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TV Shows I Watch Regularly

I work a 12 hour shift as many as 6 days a week, as few as three. I don’t have Tivo. I get up every morning at 4 AM and go to bed around 9 (sometimes a little later).

That means I don’t really get into TV that much. By the time I get home, it’s almost 7 PM. That leaves me just enough time to sit down and watch Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy during the weekdays.

My wife likes all the different incarnations of Law and Order on TNT or USA (I can’t remember). I just can’t stand those shows having worked for 2 years in the courts and seeing how hearings and trials work.

So there you have it. I watch a couple game shows at night, do a little preparing for the next day, go for a walk with the dog, and hit the hay.

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2nd Thoughts

-I am a strong believer in the Bill of Rights. Some politicians would love it if the 2nd Amendment to the US Constitution would just disappear.

-In 1998, I applied for an received my FL Concealed Weapons/Firearms License. From application to receipt took about 24 days (weekends included).

-When my permit expired in 2003, I was a little tight on cash, so I didn’t renew it.

-Now that the permit is good for 7 years instead of just 5, I went ahead and reapplied. The process is supposed to take no more than 90 days.

-I applied on the second week of November and I just received my shiny blue card from the agriculture department’s licensing division last week. That’s well over 90 days.

-As I mentioned in a previous entry, I purchased a Kel Tec PF 9, the smallest 9mm manufactured right now.

-All the background and serial number checks were cleared as of yesterday (this was a used gun) and I picked up my new back up pistol for concealment yesterday.

-I have a picture that shows just how small and slim this 9 is. You would have to hold it to believe how little it weighs (under a pound).

-I am prepared for a lot of recoil and hand shock due to the size of the gun. I’ll test the gun at the range April 13 when I return from my cruise.

-I am trying something different today. Instead of my normal Fuji apple today, I am having a big juicy Golden Delicious apple. I’ll let you know how that goes.

-Momma, thanks for the sweet tasty perfectly ripe banana that I had for breakfast today.

-In 3 days I embark on my stint around the Caribbean from Cozumel down to Grand Caymen and finally Ocho Rios Jamaica.

-My sweet mom will be watching our little dog Max while I am away. I hope he doesn’t get into too much mischief while I’m away.

-I’m not sure if I will get a chance to swim with the sting rays or not, but I’m definitely doing Dunns River Falls and snorkeling the reefs of Cozumel.

-It’s very difficult to get a vacation in the middle of an outage, so I was blessed to be able to do this trip.

-I’m not yet sure if I will be able to make it to church this Sunday. That’s up in the air right now. Stay tuned!

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Wednesday Quotable

This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four.
~Mark Twain

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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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Concealed Thoughts

  • Thick as Thieves is a horrible movie.  Don’t waste your money, and even more so don’t waste your time.  I thought with Antonio Banderas and Morgan Freeman, I thought for sure it would be a winner.  Stinker.
  • I reapplied for my concealed weapons permit in mid November.  The wait time is supposed to be at most 90 days.  It’s still not here.
  • The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services runs the Division of Licensing here in Florida.  Apparently there is a backlog in licensing for security, firearms, concealed weapons, and others.
  • When I called a couple weeks ago, they explained that my license application has not even made it through data entry and is currently sitting in a pile of other applications on someone’s desk.
  • That’s funny, they cashed my check (over $100) before they even entered my application in the computer.
  • My pal OB just received his license in the mail and he applied in November as well.  Maybe mine will be here soon.
  • I am rapidly becoming a big fan of the Kel Tec product line.  They produce very unique and affordable firearms.  The two I have my eye set on are the PLR16 and the PF-9.
  • The PF-9 is a super compact ultra thin single stacked 9 mm, 7+1 capacity.  The retail price is $333 for the blue or as much as $390 for the parkerized.  I haven’t shot one, but I have a co worker who owns one and I saw him fire it.  I held one yesterday which I found for $250 used.  I think I may be able to find one just a little more than that new.
  • The PLR16 is a 223 handgun.  It’s the same caliber as the AR-15 that I carry at work, however it has no stock and a very short barrel.  This one starts just under $500, but if you own one you can easily get $1000 for it.  They are next to impossible to find new right now and there is at minimum a 2 month waiting list for them.
  • My Glock 19 is going to be a little uncomfortable to conceal because it’s so thick.  The advantage is the 15 rounds plus one in the chamber that it carries.  And it’s extremely durable, good for the range, and fun to shoot.
  • Dinner last night was pretty good.  I enjoyed a beef and potato stew with flour tortillas and cilantro.  It cost about $2.50 a plate, and that included peach iced tea.
  • It’s amazing how easy making beef and potato stew is.  Brown 3 pounds of cubed beef and a couple of small onions.  Add water and cubed potatoes and two packs of taco seasoning packs.  Turn down to medium low, cover, and stew for an hour stirring occasionally, add more water if you need.  When it thickens, the stew is so good.  Serve with warm tortillas and peach iced tea! 🙂  Sort of a mix between store bought and homemade.
  • I have twice as much left over as Marcela and I had to eat, and we shared some with mom and dad.
  • I’m still waiting for information on the operations job for FPL.  I have some information, but I don’t know if I will or will not get the offer.  As far as I know, I have done what I can do (other than follow up which I am on top of) and now I have to wait.
  • Tomorrow, I will get my paws on The Saturn Project album, Anthems for a Broken World.  The music is great and I want to play it straight through.

