Monthly Archives: March 2009

Ungrateful for God’s Grace?

This is not an original thought, but it was too good to not repeat it, even though it’s rephrased. I don’t have a source, so forgive me if this is not exactly like the original.

Why do we ask God for something, then show an ungrateful attitude when He answers? It’s like a man driving around a parking lot for a long time desperate for a parking space and nothing is available, so desperate that he prays,”Lord, if you will give me a parking space I’ll know you are real, I’ll pray more, I’ll change my ways!”. As soon as he finishes praying, a car backs out and opens up a parking spot. The man then says,”Never mind God, I just found one on my own.”. Have you ever disregarded His grace or been ungrateful for his favor?

I’ve been guilty of thinking I accomplished something that was nothing but God’s grace. I don’t want to be ungrateful and arrogant.

Thank you, Lord, for your provision, favor, and grace in my life. Help me to remember you first in all I do and say.

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Monday March Madness

The Final 4 is set, and the cast is strong.

UConn faces Michigan State and Villanova will go up against UNC in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. This is a solid crew and any of these four teams could win it all.

As for my brackets, they’re done. If Villanova beats Michigan State in the championship game, I could still win it all based on my current points lead. Even though neither of my choices for the championship made the final 4, and only 1 of my 4 selections (UNC) even advanced to the Final Four, I built a big enough lead in the early rounds to have a shot at outlasting the other 49 contestants. Since the league was made of mostly southern homers, the majority of competitors selected North Carolina, Duke, or Louisville to win it all. Nobody picked Villanova and very few people even picked Michigan State to make the Final Four.

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Dreary Sunday

Today was a pretty slow day at work. Though it was an outage, there was not a whole lot of work going on from what I could see. There were grey clouds covering the sun all day (so far) too. I missed being at church. I heard it was an awesome day.

I’ll be out of town the next two weeks, but I should be back the weekend of the 19th. My NCAA Tourney Brackets are also totally wrecked now. Oh well. At least I had a good start. As for the blog, I am not sure yet if I’ll be blogging during my vacation or not. I haven’t missed a day in over a year. If it happens, it happens. Because, “it” happens. 🙂

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10 Thoughts on Firearm Personal Defense

This blog was generated after reading about a fellow who purchased a 22LR pistol for a self defense weapon. My first response was that it’s better than nothing. But after further consideration, I’m not 100% convinced.

#1. The purpose of a firearm carried for self defense is to protect you and your company from death or great bodily harm. The purpose is not to be lethal.

#2. While a 22LR round is lethal, so is cancer, a BB gun, a drug overdose, a rope, a bucket of water, poison, etc. More people die from 22LR than any other round. But a 22LR is not effective at stopping an attacker regardless of the shot placement. Even a shot to the head possibly will not penetrate the skull. 22’s can ricochet right off bone if the angle is not right.

#3. It’s illegal to hunt deer with 22LR. Why? Because it is inhumane to shoot and animal that may kill it but even with a well placed shot where you are conscientiously aiming may take hours to drop much less kill the animal.

#4. Personal defense is not solely about saving money. Just because the rounds are cheap does not mean you sacrifice good old common sense when it comes to protecting your life. That doesn’t mean you have to have the biggest most expensive gun/rounds out there. But if you need to save money, use a balanced approach. Practice your skills and shooting fundamentals with the 22 and the cost effective ammo, but trust the rounds that are designed to stop.

#5. 22LR is designed for two things: target shooting and small varmint hunting. A bad guy does not have the same structure as a rat or prairie dog. And a bad guy is not made out of paper or cardboard.

#6. Would you pull a pocket knife out to defend yourself against a robber in your home who has a machete? So why pull a 22 against someone who potentially has a 38 sp or bigger?

#7. For those who talk about well placed shots, that simply does not happen in a self defense situation. A head shot is about the closest to a guaranteed stop with 22LR, but it’s difficult enough to hit a stationary target at the range when you are taking time to aim. Picking up even the front sights when an assailant is running at you is hard enough, so you want something that is powerful enough to break bone, destroy muscle, and disable a crazy bad guy by shooting center mass, not something that with a perfect shot will be lethal within a few hours. Put the bad guy on the ground quickly!

#8. Would law enforcement carry a 22LR? Not on duty for sure. I would question the wisdom of any LEO or any self defense person who would recommend a pea shooter 22LR for defense against another human.

#9. It’s arguable that it would be better to have nothing than to have a 22LR for personal defense. You are introducing a potentially lethal weapon that could be wrestled away from you by a bad guy and used on you before you can stop him. Consider the implications of putting 4 or 5 22LR rounds into a BG who wants to rob you with a knife, he continues coming now even more angry, he takes your gun and puts a bullet in your head. It might have been better to give the dude what he wants and then cry later.

#10. Any sane person will run away if you shoot at him even with a 22. A drug addict or mentally disturbed individual intent on harming you is not going to be as likely to run, and surely will not feel as much pain as a “normal” assailant. Consider your adversary a machine without ability to feel pain or fear. You have to have the tools that will disable his mechanical function. You don’t want to simply change his mind. Stopping power is very important.

