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


By: ricderr, 10:48 AM GMT on February 29, 2008

Well, here we are and it's Friday so it's time for

Friday's Fact or Fiction

1. Wrigley's gum was the first product to have a bar code.
FICTION - it was the first item who's barcode was scanned but no one knows exactly who made the first barcode

and speaking of food...

2. Mountain Dew, a highly caffeinated drink here in the US is sold caffeine free in Canada
FACT - According to Canadian law it's illegal to ad cafeine to a non-cola drink
and speaking of sodas...

3. If coloring was not added to Coca-Cola, its color would be green.
FACT- In fact it was green when it was first sold as a medicine

And he's not green, yet...

4. Singing star Michael Jackson not only owns Neverland he also owns the rights to the South Carolina State anthem
FACT- I wonder if they'll throw it in with the sale of neverlandand talking about states...

5. Oregon and Alaska are the only states that do not have a sales tax.
FICTION - there are actually 5 states without sales tax

And talking about sales...

6. Many hospitals sell the umbilical cords cut from women who give birth. They are reused in vein transplant surgery.
FACT - I wonder if they'll give you a refund from your bill?

And while we're on surgeries...

7. Declawing your cat actually is a procedure that amputates part of the cat's toes.

and even more surgery news...

8. Hilary Clinton has breast implants in the early 80's but had the implants removed about a year later
FICTION - But it sounded funny to me anyways

and while we're on removal...

9. Heinz, the great ketchup maker, has removed from it’s product line and is no longer making mustard.
FICTION - They have more SKU'S of mustard than ketchup

and finally...

10. Henry Ford painted the Model T black because it was the cheapest paint at the time.
FICTION - He used black since it dried the fastest


By: ricderr, 12:30 PM GMT on February 28, 2008

I overslept this morning and to top it off Tim's alarm clock didn't go off. I'm laying in bed and I'm looking at my clock which is 45 minutes off, I know it sounds strange but it's a long story, and I could only see the top portion of the numbers and thought it would be just a few minutes till 5:00 and instead it was a few minutes until 6:00. Becky's alarm goes off at 6:00 and I knew we were in trouble because Tim's bus arrives at his stop between 5:58 and 6:00. So we're racing, grabbing anything and everything to get Tim in the car and to the next bus stop which is about 3 miles down the road. He made it, disheveled and still half asleep, but it kept me from driving to the Avenues of Ft. Pierce where his school is located. Why would you have Pt Saint Lucie's best school and ranked 43rd in the nation among the drug dealers, prostitutes and everything else that is bad is beyond me, but I use it as a motivation that you can work and rise above this or not work and this is your life. And speaking of Tim and work, my sister is working on getting Tim accepted to Stanford, it's a long shot but a worthy goal.

Well, getting up late and a free Mc skillet this morning, sans sausage of course, and my system is a wreck. If by chance you're coming to visit today I'd suggest you poke your head though the office door and invite me outside, not to mention I'll be taking quite a few walks outside myself, this gas in my stomach has to go somewhere. Oh I know, a bunch of you are just dying to post, "Ewww, too much information," but admit it, we all do it. Now yes, some are more refined, but I've noticed it's not a matter of social standing or monetary wealth that defines this. Becky's friend and owner of the Vet Hospital she works at will all the time say, "You don't want to walk down that isle." Our VP will be walking and silent or not he'll pop off, "Did you smell that?" I may be green and writhing on the ground from the attack and he'll still say the same thing. My boss and I a year ago, had to go to a job in Sewalls Point a very ritzy neighborhood and in the process we stopped at the parents of a friends of his house and the old geezer, a retired Brazilian government official, (Can you say graft?) is walking and talking and letting them go machine gun fire. Oh, and don't let me forget my kids, the two youngest think it's the most hilarious time of trying to see who can have the loudest and longest flatulence. Now, these are two kids who have a mother that is going to have a heart attack when she reads my blog. "You just don't do that in polite society, come on, we don't do that in our house," are just two of Becky's favorite quotes on the subject and so we come to the QOD:

What is your best passing gas story?


By: ricderr, 12:42 PM GMT on February 27, 2008

Ahhh, another day another 25 cents, but at least it is Wednesday and that means we're almost to the weekend.

I want my storm. We spend all day looking at CAPE values and frontal lines and red flag warnings for what? All I got was a ten minute arsenal of thunder and lightning and a smattering of rain? I want my pool flooded, I want my radio to go off and I want wind whipping leaves around like there's no tomorrow and yet I get nothing. I have to wonder are we the people who slow down at car crashes to see the carnage and go to NASCAR for the crashes. I know I know, it's for the science, it's for the beauty of seeing all these forces come together and the awesome power it generates when it does. I actually believe this, but it's more fun to tease and say it's done for the car crash mentality.

And yesterdays responses were summed up very nicely by Shen and as this week I'm trying to focus on what to do to fix problems rather than just saying things are good, bad, right, wrong, happy or sad Shen not only said what to do but showed what he did and so it would seem the blame must be laid out also to the viewing public that watch, buy and support these young stars and starlets and their outrageous behavior.

