Friday, December 18, 2009

Help Stop Fox Hunting in Colorado

While I always agree that hunting is an ethical God given right, I think that I would have to agree with the author on this one.... fox hunting in Colorado should be banned!

Please help ban fox hunting in Colorado ~

Peter Cottontail

Thursday, December 17, 2009

12 of 12 - December 2009

8:26 AM - Fixing Brooke's coffee.

8:35 AM - Taking Amanda's temperature.

8:36 AM - Sully LOVES to sit in front of the space heater. Amanda was sitting in a chair in my office so I turned the heater towards here. Sully was confused. The heater is never turned that way, so he sat where he usually sits to have the heater blow on him. As you can see, he was not getting much heat this way.

8:39 AM - Amanda's temperature was 100.4

9:21 AM - This is what I get to do once every three months...snake out our main sewer line. So much fun!

10:49 AM - Neither of the girls felt well.

1:09 PM - Working on lesson plans for Technology Application classes.

2:35 PM - Went to Electronic Discount to pick up a hard drive for my old laptop.

2:55 PM - Headed to Kroger to pick up cereal, pretzels, nuts and spices to make our traditional December "Hot Stuff" mix.

3:46 PM - Sonic, you make me happy this hour!

4:47 PM - Formatting the hard drive for the old laptop.

7:11 PM - Got everything out ready to start fixing our "Hot Stuff" mix.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

12 of 12 - November 2009

7:26 AM - Doggies helping wake up Amanda

7:41 PM - Writing today's lunch napkin poem.
I’m excited today is Thursday
Because I have after school art
Learning to use my God-given gift
To express what He puts in my heart

2:00 PM - Carrying mugs into the sanctuary to set up for volunteer appreciation on Sunday.

2:05 PM - Writing checks and doing a few things for Tammy who was out of town.

2:15 PM - Putting rubber bands in Thanksgiving In A Bag door hangers for volunteers to hand out on Saturday.

3:01 PM - Getting back from Sonic Happy Hour with Pastor Philip.

6:31 PM - Brooke was recovering from surgery so the Kerrs brought some yummy dinner.

6:53 PM - Brooke and Amanda chillin out and eating dinner.

6:34 PM - Brooke and Boo chillin out.

7:32 PM - Rob's posters for his Technology Application class.

8:49 PM - Working on a Power Point for the 5th-6th grade Technology Application class.

8:55 PM - Boo offering moral support while I work on my lessons plans for Technology Application.

12 of 12 - October 2009

7:45 AM - Writing Amanda's napkin poem for the day.
Yea! Finally
It’s back to school I go
My fever’s gone and I feel good
From my head down to my toe.

8:28 AM - My usual Monday morning routine...counting offering with Tammy.

9:30 AM - Installing new safe.

10:09 AM - The Monday morning prayer ladies. I always set up their table and chairs.

12:13 PM - Eating a bologna sandwich and chips while listening Rush Limbaugh (streaming radio on my phone).

12:30 PM - The doggies like it when we come home for lunch and they get out of their crate and get a little extra love.

1:29 PM - So thankful Harry made this purchase for the church before he retired. MUCH easier than dragging out the GIANT A-frame ladder (the two man A-frame ladder I should say).

4:22 PM - Me cleaning the sanctuary windows (yes, from the outside)

6:46 PM - Boo always comes to offer moral support when I working on stuff at home.

6:46 PM - Boo always comes to offer moral support when I working on stuff at home.

6:59 PM - God's food!

7:37 PM - Dropped a HOT french fry off the tray when I took them out of the oven to stir them. Boo wolfed it down before I could grab it. Everything seemed OK...for about 5 minutes then up it came...and came...and came...and...well, you get the idea.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Author of "Separation of Church and State"

American Minute with Bill Federer

December 3

President Thomas Jefferson, author of the phrase "Separation of Church and State," asked Congress to ratify a treaty with the Kaskaskia Indians, which they did DECEMBER 3, 1803.

Negotiated shortly after the Louisiana Purchase by future President William Henry Harrison, the Kaskaskia Indian Treaty stated:

"And whereas the greater part of the said tribe have been baptized and received into the Catholic Church, to which they are much attached, the United States will give annually, for seven years, one
hundred dollars toward the support of a priest of that religion, who will engage to perform for said tribe the duties of his office, and also to instruct as many of their children as possible, in the
rudiments of literature, and the United States will further give the sum of three hundred
dollars, to assist the said tribe in the erection of a church."

