This is a blog for "people". You're not defined by your latest & greatest. You are you and that's great enough.
By: ricderr, 11:43 AM GMT on July 30, 2008
How you are perceived may not be how you are but why the perception?
Seeing that it’s election time, in the media, the talk around the water cooler and even here at WU much is made about being liberal or conservative. In fact, depending on who is saying it, it usually is used as a negative stereotype. Neocon, tax and spend liberal are two terms that come to mind as I type this and I’m sure there are many more. I wonder though, how many of us, cross both sides of the line depending on the circumstances. I know many people, as I am included, that believe in fiscal conservancy while still aiding those less fortunate than ourselves. However, it’s not just a political topic as both terms cross religious and personal viewpoints. Sex before marriage comes to mind, personal choices also and how about family values. all topics we’ve discussed and in the answers some people I know who I would consider conservative in their political views are liberal in their personal views and the opposite has proven just as true and that brings us to the QOD:
In what ways are you conservative and in what ways are you liberal?
By: ricderr, 1:28 PM GMT on July 28, 2008
Today's ThoughtDon't let today be the reason for tomorrow's sorrow.
Grump, grump grump, it's Monday again. Why I can't pick 6 lousy numbers to win the lottery and end this whole vicious cycle is beyond me. Oh, I guess playing the Lotto might be the first step to winning.
Not all is bad however; Friday marks the start of Pop Warner football. Two weeks of conditioning practice and skills drills and then three nights of practice a week and finally games. Kyle’s best friend is not playing this year, so he's a little down and he's not looking forward to the first practices, I guess it's just a "Monday" for him too. I of course am excited to no end. Goo, we have to see if we can do lunch in Okeechobee during the Jamboree.
Well, I can think of no better way to get through a Monday but by telling jokes so that is the QOD:
What is your favorite joke?
By: ricderr, 12:15 PM GMT on July 25, 2008
Today's Thought:We let the littlest of things upset us when we take for granted the littlest things that are treasures in our lives.
This could be a dangerous posting this morning. Our computer network is once again acting up so I am unable to write this first on Word and spell check.
Lately there have been many articles and discussions both online and in newsprint about NASA going to the moon and space travel in general. Somehow as I read and listen to these discussions I can picture myself sitting in some tavern 600 years in the past and shaking my head as I listen to one of the great explorers detail his next trip to some far off country. I'd be thinking why do we need to waste our money and efforts when everything we know and need we have right here at our fingertips. It's the same thing about space travel. I know we have made so many advancements because of space exploration to date, but I just can't see where the next advances will come from. Why do we need to explore the moon when there are still so many areas here on our own terra firma that we have yet to explore or understand? Don't worry, I know I've the wrong approach on the subject but the doubts still linger and that leads to the QOD:
Why should we explore space?
By: ricderr, 12:23 PM GMT on July 24, 2008
Be yourself, because if you be me, who be you and if who be you, who be do be do?
Well Dolly winds down today and goes from a wind event to a rain event and parts of Texas and Mexico dig out from her wrath. If you truly care, if you truly want to help, today is the day. Find a non profit and make a donation to aid their efforts. Gather your neighbors and friends and make up goody baskets and look up a local church or other social organization and send it to them to hand out to those that need a pick me up or even go to an online phonebook, pick a random address and write them a letter telling them that you care. I’ve actually seen one such letter and know of how good it made the recipient feel.
Now yesterday, I had to step away from the WU as I do every time a storm that is followed by the masses here makes landfall. All of a sudden the fun, the companionship of friends and the hilarity of many posters is overshadowed by knowing what so many that are in the path of the storm are going through and realizing that many lives will be forever changed and in the case of death, shattered forever. So those of you that I say find the humor in the outrageous posts on the Doc’s blog, I too come to the point you are at. It just takes me a little longer. Remember one thing though that I try to focus on, as far as blogs go, this is a very small site. The egos, the outlandish posts, the foolish remarks and the patting of ones back are seen by few. Take a look at those that put a blog counter on their blog and note the daily change for individual users and you’ll be astounded at the lack of traffic generated here. I’ll do a little experiment one day and open the Underground and compare the numbers here and there, the difference is amazing. Of course, that doesn’t mean that you can’t wish for change. The good Doc Masters provides great information, is usually highly accurate in his own forecasts of what a tropical system will do and he provides valuable information on how he comes to his conclusions which teaches many of us hobbyists how to gather our own information. There’s also good information being handed out by some posters and when you can sift through the mounds of trash you can gain some valuable information and that leads to the QOD:
What changes could be made to make Doc’s blog best for you?
By: ricderr, 1:25 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
QOD is on hiatus until Dolly makes landfall.
<Checks to see if the cops are looking>
It's time to dig out your wallets and place your bets. You could win a fortune or else Vito could come calling if you don't pay up.
NEWLY ADDED PROP.
how many times will the 11 am update be cut and pasted on Doc Masters blog?
Today's Dolly Propositions
Where will dolly make landfall?
What time will Dolly make landfall?
How many times will someone predict a cat 3 or higher in the first 300 posts of Doc Master's blog?
