Tuesday, June 28, 2011

You Havin' A Bad Day On Your Job?!

This is one of them emails circulatin' around the world on the web. One of them FWD: FWD:FWD: things I hate so much.  Is it accurate? Really bad for that fella if it was but the story tells a point. Havin' a bad day at work? Can't be as bad as this story or pictures I put up. The grass is always greener on the other side but sometimes? The manure stall's over there too!

"Rob is a commercial saturation diver  for Global Divers in  Louisiana.   He performs underwater repairs on offshore drilling rigs. Below is an E-mail he sent to his sister. She then sent it to radio station 103.2   FM in Ft. Wayne,  Indiana, who was  sponsoring a worst job experience contest. Needless to say, she won.

This Can't Be A Job!
Hi Sue,

Just another note from your bottom-dwelling brother.

Last week I had a bad day at the office. I know you've been feeling down lately at work, so I thought I would share my dilemma with you to make you realize it's not so bad after all.

Before I can tell you what happened to me, I must first bore you with some technicalities about my job. As you know, my office lies at the bottom of the sea. I wear a suit to the office. It's a wet suit. This time of year the water is quite cool. So what we do to stay warm is this: We have a diesel powered industrial water heater. This $20,000 piece of equipment sucks the water out of the sea. It heats to a delightful temperature. It then pumps it down to the diver through a garden hose, which is taped to the air hose. Now this sounds like a darn good plan and I've used it many times with no complaints.  What I do when I get to the bottom and start working is to take that hose and stuff it down the back of my wetsuit. This floods my whole suit with warm water. It's like working in a Jacuzzi.


Everything was going well until all of a sudden, my butt started to itch. So, of course, I scratched it. This only made things worse. With in a few seconds my butt started to burn.  I pulled the hose out from my back, but the damage was done. In agony, I realized what had happened. The hot water machine had sucked up a jellyfish and pumped it into my suit. Now, since I don't have any hair on my back, the jellyfish couldn't stick to it. However, the crack of my butt was not as fortunate. When I scratched what I thought was an itch, I was actually grinding the jellyfish into the crack of my butt. 
  
Yeah... That's A Bomb!
I informed the dive supervisor of my dilemma over the communicator. His instructions were unclear due to the fact that he, along with five other divers, were all laughing hysterically. Needless to say I aborted the dive. I was instructed to make three agonizing in-water decompression stops totaling 35 minutes before I could reach the surface to begin my chamber dry decompression.

When I arrived at the surface, I was wearing nothing but my brass helmet. As I climber out of the water, the medic, with tears of laughter running down his face, handed me a tube of cream and told me to rub it on my butt as soon as I got in the chamber. The cream put the fire out, but I couldn't poop for two days because my butt was swollen shut." 


Now... Your day ain't so bad. Is it?!

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Friday, June 24, 2011

Cheese!


Photographs. An amazing invention really. Putting an image of a frozen moment on something concrete, that we can handle, that we can display. A facsimile of people, places, things.

I’m sure our homes all have this one thing in common; when it comes to pictures we have more photographs or prints of loved ones more than anything else. Age doesn’t matter here. From the bare bottom babies to the ol’ timers sitting in their favorite recliners. The occasion doesn’t matter either. A lot of film has been exposed on birthdays, vacations, sporting events and holidays! But, in all the homes I’ve been in, and I’ve been in a lot, I have noticed there are not any pictures anywhere of funerals. Understandably so. It seems to be human nature to remember… and want to remember… the good times. One thing for sure in the family pics, those smiling or surprised faces sure are loved!

We love getting snapshots of family members around here. With my family being in spread out all over the U.S., every picture we get… whether through email or snail mail… is well received. Every room in our house has a picture of family members somewhere. Well, except the bathroom of course! Oh, and the garage. You get the idea! The women with babies, the guys with their kill or catch, a child’s latest birthday, a pre-teen trying to dodge the camera, a married couple in love. These are a reflection of our loved one’s lives, caught on such a delicate thing we call a photograph.

