Monday, May 26, 2008

Do you love animals?

Good, then you can take two seconds (maybe longer if you are still using dial-up) to help feed and care for them. It is absolutely free and you do not have to register at the site or give out any personal information. Again...it costs you nothing but a few seconds of your time and one more click towards carpal tunnel. If you are one that always says you do not have the time or the money to be a part of a good cause, here is your chance.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Psalm 23 (For the Work Place)

The Lord is my real boss, and I shall not want.
He gives me peace, when chaos is all around me.
He gently reminds me to pray and do all things without
murmuring and complaining.

He reminds me that He is my source and not my job.
He restores my sanity everyday and guides my decisions
that I might honor Him in all that I do.

Even though I face absurd amounts of e-mails, system
crashes, unrealistic deadlines, budget cutbacks, gossiping
co-workers, discriminating supervisors and an aging body
that doesn't cooperate every morning, I still will not stop---
for He is with me! His presence, His peace, and His power
will see me through.

He raises me up, even when they fail to promote me.
He claims me as His own, even when the company threatens
to let me go. His Faithfulness and love is better than any bonus check

His retirement plan beats any 401k there is!
When it's all said and done, I'll be working for Him a whole lot longer and for that, I BLESS HIS NAME!!!!!!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Is there a doctor in the house?

A couple of days ago I was running (I use that term very loosely) on my treadmill, watching a DVD sermon by Louie Giglio...and I was BLOWN AWAY! I want to share what I learned....but I fear not being able to convey it as well as I want. I will share anyway.

He (Louie) was talking about how inconceivably BIG our God is...how He spoke the universe into being...how He breathes stars out of His mouth that are huge raging balls of fire...etc. etc. Then He went on to speak of how this star-breathing, universe creating God ALSO knitted our human bodies together with amazing detail and wonder. At this point I am LOVING it (fascinating from a medical standpoint, you know.) .....and I was remembering how I was constantly amazed during medical school as I learned more and more about God's handiwork. I remember so many times thinking....'How can ANYONE deny that a Creator did all of this???'

Louie went on to talk about how we can trust that the God who created all this, also has the power to hold it all together when things seem to be falling apart...how our loving Creator is also our sustainer.

And then I lost my breath. And it wasn't because I was running my treadmill, either!!!

It was because he started talking about laminin. I knew about laminin. Here is how wikipedia describes them :'Laminins are a family of proteins that are an integral part of the structural scaffolding of basement membranes in almost every animal tissue.' You see....laminins are what hold us together.

...LITERALLY. They are cell adhesion molecules. They are what holds one cell of our bodies to the next cell. Without them, we would literally fall apart. And I knew all this already. But what I didn't know is what laminin LOOKED LIKE. But now I do. And I have thought about it a thousand times since (already)....

Here is what the structure of laminin looks like...AND THIS IS NOT a 'Christian portrayal' of it....if you look up laminin in any scientific/medical piece of literature, this is what you will see...


Now tell me that our God is not the coolest!!! The very glue that literally holds us together.....All of us....is in the shape of THE CROSS.

Immediately Colossians 1:15-17 comes to mind.

'He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth , visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him.
He is before all things, And in him all things HOLD TOGETHER. '

Call me crazy. I just think that is very, very, very cool. Thousands of years before the world knew anything about laminin, Paul penned those words. And now we see that from a very LITERAL standpoint, we are held together...one cell to another....by the cross.

You would never in a quadrillion years convince me that is anything other than the mark of a Creator who knew EXACTLY what laminin 'glue' would look like long before Adam even breathed his first breath!!

We praise YOU, Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, May 19, 2008

Conditions, procedures, allegies, etc...

I know I have not been posting much, oh well deal with it...lol. But I have some great news! Google health has been released in its beta format.

Google Health

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Turning the page...

life is such an amazing journey. Your eyes are always opened at some point as well when you know that it is truly time to turn the page and move on to the next chapter in your life. It is never easy but it is something that is necessary for personal growth. If there is something in your life that repeatedly causes you to act impetuously then it is probably best that you remove that from your life. When these things consistently occur time and time again, one could say that this is highly indicative of being a major cause of angst and pain in life. When strong emotions are involved in these types of things it only makes it much more difficult to actually sever the ties and move on but it is better for everyone involved in the end. It is difficult (maybe impossible for some) to see this as not being erroneous but, years down the road everyone involved to look back at this day as a true turning point. The day some of life's complications were eradicated and the next chapter could begin.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Friday...

well here we are at the best work day of the week! I have been super busy this week so no posting as you see. We will see if I can find something of interest to write about this weekend.

I know that there are several severe weather alerts across the nation so I hope that everyone remains safe if they are experiencing "turbulence" lol

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Doughnuts - DON'T LEAVE IT ON THE DESK

There was a certain Professor of Religion named Dr. Christianson, a studious man who taught at a small college in the western United States. Dr. Christianson taught the required survey course in Christianity at this particular institution. Every student was required to take this course his freshman year, regardless of his or her major.

