I'm Glad I'm Not You, Cus Then I Wouldn't Be Me


By: ricderr, 11:47 AM GMT on April 27, 2007

“Some may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. Maybe someday you’ll join us; and the world will live as one.”
John Lennon’s “Imagine”


Today's question comes from Homegirl. I've had since she mailed it to me on friday and I'm still not sure I can define how I feel about it. It seems easy and cut and dried on first read and then when you start to get into it at least for me, questions start to form and I'm not so cut and dried, but it does make you think and that is a great thing. I'll toss my opinions in the ring around 10. Enjoy your day everyone, Happy Monday.

From Homegirl;
This was my writing exam question in college,

Are the "Haves" of the world responsible for the "Have Nots"?

Updated: 12:25 PM GMT on April 30, 2007



By: ricderr, 12:31 PM GMT on April 26, 2007

Did you watch American Idol last night? Il Divo performed so well I can’t use words to describe it. It had great music and some great causes. I had to get up and kiss my kids and be thankful just how lucky we are to have all that we have. Music is a powerful tool. It can change our mood, make our feet tap and move us to dance. It can also unite a generation, it can become a rallying point and a political force and it can bring about social change. I love music and my coworkers have grown accustomed to hearing me at any given moment break out in song, any song. I’m not a fan of certain genres of music, but even in those I don’t care about there’s many songs I do enjoy, yes even rap and that leads me to the question of the day:

What is your favorite type of music and what music is worse than fingernails scraping across a chalk board?


Wednesday's Question Of The Day!

By: ricderr, 2:27 PM GMT on April 25, 2007

Phew on mornings. Major upheaval at work today as our door shop manager is now an outside salesman. I've had everyone in and out of my office telling me what is what and if it wasn't that we're talking about a person and his family’s livelihood it would make for the best comedy. Top it off that all I want to do is post my QOD and bury my head in a set of plans and bust out an estimate.

In Chile, European astronomers have found an "earthlike" planet, earthlike in that it shows signs of having formed as earth did, has water and has an estimated temperature range between 32 and 104 degrees. It's 123 trillion miles away so we won't be hopping into the space shuttle any time soon and seeing if anyone is home. Part of what I find fascinating about these recent discoveries is how advanced in such a short time the instruments of astronomy have become. 20 years ago we knew only half as much as we know today. I've already heard rumblings that ours and the world’s governments probably know more than they are saying about this planet and that leads me to the question of the day:

Do you believe there can be life on other planets and if so do you believe if life was discovered on another planet governments would readily tell us about it?


Tuesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 11:59 AM GMT on April 24, 2007

From a management perspective it seems very simple. You need a qualified employee and you have a salary budget. As a smart manager you're looking for someone who will do the best job, have longevity and assimilate into the working enviroment of your company. No where in that equation should a persons sex come into play. In todays world it should be obvious that given the same talents men and women can do the same jobs. History however proves this is not the case and women have historically earned less than their male counterparts. Yesterdays news revealed that womens salaries are improving but still lag behind. Today a women will make 80 cents on the dollar as compared to a man and that leads to todays question:

What is needed to be done for equality between the sexes in relation to salaries?


Monday's Question of The Day!!!

By: ricderr, 12:39 PM GMT on April 23, 2007

I love sports. There's very few events that if given the opportunity I won't get interested in. It doesn't matter pro or amateur, the thrill is watching someone attempt to master a skill. Although Becky has played sports, enjoys going to a sporting event and enjoys watching the kids compete, sitting down and watching it on TV is a complete waste of time to her. Our oldest two children enjoy competing but share their mom's viewpoint of TV viewing. Thank God for the youngest and he's growing into the sports nut just like dad. Now, if I had to pick a favorite sport I'd have to go with baseball. Fun to play, watch and so filled with history. You can read for days about the players, their histories and the great events of sports. Who doesn't know of Dizzy Dean, The Babe, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Reggie, The Goose and Hank Aaron just to name a few. This year, one of the names on many people’s lips is and will be Barry Bonds. As of today he is just 15 home runs shy of tying Hank Aarons long standing record of career home runs of 755. Barry Bonds should surpass this record however it will be tainted by the steroid scandal that has rocked the baseball world the past two years. There are many sides to this debate and many experts say that except for increased stamina, steroids offer little advantage to the batter Now all sports have had some type of scandal over performance enhancing drugs or drug use in general and so although to purists it might be troubling but to many it's only modern day science helping an athlete improve their skills and that leads us to the question of the day.:

Should sports reconsider their stance on steroids and other performance enhancing drugs and techniques.

