Thursday, April 30, 2009
"April showers bring May flowers."
It seems like it has been raining or threatening to rain forever (or a week). We like to bicycle places, but do not like to bike in the rain (slippery brakes, getting wet, etc.). So we have not been able to do much biking the last few days. Biking helps us to use up the calories that we gulp down; whereas, not biking allows the yummy foods to build up in us (& not into muscle).
Also, my wife has been working in what we laughingly like to call our garden, but we can't do much when the ground is soaked.
Of course, since we have a well for our water, rain also gives us drinking water for much of the summer. Oh well, into each life a little rain must come!
“If a kid asks where rain comes from, I think a cute thing to tell him is "God is crying." And if he asks why God is crying, another cute thing to tell him is "Probably because of something you did."” Jack Handy
“The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.” James Dickey
rain (n) moisture condensed from the atmosphere that falls visibly in separate drops • [in sing. ] a large or overwhelming quantity of things that fall or descend
ORIGIN Old English regn (noun), regnian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch regen and German Regen.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
So we come to P.O.! His good biddies appear to be Bill Ayers (a bomber), Hugo Chavez (a dictator who put on the ballet numerous times to allow him to be "president for life" finally getting it after putting opposition newspaper publishers in jail & harassing his opponents
I'm proud of my friends; how about P.O.?
- FRIENDSHIP, (n) A ship big enough to carry two in fair weather, but only one in foul
Saturday, April 25, 2009
This is the 100th. post on this blog. I thought a non-political entry was appropriate!
rhyme (n) correspondence of sound between words or the endings of words, esp. when these are used at the ends of lines of poetry. • a short poem in which the sound of the word or syllable at the end of each line corresponds with that at the end of another. • poetry or verse marked by such correspondence of sound : the clues were written in rhyme. • a word that has the same sound as another.
ORIGIN Middle English rime, from Old French, from medieval Latin rithmus, via Latin from Greek rhuthmos (see rhythm ). The current spelling was introduced in the early 17th cent. under the influence of rhythm.
Friday, April 24, 2009
When we first applied for a credit card, we were rejected. So I wrote one of my very bitter letters to the credit card provider (when I get mad I write very bitter letters telling them how stupid they are but not in those words, case in point the IL IRS letters) asking if we had NO debt & had investments how come we were bad credit card risks; they then gave us a credit card (which I canceled a couple of years later when they tried to impose a fee).
Since then we get numerous invitations to get more credit cards.
For the second time in 2 years someone has stolen my credit card number & we had to cancel the cards & will get new ones in the mail some time soon (hint check your credit card charges daily, it is easy to do on line). Of course, these are the cards we use for various periodic bills. The last time it was canceled just as our YMCA payment was due.
Now P.O. has proposed regulating credit card companies (after all look how well that has worked with Fannie Mae & Freddie Mac). Once again the responsive credit card users will be penalized for the incompetent users!
“You want 21 percent risk free? Pay off your credit cards.” Andrew Tobias “
Money isn't everything - there's credit cards, money orders, and travelers' checks”
“Money is just the poor man's credit card.” Marshall McLuhan
“Modern man drives a mortgaged car over a bond-financed highway on credit-card gas.” Earl Wilson
- CREDITOR, (n) One of a tribe of savages dwelling beyond the Financial Straits and dreaded for their desolating incursions. (DD)
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Friday, April 17, 2009
The Pistons after the trade for Iverson have slipped to below .500 & have the eight seed in the NBA East playoffs while Denver has captured the 2nd seed in the West.
The Lions still were 0-16.
The Tigers are at least above .500 at this time vs. last year when they started off really bad & kept it up all year.
The RedWings have the 2nd seed in the West & won their first playoff game.
loyalty (n) the quality of being loyal to someone or something • (often loyalties) a strong feeling of support or allegiance
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
The way taxes are, you might as well marry for love. Joe E. Lewis
I wouldn't mind paying taxes… if I knew they were going to a friendly country. Dick Gregory
If Thomas Jefferson thought taxation without representation was bad, he should see how it is with representation. Rush Limbaugh
Next to being shot at and missed, nothing is quite as satisfying as an income tax refund. F. J. Raymond
Monday, April 13, 2009
I am in our Church choir. We have 3 basses (one is me); (1) who is on the disabled list due to surgery is an extremely good, strong singer, (2) another is very talented playing the guitar & leading our praise band, and then there is the bringing up the rear bass (me). I really like when #1 is there because he is confident & he can help me get close to the proper notes.
This past week the choir sang on Thursday (Maundy Thursday), Friday (Good Friday), Saturday (Easter Vigil Service) & Sunday (Easter Sunday). The Easter Season has numerous great uplifting hymns & is a good time to be in the choir. We were able to follow the journey thru these services.
5As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.
6"Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7But go, tell his disciples and Peter, 'He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.' " Mark 16:5-7 NIV
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Everything that "The One" asked them to do they will not do (no more support for his Afghan fight, no support for calling out N.Korea, no increase their spending, etc.). I actually thought that he was intelligent enough to do what was right for our country, I am very disappointed that he is anti-American.
I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him. ~Abraham Lincoln
It is the love of country that has lighted and that keeps glowing the holy fire of patriotism. ~J. Horace McFarland
The proper means of increasing the love we bear our native country is to reside some time in a foreign one. ~William Shenstone
My kind of loyalty was loyalty to one's country, not to its institutions or its office-holders. ~Mark Twain
patriot (n) 1 a person who vigorously supports their country and is prepared to defend it against enemies or detractors.
ORIGIN late 16th cent. (in the late Latin sense): from French patriote, from late Latin patriota ‘fellow countryman,’ from Greek patriōtēs, from patrios ‘of one's fathers,’ from patris ‘fatherland.’
Saturday, April 4, 2009
• the activity, profession, or medium of broadcasting on television 2 (also television set) a box-shaped device that receives television signals and reproduces them on a screen.
ORIGIN early 20th cent. : from tele- [at a distance] + vision