Is it just me or is there a sense the old time prints will soon be another evolutionary victim of technology? Going the way of the cassette, the 8-track, the reel-to-reel, the record? Maybe it’s not too early to include compact discs here with the onslaught of the ipods and downloading music off the internet. The photograph seems to be one of the few things left that has been basically unchanged for generations. The only exception I can think of is Polaroid. But you still had a film print. A hard copy. That is... before digital cameras and printers that “print with amazing clarity”. It is all very cool but I can’t help wondering when folks will stop turning in film.

Maybe one last thing we have in common with our parents as well as our kids. Raised with photographs. The camera’s have changed but you still removed the film and took it in to get developed. When disposable cameras first came out, who else thought that was to…, modern?! Remember the parking lot film huts? Gosh! I haven’t noticed one of those in years. Maybe decades! Seems like they did get the developing time down in the industry.  Guess that made it worth dodging those huts in the parking lots!

Time will keep marching on. Technology will keep advancing. I'm wonderin' if that’ll cut down on all the boxes of memories stashed away in attics, basements and closets all over the country during the next  generation or two. Being replaced by taking up space on our hard drives, discs and flash drives.

But we will still have our pics!

So remember... the next time you find yourself down range of a camera pointing right at'cha... say "Cheese!"





Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Roadside Death Markers

We've all seen them I'm sure. Particularly in the southern U.S. where many believe it began. That which looks to be a grave marker on the side of the road. Roadside death markers. Usually a cross. Sometimes flowers. Sometimes a little sign. Or a teddy bear or bicycle even.  It has become so popular there are business'  offering design and/or construction of them. The origin of roadside death markers can be traced back to ancient Greece and give some to defend this form of mourning as an example of a civilized society. This practice seems to have gained popularity in our culture the last decade or two. There are those that believe it promotes Christianity. Some think it will deter driving under the influence or while distracted. Others that they are a distraction themselves. In some areas it has become a battle between free expression and public policy. Let's look at what's going on with these things across America.

Medieval Spain practiced erecting a cross on the roadside where a loved one died offering an explanation as to why they are so popular in New Mexico where they are referred to as descansos, Spanish for "place of rest." Many of the folks erecting these home made memorials do it believing the soul lingers near the marker, so for the family the spot becomes sacred. They are so popular here some news papers announce new descansos when they are placed.

South Dakota's Dept. of Transportation has an official marker that has no time limit for posting. The front side stating, "Think! Drive Safely" and the back side proclaiming, "Why Die? Drive Safely" with a red "X" with the words, "Marks The Spot" around the "X". Multiple fatalities calls for the signs to be placed 10 feet apart.

The Atlantic City Expressway allows markers to be placed for 10 days in New Jersey after which they must be taken down. Placement must be under police escort. Wisconsin also has a time limit these may be displayed.

Because the memorials normally feature religious symbols and are placed on state property it raises church-state constitutional concerns among some. In 2001, The Freedom From Religion Foundation based in Madison, Wisconsin successfully defended a Denver man after he removed a religious roadside memorial.

Massachusetts has banned them and Delaware has established a memorial park near a highway exit in an effort to discourage roadside shrines.

Cheryl Miller, an Illinois mother who lost her son to a distracted driver reaching for a cigar and plowed into the rear of her husband's motionless car killing her 5 year old son in 2008, pressed her state's Senate to pass Senate Bill 3803 unanimously. She pushed this as she wanted a roadside marker for her son's memory. Not available to her at the time as her son wasn't killed by an intoxicated driver.

Colorado banned roadside memorials until the ACLU got involved, then compromised on allowing rectangular, white lettered on blue signs with a red "X" that could be placed for 2 years.

Markers were banned in Florida in 1997. RoadsideAmerica.com reports a $100 payment was made by Disneyworld Central, a radio station broadcasting from Orlando to anyone who removed one from the roadside and brought it to the station. Now, highway fatalities are marked with a small round sign stating," Drive Safely" with an additional line that says "In Memory Victims Name" in lettering so small that to read it one would have to slow down so quickly it may cause an accident. If not another reason to put up another sign.

