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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:40 AM GMT on April 30, 2008

Good morning Wunderground! No, I'm not chipper at least not anymore than any other day I just felt like saying good morning. Perfect Florida weather today, temps in the low 70's, few clouds and low humidity are on tap. If anyone knows of a nice RV campground in the Orlando area or north of there please let me know. Some of the places I see online are scary. They look like they were built in the 50's and have never been updated. I want to camp, fish, maybe even take the boat and of course go worship the mouse over there at Disney. Any advice would be appreciated. Of course, just don't give advice like Paula Abdul did last night. Now most know I'm a fan of American Idol, I like watching these young kids showcase their talent and trying to decide who's best and who will be picked for the top spot. Last night after all the performers had finished their first song the three judges had a short period of time to critique them. Paula while speaking to one singer talks about his performance on his first song and then starts talking about his second song. Hold up, stop the presses, he had only done one song. Where she got two songs and how she was able to come up with a critique is beyond me, but it's one of the biggest gaffs I've seen on live TV in a long time and that leads to the QOD:

What was your biggest public gaff?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:41 AM GMT on April 29, 2008

Gas is almost $4.00 a gallon and closing fast, industry experts are now saying $10.00 a gallon is not unlikely in the forseeable future and many Americans are staring at their SUV's wondering if they'll make a nice planter in the front yard. Now, there's talk about lifting for a short time the national gas tax which if I am correct is about 34 cents a gallon and that leads to the QOD:

Is lifting the national gas tax a good thing and if so should the states follow suit?

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Monday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 2:03 PM GMT on April 28, 2008

Oh yes, its Monday already and where just did that weekend go? We had perfect weather and it looks like we will get a little rain this afternoon and tomorrow, followed by a few days of cool weather. This is the perfect time of year with 80 degree days and 60 degree nights. The pool is clean and inviting, my garden is looking good. I thinned out the corn and took the thinned stalks and planted those and it appears they will all take and my corn yield should be twice what I had expected. I got to have a father/daughter weekend as Becky was in Orlando with Tim & Kyle. Now if I could have just hit that Lotto, the weekend could last forever.

So, I’m on some new medication and as I’m reading the product warning and possible side effects, I come across one I’ve never read before and that is, may cause vivid dreams. Now, that’s great as I enjoy dreaming and remembering my dreams. Well, I found out Saturday night that vivid dreams are not all that I thought they were. When I’m having a bad dream usually I will know I’m dreaming and will wake up. I dreamt Saturday night that someone was breaking into the house and in the dream I actually asked myself if this was a dream and told myself no it was real and kept on dreaming. I woke up thinking there’s one more dead burglar in this world and he’s laying on my living room floor and couldn’t understand why I was in bed. I’m not so sure I like vivid anymore at least not in respect to bad dreams. Now as a teen I used to have two recurring dreams in fact one was where I was floating over a cemetery and spotted my own grave marker. If that one pans out next year I’m a goner this year. Oh well, while I do put some stock in dreams and their meanings I usually just think it’s my mind sifting through the events of my days and spinning from there. I can usually link them to a something I read, heard, saw or incident that happened recently and that leads to the QOD:

Do you remember your dreams and which one sticks out?

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:16 PM GMT on April 24, 2008

It's time to stop being seriousness and reflect on the lighter side. There's too much ugly out there right now. The weather is dry and windy which makes for a scary day for fires. They've just announced that the Texas polygamist camp that the police raided and took all the kids out of all began because of what may be a hoax call an abuse hotline received from a Colorado woman. Can you hear the pitter patter of thousands of lawyers lining up to help with this lawsuit in the making? I can't help but wonder was it a rush to judgment. And speaking of rush to judgments, MP's ban has gone from 30 days. It's a shame when you think about it. He posted on the QOD dealing with perceptions and he posts a picture that drew controversy the week before of Dick Cheney because of a wrongful perception that the reflection was a naked lady. Of course the whole deal had been settled and the facts were out that it wasn't a naked lady but indeed Dick's arm and hand holding a fishing rod, but admin decided it was a bad post. It just goes to show you, never stick to the topic at hand. It could get you banned. There's more ugliness, some of the big box grocery chains are limiting the amount of rice you can buy. Could you imagine in American cities, thousands of people crowding around a truck hoping to catch a bag of rice thrown out to the crowd by soldiers? This kind of thing only happens in those poor uneducated third world countries, never in the great U.S. of A. So enough of it, I had to get it out of my system but I don't want to dwell on it. I want to dwell on the inner dork that lives inside of us all. The dorkiness of wearing the most god awful Hawaiian shirt in your collection because a friend of yours trashed you about ugly shirts you wear. Let's dwell on how your chest swells with pride when someone calls you a weather weenie or a QOD'er. That's right today we're celebrating the inner dork in all of us and that leads to the QOD:

