Tuesday, May 30, 2006

weighing out my time

Well, I guess most of you are aware by now that I have found a serious girlfriend. As a result of that, I find myself spending more of my free time either on the phone, or chatting online with her. So I suppose that my blogging is going to be that part of my life which is going to suffer for this.
I have already promised her that I will not divulge any private information about her, or about our relationship. And since there is going to be a great deal of my time being spent on her and our relationship, that means I will be having less substantive posts about what's going on in my life. Sorry folks, that's just the way it has to be.
But do not fret! I do promise to maintain my blog with a fair amount of regularity. I am certainly not going to quit doing this altogether, but don't be surprised to find that I don't post quite as often as I usually do. It's just the nature of the beast. Time spent on one endeavor will take from another, and I think time with my lady is time better spent.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

What changes come

First, I want to thank JT for suggesting this post...

Today is Memorial Day, and I want to start by saying that if you know someone who is currently, or has been a member of the armed forces be sure to thank them for their service today. And if you know any of those who have fallen in that service, please give them the honor that is due their brave sacrifice. Say a prayer for them if you wish, or just remember them in your own way.

That being said, I will proceed with the rest of this post.
It's amazing the differences in a life that subtle changes can make. As I mentioned above, this thought was brought up by JT in a phone conversation we had earlier today.
He had asked me if I was doing a BBQ today, to which I answered no. Instead, Bob and I are going over to my mother's for, of all things to have on Memorial Day - lasagna...
I don't know why she thinks this an appropriate dish for today, but she's old and has no grill, so I suppose it has to do with being something that she can put some effort into. I explained to JT that my mother doesn't really do BBQ's anymore for a few different reasons.
The first one is because of the grill situation. My parents used to have a brick grill built into their patio. It was really nice and when we were younger that grill was fired up nearly every other weekend. But my mother has had some serious remodeling done over the years, including replacing the patio - and that meant getting rid of the grill. Now with my dad gone and my brother and I no longer living there, she has no need to have a grill because she has no men at home to do "the guy thing" with the fire and the meat and all.
Another reason is because my brother used to live three doors down from mom. And his birthday was just on the 26th, so generally his birthday falls somewhere near to the holiday. Thus, he has been in charge if the grill for the last several years. Now he has just moved into a newly built home on the other side of Plum so he won't be having anything this year.
So it's interesting to see the way that even small changes in our lives can have such an overwhelming cascading effect over the long term. Fascinating, isn't it?

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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Quote for 5/28/06

"Whatever your calendar age, by recalling a passionate encounter, you reawaken the vitality of adolescence, without the acne."
Martha Beck

Or by having that passionate encounter...
see below

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How to explain it...