In an effort to bring awareness to the dangers of driving while under the influence of alcohol, California, Montana and Texas allows memorials placed only for those killed by intoxicated drivers. Which was what Mrs. Miller was engaged against in Illinois for in wanting a marker for her son.

The popularity of roadside memorials has encouraged some to offer an online database of where memorials may be registered such as Memorial Hiway. At the time of this writing however there was only one listing.

My view on this? I understand the shock, trauma and sorrow carried by losing a loved one. My only son died tragically too young. That was two years ago and what's left of my family will never be the same. However, I never felt the urge to memorialize the spot he took his last breath.

How far is this going to go? Memorialize what ever that person had for a last meal? The last song listened to? The last place he/she wiped his/her ass? If this trend continues for another generation we may be looking at long lines of these things for miles!

I  have no desire to force my sorrow on any one else. Which is exactly what these roadside death markers do to many. I hate driving by these things having to realize someone may have died there and knowing the anguish that death put on that family. I say "may have" as many of these victims die in the hospital or while on route to one. If someone dies from choking in a restaurant, should the family be allowed to put a memorial in the exact spot in the restaurant? Besides, the family and friends of a lost loved one would normally know the spot. Is it really necessary to broadcast that to the world?

I guarantee you won't find Jesus Christ in a grave!
Road side death markers don't promote Christianity. They promote death. Christianity, in my view seems to be obsessed with and is known for promoting death. There are crosses everywhere. Crosses were tools for painfully executing criminals. A crucifix didn't become a symbol of Christianity until the 4th century. Because of one ruler's decree and being passed down through thousands of generations it has become a knee-jerk reaction to think "Christianity" when one sees a symbol of what would cause someone a slow, suffocating death. The "cross" Christ bore for us was spiritual, not physical. He took all the sins of man with him when he died. Yes Christ died for us (being falsely accused) but that's not where the power lies in what was accomplished for believers. The power lies in his resurrection and ascension. He had to overcome death and be seated at the right hand of God to be our saviour. He is our supreme example of breaking free of the fear of death by showing us that through death he defeated death. And sin which ushered in death to man. Doesn't God's Word tell us in Romans 10:9 we must believe that God raised him from the dead? What good is a dead saviour? Christians all over the world celebrate what is referred to as Easter but how many know when the Day of Pentecost is? The day it was made available for all of mankind to be freed from the fear of death!

It hurts me tremendously I won't see my son again in this realm or share any of the rest of my natural life with him. But I take comfort in knowing I will see him in the next administration, the next life as I know he did what was needed to make that available to him. Maybe that's why these roadside death markers are becoming so popular. Without an accurate knowledge of the truth of the Scriptures there is no hope. I'm not sure I'll ever be completely healed in this flesh and blood body by the tragedy of losing my son to death temporarily but I believe it's a lack of understanding in these most terrible situations that hinders healing for most people that suffer such loss.

Related Links

Cheryl Miller's post on Facebook
Death Can Really Suck The Death Out Of You...
He Is Risen graphic from free-christian-wallpapers.blogspot.com


                         

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Another Day!

This is actually a reprint from a story I published on my old Yahoo 360 blog from February 01,2006. It was also published in a small local newspaper I was trading a column in exchange for an ad for my satellite TV service I was doing at the time. Ever since I wrote this "Another Day!" has always been the greeting on whatever phone I've had. I don't mind telling you... If I didn't have this attitude? I'd have given up a loooong time ago!

A Smoky Mountain Sunrise
The sun comes up. The sun goes down. Depending on your situation either can be good, bad, exciting, depressing, a life changing event or just another daily occurrence. It either takes too long, doesn’t last long enough or missed all together. One thing’s for sure. Until we’re given further notice, it will happen on a daily basis!