At least the upcoming elections have kept the winter blogging doldrums away. have you noticed during the winter the picture blogs get more attention, Doc Masters weighs in with climate change, (Have you noticed that last year his entries were about proving climate change and now they accept climate change and look towards the effects of it?) certain bloggers leave or threaten to leave and we know they'll be back. (I did see Floodman posting in Doc's blog yesterday; GS has opened his blog again and saw Turtle once.

Now I do spend a lot of time on the blogs. If I'm on the phone on hold and I'm caller number 5 or if I'm waiting on a price and I've plans and papers littering my desk and don’t want to add another pile on top of them you can find me here. Plus I don't do a lunch break or a smoke break or a coffee break so it's accepted for me to take a break the way I like best and that is blogging and perusing the blogs but for today we're going to take a theme of Mr. Rodgers and enter the land of make believe and President Obama has just issued a state of emergency in the name of productivity and shut down all blogging and that leads to the QOD:

What will you do with your free time?


By: ricderr, 3:24 PM GMT on February 26, 2008

Welcome to Tuesday and hopefully one that won’t be a Monday part B. Either way, today will be a busy one for me I’m afraid.

Ok, yesterday was President for a day and today you can be Morality Enforcer. One of our salesman was up here this morning and we got on the subject of outrageous behavior of younger stars and just as we were laughing about it one of the VP’s came in and asked what was so funny and as we explained he then told us of a web site that has about 2 dozen different stars sex tapes for sale and no, we didn't go there, work has a morality blocker on here that does not allow persuing questionable sites. Now that’s over 24 stars and to me it sounds outrageous. Believe me, you’ll not find a tape of me doing the nasty anytime soon or in the foreseeable future and even if I would be so inclined I doubt it would garner much on the open market.

So, like yesterday, let’s get past the complaining and the condemning ( IE, I know you can do it if you try.) and come up with solutions and so we have a QOD.

How do you stop the young and famous from making public fools of themselves?

Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 10:37 AM GMT on February 25, 2008

Can't we have a Sunday do over? I don't know about you but I'm not read for Monday. I'm not ready to go to work. I'm not ready for that nine to five stress, but ready or not here it is so the best way to face it is head on and so I say, HAPPY MONDAY!

It's popular and a fun American pastime to knock the presidentials candidates for their ideas and campaign promises. So, let's turn the tables and ask you "Joe Blogger" what do you feel is the most pressing need for America & Americans, and how would you propose to fix it and how would you fund it.



By: ricderr, 5:41 PM GMT on February 23, 2008

I know it's the weekend and by my standards there should be a moratorium on thinking until Monday, but i wanted to give people a chance to take the time and think of a response of Monday's question.

It's popular and a fun American pastime to knock the presidentials candidates for their ideas and campaign promises. So, let's turn the tables and ask you "Joe Blogger" what do you feel is the most pressing need for America & Americans, and how would you propose to fix it and how would you fund it.



By: ricderr, 11:31 AM GMT on February 22, 2008

Well hello and happy Friday to each and everyone. It's time for a little fun in the form of Fact or Fiction and just for the weather weenies, not one, but two weather related items are included today.


1. Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts
FACT - But GI Joe does not have a full name...SEXIST!

2. When cows are milked, they can at times discharge a small amount of blood that taints the color of the milk and renders it unusable for normal supply, so instead it is sold to companies that produce chocolate milk since cocoa hides the blood.
FICTION - Did it make your stomach squirm though? LOL

3. In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined.
FACT- and in about 2 minutes it can rip your screen in pool room apart

4. Ketchup was sold in the 1830's as a medicine.
FACT - So next time someone says gross to your ketchup and ice-cream sandwish tell them you're curing what ails you.

5. The most popular first name in the world is Richard.
FICTION- Most popular is Mohammed

6. When the moon is directly above you, you weigh slightly less than when it is not.
FACT- key word is slightly.

7. The original name of Bank of America was Bank of Italy.
FACT - It was founded in San Francisco back in 1904

8. Lightning strikes about 1,000 times per minute here on earth.
FICTION- Much higher about 6,000

9. In 1980, workers in a Las Vegas hospital were suspended because they used to bet on when patients would die.
FACT - They'll bet on anything in Sin City

10. During the time of the Pharoahs, the politicians of the day would meet together at a communal bathing spot, usually found at the rivers edge to bathe and discusss politics. When someone fiercely opposed the commentary of another they would grab chunks of mud from the bank and hurl it at the other, thus giving us the term political mudslinging.
FICTION - I had to make this one up myself seeing the week we had


By: ricderr, 10:48 AM GMT on February 21, 2008

Have you noticed, I can come up with a nice calm blog post and in walks Gamma and fires everybody up. Yes, we’re laying the blame right there at Gamma’s feet. You say what about personal responsibility? I can’t hear you, LA LA LA; sorry it’s noisy I can’t hear you.

OK, so it’s not Gamma’s fault, but today’s QOD is. You can decide if she needs to be rewarded or severely punished. In yesterday’s menagerie of posts Gamma mentioned Michelle Obama’s comment about she was really proud to be an American. Now today, no politics are allowed, we each may be Republican, Democrat, Independent or Libertarian or even something else, but for the bulk of us we all are American and I think sometimes when debating politics we forget that. Since I’m picking on Gamma today let me use her as an example. Neither of us agrees a lot with each others political views but we want the same thing, a strong government, a prosperous government and one that benefits its citizens. We just take different tracks on how to get there, but we want to arrive at the same destination.

