Saturday, December 27, 2008

mmm steak!

Marcie was scheduled to come in at 11:15 but her plane was delayed a few hours. As I'm driving back on 540 I was wondering what I should do with my free time. I've been craving steak for a while so I decided to use one of my Christmas Kroger gift cards and pick up a juicy ribeye. While I was there I figured I'd pick up a pineapple so I grabbed one of those too. I got to use my new pineapple corer and the result was delicious. Steak and pineapple. The two just make me smile with satisfaction.

Simon Peter

I was reading in John where Simon was given the name Peter. When Jesus says you will be called Peter, he gave that as more of a nickname then an actual name change. Using MacArthur as a resource, he shows through out the book both names were used. When ever they talked about every day life things, the would use his birth name. An example would be Simon the fisherman or Simon went to the market. Really the only time Peter was used was when he was displaying the quality of a "rock" as his name means. Kind of a funny way to think about it but MacArthur in his "Twelve Ordinary Men" book said when ever Jesus called him Peter, it was like a badge of honor. On the other hand, Jesus would call him Simon when he was impulsive and shifting. That name might have had the opposite reaction. He might cringe when ever he heard Jesus say his birth name. Knowing this kind of gives you a different perspective while reading the Gospel according to John. I thought it was a cool perspective.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Disciple of John

I was reading a MacArthur introduction to the book of John and they were giving evidence that John was the actual author to the book. I've often thought of John as a founding member of the church however I never really picture him disciplining one on one with anyone. At least nobody that we would have heard from. That evidently is not true. Irenaeus was a disciple of Polycarp who was a disciple of the apostle John himself. This is based on a book he wrote some time between 130 and 200 AD. It was in that book that he lists the book of John to have been written by the apostle John. Amazing right?

Monday, December 22, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

GOC Missionaries

There will be several missionaries coming into town Feb 20-22nd. Since many of them do not have a NC or in some cases a US residence, they will need assistance for many things. These include transportation, food, and living arrangements. If you think you could take a missionary couple out to eat one evening, you can sign up by clicking HERE.

ccantaloupe

A joke I heard today that was kind of funny:

knock knock
who's there
cantaloupe
cantaloupe who
cantaloupe tonight... Dad's got the ladder.

Monday, December 15, 2008

fire alarm


Yeah, that's safe! Mom and dad were painting their ceiling and took down the fire alarm. But to keep the functionality, you can see where they hung it. This is really funny if you know how over the top my dad is about safety. Meat must reach a certain temperature, always wear your seat belt, and this.

Furniture


This is pretty nice right? Marcie and I saw it the other day at the store and thought it would be useful at the foot of my bed or in the entrance way where people can take off and put on their shoes.

Chalkboard change


Looks like my brother got bored the other night. I have a new picture on my chalk board.

Monopoly


Seriously, who would wear these shoes?

Mullet


I love mullets!

YSOSREUS

I'm guessing this guy is a Dark Knight fan.

Steak

Last night Marcie and I ate at Ruth Chris steakhouse for my company's Christmas party. It was awesome! For appetizers we had seared ahi tuna, NY strip, crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, and toasted bree. For the main meal, I had the best filet mignon that I've ever had. It was cooked just enough to give a blackened taste on the outside and a tender jucy pink center. For dessert I had cheesecake. Marcie went for the stuffed chicken which was also pretty tasty. For dessert, she went for the chocolate sin cake. I don't care for cholcolate myself but the presentation of it looked great. Wow, what a night!

ps - christmas bonus last night also

HSM

A musical has swept the nation and inspired two follow ups. Marcie, Stacy, and I watched High School Musical 2 the other night and let me tell you, it was great! I don't think I've laughed that hard in a while. Humuhumunukunukua'Pua'A was great but the best part was when the night spontaneously turned into a dance party lead by Marcie and Stacy! They really got into it singing along with the music and dancing as hard as they could. It was great. I wish I had a picture I could post from the event but they threatened to kill me if I took one.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I have nobody to shop for like this, but it is quite funny. :)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Watchmen

Looks like this movie is going to be really cool visually! I hope they keep it clean.

Wake up easier

Darren just sent me a link to an alarm clock I almost bought a while back. I would have but most of the reviews say that it breaks too easily therefore isn't worth the money. Still the concept is cool. Here are a few geeked out alarm clocks I've seen.

Sonic Boom Alarm clock
This alarm clock is awesome. Not only is the alarm the same number of decibels as a jet engine but it also has a strobe light and a vibrating pad that goes under your pillow. This alarm clock could wake a ninja hence it has been dubbed the "ninja alarm clock."


Flying Alarm Clock
A pretty cool idea. When the alarm goes off, it sends a helicopter flying. You have to track down the helicopter and return it to the base to turn off the alarm. I wonder what would happen if it flew out your window. That'll surely get you out of bed in the morning.




Hide and Seek Alarm Clock
This one is an interesting concept. once the alarm goes off, it will roll off the bed and will role to some hiding place. You'll have to wake up and search for the thing to turn it off and return it to its base.

What has Christmas become?

I just watched a clip on how guys can be a good husband and stay out of the "dog house." I'm reminded of the curse for sin given in Genesis.

To the woman He said,
I will greatly multiply
Your pain in childbirth,
In pain you will bring forth children;
Yet your desire will be for your husband,
And he will rule over you.

And to the man He said
Cursed is the ground because of you;
In toil you will eat of it
All the days of your life.
Both thorns and thistles it shall grow for you;
And you will eat the plants of the field;
By the sweat of your face
You will eat bread,
Till you return to the ground,
Because from it you were taken;
For you are dust,
And to dust you shall return.

I guess this is saying we'll work hard to buy that vacuum but no matter how nice, it will prick us like a thorn. Then the woman will take that opportunity to assert power. Is there a moral to this story? I'll let you decide.

Ways to annoy your roommate cont...

70.Buy a watermelon. Draw a face on it and give it a name. Ask your roommate if the watermelon can sleep in his/her bed. If your roommate says no, drop the watermelon out the window. Make it look like a suicide. Say nasty things about your roommate at the funeral.

71.Draw a chalk outline on the floor. When your roommate comes in, say, "Don't worry. It's not what you think." If he/she asks about it again, immediately change the subject.

