Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
We’re back. This has been a pretty good week or at least part of one since we arrived Friday and will leave Tuesday. Got to see some nice Christmas Decorations (they really do a great job decorating the Surf City Park and streets); met Ashley and Austin in (make that near) Shallotte to transfer Christmas presents and have lunch; looked for a new grill (didn’t find one yet); and today, since it’s due to be in the low 70s, we may get to shoot baskets, ride the tandem bike, and visit the marsh walkway. Not too bad actually. Christmas will be in Virginia (Patti Jr. doesn’t need to be alone for that day), then off to SC for New Years and maybe even back here for a short visit. I know that Pat loves to be here as much as I do and leaving, besides being a hassle from a cleaning up standpoint, is always our least favorite part of the visit. Hopefully, everyone is getting ready for Christmas. Before then, I have school work to wrap up, a new term to set up, work work to pay attention to, and probably much more to do that I am forgetting about but likely will remember after I should have done it.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
But Mom, you really knew everything about most everything. You taught me how to live, how to love, how to care, and ultimately, how to pass from this life to the next while leaving this one a bit better for those whom you left behind. Many people came to express these same sentiments – friends and family who love you; a museum that will enlighten and entertain those who never knew you; children who are far better people because of your influence and the model of life that you so consistently lived. While it saddens those of us left behind, the sadness is for our loss, since we know that things are eternally bright and joyful for you. There are so many little memories to recall – too many to list actually and most hiding in my mind, waiting to spring forth as daily surprises of joy and remembrance, keeping you close always. Recently on a visit you patted me on the head and said “my little boy has gray hair”. I’ll never forget that moment because I realized that having you here meant that I, a man of 63, was still someone’s little boy and I’ll remain that until the end.
In Loving Memory of Gerda Quelch Wootten, September 9, 1914 - October 23, 2008.
Your loving son,
Thursday, October 2, 2008
PS: Regarding that post below about "ain't gonna happen".....I lied!
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
It’s no wonder that we have an obesity problem in this country. I ran to McDonald’s to pick up a Southern Chicken Sandwich meal for lunch (highly unusual since I rarely eat lunch out) and guess what? Along with the meal came another, free, chicken sandwich. Naturally, I had no choice but to take it, and having done that, it simply wouldn’t be right not to eat the thing. So, now I am double chickened and loving it. But, didn’t I read somewhere today that McDonald’s earnings were lower than expected for the quarter? Now we know why? Blame the chicken.
Monday, July 14, 2008
That simply ain’t gonna happen and I am pretty much reconciled to that. Pat is in
Maybe sometime in August I’ll get to go back to the beach, doubtful in time for Alex’s wedding unfortunately since there’s a real conflict during that week, work-wise.
Oh well, when life’s not a beach, it’s a bitch but all, in all, I can’t complain too much. Yes I can! Nope, I shouldn’t! Oh heck, you know I will don’t you?
Saturday, June 14, 2008
It’s a beautiful day in the [
How many times have I planned my great escape? Too many and, thus far, neither has stuck. That, I promise, is about to change. Recognition, defined as the acknowledgment of achievement, service, merit, doesn’t exist in this place. It’s becoming more obvious that loyalty is not a two way street and being taken for granted is the norm. I’ve seen significant turnover and, lately and it’s been in the ranks of those whose contributions and abilities should be the most valued. Inequity is rampant and there seems to be a pervasive attitude that those who have been here and proven themselves should be happy with their lot in life and so what if inequities exist?
The “so what” is that those very people, the proven ones whose efforts have brought about what successes we’ve experienced, can leave and get significantly better deals from companies that know virtually nothing about them, save what’s in their resumes. Strange how they can be so valued by a stranger while being ignored by the very organization that benefited most from their presence.
I’m ranting aren’t I? Makes me feel good though and it’s all true. Personally, I like to think of it as God’s way of preparing me for the next phase of my life and it certainly ain’t at this place.
Anyway, here’s to those who are, and will be, elsewhere, doing other things, and living in a world where equity still exists. For me, that’s coming, and soon!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
I've wanted to post some thoughts regarding the ongoing political antics but after giving it careful consideration, have decided to let it go since neither candidate (of the three) has jumped out and hit me as the greatest of choices. We have the anti-christ and Beelzebub on the one hand, and War boy on the other. Seems like there are not many options for us to choose from. We either experience calamity and perdition that ultimately leads to the end of times, or keep fighting a war that has no end in sight and hasn't even helped lower oil prices.
Me? I am all for letting this one ride and finding a candidate who will end the war, be racially agnostic, and put such words as non-discrimination and equal opportunity into the definitional context from whence they were originally derived. Anyway you look at it, and regardless of who wins in November, there will be, for entirely different reasons, rioting in the streets.
Friday, April 25, 2008
Thursday, January 31, 2008
I know. It’s been over a month hasn’t it? Maybe that’s because there’s nothing going on. Maybe it’s because there’s too much going on. Perhaps it’s because I just haven’t felt like posting a blog entry until now. Well…………it’s all of the above. We’ve actually returned to
This isn’t a good time anyway what with the weather, my evening teaching schedule, and the sheer fact that I’ve not found anything better to do than working and making money. That’s gotta change one of these days, I know. It’s the “when” that eludes me for now.
In the mean time, we’re healthy and about as happy as someone whose life revolves around going to and from work can be. Maybe by the time I make the next entry in this blog I will have things figured out.