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BLOGAPATHY

By: ricderr, 3:57 PM GMT on March 31, 2007

Blogapathy — a condition caused by excessive blogging leaves little time for keeping up with current events and pop culture. “It’s like—I don’t even care anymore what goes on in the world—unless it affects my blog” - (swiped from Bloggers Anonymous)


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Fridays Best Poem!!!!!!!

By: ricderr, 12:43 PM GMT on March 26, 2007

Welcome to Ric's Coffee Bar And Poetry Lounge. Felt like poems this morning and the rest of the week and nothing better than a "Cup of Joe" and bad poetry!

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To listen to todays poem just click here and enjoy POEM

He said, she said and you know what that means,
Drama has started, oh yes, it’s time to cause a scene.
I’m calling you out is what one blog title said,
You would think it was a western and one would be dead.
Blog wars at 40 paces, they’re readying their ‘puters.
Yes six guns are passé now, we need no more shooters.
It’s back to school day antics where notes are passed round,
And as they are exchanged soon combatants are found.
They’re king of all blogdom because they’ve got quick witted prose.
Round and round they argue where it stops nobody knows.
Oh but he made me do it, BS there’s none innocent here.
We share the same privilidge of choice, you, me and yes, you over there.
And when it is finished "did it matter?" was heard said,
Because the significance of blogdom is all in your head.



This was a poem/song written on an 8 hour drive to Disneyland, terribly recorded on cassette but aired by the wonderful Dr. Demento one late night.

The Boogeyman
Chorus
The Boogeyman will get you if you don't watch out,
He'll chew you all up and spit you back out,
The Boogeyman is lurking everywhere,
So beware! ( BOOM BOOM ) of the Boogeyman.

One night while I was leaving my home,
I'd left my brother all alone.
I heard a scream and ran back in,
But there, was no more of him!
I searched and searched and searched for clues,
But the only thing I found was my brothers shoes.

Chorus

One night while I was driving my car,
I heard a scream from way afar.
I speeded up to see what it was
And there, was the Boogeyman
The Boogeyman was after me with blood on his hands.
The car wouldn't start so I got out and ran
The Boogeyman was catching up to me,
But the sun rose up and I was free.


Chorus

(Narrative)
So listen to my story that I tell you true
If you go out when the moon is full.
The Boogeyman will come after you!

Chorus
ricderr


SNAKES

Hey! I hate to admit it but I'm scared of snakes.
Big, little, real, yes even those fakes.

When you're taking a stroll just whistling your song,
They're slithering and sliding merrilly tagging along.

You're just enjoying nature, your head in the fog,
You take no notice of the grass, bush or even that log.

But you never know where waits the evilist of creatures,
To hiss, coil, spring and bite right through your sneakers.

So I'll just watch nature from my comfortable chair
With family & friends, safe & secure in our snakeless lair
ricderr



Updated: 1:46 PM GMT on March 30, 2007

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Blogs of our Lives & Other Soaps

By: ricderr, 11:31 PM GMT on March 22, 2007

All Aaron's Children
As the Blog Turns
The Blog and the Beautiful
Blogs of our Lives
General Wundergrond
Guiding Blogs
One Blog to Live
Passions (guess this one needs no alterations)
The Young and the Blogless
Another Wunderground


Strange Musings From A Twisted Mind

If freedom is defined as the power to act or speak or think without externally imposed restraints. Would Wunderground then offer more freedoms than found in America......

Does freedom enable or disable personal responsibility. Who's fault is it when we act, react, participate and the lack of......

I almost got serious for a moment

Will baseballs be juiced or not this year and will that decision be based on the recent steroid controversies.....

If I don't want any tropical systems to form near me am I a wishcaster...if one forecasted to make landfall near me goes elsewhere and i breathe a sigh of relief am I a hypocrite....If a butterfly flaps his wings in Brazil throwing off all tropical system calculations can we hunt said butterfly and lock it away....

IF I CHANGE MY VOICE WHILE READING AS i TYPE WILL i TYPE DIFFERENTLY.....

Will pirates of the Carribean III be as good as the original....will people care...will johnny depp ever visit emmy...

if i say more to come later will it sound ominous and doomsfull.....








