Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Just in case you were ever in doubt about me, this should calrify things a bit :)

According to Tolkien, Hobbits eat at least seven meals a day. These are known by the following: breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner and supper.


Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!

May the light of Christ warm your heart the entire year through.

Come on March 6th!

Melissa and I reserved a slot on a cruise ship with a bunch of her mom's side of the family (about 25 in all!) clear back in June/July. We got a screaming deal and thanks to the keen eye of Aunt Angie, are planning on a fun time with family.

Melissa and I are so excited as this will be our first real trip without the kids (thank you Beth and Anna for being so willing to have Hy, Mad, Miles, and Graham stay with you). We are both excited for some rest and relaxation.

The ship's home port is San Diego. We plan on driving down, hopping on the ship, getting in six days of R&R (destination Cabo) and driving back home.


Come on March 6th!

And as a final comment, this is my kind of ship. It has a library!


Saturday, December 12, 2009

Personal Thermodynamics

In times of cold
I miser warmth
like gold
and huddling
under shower
beneath extra blankets
clutch it close to my breast

with an extra sweater
I waken spring
wee warm front
and drifts
of softening ice
speak of plants beneath
in slumber ride the storm

till all this kit
so gathered
like coins
and stacked
is all in one day
forgotten in a front
humid air and spring breath

In times of cold
I miser warmth
like gold
and huddling
in the car
beneath heater blast
clutch summer to my breast


Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Twenty Four Wise Quotes

1. In my many years I have come to a conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two is a law firm and three or more is a congress. -- John Adams

2. If you don't read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper you are misinformed. -- Mark Twain

3. Suppose you were an idiot and suppose you were a member of Congress. But, then, I repeat myself. -- Mark Twain

4. I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle. -- Winston Churchill

5. A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul. -- George Bernard Shaw

6. A liberal is someone who feels a great debt to his fellow man; which he proposes to pay off with your money. -- G. Gordon Liddy

7. Democracy must be something more than two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. -- James Bovard, Civil Libertarian (1994)

8. Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries. -- Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

9. Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. -- P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian

10. Government is the great fiction, through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else. -- Rockwell Frederic Bastiat, French Economist (1801-1850)

11. Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And, if it stops moving, subsidize it. -- Ronald Reagan (1986)

12. I don't make jokes. I just watch the government and report the facts.-- Will Rogers

13. If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free! -- P.J. O'Rourke

14. In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other. -- Voltaire (1764)

15. Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you! -- Pericles (430 B.C.)

16. No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. -- Mark Twain (1866)

17. Talk is cheap...except when Congress does it. -- Cullen Hightower

18. The government is like a baby's alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other. -- Ronald Reagan

19. The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of the blessings. The inherent blessing of socialism is the equal sharing of misery. -- Winston Churchill

20. The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin. -- Mark Twain

21. The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools. -- Herbert Spencer, English Philosopher (1820-1903)

22. There is no distinctly native American criminal class ... save, Congress. -- Mark Twain

23. What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.-- Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

24. A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. -- Thomas Jefferson