Rants, Raves, & Random Thoughts

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday 55

Welcome to Friday 55. The object of the exercise is to write a story using exactly 55 words. If you participate, be sure to drop a comment at G-Man’s blog so others will know how to find your story.

With a flick of the wrist, I induce a mighty rumble. The ground shakes, vibrations carry through my body. My left hand squeezes. The right one rotates up and down. My left foot kicks a lever and the beast is ready to be unleashed. I release her and we surge forward on the open road.


Wednesday, May 13, 2009


It’s time for another installment of The Darwin Awards.

(27 December 2008, Serbia) 23-year-old Strahinja Raseta was wanted by Croatian police for murder, as well as for a spectacular robbery of a central post office. He fled to Serbia to evade the law.

But even bad guys have friends. Raseta had a friend, and his friend had lent him E15,000. Some loans can never be repaid. This was such a loan. Finding himself unable to earn or steal the funds needed to reimburse his friend, Raseta attempted to end the matter in another way--by murdering the lender!

He crawled under his creditor's Jeep and planted an explosive. However, the muffler was still hot, and the heat set off the explosive while Raseta was beneath the vehicle. He died in hospital the next day in the Serbian capital city of Belgrade, illustrating the truth of the Shakespearean adage, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be."

Neither a borrower nor a lender be;
For loan oft loses both itself and friend.
Shakespeare (Lord Polonius, in Hamlet)


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

A Rant of Sorts...

I wonder what the world has in store for us or where I place will be in it in the future. There is no doubt the economy has been in crisis for quite some time. Have we seen the worst of it? Crime is rising almost as fast as the unemployment rate. The cost of living is going up and the average family income is going down. I still see signs of prosperity, but they are always overshadowed by stories of family struggling just to get by.

Sure, the government has tried to step in to turn everything around, but is it really working or is it just a really expensive band-aid with poor adhesive? Of course this help won’t come without a price. It’s a price we won’t likely have to pay, but the U.S. has put itself into such a deep financial hole, we may not recover fully in my life time. I truly feel sorry for our kids and grandkids that will have to shoulder the brunt of this burden. Well, if we survive as a country that is. We have weakened ourselves to the point that it is no longer out of the question that America could fall victim to a hostile takeover without a single bullet being fired. We are corporate America and I think we’ve all seen examples of one corporation buying another’s debts to bend them to their will. How long before someone tries to put a leash on the mighty giant?

I look at my son and I wonder if he will have the same opportunities I’ve had. Will he have the same freedoms I enjoy? Will his world be a better place than mine? Will his children be safe?

So, I want to know your thoughts. Have we seen the worst of it? Do you think we are taking the right steps to get the economy back on track? What would you do different if you were in charge?

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Weekend Recap

It was a great weekend, but it wound up being too short. I really could’ve used an extra day… maybe even two. We managed to pack a whole lotta fun into the time we were allotted though.

On Friday, we met up with some friends and went out to hear a bit of live music. As most of you know, I’m a big fan of concerts and I had a Shinedown, Hailstorm, and Aranda evening all lined up for us. We decided to meet at a local hotspot, The Gray Snail, before the concert. When we arrived we were surprised to find that Hailstorm was performing an acoustic set before their big show at the Cain’s Ballroom. It was great. While we were killing time waiting for the main event, we ran into an old friend of ours. After a brief discussion we realized that she could use our tickets much more than we could, so we gave her ours and went out to hear some local talent instead.

Saturday morning we suited up in our finest leathers, jumped on my bike and went to take part in a poker run to support Cancer Sucks. It was a great ride and supported a great cause.

After the ride, it was time to head home, shower up and giddy up to our next event. We joined a group of friends at a place called The Fox & Hound for an evening of Pool, Darts, catching up with old friends, and making new ones.

Sunday, of course, was Mother’s Day. And I want to take a minute to wish a belated Happy Mother’s Day to you all. I hope it was a joyous time spent with cherished loved ones. We had a marvelous lunch that my brother prepared while visiting my mom. He made homemade Sesame Chicken and let me tell you… it was to die for. After lunch, we spent a brief bit of time at home, before my SIL invited us out for an impromptu cookout at her place. More free food? You know they didn’t have to twist my arm to get me to agree to that one. So, we finished off the evening with some grilled steaks, potatoes and steamed prawns.

Other than that, we just tried to fit in a bit of sleep here and there. We weren’t entirely successful there, but there just wasn’t enough time to fit everything in and get a full night’s rest. Oh well, I can sleep when I die.

So, how was your weekend?


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