Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Here's a little project you can do at home. Every time you're channel surfing - stop for a moment or two at CNN. See how many seconds it takes for some anchorman/reporter to give an Obama campaign praise report. It's laughable.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today we had a quiet birthday. We had a gathering last Sunday to have a cluster celebration. Today though, my mother manned the phones and let us break away from the office during the early afternoon. We splurged at Red Lobster and I later picked up a whole sheet of teramasue (Gina's favorite desert) from Pasquetti's on Rainbow Drive. We then rented a movie from Blockbuster and made our way home to watch it downstairs as a family.
It's been a pleasant and quiet day today and Gina's seemed to have had a good birthday. I hope so. It hasn't been a big birthday but it's been a nice one.
This photo was taken at The River Inn Restaurant in Chattanooga, the weekend I drove out to ask Gina to marry me. I am glad she said yes. Time has changed us on the surface, but time will never change our love for one another. Thank you God for Gina!
P.S. Today she's forty-five - my favorite caliber.
Monday, July 28, 2008
I totaled the car back in 1987 while I lived in Atlanta, Georgia. The car was so little that the front crushed like a soda can. It was a rainy day and I was driving down an unfamiliar neighborhood in Cobb County. I hit the crest of a hill and the road took a sharp right and I didn't. There were no warning signs or light visible upon approach. I was driving the speed limit but too fast for conditions - meaning - I wasn't really driving the limit. I took out a brand new 1987 Oldsmobile that had come from the other direction. I tried to make the turn but it was too sharp and I was too late. I turned the car at an angle to miss the on-coming vehicle but we both crunched down along each other's sides. After impact, the LeCar slowly rolled down a hill and eventually scraped the pavement until it stopped. It was a bad day.
My car door was jammed up and my friend Jim sat motionless in the passenger seat, I guess, he was still in shock. I remember flipping open the canopy above me and jumping out the top. It was a very surrealistic moment. Jim later laughed at me for exiting the car that way. I remember I had a cassette of Tear For Fear's Song From The Big Chair playing SHOUT.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I am almost finished with my first semester of Therapuetic Massage at Gadsden State. I started by taking just their on-line courses and glad I did. I started off slow by making a few stupid mistakes but have aced everything since that first week. I get my assignments on Wednesday and try to have everything behind me by Thursday. I've enjoyed taking the on-line courses and looking forward to learning some hands-on therapy. I am not looking forward the Anatomy or the Kinesiology Classes coming this Fall. I do know that if I can get past those two classes - the rest of the year should be a breeze.
I've had a lot of brake trouble the past few weeks with the Mazda MPV. I had the rear brakes replaced about two weeks ago and the had the master cylinder replaced last week. I've had to go back and forth multiple times to keep getting it adjusted. It's not fun driving around two unpredictable brakes. I think they've got it right this time.
Gina's birthday is this coming Tuesday - July 29. We've got a cluster party (gathering of multiple birthday celebrations) to attend this weekend as well. There are no surprises this year for either of our birthdays. Gina wanted a floor lamp she saw at Cracker Barrel, three sets of flatware that were on sale at Belks a few weeks ago, and a particular bracelet.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
we have an enemy that must be stopped
we have media that we can not trust
we have politicians that serve only their own kind
to find truth - we must look around
we must open our eyes
to the horrific reality around us
we are at war
"Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: my goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me."
YouTube video is calledFitna (English) Part 1/2 (Full 16min version)
Friday, July 18, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Tony Snow was one of my favorite guest hosts on the Rush Limbaugh Show. I got to hear and appreciate his views and the kind of guy he was. Tony died this weekend of cancer - leaving his wife and two kids.
Tony was one of the good guys in Washington. Keep his family in your prayers.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
This is Cheraw, SC native Dizzy Gillespie with his big band in 1947. Cheraw has a statue of Dizzy downtown, across from the old Lyric Theatre where he used to work. While in town a few weeks ago, we passed a stopped by a park that was dedicated to him. They are very proud of him back in his hometown.