What do you do or say that is dorky?



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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:49 AM GMT on April 23, 2008

Thinly veiled innuendo is still free advertising.
Thank-you




I am a fan of the Rasmussen Polls web site. You can find every poll from Politics to lifestyle choices and they seem to portray them fairly and equally without bias towards party affiliation or moral tendencies. Yesterday they showed that more Americans are now concerned about the economy than they are with the Iraq war which was the previous polls top concern. Now granted I think the media has a lot to do with how people answer these questions because honestly if I'm able to pay my bills, am looking forward to a raise, then I'm not overly concerned about the economy. I'm more concerned about the price of gas and how much it's going to cut into that future raise. When I find out my health insurance plan will stay at last years rates I'm not that concerned about health care and so on. In other words, we first have to focus on ourselves and our families, so even if the general consensus is the economy, if I have a sick kid, medical care is topping my concerns. So, as individuals I thought it might be interesting to see what each persons main concern is and to see if it's all over the spectrum or if their is some sort of consensus and that leads to the QOD:

What is your main area of concern for the immediate future?

Updated: 11:49 AM GMT on April 23, 2008

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:01 PM GMT on April 22, 2008

Well, I've received no answer from Admin and honestly I didn't expect anything. Remember the great old quote, "admin means never having to say you're sorry." Of course, I will not renew with my 10 bucks until I get an answer and no, I'm not holding my breath.


PHOENIX (Reuters Life!) - Veteran Hells Angel Sonny Barger has sued cable firm HBO alleging it cut him out of a biker drama he helped to develop, Barger's attorney said on Monday.

Barger lodged the suit against HBO in federal court in Los Angeles last week, saying it sidelined him from the pilot of a drama called "1%", about a troubled Arizona motorcycle club.


I really laughed over this story, Sonny Barger fighting for the side of justice. Mr. Hells Angel, killer and drug trafficker, of course though, under the right circumstances he is a really nice guy.

See, at 15 I took a job working in a gas station. It was owned by two Iraqi brothers. No, they were not terrorists, but they were two really nice guys and the last time I went to California I stopped in and was saddened to note they had sold their business. I left that station for one owned by a member of the Hells Angels for .25 cents an hour and a more flexible schedule. I had known a few members growing up, and I remember when our neighborhoods kids, including me, got our drivers licenses and someone driving too fast hit one gang members dog and they decided to patrol the streets and keep speeds down. Yes, I slowed down although it was not me who hit the dog. But besides their well deserved reputation of the time as bad people, in many various respects they were a lot like you and me. Sonny would come into the gas station and fill his bike up, or shall I say, let me fill it up. See, most cyclists won't let someone else fill their tanks. They do not want any gasoline spilled on their tanks and usually only trust themselves. Not Sonny, he'd dismount, hand me a five dollar bill and tell me to fill it while he walked into the office to speak with his friends. I'd grab a shop rag, hold it over the nozzle and make sure I didn't spill a drop and also making sure I filled it to the top as he allowed me to keep the change and I didn't want him thinking I was cheating him. There's more to the story, but I'll end it right here, see I can't say I liked him then or now, but in a way I admire him, because he treated me, a kid, as an equal and with respect in a time I was acutely aware of how young I was and that leads to the QOD:

Which "Bad" person have you met or would like to meet?

