My Thank You List

God and Jesus – for life, forgiveness, and all that it would take me forever to thank.

Mom – for bringing awesomeness into the world (lol). Not just me but my little brother too, of course. I know it was hard on you to get me to improve on my awesomeness, but thank you for trying every day for the past 41 years. I love you!

My aforementioned little brother – for being always unfailingly by my side. Not everyone is as lucky as me – I love you!

Dad – for showing me, by example, that awesomeness can indeed be improved upon. I keep trying – Mom helps of course. I miss you.

James – No, I’m going to take YOUR money! I love you!

Austin – Being a teenager can really suck, I know. Well…I remember – believe me, I remember. But if you start working hard now, being an adult will suck less. I wish I could take my 20s and 30s back so I could give myself a chance to improve my life. You have your only shot right now, so it’s time to get started on that. I love you!

Vickie – Sister-in-Law extraordinaire: you always make me feel at home when I’m in yours. I love you!

All of my family – You all are the stars in my sky. I will miss you all today. I love you!

My Friends – Brilliant! You all are rock stars to me. I’m so thankful that I’ve been able to reconnect with so many of you that I haven’t seen in 20 years or longer. I hope your holidays are fantastic.

Every Day – is a lesson; a test of faith; a chance to do and spread what’s right or what’s wrong (we’re not perfect, but choose right as often as you can); time to be defeated or to rise above;  time to give up or keep fighting; time to get busy living or get busy dying (thanks Stephen King!); and best of all: It’s your decision. You can’t control everything, and sometimes not anything, but you can control how you react to it all. Be your best – it’s your decision.

I’m thankful for it all. I’m thankful for everyone –  even those who have hurt me and/or decided to not be a part of my life. There’s a reason for everything. I just never stop trying to make things better; to improve. I forgive you. I forgive me. It’s your decision. Regardless – I am thankful: for it all, for you all, for it all yet to come.

Thank you, and have a Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

B

PS:

I just want to say YEA! because the girl I wanted to win America’s Next Top Model, Nicole Fox, won! Only the second time ever that the girl that I picked from the beginning actually won. In fact, the girl who came in second was my #2 choice and that made it the first time ever that my #1 and #2 were actually #1 and #2. Classic! Anyway, yeah – not anything in the grand scheme, but it was fun to watch. We gotta have all the fun we can in the world…. 🙂

What…a new post?!

Yes…indeed your eyes are not fooling you! This is a new post! Man too much has happened over the last several months that I can’t really do anything but gloss over stuff and give a general idea of how things are right now. I don’t really have much to say otherwise to tell the truth.

Before I get started I want to point out that I have posted links to all my facebook pictures here in the Gallery section on the right. Check them out at some point! Also, there is a new page in the pages list to the right – it’s a page full of iTunes info about the number of times I’ve listened to songs, what I’ve bought on iTunes recently, and such info. Check it out!

Ok, so what has been going on…? Went to a free concert at Centennial Olympic Park on the 4th of July to see Vertical Horizon. I love their music, and the show did not disappoint. There was an awesome fireworks display after the concert as well. Overall it was one of the best 4ths I’ve ever had.

I went to Myrtle Beach with my Mom, brother, and nephew from July 12 to July 17 – that was just a collection of awesomeness. We had such a blast just hanging out together – swimming in the pool and at the beach – eating out – and just chilling. We took turns hiding in places in the room we had and jumping out to scare each other. I got Mom and Lee Jay really good a couple of times – got it all on video too lol. I’m going to post it at some point….

In August me and Lee Jay went to see Chickenfoot in concert. It’s Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony (formerly of Van Halen), along with Chad Smith on drums (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Joe Satriani on guitar (formally just a solo artist). It was the best concert that both of us has ever been to! It was just amazing, and I love their music so much. Then a couple days later I went to see them here in Atlanta as well, at the Tabernacle. That was just as awesome, plus they filmed that show as well for an upcoming DVD release. I was close to the front so I’m sure I’m going to pop up on that video at some point. Can’t wait to check that out. I got a lot of pics of the concerts though, and they are on facebook. You can access a link to them via the Gallery page here.

The NFL season has started now and I’m busy keeping up with the fantasy aspects that comes along with that, plus just watching the games on Sunday and Monday nights. This is my favorite time of the year. I love Autumn, and I love football, and I love Halloween! Fah Lah!

I’ve been a money spending freak lately. I bought a PS3 in August – finally! Blu-Ray makes DVD look and sound like shite, which is something I didn’t think would happen so soon. Just got my first DVD player only 10 years ago or so. I wonder what we’ll be watching movies with in just another decade? Will they be holographic a-la Star Trek The Next Generation? Maybe someday, I’m sure, but I don’t think that will happen in 10 years, but who knows?

Anyway, for me there’s nothing like watching an old favorite movie in HD glory with HD surround sound. Although the HD surround sound came later as just last week I bought a new A/V receiver so I could get the HD sound out of the Blu Rays. It’s just amazing – I’m hearing sound separation that I’ve never had in my little “home theatre” before. I am very pleased with the setup and how it’s working out. The same day I bought the receiver, I also bought a scanner because I have a TON of old pics that I’ve been meaning to scan to digitally preserve. So I’ve been doing a lot of that lately – tripping down memory lane. It’s been a blast, and I’ve posted a lot of them to facebook as well.

So…that’s about it. Life is good. It could be better but I’m not going to complain – it sure as hell could be a lot worse. On the good side – I still love my job with Turner Broadcasting. Not much else to say about that. On the could be better side – I’m still single.

For the first 2 1/2 years or so after I got divorced, I really didn’t want to see any chicks. I was just so soured over my consistent bad luck and heartbreaks where it comes to dealing with the opposite sex. I just wanted to be a celibate bachelor and not have to deal with any female constant influx of ridiculous lunacy.  After those 2 1/2 years, I slowly started to wish I was dating again, and I find myself in that place right now. I keep asking chicks out and am getting turned down lol. It’s all good, though. I have all the faith I think I can have – it will work out if it’s meant to be. Life counts and keeps counting, though. Gotta keep moving on – I’d rather experience what I have to experience than sit around and watch the time pass me by. I’m trying , my friends, I’m trying. 🙂

So that’s that for now. I hope this post find you all happy and well. Until next time….

