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Friday, May 30, 2008
  What were you thinking?!??!, after I filled her up I patted my big Johnson and said...I'm sorry buddy, I promise, I'll never do that to you again....

Hey! Just stop it! That's not what I was talking about at all! You dirty minded people you...

I ran my boat out of gas last weekend and after I put gas in it, that's what I said to the 175HP Johnson outboard on the back. Some of you are such pigs!
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
  What a weekend!
We had a pretty nice weekend down here in Va Beach.

My folks came down for the weekend and we hit the Strawberry Festival. It's in an area of Virginia Beach called Pungo. I've lived here on and off since '91 and this is the first time I've ever been there.

My family doesn't come down this way very often...Pop with his new heart and mom sporting her "hemi's", it's not that easy for them. But they both really impressed me. We walked all over the place and considering what they've been through medically in the last couple of years it was really great to see them motoring around like nobody's business.

Here comes the good part though...on Sunday I took my father, brother and cousin out on my boat for a "three hour tour". We went fishing around the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and over to the Eastern Shore of Virginia. All in all about 30 or 40 miles.

I did forget one small thing though.

I hadn't fueled up in a while and apparently, I went a little farther than I should have. Yeah, running out of gas 10 miles from the nearest pump is an ugly thing, doing it with a boatload of my family members will guarantee a lifetime of grief!
Thursday, May 22, 2008
  Email message of the week...
I got an email today, that had two sayings on it that I thought were pretty good and worth sharing....

Every sixty seconds you spend angry, upset or mad, is a full minute of happiness you'll never get back.

Life is short, Break the rules, Forgive quickly, Kiss slowly, Love truly, Laugh uncontrollably, And never regret anything that made you smile.
Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we're here we should dance.

I've got a long weekend and I plan on living it just like these two sayings. Hope your weekend is just as good!
Friday, May 16, 2008
  The war you probably don't know about...
There's a war brewing down here in the south and let me tell you, it's not pretty.

Apparently, Myrtle Beach, SC thinks their shit don't stink. This web site has been all over the local news here. Myrtle Beach has a lot of nerve saying they're better than Virginia Beach! Just because they have more golf courses, lower hotel and restaurant prices and a local amusement park doesn't mean they're better than us. I mean, come on, where else can you sit on the beach and watch Navy FA-18 Hornets fly so close over your head that you can tell the pilots eye color! Where else can those same planes fly so close that unless you're speaking in sign language you must cease your conversation until they pass.

And let's not forget about the family friendly atmosphere in VB! Watch your mouth you pig! You can also be fined if you drive down Atlantic Ave to many times in an hour. I never really understoodd WHY people would want to drive down this road more than once an hour. You can't see the beach, it's lined with nothing but hotels and shopping anyway! They even pipe in elevator music and turn on tanning lights at closing time on Atlantic Ave in the summer time!

But what's really great about this is that VB is fighting back! I mean, take a look at the new Virginia Beach tourism online ad. Who can argue after seeing this which beach community is better?

I just thought you folks should know about this war. It could get even uglier soon.

Have a nice day!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
  Got this in an email...
I thought I should share. Yeah, I know, it'd be easier if it was US cities, but it's not. Try anyway!

Monday, May 12, 2008
  Origin of the argument, or, why some people get so nasty when discussing Evolution and ID.
I’ve read several articles recently that discuss Intelligent Design. I read these articles on a site called BlogCritics (BC) where comments are allowed and offered. It seems that every time this discussion comes up it gets extremely nasty.

Those that follow the largely accepted Theory of Evolution seem to get extremely nasty towards the folks that follow the ID theory. Now I know that there are those, let’s call them evolutionists, that will say that ID is not a theory, only a concept, if they’ll even give it that much credit, or even worse, a fairy tale.

Well, defines a theory as contemplation or speculation, or guess or conjecture. That’s two of the definitions anyway. The other ones are a lot more wordy, but mean basically the same thing. Using those definitions, Evolution as a theory, could be a guess or maybe even speculation.

Let’s look at these a little closer. Darwins' theory says that through a process called “natural selection” organisms slowly mutate over time and as some of these mutations aid in survival they stick around and those traits that aren’t beneficial to survival end up dying off. Sounds good. I mean, fish don’t need fins if they’re on land. Anybody that’s ever fished knows how well they work out of water when you bring one into the boat. I suppose this means that some day hippos will develop fins, since they spend more of their lives in water than out of it.

Darwin rarely defended his views in public. Apparently he had a gentleman named Thomas Huxley who defended his positions for him. All this tells me is that the argument has been nasty since the beginning and from the evidence I’ve seen, it’s not getting any nicer. But even Huxley had problems with Darwins’ theory. He didn’t subscribe to Darwins’ idea that things happened gradually over time, but that species could make leaps in change, or saltations, giant leaps in evolutionary change. This seems to make a little more sense. I mean, that fish without fins is gonna have a helluva time in the water and the one with fins is gonna have a helluva time on land! But if one was born without fins right off the bat, he or she would have that capability to walk up the beach and start living a dry life right off the bat.

But it would seem that even Sir Charles was a little confused by the whole thing. He once said, "To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree." So, even Darwin questioned his own theory.

Now, let’s look at the idea of Intelligent Design. According to the website, the theory of intelligent design (ID) holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause rather than an undirected process such as natural selection. ID is thus a scientific disagreement with the core claim of evolutionary theory that the apparent design of living systems is an illusion.

It’s a pretty wordy way of saying that evolution didn’t happen by accident. The question then becomes, why do so many people get so heated over this opinion? Why is it so impossible to believe that we, like Horton’s Who’s, are just some little world buried in a dandelion? A Petri dish experiment or some alien kids ant farm?

It seems to me that ID’s main purpose in life is to try to “explain” those things about us that are unexplainable. Why are we the only creatures on the planet that are self aware? On the website called, there are three very interesting point counterpoint type articles that make the arguments for and against both theories. The thing I find very interesting is that all the arguments for ID are very strongly argued against, but there always seems to be a statement along the lines of this… Can’t he see past the example to the principle? That the first demonstration of a powerful genetic mechanism happened to be a nonflying fly is irrelevant. What is a powerful genetic mechanism? Why can’t it be ID? Or a statement like this… variations that appear to be the result of…How scientific is the term appears to be the result of?

As a result of the little bit of research I did to write this little piece I think I’m more confused than ever. I’m pretty convinced that evolution has a lot to do with who and what we are in the grand scheme of things. But another part of me really wants to believe that there really is a grand scheme to this whole thing we call life. That it isn’t all just one big accident.

I’ve come a long way since my days in Sisters Mary’s science class. A place where they never attempted to reconcile the differences between Darwin’s theory and that first book in the bible. I’d imagine there’s a good reason they never tried…it just can’t be done.

And as far as why people get so nasty about the discussion, all I can figure out is that both sides are convinced that the other side is completely wrong and completely foolish for believing what they believe. Personally, I'm gonna take a little bit of both. I say they're both right. I believe Sir Charles probably would have agreed with me.
Friday, May 02, 2008
  I guess this makes it official...

I received this in the mail today. It's official now, they can never recall me to active duty again...

It sure took them a while to get it to me! I mean, it's not like they couldn't find me. But hey, I got it and now it's offical! I'm, as they say down here in the south, retard navy! Hooray for me!
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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