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STRIKING FOR AN ANSWER

By: ricderr, 5:46 PM GMT on April 20, 2008



STRIKING FOR AN ANSWER

To preface this post, it is not intended as an attack on anyone, nor is it a cause to disrupt any segment of the WU community. Those that I blog with I enjoy their company. Those that I do not should be afforded the same opportunities that I do and we all should enjoy these opportunities fairly.

Things are not fair and although I am not a member of administration nor do they ask for my opinions when making decisions, as a paying customer and a supporter of their advertisers I believe that I should have a right to make my feelings, thoughts and opinions known as long as I can proceed in a respectful manner.


POINT #1
Blogger A receives a permanent ban for violations of WU policies and comes back under another name. This person's posting mannerisms and subjects are the same and it’s quite evident who this blogger is. Blogger A is allowed to keep posting under this name

Blogger B receives a permanent ban for violations of WU policies and comes back under another name. This person's posting mannerisms and subjects are the same and it’s quite evident who this blogger is. Blogger B is allowed to keep posting under this name until this person decides to tell the truth and reveal themselves. Blogger B is then Banned once again.

Now one possible answer would be for administration to ban Blogger A and we’d have fairness and seeing that I’m not a fan of Blogger A I would guess most people will assume that is what I’m asking for. I’m not. Both Blogger A & B came back and respected the rules and regulations set forth by administration and have demonstrated a willingness to contribute to the WU community. Isn’t this what Administration wants and we must not forget that administration has the ability to read ISP’s and I expect knows the past records of A & B, so either we have a bad policy or bad administration and I believe it is the first and not the latter.

I believe that both blogger A & B should have the opportunity to post on this site and I do have a creative solution. Since time is money and an aspect of this site is to pay a dividend to it’s owners, why not ban the ISP and charge a monetary fee for reinstatement, thus paying administration for their time involved.

Please reinstate Peachtree/Amy


POINT #2

Blogger C has a past for posting questionable material that administration feels is not in the best interest of its site and after repeated warnings finds a picture that they deem to not be appropriate and gives Blogger C a 30 day ban. The picture though, although at first glance may be racy and at first glance may be misconstrued as a picture of a naked lady. A naked lady, without any anatomical detail showing and could as easily pass for an alien than a lady and is indeed a picture of a forearm and a thumb on a fishing reel. It’s evident to me that this is a rush to judgment on administrations part and I would have to question if negative emotions played a part in this banning.

I would ask that you lift the ban of Mister Perfect after further review.

Point #3

With a growing blogging community in an effort to allow members to not have to wade through innapropriate content, administration offers a button to flag inappropriate posts. At first glance this appears to be a useful tool but it soon becomes evident that this can be used as a tool for cyber bullying. Any one or groups of people can use this tool to harass another poster. Also, it is now not possible for an offending blogger to know if the work removed from the site is against administrations policies or just viewed negatively by other bloggers and their motives might be in question. Therefore, how can a ban be effective and if the main point is to make sure blogging post fit under the rules and regulation can you truly know if it’s a violation of administrations policies? You’ve effectively eliminated the ability to question personal responsibility.

I ask that the flag button be removed and bloggers be allowed to use at their discretion and responsibility the ignore function and personal blog ban function


Point #4

Blogger D posts a blog subject that could be interpreted as an attack on members of the community, however it is innocuous in it’s wording that it could be directed at anyone anywhere. In fact, although very mean spirited and contentious on first look, when defined it actually means they would do nothing because the subject matter is not worth it. Also, this blogger sets their blog to not allow comments thus making sure there can not be a blog war over the subject. Blogger D receives a permanent ban

Blogger E posts a blog with a humorous joke that uses a word that by itself has negative sexual connotations. It’s double entendre at its worst. Blogger E has their post removed and can continue to blog.

Administration should have the right to limit what content they deem offensive, however their penalty should be based on facts and not their perceptions as they may not necessarily be correct. Also, in fairness and that is a very important issue to me, the penalty should be in keeping with others meted out on this site.