Updated: 12:44 PM GMT on April 23, 2007



By: ricderr, 11:47 AM GMT on April 20, 2007

Moneky love celebrates 420 Day Link

Happy 420 Day to you!

If you're not sure of the holiday or its meaning then chances are you don't smoke pot or associate with those that do. 420 is a term to reference marijuanna use and the term itself has grown to urban legend status. It originated in the early '70's when a group os students at San Rafael High would use it as code to meet at a popular hangout at 4:20 pm and smoke a joint or two. It's many myths have said that many drug culture celebrities died on April 20, to it being police code for pot, to it having to do with legislation aimed at legalizing the drug. Recently the date has been used by campaigners to legalize pot use as a rallying date to get their message out and that leads us to the question of the day:

Should marijuanna be legalized?


To those at V.T. We grieve for the dead. We pray for the wounded. We celebrate the spirit of the living

Updated: 2:04 PM GMT on April 20, 2007



By: ricderr, 2:21 PM GMT on April 19, 2007

You know the drill, discuss issues, respect people

We've been talking the last two weeks at work about racism, english only, national pride and goverments responsibility and is hem fir a species unto itself or another name for hemlock. When it comes to english only as a national language I've publicly denounced it. I've cut and pasted the history of how our nation has printed things in French and German in the early 1800's and the results from political wranglings to have english only declared as the only U.S. language. Today, I think I've been wrong all this time and I will explain my views later and that leads us to the question of the day:

Do you feel it's important as a country to speak a national language?


Wednesday's Question Of The Day!

By: ricderr, 1:53 PM GMT on April 18, 2007

As a side note these questions are not meant to divide, in fact, hopefully the spreading of ideas and different viewpoints will bring together a greater understanding and knowledge of those that we live with and with that knowledge will come understanding. All it takes is an open mind and respect for oneself and each other.

Yes, a weather related blog from me. Lightning may strike any moment. Let's start with a few U.S. average yearly and daily statistics.

An average of 17 people die yearly from hurricanes

An average of 80 people die yearly from toradoes

An average of 66 people die yearly from lightning strikes

An average of 127 people die yearly from floods

An average of 350 people die yearly from heat

An average of 770 people die yearly from cold

An average of 115 people die daily from car crashes

An average of 1300 people die daily from heart attacks

An average of 84 people die daily from suicide

An average of 411 people die daily from strokes

We're not on a car blog pouring over facts, figures and road conditions to keep people safer. We're not worrying over what each other eats to reduce the risk of heart attacks. We're not arguing over the latest psychiatric theories to prevent suicide and how many that didn't watch House two weeks ago know the common signs of a stroke and that leads us to the question of the day:

What draws us to the weather and more importantly the severe aspects of the weather?

Updated: 2:50 PM GMT on April 18, 2007


The Bar Is Open

By: ricderr, 12:00 PM GMT on April 17, 2007

The question of the day will return tomorrow. After yesterdays events I needed the bar back. We need a place to come when we have a break from work or home and see posts from our friends. We need a joke or funny picture to assure us while all may not be right in the world there's plenty of good to focus on................

Grab a drink, glasses are on the bar. There's plenty of rum, the finest of wines and your beer is either on tap or in the cooler. JD is stocked and the cabinet with the good stuff is unlocked and waiting on you. Margaritas are in the pitcher and ice is abundant. Sit back and listen to the guitarist as he strums his melody with the waves crashing on the surf in the background. It's a perfect 78 with a tropical breeze swaying the leaves. Peace reigns supreme.




