Master Index 2009

  1. [01/01]  Outside the box Two-Thousand and Nine I never thought I would live this long, yet alone, be here to see it happen. It came like a thief in the night, and because I am an old geezer, I slept right thru it. So I now have my disposal, a completely new year (which is better than last year, all […]
  2. [01/01]  The Good Ol Days 2008 was a pretty rough row to hoe for me, a lot of not so nice stuff happened to me personally in 2008.  I lost a couple of really good friends, lost some money, life takes it collective pound of flesh and I bled a little bit.  On the other hand, “if everything went the […]
  3. [01/02] Thanks A Lot So here it is 2009, seems like only yesterday it was 2008.  Where does the time go?  Here is another hopeless attempt at increasing my word count for the year and another unabashed plea to exploit my website to the world. The “Official First of the Year” post, with one flaw, I believe this is #3.   […]
  4. [01/02]  First And Ten I sure hope they spell everything right? This more than likely will kill my nomination for Okie Blog of the Year. Oklahoma City – Tag agencies across the state began issuing redesigned license plates Friday, to replace the green-and-white tags that have been around for 20 years. The new multicolor tags have “Oklahoma” spelled […]
  5. [01/03] January Joiner Don’t you just love the new commercial where all the people are clicking their heels together and trying to do as Dorothy did, transport themselves somewhere else.  Cracks me up.  Here is another thing that cracks me up.  I am reading where the government program that you apply to for a “television converter” is now […]
  6. [01/03]  Big Biz War is good business, invest your kid. The United States sold $32 billion in weapons on the world market last year, making it the number one producer of arms in the world.  Here is another thing that is interesting.  More than twenty five customers of U.S. Arms sales are NOT democratic developing countries and are known […]
  7. [01/03] My Next Life It is not easy to hit a home run all of the time, but you still suit up for the game regardless. Our youngest boy, a Baptist Preacher, doesn’t believe all of this is serious business, nor does he believe it will ever amount to anything. He refers to it as “how’s your your little blog” […]
  8. [01/04]  Welcome to Your New HMO Three nurses went to heaven, and were awaiting their turn with St. Peter to plead their case to enter the pearly gates. The first nurse said, “I worked in an emergency room. We tried our best to help patients, even though occasionally we did lose one. I think I deserve to go to heaven.” St. Peter […]
  9. [01/05]  Don’t Be Pickin On My Girls Here is some food for thought this Monday morning. The last thing in life that I desire is to have one of these bathetic blogs where nothing happens, it is boring, and for lack of a better word, resembles a Ghost Town. At the same time, I am sure that you the viewer or the […]
  10. [01/06]  Hold My Baby Now who is it that says “there is never anything good on television?” So I am watching Dr. Phil and the segment is on “Women Who Have Fake Children and Collect Dolls.” I am not making this up, women carrying fake kids, and they are called “Reborns” and these women actually assign names to […]
  11. [01/06] Tuesday Morning Epiphany Tapped Out In Phoenix The state could run out of money to pay its bills as early as next month and may have to borrow in the short term for the first time since World War II. An analysis by the state treasurer’s office shows that Arizona’s fund balance could dip to negative $50 million on […]
  12. [01/06]  It’s On The Tip Of My Tongue I like Brooks & Dunn, country and western singers, they have a song on one of my CD’s and it is entitled, “Your Gonna Miss Me.” And I suppose it would be fair to say a lot of people are going to miss Shorty, when he and Laura check out and head back to Texas.  […]
  13. [01/07] Forrest Gump Cloned One of the most popular posts that I put up last summer was a piece on Forrest Gump (Stoopid Is As Stoopid Does) back in July last year, and now it appears that there is a clone to Forrest Gump on the scene. Forrest a 1994 movie about a simple-minded soul, telling his life story which […]
  14. [01/07]  My Old Hoopie 2008 Auto Sales Drop By 3 million USA Today 01-06-09 Recently I read a blog-page where the writer was talking about how she had only eight more payments on her truck and that the payments were “$800″ per month.  I saw a guy sign the papers on a new Chevy Suburban last summer and it was “$1140″ […]
