Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
Saturday, October 18, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
Let me start with the subject line of a spam message I saw in my spam box before deleting them all. It read "Ola? My tits wait you here" Seriously? WTF does that mean?
Next is a conversation I overheard that I truly wish I had not. While I was awaiting a microwavable delight for munch yesterday I heard some employees within my company talking. The part of that conversation that I found so disturbing was this:
Female: "Yes, I am trying to lose weight in a serious way."
Male: "Oh yeah Halloween is coming."
Female: "Exactly, I have to lose 12 pounds before then!"
Again...WTF? I mean I personally (as a male) love any holiday where women like to dress in a provocative manner. But seriously? A diet program just for a slutty Halloween costume? I think I have heard it all now.
Now onto what I find the most difficult to comprehend. When the government and news channels repeatedly relay messages of moribund in relation to landfall of hurricane Ike...why are so many people not adhering to the mandatory evacuation? I realize that evacuating is expensive, a pain in the ass, and an overall nuisance. However, a home can be rebuilt...your life can not. Death is the end of it all. I know that oftentimes throughout history there are evacuations called for and then minimal damage. But have they not seen the radar and satellite images of Ike? These "brave" citizens are just loony in my book. Let me clarify, I know military, police, weather men & women have a job to do but regular citizens need to get the hell out of there. when phrases are used such as "leave or die" and "certain death" among others are used it is time to leave people. The sea wall that is in the Galveston area was built prior to 1904 after 6,000 - 8,000 were killed.
I suppose at this point all we can do is pray for those still in the area.
Thanks for reading just had to get that off my chest. Enjoy your weekend.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Below is a poem I wrote a couple of years ago. I just ran across it and thought I would share.
Life is like a roller coaster,
moving up and down.
One year you may have it all,
the next you almost drown.
Will it be good or bad times,
you just can't tell.
Sometimes you will succeed,
and other times you'll fail.
Do your surroundings make you happy,
or do they make you sad?
Can things get going good,
or will they continue to be bad?
Just what the future holds,
you will never know.
Just remember this one thing...
What you reap is what you sow.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Below is a video with the engineers at Google explaining more about the new browser.
With that being said I am personally looking forward to the possibility of some storms here that will bring us more rain (and hopefully cool us back off after we have been creeping back into the high 90's and close to triple digits again).
As you can see here it should not be long before we get some wind/rain from this Gustav fellow! I am hoping by lunch time I am watching the rain come down from my desk.
P.S.- You can see Gustav is quickly moving further inland...this satellite image is only two hours beyond the previous one.
P.P.S. - Let us pray that Hanna, Ike, and the potential for (Josephine) find other paths to take to avoid the damage seen in the Caribbeans and our Gulf Coast!
P.P.P.S. - Twelve hours later..all I can say is Gustav is a tease!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Culture of Discipline
1. Disciplined people
2. Disciplined thought
3. Disciplined action
The combination of those three things will inevitably lead to Great Performance.
You have to do this in all aspects of life. Your relationships, your job, your family, friendships, etc. This can be a struggle. especially in this day and age where we all have become so "busy" that we have trouble finding the time to do the things we know we need to. This is where we begin to fail. We have become slaves to time. We are the only ones that control what we do, how we do it, and more importantly when we do it. For those believers...you may be saying "God controls it"...no...we control it. However, God will bless us if we do things as he wishes us to do. How about this:
Colossians 3:23 - Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
That is exactly what I have been doing. I started a new job through a staffing agency at the beginning of July. The pay is low, I get screamed and cursed at most of the day, and there are some individuals there which seem to be on vacation rather than at work. With all of that going on I continued to do just as we were told in the aforementioned scripture. I went in doing the best that I could, day in and day out. I did not worry about anyone else and what they were doing (unless they asked for my assistance or advice). I started work on time, took my allowed breaks as given, and worked overtime on occasion to go above and beyond (and I did all of this joyfully). The entire time I have thanked God every morning for the job and for giving me strength, wisdom, and courage to be the best I can be from the beginning of my shift until the end. All of this resulted in my production being higher than anyone else within our department. Remember I am new and I am working with individuals, some of which have been there for several years now. Non-believers may be saying that it is coincidence. That is fine, I can not force you to believe. However, I can be the expert witness that I am and advise you that all of my hard work and faith have now paid off.