Although Dr. Christianson tried hard to communicate the essence of the Gospel in his class, he found that most of his students looked upon the course as nothing but required drudgery. Despite his best efforts, most students refused to take Christianity seriously.

This year, Dr. Christianson had a special student named Steve. Steve was only a freshman, but was studying with the intent of going on to seminary for the ministry. Steve was popular, he was well liked, and he was an imposing physical specimen. He was now the starting center on the scho ol football team, and was the best student in the professor's class. One day, Dr. Christianson asked Steve to stay after class so he could talk with him. 'How many push-ups can you do?'

Steve said, 'I do about 200 every night.'

200? That's pretty good, Steve, ' Dr. Christianson said. Do you think you could do 300?

Steve replied, 'I don't know.... I've never done 300 at a time.'

'Do you think you could?' again asked Dr. Christianson.

'Well, I can try,' said Steve.

'Can you do 300 in sets of 10? I have a class project in mind and I need you to do about 300 push-ups in sets of ten for this to work. Can you do it? I need you to tell me you can do it,' said the professor.

Steve said, 'Well... I think I can...yeah, I can do it.'

Dr. Christianson said, 'Good! I need you to do this on Friday. Let me explain what I have in mind.'

Friday came and Steve got to class early and sat in the front of the room. When class started, the professor pulled out a big box of donuts. No, these weren't the normal kinds of donuts, they were the extra fancy BIG kind, with cream centers and frosting swirls. Everyone was pretty excited it was Friday, the last class of the day, and they were going to get an early start on the weekend with a party in Dr. Christianson's class.

Dr. Christianson went to the first girl in the first row and asked, 'Cynthia, do you want to have one of these donuts?'

Cynthia said, 'Yes.'

Dr. Christianson then turned to Steve and asked, 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Cynthia can have a donut?'

'Sure!' Steve jumped down from his desk to do a quick ten. Then Steve again sat in his desk. Dr. Christianson put a donut on Cynthia's desk.

Dr. Christianson then went to Joe, the next person, and asked, 'Joe, do you want a donut?'

Joe said, 'Yes.'

Dr. Christianson asked, 'Steve would you do ten push-ups so Joe can have a donut?' Steve did ten push-ups, Joe got a donut. And so it went, down the first aisle, Steve did ten push-ups for every person before they got their donut.

Walking down the second aisle, Dr. Christianson came to Scott. Scott was on the basketball team, and in as good condition as Steve. He was very popular and never lacking for female companionship. When the professor asked, 'Scott do you want a donut?' Scott's reply was, 'Well, can I do my own push-ups?' Dr. Christianson said, 'No, Steve has to do them.' Then Scott said, 'Well, I don't want one then.' Dr. Christianson shrugged and then turned to Steve and asked, 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Scott can have a donut he doesn't want?' With perfect obedience Steve started to do ten push-ups. Scott said, 'HEY! I said I didn't want one!' Dr. Christianson said, 'Look! this is my classroom, my class, my desks, and these are my donuts. Just leave it on the desk if you don't want it.' And he put a donut on Scott's desk.

Now by this time, Steve had begun to slow down a little. He just stayed on the floor between sets because it took too much effort to be getting up and down.
You could start to see a little perspiration coming out around his brow. Dr. Christianson started down the third row.

Now the students were beginning to get a little angry. Dr. Christianson asked Jenny, 'Jenny, do you want a donut?'

Sternly, Jenny said, 'No.'

Then Dr. Christianson asked Steve, 'Steve, would you do ten more push-ups so Jenny can have a donut that she doesn't want?' Steve did ten....Jenny got a donut.

By now, a growing sense of uneasiness filled the room. The students were beginning to say, 'No!' and there were all these uneaten donuts on the desks. Steve also had to really put forth a lot of extra effort to get these push-ups done for each donut. There began to be a small pool of sweat on the floor beneath his face, his arms and brow were beginning to get red because of the physical effort involved. Dr. Christianson asked Robert, who was the most vocal unbeliever in the class, to watch Steve do each push up to make sure he did the full ten push-ups in a set because he couldn't bear to watch all of Steve's work for all of those uneaten donuts. He sent Robert over to where Steve was so Robert could count the set and watch Steve closely.

Dr. Christianson started down the fourth row. During his class, however, some students from other classes had wandered in and sat down on the steps along the radiators that ran down the sides of the room. When the professor realized this, he did a quick count and saw that now there were 34 students in the room. He started to worry if Steve would be able to make it.

Dr. Christianson went on to the next person and the next and the next. Near the end of that row, Steve was really having a rough time. He was taking a lot more time to complete each set. Steve asked Dr. Christianson, 'Do I have to make my nose touch on each one?'

Dr. Christianson thought for a moment, 'Well, they're your pushups. You are in charge now. You can do them any way that you want.' And Dr. Christianson went on.

