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By: ricderr, 1:11 PM GMT on September 27, 2007

OK, let's make this official and put some concrete thoughts together.

Just Tell Us Your're Coming


Fishing On The Blue Heron ( Out Of Riviera Beach )
8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M.

Bar-B-Que At Carlin Park, Jupiter
1:00 Til Whenever They Chase Us Out


Ric, Becky & Family
PBG00 & Family
Mister Perfect & NRAAMY

NOTE: Please post what you would like to bring &
bring your own libations.



Blue Heron Party Boat

Carlin Park


Fishing Update & QOD

By: ricderr, 12:27 PM GMT on September 26, 2007

I just got off the phone with the boys at Blue heron Fishing. They won't be sailing out of Jupiter until the Thanksgiving weekend, but they do sail out of Riviera Beach which is just a few miles away. Now, that sounds best to me. I like to get out onto the open ocean or if you want, we can fish from the shore at the park in Jupiter. Now, we need to get an idea of who is going to be at this soiree so please either e-mail or post it and we'll start the ball rolling.

Ric, Becky & Family
G00 & Hubby & Family ( Bar B Que Only )
Bob, Maybe Family
MP & Amy
Gamma ( Bar B Que Only )

There have been a few others that have expressed interest, so let's hear from you and firm things up.

So, on to the QOD, Becky and I have started this liquid detox system. It's the joy of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water to cleanse the system. You can drink as much as you like, but that's all you get. It's nasty stuff, but on day 3 I'm not hungry and I feel good. Well, that and other things have me thinking about the body. Medical science today has made it that we can adjust, enhance, or radically change the way we look. Now, I live happily in my skin but that doesn't mean if given unlimited funds and losing my fear for needles I wouldn't change a thing or two. There are a few things they can't change and I've come to live with it. I'm a stocky guy; I've got the body that says, "Harness a plow on me and send me to the field." Even back in the days when I was a gym rat I never could look like the Incredible Hulk, instead I was the Incredible Bulk. Hair, I've never had a thick head of it and it was the type that no matter how much mousse or hairspray and styling that was applied, give it a few hours and wham, back to straight down in front of my eyes. Call me Moe Howard. Hell, you can look at the pic above and see more scalp than hair. So it's either head on to the hair club for a lifeís savings worth of implants or become friends with Mr.' Razor. Oh, and fingers. I've got a big hand, but my fingers are short pudgy nubs. I have to jamb my wedding band as high as I can onto my finger as the base is wider than the knuckle. Yep, bye now you've guessed it, I'm not walking a runway anytime soon getting my picture splashed on GQ and that leads me to the QOD:

If you could change one part of your body, what would you?

Updated: 2:05 PM GMT on September 26, 2007



By: ricderr, 12:27 PM GMT on September 25, 2007


Yesterday Gypsy posted a nice story about how a mentally challenged boy was treated like a king on the baseball field by his peers. It was heartwarming. Of course, I, Mr. Cynical, had to go to Snopes and see if it was true or not and surprisingly, although not confirmed, the story is probably true. We all know a ton of these "Urban Legends" and that is the question of the day:

What is your favorite Urban Legend and do you think it's true or not?


Tuesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:25 PM GMT on September 25, 2007


Yesterday Gypsy posted a nice story about how a mentally challenged boy was treated like a king on the baseball field by his peers. It was heartwarming. Of course, I, Mr. Cynical, had to go to Snopes and see if it was true or not and surprisingly, although not confirmed, the story is probably true. We all know a ton of these "Urban Legends" and that is the question of the day:

What is your favorite Urban Legend and do you think it's true or not?


