Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Have a great evening,
Top 10 signs we might be in a financial crisis.
# 10. Disney World ticket prices may drop below 100.00 a ticket this year. Yea I may be able to go now.
#9. Martha Stewart is thinking about going back “in” where it is safe (and free).
#8. There is talk of selling Alaska to Russia since “they are so close you can see right across the border.”
#7. McDonald's has a new jingle for the big Mack that goes like this; Special sauce lettuce cheese pickles onion on a day old bun. (read my lips, no more meat)
#6. The 12 days of Christmas has been reduced to 1 day and you have to select between a partridge OR a pear tree. Not both.
#5. I saw grasshoppers actually saving up for the winter.
#4. Lucy, (my chicken) has gone into hiding. She is really worried about the price of chicken wings.
#3. There is talk of bringing back the TV show “Good times” but changing the name to “The Good old days.”
#2. Mexicans have been seen trying to cross the border” into” Mexico.
And the number one sign that we may be heading for a financial crisis;
I am thinking I should have voted for Hillary because on the average, women get paid less. (Insert canned laughter) (Sorry ladies, just looking for ways to cut back)
Ok now that I have you laughing in the isles, or puking, whatever the case may be, let me tell it like it is. We have gotten fat and lazy and yes things will get tough in the days, months and years to come but it isn’t like we can’t do a little cutting back. We may have to cut out that bottled water or a few movie rentals but we can do this. I know we can. I will even start getting the small margarita instead of the medium when we go to the Mexican restaurant. See I am willing to do my part.
So before you let the economy get you down, remember things could always be worse. If you don't believe me just check this out. Click HERE to see the what real problems are and some people who are really changing the world. Plus you get to see a great video for FREE.
Have a great day and put back that second doughnut.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Sorry about the quality but I was trying to get the photo quickly without getting caught. And you know the worst part. Get this girls. He had on black flip flops. Ewwwwwww. No fashion sense at all. Where are the fashion police when you need them? And speaking of police. I guess after the commotion, someone called the police because one stayed in the market all day.
We had a lousy day though. Sales were way down due to the economy I guess. I am sure all will be well by next week.
Have a great Sunday,
The point of my last post was to encourage voters to cast their votes wisely and not base their vote on rumors or things that really don't matter in an election. Things like age, gender, race etc. I hope this cleared things up. See you at the polls. I am now off to the market. Maybe I will get a picture of the hippie protesters today. I love freedom of speech. Don't you?
Have a great Saturday,
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Yes I am thinking about not voting and to tell the truth I am not alone. Thousands, maybe millions are already planning on doing it too. But before you jump all over me and call me a communist, let me post my flag so that you can see I am a true American.
So you still think I am copping out? Then you really don’t understand what I am talking about. Many Americans are going to not vote in this election. Now I don’t mean they are not voting, I mean they are not voting. Did I lose you? In the words of Ricky Ricardo; “Lucy you got some splainin to do”
When I hear people talking about this election, many of them don’t have a favorite. They only have an unfavorite. In other words they aren’t voting for someone because they like that person, they simply don’t like the other person. Let me give you a few examples that I have heard.
I’m voting Republican because Obama is a Muslim and that’s just not right.
I’m voting Democratic because McCain only picked a woman VP to get the women’s vote and I am not falling for that.
I not voting for a black man
I’m not voting for an old man
Most of the people I hear talking about this election are sighting reasons for not voting for someone. I don’t hear nearly as much discussion on why their particular candidate is the right one. Maybe we Americans need to get over these things and concentrate on what we want and not what we don’t’ want.
And now that I am up on my soapbox or as you ladies say; “have my panties in a wad”, (no I am not really wearing panties, however these briefs are riding up today for some reason) let me tell you another thing that some people are basing their decision on.
Can you believe it? I can’t believe that people would actually vote for someone because of the way they looked.
Ok maybe it happened once but never again.
And one final issue and then I will get back to my normal funny self. This message is for ALL candidates. Quit including me in the “what Americans want is…..” speech. From now on I want their speeches to say: “Americans, with the exception of Greg want........” Candidates feel free to use these:
Greg doesn’t want a better job. He already went out and searched for it, he worked for it and he got it.
Greg doesn’t want universal health care. He wants his healthcare. If someone wants healthcare, let them go out and get a job like Greg did and earn it. Greg should get better health care than someone who sits on their lazy butt all day complaining about the government. There I said it.
