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

Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:29 PM GMT on May 30, 2008

It’s a cranky Friday boys and girls. I’ve had enough of sitting back quietly while the world goes by and just enjoying the view it’s about time to say a few things.

First let’s talk about this dumb weather forecast contest. Yes, it’s dumb because I’ve dropped to 5th place and I can’t come up with a decent forecast of Omaha to save my soul. It makes no difference that the official NWS forecast has been off as bad as mine has. Every iota of information I have deciphered has been off. If A happens then that will cause B to happen and the answer is C, I have seen it as the answer is D and I’ve been off the mark. Someone grab me some crow because I deserve it. Now we need to mention two players who are at the top and the most surprising is Mobal. As of yesterday he is in 2nd place and with consistent forecasts he’s a force to be reckoned with. Next, shooting his way to the 3rd spot overall is Weatherguy03. In an area that the temperatures have been either a whole lot higher or lower than forecasted. Where the discussed weather events have not came through, Bob has been dead on, not that we’re going to give him any credit Bob, you stink!

And since we’re closing out Hurricane Preparedness Week, let me add my own thoughts on the subject. If you can and you aren’t prepared, you’re plain stupid. If you can’t prepare and you aren’t ready please don’t be afraid to ask for help. I’ve already picked my neighbor that I know will need assistance and if and when a storm comes I’ll be there to help him.

I read this morning that the trading of oil futures is under investigation. Could it be, that more than a declining world wide supply and rising demand have played a part in the price skyrocketing? Could groups of investors, the oil companies and other outside interests have manipulated the market? All I know is two things. One, if people are caught and convicted of manipulating the market, they should be forced to walk the streets with you and me and anyone else that chooses lining the sidewalks and offering our own brand of retribution, Old Testament style. Also, if someone is proved guilty, I’m going to see the Treasure Coast’s most flamboyant lawyer Willy Gary and see about the possibility of suing not to win anything but to somehow get it across that this crap has got to stop, because you know, once it stops in oil, there will be another market these same people go after.

We have a friend who is going through pancreatic cancer and is in his final weeks. It is so hard on the whole family. Not only is the dad dying from this, it’s causing the mom’s health to suffer also. Cancer sucks too, just in this case, there’s no amount of preparedness and no amount of legal intervention to change the outcome.

Well to hell with cranking and feeling bad. I’ve said it, emptied it and it’s time to fill the bowl with happier things. Life continues and we can both sit and allow the misery of this world to overtake us or we can dig our way out. I’ve just found my shovel and I feel I can dig for awhile. Last night as I picked up Kyle from our friends house, he’s been spending time with his best bud to help keep him from worrying about the situation and out of his parents hair we got on the conversation of non curse word curse words. You know the words that we use instead of cussing. See, Kyle thinks cussing is the funniest thing to have hit the spoken word. It tickles him to no end that people have enough imagination to take a word and make it bad and so, what better way than for him to make up his very own bad words and then to top it off, words that will keep him from getting in trouble. I truly believe that this 8 year old thinks he’s found nirvana. Our lives at home for the next week will be filled with a little boy trying out new word combinations. Last night “dip stick” took center stage. Now I’m afraid I’ve been no better. Words such as hammer have had meaning that I’m not allowed to go into on this space and I’ve even created new words such as mambulation, which hopefully I can talk Monkey Love into recording the song a few of us helped create on a slow day at work to perform. Of all though my favorite has been the word urinated. I have found no word that is acceptable that when used in place of an unacceptable word that sounds worse than the word it is replacing. Nothing beats saying I’m urinated to the eyeballs and not going to take it any more and that leads to the question of the day.

What is your favorite non curse word?


Thursday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:30 PM GMT on May 29, 2008

OK, QOD number 2, since my first one was taking us down the morbid path a change is in order. I might have to ask myself whether I have the right to pull one question for another if I don't like the track the question is going especially when it's not offensive. It's the little moral delimnas that stump me. Oh well, I opt for fun, shoot me if I'm wrong.

So, what is the dominant color of your undergarments and what is your favorite color for said unmentionables?

Let's see how well the computers hold together at work. I don't mind nearly as much when the internet is down, but when all your quotes, orders and information are on your database, a systems crash brings the whole world down on top of you. I ended up digging through files and contracts to get answers when if the computers were up I would have had access to the information I needed in just a few keystrokes.

I stunk in yesterdays forecasting results, tied in 13th place and today’s results will not help me gain any ground. I guess its ok as I'm not a weatherman. I don't claim to be one but it sure is nice to beat one every now and then. I'm afraid it will be my turn to taste some of that fine crow shortly. Now we do have to shout out to Carolinagal. CG popped a 5th place finish for the first day as she has entered the fray. It just goes to show you, you don't have to talk weather 24/7 to be able to pick up a thing or two about weather. Oh and while we shout out to CG, why not give it up for Shawn who is running the show.

