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Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 34

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It’s the final Wednesday of the year. Therefore, this will be the last installment of Midweek Thoughts in 2010. It’s been quite a year, and if this had been a perfect year, I’m sure I’d be writing “Midweek Thoughts – Part 52” instead of Part 34.

The year 2010 was a year of extreme peaks and excruciating lows. I’ve made this graph to represent my highs and lows of 2010.

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January seems so long ago now. I barely even remember anything that happened. I’ll give this month a baseline score of 50/100.

My year peaked in February when I went to visit my girlfriend for the first time ever. Score: 100/100.

My dad started to get sick in March, and I started to worry, so needless to say my state-of-being wasn’t quite as great. I was still riding a high from my visit with my girlfriend though, so I was moderately happy. Score: 75/100.

In April my dad was hospitalized. After that things were never the same, even though he came home again for a short time. Score: 30/100.

I visited my girlfriend again in May, and while I was happy while I was with her, my dad was very sick and I couldn’t stop worrying about him. To make matters worse, I got into a car accident in South Carolina. Still, despite the adversity, my spirits were pretty high. Score: 80/100.

In June my dad passed away. Life as I knew it crumbled forever, and it was the saddest time I’ve ever experienced. I still miss my dad more than words can even describe; it’s as if there’s a gigantic unseen hole inside me. I often find myself hoping that my dad knew how much I loved him, even though we hardly ever talked about that sort of thing.  Score: –100/100.

In July my girlfriend came to visit me. We had a lot of fun together: such as the zoo, the circus, various parks and beaches, and so on. She lifted my spirits, and I loved having her here, but I was still in great agony over the loss of my dad. Score: 70 out of a 100.

August was not a great month. In addition to grieving over my dad, I now had to deal with the fact that was girlfriend was once again a thousand miles away. Score: 30/100.

September was sort of a blur. While it wasn’t a horrible month, it wasn’t great either. I spent most of my time working, and have done so continuously since that time. My life revolves around my work now. I highly doubt that I’ll ever again be able to say, “I have nothing to do.” Score: 40/100.

October was another hard month. We started out being forced to deal with some drama at church which ultimately resulted in some people leaving. It was hard to deal with. My birthday came along on the 13th, and it was certainly a day of mixed emotions for me.  It was my first birthday without my dad, and he had always gone out of his way to make birthdays special and fun. I couldn’t but think of all the things he had done for me over the years, and all the thoughtful gifts he had gotten me. My family threw me a party, which was nice. My momma bought me a Kindle from Amazon which was totally unexpected and cool. I had wanted one for a long time. Score: 30/100.

November was an average month. The highlight of the month was sending my girlfriend presents and flowers for her birthday.  Score: 40/100.

December was a month of personal growth and challenges. I’ve been inundated with work, which is fine, although I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever be able to get it all done. I also challenged myself to spend only $100 on food this month and it looks like I’m going to be successful. I’m sure that when Saturday gets here I’ll be brimming with a sense of accomplishment. Score: 40/100.

Yes, 2010 was quite a year. It is full of memories that will last forever and some I’d rather forget. As this year comes to a close, I can’t help but think about how it was the last year my dad was alive here on earth. I wish I had spent more time with him. I’m always going to miss him.

I’ve also realized that I am completely and utterly helpless without God. These days I’m often up late at night, unable to sleep, and I just lay in bed and tell all my thoughts to the Lord. I know that it is only through His strength that I’ve been able to get as far as I have and accomplish the things I’ve accomplished. I’m trusting that He will continue to mend my heart and that 2011 will be a great year.

Thanks for reading.


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Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 33

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Well, dear Internet, it is once again Wednesday. Seeing as it is now the middle of the week, I feel inclined to compose yet another installment of Midweek Thoughts.

Whenever someone asks me what I’m thinking about, I always feel pressured to come up with something profound or interesting to say. The truth is I’m probably thinking something like, “I haven’t had a Pop Tart in a while. I like Pop Tarts. Sometimes I toast them, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding whether to toast them or not. Maybe I should just flip a coin.”

Actually, I do most of my serious thinking late at night while I’m trying to fall asleep. But don’t you dare try calling me at 3am to ask me what I’m thinking about or I will track you down and… and… give you a stern lecture!

I know a lot of people down south whine about hardly ever getting any snow. Maybe I should start selling snow online. I’m sure there’s a way to keep in frozen in transport. It would be great because I could sell it for a ridiculous price, and the snow would arrive down south where the happy recipient could enjoy it for 15 to 20 minutes before it all melts. I’ll just file this idea in the “great ideas that I will never actually do” pile. By the way, don’t even think about stealing this idea from me. If you do, I will track you down…

and give you a stern lecture.


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Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 32

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It’s Wednesday! That means it’s the perfect time for Midweek Thoughts!

Last night I saw a video from YouTube in which Mythbusters host Adam Savage described how he accidentally went through airport security with two 12-inch razor blades. (Ordinarily this would seem odd, but we’re talking about one of the guys from Mythbusters.) The TSA, whilst using their new fancy-pants, full-body, cancer causing, privacy infringing scanners failed to detect them. That isn’t very reassuring. I think if I ever do fly again I’ll wear these underpants.

