Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Random Dozen, Easter edition


Here we go again. I am too lazy to copy the special logo that goes along with this today so I am using the old one.


1. How do you feel about the marshmallow Easter Peeps?
I love peeps….they taste like chicken.

2. Chickens are notoriously nervous creatures. When you are nervous, what is the best way to calm down?
Can I say drugs? Nothing calms me down like a Valium. Just kidding. Quiet time is what I need to calm down.

3. People say, "April showers bring May flowers." Do you enjoy Spring rains?
I do because they wash away lots of pollen. I have hay fever.

4. When I was randomly flipping through TV channels this week, I saw a show in which tattoo parlor employees received tattoos of a co-worker's face on their bodies. I can't imagine having a portrait of a colleague tattooed on me. But if someone forced you to receive a portrait tattoo (face only) of anyone, who would it be? Why?
How about the invisible man. Does that count? I don’t care for ink.

5. Would you rather have a tattoo (any kind) or a nose ring?
Nose rings are for pigs and cows. I am sorry if one of you has a child with one or God forbid you have one but that is the way I feel.

6. Do you have any special plans for Easter?
Not really this year. We haven’t even discussed what we will be eating and that is a first. I would like a nice salad.

7. Cadbury Eggs or Reese Eggs?
Buck buck buck buck….Do I need to say more? PS. I already ate mine. I snooped, I found, I ate.

8. What was the last thing/person you took a picture of?
Oh I love you Linda. I was hoping there was a way that I could fit a brag in here. My youngest son had his band contest yesterday. They ended up with a Superior. I am so proud of him and the other members of the band who got a Superior yesterday. Oops I already said that.



9. What book are you reading now, or what was the last one?
I read “Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls. I highly recommend it.

10. What do you think is the most difficult task when it comes to Spring cleaning?
Pulling weeds. My back is aching as I write this.

11. How many pairs of flip-flops do you own?
I think I have one pair but I can never find them because my boys are always borrowing them.

12. Which color makes you happiest?
Green, show me the money. LOL Seriously I just like green.


Bonus Joke (not part of the Random): Why did the Easter egg hide?
He was a little chicken!

So I guess we are supposed to add a joke here….

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To show the possums it could be done.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, March 29, 2010

Busy weekend

Where did that weekend go. It was a really busy one but a great one too. We got so much stuff done it isn't funny. The Market is only 5 days away but we are ready to go. (for once) We have a new table to accent our new display and we think it will make a big difference. It's all about presentation and we think the changes will be for the better.

It looks like winter is behind us now. At least in our area. We put in some veggies over the weekend and just in time. It has been raining all night and it is still raining this morning. As long as the seeds don't wash away we should have a good crop. I will have photos in about a week to show you. We already have onions and the potatoes are looking good.

We are by no means well off but God is providing for us and we have everything we need and a few things we want as well. We are learning to do more with less and that is a good thing. Of course they are expecting the same at the office; More with less but I can handle it if they can.


Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Thankful Thursday #70



There are a lot of changes taking place in our world. Some are good but some are bad. And because of the bad changes, a lot of people are worrying. And because they are worrying, they are getting sick. Then they worry about being sick and not being able to take care of the things in their life that they are responsible for and then others around them begin to worry and they get sick.

Have you noticed now many people are getting sick these days? It is alarming. Some people say it is because of the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe. But a lot of it is simply due to stress from worrying.

So today I want to center “my” Thankful Thursday about worrying, or more importantly not worrying because only God knows what tomorrow will bring.



Matthew 6:

25 "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

I am thankful for my life and the fact that I am able to get up every morning and head out to work. I am not confined to a bed or a wheelchair but even if I was I would be thankful just to be alive.



26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life[b]?

I am thankful for the birds and all the other animals that make up this great world.



28 "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.

I am thankful for my gardening abilities and the fact that I can (with God’s help) grow lovely flowers.



30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

I am thankful that no matter what has happened over the last few years, I was still able to put food on the table. Even when I was totally broke (or at least it felt like it), we had food to eat. And sometimes I didn’t know where the food came from but it did come and I am thankful for that.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

I am thankful for today and even though I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, I will not worry about it. I am confident that even in all this chaos God has a plan and it is a great plan. I want to give a special shout out to Kat over at Heart to Heart. She is having an operation today and I ask that you keep her in your prayers.




Have a great day,

Greg

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Random Dozen Spring edition.


The theme is Spring . . . and any other random questions that crept in. Lid is spending some time with a friend so we have a substitute leader today. Just follow the links and you will get there.