I'm at a loss for words right now. Almost...
As most of you are aware, I've started dating again. It's been a confounding and unsettling experience, to say the least, because of the fact that I've been out of circulation for so very long. My social skills are somewhat lacking because I haven't had to use them for nearly two decades. I find myself second guessing some of my behaviors lately. And all of this is merely compounded by other factors about myself that I struggle with.
It's been difficult for me to start over because I've never really seen myself as being attractive. Plain, at best, is the way I've always described myself, but I get better looking as you get to know me. So I've been somewhat uncertain of my chances at finding someone special since my original someone special decided two years ago that I am not her someone special anymore. While I don't discount my personality, I also realize that there has to be something of a "spark" in the matter of physical attraction before anyone is going to see me at my best under the surface. And it has been my fear that few women would be willing to see past my surface.
It has also been my fear that those women which I find to be attractive would not find me attractive. I know what physical attributes I'm looking for in a woman. I know what kind of personality would work well with me. And I've held some reservations about finding someone who possesses enough qualities from both categories to be worth my efforts.
And then I went out on a date last night...
It began simple enough with a one-line message to my online profile from someone who was interested in me on Friday night. I sent a reply with my e-mail address and IM and soon we were chatting for awhile. She sent a photo of herself in an e-mail and I thought she was beautiful. Saturday morning we pretty much picked up our conversation where it had left off and soon realized that neither of us had any plans for the evening. With no kids to keep us from getting away from our respective responsibilities we arranged a meeting.
We met at a newly opened mexican restuarant nearby. She was even more attractive than her photo led me to believe. We were seated on the outdoor patio, since it was such a pleasant evening, where we talked, and laughed and spent plenty of time getting to know one another. Time passed too quickly. And with the coming of night, the crowd began to morph into a younger, noisier group of individuals which we really felt some need to escape from.
We opted for another nearby eatery, one which is open 24 hours, and is more family oriented, and thus a bit more subdued than our previous place of meeting. And again, we talked, and laughed and spent time getting to know one another. And our time passed too quickly there as well. Until the topic of conversation touched on our homes and how so much of our lives are in disarray still. I mentioned what a terrible mess my home is because I'm just no good at keeping up with it, and stated in a mild jest that I would invite her back if I didn't feel so uncomfortable bringing someone into my messy home. Somehow, she didn't seem to mind the idea, and promised me that since she had already spent several hours with me, my messy house wasn't going to be the deal-breaker for us. So we went to my house.
She received the Grand "don't pay any attention to the mess" Tour before we finally settled into my gameroom on the couch. Again, we talked and laughed and spent time getting to know one another, until this time she felt that she really must be going.
Up to this point we had been doing all of our running in her car, while mine sat in the parking lot of the mexican retsuarant. So we had to leave together to get my car, and she needed help to find her way out from my neighborhood.
When we got to my car I asked her if I could have a kiss. She agreed and we did. And we did. And we did. And then she told me, "You know, all that time we sat on your couch we could've been doing this.". So I replied with the most appropriate response I could think of, "We could always go back." So we did.
We both felt like we were in high school again, sneaking into my gameroom to suck face with each other. And it was absolutely incredible. It had been so long since I've kissed a woman as passionately as we kissed. It had been so long since I felt as comfortable with someone as I do with her...
She made me feel better about myself than I have in years. She really brought out the best in me. And we have agreed to be exclusive with each other. So, technically, I'm no longer dating, only her - this one who has brought joy back to my wounded heart.

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Quote for 5/26/06

"The ideal man bears the accidents of life with dignity and grace, making the best of circumstances."
Aristotle

I suppose that is as good a definition of "optimism" as any other.

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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Take it with you wherever you go

The theme from my pastor's sermons this week was about the difference between religion and faith. And it woud seem that I've been seeing the practical application of it all week long. From my perspective, faith is the action of our belief, whereas religion is the nuts-n-bolts of what we believe and why.
So, how has this lesson been showing up in my life this week?
Well, I have this friend, who is a co-worker of mine, his name is Shaun, and he has some health issues that he had to go in for tests for today. I've known about this since Monday. When he told me about this I asked him if he'd like to pray about it... right there, on the spot, at work. He was somewhat surprised by this. Even though we are both believers, it never occurred to him that we might actually pray together at work. But he liked the idea, so we did.
It was a very simple prayer, nothing extravagant, just a few words about his health, and our other needs for the day, etc... But it seemed to carry a lot of power for both of us. Because we realized afterwards that we could've been doing this everyday for as long as we've been working together. So we've decided that that is exactly what we will be doing from now on.
It's one thing to pray when you're at church, or at a church function. And it's something else to pray when you're by yourself in your own quiet time, or even if you find yourself in dire need of aid from God. But it's a totally different thing to be willing to share that time with someone else and to take the focus of your prayers off of whatever it is that you had in mind to pray about.
This for me is the difference between religion and faith. I take my faith with me wherever I go, so that I can share it with anyone I meet. And I can do it without all of the troublesome rituals that so often accompany religion.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

A sadness decends

Yesterday was a rough day for Bob. He came home from school to find that Bunnicula had died. Needless to say Bob is a bit upset over this.
We buried him in the back yard in a little flower garden that sits just away from the house.

I'm beginning to not like this time of year now. Last year, I had to have Sheba put to sleep around this time of year. And the year before that My father passed away. These things do not bode well for next summer.
Oh, well... what can ya do?

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Monday, May 22, 2006

Quote for 5/22/06

"If I could I would always work in silence and obscurity, and let my efforts be known by their results."
Emily Bronte

I do feel this way about my work, but not my ideas.

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And we didn't already know this?

Joanne had this posted, so I figured I'd go ahead and post my results too.

Your Political Profile:
Overall: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Social Issues: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal
Personal Responsibility: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Fiscal Issues: 75% Conservative, 25% Liberal
Ethics: 50% Conservative, 50% Liberal
Defense and Crime: 100% Conservative, 0% Liberal


Like we didn't already know this about me!