Now onto the comment at hand, we’re not going to worry over why she said it or if it was right or wrong but we are going to use it as a topic of conversation because it’s one I question myself on. I can’t tell you when the last time I’ve said I’m proud to be American. I often say I’m grateful to be American and I say I’m proud of America. I hope those from other countries can and do say the same, but from my limited experience abroad and what I’ve read and heard there’s no better place than right here in my own backyard. Now I know I take a slanted view on things as compared to the norm and maybe when I say I’m grateful to be American, I’m meaning what everyone else is when they say they’re proud to be American. It may be that wanting to arrive at the same destination, just following different tracks sort of thing. Also, we’re going to use her whole quote, “really proud” not just you’re run of the mill proud as I hope each and everyone of you gets a lump in their throat when you hear the National Anthem or when jets fly over during an event and you think of those serving our country or when you hear a child recite the Pledge of Allegiance and you know our youth are going to grow up in the land that we love. Today it’s those special times that I’m trying to get at, when it you felt so strong you were afraid you would create your own sonic boom from the pride bursting inside you and that leads to the QOD:

When was the last time you were proud to be an American?


By: ricderr, 1:40 PM GMT on February 20, 2008

So, I'm sitting in my office this morning with one of our salesman and I'm at an impasse as what direction to take the QOD. Mr. X as he wants to be called came up with two suggestions

Is David Lee Roth a good addition for Van Halen or would he do better as a running mate for Obama?

Is the term White House a secret racist plot by white America?

So you see insanity reigns supreme here at the workplace as well as here on the blogs.

What this led to though was a discussion on how far America truly has come when a black man truly has a chance to be President of our nation. Regardless if you feel the man is qualified or not, people are talking qualifications and not some mumbo jumbo about his race and truly more has been made about that his father and stepfather were Muslims although his father was an atheist and his stepfather non-practicing we are living in a world fueled by fear from Muslim Extremists who make up less than one percent of the Muslim population. I can sort of understand the latter even though I think it is prejudice pure and simple. A woman and a black person both have chances to become president. I think this is a positive sign that Americans can and will adapt as the world changes.

Now of course, you can't just stop there and we got to talking about how there is a small segment that say Obama is not black enough. He doesn't talk the talk, he doesn't live the life and so we turned our attention to the reverse side of prejudice, people condemning their own race because they don't act in a pre-described way. Now regardless of how many people feel about Obama's politics most are in agreement that he is a very well spoken person and that may very well be the reason people first listen to him and allow him to get his message out to a wider audience. How would his message differ if he spoke in a hip hop style or as the thugs are depicted on MTV? For the same manner how would he be viewed if he talked like he was a red necked backwoods good ole boy and that leads to the QOD?

Do you give more credence to someone who is well spoken than someone who is not?


By: ricderr, 1:07 PM GMT on February 19, 2008

Becky sent me this e-mail this morning and I had to share

The Spoiled Under 30 Crowd
If you are 30 or older you will think this is hilarious!!!!
When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were when they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning ... uphill BOTH ways .. yadda, yadda, yadda
And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in hell I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on kids about how hard I had it and how easy they've got it!

But now that...
I'm over the ripe old age of thirty , I can't help but look ar ound and notice the youth of today. You've got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a damn Utopia! And I hate to say it but you kids today you don't know how good you've got it!

1. When I was a kid we didn't have The Internet. If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the damn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!!

2. There was no email! ! We had to actually write somebody a letter .. . with a pen! Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox and it would take like a week to get there!

3. There were no MP3's or Napsters! You wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the damn record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up!

4. We didn't have fancy crap like Call Waiting! If you were on the pho ne and somebody else called they got a busy signal, that's it!

5. And we didn't have fancy Caller ID Boxes either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was! It could be your school, your mom, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, a collections agent, you just didn't know!!! You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

6. We didn't have any fancy Sony P laystation video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics! We had the Atari 2600! With games like " Space Invaders" and "asteroids" and the graphics were horrible! Your guy was a little square! You actually had to use your imagination! And there were no multiple levels or screens, it was just one screen forever! And you could never win. The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died! . Just like LIFE!

7. When you went to the movie theater there no such thing as stadium seating! All the seats were the same height! If a tall guy or some old broad with a hat sat in front of you and you couldn't see, you were just screwed!

8. Sure, we had cable television, but back then that was only like 15 channels and there was no onscreen menu! You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on!
And there was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning. Do you hear what I'm saying!?! We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons!

9. And we didn't have microwaves, if we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove or go build a fire ... imagine that! If we wanted popcorn, we had to use that stupid JiffyPop thing or a pan with HOT oil and Real popcorn kernels and shake it all over the stove forever like an idiot.

10. When we were on the phone with our friends and our parents walked-in, we were stuck to the wall with a cord, a 7 foot cord that ran to the phone - not the phone base, the actual phone. We barely had enough length to sit on the floor and still be able to twirl the phone cord in our fingers. If you suddenly had to go to the bathroom - guess what we had to do.....hang up and talk to them later.
That's exac tly what I'm talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You're spoiled .

