Thursday, March 31, 2011


Wow! I totally missed number 1000, so here I am to celebrate number 1001.

Thanks for showing up. :-)

Come back tomorrow (and every Friday in April) for your question for Fun Monday, I hope you can take some time to participate, I think we'll have some fun.

No, really.

On to my next 1000 posts!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Fun Monday - Momma Says or Father Knows Best?

This month Fun Monday is hosted by In Good Company and for this Monday they ask; what advice did your mother or father give you that you remember and/or still use to this day?

I guess it's time to deal with these issues, right?

This one is a toughie for me. Why? Well, probably because I don't really even remember any advice given by either of my parents, but I shall try to give you a sample of a couple, because I care like that.

My dad once told me, after I had paid for breakfast one morning, "remember that it's okay to let your kids pay once in a while." I think that was the last time I ever went out to breakfast, lunch or dinner with my parents. I guess I figured that I didn't want to get stuck with the tab, or something. Now, if I can just teach my kids to pay once in a while, it will all be good.

My mother liked to yell. She liked to yell, a lot. I'm sure I deserved some of it, but...

Anyway, one day, I was lounging around the house listening to some Rush, or Journey, or Foreigner, or Styx, who knows? The point being that I was lounging around, doing absolutely nothing.My mother was not happy... Let me paint a better picture for you. 

On June 1, 1985 I graduated from high school, on June 2, 1985, I was driving to my new home in San Antonio, Texas. Such is the life of a military brat. To be honest, I was thankful that my parents didn't make me move a year earlier, when my dad first got transferred there. I was going into my senior year in high school and I was heavily involved in the marching band and the concert band. Plus, it was my senior year! Anyway, they agreed to be separated while I went on to graduate from high school (side not: they never did this again, even though my younger brother had to deal with the same thing {actually it was different because he was going to the school on base, and my parents had to leave base housing, etc. Plus, they moved back to the same house we had occupied three years earlier, and Michael still kept in touch with his Colorado friends...}). Which I thought was pretty cool, especially since I knew the band was taking a trip to Disney World the following spring, not to mention the other trips. Oh and I also had a girlfriend at the time, which honestly I thought would be worth staying for, but turned out not to be.

Where was I? 

Oh yeah, motherly advice... As I was lounging around doing nothing on this day, the twelfth of June I believe, my mother came screaming into my room and told me a sentence that has stuck with me forever... "Why don't you get a job, go to college, or join the Air Force?"

Okay, really? Here I am freshly graduated from high school, transplanted away from all of my friends, and seventeen years old and my mother had the nerve to tell me to "get a job, go to college and join the Air Force."

Did you notice the difference? Mom said "or" and I heard "and."

Needless to say, I had already tried to do two of those three things already, and I had only really lived there for less than ten days, so I went out and did the only thing I hadn't done yet. Joined the Air Force. Which turned out to be a decent enough thing in my life, as I got to see the world a bit, learned a career/job, and got out of my mother's hair. Which I think is what she wanted anyway.

Of course, a week after this "lesson" I got a call back in regards to a job, and registered for school. Good thing I had six months of deferred enlistment to spend working and schooling, eh?

Now head on over to In Good Company and see what other maternal or paternal advice they all remember. 

In other news... I will be hosting for the month of April, so come on back and see what I ask you to share. It'll be a great month, I promise!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Fun Monday - Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

This month Fun Monday is hosted by In Good Company and for this Monday they ask; if you could invite 5 other people for dinner and conversation, who would be on the guest list?  A famous person, a favorite author, an expert in one of your hobbies or passions, etc.  Do you have a question for them?  (If you want to include the obvious people, that's okay, but maybe there are some other individuals who might enjoy a night out.)

I think I have had this dinner many times (in my head, of course), I wonder how well it will translate.

First off, my list of invitees would include, and due to the rules, be limited to the following five individuals. I have always wanted to sit down and talk to Thomas Jefferson, just to probe his mind and find out what made the man tick. Sure he has his faults, don't we all, but for the most part he did great things with his life and has always been a personal hero of mine.

Second to the party would be Benjamin Franklin. Talk about a genius and I imagine quite a hoot to have around at a dinner party. Oh the stories he could tell, and has told no doubt. One of my to be read books is his autobiography, but being selfish and all, I would love to have him at my exclusive dinner party.

Third on my list would be the author Charles Dickens. I simply love everything that the man has written and would love to visit with him for a long while to see how his thought processes work, and whether he was as tortured when it came to getting down the perfect written word, or if he was more of a free spirit that just ran with whatever ideas hit his head.

