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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:26 PM GMT on December 27, 2007

OK, I'm swamped so let's keep it simple. The last week of regular season NFL football looms large and we still have one undefeated team. Now we'll forget about the New England Patriots video taping debacle as it has been covered up that many teams have done the same and word says they still do it. I remember years back that it was rumored that teams would have people watching the offensive and defensive play callers to read lips in an effort to know what plays were being called on the field. I'm not condoning it in any way, but I don't feel the taint on the Patriots record is as terrible as some do. I do however think that cheating in sports grows larger each year, but that's another question of the day. Also, there's the comparison to the Dolphins, who way back in the day claimed fame with an undefeated regular season, but that's back when the season was a twelve game season so by rights the patriots heve eclipsed that. We'll have to ask Mister Perfect how the Dolphins concluded that season. :-) So, I ask you for the QOD:

Who will you be rooting for this Sunday, the Giants or the Patriots and what is your opinion on a perfect season?

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Wednesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:02 PM GMT on December 26, 2007

Why doesn't the Christmas holiday last three or four days? I'm dead tired here at work, our house looks like a department store exploded. We have this tradition that all gifts stay in the living room so, they aren't buried in rooms and closets, as the toys are played with etcetera, they find their new homes and it's evident that even though we tried to cut back this year we didn't do a good job. The kids had a wonderful day, playing and more playing, we had a nice dinner with friends which included Kyle and me fishing and we came home and Becky falling asleep as we drove home and then she passed out in our bed at 8 pm. I set Cassie up with a book and got Kyle set up with his DVD player in his bed and I crashed about 9 pm and I'm as tired this morning as if I hadn't slept at all.

We get ready for one more holiday, New Years and this one I don't like. What is the importance of a new year? Why is it attached to a day and not an event? Why not start the New Year at winter solstice, the shortest day of the year? I could understand that. I can understand the start of hurricane season; why not make that the New Year then? At least make New Years around an event and not some arbitrary day that arranges a calendar all neat and pretty. Now don't get me wrong, I'll stay up until midnight, I love the football and I'll watch the Rose Parade but I don't understand the big Deal of a "New Year." The only memorable New Year to me was the turn of the century and that was only due to the hype of the computer age coming to an end because of their internal clocks. (Yes, I also knew it wasn't going to happen, but the press had done a good job of hyping the fear factor.) There's no meaning in my mind that January 1st is anything significant and so this leads to the QOD:

What meaning does New Years have for you and what are your plans?

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Christmas Eve Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 3:09 PM GMT on December 24, 2007

It's not time to get all soft, mushy and sweet. I know so many do this time of year and I've heard the argument "at least one portion of the year people act saintly and nice, we should be happy with that, but i feel if you were an arse last month chances are no matter how sweet you are the next few days come January you'll be back to being an arse again. Nope, I'm not going Bah Humbug the day before Christmas I'm just being a realist, plus, it makes the surprises all the more miraculous. Yes, I mean, people change, you find out that the big idiot is actually a neat person. Take Bob for example, well, he's still a big idiot, but he's a real nice guy to boot. Rocket too, oops another idiot, great to argue with, but now, I understand where he's coming from. Oh and me, I'll stay an idiot today tomorrow and the next, I can't help myself. So, before I pop up with the QOD, seeing that I won't be going carolling blog to blog with Merry Christmases, Let me say this to those that post and to those that lurk. I do wish you a Merry Christmas, and more than the boxed, brightly wrapped and fancied bowed gifts under the tree, I wish you true happiness this coming year. To those that don't like me, I wish you double because you need it and that brings me to the QOD:

If you could wish for world "something" or maybe it's a wish for individual and somehow The Eve of Christmas was magical and could grant it, what would it be?

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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 1:11 PM GMT on December 21, 2007

I'm not sure what was wrong yesterday, but here at work I couldn't access the site. It worked fine at home but not at work. Oh well, it let me get ahead so today since no one is expecting to work I'm ahead of the game.