You guys wouldn't have lasted five minutes back in 1980!
The over 30 Crowd

Now the QOD:

What do you find that kids growing up today have it easier than yester year and what is more difficult today?


By: ricderr, 2:40 PM GMT on February 18, 2008

Obama supporters, have you noticed we're now being called band wagon jumpers, sheeples and brained washed by the media? I laugh each time I hear these mudslinging retorts as they can only resort to cheap shots because they cannot find fault with his past record or character. It's a sign of desperate actions by desperate people. GO OBAMA!

Well NASCAR is off to a good start. Gordon has to leave early because of a failed suspension system. Did I not say that money would be funneled from other teams to spur the Earnhardt Team? I did notice that this was the first time I can recall the Daytona race did not have a spectacular crash and I credit this to the Car of Tomorrow, but overall I still am not a fan of the car. I'd like to see a throwback to the 70's with distinctly different cars.

We'll be missing MP today. It seems his 24 hours suspension went from 24 to 72. Our bad boy of the blogs just can't seem to keep himself out of trouble and has failed to realize that the rules are strictly enforced as to him as compared to others. I'd tell you that he said hi, but then I'd be in trouble for violating policy by circumventing their ban. So, he doesn't say hi to anyone.

Now, you know there's no way I would miss the opportunity to talk about the latest beef recall. Did you see the video? I'll save you the ugliness and not post the link, but it sure makes you wonder why in the heck this stuff continues to go on knowing their are people just dying for the chance to expose it. Greed, at anyone’s expense wins out it seems and this leads to the QOD:

Are you more cautious where you buy your meat now because of the scares of tainted meat then before?


By: ricderr, 2:42 PM GMT on February 15, 2008

OK, I don't know about you but for me, it's time for a fun Friday. So without a ton of preamble, today's question is fact or fiction? You decide.

George Washington was our first president.


Slim Jim's contain meat products that are not allowed in hot dogs.

Babies are born with more bones than they will have as an adult.


The state of Alabama still accepts Confederate scrip as payment for state income taxes.


Shrek, Paula Abdul & Randy Jackson all have their own perfume label.


Mr. Rogers was an ordained minister and was a sniper in Vietnam.


Pretzels were invented by monks, used for the teaching of religion, to feed the poor, and to symbolize the marriage bond.


Most Americans will live more than 50 miles away from where they grew up.


Africa has more wilderness area than North America.


Hot water is heavier than near freezing cold



By: ricderr, 12:54 PM GMT on February 14, 2008

OK, so it’s Valentine’s Day. Its funny how many people talk about how over commercialized Christmas has become but no one complains about V-Day which is a holiday created to overcome the winter blahs for retailers. Oh well, here in the Derr household the kids think it’s their day.

Quasi jumped into Bob’s blog last night and brought up that Obama is funded by special interests and I thought I’d do a little searching this morning. It’s easy to make any accusations but I thought rather than say anything I’d do some searching and here are some facts.


Obama………..103 million…….18,000 from PAC’s
Clinton………..108 million…….10.6 million from PAC’s
Edwards………..44 million…….6,587 from PAC’s

Romney………..90 million…….314,000 from PAC’s
Rudy…………...60 million…….7 million from PAC’s
McCain………...40 million…….387,000 from PAC’s
Ron Paul……….28 million…….3,653 from PAC’s

Makes you say hmmmm.

Well, since it’s Valentines Day let’s talk about love, but let’s stay away from the conventional. There are plenty of blogs for the conventional and that’s fine and dandy, but let’s probe a little deeper. Who are you and what do you love?

What music do you love that no one would guess?

What is the strangest food that you love?

Who do you secretly love or admire that no one would guess?

What do you love about your spouse/significant other that they would never guess?

And just for our favorite weather weenie Rob…..

What is your favorite Weather?



By: ricderr, 2:19 PM GMT on February 13, 2008

So here we come to another Wednesday with the weather playing havoc with Florida. It was uneventful here at home but there sure was excitement in the air. Now are you a weather accident fan or one that enjoys watching the dynamics of it all? You don’t have to answer that one but I do think there are both types that frequent here.

Speaking of accidents this Sunday brings us to the start of NASCAR season. Cars of Tomorrow disgust me, but the new drivers in new cars and teams should prove interesting. I think it’s going to be hard for people like Gordon since I think much of the interest of the Hendricks team will be on making sure Junior gets out to a fast start. We’ll just have to wait and see.

I don’t think there’s as much wait and see left in the elections. It appears we’ll have a McCain verses Obama for the two parties. What will be interesting will be who might run as a third party candidate and who the Republicans and Democrats will put on the ticket as running mates. I’m not sure what will happen on the Democratic side but the polls suggest a McCain/Giuliani ticket could spur some interest on the Republican side. If Ron Paul jumps into the fracas I think we could easily see Obama win the race and find himself in the White House come next year.

So, the race is on with American Idol. Tonight we find out who will make up the final 24. There is some great talent this year. The Irish lady sings so beautifully and I really like the 18 year old guy who lives out of his car. I don’t think he’s the best singer but his grit and determination I really admire. I admired the young mother of the special needs child. So many at her young age and position would have turned their backs on the child and yet she’s admitted her mistakes and used them to make herself a better person. I truly hope she gets a few breaks in life, she has earned them.