  15. [01/07]  Hump Day Fodder Let’s get busy boys! WASHINGTON – House and Senate leaders marked the first day of the 111th Congress by preaching bipartisanship Tuesday and promising to start work quickly on President-elect Barack Obama’s economic proposals and issues ranging from climate change to health care. Oaths of office were administered, anti-war protesters staged demonstrations and lobbyists cruised through a […]
  16. [01/08]  The Daily Weenie Report Hey guys, you are doing great, if you have not looked at the counter lately, take a gander at the numbers, over 915,000 we are going to hit the goal of 1 million visitors this month, a full two months early. This is a lofty accomplishment we have done, can anyone point out a webpage […]
  17. [01/08] Reach Out And Bug Somebody! Another week of “sent to you from my I phone” stuff, I still remain not all that impressed.  Perhaps I am missing something here, but for the life of me, I don’t know what it is. America having stopped smoking is now having a love affair with the cellphone evidently. I once heard a story of […]
  18. [01/09]  I Have Issues Some things changed with the New Year, and some things are or have been “promised” to change in this, a New Year.  And some things unfortunately, remain the same. Take wordpress.com, they changed, introduced a whole plethora of new features and that is good, we need and desire change.  Unfortunately, a lot of them are not […]
  19. [01/09] Chilled Out Here is one that I evidently forgot to post, so in the Spirit of Christmas ……… Freezing cold here, if you are somewhere with “bone chilling cold” stare deep into the above picture, click your heels together three times …. Oh, hahahahaha.  What a sick puppy I seem to be early in the morn. This morning […]
  20. [01/10]  Different Strokes Please note:  As of today, right now, this moment … We are going to one post per day. This is today’s post. Reading the paper and it says that President Shrub and the First Lady are not going home right away after the inauguration.  They are flying to Midland Texas for a “welcome home celebration for Laura […][01/11]  Wedding Dance Video
  21. [01/11]  Political Gasbags One feature I find interesting on WordPress.com is the “random blog” feature, you click on it and it takes you to a blog, any blog, and often I find myself on one of these political blogs.  Which most of the time, are about as stimulating as a luke warm glass of tea on a hot […]
  22. [01/12]  The Brutha’s New Crib Recently I read this well written piece, and thought I would share it with all of you. This month, an African-American man moved from his private residence into a much larger and infinitely more expensive one owned not by him but by the taxpayers.  A vast lawn, a perimeter fence and many well-trained security specialists will […] — This links to “Drop The Soap” parody
  23. [01/12]  Gentle Thoughts It’s a lovely, lovely day in the neighborhood, everything is working out just fine.  Hi Boys & Girls, and how are you this fine, fine Monday morning?  Here is today’s lesson on civics.  It is not who you know, but what you know.  That is what makes Homosapiens with opposing thumbs, different from the rest […]
  24. [01/13]  Love Remembers Dallas is a big city, and they have a lot of places to go shopping.  Fortunately they also have a lot of Wi-Fi hotspots and I am finding it relatively easy to transmit data into cyberspace. Like Robbin Williams in the movie “RV” all I have to is just stand on top of our trailer … […]
  25. [01/14] Bogus G.O.P. Garbage There seems to be this under-current circulating thru America that if you involve yourself in political causes, that it will increase your brain power.  As we listen to the candidates and think about what is being said, the brain processes the information, which in turn grows neural connections. At least that is the way I […]
  26. [01/15] Back Of The Lot Truckstop Elegies. Back of the lot, the quiet part of the place, and I find myself once again swimming in familiar waters, I am at home here, I am at ease.  I used to be a trucker, although this breed here now, is totally different. Been doing a little reading, some idle staring out the window, […]
  27. [01/16]  Friday Mile Marker Today we should celebrate 1 million visitors to this site, in a little over ten months time.  What an accomplishment guys, thanks for your support.  I don’t think there is a blog out there that can lay claim to something like that.  It is simply incredible, and you guys helped make it happen. Thanks a […]
  28. [01/17]  ONE MILLION VISITORS TO THE SITE IN TEN MONTHS.
  29. [01/17]  Chilly America Back home and it is cold.  Been an interesting week.  Life is so good to me, now I can vividly remember when George Bush gave his “final-final-this is really it-goodbye speech.”  I stared at the television and thought to myself, “I cannot believe this nightmare is finally winding down and he is truly going to […]

