This is what happens when you (or at least when I) get a new camera to play with. One horses around with the camera to learn all the features, and of course, takes a few snapshots of anything handy at the moment. Sometimes you get lucky and end up with one just good enough to keep. Before you say it, yes I do have too much time on my hands.
This really touched my heart when I read it my first time. The author as far as I know is unknown, and I wanted to repost this for those that may have not read it yet. Please enjoy as I have.
The other day, my nine year old son wanted to know why we were at war.My husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and defend our Country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a good explanation.My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my son to go stand in our front living room window. He told him: "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?""I see trees and cars and our neighbor's houses." he replied."OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush."Our son giggled and said "OK.""Now son, I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country" my husband said."OK Dad, I'm pretending.""Now I want you to stand there and look out the window and see that man come out of his house with his wife and he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face,he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father. You see all of this son.... What do you do?""Dad?""What do you do son?""I call the police, Dad.""OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?""Dad, but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine."They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it," my husband says."But Dad...he killed her!!" my son exclaims."I know he did...but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children.""Daddy...he kills them?""Yes son, he does. What do you do?""Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says."Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him," my husband says."But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!""WHAT DO YOU DO SON?" Our son starts to cry."OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son?" "What Daddy?""He walks across the street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then...he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in he window and laughs at you. WHAT DO YOU DO?""Daddy...""WHAT DO YOU DO?"Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I close the blinds, Daddy."My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him..."Why?""Because Daddy.....the police are supposed to help...people who need it....and they won't help....You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either...they won't help me stop him...I'm afraid....I can't do it by myself ...Daddy.....I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and...and.....do nothing...so....I'm just going to close the blinds..so I can't see what he's doing........and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."I start to cry.My husband looks at our nine year old son standing in the window,looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husbands questions and he tells him...."Son""Yes, Daddy.""Open the blinds because that man.... he's at your front door..."WHAT DO YOU DO?"My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!!!!"I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and hugs him tight, and cries..."It's too late to fight him, he's too strong and he's already at YOUR front door son.....you should have stopped him BEFORE he killed his wife. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before......it's too late." my husband whispers.THAT scenario is why we are at war with Iraq. When good men stand by and let evil happen is the greatest evil of all. Our President is doing what is right. We, as a free nation, must understand that this war is a war of humanity. WE must remove evil men from power so that we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to look out our window. So that my nine year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes" that blinds the atrocities in the world won't affect him."YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!"BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN!BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!!BE PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENT SUPPORT THEM!!!SUPPORT AMERICA!!SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS....
Man, oh man. Things are so hectic around here. There just doesn't seem to be enough hours in a day. I have so many things to do, it seems I will never get them done. Anyway, I told Joe I would help with this blogspot and it seems that time just keeps getting away from me. (and it looks like Joe also) I just wanted to be politically incorrect for a sec. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!! And if you don't believe in Christmas, happy holidays. I know there are people out there that have Hanukkah and Kwanzaa and such, and I don't want to leave those people out. But, please let me keep Christmas. It seems people won't return the sentiment when you wish them a merry Christmas. We need to all get along especially this time of year. We all celebrate differently and there is nothing wrong with that. That being said, Merry Christmas.
P.S. My daughter, Which I haven't seen in about 13 years, contacted me through my myspace page. I WAS AND AM SO EXCITED!!!! It seems to be a slow process with our relationship, but I have faith that it will get better with time. So, please, If you divorce, please, do not deprive your ex of their child. ( with certain exceptions of course, i.e. child abuse, which should NEVER be tolerated.) All I can say is that her finding me is the best Christmas gift I could ever ask for.
I have a message for all you liberals that may be reading this. LAY OFF GUN CONTROL! We don't need more gun control laws. We need to enforce the ones we already have. I am tired of hearing the whining and crying about how we need to make more gun control laws. NO WE DON'T! We can see what you are trying to do. You are trying to outlaw gun ownership. When this happens, let me show you what will happen. Firearm and severe crimes will increase. Think about it; when a criminal knows that people can no longer protect themselves properly they will have nothing to fear from law abiding citizens. Therefore, crime increases. We have nothing to fear from law-abiding gun owners. Instead of picking on law abiding gun owners lets focus on those who DO NOT abide by the law. Lets punish gun toting criminals with HARSHER PUNISHMENTS. They get their guns illegally anyway, so what makes you think that if you get rid of firearms they won't be able to get theirs either? There are so many guns on the black market it scares me. I will protect my family, so I WILL NOT GET RID OF MINE! I have been raised around firearms my whole life. NOT ONCE have I used a firearm illegally. NOR do I intend to. But if one breaks into my home in the middle of the night, they will learn the true meaning of gun control. I know I speak for millions of people when I say that. I borrowed the following from Andrew WilkowsMyspace page and I believe that we need to get the word out. Also if you have Sirius Satellite Radio Check out Andrew Wilkows show on 144 starting @ 11:00 a.m. CDT.