A few moments later, Jason, a recent transfer student, came to the room and was about to come in when all the students yelled in one voice, 'NO! Don't come in! Stay out!' Jason didn't know what was going on. Steve picked up his head and said, 'No, let him come.' Professor Christianson said, 'You realize that if Jason comes in you will have to do ten push-ups for him?' Steve said, 'Yes, let him come in. Give him a donut.' Dr. Christianson said, 'Okay, Steve, I'll let you get Jason's out of the way right now. Jason, do you want a donut?' Jason, new to the room, hardly knew what was going on. 'Yes,' he said, 'give me a donut.' 'Steve, will you do ten push-ups so that Jason can have a donut?' Steve did ten push-ups very slowly and with great effort. Jason, bewildered, was handed a donut and sat down. Dr. Christianson finished the fourth row, and then started on those visitors seated by the heaters.

Steve's arms were now shaking with each push-up in a struggle to lift himself against the force of gravity. By this time sweat was profusely dropping off of his face, there was no sound except his heavy breathing; there was not a dry eye in the room. The very last two students in the room were two young women, both cheerleaders, and very popular. Dr. Christianson went to Linda, the second to last, and asked, 'Linda, do you want a donut?' Linda said, very sadly, 'No, thank you.' Professor Christianson quietly asked, 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so that Linda can have a donut she doesn't want?' Grunting from the effort, Steve did ten very slow push-ups for Linda.

Then Dr. Christianson turned to the last girl, Susan. 'Susan, do you want a donut?'

Susan, with tears flowing down her face, began to cry. 'Dr .Christianson, why can't I help him?'

Dr. Christianson, with tears of his own, said, 'No, Steve has to do it alone; I have given him this task and he is in charge of seeing that everyone has an opportunity for a donut whether they want it or not. When I decided to have a party this last day of class, I looked at my grade book. Steve here is the only student with a perfect grade. Everyone else has failed a test, skipped class, or offered me inferior work. Steve told me that in football practice, when a player messes up he must do push-ups. I told Steve that none of you could come to my party unless he paid the price by doing your push ups. He and I made a deal for your sakes.' 'Steve, would you do ten push-ups so Susan can have a donut?'

As Steve very slowly finished his last push-up, with the understanding that he had accomplished all that was required of him, having done 350 push-ups, his arms buckled beneath him and he fell to the floor.

Dr. Christianson turned to the room and said, 'And so it was, that our Savior, Jesus Christ, on the cross, plead to the Father, 'Into thy hands I commend my spirit.' With the understanding that He had done everything that was required of Him, He yielded up His life. And like some of those in this room, many of us leave the gift on the desk, uneaten.' Two students helped Steve up off the floor and to a seat, physically exhausted, but wearing a thin smile.

'Well done, good and faithful servant,' said the professor, adding, 'Not all sermons are preached in words.'

Turning to his class, the professor said, 'My wish is that you might understand and fully comprehend all the riches of grace and mercy that have been given to you through the sacrifice of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He spared not His only Begotten Son, but gave Him up for us all, for the whole Church, now and forever. Whether or not we choose to accept His gift to us, the price has been paid.' 'Wouldn't you be foolish and ungrateful to leave it lying on the
desk?'

Monday, May 12, 2008

For anyone new to my blog...

I am a male and I am straight...lol You ask why I would start an entry out with that...well because I have actually found some great stuff (Mainly having to do with cooking) on the web site Kirtsy.com. I found it through another blog I was reading one day. Hell, I did not even realize it was founded, created, and designed for women until I had already registered after getting some great stuff off the site on cooking...lol. Anyway, now for the point of this blog below is an entry (yes I was given permission to repost) from a blog I enjoy reading that has to do with bullies.

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The post where I finally get sued

Posted by Jenny the bloggess under Just sad, Posts that will get me hate mail, Random crap, important stuff, rants

Are you following me on twitter? If not, you missed the mini-rants that made Victor have to hide the knives last week. Here’s a taste:

**For some reason, my fave site (sk*rt) is changing their name. On an entirely unrelated note, I HATE Skirt! Magazine.**

**For those of you who are confused on the two skirt references of my last twitter, let me elaborate…**

**…Skirt! Magazine is a giant, pushy corporation that sucks ass and might give you VD. (In my opinion.) **

**Sk-rt.com is an amazing website run by 3 amazing women and they rescue kittens in their spare time. And perform miracles on crippled dogs.**

**You should help sk-rt.com find a new name and you should burn down kiosks that offer skirt! magazine. Metaphorically speaking, of course. **