  30. [01/17] We Did Good “What’s Next?” One of our regular readers ventured that to me after hitting the one million mark. What is next?  Good question. Having hit the magic One Million mark this past week, the question occurs to me what do you do to top that.  Hitting one million visitors in a little over ten months is quite […]

  31. [01/19]  George Bush Told Lies (audio) George Bush Told Lies (Parody of Big Girls Don’t Cry by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) George Bush told lies George Bush told lies George Bush told lie-ie-ies He told lies George Bush wasn’t nice He should apologize The deficit is flying sky-y high Why oh why Now the well is runnin’ dry The White House lied Read my lips Told us all that things […]

  32. [01/20] All We Had Was Slingshots. Sorry I am a little late posting today, our onomastics meeting ran a little over, and I was delayed, hope you understand.  My box seems to be filling with “anti-Obama material” and all these rum-drums feel the need to convince me that the way things are is not all that is so ….. try and […]

  33. [01/21]  Born Again American (video) Linked to Obama’s One-One Day.

  34. [01/22] Naysayer Clarion Call As it is always our intention to make you (our readership) the best informed and the most positive group of internet subscribers, here are some statistics for you on the Bush Administration. Please be forewarned that these are “real statistics” and they are NOT funny. Here are the numbers from the market indexes and the national debt […]

  35. [01/22] Email of the week Every now and then I dream about a perfect world, a nice place, a gentle place and place where people just — Play Fair — It is my profound hope to live long enough to see that dream fulfilled. Tonight I came in here and found this in the box: As promised, I nominated you and […]

  36. [01/22]  Still Puttin Out It’s Okay, we are all different … Remember that. Today is my second day of being a “Media Whore” and I seem to be fine with it.  I do note this morning that an Australian tourist board is searching for someone to blog about living on an island in the Great Barrier Reef.  Applicants must be […]

  37. [01/23]  Doom And Gloom The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  Remember that old nursery rhyme? What about that Indian in Lil’ Abner, he walked around every where, all day long, with this huge black cloud hanging over his head, threatening to rain. Everyone it seems is ready to throw in the towel.  Well not me, I got a […]

  38. [10/24] I am Not God Contrary to popular belief the rumors are not true. I truly may have been blessed among men.  I can write something stupid or off the cuff, and inspire the passion of a nation to send me one thousand emails implying that I should be sleeping in a bed infested with the fleas of a thousand camels, […] 

  39. [01/25]  Big Tipper Now knowing me, I want to start off with something funny and sassy like:  “I didn’t know Al’s wife had put on weight, how does she look?” But a great majority of you possibly do not remember that Al Gore’s wife was named “Tipper.” So I won’t do that today. This is not about his wife […]

  40. [01/26]  Support Obama’s Hope Here we go!  Another feeble attempt to reach out and make new friends across the width and breadth of this great land, across the ocean to the shores of Europe and Asia, to all ships at sea.  It is time to get back to basics, by that I mean, “Love It Or Leave It.” If you […]

  41. [01/26]  News Of The Weird I was supposed to post this on Friday, but a family member lost her bout with Cancer and died this weekend.  Her name was Cecil Marie Bennett and she was my aunt.  This is why this did not make it on Friday.  In memory of Marie, I post this, and trust that she is now […]

  42. [01/27]  O Happy Daze You know I look at the headlines and they are just so dire, so outright depressing, I almost avoid them completely.  They are enough to make a guy sick, if you let it.  I tend to lean towards “Happy Stuff” I know that this is totally unrealistic, but what they hey, it doesn’t drag me […]

  43. [01/27]  Gone Fishin A pig in rural China has taught himself to catch fish.  The pig’s owner, whose name is Han, says she was “amazed” when she first saw the animal wade into her fishpond and retrieve one of her tropical-fish and consume it. The fish are left over from a breeding business that folded when the price of […]

  44. [01/28]  I Am Not God II Recently feeling a compelling urge to come up with a solution to this unsubstantiated report that I am God that has been floating around, I drove out west of the city, to a large hill, and I sat there and meditated, took time to survey my kingdom, which mainly consists of the Interstate Highway and […]

  45. [01/29]  Wind Win Over eight years of the Bush Administration, the number of jobs in the nation has only increased 2%, the weakest job growth in the seven decades since these statistics have been complied.  It will be interesting to see how he re-writes that one. 53% of Americans favor passage of a $775 billion stimulus package like the […]

  46. [01/29] Once Around The Block One of my readers has labeled CE as a “soapbox.”  I find that curious, even looked it up and still cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would label this “a soapbox.”  To me it is “diverse, interesting, but I don’t find it under the other definition at all.”  Soapbox (1.)  platform […]