Here are a few facts: On average most individuals (of the few that last) work there for nine months to a year before being hired on as a permanent employee. After only four weeks I was notified that I had received a raise based on my performance. Not a huge raise, but a raise none-the-less. Last week (on Monday) I received a call from another department within the company calling me in response to my resume that I had posted online. It was for a permanent job within the company. Thursday I interviewed and today I got the call that I have in fact been offered the job (informally). They are drafting the offer letter and have to work out the details of buying out my contract with the staffing agency.
So now you tell me...
Was this just a result of my hard work and diligence or are God's fingerprints all over this scenario. I think you know where I stand.
P.S. - "You can accomplish anything in life, provided you do not mind who gets the credit." - Harry S. Truman
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Now I already know some responses will be with everything negative or why it will not work. Well let me ask you this...
Additionally, I can already hear the corn argument about how it takes away from the dinner table..and you know what you are right. But we could easily use switchgrass. If you do not know much about switchgrass, I would highly encourage you do to some research on it.
Have you found the perfect plan? I did not think so. Why? Because "the perfect plan" does not exist. Now let us stop arguing and being part of th problem and let us begin to be part of the solution as a few of the regulars to this thread are and have been doing for quite some time now. I also want to know how many of you that will read this have ever contacted your congressman?
In the meantime we continue to send this nations riches to other countries and be their slave (in a sense of the word).
Did you know that Henry Ford's Model T (1908 - 1927) was the first flex fuel vehicle ever produced? The carburetor was specially designed so that the settings could be adjusted so the engine could run on either alcohol or gasoline. Why did this stop in 1927? Because of cheaper alternatives (oil and gas). Well, that is no longer the case.
Our government needs to have funding and subsidies put into place to assist the research and development of these alternatives. (Not to mention education which would have a positive lasting impact on everything in this nation over time.)
WOAH! I will step off my soapbox for now. This post will likely confuse some anyway the way I jumped around. But the brain works exponentially faster than my fingers.
P.S. - Not sure where this all came from...lol
Many still inquire when I tell them about the last three years that I have missed out on. I continue to tell them it is of the past and can not be changed. I make them aware that I am focusing on the present and what needs to be done to be there and have a positive impact on my sons life in the future. The present is all we can truly control and the choices we make now will obviously control consequences and many circumstances we experience in the future.
I also am grateful for how wonderful a job his mother has done in raising him thus far. He is very polite, happy, and respectful. How do I know this? (you ask) Well, I have spent much time on the phone with both him and his mother. I am also sure she will appreciate my being in his life so that she can subside from forced animus.
All in all the most difficult part of all of this is to resist the temptation to be prescient in what will be.
Many also ask me if I am nervous about being a father. I tel them that amazingly there is not one ounce of nervousness but rather rather complete excitement. God works in amazing ways and I have had wonderful relationships in the past that involved children albeit none of them were biologically mine. Well, finally by the grace of God that time is now here and I am excited and grateful to have a beautiful, healthy son to which I can be a father. Besides I intend to be fully disciplined and adaptable throughout the process to be the best father I can be. I want to help to develop the best man I can out of my offspring.
A disciplined person that is disciplined in thought and then executes disciplined actions will always have a great performance. That my friends is what I fully intend to do. With that being said I will acquiesce to all other in order to have my son among the top priorities in my life. I love you son!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Hell I do not know!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
IS THE 15TH BRIGHTEST STAR IN THE SKY .
IS MORE THAN 1000 LIGHT YEARS AWAY.
NOW HOW BIG
TRY TO WRAP YOUR MIND AROUND THIS.........
THIS IS A
HUBBLE TELESCOPE ULTRA DEEP FIELD INFRARED VIEW OF COUNTLESS
GALAXIES BILLIONS OF LIGHT-YEARS AWAY.
