September, 2010

Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 27


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…

Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 26


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! 

Sep 10

Why Dollar Coins Are Better Than Dollar Bills


This country is drowning in debt. In fact, as of today, the national debt is over $13,484,000,000,000.  The share of each American is about $43,000 and growing every day. Although it would take a dramatic decrease in spending and a dramatic increase in tax revenue to ever pay down such a debt, there are little things Americans can do to help.  One such thing is switching to dollar coins instead of dollar bills.

I mentioned in my last blog entry that dollar coins last over 30 years compared to the 18-22 month lifespan of dollar bills. Research done in the 90s concluded that a mandated switch to dollar coins would save the country over $500 million every year. Since there are even more dollar bills in circulation now, the savings would probably be even greater.

Dollar coins are better than dollar bills. For one thing, dollar coins can be recycled when they become too damaged to remain in circulation. Dollar bills are simply burned. Furthermore, it’s impossible to snort a line of coke with a dollar coin, and I’m pretty sure no one would be stuffing dollar coins down a stripper’s *ahem* intimate apparel.

So there you have it. Those are just a few of the reasons dollar coins are better. Why not ask for a roll the next time you’re at your bank?


Sep 10

Dollar Coins!

Good news America! I’ve decided to do my part in helping this country reduce spending. I’ve decided to start using dollar coins! “How does that help America?” you might wonder. Well you see, one-dollar bills have a lifespan of 18-22 months. Coins, on the other hand, have a lifespan of 30 years. The Bureau of Engraving and Printing prints 16,650,000 one-dollar bills every day. If more people used coins instead of bills, we’d need to print less bills and that would save the country money.

Plus the dollar coins look neat.



Incidentally, my dollar coins are from the James Buchanan series. They’re doing a presidential series of dollar coins and will eventually have a dollar coin for each president.

Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 25


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.

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. 

Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 24


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!!!!!!!!!!

Sep 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 23


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…