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Yes, you can actually buy this underwear. They also sell t-shirts with this message or the text of the fourth amendment of the Constitution printed in metallic ink so it will be visible to the scanners. Neato.

So, I’ve noticed that many of the streets in this town haven’t been plowed properly. I’ve also noticed that many businesses have done a pretty lousy job on snow removal too. I guess nobody wants to spring for snow removal in today’s economy, but if we start seeing more car accidents due to negligence by the city or local establishments, I can’t help but feel that they deserve to get sued.

Perhaps I should have a word with the mayor. Or perhaps I should run for mayor! My campaign promises will include better snow removal and the raising of the speed limit on North Spring Street. Who wouldn’t vote for me?!

As an added plus, I have a lot of mayoral experience from all those years of playing Sim City…


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Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 31

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It’s Wednesday for another forty minutes or so. That means I still have time for Midweek Thoughts. What would happen if I decided to write a Midweek Thoughts entry on a Thursday? I suppose I would have to call it “Late Week Thoughts.” Of course, if I wrote the entry on Friday, I could call it “Weekend Thoughts.” I think it’s best to avoid both of those scenarios though. Otherwise I’d be forced to create a new graphic, and who wants to create graphics at the end of the week?

I’ve decided that I really like the font used here on my blog. In fact, I like it so much that I think I’ll use it in my book. (Whenever I get around to writing one.) The font is called Georgia, in case anyone was wondering.

Speaking of books, I’ve been thinking about compiling a book entitled “Status.” It would simply be a collection of Facebook status messages that I’ve posted over the years. Several people have told me that they enjoy my status messages, so perhaps people would be willing to pay a few bucks for such a compilation.

I would love to own a home someday. I would especially love to own a home without signing a mortgage first. Perhaps I could use the money from my book sales to finance that goal. Of course, I do have a Plan B if my book should flop. I won’t go into the intricate details of the plan in this blog since it’s top secret and confidential. Let’s just say that its code name is “Paper Route.”


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Dec 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 30

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Welcome to the 30th edition of Midweek Thoughts. I know there’s been a fairly large gap since the 29th edition, but I’ve been busy elsewhere and unable to find the time to write. Okay, that’s not completely true. I probably could have found the time to write but chose not to because I like my bed and the warm blankets contained thereon, and therefore spent a significant amount of my free time napping.

As most of you probably know, last Friday, November 26th, was the day after Thanksgiving and what now has become known as Black Friday. While many folks waited in long lines at 4am or earlier, I was happily snoring in my aforementioned comfortable bed. It occurred to me as I browsed the ads and fliers for Black Friday sales that there was literally nothing on sale that I needed. Maybe they should put necessities on sale instead. If there had been a deal on toilet paper, laundry detergent, garbage bags, and light bulbs, I would’ve been all over that! (That reminds me, I’m almost out of laundry detergent.)

I’ve decided to try something crazy in the month of December. I will attempt to limit my food budget to a measly $100! I usually spend about $250 on groceries and probably another $75 at restaurants, so it will be interesting to see if I can actually pull it off. I’m happy to announce that as of 6:00 pm on December 1st, I have not yet gone over my budget.

So far so good. :P


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Nov 10

Why I Write

As I tossed and turned in my bed last night, I’m pretty sure that I wrote an entire book in my mind. I’m sure I’ve done the same thing hundreds if not thousands of times throughout my life. You see, I’m  a chronic thinker. My brain just never shuts off.

When we ponder what could have been written, and compare it to what actually has been written, we can begin to see just how amazing the written word is. Everyone has thoughts. If everyone had the knowledge and ability to write down their thoughts we would all be capable of writing books. But the vast majority of the thoughts we think every day simply fall by the wayside. It’s a pity really. One can only wonder how many nuggets of brilliance have been lost over the millennia.

Ordinarily, when you think a thought it will dissipate like smoke into thin air. When you write, you can go back whenever you like and see what you were thinking at specific times in your life. You can share what you write with others. You can blog it or write a book. It’s an extraordinary thing, for when you write, your thoughts live on.

And that is why I write. 


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Nov 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 29

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Welcome to another exciting installment of Midweek Thoughts! I’m your host, Mr Nethead.

You know there are a lot of restaurants out there that will serve you a burger. Most of the restaurants will serve you a beef burger, and a few of them will serve you a turkey burger, but I’ve never seen one that will serve you a chicken burger. What a shame! Chicken burgers are tasty.

Speaking of chicken, I’m a little upset with my sister Becky for telling me about the squalid kitchen conditions at our local KFC. I used to eat there a couple times a week but now I can’t because I know how disgusting it is back there! She already took the A&W restaurant in Waupun away from me. If I get reports of other fast food joints in the area being unclean too, I’m gonna have to start taking a sack lunch to work!

I’ve been accused by some folks of talking about food a little too much. Frankly I don’t understand the complaint. Food is a universal topic. Besides, it’s not like I only talk about food! I also talk about beverages sometimes.

