Thoughts


15
Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 25

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In this 25th edition of Midweek Thoughts, we’re going to take a look at some of the special stuff I’ve got rolling around in my brain this week.

After careful consideration, I’ve come to the conclusion that things are way too expensive these days. Perhaps it’s just a weird coincidence, but several of my monthly bills have all gone up at the same time. It almost seems like all the corporations, service providers, and utility companies are in cahoots to empty the contents of my wallet.  I’ll find a way to cut costs though. After all, I could always buy less food. *pokes belly* That might do my some good, actually. :O By the way, I’m pleased that I found a legitimate excuse to use the word “cahoots.” It’s a good word.

Did you know that one dollar in 1950 was equivalent to $8.82 in today’s U.S. currency?  That means if I lived in 1950 and earned the equivalent amount of money per year that I do in 2010, my annual salary would be about $4700! It must’ve been interesting to live back in the days when you could actually buy something with a dime.

I’ll be turning 27 years old next month. I guess that means in three short years I’ll hit the big three-oh! I’m actually kind of looking forward to 30. It seems like a respectable age to be, and if I didn’t look like an 18 year-old, it would possibly even command a little respect. Hey, maybe I’ll look a little older by then. Perhaps people will mistake me for a 21 year-old instead of an 18 year-old! :P

Finally, I will close this edition of Midweek Thoughts by saying that I love my girlfriend very much and I hope she moves here soon! I know she’s gonna read this blog, so I’ll just say, if she moves here I’ll buy her lots and lots of chocolate…

…But I might steal some of it.


13
Sep 10

True Confessions

As much as I love lemon meringue pie, I’d probably be just as happy with a bowl of lemon pie filling.

I used my ice trays for the first time a couple nights ago. I bought them two years ago.

Sometimes I go out and spend money just so I can bring the change home and add it to my collection.

I probably wash my hands twenty times a day. Touching money especially makes my hands feel dirty. I think that’s why…

I’m always kinda hoping I’ll get uncirculated currency when I use an ATM. It doesn’t happen often though. It’s pretty easy to tell when you get uncirculated money because the bills are all clean and the serial numbers are in sequence.

I presently have eight varieties of cheese in my refrigerator. I am completely unashamed of this.

I start to twitch a little bit when I read Facebook status messages that are rife with misspellings and poor grammar . However, I’ve become quite good at suppressing my urge to correct other people’s spelling. Heh.

I have a strict “No Sarah Jessica Parker” policy. If she’s in a movie or a TV show I refuse to view it.

I’ll probably never switch to Geico, but sometimes their commercials amuse me. "Can switching to Geico really save you 15% or more on car insurance? Does a former drill sergeant make a terrible therapist?” Heh, that one makes me laugh every time. 


8
Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 24

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Hello Wednesday! Wednesday is that wonderful day in the middle of the week. It’s a good time for deep thoughts and personal reflection.  In other words, it’s the perfect time for Midweek Thoughts!

Sometimes people tell me that they haven’t drank any water in days or even weeks. I don’t understand that. Water is fantastic. There are few things as refreshing as a nice cold glass of water.

But if you’re having trouble getting yourself to drink water, maybe you could add a wedge of lemon for taste. Then you could throw in a couple packets of sugar. Oh wait, that would be lemonade. Nevermind!

Have you ever noticed that some people really like exclamation points? I like them too, although I generally feel that using one at a time, or on very rare occasions, two at a time, will get the point across. (No pun intended.) When people use ten at a time I just eye them suspiciously and wonder what they’ve been smoking.  But maybe I’m more conservative when it comes to exclamation points. “Yep, that Mr. Nethead is a conservative exclaimer.” I bet that’s what the people say. Incidentally, did you know that the exclamation point is known as a “bang” in printers’ jargon?

Autumn is coming! It’s that swell time of  year when the temperature drops to the 50s and 60s, the leaves change colors on the trees, stores begin selling caramel apples, and the cost of energy for my apartment drops by 60%! Now technically autumn doesn’t begin until September 22, but it already feels like fall here. Needless to say, I’m excited.

Really really excited!!!!!!!!!!


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Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 23

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Greetings and/or salutations! It’s Wednesday, which means it’s time for another exciting installment of Midweek Thoughts.

I love a good storm.  I know it’s typical for children to fear thunderstorms, but I have always found them comforting and actually sleep better when there’s a lot of thunder and lightning. There are many examples in the Bible where thunder is associated with God’s voice and His power, and I think that’s the reason why I’ve always liked it, even as a child.  Anyway, we had a pretty intense thunderstorm here last night. I was pleased.

