South Carolina Caves In…

675COLUMBIA, S.C. — The South Carolina Senate voted Monday to remove the Confederate battle flag from the grounds of the State House. The bipartisan proposal, which emerged after last month’s massacre at a historic black church in Charleston, was approved by a 37-to-3 vote in the Republican-controlled Senate.

There is another state I promise never to visit again and give $1 of my money to. I need to see what companies operate out of South Carolina and boycott them as well. It’s just the principle of the issue.

In Panama City

We drove for about 7 hours but made it safe and sound. We stopped a dozen time but hey we were in no hurry to get here. My class does not start until 1pm tomorrow so I get to sleep in tomorrow.

Panama City is an hour behind us so when it’s 9 am our time it’s 8 am there time.  So Saturday when I get to go teach it’ll feel I’m sleeping in. It’s been a long time since we’ve been here so I want to sight see some on Panama City Beach and take some photos.

Even though I’m teaching a couple of days this is going to be a great weekend!

My Trees

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Now I consider myself an arborist. I love trees and I’m always planting seeds to grow new ones. When you plant a tree you have to continuously water it, fertilize it, make sure it’s getting enough and not to much. You constantly have to repot them in new pots to make sure their roots have enough room to grow. So when one dies or someone kills it is a little upsetting.

When the trees become 3 foot tall you stop worrying so much that someone may not see it and run over it. But, that is an assumption that they’re smart enough to realize it’s a tree.

My wife’s niece ran over another one of my trees that makes two in the last month. They wonder why I get so upset. It only took me two years to grow them from seeds caring for them every day. If it would’ve just died I could accept that, but they were killed due to pure stupid fucking ignorance. I will never like her again because of that. Or it would take a very long time for me to get over it.  

Masons

masonic_symbol_rotating_md_whtI’ve heard so many people say that, Masons are satanic, or the Masons are planning to take over the world, or it’s a cult. There are many more wrong beliefs about the masonic order. Sure they have secrets, it’s an old fraternity.

2B1ASK1 – That is the easiest way to find out. Yes it’s a man club but what is so wrong with that. Women have groups that are exclusive to them, so why not a group of men who have been doing it for a few hundred years. The Masonic organization is one of the biggest charitable organization in America. Who I’ve always know to do good and have never seen any type of plan to take over the world… I have heard it said that Mason try to make the earth a better place and to improve morals and values of others, is that wrong?

I’m a christian and if I ever heard or thought it was anything bad or if there would be anything to conflict with my moral beliefs I’d leave the fraternity.

Please research the organization before blindly judge them because Aunt Nut, said she heard from her cousins boyfriends brother-in-laws, son that something funny was going on.

From what I’ve seen they are upstanding highly respectable and honorable men who would help anyone out they could, not some evil group of monsters who plan to overthrow the government and rule the world… that’s an Underdog character.

American Sniper…

TA3A5741.DNGIt was not what I was expecting, not that I was really expecting anything. It told a story of a Navy Seal, Chris Kyle, who was the sniper with the most confirmed kills in U.S. history. It credits him with over 160 kills but his Navy Seal team said that number was more than doubled but they were unconfirmed kills. That is amazing, but at the same time sad. This man killed single handedly over 320 people. I understand it was his job and that is what he was trained to do but he had to sleep with that every day. I just don’t know how you’d turn something that off. Today it’s OK to kill anyone you had to , but tomorrow back in what we call the real world it would be considered an heinous crime.

I’m not judging Mr. Kyle in anyway, he has (had) my utmost respect. I salute him for his service, he’s a HERO. He did what most of us couldn’t do.

In my opinion it was a good movie, not a great movie. I’m sure it was very close to what actually is happening in the middle east , and Bradley Cooper did an excellent job.

I understand that there is a lot of things in this world that has to be done, but I also realize that most of us don’t want to believe it or know about it. Is that burying my head in the sand… probably, but that does work for me in something like this.

Someday Isn’t a Real Day

imagesJust Start… Some People waiting for the perfect day will delay to start someday. Someday isn’t a real day. Don’t think your idea has to be perfect, it’s not going to be. You find perfection through countless hours at focusing and developing your craft, which includes many failures.

So don’t start someday, start Monday.

# 6 Man-Up Book

MAN-UP-Books-DA-MANThis is a book for the guys. Every guy should own a copy of this book. If someone would have given me one of these books at 18 my life would have been so much easier! If the guy friend is 16 – 25 this would make them a perfect gift for Christmas.

 

Ah…19 years ago

On November 19, 1994 I married the girl of my dreams, Shannon. I always here people say that but I truly believe it. Who else would put up with me for that many years.

I wake up every day knowing that I’m loved, and that makes the day worth living in my opinion. So many people I know dread going home in the evenings… not me, I look forward to that each and every day going home.  Has it been a perfect the entire 19 years, no but damn close. We’ve had our share of up and downs, with a lot of “Hallway Sex”. (the – fuck you, no fuck you ones) But at the end of the day I know I have the best woman in the world.

Shannon is younger than I, so hopefully she outlives me, (at least I pray)  and we complement each other. More her complimenting me that me to her. I’m a guy that goes to sleep and night getting a shoulder rub thinking this is better than winning the lottery. And, I seriously wonder what I ever did in my life to deserve her and my family… I’ve got two awesome boys and two perfect girls!

I couldn’t have chosen a better mother for my kids. She’s tough on them but love them with all of her heart, and will sacrifice anything and everything for any one of them.

I’m so proud to say, Shannon Elzey is my wife and I love her!

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I LOVE YOU SHANNON!

 

Understanding Engineers – Take One

2FqWmnqTwo engineering students were walking across campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”

The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday minding my own business when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike. She threw the bike to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.

“The second engineer nodded approvingly, “Good choice; the clothes probably wouldn’t have fit.”