Many of you that know me; know that I am an optimist and usually very cheery. The problem with being like I am is that when I do have a bad/tough day it can be severely misconstrued by those I come in contact with. They may feel I am ignoring them, I am angry with them, or whatever else the minds of individuals can create.
But through it all I have God and my son to keep me going! And his mother has been absolutely amazing through this all and it will not be long before we can all be closer and show Andrew what family is and should be.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
So joy, happiness, and all other goodness is ours to have. It is a fact that we may experience trials and tribulations in life...we may wind up homeless or unemployed and have to sell off everything we own. But you know what? You would still be alive. So instead of sulking and being depressed about our situation we need to be proactive in how we are going to pull ourselves out of it.
I would love to continue but I must get ready for work. I hope you all have blessed day!
Monday, August 11, 2008
Regardless of it all I got a lot done and feel very accomplished!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Saturday, August 2, 2008
After about 45 minutes I finally realized that I was awake. So I figured I would get online and clean out my inbox since it had not been done since Monday. Added an entry to one of my other blogs with some comic relief. Then off to the gym I went around 5:30. I had a great workout that extended itself into the seventh hour of the day.
At this time you might be asking me how I came up with the title of this entry....bear with me here folks.
I was going to go to breakfast but for some reason I decided half way to my destination to come back home. Upon arrival I thought I would get back online. It was then that I became overwhelmingly tired. SO I went to lie down on the bed; right on top of the comforter and all. I dosed off for a while. Within a few minutes I got back up, turned off the light, and got cozy under the covers. At some point beyond 8:00 AM is when things got weird...
Whereas I have no idea how time works when in REM sleep I could not tell you the time but, I began to dream. Several (completely random) people from my church and one former co worker were all at the 24 Hour Fitness in a back room where I arrived for a home group. [Home group, for those that do not know, is just what my church uses to describe when groups fellowship outside of the church. It could be bible study, just hanging out, etc.] I come in being my usual social self saying my hellos, likely disrupting what they had going prior to my arrival (sorry)...I digress...
Next thing I know after some good times and fun conversation I go to leave. In the parking lot I find that my Toyota Camry that I drive had been broken into and badly vandalized. Initially I am ascetic; until further review. As I look over everything I begin to experience an array of emotions as most anyone would from such a hostile attack on ones personal property and belongings. I get into the car and then realize I need to call the police so I get back out shut the door and work on making sure everything is as it was when I discovered this atrocity. At this time a pick up truck pulls up and a shirtless man (looking as though high as a kite on meth-amphetamines) pulls up and tells me "I saw the guy, he was the one in the hat with the guys in gold".
He steps out of the truck and moves in closely, "I saw him...I know who it was."
"Well give me a pen and paper so i can write this down."
He halfway gets back into his truck and fumbles around until he finds a pad of paper and a pencil. The pad of paper was pink and unopened. That struck some curiosity in my part but I opened it and was ready to write. The man was getting uncomfortably close to me as though he was trying to dry hump my leg. I backed away and turned around to find my Camry had turned into a Budget rental truck!
(WTF is going on you ask? I have no idea.)
I can see that everything was taken except my college books and papers that I wrote. I then go back into the gym for assistance. Then things get foggy...I do not ever remember getting assistance and I then woke up. Now here I am writing about it. One of the even more significant things about this is that I rarely ever remember a dream. I sure wish I could interpret them.
Oh well...thanks for reading I am off to begin my day. I have a ton of chores to do. Maybe I should go by my storage today as well...
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
"It is a remarkable thing that some of the most optimistic and enthusiastic people you will meet are those that have been through intense suffering."
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
We can force situations so much that we lose perspective. Patience is a virtue...but damnit why?
The great Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Well I will tell you what I find myself doing repeatedly through life....making bad decisions. After all of the time and effort I put into college why am I not in a better situation? Should I dwell on this? On to my point...
I will tell you why...everything happens for a reason and as long as we are constantly learning then we are living a fruitful life that will eventually pay dividends.
