Thurs3 – Possum Thanks

11/19/09 at 10:29 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Well, posting again this week almost makes me not a “non-blogger”.  Almost.  Possum Papa asked for our thankful thoughts before we give thanks (before a big spread of food hopefully) in a week.  I could make it easy and just give thanks for all the Lord has blessed me with, how he cares for me in spite of my disobedience.  I’m not thankful for the disobedience I’ve had to deal with lately from my own young’uns.  We seem to be in one of those valleys of stubbornness, where requests have to be repeated and threats made before simple tasks are completed.  Ooops, enough crabbin’ – I’m supposed to be thankful!  Here goes:

1. What one person are you most thankful for this year?  I’ll go with Sarah Palin, as she makes liberals go crazy.  She seems to be the only “big” politician espousing true conservative ideals of reducing government, cutting taxes and bringing accountability back to government.  It makes me chuckle when people get goggle-eyed over cutting her down and saying how she’s not qualified yet try to defend the current White House occupant.  I hope there’s enough country to save in three years.
2. What one thing are you most thankful for this year?  I’m tempted to say the trade for bringing Cutler to the Bears, but that’s a work in progress.  We got good chunks of money back from taxes and when we refinanced the house, so we were able to take care of bills, put in a new roof and installed a real ceee-ment driveway.  Even better, somebody else did the work!  And the grass seed I sowed a few weeks ago around the edges of the driveway sprouted and is doing purty good!!
3. What one event are you most thankful for this year?  Lady Kristal went overboard for my birthday this year, and it seems like a long time since some one made a fuss over me.  Prideful and selfish?  Maybe.  I didn’t ask for it, was semi-surprised and am grateful for those who contributed. 

4.  What about me?  Obli-dee, obla-da, life goes on (WHOA) laa la la la la la la laaaa.  The company I work for is doing OK now, but I’m bored to tears.  Unfortunately my plan for employment emancipation and economic pot-o’-gold is lagging.  I have nobody to blame but myself.  Can’t even tag the Obaminator with this one.

Scared … really

11/15/09 at 11:30 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

My son took the plunge a few months ago and got a Facebook page.  He was then able to con my wife into one as well.  They get to compare how many “friends” they have, as well as the progress they make in Farmville.  It’s all so silly.

I have not had the urge to be another lump on wall for Facebook.  I can understand the appeal, as my wife is able to keep up with family as well as some friends here in town.  She claims she doesn’t have time for stuff, but between Facebook and her Outlook inbox she has been spending more time on-line.  Josh gets to communicate with his friends as well as cousins, which he seems to enjoy.

But that’s not the scary part.  Yesterday he went with his “best buddy” and family to the movies as it was his friend’s birthday.  After the movie he and buddy were hanging out at Books-a-Million as buddy’s dad had to do something at Sears.  Apparently a group of girls about their same age or slightly older then them took notice of the handsome young men and actually “accosted” them.

Buddy panicked and hid in the bathroom.  Josh laughed at them, but when one of the girls tried to hug him he left the area and tried to ditch them.  Eventually, buddy’s older sister caught up with them and seemed to intimidate the girls away.  For some strange reason Josh found the whole experience scary and has made an oath to stay single.  Josh put a memo on his Facebook wall last night where he posted “I was scared, really”.  He expected all of his “friends” to respond and lend their support.

He got up early on a Sunday morning (before 7 am!), showered and checked his wall.  Nobody had written back.  He was very disappointed according to his mom, but did not let on.  All of this reminds me of my early blogging days, back 6-7 years ago.  I was blessed to find a few friends, we had a community (cloud?) of sorts and got to know each other.  It lasted a few years, where more than a handful of fellow bloggers would visit Spudlets as I posted nearly every weekday, sometimes more than once a day.

Seasons change, fads fade, and it got to the point where the community seemed to die off.  There are times I wish we could bring the “old gang” back together.  I suppose with enough effort I could find another community, though I’d have to do the Facebook thing.  No thanks.  I’ll stick to an occasional post every month unless the mood hits me to do more.  Or less.

I hope this can be a lesson for Josh, that friends, particularly online ones, can let you down.  Otherwise I expect that the oath of remaining single will be tested once his hormones start coursing through his veins, and girls his age start to fill out and learn how to torment teenage boys.

Good gosh

11/15/09 at 10:50 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Lady Kristal found a radio station playing Christmas music already.  And to add to our “joy” it’s Delilah.  To those who have never heard her during the holidays, she’s like Ann Landers with a microphone.  She’ll play a few well-worn versions of overplayed songs, and then take a call where someone gives her a sob story.  After Delilah’s encouraging words, we all feel better about thinking good thoughts for the poor soul as we go on to more Frosty and Rudolph.

I’m convinced her doorbell, and probably her cellphone, has her little musical intro with her name programmed:  Duh lie laaaaa … oh well, it’s only six weeks.  Only six weeks.  Only six weeks …

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