Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thankful Thursday, On the road to recovery.



It’s Thankful Thursday and do I ever have a lot to be thankful for. I am not sure what happened yesterday because I swear I posted but I don't see anything so I must have been delusional. I think I am finally starting to feel better so the medicine must be working. Or I could just be getting used to feeling sick.

1. The first thing I am thankful for is the story of Job. No matter how bad I felt yesterday I kept reminding myself that things could be a lot worse. And no matter what happens in my life I will never blame God. Life is only temporary.

2. I am thankful that I was able to get some rest yesterday and last night. I never take a sick day but at my wife’s insistence I took one yesterday. I slept until almost noon and then just laid around the house the rest of the day. I kept thinking “I sure wish I had one of those Snuggies.” Last night I went to bed around 8 and slept the entire night with only a few brief awake moments.

3. I am thankful to be back at work today. My inbox is full, I had almost 100 emails and my desk is a mess but my at least my ID card opened the gate when I got here which tells me I do still have a job. And the nice thing is all I have to do is sneeze and everyone runs away from me. Talk about power. I may just fake a few sneezes today.

4. I am thankful that I got the parts in for my truck and my son’s truck and they both seem to be the correct parts. With any luck I will have my son’s car back on the road by next week. I think my son will happy to be driving his 4 cylinder engine again instead of my V8. He has had to spend all his money on gas just going back and forth to school. I think he is learning a valuable lesson about having one of those big trucks like so many of his friends have.

5. I am thankful for all my blog friends who not only prayed for Chelsea but for me just because I am a little sick. You all are the best!! Thanks for remembering us in your prayers. And Chelsea is doing much better too by the way.

And in case anyone is in need of a job and thinking of moving to Charleston. Boeing is building a new assembly plant here and there will be lots of jobs offered. This news was just made public last night. If anyone is interested, feel free to email me for more information.

Have a Great day,
Greg

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Doctar, aint there nothing I can take?

Well my condition went from bad to worse. I got so bad I even took time off from work and went to see my doctor. When I got there I waited an hour and a half to be seen even though I had an appointment. There was a new girl at the check in desk and she put my file in the wrong place so they kept skipping me. Because I didn't have on a watch and was a little dizzy I didn't realize how long I had been there. When the doctor found out what was going on I was in her office in less than two minutes. She apologized and assured me it wouldn't happen again.

The good news is I don't have H1N1 or pneumonia. I do however have a really bad sinus infection which has spread to both of my ears. So everything sounds like it is muted and I can't breathe. Other than that I am fine. Oh and since I can't breathe I can't sleep well. And since I haven't been sleeping my blood pressure was very high so I can't take a decongestant. I am in a lose lose situation. The antibiotics should take a few days to work and then I will be right as rain. Well I hope so anyway. Stay tuned for further developments.

I hope everyone is having a better day than I am,
Greg

Monday, October 26, 2009

Yea, it's Monday

Does anyone know what happened to the weekend? Last I remember it was Friday and now it's Monday. Those two days sure have a way of slipping by quickly. Now if only we could get Monday through Friday to go by that fast and slow down the Saturdays and Sundays all would be great.

I do have some great news. Chelsea was able to come home from the hospital yesterday. Without going into a lot of personal details I will just say that the doctors were able to isolate her problem and they have it under control. She still has some medical problems but she is continuing to show signs of improvement. And going from the ICU to home is a great thing.

Now for the bad news....Guess who is sick now? Me!!. I have had a killer cold since Friday. It started with some post nasal drip, followed by a sore throat and now I feel like someone is standing on my chest. I am so congested it isn't funny. This morning I dropped by the gym since I couldn't sleep anyway and tried to workout. I ended up getting in a 15 minute workout and a 20 minute hot shower. It did clear up my head a bit though. Now all I have to do is try to stay awake all day.

I am still working on my son's car. We are making some progress but we need to have one part machined and that may take a few days if they can do it at all. If they can't it may get expensive.

My Halloween costume is coming along well. I should finish it tonight. The only bad part is that it is going to be very hot in it. The original forecast said 75 degrees which sounded great but now they are saying 82 degrees. I never though I would say this but I sure wish it would be a little colder on Saturday. I will take photos before all my makeup runs off due to sweating.

Oh guess who has bananas in October? Check out my Examiner site if you have time and see what they look like.

Have a great Monday everyone,
Greg

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Thankful Thursday.


Where does the time go? This Thursday kind of slipped up on me. But since I have so much to be thankful for it is never hard to come up with a list. Please join in with Thankful Thursday by visiting Sonya's blog.

