Sunday, November 1, 2009

Big Daddy has moved!!!

That's right, I've finally made the big move. You can check it out here.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Frustrations Abound

That’s right …Big Daddy is frustrated. BlogSpot hasn’t been working as well as I’d like. I’d type a whole post, and then when I’d try and put it up for all to see….poof it would be gone. I’m getting ready to move over to wordpress, but there are all kinds of buttons and gizmos that I need to learn how to use first. So the move is still a little way off. But I think I’ve figure out that if I type out what I want on Microsoft Word….then copy and paste it on to my blog…it works….pain…but it works…

Monday, October 12, 2009

Bad Tattoo's

I love seeing bad tattoo's....these are few good ones...

It's a Tramp Stamp....funny....but it's there forever...

That's one way to get a six pack, but its not very sexy.

Nothing in this world could ever say how much you love you best friend like getting thier face on you butt for the rest of you life.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Random Thought

You know it's bad when the highlight of your morning is that you are wearing a brand new pair of underwear!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

I don’t know how many of you are avid readers of The Little Mama, but if you recall last Nov the Kirby man came knocking on our door. Kim had a wonderful little rant about it. If you haven’t read it, I suggest you do so now by clicking here.

Fun story right? What she left out was that it was how she was a little mad at me for agreeing to let them into our house in the first place. I don’t want to be mean or anything like that….I probably would have been a little upset if the roles were reversed and we had things to do.

We live in a new home that we just bought. It’s in a new subdivision. We get a lot of sales people coming up to our door. Most of time it’s really annoying. Well, all the time it’s really annoying.

“Hey, we have this really great alarm system that will tell you if someone it breaking in to your home.”

“Sorry, do you see and hear my dog barking at you as he’s trying to get at you. I think we’re covered there. Thanks.”

“I’d like you give you info on our water softener.”

“No thank you we already have one.”

Last night another salesmen came to the door, Kim answered and he offer to clean 2 rooms of our house (and scotch guard them) for free to try and drum up future business. She was pretty excited about it when she was telling me that they’d be back in 5 min.

I said “I hope it’s not the Kirby guy.”

Now what followed this statement was a reaction that I wish I could have captured on film. Remember she teased me for a least a week about it when I let them in our old house. Her eye got wide. Her mouth dropped. The blood drained from her face as she went pale. “I didn’t even think about that.”

5 min. later they came into the house as I hid with Emma in another room. I couldn’t hear the whole conversation, but when Little Mama found out that dude was in fact trying to sell her a Kirby she was indeed less than cordial. I on the other hand was politely trying to stifle my laughs from the bedroom. It really was funny and since we didn’t have any pressing engagements…

Well after I could tell Kirby dude was safely in the confines of the playroom Emma and I stepped out to see what all the hub bub was. We of course had to laughed and point at Little Mama. It was a great day.

I love my wife!

Monday, October 5, 2009

They grow up so fast!

Wow, do they ever!!! Jake has already figured out the Mommy Daddy game. You know the game. Daddy says no, so then he goes and asks Mom. Then she says yes so he gets what he wants and can’t really get in trouble for it.

He’s not even three yet!!!

I think I’m going to have to get some walkie talkies so when we’re in other rooms we can provide a united front. I don’t like it.

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Romo, Romo Where Art Thou Romo?

Now admittedly I’m not a big Cowboy’s fan. In fact I’ve got a bet going against them for $20 bucks (don’t tell Kim). Little is a huge Cowboys fan, so that means (of course) I’m a Cowboys fan. I can’t say I’ve jumped on the Tony Romo band wagon like a lot of people. I’ll admit the last 2 years he’s been a pretty good QB for the most part. I say most part because he made a few really bad mistakes and a few really bad calls when he should have. He’s a young guy though right….He’s just suppose to get better!!! Right!

Well this season he started of with a killer game throwing for 350+ yrds and 3 touchdowns. Great way to start the season! Top of the world! And all that Titanic stuff!

Unfortunately, it just gave him farther to fall.

Since then he’s thrown 3 interceptions’, and only one touchdown. His total yards for the last 2 games barely match game 1. He’s been consistently throwing behind, over and way out in front of his receivers. The really sad part is that it seems like every time he completes a good long pass to someone, it pull back on a penalty. (Usually by Flozell Adams.)

So now what’s happened to Tony Romo? Does he miss Jessica Simpson and can’t get the thought of her in those Daisy Dukes out his head? Does he have a new girlfriend? (It’s been proven to affect his game) Or does he just miss T.O. that much? Personally I can’t see how you can miss someone dropping passes and talking smack, but that’s just me.

So Tony…What The Heck!?!?

Friday, September 25, 2009

Splish Slash!

Emma's taking a bath!

This is so cute!

I'm a Tower Junky

I just can't stop. I started reading Stephen Kings Dark Tower series towards the beginning of Aug. and I'm now on the 5th book in the series. I'll give you a little background if you're not in the know.

Back in the early 70's Stephen King wrote a few short stories based on a character called simply "The Gunslinger" as he chased "The Man in Black." These few short stories were later put together into a book, and another book later followed. In 2004 the 7th and final book in the series was completed. So it took him over 30 years to write all of them. Some times a long wait in between books. I'm so glad I wasn't reading them as they came out.

Stephen King considers these to be his master piece. The thing he'll be remembering for more than anything else. I've tried in the past to read his works. I just couldn't get into them. I've tried many different books, and at different times in my life with no luck. I'd never tried The Dark Tower though.

