Friday, June 29, 2007


It's official. I'm now on vacation until next Friday.
You can expect a few posts from me this weekend because I am getting my tattoos on Saturday night. I just hope my darling daughter brings my camera's software home for me so I can post the pics I take. But Bob and I are going camping on Monday. So we'll be incommunicado for a few days.
Otherwise, in case I miss you all before then, have a happy 4th of July.
I hope to have pics of the fireworks we see, too. But that will be much later.


Thursday, June 28, 2007

Quote for 6/28/07

"The trouble with normal is it always gets worse."
Bruce Cockburn

Yeah, that's what I say...


Normal ???

I'm not talking about myself when I say that...
And, yet, that would be the best way to describe my life at the moment; normal.
Maybe a little too normal.
I'm not used to this. What I'm used to is constant upheaval and things being weird because of the drama that people bring into one another's lives. But, for one reason or another, I haven't been running into nearly as much drama lately among the people that I associate with. My kids seem to be doing fine. None of my friends are in any kind of trouble or dismay. Even Mom's cancer isn't turning out to be as much of an issue as we originally worried it might.
Maybe this is some divine joke that God is setting me up for. Perhaps there's some really big stuff waiting right around the corner for me. Then again, this could be a little bit of rest from all of the upheaval I've been through over the last several years. Either way, I'm not going to complain about it. I'm just going to sit back and enjoy the peace and calm of my life while I have it. God knows, it's bound to change soon enough...

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Did you see that?

Probably not. Unless you were in the car with me and the Boy, which none of you were. But it totally freaked us out.
We're not sure if it was lightning or a transformer on one of the telephone poles at the bottom of the hill. But whichever it was, it just plain exploded with a flash of light and loud bang as we were driving past. We doubt that it was a transformer since we still have electricity here at home. And we're not too sure it was lightning because it just didn't seem big enough or loud enough. But seeing the sparks that fell from the nearby trees, and the glowing embers that remained on the branches for a few seconds, we figured it was something dangerous.
Of course, being the explorer that he is, Bob wanted to go down after we got home to see what he could see. I won't let him. I don't want to take any chances that it had something to do with the nearby power sub-station, and then have him getting fried when it happens again. Maybe we'll check it out later on, together, but for now, it's too nasty out there to take the chance.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Quote for 6/26/07

"Solitude shows us what should be; society shows us what we are."
Robert Cecil


Monday, June 25, 2007

Signs 6/25/07

There should be a picture here, but, as I mentioned previously, I still don't have the software for my camera to download the pics I've taken. So, you'll just have to pretend that the scripture verse below is on that familar reader sign from all of my other "Signs" posts.

Jesus said
follow me and I will
make you fishers
of men


Sunday, June 24, 2007

I love my Mom

Yeah, I know, Mother's Day was last month, but that doesn't change the fact that I still love my Mom today, too.
Perhaps I've mentioned it before that the Boy and I usually have Sunday dinner at Mom's house. So, this Sunday was no different except that Bob wasn't there - he's currently doing... I mean... spending... time at his mother's.
It just so happens that Mom was in the mood for turkey this week. So that's what she made - with all the trimmings, no less. And to make things even more special, she used the gibblets in the stuffing. Which is something she hasn't done since she married my Dad. But she made the stuffing that way because she knows that Bob and I like the gibblets in the stuffing. So that was really great.
But it was nice to get to sit down and talk to Mom for the evening without any interruptions or distractions. She told me that the cancer is in it's earliest stages and can probably be cut out without having to remove her breast. And she probably won't need any long drawn out treatments afterwards. So, things are looking pretty hopeful there.
And I will admit that I had my concerns last week. She passed up an opportunity to visit her family in Ohio because she hadn't been feeling well. And I was a little worried that maybe there was something else going on. But she's convinced it was just a bunch of stress from everything that's been going on. And since she seemed well enough to do a turkey dinner today, I'm willing to bet she was right.
We got to talk about a great many topics which don't usually come up. And I really enjoyed being able to share the time with her. I got to tell her about the bike rides that I've been going on, and the camping that we're planning on doing and some of the other stuff that's going on in my life that I haven't told her about before. And she was really happy to hear how well things are going for me. She feels bad about the way my relationship with Trish ended up, and she wishes things had worked out for us. But she's confident that there's someone out there for everyone, it's just a matter of finding them.
We talked about my Dad and how different things have been for her since he's been gone. And how she often thinks that it must be so much harder for people like myself to go through a divorce than to survive someone's death. She talked about seeing the things that other people go through and how she can't complain about her little bit of cancer because she's old enough to have lived a full life. But she feels bad for them because so many of the people she sees are so young and still have so much life before them. She always says a prayer for them though, and hopes that they get through whatever it is they're going through. I've always loved that compassionate side of my Mother. I wish I could be a little bit more like her in that way.
So, it was good to have that time with her. And I hope to have many more years of them, too.

