Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Blast from the past.- Strap in, shut-up, and hold on. We’re going back.

When I saw this, I just had to repost it.

This was

originally posted by Johnny Virgil on 10/12/07 on the blogsite
15 Minute Lunch.


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Last weekend I put an exhaust fan in the ceiling for my wife's grandfather. After a bunch of hours spent in The Hottest Attic In The Universe, he had a ceiling fan that ducted to the side of his house.

While my brother-in-law and I were fitting the fan in between the joists, we found something under the insulation. What we found was this:



A JC Penney catalog from 1977. It's not often blog fodder just falls in my lap, but holy hell this was two solid inches of it, right there for the taking. I thumbed through it quickly and found my next dining room set, which is apparently made by adding upholstery to old barrels:



Also, I am totally getting this for my bathroom, because obviously nothing absorbs errant pee like a nice, thick shag:



There's plenty more home furnishings where those came from, however I'm not going to bore you with that. Instead, I'm going to bore you with something else. The clothes.

The clothes are fantastic. Imagine if you wore them today.

Here's how to get your ass kicked in elementary school:



Just look at that belt. It's like a boob-job for your pants. He probably needed help just to lift it into place. The belt loops have to be three inches long, for god's sake. And way to pull your pants up to your armpits, grandpa.

Here's how to get your ass kicked in high school:



This kid looks like he's pretending to be David Soul, who is pretending to be a cop who is pretending to be a pimp that everyone knows is really an undercover cop. Who is pretending to be 15.

Here's how to get your ass kicked on the golf course:



This "all purpose jumpsuit" is, according to the description, equally appropriate for playing golf or simply relaxing around the house. Personally, I can't see wearing this unless you happen to be relaxing around your cell in D-block. Even then, the only reason you should put this thing on is because the warden forced you to at gunpoint.

Here's how to get your ass kicked pretty much anywhere:



I'll bet these guys do ok with the ladies. If you look at that picture quickly, it looks like Mr. Bob "No-pants" Saget has his hand in the other guy's pocket. In this case, he doesn't, although you can tell just by looking at them that it's happened - or if it hasn't happened it will. Oh yes. It will. As soon as he puts down his color-coordinated coffee cup.

Here's how to get your ass kicked at the beach:



He looks like he's reaching for a gun, but you know it's probably just a bottle of suntan lotion in a holster.

How to get your ass kicked in a meeting:



If you wear this suit and don't sell used cars for a living, I believe you can be fined and face serious repercussions, up to and including termination. Or imprisonment, in which case you'd be forced to wear that orange jumpsuit; which, frankly, is a step up.

How to get your ass kicked on every day up to and including St. Patrick's Day



Dear god in heaven, I don't believe that color exists in nature. There is NO excuse for wearing either of these ensembles unless you're working as a body guard for the Lucky Charms leprechaun.

In this next one, Your Search For VALUE Ends at Penneys.



As does your search for chest hair.

And this -- Seriously. No words.



Oh wait, it turns out there are words after all, and those words are What. The. Fuck. I'm guessing the snap front gives you quick access to the chest hair. I think the little tie must be the pull tab. If you look closely, it says, "In case of chest hair emergency, pull tab quickly and back away."

Also, judging by the sheer amount of matching his/hers outfits, in 1977 it was apparently considered pretty stylish for couples to dress alike. These couples look happy, don't they?





I am especially fond of this one, which I have entitled "Cowboy Chachi Loves You Best."



And nothing showcases your everlasting love more than the commitment of matching bathing suits. That, and an appreciative blonde with a look on her face that says "I love the way your junk fights against that fabric."



Then, after the lovin', you can relax in your one-piece matching terry cloth jumpsuits:



I could go on, but I'm tired, and my eyes hurt from this trip back in time. I think it's the colors. I will leave you with these tasteful little numbers:




Man, that's sexy.

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Sunday, December 28, 2008

GBE 68 - My Christmas, and my guilty pleasure. (one of them)

My Christmas day was a quiet one, spending time with my mom (my only family), relaxing and spending time online, especially youtube. I evaluated my life so far and I am thankful for all the blessings in my life. I really tried to remember what Christmas was all about.

I came across this one song (kinda got stuck on Lita), and was immediately reminded of a friend. I listened, going from one video to another. You think that youtube is not addicting? I was on there for hours, thanks to those "Related Videos".

So, revealed is my guilty pleasure. I am putting on some of the videos I enjoyed. Thank goodness for music. It was there, as it always is, to bring me out of my funk. I hope you enjoy them and I wish you ALL the best.