Later in 1806 and 1807, two similar treaties were made with the Wyandotte and Cherokee tribes.

On April 26, 1802, Thomas Jefferson extended a 1787 act of Congress in which special lands were designated:

"For the sole use of Christian Indians and the Moravian Brethren
missionaries for civilizing the Indians and promoting Christianity."

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Weird Postcard!

Who says there are not genuinely crazy people out there? We got this bizarre postcard in the mail at church yesterday. You can see the front of the postcard here and if you click on the text graphics below it, you should be able to read the really weird stuff that was folded up and taped to the back of the postcard. (One objectionable word as well as a web page address and email address have been obscured). All I can say is, "Wow".

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Favorite Christmas CD Lyrics - Day One

One of my favorite Christmas CDs is Ska-La-La-La-La by Bunch of Believers. I thought I'd share the lyrics from some of the songs over the next few days.


Long about November, I got a twinkle in my eye
I start craving eggnog, and the smell of pumpkin pie
Going up to the attic, I find those Christmas lights
Untangling every single cord
even if it takes half the night
Everything is ready for a huge display
I've got the Christmas spirit and I'm not ashamed

I'm gonna light up the world, gonna light up the world
Gonna light up the world at Christmas-time
Light up the world

Lights around the windows, lights up on the roof
Got 'em on Lil' Buddy's doghouse
hangin' from the birdfeeder, too
The trees have all been covered
yeah, they're even all over the lawn
And if you think "It's just too much"
Well, just wait till I turn 'em on

I hear you say, "Where is Santa?"
Well, you might think I'm crazy
I've got him in the manger scene
bowing down to a baby

Flip the switch, flip the switch
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light
Lord, my heart is ready for a huge display
I've got the holy spirit and I'm not ashamed

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009

I'm Sorry

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug Me in Downtown Savannah night before last. Date: 05-27-09, 1:43 AM EST.

I was the guy wearing the black Burberry jacket that you demanded that I hand over, shortly after you pulled the knife on my girlfriend, threatening our lives and me.

You also asked for my girlfriend's purse and earrings.

I can only hope that you somehow come across this rather important message.

First, I'd like to apologize for your embarrassment when I drew my pistol after you took my Jacket. The evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a reason.

My girlfriend had just bought me that Kimber Model 1911 .45 A CP pistol for my birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very evening.

Obviously you agree that it is a very Intimidating weapon when pointed at your head wasn't it?

I know it probably wasn't fun walking back to wherever you'd c ome from bare footed since I made you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. That prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help mug us again.

After I called your mother, or "Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the entire episode of what you'd done. Then I Went and filled up my gas tank as well as four other people's in the gas station on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 150 gallons and was extremely grateful!

I gave your shoes to a homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go’s, along with all the cash in your wallet. [That made his day!]

I then threw your wallet into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb ... After I broke the windshield and side window and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.

Later, I called a bunch of phone sex numbers from your cell phone. Ma Bell just now shut down the line, although I only used the phone for a little over a day now, so what's going on with that?

Earlier, I managed to get in two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI, while mentioning President Obama as my possible target. The FBI guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess while he traced your number etc.).

In a way, perhaps I should apologize for not killing you ... But I feel this type of retribution is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened crime. I wish you well as you try to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues, and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon, and perhaps reconsider the career path you've chosen to pursue in life.

Remember, next time you might not be so lucky.

Have a good day!

Thoughtfully yours,

Proud to Be An American

Saturday night I watched this program on the Military Channel (LOVE the Military Channel) called "Combat Zone". This particular episode was about 8 Army Special Forces soldiers behind enemy lines in Iraq, I can't remember the year. This was the show that prompted my Tweet/FaceBook status update "proud to be an American".

The (true) story recalled an incident when the Air Force had to come rescue these 8 Special Forces soldiers. I picked up on the story when these 8 soldiers were camouflaged in a ditch watching a highway for enemy activity. Two children accidentally happened upon their location and spotted them. The soldiers immediately jumped out of their cammo'd position and held the children at gun point. Their options? 1) shoot the children so they would not give away their position 2) drug the kids until they could leave or 3) let the kids go, give up their hiding spot and risk being discovered. They chose the latter, at great risk to themselves. It seems the children never gave them up.

Later, something similar happened and a shepherd (adult male) happened upon their hiding spot. They had the same option with him as they did the kids, and again, they chose to let the man go. The shepherd immediately ran off, pulled out a pistol and shot into the air 3 times. This, ultimately, brought a whole platoon of soldiers down on these 8 Special Forces soldiers.