You know what’s delicious? Vanilla Coke. I remember a few years back when they were going to take Vanilla Coke off the market. I went to the store and bought as much of the stuff as I could get. My beautiful tower of Vanilla Coke was about fifteen 12-packs high. It was quite a sight indeed.

I’m just glad they saw the error of their ways and brought the stuff back. A world without Vanilla Coke is just too… well… vanilla.

I’ll be thirty years old in a few years. I’m pretty excited about it. It means I’ll soon be old enough to have my midlife crisis! I wanna do something awesome like sail around the world in a balloon. I bet I could sail around the whole world in just 80 days!

Ah yes, my midlife crisis is going to be great.


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Oct 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 28

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Wow, this is actually my first post in October and the month is almost over! I haven’t written here in while because certain recent events knocked all the wind out of my sails, so to speak.

I’ve been sort of trying to hide it, but I’m still very much grieving the loss of my dad. Most of the time I’m okay during the day. But at night when I’m laying in bed all alone, it’s too quiet and I just can’t stop thinking. My dad was my pastor, my teacher, my role model, and my boss. That’s a lot to lose all at once. I remember when my dad would talk about my grandfather there always seemed to be a little bit of sadness in his voice. I understand how he felt now.

The last two days have been extremely windy. I always loved windy days. Actually, Maybe I’m just fond of inclement weather in general since I also love thunderstorms and rain. I even like winter a little bit as long I don’t have to go out and drive in the snow. There’s just something about being able to see my breath that makes me feel alive. I gotta admit though, by the time we get to February I’m pretty anxious for the spring.

Yesterday I came across an article about how Sony has finally discontinued the Walkman cassette player. It made me feel nostalgic and I’m sort of tempted to buy a new one while I still can. I probably wouldn’t use it. I’d just want it so I can show it to my future kids someday and they could see what people used back in the 80s and early 90s.

The world changes so fast…   


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Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 27

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Hello again, folks! It’s Wednesday. That means it’s time for another round of Midweek Thoughts.

My dad preached a lot of sermons over the years. As it turns out we have boxes and boxes of them in storage. I’ve slowly been going through them and digitizing them so they can be burned onto CD. Anyway, today I was working on a tape, and when the tape switched sides my dad was in the middle of a Bible verse.

I felt sort of disappointed that only half of the verse was present on the recording, but then I had an idea. The verse was Isaiah 57:21 which reads, “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.” Now on the recording you could only hear, “God to the wicked.” So I went through the recording and found a place where my dad said “There is no”, then I found a place where he said “peace”, and then “saith” and finally “my.” I spliced all the audio clips together, and while it doesn’t sound absolutely perfect, at least people will be able to hear what was lost. Sometimes technology is amazing. :)

You know what’s delicious? Applesauce. Why do they add sugar to applesauce? It’s already sweet enough. Now I like sugar just as much as the next guy. In fact, I like it a bit too much, if you know what I mean. *pokes belly* Yet, when I try to eat sweetened applesauce I feel like I’m gonna choke on it, ‘cause it’s just too sweet. That’s why I always get the unsweetened stuff. ‘Cause if I’m gonna eat an ice cold bowl of applesauce, I don’t wanna be choking on it. Choking really isn’t that fun. Besides, the unsweetened stuff has about half as many calories as the sweetened stuff, so it means I get to eat twice as much of it. Woohoo! 

Ahhh, autumn. I love being able to sleep with the windows open at night. The only downside is that it kinda serves as a reminder that winter will be here in a couple months. Winter is delightful season… for about ten seconds.  You look out the window and think, “wow, that snow is pretty!” But then you have to go outside and suddenly you find your cheeks are a frozen shade of red, and the snot in your nose is frozen. But winter isn’t all bad. It kinda serves as a reminder that spring is coming.

Ahhh, spring…


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Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 26

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Oh hi, Wednesday! I see you’ve come again. It feels like I haven’t seen you in a week! And now, on with the Midweek Thoughts!

Today I received an email from one of my credit cards stating, “You are not opted in for over the credit limit coverage.” Oh really? You mean that if I were to hit my limit I wouldn’t be allowed to use my card anymore? Awesome! If there’s one thing I like to do, it’s stay within my limits. I find it confusing that they want me to “request over the limit coverage.” That seems silly. If they really think I’m worthy of spending more than my limit, maybe they should just raise my limit.

Have you ever noticed that “limit” is a funny looking word? Look at it! It’s so… vertical. You’ve got the L, two I’s and a T with the m holding it all together. It’s almost as if the L and T are two pillars, the two I’s are support columns, and the m is the door. The word “limit” is a work of art!

Speaking of m’s, I would personally like to thank God for inspiring man to invent the m&m. I’m especially fond of the peanut butter variety and could probably eat them every day if I didn’t restrain myself. But really, who knows what’ll happen? There’s a lot of time left today. And some m&ms would be pretty sweet… and chocolatey… and peanut buttery…

*drifts off for a second* Oh, umm, Thank you! Have a good day and come again!