1. What is your favorite sign of Spring?

This is easy: “YARD SALE” These signs tend to pop up in spring as people clean out their garages.

2. Did you remember to spring forward on March 14? If not, how did it impact your day?

Yes I remembered. It didn’t impact me at all.

3. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what vegetable would you plant in a garden this year?

Cucumbers. With any luck by the time I post this, they will be in the ground.

4. If soil, time, talent and climate were no problem, what fruit would you plant?

I would love to grow peaches but I have tried and they take a lot of work. Mine always do well for a year or two but then get a fungus and die.

5. What is your least favorite insect?

Stink bugs. They DON’T taste like chicken. My regular readers know what I am talking about.

6. March 22 was World Water Day. To celebrate, here are some water questions. Do you drink bottled water? If so, what brand?

If I do drink bottled water I really don’t care what brand it is. Usually I will buy a bottle when I am desperate but then I refill it from the tap and keep using it over and over. No one needs to know.

7. Have you ever been somewhere that it was not safe to drink the local water? If so, how did you handle that?

Yes. When we were in Dominica Republic they said not to drink the water. We drank other things like fruit juice.

8. How many glasses of water do you drink per day?

Not enough I am sure. Maybe 2 or 3.

9. March 24 is the birthday of Harry Houdini. Have you ever watched a professional magic show? Share.

Only on TV and I was not impressed. There is no such thing as magic. It is all illusion and trickery. Sort of like what just happened in Washington. Wait did I say that? Sorry I couldn’t resist.

10. Have you ever been a participant in a professional magic show (up on stage!)?

No and I don’t intend to do it anytime soon.

11. March 24 is also the birthday of Steve McQueen and Clyde Barrow. Do you like Westerns or gangster movies? If so, what is your favorite?

You spelled Gangsta wrong. I love the old Clint Eastwood westerns. Remember this?

Your wanted Wales?

Reckon I'm right popular. You a bounty hunter?

A man's got to do something for a living these days.

Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy

(From The Outlaw Josey Wales.)

12. (Really random) What U.S. state that you've never visited would you like to visit someday?

Well I have been to most of them but I will say New Mexico. I love deserts and I think there are some down there. I have been to enough cold wet places. I could use some desert weather right about now.

Have a great day,
Greg

Monday, March 22, 2010

Sunset in SC

I got home late tonight. As I was loading my car with my gym clothes for tomorrow, I saw the most beautiful sunset. I stood there in awe for a few moments and then decided to go get my camera. In the few moments it took to get in and out of the house the sun sank a little lower and the lighting was different. Although the clouds are roughly in the same position, the colors aren't quite as brilliant as they were when I first observed them. Never less this is what it looked like:



It made me wonder just how many beautiful sunsets or other things I have missed by only a few moments.

Have a great day,
Greg

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Rambling Saturday

It's Saturday morning and I am up and ready for another full day. The sun will be shining soon and the temperature is supposed to be around 70 today. Life is good. However it wasn't my best week. So I decided to get a few things out in the open and behind me. That way I can go forward and be happy today. So I call this post:

The secret to happiness or I would like cheese with this whine.

First off this is not a complaint this is a whine. There is a difference. When you complain you expect some action to be taken. When you whine you simply want someone to toss you some cheese and say sorry you are having a bad day, eat this cheese and be quiet.

I have a new motto to live by: “The secret to happiness in not only accepting failure but also embracing it.” You may quote me on that.

Why did it take me so long to figure this out? I mean for my entire life I have struggled to succeed when I tried to accomplish something. And as anyone can tell you, you can’t win them all. There will be failures and the same person usually tells you to deal with it and try harder the next time. But since you can expect more failures it is a pretty grim future: Try harder but expect not to win.

I thought about this during the past week as I listened to some people I work with whining. And that’s when my new slogan hit me. And I thought eureka, I’ve found it. If you learn to embrace failure then you always win. You always hit your mark and you always succeed at failure. And if by chance you luck into a success from time to time, that’s a bonus. Eventually people around you will expect nothing from you and you will have to do nothing. I like the sound of that don’t you? The only problem with this plan is that God doesn't like losers and quitters and I am hoping to get my reward after I leave this earth. So I press onward.