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Saturday, June 23, 2007

The lone rider

Yep, that would be me today...
Nobody else showed up for our second scheduled ride of the season, so I went by myself. It wouldn't be such an issue for me except that we always meet at JT's apartment in E. Pgh, which is where everybody else lives. But I'm the one who has to take the extra 15 minute drive to get there. So, when nobody else shows up, I get a little bit upset.
Now, mind you, JT did have the courtesy to call me before I left to let me know that he was in no condition to go riding today - at least not as early in the morning as it was - because of his less than sober condition when we left Becca's house last night. But I don't know why the others failed to show. Were JT or I supposed to call and either confirm for them that we were still on, or to tell them that we weren't? I dunno.
I had myself a nice 12+ mile ride this morning on the Yough River Trail. I took my time and relaxed and admired the scenery. And this time I really made an effort to observe how scenic the trail actually is. I went a bit slower than the pace we typically set for ourselves, but I still averaged 9.1 mph. I noticed a lot of the little things along the trail. I noticed some of the different flowers, and their scents. I saw a multitude of small woodland critters. Saw a few cardinals, a blue jay, several rabbits and squirrels, and I noticed the movement of underbrush from a few ground hogs as I approached them. It was all very relaxing. And, of course, the small handful of riders that were also out on the trail so early in the morning were all quite friendly, too.
And to think, I almost didn't go. I almost talked myself out of going for my ride today. I had done a little 5 mile ride yesterday and almost convinced myself that a 5 mile ride would be good enough for the weekend - since I am still using these rides as a matter of improving my health. But I decided to do my own ride this morning and I'm really happy that I did. I was only going to do 10 miles today. But, by the time I reached the halfway point, and there was no place decent for me to stop and rest and eat my orange and drink my water, I decided it wouldn't hurt me to keep going a little bit further. So I pedalled another mile before I came to a little rest area that sits near a camping area, and a historic graveyard - yeah... not sure I would want to camp near a graveyard - but it was a nice place to rest. So I rested, ate my orange, drank some water, and then headed back to my car.
All in all, I'd say it was a rather nice beginning to my day.

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Friday, June 22, 2007

Back at it

OK, I had to reboot my computer, and, yes, it took me a substantial portion of my day off to get most - but not all - of the additional stuff re-loaded. Not to mention all of the "Microsoft updates" that are still being reinstalled.
I have discovered that it was my CD drive that was the culprit. And just how do I know this? Because it caused my computer to shut down while I was trying to rip some of my CD's back onto my media player. At least, that's what the error report said it was. So, I guess I'll have to get a new one...
It is unfortunate that I lost the majority of my pics. Some of them were spared total obliteration by the fact that they are on my blog or safely stored in sent e-mails. But many of them are completely unretrievable.
Likewise, many of the things I've written have been lost. I still have some of my stuff on paper. But the rest of it has passed into the nether realms.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I have to call my daughter to find out if she has my camera software (I already know she does). It's not gonna do me any good to have the camera if I don't have the program that let's me load the pics. Or maybe I'll just save them on the SD card, just in case my computer dies again.


Quote for 6/22/07

"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road."
Stephen Hawking


Tuesday, June 19, 2007

This does not bode well

First, the really bad news.
Mom's lump is cancer.
She's taking it well though, and is weighing out all of her options before settling on a form of treatment. She's really big into naturopathic health care and such, so she's reluctant to go straight to surgery or drugs. Continue to keep her in your prayers please.
The other bad news, which is nowhere near as drastic.
My computer is dead, or something like it. I keep getting a message that tells me that on of my system files is either missing or corrupted. The suggested fix for the problem isn't working, so I may have to totally reboot. That, I am not looking forward to because it would wipe out everything I have on my computer. Not such a bad thing except that I have over 1000 pictures that will be lost when I do this. And then of course there will be all of the additional software, and updates that I'll have to re-install. It took me 3 hours to do it the last time this happened, and I'm not liking the idea of having to waste that much time again. Maybe I should just buy a new computer. But that still doesn't solve the problem of all the pics and documents that I'll be losing.
Oh, well...
That being said, don't look for very much to be posted here until I get this issue resolved. I'm currently blogging from an undisclosed location, but I'm not going to try to do this everyday. I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on before I disappear.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Quote for 6/17/07

"Becoming a father isn't difficult, but it's very difficult to be a father."
Wilhelm Busch

To those of us who are doing our best, Happy Father's Day.