I don't recall ever hearing Dizzy Gillespie sing. After listening to this video, I gather he was pretty darn good. My grandmother taught piano (and voice) in Cheraw. Uncle Pat once told me that Dizzy got on to him about not taking advantage of getting lessons from his mother. He told Pat that he was missing a great opportunity. Pat told me that story during our recent trip.
I love hanging around Jennie Llew and Pat. There are so many interesting little snippets from the past to be gathered.
But that's not why I posted the above images today. In these photographs, both Florrie Noojin and Irene Elrod are sharing a comfy chair together. Sara is still just a little thing, she sitting on Florrie's lap. Maybe it's because the hair styles between the two are similar and both wearing white blouses - but here - Irene and Florrie look very much alike. Why they look like they could very well be sisters...well...er...they are.
This is the photograph that I ran across the other day Florrie - as per your request. It sure doesn't seem that long ago. Everyone sure looks less grayer than we are today. There are some hairs missing from this photo - Don & Jennie Rakestraw family, who live out of town.
Gina and I married September of 1990. We immediately packed up and moved to Bowling Green, KY. That year was a very hard year due to my father's death and the move. I will say though that after the mourning - Gina and I awoke to a wonderful time together in Western Kentucky. The following year - 1991 - was indeed a great year!
Monday, July 7, 2008
I think that's Brooky in the background playing in the flat area of our backyard. There's a swing-set on the flat as well. I don't ever recall one being there. I do remember it being on the other side of the house growing up - beneath a large mimosa tree. Even though they made a mess of the yard, mimosas were great trees to have around with kids. They were very easy to climb and little Finlayson's often did.
You can double click on the photo to get a larger image.
Dad is in the background reclining a the chaise longue smoking a pipe. I never saw Dad smoke. I heard tell that his sister Florrence Foster Finlayson once talked him out of smoking his cigars and pipes. The only evidence I saw of his puffing years was a pipe-rack and pipes that were stored in the front coat closet. The pipes disappeared somewhere down through the years. I wish I had them - like I wish I had that big old tackle box of his. He used to have it filled with big brightly colored wooden lures.
I'll smoke a cigar or a pipe every now and again - maybe three of four times a year. I don't care for the long lasting after-taste, that's why I don't do it as often. I do though love the smell of cherry tobacco. Even during the period of 1990 - 99, when I didn't puff at all, I would stop my grocery shopping long enough to smell the pipe tobacco. Once in Washington, DC, I followed a man to the street corner just to ask him what what delightful blend he had stuffed in that pipe of his. Another reason I don't smoke my pipe as much is because my beloved Gina can't stand the smoke.
So if Magritte says this is not a pipe....what is it?
Sunday, July 6, 2008
I hope you are all having a great 4th weekend. I feel like I've done nothing but cook and eat all weekend. We've had a get-togethers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I am tired and haven't cleaned house in days. It's a mess everywhere I walk, and I simply don't want to do a thing about it. It is Sunday - I'll use that as my reason to not lift another finger.
Mr. David B. Finlayson
Mayor of Boomerville, USA
Friday, July 4, 2008
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
The top-hat Cindy is wearing was authentic. It was a hat Dad had back in his swing band days. Unfortunately, this cool collapsible hat didn't survive our childhood. We wore it till it fell apart. I remember wearing it many Halloweens to top off clown costumes. I wish we still had it. I do though still have dad's old dress dinner jacket. It doesn't fit me but it's still in great shape.
I really like this photo. Jennie was a big sister that played with her younger siblings. I don't recall as a younger brother, ever being shooed away or not wanted around by Jennie. I will say one thing that I could have done without. Jennie liked to tickle. I found out later in life, as I got older and bigger, that she doesn't like to be tickled either.
Now there are those out there who like to be tickled. The Finlaysons had a magic word for it. If you said it, you would get tickled relentlessly. There were children that would literally ask for it. So if you're a kid and want to be tickled till you cry - I'll be happy to give you a hint. Just a hint mind you - because I know better not to come out and say it.