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HAPPY THOUGHTS

By: ricderr, 4:10 PM GMT on July 31, 2007

It's experiment time. No, we're not pulling fingers off of bloggers to see how well they can type with their toes, in fact just the opposite. I've received three out of the blue e-mails this morning. One sending me to a blogging article, another asking questions and making observations about blogs and another explaining why my mother should not have birthed me. The latter was the funniest, but I choose to ignore me as climbing back in the womb at this stage seems claustrophobic. The first two though made me pause for a chance to think. Now, I doubt I've come to the same conclusion the other two have but I've come up with enough of my own to try this little experiement.

THE HYPOTHESIS:

Happiness is Contagious

THE EXPERIMENT ( be truthful, no blowing smoke up someones butt )

1. Ask blog members to mass post happy thoughts.

2. Find and post positive aspects that they see in people they do not generally like.

3. Post positive commonalities they have with all bloggers.

Updated: 4:25 PM GMT on July 31, 2007

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:14 PM GMT on July 31, 2007

What to say and how to say it? Difficult questions abound and not just limited to the confines of a weather blog.

Bill Walsh passed away. As coach of the 49ers he was best known as the inventor of the west coast offense and one of the most successful coaches in NFL history, but few seem to remember that he was 1 - 11 his first year and the press and fans wanted his head on a platter. He perservered and beleived in himself and believed in his system to keep going. I'll remember him best for his ability to put talent together and build a winning team. The Niners weren't the biggest, the fastest nor the strongest, but they were the best coached for their abilities.

That leads me to ask what do you believe in? To what extremes would you sacrifice for your beliefs? To what standards do you hold them? I ask this because, where's the hue and cry over this doublevision blogger? Except for Amy, Damon and 27 it's a silent community. You know what, on second thought, I don't want to know. Let me bury my head in the proverbial sand so I don't have to see it.

Melt. I need a good list in the worst way.

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:09 PM GMT on July 30, 2007

Another nice weekend in the books. Son and I were in the fish watching the most awesome lightning display in the distance when another storm formed over us. Making for a soggy but hilarious afternoon. All are back from camp and from the Keys and two weeks of conditioning for Pop Warner Football starts this afternoon, so the reprieve from kids sports is over. Hello and happy Monday!!!!!!!

Friday Melt said to the effect that she has to work on loving people because she's cynical by nature. Now of course myself, I'm far, cough, from being cynical, cough cough, but I thought I'd look into it.

Going to start with good old Websters to make sure we're all on the same page

Main Entry: cyn·i·cal
Pronunciation: 'si-ni-k&l
Function: adjective
1 : CAPTIOUS, PEEVISH
2 : having or showing the attitude or temper of a cynic : as a : contemptuously distrustful of human nature and motives b : based on or reflecting a belief that human conduct is motivated primarily by self-interest
- cyn·i·cal·ly /-k(&-)lE/ adverb


Add a little history from our friends at Wikepedia.

Nearly 2000 years after Greek philosophers embraced cynicism, 17th and 18th century writers like Shakespeare, Swift and Voltaire used irony, sarcasm, and satire to ridicule human conduct and revive cynicism. 19th and 20th century literary and screen figures such as Mark Twain, Dorothy Parker, H.L. Mencken, and W.C. Fields used both these tools and new ones in communicating their low opinion of human nature to others. By 1930, Bertrand Russell – in his essay On Youthful Cynicism – was describing the extent to which cynicism had penetrated western mass consciousness and noting particular areas where there was lots to be cynical about: religion, country, progress, beauty, truth. Certainly the first half of the 20th century, with its two devastating world wars, offered little to those who wanted to embrace a belief diametrically opposed to cynicism: that humans can be trusted, have good intentions, are caring, decent, and honourable.

Many felt that the second half of this century was characterized by a general turning away from virtue and self restraint and toward materialistic pursuits – particularly in what Pope John Paul termed "the cynical society of consumerism" in his 1984 Christmas remarks. The same media whose advertising bolstered consumerism also occasionally promoted entertaining conspiracist theories, thus adding a new "hidden agenda" dimension to the cynicism of some.[citation needed]


And you have the Question of the Day:

ARE YOU CYNICAL AND TO WHAT DEGREE? WHAT ARE YOU MOST CYNICAL ABOUT?

