Saturday, November 04, 2006

Three hun-dred six-ty five de-grees!

Good evening (or day - or whenever you read this). I hope posting today will be much better than it was yesterday. Even going back now, it says I'm one post short of what's actually been posted so far. So the last post Private eyes (which is officially a phantom post since its not even on my archive list but yet can be read via the link I provided) hasn't even registered on my total posts made here. Technically then the Private Eyes post doesn't exist. I don't know. I certainly hope that it stays. But I know it will disappear as soon as I re-publish my entire blog. Guess I'll just have to stay away from republishing it, lest I lose one to nethervoid of the net. Well here's to a successful post.

Today turned out to be nothing new. Did myself a little burning in the backyard of excessive flammable material. I was finally able to get rid of the piles of branches that I pruned off during the summer months, but couldn't get rid of immediately. Oh sure I could pay the city to haul it away, but then I need to pack it in a container of some sort for them to pick it up. Unfortunately the branches were of larger proportions than the standard bags you can get at your local hardware store for yard-waste could handle. Even with cutting them down to manageable size the weight alone would dictate that the yard-waste driver wouldn't pick it up. Yeah. That's what I said. Any and all yard waste containers must not exceed a certain weight otherwise they will just leave it there.

So I thought instead of driving to the hardware store, purchase the bags, head home, cut the branches into manageable sizes, stuff it in the bag, hope its not to heavy for the yard-waste driver, tape them shut, adhere the prepaid village sticker allowing me to dispose of yard waste, and put it on the street awaiting for pick-up, I'd just burn the bleedin' things in a burning receptacle that I purchased years ago. Not only that, it just made for a wonderful night sitting back there watching the flames lick the cold air all the while warming me. Gave me a chance to sit in peace and quiet and enjoy the solitude in the nights air.

I was minding my own business sitting here, typing out this days post when all of a sudden I hear a muffled cry in the distance. Thinking I might be hearing things, I stop typing to listen. It wasn't easy since the furnace is running and one of its many air intakes are near my computer. So its like trying to hear someone talk when your next to diesel engine running. Finally the furnace turns off and my instincts were correct. It was my daughter. I run upstairs to see her curled up in the fetal position sobbing. I ask her what's wrong and she replied between sobs that her head hurts really bad. I have her follow me and give her some children's Ibuprofen to help. I really dread to think she is suffering from migraines. I have them and so does my wife, as well as my mother, my grandmother on my mother's side, and my mother-in-law. So it stands to reason that she may very well have the same thing. Poor kid. She's in for some really rocky times ahead.

Once again, playing the post theme, I bring you another wonderful hit from the 80's. Enjoy!

(For better playback, push play then immediately pause to let the video load completely.)

So then that was pretty much my day. Lots of burning. All in all, it was a good day. Though the smoke gave me a headache by the time I came back inside. *shrug* Thanks again for stopping by. Peace, take care, and bright blessings!



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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Do you have to... do you have to... do have to let it linger?

Today in a moment of outdoor clarity, I was able to snap this crisp shot of the small tree in my front yard doing its annual feast for the eyes that nature taught it. And in rare moments of perfect sunlight and colors, how can you pass it up? Especially since the days have been less than sunny as of late. Kinda gets you feeling down after a while. Everything gray and dreary. Ooooo! Just gets me so excited in anticipation of winter! Oy.

To do something different, I spent a good part of today reminiscing about my past, both good and bad. Looking back at the decisions that I had made in the past, both smart and stupid. Many made me smile, quite a few made me cringe, and a few made me shake my head all the while thinking "Why did I do that?" Then I thought to myself, if I could go back in time and change those moments of "Why" what would my life be like? Would it be for the better? Worse? The same? Would I know all the people that I know today? Would it affect my friendships? Would I be willing to sacrifice what I have today, just to get rid of those not-so-good moments in my past? After long contemplation on the matter, I came to the conclusion that I would not. I couldn't imagine that my life would be as fulfilling without my wife, my kids, and my friends. The thought that they wouldn't be there is saddening. And even with all the bumps that I encounter (and caused) along the way, I wouldn't change a thing. I couldn't. Then I got up and did the laundry.

I finally went through the pictures of my kids trick-or-treating that my wife took of the kids... Ummmm... Well lets say she doesn't have the shutterbug in her. The kids look like they are either in some sort of hazy fog of movement, out of focus, or lacking lower torso's of any kind. *snicker* She was rather disappointed that she ruined the shots of the holiday celebration. Guess that's why she always wants me to do all the photoshoots. But she means well.

Once again the title of the blog seems to lead into a video. Hmmmmm... I'm starting to sense a trend here. Sure. Why not go with a regular theme. It couldn't hurt. Could it? Enjoy!

(For better playback, push play then immediately pause to let the video load completely.)

Thanks again for stopping by and listening to a wolf howling on about nothing. Just another fun filled day around the den. Maybe something exciting might happen tomorrow. But then again, if its my track record, it will be more of this. Oh yay. Peace, take care, and bright blessings to everyone!



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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

It's a cruel, cruel summer (or was)...

