Wednesday, March 31, 2010

All Revved Up

I came home from work last night, had been talking all day about how excited I was that it's time to start mowing. I decided last night was the night.

I came home from work last night, changed clothes, opened up the garage, filled up the mower and headed out to the yard.

A half hour later the damned mower still wouldn't start.

Tonight, same scenario.

Tomorrow, my brother in law the lawnmower mechanic specialist.


Sunday, March 28, 2010


A few weeks ago I watched the most ridiculous display of disrespect I have ever witnessed when the Republican members of Congress sat like bumps on a log during President Obama's State Of The Union Address. To see these grown men act like elementary school kids who aren't getting their way embarrassed me to the point of anger.

Firstly, I'm not a politically motivated person. I always try and vote for the person I feel is best qualified for the job. I don't vote straight ticket, never have, can't say I never will, but I don't vote for any particular party.

I'm neither liberal nor conservative. I'm about as middle of the road as you can get.

To see elected officials act this way in public, and to have watched the recent fiasco on health care in the House, I can honestly wonder how any of these "jerks" got elected in the first place.

A Democrat could have one of the most wonderful ideas going right now, but the Republicans would shun it, tear it down and rip it apart, simply because it was the idea of a Democrat.

To hear John McCain talk about having the new healthcare bill repealed and using it as a political campaign tool reminds me of a little kid who doesn't get his way and picks up his toys and refuses to share and play.

The two party system of politics in our great nation has become a total sham and an embarrassment to our nation as a whole.

President Obama has been labelled as a Socialist, and I have to wonder how much of that has to do with the fact that he is a black man?

I would have hoped that prejudice had gone its way decades ago, but of course, it hasn't.

It's not just racial issues that create prejudice, but it's also politcal affiliation, whether you are of the same religion or not, whether you're fat, thin or normal, if you're Mexican, Puerto Rican, Indian, Caucasian or Middle Eastern.

The Bible teaches us that we are ALL created in the image of God, yet we fail to recognize this in our daily lives.

I listen to so-called holy men of God speak of "taking our nation back." Excuse me, but when did our nation go away? I read comments by so-called Christians about changing our world to better suit what they perceive to be their way of thinking, but they condemn other religions for attempting to do the same thing.

I thank God I was raised in a home where prejudice wasn't taught and that I was raised to recognize that all men are created equal.

I had hoped in my lifetime I would have lived to see an end to ALL types of prejudice, but that simply isn't going to happen, considering the age I am now and the current state of thinking in our country.

When the political leaders of our land act as they do, simply for the good of their party, it's a sure bet that they don't have the best interests of our nation at heart.

Will this archaic type of thinking ever truly come to an end?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Poll Results

For now, the poll remains as I had a total landslide of 100% to keep it. The hurtful problem was, the poll vote was the smallest vote yet. So, trying to keep my totally Faithful Few happy, the poll will remain, but it's taking a few days off until Spring Break is over.

Monday, March 22, 2010

We're Almost There, Folks!

Continuing to improve from the "sneezing" injury, and hoping that within the next day or two I will be able to come in here, sit down for a few minutes, and do some serious catching up.

Again, to those of you who have waited patiently, I thank you and hope we don't have a long spell between posts again unless it's for vacation reasons.


Friday, March 19, 2010

And Things Are Like This Now

Continuing to heal from my sneezing injury, busy working on taxes and the death of a friends wife this week. Getting a little easier to sit in front of the computer, not comfortably yet, but getting there.

Obviously from the voting results either my readership is down this week or folks are deciding to not vote in this poll.

Hopefully in the next week things will be better all the way around.

For those of my Faithful Few who are hanging in there with me, I thank you.

For those of you who are also voting, I thank you as well.

Hopefully things will be back to normal very, very soon.

And, OH, to be able to get back in the bed again soon...I enjoy my recliner but it certainly does suck as a bed.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


One week ago this past Thursday a really strange thing happened to me. I was up and out of bed, grabbing some meds out of the cabinet, and I sneezed.

Next thing I know, I'm on the floor, on my knees, holding my left side, seeing stars and unable to breathe of talk.

Yeah, it was one hell of a sneeze, gang!

After struggling thru the day at work on that Thursday and discovering that night that I was unable to lie down in bed to sleep, I went to see the doc on Friday morning and discovered I had either pulled a muscle in my ribcage or ruptured it. The doc gave me some meds to help with the pain and discomfort and put me off work that day which allowed me three days in a row to take care of myself.

I'm sad to report that we are now a week and two days past said incident and the pain is still present and I am still unable to lie down to sleep. I have spent the past nine nights sitting in the recliner in an effort to sleep.

It hurts to sit, it hurts to stand, but it's impossible to lie down without it feeling like I'm ripping my insides out. It's painful to sit here in front of the computer, which is why I have had but one brief update in the past week.

With a couple of days lying (pun intended) before me, I'm hoping a couple of more days of taking it easy will do the trick and I'll feel better by Monday morning. If not, I would imagine another trip to the doctor will be in order. This has been a very strange incident indeed caused by one stinking sneeze.

Anyway, please hang in there with me, I haven't given up writing, have some great ideas I'm ready to work with, just can't sit here long enough to get them done.

Just remember to be careful the next time you feel a sneeze coming on.

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Old Friends

I've managed to make it past my 58th birthday, and when I stop and think about that, it truly boggles my mind. In my youth, I never believed I would have lived to see 30, but as the time grew closer, I decided I wouldn't live to see 40. Of course, as I got into my late 30's, I knew I would never live to see 50. I'm pretty sure that was when I got out of that mode of thinking altogether.

In the Stephen King short story "The Body," which became the basis of the movie "Stand By Me," it is summed up at the end of the movie that we never have any friends any truer than the ones we had when we were twelve years old. While I don't necessarily agree with that statement totally, it does indeed have a large basis of fact that one certainly can't disagree with.

I believe as we get older, we are exposed more to the insincerities of the world, we see the falsehoods people tend to learn to live with, and "true" friendship mutates away from those friends we have when we are younger.

A lot of friends I had when I was younger have moved on in their own lives as I have my own, and some of those folks I haven't seen in nearly forty years. Some of my classmates from the Class of 1970 that I spend all twelve years of school with, I haven't seen since graduation night. Agreed, some of them I'm glad I haven't seen since grad night, but that's only a couple. I hope some of those folks I do get to see again before it's too late.

I had friends my age, younger than me, older than me and some that were years older than me that to me were still very good friends. Some have passed on, others are still around, but we just don't see each other any more.

The sad thing is, the friends that I had all those years ago and that I spent so much of my time with are no longer a part of my life.

How did that happen?

Why did that happen?

As often as they cross my mind, I can't help but wonder, do I ever cross theirs?

I'll probably never know.

Monday, March 08, 2010

Coming Soon....

My apologies to those of you who frequent this page. I've not done any significant posting as of late. There have been several reasons which I won't go into right now, but I assure you, I've several things planned to add very soon.

I appreciate your loyalty and your patience and hope that what I will be publishing in the near future will more than make up for my recent inactivity.

Poll Results

Once again the latest poll results did not have a great deal of votes cast. Number of hits tells me either folks don't care to vote on some of the polls or else they don't see the poll on the right side. Whatever, here are the latest results of the past week's poll.

Do you believe our economy is improving as compared to one year ago.

Yes 40%
No 40%
Maybe 20%

Please take a moment and vote in this week's poll. It will only take a moment to do so. Thanks!