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5th December, 2008. 4:03 pm. Writer's Block: Gone but Not Forgotten

Many beloved television shows are no longer with us, like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Six Feet Under, and Mystery Science Theater 3000. What defunct television show do you miss the most?

The West Wing, Hill Street Blues, St. Elsewhere, but NOT Cop-Rock!

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3rd October, 2008. 1:27 pm. GANG-BANG ASS POUNDING!!! (We all just took it up the old poop-chute from the entire Congress)

Barney Frank may enjoy that sort of thing, but shame on him for subjecting the rest of us to it! The bright side is that there are kids out there who have the ability to use excise-tax-free wooden shafted arrows in their archery programs in school. I feel soooo much better! I await the promise of investigation and punishment for those responsible for this economic mess - but I'm not holding my breath.

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2nd February, 2008. 5:44 am. Time to NUKE 'em

I read these this morning and decided that...



1. The President needs to get ALL media OUT of IRAQ - right now.
2. The military needs to be UN-handcuffed and all restrictions on the way they prosecute this war need to be lifted.
3. This war needs to be fought the way it should have been from the beginning.
4. In the words of Bill Adama and Tom Whitmore - "Nuke 'em"

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1st February, 2008. 8:24 am.

Well, if the election were held today I'd vote for Romney.

Actually, I'm looking forward to the day when there is another choice on the ballot - THROW THEM ALL OUT AND START ALL OVER!!! The Senate, the House of Representatives, the President and his Cabinet and ALL agency heads and management.

I know this is the best form of government in the world, but in the same way that TRUE communism (a convent) was perverted by the Soviets among others, our elected officials are perverting our Republic.

Not ONE of the candidates in my mind is truly interested in what happens to the citizens of this country, only the power that comes with being in the media every day and with holding public office. That is what drives their decision making more than anything else and I pay for it out of my wallet.

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18th November, 2007. 6:49 am. WHO YA' GOT?

It has benn a LONG time since I posted, so I figured I'd start out with something to get me thinking. I have been following national politics forever and I think that for the FIRST time, I really have no clue whom I support for the election next November. So here is the question: If the presidential election were held tomorrow, whom would you vote for and why?

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20th April, 2007. 6:31 am. I'm glad I don't work in an office anymore!

Unfortunately, the entire article is not immediately available online, but you can read it if you sign up for a subscription here... http://users2.wsj.com/lmda/do/checkLogin?mg=evo-wsj&url=http%3A%2F%2Fonline.wsj.com%2Farticle%2FSB117702894815776259.html%3Fmod%3Dtodays_us_nonsub_weekendjournal

It is also available in today's print issue in the WEEKEND JOURNAL section.

Here are the first few lines for you - this sounds like an "Office Space" sequel in the making!

The Most-Praised Generation Goes to Work
By Jeffrey Zaslow
Word Count: 1,994

You, You, You -- you really are special, you are! You've got everything going for you. You're attractive, witty, brilliant. "Gifted" is the word that comes to mind.

Childhood in recent decades has been defined by such stroking -- by parents who see their job as building self-esteem, by soccer coaches who give every player a trophy, by schools that used to name one "student of the month" and these days name 40.

Now, as this greatest generation grows up, the culture of praise is reaching deeply into the adult world. Bosses, professors and mates are feeling the need to ...

The article goes on to say that bosses need to CONTINUE that praise in the workplace or these kids can't cope! Confetti throwers are hired to hand out praise, workers getting to work on-time are SINGLED OUT for praise, and criticism of poor work is somehow praised.

Like the post heading says - I'm glad I'm not a part of it - I might be tempted to slap the little pansies!

Current mood: aggravated.

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17th April, 2007. 10:08 am. What a horrible day yesterday...

Prayers and good thoughts to the families and friends of those students and teachers who were killed at Virginia Tech yesterday - I cannot imagine the grief level on that campus today.

