Saturday, July 26, 2008

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Jay Leno Article

Jay Leno wrote this; it's the Jay Leno we don't often see....

As most of you know I am not a President
Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not
about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it
seems to hit the mark
'The other day I was reading Newsweek
magazine and came across some Poll data I found
rather hard to believe. It must be true given
the source, right?
The Newsweek poll alleges that 67
percent of Americans are unhappy with the
direction the country is headed and 69 percent of
the country is unhappy with the performance of
the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry
just ain't happy and want a change. So being the
knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, 'What
are we so unhappy about?''

A.. Is it that we have electricity and
running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week?

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of
having air conditioning in the summer and heating
in the winter?

C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of
these unhappy folks have a job?

D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk
into a grocery store at any time and see more
food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last

E. Maybe it is the ability to drive our
cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the
Atlantic Ocean without having to present
identification papers as we move through each

F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean
and safe motels we would find along the way that
can provide temporary shelter?

G.. I guess having thousands of
restaurants with varying cuisine from around the
world is just not good enough either.

H. Or could it be that when we wreck
our car, emergency workers show up and provide
services to help all and even send a helicop ter
to take you to the hospital.

I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70
percent of Americans who own a home.

J.. You may be upset with knowing that
in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of
trained firefighters will appear in moments and
use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames,
thus saving you, your family, and your

K.. Or if, while at home watching one
of your m any flat screen TVs, a burglar or
prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun
and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you
and your family against attack or loss.

L.. This all in the backdrop of a
neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and
pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where
90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers.

M.. How about the complete religious, social

and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy
of everyone in the world?

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy.

Fact is, we are the largest group
of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever
seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet
has a great disdain for its citizens. They see
us for what we are. The most blessed people in
the world who do nothing but complain about what
we don't have, and what we hate about the country
instead of thanking the good Lord we live h ere.

I know, I know. What about the
president who took us into war and has no plan to
get us out? The president who has a measly 31
percent approval rating? Is this the same
president who guided the nation in the dark days
after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to
bring g an economy out of recession? Could this
be the same guy who has been called every name in
the book for succeeding in keeping all the
spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist
attacks? The commander in chief of an
all-volunteer army that is out there defending
you and me?

Did you hear how bad the President is
on the news or talk show? Did this news affect
you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn't
take a look around for yourself and see all the
good things and be glad? Think about
it......are you upset at the President because he
actually caused you personal pain OR is it
because the 'Media' told you he was failing to
kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day.
Make no mistake about it.

The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have
volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have
died for your freedom. There is currently no
draft in this country. They didn't have to go.
They are able to refuse to go and end up with
either a ''general'' discharge, an 'other than
honorable'' discharge or, worst case scenario, a
''dishonorable' ' discharge after a few days in
the brig.

So why then the flat-out discontentment
in the minds of 69 percent of Americans?

Say what you want but I blame it on the
media. If it bleeds it leads and they
specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a
car crash with blood and guts. How many will
watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The
media knows this and media outlets are for-profit
corporations. They offer what sells, and when
criticized, try to defend their actions by
'justifying' them in one way or another. Just ask
why they tried to allow a murderer like O.J.
Simpson to write a book about how he didn't kill
his wife, but if he did he would have done it
this way......Insane!

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New
York Times for the bottom of your bird cage.
Then start being grateful for all we have as
country. There is exponentially more good than
bad. We are among the most blessed people on
Earth and should thank God several times a day,
or at least be thankful and appreciative.' 'With
hurricanes, tornadoes, fires out of control, mud
slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up
the country from one end to another, and with the
threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, 'Are we
sure this is a good time to take God out of the
Pledge of Allegiance?'
Jay Leno

Friday, July 11, 2008

What A Day

Let's review all the fun LaRue and I have had today.....

About 11:00 I'm getting ready to check some information online for hotel/motel accommodations for the upcoming wedding. I got most of it done and then the internet died. So, I reset the modem. Nothing. Finally, I try to call the phone people to check on it. Phone line is dead. Fortunately, a couple of days ago I had purchased a little prepaid cellphone. By the way, it's great. Just purchase minutes at a really good rate and talk till they're gone; then do it all over (shampoo, rinse, repeat).

I should mention that I had been suspecting the modem as the problem. Afterall, I installed it back in 2004.
So, I grab the cellphone and call the phone people. They say bring the modem in for testing.
Diagnosis - dead modem. I get a new one and take it home. Plug it all in and.......nothing. Now the phone company informs me that they are having some problems and are working on the lines. Should be up in a short (hours) while.
Fine and dandy. We have lots of other stuff to do than surf the net and yak on the phone.

Then the guy from the gas company knocks on the door. He's here to switch out the old meter with a new one.
After he does his thing he comes in to relight the pilot light on the water heater. Oh my, look at all the rust in there. Time for a new water heater!

Tomorrow Robin and I get the swap out water heaters. I put the current one in 28 years ago, so it's probably time for another one anyway. But the heater is bigger than the opening to the little cubby area. Last time, and again tomorrow, we had to not only remove the door, but the framing around the door to squeeze it in.

About 6 PM I wander past LaRue's computer and see a message on her screen that the anti-virus program has been updated. Internet is back! But no phone still. I call again and they end up putting in a work order. Sometime tomorrow a guy will be out to test everything.

Now it's 8 PM and I'm at work until 3 AM.

What a day!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008


Two big announcements to pass along today. Here's a scan of the first one:

The actual announcements will be mailed soon with a picture of the happy couple.

Announcement Two:

Andy and Laurie are expecting a baby! Due date is December 30th.