25 Point Firearms Refresher FIREARMS REFRESHER COURSE
1. An armed man is a citizen. An unarmed man is a subject.
2. A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone.
3. Colt: The original point and click interface.
4. Gun control is not about guns; it's about control.
5. If guns are outlawed, can we use swords?
6. If guns cause crime, then pencils cause misspelled words.
7. Free men do not ask permission to bear arms.
8. If you don't know your rights, you don't have any.
9. Those who trade liberty for security have neither.
10. The United States Constitution (c)1791. All Rights Reserved.
11. What part of "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?
12. The Second Amendment is in place in case the politicians ignore the others.
13. 64,999,987 firearms owners killed no one yesterday.
14. Guns only have two enemies; rust and politicians.
15. Know guns, know peace, know safety. No guns, no peace, no safety.
16. You don't shoot to kill; you shoot to stay alive.
17. 911: Government sponsored Dial-a-Prayer.
18. Assault is a behavior, not a device.
19. Criminals love gun control; it makes their jobs safer.
20. If guns cause crime, then matches cause arson.
21. Only a government that is afraid of its citizens tries to control them.
22. You have only the rights you are willing to fight for.
23. Enforce the gun control laws we ALREADY have; don't make more.
24. When you remove the people's right to bear arms, you create slaves.
25. The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.
Andrew tells it like it is and I appreciate all he and people like him do for our country. POWER TO THE MEOPLE!
I ride a motorcycle once in a while, and I have come across a problem. People DO NOT watch for bikers. Case in point; Saturday I had a woman almost run me into a wall. She never looked in her mirrors to see if it was clear. She just came over to my lane. She had three kids in the back seat whose eyes got as big as saucers. Think about this: If she had hit me (I always watch and try to anticipate before they know what they are going to do. And it has kept me alive and wreck free on a bike so far.) what would those kids may have seen would quite possibly have been traumatic for them. I may have lost a limb (gruesome), or may have been killed. What would that have done to those kids? They may have been messed up for life or at the very least been scarred for life. You don't ever get that picture out of your head. About one mile later, I almost got ran over by a police car that was getting on the interstate with lights going. No siren, just lights. I had to hit the shoulder to keep from getting hit. You may not know me or even like me, I don't care. What I do care about is that I and other bike riders can ride safely without worrying about getting run over. But as long as there is inattentive driving we will have to watch out for you BEFORE you see us. Just like when around a big rig, PLEASE GIVE US ROOM. It doesn't take as long to stop as a truck, but if we have to shut our bike down in a hurry, it can be dangerous, so we need a bit more room. AND PLEASE signal so a rider knows your intention is so we can compensate to prevent a wreck or our death or dismemberment. Thanks for letting me vent. And a BIG THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE SAFE DRIVERS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES.
Hello again, sorry it has been so long since my last post but I have been VERY BUSY at work lately and with my son's ball games I just haven't had time to get on the computer. We have been at least two drivers down at work for the last few months. (sometimes three) And seeing as this is our busiest time of year and being short drivers, it has been a very hectic past few months. Now that our injured drivers are back, maybe I can find the time to do some more posts. Anyway thats all for now, I have just checked one of my email accts and see I have over 7000 emails to sort through. Just wanted everyone to know I'm still alive and kicking just really busy right now.
It seems I've been slacking off in regards to blogging lately, as well as most of my usual internet activities in general. Well, I'm going to kick off a series of posts over the coming months, provided I remember to, another provision being if all goes as planned behind the scenes.
This series of posts will swing away from any political rants I that may be brewing inside of me (yes I still loathe liberalism), and I will be covering a computer buildup I'm getting started on.
I heard something interesting on the radio today. ( I'm not sure if its true. )I heard about a PBS special called SKYSCRAPERS that showed a while back that was talking about skyscrapers around the U.S. including the twin towers in New York along with their locations. The program showed some of the design flaws in the buildings. In the program, they talked about how the buildings had been evacuated at least once during a windstorm because of the swaying of the buildings in New York. They also showed how through the design of the structures, they were to PANCAKE if they were to be hit by a POSSIBLE AIRLINER by ACCIDENT. Could this be a coincidence? If Al-Qaida was to have seen this would the media not think that they might use this information? They would definitely use the info to study it at least. IF THIS IS TRUE (which I hope not) why would the media let this info out. Why would the government let this information out? Blame is being placed from the little people all the way up to our President, still. Could it be the incompetence of the media and everyone involved in shows like this for the 9-11 attack? Or is this just another conspiracy theory? Who knows. But it makes one think anyway.
