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Wednesday

Last Day

Today is the last day of the year in the gregorian calender. We call it new year's eve almost as though it were nothing without the day that follows it.

Not true.

This is a day for looking back as well as forward.

People in many places look at the year as a whole and decide what was the best,worst, biggest, most money making, top 1, top 10, top 100 song, movie, tv show, news story or whatever.
Many of us spen the day thinking about new years resolutions that statistically we won't keep more than a few weeks, if at all.
Many of us will spend the last few hours in a party where the countdown will be cheered and we'lll kiss our honeys'

Consider this, though. This IS the last day of the year.
For many it wil be the last day of their lives.
It may be you, It may be me, It may be all of us.
When you take your look back consider this, Is your heart right with God?
Give your self something to look forward to whether there's a tomorrow or not and reconcile with God this last day.

Tuesday

Review....sorta

You know, seem like theres nothing to blog about when I'm off work, so I'll blog about that.
Nahh...

Went to the movies today and saw Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
AWWWESOME! A fantastic finale to the series.
My oldest little monkey went with me. She said she liked it when they were between battles.
Which meant she didn't like it much, considering how battlefilled it was.

My Other Two little monkeys went with Mrs Monkey to see 'Cheaper By The Dozen',
the new Steve Martin Flick and they all loved it. Couldn't stop talking about it.
I like Steve Martin,he was great in the Jerk, Roxanne, Three Amigos, LA Story,
Father of the Bride, and others. But hey it was one of my few chances to see
a movie I want to see, and I've wanted to see it since I saw Two Towers with
my cousin Chuck before he shipped off to Germany. Also the reviews of 'cheaper'
said it was Stinker and Bobo, I opted for my movie of choice.

Quit looking at me like that. I really thought my ten year old daughter would like it too.
Really. I did.
Anyway I promised her I 'd take her to Peter Pan to make up for it.

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Saturday

And all through the house

Christmas night nothing was stirring except my Mrs Space Monkey and
I taking down the ornaments, tree, lights, garland, stockings, Santa
snowglobe and everything else remotely Christmassy. You see, she
was raised in a family that put everything up thanksgiving night and
then took everything down Christmas night. Believe it or not her step
mom took everything down Christmas Eve after the family meal
and gift exchange. My family? We always left it all out till New Years day.

Just seems like Christmas longer to me

Well, at least the wreaths are still on the doors. Until she remembers them, that is.

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Wednesday

Merry Christmas

The tree at my house, Photo by Phil

Just got back from holiday at my parent's house out of town.
I hope this holiday season finds you all warm, loved and secure.
Lots of things can be said about the holiday season.
Some might say it makes them feel left out or unincluded. To them I say join in and be included.
Some might say it's gotten too commercial. To them I say show me something that's not.
Some might say it Jesus' birthday. To them I say show me book chapter and verse.
I also say it's a good thing to commemorate His birth even if we don't know what day it happened. It DID happen and we should remember that.
I also say its a good thing to enjoy family and spend time together with the ones who raised you and you grew up with as well as the ones you are raising.
I say have a great Christmas, hug your mom and your dad and,brother, sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and of course your kids.
And while your hugging them, tell them all how much you love 'em.
Tell them because you never know, you might be missing them next year,
or they might be missing YOU.

I say HO HO HO, Merry Christmas.
What do you say?

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Friday

Wizard!

The scaredest I ever remember being as a kid was watching the Wizard of OZ, when the wicked witch sent her flying monkeys after Dorothy. Those dark beasts with their batlike wings and their fangs scared the living boogaloo out of me.
Monkeys in Flight - From the Wizard of OZ
Porcelin Flying Monkey

I wonder how many kids these days are scared by the Wiz with Wacko Jacko in it?

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Thursday

Suggestion Request

I am considering getting my 3 little space monkeys a nintendo gamecube for Christmas (I can almost hear the offended cringe at the phrase). I like the fact that some come with a couple of games, ie StarWard clone wars and tetris worlds. They already have two gameboy advance's that I hear hope make decent controllers for the 'cube. Anybody got any experience with such a setup?

