Thursday, August 31, 2006

Put Another Blog on the Fire

It's Thursday, so my TGIF is almost here, hopefully I am nearing the end of this Sinus Hell. I can't wait for fall, the cold snap will be such a welcome change from this sauna by the river. A morning person I am not, so of course I was running late as usual and that only inflames the other drivers into taunting me into a road rage frenzy.

Ahhh, Memphis drivers, we should hold a holiday specifically for you, to honor just how bad you really are... who else could so blatently and talentlessly break every rule of the road and 'give the finger' to your innocent fellow roadsmen? Cutting people off left and right, only to make the next turn and lane hopping like the wind... You know that the other lane is going to come to a halt the minute you change, so why not just sit back and listen to your radio and maybe relax for a moment? Where do you think you are going?

Is there some special destination that I am unaware of where the person who arrives first wins a million dollars? If so, please roll the window down and tell me so I can speed straight ahead of you! Memphis drivers, you have no idea how ridiculous you are, or the reputation that you have gained, or indeed how many lives you endanger on a daily basis... Maybe you do know... and just don't care.

For those of you who have survived the morning commute and/or have had the insane luck of surviving your fellow drivers to arrive at this moment, then you can be lucky enough to learn that today, August 31st, is known oddly enough as National Blog Day. I know, I was as shocked as you. It seems that I am supposed to share with you 5 new blogs that you can discover on your magical journey to higher blog realization, but since I am fairly new to this, I don't know many to share.

Enjoy your day, and please... as Mother always told us, look both ways before crossing the street. Especially if you live in Memphis.

What happened today?

Happy Birthday to

1924 - Buddy Hackett, American actor and comedian (d. 2003)
1928 - James Coburn, American actor (d. 2002)
1944 - Roger Dean, British contemporary artist and album cover designer
1945 - Van Morrison, Irish musician
1949 - Richard Gere, American actor
1970 - Deborah Gibson, American singer
1972 - Chris Tucker, American actor

And you as well, if you were lucky to be born on this lovely last day of August... Hello my wonderful sister, Vickie. I need coffee!

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

"Our life is made by the death of others."
-Da Vinci

Life is a funny thing... We are constantly trying to stay afloat in the muck of day to day reality, always growing, always learning. We think we are on a journey of knowledge... learning how to live. Sometimes, however it can seem that we are really on a different journey, learning how to die. Death seems to be all around us.

Too many have passed lately for me to feel ultimate comfort. Family members, family friends, and as I happen to catch the news, far too much more violence to allow for any hopes of nirvana. I guess it depends on how you look at it. We all have the choice to live as if we are going to die, or live as if we were already dead. I see more and more that the journey is not that long, but that the ride can be a happy one with no regrets. Mostly, I know that family and close friends are more important than we sometimes let them know, and they or we, are sometimes not here long enough, and we take for granted the valuable loves and friendships that we're so blessed to have.

It's very easy to hate, but harder to love. But let me tell you that the love is far more worth it, so I highly recommend that you experience it before the ride is over.

Cliche, but true, 'It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.'

To my sister, Debbie, I love you and even though I don't see or talk to you nearly enough, maybe we can change that. My thoughts are with you during this time of loss.

To Quote Further, A few more nice sentiments on death...
Gilda Radner: "
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I've learned, the hard way, that some poems don't rhyme, and some stories don't have a clear beginning, middle, and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what's going to happen next. Delicious Ambiguity."

Charlie Daniels:
A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You're free at last.

(Written en route to the funeral for his friend,
Ronnie Van Zant of the band, Lynyrd Skynyrd.)

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Reflections on Bliss from the 32nd floor

Ahhh, days of old...

Nothing so innocently blissful as Youth... as I, frolicking through childhood with the chickens and the horses, breathed in the fresh scent of rolling fields, having not a care in the world.

Back to reality-the workpile (the drawingboard if you will). I peek out the window from this thirty-second floor, watching the ants below on Main St... dodging raindrops and going back to their offices no doubt-It's Tuesday afternoon.

Happy Birthday Daddy!!!!

How about this Blog Thang?

Welcome to the blog; I had to create one to be able to post on one, so here it is. I don't know exactly what i'm going to add to this 'blog'... but we'll see... I'm sure i'll think of something. Happy evening...

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A Forrest

Trophy Case

Thank you everyone who has given me an award! You're all #1 in my book.

Courtesy of Cindi!

Courtesy of Tink!

Thanks Cindi!!

I'm bad assed!!

From Her Indoors

From Speedcat Hollydale

Courtesy of Jay's World

Thanks a million guys!!!