I ask that administration reinstate Ihave27windows

Lastly may I say, I truly enjoy this site. I enjoy the opportunity it allows me to post my “Question of the Day” and I enjoy many people that I come in contact with. I believe that with the Ignore and Ban features that administration has established, the responsibility of “having fun” is mine. I have no excuses to say that I can’t enjoy myself on this site with the tools at hand and I feel that applies to everyone else in this community. If administration will focus on making sure people utilize their tools as solutions instead of looking for problems we will all enjoy this site better.

RicDerr

Updated: 11:38 AM GMT on April 21, 2008

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Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:35 PM GMT on April 18, 2008

It's refreshing when you have the proverbial brain (insert word for gas here) and realize that you've let something that you do for fun get under your skin and once you realize that and release it how much you enjoy those fun things you do. Talking to you bunch of goobers is fun and so, I'm leaving up the Go Have Fun for another day but I am adding a QOD to the mix.

Yesterday we talked about what you would change and focused it on yourself. Funny but old age entered the mix and CG brought up a good point at what point would you change back to? So, in reflection I guess I'll live with this old body and enjoy what life has to offer and experience what it throws at me. Now last night I got to thinking about perception. You can say and type things and people, because their perception is different, will take what you've said and come up with a totally different meaning than you intended it to be. You may be interjecting comedy and someone else might take it that you're being mean spirited. You might be dead serious and someone else think you're a riot. It's easy to perceive someone differently than whom or what they truly are and that leads to the QOD:

If you could, what perception that people have of you would you change?






Now you know the “S” on my chest most often stands for STUPID and rightfully so. I’ll happily go about life unknowing of the “kick me” sticker on my back than to have to face the reality that somebody put it there and especially here on the blogs. Because once I realize that sticker is there I so easily forget the purpose of being here and that same purpose is why everyone is here. Whether you are a photographer, a weather enthusiast, or just your common variety blogger that likes to think of this as home away from home, the purpose is the same:

********** HAVE FUN **********


It’s that simple and it’s that easy and it takes a personal commitment, a personal responsibility to have fun. It’s no different than the flesh and blood world we live in. If we don’t decide to have fun then we aren’t. There’s good and bad everywhere as well as things we like and dislike, its up to us to decide where and how we are going to spend our time.


To those that like me:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********



To those that don’t like me:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********



To those that don’t care:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To the rich and the poor alike:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To the able bodied and those not so able:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To the very young and the very old:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To those that want to talk weather, politics, photography, prayers, birthdays, or none of the above:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To those that I have skipped and omitted, my apologies and:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

By: ricderr, 7:02 PM GMT on April 17, 2008




Now you know the “S” on my chest most often stands for STUPID and rightfully so. I’ll happily go about life unknowing of the “kick me” sticker on my back than to have to face the reality that somebody put it there and especially here on the blogs. Because once I realize that sticker is there I so easily forget the purpose of being here and that same purpose is why everyone is here. Whether you are a photographer, a weather enthusiast, or just your common variety blogger that likes to think of this as home away from home, the purpose is the same:

********** HAVE FUN **********


It’s that simple and it’s that easy and it takes a personal commitment, a personal responsibility to have fun. It’s no different than the flesh and blood world we live in. If we don’t decide to have fun then we aren’t. There’s good and bad everywhere as well as things we like and dislike, its up to us to decide where and how we are going to spend our time.


To those that like me:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********



To those that don’t like me:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********



To those that don’t care:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To the rich and the poor alike:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To the able bodied and those not so able:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To the very young and the very old:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To those that want to talk weather, politics, photography, prayers, birthdays, or none of the above:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********


To those that I have skipped and omitted, my apologies and:
********** GO HAVE FUN **********

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 11:26 AM GMT on April 17, 2008



What's wrong with the world mama?
People living like aint got no mamas
I think the whole worlds addicted to the drama
Only attracted to the things that bring you trauma
Overseas yeah we tryin to stop terrorism
But we still got terrorists here livin
In the USA the big CIA the Bloodz and the Crips and the KKK
But if you only have love for your own race
Then you only leave space to discriminate
And to discriminate only generates hate
And if you hatin you're bound to get irate
Yeah madness is what you demonstrate
And that's exactly how anger works and operates
You gotta have love just to set it straight
Take control of your mind and meditate
Let your soul gravitate to the love y'all