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Tuesday

Spirit of the Season?

Well, it's that time again, Office Christmas Party time. I'm sure your getting ready for yours if your haven't had it already. We had ours this past weekend at a really nice hotel by the bay. The served a nice meal buffet style and had a open (read free) bar from 6 till 10. The people at the table my wife and I sat at had taken liberal advantage of the free flowing alcohol and were feeling very, humorous, at least they thought so. Somehow things are just funnier when you shout them when you have a lot of devil water in you.

I guess.

At least that's what they all (more or less) seemed to think. Well, we ate our meal quickly, said my meet and greets to the boss and his boss and headed to our room. I thought I'd left the "party" at the party but it's now Tuesday full 3 days later and I'm still hearing lots of conversation how much they 'partied'

So many talking about how much they drank,
Asking others how much THEY drank,
asking if they remember much,
how drunk they got,
what they drank,
who gave them something FREE to drink after the open bar went to cash, (wasn't that nice?)
where in the hotel they drank,
how drunk their date/spouse/supervisor got,
what they prefer to drink,
what they prefer NOT to drink,
how silly so-and-so acted when they were drunk.

Ah yes even though they may be sober at the moment they still look at that evening with their beer goggles on.
I marvel at how immature these 'adults' behaved that night as well as how immature their conversation is now. I know I sound a jerk on my moral high horse, but c'mon, this isn't college and that wasn't a frat party. If you can't have self control when there's alcohol around can't you at least NOT act like imbibing to the point of drunkenness is a major life accomplishment?

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Monday

We got him

Ace of Spades. Photo by US ARMY

I am almost sorry they didn't just plug the vent and smoke him out.

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Friday

Wahh Wahh Wahh.

FOXNews.com - Politics - Bush Defends Iraq Reconstruction Policy
What do you mean just because France, Germany, Canada and the gang tried everything short of military force (now wouldn't that have been ironic?) to prevent the liberation of Iraq they aren't gonna get any moolah to rebuild Iraq?

England? Absolutely.
Italy, Si!
Australia, oh yeah.
Spain? Sure.
Poland? Uh huh, no problem there.
Japan? Yep.
And a few more as well.
But those other clowns? NO WAY.

Freezing them out is just the way it should be.

I've had a brainstorm. These are US contracts paid in US dollars out of the US treasury and WE say who gets them. Your briliant flying space monkey has thought of a fair thing to do.
We let the crybabies (french, germans, etc) FUND whatever they want and let them decide whoever they want to get the contract? Sound good? Oh yeah, they'll need to provide their own security, too. No sense risking coalition boys and girls lives protecting them.

I wonder if that would fly...

But c'mon, If you try to keep me out of the kitchen don't show up expecting free supper when I'm done cooking.

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Thursday

G M & O
Relic of the Glory Days of Big Industry. Photo by SpaceMonkey
The Gulf Mobile and Ohio Railroad Headquarters Building.
This beautiful building, recently restored, catches my eye every day on the way to and from work.

SpaceMonkey AWAAAAAAY!!!!

