Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Friday (Deal or no deal?)

Well before I get into the living hell that is also known as black Friday, let me start with my Thankful Thursday from last week. I have been so busy with the holidays and family issues that I haven’t had time to visit many of your blogs so I am not even sure if Sonya did a Thankful Thursday but I am going to chime in with one myself anyway.

I started out my Thanksgiving with the Turkey Day 5K Run in downtown Charleston. I am happy with my time which was around 30 minutes. I don’t know what the exact time was though because they only had a timer at the finish line. For some of us it took about two minutes to get to the starting line so my time of 32 minutes is a little off. There were over 4 thousand people running this race and I finished around 2200.
I am thankful that at my age I can still run three miles at around a 10 minute mile. I will do better next year.

On the way to the race I had more animals run out in front of me. This time it was 5 wild turkeys. I was thinking: Um guys do you know what day it is? I am thankful that I didn’t hit a turkey on the way to the turkey day run.

After the race, I came right home and checked on the turkey which was in the grill. It looked great and was ready for browning so I took off the aluminum foil. When I returned to baste it, the gas had just run out. Talk about good timing. I was able to turn on the oven and move the turkey just in time to save it. I am thankful for great timing on my part.

I am thankful for being able to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. There were many times when I was in the Navy that I spent the holidays away from home and those times weren’t quite so memorable.

I am thankful for being able to say Grace during dinner. In some countries it is against the law to pray or say a blessing.

All in all it was a great day with very few exceptions. We did make a trip to K-mart after my afternoon nap to check on a TV. We got an ad that said they had a TV we wanted on sale. When we got there we found out that each store only had two or three TV’s and they were all gone. So On Friday we braved the dreaded Walmart at 4 am but we did get our TV for about a hundred dollars less than at K-Mart. So I wasn’t mad anymore. We also got a ton of small appliances at Target and some other presents at some other stores. I think we saved over 500 dollars on early bird specials so it was worth it to get up at 3 am. So did anyone else brave the crowds at 5 am on Friday or am I the only crazy one around here?

Have a great week,
Greg

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Random Dozen, Thanksgiving Edition



1. Are you sticking to traditional Thanksgiving foods this year, or are you being culinarily adventurous? Strictly traditional in our house. This is no time to experiment. It’s all about eating more than you can stand.


2. Tell me something concrete that you're thankful for. (Something you can literally touch, see, etc., not a concept like "hope.") Yes I am thankful for the concrete where are cars are parked. If it weren’t for that, my shoes would be all muddy right now.


3. You knew the flip side was coming: Share about something intangible that you're thankful for. Peace of mind knowing that I do unto others even when they sometimes don’t deserve it.


4. Share one vivid Thanksgiving memory. It doesn't have to be deep or meaningful, just something that remains etched in your memory.

One thanksgiving my father and my uncle came home with a fresh turkey. It was huge and they said they got a deal on it at the store so they couldn’t pass it up. While we were eating at my grandmother’s house, a bulletin came across the TV asking if anyone had seen some man’s pet turkey “Bob” that had escaped the day before. They said there was a reward for his return. Dad looked over at my uncle and they both smiled and my mother saw them do it. All the ladies except my grandmother quit eating. Grandma said; “Well there isn’t anything we can do about it now so let’s eat.” I loved Grandma’s logic. I loved Bob too.


5. What is one thing that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt is going to happen this Thanksgiving because it always does, year after year? There will be a family fight when we go to a relative’s house. They always fight. I think they live to fight.


6. Do your pets get any left-overs? Of course!!! Mr. T is spoiled. Will I get left-overs? Maybe.


7. Does your family pray before the big meal? If so, do you join hands while seated, stand, repeat a formal prayer or offer a spontaneous prayer? Who does the praying? Yes we join hands and someone will spontaneously say a prayer.

8. Will you be watching football in the afternoon? If not, what will you be doing? I call the couch. Its nap time after lunch. Then we are off to the relative’s house.

