Friday, November 30, 2007

This is all you get for now

Can't stay long. Got a Lock-In at church with the youth tonight. I only have enough time to let everyone know that this is all I'll be posting til sometime tomorrow afternoon.
Bye for now.

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Quote for 11/29/07

"Life is a great big canvas, and you should throw all the paint on it you can."
Danny Kaye

And I would add Christmas lights, too. But I'm sure all of you already knew that about me, especially after my first post from yesterday.


Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New look for me

Another Holiday tradition for me is changing my profile pic during the Christmas season. And, since I have some new pics from my display at work, I've opted to change my pic tonight.
How do I look?

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Come see for yourself

I didn't have a chance to post anything yesterday, so I'm hoping that today's post will make up for what you missed.
Since yesterday was my first day back to work after the Thanksgiving Holiday, I did my traditional ritual of setting up my annual Christmas Display at my work station. And, as usual, I have pics for everyone to see. This, because none of you can really come and see it for yourselves as my title might imply that you ought to.
I have to admit, this little tree is pretty tough. I've had it for close to 14 years and it's still standing strong.

This little display is probably the best $10 I've ever spent. A buck a piece for the tree, the string of lights, the train, the traditional ornaments, the nativity and the light post. And then $4 for the Rudolph ornaments. Not bad, huh?

I have a few close-ups this year, too.

This is Rudolph ( as if I had to tell anyone that). The Rudolph ornaments are everybody's favorites. It's a classic Christmas special that everybody loves, and even more amazing is that it's been a regular Holiday tradition since before I was born.

This is my little, wind-up Santa Express.

I have co-workers who will stop by my work station throughout the day just so they can wind-up the train and watch it go. It's especially cool that the little smokestack will bob up and down as the train rolls on.

And what would a Christmas Display be without a Nativity scene?

One of my newer co-workers seemed somewhat surprised to see the nativity. So I told her;
"This is not just about the decorations and the commercialism of the Christmas season. This is a matter of faith to me."
Then she remembered my shoulder...

Almost all of my co-workers are excited about my display. It tends to stir up some really great conversations about the various Christmas memories that we all have. It gets people thinking about the multitude of Christmas specials that are just around the corner - even though A Charlie Brown Christmas was already on last night. And it gets people to open up about the whole reason why we celebrate Christmas at all. And I'm always happy to talk about Jesus and why he came.

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Monday, November 26, 2007

Holiday update

Now that I've had time to recover from the trip, here's how everything went...

We managed to get started by 9:45 that morning. We were hoping to be on our way between 9:00 and 9:30, but I forgot to grab my coat when I left the house. So, we had to make a quick stop here before hitting the Parkway - which is only a mile or so from my driveway. But that was actually a good thing since the kids were now awake and that gave me the chance to say goodbye to them.
We made really good time along the way. Stopped once on the other side of Columbus, in Springfield, for a bite to eat and to refill the gas tank. And still managed to get to my aunt Kathleen's house before 3:30. About 5 1/2 hours, not bad for a 325 mile trip with a food and fuel break along the way.
Once we arrived we got everything unloaded and settled in. My aunt had some remodeling done recently, so we got to look around and see how nice it all looked. Then I did what I always do when we make this trip; I sat down in the recliner and fell asleep.
Eventually, my cousin Dan showed up and we all got caught up with each other's lives. I won't bore you with those details. Soon enough it was getting late and there was plenty of work to be done in the morning for Thanksgiving dinner, so we said goodnight and hit the sack.