B

I found the pieces in my hand
They were always there
It just took some time for me to understand
You gave me words I just can’t say
So if nothing else
I’ll just hold on while you drift away

Cause everything you wanted me to hide
Is everything that makes me feel alive

The cities grow, the rivers flow
Where you are, I never know
But I’m still  here
If you were right and I was wrong
Why are you the one who’s gone
And I’m still here
Still here

Seen the ashes in my heart
I smile widest
When I cry inside and my insides blow apart
I try to wear another face
Just to make you proud
Just to make you put me in my place

But everything you wanted from me
Is everything that I could never be

The cities grow, the rivers flow
Where you are, I’ll never know
But I’m still  here
If you were right and I was wrong
Why are you the one who’s gone
And I’m still here

Maybe tonight it’s gonna be alright
I will get better
Maybe today it’s gonna be okay
I will remember

I held the pieces of my soul
I was shattered
And I wanted you to come and make me whole
When I saw you yesterday
But you didn’t notice
And you just walked away

Cause everything you wanted me to hide
Is everything that makes me feel alive

The cities grow, the rivers flow
Where you are, I’ll never know
But I’m still  here
If you were right and I was wrong
Why are you the one who’s gone
And I’m still here

The lights go out, the bridges burn
Once you’re gone you can’t return
But I’m still here
Remember how you used to say
I’d be the one to run away
But I’m still here
I’m still here

—“I’m Still Here”
Vertical Horizon
From the Album “Go”
Check it out on iTunes!

Tech Support Aggravation of the Day

The following is also going into the list of things that aggravate me.

I am getting weary of people who cry, “Browsing is SO slow for me <whine whine>…it takes a minute or two for a page to load!” So then I log into their machine and say, “Ok, show me.” You see, I know I’m about to waste a load of my time here, but it’s my job to at least see if what this person is saying is true, and they actually need my help. 99.999999999999999999999999% (plus infinity squared) of the time it is BS, but every now and then I do get to talk to someone who is not a jackass. Ok, so like I say, I log into their computer so the person can show me the problem. They start browsing and it takes, at most, 10 or 15 seconds for pages to load completely – but they are visible and scrollable usually at 5 seconds at the most. Sigh. Okay, people, 10 to 15 seconds DOES NOT EQUAL 1 or 2 minutes. Indeed, it doesn’t even equate to slow! Don’t any of you jackasses remember what 33k or even 56k modems were like? Yeah, we can talk about minutes then! You do realize that 1 to 2 minutes equals 60 to 120 seconds, right? Right?! I promise you that 60 to 120 seconds is not the same as 10 to 15 seconds. Seriously, I promise you that more than any promise has ever been promised in the history of promises! Man…we need to get these A.D.D. cry babies away from computers, and indeed away from the general population, before they infect anyone else with their lunacy….

There Is No End

Hello once again to you all. Before I get started, I want to point out the poetry link in the pages section on the right. There’s only one there right now, well I say one but it’s really a collection of several, but at some point in time I’m going to post all my favorites I’ve ever written there. So…check it out and keep on checking. I hope you enjoy it and thanks!

Between now and my last post I had vacation #2 of 2009, another trip to NC and WV, but unfortunately there isn’t much awesomeness to report about the trip. Not long after I left, we found out that my cousin Jinger, my Mom’s sister’s only daughter, was in the hospital and it wasn’t looking good. She passed away, unfortunately, and I took Mom to NC for the funeral.

Jinger was only 50 years old – only 10 years older than me. I don’t feel like I knew her very well. I mean, when you’re a kid someone even just 10 years older than you might as well be a zombie. They’re SO OLD, right? What the hell do they know? How cool can they be? But alas – things are the way they are, and I suppose it’ll always be this way with kids. Anyway, by the time I was older, Jinger was married, with a kid, and not living in Princeton any more. Now I just wish I had gotten to know her a bit better, but isn’t that the way it always is when someone passes away? Blah.

It sucks too because what is there to say to someone’s Mom about their kid passing? I can’t even imagine it. It’s got to be the worse feeling there is, and this is a woman who has had to endure her husband passing not long ago as well. What is there is to say, really? I guess it’s just good that we were all there, and I’m glad I was able to be there. In the past, I might not have had a good enough job to have been able to travel up to NC for the services. God has blessed my life right now.

I know it’s hard not to question God when someone you love passes away. We can ask all the “whys” in the world, but there’s no point. This is life, and death is a part of it. It’s going to happen to us all. There’s no point in being angry or despairing. We miss the ones we lose, of course, and we should. But a part of all of our faith should be that realizing that when that time comes, we must accept it. After all, Jinger is not really gone. She’s not here, with us, but she is in a much better place. If that’s not enough to give us peace, then we all need to realize that we will see her again one day. Death is a part of life, yes, but it is not the end. There is no end. There are a lot of blessings to be had in this life, yes, but the best blessing is that there is no end for us. There is an end for this life, but that is not the end – and that is the greatest blessing of all. We should all hold tight to that.

And so as I have written here about my Dad, then Uncles Dale and Jim, I say to Jinger: Goodbye – until we meet again.

I’ve also recently found out that two of my Dad’s brothers, Uncles Bud and Don, have cancer now. Cancer continues its assault on the Terry family. I think it was cancer that took my Dad’s father, and then it took his brother Gene, and then my Dad himself. This rancid disease; there has to be a way we can conquer it, right? You’d think so, but I suppose maybe we’re not meant to totally conquer it. Death is a part of life, as I said, and cancer is one of death’s most powerful agents, that’s for sure. All my prayers are with Bud and Don, and everyone else afflicted with this scourge. We will all meet death, yes, but we deserve better than cancer.

Okay, so more talk of death and dying and all of that. Blah. What else has been going on lately…? I’ve taken up the hobby recently of creating my own beverages. Primarily I’ve been brewing my own beers.

Brewing beer isn’t as hard as it might sound. All beer really contains is just water, sugars, hops, and yeast. The primary sugar for beer is of course malted barley. What is malted barley? Read up about it on Wikipedia.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malt

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barley

Although malted barley is the primary sugar for beer, you can put pretty much any sugar in it that you want. Even table sugar (sucrose), although that doesn’t make good beer as it ferments into more of a cider taste than a beer taste. You can also put brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, or one of my favorites, honey. There’s a lot of books out there on the home brewing process, and I just bought one and read up on the process. Here is a good website, though, that details everything involved in brewing your own beers:

http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

After I read up on the process, I found a homebrewing store close to me, and went there to purchase equipment and ingredients. I bought a 5 gallon brewing pot, and several 6 gallon plastic buckets to serve as fermenters, a bottling bucket, and a bucket for my sanitizer. I got a kit that had other equipment like a hydrometer, which is used to measure the specific gravity of your brews to determine the alcohol content; a huge thermometer because knowing the temp of the brew it important at many times during the process; a siphoning system; 4 cases of empty bottles; a bottle capper and bottle caps; and other minor pieces of equipment.  For ingredients I was able to buy the different malts I wanted at the store, in addition to the other sugars, hops, and brewing yeasts. I detailed the whole experience in pictures that I posted to Facebook. I will post a link to the album here in the gallery section soon.