Updated: 11:41 PM GMT on March 22, 2007

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Life's A Beach............Bar

By: ricderr, 8:44 PM GMT on March 14, 2007

It's time..for a little chillin at the Beachside Bar....leave your worries, your stress and your problems and your shoes outside.....straw hats are optional but ties are not allowed...There's margarita mix on the bar...salt your glass, add ice and pour away...wine coolers on ice and plenty of Sangria...beer in the fridge, grab a frosted mug from the freezer....JD and fixins for our serious crowd...coke for the under 21 people...no big bands...just a guy in the corner strummin his guitar singin it's 5:00 somewhere.....sit back.....relax...you're among friends and enjoy the view...........



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It doesn't matter if this story is true or not, it doesn't change the meaning.

A farmer had some puppies he
needed to sell. He painted a sign advertising the 4 pups. And set about nailing it to a post on the edge of his yard. As he was driving the last nail into the post, he felt a tug on his overalls. He looked down into the eyes of little boy. "Mister," he said, "I want to buy one of your puppies." "Well," said the farmer, as he rubbed the sweat off the back of his neck, "These puppies come from fine parents and cost a good deal of money." The boy dropped his head for a moment. Then reaching deep into
his pocket, he pulled out a handful of change and held it up to the farmer.
"I've got thirty-nine cents. Is that enough to take a look?" "Sure," said the farmer. And with that he let out a whistle. "Here, Dolly!" he called. Out from the doghouse and down the ramp ran Dolly followed by four little balls of fur. The little boy pressed his face against the chain link fence. His eyes danced with delight. As the dogs made their way to the fence, the little boy noticed something else stirring inside the doghouse.
Slowly another little ball appeared, this one noticeably smaller. Down the ramp it slid. Then in a somewhat awkward manner, the little pup began hobbling toward the others, doing its best to catch up... "I want that one," the little boy said, pointing to the runt. The farmer knelt down at the boy's side and said, "Son, you don't want that puppy. He will never be able to run and play with you like these other dogs would." With that the little boy stepped back from the fence, reached down, and began rolling up one leg of his trousers. In doing so he revealed a steel brace running down both sides of his leg attaching itself to a specially made shoe. Looking back up at the farmer,
he said, "You see sir, I don't run too well myself, and he will need someone who understands." With tears in his eyes, the farmer reached down and picked up the little pup. holding it carefully handed it to the little boy. "How much?" asked the little boy. "No charge," answered the farmer, "There's no charge for love."

The world is full of people who need someone who understands. It's National Friendship Week.

Updated: 7:48 PM GMT on March 21, 2007

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March Madness Basketball Pool

By: ricderr, 12:16 PM GMT on March 12, 2007

Come One Come All To The Innaugural WU NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament Pool.
Grand Prize to be determined, hopefully Aqua will award cookies, however a prize and bragging rights will be awarded.

Here's how you play,

1st: Got to Chiff.com and print their Division Bracket Template and make your picks from the first games to the final game National Champion Winner.

2nd. Post who you predict will be the winner of each round as Round #1 ( 32 picks) Round #2 ( 16 picks ) Round #3 ( 8 picks ) Round #4 ( 4 picks ) Round #5 ( 2 picks ) & Final ( 1 pick )

3rd. Points will be awarded to correct picks as follows:
Round #1 ( 2 pts. for each correct pick ) Round #2 ( 6 pts. for each correct pick ) Round #3 ( ( 10 pts. for each correct pick ) Round #4 ( 20 pts. for each correct pick ) Round #5 ( 40 pts. for each correct pick ) Final ( 75 pts. for the correct pick )

The winner will be determined by the highest cumalative total points.

Picks must be in before the first tip off Thursday, March 15th.

If you have any questions, post them or e-mail me and we'll get them answered or problems straightened out. ENJOY!!!

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KIDS STORIES

By: ricderr, 12:38 PM GMT on March 10, 2007

The animal page will be back on Monday. I just wanted to take a moment and do what every parent does, brag about their kids for a moment.


I am damn lucky! I've got some great kids.