For some odd reason, I always manage to sleep-in when I'm in Ohio. Typically, I'm up before 6:00 AM, but this weekend I didn't wake up til well after 8:00 AM. But I'm not complaining.
Since there isn't much to choose from in the way of entertainment, I did a lot of reading. I always have my Bible, and I'm currently reading a couple of other books. So, I had some quiet time while Mom and aunt Kathleen made breakfast. After breakfast I did another one of those things that I always do when I'm in Fort Recovery; I took a little walk around town.
It's a tiny, little place. I've posted pics of it before - none this time. And even though the town never really seems to change, I always enjoy taking a little walk around to admire it's timeless simplicity. It's like stepping back into another time. Unfortunatley, it was pretty close to 30 degrees outside, so I didn't stay out for as long as I normally would. But I was out long enough to admire the Christmas decorations around town and in some of the store windows.
Afterwards, I returned to my aunt's to take a nap. I do a lot of sleeping when I'm at my aunt Kathleen's. In part, because of my limited entertainment options, but also because I just feel so relaxed and "at home" there.
When I woke up, Mom and aunt Kathleen informed me that we were going visiting to one of my cousin's. We had been invited to join them for their Thanksgiving dinner, which was going to be at 12:30. Which was really great since we were still having ours at 6:00.
Perhaps I've never mentioned this before, but with Mom coming from a family of 8 kids, I have a lot of cousins. And with there being 20 years between my oldest uncle - who is 87 - and my youngest aunt - Kathleen, who is 67 - there are a lot of cousins that were pretty much grown up before I was even born. Now add in the fact that we don't get to see the family very often - maybe once, sometimes twice, a year - we don't get to see everyone anytime we do visit. There just isn't enough time to see everyone. So I don't really know all of my cousins, or their kids. Fortunately, I knew the ones we were visiting this time. But I still hadn't seen them in years, maybe even decades, but family is family.
So, we ate, we talked, we laughed, and we watched football. And when aunt Kathleen reminded Mom that we had to get back to our own Thanksgiving dinner preparations, we left. That was about 3:30.
We got back to Kathleen's and started getting everything ready. My Cousin Dan and his family showed up at 5:00. My uncle Jim and aunt Mary showed up around 5:30 and dinner was promptly served. Again, we ate, we talked, we laughed and we watched football. Then we were joined by my uncle "Fritz" and aunt Betty for dessert.

Sidenote: of my Mom's 4 brothers, only my uncle Jim doesn't have a nickname that everybody calls him by. My uncle "Fritz" is actually named Richard. I also have an uncle "Bus" and an uncle "Boots". One of them is actually named Edwin and the other Harold, but I couldn't tell you which one is which to save my life...

Thanksgiving began winding down late in the evening. After everyone left, I stayed up to read a little bit as Mom and Kathleen putzed around in the kitchen. I didn't actually get to sleep til after midnight.

Another day of sleeping-in, eating breakfast and taking a walk. But it was a strange walk for me. The whole town seemed to be shut down for the Holiday weekend. Which is something I'm not used to experiencing. The IGA was open, but none of the locally owned shoppes were. It was almost like a ghost town. Eventually, I had to take a little ride to Coldwater to pick a few things up that I couldn't find at the IGA. When I returned, I took my nap. Did I mention that I seem to sleep much better when I'm in Ohio?
We had leftovers for lunch. As if I had to say that...
During the afternoon I helped Kathleen bring her Christmas decorations out of storage. Then her and Mom got to decorating while I did more reading. Of course, I offered some moderate assistance when it came to heights and heavy lifting.
In the evening we had more visitors. My uncle "Bus" and aunt Aggie stopped by. My uncle "Bus" is the oldest of my Mom's brothers, and he's in amazingly good health. Mom's family seems to be blessed with long life and good health. I hope I take after Mom's side of the family.
The visit lasted late into the evening, and again, I didn't actually go to sleep til after midnight.

Yes, another morning of sleeping-in, eating breakfast and taking a walk, with a nap to wrap up the morning. Let it never be said I don't get plenty of rest when I go away.
Had a visit from my aunt Ginny (Virginia) and uncle Denny today. My uncle Den hasn't been in the best of health lately. He's had a few minor strokes over the last year or so. It's been rough on both of them. But he's been in rehabilitation/therapy and seems to be getting better.
After they left, Kathleen decided that she'd had enough turkey and leftovers. So we headed off to Portland, Indiana for Pizza Hut. Mom had been in the mood for pizza for the last week or so, but she won't order it just for herself when she's at home. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity for her to enjoy it now.
While we were in Portland, we noticed that gas prices (2.84/gal) were much lower than they are in Ft. Recovery (3.09/gal). So I filled up the tank.
That evening we went to a high school basketball game. My cousin Dan's son is on the varsity team, so we all wanted to see him play. It was the Ft. Recovery, Indians hosting the Wapakoneta, Redskins. Can you say "politically incorrect"? As if anyone cares in these small towns. The Indians lost in triple OT.
After the game we headed back to Kathleens for dessert. Stayed up late again. But I still got everything packed for our departure in the morning.