It’s captured me. It combines so many different things. It’s a western, sci-fi, action, romance, fantasy, horror, thriller, and it’s all done brilliantly, it’s an amazing book. I can't wait to see what awaits Roland and his Ka-tet. I've read 5 books in a little over a month! (Not including the book that I read in the middle for a break) These aren't exactly small books people. The first has got to be the smallest of them all.

So if you've got some free time or looking for a good read, my I suggest starting with The Gunslinger. I'll bet you library has it.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Others

I like Science Fiction. It’s truly my favorite genre and I scratched the surface a bit as to why. Now I’m going to go through all the different genres (the main ones as defined here by wiki) one by one in no particular order. These apply to books and movies just so you know.

Historical-one word…Boring. Sorry but I just can’t read a textbook for fun. I’m a textbook audio visual learner. Give me the History channel and I can watch and learn about something all day long. I’ll even retain most of it too, especially if I watch it more than once. Give me a lecture on it and I’ll remember it like you won’t believe. Reading it however is a completely different story. It’s like pulling teeth. More like me pulling my own teeth. It’s just not something I’m inclined to do.

Comedy-Now while I will admit that most good books need a little bit of comedy of some sort, it not something I necessarily want to read , mostly because it’s really hard to pull off for an entire book. While I haven’t read a lot of comedy, the only person I think that has been able to pull it off is Douglas Adams. It’s like reading Monte Python. It’s quite good and many have tried to copy. Much that I’ve tried to read has fallen short. With movies there is that fine line between funny and stupid.

Western-Sorry, it just doesn’t interest me. Once you’ve read or watched one, you’ve pretty much read/watched all of them. It’s really hard to find something that’s original. My personal favorite is Unforgivin. Morgan Freeman, Clint Eastwood, and Gene Hackman….It makes for a mighty fine movie.

Horror/Thriller-I’ve never really gotten into the whole genre. I always thought it was a little ridiculous. I saw Friday the 13 and Nightmare on Elm St. when I was younger and I think those might be what ruined it for me. I mean how many times you have to kill the bad guy before he dies!?!?! Now I’ve tried to read Steven King on many different occasions, and just couldn’t get into it. I tied I really did. But that’s coming up in another post.

Romance-I shouldn’t even bother this one….but I just can’t read about a “throbbing member” without laughing.

Action/Adventure-I’ve read plenty of these in my day. I think I’ve read every Dirk Pitt novel that Clive Cussler has written. Dirk Pitt is my hero! They are a good read. There are my other’s that I’ve read that fit into this genre as well, but since there so many that Clive Cussler has written, and he is so consistent, he’s the only one I’m going to mention here. It’s a great way to relax. Same goes for a good action movie. I could watch Die Hard or one of the Lethal Weapon movies just about any day of the week if it was on. They are fun, quick and they don’t require a lot of thinking. But to watching or reading something in this genre is a little like eating fat free sugar free ice cream. Yeah it’s good because hey, you’re eating Ice cream right!?! You’re just not really that satisfied. What you really want is some Ben & Jerry’s.
Crime Fiction-This to me is a lot like the action/western. They can be fun but how many who donnit’s can you really have? It was Mr. Green with the candlestick in the library.

Thriller-This has got to be one of my favorites. A good Thriller can combine many different elements from different genres. A good Thriller can keep you guessing, and shock you at the end. Remember the first time you saw The Sixth Sense? How about the Usual Suspects? Those are to of my favorites. Lucky # Slevin is a great one with an amazing cast. Unfortunately this has been a bit of a bandwagon kind of thing, and there are a lot of bad ones out there.

Fantasy-I’m not a big fan of these. So far there are really only a few I’ve really enjoyed. I’d recommend anything by Neil Gaimen. My personal favorite being Neverwhere which contains the 2 best bad guys I think I’ve ever encountered in my life. I’ve tried other fantasies and most I just can’t get into them. I suppose it’s easier for me to get into a fantasy movie than a book. Prime example: The Lord of the Rings. Hated the books, loved the movies.

This is really just a generalization of my thoughts.. I can enjoy a book or movie of any genre if it has a few elements:

A good story - This includes plot, direction, timeline, ect) I don’t want to be reading and start think about how much milk I have in the fridge and if I’ll need to go to the store in the morning. A good

Good characters - People you love or love to hate. They have to grow in some way or experience some hardship in the story. That’s what makes it a good story.)

Written well- Yes this is important to me. It really bugs me when I’m reading a book and the author use the same adjective 8 times on one page. But that’s only part of it; they need to able to communicate the story well in a concise manner. I don’t want to have to reread a sentence 3 or 4 times to figure out what’s going on.

If anyone has any recommendations, let me know. I’ll most likely add it to my reading list.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

California Dreamin'

Sad to say our California friends are gone. We missed them greatly and it was very nice to have them in town. Here are a few pics from their visit.

They are wonderful people and we are grateful to have them involved in our lives.

On the downside of their visit….we now have a plan for the backyard that involves a lot of money and even more work on my part. Once again thanks to them. I’m still not sure if that’s a good thing or not. We were planning on keeping in pretty simple, now its going to be pretty complex.

So now I’ve probably got at least 9 months worth of labor planned. Well roughly planned anyway. Maybe I should have titled this “Backyard Dreamin!”

So here is the before/ blank slate shots of the back yard. This is our starting point. I’m hoping that by keeping track of everything on here, it will motivate me to get this done faster.

In the second pic you can see the 2 of the 3 trees that they got for us. Now if there weren't so many rocks in the ground I'd have holes dug already!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Why I like Sci-Fi

Yes, I’ve already admitted I’m a dork, but I’m also a huge sci-fi guy. To give you a little a little bit of a reference of my dorkitude, check out this. Yes I found this to be absolutely hilarious. If you didn’t, then you’re either not a dork and weren’t entertained, or you more of a nerd and it just made you mad. (he really made a lot of nerds mad with that)

And right there was another example of my dorkiness. I made up a word, or least I haven't heard it before. What’s even worse is that I can even define it for you if you really want. Dorkitude: a conjugation of dork and altitude, meaning the level, or height of ones dorkiness.