9. There are two distinct camps of people on this issue: How do you feel about oysters in the dressing/stuffing? I can take it or leave it. My other grandmother used to make it that way.

10. Do you consider yourself informed about the first Thanksgiving? I think it is most likely a myth. I doubt seriously if they really did that. I think they went to Kentucky Fried Chicken and ate there.

11. Which variety of pie will you be enjoying? I would like to say pecan but I think my son ate all the shelled nuts last night.

12. Do you feel for the turkey?? (This is a humorous throw back question related to the 12th question in another Random Dozen!) Not a bit, see question #4. I don’t feel for the oysters either.


Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, November 23, 2009

Dejavu, another near death experiance.

Well the trip was going well for about the first hour anyway. Other than passing two deer, one bunny, two coyote and one drunk things were going pretty well. It was about 430 am, really foggy and I got to a really dangerous road. It is the stretch of 17 south that goes between Jacksonboro and Yemassee SC. For anyone who doesn't know about these two places, Yemassee is where the African village is and Jacksonboro is where the white trash village is. I'm just saying and no the African reference wasn't a racest comment. Look it up. It really is an African village. Anywhoo.

As I said, this is a very dangerous stretch of road. So dangerous that the governor (when he was here) posted the speed limit at 50 mph. More people have died on that one stretch of road than anywhere else in the state and I couldn't count the animals that have died there. So I am going along with the cruise control set at 50 mph which I think was still fast considering the conditions.

Well this little sports car comes racing up behind me and gets so close that I can't see his headlights. Now there was a passing zone less than a mile up the road but he wanted to try to push me. So as luck would have it, up ahead I see a deer and that's when I get Doe-ja-view. I am thinking oh no not again. This time though I was driving my wife's car and I was more worried about what would happen if I crashed her car. So, I see this deer and it is right up beside the road. Now the moron is so close that he can't see the deer but I felt the need to slow down.

I tapped the breaks to turn off the cruise control. Well tapping the breaks is tailgater lingo for get off my butt but that isn't the message I was trying to convey. I wanted to slow down. Well the guy gets angry and moves to the left so that his left headlight is blinding me in my left mirror. He thinks I am being a jerk but I am just wanting to slow down. Next I see the deer starting to run up into the road. Again the guy behind me can't see it because he is literally less than 4 feet behind my car and off to the left.

The deer keeps coming and I am thinking I am going to hit it so I apply the breaks rather quickly thinking I will just take my chances with being hit by the car behind me. Well I begin to swerve because I hit the breaks so hard and the road is wet. The deer was only a few feet from my car at this point. So the guy decides he will show me and pass me on the right but when he does guess what was waiting there for him? That's right, the deer. He gets a direct hit causing him to swerve off the road, and almost wreck but he manages to barely miss the ditch and the on comming traffic. It was so loud that I thought I hit the deer. I made it to a gas station and then stopped to see the damage and there was none.

Oh and the guy quit tailgating. I think he learned an expensive lesson. And on the way back home I saw where the deer didn't make it. It was really bad.

Well I am back home now and all is well. Mom is fine for now and everyone here is doing well. There's no place like home. I will tell more about my trip tomorrow.

Have a great day,
Greg

Hello from the Sunshine State???

Hey everyone. I am writing from down in Florida but I will be returning to South Carolina very soon. I know this is called the sunshine state but it has been cloudy and rainng since I got here. I have lots to write about but I will wait until I get on my own computer. Mom is doing just fine physically but she sure is complaining a lot. I am having a good trip other than that. Talk to you all soon,

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thankful Thursday, just my luck.


Some people accuse me of just being lucky but I have a feeling that a lot of my luck comes from Devine intervention. I do think that God is watching over me and for that I am thankful. This morning, Mr. T (Our Cat) decided he wanted to go outside at 4:10. He always goes outside sometime early in the morning and usually it’s my wife that lets him out since he is her cat. Somehow Mr. T learned to shake the mini blinds with his paw to wake us if he wants to go out so that is how he woke me up this morning. But because I only had 20 minutes left to sleep anyway, I decided to get up early and let him out myself.