Many of you know that I am part native American; Choctaw Indian to be exact. One of my favorite old proverbs from that heritage is this: "Every struggle whether won or lost, strengthens us for the next to come."
How awesome is that?
So the next time you are sitting and wondering how so many things can occur at one given time to try to derail you...remember that you need to be constantly evaluating and analyzing it all to find solutions. We can not sit around talking about problems but rather we need to work on finding solutions. This has almost become a lost art in some parts of our society. Most "problems" are actually opportunities if you simply change your perspective. Is it easy? Hell no. But can it be done?
People do it every hour of every day. So you tell me...
Are you going to be part of the problem or part of the solution? The choice is yours.
Monday, July 28, 2008
It is comforting to realize that there are no accidents, no coincidences happening in our lives. What we need to experience, to learn, to teach, in order to complete our journey home, will spring forth when the timing is perfect. We will never have to search in vain for our next assignment. It will capture our attention.
There is never a need for lamentations. If we have not fulfilled some task to our satisfaction, we can redo it. Now. If we have not treated a companion or co-worker respectfully, we can make amends. Now. There is not anything complicated about how to move through this day or these activities. We simply need to walk with the Holy Spirit and we will get to our destination on time.
There are no mistakes in what comes my way today. How I respond depends on who I ask to help me see the circumstances.
Sunday, July 27, 2008
1) Favorite hobby?
I honestly do not know anymore. I suppose surfing the 'net. Sad and pathetic? I know, I have no life.
2) How do you feel about your ex?
I feel that she is a wonderful woman and I wish her the best.
3) Do you own guns?
I do not but I would and hope to one day. Or I could just rent them at the shooting gallery.
4) What flavor do you add to your drink at Sonic?
I do not order drinks at Sonic I have my Nalgene bottle of water.
5) Do you get nervous before doctor appointments?
No, I no longer have insurance so there is no need for doctors appointments!
6) What do you think of hot dogs?
I think that hot dogs are fairly disgusting; but I can not say that I never eat them.
7) Favorite Christmas song?
I have no idea.
8) What do you prefer to drink in the morning?
I prefer water over anything; but coffee can help kick start a rough morning.
9) Can you do push ups?
10) Can you do a chin up?
I can but, not to the point of perfection
11) What's your favorite piece of jewelry?
My high school class ring that my mother purchased for me.
12) Do you like blue cheese?
NO FREAKIN' WAY!
13) Ever been in a car wreck?
I have been in several and I wish I had photos of the car when I got out. I am lucky to be alive (times two).
14) Do you have ADD?
I am not sure what I have but it is disruptive to my life at times.
15) What's one trait that you hate about yourself?
I do not "hate" anyone trait about myself but I wish I was a little more patient. However, I feel that my level of patience has grown exponentially over the last few months.
17) Name 3 thoughts at this exact moment?
-I want to squeeze my boy
-'Wanted' was kind of cheesy
-I ate too much....again
18) Name 3 things you bought yesterday?
1. A movie ticket
2. Services rendered for dry cleaning
3. Alcoholic beverages
19) Name 3 drinks you regularly drink?
Water, then on a MUCH lesser scale...Orange Juice and coffee.
20) Current worry?
21) Current hate right now?
No hate here
23) How did you bring in the New Year?
Doing a thorough (and I mean THOROUGH) cleaning of my kitchen. Wish you had been there? Well I do New Years sucks alone...
24) Where would you like to be right now?
With Andrew and Amy at the pool.
25) Name three people who might complete this?
Amanda, Kelley, and myself....is that cheating?
26) Do you own slippers?
I do not
27) What shirt are you wearing?
Just a plain greenish t-shirt.
28) Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?
I think satin sheets are a waste...
29) Can you whistle?
In several different ways...
31) Would you be a pirate?
I would want to meet the captain, tour the ship, and meet some colleagues before fully committing.
32) What songs do you sing in the shower?
I do not sing in the shower.
33) Favorite girl's name?
34) Favorite boy's name?
35) What is in your pocket?
Vitamins, car keys, and wallet.
36) Last thing that made you laugh?