Any way I’m getting off topic. I like Sci-Fi. I have pretty much always found it the most appealing genre to me. I’ll go through most of the other major genres later and explain my views on them, but today I’m going to stick with Sci-Fi.

To me with Sci-Fi you are completely relying on the ability of the writer to make stuff up. Now you could say that all fiction does this, but there are some differences. These are what make it appeal to me.

Sci-Fi keeps things in the real world. Its not some fantasy world where magic, ghosts and goblins and everything else. It’s the real world, with real people. Everything that happens or exits has to be able to be explained.

Technology right now doubles about every 4-5 months. Things we could do 4-5 months ago we can to twice as fast and twice as well now than we could 4-5 months ago. Now look at the different leaps we’ve taken throughout human history and how much we rely on technology.

Here are a couple Examples: Look at the automobile. No one ever would have thought such a thing was even possible 200 years ago. Today there are over 806 million cars and trucks worldwide. Think of how much the world has changed because of it. Here is another one, the PC. 30 years ago no one would have ever consider having a computer in their one home. They were the size of most homes after all. Now most people couldn’t live their lives with out them. I bet you’d be hard pressed to find a home with out one (we have 2). These are just 2 things that have changed the way we live. There are plenty others that now a days we take for granted. Refrigeration. Ovens. Microwaves. Ect.

Now try to imagine what it’s going to be like a few hundred years in the future. People are going to wonder how we ever survived just as we wonder how people ever survived when they were settling the west. The author has to imagine all those new technologies’, how they work, and how people would begin to rely in them in their daily life. That takes a lot of work, and a lot of imagination. That’s a big test of an author’s skill.

Now another thing I really like about Sci-Fi is that it drives real technology. That’s right people. Stuff of some author’s imagination has become real world application. You don’t believe me? Go back and watch some of the original Star Trek TV shows. I know they are kind of bad and cheesy. But just try it for a bit. Pay special attention to the thing they call a communicator. Now look at the little squareish thing you probably have in your pocket right now. You call it a cell phone. Pretty crazy huh? Look at the space program. Look at just about anything in the military. Heck Robert Heinlein came up with an idea called powered armor in the late 50’s that the military is spending billions a year on trying to make a reality. When they do, it’ll be a huge advantage to our troops. (Think Ironman but the whole Army)

So in closing I like Sci-Fi for many reasons. It can be used many different forms. It can be use as a social commentary like the movie District 9 that just came out last month (which I loved) to highlight race relations (among many other that it hit). It can hit on many of the “What If” questions, or "What would we do?" It can inspire just about anyone. Doctors to look in directions. Scients to look at things in a new light. Everyone to wonder if we are alone. "To boldly go where no one has go before." (Fun fact most of the superhero genre is considered sci-fi)

Just remember with great power comes great responsibility.

(There is after all a lot of bad sci-fi out there. My guess is for every good sci-fi novel I’ve read 2 bad ones.)

Monday, September 14, 2009

More Random Thoughts!

So I’ve had a few people complain about the price of gas recently, and since my mind tends to wonder that’s where this train of thought began.

So right now in Austin gas is currently $2.49 per gallon. We’ll call it $2.50 because I like round numbers. In one gallon of gas there are 128 oz. That’s just standard.

I think (don’t quote me on this) but when I bought a gallon of milk a few days ago in was some where in the neighbor hood of $3.29. I’m glad our cars don’t run on milk.

Right now in the vending machine a bottle of Coke is $1.25 for 20 oz. So if my math is right, that’s 8 dollars a gallon for Coke! Now I love my Coke, I have one everyday, but I’m glad my car doesn’t run on it.

At Starbucks a tall white chocolate mocha is $3.20. That’s $3.20 for 12 oz.! So we do the math here…..and it comes out to….OMG! $33.92 per gallon! Now I’m sure Starbucks has a great product. I don’t really drink coffee so I can’t say for myself, (I do like their hot caramel apple cider’s though) but I’m extremely glad my car doesn’t run on mocha!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

We've got Visitors Coming!

We’ve got visitors coming!!! Real live people coming to see us! All the way from Cali!!! I bet that when they leave Little Mama will be whining about wanting to go to SoCal.

Its Mike and Ivy. They are actually the ones that are responsible for Kimmie and me meeting. So pretty much if it wasn’t for them, Jake and Emma Mae wouldn’t exist. How sad would that be!

We’ve missed them greatly and are looking forward to seeing them. You’ll probably see pics soon.

Have a good weekend!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Zombie Baby!

Does anyone know any zombie experts? I'm worried my baby is becoming a zombie. Look at the video and judge for yourself.

She'll hold her arms out straight in front of her and make that noise for up to an hour at a time. It like she's trying to get my brains. She even tried to eat my nose the other day. Should I be worried?

Big Daddy and Jake's Tickle Fest

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Little Mama and Little Emma!

I love my girls! They are so pretty!

Tomorrow if you're nice you'll get to see Jake!

Big Daddy and Little Emma Mae!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Reactions to an Interesting Situation

Fat guy on a scooter in the left lane of the freeway going 55 mph….

1st thought….WTH

2nd thought…Oh this is going to be messy.

3rd...... If its not messy, I really hope he’s a donor.