1. The first thing I am thankful for is the extra 20 minutes I had. I devoted part of that to quiet time just to sit, reflect and be thankful. It was nice to have the extra time to start my day out silently. I will explain why I needed this in a few moments.

2. I left for work 10 minutes early this morning and on my way in I passed a little church. The sign outside said:

We need to talk,
...........................God

Thank you for that little reminder. We just spoke but we will do it again today I am sure.

3. I am thankful that I still have a job and that God has given me the ability to do it well and also do so many other things. I am not worried because if I lost this job I know there are so many things I can do. In fact I am not worried about much of anything these days. “I will fear no evil for thou art with me”

4. When I got to the Navy base this morning, I was still running 10 minutes early. I would expect the traffic to be almost nonexistent at that time of the morning but it was already heavy. As I went a little further I found out why. It’s graduation day for the school on base and people were already arriving. Had I been 10 minutes later,(my normal time) I would have been late for work. I am sure there were reminders but somehow I didn’t see them. Thanks again God.

5. My mother has “fallen and couldn’t get up.” Now this doesn’t sound like a blessing but I have a feeling it will turn out to be one for reasons I won’t go into here. She lives in a really bad part of town (again for reasons I won’t go into) but it is her choice to live there and we can’t seem to change her mind. Well she decided that she wanted to get something to eat so she decided to drive herself to a restaurant.(let me just say she had food in the house and most likely only ate one bite of whatever she ordered at the restaurant) She is 80 and very frail and isn’t supposed to be driving. But she is a hard-head and did it anyway. Of course she forgot her cane but she somehow managed to get to a restaurant and eat. Someone helped her into her car after dinner but when she got home, she had to get into her house by herself. So she tried to do that without her cane and with no lights on since she forgot to leave any on.

Well she fell and broke her hip and since my brother who normally lives there (and takes care of her…..Ahem) was spending the night in a dryout facility she just lay there alone in the dark. This is when the thankful part comes in. Since she lives in a really bad neighborhood, chances were that a gangsta or drug dealer (other than my brother) would come by and rob her or something worse. However a nice person(Good Samaritan) just happened to be walking by and noticed that she had left the light on in her car so he walked up to the house to tell her she would have a dead battery in the morning. He found her laying there in the dark and called 911. So what I am thankful for is that a good person found her instead of a robber.

Anyway, she is ok and having a hip operation today to have a pin put in it. She will be out of it for a few days so I will be traveling to Florida this weekend to see her. Is my life interesting or what?

Have a great day and say a little prayer for my Mother.
Greg

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

It's Wednesday, and you know what that means...

It's week number 12 for the Random Dozen so without further ado....



1. If you could master one sport, what would it be? I guess that would be running. I was a pretty fast runner when I was young and I did a little distance running after I hit 40 but I was never fast for any great distance. My best time for a half marathon was 1 hour and 45 minutes and I think that will end up being my life’s best run.

2. When you make a major purchase, do you go with your gut instinct, or do you do research to make an informed decision? That depends on what I am buying. For the most part though I am an impulsive buyer. That is why I hate those displays by the checkout counter. Hmmm do I need a Snuggie today? Perhaps the Slap Chop is what I am looking for?

3. There is an old kids' game that says you can find out what your movie star name would be by using your middle name as your first name and the name of the street you grew up on as your last. What is your movie star name? That would be Martin Cumberland. Hey I kind of like that name. It sounds a lot like Richard Chamberlin. Oops I just showed my age.

4. Would you rather give up your favorite music or your favorite food? I don’t know which is more eclectic, my taste in music or my taste for different foods. Giving up just the top one in either category would still leave me with lots of options. I guess I would have to pick music. Good by KC.