OK this just in. I had a big job that I was working on and doing a great job I might add. But there is a guy here that talks a good talk. He is a self proclaimed expert on the job I was working on so the manager where I work decided to put this guy in charge. The problem is that this guy is all talk but who am I to argue so I let him take the lead. Well I just found out that he overlooked a major part of the job and it will cause a huge delay and lots of extra costs. So do I speak up and bail this guy out or do I let him fall on his face? Decisions decisions. To add to this equation let me back up about 8 years.

This same guy worked for another department. He was in the training department which was where he designated himself as an expert. Anywhoo he was starting a new training program back then and it just happened that I had the first person to go through his new program working for me. But there were no local procedures written so guess who had to write them in order to get this new employee through the program? That’s right me. Well when I sent in the procedures (as required by our company policy), this guy changed the author from my name to his and sent them to every plant in our system and took credit for my work. He most likely got a little bonus for doing a great job. This is a tough decision for me. I will think it over this weekend and decide.

Ok I just came up with a new get rich scheme. I was reading Craigslist earlier and came across the following ad (I am paraphrasing here):

"Wood Wanted"

I have decided to start my lifelong dream and build a boat. I am building it from scratch so I will need some good quality wood to do the project. However I don't have any money or wood so I am asking anyone out there that might have some good quality wood laying around to donate it so that I may realize my lifelong dream. Thank you in advance,

Noah

Ok I made up the name part but the rest is true. I have to give this guy credit for having the faith to start a project with no materials. So I cam up with the following idea and I plan on posting it to Craigslist to see what happens:

"Money Wanted"

I have decided to start my lifelong dream of being a millionaire. However due to taxes, other bills and food, I haven't been able to save any money so far. So if you have some extra cash laying around and want to help me realize my dream please send it to me. Chances are you have always wanted to be rich too but the truth is you probably won't make it to the millionaire status either. But if you help me reach my lifelong goal at least you can say you know a millionaire.

B Gates Wannabe

How does that sound? I think it is worth a try.

Ok one last thing. I had this package that I really needed to get by Friday.(yesterday) I ordered it on Tuesday and it was coming from Texas. It shouldn't have been a problem. So on Wednesday I get the UPS notification saying they had the package but on Thursday when I checked UPS had no status. I called the company on Friday and this is what they told me:

Sorry, the package didn't go out because we only had one lock and you ordered two. Ok these locks come as a pair with matching keys not individual so I am thinking someone is fibbing here. Then he said that shipping caught it just before they sent it out and they were supposed to tell me that the item didn't ship. Ok I need some help here from someone who works in shipping.

At what point do you get the UPS tracking number? I mean do you assign the number to a box and then send that number to a customer and then go find the item to ship OR do you put the item in the box, seal it up and then assign the tracking number. Ane what company has the shipping department deal directly with customers? Something smells rotten here. Bottom line is the part isn't coming until next week.

One last thing, I know I said that before. I caved on the work thing and did what was right and told my boss about the problem with the job. Two wrongs don't make a right. I am such a nice person.

Have a great weekend,
Greg

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thankful Thursday Special day edition


Well here we are again. Thankful Thursday. The day after St’ Patrick’s Day. March 18th. Hmmmmm Now what am I supposed to remember? I know there is something important about today. Now what was it? Drum Roll please…….

My wife. Today is her birthday. Happy birthday Diane. I am thankful that I have a great wife that puts up with my shenanigans. And she just happens to be part Irish. Now if we just had some of that Irish luck. I can’t say how old she is but as she puts it: She is always younger than I am.

I am also thankful for the rest of my family who also put up with me although I am almost a saint so how hard can that be. Well in my mind anyway. Yes I do have a few flaws but then we all do. We aren’t perfect but we can all be forgiven.

I am thankful for Great bloggers who provide me support, guidance and encouragement. Give yourselves a pat on the back today for being so great. I also want to thank and welcome my new visitors. I promise as the days get longer, and warmer, I will be doing lots more blogging and include more photos, stories and oh yes, more humor. I know that's what brings you here.

I am again thankful for having a job although my work joy has been running a little low lately. In addition to having the job I have a great amount of patients otherwise I wouldn’t have a job. I work with a couple of people who tend to try my patients daily. Sometimes it is all I can do just to stay quiet.

And finally I am thankful for the power of prayer. With all that is happening in the world today I keep hearing about miracles brought about through prayer. I think that God answers all prayers but sometimes we don’t see it.

Won't you please join us in giving thanks.
Have a wonderful Thankful Thursday,

Greg

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Random Dozen Irish edition.