Greg doesn’t want us to drill for oil and mine coal in every square inch of vacant land. Greg wants our government to stop selling our fuel to other countries because he knows that we have plenty if we use our own resources.
Greg likes it when his kids pray in school. He sees nothing wrong with that. There that makes two things out of the closet this week.
Greg is just plain strange isn’t he. Ok now that I am on everyone’s bad list let me go get to work.
Have a wonderful day and please remember; "Don’t not vote."
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
This is how I will look in just a few short weeks. Ok maybe I have my sights set just a bit high but I do plan on getting back in shape.
Have a great day,
Monday, September 22, 2008
This is a picture of a painting of a picture of the friendship fountain in downtown Charleston. I thought that was kind of a cool concept.
This is the church at the end of the market. I still don't know the name of it but I like the steeple.
One of my friends there at the market makes and sells baked goods. These pastries are out of this world.
If you have ever been to Charelston then you know about sweetgrass baskets. There is a lot of work that goes into making them so they tend to be kind of pricey. This lamp is very unique and at a price of $475.00, I think I will pass on it.
It stayed cloudy all day but check out this crowd. The Mayor of Charleston even came down and had breakfast.
This display is from a local artist. That is all I know but I do like his work.
Now this is my kind of art. I like the fish plate. How about you?
I like these custom stepping stones too but I don't have anyplace to put them.
Carolina peaches anyone?
Here are some fresh jams and jellies.
And finally we have the Swamp Art guy. I do need to learn all the names but I have trouble with them. These are hand blown glass bowls. I wouldn't let the kids touch though. Some go for as high as $700.00.
Have a great day,
Friday, September 19, 2008
But the thing that makes eating there so special is the way the present the check. It comes in one of those leather folders. The server will lay it on the edge of the table and politely tell you that they will take “that” whenever you are ready. One of these days I will immediately say “I’m ready” without putting anything in it to see what happens. Inside the leather folder, the bill is neatly tucked inside its designated slot. There is also a slot for your credit card if that is how you want to pay. On the back of the bill is a little personal thank you note from your server. Ours read: “Thanks and have a nice day” and then there was a big happy smiley face and the name Ginger. Even the dot over the “I” is shaped like a little heart. It made me feel so special.
Well this particular day, our meal came to 41.50. Not too bad for a party of 4. OK I’m a cheap date. After checking the bill for mistakes I slid three twenties into the folder and placed it back on the table. Our server obviously was watching me because she returned to the table as soon as I laid the folder down. As she picked up the folder with the bill and the money, and without even looking inside she asked: “would you like your change?” Now I am a good tipper and sometimes I even tip too much but 19.00 for a 41.50 meal is a 46% tip. I wanted to say “Honey you weren’t that good” but instead I said “Yes please”. I wonder what she would have done if I had put 42.00 in there and answered “no you keep it” when she asked that question. So remember, before you ask for "change" you better know what the change is. Just food for thought.
Have a great day,
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here I sit with so much to say that I don’t know where to start so I just don’t say anything. That does happen to me a lot. My mind will be so full of unorganized ideas and I feel like they need to be let out but I just don’t know where to begin. But then that is where blogging comes in. Lately I have found that the best way to start is just to go ahead and do it. I begin by writing down my thoughts and once I start they all begin to pour out and before I know it, I have cleared my brain. Once I have most of my ideas down on paper, I then go back and weed out the bad ideas, doctor some of them and add a few more and end up with something crazy. Sometimes my brain needs lots of weeding. Sometimes it could use some herbicide.
Well fast forward to the present. Can anyone guess where this insurance company is located that told me I had to have flood insurance? Galveston TX. Maybe I should call and ask them if they had flood insurance. It wouldn’t matter though if they did. The regular insurance companies are now fighting with the flood insurance companies. You see with the houses completely gone, no one can determine if it was wind or floods that destroyed the houses so no one wants to pay. I am so glad I got that flood insurance. I feel so secure now.
Have a great day,
Sunday, September 14, 2008
This is a praying mantis. I guess he knew it was Sunday because he kept praying.
This is a ginger plant that my sister gave me. I don't know what kind it is though. So I just say it is Ginger and not Mary Ann.
I wish i had gottem a better shot of this grasshopper. He was on a banana tree and his colors were wonderful, Again I got too close to get a good shot.
