Saturday, September 30, 2006

Quote for 9/30/06

"If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn't thinking."
George S. Patton


Thursday, September 28, 2006


It's getting to the point that I don't have any pants to wear! Kinda...
For a while now I've been wearing a belt with some of my jeans because I've been slowly losing weight. I've gone from a size 44 waist to a size 40. And now I have to wear the belt with the 40's.
The beauty of this all is that I haven't even been exercising much over the last three weeks. Between my overtime, and the weather, I haven't even looked at my bike in over two weeks. I have managed to get in a little bit of weightlifting, but even that has been sporadic.
So now I find myself in a good-news/bad-news predicament. The good news is that I'm still losing weight at a decent rate even with a limited amount of exercise. The bad news is that I'm going to have to go out and buy myself new clothes since I'm heading down into a size 38 waist, but I don't have any of those in my closet.
Also, with the first anniversary of my 40th birthday coming up next month I suppose I'll have a legitimate excuse to go spend some money on myself. But I really hate clothes shopping.


Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Now that's an interesting thought

I recently had a conversation with a co-worker about a dilema that he will be facing soon. And I just couldn't help having a little bit of fun at his expense while talking to him. Fortunately he took it well.
Anyways, his dilema is a moderately religious matter. But he himself is something of an agnostic.
He and his wife are expecting a baby soon and his wife, as well as her family - and even his own - fully expect the baby to be baptised. But he has a problem with it, for the obvious reason. Still, he has decided to keep quiet about the whole issue to avoid any confrontations with any of the family.
So I said, jokingly, "It's nice to know that agnostics can be hypocrites, too." He replied by asking me what I meant by that.
So I told him. "Hypocrisy is when someone does or says something that is contrary to their personal beliefs or convictions. So, by going through with the baptism, you're being a hypocrite."
The look that crossed his face seemed to say "I can't believe you just said that to me."
So I went on to say "It's OK. We all do it at times, it's just your turn. But, now, maybe you'll be a little easier on those Christians you know that aren't always perfect."

It's easy for those individuals in this world who have no religious convictions to condemn those of us who claim to hold to our own when we fail to live by those beliefs at every moment. So I'm always comforted by the fact that such individuals also have their own shortcomings when it comes to their own convictions.
It's not because it gives me a chance to mock or ridicule them for their shortcomings. But because it truly serves to remind me that we are all flawed beings. And that those flaws run deeply enough to conflict with our convictions even when they aren't particularly religious or spiritual.

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Monday, September 25, 2006

Something or other

It occured to me as I was signing and dating paperwork all day today that this would be my dad's 74th birthday.
I should probably call mom and see how she's doing today.

Ya know, for those of you who still have both of your parents, count your blessings. Especially if you have a good relationship with them.
For several years my relationship with my father was somewhat strained at times. But we eventually smoothed things out. And we ended up having a better relationship than I ever thought possible. Now, every once in awhile, I miss having him around to talk to about the kinda stuff that we used to talk about.

That's all.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Quote for 9/23/06

"It's called Sleep Deprivation. You'll get used to it...
Or die trying."

Something that every production employee of Respironics should know.


Thursday, September 21, 2006

"What an incredible smell you've discovered."

Han Solo/Harrison Ford

Typically I don't pay much attention to the kinds of perfume or cologne that my co-workers wear. In part because so many of the older ladies wear that disgustingly, pungent, and overpowering patchouli oil that hippies wear to cover up the smell of pot - or as a substitute for actually bathing. But today I walked into a rather pleasant surprise.
As a few of my female co-workers were standing near my work station I got up to get a few things that I needed. As I passed them I noticed the pleasant aroma of one of their perfumes. So I paused for a moment and drew in a deep breath to see if I couldn't identify the fragrance, because it had such a distinct and familiar scent.
I turned to them and said "Somebody smells good."
To which one of them replied "Oh, that's me."
I inquired further "Something new?"
"Something I haven't worn in awhile." she replied.
"Well, I think it's incredible. Especially that hint of bubble gum that it has." I said.
"That's just my gum." she said laughingly.
I paused for a second and took another deep breath. "They go well together."
"I'll send an e-mail to the company that makes it. They might like the idea of bubble gum scented perfume." was her response.


Why am I giving my ideas away for free?

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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The party never ends