Joe Junior..aka..Kyle Richard, pictured below, is playing his first year of baseball. He loves sports, is a natural, people cannot believe that he did not pick up a bat or glove until Santa brought them to him this Christmas. And he's got great coaches, no not dad, mom has spent more time at home with him than me and at the ballpark, it's about learning the game, practicing skills and having fun. The score is far down the list. Wednesday's after game pep talk..went over what things they did right, how great they batted and fielded, how much fun they had and one little guy asked the score and the coach honestly didn't know. He looked and asked me, the official scorekeeper, and I quietly said they had won 16 - 9. That is little league in it's best form. Yeah, dad knows they are 3 and 0 and will take the time to brag, but Kyle and his teammates know the true reason to play.



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Now on Thursday I get an email from the oldest, telling me that he is getting 30 bonus points on his English project for doing it himself rather than in a group, he doesn't do well in group projects, and I had wondered, why did he have a project that totaled over 40 pages of typed work. It finally became clear. It was designed to be done by groups of 4 to 5 sharing the workload. So an easy A now that the work is done and since his dream is Harvard Law, he needs all the bonus points he can get.


Thursday night, Becky brings Cassie home from soccer practice and on the way they stop at Wally World where Cassie, my ten year old princess gets her first bras. She comes home and stands in front of the doorway to our room twirling it on her finger, so I knew she ws expecting the Fred Flinstone reaction and I gladly obliged. BECKY...WHAT IS THIS GIRL DOING WITH A BRA???? ...BECKY!!!!...BECKY!!!!...GET THOSE BACK TO THE STORE!!!! To which she stood even taller and prouder, with a look as if she's just crossed the most important right of passage in her lifetime. The kicker though, Friday morning she waltzes into our bedroom wearing bra and panties and models for mom and dad saying, "look, I found panties that match exactly, isn't this great?" She's joining the Convent this afternoon.

Who me brag? LOL Oh Well!!


The Latest Addition to The Family

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OH WELL!!!!!

By: ricderr, 8:46 PM GMT on March 09, 2007

here's the ricderr view

...i'm going to live happy...if someone doesn't like what i say..oh well..if someone likes what i say..oh well....if i want to argue a point..oh well..if i don't like what someone says..oh well......my care..is that i enjoy that i'm here...i'm not here to anger....or offend...and i won't purposely do either unless i purposely do want to...if i do and didn't...then...it wasn't my intention..and someone can easilly ask me if they think i did...or ignore me.....it just doesn't matter....i'm not paid to be here...i'm not asked to be here..i choose to be here...and will enjoy my time here as i choose..and under the guidelines of the TOU....anything else.....is out of my control...OH WELL!



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Throw Away Pets In A Throw Away Society

By: ricderr, 1:30 PM GMT on March 08, 2007

There was a time in our history when it was acceptable to utter racial slurs...or use derogatory descriptions of those that are physically or mentally handicapped. Thankfully today, through education those things are unacceptable by most people regardless of the circumstances. With that, I can only hope that educating people about our four legged friends might also change our perceptions of what is acceptable or not.

As a side note, I wanted to mention "No Kill Shelters". It's a great term and very popular to be used by animal shelters. It conjures the image that no animal is euthanized. However, most shelters actualy mean "adoptable animals" those that do not meet there adoption standards or health criteria are put down. Also, when they are full, they don't take in animals so while they don't have to euthanize they're passing the burden on to the local city or county run facility. My complaint, they while painting a pretty image for themselves, paint a grim image of the public shelters and it doesn't change the end result.

We live in a throw away society. Everything from food wrappers to paper plates, from lighters to bar-b-ques and even in some instances, clothing are to be used once and then thrown away without a care in the world. Unfortunately, many have included their pets as easilly riddable instead of life long companions. A reminder, as many as 12 million pets will enter animal shelters this year. It's all to evident that people have no qualms about getting rid of their animal once their pet is no longer a convenience to them. Depending on the pet, their lifespan may be over 20 years. It's a lifelong commitment you should be considering when bringing a pet into your home and it shouldn't be something that you do without considering all the factors involved. A few of them are:

The Cost Involved: Typically you can expect to spend between $200 and $500 a year for food, medical care and supplies for a cat or dog. Are you finances stable enough or will it be see ya at the first sign of a medical emergency.