(1) Well there is no new news on Chelsea but she is still holding her own and that in itself is a blessing. Every day that we have here on earth is a blessing and I thank God for each and every one that I am given. The reason that the reports are so sketchy on this girl is because her parents are basically camping out at the hospital and no other family can come into the Intensive Care Unit. When I hear something I will let you know.

(2) I am thankful for this nice weather we are having. It was in the 50’s this morning and it is supposed to get into the 70’s by the afternoon. That is just about perfect in my book. I hope the cooler weather holds for another week because my costume is going to be hot and I don’t want my makeup to run if I sweat. Did you hear that…a guy said “I don’t want my makeup to run” haha

(3) I am thankful that the hunter situation has been resolved. This past weekend they were again out in force but they were at another location on the island. They were doing their usual “we are only trying to catch our dogs thing” while trespassing on someone else’s land. Well at this particular location the DNR had placed a decoy deer to catch poachers. One of the hunters was about to shoot it when he noticed that it wasn’t real.

So then this band of hunters decided to take a little break as a show of defiance to the wildlife officers. And since “the DNR can’t do anything unless it involves game of some kind” these guys had a few beers and threw trash out on the street. News flash: The DNR in many cases has more power that regular police. So after writing numerous tickets for littering and public drinking the hunters were sent on their way. Good things come to those who wait.

(4) I am thankful that I have tomorrow off. I will be working on my son’s car all day but at least I am able to do it. I am making some serious progress at getting it disassembled and it looks like I will get that accomplished. I know I can get it back together too and hopefully it will work when I am finished. 
(5) I am thankful that God is so very good to me. I don’t know what I did to deserve all the blessings that I get but I am thankful for them. I guess I must be doing something right.

Have a Wonderful Day,
Greg

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Halloween Tricks or Treats.

It’s hard to believe that Halloween is just a little over a week away. Now I know a lot of people that read my blog don’t like or celebrate Halloween for religious reasons and I don’t blame you for that. There are as many reasons not to celebrate this occasion as there are to celebrate it. I have always liked Halloween because I never viewed it from the religious perspective. Halloween has always been special for me for a number of reasons. And God knows what is in my heart no matter what I do.

First off my earliest memories of Halloween were going Trick-Or-Treating for UNICEF. When I was very young that is what we did. We went with our church group every year collecting money for needy children around the world. We wore positive costumes that were bright and uplifting. There were never any psycho killer or stripper outfits or anything like that. After we finished we would go to the home of one of the church members and have a celebration where we played games (including twister….read on), had homemade treats and read the Bible. And you thought this Hallelujah party was a new thing. Ha, We invented it.

As we grew older, we were allowed to Trick-Or Treat for candy and other goodies. We only went to the homes of people we knew and we often got things like unwrapped candies, homemade cookies, apples and oranges. There was even one guy that gave out silver dollars but you had to get there early if you wanted to get one of those. When he ran out he switched to full sized candy bars which were nice too. We enjoyed it because other than Christmas time, we didn’t have a lot of sweets around our house. It was fun being a child and going out with other friends in our neighborhood. It was simply a children’s social event.

My favorite house to stop at was Lurch’s house. Remember him from The Adams Family? Well he had a house that was about two blocks from where we lived. My father actually knew him and on a few occasions I actually got to see him. He didn’t look at all like he did in the TV show but he was a tall quiet man.

As time went on Halloween began to change. But it wasn’t the children that were changing it, it was the adults. There were pins in apples, poison candy, sick people trying to lure children into their homes and violence on the streets. I remember having to let my mother check all my candy before we could eat it. All that loose candy was thrown away along with any fruit and homemade goodies. If it didn’t look safe it was thrown out. There was even a local hospital where they would X-ray your candy for you to make sure there were no pins or razor blades in it. Sick sick sick.

But I still loved Halloween time. I loved the change of weather that usually accompanied the occasion. I liked seeing the little pirates, princesses and ballerinas. The costumes were still for the most part nice and unthreatening. When I joined the Navy I missed a lot of Halloweens. For a while there, very few children came around Trick-Or-Treating. Perhaps it was the neighborhoods where I lived or just the general feeling about the event.

About 29 years ago something else happened that reminded me how much I loved Halloween. It was actually 29 years ago from this Friday. I met my wife. And after a week of annoying her, she agreed to go out with me on the Friday before Halloween. We ended up going to a Halloween party and then out dancing. We were the only couple that didn’t wear a costume but we still had a great time. And after that we began going out on Halloween whenever I was home for the occasion. And we always dressed up when we went out. We even won a number of costume contests.