1. On a scale of 1-10, how superstitious are you, honestly?

I wouldn’t say I am superstitious. I do however read the signs. For instance if I have a close call while driving, I slow down. If I am having a really good day, I might be a little less cautious when doing something. I read good and bad karma and go with it.

2. Julius Caesar is quoted as saying, "I came, I saw, I conquered." Which circumstance or experience of yours does this saying best describe?

I think this fits with anything that I put my mind to do. If I see something that I want to master then I do it.

3. If I peeked in on your day like a mischievous little leprechaun, at what time would I most likely find you blogging?

Well this used to be 9-5 but now you are either going to have to get up early (like 4 am) or wait until I get my turn at the computer sometime in the evening.

4. Re springing forward for Daylight Saving Time, is there anything you've ever been really early or really late for?

Ha, I was just thinking about this as I drove into work this morning. I decided as of today that if I want to drive 55 on the interstate when the speed “limit” is 60 then I am going to do it. If those other people who get up at the last minute are late then it is their problem and not mine. I got up early just so I wouldn’t have to rush and I am not going to anymore. What I was thinking this morning was how I have been working for a very long time now and I can only recall one day when I was late. And that was due to a really bad accident where people were killed. Oh I am usually early for everything.

5. What are you most looking forward to concerning Spring?

Same as every year; Planting a garden and having fresh veggies.

6. Shamrocks are the national flower of Ireland and are picked on St. Patrick's Day and worn on the lapel or shoulder. Do you wear green on St. Patty's Day?

I do just so no one pinches me.

7. One of Caesar's assassins, Casca, said, "But, for my own part, it was Greek to me," which of course means he didn't understand something. Probably his own lines in the play. Anyway, what is something that is "Greek to you," something incomprehensible or indecipherable?

Chinese writing. Come on now, this pictures can’t mean anything. I think there were drugs involved when they came up with that alphabet.

8. Is March behaving more like a lion or a lamb where you live?

It came in like a Lion and now it’s a lamb.

9. "An extra yawn one morning in the springtime, an extra snooze one night in the autumn is all that we ask in return for dazzling gifts. We borrow an hour one night in April; we pay it back with golden interest five months later." -Winston Churchill. If you had one extra hour per day every day, what would you do with it?

Most likely work. It’s all I do.

10. Legend says that every Leprechaun has a pot of gold hidden deep in the Irish countryside. Aside from real gold or money, what material item would be in your dream pot of gold?

A world without hay fever. It is hitting me pretty hard right now.

11. "The best things are nearest: breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of God just before you." Robert Louis Stevenson. Look around you right now and tell us about something essential or beautiful very near you that you take for granted every day.

I really don’t take anything for granted. I will however say clean water. It is something a lot of us take for granted. Some people have to dig for dirty water but we can go to any number of water faucets and get cold or hot water.

12. Just for a bit o' fun, click here (www.blogthings.com/irishnamegenerator/) and then report your Irish name. Mine is "Zoe O'Sullivan." I love it!

OK Ok This was rigged. Lid cheated. There is no way her Irish name is Zoe. I mean come on Lid. Give me a break. Anywhoo, my Irish name is Owen O'Farrell which fits since I am as funny as will Farrell. My quote is: "What butter or whiskey does not cure cannot be cured." Sounds good to me.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Thankful Thursday #68



I’ve said it before and I will say it again: Where does the time go? It is hard to believe that it is Thursday already. But I made it here as you did so "we" already have one thing to be thankful for:

I am thankful just to be alive. That in itself is a blessing and I thank God for every day He gives me here on earth. When I hear about all the people dying, the pain and suffering and all the drama going on, it makes me thankful just to be me.

I am thankful for my children. My youngest turned 13 on Wednesday which makes him officially a teenager. That also makes me officially OLD. But then old is better than the other option. Not that I am afraid of dying or anything like that, I am just happy to be here.

I am thankful for my sense of humor. I know the people I work with appreciate it too. Otherwise things would be really dull at work. I guess it takes all kinds but I really don't know why people mope around when they have it so good. And speaking of humor; If you think the last four words of the National Anthem are; “Gentlemen start your engines”…..You might be a redneck. (that’s what my son’s birthday card said) I said; What’s so funny those are the last 4 words.

I am thankful that I was able to figure out a really difficult program at work yesterday. My boss gave me two documents to transpose into the new program. He returned about a half hour later and said; Sorry to load you up but here is one more. I said; That’s ok I finished the first two already. He said; wow and I said; sounds like raise time. More of my work humor.