5. There are two types of banana preferences. One is pristine yellow, almost to the point of being green; the other is spotty and more ripe. Which is your preference? I much prefer the yellow or even slightly green ones over the over ripe ones. I keep those to make banana bread which reminds me, it’s that time again.

6. Your favorite tree is? This is easy. I like a good oak tree. They are the best for climbing and shade. But then Ule Gibbons said a pine tree tastes pretty good.

7. On a scale of 1-10, how tech savvy are you? About 10 years ago I would have given myself a 10 but technology is changing so fast I am most likely down around a 4 now.

8. Has H1N1 touched your family? I am not going to jinx myself by saying no to this question. I do know people who have had it.

9. Are you an analytical person, or do you just accept things the way they are without questioning or scrutinizing? I put the @nal in analytical. Sorry I had to say that. I question everything. “Inquiring minds want to know”

10. Is your personality more like that of a dog, cat, or Koala? What the heck kind of question is that? Are there no more choices? Of the three I would have to say cat. But only because I think cats are smarter than dogs or koala’s.

11. Do you keep in touch with friends you made years ago? Just a few but that comes and goes. I have gotten in touch with a few of my highschool friends but after a while we find out why we grew apart in the first place. We had nothing in common other than we went to the same school.

12. You are checking out at a grocery store. In the express lane, there are more people than the regular lanes, but of course, their load is less than those in the regular lanes. Which lane do you choose (assuming you qualify for the express lane) and why? I go for the regular lane. As I see it, the more people in front of you, the greater chance that one of them is a moron who has picked something without a price tag or two similar items with different prices which will cause the dreaded “C S M on register two” call. And there is always the chance, be it ever so slight these days, that one of the people in the regular lane will insist that you go first since you only have a few items. It is rare but it does happen sometimes. Can you say “blue moon?”

Have a Great day,
Greg

Monday, November 16, 2009

Toy time.

For the last few I have been raising money here at work for The Good Neighbor Fund. It is an organization that gives out Christmas baskets to needy families during the holidays. They usually give out the necessities like food and sometimes help with other financial necessities like power or water bills.

But along with those necessities for life, there are love necessities. Can you imagine being a child on Christmas morning and finding a bare tree with nothing under it for you? As bad as we had it growing up, we did get presents every Christmas. And since Christmas is all about giving, the Good Neighbor Fund sends presents for the children along with the food baskets. That's where we come in. Our company does a toy drive every year to collect new toys to go along with the food baskets.

I have found that it is easier to get people to donate a little cash than a present. (even with these tough times) So every year I put on food sales here at work to raise money for toys. This year we were crunched for time though and only had three weeks to get something going. I put on a hotdog sale one Friday and a spaghetti dinner sale the following Friday and managed to raise almost 300 dollars for toys.

Now I'm not bragging by any means even though I do think that is great that people are still willing to give when they are struggling themselves. I am simply reminding you all that by you being able to read this, you either have a computer and/or a job so you are doing better than a lot of people. So this year make sure and give a little more. Because giving to a child is what Christmas is all about.

Have a Great Day,
Greg

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thankful Thursday, Bring on the rain.



The past few weeks have been cloudy here and I am not just talking about the rain. But the last few days we have had rain and lots of it. As my wife’s grandmother used to say; It’s water in the well. And since we do have a “well” that is something to be thankful for in itself. Oh by the way, we had no flood damage as the storm went past us even though I heard reports of several feet of water in the streets of downtown Charleston. (which by the way is in a lower flood danger zone) I’m just saying.

1. So the first thing I am thankful for is the girl at our insurance company. She could have been like the lady at Allstate and said; “4000 dollars, take it or leave it” but instead she did her job and got us a better rate. We are in “better hands” now.

2. I would again like to say that I am thankful for our service men and women who are protecting us at this very moment. I am truly thankful for each and every one of them. I pray that God protects them.

3. I am thankful for an outstanding spin class last night. I pushed it harder than I ever have before and It really helped to burn off some of that stress that has been following me around. And we got some good news too last night. They are changing the evening spin times to an hour earlier and different days which will make it much better for me to workout.

