I'm just a guy at a house

It's a long story. :)

Just some pictures. This is rapidly becoming a photoblog... :)

Bren with a flower

Bren by the window. Kind of artistic, I think.

Stormy Weather

Sunset from my back yard

This Weeks Pictures: Where you sleep

  • Your Bed
  • Your Dresser (or drawers)
  • Your favorite Jammies

Here goes:

Bed: (With Boy. We really don't make it up unless company's coming...)

Dresser: (Mine left, hers right. With boy watching Piglet's Big Movie...)

Jammies: Nonexistent! I hate pajamas. Hehe.

So there it is! What I hope to be the first in a long line of SPF posts. Thanks Kristine!

(Here's how I found out about SPF: http://ramblingsoftheace.blogspot.com/ - Thanks Amanda!)

I want to do this, but I haven't gotten around to it yet...maybe today!

A fun thing to do on Fridays if you don't have to work. This is my second to last "free friday" on summer hours. [pout]

Fairly common knowledge, at least for me...

Thu Jul 28, 8:25 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - E-mail is for grown-ups and U.S. teenagers now prefer instant messaging to communicate with each other online, according to a survey released on Wednesday.

Internet users from 12 to 17 years old say e-mail is best for talking to parents or institutions, but they are more likely to fire up IM when talking with each other, the nonprofit Pew Internet and American Life Project found.

E-mail is still used by 90 percent of online teens. But the survey found greater enthusiasm for instant messaging.

Three-quarters of teen Internet users use instant messaging, compared with 42 percent of adults, Pew said. Nearly half of teens said they exchanged IMs daily, and some said they spent more than two hours each day using instant-messenger programs.

Half or nearly half of the 1,100 teenagers surveyed said they used IM to send Web links or photos to each other, while nearly one-third said they had sent music or video clips over IM. Adults were much less likely to do any of those things, the survey found.

Nearly nine out of 10 teenagers say they use the Internet, up from 74 percent in 2000. Those are who still not online are likely to be so poor that they have limited access to technology, the survey found, and are disproportionately black.

The survey, conducted in October and November 2004, has a margin of error of 4 percentage points.

I think I use IM less now than I did a year ago. I guess IM usage is inversely proportional to age. Back in college Jen and I used a very early version of IM on SCO Unix. I think it was called "talk". It would split your screen in half and you could chat back and forth. I would always crack her up! I always say that I'm much more funny on chat than in real life...
Happy Friday!

I'm not sure if this is funny or not...

Jen saw this when first logging onto RuneScape this morning...a glitch. Usually each has between 600 and 1000 players at least! Click to see it in a readable size...

What a waste of "valuable" blog space! Oh, yeah, I have as much space as I want! Hahahahaha!

An elderly man in Florida had owned a large farm for several years.

He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice; picnic tables,horseshoe courts, and some apple and peach trees.

The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming when it was built.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond, as he hadn't been there for a while, and look it over.

On his way, he grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee.

When came closer he saw it was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond.

He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"

The old man frowned and said, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked."

Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm just here to feed the alligator."

Moral: Old men can still think fast

Never heard of West Jet Airways? No wonder...

A plane was taking off from the Winnipeg Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, "Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from
Winnipeg to Montreal, The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax... OH, MY GOD!" Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, "Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!" A passenger in Coach yelled, "That's nothing. You should see the back of mine!"


After a real crusher of a landing in Halifax, the attendant came on with, "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we'll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."


"As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."

Happy Happy Joy Joy! We're up on Earthlink now, and I think our net access is a little faster. Different IP, domain, all that good stuff. It just makes me love DYNdns.org even more. I didn't have to relink any of my pictures or any of the things on Jen's website. Good stuff!

I got this lengthy thing in my email today. I'm not certain that these are the "genuine" 2005 Darwin awards, as the official site doesn't mention them, but they're funny all the same.

Darwin Awards 2005

Yes, it's that magical time of the year again when the Darwin Awards are bestowed, honoring the least evolved among us. Here then, are the glorious winners:

1. When his 38-caliber revolver failed to fire at his intended victim during a hold-up in Long Beach, California, would-be robber James Elliot did something that can only inspire wonder. He peered down the barrel and tried the trigger again. This time it worked.

2. The chef at a hotel in Switzerland lost a finger in a meat-cutting machine and, after a little hopping around, submitted a claim to his insurance company. The company expecting negligence sent out one of its men to have a look for himself. He tried the machine and lost a finger. The chef's claim was approved.

