So where is the baby? In the trunk perhaps?


“Jesus is my copilot”

I have some bad news for you buddy. The copilot is supposed to be able to take over if something happens to the pilot. As far as I remember. There were no cars around in Jesus’ time. Perhaps this sticker would be better posted on your donkey.


“My other car is a BMW”

When I see this I have to wonder if the BMW has a sticker on it that says “My other car is a POS” That is usually where you find such a sticker…On a POS car.


“I (heart) Cats”

This makes me want to scream out “So do a billion Chinese but they aren’t advertising”

“No Fear”

I hate to tell these people that a little fear is a good thing. It should say “No Brains”

Well that's it for now. My pictures should be back soon. Have a wonderful day,

Greg

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Wednesday update

I think I will make this a part of my weekly routine.

It has been almost two months without a drop of booze. Physically, I am feeling about the same but I feel stronger mentally. My mind is clearer and I am also a little but calmer. I hopefully will continue to improve as time goes by. I know when I quit smoking it was a long time before I felt the full effects. That has been almost 15 years now.

My diet is going well too. I am only into week three and have lost 12 lbs. I am starting to get compliments too as people are noticing the thinner me. I have gained some energy which is giving me some more drive to stay with it. I will keep you all posted on my progress.

I took some new photo’s the other day but they place where I took them is having trouble with the machine that converts them to digital. It was nice of them to let me know AFTER I left the film with them. Now all I can do is wait. I did get to see the actual photo’s and they came out great.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, July 5, 2007

It's that time of year again.




It's time again for the annual Camp Happy Days. For those that don't know what it is about, it is a week long camp where kids with Cancer go to have fun. There are only two rules. First off, no parents. That means the kids don't have to hear, "Susan be careful" "John don't do that. " " Mary you are going to fall and hurt yourself". Kids just get to be kids and try to enjoy themselves and forget about their cancer. The second rule is that everyone must have fun. If you have never been, I highly recommend it. It will make you see life in a whole different light. These are pictures from two years ago. I will be taking some new ones tomorrow when I attend. Our plant raises money for this cause and also we set up a tent and hand out boiled peanuts and sodas. The kids look forward to us being there. Have a great day and be thankful for your little blessings,

Greg

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Happy 4th of July

To all my American readers please have a safe 4th of July. Please don't drink and drive. And be careful with those fireworks. I have mine already to go. I hope everyone gets the rest they need.

Greg

Monday, July 2, 2007

M is for Monday???

Why is it we always dread Mondays? I know I do. I guess it is the whole work week thing and I also never know if I will have the weekend off. For me it is no different than Friday except that on Friday there is the "possibility" that I will have the next two days off. Nothing is ever written in stone around here. So to lighten up my Monday, I am going to come up with an acronym for M O N D A Y. Please sing along with me.

M is for the tons of Money I am making.

O is for the Others I love around here.

N is for the nice people I work with.

D is for the dedication my fellow workers have.

A is for the ample smiles on their faces.

Y is for the yearning they have to help me with my job.

Put them all together they spell Monday. Now don’t you feel better too?


What does your “M” stand for? Should I shut my door when I read this?

Greg

Friday, June 29, 2007

TGIF

I am so glad it is Friday. That means there are only two more days this week that they can work me to death and also only three days till Monday. I do so love my job. I mean the pay is good, and the my job part of my job is rewarding its the other things that I have to do and some of the people that I work with that make me insane. I see now why some people go postal at work. Thank goodness I am a level headed guy (as I sit here staring at that kitchen knife). lol

Seriously what happened to the gene pool? Did someone pee in it? Ok someone fess up who did it? All I know is somehow we have managed to produce a bunch of super-hybrid morons. These are not regular morons. These are hybrids. And because of that, they are immune to any kind of logical reasoning pesticides and continue to breed more morons.

I swear the next time one comes into my office and says something stupid, I am going to eat a booger right in front of them to get down to their level and then maybe I can understand how someone can be so damn stupid. Here is the latest in the stupid comments I have had to deal with today.

"Greg the equipment room is getting hot. The air conditioner isn't putting out cold air"

Duh the thermostat was set at 85 degrees.

How do some of these people survive without burning their own houses down. In the words of Earl Pitt American. "The gene pool could use a little chlorine."


Well TGIF anyways.

Greg

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

It's official

This is it. As of this morning I am officially on my new diet. I have actually been on it for a week and lost 4 lbs. but it wasn't official until this morning. My reasoning is this. It is kind of like politicians start out. First of all they toy around with the thought of running for office and let it slip out just to see if they have any support. Then once they know they can get some support and won't make a total fool our of themselves they make the big announcement that they are running.