The magic of beer making can be explained by the glory of yeast. Yeasts eat sugars and convert them to alcohol and carbon dioxide. The fact that they also create CO2 is convenient, due to the fact that because of this you can carbonate your beers naturally. Just before you bottle your beer, you stir in more sugar into the mix for the yeasts to eat. The best sugar to use to do this is corn sugar, because it doesn’t leave an after taste when it ferments and it ferments quickly. So after you stir in the corn sugar, you bottle the beer and cap it. The yeasts left in suspension after the primary fermentation process go about eating the corn sugar. Since it’s in a bottle, and there is a cap, there is nowhere for the CO2 to go other than to be absorbed into the beer, which carbonates it. It’s extremely cool.

In any event, the beer turned out good and I’m drinking one of them right now. My favorite beers are English Pale Ales, as well as Irish Red Ales. Right now I’m drinking an Irish Red Ale that I made recently. It’s only been in the bottle for 4 days, so it’s not near finished carbonating yet, but the taste is still excellent. It’s a nice red color because I put a bit of roasted barley in with the malted barley. It’s awesomeness is extreme if I do say so myself.

Not only have I been making my own beers, but I’ve also been making my own Electrolyte beverages like Gatorade and Vitamin Water, as well as my own YooHoo chocolate drinks. All these drinks are expensive when you buy them at the store, and since more often than not I have the ingredients on hands to make this stuff myself, I figured why not. It’s just as good and much less expensive.

Let’s examine Gatorade first. What is Gatorade? Well simply enough, in my opinion, Gatorade is slightly flavored Kool Aid with electrolytes added. Slightly flavored because, let’s face it, Gatorade doesn’t pack much of a flavor punch, and the flavors are in much less variety than Kool Aid flavors.

As an aside, I know that the fact that I’m making things out of Kool Aid is going to make Angela squeal with delight: Hello Angie! Yes, Kool Aid is awesome, I know.

Okay, so what are electrolytes? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electrolytes for reference, but for short electrolytes are sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, and bicarbonates. So, even shorter, electrolytes are salt (normal table salt – I use sea salt), salt substitute like “No Salt” (which is potassium chloride and potassium bitartrate), and baking soda (which is sodium bicarbonate).

The original formula for my Gatorade and Vitamin Water drinks was found on the WebMD website, which I found during a Google search for rehydration drink formulas.  This is the link to that:

http://www.webmd.com/hw-popup/rehydration-drinks?navbar=hw86827

I mixed some of that up, and let me tell you that it tastes like what I imagine ass must taste like. It’s just nasty. That’s when I hit upon my kool aid idea. It would be awesome if Gatorade came in such a variety of flavors! And flavors that actually taste like flavors LOL! So after some trial and error, and making my own formulas that tasted like ass as well, I hit upon this:

2 quarts distilled water
½ cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon “no salt” salt substitute
¼ teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons lemon juice (citric acid – good for a stomach buffer)
1 packet of whatever Kool Aid flavor you want

This makes a little over 3 20oz Gatorade bottles of electrolyte drink.  My favorite Gatorade is Gatorade Rain Lime flavor. A 20oz bottle of this has:

130 calories
270mg sodium
75mg potassium
34g carbs and sugars

My version has in a 20oz bottle:

112.5 calories (15 calories in 1 teaspoon of sugar, which converts to 360 calories in ½ cup, 64 oz of water in two quarts converts to 5.625 calories per oz of liquid with dissolved sugar, and 112.5 in 20oz)

186mg sodium (295mg in 1/8 teaspoon of salt, and 300mg in ¼ teaspoon of baking soda, then follow above formula to determine amount in 20oz of liquid)

203mg potassium (650mg in ¼ teaspoon of “No Salt”, then follow above formula to determine amount in 20oz of liquid)

30g of carbs and sugars (4g of carbs and sugars per teaspoon of sugar, 96g per ½ cup sugar, then follow above formula to determine the amount in 20oz of liquid)

It costs roughly 30 cents per 20oz bottle to make this stuff, and that’s with me buying gallon jugs of distilled water to make it with. If you use just tap water, then it would be even cheaper.  If you want to have a bit of calcium and magnesium (other electrolytes) then you can also add a bit of calcium fortified orange juice to the formula as well. I haven’t tried this yet, but I probably will in the future. This would of course alter the sugar and caloric content in relation to the amount of OJ you use, of course. But as you can see, my version has less calories, carbs, and sodium, and much more potassium. And it tastes WAY better in my opinion. What is especially cool is that you can make whatever flavor of kool aid you can find, so there’s much more variety than in standard Gatorade.

EDIT (12/29/09): Since I wrote the above, I have modified my formula of the above Gatorade clone to include 8oz of OJ (Specifically the “Healthy Kids” variety of Tropicana Pure Premium as it has added Calcium [another electrolyte woo hoo] and Vitamins A, D, and E). To adjust for the added sugars in OJ, I lowered the sugar amount to 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon. I also lowered the amount of baking soda and “no salt” to 1/8 tsp. These changes have altered the nutritional values as follows per 20 ounces: 117 calories, 152 mgs sodium, 242 mgs potassium, and 31 g carbs and sugars. In addition, the drink also now has 63% DV of Vitamin C, 11% DV Calcium, 8% DV Vitamin D, 6% DV of Vitamins A and E, 5% DV Folic Acid, 3% DV Thiamin, 2% DV of Vitamin B6 and Magnesium [another electrolyte – although in a low quantity], and 1% DV of Niacin and Riboflavin.

Okay, let’s look at Vitamin Water next. What is that? Well, simply it’s Gatorade with different slight flavors with added vitamins. That’s all it is. The only vitamin water I ever got is the energy (tropical citrus) kind because it has Guarana in it. Guarana seeds have a ton of caffeine in them, much more than in coffee beans and tea leaves. However, because of the other chemicals in the Guarana seed it gets absorbed into the blood at a slower rate than with coffee or tea and therefore doesn’t cause the jitters that other sources of caffeine can in similar doses. However, like any caffeine, it can cause the jitters and all that if you drink too much of it at once. Anyway, I used to gets the Bawls soft drink all the time (www.bawls.com) to get my Guarana fix until I found Vitamin Water Energy. Then when I started making my own Gatorade, I figured I could do my own Vitamin Water energy drink as well – all I really need is the Guarana to add to it. I don’t need the vitamins because I already eat well and take a multi-vitamin every day anyway. So I guess it really isn’t “Vitamin Water” that I’m making – just caffeinated Gatorade. Anyway, I found a website that sells powered Guarana, and I bought some.

