Monday, March 31, 2008

On the Water

In the Boat
No! That is not me in the boat. Ha! I ran across this picture the other day and thought it was funny. This guy's not fishing, and has no visible means of propulsion. He's eating away.





This next video is more down to earth. It's a little video showing what it looked like while we were on Weiss Lake last week.


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Quote of the Day
The most valuable of all talents is that of never
using two words when one will do.
~ Thomas Jefferson

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Joke of the Day

John's dad picked him up from school to take him to a dental appointment. Knowing the parts for the school play were supposed to be posted today, he asked his son if he got a part.

John enthusiastically announced that he'd gotten a part. "I play a man who's been married for twenty years."

"That's great, son. Keep up the good work and before you know it they'll be giving you a speaking part."

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Saturday, March 29, 2008

A Frozen Wave?

Interesting Store
Check out this picture. I took this picture on Wednesday on a back road in Alabama when we stopped to buy ice for the fish we caught. The name of the country store is Scooters. Look at what they offer! A little bit of every thing and then some! Click on the picture to read the words: Video Rentals, Live Bait, Gifts, Tackle, Groceries, Printing, Plumbing, and Automotive.
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Frozen Wave Pictures
You may have received an email with pictures showing a frozen wave, with some comments like this:

"The water froze the instant the wave broke through the ice. That's what it is like in Antarctica where it is the coldest weather in decades. Water freezes the instant it comes in contact with the air? The temperature of the water is already some degrees below freezing. Just look at how the wave froze in midair."

Yesterday I received an email with the same pictures, but saying it is from Michigan. It was time to check SNOPES
. If you click on that link you will find that the pictures are real from Antarctica, but the description of what created these ice structures is false. A lot of what you receive in email is not true. You need to check it out. One good way of doing it to to go to SNOPES.COM where you can check the validity of urban legends. In any event, these pictures are pretty.

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Quotes of the Day
Attitudes are contagious.
Are yours worth catching?
~Dennis and Wendy Mannering

It's so hard when I have to,
and so easy when I want to.
~Annie Gottlier

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Jokes of the Day

A young preacher was contacted by the local funeral director to hold a grave-side committal service at a small local cemetery for someone with no family or friends. The preacher started early but quickly got himself lost, making several wrong turns.

He arrived a half-hour late, the hearse was nowhere in sight, and the workmen were eating lunch.

The pastor went to the open grave and found the vault lid already in place. Taking out his book, he read the service.

As he was returning to his car, he overheard one of the workmen say: "Do you think we should tell him it's a septic tank?"

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Friday, March 28, 2008

The Big Ship

Coming Soon
I received this cartoon in the mail the other day. It was cute, but with the price o
f gasoline what it is today, it's really not too funny.
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I thought you might enjoy learning about this large cargo ship, if you have not seen the pictures of it, look at the little slide show below.

World's Largest Cargo Ship
Get a load of this ship! 15,000 containers and a 207' beam! And look at the crew size of 13 people for a ship longer than a US Aircraft carrier. An aircraft carrier has a complement of 5,000 men and officers.
Think it's big enough? Notice that 207' beam means it was NOT designed for the Panama or Suez canal. It is strictly transpacific. Check out the "cruise speed". It is 31 knots which means the goods arrive 4 days before the typical Container ship (18-20 knots) on a China-to-California run. So this behemoth is hugely competitive carrying perishable goods. This ship was built in three, perhaps as many as five sections. The sections were floated together then welded. The ship is named Emma Maersk. The command bridge is higher than a 10 story building and has 11 crane rigs that can operate simultaneously. Additional information:
  • Country of origin - Denmark
  • Length - 1,302 ft
  • Width - 207 ft
  • Net cargo - 123,200 tons
  • Engine - 14 in-line cylinder diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
  • Cruise Speed - 31 Knots
  • Cargo capacity - 15,000 20 ft containers
  • Crew - 13 people
  • First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006
  • Construction cost - $145,000,000+ in US dollars
Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year. Here a short slide show with 9 pictures of this humongous ship.
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Quotes of the Day
An apology is a good way to have the last word.
~Author Unknown

You can't run away from trouble.
There ain't no place that far.
~Uncle Remus


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Jokes of the Day

My wife and I were sitting out on our back porch, enjoying a glass of lemonade after a long hard day. A bird flew over and, with perfect aim left a deposit squarely in the middle of my wife's head.

