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Life as a Dude

Right now I’m just a dude. Not a desert dude (Arizona) or beach dude (Florida). That’s fine, I like being a dude!

I’m getting back to posting on my blog, now with Wi-Fi and a laptop all set up for wireless, I can work in the house instead of my home office/studio.

My blog posts may be a rant, a rave, a blessing from a scripture, or something about life at the moment. Check back to see what this dude is blogging about. I love to write and this blog gives me that outlet.

From Dale, a Dude! Be blessed!

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Posted by on April 23, 2013 in Just for Fun!, Life in General

 

Life as a Desert Dude…

It’s now been a couple weeks since I returned home from the desert, that is Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. This was a long-awaited, well planned out trip, with literally no agenda! Five days in the desert sun was great. It just so happened the Saturday I was there the region had record temperatures! It was 118 degrees in Phoenix! Of course I was out and about in Scottsdale, but spent “cool” time at Scottsdale Fashion Square people watching, keeping cool, shopping, looking for bargains, cooling off…..I did come home with some great new “skinner” clothes from a great sale at Dillard’s (please come to Oregon, Macy’s needs competition).

I spent time at the Heard Museum, home of Native American art and artifacts, and the Phoenix Art Museum. While in Scottsdale I was able to get to the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and the many shops in Old Town Scottsdale.

The new Metro Light rail was great for getting around central Phoenix to downtown and on out to Tempe and Mesa.

It was great to sit outside in the mornings by the pool and read, soak up the sun and just relax! Often times when at home I don’t always find the time to just kick back and relax, at least not by a pool!

I’ve really come to love desert living and do plan on returning in the future! I’m wondering if I would enjoy living in Arizona when I retire. That’s a question I haven’t been able to answer yet. Retirement is years off yet, at least 6-8 years away.

From a tan desert dude, Dale.

 
 

And have you heard about…?

In a recent read-through in a magazine, I found some web sites that sounded interesting. I thought these would be worth posting on my blog for others to check out. Here they are:

  • ceevee.com – This is a free resume site that will help you stand out from a “heap of humdrum” resumes. You plug in your experience and the website will give your credentials a professional design, as well as your own URL.
  • jinni.com – Are you searching for a romantic comedy, a period piece, or a simply a movie that will boost your mood? This site lets you “watch” what you wish for, meaning you can type in your desired genre, then see a lost of films to choose from.
  • mypunchbowl.com – Need a virtual even planner to organize your party? This party-savvy website allows potential attendees to vote on the best date, creates online invitations, and helps you find a theme, a venue, a caterer, and more!
  • mypublisher.com – If you can snap a picture, then you can navigate this easy-to-use site, which helps you create a professional-looking photo book. You can choose from 10 book styles and more than 200 layouts, then drag images into the page templates. Prices range from $30 to $70.
 
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Posted by on November 20, 2010 in Just for Fun!, Web Sites

 

Growing up without a cell phone!

This came to me the other day via email, and I thought what a great post for my blog!

When I was a kid, adults used to bore me to tears with their tedious diatribes about how hard things were. When they were growing up; what with walking twenty-five miles to school every morning….

Uphill…barefoot…BOTH ways…yadda, yadda, yadda.

 And I remember promising myself that when I grew up, there was no way in heck I was going to lay a bunch of crap like that on my kids about how hard I had it and how easy they’ve got it!  But now that I’m over the ripe old age of forty, I can’t help but look around and notice the youth of today.  You’ve got it so easy! I mean, compared to my childhood, you live in a darn Utopia!   And I hate to say it, but you kids today, you don’t know how good you’ve got it!

 I mean, when I was a kid we didn’t have the Internet.  If we wanted to know something, we had to go to the darn library and look it up ourselves, in the card catalog!! There was no email!!  We had to actually write somebody a letter – with a pen!   Then you had to walk all the way across the street and put it in the mailbox, and it would take like a week to get there! Stamps were 10 cents! Child Protective Services didn’t care if our parents beat us.  As a matter of fact, the parents of all my friends also had permission to kick our as*s! Nowhere was safe!

