Sunday, July 27, 2008

m e m o r i e s

so I found my old rants/my first attempt at the blog game,
and it is here:

not very good, but could be worse
cant believe it was that long ago...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

To Tell The Truth

# of lies told today.....1

# of people lied to today.....1

# of people who belive this.....1

"I believe the best test of our integrity and honesty is when we personally enforce in our own lives that which ultimately cannot be enforced."
David A. Bednar, "Be Honest," New Era, Oct. 2005, 9

Saturday, July 19, 2008


Yes, the Dark Knight is the movie of the year so far - and here are those answers to last post's questions:

1. boxing

2. Niagara Falls (The rim is worn down about 2.5 feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute).

3. asparagus and rhubarb

4. strawberry

5. dwarf, dwell, dwindle

6. period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses

7. lettuce

8. shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts

9. It grew inside the bottle! (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems).

crazy stuff huh

"I am just a common man who is true to his beliefs." - John Wooden

Wednesday, July 16, 2008


For no particular reason, here's a few things to figure out, if you can...

1. Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.

2. What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?

3. Of all vegetables, only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?

4.What fruit has its seeds on the outside?

5. Only three words in the standard English language begin with the letters "dw" and they are all common words. Name two of them.

6. There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at least half of them?

7. Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.

8. Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with the letter "S".

9. In many liquor stores you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?

* I did not make these up myself.
* Answers will be on the next post.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Soulful Sustenance

And so the sermon for this sabbath is self-mastery. Pay attention...

* According to Epictetus: "Evil does not naturally dwell in the world, in events, or in people. Evil is a by-product of forgetfulness, laziness, or distraction; it arises when we lose sight of our true aim in life. When we remember that our aim is spiritual progress, we return to striving to be our best selves. This is how happiness is won.

Know first who you are and what you're capable of. Just as nothing great is created instantly, the same goes for the perfecting of our talents and aptitudes. We are always learning, always growing. It is right to accept challenges. This is how we progress to the next level of intellectual, physical, or moral development. Still, don't kid yourself. If you try to be something or someone you are not, you belittle your true self and end up not developing in those areas that you would have excelled at quite naturally. Within the divine order, we each have our own special calling. Listen to yours and follow it faithfully."

Take it in people. Take it all in. Like fresh air in the lungs. There's more where that came from, for sure. Have a good week.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Intellegenti Pauca

So some stormy weather has hit here, but won't ruin the weekend plans I bet.

A little historical trivia for you:
today (July 11) marks the day of "the duel" between Vice President Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, back in 1804. Hamilton was hit by a bullet and died the next day (the 12th).

Today is the day to get the new Iphone (3G). Good luck with that - just a bunch of hype!

For all you basketball fans-who are into the Olympic teams-you might want to look up on YOUTUBE 'Ricky Rubio', who plays for Spain. He appears to be Pistol Pete Maravich reincarnated. Very cool stuff.
While you are perusing random videos, type in a search for 'Tony Jaa'. This dude is crazy! He is Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, & Jet Li on steroids.

I gotta go exercise and cook my chicken dish now...

Aude Sapere

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

1 month, 0 comments

How 'bout those IRS stimulus checks, huh. I wish Uncle Sam would realize the true definition of the word...

* stimulus: something that rouses a person or thing to activity or energy (financially?)
* some synonyms include-incentive, encouragement, inspiration

I was under the impression that there would be something to appreciate by way of a check in the mail. Another let down! One of many recently.

Anyway, another day, another adventure here in Mesa, AZ.

"But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." - Proverbs 4:18

Monday, July 7, 2008


For today's post, I have opted to reveal my genuine opinion on the current state of our society...well, I'd hate for it to be incomplete and/or inaccurate, so I'll not get into it just now at the risk of getting interrupted. Sorry to disappoint.

Instead let us move onto bigger and better (and more positive) things:

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Here's to celebrations

That's right, tomorrow is Independence Day. So get out the watermelon and the blankets and catch a nice display of mini sky fires. The D'backs will be smackin' around the Padres tomorrow(hopefully). Will Smith will be smackin' around the elements in his new (poorly titled) flick. I will be smackin' some ideas around as usual.
* Quick shout out to all the fellow bloggers...hey you out there...

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Rules for Life - by Charles J. Sykes

I picked this up awhile back:

1. Life is not fair; get used to it.

2. The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem. The world expects you to accomplish something before you feel good about yourself.

3. You will not make $40,000 a year right out of high school. You won't be a vice president with a car phone until you earn both.

4. If you think your teacher is tough, wait until you get a boss. He doesn't have tenure and he can terminate you.

5. Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity. Your grandparents had a different word for burger-flipping; they called it opportunity.

6. If you screw up, it's not your parents' fault so don't whine about your mistakes. Learn from them instead.

7. Before you were born your parents weren't as boring as they are now. They got that way by paying your bills, cleaning your room, and listening to you tell how idealistic you are. So before you save the rain forest from the blood-sucking parasites of your parents' generation, try delousing the closet in your own room first.

8. Your school may have done away with winners and losers but life has not. In some schools they have abolished failing grades, they'll give you as many chances as you want to get the right answer. This, of course, bears not the slightest resemblance to anything in real life.

9. Life is not divided into quarters. You don't get summers off, and very few employers are interested in helping you find yourself. Do that on your own time.

10. Television is not real life. In real life, people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

11. Be nice to nerds. Chances are you'll end up working for one.

More Rules for Life

12. Life is brutal, cruel, unfair and short. Tough.

13. Nothing in nature gives anyone partial credit for an effort that does not achieve results.

14. Unlike Major League Baseball, you are expected to get it right more than 25% of the time.

15. Enlightenment is not instantaneous. This is why all the wise people in your life -- your parents and professors -- are crusty, cynical, old people.

16. The Rules for Life are not posted anywhere and subject to change without notice. You are expected to always know and abide by the rules, even if the rules do not make sense or if you do not know what the current version of the rules are.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

...To Chew On


"Whatever your present environment may be, you will fall, remain, or rise with your thoughts, your vision, your ideal. You will become as small as your controlling desire; as great as your dominant aspiration."

* I'm starting off the 2nd half of '08 with a deep thought