Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Now, we just have to find a place to put all the toys.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
This morning, I took the twins to day care, as usual, and was looking forward to a nice ride home listening to my favorite radio host, Glenn Beck.
Well, I get in the truck, turn on the radio, and set the station to the talk station. Instead of hearing the wit and wisdom...(okay, the wit, at least) of Mr. Beck, I hear Tejano music!!
Now, it wouldn't be so bad, but we have more or less 20 stations here in this area of Texas. about 12 of them are Tejano stations. One rock, one English Christian, on Spanish Christian, one sports, one news/talk, NPR, THREE hip/hop, rap crap, pop music. They all sound the same. Honestly. Radio is getting as bad as TV.
I may need to get my XM radio out of my truck and put it in the family car.
Just a couple of quick exchanges that happened since last post:
Me (to The Boss): Well, I am cleaning upstairs. I'm about halfway done. I'm just taking a break.
Connor (after crawling in my lap): That room's not going to clean itself!!
Me and The Boss: (Laughing hysterically)
Me: Yeah, our decorations we got at KMart look like redneck decorations!
The Boss: I don't care...they're festive, dammit!!
Logan (with stern look to The Boss): Do you kiss your mother with that mouth!?
Me and The Boss: (Laughing hysterically)
4 days until Christmas.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Also, the Colts lost to Tennessee, and Rex Grossman for the Bears sucked. The defense won that game for them.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
The real reason, I surmised after talkign to the other assistant manager, is that the district manager and store manager allegedly wanted to bring in an assistant manager from their old place of employment to the current one. Since I was the one who had the most talking-to's about stepping up my performance (and did, so the regional manager told me), I was fired first.
I found, on the state workforce page, that the other assistant manager spot was up for grabs as well. The other asst. manager didn't seemed surprised, and she has another (and much better paying) job waiting for her.
I'll just keep my chin up, pray, and keep persuing work. I have some unemployment coming to me, and I'll have a job soon. I know that God is looking out for me.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Monday, October 16, 2006
Here's been my life...Work, eat, play with my boys, sleep....Sometimes not in that order!! Anyway, I was working one day with my regulation khakis, navy blue shirt with the logo on it, and my lanyard around my neck (I have to. I wouldn't wear an orange lanyard anywhere else on Earth.) when TWO, not one, but TWO people ask me the same stupid question...
"Excuse me, do you work here?" Then, we had some items buy one, get one half off. The signs say "FAMOUS BRANDS"(in BOLD LETTERS) and which brands were buy one, get one for half price (also in BOLD LETTERS). People would ask, "Excuse me, which famous brands are buy one, get one for half price?" I would point to the brand name. Man, I'm loving retail!!
Monday, September 25, 2006
Monday, September 18, 2006
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Wife and kids threw me a Star Wars party. They were all wearing Darth vader helmet masks, and my in-laws and a friend of ours came over. Had cake, blew out the candles, and Logan and Connor helped me open presents. They them proceeded to wear my new shirts I got until bathtime.
I have a lead or two on jobs. I am still looking.
My sister called me already this morning. (Thanks, Kris).
I'll keep everyone posted on what happens next.
Thursday, August 24, 2006
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Thursday, August 17, 2006
But, I have a resumé, and I am NOT afraid to use it!! I also have extra refills for my G-2, and I will be getting reference letters here before too much longer. So, I am set. Now, if I could just learn Spanish in 2 weeks.
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Monday, August 14, 2006
Friday, August 11, 2006
My father-in-law asked him why was that his name, to which Logan replied:
"Because you love me more than anything, like God!!"
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
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It doesn't hurt when you expect it. One down, three more to go...
Friday, August 04, 2006
About a month or so from now, my wife will be what is usually referred to as a "Football Widow". The NFL is kicking up soon, and I will be spending either my Sunday afternoons, nights, or Monday nights watching football. And watching more SportsCenter and ESPN News so I can catch up on the games I missed. She hates this time of year for that reason alone.
Maybe Connor and Logan will start watching it with me....
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
"I had a good laugh at the well-written essay on overly seasoned food printed May 7 written by Jason Wreden, which was titled “No reasoning for the seasoning.” I have cut the letter out and added it to my collection on the refrigerator door."
Thank you, Mr. or Ms. Mata. I aprreciate it.
Then, I had Mr. Don Kique, also of Brownsville, TX, respond to my "Real men wear tights?" column with a great, one word critique:
So eloquent, Mr. Kique. I wrte back and asked what he didn't understand about the column, and I would be more than happy to explain it to him.
Any other questions?
A little background:
I was a HUGE Allman Bros. fan for many years. I had the anthology, a few of their albums, and knew every lineup from the 60's until now. I may not have agreed with their politics, but I LOVED the blues-based rock. Then something happened that made me angry.
They fired Dickey Betts.
So? You may ask. They fired one guy. Big whoop. You have to understand that Dickey Betts was the writer of "Ramblin' Man", one of their (if not THE) biggest hits. He also wrote some great jams, like "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" and "Pegasus". I even had a variation of the spelling of "Enlightened Rogues" (one of their best, but under appreciated albums) as a screen name for a while. He is arguably one of the best rock guitarists ever. On the same level as Jimmy Page, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Billy Gibbons, Ted Nugent, and Jimi Hendrix. He gave them some of the greatest lyrics as well.
If he has just left, it would have been different. It wasn't amicable, and they won't have anything to do with him. So, I don't want anything to do with the Allmans any more. Until they bring Mr. Betts back.
Monday, July 31, 2006
I have also been sick since Friday. I was supposed to go see a congregation member in the hopsital, but I couldn't, because I don't want her infected with the creeping crud that I have.
