Things That Annoy Me

Things that annoy me, in no particular order:

> The phone system is smart enough to know you need to put a 1 in front of that number, but it is too stupid to do it for you.

> Bicycle riders on country roads, who will not move over to let you pass. They get aggravated at me because I don’t want to drive at 8 mph and take an hour to get home. I get aggravated at them for the same reason. They should get a hobby that does not annoy the uninvolved.

> People that think turn signals are optional. Also, people that think they don’t have to turn them on until they start the turn.

> Customers that think I am on the clock 24 / 7 and have my cell phone number. (I am salaried, which means I don’t get a dime for overtime).

> Bahia grass that grows 14″ – overnight.

> Slow internet.

> People that drive slowly because they think that makes it safe to talk on their cell phones. In a six-mile-long no-passing zone. On second thought, just make that “people who talk on their cell phone while driving – period”. They cause accidents.

> The Federal Government.

> Casual liars, like one pastor I know.

> Windows based computers. Once you use OS X for a while, you will understand. OS X is smooth. Windows feels like a kludge.

> Mosquitos. Mosquitos will fly 20 miles to get me. I get invited to outdoor events to keep the mosquitos off the other guests. I am a true mosquito magnet.

> The fact that you cannot call and find out how much a medical procedure will cost ahead of time. Try it for a colonoscopy sometime. If I get my car worked on, the mechanic gives me an estimate. If I go to the dentist, he tells me the cost of the procedure. For general medical service, it is never clear going in what your costs will be.

> Property taxes: The lying politicians swear they won’t raise your rates; so instead, they raise your property valuation, so you pay more every year anyway.

That will do for now. I may be adding to this list, regularly.


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The Hat

I put my hat on this morning, and felt something moving in my hair, so I took it off and found a big, ugly, annoyed-looking spider in it.


As you can see, the hat survived the subsequent beating.



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Economic Worries

I usually try to keep this blog light-hearted. Not this time.

I’m going to refer you to another blogger, Bayou Renaissance Man; specifically, his article, “Waiting for the collapse”.

I strongly suggest that you go read that article. I have been following Peter (the author) for years now, and I highly respect his level of knowledge, and the research he does. He documents it well, too.

The short of it is – the world economy, not just the US economy, is going to hit a wall – soon. Peter believes it is inevitable, and I do, too. The only question is when.

Really – go read the article. It may not change anything, but at least you’ll know what’s going on.

ADDENDUM May 19, 2012: Things are moving quickly. Bayou R. M. addendum 1, and addendum 2 detail things that have been happening in the Eurozone – like bank runs to the tune of one billion Euros in a few days, as people there realize they cannot trust their banks with their money.

I really hope the ripple effect doesn’t get to the U.S., but I think it will.


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Recommended Reading!

If you enjoy extremely well-written urban fantasy, with interesting and well-developed characters; if you like werwolves, vampires, the fey, mystery, and lots of action – you owe it to yourself to check out the excellent books of Patricia Briggs.

Several years ago, I had read the first two books in her Mercy Thompson series, “Moon Called” and “Blood Bound”, and enjoyed them very much. At that time, those were all the books available in the series, and I went on to other things. Then a couple of weeks ago, I stumbled across a new Mercy Thompson novel. So I checked into it, and I happily discovered a number of new books in the series. Plus, a whole new series set in the same universe, called the Alpha and Omega series!

I enjoyed these books so much, and came to love the characters so much, that I have, well, devoured them on my iPad:

In the Mercy Thompson series:
Moon Called
Blood Bound
Iron Kissed
Bone Crossed
Silver Borne
River Marked

In the related Alpha and Omega series:
Cry Wolf
Hunting Ground
Fair Game

These are the books I’ve read in the last 17 days. Since I had already read the first two, I started with Iron Kissed, read all the rest in both series, and then started over again, re-reading the first two. Doggone it, I’ve caught up with Patricia Briggs again, at least on these two series. However, I see that she has written a number of other books, so I’ll have to check some of them out, next. Probably the Hurog series next, so I can figure out why she named her website thus.

I’m not going into a description of the actual stories here – you can find a general description of her books on her web site, Hurog ( and on her books page.

Excellence is where you find it. These are excellent!


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A Big Thing!

Ha! Yesterday on Easter Sunday, our granddaughter Taylor read a book to me, for the first time. Up to now, it was the other way around.

And our grandson Tanner has graduated to the big swings on the swing set.

I am very proud of both of them! It does my heart good to see them doing so well.


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Easter is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus. It looks to be a beautiful day, here, come Sunday.

Today I’m going to mow again, so tomorrow the yard will be as nice as it ever gets. Our yard was a cow pasture for many years before we domesticated it. It’s been under my care for the last 40 years, and now it looks like a mowed cow pasture.

So, we’ll be all set for Easter eggs and other outdoor fun. We always look forward to time with our family, which is precious. You only get so many hours on this earth, and the best of them are spent with family.

But the main thing about Easter is the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection. No Christian ever has to fear death. That bully has been put to rest by Jesus. If you love Jesus, you have nothing to worry about.

That’s why I sometimes say “I’m not afraid of dying, I’m afraid of nearly dying.”

I’m not in any hurry to go, but when my time comes, I’m all in. I expect Heaven is going to be a pretty great place to be. And it is Jesus who gives us this assurance – on Easter.

So remember – it isn’t just about Easter eggs…

God bless you every one!


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A Nice Weekend

Texas Grandma and I had a really nice weekend. The weather was beautiful.

Saturday morning we set up a bunch of tomato plants in big pots, and Saturday evening our oldest son and his family came over for supper and a visit. We had a great time. I love the harmony that our family has, that seems to be lacking in many other families. It does my heart good to see love in action.

Sunday Texas Grandma and I went to church with some friends at a small, traditional local church. It seems like there were lots of nice people there, and one lady in particular knew most of my kinfolk on my father’s side.

The opening prayer featured the word “Father” at least 27 times by my count. The gentleman apparently didn’t want there to be any doubt about Who he was talking to.

The singing was nice, right out of the Baptist hymnal, but I do have to say that a full 60% of the songs were about death. Seemed a bit depressing to me, even though the songs were also about resurrection. But the people were friendly and it was a good experience overall.


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