Tuesday

Scene on the way
Thought this looked pretty.
This is a scene of downtown Mobile around sunset. The sky looked cool. Photo by SpaceMonkey
I know I've been the king of the short and/or infrequent and/or photoless post but I'm changing that.
So from now on it will Long and/or Photoful (is that a word) and hopefully more frequent.
Battlestar Galactica
It wasn't what I expected, and as Mrs Stewart would say 'that's a good thing.' It was not campy, it was not a sequel, and had none of the original players but it did show homage to the first series in a way. The good ship Galactica has been put on display as a touring museum of sorts. A tour guide is over heard saying the ship was a relic of the first Cylon war and had rudimentary technology even though more advanced tech was available when it was built. In his words, 'it has a computer that barely deserves the title'. The are several old vipers on display but after the battle gets under way they can't launch them easily because the nearest launch bay has been turned into a gift shop. Oh, it still has a crew of the colonial fleet and a small modern viper force, and its still commanded by Commander Adama, though he's harder, darker and more flawed than Lorne Greene's version of him. Apollo is there too but it his callsign not his name, his real name is Lee Adama. Starbuck is there too but its HER callsign not HER name. Yeah Starbuck is a woman, how about that? The events of the series start as the the battlestar is on the eve of its decommissioning. It was for the twelve colonies what 9/11 would have been for the US, if Al Qaida had high tech, A sneak attack with nukes , no less. I like that this new miniseries showed why the battlestar was on the run in the first place. I don't think they showed that on the original series. I won't give anymore away. Sci fi channel showed it twice last night and it watched it both times. I look forward to tonight's installment.
Oh yeah, one more thing, unlike the Cylons of yore, the new Cylons are really, really sneaky and really, really good shots.

Thursday

On the miserable failure train?
Ok,I'll admit I'm a little behind in my politics but this is interesting and not at all insignifigant.
Other Blogly Experience
Wrote a little piece for the Kudzu. Check it out here.

Wednesday

GWB, A Miserable failure?
NO, Bill Clinton was a miserable failure. Al Gore was a miserable failure.
George W. Bush is a LEADER.
Tooth Update
The tooth is hanging in there, the 'grownup' tooth is starting to come in behind it and I thinking about getting her to pull it. And video it of course.
She won the two-fer tuesday contest

Tuesday

Tooth Update

Believe it or not the tooth is still loose, verrry loose.
You can see my sweet girl on today's two-fer tuesday on the Kudzu.

Friday

11 Years and Counting

Another wonderful year with my wonderful wife has come and gone. I love the life we have made together and the future that stands before us. I love the children we have made together. I love that we are both committed to raising them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. I look forward to growing old with her and sitting on the front porch with her watching our grandchildren play in the yard. These are just dreams but she makes mine come true. I love Karen, all the much in the world.

Thursday

Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving
After some consideration, I've realized I should be thankful for not only the things I have, but for the things I don't have that I wouldn't be able to handle. For instance, great wealth on scale of Bill Gates. I'd like to think I could handle it but likely it would only bring excess and more problems than I'd care to imagine, I don't mean this in a 'Sour Grapes' way, really, I don't think. Or maybe I do. I know there's the fantasy about If I were rich I'd do all this good for people like the poor and the sick and the sad and lonely, but what do I do for them now? Well,other than giving at church and giving the occasional person whose car is kaput and on the side of the road a lift or a push? On some level I know I'm rich relative to the rest of the population of the globe. But when I look around I don't look that rich compared to my neighbors. Maybe I need to travel to a third world nation to get some perspective on how rich I truly am. I do know that since I have a job, food, shelter and a loving family, I have more than many. I also have problems that I can deal with and I don't have any that I can't. I'm thankful for that.

Tuesday

Monday

Don't you hate it when...

Don't you hate it when you go to your favorite blog and find it hasn't been updated since you read it last?
Don't you hate it when you realize the reason its not been updated is its YOUR blog and YOU haven't posted anything lately?
Well I do, and I did, so I did. Not that I'm all excited about it or anything. Slow news days.

THIS JUST IN.....
My middle girl has a loose tooth, her first loose tooth. more as the story develops.

Thursday

Freaky

Think the British all hate us and/or Bush?

Think again. And this guy knows his stuff.
Ah.... Stress and Stress Management.
revised to protect my employment

Management: You are a hard working employee!
Me: You are a very effective manager!
Management: You may keep your job!
Me: Yes...{smile}.... yes I may!
Finally
A difinitive answer to the age old question. And yes, they do tackle the whole African vs European controversy as well.
Estimating the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow

Wednesday

Vodka Drinking Contest Winner Loser

News from Russia, The winner of a vodka drinking contest dies. Read about it here.
Maybe next year the first three to die of alcohol poisioning will receive a free burial in an absolut bottle shaped coffin.