It's kinda funny that P.Dave's message on Sunday was about the incessant pity parties that we seem to have because of the struggles that we face in life. And JD's message on Tuesday night was about overcoming our struggles by being persistent in our prayers, and by persevering through those struggles. Both of which being messages that I desperately needed to hear.
I admit that there are times when I feel a substantial amount of self-pity for some of the trials that have fallen upon my life. We all do at times. It's human nature. But lately things seem to have intensified.
So I find myself arguing with God over just how much struggling I have to suffer through before I finally get to see the blessings that always come at the end. I find myself being not only self-pitying, but horrifyingly impatient with His time-table. And much like the older brother from the parable of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-31) I find myself questioning my Father about why I don't get a fatted calf to kill so I can have a little party with all my friends. After all, "The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it." (Psalm 24:1). I'm sure He can spare a little bit for me.
Now, just so everyone understands, I don't ever expect to win any of the arguments that I have with God. I have them because it's one of the ways that I find to be most productive for my spiritual growth. He speaks plainly to me while I ramble on about "me, me, me". And when I'm done He usually reminds me that whatever I'm going through is also all about me. Refining fire, right?
I know that in time I will see the rewards of my efforts. I know that He's not witholding anything good from me. I know that He wants me to have the things that I truly desire, as long as those desires are within His will for me. And this is His way of helping me to find His will for my life.
It's the persistence in turning to Him to say "Hey! What gives?". It's the perseverence to keep going even when I feel like I can't. These are the things that He is seeking to build up in me. Reliance upon Him for whatever I need. Be it strength to get through the hard times, or something more tangible.

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Sunday, September 17, 2006

Quote for 9/17/06

"Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts."
Bernard Baruch

Or every woman. I wish that I had found this quote for yesterday's post. I suppose it'll do just as well today.


Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Rosie outlook on things

Not that I would expect anything less of her, but Rosie O'Donnell's recent remarks on The View have really made my skin crawl.
I wonder what facts she has to support her convictions that radical Christians are just as much of a threat as radical Muslims. I guess that in the mind of a liberal, lesbian activist there's an abortion clinic being blown up everyday - even if it doesn't really happen. And God knows how much play a story like that would get from our biased mainstream news media.
So could someone please tell me where the 4 ABC affiliate stations that have been firebombed are located? I can't seem to find that story in the news, but I did see one about 4 churches being firebombed in the West Bank because of Pope Benedict's recent remarks about Islam. Gee, I guess the radical Christians haven't gotten around to it yet. There's always tomorrow, right Rosie?
When was the last time that Pat Robertson offered to fund flying lessons for members of The 700 Club so that they could fly jetliners into skyscrapers? Did that happen? I didn't think so.
Perhaps Dr. James Dobson called upon those who subscribe to Focus On The Family to strap explosives onto their children before sending them to the local mall, or to a dance club. I must've missed that, too.
Maybe Jerry Falwell encouraged his followers to kidnap journalists for public beheadings, or gunpoint conversions to Christianity. Nah, I didn't hear about that either.
Surely there were radical Christians involved in the various bombings of a multitude of embassies and military bases over the last three decades? No? How could I have been so mistaken about the activitites of my bretheren?

Am I, or is someone else?

Hey! Rosie!...
Shut the Hell up!
The next time you feel some urge to pontificate, get your facts in order. It must be nice to know that your intolerant, bigotted remarks can go unchallenged when there's nobody around that can confront your ridiculous and unfounded opinions.

And ABC; your silence on the issue, and your refusal to publicly reprimand Ms. O'Donnell, speaks volumes to me.

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Friday, September 15, 2006

Quote for 9/15/06

"Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always."
Albert Schweitzer


Thursday, September 14, 2006

Letting my inner geek out

Yes, it's true. I'm a geek. I've admitted it before, so I'm not afraid to say it again. But I think I should explain what I'm talking about this time.
First, I spent my Sunday afternoon watching the first Star Wars trilogy. Not a big deal. And I realize that doing so doesn't make me a huge geek, but things have been progressing nicely in my geekiness since then.
Bob and I began to have the kind of discussions that only Star Wars geeks have. You know the kind, so I won't elaborate. But if you don't, then you don't want to see an example. Trust me!
Continuing my further slide into geekdom:
As you're all well aware, Halloween is right around the corner. That being the case, I have once again begun my search for the one item that I need to complete the costume that was originally lost in the house fire; a Klingon head piece.
Currently none of the sites that I've visited have the headpiece in stock. So I stumbled upon a possible better option: making my own.
But wait! It gets even better. Among the sites that were listed in my search I also stumbled upon this little gem which I now visit regularly.
OK, let's see...
I have a collection of klingon weaponry. I'm making my own armor, and possibly the headpiece, to go with the armor. I also speak some of the language, and am considering studying a klingon translation of the Bible.
I think that clinches it...


Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Hey Anonymous!

Sorry I missed your comment the other day. I didn't check my sitemeter or my e-mails yesterday, so I didn't see your visit until today. Actually, I switched the e-mail account on my blog to go to my new gmail address instead of my other address. And I forget to check the gmail everyday.
Don't worry about it! There's no need to feel obligated.

I just wanted to get this out there before you thought I was snubbing you.


Monday, September 11, 2006

Do I have to say it?