Many of you questioned what the deal was with these insane ravings. You can read about it here. Basically Skirt! Magazine is a free mag like the penny saver that talks like it’s all about girl power but is owned and controlled mainly by dudes who like to sue my friends. My friends started Sk-rt.com which is an awesome website that’s like digg for girls and promotes chicks (including myself) and then many, many months later Skirt! Magazine buys skirt.com and decides to sue sk-rt.com for the name. (Keep in mind that sk-rt is more popular than Skirt! Mag and Sk-rt is all “Hey, why don’t we throw some parties together! Girl power! We’re advertising you for free! Have a cupcake!” and Skirt! Mag is all “Sure! But first we’ll steal your design and sic our condescending lawyers on you since you’re a bunch of stupid girls with no money. Have a cupcake (filled with poison), stupid girls!” Then when Skirt! mag loses their dumbass lawsuit (because they are obviously TOTALLY in the wrong) Skirt! just threatens to keep on suing and making my friend’s lives hell because they are a huge company with money to burn and they know that my friends are just three friends who started a website for fun and don’t want to have to deal with this kind of crap. So rather than spend their kid’s college funds in legal bills my friends decided to just change their name because they don’t want to deal with the negativity anymore. I, on the other hand, wallow in negativity for fun and can’t stand the idea of these hypocritical assholes getting away with being all “Girl power!” while suing the very women who embody “girl power”. If you have skirt! mag on your blogroll I’d encourage you to delete like I did. I encourage you to write about it and to get the word out that bullying isn’t right and that you can’t hide behind a ”we love women!” facade while secretly sending out horrible threatening letters to awesome chicks without that sort of nasty behavior getting noticed. I’m not sure how long this post will stay up before I get some sort of threatening letter myself but at least I’ll know that I got the word out to a few people and really, at the rate this company is going, we’re all going to be sued by them eventually anyway. In fact, if you are even wearing a skirt right now I think you’re pretty much fucked.

Bullying is wrong, whether it’s in the schoolyard, the workplace or the boardroom, and like my mama always said, “If you stand up to a big bully you’ll see the real small person hiding behind the facade”. And she’s right because if you peek under Skirt! Mags skirt all you’re going to see is a dick. (Actually a bunch of dicks if you want to get all technical.)

Anyway, sk-rt.com has shed it’s skirt and is now kirtsy.com which is a better name anyway and in honor of the new name I’m taking off my skirt too. Yay for public indecency!

kirtsy! kirtsy! kirtsy!

And just so that you don’t get them confused…

Skirt! Mag = Assholes who probably have tiny penises.

Kirtsy = Fabulous website that you should be using to promote your own writing and to discover awesome crap and was started by these three chicks who I know in real life and who kick ass and do not have penises:

sk-rtch-cks.jpg

PS. If you write about this leave me a link in the comments and I will totally pimp it out here.

PPS. All of this is completely my opinion and as far as I know Skirt! Mag didn’t actually give anyone poisoned cupcakes even though I bet they totally wanted to.

Updated: Holy crap, people. Twitter is abuzz with this and new posts keep coming out. Just a few: Riveter Girl, Imelda Bettinger, TLC, Daria, Kelby Carr, Viva La Feminista, Gwen Bell, Chris Heuer, South End Blend, Pensieve and Dutch Blitz. Power to the people, y’all."

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Incomprehensible governance...

this was supposed to be the post where I completely condemned the Commonwealth of Virginia. Just so as to not leave you all hanging I will make it short and concise. My ex-girlfriend/fiancée (whom I will call Ms. L) has three beautiful and amazing children. Those three children have a prick of a father. He has repeatedly been in trouble for abuse and Child Protective Services (CPS) has been involved in addition to the police and court system. Yet the guy continues to have his partial custody rights. You read it right...he has the children every weekend; with exception of the second weekend of the month. How is this? It makes ZERO sense to me. Anyway...last weekend it evidentially happened again. Whereas I have not seen the police report; this is what I heard. Their father got angry , lifted one of this six year old boys up by the throat, pushed him back into the wall (breaking the drywall)...while doing so he hot the curtains and the curtain rod fell to the ground. He then pucked up the curtain rod and began hitting his son with it. Now that is what I heard...these are the facts I know of. The police went and arrested him, he spent time in jail before being bailed out by his attorney, he also then tried to go pull the children (twin boys and a daughter) out of school. Fortunately Ms. L has a great rapport with the office manager at their school and she called Ms. L to notify her of this. Ms. L then hastily left work and went to sign the children out. Anyway...the rest of this banter is irrelevant. My question is this...
Will the stupid state of Virginia finally do something about all of this? How is it that a government can allow this sort of thing to go on. Ms. L has even tried to get the children out of the weekends with him for years but the courts would say that he had rights???!!! I can not say much more...I am outraged and it makes me wonder how many other similar cases are going on in the great Commonwealth of Virginia. I can tell you this...if that were to occur in California, Oklahoma, or Texas (the only three states I have lived in for an extended amount of time) he would have zero rights when it came to the children. Well, I have to stop here I need to calm myself back down.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Less than 1.5 million...

Are you kidding me? That is all that has joined this site. It is free...
They protect your privacy...
Will you receive some emails? Sure. How many emails do you get from your favorite clothing store in a month? Or how many pointless jokes or videos do you receive from family and friends on a daily basis? I think you should all join. Maybe people are simply unaware of the site but less than 1.5 million is pathetic to me. Will you agree with every cause that they support? Maybe not...
But do you agree with every opinion of anyone on this earth? Just do it already...if you are bored enough to read my blog then you can read an occasional email from this site and possibly help make a difference!



By the way I went and had BBQ...YUMMMY!

If you have ever seen LOST or are a fan...

then surely you would want to save the polar bears!

You can do your part to try to save them here.

In fact if you care to you could join the site 'WE' and be kept up to date on how to do your part for lots of causes that may interest you.

OK now I HAVE to go eat!

I hope that anyone and everyone that reads this is having a wonderful day!