On a side note I am offering up for bid one e-mail of the fanciful writing of a few of our creative bloggers. It seems that some of the ladies might be talented enough for Harlequin. If you missed it, well, you missed it :-)

Updated: 2:35 PM GMT on May 29, 2008


Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:52 PM GMT on May 27, 2008

I'm sitting here at my desk and I'm waiting for a call to confirm some prices so I can finish a project. I'm waiting on my boss to arrive so I can go over a project he did that I double checked and then either he or I can make corrections and then decide how to present the bid package. I have plans on my desk for a retirement village that I haven't even looked at and the package will need to be submitted by next Tuesday. I need to write tickets for another project that will ship next week and our company just hired a new salesman that is supposed to report to me and who I need to spend time with and create a game plan for customers he should contact. Did we just have a long weekend? Am I supposed to get 5 days of work accomplished in just 4 days? I'm afraid I won't have much time to play this week. Work has become demanding.

Well, I finished the San Francisco segment of the forecasting contest in 4th place. If you ask me how I was able to post so well I can only answer that it was luck. Just like last night when by luck I guessed that the official forecast for Omaha would start at 1 am and not midnight which would have put my prediction off 3 degrees if I had entered what I was thinking it would be at midnight. I guess if you can't be good be lucky and that leads to the question of the day:

When was the last time you were lucky?


A Memorial Cut & Paste

By: ricderr, 1:35 PM GMT on May 25, 2008

I saw this last year after the holiday and thought I'd save it for this year.

Andy Hefty
Community Columnist

Monday, May 21, 2007
Memorial Day -- A Proper Perspective

I am interrupting the three-part series on limiting government to share my thoughts on an appropriate way to observe Memorial Day. Please notice that I did not say, “Celebrate.” That is because we should not “celebrate” a day of remembering fallen Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Guardsmen. We must observe the remembrance. Thus the term “Memorial Day.”

In that light, I offer a stark reminder for everyone to contemplate.

Go ahead and have a barbecue with friends and family. Yes, you should even invite the in-laws. But instead of just “fun in the sun,” try to bear in mind that Memorial Day is more than the unofficial start of summer vacation. It is a day to ponder the sacrifices that our men and women in uniform gave to us when they stood boldly between the enemy they faced and us.

To hold someone “In Memory” means that they would have died. Memorial Day is no exception. We honor the living members of the Armed Services on Veteran’s Day. Our fallen heroes have long deserved their day that we remember them. Naturally we should remember them every day. But setting aside a special day just for them is as appropriate as any holiday -- if not more so in some instances.

So here is a brief list of what we as a nation should do on this solemn day.

1. Fly the flag. This is of utmost importance. If you don’t have a flag, go get one. Today! Fly it with honor and dignity. There are numerous web sites to visit that instruct you on proper flag etiquette. Visit one and learn the proper protocols.

2. Visit a veteran’s memorial site. There are countless sites around the nation. For those of us fortunate to live near the bustling metropolis of Downtown Macclenny, Florida, we could always go to the courthouse lawn.

3. Research one -- just one -- story of a fallen hero. Share that story with your family. This year, I will read to my family as much information as I can glean about Marine Corporal Joshua Watkins. The Jacksonville native was killed on October 21, 2006, just days before he was scheduled to return home. According to the Florida Times-Union, Watkins, 25, died “after being shot in the stomach while on foot patrol in Fallujah. Military doctors struggled for four hours in attempts to save him.”

4. Keep politics out of Memorial Day. Do not discuss the politics of war and peace when honoring those who have given you the right to do so. This diverts your attention from where you need to be focused. Young Marines don’t think of politics while in action. They think of survival. They think of their buddies. They think of home. They concentrate on accomplishing their tasks. Honor their steadfastness by staying out of the political fray -- for just one day.

5. Visit a family who has a loved one overseas. If you can’t do that, invite them to your barbecue. One of the most difficult times for a military family is holidays where Dad is away. Don’t focus on his absence. Just be a good friend and neighbor. Trust me. This will mean a great deal.

If a slogan is to be associated with Memorial Day, it is this: “All gave some; some gave all.” Honoring our fallen on this solemn occasion isn’t too much to ask when we realize the ongoing sacrifice our armed services make every day.


Saturday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 10:59 AM GMT on May 24, 2008

Yes, I feel like having a rare Saturday edition of the QOD. I don't know why, it just popped into my head as I was playing dominoes on Pogo, enjoying the quiet of the house and watching the sky lighten with sunrise.

Get ready America as it begins. Yes, you good folks from Alaska can go into the summer WU hibernation. It's about time to hear the collective sigh of "not again" by two-thirds of the United States as tomorrow kicks off the pre-game show of hurricane season called Hurricane Preparedness Week. I'm sure this year will be no different than the past as you'll read about an earthquake in California and everyone will say, oh yep, but did you see that blob just east of Puerto Rico? Someone will announce gas prices have topped five dollars a gallon and 20 replies will say, yes but if that swirl in the Caribbean heads north and strengthens it will be seven bucks in no time. And lest anyone think differently, I too will be glued to the latest updates, model runs and every blob, low and gossip that surrounds the tropics.

