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Friday, December 30, 2005
  I'ma put this button up here somewhere...
I'm gonna place this button
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over on the right side somewhere so the 6 or 7 people that actually stop here now and then cna use the feed to know when I write something new.

If you have bloglines, then you know what it's for, if you don't, look up RSS or XML on a google search. It's a pretty nifty way of collecting up all the stuff you may like to view every day. It let's you know when there's new stuff out there. Pretty nifty if you ask me.

Happy New Year everybody!
 
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
  The field of flags
I told you I had something to show you...well here it is.

This is the Field of Flags at Providence Presbyterian Church in Virginia Beach, VA. The sign says there are 2411 flags, representing those men and women that have lost their lives in the defense of freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan. I was told that there are actually 2415 flags and the sign is being updated today. The folks at the church use the DoD web site to keep this display up to date. I looked at the DoD website and I really can't figure out what numbers they use. It's a little confusing to me. When I look at the site I come up with bigger numbers than they do, but hey, it's their Field of Flags, not mine. They also have those who paid the ultimate price listed by state.


I bet there are some folks that will say that their state is more patriotic than your state, based on the number of casualties. If you actually believed that then California would be the most patriotic state. It's probably more of a population thing...

I don't know what drives people to enter the military. I did it when I was 17 and I only did it to get away from my parents who were suffocating me at the time (at least that's what I thought). I wanted to see the world! Yeah, I bought into all those navy commercials. I just wish I'd seen the Saturday Night Live skit that I always called, "port of call, Port Newark, NJ! It always showed Garrett Morris swabbing the deck and painting the ship. I never realized how good a janitor I could be!

Anyway!!!


The Field of Flags was reported on by WAVY-TV channel 10 last night here in Virginia Beach. I seriously doubt that you've heard about it if you're not here in Tidewater.

The folks at the Providence Presbyterian Church say this is not a political statement. I say it should be a political statement. As a matter of fact, I say it IS a political statement...and I agree with it! Shouldn't there be people screaming about the separation of state and church? I mean, come on...all those flags on church property?


I picked one of the pictures that I took in particular so that my "progressive" (read liberal) "friends" can see how close this egregiuos violation of church and state is to a public school! Can you see the school speed limit sign in the background? There's a public school there...and all those poor children will have to see this on their way to and from school! This is just terrible! What will they think? How will they survive? They're only subjected to ONE flag in the classroom. Now they'll get a field of them on the way to and from school. Scarred for life...poor babies!

Well, just so you wrong headed people can relax, the Field of Flags will only be there for another month. Then it follows the geese to Florida. I hope it ends up in a dixie democrat area and not some liberal stronghold like Miami/Dade!

I'll finish by saying I don't go to church. Like Jesse the Gov said, organized religion is a sham. I have my discussions with the Man upstairs on my own terms. I think he listens better that way. God and I had a discussion just this morning. He told me if you don't like this field you can kiss his...

He didn't say that...I did!
 
  I heard something on the news last night...
Just thought I'd give you a little warning...I heard about something on the local news last night and I'm gonna go check it out in a little while...I have my camera with me...I'll post some pictures very soon...

aren't you exited???
 
Tuesday, December 27, 2005
  I had to put something up here!
That picture was driving me crazy!

Everytime I opened up IE there I was...with that freaking haircut! That you...my friends...let me wear! Thanks again!

Anyway! I hope your Christmas was as good as mine. We had a great Christmas dinner! Some good people came to share it with us...I got some great presents...The Beam was flowing!!!and yesterday was just a lazy lazy day!

My Giants backed into the playoffs over the weekend...not a bad turnaround from a year ago...they already have the same number of wins as they had losses last year...so I should be happy...right??? I am...I'm glad my Giants will play at least one extra game this year.
 
Saturday, December 24, 2005
  I thought I had some friends....

You know...you expect your friends to stick up for you...to let you know when you might be looking like a fool...but I always profess to have no friends...to have no one to have to worry about and no one to worry about me...so...I guess I get what I deserve...I told people that may have complained about my hairstyle...back in the day...as they say...when I had my pop telling me how long I could grow my hair until I was almost 18...I joined the Navy and they told me how long I could grow my hair...until I was 36...and then I retired...from the Navy...and I could grow it...and I can grow it...still!!! So...I get permission to grow what I want...and this is what I end up with??? This is supposed to be that free will thing that I hear about all the time...these are the choices I make for myself...

It's not that long in the back anymore...I gave up on the business in the front and party in the back hair cut...or as a good friend of mine called it...hockey hair...or as some "progressives" might calll it...my "mullet". I liked it...I'm gonna miss it...I'll give it a rest for a little while...let you fuckers catch up...

I must admit though...that really is a bad looking haircut....and not bad in a good way....

You know what though...I don't do a rebel flag thing.,...I do put up a few lights at Christmas time...been called Grizwald once or twice...I'm pretty much a regular kinda guy...I just wish I could figure this all out...I like it right now...my hair that is...but I know there's a hippy hiding in my holidays somewhere...I think I got the right lady to cut my hair.,..but you can't really tell...until the second haircut...and then what...if I don't like it...what then???