3. A man who shoveled snow for an hour to clear a space for his car during a blizzard in Chicago returned with his vehicle to find a woman had taken the space. Understandably, he shot her.

4. After stopping for drinks at an illegal bar, a Zimbabwean bus driver found that the 20 mental patients he was supposed to be transporting from Harare to Bulawayo had escaped. Not wanting to admit his incompetence, the driver went to a nearby bus stop and offered everyone waiting there a free ride. He then delivered the passengers to the mental hospital, telling the staff that the patients were very excitable and prone to bizarre fantasies. The deception wasn't discovered for 3 days.

5. An American teenager was in the hospital recovering from serious head wounds received from an oncoming train. When asked how he received the injuries, the lad told police that he was simply trying to see how close he could get his head to a moving train before he was hit.

6. A man walked into a Louisiana Circle-K, put a $20 bill on the counter, and asked for change. When the clerk opened the cash drawer, the man pulled a gun and asked for all the cash in the register, which the clerk promptly provided. The man took the cash from the clerk and fled, leaving the $20 bill on the counter. The total amount of cash he got from the drawer...$15. (If someone points a gun at you and gives you money, is a crime committed?)

7. Seems an Arkansas guy wanted some beer pretty badly. He decided that he'd just throw a cinderblock through a liquor store window, grab some booze, and run. So he lifted the cinderblock and heaved it over his head at the window. The cinderblock bounced back and hit the would-be thief on the head, knocking him unconscious. The liquor store window was made of Plexiglas. The whole event was caught on videotape.

8. As a female shopper exited a New York convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately, and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, "Yes, officer, that's her. That's the lady I stole the purse from."

9. The Ann Arbor News crime column reported that a man walked into a Burger King in Ypsilanti, Michigan, at 5 a.m., flashed a gun, and demanded cash. The clerk turned him down because he said he couldn't open the cash register without a food order. When the man ordered onion rings, the clerk said they weren't available for breakfast. The man, frustrated, walked away.


10. When a man attempted to siphon gasoline from a motor home parked on a Seattle street, he got much more than he bargained for. Police arrived at the scene to find a very sick man curled up next to a motor home near spilled sewage. A police spokesman said that the man admitted to trying to steal gasoline and plugged his siphon hose into the motor home's sewage tank by mistake. The owner of the vehicle declined to press charges, saying that it was the best laugh he'd ever had.

In the interest of bettering human kind please share these with your friends and family ... unless of course one of these 10 individuals by chance is a distant relative or long lost friend. In that case be glad they are distant and hope they remain lost

Here's one that wasn't in the email I got, but it's too good not to pass on. Everyone's done something like this before, but maybe not in suck a serious situation...

A thief burst into a Florida bank one day wearing a ski mask and carrying a gun. Aiming his gun at the guard, the thief yelled, "FREEZE, MOTHER- STICKERS, THIS IS A ****-UP!" For a moment, everyone was silent. Then the snickers started. The guard completely lost it and doubled over laughing. It probably saved his life, because he'd been about to draw his gun. He couldn't have drawn and fired before the thief got him. The thief ran away and is still at large. In memory of the event, the bank later put a plaque on the wall engraved with the words,"Freeze, mother-stickers, this is a ****-up!"

Now, here's why I don't think these are genuine Darwins: The official site says, and I have always believed, that "Nominees significantly improve the gene pool by eliminating themselves from the human race in an obviously stupid way. They are self-selected examples of the dangers inherent in a lack of common sense..." Well, most of the morons above didn't die, so I don't really think that they qualify. It's worth a laugh nonetheless.

I don't know if I mentioned it, but I finally got a new cheapie pedometer (but not as cheap as the last one).

Today's number: 12239. I think that's a record. Yeah!!!

P.S. When I was bringing in the trash can, I saw a huge fire truck coming down the street. I smiled and gave a salute, to which they honked the BIG horn - and almost blew my hair off. :)

Seen at a flea market near my house...

I can feel an Aggie joke coming on!!!

This is the view from my truck as I drive into my
neighborhood. I despise the little bastards that do
this over and over. This fence was painted over
white about 4 weeks ago and look at it now. Argh!
It just burns me up...

From http://parisdailyphoto.blogspot.com/,
a wonderful photoblog.

