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

THE NEIGHBORHOOD BAR

By: ricderr, 12:55 AM GMT on March 26, 2010

OK boys and girls let's face it. If the economy bothers you, THE WORLD SUCKS, if the value of your home is down, THE WORLD SUCKS,if you don't like the political skyline, THE WORLD SUCKS, if your friends are down on their luck, THE WORLD SUCKS, if you aren't living where you want to, THE WORLD SUCKS, but you know what? I bet if you spend just two minutes thinking of all that you have to be grateful for, you'll realize you are one damn lucky individual. If you can't realize that and all you want to do is wallow in the excretement there's a blog for it down the hall. If you want to sit back and enjoy yourself, by all means, this is the place. No one is a stranger and no one is stranger than me. Don't worry about the tab as the good Doc Masters has agreed to pick up the tab and so I welcome you to


THE NEIGHBORHOOD BAR


It don't look like much on the outside...


but the joint rocks on the inside...


ladies, grab a drink and enjoy the complimentary pedicure...


guys, well I promised admin G-rated so here's just a few tv's to watch all the latest games, just grab a clicker...


the bar is fully stocked...


I figured I had better get a band and after seeing I'm so bad who better to describe me than Outkast


That's them playing in the background...in fact this one goes out to those here that think they're all that...


So, sit back, enjoy yourself and please, please, please...LAUGH!

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A Thursday Rant

By: ricderr, 8:36 PM GMT on March 25, 2010

Yep, it's rant times. let me be perfectly clear on a few issues. I support everyones rights on WU to blog as they see fit. It's not my job or concern the context or content. That belongs to admin. I don't care if I like the person or not. This is a very small blog site as compared to others and yet it's large enough that I have only myself to blame if I view blogs or interact with those that I don't like. However, I believe that admin has the right to administer these blogs as they see fit and at times I've agreed and disagreed with their decisions, but honestly it is their decision and I'm sure they didn't give a tinkers damn what I thought.

I'm still ranting, I am an American plain and simple. As such I've agreed and disagreed with the right and I've agreed and disagreed with the left. I'm just to the right of center and I mean just. Nope, I'm not advocating that the center is the right spot, but it is the right spot for me. Just as it is for those that are right or left. I also believe that our government is to be for the people and that means that I have to accept that every law passed I will not agree to. That doesn't mean I have to sit back quietly and not disagree. That doesn't mean that I can't try to change things, that I can't rally or fight against what I think is wrong. it doesn't mean that others shouldn't do the same, even those I disagree with. The fact is though, even those that I vehemently disagree with are Americans, first last and foremost.

I'm not through ranting. I happen to enjoy reading about our fore fathers. I actually like the fact that they all didn't agree. I like the fact that almost to a man they had to give in to what they wanted, they had to accept things that they disagreed with. Read their writings, read their diaries, read their letters. These were men of great convictions, of great purpose and of great compromise and they gave us the greatest guidelines and laws to govern a country. Almost to a man though, they felt that this great paper, this long lasting legacy of theirs was flawed in some ways. After it was signed, after it was ratified, they didn't stop trying to better it. Those that disagreed didn't stop trying to change things for what they felt was better. So what we are seeing today is nothing new. I don't even think it's even more vocal. Even the political cartoons aren't new. Political pundits aren't new. I do think the access by the media is greater today than in the past and I dont always think it is a good thing. Case in point about our founding fathers. They were not charged with writing a new constitution. They were to ammend the existing document. In todays driven media market do you think it could have been done? Do you think with all the quarrelling between the Federalists and the Anti Federalists that a compromise could have been reached? Do you honestly think there weren't any backroom give and take deals that were worked out? I'm not condoning them. I'm just saying that it wasn't a perfect working enviroment from the get go, but it worked.

Don't worry I'm coming to the end of my rant. See today and it's all my fault I read a blog post stating that if I didn't agree with a memmber I was an enemy. I didn't have to read it. I knew from past experiences that if I did open that blog I would see something that would send me ranting. It was my choice and it was my fault. But here in the greatest country there is, where the greatest right we have is the right to disagree, I'm now an enemy? Well, let me say this very plainly, I wasn't before, but I sure am now!