The rest of the show was about the Air Force providing close ground support to defend the soldiers until they could be evacuated safely that night. As they were waiting for nightfall, one soldier recounted how he had an enemy soldier in his sights and paused, almost too long, because of the clarity with which he saw the enemy soldier's face. He had been raised a Christian and had a difficult time being in a position to have to kill another human being. The soldier got emotional retelling the story.

My first emotion watching this was pride being an American. I was proud of the moral choices these soldiers made. I was amazed at the technology and weapons at their disposal (including the F-16s which offered close ground support). I was in awe of the courage of these men under such dangerous conditions. And I was thankful that they were there fighting the same terrorists who kill innocent civilians around the world in the name of their 'holy war'.

As I turned off the TV at the end of the show and pondered all of this, I was left with one more emotion...anger. I was angry at our President who would travel around the world and apologize for how "bad" our country has been. Whom I have NEVER heard support our troops and what they are doing for our country. Who panders to a violent religion that makes the exact opposite moral choices with innocents that the soldiers in the (real life) story I had just seen while pulling support to Christian events. Who won't listen to his general on the ground who says we need more troops in Afghanistan or we will loose the ground we have gained there (as well as the lives of more of our troops). Who is uncomfortable with the idea of "victory" in a war which he is supposedly leading our country.

I had no respect for Bush haters while President Bush was in office, so I don't want to be an Obama hater. I will not go there, but it is hard to support a President who is not as proud of our country as I am. To the men and women supporting and defending our country around the world, I say THANK YOU. To our President, I say, I AM PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN...I WISH YOU WOULD BE, TOO.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Why Not Fix That, Too, While I'm Here

This afternoon, I planned to replace some caulk around the inside of the shower in the master bathroom and scrub the floor. Planned on talking about an hour to do it (first mistake).

The caulking was going OK until I discovered one of the walls in the shower (we have that plastic stuff that is glued to the exterior wall to create the shower walls) was not glued together. Why not fix that, too, while I'm here? Glue that I had did not work.

I then noticed that the tub faucet had a lot of calcium buildup on it and really could not be cleaned up enough to look nice. Why not fix that, too, while I'm here. This was the BIG mistake.

Off to Home Depot I went. Got some epoxy and super glue figuring one of them would fix the shower wall. Then discovered that it was not as simple as just buying a few "replacement parts" for the tub...had to buy a "kit". Picked up the cheapest kit and headed home.

Came home and tackled the shower wall first. Since the epoxy was the fastest drying glue, I tried it first. It seems that Brooke and Amanda could not properly appreciate my efforts...something about the smell. Whoever thought that epoxy dried quickly must never have used as much as I squirted between the walls because I got tired of standing there pressing one wall into the other waiting for the epoxy to harden. Break out the super glue. Worked like a charm.

Next to tackle the faucet stuff. Short version, nearly EVERYTHING in the kit was all wrong. I could have fixed the problem with the enclosed plumbing part, but since that would require taking the shower wall down, cutting a hole in the sheet rock underneath and changing out actual pluming, I decided against that. By this time, everything is a mess.

Quite disheartened, I took the old tub faucet to Foster Hardware to see if I could find just this part to replace. The rest did not look good, but the faucet was the worst looking. Come to find out, I should have started at Foster Hardware. I was able to replace all of the tub hardware much cheaper piece-by-piece than the kit I previously purchased.

After dinner, I replaced the tub hardware, finished caulking and finally got around to scrubbing the floor. Finished at 7:30pm. Total time = 5 hours!

The new hardware installed.

Never Get It Right The First Time

A couple Fridays ago, I got a text from Pastor Philip. "Sorry to bother you on your day off, but I can't seem to get the safe closed." Remembering how sometimes the combination has to be re-entered to close the door, and thinking perhaps Pastor Philip was not familiar with this "trick", I walked next door to give proper instruction.

Upon further inspection of the safe, there was definitely something wrong. The door would close, but it would not lock. Good thing I came along. I was able to get the safe to close, and I was feeling pretty proud of myself until I found out the safe would no longer open. The handle that would not close the lock properly would now no longer open the lock properly. The picture you see here is what he safe looked like after the lock smith had to drill into it to open it.

Needless to say, we had to get a new safe. Although not previously written down, purchasing and installing the new safe was part of my job description. It took a while to find one that fit our needs within our budget, but I did. I purchased a fire-proof "microwave safe", so named because it is the size of a microwave oven. (It was the size of a microwave but weighed more than half as much as I do!).