I am thankful for springtime which seems to be here. It was a really cold winter and winter is not my favorite season. All my trees are budding and my other plants are growing rapidly. You should see how good they all look. Wait, you will in a short while when I post pictures. Time to break out the camera.

So now I challenge you to find something to be thankful for this Thursday. No matter how bad you may have it, I am sure you can find something. Please join in by linking up below.

And have a great Thankful Thursday,

Greg

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

A plinko Random Dozen



If you don't know what Plinko is just visit Lid's blog. It's a random game and so are these questions:

1. How old is the oldest pair of shoes in your closet?

Without looking, I haven’t got a clue. I think I still have some of my old Navy shoes. No I am not talking about the “Old Navy” brand shoes, I mean some old shoes from when I was in the Navy. They would be pre-1994.

2. Did you buy Girl Scout cookies this year? If so, what variety?

So far I haven’t bought any but I think there is still time. I like the Samoas. I think that is what they are called.

3. Do you know how to ballroom dance? If not, would you like to?

Who wrote these questions, a woman? I can’t ballroom dance but I am willing to learn. I can however do the chicken dance and will do it in a ballroom. Does that count?

4. Were you a responsible child/teenager?

I was a very responsible teenager/child. I did everything I was told and then some. When both of my parents were working, I would clean the house, mow the lawn and cook dinner. I would often buy the food for dinner with money that I made mowing lawns. (I preferred hamburger over cheese toast) Sometimes my mother would come home from work and throw what I cooked out in the back yard because she would be mad at my father for not being home. She would use the excuse that it was too spicy or it just wasn’t what she wanted. She would also find something wrong with how I cleaned the house or mowed the lawn. It took me a while to figure out though that there was no pleasing my mother. Can you say bi-polar?

5. How many of this year's Oscar-nominated movies did you see?

This is an easy one. How about a big ZERO. I didn’t see the “Oscar show” either. Not big on my list of fun things to watch. I do know why that “Smurf Movie” didn’t win for best picture Oscar. What good is a Smurf Movie without Smurfett. Where was Smurfett or Papa Smurf for that matter?

6. If you're going to have a medical procedure done, such as having blood drawn, is it easier for you to watch someone else having the procedure done or have it done yourself?

I am feeling a little faint just reading this question. If I watch blood being drawn from me, you, a cat, dog or any living thing I will pass out. Enough said.

7. What is your favorite day of the week and why?

“Tomorrow”. It’s another chance to prove myself.

8. Do you miss anyone right now?

Myself when I didn’t have all these aches and pains. Getting old stinks. I just did another body pump class and I am hurting.

9. Do hospitals make you queasy?

No but what goes on inside them does. And hospital food makes me queasy.

10. At which store would you like to max-out your credit card. Not that you ever would, you responsible person, you.

The Home Depot. I can always find something to buy there.

11. Are you true to the brand names of products/items?

I could care less about brand names. I will use “Piggly Wiggly” brand if it is cheaper. Remember; “When you see that face you’re in the right place”

12. Which is more difficult: looking into someone’s eyes when you are telling someone how you feel, or looking into someone’s eyes when he/she is telling you how he/she feels?

That depends on whether that person is lying or not. If someone is looking me in the eyes and I know they are lying I stare back at them to make it hard on them. I can usually tell when a person is telling the truth.


OK ... ready, aim, PLINK!

Have a great Plinko day,
Greg

Sunday, March 7, 2010

"Fishing with Dad"

I mentioned this post last week in the random dozen post so I decided to go back and revisit what I wrote. I found it after much searching. It was longer ago that I thought (January 2008)and the title was actually fishing with my father. After reading the post, I remembered why I used the word Father instead of Dad. I appologize to all of my followers who already read this post (Wanda). That too amazed me; the fact that I only got a few comments on this post and the only person who commented who is still following my blog is Wanda. Way to go Wanda. I guess you are my #1 fan. So here is the post exactly as I wrote it:


"Fishing with my Father"

We ate a lot of fish when we were growing up and one reason was because my dad loved to fish and was good at it. On weekend mornings when the tide, wind and temperature were right you could expect him to head out to his secret spot and bring home enough fish for two or three meals. We had fish cooked every way imaginable but we fried it most of the time.

As far back as I can remember, I would beg to go with him because I loved to fish and also because this secret spot was so good. His spot was in the intercoastal waterway just north of Ormond Beach Florida, only a couple of miles from home and on the edge of Tomoka State Park. Dad had a key to get into the park because he was the Fire Chief for the town and he needed access to get in if there was ever a fire.