Don’t you love those days when everything seems to be firing on all cylinders? You know, when absolutely nothing is going wrong? When you’re hitting all the lights green. Every song you hear is a song you really like. The dog takes a dump in the neighbor’s yard. Even your kids are doing everything you tell them! Those days don’t last long enough! And when they do end, you lie in bed on your back feeling so hot with the joy of being alive you could rip your chest open to let out that laser beam burning inside you! But that would rip through the roof illuminating the night sky and throw the roosters off so you just lie there, quietly enjoying the experience because you know it sure ain’t gonna last long enough!


Then there’s the ever day kind of days. The one’s that pretty much fill up our lives. You get up at the same time, go through what ever routine you’re in at that stage of your life, enjoying the good things, cussing the bad things (under your breath of course!). Doing your part to “Git-R-Dun”.


If you’re having a bad one all ya gotta do is hang in there and you will get a new one to start over with! Tough at times believe me I know. And I know you know. There have been times we’ve all wished the day were shorter, that it couldn’t end quick enough. But it also makes us thankful they’re not twice as long! Or worse! That hangin’ in there part may get tough at times, but I’ve noticed if you get through it correctly it does build character. Must be working. There’s quite a few folks out there have made mention of my being some kind of character! But we’re not going to get that descriptive here! Let’s just say I’m not one of those that suffer from insanity. I’m enjoying every friggin’ minute of it! 

Days? I’d say they’re just about the right length. Pretty cool how God gave us days. The cooler thing is, for the most part anyways, its up to you how your day goes! Now…, your mission…., should you choose to accept it, is…, go do something with what’ s left of this one!



     



Friday, June 3, 2011

Oh I'm Glad I'm Not A Dem-o-cra-tic Weeeeiner


Anthony D. Wiener. Giving us another reason why Americans have little confidence in politicians. Its bad enough the guy's a congressman sending inappropriate pics of hisself to what he's assumed from the start was women, but the guy's married. Married to a woman a little less than a year and carrying her first baby! That's what gets to me! If he doesn't have the natural concern what this behaviour would do to his wife, how can he say he really gives a flyin' rat's ass about his constituents? I believe there is no standard adhered to anymore... especially in politics... that even comes close to raising yourself to a higher level before you attempt to assist others in doing so. I don't know much about the guy other than what I've pulled up from his house page. It sounds like he's been involved and helped some folks but what it really tells me is here's another example of what's wrong with the system... He's another career politician. Not taking his responsibilities as serious as I'd hope he once did.

How can I determine he's not taking his responsibilities seriously? HE LIED ABOUT! Tried to worm his way out of it. And is still maintaining he didn't violate... anything. Ya think that maybe, just maybe he misjudged the situation? Huh?

I'd say he definitely misjudged the situation in his attempt to sweep it away saying, "The matter was undeserving of further attention." As of this writing, the Delaware police are going over a 17-year-old high school student female's computer to confirm he didn't send any inappropriate pictures to her! And we're up to finding out about 5 sexting partners.

Did he break any laws? I'm sure we'll find out sooner or later. But ya know folks?... Why is it even an issue with those that choose to call themselves "our leaders?" They are legislators. That's all! Do they balance their own damn household budgets? Who's gonna take credit for "leading" our nation to a less than stellar economy? Granted its been sliding for generations but the downward spiral can be stopped! Get back to what's proven to work!

Who was it that said something along the lines of, "Those that fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it?"

 Did he really expect to not get caught? That this wouldn't hurt his wife and disappointment many? Has he not heard the sultry details we've all been exposed to of those that have had scandals before him? Here's a clue congressman. If you have to hide something you're doing from those that love you and those you love... maybe, just maybe... ya shouldn't do it!

Ya ever notice?... These situations always seem to play out the same way. First the leak, then the denials. The proof comes in and they admit it (usually a rather tearful event). Then they disappear, get therapy, write a book and are forever remembered as less than they ever imagined.

He may not have broken any laws. That's apparently all that matters to those who lack virtue among us. Not leadership qualities.