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

The answers you've been waiting for

Alright...
If you haven't already taken the test, I recommend you do so immediately - or this post will be meaningless to you.
For those of you who've completed the test, and left your responses, this is the appropriate response to the hypothetical situation.

The common response from those individuals who are clinically insane, and have committed murder, all agreed that the man must obviously know some member of the family. Therefore, if there is another death, and a funeral, he will more than likely show up for it. Then the woman will be able to ask him for his personal information.
This is very cold, calculated logic.

As for any other replies, I cannot account for what they say about an individuals character for certain. But I do have some observations about some of the most common ones.

Jealousy: People were making the assumption that the man was probably the sister's boyfriend/significant other. While the Insane Killers responses indicate a level of cold, calculated logic, this thought seems to indicate that the individual might be more likely to commit a crime of passion. I know of at least a couple of women who gave this answer, and they tend to be vindictive, jilted lover types. I'm just saying...

Greed: A few of my co-workers thought that perhaps the sister was the sole beneficiary of the mother's insurance money/estate. The people who gave this response are kinda quiet and reserved. I'm not sure if that means that these are the kind of people that all the neighbors would be saying "He/She was always so quiet." about.

In any event, everyone that I spoke to about this test all came away from it thinking that their own answer was the most obvious, and clearly the most logical. Funny how that is.
I hope you all enjoyed it.
BTW: I answered it "right". But who couldn't guess that?

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

New math?

I got this in an e-mail from my sister-in-law...

ROMANCE MATHEMATICS
Smart man + smart woman = romance
Smart man + dumb woman = affair
Dumb man + smart woman = marriage
Dumb man + dumb woman = pregnancy

OFFICE ARITHMETIC
Smart boss + smart employee = profit
Smart boss + dumb employee = production
Dumb boss + smart employee = promotion
Dumb boss + dumb employee = overtime

SHOPPING MATH
A man will pay $2 for a $1 item he needs.
A woman will pay $1 for a $2 item that she doesn't need.

GENERAL EQUATIONS & STATISTICS
A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband.
A man never worries about the future until he gets a wife.
A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend.
A successful woman is one who can find such a man.

HAPPINESS
To be happy with a man, you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot and not try to understand
her at all.

LONGEVITY
Married men live longer than single men do, but married men are a lot more
willing to die.

PROPENSITY TO CHANGE
A woman marries a man expecting he will change, but he doesn't.
A man marries a woman expecting that she won't change, and she does.

DISCUSSION TECHNIQUE
A woman has the last word in any argument.
Anything a man says after that is the beginning of a new argument.

HOW TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BUGGING YOU ABOUT GETTING MARRIED
Old aunts used to come up to me at weddings, poking me in the ribs and
cackling, telling me, "You're next." They stopped after I started doing the
same thing to them at funerals.

That last one is for you ~Moi~. I hope you stop back to read it before it slips into the Archives.

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Quote for 5/18/06

"Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life."
Berthold Auerbach

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

The Insane Killer Test

Heard about The Insane Killer Test today on the radio, and couldn't resist posting it for all of you to take. No, I don't have a link for it. Here's the deal.
It seems that a psychologist developed a test to determine the processes by which people think and make decisions. While conducting studies with the test it was discovered that certain individuals, clinically insane people who've committed murder, all had the same general pattern to their thought process. They all responded to the test in the same way.
The intriguing part of this is that the test consists of only one question regarding a hypothetical situation. I'm going to share the situation, and I'd like for you, my faithful readers, to honestly answer the question at the end. Leave your replies in the comments, but please don't read the comments before you decide. And please don't change your decision after you've read anyone elses comment.
Here is the Situation:

A woman attends her mother's funeral. While she is there she meets a gentleman who is attractive and friendly. The two of them hit it off very well, so much so that the woman believes that this man might be the man of her dreams. However, she fails to get any information about the man before he leaves the funeral. She regrets this. One week later, the woman kills her sister.
What was her motive?

Now, I don't know how many different answers there are to this question, or even what any of the other answers mean. All I know is that there is one answer in particular that is common to Insane Killers. Let's see what you think, and I'll post the "right" answer in a day or two.
Good luck.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2006

For the love of God

I think that Tuesday is my favorite day of the week. I admit that the workday goes pretty slow, but when it's over everything starts to get a lot better. Because Tuesdays are our Family Night Service at church. And even on those occasions when I don't feel like going to church I always enjoy Tuesday nights.
For one, I almost always get to play my bass. And I get to play with JD, who used to play for James Brown, Bo Diddley, and has even done a couple of recordings with Reba Mcintyre recently. He is one incredible musician, and completely devoted to Christ. Which leads to the other reason why I enjoy Tuesday nights.