Funny Car Story

So last night our belt tensioner went out on our little Saturn. Not really a big deal since Kim was able to make it home. A quick trip to AutoZone, and we’re pretty much in business. I get the car up on a jack stand, take the old one off, get the new one on, and change the oil while I’m under there. Things are going pretty well. Now though I need help. I don’t have freakishly long arms. I can’t reach inside the wheel well as well as the top of the engine compartment at the same time….and that going to be the easiest way to put the belt back on. So I enlist the help of Little Mama.

I get her in front of the car and explain…”I’m going to get under the car and take the tension off the powerful spring. While I’m under there, I want you to pull this belt right here (at this point I show here exactly where the belt is) over this pulley right here (again pointing it out) and make sure it’s centered. Then make sure you fingers are not under it so that they don’t get pinched and I’ll let the tension out of the spring. Okay.


Do you thing you can do that?”


“Are you ready?”


At this point I climb under the car, and affix the wrench to the tensioner. “Are you ready?”


“Here we go.” And I pull the tensioner and release the pressure on the belt freeing it so she can pull it over the pulley.

“What am I suppose to do?”

I love my Wife!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Quick Thought

If you are a barber, stylist, haircutter or whatever you want to call yourself, and you’re talking at (because a conversation would mean both parties were participating) your customer so much that you actually stop cutting their hair….it may be time to stop talking. I’m willing to bet they aren’t paying you to learn about how smart you think your Chihuahua is. They are paying you for a haircut!

You can carry on with you day now.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Last Night's Sunset

It's not quite as pretty as the sunsets in cali. Mainly because it's missing that thing...whats it called? Oh yeah...the ocean....but still pretty.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Summer Break

Recently The Little Mama Wrote about why she as taken her summer hiatus, I figured its time I explained why I did as well. Maybe not so much explain as to figure it out for myself. There are a lot of reasons. Many of which I’m not going to get into.

Let’s start first with the new house. We closed last month on a great house. We love it! But moving is a lot of work! I don’t believe how much work it is. Its even more work this time than anytime before because this time it’s the last time. Usually its, oh we’re only going to be here a year. We’re only going to be here a couple months. Not this time. Plus I never knew we had so much useless stuff! Watch Craigslist and you’ll surely see some of it! We’ve painted Jake and Emma’s rooms and we still have the rest of the house to go. So that’s taken a lot of time. But we’re not done. Just ask my wife about my closet! It looks like a tornado went through there!

Emma’s got acid reflex. I worry about the poor girl. She was in pain for a long time. It was horrible. That’s my little girl! Contrary to popular belief, having a sick baby girl is hard on a Daddy…no matter how big you are. After much pleading with the Dr. he finally gave us some meds for her and it’s making things better so that’s nice.

And finally…It’s hard to come up with something to rant about all the time. Especially about some thing other than people driving. That’s really the only place I see and interact with the public anymore. It’s sad really. I don’t get out much. I feel like a hermit. At the same time though I scared to get out, just watch Glenn Beck for 5 min and you can see what I mean!

I need to come up with a new title for my blog. I’m just going to start writing about whatever is on my mind as opposed to just rants and raves. Unfortunately whatever is already taken by one of favorite authors….The great John Scalzi!!! Check it out here. Any ideas?

Monday, July 27, 2009


That’s right buddy I remember your license plate number. I also remember your red dodge SRT-8. It sticks out in my mind for a few reasons. At first I thought it was a decent car. I say decent because I’m not a big fan of late model Chrysler engineering for many reasons that I won’t get into. Your's has a big redeeming quality most don't. “It’s got a Hemi!”

However, the reason your car sticks out in my mind is because you cut me off about 4 times in a 2 ½ mile stretch! You were weaving in and out of traffic. Racing from one read light to red light. It was a little ridiculous.

We get it…You’ve got a fast car.

Now I could understand if you were a teenager and you dad let you take out the “muscle” car. I’d give you a break for hot rodding it a bit. But dude….I hate to be the one to tell you this….You’re old. I mean if you can to relive your “glory days” you don’t have to drive like a jerk to everyone else around you. It’s a little uncalled for.

My Dad pulls out his 64 Impala and hot rod’s it all the time…but you won’t see him weaving in and out of traffic cutting people off. That’s just stupid. Maybe it’s because his car is actually worth something, but that’s just my opinion.

Bottom line, if you want to drive like an idiot, find a safe place to do it. The NHRA and SCCA both have events all the time where you can be stupid, test the limits of you car and only endanger yourself. Go and have a ball.

Oh and one last piece of advice. Unless you’re a cop, the 70’s porn star stash and aviator sunglasses went out of style before I was born.

It feels good to be back!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Daily Show Clip of the Week!

Sorry its been a while. We got a little caught up in the whole moving into a new house thing!!! We finally have all our posissions in our new house, but I would hardly say we've "moved in." Thank you to all those who have helped, and those who offered and it just didn't work out because of timeing or what not.

So now for you enjoyment...I present Brian Williams.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Parking Lot Stalker's!

I’ve notice this growing trend in the last years or so and it’s really been bugging me. Hence why it is now in this brand new spiffy post. It just took me a little while to organize my feelings on it. I don’t care what you feelings or reasons are for it, stalking is wrong. Even if it’s in a parking lot.

For those of you that aren’t in the know, main probably because it’s a term I think I just made up, parking lot stalking is when you are in you car and you follow someone out the door of the store. Be it a Wal-Mart, Target, the mall, or you store of choice and follow them all the way through the parking lot to their car. You wait for them to pull out and leave, so you can get their space.

There are some times where I think this might not be so bad. I’ll give two examples. If you see some one getting into their car and they only have one bag. I think that’s fine. Following them all the way from the door though....Stalking. If it’s around the holidays and there isn’t a single parking space in the whole parking lot. Not even way out in BFE.