When you watch the last video, let us all hope that things will be better in 2009.


Peace ~ Kevin




Lita Ford & Ozzy Osbourne - Close My Eyes Forever






Metallica - Master Of Puppets - (Live Seattle 1989)






Guns.N.Roses-Sweet Child O'Mine






Lita Ford - Lisa (written for her mother who died of breast cancer)






Lita Ford - Falling In And Out Of Love







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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is
"My Christmas Day"


The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you.


If your interested just go to Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.


Make sure you're not private so that everyone can read your blog.




Lonely People ~ This is for you... for me...for us.

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Lately, I have been reading and hearing how friends of mine and people I don't even know are lonely; sad; heartbroken; played. This has caused me to take a long look at my life. Some would call it soul-searching.

I will admit that I feel lonely at times. I can be in the middle of a crowd and feel so alone. At times I do feel that life has passed me by. That I will never have the love of another. Yet I love myself. I enjoy my own company. Aren't you supposed to love yourself before you can love another?

This is a major step for me. For those of you who know me, you know I am not one to reveal my feelings. I try and keep them hidden deep inside me. I don't do the greatest;
*my heart is on my sleeve*
*my face reveals what I am thinking*
*my words I must, I have to choose carefully*


But I have decided to accept the fact that I MIGHT have to live my biggest fear. That fear? Being without anyone to love or be loved by. But now that I have accepted it, it really is no longer a fear. The weight is off me.

Does this mean I have given up?


Does this mean I will no longer try?

Does this mean I won't feel a tug at my heart when I see a happy smiling couple?

No, I definitely won't give up. No, I still will try. And yes, I will still feel that little tug. I am just not going to dwell on it. I will enjoy my own company for now, until I find someone who will enjoy it also and who I can share it with. Who I can love, and be loved in return. I know someone is out there. With my little quirks and idiosyncrasies, it will take quite a patient and caring woman. One thing I do have is patience.
Someday...

Please don't think I wrote this for comments saying "poor you". I wrote this for all of us; just a little bonus of me sharing me. :)
The following is for all who are feeling hurt. May you find whatever it is you are searching for.

Peace ~ Kevin






This is for all the lonely people
Thinking that life has passed them by
Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup
And ride that highway in the sky

This is for all the single people
Thinking that love has left them dry

Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup

You never know until you try


Well, I'm on my way

Yes, I'm back to stay

Well, I'm on my way back home (hit it)


This is for all the lonely people

Thinking that life has passed them by

Don't give up until you drink from the silver cup

And never take you down or never give you up


You never know until you try

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays, everyone!!!


A beautiful, peaceful song with a really cool video that I happened to come across. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays, everyone.
Peace ~ Kev



Wednesday, December 17, 2008

GBE 67 - Alone

I saw the GBE subject this week and immediately thought of this song. Nothing else I can say, except from time to time, I've related to it. Especially the lines "Till now I always got by on my own, I never really cared until I met you." We all at one time or another feel alone. I love this song.





I hear the ticking of the clock
I'm lying here the room's pitch dark
I wonder where you are tonight
No answer on the telephone
And the night goes by so very slow
Oh I hope that it won't end though
Alone

CHORUS:
Till now I always got by on my own
I never really cared until I met you
And now it chills me to the bone
How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone

You don't know how long I have wanted
To touch your lips and hold you tight
You don't know how long I have waited
You don't know how long I have waited
And I was gonna tell you tonight
But the secret is still my own
And my love for you is still unknown
Alone

CHORUS

How do I get you alone
How do I get you alone
Alone, alone


Now, a bonus point round. Listen to "What About Love", also by Heart. Listen especially to the chorus, and try to guess who sings backup for Ann Wilson. Can you? Listen and hear.



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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is "On Being Alone"


The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you.

If your interested just go to Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.

Make sure you're not private so that everyone can read your blog.



Saturday, December 13, 2008

GBE 66 - LOYALTY

This weeks subject is Loyalty. This is a characteristic that I find to be an admirable trait in people and one I feel I have.

Merriam-Webster's defines Loyalty as:


The quality or state or an instance of being
loyal


Function: noun Inflected

Form(s): plural loy·al·ties

Etymology: alteration of Middle English leawte, lewte, from Anglo-French lealté, leauté, from leal, leial loyal


Date:15th century

synonyms see fidelity.



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"Love is friendship that has caught fire. It is quiet understanding, mutual confidence, sharing and forgiving. It is loyalty through good and bad times. It settles for less than perfection and makes allowances for human weaknesses." ~ Ann Landers (American Advice columnist, 1918-2002)



"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty." ~ Zig Ziglar
(American motivational Speaker and Author. )



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"At different states in our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at the heart, the source is always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds."