Monday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:39 PM GMT on September 24, 2007

I would think its pretty plain to see that I love sports. Watching and participating, there's a value that caries through all phases of life in my opinion. Oh, I know, you can achieve the same level of success in life, but there's something in how sports can transcend barriers and boundaries that otherwise are hard to cross. Iím sitting here this morning prioritizing my workload, lamenting the loss of the Niners and I just heard a story of how they pick which special Olympians go to the world games, which this year will be held in China. It's not based on skill but by a random drawing. This year there were 7,000 applicants for roughly 160 spots. I don't know about you but it touched my heart to watch them compete. They exemplify all that is right in sports; the joy of sports, the joy of participation, the joy of being with others. Just hearing about how one Bay Area girl was getting the chance to travel to China choked me up and so that leads to the QOD:

What chokes you up or brightens your day no matter what your mood or circumstances?


Let's Go Fishing!

By: ricderr, 12:45 PM GMT on September 21, 2007

Alright.....Blue Heron Fleet Out Of jupiter appears to be worth the little longer drive...less for MP and GOO.....Much Nicer Boats

Date: Oct 20th


This is their published rates. I'll be calling them later to see about a group rate.

Adults -- $35
12 and Under -- $25
5 and Under -- Free
Sorry, We don't accept Credit Cards

**The crew does not own the vessels. Just like waiters at your favorite restaurant, their salary comes almost entirely from your tips. So please don't forget to tip your crew!

Every day except Monday
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
(561) 747-1200

So, What Say You?

It would be good to know who would come and how many so we can get an idea of what's entailed.

Updated: 2:44 PM GMT on September 21, 2007



By: ricderr, 9:12 PM GMT on September 20, 2007

GOD...you know life is crazy when I am contemplating this.....but here goes

let's plan a party boat for the fort pierce area...since it's about as central as we can get....oh..and it's 20 minutes from my house...

anybody got an idea for a date?.....no...i'm not asking to date you...just when we can all get smelly together...( i feel the ignore button about to click )

we could either head out to the ocean or there is a party barge that fishes the river......

BOB...you know the little one wants to go fishing..and kyle can teach him all kinds of bad habits........MP...don't even think about missing out on this one.....

ok folks........splash with some ideas and i'll do some legwork


Thursday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 11:41 AM GMT on September 20, 2007

Monkey Love pracitces his wedding songs for Amy and MP

OJ's out on bail and the world moves on. Strange testimony is given in the FLSD rape case in Utah. A radical law is being considered making planes return to the terminal after sitting for more than three hours on the tarmac. Give me a break I want off the plane after sitting for an hour. The interest rate drops a half percent meaning that some people who "chumped" into the housing market with dumb loans might not foreclose. It's just another case of big business helping big business. Typical consumerism runs rampant, shoot it's even here on the blogs where quantity counts more than quality. Give me one good thing rather than a plethora of meaningless things any day. And yesterdays QOD leads us to believe there are no major criminals here at WU, unless there's some whose statute of limitations hasn't run out and they're keeping quiet. Best post has to go to Alleyoops whose crime in life was stealing a poor boys virginity. That leads me to MP's post about peeing in the pool. We've all witnessed some "fopah" or done it ourselves where we either forgot that we were in the midst of others or just thought we were alone and so todayís QOD:

What is your most embarrassing moment?


Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:34 PM GMT on September 19, 2007

So, let's grab all the familiar characters. Lance Ito, Marsha Clarke, F Lee Bailey, Mr. Starr, Johnny Cochran, come on down! It's time for OJ Part Two. I guess when you get away with murder this one ought to be a piece of cake. Except this time you've got a half dozen co conspirators with you and what type of deal can the D.A. cut with one of them to roll over. This time though, I'm not sure the case is as open and shut as I thought the murder case was. Could this be another rush to judgment by law enforcement and the justice system? I'm not sure but I'm betting we'll hear all and more by the media circus that is gathering their best acrobats and jugglers to cover every angle of the latest OJ debacle. Will he get away with it again? Will he serve 107 years in jail? Can we get the evening Court TV trial reenactments? And so, it's confession time, your chance to bear all and let it all hang out. Yep, itís QOD time:

What crime did you get away with?

Don't worry, if need be, we'll all chip in a buck fifty for legal counsel if you need it.