 There were no MP3’s or Napsters or iTunes!  If you wanted to steal music, you had to hitchhike to the record store and shoplift it yourself! Or you had to wait around all day to tape it off the radio, and the DJ would usually talk over the beginning and @#*% it all up! There were no CD players! We had tape decks in our car.  We’d play our favorite tape and “eject” it when finished, and then the tape would come undone rendering it useless. Cause, hey, that’s how we rolled, Baby!  Dig? We didn’t have fancy crap like Call Waiting!  If you were on the phone and somebody else called, they got a busy signal, that’s it!

 There weren’t any freakin’ cell phones either. If you left the house, you just didn’t make a darn call or receive one. You actually had to be out of touch with your “friends”. OH MY GOODNESS !!!  Think of the horror… not being in touch with someone 24/7!!!  And then there’s TEXTING.  Yeah, right.  Please!  You kids have no idea how annoying you are. And we didn’t have fancy Caller ID either! When the phone rang, you had no idea who it was!  It could be your school, your parents, your boss, your bookie, your drug dealer, the collection agent… you just didn’t know!!!  You had to pick it up and take your chances, mister!

 We didn’t have any fancy PlayStation or Xbox video games with high-resolution 3-D graphics!  We had the Atari 2600!  With games like ‘Space Invaders’ and ‘Asteroids’.  Your screen guy was a little square!  You actually had to use your imagination!!!  And there were no multiple levels or screens, it as just one screen… Forever!  And you could never win.  The game just kept getting harder and harder and faster and faster until you died!  Just like LIFE!

 You had to use a little book called a TV Guide to find out what was on! You were screwed when it came to channel surfing!  You had to get off your butt and walk over to the TV to change the channel!!!  NO REMOTES!!!  Oh, no, what’s the world coming to?!?! There was no Cartoon Network either! You could only get cartoons on Saturday Morning.  Do you hear what I’m saying? We had to wait ALL WEEK for cartoons, you spoiled little rat-finks!

And we didn’t have microwaves.  If we wanted to heat something up, we had to use the stove!  Imagine that! And our parents told us to stay outside and play… all day long. Oh, no, no electronics to soothe and comfort.  And if you came back inside… you were doing chores! And car seats – oh, please!   Mom threw you in the back seat and you hung on. If you were lucky, you got the “safety arm” across the chest at the last moment if she had to stop suddenly, and if your head hit the dashboard, well that was your fault for calling “shot gun” in the first place!

 See!  That’s exactly what I’m talking about! You kids today have got it too easy. You’re spoiled rotten!  You guys wouldn’t have lasted five minutes back in 1970 or any time before!

 Regards,

The Over 40 & 50 Crowd

(Send this to someone you’d like to make smile)

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2010 in Just for Fun!

 

Nashville…the journey continues

Hi ya all, I am now home and able to update my blog and post some photos. The computer in the business center wouldn’t let me upload photos! Visit my photos of Nashville and Franklin, TN at: http://picasaweb.google.com/travelguy727/Nashville2010#

We left off on day 2.5, still in Nashville. What a wonderful time discovering the roots of country music, truly the music of the USA. We didn’t “import” this type of music from another country. It tells a story of the people of this country. Just spending time at the Ryman Auditorium and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum gave me a real sense of country music. I must say my brief stay in Nashville was well worth the time! I am glad I took advantage of the extra time prior to the CMCA conference.

A real added treat was taking in the Dale Chihuly exhibit at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. His use of such vibrant colors and large-scale pieces was more than breath-taking! Anytime I can take in a Chihuly exhibit I will!

Tuesday rolled around and time to head down to the historic town of Franklin, TN for the Christian Meetings and Conventions Association annual showcase conference. I had to be very creative in arranging transportation to Franklin as I didn’t rent a car. It was SuperShuttle back to Nashville airport where I was met by the Cool Springs Limo people for the quick trip down to Franklin. My room at the Marriott Hotel was not  ready when I arrived sothe time was spent catching up with people I see only once a year. Many of my CMCA friends commented on my weight loss – this made me feel good knowing my weight-loss efforts worked! Friends are so nice! I was soon off to do my presentation — I was asked again this year to lead the “New Planner Orientation” session. It’s so much fun to share with first-timers!