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GONE FISHING

By: ricderr, 8:41 PM GMT on July 27, 2007

That's it...i'm done.....not coming back til monday.......and nope..you didn't see me saying i was gonna try to be gone....you don't get no posts.....you don't get no emails....you don't get no comments..i'm picking up cassie from a week at camp..i'm playing with becky...i'm playing dad...i'm enjoying the pool....and yes..oh yes...i'm fishing..........fading off the page as we speak...ya'll talk bout me...yahear......

Updated: 8:42 PM GMT on July 27, 2007

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Friday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:46 PM GMT on July 27, 2007

Well, seeing that popular opinion says there’s no middle ground anymore what to do, what to do? I’ve got to think why do I feel there is. What justifies my opinion? Maybe it just doesn’t matter enough to me. When it comes to here, when it comes to paying taxes, and in many things, if you have an opinion that differs from mine I like to at least think you’ve got a valid reason for it. Maybe I’ve developed rose colored eyeballs since I even think many politicians actually do want to do a good job. Before you kick and scream and chant crucify him, I think they also want a good life for themselves, but I do believe they have a set of goals and ideals to make their locality or country better. When it comes to taxes I think my not caring how much I pay is that hey, I can pay them. Maybe even they are a symbol of accomplishment in the since that I’m not taking from the system, I’m giving to the system. What would it be like though if I didn’t have a job, if I didn’t have a home, if I suddenly became worried, where my next dollar would come from and how I would feed my family? I have the luxury of not worrying about them but believe me I prepare for if changes might come. I've been down the road where I wasn't prepared and paid the consequences. On the same lines, we read ad nausea about hurricane preparedness, but what we don’t discuss and that is just as important, is aftermath preparedness. What do you do if the way you live your life has to undergo major change? What if your home was destroyed and your insurance wasn’t going to provide enough so that you could live there again? What if your job was lost and you’re now without employment? What if the way you live, the way you raise your children, in short, the way you live your life was totally altered? How would you cope? So today, like Mr. Rodgers, we enter into the world of make believe, but in this world, there’s no trolleys and there’s no castles. Instead, you wake up and the home you live in and its equity are gone. Your job is lost. Your bank accounts, CD’s, T-Bills and stocks and bonds are worthless. You have only the cash in your wallet, your vehicle and your family. Life as you know it with whatever comforts you’ve enjoyed are gone and you’ve got to come up with a plan and that leads to the QOD:

What do you do first? What are your priorities? What becomes important to you?

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Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:28 PM GMT on July 26, 2007

Wow, what responses we had yesterday. It would seem that many right wing evil doers would condemn a generation to confinement and that is exactly what is wrong with our country. Evil people in the guise as do gooders ruining our future and making sacrificing teenagers as a way to further their cause.
Now I say the above in total jest and also to make a point. Actually, I do agree with some that was brought up and I disagree with some. However, I think regardless of the viewpoints shared yesterday, we all have the same basic desire of a safe community, and that we want the world we live in to be a better place for our future generations. The point of my initial tirade though is that if we were Republican or Democrat legislators and if we were debating opposing viewpoints we'd be focusing on our differences. We'd be showing the other party in their worst light to further our cause rather than uniting to bring about change that would benefit our common goals. That same attitude though is not confined to the political halls, we see it hear in the global warming debates and Doc Masters blogs. Disagree and you're a villain and all that agree with you. We see it with the special interest groups and although not as much in American sports yet, we see it with opposing fans across the world especially in soccer. I think it can best be described as the middle ground is gone. Commonalities be damned. Unless it's an issue of race or religion ( Muslims excluded) or sexual orientation, it would seem that "it's my way or the highway" is the attitude that rules the day and that leads to the QOD:

What are the easiest areas for you to share commonalities with opposing views and what are the hardest?

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Wednesday's Question Of The Day.