4. I am thankful that all the cars continue to run well. Funny thing though, my MIL’s car died the other day and it turned out to be a bad battery. That makes 5 batteries that have gone bad in the last month. Two were on the trucks, one on my car, the boat battery and then my MIL’s car battery. What in the world is going on here? Battery attack?

5. I am thankful that my hair is growing back quickly but now I am wondering what to do with it. Having it shaved off sure was convenient. We were saving on shampoo and combs too. I will have to give this some more thought as to what to do since winter is upon us. I don’t think I looked too bad with it shaven and I even got a few compliments but I am still getting used to the way I look.

Have a Great Thankful Thursday,
Greg

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Random Dozen, more randomness.



1. What was the last song you listened to?
“Sooner or later love is gonna get ya” Oh now it’s “Give me some lovin.” I got to hurry and finish this question. Ok I had to come back and add to this list because I know how much Lid loves this song: “Your eyes have a mist from the smoke from a distant fire.” That one’s for you Linda.

2. Have you ever had “buyer’s remorse” over anything? I once bought a Chrysler New Yorker that was loaded. It was silver on the outside with blue leather seats. The dash was wood grained and it talked to you when something was wrong. This was before everyone else went to talking cars. The next day after buying the car, it didn’t start. After two days of troubleshooting the mechanics found out that the starter wasn’t fully plugged in. (two days to figure that out) Everything on that car quit working from time to time and there were times when we would be driving it that it would all of a sudden say; A door is ajar. I wanted to shoot that car. It left my wife stranded more than once and I ended up trading it in at a huge loss just to get rid of it.

3. What is something in your life that you are thankful for now that you didn’t think you would be at the time of the event? (Something that seemed ill-timed, inconvenient or hurtful which turned out to be a good thing) That would be my divorce. I struggled with it for so long fighting feelings of guilt and religious beliefs. But in the end I went through it. After listening to her lie with her hand on the Bible and seeing her put on an act that was deserving of an Academy Award, I knew I did the right thing. After the divorce was over and we were leaving the courtroom she came up to me with a smug grin on her face and said. “I fooled THAT judge” and I replied; “That’s not the judge you need to be concerned about. ” The last time I saw her was 20 years after the divorce and she was the same hateful person she always was. I asked her how she was doing and she gave me directions of where to go. I wanted to say "If I wanted to go THERE I would just follow you" but I just said Sorry you feel that way and let it go.

4. Do you watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year? If so, do you have a favorite float or balloon? I used to watch it every year but now I do the Turkey Day 5K run in Downtown Charleston. If there is any parade left when I get back home, I will watch it in between cooking.

5. Share a quote, scripture, poem or lyric which has been an inspiration to you lately. That would be Psalm 23; 4 “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”

6. This is meant to be a fun question, and this is a G-rated blog, but please share a “guilty pleasure,” something that you enjoy that’s probably not the most edifying, time-worthy or healthy thing you could be indulging in. Did I mention this blog is rated G? Hmmm let me think. I gotta keep this G rated. I do like a good soak in our tub with Calgon or some other bath oil. We have one of those old tubs with the feet on it. It’s not very manly, call me crazy but I enjoy it.

7. What Thanksgiving food are you looking forward to? The dressing!! I make the best in the world if I do say so myself. I cook the main part of the Thanksgiving dinner and my wife makes the pies because she makes the best pie crust in the world. She even makes the crust for my pecan pie which I make the filling for.

8. What is your favorite book to read to children, or what was your favorite childhood book? “Go Dogs Go.” I can still see the photos from that book and recite many of the lines.




9. Do you collect anything? (Feel free to post a photo.) We collect Civil War artifacts. (Also known as the War of Northern aggression) We have lots of bottles, bullets, belt buckles, pipes and other things from the War of Northern Aggression. I will get photos for another post.