Now, like I said, Guarana has a LOT of caffeine in it, so I only have to use about 2 teaspoons of it in the above 2 quart mix to give it 62.5mg of caffeine in a 20oz bottle. However, the Guarana powder doesn’t dissolve in liquid very well at all, so what I’ve been doing is brewing it like you would triple strength coffee. I put the powder in a coffee filter, and run water through the coffee maker like making coffee. Then I take the liquid and pour it back into the machine and let it run through two more times. The resulting Guarana liquid is a part of the 2 quarts of water in the formula above, but the formula is otherwise the same. It makes a really good tasting energy drink with a good, steady kick that doesn’t give me the jitters or the stomach problems that drinking coffee gives me. It’s good stuff!

Okay, now on to Yoo-Hoo chocolate drink. What is Yoo-Hoo? Well, it’s just watered down chocolate milk, really. So why not just drink chocolate milk? Well, if you’re like me, sometimes you crave the consistency of Yoo-Hoo over regular chocolate milk. Here is my formula for making 2 quarts of Yoo-Hoo:

3 and 1/3 cups of milk
4 and 2/3 (or 5 if you want to round it up) cups of water
1 and 1/3 cups of Nestle Quick chocolate powder

It tastes best once it’s really cold, as do all of these homemade drinks, so don’t judge it if you drink it right away. In any event, you are free to play around with these formulas to your heart’s content as well. Just because I like it this way doesn’t mean you have to. But it’s doing little things like this that will save you some money in the long run, and you can make it taste just the way you want it to. Life is good sometimes.

Now I’m going to get into my random thoughts section that I sometimes include in my postings here.  Take the situation with Carrie Prejean, the former Miss California USA. She was asked during the Miss USA pageant how she feels about gay marriage, and she honestly replied that she didn’t believe in it because of her faith.  Well of course that started a huge backlash against her and she ended up losing the Miss USA pageant, and eventually was set up to fail, I believe, with the Miss California organization and stripped of that title.

What is it about the concept of freedom that is so foreign to us here in this country, of all places in the world for freedom to be so confusing? Gay people want to be free to express their sexuality, and they want to marry. But when it comes to someone expressing a contrary opinion, they work overtime to demean these people and their character. Shouldn’t freedom work both ways , folks? Gay people should be free to be who they are, but at the same time shouldn’t see, and others like her, be free to be who they are? You can’t have it both ways, people. Either you are free to be gay, and others are free to believe that such a thing is deviant, or none of us are free to be anything. Political Correctness is a blight upon our society, and until we do away with this in all its guises, then we will never be really and truly free.

There IS a difference between going out of your way to hurt gay people, and simply disagreeing with the lifestyle. Personally, I believe the federal government has absolutely no business deciding such things like gay marriage, or even if recreational drug use should be allowed. All personal lifestyle choices should be left up to the individuals, and therefore decided on a state government level through voting. I think everyone should be free to marry regardless of the sexual orientation involved. I believe everyone should be free to do whatever drug they want – the only thing we should police is the people who hurt other people while under the influence, just like with alcohol. If someone hurts themselves because of drugs, then that’s their fault. It’s their life – they should be free to do what they want with it. I believe these things because I believe in freedom.

However, because I believe in freedom, I also believe it’s everyone’s individual right to believe the exact opposite of what I believe. We have no right, and indeed it’s utter foolishness, to police opinions, feelings, beliefs, and ideals. I don’t understand straight people who try to make gay people feel like they deserve to die anymore than I understand why gay people want to make people who disagree with them feel like they’re stupid.

The gay lifestyle may be deviant to God’s desire and purpose, I can’t make that call because I’m not God, but that doesn’t mean that God wants to destroy gay people. God loves everyone. Period. We are such a hateful species. Each individual has their own choices to make, and their own relationship (or lack thereof) with God. God will make up his own mind regardless of what our Holy books say. It is foolish arrogance to think we know the mind of God. We have no right to judge any one in any way.

Gay people often say, “If I wasn’t born this way, then why would I choose this for myself?” Well, why does anyone choose to do anything? Why do we eat, and why do we eat what we eat? Why do people drink alcohol, or any other liquids? Why do people smile, or frown, or laugh, or cry? Why do people smoke? Why do they do drugs? Why do they shoot heroin when they know it will likely kill them at any moment. Why do we hurt weaker people, or anyone else? Why do we lash out in anger when forgiveness is so much sweeter? Why do we play? Why do we rest? Why do people abuse, sexually or otherwise, children or animals? Why do people hurt themselves in any way? Why do people get tattoos? Why do people get bizarre piercings? Why would you want a piece of metal sticking out of your face? Why? I could go on and on.

Why do we do anything – to satisfy some need, perceived or real. Be Gay. Go right ahead. It’s your right, and your choice to make with your own life. Whether you believe, or anyone else believes, it’s your choice or not is irrelevant. Everyone should have the right to be who they are – I believe that 100% – as long as who they are doesn’t involved infringing on the rights, or otherwise harming, others.

I will love you anyway, if you’re a lovable person on an individual level, because I think that’s what God wants us to do. Love who you feel, in your heart, you should love. Love covers up many sins – that’s how I feel about it. That, and Jesus didn’t die on the cross for the sake of the righteous. Which is awesome because I have a multitude of sins of my own that need God’s grace. Why are any of us casting stones at each other? None of us are blameless; we are simply forgiven if we ask, and we believe.

However, marriage is not a basic freedom in and of itself – it is not a right. Perhaps it should be, but the reality of the situation is that it’s not. The individual members of society therefore have a right to not accept gay marriage if that’s what they think is right.  Everyone is free to move to a state that will allow them to marry. If Georgia outlawed heterosexuality, I would leave Georgia. This is how freedom works, folks. Good, bad, right, wrong – if you want to be free, then everyone else gets to be free as well. When people persecuted Carrie, they persecuted themselves and freedom in general. It is as simple as that.