Saturday, June 16, 2007

Ink-n-Fire (pt. 12)

No new pics yet, but I do have an update.

I just wanted to let everyone know that I just scheduled my appointment to have the Ink part of my Ink-n-Fire taken care of. JT and I - and JT's daughter, Amanda - ran out to Z-Spot Studio this afternoon so I could put a deposit down on my Crown of Thorns and 39 Lashes. Z seemed pretty happy to see us. She's very happy with how my brand turned out. She even took a pic for her portfolio. Not to mention, she likes my new haircut, too. I don't have any new pics of that either because it's in an awkward kinda stage - too long to let it just hang, but not quite long enough for the ponytail. So I've been keeping it tucked under a hat for the last couple of weeks to sorta train it to lay back and flat.
I expect to have some great pics of the Inking, and the completed work, on Saturday night, June 30th. Be sure to watch for them.

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Rolling out

Today was our first official ride of the new season. It was me, JT, and our friend (JT's neighbor) Lori. Sorry to say, P.Dave couldn't join us this time.
We hit the Yough River Trail at little Boston and had ourselves a nice 21+ mile ride. Unfortunately, I had forgotten to pack my camera, so I don't have any pics. But JT will have a new episode of JT-TV posted soon.
Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going ot take a little nap.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Quote for 6/14/07

"One can write out of love or hate. Hate tells one a great deal about a person. Love makes one become the person. Love, contrary to legend, is not half as blind, at least for writing purposes, as hate. Love can see the evil and not cease to be love. Hate cannot see the good and remain hate. The writer, writing out of hatred, will, thus, paint a far more partial picture than if he had written out of love."
Jessamyn West

Seems somewhat appropriate for the post that follows.


Something to write about

Well, it's been awhile, but we finally had another Writers Workshop. And it was a pretty good one too. Once we dispatched with the interuptions, JT read a little bit from Stephan King's, On Writing to inspire us a bit. Then, since he was the only one of us who had written anything, he read to us from the fictional story he's been working on.
Afterwards, JT picked an assignment for the evening; write about some thing that just thinking about it makes you happy. It couldn't be a person, it had to be a thing, but it didn't have to be a real thing. So, there were a lot of possibilities for us. This was what I came up with...

I have this... "thing". I really don't know what it is, or what it's called. I just found it one day. So I simply refer to it as my favorite "toy".
It's quite a remarkable thing, too. It's bright and colorful and such an amazing thing to look at. But it also possesses other features that make it so incredible.
It doesn't seem to have any kind of buttons or switches, even though it's always turned on. Yet it never runs out of power, and I've never even seen a battery compartment on it.
It produces the most amazing music just by holding it in your hand. It's almost as if it can sense my moods, and then makes up it's own tune to either match or enhance my emotions. Sometimes, it will even play something just to take my mind off of whatever is troubling me at the moment.
Another thing it does is that every so often it will show me images of things that I enjoy. Sometimes it's a pleasant memory. Other times it's like a glimpse into the future, or some thing or place, that I've never seen before. But it's always something interesting.
And the best part, at night, when I'm ready to go to sleep, it will hum a soothing song to me while it casts a soft glow into my bedroom - much like the light of a single candle. And usually it will produce a slight aroma to go with it. Typically something light and sweet and comforting.
I wouldn't trade my "toy" for the world.

I was quite happy inventing this little treasure in my imagination. But the best part was the look on Becca's face when I finished reading about my "toy". That's when she asked me, "So, what is it?" ...
"It's fiction Bec. It's not real. It doesn't exist." ...

Blond moments are so precious to observe.

Next week's assignment. I asked everyone; if there were one thing that you could change about yourself, what would it be?
We'll see how it goes.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Soooooo cool

I gotta thank JT for his most recent web-discovery, That's where the image below came from. And it is just amazing at how good it looks. I chose my former profile pic just for fun.

And I'm including the original since I know that some of you haven't been reading since I changed it from this one.

It's uncanny, isn't it? And it only took a minute to get the image. How coooool is that?