10. Gift bags or wrapping paper? If I have the time I go with wrapping paper and I prefer to get a gift that is wrapped. Last minute presents end up in a gift bag. We keep some handy just for such an occasion.

11. Share an after-school memory from when you were younger. What was your routine like on an average day? When we were in grammar school we walked home in the afternoons. It was only a mile. I can remember leaving the school grounds with a large crowd of kids but as we went along, the crowd got thinner and thinner. We lived on the last paved road in town and there was only one dirt road past ours. For the last block, we walked alone. On some days my grandmother was there to watch us but some days we were at home alone until our parents got there.

12. True story: Once, in a job interview, I was asked this question and told there would be no clarifying; I simply had to answer the question: “When you’re fishing, do you feel for the fish?” So what about you? Do you feel for the fish?? I hate seeing anything die so I put the bucket at a distance so I don’t have to watch it. Once they are dead, I am ok with it. The same goes for hunting or anything that was living for that matter. I can eat veggies but only if I don't see them picked. :)

13. What would be your solution to the political circus that is killing our country and keeping our service men and women in harms way? (I added this question for Veterans Day since I am a Veteran.) Make it a requirement that anyone who runs for any political office in America be a Veteran. No one should be allowed to make decisions for our military unless they have been in their shoes!!!

Thank a Veteran today, Some of them will die for you tomorrow.
Greg

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Just a bit stressed here!!!

As you may have noticed I haven’t blogged in almost a week. It has been a bad few days for me. Just when I get one trouble behind me something else comes up and smacks me in the back of the head and knocks me down again. I thought I had all my troubles behind me but that isn’t the case.

I really needed a break so this past weekend we decided to take a day off and go fishing. About a mile from the boat landing, my boat died and we had to row back to the landing. I decided to go ahead and finish the work on my cars and one thing after another fought me as I worked. I had problems with tools, parts and even sand gnats. If you aren’t from this area and have never experienced sand gnats they are more than aggravating. They are enough to make the pope curse. And the worst thing about them is they have this knack for attacking you when you are working hard or trying to concentrate. Needless to say they ate me up and I said a few choice words. The local name for them is flying teeth because they are so small that you can hardly see them but they have a bite like a beaver.

The next “wonderful” thing that added to my stress was a “nice” letter from the “good hands people” You know the insurance company that cares about us so much and saves us bunches of money. Well our flood insurance is up for renewal next month. Have you seen the flood insurance commercials where they say that flood insurance is cheaper than you think? Well guess again. Last year our premium was $208.00 a year. This year those same good hands people wanted $4100.00 a year. Don’t you think that is kind of an excessive jump since we made no improvements on our house and have never filed a claim? Yes you read that right 208 >>>>> 4100.

So I called the good hands people, oh who am I fooling it was Allstate and they gave me some story about it being all FEMA’s fault and refused to discuss it anymore. This is the point where I lost my temper and said some things that were not so nice and that I would take my business elsewhere. She said that it didn’t matter where I went, I was going to have to pay that same amount. So we called the people who have our home owner’s policy and they got us the flood insurance for $1100.00. I have to say that I am fighting the urge to call that woman back and tell her off. It won’t do any good so I will simply tell everyone I know not to use them. “You are in bad hands with Allstate” “Raising your rates….. That’s Allstate’s stand”

So what caused the large increase you might ask? Well it was partially (but not totally) FEMA’s fault. They decided that our side of the island which just happens to be the furthest side from the ocean, just happens to be the highest point in the entire county and also just happens to be 99% black is in danger of flooding while the front side of the island which just happens to flood on a good high tide and is 99% white is at a low risk. Something is fishy here. I have not yet begun to fight on this issue. You can expect some letters to fly on this one.

And one last stressful thing has to do with family (children) and I prefer not to discuss it here. Let’s just say it has me totally stressed out and I can see why some animals eat their young and it's not because they taste like chicken.