  47. [01/30]  Everyday Heroes Gimme an A!  — “We gotcha your eh … We gotcha your eh!” Jonesboro Georgia – A high school dance team at Jonesboro High School was disbanded after parents complained about a provocative routine performed at a basketball game Jan. 13. A school district spokeswoman said the eight-member group will not be allowed to perform or […]

  48. [01/31]  I Am Not God – Final Chapter As my Christianity has come under close scrutiny here lately and I have been even been elevated to the status of God, I felt it would be necessary to go see the Pope for a clarification of my spirituality. Shortly after genuflecting, and somberly kissing his ring, he said I was okay and not to worry […]

Index January 2009

[01/01]  Outside the box Two-Thousand and Nine I never thought I would live this long, yet alone, be here to see it happen. It came like a thief in the night, and because I am an old geezer, I slept right thru it. So I now have my disposal, a completely new year (which is better than last year, all […]

[01/01]  The Good Ol Days 2008 was a pretty rough row to hoe for me, a lot of not so nice stuff happened to me personally in 2008.  I lost a couple of really good friends, lost some money, life takes it collective pound of flesh and I bled a little bit.  On the other hand, “if everything went the […]

[01/02] Thanks A Lot So here it is 2009, seems like only yesterday it was 2008.  Where does the time go?  Here is another hopeless attempt at increasing my word count for the year and another unabashed plea to exploit my website to the world. The “Official First of the Year” post, with one flaw, I believe this is #3.   […]

[01/02]  First And Ten I sure hope they spell everything right? This more than likely will kill my nomination for Okie Blog of the Year. Oklahoma City – Tag agencies across the state began issuing redesigned license plates Friday, to replace the green-and-white tags that have been around for 20 years. The new multicolor tags have “Oklahoma” spelled […]

[01/03] January Joiner Don’t you just love the new commercial where all the people are clicking their heels together and trying to do as Dorothy did, transport themselves somewhere else.  Cracks me up.  Here is another thing that cracks me up.  I am reading where the government program that you apply to for a “television converter” is now […]

[01/03]  Big Biz War is good business, invest your kid. The United States sold $32 billion in weapons on the world market last year, making it the number one producer of arms in the world.  Here is another thing that is interesting.  More than twenty five customers of U.S. Arms sales are NOT democratic developing countries and are known […]

[01/03] My Next Life It is not easy to hit a home run all of the time, but you still suit up for the game regardless. Our youngest boy, a Baptist Preacher, doesn’t believe all of this is serious business, nor does he believe it will ever amount to anything. He refers to it as “how’s your your little blog” […]

[01/04]  Welcome to Your New HMO Three nurses went to heaven, and were awaiting their turn with St. Peter to plead their case to enter the pearly gates. The first nurse said, “I worked in an emergency room. We tried our best to help patients, even though occasionally we did lose one. I think I deserve to go to heaven.” St. Peter […]

[01/05]  Don’t Be Pickin On My Girls Here is some food for thought this Monday morning. The last thing in life that I desire is to have one of these bathetic blogs where nothing happens, it is boring, and for lack of a better word, resembles a Ghost Town. At the same time, I am sure that you the viewer or the […]

[01/06]  Hold My Baby Now who is it that says “there is never anything good on television?” So I am watching Dr. Phil and the segment is on “Women Who Have Fake Children and Collect Dolls.” I am not making this up, women carrying fake kids, and they are called “Reborns” and these women actually assign names to […]

[01/06] Tuesday Morning Epiphany Tapped Out In Phoenix The state could run out of money to pay its bills as early as next month and may have to borrow in the short term for the first time since World War II. An analysis by the state treasurer’s office shows that Arizona’s fund balance could dip to negative $50 million on […]

[01/06]  It’s On The Tip Of My Tongue I like Brooks & Dunn, country and western singers, they have a song on one of my CD’s and it is entitled, “Your Gonna Miss Me.” And I suppose it would be fair to say a lot of people are going to miss Shorty, when he and Laura check out and head back to Texas.  […]

[01/07] Forrest Gump Cloned One of the most popular posts that I put up last summer was a piece on Forrest Gump (Stoopid Is As Stoopid Does) back in July last year, and now it appears that there is a clone to Forrest Gump on the scene. Forrest a 1994 movie about a simple-minded soul, telling his life story which […]

[01/07]  My Old Hoopie 2008 Auto Sales Drop By 3 million USA Today 01-06-09 Recently I read a blog-page where the writer was talking about how she had only eight more payments on her truck and that the payments were “$800″ per month.  I saw a guy sign the papers on a new Chevy Suburban last summer and it was “$1140″ […]