Also, good thoughts and prayers for those who were injured and/or had storm damage from the nor'easter that blew through the East Coast these past few days.

Current mood: sad.

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13th April, 2007. 4:39 pm. "Borrowed" from several nice folks...

So, say you were meeting a new person--blind date, new friend, who knows. And you wanted them to have some idea of what kind of person you are, and who you are. But you can't actually tell them in so many words. Instead, you have to give them a box, with a dozen things in it for them to look at/read/listen to/taste/whatever. What would you put in the box? And a copy of your journal or a link to your LJ would be the same thing as just telling them directly, yourself, so that's not allowed.

1. A picture of my whole family (wife, kids, parents, sibs, nieces and nephews) - They are my life.
2. My iPod with my best playlists (Buffet, Natalie Cole, Strait, Putumayo Music, Mozart, Zevon, etc.) I LOVE all kinds of music
3. My leather-bound Lord of the Rings / Hobbit / Sylmarilion set - I like to read and these are my favorites.
4. Boy Scout Handbook / Field Guide - I like the outdoors and these are outdoor bibles.
5. Golf Ball - I've played since I was a kid and I enjoy the game immensly.
6. 12 ga shotgun shell - my newest hobby is trap shooting.
7. Picture of our Airstream Trailer - Our escape from the rigors of daily life.
8. A fresh-picked tomato from my garden - NOTHING in the world tastes better.
9. A good quality fountain pen - I like to write and I wish I was better at it.
10. A copy of the 10 Commandments and 12 points of the Scout Law - my moral compass.
11. Copies of my favorite recipes - I LOVE to cook and eat good food!
12. A print of "Starry Night" - Van Gogh is my favorite artist

And if I was allowed a thirteenth - a brand new box of Crayola crayons! I love color!
And if I was allowed a fourteenth - a baseball - no better game in the world!

Sorry for the multiples, but they are tied together.

Current mood: accomplished.

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11th April, 2007. 8:23 am. Wierd couple of days

The Indians played their home opener in MILWAUKEE - and 19,000 people showed up! We had so much snow here that efforts to remove it from the Indian's field damaged the field so they went to Milwaukee for the three game series to allow repairs to be made and the snow to melt.

Our snow has melted enough for the robins to dig for works in the yard - I fell better for them.

The TeeVee repair guy is due today to replace something called an optic engine - the teevee is only a year old - good thing we got the extended warranty. It's an HD projection model and the picture is AMAZING! The Discovery Channel series PLANET EARTH is fascinating and the photography is phenomenal in HD.

I had a headache all day yesterday so I didn't use the treadmill - I'll make up for it today with a treadmill workout and a free weights workout.

I'm soaking 2# of navy beans and will make bean soup with ham this afternoon - leftover Easter ham and a real nice ham bone.

That's all folks!

Current mood: weird.

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9th April, 2007. 8:41 am. Bah Humbug!!!

I thought Easter was supposed to be a celebration of resurrection and re-birth in the Christian circles and fertility in the pagan ones. We had over a foot of snow and temperatures in the twenties! Nothing fertile or re-birthing or spring-like about it.

The poor robins are so confused - they are supposed to be fattening up on worms so they can feed their babies, but they can't get to the grass to get the worms. So every driveway around here has half a dozen robins, almost too full of eggs to fly, wandering in circles waiting for the snow to melt! It is pitiful - sounds like a song theme for Tori Amos or some other angsty singer.

My dad and our son Steve were the only invitees who made it so we have LOTS of food left over - more than I can eat. I'm going to make some nice bean with ham soup with the ham bone and some of the leftover ham.

Susan and I are REALLY looking forward to this weekend - we're going to open our trailer for the summer! We've not been able to use it since 10/15 and we really miss it. I'll be re-greasing the wheel bearings so we can take a road trip sometime in May to see our favoritest girls.

Oh well, I gotta get to work - I have a conference call in a few minutes.

Current mood: awake.

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