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(where is the lovex3)(the love2x)

It just ain't the same all ways have changed
New days are strange is the world the insane?
If love and peace so strong
Why are there pieces of love that don't belong
Nations dropping bombs
Chemical gases filling lungs of little ones
With ongoing suffering
As the youth die young
So ask yourself is the loving really strong?
So I can ask myself really what is going wrong
With this world that we living in
People keep on giving in
Makin wrong decisions
Only visions of them livin and
Not respecting each other
Deny thy brother
The wars' going on but the reasons' undercover
The truth is kept secret
Swept under the rug
If you never know truth
Then you never know love
Where's the love y'all?(I don't know)
Where's the truth y'all?(I don't know)
Where's the love y'all?

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father father father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(where is the lovex3)(the lovex2)

I feel the weight of the world on my shoulder
As I'm getting older y'all people get colder
Most of us only care about money makin
Selfishness got us followin the wrong direction
Wrong information always shown by the media
Negative images is the main criteria
Infecting their young minds faster than bacteria
Kids wanna act like what the see in the cinema
Whatever happened to the values of humanity
Whatever happened to the fairness and equality
Instead of spreading love, we're spreading anomosity
Lack of understanding, leading us away from unity
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feeling under
That's the reason why sometimes I'm feeling down
It's no wonder why sometimes I'm feeling under
I gotta keep my faith alive, until love is found

People killing people dying
Children hurtin you hear them crying
Can you practice what you preach
Would you turn the other cheek?
Father Father Father help us
Send some guidance from above
Cause people got me got me questioning
Where is the love?(fade)


Well, it's time for a good QOD and that can only mean, someone else wrote it. :-) Melt sent me some questions that she thought were interesting and so without further preamble the QOD:

They say everything changes. Is there one thing you wish would never change at all?

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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:26 PM GMT on April 16, 2008

Watching the news this morning they bring up a story of a young boy who was suspended from school two days for talking on his cell phone. The school has a policy that if students bring their phones they must be off and not used during school hours. They have a zero tolerance policy on this issue and to the school; it's a cut and dried situation. Of course, it wouldn't have been newsworthy if this was the whole story, you know there has to be something more and now for the interesting part of the story. The reason the young student had his cell phone on was he was waiting to receive a call from his dad serving in the army, stationed in Iraq. The mother during the studio interview had the classic line of, what if this had been the last time my son would have heard from his dad and this leads to the QOD:

Should the boy have been suspended?

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:36 PM GMT on April 15, 2008

OK, politics suck, you name it they've done it. Apparently some collector has paid 1.5 million for the FBI's tape of Marylyn Monroe having sex. The US is near the top of the charts for executions. Good people are still dying in Iraq and there's still no end in sight. Global Warming fear is gripping the world; it looks as if you'll be drinking your scotch and soda neat without ice shortly. China's human rights violations compile one on top of another. Our country is being infiltrated with illegal aliens who want nothing better than to destroy our culture that we are so proud of. We as a country are giving 200 million in food aid to foreign countries because of the skyrocketing price of foods while people here in our borders go hungry. Yes, turn on the news, read the blogs and its more bad news on top of more bad news and I'm close to saying do you remember the good ole days and that leads to the QOD:

What positive things do you see, that are better now than when you were a kid?

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:37 PM GMT on April 14, 2008

Another Monday, another QOD and a chance to recuperate from the weekend. What a busy weekend. I had to work and then leave to watch Kyle’s lacrosse game, he's still undefeated by the way and then back to work to finish a large proposal and then back home for the weekend chores. Can anyone tell me why we spend all weekend cleaning and then we're so busy during the week to where we can't enjoy a clean house only to mess it up and have to start over again next Saturday. At least it was warm enough to go swimming. Of course that led, because I'm a dummy and I forget I live in Florida to the mother of all sunburns. It was bad enough to get those night chills but I was lucky that it didn't blister. I know, I know, sunscreen, but I wasn't going to be in the pool that long. Yes, famous last words right before you turn into a lobster. Becky is fostering a goat and no it won't live with us, but I'm sure it will end up out at the farm. It is cute though and quiet and even well mannered, of course it was only a day old. Becky and the kids have named it, Banaaaaaanna.

