One Down

My 2009 New Year’s resolution went something like, “I would like to be able to do something on New Years Day 2010 that I couldn’t do on New Years Day 2009.” Well, today I passed my exam for the Technician level (Element 2) Ham operator’s license. Now, what exactly I’ll do on New Year’s Day 2010 that I did not do on New Year’s Day 2009, I’m not sure… 73

Family That Blogs Together

Well, my Tuesday’s with Nicole continue to be a high point of my weeks and the thought of her moving back home is exciting (another post). What is really cool, is that she is now blogging. OK, she has not yet laid down a trend to know if she will be any more prolific than her old man, but I do so enjoy reading her stuff… and it is not just because she says sweet things about her dad. So, go over and visit and while your there leave some comment love.

Tuesdays with Nicole

For about a month now I have been meeting my daughter for breakfast Tuesday mornings. We meet at a local coffee/bagel shop before heading to work. I really enjoy this time with her. I am always the first to arrive for our breakfast. Nicole is typically not distracted by being on time. I have come to believe this is a genetic predisposition for which she can thank her mother.

Nicole has a busy life full of all kinds of distractions; some more serious than other — not unlike most 22 year olds. She is working full time and going to school part time as well as working with a young boy through the Autism Society part time. Nicole has an incredible heart, for which I also think her mother deserves a genetic nod.

Nicole has been dating a wonderful young man for long enough to suggest it will be with him that she spends her future. With this comes the likely prospect that she will be moving away in the not too distant future; maybe next year, perhaps the following. It is this prospect that has me holding jealously tight to my Tuesday mornings all the more.

"Mad At a Myth"

“Mad At a Myth” is a poem by Phillip E. Long and you can find it in its entirity here. There are several nuggets that I thoroughly enjoy in this poem. My favorite nugget is likely this bit:

I think some of you are mad at Jesus but,
If you ask me, it doesn’t add up.
I mean, I’m not that good at math and
I don’t understand the Holy Trinity,

But I took trigonometry three times
Before I could admit there was anything
I would never figure out completely like?
How could you be so mad — at a myth?

No one holds grudges against Santa and the Tooth fairy
Or mythical beings like Thor and Zeus.
When it comes to personal insult and injury,
Fictional hallucinations are never abused.

What I think I enjoy most is its length. As I read it I am repeatedly thinking, “Oh, that was good. How about some more?” — and there is. I have made several attempts at writing some thoughts into poems and I routinely get started and quickly decide to bring it to an end before I ramble and make less and less sense of the point. God bless the Haiku!

25 Random Things

Janelle (see #4) tagged me. This was first posted on Facebook, but I figured I would crosspost it here as well. If you are so inclined to put together a similar list of your own, consider yourself tagged er, tug…

The Rule: Write a post with 25 random things, facts, habits, or goals about you. Then tag whoever, however you wish.

25 things about me:

1. I’m not sure I can think of 24 more things to list.
2. OK, now I’m not sure I can think of 23 more things to list.
3. I just realized this may be easier than I thought 😉
4. I have no doubt I will get back at Janelle for this…

OK, more to the point of this thing:

5. I was without finger prints for the better part of my 16th and 17th summers…
6. I had a job gluing and pressing sandpaper belts…
7. I worked third shift.
8. I learned to drive in a ’72 VW Super Beetle…
9. It was manual shift…
10. I was 14.
11. I once had the hiccups for 3 straight hours…
12. It was the time I first tried ‘chew’…
13. It was “Red Man”.
13. I am realizing I married my best friend…
14. We have 2 beautiful children…
15. They are adults.
16. I am the same age as our new President, Barack Obama…
17. I am not sure what I want to be when I grow up…
18. I am not sure that I intend to grow up.
19. I have discovered Amazon’s One-Click and mp3 downloader…
20. I am really diggin’ Amos Lee…
21. I shall soon be broke…
22. I hated English class in High School…
23. I loved English class in College…
24. Poets can make me cry…
25. I am in awe of a Creator who creates the sunset and allows His creation to photograph it and call themselves creative.

Upon Second Look

Driving to work blinking and yawning. A process that attempts to both moisten and clarify a contact wearer’s vision. Seen on a panel truck I pass: Steamless Guitars. How exceptionally peculiar… blink, blink, yawn… ah, seamless gutters. Imagine my sudden apprehension when seeing a sign outside the local bakery: French Batard. Note to self — remove contacts this evening for cleaning!

Simple Gifts

I really enjoyed watching the inauguration today. Well, I really, really enjoyed the snow day. The last snow of any substance around here was back in ’04. Dylan thoroughly enjoyed it and wanted nothing more that to stay out in it.

Being home today allowed me to watch much of the events going on in Washington. I appreciate the traditions and the intended formality of it all. Today I especially appreciated the John Williams’ arrangement of “Air and Simple Gifts” performed by Yo-Yo Ma , Itzhak Perlman , Anthony McGill and Gabriela Montero. I found it quite moving, but I must say that I prefer the ‘simpler’ version of the old Shaker hymn as performed by Richard Hefner with nothing but his Uke to accompany him. Enjoy: click to play

What? 2009?

When did that happen?

What follows here is just some odd ramblings as I stumble into the new year, head spinning and eyes still getting used to a pair of multifocal contact lenses. The doctor said to give myself several days to get used to them and to not keep looking through just one or the other. Yep, that was the thing to tell me. All the way home it was, with right eye closed, “hey, look how clear I can see close up”; close left eye, “hey, look how clear that sign is up there.” Never tell me not to.

If you ever take notice of the fm.com thingy at the bottom of my right column over there — the thingy that seems not to be working right now — you may notice that I am rediscovering Warren Zevon. Actually, what I am discovering is Amazon’s mp3 downloader. That in cahoots with their one-click payment is potentially very draining.

I was to be traveling up to PA next week on business, but as it turns out the reason for the meeting is in the hospital. The French are not very open with details so I have no idea what is specifically the issue, but if you feel so led please send one up for Laurentin. So, this means I am staying home here in North Carolina where it has suddenly gotten very cold. I think the recent fair weather streak was part of the reason that the new year snuck up and right on by me.

A shoutout to all those involved with Resolution. I think it is a great idea and a wonderful way to provide support and encouragement! Personally, I forgot to make any resolutions this year. My bride and I were talking about it the other night and I said that I would like to be able to do something on New Years Day 2010 that I couldn’t do on New Years Day 2009. I’m open to ideas. I must say that I think I had reasonable success with my 2008 resolution.

We are in the middle of our Sunday School Winter semester. I am having the considerable pleasure of leading a class that we are calling Scripture Through a Lens. We have a list of Bible verses submitted by the class. From this list we take one verse per week and hunt for a photograph that best expresses how that week’s verse speaks to us. We are allowed to use pictures we have taken before. The photos are emailed to me and I then compile them into a slide show that we walk through Sunday morning and have some great conversation along the way. There are some tremendous photographs and it has been a bunch of fun for me.

As 2009 gets rolling I am thinking that I am forgetting to share something I had in mind to. I suppose it just gives me a reason to put together another post before long.

Be Peace!