Speaking of breaks Amy Winehouse got a few at the Grammy’s. Here’s a lady with impressive talent and yet a total life mistake. I was in Chicago for the Trade Show years back and one night a friend and I asked the Cabbie where would be a good place to hear some good Chi town Blues. He took us to the bad part of town, dropped us in front of a Woolworth store that had been converted into a seedy club and we sat down to one of the best guitarists I have ever heard. We invited him and his band over for a beer during one of their breaks and upon talking with him you couldn’t help but notice the track marks on his arm. I often wonder what he could have made out of himself if it wasn’t for the drugs. I think Amy will be another one who in the future we’ll hear about having an “accidental” drug overdose.

Baseball is awash in drugs in the form of steroids and I just hope they keep these players out of the Hall of Fame. If they can ban Good Ole Boy Petey Rose from the hall for gambling they had better do the same for these steroid users. I also think the league needs to admit that they new players were using and they turned a blind eye to it so the air can be cleaned and we can get back to enjoying weekend afternoons again at the ballpark.

Well, I’m not sure how all this works into the question I’ve thought of but no matter, it’s time for the QOD:

Which superstar or hero you once hailed as the greatest disappointed you most?


By: ricderr, 12:35 PM GMT on February 12, 2008

This is my 4th try at a QOD this morning and I finally figured out what's wrong. I've been trying to write for my advertisers and not for me. It never looks right when I do that. Love it or hate it but the QOD is what it is.

I had a good weekend. I got to play the dunk tank dunkee at the kids school carnival. I was invited to announce opening ceremonies at Little League and was also invited to join the Board for our Pop Warner League. They want me to be parent liaison. Oh yes, me the mediator. I bust a gut just thinking about it, but in all truth it's something in the business world I can do, I just can't do it as a blogger. Now I saw the funniest site Sunday morning. I'm driving along and ahead of me is a custom painted Lincoln Navigator sporting nice 24's. Not my cup of tee but you could tell someone was proud of their ride and as I pulled alongside and looked over. It was driven by a lady in her 70's or 80's wearing her Sunday Go to Meeting Hat. I wanted to honk the horn and yell go granny, but I was too afraid I'd scare her.

The news is scary this morning. A dumb 38 year old Marine is being charged with raping a 14 year old Japanese girl. Now it's not important to me that he's a marine or the girl is Japanese, an idiot is an idiot no matter what his title is and I'm rooting for the guy to make a prison necktie and end it all. Idiot!!!

A mega church preacher found out he's the proud papa, of his brothers wife's child. This kind of thing seems to be an every month occurrence anymore and more proof that idiots have all titles.

Banks are getting green in their lending practices to energy producers. The story looks like they're concerned about CO2 but actually they're just concerned about recouping their green as they are afraid new legislation will be detrimental to companies that use want to build coal powered facilities. I can't wait to see how people spin this one.

On the family news scene Kyle, our youngest had to go to the bathroom and remove a tattoo before being admitted to class yesterday. It seems 2nd graders might be sporting gang symbols and that's against the rules. Where did he get the tattoo by the way? From the teachers goody basket of course!

Staying with schools here in Florida many kids are taking the FCAT reading tests today. Now, I'm a fan of kids being graded and held to a standard. What I don't like about the FCAT is that it seems that the first half of the year is spent teaching the kids how to pass the test to the exclusion of many other studies and this leads to the QOD:

Are you for standardized testing or against it and is there a better way to evaluate a child’s educational performance?


By: ricderr, 5:10 PM GMT on February 08, 2008

Blu either this guy gets you a date or I do...Take your pick..........................

OK, So gentlemen, and I do mean gentlemen. We have on the ole block today, just in time for Valentine's Day I might add, Oshnblu. Now I've had the personal pleasure of meeting the lady, mother of two darling daughters. She's sweet, lovely and a definite catch. Why she's still single is more than the mind can comprehend. We'll let her explain that one to Mr. Right. In fact as an added bonus this lady likes to fish, although I do not think she owns a boat. Now, the married, the dating and the less mature do not need to bid on this one. We're looking for quality, age is not as important as stability and maturity are a must. Shy types are encouraged to apply. In fact she'll probably take an e-mail or two, just remember my usual auction fee of best man at the wedding will still apply.

Just Remember, Bid High & Bid Often



By: ricderr, 1:25 PM GMT on February 08, 2008

Well, its potpourri Friday, but for once I'm starting with a question in mind and we'll see if by the end the question is still valid.

There's nothing better than a family night watching TV until your daughter speaks up and you get a little insight into an 11 year olds mind. We're all watching Survivor together and you can tell two contestants are going to hook up. Becky pipes up with "she's got her hands all over the guy" and then Cassie says, “yeah and look at him, you can see why she does." Don't worry, the shotgun is out and ready when gentlemen callers come a knocking.