Time: A precious commodity!

We all know the old saying time is money...

well I have always agreed with this statement and even more so when my schedule gets to the point where I have to attempt to do everything needed as succinctly as possible. I realize that a few weeks from now I will have a better routine down but for now I am in a bit of a quandary and should probably not even be posting an entry right now...lol. But we all know how I have grown to love using my writing skills (or lack thereof) LOL

As most of you know, I just moved back to Texas at the beginning of March. Since then I had been seeking employment; while occupying time not spent job hunting with trips to the gym, yoga, and an assortment of other healthy activities! (My apologies for the redundant data preceeding this sentence!) Anyway...

I began my new job this week and my schedule went from having nothing but time on my hands to working over 40 hours a week. Now I have to find a way to get my workouts in so as to continue the great progress I have experienced as far as my personal health goes. I think I have come to the conclusion that I will simply wake up earlier and go to the gym before work on Mondays and Fridays. Wednesdays I work late and we get a dinner break from 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM so I think I will utilize that time to go to the gym in our office building. So there go my weekdays.

Now on tot he weekend...

Friday I will get home in time to typically change (possibly check my email) and then head out the door to go hang out with my Church Home Group! This keeps me out of trouble and allows me to hang out with what I hope are good people that will have a positive influence on my life! So far so good...lol Usually we hang out late enough that going home is the nest option once our group dismantles itself and everyone begins to head their separate ways. As you may gather from the post I left EARLY this morning I had ingested a drug...

Yes...Caffeine...haha...what were you thinking? Although I nice muscle relaxer would be nice right about now...I digress.

On to Saturday...

This morning I woke up, mowed the lawn with the cool Nueton Battery Powered mower, went to yoga at 24 Hour Fitness, went to The Vitamin Shoppe, did my grocery shopping at Sprouts, I then came home to mess around online. Who knows what else I will do or what is in store for me this afternoon.

Actually I hungry, so I am going to eat and then this evening I volunteered to help out before and after the church service.

OK so this was a lame entry...sorry to all that wasted time reading it...lol

I can not function well when I am hungry. I will write more about my adventures at my new job and some other things I would like to discuss and voice my opinion on at a later time.

Hint: the topic will involve lame ass commonwealths and their innate ability to treat child abuse cases irresponsibly.

"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler." - Albert Einstein

Brief update...

well I have been in hiatus! Sorry. Busy week and I am adjusting to working again. It will take me a while to iron all the kinks out of my new schedule. But the job is going well...I will do my best to give a much more in depth analysis of my week and other observations tomorrow...err I mean today. For anyone interested I stopped by my much neglected LJ a few minutes ago as well. Soooo....if you like my other cyber personality and want to be an enabler to my cyber schizophrenia (LOL) go by and check it out...or not. I hope you all have a WONDERFUL weekend.

Boredom...

1. Every job I have ever had I show up early (95% o the time, and I never take extended breaks or lunches) I am the nerdy guy that co-workers love to hate...lol.

2. I love to put Sriracha Chili Sauce on just about anything! Jalapeños are good in just about any dish as well....I LOVE ME SOME SPICY!

3. From the ages of three to fifteen I spent most of my summers baling hay, milking cows, plowing fields, collecting eggs, feeding the livestock, etc. Yes I was raised a "good ol' boy" LOL

4. I also played several instruments from the age of twelve years old and on...I started with Piano, then Cornet, then Viola, then Guitar, then Bass Guitar, then some drums. I sat first chair most weeks in both band and orchestra. I wish I still had some instruments whereas I can honestly say I was musically gifted at that time in my life.

5. (When I can afford it) I get manicures and pedicures. LOL I hope any male friends of mine do not pull my man card...if they have not already done so....LMAO

6. WARNING:! YOU MAY NOT WANT TO READ THIS ONE!!! I pee in the shower...lol I know it is not that bad; but I also know that this is a BIG no no to many people. But I figure I am saving the 2.2 gallons (1.7 gallons per flush after filling the empty half gallon milk jug and putting it in the toilet tank) per flush since I am already in the shower cleansing myself! It is environmentally friendly.

7. When I was thirteen years old I went to Peru for five weeks to do missionary work.

8. While I was in Peru I got to visit Machu Pichu which is the old Inca ruins! (One of these days I will finally scan the pictures and get them online.)

9. Until right before moving back to Texas earlier this year, I still had every electrical cord, adapter, etc. I had ever obtained. I finally went through and reduced my collection and organized it when packing for my move.

10. I used to participate in the rodeo when I was younger and actually had a cowboy hat, ironed jeans, and a big belt buckle! For bloggers...probably like so what? For anyone that knows me in real life...well they probably do not even believe half the things I wrote in this post. But they are ALL FACTUAL and about me. 

Monday, May 5, 2008

Boredom and Dangle Days!

Since I chose not to go pretend I am of Spanish descent this evening, why not fill out a random survey in an attempt to cure my boredom?

If I looked on the bed next to you, what would I find?
Sadly a laptop and some spare pillows.