I've been sitting here on the telephone for about 20 minutes because I switched from RoadRunner to EarthLink about a month ago and the service hasn't changed. I called the help line and waited for a long time, finally getting "Jim" at RoadRunner national tech support. I'm not sure why I ended up with him, but he was definitely not where I wanted to be. I didn't want to hang up on him, so I bit the bullet and explained about switching and the lack of change. He didn't really have any help for me, but offered to transfer to my local customer service (which is what I thought I was waiting for anyway). So, at the end of a lot of calls these days, the rep has to say a little thank you line, right. He says "Thank you for choosing...uh...what you've chosen. Have a good day." The script says "Thank you for choosing RoadRunenr", of course, I've heard it many times before. Poor guy, he was embarrassed and so was I. I love RoadRunner, and this is what I told him, but the price is just too high. :(

We have it!!!!! We just finally got back from Borders with our lovely green copy of HP & the HBP! We arrived there at about 10pm.

When we went into the store, we immediately stopped at the sign-in table and got claim ticket 210. Unfortunately, you got a ticket number depending on when you came in the door, not when you got signed up as I presumed in my previous post. Doh!

That's the claim ticket and a 25% off any other item coupon in my hand. The lady in yellow behind me is the store manager who was emceeing by the way.

After a loooong wait and a lot of people watching on my part, we finally made it to the front of the line. Here's the scene of thousands of $$$ rolling into the Borders cash registers.

We trotted out to the truck and started reading at precisely 1:01am, July 16, 2005. Thank goodness for the return of Harry Potter!!!!!

I can't believe that it's been over two months since I wrote about Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince's release. Time has flown, thanks goodness! In 3 hours 57 ish minutes the line will start moving and we'll be getting ever closer to our copy. I hope we're near the front. We did reserve MONTHS ago, so I think we should be close to the top of the list. As soon as we get home, I'm going to post pictures of the release party we're attending at the Huebner Oaks Borders. I can't wait!!!

J.K. Rowling, we love you!

The Union Jack is reflected in raindrops on a car window from the electronic message sign at the NASDAQ Market Site in New York's Times Square July 8, 2005, which has been displaying the flag as part of a tribute to victims of Thursday's bombings in London. Explosions in London's mass transit system early yesterday killed at least 50 people and injured more than 700 during the morning rush. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

I haven't played RuneScsape in almost a week. I have the shakes. I have cold sweats. I'm biting my fingernails. I need some RuneScape!!!

Hehe. Just kidding. I really do want to play it, but I'm not breaking down physically yet. We've been watching movies since my mother is in town and staying with us. Watched the Aviator last night and night before. It's so long, that we had to split it over two days. Whew! It was great!

Mom rented a nice little car, which I want to post a pic of as soon as I get it off my phone...

This probably isn't going to be of any interest to anyone but me, so anyone might just want to skip reading it...

I've been playing with Nextel Blackberry 7520 lately, and I want to keep track of all the little tricks that I've learned so that I don't not have them when I need them. So, here goes with the list.

1) When in messages, press T to go to the top of the list, B to go to the bottom. If you hold CAP and scroll, it will highlight multiple items so that you can easily delete them.

2)Is it possible to see the display of the ‘signal strength’ in real numbers?

Yes. Rather than looking at the bars, you can change the display of the 'signal strength' to read in real numbers. While at the home screen (ribbon), hold down the half moon ALT key while you type NMLL. The bars should change to read numbers. For the 'signal strength', if you are in the 100 area (that means -100 dBm), you will be transmitting at maximum power (2 Watts), and since coverage is hit and miss at this weak a signal, you may end up transmitting many times before the packets make it through. This might help explain any poorer than normal battery life.

To get the bars back: While at the home screen (ribbon), hold down the half moon ALT key while you type NMLL again.

3) The Jabra BT250v works marvelously with the BB 7520. The bluetooth paiting was easy and it worked immediately (well, after one reboot of the headset.) Makes me wish my i275 had bluetooth. But I have a camera and I can't complain. BB doesn't have a camera model yet...

4) Type the first letter of an item in an options list or menu to jump directly to that item.

5) Hold the ALT key while you roll the thumb-wheel to scroll horizontally in any field where you can enter or view text. Hold the ALT key while you roll the thumb-wheel to scroll through a field to view options. Hold the CAP key while you roll the thumb-wheel to select multiple items in a list.

6) http://www.ibbug.org/

Maybe more to come as I find things...