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Two Seconds, Two Cents

By: ricderr, 3:39 AM GMT on March 23, 2010

Ok, no bones about it, I've been outspoken in favor of a public health plan for about 3 years. This isn't what I've talked about but it is a first step, albeit somewhat flawed, but in our political system, it seems we limp into these things. I can understand those that are against it, but come on let's hammer points. This we're turning into a socialist country yada dada yaya is becoming old fast. How socialist is a country such as Japan? Next, take a look deeper into the polls, nearly a third of those against the bill were against solely, based on its timing. They weren't against a government program but against it due to our current economic situation. When the markets don't collapse tomorrow, when the economy keeps inching forward, you are going to see more swing to agreeing with the legislation. Lastly, how many can say they are proud of the republican actions? Think back to right after Obama won the election, when many of his opposition felt he had overblown the effects of the recession and expected a quick exit out of it. The talk was it doesn't matter even if it made him look like a heor because history has shown that in a lopsided government condition where one party has an overwhelming majority, the under represented party gains back a good share of seats. Experts expected in the 2010 election, republicans would overturn a third of the democrat seats. Those numbers appear high now when you look at the trending polls. That is surprising when you look at the events that have taken place and the fact it should have been a shoe in. I'm not here to change anyones mind and although I'm voicing my opinion I'm not here to argue. My last thought is to say this, I know many a good person who on differing issues we disagree on but in the end I respect them because of the knowledge of their convictions. I've lost a lot of respect this year for some of them because of late they've taken to mimicking talk show entertainers rather than show the reasoning of their convictions. It seems its easier to shout "baby killer" than take the time to explain their reasonings.

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THURSDAY'S QUESTION OF THE DAY

By: ricderr, 8:41 PM GMT on March 10, 2010

First, a tongue in cheek commerical announcement seeing that the Admin keeps allowing the Payday Loan blogs.

Do you need a new roof in Houston?

We are the largest re-roofer in Central Texas

We are insurance specialists. Last year we installed over 4,000 roofs and less than 5 were roofs where we quoted a price and collected a check. We work with your insurance company to get you a new roof paid for by insurance.

We're the safest roofing company. First, all paperwork is contingent upon insurance approval. If insurance won't pay for your roof, we shake hands and walk away. Second, we write our paperwork, "as per the adjusters report."I can't charge you more than insurance will pay. Your only liability is your deductable. Last, all monies are do upon completion. I can't take a deposit, run to Cashata, blow it on the crap tables and you never see me again. How safe is that?

Besides taking away the hassle of dealing with your insurance company and their adjusters we put on a darn good roof. We 6 nail our shingles and that means if you have a 30 year shingle and use GAF/ELK, you will have a 110 mph wind warranty. We always use "starter shingles." Typically a roofer will take a 3-tab shingle, turn it upside down and then nail the first course on top of it. This places the granular side against your roof deck and it will not seal to the deck. You can look around Houston and many roofs only have damage at the first course. A starter shingle has a glue strip on both the front and the back assuring that the first course is sealed to the deck. We use metal in the valleys. Typically in Houston if any extra detail is added to the valley, it's only a vertical run of shingles. Shingles as they become old become brittle and the valley is one place on your roof that has lots of movement and so it's a common area for leaks. Valley metal does not bcome brittle and therefore you have a better roof. lastly, we always use number one shingles from the same factory run. We never buy seconds or returns. After all, what good does it do for us to put on a good roof if it doesn't look good?

If you are interested in a free roof inspection you can e-mail me at this site or call 772.807.0092


Now, to the important stuff. To hell with the nations economy and to hell with government numbers. The rest of the world can be going to hell in a handbasket but if you have a steady job, a regular paycheck life isn't that much different now than two years ago. Well, that is until your friends have their houses foreclosed on and their kids are wearing holey shoes. We care about people and thats what makes these numbers hard as I bet we all know someone who has suffered and probably suffered greatly through this recession. But today, it's time to look at it unscientifically and make it personal. Note, i said personal and not political. Think about your job, or your spouses job, what's their future? Are they hiring, thinking about hiring, staying the same or expecting more job cuts? Yep, that's the question of the day.