Tuesday

Good morning

Helped the wife move her classroom to their new building last night. Well, not the room itself but the stuff, the heavy stuff. Not a whole lot of it but it was plenty.

Monday

Unintentional Theme Alert

I didn't mean to get on an 80's kick but...... Ahh, hats off to LAUNCHcast and their Awesome 80's channel, I now have music source that I love cuz its free and It's the music I grew up with. LAUNCHcast is a site that keeps me in them tunes I love and keeps the $ in my pocket. Plus you can rate the music your like or hate. Now I'll NEVER hear another Madonna song again at least while I listen to launch. Let the good times roll. [a song I listened to on launch just the other day].


Thursday

I love the 80's



That was a fun quiz. scored a totally awesome 92 points. duuuude

Tuesday

Belated Happy 29th birthday

Hope you had a great one Steve.

Ode to Coffee

Wonderful beans of flavor, the boost you always bring
You help us wake to meet the day that is why we sing
When antisocial behaviors we need to suppress
We turn to your warm, dark caffeinated caress
When our heads are a cracking from missing you a lot
We know to see you once more we must merely brew a pot
We drink you with pastries, doughnuts, eclairs and such
We can walk again with you, our friend ,as you are our dear crutch
We love your aroma, your froth, your hue.
Doggoneit coffee, we, love, you.

Saturday

Lunar Eclipse Tonight

Nice show, hope everyone saw it. I watched in the backyard with my ten year old daughter. She loves everything spacy. She wants to be an astonaut one day. That was a dream of mine too at one time. Maybe hers will come true. Mine still could, I guess, but I don't have 20 million to pony up to the Ruskies for a Soyuz seat.

Friday

Another work week gone!

Alright. Good job everyone. Thanks for the hard work.
At least it was payday.

Thursday

Hey now, I got comments, Now can I hear a wahoo? .... wahoo! That's right.... wah hoo.

Wednesday

After 1 and a half days counting crap inventory, I'm back at my wonderful desk.

Saturday

OK I do have cute pics of my girls in halloween garb, but the (free) pic posting thing still eludes me.

Thursday

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?



C'mon, I'm an ELF? Oh well at least it's the middle earth variety.
-2000 words so far

Well as you can tell the picture thing is not working out yet. Since I am too cheap to get my own domain and webspace, I have been trying to find a free way to host my pics.

I did do ok on a test yesterday though.
You can check out my brainbench.com transcript.

Tuesday

Drum Roll Please.....

Photo by Phil
This is the first pic I took with my newsed digicam. I know, I know, it looks kinda wierd. You see, I thought it had already snapped the picture but I guess I was wrong. Of course that's not the only pic I've taken just the first and I'm posting it. Oh yeah what's it a picture of? My wife, Karen, behind the wheel of our car. Beautiful.

Space wanted

Now I got lots of pix and have no webspace to put them, phooey.

Friday

News ..this just in....

I just got a digital camera, so NOW I can put some pix on here.
oooh baby.

Thursday

Way to Go China

Well they finally did it. They put their guy up there. I wonder how long before they can claim a moon landing of their own?
I think we need to do what the Japanese did, we need to scuttle NASA and replace it with something leaner and new.

Monday

Another Short Post

Watched that new show 'cold case' last night, not bad. Home from work today though..no not because of Columbus Day..we work on Columbus Day..it's my stupid sinuses.

Thursday

Travel

I have always liked to travel. My dad was a construction supervisor and we traveled. Around the South mostly, but once we went out west and that was a real adventure. Monte Vista Colorado was where I spent the majority of my sophomore year of high school. Saw abandoned gold mines, old logging towns, narrow mountain passes and of all things sand dunes. Of course I met lots of interesting people too. Native Coloradans, transplanted Texans, Californians and even a Mainite or Mainer (she was from Maine). One older guy from church build his own crane. He had about 4 different transmissions geared together. He claimed 'I can gear it about any way I like'. Potato farmers, ranchers and inventors. People are different there yet also the same.
Monte Vista is a high altitude town, over 7000 feet, thus the air there is a lot thinner than anywhere in Alabama. Gym class was torture, what with all the running in thin air. I went back a year or so later and went skiing with my buddy Bret. I got a semi concussion trying to impress some girls on the ski slopes.
I have two cousins who are working abroad right now (I've never been outside the US) , Lance is in China and Chuck is in Germany. They drop me a line from time to time so in a way I get to travel with them through their words . But the fun, the adventure is all theirs.