You're probably wondering what exactly is this? Or what the bloody hell is he up to now, taking photos of a gray circle in the grass. No its not of some alien landing spot, then filled with plaster to get a 3-dimensional casting of its landing gear. It is of a round concrete patio slab used in walk-ways, and it use to house this birdbath (minus the paint job) on top of it. Well it seems that my little community either has gang of geriatric rogues roaming about, or some seriously seriously bored youths, because one late June evening someone (or someones) decided to steal it. I may be out of the know with today's youth, but I would seriously like to know what kind of rep this will give the ones who decided to nip the 30 or so pound birdbath. "Hey pimpz! Look what I got. I jacked dis here birdbath from some pimpz crib. What ya th'o't o' me now? I be so totally da sheeit! and git Sheniquah's ass back ova' heeah. Awyeah!" Oh yeah, he be scorin' some major shit ova'dere. Bloody idiots. Personally I would like to think there is a gang of 65+ year olds all gathered around it at night slammin' down some herbal tea regaling about good old days when they were 'da' sheeit'. *snicker*

But today on a different note was more or less another day. Get up, get the kids off to school, do a little morning TV viewing, get a drug test for the new job. Yep all in all just another day. Ummmm... Yeah. I won't go into details. New day. Drug test for new job. NEXT!

Well today's blog title pretty much says it all. And with that I bring you Bananarama's version for you 80's fan's out there! Enjoy!

(For better playback, push play then immediately pause to let the video load completely.)

Thanks again for stopping by and seeing what's new in my life. Granted it really wasn't a heavily detailed post, but seriously did you really want details? I didn't think so. So it's with a heavy heart and a tear in my eye that I must bid farewell for this day. Take care, bright blessings, and until tomorrow...



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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

This is Halloween! This is Halloween!

Happy Halloween readers! What's that? I'm back? Ahhhh, yes like living dead, I have returned. What exactly happened to cause me to drop off the face of the earth? Why life did. Well not so much that it was really that interesting to post about it. To be honest, has any of my posts been that interesting in the first place? But I digress. With spring changing to summer, and the kids off from school, my time was rather limited. I still needed time to myself and by the time I got that, I was beat. And then there was spending time with friends as well. And now that summer and made its exit, leaving autumn to make a grand entrance, I thought it would be a good time to return. And what better time than Halloween!

Even though today is officially Halloween, our fair city decided to celebrate it on Oct. 29th. To me that's not Halloween, that just another Sunday. Oh sure, it's all about the safety for the kids, which I understand completely. But to be honest, there was as much vehicular traffic on Sunday as there would of been if it were done today. It just didn't feel like Halloween. Not because it was on Oct. 29th, but the fact that no one really dresses up for Halloween anymore. I mean come on! Wearing a headband with a couple devil horns constitutes as a costume? Or better still, wearing a jacket with a piece of paper with numbers on it taped to the jacket? I'd say about 20% of the trick-or-treaters wore costumes. Everyone else were nothing more than kids walking around with bags begging for candy. Sorry that doesn't fly with me. I resorted to putting a sign on my door which simply read "No costume. No candy." And would you believe I still had kids with no costumes ringing my bell. Ummmm, can you not read? Me thinks you might need to crack open a book a little more rather than putting a disc in your PS2 or XBox.

But alas, Halloween wasn't spared the evil commercialization rod that has rotted the other well known holidays in this country of ours. Shame too. I remember the fond times as a kid trick-or-treating. Getting all dressed up and going door to door. Scaring fellow neighborhood kids as we passed in the streets, and bragging about who got the biggest haul. Hell, I remember trick-or-treating till 9pm (sometimes later), not like this 1-5pm schedule they have here. Since when was there a curfew on holiday festivities? Though my friends and I never played tricks like egging or TP'ing one's home, or soaping their car. But we did play some harmless tricks like scaring people with fleeting glimpses of us running through their yards as ghosts or making haunting sounds. What can I say, we we're kids, and we had to make do with what we could. Then in my teen years, I spent most of my time scaring kids with stories and facts about ghosts and hauntings. Then later it became taking kids on tours of said haunted places. And because of that, it got me hooked on ghost hunting.

Yep, you read correctly. I'm a ghost hunter. Okay, I'm not a 'professional' ghost hunter like you see on the Sci-fi channel program Ghost Hunters, but I do investigate hauntings. I haven't had a chance in a while seeing that I really don't have anyone else to investigate with. It's always a good idea to work with a group or another individual, mainly for the safety aspect of it all. But also to have others with you to verify what you seen or heard. It's easy to walk around and say "I saw such-n-such at such-n-such." But without a witness to back you up of said event, it's really hard to convince others. So a group outting is much better. I tried joining a group through the Meetup site, but that never panned out more than just a few postings, then the group went defunct. So that was a real short trip. And unfortunately there aren't any local ghost hunting societies near here, they are either far north in Wisconsin or in Chicago or further south. A little difficult to travel for investigations on a regular basis.

The few locations that I had investigated hadn't produced anything notable. Though the feeling of being there was rather overwhelming. Now whether or not it was due to the excitement of being there or because 'something' was present, I can't rightly say. Without proof to back it up, it's difficult to tell. I wish I had some material to present, but it has eluded me thus far. And for an investigator, it can be rather frustrating. Maybe I need better gear. But some day. Some day.

And since this is the spirit of Halloween, I suppose I can pop a few things in celebration of it. So without further ado, I bring you a little Halloween... Jack-style.

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Well that's about it for today. I could of posted more, but quite frankly, I didn't want to keep rambling on. So I'll be back tomorrow. Oh yeah, I almost forgot. The computer issue that I was having, it definitely turned out to be the processor heatsink fan. Replaced it and all was well again.

Thanks for visiting. Take care and bright blessings to everyone! See ya!



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