By: ricderr, 12:18 PM GMT on July 25, 2007

A few weeks ago the news reported on a mother and son that were victims of a heinous crime. They were brutalized and unthinkable acts were perpetrated against them by as many as 10 assailants. The community was shocked and outraged and of course the police and local authorities have vowed to catch all, try them and convict them and take steps to see that this crime might not ever happen again. They've now caught three of the criminals. All juveniles and all are under 16 and I believe one is 13. The state prosecutors have said publicly they are going to try these three as adults and push for a life term without the possibility of parole. Of course, since it's attached to such a horrific crime the news and the local press are all for it. I look back to when I was that young and although I know I was fairly street smart. I understood right from wrong, I'm not sure I could really grasp a lifetime of effects from what I did. also, I'm not sure that someone that young can't be rehabilitated, in my opinion, you've just created a person that can only be kept in a jail or a career criminal and so that leads us to the question of the day:

At what age should a juvenile be tried as an adult?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY & TATTOO

By: ricderr, 12:26 PM GMT on July 24, 2007

I did the deed Saturday night. I went to the tattoo parlor and had a little ink applied. I loved it and I had a great conversation with the artist. We hit it off to the point that we were going to take our boys fishing last night but the rain dampened those plans. He's good for an upcoming QOD. When my secretary comes in I'll have her scan the pic and yes, cause I've been asked it a hundred times, it hurt. When he first started I thought how in the heck can I put up with this for 2 hours and then once I got used to it and the endorphins kicked in, I started nodding off. It is addictive I'm already thinking of how I want the other calve painted.

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Now, to the meat of the post. Yesterday a whole lot of posts were removed. I even had my Mr Glitter post pulled from Bob's blog. There was talk at the underground that it was a computer glitch. I'd ask, kindly of course, cough cough, but Arron's blog is incogneto and that leads to the QOD.

Did you have posts vanish yesterday? Did you see posts vanish yesterday? Do you know the reason for vanished posts?

Updated: 3:58 PM GMT on July 24, 2007

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Monday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:43 PM GMT on July 23, 2007

Happy Monday and so begins for most another work week. I've got Cassie in northern Florida at camp. Becky and Tim leave for the Keys today and lobster mini season. It leaves Kyle and myself to bach it for the week. Can you say fishing after work tonight??????

I watched Bill Maher's special on HBO over the weekend. My favorite line from his show went something like, "I don't hate America, I Love America, it's Americans I hate and it starts with the ones that say they're real Americans." I can laugh with that one. I also watched the news reports detailing the flooding of many parts of England this weekend. Some are saying flooding may surpass 100 year records. They also said the airlift rescue mission underway is the largest since WWII. I can't remember if England is la Nina affected, I'll have to do some morning reading. What surprised me though were the interviews with the affected people. Not a tear, everyone spoke calmly and coupled with that dignified British accent, to me it sounded like having flood waters take your home from its foundations was just a routine daily occurrence for some of these people. The American news reporters sounded more upset and concerned than the interviewees did. I do not doubt these people were not shocked, were not hurting, and were not as scared for their future as anyone else would be in this situation. I'm guessing that it's just the custom of the people to not show emotion in these situations. It was though, quite different than reading and watching interviews from people involved in an American tragedy and that leads to the QOD:

Do you think Americans show more emotion publicly than other countries and is that a good or bad thing?

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WEEKEND MUSINGS

By: ricderr, 4:06 PM GMT on July 21, 2007

I am a fan of motivational books. One of my favorites is "Who Moved My Cheese?" by Spencer Johnson, MD, I was given it by a friend years ago and I still pull it from the bookshelf periodically and read it once again. I know it was meant to be useful across the workforce, but I think it is a great read for those in the building industry because the industry and the way it does business changes so regularly. And it changes fast, a year ago I was in outside sales for a residential builder supply company and here on the Treasure Coast it was a common occurrence for salesmen to earn a 6 figure salary, I saw the market slowdown coming and accepted a salary based position and yesterday I was speaking with a friend from that old company and their top salesman who was earning in the mid 200's, earned in June, a monthly check of 6,000 bucks. At the beginning of 2006 there was an estimated 16,000 workers in the construction field in our area and as of last report an estimated 8,000 of those workers are in other arenas or unemployed. I got lucky, I was recruited by a firm that over half of their revenue comes from the commercial sector which analysts say will be strong through 2009 but even we, can't rely on that or our past successes and must come up with new strategies for future success. Over the last month our owner has been challenging us to not focus on the past glories and instead come up with new programs and new ideas to garner future business and has been sending us "emails of encouragement." Now it's no different with our personal lives, things change, today, we're not who we were years ago, months ago, even yesterday and how we deal with that change defines how we will succeed in our daily lives today and so the "emails of encouragement" can just as well apply to our daily lives and I'd like to share them.