Do you go to the bathroom with the door open or closed?
Closed with my current living situation...once I get my apartment it will be open. In fact, when I am living alone I will officially declare each and every day "Dangle Day"! If and when company come over I will throw something on!


Are your underwear and socks folded in your drawer or just thrown in?
Folded! Are you kidding me? They are also in nice little rows and organized by type...LOL


Sleep on your back or stomach?
Back and side mostly. *looks around for my doctor* OK sometimes on my stomach...shhhhh (I was told to stop; I was damaging my back)?!


Are you a cuddler?
I am man enough to admit that at times I like to cuddle...and others I do not. Do people really exist that want to cuddle 1oo percent of the time?


What would I find if I looked UNDER your bed?
A bunch of exercise equipment, health and fitness paraphernalia, and other items that do not belong to myself. When i get my own place you will be lucky to find anything under there!


Something that happened today that made you angry?
I did not experience anger (not even once) today. I have too much to be grateful for at the moment. Come to think of it I have had many days as of late anger-free! I must be doing something right.


What were you doing before this survey?
Reading other blogs and thinking I should be getting ready for bed soon...I think I am going to start waking up early and going to the gym before work!


What will you do after the survey?
Likely go floss and brush.


Marriage or living together?
Marriage, frankly is there anything better? (I say that as though I would know...) LOL


What shirt are you wearing now?
What shirt? I was in a shirt and tie all day; sheesh what do you want from me?


Do you sing?
I do...not that anyone within hearing distance enjoys it but I do sing. LOVE Karaoke! In fact I think I turned a co-worker against me on my first day when i started singing..."If you don't know me by now, you will never..."

(Don't ask)


Do you de-label your beer bottles?
I never understood the point of that...in fact, more often than not I saw that the act of "de-labeling" beer bottles led to littering.
Counter productive in my eyes.


Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?
I tend to do whichever is the wrong thing to do at the time. LOL No, seriously...I am pretty open about my feelings. I have had to practice keeping them to myself at times. I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve. I have gotten better.


Is there something you regret and wish you could take back?
I have done NUMEROUS acts that most would regret...I however, can only think of one act that I can say that I regret. I did it a very long time ago and have never even considered doing it again.


First thing you do when you wake up?
Open my eyes...duh.



Last argument you got into with?
That question is a great example of poor grammar (I type that as though I am perfect...lol) I can honestly not think of the last argument (or person I argued with)...I will take that as a good thing like not experiencing anger in a while.


Do you tend to rip the paper off water bottles?
Please refer to my answer referencing the de-labeling of beers.


What's one good thing about your best friend?
He was, is, and always will be there for me.


How long does it take for you to fall asleep at night?
It varies but when I take some melatonin not too long.


Current song on MySpace?
I have a few dozen


When you shut off your alarm clock, do you tend to fall back asleep?
No, I usually wake up a few minutes before it "alarms" me.


If you were given the chance to take care of a monkey for a weekend, would you?
Absolutely! Especially if it wound up being the weekend I was moving into my apartment...he/she could help!


What is the last advertisement that contributed to you making a purchase?
Sprouts weekly ad!


What are you looking forward to in the next few months?
Independence!


Who are you texting?
More often than not I am only replying. I am not the biggest fan of texting. Emailing is more my style (or what about TALKING on the phone...what a concept...LOL)


It's Wednesday afternoon, where are you usually?
Well, now I will be at the office!


Honestly, if you could have ANYONE in the world, who would it be?
I'm pretty much past that. But if I must answer...I would want to be with the one that I am meant to be happily married to so I can begin that chapter of life before I need Viagra! LOL


You need a new pair of jeans, what store do you go to first?
Of course this question would be about jeans. I will preface this by saying that jeans are the ONLY article of clothing that I go to buy a specific brand of. The Gap. (when they are on clearance of course...lol)


How do you feel about your hair?
I feel like I will be going to someone else next time I need it cut. I gave this girl two chances and she jacked it up both times. How hard is it to get a symmetrical hair cut? LOL


What movie is in your DVD player?
Charlie Wilson's War (Watch this and it could show why we are where we are today and why we need not pull ALL of our troops out of the Middle East so quickly) Sorry..I know I said I would avoid politics on my blog!


If you could move away, no questions asked, where would you move?
Hawaii, to be more specific I would move to Kaneohe on the island of Oahu.


How much do looks matter to you in a guy/girl?
There obviously has to be some level of physical attraction but, there are far more important things than having a super model! Intelligence is probably at the top of my list!


What's the greatest thing that happened to you today?
I found out that Friday's are "casual day"...lol


How many TRUE best friends do you have?
One (Family and God excluded)


What would you change about your life right now?
I would change a thing or two professionally, not for open discussion.


What’s the best feeling in the world?
Success, regardless of the situation.

"Courage is the thing. All goes if courage goes." - Sir J. M. Barrie

Cinco de Sober...

that is exactly what I am right now. I guess I REALLY am growing up...lol. Not to say anyone out enjoying this festive day is immature or has not grown up. My point being that I simply made a choice to not show up on my second day of my new job looking like a band member of the Rolling Stones. Last year I was too depressed to get out and so it was easy then. However, two years ago I would have likely requested a half day and been inebriated to the point of public ridicule by sunset. Would I have stopped there? Most likely not...I would have likely run into friends and been notified of a "great" party that one "would be a fool to miss". Of course to be completely honest if I were better off financially I would have most likely gone and had a couple for happy hour somewhere.