72.Drink a cup of coffee every morning. When you finish it, gnaw on the mug for about ten minutes. Then, look at your roommate, immediately put the mug away, and quickly leave the room.

73.Paint a tunnel on the wall like they do in cartoons. Every day, hit your head as you attempt to crawl through it. Hold your head and grumble, "D*$% road runner...."

74.Leave memos on your roommate's bed that say things like, "I know what you did," and "Don't think you can fool me." Sign them in blood.

75.Hold a raffle, offering your roommate as first prize. If he/she protests, tell him/her that it's all for charity.

76.Make cue cards for your roommate. Get them out whenever you'd like to have a conversation.

77.Talk like a pirate, all the time. Threaten to make your roommate walk the plank if he/she doesn't swab the deck. Arrrrrrrrrrrgh!

78.Set up about twenty plants in an organized formation. When your roommate walks in, pretend to be in the middle of delivering a speech to the plants. Whisper to them, "We'll continue this later," while eyeing your roommate suspiciously.

79.Buy a telescope. Sit on your bed and look across the room at your roommate through the telescope. When you're not using the telescope, act like your roommate is too far away for you to see.

Monday, December 8, 2008

John 316

From Christmas Sweet, the grandpa quoted John 3:16 in a way I thought was really meaningful. It was something like this:

What John 3:16 Means

GOD---the Lord of Love
SO LOVED---The Greatest Degree
THE WORLD---The Greatest Company
THAT HE GAVE---The Greatest Act
HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON---The Greatest Gift
THAT WHOSOEVER---The Greatest Choice
BELIEVETH---The Greatest Simplicity
IN HIM---The Greatest Attraction
SHOULD NOT PERISH---The Greatest Promise
BUT---The Greatest Difference
HAVE---The Greatest Certainty
ETERNAL LIFE---The Greatest Possesion


John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

How wonderful! How glorious is the Love of God. How awesome is His love toward us! The love of God is beyond comprehension!

1John 4:9
In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

Titus 3:3-6
For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;

We cannot earn our salvation. We cannot attain salvation through our good works but rather the gift of salvation is simply that: A GIFT...A FREE GIFT from God to us. The Lord Jesus came down from glory wrapped in human flesh-- born in a manger and died on a cruel cross
to purchase our salvation. He died willingly for you and me. What a glorious thought! And equally glorious is the fact that Jesus arose from the dead on the third day. He is alive and able to save all who come to God by faith in Him. We give God praise for all He has done for us. What a wonderful Savior!

1John 4:10
Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

Dear reader, if you have not yet received Christ Jesus as your Savior, invite Him into your heart today. Only Jesus' blood can wash your sins away. Because every man has sinned, every man must receive Christ in order to go to Heaven. Sin separates man from God but salvation is offered freely through Jesus Christ. Salvation is a free gift.

Sunday, December 7, 2008


Workin hard, or hardly workin?

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Flair


Facebook's Pieces of flair, inspired by office space, can be pretty funny. I think perhaps my favorite piece is the one that has the hand dryer with the quote "Press button, receive bacon." That followed by the creepy van with "free candy" painted on the side with the caption "don't worry... this looks safe."

Marcie was clever when she gave me the puppy that said "I'm so happy I could pee." That would have been #1 except when it really happens, its not so funny. Keeley gets a little too excited around guests which is often followed by pee on my carpet.

Monday, December 1, 2008

How Spiderman 3 should have ended

Twilight

Don't deny it ladies, you know you've secretly loved that teen series of books. Its ok, I did too. I read all 4 books in a two week span. I love it and hate it when that happens (and it happens more often then it should). I get so wrapped up into stories that I forget all else. My take on the books are as follows.

Twilight (book 1) had the best story. I really enjoyed that book and couldn't put it down. I saw the movie when it came out the other week but it wasn't nearly as good as the book. I left thinking Edward was just creepy since you couldn't really understand what was going on.

New Moon (book 2) while I didn't think this story was quite as good as Twilight (perhaps because the ideas were no longer new to me) the character development and interaction was really good on this one. Its a little more girlie/emotional then Twilight however that in no way detracts from how good this book was also. Still an awesome story. I don't know how well this will do on the screen. It will be all drama and teenage drama doesn't really work well on screen.

Eclipse (book 3) was still really good despite not being as good as the first two. By this point, I was hooked and I could finish the book even if it was crappy but it was not. There is heightened conflict on this one and some fighting. I bet this one would make for a really good movie.

Breaking Dawn (book 4) was too abrupt of an end to me. Kind of an anti climax even though the story was woven perfectly and tied up nicely. The conflict ended up being less then I anticipated but was still a very satisfying read.

Over all, I really liked this author. I loved her attention to detail which reminded me of some of the older classic authors. She would describe everything about a room and you really get an understanding of both the scene and the mood. I was in most cases a few steps ahead of her in understanding of where everything was going but to me that only added to the tension as I read. Its like those horror movies where the killer is behind them if they would only turn around. You yell at the screen but obviously you can never break the fourth wall. I would suggest these books to anyone. Marcie, you too. You need to read them so we can talk about them.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Keeley the incredible shrinking dog!















Keeley got another hair cut, but this time we took ALL of her fur. :) Poor Keeley, she looks so angry.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Monopolies

I hate Monopolies. Hate is a strong word but yes, I hate them. Both the City of Raleigh and the power company provide services that we are forced to accept. Let me tell you two stories.

Story 1: Power Company
The problem with a monopoly on something like power is that they can do whatever they want to you and you have no other choice on the matter. CP&L took around $100 out of my account but didn't apply it to my bill. By doing that, they effectively stole from me. I spent an hour every day for over a week with both the bank and CP&L trying to prove that my account was $100 lighter because they took out the money. Around seven hours (spead over several days) of talk time later, they finally accepted the fact that I was right and credited my account. That was annoying but instead of apologizing for their mistake, they penalized me. Since my payment was "late" due to their mistake, they said they couldn't trust that I would pay my bill on time and would need to start paying in cash or by a cashiers check. To do that, I would have to make an extra trip out to one of their billing stations and pay my bill as well as the charges for cutting the special check. Combine that with gas prices at the time and you can see why I was pretty annoyed with them. I suggested that we use what any other company who is trying to stay competitive in a free market economy and pay with my debit card. They were more then happy to do that but said it would be a $5 fee for that service. Finally, we found a solution which sort of worked for both of us, automatic draft. Great, "I'd like it to be taken out on the 15th of each month please" was my response. Their response was "haha, no." Seriously, they laughed and said they would take the money out on the 29th. Granted its normally no more then $100 so its not a huge deal but that's one day before pay day. The whole problem started because they thought I didn't have the money to pay them so the day before 99% of working folks get paid isn't the best day to be taking the funds.

