Friday, October 31, 2008

Chip Off The Old Block.

Everytime I watch this I turn 5 years old again. Running threw the neighborhood with my pillow case snatching up enough candy to kill a horse. The trick was keeping it from my Dad. He loved the Halloween candy. I think I used to sleep with it, just to make sure he didn't get it overnight. My Dad always loved this time of year, now I know where I get it from.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

I Got Tagged

Well I want to start out by saying I am not much on chain mail or those annoying reply all emails. When I first saw the the comment from my good friend Andrea on the last post that I was tagged I was thinking tagged?? Then I headed over to her blog Evolve and discovered that it wasn't anything like that all. What it was asking me to do was something that I don't normally like to do, and frankly scared me.

I found out that being tagged requires me to post seven random and or weird facts about myself. Okay here we go....


The items I am about to share can not be repeated or held against me in a court of law.

  1. I use my tongue to scratch my throat. This btw drives Nicole crazy and she hates when I do it anywhere around her.

  2. I have a watch fetish

  3. Can do several voice impressions of people and this would again be something that Nicole could do without.

  4. Knows probably way too much about his neighbors.

  5. Once asked his Mom and Dad, when he was 5, if we could take my sister back to the hospital because she wouldn't stop crying.

  6. Wonders why he can't stop doing what he shouldn't be doing. And why he can't do what he should be doing.

  7. But most of all, thanks God every night that I have the best wife and friends anyone could ask for.

Well there you go, that should be enough for everyone to laugh about for a while. It was fun thanks Andrea. This was a great exercise to really bring out things that you may want people to know about you but never could work into a conversation.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Manners Please

Today I come to you with a question I seem to be asking myself a lot lately. The question is,"Have we lost the idea of common courtesy?" It seems lately I have been finding that people, at a rapid pace, are becoming more cynical and down right rude. It seems within the last few years everyone is trying to take advantage each other to further themselves or their family. Why is this?

Some would say that that one of the reasons for this behavior would be that we have become a super competitive society. A place where you have to fight for everything, and if you don't play dirty you will be walked on and sent to the back of the line. Is that what we have become, a society of, "step on you to benefit me?" Don't get wrong I do believe you have to work hard for what you have in life. You should always take advantage of opportunities you have. But at what expense?

I guess what it boils down to is what were you taught? Were you taught manners and common courtesy or where you taught to take what is yours, even if its not. I feel like a lot of things that people wouldn't dare to do to each other just five years ago, they do now without blinking an eye. Is this being taught to kids by their parents or does the world harden them to be this way?

I am not asking for change, there is enough of that going around nowdays. I know I have asked a lot questions and do I think I will find any answers, probably not. I am just hoping that all is not lost. That maybe when I get old that someone will understand that you have to respect your elders. My fear is that one day an old person, as an example, will be looked at as a liability and not a resource.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


I am sorry if you raced here in hopes of seeing pictures of me naked, I don't think you could stomach that sight. The naked title today refers to fact that I left home for work without my Blackberry. I know the horror right? I feel like Linus without his blanket. As a matter of fact I am currently breaking out in a cold sweat and shaking in the fetal position. Mommy! Okay maybe I am not that bad, but I do feel lost.

Am I crazy? Or better yet, what does that say about me? In a way I don't really see myself as someone who is so important they have to have their phone on them at all times. Not like I am going to miss a call informing me that I just inherited millions from a long lost uncle. Either way today without my Blackberry made me realize that I can't let electronics and "stuff" consume me.

Now if you don't mind I need to get home and check my email on my Blackberry.

Monday, October 20, 2008

6 Months

I don't normally like to share conversations Nicole and I have in our bedroom, not because they are risque, but because they are normally pretty boring. Although this morning was kind of funny. As I was sleeping so nicely Nicole gentle whispers, "Happy Anniversary" So I responded, with my eyes still closed, "It's not April." Then we both laughed and said our goodbyes for the day.

Nicole and I have made it to six months of marriage. I know its not that big of deal to some of you that have been married for years. Although for Nicole and I it is our first semi-anniversary since we got married in Jamaica in April. So what did we do? Nothing because stupid me decided to help someone out at work so I am working late. I know pretty stupid huh! Oh well i meant to remember, but did I? No.

Got me thinking, is this how it happens? Do you get married and always forget the anniversary? I hope not because I enjoy surprising Nicole and celebrating days like that together. I know what you ladies are saying, "Men never remember, its in their DNA." That may be true on some level but I think you have to make it a point to remember. That is what they appreciate guys. Its not the diamonds or Kate Spade bags you buy them, its that you remembered. Today made me understand how important that is to her and to us that I remember.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Jumping In Leaves

“Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree”

-Emily Bronte
What a perfect Autumn day we have here in the commonwealth. Some sun and a gentle light breeze, just enough to make us finally put the shorts away. Yes the weather here has broken, and now instead of complaining about how hot it is, we complain that its too cold.

I really enjoy watching the seasons change right before my eyes. In a way it is a clock that everyone can set their lives to and enjoy. For me Fall, is my favorite season for many reasons. First of all it is when I met my sweet wife and what a blessing that has been. Although on a different level, Fall represents to me a time of slowing down and taking time to take inventory. With the cooler weather also brings me a sense of renewal and thankfulness.