Okay, enough of the seriousness. Here are the quick random thoughts of the day:

  • What is up with the tiny laptop trend? Why would someone want a laptop with a screen so small, smaller than 14 inches for instance, that you are lucky to be able to run it at 1024×768? How could you comfortably look at a screen like that for the hours on end that you need to do to work with computers? I don’t understand it. It seems like craziness to me.
  • I understand that the magazine industry, and therefore magazine subscriptions, is dying a slow death. But still, if you’re going to continue to offer subscriptions you should do so with the same level of customer service as always. It used to be that when you subscribed to a magazine, you not only got it for cheaper than cover price but you also got your issue at least a week or two before it hit newsstands. That is not the case any longer. I’m lucky if I get my mags two or three weeks AFTER they’re on the newsstands. That sucks ass. It certainly isn’t going to help breathe any life into the magazine industry.
  • The iPhone 3.0 software was recently released, and it’s awesome. Once again I was to highly recommend the iPhone to anyone who is looking to get a smart phone. Especially if you’re already an iTunes junkie like I am – there’ s no reason not to get one. I use the apps on the thing more than I used it to talk. It keeps me in touch with family, friends, and even work with email and text messages. I play games on it all the time. Use it to make notes or set calendar reminders for myself. (I have a dentist appointment tomorrow [Monday the 22nd] – Ugh!) And I listen to music on it constantly. Once again, if you’re in the market for a smart phone, the iPhone is the way to go.
  • What I’ve been up to lately: playing Half Life 2. Wow! It’s an awesome game! Also been playing old text adventures I played in my youth, like Zork. Been learning one of the scripting languages that these text adventures are written with because I’m thinking of writing my own one day. That would be fun!
  • Been getting things moving again in the LXFFO, the fantasy football league of which I am the commissioner. Football season is around the corner so we have to get things started as far as doing our free agency and scheduling our rookie draft. Football rules, yes!
  • Been planning a trip to Myrtle Beach next month with Mom, my brother, and my nephew James. That’s going to rock.
  • Been listening to Sammy Hagar a lot lately. He has a new band called “ChickenFoot” with Michael Anthony (who he played with in Van Halen), Joe Satriani (guitar genius), and Chad Smith (drummer for Red Hot Chili Peppers). The Chickefoot album KICKS ASS! It’s so good. If you like Sammy Hagar, or the Hagar version of Van Halen, you can’t go wrong with ChickenFoot. My brother and I have purchased tickets to see them in Charlotte on August 27th.
  • I bought Rob Zombie’s version of Halloween on DVD today, along with the remake of Friday the 13th. Yeah I’m in a horror movie mood. I didn’t really think much of Rob Zombie’s version of Halloween when I saw it I the theatre. Not because it’s necessarily a bad movie, but because I just couldn’t separate it from my love of the original. The original is such a perfect movie, and Rob Zombie’s version pretty much takes everything that was awesome about it and throws it away. Still, on it’s own, it’s not a bad flick I suppose. But the real reason I want to revisit it is because Zombie is coming out with a sequel in August, Halloween 2. The trailers for it look kind of creepy, so I’m going to watch his Halloween again so I can get ready for the sequel. I got the remake of Friday the 13th because I had a lot of fun watching it in the theatre, so I figured it’s worth the purchase.
  • The new Harry Potter movie comes out in a few weeks! I’m really looking forward to checking it out.
  • As you can tell, there’s a lot on tap for the summer. I’m sure there’s much more glory going to happen that I don’t know about yet, so keep your eyes peeled for further postings. I’m sure to recount the awesomeness of the Myrtle Beach trip sometime next month at least. There will be pics, and as always the easiest way to check them out is to get a Facebook account (www.facebook.com) and add me as a friend. I’m talking to you, Angie, you non-socializing punk! All work and no play, Angie. I mean…seriously. 🙂 The more you pump it, the harder it gets! Hahahahahahaha!

Well that is all for this time, my friends. Until next time, I hope the glory of your every day is indeed immense!

B

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A deeper kinda love
Has no borderlines, no ties
A deeper kinda love
Can bring you down and lift you up so high

A phoenix starts to rise from the ashes inside my soul
Leaving old wounds behind, a new me is born
And you show me your world
So dangerous, but I let go
And when I fall, I fall deep
Into a deeper kinda love

A deeper kinda love
Can also bring hurt and pain
And in the shadow that it casts
Lies jealousy, fear, and hate

The more I have to win means the more I have to lose
And it hits home
And when I think of losing you
And your deeper kinda love
You’ve shown me a world
So dangerous, still I let go
And when I fall, I fall deep
Into a deeper kinda love

A deeper kinda love
Has no borderlines, no ties
A deeper kinda love
Can bring you down and lift you up so high

A phoenix starts to rise from the ashes inside my soul
Leaving old wounds behind, a new me is born
And you show me your world
So dangerous, but I let go
And when I fall, I fall deep
Into a deeper kinda love

(Show me your world)
A deeper kinda love
(Show me your world)
A deeper kinda love
(Show me your world)
A deeper kinda love
(Show me your world)
Just show me your world
(Show me your world)
I want a deeper kinda love
(Show me your world)
A deeper kinda love
(Show me your world)
A deeper kinda love….

“Deeper Kinda Love”
Sammy Hagar
From the album Ten 13

Reality Show Grievance

I have a reality show grievance to share. Not the usual refrain you hear – it seems so popular to dump on reality shows. It’s hip to talk crap, but watch them in private, right? Well shite on what’s hip…that’s what I say. Anyway, my problem is that the person / team I want to win almost ALWAYS comes in third place. I have four main reality shows that I watch: Survivor, Amazing Race, American Idol, and America’s Next Top Model. Yes I watch model because I love women, and observing them is interesting and facinating to me…and their drama is hilarious when it’s not happening to me LOL.  So now I’m going to complain.

Dammit to hell I cannot for the life of me understand how in the hell Kris Allen beat out Danny Gokey to be in the American Idol finale with Adam Lambert. Not that either one could beat Adam in the finals, I don’t think, but Kris Allen is so zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. He has the stage presence of someone who is asleep…or even dead. And compared to Danny, the kid can’t sing. Okay. He just cannot sing like Danny or Adam can. I’m not saying he can’t sing, period, but he’s not not in the same park as either of them. I know you little girls think he’s cute, but that does not equal talented. Do you freaks get it? I mean…honestly. So shite on it all…the guy I wanted to win came in third. As usual.

Yes, I wanted Danny to win. Like I said, I don’t think it’s possible for Adam to lose because he’s the “hip” choice right now. Not to knock him or anything because, unlike Kris, Adam has more stage presence and talent than pretty much anyone on the radio right now. But for me he’s more style than substance. He belongs on Broadway…not on popular radio. It’s just the way he sings everything…I mean you shouldn’t raise the octave /key / whatever of every song just because you can sing up there. But I have that problem with singers like Christina Aguilera and Maria Carey as well. It’s just not necessary to tell every story the same flamboyant, extreme way just because you can. Go back and watch season 1 of American Idol. Kelly Clarkson can hit those notes as well, but she didn’t break it out every single performance. When she did, they were WOW moments. When an artists does that every single song, for me it becomes blase. Anyway…enough of this…you get it. I like Danny and Adam, but I don’t think Adam should be the American Idol even though there is no way he won’t be. Especially with zzzzzzzzzzzzzz man as his only competition. Blah. Blah on all you silly little girls who voted for him. You suck. Ass. Like a dog going around licking ass…all the time. Thank you. I mean…really….thank you…suckers of  ass. Blah.