I am trying to have a good day,
Greg

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Thankful Thursday and Birthday Wishes


It’s Thursday again and truly another Thankful Thursday. I again have so much to be thankful for.

1. For starters, it’s my oldest son’s birthday. He turned 18 today and I am simply happy that he is alive. When he was born he was very ill. For the first three weeks of his life he stayed in the neonatal unit at MUSC. (Medical University of South Carolina). A few minutes after he was born, he quit breathing and was taken by Helicopter to MUSC in downtown Charleston. My wife was in the original hospital over in Mount Pleasant SC recovering from her C section. I had to leave her and drive to MUSC where I nervously waited for any news. It was several hours before I got any news at all. I spent that first night of his life praying in the waiting room. They had him in a drug induced coma with an oxygen tube in his lungs supplying him enough oxygen. My wife hadn’t even seen him yet and didn’t until the next day. It was the longest night of my life. I am so thankful that God protected him.

2. I am also thankful for the nurses and doctors at MUSC. They really are angels and saints. While we were there a number of children came and went. Most were healed but a few didn’t make it. It takes a special person to take something like that. Just hearing about the loss of a child that I didn’t even know made me sad. Those nurses sat up with and held my son every night until he was released.

3. I am thankful that I seem to be over my cold. (Finally) I went to spin class last night and managed to make it to the end with only a little wimping out. Truth is I had to slack up a little at the end but I did make it through. Next week I will do better.

4. I am thankful that I got my son’s car back together and it worked. I mean it really started and ran. I impressed myself on this one. It was way out of my comfort zone to take an engine down that far and repair it. In the end, I had no “extra” parts and all the plugs had a matching socket to plug into. Who knows what I will tackle tomorrow. Well God does but I hope He gives me a few days to rest before giving me my next assignment.

5. I am thankful for more free wood. They are cleaning up the lay down area here at work and my boss asked if I wanted all the wood that was left over from old projects. Of course I said yes so today I am bringing home the lumber. It will be a great start for the new greenhouse we are planning on building. Yes it’s another project but God knows I can do it.

Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday,
Greg

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Three Dozen

Ok it's actually another episode of Random Dozen sponsored by Linda at 2nd cup of Coffee. Won't you join us.






1. Its early morning, about 2:00AM, and you're driving home. You come to a red light and sit there. There is no one in sight for miles around. Do you wait it out or run the light?
Let’s change the question a little. Let’s say it is yesterday at 6 AM, there are lots of people around me and the light doesn’t change. I gave it two minutes and I ran it. Should I turn myself in?

2. If you had the chance to re-do the last 24 hours, would you change anything?
My underwear but that goes without saying. I wouldn’t wear the same ones two days in a row. You know the whole getting into an accident thing. Especially when you run red lights. Other than that, No.

3. When you reply to someone's comment on your blog, do you reply in your comments or go to her blog and comment? (Or email her)
I do the last two mostly but sometimes I do follow up comments. First time visitors always get a comment back on their blog (unless I miss you in which case I am very sorry) and some regulars get emails.

4. Your favorite Disney movie is:Davy, Davy Crocket born in the wild frontier…...

5. Do you recycle?
Yes we do. I have a huge barrel for plastic and aluminum and we also recycle some other things like polystyrene. We reuse plastic bags from the grocery store down at the market.

6. Games of strategy or games of chance?
I like them both. My two favorite games are Chess and Scrabble. I am pretty good at poker too but that is because I can count cards. My wife says that’s cheating.

7. Do you have any recurring dreams?
Not anymore. When I was very young I did and I would sleep walk and wake up screaming. I know it was all due to childhood trauma. It was as if I was floating in a really dark place and all these hands were reaching in to me but I couldn’t touch them and they couldn’t touch me.

8. What did you learn from your first real job?
That people aren’t always who they seem to be: My boss who seemed normal at the time, later in life came out of the closet and told everyone he was gay. My co-worker’s wife, who seemed like a really nice person asked me if I wanted to come over sometime while her husband was working. I was 16 and I opted to pass on that offer.