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Saturday Top 5: Nuts

These are the five best nuts, whether in a mix or all by itself.

#5. Pine Nuts – I am not sure if these actually qualify as a nut, but if they don’t then “OH WELL”. They are very expensive, but worth the money. They’re very high in oils, so toasting them brings out the flavor. This is also the magical ingredient in pesto. Try toasting pine nuts and mixing it with fresh spinach, Balsalmic vinegar, and sea salt in a pan until the spinach wilts. Yum!

#4. Cashew – In my opinion, these are best enjoyed roasted with salt and no other flavors or nuts. They’re a little high in carbs, but they’re rich and tasty. Unfortunately, I can’t stop at one.

#3. Almonds – I prefer these smoked when I am eating them as a snack. Sliced and toasted, they also make a great topping for most deserts. They’re perfect for mixed nuts and also as a crust for fish.

#2. Pistachio – My dad introduced me to these flavorful treats when I was a kid. He would go to the mall while Trav and I would run around and my mom would shop and he’d crack the shells one at a time. That’s the way they are best enjoyed, salted and roasted still in the shell, one at a time. One kernel has tons of flavor! It makes an excellent flavor of ice cream as well. The problem is that they’re a little pricey and higher in carbs than most nuts.

#1. Pecan – They’re high in protein and fat, low in carbohydrates, versatile, and extremely delicious. I love them roasted, salty, sweet, right out of the shell, in candy, or (my favorite) made into a pie! New Mexico is the pecan center of the universe, but they’re also grown all over the south.

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Tourney Brackets

Memphis let me down with a loss to Missouri. Other than that, the rest of my Elite Eight teams in place. Unfortunately, I also picked Memphis to make the Final Four. I’m counting on Pitt to beat Louisville. If Pitt beats Louisville, I’ll win my bracket challenge against about 40 opponents. Even losing one of my Final Four choices, I am still having my best bracket picks so far. I know everyone is just thrilled.

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Friday Bottom 3: Colors

I’m not feeling overly creative today. These are my 3 least favorite colors, especially for my clothes.

#3. Purple – Red is a powerful color; blue is calming. But when you mix red and blue, you get a color that’s neither.

#2. Yellow – An extreme mustard yellow looks good on an off road vehicle. But a soft yellow shirt is not appealing to me.

#1. Pink – Did you think I would pick anything else? This is a great color for the ladies. 🙂

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Taxing Thoughts

-Yesterday, Marcela and I filed our taxes.
-After dropping about $200 on tax preparation, I believe we will go ahead and purchase Turbo Tax.
-Tax time is stressful, especially when you have not completely prepared everything.
-It’s also stressful when you owe money. We owed.
-I enjoyed reading Ritz’s review of TSP’s Anthems for a Broken World.
-One week and three days from now, Marcela and I will be sailing across the Caribbean, making stops in Cozumel, Grand Caymen, and Ocho Rios Jamaica.
-Dunns River Falls will be one of our excursions.
-We will also do some snorkeling with stingrays in Grand Caymen, and maybe some snorkeling on the reefs in Cozumel.
-The NCAA Tournament is about to start up the round of 16 and then 8, and as of now I am sitting nicely at 40-8 in my picks.
-This is my best start ever, but I know things can change fast.
-D Wade barely missed a 3 at the buzzer that would have won the game for Miami. In the last couple minutes, Miami out scored Indiana 8-0 and ended up losing by 2.
-Jeopardy is fun to watch. This week was their annual Tournament of Champions where first prize is $250,000.
-This was the youngest group of contestants ever on the JTOC.
-Yes, I also watched some Dancing With the Stars this week. I want David Allen Greer to win it all. He’s one of my favorite all time comedians.
-The outage is in full swing. After two weeks, the work schedule is almost 60 hours behind.
-That means a possible extended outage and overtime.
-I am working OT today, and I’m loving it.
-I don’t love missing Sunday morning at Life Pointe Church.
-President Obama seems to be completely lost, and just throwing money at everything that moves while claiming to be for fiscal responsibility. Excuse me? Fiscal responsibility is not paying off large corporations and calling for regulation. Who’s regulating him?
-I think my crock pot is wearing out on me. I made a pot roast with potatoes and carrots that took over an hour longer than normal.
-I’m interested in seeing Slumdog Millionaire, but I haven’t decided whether to wait for the DVD or go see it at the theater.

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Wednesday Quotable

About 15 years ago, I was starting my college experience at Lee University in Tennessee.  I started as a Music Major, but after a year decided on a different path.  I ended up studying psychology, the study of human behavior.  In developmental psychology, we were given the definition of growth.  To paraphrase, the definition of growth in developmental psychology was positive change over time.  The fact is that from birth, we are in a constant state of change.  Either it’s positive change (growth), or negative change (atrophy, death, deterioration).  Let’s embrace and strive towards positive change.  If you do not embrace and seek change, change will find you on it’s terms.

It is not necessary to change.  Survival is not mandatory.

~W. Edwards Deming

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TSP’s Anthems, Check this review out!

Ritz Crackah’s review of Anthems for a Broken World by The Saturn Project.

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