She reached up, felt the damage, and shouted: "Quick, get some toilet paper!"

"It wouldn't do any good", I quipped, "He's miles away by now."

Note: In the joke above, it really wasn't Tennessee Granddaddy that did that to his wife.

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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Lake Weiss

Fishing
This first picture shows where we put the boat in the water on Monday and Tuesday. It's a little place called Roosters. I took this shot from the lake. We did a whole lot of fishing in 3 days and a little bit of catching. Do you know what it feels like to be on the lake when it's about 28 degrees? Well, that was what we had on Tuesday morning. We were in the boat 11 and 1/2 hours on Tuesday and only had one keeper crappie. Monday was bad too, because of the wind, but we did have some fish. Wednesday was the best day, but the fish were very scattered.

On Wednesday, we put the boat in at Mud Creek which is a section of the lake we had never fished. But we did catch fish and could of caught a more, but we decided that we had better head back to Tennessee. The picture above shows out live well after I had put the third fish into it on Wednesday. They were all big crappie.

Weiss Lake Info
Lake Weiss covers more than 30,200 acres and has 447 miles of shoreline. It famous for producing crappie and I mean big crappie. Slabs in the range of 2-3 pounds are not uncommon. The lake is commonly referred to as the "Crappie Capitol of the World."

Check out some links about Lake Weiss.
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Quotes of the Day
The fishing was good;
it was the catching that was bad.
~A.K. Best

If people concentrated on the really important things in life,
there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
~Doug Larson

Fishing is a... discipline in the equality of men -
for all men are equal before fish.
~Herbert Hoover

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Jokes of the Day

French President Jaques Chirac, tired of all of the anti-french jokes, since the start of the invasion of Iraq, has announced with great national pride that the super secret French Space Agency will send the first manned mission of three French astronauts to land, and walk on the Sun.

President Chirac stated "This mission will be of historic importance to the world, and restore France's rightful place in the history of the world."

NASA space scientist's, stunned at the news, asked Mr. Chirca what technology they had developed to keep the astronauts from burning up long before they reached the Sun?
The French President sniffed and replied "Don't be stupid, we are going at night".

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Monday, March 24, 2008

Gone Fishing

Closed For A Few Days
Tennessee Granddaddy has gone fishing. I plan to be back around the middle of the week. My friend Larry and I are heading down to Weiss Lake in Alabama. This place is known as the "Crappie Capital of the World".

You may be wondering about a fish named crappie? Well, I can tell you they are a fun fish to catch and a delicious fish to eat.


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Quotes of the Day
Happiness is never stopping to think if you are.
~Palmer Sondreal

The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.
~Mark Twain

The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance;
the wise grows it under his feet.
~James Openheim

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Jokes of the Day

Don't marry for money...You can borrow it cheaper.
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Last weekend my credit card was stolen but I decided not to report it because the thief is spending less than my wife does.
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The man was in no shape to drive, so he wisely left his car parked and walked home. As he was walking unsteadily along, he was stopped by a policeman.

"What are you doing out here at 2 A.M.?" said the officer.

"I'm going to a lecture." The man said.

"And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?" The cop asked.

"My wife." said the man.

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Saturday, March 22, 2008

Tomorrow is Easter

Ready for Easter? Got a new bonnet? Got you Easter basket full of eggs. You know, when you get my age, you can hide your own eggs!

I heard about a egg dyeing contest the other day.
Here's a picture of it.
I wonder who won?