Up at 8:00 for breakfast and loading the car. Said our goodbyes to aunt Kathleen and dropped her off at church. We were on the road by 9:45 and it was smooth sailing all day.
Dropped Mom off at her house at 3:45 and was home by 4:15.
Got home, spent time with my kids hearing about their weekend. Ordered out for pizza since I really didn't feel like cooking after the ride. And spent the rest of the night relaxing, watching football, playing video games with Bob, and enjoying the lifting of my media blackout.
It's good to be back home.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

Made it, safe and sound

Didja miss me?
I missed all of you.
It's good to be back home. Especially since this weekend has been something like a "media blackout" for me. Remember when I mentioned that I wouldn't have internet access while I was away? Well, it was a bit more extensive than that. My aunt Kathleen, who we were staying with, doesn't have cable either. So, not only was there no computer for me to play games on, let alone connect to the rest of the online world, but there wasn't even much to choose from in the way of television either.
In a way, it was kinda nice. I was forced to read a lot, and I do have plenty of reading material these days. But I'm not about to get into all of this now. I'm going to settle in to being home and then I'll post about the Holiday weekend tomorrow.
I trust that all of you had a pleasant Thanksgiving...

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Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quote for 11/21/07

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."
Melody Beattie

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. We do have so much to be thankful for, don't we?


Reason enough

In light of the fact that I won't be here to post about this tomorrow...

I have so very much to be thankful for. And I don't just mean the material possesions. While I certainly am grateful for all the "stuff" that I have - a house, a car, a decent paying job, plenty of food, entertainment, cable TV, internet access, etc... I find that this is also a time to reflect on other things.

I have been richly blessed through this last year:
* After 2 years of waiting for something to happen with my Ex, my divorce was filed and finalized. And I didn't lose anything but the living room furniture.
* My relationship with my kids, especially my daughter, has seen a great deal of improvement.
* I've seen incredible spiritual growth, and experienced things in my walk of faith, on my personal path, that I never imagined before.
* I've gone through some remarkable personal changes, including, but not limited to, my brand, my tattoo and even my haircut.
* I've grown as a person, and learned things that have helped to shape me into a different man than the one who entered this year.
* I've seen new friendships blossom, while old ones have deepened.
* I even had a relationship with a wonderful woman that, while short-lived with a less than preferable ending, gave me confidence and helped me to realize that not all women are like my Ex.
I'd say that's a lot to be thankful for. So, I will say ...
* I am very thankful to God for His amazing presence in my life, and for His Holy Spirit's guidance through my spiritual journey of faith in Christ.
* I am thankful for my family and the strength they give to me, and even the stress they put me through which helps me to build that strength.
* I am thankful for my friends for the love thay share with me that reminds me that I'm not alone in my struggles and everyday trials.
* I am thankful for my church and congregation for their part in my spiritual growth, and their willingness to allow me to serve in my own personal way.
* I am thankful for my employer and my job for the sense of satisfaction I get from knowing that what I do for a living actually helps people to live.
* I am thankful for the freedom that so many of us take for granted in this country, and all the blessings that our freedom brings to us.
* I am thankful for the men and women in the armed forces that make great personal sacrifices to secure that freedom for all of us.
And I'm sure there's plenty that I have missed.
So, what are you thankful for?
Make sure you express your gratitude to God, and anyone else that deserves it, tomorrow. And keep that attitude in your heart always.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