Now I’ve seen this first had from two different angles, and both make me mad. I’ll start with the one that make me madder.

Maybe I put to much faith in people, but I would think that if you see me coming out of a store with a 2 ½ yr old, a baby, and a cart overflowing with bags it would be a smart choice not to stalk me. You are going to be waiting a while. Anyone with any brains could guess that. Seeing you sitting there with your blinker on, staring impatiently at me isn’t going to help either. Especially when you honk at me and wake my sleeping little princess that we just spent 45 minutes trying to get to stop crying. If anything, that’s going to make me want to move slower. Who know once I do get in the car I may need to adjust my mirrors and seat. Maybe I’ll need to choose a new radio station because the one it’s on isn’t playing a song that neither of us likes. Of course I could also call my Grandparents. I don’t ever talk to them as much as I should and It’s not “safe” to talk on you cell phone and drive. I may just have to do it right there in that parking space that you are so patiently waiting for.

The other angle I see this from all the time really confuses me. It’s when I’m all by myself stopping at the store just to get a few things. As I pull down a row to park I make the mistake of getting behind a parking lot stalker. One that isn't very bright and has chosen a large family, or an elderly couple to stalk. There are four cars behind me waiting as well for this stalker. It’s just inconsiderate. After waiting for a while I slowly ease around the stalker and since they are usually in a large SUV, I can finally see the rest of the lot. Would you know it, TWO spaces past the car they are waiting on there isn’t another car in the lot. That’s 2 parking lot spaces farther away that would have to park!!! 14 feet (I’m guessing here, but it’s really not much).

What The Heck!?!?!?

Are seriously so lazy that you are going to make at least five other cars five more minutes for that you don’t have to walk 14 feet!!! That’s truly amazing.

My solution on the many times this has happened to me, was to simply park, and as I walked past the stalker who was still waiting for their most coveted 14 feet closer to the door parking spot, I smiled and waved.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Things that Irk Me!

I don't consider myself to be an environmentalist. I almost consider it to have negative connotations. Similar to a hippie, or left wing nut job. When I think of an environmentalist I think of these people that haven't showered in at least a week. They smell and look horrible because of it. People like Sheryl Crow. That's right I think Sheryl Crow is a left wing hippie nut bag environmentalist. I don't know why I didn't think of using this example before....this is perfect!!! Do you remember a few months ago when she wanted everyone to only use one square of toilet paper when we go to the bathroom. Don't believe is an article about her saying it here....and here

Maybe now you can see why I don't see myself as an environmentalist. I'm not willing to go to extremes like that. I'm not willing to sacrifice my comfort level. I'm not willing to only use one square of toilet paper because I don't want poop on my fingers. Just to save a little paper?!?! It's not worth it to me. I'm not willing to poop in a bucket and save a little water, because face it...that's just gross. I'm not willing to skip taking a shower for a week because I don't want to be the stinky guy at work. I don't want my wife to sit on the other side of the couch from me or me from her just so we can save a little water. It's not worth it to me. I'm not willing to turn off the A/C in the middle of the day to save a little electricity. Have you been in this Texas heat?!!?! OMG!!!

It's not worth it to me. Just don't be wasteful and you're good.

That being said...I'm not against helping the environment. So let me get to the reason I started this post and what really irks me. It's when people do things out of sheer laziness that affects the environment. The things that really don't require any sacrifice at all. I can think of many examples, but the one I'm going to hit on today is littering.

I hate it when I see someone littering. I don't know why. It irks me to my core.

Maybe its from all my time in the Corps policing up cigarette butts when I didn't smoke.

No...that's not it.

Maybe from picking trash along the highway when I was in Boy Scouts.

Not it either.

I can't explain it, but when I see someone throw a piece of trash out their window driving down the road...Something inside wants to pick it up and follow them home. When they get there just walk up to them and say..."Hey, you dropped this."

Of course just dumping an entire garbage bag of trash into their car as they open the door might get the point across to, but it's not quite as subtle.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Hey Lady!

Now I’m not really talking to all the ladies out there, just really this one that I was “introduced” to last week. Once again since most of my time spent interacting with the public is driving now happened while driving.

I have many bones to pick with this woman. Lets see It you can guess what they all are as I paint you the picture of what happened.

So I’m in the middle lane of a 3 lane highway going the speed limit. I’m going the real speed limit not the whole 10 over or anything like that. I’m not trying to just stay with traffic or any of the stuff I mention in my post that you can read here. The sign said 65 and I was going 65 (you’ll see why in a minute.) She’s in the far right lane (the lane reserved for slower traffic) going much slower. Now I can’t really tell you how much slower she is really going because we really weren’t side by side very long. I flew past her. I mean I flew. I learn more about her coming from behind than I did being beside her or seeing her in my mirror. I can tell you she was in a little red Honda, she had long brown hair, a floral shirt, and she was a she. If she wasn’t a she….dude’s got issues.

Now this is just my opinion, I am wrong a lot, (just as Little Mama), you can let me know in the comments if think I’m wrong as well, but if you are in the far right lane and car flies past you on your left….I’d think I’m in the lane I need to be in. Am I right?!?! That or I needed to reevaluate my speed.

No this lady decided she wanted to be in the same lane as I was in. I who just flew past her. Why I don’t know. Her lane wasn’t ending, she didn’t need to merge. It wasn’t an exit only lane. There wasn’t an on ramp with traffic coming on. No there were only three cars on the entire road this nice Sunday morning.