Every once in awhile JD will substitute for P.Dave. Which is not to say that I don't love P.Dave. I do. And I've said it here before. But JD is a bit more, shall we say - charismatic? And I like that.
Tonight was one of those nights. JD built his sermon around Jeremiah 20:9
But if I say, "I will not mention Him or speak any more in His name," His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
He spoke of times in his life when he felt as if he would be better off doing his own thing, rather than being obedient to God and His calling on his life to minister through both the word and music. And he spoke of how he always returns to the calling. I can really relate to this.
It reminded me of another verse of scripture from the New Testament, 1 Corinthians 9:16
Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
And that's how I feel about it. It is my calling as a Christian to be a witness and a minister of Christ at all times. And though I know I'm not perfect, I also know that He is always willing to use me. But I admit that there are times when I would rather not. There are times when I really don't want to be obedient to God, to what I know to be His will for my life, to what I know to be right. And those are the times when I am most miserable in my life.
I do try to start everyday with a very simple prayer, "God, please use me today. Give me an opportunity to be a witness for You.". And He is usually faithful to honor my request, as most of you are familiar with the number of times I've posted about conversations that I've had with co-workers and acquaintances.
Yet, sometimes I get selfish, and I tell myself that I don't wish to be bothered by anyone. I retreat into my headphones and ignore whatever else may be going on around me. I keep myself bottled up inside and let the world pass me by. And I even try to ignore the urging of the Holy Spirit as He pushes me to open up and be a vessel. So I often find myself arguing with God. I never win. And by the time the day is over I always find myself at home, on my face before God, weeping "God, have mercy on me, a sinner.".
I am painfully aware of my own wretchedness at such times. And I wonder why God would even want to use me. Yet, He does. And I am thankful for it, because I can honestly say that I am never more satisfied in this life, than when I know that I'm doing what He has set before me.

I am reminded that Jesus wished for the cup to pass from Him. And I am thankful that He isn't as selfish as I am. I am thankful that He loves me enough to keep pushing me forward, even when I resist Him. So I ought to love Him enough to let Him use me whenever he sees fit.

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Monday, May 15, 2006

A rare stroke of genius from Hollywood

Some of you may know that I'm a big fan of The History Channel. Well, all weekend long they were running shows on End-Times Prophecy, Historical Omens, The Anti-Christ, and other such intriguing programs of a similar nature. I was in my glory.
But the best part was that most of the programing was being sponsored by the remake of the movie The Omen. And when is this movie, which is about a child who will one day grow up to be the Anti-Christ, scheduled to be released?
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June 6th.
Or roughly translated 6/6/06
666
Hmmmmmmmmm...

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Sunday, May 14, 2006

Quote for 5/14/06

"It's pretty rough when you've got something that you have to say, and there's no one to tell it to...
And that's why we blog."
M+

It came up in a conversation with JT yesterday.

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It's time, once again for...

Blogstuff:
Yes, once again I've found myself wide awake on a Sunday morning far too early for church. And you know what that means. After any reasonable amount of surfing the web for my standard fare, I end up at Blogthings doing some of their blogstuff as a means of occupying my time until It's time to get ready for church.
So, here's what I've discovered about myself this morning.

You Are 80% Happy

You are a very happy person. Generally, you feel content and that all is right with the world.
Occasionally, you have a down day - but you have the ability to pick yourself right back up.

Yeah, I think I already knew this, but now I have an actual percentage score. Turns out I've got a "B" in Happiness.



You Are a Prophet Soul

You are a gentle soul, with good intentions toward everyone.
Selfless and kind, you have great faith in people.
Sometimes this faith can lead to disappoinment in the long run.
No matter what, you deal with everything in a calm and balanced way.

You are a good interpreter, very sensitive, intuitive, caring, and gentle.
Concerned about the world, you are good at predicting people's feelings.
A seeker of wisdom, you are a life long learner looking for purpose and meaning.
You are a great thinker and communicator, but not necessarily a doer.