On Sunay they showed the finale for The Amazing Race. I really, really wanted the deaf dude and his Mom to win, but where did they place..THIRD…of course! I can’t really complain about this because retarded ass sucking little girls didn’t rob us all of everything that makes any sense. Luke and Margie just had some bad luck, and I liked all the three finalist teams so I’m not too bummed out about it. I just can’t imagine how difficult it must have been to be deaf, and go through the competition like Luke did. My hat is off to strength of will and character like that.

(EDIT on 6/21/09: I have removed the links to the pictures here because I’m getting a lot of hits from people just through google image search who are looking for pics of the ladies in question. This is not an image site, or a site only about gorgeous chicks, so the links must go! If you want to know what these chicks look like, search for them on google yourself.)

Wednesday night we were also graced with the America’s Next Top model finale. This one threw off the balance somewhat because the girl I wanted to win, Allison, came in….second. But not first, dammit! Agh! The girl who won…blah. Just blah. She is pretty, I suppose, but she’s certainly not gorgeous or memorable. Unless looking like you’ve spent your life being hit in the face with an iron is memorable. Maybe it is.  Blah. I would rather have had the girl who came in third, Aminet, win instead if it couldn’t have been Allison – at least Aminet is gorgeous.  Allisonis just gorgeous nummy loveliness in every way.

The only girl who has won the show who I picked from the first episode was Nicole Linkletter from season 5.  Nicole and Allison are similar, though, as you can see if you find pictures of them. I just like the lighter skin tones, lighter colored eyes, the full lips, and the long hair. I don’t mind tanned skin in the summer, but most girls just go overboard with the tan thing that it, again, becomes blase. It’s fake. It’s not you who really are. The whole fake thing is another reason why I hate too much make-up, but you all know this if you’ve read my list of things that aggravate me. Among actresses, good examples of what I like are: Anna Torv from the new TV show Fringe and Michelle Trachtenberg.  Anyway…enough of this.

As far as Survivor goes – they haven’t had their finale yet, but it will break the mold as well because the one I wanted to win, Sierra, has already been voted out. Not last week but the week before she was voted out. Now I wouldn’t mind seeing Erin win, or even the psycho “Coach” just for laughs. But I’m not too terribly interested in who wins Survivor this time around. I’d rather not see Taj win it because she’s married to retired NFL star Eddie George, and they don’t need a million bucks, okay? They just don’t. I wouldn’t mind Stephen so much because he’s a good guy. I don’t like T.J. a whole lot so I wouldn’t really like to see him win either. So Erin, Coach, or Stephen would be okay with me.

There have been many, many other instances of my reality show favorites coming in third, so these listed here are not the beginning of my disappointments.  Well, that’s all I have to say for now. I hope all is well with everyone….

Fah Lah,
B

Darkening of the Light Screenplay

Please see the link to the right, in the “Pages” column, titled “Darkening of the Light Screenplay”. It will take you to a page where you can download and/or view a copy of the screenplay for “Star Wars: Darkening of the Light”.

By the way – it is 60 pages long so prepare yourself for a read if you actually are interested….  Enjoy!

B

Beginnings of 09

Blah on me.  I am ignoring my blog. I guess I haven’t really felt the draw to write about anything going on because I do most of the updating of my life on Facebook. Christmas has happened, but I catalogued that on Facebook in pictures. Not much else going on worth noting, really. Besides, I’m not getting any hits here hardly except people coming to check out my recipe for sweet and sour sauce. That is pretty much the only hits I’m getting nowadays – people searching for sweet and sour sauce recipies and coming coming here to see mine. Beyond that, I think Angela drops by here periodically, but much less often than she used to. Can’t blame her, though, as I don’t really write here, or on tumblr, that much anymore.

I did recently install the wordpress, and tumblr, apps on my iPhone, though, so maybe I will at least write more short notes more often. I’m not sure, though, because, like I said, I get a lot of that out of my system on Facebook. I’m still thinking about adding a poetry section and posting my poems here, so maybe I will do that soon. I’m also thinking about publishing the Star Wars: Darkening of the Light screenplay I wrote since it is obvious that we will never finish shooting the movie. At least people can read it and imagine for themselves the movie it would have been. I do have footage that I could do some effects, and editing, work on and post as well – so perhaps that will be something to look forward to here as well.

Beyond all that, I’m not sure how often I’m going to post stuff here anymore. Maybe I would mirror some of the stuff I post to Facebook – that’s a possibility. I have crap going on in my life, but I’m just not up for writing about it right now.

It’s just women…sigh… I know there has to be some wisdom and perfection somewhere in God’s decision to make men and women so inherently different, and so easily aggravated by one another, but I just can’t see it right now. It just hurts when someone who is supposed to know me better than just about anyone cannot have any faith in me. And while I admit that I am not perfect, by any stretch of the imagination, I don’t see how I could be as wrong as I have been led to believe that I am. All I know is that I have been honest and straightforward in all things.  That is the bottom line. I have a feeling that there hasn’t been a quid pro quo of honesty in this situation, but again, given our imperfect natures, I could be wrong. Anyway….

Enough of all that – I don’t want to think about it anymore right now. If you have been thinking about maybe getting an iPhone, I just wanna say that I HIGHLY recommend  it. These things have everything you could possibly need! The phone calling capabilities, of course, but also iPod capabilities all rolled in with everything you need in a smart phone. It checks your email, keeps you reminded with calendar functionality, and last but not least there are so many apps (many of them free) you can download and install on it. Apps from everything to games to useful utilities like the built in google maps with GPS functionality. I have an app that will show me the closest movie theaters from where ever I am, the movies playing there, showtimes, and phone numbers to call to get tickets if I need to. I have an app to keep track of the calories I’ve eaten today. I have an app that will sense my location, and then tell me how close I am to pretty much any retail establishment or gas station I want. I have an app that will calculate tips for me, and round the total up automatically. My brother has one, and we are currently in the middle of a chess match – with me in Georgia and him in Texas. And all of this is only the beginning. I can’t imagine a phone that would give me more functionality than this. Get an iPhone – they are well worth the price!

Well – that’s all I have for now.  Be well and take care….