So that is why I love Halloween so much. Just like anything in life it can be either positive or negative depending on your attitude. I like making it positive because being a kid is hard enough these days. This year they are asking everyone at the Market to dress up since Halloween is on a Saturday. I Have decided to go as Uncle Fester from the Adams Family. I always loved that (original) show because the Adams’ always reminded me of my own family. You know…Mysterious and Spooky, all together Kooky. That’s us. And why Uncle Fester you ask? If you ever watched the show did you notice his attitude? He was almost always happy. No matter what was happening in his life he always tried to find the bright side. That’s me.

Last night I stopped by Hokus Pokus to get some items for my costume. This was my first visit to their little shop of horrors. Let me tell you, if you need a costume (and have lots of money) this is the place to go. They had more stuff in that store than I have ever seen. Most complete costumes start around 75 dollars which is why I decided to make my own. So I am standing at the counter trying to get a light bulb that will light up when I put it in my mouth. (hey I go all out) This counter just happens to be by some of the dressing rooms.

To my left I hear “What do you think?” There stood two girls who had come out of separate dressing rooms to show each other their outfits. One has picked out the Twister outfit which is a very short dress with large colorful dots all over it. It comes with a twister game so you can play twister while wearing the dress. At first I thought “cute idea” but then the second thought was that this girl was going to be playing twister in a mini skirt. Finally I put two and two together (I can be a little slow sometimes) and realized that when the pointer said “right hand on red” The game could get into the adult category due to the placement of some of the dots on her dress. See, even the children’s game twister can be a good or a bad thing.

Now the other girl was wearing the Swiss Miss outfit. That’s what I would call it anyway. Sounds innocent enough doesn’t it….Not so fast. If you saw the movie Miss Congeniality, picture the little dress that Sandra wore during the talent contest. If you didn’t see the movie it was a very short frilly dress that was designed to show of the undies which were actually not undies but shorts that were part of the outfit. So this girl is standing there in almost the identical dress from the movie except that instead of the shorts she just has on her (skimpy) underwear. Ahem, girl you are standing in a store in your underwear and there must be 20 people that can see you. I think I know who vying for “Miss Congeniality” at her party.

All I can say is that if your children are invited to a twister party this Halloween you might want to check out the details first. I’m just saying.

Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Update on condition.

I just wanted to give everyone an update on Chelsea's situation. She is still in the intensive care unit but last night they said that one of her kidneys had started working and that is good news. Thank you everyone for your prayers and concern. I will let you know if there is any changes.

As for me I am swamped with work here and at home. But at least I have a job and a home and that is more than some can say. I continue to work on my son's car and we are making some progress but it is slow because I don't have much light when I get home from work. There is nothing like working on a car engine in the dark especially when you don't know what you are doing. I know I can get it apart but getting it back together may be a different story.

I have a dental appointment today so wish me luck on that too. I hate dentists. No offense Dental Maven. I am sure I wouldn't hate you if you were my dentist. You would probiblly (there's that word again)hate me.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, October 19, 2009

Prayer Request

Good Monday morning everyone. I hope everyone had a good weekend. I had a very busy one but it was good as well. I got a lot accomplished. However I did get a bit of bad news last night about the daughter of a friend of mine. Her name is Chelsea and she is 16 years old. She and her family live here in the Charleston area and she goes to the same school as my oldest son.

Last night we found out that she has the H1N1 virus and isn't doing well. She has contracted Pneumonia and is now having kidney problems. If you could find it in your heart to say a prayer for Chelsea I would be greatly appreciated. Chelsea is a sweet girl but has had a difficult life and really needs your prayers. I don't know what her status is as of this morning but I will keep you posted when I find out something.

Thank you and have a Blessed Day,
Greg

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Life's Challenges.



As many of you know this has been a challenging year for me. There have been financial challenges, physical challenges, mental challenges and so many others. Through it all I have somehow managed to keep my head above water. Life would be pretty boring without challenges and I would be pretty weak too. But it is Thankful Thursday and like all things in life, Challenges are a gift from God. “Praise God from whom ALL blessings flow.” Not just the “good” ones.

I know everyone has heard the expression; What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Well that’s not exactly correct. The statement should really be; Every challenge you rise above makes you stronger. Just because you are faced with a challenge in life doesn’t make you stronger. You really have three options when you are faced with a challenge. You can avoid it. You can go around it. Or you can face it head on. It’s only when you face that challenge and rise above that you become a better person. So here is my thankful list for this week.

1. I am thankful for all those irritating people who I have to interact with on a daily basis. I am sorry you hate life so much that you feel the need to try and bring everyone around you down to your level but it isn’t working on me. I refuse to lower myself to your level. Come join me in the living world. Your constant complaining is only making me stronger in my commitment to make this world a better place to live. Thank you God for the difficult people in my life.