[01/07]  Hump Day Fodder Let’s get busy boys! WASHINGTON – House and Senate leaders marked the first day of the 111th Congress by preaching bipartisanship Tuesday and promising to start work quickly on President-elect Barack Obama’s economic proposals and issues ranging from climate change to health care. Oaths of office were administered, anti-war protesters staged demonstrations and lobbyists cruised through a […]

[01/08]  The Daily Weenie Report Hey guys, you are doing great, if you have not looked at the counter lately, take a gander at the numbers, over 915,000 we are going to hit the goal of 1 million visitors this month, a full two months early. This is a lofty accomplishment we have done, can anyone point out a webpage […]

[01/08] Reach Out And Bug Somebody! Another week of “sent to you from my I phone” stuff, I still remain not all that impressed.  Perhaps I am missing something here, but for the life of me, I don’t know what it is. America having stopped smoking is now having a love affair with the cellphone evidently. I once heard a story of […]

[01/09]  I Have Issues Some things changed with the New Year, and some things are or have been “promised” to change in this, a New Year.  And some things unfortunately, remain the same. Take wordpress.com, they changed, introduced a whole plethora of new features and that is good, we need and desire change.  Unfortunately, a lot of them are not […]

[01/09] Chilled Out Here is one that I evidently forgot to post, so in the Spirit of Christmas ……… Freezing cold here, if you are somewhere with “bone chilling cold” stare deep into the above picture, click your heels together three times …. Oh, hahahahaha.  What a sick puppy I seem to be early in the morn. This morning […]

[01/10]  Different Strokes Please note:  As of today, right now, this moment … We are going to one post per day. This is today’s post. Reading the paper and it says that President Shrub and the First Lady are not going home right away after the inauguration.  They are flying to Midland Texas for a “welcome home celebration for Laura […]

[01/11]  Wedding Dance Video

[01/11]  Political Gasbags One feature I find interesting on WordPress.com is the “random blog” feature, you click on it and it takes you to a blog, any blog, and often I find myself on one of these political blogs.  Which most of the time, are about as stimulating as a luke warm glass of tea on a hot […]

[01/12]  The Brutha’s New Crib Recently I read this well written piece, and thought I would share it with all of you. This month, an African-American man moved from his private residence into a much larger and infinitely more expensive one owned not by him but by the taxpayers.  A vast lawn, a perimeter fence and many well-trained security specialists will […] — This links to “Drop The Soap” parody

[01/12]  Gentle Thoughts It’s a lovely, lovely day in the neighborhood, everything is working out just fine.  Hi Boys & Girls, and how are you this fine, fine Monday morning?  Here is today’s lesson on civics.  It is not who you know, but what you know.  That is what makes Homosapiens with opposing thumbs, different from the rest […]

[01/13]  Love Remembers Dallas is a big city, and they have a lot of places to go shopping.  Fortunately they also have a lot of Wi-Fi hotspots and I am finding it relatively easy to transmit data into cyberspace. Like Robbin Williams in the movie “RV” all I have to is just stand on top of our trailer … […]

[01/14] Bogus G.O.P. Garbage There seems to be this under-current circulating thru America that if you involve yourself in political causes, that it will increase your brain power.  As we listen to the candidates and think about what is being said, the brain processes the information, which in turn grows neural connections. At least that is the way I […]

[01/15] Back Of The Lot Truckstop Elegies. Back of the lot, the quiet part of the place, and I find myself once again swimming in familiar waters, I am at home here, I am at ease.  I used to be a trucker, although this breed here now, is totally different. Been doing a little reading, some idle staring out the window, […]

[01/16]  Friday Mile Marker Today we should celebrate 1 million visitors to this site, in a little over ten months time.  What an accomplishment guys, thanks for your support.  I don’t think there is a blog out there that can lay claim to something like that.  It is simply incredible, and you guys helped make it happen. Thanks a […]

[01/17]  ONE MILLION VISITORS TO THE SITE IN TEN MONTHS.