"Most important in a friendship? Tolerance and loyalty." ~ Joanne Kathleen Rowling (English Writer, author of Harry Potter, b. b.1965)



"Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence." ~ Colin Powell (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)



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"We are all in the same boat in a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty." ~ G. K. Chesterton (English born Gabonese Critic, Essayist, Novelist and Poet, 1874-1936)



"The greater the loyalty of a group toward the group, the greater is the motivation among the members to achieve the goals of the group, and the greater the probability that the group will achieve its goals." ~ Rensis Likert



"When we are debating an issue, loyalty means giving me your honest opinion, whether you think I'll like it or not. Disagreement, at this stage, stimulates me. But once a decision has been made, the debate ends. From that point on, loyalty means executing the decision as if it were your own." ~ Colin Powell (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)



"Lack of loyalty is one of the major causes of failure in every walk of life" ~ Napoleon Hill (American author, 1883-1970)



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"Achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values." ~ Ayn Rand (Russian born American Writer and Novelist, 1905-1982)



"Loyalty means nothing unless it has at its heart the absolute principle of self-sacrifice." ~ Woodrow T. Wilson (American 28th President of the United States 1856-1924)



"I'll take fifty percent efficiency to get one hundred percent loyalty." ~ Samuel Goldwyn (Polish born American movie Producer and Founder of the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) in 1924. 1882-1974)



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"A boy can learn a lot from a dog: obedience, loyalty, and the importance of turning around three times before lying down." ~ Robert Benchley



"Look for intelligence and judgment and, most critically, a capacity to anticipate, to see around corners. Also look for loyalty, integrity, a high energy drive, a balanced ego and the drive to get things done." ~ Colin Powell (Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-93)



"Masters who sacrifice for servants will receive the gift of loyalty." ~ Proverb



"If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of humans" ~ James Herriot (Scottish Veterinarian and Writer. 1916-1995)



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"The best way to keep loyalty in a man's heart is to keep money in his purse." ~ Irish Proverb



"Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one." ~ Andre Gide (French writer, humanist and moralist, 1947 Nobel prize for literature, 1869-1951)



"In thy face I see the map of honor, truth, and loyalty" ~ William Shakespeare (English Dramatist, Playwright and Poet, 1564-1616)



"Besides pride, loyalty, discipline, heart, and mind, confidence is the key to all the locks." ~ Joe Paterno (American Football coach, b.1924)



"Loyalty to petrified opinion never yet broke a chain or freed a human soul." ~ Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)



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"Independence - is loyalty to one's best self and principles, and this is often disloyalty to the general idols and fetishes" ~ Mark Twain (American Humorist, Writer and Lecturer. 1835-1910)



"When put to the test, an ounce of loyalty is worth a pound of cleverness" ~ Elbert Hubbard (American editor, publisher and writer, 1856-1915)



"Always laugh heartily at the jokes your boss tells, it may be a loyalty test." "The rope by which the great blocks of taxes are attached to any citizenry is simple loyalty." ~ Stephen King (American Writer, best known for his horror novels. b.1947)



"Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living" ~ Josiah Royce (American Philosopher. 1855-1916)



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"The game is my wife. It demands loyalty and responsibility, and it gives me back fulfillment and peace." ~ Michael Jordan (American NBA Basketball Player, widely considered to be the greatest player in the history of the game, b.1963)



"Morale is the state of mind. It is steadfastness and courage and hope. It is confidence and zeal and loyalty. It is elan, esprit de corps and determination." ~General George Catlett Marshall (American military commander during WWII 1880-1959)



"Patriotism is voluntary. It is a feeling of loyalty and allegiance that is the result of knowledge and belief. A patriot shows their their patriotism through their actions, by their choice." ~ Jesse Ventura (American Governor of Minnesota, b.1952)



"Loyalty is a feature in a boy's character that inspires boundless hope." ~ Sir Robert Baden-Powell (British Army Officer, founder of the Boy Scouts, 1857-1941)



"The best things in life are never rationed. Friendship, loyalty, love, do not require coupons."