I lament the situation and realize that there is nothing I can do. Socialism is quickly becoming part of our economy and this is the sort of thing I will have to get used to. Free market not only drives down prices but forces companies to treat their customers with respect. Hello Obama, goodbye customer service.

Story 2: Trash
Every month, the City of Raleigh is charging me $20.60 for both solid waste and recycling. I called them to get rid of my recycling service because I feel they should pay me to recycle, not the other way around. Their response, "tough." Yep, since this is a government run program, I have to pay for it even if I don't use it. I can not cancel water, trash, or recycle even if I wanted to. Hello Obama, goodbye freedom of choice.

This may sound like I'm down on one man. No, I think he'll do some good things and we need a change but he strongly believes in big government. He thinks the government can be more fair and kind therefore we should all pay for every service he believes in. That means my tax or bill money will be forced to pay for things like abortion for teens.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Chalkboard update

Frida paints Neo in bullet time

Italian Sausage Soup

serves 6

INGREDIENTS
  • 1 pound Italian sausage
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can diced potatoes
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans beef broth
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style stewed tomatoes
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup sliced carrots
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can great Northern beans, undrained
  • 2 small zucchini, cubed
  • 2 cups spinach - packed, rinsed and torn
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
DIRECTIONS
  1. In a stockpot or Dutch oven, brown sausage with garlic. Stir in broth, tomatoes and carrots, and season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
  2. Stir in beans with liquid and zucchini. Cover, and simmer another 15 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.
  3. Remove from heat, and add spinach (can use canned spinach as a substitute but it doesn't look as nice). Replace lid allowing the heat from the soup to cook the spinach leaves. Soup is ready to serve after 5 minutes.
  4. Serves well with Sour Cream and garlic bread for dipping.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Help us Obama

Here are a few things I would love to see Obama accomplish while in office. These are things I believe he could accomplish if he wanted to.

1) Fuel Cell Cars and Trucks
Imagine pulling up to a pump and not worry about smelling gas on your hands when you're done. You're putting hydrogen in your tank which comes from breaking apart water. You know its clean and safe and most of all, American. What's holding us back? Government policy can force gas stations to start having hydrogen pumps and watch it all take off. Government forcing things like this brings me into #2.
2) Make Us Socialist
As a good conservative, you might be surprised to hear me say that. Well, I say it through gritted teeth but no matter what I believe, America can no longer accept a capitalistic society. Americans believe they are entitled to their dream and don't believe they could fail. As much as I would hate to see Ford or Chevy go bankrupt, if they can't make a profit, then that is what should happen. Since that won't happen and we'll bail them out, lets just move to socialism since we're there already and forget this capitalism talk. It works for the most part in Europe so lets just do it.
3) Cut Deficit
This obviously would require us being financially stable but I think it could happen.
4) Make Hard Working Americans
Encourage Americans to work hard and believe they can accomplish their dream if they do so.

Here are some things I hope he doesn't push.
  1. Killing babies born after surviving an abortion
  2. Partial birth abortion (baby is partially out and they still kill it)
  3. Hate speech bill (censorship and ignoring free sheech amendment)
  4. Fair time bill (forcing views on others even in private sectors)
These are things Obama believes in and would sign if they make it through the house. Here are my predictions if this gets passed.
  1. a lot more abortions will happen
  2. a lot more abortions will happen
  3. pastors will be put in jail if they kick some one out of the church for practicing homosexuality publically despite clear biblical guidlines (its not a sin to be gay as long as you don't practice). Even more then that, they will be jailed for even saying the practice is a sin.
  4. Church functions as well as Christian Radio will be forced to play propaganda from athist and other religions.

A message from makers of the new Bond

The latest Bond flick decided to throw in a few things against the war on terror. They accredited the credit crisis and the weak dollar value to the "war on terror." I was curious of exactly how much the war on terror was costing us and if we cut that out, would it would cover the $700 billion dollar bailout giving to the financial sector.

As it turns out, the War on Terror is a whopping 3.67% of our budget. That may not sound like a lot but when you consider our budget is in the trillions, you're looking at around $100 billion in funding. The guy who put that line in the movie was obviously wrong about $100b would be able to cover the $700b bailout or prevent the global financial crisis but he does make a good point. It seems there could be better areas for us to spend our money.

By the way, each year we pay $243.7 billion in interest alone on debt the government has acquired. That's 9.1% of our budget.

Norwegian Blue Parot

I'll tell you what's wrong with it. It's dead, that's what's wrong with it.
You've probably heard the sketch from Monty Python but evidently they were not the first. An ancient Greek joke book has been found with a similar story. Check out the article here. Other jokes include flatulence and dimwits showing elementary school boys have laughed at these things since the dawn of civilization.

Free Cold Stone Ice Cream

On your birthday

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Bolt screener

I've got a pass to see the screener for the kids movie Bolt next Monday. If anyone would like my pass, let me know and its yours. I would love to go see it myself but I have a conflict with BSF.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

OBX runners

Congratulations to all who ran and finished the OBX 1/2 marathon. See Marcie's facebook page for lots of pictures or check out Ashely's blog for a nice recap of the weekend.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Twilight Movie Screener

Twilight Screener

Kitchen Chalkboard!




Its a chalk board in Brantley's kitchen! How fun!! :)



Friday, October 31, 2008

skilled bird

Just a little something to get you ready for the ski trip.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

My GF is an art teacher so I bet she could appreciate something like this. My favorite line in this article is "He said that a toilet was a great place for artistic expression because art is a form of relief in the same way that going to the toilet is."

Enjoy
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BERLIN (Reuters) - A public toilet in Munich which has been transformed into an art museum has attracted hundreds of people in the first days after opening, a spokesman for the city's tourism agency said on Thursday.

Built in 1894, the toilet house was originally constructed to serve nearby households which lacked necessary facilities.