I did the same thing. I tested this new diet for a week to make sure it worked for me and now I am ready to let everyone know I am dieting. I would hate to say I am on a diet and in a few weeks when someone asked how I was doing, have to say "not so good". It would be sort of an admitting I failed and that aint going to happen.

Seriously though this is a great diet. It was invented for people with diabetes and it involves eating small meals throughout the day and keeping an even keel if you will. I get to eat a lot of food and don't get hungry but I have to eat the right foods. If anyone is interested, I can get you the name of it.

So why am I dieting you might ask. I am a little over weight and although that isn't good for my heart, that isn't the reason. I could also say that it is for me but that isn't the reason either. The other day, I was looking in the mirror in my bathroom and I said to myself: "You still got it." I thought with a few pounds gone I would be...well HOT. So I did it for you ladies. No need to thank me, you deserve it. Once I loose a few pounds, I will let you know which beach I will be strutting my stuff on and you can come check me out for yourselves. Just remember you can look but you can't touch. Try to fight the feeling.

Have a great day,
Greg

Sunday, June 24, 2007

5 questions

Here are 5 questions for Dawn and Just me and anyone else who dares to take the challenge. There are no rules to go with my questions except that you have to answer them truthfully. If you don't, I will cast a terrible spell on you. :) Well if I could cast spells I would.

1. You are down to your last dollar. No job and no one to ask for money. What will you buy with it? ( I would go for the lottery ticket)

2. You decide to take a cross country bus trip. Who do you want sitting beside you and why?

3. You inherit a million dollars with the stipulation that you spend it on something other than yourself. What would you spend it on?(no family either)

4. What is the worst thing you have done in a public place? Where was it. (example: Passed gas in church)(no I Have never done that, it was that little old lady beside me, she did it)

5. Who was the most taboo person you ever fantasized about? (For me it was a preachers wife.)

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

I asked for this, What was I thinking?

I volunteered to answer 5 random questions so here are my answers.

1. You are given one million dollars to plan a bloggers get together. Tell us where, when and what your party is all about.

I think I would like to have the get together on a cruise ship. It would be fun to have it there so everyone could get to know each other. It would be a Mediterranean cruise so all of our European friends could join us. We would have a lot of fun but we would also discuss world problems and come up with real solutions which is something our leaders don’t seem to be able to do. No one could be on the ship unless they had their own blog.

2. Describe a perfect day in your life. What would you be doing? Where would you be?

I never seem to get to really relax these days. I would like to have a day just to lay by my pool and relax. I would like it to be about 80 degrees, with a light breeze. No clouds in the sky. And NO bugs. I would have some island music playing (reggae) and a nice tropical drink in my hand. (Non alcoholic of course) I would like some suntan oil that smells like coconut and have my favorite bathing suit on. (aka birthday suit) so you better make some noise if you drop by. I will be in my hammock. I am looking for volunteers to be the oil girl. :)

3. What is the craziest thing you have ever done in your life?

I guess that would be the time I was up in Wisconsin with some friends. This friend that was from that area took us up to some cliffs where people were jumping off into a river. Like a wise ass that I was, I ran my mouth because there was a guy up there that was hesitating to jump off. Of course there was liquor involved and several nice looking ladies there watching. So the guy stepped down and said “if you are so brave, you go first” I climbed up where people jump and one of the girls said “he’s afraid too” so to prove I wasn’t, instead of jumping, I dove. The water felt as hard as a rock when I hit it and it about tore my arms off. My forehead was beet red and my arms ached but I managed to make it to the bank and climb out, No wonder people were just jumping and not diving. Wow was that stupid but al least I can now say I have gone cliff diving, I wouldn’t do it again.

4. If you could change one single thing in your life right now, what would it be?

I would have finished my degree. I was within one credit of getting my bachelors degree but never finished. I went back after a number of years but they said that some of my credits had expired. Now more have expired and it is too late. I no longer have the energy. I think I have lost too much grey matter.

5. You can choose 5 bloggers to spend six months in a locked house with. Tell us who and why them.

Ok first of all Why only 5? I want more. Of course they would all be female. I just don’t get into that male bonding thing. I did ask for this too so here goes:

I would pick Cora (Mayden’s Voyage). She is the only one I have actually met and we did get along well. She is fun to be around and I know we would talk about anything and everything including the others in the house. I think we would talk until I lost my voice. She has such a happy smile and I love it. I know I would have at least one sure friend.