She did so quite abruptly I might add. Seeing her swerve in to my lane in my rearview just after I passed her kind of caught me by surprise. I wasn’t the only one though. The Cop that was about 4 car lengths behind me that she almost ran off the road I think was a little more surprised than I was. It’s a good thing he had the left lane to act as a buffer or he would have been in the ditch!

What The Heck Lady!?!?!

Let me go through my list. First you were driving slow. Too slow in fact. Slow enough that if traffic were heavier that you would be an obstacle that people would have to avoid even if you were in the right lane. Second you switched lanes when you really had no reason to! You were going to slow to be in any lane other than the right lane!!! Third did you not check you mirrors or you blind-spot before you jerked the wheel over? It almost looked like you were trying to hit that cop!

Now I really don’t know what you were thinking about lady…but it wasn’t about driving.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Clip of the Week

Usually I put up my favorite clip from The Daily Show from the previous week here. This week however I'm going to go a little bit outside the box and put a clip from the Colbert "Report." I thought it was great.

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To see how Anderson Cooper reacted to this story click here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Megan Fox!!!!

Ritch at the Dumb As a Blog wrote a great rant about Megan Fox. You can read it by clicking here. If you have seen any of the publicity regarding the new Transformer's'll find this entertaining.

Monday, June 29, 2009


That’s right people!!! The Aussie’s have debunked one of the main arguments for those that believe aliens have visited us has now been debunked. Can you believe it!!

After years of speculation of visitors from other worlds creating crop circles in fields, scientists and lawmakers in Australia have finally figured out what is really the cause of the whole thing. Are you ready….It may be a little shocking.

Stoned wallabies!!!

That’s right. They believe that wallabies are eating the heads of the opium plants and then are hopping in circles. They also claim that other animals that ate the poppies would act “weird.”

What The Heck!!!

Are serious people!!! This is a plant used to make morphine, and most of the narcotics on the market today. Not to mention cocaine and heroin. Of course if something eats it, it’s going to act weird. It’s my understanding that even when people are under the influence of it the act “weird.”

Now I’m not saying I believe aliens have or not visited, but I think if we are the only sentient species in the universe it would be a great waste of space. What I am saying is that I find it hard to believe a stoned cow in England (since they don’t have wallabies) could make the famous pi crop circle seen here. Now our stoned cows are also mathematical geniuses too? I doubt it.

While eating poppies may explain a few odd things going on, it doesn’t even begin to touch the surface.

To read the article about the wallabies click here.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Dailyshow Clip of the Week!

Wow...I need to get on here more...

It’s really one segment, but they divided it into 2 here it is.

As a disclaimer....Memaw you may not like this....

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Dailyshow Clip of the Week!

Since I love it so much, I've decided to pick my favorite clip of the week and post it here. This weeks clip show's off our pres' mad skills as well as Jon's chest!

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Horn Tootin'

That’s right!!! I’m a guy, and when I’m right I like to brag a little. Last Feb. at the end of the football season I predicted that the ridiculously good looking Brett Favre was most likely going to be back again. If you don’t believe me you can read it here.

Since then there has been a lot of stuff going on in the media. Tons of speculation, but nothing really concrete. I didn’t want to comment until there was something a little more certain.

Well now things have changed. Brett gave and interview on Monday night and this is what I took away from it:

Almost 3 weeks ago now Brett had sugary on his arm. That’s right. THE main reason he gave for retiring has now been repaired.

The Vikings have sent a trainer and a coach down to Alabama to work with and evaluate Brett’s arm.

Now on top of all that…I'm currently under the impression that as long as his arm isn’t hurting, and he can throw…he’s going to play next year.

Come on people this is Brett Favre we’re talking about here.... HE’S PLAYING NEXT YEAR!!!!

Here is the best article I found that sums it all up.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

I Know Why the Arches Are Golden!

I have a confession to make. This is hard for me, so I’m just going to come right out and say it.

I’m a dipper.

Wow!!! I feel so much better. That’s right people I love to dip my fries. I’m not even close to being conservative when it comes to dipping them either. I’m talking at least one third to half of each fry needs to be submerged. It makes them tasty. Some of you may see this as a little childish and immature. My response (of course) is “No, you are!”

But there is more. I’m not a traditional dipper either. That’s right; I don’t just like catsup with my fries. I’m an American and I enjoy having the freedom to choose what kind of dipping sauce or sauces I want. It changes too. It depends on the place. Some make sauces better than others. Sometimes it depends on my mood. My tastes have also changed as I’ve grown older. A prime example of this is at McDonalds my sauce of choice was BBQ when I was younger, in middle school it shifted to sweet and sour, and now I’m a big fan of their hot mustard.

My point is…I like to hit the sauce. The Little Mama does as well. What can I say, we’re two of a kind.

Now I suppose I should get around to the reason for my confession. On the way home the other night, we decided to stop at America's fast food burger joint (McDonald's) and get our usual quarter pounder's with cheese (of course), fries and that sweet nectar known as coke. After we received our meal at the window, as in typical fashion, I asked for our sauces of choice. This is the shocking part. She said they were only allowed to give catsup with fries and the other plethora of sauces could only be distributed if we had ordered nuggets. Nuggets!!! Not only was McDonalds refusing to give me my delicious Hot Mustard, but they were now mandating what sauce I could have with my fries.

What The Heck!?!? America's Fast Food my butt! That sounds more like communism!

Needless to say I was appalled.

She then informed me that for 11 cents she could sell me a single Hot Mustard packet. I don't think I even heard it. I was in so much shock. I've been a dipper my entire life. I know many other dippers. I've never heard of anyone being charged for sauce as long as they were a paying customer.

Little Mama however was quick on her feet and pulled out some change and paid for our sauce. I still think it's weird. She didn't ring it up. I should have gotten a receipt for my sauce. What if one of them was damaged and I was unhappy with it. Since I paid for it...