I can see how our national attitude of being politically correct, showing no discrimination, always be tolerant affects the judgment of some. They're all ready expecting forgiveness and acceptance before they even commit any inappropriate act. The same kind of thinking that some go into marriage with. If it doesn't work out we'll divorce. Two more steps backwards from the healthy, disciplined growth of the human mind. Not leadership qualities.

Or maybe they get so caught up in themselves the selfishness won't allow them to escape living in the present. Not leadership qualities. 

C'mon people. Can we learn something here? Can we live up to that ol' Will Rogers saying? Goes kinda like... Live your life like you wouldn't be afraid to sell your parrot to the town gossip...


Related Links

Wiener Scandal Timeline
Wiener Scandal Consequences
Huma Abedin Handling Of Her Husband's Scandal
Wiener Resigns


       









Wednesday, June 1, 2011

First Jump On The Stump

I have been looking forward to kicking off this blog for some time now. I've gone through a couple of hard years that postponed the inevitable. But here I am and here it is! I do look forward to meeting some (intelligent) folks through this experience!

Here we go... First jump on the stump!


May Day will take on a whole new meaning in the U.S. The day President Obama announced he was the sitting president when our Navy Seals took out the west's most wanted man. Yeah Obama made the decision, called "gutsy" by some, consider a no-brainer for the rest of us. I was glad to hear I'm not the only one that thought his announcement of bin Laden's demise sounded somewhat of a campaign speech. Don't'cha hate how these career politicians are so quick to take credit when they get something so obviously right?! It doesn't matter which side of the aisle they sit on either. We're all thankful everything went right in this operation. If this mission would have went horribly wrong I wouldn't have blamed the President. We knew where bin Laden was, we had to go after him. But ya know?... nothing gets done until someone gets it done. The men that got this done willingly put their lives on the line. This is one middle class Marine Corps vet that's giving the credit where its due... the (non-existent) Seal Team 6 (sshhhh!). I believe I speak with the majority of Americans and freedom loving peoples everywhere when I say... thank you boys for the love of your country and the dedication to duty you fella's hold in cultimating the largest manhunt in human history!


FBI's Most Wanted List Pic
Should we have access to bin Laden's death pictures? Of course! The American tax payers funded the search for this man that topped the FBI's most wanted list for years... since President George W. Bush announced this man was "...wanted, dead or alive." How much is that you ask? The National Journal has it at, are you ready for this?... $3 Trillion Over 15 years! Has any single human being done that much damage to any nation's treasury? The tax payers (could we call them share holders here?!) have a right to see the pictures. I'm sure we paid for the camera too! Do we have to look at these pictures if we have no desire to? No, of course not. Should we consider how it will upset other terrorists or their sympathizers? Hell no! They've seen we have the ability to take out even the most elusive of them. It may take some time but the word should be out, we will hunt your murderous asses down! Americans have a right to these pics and the president should be more concerned about what Americans want over fears of how it will affect non-Americans. If an American, especially any relatives and/or friends of this fiend's victims, wants to see the pictures of him with a hole where his right eye use to be and a hole blown in the back of his head should have access to it. We shouldn't have to settle for bin Ladens page on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists site.

Justice for the attacks this man did on us as a nation has been done. The head of Al-Qaeda has been, for the time being anyways... taken out.

Thank God!

Loose Ends: 
What did Pakistan officials know of bin Laden's location?
How many press releases does it take for the White House to get out accurate information?
Who's next to top the Most Wanted Terrorists list?
Is hearing bin Laden's dead enough for the victim's survivors?
When will the military stop using Native American names in code negatively? 

Related Links:
 Who Will Take bin Laden's Place On The FBI's Most Wanted List
  FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists
 The Navy SEALS That Hunted And Killed Al Qaeda Leader
 Why Not Giving Obama Any Credit For Finding Osama bin Laden Is A Ridiculous Facebook Status

 
Bless You Boys!!!