You need to enlarge this picture to see what is going on. This young cardinal was begging his mother for food. He is way too old to do this but I guess if she keeps feeing him he will never stop.
This is one of the benches like I made for the new school in Charleston. As you can see Tigger Tiger likes it.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Yesterday I participated in a Day of Caring. For those who have never heard of it, It’s a United Way sponsored event where companies or other groups of people get together and make a positive difference in their community. These events happen throughout the year but many of them have zeroed in on 9/11 due to the significance of that day. We can never make the events of that day go away but at least we can do something positive in the world. About 100 people participated in our event and approximately 5000 people in the Charleston area participated at various other locations.
We worked at Catholic Charities of Charleston. They are a Catholic organization dedicated to spreading the word of God by helping meet the basic needs of individuals. It’s hard to convince a starving child that God loves them. They provide food and other support to needy people in our community. They also help out with other worldwide events like disaster relief. Yesterday we made repairs and improvements to their building and grounds. I manly worked clearing brush that had grown over their fence and was overtaking their playground. We also pulled weeds, planted some new bushes and reset benches and picnic tables. We had a construction crew that put down tile and built some new walls to make their building more usable. In addition to all that, we brought in food which they are using for disaster relief efforts.
We had a great turnout and we got a lot done. Lunch was donated by our company and several people did the cooking. The weather was great too and helped us get so much done. I wish I knew how many people worldwide helped out with this event. Just think how much we could get accomplished if everyone participated. Here are some pictures I took yesterday. I didn't get many working shots because when they were working so was I. I didn't want to stop and take photo's while the others were working
This is the Church where the Charity building is located.
I think she is saying: Bless these people for helping out.
We trimmed this tree and put down mulch to make a nice area for this picnic table. The mulch was donated by the way.
This little building is the office for Catholic Charities. The entire building got a makeover.
We put down new mulch in the play area and cleaned all the brush away from that fence.
Here we weeded and put down mulch for the picnic area.
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Nothing upsets me more than a person that doesn’t listen to what is being said. This is especially true when the person talking is me. Now I am not saying that I am always right but I will say that I usually am. And there is a reason why I am usually right when I speak. (At this point if my wife is reading this she is rolling her eyes and saying; Oh here he goes......)
First off at a young age, one of my teachers told me that you learn more from listening than talking. Because if that, I spent most of my younger days being quiet and listening to what other people had to say. So through many years of listening I gained a lot of knowledge. (now you can't get me to shutup) The biggest thing I learned was that some people talk like they know what they are talking about but in reality, they don’t know much at all. There is a term for this but I will keep this post rated “G”. Let’s just say they are a kind of artist.
The second thing I learned from those “know it all” people is not to talk like you know all about something unless you really do. What I mean by this is don’t try to come across as an expert on something unless you really are. Now I have to tell you at this point that if I need to, I can bluff my way through a situation. I won’t try to do this unless I get pushed into a corner and I don’t like doing it but I assure you that I can bluff when I need to. Especially when I know I won't get caught.
The last thing I learned is not to speak unless you have something to say. Some people talk just to hear themselves talk but I try not to talk unless I have something to accomplish. And I usually analyze what I am about to say before I say it and decide if I even want to talk at all. This is all done in a split second so sometimes I do let a little mindless dither slip out. I assure you that I am going somewhere with this post.
So what does all this mean? My mind is usually going a mile a minute. I have ideas popping into my head every split second. Of those thoughts I probably weed out about 99% so you, the listener are only hearing a small portion of what I have to say. So after my thought go through my filters, usually only the best thoughts make it out so yes I am usually right. I weeded out all the wrong ideas before you heard them. Which leads me to a story.
Many years ago, my wife and I were down in Florida visiting my Father. On this occasion, my brother decided that he wanted to take us fishing. (he knew dad had beer and hoped that he would bring it along) He was half owner in a boat and wanted to show it off. Before I finish the story let me say that the reason he was only half owner was so that he would have someone to blame if the boat was dirty, out of gas or wouldn’t start. By being only a half owner things were never his fault.
So we start getting the boat ready and guess what. The OTHER owner didn’t leave the life preservers in the boat so we had to borrow some from a neighbor. When we got to the river, the boat motor wouldn’t start because the OTHER owner hadn’t charged the battery so we had to jump it. After we got the boat running we headed down the river and discovered that we were low on gas due to the OTHER owner using up all the gas. No big surprises here.