I have always liked artists so I would like to have Lori (missbinnyc) in the house too. Artists are deep thinkers and I have this feeling that she is a very deep person. I can see it in her work and would love to get to know her better. She could tell me all about the big city too which fascinates me. You know those small town boys and big city girl fantasies.

I would love for Evalinn (stock city girl) to be there too. I don’t know much about her because I just started visiting her blog but I am in love with her hair. If she is in the house, I better have lots of nice hair brushes. No I don’t have a hair fetish but I may develop one. She reminds me of someone from long ago. (the hair anyway)

Jenny(blog this) would be there just because I get to pick anyone I want. Those blue eyes are the devil and I have this feeling that what’s inside is more of the same. She doesn’t mind saying what is on her mind and never holds back. She is a little young but I wouldn’t let that stop me from trying. (hey this is my fantasy so back off) Just reserve some time for me between midnight and 6 am.

Last but defiantly not least, I would love to have Barb(bardouble29) there with me. She is the one that asked me these questions in the first place and I find her very mysterious. I would love to find out what makes her tick and 6 months should give me enough time. She has the little girl look kind of like Mary Ann from Gilligan’s island. Want to play castaway little girl? I will be your professor. :)

Ok that’s it. If anyone else would like to take the challenge just let me know. That is if you are up for some interesting questions.

Greg

Monday, June 18, 2007

Movies I don't care for

Are there any movies that you really don't like? I started to say hate but that is too personal and I save that for just a few people? I am not talking chick flicks that men naturally sleep through. I mean a movie that everyone around you just loves but for some reason you just seem to despise. There are two movies that just don’t do it for me. They are both Christmas movies too and maybe that is part of the problem. Christmas was always a sad time for me. I always asked for really expensive things but got things from the 5 and 10 cent store. I now realize that is all we could afford but it is too late to go back and change the past. Unless anyone would like to send me expensive gifts now. :)

Ok the two movies that I really don't like are “It’s a Wonderful Life” and a “Charley Brown Christmas”. They both have the same plot too if you look at it from a distance. For those that have never seen these movies, here is the plot: They start out making everyone really sad and then toss in a very short happy ending. No wonder they suck so many people into liking them. How can you not like them? Well I saw through their little scam from the start and I refused to be sucked in.

It is like when you are on a trip and you have to pee really really bad and there is no rest stop in sight. Finally you see a sign that says last gas for 50 miles and you know you have to stop. You pull into the little out of the way truck stop and rush to the bathroom only to find the toilet stopped up and stinking. There is water all over the floor and graffiti on the walls but you can’t wait any longer so you go. Well it is the most wonderful feeling in the world and you forget all about the pain you were in for the last hour. Well it is the same with those two movies. I do like Jimmy Stuart though so I will leave that movie alone.

I hate the Charley Brown Christmas though with a passion. It is such a sad story and the music is sad and the kids are sad and it is just sad sad sad. I want to go to the kitchen when it is on and take out a nice sharp knife and silt my wrists. The other reason I hate the movie aside from being shown at Christmas time is that everyone picks on Charlie Brown. Why is this a problem you might ask? Because I was Charlie Brown when I was growing up. I wore drab clothes, I was overweight and everyone picked on me. I hated it. Face it even his dog hates him.

I am not ready to toss the movie out though but I do believe if we made a few changes, we could improve it. The problem is there is not enough humor in the movie. Too much sad, not enough funny. I have a plan though. Have you seen one of those movies where just as the credits start to run, they tell you what happened to the characters? I think that would add some humor to the movie and also give it a little air time. It would go something like this:

Snoopy was arrested for flying his doghouse without a license. He was serving a 10 year sentence at a local dog pound but was recently released with a collar tracking device. .

Woodstock was captured by the Save the Birds Foundation and taken back to the wilds of South America. He is having trouble adapting to life in the wild without a food dish bird bath..

Lucy went on to get her degree in psychiatry. She is employed by Match.com and is the one responsible for giving out bad advice. She is in love with Dr. Phil.

Linus never could give up that security blanket. However he turned his affliction into a thriving security business.

Sally resigned herself to the quiet life in the shadows after her only claim to fame was being Charley’s little sister. She is now a librarian by day and a stripper by night

Schroeder never did become a great composer. He did however sigh up with AC/DC and plays keyboard for the band.

Peppermint Patty went on to coach women’s softball. She could never get over Marcie calling her sir and one day, out of the blue, announced that she was a lesbian. She and Marcie were soon married. Marcie still calls her sir.

Pigpen opened a janitorial service and now cleans homes for a living.