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Houston Roofing and QOD

By: ricderr, 2:52 PM GMT on March 09, 2010

We interupt the regularly scheduled QOD for a tongue in cheek commerical announcement seeing that the Admin keeps allowing the Payday Loan blogs.

Do you need a new roof in Houston?

We are the largest re-roofer in Central Texas

We are insurance specialists. Last year we installed over 4,000 roofs and less than 5 were roofs where we quoted a price and collected a check. We work with your insurance company to get you a new roof paid for by insurance.

We're the safest roofing company. First, all paperwork is contingent upon insurance approval. If insurance won't pay for your roof, we shake hands and walk away. Second, we write our paperwork, "as per the adjusters report."I can't charge you more than insurance will pay. Your only liability is your deductable. Last, all monies are do upon completion. I can't take a deposit, run to Cashata, blow it on the crap tables and you never see me again. How safe is that?

Besides taking away the hassle of dealing with your insurance company and their adjusters we put on a darn good roof. We 6 nail our shingles and that means if you have a 30 year shingle and use GAF/ELK, you will have a 110 mph wind warranty. We always use "starter shingles." Typically a roofer will take a 3-tab shingle, turn it upside down and then nail the first course on top of it. This places the granular side against your roof deck and it will not seal to the deck. You can look around Houston and many roofs only have damage at the first course. A starter shingle has a glue strip on both the front and the back assuring that the first course is sealed to the deck. We use metal in the valleys. Typically in Houston if any extra detail is added to the valley, it's only a vertical run of shingles. Shingles as they become old become brittle and the valley is one place on your roof that has lots of movement and so it's a common area for leaks. Valley metal does not bcome brittle and therefore you have a better roof. lastly, we always use number one shingles from the same factory run. We never buy seconds or returns. After all, what good does it do for us to put on a good roof if it doesn't look good?

If you are interested in a free roof inspection you can e-mail me at this site or call 772.807.0092


Back to the QOD-


I read a very good article yesterday (I just wish I could find it again) about a company that has designed a rocket that can propel a rocket to mars in about 40 days each way. The science described was very sci-fi'ish and remarkably the technology invoved has been discussed since 1965. Man's trip to Mars is one step closer.

It was also interesting in light of the fact it appears NASA will not be going forward with a trip to the moon. NASA is however asking for 4 billion dollars to research new propulsion technologies, so I'm hoping they once again are preparing to set their sites on a manned trip to mars sooner than later. Of course they could save a whole lot of money and just ask Captain Kirk for a few dilithiam crystals, but hey, what do I know.

But the question remains, should we go to the moon? Should we go to mars? Should we spend money on space exploration at all? I'm against the moon but for Mars and space reseach as a whole. I mean come on man, space research gave us Tang, that's valuable beyond measure and it does lead to the QOD:

Do we need to explore space?







Updated: 1:30 AM GMT on March 10, 2010

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Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 6:12 PM GMT on March 08, 2010


Well, it's a rainy day in H-Town and there's no roofs going on so I thought I'd post a question.

First, the youngest has his modeling layout done and AHM created his own fan page on Facebook. Watch out world. LOL



I was reading the blogs over the weekend with interest to the college discussion over on GetReal's blog and it got me to thinking. No, not politics, nor the original topic which was so quickly sidetracked. No worries, I will be the last one to think people should have to stick to topics the way conversations have gone on my own blog. But, I'm interested in college and the theme I interpreted was that many feel the importance of kids working their way through college. Now I'm not advocating government pay for college. Not at all, but I do feel that to get the most out of college, if at all possible, it would be best for the student to not have to work and that leads to the QOD:

Should a child work while attending college if they have the option not to?

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