Well we were passing a marina and I spoke up (notice I am speaking here so everyone listen) and said; “Stop and I will put some gas in the tank so we will have plenty.” My brother picked up the almost empty tank and said; “No we have enough.” Big mistake on his part. Now the marina was only about 50 ft away and I insisted that we stop for gas but my brother kept insisting that we had enough so he passed the marina by. Finally I just gave up and said; “whatever”.
So we get about 10 miles down the river and the motor starts running rough. My brother picks up the gas/fume tank and realizes that we are about out of gas. We made it to a boat landing but there was no gas station there. So my brother said; “Looks like WE have to go find a gas station. I replied; “No, YOU have to go find a gas station I offered to buy gas back at the marina.” Long story short, he had to walk about 2 miles each way carrying two 5 gallon tanks of gas and man was he mad. No one would give him a ride because he had really long hair which was out of style by the way. By the time he got back, it was too late to do any fishing so we just had to drive back home.
He should have listened to me….. I was right. Now before I leave you let me say this since my wife always hates it when I say I am right. She also urged him to stop for gas when I did but he was just not willing to listen. By the way, the Prophet Jeremiah was right too but people wouldn’t listen to him either. Hmmmmm maybe I should be a prophet.
Have a great day.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Have a wonderful Sunday, Greg
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Have a great day,
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Have a great day,
They start out making a broad prediction about where the storm will go and how strong it will get. Then each day, sometimes several times a day, they change their prediction to adjust for their inaccuracies. As a storm gets closer to land they narrow their prediction. When they storm actually hits land, they make one last prediction and yes yes yes they hit it right on the head and got it right. I for one can see right through this smoke screen.
Just last week they predicted that Hanna would brush by Dominica and head up along Florida and then hit land somewhere between Brunswick and Savannah. Then much to their surprise, it stalled around Dominica and now it is heading towards North Carolina. They have made this new prediction this morning and they are sticking with it until she decides to do something differently. I tried to go back and look at their original prediction but they have conveniently erased it because it was WRONG.
Many years ago, they predicted that Hugo would hit around Brunswick but it instead turned toward Charleston. It is actually a good thing for me that it did because I was living in Georgia at the time and planned on riding it out in our Mobile Home. For those that forgot, Hugo wasn't that strong the day before it hit Charleston. Last week, they were predicting that Ike would go into the Gulf and now they are predicting it will go up the east coast of Florida similar to Hanna.
My point is this. The Weather Channel people are just making educated guesses based on historic weather patterns. No one can predict what will actually happen to one of these storms so be ready. Ike looks like a bad one. If you live on the coast have your things ready to leave if you have to. If Ike comes, I will go. I didn't get a chance to finish my video last night so I will try again tonight.
Have a great day,
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Oops, I meant to write H Preparations. Those are two distinctly different things. The H stands for Hanna or Hurricane or the ever popular "Hunker down". Since many of you have never been through a Hurricane, I thought I would do a series of posts as a public service to my fellow Bloggers. I did a video last night with my new camera but since I am still learning how to use it, I totally messed up. The video came out great but I had it on the highest quality setting and Blogger wouldn't let me load a 125M video. I will try again this evening and try to get the settings right.
Well here we sit waiting on Hurricane or Tropical whatever Hanna to arrive. Right now the skys are clear and the air is cool and no one would suspect that a storm was bearing down on us. The last advisory that I saw put Charleston right in the center of the projected path. Our company is already making preparations and I am ready at my house. I still have to pick up some light things from my yard and porch but in general, I am ready to face the storm.
They are predicting that Hanna will be a category 1 Hurricane when it hits. For those who have never been through a Hurricane, that means no big deal. The worst thing that will happen is a lot of rain and maybe some minor damage. Hey that's what I have insurance for. And to tell the truth, I am ready to stick it to the insurance company. Now some people are planning on leaving no matter how minor the storm is but there is a bigger chance of getting killed on the highway, escaping the storm than staying. My cutoff point is category 3. Anything below that, I am staying and anything above, I am leaving.
I remember living through Hurricane Donna back in 1960. It was a category 4 and we lived. I went outside in the eye and got to play for about an hour. Then Mom made us come back inside to get ready for the other half of the storm. And there were lots of other storms that hit us growing up in Florida. So what does that make me? The REAL Hurricane Authority. Move over Weather Channel.
Have a great day, and stand by to Hunker Down