Souls you are most compatible with: Bright Star Soul and Dreaming Soul

I pretty sure I can relate to this. Others have told me such things before, but my kids might tell you that the "you deal with everything in a calm and balanced way." isn't quite true.






You Are Animal

A complete lunatic, you're operating on 100% animal instincts.
You thrive on uncontrolled energy, and you're downright scary.
But you sure can beat a good drum.
"Kill! Kill!"

I thought for sure I was gonna end up as Beaker. Drums?!? I wish! Then I'd be a double threat on instruments that are felt as much as they're heard. I think I'll stick with my bass though.

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Quote for 5/12/06

"I have seen great intolerance shown in support of tolerance."
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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Thursday, May 11, 2006

"I'm ready for my close-up, Mr. Demille"

Hey! I'm one step closer to fame and fortune. I have a cameo appearance in JT's latest episode of JTTV. It's a decent montage of both stills and video clips. Including a short that was a joint creation from both of our sons. Go watch it now! I'll be here to sign autographs when you get back.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Somebody should be paying me for this

No, not for blogging. For work...
Actually they are paying me for work, but they should be paying me more for what I do at lunchtime.
Recently, due to some personnel changes on some of the production lines, there have been a few new faces sitting at my lunch table. People that I've known for several years, but they've always had a different break schedule than myself and the other regulars at our table. As a result, they are quite behind the times on what's been going on in my life. Allow me to share a story.
As I've mentioned in previous posts, I usually take my own lunch to work with me. Most of the people who sit with me for lunch are aware of the fact that I'm a pretty good cook. And they're used to seeing me with a really nice meal. The new people, however, are not. So, the other day, one of the ladies (Chrissy) who recently joined us at our lunch table saw my barbecue pork steak with my mashed potatoes and corn and asked, "Did your wife make that for you?"
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One of the ladies (Sue), who is a regular at the table, started to laugh.
I then said "I don't have a wife anymore."
Chrissy began to apologize profusely for the error, to which I told her that it was OK because it wasn't commonly known to everyone, only to those who are closest to me. And I said that things were moving along and I was getting my life in order etc...
Then Chrissy asked "What happened? I never would've thought..."
"Well," I began, "Jo had gastric bypass surgery back in October of 2003. Within 6 months she had lost enough weight that she felt comfortable going out with some of her friends again. She began getting attention from other guys when she was out with her friends. And within a year she had lost about 200 lbs and decided that she could easily lose about 275 more..."
Sue laughed at this since she's heard me say it before. Chrissy wasn't quite sure how to take it until I told her to go ahead and laugh.
That's when Sue reminded me of some of the other stories that I had shared with her, and some of my other co-workers, and said I should tell Chrissy about some of them. So I did. I told her about the first of Jo's boyfriends, at least, the first one that I knew about, and how that relationship went, and I do mean went. Then I told her about the Brake Fiasco (ya gotta see the picture). And finally topped it all of with the Stolen Car story, and how it ended up.
As it turned out, I didn't get much of my lunch eaten, which is OK since I'm trying to lose weight. But everybody at the table was laughing and well entertained.
Where's my extra paycheck?

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I am truly blessed

It's really great that I've been able to develope so many good friendships with some of my co-workers. Especially some of the ladies that I work with, single and otherwise.
Ever since I mentioned that I was ready to start dating again, they've all been so helpful with advice, etc... One will tell me what kinds of clothes I should wear. Another will tell me how to "present" myself with proper body language. And yet another is offering to give me samples of cologne to try out.
I suppose it's like having a houseful of sisters without the hassles of never being able to get to the bathroom because one of them is always inside primping. It's also pretty neat to know that they're almost as excited about it all as I am. And I haven't even gone on a date yet.
Makes me wonder what they'll act like when I tell them that I'm setting up a meeting with someone.
The plot thickens...