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"If you want loyalty - get a dog. If you want loyalty and attention - get a smart dog." ~ Grant Fairley



"A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle." ~ George William Curtis (American social reformer, author and editor, 1824-1892)



"You've got to give loyalty down, if you want loyalty up." ~ Donald T. Regan



"Mere human beings can't afford to be fanatical about anything. Not even about justice or loyalty. The fanatic for justice ends by murdering a million helpless people to clear a space for his law-courts. If we are to survive on this planet, there must be compromises." ~ Storm Jameson



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"People who love only once in their lives are. . . shallow people. What they call their loyalty, and their fidelity, I call either the lethargy of custom or their lack of imagination." ~ Oscar Wilde (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)


"He who does not feel his friends to be the world to him, does not deserve that the world should hear of him." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German Playwright, Poet, Novelist and Dramatist. 1749-1832)


"A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself." ~ Josh Billings (American Humorist, 1818-1885)


"If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.""There is no friend as loyal as a book." ~ Ernest Hemingway (American novelist and short-story writer, Won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954, 1899-1961)


"Do not let loyalty and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart" ~ Bible



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"Unless you can find some sort of loyalty, you cannot find unity and peace in your active living" ~ Josiah Royce (American Philosopher. 1855-1916)



"Patriotism is just loyalty to friends, people, families." ~ Robert Santos "Loyalty is still the same, whether it win or lose the game; true as a dial to the sun, although it be not shined upon." ~ Samuel Butler (English novelist, essayist and critic, 1835-1902)


"Loyalty is a fine quality, but in excess it fills political graveyards." ~ Neil Kinnock (English Politician, b.1942)


"It is easier for a man to be loyal to his club than to his planet; the bylaws are shorter, and he is personally acquainted with the other members" ~ E. B. White (American writer 1899-1985)




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Do you have a favorite quote about loyalty?
I'd love for you to tell me.
Please feel free to share any that I didn't list.

~Peace~
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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is "Loyalty"


The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you.

If your interested just go to
Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.

Make sure you're not private so that everyone can read your blog.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Paul Harvey writes: (Well, actually Lee Pitts wrote this......)

I got this in an email that a good friend forwarded to me. Usually, forwards don't say much, but there are those rare "one-in-a-million" that speak to me.

So, thank you Ashley.

Paul Harvey writes:

We tried so hard to make things better for our kids that we made them worse. For my grandchildren, I'd like better.


I'd really like for them to know about hand me down clothes and homemade ice cream and leftover meat loaf sandwiches. I really would.


I hope you learn humility by being humiliated, and that you learn honesty by being cheated.


I hope you learn to make your own bed and mow the lawn and wash the car.
And I really hope nobody gives you a brand new car when you are sixteen.


It will be good if at least one time you can see puppies born and your old dog put to sleep.


I hope you get a black eye fighting for something you believe in.


I hope you have to share a bedroom with your younger brother/sister. And it's all right if you have to draw a line down the middle of the room, but when he wants to crawl under the covers with you because he's scared, I hope you let him.


When you want to see a movie and your little brother/sister wants to tag along, I hope you'll let him/her.


I hope you have to walk uphill to school with your friends and that you live in a town where you can do it safely.


On rainy days when you have to catch a ride, I hope you don't ask your driver to drop you two blocks away so you won't be seen riding with someone as uncool as your Mom.


If you want a slingshot, I hope your Dad teaches you how to make one instead of buying one.


I hope you learn to dig in the dirt and read books.


When you learn to use computers, I hope you also learn to add and subtract in your head.


I hope you get teased by your friends when you have your first crush on a boy..girl, and when you talk back to your mother that you learn what ivory soap tastes like.


May you skin your knee climbing a mountain, burn your hand on a stove and stick your tongue on a frozen flagpole.


I don't care if you try a beer once, but I hope you don't like it.. And if a friend offers you dope or a joint, I hope you realize he is not your friend.


I sure hope you make time to sit on a porch with your Grandma/Grandpa and go fishing with your Uncle.


May you feel sorrow at a funeral and joy during the holidays.


I hope your mother punishes you when you throw a baseball through your neighbor's window and that she hugs you and kisses you at Hannukah/Christmas time when you give her a plaster mold of your hand.


These things I wish for you - tough times and disappointment, hard work and happiness. To me, it's the only way to appreciate life.

We secure our friends, not by accepting favors, but by doing them.



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Monday, December 8, 2008

Food for thought.

Time In A Bottle ~ Jim Croce

The song was written for his son A.J. Croce, but it serves to remind us all to Live, Laugh, and Love. And not to wait. This song was released three months after Jim Croce's death in a plane crash.