Last week I think it was Peach/Amy (Booted by admin after outing herself, remember folks, hiding behind another name is acceptable, telling the truth is not.) that mentioned Venezuela television cancelled "The Simpson's" in favor of "Baywatch" deeming that "The Simpson's is not appropriate for children. Now at first glance it leaves you shaking your head but I think I see their reasoning and that is, children are not as likely to watch Baywatch and of course they don't have the boob fetish "teehee, oh my," as we do. However, as the in the flesh Homer J Simpson I would have to say their censors need to spend some time watching the show and see through the comedy to how mainstream the show really is and that leads to the QOD:

What is your favorite modern day cartoon?

Updated: 2:40 PM GMT on April 14, 2008

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FRIDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:29 PM GMT on April 11, 2008

So, I go to Cassie's performance last night and of course I'm dreading it. These types of events are pure torture to me. I was pleasantly surprised as I enjoyed myself and these kids were good. It was a compilation of all Martin County students singing and playing instruments. They started with the Friends Chorus consisting of special education students and the lady that led them was just awesome. These kids had enthusiasm, knew their songs and performed as if this was something they do daily. Of course the raucous standing ovation they received at the end might have marred the occasion for some as they grabbed their ears and went looking for a way to escape the noise. What a way to start and it got better as the night wore on. In a former life I had the opportunity to be a music director and lead a choir and through that train with a fellow who was considered the top religious choir director of his day and then sing in a traveling choir directed by his protégé. I haven't sung in 11 years and last night I realized how much I missed it. I was down last night but was feeling much better after seeing so many kids with smiling faces and of course my daughter was one of those smiling and that leads to the QOD:

What song picks you up when you are down?

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:56 PM GMT on April 10, 2008

Well, I came to the crossroads and I'm going straight, no turns at this juncture in my life.

Time for a little Cassie kudos. She's singing tonight as part of Martin County Kids Sings. She was picked as one of the kids representing her school and to top it off, she got another scholarship to camp up in Northern Florida again.

The good news about the crossroads is I can actually start planning some things again. I think a late May fishing trip is in order. I've got to find a charter fleet that can take us out and I'm thinking this time we need to try the north coast and make Bob jump aboard and fish with us.

Also, July 5 - 13 at Elite Campgrounds in the Ocala forest. If that is an interest maybe we can work something out for that also.

Now it’s funny how things work out. It seems no matter what you plan things turn out the way they want to. Now I know some believe there is a preordained life path that no matter which plans you make you're still going to follow that path. Whether true or not I still enjoy wondering about the what ifs or might have been, but I know right now, today, doing what I'm doing is not what I had planned a month ago and that leads to the QOD:

When was the last time that you had plans all laid out and the outcome was far different than you imagined?


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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:20 PM GMT on April 09, 2008

None of this has anything to do with the QOD; I just feel the need to ramble for a few minutes.

Charlton Heston passed away the other day. I might not have agreed with him on gun control, but he was one of the first action hero's and I'll always see his face when I think of Moses and Ben Hur.

May the men who fathered the teen girls in that Texas religious compound rot in Hell. Many may castigate Muslims for not crying out against the extremists in their religion, but I ask this, where is the outcry of the Christian community? It seems to me there are whack jobs in every sect of religion.

General Proteus says keep our troops in Iraq so we do not face defeat. Funny, but I heard a rumor that our President announced we had won the war.

Do you remember the break up of AT&T many years back because they were a monopoly. Amazing that once again they are the largest phone company. I like to think of it as you can't keep a good company down.

The Masters starts play today with a par three tournament. Tiger Woods is in hopes of sweeping all four golfing majors this year. With only one non first place finish in his last 8 outings, I think he has a darn good chance.

More working people die in our country each year due to lack of health insurance than all people by homicides.