Oh, and for those of you single ladies whose blogs I've been visiting over the last several months, as well as those of you who've been visiting mine. I'd really like to thank you for all of the insight I've been able to glean from your posts, and comments, regarding dating and single life. It's made my transition into "singledom" (with all due respect to ~Moi~) a bit more bearable for me.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Quote for 5/9/06

"If wrinkles must be written upon our brows, let them not be written upon the heart. The spirit should never grow old."
John Kenneth Galbraith

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Monday, May 08, 2006

My time has come

Big announcement.
I've decided to start dating.
Perhaps some of you are saying "It's about time!", and I finally agree with you. I've gotten to the point where I realize that there is little more that I can do to get my life in order - or should I say any more in order than it's in already. There's just not much else I can do unless I happen to hit the lottery, or something. And even that wouldn't make me any more ready to date, it would only change where I take my dates and what kind of vehicle I arrive in.
But that's beside the point...
Some of you may be wondering what finally brought me to this startling revelation about my life. So I will share some of it.
Those of you who've been reading my blog for awhile are familiar with the various emotional upheavals that I've blogged about. And it's taken me some effort to work my way through many of them. But of all of the things that I had to deal with there is one in particular that wounded me the deepest, other than the initial shock of the Soon-To-Be-Ex's announcement that she wanted a divorce.
Just less than a year ago I posted about a situation that really hurt me. I had been trying to take refuge from some of my sorrow in music that I always found to be comforting to me. Only to find that those songs, which were so close to my heart, were no longer of any comfort. Instead, one of them had become a source of great anguish to me. The lyrics pierced me. And I haven't listened to that CD since then.
Until Friday.
I was having a conversation with one of my co-workers, Merry. We talk about a great many topics, and music is one recurring theme that we always seem to come back to. We also tend to trade music with each other as we find ourselves being bored with our own collections. On Friday she noticed that I had Diamonds and Rain (the CD mentioned above) in my case, and asked to borrow it. I obliged.
When she was done listening to it she returned it to me, and told me how much she enjoyed it since she hadn't heard it in years. We talked briefly about the CD, the songs we like and why, and whatnot. And it reminded me of just how much I loved the CD. So I decided to listen to it.
When I got to Love Falls Down (the song that crushed me) I realized that it didn't hurt to listen to it anymore. And that's when I realized that I was ready.
So...
I created an online profile for myself. Had Bob take a picture for it. And, in less than 24 hours of posting the photo, I've already received a couple of notes from interested parties. Not bad for somebody who's been out of the game for nearly 20 years.
Wish me luck.

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Some special significance

Today is my 23rd re-birthday.
It was 23 years ago today that I committed my life to Christ.
It's kinda funny that it was a friend of mine - who invited me to my own church - to hear someone speak about End-Times Prophecy that eventually lead me to understand that being a Christian didn't just mean "someone who goes to church".
Just thought I'd mention it.

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Friday, May 05, 2006

A real weekend !!!

It's my first full weekend in 6 weeks. I am soooo geeked about this.
You know, it really sucks when your Saturdays aren't really Saturdays because you have to work 8 hours of mandatory Overtime. That means that your Fridays aren't really Fridays, because Thursdays have just wrapped themselves around Friday. So, you don't notice that Saturday has disguised itself as the Friday that you didn't get to enjoy, because you had to work 8 hours on Saturday. Which was only pretending to be Friday in the first place. Then, of course, you can't really enjoy Saturday because it wasn't really Saturday, since it was only wearing Friday's clothes and you had to work, rather than get out and play or do anything else that you would've been doing for the 8 hours that you didn't get because you had to work.

Did anybody else understand that?

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This meeting shall come to order

Well, tomorrow will be the first official meeting of the Biweekly BBQ Club. The idea was first floated at JT's first cookout of the season two weeks ago (scroll down for photos). I'm the one who came up with the catchy name.
JT picked up the majority of the food, since his dietary needs are bit more strict than the rest of us. I'm in charge of the buns (JT can't eat them), the cigars, and the wine. But I've run into a minor problem with the last one. Is Mad Dog the only wine that goes with burgers and hot dogs?
Just kidding...
I'm planning on picking up a nice Katawba for the evening.
I am so looking forward to this. And Bob even passed up the opportunity to spend the weekend at his mother's to be home for this. He is sooooo my son.

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Thursday, May 04, 2006

Whatever shall I do?

About six weeks ago I got my hair cut. And it looked really good. I like it kinda short these days so I can slap a little gel in it and spike it up a bit. It's especially good for the summer since long hair gets so sweaty.
But now that it's had six weeks to grow out, my hair is at the point where it's too long and heavy to get it to spike right. Yet, it's too short to just brush back and part. So I've had to resort to wearing a hat. Which means that I now have perpetual hat-head. And that really sucks.
Maybe I should just go and get another haircut.

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Quote for 5/3/06

"The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy."
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

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