B

No More Time Outs

Ok, so no long preamble here about how long I’ve neglected to write this time.  Football, fantasy football, work, and struggling to maintain some semblance of a social life soaks up a lot of time – most of my time, indeed.  So here we go!

Last time I mentioned my impending trip to Tampa / St. Pete Florida to see the Panthers Buccs game in October.  Well that obviously has long come and gone, and it was a great trip.  Of course there were some snags as there are in almost every plan of mice and men.

So I was supposed to be staying in St. Pete that weekend with my friend Paul.  I emailed Paul my itinerary so he would know when my plane would arrive, and at what gate and such.  The idea was of course to have him there waiting for me when I arrive in a place I’ve never been in my life.  Yes?  Did it happen?  Of course not!  Nothing ever goes as planned for me.

The flight itself to Tampa was awesome.  I had never been on one of the big Boeing jets before, and I had a blast.  I thought it was so cool to be above the clouds, so that the clouds appeared to be the groud and the clear blue sky surrounded everything else.  It was just gorgeous.  On the back of each seat was a monitor on which you could watch TV, movies, or even cooler you could monitor the flight.  It rotated info between showing our altitude, speed, tail winds, and such to GPS views of our flight path.  I very much enjoyed the whole experience.

Okay, so I land in Tampa that Friday at around 3:15pm.  There is no Paul to meet me at the gate.  So I sit in the waiting area a bit thinking he must be on his way up the escalator or something.  Still no Paul.  I pull out my phone and realize at that point that I don’t have Paul number in my phone as I lost my phone in December ’07 and just never got his number since then – blah on me.  I pull out my laptop and log in the airport’s wireless system and access gmail.  I search through gmail for Paul’s phone number thinking it has to be there – but it is not.  So I send Paul an email letting him know I’m here and he’s not and to call me.  I notice a Burger King there in the terminal and go order a Whopper and some onion rings…..mmmmmmmmm.  I sit in the terminal waiting area and eat my food expecting Paul at any moment.  After about an hour and a half of waiting, I notice in one of the emails Paul sent me that I might have to take a Tampa Bus to some mall and meet him there instead.  So I do that.

By the time I get to this mall area it’s getting dark, and I’m getting uneasy about being stuck in this place without knowing where anything is.  Still I receive no call from Paul, or word or anything at this point.  Now I realize that I need to reach out to the one other person that I know who lives in the area: Bruce.  He is in the Fantasy Football league of which I am the commissioner, but I had never met him in person at the time.  He’s a friend of one of my friends who is in the league as well.  I had told Bruce I was coming into town, and he had emailed me his phone number so we could hang out.  Ah there is someone who thought ahead lol.  It’s actually Bruce who obtained the tickets to the game in the first place, so another huge shout out for Bruce is necessary for just that.

So I call Bruce and explain the situation to him.  He figured out where I am and comes and picks me up.  I ask him to take me to a hotel and I will just get a room for the weekend, but he suggests I just stay in his and his wife’s guest room instead.  I happily accept.  So I ended up staying the weekend with Bruce and never hearing from Paul at all.

However, unbeknownst to me at the time, Paul had been emailing me.  I was working out of my fantasy football gmail account all weekend and never checked my maplejar gmail account for an email from Paul because I thought he had my phone number.  I was waiting on a call from him, but it turns out that dumbass me had never given him my new number from where I replaced my cell phone last year.  So yes I flew to Tampa to meet a friend who did not have my phone number, and I did not have his, and I had no idea what his address was or anything.  The lack of planning ahead is really bad here, eh?  Anyway we were both disappointed that it turned out the way it did, but I also was relieved that I had a place to stay and I wasn’t there by myself all weekend.

Bruce and I went to the Panthers game that Sunday and the Buccs beat the ever living crap out of them.  So that part of the trip was crappy as well.  But Bruce and his Wife were so awesome – especially to give their guest room to a guy who neither of them had ever met before.  I enjoyed the limited amount of time I had in St. Pete enjoying the sun and the beach.  I took a lot of pictures and videos as well, and I have them to share.

Pictures are here:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=155126&l=e7c55&id=1175850700

Videos are here:

http://commonterry.tumblr.com

For the videos you will have to scroll down and click the “earlier edition” link and scroll down that page to get to the videos.  Depending on when you do this, you may have to go into further earlier editions depending on how many tumbler entries I have posted between then and now.  But it’s clear what videos are for the trip.

So I flew back after the game on Sunday and that was just as awesome because the sun setting above the clouds was just gorgeous.  The whole experience was excellent – I loved it.  I have decided that every year I’m going to take a trip to see the Panthers play a game in a place I’ve never been to.  Life is an adventure – you gotta experience it!  Yes!  I can’t wait to visit some unknown place next year.  🙂

It’s mid December as I write this, so between then and now I experienced my 40th birthday.  Woo Hoo for me.  People ask me how I feel about turning 40, and I tell them I feel great about it.  Why wouldn’t I or anyone else?  I mean – it’s simply a matter of fact that we all grow old as our lives continue.  We have to accept that fact.  Therefore, what is the alternative – if I don’t turn 40 then it means I’m dead, right?  So of course I feel great about it.  Do I sometimes wish I was still in my 20’s?  Sure.  If I could only go back to then with what I know now – the things I could accomplish lol.  But things are the way they are, and again we must accept reality for what it is.  All things considered, I’m in a better place in my life than I was 10 or 20 years ago.  There are things I need to fix – like my weight and my teeth.  I’m working on all that.  There are things I wish were different, but whatever will be, will be.  I can only life live and be the best person I can.  I have faith that things will always work out the way they are supposed to.  I accept that.  I’ve made peace with that.  And I’m thankful for all the blessings I do have.  I know firsthand that life could certainly be much, much worse.

So, yeah, I’m thrilled to be 40.  I’m thrilled that I don’t feel 40.  I’m not even sure I feel 30.  So I’ll take it, and smile, and be happy and thankful.  But it’s not really as simple as that – it never is, is it?  I’m going to round this out with a lengthy metaphor.

In the movie “Out of Sight”, starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez, Clooney plays a lifetime bank robber and Lopez a US Marshall.  Early on in the flick the two meet and start falling for each other, even though they are of course on opposite sides of the law.  Even though she continues to pursue him for crimes, she doesn’t seem to be able to make up her mind whether she wants to arrest him or what.

At one point in the movie there is this lengthy seduction scene, which is one of the coolest scenes in any movie ever, where they talk about how they wished they met under different circumstances.  They want to take a “time out”, and see “What if”…so they do.  Later in the movie, Lopez catches Clooney in a crime and he is dead set against going back to jail.  In one room, hidden from her view, he removes the bullets from his gun, and goes to confront her.  She begs him to drop the gun.  He tells her he can’t go back to jail – so pretend it isn’t him.  He wants her to shoot him – kill him.  “No more time outs,” he says.  I won’t spoil any more of the flick for you.

