Thursday, September 18, 2008

Opinion: When Jaedyn starts dating...

There was a funny story out of some Florida paper last week. For some reason it tickled the twisted side of my brain... this is never a good thing. To summarize the story a man comes home, finds a naked boy in a daughter’s bed room, he hits the boy in the head with a pipe and chased the kid off. The boy had to ride home on his bike naked from what I gather.... Click Here

You’d think when the sheriff arrived he would have thanked the man for being a good father and protecting his family from a possible intruder. The deputy would have thought father was good enough to only hit the boy with a pipe and not kill the boy with a SIG 226 loaded with Federal Hydra Shock bullets like I would have done. Unfortunately, the sheriff arrested the father – crazy world we live in...

All of this brings me to my opinion piece. The funniest part of this story was not the story itself was the comments readers submitted. Click Here

My favorite was as from momx2 submitted on 9/15/2008 at 8:27am.
My dad on his first meeting with my first boy friend came to the door with his double barrel and shells ask the boy his name wrote his name on the shells loaded the gun and sat it beside the back door The date never made it past the driveway we sat in his car for 30 minutes and that was that with my dad on the porch watching. We never went out again. If he had found a guy in my bedroom I believe he would have done much worse. As a mom I look back and thank God my dad was as protective as he was. This father should be given a pat on the back and a job well done.
This is a great idea! I totally plan on doing this when Jaedyn starts dating. In fact, I’m going to clear a shelf in my office for 12 gauge shells with boys names on them. I can envision the conversation going something like this...

I take the boy wanting to date Jaedyn into my office where I have my Remington 870 on display.

“What’s your name boy?” I would ask with a condescending southern accent.

“Jimmy...” the boy would reply timidly.

Then I would grab a half empty box of 12 gauge shells (I’m torn between #10 birdshot or just using buckshot – I’m leaning towards buckshot). I would pull out a black Sharpie marker and write the boy’s name on the side of a shell. Then I would set the shell on the shelf with all the other shells with other boy’s names on them.

There would be shells with names like Jake, Tim, John, Pepe... Just to make the poor boy wonder I would make sure two or three of the shells are spent.

Now you may ask if I am going to do this for my son Andrew? When girls come over to date my boy will you do the same thing? The answer is no. I would hope the fathers of the girls Andrew dates will find their own method of instilling fear.

143 Days

A good friend of mine sent this to me in an e-mail so I don't know who to credit this to but I thought it was worth adding to my blog. My own comments are at the end.
143 Days

You couldn't get a job at McDonalds and become district manager after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't become chief of surgery after 143 days of experience of being a surgeon.

You couldn't get a job as a teacher and be the superintendent after 143 days of experience.

You couldn't join the military and become a colonel after a 143 days of experience.

You couldn't get a job as a reporter and become the nightly news anchor after 143 days of experience.


From the time Barack Obama was sworn in as a United State Senator,to the time he announced he was forming a Presidential exploratory committee,he logged 143 days of experience in the Senate. That's how many days the Senate was actually in session and working. After 143 days of work experience, Obama believed he was ready to be Commander In Chief, Leader of the Free World .... 143 days.

We all have to start somewhere. The senate is a good start, but after 143 days, that's all it is - a start.

AND, strangely, a large sector of the American public is okay with this and campaigning for him. We wouldn't accept this in our own line of work, yet some are okay with this for the President of the United States of America ?

Come on folks, we are not voting for the next American Idol!

Please, please forward this before it's too late!!!!
I love how our democrat friends have lost sight of who they are running against. They will complain Shara Palin doesn't have any experience. I hate to say this but OBAMA's NOT RUNNING AGAINST PALIN!

Obama, love ya man, but you're running against John McCain. Frankly, your 143 days of 'experience' as a Senator isn't even in the same parkinglot let alone the same ballpark as McCain's 20+ years of experience. All the hours and days of service Obama has being a 'community organizer' don't even hold a candle when compaired to McCain's service to our country.

Friday, September 12, 2008

On another note...

I don't know why but I find this kinda funny. The breaking news headline on msNBC was Flee or Face Certain Death. I guess there's no ambiguity here. Yet another reason I live in Arizona.

People in Arizona don't have to worry about natural disasters. Mainly it's because we are more righteous in AZ than the rest of the country. The other reason is when god sends us a hurricane we have these things called "mountains" and "deserts" that deflect and suck the life out of any real storm that comes our way.

If you are living in a city on the coast in hurricane alley and you are 20 feet below sea level, you are going to get hit sometime or another. Don't blame the government!

Opinion: Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome or Safari

This may sound crazy but I don’t think most people even know what a browser is... I talk to educated financial advisors all the time. Often I will ask them what browser they are using and they have no idea what I’m talking about. Let me explain:

The browser is the application in which you view the internet. Your internet service provider is the company that gets you connected to the internet. Your operating system is a set of drivers and applications that allows you to interact with your computer.

Every computer user should be able to answer the following questions. If you can’t answer these questions then you ought not be using a computer. In other words “slowly, step away from the computer...”

• Who makes my computer? Mac, Dell, HP, Gateway, Sony or whatever
• What operating system am I running? Windows, Linux or Mac
• What version of my operating system am I running? Windows 95, 98, 2000, XP or Vista. Mac Leopard or Tiger or whatever.
• Who is my internet service provider? AOL, Cox, AT&T or whatever
• How fast am I connected to the internet? Very fast, fast or (like my parents) dial-up.
• What browser do I use? IE, Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari, Netscape, Opera or whatever

Maybe it’s just a guy thing. If you were to ask me point blank what kind of vehicle I drive I would be able to tell you the make, model, year, size of engine...

All of this brings me to my opinion on browsers. I have used many browsers in my life and no browser is completely perfect. There are many features I like in IE7 (internet explorer version 7) and Firefox. Google’s new browser Chrome looks great in Vista, I like the Google Gears functionality and the ability to create application shortcuts using Chrome. Chrome still isn’t quite there yet for me. Safari on my iPod Touch or on an iPhone is amazing but Safari on a PC and even on a Mac is a joke.

I still keep coming back to Firefox 3. Believe it or not the one thing that consistently keeps bringing me back to Firefox is the pull down folders. Let me try to explain... In Firefox I have a custom toolbar with all my shortcuts. I have my shortcuts in folders. When I click to open a folder on my toolbar it opens and then all the other folders will open as I move my mouse over them. This works just like menu items do. You click on File and it open then you move over to Edit and it opens automatically. In every other browser you have to click on the folder each time you want to see the bookmarks in the folder. I hope this makes sense. I know this is a small thing but it’s the small things that make all the difference.

Firefox has many can be customized with hundreds of themes and plug-in’s. I would caution anyone who is using themes and plug-ins to keep them to a minimum. The more of these you load into Firefox the more buggy it becomes.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

The Red Setter Inn

Mela and I have been married for 6 years! To celebrate our anniversary we spent a few days at the Red Setter Inn in Greer Arizona. It was positively beautiful, relaxing and just nice.