This is gonna hurt me more than it hurts you

You'll have to excuse my absence for the next several days. I'm taking Mom to visit her family in Fort Recovery, Ohio, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. She doesn't get to visit often enough, and all of her brother's and sister's are getting up in age - she has a bother who's 85 years old !!! So, I like to avail myself to her for the trip whenever possible. Besides, it gives me a chance to get away from the house, the kids and all of my troubles, for just a little while. Unfortunately, that includes internet access, and I'm really not going to enjoy that. In fact, I suspect that I will go through withdrawal over the weekend - I'm so addicted to blogging...
I will be posting once more before I leave in the morning. Then. after that, nothing until I get back. Nothing! Sunday will be the earliest, Monday if I'm too tired from the 6 hour drive.
So, keep us in your prayers for a safe trip. And I'll "see" everyone one last time in the morning to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving, and to remind you all that my overwhelming Holiday Spirit will be in high-gear when I return to posting.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Quote for 11/19/07

"Gratitude is not only the memory but the homage of the heart rendered to God for his goodness."
Nathaniel Parker Willis


Signs 11/19/07

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Quote for 11/18/07

"Gratitude is the sign of noble souls."

Expect more quotes of this nature for this week. Do I need to explain why?


Stop and say hello

OK, I'm doing that "reverse stalker" thing that JT jokes about when it comes to me and my sitemeter. This post is for one particular new visitor that my sitemeter says has been stopping by each Monday morning for the last month or so. Except one weekend it was Sunday morning.

208.244.241.# (Aerotech) or 71.60.127.# (Comcast Cable)

I don't mean to embarrass anyone, nor do I wish to frighten anyone away, but I'm curious as to whether or not we know each other. Do you by chance remember me from when I used to work there (Aerotech)? Or do you know someone there that remembers me?

Comments here are open to anyone, even anonymous visitors, not just bloggers. And you could always introduce yourself privately by sending me an e-mail. My address is in my Blogger profile. Or you could just leave me a message at my myspace* profile - since that's where you always follow the link from. So please, feel free to introduce yourself. At least let me know if you're enjoying your visits, or that you find my posts to be somewhat entertaining.

*Yes, for those of you who weren't aware, I have a myspace profile. I use it to keep in touch with some of the kids from the youth group at church. And to check out new music.

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Today's festivities

I truly wish that all of you could've been here today for my Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Dinner and Lord of the Rings Marathon. It was a wonderful celebration of family, friendship and food. In addition to myself and my kids - well, actually, Aliesha had to work today, but we left plenty for when she came home - we were joined by Bob's friend Matt, and my bestest friend in the whole world, JT.
When I picked JT up this morning he asked if he could make a contribution to the festivities with a meat, cheese, fruit and cracker tray and some wine to wash it all down. So this is what we started with.

And since I got an early start on the turkey, we didn't have to wait long for the main course. Here's the turkey after it came out of the oven. Doesn't it look wonderful?

Then there was the stuffing - no gibblets this time. Not everybody likes gibblets in their stuffing so I refrain from using them in ours when we have others joining us.

We also had mashed potatoes,

sweet potatoes,

and corn on the cob.

I made sure to have a little bit of everything on my plate. Thank you Jesus for this wonderful day. Thank you for the family and friendship, and for this delicious meal.

And what would a Thanksgiving dinner be without pumpkin pie for desert?

Then I looked at my kitchen and saw the mess I had yet to attend to.

And this was all I wanted to do...

Not to worry, it wasn't that bad. We all enjoyed the day. Everyone said that the turkey was delicious and very juicy. And I was glad that I got to share everything about the day with people that I really care about.
I'm especially happy to have had the time with the kids since I'll be taking Mom to visit her family in Fort Recovery, Ohio for the Holiday. The kids will spend Thanksgiving with their mother and her family, but at least we had our own Holiday together. Which is why I do the Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Day Thanksgiving Dinner. It's just a nice tradition for us.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