[01/17]  Chilly America Back home and it is cold.  Been an interesting week.  Life is so good to me, now I can vividly remember when George Bush gave his “final-final-this is really it-goodbye speech.”  I stared at the television and thought to myself, “I cannot believe this nightmare is finally winding down and he is truly going to […]

[01/17] We Did Good “What’s Next?” One of our regular readers ventured that to me after hitting the one million mark. What is next?  Good question. Having hit the magic One Million mark this past week, the question occurs to me what do you do to top that.  Hitting one million visitors in a little over ten months is quite […]

[01/19]  George Bush Told Lies (audio) George Bush Told Lies (Parody of Big Girls Don’t Cry by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons) George Bush told lies George Bush told lies George Bush told lie-ie-ies He told lies George Bush wasn’t nice He should apologize The deficit is flying sky-y high Why oh why Now the well is runnin’ dry The White House lied Read my lips Told us all that things […]

[01/20] All We Had Was Slingshots. Sorry I am a little late posting today, our onomastics meeting ran a little over, and I was delayed, hope you understand.  My box seems to be filling with “anti-Obama material” and all these rum-drums feel the need to convince me that the way things are is not all that is so ….. try and […]

[01/21]  Born Again American (video) Linked to Obama’s One-One Day.

[01/22] Naysayer Clarion Call As it is always our intention to make you (our readership) the best informed and the most positive group of internet subscribers, here are some statistics for you on the Bush Administration. Please be forewarned that these are “real statistics” and they are NOT funny. Here are the numbers from the market indexes and the national debt […]

[01/22] Email of the week Every now and then I dream about a perfect world, a nice place, a gentle place and place where people just — Play Fair — It is my profound hope to live long enough to see that dream fulfilled. Tonight I came in here and found this in the box: As promised, I nominated you and […]

[01/22]  Still Puttin Out It’s Okay, we are all different … Remember that. Today is my second day of being a “Media Whore” and I seem to be fine with it.  I do note this morning that an Australian tourist board is searching for someone to blog about living on an island in the Great Barrier Reef.  Applicants must be […]
[01/23]  Doom And Gloom The sky is falling!  The sky is falling!  Remember that old nursery rhyme? What about that Indian in Lil’ Abner, he walked around every where, all day long, with this huge black cloud hanging over his head, threatening to rain. Everyone it seems is ready to throw in the towel.  Well not me, I got a […]
[10/24] I am Not God Contrary to popular belief the rumors are not true. I truly may have been blessed among men.  I can write something stupid or off the cuff, and inspire the passion of a nation to send me one thousand emails implying that I should be sleeping in a bed infested with the fleas of a thousand camels, […]
[01/25]  Big Tipper Now knowing me, I want to start off with something funny and sassy like:  “I didn’t know Al’s wife had put on weight, how does she look?” But a great majority of you possibly do not remember that Al Gore’s wife was named “Tipper.” So I won’t do that today. This is not about his wife […]

[01/26]  Support Obama’s Hope Here we go!  Another feeble attempt to reach out and make new friends across the width and breadth of this great land, across the ocean to the shores of Europe and Asia, to all ships at sea.  It is time to get back to basics, by that I mean, “Love It Or Leave It.” If you […]

[01/26]  News Of The Weird I was supposed to post this on Friday, but a family member lost her bout with Cancer and died this weekend.  Her name was Cecil Marie Bennett and she was my aunt.  This is why this did not make it on Friday.  In memory of Marie, I post this, and trust that she is now […]

[01/27]  O Happy Daze You know I look at the headlines and they are just so dire, so outright depressing, I almost avoid them completely.  They are enough to make a guy sick, if you let it.  I tend to lean towards “Happy Stuff” I know that this is totally unrealistic, but what they hey, it doesn’t drag me […]
[01/27]  Gone Fishin A pig in rural China has taught himself to catch fish.  The pig’s owner, whose name is Han, says she was “amazed” when she first saw the animal wade into her fishpond and retrieve one of her tropical-fish and consume it. The fish are left over from a breeding business that folded when the price of […]

[01/28]  I Am Not God II Recently feeling a compelling urge to come up with a solution to this unsubstantiated report that I am God that has been floating around, I drove out west of the city, to a large hill, and I sat there and meditated, took time to survey my kingdom, which mainly consists of the Interstate Highway and […]

[01/29]  Wind Win Over eight years of the Bush Administration, the number of jobs in the nation has only increased 2%, the weakest job growth in the seven decades since these statistics have been complied.  It will be interesting to see how he re-writes that one. 53% of Americans favor passage of a $775 billion stimulus package like the […]

[01/29] Once Around The Block One of my readers has labeled CE as a “soapbox.”  I find that curious, even looked it up and still cannot for the life of me figure out why someone would label this “a soapbox.”  To me it is “diverse, interesting, but I don’t find it under the other definition at all.”  Soapbox (1.)  platform […]