London to stage 2012 Olympics
This computer-generated image released by the London 2012 committee shows London's proposed Aquatic Centre. London won the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games after a vote by IOC members in Singapore on July 6, 2005, beating out Paris, New York City, Madrid and Moscow. (Reuters - Handout)

I wonder if I'll still be blogging in 8 years when my little son is 10 and I'm 37? I can't imagine...

Here's more:

There are more churches in Las Vegas than casinos. During Sunday services at the offertory, some worshippers contribute casino chips as opposed to cash. Some are sharing their winnings - some are hoping to win. Since they get chips from so many different casinos, and they are worth money, the Catholic churches are required to send all the chips into the diocese for sorting. Once sorted into the respective casino chips, one junior priest takes the chips and makes the rounds to the casinos turning chips into cash.

And he is known as ..

Are you ready?

You're going to love this-

The Chip Monk!

They just don't stop. It was hot yesterday, so this was inevitable...

You Know you are in Texas in July When:
1. The trees are whistling for dogs
2. The birds have to use potholders to pull worms from the ground
3. The best parking spot is determined by shade, rather than distance
4. Hot water comes from both taps
5. You learn that a seat belt buckle makes a good branding iron
6. The temperature drops below 95 degrees and you feel a chill
7. You discover that it only takes alternating fingers to steer your car
8. You realize that asphalt has a liquid state

Another entry in the Phunny Phorwards File...

>Now this kid is creative----
> The Essay
> ==========
> A university creative writing class was asked to write a concise
> essay containing the following elements:
> 1. Religion
> 2. Royalty
> 3. Sex
> 4. Mystery
> The prize-winning essay read:
> "My God," said the Queen, "I'm pregnant. I wonder who did it!"

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

"Old Glory"
Music and flag from here. Press Escape to cut it off. ^_^

"The Star Spangled Banner"

The Defense of Fort McHenry
by Francis Scott Key
20 September 1814

Oh, say can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, now conceals, now discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines on the stream:
'Tis the star-spangled banner! O long may it wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion
A home and a country should leave us no more?
Their blood has wiped out their foul footstep's pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war's desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: "In God is our trust."
And the star-spangled banner forever shall wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
Finally, a big thanks to all our troops at home and abroad. We couldn't celebrate in safety on any holiday without your constant and unblinking vigilance. Salute!!!

My Runescape character in her stylish new Mithril Platelegs and Mithril Plateskirt. She had to try on both, but ultimately decided on the platelegs. The skirt made her you-know-what look too big. :p

I've been outside now for another two hours or so mowing the back and tidying up. The whole type I was thinking about "Van Dyke or Fu Man Chu" and I just can't stand not knowing anymore. So, here goes my research stream of consciousness style:

Interesting and very informative. Not to mention that I am going to check out that link under FemmeBloggers. Ohh! On that page is a cool link to America Supports You. I did it. Just doooo it! I've read a little of her site and it's really pretty good.

Some interesting pictures, but nothing about the elusive Fu Man Chu.

Not about beards at all. How did I get here?

These people are just too concerned...

Ah Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! So that's a Fu Man Chu. ROTFL, splitting my sides, about to pee in my pants.


Okay...it's officially a VanDyke. I'm not sure about having something with the word Dyke in it on my face. Most men's dream, probably. Hahahahahahahaha.

This is a really great pic from Kenny Sia.

I think I'm going to open a convenience store and call it Diamond Shanrock. Nobody will know I ripped off the name from another store!!!


Woo Hoo! I've been working in the yard since my last post, what, two and a half hours ago? and finally I got tired and hungry and THIRSTY so I came in. I figured that I'd weigh since I haven't eaten since last night about 9. Well, I have officially sweat'd my ass off. 217.5.

I just talked to the health office at the university and they checked my charts since I started school there in 1993. When I started, I weighed 198.5 pounds. That's my new offical target weight. My goal was just 199.5 to break out of the 200s, but now I have to lose one more pound.

I WILL DO IT!!!!!!!! Ruff! Ruff! Ruff! Ruff! Grrrrrrrrrrr!

They're canning them now. I just
ordered two cases! Hahahahahaha!
"Announcing new stripper buckets from KFC"

(San Antonio just passed an ordinance on no totally
nude dancing, so order now while supplies last...)

This is my yard mowin', string trimmin',
outdoors chores kinda look.

Me, briefly

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North Texas, Texas, United States

This is the story
of a man named Darrell
who was working
and bringing up a family.

This is the story
of his lovely family
with 3 kids and wife
all at home.

We're a happy family!
Yes, we're a happy family!


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