Fun Day Yesterday
We had a good day on the lake yesterday. The boat worked perfectly. My new Lowrance Sonar/GPS unit worked great. Here's a picture of it. The left side of the Lowrance shows the GPS map with the boat speed in MPH. The right side shows the sonar with the water depth and water temperature. Click on the picture for a larger view.

We caught a few fish. We caught 8 crappie plus some bluegill and a bass, but only brought home 6 nice crappie. I caught one beauty, a crappie that was 14 inches long. Dad has a picture of it on his journal today.


Next Week

Tennessee Granddaddy will not be posting anything for a few days next week. I'm going on a little fishing trip down to Lake Weiss in Alabama with my friend Larry. We're going to go after those big Alabama crappie. We went last year but the wind was so bad we didn't get to fish but a few hours, before we decided to come on back home. I hope we have better luck this year.

My pontoon boat is just too big to take that far, but Larry has a smaller bass-type boat we will pull down the trail to Alabama.

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Quote of the Day
He is not here: for he is risen, as he said.
Come, see the place where the Lord lay.
~ Matthew 28:6

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Jokes of the Day

Coming home from his Little League game, Billy swung open the front door very excited. Unable to attend the game, his father immediately wanted to know what happened.

"So, how did you do, son?" he asked.

"You'll never believe it!" Billy said. "I was responsible for the winning run!"

"Really? How did you do that?"

"I dropped the ball."

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Friday, March 21, 2008

One Smart Bird

The following clip is part of a show on Animal Planet. It shows a very smart bird that can imitate sounds better than most humans.




I Hope You Have A Good Friday
I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'm going to the lake today to check the boat out, and make sure everything runs OK. I might wet a line while I am out there. It's cold now at 28 degrees, but it is supposed to warm to the mid to high 60s. I don't think I will freeze.

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Quote of the Day
If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant;
if we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
~ Anne Bradstreet

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Jokes of the Day

Lawyers should never ask a Mississippi grandma a question if they aren't prepared for the answer. In a trial, a Southern small-town prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand.

He approached her and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know me?' She responded, 'Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I've known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you've been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you're a big shot when you haven't the brains to realize you'll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.'

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, 'Mrs. Jones, do you know the defense attorney?'

She again replied, 'Why yes, I do. I've known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He's lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can't build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.'

The defense attorney nearly died.

The judge asked both counselors to approach the bench and, in a very quiet voice, said, 'If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I'll send you both to the electric chair.'

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Thursday, March 20, 2008

I saw what I saw!

You know that I like optical illusions. Check out the following video by Bill Nye the Science Guy in The Brain episode which is pretty neat to say the least. The brain can be easily tricked.



If you like this sort of thing, there are many more video clips of optical illusions at YouTube. Just do a search of "Optical Illusions".


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Quote of the Day
Live simply.
Love generously.
Care deeply.
Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God!

"Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet
is fighting some kind of battle."

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Jokes of the Day

The minister was preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to ask the congregation to come up with more money than they were expecting for repairs to the church building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that the regular organist was sick and a substitute had been brought in at the last minute. The substitute wanted to know what to play.

'Here' s a copy of the service,' he said impatiently. 'But, you'll have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.'

During the service, the minister paused and said, 'Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.'

At that moment, the substitute organist played 'The Star Spangled Banner.'

And that is how the substitute became the regular organist!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2008

BBQ Grills

It's time to get that BBQ grill ready for use. I can smell those burgers now. Do you need a new grill? If so, you may get some ideas from this post today.

A few days ago, my old high school friend, Bill S, sent me some pictures of some BBQ grills. The title for the series of pictures was, Grills Designed by Men, for Men. I put the pictures into a short slide show. You can see those wild ideas of BBQ grills below:





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Quote of the Day
A man wrapped up in himself makes a very small bundle.
~ Benjamin Franklin

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Jokes of the Day

Some small-time crooks decided that people in Tennessee were so stupid that they would accept 18 dollar bills if somebody gave then any. So they carefully made some plates and printed some up, and went to a small Tennessee town to try them out.