Updated: 2:17 PM GMT on July 22, 2008
By: ricderr, 2:59 PM GMT on July 17, 2008
Can someone explain why when you go on vacation your work just piles up on your desk and no fairies come and do it for you? It’s Thursday, four days since I’ve returned from vacation and I can’t remember what vacation felt like.
Obama in ’08! I just felt the need to say that.
The last few weeks I have been impressed with IKEA, the home furnishings store. What a concept. From nuts to bolts, from furniture to sales concepts, they are an amazing company with amazing products. Let me start from the beginning.
When Wilma hit and our pool enclosure was wrecked for the second time and we decided no more enclosure and the money we recouped from insurance for it we would use on remodeling our kitchen, floor to ceiling. Now, I know more about kitchens than I actually do in my present job as I am NKBA certified and in California I ran the cabinet departments for all stores of the company I worked for. So of course, being on the retail purchasing end was quite a shock when for just plain inexpensive cabinets, without bells or whistles, without countertops or plumbing was over 4,000 dollars and when designed the way Becky wanted it in the same cheap line was almost 8,000 dollars. Of course dream cabinets were almost 13,000 bucks and I was about to have a heart attack. Then Becky remembered IKEA and I was shocked at how low their prices were. With all the bells and whistles and with a stylish door we were back to the affordable range. There was one major catch. You have to assemble them yourself. Of course, regardless of price, most important is the cabinets can withstand the abuse of the Der Clan and we made the two hour drive to check them out. Not only is the quality good, it’s as good as most you find at Lowes and Home Depot and better than some. I was impressed, but daunted at the task of assembly especially when you realize that every little piece comes in it’s own package and you have to first gather all the packages before you can start. Well, needless to say someone at IKEA has more than half a brain and everything goes together flawlessly. Whoever designed the specialty screws and fasteners is a genius and I am in awe of how someone thought of this assembly line process that keeps the costs down. To me, it rivals Ford and the assembly line construction of Model T’s. No cabinets were racked and out of square and everything was quite sturdy. Assembly while tedius, but easily done with simple easy to understand directions. Oh, and the kicker, even though IKEA is a European company, the cabinets are made in America. Once the backsplash is tiled I’ll have pictures and that leads to the QOD:
What simple item fascinates you the way it was built and designed?
By: ricderr, 1:20 PM GMT on July 15, 2008
Value is not found in what you have or how much you have but rather in house much you appreciate it.
Good Morning and I wish everyone a happy Tuesday. If you missed it, Monday is officially over and I promise today will not be near as hectic, Ok, for me it won’t be as hectic anyways.
I was listening to the radio during my drive into work and they were discussing an article detailing that the bed, or better said, the misuses of the bed can and do lead to less sex in our lives. It’s the conclusion of this article that the bed should only be used for sleep and sex and one of the causes for lack of sex is that the bed is used as the family gathering, television viewing, reading, laptop viewing and the list goes on and on. Of course, everything the said that was bad, I and Becky do. Our bed and bedroom is the central location of our house. Nigh time will find Becky, me, one or two cats, up to 4 dogs and maybe a kid sharing the bed. It’s typical for all three kids to join us to watch a little TV before lights out in the evening and many a Sunday morning day planning sessions take place right on the bed. So of course it seemed to me that the author of this article sounded just a bit too self righteous for my liking. I say “Pashaw” to the idea of a puritanical bed. However, was the author self righteous or in fact instead was he or she just a holder of strong convictions? Even here on the blogs, I’ve been accused and I’m sure others have to of being self righteous when to me I wasn’t, but since I’m not sure I really know the difference was I wrong? It almost seems that what one posts can be taken either way, and that leads to the QOD:
What is the difference of being self righteous or holding a strong opinion?
By: ricderr, 12:04 PM GMT on July 14, 2008
The dream of an easy buck is the fodder of a foolish man.
Will somebody tell the lottery people to pick my numbers so next time I go on vacation I can just stay on vacation. Did you miss me? Don’t answer that, I’ll just stick with my overactive imagination and think everyone did and missed me terribly.
Vacation was nice, but no we didn’t get the kitchen finished. The second lazy susan cabinet was the wrong finish so instead of making the 4 hour round trip before we left for Orlando we incorporated it into the ride home and I’ll finish it up the next few weeknights. Well, that is except for the 40 coats of finish to be applied on the wood countertops. There must be an easier way, but I haven’t figured it out yet.
We got to say hi to the mouse. Disney is still as great as it has always been and although times change and rides change the idea of Disney stays the same. I do now have a new favorite ride. At Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the Tower of Terror ride tops the chart. It’s a free fall ride done up as an elevator in a haunted hotel and the feeling of weightlessness is fantastic. Oh, and I’ll never stay in a traditional hotel again if I can help it. A 1300 square foot condo, where you can spread out, lounge on a couch or chair, and everyone has access to their own space was fantastic and then to have someone come in and make the bed and change the towels, priceless.
I see things have changed here as well. I’ll have to figure out this quote idea. What’s wrong with management, don’t they know we live for cut and paste? I see bertha is killing the “fishies,” 94L keeps nudging the models northward and just about everyone else has forgotten any other weather tragedies that isn’t tropical related. Yes, hurricane season is in full swing.