"It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another to wallow in it."
-- Kenneth Auchincloss

"Nostalgia is a seductive liar."
-- George W. Ball

"The past should be a springboard, not a hammock."
-- Ivern Ball

"Many are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the time of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the spring-tide of their hopes."
-- Caleb Bingham

"Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it!"
-- Edwin C. Bliss

"If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present."
-- Les Brown

"The investor of today does not profit from yesterday's growth."
-- Warren Buffett

"If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians."
-- Warren Buffett

"Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future."
-- Tony Campolo

"All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the past together again. So let's remember: Don't try to saw sawdust."
-- Dale Carnegie

"One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out o-- Michael Cibenko

"Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been."
-- Marva Collins

"To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another."
-- Charles Caleb Colton

And my favorite which was penned by the owner of our company:

"Each day we wake up and our belly is empty. So, don't remind us of the steak we ate yesterday. Instead, make sure we at least eat a burger today and work so we will have a meal tomorrow.

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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:50 PM GMT on July 20, 2007

27 bloggers sailed up from the San Francisco Bay
Rolled off of their ship, and here's what they had to say
"We're callin' everyone to ride along to another blog
We can blog our lives away and be free once more"

But no one heard them callin', no one came at all
'Cause they were too busy watchin' those old links fall
As a storm was blowin' out on the peaceful sea
27 bloggers sailed off to history

Ride, captain ric ride, upon your mystery ship
Be amazed at the friends you have here on your trip
Ride captain ric ride upon your mystery ship
On your way to a world that others might have missed".


Thanx Amy for reminding me that when we spend time thinking about those that don't like us we're wasting time and are forgetting to be grateful for the friends we do have.

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Happy Friday!!!!! The new Harry Potter novel comes out at midnite. Luckily for me, Becky is going with the oldest to a Harry Potter ball and then to pick up the book so I can enjoy the comforts of bed. If you saw the latest movie that came out last week you find that Harry, is one smart kid. You don't have to look to fantasy though to find smart kids,. We've got them here in abundance. In fact, when it comes to weather, I would say that most, kids and adults alike, that blog here know more about the weather than the average person. With that said, in my morning web perusals, I found a list of weather questions and although I knew the gist of many answers I believe that if it was test time my answers would not have been complete enough or correct enough for me to pass. Yes, I can admit, I know just enough to be dangerous and it's why I always tell people, listen and laugh but when you need real information head to the NWS and so today's QOD will be questions throughout the day and their answers to test your total weather grasp. Enjoy!

Question #2
What is convection?



"Convection" has several, related meanings in weather....but it always involves rising air. It usually refers to "moist convection", where the excess water vapor in rising air parcels condenses to form a cloud. The heat released through this condensation can help to sustain the convection by warming the air further and making it rise still higher, which causes more water vapor to condense, so the process feeds on itself. Convection can also be dry, as occurs on a sunny day over the desert. The sun warms the ground, and convective air currents help to remove the excess heat from the surface. Dry convection also occurs during the day even when clouds are forming...you just can't see it.
Interesting facts:
MAKING THE EARTH LIVEABLE: Convection (both dry and moist) help to make the Earth liveable by removing excess heat from the surface, and transporting it high into the atmosphere. It has been calculated that, without convection, the average surface air temperature on the earth would be about 125 deg. F, rather than the current 59 deg. F.

Question #3
What is an air mass?

Updated: 4:47 PM GMT on July 20, 2007

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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:59 AM GMT on July 18, 2007

(AN OPEN LETTER TO MGMT.)

If it's a violation of TOS for me to direct WU traffic to an outside source through a link, why is it not a violation for everyone else?