The Right Pet For You:
If you don't want to go our for a walk or romp in the yard a cat would probably be better for you than a dog. For some, a fish is what they are best suited for. Do you have the time and energy for a puppy or kitten? In other words, know yourself before deciding on a pet

What Are Your Future Plans:
Where will you live in the next 5, 10 years. Maybe you're in the military, where will you be stationed and how will you bring your pet with you. Maybe you're in college and are looking for a travelling job after graduation. Are you soon to be an empty nester and thinking about selling the house and land and moving into a condo? This is a lifelong commitment and you need a pet that will fit into your plans or be willing to change your plans for your pet.

Commit To training Your Pet A well mannered pet adds so much enjoyment for both you and your animal. A positively trained pet will be at their happiest knowing that what they are doing is pleasing to you. Many times a pet will be turned into a shelter because their owner says there's nothing that can be done with them, they're wild, something is wrong with them and after a few short lessons the behavior problem is corrected. A puppy chews your shoe. Well why not, they're teething, the leather is just the right texture of tough and soft and it feels so good. A simple plan of offering them a better chew toy and putting the shoe away and soon when the need for teething arises the dog knows to grab it's chew bone. All to often it's not the pets fault, but the owners for not knowing how to teach their dog what is acceptable and what is not acceptable behavior.

What a great feeling to have a cat or dog curled up next to you as you watch tv, or to see the world through your dogs eyes on a walk down the street, spend hours watching your fish explore their tank or even have your bird stand guard on your shoulder. When our pets die it is a time of grieving, but we also need to stand proud that we as pet owners were there for our pets through thick and thin. Our pets reward us with their love, loyalty and companionship, we can honor them by making it a life long commitment.

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Animal Education

By: ricderr, 1:28 PM GMT on March 06, 2007

There was a time in our history when it was acceptable to utter racial slurs...or use derogatory descriptions of those that are physically or mentally handicapped. Thankfully today, through education those things are unacceptable by most people regardless of the circumstances. With that, I can only hope that educating people about our four legged friends might also change our perceptions of what is acceptable or not.

You cannot talk about companion animal issues without first speaking of the most important responsibility a pet owner has. Spay or Neuter your pet.

The Population Issue:
You may say, but having kittens or puppies are so cute and it's ok because I'll find them a good home. Remember while noble the effort to offset those animals finding homes the correlating number of animals in a shelter will not be adopted. The numbers are staggering. 8 to 12 million companion animals will enter shelters this year of that 5 to 9 million will be euthanized. That's almost 25,000 animals today that will not see tomorrow and in the 3 minutes it took to read this over 50 animals were euthanized. Only 10 percent of animals entering shelters are spayed or neutered. An estimated 70 million cats live feral around the country, we'll talk about their plight in later blogs

The Purebred Issue:
Many will say, but I've got to have a purebred. 25 percent of dogs entering our shelters are purebred animals. People think nothing of spending 500 to 1000 dollars to acquire an animal only to find out taking care of the animal is not always the easiest thing. If you take the time, most shelters will take your name and inform you if a purebred dog of your type is available. Also, all breeds have rescue groups that actively look for unwanted dogs of their species and find homes for them. It's not instant gratification, but not only did you get the pet you wanted, you saved a life at the same time.

The Medical Issue:
Not spaying or neutering your pet may very well cause their lifespan to be shortened. 80 percent of all dogs hit by cars are non-neutered males. Their sex drive makes them on the prowl and so is more prone to wonder their area in search of a female. In that light, also toss in the lost pet issue. An unspayed female is likely to suffer a uterine infection later in life and it's very similar to an appendicitus, if the infected uterus should rupture it can spread the toxins throughout the body. Also, unneutered and unspayed animals have a considerably higher rate of cancer than those that have been spayed or neutered.