A Place To Vent

By: ricderr, 2:05 PM GMT on April 16, 2007

I need a place to vent.....if you do...feel free to do the same

there's 30 fathers just like me...doing the best they can to raise their children...but 30 fathers hearts are broken right now...

i read this shit..and i think.....what if it was my child.....i want to lash out.......how can we live in a world so heartless...so without respect for anyone

yes..i believe in gun control....

you know...i wonder how many people...are going to tell us how misguided this guy was....how many others are at fault for driving him to this point.....

kind of puts how often petty things that go on around here...are just that...petty and meaningless

i've had enough for one day.....i bid you peace


Updated: 8:11 PM GMT on April 16, 2007



By: ricderr, 12:47 PM GMT on April 14, 2007

As a side note these questions are not meant to divide, in fact, hopefully the spreading of ideas and different viewpoints will bring together a greater understanding and knowledge of those that we live with and with that knowledge will come understanding. All it takes is an open mind and respect for oneself and each other.

I'm a fan of Saturday mornings. I'm the first one up, the house is quiet and I can spend some time reflecting on my week and planning on having a fun, productive weekend. I was thinking back on the Duke story and thought the weekend might be a good time to look back there also. Besides the media, special interests such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson jumped into the fray. Now, regardless of how you feel about them, did you note their absence after the charges were dropped? We may not all agree about the media but I thought they reported as heavily on the charges dropped as they did on the other aspects of the story and that leads us to the question of the day:

Do you feel Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson owe the Duke players an apology?


Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:13 PM GMT on April 13, 2007

As a side note these questions are not meant to divide, in fact, hopefully the spreading of ideas and different viewpoints will bring together a greater understanding and knowledge of those that we live with and with that knowledge will come understanding. All it takes is an open mind and respect for oneself and each other.

I have listened to those that don't want "vanilla" questions and will endeavor to do better. :-)

Everywhere you turn, the water cooler, radio, newsprint and tv, all is tuned to IMUS. You can't get away from it. Yesterday, the radio airwaves were filled with talk show hosts giveing their opinions either in support or against the MSNBC withdrawal of his televised simulcast and then later CBS's announcement of his termination. I've heard critics of Imus referenced as pansies to American heros. I've heard that it will take away freedoms of the media to it is helping usher in a new era of racial tolerance. I think if you listen to enough talk shows you'll hear someone that has an opinion such as yourself, regardless of your opinion. Last night on the news though I watched a news segment where they had taped a meeting of minority community leaders and one of the speakers words caught my attention. She said that if you go to any mall, you can hear a young man say the same thing said by any young male to a group of young women and the women would not raise an eyebrow over hearing it. She went on to say that until "our house" was in order they had no right to say anything about anyone else. They broke away at that time so how her words were received by the others present could not be determined but it did make me think and so it leads to this question of the day:

Are we becoming more insensitive in the way we speak to each other or is what we are seeing just young people speaking in their terms and although shocking to us not much different than words such as "dude" "man" "old lady" "cat" that were used generations before and brought ire to the older crowds?

Updated: 8:51 PM GMT on April 13, 2007



By: ricderr, 2:07 PM GMT on April 12, 2007

As a side note these questions are not meant to divide, in fact, hopefully the spreading of ideas and different viewpoints will bring together a greater understanding and knowledge of those that we live with and with that knowledge will come understanding. All it takes is an open mind and respect for oneself and each other.

Sorry kierstan.....my last question felt like too much of a copy of your blog and I did not mean that. you've a great blog and a nice concept there.......

OK. Thursdays question number 2 is quite controversial and arguing on this subject is allowed. In fact, I think it could get quite heated, so I ask no fisticuffs, use dynamite instead.

Do you prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream?

And once again, give it up for Wundergrounds favorite lounge singer, Monkey Love, giving his rendition of Major Tom by David Bowie.

Updated: 2:13 PM GMT on April 12, 2007


Wednesday's Question of the Day!

By: ricderr, 12:14 PM GMT on April 11, 2007

As a side note these questions are not meant to divide, in fact, hopefully the spreading of ideas and different viewpoints will bring together a greater understanding and knowledge of those that we live with and with that knowledge will come understanding. All it takes is an open mind and respect for oneself and each other.