[01/30]  Everyday Heroes Gimme an A!  — “We gotcha your eh … We gotcha your eh!” Jonesboro Georgia – A high school dance team at Jonesboro High School was disbanded after parents complained about a provocative routine performed at a basketball game Jan. 13. A school district spokeswoman said the eight-member group will not be allowed to perform or […]

[01/31]  I Am Not God – Final Chapter As my Christianity has come under close scrutiny here lately and I have been even been elevated to the status of God, I felt it would be necessary to go see the Pope for a clarification of my spirituality. Shortly after genuflecting, and somberly kissing his ring, he said I was okay and not to worry […]

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The Good Ol Days

OPEN ROUND

2008 was a pretty rough row to hoe for me, a lot of not so nice stuff happened to me personally in 2008.  I lost a couple of really good friends, lost some money, life takes it collective pound of flesh and I bled a little bit.  On the other hand, “if everything went the way we wanted, the way we expected it all to be, that would be awfully boring.  Wouldn’t you agree?”

Much too often in 2008 I found myself wanting to steal away to my secret place and lick my wounds.  I found myself tiring of this daily fare of mayhem, malfeasance in business and government, war, and violence in this country.  I would usually drift back a long ways in time to find the sustenance of hope my soul required, all the way back to the days of my youth, to endless summers, under a hot sun.

I guess we all want to backslide or go back to the time that we affectionately refer to as “The Good Old Days” that mythical time in our lives when things were considerably less stressful and simpler.  For my money, I am going to say it was better, at least for me it was.

Life was much slower — Violence in those days was not heard of.  There was a simple code, if you had a problem with someone, after school you met them in the park and you duked it out.  About the worse thing that could happen to you was a bloody nose.  I do not every recall anyone shooting anyone or even hearing of such a thing.  Disputes were settled quickly and fairly, at the Grove, about 3:30 P.M. after the last bell.

If you were really nasty or outright mean, they usually just locked you up.  Period.

Here is the point, nothing has really changed about the accessibility of guns, but the character of the man.  Guns are somewhat harder to obtain than they used to be true, but the people who are buying them have changed considerably over the years.  America as far as guns has not changed all that much, in 2008 we again attained the status of being the #1 Arms Supplier on the planet.  Our lives may have changed, lifestyles radically altered, and the nation as such, became more violent (at least that is what the media coverage would have you believe) each day.  Who needs or wants anything to do with that?

Factions of America seem to be approaching burn out.  600 workers lose their job this month in Renton, Washington.  A factory shuts down in Vermont, and the business goes to Honduras and cheap labor.  Unfortunately, our families who are not immune, are also approaching meltdown in some cases.

Where do they go?  Where can they turn?  Washington has shown us they don’t have an answer.

We no longer start our day in school with a pledge or a prayer, and traffic doesn’t back up on Sunday to make it difficult for anyone to get to the alter or our favorite seat in the pew down front.  We “claim to be a nation of Christians, but act like pagans” in our day to day lives.  Our churches are mainly empty and shallow, almost to the point of being museums.

Money is our god and greed is our lifestyle.

I read on the net where a favorite niece has four abortions and remember a time when a girl got pregnant she was not only ashamed, but her family was too.  This was back when divorce was at best difficult, and abortions were illegal, when everyone stuck together “for the sake of the kids.”  Problems were worked out and not run away from.

We didn’t have any X-rated movies, milk cartons were not adorned with the faces of the missing and you didn’t really know anyone in your immediate circle of friends who actually used drugs.  Model airplane cement was for model airplanes, not huffing, and spray paint was for dressing up the used bicycle not inhaling.  Not for improving the appearance of a building or the occasional highway overpass.

“Slow do you move too fast, you got to make the morning last.”

How appropriate the music for me at this moment in time, I stop to wonder, who was it that made this memorable piece of history music-wise?  It escapes me.

The good old days.

On any given day, you could walk through the high school parking lot and observe that half of the vehicles parked there were trucks with the windows down and the doors unlocked.  In rural America, most of these trucks carried as standard equipment, an FFA Sticker (Future Farmers Of America or a Wetland/Ducks America Decal in the back window) a gun rack with at least one gun (usually loaded).

You didn’t have to loop the chain around the spare tire, you didn’t need a locking gas cap.  People respected your stuff and you did the same.  If you got into trouble at school, then you were in BIG TROUBLE at home, before you even got home.