With that said though, I can't stand this week. No, I'm not saying that it isn't important to be prepared, to have a plan, to have a list of places you will go if a storm threatens or to be stocked up on supplies in case you'll be without water, electricity and aid for any length of time. It's darn important and if you're smart, you'll have those extras and extra information to make things go smoother. But with all that said, read Stormken's blog and see that it is reported that Governor Crist will announce this coming week that a dangerously high amount of people are not prepared for a storm. I've lived in Florida since 1999 and every year at this time the local papers will run a complete section on tips, on resources and on information of how to prepare and what to do in case of a tropical storm or hurricane. The big four television stations will air segments on preparation in each of their newscasts and will interrupt programming this coming week to air their hurricane specials. They will also have free pamphlets available for people to pick up at local banks, grocery stores and other places of business. Radio station personalities will be talking about preparedness. Most local businesses will have displays and information of their products and how they will better prepare you throughout their stores and the area malls will have booths and kiosks so the area non-profits such as Red Cross and the like can get their message of preparedness out. Almost every weather site will feature information; in fact there will be at least a dozen blogs on preparedness here at WU focusing on the topic. With all that said, with all that information available and in your face wherever you go and whatever you do that has been repeated year in and year out the ten years I’ve lived here and who knows how long before I arrived in Florida, a vast amount of people will not be ready or prepared. In that light can you blame people for indifference to the calamity when an event strikes? Should you yell at the state or federal governments that they need to do more or do say as I believe the Florida Governor will say at his press conference that we as a state and as a local group and as individuals have to do more to get the word out and that leads to the question of the day:

How do you get people to be prepared?



By: ricderr, 1:56 PM GMT on May 23, 2008

Melt, a new title style just for you. :-)

Well, I'm not happy. I just opened my personal e-mail and found a message saying my forecast which I entered at 9 last night was not received, so chances are I'm stuck with climatology. Crap and double crap.

Now the QOD today is for the ladies, but guys, your input is both welcome and encouraged.

From a 1955 Good Housekeeping article:

Have dinner ready. Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready on time for his return. This is a way of letting him know that you have be thinking about him and are concerned about his needs. Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

Prepare yourself. Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives. Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking. He has just been with a lot of work-weary people.

Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him. His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

Clear away the clutter. Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives. Run a dustcloth over the tables.

Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by. Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too. After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

Minimize all noise. At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer or vacuum. Encourage the children to be quiet.

Be happy to see him.

Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

Listen to him. You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time. Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

Make the evening his. Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner or other places of entertainment without you. Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.

Your goal: To try and make sure your home is a place of peace, order, and tranquillity where your husband can renew himself in body and spirit.

Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

Make him comfortable. Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom. Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.

A good wife always knows her place.

and the QOD:

Are you a good wife?


Thursday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:50 PM GMT on May 22, 2008

First and foremost, I'm number one, top dawg, numero uno, the real deal, king of the heap, top of the tops, yes for at least today I can claim to be the number one weather forecaster here at Wunderground and I promise I won't let it go to my head and I'll always remember you ordinary people as fame overtakes me.

Yes, I need to gloat because already my forecast of 49 as the low for today did not verify and there's a good chance my reign in the top spot will only last a day.

Now on to important matters and I'm calling for all American's to take up arms and prepare for battle. No, we're not attacking Iran, North Korea, Muslims, Terrorists or Right Wing Republicans. Instead we are talking a much more serious issue. The British are snubbing one of our most sacred and American traditions, the Oreo Cookie. They've said it looks like Mud with toothpaste filling inside. They say it's too sweet and most importantly, they think the notion of dipping a cookie in milk is disgusting and this leads to the QOD:

What is your favorite cookie?


Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:35 PM GMT on May 21, 2008

Excuse me while I pat myself on the back. I jumped right behind Mobal today and I'm back in 3rd place in the forecast competition. Not to mention that I hit the low dead on for the second day in a row today barring an unforeseen cold blast of air in the next hour before sunrise. Mobal hangs on to 2nd place, Bob stayed neutral in the standings and Sky is solid on the front page. Now Sky, I would like to commiserate with you and applaud your forecasting efforts in the midst of a hectic life and with sick vomiting kids, but if I do that how can I then talk trash? LOL Great job especially in light of you doing long range forecasts, but I never said that. Where's Doc Masters? Is it time yet to say those that can, do and those that can't, teach? And just for you lurkers that last sentence in no way means I believe that. It’s mentioned solely for the pure joy of trash talk and I will be the last person to discredit a man with 8 plus years of formal education and a lifetime dedicated to furthering the study and understanding of meteorology. The professional weather weenies rock, I'm just having a blast playing in their world for a few weeks.