They got up to a shopkeeper and talked for awhile, then casually said "Say, can you give me change for an 18 dollar bill?"

"Sure" said the old shopkeeper. "What would you like, three 6's or two 9's?"

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

New PowerPoint Slide Shows

I have two new slide shows on my web site. Check them out here:


  1. The first one is about the preparation that goes on prior to a space shuttle flight. The PowerPoint presentation shows pictures not normally seen by the general public.

  2. The second slide show tells about a big wheel with two giant tubs that replaced 11 locks in a canal in Scotland. A boat pulls into the lower tub, and the wheel rotates the tub to the upper level where the boat can proceed in the upper canal. These pictures are amazing.

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Quotes of the Day
It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice.
~ Author Unknown

If you haven't any charity in your heart,
you have the worst kind of heart trouble.
~ Bob Hope

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Jokes of the Day

Tech Support: "I need you to right-click on the Desktop."

Customer: "OK."

Tech Support: "Did you get a pop-up menu?"

Customer: "No."

Tech Support: "OK. Right click again. Do you see a pop-up menu?"

Customer: "No."

Tech Support: "OK, sir. Can you tell me what you have done up until this point?"

Customer: "Sure, you told me to write 'click' and I wrote click'."

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Monday, March 17, 2008

Amazing!

Good Monday Morning!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

Spring is in the air! Things are turning green with new life. And our life provides a wonderful opportunity to be kind and smile. Maybe we will have the opportunity to do something to help someone in need. Let's be ready!


Amazing!
I was amazed when I saw this, and I thought you might like to look at it. This video is about a boy who had his eyes surgically removed when he was very young. He has learned how to "see" things by using echolocation. By clicking his tongue he is able to navigate around objects, identify objects, play games and more. You have to see it to believe it.

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Quote of the Day
For each petal on the shamrock
This brings a wish your way -
Good health, good luck, and happiness
For today and every day.
~Author Unknown

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Jokes of the Day

A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, 'I know what the Bible means!'

His father smiled and replied, 'What do you mean, you 'know' what the Bible means?'

The son replied, 'I do know!'

'Okay,' said his father. 'What does the Bible mean?'

'That's easy, Daddy...' the young boy replied excitedly, 'It stands for 'Basic Information Before Leaving Earth.'

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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Do You Want Lemon Slices?

To those who do the Lemon thing in Water, Tea, or Coke...
You gotta watch this.


No more lemons for me!


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Quote of the Day

Politicians are like diapers.
They both need changing regularly and for the same reason.
~ Author Unknown

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Jokes of the Day

George W. Bush and a secret service agent are taking a stroll when they come upon a little girl carrying a basket with a blanket over it. Curious, Bush asks the girl, "What's in the basket?"

She replies, "New baby kittens," and she opens the basket to show him.

"How nice," says Bush. "What kind are they?" The little girl says, "Republicans."

Bush smiles, pats the little girl on the head and continues on.

Three weeks later, Bush is taking another stroll, this time with Karl Rove. They see the little girl again with the same basket. Bush says, "Watch this, Karl; it's really cute." They approach the little girl.

Bush greets the little girl and asks how the kittens are doing, and she says, "Fine."

Then, smirking, he nudges Rove with his elbow and asks the little girl, "And can you tell us what kind of kittens they a re?" She replies, "Democrats"

Abashed, Bush says, "But three weeks ago you said they were Republicans!"

"I know," she says. "But now their eyes are open."

Note: The above joke does not necessarily express the views of this blogger.

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Friday, March 14, 2008

Snapdragons








I just wanted you to know that I have entered the sna
p- dragon part of my life.




Part of me has snapped...
And the other part is dragging!

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Mark T. sent this YouTube link to me the other day. It's a beautiful tribute to firefighters. Enjoy!