2. I am thankful for the monetary setbacks that I have had this year. Even though it has been an expensive year for me, I have managed to make ends meet. And living with less is a good thing. God has given me the ability to fix things myself and had I had extra money I might have just let someone else do the work instead of doing it myself. I always feel good when I accomplish difficult tasks. Thank you God for showing me that sometimes less is more.

3. I am thankful for my aching muscles today. We had another awesome spin class last night. I have to admit that I was sweating like a pig by the end of the workout. I made sure there was plenty of room between me and anyone else when we were doing the post spin stretching. It occurred to me that I am the oldest person in the Wednesday night spin class and I may be inspiring some others to stay with it. Thank you God for allowing me to inspire others.

4. I am thankful for this cooler weather. Doesn’t it feel great? Of course this presents another challenge. My greenhouse isn’t ready for the cold weather. In the summer we take the plastic off to let the heat out. This cooler weather came on us rather suddenly. Now I have to scramble to get the plastic back up before the temperature gets too low. I know what I will be doing tonight after work. But at least it will be cool while I work. Thank you God for reminding me to always be prepared. “He will come like a thief in the night without warning.”

5. I am thankful for another great day full of challenges. It will be another chance for me to rise above the crowd and get one step closer to where I want to be. God grant me the courage to face these challenges head on and the strength to rise above. Thank you God for thinking enough of me to challenge me daily. Thank you for these and all your blessings.

Have a great day,
Greg

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Another random dozen


1. I've always wondered why we were taught both printing and cursive. Do you prefer to print or write cursive? (Keyboard is not a choice.)
Darn, I was going to say Keyboard. I prefer printing only because my cursive is so sloppy no one can read it. I had to print everything when I was in the Navy so I often switch back and forth when I try to write in cursive.

2. Are you a dreamer or a realist?
Sometimes I dream of being a realist but then I realize that I am fooling myself and I will never be serious so I just get real about being a dreamer. Is being a hopeless optimist the same as being a dreamer?

3. Billy Joel or Elton John? Wow what a choice.
Two of my favorite songs are “Keeping the Faith” and “In the Middle of the Night.” Since both of them were by Billy Joel I guess he is my pick. However I do think I am more Elton’s type than Billy’s. (Insert rim shot)

4. What is the scariest movie you've ever seen? Not limited to horror flicks but also includes ones where the tension or suspense is killer, for example, Flightplan (2005): A bereaved woman and her daughter are flying home from Berlin to America. At 30,000 feet the child vanishes and nobody admits she was ever on that plan.
I was a horror flick junkie when I was young. To this day, I am afraid of the dark. There were so many it’s hard to pick just one. I think Pet Cemetery spooked me for a very long time. I had a grey cat that looked just like the cat in the movie. After seeing that, I kept an eye on “Smoky.” I swear she used to watch me.

5. Now what is the scariest real-life moment you've had? This one is a tossup. Four different times come to mind:
The time we lost Sean at Disneyworld while on the riverboat and after screaming like a maniac for several minutes, I found him hiding back by the paddle wheel (laughing).
The time Sean slipped out of the house and fell in the pool when he was a toddler and no one was around to get him out. We still don’t know how he got out by himself.
The time Sean rode his tricycle up to the edge of the road and stopped just inches before running out in front of a speeding car. I was running after him but the faster I ran the faster he peddled.
Or the time I came home and as I drove in the driveway I saw Sean on top of the house (he was only two years old).

Hmmm decisions decisions…..well at any rate I see something in common here. And I have the grey hair to prove it.

6. What word do you misspell without fail?
That would probibally, I mean probablly, I mean probababaly be, probably. That one word kills me.

7. Name something you like to do but are not really talented or good at.
Well I do like to write and although most of my stuff is just plain dribble I still enjoy doing it. I blog therefore I am.

8. Do you get your emotional/mental batteries recharged by being around people or by having alone time?
Without a doubt, time alone. People get me emotional so I need to escape from the source.

9. Have you ever been on TV?
I started to write no for the answer but then I remembered something from back in the day. When I was in high school our band played at an Atlanta Falcons football game at half time. We were on TV for about 10 seconds before the station went to a commercial. “Now isn’t that special.”

10. Apple or pumpkin pie? (Don't be greedy.)
Between these choices I prefer pumpkin. But I prefer pecan pie over everything else. But really Lid whatever kind you send will be greatly appreciated.