After being in use for over a hundred years, the toilets were locked up in 1992 because they were very rarely used.

"On the night we opened, around 800 people came to see our work," initiator of the museum project, Mathias Koehler told Reuters.

He said that a toilet was a great place for artistic expression because art is a form of relief in the same way that going to the toilet is.

The art exhibited is mainly graffiti often with a political theme. Examples include images of Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel flanking a urinal in the corner of the room. Four artists contributed their work to the exhibition.

Although the 70-square meter museum is only temporary, Koehler said he could not rule out making it permanent if public interest remains high.

(Reporting by Josie Cox)

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Go Red

In case you were wondering, science just proved State fans are more attractive then Carolina fans at the games. Don't believe me? Check THIS article out.

Oil prices

This is just thoughts with no backing facts but I wonder if the reason for the relief in oil prices were an effort by the middle east to elect a president who does not support drilling for oil on the coast. The longer they can delay us, the longer they maintain a monopoly and can gouge us in price. Watch and see. I bet as soon as election tuesday hits, the price of oil will see a steep rise.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Magic Shell

I love ice cream but magic shell makes it that much more... magical.

Gay Products are Better

Its funny how words have changed in the last few years. I saw this at Cracker Barrel the other weekend.

Banana holder

I wouldn't have thought this was funny but I saw the "Friends" episode where one of them changed their name to banana hammock. Now it just cracks me up.

Man Groomer

While I was out shopping for some carving tools, I saw this at the check out line. The Man Groomer is perfectly capable of removing unwanted back hair in even the hardest to reach places. Mow your back in privacy with the long reach arm and folds up for easy storage.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Greenspan Shocked

Greenspan who retired in 2006 said he suspected the lending agencies were taking on too much risk and congress who has been controlled by congress has done nothing more then encourage the loans and took no measures to curb their practices. He however admits he did not see the crisis being this big.
"this crisis, however, has turned out to be much broader than anything I could have imagined,... Those of us who have looked to the self-interest of lending institutions to protect shareholder's equity -- myself especially -- are in a state of shocked disbelief,"

How do we go from here? Well, we learned in Greenhouse class at Colonial that each leader and nation is not only allowed by God but also the actual amount of time has already been set. We as individuals or even groups of individuals can not shorten or lengthen that time. It has never been our call to "save America" but rather to save Americans. I can not know how long the US has as "The Superpower" but I know it is the nature of the world and of governments to go from good to immoral as has always been the case. Moral decline is a part of life and the consequences are often severe. It is our right and duty to vote and do what we can to influence but we must accept what ever policies that go into effect as long as they are not contradictory to God's command. This is the principal known as "just law" since God has not specifically commanded against it.

I don't have my binder with me so I can't give the verses that go along with my previous paragraph. If you know them off the top of your head, feel free to put them in the comments section.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Happy B-day mom

Happy Birthday Mom!

Presidential Beliefs

I realize that most people won't go to the websites I posted therefore I summed them up quickly below. To see the actual answers they wrote, go to the "go vote" blog entry and click on the presidential guide link I placed at a couple of places.

McCain:
  • Nothing wrong with Stem Cell research & would support bills that pay for it
  • Appoint Judges that follow the letter of the law & not their own interpretation
  • Supports abortion but does not support giving it tax money & supports notification of parents
  • Does not support 1 Man & 1 Woman marriage law but will support the laws that are in place
  • Does not support the "Hate Crime" bill that was going through which makes it illegal to quote the Bible saying the homosexual lifestyle is a sin.
  • Does not support a ban on assault weapons (duh! army guy)
  • Supports off shore drilling for oil

Obama:
  • Nothing wrong with Stem Cell research & would support bills that pay for it
  • Appoint Judges who do not care what the law says but follow their personal beliefs in court
  • Supports abortion and believes all tax payers should fund it regardless of their belief. Also undermines parental authority by allowing kids to have an abortion with out their parents knowing.
  • Does not support teaching abstinence as well as condom protection in sex ed
  • Believes gay marriages should be legal in all states & plans to force that issue legally
  • Supports and is pushing for making it illegal for one to quote the Bible saying that homosexual lifestyle is a sin.
  • Supports gay men in the military
  • Wants to ban assault weapons as well as many other fire arms
  • Does not support off shore drilling for oil

On another note: After talking to my pastor last night, I might reconsider a write in vote for president. I am still undecided.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

go vote

Focus on the family sent me a voters guide that doesn't tell you how to vote but asks questions that the candidates may not have answered. Since this is a bubble sheet, they can only choose y for yes, n for no, or u for undecided. There is no opportunity for spin or political dodge. This can be found at http://ncfamily.org/voterguide2008-general/ and is a great resource to know more about who you are voting for.

There is a rule that says you shouldn't talk about politics but I've been thinking about how I plan to vote and I've come to the conclusion that I can not vote for either of the two leading presidential candidates (see presidential guide HERE). Since I can not support the candidates, I plan to write in my vote for president. Aside from that, I'll go through the booklet ncfamily sent me and decide my vote by that.

Some may say I'm wasting my presidential vote but I have to believe in our system. If I vote for the candidate that I believe is the best, then he has a chance of winning. I must vote my conscience and God will ordain the candidate that will take office. They may not be the best for our economy or our moral disposition but they would not take office unless God allowed it. (See Romans 13)

Please take time to read the presidential voter guide and become familiar with the issues. I for one did not know Obama supports making you pay for abortions through your taxes. It doesn't matter if you think killing a baby is a sin or not, you will support financially abortion clinics. I also did not know that McCain was not that far from Obama when it comes to that issue.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

2.93

yes! I filled up on gas that was under 3 bucks.

Monday, October 20, 2008

LG

This was the trail we took this weekend. It was about 12 miles total.

Friday, October 17, 2008

This is how I babysit

Marcie and I were eating pizza with my parents and Christopher was just so tired he wouldn't be happy till he was laying down. I let him lay down on the booth between Marcie and me but the light was in his eyes. Joking around, I put my napkin over his face but when I took it away, he got cranky. Makes for a funny picture anyways.

Good things from MI

Don't let anyone tell you nothing good comes out of Michigan. Our sanitor sheets seen above come from the great city of Kalamazoo.