Now before we get into the QOD let's take a closer look at Christmas Carols:

JINGLE BELLS:
A day or two ago, the story I must tell
I went out on the snow, and on my back I fell;
A gent was riding by, in a one-horse open sleigh
He laughed as there I sprawling lie but quickly drove away

Now take a look at the third verse and consider snow and horse in today's vernacular. So, I'm amped on snow and fall down and a guy hooked on horse thinks it's funny. I'm surprised there isn't a bong reference to go along with it all


SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN:
He sees you when you're sleeping,
he knows when you're awake.
He knows when you've been bad or good,
so be good for goodness sake!


I don't know about you, but an old man dressed funny peeping at my kids, we might need to call the cops.


AWAY IN A MANGER

Away in a manger no crib for a bed

Don't you think child protective services needs to be called on this one?

DECK THE HALLS
Don we now our gay apparel,

I know it's the 21st century and tolerance and unity are the norm, but at how young do we want to expose our children to this topic or any topic of this nature?

I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS
I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath the mistletoe last night.
She didn't see me creep
Down the stairs to have a peep;
She thought that I was tucked up in my bedroom fast asleep.
Then, I saw Mommy tickle Santa Claus
Underneath his beard so snowy white;
Oh, what a laugh it would have been
If Daddy had only seen
Mommy kissing Santa Claus last night.


This poor kid is gonna need years of psychological help.

FELIZ NAVIDAD
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.


Don't these people know Christmas is an American holiday; the least they could do is sing it in English.


LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH
Let there be peace on earth
and let it begin with me
Let There Be Peace on Earth
The peace that was meant to be

With God as our Father
Brothers all are we
Let me walk with my brother
In perfect harmony.


You know the women’s rights group are lining up to take a shot at this one, Brothers all are we? All I know is, let's toss in a few sisters so someone can hit the high notes.

I'm sure the late night television hosts would be doing something similar and much funnier but because of the writers strike we're stuck with reruns. Now a few have announced they are coming back without the support of the writers guild and a predominant reason they are citing is the hardship financially incurred by the hundreds of other workers who are unemployed due to the strike. Now, I'm not union bashing, in fact I feel they've brought about more good than harm over the long run and if you look at the working conditions and pay scale before unions for many workers then it's obvious something was needed and the unions were responsible for helping the plight of many. Now a lot of people felt that in the 70's and 80's unions had grown too powerful and weren't needed and today we've seen their power and prestige wane considerably from the glory years. It used to be front page news when unions made announcements and today those same announcements are relegated to inside left, below the fold entries. I don't know enough to say that unions were too powerful and that today we've reached a balancing point and that leads me to the QOD:

Are unions needed in today’s workforce?





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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:56 PM GMT on December 19, 2007

It's inventory Wednesday, so I'll be spending most of my day in the door shop. Let's see who takes this opportunity to post trashy drivel while I'm away. I guess maybe the best question of the day could be how many thought Sushi when they had posted in my blog was actually Amy under another name, but we won't go there. I guess Gaea was wrong, isn't that a shame.


Well, five Atlanta Falcon football players were fined this week for violating the NFL's uniform policy by displaying personal messages in support of Michael Vick. The previous week Vick had been sentenced to 23 months in federal prison for dog fighting. Now Mike was and is a talented football player, but he also fought, killed and tortured dogs in the name of entertainment. Now, I understand team loyalty, and in this day and age where players play for the almighty dollar rather than the love of the game, my first thoughts were was this something of team loyalty and although misguided could there be positives from this? After reading that one of the players displayed a free Vick t-shirt under his jersey I've decided that opinion is probably wrong. How in the hell, could he think that? Does he think for a moment, that Vick should be jail free for what he did? Does he support dog fighting? Or is it a matter that Vick is his friend and because of that, no matter what Michael Vick did he should go free. Oh we've seen enough of that not only in our daily lives but also here at WU. How many times have you seen someone stick up for another without knowing the situation, the facts or honestly even an inkling of what's going on and shout support, based on the fact they are friends and "I know my friend would never do anything like that." Tell that to the victims of Dahmer, I hear neighbors said he was a nice guy. Oh well, what people do, I'll never understand so I'll leave you with the QOD:


Do you feel 23 months sentence was an adequate jail time for Michael Vick?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 1:59 PM GMT on December 18, 2007

Well, I went to work this morning donning jacket and my red white and green beanie and the song on the radio playing was my favorite Christmas tune, "Do They Know It's Christmas?" Add to that the e-mail shown below that Becky sent to me and oh yes, it's Christmas, houses are lit, the malls are packed and a feeling of peace and love shines through even an already stressed out Tuesday and that simple enough leads to the QOD:

What is your favorite Christmas song?

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Monday's Question of the Day?

By: ricderr, 1:11 PM GMT on December 17, 2007

Well another Monday, another weekend goes by without hitting the lottery and so I’m at work trying to put together a retrofit bid that doesn’t shock the customer and still ensures a profit for us. I need to place another order for a customer, but until he faxes me the acceptance paperwork it’s on hold and of course he wants to finish by Christmas. I just submitted to the owner a million dollar plus package for her blessing and then comes the work of trying to get it accepted and there are 10 plans waiting proposals. Not to mention that roadways are shut down and one of our commercial suppliers is shut down due to a power outage so shipments will be delayed. Oh yes, it just might be a stressful week. So rather than put out a QOD let’s have the potpourri of QOD’s

Does it sound as hilarious to you when Floridians get all excited about cold temperatures below 50 degrees as many other parts of the nation talk about single digit degrees?

The Iowa Caucuses show McLain and Edwards as the front runners, does the Midwest reflect the thoughts and opinions of many Americans?

The New England Patriots ground out another win and remain undefeated; will they have a perfect season?

Are you done with your Christmas shopping yet?

Have you ever received a letter telling you you’re a bad person because of the friends you keep?

Is anyone a basketball fan and if so when do you start getting excited about the season?

Would Damon and Gypsy make a perfect couple?

I am Legend or Alvin and the Chipmunks, which is the better movie?

What is your favorite Christmas Tradition?

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Fridays QOD For Single Men

By: ricderr, 7:09 PM GMT on December 14, 2007

Hold off Admin, I'm changing the topic LMAO


Ok Everyone, sit back, sip an eggnong and let's help out a blogging friend.


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We have on the auction block today. Ap.Gypsy. She's young, attractive, hard working and a mother of 4 wonderful children. She is presently not married and we are looking to get her hitched. Now we did a fine job with Amy and Mister Perfect and are expecting to do the same this time. So step up to the plate, list your qualifications, references and we'll start the bidding.

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Friday's Question Of The day

By: ricderr, 2:56 PM GMT on December 14, 2007

Note: To the person or persons who enjoys making up a troll name to enter my blog for the purpose of trying to expose others as trolls. If you would like, please enter as your true identity and we can have a meaningful discussion. I think we can even arrange a QOD about the matter that won’t rile admin. However, any other manner will result in me following WU guidelines of Bann & Ignore.


Happy Friday, I hope you’ve survived the work week and are gearing up for an enjoyable weekend. Here in Derr Land its Christmas, Soccer, Painting and installing trim in the dining room with hopefully a little fishing thrown in and a game or three of poker.

I’m sure you’ve read the papers, heard the news and watched it on TV. Baseball has been exposed. The great Roger Clemons, a steroid user. A self proclaimed Christian, Andy Pettit, steroid user. Many top name players, steroid users. Oh, I’m not one to pull out the “They’re role models” statement, especially when a player can sign a 275 million dollar contract. I can’t relate to that person anymore. Hopefully neither the player nor any of their family from generation to generation will ever have to work again. I guess I don’t understand though, why is it that if you’re already a great player, do you need to be greater? Why would someone like Clemons, who was already destined to be included in the Hall Of Fame, need to extend his career any longer? I know the allure of steroids. I used to play gym rat in my late teens and back then they were readily available and yes, it made it easier to get stronger and bigger, but then it wasn’t worth it. And don’t go thinking baseball is any different than other sports. We’ve seen it in cycling, swimming, track and field and many other sports. Football and basketball won’t be far behind. I’m sure it has something to do with the money, the fame and the drive to be the very best and this leads to the QOD:

Except for the medical risks, why is there a problem with using steroids?