The Math:
A female dog and her offspring can produce 4000 of their kind during a 7 year span while a cat and her offspring can produce over 400,000

Updated: 1:30 PM GMT on March 06, 2007

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Welcome to the Hotel Weather Underground

By: ricderr, 11:52 PM GMT on March 05, 2007

On a dark desert blogway, cool wind in my hair
Warm blogs of colitas, rising up through the web
Up ahead in my google, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to visit that site
There the blogs stood in the doorway;
I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself,
’this could be heaven or this could be hell’
Then they gave me a handle and they showed me the way
There were blogs down the corridor,
I thought I heard them say...

Welcome to the blog space Weather Underground
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely blogface
Plenty of room at the blog space Weather Underground
Any time of year, you can find it here

The blogs are tiffany-twisted, some got the mercedes bends
Some got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, they calls friends
some dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat.
Some blog to remember, some blog to forget

So I called up the admin,
’please bring me my whine’
He said, ’we haven’t had that bloggin here since nineteen ninety nine’
And still those voices are blogging from far away,
Wake you up in the middle of the night
Just to read them say...

Welcome to the blogspace Weather Underground
Such a lovely place
Such a lovely blogface
They livin’ it up at the blog spce Weather Underground
What a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Computer screens on the ceiling,
The youtube is nice
And aaron said ’we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the doc master’s chambers,
They gathered for the feast
The stab it with their steely blogs,
But they just can’t kill the beast

Last thing I remember, I was
Running for the door
I had to find the passage back
To the blog I was before
’relax,’ said the admin,
We are programmed to receive.
You can checkout any time you like,
But you can never leave!


and with that said...i'm checking out

Updated: 2:08 AM GMT on March 06, 2007

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My Story - Why Becky and Cassie are so special!

By: ricderr, 2:36 PM GMT on March 02, 2007

A while back, Becky had a blog telling about how her and I got together and she left open my side of the story for me to share. For reasons that will become clear, I decided to wait until Mandy had her baby. If anyone else is pregnant, please note my story is one of the one in a million things, you've got enough to worry about than what happened years ago. Before Becky I was married and we had Tim and my wife was pregnant with our second child. Three months before her due date I came home to find her in a coma. She was rushed to the hopsital and after different tests it was found that she had bacterial meningitus and the strain that she had held only a small chance for survival. The next morning I was told that I would need to make the choice between mom and the baby later in the day, but it became a mute point when early in the afternoon she went into labor and drugs were unable to stop it. Cassie was delivered by C-section, 3 months preemie and a beautiful 3 pounds 3 ounces,that evening and it would be three terror filled days awaiting her to pass the incubation period and know that she did not have meningitus. Cassie did perfectly, was finally able to drink from a bottle and she gained weight and came home just before Christmas as one of my best presents ever. Her mom entered the medical books by overcoming the odds by recovering, coming out of the coma and being the only surivor that was not a mental vegetable. She did however, lose her memory and that led to her decision to leave. Enter Becky. Becky and I did meet online. Remember back to those days of Prodigy where members could control rooms. I helped out a group and ran the weekly newsletter which Becky contributed by doing an animal welfare page. Somehow, I convinced her to head west to Washington and she felw in and entered our lives. Now, Becky failed to mention I believe that her experience had been with wildlife rescue and was new to the Mom business. She had no kids of her own but although she will say differently she took it like a natural. She's not our kids stepmother, but their mom. Cassie knows only Becky as mom and it's amazing the traits these two share. I'm looking forward to the day Cassie becomes married and both I and her mom, Becky walk her down the aisle. Now Tim, our oldest, knows his mother better and because of his age has been able to fly out to California more often, but he too thinks of Becky as mom and she of him as son. Well, being the foolish people we are, we somehow decided that we needed one other addition in the family and along came Kyle Richard, the shining example of Becky's and my best and worst attributes. He has his mothers compassion ("Maybe we should let the crabs go" on a recent blue crab fishing trip) and his dads humor ( One might be surprised how many sentences can be made using the word "Uranus" ) Of course, he also has my temper and his mothers stubborness. So, that's the family, minus the 4 dogs, 3 cats, 1 bird, 2 hamsters, 2 prairie dogs, and 1 ass, (no not me, I'm the other ass) a miniature donkey.
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still thinking of you and your family Bob

Updated: 8:08 PM GMT on March 04, 2007

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