Fourth would be Pope Leo I (the great). One I think it would be simply awesome to speak with someone from early in Christianity, yet far enough removed from the actual time that Christ was alive, to get his perspective on the Church then and now. Would he do anything different and how did he get Attila the Hun to stop his march on Rome - can't you just imagine how that conversation went. Then there would also be the conversations between everyone else at the table. As you can imagine, this would be one really long dinner.

Finally, and I hate saying that because like I said, I could easily add another ten people to this list, but I will follow the rules like any civilized man would. I think a little female perspective would be nice, and also since she is royalty, there would be a little give and take, I suspect, between Jefferson, Franklin and herself. I should probably tell you who this mysterious woman is right? Well it is none other than that great queen of England Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. Sure she may have had some of her little issues, who wouldn't with a father like that. I still find her to be quite a fascinating woman, and would love to have an opportunity to talk to her.

As an aside, I would love to have the leaders of our country (Obama, Reid, Pelosi and Boehner) present as wait staff, with the hopes that they would over hear something about how to govern properly. See how I slipped that little soapbox issue in there? Sneaky, no?

Anyway, there you have my ultimate dinner party, okay probably not ultimate because it would probably change if you were to ask me this again in an hour. Except for Jefferson and Franklin that is. They are always on that special invite.

So who would you have come to dinner? Better yet, what would you eat? Have a great day!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Random Cell Phone Pictures

Because I can...

Jessie and Danny, I don't think she realized he was making such a goofy face.

Me taking a water break during some heated basketball action. I like this picture because I look a little thinner. :)

Maggie sporting some "Duhawk Pride" by wearing a shirt that her oldest brother bought for Katie two years ago, but never fit her. So it's a brand new hand-me-down.

Navy Pier with Lego's - way cool. The Legoland Discovery Center in Schaumburg, Illinois has an entire model of the city of Chicago (major highlights at least) built out of Lego's.

Danny standing next to a Lego Tiger, also at the aforementioned Legoland Discovery Center.

Hope you enjoyed this trip through my phone!

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Fun Monday - Splurge versus Steal

This month Fun Monday is hosted by In Good Company and for this Monday they ask Splurge versus Steal and want me/us to list 5 things you are willing to spend your hard earned cash on and five things you would rather steal (hypothetically) than waste your money on. 

Let's see where this leads us, shall we?

I'll start with the easy stuff first, the spending. I like to spend more than steal so this naturally came easier to me - or so I thought. So in no particular order the five things I would splurge on would be:

  1. A trip to Disney World - all of them. I know some are called Disneyland and all that jazz, but basically, if it's a world of Disney, I would gladly splurge on it because I find that there is great value in each trip to Disney that I have ever taken. I feel happier when I am there, the kids always have a great time, heck my twenty-year old son pretty much insisted that we bring him along on our upcoming trip in June. So for me, this is definitely a no-brainer when it comes to splurges.
  2. A Chevrolet Suburban, by far the best vehicle I had ever owned. I loved it, and then I lost my job which led to losing my vehicle. I have always said that if I could ever afford one again, I would go for it and keep it this time.
  3. A trip to Scotland. I visited the country once while I was serving in the Air Force in England, and absolutely fell in love with the place. I have always thought that it would be a great place to retire to, but then how would I afford to visit my grand kids (assuming that I will have some, someday). A visit back would be grand, and who knows maybe someday Jenni and I will make it there.
  4. A trip to Italy, all of Italy and specifically Vatican City. This is a place that I feel is a must on my list of things to do before I die. It has everything I love in life, great art, great writings and I hear great food. What's not to love, right?
  5. I would love to see either a baseball game in every single stadium for major league teams, or to see every single game of one of the following teams; Cincinnati Reds, Chicago Cubs, or the Colorado Rockies - the Rockies would be my first choice since eighty-two of their games are played in Colorado, then Cincinnati would be a dream since they were my favorite team growing up, and finally the Cubs would be my third choice. However, any one of them would be awesome.

Now, things I would steal - hypothetically of course.

  1. An iPad. I just don't get the hype and I don't want the expense, although truth be told, it would be kind of cool to own one I think. Just as long as I didn't have to pay for it.
  2. A Maserati... no reason other than it would be cool to have a really fast car with a fancy name.
  3. Starbuck's Mochas... I love them, just don't always want to pay for them.
  4. Gym membership, I have one and pay for it, but really, wouldn't it be nice if everyone could just go there and utilize them? Except when I'm there, I'm kind of shy.
  5. Anytime access to the Library of Congress. A little quirky I know, but imagine the writings in the place and the history. I saw this movie once where this guy read from a diary at the Library of Congress once and he found a big load of hidden gold just by following the clues left in that diary. Can you just imagine what hasn't been found yet?

That's my entry into this week's Fun Monday, make sure you visit In Good Company to see who else participated this week, and maybe you'll want to join us next week. 

Thanks for stopping by, and we'll see you real soon.