Respectively,
RicDerr

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Happy Wednesday! Have you ever woken to the morning radio and the first sound you comprehend is the weatherman? It's usually a happy voice, mildly excited and at a higher volume than any other voice you'll hear. Even most local DJ's will get excited when he reads the forecast. Now some weathermen, OK weather people, (No sexism allowed.) seem to do it with more fanfare, flair excitability even dare I say class than others and many will be remembered more of their antics than for their forecasting ability. So whether you like them loud, quiet, zany or classy, chances are there's a weatherperson that you've enjoyed or has stood out in your memory and that leads to the QOD:

Who is/was your favorite weather forecaster and why?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:42 PM GMT on July 17, 2007

When we lived in the Keys, one of the things that intrigued me was the history. These people lived under hostile conditions and for many the Keys were the South Florida version of the gold rush. Live down there to make your fortune and then head back north and enjoy it. One thing that amazes me is how they were able to tell the weather. They had no models, no radar, and no quickscat and yet they could tell what type of weather patterns were coming to fruition. Now myself, I can't look outside and tell you except what is happening now. It's hot, cold, windy or rainy, but what it will be tomorrow, without the aid of research I'm toast. In the Bay Area, You would know when it was soon going to rain because the clouds would build up against the Oakland foothills and then you would see them lower and the rain would start and that leads me to the question of the day:

What physical details do you use to know what the weather will be like? Also, what ways do you know of that those before us used to gauge the weather?

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:01 PM GMT on July 16, 2007

OH MY!! OH MY!! OH MY!! OH MY!! OH MY!! OH MY!! OH MY!!
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Yep, you guessed it, another weather related post. Someday I might just figure out I'm a member of a weather site. So for now I've got a list of weather related QOD's and I'm gonna splurge and use them all. I've also got the uncensored QOD's and no, they're not Playboy worthwhile at all. You can Email me for the rest of the story.

I've had the pleasure of living in the Bay Area, CA, where the fog rolls in almost dauily and it's about the most year round moderate climate to be found anywhere. I've also lived in Wa State where i was able to endure rain and rain with a little more rain thrown in, coupled with snow and ice and I now reside in FL where the next two months of heat and humdity will give some a preview of purgatory. Now, I didn't pick any of these places for their weather qualities or lack thereof but it does lead to the QOD:

If you had the means and for weather related reasons, where on this blue marble would you live?

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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:27 PM GMT on July 13, 2007

Sorry guys.....just got some news...i'll be out and hopefully update later...i'll email a few and let you know what's up......until then....

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QOD Time-Out

By: ricderr, 6:10 PM GMT on July 12, 2007

There's a part of me that wants to call dog poo for what it is when it comes to the WU blog scene. Of course, those offensive remarks would be called offensive by any right minded internet surfer and rightfully so and in that case I'll refrain. I've made my thoughts and opinions to WU management and to some blog members and that's where I'm going to keep it. This isn't my site. This isn't my blog and I'm not foolish enough to think my lousy 10 bucks a year buys me the right to buck the system. So, how do I satisfy my own personal moral obligation to state my opinions, enjoy my little witticisms and indulge my quirks and still satisfy the rules upon which WU (no matter how I feel they enforce them equally or unequally ) has established? I go elsewhere. No, that doesn't mean I take down my blog. Again, I'm not foolish enough to think my blog would be remembered 24 hours after my departure. Also, I truly enjoy the comraderie, trading of stories, exchanging of idealogies and comraderie of Most WU members. The QOD stays. I stay. It's just now, that when I get that need to let it all hang out, to air what may and probabaly is offensive to many, you'll find me here.

(My link was a violation of TOS ( my apologies to Mgmt)If you would like information on my personal blog whereabouts, please email)

Updated: 7:44 PM GMT on July 12, 2007

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY!

By: ricderr, 12:20 PM GMT on July 12, 2007

BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!! BEWARE!!!
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Yes, two days of weather content in my blog. It might be time to question either my sanity or has someone stolen the Ricderr account?

MisterPerfect emailed me the other day a link to a blog dealing with one of my pet peeves, Florida drivers turning on their flashers in a heavy rain. I had never seen it done before arriving in Florida and it may just be a South Florida event, but when it rains, on our highways and biways you will find cars driving either slow, fast or Nascar fast with the notion that their flashers make them easier to see. I can't tell you how many times I've been driving in the rain, white knuckled, wipers on high, slowed down to 35 and zoom, a car doing 80 will fly by and thank you jesus, I can spot him not by his blaring stereo, not by his 50 ft rooster tail of spraying water, and not by the fact that he's in abrightly painted, 14 ft long, 2 ton asphalt hugging death missile, his yellow hazard lights are there for all to see and that leads me to the QOD:

What is the craziest weather driving you've witnessed?