After unlocking the gate, we would drive in and park as close to the river as we could get and then hike down a small trail to the river’s edge. There were no houses around for miles along this side of the river and we often spooked dear or other animals as we walked along the trail.

When we got to the edge of the river we would get things ready and then quietly wade in and begin to fish. From the bank, this spot looked like any other place along the river but it was what was below the surface that made it so special. For starters it was on the edge of the Tomoka River basin which was wide and shallow. This was the area that connected the basin to the intercoastal river so it was a transition between shallow fresh water and deep salt water. The bottom of the river was sandy and solid and also littered with rocks and oyster shells which attracted bait and larger fish.

FYI: The Tomoka River is where they used to film Tarzan movies with Johnny Weissmuller.

Not only did I enjoy the fishing but also the quiet and beauty of the area. On these still mornings, the stars would still be shining when we started to fish but there would be the faint sign of morning off to the east. The still water shinned like a mirror and the slightest movement of a fish could be seen. It was over a mile to the ocean but you could hear the waves crashing on the beach. As dawn neared, you could hear the sounds of people heading out from homes across the river. It was about a mile across the river at this point but the sound traveled well with nothing to stop it.

Just before dawn, the sky would turn from navy blue to light turquoise and the clouds would lose their dark appearance and turn shades of pink and orange. I would usually stop fishing for a few moments and stand there quietly watching the sky. Suddenly rays of sunshine would burst from the horizon and shoot toward the heavens. Slowly the sun would appear, looking like a huge red ball of fire. The sun’s rays would touch me and I could feel their warmth in the cool morning air. Once the sun was totally above the horizon, I would resume fishing because the fish always bit best at this time of day.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

This morning I planned on posting my entry from yesterday (as is) as soon as I got to work. As I drove in this morning, I had a lot on my mind. My brain was on overtime and skipping from one subject to another like a CD that has gone bad. For some reason, I started thinking about my post and wondered if it meant something deeper. I thought back to my school days and something that used to drive me crazy.

In literature, after reading a poem or short story, the teacher would ask us what the author was thinking or trying to say when they wrote what they did. I always thought this was a waste of time because the only one who knows what the author was thinking was the author and most of them were dead and gone. Our analysis of the work was just a guess based on the person’s life or the time period in which they lived. Anyway I decided to look at what I wrote yesterday and see if there were any underlying meanings or symbolism. This is timely since it is “Thinking Thursday” so here goes:

It reminded me a lot of something that happened when I was even younger. Walking the path in the darkness, My father having the “Key” to get in. Wading in the water,
Being half in and half out, Leaving the darkness for the light. Feeling the warmth and seeing the power. Yes it reminded me of being baptized. It also reminded me of life itself. People rushing around, lost in their daily lives. Struggling to make it from day to day and missing the beauty around them and how people are more than what you see on the surface. So what did the author mean when he wrote "Fishing with my Father"? That is for you to decide.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

Greg


Isn't it amazing that back then I participated in Thinking Thursdays and now I am leading Thankful Thursdays. The two sort of go together don't you think.

Have a great Sunday,
Greg

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Totally unbelievable

It was totally unbelievable in more ways than one. I am talking about the Free concert we went to last night. It was a performance by the United States Navy Band and it was awesome. But before I get to the highlights of the performance, let me tell you what happened BEFORE the concert.

The concert was at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center(NCPAC). This is located right next to the North Charleston Colosseum. The two buildings are almost touching and they share the same parking lots. We arrived at the parking lot with plenty of time to spare. To my amazement the traffic was very heavy and as I guessed there were other events going on. We were supposed to have tickets waiting at the will call office but the question was which one.

We asked the first person who looked official; Can you tell us where we pick up our tickets to.... He just pointed in a direction and said "will call" We hurried along with the masses which all seemed to be heading in the same direction. The crowd looked a little rough for a band concert so I correctly assumed that they were mostly going to something different. As we walked along a woman with 4 children was going over her rule #1 with the kids:

Do you all remember what my rule #1 is she asked. One of the children said "Don't embarrass you" That's right she said. Rule #1 is don't embarrass me. She rattled off a bunch of stuff and then repeated the don't embarrass me part. For a moment I thought they might be going to the concert but I was wrong. When we rounded the building we saw the will call line and was it ever long. We took our place in line and waited.