I got the safe to church, cleaned out the closet it was in, threw out the old safe with Pastor Philip's help and began the work of bolting the safe to the floor. Here's how it went:
  • Go to hardware store and purchase bolt, anchor and masonry bit.
  • Drill hole in concrete. Discover that the bolt anchor I purchased was WAY longer than needed. Drill half way to China.
  • Discover that, somehow, my measurements were wrong. Bolt will not go into anchor because safe cannot move to the left any further due to the wall that is there.
  • Return to hardware store. Buy new (shorter) anchor.
  • Re-measure carefully and drill second hole. Notice that masonry bit is not cutting it as well as it did the first time.
  • Get assistance from Pastor Philip drilling second hole and aligning safe for bolt to fit into the anchor when we are done.
  • Discover that the safe door will not open all the way because it is now hitting the right side wall. Another measuring error.
  • Begin drilling third hole (fortunately, grabbed an extra anchor during second trip to hardware store). Concur with Pastor Philip that the masonry bit is simply going round and round but not down, down!
  • Third trip to hardware store. This time, asked what the difference is between the two different masonry drill bits. Discover that previously purchased bit was fine for brick and mortar but not recommended for foundation drilling.
  • Return to church, rotate with Pastor Philip drilling third hole with proper bit. Finish drilling third hole just as drill burns up!
  • Align safe, tighten bolt, put valuables in safe.
  • Job done. Total time...approx 6 hours!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The Ant and the Grasshopper - Two Versions


This one is a little different.....
Two Different Versions! ................. Two Different Morals!

OLD VERSION: The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed.

The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be responsible for yourself


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the shivering grasshopper calls a press conference and demands to know why the ant should be allowed to be warm and well fed while others are cold and starving.

CBS, NBC, PBS, CNN, and ABC show up to provide pictures of the shivering grasshopper next to a video of the ant in his comfortable home with a table filled with food. America is stunned by the sharp contrast.

How can this be, that in a country of such wealth, this poor grasshopper is allowed to suffer so?

Kermit the Frog appears on Oprah with the grasshopper and everybody cries when they sing, 'It's Not Easy Being Green.'

Acorn stages a demonstration in front of the ant 's house where the news stations film the group singing, 'We shall overcome.' Rev. Jeremiah Wright then has the group kneel down to pray to God for the grasshopper's sake.

Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid exclaim in an interview with Larry King that the ant has gotten rich off the back of the grasshopper, and both call for an immediate tax hike on the ant to make him pay his fair share.

Finally, the EEOC drafts the Economic Equity & Anti-Grasshopper Act retroactive to the beginning of the summer.

The ant is fined for failing to hire a proportionate number of green bugs and, having nothing left to pay his retroactive taxes, his home is confiscated by the Government Green Czar.

The story ends as we see the grasshopper finishing up the last bits of the ants food while the government house he is in, which just happens to be the ant's old house, crumbles around him because he doesn't maintain it.

The ant has disappeared in the snow.

The grasshopper is found dead in a drug related incident and the house, now abandoned, is taken over by a gang of spiders who terrorize the once peaceful neighborhood.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Be careful how you vote in 2010.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

A New Twist on "Who's On First"

You have to be old enough to remember Abbott and Costello, and too old to REALLY understand computers, to fully appreciate this. For those of us who sometimes get flustered by our computers, please read on...

If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this:

ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

Thanks I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.


No, the name's Lou.

Your computer?

: I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.


I told you, my name's Lou.

What about Windows?

Why? Will it get stuffy in here?

Do you want a computer with Windows?

I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?


Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.

Software for Windows?

No. On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?


Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?

I just did.

You just did what?

Recommend something.

You recommended something?


For my office?


OK, what did you recommend for my office?


Yes, for my office!

I recommend Office with Windows.

I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?


What word?

Word in Office.

The only word in office is office.

The Word in Office for Windows.

Which word in office for windows?

The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.

I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?


That's right. What do you have?


I need money to track my money?

It comes bundled with your computer.

What's bundled with my computer?


Money comes with my computer?

Yes. No extra charge.

I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?

One copy.

Isn't it illegal to copy money?

Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.

They can give you a license to copy money?

Why not? THEY OWN IT!

(A few days later)

Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?

How do I turn my computer off?

Click on 'START'.............