By: ricderr, 11:30 AM GMT on September 18, 2007

Random thoughts on a wet Tuesday morning:

The digital Smiley Face turns 25 today :-)

It's rainy and 75 this morning. Could this be the forbearer of that famous Florida perfect weather? While the rest of the country freezes we bask in sunshine and 70's. I know it's too soon, but its coming.

The Niners are 2-0 to start off this season. Go Alex Smith!!!

Tim brought home his school picture. It's funny, day in and day out I still see this little kid of mine and it takes a picture for me to realize he's looking more and more grown up as time quickly passes.

Melt, you can call this my good list. LOL

For some reason this morning, I grabbed Cassie and Kyle and we made the trip to school 10 minutes early. I finally noticed the time just before 7-11 so I stopped in and let them split a donut while I grabbed my favorite cup of coffee, 1/3rd French Vanilla Cappuccino, 1/3rd Hot Chocolate and 1/3rd Columbian Supreme and that leads me to the QOD:

What is your favorite coffee recipe?



By: ricderr, 10:07 AM GMT on September 14, 2007

Well, I had a QOD lined up for today thanks to Spetrm, but it appears the comment that fostered the QOD has been pulled by admin. It might have been computer glithed but there's been too many of these glitches in my estimation to not be manmade.The comment was mildly racy and dealt with issues many people and especially comedians have brought up. Now, I wouldn't want my kids to listen to every comedian out there and I wouldn't think of posting the material of these comedians on my blog. The comment that was pulled yesterday though I've heard used in routines by even Bill Cosby, the cleanest of comedians and believe me I'd let any of my kids listen to him at any age. I personally think Admin, besides being partial and allowing material on some blogs that they won't allow on others, has taken this censorship issue too far and is far surpassing unreality and might need to censor even the Pope if he decided to blog here. So, rather than ask what stereotypes crack you up even though you don't believe them and also add what stereotypes that you most have to overcome,let's go to this QOD:

Who Is you favortie comedians past and present?

Monkey Love Loves Admin
2nd Verse

Updated: 5:11 PM GMT on September 14, 2007



By: ricderr, 2:49 PM GMT on September 13, 2007

Funny, there's a thousand questions filling the world and I don't have one. Nothing rolling around in the melon of mine that says post me. We've got Humberto steam rolling up Texas as a hurricane and TD8 meandering its way out there in the Atlantic with eyes on who knows where. Reading STL's blog there's a chance some parts of the country will see some cooling in the next few days and DenverMark has already told us about some snow in the Colorado Mountains. Becky comes out of hiding and posts on peace through personal awareness rather than war. Bush is going to unveil the administrations new plan on troop withdrawal. Yesterday was fun. I got to pull out the ban gun, giving me a needed laugh and we saw Rocket join us along with Auburn and I couldn't find anything to argue about with either of them. AHAH, that's what we need a spirited debate, but what to debate on? Politics is too easy and anyway it's got to be something fun. Let me run out to my PT appt. and see if anything pops up while being tortured. OK, back from that bit of fun with nary a question or debatable item to latch onto. Where's MP or Rocket or Skipper when you need them? Oh well, the floor is open.


Wednesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:44 PM GMT on September 12, 2007

Today's Phrase: Guilty By Association

I was asked to be the announcer for home games with the Pop Warner Falcons and had a blast on Saturday. I'd rather be on the sidelines cheering for my son during his game, but its fun to be in the stands announcing "making that tackle in the backfield is #42 Kyle "The Hawk" Derr." The first two teams played Pt Salerno and then the older teams played Ft. Pierce. Ft Pierce reminds me in many ways of where I grew up, Oakland Ca. It has some of the nicest and most expensive homes on Indian River Dr. and it has the lowest of neighborhoods in the Avenues. Of course when you mention FP the lowly hoods are what usually comes first to mind and you could hear the murmurs from some parents on the sidelines as the FP fans made their way to the field as the FP Pop Warner team members come from some of the poorer neighborhoods. As the games progressed a few of the FP fans proved what most people find fault in kids sports as they were rude, derogatory and offensive. Of course, now we, the JB league, will never play FP again after they've proved themselves asses and I asked a board member, which kid was a problem? Which kid was unsportsmanlike? Which kid carried themselves in a manner differently than our kids? The answer is none, but they're associated with their fans and the reputation of their neighborhood. They're all lumped together and rather than be judged on their actions they are prejudged by the actions of others and so do you have to wonder if they grow up embittered. It's a sad day in Pop Warner as far as I'm concerned and that leads me to the QOD:

Do you judge groups or individuals?