Well, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas. As most people did, I'm sure, I spent WAY TOO MUCH money! But, My family truly enjoyed the gifts they received. Although, next year I am going to try to buy them things I wanted to this year. Anyway, I wanted to also wish everyone a Happy New Year.
"Yesterday we suffered from crimes; Today we suffer from laws"
This is hard for me to do. Wishing everyone in a sincere way, Happy Thanksgiving and Merry Christmas. The reason behind this is that I spent 16 years in retail. Every year they started putting out holiday items out earlier and earlier. I just got burned out. Even though I got burned out I still believe that you should wish people "Happy Thanksgiving" and "MERRY CHRISTMAS". It should NOT be "Holiday Season" it should be "Christmas". If you don't like it then you can leave. It has been "Christmas" as long as I have been alive. I AM NOT going to change it. The libs took prayer out of schools; took away the christian part of Christmas out of schools; (I am talking about the manger scene) but they never tried to take out witches and goblins. I am tired of people being WIMPS and CRYBABYS and whining about wanting "political correctness". I for one will NOT be politically correct. So for all you wimpy libs out there that may be reading this : Everyone have a Happy Thanksgiving' A VERY Merry CHRISTMAS, and a Happy New Year. ( By the way I am getting over being burned out on the holiday season little by little. Maybe there is hope for me yet.
I'm heading back to the dentist in about an hour for treatment of the notorious dry socket. Ooh, how fun! On the bright side, the dry socket isn't as painful as the toothache it replaced, but make no mistake about it, it still hurts. I will be really glad when this is all over and done with!
Update (6:30 PM) Just got back home from town from being at the dentist and then the apothacary. It is a dry socket and I have to go back Friday afternoon for another session of having it packed with that nasty tasting dry socket paste. Which, I might add is totally ruining the flavor of my tomato soup. It's a conspiracy against my tastebuds!
Another plus which I wasn't expecting, they aren't charging for the dry socket treatments, no matter how many visits it takes; Dr. Arthur and staff rock!
Apparently the Al-Qaeda won't rest until the White House is destroyed. Why, they supposedly even have a whopping 12,000 fighters ready to go. Don't sweat it Al-Qaeda scum, the dems in office will do most of your dirty work for you, or didn't you keep up with the elections and pay thanks to the sheeple mentality of liberal voters?
I left for the dentist at around 2:15 pm and got to the office about 2:40 pm, filled out the paperwork and was back in the exam room around 3:30 pm. They did several X-Rays of my teeth and then went to work on me right at 4:00pm, he didn't want to send me home with a tooth that bad and me in that much pain. It ended up being oral surgery instead of a simple extraction, and the surgery didn't end until right at 7:00 pm.
It seems I am quite resistant to the local anesthetic so he had to pump me full of three syringes from the start, then another shot directly to the tooth's nerve. I went through that once every 45 minutes or so, as the anesthetic was wearing off very quickly. One of the wisdom tooth's roots was fairly straight, while the other one was curled under (not curled out) like a fish-hook, literally in a 180 degree arc. Once he cut the tooth in two pieces, he had to pry the straight end out, and once it was out he went to work on the other one. He literally had to cut into my jawbone with the little power saw to get the tooth out, which he still had to carefully twist completely upside-down before it came out.
What made it worse was he said I had the strongest gag reflex he'd ever seen. I screwed up two X-Rays by gagging while the X-Ray was taken due to movement from my gagging on the little plate you bite on. He numbed my tongue special with local anesthetic to help reduce the gagging reflex, which helped but didn't eliminate it completely. He still had to stop and give me several 5 to 10 minute breaks to calm my gagging self down and regain some calmness before he'd go back after it. He said he's had some gaggers before, but I won the prize for gaggiest patient of all time (hooray me!). He also said I was the most difficult case as far as actual tooth removal he'd had in well over a year.
After it was all said and done, he said if he knew how difficult this procedure was going to be I probably would have been charged double what it cost me. I don't blame him, it was a doozie of a time for everyone concerned. The surgical tooth extraction itself ran about $165 (it would've been $55 if he could have just rocked it out of the socket), and with the other fees, it ran up to $280 for the one tooth and the whole visit. Whew! Got the good stuff though, Percocet for the pain which he said I'd be really sore tomorrow after having my jaw wrenched open for 3 straight hours, plus all the needles going into the jaw muscle, plus the jawbone having been sawn into, not to mention the incisions to the gums, and the extracted tooth socket itself. It took three stitches to close me back up, though he used the self-absorbing kind of suture thread, so at least I don't have to go back to have the stitches taken out.
Even as uncomfortable, painful, and unpleasant as the actual procedure was, the doctor and all his staff were absolutely the best people I'd ever dealt with. So much so that even though the procedure itself was unpleasant, the overall experience was a pleasant experience that left me in a good mood and with a very favorable impression of himself, his office, the and staff.