Geocaching Adventure

To catch you up to speed, here's the basic idea of geocaching. You hide some sort of container with a little log book in it and you mark the coordinates with your GPS. Next, go to www. and make an entry describing your cache container, how hard it is to find based on a predefined scale and enter the coordinates from your GPS. Now other people can go to the web site, download the coordinates and look for your cache. Once they find it, they sign the little log book and then log back onto the web page and log their find. When they log their find, it is courteous to put a little note about the share a story.

Some goecaches are "muliti's". This means there may be 4 stages. The coordinates on the web site take you to stage 1. You find stage 1, but instead of a log book inside you will find the coordinates to stage 2. Stage 2 had coordinates for stage 3. Stage 3 has coordinates for stage 4. Stage 4 is the actual geocache where you sign the log.

All that to share this story with you. There is a particularly well-known, popular and difficult multi-cache about 10 miles outside of Huntsville, TX called Four Cache Loop. I wanted to the most recent online log from this geocache. Like I said, this is a long, difficult cache so most stories are not this exciting, but this gives you a glimpse into some of the "adventure" of geocaching. What follows is the story of this couples' find of this multi-stage geocache today.

Yea!!!! We found it in 7 Hours. Not bad for a pair of old farts stumbling around in the woods. We ended up bushwhacking most of it since I wasn’t sure what trail was what. After we finished the last cache I took us in the wrong direction to the car. I was basking in the glory of doing this multi-cache that I didn’t even notice that my GPS kept telling me we were .75 mile from the car. That means we were going in a circle around the car. My wife’s feet were hurting so I told her to hang out by this Frisbee golf course we were by. I told her I would walk the ¾ of mile or so up the street to get the car. When I was about ½ mile down the road my iPhone died so GPS and I had forgotten to grab my wife’s GPS when I left. But I kept thinking “it’s just up over the next hill”. Wrong. About 3 or so miles later I think I must be doing something wrong so I turned around and walked back. Turns out IT WAS JUST “just over the next hill” when I turn around. When I get back to where I left my wife I couldn’t find her!!! I freak for awhile and then I start hoping she some how got back to the car. I had the only key so I knew she couldn’t come get me. So I figured I would go back to the last spot where I had a fix on my car and was going straight for it. So I went back into the woods to find that spot. Was hoping I could cut through the woods and head straight for the car. But when I get there the direction I needed to go has real thick underbrush. I know I have about ¾ of a mile to go and I’m too tired to go bushwhacking anymore so I turned around AGAIN. When I get back to where I had left my wife I was so dehydrated all my muscles start cramping up. I had done all this back and fourth without any water. So I walked up to a house and knocked on the door and this guy saves me. He gave me couple bottles of cold water and a ride to my car. Bless you sir. When I get to my car I see my wife on her phone talking to her daughter. My incredible Geowife had Googled her location on her iPhone after I’d left and figured out that the car was about a ½ mile back up this other road in the another direction. Sorry Honey, I promise not to loose you again out in the middle nowhere. She had gone to the car figuring I would show up. I had the only key so she waited by the car and sent dozens of messages to my phone which was dead.
Hey we are still alive and we have a great story to tell the grand kids. Thank-you so much for the great patches and for the great cache. It was well worth the 10 ½ hours we went through. We left some swag and signed the log.

Monday, September 14, 2009

12 of 12 - September 2009

Basic Idea: 12 pictures from your life on the 12th of every month. This mon't, the 12th was on a Saturday.

9:35am - Kidz Live had Super Hero night from 7pm-Midnight the night before. I was getting everything ready for the chair crew to help me reset the chairs in the sanctuary.

9:46am - Laying out the tape measures to know where to reset sanctuary chairs.

10:34am - Here's the chair crew in action. Thanks to Terry, Jesse and David for your help!

11:07am - Amanda having a late (and ever-so-healthy) breakfast. She was up late for Super Hero night the night before.

11:14am - My sermon notes and Power Point for my sermon the next day "How To Be a Disciple Who Doesn't Turn Back" taken from John 6.

12:04pm - Amanda and Daddy ran a few errands.

12:12pm - While running errands, we had to stop by Amanda's favorite restaurant.

12:42pm - We stopped by Kroger for a few necessities. (We were supposed to buy stuff for lunch but we had to pass McDonalds on the way, so we just bought groceries for dinner!)

5:40pm - We LOVE our teachers at ECIA this year and are thankful for a better academic focus this year, but man, we're getting slammed with homework. Who likes weekend homework?

6:23pm - After working on homework and a sermon most of the day, Amanda and Daddy needed a Wii break!

6:43pm - It was raining outside and not very inviting for we grilled inside.

6:46pm - Weather radar. It rained ALL weekend!