11. How many magazine subscriptions do you have?
None. My wife says magazine subscriptions are the devil.

12. What lesson do you have to keep re-learning?
Don’t argue, just say “yes dear.” It’s a lot easier to just get it over with since you are going to end up saying it sooner or later.

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my answers and have a great day,
Greg

Monday, October 12, 2009

Monday Odds and Ends

It was an interesting weekend to say the least. Saturday I had to run back and forth between my regular job and the one at the Market. It was nothing short of a miracle that I was able to pull it off. The day flew by too because I stayed so busy.

Most people would agree that Wadmalaw Island is not a good place to drop off dead bodies. We are a small community and anything out of the ordinary is usually noted by the local residents. Obviously, someone didn’t get the memo because Saturday they found the remains of a missing person less than two miles from where I live. We have recently been seeing lots of police out in our area but we didn’t know why until Saturday. All the facts aren’t in yet but there are rumors of this being a drug related killing. Scary stuff.

So Saturday night I went with my oldest son to the Zac Brown Band (ZBB) concert. He is a country singer with recent hits like “Chicken Fried” and “Toes”. Despite the threatening weather and the fact that the concert was at an outside stadium we managed to have a good time. The Family Circle Cup Stadium ended up being packed but a lot of people didn’t get there until late. We however got there early and were among the first people who were let in the gate. After drying off the seats with my jacket, we settled in for a little people watching before the concert.

I have a few comments about the concert:

A concert is not the place to practice your whistling especially if you aren’t good at it. And it is not the place to test the volume on your I-pod speakers. When the music starts getting distorted and hurting the eardrums of everyone around you, it is too loud. Take my word for it.

Here is a little fashion tip for those 70 year old groupies out there. That slinky lace slip top and ragged jean (micro) mini-skirt look that you used to wear when you were 16…..It might be time to give it up. No one wants to see a silver haired Grandma with a shirt split down to the naval and a dress so short you flash everyone when you walk. Well except maybe Grandpa. Sorry I think I just threw up in my mouth imaging my grandma dressed like that.

Apparently there were some people at the concert that were really thirsty. The lines weren’t too bad at first but by the time the concert started, you had to wait 30 to 45 minutes in line just to get a drink.

Draught Beer….$5.00
Coke…$4.00
Bottled Water….$3.00
Having to wait 30 minutes to Pee after waiting 45 minutes for a drink…..Priceless.

But the good news is by the time you made it out of the bathroom your drink was gone and you could get right back in the drink line.

Texting the guy right beside you should be illegal.

Here is part of the conversation that went on between the guy beside me and the guy behind him:

Hey Bro, did you get the text I sent you today?
No I didn’t
Ok Bro, I will send it again now but it is bad so don’t let anyone else see it.
Kewl Bro.

Am I missing something with this texting thing? They were one foot apart. Why send a text?

I Have a message for the two girls that were in front of us with their boyfriends.

Girl #1. Pulling your boyfriend out of his tree stand to take you to a concert was a bad idea. He wasn’t watching the concert and was mad about being there. (Did you notice how he stared at the ground the entire time? That was a hint #1. Clue #2 was the fact that he still had on his hunting clothes) If you want to get his attention in the future, try getting a camo outfit and put on a little deer scent. That should do the trick.

Girl #2. That was a hot little dance that you were doing but your boyfriend didn’t have the view that we did. Perhaps it would be better to do that one in the privacy of your own home where you can use your dance pole. I’m not sure what music you were dancing to but it wasn’t the stuff we were listening to. Or should I say tried to listen to.

Why do people go to a concert and then talk the entire time? That’s what the people behind us did. And they weren’t even talking about the concert. It would have been cheaper to buy the CD, sit at home where it was dry and then you could talk without bothering anyone. And then you wouldn’t have spent $150.00 on cheap beer. (I counted)

What happened to going to a concert to SEE and Hear the concert? I’m just saying,

Have a great Monday,
Greg

Friday, October 9, 2009

Eureka, I’ve found it!!!

(Note this is intended to be humerous. I hope it doesn't offend anyone)

Those of you who know me well, know that I am always on the cutting edge or should I say the leading edge when it comes to new and exciting things. When there is a new technology or product out there you can bet you will hear about it here first. And the same goes for new and innovative ideas. My brain is often where these cutting edge ideas first surface. And this is no exception.

I have known that something was in the works for some time. As they say; The stars and planets have been aligning so I knew some big idea was about to pop into my brain and it has. Before I spill the beans though, let me just list the facts:

1. We need change. That seems to be the buzz phrase these days although I don’t remember who said it first.

2. You got to believe. Again another popular phrase these days but again I don’t know who said it first.

3. Many people are searching for answers these days but need concrete answers that they can believe in.

4. The world has become scientific and mathematical. Everything must be proven. People spend their whole lives trying to prove why fish slime stinks or why frog legs taste like chicken or why E=M(C squared). If it isn’t concrete or proven then it must be false.