Anyway, it's Monday, and no class today, so I'm just hanging out today.
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
Me, being a dad and paramedic, scooped him up and sat on the couch with him. Because he was holding his mouth, I asked for some ice. He cried "NO ICE, NO ICE", and took his hand away from his mouth. Thankfully, there were no broken teeth, no cuts, no anything.
He then informed his mother that he dropped the can of crescent rolls.
After he calmed down, he managed to pick himself up, and played. After a while, he climbed back up on the bench, and promptly fell again. This time, he came up stunned, but not crying.
He can no longer help us cook.
Saturday, July 22, 2006
My boys put a washcloth in the toilet this morning after trying to clean up a pee-pee accident. I was "otherwise occupied" at the time. Anyway, I found it and asked them who did it. After poitning fingers, I tried to explain to two 3 year olds about lying. It sunk in, becuase Logan admitted he put the bathtub stopper in the toilet, which was hidden under the washcloth. After a while, Connor broke down and told me he put the washcloth in the toilet. Methinks they're learning. We'll just see what happens next time something like that happens.
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Sunday, July 16, 2006
Friday, July 14, 2006
This is Logan. This is one of the VERY few instances when he isn't wearing
a) his cowboy hat
b) his cowboy boots
See, Logan IS a cowboy. He will tell you that, too. But he's not just ANY cowboy.
That's right, he's a SUPER HERO COWBOY GUY!! It's funny when he has on his boots, hat, and cape.
This is Connor. Connor has some words he says wrong, and part of it is being three, but part of it is being funny. A friend of ours said that both Connor and Logan (his twin brother) are smarter than the 4 year olds she was a substitute teacher for. I'm downloading the Harvard, Dartmout, and Princeton applications for them today. Anyway, Here are just a few words that Connor says wrong, and what the words really are:
"Thames": James (his middle name)
"Doctor": Stethoscope (he calls the doctor doctor, too) "Maprade": Parade
Monday, July 10, 2006
We were going to go see "Superman Returns" (well, actually, I was going to, and my wife and her friend were going to go see "The Devil Wears Prada", which I think he really would), but they dislike crowded theaters. It was Friday, the premiere of the new pirate movie.
I sent in a new column....I'll link when it gets published.
Friday, July 07, 2006
Christian Bale was great as Batman, but when he put on his cowl and altered his voice, I thought he sounded like the WWE's Triple H. Anyway, all in all a spectacular flick. And, it's wide open for a sequel, based on the ending. It's one to buy.
Now, I still need to see Superman Returns.
Wednesday, July 05, 2006
if you're an insomniac, go buy this film so you can fall asleep with it. If that doesn't work, watch C-Span.
Yesterday was a great day. Independence Day always is great. I thought about all the troops over the past 250+ years who have given their lives for all of us. And, I thank them all. From the Battle of Concord to the present war, I sincerely say, "Thank you".
THIS is the best verse in "America, the Beautiful", and sums up Independence Day perfectly.
O beautiful for heroes proved
In liberating strife.
Who more than self the country loved
And mercy more than life!
May God thy gold refine
Till all success be nobleness
And every gain divine!
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Friday, June 30, 2006
Logan, one of the twins, told me last night he wants to go see Superman Returns...and he's only 3. I want to see it, myself, being a life-long Superman fan. The only thing is, he's not heavy enough to hold the seat down...it always flips up and traps him unless I hold it down.
Thursday, June 29, 2006
My new phone...I had the same one for almost 5 years. I called it my "geek phone", since I had to tape the antenna on with LOTS of scotch tape. It's nothing fancy, but it's mine...mine, I tell ya!!
I must be bored, to find a picture of my phone and post it.
Speaking of deals, the Spurs took another) forward, and traded him to the Milwaukee Bucks for a draft pick in 2007. That's okay, because they had traded for a shooting forward and a F/C a couple of days before. So, I smell another NBA Championship this coming season.
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
I never wanted to throw my TV out of the window so much since Katie Couric jumped ship, and everyone was acting like she was retiring (which wouldn't be a bad thing). But then again, I want to throw my TV out of the window every month or so.
Tuesday, June 27, 2006
It seems that one of my twins, Logan, was saying something all weekend and we couldn't figure out what it was. It sounded like American Indian or something. It sounded like "KrimmonKin".
Then, as the boys were cruising in their tractors (yes, we're from a farming family), he jumped off, got in the classic super hero stance, and said, "THE CRIMSON CHIN!!!"
The Crimson Chin, for those of you without either Nickelodeon or children, is a superhero that appears sporadically on the Nick show "The Fairly Oddparents".
I SERIOUSLY need to rent some Batman and Superman videos for these boys to watch. Or turn off the TV.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
Just in case I don't post this weekend, I'll let you know now that I am being installed as an elder in my church. This is a humbling honor for me. So, I may have a picture or two to post next week.
The guy on the avatar is Martin Luther, since I can't use the official cross of the Luthern Church-Missouri Synod. And that is his symbol, the Luther Rose.
Thursday, June 22, 2006
All right....I watched about 2 inutes of that new show "Master of Champions"...can anyone say "That's Incredible" without the old hosts? Oh, yeah, there's that re-make of "The Gong SHow" with David Hasselhoof and Brandy...didn't know Brandy was as far down on the star lst as Hasselhoff.. While I am at it, Discovery Channel has "Deadliest Catch", about crab fishermen in the Bering Sea. It's considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Now, though, they have "Lobstermen: Jeopardy at Sea". No, they don't play the game while lobstering. It's not as dangerous as crab fishing. Next thing you know, they'll come down here to the Gulf Coast and do "Shrimpers: Caution on the Whitecaps".