I guess I'll just stand by...let my daughters laugh at me...again...and figure it out on my own...again???

I'll be damned if that ain't a terrible haircut though!!!
 
Wednesday, December 21, 2005
  This is for all the folks I know that are Deadsox fans!


He'll probably have to get a haircut...but hey...at least he's not playing for the Sox any more!!!
 
  and all this time...I thought I was a Libertarian!
Another quiz from the quiz farm...

You scored as Anarchism. <'Imunimaginative's Deviantart Page'>

Anarchism

92%

Republican

75%

Fascism

42%

Socialist

33%

Democrat

25%

Nazi

17%

Communism

8%

Green

8%

What Political Party Do Your Beliefs Put You In?
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An Anarchist...I like the sound of that....
 
  It's been a while...
It's been a while, so Ifigured I'd check out the quiz farm...I found out I was a punk in high school...some people might say I'm still a punk! I will say...I've never had a mohawk!

You scored as Punk/Rebel.

Punk/Rebel

88%

Stoner

75%

Loner

44%

Drama nerd

31%

Ghetto gangsta

31%

Prep/Jock/Cheerleader

25%

Goth

25%

Geek

0%

What's Your High School Stereotype?
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  Has this thing turned boring?
Someone made a comment not to long ago that my blog used to be different...what was it that made it different? Maybe I was a little more pissed off about stuff. It seems that during the election I had plenty to bitch about, now I'm just kinda taking it in stride. Maybe it was just a little funnier. Maybe I need to post some more jokes now and then.

I think maybe, since I started adding pictures, I've gotten lazy about writing. I mean, come on, doesn't a picture say a thousand words? But I guess maybe that's the difference...when a picture says a thousand words, they're your words, not mine...maybe I'm just lazy and I don't wanna talk to you people any more!

I'll say it's been an interesting year...full of ups and downs. I can look back on this blog through the year and remember most of the good stuff, because it's in here. I can forget most of the bad stuff, because it's not! Germany was great. I wanna go back...all the travel is cool. I've been to places that I never managed to make it to before and that's been good too.

I've travelled pretty much my whole life. At least since I left home and joined the navy. I've never lived in the same place for more than 5 years. Well, that's not really true...I've spent a lot of time here in Virginia Beach, but I've always been a road warrior while I've lived here.

Anyway....to all my friends all over the world...MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! I hope Santa brings you everything you want...I hope your table is full of family and friends...I hope your plate is full...and I hope next year is your best year ever! I hope our troops come home safe...I hope my family stays safe and well...I hope my hand gets better so I can swing a golf club again.

That's it...that's all I gotta say...for now!
 
Saturday, December 10, 2005
  Snow makes everything kinda nice
Every year I take a ride to Jersey to hang out with my family for a week and run around in the woods trying to find bambi...for the last two years it's snowed either while I was there or during the drive up there. This year it came right after I got there.



This is the part of Jersey that I grew up in...wide open. I always thought this was a pretty nice place to grow up...


What's cool is how the snow can just make everything look different...




...it can even make a rickety old set of railroad tracks look like a train might actually run down them without swaying side to side. It doesn't happen often, but I've been on these tracks twice and seen a train come crawling down the tracks...they run about maybe 15, 20 miles per hour. Every car swaying back and forth. You can see the railroad ties fighting to keep the train upright.

No bambi...but I still had a good time...maybe next year.
 
Friday, December 02, 2005
  I thought this was funny too!
Subject: FW: When women wear leather




When a woman wears leather clothing,
a man's heart beats quicker, his
throat gets dry, he goes weak in the
knees and he begins to think irrationally.

Ever wonder why?

















Because she smells like a new truck :)
 
  Extremely funny video!
Not sure if this will work or not...well, if it doesn't, you'll probably never see it anyway...but here goes.

I got this video the other day...It's a little long, but I cracked up at the end!

Check it out. It might take a minute on a dial up, it's' a 3 meg file, but trust me...it's funny!

Worst Job Ever
 
  For my MinnasOta friends...
Ole is a farmer in Minnesota.

He is in need of a new milk cow and hears about a nice one for sale over in Nordakota (that would be 'North Dakota' for you non-Scandahoovians out there).

He drives to Nordakota, finds the farm and looks at the cow.

Ole reaches under to see if she gives milk. When he grabs the teat and pulls...the cow farts.

Ole is very surprised.

He looks at the farmer who is selling the cow, then reaches under the cow to try again.

He grabs another teat, pulls, and the cow farts again.

Milk does come out however, so after some discussion with the cow's current owner, Ole decides to buy the cow and take it home.

When he gets back to Minnesota, he calls over his neighbor, Sven, and says, "Hey, Sven, come and look at dis here new cow I yust bought. Pull her teat, and see vat happens."

Sven reaches under, pulls the teat - and the cow farts.

Sven looks at Ole and says, "You bought dis here cow in Nordakota, didn't yah?"

Ole is very surprised since he hadn't told Sven about his trip.

Ole replies, "Yah, dats right. But how did you know?"

Sven says, "My wife is from Nordakota."
 
Not sure if I am THE ugly American, but I must be AN ugly American, because some Canadian told me so!!!

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