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Bottom 3: Clothing Fads

I am not a fashion expert, but these in my opinion are the three worst clothing fads in my lifetime.

#3. High Waters – I think we have Michael Jackson to thank for these. I am not sure what was so appealing about pants that only reached to the low part of the shin, except for the functionality of being able to walk in a deep puddle without getting your pants wet.

#2. Spandex Pants – Fueled by the hair bands of the 80’s, this embarrassing fad should have been reserved for undergarments and snorkeling rash guards only.

#1. Oversized everything (including the subgroups of baggies and underwear exposure) – The tight jeans fad lasted a decade, the straight legs lasted about a decade, bell bottoms came and went and came back again for a while, high waters lasted maybe 5 years, and the dance-inspired leg warmers, head bands/wrist bands and sweats were only around for a few years, but somehow this ridiculous baggy look has filtered from the streets to suburbia and has stuck around for well over 10 years now. I see kids that cannot walk because their pants are falling down, XXXL shirts on skinny kids, and shorts so big, they look like bell bottom pants. I would also like to add that this fad includes the sub-group of boxer exposed drooping pants which is far more ridiculous than the oversized shirts and baggy shorts. I do get a good laugh when I see some punk criminal trying to run from the “Po-Po’s” while doing everything he can to keep his pants from falling down. This madness must stop.

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Paul Harvey

Yesterday evening, the report that radio news broadcasting pioneer Paul Harvey had passed away in Arizona came across the wire. I felt almost as if a relative had passed. You see, my dad has always been a news junkie, and there was nobody better at getting out the news and comment on AM radio than Harvey. I remember my dad’s radio dial on both his old flatbed truck and the Datsun B210 set to the AM channel where Harvey came on. Specifically I remember hearing Harvey in the afternoon when my dad would pick me up from school at Sarasota’s South Side Elementary when I was in kindergarten. His signature phrase “Stand by for the news” let you know that you were about to receive the current happenings that were news worthy without any bias. “Page 1”, then “Page 2”, and so on, each piece of news compiled in concise factual fashion. He did use personal comment but it was only after the factual pieces of news had been presented. Following the news, he would always tell a story of victory, redemption, hard work, against the odds success, or character development. Many times it was a story about a person, company, or organization you already knew, but with an element or piece of historical fact that you did not know. As he told the story, somewhere in the middle, you already had a picture of the wonderful triumph or determination the individual or group had, but he would leave you with a cliff hanger, unaware about whom he was talking. Then when he would come back to his last radio segment, he would give you “The rest of the story” and all mystery was revealed.

His familiar voice which was absolutely perfect for the radio will be missed. At the time of his passing, he was 90 years old and still active as a broadcaster. I am a little sad today thinking that I will never hear another new broadcast by Paul Harvey.

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