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Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:39 PM GMT on December 13, 2007

Ah, now we have Thursday and truly we're on the backside of the work week and the weekend is looming large. Of course it means I need to clear five proposals off my desk so I can enjoy two days off and since Becky has to work Saturday and Cassie & Kyle both have soccer games, my birthday dinner is scheduled and I need to take the kids out so they can play Santa for their mom. I had better get cracking. Don't worry, I've time for a QOD, it's my therapy. Now do I give in to my cynic side and talk about legalism and Christianity or do I talk about what amazes me right now and that is how peaceful things are, give me a few minutes.

Let's talk about peace and tranquility. It's a happy topic and why not gain a few more points on Santa's good list. Yes MP, I like to talk about subjects that in some way personally affect me and right now, things are strangely peaceful. People have even let me change lanes in front of them while driving. I know this seems like what should never be a problem, but drive in South Florida and need to change lanes. I often think they teach drivers how to speed up and close the gap once they spot a turn signal, to make what should have been an easy lane change turn into a suicidal endeavor. You either have to squeeze in or slow down and make the guy behind you road raged to the point he wants to rear end you or find out some alternative of driving left, right, left and get back to where you needed to go to in the first place. There's more, people have actually said hi as I've passed them in the aisles at stores. Even at Wally World someone moved their cart from blocking the aisle before I even got close and then miracle upon miracle happened as I passed, they apologized. I laughed and had to tell them there was nothing to be sorry about, they caused me no problems but just the effort on their part made my day. Things are peaceful here in WU Land also. Now maybe it has something to do with Ban & Ignore or people are on vacation that I don't know about but when the worst arguments on here are if the U.N. is conspiring to bankrupt the Western Nations over global warming or should we have Santa or a Nativity, to me, this is damn peaceful and honestly, I like it and hope things don't change. Work is even peaceful, oh I'm buried in plans and rushed but people are peaceful here. I screwed up the other day and thankfully I caught it just before I left for vacation. It wasn't unfixable but it did mean rushing a few things to meet the customer’s time frame. Of course it involved one of our V.P's who isn't the most people friendly and who has a daunting personality and can slice you open with his caustic tongue that has sent some of the best of our crew running for cover. So yesterday after he updated me on delivery schedule that brings the material to the customer 3 days earlier than I originally scheduled, I then awaited my turn with the king of tongue lashings, instead I got a smile and a "don't worry Derr, we all make mistakes and thank God you caught it when you did." I almost fainted. Family is good too. You know life is peaceful when the major concerns are Kyle having a good attitude when he gets up in the morning for school, he's not a morning person and Cassie can't seem to keep her room clean. Of course Tim isn't free from issues but they are minor in nature and typical life dealing with a fifteen year old. Well, if he doesn't start taking care of his glasses and stop obsessing over video games we may poke out his eyes which hey, that cures both of the problems. Heck, Becky and I haven't had a knock down drag out in some time and we're even planning a Hubby and Wife trip to Orlando this spring to see Bruce Baby Springsteen play at Amway Arena. Yep, Life is peaceful and that brings me to the QOD:

Do you see things during the Holiday Season {I know Mobal, but still love me anyways. :-)} as more peaceful and so, or if you disagree, why is that?

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Wednesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 2:49 PM GMT on December 12, 2007

If you are not a fan of the stylized humor of comedians such as Don Rickles, George Carlin and Dennis Miller I urge you to read no farther.