Wednesday

Good Morning

Thick fog hangs over Mobile as well as its outlying areas. The day promises to be a mild one weatherwise. Sinuses are much better. On top of all that had a great visit from two of my aunts from North Alabama at supper last night. I am in a fantastic mood this morning. Wahooo!

Monday

Sinuses, sinuses, sinuses

Well at least the holes in our head don't go all the way through, On the other hand that WOULD relieve the pressure.
Sheesh.
Coffee!

Sometime I wish Sunday would stretch out over two days and just devour Monday. Cup number 2 where are you?

Friday

If the world stopped turning.

Ever wonder what would happen if the world stopped turning? I know Alan Jackson thought about it but in a totally different way.
Since the Earth is roughly 24,000 miles around at the equator and rotates on its axis once per 24 hours. Objects at the equator at rest relative to the spinning earth have a 'resting' momentum of 1000 mile per hour. Object at the poles would have angular momentum. But it would be so low that observers might there might not notice the stop immediately.
Newton's first law of motion dictates that object at rest tend to stay at rest and objects in motion tend to stay in motion. Remember the magician's tablecloth trick? Only this time think of the table as being strapped to the top a speeding truck and instead of pulling the tablecloth out from under the plates, glasses and silverware, the magician slams on the brakes and plates, glasses and silverware fly forward in the direction of the truck's previous motion. So everything would continue under its previous momentum. The earth stops and everything zooms ahead at somewhere between 1000 mph and 0 mph (anywhere above 15 would be bad) People, cars, trains flying forward, spinning actually since friction at the bottom would slow the bottoms of everything initially. The atmosphere would continue moving until friction slowed it too, but at least it would be moving along with you. The water in the seas, lakes, and oceans would have tremendous momentum too. The surface would be scoured by the rushing waters. Wow and that's the part that lets me know it can never happen. God promised us the world never again be destroyed by water. Read Genesis.

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday

late birthday present from my best friend
Yes this picture is bad, but it is me, Phil - photo by Shane

Shane wrote this about me in his blog.
that was cool, thanks shane.

Tuesday

Got a year older yesterday.
My folks had been in town, but had to leave after treating me to lunch. Lotsa well wishers, (not the kind which throws a coin in...) which was nice. Karen took me out to eat which was realy nice. My little girls gave me lots of hugs and 'happy birthday daddy's and 'hey birthday boy's. Life is pretty good.

Thursday

Did you know?

discovered this by accident a couple weeks ago. I was drinking coffee at work and got self conscious about my coffee breath so I started chewing some spearmint gum. Then absentmindedly took a drink of coffee. To my (somewhat) pleasant surprise it tastes like, of all things, pepperoni, and not just any pepperoni it's the kind you get on a really cheap frozen pizza..
Go figure. I wonder if there's a market for pork flavored beverages, for vegetarians, or whatever.

Wednesday

Jet Powered First Stage

I was pondering why I never hear about development of turbine (jet) powered first stages for launch boosters. Especially since SpaceShipOne is going to be carried by the White Knight, a jet powered plane. And then I thought 'hey you haven't looked!'. So I googled up this , This guy did a feasibility study a while back, he was pretty fired up about it at least for a while.

Tuesday


a few things that exist in my head.

flying space monkeys.
an oxygen mine on the moon.
an orbiting solar powered centrifuge for launching space missions.
a tunnel from La to NY that would house a subway that could coast from coast to coast.
a launch vehicle powered to orbit by energy beamed to it.