Oh yes, I have lurkers and they find opportunities to tell me how bad I am and they have that right. I put it out in a public forum and as such in that same realm they can toss grenades and stink bombs, I'm practicing the theory of the garbage truck and if I say that enough who knows maybe I can keep it up. (There's a joke there that Weenies should catch.)

And so, in honor of all that lurk, today we talk about kids, one of my favorite subjects.

Cassie made it home, safe and sound from her trip to Disney World last night and in describing her day’s events she told how upon riding Space Mountain she was able to scream for joy. Now there was a slight dig at dad since I am not a fan of little girls screaming at the top of their lungs just for fun. Maybe someone can tell me why this is popular with preteen girls? I'm just glad she had a fun time and glad I wasn't sitting next to her getting my ear drums popped.

On the Kylito front, Becky called me on Monday asking me if I could pick him up from extended day at school as he had called her complaining he didn't feel well. Now, you never know with him was he just bored and needed some mom attention or was he truly under the weathe,r but lately I'd opt and say it was mommy attention more than the latter. So, I tell my boss I'll be out of the office for a few and tell him how Kyle will be doing his homework and finding out, school is a heck of a lot less boring than being with dad. Oh yes, righteous dad on his way to teach his son how the world works. Well, I get to school and the first person I run into is his teacher who also knows the scoop and she tells me that Kyle did a real good job of toughing it out and waiting until after school. I give her the raised eyebrow look and she laughs and says, yes I think he really wasn't feeling good but he wanted to get his project finished that the class is working on. I get Kyle into the car and on the trip back to work he tells me, "Dad, I'm glad you picked me up so I could do my homework. There's too much going on at mom's work and I can't concentrate." I swear this was a set up to make me feel about 2 inches tall.

As I'm talking with Tim this morning, trying to keep up with his end of the school year schedule, he starts telling me about his end of year debate that is happening today based on the pro's and con's or mercy killings. He was put the pro side and as I was listening I had to wonder if his enthusiasm for his position was based on him studying the one viewpoint and if he had chosen the other viewpoint would he had been just as adamant with his position and so I asked him. He convinced me he knows what he's talking about both on the secular level which he's studied for school and on a more spiritual level which is his personal convictions. Since when did one of my kids get old enough to start making decisions on their own? I'm feeling old.

So, there, I've for once, answered my own QOD and that is:

What is one of your favorite kid stories? It can be about your own children, any family member, neighbor, friend, or anything, even yourself.


Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:45 PM GMT on May 20, 2008

Cassie has left for her 5th grade Disney World trip. She’ll only be gone until tonight but I still feel like my daughter has gone missing. I guess its how I get tempered for when my perfect little princess grows up, marries Prince Charming and leaves the nest.

Psst, Bob, Bob, I hit the low dead on in the forecast contest, how did you do? I took a whopping though the last day of the week however. I decided the marine layer would push into the Bay a day sooner than it did and therefore forecasted way too low and dropped from 4th place into 8th. I’m still ahead of Bob and Doc Masters’, but the guy that deserves the big hand is Mobal. He rocketed himself up into 2nd place so the competition just keeps on getting tougher and I’m afraid I’ve started my move to the middle of the pack.

A friend sent me the following email and it’s what I want to focus on today. It’s a great read and although for me, the jury is still out if it’s a plausible way to live your life, it’s the people that can and do adopt this philosophy that are my heroes. The closest person I personally know that comes close is Becky. The other day she had what I thought was the perfect opportunity to blast someone and instead she used kindness and humor to offer an explanation to some rather rude and crude comments when I was all in favor of dropping some “F” bombs and grabbing a baseball bat to offer a little home remedy attitude adjustment. I’m doing much better though, a year ago I would have wanted a shotgun and a machete. OHHMMMMMM.

Beware of Garbage Trucks
By David J. Pollay

How often do you let other people's nonsense change your mood? Do you let a bad driver, rude waiter, curt boss, or an insensitive employee ruin your day? Unless you're the Terminator, for an instant you're probably set back on your
Heels. However, the mark of a successful person is how quickly he/she can get back her focus on what's important.

Sixteen years ago I learned this lesson.
I learned it in the back of a New York City taxi cab.
Here's what happened.

I hopped in a taxi, and we took off for Grand Central Station. We were driving in the right lane when, all of a sudden, a black car jumped out of a parking space right in front of us.
My taxi driver slammed on his breaks, skidded,
And missed the other car's back end by just inches!

The driver of the other car, the guy who almost caused a big accident, whipped his head around and he started yelling bad words at us.

My taxi driver just smiled and waved at the guy.
And I mean, he was friendly.
So, I said, "Why did you just do that?
This guy almost ruined your car and sent us to the hospital!"

And this is when my taxi driver told me what I
Now call, "The Law of the Garbage Truck."