Rasmussen Polls shows Obama only 5 points behind Clinton in The Pennsylvania Primaries where once he was as much as 20 points behind. The Rasmussen Market Poll gives Obama over an 87 percent chance to win the Democratic nod. As for how the candidates are rated amongst Americans, McCain is seen positive by 53%, Obama by 50% (The first time at 50 or above since the polling began.) and Clinton at a 40 percent favorable rating. Also noteworthy, 67 percent of Americans want our troop’s home within one year.

Ok, I feel better now, so no preambles no wheel and deal and then throw out the first pitch, instead the QOD:

(ADDED)

On second thought let me add a preamble.

If you have a moment, take a gander at Shoreacres’ blog. Not only can the lady write well, she puts me to shame, she has what I think is an interesting topic about a Cuban blogger. Now, in reading the story and in my comment and the comments that others made on Shore’s blog. I noticed how some people referenced the commonalities and others the differences we face as compared with Yoani and that is what led me to the QOD


When meeting people, both online and in person, do you first notice your commonalities or your differences or both?


Updated: 12:46 PM GMT on April 09, 2008

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TUESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 1:01 PM GMT on April 08, 2008

OK you little follow the leader types, today, you are allowed to like the following people:

Yes, I am starting the day off with very bad humor, but wait, I'm not through.

Moneky Loves Salutes IE

Hey, it's either go with humor or grab a gun and defend yourself and really, why are we blogging? Hopefully it is to have fun and that leads to the QOD:

When you come to a challenging situation, what is your first reaction?

To get angry?
To grab the bull by the horns?
To use comedy to difuse the situation?
To run and hide?
(Your answer here)

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MONDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:55 PM GMT on April 07, 2008

What a weekend! We had rain and more rain, a few warnings and thunder and lightning. Spring has sprung and the wet weather has come with it. Lake Okeechobee is at the level it was last summer and hopefully with an above normal season it will come back to its historical levels. Becky and I have been busy planting and I hope it will keep raining seeing that water restrictions might mean we end up growing dried flowers. It's a new gardening concept that I just thought up.

We also picked up a friend and her son from the airport Saturday. She lives in Connecticut and is a hairdresser in a community of 2 million dollar plus homes. A typical client will spend over 200 dollars to get her locks shorn and will think nothing of coming in once every 3 weeks to keep her doo fresh. A kid pays 75 bucks a pop and good old dad spends about 150 dollars to lower his ears. THANK GOD I’M BALD! Now when I was sharing this with Becky, she was not fazed I believe her reply was in the order of, "it's reasonable. For 200 bucks plus tip, they had better figure out how to get more hair to grow on my head. I guess I'm to darn cheap but it leads to the QOD?

How much would you pay for a haircut?

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 2:39 AM GMT on April 03, 2008

Well today marks the first anniversary of the Question of the Day. It was one year ago that I got this crazy notion that talking about an idea or story could show commonalities and share ideas. In fact on day two I added the following and I feel through the sharing of ideas I have had the opportunity to expand my views and understand and learn insights as to how others think and view the events that shape our lives.

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.

Now in all honesty, there is not a QOD that is going to win a Pulitzer or a Nobel Prize or even an honorable mention in the writing guild for dummies. In fact as I’ve gone back through the archives the past few days, they suck. I’ve asked myself over and over what was I thinking when I thought of that topic, but each one I write about at the time has some specific meaning to me and relevance even if it is as minor as it peaked my curiosity when I read it somewhere else or as major as to help me decide on a major life change.

So in that respect, today is not meant to honor the QOD or me it is me honoring you, the readers and most importantly the responders, you are what make the Question of the Day have value and meaning more than just typed words on a screen. I’ve had the opportunity this year to fish with a few of year, laugh with many, shed a tear with a few and get to know those that inhabit this world that we live in better. Where else would I have learned that a right wing Gamma would be in favor of legalizing pot, or that I share the same pages with a past minister, or that I share many of the same values and a love of sports as does a Tiburon socialite, or that my past and the past of the husband of a “bama hickster” are similar also. I thank you all. I thank you for your on topic comments and just as much for the off topic comments as it keeps the QOD in its place. The question isn’t even anywhere as important as the joy and laughter among friends.