Hancock, funny stuff in that movie
37) Best bed sheets as a child?
Probably football, I do not remember
38) Worst injury..
Too many to list, if I HAD to pick just one...maybe severing my tendon in my thumb.
39) Do you like where you live?
I love it here; I forgot how great it is...
40) How many TVs do you have in your house?
There are two but I never watch them.
41) Who is your loudest friend?
I think I am...
43) Does someone have a crush on you?
46) What is your favorite candy?
47) Favorite Sports Team?
48) What song do you want played at your funeral?
Die Mother-&^!$%# Die Mother-&^!$%# Die....j/k (but how cool would that be?) Not sure ask me later.
49) What were you doing 12 AM last night?
Drinking and playing photo hunt
50) What was the first thing you thought of when you woke up?
That I am going back to sleep (which I did)
OK I am tired and going to bed. Let us hope I included enough keywords to help the pendulum swing back into positivity.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Many of you know that I have been a lifetime Sirius subscriber for several years now (glad I locked in my lifetime subscription before the acquisition...lol). Both companies have been experiencing severe losses annually since their inception into the entertainment industry. I think that this will be great for the satellite radio company whereas 2009 should show their first year of profits! As of today, the only downfall I can see to this new beginning is that they could lose out on renewal of some of their contracts. Howard Stern, NFL radio, NASCAR, etc. Sirius previously won most of the battles when XM was in the mix of battling for those contracts. Now the competition (in satellite radio) has been eradicated. I understand that you have traditional radio, Internet radio, HD radio, podcasts, etc. that is where my concern begins. These other forms of entertainment have not experienced years of losses like Sirius and XM. They will have more expendable funds available at the time of renewal . Previously, satellite radio enticed Howard Stern to join them mainly in part to the FCC regulation (or lack thereof) and his ability to be more vulgar and curse without any financial repercussions/fines. With the growing popularity of podcasts the same can be done. Additionally, he could do these himself and cut out the middle man in the process. Podcasts are low costs, easy to do, and can be done by virtually anyone with proper equipment (most of which is included when you purchase a new computer).
*Steps down from the soap box*
Well, I will stop for now. If you are still reading and bored to tears then I apologize...I am even beginning to bore myself. But those of you that know me personally you know that I am a nerd and this is one of the many abstract things that I enjoy reading (And evidentially now writing) about...LOL. I am trying to put more thought into my writings and make it more enjoyable to readers. I hope that over the next few months you can all witness progression. I also hope you all enjoy your weekend!
Here is a great article on the topic.
Friday, July 25, 2008
This started a real controversy in the "Letters to the Editor" column, much to the delight of the editor. It went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:
Thursday, July 24, 2008
So, this the man did, day after day. For many years he toiled from sunup to sundown, his shoulders set squarely against the cold, massive surface of the unmoving rock, pushing with all of his might. Each night the man returned to his cabin sore and worn out, feeling that his whole day had been spent in vain.
Since the man was showing discouragement, the Adversary (Satan) decided to enter the picture by placing thoughts into the weary mind, 'You have been pushing against that rock for a long time and it hasn't moved.' Thus, he gave the man the impression that the task was impossible and that he was a failure. These thoughts discouraged and disheartened the man. Satan said, 'Why kill yourself over this? Just put in your time, giving just the minimum effort; and that will be good enough.'
That's what the weary man planned to do, but decided to make it a matter of Prayer and to take his troubled thoughts to the Lord. 'Lord,' he said, 'I have labored long and hard in your service, putting all my strength, to do that which you have asked. Yet, after all this time, I have not even budged that rock by half a millimeter. What is wrong? Why am I failing?'
The Lord responded compassionately, 'My friend, when I asked you to serve Me and you accepted, I told you that your task was to push against the rock with all of your strength, which you have done. Never once did I mention to you that I expected you to move it. Your task was to push. And now you come to Me with your strength spent, thinking that you have failed. But, is that really so? Look at yourself. Your arms are strong and muscled, your back sinewy and brown; Your hands are calloused from constant pressure, your legs have become massive and hard. Through opposition you have grown much, and your abilities now surpass that which you used to have. True, you haven't moved the rock. But your calling was to be Obedient and to Push and to Exercise your Faith and Trust in My Wisdom. That you have done. Now, I, my friend, will move the rock.'