Stayin' Alive

U.S. doctors have found the Bee Gees 1977 disco anthem "Stayin' Alive" provides an ideal beat to follow while performing chest compressions as part of CPR on a heart attack victim.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Barack Roll...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65I0HNvTDH4


I don't support Barack, but I think this is pretty funny! :) This must have taken hours!

One world bank

With the financial crisis in full swing, banks are refusing to lend to other banks due to lack of trust. For that reason European banks are only loaning to and borrowing from the Central bank. A crisis like this goes a long way to setting up a one world government and currency.

"The only provider of liquidity now is the central bank," said Guillame Baron, strategist at Societe Generale in Paris.

Comrade Bush

Even Chuck is confused at what is going on now. "Conservative" Bush is being called comrade by Socialist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez because of his bailout of business. It however might have been necessary.

See the full taunt HERE at Reuters.

ACC Graduation rates

We may not be the best football conference in the nation but at least we're the smartest. Oh, and we're pretty good in basketball too.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

French WOD - Comment vous appelez-vous?

"Comment vous appelez-vous?" evidently means "What's your name?"

How do you call yourself where I believe appelez-vous means you call. Comment I learned from an earlier lesson just makes a statement a question.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

fingers crossed

I attempted to replace my clothes dryer belt yesterday. Today I find out if it will work for more then a short period of time.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Americans learning to budget

Some good things may come out of the economy crisis. Reuters reported on Tuesday the U.S. Federal Reserve reported that outstanding consumer credit fell $7.9 billion in August, the first shrinkage in that measure since January 1998. It seems saving and living within your means is finally reaching people's ears. I know I'm being forced to rethink how I spend my money. I could keep going like I was and not be in debt but then I also wouldn't be saving for whatever surprises may come.

What does that mean for our economy though. Our current state depends Americans to spend everything they make and not save at all. Prices will rise as demand drops and that should make things even tougher. At some point it will have to stabilize and hopefully we'll start living like our parents did. They didn't have everything now and had to work years to get to the comfortable lifestyle they are at now.

Stars and their quotes

Ever seen a character in a movie do something and thought "I've seen them do that before?" I thought it was interesting how many actors have their signature sayings or actions.

Keanu Reeves - whoa
Keanu Reeves - puts hands to his temple & then extends them out (deep in concentration)
Brad Pitt - always points when he raises his voice
George Clooney - "G*% D@mmit"
Will Smith - Oh He%% no!
Tom Cruise - Claps once and laughs when excited or has an epiphany

Just to name a few. Can you think of others?

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Myers Briggs question 4

For question 4, I was a strong P (perceiving) and the test agreed. I often jump into things with out adequate planning thinking if I do something wrong, I'll be able to fix that problem and continue working before the J (judging) people even begin to work. I like being under pressure and deadlines and work best then. I always do what I think is best for the time being and that has frustrated Marcie and others to no extent. Pretty interesting huh?

Q4. What is your "action orientation" towards the outside world?

All people use both judging (thinking and feeling) and perceiving (sensing and intuition) processes to store information, organize our thoughts, make decisions, take actions and manage our lives. Yet one of these processes (Judging or Perceiving) tends to take the lead in our relationship with the outside world . . . while the other governs our inner world.

A Judging (J) style approaches the outside world WITH A PLAN and is oriented towards organizing one's surroundings, being prepared, making decisions and reaching closure and completion.

A Perceiving (P) style takes the outside world AS IT COMES and is adopting and adapting, flexible, open-ended and receptive to new opportunities and changing game plans.

Judging Characteristics

  • Plan many of the details in advance before moving into action.

  • Focus on task-related action; complete meaningful segments before moving on.

  • Work best and avoid stress when keep ahead of deadlines.

  • Naturally use targets, dates and standard routines to manage life.

Perceiving Characteristics

  • Comfortable moving into action without a plan; plan on-the-go.

  • Like to multitask, have variety, mix work and play.

  • Naturally tolerant of time pressure; work best close to the deadlines.

  • Instinctively avoid commitments which interfere with flexibility, freedom and variety

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

bike

I think I'm going to fall over. When riding a bike to work, mountain bikes are much harder because they don't have a smooth tire thus more friction. Compound that with a flat tire and it gets even harder because of extra friction. Then, the bike I have has front and rear shocks therefore when ever I push down with all my weight, instead of all of that weight going into the gear, a good portion of it gets absorbed into the rear shock making riding the bike near impossible if you're not used to it. Before I continue, I'll need to fill the tires and then get a seat cushion. Nothing like sitting on thin hard surface for 45 minutes to add bruises on your tail bone.

Myers Briggs question 3

On question 3, I would call myself a T (thinker) and the test I took agreed although they said I had some F (feeling) tendencies as well. Again, with the facts, logic, and tasks however I don't care for disharmony therefore I guess there is a little of both.

Q3. Which way of forming Judgments and making choices is most natural?

The Thinking (T) side of our brain analyzes information in a DETACHED, objective fashion. It operates from factual principles, deduces and forms conclusions systematically. It is our logical nature.

The Feeling (F) side of our brain forms conclusions in an ATTACHED and somewhat global manner, based on likes/dislikes, impact on others, and human and aesthetic values. It is our subjective nature.

While everyone uses both means of forming conclusions, each person has a natural bias towards one over the other so that when they give us conflicting directions - one side is the natural trump card or tiebreaker.

Thinking Characteristics

  • Instinctively search for facts and logic in a decision situation.

  • Naturally notices tasks and work to be accomplished.

  • Easily able to provide an objective and critical analysis.

  • Accept conflict as a natural, normal part of relationships with people.

Feeling Characteristics

  • Instinctively employ personal feelings and impact on people in decision situations

  • Naturally sensitive to people needs and reactions.

  • Naturally seek consensus and popular opinions.

  • Unsettled by conflict; have almost a toxic reaction to disharmony.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Myers Briggs question 2

Looking at question 2, I would classify myself as S (sensing). I tend to live in the now & jump into thing right away based on the logic at hand. The short test I took most resoundingly agreed with me.

Q2. Which way of Perceiving or understanding is most "automatic" or natural?

The Sensing (S) side of our brain notices the sights, sounds, smells and all the sensory details of the PRESENT. It categorizes, organizes, records and stores the specifics from the here and now. It is REALITY based, dealing with "what is." It also provides the specific details of memory & recollections from PAST events.