Many people are like garbage trucks.
They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment.
As their garbage piles up, they need a place to dump it.
And if you let them, they'll dump it on you.
When someone wants to dump on you, don't take it personally.

You just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. You'll be happy you did.

So this was it: The "Law of the Garbage Truck."
I started thinking, how often do I let Garbage Trucks run right over me?
And how often do I take their garbage and spread it to other people:
At work, at home, on the streets?
It was that day I said, "I'm not going to do it anymore."
I began to see garbage trucks.
Like in the movie "The Sixth Sense," the little boy said, "I see Dead People."
Well, now "I see Garbage Trucks."
I see the load they're carrying.
I see them coming to drop it off.
And like my Taxi Driver, I don't make it a personal thing;
I just smile, wave, wish them well, and I move on.

One of my favorite football players of all time, Walter Payton, did this every day on the football field. He would jump up as quickly as he hit the ground after being tackled. He never dwelled on a hit.
Payton was ready to make the next play his best.

Good leaders know they have to be ready for their next meeting.
Good parents know that they have to welcome their children home from school with hugs and kisses.
Teachers and parents know that they have to be fully present, and at their best for the people they care about.

The bottom line is that successful people
Do not let Garbage Trucks take over their day.
What about you? What would happen in your life, starting today, if you let more garbage trucks pass you by?

Here's my bet.
You'll be happier.
So.. Love the people who treat you right.
Forget about the ones who don't.
Believe that everything happens for a reason.
If you get a chance , TAKE IT!
If it changes your life , LET IT!
Nobody said it would be easy...
They just promised it would be worth it!

And so we have the QOD:

Are you able to see Garbage Trucks?


Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 11:49 AM GMT on May 19, 2008

The Associated Press - 11 hours ago
WASHINGTON (AP) - Global warming isn't to blame for the recent jump in hurricanes in the Atlantic, concludes a study by a prominent federal scientist whose position has shifted on the subject.

No we are not going to partake in the Global Warming discussion. I just found this article interesting and wanted to share a tidbit with you is all.

Now we could talk about smoke since here on the treasure Coast we've dealt with it all weekend. My eyes are red and swollen, my lungs hurt and the skyline looks worse than the worst Los Angeles smog day. We need some relief.

Here's another excerpt from a story that should catch your eye.

By Anick Jesdanun

updated 4:31 p.m. ET, Fri., May. 16, 2008
NEW YORK - Think twice before you sign up for an online service using a fake name or e-mail address. You could be committing a federal crime.

Federal prosecutors turned to a novel interpretation of computer hacking law to indict a Missouri mother on charges connected to the suicide of a 13-year-old MySpace user.

Prosecutors alleged that by helping create a MySpace account in the name of someone who didn't exist, Lori Drew, 49, violated the News Corp.-owned site's terms of service and thus illegally accessed protected computers.

and it leads to the QOD:

Do you expect people to be honest on the internet?


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By: ricderr, 1:48 AM GMT on May 18, 2008

HEY, it worked for BOB!



By: ricderr, 9:53 AM GMT on May 16, 2008

How can you expect to have an open social blog that accepts all who want to contribute, based around a stupid question and everyone will get along or at the very least tolerate each other?



By: ricderr, 12:31 PM GMT on May 15, 2008

I have moved up from a tied 6th place into the 4th spot on the forecast contest, but before I pat my own back let me tell you our man Bob had an impressive day shooting him up to just outside the top ten from back in 400th place. OK, he was about 35th I was off a few spots. Come on Bob admit it, you love competition in any form don't you? It felt good having a day where you were spot on. Of course we do have to ask, seeing he is so far back in the pack you have to grab the binoculars to spot him, what's going on Spetrm? We expected you Weenies to represent.

Now I will admit I love competition. I love striving to do my best and outperform what I set as goals for myself. Now notice, I didn't say I had to beat someone to enjoy it. In fact I've won a few times and still come away disappointed as I know I didn't do my best. I saw a perfect example of what I'm trying to say while watching Becky in Mom's Soccer. She was on an undefeated team and they were undefeated in part because of good players but more importantly a great coach that understood soccer, was great at assessing his teams talent and was a very good communicator and able to focus these moms on his game plan. At their last game they were playing the 2nd place team with their 4 best players not in attendance and playing short one person. They got beat and in fact at halftime they were down 5 goals. Their coach during his halftime talk told them to focus on one skill and be a winner at it and to take a personal victory off the field with them. The ladies didn't come back and win, but they played the best soccer they had all season and I was so impressed with Becky as she had her finest game and I was impressed with their coach as these ladies came off the field winners. Now I know many who read my blog are not into sports but I'm guessing there is something that you compete with yourself on at some level. There's something that you are a winner at, that makes you hold your head up, your heart swells and you feel the pride of your accomplishments. Yes, it's time to stand up and say I'm a winner and the rest of us get to share your joy and cheer you on and that leads to the question of the day:

How are you a winner?


Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:27 PM GMT on May 14, 2008

Well I think I am finally free of the blahs. I have to thank Gypsy for allowing us to pick on her yesterday. You are a good sport. I also need to say, the picture I posted was not of Gypsy but was indeed Jenny Lopez. Word on the street says Gypsy is hotter. Do you hear that single men?

Now that the blahs are over I'm ready to face the onslaught of hurricane season. In the next few weeks here and in other media we'll be reading and hearing the importance of being prepared and everyone will be taking a whack out of predicting just how active a season it will be. Every other blog will say the same thing; the main difference will be the amount of bold, italics and graphics used. Now, I may be in the minority here but if you have lived in a hurricane prone area more than a year and you don't know what it takes to be prepared then chances are no matter how much information is available you never will until it's too late. Now I can understand why most people a few years back here in our area had to race to the lumber yard to buy plywood for their windows in anticipation of Hurricane Frances, it had been many years since a hurricane had wondered by, but you know I personally saw people throw that plywood to the curb and then have to go out and buy new again just two weeks later when Jean came calling. I don't know, be prepared or be stupid, it's your choice but no amount of blogging is going to help that mindset. Now in all of this if you want to read someone who is actually doing something more than mere words go visit Mermaidlaw's blog. Kudos’ to her and her grandkids for truly making a difference.

The results for day 1 of the weather forecast contest are posted. Ahem, Bob, oh Bob, what place are you in? I'm tied for 6th place right there with the good Doc Master's. Now I don't expect to be in the top 10 for long, I truly am a rank amateur, but I must take advantage of every bragging chance I can get. Bob, Bob, where are you?

And speaking of bragging rights when it comes to mechanical things, I am so much better at breaking them than fixing them. Monday night as I was preparing dinner I noticed that the fridge wasn't as cold as it should be. Now a refrigerator is actually a simple machine and as such any klutz should be able to repair it. So of course, I had to try and yes, I was able to fix it and since I had accomplished that I decided to try and fix the access hatch to the ice machine in the door and yes, I was 2 for 2 for the night. It will never happen again!

Becky and I finally broke down and bought new bedroom furniture for our room. Of course we had to find one lone piece that we really liked and of course it's a sample of a new line they've just taken on and won't have inventory until the 2nd week of July, but we loved it and just had to have it and so we wait 2 months before we can enjoy the extra two feet of a king size bed. I woke up this morning to myself, Becky, Kyle, a German shepherd, a rat terrier, a wiener dog, a chiweiner dog and 2 twenty pound cats all sleeping on a queen mattress. I can use the extra 2 feet.

Congrats to the top 3 finalists of American Idol. I think America got it right and we have the 3 best people in the top spots. I hope that each one of them is able to launch their musical careers as a result of the show and although David Cook, the rocker has my vote for top spot, the young 17 year old David is awe inspiring especially when you take into account his age.

Religion is making waves in the media today. I almost spewed my coffee when I read the remarks of John Hagee. He's the evangelical preacher who endorsed McCain and here ere are his comments he offered during his apology to Catholics he might have offended.

Pastor John Hagee, who heads the Cornerstone Church in San Antonio, said in a letter made public Tuesday that he now knew the terms he used to describe the church, such as "the great whore," were "rhetorical devices long employed in anti-Catholic literature."

What, he didn't know they were offensive before hand? I love the modern "no apology" apologies offered these days. Either you're sorry or not it seems to me to be that simple, this I didn't know crap is wearing thin. Now in other news the Catholic Church yesterday said that believing in the possibilities of aliens is not in conflict with their faith. I know many religions that will say that if aliens were truly out there God would have told us that in the Bible and that leads to the QOD:

Do you believe in aliens from outer space? (I clarified just in case someone might not believe in Illegal Aliens. Who loves you Cowboy?)


Tuesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 1:13 PM GMT on May 13, 2008

Good morning to you and again I say good morning. There, take 2 good mornings and see if you don't feel better. Well, my answer for the blogging blahs, blogging among happy people, no drama, no worries and no self importance. Well, maybe not without some self importance. Our new visitor CB is trying to unseat me as the cut and paste king. I love C & P and practice it often, what get my panties in a bunch is when some claim a level of superiority for being able to do it. Think about it, if one guy does the math and by doing so takes time to answer and another C&P's and answers first who has the biggest brain? You don't know there's not enough information. Who is more creative? You don't know there's still not enough information. Who cares? And finally we come to the crux of the problem. Once I start to care rather than laugh about it, once I start to say "who da hell" actually thinks the C&P professional is a true scholar that's when I've gotten away from what I blog for and that is fun and a relief from day to day stress. It's not my job to teach how easy it is to type three words in a Google box and come up with detailed information that is blog impressive. Oh well, we'll call it my blog Achilles’ heel and make it the QOD:

What is your blogging Achilles’ heel, in other words what can happen on the blogs to keep you from doing what you enjoy?