It makes you think.... at least it made me think. ~ Peace






If I could save time in a bottle

The first thing that I'd like to do

Is to save every day

Till Eternity passes away

Just to spend them with you




If I could make days last forever

If words could make wishes come true

I'd save every day like a treasure and then,

Again, I would spend them with you




But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do

Once you find them

I've looked around enough to know

That you're the one I want to go

Through time with



If I had a box just for wishes

And dreams that had never come true

The box would be empty

Except for the memory

Of how they were answered by you



But there never seems to be enough time

To do the things you want to do

Once you find them

I've looked around enough to know

That you're the one I want to go

Through time with


Saturday, December 6, 2008

GBE 65 - Honesty

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"Honesty is such a lonely word
Everyone is so untrue

Honest is hardly ever heard
And mostly what I need from you."
~ Billy Joel


"I believe in using words, not fists... I believe in my outrage knowing people are living in boxes on the street. I believe in honesty. I believe in a good time. I believe in good food. I believe in sex." ~ Bertrand Russell


"Sex is full of lies. The body tries to tell the truth. But, it's usually too battered with rules to be heard, and bound with pretenses so it can hardly move. We cripple ourselves with lies." ~ Jim Morrison


"The fastest way to lose what we call our good character is to lose our honesty"


"The true measure of life is not length, but honesty."
~ John Lyly



"Your conscience is the measure of the honesty of your selfishness. Listen to it carefully." ~ Richard Bach



"Love thyself last: cherish those hearts that hate thee; Corruption wins not more than honesty." ~ William Shakespeare


"What is true is that honesty is incompatible with the amassing of a large fortune" ~ Mahatma Gandhi


"Integrity is telling myself the truth. And honesty is telling the truth to other people." ~ Spencer Johnson



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"I have not observed men's honesty to increase with their riches." ~ Thomas Jefferson


"Confidence in others' honesty is no light testimony of one's own integrity" ~ Michel de Montaigne


"A person is not given integrity. It results from the relentless pursuit of honesty at all times."


"Kindness and honesty can be expected
only from the strong."



"He that loseth his honesty hath nothing else to
lose." ~ John Lyly



"Treat those who are good with goodness, and also treat those who are not good with goodness. Thus goodness is attained. Be honest to those who are honest, and be also honest to those who are not honest. Thus honesty is attained..." ~ Lao Tzu



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"Whatever games are played with us, we must play no games with ourselves, but deal in our privacy with the last honesty and truth" ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


"The foundation stones for a balanced success are honesty, character, integrity, faith, love and loyalty." ~ Zig Ziglar


"The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you've got it made." ~ Groucho Marx


"The good I stand on is my truth and honesty." ~ William Shakespeare


"Character is the final decision to reject whatever is demeaning to oneself or to others and with confidence and honesty choose what is right."




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"Honesty is the key to a relationship. If you can fake
that, you're in." ~
Richard Jeni


"To make your children capable of honesty is the beginning of education." ~ John Ruskin


"Honesty pays, but it doesn't seem to pay enough to suit some people." ~ Kin Hubbard



"It is inaccurate to say that I hate everything. I am strongly in favor of common sense, common honesty, and common decency. This makes me forever ineligible for public office." ~ Henry Louis Mencken


"Confidence... thrives on honesty, on honor, on the sacredness of obligations, on faithful protection and on unselfish performance. Without them it cannot live." ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt


"Religion is fundamentally opposed to everything I hold in veneration - courage, clear thinking, honesty, fairness, and above all, love of the truth" ~ Henry Louis Mencken


"A cat has absolute emotional honesty: human beings, for one reason or another, may hide their feelings, but a cat does not." ~ Ernest Hemingway



"Honesty is the best policy. If I lose mine honor, I lose myself." ~ William Shakespeare




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"People who are brutally honest get more satisfaction out of the brutality than out of the honesty." ~ Richard J. Needham


"If you truly want honesty, don't ask questions you don't really want the answer to" ~ Proverbs


"There is a road to freedom. Its milestones are Obedience, Endeavor, Honesty, Order, Cleanliness, Sobriety, Truthfulness, Sacrifice, and love of the Fatherland." ~
Adolf Hitler


"There are no degrees of honesty"


"Honesty: The best of all the lost arts" ~ Mark Twain


"Honesty shines like a light through your eyes."



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"It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit." ~ Noel Coward

"The fundamentalist mind, running in a single rut for fifty years, is now quite unable to comprehend dissent from its basic superstitions, or to grant any common honesty, or even any decency, to those who reject them" ~ Henry Louis Mencken


"There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats; For I am armed so strong in honesty That they pass by me as the idle wind" ~ William Shakespeare




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"We must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy" ~ George Bernard Shaw


"What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own." ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


"No one can lie, no one can hide anything, when he looks directly into someone's eyes." ~ Paulo Coelho


"If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it." ~ Marcus Aurelius


"Honest hearts produce honest actions." ~ Brigham Young

"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful." ~ Edward R. Murrow



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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is "Honesty"



The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you.