Like I said about being 40…I don’t even feel 30 sometimes – I feel so young at heart.  While you might think that’s great, let me tell you that it isn’t always so great.  It feels like there are no more time outs.  I am 40, and that’s the way it is.  No more time outs and time is tick, tick, ticking away.  No more time outs to see “What if….”  No more time outs to correct mistakes I wish I could correct.  No more time outs when loneliness seems as boundless as the universe itself.  All while it often seems the younger me is stuck living the older me’s life.  So being 40 has its melancholies as well.  As I like to say:  reality is reality whether we like it or not.  No more time outs.

And that’s that.  Now that’s it’s almost Christmas and I’ve bummed all of us out with the above, I suppose I will sign off now.  I got all my shopping finished last weekend  – early for the first time ever.  I also mailed out Christmas cards last week as well – again first time ever.  So I am on top of all things Christmas!  Be on the lookout for pictures and videos galore as starting next Tuesday I will be on vacation for a week.  If you don’t have a Facebook account, you should get one and add me as a friend.  That way you won’t have to wait for me to post links to pics – you will see them as soon as they are posted.  🙂

No more predicting when I will write again, as I seem to never reach those deadlines lol.  Think of me as I go to have a crappy root canal tomorrow (Saturday).  Blah.  What a way to ruin a weekend.  Hopefully the Panthers will crush the Giants on Sunday night, though.  One can only hope….

Until next time,
B

The Fallacy of “Fair”

Hello all.  I hope all is well for everyone.  I’m going to have a lot to write about next week as this weekend I am flying to Tampa Bay to hang out with friends and go to the Panther vs Buccaneers game on Sunday.  I’m really looking forward to it.  I have a couple of friends who live in St. Petersburg so I can’t wait to see the ocean again.  It’s going to rock!  Well more on that next week….

Right now I want to write something up real quick and get this off my chest.  This goes out to anyone who is on the fence right now about who they want to vote for in the upcoming election.  This is why I dislike the liberal view on the world, and will not vote for them.

I’ve been reading a lot lately where people are saying one party supporter “just doesn’t get it”, and “you just don’t understand”, or this person or that person is stupid or whatnot.  I’ve been down that path before as well, and I don’t want to go there.  So I’ve been exploring why exactly I tend to support conservative views, although I consider myself a Libertarian and not a Republican, and how to best express why this all makes sense to me and why I think it should to others.  This is the best answer I have, and I think it’s one of the best answers I or anyone could have for not voting for the liberals of the world.

Listen to any liberal person, especially the politicians, speak for any length of time and it won’t be long before they utter one of their favorite words:  “fair”.  They will do anything to go about creating a sense of “fairness”, even if it’s foolish at the very least.  Obama, for instance, wants to raise the capital gains tax, and when you ask him why, he says it’s out of “fairness”.  It doesn’t matter that doing this will lower revenue the federal government will be able to collect.  Please see this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-09Dwg7qYY

I watched the Vice Presidential debate last week and was reminded of the above link when Joe Biden used the word “fair” over and over.  Then it struck me – this is what has caused me to instinctually, over the years, drift toward “the right” as I’ve gotten older:  this idea that we need to strive for “fairness” in the world.  Okay, folks, I’m going to share a simple truth for you here and I really hope the lot of you take this to heart and understand that it is indeed the truth.

There is NO such thing as “fair”.  “Fair” does not exist.  It is a fairy tale…like Santa Claus squeezing down our chimneys to give us presents.  Any situation that affects more than one person can ALWAYS be, and most often will be, viewed as “unfair” by one person or the other.  It is an entirely subjective point of view and therefore the “reality” of it is going to drastically differ from one person to the other.  Therefore, it does not really exist.  It is opinion and NOTHING more.

Deciding on a course of action in your life, especially one that is going to affect other people, because you think it’s “fair” is as foolish as forcing all of us to go to the North Pole with you because you want to introduce us to Santa.  And doubly so when you aren’t going to give us any other choice but to travel to the North Pole with you, but you also are going to force us to pay for our individual expenses for said trip out of pocket.  This is why I don’t like liberals.  As long as it seems “fair”, they otherwise don’t care.

We cannot make life “fair”, folks.  There are always going to be hardships.  There are always going to be lazy people who try to leech off of everyone else.  There are always going to be fools and idiots who want everyone else to do the work for them, and think that they deserve a slice of what others work hard to accomplish.  Medical treatment is always going to cost money, and that money is going to have to come from someplace other than the magical kingdom of “fair”.  There are always going to be liars and thieves and lunatics.  There is always going to be evil.  There are always going to be rich and middle and poor.  There are always going to be people who achieve, people who just do what is necessary, and people who don’t want to bother to do either.  There are always going to be people who see themselves as victims and as oppressed, no matter what anyone does to them or for them.  There are always going to be people full of goodness, truth, hope, and love as well.  Life has a balance of it’s own, and it has nothing to do with “fair”.  We cannot force our view of “fair” onto this balance because the more we try the more we put things out of balance.  All we can really do is live, and do everything, as best we can.  We can only do what we think is right.

I could go on and on, but if I haven’t started you thinking by now then I never will be able to.  I also want to say a few words on this financial crisis we are in now – think about it as well.  There is plenty of finger pointing at the Bush administration for this crisis in the media.  However, the mainstream is conveniently ignoring the fact that the House and Senate have been under control of the Democrats now for the past two years.  These same Democrats are crying out now about how they saw this coming.  Okay, then, why didn’t you stop it?  You were in the lawmaking control here, right?  What steps did you take to stop it?  Seriously?  Anyone who follows politics even remotely knows that it was the Republicans that warned about Fanny Mae and Fanny Mac, and the Dems that ignored them.  I was going to post a bunch of fact finding links, but this one covers them all:

http://777denny.wordpress.com/2008/09/20/mccain-warned-now-the-freddie-macfannie-mae-democratic-economy-gets-bailed-out-at-a-cost-of-a-trillion-dollars/

If you’re going to cast your vote in November based on the economy, then you need to consider that we are in the mess we are in because of the Democrats as well – not just the Bush administration or the Republicans.  There is, at the VERY least, equal blame to lay.

The bottom line of my point is this:  you are welcome to not appreciate reality, my friends, but reality is still reality whether you like it or not.  Do what you think is right, not what you think is “fair”.  This way, perhaps you will spend more time actually considering the whole picture and not just your view of it.

Until next time,
B