When I was little, my dad would occasionally give me a two-dollar bill. I always found them to be pretty cool looking, and since they were sort of a special gift from my dad, I would never spend them. I still have a couple that I’ve held onto for well over a decade. I have to say, I’d really like to get more. Perhaps I’ll ask my bank if they have any the next time I’m there. Actually, I’d love to get a big stack of them and spread them all over town. I bet there are a lot of people who have never even seen them.

Servings sizes are silly. I can recall this one time I looked on the wrapper of a brownie and noticed it only had two hundred calories. “Two hundred calories?” I thought to myself. “That’s not bad for a brownie.” Upon closer inspection, I learned that a serving size was actually one half of a brownie. Now how many people are going to sit down with a brownie and only eat half of it? I felt cheated, I felt wronged, I felt deceived and I was slightly angry. But on the plus side, it was a pretty tasty brownie.

And now I kinda want a brownie…


25
Aug 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 22

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It’s Wednesday already? Well then, I guess it’s time for some Midweek Thoughts!

This is going to sound strange, but I couldn’t tell if the teller at the bank who served me this morning was a man or woman. The person had short hair and was dressed in a male dress shirt and tie. The voice didn’t really sway things one way or the other, and the name was ambiguous too. I suppose I’ll never know though, ‘cause it’s not like I can just ask, “are you a man or a woman?” Especially if it’s the person handling my money. :O

Where did the expression “a bite to eat” come from? If I’m going to go through the trouble of eating I’d like more than a bite. Besides, I rarely ever see someone eat only one bite of food. Maybe someday I’ll get a plate of food together and then count how many bites it takes to eat the whole thing. Then I’d be able to say, “I’m hungry. I think I’ll get 22 bites to eat,” or whatever the number happens to be. *nod* I should do that. 

I’ve been reading the Psalms a lot lately. David of the Bible is sort of an interesting character. He was a wretched miserable sinner and at times a flat-out jerk.  Despite all those flaws, God loved him dearly and I find that encouraging. Anyway, I draw a lot of inspiration from the Psalms these days. I know my dad loved the Psalms a lot too. I wonder how many times he read them.


23
Aug 10

A Case Of The Mondays

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For many people Monday is a day of dread as they head back to work for another week at a job they probably don’t care for much. But I’ve found over the years that I actually sort of like Mondays. To me Monday represents a fresh start and new opportunities as well as a break from well… the break. Seriously. If I have too much time off I go a little nuts.

I feel grateful that I have a job and can bring home a paycheck. Without that paycheck, I wouldn’t have a roof over my head, food on the table, or clothes on my back. I wouldn’t be able to pay for Internet access or take road trips to visit my girlfriend either.

The United States currently has an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent with over 14 million people looking for work. So if you find yourself feeling a little down about having to go to work on Monday, just remember how rough it is out there and you may soon consider it a blessing. You might even find yourself saying, “Thank God it’s Monday!”


18
Aug 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 21

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Today is a Wednesday. I always used to post a Midweek Thoughts entry on Wednesdays, so I think I’m going to try to start doing that again.

I used to write in this blog all the time. In fact, I made an effort to write in this blog every day. I know that stopped rather abruptly, but that’s because my life was upended, shaken up, tossed about and changed forever. Anyway, I’m trying to return to normalcy, and part of “normal” for me is writing in this blog, so here goes.

I tried Spam for the first time the other day. No, not the junk email type spam, but rather the “meat” type Spam. And it was turkey Spam since eating pork causes all sorts of upheaval inside me.

So one might wonder why I tried Spam. Well, I was grocery shopping at Walmart when I spied with my eye a type of meat I hadn’t tried. Yes, I bought it because I had never had it. I suppose that’s a bit silly as I would never apply the same principle to say… limburger cheese. But that’s irrelevant to the story, so I’ll try not to go off on a tangent here.

Spam tastes about as good as it looks. It’s not horrible, but it’s the sort of food one would stock in a nuclear fallout shelter. I probably won’t purchase it again, at least not until it’s time to stock my shelter.

I’ve been pretty sick for about the last week and a half. In fact, last week I was so sick that I could barely speak. So I did what any hungry man would do in such a situation. I ordered McDonalds food with a note!

