Sunday, January 20, 2008

Moving Day!

Time has come, I am packing up my stuff and leaving here. I hope that you all will follow me!

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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Blindsided (I just want to ramble)

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind, the kind that blindside you at 4 p.m. on some idle Tuesday. - Everybody's Free ( To Wear Sunscreen)

What about those things that blindside you at 6:00 pm on some idle Wednesday? I got a call this afternoon from my brother. He said that my Momma had suffered from a ruptured aneurysm in her brain and they were life flighting her to Atlanta. He was on the road from Tennessee to meet them at Emory hospital in Atlanta. How could this be? She had left a message wanting to know if we had gotten our Christmas package just hours before.

I called my aunt Belle to see what she knew. She said that Momma's neighbors were at her house delivering some Christmas presents and she was laughing and talking and suddenly grabbed her head, screamed and fell over. She was going with my Uncle Joe to Emory. I asked her if Momma was conscience, she said she was but was in a lot of pain. After the CAT scan they gave her medicine and it calmed her.

My cousin Vonne called a short time later and said that it was too foggy for the flight, so they were taking her by ambulance. Then my brother called and said that they were waiting on a third rider as they were going to have to bag her. A short time later he called and said they had to put a tube in her throat to help her breathe. I started to hate my phone.

My wife made reservations for me to fly out tomorrow afternoon. I cringed each time the phone rang. My brother called again, they didn't make it to Atlanta but had to stop at the North Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville but he didn't know any details. I looked up the number for him and he called. He called back and said that they would only tell him that she was on a respirator and in critical but stable condition. Stable is good, so I held on to that. Then he called and said that the nurse called him back and said that she was in critical and unstable condition.

He called me from the hospital around midnight my time and said that the neurosurgeon was going to drill a hole to relieve the pressure. It wouldn't take long and he would call me back as soon as it was over. I asked him if there was any prognosis, he said no. The last call came an hour later. He said that they drilled the hole and relieved the pressure but that she was brain-dead and if they took her off the respirator she would die.

I am taking the first flight out, in a few hours, if they will let me on. I don't have any idea how to deal with this situation. Please, whatever you do to send god will out to people, send some to me.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Friday, November 09, 2007

The Thin Red Line Revisted

This great evil.

Where's it come from?

How'd it steal into the world?

What seed, what root did it grow from?

Who's doing this?

Who's killing us?

Robbing us of life and light.

Mocking us with the sight
of what we might have known.

Does our ruin benefit the Earth?

Does it help the grass to grow
or the sun to shine?

ls this darkness in you, too?

Have you passed through this night?

The Thin Red Line

Thursday, November 08, 2007

The Song I was Listening To

I met my wife on a train in Chicago. I was coming from Georgia to Portland and her from New York to Montana. I had been listening to the same song over and over on a cheap cassette player. It was Ahead by A Century by Tragically Hip.
First we'd climb a tree and maybe then we'd talk
Or sit silently and listen to our thoughts
With illusions of someday casting a golden light
No dress rehearsal, this is our life
That's when the hornet stung me and I had a feverish dream
With revenge and doubt tonight we smoke them out

You are ahead by a century

Stare in the morning shroud and then the day began
I tilted your cloud, you tilted my hand
Rain falls in real time and rain fell through the night
No dress rehearsal, this is our life

That's when the hornet stung me and I had a serious dream
With revenge and doubt tonight, we smoked them out

You are ahead by a century
But this is our life
and disappointing you getting me down
Somehow it fit and somehow it still does.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Great Falls On Criminal Minds?

Criminal Minds is a show on CBS that follows a group FBI profiling types as they travel around the country. They fly in a jet from town to town solving crimes too tough for the local yokels.

Tonights episode was set in Great Falls Montana. Sort of. Great Falls was a one store town and the landscape looked a lot like the hills of southern California. Here is the episode description:
When one half of a serial-killing duo commits suicide, the team must identify and find the other killer, who has abducted his next victim. Francis Goehring: Michael Cudlitz. Sheriff Williams: Jim Beaver. Henry Frost: Kaj-Erik Eriksen. Harris Townsend: Pat Skipper.

As you can imagine, the episode centers around the militia, minute-men types and there was a lot of talk about Ruby Ridge. All in all, very disappointing but typical.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Some New Facts...

Unless you just got on the intertubes yesterday, you probably already know about Chuck Norris facts. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • When Chuck Norris does a pushup, he isn’t lifting himself up, he’s pushing the Earth down.
  • There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live.
  • Contrary to popular belief, America is not a democracy, it is a Chucktatorship.
  • Chuck Norris doesn't read books. He stares them down until he gets the information he wants.
  • Chuck Norris is the only person in the world that can actually email a roundhouse kick.
  • Google won't search for Chuck Norris because it knows you don't find Chuck Norris, he finds you.
So, I am not a Chuck Norris fan for a number of reasons, but I stumbled upon a little page today that had a list of Linus Torvalds facts. (For those of you less geeky than me, Linus Torvalds wrote the original Linux kernel) Here are some of my favorites:

  • Linus Torvalds can install Linux on a dead badger.
  • Linus only has 2 buttons on his keyboard '1' and '0'
  • Linus Torvalds is more powerful than root.
  • Linus Torvalds can run kill -9 and kill Chuck Norris.
  • Linus Torvalds doesn't die, he simply returns zero.
  • Linus’s kernel never panics.
  • Linus Torvalds has no dependencies.
  • There are no man pages for Linus Torvalds, only god pages.
  • Linus Torvalds can do an infinite loop in five seconds… in his head.

Have fun with those.