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I am back to blog once more. Yes really, I read an interesting piece today, the subject of which falls in the the road to hell is paved wit...

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.