The Intuitive (N) side of our brain seeks to understand, interpret and form OVERALL patterns of all the information that is collected and records these patterns and relationships. It speculates on POSSIBILITIES, including looking into and forecasting the FUTURE. It is imaginative and conceptual.

While both kinds of perceiving are necessary and used by all people, each of us instinctively tends to favor one over the other.

Sensing Characteristics

  • Mentally live in the Now, attending to present opportunities

  • Using common sense and creating practical solutions is automatic-instinctual

  • Memory recall is rich in detail of facts and past events

  • Best improvise from past experience

  • Like clear and concrete information; dislike guessing when facts are "fuzzy"

Intuitive Characteristics

  • Mentally live in the Future, attending to future possibilities

  • Using imagination and creating/inventing new possibilities is automatic-instinctual

  • Memory recall emphasizes patterns, contexts, and connections

  • Best improvise from theoretical understanding

  • Comfortable with ambiguous, fuzzy data and with guessing its meaning.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Solar power window tint

I was reading Reuters Oddly Enough and saw THIS article about a new solar panel that was not only flexible but also could act as tint on glass. That means it could be placed on car windows to help add mpg to our hybrids as well as give office buildings another source of energy. Pretty cool right... and these guys are from Durham, NC!

Change

With all the talk of the need for change, I did my part. Not exactly the way the politicians are talking about it but for the past year I've been saving my change in my boxers drawer. One of the many things I love about the state employees credit union is the ways they encourage you to save. Most people see change as something to get rid of therefore they are loose with it. I'm pretty much a plastic kind of guy so I rarely pay in cash but over the past year, I had enough to fill a tied up dish towel. NCSECU has a machine that will count your change for you with no fee. I turned in my receipt and to my surprise, there was $57.52 worth of change. I quickly turned that into cash and went off to Bojangles with my savings. $5.66 for a 4 piece supreme dinner and I've still got enough to put gas in the car when I get home. Talk about your good timing!

Pimsleur Lesson 4

I'm almost half way through my intro lessons of French. I only bought the first 8 but I think they'll probably provide a good base to start with before I start using about.com to further my study. If I can keep up with my rate of about a lesson a week, I'll be done in a month with my CDs and I'll be that much more ready for the trip to France Anna is taking her students on.

French WOD - Je vais bien

Today's word that I'm practicing is "Je vais bien" meaning "I'm fine." To hear this phrase pronounced, go HERE. If asked "how are you?" (comment allez-vous? - How do you go?) this would be a good response assuming things are going well for you.
Je - I
vais - goes
bien - well

Myers Briggs question 1

Which one are you? I would classify myself as I(introverted) by nature even though I enjoy getting out and doing things with groups. The short test I took put me down as an E which I would agree to an extent. I'm an introvert with extroverted tenancies.

Q1. Which is your most natural energy orientation?

Every person has two faces. One is directed towards the OUTER world of activities, excitements, people, and things. The other is directed inward to the INNER world of thoughts, interests, ideas, and imagination.

While these are two different but complementary sides of our nature, most people have an innate preference towards energy from either the OUTER or the INNER world. Thus one of their faces, either the Extraverted (E) or Introverted (I), takes the lead in their personality development and plays a more dominant role in their behavior.

Extraverted Characteristics

  • Act first, think/reflect later

  • Feel deprived when cutoff from interaction with the outside world

  • Usually open to and motivated by outside world of people and things

  • Enjoy wide variety and change in people relationships

Introverted Characteristics

  • Think/reflect first, then Act

  • Regularly require an amount of "private time" to recharge batteries

  • Motivated internally, mind is sometimes so active it is "closed" to outside world

  • Prefer one-to-one communication and relationships

Saturday, October 4, 2008

French WOD - Ça va?

The word of the day is "Ça va?"
It literally means "that goes?"
The implied meaning is "How are you?"

To hear how it is pronounced, go HERE and click on the word to hear the wave file.

Friday, October 3, 2008

French WOD - Salut

Salut is a funny word. It almost sounds like the name Sally when about.com pronounces it. It means 'hi' according to them and can be linked to from THIS page. Evidently they won't let you point directly to the wave file therefore look for it in the middle of the page.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sudoku

Ok, I've helped you out a little bit on this one but see if you can solve this one. It was in the medium section of my book but has been the hardest one I've seen so far. Maybe I missed something but I had to really think outside the box to assure nothing I put down was a guess. In case you are wondering, it can be done and I'll send you the answer if you can't figure it out.

Bailout passes senate

Many are reconsidering after getting a lot of calls from small business owners who can not get loans. On one hand, I say good. Not all small business owners deserve loans and a large percentage of them will fail within a few years of startup. On the other hand, starting and owning a company is the American dream. My stance is still 'no' on the bailout since small business owners can still get loans if they work really hard. That after all is the American dream. If you work hard enough, you can make it rich. But after considering the effect on ma and pop stores, I might be willing to reconsider assuming laws go in place against stupid risk that banks have been making. Remember you are not entitled to a loan and it is not your money. Certain people I would not loan any amount of money to unless I wouldn't be willing to part with it for good. That's what the government is doing. Giving away $700 Billion dollars that they don't mind parting with. Well... I mind $700 Billion dollars.

French WOD - bonsoir

Today's word is similar to yesterday's. It is a greeting that means good evening. Click on bonsoir to hear how it is pronounced.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Night Vision Jailbreak

We played Jailbreak last summer but this looks like a really gadget to give you that edge. Check out one of the top toys this year HERE.

Diversity Training...

This past week we had an early release day. On these days we have someone come in and do a training, this training has been on Diversity. Its been very interesting to learn more about the students that you come in contact with daily and the life they may face at home. We've been learning how to better communicate and work with these students and families, last week we talked about language/communication and the impact of formal vs casual talk in class. Different types of language can be labeled as follows...

frozen: like the pledge of allegiance
formal: instructing, proper, complete sentences
consultative: almost casual but still formal
casual: non-complete sentences, slang
intimate: language for relationships

One activity we did was very funny, the trainer asked us to come up with a list of 'casual' words or phrases that students use. See if you can identify these, I'll post the answers later. :)

crib
sick
gril
my bad
bling
oh snap
gwak
TMI
holla
dis
shut up
digits
phat
shout out
clutch
143
bff
hit me up/back
411
kicks
stylin
hoochy momma
dude
what the
word
thats whak
squz me
peeps

French WOD - Oct 1

Bonjour is our French word for the day. Most of you know what this means but according to french.about.com, it can mean hello, good morning, and good afternoon. Click on Bonjour to hear it pronounced.