Franklin had trouble with his identity. He was never sure if he was white or black but his complexion was darker than the others. He disappeared into society and there is a rumor that he changed his name and became a famous golfer.

No one knows what happened to Rerun. Most people don’t k now who he was. I think he join another sitcom?

Charley Brown. Is still alive but living in seclusion in South Carolina. He has many psychological problems from being picked on for so many years. I hear he spends a lot of time blogging.


Have a great day
Greg

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Smile it's contagious

Lately, I have begun going out of my way to be nice as kind of a social experiment but also because I just like being nice. You would be amazed at the responses I have been getting. I am usually a nice person anyway and hold doors open for people and say please and thank you but I have started taking it further. I now hurry a little bit to open doors for people and ask if people need help. I complement people if they look nice or have a nice smile, I also make sure to speak to anyone I pass on the street even though they may be avoiding eye contact. So if a stranger passes you on the street and says hi, it may be me so please say hi back. I promise I am not trying to borrow money, :)

Have a great day. Smile it looks good on you,

Greg

Monday, June 11, 2007

Where do you stand on the issues?

The other night my sister and I were bored so we were watching Presidential debate reruns. (As if it isn’t bad enough the first time.) It was actually highlights showing the differences between Republicans and Democrats. On most issues there were majorities on the right and left with a few mixed in the middle but on one issue it was unanimous and opposite on each side. “Gays and Lesbians in the military”

I am sure everyone knows that the policy is “don’t ask don’t tell” Or in other words “it’s ok as long as no one finds out”. But what is the big problem here? Do we not want gays and lesbians to fight for their country? Heck I know some people that just want to beat up gays just because they are different. No I don’t think that is it. I think it has to do with Homophobia. And Lesbiaphobia. (I made that last one up. Sounds kind of presidential doesn’t it)

For those that don’t know what those terms mean, let me explain. Homophobia is the fear of homos (as the people that have it call them, not me) and Lesbiaphobia is the fear of lesbians and only exists for women. For the information of you women, it doesn’t exist for men. In all my years, I have never seen a man look at a lesbian pictorial in a magazine and say Ewwww. Wow maybe but never Ewwwww. Also for your information, I know that Lesbians are from the island of Lesbos and Gays are from the island of Alcatraz. (Ok I made that up too)

Let me let you women on a little secret and I may be banished from the men’s club for telling you this but here goes. Men look at those pictorials and think; Wow those women are hot. They must not have a man around and have gotten so hot they are going after another woman. They know as soon as they show up with their totally studly body, these beautiful women are going to ask them to join in. Wake up guys. It’s not going to happen.

So what determines that a person is gay? I guess what I am asking is at what point is a person classified as being gay? Is there a black and white line that once you are over it, you are gay, never to return? If you never crossed it then you are straight? Is that how it goes?

I don’t think so. I think there are levels of gay and you lay somewhere on that line. Based on that, we are all gay to some extent. I guess there are some people that are so grossed out that even the word “gay” frightens and sickens them but guess what? You are still reading so you are at least a 1. Let’s see where you fit into the gay scale.

0 Means you are in that group that is totally homophobic but since you are still reading you are now at least a 2.

10 Means you have committed a certain act or acts and don’t care who knows. You would openly attend a gay function with a “friend” So where do I fit on the gay scale? I guess I am probably a 3. I have gay friends but everyone knows I am straight.

Back to this military policy. The Republicans said leave well enough alone and Democrats said throw the policy out. One candidate who will remain nameless (since I really don’t want to start a war here) said “it was my husband’s policy and it seemed like a good idea at first but now I don’t think it is good”. Funny, he said the same thing about an incident when he was in the Whitehouse. Lol Anyway, being ex-military, I am proposing the following policy that the Democrats can adopt if they like. It’s called the “Don’t look don’t touch” policy. Under this policy, Gays and Lesbians can enter the military but they are prohibited from looking at or touching someone else below the belt. Notice I left out lesbian touching in my policy. :)

So where are you on my gay scale and where do you stand on the issue?

If any of you ladies would like to tell me about a particular incident that happened to you and ask my opinion on weather it was gay or not, feel free to email me. Oh pictures would be nice too. I promise not to say Ewwwwww, lol.

The proceeding was intended to be funny. No gays or lesbians were harmed in the production of this post.


Have a great day,
Greg


Oh I have to tell you all this, This is my jobless brother talking who hasn't had a steady job in over 5 years and lives with our mother, As he sat on the porch smoking a cigarette that was bought with my mother's social security. "Greg this neighborhood has gone straight to hell. Too many lazy Mexicans are moving in" OH brother.