5. Many people these days spend more time trying to figure out loop holes in the law than trying to follow the law.

6. Since we have run out of new ideas, the fad seems to be to rewrite old ideas. For instance they are doing a remake of the Wizard of Oz because the first one just wasn’t good enough.
And finally:

7. I have always wanted to be a writer but I never seem to have enough ideas to finish a book.

So this idea came to mind…. A “Customizable Bible.” I know there have been many versions written over the years but this one will be different. It is customizable because a there will be options so you can pick and choose the things you want to believe or follow. And I have taken out the "unbelievable" parts and replaced them with proven facts.

For instance, instead of the traditional 10 commandments there will be lots more but here is the thing: You don’t have to follow them all. You can pick the ones you want to follow and disregard the rest. And if you are having a really bad day, just throw them all out the window and do whatever makes you happy. And instead of one ending there will be alternate endings so everyone is happy. Sounds great doesn’t it? And for those people who need positive proof of everything I will be rewriting the beginning and adding in little scientific experiments to keep your interest. Well enough talk about it, let me give you a sample and remember this is based on scientific evidence so it must be true.

In the beginning there was a huge mass of rock floating around in space. It was larger than anyone could comprehend.

(Wait that would be impossible since everything must be proven so it was slightly smaller than “larger than anyone could comprehend”.)

Then all of a sudden this mass just exploded. Nothing like starting out a story with a big bang is there. After the big bang, everything flew into space and we had the universe as we know it.


Scientific experiment:
You will need a very large rock, some dynamite and a very long fuse.
Insert the dynamite under the rock, light fuse and run.
Now come back and pick up the pieces. You should have nice round rocks resembling small planets, globes of burning Hydrogen and little sharp fragments of rocks.
Hmm that didn’t work, all I got was some sharp rocks so let’s start again.


In the beginning there was a huge round mass of gas. (Same size as the rock above)Then one day it exploded and the universe was formed.


Scientific experiment:
You will need a large cylinder of hydrogen and a longer fuse than the one above. (Please don’t really try this at home)
Attach the fuse to the cylinder and run to your car and then drive as fast as you can. After you feel the shock wave come back and see what is left. There should be burning globes of gas, and some round objects resembling little planets and also some sharp little rocks. Hmmm another failure. Maybe we need more hydrogen.
I believe we can prove this if we just keep trying. All it takes is a little faith in human ingenuity.


In the beginning there was a black hole. (Same size as the rock and hydrogen above) (For those that aren’t familiar with black holes they are black voids in space where something used to be. Basically they are “nothingness that occupies a position in space) Then all of a sudden this nothingness exploded and something was formed called the universe. (It makes perfect sense now, no need to do an experiment on this one)

This was easier than I thought. Just wait until I tell you how the meteor hit mars knocking off a large chunk of ice, and that ice possibly contained a small single cell amoeba made it to earth after surviving the 10,000 degree entry into the atmosphere and started life as we know it. You are going to love it.

I only have a few questions to have answered to make this theory solid as a rock;
Where did the rock or gas or black hole come from? And where did the life on Mars come from? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone? Well back to the drawing board.

As for me I Believe in God.

Until next time this is your on (Or over) the edge reporter saying have a great day,

Greg

Thursday, October 8, 2009

It’s another Thankful Thursday

I can’t believe it’s Thursday already. Hey I am still wondering where September went. I am in shock that it’s already October. But it is Thankful Thursday so here is what I am thankful for today:

(1)The first thing on my list today is this wonderful weather. It was a hot summer and I am so thankful for this fall weather. There is a little chill in the air in the mornings now and it feels great. As I get older it is hard to take the extreme temperatures. Fall and spring are now my favorite seasons.

(2) The second thing I am thankful for this week are the broken down cars. It reminded me not to take things for granted and I do believe God is telling me to slow down more. In addition to my gardening abilities, God also gave me the ability to fix almost anything. So far I have two of the vehicles running well, a third one is going to be fixed today and we are making plans on fixing the 4th one. If I couldn’t do this work myself we would be bankrupt.

(3) I am thankful that I am able to make a difference here at work even though it sometimes goes unnoticed. Well at least it seems like it goes unnoticed. I just got an email from someone very high on the corporate ladder saying “Thanks.” It’s nice to hear it once in a while. Talk about good timing.

