Prayer in schools?

I’m on the bus, meaning it’s hard to write one of my infamous long winded posts.  But here is a premise and question: “Prayer in schools” Do you remember “prayer/ praying in schools”?  I’m 58, grew up as a young kid in the 1960s, and graduated in ‘77, and I just do not remember ever praying in a class room, nor as school assemblies, nor at school events/games.  I went to public school, to put … [Read more...]

Gun Control – Call Now!

First time in my life that I’ve ever called my senators (or representatives). But, I so much wanted my voice heard reflecting my opinion regarding the ban on assault weapons, as well as guns in general.  I called both of them, and left msgs, asking them to either introduce a bill or support a bill regarding this issue.  The number to call is 1-202-224-3122.  That’s all you need, it will ask if … [Read more...]

Las Vegas – Gun Control

It’s been a horrific day. I’m going to turn off FB for awhile, for the rest of the night, I hope, and, maybe, for a bit longer. But one final thought: There are several “industries” that create products that kill our own kind on purpose. Some products are regulated by government such as cigarettes or explosives. Some products have been banned/made illegal, such as addictive drugs such as Meth, … [Read more...]

Las Vegas 2 of 2

I am overwhelmed with sadness. You would think one could build up a tolerance for this kind of thing (Las Vegas). No, I’m not able to – not me. In fact, more and more, I find myself getting sadder and sadder each time it happens. But, while I am overwhelmed with sadness, my anger is also increasing. More, and more, I’m getting to be so angry at the lack of willingness to make laws regarding … [Read more...]

Las Vegas 1 of 2

Infinite sadness this morning, just reading now about the tragedy in L.V. What makes a person do this act of evilness? … [Read more...]

McDuffs Buildings – Main building – update

Spent the evening working on McDuff’s main building, adding in the (teal) portico (“drive-through”) scaffolding, weathering the walls be scuffing them, the weathering really shows well on the red walls, but not as much as the driftwood colored walls. Going to have to try another method for those. Added the (teal) lower storefront windowed / front door wall - that was almost a fiasco because I’d … [Read more...]

Choosing dental plans – “choose wisely”

So, we're not going to mention the fact that when I was hired by my contracting agency last summer to work at Thrivent that I was given a choice of two very different dental plans, and that I thought I made the right choice in my choosing between said plans. We also won't remark about how (when I was making my choice), I misread one of the plans where it mentioned "annual maximum" being $1,000, … [Read more...]

First post from the WordPress IOS app, to auto-publish to Facebook.

"First post from the WordPress IOS app, to auto-publish to Facebook." Welcome to the new world, Brian. It's going to be a brave new world. You are such an early adopter at times, then other times, you are so reluctant to change or to try out things. No more typing into a FB small text entry window with all of its quirks and/or bugs. This seems a lot easier than typing up your post in FB, and then … [Read more...]

A simple petty burglary, and with that, a president is disgraced

I was only thirteen yrs old in 1972. Something stupid and crazy happened in June of that year.  It happened so silently it was only a blip on the radar, and probably only a couple of the local newspapers carried the story:  a local hotel and office complex had been broken into by a few guys, in the middle of the night.  It wasn't anywhere near a national story, and even if it were, at the age … [Read more...]

iPad camera roll vs albums – not

A geek post regarding Apple devices - you might not understand if you don't have an "i-xxx" device. A month or ago, I looked at all the photos on the iPad (copied from my phone) and decided to finally organize them (more than a few thousand taken over the last few years) into "albums", in order to reduce the size of my "camera roll". This also includes any screen shots or pics I've downloaded … [Read more...]

Lailah, xmas presents and Mouse Trap Game

One present of the several I bought for Lailah this Christmas that i didn't wrap (since I obviously had bought too many), was Mouse Trap. I set it up today (for the next time she's over baby sitting me), and while it seemed similar to what I grew up with, it was different. So, I did some of my usual Wikipedia research, and found a pic of the '60s game which then led me to another game I played … [Read more...]

Trump and nuclear weapons

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, when asked to clarify his recent comments about expanding U.S. nuclear weapons capability, said "Let it be an arms race!", and that the United States would win it (as reported on Friday by MSNBC). According to one source, there were a total of ~70,000 nuclear weapons world wide in the mid to late 1980's, and as of 2010, the total was down to ~20,000. Another … [Read more...]

The Big guy and his blue eyes

A month ago - for all his life (since fifth grade). The big guy stares into the mirror. All he sees is a face with glasses. He's able to remove the glasses, of course, but then has to stick his face three inches from the mirror in order to see his face clearly, and, of course, since he's so close, he can only see a fraction of his face. The big guy works in an office building where you have to … [Read more...]

Knight and Day – With me, without me

From the spy comedy movie "Knight and Day": Tom Cruise is talking to Cameron Diaz, about her life expectancy...raising his hand, then lowering it, raising his hand, and lowering it. "...out there on your own, with me, without me, WITH ME, without me." [guess you had to be there - to see his hand gestures.] The scene is about one minute and twenty seconds in. youtube of knight and day … [Read more...]

Bus and Lite Rail courtesy

Ugh. Sat next to a young man this morning on the bus, while he spoke on his phone in a low voice, thinking he wasn't disturbing everyone. Didn't remember I had my headphones in my briefcase. Was getting very cranking listening to him jabber on. Thirty minutes worth of someone's conversation I didn't care to listen to. Across the aisle was a young woman - doing that thing that should be done … [Read more...]

Christmas Shopping

Left work a few minutes later than normal this evening, got off the bus around 6:30. Forced myself to drive the two blocks over to Tar'get and do my Christmas shopping. Intended on only shopping for a few toys and clothes for the girl. Not going to mention how many "toys" (dolls, and games, etc.) I ended up getting. Not going to mention the number of different clothing things. Not going to … [Read more...]

The West Wing parable and President-elect Trump

Tonight, as I try to fall asleep, I'm reminded of an episode of "The West Wing", (from Season One, Ep 14, "Take this sabbath day.") President Bartlett had to decide whether to "stay" an execution that was scheduled to happen in less than 48 hours, and he consults wth a variety of people (his staff, the Pope, a Rabbi, a Quaker, and finally a Priest), and agonizes over the decision. Finally, a few … [Read more...]

What I go through to show my love for the little girl

Jordan and Katie (Lailah's mom & dad) drive over to the house this morning to pick something up for her. Jordan comes into the house, leaving the two girls (mom & daughter) in their running car, keeping themselves warm. It's just too cold for them to go through the effort of unbuckling her, walking to the front door, just to walk out again with the thing they were picking up. Made perfect … [Read more...]

Kelsey’s mom has passed away

My best friend's mom passed way on Wednesday. She was 97. Please keep Kelsey and his family in your thoughts. Thank you. … [Read more...]

Neighbor’s passing

Before I turned on my "find your device" app (see previous post), I was out in my truck searching for my phone. My next door neighbor pulls into her driveway, opens her car window, and calls my name. This is pretty rare for her. Although we lived next door for the past ten years, we usually just wave, and just say "hi". I get out of my truck and walk over to her. She starts telling me about how … [Read more...]