9. Do you buy or borrow most books?
I don’t read a lot of books. The only one I read in the last 5 years was one I won from Sonya at Truth for the Journey. Oh I read the Bible too but I had that one for a long time.

10. What fashion trend of the past did you say you'd never wear again but did?
I tried to let my hair grow a little longer but it was too hot so I cut it short again. Just FYI, it is about a quarter of an inch long at the moment. Talk about a hippie!!

11. When do you start Christmas shopping?
The day after Thanksgiving unless I see a really good deal earlier that I can’t pass up. I haven’t seen any deals yet this year.

12. Have you ever been so happy that you literally jumped up and down for a few seconds? If so, what was the occasion?
I did that when I won a radio contest. It was one of those national contests and I was the 100th caller. I gave them all my information and then they called me right back and told me I was the winner. Right after I hung up the phone I jumped up and down. My wife came to see what was going on and I told her we just won $5000.00. We both did the happy dance.


Have a great day,
Greg

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Like pulling teeth.

Well I finally got that half tooth out of my mouth. It has been broken off for a long time now and I finally went in and had it removed. What a relief to have that old thing gone. It was essentially dead but because of my fear of dentists I kept putting off having it pulled out. I like this dentists though because he doesn't try to push you into crowning everything. He tells you the options and lets you decide what to do. The last dentist I went to wasn't like that.

When I went to see this dentist he even told me that the odds of a cap surviving on this tooth was unlikely. I explained my fear of dentists though and he gave me a little pill to take before I got to his office. Did that ever work. I staggered into his office around 3:30 last night and he got me right in the chair. After two quick shots and a few minute wait he returned to remove the tooth. He offered to give me gas but I told him I was already in la-la land and didn't need it. I love la-la land. haha

So the nurse held my face with her hands while the dentist got ready to pull the tooth. He was wiggling something in my mouth and I though he was trying to get a good grip on the tooth. About a minute later he said; "I got it" I thought he meant that he got a good grip on it and I should brace myself for the trauma but he said "no I got it out already" Oh how I love modern medicine. I was afraid for nothing. I took a little pain pill before I went to sleep last night and this morning I feel great. I just may have them all pulled out. Well maybe not quite yet.

Hey wait a second. Where was the tooth fairy last night? I've been robbed.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, November 2, 2009

Be very afraid!!!

Guess who? Yes that's yours truly dressed as Uncle Fester. I bit the bullet and had my head shaved on Friday just for the occasion. The weather forecast was calling for 85 degrees and since I had already made my robe out of fleece that bald wig was totally out of the question. I couldn't get it to look good anyway. I think about a hundred people took my photo and some said I looked just like the original Uncle Fester. I think I looked pretty good if I do say so myself.


"Thing" was really popular with the older kids but the younger ones were afraid to grab any candy. I Had the hand rigged where it would pop up when you opened the box and it kind of shook for a few seconds after that.

This is me and #1 Son. He was a hippie and his pants were designed by his friends Erin and CeCe. The scary part is I used to actually dress like that back in the day.

Even the dogs got into the act but obviously this one was "chicken." haha


And speaking of chickens does anyone know what this guy is supposed to be? Anyone, anyone, anyone.... A chick magnet. Get it? Chick magnet. Yuck yuck yuck.

This is me with my good friends and trusted neighbors Mary and Ron, otherwise known as the grim reaper and witch Mary.

Believe it or not these are a couple of our neighbors. I hate to say it but they are real "railer trash."Pregnant at 16. (not really but it was a great costume)

All I can say about this costume is "Meow" I don't know this girls name but she always has a big smile on her face kind of like the cat that got the canary. Sorry I couldn't resist.

This wonder of a woman actually got up early just to dress up for the occasion. She said that one of her children woke up and said; "Mom what are you wearing?"

I put a slide show of some of the other costumes on my Examiner web page. If you have time, check them out.

Have a great day,

Greg