As time went on I asked the person behind me what he was there to see and with an attitude like "you don't know" he said "THE hockey game". So all these people were waiting to see the Stingrays Hockey game. I thought; that makes sense now why the woman didn't want her kids to embarrass her. Who wants loud kids at a hockey game full of drunken fans. As I looked around I noticed that almost everyone had children with them. There were children as young as one year old all going to the hockey game. I thought Hmmmm what's wrong with this picture.

Another employee passed us and again I asked if this was the right line to get the will call...He cut me off and said "yes this is the only will call line." So we waited. When I got to the window the girl asked me what I was there to see and I said The Navy Band. She repeated back "The Baby Band" and I said no and repeated myself more clearly. Apparently there is a band called the Baby Band that I am guessing is related to the Goo Goo Dolls. I'm just guessing here.

She then asked my name and began fumbling through the hundreds of tickets trying to find mine. After a minute or so she came back and again asked me what I was there to see and again I repeated myself. She had this blank look on her face so I explained It's a classical band THE UNITED STATES NAVY BAND and she rudely told me I was in the wrong line. So we headed back to the NCPAC to see if we could find anyone who knew what was going on. Once we got in the right hall of the PAC there was a table with our tickets waiting for us.

So the concert was awesome. It was sponsored by the American Bandmasters Association. They played some classic pieces like one by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov and some more modern pieces by people like Jack Mackey. The highlights of the performance were a flute solo by MUC Dollard and finale which was Stars and Stripes Forever. It's hard to beat a march by John Philip Sousa. In the finale, when it got to the part with the flutes, all three of the flute players stood up and played their part in unison and it made you want to stand up and start marching. Again it was an awesome concert.

What amazes me is that parents will take very young children to a violent hockey game and pay a lot of money for it when there is a free concert going on right next door. I guess that says what is wrong with America. I guess I should be happy that all those children weren't at the concert. I would hate to think how many "rules" there would be in there.

Have a great day,
Greg

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Thankful Thursday #67


Hello everyone and welcome to Thankful Thursday. This is my first week doing this all by myself. I had a lot of help and encouragement in getting this set up which leads me to my first Thankful "Items" or should I say people.

I want to thank Sonya and Edie for helping me get started. I am not the most blogger literate person so it took a lot of cattle prodding to get me over several humps. Don’t worry the scars should heal from where they kept poking me but I admit that I deserved it and needed it. Hopefully all that is behind me now. Notice I said Hopefully. We will see!!!

I am thankful that we have some warm weather on the way. Despite the fact that I had more firewood than any previous year, our supply is getting a little low. It looks like we are going to make it but we by no means have a lot left.

I am thankful that my wife and youngest son chopped so much wood this past summer. It was nice not having to split it when the weather was cold. My youngest is still doing some wood splitting but we don’t “have” to which is nice. He just likes splitting wood. We split wood the old fashion way. With a sledge hammer and wedges. It’s great exercise. And speaking of exercises;

I am thankful for another great Body Pump class this week. As some of you know I switched from spinning to body pump because it gives me a better overall workout and also because the hours are better. Body Pump looks easy but it is harder than you can imagine. It is basically aerobics with light weights and it is tough. By the end of the hour, my arms are shaking and I can barely lift them much less the weights. Try it if you want a great workout. Most gyms offer it.

I am very thankful that I have some major work projects behind me now. I finished the roof which saved us around 2000 dollars. That was a biggie. I also got the tiller and the shredder running. My next project is to fix the transmission on the riding mower. Talk about a jack of all trades. I thank God that I have the ability to do all these things and more. God gives each of us special talents but for some reason he gave me more than my share.



Have a great Thankful Thursday, Please sign in below to join in or if you wish just leave a comment. And feel free to grab my button on the side. Everyone is welcome here.

Greg

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Just my luck, another Random Dozen


1. Do you prefer even or odd numbers? Any particular reason?

I am not sure why but I prefer odd numbers. Perhaps it is because I am an odd person or the fact that I was born on an odd day. Who knows but I am without a doubt an odd number person. My favorite numbers are 1, 3, 5, 7, and 13.

2. On a scale of 1-10, with 1 being "not at all" and 10 being Carly Simon-worthy, how vain are you?

I would give myself a 5 but my family would most likely give me a 10. Yes that song IS about me but as I like to say; It aint bragging if you can back it up. Yes I have been to Saratoga and Nova Scotia and I have seen the total eclipse of the sun. So it just could be…..

3. Among these Irish stereotypes, with which do you identify most closely? Talkative, Proud, Inquisitive, Love to party, Hot-tempered.