Today we have to ask is the glass half full or half empty? Yep, you guessed it, it’s Wednesday? Does it mean I’m two and a half days from the weekend or crap; I’ve got to work two and a half more days? Oh yes, it’s rant Wednesday and seeing that it is don’t let your little toes get trampled on JUST read the following with the caustic humor it is intended. And Bob, just for you, this one might hurt my percentages as we head towards the Iowa Caucus

There are plethoras of blog sites on the internet and most actually claim to deal with serious subjects rather than for entertainment purposes. Take this lovely site for example, a weather site, that seems like a serious topic to me. Now in all fairness, even if the comments posted aren’t on topic a good number of blogs are weather related. Of course there are the obvious exceptions and my blog is a good example, with over 300 entries, not including modifications, I’ve probably posted less than a dozen weather related topics. And there are many serious weather related people here. Many have stated that they blog on here, because of their love for tropical systems. Many have also said they do it to pass on their knowledge, to share and learn from others, to help people in time of needs with weather related information and of course I won’t fail to mention, to save lives. Some, time to pick on Spetrm, (Sperm for short) have even stated that the site should be for weather topics only, I think our buddy Weatherguy03 (Bob for short) Stated the same thing a year or so back. ( We love you both anyways, so laugh ) of course we also can’t forget the photography aspect of the site and thank you Admin for clarifying non weather related blog topics are acceptable in your “Rules of the Road” post.


I know, I’m rambling but remember this is the Wednesday Rant QOD.


Now, I’m not a firm believer in anything I’ve just written. I actually feel most blog for many reasons, entertainment, to reduce boredom, to identify themselves with part of a group, to expand their circle of friends, to live through the internet a life they wish for themselves rather than where they are apart from the internet. In fact a some of these and many more reasons we might all share a piece of. So when I step on toes don’t worry, I won’t spare my own as I rant along. And don’t worry if you don’t agree with me on this one, you’re more than allowed to disagree and you’re more than allowed to tell me I’m FOS. Along with the subject above even though I’m a self proclaimed cynic, I actually do take most of what people say on here at face value and then when so often you find out differently. I laugh at myself as well as the situation with equal hilarity. Of course since I’m cynical I might be the first person heading to sources to check on what people say and I will admit I’m quite pleased when some pan out. Congrats to people who are successful, who achieve accomplishments and awards. I applaud them and I hope others do likewise. Oh and congrats to those that are just plain ordinary folks. Some of us are needed to sit in the audience and applaud, if not, those receiving the awards would stand in awkward embarrassment due to the silence and lack of crowds after receiving their award. See in my little corner of the world (how do you have a corner on a spherical planet?) although we might get caught up and carried away in the moment being ordinary is an accomplishment in itself. So with that said when you say some of the things above it leads me to the QOD?


Why is it that with Olga winding her way through the Caribbean, with three of the five models shown on WU pointing a Florida track and two of the models intensifying the system into a hurricane are there only three blog entries as of 5:00 am this morning only mentioning the subject and Doc Master who is “Johnny On The Spot” having less than 500 comments on the subject?

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Tuesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 3:47 PM GMT on December 11, 2007

Well, we made it through Monday and hopefully Tuesday will not turn into a Monday Part B. I guess the one good thing I can say for yesterday after arriving back at work from a week off is my computer monitor was not littered with sticky notes full of people I needed to return calls to. Thank God for small favors.

In perusing blogs I came across a blanket statement from a blogger saying that most people can not read above a fifth grade level. Now first of all, blanket statements, especially those that are derogatory, tick me off. It’s so easy to make ourselves look important by tossing some statement without any backing and I can only hope that most who read these types of posts take it for just that, an empty statement devoid of fact and only the opinion of the author made more to prove their argument rather than based on facts. So of course, thanks to the World Wide Web I did some checking and although the results to me are depressing, the average American reads at an eighth to ninth grade level. Now I was not able to find out if the “average American” takes into account children or if only adults, but combine that with 1 in 5 Americans are functionally illiterate, that’s a scary situation. Oh, it gets worse, we as a country, when testing school age children rank near the top in literacy as compared with the rest of the world. So we’re not alone. Oh I’m not done; we can’t forget that our reading test scores aren’t improving even though as a nation our local, state and federal governments have paid lip service saying they are focusing on improving reading scores. Obviously, something is not working and that leads to the QOD:

How much do you read and why can’t we as a society read well?