Have you ever been lumped together and been discriminated against because of it?


Friday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 12:46 PM GMT on September 07, 2007

The word of the day is Acceptance. I was listening to a radio show yesterday while at work and a caller phoned in and was talking about the boyfriend of his daughter and he said at first he was disappointed that her boyfriend was black. He went on to explain his upbringing and give reasons as to why he had to overcome his prejudices and accept that this boyfriend would be a part of the family. He also explained that he's come to realize that this guy is truly a good guy and he's proud of his daughter for her choice and that she was more readily able to accept someone "different" than what was the norm in their family. For some reason it triggered a memory of reading about back in the 1700's there was a big spiritual movement that basically applied the principle of all people had value no matter what their circumstances or situations were. This was true for the high and mighty and the lowest of the low, everyone had value. Now while thinking about this I was caught up with the Jerry Lewis Telethon this year and the story about Jerry's derogatory reference to gays as he was joking with a cameraman and how easy it's been for the media to accept his apology as compared with the non acceptance and Imus bashing and the Mel Gibson bashings for their slip ups and that leads me to the QOD

What made it easier to accept what Jerry did as to what the others did?

How do we rationalize why we can accept certain failings in some and not others?

What are the limits to our acceptance?

I don't have the answers, just questions.



By: ricderr, 1:23 PM GMT on September 06, 2007

Well, now that I'm done ranting about the adult side of kidís sports I want to focus on what it is all about, the kids. I don't think there is a better extracurricular activity for kids to be involved in than organized sports. We even jokingly gave our coach a list of things to talk about because our kids seem to listen to what the coaches say more than their parents. Now we're lucky with Kyle as he is a natural athlete and loves any sport and loves the team environment. He's not nearly as concerned with the score as he is with just participating. Now on his football team there is a 5 year old, he looks 7 or 8 and this kid while not as athletic as the other kids has the attitude that exemplifies everything that is good with youth sports. He's always got a smile on his face and although the better skilled kids may have more ability than he, this kid is always there trying his best. We parents on the sideline have begun calling him Rudy, of Notre Dame Football fame. We cheer for him every time he goes in the game and every time he tries his heart out at practice. At the boys last practice "Rudy" finally got the hang of tackling and the look of accomplishment on his face was priceless. I wasn't there for the end of practice but as soon as Kyle got home he told me that "Rudy" got to lead the team in their end of practice cheering session. To me, that's more fulfilling than any score, more of an accomplishment than any star athlete's performance and is what is good and right about sports and I wish I would have been there and that leads me to the QOD:

What are the best personal, amateur or pro memories of sports that you have?

Updated: 1:25 PM GMT on September 06, 2007


Tuesday's Question Of The Day

By: ricderr, 11:36 AM GMT on September 04, 2007

As Labor Day ends most of the nation is waking up and packing the kids off to school and so another summer ends. As the new months continues we will see the end of summer reruns and with the new fall shows we'll be stuck with the ever increasing amount of celebrity reality shows all over the dial. (I wonder how many kids have no clue we used to change channels by turning a dial.) Now I'm a fan of some reality shows. I enjoy Survivor, and shows like American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance where young people can show off their talent and have the chance to be noticed. Big Brother, Wife Swap and most others are plain crap as far as I'm concerned. The worst of the worst are the ones that pop up on VH1 and such where washed up celebrities get the chance to show us exactly why they are washed up. With that said though, there are a few celebrities I'd like to put together just for the train wreck you know would happen and that leads to the QOD:

Which 5 people would you put together to make the best (or best of the worst) celebrity house get together?


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