Dick "DJ" Grayson drama

Just like Smallville focuses on Clark before he became Superman, Superhero Hype reports a similar story will roll out focusing on Dick before he became Robin and eventually Nightwing. Evidently CW realizes that they can't stretch out Smallville forever and its time for a new story. I probably won't watch the show but I may tune into the pilot episode.


Saving Superman's Crib

Creator of superman's house was renovated recently to restore the rotting house where Superman had his birth. Reuters tells how fans unite in an auction to raise money for the much needed repairs.

Less is More?

Do these micro bottles of detergent really work as well as a full cap of the other stuff? This bottle was on sale for under $7 and claims to do 32 loads despite being 1/3 the size of other bottles. We'll have to see. I went to the grocery story hungry and took this home with me. I wonder if you're more likely to buy things in general when you're hungry or just things that you can eat.

Oh, it's green and organic so you should be happy about that Marcie. :)

Clothes Dryer

My brother has the weird ability to break everything of mine he uses with in a few months time. It may just be my perception but the latest thing to break was my clothes dryer. It heats up fine but will not spin. I'm hoping its just a belt and that is easy to fix because I really don't care to buy a new one at this time.

Jellied Cranberry Sauce and Country Ham Egg and Cheese Biscuit

How do you know Cranberry Sauce will be good? Because it has ridges and comes from a can. I had this craving for a country ham biscuit therefore I went to the grocery store hungry and this was one of many random things I picked up. Pistachio pudding was the next most random thing I bought. They were all delicious.

Bailout

I can't decide if I support the bailout. I strongly have the republican belief that risk is part of business therefore the more you take, the more you deserve to fail. I really believe it is not our government's job to give handouts for banks greedy mistakes and doing so will set a precedent that they can continue to operate under the same broken guidelines. I believe in justice and a lot of the greedy CEOs are getting what they deserve for their almost illegal practices. I've said before how hard I had to work to get them to agree to giving me a 30yr fixed instead of some "ninja loan." On the other hand, their mistakes do "trickle down" to the workers and many Americans will be laid off because of it. There is talk of the next great depression and this is a good way to at least extend the time before that happens. Right now I say lets go ahead and deal with our mistakes now so we can fix them for in the future but I'm ready to change my opinion if some one can show me evidence otherwise.

It seems both McCain and Obama are supporting the $700 Billion dollar bailout which makes me wonder how important it is for this to happen. Reuters has been keeping me up to date around this as it all unfolds. I can't say I'm not nervous about our prospect.

Green Lantern

In case you haven't heard, one of my favorite DC titles is going to the big screen. There has been talks of that at least. I really can't wait to see who how they portray the man with out fear. They'll likely do an origin story first and it might look similar to New Frontier. Then, I hope they'll consider the Sinestro Wars as that has been my favorite story arc yet. Here is what the producer said in an interview.

Earlier today I caught up briefly with producer Donald De Line, who is developing the Green Lantern film, and asked him for an update. He told me that "a new draft of the script came in" and they're "gearing up to start shooting early spring." While it's not confirmed, he added that "it's coming together and I'm excited about it. Hopefully we'll make it to start gate. We're really close - really close."
With all the Marvel movies coming out, its about time DC took advantage of the trend. Their characters tend to be so much deeper in my opinion.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

aeration

Every time I see these little dirt clumps on the ground after people come to aerate the ground, I always feel like I'm walking on poop. Since I talked about goobers a little while back, you might be wondering what kind of direction this blog is going. Who can know.

Kohl's

Does anyone ever shop at Kohl's? I've often heard of the store but I've never been in one nor could I tell you one's location. Anyways, I got a $10 gift card in the mail to there and I wonder if they have anything cool. Maybe they'll have a candy isle like TJ Max does.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Pants

How do you know when its time for new pants?

Bookcase finished


Before


Dave helped me hang my bookshelf on the wall last night. It took a while and I've got a nice little scrape on my bicep but we got it done. Luckily I hit a stud at one point making things a lot easier on the first one. The second one wasn't as easy as one of the holes was slightly too low. We were able to fix this and only losing one butterfly anchor in the process.


After

Housing Crisis

A lot of the crisis comes from what some have dubbed ninja loans. Its all too easy to get into these loans as I recall when I bough my house. I went to several people and and every single one of them said a ARM would be my best option. They twisted my arm to go with an ARM (no pun intended) and almost refused to let me go with a fixed. Most actually said they could "help" me by getting me lower payments by doing an interest only loan. As hard as I had to work at getting a 30yr fixed, I can really see the greed and corruption that caused the banks to acquire so many defaulted loans.

These quotes sums up a lot of what I've been reading.

For those of you who lack the advanced financial expertise necessary to decipher news surrounding the current mess, I’ve interviewed an expert to help us make sense of the headlines.

Q: How did we get into this mess?

A: Two entities created and overseen by Congress, Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, flooded the mortgage market with cheap, taxpayer-backed money. Plus millions of Americans accepted the crazy idea that it’s okay to finance more house than you can really afford, using 95/5 and even 99/1 mortgages. It was a toxic mix of incompetence and greed.

Q: Doesn’t Wall Street have some culpability here?

A: Didn’t you hear that part about incompetence and greed? Besides, “Wall Street” is an abstraction. It’s kind of like The Force in Star Wars, or . . .

Q: Congressional oversight?

A: Exactly.

Q: What’s the government’s plan to fix this mess?

A: They’re going to buy all the troubled assets, and then create lots of rules that give them more authority to oversee financial institutions.

Q: You mean oversight like the kind that encouraged Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae to back millions of housing equivalents of the Bridge to Nowhere?

A: You got it.

Q: How does the average American get in on this “buying of troubled assets” deal?

A: It’s simple: you either need to be the overpaid CEO of a firm that stupidly overleveraged itself in marginal mortgages and their derivatives, or one of those home speculators who bought three houses in Florida hoping to flip them, and is now claiming to have been misled, abused, etc.