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Quote of the Day
Youth is a wonderful thing.
What a crime to waste it on children.
~ George Bernard Shaw

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Jokes of the Day

There was a man who worked for the Post Office...whose job it was to process all the mail that had illegible addresses. One day, a letter came addressed in a shaky handwriting to God. He thought he should open it to see what it was about. The letter read,

Dear God, I am an 83 year old widow, living on a very small pension. Yesterday someone stole my purse. It had $100 in it, which was all the money I had until my next pension check. Next Sunday is Christmas, and I had invited two of my friends over for dinner. Without that money, I have nothing to buy food with. I have no family to turn to, and you are my only hope. Can you please help me? Sincerely, Edna

The postal worker was touched. He showed the letter to all the other workers. Each one dug into his or her wallet and came up with a few dollars. By the time he made the rounds, he had collected $96, which they put into an envelope and sent to the woman. The rest of the day, all the workers felt a warm glow thinking of Edna and the dinner she would be able to share with her friends. Christmas came and went. A few days later, another letter came from the old lady to God. All the workers gathered around while the letter was opened, It read.

Dear God, How can I ever thank you enough for what you did for me? Because of your gift of love, I was able to fix a glorious dinner for my friends. We had a very nice day and I told my friends of your wonderful gift. By the way, there was $4 missing. I think it must have been those thieving lazy workers at the Post Office....

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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Are Men Happier Than Women?

Written by a woman, but I don't know who...

Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth.

You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time!

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Granddaddy thinks there might be something to all that. What do you think?

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Quote of the Day
If it can't be fixed by duct tape or WD-40, it's a female problem.
~ Jason Love

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Jokes of the Day

"Ever since we got married, my wife has tried to change me. She got me to stop drinking, smoking and running around until all hours of the night. She taught me how to dress well, enjoy the fine arts, gourmet cooking, classical music, even how to invest in the stock market," said the man.

"Sounds like you may be bitter because she changed you so drastically," remarked his friend.

"I'm not bitter. Now that I'm so improved, she just isn't good enough for me."

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Very Thankful Lion

Having a lion wrap its massive paws around your neck sounds scary. But it does not scare Ana Julia Torres. She runs an animal shelter in Colombia. She has a special relationship with Jupiter, an African lion. She rescued an abused and malnourished Jupiter from a traveling circus. The two bonded over months of rehabilitation. Now, they greet each other in a most unusual way. Watch it here...

Fishing Line
Since we talking about a lion, I'll mention that I have been putting new fishing line on my reels. For my crappie fishing rigs I have been putting on both 4 and 6 pound test. The lighter line of my lighter rods, and the 6 pound line on the slightly heavier rods. I got through with this chore yesterday... counting up, I've put new line on 18 crappie rigs. Why to I need so many rods and reels? My wife asks this, too. Check out My Crappie Fishing System.

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Quote of the Day
The kind man feeds his beast before sitting down to dinner.
~ Hebrew Proverb

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Jokes of the Day

A blind man is walking down the street with his seeing-eye dog one day. They come to a busy intersection, and the dog, ignoring the high volume of traffic zooming by on the street, leads the blind man right out into the thick of traffic. This is followed by the screech of tires and horns blaring as panicked drivers try desperately not to run the pair down.

The blind man and the dog finally reach the safety of the sidewalk on the other side of the street, and the blind man pulls a cookie out of his coat pocket, which he offers to the dog. A passer-by, having observed the near fatal incident, can't control his amazement and says to the blind man, "Why on earth are you rewarding your dog with a cookie? He nearly got you killed!"

The blind man turns partially in his direction and replies, "To find out where his head is, so I can kick his rear end."

(There is a moral in the above joke: Everyone who rewards you may not have the best intentions in mind for you.)
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Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Weighing In

The Way to Weigh
All these years I have been using my bathroom scales the wrong way. I'm sharing this proper technique with you, and I hope you pass the word, so others will know the correct method for weighing.









Software

You might be interested in some free software....