It was a pretty simple order. All I wanted was a double quarter-pounder with cheese and only ketchup. I specifically stated in the note that I did not want the meal. So when the girl working the counter asked me, “do you want the meal?” I shook my head and felt a little disappointed that she even felt the need to ask.

Anyway, I went home and ate my sandwich. When I had finished eating, I grabbed the sandwich box to throw it away. As I tossed it in the trash, I noticed the nutrition facts. I felt disappointed again, because now that I know a double quarter-pounder with cheese has 740 calories, I probably won’t be able to order it again. *le sigh*

I’ve noticed that computers seem to have personalities. Nearly every computer I’ve used has some sort of weird quirk. For example, my primary laptop will just randomly go nuts and switch the wi-fi and Bluetooth on and off over and over again. This is pretty annoying since I can’t use the Internet with the wi-fi flickering on and off like a light switch. The good news is, I’ve decided to use that quirk as an excuse to buy a new laptop. Now if only I had any money… *drifts off into daydreams about new laptops*


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Aug 10

Just a Random Musing

When you read the Bible, you’re probably going to come across Scriptures that your flesh doesn’t like. "Love your enemies? Bless them that curse you?" Your flesh may tell you that’s crazy talk. But then, if you have the Spirit of God within you, you’ll realize it’s amazing; it’s brilliant. If everyone in the world would just do what Jesus told us to do, there would be no war, there would be no starvation, there would be no injustice or greed. This world would be like… Heaven.


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May 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 20

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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to this very special edition of Midweek Thoughts. This is the 20th installment, which means some celebratory behavior is warranted. Of course, I didn’t want to actually spend any time, money or effort on the celebration, so I suggest you close your eyes for a moment and imagine a grandiose fireworks display and a festive pig roast. I’ll wait here. *waits*  All done? Great, let’s get on with the thoughts then.

I nearly ran over a bunny on my way to work this morning. Someone needs to sit down with the bunnies and have a stern conversation about the dangers of darting into traffic. Luckily for today’s bunny, there was no other traffic on the road at the time. If there had been, he probably wouldn’t be doing whatever it is he’s doing right now. So please bunnies, I implore you; be more careful when crossing the road!

For reasons unbeknownst to be me, I have not felt like going grocery shopping lately. The food supply at my apartment is dwindling, but that hasn’t been enough to motivate a shopping trip. I’m usually too tired to go shopping after work. ‘Cause ya know, after working a long day all I wanna do is lay on the couch, watch TV, text my girlfriend and drink cold beverages. But I’m off work tomorrow, so maybe I’ll finally go grocery shopping. Or I might just lay on the couch all day, watch TV, text my girlfriend and drink cold beverages.  After all, I’m not out of food yet. I still have a few cans of corn.

I brought my briefcase to work today. Lately I’ve been having trouble fitting all my gadgets in my pockets. So then it occurred to me that I could just put them in my briefcase. Not only is it an easy way to transport my stuff, but people who see me will think I’m a responsible business professional! Responsible business professionals wear jeans and t-shirts to work right?


23
May 10

Things That Make Me Happy

Life is full of ups and downs, hills and valleys, joy and pain, happiness and crappiness and so forth and so on. In this blog entry I’m going to list some of the things that make me happy.

  • My girlfriend. She’s sweet, she’s pretty, kind and considerate. And she makes really good cupcakes.
  • A DVR full of Mythbusters. Mythbusters is a great show. So when I hit the “My DVR” button on my remote and see that it’s 98% full of Mythbusters, I’m a pretty happy man.
  • Seeing a jerkopie get his comeuppance. Sure it’s great to see, but I really just wanted an excuse to use the words “jerkopie” and “comeuppance.”
  • Air conditioning. The days are long and hot in the summer, but the A/C keeps me nice and cool.
  • Soda in glass bottles. There’s just something about soda in glass. It seems cold, sweeter and well… better.
  • Signing on to Facebook and seeing that I have 20 notifications. Usually when I sign on, I have at most 5. But that’s probably because I check Facebook 50 times a day.
  • Chocolate. Who doesn’t like chocolate? I mean besides people who are allergic to it. I feel very very sorry for those people.
  • Cheese. There are so many different varieties of cheese. So many different ways to eat cheese. Cheese is awesome.
  • Burger King. I love a good buck double. Yummeh!

And that, my friends is a very short list of some of the things that make me happy. It’s far from a complete list and I’ll probably do another list at some point. But in the meantime, what are some things that make YOU happy?