Not quit sure what you will be doing today but, I hope you have time to just stop, and enjoy. Enjoy the day and the company you share. Make some memories you can always draw from and relish.

Now this concludes my George Winston moment.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Porn For Fat People

Good Day, I just wanted to drop in and introduce you to a new blog I have started reading. It's called Food Network Addict and if you are like me, and enjoy the food network, you will love this blog. The addict offers up interviews and all the inside dish to your favorite food network stars.

As for the the title of the this blog entry it comes from a SNL skit. If you are looking for a good laugh I encourage you to watch it:

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thanks Cleveland

This Saturday the 18th we get to the celebrate yet another Hallmark Holiday, Sweetest Day. I wanted to find out he origin of this so-called holiday. I found it to be pretty interesting. Here is the orignal ad in the in 1922 in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Sweetest Day was founded around 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio by Herbert Birch Kingston who was a local candy company employee. Kingston sought to bring cheer and some happiness to the lives of those who were often forgotten. With the help of his friends, he began distributing candy and small gifts to children living in orphanages, those stricken with illness or disabilities, shut-ins, and others who were forgotten.

During the early years of the holiday, movie star Ann Pennington presented 2,200 Cleveland newspaper boys with boxes of candy to express gratitude for their service to the community. Theda Bara, another movie star of the period, also helped in establishing the holiday by giving away 10,000 boxes of candy to people in hospitals and to those individuals who came to watch one of her films at the Playhouse Square Theaters in Cleveland, Ohio.

Within a decade, the simple idea had gained such popularity that the city of Cleveland officially declared the third Saturday of October as Sweetest Day.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

People Will Believe Anything

Cell phones popping corn... really?? Some lady in my office was sending an email out all day today claiming you could pop corn with a cell phone. Umm.... sorry not true and here is how they did it:

Friday, October 10, 2008

Going Green Myths

HowStuffWorks "Top 5 Green Myths"

I just thought this was interesting. It seems there are always two sides of a story on everything. How dare someone challenge "going green" :)

Oh well it was a good read.

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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Fat Guy In A Little Coat

Well I come to you today very ashamed. I made a commitment to myself and others to lose weight and I have failed. I am not sure why but I often wonder if it will take someone dramatic to change my endless laziness. Its not that I don't want to be healthy and fit, its that for whatever reason I lack the desire.

Which brings me to the greatest question know to mankind. Why? One would argue that if you knew why you can solve the problem. Wrong. I know why I am the way I am. It's because I am lazy,complaciant, and not motivated. Others would say I don't know how to be fit therefore I am not. Well that may be true but I have lost weight in the past and keep it off for a while. But life changes, and your body changes, and you discover that you can't just say you are going to lose weight and lose it. You have to work at it hard every minute of everyday.

I am not looking for pity party because that is not my style. I am fat, and I know it, and I feel like I am down in a hole with no way out. One thing I know for certain I can't count on anyone to reach down and pull me out. I can not expect to be bailed out, although 700 billion could buy me a personal trainer and some nice plastic surgery.

As the days get colder, I plan on trying to rediscover my passion to live a healthy life. I would love to hear from you, the reader, on how you maintain a healthy lifestyle and any struggles you have in battling weight loss.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

I know I have remained political neutral here, and for good reason. The reason is because everyone I know, aside from a handful, have decided to get on the bandwagon of Barack Obama. Now by saying that I know I am going to lose some friends. If so then I guess we weren't friends anyway.

I know some of you have read the issues and decided that Obama makes more sense to you. That is your right as a American. A right that is defended by thousands of troops everyday around the world. But if you are jumping on the apparent "winning team" because it is trendy and progressive. Or you have a "we are just different" view of the world then I am sorry for you.

I have decided to come out and be vocal about this election. Even though I may alienate myself from my friends. I will not bash Obama, its up to you to make your own decision. I won't post pro McCain/Palin videos. Nor will I try to take an arrogant stand from my candidate. I will not call someone stupid or bash them just to make my candidate look better qualified.

Now understand I am not going to sit here and waste my time to get your vote. I am not campaigning for anyone. If you want that then just turn it on any news station like MSNBC or CNN they have such a crush on Obama, it is causing some male newscaster to get tingles up their leg. Yikes. Not to mention how arrogant and angry they are at McCain/Palin that they spend their entire show yelling and insulting Sarah Palin and John McCain. If you are getting your political information from biased news networks you may want to move passed the rhetoric and do some homework on your candidate.

My belief is that there are a lot of people out there saying Obama is the best choice so they don't seem out of touch or not progressive. But when they are in the voting booth they will vote their conscience. The will vote for someone who will make the hard decisions this country needs. That choice is will be John McCain.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

All I Got Was A Rock

As I gaze outside my window at work I am amazed how the seasons present themselves so quickly. I just remember a few short weeks ago I was having the A/C on and wondering when I would be enjoying the cool crisp fall air. Wouldn't you know this morning on my way to work I did just that.

I find that fall is my favorite season because of sounds of haunted house screams and smells of hot apple cider. I would also be remiss if I didn't mention that I met Nicole on Halloween Day five years ago. Also Nicole is a crazy decorating fool when it comes to Halloween and that is something I have come to enjoy very much.

This weekend Nicole and I are going to get us a pumpkin and enjoy some Autumn fun. If I see the Great Pumpkin I will put in a good word for you.