In this mornings news it was reported that all remaining charges filed against the Duke Lacrosse players would be dropped sometime today. Now if these guys are truly innocent then it shows that we have a legal system that works. In talking with my wife she brought up the aspect that maybe it was a case the states attorney's office felt could not be won and therefore because of the high profile of this incident they did not want to pursue it. If that is the case then we have all that is wrong with today's legal system. It would be nice if Horn or Odog could give us an insiders perspective. However, that is not the question of the day. Regardless of the above, I feel this incident had been tried and convicted in the media. So it leads to this question:

Does our media go too far in what they report and should there be some type of limits placed on their reporting?


Tuesday's Question of the Day W/ Music By Monkey Love

By: ricderr, 12:07 PM GMT on April 10, 2007

As a side note these questions are not meant to divide, in fact, hopefully the spreading of ideas and different viewpoints will bring together a greater understanding and knowledge of those that we live with and with that knowledge will come understanding. All it takes is an open mind and respect for oneself and each other.

Last month, Johnny Hart, the creator of the comic strip "BC," died of a stroke at the age of 76. His wife, said he suffered a stroke stroke March 7 at his storyboard. Bc and his other creation "The Wizard of Id" were two of my favorite comic strips growing up. Not only were they funny but I also remember how they were socially relevant. I can't though tell you the last time I looked at a cartoon unless someone e-mailed it to me and that's probably to my own detriment. So today's question is:

Do you read the comics and what are your favorites?

for those that ask where is my sense of humor.......


Monkey Love sings Pink Floyd's "Blogs In The Wall"

Updated: 2:30 PM GMT on April 10, 2007


Sorry Folks

By: ricderr, 2:29 PM GMT on April 09, 2007

My apologies.......My last question was not meant to incite or cause argument...but for introspection of the world and the people that we live with.....



By: ricderr, 11:43 AM GMT on April 09, 2007

Today's question of the day is for me one of the hard ones and becomes personal and as such I'm not sure if I care to share my answer and so would understand anyone elses reluctance. I was watching the news this morning and they were reporting about a shooting and from the background you could tell it was in a poor neighborhood. They were interviewing neighbors that had witnessed the shooting and these people were mostly describing their shock and horror at it all and one woman described that her children were and would remain traumatized about it and she basically said that because of the shooting someone needed to move her and her family out and to somewhere better. My first inclination was to be upset, why should I have to be resposnsible for her. Tell her to work and better herself so she can move out. Then that was conflicted with, should we allow that type of crime, that type of lifestyle derived from a world of poverty. Should we be trying to do more to end it? In effect, are we truly responsible for each other, not just family and self. So, I guess the question is:

Do we owe it to this lady to move her out of the neighborhood?


Saturday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 11:11 AM GMT on April 07, 2007

I found an interesting piece on the traditions of Easter which I'll share below and thought it might be fun to learn what easter traditions mean to others on here. So, then the question of the day:

What Easter traditions do you follow or followed growing up or when the kids were young?

Easter Symbols and Traditions
A brief history of the spring holiday's celebrations
by David Johnson and Shmuel Ross

Christians celebrate Easter to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Some aspects of modern Easter celebrations, however, pre-date Christianity.

Ancient Spring Goddess
According to the Venerable Bede, Easter derives its name from Eostre, an Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. A month corresponding to April had been named "Eostremonat," or Eostre's month, leading to "Easter" becoming applied to the Christian holiday that usually took place within it. Prior to that, the holiday had been called Pasch (Passover), which remains its name in most non-English languages.

(Based on the similarity of their names, some connect Eostre with Ishtar, the Babylonian and Assyrian goddess of love and fertility, but there is no solid evidence for this.)

It seems probable that around the second century A.D., Christian missionaries seeking to convert the tribes of northern Europe noticed that the Christian holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus roughly coincided with the Teutonic springtime celebrations, which emphasized the triumph of life over death. Christian Easter gradually absorbed the traditional symbols.

Easter Eggs
In Medieval Europe, eggs were forbidden during Lent. Eggs laid during that time were often boiled or otherwise preserved. Eggs were thus a mainstay of Easter meals, and a prized Easter gift for children and servants.