(4) I am thankful for another great spinning class last night. We had a pretty good crowd and the workout was awesome. I haven’t lost any more weight but it does feel like my pants are getting a little looser. Now if I could just quit eating so much the pounds would just melt away. That’s easier said than done.

(5) I am thankful for so many little things in the morning as I head out to work. Things like the sounds from a hoot owl calling in the distance, the clear starry sky, the cats wanting some attention, (or maybe just some food), quiet time allowing me to think and pray, the red fox that I saw beside the road, and a smooth ride into work with no road rage. Life really is good.

(6) I am adding another one on today because I have so much to be thankful for and 5 just wasn’t enough. I want to say thank you for all the great friends I have met through three great bloggers. They are Sonya (Truth for the Journey), Kat (Heart 2 Heart) and Lid (2nd cup of coffee) They, through their blogs have sent so many great people my way and I love it. Thank you all.

Have a great Thankful Thursday,
Greg

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

I’m OK, really I am.

If you are following my “car disaster saga”, then you know that I had three cars that we own die on us over the weekend. We ended up with one blown head gasket, one bad wheel bearing and one bald tire with a nail in it that can’t be repaired. I replaced the wheel bearing, it will take me several weeks to fix the head gasket and we are scheduled to get new tires this Thursday. At least my car is still running good, Right? Not so fast people.

Last night on my way home from work I decided to stop at Publix for some fresh fruit. I know I don’t always eat healthy but I do try to eat some fresh fruit every day. So I ran in and found some nice bananas and nectarines and was out in a flash. I put the key in the ignition and turned it and click click click. That was it. It didn’t start. I laughed out loud and said. This is ridiculous, God give me a break. After checking the battery terminal connections I determined that the battery was dead. While I was doing this, several people came within a few feet of me but no one offered to help.

I was about to give up when a nice gentleman asked if I needed some help. I quickly accepted the offer. We checked a few things and then jump started the engine and off I headed for home. About 5 miles down the road, I was beginning to get dark so I turned on the headlights and the car shut off. Fortunately I was moving about 50 MPH so I turned the lights back off and the car restarted. Whew that was a close one. I managed to make it home before it got too dark to see.

As expected, my battery had gone bad. Now what are the chances of all 4 cars having problems within three days? Calgon take me away!!! But yes, I am ok and glad because it could have been worse. Had I not stopped for fruit, my car wouldn’t have started this morning and I would have missed my gym workout and had to take time off from work (vacation time) to get the car running. As it was, the car ran well this morning with the new battery. And speaking of the gym, I had the entire gym all to myself for about 20 minutes this morning. I was able to get a great workout and work out my frustration before I had to interact with other people. See it pays to get up at 3:30 to workout.

Have a great day,
Greg

PS I am so sorry that I haven't been visiting your blogs as much as I should but you can imagine I am just trying to catch up at the moment. Thanks for understanding.

Monday, October 5, 2009

T G I M !

I sometimes joke that I look forward to Mondays so that I can come to work and get rested up from the weekend. But today I am not joking. I am so thankful that it is Monday and that I survived the weekend. I thought about doing a Thankful Thursday post on Monday but then I decided to tell what happened and get if off my chest. But before I do that I do want to Thank God for getting me through a difficult weekend. I may be grey haired but at least I am not bald….Yet.

It all started on Friday when my son called me to tell me that the computer modem quit working. If you recall this is the second one that failed this year. The last time I sat on the phone for an hour trying to convince the guy in India that I knew it was the modem but he insisted on sending out a service rep anyway. When the service rep showed up he said; Looks like the modem has failed, that will be 80.00.

Anywhoo, before I left work, I did a google search for my modem to see if there was a replacement. Now I’m not going to say any names or rat out the company but I will tell you that if you google search the words “junk modem” This particular type will take 3 out of the first 10 spots. I’m serious. They also told why it was junk and how to load a new one but I wasn’t smart enough to print it out.

Saturday rolled around and it looked like it was going to be a great day. Everything went well at the market up until two dog owners let their dog leashes get tangled up. It happened right in front of us and the owners tried to pull the dogs apart but only succeeded in pulling them closer together. A big dog fight broke out and the owners had to grab each dog by the collar to pull them apart. It was lucky no dog or person got hurt seriously. It could have been worse. Unfortunately for the owners, the entire incident was witnessed by none other than the man in red. I know two people who are now on the naughty list.



Yes that’s right Santa himself showed up at the market and our neighbor got her photo with the big guy. That reminds me, there are less than 100 days until Christmas. Better get shopping.