Monday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 2:54 PM GMT on May 12, 2008

Just for you Melt, a lower cased title this morning, I hope you like it. Happy Monday, I hope all mom's enjoyed their day yesterday. A belated Mom's Day to you as I try not to be 1 of 100 Happy Mother day's themed blogs, so I'll go at it a day late, I know, I know it's Monday there's enough negativity going around and I'm not trying to be negative...

( You know its a Monday as I've finally finished my blog and upon re-reading I don't like it and I don't want any part of it and that leads to the QOD: )

What do you do to relieve the blahs?


Friday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:06 PM GMT on May 09, 2008

I am an avid movie goer. I and the family will go and see around 20 movies a year. We don't rent many movies because we are so bad at returning them in a timely manner, but we will watch some on pay per view and we'll buy a few for the kids to watch. Now one of the big movies that I missed was Forrest Gump. I did not see it at the theatre nor did I rent it when it was released to DVD. I didn't even see it when it made its first run on either HBO or Showtime. I finally, through flipping channels, came into the middle of the movie one afternoon, started watching the jogging scene and said wow, this is really good. Since then I've watched it a few dozen times and I still enjoy it. There are nuances and phrasing that whether intentional or not you can uncover in every viewing. Now the reason I didn't want to watch it in the first place is I had seen the trailer where Forrest was running from a gang of kids and the last thing I want to see is a child being tormented for being different or handicapped. There's many movies like that I won't watch, Kidnapped with Mel Gibson comes to mind as a good example. I can tolerate an adult getting hurt but have it be kids, I'd rather pull weeds in the garden than see that movie. Well, back to Forrest I think what I like best about the movie is how Forrest is able to see the good in all people and most of the times ignore the bad. Oh, I’ve read the critiques both good and bad and I understand that a part of it is that simple is good, sophisticated is bad is portrayed in the movie, but you know, it's just a movie and it's not real, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take from it some real redeeming qualities and seeing good in all people is a quality I wouldn't mind having a whole lot more of and that leads to the question of the day:

Did you like the movie Forrest Gump and what quality shown in the movie do you either identify with or wish you had more of?



By: ricderr, 12:26 PM GMT on May 08, 2008

Yesterday I was half heartedly listening to a news story that was detailing the beginning of classic rock radio and the man accredited with its inception. It was interesting but not a spectacular story until they started talking about two factors that insured the success of this radio format. Those two factors were the invention of CD’s and Coke. Now CD’s are understandable. People went out and replaced their tapes of 1970 genre music with CD’s and loved the fact that the quality of sound was so much better many people replaced their whole collections and with increased listening they found comfort in a radio station playing the same music they were listening to. Now I was clueless about how Coke could have played a role and upon hearing the explanation it amazes me the power that products have in influencing our life. If you remember back to the mid 1980’s Coke had switched their recipe and offered us “New Coke.” After that failed they went back to the original recipe and marketed the new name “Classic Coke”, and making “Classic” a word synonymous with thoughts of comfort, quality and the goodness of times past. Coke is an American Icon whose influence is felt around the world and they have done such a great job of branding their product that many people feel, it’s drink Coke or drink nothing. I remember my dad and hand tools, it didn’t matter what they made if it had the Snap-On label he felt it was a top quality tool. I guess you might say the same thing about Gucci or what is the shoe I hear the ladies talking about, Jimmy Choo? Like I’m going to know that name but I hope you can understand my meaning. Even if you’re not brand conscious, I’m sure there are some brand names that have you in their grip and that leads to the QOD:

What branded product do you have to have to feel comfortable using that product or feel that the brand is by all means the leader in its field?


Wednesday's Question of the Day

By: ricderr, 12:41 PM GMT on May 07, 2008

I'm afraid it's rambling time but I promise to end on what I consider a positive and inspiring note.

First, Monkey Love flew in from his sold out world tour and cut a track in honor of Gulf Scotsman and his yesterdays banishment from the good Doc's blog.
Monkey Love Sings GS and Yesterday GS, don't you know common sense and sound reasoning have no place on a blog? I was thinking this morning, we get a good laugh out of creating a monkey singing sensation and adding script to googled pictures, is acting the part of a weatherman, just like on TV with cut and pastes and altered versions of the NWC forecasts any different? Plus at least with the younger Doc Masterettes, there's that glimmer of hope they might go from playing weatherman to getting the schooling and the training and end up being the next Max Mayfield. I don't know, it’s just an idle thought.

I need some help from the East Coast Northern Florida bloggers. An ocean charter in June, is it decent, too hot, a waste of time, or should we all pack our gear and head for some fishing and frivolity and maybe even an upchuck or two?