Speaking of guns, I get to report to the States Attorney's office the end of the month. About three years ago I was involved in a robbery. No, I wasn't the perpetrator, I was the guy they quickly shoved to the ground and kept tapping a 25 against my head. Honestly, it's something I'd rather just forget about than go through it again. Not that it traumatized me, but two things. First I was mad, real mad. Who the hell thinks they can pop a gun against my head, but if I tried anything, more than just me might have gotten hurt, so I laid back and played the victim. Also, if you know much about cheap 25's they are shoddily built and can go off if you look at them wrong much less tapped against a knucklehead. So, after all was said and done I was able to identify two from a photo lineup and one was found dead, execution style two days after his arrest warrant was issued and now the state will be trying to prove Tony is a habitual criminal, You know what? After collecting my thoughts I've a change of mind, I'll gladly offer my testimony and allow my tax dollars to go to his housing and food for the thought that hopefully his cellmate Bubba might do some tapping too.

I read a bittersweet story this morning and thought I'd share:

Armed with nothing but a flashlight and finding no signs of life, firefighter David Harmon made one final search of tornado wreckage and made the discovery of a lifetime.

Kyson Stowell was thrown a hundred yards but had only minor injuries.

more photos » "I shined the flashlight across it and said 'I've got a baby doll.' And before I got 'I've got a baby doll' out of my mouth, it moved," Harmon said.

In pitch darkness, in the middle of a field, Harmon found a baby boy covered with mud and debris.

"As soon as we rolled the baby over, it took a gasp of air and started crying," he said.

Eleven-month-old Kyson Stowell was thrown a hundred yards when a tornado shattered his home. He was found shivering but with only minor injuries. His mother, Kerri, was killed.

Can you not help but want to hold that baby and comfort it and protect it from all the crap this world dishes out after that?

Speaking of love, Valentines Day is right around the corner and here comes the QOD:

What would make a great gift for the little lady on V-Day?


By: ricderr, 11:27 AM GMT on February 07, 2008

To those that enjoy looking at my blogs 26 ways to Sunday to find the hidden meanings behind the words please do me a favor. When you figure it out would you e-mail me so I’ll know to? Ta Da Da Boom !!

I don’t know about you but I needed a little early morning humor. Times are tough and although I haven’t personally been affected by this construction slowdown, my job is secure and my salary is unchanged. It’s tough working around people who have seen their hours cut and 4 day work weeks. Combine that with a competitor going out of business and having to make a mad scramble to pick up a couple of contracts that we lost to this competitor and these are some stressful jobs. In talking with one purchasing agent I find that they contracted for materials and labor at 53,000 dollars per building and my bid that I submitted totaled 64,000. Believe me there’s not 11,000 dollars worth of fluff in my package, so is it any wonder our competitor went out of business? Low prices and low volume quickly kill the bottom line. But the saddest part, the reason they lowballed the package was that even though the owner would see no profit and he’d still have to receive some price consideration from his installers, it was his effort to keep his people working. There’s about a 100 people in his operation looking for a job today. So, I won’t be on today, just thought I’d post a QOD and think about those little things that can bring some of the biggest smiles to my face.


The kids getting excited when you come home…..

A quiet morning, no noises but the sound of the keyboard…..


Sunrise while fishing…..

Finding a dollar bill on the sidewalk…..

Kyle telling me he doesn’t use the word “middle” anymore, now its “median”…..

That first sip of the first cup of coffee in the morning…..

A good book and the hammock…..

Laughter among friends…..

Snuggling next to the wife on a cold morning…..

A quick dip in the pool…..

Eating dinner as a family…..

And that leads to the QOD:

What are your little things that mean so much?


By: ricderr, 1:25 PM GMT on February 06, 2008

There have been strange days it would seem behind us and in front of us. Not sure in which direction to head and so I'll start somewhere and end somewhere and isn't that what we all do anyways?

27 and rising is the number of dead from last night’s twisters. Yes, I know, more people died in car wrecks than from twisters but it depresses just the same.

Super Tuesday is a bang for Republicans and a whimper for the Democrats. John McCain is the clear choice of his party and from a non-biased viewpoint that has to be a good thing for the party as they can rally around a candidate and present a strong united front. The Dems won't have such luck and there is going to have to be some long nights in back rooms hammering out deals to unify a divided party.

Closer to home another company folds and lays off all their employees. Trimcraft, one of our biggest competitors in residential door sales and installation called it quits. Last week it was Causeway Lumber, their Stuart store is shut down. They say here on the Treasure Coast half of the construction industry jobs have been lost. That's over 40,000 displaced workers.

Fat Tuesday has come and gone. Did anyone care? Did anyone join in the revelry in anticipation of the Season of Lent which starts today? Does anyone even care about Lent? Yes I know, it's pretty funny coming from Mr. Non Religion, but I'll make a trip to the local church today and get some ash tossed on my forehead. It won't all of a sudden purge me and make me a saint and it's not guilt driven. I can't really explain why nor do I really want to.

I read last night an article on complaining. I was expecting the same old same old about don't just sit and complain but get off your butt and do something. Instead the article dwelled on just stop complaining and you'll live happier. Nothing more and nothing less. Now, I'm not sure I agree with the article, but more importantly, I realized that I'm not sure that I have a working definition of complaining and that leads to the QOD:

What is your definition of complaining?

Is voicing your opinion when it is contrary to someone else complaining?