If your interested just go to
Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.


Make sure you're not private so that everyone can read your blog.



I’m thankful that I didn’t... GBE-64

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I'm thankful that I didn't...

...quit the warehouse job I had in
1987. If I had, I wouldn't have the job I love today. Now let me explain, and I hope I don't bore you guys to tears.

I was raised being told that God has a plan in life for all of us. In 1987, I got a job working in the warehouse of a school supply store. Around 1990, I contemplated quitting and finding something else. I couldn't and was getting frustrated. I had taken a "year off from college," and I had not gone back. I couldn't see this as a career and when I mentioned this to my mother, she said maybe I was supposed to be on this path.


*Rolled eyes at the time*


So I continued working there, got to Warehouse Manager and what happens...... In 1997, the company closed.



Thank goodness, the company that was bringing so much competition (another Parent-Teacher Supply store, new to town) needed a warehouse manager. So I helped CFSS close on a Friday and the next Monday started at CSP/TFT. I worked myself up to buyer, and then began being asked to take on extra, like working the warehouse, sales and setting up exhibits/shows, as well as my main job - buying. Between 60 to 70 hours some weeks and I am not exaggerating. There were times I wanted to walk out the door. But I didn't and many a times I felt like this.



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Then in 2007, I saw an ad for the job I have. I took a chance and now I am happy to go to work. It is in the same industry - school supplies - except now I am helping put together catalogs for the Parent-Teacher stores like I used to work at.

Now you ask, how did twenty years hands on experience help me get this job? Because I had that experience and had the contacts, I was hired. More important, I know the history of the manufacturers. Just for shits and giggles, and for an example..... paper companies.


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Back in the 80's, there were three major companies, all out of Appleton, WI. Pacon, Riverside and Bemiss-Jason. Now there is one major (Pacon bought the other two).

It is becoming all too common in our industry for new corporations to come in and buy the smaller "known" companies.

If you are a teacher, you understand.



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I also gained insight and knowledge at my last job with regards to the big publishing houses (Harper, Penquin, Random House, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, etc) and how they work. This has been very helpful, because all that "stuff" I learned is now being put to use.

*note Houghton Mifflin Harcourt* (yep, Houghton Mifflin bought Harcourt Trade).
And I could sit all day and explain the meaning of the ISBN. LOLOLOL. But I will spare you.



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So I guess basically what I am saying is it has been a long strange trip for me. If I had gone off course I don't think I would be where I am today...


Happy

Life is good.


Patience.


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This is my submission to the GBE. This week's topic is "I'm thankful that I didn't...."

The GBE, or Group Blogging Experience is great fun. Each week (usually on Tuesday) we are given a general topic by our fearless leader Alicia and we have until that Saturday to blog about it. Say whatever you want. Silly, serious, true, fiction, debate.... whatever. It's up to you.


If your interested just go to Alicia's Blog and and check it out. If you want to participate comment her blog saying "I'm in", that's it. No big sign up or anything. You blog and she'll link to your blog and everyone else's on Saturday.

Make sure you're not private so that everyone can read your blog.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Music...... Don’t be put off by the label

I was tagged by Mish and it is a music blog. I love music. I need music. It is my lifeline to sanity and the the idea of the blog is to list my 10 most meaningful songs and explain why. I am going to list ten that reflect me on this day. (try and read between the lines). I change from day to day; mood to mood. I'll give you vids and lyrics.


Only a few require this, but I feel an obligation to post it.

PARENTAL ADVISORY Pictures, Images and Photos

To begin with,

1) Summertime - Janis Joplin







Summertime, time, time,
Child, the living's easy.
Fish are jumping out
And the cotton, Lord,
Cotton's high, Lord, so high.

Your daddy's rich
And your ma is so good-looking, baby.
She's looking good now,
Hush, baby, baby, baby, baby, baby,
No, no, no, no, don't you cry.
Don't you cry!

One of these mornings
You're gonna rise, rise up singing,
You're gonna spread your wings,
Child, and take, take to the sky,
Lord, the sky.

But until that morning
Honey, n-n-nothing's going to harm you now,
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no
No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no,
Don't you cry,
Cry.


2) STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - LED ZEPPELIN







There's a lady who's sure all that glitters is gold
And she's buying a stairway to heaven.
When she gets there she knows, if the stores are all closed
With a word she can get what she came for.
Ooh, ooh, and she's buying a stairway to heaven.

There's a sign on the wall but she wants to be sure
'Cause you know sometimes words have two meanings.
In a tree by the brook, there's a songbird who sings,
Sometimes all of our thoughts are misgiven.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it makes me wonder.

There's a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving.
In my thoughts I have seen rings of smoke through the trees,
And the voices of those who standing looking.
Ooh, it makes me wonder,
Ooh, it really makes me wonder.

And it's whispered that soon if we all call the tune
Then the piper will lead us to reason.
And a new day will dawn for those who stand long
And the forests will echo with laughter.

If there's a bustle in your hedgerow, don't be alarmed now,
It's just a spring clean for the May queen.
Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on.
And it makes me wonder.

Your head is humming and it won't go, in case you don't know,
The piper's calling you to join him,
Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know
Your stairway lies on the whispering wind.

And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul.
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last.
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll.

And she's buying a stairway to heaven.




3) Red House - Jimi Hendrix - Atlanta







Yeah
Yeah
There's a red house, over yonder
That's where my baby stays
Yeah
There's a red house over yonder, baby
That's where my baby stays

I ain't been home to see my baby
In about a ninety-nine and one half days
It's about time to see her
Wait minute something's wrong
This key won't unlock this door
Wait a minute something's wrong, baby
The key won't unlock the door
Yeah
I got a bad bad feeling
That my baby don't live here no more
She ain't comin' about is she
That's alright i still got my guitar

Look out baby
Yeah, look out
Yeah that's alright
Yeah haha

I might as well a go on back down
Go back across yonder over the hill
Might as well go back over yonder
Way back over yonder across the hill
That's where i came from

Cause if my baby don't love me no more
I know here sister will!
Yeah




4) Free Bird - Lynyrd Skynyrd - Live 1977







If I leave here tomorrow,

Would you still remember me?
For I must be traveling on, now,
'Cause there's too many places I've got to see.
But if I stayed here with you, girl,
Things just couldn't be the same.
'Cause I'm as free as a bird now,
And this bird you can not change.
And the bird you can not change.
And this bird you can not change.
Lord knows, I can't change.

Bye bye baby, it's been a sweet love. Yea.
And though this feeling I can't change.
But please don't take it so badly,
'Cause the Lord knows I'm to blame.
And if I stay here with you girl,
Things just couldn't be the same.
Cause I'm as free as a bird now,
And this bird you'll never change.
And the bird you can not change.
And this bird you can not change.
The Lord knows, I can't change.
Lord help me, I can't change.
Lord I can't change.



5) Don't Speak - No Doubt







You and me
We used to be together
Everyday together always
I really feel
That I'm losing my best friend
I can't believe
This could be the end
It looks as though you're letting go
And if it's real
Well I don't want to know

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts

Our memories
Well, they can be inviting
But some are altogether
Mighty frightening
As we die, both you and I
With my head in my hands
I sit and cry

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts (no, no, no)
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts

It's all ending
I gotta stop pretending who we are...
You and me I can see us dying...are we?

Don't speak
I know just what you're saying
So please stop explaining
Don't tell me cause it hurts (no, no, no)
Don't speak
I know what you're thinking
I don't need your reasons
Don't tell me cause it hurts
Don't tell me cause it hurts!
I know what you're saying
So please stop explaining

Don't speak,
don't speak,
don't speak,
oh I know what you're thinking
And I don't need your reasons
I know you're good,
I know you're good,
I know you're real good
Oh, la la la la la la La la la la la la
Don't, Don't, uh-huh Hush, hush darlin'
Hush, hush darlin' Hush, hush
don't tell me tell me cause it hurts
Hush, hush darlin' Hush, hush darlin'
Hush, hush don't tell me tell me cause it hurts.



6) Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day







I walk a lonely road
The only one that I have ever known
Don't know where it goes
But it's home to me and I walk alone

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
and I'm the only one and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk alone

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah,
Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah

I'm walking down the line
That divides me somewhere in my mind
On the border line
Of the edge and where I walk alone

Read between the lines
What's fucked up and everything's alright
Check my vital signs
To know I'm still alive and I walk alone

I walk alone
I walk a...

I walk alone
I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone

Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Ah-ah, Aaah-ah
Ah-ah, Ah-ah

I walk alone
I walk a...

I walk this empty street
On the Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Where the city sleeps
And I'm the only one and I walk a...