So my son and I were on the way home from the market and I start smelling radiator fluid. Not good!! So we drove a little further and are stopped at a redlight when steam started pouring out from under the hood. We drove off the road and let the engine cool off a bit before making a mad dash for our house. We made it about two miles before the engine cut off. My wife came and pulled us home. I could see that the radiator was cracked so I knew we needed a new one. But without the computer I had no way to search for one.

We headed into town around 6 in hopes of getting a new radiator and modem. The radiator cost me 130.00 but I did get one. I threw a fit in the store that sold the modem and they gave it to me for free. That’s right, free!!! I think they wanted to get me out of the store. We had been noticing a funny noise coming from my wife’s car and when we left the modem store it began getting worse. We again headed for home with hopes of getting there before the car totally died. We made it Yea. By the way if you are keeping track of my weekend mileage, it is 25 miles to town one way.

Sunday morning, I got up at 430 to start working on cars. What’s that saying? If the mule is in the ditch…. Well I had the entire wagon train in the ditch at this point. I do think that God got me up at 430 becase there is no way I would have on my own. I got the old radiator out by 6 am and then started looking at the other car. It turned out to be a wheel bearing so we packed up and headed to town again for bearings and hoses to go along with the new radiator. I got the bearings for a measly 40.00 and then attempted to install them. No luck. After fighting with them for over two hours, I gave up. So we installed the radiator and hoses and filled up the fluid. Water shot everywhere so we now think we have a blown head gasket and that is the best possible answer. It could be worse, I don’t know yet.

Next we headed for the library to use the computer because I can’t get the new modem to work and I need to get some help with the bearing. At the library, I found out that all I had to do was enter my password to get the modem to work and I also found out that you can’t replace those bearings. You have to install the entire hub. So we came home and then it’s back to town time again. This time we bought the hub for 140.00 and I took the bearings back.

At 6 pm last night, after working for over 13 hours, I got my wife’s car running. My son took my truck to school driving with one bald tire with a nail in it. So life could be worse. Now we just have to get some new tires and get his car fixed. Does anyone know a good mechanic that works cheap?

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Thankful Thursday, It’s all about R-E-S-P-E-C-T

I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about Respect. I do believe that is what’s missing in today’s society. I know at least one of my blogging friends (Steve) agrees with me. Many children (and adults) have little or no respect. They have no respect for things that don’t belong to them. They have no respect for the environment. They have no respect for other people. They have no respect for authority and they have no respect for God.

Yesterday I was listening to “Focus on the Family” which is a radio show that addresses issues in the world today. It is more than a radio show but that is where I hear it. The subject just happened to be “respect” and more specifically: ”respect for authority.” They also went on to say that the greatest respect for authority that is missing is the respect for God’s authority. People who have a deep respect for God’s ultimate authority also respect other forms of authority. And once you respect authority you also learn respect for other people and other things in this world.

So today I am thankful that I have respect for authority. I respect God. I respect the environment. I respect other people and other people’s belongings and I respect life itself.

I am thankful for my family being very respectful just like I am. I could write a big list here but I will just say that they do more for others and this planet than anyone I know. Way to go family.

I am thankful that I have gained the strength to speak out more freely on these issues. I try not to start arguments but I refuse to stand by and let people talk down what I believe in. They may not agree with me but they will have to respect my opinion.

I am thankful for our military men and women who fight for freedom every day. Even though they may not agree with the cause, they respect the authority of the ones giving the orders.

I am thankful for the courage to do what is right in this world even if it means being ridiculed by some. In doing so, I have gained the respect of many people.

Ironically, while I was writing this post, my wife called me to tell me that the hunters were back. This has been a continuing issue where we live. Every year this particular group of hunters comes out to our area to go deer hunting. For those who don’t know it, here in the south they often use dogs to deer hunt. They turn the dogs loose and the dogs chase the deer out of the woods where they are shot by the hunters. That part is legal but there are several issues.

The property where they are legally hunting is very small. So they turn the dogs loose and the dogs go where ever they want. They chase deer through people’s yards, the dogs then chase people’s cats and small dogs. The dogs also kill livestock like chickens and ducks. All the while this group of hunters are hunting on the road, dangerously close to houses (which is illegal) and drinking beer and alcohol to boot (which is illegal). They even on occasion shoot deer right in someone’s front yard. (illegal again) They simply don’t care.

At the end of the day, the dogs are left to fend for themselves for several days until the owners retrieve them. And at the end of the year, many of these dogs are turned lose for good and either starve to death or get hit by cars and die. I think this shows disrespect for everything mentioned above. God will surely punish them for their actions. I think God that we are not like that.

So what are you thankful for today? Please joins us for Thankful Thursday by signing up over at Truth for the Journey.

Have a great day,
Greg