I have to laugh to keep from crying

With Thanksgiving right around the corner some of my co-workers have taken to reminiscing about the Holidays of old, back when Respironics was a small company - more like a family than a major corporation. I remember those days from when I first started there, over 11 years ago, but I came in just a little too late for some of the tales that they had to share with some of our newer associates.
I do remember when Respironics used to give all of it's employees a $25 gift certificate to Shop-n-Save so we could get everything we needed for our Thanksgiving dinners. It was a wonderful blessing and a great way for the company to show it's people their appreciation. But eventually the company grew too large to maintain such a practice, which I understand completely - so I'm not complaining that we don't have that anymore.
But the tale that some of the veterans of Respironics tell, those who have been there longer than the 11+ years that I've been there, those who've been in the trenches for 15-20 years, is the tale of "The Great Turkey Wars".
And what were "The Great Turkey Wars"?
It was a time when the company was even more like a family than it was when I started. And instead of a $25 gift certificate, the company actually brought in a truckload of turkeys for the employees to pick from. And that's how the "Wars" started.
There were certain people among my co-workers - none of whom work in my area, but they are still on the production floor - who would go to great efforts, great pains, to get the biggest turkey available. I'm talking about women who can barely walk these days who used to scramble like linebackers after a fumble when it came time to get their turkeys. And if you risked getting in the way of some of these women, you would get hurt.
And there was a fierceness to this competition, too. The women would wander about afterwards asking one another how much their turkey weighed, and would mutter if anyone's turkey weighed more than their own. I really wish I could've witnessed the event. From what I've heard it was a sight to behold. Oh, the humanity!
But I do have to admit, I'm kinda glad that this particular Holiday tradition no longer exists. I'm getting a little too old to have to fight with a bunch of old ladies over a Thanksgiving turkey. And I really don't like the idea of possibly getting hurt just for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. But I wouldn't mind having the gift certificates again - especially since I'm a single parent.

Side note: Does this story make anyone else think of the episode of WKRP in Cincinatti when Herb and Mr. Carlton tried to give away free turkeys by dropping them out of a helicopter?

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Quote for 11/15/07

"Never respect men merely for their riches, but rather for their philanthropy; we do not value the sun for it's height, but for it's use."
Gamaliel Bailey


Wednesday, November 14, 2007

I think I've figured it out

I have to admit that I've been a little bit put-off by the fact that all of the Christmas hype seems to start so much earlier each year. You would think that anyone who loves Christmas, and the whole Holiday season, as much as I do would be happy with it. But I'm really not. And I think I've figured out why.
It seems to me that with all of the commercial hype about Christmas, we kinda skip over Thanksgiving. We short change an entire Holiday. And that troubles me because Thanksgiving is one of those Holidays that has no exchanging of gifts. It's not about what we get from anyone else, it's about being grateful for what we already have.
I think too many people have forgotten how to be thankful. We live in a land of remarkable wealth and nearly unlimited opportunity. We live in a land of incredible liberty, to live our lives as we please. Yet we are so consumed by our want for more money, more possessions, more prestige, that we don't care to notice how much, or how good we really have it here. We've gotten lost in the commercialization of the season.
Ya know, it's really hard to be thankful when you've got over two months worth of hype telling you how much you need this, that or the other thing. But maybe if enough of us are willing to show our gratefulness, then the people around us will pick up on it.
Maybe it's not too late for us. After all of the many times that Christmas has been saved, by kids, by dogs, by elves, or even by the martians, maybe it's time somebody try to save Thanksgiving.
Anybody with me on this?

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Quote for 11/12/07

"Change your thoughts and you change your world."
Norman Vincent Peale


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Not alone

Apparently I'm not alone in my exuberance over the Holiday Season. I just finished watching How the Grinch Stole Christmas on TBS.
Yes, folks, it's begun...
Even I'm somewhat disturbed (yet oddly excited) by this development. Last year, TBS at least waited until the Sunday immediately prior to Thanksgiving before showing any Holiday specials. Not so this year. And even Disney is playing The Santa Clause tonight.
I suppose the execs at TBS and Disney have decided that they should do something about ABC/Family Channel's Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas. But even ABC/Family is waiting until the day before Thanksgiving.
It comes earlier every year, even if the Christmas is always on December 25th.
OK, you'll have to excuse me now. The Wizrd of Oz is on next and I have to get The Dark Side of the Moon cued up for the second roar of the MGM lion...