Is it better to take action to your complaints or forget them and dwell on positive things?


By: ricderr, 1:41 PM GMT on February 05, 2008

OK, what does Super Tuesday and Fat Tuesday have in common with the QOD?

They show the correlation how you can go from serious to wild and crazy at a drop of the hat

Oh man oh man; I took Kyle to his first lacrosse practice last night. Can anyone say Ivy League? Can any one say pretending to be Ivy League? When you act all snooty one second and the next you’re crying on your cell phone that you can’t find anyone to help move you to an apartment that’s not my definition of Ivy League. Now the best was the Richard Gere wannabee, no doubt a good lacrosse player in his day, but now that he’s in his 50’s he’s more interested in talking to the moms and showing off his trick moves. He’s walking up and down the sidelines doing what I take are lacrosse stick moves but what reminds me of Cobra Kai drills which is fine. I’m sitting in my chair reading my book and occasionally watching the boys coach dole out instructions so this guy is free to do what he wants, but he comes right over to my chair invading my space. The man is about 18 inches away from me to where I have to tilt my head back to look up at him, so I look up and say hi and he goes through this whole stick routine in front of me, no hi no nothing. Now I know I’m supposed to be impressed and if he’s got a hat on the ground somewhere drop a buck or two in it, but if you know me then you know that’s not going to happen so instead I try to go back to reading my book. Well he drops a lacrosse ball to the ground and there’s this move that I later saw him do and it’s fantastic. You flip the net part of the stick over the ball and then flip it back and in a fraction of a second the ball is in the net portion of the stick. Well, this guy does it three times and misses each time and then he says to me, “it takes some time to get back into the rhythm of things” and I know at this point I should commiserate and say something nice but that isn’t going to happen and I spout off in my nicest and most sincere voice, “Don’t worry it will be easier when you’re wearing your skirt,” upon which I went back to reading my book and this guy went on to find easier people to impress. Now thank God the league president and the boys coach are good people. In fact from my parental point of view they are excellent. They are patient, their main focus is to teach fundamentals and a love for the game and insure good, safe competition. So, it should be fun, but Becky may have to take Kyle so he has a chance to play and not shunned because he has a dad that just doesn’t fit in and that leads to the QOD:

When and where were you at the last time you knew you didn’t fit in?


By: ricderr, 1:16 PM GMT on February 04, 2008

What a game. I can't think of another Super Bowl as exciting. As a Niner fan, there have been 4 I've enjoyed more but for sure excitement none beats yesterdays in my mind. I enjoyed a few of the commercials, hated many of them and have to wonder if the creative juices have dried up for the advertising executives. My favorite was the Doritos spot where the mouse came flying from the wall. Not sure why, but that one I couldn't stop laughing over. The pre-game hype was just that, way over hyped. Paula Abdul needs to keep judging Idol as her days as pop start heartthrob are gone. What do you say about the half time show? One of my favorite songs is Freefallin, but to see a bunch of 20 somethings mugging for the camera as their grandfathers are rocking out as if they're as in to these old guys as they would be the usual MTV crowd was phony. The half time show should be as big as the game and it wasn't. The singing bright spot was Jordin Sparks. That girls can sing and I thought it was the most beautiful rendition of our National Anthem as has ever been performed. Her version I believe was one all ages could embrace as their own. It left me speechless. If you've watched the Giants throughout the playoffs did you notice that the announcing has been so one sided against them. I almost smashed through the TV set last night when I heard them telling how the Giants were giving the Patriots so many opportunities by not scoring. Hello! Do you think maybe the Patriots gave the Giants the game winning opportunity by not scoring? Except for that glaring one sidedness I thought the announcers did a great job. I thought Bill Belichick proved himself classless at the end of the game by walking off the field even though he knew there was a second left on the clock. Maybe today I'll hear a valid reason for his doing so and don't get me wrong he's a fantastic coach, but I guess he's not a believer of "we win as a team and lose as a team." Just as Saturday's soccer game I thought exemplified everything good about youth sports, Bill's walking off the field exemplified all that is wrong in pro sports and this leads to the QOD:

Did you enjoy the game?

What was your favorite commercial?

What would constitute a good half time show?

Professional sports, good, bad or indifferent?


By: ricderr, 1:32 PM GMT on February 03, 2008

I'm perusing the net reading articles.....came across this in the lunon times...linked it in case i wasn't believed...but it seems..e.ven the papers..just toss panties into the conversation whenever they seem fit

It is thought that Spears and Mr Lutfi had a confrontation on Wednesday. A Los Angeles Police Department helicopter turned up at the Summit about an hour later and shone a floodlight on the grounds. Later, Spears's mother arrived, followed by an ambulance. A few minutes after that, the ambulance took Ms Spears to the UCLA Medical Centre.


Spears was first hospitalised for two days on January 3 after apparently locking herself in a bathroom in hysterics and refusing to hand back her two sons to representatives of Federline.