All in all I can see how I am making much better decisions now than I have in the past. I know that this will all pay off soon and I will be reaping the rewards when I finally get my apartment. It will be the first time in my entire life I have lived ALONE. Ever since moving out of my parents place, at an age much younger than I would recommend, I have had roommates. Now that I am working again I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. It will not be long before I am experiencing TRUE independence. And for that I am grateful that I sit here typing this blog on Cinco de Sober!

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Random thoughts (that I think are WEIRD)...

Well, now that individuals actually exist that reach the point of boredom to visit (and read) my blog I feel obligated to post now...lol Being that I am by no means a star free-lance writer I decided to post some random thoughts.

1. Does anyone else find it strange that nine-year-old boy would tongue kiss a four-year-old girl in the day care center at the gym you work out at? I do an it happened to my yoga instructor's daughter....WEIRD

2. Does it make sense for a singles group to have a rule against it's members dating? In order to give "full disclosure" this is a singles fellowship group at the church I am a member of..but still?!?! God works in mysterious ways...what if there is a man and women in attendance and their getting married is in God's plan? I know, I know...if it is God's plan it will happen anyway; but does this rule not seem strange to anyone else? (Maybe I am just WEIRD) LOL

3. I play in a flag football league in Sundays and we welcome females to join as well. One in particular comes out almost every Sunday and plays while her husband watches their child on the sideline...very cool. One of the guys will often times bring out his girlfriend as well and she will play. She was not there this morning so I asked, "Where is your girl?" to which he replied "She is upset with me because I slept in, which is why I was late. She said she needed more time to get ready." That is where I became perplexed...why does a woman "need time to get ready" for football? To me that is like the women that come to the gym with their hair all done and styled and makeup properly placed wherever it belongs, and wearing their expensive stylish (non-workout clothing). Maybe I am just a guy that knows nothing...but to me this is WEIRD.

4. (a) A few of you know that I recently moved and just got a new job which I will begin tomorrow. With that being said it makes perfectly good sense that I have spent the last couple of months searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs. Whereas technology (the internet in particular) has made the function of job hunting much easier. I find it frustrating when you have to go to a company's web site and upload your resume and then fill out their application on line. It is the same information. Then once it is all completed you do not even get a response? Why not wait until I have at least interviewed to have me waste my time filling out redundant information? Oh well I guess it has taught me to be more patient (something I need to work on coincidentally enough). But still...WEIRD.

4. (b) Another con to this newly found technological world. It has also grown increasingly more difficult to get in for an interview. I blame this in part to the ease of access to apply for jobs via the internet. I think many employers are likely inundated with potential employees resumes/applications which could easily cause a well qualified individuals credential to become cryptic in a sense. Sure I have had three jobs in the previous three years...but I have also attained two degrees, both times graduating in the top of my class, inducted into three National Honor Societies, among other great accomplishments. I also hold impeccable attendance at both school and previous places of employment; and also have great references from all previous employers. In addition, I have also moved twice in the last two years. Now do not get me wrong I have been in a position to interview people for jobs before and I can imagine how the frequent moves and change of jobs can look to a hiring manager and/or Human Resources. But with all of the other accomplishments I would want to bring them in for an interview. But did I get the opportunity? Rarely. That is one of my strengths anyway is selling myself once face-to-face. I just find the lack of face-to-face meetings in this day and age....WEIRD.

4. (c) I just remembered another thing I find WEIRD (and extremely rude) on the topic of job hunting. Not once, but twice (yes twice) I was in an interview for a job and the person interviewing me would be texting (and/or emailing) someone from their phone throughout the interview. ARE YOU KIDDING ME? What in the hell has the "professional" world come to? Now some of you may be saying that they simply did not want to hire me so were going about their business as usual until they came to s topping point. well, to you I can proudly say that I was offered both positions. Of course I did not accept either. It reflected very poorly on the organization and the manager interviewing me. Why would I want to work there. What if I had been doing the same thing during the interview? I bet I would not have been offered the job then...right? Anyway, people becoming so busy that they must disrespect someone that has taken time out of their day and possibly driven a long distance to interview? WEIRD.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Texas Barbies...

Those of you not very familiar with Texas will have a harder time fully understanding this...but I find it hilarious!




Lubbock Barbie
Comes with an assortment of Kate Spade Handbags, a Lexus SUV, a long-haired foreign dog

named Honey and a cookie-cutter house. Available with or without tummy tuck,
boob job, and face lift. Workaholic Ken sold only in conjunction with the augmented version.






San Angelo
Barbie
The modern day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Wind star Minivan and matching gym outfit.

She gets lost easily and has no full-time occupation. Traffic jamming cell phone sold separately.