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Undying gratitude

Today is Veterans Day.
We owe a debt of undying gratitude to those men and women who have served in our armed forces. It is the selfless sacrifice of countless faceless heroes that has secured for each of us the liberty to live the lives we choose. Today we ought to honor all those who have walked that path, whether they served in times of war or peace.
If you are a veteran, I thank you from the very depths of my soul. If you know a veteran, be sure to say "Thank you" to him/her. And please keep all those who currently serve in your prayers, regardless of your convictions regarding the War on Terror. This is the very least that we can do for them for all that they are willing to do for us and our way of life.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

What's wrong with this picture?

OK, it's Saturday night. Both of my kids are out with their friends. I have the house to myself.
And what am I doing?
I'm sitting here blogging while I do my laundry...

I'm such a loser at times.
Why do I feel like I should be out doing something?
Oh well, no time to lament my lack of a social life, or the under-funding to make it worthwhile, I have to switch loads.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Firmly in it's grasp

Oh, the great joy of it all !!!
Turkeys are only 79 cents a pound this week at Giant Eagle. Now is the time for me to strike. Especially since Thanksgiving is now only two weeks away, and I will need that turkey for the Sunday beforehand.
For those of you who aren't already familiar, I make my Thanksgiving dinner on the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. The reason for this being that the kids usually spend Thanksgiving Day with their mother and her family. I then spend it with my mom and either my brother's family, or else I'll take mom to Fort Recovery, Ohio to spend the Holiday with her family. So it's nice to have our own little traditional celebration around here before the actual day.
Oh, and in case any of you are wondering; yes, I make one delicious bird. You can see last years here.

All of that being said, I must now tell you all that I am firmly in the grasp of the Holiday Spirit. It's like an obsession with me. You see, once Halloween is done, I begin to transition into the rest of the Holiday Season by watching The Nightmare Before Christmas, constantly, and by listening to the soundtrack, incessantly.
It's the incredible story of Jack Skellington, a skeleton-like resident of Halloween Town, who finds himself so empty from the endless routine of Halloween, only to accidentally discover the joy and wonders of Christmas. A truly touching story with a little bit of fright and some really great music. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it.
But now, to my even greater amazement, I have found out that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra (don't skip the intro if you follow the link) will be at the Mellon Arena next Sunday. And I might just have the money to get tickets. This is a show I have wanted to see for years, but have never been able to get there. It would be nice if I could get to see them this year.
So, needless to say, I'm pretty geeked about everything. Just wait until I get my Christmas display up at work. My Holiday Spirit will be unstoppable then. You will all succumb to my overwhelming joy.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

It's starting

It was snowing earlier today. First snow of the season. Great big flakes, too, even if it was only a brief flurry. I was loving it. It gives me the sense of the whole Holiday Season.
I consider Labor Day to be the real start of the Holiday Season, since once that hits us we start gearing up for Halloween. And once Halloween is done we get to see all of the Christmas displays at all of the stores.
But I must admit I'm somewhat disconcerted by a new development this particular Holiday Season...

ABC/Family Channel's Countdown to the 25 Days of Christmas.

That's right, folks; a countdown to the countdown to the Big Day itself. After all, isn't that what the 25 Days of Christmas really is? Just a big countdown for all of us nostalgic suckers to get into the spirit for Christmas Day.
Think about it. All December long we get to watch some of our most favorite Rankin/Bass animated Christmas specials (except for Rudolph which is only on CBS and only once each year). Not to mention nearly every Christmas themed movie that has ever been made (except A Christmas Story which is only on TBS for 24 hours on Christmas Eve and It's A Wonderful Life which is ony on NBC once each year). And I'm not complaining about it. I actually look forward to the whole thing.
But now, not only do we get all of December to watch Christmas specials, but the movies will actually start on November 21 this year. Of course, I'm having a hard time figuring out why Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone qualifies as a Christmas movie. Maybe because there's that brief interlude of Christmas in the movie... who knows.
OK, that's all I'm gonna say about this. I still don't know if I like the whole "Countdown" thing yet. I suspect I'll watch most the movies.
But, hey, that's just me...