My shadow's the only one that walks beside me
My shallow heart's the only thing that's beating
Sometimes I wish someone out there will find me
'Til then I walk alone...



7) Bleed It Out - Linkin Park - (Live Rock In Rio 2008)







Yeah here we go for the hundredth time
Hand grenade pins in every line

Throw 'em up and let something shine
Going out of my fucking mind

Filthy mouth, no excuse
Find a new place to hang this noose

String me up from atop these roofs
Knot it tight so i won't get loose

Truth is you can stop and stare
Run myself out and no one cares

Dug the trench out laid down there
With a shovel up out of reach somewhere

Yeah, someone pour it in
Make it a dirt dance floor again

Say your prayers and stomp it out
When they bring that chorus in

[Chorus]
I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

Just to throw it away
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out
[End Chorus]

Go stop the show
Choppy words and a sloppy flow

Shotgun opera lock and load
Cock it back and then watch it go

Mama help me I've been cursed
Death is rolling in every verse

Candy paint on his brand new hearse
Can't contain him he knows he works

Fuck this hurts, I won't lie
Doesn't matter how hard I try

Half the words don't mean a thing
And I know that I wont be satisfied

So why try ignoring him
Make it a dirt dance floor again

Say your prayers and stomp it out
When they bring that chorus in

[Chorus]
I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

Just to throw it away
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out

I've opened up these scars
I'll make you face this

I've pulled myself so far
I'll make you, face, this, now!!!!

[Chorus]
I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

Just to throw it away
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out digging deeper
Just to throw it away

Just to throw it away
Just to throw it away

I bleed it out
I bleed it out
I bleed it out.



8) Somebody to Love - Queen







Can anybody find me somebody to love?
Each morning I get up I die a little
Can barely stand on my feet
Take a look in the mirror and cry
Lord what you're doing to me
I have spent all my years in believing you
But I just can't get no relief, Lord!
Somebody, somebody
Can anybody find me somebody to love?

I work hard every day of my life
I work till I ache my bones
At the end I take home my hard earned pay all on my own -
I get down on my knees
And I start to pray
Till the tears run down from my eyes
Lord - somebody - somebody
Can anybody find me - somebody to love?

(He works hard)

Everyday - I try and I try and I try -
But everybody wants to put me down
They say I'm goin' crazy
They say I got a lot of water in my brain
Got no common sense
I got nobody left to believe
Yeah - yeah yeah yeah

Oh Lord
Somebody - somebody
Can anybody find me somebody to love?

Got no feel, I got no rhythm
I just keep losing my beat
I'm ok, I'm alright
Ain't gonna face no defeat
I just gotta get out of this prison cell
Someday I'm gonna be free, Lord!

Find me somebody to love
Can anybody find me somebody to love?



9) Working Class Hero - John Lennon







As soon as your born they make you feel small,
By giving you no time instead of it all,
Till the pain is so big you feel nothing at all,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
They hurt you at home and they hit you at school,
They hate you if you're clever and they despise a fool,
Till you're so fucking crazy you can't follow their rules,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
When they've tortured and scared you for twenty odd years,
Then they expect you to pick a career,
When you can't really function you're so full of fear,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
Keep you doped with religion and sex and TV,
And you think you're so clever and classless and free,
But you're still fucking peasants as far as I can see,
A working class hero is something to be,
A working class hero is something to be.
There's room at the top they are telling you still,
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill,
If you want to be like the folks on the hill,
A working class hero is something to be.
A working class hero is something to be.
If you want to be a hero well just follow me,
If you want to be a hero well just follow me.


10) Skin Deep By Buddy Guy







I've been around a while
I know wrong from right
Learned a long time ago
Things ain't always black and white
Just like you can't judge a book by the cover
We all gotta be careful
How we treat one another

Skin Deep
Skin Deep
Underneath we're all the same
Skin Deep
Skin Deep
Underneath we all look the same
We're all are the same

A man in Louisiana
He never called me by my name
He said "boy do this and boy do that"
But I never once complained
I knew he had a good heart
But he just didn't understand
That I needed to be treated
Just like any other man

Skin Deep
Skin Deep
Underneath we all look the same
Skin Deep
Skin Deep
Underneath we're all the same
We're all of the same

I sat my little child down
when he was old enough to know
I said I fell in this big wide world
You're gonna meet all kinda folks
I said son it all comes down to just one simple rule
That you treat everybody just the way
You want them to treat you
Yeah

Skin Deep
Skin Deep
Underneath we're all the same
Yeah


I hope you enjoyed a view into Kevin today. BIG smiles.