West Odessa Barbie

This recently paroled Barbie comes with a 9mm handgun, a Ray Lewis knife,

a Chevy with dark tinted windows. This model is only available after dark and
must be paid for in cash (preferably small, untraceable bills)
.....unless you are a cop, then we don't know what you are talking about.






Midland
Barbie
This yuppie Barbie comes with your choice of BMW or Hummer H2. Included are her

own Starbucks cup, credit card and country club membership.
Also available for this set are Shallow Ken and Private School Skipper.
You won't be able to afford any of them.







Big Spring Barbie

This pale model comes dressed in her own Wrangler jeans two sizes too small,

a NASCAR t-shirt and tweety bird tattoo on her shoulder. She has a six-pack
of Bud light and a Hank Williams Jr. CD set. She can spit over 5 feet and kick
mullet-haired Ken's butt when she's drunk. Purchase her pickup truck
separately and get a confederate flag bumper sticker absolutely free.







Odessa
Barbie
This tobacco-chewing, brassy-haired Barbie has a pair of her own high-heeled sandals

with one broken heel from the time she chased beer-gutted Ken out of Midland Barbie's house.
Her ensemble includes low-rise acid-washed jeans, fake fingernails, and a
see-through halter-top. Also available with a mobile home and Lone Star Card.






Austin Barbie

This doll is made of actual tofu. She has long straight brown hair, arch-less feet,

hairy armpits, no makeup and Birkenstocks with white socks.
She prefers that you call her Willow .. She does not want or
need a Ken doll, but if you purchase two Austin Barbie's and the optional
Subaru wagon, you get a rainbow flag bumper sticker for free.







Stanton Barbie

This Barbie now comes with a stroller and two infant dolls. Optional accessories

include a GED and bus pass. Gangsta Ken and his 1979 Caddy were available,
but are now very difficult to find since the addition of the infant.







Dallas
Barbie/Ken
This versatile doll can be easily converted from Barbie to Ken by

simply adding or subtracting the multiple snap-on parts.





Hobbs Barbie

This Barbie is no longer available... she was shot before she made it to the list.

Is it time to change your sign?

What a difference a few words can make!

One day, there was a blind man sitting on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet and a sign that read: 'I am blind, please help.'

A creative publicist was walking by and stopped to observe. He saw that the blind man had only a few coins in his hat. He dropped in more coins and, without asking for permission, took the sign and rewrote it .

He returned the sign to the blind man and left. That afternoon the publicist returned to the blind man and noticed that his hat was full of bills and coins.

The blind man recognized his footsteps and asked if it was he who had ewritten his sign and wanted to know what he had written on it.

The publicist responded: 'Nothing that was not true. I just wrote the message a little differently.' He smiled and went on his way.

The new sign read: 'Today is Spring and I cannot see it.'

Sometimes we need to change our strategy. If we always do what we've
always done, we'll always get what we've always gotten.

Friday, May 2, 2008

Depressed...

Then just watch this video and you will fall out of your chair from laughter! ROFLMAO

Time capsule...

It is currently 7:40 PM Central Standard Time. I just recently had dinner with my mother...she made Frito chili pie (I think that is the name of it). Anyway I am just testing this new future post feature on Blogger...LOL

Thinking out loud...

it is Friday! I am currently chillin' at the Coffee Shop 'It's A Grind' waiting for some friends to arrive. I love Wi-Fi! Lets me occupy my time since I always tend to show up early for every event..lol. Nice art on the wall here...oh friend is here.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

What do the Anaheim Angels and HIV/AIDS have in common?

I can tell you...the annaul Orange County AIDS Walk will beheld at Angel's Stadium. Whereas I will not allow this blog to become a place that no one wants to come to I felt compelled to throw this out there and see if it sticks. My Uncle will be walking for the eight year in a row for the cause. Below I will copy and paste the message that he sent me. If you feel you can, or even want to donate you can! Any amount no matter how big or small; and they are tax deductible. To be completely honest...the reason I am posting this here is that due to my recent move and time of unemployment; I will be donating a very small amount ($10 - $20) so I thought maybe some of my friends (or readers of my blog since none of my friends do...lol) could maybe help out as well. Below is the message form my uncle!

"I am doing something really important to help other people, and I am writing to ask for your help. On Saturday, May 10th, I am walking at Orange County AIDS Walk 2008. Click on the link below to view my personal AIDS Walk webpage and sponsor my participation. While visiting my webpage, don't forget to sign my online Guest Book as I would love to hear from you!

http://my.e2rm.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=1787171

Any amount is truly appreciated and it is easy and secure to do... just follow the directions once you click on the link to my webpage."

Namasté...

represents the belief that there is a Divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart chakra. It is also the ending statement you will hear at the end of a yoga session.

Now, being that I will be going back to work with my new job starting Monday I will no longer have the opportunity to attend my Tuesday and Thursday morning yoga classes; still have Saturday morning classes. I am somewhat saddened by this fact but must focus on the positive that I am no longer unemployed! During this time I have utilized my time to make myself a better person. Doing more reading, more exercise (including yoga), and focusing on my short-term and long-term goals. Besides I will still have Saturday Volleyball, Sunday Football, and my other miscellaneous activities I do randomly.