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Friday, January 25, 2008
  I watched it again and it was just as good....
Down here in Virginia Beach we have the NFL Network on our cable system...

I watched the NFC Championship game last night on NFL Replay and guess what!!!

The Giants are STILL going to the Superbowl!

It's amazing...watching the talking heads on the sports channels these days, you'd think these guys actually spoke nicely of Eli Manning and the NY Giants during the season!

There are actually a few talking heads that are picking the Giants to win the Superbowl...this isn't a good thing...I like it better when they continue to disrespect MY football team!

It would be great to see MY Giants win the Superbowl, but you know...they knocked out the Cowboys in the playoffs and that really is good enough!

Do you suppose they get the NFL in Alaska? I'll let you know on Superbowl Monday! I'll hopefully be watching the game on that Sunday...in Alaska!!!!

have a nice day!
 
Sunday, January 20, 2008
  I wasn't even gonna write about this...
I did a really dumb thing about a week ago...so dumb I didn't even want to embarrass myself writing about it.

I was down south in Mississippi and Alabama for the last two weeks and I had gone to a couple Mardi Gras Balls. I had my camera with me...my really nice camera...my really nice expensive camera...and I left it behind the night of the second Mardi Gras ball.

I didn't realize it until Sunday morning and my friend and I took a ride over to the Pascagoula Civic Center where the ball had been the night before. The place was still a mess and the camera wasn't under the table where I was sure I'd left it.

There was an old black man working there...it was about eight in the morning...we walked up to him and I told him what I had done...

Now you know I like to keep this blog pg rated, but i have to quote here, so try not to be offended...but the old black guy says to me in this slow Mississippi southern drawl, "Oh man...you shoulda strapped dat mu' fucka 'round yo neck." At the time it actually made me laugh and I repeated it a bunch of times that day.

He was right, I probably should have strapped it somewhere! But I used to live down there in Mississippi and I really loved it. The people are so cool and so damn friendly. I mean really, really friendly. Even the transplants, it kinda rubs off on you. Life moves at a different pace on the Gulf Coast, one I always liked. I figured if I had a chance of getting it back, the one place to do a dumb thing like this was right where I had done it. I honestly thought I had about a 90% chance of getting it back.

Last night, about 8 o'clock, I get a phone call. I have caller ID, I can see it's my friend Mike in Mississippi and I knew right away why he was calling me! "Andy, how you doin' buddy?" he says to me over the phone, "how's it going Mike?""I got great news for you and I just had to call you!" he says back, "We found your camera!"

You see, there was another Mardi Gras Ball last night and I knew that too. Sure enough, one of the good folks from the Saturday night party had found it and was holding it and now I'm getting it back.

When I lived in Gautier, MS for a year, about 17 years ago, I actually went to the Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Ball. The ball I went to Saturday night was the Gautier Men's Club Mardi Gras Ball. The gentlemen that found my camera for me is a member of...you guessed it, the Gautier Men's Club. I still love Gautier, MS. I loved it when I lived there and it hasn't changed much.


I tell ya man...Life is Good!

I'll have some Mardi Gras pics in a few days...and then...stand by...I'm going to Alaska in a couple weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Friday, January 18, 2008
  Taunting zoo animals shouldn't get you dead...
When I woke up this morning it was all over the news that the guys that were attacked by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo taunted the tiger prior to the attack.

I will say that taunting any wild animal probably isn't a good idea, but it shouldn't get you killed when you visit the local zoo. The news report said the men were drinking and smoking pot, again, this shouldn't get you killed at the zoo.

It shouldn't matter what you do at the zoo when it comes to animal attacks. If they did anything short of climbing in the cage with the animal nothing worse than getting kicked out of the park should have happened to them.

It just pisses me off that people are trying to deflect blame for this to the people that were attacked. The fault lies with the zoo and only with the zoo. It's their responsibility to secure these animals and make sure they can't have you for lunch.

Besides, I don't like cats!


Oh yeah, one more story caught my ear this morning...it seems that a song called "Temperature" by an artist named Shawn Paul caused seizures in a woman whenever she listened to it....that crap causes me to go into something similar to a seizure also...when I hear it on a radio I move as fast as I can to change the station...someone that didn't know any better seeing me do this might think I was having a seizure also!

Have a nice day!
 
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
  Got this in an email...thought it was worth sharing...
The next time you hear a politician use the word 'billion' in a casual manner, think about whether you want the 'politicians' spending YOUR tax money.

A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A. A billion seconds ago it was 1959.

B. A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.

C. A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.

D. A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth,

E. A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.


While this thought is still fresh in our brain, let's take a look at New Orleans It's amazing what you can learn with some simple division . . .
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D), is presently asking the Congress for $250 BILLION to rebuild New Orleans ...
Interesting number, what does it mean?

A. Well, if you are one of 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, child), you each get $516,528.

B. Or, if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.

C. Or, if you are a family of four, your family gets $2,066,012..

Washington, D.C .. HELLO!!! ... Are all your calculators broken??

Tax his land,
Tax his wage,
Tax his bed in which he lays.
Tax his tractor,
Tax his mule,
Teach him taxes is the rule.
Tax his cow,
Tax his goat,
Tax his pants,
Tax his coat.

Tax his ties,
Tax his shirts,
Tax his work,
Tax his dirt.

Tax his tobacco,
Tax his drink,
Tax him if he tries to think.

Tax his booze,
Tax his beers,
If he cries, Tax his tears.

Tax his bills,
Tax his gas,
Tax his notes,
Tax his cash.

Tax him good and let him know
That after taxes, he has no dough.

If he hollers,
Tax him more,
Tax him until he's good and sore.

Tax his coffin,
Tax his grave,
Tax the sod in which he lays.
Put these words upon his tomb,
'Taxes drove me to my doom!'

And when he's gone,
We won't relax,
We'll still be after the inheritance TAX!!

Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax
Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Perm it Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax),
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax),
Liquor Tax,
Luxury Tax,
Marriage License Tax,
Medicare Tax,
Property Tax,
Real Estate Tax,
Service charge taxes,
Social Security Tax,
Road Usage Tax (Truckers),
Sales Taxes,
Recreational Vehicle Tax,
School Tax,
State Income Tax,
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA),
Telephone Federal Excise Tax,
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fe e Tax,
Telephone Federal, State and Local Su rcharge Tax,
Telephone Minimum Usage Su recharge Tax,
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax,
Telephone State and Local Tax,
Telephone Usage Charge Tax,
Utility Tax,
Vehicle License Registration Tax,
Vehicle Sales Tax,
Watercraft Registration Tax,
Well Permit Tax,
Workers Compensation Tax.

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY?
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago, and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt, had the largest middle class in the world, and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.

What happened? Can you spell 'politicians!'

And I still have to 'press1' for English.

I hope this goes around THE USA at least 100 times.

What the heck happened?????





Jason Ridgley
 
Sunday, January 13, 2008
  21-17...
What else is there to say...

How 'bout...Hey Green Bay...Eli's coming.....
 
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