As I tried to find a question that I thought would symbolize my thoughts of the QOD, I came across the entry that lead to my one week vacation from blogdom and thought this has to be it. No, the question wasn’t important, nor was the reason this blog received a 7 day all expense paid trip to the timeout box. What was is that good people kept the idea and spirit alive and in doing so proved that it’s not about one person or about people blindly following along, instead it showed the comraderie and friendship each of you shares and how truly a great thing that is. Once again I thank you all.


Oh yes, the backside of the week.

WHO ARE WE? THE FALCONS!! WHERE ARE WE FROM? JENSEN BEACH!! WHAT ARE WE? A TEAM!!

"Yous boys are a team, and you need to watch each others back, both here on the field and at school. You're a team; you're brothers, on the field and off the field. I don't want to see any of yous boys pushing, fighting, arguing or laughing at each others. If you want to push, shove, fight, yous do it on the field against the other team. That's where you get to let out your anger, not against each other. You're a team, you're brothers, never forget it".

Last nights wrap up speech at the end of football practice.

Yes, I love football; I like the idea of team play. I like the idea that you have a common goal. Win, and if you can't win, accept defeat but with an attitude that you can do better next time. It's no different than in life. Except in life, the outcome is predetermined, everyone will lose, but you still need to play to win.

Now, this all leads to an e-mail I received from an avid lurker (Should that be avid or rabid?) and they asked about resentment. Who-hee Farmer Brown what a can of worms. There's a ton of things in this one, but resentment, we can't deny is a part of our life and a part of this community. It can get in the way of living and in life i equate "living" with winning. So here's the QOD:

What are your resentments and how have you dealt with them or plan to deal with them?

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WEDNESDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 12:07 PM GMT on April 02, 2008

Before I start, Becky was on the news last night. It seems a dog patient of theirs was bit by a coral snake and the community came together to provide anti-venom and the cameras rolled as Becky and the Dr. tried to save the old boys life. If I can find some footage I’ll share it tomorrow.

Well yesterday was too funny. I wrote that little ditty in my head as I was driving to work and thought it befitted an April Fools Day joke. Now I have all year to top it, but of course it won't be original anymore and everyone will be expecting it. I hope you enjoyed it because I know some of the responses sent me to the floor laughing like a crazy man.

Now today is Grimmdogs birthday. We know a little of the man. College grad, single, a job that allows him to play from time to time and from all experiences, just another nice person filled in a world of different but usually nice people.

TO HELL WITH THAT


It's his birthday and it's time to roast the young man. Since our knowledge is limited and in keeping with the spirit of WU, as you describe Grimm, lies are allowed. They are even encouraged. It's time to honor him in the time honored tradition of praise by way of comedy. Maybe we can get some old girlfriends to show up, mom and dad to share some childhood embarrassing moments and his best friends to tell his most royal screw ups.

And so the QOD:

What can you share about Grimm?

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A Sad Day Indeed

By: ricderr, 1:24 PM GMT on April 01, 2008

Sorry guys, I can't do a QOD after reading this. I guess it's good-bye
Ric





APRIL 1, 2008
AP NEWS SERVICE
DAVID RICHARDSON


Dr. Jeff Masters, co-founder and president of the Weather Underground has sold his popular internet website to The Weather Channel sources from TWC announced yesterday. In an interview last month Dr Masters had expressed concern that in an ever growing competitive internet weather market the demands and return on investment were driving many major sites out of the business. “Any Joe Blow without an ounce of experience can create an internet weather site and when you compile that with the direct linking of television and radio stations to their weather internet sites, even while gaining readers we are losing money.” claimed Dr. Masters. Weather Underground was founded in 1995 and attracts over 11 million unique users per month. TWC without officially commenting did say that no major changes would be made to the look of the popular site adding, “They’ve made a good brand identity for themselves, why would we change that?” However, it is likely that the often troubled blogs, subscriber comment section, of WU will get the chop as The Weather Channel sources say they do not have the resources or inclination to oversee this type of activity. The staff of Weather Underground was notified on Monday and by all reports the sale will be official April 5th.

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