Q: What about those of us who only bought a house we could afford, and have been working diligently to make payments?

A: Well, you’ll have to work a little harder to bail out the rest of us.

Q: It sounds like we’re rewarding the guilty and punishing the innocent.

A: Welcome to Washington.

We shouldn't be surprised. Even the founders knew such corruption was not only possible, but likely. As far back as 1897, we had this warning:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the public treasure. From that moment on the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most money from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world's great civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through the following sequence: from bondage to spiritual faith, from spiritual faith to great courage, from courage to liberty, from liberty to abundance, from abundance to selfishness, from selfishness to complacency, from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependency, from dependency back to bondage. -- Alexander Tyler (A Scottish professor)

And even before that, Thomas Paine said:

If, from the more wretched parts of the old world, we look at those which are in an advanced stage of improvement, we still find the greedy hand of government thrusting itself into every corner and crevice of industry, and grasping the spoil of the multitude. Invention is continually exercised, to furnish new pretenses for revenues and taxation. It watches prosperity as its prey and permits none to escape without tribute. -- Rights of Man, 1791

goobers

I was thinking this morning that you can tell a lot by the color of your goobers. If your spit is clear, you've got nothing wrong with you typically. If its brown, you might be on your way to getting sick. Yellow, you may be sick while green means you need drugs. This morning I saw a brown one go down the drain so I'm afraid I might catch what Marcie has now. Time will tell.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

ways to annoy a roomate - #80-88

80.Keep some worms in a shoebox. When doing homework, go and consult with the worms every so often. Then become angry, shouting at the worms that they're stupid and they don't know what they're talking about.

81.Watch "Psycho" every day for a month. Then act excited every time your roommate goes to take a shower.

82.Wear a paper hat. Every time your roommate walks in, say, "Welcome to McDonalds, can I take your... Oh, it's just you."Take off the hat, sit, and pout.

83.Go through your roommate's textbooks with a red pen, changing things and making random corrections. If your roommate protests, tell him/her that you just couldn't take it anymore.

84.Leave the room at random, knock on the door, and wait for your roommate to let you back in. If he/she asks about it, go on a tangent about the importance of good manners.

85.Hang a horseshoe above the door. Make up stories about having had good luck. Then, take the horseshoe down and wrap your head in bandages. When you see your roommate, look above the door where the horseshoe used to be, hold your head, and mutter, "Stupid horseshoe...."

86.Carve a jack-o-lantern. Complain to your roommate that the jack-o-lantern has been staring at you. The next day, tell your roommate that the jack-o-lantern thinks he/she has been staring at it. Confide in your roommate that you really don't like the jack-o-lantern, but you can't convince it to move out.

87.As soon as your roommate turns the light off at night, begin singing famous operas as loud as you can. When your roommate turns on the light, look around and pretend to be confused.

88.Hang a basketball net on the wall. Challenge your refrigerator to basketball games, and play them in front of your roommate. Do so for about a month. Confide in your roommate that you think the refrigerator has been taking steroids.

Farting a crime?

If I did, you might be able to sue me. Evidently a cop pressed assault charges at a man who farted towards him while he was supposedly drunk. We may not know what actually happened but it doesn't matter. Every middle school boy is laughing now about farting on a cop. I'm reminded of a flow chart I saw. Demitri explains how funny farting is based on location. Farting at school is funny. Farting in Church, even funnier. Farting in my face, very not funny. Farting in my brothers face, off the charts. Farting in scuba gear, we don't know.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Jars of Clay, some guy, Switchfoot, and Third Day































Concert weekend! Here are some shots of a fun night. Although I will say some of you in CYC need to move your bodies some more! :)

The fruits of our labor


Each chair finally has tennis balls! I've had tennis balls to cut for a few weeks now and just last night Brantley helped me cut them so I could get them on the chairs. :) Now every time I look around the room the sea of tennis balls stands out, I'm sure they will get dirty quickly. Oh, and you can see my SMART board in the background, it got mounted on the wall not long ago. And my document camera is set up next to it- that thing is fun to use!


location location location

Demitri just explained the difference between peeing in the pool and peeing into the pool. One evidently is frowned upon.

ways to annoy a roomate - #89

Drink lots of lemonade. Talk obnoxiously for hours about how much you love lemonade. Then, one day, paint your face yellow. From then on, complain about how much you hate lemonade.

Music video - Feeling Good

Love the Bond tribute on this song and old blue eyes type of voice.

ways to annoy a roomate - #90

Late at night, start conversations that begin with, "Remember the good old days, when we used to..." and make up stories involving you and your roommate.

ways to annoy a roomate - #91

Whenever your roommate sneezes, go and hide in the closet for about and hour. Look around nervously for the rest of the day.

ways to annoy a roomate - #92

Sit and stare at your roommate for hours. Bring others in to join you. Eat peanuts, throwing a few at your roommate. Then say, "Boy, these zoos just aren't what they used to be."

ways to annoy a roomate - #93

Tell your roommate that your toe hurts, and that means there's going to be an earthquake, soon. While your roommate is out, trash everything on his/her side of the room. When he/she returns, explain that the earthquake hit, but only on one side of the room.

ways to annoy a roomate - #94

Buy a gun. Clean it every day. One day, put a band-aid on your forehead, and refuse to discuss the gun ever again.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

ways to annoy a roomate - #95

Buy a lobster. Pretend to play cards with it. Complain to your roommate that the lobster is making up his own rules.

ways to annoy a roomate - #96

Make pancakes every morning, but don't eat them. Draw faces on them, and toss them in the closet. Watch them for several hours each day. Complain to your roommate that your "pancake farm" isn't evolving into a self-sufficient community. Confide in your roommate that you think the king of the pancakes has been taking bribes.

ways to annoy a roomate - #97

While you are ironing, pretend to burn yourself. Start a garbage can fire in the middle of the room. Toss the iron inside. If your roommate objects, explain that you are just trying to get even.

ways to annoy a roomate - #98

Buy some turtles. Paint numbers on their backs. Race them down the hall.

ways to annoy a roomate - #99

Create an army of animal crackers. Put them through basic training. Set up little checkpoints around the room. Tell your roommate that the camel spotted him/her in a restricted area and said not to do it again. Ask your roommate to apologize to the camel.