I am not Irish but my wife is. But more of these fit me than her. I think all 5 fit me. What’s up with that?

4. How lucky do you consider yourself?

Just give me a 10 here. Everyone says I am the luckiest person they have ever met. I have the luck of the Irish. If I go to an event that gives away door prizes, you might as well just give me a prize instead of that little ticket. It will save time. Last week I went to a vendor fair that had door prizes. You guessed it, I won one. But it’s not just winning. I somehow make lucky choices in life. I am not sure how but it just happens.

5. What is the subject of your favorite post that you've written?

“Fishing with Dad.” I will have to go back and see if that was what I named it. It was about going fishing with my father when I was growing up and how much I enjoyed those mornings. He has been gone almost 15 years but I still think about him and those early morning fishing trips.

6. Describe March weather where you live in three words.

Enough rain already!!!!

7. How apt are you at detecting blarney when you hear it? (Smooth talk, flattery)

I am very apt at it and I can tell that you have been known to toss a bit about yourself.

8. How "green" are you, environmentally speaking?

Another high number for me (us). I drive a car that gets 42MPG. I drive slow to save more gas. We recycle, we pick up trash. We rescue animals. We don’t litter. We conserve energy. We try not to use chemicals on the lawn or our plants. etc etc.

9. What is your favorite song this week?

Tough question since I usually listen to the Oldies channel. So I have been listening all morning trying to decide what my favorite oldie might be. Well they finally played one that reminded me of one that I love. They are playing “Hey Jude” by The Beetles. One of my favorite songs which isn’t played very much by the way (wake up DJ’s) is “The Fool on the Hill” also by The Beetles.(off the Magical Mystery Tour album) I could identify with it when I was growing up. (The song not the album, LOL) If you have never heard it, here are the lyrics:

“The Fool on the Hill”

Day after day,
Alone on a hill,
The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still
But nobody wants to know him,
They can see that he's just a fool,
And he never gives an answer,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

Well on the way,
Head in a cloud,
The man of a thousand voices talking perfectly loud
But nobody ever hears him,
or the sound he appears to make,
and he never seems to notice,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

And nobody seems to like him,
they can tell what he wants to do,
and he never shows his feelings,

But the fool on the hill,
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

Ooh, ooh,
Round and round and round.

And he never listens to them,
He knows that they're the fools
They don't like him,

The fool on the hill
Sees the sun going down,
And the eyes in his head,
See the world spinning 'round.

Ooh,
Round and round and round

Can you tell I was depressed when I was young? Actually I grew up in a bad home environment. I didn't have any friends. So I spent a lot of time all alone. I learned to keep quiet and to listen. Because of this, I learned a lot but no one knew how much I knew. So when this song came out it just fit my life. Not to worry. That is all behind me now. Now days, "I walk into a party, like I'm walking into a yacht." See question #2. :)

10. You are walking along and see a coin on the ground. What denomination does it have to be before you will stop to pick it up?

I will pick up a penny if I see one. “Find a penny pick it up, all that day you will have good luck” See question #4.

11. Complete the sentence: "Every time I look outside my window ...."

Every time I look outside my window I want to be out there.

12. What was the #1 song on the day you were born?

It was “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Hayley and His Comets. Did I just date myself or what? For you youngsters, that’s an oldie but a goodie. Just like me.



Have a great day,

Greg

Monday, March 1, 2010

It's like a Christmas Miracle.....In March???

The Weather Channel is calling for a “wintery mix” on Tuesday night. Here in Charleston SC? I know what you are thinking;





I thought the same thing. I thought; "no way" and I stood there with that deer in the headlight look.



See I wasn’t kidding about the deer. This photo was taken a block from my house as I headed to work. At first glance I only saw one but the camera flash revealed more in the back ground. (click on the photo to see for yourself)Anywhoo, yes it’s true, we may get another snow here in Charleston making it the first time ever (well since I have been here) that it has snowed twice in one year. As you can see, our cat, Mr. T was all excited about the news.




His initial reaction was; Hey, can’t a cat get some rest around this place? But after the excitement wore off he went back to sleep. I doubt if we get as much as we did last time or even any at all but they are predicting it. This is what it looked like the last time it snowed here.



It seems like it was just last month. Wait it was. Once a year is enough in my opinion. Our plants are already starting to bud out and snow is the last thing we need. Well a Tsunami would be the last thing followed closely by snow.


Have a great day,

Greg