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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:23 PM GMT on July 11, 2007

BEWARE!! BEWARE!! BEWARE!! BEWARE!! BEWARE!! BEWARE!!
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This is a weather related post. Do not gasp, spew coffee or pass out from shock, but today, we talk about weather.
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Now that I live in Florida, during the wonderful months of June through November we focus on hurricanes. Here on the Wunderground I often think we promote the idea you're not a veteran until you've been through a hurricane. Today, as you're perusing the blogs notice how many are dedicated and how many offer information on just this one aspect of weather alone. Don't get me wrong, they're not unimportant, I've been through three and the damage has cost my insurance company almost 200,000, but it's not the most damage I've suffered from a weather related event. The picture above was our humble abode on Whidbey Island. The tree pictured was over 120' tall and it fell completely over the house with Becky and Cassie around 4 feet away from impact. You might notice the house is skewed to the left and it was also tilted forward resulting in it being torn down and a new home built on the property. We had a lovely storm blow through providing us with 90 mile per hour plus gusts and that fir just didn't have the root system to hold up to it and that leads me to the QOD:

What weather event caused you the most damage and if you haven't suffered any damage what scares you most about the weather?

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TUESDAYS GAME OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 5:44 PM GMT on July 10, 2007

OK....I admit it...I'm bored...am in need of a little fun.......there's 2 games on the board this afternoon......first..is post the strangest weather pic or youtube you can find.........email me for rules to game #2

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY!

By: ricderr, 11:57 AM GMT on July 10, 2007

Welcome back from vacation PBGOO. I knew it had been quiet around here. Who would have thought that all replies to yesterdays QOD would be about natural wonders (except mine of course) rather than man-made? We are on a site that discusses the science of weather and also showcases man's mastery of understanding weather and yet the wonder of creation is still forefront with most people. I think that's a good thing.

I've finished creating my tattoo design (My secretary will be in at 8:30 and I'll have her scan it and then I'll add it to this page.) and it got me thinking of tattoos. We went to a picnic/swim party over the weekend and one of the ladies there had 15. My wife has 6 and looking at people I was just surprised that about the only person there that didn't have a tattoo was me. It would also seem to me that a tattoo is becoming a sign of transitioning into adulthood in the younger set and that leads me to the QOD:

What tattoos do you have, what tattoo would you have if you were going to get one and if you would never get a tattoo, why not?


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Updated: 1:44 PM GMT on July 10, 2007

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:14 PM GMT on July 09, 2007

Happy Monday! First, thanks to Mr. Skip for his concern and devoting a blog to me and thanks to everyone for all the e-mails. Ok, that's all the glitter and cuteness I can stand for one day.

The "New" seven wonder of the world were announced over the weekend and they are:
The Great Wall of China

• Petra in Jordan

• Brazil's statue of Christ the Redeemer

• Peru's Machu Picchu

• Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid

• The Colosseum in Rome

• India's Taj Mahal
Now at first read, I was miffed that here we go again, disrespecting the past and making a big deal over nothing. Upon reading further I learned that out of the original 7 wonders of the world only one remains standing. Also, the main goal of this was to attract tourism and help preserve the historic treasures around the world. Of course, as American I wish there were at least one American icon listed, but I do think the wonders listed are true wonders and I hope to have the chance in my lifetime of personally viewing all of them and that leads me to the Question of the Day?

Regardless of whether it's of 7 wonder status what is the most impressive place, thing or structure you've seen?

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Friday's Question of the Day!

By: ricderr, 6:47 PM GMT on July 06, 2007

OK.......management has requested that we refrain from degenerating our posts to the "sexual taboo" level. I've asked for equal treatment for all blogs...but that's cus I'm a mean spirited cranky old man.....

NOW...on the the QOD...let's answer Gammas question


and what about whisle blowers. When you know something's not right and you try to advised your Upper mgmt leaders but they don't want to hear about it. And if you persist in sounding the alarm and providing documentation of your facts..expect life to be hell for you until you quit or they can drum up enough stuff to fire you. Happens in Corp American and it Happens in Government. So much for Integrity.