That leads to the theme of today, the more things change, the more they stay the same, there’s always a constant, you can vacation here and there, you can see this or that, but there’s always home to come back to and that leads to the QOD:
Looking back over your life, as far back or not as far back, your choice, what has been the most constant part of your life and what has changed dramatically?
By: ricderr, 12:11 PM GMT on July 07, 2008
I know I know, I'm supposed to be on vacation, but because we are swamped here at work I decided to work today and start vacation tomorrow. This will be the last QOD until next Monday. I'll still pop on when I can. I have a stupid forecast contest I'm still in. I call it stupid only because I decided to gamble and go for no rain on Friday and got my butt burned big time. I knew it was real dicey, but I also knew most everyone else was going to go for rain. It was a strategic move that backfired big time.
Well, with Bertha and the early long shot that she might pay a visit, in Florida, we're now in season. I might have not visited the blogs over the weekend, but I was on enough to track Bertha and see if she was going to mess with my Disney plans later this week. The fat lady might not have sung yet, but it's looking better and better she'll either be a fish or at worst pay a visit to Bermuda as a minor hurricane. I do have to laugh at all those that poo pooed Bertha while worrying over 93L. Just goes to show you for all our boasts, we're not the NHC
On a sadder note, one of my coworker’s wife is dying. She has cancer, she doesn't have long to live and this manly man's heart is breaking in front of us all. What he doesn't realize is that he's a hero to many of us. He's there right by her side, anything and everything she needs he provides. If she calls for anything he leaves work and rushes to her. He gets her up in the morning and makes sure she's ready for the hospice nurse and then and only then does he think of himself. I guess some have said it would be easier for him to put her into a rest home for her remaining months but this guy will have none of it. As sad it is, it is also a beautiful thing to see someone taking the responsibility to pay for the price of love.
On second thought, I don't have a question. Some days they're not needed because more than questions we have the answer of what is right, right in front of us
By: ricderr, 2:09 PM GMT on July 03, 2008
I woke up this morning at 4:30, a nightmare still ringing through my head. Do you know the sound someone’s heads makes when it’s smashed against a wall? I do and it’s a sound I always hope to forget until the dreams come. 4:30 and dreams make me introspective and I’m not always proud of the past of the face I see in the mirror. I go on though, because today is better than yesterday and I believe tomorrow will be better than today. It’s hope that drives me and I think I’m not that much different than anyone else, so I’m guessing it’s hope that drives all of us. Hope that our lives will be better, Hope that our kids will do better then we did. Hope that the mistakes of our past will be lessons learned instead of repeated over and over. I see the same things in our country. We’re not always proud of our past, but I think we’re doing better today than yesterday and I think tomorrow will be better than today. No, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any ups and downs, there won’t be any tough times, but I honestly believe that there will be more things better than worse than today in the future. With that said though, what truly amazes me is America and being American means so many different things to so many people and even so we can share a bond of community and patriotism. Come Friday on the 4th, as we watch fireworks there will be no Republican or Democrat, there will be no natural born or immigrant, no liberal or conservative, there will be Americans, some as different as different can be and still we are one and hopefully as one we can be grateful for our past, despite its imperfections and as one looking forward to a brighter tomorrow and that leads us to the QOD:
What are your plans for the 4th of July and what does it mean to you?
By: ricderr, 12:13 PM GMT on July 02, 2008
Boys and girls it's PBG00's Birthday. Now I have had the pleasure of meeting her a few times and can verify that she actually is as nice as she sounds on here. Oh, she's just as not nice as she sometimes sounds on here to boot. She's just all around good people. Now, how do we, from all over the country and the world in fact, pay tribute to her birthday? Only way I can figure is to go over to her blog and harass the crap out of her! Now I'd give suggestions, but I'm sure most of you could and will be more creative, harass better, and do it in a style fitting to what we've become accustomed to.
Please join me in wishing Goo a Happy 48th Birthday.
By: ricderr, 12:27 PM GMT on July 01, 2008
OK I have to admit I can empathize with those that shake their head at political blogs after taking the time to read Doc Ricky's global warming blog. After 10 minutes I wanted to take a hammer to people on each side of the argument.
It's also getting close to the boiling point over in the good Doc Master's little piece of the world. Blob spotters and Blob naysayers are gathering steam and the cyber insults are flying.
A friend told me, that she thought we needed a hurricane to get people back on track and she might be right. Of course, I'm sick enough to want it close by. No, not affecting my house, but close enough it would pick up the building business and I could land some contracts. Here, my hand is outstretched, grab your rulers and flail away. I know, it's bad mojo to want to profit from a natural disaster.
Now during my morning reading I came across a story of the worst food combination that is now being sold at a minor league ballpark and evidently I am in the minority of thinking it's bad, but it is the Krispy Kreme Bacon Cheeseburger. Yep, cheddar cheese, a hamburger patty and bacon smothered by two glazed donuts. I thought the bacon pie pic was erpable, this truly turns my stomach, but it leads to the QOD:
What is the strangest combination of food you like?
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