The first event of the day was spent on a walking tour of historic downtown Franklin. We left the downtown area and headed to the historic Carnton Plantation for our evening dinner and entertainment. Here is a quick history lesson for the day on the Civil War:

Beginning at 4 p.m. on November 30, 1864, Carnton was witness to one of the bloodiest battles of the entire Civil War. Everything the McGavock family ever knew was forever changed. The Confederate Army of Tennessee furiously assaulted the Federal army entrenched along the southern edge of Franklin. The resulting battle, believed to be the bloodiest five hours of the Civil War, involved a massive frontal assault larger than Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg. The majority of the combat occurred in the dark and at close quarters. The Battle of Franklin lasted barely five hours and led to some 9,500 soldiers being killed, wounded, captured, or counted as missing. Nearly 7,000 of that number were Confederate troops. Carnton served as the largest field hospital in the area for hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soldiers.

A staff officer later wrote that “the wounded, in hundreds, were brought to [the house] during the battle, and all the night after. And when the noble old house could hold no more, the yard was appropriated until the wounded and dead filled that….”

On the morning of December 1, 1864 the bodies of four Confederate generals killed during the fighting, Patrick R. Cleburne, Hiram B. Granbury, John Adams, and Otho F. Strahl, lay on Carnton’s back porch. The floors of the restored home are still stained with the blood of the men who were treated here.

In early 1866, John and Carrie McGavock designated two acres of land adjacent to their family cemetery as a final burial place for nearly 1,500 Confederate soldiers killed during the Battle of Franklin. The McGavocks maintained the cemetery until their respective deaths.

Today, the McGavock Confederate Cemetery is a lasting memorial honoring those fallen soldiers and the Battle of Franklin. It is the largest privately owned military cemetery in the nation.

Wednesday was a full day of educational sessions, a wonderful trade show and appointments with suppliers. There is never enough time to take in the trade show! It was time for lunch and today we would be on our own in downtown Franklin, where we could shop, spend money and eat!

The evening dinner and entertainment was held at “The Factory at Franklin” – a restored factory. The entertainment was provided by Christian comedian “Sistah Willile Ruth Johnson”, and Kirk Whalum.

Thursday was another full day of taking in the trade show and appointments with the suppliers, and many great educational sessions. I skipped one session and went and worked out in the hotel fitness center, something that I had not done for several days! Needless to say it felt good! The evening dinner was held at Green’s Grocery in the quaint southern town of Leiper’s Fork, TN. Great southern food, great Tennessee music rounded out the evening, our last as a group of friends.

Perhaps the best moments of the conference come at the end of the day in the prayer time and the gathering in the hospitality suite to unwind and relax among great friends.

This was a wonderful week for me, I came away spiritually renewed and with  some possible sites for a board meeting in 2011/2012 for the non-profit Christian conference board I am on. It also means getting down to work on the 2010 board meeting and getting the many details worked out.

Be Blessed!

 

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Subject: To Those of Us Born 1930-1979

Subject: To Those of Us Born 1930-1979

No matter what our kids and the new generation think about us, WE ARE AWESOME!!!! OUR LIFE IS LIVING PROOF!!!! At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno. If you don’t read anything else, please read what he said. Very well stated, Mr . . . . Leno. 

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes. Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing. .. . That’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. . No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY. We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill; only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms .

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents. We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?

The quote of the month is by Jay Leno: ‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?

For those that prefer to think that God is not watching over us . . . go ahead and delete this. For the rest of us . . . pass this on.

 
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Posted by on December 15, 2009 in Just for Fun!, Life in General

 

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Noah’s Ark: Everything I need to know!

Noah’s Ark Everything I need to know, I learned from Noah’s Ark .

ONE: Don’t miss the boat.
TWO: Remember that we are all in the same boat!
THREE: Plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark.
FOUR: Stay fit. When you’re 60 years old, someone may ask you to do something really big.
FIVE: Don’t listen to critics; just get on with the job that needs to be done.
SIX: Build your future on high ground.
SEVEN: For safety’s sake, travel in pairs.
EIGHT: Speed isn’t always an advantage. The snails were on board with the cheetahs.
NINE: When you’re stressed, float awhile.
TEN: Remember, the Ark was built by amateurs; the Titanic by professionals.
ELEVEN: No matter the storm, when you are with God, there’s always a rainbow waiting.

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2009 in Just for Fun!, Life in General

 

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