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Monday, June 11, 2007

That'll put a damper on anyone's day

I stopped to visit my Mother today, and stayed for dinner since she had already kidnapped Bob to have him mow her lawn. During the course of our visit, Mom informed me that she has a lump on her breast...
She goes to have the lump removed and biopsied next Monday.

Fret not my faithful friends and readers, we have all the confidence in the world that this will be nothing, or nothing significant. But any prayers that you feel like offering up would still be appreciated.
Thanks in advance.

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Saturday, June 09, 2007

Let me outta here !!!

Well, as I said, I have pics from last night's "Lock-In".
We arrived to find that there was no electricty since a thunderstorm had rolled through the area about a half an hour earlier. That would've made a really sucky night of everything since you can't play video games or watch DVD's without electricity.
Fortunately, by the time I returned from from Wal-Mart with all of our goodies, power had been restored.
First things first, everyone settled into their space for the overnight.

Next; Let the games begin !!!

We had high-tech... as in, Wii.

And we had low-tech... as in that revolutionary Pop-O-Matic from the game Trouble.

"I-buh sme-buh-ll smobuk" - Bill Cosby.
This was the result of our teens trying to bake the pizzas that I had brought. Don't worry, the pizza turned out fine...
And nobody got hurt, either.

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Other reasons for wanting out

I'd like to say that the only violence that took place at the "Lock-In" was the stuff that took place in the video games. But that's not completely true. There was a lot of wrestling around on the floors. And almost all of it done to the battle cry of "Spartans!" - if you don't get it, go see The 300.

Don't worry about this shot. Steve's cardboard Mountain Dew helmet protected his head from any blunt force trauma that Bob might have inflicted upon him.

Eh...yeah... So much for "adult supervison"...

Just kidding. A good time was had by all and nobody really got hurt - except us old people who slept on the basement floor.

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Friday, June 08, 2007

Quote for 6/8/07

"You don't have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body."
C. S. Lewis


I'm not here

You didn't just see me...
Actually, I am here for the moment, but I won't be here for long. There's a "Lock-In" with the youth at my church tonight through tomorrow afternoon, and I'm part of the adult supervision...
Hey !!! No laughing at that.
Anyways, we plan on having a great time playing video games, watching movies, eating pizza and other munchies. And, I believe there's a pillow fight scheduled for after 10:00 PM.
I also suspect that there will be very little sleeping done tonight. So I'll probably use tomorrow to catch up on what will be lost tonight. I'm gonna try to get pics from the event that I can post later on. Maybe tomorrow night, but, in case I don't; have a great weekend all.

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Wednesday, June 06, 2007

"Where's the kaboom?"

- Marvin Martian.

Ya know, one year ago today, everyone was worried that the world was going to end. You remember the whole 06/06/06 thing, right? Well, here we all are, one year later and there hasn't been any earth-shattering kaboom.
I guess all the gloom and doom, fire-n-brimstoners, will have to re-calculate their end-times scenarios while the rest of us just keep on living the lives that God has given us.
That's OK. I'm thinking of starting the rumor that Jesus is coming back on 07/07/07...

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Excuses, excuses

Blame it on the coffee.
At least that's what we concluded earlier today in a conversation I had with a couple of my co-workers.
It would seem that most people have this wonderfully, intense burst of energy after drinking coffee. I can't say as I've ever noticed it in myself. But I'm not a big fan of coffee, so I probably just haven't noticed it at those times when I've been under it's influence.
In any event, I listened to a couple of my co-workers as they told me about some of their escapades while running hyper from coffee. An in ordinate amount of household cleaning seems to go on, furniture gets moved, pictures and other decor gets hung on walls, pets get bathed, vehicles get washed, yardwork gets done, and so on.
I wonder: How can I put these people to work around my house so I won't have to worry about doing everything myself.
I need to stock up on coffee...

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Tuesday, June 05, 2007

I suppose I could mention it

The EX finally had her baby over the weekend. It's a little boy, but I think they already knew that. Mother and baby are doing well. I don't have any other details since I don't particularly care about them. I'm glad that all is well with everyone. Other than that, the only impact this has on my life is that Bob is now a big brother. As if that's going to mean much of anything, considering how little time he spends visiting his mother anyways.
Ok, that's all I have to say about that topic.


Monday, June 04, 2007

Quote for 6/4/07

"All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward."
Ellen Glasgow


Quotes from 5/2007

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