By: ricderr, 12:54 PM GMT on February 02, 2008


Well, we come back home with heavy hearts, but our heads held high. The girls played great, they played hard and left it all on the field, but it wasn't enough. We lost 3 to 1. The other team had a fantastic game and earned their win. We've had a tradition in that at the beginning when the officials check each girl of the roster we parents yell and cheer each individual players name. Today after the game, the parents surrounded our girls bench and as some of our girls hung their heads, tears flowing, we started going through the list yelling and cheering for each girl one by one. It was everything that is right in youth sports and once again, even though still hurting we had our 12 year old girls back, smiling and proud of what they had done this year. GO RATS!!!!!!!!! WE LOVE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Day Has ARRIVED!!! The Treasure Coast U-12 Girls Soccer Championship Game plays at noon today. 13 girls practiced last night, exercising, a few drills and then a 20 minute talk by their coach. I've watched this season progress with awe. I've played soccer once in my life and that was last year in the parents verses daughters game. I've watched countless coaches run drills, workout their players, but I've never seen coaches get such a result by doing so little. Maybe it's because he played the game of soccer and has a grasp on coaching that the average parent/coach doesn't. I'm sure a part of it is that he stops the girls and tells them to look what they're doing and remember that, because what they are doing is right just as much as he corrects their mistakes. He's taken a group of girls, not the most talented; this team lost their first three games before winning the rest of their games, and showcasing their individual talents and making a complete team. Yes Coach John & Coach Mark, today's championship game will be played by the girls, the results will be cheered or cried by the girls, but you, win or lose, have every right to stand proud, you've done a great job.

Now to Cassie, you are the greatest player on the team because you're the one I love. To you I say, play tough, play smart and have fun. You're in the finals baby!

To the rest of the team, you girls have not only played your hearts out all year long, your hard work that has paid off. If you've ever wondered why we cheer so hard, it is because you are our superstars. To us parents you ladies are the Tom Brady's, the Tiger Wood's, The Mark Maguire’s, in fact to us, you're even bigger. So get out there and win. Who wants it more? And you know we'll be there on the sidelines, holding our keys for the car alarms to go off when you score, yelling at the top of our lungs and even with a few
more surprises today.



By: ricderr, 1:18 PM GMT on February 01, 2008

Tomorrow is the biggest game of the year. It’s larger than life and when it’s over, there will be partying like you’ve never seen and there will be crying the likes no other sporting event witnesses. Jensen Beach 1 playing in the U-12 Girls Soccer Championship against Jensen Beach 2. (Self named the Swamp Rats.)

OK, I have to admit a few things. Aubie and I write each other and phone each other. Nope, we don’t agree on many things but I find it fascinating how alike our perspectives are about things and even so we can come to different conclusions. What he can tolerate I find appalling and the same goes for me to him. Yet we can still laugh about the lunacy of it all, maybe because we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Just in case you're wondering, yes you lurkers too, we don't talk about individuals so let out your breath, we leave that to others. Well yesterday the subject of our e-mails fell to how some people can say one thing and it will be interpreted differently than someone else who would say the very same thing. We decided that I would make up a post that I thought would get a certain response if I posted it my blog and we’d see what response he got if he posted. Then he decided to post something in his blog about my daughter and see what response it got in his blog. The conclusion in each blog was the same. Silence. Nothing. Zip. Nada. So, how do you interpret the results of our little experiment? Well, that’s not a QOD, we’re not going that route (Sorry Admin, you’ll have to find another reason to ban me.) in my blog today. I just thought it hilariously funny and since its Friday it needs to be Whacky Friday. Let's end this week off right. You can pick up your stilettos, your pick axes, you won't need them it's time for mirth and gaiety and who knows, it just might be time to bring the bar back this afternoon and tie one on and so on to the QOD:

What is the wackiest thing you did in your youth that would appall you if done today?


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

Tomorrow is the biggest game of the year. It’s larger than life and when it’s over, there will be partying like you’ve never seen and there will be crying the likes no other sporting event witnesses. Jensen Beach 1 playing in the U-12 Girls Soccer Championship against Jensen Beach 2. (Self named the Swamp Rats.)

OK, I have to admit a few things. Aubie and I write each other and phone each other. Nope, we don’t agree on many things but I find it fascinating how alike our perspectives are about things and even so we can come to different conclusions. What he can tolerate I find appalling and the same goes for me to him. Yet we can still laugh about the lunacy of it all, maybe because we don’t take ourselves too seriously. Just in case you're wondering, yes you lurkers too, we don't talk about individuals so let out your breath, we leave that to others. Well yesterday the subject of our e-mails fell to how some people can say one thing and it will be interpreted differently than someone else who would say the very same thing. We decided that I would make up a post that I thought would get a certain response if I posted it my blog and we’d see what response he got if he posted. Then he decided to post something in his blog about my daughter and see what response it got in his blog. The conclusion in each blog was the same. Silence. Nothing. Zip. Nada. So, how do you interpret the results of our little experiment? Well, that’s not a QOD, we’re not going that route (Sorry Admin, you’ll have to find another reason to ban me.) in my blog today. I just thought it hilariously funny and since its Friday it needs to be Whacky Friday. Let's end this week off right. You can pick up your stilettos, your pick axes, you won't need them it's time for mirth and gaiety and who knows, it just might be time to bring the bar back this afternoon and tie one on and so on to the QOD:

What is the wackiest thing you did in your youth that would appall you if done today

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