Reading Material

Reading Material

Reading Material

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Monday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 1:55 PM GMT on December 10, 2007

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You might not drown but you will surely choke to death!

Richard, Tim and Myself learning all we need to know about abandoning ship.

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Yes, the water is beautiful

Kyle and I enjoying the beach in Playa Del Carmen

Ah, happy Monday to everyone, One of the nicest parts of vacation is coming back home. Of course, I wouldn't have minded putting the coming back part off a few more weeks.

So, the cruise was fantastic and it worked out well for the family as we got to spend tons of quality time with each other. Not that we don't on a regular basis, but the emphasis is on quality. Actually sitting down and talking together rather than talking while flying from one soccer game to another. No schedules, no "we have to get to the store and then head to another" in fact the most stress was, do we go to the towel folding clinic or the Austin Powers dance class? Tough choices. We went to the AP dance class, stood on stage and soon realized they would not be asking us to be a part of their nightly performances, but it was fun none the less. The food was great, my pants fit tight today and it's time for another round of nasty cleanser diet to get the system back to normal and cleaned out. You can literally eat non-stop and we took them up on it. I don't know about you, but appetizer, salad, main course with tons of assorted breads in between and then they offer desert, but that's more than my system is ready for. Of course adding an ice cream run at 10:00 pm and a lox and bagel come midnight, well, you might understand that today, just the thought of food starts my stomach to roll. Of course, Cassie, our little foodie, lover of Rachel Ray and all chefs on the Food Network, she was in heaven. Kyle was easy, a pool, a slide, basketball, ping pong and miniature golf and he was set for life. Tim is the only one of the kids that took advantage of the kids activities by joining the 15-17 year old group and he was able to enjoy the cruise basically parent free. Becky, got to semi sleep in every morning and of course her afternoon in the spa and my vacation claim to fame is I actually ended up ahead of the game in the casino, plus I was offered my job back in Key West and yes, I miss Key West. I won't raise my kids there, but I think we might just return there when the last one heads to college. Now, I could go on and on and on, but I'll end with what the captain said after we had finished up listening to the debarkation lecture. The cruise director had explained customs and the departing the ship procedures and then many of the ships key personnel were ushered on the stage (this was to see who your tips were going to) and then the captain came up to give closing remarks. He turned to his crew and he said, "take a look at all these people, we have most every race represented, most every religion represented, varied ways of life and viewpoints and sexual orientation and everyone gets along. We have very few arguments, almost never any fights and most are always happy. If I could wish anything that you, our guests take away from this cruise this would be it, that the world might get along as well as my crew." And that leads to the QOD?

What does it take for the possibility of world peace?


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WE'RE BACK!!!!!!!!!

By: ricderr, 6:13 PM GMT on December 07, 2007

Oh it's great to go on vacation and just as great to come home.......we just got in....we had a fantastic time....we ate like pigs....stayed up late...slept in......and i even brought home money from the casino.....life is good!!!!!.....we'll bore you with pics later...i think the movies are calling us...either that or fishing.....see ya around......................

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The QOD Is On Vacation

By: ricderr, 11:54 AM GMT on December 03, 2007

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I've been up off and on since 2:00.....yep...when it comes to vac's...i'm still a little kid....it can't start soon enough.....the house is spotless...always come home to a clean house...even to the tune of scrubbing the baseboards......washed and cleaned out becky's and my cars......animals are all at the kennel....bags are packed...all is left is loading up the van and getting into the first argument...of course..that will be the speed i'm travelling down the turnpike.....i'll have the cruise control set at 85...and becky will ask if that isn't a wee bit excessive...that's when you know...we're really on vacation...LMAO..you all have fun....and yes...i'm sure you'll have no problem with that....i'll pop on when we get back...ENJOY GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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