I shouldn't have to remind anybody that today is the 5th anniversary of the worst terrorist act in history to be perpetrated against American citizens.
Have you forgotten?
It was a day that changed the world. How many of those changes have held? How many of us have kept the promises that we made to ourselves, to work less and spend time with our loved ones? What other promises were made that we haven't followed through on?
In the days after the attack we were a nation of great resolve. We joined together to aid those who had lost family and friends on that day. We came together to do all that we could to assist in the rescue work. And we resolved to find those who were responsible and bring them to justice.
Today that resolve has faltered. Americans have been increasingly half-hearted in their support for the global war on terror, and the ideology that breeds terrorism. And make no mistake, it was the ideology that attacked us on 9/11/01 - not 19 hi-jackers. It was a way of life that wants our way of life to become submissive to theirs that planned and conducted the acts of war that occured in New York, Washington DC, and Shanksville, PA.
The resolve of the terrorists, and their mindset has not faltered. They continue to be dead set against us and everything that we hold dear. They have already stated, in very clear language, that their goal is to bring the world into submission to their religious views, or to kill those who won't convert.
Unless we find it within ourselves to re-commit to this war, we will lose. If we cannot strengthen our resolve - especially on today, of all days - then we do not deserve to win. But I, for one, am not ready to lie down and surrender to an ideology that exalts death above life.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006

Not that it should matter

Today is the Eventually-To-Be-EX-Wife's 41st birthday. And that means that once again she is older than me. At least for the next month and a half, anyways.


Quote for 9/10/06

"It is error alone which needs the support of government. Truth can stand by itself."
Thomas Jefferson

See also next post


That's what I say

In reading through this article I am reminded of some of my favorite quotes regarding governance. My two favorites being these:

"Government is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force! Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."
George Washington


"Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive."
C.S. Lewis

Too often we mistake the writing of new laws as being a way of solving problems, correcting societal ills or even as a means of showing compassion to those in need. But that is not the purpose of government.
Government exists to protect our rights. Those rights which belong to us by virtue of our being human - those rights which are given to us by God. Government does not exist to create new rights for us, ones which can just as easily be taken away by a government that has granted them to us. We do not need such "rights".
We have no right to have all of our needs met by some sort of government program. Nor do we have a right to live our lives free from offense. Whether those offenses are by words or deeds. Political busybodies have so completely abused the "general welfare" line of our Constitution that it now means whatever some elected offical wants it to mean. And all so they can wield power over us "little people". All in some foolish attempt to "help" us. All for our "own good". As if being elected makes someone wiser than the rest of us.
We do not need more laws to protect us from ourselves. We did just fine for over 200 years, before these intellectual giants arrived to tell us how desperately we needed them. And I think we could still do without them.

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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Quote for 9/9/06

"Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished."
Lao Tzu


Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I am the envy of all my friends

Recently I was assigned to do a component "sort" of 28,000 printed circuit boards at work. The problem with the boards is that there are a couple of solder connections that may be sub-standard. So, as one of only 18 people at work who are J-standard certified solderers, I and a few of my co-workers were asked to offer our expertise in this matter.
The "sort" actually began last week with 3 of us working first shift, and 2 other qualified solderers working second shift. We managed to get about halfway through the lot before the end of work on Friday.
As a matter of professional courtesy, our vendor agreed to send people to assist with the "sort". They arrived Tuesday, right after the Labor day weekend, which was fortuitous for me since I was doing the job alone this week. The delay was understandable since this particular vendor is in Mexico.
Now, typically a "sort" of this magnitude would be seen as a terrible fate to suffer. It's a tedious, mind-numbingly repetative chore to take each individual board and look at the solder joints in question under a magnifying lamp and then place the good boards back into their totes, while segregating the bad boards for further examination by our engineers.
However, there is a bright side to this tale...
The young lady who was sent to help with the "sort" is a smokin' hottie!!!
Her name is Dulce, and she is every bit as beautiful as her name would lead you to imagine. And I get to spend 8 hours with her every day this week. Do I need to say that all of my guy friends wish they were me?
Of course, I'm being asked a great many questions about her by some of the guys who know me well. But it's been very hard for me to get much information from her since she doesn't speak much english. When my friend Shaun asked me about that particular aspect of my situation I replied with my Quote from below.
I know, I know...

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Quote for 9/6/06

"She doesn't have to speak any english as long as she can scream my name."

Yes, I admit it, I can be a real pig at times. But it was all meant in jest.
I'm sure most of you know me well enough by now to know that I don't really hold to such views about sex or women.


Quotes from 8/2006

Monday, September 04, 2006


Couldn't believe this when I first saw it. But then again, one can tempt fate for only so long.
Rest in peace, Crocodile Hunter.


Sunday, September 03, 2006

Our church outing

Not quite what you expect to see at a church outing.

This is Buddy, the owner/operator of The Riverside Renegades paintball field. He is very serious about safety, and nobody plays on his field until they've been given the rules - and understand them.

A hub of activity in preparation.

Rob is locked and loaded.

Bob is geared up and good to go.

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The outing continued

Onto the field of battle. To war!

Digging in.

Returning from battle.

A brief rest between rounds.

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Before and after

See how nice and clean we all were when we arrived?

What should you expect for the end of our day?

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

I wouldn't quite call them "battle scars"...

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Unrelated, kinda

The view from the Staging Area of the Paintball field.

The Hi-level Bridge.

The Smokestacks.

The only creature near the field not covered in mud or paint (or both) at the end of the day.


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