At times, when we hear a word from God, we tend to use our own intellect to decipher what He wants. When actually what God wants is just simple Obedience and Faith in Him. By all means, exercise the faith that moves mountains, but know that it is still God, who moves the mountains, when everything seems to go wrong
When the job gets you down
When people don't do as you think they should
Just P.U.S.H. !
When you can't find the right work
When your money is 'gone' and the bills are due
Just P.U.S.H. !
When people just don't understand you
P = Pray U = Until S = Something H = Happens
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Take a couple of moments to breathe deeply and get in a calm place before you watch it.
I'm just sayin'
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
How we got to this point with such a lack of accountability is beyond me. It is like the old saying about the frog. Throw him in boiling water and he will fight and jump to get out. Put him in cool water and slowly turn up the heat he will swim around gleefully until well done. I think this is how our society has gotten to where it is because the change has been so gradual over several decades. I digress...
What we all need to try to do (because we can only control ourselves) is stop with the excuses and seek excellence. If we strive for excellence in all thast we do then there would be no need for excuses.
I could ramble on some more, but I will leave you all with that and you can figure it out in your own way. Good luck with all your future endeavors.
Monday, July 21, 2008
At a point in my life where I was beginning to humble myself and possibly take it too far by it leading to a feeling of insignificance, I am given the good news. There is nothing insignificant at all about being a father! I am working to control a dollop of desperation that I feel to get there as soon as possible to hold him in my arms.
*OK Jeremy breath deeply just as his mother stated*
I am feeling so overwhelmed (but in a good way). I just know that my life is going to get better every single day from here on out. I have no more excuses to mess around and not give 100% to bettering myself and moving forward. Convoluted thought of joy, happiness, and excitement are running rampant through my entire physical being.
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Then this morning I went to Waffle House for the breakfast of champions...lol. Two eggs scrambled with cheese; hash browns covered, smothered, and peppered; with dry wheat. That is the same thing I have ordered and eaten at the Waffle House since first going there back in the days they had "all you can eat. Anyway, I went into the bathroom to wash my hands and it felt like I was in an airplane lavatory. Very strange. Also every word that every customer and employee was saying into the entire joint seemed to be funneled into the vent going into this cramped dump station. Again, very strange. You may be asking...what did you smoke prior to going to breakfast Jeremy? I assure you I was not high on any drugs.
Anyway...that is all for now. I need to start being productive today!
Friday, July 18, 2008
For over a decade I used drugs, sex, alcohol, and other things to be what made me whole in life. All the while fighting and denying what I knew was right and going with the wrong.
Now...do I have regrets? NO.
Do I wish I had done things differently? Oftentimes I do.
Do I dwell on the past and let it affect where I am currently. NO.
Did I learn from my past? Absolutely!
Do I have a TON more to learn? OH Yeah!
My point is that we all have done things we should not have done. We have all done things that we may not be proud of. (If you try to say that you have not done the aforementioned...you are lying, which you should not do).
Well I wish I could make more of a point here but I can not. I guess this post is more for me to look back on in a few years and say "hmmmm"
*Update*: the whole reason I started to write this post was to mention how great the show I saw to night was! I went to Seekers Coffee House in Hurst this evening and saw Remnant Tribe. Great band, great music, and great message. I would highly recommend checking them out. I think people of all ages can appreciate their music. I hope you enjoy.
Thursday, July 17, 2008
the reason I am writing this post is because I almost went back and deleted a couple of my recent posts. Just as I was about to permanently remove them from existence I stopped. Is that not part of the greatness of blogs? A few months, years, or decades down the road we can look back and reflect on these periods of our life. Who knows one day I may become a good free lance writer...LOL. If that does happen to occur then I can look back and laugh at these posts. (although I am sure I will either way)
Now that I wasted more of your precious life I am going to bed.