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Friday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:41 PM GMT on July 06, 2007

Yesterday, after arrving home and enjoying dinner, Becky's working in the garden and I'm enjoying seeing how tall the herbs are getting and noticing that the sunflowers are about to bloom, I'm king of all i see. (Notice, I love my garden and Becky does all the work.) Becky asked how all my blog friends were doing and as I was telling her about different antics it dawned on me during the American patriotic themed blogs Crabman, no longer living in America has given some good synopsis'. And so, I think he deserves the first ever QOD Man of the Day Award. (Crab, the award comes with no money and little redeemable qualities except that it might save you a tongue lashing from the wife. Next time she starts listing problems you just tell her you won the QOD Man of the Day Award and she'll start laughing so hard she just might forget what she was upset with you for in the first place.

So today, being Friday and the end of another work week for many. We'll turn the table and rather than I ask the QOD, we'll collectively solve your QOD. Ask away, what is the question that you've always wanted answered and never new how? It doesn't matter if we know it or not. Half the fun will be in trying to find an answer. The board is open.

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Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:41 PM GMT on July 05, 2007

I hope that everyone enjoyed their 4th of July. I had plans laid out and the weather and family changed everything so we had an impromptu day and we enjoyed it immensely. Transformers is a great movie, I slaughtered no fish, knocked em dead bowling and we found the flooring stain locally and can finally finish turning Cassie's room into Becky's version of Swiss Family Robinson goes to Africa. The fireworks were delayed due to rain so the Derr clan is sleep eyed and cranky as we try to venture into the day.

In keeping with the weeks patriotic theme, I was reading yesterday about the comeback of the Bald Eagle. Four decades ago, the number of bald eagle breeding pairs dropped to 417 in the contiguous 48 states. Enviromentalists and conservation groups expected extinction except for those kept in zoos and preserves and those found in the wilds of Alaska. Thanks to many efforts both by the private sector and our government today there are now over 10,000 breeding pairs in the lower 48. It's a truly amazing success story that shows modern man and animals can coexist and I also think expresses a shining example of Americana and that leads to today's Question of the Day:

Where or in what arena do you think America's next success will come?

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July 4ths Question of the Day.

By: ricderr, 8:56 PM GMT on July 03, 2007

I'm checking out boys and girls.....gonna play dad with the kids and no bloggin tomorrow.....see you thursday and until then and thanx to mobal the QOD:

How do you bar-b-que your ribs?

Updated: 8:57 PM GMT on July 03, 2007

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Tuesdays Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:06 PM GMT on July 03, 2007

It's going to be cranky Tuesday. I don't know about you, but holidays screw up a week. I'm going to be running ninety to nothing with a baseball game and fireworks tonight, up early and grocery shopping at 5 tomorrow and then take the youngest fishing, a few honeydoos and then bar-b-que and fireworks for Wednesday, all while trying to cram 5 days of workweek into 4 days.
Where do we go with a question? The world seems so screwed up, Libby getting his sentence commuted. Fires ravaging the western states, England and terrorist bombings, continued strife in Africa, our soldiers still dying in Iraq, Paris Hilton while shouting from the hilltops prison changed her doing the same old same old, it seems everywhere you turn it's another depressing event. So, I'm not going to focus on that, there's too much fun in the world, in my life and hopefully in yours also. I received an e-mail with a suggestion for a QOD on body hair. Do you like body hair, on men, on women and seeing that someone has turned to calling me Yeti and that I have some very strong likes and dislikes when it comes to body hair, ( Not to mention I think we can have a laugh or two on this subject.) I think it makes an excellent QOD.

Do you like body hair? On Men? On Women? Does the hairy ape of a guy on the beach make you want to erp? Does the freeform woman with hairy armpits cause you to need a drink? Would you let your 15 year old son sport a mustache? Remember, we can change the world, one follicle at a time.

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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:18 PM GMT on July 02, 2007

Happy Monday everyone! A short week I hope for all. As much as I dislike midweek days off and enjoy the three day weekend holiday's I'm glad we still celebrate Independence Day July 4th.

On this blog and on many others we spend quite some time picking apart what is wrong with our government, detailing America's failings and offering up our solutions to how to fix political problems. Today, as we start to focus on our independence maybe we can look at the opposite and that leads me to today's two part Question of the Day:

What in your opinion is the greatest aspect of America and what moment made you proudest of being American?

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