In addition, eggs have been viewed as symbols of new life and fertility through the ages. It is believed that for this reason many ancient cultures, including the Ancient Egyptians, Persians, and Romans, used eggs during their spring festivals.

Many traditions and practices have formed around Easter eggs. The coloring of eggs is a established art, and eggs are often dyed, painted, and otherwise decorated. Eggs were also used in various holiday games: parents would hide eggs for children to find, and children would roll eggs down hills. These practices live on in Easter egg hunts and egg rolls. The most famous egg roll takes place on the White House lawn every year.

Different Traditions
Orthodox Christians in the Middle East and in Greece painted eggs bright red to symbolize the blood of Christ. Hollow eggs (created by piercing the shell with a needle and blowing out the contents) were decorated with pictures of Christ, the Virgin Mary, and other religious figures in Armenia.

Germans gave green eggs as gifts on Holy Thursday, and hung hollow eggs on trees. Austrians placed tiny plants around the egg and then boiled them. When the plants were removed, white patterns were created.

Artistic Creations
The most elaborate Easter egg traditions appear to have emerged in Eastern Europe. In Poland and Ukraine, eggs were often painted silver and gold. Pysanky (to design or write) eggs were created by carefully applying wax in patterns to an egg. The egg was then dyed, wax would be reapplied in spots to preserve that color, and the egg was boiled again in other shades. The result was a multi-color striped or patterned egg.

The Easter Bunny
Hares and rabbits have long been symbols of fertility. The inclusion of the hare into Easter customs appears to have originated in Germany, where tales were told of an "Easter hare" who laid eggs for children to find. German immigrants to America -- particularly Pennsylvania -- brought the tradition with them and spread it to a wider public. They also baked cakes for Easter in the shape of hares, and may have pioneered the practice of making chocolate bunnies and eggs.

Easter Cards
Easter cards arrived in Victorian England, when a stationer added a greeting to a drawing of a rabbit. According to American Greetings, Easter is now the fourth most popular holiday for sending cards, behind Christmas, Valentine's Day, and Mother's Day.

Easter Parades
After their baptisms, early Christians wore white robes all through Easter week to indicate their new lives. Those had already been baptized wore new clothes instead to symbolize their sharing a new life with Christ.

In Medieval Europe, churchgoers would take a walk after Easter Mass, led by a crucifix or the Easter candle. Today these walks endure as Easter Parades. People show off their spring finery, including lovely bonnets decorated for spring.



By: ricderr, 12:40 PM GMT on April 06, 2007

I thought it might be fun to gauge public opinions on current topics.

Let's end the week with a question that is of the utmost importance and is quite controversial.




By: ricderr, 12:10 PM GMT on April 05, 2007

I thought it might be fun to gauge public opinions on current topics.

How does a blog go from talking about war to underwear and the lack thereof? Obviously someone changes the subject. Now, in how many conversations among somewhat strangers would the conversation of underwear be discussed and who among that group would admit that going "commando" is a great thing. Which brings us to the question of the day.

Has the internet allowed us to say and act in ways that we wouldn't in the physical world and is that a good, bad or indifferent thing?



By: ricderr, 12:13 PM GMT on April 04, 2007

I thought it might be fun to gauge public opinions on current topics.

Both sides of the political spectrum has started to compare our present day war with Iraq with the Vietnam conflict. You've probably heard comments that the liberals are not supporting our troops as was done in the past and that the conserative right is following the same path leadership did in Vietnam.

Now regardless of your opinion that the present day war is right or wrong, do you feel it's right to compare the Iraq war with the Vietnam conflict?

Updated: 12:22 PM GMT on April 04, 2007



By: ricderr, 12:01 PM GMT on April 03, 2007

I thought it might be fun to gauge public opinions on current topics.

Presidential candidates have been in the news this week as they are reporting their campaign war chests. In the lead is Hilary Clinton with 26 million collected and after Obama announces his finances the top candidates in this early stage of the campaign should have raised over 80 million dollars. With none of the candidates favoring election reform it would appear that this election will easilly prove to be the most expensive in history.

The question is:

Does our current campaign fundraising allow the countries wealthiest to have an undo influence on our candidates?


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