Is this a sign of the times? Could McDonald's really be hurting that bad? What's next, are they going to start charging us per pickle?

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Oh Daily Show...Why Do I Love You?

I love this country.

For many different reasons, one being the system of check and balances. Insuring that no one branch of government gets to big for its britches. There are a few loopholes in this system of course. It hard to make something perfect, but that’s also the beauty of our system. We can change it! Well our elected officials can change it…but that’s neither here nor there.

Another thing I love about our country is freedom of the press. If you just study China, Cuba or North Korea for a bit you can see how important this is. Our government isn’t controlling the press at all. There is no propaganda. If a Senator or Congressman or who ever does something wrong…the press is right there letting everyone know about it. Heck they followed the death of Anna Nicole Smith for 2 day straight. Yet in North Korea I bet most of their population still believes that last month they put a satellite in space. They have no idea their missile splashed down in the pacific. It’s kind of crazy. The Press here can almost say and do anything they want!

So now where are their checks and balances? Who is there to say…What The Heck!!!

Enter Jon Stewart.

In this clip here you can see a prime example of what I'm talking about. Check it out. (I also recently figured out how to put video's on here so I'm going to play with it a bit.)

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Serously, no one else noticed that? If they did, I didn't hear it anywhere. That's just crazy talk in my opinion.

They don't just pick on Fox News either. They run the whole gambit. For almost an entire week back in march, there was pretty much a fight going on between The Daily show and MSNBC. More specifically Jim Cramer. I’ll save you the trouble of looking for them all and put the highlights here…..

March 4, CNBC Financial Advice
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March 9, In Cramer We Trust
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In Cramer We Trust
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March 10, Basic Cable Personality Clash Skirmish
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Basic Cable Personality Clash Skirmish '09
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March 12, 2009 Jim Cramer Interview. This is just good journalism. It’s in 3 parts, but 2 are short.
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Jim Cramer Pt. 1
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How about when the media plays off our most basic emotions, just to keep us watching.
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Snoutbreak '09 - The Last 100 Days
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The Last 100 Days
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I could give many more examples….but bottom line….The Daily show is worth setting your Tivo for….

Monday, June 1, 2009

Is It Weird To....

Now I’d like to think I’m a little bit more mature than a lot of people my age. My wife I’m sure would argue with anyone on that, but I’d like to think when it comes to life experiences…I’m a bit above the curve. To put it another way, I’ve been told I have “an old soul.”

I am after all 27 years old. I’ve seen a lot more of the world as well as the US than many people my age. I’ve served and fought for this great country. I’m a loving husband, and a proud father of two beautiful kids. Not to sound like a broken record, but all things that most people my age haven’t experienced, or have no desire to experience.

So now is it weird that I love Kool-Aid?

We got some for free at the store the other day. It was one of those buy this and get cool thing of Kool-Aid for free in store coupon thing. I thought what the heck! Jake may like it. I remember I liked it when I was little.

Now the stuff is like crack. I can’t get enough of it. If I could have and IV of Fruit Punch….wow….that would be cool!! I’d have a sugar buzz like you wouldn’t believe. I might even be able to keep up with Jake all day!

Then again I might be in a diabetic coma before my next birthday.

So here’s my What The Heck!?!?! For today.

Since when did growing up mean that we had to stop enjoying the things we did when we were young?

I can think of a lot of reasons. As we got older we wanted to look “cool” for our friends. Priorities shifted. Plans evolved. ECT…ECT….ECT….

I challenge everyone who reads this (both of you) to step back for a moment and enjoy life as a kid again. Even If it’s just a nice tall ice cold glass of Kool –aid.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Its On Like Donkey Kong!!!

That’s right people. The Little Mama and I are in an all out battle. The judo chops, ninja kicks and Keifer Sutherland headbutts are flying. I will not loose!!!

It is a war of words.

This isn’t our first battle, but unless we adopt, it will be our last. I’m talking of course about first words. She’s trying to get Little Bit to say “Momma,” and of course I’m trying to get her to say “Daddy.” Just as we did with Jake, which ended in a draw. His first word was “moo.” So neither of us won. I’m committed not to lose this time.

This morning I was packing my lunch for work today and Little Bit was laying in the play room just Chilin. Jake was watching Cars…Again. Little Mama was upstairs getting cloths for Emma. I swear I heard Emma say Dada!!!

I was so excited!!! The day was mine!!!

I told Kim, she of course called me a liar and I went in there to see if I could get her to say it again. So I’m hovering over her trying to get her to say “daddy” and Jake comes in and says, “No Daddy, go to work. Emma say Jacob!” He then leans over her and starts sounding out his name over her.

What The Heck!

The competition just got fiercer.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Hippies!!! Part 1

I had a girl come up to me the other day at work and she started a conversation with me. Sometimes in my job people have some stuff on their mind and we just kind of listen to it. Usually people just complain about their boss, a customer, or just want some one to talk to for a little bit while they are on break. I don’t mind, it makes the time go by faster as long as I don’t have anything extremely pressing at the moment, and its nice to have someone to talk to.

This girl however was a bit of a hippie. Now I’m not really talking about your young stoner that just needs a little direction, I really don’t have a problem with someone like that. I’m talking more of the real left wing types that preach their crazy ideas. You know the type. Later I'll discuss why I don't like Hippies (Left wingers) in general, but today it just going to be her.

Well this girl in our conversation tells me “We have accomplished anything good in Iraq at all.”

What The Heck!?!?