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Monday, November 05, 2007

Quote for 11/5/07

"Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again."
Sarah Ban Breathnach


Sunday, November 04, 2007

Signs 11/4/07

Yeah, it's a day early. I got the picture coming home from dinner at mom's rather than waiting til heading to work tomorrow morning. I already had the camera with me tonight.

Funny though, this was the same message on the board when I first started these Signs posts...

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Bonus: Signs 11/4/07

One of the kids at church this morning. I really liked this shirt.

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

So much fun

Even more fun than bubble-wrap. You're gonna love this story.

Let me start with an idea that has been discussed several times among many of my friends.

As I'm sure you've all noticed, I'm a rather large fellow. I usually tend to have a rather serious look on my face. And can, at times, appear quite frightening. So I've often floated the idea of pretending to be somebody's bodyguard whenever we go out in public. It always begins with the idea of me wearing a suit and tie with dark glasses and maybe even an earbud. Well, tonight, I finally got to play that game.
Bob had gone to the mall testerday with his buddy, Matt. I agreed to pick him up at 8:00, even though Matt was going to be leaving at 5:00. But in agreeing to pick him up at 8:00, we decided to play the bodyguard game. So I put on my suit, a tie, my sunglasses and an earbud and headed to the mall.
Now, first off, you have to realize the kinds of looks you're gonna get from people when you're a big guy wearing a suit and sunglasses (at night) while sporting a mohawk. Then add the fact that you're walking a half-pace in front, and slightly to the side, of a teenager who looks like he belongs at Hot Topic.
I think you get the idea.
But it gets even better. There were a few sales people that actually bought our story when they talked to us. I simply kept quiet for the most part. Answered briefly and straight forward, without smiling. And always kept turning my head as if I was looking for something. Bob played his part well and we followed each other's lead as the situation dictated to us.
I would've liked to get a picture of me in the suit. Unfortunately, the batteries in my camera were dead when Bob went to take the shot. So maybe next time.

Yes, I said next time !!!

This was so much fun that we've decided that we're going to do it again in a few weeks. Bob figures that with Christmas coming, the mall will be full of shoppers for us to freak-out.

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Quote for 11/3/07

"To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring."
George Santayana


Quotes from 10/2007

Friday, November 02, 2007

It's in the air

And all the stores.
It must be close to Thanksgiving because all of the stores have their Christmas displays out...
I must admit, I was tempted to buy the egg nog and "holiday" Hershey's Kisses.

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The great equalizer

I've spent the last few days training a co-worker on certain sub-assemblies in my area. It's been nice to get away from testing units for a little while. But it's even better to see that there is one thing that all human beings seem to have in common:

We all love to pop the bubble-wrap !!!

I know I do. It's OK to admit that you do, too. I have yet to meet anybody who doesn't.
I say this with great confidence because I know that many of the components that we work with on the production floor come with a protective layer of bubble-wrap. And regardless of who it is that opens the packaging, they always take a moment to play with it. And when you're training someone to do a particular job, they'll usually pop the bubble-wrap while they're watching you.
But this also brings out a lot of hypocrisy in people. On the one hand, people who have bubble-wrap love to pop it, while those who don't have any tend to get annoyed by the popping - especially when it's the big bubble bubble-wrap. But if things were reversed it would be a whole different story for them.
Now, I'm not saying that I was getting annoyed at all. To be completely honest, I had plenty of my own to pop. But there were a few people nearby who weren't too happy about the popping. But I've heard them playing with their own bubble-wrap plenty of times before. So I always offer to share mine when I have it, and it usually brightens people up.
Hey! Maybe I've discovered the secret to achieving world peace...
Bubble-wrap for everyone !!!

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