1) Have you ever wished you could save a YouTube video on your own computer as an avi or flv file. Well, you can with Easy Video Downloader. It's easy to use.
Click here to read about it and download:

2) Also, have you ever heard of GOM player? It is one of the best player for movie clips I have ever seen. It even plays flash movies (flv) and about anything you throw at it.
Read about it and download here:

3) Need to backup files to a external drive? Check out another free program. This one is from Microsoft. It's called SyncToy, but it is not a toy.
Read about it and download it here:

And.... if you are not using Advanced Windows Care and C-cleaner, you should think about it.
Check here for links:

All are completely free. I use them frequently.
I run Advanced Windows Care and C-Cleaner almost every day.

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Quotes of the Day
To err is human, but to really foul things up requires a computer.
~ Farmer's Almanac, 1978

Treat your password like your toothbrush.
Don't let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.
~ Clifford Stoll

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Joke of the Day

A carpet layer had just finished installing carpet for a lady. He stepped out for a smoke, only to realize he'd lost his cigarettes. In the middle of the room, under the carpet, was a bump.

"No sense pulling up the entire floor for one pack of smokes," he said to himself. He proceeded to get out his hammer and flattened the hump.

As he was cleaning up, the lady came in. "Here," she said, handling him his pack of cigarettes. "I found them in the hallway."

"Now," she said, "if only I could find my parakeet."

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Monday, March 10, 2008

My Daughter... Wow!

My Daughter, Bethany
She sent us a new picture a few days ago, and we almost didn't recognize her. Here's an older picture on the left and the new one on the right. She has lost 61 pounds in the past 3 years, and what a difference that has made.
She has done a great job on her physical fitness program. Her success is a motivation to me. You can see some more older pictures of Bethany here: My Daughter

The above is real, it's not an illusion. But the following is unreal. It's an amazing illusion. Read on....

A Great Illusion
This has to be one of the best illusions ever created...


If you look at the above images from your seat in front of the computer, Mr. Angry is on the left, and Mr. Calm is on the right. Get up from your seat, and move back 12 feet, and PRESTO!! they switch places!!

I wear glasses, and when I look at the picture with my glasses on, Mr. Angry is on the left, and Mr. Calm is on the right. Then I took my glasses off... and guess what??? They switch places! How interesting and intriguing.

It is said this
illusion was created by Phillippe G. Schyns and Aude Oliva of the University of Glasgow.

Does this prove that we sometimes may not be seeing what's actually there?

Check out this site: 77 Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena compiled by by Michael Bach


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Quote of the Day
People want the front of the bus, the back of the church,
and the center of attention.
~ Author Unknown

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Jokes of the Day

A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him.

Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump. 'Reverend,' said the young man, 'I'm so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.'

The minister chuckled, 'I know what you mean. It's the same in my business.'

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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Be A Patriot!

Be a Patriot--Support Our Troops and the Military! When you have the opportunity go to the web page I have been developing called:


You'll find that I have added some more links that I think you will enjoy. The new links are described below:

The Patriot Files
It includes a variety of interesting topics, including Troop Stories, Hall of Heroes, Links & Blogs, Support Our Commander & Chief, Humor & Politics, the Author's Navy Site, plus a variety of links to flash movies. A great site, and you will not be disappointed!

Sagebrush Patriot

A site a bout American patriotism, values and tradition. It has couple of links to some excellent flash movies. One is a MUST: America, Why I Love Her. In this patriotic essay, John Wayne recites a beautiful poetic piece written by another actor, and poet, John Mitchum.

Military & Patriotic Movies

This web site has links to twelve(12) military and patriotic movies, including the Pearl Harbor Attack, Korea-the Forgotten War, Vietnam--America's Longest War, the Audie Murphy Story, and so on.

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Quote of the Day
Freedom is not free.
~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Jokes of the Day

Soon after our last child left home for college, my husband was resting next to me on the couch with his head in my lap.

I carefully removed his glasses. "You know, honey," I said sweetly, "Without your glasses you look like the same handsome young man I married."

"Honey," he replied with a grin, "Without my glasses, you still look pretty good, too!"

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