Do you seriously not have any idea who you’re talking to! I served two tours in Iraq. I’ve got a really good buddy that’s probably going to have a limp for the rest of his life from being over there. (Shout out to Levon!) Men…Good men in my unit died in the service of this great nation in Iraq. I have friends that have died in Iraq.

To make a blindly ignorant statement like that is just insane!

Now if she had said…”I think we went into Iraq for the wrong reasons.” or “I don’t agree with the war in Iraq.” I can think of 100 different things or ways she could have tried to make her point that would have been much better.

In addition to this bold statement, she had many other ideas that I won’t even get into. I will however recommend this clip from the daily show. Many of her opinions are also held by a few people that Rob Riggle interviews in this little clip. If you haven’t seen it, please watch it… truly is a gem!

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Maybe the Bush Administration misled us into Iraq on many different levels. WMD’s, links to Al-Qaeda ECT. A lot of people don’t agree with us being in Iraq. I can respect that.

But I’ve been on the ground in Iraq. I’ve looked to the faces of those people. Trust me when I say we’ve made a difference. Our Airman, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines have died for something. Have some respect for that.

My fellow servicemen, women and I liberated a country. We helped make life better for a few million people. We helped make daily life safer for Americans.

What have you done lady?

Thursday, April 30, 2009

You Can't Drive 55!!

The “Rules of the Road” have been establish for a reason. The ultimate goal is to us alive as well as keep traffic flowing at a good pace. Most of these rules we have known about since before we began driving and were tested on in order to get our driver’s license. On the road proper signage informs us of how these rules are going to affect us in up coming situations, and also makes us aware of changes in road conditions.

The one exception to this is of course speed limits. Let’s face it; it’s not a limit at all. It’s more of a suggestion. You should probably be going around about this speed. (Plus or minus 5 mph is my general rule)

In some places (California being one) it’s a requirement. Unless you are stuck in rush hour traffic, or there has been an accident, you need to be going at least the “speed limit.” In states like Cali if you’re going the speed limit on the highway, you’ll get the bird from a sweet old grandmother. Trust me on this one, I’m talking from experience. I was in for a culture shock when I first got out there.

Now as I recall from my drivers Ed. Class (yes honey my memory isn’t that bad), and it has been reinforced by the aforementioned proper signage that slower traffic should stay to the right. I’m sure that so matter what you opinion on the speed limit/suggestion/requirement thing we could all agree on this right.

So why would someone drive 55 in the left lane of a four lane freeway when the speed limit is 70?!?! What The Heck!?!?!?

Now I can understand wanting to be safe. I like being safe. But more than 15 mph slower than everyone else around you!!! WOW. At some point you become an obstacle for everyone else to avoid. There was an 18 wheeler that passed this car on the right! Going up a hill!

Now if it was some grandma or grandpa with out of state plates just cruising along, I would have some sympathy. It really wouldn’t bother me at all.

This wasn’t the case at all. Instead in was some young 20-something as she was talking on her cell phone weaving in and out of her lane.

Bottom line. Hang up and drive lady….The gas pedal in on the right!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Oh Tony, Say It Ain't So!!!!

Despite a valiant effort by my father I am a Kansas City Chiefs Fan.

There are a few things that statement implies in its self. When I say a valiant effort by my father, I mean he tried hard to make me a Steelers fan. There are pictures of me somewhere as a baby with a little Steelers onezy and a stocking hat with a gold and black ball on top. It’s a pretty cute photo. I like the Steelers. I always have. I’ll root for them any time they aren’t playing the Chiefs. I just like to give my Dad a hard time about them. I was very excited to see them win the super bowl last year and knew they would. Other than that there are a few teams I'll root for because I like some of the players. (I.E. Colts.)

Let’s face it though people, I grew up in KC. The Chiefs are my home town team. It takes a lot of guts to say that. They won two games last year. That’s 2 out of 16 games. In ’07 we won 4 of 16. Not much better. It’s really kind of kind of sad.
The one bight spot on our team has been Tony Gonzalez. KC drafted him in the 1st round in ’97. The man is a god among men. On a 2 and 14 team he still had 96 catches for 1058 yards. He’s been to the pro bowl 10 times. That’s more than any other tight end in NFL history. He’s miss 2 games because of injuries in the 12 years he’s been playing pro football. Among tight ends he’s the career leader with 916 catches, 76 TDs, 10,940 yards receiving, and 26 games with at least 100 yards. The dudes only lost 1 fumble in his career! And that was in his second season! WOW!! It’s safe to say he’s become the face of the franchise. I even guest blogged about it a little here on The Little Mama.

Imagine my surprise when I saw that he was traded to that Atlanta Falcons.

What The Heck!?!?!

Now I can understand Tony’s frustration. The man hasn’t won a sing playoff game in his 12 year career. That’s kind of sad. He wants to go to the big game, and he wants to win. But still, this is his home.

I’m excited about KC football next year. We’ve got a new GM that seems to really know what he’s doing, a new head coach that was responsible for the Cardinals’ going to the super bowl last year and both of which seem to be on the same page which makes all the difference. As an added bonus, we acquired Matt Cassel!!! That’s right we have a franchise Quarterback!!! I could keep going, but I don’t want to waste but time...Also the draft starts today in a few hours, judging by Scott Pioli’s record with it, we’re going to do quite well.

Cassel now has one less reliable target out there on the field. The team has one less leader in the locker room. Kansas City has lost a paragon.

Tony, I hate to see you go, you’ve been a great asset to this team. I hope you do well...but I’m not going to root for the Falcons. And in ’10 if we play Atlanta, I hope to see Mike Vrabel, Bernard Pollard, or who ever they put against you knocks you flat on your back. Or even better yet...when you get to the playoffs this year and your leveled buy Troy Polamalu.