The America I live in now is not even a glimpse of what it used to be and I find that so sad.  There are no hero’s on our horizons for our youth to admire or emulate, we have no visible good guys left in society to look up to.  The argument that is so popular now …. “Is this a great country or what?” …. Is certainly not easy to sell here at home or abroad.

Although my memory regrettably not as sharp as it used to be, sometimes fools me into believing all of this is going to get better.  But deep down, I fear it is not.  I almost know it is not.  I am almost certain.  We have become lax (lazy) we do not pay attention to details.  We no longer teach our young the basic’s of civility.  They no longer respect their elders, the flag, authority, or have any kind of accountability to God.  All important notions when you wax fondly back to the “Good Old Days.”

All the old familiar quotes ring in my ears:

  • The best way to predict the future is to create it.
  • The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
  • Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
  • The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.

As we turn another page and head off into a bright new future (at least that is what I am being told awaits us) I have no real ideal if the “Good Old Days” were any better at all.  But please, please, do not try and convince me that these times we live in now are all that great.

They aint — And I just cannot buy into it.

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Outside the box

new-year

Two-Thousand and Nine

I never thought I would live this long, yet alone, be here to see it happen. It came like a thief in the night, and because I am an old geezer, I slept right thru it. So I now have my disposal, a completely new year (which is better than last year, all I got last year was less than nine months) to devote to the ever-evolving bastardization of the written and spoken language and cultural idolization of celebrities and politicians in America.

Yes, it is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

A totally New Year … I am as always over joyed. I can now make fun of people who use expressions such as “Aw, snap, son. Check ou the fine-ass sho-tee rockin’ all dat ice.” Which translates to: “Hello, my good sir. Take a gander at the beautiful woman wearing the expensive jewels.”

I can continue to cover the political scene as it unravels the fabric of American Society with such wonderful quotes as: “It’s time to put on the brakes and move ahead.” Iowa Democratic primary gubernatorial hopeful Michael Blouin, during a debate. Dan Quayle may be gone, but the fields are still ripe and the glean is good.

Believe it or not, you are currently reading one of the “fastest growing wordpress.com blogs” there are. And by the grace of Father Time and a paid up subscription to WordPress.com/Internet providers, we have been allowed 12 more months for our particular brand of insanity. Who says there isn’t a God? Now we can continue the practice of giving you all the latest statistic’s on the not so important things in life.

Stuff like: “According to a survey, 85% of men admit they surf the Internet wearing nothing but their underwear. 63% percent state that is how they lost their last job.” Or comments such as “Thanks to the Internet, I had my identity stolen a few months back, but I didn’t notify anyone about it, as the Cyber Criminals were spending less on my Credit Cards than my wife.

12 more months of giving you an alternative to the news. “Here are ten more things that are really going to upset you and p*** you off … film at eleven!” Live, Local, Late Breaking …. And it is not going to be good. The news in 2008 was so downright bad, it made me so paranoid, I actually installed a rear-view-blind-spot- mirror on my stationary bike.

If it were not for the comments section of Margaret & Helen I would have most likely went completely bonkers.

I just finished reading another email missive on the banking crisis and once again the news is dismal, very dire, and I find myself perplexed, and anxious.

New Year or not. I just wish it would all go away, I feel as if I am being sucked into it, I did not create this mess, I am not responsible for it, and I should not have to cope with it on a daily basis. That is how I feel about it.

A New Year to talk about the current state of things in the economy which always has me deeply concerned. I used to laugh and make fun of old age, saying things such as “Be kind to your kids, they are the one’s that pick out your Rest Home” and making light of it all. But it has gotten so damn bad in this country, now it is looking like “Hey, let’s drive Grandpa down the Interstate a ways, and leave him in the rest area.”

Not very encouraging any more y’know it.

It would be much better for me, my life in general that is, if I could just come in here early in the morning, sit down with my fresh cup of coffee and my little pile of banana chips, and write about having a nice day. But the well-known “Have A Nice Day” has just died off, it has been replaced with “Hope You Have A Good One?” — “Ýou don’t like the price. Go somewhere else.” – “You owe me two more pennies.” — or something like that.

Just like finding a good Home Depot or Star Bucks that is still open — There aren’t many nice days around anymore, face it.

Happy New Years … Here we go, 1 million hits by March 12th, 2009 … Tell all your friends, I have already told mine, all three of ’em.

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