As the dawn starts to break over hurricane season I see new faces around and even in here. I just want to say, thanks for stopping by. Don't worry about fitting in, nobody else around here does. Just blog away and enjoy yourself. Except for I/E and that's just because I love to harass him as much as he loves to harass others, just about anything goes and please don't worry about staying on topic.

Speaking of topics, which rhymes with tropics, can any weather weenie tell me how normal it is to see waves rolling off of Africa this early? We look for formation closer to home at this time of year, but it's still neat to me to see them sliding off the African Coast. I don't know if it's just something I've overlooked or something a bit odd this year.

Before I say anything else let me first shout, NO POLITICS IN MY BLOG TODAY, but did anyone read McCain's take on Supreme Court Justices. I've got some serious issues there, but I need to do some digging before I air them to make sure I feel as I do, but if you've got the inclination take a look at his opinions.

Well I know we're tied up and overwhelmed with politics, gasoline prices, the war in Iraq, our struggling economy and the housing crisis, but you know, if you take just a second and look for something positive there is so much out there and right among us that if we just take the time to notice it we can soon realize how great life is. So first, I love you Becky, Tim, Cassie & Kyle and without any introduction I leave you with a youtube and a QOD:

What sporting event or sporting incident inspired you?



By: ricderr, 11:39 AM GMT on May 06, 2008

First let me say I had a good talk with IE yesterday. I can tell you that he's as single tracked on the phone as he is on the blogs but I’d also say he’s a bit more tolerant of others opinions. I could hang with IE. We might have to trade a few blows now and then but we'd still be side by side when we belly upped to the bar. So don't be surprised next time I ban him for stirring the pot. I'll still respect him in the morning.

I hate it when I have two blog topics in my head, because chances are I will have moved on to something else tomorrow, so which one do I choose? Well since it's been quiet for two weeks and I'm seeing some sputtering of flames in a blog or two, I'm not going to fan the fires or better yet, I'm not going to try to fan the fires and instead choose the safest topic. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has noticed we love to talk about public figures. From the president to the movie star we give our comments, both good and bad openly. Just the other day little Miley Cyrus went from teen star to teen skank over G rated pictures and an saying that she watched Sex & the City repeats on TV, that's the version without any swearing and no nudity. Now it doesn't stop with the big stars, sports athletes, civic leaders, even blog authors are fair game and that leads to the QOD:

If you make a public comment should the public be allowed to comment back and where do you draw the line?

Updated: 12:22 PM GMT on May 06, 2008



By: ricderr, 1:54 PM GMT on May 05, 2008

Well, it seems our presidents approval rating have sunk to an all time low and lest we forget our congressional staffs ratings are not much better. Although many people have made a choice in which presidential candidate they would like to see in the White House most people will say they don't feel we have the best people running for the office. Now we could sit here and debate who is more qualified and what needs to be done until the cows come home and we'll probably have as many differing opinions as responses and I think we've beat that horse enough on various blogs. So today, you've been given the power to enact, change or void one law and that leads to the question of the day:

If you had the power what one law would you enact or repeal?

For those in Burma

Updated: 1:59 PM GMT on May 05, 2008



By: ricderr, 1:05 PM GMT on May 02, 2008


Eskimos use refrigerators to keep food FROM freezing.

Reno, Nevada is west of Los Angeles, California.

In early 19th century auto races, chewing gum was used as a quick fix to patch a race cars flat tire.
FICTION, I've an active imagination.

A dragon fly lives an average of 2 weeks.
FICTION A df has a life span of 24 hours

A duck’s quack does not echo.
America's favorite Crayola crayon color is green.
FICTION It's blue

The strongest muscle in the body is tongue.
TRUE And there's many who exercise theirs all day long

The only king without a moustache in a deck of cards is the king of clubs.
FICTION It's the king of spades

Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them
FACT Don't ask me, maybe it harms the seals, or screws with the exhaust.

Americans did not commonly use forks until after the Civil War.

Updated: 6:21 PM GMT on May 02, 2008



By: ricderr, 12:25 PM GMT on May 01, 2008

Can you feel it? Can you sense the anticipation? Do you notice the subtle blog changes? They're coming back! The wishcasters and the westcasters and the blob watchers and those that want to be the first to see an eye are all starting to get that hurricane itch. Wait till the first blob starts to form and Doc Masters blog will take off like a rocket, politics be damned, severe weather forgotten and shame on those that dare to hold an evening party blog because it's here; (hushed, reverent tone) hurricane season is upon us. The time when everyone is an instant expert, star status is attached to cutting and pasting, instant celebrities are awarded to those that are more right than others or in a more truthful sense, less wrong and cult status is acquired if you can beat the kings of the season, the NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER. Am I making fun of it? Oh yes I am and I'm also shamelessly one of those I laugh at. I'm starting to get back in the habit of looking at satellite feeds, checking out the weather models and reading a few hurricane blogs at a few different sites to gauge what is of interest out there and that leads to the question of the day:

Do you enjoy the excitement and anticipation of hurricane season?


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